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Palmer Brown G’50 writes that New York Review Books will republish, in its Children’s Collection series, his holiday picture book, Something For Christmas (1958), and his Beyond the Paw Paw Trees: The Story of Anna Lavinia (1954). 


Amaranth Roslyn Ehrenhalt FA’51 has a solo exhibition of her abstract expressionist paintings at the Anita Shapolsky Gallery in Manhattan running until Jan. 30. 



Mona Forman Doyle CW’57 has been named managing director of Ask These Women, “a business-oriented think tank of senior executive women based in Philadelphia.” She continues to run the Consumer Network, Inc., a research firm, and has written Mother and Me, a mother-care memoir, published by Create Space. The book tells the story of six years of living together after her mother’s heart attack, and why she kept her 90-year-old mother in her condo and hired caregivers, drivers, and companions to look after and entertain her. Mona says that home care gave her more peace of mind and gave her mother more quality of life for less money than nursing homes or assisted living. 


David M. Jordan L’59 wrote FDR, Dewey, and the 1944 Election, “a work covering the whole of an important election in American history which has never been written about so comprehensively.” His ninth book, it was published recently by Indiana University Press. 



Jack Hanlon W’60 and Sue Kruger Hanlon CW’61celebrated their 50th anniversary in Lake Forest, Ill., with sons Chris, John III, and Geoff Hanlon. “We now know what it is like to be a member of the Old Guard.”

David H. Marion W’60 L’63
 has joined the law firm of Archer & Greiner P.C. as a partner in its Philadelphia office. Previously, he was a partner with Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads LLP, where he was chair of the firm for seven years and was a former head of its litigation department. He and his wife, Roselyn, live in Meadowbrook, Pa. 


Ya’akov Aronson Ed’61, the retired university librarian of Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel, delivered a paper, “Building a Manuscript Collection, the Bar Ilan Experience,” at the annual convention of the Association of Jewish Libraries recently in Montreal.

Selma Roseman Davis CW’61 G’62
 writes, “I am happy to alert all faithful alumni to my blog, Selma’s Views. As you can tell from the title, I write what I think. No one is ever in doubt about where I stand on an issue. I try to write 3 or 4 times a week, hope you enjoy it. My husband, Edgar P. Davis C’49, adds his views, opinions, and memories from time to time.”



Bonnie Stein Squires CW’62 G’65 writes, “The Class of 1962 50th Reunion Committee has been busy, busy, busy. After a successful kick-off event at the Penn Club of New York, we are now planning a spectacular event in Miami—for snowbirds, Florida residents, and other interested classmates. On Sat., Jan. 28, from 2pm to 5pm, we get to enjoy the fabulous de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space, at 23 NE 41st Street, hosted by Carlos de la Cruz Sr. W’62 WG’63, who will also provide food and drink for us. The New York Times has raved about the new museum created by Carlos and his wife, Rosa, to house their art collection in the Wynwood Arts District. To RSVP, email; visit the gallery website in advance at” 


Byron P. Connell C’63 retired in August from nearly 42 years service with the University of the State of New York, the state’s education department, where he worked formulating policy and long-range plans for higher education. He and his wife, Tina, are enjoying increased leisure while continuing to live in Albany.

Michael A. Sand C’63 L’66
 runs his own management-consulting firm in Harrisburg, Pa, which specializes in nonprofits. His latest book, How to Manage an Effective Religious Organization: The Essential Guide to Improving Your Church, Synagogue, Mosque, or Temple, was published by Career Press in August. 


Dr. James Patterson C’64 in May received the Gold Medal for Clinical Achievement from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. Dr. Patterson spent his career at the Oregon Clinic in Portland, Ore., and is a clinical professor of medicine at the Oregon Health and Sciences University. Last year he received a clinical educator award from the American Thoracic Society, and made his second trip to teach at the Moi University Medical School in Eldoret, Kenya, and his fifth medical mission trip to Haiti. 


Sandra Garson CW’66 wrote Veggiyana, the Dharma of Cooking, which was published by Wisdom Publications in September. “A book of food wisdom and 108 world recipes that purvey it,” it came out of her charity food work in the Tibetan Buddhist community of Nepal (

William A. Mogel L’66
 has formed a boutique law firm specializing in energy law, government relations, and trade associations; see 



Dr. Donald F. Patterson GM’67, emeritus professor of medicine and medical genetics in the School of Veterinary Medicine and emeritus professor of human genetics in the School of Medicine, in July received the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Lifetime Excellence in Research Award.

Dr. Jeffrey L. Ram C’67 is professor of physiology at the Wayne State University medical school. He is in the midst of an EPA-funded research project on the effectiveness of ballast-water treatment on ships bound for the Great Lakes, in order to keep out non-native invasive species. 


Lionel M. Schooler C’68, an equity partner at the law firm of Jackson Walker L.L.P. in Houston, recently was certified as a fellow in international arbitration by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the international accrediting organization. He has served for 20 years as an arbitrator on the commercial and employment panels of the American Arbitration Association. 


Sydne Buxton Dean CW’69 writes, “It took me a while, but finally I have some accomplishments to report. I have been awarded the 2011 Colorado Association of Libraries’ Career Achievement Award. Nominators mentioned that I have championed the cause of intellectual freedom and equal access to library service during my 32 years with the Pikes Peak Library District; I also contributed to the American Library Association publication True Stories of Censorship Battles in America’s Libraries. My first great grandchild was born in August. All in all a great year! I’m so excited to have something to share and show for the great education I received at Penn eons ago.” 



Neil Lutsky W’70, the Kenan Professor of Psychology at Carleton College, received the 2011 Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award from the American Psychological Foundation for “exemplary career contributions to the teaching of psychology.”

David Smith C’70, Alexandria, Va., is an attorney who specializes in federal felony criminal defense and federal forfeiture and restitution defense. In August, he was elected to the board of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He wrote Prosecution and Defense of Forfeiture Cases, a two-volume work published this year. 


William Squires C’71 and his wife, Nancy, who live in Longmeadow, Mass., were recently honored by Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy for their service to the school and to the community. 


Anthony S. Bartolomeo CE’74, president and CEO of Pennoni Associates, an engineering, design, and consulting firm based in Philadelphia,  has been appointed to the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Services and Finance Industries, which serves as a bridge between the private sector and the federal government. He also serves as vice-chair of the Industry Leaders Council of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Wendy McClure CW’74, professor of architecture at the University of Idaho, recently received its 2011 Award for Teaching Excellence. 


James F. Gaines G’75 Gr’77 is a professor of modern foreign languages at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va. His book, Molière and Paradox: Skepticism and Theater in the Early Modern Age, was published by Narr Verlag (Tübingen) last year. He had earlier written The Molière Encyclopedia (2002). 


Dr. Michael E. Hanyak Jr. Gr’76 in June received the 2011 Computer Aids in Chemical Engineering Award from the American Society for Engineering Education. He had served as a professor of chemical engineering at Bucknell University from 1974 until his retirement in 2010; he received its Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2002.

Rebecca Rhodin C’76 writes that her cartoons and children’s pictures were the subject of “Inklings,” a one-woman exhibition in October at the LaDuca Gallery in Easton, Pa. An artist and freelance writer, she lives nearby in Wescosville with her husband, Marc Aranoff; her children are Paolo (20), a student at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and Gianni (17), a senior at Emmaus High School. 



James Timberlake GAr’77 is a founding partner of KieranTimberlake, a Philadelphia-based architecture firm. He was involved in the design of the Brockman Hall for Physics at Rice University in Houston, which was completed in January after a compressed design and construction schedule of just 33 months. 


Kristine F. Hintz C’78 WG’80 founded Position U 4 College LLC, a college- and graduate-school admissions and career consultancy, in Basking Ridge, N.J., in 2008. She recently published Navigating the Road to College: A Handbook for Parents. Her former professional experience includes a decade of brand management experience for Clorox, Quaker Oats, Coca Cola, and Nabisco; her educational background includes a master’s in psychology from Columbia University and a college-counseling certificate from UCLA. Kris is married to Brad Hintz WG’78, a top-ranked securities equity analyst with Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., Inc.; their son, Eric, is a senior, economics major, at Emory University.

Vincent T. Lombardo C’78 writes, “I have been a lawyer for 30 years and an assistant Ohio attorney general since 1984. After 27 years with the Office of the Ohio Attorney General, I retired on Sept. 30; I do not plan to practice law any more. The only plans that I have are to enjoy life with my bride of over 29 years, Barbara J. Stanford. [She] and I are very excited about the future.” 


Richard S. Green L’79 WG’79 has joined the international law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP; based in its New York office, he is a member of the firm’s corporate and securities practice group. Previously, he was with Butzel Long P.C.

Andrew Wellenbach WG’79 is an investment consultant for the Butler Family Fund in Washington, having retired recently from a career at Merrill Lynch in Philadelphia. In September, he was elected to the board of Steppingstone Scholars, Inc., a non-profit that helps prepare underserved schoolchildren in the Philadelphia region for educational opportunities that lead to college. 



Stephen Houston C’80, the Dupee Family Professor of Social Sciences at Brown University, recently received the Order of the Quetzal, Grand Cross, Guatemala’s highest honor, for his services to scholarship on ancient Maya civilization. 


Roxanne Conisha Bok C’81 has published her first book, Horsekeeping: One Woman’s Tale of Barn and Country Life, a narrative non-fiction memoir.

Sr. Margaret McKenna Gr’81, Philadelphia, is the founding director of New Jerusalem Now, a treatment program to help people who are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. In August, she celebrated her 60th Jubilee with the Medical Mission Sisters. 



Dr. Gerry Herman D’82 writes, “I am a practicing prosthodontist in New York. For the past 25 years, I have been collecting mid-20th century Americana and last summer I put the finishing touches on a museum/gallery that I created up in Woodstock, N.Y., of my collections ( The gallery is housed in the original town post office, built in 1959; it still has all of the original features, such as the red brick construction and the white twin gables.”

Ronald I. Woodmansee W’82 writes, “I was fortunate to have had a chapter on small-company employee benefits in the 7th edition of The Employee Benefits Handbook that just came out [in July], and which was edited by none other than Penn’s very own Dr. Jerry Rosenbloom Gr’65, emeritus professor of insurance and risk at Wharton.” 


Dr. Stanley J. Savinese C’83, Ridley Park, Pa., has been appointed by the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia as medical director of its Hospice of Philadelphia. Recently chair of the ethics committee at Crozer Chester Medical Center, he is a member of the palliative-care team at Temple University Medical Center. 


Dr. Robert A. Levine GD’84 is founding director of the Pennsylvania Center for Dental Implants and Periodontics in northeast Philadelphia and a clinical associate professor of periodontics at Penn. He was keynote speaker for the International Team for Implantology’s Australasian congress in Melbourne last July. 


Michael Britt C’85 has joined the Atlanta office of Oliver Wyman, an international management-consulting firm, as a partner in its energy practice.

Alisa Kauffman D’85 has been appointed director of the Penn Dental Faculty Practices. She also maintains her position as director of dental services at LIFE (Living Independently for Elders) at the Penn School of Nursing.

Kathleen Ligocki WG’85, chief executive officer of Next Autoworks Company in San Diego, has been elected to the board of the Indiana University Foundation. 



Michelle M. Arruda W’87 has joined the law firm of Devine Millimet as a shareholder in its Concord, N.H., office, where she specializes in trusts and estates issues. Previously, she was a director and shareholder at Cleveland, Waters, & Bass, P.A. She is chair of the New Hampshire Association for the Blind, and treasurer of the Hopkinton Public Library Foundation.

Dr. Denise McNulty GNu’87 has been appointed the associate director of the RN-to-BSN program and interim director of nursing for Edison State College in Florida. She also maintains a private psychotherapy practice. Co-chair of the Collier County chapter of the Florida Nurses Association, she is chair of the Future of Nursing Task Force, southwest Florida region. 


Dana Cerrito C’89 is excited to announce the publication of her illustrated children’s book, On the Day Love Was Born,available through Little Hill Publishers ( and Amazon. She lives in Ashland, Mass., with Sonia Stingo, her wife of 22 years, and their daughter, Maia (three).

Paul J. DiMuzio M’89, the William M. Measey Professor of Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University, is also director of its vascular and endovascular surgery division, co-director of the Jefferson Vascular Center, and director of the vascular-surgery fellowship program. In June, the Society for Vascular Surgery recognized him as a distinguished fellow for his “substantial, sustained contributions in two of three categories, research, service, and education.”

Brad Reis EAS’89 GEng’92 writes he has been “named vice president of marketing for Q-Lab Corporation, a world leader in weathering test equipment and test services (” 



Kathryn Boockvar C’90 is “proud to be the Democratic nominee for Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Judge. Running for statewide office in Pennsylvania has been a tremendous privilege, and I would be honored to receive the support of fellow alumni and students on November 8. Please come out to vote, and thank you!”

David J. Glass C’90 married Carol A. McNamara on Aug. 13 in Napa Valley, Calif. David (Mask & Wig, Sphinx) has his own law firm in Beverly Hills, which concentrates on family law and mental-health law. Carol, “who graduated from a certain safety school in Ithaca that shall remain nameless,” is co-owner of Joan’s on Third, a café, marketplace, and catering company in Los Angeles.

Toshi Hokari C’90 WG’00 wrote in August, “After 15 years of living in New Jersey, we are moving to Minnesota. I leave my current position of SVP and COO of Franklin Electronic Publishers, Inc., to become executive director at Imation Corp.”

Laura Tanner Swinand C’90 and Andrew Swinand W’90are currently living in Evanston, Ill., just outside Chicago, with their 12-year-old twins, Georgia and Tanner. Andrew recently launched a new company, Abundant Venture Partners, “after circling the globe a few too many times in his former position as president of Starcom MediaVest Group. Laura is the founder and designer of her eponymous line of handmade gemstone jewelry, which you can see at <> .”


Tarun Agrawal W’91 WG’98 writes, “I am still living in Roswell, Ga., with my wife, Barnali. We are planning on starting a family soon. I am managing our family money, including my own, after closing down our family business in 2008. I am using O’Neil’s CANSLIM stock system, which is my favorite, and am also trying the AAII 5% earnings revisions up. I am also using asset allocation: my favorite investment is the Vanguard annuities. My wife and I are looking forward to travelling a lot over the next couple of years, and hope to catch up with many of you in New York and Boston, and elsewhere.”

Christopher Gomez C’91 W’91 e-mails, “I am pleased to announce the birth of my sixth child, Tomas Augustus Gomez, on May 11. He is doing fine and is a great companion to his five siblings, Maria (15), Alexander (13), Christian (nine), Gabriela (eight), and Miguel (two). My wife, Kristina, and I could not be happier. We are currently located in Houston, where I am a vice president of finance running a global-finance shared-services organization for Hewlett Packard. I have has been with the company for almost 15 years, first joining Compaq in 1997, and then formally joining HP when they merged in 2002; please feel free to email me at”

Galit Kierkut C’91 L’95, Millburn, N.J., is a partner in the litigation department and a member of the employment-law practice group at Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP in Woodbridge. In June she was installed as president-elect of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, and she joined the board of the Penn Club of Metro New Jersey. This fall she began serving on the executive board of the labor and employment law section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. 



Pamela J. Devine C’92, an attorney who specializes in insurance-defense matters, in August joined Gibley and McWilliams, PC, a litigation law firm based in Media, Pa. She lives in Malvern with her husband, Joseph Devine C’93, and their four children.

Randy Rothstein W’92 see Molly Morse Rothstein C’96.

Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock C’92,, professor of English and graduate-program coordinator at Central Michigan University, is pleased to announce the publication of his latest book, Charles Brockden Brown, from the University of Wales Press. 


Laurie Bieber C’93 GEd’94 is thrilled to announce the birth of her son, Lawson James Bieber, on July 11. She is a partner at the McKibben Group, an executive search firm founded in 2002 by her twin sister, Allison Bieber McKibben C’93.

David J. Goldsmith C’93 G’93,, and his wife, Jennifer Ocean, are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Ethan Andrew, on Sept. 11. “Ethan brought pure joy and happiness to his family on an otherwise solemn day. He joined proud big sister Molly (five).”

James Saint C’93 wrote in late July, “My wife, Hilary, and I announce the birth of our first son, Liam James Wayne Saint, on July 12. He weighed 10 lbs. 3 oz., and at just one week old acted as if he wanted to crawl around the house. We expect that he will do very important things (that is, damage) for which we apologize to the Penn community in advance. He joined his older sisters, Sierra (nine) and Kylie (seven). Hilary is grateful for their help, and I am grateful for another Y-chromosome in the house (finally). Anyone who would like to catch up on old times or would like periodic damage updates, please contact me at” 


Andrew Rudzinski GCP’94, Alexandra Handago Rudzinski GCP’94, “and our daughter, Natalie, are pleased to announce the arrival of our new family member, Peter Michael, born on Aug. 20. He was a healthy 9 lbs., 21 inches, and is happy and healthy—and still growing! We are in our fourth year in South Florida and still enjoying it. We would love to see any School of Design folks passing through Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton, or Miami, and can be reached at”

José Luis Rojas Villarreal C’94 earlier this year started working for the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation ( <> ), leading its efforts to increase microlending. In July, he got approval for a $100,000 loan to a chamber of commerce in the north-central part of the state that has a microloan program. He lives in Cambridge, Mass., with his wife, Maija, and two sons, Alejandro Stefan (four) and Erik Luis (two). 

Sondra Goldschein C’95 and her husband, David Stern, are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Abigail, on Aug. 3. They live in Brooklyn. Sondra is director of advocacy and policy at the American Civil Liberties Union.

Debra Mandel Rogers W’95 and her husband, Adam, are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Alex Parker Rogers, on Aug. 20; he weighed 9 lbs. 6 oz., and measured 21 inches in length. They live in North Miami Beach. Debra is currently on maternity leave from Everest Capital, where she is a senior managing partner; Adam is a partner at the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery who specializes in corporate healthcare. 


Timothy W. Rauenbusch EAS’96 W’96 and his wife, Kerry Layden Rauenbusch, are “pleased to welcome Benjamin Layden Rauenbusch into the family! Born at 10:20 am on July 8 in San Francisco, Ben enjoys throwing toast, cuddling, and eating.”

Molly Morse Rothstein C’96 and Randy Rothstein W’92 are delighted to announce the birth of their son, Maxwell Morse Rothstein, on July 19.

Dr. Seth R. Stoller C’96, and his wife, Natalie, are pleased to announce the arrival of the newest Quaker fan, Maxwell Nicholas, born in July. “Mighty Max will look forward to cheering on Quaker football and basketball in the coming years. His father is practicing neurology and pain management in New Jersey, and is teaching faculty at NYU School of Medicine.”  


Rebecca Halperin Burch C’98 and her husband, Josh, are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Dane Maurice, on Jan. 5. “Dane, big sister Aviva, and Mom and Dad recently returned to New York after spending the past 4½ years in Chicago. We have all been enjoying our new home in Larchmont (N.Y.) and getting to know Westchester County.”

Sasha Schamber Chriss C’98 and her husband, Alex, welcomed their third son, Andrew Michael Chriss, in July. His big brothers Matthew and Peter are completely smitten with him. The mighty Chriss brothers and their parents live in Wellesley, Mass.

Lara Afanassiev Devieux W’98 and Dimitri Devieux C’99are thrilled to announce the birth of their twins, Zachary Graham and Joelle Hope, on Aug. 8. They joined big brother Preston, who turned three in September.

Mike Ferguson W’98 see Amanda Johnson Ferguson C’99.

Lauren Hertzog Fields C’98 and James W. Fields WG’01 are happy to announce the birth of their daughters, Chloe Sarah and Emily Ava, on Jan. 9. “Grandpa David Hertzog W’66 and uncle Adam Hertzog C’95 are having lots of fun with Chloe and Emily. We all can’t wait to show them around Penn.”

Tracy Bohn Hemmerdinger C’98 and her husband, Steven, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Ruby Helen Hemmerdinger, on May 19. She joined big brother, Nathan, now four, who could not be more excited. Tracy and Steven are both physicians, and they live in Pelham, N.Y. 


Matthew Bender W’99 see Tori Katz Bender C’01.

Josh Brogadir C’99 emailed that he was “typing this note one-handed with new son, Nathan Samuel, on my lap. The spark of endless energy, known as big sister Sophie, is playing in the other room. Nate was born on March 25 on a cool spring morning in Boston. All is well with my wife, Becca, and me. She is an elementary-school assistant principal and I’m a reporter-anchor at NECN (New England Cable News). I would love to reconnect with friends at or follow me on Twitter @joshbnecn.”

Dimitri Devieux C’99 see Lara Afanassiev Devieux W’98.

Amanda Johnson Ferguson C’99
 and Mike Ferguson W’98 have added another future member to the Penn football team with the birth of Miles Keenan Ferguson on June 26. He joined big brother Rex and hound dog Hank. They live in Orinda, Calif.

William Henehan C’99
 is engaged to Julie Sinchioco. He writes that they currently live in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y., with their wooden dog.

Scott Lanman C’99
 married Rachel Frank on June 5 at the Bolger Center in Potomac, Md. Alumni who helped celebrate included Josh Fineman C’97, Ben Hammer C’98, Brian Kravitz EAS’99 W’99, Franc Marmero EAS’99, Chuck Nappen EAS’99, Sara Polon C’99, Michael Schein C’99, and Josh Slatko C’00. Scott and Rachel are relocating this autumn from the DC area to Beijing, where he will be the China economy editor for Bloomberg News and she plans to work as a music teacher.

Joseph Scott McArdle WEv’99, a local realtor and president of the Valley Forge Lion’s Club, helped start the donating of locally grown organic produce to the Phoenixville (Pa.) food bank.

Sara Polon C’99 started Soupergirl in 2009: “I wanted to make it as easy as possible for Washingtonians to enjoy delicious and healthy soups and salads.” Now she has opened a retail store in the Takoma district on Carroll Street, directly across from the Red Line station ( “People want to eat healthfully and support local food producers and growers, but don’t have the time to shop and cook. That’s where we come in.” And “We’re Slow Food approved.”

Courtney Bernhardt Schulnick C’99 and her husband, Joel, are thrilled to (belatedly) announce the birth of their son, Landon James, on June 2, 2010. She is also excited to have recently launched the website for her greeting-card business, Adventures of Little C ( They live in Philadelphia.

Bobbie Sinha C’99 married Sky Wilber C’99 EAS’99 on Aug. 13 at the Larchmont (N.Y.) Yacht Club. They met at a 10th Reunion pre-party in New York. Their wedding party included bridesmaid Barbara Jandasek C’99; many other alumni attended, including Naureen Bhatti EAS’99, Colleen Vincent C’99, Michelle Weinberg C’99, Nicholas DiCostanzo EAS’00, Cathy Tse WG’98, Andrew Brady W’96, Anand Samuel C’99 W’99, Jason Stipanov WG’05, Narayan Raj W’99 EAS’99 W’99, Keith Luh C’96, Fernando Lopez EAS’99, Svetlana Artamonova WG’10, Mark Schilsky EAS’05 W’05, and Jill Yankaskas WG’00. Bobbie and Sky live in New York: he is managing partner of Dakota Advisors and she is a pulmonologist on faculty at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. 



Matthew Chait C’00 and his wife, Jill, are pleased to announce the birth of their son Zachary Evan Chait on Aug. 8. He joins proud big brother Ryan, who was born in 2008.

Nicole Kurzer Eberhart C’00
 and Hans Eberhart EE’00 GEE’01 are proud to announce the birth of their adorable son, Logan Scott Eberhart, on April 12; he was 6 lbs. 13 oz., and 18½ inches long at birth. Nicole, Hans, and Logan live in sunny southern California, where she is an associate behavioral scientist at the Rand Corporation, and Hans is a manager at Broadcom. They invite friends to get in touch via Facebook.

Rebecca Kentor Knoll C’00 writes, “After laundering our first load of clothes that intentionally came out pink, we are happy to announce the birth of our first girl, Ayelet, on Aug. 26. Big brothers Azi (three) and Caleb (two) are quite pleased with their new sister/toy. Rebecca and her husband, David, live in Pittsburgh, where she is a manager for the network data and operations group of UPMC Health Plan.

Liana Mason C’00 celebrated the release of her self-titled EP at an event at Hank’s Café in downtown Honolulu last August.

Janet Duscher Moore EAS’00 and her husband, Tim, are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Evan Jacob, on July 5. He joined big sister Caitlin (three).

Sean Vereen GEd’00 GrEd’05 is associate dean of opportunity and access at Penn. In September, he was elected to the board of Steppingstone Scholars, Inc., a non-profit that helps prepare underserved schoolchildren in the Philadelphia region for educational opportunities that lead to college.


Tori Katz Bender C’01 and Matthew Bender W’99 are thrilled to announce the birth of their twins, Zoey Isabelle and Miles Jacob, on Feb. 26; they live in Chicago.

John Buchanan C’01 WG’09 writes, “I married Brooke Ansnes on Oct. 16, 2010, at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan. Alumni in the wedding party were (groomsmen) Abel Avila C’01, Zac Costello C’01, Sean Dusa C’01 (could not attend as he was serving our country as an officer in the US Navy in Afghanistan), and Anthony Gill C’01. Other alumni attending included Dan Berger W’02, Billy Brown WG’09, Jeff Brown W’99 WG’09, Laura Campbell Zahrawi GCP’07 WG’07, Tassie Oswald Chou WG’09, Peter Chung WG’08, Lauren Clark WG’09, Lauren Cochran WG’09, Bill Conway W’00, Brian Cornell W’01, Brian Crumbaugh WG’09, Greg Filosa C’02, Erin Meek Gill C’98, Adam Gross WG’09, Page Harrison WG’09, Ann Kim WG’09, Courtney King C’01, Stephen Lamb WG’09, Jane Song Lee W’01, Louis Marchetti WG’09, Avery Cregan Newcomb WG’09, T. R. Newcomb WG’08, Matt Oresman C’02, Courtney Pace WG’09, Carter Paine WG’08, Carrie Peterson WG’09, Michael Pierog WG’09, and Sapna Vir WG’09.”

Fabian Castro W’01
 has moved to Los Angeles to work in the new position of vice president, multicultural marketing, at Universal Pictures. On July 4, he celebrated his first wedding anniversary with his wife, Kathryn Garcia.

James W. Fields WG’01 see Lauren Hertzog Fields C’98.

Adrian Jones W’01
 married Kristin Martinez at St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York; a reception followed at the St. Regis Hotel, where they had had their third date. He is a descendant of Hugh Williamson (Class of 1757) and she is a daughter of JoAnne Olekszyk Martinez CW’70. After a honeymoon on Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, Adrian and Kristin returned to Bermuda, where he is head of strategy for a leading reinsurer of natural and man-made catastrophes; a Columbia graduate and a former professional tennis player, she is launching a cosmetics line. “We would love an email at from any alumni visiting Bermuda.”

Dr. Betsey A. Robinson Gr’01,
 an assistant professor of the history of art at Vanderbilt University, wrote Histories of Peirene: A Corinthian Fountain in Three Millennia, which was published recently by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

Shira Widman Zatcoff W’01
 writes, “My husband, Adam, and I are thrilled to announce the birth of our twin sons, Ezra Asher and Micah Gabriel, on July 29. Ezra weighed 5 lbs. 12 oz. and Micah weighed 5 lbs. 4 oz. We live in Woodbury, N.Y., along with big brother Ari, who was two in October.” 


Javier Muñoz-Basols G’02, an instructor in Spanish at the University of Oxford, co-wrote Developing Writing Skills in Spanish, which was published in August by Routledge ( 


Ashley Brown C’03, a second-year master’s student at Princeton Theological Seminary, in June received a fellowship from the Fund for Theological Education in Atlanta “for educational expenses and a self-designed project to enrich her formation as a ministerial leader.”

Lysandra Gibbs W’03
 married Adam Weber on Aug. 20 at the Cotton Room in Durham, N.C. After moving to North Carolina, while she pursued her MBA at UNC Kenan-Flagler, they “have decided to call this Southern state” their home. They were delighted to share their special day with many friends and family including Melissa Amaya W’03 and Irene Papajohn W’03. In September, Lysandra began working in marketing for Burt’s Bees, while Adam continues his work as a software engineer for Experian.

Keith B. Joseph C’03,
 is an attorney with the Philadelphia law firm of Ballard Spahr LLP, who specializes in complex commercial litigation. In August, he was elected to a two-year term on the board of Equality Forum, the local LGBT civil-rights organization. Keith also has a pro-bono practice assisting clients in custody and landlord-tenant disputes.

Cathy Chafkin Schmerin C’03
 and Daniel Schmerin C’03write, “We are thrilled to announce the arrival of Juliette Sailor Schmerin on Aug. 11, 3:54am, at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington; she weighed 6 lbs. 4 oz., and was 19  inches. You will be pleased to know that Juliette’s older sister, Sophie, has been trained to care for her so our sleep schedule remains uninterrupted.” 


Rudolph Broomes EAS’04 GEng’08 married Judite Costa, an exchange PhD student at Penn, on June 18 in his home country of Barbados. “The seaside ceremony was conducted under rain-showers of blessing but these did not dampen the Red and Blue spirits in attendance. Alumni friends included Amy Felix Nu’04, Anyika Barnes EAS’04, Anton Kutovoy C’00, Chantelle Smith C’06, Erika Tusen C’04, Karina McNish EAS’04, Marianne Lipa GEd’04, Nancy Maas Gr’14, Stephen Santoro Gr’14, and Viktoriya Syrovatkina Gr’14.”Rudolph and Judite then had a family-only reception in her hometown in the north of Portugal and have since settled once more in Philadelphia.

Aby Castro C’04
 married Eric Brown on July 9 in Mill Valley, Calif. She graduated from Columbia Law School and until June was an associate in the mergers & acquisitions group of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York. In August, she started a year-long public-interest fellowship at Coastal Enterprises Inc., a community-development corporation in Portland, Maine, while Eric, a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, completes a one-year clerkship with a federal judge on the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Joseph Chong GEng’04 WG’04 recently launched a free iPhone app, SpotWorld, “a social travel guide of the entire world.” 


Bension Dworkin C’05 EAS’05 married Gwen Gordon on July 17 at Oxon Hill Manor in Maryland. In attendance were his proud mother Linda Cherkas SW’80, and his brother and best man Akiva Dworkin C’11; joining in the celebration were Scott Sokoloff C’05, Corey Kanon EAS’05, Aaron Lawee C’05,and Mustafa Ghazanfar C’05. Bension is a systems administrator for a defense contractor and Gwen is communications director for a healthcare-advocacy group; they live in Arlington, Va. 


Paul J. Mattus C’06 married Michelle Stock Denton at St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Philadelphia on Sept 9. Ryan E. Dempsey C’08 served as best man with Hon. Nicholas Miccarelli CGS’07, Adam Novick C’08, and Christopher North C’08 as groomsmen and Claire Letts C’07 as a bridesmaid. The wedding was attended by Dr. Brooke Duffy ASC’11, Jessica Varzaly C’08, Patricia Gazolla Nu’08 GNu’12, Brian Christian C’01, Gregory Cobb C’05, Timothy Stuart C’08, and Christopher Matles C’09. Michelle is visitor-services manager at the Philadelphia Independence Seaport Museum. Paul, an insurance and financial-services professional who serves on the local Penn secondary-school committee, is currently a candidate for borough council in his hometown of Ridley Park, Pa.

Kerry Cooperman C’06
 wrote Breaking the Devil’s Pact: The Battle to Free the Teamsters from the Mob, which was published recently by the NYU Press.

Jonathan J. Levin C’06 
is a member of the Bloomberg news bureau in Mexico City. He writes on the Latin American stock market, and in particular the Mexican exchange; he also has written and contributed to several Fodor travelogues. 



Ben Ashpole GEng’07 see Jay Olman EAS’08.

Laura Bressler C’07 wed E. Kevin Hall on Sept. 4. Her friends Alice Lin C’07 and Laura Solie W’07 were bridesmaids, and her brothers Andrew Bressler EAS’01 W’01 Gr’09 and Michael Bressler EAS’99 W’99 were groomsmen. Alumni attending included Katie Brown C’07, Laura Dean C’07, Gabriella Avellino C’07, Amy Meyer Verbofsky C’07, Sofia Suarez Izquierdo W’07, Cecilia Rosenblat W’07, Marina Bordin W’07, David Jauregui W’07, Jennifer Pitera W’08, Kristen Moore W’09, and Abby Yanoff Sher L’10. Laura recently transferred to Yale School of Medicine, where she is a third-year student and Kevin is a pediatric cardiologist.

Matthew Carey C’07 
married Elise Peters Carey W’07 on June 11 in High Point, N.C. They met freshman fall at the Econ Scream and were engaged in April 2010. The wedding party included Italia Almeida C’07, Laura Bierbower C’07, Whitney Casser C’07, Benjamin Cooley C’07, Michael Guichon EAS’07, Colin Groshong C’07, Sebastian Paraud C’07, Anthony Peters EAS’09 W’09, Christopher Storm C’07, Patrick Travers C’07, and Andrew Zech C’07. Lyndsey Bunting W’07, John Fife C’02, Andrew Hedin C’07, Maura Kelley C’07, Katy Kreider C’07, Ali Lieberman C’07, Megan Madden C’07, Tim Mahoney W’06, Sarah McHugh C’07, William Murcia W’09, Vasant Natarajan W’09, Jon Tamblyn C’08, and Jannine Versi C’07 also attended.

Brian Geiger W’07, New York, has been promoted to senior associate consultant in the metro-area office of Mars & Co., the management consulting firm. Having joined the office in 2009, he specializes in Fortune 100 firms. He is a key player on the firm’s softball team.

Benjamin Winter C’07
 and Julia Riddle, a research specialist at Penn Dental, are excited to announce their engagement! He proposed last August in New York—on the same street corner where his father, Martin Winter G’76 W’76, proposed to his mother. Benjamin and Julia are thrilled and look forward to sharing their big day with many of their Penn friends. 


Jay Olman EAS’08 writes, “My colleague, Ben Ashpole GEng’07, and I have created the Pocket Grill, the world’s first full-size camp grill that can fold to fit in a pocket ( We’re in Center City Philadelphia, and have launched the Pocket Grill on, where people can help fund production by ordering both grills and the Pocket Grill-specific cookbook we’ve written.”

Ivan Koutsarov C’08,
 Stamford, Conn., has been promoted to senior associate consultant in the metro-area office of Mars & Co., the management consulting firm. He specializes in Fortune 100 firms in the financial-services and consumer packaged goods industries.

John Reinhardt GCP’08 GFA’08
 has joined IBM as program manager for City Forward ( and is based in Armonk, N.Y. Previously, he was a program manager for international programs at the American Planning Association He writes, “City Forward, is a free, web-based platform that enables users—city officials, researchers, academics and interested citizens worldwide—to view and interact with city data while engaging in an ongoing public dialogue. The program is a key component of IBM’s Smarter City and Smarter Planet initiatives.” 


James Kania C’09 has been inducted into the Foreign Service as a diplomat with the US Department of State. His first assignment is Mumbai, where he will begin after an intensive language-training course in Gujarati.

Rachel Neill C’09 and Bill Neill W’09 “announce the launch of our new small business, we make fun crystal-growing science kits for kids! On another note, we are also the president and vice president of the Penn Club of Wisconsin, which was launched in [September]”. 



Sarah A. Wolkinson L’10 has joined Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, a Washington law firm, as an associate in its white-collar criminal defense and investigations group. 


Kristin Hall C’11 W’11 in August received a grant from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute in Wilmington, Del., or her efforts in Generation Enterprise, a microbusiness incubator she founded “to get urban youth from the world’s biggest cities off the streets by training them to become socially responsible business owners.” She will use the money to establish the program permanently in Lagos and expand its work across Nigeria. 

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