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45 Dr. H. Leon Bradlow Ch’45 and Hattie Gottlieb Bradlow CW’45 are enjoying their recent retirement to Dunedin, Fla., a small Gulf Coast city close to Tampa, where their son Alec Bradlow C’79 runs a successful mattress business with his wife Diana. (“Daughter Janet Bradlow and her husband, Joe Schmitt, remain a lure to New York.”) Leon’s “career in biomedical research yielded some 350 publications and included stints at Memorial Sloan-Kettering and the Rockefeller University.” Although emeritus since last year, he continues to be involved in several cancer-prevention studies.

 51  Elizabeth Peterson McLean CW’51 G’53 has just written her first book, Peter Collinson and the Eighteenth Century Natural History Exchange; co-written, it was published by the American Philosophical Society.

52  Burton S. Rudman EE’52 writes, “My first published book, God as Man Created Him, was short (80 pages), but penetrating and somewhat controversial; it was published by Publish America. My second book, Biography of the Sacred, is in process with the same publisher.”

56 Robert Lebengood C’56, a former Penn football player (a Munger Man), who also was on the varsity track team, writes that he finished in 3 hrs. 14 min. in the ING Georgia Half-marathon in March. He and his family have lived in Athens for 28 years, where he retired as general manager of Overhead Door Corp. and is now involved in commercial real estate with Coldwell Banker/Upchurch Realty.

Leon H. Rittenberg Jr. W’56
writes, “Penn ZBTs from the Class of 1956 celebrated a joint 50th birthday party in New Orleans at the opening of the World’s Fair in 1984. This past weekend [early May], we celebrated a joint 75th birthday party at the Jazz Festival. Peter Galvin W’56, Stuart Neye W’56, Barry Lhormer W’56, Jerome Makowsky W’56, Leon Rittenberg W’56, Lester Baum W’56, Dr. Allen Myers C’56, and Joe Pasternack W’54 [were at] this wonderful birthday party (reunion) of a bunch of good buddies whose friendship started at the University.”

Thomas H. Stoner W’56
co-wrote Open Spaces Sacred Places (www.openspacessacredplaces.org). It features public green spaces that he and his wife, Kitty, funded through their foundation, the TKF Foundation (www.tkffdn.org), including a meditation garden in a prison, a sculpture garden in an inner city, a grieving garden, and a peace garden in a diverse neighborhood.

57 Nicholas Taubman W’57, president of Mozart Investments in Roanoke, Va., delivered the May commencement address at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. The recent U.S. Ambassador to Romania, in December he was awarded the Star of Romania, its highest civilian honor, for helping strengthen ties between the two countries.

58Dr. James A. Schaller M’58 GM’64 had three books published this year; the latest is Death by Prescription (Infinity Publishing). He writes he began his most recent non-fiction work, Do Yourself a Favor: Love Your Wife, in high school.

Merle Sloss CW’70 is EVP and president of licensing at Geoffrey Beene, LLC, in New York; she writes that it donates all of its net profits to charity. She lives in Stamford, Conn., with her husband, Matt Smith, and has two children, Zach (21) and Alexandra (16).


61  Frederick Rankin MacFadden Jr. Gr’61, a professor emeritus at Coppin State University in Baltimore, has submitted See What You’ve Drawn: The Demonstrator and the Demonstration, the second installment of his autobiography, to the  Rowan University library in New Jersey. “This zoological treatise, illustrated with drawings of laboratory specimens, chronicles the attraction to scientific knowledge for its own sake.”


63 Dr. James S. Forrester M’63 GM’67, the George Burns and Gracie Allen professor of cardiovascular research at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles, in March received the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Cardiology. He joined the institute in 1969, and is a former director of its cardiology division.

64 Theresa Giampietro Nu’64 GNu’65 in April received the Louise T. Bertacchi Founder’s Award from the Cumberland County Women’s Hall of Fame for establishing nursing programs at Vineland High School and Cumberland County College in New Jersey.

Ilene J. Leff CW’64 is a senior adviser to Ashoka Innovators for the Public and president of Jafnel Advisors, Inc., a management-consulting firm. The American Association of University Women of Greater Naples, Fla., recently honored her as a “Woman of Achievement.” She is a member of the board of the Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida and in 2006 co-founded First Book of Collier County, which gives new books to children from low-income families. In New York she serves on the board of the American Jewish Committee. And she is co-gift chair of her Class.

65  Douglas Kramer C’65 writes, “I retired from my law firm in 2000 and Judith Ahrens CW’66 retired from her management-consultation position with Wawa: we married and joined the Peace Corps. We served in Bulgaria for two years and, a few years later, served another two years in the western Visayas in the Philippines, with, in between, a brief bit of volunteer work on behalf of the International Senior Lawyers Project, with Sutyajnik, a human-rights litigation NGO in Yekaterinburg, Russia. We are now spending a year in Azerbaijan on behalf of the ABA, for its rule-of-law-initiative. I have two children and three grandkids, and, when in the U.S., we live in a converted hunting cabin in the Hudson Valley. Retirement is great!”

Gregory D. Saputelli C’65, the New Jersey managing partner for the law firm of Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell & Hippel LLP, was named as a 2009 New Jersey “Super Lawyer” (business litigation) in the April editions of New Jersey Monthly and New Jersey Super Lawyers.


66 Judith Ahrens CW’66 see Douglas Kramer C’65.

Dennis Drabelle G’66 L’69 has a new book coming out in July from St. Martin’s Press: Mile-High Fever: Silver Mining, Boom Towns, and High Living on the Comstock Lode.

Richard A. Marker C’66 writes, “I have just been elected to a two-year term as chair of IJCIC. This consortium is the official representative body of world Jewry for interreligious relations with international counterparts in other religions (the Vatican, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch, etc.). I also continue to serve as elected co-chair of the Board of World Religious Leaders, representing six of the world religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Sikhism).”

C. Murray Saylor Jr. W’66 WG’67 was named as a “2009 Georgia Super Lawyer” in Atlanta magazine, for his work in estate-planning and probate law. He was also recognized by Georgia Trend in its “2008 Legal Elite: Best Lawyers in Georgia.”

Dr. Arthur M. Shapiro C’66 was promoted in July to Distinguished Professor of Evolution and Ecology at the University of California, Davis, where he has taught for 38 years. He says he can order graduate students to address him as Your Distinguishedness—but his wife “won’t hear of it.”

Dr. Alice J. Zal G’66 Nu’80, Norristown, Pa., was chosen in May as president-elect of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association. A staff member at Mercy Suburban and Montgomery hospitals, she is a clinical assistant professor of family medicine at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.


67  Andrew M. Barnes C’67, a partner with the corporate-services group of the law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP, in March was named “Milwaukee Best Lawyers’ 2009 Banking Lawyer of the Year.”

Lawrence J. Beaser C’67, Bala Cynwyd, Pa., a partner in the law firm of Blank Rome LLP, recently received the 2009 Service Award from the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association. He currently serves as chair of the Philadelphia Foundation.

Ron Bornstein W’67 L’70,ronald.bornstein@pillsburylaw.com, a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, writes that he is marking his 30th year of corporate, financial, and international law practice in San Francisco. He notes that his International Business major and French Literature minor at Penn were preludes to his career. Recognized as a “Super Lawyer” on many occasions, he is involved with various professional, civic, and cultural organizations. He and his former wife, Lisa Rogers CW’70, have two daughters, Amanda and Sabrina, both in graduate programs at the UCLA School of Public Policy.
Dr. Robert I. Rudolph C’67 M’71 GM’75 writes, “In May I was awarded the “Duhring Clinic Attending of the Year” for excellence in teaching by the Department of Dermatology of Penn Medicine. I am a clinical professor of dermatology there, and have been a faculty member since 1975. I have more than 100 items and book chapters published.”


69  Nelson B. Heller Gr’69 is president of EdNet at MDR, in Solana Beach, Calif., and founding publisher of the Heller Reports. This coming December he will be inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Association of Educational Publishers for his contributions to the industry of supplemental educational materials.

Robert Peiser C’69 writes, “I was recently named chair and CEO of Omniflight Helicopters, Inc., in Addison, Tex. Also, I was married to the former Nancy McCormick. Finally, the number of grandchildren grew from three to five this spring, with a set of twins also coming in June. It has been quite a year. Two of my grandchildren were born to my daughter and her husband, Karyn M. Saxon C’95 and Todd Saxon W’95.

Allen E. Rennett C’69 L’73, of counsel to the Neufeld Law Group in Los Angeles, has been elected chair of the Beverly Hills Architectural Commission.


70  Rabbi Arnold Rachlis C’70, of University Synagogue in Irvine, Calif., gave an invocation at President Obama’s March town-hall meeting in Orange County.

Jonathan Vipond III L’70, a shareholder with the law firm of Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC, has been appointed a co-head of its office in Harrisburg, Pa. He is a member of the healthcare section and the non-traditional couples and families practice group.

71  Barbara P. Barnett GEd’71 is head of modern languages at the Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont, Pa. She will receive the 2009 Dorothy S. Ludwig Excellence in Teaching Award (secondary level) from the American Association of Teachers of French, at whose conference this month she will present a session on Women in the Resistance.

Dayton Duncan C’71 is the writer and producer of Ken Burns’ upcoming documentary on PBS, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. He also wrote the companion book, to be released in September by Alfred A. Knopf. In recognition of his contribution to telling the story of the national parks, the National Park Service in April named Duncan an honorary park ranger.

Barbara Landau CW’71 Gr’82 is the Dick & Lydia Todd Professor and chair of cognitive science at the Johns Hopkins University. In April she was named a fellow, for the 2009-10 academic year, by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. During this sabbatical she will work on a new book, Gene, Brain, Mind, and Development: the Puzzle of Williams Syndrome, to be published by Oxford University Press.

72  Michael Mustokoff L’72, a partner in the trial-practice group in Philadelphia of the law firm of Duane Morris LLP, has been nominated a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, for “his many contributions to its mission to advance justice through research on the law, legal processes, and the law’s impact on society.”

David R. Oberlander C’72, a shareholder in the Cherry Hill office of Flaster/Greenberg, Attorneys, was included in the Meet the Real Estate Lawyers List, published in May by Real Estate New Jersey magazine. He specializes in real estate law.

Karen Gantz Zahler CW’72 is the lawyer and literary agent for Mean Mothers, the new book by Peg Streep CW’70. It “highlights the success of mothers who have overcome their fears and statistical inclination to parent in the fashion of their mean mothers, to find that they are not only good mothers, but that motherhood can be a deeply satisfying experience.” Two of Peg’s previous books are the memoir, Necessary Journeys: Letting Ourselves Learn from Life, and Adolescence (2002), which was serialized in Good Housekeeping.

73  Dr. Larissa M. L. Zaleska Onyshkevych Gr’73 co-edited Contemporary Ukraine on the Cultural Map of Europe (published in April by M. E. Sharpe). It contains her chapter on contemporary Ukrainian drama, which she has specialized in since Penn.

74  Jerald David August W’74, an attorney who specializes in tax law with the law firm of Fox Rothschild LLP, has received the “Leaders in Law” ranking in the 2009 Chambers USA Guide.

Bill Gammerdinger C’74 emails that he has accepted a position in the Cayman Islands with his longtime employer, Transocean Ltd., where he is vice president and treasurer of its primary operating subsidiary, Transocean Inc. He can be reached attxgammerdinger@sbcglobal.net, and offers “to buy drinks for any Van Pelt College House housemate visiting the island.”

H. Ronald Klasko L’74, the founding partner of the immigration law firm Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer LLP, recently spoke to the Brooklyn Board of Realtors on a federal visa program which would enable foreign investors to live in property they own here.


75  Alan Berson W’75 WG’78 writes that after a career in corporate positions, he became an executive coach in 2002. He is “now also a professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, teaching master’s level courses on leadership.” He writes, “Rededicating myself to be a learner and to evoke the same in others has been tremendously rewarding. Additionally, getting leaders to see that a focus on the ‘people’ aspect of business produces enhanced financial and strategic results [and] creates a true win-win scenario.”

Diane McKinney-Whetstone CW’75 is a lecturer with the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing at Penn. This month she is to receive the 2009 Fiction Award from the American Library Association for her fifth novel, Trading Dreams at Midnight.

Emily Chalef Sanders CW’75, founder and CEO of Sanders Financial Management, based in Norcross, Ga., has been named one of the “Top 50 Women in Wealth Management” in the U.S. by Wealth Manager magazine.


77  Patricia Gerrity Nu’77 GNu’79 received the Outstanding Alumni Award for Leadership in Nursing from Penn Nursing Alumni in May.


78Eliot Kaplan C’78 and Jean Sherman Chatzky C’86 married on May 3; Rabbi Lisa Greene W’87 officiated. Those attending included Martin Rogoff C’78, Loren Feldman W’78, Jill Schoenstein Feldman C’82, Michael Nathan W’78, Lisa DePaulo C’82, Ken Adler W’86, Gary Greenwald C’81 W’81, Caren Osten Gerszberg C’86, Ben Yagoda G’91, Gigi Simeone Gr’83, and Ilene Myers Miller C’78).

Mace L. Rothenberg C’78 writes, “After 20 years in academic medicine, I am very excited to be starting a new chapter in my career. In December I became senior vice president at Pfizer, responsible for oncology clinical development and medical affairs worldwide. We will continue to live in Nashville until our son graduates from high school, but I will be splitting my time professionally between New York, New London, La Jolla, and Milan.”

79  Michael T. DiCamillo CE’79 GCE’85 is a senior program manager for transit facilities for SEPTA. In May he was cited as 2009 Engineering Manager of the Year by the Philadelphia section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He, his wife Mary, and their three sons and three daughters live in Abington.

Donald S. Welsh C’79, Kennett Square, Pa., began in April as president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. Previously he was regional administrator for the federal EPA.



80  Karen Devilbiss Deaver W’88 emails, “After 19 years doing project management in both private industry and the federal government and loving it very much, I quit in 2007 to stay home with my three amazing kids, Kathy (11), Jacob (six), and Anna (four). We live in Harford County, Md., and are constantly fixing up the house. I got diagnosed with breast cancer in February so have added conquering that to my ‘to do’ list! I am using a website to log progress and updates. If you are interested, check out www.caringbridge.org/visit/karendeaver. I’d love to hear from old friends and classmates at karen@deaver.name. Hope all of you are doing well.”


81  Sharon Hernes Silverman C’81 has written a new book, Tunisian Crochet: The Look of Knitting with the Ease of Crocheting, published by Stackpole Books. She and her husband, Alan B. Silverman W’81, an IT professional, live in West Chester, Pa., with their two teenage sons. Friends are welcome to get in touch via www.SharonSilverman.com.


82 Steven J. Lachterman W’82, steven@lachterman.com, emails, “I have relocated my law office from Brickell Avenue to Coral Gables, Fla. My family-law practice has expanded to include sport professionals (I have represented numerous major baseball players in family-related matters). I [also specialize] in condominium litigation and represent may communities and practice complex [cases]. My son James has graduated from elementary school and has been A1A for the past five years. My son Sam, now 17, has volunteered hundreds of hours to Miami Children’s Hospital and is enjoying a wonderful high-school experience at Palmer Trinity High School. I am very proud of him. I would love to hear from friends and colleagues.”

Jeffrey M. Schlerf C’82, an attorney who specializes in bankruptcy and restructuring with the law firm of Fox Rothschild LLP, has received the “Leaders in Law” ranking in the 2009 Chambers USA Guide.


83  Dr. Peter M. G. Deane C’83 writes, “In September I received the Award of Academic Achievement in Medical Management from the American College of Physician Executives.”

Linda Sulzbach Hoke GNu’83 received the Expert Alumni Award for Clinical Excellence from Penn Nursing Alumni in May.

William Lawrence W’83 is chair and CEO of Meridian Capital Partners, Inc., in New York; he founded it in 1994. In March he was appointed chair of the undergraduate executive board of the Wharton School.

Dr. Karin Polifko GNu’83,kpolifko@cox.net, is vice president of operations and academic affairs for the Remington Colleges. She and her “husband, Jay, are the proud parents of two fabulous little girls from China: Jilaina (nine) and Calissa (seven).” Karin and her family live in Gainesville, Fla., and would love to connect with other alumni in the area.


84Howard Sterinbach W’84 writes that, “working as an attorney in New York,” he has “just published a novel with Neshui Press, a small publishing company in St. Louis; entitled Bench Woman, [it] has nothing to do with the law.”



85  Matthew J. Lupino W’85 has been appointed a resident vice president of the Utica National Insurance Group and manager of its middle-Atlantic regional office in Richmond, Va.

Majid Naini Gr’85 translated poetry by the Persian poet Rumi that was set alongside the poetry of an Iraq War veteran in the musical piece The Garden of Paradise; it was performed in March at UC-Berkeley, Santa Clara University, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

86  Jean Sherman Chatzky C’86 see Eliot Kaplan C’78.

Ralph Cathcart C’86 has been made partner at Ladas & Parry, an international law firm. Specializing in intellectual-property and entertainment law, he lives in New York with his wife, Aja, and their son, Cole.

Kevin Stirling W’86 writes that he recently won a Remi Award at the 2009 WorldFest Houston International Film Festival for the indie documentary Moon Beat, which he directed and produced. “An intimate and nostalgic, behind-the-scenes look into the epic flight of Apollo XI, on its 40th anniversary (www.moonbeatthemovie.com).”

87  Dr. Evren Atillasoy M’87 has been promoted to vice president of research and development for the global GI category at Novartis Consumer Health.

Elise Slosberg Holtzman C’87, elise@advocatesuccessgroup.com, announces “the launch of my executive-coaching business, Advocate Success Group LLC. After practicing law for many years, I became a certified life and executive coach. My goal and passion is to guide my clients to achieve personal and professional success, however they define it. My primary focus is coaching attorneys, but I frequently coach clients from other backgrounds (www.advocatesuccessgroup.com).”

Scott A. Wieler WG’87 is chair and CEO of Signal Hill Capital Group LLC, a national, specialty investment-banking firm in Baltimore; he founded it in 2002. In March he was appointed chair of the graduate executive board of the Wharton School.


88  Glenn Hoge W’88 and his wife, Lisa, are “happy to announce that we have adopted a baby girl: Kara Eun-bit Hoge was born in South Korea on July 26, 2008, and came into our family on May 6. Our son Brian (three), is thrilled to have a new baby sister.”

Michelle Kwintner G’88,kwintner@twcny.rr.com, is a psychotherapist at Family Services of Chemung County. She recently began a private practice in psychoanalytic psychotherapy in Ithaca, N.Y., where she lives with her husband, Michael Weiss C’87, and daughter Lena. She published an article on the meanings of antidepressant medications in Smith College Studies in Social Work (2005).

89  David Cannistraro W’89 and Dira Strain Cannistraro C’91 are thrilled to announce the birth of their third child, Marc James, who joined his brothers Ryan (six) and Jason (four).

Joseph E. Ingoldsby GLA’89 has won the competition to design a memorial to the fishermen of New Bedford, Mass.

Joy Sturm C’89 and her husband, Kenneth Drexler, are delighted to announce the birth of their third child, Jack, on Oct. 8. He was warmly welcomed by big sister Mia (seven) and big brother Adam (five). They live in Potomac, Md.

Dr. Kristine Yaffe M’89 GM’90 is a professor in the psychiatry, neurology, and epidemiology departments and associate chair of psychiatry research at the University of California, San Francisco. The Alzheimer’s Association awarded her a three-year grant for research on mild cognitive impairment and dementia among very old women.



90  Jonathan Ringel C’90 W’90 and Deb Weisshaar are proud to announce that their daughter, Lucy Jessica Ringel, was born on March 6.

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

Kathryn Linn Geurts G’91 Gr’98, professor of anthropology at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn., has been named a fellow by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for her ethnographic work on disability in Ghana, enabling a sabbatical year for her.

Sumru Belger Krody G’91 has been promoted to curator in (and continues as head of) the Eastern-hemisphere collections at the Textile Museum in Washington. With the museum for 15 years, she has been managing editor of its Journal since 1997.

Ted Nash G’91 WG’91 has just published a book on family travels, Honeymoon in Greece and Other Misadventures, which “documents 10 years of excursions, fraught with challenge and accidents, that offer a humorous escape” at [his] expense and his wife’s and children’s.

Dr. Rachel B. Wohlberg C’91 married Curt S. Friedberg WEv’93 on Nov. 15. She has taken a position at Children’s Health Care of Atlanta at the Scottish Rite Hospital, having served on the medical staff of the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington. A consultant, he is a partner in the Atlanta firm of Grisanti, Galef and Goldress. She is the daughter of Rabbi Jeffrey A. Wohlberg C’62 and Judith R. Frank Wohlberg CW’63, and the sister of Rabbi Adam M. Wohlberg C’88.


92  Anthony W. Crowell C’92, acrowell1@gmail.com, has been elected chair of the board of the Brooklyn Public Library, “the nation’s fifth-largest, free public-library system and Brooklyn’s largest non-profit.” Counselor to New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, he is a part-time faculty member at New York Law School and Brooklyn Law School, teaching state and local-government law.

Patricia D’Antonio GrNu’92 in May received the Legacy Award from Penn Nursing Alumni.

Alon Kaplan C’92 “recently endured a massive stroke,” wrote a classmate. “With courage and great spirit, he wants his Penn community to know of his recent medical challenges. With the gentle, loving support of his wife, Nishima Kaplan C’92 W’92, he is busy recovering, still writing, and making his three precious daughters laugh. For updates on his progress, visit www.thestatus.com (patient ID: Kaplan; password: Kaplan5). He would enjoy hearing from you.”

Duff McDonald W’92 writes, “I’ve got a biography on JPMorgan Chase chair and CEO Jamie Dimon coming out this October, published by Simon & Schuster. I worked at Goldman Sachs, and then became a journalist, so I think I have somewhat of a unique perspective on Wall Street, compared to most business writers.”


93  Rob Bernstine GEx’93 is head of Intuition Design, Inc., in Chesapeake City, Md. He writes that it was named supplier for a medical-laboratory instrument that it helped create and which won the 2009 Medical Design Excellence Award.

Eric Blank W’93 writes, “I am a practicing attorney (www.ericblank.com) and illustrated-book author (www.RobertFitzgibbons.com) in Las Vegas. Recently I was nominated for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man & Woman of the Year campaign (snv.llsevent.org/ericb). I am alerting my fellow alumni about what I am doing and hope to enlist their support for this great cause: I am sure there are a number of them who have been affected or have family members affected. I am raising money [for] a Las Vegas patient, Jenny Scobie (diagnosed at 10 months with adult leukemia and given a 50% chance of survival), as well as for my father, Barry Blank, who is a lymphoma survivor. Now in remission, Jenny must still visit the doctor and have blood work done regularly, but mostly she spends her time being a happy, healthy six-year-old kindergarten student. I truly hope to make blood cancers a thing of the past.”

Curt S. Friedberg WEv’93 see Dr. Rachel B. Wohlberg C’91.
Sebastián Escarrer Jaume WG’93
is joint vice-chair and CEO of Sol Meliá, S.A., in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. In March he was appointed chair of the executive board of the Wharton School, for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Elissa Laitin EAS’93, elaitin@gmail.com, reports that she and her husband, Jean Marc Favreau, welcomed a daughter, Sophie Therese, into the world on Jan. 20. “She was born on Obama’s Inauguration Day, which seems fitting since my husband and I met through the political group Run Against Bush. It was as if she saw George Bush leave the White House for the last time and knew it was safe to come out.”

Tanya Aviv Stein C’93, tnystein@yahoo.com, and David Brian Stein are thrilled to announce the birth of their third child, Hadassah Shifra Stein, on March 7, 10:05 a.m., weighing 7 lbs. 15 oz., and 19 inches long. She “was named on Purim. Hadassah is another name for Esther. Shifra is the indirect name for David’s paternal grandmother. Our oldest daughter, Idit Noa, and son, Mattisyahu Avraham, love and adore their new baby sister.”

Becki L. Young C’93, www.blylaw.com, has managed her own law practice, specializing in employment-based immigration law, since 2002. She co-edited Immigration Options for Essential Workers (published by the American Immigration Lawyers Association) and wrote the chapter “Nonimmigrant Options for Hospitality Workers.”

94  Jonathan Dunsay C’94 EAS’94 see Caroline Tiger C’96.

Janice Foust GrNu’94 received the Lillian Sholtis Brunner Award for Innovative Practice in Nursing from Penn Nursing Alumni in May.



95  Carrie Girgenti Sheps C’95 and her husband, Greg, are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Matthew Cooper Sheps, on March 3; he weighed 8 lbs. 1 oz., and measured 21 ½ inches. They live in New York, where she is an attorney at Latham & Watkins and Greg is vice president in charge of sponsorship development for Tribeca Enterprises.


96  Jennifer B. Barnett C’96 and Mathew Barnett C’96 W’96 are “delighted to announce the arrival of Layla Jade and Noah Nathaniel on Aug. 8. They joined big sister Jordana (six) and big brother Alexander (three). We live in Manhattan, where Mat is an analyst with the hedge fund Jet Capital and Jen is taking time off to spend time with the babies.”

Jamie Gleich Bryant G’96 is in the second year of publishing Kiki, her “tween design magazine,” which has already won eight national awards, including being named 2009 Magazine of the Year by Mom’s Choice. She “tailors the college fashion-design curriculum to tweens and gives them the opportunity to explore. Our goal is to inspire girls to engage with the world around them and become creators, rather than just viewers.”

Kristine D’Elisa GAr’96 GFA’96, principal at R. S. Granoff Architects P.C. in Greenwich, Conn., in May achieved the LEED AP Homes accreditation of the U.S. Green Building Council. She writes she is also actively involved in sustainable design education in Fairfield and Westchester counties.

Jane Koh C’96 and Nam Kim C’96 are overjoyed at the birth of their first child, daughter Amelia Skye Kim, on Jan. 24 in Chicago. Jane is still working as a copywriter at Leo Burnett and Nam is preparing to write his dissertation on the origins of Vietnamese civilization.

Rachel Volkman Kushel C’96 and her husband, Peter Kushel, are excited to announce the Nov. 6 arrival of Edward Matthew Kushel, who joined big sister Rebecca (three) in Fairfield, Conn. Rachel practices labor and employment law with a firm in Bridgeport.

Rabbi Dr. Aaron Ross C’96,aaronshalom@gmail.com, emails, “I have just earned my doctorate from Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate School in Jewish Education. My research was titled “Motivational Issues in the Study of Talmud among American Male High School Seniors.” I am a day-school teacher and administrator living now in Bergenfield, N.J., with my wife, Tzippy, and our five delicious children.”

Caroline Tiger C’96 married Jonathan Dunsay C’94 EAS’94 on Nov. 8 in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The wedding party included Kate Webster C’96, Eric Eisenstein EAS’93 W’93, Victor Cho W’93, Jim Markham EAS’93, and David Rivela C’93. The wedding guests included Kerry Luisi Redican EAS’96, Michael Awad W’93, Roland Hess C’93, Bruce Parker EAS’94, Michael Coen W’94, Cecilia Chan C’94, and Faeiz Hindi EAS’92. Caroline and Jonathan live in Philadelphia, where she works as a freelance author and journalist and he practices law at the intellectual-property firm, Woodcock Washburn.

97  Jason Muhlstein W’97, Minneapolis, is a principal at M Squared Group, a marketing firm. In April he was appointed to the board of Wishes & More, which grants wishes to seriously ill children and provides scholarships and memorials.

Dr. Wendell E. Pritchett Gr’97 is the new chancellor of the State University of New Jersey, Rutgers–Camden. He was a professor at Penn Law; his most recent book is Robert Clifton Weaver and the American City: The Life and Times of an Urban Reformer (University of Chicago Press, 2008). His wife, Anne Kringel, is a senior lecturer and director of legal writing at Penn Law: they have two children, Eleanor (12) and Clara (eight).

Jason Vinikoor C’97 and his wife, Carla, are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Abigail Mina, on April 21. She was “enthusiastically welcomed home by big sister Maya, who turns two this summer.”


98  Aaron Abrahms C’98 and his wife, Ali, are pleased to announce the birth of their second daughter, Eloise (Lulu) Jacoby Abrahms. The growing Abrahms clan lives in Larchmont, N.Y., and can be reached at aabrahms@wingedkeel.com .

Rachel Ehrlich Albanese C’98 L’01 and Russ Albanese L’01 are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Jacob Madan Albanese, on April 25. “Big sister Sarah is very proud, and so is grandma Wendy Ehrlich ASC’73. Jake was visited in the hospital by his aunties Marti Speranza C’98, Maj. Julia Oh EAS’98, Dr. Sabrina Khan C’98, Steph Dinkes Wechsler L’01, and, via Skype, Ali Farber C’98.”

Hollie Evans Bialek C’98 and her husband, Keith, are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Amanda Joy, on Dec. 11; she joined big brother Andrew and big sister Laura.

Ashley Nichols Blevins W’98 and her husband, Webb, are thrilled to announce the birth of their fourth child, George Nichols Blevins, on April 1, weighing 8 lbs. and 7 oz., and measuring 21 inches. He joined the family and very excited siblings, Eliza Royce (six), Harry (four), and Frances (two).

Matthew Bodenstein C’98 G’04 see Michelle Isaacs Bodenstein Nu’99.
David B. Horvath G’98
writes, “In April my wife, Mary E. Geno Horvath, and I received the Youth Aid Panel Panelist of the Year award from the Center For Resolutions in Media, Pa. Earlier this year, I finally received my FAA Private Pilot license (airplane, single engine, land-based). I finally got around to taking [and passing] the FCC amateur-radio (ham) exams. Although I have not written any new ones recently, my computer/technical books still sell at a reasonable rate. We recently celebrated our 20th-wedding anniversary with a trip to Egypt, with stops in England and Wales on the way home.”

Matthew Mandelbaum C’98 is co-founder and managing partner of PsySoEd Dynamics LLC (www.psysoed.com), and the developer of JumpingJoey’s NumberLine, a “multi-sensory, arithmetic-learning system for pre-K through elementary.” He credits his abilities to develop such products and services in part to his “time at Penn, especially to the mentorship of Dr. Aron Katsenelinboigen, of blessed memory.”


99  Michelle Isaacs Bodenstein Nu’99 and Matthew Bodenstein C’98 G’04 are excited to announce the birth of their second child, Zachary Ryan, on March 16. He joined big brother Josh, who celebrated his second birthday just two days before. Michelle, Matt, Josh, and Zach live in Wynnewood, Pa.

Josh Brogadir C’99 and his wife, Becca, are delighted to announce the birth of their daughter, Sophie Rachel, on Jan. 19 in Boston.

Dr. Megha Shah Fitzpatrick C’99 writes, “My husband, Dr. Kevin Fitzpatrick, and I are thrilled to announce the birth of our son, Dillon Shah Fitzpatrick, and daughter, Jaina Shah Fitzpatrick, on April 3.”

Emily Nichols Grossi GEd’99 and Tom Grossi are thrilled to announce the birth of their second son, Oliver Nichols Grossi, on March 17. He joined big brother Jack, who will be three this month.

Rabbi Yehudah Potok C’99, his wife, Shira Loewenstein, and their son, Adiel, will move to Berkeley, Calif., where he will be the next head at the Oakland Hebrew Day School.

Becca Richards C’99 and Jessica Bohrer C’99 “recently launched the first collection of dalla nonna, a jewelry-design company specializing in chic, custom, and vintage-inspired pieces. To view the collection and find out more about the company, visit www.dallanonnajewelry.com.”

Joseph Bonee White C’99 and his wife, Jilian, are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Finnegan George White, on April 7; he weighed 8 lbs. 4 oz., and measured 21 inches. Jeb is CEO of Taxpayers Against Fraud, a national public-interest law organization, and Jilian is a chief ob-gyn resident at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.



00  Bart Bronk C’00 writes, “Second children always get the shaft. Over a year late, my wife, Chrissy, and I are pleased to announce the birth (and growth, and gala first birthday) of Charles Barton Bronk on Jan. 4, 2008. He’s a happy, healthy kid who gets along wonderfully with his big sister Emilia, who can’t wait to turn five in August and storm kindergarten in September. Charlie and Emilia were especially excited on Feb. 19 of this year to welcome their new baby cousin, Aidan Joseph Bronk, son of my brother Charles Grant Bronk C’98 and Candice Taylor.”

Darren Glass G’00 Gr’02, an assistant professor of mathematics at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, was recently granted tenure.

Talia Golubtchik C’00 married Hudson Clate Stansbury III on Aug. 24, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington. Attending were Penn family and friends: Jonathon Ament C’88, Uriel Cohen C’01, Rebecca Elias-Bachrach M’08, Dr. Adina Fisher Geller C’00, Debra Kobrin Levy C’00, Dr. Ayala Zoltan Rockoff C’00, Dr. Mike Serlin C’96, Atara Margolies C’01 GAr’04 GFA’04, Deborah Chasan-Sloan C’96, Miriam Posner Stein C’02, and Malka Strasberg C’00. Talia and Clate live in Washington.

Kathy Kearns C’00 and Eric Canfield were married on Aug. 8 at Skytop Lodge in Skytop, Pa. They were introduced over seven years ago by their friend Derek Lee W’97, who was at the wedding. Many other Penn friends also joined them on this special day, including bridesmaid Saryn Chorney C’00, Erin McCutcheon C’00, Toni Costagliolia C’00, Debra Schwartz W’00, Alyssa Guglielmo C’00, Jennie Westerman C’00, Emily Cunningham C’00, Matt Wasowski C’97, and Sarah Brockett C’99. Kathy is a senior marketing manager at the History Channel and Eric is an MBA student at NYU’s Stern School of Business. They live in Manhattan’s East Village in with B, their Siamese kitten.

Alona Fleissig Schwarz W’00 and her husband, Scott, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Sara Grace, on March 25; she weighed 8 lbs. 9 oz., and was 21 inches long. She notes that they still live in Manhattan.

01  Russ Albanese L’01 see Rachel Ehrlich Albanese C’98 L’01.

Caroline Becker C’01 and Timothy are glad to announce the birth of their first child, Luke Allen Becker, on May 1; he weighed 7 lbs. 10 oz., and was 20 inches.

02  Amy L. Hancock-Ronemus V’02 is now campus veterinarian at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass.


03  Jennifer Broussard C’03 married Christopher Schurman C’03 on March 14 at the Biltmore Hotel in Miami. They had met at Penn and dated in New York for several years, where they worked after graduation. In the wedding party were Allison Feldman C’03, Diana Miller C’03, David Giancola C’03, and Michael Hsu C’03. Jennifer and Christopher spent their honeymoon in the Napa and Sonoma valleys, San Francisco, and the central coast of California. They live and work in Pittsburgh, where she is senior account executive at Marc USA, an advertising firm, and he is VP of finance at Surgimon, a private healthcare provider.

Brooke Hoffman Faught GNu’03 received the Recent Alumni Award for Clinical Excellence from Penn Nursing Alumni in May.

Andrew M. Schwartz EAS’03 W’03 is excited to announce his engagement to Lauren Polakoff. He is a senior associate at Liberty Partners, a private-equity firm in New York. She received her master’s in social work from Columbia University in May. We plan to marry in June 2010 in her hometown of Princeton, N.J.

Greg Tamborino GAr’03 was promoted to associate at Perkins+Will Architects in Chicago. Since 2005 he has been project architect for a high-rise condominium in the city’s West Loop.



05  Grant Ginder C’05 writes that in June Simon & Schuster released his debut novel: This is How it Starts, “a coming-of-age tale that follows one Penn graduate as he attempts to endear himself to Washington’s political and social elite.” He is working on his second novel, and will attend New York University’s creative-writing program in the fall.


06  Daniel Chor C’06 received the “With Small Strokes Fall Great Oaks” Award from the Penn Club of Israel for his work on its website, www.pennclubofisrael.com.


07 Dr. Jeffrey Burdick V’07 works for GlaxoSmithKline in King of Prussia, Pa., and owns a small livestock veterinary practice in the nearby counties. He was also named “Veterinarian of the Year 2008” by the Delaware County SPCA: as a volunteer clinician, he provides services pro bono to a local animal shelter.

Dr. Jennifer Muller V’07, mullervmd@gmail.com, last November launched Mobile Veterinary Services, in Philadelphia. She continues to work on governmental-policy issues by serving on the Pennsylvania Dog Law Advisory Board and as chair of the Canine Health Board. Her husband, Todd Bernstein, is president of Global Citizen. They share their home with many cats, dogs, and a cockatoo.

Berel Rapoport CGS’07 and his wife, Dayana, proudly welcomed the birth of their first child, Moshe Michael, on Jan 8. “Based in Philadelphia, but constantly traveling throughout the Northeast and mid-Atlantic,” Berel “serves as a haberdasher for Astor & Black Custom Clothiers. Muschino, as we call him, already has his eye on some of the finest fabrics for his new wardrobe.”



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