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Henrietta M. Jaeger FA’48 wrote Five Strolled into Madness (PublishAmerica, 2010). “It is a true story about a psychiatrist and his family who live on the grounds of a state mental hospital in the 1950s.”


Larry Shprintz ChE’50 has photographs of Mumbai in Populous Flows, a group exhibition, at the Addams Gallery until July 12. His India photographs also can be seen at www.lslsa.tumblr.com.


Eugene Cohen C’53 Gr’56 writes, “I have recently published an article, based on my field work in Italy: “Sensible Men and Serious Women: Order, Disorder, and Morality in an Italian Village,” in the Archivio Antropologico Mediterraneo.

Robert A. Erb Ch’53 is technical director of SiliClone Studio in Valley Forge, Pa. He recently was presented with the research award of the International Anaplastology Association.


Dr. Claude W. Springer D’54 writes, “I don’t see many listings earlier than my graduation, so here goes. I retired from dentistry 16 years ago after a very satisfying professional life. My father practiced dentistry until 80, but I had decided early on to stop at 65. Since then I enjoy every day lifting weights in the gym twice a week, walking every morning, writing poetry, singing in a choral society, playing bridge, teaching driver-safety for AARP once a month, being with my friend (my wife passed away five years ago), seeing my children and grandchildren. I don’t feel my age of 81. Life is good.”


Bernard M. Gross W’56 L’59, a Philadelphia attorney, in March received the Pro Bono Service Award from the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas “in recognition of outstanding service to the Complex Litigation Center Judge Pro Tempore Program.”



Michael Eigen C’57, www.eigen.happyForever.com, has two recent seminars on Kabbalah and psychoanalysis as an online audio; they were sponsored by the NYU contemplative-studies project.

William F. Levine C’57, a trial lawyer who maintains a practice in Mineola, N.Y., in May received the distinguished-service medallion from the Nassau County Bar Association “for service which has enhanced the reputation and dignity of the legal profession.”


David Karp Ar’59 co-curated with Barton Myers GAr’64 an exhibition at the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles, Kahn in Venice, which featured the Palazzo dei Congressi, the unbuilt convention center Louis Kahn Ar’24 Hon’71 had designed. Penn’s Architectural Archives lent drawings and a model. Sue Ann Kahn CW’61 lent travel sketches and a reproduction of a portrait of Kahn, from the National Portrait Gallery, by Alexandra Tyng GEd’77 was included. Nathaniel Kahn’s documentary My Architect was shown at the opening.

Ginger Levit CW’59 exhibited in an April show at the Country Club of Virginia in Richmond, which was a benefit for the Ellen de Paredes Breast Cancer Foundation. She notes, “My 25-part series Picasso Minute, 60-second segments, continues on WRVA 1140 AM and on WRNL 910 AM.”

Jim MacPherson W’59
writes, “Following graduation and service in the Army, I earned an MBA as an Allied Chemical Fellow at Columbia University. I then began a diversified career in senior corporate management with firms in the US, Europe, and Canada. Residing in the Palm Beaches for many years I have also served as chair of a medical center/heart institute for 13 years and president of the Penn Alumni Club of the Palm Beaches for 15 years. Not really interested in retiring, I served as a workout specialist and consultant for businesses in a wide range of industries, until recently. As one who hired attorneys for many years I never envisioned a career in law, particularly patent law, but have now become business manager for a firm of 26 legal professionals and former agents from the US Patent Office. Our clientele come from throughout the US and abroad. I hope my former classmates are enjoying these years as much as I am.”



Margot Einstein CW’65 writes, “All my intensive training paid off. I won five medals in the Green Valley Arizona Senior Olympics. 1 gold in 100m backstroke; 3 silver, 25m freestyle, 25m backstroke, and 50m backstroke; 1 bronze in 50m freestyle. Sorry you couldn’t all be there to watch me swim.”

Dr. Stuart B. Levy M’65
is professor of molecular biology and microbiology, professor of medicine, and director of the Center for Adaptation Genetics and Drug Resistance at Tufts University and a staff physician at Tufts Medical Center. In May he received the 2011 Hamao Umezawa Memorial Award from the International Society of Chemotherapy for “his lifetime contributions to the field of antibiotic resistance.” He is the co-founding president of the international Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics; and he serves as chief scientific officer at Paratek Pharmaceuticals, “where a novel antibiotic is under development.”

Barry Moore GAr’65
has stepped down after 24 years as an adjunct associate professor at the University of Houston. He taught over 600 students in their final year and saw their work published, exhibited, and awarded; his teaching accomplishments have been recognized by the Texas Society of Architects and Tau Sigma Delta Student Honorary Society. Barry maintains his architectural practice at Gensler’s Houston office, and will continue his development efforts for the historic-preservation program at the university.

Edward G. Rendell C’65 Hon’00,
a partner at the Philadelphia law firm of Ballard Spahr LLP, who is the former governor of Pennsylvania, in April received the 2011 Judge Edward R. Becker Citizenship Award from the Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society. It is named after Hon. Edward R. Becker C’54, longtime judge for the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Arnold Weisgold GM’65
writes that he and his wife, Marci Chernoff Weisgold CW’61, “have helped establish the cornerstone for a scholarship at Penn Dental Medicine for postdoctoral students in periodontal prosthesis. The Department of Periodontics has named the fund ‘The Arnold and Marci Weisgold Scholarship Fund for Postdoctoral Students in Periodontal Prosthesis.’ This was done to honor [my] almost 50-year association with Penn, first as a postdoctoral student, a faculty member, and the director of the program for 33 years.”



Dr. Eric R. White GEd’67 GrEd’75 co-wrote the chapter “Academic Advising” in the recently published Rentz’s Student Affairs Practice in Higher Education.


George R. Burrell Jr. W’69 L’74 in March joined the Philadelphia law firm of Kleinbard Bell & Brecker LLP as partner in its government-relations group. Most recently, he was general counsel and executive vice president of PRWT Services, Inc., an African American-owned business that provides business services and facilities management.



Charles C. Coyne W’70, an attorney at the Philadelphia law firm of Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell & Hippel LLP, served as a judge at the annual transactional-law meet at Drexel University last spring.


Donald E. Lampert G’71 is senior counsel in the workers’ compensation group at the Cleveland law firm of Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP, and has served as an adjunct professor at the Case Western Reserve University law school since 1991. In April he was inducted as a fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers.


William J. DeSantis C’73 GEd’75 is a partner of Ballard Spahr LLP, who is based in Cherry Hill, N.J., and specializes in complex civil litigation. In April he was certified as a civil trial attorney in the state.
David E. Rice C’73 in April was appointed a US bankruptcy judge in the District of Maryland. Prior to this, he was a partner in the Baltimore office of the law firm of Venable LLP.


Linda Rabben CGS’74 wrote Give Refuge to the Stranger: The Past, Present and Future of Sanctuary, which was published by Left Coast Press. In April she gave talks about the book at Fordham and Harvard law schools and the Society for Applied Anthropology, and in June she spoke at Sussex and York universities and the Human Rights Action Centre in Britain.


David Topchik C’76 WG’79 writes, “I co-wrote the book and lyrics for a new musical The Game (based on the novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses), which is being produced by the Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, Mass., Aug. 11-29. I first read the novel at Penn in the class French Literature in Translation, the course many took to balance out Organic Chemistry. What was I doing in Organic Chemistry?”


David A. Anderson GEE’78 WG’78, a director with Citrin Cooperman, the Philadelphia accounting, tax, and business consulting firm, in March co-presented a forensic-accounting seminar to members of the Northeast Chapter of Certified Forensic Interviewers.


Luis Virata WG’79, Manila, wrote in mid-April, “I just received a doctorate in humanities from the De La Salle University here for building the Coastal Road. The president and the vice president will be inaugurating the road on 27 April.”



Leonard Bernstein C’80 W’80, a partner in the Philadelphia office of Reed Smith LLP, recently received its 2011 Sean Halpin Award for “his outstanding pro bono work in 2010.” He served as de facto general counsel for the national organization of Big Brothers Big Sisters, while continuing as chair of Philadelphia’s Support Center for Child Advocates.

Dr. Julie Schauer Fairman GNu’80 GrN’92,
professor of nursing at Penn and director of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, will be inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International’s Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame this month.

Randi Paul-Heskins CE’80
is “pleased that I can now tell the world that I was part of the team from the Royal School of Needlework that worked on Catherine Middleton’s wedding dress. I have been taking classes at RSN since we arrived in London 2   years ago and am now a Certificated Student. My husband, Dan Paul-Heskins C’80 W’80, is global head of market research for savoury foods at Unilever’s corporate headquarters in London. Another fun aspect of our time here has been the opportunity to meet some fellow alums, including Elizabeth Greitzer C’80 and Bonnie Miao Bandeen C’80 WG’85.”

Troy Taylor W’80 WG’86
writes, “My firm, the Algon Group, has become one of the leading real-estate investment banking restructuring firms in the country. We have handled over $3 billion in debt restructurings for many of the highest profile real estate problems, especially in Florida. I am based in Atlanta, but have spent a lot of time in Florida over the past two years.”


Catherine Bristow C’81 has written her second book, Coriander, “a novella about love and relationships in the second part of life (available on Kindle).” She is currently family literacy program manager for the Center for Literacy, a non-profit in Philadelphia. In March she presented on “Innumeracy and Math Phobia in the Classroom” at the Pennsylvania Association for Adult Continuing Education Conference.

Jay A. Dubow W’81 L’84
in April rejoined the Philadelphia law firm of Pepper Hamilton LLP as a partner in its Philadelphia office; he specializes in securities litigation and SEC enforcement. He had been senior vice president, general counsel, and chief administrative officer for Advanta Corp. in Spring House, Pa. He originally joined Pepper in 2007.

Nancy J. Knauer C’81 L’84,
professor of law at Temple University, was selected in March as one of 25 law professors from across the country to be featured in a study, “What the Best Law Teachers Do,” the results of which will be published by Harvard University Press by early 2013.

Kyra G. McGrath L’81
is chief operating officer and the executive vice president of WHYY, Inc., the Philadelphia PBS broadcaster. In March she received a Take the Lead award from the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania for her “courage, confidence, and character that advanced her industry and community.”

Christine Woodside C’81
has received a travel grant from the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association, based in West Branch, Iowa, for her research, “Secret Collaboration in the Little House: Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane, 1929-1943.”



Sandra Benson Cress C’82 wrote in late March, “At the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, I was competition manager for the football tournaments, which took place over five venues in four states. [Then] I was hired by Nike to be director of soccer in the Nike Sports Entertainment division. I left to consult, and worked on South Africa’s 2006 World Cup bid. After that, I got an MPP at Princeton (2001), and then worked in Tanzania as the country director for the Clinton Foundation’s HIV/AIDS Initiative. Ultimately, I came back to my first love, soccer, because a classmate, Rafael DeGennaro C’82, heard of a conference call for the Social Venture Network, that was going to be on a revolutionary soccer ball, and I decided to listen in, out of curiosity. That was last June. I was immediately drawn to the project, because I had seen how quickly balls are destroyed in harsh environments like African villages, war zones, refugee camps, favellas, etc. The need was tremendous and I didn’t think there was anything like it in existence. I offered to help the project all I could and took time off from my regular job to help the project launch at the 2010 World Cup. I worked as a volunteer for several months and joined the small team full-time in October. The One World Futbol Project is a ‘B Corp’ which means that the organization and the product has been reviewed by the B-Lab and met its high standards for committing to a triple bottom line: people, planet, then profits. We sell the balls at retail using a ‘give one, get one’ platform, so that for every American child who buys a ball, one is donated to a program serving disadvantaged communities around the world. We’ve already been able to get the ball to over 100 NGOs working in 79 countries. We also partner with multilaterals, international NGOs, governments, and other non-profits. Our goal is to distribute one million balls to poor communities in the next three years. We also plan to develop a One World Basketball and One World Volleyball, once we are able to get funding in place. We also are establishing distributorships in various countries. It looks like I will be relocating to Nairobi this summer to launch the project’s Africa marketing and fulfillment.”

Deborah R. Gross W’82,
head of the class-action securities-fraud department of the Philadelphia firm, Law Offices Bernard M. Gross, P.C., in March spoke on a panel held at Penn Law about current trends in Delaware corporate law.

Dr. Julia Hirschberg GEE’82 Gr’85,
a professor of computer science at Columbia University, specializes in building viable computational models of human prosody for use in speech synthesis. In May she received the 2011 IEEE James L. Flanagan Speech and Audio Processing Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society.

Dr. Judd E. Hollander C’82,
professor and director of clinical research in the emergency-medicine department at Penn Medicine, specializes in research on emergency care for patients with acute cardiac problems. In June he received the 2011 Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Leadership Award for his “exceptional contributions to emergency medicine through leadership in the field’s organizations and publications, research productivity, and advancement of the discipline of emergency medicine.”


Alice Bast C’83 in May received the Philadelphia Award for 2010; it is given to “a citizen of the Philadelphia region who, during the preceding year, acted and served on behalf of the best interests of the community.”

Arthur Bruso GFA’83,
co-founder of Curious Matter, a gallery in Jersey City, N.J., has a piece in Naming the Animals, a spring show there.

Dr. Robin Goldberg C’83,
currently a dentist in the community-healthcare system in Connecticut, writes that her son, Jonah Spear, just made Principal’s Honor Roll for the second consecutive time at his high school, American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, N.C. She would love to hear from any Penn friends, or parents, or prospective parents of boarding-school teens at RBGold@sbcglobal.net <mailto:RBGold@sbcglobal.net> .

Meryl Davids Landau C’83
writes that she “recently published a spiritual women’s novel, Downward Dog, Upward Fog, which was featured in the prestigious debut-fiction special issue of ForeWord book-review magazine.” She also writes for many national magazines, including Reader’s Digest, US News & World Report, and O: The Oprah magazine.


Dr. Dinah Miller C’84 is a psychiatrist in private practice and a consulting psychiatrist for the Johns Hopkins Hospital community psychiatry program. She co-wrote Shrink Rap: Three Psychiatrists Explain Their Work, which was published in May by the Johns Hopkins University Press.

Brian L. Rubin W’84,
a partner in the Washington law firm of Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan LLP, won the Emerald Literati Network’s Highly Commended Award for co-writing “FINRA’s Sanctions in 2009: A Sign of Things to Come?” in the November issue of the Journal of Investment Compliance.


Stephen Galowitz C’86 W’86 reports that he is chief development officer for Broadrock Renewables LLC in Tarrytown, N.Y.; a portfolio company of Macquarie Infrastructure Partners, it acquires and operates clean-energy and infrastructure assets. He lives in Armonk with his wife, Jill Kessler Galowitz W’87, and their two children, Emily (17) and Ethan (16).



Risa Vetri Ferman C’87 is the district attorney for Montgomery County in Pennsylvania. She wrote The Mouse Who Went Surfing Alone to raise awareness among children and parents about Internet safety; it was launched in April at a benefit for the Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center, which aims at easing the criminal-justice process for abused children.

Patricia Powers Thomson EAS’87
in March was appointed chief operating officer of Relief International, a humanitarian non-profit agency based Los Angeles. Previously, she served as senior governance adviser with the US State Department in Diyala, Iraq.


Wayne Kaplan W’88 in August will become managing partner of the Philadelphia office of Grant Thornton LLP, the accounting firm; currently he is the audit practice leader.

Gabrielle Wanamaker WEv’88
is principal of TrustWorks, a management-consulting firm, and an adjunct professor in the organizational development and leadership master’s program at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. In April, she was honored as a distinguished alumnus by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia; she serves as vice-chair of its board.


Thomas Clare EE’89, a technical adviser to the Philadelphia intellectual-property law firm of Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow, graduated in May from the Temple University law school, and spoke in the ceremony. He will join the firm as an associate.

Ralph Gonzalez Gr’89
wrote in April, “I am a part-time musician and have spent the past 18 months assembling Ready for the Sunshine, a compilation album in support of the Smile Train charity, which provides cleft-palate surgery to children in developing countries. All proceeds go directly to the Smile Train. [The CD] contains songs from 15 kind and wonderful bands from Germany, Japan, Sweden, the UK, and the US. Please give a listen and help us spread the word about these bands, while raising money for needy and deserving children www.readyforthesunshine.com.”

Dr. Paige Kester Waterman Nu’89
and John Waterman EAS’89 W’89 WG’97 are pleased to announce the April birth of their daughter, Emma. “She joined her six-year-old brother, Benjamin, in Maryland, where Paige works in infectious diseases at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and John is a partner at IBM. Aunt Alison Dura Nu’86 and uncle Paul Dura M’87 are among the excited relatives. All are happy in the H2Oman household.”



Robin Lentz Worgan GEd’90 recently had her first book, Journaling Away Mommy’s Grief: A Book and Journal for Mothers after Stillbirth or Infant Loss, published by Grief Illustrated Press. “After the death of my stillborn daughter, Margaret, I found that daily reflection and writing in my journal became powerful tools for healing. Thus began my journey, one that I now share with readers to help them navigate their own experience, believing no one should have to travel this road alone. Journaling Away Mommy’s Grief is the only interactive, self-help book on stillbirth/infant loss that takes the reader from the first day of profound loss through ten years of living, grieving, and healing.” Robin, lives in Flourtown, Pa., with her husband, Glenn, and four children; she speaks and does peer counseling on pregnancy and infant loss.


Mara Bralove C’93 see Allison Marinoff Carle C’94.

Jonathan Goldstein C’93 L’05
writes that in late April he attended a NRA seminar for firearms attorneys from all over the country. “The NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action honored me with the 2011 Defender of Justice award in recognition of my ‘years of tireless service to the Constitution and with particular emphasis on the protection and furtherance of the Second Amendment.’”

Lisa Nass Grabelle C’93 L’96
and Kiera Reilly C’93 email, “At the recent Penn Alumni Board retreat on campus, we started planning social-media outreach for the 20th Reunion: May 2013 will be here before we know it! We invite all 1993 grads to join our Penn Class of 1993 Facebook group if you haven’t already, follow us on Twitter @Penn1993, and share your Twitter handles with us so we can follow you too! Feel free to email us, lisagrabelle@yahoo.com and kreilly@upenn.edu, if you’d like to get involved with reunion planning.”

Seema Desai Iyer C’93
is now associate director of the Jacob France Institute at the University of Baltimore; in 2010, she was honored as one of Maryland’s Top 50 Leading Women.

Jeffrey P. Wallack L’93
is a partner in construction-law and commercial-litigation departments of Wisler Pearlstine, LLP, in Blue Bell, Pa. In March he spoke on “The Mechanics of Pennsylvania Civil Procedure” at a National Business Institute seminar in Philadelphia.


Allison Marinoff Carle C’94 and Mara Bralove C’93 are enjoying their long walks together with their newborn sons: Jacob Harris Carle was born on Feb. 5, to Allison and Eric Carle and big brother Sam; Felix Benjamin Fisher was born on Feb. 10 to Mara and Ari Fisher and big brother Elie.

Tamsin Newman Fast C’94
and Scott Fast L’94 are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Wesley Nels Fast, on Oct. 19. He joined his big brother Ellis (two) at their home in Philadelphia. Tamsin is assistant general counsel for employment litigation at Aramark and Scott is general counsel of Day & Zimmermann ECM.

Robert Maitner Jr. GPU’94
writes, “I recently joined the CPA and consulting firm Baker Tilly in the Washington area, after several years with IBM and PwC. I will be heading up the firm’s federal financial management-consulting practice. Also I am writing my fifth article on cloud computing in the federal government. I live in D.C. with my partner, Dr. Troy Prinkey C’95.”


Michael A. Rackover G’95, associate professor and associate director of the physician-assistant studies program at Philadelphia University, in May received the 2011 Paragon Outstanding PA of the Year Award from the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Michael E. Weisser C’95,
a partner in the New York office of the law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, specializes in private equity and mergers & acquisitions. He recently was named to the annual “40 Under 40” list of the Investment Dealers’ Digest.


Michael Serlin C’96 see Atara Margolies C’01 GAr’04.

Jordan Small W’96
and his wife, Jessica Klaitman, are thrilled to announce the birth of their second son, Cameron David Klaitman-Small, on Nov. 24, weighing 7 lbs. 2 oz. “Here in Brooklyn, Mom and Cameron are doing great, and big brother Nolan loves having his new best friend around.”



Dr. Marc L. Boom WG’97, executive vice president of the Methodist Hospital System in Houston, Tex., will become president and chief executive officer in January.

Jillian Grossman Hirsch C’97 and Jason Hirsch are “thrilled to announce the birth of baby boy #2! Trevor Sam was born on Oct. 24, and joined big brother Dylan Benjamin, who turned four this spring.”

Jonathan King C’97 EAS’97
see Lori Werfel King EAS’99 W’99.


Miriam Yondorf Arlin C’98 G’98 writes, “I married Ilan Arlin in Feb. 2009. We had a beautiful baby girl, whom we named Atara, in April 2010. I am director, employee benefits, at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. Ilan is a computer programmer at Accuity and runs Mapletime, a small web-hosting and donation-management software company (www.mapletime.com). I would love to hear from old friends at miriamby@alumni.upenn.edu.”

Meryl Horowitz Cohen C’98 and Andrew Cohen are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Lara Brooke Cohen, on April 8, 2010, weighing 7 lbs. 0.5 oz., and measuring 21 inches long. She joined her big brother Spencer (three), in their house in Roslyn, N.Y. Meryl is a physical therapist working part-time while starting her own lymphedema practice and Andrew is a tax attorney at Marcum LLP. “We would love to hear from old Penn friends at merylcohen@gmail.com.”

George J. Dickson Jr. G’98 has been named executive vice president of the New York Private Bank & Trust. He has managed the fixed-income investment portfolio in the capital-markets division of its core subsidiary, Emigrant Bank, since 1988. Recently, he began advising fixed-income managed accounts for the private clients and family office affiliates of the company.

Lisa Gordon Kanner C’98 L’01 and her husband, Michael Kanner, are thrilled to welcome their son, Rex Henry, who arrived on Nov. 25, which also happened to be Thanksgiving Day. They live in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Romina Birnbaum Manson C’98
and Jeff Manson are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Jonah Isaiah Manson, on Nov. 5; he weighed 7 lbs. 5 oz., and was 21 inches long. “He already has made his first cross-country trip from Los Angeles to visit dear old Penn and meet his East Coast aunties and uncles. At six months, he was already quite flirtatious and loved getting to know Dana Burns and Adrienne Dale-Burns C’98, Ira Zubkoff and Jamie Garfunkel C’98, Natalya Gurevich Michaels W’98 and Adam Michaels EAS’98, Raina Shroff Mehta C’98 and Jigar Mehta CGS’99, and T.J. Mueller and Megan Wright Mueller Nu’98. Thank you all for that remarkable weekend!”

Rachel Kaplinsky Margolies C’98 L’01
and her husband, Rich, are thrilled to announce the birth of their son Ryder Bryce Margolies on May 5; he joined big brother Austin (2   years) and his parents at their apartment in New York. Ellen Kauffman Kaplinsky CW’72 and Alan Kaplinsky W’67 are proud grandparents. Rachel is associate counsel at the National Football League.

Randi Harari Mason C’98
and Jonathan Mason are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Jake Ian, on Nov. 21. He weighed 7 lbs. 6 oz., and was 19  inches long, and joined big brother Alexander. They live in New York.


Lori Werfel King EAS’99 W’99 and her husband, Jonathan King C’97 EAS’97, welcomed their second daughter, Emma Lucy, to the family on April 20. They live in Millburn, N.J., with three-year old Ashley, who is thrilled to be a big sister.



Benjamin Fleischer EAS’00 and his wife, Erica Fleischer, are overjoyed to announce the birth of their daughter, Nava Shira, on April 1. “She was born 7 lbs. 1 oz., 21 inches, 100% adorable.”

Kapil Kedia EAS’00
see Oveida Norris EAS’04.

Susan Scultore Ross W’00
and Stephen Ross are thrilled to announce the birth of their twins, Henry Davis and Caitlin Jane, on March 26. Henry weighed 6 lbs. 11 oz., and measured 20 inches. Caitlin weighed 5 lbs. 12 oz., and measured 19 inches. They live in South Orange, N.J., a short commute outside of New York, where Susan is an equity research analyst covering insurance stocks at Wells Fargo securities.

Jennifer Tosti-Kharas W’00
and her husband, Dave Kharas, are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Luciana Rebecca, on March 3. They live in San Francisco, where Jen is an assistant professor of management at San Francisco State University and Dave is a manager at Philips Lumileds.

Corina Lentz Khettry C’01 see Neil Khettry C’04.

Kathleen Killeen SW’01
writes that in December she obtained her second master’s: from West Chester University in public administration, with a concentration in HR.

Mina Kim C’01
emails, “I married Randall Scott Leazer on Feb. 19 at a cozy loft in Manhattan. He is a photographer (www.randallleazer.com) and I am teaching French and ESL in the New York public schools. Now that we’re settling into married life, we’re trying to decide what to be when we grow up. Would love to hear from you at minakim@alumni.upenn.edu.”

Zachary Lewis W’01
married Jori Haank on May 29 in Anguilla, BWI. Friends and family were present for the beach wedding at the Cuisinart Resort and Spa. Penn was represented by Sarah Lewis W’04, Joshua Cohen W’01, Jesse Cohn W’02, and Selena Kim C’02.

Andrew Mandelbaum C’01 married Tracie Heyman on April 9 in Delray Beach, Fla. Alumni attending to help them celebrate included Matthew Baker C’99, Olivia Leon Levy C’98 and Wayne Levy C’03, Oliver Haker C’99, Sean Ward C’00, Charles Wachtel C’01, Jason Ebert C’01, Peter Holst EE’01, Sivia Kaufman C’01, Melissa Cohen C’01, and Priya Chadha EAS’00. Andrew works as a commercial litigator in New York; he and Tracie live in Brooklyn Heights.

Atara Margolies C’01 GAr’04 and Michael Serlin C’96 are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Noam Zev Serlin, on Feb. 18. Noam weighed 8 lbs. 2 oz., and was 20 1/2 long. “He is enjoying his first months on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, where Michael is medical director for HIV care at the Institute for Family Health and Atara is an associate urban designer with Cooper, Robertson & Partners.”

Amy Strain Mensch C’01 writes, “We are proud to announce the birth of boy #2, Benjamin Allen Mensch, on Feb. 17. He and big brother Mike had a great time at the 10th Reunion.”

Erica Leskovsky Messina C’01 and her husband, John, are pleased to announce the birth of their second child, John Stephen (J.J.), on March 27. He joined big sister Gabriella (20 months). They live in Chicago; their proud grandparents include Stephen Leskovsky W’63.

Larry J. Ricci GEd’01,
Pipersville, Pa., recently served as interim principal of New Hope’s Solebury Middle School and an interim assistant principal at Radnor Middle School; he retired as principal of William Penn Middle School in 2010.


Abigail Barnett C’02 is proud to announce her engagement to Mark J. Rivera. He proposed over President’s Day weekend in front of the Liberty Bell, one of the spots they visited on their first date. They live in New York and are planning a February wedding.

Max Brockman W’02 see Jennie Ripps C’03.

Jessica Tomasovic Lazzeri Nu’02 GNu’06
and Ryan Lazzeri W’02 are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Colin Ryan Lazzeri, on March 10. He joined his big sister Sophie, who is two years old and just loves her little brother. They live in Ardmore, Pa.

Reed Lyons C’02, an associate in the Philadelphia law firm of Blank Rome LLP, has been elected co-president of Operation Understanding; set up in 1985 over concern about the strained relations and waning communications between the African American and Jewish communities in the city, it works to promote a greater understanding of diversity and acceptance among high-school students.

Ben Plantan C’02 and Nausheen Jamal C’02 are overjoyed to announce the birth of their son, Aiden Plantan, on April 7, weighing 6 lbs. 13 oz., and measuring 19  inches long. This month they are to move from New York to Los Angeles.


Ann Goldenberg Altman C’03 writes, “Jonathan Altman and I married in the Pohlad Lobby (also known as the Amber Box) at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis on Sept. 25. There were lots of alumni attending, including Allison Love C’00, Emily Cohen Nestler C’00 L’05, Jeff Nestler L’06, Rachel Goldenberg C’00, Aaron Wasserman W’00 WG’11, Andy Rich W’03, Leonard Altman C’65, Jeff Goldenberg C’87, Larry Nussdorf C’68, Jed Nussdorf EAS’02 W’02 WG’03, Beth Schwartz C’03, Lindsay Baker Cooper C’03, Jack Goldenberg C’68, Tricia Ray D’06, Abe Yokell C’03, Connor Wilson C’02, Andrew Eklund C’03, Connie Chung W’02, Leo Greenberg C’96, Melanie Franco Nussdorf CW’71, and Jaclyn Rothenberg Greenberg C’03. Jon and I recently relocated from Portland, Ore., to San Francisco; I continue to work in the wine industry.”

Tom Christensen W’03 in late March wrote, “I just got engaged to Cassandra Smith. Together, we are sharing the starving artist’s experience as actors in Los Angeles. Several days later, I shot my scene in Clint Eastwood’s new feature, J. Edgar. It’s been a big week.”

Alex S. Kaufman C’03, Menlo Park, Calif., in May joined the Palo Alto office of the New York-based law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Alex previously lived in New York and worked in the corporate department of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP since Sept. 2007.

Alison Malmon C’03 is the founding executive director of Active Minds, Inc., which supports a network of student-run chapters that promote mental-health awareness, education, and advocacy on campuses in North America. In May she was “honored for her exceptional leadership efforts” by the Wharton Club of Washington, DC.

Julie Berstein Palley C’03 and Josh Palley C’04 write, “We are thrilled to announce the birth of our daughter, Etta Goldie Palley, on April 5; she weighed 6 lbs. 10 oz. We live in Philadelphia and are looking forward to taking Etta to Penn, especially to her first Penn Six show.”

Jennie Ripps C’03 married Max Brockman W’02 on May 14 at the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York. Alumni attending included Herbert Shapiro W’43, Lauren Sercander C’03, Matt Dukes W’03, Alexis Zimbalist C’03, Eric De Cholnoky C’03, Lake Polan C’02, Donald Tsynman C’03, Alexandra Halpern C’04, Dalit Paradis C’04, Nicole Epps C’03, Rebecca Zubaty C’03, Katie Hut C’02, Robert Silvers C’02, William Welty C’02 L’03, Kim Rittberg C’02, and Alli Levine C’02 L’05. Jennie’s late father was Richard Jay Ripps L’66.

Nikki Cyter Sack C’03
writes, “‘Brooks-Leidy Baby Boom!’ or ‘From Brooks-Leidy to Babies!’ Winter brought with it some special deliveries for three great friends: Nadia Ebrahim Saldanha C’03, Joseph Mangini Jr. W’03, [and I] all welcomed our first children within weeks of one another. We met on the first day of our Penn careers as Quad hall-mates, on the ground floor of what was then known as Brooks-Leidy, and have remained close friends since. Nadia and her husband, Nilesh, were the first to enter the world of parenthood, welcoming Luke Adam Saldanha on Nov. 22 at 6:38pm. Joe and his wife, Rose, were next, with Joseph Patrick Mangini entering the world on Nov. 28 at 6:01am. I and my husband, Dr. Stephen Sack GM’07, completed the gang with Mia Hannah Sack at 11:11pm on Dec. 13. Though the three newest little Quakers have yet to meet in person because of geography, moms and dad are all hoping to see one another at move-in day for the Class of 2033!”

Alexis Marchio Stumm C’03 and Gregory Stumm C’03 are elated to announce the birth of their daughter, Emma Elizabeth, on Sept. 11. They live in Philadelphia. Alexis writes “for my friend: Alyssa Litman C’03 became engaged to Scott Lambert during a trip to New York over MLK weekend. He proposed with her mother’s ring, in the vestibule of her old apartment building, where they had shared many fond memories. The couple is fully immersed in planning their December wedding on Penn’s campus. She is an LLM student at American University and he works for the US Department of the Army. They currently live in Abingdon, Md.”


A. Bennette Harrison CGS’04 G’06 recently was appointed an assistant city solicitor for Philadelphia. She joined the child-welfare unit of the Department of Human Services. She previously had served as an assistant district attorney, having graduated from the Temple University law school in 2007.

Neil Khettry C’04 writes, “My wife, Corina Lentz Khettry C’01, gave birth to our son, Sunil Lentz Khettry, on May 2, at 7:26pm in Philadelphia. Mom and Sunny are doing well and in good spirits. He looks forward to wearing the red and blue.”

Oveida Norris EAS’04 married Kapil Kedia EAS’00 on March 19 at the Hyatt Grand Cypress in Orlando, Fla., near her hometown. They had met while both were working at General Motors. The wedding party included maid of honor Allison Smith EAS’04; joining in the festivities were Victor Chen EAS’00, Talib Saifee C’00 W’00, Nicholas DiCostanzo EAS’00, Anuj Ralhan EAS’00, Ravi Jain EAS’00, Joe Rodbard C’04 W’04, Laura Sander M’08, Lou Greco GEng’05, and Carl Fuerst G’83. Kapil is an engineer at GM and recently started an international assignment. Oveida recently graduated with her MBA from NYU Stern School of Business and is starting a career in management consulting. They moved to Frankfurt in the spring.

Josh Palley C’04 see Julie Berstein Palley C’03.


Frank C. Passero Jr. C’05 married Amira Y. Moreno C’05 on April 2 at Our Mother of Confidence Catholic Church in San Diego; attending were Anthony Passero W’04, Christine Onyung C’05, Shirley You W’05, Savina Belcher C’05, and Peter H. Tang C’05. Frank, who graduated from Jefferson Medical College in 2010, is an internal-medicine resident at Scripps Mercy Hospital; Amira is pursuing a PhD in medicinal chemistry at the Scripps Research Institute and hopes to graduate within a year.


Jeffrey S. Pozzuolo C’06 W’06, a member of the Philadelphia law firm of Pozzuolo Rodden, P.C., co-wrote “Estate Planning For Pet Owners” in the March issue of Practical Tax Strategies.

Beth Shapiro C’06 married Austin Lavin C’06 on April 16 at the Westin Canal Place in New Orleans. While they graduated in the same class, they met later through Molly Dixon C’05, a mutual friend. Members of the bridal party included Lorin Riley C’06 GEd’07, Emily Kramer-Golinkoff C’07, and Amy Inlander C’07. Joining them in the celebration were Beth’s grandfather Sydney Besthoff W’49, Austin’s aunt Maud Lavin G’81, uncle Frank Lavin WG’96, and dozens of their alumni friends.



Mariya Cherches W’07 married Schuyler Thompson C’07 in an intimate ceremony, followed by a reception for their closest friends and family, in Staten Island, N.Y., on March 18. Penn guests attending included Rachel Schiffman W’06 in the bridal party, as well as Igor Kertzman W’07, Joseph Clarke W’07, Martin Peters W’07, and Martin Jonca C’06. Schuyler is a Naval flight officer stationed on Marine Corps Base Hawaii and Mariya just completed an MBA at the Harvard Business School; they live in Kaneohe.

David W. Galbraith SPP’07, dwg1979@gmail.com, and his wife, Kristy Hartley-Galbraith, welcomed their first baby, Seth William Galbraith, on May 13; he weighed 7 lbs. and was 20 inches. They live in Havertown, Pa., where David works as an out-patient therapist at Child Guidance Resource Centers.



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