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50 Albert Eisen W’50 and Helen Ann Klein Eisen Ed’51celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 11. “We have three children, two of whom are Dr. Andrew Eisen Gr’82 M’82 and Sherri Eisen Nelson W’78. The celebration was held with the children and our eight grandchildren. Currently living in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., we travel extensively and still work with various charities.” 

54 Dick Rosenbleeth W’54 L’57 has been inducted into the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. He played football at Penn during the George Munger years and at West Philadelphia High School, and coached championship football teams at Penn and Swarthmore College. A retired partner at Blank Rome LLP, where he tried cases for over 40 years, he is a fellow of both the American College of Trial Lawyers and International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He writes that he has held several government, bar, and community leadership positions. Today he serves as an arbitrator and mediator and as a volunteer assistant football coach at Bala Cynwyd Junior High School. 

57 Michael Eigen C’57,, a psychologist and psychoanalyst, recently had a play performed at the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis. The play, Something Wrong: Grace, is included in his latest book, Flames From the Unconscious: Trauma, Madness and Faith.

59 Arlene Rudney Halpern Ed’59 writes, “I am delighted to have recently joined the external advisory board for Penn’s Institute on Aging, which serves as the hub of all healthy aging and aging-related disease research at Penn Medicine. My involvement with the IOA grew out of my longtime association with the Parkinson Council and my late husband’s long battle with Parkinson’s. If you are interested in learning more about the IOA, I would be happy to hear from you at or you may visit 


60   William Katz W’60 writes that his poem “The Inheritors,” was published in the spring issue of Wharton magazine. He notes that two of his books on federal-tax law are available in the Penn Law library. 

63  Richard Bartholomew C’63 GAr’65, a principal in the Philadelphia-based planning and design firm Wallace Roberts & Todd, served as principal-in-charge for two of the seven projects that received 2010 national Honor Awards for Urban Design from the American Institute of Architects. The projects are A Civic Vision for the Central Delaware riverfront in Philadelphia, where WRT’s client was PennPraxis, and the US House of Representatives Facilities Plan and South Capitol Area Plan in Washington for the Architect of the Capitol. He is currently working on the new headquarters for FEMA.

Blayney Colmore C’63,, writes, “I have just published a novel Meander: Wooing Ms. Maudie (Xlibris), in which the protagonists meet while MBA students at Wharton. My third book, it grew out of a sabbatical in Zimbabwe in 1984 that has resulted in a long relationship with the country and several people who still live there. After Penn, I went to seminary at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass. Ordained a priest in 1966, I was in parishes in Akron, Ohio, Washington, Dedham, Mass., and La Jolla, Calif. Since then, my wife and I migrate between our old farmhouse in southern Vermont and, when winter threatens, La Jolla, where I am writer-in-residence at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.”

Idaherma Williams GFA’63 writes that some works, woodblock and pigment prints, are on show at the Michener Museum in Doylestown, Pa., until Nov. 21. 

64  Anne Sceia Klein W’64 ASC’65, president of Anne Klein Communications Group, LLC, earlier this year had a two-part series published in Today’s Campus magazine on crisis-communications issues and risk-management procedures. 

65 Dr. Peter J. Abell D’65, Brattleboro, Vt., is a retired orthodontist. In 1999, he helped found Pure Water for the World, which provided clean water and sanitation instruction to tens of thousands of earthquake victims in Haiti. It is also heavily involved in providing those services in Honduras and El Salvador.

Kevin B. Cronin C’65, formerly the chief election officer for the state of Hawaii, recently returned from Angola, where he served in Luanda as the chief of party for the Angola electric support program on behalf of the US Agency for International Development.

Richard P. Jaffe C’65 has joined the Philadelphia law firm of Duane Morris LLP as a partner in its corporate-practice group. Previously, he was with Ballard Spahr LLP. He is a trustee of the University of the Arts. 


66 William A. Silverman C’66 has joined the Washington office of the law firm of Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP as a partner specializing in customs and international trade. Previously, he was with Hunton & Williams LLP. 

67   Jonathan Kane W’67 is a partner in the Philadelphia and Berwyn offices of the law firm of Pepper Hamilton LLP and vice chair of its labor and employment practice group. In September he was appointed co-chair of the pro-bono work committee of the ABA’s labor and employment law section.

John Norton G’63 Gr’67, San Francisco, who works as a writer and editor in Silicon Valley, writes, “My book of new and selected poems Air Transmigra, has just been published by Ithuriel’s Spear, a small press dedicated to the literary arts.”

Dr. Edward Plow C’67 is the Robert C. Tarazi M.D. Endowed Chair in Heart and Hypertension Research and chair of molecular cardiology at the Lerner Research Institute of Cleveland Clinic. He was recently appointed to a two-year term as chair of the Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology Council of the American Heart Association.

Arthur L. Pressman C’67, a partner in the Boston office of the law firm Nixon Peabody LLP, has been appointed chair of South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc.

Herb Spector Gr’67 wrote a “91st-year Report” that was published recently in The Physiologist. “I am looking more forward than backward. If our species survives another 30 years, we will look back in horror at the barbaric practices of today in clinical medicine, just as we look back in horror today at the methods used by well-intentioned physicians in Colonial times when the standard treatment for most diseases was phlebotomy. Using the best tools of the day, they bled George Washington to death and probably killed thousands of others. There are two disadvantages of being more than 90 years old: funding for research is extremely difficult to find and too many of my most distinguished colleagues and very dear friends have departed these mortal coils.”


72   David S. Brody C’72, Kinston, N.C., has been re-elected chair of the trustees of East Carolina University. A former chair of the board of the Pitt County Memorial Hospital, he is part of the family for whom the Brody School of Medicine at ECU is named.

Hank Grover C’72, Los Angeles, received a 2010 Daytime Emmy Award for stunt coordination in the television series Kamen Rider Dragon Knight, a live-action children’s series that aired on the CW network last year. He has worked as production manager, supervisor, coordinator, line producer, and assistant director for 25 feature films and for 13 years of episodic television, including three seasons on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. He would love to hear from Penn friends and others at

Dr. Harold Alan Pincus C’72 is professor and vice-chair of psychiatry at Columbia University and director of quality and outcomes research for the New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He was recently appointed co-director of the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Science at Columbia. He also serves as a senior scientist at the Rand Corporation and the national director of the health and aging policy fellows program of the Atlantic Philanthropies.

Dr. Joe D. Williams C’72,, and Janice Press Williams CW’72,, Margate, N.J., announce that their daughter Stephanie Ariel Williams, a third-year student at the George Washington University medical school, was crowned Miss District of Columbia 2010, and will compete for the title of Miss America at the annual pageant in January. 

73   Andrew Gilman C’73 GEd’73, CEO of CommCore Consulting Group, based in Washington, has been elected chair of the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network for which he has volunteered for many years.

Dr. Marlene R. Wolf CW’73,
 chair of medicine at the Coral Springs Medical Center in Florida, was recently voted “Best Doctor” in the area by readers of the Coral Springs Forum.

75   Emily Sanders CW’75 is head of Sanders Financial Management in Atlanta; in August it was again named one of the nation’s “Top Wealth Managers” by Wealth Manager magazine. 


76  Tom Mendicino C’76 writes that his debut novel Probation(Kensington Books) is in its second printing. He has toured extensively, and spoke on its themes at the Penn Bookstore in October.

Marjorie Oberman C’76 writes, “I am a psychotherapist, living in Versailles, France for the past 21 years. When I married a Frenchman, I did not at first realize to what extent I had married a new culture. Out of my own experience of adaptation I have been able to help many other Americans deal with the emotional rollercoaster of choosing to live in this beautiful country. For the past decade, I have been privileged to also work with American university students who have come to France for study-abroad programs. Students will come here excited to have the ‘time of their lives,’ and then are surprised by what I call the ‘unforeseen opportunities for emotional growth’ which await them. Most often, the students I counsel are confronting a range of emotional and mental-health issues they brought with them to France, which are then exacerbated by difficulties in adjusting to the culture. In recent years, I have included working on Skype with working in person; at first I worked on Skype for students who returned home or went to study or work in another country. Now I have expanded to work with students in different regions of France. I also have discovered that this generation, with their intense programs of study, work, and travel, sometimes prefers to work on Skype even when they are within easy travel time from Paris to my home. I can be reached at and am listed in the information book at the American Embassy in Paris.”

Alice Sheplar C’76 writes, “In 2008-09, I took 12 months off to travel to Asia and other parts of the US to find ‘inner peace’ and to renew ‘my passion for life.’ There is sweetness in doing nothing. Then I moved from Savannah, where I have lived for 20 years, to Washington. I am now working again, in healthcare IT at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where I am humbled by the selflessness and courage of the wounded warriors. Sounds like Eat, Pray, Love? Contact me at” 

77  Joan Tabb-Waisbein C’77, Foster City, Calif., writes, “My husband, David Waisbein, and I just launched our son, Daniel, to Pratt to realize his dream, since six, of becoming a car designer. Good for him, looks like he’s truly on his professional trajectory. Now, back to my career. While he was busy separating from us, rather than have my feelings hurt continually, I put my corporate-business brain back in gear and set up two community-employment networks, putting 100+ people back to work during this tough economy. In doing so, I realized I had the material for a book, which is now out, Great in 8: Job Seeking Skills, available on Amazon. I have built a career-coaching practice around it, developing and managing careers for back-to-work parents, unemployed professionals, career transitioners, executives looking for career reinvention or reinvigoration, and college and post-graduate students. Check out my site; I am always happy to get back in touch with old Penn friends, too.” 

78    Michael Replogle C’78 CE’78 GCE’78 is global policy director and founder of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy; he recently established its new Washington office. He and his wife, Linda Baker, live in Chevy Chase, Md.

Steven Weisz C’78 GEd’79 brought his modern dance company, MM2 Dance, to the Philadelphia Live Arts and Philly Fringe in September, with a local premiere of Emergence.

79    Lois Liebowitz C’79 writes, “My husband, Irving Wiesen, two daughters, Melissa and Cara, and I have just moved to Jerusalem from New York. [I am] looking forward to reconnecting with Penn friends who live in this part of the world.”

Neil Plakcy C’79,, known for his novels featuring a gay Hawaiian homicide-detective hero, has published three e-book collections of his erotica written since the 1980s. 



81 Bob Alotta G’81, Harrisonburg, Va., received the George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation in Valley Forge, Pa., for an op-ed piece, “Differences Enhance Our Greatness,” he wrote in a local Virginia newspaper in January.

Diane L. Bernstein C’81, a solo practitioner specializing in real estate, wills, trusts and other civil matters, is campaign manager for her husband, Howard Kudler, who is running for Congress in the 3rd District, on Long Island. (It includes Glen Cove and Oyster Bay on the north shore down to Long Beach, Merrick, and Bellmore on the south shore, and all the way east to Islip.) “We are hoping to overthrow the incumbent. I would love to hear from her Penn friends from Hill House and Van Pelt College House at”

Dr. Howard Frumkin M’81 GM’85 has been appointed dean of the University of Washington School of Public Health in Seattle. This follows five years at the CDC, first as director of the National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, then as special assistant to the director for climate change and health.

Marie P. Wojcik Nu’81 GNu’95 and Martin Wojcik Nu’81, “proud Penn parents,” write, “Our son, Michael J. Wojcik C’10, [who] majored in philosophy [with a minor in] German, is a recipient of a Fulbright grant; he is working as a teaching assistant of English in Minden, Germany, this academic year. He can be reached at He was also inducted into the Delta chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in May. He played trumpet both in the Penn Band and Penn Jazz his four years. We are pleased with his hard work and accomplishments.”

82    Bruce Anderson G’82 has been promoted to chief ethics officer of Health Net, Inc., a Fortune 200 company specializing in health insurance for commercial and government contracts. In addition to the ethics and corporate-compliance responsibilities, he is also in charge of federal-legislation implementation. 

83   Joel H. Miller C’83 announces the opening of his Recife, Brazil, office. “When not shuttling between NEAC Inc.’s manufacturing plant and a trading office in Shanghai or the two offices in Brazil and warehouse in New Jersey,” he and his wife, Stephanie, “summer 22 floors up in Atlantic City. After so many years living overseas, I’m happy to spend whatever time I can stateside and reconnect with alums at”

Howard Shalowitz C’83 married Cara Katzen on June 13 at the 560 Music Center in University City, Mo. Friends from around the world attended the wedding, including his Penn roommate Roger Harte C’83. The happy newlyweds live in Creve Coeur, Missouri’s “only all green-certified community.” Howard continues to practice law and “cantoring,” and Cara is the owner of Piece of Mind, a hair-replacement company for women with alopecia who have undergone cancer treatment. 

84   Harriet Dichter L’84 has been appointed national director of the First Five Years Fund, which “encourages greater federal investment in early childhood education.” Previously, she was the Pennsylvania state secretary of public welfare.

Alan Holtz W’84,, has been appointed to the board of Newark Public Radio, operator of WBGO, Jazz 88.3. He also continues to add to a collection of hundreds of historical Penn artifacts, started while he was still a student. By day, he is a managing director with AlixPartners, specializing in corporate turnarounds and restructurings. Jill Sanders Holtz W’84,, is currently serving as the president of The Penn Club of Metro New Jersey. They recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary, and live in Livingston, N.J., with their daughters, Barrie (17) and Rachel (15). 

85 Len Serafino G’85 writes, “I have published my first novel, Back to Newark, about a man in midlife, struggling to find himself after bad choices and bad luck turn his life upside down. My first book was Sales Talk, a non-fiction, which was published in three languages.” 


86   Joan Capuzzi C’86 V’98, a writer and practicing veterinarian, wrote the recently released book Knack Puppies: A Complete Guide to Raising a Happy Puppy in a Positive Environment (Globe Pequot Press). It is a “comprehensive guide to everything from selecting a puppy and bringing one home to training the new family member, as well as practicalities like healthcare, cost, and nutrition.” With over 400 color photos, it “incorporates a strong shelter message that stresses the commitment involved in raising a dog.” Elizabeth Bunting C’87 V’97 was technical reviewer.

Henry Kahwaty C’86 G’88 Gr’91 writes, “I have announced my candidacy for the House of Delegates in the Maryland General Assembly. I am running in Legislative District 14, which is in Montgomery County; the campaign’s website is I am through my primary and am working hard to win in the general election in November.”

Jeff Salamon C’86,, celebrated the birth of his son, Ishan Belur Salamon, on Aug. 16. A senior editor at Texas Monthly, Jeff lives in Austin with his wife, Prof. Sharmila Rudrappa, their daughter, Yashoda Belur Salamon (three), two dogs, and a cat. 

88Andrew F. Caplan C’88 recently moved his commercial-litigation practice to Gilbert & Renton LLP in Andover, Mass., where he specializes in policyholder-side insurance recovery, commercial and business disputes, securities litigation, and other complex civil trial work. He lives in his hometown, Swampscott, with his wife, Melissa, and daughters Lila (eight) and Louisa (five). Andy would love to hear from old friends at

89 Arlene Weintraub C’89 is thrilled to announce the publication of her first book, Selling the Fountain of Youth: How the Anti-Aging Industry Made a Disease Out of Getting Old—And Made Billions (Basic Books). 


90    Laura DiSilverio G’90,, wrote Swift Justice, “the first in a private investigator mystery series,” which was published by St. Martin’s Minotaur in October.

Rang-Chen Yu Gr’90,, recently joined Oplink Communications in Fremont, Calif., as vice president of business development. He was previously global vice president of product development at Source Photonics. He, his wife, and their two children live in San Jose. 


91 Dann Sklarew C’91 received George Mason University’s 2010 Teaching Excellence Award shortly before being appointed its first Fellow of Sustainability Studies (2010-12). He and his wife, Mason doctoral student Jennifer Friedman Sklarew C’92, “continue to delight in the daily marvels of our preschool-bound twins—future Quakers?” 

92 Dr. Carladenise Armbrister Edwards C’92 GEd’93 and her family recently relocated to Oakland, Calif., from Atlanta, where she was interim commissioner and chief of staff of the state’s Department of Community Heath. She is now president and CEO of Cal eConnect, Inc., a non-profit formed by the state to advance health information technology to improve quality, efficiency, and outcomes. She recently received the “Up and Comer of the Year Award” from Modern Healthcare. She looks forward to connecting to other alumni in the Bay area.

Deborah S. Levine C’92 SW’94 and her partner, Kim Becker, are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Benard Emile Levine, on Jan. 31; they live in Brooklyn.

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

93  Drew Zoller C’93 writes, “After working in New York for the past 10 years, mostly as a corporate strategy and marketing consultant, I joined the Peace Corps in August, doing business consulting and economic development in Mexico, advising small and rural businesses on strategies to grow and become more sustainable. I’ll be blogging the adventure at and invite old friends to look me up.” 

94   Brett Lawrence L’94 WG’94 see Gerri Gussin C’96.

Jason T. Polevoy C’94 L’98
 has joined the New York law firm of Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen, P.C. Specializing in real estate law, he was previously with McDermott Will & Emery. 

95    John Afsal Kuner EAS’95 and Adena Friedman C’95 are thrilled to welcome their daughter Sophia Camille Friedman Kuner, who was born on April 21. Her great-grandmother Edith Beckman Krohn Ed’35 G’40 is also excited to welcome the newest future Quaker. They live in San Francisco.

Jason Taylor EAS’95 W’95 see Kate Finnefrock C’98


96    Gerri Gussin C’96 and her husband, Brett Lawrence L’94 WG’94, are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Sadie Brooke Lawrence, on Sept. 13, 2009. They live in Rumson, N.J., with Sadie’s big brother Aidan and their dog, Scout.

James Henry EAS’96 see Erin Crowley Henry Nu’97 GNu’01.

Steven Hong EAS’96 and Valerie Carroll Hong Nu’97 write, “James Steven Hong was born on July 29 at 7 lbs. 2 oz. and joins sisters Samantha (eight) and Jacqueline (three). Everyone is thrilled at the healthy new addition to the family. We would love to hear from old friends at or”

Dr. Joseph Sciorra Gr’96 is associate director at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute at Queens College, CUNY. His new book, Italian Folk: Vernacular Culture in Italian-American Lives, is to be published this month by Fordham University Press.

Lynne Havsy Unikel C’96 and her husband, Ricardo, are thrilled to announce the birth of Nathan Emmanuel Unikel on Jan. 12. “His big brother Jordan (three) loves to make him laugh and smile.” Lynne lives in Dresher, Pa., and would love to hear from old friends at
97    Anne Chen C’97 GEd’98 and her husband, Philip, joyfully announce the birth of their daughter, Carolyn Grace Jie Chen, on Feb. 27. “She has been lovingly welcomed by her family, including grandfather Adams Dodson Jr. WG’77, grandmother Diane Derby Dodson NTS’57 Nu’60 GNu’73, uncle Dr. John Adams Dodson C’99, great-uncle William Derby C’61 WG’65, and cousins Christiane Derby Williams C’96 and Alexandria Derby Schenk C’99. We wish her great-grandmother Helen Leslie Derby DH’27 could have been here to meet her as well.”

Erin Crowley Henry Nu’97 GNu’01 and James Henry EAS’96 are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Claire Meghan Henry, on April 7 at HUP; she weighed 10 lbs. 11 oz., and was 22 inches long. She was welcomed home by her big sister Kaitlyn (seven) and her big brother Connor (three).

Valerie Carroll Hong Nu’97 see Steven Hong EAS’96.

Helen Han Mountain C’97 and her husband, Chad, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Clara Mary Mountain, on Aug. 19. She weighed 7 lbs. 2 oz., and measured 19 1/2 inches long. Helen, Chad, Clara, and big brothers Carter (five) and Harrison (two) live in Bryn Mawr, Pa.

Seth Spiegal C’97 has joined the Philadelphia law firm of Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell & Hippel LLP as an associate in its labor-relations and employment-law department. 

98   Jonathan A. Ain L’98 has joined the New York law firm of Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen, P.C. Specializing in corporate matters, he was previously with Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Adam S. Barrist C’98, a partner of the Philadelphia law firm of Deeb, Petrakis, Blum & Murphy, P.C., has been named chair of program development for the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation.

Kate Finnefrock C’98 and Jason Taylor EAS’95 W’95 are “happy to announce to birth of our second daughter, Penelope. Her big sister Ellie is excited as well.”

Adam Grenker L’98 has joined Fox Rothschild LLP, based in its Roseland, N.J., office. Specializing in estate and taxation matters, he was previously with Hirsch & Shramenko, P.C., in Hackensack.

Scott Saltzman EAS’98 and his wife, Anna, are happy to announce the birth of their first child, Maya Isabel, on Aug. 28 in San Francisco; she weighed 6 lbs. 5 oz., and measured 20 inches long.

Alli Feldman Weiss C’98 and her husband, Mike Weiss, are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Jenna Parker, who “arrived at 8:42am on Aug. 10 at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. She weighed 6 lbs. 7 oz., was 19 inches long, and had a full head of gorgeous dark hair. We are living in Forest Hills, N.Y., and are enjoying every minute with our beautiful, sweet little girl.” 

99    Liane Carneiro EAS’99 and Kevin are thrilled to welcome a beautiful baby girl, Amelie Lora, born March 14. “She is well loved by her big brother Andrew, who is three.” They are happy to have recently moved to Chapel Hill, N.C.

Rachel Rosenbaum Mandell C’99 married Matthew Mandell C’99 on Dec. 12, in front of family and friends, including many alumni. Their friendship, began back in freshman year, blossomed into something more—only 14 years later. She is an assistant principal at a public elementary school in New York and he is vice president of credit trading at BNP Paribas in New York.

Rachel Marcus C’99 married Rob Sales on April 24 at the Old Field Club in Setauket, N.Y. Members of the wedding party included her brother, Jonah Marcus C’03, and bridesmaids Rachel Berkow Farscht C’99and Yael Aufgang C’99. Many other alumni helped celebrate, including Keri Herman Wasser C’99, Erica Jacobs Berman C’98, Jaclyn Halpern Bonder C’99, Darleen Cafasso Nu’02, Russ Farscht W’99, Bret Danow L’03, Adam Berman C’97, Brent Neiman EAS’99 W’99, and Dave Kashen W’99. Rachel’s grandmother Ruth Dorfman Glick CW’42 was a proud Penn Quaker.

Anita Mastroieni GGS’99 GrEd’10 writes, “As director of Penn’s Graduate Student Center, part of my job is to help doctoral students complete their dissertations and graduate. As you can imagine, over time it became professionally embarrassing that I had not finished my own dissertation. So I finally buckled down, signed up for the Grad Center’s dissertation boot camp, wrote the darn thing, and received my doctorate in education. My husband and I celebrated by getting a new dog.”

Christopher Mora L’99 is a lieutenant commander in the Navy JAG Corps. In June, he received the outstanding-achievement award from the Society of American Indian Government Employees, in recognition of his recent accomplishments in the area of American Indian law. A member of the Chitimacha Tribe, he reviewed its tribal code and created a legal-ethics code, a child-welfare code, and an alternate-dispute-resolution system known as a “Peacemakers Court.” In June, he also received the Army Commendation Medal “for his leadership and zealous advocacy on behalf of Army soldiers, which resulted in a change to Louisiana laws permitting military lawyers to represent low-income soldiers in state courts.”

Stephanie Sherman Older C’99 and her husband, Chad Older, welcomed daughter Tessa Susanne on May 16. She joined her proud big brother, Owen (three). They live in Bethesda, Md., where Stephanie is press chief for the National Institute on Drug Abuse. 


00   Eliza Jacobs C’00 and her husband, Brian Fiore, welcomed their son, Leyton Becket Fiore, on April 28. They make their home in Alexandria, Va., where Eliza works as associate director of research at PBS and Brian is an analyst for the US Department of Defense.

Adam Koch C’00 married Rachel Weinthal on July 11, in Long Island City, N.Y. The wedding party included best man Matthew Wurst C’00 and groomsmen Jeremy Klein W’00 and Jeffrey Kirstein W’00. Joining in the celebration were David Sherman C’00, Hillary Novick Sherman W’00, Brendan Cody W’99, Mike Klatsky W’00, Beth Cresiski Kirstein C’00, Andrew Goldman W’00, David Klatsky W’03, Jeffrey Simons C’00, David Koch C’97, and Michael Forman W’79.Adam and Rachel live in Manhattan, where he is a project administrator for Shen Milsom & Wilke, an architectural-engineering consulting firm, and she is a director in the forensic and litigation practice at FTI Consulting.

Meryl Koenig Sole C’00 and her husband, Jay Sole, are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Carly Rose Sole, on May 21; she weighed 7 lbs. 5 oz., and was 19 inches long. They live in White Plains, N.Y.

Andrew Zitcer C’00 and Noga Newberg C’02 are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Lev Shimon Zitcer, on July 22, weighing 7 lbs. 7oz., and measuring 20 inches long. Andrew and Noga live in West Philadelphia: he is a PhD student in urban planning and public policy at Rutgers University and she is a teacher with the School District of Philadelphia. 

01  Alejandro Castro W’01 married Catherine Redkin on July 24 in New York. The wedding party included best man Dr. Martin Dunkelgun C’98 along with Nicholas Forand C’01, Kevin Lenaghan W’01 WG’08, and Damian Werts C’01 W’01. “The ceremony was officiated (legally) by Jonathan Vitale C’01 EAS’01; also attending were Lucrecia Castro Boulton C’98 W’98, Matthew Girgenti C’02, Craig Gorman C’02, Nicole Kaplan C’99, and Louis Zahner C’01 W’01. Al and Kate now live in Manhattan on the Upper West Side; he is a director with KPMG, LLP.

Abby Kra Friedman Nu’01 and Dov Friedman are proud to announce the birth of their third son, Adir Shalev, on June 16 at the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, where Abby works as a certified nurse midwife. “Adir was eagerly greeted by his big brothers, Netanel (four) and Elyon (almost two), uncle Yoni Kra EAS’04 and aunt Kim Isenberg Kra C’04, and grandmother Margery Kruger Kra C’77 and grandfather David Kra GEE’77. Many Penn friends celebrated with us at his bris, including Shoshi Bialik Cohen Nu’03 and David Cohen EAS’03 W’03, Yael Berdugo Maizels C’03, Talia Frolich Katchen C’03, and Yonatan Kohn C’02.We would be so happy to hear from Penn friends at Let us know if you are coming for a visit.”

Aaron Karo W’01 has landed his own one-hour, stand-up special on Comedy Central: Aaron Karo: The Rest Is History premieres this month.

David Menchel C’01 married Emily Scharfman on Jan. 31 at Temple Israel in Lawrence, N.Y. Rabbi Jordan Rosenberg C’03 officiated, and the wedding party included Marc Dworkin EAS’00, Andrew Goldberg L’02, Dr. Etan Orgel C’02, Joshua Wilkenfeld C’01, and Janet Rubin Mann C’04. Other wedding guests included Jonathan Apter EAS’02 W’02, Rachel Wainer Apter C’02, Tamara Arnow C’00, Rachel Bergstein C’01, Andrea Brustein C’01 L’05, Ariel Glasner C’01, Barry Hammerman W’01, Shira Alpert Hammerman C’01 GEd’02, Ruth Kentor C’01 GEd’02, David Mandel C’02, Mordecai Rosenberg C’03, Cheryl Weiner Rosenberg C’03, Elana Rosenberg C’00 W’00, Jonathan Rosner W’01, Blayne Ross W’01, Saul Safdieh W’05, Gabrielle Safdieh C’05 M’11, Yoni Saposh W’01, Arielle Greenbaum Saposh C’02, Jordana Levitsky Schreiber C’02, Gabrielle Sirner C’03, Dov Weinstein C’04, and David Wise Gr’10 M’11. As part of the wedding celebration, David and the other alumni joined with the band for an enthusiastic rendition of “The Red & Blue.” He and Emily honeymooned in Tanzania and Zanzibar. They currently live in Manhattan, where he is a corporate attorney for Kaye Scholer LLP and she is an insolvency attorney for Latham & Watkins LLP.

Alex Spiotta C’01 M’05 and Vicki Luria Spiotta Nu’01 GNu’04announce the birth of their second daughter, Daniela Luria Spiotta, on June 25. Alex is in the sixth year of his neurosurgery residency at the Cleveland Clinic, where Vicki works as a clinical analyst.

Ben Yarbrough C’01 and Lauren Strickler Yarbrough WG’06 are excited to announce the birth of their son, Max Cooper Yarbrough, on Aug. 18.; he weighed 7 lbs. 7 oz., and is 19 inches tall. They live in Chicago, where Ben is a vice president at private-equity firm Merit Capital Partners, and Lauren is a principal at Marakon Associates, a strategy-consulting firm. 
02   Luther Adams Gr’02 is an associate professor of interdisciplinary arts and sciences at the University of Washington-Tacoma. He wrote Way Up North in Louisville: African American Migration in the Urban South, 1930-1970, which was published by the University of North Carolina Press.

Jeffrey Barg C’02 GCP’10 married Laura Boyce GEd’09 on Aug. 14, in his parents’ backyard outside of Philadelphia. Penn was well represented, including his mother (and Penn professor) Frances Kirshner Barg Gr’00, best man Haig Didizian C’02 EAS’02, groomsman Adam Gordon C’03, cellist/bandleader Tamara MacKay Kimler C’02, cousins Laura Ainsman C’05 and Molly Ainsman C’07, and guests Michael Fisher EAS’07, Jan Paradise Fleisher CW’72 M’76 GM’80, Nicole Didizian C’02, Amie Florman Davis C’02, Wayne Davis EAS’02, Katherine Sledge Moore C’03, Bradley Moore C’01 G’04 GEd’05, Akiva Fox C’02, Noga Newberg C’02, Andrew Zitcer C’00 GCP’04, Caedmon Haas C’03, Dan Shu C’04, Julia Gottlieb Sturniolo C’03, Christine Nangle C’02, Jonathan Adler W’02, Suzana Berger C’02, Katharine Davis C’03, Shweta Antani C’03, Marian Makins Gr’11, Lisa Korn Gr’15 M’15, Emma Rose GNu’10, Rekha Bhatt GEd’09, Sarah Ferguson GEd’09, Kelly Siegel SW’05, and Kelcy Sagstetter Gr’16. “They sang ‘The Red and Blue’ at the reception, cowing Laura’s many Princeton friends into submission.”

Julie B. Geiringer C’02 married Andrew M. Hamilton C’03 on May 22 at the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh. The wedding party included his sister Marissa Hamilton C’10, Melody Meyer C’02, Rob Mason C’03, Stephen Glass C’03, and Christopher Smith W’03. Many alumni friends helped celebrate, including Amanda Abrams C’02, Maya Dinckan C’02, Heather Shaffer C’02, Erin Smith C’03, Brent Tasugi C’03, Abraham Yokell C’03, Monique Pean C’03, Vivek Vyas W’03, Bonita Sen EAS’03, Rupesh Kapadia EAS’03, John Finger C’03, Andrew Ecklund C’03, Christopher Sand W’03, Keval Patel W’01, Nathan Bull C’01, Christopher Johnson C’05, Bing Kung C’02, Christopher Ioannides W’03, Yacoub Raheem EAS’03, and Kris Welty C’02 L’04. After the wedding, Julie and Andrew spent the summer traveling and then moved across the country to Berkeley, Calif., where he is attending business school at Haas and she is continuing her career in publishing at Chronicle Books.

Gemma Giantomasi C’02 married Michael Diaco on June 5 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Montclair, N.J.; a reception followed at the Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange. Many alumni friends helped celebrate, including Jaime Singer Kaplan C’02, Vanessa Touma W’02, Maryam Arfaania W’02, Jesse Spector C’02, Lindsey Drake Levine C’02 L’05 and Jay Levine W’02 WG’07, and Connie Chung W’02.“After the wedding, we went on a wonderful honeymoon in Turkey. Mike and I live in Jersey City and are both attorneys: he is in-house counsel at Pfizer and I am an associate at Genova, Burns & Giantomasi in Newark.”

Andrada Ispas C’02 W’02 G’07 WG’07 writes, “I have left McKinsey Brussels and moved back to Toronto to join Fairmont and Raffles Hotels International, in communication and strategy. On the side, I have started a travel business with my brother. If you need any type of travel (including hotels, rental cars, cruises etc.), I’d be very happy to look for a great deal for you at”

Noga Newberg C’02 see Andrew Zitcer C’00.

Dr. Ryan Rakowski C’02 and his wife, Jessica Rakowski, are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Leah Violet, on April 15 in Toronto. 
03  Andrew M. Hamilton C’03 see Julie B. Geiringer C’02.

Kinny Jeng C’03 married Andy Mu on June 25 at Newton White Mansion in Mitchellville, Md. They have been together since 2000, when she was a senior in high school and he was a sophomore at the University of Maryland. The wedding party included maid of honor Carol Jin W’04 and emcee ABC Chou W’04. Wedding guests also included Grace Bak C’04, Alva Chang C’00, Kenneth Lau C’03, Shilpa Nagaraja C’04, and Will Zhou EAS’04 W’04. Kinny earned her MBA at the University of Chicago in June and continues to work in education. Andy is an attorney at the intellectual-property firm Banner & Witcoff. After honeymooning in Seoul, Singapore, and Bali, they returned to Fairfax, Va., where parental duties to their rambunctious four-year-old Pug resumed. 

04  Matthew Jenkins C’04, a trial lawyer with the Chicago personal-injury law firm of Corboy & Demetrio, in July was selected as the “Pro Bono Attorney of the Month” by Illinois Legal Aid Online.

Elizabeth Nicolas C’04, who received a law degree from Drexel University last year, has joined the Philadelphia law firm of Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis LLP as an associate in its litigation-services department. She recently returned from Johannesburg, where she volunteered with the Southern Africa Litigation Center, which focuses on human-rights advocacy in Southern Africa.

Nolan G. Shenai C’04 has joined the Philadelphia law firm of Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell & Hippel LLP as an associate in its litigation department. 

05  Lauren Kowtna Giedgowd C’05 married Thomas H. Giedgowd Jr. on July 10 at St. Norbert Roman Catholic Church in Paoli, Pa.; a reception followed at Greystone Hall in West Chester. They “met in nursery school and have been lifelong sweethearts, on and off, for over 10 years.” They “were so happy to have Nameir Majette C’05 and OIga Gorodetsky W’06 help celebrate.” After spending their honeymoon in Bora Bora and Moorea, they now live in their new home in Charlottesville, Va., with their son, Tommy, who turned one on Sept. 24. Tom is attending Darden, the University of Virginia business school (Class of 2012), and Lauren is thoroughly enjoying her time at home with Tommy.

Özge Saritosun Kurtoğlu WG’05 married Egemen Kurtoğlu on July 7 in Istanbul, “with a wonderful ceremony with friends and family from all around the world. At the end, [he and I] decided to jump into the Olympic-size pool to cool off and celebrate the occasion.” Attending the wedding were Karen Sabrina Chance C’00 G’08, Mesut Ellialtioglu W’93, Kerem Kepkep EE’96 GEng’97, and Alper Afya WG’07.

06  Jennifer Pavane C’06 married Doron Kenter L’08 on Aug. 22 in Roslyn, N.Y. Alumni attending the wedding included Mira Baylson L’08, Kathlene Burke L’08, David Diesenhouse C’06, Ben Dodson C’06, Ariane Dweck W’06, Mark Dweck EAS’06, Erica Ehrlich EAS’06, Rebecca Gerr C’09, Laura Freeman Gordon C’06, Josh Gordon C’06, Allison Hawley L’08, Eli Hoffman C’06 W’06, Misha Isaak, L’08, Mudit Jaju EAS’06, Jonathan Korman C’05 L’08, Erica Lai L’08, Johannah Lebow C’06, Matthew Mirett C’06, Allison Myers C’06, Darth Newman L’08, Benjamin O’Glasser L’07, Anjali Dalal W’06, Corey Pierson C’04 WG’10, Rachel Rosenthal C’06, Louis Rosner L’08, Eric Shore EAS’06, Maya Varthi C’06, and Alissa Weiss C’06. Jennifer and Doron currently live in New York: he is an associate in the business finance and restructuring department at the law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges; she recently graduated from Yale Law School and is a litigation associate in the New York office of Cooley Godward Kronish.

Elizabeth Rossi C’06, Somerville, Mass., last summer interned with Greater Boston Legal Services in its asylum and human-rights clinic; in recent years, she worked for Legal Aid of Cambodia and for a Senegalese women’s rights organization. She is currently studying law at Boston and law and diplomacy at Tufts University, planning to graduate from both in 2012.

Deborah A. Sampson Gr’06 writes, “I have accepted a position as an assistant professor of nursing at Boston College. I recently [was] a senior adviser in the Health Resources and Services Administration (DHSS), on health policy and workforce initiatives. In addition, I was named the ‘New Hampshire Nurse Practitioner of the Year’ by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.”

Jacob Wiseman EAS’06 see Lara Michelle Fine C’07.

Lauren Strickler Yarbrough WG’06 see Ben Yarbrough C’01. 

07 Joshua A. Boren W’07, Los Angeles,, was recognized by Partnership Activation, Inc., in July as one of “young professionals, 30 and under, who are making an impact in the sports industry early in their career.”

Lara Michelle Fine C’07 married Jacob Wiseman EAS’06 on June 27 at the Cuban Hebrew Synagogue in Miami Beach. They met at Penn in 2003, while living on the STWing of Kings Court English College House and danced together with the West Philly Swingers. The wedding party included maid of honor Alex Wagner EAS’07, Katie Murphy C’07, Carli Koshal C’07, Joshua Gerson EAS’06, David Cohen C’06, and Dilip Ramachandran EE’06. Many other alumni, family, and friends also spent the weekend in Miami to help them celebrate. Lara and Jake currently live in Gainesville, Fla., with their two dogs Samurai and Oliver. Lara is finishing her senior year at the University of Florida veterinary school and Jake works as a software consultant with CoreTrace.

Jacqueline Zavitz GEd’07, the newly appointed chief of staff to the deputy dean of the Wharton School, in July received a Forum Award for Emerging Women Leaders from the Forum of Executive Women. 

08 Reuben Hillel Asia C’08 and Drew Feith Tye C’09 are delighted to announce their engagement. This past year Drew published her first book, Here And Not Forgotten: Stories Of A Wiser Generation, which recounts the personal histories of eight elderly residents at the Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life in Horsham, Pa. She works for Temple University as an admissions counselor. He worked for the US Navy in Washington for two years before returning to Philadelphia, where he is a first-year student at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law. They plan to wed in Elkins Park, Pa., in October next year.

Doron Kenter L’08 see Jennifer Pavane C’06.

John Reinhardt GCP’08 GFA’08 married Gregory Kearns at a ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington on Sept. 4. Alumni attending were Zev Moses GCP’08, Maude Baggetto GCP’08, Andrew Reback GCP’08, Michelle Mulcahy GCP’08, Laura Arahmjian GCP’08, Maritza Mercado GCP’08, Lee Farmer GCP’04, Jessica Schmidt GCP’08, Kristy Points L’09, Amy Greene SW’08, and Johnny Weiner GCP’08.

09 Laura Boyce GEd’09 see Jeffrey Barg C’02 GCP’10.

Drew Feith Tye C’09 see Reuben Hillel Asia C’08.


10 Michael J. Wojcik C’10,, received a Fulbright grant and is working as a teaching assistant of English in Minden, Germany, this academic year.

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