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“We are thrilled to announce the birth of our daughter, Zoe Alexis. Four-year-old big brother Ben said, ‘It was just what I wanted,’ upon finding out the baby was a girl.”–Jessica Linden C’02 and Michael Zawadzki W’02

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Dr Norman N. Kohn C’51 GM’59, Voorhees, N.J., writes that he has retired from the practice of internal medicine and rheumatology, in Willingboro, but continues to do consulting in internal medicine. He and his wife, Sylvia, are proud of their family, which includes six talented grandchildren.


Hon. Richard M. Rittenband W’52 writes that he has “retired at age 85, after 23 years on the superior-court trial bench in Hartford, Conn. Although it may come as a shock to my finance professor, if he’s still alive, I have used my Wharton training many times to resolve highly complex financial disputes. In the spirit of Winston Churchill’s ‘Never, never give up,’ and contrary to Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s ‘Fade away,’ I plan to continue with private arbitration and mediation.”


Frank Rodbell W’59 writes that he “purchased a group-health and ancillary-insurance practice from Jonas M. L. Cohen W’56 on Oct. 1, 2014. On the same date, I was installed as treasurer of the Greater Baltimore SCORE chapter, where I enjoy mentoring fledgling business owners. I have also been president of my condominium association since 2004 and am thoroughly enjoying life, with no intention of slowing down.”


Dr. Walter M. Woolf V’60, continues as the founding president of Air Animal Inc., an international pet mover based in Tampa, Fla.


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Richard Silverman W’61 writes, “The latest book by Hugh MacMullan C’61, Night River, has just been published by Amazon. It’s a great read with a bit of nostalgia for Philadelphia and the Penn campus. Classmates, please plan to attend our 55th Reunion next May.”


Dr. Michael M. Perl C’64 earlier this year received the lifetime-achievement award of the Hartford Dental Society for his outstanding achievements within the profession of dentistry and his charity work for the underprivileged with the Connecticut Mission of Mercy.

Sharon Schlein Weinstein CW’64 and her husband, Elliott, hosted a reunion in New York last July for members of Penn Players from the mid-1960s. Celebrating and reminiscing were Ed Gavin C’65, Bennet Greenwald C’64 GCP’66, Laurel Hibel Hoffman OT’64, Carol Holmes CW’63 G’66, Richard Horowitz C’64, Kurt Lerps C’63, Manya Kelly Greif CW’65, Michael Levin C’64, Jonathan Sanger C’65 ASC’67, Stephen Sussman C’63 L’65, and Robert J. Taylor WEv’63, along with their spouses and guests.

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Raymond C. Roy C’66 GM’78 is now emeritus professor of anesthesiology at the Wake Forest School of Medicine. He writes that he served as chair of anesthesiology at the Medical University of South Carolina (1992-96), University of Virginia (1996-98), and Wake Forest (1998-2008, 2014-15). A director of the American Board of Anesthesiology from 1993 to 2005, he served as its president, 2003-04. He continues as an editor for the journals Anesthesia and Analgesia and Journal of Anesthesia History.


David Taylor Johannesen W’68, South Dartmouth, Mass., retired from Wall Street to write. “My third novel, Falcons and Seagulls, a Utah Tale, was published last spring, following a collection of short stories, Last One Close the Gate. My wife, Linda, pursues a start-up in Silicon ‘Nation.’ My children with Julia Bradford CW’71, Helen and Christian, are a restaurateur and a media exec in Los Angeles and New York.”


Justin P. Klein C’69, a partner of the Philadelphia law firm of Ballard Spahr LLP and the practice leader of its securities group, in July was appointed chair of the trustees of the Pomfret School in Connecticut.


Edward L. Morris WG’70 lives with his wife in the Central West End of St. Louis and is a professor at Lindenwood University. His latest book, Wall Streeters: The Creators and Corruptors of American Finance, was recently published by Columbia University Press.

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Elliott J. Hahn C’71 L’74 was re-elected first vice president of the AEA, the international lawyer organization, at its annual meeting in Lisbon in May. He spoke there on “Marketing for Small Law Firms.” He and his wife, Leah, live in Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.

George Henry Newman C’71, a sole-practitioner attorney, was recently elected to a second term on the board of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Dr. Linda F. Newman GEd’77 GrEd’89, their sons, Josh and Dave, and the dog Woodie.

Linda Seltzer CW’71 serves on the King County Civil Rights Commission (Seattle metropolitan area), representing District 3.


Hon. Gary E. Jackson W’72, an associate Judge of the Atlanta Municipal Court, has been chosen president-elect of the Council of Municipal Court Judges of Georgia.

William Leisman W’72 was honored earlier this year by the Boston Estate Planning Council with its 2015 Excellence Award.


Seth Bergmann GEE’73 writes that he participated in four events at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Lyons, France, last August: 8K cross-country, 5K, 10K, and 1500 metres.

Robert M. Steeg C’73 ASC’75, the managing partner of the Steeg Law Firm LLC in New Orleans, has been included in The Best Lawyers in America 2016 for commercial transactions, UCC law, and real-estate law.


Anthony S. Bartolomeo CE’74, president and CEO of Pennoni Associates Inc., a Philadelphia consulting engineering firm, was recognized last June by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and presented with its PEC Achievement Award for “his work to protect the environment on the local, state, and national levels.”

Dr. Shirley A. Hunter CW’74, [email protected] , emails, “I am currently teaching accounting at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I retired from the US Agency for International Development in 2014, Israel being my last post of assignment as a Foreign Service officer. After spending 22 years abroad, I am thrilled to be living back in the US, in a lakefront community, and would love to hear from classmates to catch up; bring a fishing rod if you plan to visit.”

H. Ronald Klasko L’74, Philadelphia, the founding partner of Klasko Immigration Law Partners, has been included in 2015 International Who’s Who Legal Corporate Immigration Attorneys. In June, he served as a program co-organizer for the 2015 Invest in America Summit in China.


David L. Hyman C’75 GEd’76 is managing partner and head of the government-relations group of the Philadelphia law firm of Kleinbard LLP. Earlier this year, he was honored for his “outstanding accomplishments in the nonprofit and business worlds” by Congregation Kol Ami; he is a past president and current board member of both the congregation and the Philadelphia chapter of the American Jewish Committee.

Barbara G. Werther CW’75, a principal in the Washington office of the law firm of Ober|Kaler, has been included in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA.

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Glen LeRoy GAr’76 GCP’76 GFA’76 in September became president of Boston Architectural College; he had been dean of the College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Mich.

Howard S. Rosenblum C’76 has joined the Boston law firm of Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP as a partner in its private-equity group. Previously, he was a partner in the corporate and securities group at DLA Piper LLP and chair of the fund-formation and operations practice.


Steven Weisz C’78 GEd’79 has launched Graffito Works, a new international dance platform that presents site-specific improvisational dance in Philadelphia, Toronto, Italy, and Brazil ( He is also celebrating his “10th anniversary as founder of and The Dance Journal, both significant resources for the Philadelphia dance community.”


Dave Lieber C’79, the “Watchdog” investigative columnist at The Dallas Morning News, received the top prize for best column in the 2015 National Society of Newspaper Columnists contest. He also earned a certified-speaking-professional designation from the National Speakers Association.


Robert A. LaBerge C’80, an attorney in the Syracuse (N.Y.) office of the law firm of Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC, has been included in 2015 Upstate New York Super Lawyers, in the field of employment and labor, and in The Best Lawyers in America 2016.

Amy Werman C’80 wrote in late August, “I was recently hired as a full-time faculty member (lecturer) at Columbia University School of Social Work, after five years as an adjunct professor there. I also received a grant from the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning to develop an experiential learning model for my course on program evaluation using digital media tools, and that will be part of my teaching load in the fall semester.”

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Caren Levine W’81, Cherry Hill, N.J., a financial adviser with Massachusetts Mutual in Bala Cynwyd, Pa., earlier this year achieved “Exceptional Level of In-Force recognition, a measure of [her] long-term success and dedication.”


James M. Beck L’82, counsel in the life-sciences health-industry group in the Philadelphia law firm of Reed Smith LLP, received this year’s Distinguished Defense Counsel Award from the Pennsylvania Defense Institute.

David N. Feldman W’82 L’85 has joined the corporate-practice group in the New York office of the law firm of Duane Morris LLP; previously, he was with Richardson Patel LLP. A contributor to Crowdfunding (2014), he writes a bimonthly column in SmartCEO magazine and maintains

Janet Loewe GNu’82 in April received a College of Nursing 125th Anniversary Legacy Award for Outstanding Career Achievement from the University of Cincinnati (from which she graduated in 1955) by “demonstrating leadership in education, service, and healthcare in the community.”


Dr. Leslie Goehl C’83, a clinical psychologist, and her husband, Fredric Eisenberg C’84, a trial lawyer with the Philadelphia law firm of Eisenberg Rothweiler, are thrilled to report that their son, Ben Eisenberg W’19, is a freshman at Penn.


David Dormont C’84 GEd’84 has joined the Philadelphia law firm of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP as a partner in its firm’s litigation department. Previously, he was with Kaufman, Coren & Ress, P.C.

Jeffrey L. Pollock C’84, a sole practitioner attorney/mediator/collaborative lawyer at the Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq., since 1989, writes that he was “recently elected to a two-year term as president of ZOA-Pittsburgh Chapter. ZOA is a national nonprofit dedicated to fostering deeper relationships between the US and Israel—two democracies with shared values—and to fighting anti-Semitism.”

Marian K. Schneider C’84 earlier this year was appointed deputy secretary for elections and administration in Pennsylvania. A practicing lawyer for 28 years who specializes in election law and voting rights, she was a senior attorney with the Advancement Project, a national civil-rights and racial-justice organization. She was the petitioners’ trial counsel in Applewhite v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in which the state’s voter-ID law was declared unconstitutional. Marian and her husband, Dr. George Cotsarelis C’83 M’87 GM’92, the Milton Bixler Harzell Professor of Dermatology and chair of dermatology at the Perelman School of Medicine, live near Philadelphia with their three sons.

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Melanie Harrington C’86 is president and CEO of Vibrant Pittsburgh, a economic-development nonprofit that promotes a diverse workforce in the Pittsburgh region. Earlier this year, she joined the board of the Y of Greater Pittsburgh.


Michelle Arruda W’87, a shareholder of the law firm of Devine Millimet in Manchester, N.H., who specializes in trusts and estates, has been elected co-chair of the elder-law, estate-planning, and probate section of the New Hampshire Bar.

Risa Vetri Ferman C’87, the district attorney of Montgomery County, has been elected president of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys’ Association.

Marcy Hahn-Saperstein C’87 writes, “After 16 years practicing corporate healthcare law at Proskauer, LLP, I have joined Akerman, LLP, as a partner in their healthcare-practice group in Boca Raton, Fla. My oldest daughter, Tess Saperstein, has just commenced her sophomore year at Harvard and my youngest daughter has just commenced her sophomore year of high school. My husband of over 25 years, Dr. Alan Saperstein, continues to practice orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine in private practice, while also serving as team physician to the athletic teams of Florida Atlantic University and Lynn University.”

Paul Naprstek GAr’87 has been named an associate with Robert A.M. Stern Architects in New York. Since 2013, he has directed their quality-assurance program. The firm’s portfolio of buildings includes the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at Penn.

Pedro A. Ramos C’87 has been appointed president and CEO of the Philadelphia Foundation. He had been a partner of the law firm of Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis, LLP, where he co-chaired the higher-education practice group; he was vice president and chief of staff (2002-04) for Penn President Dr. Judith Rodin CW’66 Hon’04.


Jon Decker C’88 G’91 reports that he was recently elected to the board of the White House Correspondents’ Association. The White House Correspondent for Fox News Radio, he has been a member of the White House Press Corps since 1995. He is also an adjunct professor of journalism at Georgetown University. In December, he will receive his JD from George Washington University.

Dr. Robert A. Dye Gr’88, chief economist of Comerica Bank in Dallas, writes that he “was awarded the 2015 Lawrence R. Klein Award for forecast accuracy. Named for Penn professor and Nobel laureate Dr. Lawrence R. Klein Hon’06, it is awarded annually to the nation’s most accurate economic forecaster over the previous four years, according to forecasts published in the Blue Chip Economic Indicators.”


Julie Cohen C’89 writes that she has “launched a new business, Work.Life.Leader. It is a unique leadership-development program designed for new leaders who want to excel professionally, impact their world, and live life on their terms. In 2016, there will be two public cohorts, in Philadelphia and New York ( I will also be a monthly guest on the new Wharton Business Radio show Career Talk with Dr. Dawn Graham, on Sirius XM Radio, Channel 111. Lastly, my son Aaron just celebrated his bar mitzvah. It’s been a good and busy year.”

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James Daniels C’91, Beijing, writes, “I am currently the mathematics teacher in the American High School of the Beijing Shuren Ribet Private School. I’m looking forward to crossing paths with fellow alumni and Penn students here in China.”

Thomas Jester GFA’91 has been promoted to a principal at Quinn Evans Architects in Washington. A preservation architect, he is project manager of the renovation of the National Air and Space Museum.

David C. Rose C’91 L’94, a partner in the New York office and member of the litigation group of the law firm of Pryor Cashman LLP, has been elected to the firm’s executive committee. He also was recently elected president of the New York City chapter of the American Jewish Committee.


Alberto Chang W’93 and his life partner, Michael Smith, welcomed their son, Connor, to the world in March. The baby shower, held in New York, was attended by Tom Andrzejewski C’94, Alfonso Chang EAS”98, William Han C’94, David Kim C’93, Winnie Lam C’94, Bryan Lathrop C’96, Jerry Lynn C’92, Rick Mizuguchi C’91, Sally Munemitsu C’93 G’00 WG’00, Tatiana Olmedo C’90, Jane Sung C’94, and Michelle Tien C’93 W’93 G’03 WG’03. Alberto and Michael are based in Boston.


Fernando de Aragon Gr’94, , writes that he has “completed the English translation of my historical novel Dos Santos. The story is set in [the years] 1508-11, during the earliest years of the Spanish-Taino encounter in Borikén, today’s Puerto Rico. The book was awarded second place at the 2013 International Latino Book Awards.”


Andy Deemer C’95 writes that he “finally exchanged vows with [my] long-term girlfriend, Michelle J. Woo, at Edward Gorey’s house in Cape Cod on Aug. 2, followed by a traditional Chinese banquet at the China Pearl restaurant in Boston.” Alumni attending includedAlexander Evans C’94, David Toccafondi C’95, Charles Soule C’96, Joshua Beisler C’96, Noel Morrison C’97, and Bonnie Hulkower C’99. Andy and Michelle now live in San Francisco.

Jay Matsueda W’95 has been named senior director of strategic marketing and communications at “innovative, energy-saving, commercial and industrial LED lighting-fixture manufacturer LSI Lighting Solutions, a division of LSI Industries Inc.”

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Dan Gingiss C’96 wrote in early August, “I recently launched a new podcast, ‘Focus on Customer Service,’ which features brands that are delivering amazing customer service via social media. My co-host and I interviewed social media executives from brands like Whole Foods Market, JetBlue, Chipotle, ModCloth, and Telstra to uncover best practices for handling inquiries in the world’s most public customer-service channel. One twist is that brands are nominated by a customer; anyone who has had a great customer-service experience in social media is encouraged to tweet the hashtag #FOCS. The podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Soundcloud.”

Miles T. Macik C’96, an attorney who specializes in commercial litigation with Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC in Royal Oak, Mich., was included in The Best Lawyers in America 2016.

Dr. John A. McCauley Gr’96, who works for Merck & Co. in Princeton, N.J., received the Gordon E. Moore Medal from the America section of the Society of Chemical Industry earlier this year for his work on protease inhibitors for the treatment of hepatitis C.


Lt. Col. Mark C. Andres C’97 writes he “was honored to take command of the 3rd Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment, at Ft. Benning, Ga., in June. I am the commandant of the US Army Officer Candidate School that trains, educates, and commissions approximately 1,400 officers annually into all 17 branches and three components of the US Army. I was accompanied by my wife, Beth, and our daughters, Olivia and Claire.”


Andrew Donaldson-Evans C’98 GAr’03 writes, “I am delighted to write in and offer an update of recent events. In the last year, I became a partner at EwingCole in Philadelphia. In the last few months, I received notice that a project I designed for the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center received LEED Platinum status as well as an AIA award. On Sept. 19, I married a wonderful woman, Kristin Starkey, at St. Mark’s Episcopal in Philadelphia, with Scott Sampson GAr’03 as my best man. And finally, I am fortunate that architecture brings me back frequently to Penn’s campus for an ongoing design project, as well as to participate in juries at Penn Design, so my time at Penn is not a memory, but rather an enriching part of my present day life.”


Ahmed Ali GrE’99 works in the high-speed converter group of Analog Devices, Inc., a multinational semiconductor firm in Greensboro, N.C. Earlier this year, he was promoted to fellow there, as he has “contributed significantly to the company’s business success through exceptional innovation, leadership, and entrepreneurship.”

Demetrios Hadgis C’99 has been promoted to managing director of the capital-raising group at Sandler O’Neill + Partners, L.P., the full-service investment-banking firm and broker-dealer that specializes on the financial-services sector.

Yusef M. Kassim EAS’99 writes, “In August, after eight great years with Eton Park Capital Management, I recently joined the Blue Harbour Group as a partner and managing director, focusing on business development and investor relations. I am thrilled to be a part of this distinguished $3.5 billion activist fund. In March, my wife and I welcomed Constance Kassim (our second child and first daughter) to the world. Last year, I joined the Penn Fund Executive Board, helping to support and grow the University’s endowment.”

Brad Tabas C’99, [email protected] , continues to live in Paris; he currently teaches literature and English at the École Polytechnique and the Paris College of Art. His hobby is bicycle racing.


Kevin V. Dreyer EAS’0 and his wife, Anja Dreyer, are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Ingrid Eleanor Dreyer, on July 24. They live in Manhattan, where he is co-chief investment officer of Gamco Investors, Inc.

Samantha Evian C’00, a partner in the Philadelphia law firm of Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell & Hippel LLP, was included in “2015 Pennsylvania Rising Stars,” for the area of family law, in the June issue of Philadelphia magazine.

Meg McGoldrick G’00 G’06 in July was appointed president of Abington-Jefferson Health, where she had served as COO since 1999. She lives with her husband in Chester Springs, Pa., where they raised their three daughters.

Karen Lenar Winn Nu’00 and Gilbert Winn C’00 welcomed Essa Alice Winn to their family on Aug. 21. “Big brother Rand is thrilled to have a 24/7 partner in crime.” Karen has recently completed her master’s and doctorate in nursing practice and is currently working as a nurse practitioner for Life Line Community Healthcare, while Gilbert is CEO of WinnCompanies in Boston.

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Elizabeth Tabas Carson C’01, [email protected] , who is married to Todd Carson, gave birth to Alexis Hermione on Sept. 5. “The family is excited as this is the first girl grandchild of Nancy and Lee Tabas C’72 ME’72.”

Helen Bamber Tietz C’01 WG’10 see Erik Tietz C’02.


Michael Billings W’02, [email protected] , has joined the Office of Investments at Vanderbilt University, as an investment manager. He specializes in public-market investments, particularly hedge funds. “My wife and I plan to maintain homes in both Nashville and Salt Lake City for the foreseeable future, so any alumni headed to either city (singing or skiing) should reach out.”

Dr. Adam J. Friedman C’02, an associate professor of dermatology and a residency-program director at the George Washington University medical school in Washington, has been appointed a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.

Jessica Linden C’02 and Michael Zawadzki W’02 are “thrilled to announce the birth of our daughter, Zoe Alexis Zawadzki, on March 22. Four-year-old big brother Ben said, ‘It was just what I wanted,’ upon finding out the baby was a girl. He is hard at work protecting Zoe and teaching her everything he knows. We are still living in Manhattan on the Upper West Side.”

Leslie A. Mariotti C’02, an associate in the employment and labor practice group at the Philadelphia law firm of Pietragallo, Gordon, Alfano, Bosick & Raspanti, LLP, spoke on “Responding to Allegations of Sexual Misconduct: A Legal Update for Employers, Educators, and Healthcare Providers” at a Pennsylvania Bar Institute course in July.

Leslie Drogin Sack C’02 G’03 and her husband, David, are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Samantha Rooks Sack, on Aug. 26. Leslie works in Washington as a director of government relations for Babcock & Wilcox, an energy-technology company.

Aaron Tidman C’02 writes, “This has been a year of big change. On Feb. 21, I married Christopher Westcott, my partner of 10 years, in Charlottesville, Va. Guests includedJason Feldman EAS’02 and Eileen Feldman EAS’02, Sarah and Kyle Bahr C’02, and Michele and Brett Smiley C’03. Just four months later, we moved from Washington to San Francisco so I could start a new job as corporate counsel for Gilead Sciences, Inc. I look forward to connecting with other alumni in the Bay Area.”

Erik Tietz C’02 and Helen Bamber Tietz C’01 WG’10 are delighted to announce the arrival of their baby boy, Otto John Tietz, at 5:24am on April 25, “weighing 5 lbs. 12 oz., and measuring 19 inches—and cute as a button!”


Jacob A. Gordon L’03 writes, “I recently left Camden, N.J., to become CEO of Downtown Vision, Inc., Jacksonville’s business-improvement district.”


Bension Dworkin C’05 EAS’05 and Gwen Gordon are happy to announce the birth of their son, Noah Joseph Dworkin, on Father’s Day, June 21. Savta Linda Cherkas SW’80 was thrilled to meet her first grandchild. Bension is a systems administrator for a defense contractor and Gwen does public relations for a biotech company; they live in San Diego.

Matt Kedziora GGS’05, a designated segment restoration ecologist for Southern California Edison, is working on the restoration of project sites in the Angeles National Forest. He is also a consulting ecologist for the Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project in southern California.

Jung Mee Park C’05 married Everett Schlawin on July 25 at the Big Red Barn on Cornell’s campus. They celebrated with maid-of-honor Sonali Mishra C’06, and Allison Berliner WG’13 and Shannon Meyerhoff C’06 attended. Jung Mee and Everett met at Cornell where she received a PhD in sociology and he earned a PhD in astronomy; they have moved to Tucson, Ariz., for his postdoctoral fellowship.

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Becca (Goland-Van Ryn) Kahn C’06 and her wife, Leah Kahn, are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Orli Sloane Kahn; welcomed into the world on the evening of July 25, she is settling into her home on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.


Kathryn Brown C’07 married Matthew Heller in Villanova, Pa., on Aug. 8. They celebrated with family and friends, including classmates Simran Dhillon C’07, Rachel Friedman C’07, Caitlin Charos C’07, Laura Dean Eisman C’07, Katy Kreider C’07, and Amy Meyer Verbofsky C0’7 GCP’14 and David Verbofsky C’07. Kathryn and Matthew live in Philadelphia, where she is a labor and employment attorney at Duane Morris LLP and he is a software developer for Vanderbilt University.


Dan Whitmore L’08 writes that after graduating, he “ended up launching a small business as a rare-book dealer in 2010 ( We were recently featured in the summer issue of Middlebury Magazine.”


Melissa Killeen G’09 G’11 is owner of Melissa Killeen Recovery Coaching who wrote Recovery Coaching: A Guide to Coaching People in Recovery from Addiction (2013). In July, she was honored by Faces & Voices of Recovery, a Washington nonprofit, with its Vernon Johnson Award.

Jennifer Phuong C’09 married Angel Jacome C’09 on July 18 at the College of Physicians in Philadelphia. “The ceremony was officiated by Ercole Volonnino W’09, and the maid of honor, Connie Phuong C’11, and best man, Luis Gomez C’09, both gave beautiful and funny speeches that included references to times at Penn.” The groomsmen includedOscar Benitez C’09, Daniel Gomez C’11, and Brian Hylton C’09, and bridesmaids included Francisa Mutahi EAS’09, Ling Tran C’09, and Rachel Tran C’09. Other alumni attending included Paola Barranco W’10, Angelina Benson-Glanz EAS’07, Aaron Blacksberg C’09, Steve Doan W’08, Rachael Hutchinson C’09, Paul Le C’09, Mark Leung C’09, Nanxi Ling C’09 W’09 WG’14, Angie Luo C’11, David Nguyen C’09, Erik Ronzone C’09, Dan Ross C’09, Lany Villalobos C’09, and Antony Vo EAS’11. Jennifer is studying educational linguistics in a doctoral program at Penn’s Graduate School of Education and Angel is studying at MIT for a master’s in city planning.


Crystal Rojas Mora GFA’10 wrote “Beyond the Family Stories: Reconstructing the Life of Daisy May Lawton,” which was published in the summer issue of American Ancestors, the New England Historic Genealogical Society’s quarterly.

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Meredith Bress Nu’11 married Brian Wing W’11 on March 28 “at Sts. Agatha and James, near Penn’s beautiful campus. Following the ceremony, we celebrated at the Downtown Club with members of our bridal party: Becky McClain C’11, Ali Moshang C’11, Katie Penza C’11, Jared Mollenbeck W’11, Luis Ruffolo C’11 M’16, and many more fellow Quakers. We recently relocated to New York, where Meredith attends Columbia’s nurse-anesthesia program and Brian continues his career at Deloitte Consulting LLP.”


Matthew Chiarello C’12 writes, “In September, I joined the Phoenix office of Snell & Wilmer LLP as an associate in its employee-benefits practice group, after graduating Order of the Coif from William & Mary Law School.”

Jim Santel C’12 wrote in early September, “I’ve recently joined the Department of Justice as deputy speechwriter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch.”


David DeFilippo GrEd’13 has joined Suffolk Construction, the Boston construction-management firm, as its new chief learning officer; he had previously had the same role with BNY Mellon.

Christopher Horrocks LPS’13, who served on the staff of Penn Business Services (1996–2014), is the new webmaster for the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California. He is “also working on a young-adult, action-adventure novel set during the closing years of the Cold War.”

Elizabeth A. Schopfer C’13 GEd’14 GEd’15, Glassboro, N.J., has accepted a full-time position as a mobile-response outreach counselor and case manager with Robins’ Nest, a children’s services organization there. Last year, Liz served as a special-education counselor-intern at the Brookfield Academy Elementary in Haddon Heights, and was at Cherry Hill High School West, her alma mater, for her practicum the prior year.


Janid Kiely C’14 LPS’15 received an award at the International Particle Therapy Cooperative Group Conference, “a week or so after I graduated, for research that I conducted while an MMP student.” This was for her presentation “Proton Pencil Beam Scanning Treatment Plan Design and Robustness for Rectal Cancer Radiotherapy.”

Hitesh Lath WG’14, a senior manager in the San Jose (Calif.) office of Ernst & Young LLP, was recently promoted to partner. He volunteers with the Silicon Valley Education Foundation, a nonprofit for improving mathematics and science education in elementary schools.

Laura Placentra W’14, a derivatives analyst and trader at Citigroup, won the title Wall Street’s Best Female Athlete at the Wall Street Decathlon in June, which raises funds for pediatric-cancer research and for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.


Katie Sgarro C’15 wrote in late August, “In July 2014, I co-founded with Sayid Abdullaev LPS’15 a nonprofit initiative called AsylumConnect. (It was actually one of the semi-finalists for the inaugural Penn’s President’s Engagement Prizes.) Our mission is to provide LGBTQ asylum seekers in the US with lifesaving online informational resources. I just attended the 7th Annual Millennium Campus Conference at the United Nations in New York. As the winner of the Millennium Peace Prize, I had the opportunity to launch a global campaign at the UN headquarters on behalf of AsylumConnect to a panel of mentors with expertise in global development, as well as to over 450 fellow delegates from 50 countries around the world.”

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