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46  Eileen Walkenstein CW’46, Asheville, N.C., has written a new book, The Imprinters: Surviving the Unlived Life of Our Parents, which was published last year by Zeig, Tucker, & Theisen, Inc. An “intriguing, intensely personal, and honest account of her personal odyssey of 1975-6 that led to the creation of her ‘nucleus concept’; [it] reads more like a novel than a memoir.”

Tony Franco W’49 writes that he “again represented the U.S. in the Gardnar Mulloy Cup matches (for 80 and over tennis players) in Turkey. The U.S., which won in 2007, came in second to Australia. [I] qualified for the four-man team for the fourth consecutive year by reaching the finals of the U.S. grass-court championship and winning the doubles in both the national grass- and clay-court championships for the third straight year. In the World Individual Championships [I] reached the singles final (losing to a new U.S. 80-year-old) and won [in] the doubles.”

54  Henry A Garris W’54, Great Neck, N.Y., is a full-time faculty member of Touro College in New York, where he has taught accounting and tax courses for the last six years. A CPA, he was co-chair of a tax conference last July, “Strategic Planning for your High Net-Worth Individuals,” and co-chair of “Tax Planning for Individuals,” a tax conference sponsored by the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants in August. He is married to Barbara, and they have four children.

Dr. Eugene N. Myers W’54, the Emeritus Chair and Distinguished Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh, was an invited participant in the Sixth Balkan Congress of Otolaryngology in Head and Neck Surgery in October. He participated in a panel on education and postgraduate certification in the European Union, Turkey, and the U.S. He also spoke on “The Contemporary Management of Cancer of the Parotid Gland” at the 40th Jubilee Congress of the Hungarian Society of Otorhinolaryngology, Head, and Neck Surgery.


55  Barbara Field CW’55 recently had her second collection of plays published. Barbara Field: Collected Plays, volume one (Samuel French, 2008) joins her first collection, New Classics for the Guthrie Theater by Barbara Field (Smith & Kraus, 2003).


56 Sally Wendkos Olds CW’56 reports that her 11th book, Super Granny: Great Stuff to Do with Your Grandkids, will be published this March by Sterling Publishing. It is “filled with 75 stories about activities, from 21st-century high-tech to cookie-baking traditional, that real grandmothers (including fellow Penn and Philadelphia Girls’ High alumnae) do with their grandchildren.” Sally also writes about grandmothering on her blog,, and invites alumni to drop by there or at her website,

Sanford R. Simon W’56 writes that he has had a first novel published; 30 years ago he wrote a business book Managing Marketing Profitability. “The new book is Chance Encounter, a post-Holocaust novel … An assimilated American Jew, finding letters that had been returned from Poland over 60 years ago, seeks to find what happened to his grandmother’s family. Coincidently a retired German banker traces the wartime footsteps of his father, from his conscription in 1938 until loss of contact in early 1945, while serving on the Eastern Front. When the two meet each has a profound change in attitude from the start of their journey.”


60 Dr. Adele Scheele Ed’60 has moved from New York back to Beverly Hills, Calif. A career and life coach, who has spoken at the Wharton School, she has written syndicated columns and six books, notably Skills for Success and Launch Your Career in College. She has a new website ( and blog (


61   Dr. Henry Greenberg C’61 writes, “An anticipated trajectory toward some sort of backing off or retirement has been interrupted by my accepting two new assignments. I am now editor-in-chief of Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases. This is both more engaging and more demanding than I had anticipated. I am also the new chair of the human rights of scientists committee at the New York Academy of Sciences. Dotage will just have to wait.”

Barry B. Levine C’61 writes that when his life history of the picaro Benjy Lopez was praised in Newsweek (Feb. 25, 2008), it “helped revive the 1980 story about the Puerto Rican immigrant to New York. As a result, Markus Wiener Publishers has recently brought out a new edition, under the title, Reflections on a Puerto Rican Life. An engaging autobiographical account, it … took issue with the myth of the victimized immigrant and proposed … an actor’s agency even under the most difficult circumstances.” The prologue for the new book claims it is “nothing short of a ‘genial masterpiece’ (see” Barry adds that he “is now completing another life history, ‘The Impermanence of Industry, Lessons Learned from the Last Great Garment Maker,’ about an itinerant pants-maker who has had factories throughout the globe.” He notes, “I am also happy that my son Harris M. Levine C’07 was recently awarded a master’s in political theory by the London School of Economics.”

Frederick Rankin MacFadden Jr. Gr’61, professor emeritus at Coppin State University in Baltimore, writes that he “has written ‘Lingering Life at 29 West Street, Glassboro, New Jersey,’ an appreciation of the ‘Walnut House,’ the Victorian home of Eben Whitney, a member of one of the major glassmaking families in southern New Jersey.” By request, the paper has been submitted to the Rowan University library and circulated through the greater Glassboro group for historic preservation.

Frank Pinkus WG’61 writes that he received a special letter of commendation for his six years of work as the Western regional director for undergraduate admissions for the University; it was presented by Peter V. Shoemaker C’86 on Nov. 20 at a private screening of the new James Bond film at Sony Studios in Los Angeles. During Frank’s six years the number of applications from the region more than tripled and the number of students attending Penn doubled.


62   Bonnie Squires CW’62 G’65 has been appointed to the Early Learning Council, an advisory board for the Office of Child Development and Early Learning of Pennsylvania’s Department of Education. She is also a board member and a past president of the Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation.


64 Dan Rottenberg C’64 wrote Death of a Gunfighter: The Quest For Jack Slade, the West’s Most Elusive Legend, which was published in October by Westolme Publishing. A work of Western history that he began even as a Penn undergrad, he says his research method was heavily influenced by his American civilization major at Penn.

Dr. Ronald J. Schindler C’64 Gr’78 has developed a website,, to highlight what he believes to be the great thinkers who most formed his outlook on life. “It is a work still in progress. There will be further additions over time.” An adjunct professor, he teaches philosophy at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pa.


65  Natvar Bhavsar GFA’65 will have recent paintings exhibited at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery in Hong Kong from March 26; they had previously been shown over the winter at same-named galleries in New York and Beverly Hills, Calif. His painting “Delwara 1982” will be exhibited in The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860 to 1989 at the Guggenheim Museum until April 19. A book of his artwork, with some texts by Irving Sandler G’49, has also been published.


66  Barbara Corwin Franklin SAMP’66 writes that she and her husband, Earl R. Franklin L’68, celebrated many momentous occasions last year. She writes, “We were sad to miss his 40th law-school reunion, but planned our own mini-reunion in Phoenix this past spring, with law-school friends Marilyn Halperin Bender CW’67 and David Bender L’68, Barbara and Frank Derwin L’68, Chris and Joe Sandulli L’69, Barbara and Howard Seaver L’69, and Susan Goldman Sendrow CW’68 GEd’69 and Mark Sendrow L’69. In July, many alumni joined us in Cleveland for our daughter’s wedding (see Elizabeth Franklin C’99 and Jacob Glaser C’96), and in September, we celebrated Earl’s retirement as senior vice president and corporate secretary of Eaton Corporation. For our 40th-wedding anniversary in October, we took advantage of our new-found ‘retiree lifestyle’ and went on an extended cruise in the Mediterranean. We’re looking forward to more trips and would love to have Penn friends and former classmates join us on our travels or visit us in Cleveland.”


67  Walter G. Reinhard C’67, Fanwood, N.J., an attorney with the law firm of Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., has been included in the energy-law section of The Best Lawyers in America 2009.


68  Earl R. Franklin L’68 see Barbara Corwin Franklin SAMP’66.

Colin A. Hanna C’68 writes that he “successfully completed the Marine Corps Marathon on Oct. 26 in Washington. The 26.2-mile race was from Arlington Cemetery through Georgetown, Foggy Bottom, Haines Point, the National Mall, the Capitol, Crystal City, and finished at the Iwo Jima Memorial back in the cemetery. Providing moral, physical, emotional, and nutritional support were Pricie Hemphill Hanna CW’69 and Jeannie Hanna Bickhart C’96, along with her husband, Tim Bickhart (they married on July 19).”

Joel N. Jacobson C’68 L’71, Chatham, N.J., a shareholder with the law firm of Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., has been included in the banking-law section of The Best Lawyers in America 2009.

Kenneth D. Meskin W’68, Short Hills, N.J., an attorney with the law firm of Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., has been included in the trusts and estates section of The Best Lawyers in America 2009.

David Walton C’68 writes, “After 40 years of building a closely held electrical-manufacturing company, my employee-shareholders and I sold the company in August (just before the financial crisis) to the French electrical conglomerate, Schneider Group. I now spend my time with my wife, who retired from the language department at West Chester University, traveling and enjoying our homes in Pennsylvania and eastern France. A lifetime sports enthusiast, I have recently begun work on a sports-related book.”

69  Dr. Frederick M. Herrmann C’69 is retiring as executive director of the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission after a quarter of a century. Last year NJBIZ magazine named him “one of the 10 people who forever altered the political landscape in New Jersey over the past 20 years.” And the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws presented him with its honorary-membership award for many years of distinguished service.


70  Dr. Arnold R. Eiser C’70 is vice president of medical education for the Mercy Health System of Southeastern Pennsylvania and associate dean and professor of medicine at Drexel University’s medical school. He recently received the Laureate Award for lifetime achievement in medical practice, research, and education from the Pennsylvania chapter of the American College of Physicians; he serves as vice-chair of its health and public-policy committee. He is also a fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. He and his wife, Barbara, who is president of Leading Impact, live in Bryn Mawr. They have co-written several articles on medical management. Their daughter, Arielle V. Eiser C’08, “graduated magna cum laude (like her father) and is working in Washington at Hogan and Hartson as a paralegal.”

Charles Gershon C’70 has published his second novel, Slow Funeral, a “medical thriller.” He did a book-signing at the Penn Bookstore in December. He lives in Asheville, N.C.; his son is Alex Gershon C’11.

71  Nicholas Canny Gr’71, academic director of the Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies at the National University of Ireland, in Galway, was elected last March to serve for three years as president of the Royal Irish Academy. “This, the leading learned society in Ireland in the sciences and the humanities, was established in 1785.”

Dr. Tom Kalman C’71 is pleased to report that his review article of problematic aspects of Internet-pornography usage was published as the lead paper in the December issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry; a condensed version of the paper was presented at the annual meeting of the APA last May. Tom also reports that his twins, Peter and Victoria, are thriving at Cornell University and Williams College, respectively.

74  Claire Marcus CW’74 FA’76 GFA’78 is an artist-in education for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She conducted residencies in 2008 for the Allentown Art and Everhart museums, the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership, and United Way. Her students “include at-risk and adjudicated youth who have created exhibits and installations for their communities.” Her work has been exhibited recently at the Ambre’ Gallery in Bethlehem and Marywood University in Scranton, Pa., and the Textile Center in Minneapolis.


75  Karen Andrade-Mims CW’75, Princeton, N.J., the new executive director of UIH Family Partners, has been name a trustee of Planned Parenthood of Mercer Area, and vice-chair of Princeton’s Human Services Commission.

M. Norman Goldberger C’75 L’78 in January joined the Philadelphia law firm of Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, as a partner in its litigation department.

Eric Leininger C’75 is senior vice president of global insights for McDonald’s Corporation, based in Oak Brook, Ill. He was profiled in the December issue of The Advertiser magazine. He notes that Claire Moray

Leininger DH’74 and “I will celebrate our 33rd anniversary this spring.”


76  Toby Gordon OT’76, Baltimore, founded Toby Gordon Advisory, a healthcare-consulting practice in 2007; it received a 2008 Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise Award. Previously she was vice president for strategic planning and market research at Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Jon Hinck C’76, Portland, Maine, was elected to a second term in the Maine House of Representatives, representing part of Portland; he was also appointed to serve as house chair of the Joint Committee on Utilities and Energy. He is also a class-action litigator in private practice.

Dr. Michael P. Malloy L’76 gave a series of lectures in early December on “Contemporary Challenges in Transnational Business Transactions” at the new Edmundsburg headquarters of the European law division of the University of Salzburg law faculty.

Dr. Stephen C. Rubin M’76 GM’80 GM’82 is the Franklin Payne Professor and chief of gynecologic oncology at Penn. He writes that he has concluded eight years of service, including a term as chair, on the grant-review panel of the U.S. Department of Defense’s ovarian cancer-research program. “During this time the panel awarded approximately $70 million in research funding to support innovative research into the diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer.”


77  Alan J. Feltoon GAr’77 GCP’77 GFA’77 has been promoted to vice president and managing principal of the Washington office of the firm Leo A. Daly. Previously he was director of interior architecture and director of operations. He also teaches in the interior-design program at the Pratt Institute in New York.

Regina Sokaler Wolgel SAMP’77 has enhanced her occupational-therapy practice by becoming a certified qigong instructor. In addition to integrating this self-healing art into her patient treatments, she teaches fitness classes and private clients in the “well population,” and widely lectures on the health benefits of qigong. In December she presented “Qigong: The Ultimate Anti-Aging Exercise” at a gathering of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. She can be reached at .


78 David Z. Seide C’78 G’78 in December joined the white-collar-crime group of the New York law firm Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP. He is based in its Washington office. Previously, he was counsel at WilmerHale.

79  J. Richard Rosenberg W’79 writes, “In November, I joined Development Planning & Financing Group, a national real-estate consulting firm, as a principal in its Phoenix office, where my responsibilities focus on overseeing nationally its capital-markets advisory services. Most recently, I had been senior vice president for investments for a Phoenix-based investment firm that focused on the creation and implementation of a new investment fund, targeting opportunistic real estate investments in the Southwest.”

Susan R. Whitman C’79 writes, “After 23 years in Austin, Tex., my husband, Mark Gergen, and I have moved to Berkeley, Calif., with our son Jonathan (16). I’ve become the assistant dean for academic planning at UC Berkeley Law School, where my husband now teaches. Our son Danny (18) is a freshman basketball player at Johns Hopkins University and our son Ben (22) attends the University of Texas Law School.”


80  Dan Paul-Heskins C’80 W’80 and Randi Paul-Heskins CE’80 are pleased to move to London. He has been named global director of consumer and market insight for Savoury Foods Brands with Unilever in the U.K. In his 11 years with Unilever in the U.S., he led the market research and consumer-insight work for such brands as Bertolli, Ragu, Knorr, Lipton, and Hellmann’s. She will pursue personal interests while in Britain, now that she has retired from engineering. They are also pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Frances, to Josh Benjamin: they both teach elementary school in South Dakota.


81  T. Corey Brennan C’81, an associate professor of Classics at Rutgers University, has been appointed to a three-year term as the Andrew W. Mellon Professor-in-Charge of the School of Classical Studies at the American Academy in Rome.


82  Lawrence M. Lipoff W’82 of Lipoff Global Advisors,, writes that he continues to lecture on topics related to his practice; the last three were on captive insurance companies, international estate administration, and international estate planning. Early last year he focused on domestic tax and estate-planning matters.

Richard Steffens W’82 G’88 writes that songs from his musical Mother Russia were featured at Carnegie Hall on Dec. 19. (He writes under the name, Winston Shaw.) For further information and excerpts from songs see

Deborah Wong C’82 writes that during the summer she conducted two weeks of pilot research in Thailand, supported by a grant from the University of California. She focused on four provinces near the Laotian and Cambodian borders, studying ways that “music is embedded in the cultural politics of this border region.” Also last summer, she taught a graduate seminar at the University of Guelph in Canada on improvisation and interculturalism, and gave a keynote presentation at the Guelph Jazz Festival. In January she gave a keynote presentation for the National Taiwan University music forum.


83  John O. Browder GFA’83 Gr’86 is professor and associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech. In December he received its 2008 Alumni Award for Excellence in International Research.

Dr. Steven Nichtberger C’83 W’83 is co-founder, president, and CEO of Tengion, Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company for developing neo-organs and neo-tissues, based in East Norriton, Pa. In November he received the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year Award, emerging-company category. He also serves on the overseers board of the School of Arts and Sciences and on the external advisory board of the Center for Bioethics at Penn.


84 John Humphreville GPU’84, an attorney with the law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP, last year was selected a “2008 Florida Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics magazine. Based in the office in Naples, Fla., he heads the firm’s community-associations and country-club law practice group.

Tsiwen M. Law L’84 specializes in real-estate and construction litigation at Law & Zaslow, L.L.C., in Philadelphia. In December he received the Wachovia Fidelity Award from the Philadelphia Bar for his work in improving court access to limited-English-proficient litigants and witnesses.

Scott P. Weinstein EAS’84 W’84 have been named a principal of KPMG LLP. Based in Atlanta, he specializes in property and casualty insurance. He lives in Roswell, Ga., with his family.


85  Jonathan A. Block C’85 is a partner of the law firm of Pierce Atwood LLP in Portland, Maine. Specializing in tax law, he was recently selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2009.

Todd Rockoff C’85 EE’85 writes, “I earned a PhD in computer science from CMU in 1993, [which] I finished in absentia in South Australia, where I met my wife. Following 10 years of semiconductor start-ups in Silicon Valley, we just returned to Australia with our three kids. We now live in Holgate, in the Central Coast of New South Wales, where I am starting my second year as vice president of global sales for the ODM Business Unit of EverFocus, a manufacturer of surveillance equipment.”

86  Steve Nabinger C’86 GEd’86 writes, “I’m a teacher-librarian (otherwise known as a library media specialist) at C. S. Driver Middle School (fourth-through-eighth-grade), west of Syracuse, N.Y. I’ve just begun a three-year term as chair of the library-media department [of the district]. I’m also an adjunct professor of information studies at Syracuse University. Not only do I have the best job in the world, where I get to work with books and computers and children; when the day is done I get to come home to an amazing family. My wife, Tina, is also a teacher-librarian. In fact, we met in our first day of library school at Syracuse. We have two daughters: Sabrina (11) swims for the DeWitt Dolphins swim team, plays violin, and recently completed an 18-month, pilot fitness program; Juliet (nine) also swims for the Dolphins, plays viola, and recently starred as Kelsie in a [local] production of Disney’s High School Musical. I invite my old friends and colleagues to drop me a line at”

Mina Mazaheri Raskin C’86, the Equal Employment Opportunity officer with the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Washington, received the 2008 Justice Management Division Award for outstanding service to the U.S. Department of Justice. She is also an adjunct law professor at Catholic University’s law school.

David Robinov EAS’86 W’86 writes that he has left Eastdil Secured, after 20 years, and joined Acadia Realty Trust as senior vice president, investments. It is a fully integrated real-estate investment trust, which specializes in retail assets. He lives in Stamford, Conn., with his wife, Jackie Tepper C’86, and their two sons.

87  Jeffrey Bukowski C’87, a shareholder of the law firm of Stevens & Lee in Reading Pa., wrote “E-Discovery Without Admissibility is Useless” in the fall issue of the ABA’s Proof. He also wrote “Key Issues and Trends in Trade Secret Law,” in Common Issues in IP Law, published last year by Aspatore.


88   Gerard F. Cattie Jr. C’88 GPU’99 married Peter N. Watt on Dec. 13 at their weekend home in Lyme, Conn. Gerard is a partner and managing director in the New York office of Diversified Search Ray & Berndtson, an international executive-search firm. He also serves as an emeritus member of the board of the Human Rights Campaign. Peter is vice president for consumer marketing at InterMedia Outdoors, Inc., in New York, a multi-media company that specializes in “the outdoor enthusiast market.” Together since they met in 2005 at a restaurant in Bridgehampton, they live on the Upper West Side with their four-year-old beagle Dave. Gerard would love to hear from classmates and friends at

Safaa El-Kogali C’88 in December was appointed director of the West Asia and North Africa region of the Population Council; she is based in Cairo. A Sudanese national, she had been a senior economist for the World Bank.

Dr. Tom Fullerton WG’88 has been appointed the J.P. Morgan Chase Professor at the College of Business Administration of the University of Texas at El Paso, where he directs the border-region modeling project, a research unit. He lives in El Paso with his wife, Lourdes, and sons Steven and Brett.

Peter Rosenberg C’88 writes, “In Sept. 2007, I started a multi-family office business, Terra Nova Services, LLC (as a joint venture with the Stonehage Group, a European trust company); it caters to international families with a presence and investments in the U.S. In addition, I have my own law practice, Peter Rosenberg & Associates, LLC, providing international-tax and estate-planning advice and trustee services. I live in Villanova, Pa., with my wife, Lori, and two daughters, Maya (12) and Talia (nine).”

89  Fran Sachs W’89 writes, “My husband, Jon Gilbert, and I moved from New York to south Florida almost seven years ago. We live in Jupiter, and after a little time adjusting, just love it. In the spring, we had a baby boy, Graham, who is looking forward to celebrating his first birthday at our 20th Reunion. I hope to catch up with many classmates in May.”

James Wiener C’89 see Sarah Gleit C’99.

Dan Young W’89 writes, “I have joined the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, where I am the senior attorney for securities and finance matters. I’m at the corporate headquarters in Akron, Ohio. Previously, I was a partner in the corporate and securities group in the Cleveland office of Thompson Hine LLP. My wife and I moved to Brecksville, which is midway between Cleveland and Akron, along the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.”


90  Chris Blunt WG’90, senior vice president of retirement income security at New York Life, has been elected to the board of the American College in Bryn Mawr, Pa.

Mark J. Drozdowski C’90 wrote A Peculiar Calling: Confessions of a College Fund Raiser (iUniverse, 2008), which “features my first 80 essays from The Chronicle of Higher Education, for which I’ve been a monthly columnist for seven years, along with [a] running commentary that turns the collection into a sort of memoir. It also references Penn several times.”

91  Jay Brodsky EAS’91 and Lynn Westwater C’91 are delighted to announce the birth of their third daughter, Anna Christine, on July 7 in Arlington, Va., who was welcomed home by big sisters Sofia (six) and Julia (three). Jay is CIO of Atlantic Media Company and Lynn directs the Italian program at the George Washington University.

Beth Haas C’91 is a partner in the Philadelphia law firm of Blank Rome LLP, who specializes in aviation litigation and toxic torts. In November she was appointed an adjunct professor at the Drexel University law school.

Al Meyers W’91 is co-founder and CEO of Past4Ward, LLC, an Atlanta-based start-up that is “developing an immersive learning platform that will provide middle and high schools with single- and multi-player interactive, 3-D environments, that include game play. It owns the exclusive video-game rights to the Rome Reborn 3-D model and plans to make the license available.” He writes that in April last year he left Turner Broadcasting after nearly 13 years there, most recently as vice president for strategic planning. “As one of the senior managers to incubate and launch GameTap,” he “had the privilege of doing extensive international travel, particularly to Asia” (he is a conversational Japanese speaker), and “observed the material shift in media-consumption habits amongst the Net Generation.”

Rob Murdocca W’91, his wife, Erika, and big brother Kieran, welcomed “two precious, fraternal-twin baby boys into our family on Oct. 2. Quinn weighed 6 lbs. 12 oz., and Reece weighed 4 lbs. 15 oz. All are well.” Rob adds that he “and the family enjoy living in Wayne, Pa. (a suburb of Philadelphia), and gladly welcome guests any time.”

Dann Sklarew C’91 see Jennifer Friedman Sklarew C’92.


92  James Devitt ASC’92 Gr’01 has been promoted to deputy director for media relations at New York University.

Jennifer Friedman Sklarew C’92 and Dann Sklarew C’91 write that after eight years with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the United Nations, respectively, they recently changed careers: he returned to his doctoral alma mater, George Mason University, as an associate professor of environmental science and policy. He also serves as associate director of its new Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center. She left her role as a Japanese international-trade specialist in order to begin her PhD in public policy at Mason. Their twin toddlers cheer them on “with daily doses of affection and wit.”


93  Clay H. Becker W’93 and his wife, Lolly, are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Anne Elizabeth, on Sept. 2.

Dr. Vitaly Chernetsky G’93 Gr’96 teaches Slavic and East European literature and film at Miami University in Ohio. He writes that his English translation of The Moscoviad (a novel by the Ukrainian writer Yuri Andrukhovych) was recently published.

Brian Newberry C’93 writes, “I was elected to the Rhode Island House of Representatives in November. Between that and my law practice, where I head up the firm’s Rhode Island practice group and also handle cases in Massachusetts and Connecticut, my only other time is spent with our three kids, all of whom are everything we could hope for. There are few things better in life than coaching Little League on a beautiful spring weekend morning, while your daughter pitches, or standing among the autumn colors watching your son play soccer goalkeeper better than you did. Meanwhile, Beth has started up her own handcrafted-bag business I wish everyone a great year.”

Suzanne Kimball Richardson C’93 married Anthony Richardson in Westbrook, Conn., in July. They met while living in Arizona, and moved to Las Vegas in Feb. 2007. She “works for AEG Live promoting concerts and events in the Vegas market. I’d love to hear from old Penn friends at”

94  Matthew Applebaum C’94 L’00 was recently elected partner at the law firm of Bingham McCutchen LLP, based in its Boston office. He lives in Hopkinton, Mass., with his wife Julie, four-year-old daughter Jessica, and one-year-old son Daniel.

Rebekah H. Chang C’94 see George Chang C’95.

Dr. Loren E. Firstenberg C’94 and Mike Firstenberg EAS’94 announce the birth of Edward Maxwell Firstenberg on May 30, 2008. He joined big sister Jessica Rose and big brother Samuel Franklyn in Marlton, N.J. Loren and Mike are “looking forward to introducing the old crowd to our new crowd at the 15th Reunion.”

Alison Greenberg C’94 writes, “I made partner at McCarter & English, LLP, two years ago. I recently left to start my own practice in Manhattan, where I continue to practice commercial litigation and employment law. I would love to hear from old friends at”

Edward L. Schnitzer C’94 is an attorney in the bankruptcy department of Hahn & Hessen LLP in New York; he was recently elected partner.


95  Ruth Humber Brittain C’95 “gave birth to Daniel Ross Brittain on May 30, 2007. The baby was over 10 lbs., this being her fourth delivery. Her parents, Prudence String Humber Nu’66 and Paul G. Humber C’64 GEd’65 [who sent in this note], rejoice with [our] daughter over this blessing from Heaven. Ruth and her husband, Jeff, care for five children in their Philadelphia home. Her twin brother, Paul D. Humber C’95, is married with three children.”

George Chang C’95 and Rebekah H. Chang C’94 announce the arrival of their twins, Henry Joseph and Caroline Hope, on Dec. 18. They live in San Francisco, where George is a marketing manager for Charles Schwab and Rebekah is a family physician with the Permanente Medical Group.

Allen Fischer W’95 and his wife, Gillian Fischer, are pleased to announce the birth of his second child, a little girl, Dylan Jaye Fischer, on Sept. 20 in Los Angeles. She now joins her brother Brooks who is almost two. Allen is a partner at Principato-Young Entertainment in Beverly Hills, where he is a literary and talent manager.

Jennifer Lighter C’95 married Jason Fisher C’96 last May. Alumni who attended the wedding were Ligia Mendez C’95, Patrick Goodwillie C’95, Amy Bloom Zises C’96, Lindsay Gruber Dunham C’95, Amanda Steck C’95, Glenn Fuhrman W’87, Celeste Perron Oberfest C’95, Donna Barber Amaro C’95, Aly Cohen C’95, Jill Bernie Yormak C’95, Brad Schwartz C’95, Lauren Rosenberg C’95, Leslie Rosen C’95, Dave Leis W’97, Charles Bronstein W’97, John Seeg W’98, and Jason Terp W’99. Jennifer is a faculty physician at New York University Medical Center, who specializes in pediatric infectious diseases; her research is on the host immune response to tuberculosis. Jason recently started a biotech company, Mico Biopharma, and is also a musician who just released an album, Collecting Time. Their emails are and

Elise Rosenberg Su C’95 writes, “I am a board certified obstetrician-gynecologist and my husband, Eric Su, is a neonatologist. We are proud to announce the arrival of Noah Jonathan Su on July 10: 5 lbs. 6 oz. Big sister, Jaelin (born 21, 2005), is thrilled with her new role. He is adored by all, including proud grandfather, Kim Rosenberg W’67 G’73. We thoroughly enjoy living in sunny Austin, Texas. I would love to hear from old classmates at”

Bela P. Shah C’95 writes, “I recently got engaged to Jordan Spooner, while we were celebrating our first-year anniversary on a weekend getaway to Kiawah Island, S.C. I had met him six years ago through work, and we luckily ran into each other in our neighborhood in D.C. a year ago. We plan to marry in July and I can’t wait to start our married life together.”

Doug Spear C’95 writes, “On Nov. 3, our second daughter, Marni Erin Spear, was born. Andrea and I are thrilled to welcome her to our family, along with our older daughter Natalie (three). We have been living in Atlanta for several years, where I am a partner at DLA Piper LLP, representing technology companies and venture-capital funds. We just had a great visit from Josh Senders C’95 and see Robbie Friedman W’96 and his family often in Atlanta. We still get back to visit our families in Pittsburgh frequently, and hope to be able to make a trip to Penn soon.”


96  Jason Fisher C’96 see Jennifer Lighter C’95.

Jacob Glaser C’96 see Elizabeth Franklin C’99.

Dr. Edward Ma C’96 and his wife, Michele, welcomed their second son, Justin Gabriel, on Dec. 19. His “16-month-old brother, Jonas Christian, greeted him affectionately with many hugs and subsequently with an occasional, attempted kick, slap, and bite.” Professionally, Ed recently left his medical practice of five years at Mainline Health in Bryn Mawr and Paoli, Pa., to help develop a new hospitalist practice at the Chester County Hospital in West Chester. He has also started a healthcare-consulting firm to help hospitals establish and improve hospitalist programs. Currently only working with mid-Atlantic region hospitals, he hopes to eventually expand to other regions and expand the company into a medical-practice management firm.

John McGowan G’96 writes that he filmed and is a principal in a current commercial for Cooper University Hospital System in New Jersey. He also will appear, in the role of Robert Purvis, in an video installation at the African American Museum of Philadelphia. And on Jan. 16, he read Dr. M. L. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech in Union City for the fifth year running. He notes, he “continues to write, shoot, edit, and produce very short films,” and tinkers with his marimba and his intrigue with flash-based electronic music.

Umar F. Moghul C’96 G’96 has been elected to the partnership of Murtha Cullina LLP, in Hartford, Conn., and will serve as co-chair of its Islamic finance and investment practice. He also teaches Islamic law at the University of Connecticut law school.

John P. Mueller C’96 and his wife, Melinda Mueller, are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Greta Patricia Mueller, on Sept. 17 in Cherry Hill, N.J. John is a business litigation associate with Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll LLP and Melinda is a career law clerk with the U.S. District Court of New Jersey.

97  Shara Wilson Aaron C’97 published two books last year: Chocolate—A Healthy Passion came out in October (Prometheus) and The Baby Fat Diet: A busy mom’s guide to losing weight and looking fabulous, came out in December (Penguin). She held a book-signing at the Penn Bookstore for Chocolate. See her website and blog at

Judith A. Dougherty WG’97 and her husband, Gerard Lang, welcomed their second child, Annabel Rose, on Nov. 20, 2007. “Big Brother Gerard is now four.”

Sarah Giulian C’97, www.SezG.comm, emails that she recently released her debut full-length album, On to the Next, “a blues-and-jazz-infused indie collection of 14 songs … after several years of high-profile collaborations with Loöq Records artists Jondi and Spesh.” She “has been living and gigging in San Francisco and Oakland since graduation, including at the Fillmore.” Her music “has been featured in films, on television (CSI), and on radio (WXPN and KALX).” One reviewer wrote that she “‘has the soul of a poet and the voice of an angel … she is a talented chanteuse.’”

Stephanie Simon Katz C’97 writes, “My husband, Bennett, and I are thrilled to announce the birth of our daughter, Hannah Ariel, on Sept. 22 in New York. Her adoring big sister, Thea, turned two in December.”

Anna Figueras Kushner C’97 and Caith Kushner C’99 W’99 welcomed the birth of their daughter, Amalia Caridad, on May 18 at the NYU Medical Center. “Thanks to her father’s grudging willingness to spend $5 to take the Mid-Town Tunnel into Manhattan, she was not born on the Queensboro Bridge.” Anna’s translation of The Halfway House by Guillermo Rosales will be published in May by New Directions, in time for Amalia’s first birthday.

Randy Lee C’97 L’01 see Daniel Lee W’98 L’00.

Scott Murray EAS’97 and Katherine F. Murray C’97 are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Cameron Shay, on Nov. 17. Arriving three weeks early, Cameron weighed 7 lbs. 7 oz., and was 20 inches long. “Mom and Dad are ecstatic with their new bundle of joy and would love to hear from Penn friends at”


98  Rebecca Halperin Burch C’98 and her husband, Joshua, are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Aviva Josephine, on Nov. 9; she weighed 8.1 lbs., and measured 20 inches. They live in Chicago, “where Aviva is getting accustomed to the cold winters.”

Elizabeth Lai Featherman GME’98 has joined the Philadelphia law firm of Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis LLP as an associate in its litigation-services department and its intellectual-property practice group. Previously she was with Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP in Boston.

Yvonne K. Fulbright GEd’98,, emails that she wrote Pleasuring: The Secrets to Sexual Satisfaction (Sterling, 2008); and co-wrote Your Orgasmic Pregnancy: Little Sex Secrets Every Hot Mama Should Know (Hunter House, 2008).

Samantha Cohen Greenberg W’98 and her husband, Jason Greenberg, are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Jack Cooper Greenberg, on Nov. 5; he weighed 8 lbs. 2 oz., and measured 21 inches. They live in New York.

Dr. Nora J. Johnson G’98 writes that she “obtained licensure to practice psychology with a specialty in clinical work, workplace issues, leadership in organizations, and personality disorders.” She writes about “psychological issues in business, does community work, and practices on the Main Line,” outside Philadelphia.

Keren Isaacs Lebeau C’98 and her husband, Aryeh, are thrilled to announce the birth of their second child, Caleb Benjamin, on Nov. 7.

Daniel Lee W’98 L’00 and Randy Lee C’97 L’01 joyfully announce the birth of their son, Jacob Evan, on Nov. 10. “Jack was welcomed home by his proud big brother Andrew (six) and big sister Lily (three).”

Beatrice Williams C’98 married Michael Caplan on March 1 at the Atrium Country Club in West Orange, N.J. The bridesmaids included Monica Bilboul C’98, Corina Zappia C’98, and Alli Feldman Weiss C’98 (who sent in this note). Other alumni attending the wedding were Jennifer Barten Katz EAS’98, Meredith Peters Hale C’98, Rachel Mann Scheinberg C’98, Jeremy Scheinberg EAS’96, Lucrecia Castro C’89 W’98, Mark Schneider W’98, Nazar Khan C’89 W’98, Janis Felderstein C’97, and Rupal Pujara W’99. Bea and Mike currently live in New Jersey, where she is an associate in the corporate-immigration practice group of Fox Rothschild LLP, and based in their Roseland office; also an attorney, he works for Deloitte in their forensic and dispute services division in Westfield.


99  Marc Aneed C’99 and Kimberly LaPine Aneed Nu’99 are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Phineas Sinclair, on Oct. 22, weighing 9 lbs. 2 oz., and measuring 23 inches long. “He is welcomed with open arms by his sister Ava, who will be three in March.”

Elizabeth Franklin C’99 married Jacob Glaser C’96 on July 4 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Cleveland. Rabbi Richard Block W’69 officiated. “Liz was escorted down the aisle by her parents, Barbara Corwin Franklin SAMP’66 and Earl Franklin L’68. The wedding party included bridesmaids Elisia Abrams C’99 and Michelle Fliman C’99, and groomsmen Andrew Kramar C’96 and Henry Steinberg C’97. The ketubah was signed by dear Penn friends Jonathan Slotkin C’96 and Eric Stone C’99 WG’07. Other Quakers on hand to celebrate (and sing The Red and Blue) were Jeffrey Aarons W’70, Robb Balantzow W’62, Marilyn Halperin Bender CW’67 and David Bender L’68, Brooke Collier GEd’06, Emily Dillof C’96, Stacey Perez Feller W’96 and Andrew Feller W’96 WG’02, Colby Kant Harris C’99, Lisa Gordon Kanner C’98 L’01, Melissa Kasper Shapiro C’98, Jamie Feiner Lasser C’99 and Seth Lasser C’98, Brett Levinson C’97, Beth Linn C’99, Vivek Metha W’97, and Julia Rowe Taylor W’01. Liz and Jacob live in Manhattan, where he works for MTV Networks and she is at PepsiCo. They are looking forward to her 10th Reunion in May, and are eager to hear from friends and former classmates.”

Sarah Gleit C’99 and James Wiener C’89 are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Alexa Rose, on Dec. 4; she weighed 7 lbs. 12 oz., and measured 20 inches. They live in Greenwich Village, where Sarah is an associate at the law firm of Kramer, Levin, Naftalis & Frankel LLP and James is a managing director and head of the North American finance and risk-management practice at Oliver Wyman.

Jeanine Gubler Heck EAS’99 and Kevin Heck C’00 are proud to announce the birth of their twin sons, Justin Charles (6 lbs. 4 oz.) and Brian Matthew (6 lbs. 11 oz), on April 30, 2008, at HUP. Jeanine, Kevin, and their sons live in Philadelphia, where she works for Comcast. Kevin works for Merrill Lynch in New York.

Caith Kushner C’99 W’99 see Anna Figueras Kushner C’97.

Roger Levenson W’99 married Heather Cohen on Sept. 6 in West Orange, N.J. Attending the wedding were Joe Jordano W’99, David Wachs EAS’00 W’00, David Kreiger C’99 WG’07, Christopher Cutie C’99, Avi Gelboim W’99, Eric Zoller C’98 L’01, James Fields WG’01, Lauren Hertzog Fields C’98, Sarah Gleit C’99, James Wiener C’89, Ron Sion W’99, Melissa Berger W’99, and Russell Bloomfield W’99. Roger is an accountant and partner with his father, Martin Levenson W’61, at Martin J. Levenson LLP and Heather is a corporate and securities attorney; they honeymooned in Italy and live in Manhattan.

Elizabeth Pomidor SW’99 married Eric Santos on Nov 15. Walter Howell SW’99, Katherine Liu L’00, and Evelyn Santos Howell WG’85 were present.

Erica Fishman Smith C’99 W’99 and Cameron Smith W’00 celebrated their first anniversary on Dec. 29. She is an interior designer with her own firm, Erica Gail Inc. (,, and he is a vice president with the private-equity firm Code, Hennessy and Simmons LLC. Their Baltimore wedding was attended by many alumni, including Richard Hantgan L’69, Jim Krause C’68, Searle Mitnick L’69, Jean McClelland Krause CW’69, Nelson Fishman W’54, Karen Krause W’97, Prashanth Murali C’00, Stephanie Foster Berez C’00, Laura Vogel W’00, Landon Spitalnik W’00, Haile Arrindell C’99, Courtney Kammerman Goldstein W’00, Anuj Khanna W’01, Avi Oler C’98 W’98, Ian Dattner C’00, Barbara Green C’99, Adam Herzog C’00, Ben Shoval W’00, Sara Wright C’04, Jason Mayer C’00, Ross Josephson CAS’01, Daniel Ross C’98 W’98, and Dr. Benjamin Bleier C’00 M’04.

Lauren Wald C’99 married David Patterson on Nov. 22 in Miami. Alumni who attended the celebration included maid of honor Katherine Wald GEd’04, bridesmaid Ingrid Seradarian C’99, and Stacy Sweet Calder C’99, Edward Dale C’98, Jessica Schiffman Fefferman C’99, Timothy Filla C’98, Neena Desai Ghose C’99, Melissa Goldate C’97, Brian Higgins C’96, David Hinkle C’95, Matthew Maitland C’99, Ziggy Majumdar C’99, Thomas McGarrity C’95, Eduardo Placer C’99, Eric Wald C’93, and Sharon Yeshaya C’01. Lauren and Dave live in New York.


00  Matthew Chait C’00 and his wife, Jill, welcomed Ryan Jacob Chait into the world on Nov. 12. They live in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Emily Lizt Frank C’00 and Brad Frank W’00 report “the birth of our daughter, Tessa David Frank, on Dec. 13. She is the granddaughter of Martin Lizt W’66. They live in Minneapolis.

Alexandra M. Gorman C’00, an attorney in Boston with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, has been named to the Boston Bar’s public interest leadership program.

Jonathan Harvey C’00 returned from a year-long tour in Iraq with the U.S. Army Reserve. “It was a successful tour, inasmuch as the detachment found themselves in the wrong convoy a few times, but never in the wrong truck.”

Kevin Heck C’00 see Jeanine Gubler Heck EAS’99.

Brian Konigsberg C’00 see Sara Macconi W’05.

Nikhil Malik C’00 is pleased to announce he was included the list of “Top 100 Rising Stars in European Finance,” which was compiled by Dow Jones in their annual survey; it was also published in Financial News and Brummell magazine (Dec. 8 editions).

Erica Brand Portnoy C’00 and her husband, Benjamin Portnoy, are delighted to announce the birth of their son, Elijah Joseph, on Sept. 28; he weighed in at 7 lbs. 9 oz., and was 20 inches long. They live in San Francisco.

Cameron Smith W’00 see Erica Fishman Smith C’99 W’99.

Rachel Weissman EAS’00 and Jonathan Kopelovich C’00 “joyfully welcomed their son, Isaiah Max Kopelovich, into the world on Dec. 5. He was 7 lbs. 8.4 oz., 19 inches long, and thankfully, resembles Rachel. All are living in Iowa City, where Jonathan is completing his residency in otolaryngology and a mini-fellowship in shoveling snow. Rachel has a booming practice in acupuncture (” They wed in Seattle on April 2, 2006, surrounded by loving friends and family, including many alumni. “We’re grateful for all the love and support we’ve received from friends we made during our time at Penn.”

Matthew D. Wurst C’00 married Dr. Leigh Trani at Temple Beth Torah in Dix Hills, N.Y., on Nov. 15. Many Penn friends participated in the wedding ceremony. Adam Koch C’00 performed best-man duties and was joined by groomsmen Michael Klatsky W’00 and Andrew Goldman W’00, as well as Matt’s sister and bridesmaid Brooke E. Wurst C’94. Lauren Wagner W’00 signed the ketubah. Other alumni attending were Jeremy Klein W’00, Jeffrey Simons C’00, Dr. David Sherman C’00 and Hillary Sherman C’00, Jeffrey Kirstein W’00 and Beth Kirstein C’00, David Klatsky W’03, and Matthew Mezvinsky W’03. “We live in New York, where I work with professional athletes like LeBron James, Derek Jeter, and Peyton Manning to build a youth-sports social-networking site, and Leigh is a pediatrician in private practice in Rutherford, N.J. One of our earliest dates included me taking her to a bar with all of my friends to watch Penn play in the NCAA Tournament.”

01  Bryan Bogue W’01 and Kathryn E. Anderson are happy to announce their marriage on Nov. 8 in Miami, where they currently live.

Andrew Bressler EAS’01 W’01 Gr’09 married Alyssa Gross on Aug. 17 at the William Penn Inn in Gwynedd, Pa. “The ceremony was officiated beautifully by Rabbi Adam Wohlberg C’88.” Andrew’s brother, Michael Bressler EAS’99 W’99, was best man and his sister, Laura Bressler C’07, a bridesmaid. Other groomsmen included Paul Rowe Gr’14 and Marc Keller C’01 GGS’06 GEd’09. Other alumni attending the celebration included Peter Rackoff EAS’01, Sarah Rothman EAS’02 Gr’08, Andrew Obus Gr’14, Michael Moskowitz W’00, Aaron Dorfman M’04, Brian Kravitz EAS’99 W’99 WG’06, Katherine Duree L’05, Stefanie Poulos-Hopkins C’01, Justin Hopkins C’01, Gary Bressler C’78, Betty Eisenberg C’77 GEd’79, Debbie Goldberg PT’76, Barry Bressler L’71, Elliot Borden C’67 D’71 GD’75, Susan Borden CW’69, Harry Goldberg C’39, and Harry Gross W’44, “who received raucous applause at the 2001 Commencement when he was incorrectly given the 1924 banner to wave in the ceremony.” Andrew and Alyssa celebrated their honeymoon in Hawaii before returning to Philadelphia, where they currently live. He will graduate this spring with a PhD in mathematics from Penn, while she expects to complete her PhD in clinical developmental psychology at Bryn Mawr College in 2011.

Lauren Imbesi Caffray C’01 and her husband, Charles, welcomed the birth of their daughter, Charlotte Patricia Caffray, on Sept. 3. She is their first child.

Janine Franco C’01 and her husband, Alan Pinstein, are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Eden Riley Pinstein, on Nov. 28. Janine and Alan live in Atlanta, where she practices small-animal veterinary medicine.

Abby Kra Friedman Nu’01 and Dov Friedman are excited to announce the birth of their second son, Elyon Moshe, on Dec. 7. Born in Jerusalem, in Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital, where Abby is a nurse-midwife, “he was greeted by proud big brother Netanel, grandparents Margery Kruger Kra C’77 and David Kra GEE’77 and aunt and uncle Kim Isenberg Kra C’04 and Yoni Kra EAS’04. We would love to hear from our Penn friends, especially those visiting Israel. Please be in touch via email at”

Sameer Jagetia C’01 W’01 married Swati Mittal on Aug. 2 in Mahwah, N.J. The wedding party included groomsmen Nimeet Dodhia W’01, Preetam Rao W’01, and Paul Sethi W’01. Other alumni attending included Ajay Abad EAS’01, Rodolfo Chou EAS’01 GEng’02 and Christina Chou C’01, Simone D’Souza C’00 WG’05, Brian Greene C’01, Reena Jhala C’02, Pooja Kapadia W’01, Rana Mitra W’01, Katy Mitra Nu’01, Nisha Mittal EAS’01, Matt Nimtz W’01, Matt Nord W’01, Adarsh Parekh W’01, Nilesh Parikh W’01, Neel Patel W’01 C’01, Samir Shah C’01, Matt Stoloff C’01 and Melissa Stoloff W’01. Sameer and Swati celebrated their wedding with a honeymoon in Southern Africa, spending time in Cape Town, the Kalahari Desert, and Kruger National Park in South Africa; Victoria Falls in Zambia and Zimbabwe; and the Okavango Delta in Botswana. They live in New York.

Juliet Geldi Riggall EAS’01 GAr’04 married Gavin Riggall GAr’04 on Oct. 11 at St. Clement’s Church in Philadelphia. The wedding party included maid of honor Rachel Reader C’02; other attendees included alumni Matthew Conti GAr’04, Michael Ernst C’99, Maddalena Giandomenico GAr’04, Clio Mallin C’00, Adam Michaels C’02 GPU’03, Nikhil Ramchandani EAS’99, Emily Seroska C’02, Erik Soderberg GAr’05, Tania Calovi Pereira Gr’09, Juliet’s cousins and alumnae Julia Cassidy C’04 and Eda Hochgelerent Cassidy C’64, and PennDesign professors Cathrine Veikos and Helene Furjan. Juliet and Gavin spent their honeymoon in San Francisco, Point Reyes, and the Napa and Sonoma valleys. They live and work in Philadelphia, where she is a project architect with Blackney Hayes Architects and he is principal of his own firm, North Street Design.

02  Nicholas Lardo W’02 married Jane Fisher on Oct. 4 at Glencoe Union Church and the Skokie Country Club, just north of Chicago. The wedding party included groomsmen Keith Peter W’02 and Ryan Jackson W’05, and bridesmaid Melissa Lardo C’06. The wedding guests included Stren Lea C’02, Matthew Pizzi W’02, Ben Schireson C’02 L’05, Brad Scott C’02, Dan Bardes W’03, and Jared Work W’04. Nicholas and Jane celebrated their honeymoon in Costa Rica. They live in Dallas, where she attends the Dallas Theological Seminary and works in the home-furnishings industry, and he is a private-equity professional at Brazos Private Equity Partners.

Jessica Tomasovic Lazzeri Nu’02 GNu’06 and her husband, Ryan Lazzeri W’02, welcomed their first daughter, Sophie Elizabeth, on Sept. 10.

Kristin Moon C’02 married Jeffrey Beck on Sept. 27 in Lake George, N.Y. They currently live in Atlanta. Alumni in the wedding party included maid of honor Kristen Buppert C’02, bridesmaids Lynn Wu C’02,

Clare Ferraro W’02, Bindu Dasari W’02, Melissa Ganz C’02, and Jessica Hilken Scholl C’02. Other alumni attending included Dan Lowrie WG’06 and Julie Simmons WG’06.


03  Shilpa Jhunjhunwala W’03 married Kunal Talwar on Nov. 29 in “the beautiful city of Jaipur in India. We met in Feb. 2004. Attending were several of my friends from Penn, including Diya Talwar W’03, Pooja Khetan W’03, Elizabeth Koumettou C’03, Inga Earle C’03, Will Sheih W’03, Dave Schmerier W’03, Patrick Barrett C’03, Tarun Pall EAS’01, Jeff Jarrett C’03, Sunny Wong W’03, Elizabeth Gudis C’03, Hilary Goodman C’03, Richard Strauss W’03, and Keke Zhao W’03. I am in my second year MBA at Harvard Business School and my husband in his first year MBA at Columbia Business School. I would love to hear from classmates at”

Nikki Cyter Sack C’03 married Dr. Stephen Sack GM’07 on April 13 at the Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia—on Rittenhouse Square, where they shared a walk on their first date. Many Penn friends celebrated the special day with them. Maid of Honor Nadia Ebrahim Saldanha C’03 and Nikki became best friends their first day of freshman year as hallmates in what was then Brooks-Leidy in the Quad. Also joining were fellow Brooks-Leidy residents Joe Mangini W’03, Dugan Lawrence W’03, and Dennis Tupper W’03. Other friends included Melissa Manne W’03, Julie Cooper C’03, Beth Falkof C’03, Julie Berstein Palley C’03, Josh Palley C’04, and Debbi Bauml Schultz C’00 WEv’05 and Ethan Schultz L’05. After their honeymoon in Costa Rica, Nikki and Stephen returned to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., where they live: she is an assistant city attorney there and he is a radiation oncologist in private practice.

Peri Schultz C’03 married Joshua Zelig C’03 on Oct. 19 in New York. They met at Penn and have been together since their sophomore year. They were joined by many alumni, including members of the wedding party Samantha Gaiber Matlin C’03, Janet Temko C’03, Lauren Tarantino C’03, Lauren Gross C’03, Rachel Moser Vassak C’03, Harris Mufson C’03 L’06, Jeffrey Stein W’03, Eric Rattner W’03, and Andrew Kramer EAS’02. Other alumni attending included Peri’s cousins, Joshua Schultz C’96 W’96 and Shoma Haque W’96, and friends Kristen Buppert C’02, Darren Abrahamson W’03, Daniela Mizrahi C’03, Scott Group W’03, Ryan Harwood W’03, Benjamin Lerer C’03, Scott Levin C’03, Samantha Rubin Levin C’03, Brian Marks W’03, Dave Meshkov C’03, Jesse Meltzer Meshkov C’03, Joshua Miller Nu’04 W’04, Elizabeth Schweitzer Miller W’06, Andrew Safady W’02, and Kathryn Kramer Hoover C’04. Peri and Josh enjoyed their honeymoon in Moorea and Bora Bora. They live in New York, where she is a litigation associate at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP and he is a corporate associate at Cahill, Gordon & Reindel LLP.

04  Stephanie L. James C’04 is engaged to Marc I. Esquenazi and they plan to marry on Nov. 21 at The Pierre in New York; they met in 2006. She works as an event planner and he at a hedge fund.

Kim Isenberg Kra C’04 and Yoni Kra EAS’04 are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Lior Moshe, on Oct. 17 in Jerusalem. At the birth was aunt Abby Kra Friedman Nu’01 (who sent in this note). “Lior was greeted by proud grandparents Margery Kruger Kra C’77 and David Kra GEE’77, and uncles Seth Isenberg C’01 and Ethan Isenberg C’99 EAS’99.”

Mayva Marshall-Moreno GAr’04, Philadelphia, who has been with KSS Architects LLP since 2005, heads its implementing of building-information-modeling technology.

Gavin Riggall GAr’04 see Juliet Geldi Riggall EAS’01 GAr’04.

Lisa Simone GEng’04,, emailed, “I published a book of technical mysteries called If I Only Changed the Software, Why is the Phone on Fire? “[which] provides engineers with real-world debugging scenarios presented as ‘technical mysteries.’ I wrote the book based on my years in industry developing products such as cellphones and medical-diagnostic devices. I discovered that most technical folks are not very good at solving problems. Phone on Fire is like CSI-for-engineers: it reveals these skills in a fun-to-read format. The book is available on”


05  Michael Balsamo EAS’05 married Nina Mirarchi C’06 on Oct. 11 at St. Agatha-St. James Church, followed by a reception at the Radisson Warwick Hotel in Philadelphia. They met on a blind date in Jan. 2004 at the Così on campus, and got engaged in March 2007. Cara Ann Bumgardner C’09 (vocals), Gregory Bittle EAS’09 (piano, vocals), Rose Ann Kozloski C’06 (vocals), and Kevin Rakszawski EAS’09 (trumpet, vocals) performed during the ceremony. Alumni in the wedding party included maid of honor Maria Porigow Nu’06, bridesmaids Rose Ann Kozloski C’06 and Julie Yannalfo C’04, and groomsmen James Aslaksen EAS’05 GEng’06, Zachary Kirkhorn EAS’06 W’06, and Joseph Mirarchi C’04. Other Penn students, faculty, and alumni attending included Tony Barsotti C’05, Dane Carswell EAS’03 GEng’11, Brian Fusco W’06, Joseph Gasiewski C’05, Jeffrey Kohl EAS’04 W’04, Gary Lam EAS’03, Tricia Leskiw EAS’08, Diana McNally EAS’05, Jacqueline Scena C’06, and Margaret Porigow, Susan Harte, Michael Hugel, Michael Washburn, and Fr. Charles Zlock. Nina and Michael now live in Birmingham, Mich., where he is an engineer and she is a social worker.

Bert Lockwood C’05 writes that last May he graduated from Tulane Law and moved to San Diego. He is an associate at the law firm of Morris, Sullivan & Lemkul and was admitted to practice by the California State Bar in December.

Sara Macconi W’05 married Brian Konigsberg C’00 on Sept. 6 at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia. Members of the wedding party included her mother, Loretta Macconi GNu’81, Brian’s brother and best man Eric Konigsberg C’97, Rachel Lifter C’05, Brett Meringoff C’00, and ushers Dominic Rioux W’00 and Gilbert Winn C’00. Other alumni joining the celebration were Dennis Baden C’00, Kathryn Clarkson Nu’05, Andrew Forth C’05, Sayuri Ganepola C’00, David Klatsky W’03, Michael Klatsky W’00, Jeremy Klein W’00, Michael Lewin W’05, David Murstein W’99, Elizabeth Cohen C’00, Karen Lenar Winn Nu’00, Sheldon Kwiat W’68, and Michael Konigsberg W’84. Sara and Brian enjoyed a wonderful honeymoon in Tahiti and Bora Bora. They currently live in New York, where she is a trader at J.P. Morgan and he is an equity-research associate at Citi.

Colleen McGue C’05 married Jordan Cloyd C’06 on Aug. 16 in Napa, Calif. “Currently, we are both graduate students at the University of California, San Francisco.”


06  Jordan Cloyd C’06 see Colleen McGue C’05.

Daniel De Rosa C’06 married Carley Williams C’06 on Sept. 20 at Edson Hill Manor in Stowe, Vt. They “met at Penn during sophomore year and have been together since. Wedding attendees included Kevin Collins C’06 and Daniel Treglia C’05, both in the wedding party, and Adrienne Benson C’07 and Vikas Didwania W’06. Before returning home to Arlington, Va., Dan and Carley spent a thoroughly enjoyable week in Istanbul on the honeymoon.”

Samita Malik WG’06 married Bryan Turpin WG’06 on Nov. 28 in Noida, India, culminating a week of festivities in the New Delhi area. Members of the wedding party and baraat included the best man Donald Felix WG’06 and bridesmaids Rashmi Gupta WG’06, Laura Lubestsky WG’06, Jennifer Manuel WG’06, and Mona Moazzaz WG’06. Other alumni who attended included Ana Crespo EAS’05, Keisha Belinfanti WG’06, Antoinette Coleman WG’06, Afolabi Dokun WG’06, Jason Dubeshter WG’06, Tracey Gamble WG’06, Ashish Khanna WG’06, Min Kim WG’06, Lana Hyun WG’06, Yves Noel WG’06, Neill Occhiogrosso WG’06, Tammy Pienknagura WG’06, Elie Rassi WG’06, Derrick Robicheaux WG’06, Franco Tapia WG’06, Scott Wilder WG’06, Brandon Young-Fountain WG’06, and Raghav Gandhi WG’07. Samita and Bryan enjoyed their honeymoon in Phuket, Thailand. They currently live in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn; she is a consultant at Bain & Co. and he is an associate director of online media at PHD Network.

Nina Mirarchi C’06 see Michael Balsamo EAS’05.

Kathy Quillinan GCP’06, a member of the Green-building task force of MSCW, Inc., a design firm in Orlando, Fla., has passed the American Institute of Certified Planners exam.


07  Jaclyn A. Link C’07 writes that she and Benjamin H. Weiner C’06 are engaged to marry. They met in 2005 when they were both members of the Philomathean Society and lived on the same floor of Sansom Place West. She is a second-year student at Yale Law School and will spend this summer as a summer associate in the New York office of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP. He is a third-year student at Harvard Law School and this fall will begin as a first-year associate in the New York office of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.

Dr. Stephen Sack GM’07 see Nikki Cyter Sack C’03.

Schuyler Thompson C’07 and Mariya Cherches W’07 are excited to announce their recent engagement. He proposed on Coco Plum Beach, while they were vacationing in the Florida Keys. He is a Naval flight officer based in Jacksonville, Fla., and she is a real-estate private-equity analyst at Deutsche Bank in New York.



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