[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]“I received some logistics support on the Appalachian Trail from my former Penn roommate, now in California, Mark Iwanowski ME’77. … I would recommend against attempting it all at once. Instead, hike in sections, or follow the advice of my other roommate, Dr. Gary Stilwell W’77: do it 40 years ago.” — Tim Kelly W’77 [/quote]
Julian Hyman W’42 , a 98-year-old WWII veteran and author of U Can Save Our World, is offering a $1,000 college scholarship to encourage students to protect the planet. Eligible applicants must submit a 1,000-word essay on their world-saving ideas, which will be judged by a panel of educators. Current undergraduate and college-bound students in the United States are invited to apply at ucansaveourworld.com. The deadline is July 1.
George Eaton W’55 has authored a new book, Death of the Big Book: How Sears Ceded the Internet to Amazon. He writes, “I was an NROTC student at Penn, and after graduation I served as a US Navy supply officer until 1960, when I joined the Sears catalog division. During my 33-year career at Sears, I moved from the ranks in catalog stores management and group and territory management to hold national catalog management positions in Chicago. My breadth of catalog experience offered me a unique perspective on how the corporation’s retail bias caused a continued erosion of the catalog company’s influence that led Sears to abandon its $4 billion catalog company in 1993 but failed to challenge Amazon for leadership in the internet marketplace. My Big Book story reveals the corporation’s missteps that squandered a multibillion dollar business and lost a valuable synergism with its retail stores. Because the future of Sears and its remaining retail stores is currently in doubt, it has made my observations even more prescient and an important case study of a monumental lost opportunity by a major corporation.”
Dick Censits W’58, president of the Class of 1958, writes, “I recently received information from the University, which I would like to share with the Class of ‘58. Our endowed scholarship has a current market value of $375,000 and income in excess of $19,000. Many classmates may remember that the fund was established in 1993 to provide renewable scholarships to freshmen with financial need. Also, a special thanks to our 60th Reunion cochairs Julie Dill Williams CW’58,Cintra Scott Rodgers CW’58, and Buck Rodgers W’58. At the last moment, a family health issue caused me to miss our reunion. I am happy to say this has been resolved and my retirement activities of golf, exercise, and volunteerism are back to normal here in Naples, Florida. I am also proud to report that three of our grandchildren have received degrees from the University, and a fourth has expressed interest. However, he is only eight.”
Celebrate Your Reunion: May 17–19, 2019
Sig Cohen W’59 has released Love’s Way: Living Peacefully with Your Family as Your Parents Age , written with coauthor and co-mediator Carolyn Miller Parr. Sig writes, “ Love’s Way addresses the impact that a parent’s aging can have on families and how they can respond with love, understanding, and empathy. We show adult children and their parents how to repair and strengthen family relations, start and stay with hard conversations, make wise decisions about distributing assets, building trust, and planning their end-of-life care. Our aim is to inspire readers to grow in wisdom and the capacity to forgive and accept vulnerability.”
George Felbin Ar’59 was the architect for a barn renovation in Sergeantsville, New Jersey. The project was published in a book by James Garrison, titled At Home in the American Barn.
Dr. Roger B. Daniels M’60 , a clinical associate professor at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, has been awarded the Ralph O. Claypoole Sr. Memorial Award from the American College of Physicians for devoting his career to the care of patients.
Dr. Richard Labowskie C’60 writes, “My wife, Marilyn Sanborne L’81, and I traveled to San Francisco recently to visit our son Mark (alas, Columbia ‘06), who teaches creative writing at Stanford. While we were there, Mabel Miyasaki Ed’60 came up from San Jose, and we had a delightful day with lunch at the deYoung Museum in Golden Gate Park. Classmates can be assured that Mabel has lost none of her well-known effervescence. We reconnected at the 50th Reunion, stayed in touch, and seriously plan on attending the 60th Reunion, fast approaching. As for myself, I keep busy with some longtime antiquarian pursuits following a varied career in pediatrics, the pharmaceutical industry, occupational medicine, and 33 years commissioned service in the Naval Reserve Medical Corps, including 10 interspersed years on active duty.”
Jay Bear W’62 writes, “Thank you for publishing the notes about our small class gathering in Las Vegas last fall in the Jan|Feb 2019 issue. Please note that the list omitted one of our distinct and beloved classmates, who was also in attendance. Conrad Foa W’62 attended and also entertained us with his wonderful skills as a jazz pianist.”
Irving Plotkin W’63 writes, “I graduated from Wharton in 1963, and then, thanks to strong recommendations from my professors, I moved on to MIT for a PhD in economics under Paul Samuelson. Upon my recent retirement from Pricewaterhouse Coopers as the managing director of National Tax Services, the Marquis Who’s Who published a summary of my career.” Irving is best known for his work in domestic and international corporate tax law and controversies. As a philanthropist, he also serves on the boards of various arts organizations, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He adds, “My son, Joshua Plotkin, and daughter-in-law, Alice Chen Plotkin, both teach at Penn.”
Celebrate Your Reunion: May 17–19, 2019
Craig Kuhner C’64 GAr’70 has coauthored a new book with Alan Ward, titled American Residential Architecture: Photographs of the Evolution of Indiana Houses (Oscar Riera Ojeda Publishers). Craig writes, “The research and photography was done from 1973 to 1978, while Alan and I were teaching architecture at Ball State University in Indiana. Alan, now a principle of Sasaki and Associates in Watertown, Massachusetts, and I, professor emeritus in the College of Architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington, after 37 years, decided it is time to make a book of the photographs. The publication highlights the changing expression of architectural styles, both exterior and interior, of significant Indiana homes from 1804 to 1978—from Federal to Gothic Revival, Romanesque to Prairie Style, Art Deco to Late Modern—celebrating each period’s distinctive architectural massing and design features, as well as interior spaces. The book explores the essence of Indiana homes through black-and-white photography, using large-format view cameras.”
Michael H. Levin C’64’s new book of poetry, Man Overboard: New and Selected Poems, met positive reviews in the December 12 online edition of the Washington Independent Review of Books.
Jay Robert Stiefel C’68 G’71 has released a new book, The Cabinetmaker’s Account: John Head’s Record of Craft and Commerce in Colonial Philadelphia, 1718–1753 . From the book jacket: “John Head’s account book is the earliest and most complete to have survived from any cabinetmaker working in British North America or Great Britain. Thousands of transactions over a thirty-five-year period (1718–1753) record the goods and services by which Head, and the hundreds of tradesmen with whom he did business, sought to barter their way to prosperity in the New World.”
Celebrate Your Reunion: May 17–19, 2019
Jeffrey Jubelirer W’69 released a new book of poetry, titled Awareness of Addictions and Recovery from Despair, available on Amazon.
Senator Tim Sheldon W’69, has been reelected to the Washington State Senate. Tim is presently the longest-serving legislator in the State’s house and senate. He writes, “My wife, Linda, and I live on the Olympic Peninsula, where we sell logs, gravel, and oysters from our tree farm.” Tim invites alumni contact at email@example.com.
Bob Anthony W’70, already the longest-serving current utility commissioner in the nation, won election to a sixth consecutive six-year term on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission last November.
Dayton Duncan C’71 is the writer and lead producer of the 16-hour documentary series Country Music, directed by Ken Burns, which will be broadcast in September on PBS. He is also the author of the companion book, published by Alfred A. Knopf, to be released at the same time. Dayton writes, “This will be my 13th book and my seventh collaboration with Burns on a documentary film.”
Arnie Holland W’71 L’74 writes, “My company, Lightyear Entertainment, released the Australian crime thriller film Goldstone in 2018 to great American reviews. In 2019 we are releasing the exciting Irish prison-break film Maze and another fine Australian film, Jirga. Jirga, about a soldier who returns to Afghanistan to seek redemption, was Australia’s submission to the 2019 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. Our 2017 Oscar nominee, Tanna, another Australian export, is streaming now on Amazon Prime, and a more unique and beautiful film would be hard to find. And, due to our 38-year relationship with Jane Fonda, we now have seven of the original Jane Fonda Workout programs, available on DVD and digital, as well as a collector’s boxed set. Lightyear has released over 120 independent films and a whole lot of music since its founding in 1987 as a management buyout from RCA. I’m loving life in Studio City, California, with my wife, Carol.”
Barbara Barbour PT’72 ’s photography was on display in the University Club’s Burrison Gallery during the month of February. The show was titled Here on Earth.
Seth Bergmann GEE’73 writes, “On November 17, I ran the Rothman Institute 8K race in Philadelphia, finishing in 36:26, good for third place among men 65 and older.”
Brad Borkan C’75 Gr’79 writes, “The audiobook for my book, When Your Life Depends on It: Extreme Decision Making Lessons from the Antarctic , was a finalist in the Voice Arts Awards’ Best Audiobook—History category. Voice Arts Awards are like the Oscars for the spoken word. The red carpet event took place at Warner Bros. Studios in Hollywood, California, and was hosted by Sigourney Weaver and other celebrities. In addition, I was recently invited to give a talk on the life-and-death decisions made by the early Antarctic explorers (the subject of the book) at the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge, England.”
Gerald Grygo SW’75 is a retired social worker who served for 38 years with the Bucks County Children and Youth Social Services Agency. He was also a member of the 1967 men’s cross country team at Gannon University, during his undergraduate years. In February, this team was inducted into Gannon’s Athletics Hall of Fame.
Dr. Ron Kaiser Gr’76, a licensed psychologist in private practice, has authored Rejuvenaging: The Art and Science of Growing Older with Enthusiasm . Ron also serves as a director of psychology at the Jefferson Headache Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
Michael P. Malloy L’76 has written the first 2019 supplement for the three-volume treatise Banking Law and Regulation, published by Wolters Kluwer. In it, he offers up-to-date coverage of current developments in the regulation of depository institutions.
David C. Singer C’76 is the editor and coauthor of a new legal treatise, Arbitrating Commercial Disputes in the United States, published by Practicing Law Institute. David writes, “After 37 years practicing law as a civil trial attorney, including 28 years as a partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP, I’ve opened my own shop as an independent arbitrator and mediator, specializing in complex commercial contracts, business transactions, employment, distributorships, telecommunications, real estate, and international matters.”
Joel Stone GCh’76 received the 2019 Thomas Champion for Industry Award from Thomas, a product sourcing, supplier selection, and marketing solutions provider. Joel is chief technology officer and board chair at the biotech company Fermentum.
Marshal Granor C’77 is the real property vice chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, and will be section chair in 2019. Marshal and his wife, Tamar Ezekiel Granor C’78 GEE’81 Gr’86, have just completed 14 years as copresidents of the Hebrew Free Loan Society of Greater Philadelphia, a charity providing no-interest, no-cost loans to needy individuals and those requiring fertility treatments in the Philadelphia area, as well as to start-up businesses. Marshal is a fellow in the College of Community Association Lawyers and practices real estate law from his office in Horsham, Pennsylvania.
Tim Kelly W’77, along with his wife, Jane, recently thru-hiked the entire 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail (from Maine to Georgia) over a period of five and a half months. Tim writes, “I received some logistics support on the AT from my former Penn roommate, now in California, Mark Iwanowski ME’77. It was fabulous but more difficult than expected, and I would recommend against attempting it all at once. Instead, hike in sections, or follow the advice of my other Penn roommate, Dr. Gary Stilwell W’77: do it 40 years ago.” Both of Kelly’s children, Geoffrey S. Kelly C’07 and Laura A. Kelly C’09 Gr’16, attended Penn.
Louise I. Shelley Gr’77 has authored a new book, Dark Commerce: How a New Illicit Economy Is Threatening Our Future . Louise, who is a professor at George Mason University, writes, “I wrote this book while an initial Andrew Carnegie fellow, and I discussed it on NPR’s Marketplace on Thanksgiving. It was also picked as book of the week by Nature scientific journal for the week of November 28.”
David van Hoogstraten C’77 G’77 recently began serving as associate general counsel of the Peace Corps at its headquarters in Washington, DC.
Michael B. Aronson W’78 was honored by the Penn Champions Club with the H. Hunter Lott Jr. Award during the Fall Athletics Board of Overseers Meeting, held during Homecoming Weekend. Michael, a member of the Penn Basketball Sports Board, was instrumental in helping Penn Athletics raise the necessary funds to rebrand the Tse Center Atrium, which connects the Palestra corridor with Hutchinson Gym, as the Class of 1978 and Class of 1979 Atrium, where Penn’s 1979 Final Four team was honored in January.
Tamar Ezekiel Granor C’78 GEE’81 Gr’86 writes, “I continue to run my custom software business, Tomorrow’s Solutions, from our home in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. Since the 2016 election, I have been involved in political activism, including creating the website Acts of Conscience (actsofconscience.com) to aggregate actions generated by others and allow people to filter based on their interests and abilities. My own activism included trips to Alabama, Pittsburgh, and Kansas to canvass for Doug Jones, Conor Lamb C’06 L’09, and Laura Kelly, respectively, as well as lots of canvassing in the Philadelphia area and phone banking for Democratic candidates around the country. My husband, Marshal Granor C’77, and I have just finished a long term as copresidents of the Hebrew Free Loan Society of Greater Philadelphia, which offers no-interest, no-fee loans to members of the Philadelphia Jewish community in need, as well as to local Jews seeking fertility treatment, and to people (of any faith or no faith) starting businesses in the area. We are being succeeded as president by Amy Krulik GCP’91.”
Celebrate Your Reunion: May 17–19, 2019
Mark Shwartz C’79 G’80 writes, “I’ve happily returned to Manhattan to join Ness Technologies as chief legal officer and corporate secretary of this global enterprise encompassing 25 companies and 4,000 employees focused on delivering customized digital engineering solutions across all industries.”
M. Kelly Tillery L’79, a partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP, helped erect a historical marker in Abington, Pennsylvania, to honor the early Quaker abolitionist Benjamin Lay, also known as “Little Benjamin” because of his small physical stature. A dedication ceremony was held in September at the Abington Friends Meetinghouse. M. Kelly provided the introductory and concluding remarks, in which he stated, “To the extent that this small token on the roadside can educate and inspire others to act and speak as Benjamin Lay did in the face of gross injustice, what we do here today will have been well worth the effort.”
Dr. Alyson K. Buchalter D’81 writes, “I have the honor of being the 2019 president of the Second District Dental Society. The SDDS is the local component of the New York State Dental Association and the American Dental Association, representing approximately 1,500 dentists from Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York.”
Dr. Gregg Coodley C’81 has published his fourth book, The Good Monarchs: History’s Greatest Kings, Queens, Emperors, Sultans and Caliphs . It is his second book on a historical topic. Gregg is a primary care internal medicine physician at the Fanno Creek Clinic in southwest Portland, Oregon.
Marilyn Sanborne L’81 see Dr. Richard Labowskie C’60.
Robert Carley C’82, an artist based in Connecticut, shared letters and art with George H. W. Bush from 1989 to 2014. A few years ago, he had the chance to meet the former president and presented him with a couple of framed caricatures. Carley was recently interviewed by News 12 about this encounter, following Bush’s death, and the video clip can be seen at bit.ly/2AKMHMZ. Robert is also an increasingly busy background actor in movies and television, and in an episode of Netflix’s Jessica Jones, he played a hostage with a gun held to his head.
David S. Weiss C’82 W’82 WG’90 has obtained a PhD in English literature from the University of Birmingham (UK) and the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-Upon-Avon. His doctoral thesis was titled “Samuel Daniel’s First Four Books of the Civil Wars and Shakespeare’s Early History Plays.” David can be found online at davidweiss.academia.edu.
Jerry Epstein W’83 L’86 writes, “In October, I retired after 25 wonderful years practicing law at Jenner & Block. I’m excited to begin anew as a litigation consultant for the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, DC. I’ll be helping NRDC’s talented and dedicated team fight for safe drinking water and clean air.”
Ben Bell WG’86 writes, “I am pleased to announce that I have recently accepted the position of president of the Southwest region for the Signatry, a global Christian foundation whose mission is to inspire and facilitate radical biblical generosity. The Signatry was founded in 2000 and has assets under management of about $800 million. We seek to be a conduit between donors and charities using donor-advised funds to maximize giving. I am the first and only employee in Texas, and I look forward to penetrating the Southwest to facilitate giving in this region.”
Charles S. Marion C’86 W’86 L’89 , a partner at Blank Rome, has been appointed cochair of the Franchise Law Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Business Law Section.
Dr. Rodney Sherman C’86 writes, “I just achieved a milestone in my career, becoming the US regional director of medical affairs, Lung Cancer, for Merck Oncology.”
Greg Adler C’87 and Marilyn Schwartz Adler WG’91 celebrated the marriage of their daughter Samantha to Daniel Schub in November. Greg writes, “In addition to maid of honor Melissa Adler, who is a rising freshman at Penn, Penn attendees included David Brail W’87, College senior Anna Cappell , Jacob Doft W’91, Suzanne Weiss Doft C’92, James Godman C’87, Eric Green WG’91, Clint Greenbaum WG’83, Elisa Fishbein Greenbaum WG’83, Marko Issever G’84 WG’84, Richard Linhart W’83, Morris Massel C’94, Michael Moffson WG’87, Laura Siegel Rabinowitz C’86, Wharton senior Sophie Rose, College senior Aerin Rosenfeld , James Shenwick W’79, Nancy Tepper W’87, Jeffrey Tepper W’87 , and College senior Jeremy Wilson.”
Dr. Michael A. Balk M’87 GM’90 writes, “After 20 years at Northside Hospital, culminating as medical director of the Heart and Vascular Institute, I left and joined Emory Health Care as chief quality officer of Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital. In my current role, I oversee all aspects of patient safety and hospital quality of a large tertiary medical center.”
Mary Jo Pauxtis Daley WEv’87 G’01 writes, “On January 1, I was sworn in for a fourth term to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.”
Jennifer Goldman Abadi C’88 will give a public talk about her new cookbook, Too Good to Passover: Sephardic and Judeo-Arabic Seder Menus and Memories from Africa, Asia and Europe , on March 28. The event, which takes place on Penn’s campus, is sponsored by the Penn Jewish Studies Program and the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies. More information can be found at bit.ly/2DcjTPo.
Celebrate Your Reunion: May 17–19, 2019
Lynch W. Hunt Jr. EAS’89 writes, “Thanks to all of my friends and work associates who have mentored me, inspired me, and worked with me over the years in several professional and personal groups! I just found out that I’m a 2018 winner of a Bank of America (BofA) Global Diversity and Inclusion Award for starting and running a mentoring program for a BofA employee network, the Black Professional Group (BPG)! The program has been up and running for two years and now has 20 mentors mentoring 30 mentees! I’m blessed and humbled to be among 135 award recipients selected from more than 1,750 nominees from across the company’s 200,000 employees! My title at BofA is assistant vice president, retirement product manager. This leadership award demonstrates my passion and advocacy for inclusion while leading professional development! For those of you who actually know me, you’ve heard or read my professional and personal mottos: Each one reach one! Spread the word! Onward and upward!”
David J. Glass C’90 has authored, Moving On: Redesigning Your Emotional, Financial, and Social Life After Divorce . David writes, “The book details the steps a newly divorced person should take in the year after their divorce is finalized to help them achieve their ‘second chance at happiness.’ It is available on Amazon.” David has worked as a therapist and divorce attorney, and he is also an adjunct instructor of law and ethics at the American College of Professional Psychology.
Jennifer Goldstein WEv’90, a skate instructor, has authored a series of comic books under her pen name Jenny Jen, the Skate Woman. With titles such as My First Skate Book and My First Skating Rink Adventure, the books teach both children and adults how to “roll with control” on inline and quad skates. Jennifer wrote her thesis for Wharton on skating and was profiled in the Nov|Dec 2005 Gazette. She writes, “My focus is promoting education, skating, and safety.” Her books can be found on Amazon.
Marilyn Schwartz Adler WG’91 see Greg Adler C’87.
Amy Krulik GCP’91 see Tamar Ezekiel Granor C’78 GEE’81 Gr’86.
Dr. Kenneth N. Sable EAS’95 writes, “Just wanted to share that as of October 1, I was promoted to regional president, Southern Market for Hackensack Meridian Health, where I oversee Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune, New Jersey; Ocean Medical Center in Brick, New Jersey; and Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, New Jersey.”
Rabbi Yered Michoel (Jared) Viders C’96 has authored a new book, Seize the Moment! Finding Meaningfulness in the Here and Now, published by Feldheim Publishers.
Janice Ferebee SW’98 has been elected as the Ward 2 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (ANC) for Single Member District 2F08, in Washington, DC. Janice writes, “I am excited to serve my two-year term as one of 296 ANCs in Washington, DC, each serving approximately 2,000 residents, as well as public space, business, education, and religious neighbors. I continue to dedicate myself to the service of others.”
Celebrate Your Reunion: May 17–19, 2019
Caryn Beth Lazaroff Gold W’99 writes, “Benjamin Gold and I welcomed our son, Shane Bernard, to the world at 8:20 a.m. on January 1, weighing 6 pounds, 7 ounces, and measuring 19 inches long. Ben, Shane, and I live in Holden, Massachusetts, and wish everyone a very happy new year.”
Vanessa Hernandez Vance Nu’99 has founded a parent coaching company called Parent Heroes. Vanessa writes, “I am a certified child sleep consultant, working with children ages four months to five years old. I provide virtual coaching to parents, helping them teach their little ones how to sleep. I work part-time at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, in the newborn ICU, as a registered nurse.” In September, Vanessa received the Austin (Texas) Birth Award for Best Sleep Consultant.
Sammy Y. Sugiura Jr. W’00 has joined Edgar Snyder & Associates as an employment law attorney.
Montana Butsch C’01 is founder and CEO of Spotivity, a mobile app catering to high school students that helps link them with extracurricular activities, tutors, and mentors. The free app launched in Chicago but will soon expand to other cities.
Elizabeth Tabas Carson C’01 has joined Reed Smith as a partner in its Financial Industry Group. Liz is dually qualified to practice in New York and Pennsylvania.
Kira Rosen Dabby C’01 has been promoted to partner at her law firm, Archer & Greiner, P.C., based on her work in litigation and government affairs. She writes, “I am very excited to begin this new chapter in my career.”
Ariel S. Glasner C’01 W’01 has been elected partner at Blank Rome LLP. Ariel works in white collar defense and investigations in the firm’s Washington, DC, office.
Jon Hoffenberg W’01 is president of YellowTelescope, which owns SEOversite.com, iScreamSocialMedia.com, and YellowTelescope Consulting. YellowTelescope, which provides medical training, staffing, and long-term oversight for hospitals, was named one of Inc. magazine’s “5,000 Fastest Growing Companies in America” and was named the “No. 7 Fastest Growing Company in South Florida” by the South Florida Business Journal in 2018.
Ray Valerio C’01 , assistant district attorney in Bronx County, New York, was recently honored with the Thomas E. Dewey Medal from the New York City Bar Association. Ray, who is also president of the Class of 2001, led the implementation of the NYPD’s body camera program. He writes, “It has been my great pleasure to serve Bronx County as a prosecutor for nearly 15 years.”
Dana Klinek Pinter C’02 writes, “My husband, Jason, and I welcomed our second daughter, Lyla Sage, into the world on November 14. She joins big sister Ava in Hoboken, New Jersey, where I am a content development manager at Pearson and Jason is the founder and publisher of the book publishing company Polis Books.”
David Gringer C’03 was named partner at WilmerHale on January 1. David is a Washington, DC-based member of the firm’s Litigation/Controversy Department and Government and Regulatory Litigation Practice Group.
Celebrate Your Reunion: May 17–19, 2019
Shahnaz Radjy C’04 writes, “My husband and I are renovating a little piece of paradise in rural Portugal and plan to open a B&B-style farmstay in 2020. Follow our progress on Instagram @TheCramooz.”
Kate Jay Zweifler C’04 writes, “My husband, Jon, and I, along with big brother Bear (four), welcomed Zoey Jay Zweifler to our family in October. We live in Center City, Philadelphia, where I am a Realtor with BHHS Fox & Roach.”
Stephanie Gantman Kaplan C’06 has been elected partner at Blank Rome LLP. She concentrates her practice on labor and employment litigation in the firm’s Philadelphia office.
Georgee Thevervelil C’06 has joined Blank Rome LLP as an associate in the Corporate, M&A, and Securities Group.
Rachel Friedman C’07 has been elected partner at Burr & Forman LLP. She is a member of the firm’s Financial Services Litigation Practice Group.
Celebrate Your Reunion: May 17–19, 2019
Andrew Todres C’09 and Laura Kornhauser were married on October 20, at Bryant Park Grill in New York. Andrew writes, “I am a litigation associate in the New York office of the law firm Ropes & Gray LLP, and Laura is a success consultant in the New York office of LinkedIn. A very large Penn contingent was in attendance, including my parents, Susan Molofsky Todres CW’75 WG’77 and Michael Todres WG’73; my brother Stephen Todres C’14; groomsmen Adam Sherman W’09, Joshua Wilson C’09, and Jonathan Zane C’09; and many other friends and family.”
Barbara Wei C’10 writes, “I married my childhood sweetheart, Cyril Lan, in September at Herrington on the Bay, in Maryland. Bridesmaids included Rosie Li C’11 G’11 and Erin Li C’11. The large Penn party consisted of Omar Khan C’12, Celine Kosian C’10, Andres Velazquez EAS’11 G’11, Melody Chan W’11 WG’19, Sandy Sun EAS’13, Lucy Medrich C’11, Jason Joo EE’10, Gabrielle Matouk Gilliland C’08 GFA’09, Jason Gilliland C’12, Jacinda Li W’11, Jeff Thesien W’09, Xavier Yang W’09, and Peter Hua EAS’08. Cyril graduated in 2001 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.”
Julia McWilliams GEd’11 Gr’16 Gr’17 , a lecturer in Penn’s Critical Writing Program, has written an ethnographic study of one of Philadelphia’s chronically underfunded neighborhood schools. The book is titled Compete or Close: Traditional Neighborhood Schools Under Pressure and will be released in late March.
William F. Moen Jr. G’11 was elected to a second term as a member of the Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Additionally, William continues to serve as the Southern New Jersey director for United States Senator Cory A. Booker.
Jason Gui EAS’13 W’13 is founder of Vigo Technologies, makers of Bluetooth headsets and smart glasses. Jason was named to MIT’s “Innovators Under 35” list for 2019. In addition, in 2018, he was featured on the Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list for the same work.
Benjamin “BJ” Jones LPS’17 , president and CEO of Battery Park City Authority, was named one of Manhattan’s 50 most powerful people by City & State magazine. The list recognized “key players in the world of New York politics and government … based on their achievements, economic clout, philanthropic efforts, their influence with powerful politicians and the constituencies they represent.”
Meredith L. Mill L’17 has joined Blank Rome LLP as an associate in the firm’s Corporate, M&A, and Securities Group.