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34 Joseph H. Barber W’34 writes that he “enjoyed the article [July/August, p.30] about my classmate Joe Burk W’34 Hon’88—well deserved! I’ve enjoyed my retirement in Jupiter, Fla. I am still active as a director of the Hoxie Harrison Smith Foundation.”

41 Joe Rhile GEd’41 in August received the Outstanding Achievement Award of the American Accounting Association; a former student of his made the presentation. Joe writes, “In 1980 the Two-Year College Accounting Faculty Directory was started, with data was gathered from over 1700 community, junior, and technical colleges. Each professor supplied name, certificates, and school from which the highest degree was received, and subjects taught were also listed. It was a comprehensive gathering of data from colleges in the U.S. and Canada.”

44 John P. Cooley W’44 wrote in late November, “My non-fiction memoir, The Wild Blue Yonder, is being released by PublishAmerica.”

45 Stanley J. Milstone C’45 writes that after 50 years practicing psychiatry he retired to Brookings, Ore., “the banana-belt town on the Pacific Ocean.” After one retirement he returned to practice for one year at Pelican Bay Prison, a maximum-security prison in California. After which he retired again and is active in hospice, in the League of Women Voters, and with his hobbies. One son is a research physician at Harvard Medical School and the other was a journalist in Florida. Stanley and his wife have traveled extensively with Elderhostel.

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53 John Weichsel C’53 WG’56, town manager of Southington, Conn., was last year presented with the Fifty-Year Award for service by the International City and County Managers Association. He is the longest-serving city manager in the country.

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56 Jack K. Wolf EE’56, the Stephen O. Rice Professor of Magnetics, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Engineering at the University of California, San Diego, in October was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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57 Lynn Sandler Hubschman C’57 SW’64 serves on the advisory board of Penn’s Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice, and Research. Last year she attended the 20th presentation of the Emil and Lynn Hubschman Award of the Pennsylvania Hospital, which is granted to “an outstanding person associated with the hospital who displays excellence in their endeavors coupled with compassion.” Director of social work there from 1970 to 1985, Lynn has written two books, Hospital Social Work Practice and Transsexuals: Life From Both Sides. She and Emil, have two married daughters: Jody, an attorney, who had served as a counselor to President Clinton, is an investment banker in Los Angeles, and Tracy G. Drufouka SW’85, director of transplant at Hahnemann University Hospital. Lynn and Emil divide their time between homes in Philadelphia, south Florida, and Toronto.

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 58 Dr. Paul R. Gross C’58 M’62, clinical professor of dermatology at the University, was recently honored with a professorship established in his name at the School of Medicine; he has been affiliated with the Department of Dermatology for over 40 years. He also served as chief of dermatology at Pennsylvania Hospital for 35 years; still is a consultant there, he also maintains a private practice.

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59 Gary Goldschneider C’59 G’65 performed all 18 of Mozart’s piano sonatas in a marathon performance at the Odeon in Amsterdam on Jan. 27, celebrating the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth. He had performed a similar “Mozart Marathon” in Philadelphia in 1988. Another is planned for this May, at the ancient ruins of Histria on the Black Sea, and will be televised internationally.

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60 William Boyd Katz W’60, Philadelphia, composed this poem, “Infinity”: “Perception and love, innate/ above. The Martian moon, to be forever/ soon, eternal sight. Infinity’s call,/ truth as the bright stars, as morning/ light.”

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61 H. Robert Fiebach W’61 L’64, Philadelphia, chairs the appellate, directors-and-officers liability, professional-liability and securities-litigation, and civil RICO practices of the law firm of Cozen O’Connor. He has been included in the corporate-law section of the 2006 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Henry A. Gladstone C’61 L’64, Merion, Pa., an attorney in the Philadelphia office of the law firm of Cozen O’Connor, was included in the corporate-law section of the 2006 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Paul Sarno C’61 writes, “During my undergraduate days as an international-relations major, I was fascinated by Southeast Asia. While I elected to attend law school and practice law for 40 years thereafter, my interest in that region never waivered and through wide-ranging readings, membership in the Asia Society and the Burma Studies Group, four visits, (latest, Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia late last year), I am now able to teach seniors about it in Sarasota, Fla., and, I hope, have the articles I have written recently (on Burmese law and the advisability and effect of U.S. economic sanctions on Myanmar) published in academic journals. I look forward to seeing my classmates at our 45th Reunion this May. where I hope we will have a panel on those who have embarked on second careers.”

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64 Martin E. Rich GAr’64 received top prize, “Best in Show,” at the 12th annual AIA Miami International Photography Competition in December for his “Mill.” It and another photograph, “Glow,” are featured in the American Architecture Foundation’s Architecture 2006 calendar. He heads Martin E. Rich Architect, P.C.; founded in 1975, the New York firm has specialized in and received recognition for a range of corporate commercial and medical facility projects.

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65 John C. Hover II C’65 WG’67 writes that in December he completed his five years as a term trustee, having also served as an alumni trustee for five years before that. He claims that “the Class of 1965 has had more trustees, a total of nine, than any other class in the history of the University: If any class would like to challenge the claim, [I] would be glad to hear from them. The Class of 1965 trustees are or (have been) Jim Reipe W’65 WG’67 (current chair), Ed Rendell C’65 Hon’00 (ex officio as Pennsylvania governor), Ed Anderson C’65 M’69, Lawrence Fox C’65 L’68, Norm Hetrick C’65, Warren Lieberfarb W’65, Peter Skirkanich W’65, and George Weiss W’65.” In October John received the Angell Medal from Penn’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology to honor his distinguished service as a Museum supporter. He had served on its board of overseers since 1997, and notably overseen the development and completion of the Mainwaring Wing for Collections and Storage.

F. Warren Jacoby W’65, Wyndmoor, Pa., chairs the business-litigation department and the construction-litigation practice group of the law firm of Cozen O’Connor. Last year He was named a Pennsylvania “Super Lawyer” by Philadelphia magazine, and he has been included in the construction-law section of the 2006 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.


66 Dr. William Abler C’66 Gr’71 wrote Structure of Matter, Structure of Mind, which describes his new theory of language and mind; it is co-published in this country by BainBridgeBooks, Philadelphia. He notes that he “looked for continuity of the human mind with the animal mind in apes, and honey bees, and even dinosaurs … But the real comparison turned out to be first principles, the structures shared between sentences and equations.” Along the way he got the cover of Scientific American (September 1999) with his studies of dinosaur teeth.

Howard I. Kaplan MtE’66 Gr’70 this month will receive a 2006 Light Metals Distinguished Service Award from the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society, for his setting up and nurturing its magnesium committee. He has been with US Magnesium since 1981.

Philip Pfatteicher Gr’66 is associate pastor of First Lutheran Church in Pittsburgh and adjunct professor of sacred music at Duquesne University. He edited The Daily Prayer of the Church, which was published last year by Baker & Taylor in cooperation with the American Lutheran Publicity Bureau. It is a compilation of the daily offices of the Anglican, Lutheran, and Roman Catholic traditions, arranged for use by clergy and laity.

Richard Spagna C’66 D’68 writes that, “James Michener once wrote in The New York Times, ‘one of the first obligations when establishing a second home, especially in a hurry, is to locate a reliable dentist. In foreign lands it is customary to look for dental graduates of the University of Pennsylvania. They seem to be everywhere and to be applauded locally. None have ever treated me poorly.’ In northern Virginia, finding a Penn dentist is getting easier than ever!” Dick and Marianne Burger Spagna DH’67, who established their dental practice in Falls Church in 1974, have recently welcomed Dr. Karen Tritinger-Young D’01 to their general practice, joining Dr. Sousan Kunaish D’93 and Dr. Christopher Spagna D’01 GEd’01 in an all-Penn practice. Dick and Marianne, who are now transitioning into retirement, will help out in the practice whenever possible, but plan to devote more time to their volunteer activities with the Northern Virginia Dental Clinic and enjoying their second home in Delray Beach, Fla.

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 67 Andrew M. Barnes C’67, Mequon, Wis., is a partner in the Milwaukee-based law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP who specializes in commercial financings, out-of-court restructurings, and business bankruptcies. In December he was selected as a Wisconsin Super Lawyer. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for the past 16 years and many times named one of Milwaukee’s “Best Lawyers” by Milwaukee magazine.

Tony Hull ME’67 writes, “I have left Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where I was a principal engineer, and a technologist for NASA’s terrestrial planet finder coronagraph mission, to join Tinsley where I’m program manager for the James Webb Space Telescope optics (the telescope that follows Hubble, now NASA’s largest astrophysics mission), and director of large optics. We are building the 18 ultra lightweight beryllium mirror segments that constitute JWST’s 6.5m primary mirror, and have just finished building a major facility for the optics build.”

68 Jeffrey Goodman C’68 <jgoodman> teaches at the Alabama School in Mobile and at Harvard University in the summer. (With a master’s in creative writing in 1978 and a Ph.D. in English 1981 from Stanford University, where he was the Mierilees/Stegner Fellow, he has taught at Santa Clara University and St. John’s College in Santa Fe.) Jeffrey has published many journal articles and reviews, as well as two books of poems, After the War (1998) and A Strung Bow (2000). His latest work, “The Warp of Stone,” with new and selected poems, is seeking a distinguished publisher.


71 Larry D. Bader ME’71 is mentioned in Striking Silver: The Untold Story of America’s Forgotten Hockey Team, written by Tom and Jerry Caraccioli and published by Sports Publishing, LLC, Champaign, Ill., this spring. It tells the story of the U.S. men’s hockey team, of which Larry was a member, that won a silver medal in the 1972 Olympic Winter Games.

Donald E. Lampert G’71 is an attorney with the Cleveland law firm of Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP who specializes in workers’ compensation law; he has been included in The Best Lawyers in America 2006.

Margit Novack CW’71 GCP’75 <> is proud to announce that Moving Solutions, a franchise organization that helps seniors, Boomers and working professionals with the difficult tasks of downsizing and moving, has awarded its first five franchises: in Tampa and the Treasure Coast of Florida, Charleston, S.C., metro Philadelphia, and southeastern Connecticut. She reports that, “Starting the franchise was like giving birth to a 20 lb. baby, but worth it.”

Brig. Gen. Dr. David G. Young III C’71, commander of the 59th Medical Wing at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, in November received the 2005 John D. Chase Award for Physician Executive Excellence, an annual award of the Association of Military Surgeons recognizing contributions and exemplary accomplishments in federal healthcare management.

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72 Nancy Plain Goldfeder CW’72 recently had Eleanor of Aquitaine and the High Middle Ages, her eighth children’s book, published by Marshall Cavendish. A previous book, Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, and the French Revolution, was named a “Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, 2002.” Her next book, a biography of the cowboy artist Charles M. Russell, is to be published by Mondo Publishing Company.

Thomas R. Liebermann C’72 CE’75 WG’75 in January was appointed chair and chief executive officer of the Ultran Group, a manufacturer in State College, Pa., of non-contact ultrasound transducers. Previously he was chair and CEO of MobileToys, an infrastructure company for the mobile electronics industry.

Joseph Loscalzo C’72 Gr’76 M’78, Dover, Mass., was named the Hersey Professor of the Theory and Practice of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School; he also serves as physician-in-chief and chair of medicine at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. His wife, Anita Sendrow Loscalzo CW’72, is curator of the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell.

Albert B. Malmsjo ME’72 has been elected chair of R. W. Beck Group, Inc., a management consulting and engineering firm; he will continue as chief operating officer and chief financial officer. He joined the company in 1981 as a professional engineer.

Sarah Wilson Wasserman CW’72 and Stanley Wasserman W’73 recently moved from Urbana, Ill., to Indiana. She is associate director of research administration at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, and he is the Rudy Professor of Sociology, Psychology, and Statistics in the Department of Sociology and the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University in Bloomington. They live in both Indianapolis and Bloomington. His book Models and Methods for Social Network Analysis was published last year by Cambridge University Press.

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73 Stanley Wasserman W’73 see Sarah Wilson Wasserman CW’72.

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74 Claire Marcus CW’74 FA’76 GFA’78 created work for two public art projects commemorating Benjamin Franklin at 300. Kites: Art Takes Flight, will be presented by the Main Line Art Center this spring. A Case for Art was sponsored by Philadelphia Sculptors last fall; her piece for that show, “Brainstorm/Silver Lining,” is part of the Sustained Winds exhibit at Arcadiana Center for the Arts in Lafayette, La.

Marjorie Woldow Plackter CW’74 and her husband, Jack Plackter, are thrilled about the engagement of their daughter, Lauren Plackter C’02, to Jared Rubin W’02. He is the son of Susan and Steven Rubin W’76. Lauren and Jared met in Leuven, Belgium, while on the Penn study-abroad program. A second-year student at Fordham University Law School, she is looking forward to joining the New York law firm of Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr as a summer associate. He is an associate with Lehman Brothers in New York, working in its senior-client relationship-management group. A wedding is planned for September, on the anniversary of the day they met.

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75 Peter Bogucki C’75 is associate dean for undergraduate affairs in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton University. He recently delivered the Munro Lecture in archaeology at the University of Edinburgh.

Martin D. Jeffries C’75 writes, “I retired as of Jan. 1, after having practiced ob-gyn in Atlanta for the last 20 years. I will be pursuing other business and volunteer opportunities here and in Africa.”

Larry Wahl W’75 served on the executive committee of the FedEx Orange Bowl Classic 2006 with Peter Pruitt W’78, who was president.

Skip Weiner GLA’75 <>, is founder and executive director of Urban Tree Connection, a nonprofit that “reclaims, restores, and revitalizes abandoned open spaces in underserved neighborhoods.” It won First Place in Education in the 2005 Gardener’s Supply National Gardener Crusader Awards, which recognizes those whose love of gardening is making a difference. For the past 16 years, he has taught gardening and environmental literacy in Philadelphia’s neediest districts, while beautifying vacant open spaces in the city.

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76 Steven Rubin W’76 and his wife, Susan, are thrilled about the engagement of their son Jared Rubin W’02 to Lauren Plackter C’02. She is the daughter of Jack and Marjorie Woldow Plackter CW’74. Jared and Lauren met in Leuven, Belgium, while on the Penn study-abroad program. He is an associate with Lehman Brothers in New York, working in its senior-client relationship-management group. She is a second-year student at Fordham University Law School, and is looking forward to joining the New York law firm of Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale & Dorr as a summer associate. A wedding is planned for September, on the anniversary of the day they met.

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77 Dr. Lewis A. Lipsitz M’77, Brookline, Mass., professor of medicine at Harvard University, is the Irving and Edyth S. Usen Director of Medical Research and chief of gerontology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Vice president for academic medicine at Hebrew SeniorLife and co-director of its Institute for Aging Research, he received the 2006 Mentor of the Year Award from the Association of Jewish Aging Services.

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78 Robert J. Chalfin W’78 WG’78 writes, “My book, Selling Your IT Business: Valuation, Finding the Right Buyer, and Negotiating the Deal, has been published by John Wiley and Sons, Inc. I am president of The Chalfin Group Inc., and in my 16th year as a lecturer in management at Wharton. I live in Metuchen, N.J., with my wife, Debbie, and two children: Risa Chalfin C’08 is enjoying Penn immensely and Benjamin is a sophomore in high school.”

Nancy E. Nes GAr’78 has been named an associate with GWWO, Inc./Architects, in Baltimore. She is a project manager there, in charge of adaptive reuse of an historic-bank complex to house exhibit and educational spaces for the Fredericksburg Area Museum in Virginia. She had earlier worked with GWWO principals before starting her own design firm, and then returned in 2003.

Peter Pruitt W’78 see Larry Wahl W’75.

John Stankowski C’78 is a colonel in the U.S. Air Force, currently stationed at the Pentagon; his previous assignment was in the Middle East. Enjoying all the D.C. area has to offer, he is engaged to Susan Simpson, with a wedding planned for this year. John would like all his PSK brothers and classmates to contact him if they are in the area <>.

79 Dr. Anthony N. Mishik C’79, who practices in West Deptford Pediatrics, was recognized as a “Top Doc” in south New Jersey in the September issue of SJ magazine.

Louis J. Oppenheim C’79 writes, “In the fall of 1987 I wrote to my class newsletter to herald the birth of a son. I hoped he would enroll in the Class of 2009. I am happy and proud to report that my wishful thinking came to fruition: Gabriel Oppenheim is a member of the Class of 2009 and has his own column in the Daily Pennsylvanian (“Opp-Ed”) to boot. It was pretty strange driving him to Penn to move in, 30 years to the day from when I did. Strange, but very nice.”

John Richardson C’79 <> e-mails, “After four years as co-manager of Animal Adoption Center in Lindenwold N.J., I have recently accepted the position of operations supervisor at Animal Welfare Association in Voorhees. Both shelters are just a short ride from Philly. While I cherish both my past and my present affiliations, the move is a gratifying one, as Animal Welfare Association is the more proactive of the two in many ways. It takes in many dogs and cats who are running out of time in ‘high kill’ shelters, including the Philadelphia Animal Control and Care Association, which serves as the animal-control shelter for the entire city. Our animal placement rate is very high, around 2,000 per year, an especially remarkable number given that we can only hold about 40 dogs and 80 or so cats at any one time. We also have a very low-cost spay/neuter/shot clinic and a spay/neuter/shot van that do literally thousands of procedures per year and do much to stem the flood of homeless animals at the source. We distribute dog food in distressed neighborhoods. So you can see that while my salary is something to sneeze at, I have one of the most rewarding jobs imaginable. Please drop by to see some of my furry friends at (”

Michael Scullin C’79, an international lawyer and consultant, is of counsel to the Philadelphia law firm of Monteverde, McAlee & Hurd. He was appointed honorary consul of France for Philadelphia last year.

Dr. Richard C. Wender M’79, the Alumni Professor and chair of family and community medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, in November was elected president-elect of the American Cancer Society. The first primary-care physician to lead the society, he is currently chair of its incidence and mortality committee, and serves on the editorial advisory board of its CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians and Patient Care.

Marcia J. Wexberg L’79 is an attorney with the Cleveland law firm of Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP who specializes in trusts and estates; she has been included in The Best Lawyers in America 2006.

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80 Leslie A. Banks W’80 wrote The Damned, the sixth book in her nine-part Vampire Huntress Legend series, which was published by St. Martin’s Griffin in January. A press release notes that she is the first African American author in the horror-fiction genre to have her works translated into Russian, optioned for a full-length feature film, and read unedited over radio.

Rob Dunham C’80, director of training in the capital habeas-corpus unit of the Philadelphia Federal Defender’s office, was recently reappointed to a second term on the board of the ABA’s death-penalty representation project. Also an adjunct professor of death-penalty law at Villanova and Temple law schools, he received the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ 2005 Alan Josell Award for Advocacy.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz G’80 Gr’83, professor of communication at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, has edited From Generation to Generation: Maintaining Cultural Identity Over Time, a collection of essays by intercultural communication scholars, which was recently published by Hampton Press.

Frederick C. Leiner C’80, is a lawyer who lives in Baltimore. His book, The End of Barbary Terror: America’s 1815 War Against the Pirates of North Africa, will be published this month by Oxford University Press.

Leslie Day Meeder C’80 GEd’80 has moved to Muncy, Pa., with her husband, Matthew, and four children (Jesse, Benjamin, Bethany, and Jordan). Matt is pastor of Evangelical Free Fellowship Church there. Leslie teaches Spanish full-time at Lycoming College in Williamsport, after homeschooling and teaching part-time for many years. The family had moved from Long Island, where Matt had served as a pastor, and Leslie developed a program of cooperative classes for homeschooling families; she has contributed chapters to several books on homeschooling.

Scott Schaffer W’80 is a forensic auditor in Florida. He is currently investigating improprieties in the state’s medical-society elections, gambling junkets written-off as business expenses, and careless household accidents being reported as hurricane damage.

Laura J. Steinberg CE’80, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Tulane University, has taken a leave of absence and is spending this spring semester as a faculty scholar in the science and technology directorate of the Department of Homeland Security. She is also a visiting scientist at the Institute for Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management at the George Washington University. She reports that her home was only mildly damaged by Hurricane Katrina, as she lives on the natural levee created by the Mississippi River.

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81 David Cohen C’81 EAS’81 G’81 L’86 WG’86 has been appointed to a two-year term as the U.S. Representative to the Pacific Community. In November he led the U.S. delegation to the biannual Conference of the Pacific Community. The community consists of all the Pacific Island nations and territories, as well as the U.S., France, Australia, and New Zealand. He also heads the Office of Insular Affairs in the U.S. Department of the Interior, which oversees the federal government’s relationship with American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and administers U.S. financial assistance to the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau.

Hal Switkay C’81 G’81 <> e-mails, “I was very busy last summer. I finally finished three important projects: two books and one music CD. The books are The Teachings of S (a survey of Asian and Western philosophy and religion, written in a popular, non-academic style), and You Can Learn Chinese Characters! (for students of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese)”. The CD, Music for Peaceful Life, features relaxing music written in the Chinese musical scale. All three are self-published; I’d love suggestions about how to formally publish them.”

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82 Dr. Kenneth Rose C’82 see Jayne Ressler C’89 W’89 L’94.

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83 Beth Kaplan McDermott Nu’83 and Bob McDermott C’83 celebrated the bar mitzvah of their son, Nicholas Isaac McDermott, on Sept. 17 in the Berlin Chapel at Brandeis University, with the reception at the Brandeis faculty club. Attending were Fran and Chris McGovern W’83, Doron and Joanne Levine C’83, Leslie and Andrew Finke C’83, and Theresa and Jeff Perlstein C’84. “In 2004 Beth celebrated her 20th anniversary as a staff level-III medical-surgical ICU nurse at The Boston Children’s Hospital. We visited New Orleans with our children in May, when she was a presenter at the NTI Pediatric Conference. We were fortunate to take in our Third Jazz and Heritage Festival—and are deeply saddened by the loss experienced in America’s most unique city. Bob received his first-degree black belt in Kenpo karate In June. He works as an analyst at South Shore Medical Center in Boston <>. Also in 2004 the whole family visited Andrew Passen C’80 G’90 and his family in Dakar, Senegal, when he worked in the U.S. State Department office. He is now DCM at the embassy in Lusaka, Zambia, and we hope to visit him, his lovely wife, Jeanne, and their kids in 2007 in South Africa. Would love to hear from any and all who still remember us and our days together in West Philly.”

Rabbi David Steinberg C’83 writes, “I had some big personal and professional transitions in my life last year. My partner, Peter Blackmer, and I entered into a Vermont civil union in May. This was followed on July 17 by our Jewish wedding, an outdoor ceremony on the shores of Lake Champlain, officiated by our friend Rabbi Linda Potemken C’80. She and I had been classmates at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where we were both ordained in 1997. Peter is assistant to the dean of libraries at the University of Vermont, where he also earned his Ed.D. in June. In August, I took up a new post as the associate rabbi of Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, here in Burlington. From August 1995 to June 2005 I had been rabbi of Temple Beth Israel, on the opposite side of Lake Champlain, in Plattsburgh, N.Y.

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84 Ted Marks EE’84 <> e-mails, “I am still working with Cisco Systems in business development, but, not currently in California. My wife, Ilene, and kids, Eliana and Zachary, and I moved to Beijing last summer. Everyone is enjoying it, probably more than we expected. The kids are becoming fluent in Mandarin: I am not. I welcome friends and classmates to get in touch if business or vacation brings you to Beijing.”

Dr. Robert Schiller GEd’84 GrEd’84 has been appointed a director of consulting for the educational-services division of Maximus, a provider of government services, based in Reston, Va. He is a former Illinois state superintendent of education and Michigan state superintendent of public instruction.

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85 Pete Gordon EE’85 <Pgordon511@> e-mails, “I founded GermGard Lighting LLC, applying innovative technology to effectively sanitize hands, and decontaminate reusable medical products, instruments, and trays in healthcare facilities. Infection control is a vital part of healthcare delivery and will be severely tested during an avian-flu pandemic.” He splits time between Far Hills, N.J., and Palo Alto, Calif., with Jake, a two-year-old Golden Retriever. Pete also sings in a local choir and teaches handicap skiers at Alpine Meadows Ski Area.

Betsy V. Palmieri C’85 has started an independent insurance and risk management consulting firm, Jupiter Risk Management, LLC, based in Connecticut ( She lives with her husband, Jim, and their two boys in Simsbury. Her father, Bill Young C’58, is retired from running his own ad agency in New York and devotes his time to fly fishing and to raising money for charitable causes such as the Atlantic Salmon Federation (, where he sits on the board.

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86 Daniel R. Guadalupe L’86 is an attorney who specializes in construction litigation with the law firm Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., in Somerville, N.J. Founding vice president of Puerto Ricans in Management and Executive Roles, he hosted a networking reception for its members at the firm’s New York offices in January.

Jane E. Miller G’86 Gr’89 is on the faculty at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research and the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. Author of the recently published The Chicago Guide to Writing about Numbers, she has had another book published by the University of Chicago Press: The Chicago Guide to Writing about Multivariate Analysis, which “explains how to present results of multivariate models without getting bogged down in statistical jargon and technical details.”

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87 Dr. David Margulis D’87 recently released his third CD with his band Evën Sh’siyah ( When he is not busy recording and doing gigs, he manages to squeeze in a few patients in his dental practice, which features the largest healthcare-provider-based CD collection in the Midwest. He lives a quiet and peaceful life in Chicago with his wife, Staci K. Margulis C’87, and their six wonderful children.

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88 Jill Feinberg C’88 and her husband, David Fishkin, welcomed Rebecca Julia Feinberg Fishkin to the family; born on Dec. 29, she joins big sister Stephanie (two). Jill is director of communications at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She and the family live in Baltimore.

John P. Halfpenny C’88 and Mary Bossart Halfpenny C’89 have “nearly completed our renovation and restoration of Morningwood, a sprawling, 28-room, Cotswolds-style mansion in Mt. Airy, Philadelphia, that we share with our three unruly children (Zach, Sam, and Jude), two ill-mannered dogs, a plethora of guitars, a groovy, vintage 1977 VW microbus, and a couple of 10-year-old Koi fish (Roy and Joy) that came with the property. We are pleased to report we did not go completely broke or totally insane in the process, although it was touch and go at times. When not up to our ears in plaster dust, contractor bills, paint wheels, or fabric samples, John practices law with the Philadelphia firm of Fox Rothschild LLP and Mary does likewise with Klehr Harrison. We may be reached for all manner of communications (excluding, of course, solicitations and religious propaganda) at <>.”

Jocelyn Demby Kleinman C’88 and Joseph Kleinman W’89 are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Lior Demby Kleinman. She joins big sisters Ayelet (12), Jennie (six), and Michal (three). “Yes, there are four girls! Jocelyn is at home full time with the girls and Joey works at Sempra Energy Trading, trading commodities.”

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89 John Budd W’89 and his wife, Rebecca, welcomed their first child, John Henry Budd IV (“Jackie”), on Dec. 12. John and family live in Dallas, and can be reached at <>.

Andrew Greenfield C’89 has been elected managing partner of the Washington office of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, where he specializes in immigration and nationality law for the corporate sector. He lives and works in downtown D.C., and would love to see and hear from his Penn pals <>.

Mary Bossart Halfpenny C’89 see John P. Halfpenny C’88.

Jed Hart W’89 see Allison Brody Hart C’98.

R. Paul Herman W’89 has joined Omidyar Network, “a $400 million investment fund for businesses that create social good, including the fields of microfinance, enabling technology, and collaborative community (” Paul and his wife, Gayle, a travel writer, have returned to San Francisco and hope to see fellow local Penn and Wharton alumni.

Joseph Kleinman W’89 see Jocelyn Demby Kleinman C’88.

Jayne Ressler C’89 W’89 L’94 and Dr. Kenneth Rose C’82 are overjoyed to announce the arrival of their son, Nate Ressler Rose, on Sept. 15, weighing in at 7 lbs. 15 oz. They live in Manhattan: Jayne is an assistant professor of legal writing at Brooklyn Law School and Ken is a plastic surgeon in private practice. They would love to hear from their old Penn friends at <> and at <>.

Robert Zaslow W’89 <> e-mails, “I live in Meadowbrook, Pa., with my lovely wife Susan, and our two daughters, Rachel (seven) and Lauren (five). I am president of Thomaston Mills, a textile manufacturer. I would love to hear from old friends both in the U.S. and abroad.”

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90 Dr. Diane Cooper GrNu’90 is director of clinical affairs for tissue management with Healthpoint, Ltd., a DFB Pharmaceuticals Inc. affiliate based in Fort Worth, Tex.

Dr. Mark J. Drozdowski C’90 is director of development of Fitchburg State College in Massachusetts. Previously he was a development director at Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire.

Michael Fein W’90 writes that he completed his third New York City Marathon in 3 hrs. and 52 min.

Dr. David J. Glass C’90 ( e-mails that he is finally heeding his third-grade teacher’s comment that he “sometimes has trouble playing nicely with others,” and has opened his own law firm, Glass Family Law, in Beverly Hills. Limited to matrimonial and special-education law, he concentrates in complex child-custody litigation. “As always, the initial consultation is free.”

Caleb Pollack EAS’90 and his wife, Rachel Fremmer, welcome their first child. “Taking after her punctual parents, Hannah Elizabeth Fremmer arrived on her due date, June 6. Mommy and baby are doing well, with the help of sleep training gurus Dr. Ferber and Dr. Weissbluth. Caleb recently became a partner at Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer, an American-Israeli law firm, where his practice focuses on patent law.

Meredith Richardson C’90 <> e-mails, “After practicing law in New England for several years, I recently opened my own business, Resolution, devoted to providing mediation and guardian ad-litem services in Maine and New Hampshire. I also wanted to let you know that Abigail Linfert C’90 is singing in The Rusticators, a band comprised of herself and her husband, Chris Amsler. Her CDs are available at (”

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91 Larry Bogad C’91 is an assistant professor at the University of California at Davis. He wrote Electoral Guerrilla Theatre: Radical Ridicule and Social Movements, which was published by Routledge Press last year. “This book is about creative activists who run for public office as a subversive prank.”

Katy Brandt C’91 and Steve Jobe C’92 welcomed a daughter, Lorelei Nicole Jobe, into their family on Aug. 11.

Sharyn Cohen-Colon C’91 GEd’92 and Michael Colon C’91 W’91 belatedly announce the birth of their third son, Brett Evan Colon, who celebrated his first birthday on Jan. 4. He joins older brothers, Matthew Jared Colon (six) and Ryan Scott Colon (four), at home in Chatham, N.J. “Michael is chief operating officer for Deutsche Asset Management Americas & Scudder Investments, and Sharyn is still enjoying her time at home with all ‘the boys.’ We are looking forward to seeing our fellow classmates in May at our 15th Reunion and can be reached at <>.”

Jimmy Johnson GEng’91, Neptune, N.J., technical director for the littoral-combat-ship program at Lockheed Martin in Moorestown, in November was selected as a Lockheed Martin Senior Fellow, for his “leadership in systems engineering and integration.” He and his wife, Carmelina, have two sons, ages eight and 12.

Dr. Scott Loev C’91 received the 2005 Pfizer Scholars in Pain Management Award at the University of Pittsburgh. He finished his interventional-pain fellowship there and has joined Pain Medicine Specialists in Chalfont, Pa.

Susan Poliniak C’91 is happy to announce her marriage to Patrick Coskren on Oct. 29 in New York. (He is a Brown grad, but she loves him anyway.) Alumni attending included Michael Adelstein C’96 W’96, Edwin Nealley C’88, Jennifer Weinmayr Egeland EAS’91 W’91 and Michael Weinmayr EAS’91, and David J. White G’87. Susan and Patrick live in New York, where she is educational director for Cherry Lane Music Publishing and composes scores for independent films on the side, and he is finishing up a Ph.D. in computational neuroscience at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine.

Anthony Rella C’91 e-mails, “After Penn, I attended Columbia Law School, where I graduated in 1994. Since then I have spent my time, mostly on the East Coast, working as an attorney, musician, and actor. Last fall, I opened my own law firm, Lawlor & Rella LLP, in New York. We offer all kinds of legal services (business and entertainment-industry contracts, local counsel, real estate, litigation), with a special emphasis toward serving the needs of people in the performing arts. And, I can be heard playing drums with my band, The Shapes, on the theme song for the new A&E reality series Dallas SWAT. Shoot me an e-mail at <>.”

Jiri Stejskal CGS’91 Gr’98 has taught courses at Penn part-time since 1990. He has been elected president of the American Translators Association for 2007-9. He is treasurer of the American Foundation for Translation and Interpretation, and chair of the status committee of the International Federation of Translators.

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92 Jonathan Bing C’92 <> married Meredith Ballew on Sept. 17 in Fearrington Village, N.C. Penn was well represented at the wedding, including Jonathan’s father, Richard Bing C’65, Annalise Carol C’92, Richard L. Cohen W’92, Daniel Garodnick L’00, Noreen Reilly Harrington C’92, Tracie Hoffman Cohen C’92, Eric T. Levin C’92, and Seth Price C’91. In 2004 Jonathan was re-elected to the New York State Assembly, from Manhattan’s Upper East Side and East Midtown, with 72% of the vote.

Amy Van Ham Hayes C’92 GEd’93 and her husband, John Hayes, are happy to announce the birth of their third child, Caroline Alexis Tia, on July 1. She joins big brothers Everett (five) and Aidan (three). All are doing well and live just outside Rochester, N.Y.

Frederick L. Ingham WG’92 spent his professional life in high tech, notably as a senior director of Symantec Corp. in Cupertino, Calif. The founding head of the Seattle Textile and Rug Society and a member of the board of the American Conference on Oriental Rugs, in December he was appointed a trustee of the Textile Museum in Washington.

Steve Jobe C’92 see Katy Brandt C’91.

James K. Lee C’92 and Julie Cho are delighted to announce the birth of Sona Pascale Cho-Lee on June 12 in Ventura, Calif.

Mike Lefkowitz C’92 has joined the Corcoran Group, a New York real estate company.

Michael Lipsky C’92 see Wendy Kanarek Lipsky C’98.

Rev. Jim Om C’92 and his wife, Jennifer Pico Om C’93, are happy to announce the birth of their fourth child, Philip Paul Om, on Dec. 28. “He joins big brother Peter and big sisters Phoebe and Penelope in the growing Om family. We would love to hear from old friends. at <>.”

Judith Pascoe Gr’92 is associate professor of English at the University of Iowa. Her new book, The Hummingbird Cabinet: A Rare and Curious History of Romantic Collectors, was published recently by Cornell University Press.

Eric Toth C’92 and Mandy Verboom Toth C’92 are pleased to announce the arrival of their second son, Campbell William, on May 18. He joins older brother, Spencer (two), who is very proud of his baby brother.

Ann Wyman C’92 and her husband, Zouhaier, happily welcomed the arrival of their second child, Maya Caroline, on Feb. 11, 2005. Their son, Rayan (four), is enjoying his new status as big brother. The family recently moved back to the U.S., after spending seven wonderful years in London. After maternity leave Ann returned to work at Citigroup in New York, where she is a director of research in the economic and political strategies group.

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93 Michelle Campbell C’93 recently married Robert T. Vance, an attorney. After practicing in both the public and private sector, she opened her own law practice in Philadelphia and specializes in family law, criminal defense, and employment matters <>.

Bonnie Fitzpatrick C’93 married Christopher Feick at sunset in Jamaica in November. They live in Manhattan, where she teaches second grade and he works in finance, and would love to hear from friends at <>.

Laura Goldberg C’93 <> e-mails that she “entered the union of marriage and marital bliss” when she wed Eric Schuntermann on Oct. 30. Her Penn contingent included close friends Brian Dunn W’93 and Howard Greenspan W’93. Laura adds that after a wonderful honeymoon trip to Maui and Oahu, she and Eric happily settled in Fairfield, Conn., and are looking forward to the next chapter in their lives. She works as a business operations and change director for WellPoint Inc., reporting to the regional chief financial officer and chief actuary. She continues, of course, “to root for the Quakers—and also the Duke Blue Devils.”

Matthew E. Kantor C’93 and Milena Vinarsiy Kantor are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Michelle Rose Kantor, on September 29; she weighed 6 lbs. 12 oz. She was welcomed home by big brother Noah.

Kevin Kotler W’93 <> in September launched Broadfin Capital, an investment firm that focuses on investing in healthcare companies. He had been a managing director and portfolio manager at the Galleon Group from Sept. 2002 to last July.

Kevin C. Lombardi W’93 has been named Counsel to the New York-based law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. A member of the litigation department, and based in Washington, he focuses on SEC and internal investigations and securities litigation.

Benjamin Marks C’93 has been elected to the partnership at the law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. He lives in New York with his wife, Rachel.

H. Peter Nesvold C’93 was promoted to managing director in the equity-research department of Bear Stearns; he is lead analyst on a variety of industrial companies, including the automotive sector and General Electric. In 2004 he published his first book, The Art of M&A: Techniques for Mitigating Financial, Tax, and Legal Risk; a follow-up text is in development with McGraw-Hill.

Jennifer Pico Om C’93 see Rev. Jim Om C’92.

Tali Epstein Smith L’93 and her husband, Joe, recently added a fourth to their family: Boaz (“Bo”) Ethan arrived on May 19, to the sheer delight of his siblings (Ariana (six), Adin (five), and Gilad (two). Tali is a special counsel in the New York office of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP.

Jodi Lynne Bayrd Steiner W’93 <jodilynne> and her husband, Gary, are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Sara Rebecca Steiner, on Aug. 31.

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94 Dan Bisbee C’94 <> e-mails that he is “midway through a tour with the U.S. Army in Iraq, serving as a civil-affairs officer out of the U.S. Embassy, working on the Baghdad provincial-support team. This includes both helping to rebuild Iraq’s government and decentralizing it at the provincial level. During the referendum and the elections I liaised between the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq and the U.S. Army units. We are assisting the mayor of Baghdad with developing a strategy for city services, and advising the provincial government on writing a charter to support the new national constitution. Grabbed a quick lunch with Harold Ford C’92 during a recent congressional visit here in the IZ. We debated the efficacy of toast-throwing as a possible anti-insurgency strategy. White paper forthcoming. I’ve lost some friends here, many of them Iraqi. I am continually humbled by the courage of local Iraqi leaders who are striving, yearning, risking all, to build a better country here. I have seen no bolder patriotism than this belief in a better future and the courage to shoulder this burden. Whatever image you have of this conflict, please include the memory of brave men and women who stood up for their families, their communities, their homeland, and gave all for a vision of something better. God-willing, they will achieve it.”

Brian P. Brennan C’94 M’00 <bbrennan@> e-mails, “My wife, Sarah, and I are thrilled to announce the birth of our daughter, Grace, on Aug. 22 in Boston. Mom, baby, and even dad, are doing well. The happy family, including our border collie, Sophie, lives in Arlington. After finishing my residency in psychiatry at MGH and McLean Hospital in June 2004, I took a position on the schizophrenia and bipolar-disorder inpatient unit at McLean; I am also a clinical-research fellow in the biological-psychiatry laboratory, doing clinical-trials research. Sarah is taking a few months off before resuming her job as an inpatient forensic psychiatrist at Worcester State Hospital.”

Christophe Charlier C’94 W’94 writes that he, his wife, Nadia, with their two sons, Andrei (three) and Nikolai (two in April), are “extremely pleased to announce the birth of our third son, Mikhail, on Nov. 9 in Moscow, where we are still based. Since the sale of my shares in LV Finance, an investment bank and venture-capital group that I co-founded in 1998, and my departure from Norilsk Nickel, where I was head of strategic development and M&A, we are spending time at our country house in France and traveling the world (recently to South Africa, India, China, and the U.S.). What an amazing experience to go on lion and tiger safaris with our sons! We are planning trips to Morocco and India for this year.”

Steven Conn Gr’94 co-edited Building the Nation: Americans Write About Their Architecture, Their Cities and Their Landscape (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003), which received this year’s Allen Noble Book Award from the Pioneer America Society.

Reetu Dandora C’94 was recently elected partner at Reed Smith LLP, a top-25 international law firm. She lives in Center City with her husband, Dr. Matthew Cohen C’94, and their two sons, Jaiden (three) and Rishi (two in April). “Both boys are very luck to have Rahul Dandora C’94 as their uncle.”

Rosemarie Fabien Gr’94, Wynnewood, Pa., in November was promoted to senior associate in marketing communications with Hillier Architecture; she had been a senior writer there since 1992. Projects that she has promoted have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Architectural Record, Interior Design, World Architecture, and on Voice of America. She is co-chair of the communications committee of AIA Philadelphia and serves on the board of the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia.

Marc I. Feinstein C’94 is pleased to announce the arrival of his second child, Andrew Louis on Oct. 23. “He joined big brother Justin and Mom Jennifer in creating the perfect little nuclear family.” Marc is an associate at Wiencek + Associates Architects + Planners in Gaithersburg, Md., which specializes in multifamily housing (

Laurie Stalberg Gigliotti C’94 and her husband, Aaron, are delighted to announce the birth of their first child, Bruno Patrick Gigliotti (C’2023 perhaps?); born on Oct. 31 (a Halloween baby!) in Santa Monica, Calif., he weighed a very healthy 10 lbs. 1 oz. Coincidentally, one of the fabulous labor and delivery nurses they had at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center happened to be Karen Cullen Nu’03. “It was great to have a fellow Quaker there to help welcome Bruno into the world! The entire family is doing great and enjoying life at our home by the beach in Venice. Deliveries of frankincense and myrrh are still being accepted, but in lieu of that, feel free to e-mail us at <>.”

Michael J. Gilbert L’94 was elected partner of the law firm of Dechert LLP in January; he practices in its litigation group and is based in the New York office. He focuses on criminal defense, internal investigations, SEC-enforcement proceedings, and RICO suits.

Zac Hunter C’94 GEd’97 wrote in mid-December, “I just wanted to share that Christmas came early to my wife, Tara, and I when Arianne Elise was born on Dec. 2. She was almost a whole month premature, weighing only 5 lbs. 5 oz., but she is growing quickly (almost 7 lbs. now) and everyone is doing well.”

Lisa Korsten L’94 married Jeremy Price on April 16, 2005, at the Central Park Boathouse in New York. After a honeymoon in Belize, they couple moved to the Back Bay in Boston. She works for Jennison Associates, an investment-management firm, and he is a management consultant for Capgemini.

Tali Mejicovsky C’94 EAS’94 married James Goulston Robinson on June 26 at the Picnic House in Prospect Park. They had met when she was working in Sydney: The wedding drew guests from around the globe to Brooklyn. Many alumni attended, including James’ uncle Larry Heligman G’70 Gr’85 and cousin Tamara Heligman C’04, as well as Mayumi Hara C’95 WEv’97, Rouel de la Paz C’94, Cindy Mendoza C’94, Evan Diamond C’04 G’04, Rebecca Diamond C’06, Brian Flumen EAS’94, Alison Stein Isaacs C’99 L’02, Rick Aronstein C’92, Seth Goren C’94 G’94 L’98, Cary Sheih C’94, Anita Patel W’94, Dalia Grimberg EAS’95 W’95, Wendy Ray EAS’94 W’94, and Andy Tso EAS’97. After a month traveling around the Greek Islands, Tali and James returned to New York, where he is a product manager with New York Times Digital and she is a senior facade engineer with Ove Arup & Partners; she would love to hear from old friends at <>.

Shiva Sarram C’94 writes, “My husband, Drew Pearson C’94 W’94 G’94, and I are thrilled to announce the birth of our son, Cyrus Alex Pearson, on Sept. 26. Big sister Leila Audrey is elated at the arrival of her brother! We are still living in New Canaan, Conn., where Drew continues his work at General Atlantic Partners, and I am enjoying being a stay-at-home mom of two!”

Edward Schnitzer C’94 see Cindy Horesh Schnitzer C’96.

Dr. Hahnah Kasowski Seminara C’94 <> and Robert V. Seminara W’94 <> had a lot to be thankful for last Thanksgiving, Nov. 23, as they welcomed their first child, Nathaniel Benjamin Seminara, into their family at 2:02 p.m. The newly expanded family lives in Manhattan.

Bridget A. Brennan Voci W’94 is an attorney in the West Conshohocken office of the law firm of Cozen O’Connor. She was named a “2005 Pennsylvania Rising Star” and listed in the December issue of Philadelphia magazine and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers-Rising Stars edition.

Scott M. Weiner W’94 married Lindsay Shwiel on Nov. 26 at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York. Penn guests included Todd Hazelkorn C’95 W’95, Matthew Sadowsky C’95 W’95, Barry Freeman W’94, Brian Cohen W’99, Janna Friedman SW’04, Julie Kaplan Hershovitz SW’02, Karen Howard Evans C’91, Amanda Hayman McGovern C’95 and Bill McGovern C’87, Til Schuermann G’91, and Dr. William G. Whitney.

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95 Janet S. Chin Chen C’95 GPU’00 see Albert Y. Chen M’97.

Harris Cohen C’95 and his wife, Jamie, are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Jacob Weston, on Jan. 1. “Helping celebrate at Jacob’s bris were Brian Kestenbaum C’95 and Darin Morgan C’94. I am practicing family medicine in a busy practice in Hatboro, Pa., as well as teaching residents one day a week at my former residency program at Abington Memorial Hospital. Mom and baby are doing well, and we would love to hear from Penn friends at <>.”

Dan Connell C’95 and Samantha Smith Connell C’95 joyfully announce the birth of their son, Tobin Wu, on Aug. 12. He joins big sister Quincy Wu (three). “Tobin hopes to lead the Penn men’s lacrosse team to a victory in 2027, with co-captain, Jacob Ignall!” The entire family is doing well and lives in Stamford, Conn.

James Newsom W’95 and his wife, Susanna, joined the ranks of parents with the Nov. 25 addition of twins, David Harlan and John Woodbury.

Michael S. Rosenberg L’95, a partner in the Philadelphia office of WolfBlock LLP, recently received the AV(r) rating from Martindale-Hubbell’s peer-review rating system for ethical standards and legal ability. He lives in Mount Laurel, N.J., with his wife, Sheryl, and their two sons, Sam and Jack.

Bridget Blaney Sullivan C’95 writes, “My husband and I bought a fixer-upper in Wakefield, Mass., over four years ago, which we spent 1.5 years of our engagement renovating, in order to host our backyard wedding ceremony attended by Krista Marakowski Biesecker C’92, Linda Fiore Murray C’96, and bridesmaids Rachel Bernstein Savoie C’96 and Sidnee Cangialosi Pinho EAS’96 W’96. This past year, after five long years of part-time school, I finally completed my master’s in software engineering from Brandeis University, and three weeks later gave birth to our beautiful baby boy, Cameron (named after his hockey-playing dad’s favorite Bruins player). I am continuing to work as a systems analyst for Boston Communications Group and enjoying a four-day work schedule in order to spend more time with Cam.”

Charisse Yuen Tang W’95 and her husband, Timothy, are very happy to update classmates about the birth of their third baby, Mary, on March 26, 2005. She joins her two older sisters, Grace (four) and Christine (two). Charisse enjoys raising her daughters as a full-time mother. Timothy continues to work at Hughes Network Systems as a senior marketing manager. The Tangs live in Gaithersburg, Md., and enjoy serving their church, the Chinese Community Church of Washington.

Clare Waterman-Storer Gr’95 is an associate professor of cell biology at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif. In April she will receive the 2006 R. R. Bensley Award in Cell Biology from the American Association of Anatomists, for pioneering the technique of fluorescent-speckle microscopy.

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96 Wendy R. Bennett GAr’96 married Ian T. Optenberg in the Rose Garden Ballroom of Philadelphia’s Park Hyatt Bellevue on June 11. Ted Robinson GCP’96 toasted the new couple during a reception, featuring jazz vocalist Mary Ellen Desmond, in the ballroom. Wendy and Ian were excited to celebrate with other alumni, including Lance Rothstein GAr’89, Oscar Gunther C’89, Christopher Lasala GAr’96 GFA’96 (and his wife of just over a year, Francine Hornberger Lasala), Robert Warring C’02, and Laura Seaman GCP’06. Ian and Wendy honeymooned in Tahiti for two weeks before returning to complete renovations to their home in the Rittenhouse Square district of Philadelphia. He works as an estimator and construction project manager at Core Management, Inc., and she continues to work as an architect for the redevelopment authority while pursuing her law degree.

Perry Choset C’96 and Erica Levine Choset C’97 are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Jared Matthew, on July 14 in New York; it has brought so much joy and happiness to their family.

Dr. Mark Deshur EAS’96 and his wife, Brandy, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Zachary Aaron, on Dec. 24. They live in Evanston, Ill., where Mark is an anesthesiologist at Evanston Hospital.

Edward P. Kelly C’96 e-mails, “On Nov. 5, I married my wife, Rebecca, at the Renaissance Hotel in Philadelphia. Timothy Kelly W’98 was co-best man and Matthew Fredericks C’96 and Kevin Jolly W’96 were also in the wedding party. Also attending were Craig Kennedy C’96, Jason Chappelle C’96, Robert Stone C’96, Sean Jenkins W’96, Jason Wood W’96, Dr. David Glidden Nu’96, Joseph Dietzmann EAS’96, Wayne Droesser MtE’95, Christopher Ochs W’00, Dr. Karen Krok M’01, Peter Krok GPU’94, Courtney Cassidy Nu’03, and Jeanne McCabe Fredericks Nu’96. I currently practice corporate and real-estate transactional law in Philadelphia at the law firm of Astor, Weiss, Kaplan & Mandel, LLP. I would love to hear from old friends at <> or (267) 974-5404.”

Rachel Volkman Kushel C’96 and her husband, Peter Kushel, are thrilled to announce the Oct. 24 birth of their daughter, Rebecca Emily Kushel. They live in Princeton, N.J.

Jeanne Levin C’96 and Shane Lipson EAS’98 W’98 GEng’98 are thrilled to announce their marriage on Nov. 19 at the Down Town Association in Manhattan. “We met in New York in 2002 and soon discovered we’d been at Penn at the same time, but didn’t know anyone in common.” The wedding party included best man Ryan Sacco EAS’98 W’98 GEng’98 and groomsman Jeff Ocampo-Tan EAS’98 W’98 WG’04. Other alumni attending were Meryl Horowitz Cohen C’98, Luke DeCock C’96, Jodi Kimelstein Gallaer W’98, Lee Goldsmith C’96, Diane Lewis Horowitz C’00 and Scott Horowitz C’96, Lisa Johnson C’99, Jon King C’97 EAS’97 and Lori Werfel King EAS’99 W’99, Susan Lerner M’93 GM’99, Carolyn Zimmer Levin GEd’96, Brian Marshall W’96 and Erika Schneider Marshall C’96, Dave O’Connell EAS’96, Clarissa Fesler Sacco C’00, and Tamar Shuldiner EAS’98. After a honeymoon in Australia and Korea, Jeanne and Shane returned to New York, where she is an assistant vice president of marketing at Lehman Brothers and he is a vice president of operations at Willis. They would love to hear from old friends at <> or <>.

Dena Rabinowitz C’96 ( e-mails, “After four years in group practice, I have taken the plunge and opened my own psychology practice. I now have two offices, one on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and one in Scarsdale. I am a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in cognitive-behavioral therapy for adults, adolescents, and children. I also provide psychological and neuropsychological testing.”

Scott E. Ross C’96 and his wife, Jennifer, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Charles Morton Ross, on Dec. 21, in Princeton, N.J. He is their first child. Scott, currently an associate at the law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Princeton, can be reached at <>.

Cindy Horesh Schnitzer C’96 and Edward Schnitzer C’94 are delighted to announce the birth of their second daughter, Zoe Sarah, on Dec. 14, weighing 6 lbs.

Rebecca Moss Schwartz C’96 and her husband, Andrew, are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Mikayla Rose Schwartz, on May 17, weighing 6 lbs. 8 oz. The happy family lives in Manhattan, and Rebecca works as a clinical psychologist and assistant professor of public health at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn.

Michael T. Upshur C’96 e-mails that his wife, Theresa R. Upshur, gave birth to their wonderfully beautiful daughter, Faith L. Upshur, on Aug. 9. She was born while Michael and Theresa lived in Baxter, Minn. The family recently relocated back to Philadelphia as part of Michael’s new position with Towers Perrin; e-mail him at <>.

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97 Kara Blond C’97 married Avi Lerner on Aug. 21, and celebrated with friends and family at the top of Mont Tremblant in Quebec province. Joining in the fun were senior-year roomies Amy Lipman C’97 and Laura Dwyer C’97, and friends Jamie Palan Weinstein C’99, Carrie Miller Baichi C’97, Joanne Seinsheimer C’97, Jed Walentas C’96, Jon Cutler C’96, Andy Rapkin WG’97, and Steve Abrams W’68. Kara writes: “That same month, Avi and I bought a house in Takoma Park, Md.: He quit his job and started an MBA, and I traveled to China in my role as an exhibit developer at the National Zoo. We’d love to hear from you <>.”

Albert Y. Chen M’97 and Janet S. Chin Chen C’95 GPU’00 are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Hannah Hui, on Sept. 17 in Phoenix, Ariz. They are looking forward to moving to Charlotte, N.C., in July where Al will take a one-year fellowship in laparoscopic and bariatric surgery.

Erica Levine Choset C’97 see Perry Choset C’96.

Katherine Frenck C’97 married Scott Loras Murray EAS’97 on Aug. 28, almost 12 years to the day that they met in their freshman dorm at Kings Court. The ceremony and reception were held at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, overlooking the Pacific in Dana Point, Calif. Alumni attending included groomsmen Scott Engelman W’97, Jonathan King C’97 EAS’97, and Francis McCloskey Jr. C’97; and Joshua Bloomfield C’96, Gillian Morris Geiger C’97, Erin M. Ridge C’97, and Lori Werfel King EAS’99 W’99. Katherine and Scott honeymooned in Mallorca and Ireland before returning to their home in Redondo Beach. Both practice in Los Angeles; she is a corporate litigator and he is a patent attorney, and would love to hear from Penn friends at <>.

Julia Francesca Loscalzo Giordano C’97 married Joseph Giordano on July 30 at Boston University’s Marsh Chapel. They had met at B.U. in 1999, when they were getting their MBAs. Several alumni joined in the celebration, including bridesmaids Lauren McKeone Thornley C’97 EAS’97, Ellen Carnochan Robinson C’97, and Brooke Holzer Kienle C’97; and Talia Kohorn Senders C’97 and Josh Senders C’95, Katie Leeson C’97, Kim Stern C’97, Keren Backer Schindelman C’98, Laurie Ross Stern CGS’97; Julia’s parents, Anita Sendrow Loscalzo CW’72 and Joseph Loscalzo C’72 Gr’76 M’78, and uncle and aunt Mark Sendrow L’69 and Susan G. Sendrow CW’68 GEd’69, and cousin Mike Sendrow C’00. Jenny Lattanzio Moles C’97 couldn’t attend because baby Will Moles was born the same weekend. Julia and Joe were so happy to have everyone at the wedding, and now live in south Florida.

Dr. Akil Kokayi Khalfani G’97 Gr’04 is assistant professor and coordinator of sociology at Essex County College in New Jersey. His new book, The Hidden Debate: The Truth Revealed about the Battle of Affirmative Action in South Africa and the United States ( was published by Routledge in December. He held a book-signing in January at the college.

Hayley Brener Kupperman C’97 and Adam Kupperman W’97 are thrilled to welcome Kylie Elana, born on Nov. 13. They live in Englewood, N.J., where they are enjoying being new parents. “We look forward to seeing fellow alumni at our 10th Reunion next year.”

Shelby Landman Lewis C’97 and Steve Lewis are excited to announce the birth of their son, Ethan William Lewis, on Dec. 8. They live in New York.

Ellen Pfeiffer Light Nu’97 writes, “In May I married Jared Light in a beach-side ceremony on Islamorada in the Florida Keys. We then relocated to Sarasota, following my graduation from the University of South Florida, where I received a master’s in public health. I am currently director of risk management and the patient-safety officer at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center in Bradenton.”

Dr. Zachary Lutsky C’97 and his wife, Elizabeth, are pleased to announce the birth of their first child, Jacob Matthew Lutsky, on Nov. 22 in Los Angeles. They recently bought a home in West Los Angeles. Zach finished his emergency-medicine residency last year, and has been working since as a full-time emergency medicine attending physician at Santa Monica/UCLA Hospital.

John Montgomery EAS’97 see Kasia Lenio Nu’99.

Heather Pesanti C’97 has joined the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh as assistant curator in the contemporary-art department; she will help organize the 2008 Carnegie International, a survey exhibition of international contemporary art. Previously she was the Marjorie Susman Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

Nancy E. Raftery C’97 married Mark J. Cieri last October in Philadelphia. Alumni attending were Kimberly Smolenyak Pierro C’97, Dr. Annie Kaminski C’97, Dr. Mitch Berger C’97 Gr’04 M’05, and Steven Shekane C’97. Nancy earned her master’s in Irish literature and culture from Boston College. She works in research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and teaches English at Camden County College in New Jersey. Mark is a CPA for a local firm, and they live in Langhorne, Pa.

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98 Jeanine Alladice Coronato Nu’98 and her husband, Stephen, are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Mia Rose Coronato, on Dec. 17 at the Hackensack University Medical Center in N.J.; she weighed 6 lbs. 15 oz., and was 20 1/2 inches long. “We married in Feb. 2005 and live in Clifton. I am still working as a labor and delivery nurse at Hackensack Medical Center. I can be reached at <>.”

Alyssa Eisner C’98 and Evan Henkin WG’01 are delighted to announce their engagement. They live in New York, where she is an editor in the children’s division at Simon & Schuster, and he is a senior manager in the business-technology group at Pfizer. The wedding will take place in Philadelphia in June. They look forward to celebrating with many Penn friends and relatives.

Alli Feldman C’98 is now marketing manager at Parents magazine, and will marry Michael Weiss in July on Long Island.

Elizabeth S. Fenton L’98 is a member of the business-trial group of the Philadelphia law firm of Reed Smith LLP, and concentrates on complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts. In November The Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly selected her as a “Lawyer on the Fast Track.”

Allison Brody Hart C’98 and Jed Hart W’89 are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Layla Ellen, on Sept. 4.

Jessica Kendall C’98 married Kevin Footer on June 11 in Washington. Alumni present included her mother, JoBeth Kendall CW’68, cousin and bridesmaid Rebecca Karnovitz C’08, and cousin Alan Karnovitz G’81. Other Penn friends celebrating included Richard Cresiski C’98 EAS’98, Melissa Davey C’98, Suzanne Derryberry C’98, Roberto Diaz C’00, Deborah Horowitz C’98, and Dr. Beth Weissberger Childs C’97. Jessica and Kevin honeymooned in Greece before returning to D.C., where she is a program director and staff attorney at Lawyers for Children America and he is the analytics manager at a Virginia-based consulting firm.

Wendy Kanarek Lipsky C’98 and Michael Lipsky C’92 welcomed their daughter, Ava Madeline, into the world on Oct. 4. They live in Manhattan, where he is a director in the distressed-products group at Deutsche Bank. “We would love to hear from our Penn friends at <>.”

Shane Lipson EAS’98 W’98 GEng’98 see Jeanne Levin C’96.

Helen Han Mountain C’98 and her husband, Chad, are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Carter David Mountain, on Oct. 19.

Jessica Myers C’98 and Chuck Myers W’98 WG’99 are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Samuel Caleb Myers, on Sept. 9. “We are doing really well and are so excited to be parents! Sam is already preparing his application for Penn’s Class of 2027.”

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99 Bradley D. Coburn W’99 has joined the law firm of Fish & Richardson P.C. as an associate in its Austin, Tex., office, where he practices patent, intellectual property, and complex litigation. Previously he was a litigation associate in the Dallas office of Hughes & Luce.

Neena Desai C’99 married John Ghose L’05 on July 3 at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia. A traditional Hindu wedding culminated a weekend full of festivities. Many Penn friends celebrated with them, including bridesmaids Alyse Dann Bodine C’98, Sapna Amin Mehta C’98 W’98, Ilana Eisenstein L’04, Tiffany Watkins C’98, Jessica Schiffman Fefferman C’99, and friends Thomas Scott M’05, Lauren Wald C’99, Abby Nims Lavy Nu’99, Nicole Natoli C’00, Marc Lener C’00, Nadia Dowshen C’99 M’04, Nadia Ebrahim C’03, and Renuka Khera W’99 and Nikhil Khera W’97. Despite the upcoming bar exam, many of John’s classmates attended, including Craig Bridwell L’05, Jason Choy L’05, Sujata Gadkar L’05, Matt Insley-Pruitt L’05, Alexander Sistla L’05, Indraneel Sur L’05, and Mihir Kshirsagar L’06. After a wonderful trip to Costa Rica, Neena and John now live in Philadelphia, where she attends Jefferson Medical College (after receiving a master’s in health sciences from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health) and he is a law clerk to Hon. Norma Shapiro L’51 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Renee C. Farster W’99 happily married Nathalie Degenhardt on Sept. 10, “under a canopy of trees in central Massachusetts—yay, legal marriage!” Friends and family “camped” with them over the weekend, which was filled with swimming, campfire songs, raucous games of Pit, and even a talent show—where her Penn girls roasted Renee royally. Jessica Tkacs Nu’99 read part of the ceremony and Tara Todras-Whitehill C’00 EAS’00 took amazing photos. Also attending were Lauren Smith Brody C’99 and Benjamin Brody C’99, Liz O’Flanagan C’97, Shirley Zilberstein C’00, Katherine Dahlsgaard C’98 Gr’05, and Gail Shister. In addition to marrying, Renee also opened a business in September: Urban Oasis is a hot-tub and massage-therapy wellness center in Cambridge. She encourages alumni “to come by and say hi for a special deal <>.”

Dr. Joshua Goldstein C’99 see Farah Schwartz Goldstein C’01 L’04.

Tara K. Nolan Hieger Nu’99 GNu’00 writes, “We are pleased to announce the birth of our son, Liam Brock Hieger, on Dec. 28. He weighed in at 8 lbs. 3 oz., and was 19.5 inches long. He looks a lot like his Daddy, and is loved by his big brother, Aidan, who is now two. We live in coastal southern Maine, where I work as a nurse practitioner at Plastic and Hand Surgical Associates.”

Nicole Kaplan C’99 married Nicholas Forand C’01 at the C.V. Rich Mansion in White Plains, N.Y., on Oct. 8. Members of the wedding party included matron of honor Melissa Kaplan Pollack C’96, best man Alejandro Castro W’01, bridesmaids Claudia Blumenfeld C’00 and Katie Miller C’02, and groomsmen Anthony DeFrancesco C’04, Jason Pollack C’96, and Martin Dunkelgrun C’98. Also attending were Chas Carol C’99 and Amanda Shiffman Carol C’02, Julian Millikan EAS’00 W’00, Scott Levine EAS’98, Paul LaMonica C’95, Jeremy Soifer EE’96, Ilena Kasdan C’97 Nu’97 and Mike Kasdan EE’96, Tavia Rutledge EAS’95, Matthew Girgenti C’02, Jon Vitale C’01 EAS’01, Melissa Wong C’01, and Kevin Lenaghan W’01. Nicole and Nick live in Silver Spring, Md., where they recently bought a house. She is a clerk for Judge Bohdan Futey in the Court of Federal Claims in Washington, and he is pursuing his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at American University.

Kasia Lenio Nu’99 married John Montgomery EAS’97 on July 23, in Pittsford, N.Y. The wedding party included best man Molyneaux Mathews C’97, Spencer Frasher W’97, Jeanine Greyer Weiss Nu’98, Shanna Weiss Weber C’99, and Kiran Pandit C’94. Other alumni attending included John Kraybill C’99, Rainer Hahn C’01 EAS’01, James Volkert C’97, Frank Rydzewski C’99, Marc Rosenstock EE’99 W’99, Joseph Manzo C’00, Clifford Sebastian C’95, George Koch EAS’97 GEE’98, Patrick Shilling C’99, Brandon and Kristen Squire Prince Nu’97, Stefan Sleep C’95 W’95 and Amy Tarring Sleep W’94, Katie Cunningham W’97, Sanjay Rana W’98, Geoff Weber W’97 L’00, Nick Benz EAS’96 and Françoise Lemaire Benz C’97 GEd’98, and Daniel Coleman W’96. John and Kasia took their honeymoon in Hawaii; they live in Houston, where he is a senior research engineer and she practices as a palliative care nurse.

Julie Denisenko Morris C’99 and Dan Morris W’01 celebrated their wedding on Sept. 10 in New Rochelle, N.Y. Many Penn friends attended, including 4049ers Ali Kalogris McCloud C’99, Anna Kanze C’99, Anne Bovaird C’99 WG’07, Sue Sabatino Nu’99 GNu’05 and B.J. Clark C’01, Alana Tolhurst C’99, and Laura Gustafson Eriksson C’99. Women’s track teammates and spouses included Lindsey Anderson Allen C’99 and Kevin Allen W’95, Adria Ferguson Sheth C’97 and Brian Sheth W’97, Jennifer Roy Butler C’98, Kelley King W’97 and Phil Bussey WG’02, Michele Satine Markus C’99 and Ken Markus EAS’96 W’96, Renata Clay W’98 WG’05, Shana Martin McDonald-Black C’99 and Damon Martin W’99, Richelle Clements W’00, Dionne Wilson C’00, Serena Poole C’00, Dawn McGee W’98, and retired track coach Betty Costanza. Football teammates included best man Nick Morris W’95 and Brian Person W’01, John Holahan W’01, Chris Moen W’01, Jason Feinberg C’01, Gavin Hoffman W’01, Todd Okolovitch W’03, Doug O’Neill W’00, Greg Karcich W’97, Mike Germino W’99, Mike Pikiel C’99, Mike Verille C’01, Ben Zagorski W’01 and Adriana Pentz C’02. Other friends attending included Boris Rubin W’90, John Atkinson C’03, Bandele Adeniyi-Bada W’00, Staci Krueger Metz SW’01, and Jeanine Gubler Heck EAS’99 and Kevin Heck C’00. Julie and Dan live in New York, where he is an equity trader at JPMorganChase and she attends Columbia Business School.

Rachel Rosenbaum C’99 is “thrilled to report that Joree Adilman C’99 was engaged to Mark Weinstein on Nov. 19 in New York. They’ve been enjoying the city together for four years, where she is foundation manager of the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation and he is a senior acquisitions editor at McGraw Hill. Their wedding celebration will take place this year in Chicago.”

Lisa Ann Sandell C’99 writes that her first novel, The Weight of the Sky, will be published this month by Viking Children’s Books. “Written in verse, this coming-of-age novel is about a 16-year-old girl who spends a summer in Israel and tries to navigate the murky waters of adolescence.”

Jill A. Seiman C’99 married Leonardo Mayer at the Guardian Angel Church in New York on June 10. A reception at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers followed, with a number of Penn friends joining in the celebration, including Michelle de Leon C’99, Jacqueline Sherman Ortiz C’99, Celina de Sola C’99 SW’00, Samar Hammam W’99, Jessica Prunell C’99, Christina Sanchez Wagner C’99, Greg Golkov W’99, Ramon Contreras C’03, Christoph Loeffler C’99, Jerry Russo C’99, Miguel E. Bravo C’99, and Peter R. Stern WG’07. After an adventurous honeymoon in China, Jill and Leo returned to New York, where she is a real-estate investment banker and he is an equity-derivatives trader; she graduated from New York University in 2003 with a master’s in real-estate finance.

Heidi Danielle Strieb C’99 graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine last June.

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00 Karein Donahue Freehill Nu’00 and her husband, Dr. Michael Freehill, proudly announce the birth of their daughter, Elizabeth Grace, on July 21. They now live in Baltimore, where he is completing an orthopaedic-surgery residency at Johns Hopkins. Karein is a high-school science teacher.

Leigh M. Gardner C’00 GEd’02 is thrilled to announce her engagement to Thomas E. Tolley, an archaeologist. “Our first date was in the middle of a snowstorm in January, and the proposal occurred on Oct. 28. We are planning a wedding for March 24, 2007, with a honeymoon in Ireland. I have been teaching in the Philadelphia suburbs for the past four years, and was named to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers twice. Tom and I are both thinking about pursuing doctoral degrees, possibly at Penn. We can be contacted at <>.”

Janina Gilo C’00 and Alex Meier-Tomkins C’01 are excited to announce their engagement. They currently live in New Haven.

Alex Gleser W’00 see Leslie Keller C’01.

Michelle Holme C’00 was nominated for a Grammy in Art Direction for You Ain’t Talkin’ to Me: Charlie Poole and the Roots of Country Music. She is a senior art director at Sony BMG, and in her five years there has had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of artists, including Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, Bette Midler, Cypress Hill, and John Mayer.

Ben Schein C’00 recently married Robyn Levich on Sept. 18 in Minneapolis. Attendees at the wedding included his college roommates Jennifer Brown Lerner C’00 and Jeff Lerner C’00 EAS’00, Debra Kurshan C’00, Danny Doeschner C’00, Jeremy Moneta EAS’00, Aaron Fidler W’00, Jordana Riklis Cooperberg C’00, and Nina Rubin C’01 (who sent in this note), and friends Tamar Migdal C’00, Megan Bly C’00, Miriam Joffe-Block C’00, Rebecca Bauer C’00, and Jenny Bilenker C’97. Ben and Robyn honeymooned for two weeks in Spain, and then returned to Washington, where they live; he works as a senior analyst at Euclid Technology and she is director of Orr Associates, Inc.

Debbi Bauml Schultz C’00 WEv’05 married Ethan Schultz L’05 on Dec. 17 in North Brunswick, N.J. They had grown up together in Manalapan. The bridal party included matron of honor Amy Bauml Eisner W’98 and bridesmaids Denise Sandole C’99 and Brooke Anthony C’01. They were joined by several alumni, including Adam Eisner C’98, Jen Abrams W’01, Scott Becker WG’07, Katherine Bierlein L’05, David Caldwell C’01, Jim Burkman M’96 GM’99, Bess Collier C’00, Nikki Cyter C’03, Beth Falkof C’03, Daniel Ganc W’98, Marcie Gluskin L’05, Jenny Hurwitz C’01, Lauren Kalish C’00, Andrew Mariniello L’05, Nell McCarthy L’05, Wendy Miller L’05, Jonathan Olin L’05, Dina Penny C’00, Jonathan Perle L’05, Gabe Aherne C’99, and Brett Weinheimer W’00. Debbi and Ethan live in Philadelphia.

Ameesh Vakharia W’00 married Saloney Patel on July 10 in Chicago. Alumni attending included Samir Lakhani EAS’01 W’01, Preetam Rao W’01, Paul Sethi W’01, Nimeet Dodhia W’01, and Shilpa Nayyar C’02 EAS’02 WG’07. Ameesh and Saloney, who went to Bali and Singapore on their honeymoon, live in Jersey City, where she works as a chemical engineer for L’Oréal and he is a consultant with McKinsey and Company <>.

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01 Joseph Chandler C’01 and Megan Kidwell W’01 are thrilled to announce their engagement, which took place on Sept. 29. They live in Baltimore; he is pursuing a second bachelor’s, in German, at Towson University and she works as a senior marketing specialist for CitiFinancial, part of Citigroup. A wedding is planned for June 16, 2007, in Philadelphia. The bridal party shall include Esther Cho EAS’01, Rachel Feingold C’01, Grace Chen W’01, Michael Light C’02, Patrick Kidwell W’03, Courtney Grow EAS’00, Dan Kushner C’98, and Josh Carle C’02.

Sandra E. Del Cueto Gr’01, Bethlehem, Pa., has been appointed to the Robert J. Kopecek Endowed Chair in the Humanities at Northampton Community College. Previously an associate professor of Spanish, she joined the faculty in 1997.

Jennifer Cohn Falik C’01 married Brian Falik on Oct. 29 at a beautiful celebration at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. The wedding party included co-maids-of-honor, Nicole Matusow C’01 and Jana Leichter C’01, and Leslie Keller Gleser C’01, Pauline Cohen Weinstein C’01, and Jennifer Brillante C’01 (who sent this note). At the festivities were many other alumni, including Brian’s uncle Thomas Falik W’73, Andrea Levy Greenberg C’76 GEd’77 WG’77, Allison Kaye C’01, Paula Miller C’01, Brooke Jaffe C’01, Anne Trott C’01, Jonathan Hoffenberg W’01, Alex Gleser W’00, Harlan Cherniak W’01, and Peter Scott W’02. Jennifer and Brian went to Costa Rica for their honeymoon. They had met in New York, where they live: She is a beauty publicist at Alison Broad Public Relations and he is a vice president of commodity financing at Credit Suisse First Boston.

Nicholas Forand C’01 see Nicole Kaplan C’99.

Farah Schwartz Goldstein C’01 L’04 married Dr. Joshua Goldstein C’99 on Nov. 5 at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York. Members of the wedding party included maid of honor Dr. Orli Rosen C’01, bridesmaids Alexis Brown Nu’01 and Jasmin Rosemberg C’02, and groomsman Jonathan Kromberg C’99. Other alumni joining in the celebration included Emily Lepler Fisher C’01, Jared Goodman L’04, Alexis Gultanoff C’01 L’04, Jonathan Lurie WG’05, Susan Lutinger C’01, Elizabeth McManus L’04, Carlos Montoya L’04, Rebecca Fenigstein C’01 G’01, Jeremy Mittman C’99, Alfio Rossetti W’01, Amy Stasik G’04 L’04, Raymond Sarola L’05, and Jessica Weltman L’04. Farah is an attorney in the corporate department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and Josh is an anesthesiology resident at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Barry Hammerman W’01 and Shira Alpert Hammerman C’01 GEd’02 are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Ariel Tehila Hammerman, on Oct. 10; she weighed 7 lbs., and measured 19.5 inches at birth. They happily live in New York, and would love to hear from all their Penn friends at <>.

Evan Henkin WG’01 see Alyssa Eisner C’98.

Samuel Holliday EAS’01 see Katie Klein C’02.

Leslie Keller C’01 married Alex Gleser W’00 on July 2 at Radnor Valley Country Club in Villanova, Pa. Alumni in the wedding party included Theodore Gleser W’02, Zachary Gleser W’06, Meredith Keller C’04, Nicole Matusow C’01, Todd Silverman C’99, Alex Tisch C’00, and Dina Wizmur C’02. Other alumni attending included Anthony Akselrad C’00, Garrick Bernstein C’00, Jennifer Brillante C’01, James Chairman C’99, Louis Jared Cohen C’02, Jennifer Cohn Falik C’01, Alexa Levin Fishback C’00 and Birche Fishback C’01 EAS’01, Daniel Gaspar W’01, Kevin Glaser C’04, Robert Goldfaden C’00, Rachel Friedlander Goldstein C’98 and Whitney Goldstein C’97, Danielle Blaine Halpern C’99 and Mark J. Halpern W’99, Jon Hoffenberg W’01, Dana Howbert C’01, Andrew Immerman W’98, Alan Isenberg C’01, Michael Jupiter W’02, Dan Katz-Golden C’02, Alan Kessler C’98, Richard Kinderman W’01, Brett Klein W’99, Andrew Kowal W’99 and Lauren Schlenoff Kowal C’98 L’01, Samantha Krofft C’01, Russell Kwiat C’02, Jana Leichter C’01, Joey Levin EAS’01 W’01 and Meryl Cohen Levin C’01, Eddie Manheimer C’00, Jon Mellen C’00, Zach Miller C’01, Alex Picciano W’00, Josh Rosen W’00, Jill Rothkopf C’01, Abby Rosner Schiffman C’97 and Jeremy Schiffman W’97, Philip Schwartz C’01 EAS’01, David Schwarz W’00, Bara Weiss Tisch C’00, Alejandro Toussieh C’00, Anne Trott C’01, and Brooke Muraskin Vogel C’03 and Jordan Vogel C’02. Leslie and Alex have moved from San Francisco to Cambridge, Mass., where she is the communications manager for the Langham Hotel Boston, and he is in his first year at Harvard Business School.

Alex Meier-Tomkins C’01 see Janina Gilo C’00.

Dan Morris W’01 see Julie Denisenko Morris C’99.

Eileen Muñoz C’01 married Marco Ayala on Dec. 10 in Oaxaca, Mexico. See their website (, password is Oaxaca.

Amy Strain C’01 married William Mensch on Nov. 11 in Havertown, Pa. Heather Sutherland C’01 G’02 was maid of honor, and the groomsmen included William Goebel W’97 and Adam Coates C’96 L’03. Also attending were Dave Heitzman EAS’02, Rainer Hahn C’01 EAS’01, Donna Stachowicz Nu’01 and Sebastian Stachowicz Nu’01, Colleen McCullen Gr’03, and Mary Ann Smeck Nu’74.

Brenna Tinkel C’01 married Andy Sniderman on Nov. 5 at the Newark Museum in New Jersey. Alumni present at the event included matron of honor Hilary Tinkel Vernon C’98, groomsman Aaron Vernon EAS’98, Wendy Tao W’01, Lindsay Matthews W’01, Ron Isaacson EAS’01 and Stacey Feldman Isaacson C’00, and Gregory Cooper C’04. Unable to attend, but very much missed, was Sherise Lindsay C’01, who is working in Namibia with the Peace Corps. After a honeymoon in Belize, Brenna and Andy returned to their home in New York, where he is an architect and she is a writer, research manager at the Associated Press, and is studying for a master’s degree at Columbia University.

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02 Debbie Goldstein C’02 married Sam Portnoy on Dec. 26 at the St. Regis in New York. They were joined by family and friends, including Meg Sutula W’02, Alexis Sutherland C’02, Carla Nunziante C’02 L’08, Stacie Zerdecki C’02, Kelly Westphalen C’02, Phil Mayer W’02, Olivia Kuhn C’02, Adrienne Moore C’02, Rick Wetmore W’02, and Dara Friedman C’01. (Debbie’s and Sam’s families have been friends for over 20 years, but they reconnected in New York in early 2004.) After a honeymoon in the Caribbean, Debbie and Sam began married life in New York, and will move to Vermont in September, when he begins a clerkship for the Hon. Peter Hall of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Wesley Gray W’02 and Katie Jorgensen C’03 are excited to announce their marriage on Aug. 14. “We were thrilled to have so many fellow join us to celebrate: Henry Brigham C’02 W’02 and Michael Hollander W’01 served as groomsmen and Aaron Seager W’00 as an usher. Also joining us were Sara Fancher Peters C’03, Adya Kashuba C’03, Marisa Kastner EAS’03, Carolyn O’Leary C’03, Kelvin Lau C’03, Timothy Ofak C’03, Rebecca Fishman C’03, David Finkler C’03, Eric Ogden W’02, Gorav Khanna EAS’01 W’01, Meredith Voliva C’02, David Ma W’02, Sue Tran W’02, Miranda Chen EAS’02 W’02, Vicki von Krause W’01, Altaf MacKeen C’03 W’03, Amanda Chen W’03, Aeshna Sikand EAS’04 W’04, Chianoo Schneider W’01, Sam Byun EAS’04 W’04, Greg Berman W’02, Aksay Mansukhani W’02 WG’04, Kun Hsu W’03, Zhen Tao W’02, Gaurav Choudhury W’03, Lauren Cohen C’01 W’01, and George Witter W’03. Rounding out the Penn alumni were Katie’s mother, Anne Rimalover Jorgensen CW’73 GEd’74, and aunt Beth Rimalover Raschbaum C’76. Katie is in her second year in a Ph.D. program in American history at the Johns Hopkins University, and Wes is serving as a lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. Contact us at <> or <>.”

Katie Klein C’02 and Samuel Holliday EAS’01 are pleased to announce their marriage on Nov. 5 at Apawamis Country Club in Rye, N.Y. Alumni in the bridal party included Meredith Kosann C’93 (maid of honor), Jennifer Abrams W’01 (bridesmaid), and Matthew Haggerty EAS’01 and Brad Sitko C’02 (groomsmen). Katie and Sam live in Manhattan, where she works for NBC Universal and he for Accenture.

Lauren Plackter C’02 and Jared Rubin W’02 are excited to announce their engagement. Their parents, Jack and Marjorie Woldow Plackter CW’74 and Susan and Steven Rubin W’76, as well as brothers Richard Plackter C’04 and Todd Rubin W’09, could not be more thrilled about the union of the two Penn families. Lauren and Jared met in Leuven, Belgium, while on the Penn study-abroad program. He is an associate with Lehman Brothers in New York, working in its senior-client relationship-management group. She is a second-year student at Fordham University Law School; she is looking forward to joining the New York law firm of Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr as a summer associate. A wedding is planned for September, on the anniversary of the day they met.

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 03 Katie Jorgensen C’03 see Wesley Gray W’02.

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 04 Hillary Cohn C’04 received the Stan Cohen Award for best master’s of science dissertation in the 2005 human-rights class at the London School of Economics.

Michael P. Spiro L’04, Philadelphia, recently joined the Cherry Hill, N.J., law firm of Flaster/Greenberg P.C. as an associate in its corporate and taxation practice groups. Previously he was an associate with Dilworth Paxson in Philadelphia.

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 05 John Ghose L’05 see Neena Desai C’99.

John T. Moran GAr’05 GFA’05, Philadelphia, joined Hillier Architecture last year. A Fulbright Scholar, he will spend much of this year studying sustainable design at the Dublin Institute of Technology in Ireland.

Ethan Schultz L’05 see Debbi Bauml Schultz C’00 WEv’05.

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