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41  Michael C. Rainone L’41 was honored recently with the Cesare Beccaria Award by the Justinian Society and the criminal-justice section of the Philadelphia Bar, its joint sponsors.

51  Amaranth Ehrenhalt FA’51 wrote that “My paintings are in the Wonder Women Exhibition” in Manhattan, which began in November.

53  David Leinwand W’53 writes, “My second career (after retiring from retailing in New York) is entering its seventh year as professor of history at Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y. I lecture to 88 freshmen in two sections, meeting six times a week. I frequently discuss my experiences, from the other side of the podium, with my grandchildren, two of whom are at Vanderbilt and Bucknell, three others in high school, and three in grade school.”

55  Joseph Bordogna EE’55 GrE’64, former dean and professor of engineering at Penn and a former president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., in September received the James H. Mulligan Jr. Education Medal, for “lifelong excellence in teaching and educational innovation during his career as a professor and through leadership in the U.S. National Science Foundation and the IEEE.”

George J. Merva CCC’55,
Springfield, Pa., in November celebrated 55 years at Penn. He is a laboratory administrator in the pathology department, and continues to work full time. Four of his children are alumni: Mary Ellen Merva Kenworthey Nu’76, a nurse practitioner in Phoenix, Ariz. (who sent in this note); Michael J. Merva FA’82 GFA’88, an AIDS-research specialist at Penn; Jean Merva Bulmer Nu’80 GNu’85, a clinical specialist; and John R. Merva W’85, an attorney. (Beau Kenworthey, one of George’s grandsons, graduated from UC Santa Barbara in June and is considering medical school. His father, W. H. Kenworthey III W’76, “followed George’s example and met his future wife, Mary Ellen, at Penn.”) George’s son John hope his daughters Claire (11) and Grace (nine) will someday be Penn graduates, too. “In addition to his great love for all things Penn, George Merva is a medical-history buff, cares for his vegetable garden in his spare time, and likes to go fishing and camping.”

59  Dr. Leon D. Prockop M’59 writes that in October “I was honored by the University of South Florida for 35 years of service, 25 of which were as chair of the Department of Neurology in the College of Medicine. Since I stepped aside as chair 10 years ago, I’ve had more time to enjoy my wife, Fran, and my six children: two, Michael (15) and Sofia Olena (five), are still at home. I continue fulltime as professor of neurology at USF with duties in patient care, teaching, and clinical research. Life is sweet!”


61  Frederick Rankin MacFadden Jr. Gr’61, a professor emeritus at Coppin State University, Baltimore, had a paper, “Sons of the Demiurge: Failed Fatherhood in Graham Greene’s The Power and the Glory and T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land,” presented in October at the Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature at Oklahoma Baptist University.

David G. Marshall W’61,
New Hope, Pa., chair and CEO of Amerimar Realty Company, has been elected chair of the Fox Chase Cancer Center. He also heads the research committee and serves on the executive committee of the Real Estate Center at the Wharton School; he was a former director of the school’s undergraduate executive board.


62  Allan C. Elgart C’62 ASC’63 writes, “In mid-July, I opened the EastVille Comedy Club in New York with my son, Marko. All Penn students and grads invited to enter for free. Other Ivy Leaguers: half price. I am marketing a unique aphrodisiac from Brazil that truly works. No collateral effects. An herbal tincture. Passion, pleasure, performance. For information email Elgart@in4web.com.”


63  Michael M. Coleman W’63 L’66 married Ellen Singer on Oct. 26 at the Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia. She is a New York psychotherapist. The wedding guests included Richard Kanter C’64 ASC’66, Brian Savitch W’63, Martin Fritzhand C’63, Joseph Lundy W’65, Stephen Goodman W’62 L’65, and Justin Klein C’69. Michael is the founder of what is now Coleman/Nourian, a legal search firm. He is also founder of Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and the new president of the Philadelphia Theatre Company, which is in its 34th season.

65  Roger Dunkle Gr’65 writes, “I am a professor emeritus after 40 years at Brooklyn College, CUNY. The Pearson history division of Longman is publishing my book, Gladiators: Violence and Spectacle in Ancient Rome. It will be available in the USA on Jan. 26. The book views gladiator games through Roman eyes.”

James Fuhrman C’65 writes, “I have been working as a sculptor and teacher since graduation. In the past three years I have had one-person exhibitions [locally and in Miami] and a major installation at the Borowsky Gallery, Gershman Y, in Philadelphia. Last year I completed my 35th public-art installation at 7th and Delancey streets. Its title, A Part/Apart, is in eight languages; the forms and the poetry etched into its stainless steel ask how one belongs to or is separate from others. My next exhibition brings my work full circle, back to Penn, at the Burrison Art Gallery, University Club. It includes ink drawings and digital prints that are a vital element of the process of making sculptures. For this show I have created a new image, ‘Over and Over,’ as a tribute in honor of famed rowing coach Joe Burk W’34 Hon’88 [See “Obituaries,” Gazette July|August]; partial proceeds will be donated to the Joe Burk Rowing Fund. I currently live in Glenmoore, Pa., with my wife, Fern A. Denney.”

Susan Marcus Goldberg Nu’65 and Hugh Goldberg GEE’69 are “ecstatic to announce the birth of our first grandchild, Hailey Elizabeth Schuntermann, on Oct. 18. Her proud parents are Eric Schuntermann and Laura Goldberg Schuntermann C’93. We’re hoping to carry on the Penn tradition and be at her graduation in 2030.”

Peter Kurzina C’65 writes that “After 30 years of doing work-outs, turn-arounds, interim, and crisis management for a wide variety of companies,” he is a senior lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Besides a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law, he also has a master’s of management science from the Sloan School. He lives with his wife, Stephanie Oney Kurzina CW’70, in Boston.


66  Karen Weiner Escalera CW’66 is president and chief strategist of the KWE group, a marketing and public-relations firm for luxury travel, hospitality, and real estate, and also editor of the internationally syndicated Luxury Travel and Lifestyle Trends newsletter. She was named one of the “Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing” for 2008 by the Hotel Sales and Marketing Association International. She also writes a trends blog (www.kwegroup.com/blog) which was named by Halogen Guide as one of the “Top Ten Travel Blogs You Should Meet.”


67  Kenneth J. Artis C’67, artislaw@yahoo.com, writes that he was adopted by the Thunder Clan of the Ho-Chunk Nation, a federally recognized Indian Tribe, on Oct. 13.

Leslie E. Freed CW’67
writes, “I have had several successful careers as a lawyer and lobbyist, but my greatest thrill was visiting Penn in the fall as a masters rower at the Thomas Eakins Head of the Schuylkill River Regatta. It was a fine day and this time I was not a spectator on the riverbank, as I had been in 1967, the year I graduated Penn, but a real live competitor. Imagine how exciting it was when I and the members of my Veterans Quad rowing out of the Maritime Rowing Center in Norwalk, Conn., received a gold medal for placing first in the 60-69 age category! Forty+ years later, a smashing victory.”

Dr. Marc Richmond C’67 recently joined Blue Shield of California as its regional medical director for southern California, having spent the last eight years with PacificCare of California and United HealthCare as market medical director. He remains on the volunteer faculty at the University of California, Irvine, where he teaches “From Residency to Reality,” a class for family-medicine residents, which deals with practice management.

69  Bill Burchill C’69 married Kathleen O’Brien on Oct. 4 in Atlanta.

J. Revell Carr G’69 writes, “After retiring from a 31-year career at Mystic Seaport (the Museum of America and the Sea), I have been writing books. My first, All Brave Sailors, is in the Van Pelt Library. My new book is Seeds of Discontent: Deep Roots of the American Revolution, 1650-1750.”

Hugh Goldberg GEE’69 see Susan Marcus Goldberg Nu’65.


70  Frank D. Allen C’70, Cherry Hill, N.J., is a partner of the Haddonfield law firm of Archer & Greiner, P.C., and chair of its medical- and personal-injury department. In October he was honored by the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey for his “distinguished career, dedication to the law, and commitment to a fair and just legal system.”

Joseph Armao C’70 in October joined the San Francisco office of the law firm of Winston & Strawn LLP as partner. Previously he was a shareholder with Heller Ehrman LLP, and for many years served as chair of its environmental-law department.

Marjorie Stern Jacobs CW’70 G’71, an attorney who is of counsel in the real-estate department at Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, and based in its Philadelphia office, recently has been designated a “Counselor of Real Estate.” She chairs the eminent-domain and appraisals committee of the Philadelphia Bar.

Stephanie Oney Kurzina CW’70, is vice president of resource development at Oxfam America. Since graduating, she has had a number of development positions, having started in the University’s New York alumni office in 1970. She lives with her husband, Peter Kurzina C’65, in Boston.

Edward M. Watters III L’70, a partner with the law firm of Pepper Hamilton LLP, in November received the 2008 Distinguished Estate Planner Award from the Philadelphia Estate Planning Council. Based in the firm’s Berwyn office, he specializes in estate planning, fiduciary law, and trusts and estates.

71  Howard Brod Brownstein C’71 W’71 and Wendi L. Wasik Gr’04 are “happy to announce our marriage! Howard is a principal of NachmanHaysBrownstein, Inc., a leading turnaround firm, and Wendi heads Wasik Consulting LLC, an executive-coaching and leadership-development firm.”

Dr. Anthony Haftel M’71 has been named vice president for quality and associate chief medical officer for the Franciscan Health Systems in Tacoma, Wash. Board-certified in emergency medicine, and a former chief of emergency services for the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, he is chief of the emergency department at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma.

Walt Kuenstler C’71, Narberth, Pa., has published a collection of poetry that he wrote between 1967 and 1971, while an undergraduate. “Titled From The Sock Drawer, the often wry verses explore campus life, politics, and social issues from that turbulent time.” He is CEO of Winans Kuenstler Publishing of Doylestown.

Dr. Raymond A. Levy C’71 edited The Handbook of Evidence-Based Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, “a compendium of 13 chapters contributing to the empirical base for psychodynamic psychotherapy,” which was recently published by Springer Press.

Dr. Joan MacCracken M’71 retired from her practice of pediatric endocrinology and has been developing her publishing company, Tiffin Press. Last summer the latest book, Cracked Marbles: Life Lessons From a Maine Surgeon, was released: “Short, well-written vignettes of doctor-patient relationships capture an earlier era when physicians had time to listen, and relate to their patients over time. The plea is to hold on to the art of medicine in the midst of the new fast-paced technologies.” Her company is “interested in helping other healthcare providers tell their stories.”


72  Dr. Robert L. Barchi Gr’72 M’72 GM’73 is president of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. In September he announced the establishment of the Jefferson School of Health Policy and Population Health, which will begin enrolling students this September.

73  Geoffrey Greif SW’73 writes, “My latest book, Buddy System: Understanding Male Friendships, was just published by Oxford University Press. It is based on interviews with 400 men and 120 women.”

Carol A. Mager L’73, an employment-law and class-action litigator, has joined Philadelphia’s Console Law Office, LLC, as of counsel.

Rabbi Dr. Arthur Segal C’73 D’76 GD’78 is pleased to announce the publication of three books: A Handbook for Jewish Spiritual Renewal: A Path of Transformation for the Modern Jew; Spiritual Wisdom of the Talmudic Sages: A Collection of Spiritual Essays; and An Ethical and Spiritual Compendium to the Torah and Talmud. He recently spoke to Hospice Care of the Low Country on “Judaic Issues of Illness, Dying and Death”; to the Hilton Head Artists’ Guild on “The Artistry, Life, and Politics of Arthur Szyk”; and to the Ethical Society of Hilton Head on “Talmudic and Hebraic Considerations Concerning Capital Punishment.” He teaches an online class, “The Torah, Tanach, and Talmud from a Spiritual and Ethical View,” which is based at Hebrew College, Newton Centre, Mass.; it may be taken free by emailing him atRabbiASegal@aol.com. He retired from practice in New Jersey in 1996 and became an ordained rabbi in Feb. 2007. He, his wife, Ellen, and their parrot, Avivit Keter, live on Hilton Head Island, S.C., where Arthur was active during the recent election as a member of www.RabbisForObama.com. He is chair of the Hilton Head chapter of the South Carolina Penn Alumni Club and was founder and is now president emeritus of the South Carolina club.

Andrea Megela Simmons CW’73, Providence, R.I., professor of psychology and neuroscience at Brown University, has begun a three-year term on the executive council of the Acoustical Society of America. She specializes in the development of the auditory and vestibular systems.

74  H. Ronald Klasko L’74, the founding partner of the Philadelphia-based immigration-law firm Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer LLP, recently addressed immigration lawyers in Florida on options for wealthy investors and retirees to get permanent residence in the U.S.


75  Steven A. Bergstein C’75 see Nanci Goldman Packman CW’76 GEd’76.


76  Larry Malcic C’76 GAr’78 is director of design for HOK architects in London. His architectural work is celebrated in the new book HOK London—Diversity in Design (Laurence King Publishing, 2008). A trustee of the Architectural Association Foundation, he occasionally finds time to lecture in British and American universities. With his wife and two sons, he lives on Guernsey, in the Channel Islands.

Michael P. Malloy L’76 is a professor at the University of the Pacific’s law school in Sacramento, Calif., who specializes in international economic sanctions. He writes that early last year he received an email from a doctoral student at the University of Shahid Beheshti in Tehran, who is researching banking regulation, but was unable to get Michael’s book Principles of Bank Regulation. Fortunately, Michael knew that export of informational materials, including publications, is exempt from the U.S. Treasury prohibitions: so he arranged for his publisher to contribute a copy of the book to the Iranian university. He noted, “Advanced research rises above the vagaries of international politics.”

Nanci Goldman Packman CW’76 GEd’76 married Steven A. Bergstein C’75 on Aug. 17. She turned him down for a date, while they were undergraduates; then they “found each other 25 years later, and the rest is history.” She is the granddaughter of the late Nathaniel Goldman W’11 L’14 and the daughter of the late Raphael Topkis Goldman W’42, as well as Biena Milestone Goldman Ed’47 GEd’48, a happy participant in the wedding. The wedding party also included Steve’s daughter and son-in-law, Rachel Bergstein C’01 and Joshua Wilkenfeld C’01. Other attendees included J. Henry Goldman W’43, Rose Goldman Levenson CW’47, Arnold Ginsburg C’38 L’41, Bebe Ginsburg Engelsberg CW’46, Dr. Ronald Milestone G’67 M’71, Judy Bronstein Milestone G’68, Dr. Shelley Milestone CW’74, Dr. Jon Levenson C’79, Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg C’83 GEd’83, Dr. Brad Taicher C’99, Rachel Lewis Taicher C’99, Joshua Dembowitz C’13, Arlene Mogul Ed’53, Scott Bieber C’76, Lori Singley Scherr CGS’81, Kathryn Deans Schaub L’82, Harry Schaub C’50, Sandor Engel C’68, Irene Bolts CW’74, and David Bolts W’76. Nanci and Steve live in Allentown and Bala Cynwyd, Pa. He is a lawyer in private practice and she, a former high-school guidance counselor, is a professional organizer.


77  Karen Frank Kelrick W’77 has been named director of development for the University School of Nova Southeastern University, a private school for the Ft. Lauderdale area; she was dean of admissions for the previous 10 years. Her husband, Howard Kelrick C’77, is president of Finger Mate, a fine-jewelry manufacturer. Their son Scott P. Kelrick C’08 is a first-year analyst at Citigroup in New York. Their daughter Allison recently graduated from law school and lives in New York.

79  Dr. Magid Abou-Gharbia Gr’79, professor of medicinal chemistry at Temple University, has been named director of the new Center for Drug Discovery Research there.

Lee Applebaum C’79, Merion, Pa., a litigator for the last 20 years with the Philadelphia law firm of Fineman, Krekstein & Harris, in November was named an honorary charter member of the American College of Business Court Judges. An authority on business courts, he works with regional law schools as coordinator of the commerce case-management-program opinion project. And writes that he “and Dale Ann have been happily married for over 20 years and daughter Ahsiyah just started Bryn Mawr (close to home).”


80  Gail Marcus GEE’80 WG’80 has been appointed chief financial officer of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization, which is based in Dallas, Tex. Previously, she was president and CEO of Caris Diagnostics; and she served on the board of the local Dallas affiliate.

Phyllis Zimbler Miller WG’80 see Yael K. Miller C’05.

Dr. William B. Neusidl EE’80 writes, “I have recently invented and patented a device to transplant endothelial cells in corneal-transplant surgery. I gave a lecture on the device to corneal specialists at the American Academy of ophthalmology in November. As an ophthalmologist with a degree in bioengineering, it was a great achievement to be able to combine the two fields of interest and come up with a better way of performing corneal transplants.”


81  Mike Bellissimo C’81 writes that he will yet again participate in ALC8 this June, an over 500-mile charity bicycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to benefit the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. This will be his seventh ride to Los Angeles, and he will turn 50 during the ride. If you are interested in joining his team (Team 50 @ 50) or in sponsoring him, go to www.tofighthiv.org/goto/mbelliss4172.

William McCoy W’81 and his wife, Donna, recently adopted two children from Moldova: Eugenia (seven) and her brother, Valeriu (six). The family live in West Harrison, N.Y. Bill is a managing director in the legal and compliance department of Morgan Stanley.


82  Dr. Susan Copley Cobb GNu’82 is program adviser for the nursing school of Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, N.J. In August she graduated with her PhD in nursing from Duquesne University. In October she received the Mary Anne Rooney Essence of Nursing Leadership Award from the New Jersey Consortium of Sigma Theta Tau International.

Peter H. Levy W’82 has been elected the 106th president of the Nassau County Bar Association, “the largest suburban bar association in the country. I have had a law practice on Long Island for over 20 years. My wife, Sheree, and I have two future Quakers (I hope), Raquel and Spencer.”


83  Lisa Kaner C’83 a business litigator and shareholder with the Portland law firm of Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf, in November received a special recognition award from the Oregon Area Jewish Committee, on which she has served for 12 years. She is the mother of Jordan (14) and Zoe (12).

Dr. Harry L. Leider M’83 in September joined Baltimore-based Ameritox as chief medical officer and senior vice president. Previously he was a senior scholar in the health-policy and outcomes department at Thomas Jefferson University. He is president-elect of the American College of Physician Executives. A founding board member of the Disease Management Association of America, he currently chairs its Medicare committee. And he serves on the board of Penn’s Institute of Aging.


85  Matthew Elliott GAr’85 is a principal, with Libby Elliott GAr’87 and Bruce Norelius GAr’86, of Elliott Elliott Norelius Architecture in Blue Hill, Maine. He recently received two AIA design awards: an Award of Excellence in Architecture for “the Shadow House” and a Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture for “House on an Island”.

86  H. Jordan Foster C’86 WG’91 writes, “Sara and I are proud to announce the birth of ‘Benjamin Izzy Foster’ on Nov. 5. He rocks.”

Rick Wise C’86 WG’92 has become CEO of Lippincott, a design and brand-strategy consultancy based in New York; for several years he served as a senior partner and head of its brand-strategy practice. He lives with his family in Wayland, Mass., and will divide his time between the New York and Boston offices.

87  Jill M. Sandeen Nu’87 GNu’89 writes, “I am so very proud of America. I feel like millions of Americans, as well as other people from around the globe, have crawled out from under the rock of despair. We have risen up and elected Barack Obama to be the 44th president of our great nation. Since July 2007, I was inspired to participate and take charge of our destiny and worked passionately on the Obama campaign. Starting with four trips to Iowa to canvass and volunteer at events, then becoming a precinct captain in Minnesota, followed by becoming elected a national delegate from my congressional district, and attending the DNCC in Denver, I have, from the start, been an ardent advocate of an Obama presidency. Being at Invesco Field for Senator Obama’s acceptance speech was a highlight of my life. Ultimately, I took the last month of the campaign off from my job as a certified nurse-midwife to work full time as a volunteer. Then, on Nov. 4, 2008, we as a nation said, Yes, We Can! Though I have now returned to my ‘real job’ of providing healthcare to women and their babies, I understand that getting Barack Obama elected is the first step in changing the painful course our nation has been on over the past eight years. I am committed to helping President Obama in the call to right our country and our world and encourage all of you to step up to the plate and participate.”


88  Nancy Davis Kho W’88 writes that she, Jill Fallick McCleary C’88, and Maria Hjelm C’88 are contributors to a new anthology Knowing Pains: Women on Love, Sex, and Work in our 40s, which was published by WingSpan Press (www.knowingpains.com). “The book is a fundraiser for Breast Cancer Action (www.bca.org ) and all of the net profits will go to breast-cancer research and access to care. Maria and Nancy contributed essays on topics as varied as the death of a parent and the continuing adoration of a rock star, while Jill designed the very hip graphic illustrations for the anthology. Now well into their doddering 40s, this group of women is even more fabulous than they were 20 years ago, lounging on the Green. Luckily, their hair and shoulder pads are now smaller.”

Dr. Jeff Livingston C’88 writes, “I am entering my 10th year of practice in ear, nose, and throat surgery in Vero Beach, Fla., and for the past two years have enjoyed serving as president of the Indian River County Medical Society. I have also had the opportunity to teach medical students as an assistant professor in the Florida State University medical school. My sons, Liam and Jacob, are now attending grade school together, in kindergarten and third grade respectively. They had an incredible time attending my 20th Reunion last year; I think they want to apply to Penn through the early-early-decision program. It was truly great seeing so many of my old friends on campus.”

Judy Lobel C’88 is now a senior brand manager in the mark division of Avon, Inc., in New York. She previously was a senior product manager at Revlon.

Jill Marie Reinach C’88 writes, “I am truly sorry to have missed the Reunion and reconnecting with friends. This year has been eventful. In January, in Israel, I married Dr. Eyal Solganik, my beloved of four years. My old Penn friend Judy Lobel C’88 flew out to help us celebrate. I still teach courses in leadership and public speaking at a local college, which keeps me young. And, I am honored and privileged to be an adviser to the Speaker of the Israeli Knesset, Dalia Itzik. I would be delighted to have coffee in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem with old friends that pop over. I am at jillmari@netvision.net.il.”

Todd Robison W’88, a representative with the Bender Financial Group in Fairfield, Conn., in November received a forum award from Northwestern Mutual.

Rick White W’88 see Rachel Kramer C’89.

89  Joseph Doherty C’89 was promoted to principal at Array Healthcare Facilities Solutions early last year; based in King of Prussia, Pa., it is an architectural firm that specializes in healthcare. With an expertise in behavioral-health facilities, he manages “an interdisciplinary studio of architects, planners, and interior designers.” He still lives in the Conshohocken area with his wife, Megan, and son, Edward (six). Joe welcomes email from friends atjdoherty@arrayhfs.com.

Rachel Kramer C’89 and Rick White W’88 started Kramer Ob/Gyn Associates in Concord, Mass., eight years ago; she is on staff at Newton Wellesley and Emerson hospitals. They are celebrating over 18 years of marriage, with their two sons, Elliot and Harry.

Dr. Felicia F. McMahon G’89 Gr’92 was awarded the Chicago Folklore Prize for 2008 for her book, Not Just Child’s Play: Emerging Tradition and the Lost Boys of Sudan (University Press of Mississippi, 2007). “A gripping, fully theorized, first-person narrative,” it describes her work for several years with young Di Dinga war-refugees, who had been relocated to western New York state. [see Gazette, Sep|Oct 2002, Alumni Profile, “The Play-ing’s the Thing”].

Michael B. Schaedle C’89, an attorney with Blank Rome LLP in Philadelphia, has been elected as secretary of the board of the KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) Philadelphia Charter School, which opened In 2003. He also serves on the steering committee of the Bankruptcy Conference for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. And he is president of the Friends of the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Suzanne Seltzer C’89, a founding partner of the Philadelphia-based, immigration-law firm of the Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer LLP and the head of its New York office, has been appointed chair of the Vermont Service Center liaison committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. A founding member of the New York Anti-Trafficking Network (which is dedicated to ending human trafficking and coordinating resources for trafficked persons), she serves on its steering committee.


90  Gregory S. Brown C’90 is pleased to announce that his wife, Jessica E. Brown, gave birth to their son, Aaron Joel Brown, on Oct. 31. Gregory has also been recommended for promotion to full professor (effective July) in the Department of History at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He co-wrote Eighteenth-Century Europe, which is to be published by W. W. Norton this autumn.

Julie Falk Cleary C’90 and husband, Michael Cleary, are thrilled to announce the birth of Brandon James Cleary on March 27. He joins big brother Nolan who was three in November.

Eric Poderys W’90 has been promoted to general manager of Safelite AutoGlass, a vehicle-glass repair and replacement company in Columbus, Ohio.

91  David Anderman C’91 L’94 writes that he was recently promoted to general counsel for Lucasfilm Ltd. in San Francisco. Since 2005 he was senior director of business affairs, having joined the company in 1998. He also serves on the advisory board of The Santa Clara Computer and High Technology Law Journal. “I live in Marin County with my wife, Dr. Kara Ornstein-Anderman C’91, and our two daughters, Natasha and Rebecca.”

Kathryn Lynch GFA’91 will have a one-person show at Sears-Peyton Gallery, on 11th Avenue in New York, from Jan. 8 until Feb. 7.

Ivan Matviak C’91 G’98 WG’98 writes that after 10 years in London, he and Heidi Gardner C’92, “along with our daughters Zoe (four) and Anya (two), have moved to Boston.” Ivan has joined Spencer Stuart, leading the financial-services and asset-management practice in Boston. Heidi has accepted a position as assistant professor of organizational behavior at Harvard Business School.

Brian Kenneth Swain WG’91 writes, “I have just published my second book of poetry, My America.”


92  Steve Coopersmith C’92, stc@stevecoopersmithlaw.com <mailto:stc@stevecoopersmithlaw.com> , recently opened the Coopersmith Law Firm, where he will continue to practice business litigation, including contract, partnership, real-estate, employment, securities, and other commercial and business disputes. It also advises people and businesses on how to resolve and avoid such disputes. He and his wife, Tanya (also a practicing litigator), live on the north coast of San Diego. He also recently completed an ocean relay swim across the Catalina Channel.

Dr. Carladenise Armbrister Edwards C’92 GEd’93 is in her second year as chief of staff for Georgia’s Department of Community Health. She, her husband, Herman Edwards, and their two children, William (five) and Zora (three) live in Atlanta.

Heidi Gardner C’92 see Ivan Matviak C’91 G’98 WG’98.

Kimberly Killmer Hollister EAS’92 GEng’96 Gr’99 writes, “My husband, Jim, and I are enjoying life with our son Russell (born on Feb. 29, 2004) and daughter Meredith (May 17, 2005). I am happy to report that I was asked to serve as interim associate dean for the business school at Montclair State University; prior to this, I was an associate professor in the management and information-systems department. We still live in Denville, N.J., and welcome emails at jimkim99@optonline.net.”

Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock C’92 is very happy to report the publication of his latest book, Scare Tactics: Supernatural Fiction by American Women by Fordham University Press. He can be contacted at Jeffrey.Weinstock@cmich.edu.


93  Catherine Haley GAr’93 has been appointed director of interior design in the Washington office of HOK, a global architectural design and services firm. Previously she was an associate partner at SOM in New York. Currently, she is overseeing the interior design for the Abu Dhabi Marina Five-Star Residences.

Chrissy Bass Hofbeck C’93 writes, “Since we had such a great time at our 15th Reunion in May, we decided to get together again! The Class of 1993 partied in New York on Nov. 8. Other attending alumni included Jill Abramovitz Alexander C’93, Marnie Goldman Altman C’93, Paul Altman W’93, Michael Aronson W’93, Danny Boockvar C’93 L’96, Laurie Mayer Boockvar C’92, Kathyanne Cohen C’93, Jennifer Falcone W’93, Debbie Frank C’93, Paul Germain W’93, Lisa Nass Grabelle C’93 L’96, Dean Grabelle L’95, Emily Hellstrom C’93, Jamie Kramer Rich C’93 WG’01, Monica Muzzi Moore Nu’93 GNu’97, Stuart Quan W’93, Megan Chase Rosen C’93, Michael Rosenband C’93, Allyson Saperstein Tobias C’93, Jon Tretler C’93 WG’97, Neil Vogel W’92, Alison Jacobs Wice C’92, and Wendy Saperstein Wiseberg C’93. Be on the lookout for more parties happening this year across the country. If you’d like to host in your city, please email Lisa Nass Grabelle atlisagrabelle@yahoo.com or me at chofbeck@comcast.net. It’s as easy as picking a place and a date.”

Mitchell Kraus C’93 married Cynthia Salah on Aug. 2 at the Demetria Estate Winery in Santa Barbara County, Calif. They were both born in Los Angeles five days apart, but it took the Internet to bring them together. Among the guests were his friends Dr. Jayakar Nayak C’92, Dr. Glenn McLintock C’90, A. T. Howe C’92, Dan Fiedler W’93, Paul Kelner C’90, Jim Maceiko W’95, Eva Molnar W’94, and Dr. Fadi Khoury EAS’90, Cynthia’s cousin.

Allison Bieber McKibben C’93 and Jeffrey S. McKibben W’93 proudly announce the birth of their daughter, Tyler Lee McKibben, on Sept. 26. She was welcomed by big sisters Morgan (four) and Riley (two). They live in New York, where Allison manages her own executive-recruiting firm that specializes in placing professionals into private-equity positions (allison@mckibbengroup.com). Jeff is a managing principal with Odyssey Investment Partners, a private investment firm (jmckibben@odysseyinvestment.com).

Samir S. Shah C’93 GM’05 and Kara N. Shah are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Avani Vaishali, on Dec. 13, 2007. Sharing the spotlight is her big brother Siddharth, who recently turned two. Samir’s fifth book, Pediatric Infectious Diseases: The Requisites in Pediatrics, was recently published by Mosby, Inc. He remains on the faculty here at the School of Medicine, pediatrics (infectious diseases) and epidemiology, and at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. Joanna Fein Siegel C’93, mailto:joannasiegel@yahoo.com, and her husband, Herrick, joyfully announce the birth of their daughter, Leighton Brooke. She was welcomed by big brothers Nicholas (six), Dylan (four), and Grant (two).

Elana Hordon Wood C’93 and Kevin Wood are excited to announce the birth of Caroline Avery on Feb. 4, 2008. She joined her big brother, William Alexander, who is now two.

94  Urshula Barbour GFA’94 is a co-founder of the studio Pure+Applied who also teaches in the communication design and technology department at the Parsons School for Design. The studio received “very positive reviews” in The New York Times for its designs of two exhibitions at the Museum of the City of New York: Campaigning for President: New York and the American Election (June 28) and Paris/New York: Design Fashion Culture, 1925-1940 (Oct. 4). The latter exhibition was “also praised on Live with Regis and Kelly.”

Tamsin Newman Fast C’94 and Scott Fast L’94 are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Ellis McKenry Fast, on July 28. They live in Philadelphia, where Tamsin is assistant general counsel at Aramark and Scott is general counsel at Day & Zimmermann International.

Laurie Stalberg Gigliotti C’94 writes, “I am delighted to announce the birth of our third child, Agatha Lorraine Gigliotti, on Sept. 22, in Santa Monica, Calif. She joins her two big brothers Bruno (three) and Ivan (23 months old). Wish us luck!”

Miguel E. Rodriguez C’94 L’99 and his wife, Traci Rodriguez, announce with great joy the birth of their daughter, Eliana Isabel, on Aug. 3. Miguel is the legislative director and chief counsel for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Julie DeFalco Rowe C’94 writes, “My husband, Cliff Rowe, and I are thrilled to announce the birth of our daughter, Georgianna Catherine, on Sept. 10 here in Boston. She was 6 lbs. 11 oz., and 18 inches long. Everyone is doing well. Georgie is already learning about Penn, having entertained her grandmother, Doris Derenzo DeFalco CW’64, as her very first visitor. We’d love to hear from old friends atdefalcorowe@comcast.net.”


95  Jason Feinstein C’95 is pleased to announce that, after almost 10 years together, he married Edward Bauer on Sept. 26 in a small bayside ceremony. They live in San Diego with two misbehaving dogs.

Suzanne Pures C’95, Moorestown, N.J., in September became assistant dean of development at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University—Camden. Previously she served as associate director of major gifts at the Lawrenceville School.

Laura Radosh C’95 is proud to announce “the birth of my first child, a daughter, Lila Aliya, on Aug. 22. My husband, Tosh, and I are thrilled and enjoying parenthood, even with the lack of sleep.”

Francis Vanek GEng’95 Gr’98 is a senior lecturer in civil and environmental engineering at Cornell University. He co-wrote a professional reference book, Energy Systems Engineering: Evaluation and Implementation, which was published by McGraw-Hill Professional last year.


96  Susan Markowitz Gerson C’96 and her husband, Colin, are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Spencer David, on Nov. 4 at 4:11 a.m. He joined big brother Zachary, who will turn four in June. They live in Great Neck, N.Y., and Susan works as director of public relations at Skip Hop, a baby-products company.

Kim Lim EAS’96, Carmel Valley, Calif., has helped start two different local companies. In 2006 she invested in Global Goodie, an online store offering “tee-shirts, onesies, and bibs with food-inspired drawings:” she is vice president of marketing and illustrations consultant. In 2007 she invested in Ultimate Labs, which provides microbiological-testing services for local firms.

Adam Matta EAS’96, www.adammatta.com, emailed in September that he has “been hard at work on a new solo CD, Only Child Syndrome, and it is minutes away from being available online. I am returning to Cornell University for another semester as an artist-in-residence, still working on programs at Risley Hall [there], and other projects on campus and in Ithaca. I am also an artist in residence this month at the League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots. In this collaboration, I will be able to improvise with, and ‘teach’ a beat to, an outfit of musical robots, to be performed in October in Brooklyn and Trondheim, Norway. I had an amazing time at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, performing with Sxip Shirey and numerous other talented characters. I am playing some gigs in New York.”

Matthew Moss C’96 see Jodi Gold Moss C’98.

Josh Wolson C’96 emails “Firstly, and most importantly, my wife, Stephanie, and I welcomed our first child, a beautiful baby girl, Stella Madeline, on April 13. She has been a joy from the moment we laid eyes on her. Secondly, in August, we moved from Washington to Philadelphia. I am now practicing law at Dilworth Paxson in Philadelphia, where I have a view of William Penn from my office. I’d love to hear from old friends, including anyone who is making a pilgrimage back to Philly, at jwolson@post.harvard.edu.”

97  Karla Hazlett Gwinn C’97 and Jim Gwinn joyfully announce the birth of their daughter, Lila Jane, on May 18 in New York; they live in Brooklyn.

John W. Jones Jr. SW’97, a partner with Pepper Hamilton LLP, practices in its Philadelphia office, and specializes in corporate and health-care matters. He has been appointed an adjunct professor at the Drexel University law school, and will begin teaching in March.

Abby Rosner Schiffman C’97 and Jeremy Schiffman W’97 are thrilled to announce the birth of their twin boys, Sam Atticus and Henry Levi, on Feb. 27, 2008. “They were welcomed by Pop-Pop William Rosner C’70, Aunt Jamie Rosner Dorfman GEd’01, Uncle Andrew Rosner C’05, and Aunt Nancy Oster Rosner C’04.”


98  Rickie Brucker Broff C’98 and Jacob Broff C’99 are pleased to announce the birth of a son, Samuel Harlan, on Aug 19. He joined big brother Mitchell Bass, who is two years old.

Lara Afanassiev Devieux W’98 and Dimitri Devieux C’99 are proud to announce the birth of their son, Preston Robert Devieux, on Sept. 30. Lara is an analyst for a Boston-based hedge fund, while Dimitri works in the business-development group of American Express. They live in Scotch Plains, N.J.

Dr. Heidi Korn C’98 and her husband, Dr. Ryan Dedels, are excited to announce the birth of their daughter, Isabella Mia, on Sept. 22; she weighed 6 lbs. 9 oz., and measured 19.75 inches. They live in Palm Harbor, Fla., where Heidi is an endodontist and he is a general dentist; she “would love to hear from old friends at rootcanals@gmail.com.”

Jodi Gold Moss C’98 and Matthew Moss C’96 are delighted to announce the birth of their second daughter, Juliette Anne Moss, on Nov. 4. She joined big sister Ellie. They live in New York.

Michael D. Ross EAS’98 wrote in late October, “After almost a decade to the day in New York, I moved to SoCal at the beginning of August to complete my MBA at UCLA Anderson’s School of Management. I’m only four weeks into the program, yet it’s already been an incredible experience. Looking forward to a charity-affiliated ski trip to Whistler [B.C.] with fellow classmates after finals, and an MBA-students mission trip to Israel sponsored by Aish LA for New Year’s. For those of you that would like to reconnect, you can reach me via Facebook or at michaelross@alumni.upenn.edu."

Mandy London Weinman C’98 is thrilled to announce her marriage to Dennis Weinman on Sept. 6 in Baltimore. Alumni attending included her father, Dr. Andrew London C’69, and Tracy Greenberger Schwartz C’97 and Ben Schwartz C’98. “The fairy-tale wedding was the perfect beginning to [our] happily ever-after.”


99  Tova Rosman Abrahmov C’99 and her husband, David, are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Ariel Jude, on Oct. 7; he weighed 7.3 lbs., and measured 19.75 inches. Tova, Dave, and Ariel live in Forest Hills, N.Y., and are enjoying getting to know one another. She can be reached attova_rosman@yahoo.com.

Jacob Broff C’99 see Rickie Brucker Broff C’98.

Dimitri Devieux C’99 see Lara Afanassiev Devieux W’98.

Courtney Koslow C’99 writes that she “took advantage of an amazing privilege of living in Massachusetts and married my partner, Maura Vogel, in Salem on Aug. 9. After a spring and summer of non-stop rain, the skies opened up for 48 hours and provided for a beautiful wedding weekend. The ceremony was held on a pier, next to the ship Friendship of Salem, and a brass band led a procession to the party on the seaside lawn of the House of the Seven Gables. Alumni attending included my dad, Larry Koslow WG’74, as well as Emily Brown Lerner GEd’71, Josh Lerner, C’99, David Lerner W’02, Tracy Bloom Lerner C’03, Jonathan Lerner C’06, Kathy Cannon W’88, Shirley Zilberstein C’00, Dr. Jonathan Fisher C’00 G’02 Gr’07, Hema Sarangapani C’00, Dr. Alisha Sieminski Gr’03, Bea Jauregui C’00, Nicole Weiner C’97, Dr. Alyssa Abo EAS’99, and Andi Lipman C’00. Titi Yu C’98 hosted an engagement party in her loft in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and celebrated the wedding from overseas.” Courtney received her master’s in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2003 and now develops affordable housing for a local nonprofit. Maura is the marketing and press manager for the Blue Man Group Boston. They live in the Davis Square neighborhood of Somerville.

Alana Nappi Lutkowski C’99 and her husband, Steven Lutkowski, announce the birth of their first daughter, Sienna Grace, on May 6; she weighed 8 lbs. 11 oz. They live in the Princeton area. Alana is the buyer for Escada USA in New York, a luxury women’s apparel company.

Vanessa Mizzone Pellegrini C’99 and her husband, William James Pellegrini, recently celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary. The wedding last year was attended by many alumni, including bridesmaids Mara Galen Bjorneby C’99 and Dr. Julie Marx C’99. Other close alumni friends attending were Jenni Leisman W’99, Lauren Mishner W’99, Roger DaSilva W’99, Brett Bodner C’99, Justin Majors C’99, Ryan Levin C’98, and Kate Willson C’01. Vanessa and Will live in Los Angeles, where she is an actress and works in arts education with The Actors’ Gang, and he is a television director.

Todd Rosenberg EAS’99 and his wife, Stephanie, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Abigail Joy, on June 19; she weighed 7 lbs. and 9 oz., and was 21 inches long. They live in Avondale, Pa. He is a senior manager of marketing analysis at JP Morgan Chase in Wilmington, Del.

William Veronda W’99 married Melissa Rikard on Sept. 27 at First Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, N.C., followed by a reception at the Charlotte City Club. The wedding party included Eric Kang W’99 and Brent Stiles EAS’00. Other alumni who attended the wedding include William Veronda Sr. W’68, Dan Melinger C’99, Brian Goedecker W’99, Jeff Allen C’99, Brian Hindo C’02, and Brian Kovaleski C’01. William and Melissa celebrated their honeymoon in Hawaii. They live in Charlotte, where he works at Banc of America Securities.


00  Taryn Winter Brill C’00 writes that in March she joined ABC News’ Good Morning America as features correspondent. Its “ambassador of fun,” she “searches the country for all things exciting and unique, reporting live from ABC’s Times Square Studios in New York as well as all over the U.S.” She is “thrilled to be back home in New York, after spending five years in California.” She joined the show “after spending two years with Good Day Sacramento, the top-rated local morning show,” where she “anchored the weekend broadcast and delivered lively feature reports on weekdays.” Prior to that she was host of the Emmy-nominated AOL Music-on-Demand in Los Angeles. “Go Quakers!”

Erin Butler EAS’00 married Nate Dominy on Aug. 30 at Mission Ranch in Carmel, Calif. Her roommate, Amie Borgstrom EAS’00, was the maid-of-honor. Other alumni attending were Karim Sadak EAS’00 GEng’01, Carol Ou C’00, and Lauren Weintraub C’95. Erin and Nate live in Los Gatos, where she is a PhD candidate in bioengineering at Stanford University and he is an associate professor in anthropology at UC Santa Cruz.

Julia Chesney C’00 married Doug McDonald on Oct. 4 in Memphis. Attendees included her father, Thomas Chesney C’64, her uncle Allen Chesney C’72, her sisters Anne Chesney Julias C’94 and Margaret Chesney C’95, and friends Chris Browne C’00, Wilhelmus Bryan C’00, Laura Doyle Hammam C’00, and Vanessa Schmid C’95. Julia and Doug live in Memphis, where she is the business-development associate in the investment-banking group at Morgan Keegan & Company, Inc.

Sacha M. Coupet L’00 married Lee Van Clark in Chicago on July 18. “Joining in the celebration were Gera R. Peoples L’00, who served as her ‘man of honor,’ Joyce A. Rogers L’00, Damon T. Hewitt L’00, Claire Wallace L’95, and Melissa LaBarge Woo L’00.” Sacha, who is a professor of law at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and her husband honeymooned in Argentina in December.

Joanna Czekajewski C’00 has joined the law firm of Halloran & Sage LLP, in Hartford, Conn. She received her law degree from the University of Connecticut in 2003, and specializes in torts and liability.

Alana Jacobs C’00 married Malcolm Duncanson on Sept. 1, in a helicopter over the bright lights of Las Vegas. In 2004 she was working for Time Inc. in New York when she was transferred to the U.K.; soon after starting her assignment, she met him in London, where they continue to live.

Yedida Lubin C’00 EAS’00 married Avi Rosenschein on March 26, 2007, in Jerusalem. A rousing rendition of the Penn song was sung for them by alumni Steve Singer C’00, Miriam Yondorf C’98 G’98, Abby Kra Friedman Nn’01, Yael Berdugo Maizels C’02, and Talia Frolich C’03. Other alumni attending were Dr. Stanley Rosenschein GEE’73 Gr’75 (Avi’s uncle), Rita Sternberg Gordon OT’78 (Avi’s cousin), Eva Taksel Soller C’98, and Behir Sabban C’97. Yedida and Avi live in Jerusalem, where he is a software engineer for Answers.com. She completed a master’s in cognitive science from the Hebrew University and is now studying Talmud at MaTaN. She can be reached atyblubin@gmail.com, and would love to get back in touch with Penn friends.

Anne Rockenbach C’00,mailto:annie@alumni.upenn.edu, and her husband, Randy Kinney, are thrilled to announce the birth of their second daughter, Corazon Anne Kinney, on Sept. 14; she weighed 8 lbs. 14 oz., and was 21 inches long at birth. Big sister Cozette Elizabeth Kinney (born April 25, 2006) is quite excited as well. Anne graduated from the University of Colorado in 2007 with a master’s in public health and is a clinical research associate with Gilead Sciences, Inc., in Westminster, Colo.

01  Vicki Clark-Kadish C’01 recently was awarded her PhD in clinical psychology from Rutgers University. She completed her predoctoral internship at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh and is currently a post-doctoral research fellow in the psychology department at Drexel University. She and her husband, Andrew Kadish C’01, assistant general counsel of Capreit, Inc., live in Philadelphia.

Adam Hazen Fey W’01 married Toral Anil Kamdar C’01 on Aug. 23 in a “beautiful ceremony” in Cincinnati. Their wedding party included maid of honor Amee Kamdar W’03, bridesmaids Kate Collins C’01 and Lila Sharifan W’01, and groomsman Amir Forouzan C’01. Other alumni attending included Alayna Barnes-Nessa C’01, Amar Bashir W’02, Cassy Celler EAS’02, Esther Chung Liu Nu01, Kevin Gregory C’01, Baker Kiggundu C’01, Michael Liptak C’01, John Matley W’02, Roheen Raithatha C’03, Daniel Sherman C’01, Anjali Srivistava C’01, and Jose Tumkaya W’01. Adam and Toral met as freshmen in English House, where he noticed her wearing hospital scrubs in the dining hall. They currently live in Chicago, where he is a vice president in the natural-resources group at Bank of America and she is completing her internal-medicine residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Jared Finegold W’01 WG’02 and Sabrina Finegold are proud to announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, Charlotte Eve, on Sept. 5. They live in Malibu, Calif.

Ariel Glasner C’01 W’01 wrote in early September, “Under the able leadership of Theo LeCompte EAS’01, director of media logistics for the Democratic National Convention, Penn had its own delegation of alumni at the convention, all of whom embodied the Quaker spirit and volunteered to help ensure that DNC 2008 went off without a hitch. Other volunteers included Cam Winton C’01, Samuel Reeves W’05, Chris Nuesch C’04, and, perhaps most impressively, Sam Feldman C’36. In addition, John Stephens C’99 (aka, John Legend) brought the house down with his musical performances.” [See “Making A Legend,” Gazette January|February 2005.]

Regina Halliday Nu’01 GNu’06 writes, “It is with extreme joy and profound honor that we announce the birth of our son, Scott Gabriel Halliday, on Jan. 25, 2008. He came to us as a preemie, six weeks early, and weighed a mere 4 lbs. The most amazing things really do come in small packages. My husband and I are truly grateful for the love and support of our family and friends, many of whom are alums.”
Aaron Karo W’01 announces the release of his new stand-up album, Just Go Talk to Her. It was released by Comedy Central Records in December and is now available on iTunes.

Meridith Sharpe Jacobs C’01 and her husband, Greg, are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Chloe Sharpe Jacobs, on Sept. 10 in Washington; she was 7 lbs. 14 oz., and 20.5 inches. Family celebrating her arrival include proud aunts Brooke Sharpe C’05 and Alexis Sharpe C’10.

Nyesia Turner Mehta C’01 emails, “In addition to being a wife to Parag, a busy stay-at-home mom to three active, precocious children—Aila (four), and Seth, and Ian (three)—and part-time super hero, I have decided to stretch the limits of my sanity by starting my own publishing company, A Ready Writer’s Ink. My premier book is I’m Saved, Now What? A Biblical Roadmap to Victorious Living and is in bookstores and online booksellers. You can check out my website www.areadywritersink.com for more information. I would love to hear from old Penn pals at nyesia.mehta@areadywritersink.com.”

Jasmin Mahal T. Ontalan W’01 married Jeremy Dane B. Pobre on Nov. 7 in Honolulu.

Kristen Webster Parkinson C’01 writes, “My husband, Sean Parkinson, and I are happy to announce the birth of our first child, Emma Nicole, on Sept. 16, weighing 5 lbs. 14 oz. First-time grandfather Dr. Alexander F. C. Webster C’72 and great-uncles Vincent Stracquatanio ME’72 GEd’73 and David Stracquatanio CE’81 couldn’t be more proud. We live in northern Virginia, where I am a senior associate with the executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles. I would love to hear from old friends atseanandkristen@gmail.com.”

02  Amy Ruth Barr C’02 married Todd G. Finegold on Aug. 31 in La Jolla, Calif. Many alumni, including her mother, Margery Ginns Barr CW’73, her brother, Jason R. Barr C’97, and Todd’s brother Jared Finegold W’01 WG’02, attended the wedding. “With love we remember my grandfather, H. Jay Ginns C’29 D’33, who was a Penn leader for many decades.” Friends attending included Jessica Naylor Minkoff C’02, Brooke Jaffe Scott C’01, Pete Scott W’02, David Bramson C’97, Roz Popick Pinkus CW’64, Frank Pinkus WG’61, and Dr. Robert Warren C’64. Amy Ruth and Todd celebrated their honeymoon in Santorini and the Maldives. They live in London, where he works in finance for Maverick Capital and she as a learning specialist. The current president of the Penn Alumni club in Britain, she writes, “It is a deep honor to be able to serve as president and assist in helping my fellow alums strengthen the Global Alumni Network. I invite all of you in the U.K. to get involved in the vibrant club that has emerged here in London; my email address isarfinegold@gmail.com.”

Carolyn Eckert C’02 married Mike Kruk on Aug. 9 in Bryn Mawr, Pa. Kristen Olander Engler C’02 GEd’04 was a bridesmaid. Family who attended included her parents, Anne Peters Eckert CW’71 and Tim Eckert C’72, her stepmother, Diana Shayon CW’71 WG’75, and her uncle James Peters C’77 V’83. Other friends who celebrated were Adam Engler EAS’02 GME’05 Gr’06, Liz Beothy C’02, Shaun Byrnes W’01, Frances Wu EAS’02, Ashley Belin C’03, Chil Woo C’02, Stephen Helfeld W’99, Mariandl Cabell Hufford GEd’94, Hench Murray C’66 GEd’67 (“who also provides the color commentary for Penn Quakers football radio”), Amy Simms GEd’97, Sandy McIntosh McGee PT’71, Stu McGee C’71, and Penny Moldofsky CW’70. Carolyn and Mike honeymooned in Curaçao and live in the Philadelphia area, where she teaches second grade and he is a software developer. She is the granddaughter of George B. Peters W’36 and the great-granddaughter of former University President George W. McClelland.

Scott J. Eriksen C’02 L’05 has joined the law firm of Devine Millimet; he in its real-estate practice group and based in the Andover, Mass., office. Previously, he was in the private-client department at Edwards, Angell, Palmer & Dodge LLP in Boston.

Dr. Joseph N. Giacometti C’02 married Mitzi Aileen Weber on June 6 at the Woodlands Inn and Resort in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The alumni attending included Christopher Beals C’02 EAS’02 L’07, Thomas Bushey W’02, Dr. Lauren Gavin Bushey C’02, William Collins W’02, Stephen Feinour C’02, Emily Foote C’02, Glenn Goldstein W’02 EAS’03, Jeffrey Nasser C’02, Vanessa Paris C’02, Marianne Rogers C’04, Jonathan Strauss C’02, Timothy Swain C’02, and John Zepeda C’02. Joe and Mitzi celebrated their honeymoon in Anguilla, B.W.I. He graduated from Jefferson Medical College in May and is completing an internship year at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood, after which he will begin an ophthalmology residency at Yale University. She is a special-education teacher for the Central Bucks School District in Doylestown; they currently live in Line Lexington.

Anne Hankey C’02 married Randy Forman on Sept. 20. The ceremony and reception took place at the historic Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. The bridal party included Elizabeth Ketels C’02, Stephani Christensen C’02, and Erin Kennedy C’03. Other alumni attending the celebration were Jennifer Denlow Bennet C’02, Cameron Abrahams C’02, Brinkley Tappen C’02, Ned Galbally C’00, Jennifer Murray Galbally C’00, Chris Smith C’03, Erin Foley Smith W’03, and Randy’s cousin Paul Shrater W’95. Anne and Randy met six years ago in Chicago and still live there. She owns Anink Designs, a stationery and textile company, and also teaches fashion history at the Illinois Institute of Art. She also is active in the Junior League of Chicago and was honored to serve as the illustrator for their recent award-winning cookbook, Peeling the Wild Onion. He is a strategic-accounts manager with the medical division of NDS.
Brett Harris EAS’02 and Samantha Kors Harris L’02 are thrilled to announce the birth of their first child, Belle Ester, on March 19.

Maria Karas C’02 see Jaime Winikor W’04.

Ariel Horn Levenson C’02 writes, “My husband, Donny, and I are excited to announce the birth of our daughter, Lila Ruth Levenson, on Aug. 18; she weighed 7 lbs. 13 oz., and measured 20.5 inches long. We happily live on the Upper East Side of New York, where I’m an eighth-grade English teacher and house adviser at the Dalton School. My second novel, written for the middle-grade demographic, will be published by Random House in Sept. 2010. I’m interested in starting an informal, new-moms-dads-babies playgroup, to get together once in a while on Sundays; if you’re interested in joining, feel free to email me and I’ll see what I can pull together. I’d also love to hear from old friends as well at ariel.levenson@gmail.com.”

Tamara MacKay C’02 married Jeffrey Kimler on Nov. 4, 2007, at St. Pius X Church in Cherry Hill, N.J.; the reception was held at the historic Glen Foerd Mansion in Philadelphia. Alumni attending included her father, Robert MacKay W’71; bridesmaids Amie Davis C’02 and Nicole Didizian C’02; Jeffrey Barg C’02 GCP’10, Laura Boyce GEd’09, Wayne Davis EAS’02, Haig Didizian EAS’02, W. Dyer Halpern C’02, Rachel Harkavy C’02, James B. Hatch W’71, Mallary Hatch WEv’87, Dr. Michael D. Rosko W’71, Dr. Richard Waldbauer W’71, and Scott Wilson W’02 WG’03. Tamara and Jeff celebrated their honeymoon in Hawaii. They live in Atco, and she teaches elementary- and middle-school music in nearby Cherry Hill.

Rachel Slosburg W’02 GCP’03 married Alex Kramer on Oct. 25 at Temple Israel in Omaha, Neb. Members of the wedding party included bridesmaids Morgan Cohen C’01, Amy Gordon C’01, and Emily Polak C’01; bride’s attendants Sara Edelman C’02 and Allison Ostrow C’02; Rachel’s brother and groomsman Jacob D. Slosburg W’99 WG’00 (who sent in this note), and usher Matt Pincus W’02. Other alumni attending included Adam Brenner W’00, Greg Brenner W’99, Jennifer Mendel C’98, Jason Silverston C’01, Rachel Ingerto WG’01, Rachel’s cousins Jennifer Cohn Falik C’00 and Rebecca Bauer Kahan C’02, and Rachel’s uncle D. David Slosburg W’74. Rachel and Alex celebrated their honeymoon in Fiji, New Zealand, and Australia. They live in Dallas, where she is a vice president in her family’s real-estate development firm.

Jeremy Wallach Gr’02, an ethnomusicologist, is an assistant professor of popular culture at Bowling Green State University. His book, Modern Noise, Fluid Genres: Popular Music in Indonesia, 1997–2001, was published in December by the University of Wisconsin Press.

Adam Winik C’02 married Jennifer Joseph on Aug. 31 at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich in Connecticut. The wedding party included best man Philip Mayer W’02 as well as groomsmen Michael Karafiol W’02, Eric Garfunkel C’02, Noah Chinitz EAS’02, Craig Gorman C’02, and Jesse Rubenfeld C’03 W’03. Other alumni attending included Adam Engler EAS’02 GME’05 Gr’06, Kristen Engler C’02 GEd’04, Ella Chinitz C’03, Yonaton Rosenzweig C’02, Marcus De Young EAS’02, Elizabeth Bradshaw C’02, Joshua Klein C’02, Rajat Arya EAS’02, Scott Kend C’02 W’02, Norman Ostrove L’06, Andrew Lustgarten C’99, Morgan Fine G’05 SW’06, Michael Winik C’05 W’05, Martin Winik C’08, Rebecca Beyer C’05, and Damian Handzy C’90.


03  Peter Burchhardt EAS’03 W’03 writes, “I left Microsoft in Shenzhen earlier this year, moved to Shanghai, and started www.LindenAlley.com. We make top-quality oil paintings based on pictures and instructions provided by customers, all hand-made, and at surprisingly affordable prices. In other news, I’ve been in China for more than two years now, speak Mandarin fluently, and have no plans to leave. I’m active in the salsa community (brought salsa to Shenzhen through www.salsashenzhen.com), and am learning tango.”

Devyani Kothari C’03 married Neil Shah W’03 on Oct. 17. The wedding ceremony was celebrated at Oheka Castle on Long Island. Alumni friends of his, who participated in the Baraat Assembly and attended the wedding, included Scott Sanford C’03, Jeremy Dubert C’03, Stephanie Langin-Hooper C’03 (who sent in this note), Jordan Fishman C’03, Maxim Mayer-Cesiano L’06, Jawaad Mahmood EE’03 W’03, and Namrata Choudhury C’03. Devyani and Neil celebrated their honeymoon in Australia and the South Pacific. They live in New York.

04  Dr. Aaron Gitler Gr’04, assistant professor of cell and developmental biology at Penn, has been awarded the NIH New Innovator Award, which provides $1.5 million over the next five years. He studies yeast cells as a model to understand the mechanisms in protein-misfolding diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and as a tool to discover new treatments.

Walter P. Hauser GAr’04, Pawling, N.Y., joined Kaeyer, Garment & Davidson Architects & Engineers, PC, in 2004 as project architect. He recently became licensed.

Joshua Miller Nu’04 W’04 see Bibi Schweitzer W’06.

Nancy Oster C’04 married Andrew Rosner C’05 on June 28 at the Ritz-Carlton New York in Battery Park. Alumni in the wedding party included Jamie Rosner Dorfman GEd’01, Jonathan Gantman W’04, Matthew Gorski C’06, Dena Gromet C’04, David Katz C’05, Ashley Rapoport C’04, Bonnie Schein Schwartz W’03, Jeremy Schwartz W’03, Abby Rosner Schiffman C’97, Jeremy Schiffman W’97, and Stefani Orland Silverstein C’04 WG’08. Other alumni who attended the wedding included Andrew’s father, William Rosner C’70, and Mark Albert C’04, Anna Black C’05, Katherine Bologna W’04, Katie Brandt C’04, Emily Cohen C’00 L’05, Micah Cohen C’05, Emily Conn C’05, Mark Dweck C’06, Michael Friedman W’05, Courtney Jacobs C’05, Eric Kasenetz C’05, Rachel Chiel Katz C’05, Preston Kuptsow C’64, Nicole Landzberg C’06, Hillary Lazarus C’04, Erica Mizrahi Lewis C’04, Brian Marcus W’05, Jonah Marcus C’03, Julia Michelson C’04, Jason Miller W’05, Michael Musaffi W’04, Jeffrey Nestler L’06, Nicole Pritz C’05, Brian Raphael C’04 M’10, Bruce Rosner C’72 M’76, Aliya Karmally Sahai W’99, Jeffrey Salamon C’07, Jane Saltman C’05, Jonathan Shapiro C’05, Mark Silverstein W’04 L’07, Pamela Silverstein C’04, David Smoger C’97, Jason Spindel W’05, Alexis Stein C’05, Erica Stein C’04, Michael Vaupen W’06, Ariane Wiszniak W’06, Rachel Hoffner Worth C’04, Hannah Zelman EAS’08 D’12, and Henry Schiffman C2030 and Sam Schiffman W2030. Nancy and Andrew celebrated their honeymoon in the Amalfi Coast in Italy; they live in Philadelphia, where she works as education coordinator for the Barnes Foundation and he is a third-year medical student at Thomas Jefferson University.

Wendi L. Wasik Gr’04 see Howard Brod Brownstein C’71 W’71.

Jaime Winikor W’04 and Maria Karas C’02 celebrated their wedding on June 1 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Wilmington, Del. The wedding party included her brother, Michael Karas C’04. Celebrating with them were family and friends, including Carolyn Ballay W’05, Ross Bruch C’04, Anna Coyne C’02, Shaina Gleicher C’03, Erick Goldberg C’02 D’07, Tanya Goldberg Nu’05, Monique Horshaw C’02, Reena Khianey C’02, Jennifer Palladino Nu’04, Anthony Peebles C’03, Stephanie Potts C’04, Sandra Rios-Fraticelli W’04, Carton Rodgers C’04, and Catherine Smith C’02. Following their wedding, Jaime and Maria spent two weeks honeymooning in Hawaii. They now live together on the Upper East Side in New York, where she is a third-year medicine resident at New York Hospital and he is an associate director in WestLB’s real-estate finance group.


05  Katelyn Allen C’05 wed James Yoakum W’07 at Calvary United Methodist Church in Philadelphia and celebrated at Abbraccio Restaurant on Feb. 9, 2008. The bridesmaids included Lauren Childs Vargas C’05 GEd’07 and Susie Flood C’05, and the groomsmen included Scott Watkin EAS’07, William Okech EAS’08, and Matthew Aquiline C’08. Also participating in the ceremony were Luis Gomez C’09 and Charles Darkoh W’05. Tim Fryett C’06 (“DJ TJ”) deejayed the reception. A number of other alumni and current students attended. Kate and James honeymooned in Puerto Rico and live happily in South Philadelphia with their cat, José.

Ana Crespo EAS’05 writes that she and Neill Occhiogrosso WG’06 are engaged to marry. They met in 2004 when they were both part of Onda Latina Latin Dance Troupe at Penn. Their wedding is scheduled for Jan. 2010 and will be held in the Dominican Republic.

Fred W. Hoensch C’05 has joined the Philadelphia law firm of Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis LLP as an associate in its business-services department and based in its Philadelphia office. He graduated from Temple University’s law school last year.

Yael K. Miller C’05 and her mother, Phyllis Zimbler Miller WG’80, have started a new online company Miller Mosaic, LLC (www.millermosaic.com), which “provides information to help make people’s lives easier, including information on estate planning, college applications, and Web 2.0.”

Andrew Rosner C’05 see Nancy Oster C’04.

Mark Schilsky EAS’05 W’05 married Alison Rosenblatt on Aug. 31 at the Brooklake Country Club in Florham Park, N.J. Members of the wedding party included groomsmen Reginald Jason Chinthrajah EAS’05, Craig Motlin W’05 EAS’05, Jeffrey Turkel W’05, Aaron Goldman EAS’05 W’05, Michael Bayles W’05, and Elliot Wakeam C’05. Other alumni who attended included Alison’s father, Dr. Gary Rosenblatt D’76, her uncle Kenneth Field W’76, Mark’s uncle Dr. Richard Schilsky C’71, and James Chelnis C’05, Eyad Kanawati C’05, Jeffrey Cohen C’05, Lucas Brown W’05, Elena Weinreb C’05, and Katherine Chen W’05. Mark and Alison enjoyed their honeymoon in Bora Bora. They live in Manhattan; he is a research analyst at Kensico Capital Management in Greenwich, Conn., and she is a social worker at Prospect Heights Care Center in Hackensack, N.J.


06  Neill Occhiogrosso WG’06 see Ana Crespo EAS’05.

Bibi Schweitzer W’06 married Joshua Miller Nu’04 W’04 on July 19 at Tappan Hill in Tarrytown, N.Y. Members of the wedding party included groomsmen Benjamin Lerer C’03 and Eric Rattner W’03, Joshua’s grandmother, Alyce Zellan Hirsh Ed’49, and Bibi’s uncle, Eric Kelly GCP’75 L’75. Other alumni attending included Frank Doroff WG’72, Stephanie Zernik Doroff C’84, Stephanie Gantman C’06, Jessica Hersch C’06, Lauren Schorr C’06, Nicole Stein C’06, Michelle Goldwin C’06, Jay Kaufman W’04, Stephanie Becker C’06, David Shapiro C’06, Meredith Wertheim C’06, Andrew Blechman C’06, Laura Becker C’06, Jennifer Endzweig C’06, Stephanie Weiss W’06, Ariel Blorian C’06, Lizzie Grodd C’06, Alexis Rossman C’06, Patrick Madden C’04, Amy Gartenlaub C’06, Morgan Satler C’06, Julie Ingalls C’06, Elana Cooper C’06, Julie Blinbaum C’06 GPU’07, Ashley Birnbaum C’06, Abby Leber C’07, Matt Elkin C’06, Costas Constantinedes W’02 WG’10, Josh Zelig C’03, Peri Schultz C’03, Jeff Stein W’03, Harris Mufson C’03 L’06, Brian Marks W’03, Jesse Meltzer Meshkov C’03, Darren Abrahamson W’03, Daniela Mizrahi C’03, Ryan Harwood W’03, Alison Fisherman W’08, Brian Landsman W’08, Bari Shmerler C’08, Julie Stein C’07, Chenkay Li W’06, Ayeesha Sachedina W’07, Alexa Driansky W’06, and Stephanie Gonzalez-Turner C’06. Bibi and Josh celebrated their honeymoon in Italy. They live in New York, where she is a senior assistant buyer in women’s contemporary denim at Bloomingdale’s and he is a consultant in the health and life sciences group at Accenture.

Diana Vining C’06 writes, “I graduated from Penn two years ago, and like most Penn graduates, I moved to New York. However my path to NYC was definitely the road less traveled. Instead of getting a prestigious job with a bank or consulting firm, I joined City Year, a non-profit that commits young people to a year of full-time community service as tutors and mentors in underserved schools and communities. I ended up doing two years, and now I am a staff member [recruitment outreach manager], recruiting young people like myself for this amazing experience.”


07  Erin Hoiland C’07 and Steven Leistner W’07 married on Sept. 13 at the Empire Canyon Lodge in Park City, Utah. The wedding party included Maurits Ovaa W’06, Reid Grandle W’06, Mike Crooks C’05, Jean Digitale Nu’07, Beulah Chou C’07, Becky Hughes C’07, and Jennifer Heim C’07. “The crowd of Penn alumni attending serenaded the happy couple with a rendition of ‘The Red and Blue,’” writes Terence Kennedy C’07.

James Yoakum W’07 see Katelyn Allen C’05.


08  Mark Saunders GEd’08 has been appointed director of admission for the Pennington School in New Jersey. Previously he was director of admissions and financial aid at the Langley School in McLean, Va.


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