“I eagerly await the publication of my next book, The Sexless Marriage Fix, this August; it has nothing to do with dentistry.” –Dr. Robert Fleisher GD’76
Belle Parmet CW’38, Philadelphia, who is 98 years old, writes that she was recently honored at a luncheon celebrating the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Department of Social Work at Bryn Mawr College. She received a standing ovation, a certificate of proficiency in social work and family therapy, and a gold medal of honor, as she is the oldest living survivor of the department.
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Lawrence Newman W’46, Somers, N.Y., writes, “Congratulations to the Class of 2016. This year is the 70th anniversary of my graduation from Penn. I would’ve loved to have made the Old Guard March to celebrate my 70th Reunion and cheer in the new alumni class, but unfortunately, due to travel constraints, I shall be unable to make this year’s Commencement. Thinking about the Old Guard March brings back fond memories of when I had attended previous years’ celebrations. At our 25th Reunion, I had the pleasure of reuniting with my former classmate, Richard Bloch W’46. I was so happy to see him after all the years and asked him what he was doing. He looked at me incredulously and replied, ‘You know damn well what I do.’ I shook my head and responded, ‘How would I know what you’re doing in Kansas City? I live in New York and I haven’t seen you in 25 years.’ He looked at me and said, ‘We have 5,000 offices!’ We both had a good laugh as I realized he was the “R” in H & R Block. I mention this, as I want to reinforce to this year’s class, one of the many examples of the great legacy that Wharton has to offer. In addition to the successful careers which Wharton has cultivated, it has also fostered some the most important relationships of my life. I met my beloved wife of 40 years, Sydel Schwartz Newman CW’52, at Penn. For many years, I lived across the street in Boynton Beach, Fla., from my dearest friend and roommate, Edwin Rosenbaum W’48. My years at college were interrupted by World War II. Many of my classmates went off to serve in the war, as did I. We returned at different times to complete our education. As I write this, I am in my 91st year. I fondly remember my years at Wharton and my graduation watching the Old Guard March. I hoped I would’ve been able to participate this year, but I am delighted to provide you with my best wishes here. I salute our Class of 1946. I hope there will be many there to represent us. Congratulations to all of my Wharton alumni, we are an extraordinary community. I welcome hearing from you and discussing our memories; email me at email@example.com.”
Marlene Spector Levine CW’54 and Richard Levine D’55 will celebrate their 63rd wedding anniversary on June 7, with their four sons and three grandchildren.
Allan Daniel W’55 writes that part of his folk-art collection was recently on display asMystery and Benevolence: Masonic and Odd Fellows Folk Art From the Kendra and Allan Daniel Collection at the American Folk Art Museum in New York.
Dr. Andrew Roth C’60, Los Angeles, writes, “I am still in orthopedic-surgery practice, largely because of a lack of anything better to do, and I am still enjoying it. Piling on lots of grandchildren (nine at last count), and I plan on doing this til I drop. I haven’t seen any recent notes from the College Class of 1960. There must be others around!”
Hon. G. Thomas Bowen W’64 L’67, a retired judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey in Salem County, has been appointed to the board of South Jersey Legal Services Corporation, a non-profit which provides legal services to qualified residents of the nine southern counties of the state. He now lives in Center City Philadelphia, having retired from the bench in 2007.
Michael Groothuis W’64 writes, “I’m 73 now, old enough to think about a bucket list. But I really don’t have one, I don’t feel as though there’s anything important that is missing from my life. I’ve had a great marriage for 46 years. I’m now in my 50th year in the only business I’ve ever been in, financing (and doing some investing in) commercial real estate. I have three kids with whom I’m close, and seven grandchildren who call me Papa. We have a real connection to Penn. Two of my kids attended, Adam Groothuis C’92 and Carrie R. Muhlstein C’99, who graduated with my nephew and the daughter of my first cousin. The three of them together, it was a blast for the family. So, I guess the only item on my non-existent bucket list is my hope that at least one of those grandkids who call me Papa will do well enough in high school to continue the tradition. It’s out of my control, totally, but one can hope.”
Ruth Lande Shuman CW’64 recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of the founding of her nonprofit, Publicolor, which has “the mission to counter our inner-city public schools’ alarming dropout rate by engaging young people in their education through a continuum of design-based programs, academic support, and the teaching of career-readiness skills. Unique to Publicolor, and central to its mission, is the beautification and revitalization of public and civic spaces through the hard work of our students and the power of paint, color, design, and collaborations (www.publicolor.org).”
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David S. Weil Jr. W’66 and Sally Loewenstein Weil CW’68 will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on May 22, writes their daughter, Dr. Gwen Weil C’94. “They met the weekend before his freshman year at Penn and her junior year at Germantown Friends School, and dated for four years until he graduated; they married at the Warwick Hotel in Center City Philadelphia, then moved to Cleveland. He was a member of the ZBT fraternity during his time at Penn, my mother of the SDT sorority, and they still have many friends with whom they were close, and in most cases still are, from their years at Penn, including Connie Abrams CW’66, Susie and Bob Rosenbaum W’66, Sally andSteve Herman W’65, Joannie Blywise Steier CW’68, Susan Mason Horn W’68, Julie Morris Nadel MT’67, Arnold Manheimer C’66 and Hazel Manheimer CW’69, Billie and Steve Fischer W’66, Ron Perel W’66 and Deedee Perel CW’68. Once in Cleveland, they both attended Case Western Reserve University, my mother, in order to finish her undergraduate degree, and my father, to study law. They lived for some time in London and in Amsterdam, and have traveled extensively both for work and pleasure. They have four children: me (age 43), and my brothers David (40), Jonathan (38), and Alexander (36). As well as four grandchildren (so far!): Joshua (five), Samuel (three), and identical twins Charlotte and Audrey (two). They have been dedicated parents, and now grandparents, steadfast in their work, and have served for decades on a variety of boards, predominately of local, national, and international educational institutions. Mom and Dad, I love and honor you, and I celebrate your unswerving devotion to one another and the collaborative and tender nature of your 50-year marriage.”
Michael Sales W’67 writes that he is “one of three principals publishing the Global Security and Sustainability Guide, a project of the World Academy of Art and Science, who have already identified and catalogued 1,400 organizations worldwide working in some way on these two key drivers of world meta-system. Our central thesis is that sustainability issues are driving security crises (e.g., conflicts over access to water and clean air) and that it is impossible to concentrate on sustainability in the absence of true security. The Guide will be an online, public resource by the end of 2016.”
Michael J. Tabas W’67 writes, “I am currently the founding president of Lawyers’ Video Service, an audio-visual deposition and documentary-evidence production company for the legal profession, based in Dresher, Pa. On May 26, I will be inducted into the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame for my lifetime tournament water-skiing achievements.”
Joseph M. Cohen W’68 WG’70 was recently profiled in an article “‘Everyone trusts Joe’,” Sports Business Journal (March 7-13). He was selected as one of the magazine’s 2016 “The Champions: Pioneers & Innovators in Sports Business.” He was also honored at the Creative Artists Agency’s World Congress of Sports in April.
Meyer S. Grinberg L’68 writes, “Although still operating my financial-planning business, I have continued my involvement in community service. I am currently serving as vice-chair of the Jewish Council of Public Affairs and co-chairing its strategic operating committee. I just completed a three-year term as president of the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon and as chair of the Community Relations Council. Currently, I am active with the Animal Rescue League of Western Pennsylvania, chairing their annual fundraiser with my wife, Mary, and the Bair Fund Foundation, which publicizes the plight of missing children. I am also an active fundraiser for the Melanoma Research Alliance. I have coauthored several op-ed articles in local and international publications and received several community-service awards.”
Bobbi Penneys Susselman Laufer CW’68 G’69, firstname.lastname@example.org , writes, “After teaching and tutoring foreign languages for many years, I’ve been selling worldwide travel since 1982, specializing in very small groups to exotic destinations. Having escorted groups to Cuba, Tibet, and Ethiopia, I will lead one to Papua New Guinea this July; (858) 459-2727.”
Frederic H. Poor III C’69 writes, “I have retired from the practice of law. I ski and sail (I race a Laser) when I get the chance, and I am engaged in volunteer efforts to support sailing in the Denver area. I am also trying to get some things done around the house. My wife, Sarah, is a non-practicing attorney and is substitute teaching. Both of our boys are grown and gone, but, since they live in the Denver area, we are lucky to see them fairly often. No grandchildren yet.”
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Howard Brod Brownstein C’71 W’71 is CEO of the Brownstein Corp., a turnaround and crisis-management firm based in Conshohocken, Pa. In February, he was appointed to a two-year term as president of the Philadelphia chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors, which provides credentialing for corporate directors and corporate-governance professionals.
Carl Feinberg C’71, the founding CEO of Relational Architects Inc., a software firm in Hoboken, N.J., has endowed a professorship in theoretical physics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, naming Juan Maldecena, a faculty member in its School of Natural Sciences, as the inaugural recipient.
Marsha Levick CW’71 is the co-founding deputy director and chief counsel of the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia. In February, she received the 2015 Philadelphia Award, for her “remarkable achievements throughout her career in the field of juvenile law.” She recently spearheaded the center’s successful litigation arising out of the Luzerne County judges’ corruption scandal, obtaining the expungement and vacatur of thousands of juveniles’ cases before the state supreme court, and winning compensatory damages for the children and their families in related civil litigation. She also serves on the adjunct faculty at Temple University law school.
Michael J. Beck CE’73 GCE’77 WG’77 writes that he recently published his new book, Eliciting Excellence: Bringing Out the Best in People. “For the last 16 years an executive strategist with Michael Beck International, I am passionate about helping companies and their leaders bring out the best in others, and I utilize executive coaching to improve their effectiveness, broaden their strategic thinking, and maintain their focus on execution.”
Seth Bergmann GEE’73 writes, “On Nov. 21, I completed the Rothman 8K run in Philadelphia, in 34:30, good for second place among men 65-69 years old.”
Will Fleissig C’73 writes, “After 30-plus years living in Denver and San Francisco, I recently rejoined the Eastern time zone with my wife and two daughters, having become the CEO-president of Waterfront Toronto. This private corporation, initially funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, and the City of Toronto, is charged to revitalize 2,000 industrial acres adjacent to downtown. This immense area is being transformed into a 21st-century ‘Smartgreen’ city with 30,000 units, 25 million commercial square feet, parks, and cultural destinations, while generating new technologies, products, services, and jobs that address Canada’s and Ontario’s response to building a low-carbon future. I am looking to reconnect with Penn colleagues for insights on how best to leverage private investments, as we deploy $1.25 billion in new Port Lands infrastructure ( www.waterfrontoronto.ca).”
Hugh A. Jones C’73 was elected a judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Northumberland County, Pa., last November. He previously served as a magisterial district judge and practiced law in Sunbury.
Dr. David Bienenfeld C’74 has been appointed professor emeritus of psychiatry at the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University. After more than 25 years there (23 as director of psychiatry-residency training), he has retired from the 90-mile round-trip commute and now rides his bicycle two miles to his new job as attending physician at Summit Behavioral Healthcare in Cincinnati.
David Padilla G’74 writes, “I am happy to report that I was awarded an honorary doctorate (LLD) by the University of Pretoria, South Africa, on Dec. 10, international Human Rights Day, in recognition of 45 years of work in human rights and development.”
Andrew Feinberg C’75 writes that he has “returned to writing full-time. My novel, Four Score and Seven, which imagines Abe Lincoln has come back to life for two weeks to reform the political system and battle a candidate who, I have been told, bears some resemblance to Donald J. Trump W’68, was published in April.”
Barbara Ross CW’75 writes that Fogged Inn, her fourth Maine Clambake Mystery, was released in February. “There will be at least two more Maine Clambake Mysteries, as well as a Christmas novella, coming in a collection from Kensington Books this holiday season. My husband, Bill Carito C’74, and I divide our time between Key West, Fla., Somerville, Mass., and Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Our daughter Kate will be married in May.”
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Dr. Robert Fleisher GD’76 is pleased to announce the publication of his most recent book, From Waiting Room to Courtroom: How Doctors Can Avoid Getting Sued, released by Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers. “I eagerly await the publication of my next book, The Sexless Marriage Fix, due to be released this August; it has nothing to do with dentistry.”
Miriam Arond C’77 writes, “After many years as a media executive, which included being director of the Good Housekeeping Institute for eight years and editor in chief of two award-winning magazines, I have opened my own brand-strategy consulting firm, Miriam Arond Consulting, LLC. I work with a diverse array of for-profit and non-profit businesses, helping clients to develop high-impact messaging and to fully leverage their brand assets across multiple platforms.”
Timothy Houghton C’77 will read from his collection The Internal Distance (Selected Poems 1989-2012) on the evening of June 7 at the Museo Casa di Dante in Florence.
Randall E. Mehrberg W’77 has rejoined Jenner & Block LLP as a partner in its Chicago office, where he supports the corporate, litigation, and restructuring and bankruptcy practices and helps expand the energy and regulatory industry groups. Previously, he was executive vice president and general counsel of Vail Resorts, the mountain-resort company in Colorado.
Dr. Bernard L. Herman Gr’78 is the George B. Tindall Distinguished Professor of Southern Studies and Folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He edited Fever Within: The Art of Ronald Lockett, which was published by the University of North Carolina Press in June.
Michael Replogle C’78 CE’78 GCE’78 was appointed deputy commissioner for policy at the New York City Department of Transportation last year. He also serves as chair of the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport Foundation, which “brings together under one umbrella over 90 organizations, including UN agencies, multilateral- and bilateral-development organizations, NGOs and foundations, academe, and the business sector.”
Dr. Cheryl Lerner C’79 D’82 has been appointed to the new position of vice president of professional services for Delta Dental of Colorado, the state’s largest dental-benefits provider. Most recently, she helped lead Maverest, a private dentist network.
Wes Michael C’79 is the founding president of Rare Patient Voice, LLC. “We recruit patients with rare diseases, and their caregivers, to take part in market research. Patients get paid $100 per hour for their time, and pharmaceutical companies are able to incorporate the voice of the patient as they develop and improve products and services.”
Hon. Michael A. Nutter W’79, who had served two terms as mayor of Philadelphia (2008-16), is the inaugural holder of the David N. Dinkins Professorship of Professional Practice in Urban and Public Affairs at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He is married to Lisa Y. Johnson GCP’92 ; their daughter is a junior at Columbia.
Mark Shwartz C’79 G’80 writes, “After 15 years in the foreign policy and defense arena (including seven as special assistant to the Secretary of Defense) and nearly 20 years as a New York-based corporate attorney, I recently relocated to Boston to become deputy general counsel for Cengage Learning, a global academic publisher and ed-tech firm.”
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Chris Barnett W’81 was recently elected to the board of the Groundwater Foundation, “a national nonprofit that educates people and inspires action to ensure sustainable, clean groundwater for future generations.” In his professional life, he serves as executive director of the Lawrence (Ind.) Community Development Corporation. He and his wife, Caryn, welcomed their second grandson, Landon, in January.
Alice Beck Dubow C’81 L’84 writes, “After practicing law for 20 years, I was elected to the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County in 2007 and served as a trial-court judge for eight years. Last November, I was elected in a statewide election to serve on the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. My husband is Rob Dubow C’81 WG’87; our son is Ben Dubow C’10 and our daughter is Rebecca Dubow C’13.”
Dr. Gary Frishman C’81 is a professor of obstetrics-gynecology at Brown University, where he serves as director of its obstetrics-gynecology residency program. He writes that he “was recently elected secretary-treasurer of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists. I shall ascend to president in 2018 of this 7500-member international society (100 countries represented), dedicated to improving minimally invasive surgery for women. I am also deputy editor for The Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, which focuses on surgery, and a member of the obstetrics-gynecology residency review committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.”
Jordan Peimer C’81 is executive director of ArtPower! at the University of California, San Diego; last December he was named a “Professional of the Year” by Musical America.
Adam Barr C’82 writes, “After a brief legal career, I combined my leisure love with my profession and entered the golf industry. Work as a reporter in print and television kept me in Florida for nearly 20 years; next, an executive position with a golf-club company sent me to Japan regularly. In November 2014, I became senior director of communications for the US Golf Association in Far Hills, N.J., within striking distance of both New York and the Penn campus. Yes, I bought a snowblower right away.”
Barbara T. Schneider C’82 is executive director of Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation, a nonprofit based at Sunday River in Newry, that offers year-long adaptive sports programming for adults and children with physical disabilities. After leaving the practice of law with the firm of Murray, Plumb & Murray in Portland, she has worked continuously in the ski industry as a snow-sports school supervisor, and a ski and race coach since 2003.
Samuel H. Israel ChE’83 is a partner in the Philadelphia law firm of Fox Rothschild LLP, where he specializes in bankruptcy litigation and is chair of its pharmaceutical and biotechnology practice. In January, he was appointed to the board of the Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project, a nonprofit that provides pro-bono representation for people seeking protection in bankruptcy court.
Donna Jeffers G’83 is owner of Canneberges Becancour Management Company and serves as managing trustee of Edgewood Trust, an agriculture investment company. In February, she was appointed to the board of Crittenton Women’s Union, a Boston nonprofit that “works to financially empower women and disrupt the poverty cycle.”
Neil Meyer C’83 recently opened a new entertainment-law firm, Meyer & Downs, LLP in Beverly Hills, Calif., which specializes in representing actors, writers, and directors. Previously with Stone, Meyer, Genow, Smelkinson & Binder, LLP, he notes that he takes with him “long-time clients Halle Berry, Taraji P. Henson, Michael Chiklis, Taylor Sheridan, and KaDee Strickland. I look forward to getting back to representing great clients at all stages of their careers at a smaller firm that affords me with greater time to do the work that I love.”
Samuel M. Spiritos W’84 is managing shareholder of Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A., an international law firm based in Potomac, Md. Recently, he was elected chair of the Best Buddies Maryland Advisory Board; he serves on the board of the Montgomery College Foundation and is also president of the Best Buddies DC Metro Advisory Board. He lives in Olney with his wife, Celia, and their sons Ben, David, and Max.
Dr. Peter E. Gollub C’85 has published the book Remembering Baymore, “a fable-like tale designed to help children contend with grief arising from the death of their pets.”
David Trone WG’85 and June Malament Trone WG’85 have established the Trone Family Public Policy Initiative Fund, which will provide “funding for research and other critical support promoting clear, fact-driven, accessible knowledge to stimulate policies that benefit the American public.” The fund is administered by the Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative, a hub for public-policy research and education, based in Washington and Philadelphia. David is the co-owner and president of Total Wine & More, the country’s largest independent retailer of fine wine, which operates in 21 states.
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Dr. David T. Blewett C’86 is a member of the senior professional staff in the planetary-exploration group at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland. He was a member of the science teams for NASA’s Messenger mission to Mercury and the Dawn mission to asteroid Vesta. Last year, receiving an International Visiting Scholar fellowship from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, he spent seven weeks in Beijing collaborating with scientists involved in China’s lunar-exploration program. He and his wife, Gina Ling, are the parents of Derek X. Ma EE’10.
Alan P. Goldberg C’86 has joined Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP as a partner in the investment-management practice group in its newly opened Chicago office, where he serves as partner-in-charge.
Risa Vetri Ferman C’87, Abington, Pa., is a trial court judge in the Court of Common Pleas in Montgomery County; she took the bench in January and is currently assigned to its family division. Previously, she had served two terms as the county district attorney. Co-founder of two nonprofits that seek to protect and support abused children, Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center and the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project, she has written two children’s books, The Mouse Who Went Surfing Alone (2011) on Internet safety, and The Mouse Who Beat the Jungle Bullies (2015).
Daniel H. Weiss C’87 in January was appointed an immigration judge in the Dallas Immigration Court in Texas. Previously, he was senior trial attorney in the human-trafficking prosecution unit of the Department of Justice in Washington.
Todd Hiller C’92, Bronxville, N.Y., has been appointed vice president of Hearts & Wallets LLC, which provides consumer data and analysis for the savings, investment, and financial advisory industries. Previously, he was director of market research and analysis for Oppenheimer Funds in Manhattan.
John Miao G’94, email@example.com , is pleased to “announce the launch of Brainsy.com, backed by Alphabet executive chair Eric Schmidt. [We are] rolling out an on-demand, phone-based, advice platform that is deployed by trade organizations, professional societies, and industry leading figures as an alternative revenue stream. It is industry/sector agnostic, but increasingly popular in niche interest areas. These clients can augment the service by connecting their social media accounts directly to it, allowing for a touch of direct marketing from their personal accounts.”
Matthew N. Wells C’95, chair of the securities-law practice of the law firm of Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC in Syracuse, N.Y., has also been appointed chair its public-finance practice.
Kim Harounian Zaga W’95 writes, “I got married last December in New York. We had a ton of alums there, including Dana Loesberg Baron W’95, Itai Baron C’96, Meredith Lane Verona C’95, Bryan Verona W’94, Kim Glasser Rosenstock C’95, Jeff Rosenstock C’95, Ilissa Silk Siegel C’95, Lori Kessler Sidman C’95, Leslie Finkelstein Rosen C’95, Mara Blackman Kraushaar C’95, Laurie Wershba Finkelstein C’95, Amy Raskin EAS’93, Kim Saperstein C’96, Mariana Mayer-Wolf Pictet C’97, Mazy Moghadam W’93, Mohammed Afkhami-Ebrahimi C’96, Jason Pantzer C’93, Caroline Schoenfeld Greenwald C’97, Sascha Bauer W’94, Danielle Mandelbaum Anderman C’94, Eliav Assouline W’95, Dov Szapiro WEv’95, Salvador Paiz W’96, Andi Grossman C’98, Michael Kestenbaum WG’06, Stephen Smigel W’93, Melissa Teller C’90, Freddy Sullivan W’90, Jason Ridloff W’93 WG’98 L’99, Matthew Sidman WG’98, Kammy Moalemzadeh W’91, and Neil Rubler WG’98 and Allison Rubler C’93. It was quite a reunion, and great to celebrate with so many old friends.”
Carl A. Irace C’97 and his wife, Alice Cooley, are excited to announce the arrival of their son, Jack Andrew Irace, on Jan. 1. “He was the first baby of 2016 in the town of East Hampton, N.Y. Happy grandparents Nancy and Steven Irace C’65 G’66 helped celebrate his arrival. Jack is already studying Shakespeare and can recite pi to the one-hundredth decimal place.”
Jamil Smith C’97 in February joined MTV News as its senior national correspondent. Previously, he was a senior editor at The New Republic.
Miki King W’98 in February was appointed vice president of operations at The Washington Post. Previously, she was EVP of operations at Politico. She lives in Virginia with her husband and two sons.
Beth Kissileff Gr’98 wrote, “Today [Feb. 25] is the publication day for my edited anthology Reading Genesis. I asked academics in different fields to use their expertise to write about the biblical text. So far response is great, and I plan an Exodus anthology as well. Other news: my novel, Questioning Return, is coming out in October, and my youngest daughter just had her bat mitzvah.”
Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend C’00 SW’02 is president and CEO of the Philadelphia Youth Network, a nonprofit that helps “equip young people for academic achievement, economic opportunity, and personal success.” It has effected youth employment in the city, especially last summer, helping the city exceed its goal of 10,000 summer jobs. In February, she was recognized at the White House as “a Champion of Change for Summer Opportunity.”
Mike Silver C’00 and his wife, Stacey, are “very excited to announce the birth of our second child, Alexa Madelyn Silver, on Jan. 5, joining (overjoyed) big sister Lila. We live in Bethesda, Md., where I am senior counsel for regulations at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Stacey works as an occupational therapist for Canyon Kids. We’d love to hear from old Penn friends at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
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Fabian Castro W’01 and his wife, Kathryn, are pleased to announce the birth of their twins, Mateo Alexander Castro and Camila Angelica Castro, on July 20, at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Fabian continues as the senior vice president of multicultural marketing for Universal Pictures, where he has worked for more than five years.
Heather Haney C’01 GGS’02 and her husband, Jonathan Helfgott, are excited to announce the birth of their second child, Lilah Celine Haney Helfgott, on Sept. 28. Heather and Jonathan also celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary on March 18. Both are attorneys in Denver, where she is at Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell practicing redevelopment and public-private finance, and he is clerking for the Hon. Philip A. Brimmer of the federal district. “Everyone is so happy, and both Annika and Lilah can’t wait to visit Penn for their mother’s 15th Reunion this spring.”
J. Stephen Feinour Jr. C’02 has been elected partner of the Philadelphia law firm of Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young, LLP, where he counsels investment companies and advisers on regulatory, compliance, and transactional issues.
Leslie A. Mariotti C’02, a member of the employment and labor practice group at the Philadelphia law firm of Pietragallo, Gordon, Alfano, Bosick & Raspanti, LLP, in February was named a co-chair of the Philadelphia Bar’s federal courts committee for 2016.
Rachel Rosenblatt C’02 writes, “I am delighted to announce that I married John Bone at the University Club in New York on Jan. 17. The wedding was officiated byRabbi Rachel Shafran Steiner C’02, and three classmates were in the wedding party, Anu Yerramalli C’02, Serena David W’02, and Michael Vondriska W’02. Also attending were Stacey Marmor Balaban W’02, Robyn Badiner Bedil C’02, Cassy Celler EAS’02, Marcy Smirnoff C’02, Stacy Frazier C’02, Jordana Kaye Kahn C’02, Allyson Bohensky Kaufman C’02, Jana Weiss Markowicz EAS’02, Ben Melinger EAS’02 W’02, Lauren Waxman Melinger C’03, Jocelyn Landau Palmer C’02 Gr’09, Scott Palmer M’10, Jodie Resnick W’03, and Paula Miller Weil C’01. We are loving married life living in Manhattan, where I am a managing director at FTI Consulting and provide communications strategies for clients, and John is an attorney at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett where he advises the firm on professional responsibility and risk management.”
Katherine Colby Troutman Nu’03 writes, “I am a certified family nurse practitioner, specializing in dermatology, living and working in Los Angeles; my skincare blog is www.skintranslations.com. I am self-publishing a children’s book, Sunny Goes to the Beach, that models best practices for sun safety; intended for ages three to eight, it tells the rhyming tale of a young girl and her day at the beach with her parents and best friend. I launched a Kickstarter in March to cover the costs of self-publishing (www.sunnygoesto.com).”
Wan-an Chiang GL’04 L’06 was elected in January to the Legislative Yuan (parliament) of Taiwan, representing a Taipei district for the former ruling party, the historic Kuomintang. Among the youngest members of the legislature, he won in an election in which young voters were unprecedentedly important, following the 2014 “Sunflower Movement.” A member of a prominent political family, he is a son of a former vice-premier and foreign minister. He had earlier practiced law in the United States.
Roman Galas W’04 was recently promoted to partner in the law firm of Ansa Assuncao LLP, where he has practiced civil litigation in its Philadelphia office since joining in 2009.
Emily Loeb C’04 in February joined the Washington office of law firm Jenner & Block as a special counsel in its government-controversies and public-policy litigation practice. She had recently served as an associate counsel in the White House Counsel’s Office. Earlier, while with the Justice Department, she received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service for her role in the team implementing the Windsor decision that struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act.
Jacob S. Perskie C’04 is an appellate litigator in the Atlantic City office of Fox Rothschild LLP. In January, he received the 2015 Honorable Benjamin A. Rimm Award from the Atlantic County Bar, which is presented each year to a young lawyer who “best displays the qualities of personal and professional integrity, devotion to the legal profession, and dedication to the people of the county.”
Duncan Wilder Sibson C’04 see Katherine White Sibson WG’11.
Amy B. Cohen C’05 and Micah G. Cohen C’05 are thrilled to announce the birth of their second son, Jesse Ezekiel, on Dec. 11. They recently moved back to Philadelphia, where they live in Center City along with proud big brother Jonah.
Michael Lewin W’05 and his wife, Juliet, are thrilled to announce the birth of their first baby, Aveline Joy Lewin, on Feb. 2. “We love her cheerful smile and full head of hair!”
Shari Shapiro L’05 writes, “After more than 10 years as a lawyer and lobbyist, I have seen the political environment in the US change dramatically, becoming more partisan and fragmented, and I found that it was increasingly difficult to make positive policy change. In addition, the technical tools that I had available to me were about 15 years out of date. Out of my frustration, iVocate was born. It is a B2B public-policy advocacy-management platform for government-relations professionals … I believe that providing [them] with better tools to expand their network of like-minded organizations and manage advocacy coalitions and campaigns can make an important difference in repairing our government. I am also enjoying being a female CEO in the tech community here in Philadelphia.”
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Xingxia Zhang EAS’06 and her wife, Susan Stoever Zhang, are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Aidan Zhang Stoever, on Feb. 2 in Manhattan. Xingxia works on the equities desk at D.E. Shaw and Susan is a product strategist at Moody’s.
Francis M. Hult Gr’07 is an associate professor of English studies at Lund University in Sweden. The 2016 Charles A. Ferguson Fellow at the international Center for Applied Linguistics, a non-profit based in Washington, he was recently appointed to the network of experts of the UNESCO International Bureau of Education.
Lindsay Janowitz Levine C’07 L’10 and Matthew Levine C’07 joyously announce the birth of their son, Brody Griffin Levine, on Feb. 18. Big brother Ari (two) is so excited about his new best friend. Other family welcoming him include grandmother Caren Levine W’81, aunt Meredith Finn C’08, and uncle Steven Finn W’08 GEng’10 WG’16.
Chiao-hui Su GL’07 was elected in January to the Legislative Yuan (parliament) of Taiwan, representing a district just outside Taipei, as part of the Democratic Progressive Party majority which achieved a near-landslide. Among the youngest members of the legislature, she won in an election in which young voters were unprecedentedly important, following the 2014 “Sunflower Movement.” A member of a prominent political family, she is the daughter of a former premier and party chair. After finishing her studies in the US, she returned to Taiwan to work on public-interest causes and as a lawyer.
Courtney Chin C’08 recently joined the Berkley, Mich., office of Stantec, the architecture and engineering firm, as a technical designer.
Nancy Hesse GNu’08 is the interim president and CEO of Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Eastern Regional Medical Center in Philadelphia. Last December, she was included in the Becker’s Hospital Review annual list of hospital and health system “Women Leaders to Know.”
11 | Celebrate Your Reunion: May 13-16, 2016
Kaneesha Parsard C’11 married Ryan Jobson C’11 at Hummingbird Hall in Montego Bay, Jamaica, on Jan. 30. Alongside family and close friends, they celebrated with their wedding party, which included Danielle Bainbridge C’12, Juna Dawson-Murray C’11, Petal Samuel C’11, andJeffrey Tillus W’12. Also attending were Dana Asbury C’07, Justin Ching C’11, and Jennielle Jobson EAS’11. Kaneesha and Ryan live in New Haven, Conn., where they are PhD candidates at Yale University: Kaneesha in American studies and African American studies and Ryan in anthropology and African American studies.
Katherine White Sibson WG’11 married Duncan Wilder Sibson C’04 on Sept. 26 at Point O’Pines on Brant Lake, N.Y. “The weather was perfect for all of the on-site activities such as canoeing, lawn games, bonfires, and the outdoor ceremony. We celebrated with friends from across the country, including Katy Bergstrom WG ‘11, Maya Bodinger WG’11, Veronica Delgado WG’11, Natalie Garcia WG ‘11, Jennifer Berry Henry WG’11, Brett Lanier WG ‘11, Derek Lim WG’11, Pat McBrearty WG’11, Christine Moseley WG’11, Chris Nakutis WG’11, Megan O’Connor WG’11, Kara Sweeney Egan WG’11, Laura Thompson WG ‘11, Selina Wang WG’11, Jamil Beg EAS’04 and WG’12, Brad Benz C’04, Alex Breland C’04, Steve Bursky C’04, Paul Byrne C’04, Daniel Craig C’04, Robert Dolan W’04, Justin Heyman W’04, Josh Kiman C’04, Brittany Martin C’04, Paul Martin C’04, Sarah McCabe C’04, and Robert Schmidt W’04.” Katie met Duncan while studying in her second year at Wharton. They currently live on the Upper West Side in Manhattan: she is a director in risk management at American Express and he is a VP at Remedy Partners in Darien, Conn.
Dr. Joshua E. Allen Gr’12 is vice president for research and development at Oncoceutics, Inc., a clinical-stage drug discovery and development company based in Philadelphia. He was recently named to Forbes magazine’s “30 under 30” 2016 list in recognition of his work on a cancer-fighting drug he discovered while a researcher at Penn.
Alhaji Saccoh LPS’14, Collingdale, Pa., is the founding executive director of the Sierra Leone Children’s Fund ( www.sierraleonechildren.org). A volunteer local firefighter, he wrote in February, “Since April 2015, I have lead an effort to collect used fire gear for firefighters in Sierra Leone. I recently returned from a trip there, where I volunteered for two months with local firefighters and distributed approximately $50,000 worth of equipment donated by several fire companies in Delaware County (Pa.).”