Celebrate Your Reunion: May 11-14, 2007
Dr. Leonard Apt C’42, professor of ophthalmology and founder and director emeritus of the of pediatric-ophthalmology division at the UCLA School of Medicine, was last year named co-director of the New Center to Prevent Childhood Blindness at UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute.
Gordon S. Bodek C’42, emeritus trustee of the University and retired past president of Bobrick Washroom Equipment Inc., writes, “While our class will be celebrating its 65th Reunion this year, last year Bobrick celebrated its 100th anniversary. Started in 1906 as a liquid-soap manufacturer in San Francisco, today, it has factories in the U.S. and Canada and is the leading manufacturer of recessed and surface-mounted stainless-steel washroom equipment, mirrors, solid phenolic and plastic laminate toilet partitions, and electric hand dryers. I remain a director of the parent company and a consultant to its divisions.”
Marjorie Pressman CW’42 wrote in September, “My husband, Rabbi Jacob Pressman C’40, and I are still alive and kicking (although not too high!) and functioning in the world. He is almost 87 and I am 85. He has been emeritus since 1985 as rabbi of Temple Beth Am, a large Conservative congregation. He still preaches on the High Holidays, speaks at various community events, and is currently writing two books. (In 2002 he wrote a book Dear Friends, a prophetic journey through great events of the 20th century. He also wrote a paperback, This Wild and Crazy World as seen from Beverly Hills by Rabbi Jack, a compilation of weekly columns he writes for The Beverly Hills Courier.) At present he is doing a sequel to Dear Friends and another paperback of more of his columns. All of his books have been well received. He is greatly admired for his sermons and writing ability. I am still active, in spite of knee-replacement and hip-replacement surgeries. When people tell me I don’t look my age and that I look well, I reply, ‘They didn’t operate on my face.’ I am still working for my synagogue and plan to attend a national convention of the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism in Philadelphia in November. I also devote considerable time to working for Friends of Sheba Medical Center, which helps the largest and most comprehensive hospital in Israel and the entire Middle East. I raise funds, do public relations, and help coordinate the local support group’s activities, such as their recent luncheon, which was a sellout. We also maintain an active social life with other octogenarians, as well as some friends in their fifties, sixties, and seventies. So, some of us 1940s are still being productive.”
Edward J. Bolstrum C’48 writes that he celebrated his 60th wedding anniversary with his wife, Agnes, at a party thrown by their children on June 10.
Arnold Rabin Ed’48 GEd’49 wrote The Sexual Guide to Written Intercourse, Fulfilling Grammar, and Seductive Usage, published by Consortium Publishing last year. His radio play Epilogue was recorded by station KUNM at the University of New Mexico, and has been released for distribution in this country and abroad.
Walter Bodek W’51, along with his wife, Irene, coordinated the Art for Life exhibition at Lankenau Hospital outside Philadelphia, in June and July; it featured artists from their residential community, Green Hill Condominiums.
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Jean Paul Merring W’52 writes that he remains active by being a director and treasurer of his homeowner association north of Easton, Pa., and also by being treasurer of the nearby Nazareth Area Exchange Club. He notes that last year he observed the 42nd anniversary of his serious brain-tumor operation.
Robert Moskowitz C’52 recently vacationed in Buenos Aires, where he chanced upon a meeting of the Penn-Wharton Club of Argentina. Although dressed informally, he and his wife were welcomed. He describes the speaker, SEAS dean Dr. Eduardo Glandt GCh’75 Gr77 as “excellent” and received a round of applause when, after thanking them for their hospitality, he put on his Penn hat. “It was a wonderful moment.”
Shirley Grallnick Ed’53 writes, “After receiving my reading-specialty degree from Penn, I became a reading specialist for the Philadelphia School District Title I Program. Since retirement, winters have spent in Florida, where I have volunteered for the past 12 years for the South Palm Beach Elementary Schools, helping groups of children improve their reading and writing skills. As an artist, I have had several one-man shows, juried into Art Leagues, and won several awards. I also keep active in sports, write poetry, and make dolls: busy in retirement.”
Eugene V. Armao C’54 has signed a contract with Publish America to market his book Everyman: An Autobiography. One section recounts his prosecution for criminal libel by then Philadelphia District Attorney Arlen Specter; the conviction was overturned by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, “nullifying criminal libel as a viable legal option to be used to harass journalists and political opponents throughout Pennsylvania.”
Dr. Tsung O. Cheng GM’56, a cardiologist and professor of medicine at George Washington University, served as moderator for a seminar last February on “Optimizing Outcomes in Patients with Multiple Cardiovascular Risks.”
Dr. David G. Kline C’56 M’60, the Boyd Professor of Neurosurgery at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans, received the 2006 Harvey Cushing Medal from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons; the association’s highest honor, it recognizes “many years of outstanding leadership, dedication, and contributions to neurosurgery.”
Robert A. Natiello WG’56 has been elected president of the Arizona Opera League, which seeks to stimulate statewide interest and participation in local opera. He recently served as president of Sedona Jazz on the Rocks, “the Southwest’s oldest and largest annual jazz festival.” He is the first to hold the leadership reins of these two diverse organizations.
Michael L. Weissman WG’56 received a Senior Specialist Award from the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (which administers the Fulbright Program for the State Department). In May 2005 he went to Riga, Latvia, to teach a course on U.S. banking law and commercial real estate lending at the School of Business Administration Turiba. This is his second Fulbright Award; he earned the first to study with the law faculty at the University of Sydney after graduating from Harvard Law School. Currently he is of counsel with the Chicago law firm of Holland & Knight LLP, and is a frequent lecturer and writer on commercial-lending issues. And he was a former chair of the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and an adjunct professor at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago.
Eileen R. Mackevich CW’60 in October commenced as executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission in Washington. A co-founder of the Chicago Humanities Festival, she served as its president from 1989 to 2005; earlier she was a broadcast journalist and talk-show host for many years at WBEZ, the Chicago NPR affiliate. And she was deputy director of the Illinois Humanities Council.
William B. Dillingham Gr’61 <firstname.lastname@example.org> e-mails, “I have published a new book, Rudyard Kipling: Hell and Heroism,Palgrave Macmillan, late 2005. I am the Charles Howard Candler Professor Emeritus of American Literature at Emory University in Atlanta.”
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James Edward Jones GFA’62 co-wrote Nez-Noir, which he describes as “piercing the darkness: photographs and text, life lessons inspired by family, friends, and mentors.” It was published in October.
Robert Loewy Gr’62, the William R. T. Oakes Professor and chair of the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech, received the Daniel Guggenheim Medal in July. (It was established in 1929 to honor persons who make notable achievements in the advancements of aeronautics: Its first recipient was Orville Wright.)
Bonnie Stein Squires CW’62 G’65, who runs a communications-consulting firm in Wynnewood, Pa., has been appointed to the cable-television advisory committee for Lower Merion Township. She hosts a weekly cable show, Bonnie’s Beat, as well as Prism, a weekly call-in radio show on WHAT-AM (1340).
Stephen J. Trachtenberg W’63 see Joan Trachtenberg Nu’65 GNu’81.
Lewis T. Barr W’64, an attorney with the Cleveland law firm of Ulmer & Berne LLP, who specializes in tax and trusts law, has been included in the latest edition of Best Lawyers in America.
Paul G. Humber C’64 GEd’65 <paulhumber@ verizon.net>, a former upper-school faculty member of the Haverford School (1977-2001), has written a new book, Evolution Exposed (2006), available through many online bookstores. He writes that his son, “Paul D. Humber C’95, is in Pointe Noire, Congo-Brazzaville, with his wife, Kristin, and three daughters, Esther, Marie, and Elayna, working on a project to get the Vili language into written form so that at least parts of the Bible can be translated into this ‘language of the heart.’ His twin sister, Ruth P. Brittain C’95, is a mother of four: Netanya, Jesse, Evelyn, and Priscilla. She and her husband, Jeff, are contemplating going to Papua New Guinea with their children in the spring to assist native peoples there for about four months. The twins’ grandmother, Evelyn A. Humber, was secretary to Weightman Hall coaches in the 1950s and 1960s. She departed this life in Nov. 2005 at the age of 98.”
Richard A. Rofman C’65 writes, “I have just had a bit of vicarious success. In summer 2005, a letter to Edward E. Whitacus, chair of three regional Bells, citing an error in SBC’s Area Code/Time Zone Map, resulted in a letter promising the error would be corrected in forthcoming White Pages. That in itself is nothing. But in the ensuing months, Whitacus brought first AT&T and then BellSouth and Cingular into the new AT&T family. And I was there at the start! (Sort of.)”
Joan Trachtenberg Nu’65 GNu’81 and Stephen J. Trachtenberg W’63 celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary last June. She wrote: “Now grandkiddies are here / We all love a lot / ‘Drink a highball’ to / The good life we’ve got / Starting out at / ‘The Red and Blue’ / U. of Penn. / — We love you!”
William B. Weiss W’65 writes, “My daughter Judith Weiss Ottensoser C’97 W’97 (both magna cum laude) and her husband, Daniel, had baby Alexander Max on Aug. 8. He is the brother of Jack (five) and Isabel (three). Judith works at EPIC Asset Management, a distressed-debt hedge fund, where she is CFO and partner.”
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Michael Bednar GAr’67, professor of architecture at the University of Virginia, wrote L’Enfant’s Legacy: Public Spaces in Washington, D.C., which was published by Johns Hopkins University Press last April.
Irvin A. Kunzman Jr. GEE’67 is founder and CEO of Church Management Consultants, International, in Eagleville, Pa, which provides consulting and education of Pentecostal pastors from small churches in Malawi. And he was included in the 2006-07 edition of the Manchester Who’s Who Registry of Executives and Professionals. In October he wrote that he had survived five heart attacks that year, but noted “‘Nurvy Urvy’ [had] a remarkable rebound. God was watching over me.”
Dr. Herbert E. Townsend Gr’67, president of Townsend Corrosion Consultants in Center Valley, Pa., received a 2006 American Society for Testing and Materials Award of Merit. His contributions began in 1976 with his part in the society’s 20-year outdoor-corrosion test program; more recently he created a corrosion calculator for the atmospheric corrosion resistance of low alloy steel, and he made modifications to corrosion testing methods. A fellow of the society, he is a also fellow of NACE International.
Dr. Carlson R. Chambliss Gr’68 published the seventh edition of The Comprehensive Catalog of U.S. Paper Money last year. He did not write the previous editions (1974 and 1997), but thoroughly re-wrote the text for this edition. It is his second work on the subject, the first being a 480-page handbook published in 1999. He retired from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in 2003. Recently he set up a series of awards to be administered by the American Astronomical Society: One for distinguished amateur work in astronomy, while another for astronomical writing.
William J. Houser W’68 in 1993 started his own law firm in Los Angeles. “2005 was a banner year with the firm’s first multi-million dollar settlement in a lawsuit. 2006 and 2007 are equally promising, with numerous multi-million dollar trials scheduled. The firm primarily does business litigation and personal injury.”
Ronald L. Kahn W’68 is a partner and chair of the tax-practice group in the Cleveland law firm of Ulmer & Berne LLP. In June he received top rankings in the category of employee benefits and executive compensation by Chambers USA’s America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. And he has been included in the latest edition of Best Lawyers in America.
Dr. Carolyn J. Yocom Nu’70 in August was appointed associate professor and chair of the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health at the University of Maryland’s School of Nursing. Formerly the assistant dean for research in the College of Nursing at Rutgers University, she also serves as a consultant to the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools.
John A. Aiello W’71, head of the corporate and securities department of the law firm of Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, P.C., in Red Bank, N.J., has been appointed to the board of the state chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth.
H. Ronald Klasko L’74, the founding partner of the Philadelphia-based immigration law firm of Klasko, Rulon, Scott & Selzer LLP, was named one of the country’s top immigration lawyers in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2006. In April he spoke at a London conference, “Managing Global Mobility: Business Solutions for a Global Economy” and in May addressed the ABA’s immigration committee on “Hiring Foreign Nationals: An Exploration of the Employment and Immigration Issues from the Beginning to the End of the Employment Relationship.”
Sharon Moorer Harris CW’75, executive director of human resources at Penn, was recently honored with the Helen O. Dickens Lifetime Achievement Award for her dedicated service to the University.
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Dr. Justin O. Schechter C’77, an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine and supervisor in the law and psychiatry division, has been appointed to the Connecticut Psychiatric Security Review Board. He was also recently appointed an associate fellow of Silliman College at Yale University.
Pamela Goren Yohlin C’78 GEd’78 recently earned a master’s in counseling, and also earned secondary-school counseling certification. She works for Cora Services as a full-time counselor at Archbishop Ryan High School, outside Philadelphia; previously she taught Latin at Springside School, and served as direction of admission and development at the Meadowbrook School. She and her husband, Joseph Yohlin C’76, are the parents of Elizabeth Yohlin C’08 and Hilary, who graduated in 2004 with dual degrees from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Deborah Golden G’80 has been appointed executive director of the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia. Previously she was general counsel at Envirosafe, Inc., a local environmental-services company.
Lisa R. Jacobs W’80 is a partner in the Philadelphia office of the law firm of Pepper Hamilton LLP and concentrates on domestic and international corporate matters. In November she took part in an Executive Women’s Summit, on which issues and challenges affecting women will be given increased airplay on national television, that was sponsored by Wal-Mart. An elected Republican committeeperson in Newtown, she serves on the local planning commission, and is solicitor for the Newtown Township Council of Republican Women.
Dr. Patrick Kenny GNu’80, director of nursing education and research at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, has been elected president of the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association.
Dee Andrews G’81 Gr’86, professor of history at California State University, East Bay, was last year awarded a research fellowship by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. She will conduct research at the New York Historical Society on “The Boundaries of Freedom: Early American Antislavery, 1760-1830.”
Cynthia Flynn Capers GNu’81 Gr’88, professor of nursing and coordinator of academic-leadership initiatives at the University of Akron, received a 2006 Athena Award by Inside Business magazine, recognizing outstanding women leaders in northeast Ohio.
Mohammadreza Hojat Gr’81 is a research professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Thomas Jefferson University and director of its longitudinal study of medical education. His recent book, Empathy in Patient Care: Antecedents, Development, Measurement, and Outcomes, was published by Springer.
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Dr. Loretta Sweet Jemmott GNu’82 Gr’87, the van Ameringen Professor in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing and director of the Center for Health Disparities Research at Penn Nursing, received the 2006 Claire M. Fagin Distinguished Researcher Award. She has been involved in a number of research projects focusing on designing and testing theory-based, culturally sensitive, and developmentally appropriate strategies to reduce HIV risk-associated sexual behaviors among African-American populations, Latino populations, and South African youth. She holds secondary appointments in the School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Education, and in 2004 was named assistant provost for gender- and minority-equity issues in the University. In recognition of her research and community efforts she had been honored with the Congressional Merit Recognition Award.
Deborah Gross Kurtz W’82 co-chaired the 2006 Andrew Hamilton Gala of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, which provides grants to local legal-services organizations. “Held at 30th Street Station and celebrating the neighborhoods of Philadelphia, it had the largest attendance in years and surpassed its fundraising goals.”
Dr. Peter J. Plantes M’82 GM’86 has been appointed chief executive officer of Medical College Physicians, the adult group practice of the Medical College of Wisconsin; he has also been appointed senior associate dean of clinical affairs at the college and will hold a faculty appointment in general internal medicine. Previously he was vice president of clinical performance in the operational services division of VHA, Inc., a national network of community-owned hospitals and health organizations, based in Irving, Tex.
Marsha Kline Pruett C’82 GEd’82 was recently appointed the Maconda Brown O’Connor Professor of Social Work at Smith College. Previously she served on the faculty of the Yale University School of Medicine, with a joint appointment at the Yale Child Study Center. She specializes in interventions for families dealing with divorce and child custody.
Andrew B. Robins C’82, an officer and shareholder of the law firm of Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, P.C., in Red Bank, N.J., in September received the New Jersey Builders Association’s Chairman’s Award. He specializes in environmental law as it affects brownfields and redevelopment. He and his wife, Dr. Michele Schultz, live in Ocean, with their three children, Jake (14), Evan (13), and Aly (11).
Dr. Mary G. Schaal GNu’82, Ship Bottom, N.J., has been appointed the first dean of the Jefferson School of Nursing at Thomas Jefferson University; she joined Jefferson in 1997 and has served as chair of nursing since 2002.
Michael A. Rambert GCP’83, Princeton, N.J., an attorney with the Marlton law firm of Parker McCay, served on the state Advisory Committee on Police Standards (federal monitoring of state police to prevent racial profiling). He specializes in real estate development and redevelopment, and currently is president of the Garden State Bar Association.
Howard Shalowitz C’83, a lawyer and a cantor, was recently elected to the board of the Missouri Bar for a two-year term; he continues to serve on the ABA’s lawyer-referral and information-service committee. He travels North America, leading services and lecturing on Jewish music.
Michael Brzozowski C’84 has joined DraftFCB in New York as its executive vice president in charge of director of customer-relationship management. Previously he was senior partner and executive director of relationship marketing strategy at OgilvyOne since 2001.
Dr. Gary W. Crooks GM’84 was last year appointed the first Ruth C. and Raymond G. Perelman Professor of Medicine, which is the first professorship at the Penn Medical School devoted to a full time clinician.
Kevin Dowdell WG’85 has joined Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington as its chief operations officer. He is also vice-chair of the U.S. Tennis Association’s National Junior Tennis League and serves on the board of the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program.
Lee Passarella G’85 Gr’86 writes, “My poetry collection The Geometry of Loneliness was published in September by David Robert Books. It is available at online booksellers.”
Mark Cronin EAS’86 writes that he is applying the principles of continuous stirred-tank reactions and his chemical-engineering degree to the production of reality television in Los Angeles. As the president of Mindless Entertainment, he is responsible for The Surreal Life, My Fair Brady, Celebrity Paranormal Project, Flavor of Love (“the highest-rated series in VH1 history”), and the upcoming Fame Games and I Love New York. He admits that his time on the writing staff and in the cast of Mask & Wig may also have helped with some of the sillier aspects of his job. He tries to stay close to fellow Hollywood Wiggers Peter Schankowitz C’83, Dave Polsky C’86, Steve Bevilacqua C’86, and Scott Anderson W’85. He misses Mona Buchsbaum Bloom C’86,but refuses to go to Texas to visit her.
Bryan S. Neft C’86 has been elected partner in the Pittsburgh law firm of Pietragallo, Bosick & Gordon, LLP; he is a member of its litigation-defense, commercial-litigation, insurance-coverage, and appellate practice groups.
Audrey Shafer GM’86 announces “the publication of my children’s novel, The Mailbox, [published in October by] Random House. The book, for children ages nine and up, concerns post-traumatic stress disorder in Vietnam veterans.” See (www.ashafer.com) for more information. She notes that “she is honored to work at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System as an associate professor of anesthesia, Stanford University School of Medicine. She and her two fantastic teenagers have two large dogs and a cobwebby mailbox.”
Wendy Sternberg C’86 M’91 is the founding director of the non-profit organization Genesis at the Crossroads in Chicago, which uses arts as a vehicle for bridging cultures in conflict. Last spring, in collaboration with Columbia College Chicago, they presented two weekends of programming for the festival Peace It Together, whose centerpiece was the debut of the Middle East Peace Quilt, which depict visions of peace in the world by over 300 international artists. She wrote, “As I rapidly come upon my 20th anniversary of my graduation from Penn, I fondly reflect on the superb education I received, and the faculty who touched my soul and left their indelible marks on both my mind and my conscience. Alan Filreis (English) and Carolyn Marvin (Annenberg) find their way to the very top of the list.”
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Helga Cepeda C’87 writes, “These past 20 years have been very fruitful, in many ways. My husband of 12+ years, Paul Piscitelli, and I have two beautiful daughters: Annalisa Sofia (six) and Julianna Maria (three). Paul is a senior marketing exec at First Investors Corporation, and I have recently been appointed director of marketing services for New York Life’s Hispanic marketing unit. Paul, the girls, and myself are happily living in Manhattan, and looking forward to my 20th Reunion coming up in May!”
Brian DeLaurentis C’88 W’88 is “an attorney in New York with a diverse financial transaction and litigation practice. I have my own practice (thanks to Wharton for those skills), and recently had the honor of authoring an amicus brief to the New York Court of Appeals supporting same-sex marriage (thanks to the College for those skills). I live part-time in New York, Provincetown, Mass., and upstate New York, pretty much as the mood strikes, with my partner of four-plus years, George Goen. Contact me at <Brian@DeLaurentisLaw.com> if you’d like to catch up.”
David DiCarlo C’88 writes, “In July I won a landmark case before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which recognized the rights of aunts and uncles to adopt their sibling’s children. Five days later I competed in the Lake Placid Ironman (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run). My wife and I live in the middle of a pine forest, and our law practice is doing well. I would love to hear from old friends at <email@example.com>.”
John P. Halfpenny C’88 has joined the Philadelphia-based law firm of Saul Ewing LLP as special counsel in its litigation department, where he concentrates on antitrust, intellectual-property, and unfair-competition litigation, and is a member of the antitrust and employee defection and recruitment practice groups. Previously he was special counsel at Fox Rothschild LLP.
Glenn Hoge C’88 and his wife, Lisa, are happy to announce that “we have adopted a baby boy: Brian Ho-jin Hoge was born on June 13 in Seoul and came into our family on Oct. 25.”
Judy Lobel C’88 has become a senior product manager in category marketing at Revlon, Inc., responsible for developing lip products for the Revlon, Almay, and Vital Radiance brands. She lives in Manhattan.
Jill Delfs Maki C’88 Gr’95 celebrated her 40th birthday “in grand style at a private dinner party at the Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia on Sept. 23. Hosted by her husband, Christopher, the dinner guests included Miechelle Plesco O’Brien Gr’99 and William O’Brien L’95, Beth Ann McLaughlin Gr’98, Gregg Stanwood Gr’98, Yvette Bordelon Gr’97 M’99 GM’00, and John Hines Gr’00 [who sent in this note]—all of whom hope they look and feel half as good as the guest of honor when they reach that milestone themselves.”
Zachary Mark Smith C’88 received his master’s in divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in May; he is currently with the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta.
John Velis C’88 has been appointed head of capital-markets research at the Russell Investment Group in London.
Brian Levine ASC’89 has been promoted to vice president, corporate communications, for Office Depot; he had joined the company in Feb. 2003 as director of public relations.
Aaron Margulies C’89 <firstname.lastname@example.org> e-mails, “I just completed a Susan G. Komen Fellowship in breast surgical oncology and I now practice breast-cancer surgery at the Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center in Tennessee. In Dec. 2005 I had the honor of being an AstraZeneca Scholar to the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, where I presented some of our work on metastatic breast cancer. My wonderful wife, Imelda, is a nurse practitioner who has joined me in practice. We have four precious children: Rachel (six), Benjamin (four), Reuben (three), and Grace (one).”
Julia B. Rosenbaum G’89 G’91 Gr’98, assistant professor of art history at Bard College, wrote Visions of Belonging: New England Art and the Making of American Identity, which was published by Cornell University Press in November.
Kuo Bianchini Tong C’89 see Tricia Bianchini Tong EAS’91.
Ralph Trama W’89 is director of treasury and financial analysis at American International Group in New York. He lives in Ridgewood, N.J., with his wife and two girls. He would love to stay in touch at <email@example.com>.
Peter J. Exley GAr’90 is pleased to announce that his Chicago architectural firm ArchitectureIsFun, Inc., has been selected for the new Ronald McDonald House in Oak Lawn, Ill.
Brendan Halpin C’90 writes, “I’ve been writing full time for three years and 2007 will be a big year for me. My novel Long Way Backwill be published in paperback by Villard this month, and my novel Dear Catastrophe Waitress, a love story, will be published in paperback by Villard in March. I also have a young adult novel, How Ya Like Me Now, coming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux this year, and my New York Times essay, “In Love With Two Women, Only One of Them Alive,” will appear in the best of Modern Loveanthology, published by Three Rivers. Whew!”
Joel Nied C’90 e-mails, “I have had an exciting past few months. My wife and I had our second child, Simone, in September. My new personal goal is to raise our son, Evan, so that he is obsessively overprotective of his younger sister. Any recommendations would be appreciated. I also moved law firms: I am now practicing at Williams Mullen in Virginia Beach, where I am a partner in its corporate finance and securities section. I am still in touch with a lot of classmates and look forward to getting updates from others at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.”
Galit Chinitz Rich C’90 <email@example.com> and David S. Rich C’91 <drich@ tarterkrinsky.com> joyfully announce the birth of their daughter, Rebecca Pearl Rich, on May 15 in New York. “She loves to smile, explore the world with wide eyes, and be the object of affection of her two-year-old brother, Jonathan Joseph.”
Benjamin Whitaker W’90, Jakarta, writes that he is “a nationally famous TV show host, with around 80 aired episodes so far. Donald Trump and I went to the same school. We’re both on TV. But in Indonesia, many millions more know my face and name. Unusual track for a Wharton person, eh?”
Lori E. Halber W’91 is an associate at the Philadelphia law firm of Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell & Hippel LLP, who represents management in labor and employment matters. In September she was named a “Fast Track lawyer under the age of 40” by The Legal Intelligencer and The Pennsylvania Law Weekly. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Warrington, Pa.
Joanne Hyppolite C’91 and husband, Eric Green, welcomed their first child, Carl, on Sept. 25, 2005. They live in Pembroke Pines, Fla. Joanne is a curator at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, and continues to write and publish fiction. “Eric nobly teaches history at Miami Senior High.”
Julie Kass C’91 G’91, Potomac, Md., is a principal in the health-law practice at the Ober Kaler law firm in Baltimore. She was recognized by Nightingale’s Healthcare News as one of the nation’s “Outstanding Healthcare Fraud and Compliance Lawyers 2006.”
David S. Rich C’91 see Galit Chinitz Rich C’90.
Dr. David B. Solit C’91 M’95 see Barbara Snitzer Solit C’92.
Michael D. Stovsky L’91, chair of the intellectual-property and technology group in the Cleveland law firm of Ulmer & Berne LLP, has been included in the latest edition of Best Lawyers in America.
Tricia Bianchini Tong EAS’91 and Kuo Bianchini Tong C’89recently celebrated “the 10th anniversary of Quorum Consulting, Inc., which provides health economics, pricing, and reimbursement consulting services to pharma, biotech, medical-device, and molecular-diagnostics companies (www.quorumconsulting.com). Kuo most recently co-authored a study, “Hospital costs for left ventricular assist devices for destination therapy: lower costs for implantation in the post-Rematch era,” in the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. “We still live in San Francisco with our three kids, Allison (eight), Lucas (six), and Katherine (four), who all attend the Chinese American International School, a bilingual, bicultural immersion program.”
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Rebecca Bratspies L’92 co-edited Transboundary Harm in International Law: Lessons from the Trail Smelter Arbitration,which was published by Cambridge University Press last year.
Michelle Fenton C’92 married Jon Hellbusch on July 28 at the Grand Wailea Resort in Maui, Hawaii. “About 40 guests attended from places far and wide, including England, Jamaica, and Japan. I had four bridesmaids, one of whom was my Penn roommate Jonell Copeland Brown W’92. We live in Manhattan; Jon is an investment banker and I am an attorney and an active member of the PennNYC, and would love to hear from old Penn friends at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.”
Marina Sieh Ho C’92 and her husband, Charles, are pleased to announce the birth of their second child, Allegra, on Oct. 23; she weighed 7 lbs. and 12 oz. and was 19.5 inches long. She joins big sister Sophia who is turning three in February. They live in Houston, Tex. Marina is taking time off from being a property and casualty actuary to spend time at home with her girls <email@example.com>.
Toby Holbreich Linder C’92 writes, “My husband and I are thrilled to announce the arrival of our son Owen, on Sept. 8. He joins big brother Charlie, who was born on Nov. 9, 2004. I am currently retired from the practice of law and spend my days with my two wonderful boys (and wondering if I’ll ever sleep past 5 a.m. again). We all look forward to seeing everyone at the reunion!”
Lorraine Pulido-Ramirez C’92 has been appointed director of marketing for CityView, a national discretionary-housing investor. Most recently she was director of public relations for the Edgewood Independent School District in San Antonio, Tex.
Helen Smolinski C’92 e-mailed in late September, “I’m marrying my girlfriend, Blue Inquito, in a ceremony to be performed by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom on Oct. 11. A reception at a local gallery will follow. David Boyer C’93 designed our wedding invitations and will attend, along with former balalaika bandmate Beth Kwon C’94. Old friends should e-mail me at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.”
Barbara Snitzer Solit C’92 and Dr. David B. Solit C’91 M’95,and big sisters Abby and Rebecca are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter and sister, Jessica Elise, on Aug. 5, 2005. “We are looking forward to Alumni Weekend in May and would love to catch up with friends <email@example.com>.”
Ann Dushane C’93 e-mails, “I moved to Paris last June, to finally put my French degree to use. I am senior manager of our Paris office’s IT-governance practice, advising French and American companies in the preparation of the ever-loved Sarbanes Oxley compliance audit. I’ve worked with a number of industries, but still find the telecommunications industry to be the most interesting and, as of yet, the most challenging. If you are passing through Paris, please let me know at <firstname.lastname@example.org>. If I’m at a client site I might have an apartment to lend you. Otherwise, I’m an excellent tour guide.”
Edward Flores EAS’93 W’93 and Holly Colombo Flores EAS’93 are thrilled to announce the arrival of Nathan Francisco Flores, born on Oct. 2. He was welcomed home by big sister Alexandra. Ed and Holly recently relocated from Houston to Connecticut, where he now works for a commodities-trading firm and she as a treasury manager for Thomson Corporation. They wrote in late October that they “are excited to experience a ‘real’ winter with cold temperatures and snow for the first time in several years!”
Steven Foecking W’93 e-mails that he and Janet Rosso EE’95recently co-founded Caboodle! Toys LLC, a collectible toy company, in New York (www.noahspals.com). We will introduce ‘Noah’s Pals’ animal figures to the world early this year. I would love to hear from classmates at <email@example.com> and <firstname.lastname@example.org>.”
Kathleen Paralusz C’93 is thrilled to announce her engagement to Brad Jacobson on Nov. 10; they are planning a wedding for this autumn. Although she is a lifelong Yankees fan and he a diehard Red Sox fan, they still managed to fall in love and now live in Los Angeles, where they joyfully root against the Angels together.
Peter J. Tantala EAS’93, a principal with the consulting-engineering firm of Tantala Associates, was reappointed last year to the National Committee of the International Zoning Code.
Jennifer A. Brandt L’94, Wynnewood, Pa., is an attorney who specializes in family-law litigation in the Cozen O’Connor’s offices in Philadelphia and Cherry Hill, N.J. In September she served as an instructor for “Navigating the Rough Waters of Divorce” at Haverford Township Adult School and at Main Line School Night for Adult Learners.
Evan Glanz C’94 <email@example.com> e-mails, “After working for large law firms since graduating law school, I am now general counsel for JP Petrucci, a real estate development and construction company in New Jersey. My wife and I also just had our first child, Samuel Michael Glanz, born Aug. 27.”
Bruce Gluckman Gr’94 has been appointed an associate professor of engineering science and mechanics and an associate professor of neurosurgery at the Pennsylvania State University; previously he was an associate professor in physics and astronomy at George Mason University in Virginia. He is working on neural prosthetic devices for controlling seizures and replacing sensory input.
Arif R. Khan WMP’97 is vice president of support services for Southcoast Hospitals Group in Massachusetts; previously he was senior director of operations and clinical technology for the University of Maryland Medical System in Baltimore. He lives in Lakeville, Mass., with his wife, Dr. Aliya Khan, and their three children.
Amy Richard Kopelman C’97 and Michael Kopelman C’97 WG’05 are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Ethan Matthew Kopelman, on April 15. “We’re all enjoying suburban life in Villanova, Pa., where Amy is working part-time as a product manager at Ecount, and spending the rest of her time listening to giggles and changing diapers. Michael is a vice president at Edison Venture Fund, where he is actively looking to invest in technology companies on the East Coast. We look forward to seeing everyone at our 10th Reunion.”
Lisa Korsten Price L’94 and her husband, Jeremy Price, are happy to announce the birth of their first child, Lindsey Hanna, on July 13.
Staci Kurzer Wilson W’94 and her husband, Matt Wilson WG’03, are thrilled to announce the birth of their second son, Noah Benjamin, on Sept. 8. Big brother Ari (four) was very excited by the arrival of his baby brother.
Alexander Wu C’94 W’94 writes, “Professionally, I finally completed all nine architecture record exams to become a licensed architect in Georgia. In 2004 my wife and I moved to Atlanta from San Francisco, after she completed her Ph.D. in epidemiology, and received an offer we couldn’t pass up at the CDC. I’m with Perkins+Will, an architecture firm committed to green design, and am currently working on hospitals and higher-education buildings. I’m also honored to serve on the board of the AIA Atlanta, as the elected director for continuing education. On the personal front, we recently adopted two retired racing greyhounds Ani and Trevor, and are actively involved in a non-profit that supports greyhound adoption, Southeastern Greyhound Adoption (www.greyhoundadoption.org). Penn friends can contact me at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.”
Lisa Solomon Belcher W’95 and her husband, Eric, are happy to announce the birth of their second child, Mark. Big sister Kyla is enjoying her new brother and getting ready for their big move out to the suburbs (of Chicago). After an extended maternity leave, Mom will be returning to work at Kraft as a brand manager.
Cati Coe G’95 Gr’00, an assistant professor of anthropology at Rutgers University in New Jersey, wrote Dilemmas of Culture in African Schools, published by the University of Chicago Press.
Laurie Wershba Finkelstein C’95 and her husband, David Finkelstein, are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Noah Steven, on Dec. 9, 2005. Proud big sister Hallie turned four on Nov. 30.
Carl Forsling W’95 writes, “I recently earned designations as an aircraft commander and instructor pilot in the MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. My current job involves training other Marine pilots in the Osprey as the Corps retires its predecessor, the aging CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter.”
Michelle Leone Riley C’95 GEd’96 and Rich Riley W’96 are thrilled to announce the birth of our third child, Matthew Jake, who was born on Sept. 26. Fortunately, big sister Alexandra (four) and big brother Michael (two) have adjusted nicely to having a new baby in the house. We are still living in San Francisco, but continue to travel frequently to the Philadelphia area to visit friends and family.”
Janet Rosso EE’95 see Steven Foecking W’93.
Beth Hirschfelder Wilensky C’95 and her husband, Jeff, welcomed a son, Leo Thomas Wilensky, on Sept. 29 in Ann Arbor, Mich. Big sister Josephine, who turned two in November, is quite protective of Leo, whom she refers to as “My baby.” Beth teaches at the University of Michigan Law School and would love to hear from old friends at <email@example.com>.
Elizabeth Wolf-Cippon CGS’95 has joined the law firm of Wisler, Pearlstine, Talone, Craig, Garrity & Potash, LLP, in Blue Bell, Pa., as an associate in its construction and real-estate practices.
Steven R. Ebert C’96 GPU’98 L’00 see Karen E. Scott C’97.
Tina Namdar Livian C’96 and Afshin Livian are thrilled to welcome their second daughter, Sabrina, born Oct. 4, and 7 lbs. 10 oz. Big sister Dana (three) is excited to have a new playmate. Tina and Afshin live in Great Neck, N.Y., and would really love to hear from old Penn friends at <Tinameter@aol.com>.
Amy Krissman Pine C’96 and her husband, Jonah Pine, welcomed their second child, Caleb Bruce Pine, on May 30; he weighed 8 lbs. 3 oz., and was 21 inches long. Big sister Sarah turned two in August. Jonah is an attorney in Savannah. Amy stays home, assisting Jonah with the business aspects of his legal practice while also watching the children full-time. She has written half a page of a groundbreaking novel on motherhood.
Charles Ornstein C’96 and his wife, Shari, are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Miles Nathan, on Oct. 12, weighing 8 lbs. 5 oz. They live in Burbank, Calif., where Charlie is a staff writer for The Los Angeles Times and Shari is a teacher.
Rich Riley W’96 see Michelle Leone Riley C’95 GEd’96.
Iris Rosenberg C’96 and her husband, Jonathan Epstein, are very proud and happy to announce the birth of their first child, Harry Goeld, on Oct. 22; he weighed 6 lbs. 1 oz. They live in Allentown, Pa., and “everyone is ecstatic and doing great.”
Peter Weidman W’96 and Jacqueline Mandelbaum Weidman C’96 are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Emily Sophie Weidman, on Dec. 23, 2005. She joined big brother Sam, who is now three years old.
Amiel Weinstock C’96 has been named co-chair of the trust and estates communications committee of the Boston Bar Association. He is a senior associate at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP.
Celebrate Your Reunion: May 11-14, 2007
Samantha L. Brenner C’97 left the practice of law in Philadelphia, where she had worked in the bankruptcy department at Klehr, Harrison, Harvey, Branzburg & Ellers LLP, and now lives in Los Angeles, enjoying a career in writing. Her first book, Grand Slam, was published by Kedzie Press International in November. She would love to hear from old Penn friends at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Jeff Brown W’97 and Lauren Hibbert Brown C’99 are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Allison Christine, on Feb. 27, 2006. They have moved back to the East Coast from Los Angeles, and now live in Duxbury, Mass.
Dr. Janice P. Burke Gr’97 has been named the first dean of the Jefferson School of Health Professions at Thomas Jefferson University. She has been chair and professor of occupational therapy at Jefferson since 1998.
Jennifer Lee Kazemi C’97 D’00 and Shahin Kazemi GD’97are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Anya Lee, on Oct. 10. She joins her older brother Armeen. They live in Cherry Hill, N.J.
Judith Weiss Ottensoser C’97 W’97 and her husband, Daniel, have a new child, Alexander Max, born on Aug. 8.
Karen E. Scott C’97 <karenscottmd@ hotmail.com> and Steven R. Ebert C’96 GPU’98 L’00 <email@example.com> are happy to announce their engagement. She is in her second year of neonatology fellowship at Columbia University, and he is managing partner of the law firm Ebert & Associates, LLC. A wedding is planned for June.
Roopesh Shah W’97 married Dr. Allison Newman on Sept. 9 in sunny Bermuda. “Festivities included a sunset rehearsal dinner on the beach of the Fairmont Southampton Princess, a beautiful wedding ceremony at St. Michael’s Church in Paget, and a wedding reception at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess. Many alumni were there for the special weekend, including groomsmen Harlyn Bohensky C’97, Joel Hankin C’97, and Ross Levitt C’97.Other Penn friends on hand to celebrate included Michelle Bornstein Hankin W’97, Donna Marie Caro C’96 W’96, Tim Gloege C’96, Brian Kravitz EAS’99 W’99 WG’06, Adam Mark C’97, Franc Marmero EAS’99, Dr. Mark Milstein C’97, Renaud Pelletier C’98 W’98, and Dr. Marc Richmond C’97. And even though Hurricane Florence showed up as an uninvited guest, everyone had a great time and kept the party going for three more days until the airport re-opened.” Allison and Roopesh honeymooned on Mykonos and Crete before returning to New York, where she is a clinical psychologist and he is a vice president in the leveraged-finance group at Goldman Sachs; he would love to hear from old friends <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Matthew Spoerndle C’97 and his wife, Anne, are excited to announce the birth of their son, Colin Matthew, on Sept. 1; he weighed 8 lbs. 15 oz., and was 22 inches long. They live in Milford, Conn.
Aaron Abrahms C’98 <aabrahms @wingedkeel.com> and his wife, Ali, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Phoebe. They live in Larchmont, N.Y.
Thaddeus Berdzik C’98 writes, “I am happy to announce the birth of my son, Connor Thaddeus Berdzik, in June. He was happily greeted by his sister, Julia (six), who insists upon helping with his care. The family is well. I am working as a distressed-equity analyst for RBC Dain Rauscher’s Hill, Thompson & Magid subsidiary. I just finished the CFA program, as well as my MBA, just in time for Connor’s arrival. My wife, Caroline, works as an employment attorney for Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney in Princeton, N.J. I wish everyone well and look forward to our reunion, where I will show Connor where he will row for the Red and Blue in 18 years.”
Hollie Evans Bialek C’98 and her husband, Keith, are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Laura Jacklyn, on Dec. 26, 2005. She joined big brother Andrew Michael (born Sept. 12, 2003) in New City, N.Y. <email@example.com>.
Oren Lifshitz C’98 and Jessica Trilling Lifshitz L’01 are excited to announce the birth of their son, Jordan Marc Lifshitz, on May 4. They recently moved to Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., where Oren is a dermatologist. He and Jessica would love to hear from their friends at <firstname.lastname@example.org> and <email@example.com>.
Marcin Ramocki GFA’98 had the premiere of his film 8 Bit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in early October (www.8bitmovie.com). “A hybrid documentary examining the influence of video games on contemporary culture; produced in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, and Tokyo, it brings a global perspective on the new artistic approaches of the DIY generation which grew up playing Atari and Commodore 64.”
Rachel Skerritt C’98 GEd’99 is excited to announce the release of her second novel, No More Lies. “Published by Kensington Books, it will be available through online booksellers and bookstores nationwide in January. If anyone else shares her pain of having read one too many marriage announcements in this section of the alumni magazine, please support this single girl trying to make a living and pick up a copy or two (www.rachelskerritt.com).”
Sonia Survanshi C’98 EAS’98 married Josh McFarland on May 13 at the Old Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco; in September they also celebrated with family and friends at an East Coast reception in Maryland. Alumni who attended included Sarah Leshner C’98 G’03 W’03, Deborah Loomis C’98 W’98, Sapna Amin Mehta C’98 W’98, Amy Johnson C’98, Elizabeth Yee Coons C’98, Julie Herman C’98 W’98, Neena Desai Ghose C’99, Ali Caccavella C’98 GEd’99, Andrew Immerman W’98, Daniel Unger C’98, Ari Blum C’98, Dennis Ever C’98, Brad Murphy C’97, and Sonia Dalvi C’04.After scuba diving in Belize for their honeymoon, Sonia and Josh returned to their home in San Francisco: They had met on their first day of work at Google, where she is a business-development manager for India and he is a product manager; she can be reached at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Lauren Hibbert Brown C’99 see Jeff Brown W’97.
Meghan Leary Essman C’99 GEd’03 married Matt Essman GEd’03 on July 15 at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia. Included in the bridal party were Adia Wiley Molloy EAS’99, Gwynne Givot Johnson C’99, and Lindi Sabloff C’00, and Bob Harscheid GEd’03 was a reader. Guests included Ana Mendes Mann C’99 and Ted Mann C’99, Korey Pirouz C’99, Gabe Aherne C’99, Craig McGettigan CGS’98, Parisa Mousavi C’99, Matthew Molloy EAS’99, Paul Staudt EAS’99, Brian Walter GEd’03, Monica McCasland Scheinler GEd’02, Laura Borden C’97, and Neha Champaneria W’99 WG’06 and Justin Markle WG’06.Meghan and Matt live in Philadelphia, where she heads the fan-development and educational-programs department for the Phillies and he works as an associate director of admissions at Haverford College.
Mark E. Gisi W’99 is president of marketing for Tabula Studio, a Philadelphia graphic-design and communications firm. Previously he was director of sales and marketing at Amuneal Manufacturing Corp.
Colby Kant Harris C’99 and Dr. Adam Harris C’00 celebrated their first wedding anniversary. They married in May 2005 in Phoenix, and celebrated with many Penn friends and family. The wedding party included maid of honor Callie Kant C’05; best man Zach Harris W’05; bridesmaids Jamie Feiner Lasser C’99 and Amy Koenigsberg Remick C’00; groomsmen Dr. Brian Cohen C’00 and Dr. Josh Remick C’00; Colby’s father, Robert Kant C’66; and Adam’s mother, Jayne Kivowitz Harris CW’73.Other alumni who joined the celebration included Elisia Abrams C’99, Maury Apple W’98 WG’99, Josh Beer C’00 WG’08, Eliot Bloom C’64, Amy Bourne C’97, Jed Feldman C’04, Elizabeth Franklin C’99, Rachel Alfred Greenberg C’99, Dave Herman C’00, Dr. Jack Hertzberg D’74, Lara Margolis Kross C’00 and Ethan Kross C’01, Paul Koenigsberg W’69, Seth Lasser C’98, Mike Madden C’98, Nicole Melchiorre Manion C’00 and Paul Manion C’00, Jared Mudge C’00, Satish Pillalamarri C’00, Daniel Remick C’03, Abby Rosenstein C’04, Dr. Michelle Fliman Schoenkerman C’99, Dr. Richard Spiegel C’66 and Judy Klein Spiegel Nu’67, Joel Telpner WG’99, Mitch Ulman C’00, Andy Weinberger C’00, and Courtney Zoffness C’00.Colby and Adam live in New York, where he is completing his medical residency at Columbia Presbyterian, and she is pursuing a doctorate degree in clinical and school psychology at Hofstra University: They would love to hear from friends at <email@example.com> and <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Jennifer Granse Jarvis W’99 writes, “My husband, James Jarvis, and I are pleased to announce the birth of our daughter, Sophia Lucille-Margareth, on May 22. She was born at the Portland Hospital in London, where we have been living since last January.”
Jessie Beller C’00 married Scott Calidas EAS’00 W’00 on Aug. 19 at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York. Emily Rippe WG’06 served as the maid of honor and Scott’s brother, Doug Calidas W’03, served as the best man. The wedding party also included bridesmaids Susan Scultore W’00 and Melissa Audette EAS’00 and groomsmen Gerardo Mendez W’00 and Julian Millikan EAS’00 W’00. Penn friends and family attending included Janine Mager Gordon CW’68, Rob Henrikson C’69 WAM’90, Francis Leavens WG’61, Alexandra Harris L’05, Betsy Hamme Gauvin EAS’00 GEd’01, Brian Gauvin GEd’98, Devu Gandhi EAS’00 W’00, Frank Sturniolo EAS’00, Julia Gottlieb C’03, Jarett Edwards C’00, Jennifer Brown Lerner C’00 and Jeff Lerner C’00 EAS’00, Jeremy Franklin EAS’00 W’00, Matt Luth C’00 W’00, and Richard Stavert W’00. After a fantastic three-week honeymoon in Hawaii, Jessie and Scott are back in New York, where she is a lawyer and he works in the firmwide-strategy group of Goldman Sachs.
Kyle Christensen EAS’00 married Robin Hess on Aug. 12 at the Stryker Sonoma Winery in California. Alumni in the wedding party were Kevin Heck C’00, Eric Schwarzbach C’00, and Kyle’s sister, Stephani Christensen C’02. Many other alumni attended the wedding, including Duff Blair C’01, Doug Calamari C’00, Gregg Carey EAS’99, John Dolan W’00, Sean Egan EAS’99, Ned Galbally W’00, Jeff Gregorio C’01, Jeanine Gubler Heck EAS’99, Kevin Johnson C’00, Liz Ketels C’02, James Ladas W’00, Kevin McCabe C’00, Anthony Napolitano W’00, Brian Sanford C’01, Julie Turner C’00, and Mark Zimring C’02. Kyle and Robin live in San Francisco, where he is studying for his MBA at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, and she works as a program manager for Pacific Gas & Electric.
Dr. Adam Harris C’00 see Colby Kant Harris C’99.
Alvaro Enrique Luna C’00 W’00 married Edna Luisa Mendoza Navas on Sept. 2, in the Iglesia Escuela de Cristo, a historic cathedral in Antigua, Guatemala. “Afterwards guests dined and danced in candlelight in the 325-year-old church ruins of San Jose El Viejo, also in Antigua. Coincidentally, construction on this Central American church (the ruins of which are now historically protected by Unesco) began in 1740, the same year as Penn was being founded in Philadelphia.” Alumni attending the wedding festivities included Alvaro’s sister, Vivian Margarita Luna C’96 L’99, Brett E. Weinheimer W’00 (who sent in this note), and Rodrigo Vazquez L’99. Alvaro and Edna honeymooned in Europe, and plan to split their time between the U.S. and Guatemala; he is a real estate developer in Guatemala, and she is a graphic designer.
Knox Peden C’00 married Leslie Barnes at the Adamson House in Malibu, Calif., on Sept. 9. The ceremony was officiated by Charlie Durkin C’02, who was deputized a state commissioner of civil marriage for one day only. Alumni among the wedding party were Knox’s sister, Leigh Straughn WG’00, and Ian Black C’00.Others attending included Maxwell Norman C’00 and Jessica Schraub Norman C’00, Benjy Grinberg C’00, Brian Appel C’01, Angie Chan C’01, Matt Johnson C’99, and Francis Englert C’98. Knox and Leslie are currently in Paris, where they are both on fellowships and working on their dissertations. They will return to California this autumn: She will continue work toward her Ph.D. in French literature at UCLA and he will begin his search on the academic job market in earnest. He intends to file his dissertation and receive his Ph.D. in European intellectual history from UC Berkeley in 2008.
Melanie Redmond Quackenbush C’00 married Gregory Quackenbush on Sept. 2 at St. Agatha-St. James Catholic Church on Penn’s campus. In the wedding party were Lori H. Taliaferro C’00 GEd’01 (who also cantored the mass), LeAndra Marcelle Thompson C’00 V’08, and Tony Louie EE’98. Also joining in the celebration were Noelle Lee C’00, Shafeqah Archie C’05, Nina L. Cohen L’86, Thomas J. Gavin GAr’72 (his daughter, Anna, was maid of honor), and Linda A. Fisher L’73. Melanie and Gregory have made their home in Drexel Hill, Pa. A paralegal at Portnoff Law Associates, he is working on a master’s in criminal justice at St. Joseph’s University. A foundation administrator at the Glenmede Trust Company, N.A., she is a 2007 MBA candidate at Drexel University. Friends can contact them at <email@example.com>.
Christine Yoon W’00 married Andy Rhee on Aug. 26 at Normandy Farm in Blue Bell, Pa., an estate near her childhood home. They met in 2004, and “decided to co-lead an intramural soccer team together, via Zogsports! Four soccer seasons later, romance, engagement, and marriage happened.” They currently live in New York, where he is enrolled at NYU for a master’s in management and systems and she is undertaking a master’s in performing-arts administration. He continues to play keeper and center striker; she plays left-mid or defense. The wedding was attended by Christie Park C’99 W’99, WG’05, Janet Lee W’99 WG’06, Janet Kim C’99, Jiny Kim C’99 W’99, Steve Lee W’97, Mina Huh Chung C’99 W’99 and Insung Chung GM’07, Hans Park C’99, Scott Miller C’99, Jason Correnti C’99, Wendy Lee W’99, Cynthia Rim C’00, Chris Louie W’00, Philip Choi W’00, Aileen Park C’00, Raymond Song W’00, David Yi C’01 and Marissa Aiken Yi W’02, Jessica Chao Nu’02 GNu’05, Margaret Yen C’01, and Sona Kim C’04.
Shirley Zilberstein C’00 married Jonathan Fisher C’00 G’02 Gr’07 on Aug. 26 in New York. Jonathan proposed to Shirley at the White Dog Cafe in April 2005, site of their first date when at Penn. The wedding party included her sister Danielle Zilberstein W’07, and Hema Sarangapani C’00 and Katherine Dahlsgaard G’98 Gr’05. Dancing the hora were Elizabeth Caffrey C’00, Dr. Erica Simon C’00, Samara Barend C’99, Beatrice Jauregui C’00, Dr. Biana Litrovnik Lanson C’00, Courtney Koslow C’99, Kelle Cruz C’00 Gr’04, Jeffrey Kaplan C’97, Titi Yu C’98, Ryan Smith C’97, David Morris W’00, Alisha Sieminski Gr’03, Katherine Krause L’06, Renee Farster W’99, Valerie Schneider Gwinn C’98, Richard Lange SW’00, and Sebastien Chaigne EAS’99. Also spotted on the dance floor were doctoral candidates Alper Corlu G’02 Gr’07, Aysenur Corlu Gr’10, Daniel Chen G’02 Gr’07, Seth Gillihan G’02 Gr’10, and Susana Santos Gr’07, and Penn faculty members Dr. Brian Salzberg, Dr. Turgut Durduran C’97 G’02 Gr’04, and Jeff Klein. Shirley is a producer for CNN in New York, covering politics and general news for Wolf Blitzer’s The Situation Room; she had lived in Washington for five years, and worked as a producer for CNN’s political unit. Jonathan is a Ph.D. candidate in physics at Penn and nearing the end of his studies; his research is on linear and nonlinear optical imaging of brain activity. He is also a concert pianist and will be making his Carnegie Hall solo debut on March 10. They would love to hear from their Penn friends at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Kate Collins C’01 married Will Bladt in a beautiful ceremony in Malibu, Calif., on July 22. Many alumni attended, including her bridesmaid, Toral Kamdar C’01, Adam Fey W’01, Alayna Barnes-Nessa C’01, Brett Taxin C’01, Jed Nussdorf EAS’02 W’02 WG’02, Esther Chung Liu Nu’01, Lindsey Mathews C’02, Vinnie Liu C’97, Ilaria Fleischer C’01, Matt Dicker C’01, Melisa Kirkup C’01 (who sent in this note), John Matley W’02, Marianne Shelenkova C’01, Jen Neff C’01, and Lila Sharifian W’01. Kate and Will met in New York and currently live in Marina Del Rey, Calif. He is the middle-division director at Brentwood School and she is an account executive for the Robb Report magazines <email@example.com>. “They spent their honeymoon scuba-diving in Belize!”
Nickolas Paul Delikaris C’01 EAS’01 married Kathren Lesley Heide on Sept. 9 at the Olde Mill Inn in Basking Ridge, N.J. Many alumni joined the celebration, including Alfio Rossetti W’01, Nathan Schiff C’01, Kai Lee W’01 and Gina Wu C’02, Michael Sinoway C’01, Brain Rosenzweig C’01, Elan Daniels C’01, Stanley Hsing EAS’01, Peter Withstandley EAS’01, Stephanie Hwang W’01, Kai Chan C’01, Christine Chang C’01, and Tina Hsiung W’01. Kathren and Nick took a two-week honeymoon in Hawaii, then went back to the grind in New York, where he is a trader and she is a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs.
Corina Lentz C’01 married Neil Khettry C’04 on July 29 at the Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia. The big day featured two ceremonies, Hindu and Christian. College lecturer Aqeel Bhatti played the tabla during the Hindu ceremony. Anthony Ambrosini C’04 G’04, Andrew Kortina C’05, Iqram Magdon-Ismail EAS’06, Eric Marr L’04 and Kelly Song Marr C’95 SW’06, Natasha Sardesai EAS’04 G’06, and Kriti Sehgal C’06 attended. Corina and Neil live in Philadelphia, where she is a production editor at the American College of Physicians and he is an economic-research analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank. In November they went to St. Lucia on their honeymoon.
Jessica Trilling Lifshitz L’01 see Oren Lifshitz C’98.
Josh Seeherman EAS’01 in May received his master’s in civil engineering from Northeastern University.
Celebrate Your Reunion: May 11-14, 2007’02
Noah Chinitz EAS’02 see Ella Schwartz C’03.
Jen Denlow C’02 married Phil Bennett on June 10 at the Piper Palm House in St. Louis. Alumni attending were bridesmaids Cameron Abrahams C’02, Brinkley Tappan C’02 L’05, and Julie Turner C’00, and guests Stephani Christensen C’02 and Anne Hankey C’02. Jen and Phil spent their honeymoon traveling throughout Asia, before returning home to Telegraph Hill in San Francisco. They are currently training for a half-Ironman and, between the two of them, they have already completed a total of 14 marathons and triathlons.
Avigael Cymrot Fyman C’02 married Josh Fyman on Oct. 29 in Potomac, Md. Penn alumni in the wedding party included her mother, Deborah Newhouse Cymrot CW’71, and bridesmaids Miriam Bieler C’02, Jessica Tuchinsky C’02, and Liana Zatuchny C’02. Present for the celebration were many Penn friends, including Rachel Biller C’05, Lauren Glanzman Brooks C’04 and Shimon Brooks C’04 G’04, Andrea Brustein C’00 L’05, Shana Coplowitz C’02, Jon Glanzman C’02, Shelley Novoseller Morgenstern W’02, Amara Levine-Reich C’01, Dan Rosner EAS’02 GEng’02, and Marisa Tuchinsky W’02. Avigael and Josh live in New York, where she is an attorney at Kaye Scholer LLP, and he is working on his Ph.D in industrial psychology from Baruch College.
Sonia Jain C’02 and Gaurav Kapadia W’03 are excited to announce their engagement. He proposed on Nov. 10 in the Anderson Music Room at Van Pelt Library; they had met at Penn in 1999. He works at a hedge fund in New York and she is finishing her second year at the Harvard Business School. They plan to marry this year.
Heather Schwartz C’02 married Mark Shaffer on Aug. 19 in Arlington, Va. Alumni attending included Alex Abrams C’00 and Jennifer Young Abrams C’02, Leigh Blechman W’03, Beth Bruder W’02, Michelle Carter C’04, Zac Costello C’01, Sara Edelman C’02, Julie Geiringer C’02, Matthew Goldstein EAS’00 and Melissa Schneider Goldstein W’02, Andrew Hamilton C’03, Meridith Sharpe Jacobs C’01, Larry Krovlev W’02, David Min C’99 W’99, Allison Moskowitz Perlis C’02 and Aaron Perlis C’03, Stacy Kress Politziner C’03, Jessica Pomerantz C’02, Jared Rubin W’02 and Lauren Plackter Rubin C’02, Jason Silverston C’02, Marcy Smirnoff C’02, and Dana Lee W’02, who was a bridesmaid. After honeymooning in Hawaii, Heather and Mark moved to New York, where she works in the litigation department of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and he is an attorney for Morgan Stanley.
Matt Essman GEd’03 see Meghan Leary Essman C’99 GEd’03.
Gaurav Kapadia W’03 see Sonia Jain C’02.
Adam M. Lebovitz W’03 produced the horror film Unrest,released nationwide in November by Lions Gate as part of the After Dark Horrorfest.
Andrew McCreery C’03 married Jennifer Malivuk C’05 on Aug. 11 in “a beautiful ceremony commemorated at the PPG Aquarium in Pittsburgh. It was a joyous occasion with many alumni, including Katie Pyott GEd’01, Marisa V. Perez C’04, Carrie Greene C’05, Jeff Dickson W’70, Amanda Dickson C’05, Lindsey Tarman W’06, Dennis Watson C’04, Maribel Marmol C’05, Ryan Comfort W’04, Martha Cooney C’05, Reid Nicholson C’04, Christina Iliadis C’01, Chantal Artur C’05, Dr. Suzanne Bellan GrEd’04, and Jen Pope C’05. We are now living in Pittsburgh, and Jennifer has started law school at the University of Pittsburgh.”
Ella Schwartz C’03 married Noah Chinitz EAS’02 on June 25 in Mamaroneck, N.Y. “We started dating at Penn and got engaged at Belvedere Castle in Central Park in Feb. 2005. Alumni in the wedding party included Craig Gorman C’02, Cheryl Isaac C’03, Josh Klein C’02, Carrie Loewenthal C’03, Phil Mayer W’02, Jesse Rubenfeld C’03 W’03, and Adam Winik C’02. Other Penn friends celebrating with us included Jill Berkin C’04, Andrew Day C’01 WG’07 and Talia Riklis-Day C’02 WG’07, Shiri Steindel Friedman C’01, Ariel Glasner C’01 W’01, David Glasner C’00 G’00, Sarah Gleit C’99, Ira Hofer EAS’02 W’02, Katie Klein Holliday C’02 and Sam Holliday EAS’01, Yoni Rosenzweig C’02, Jason Sable C’03, Sonali Shah C’01 W’01, Rebecca Sharff C’03, and Julie Thaler C’03.After the wedding we traveled to Moorea, New Zealand, and Australia, then settled back into New York. Ella is a consultant at Avenue A Razorfish and founded a nonprofit StayInForGood, and Noah is a second-year medical student at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.”
Vijay Shankaran WG’03 has joined Turner Investment Partners as a security analyst and portfolio manager in its growth-equity investing team. Previously he was a research analyst at Caxton Associates.
Nadine Spitalnick Shatzkes C’03 and Joshua Shatzkes are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Simone Eva, on Oct. 18. She weighed 7 lbs. 14 oz., and measured 20 3/4 inches long.
Matt Wilson WG’03 see Staci Kurzer Wilson W’94.
Neil Khettry C’04 see Corina Lentz C’01.
Richard Berger CGS’05, Morganville, N.J., in September had a show of his paintings at the Monmouth County Library in Manalapan. The show marked the anniversary of his return from Florence; he had painted the Tuscan countryside and a mural outside Florence.
Jennifer R. Harvan Nu’05 GNu’06, Philadelphia, who works at Prime Health Network, has achieved certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a certified adult nurse practitioner.
Jennifer Malivuk C’05 see Andrew McCreery C’03.
Andrea Carson Tanner G’05 and David Tanner are proud to announce the birth of their twin boys, Colin Hathaway (6 lbs. 6 oz.) and Alexander Valenti (7 lbs. 8 oz.), on Aug. 19 in Abington, Pa. They are the great-grandchildren of D. Lawrence Borgia Ar’31and Kathryn Leslie Borgia Ed’30.
Matthew E. Addison G’06 WG’06 in October received the Lauder Institute’s Reginald H. Jones Thesis Prize for his “Consorcios and Brazil’s Consumer Credit Innovation”; a consorcios is a group financing arrangement for poor people.