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July|Aug 2013


Larry Shprintz ChE’50 had some of his photographs of Istanbul in a recent group exhibition at the Addams Gallery; they can be seen at


Sanford H. Goldberg W’52 is proud to report that his grandson Jonathan Goldberg was admitted to Penn on early decision. His father is Daniel Goldberg W’81.


Ron Wilner W’53 writes, “Just as they did for their 50th, 10 years ago, Pi Lambda Phi’s Penn Class of 1953 brought back a remarkable percentage of living members for Alumni Weekend in May. Of 17 remaining fraternity brothers, 13 agreed to make the journey to Philadelphia, some from as far away as Louisiana, Illinois, and Florida. In 2003, organizing efforts were able to round up 20 of the 24 still able to be located, an 83% return nearly matched by this year’s 76%. The group gathered first for a private dinner at Zahav restaurant in Society Hill. Attending were Albert Bear W’53 (New Orleans), Bud Goldstein W’53 (Fair Lawn, N.J.), Steve Kaplan W’53 (New York), Howard Lidz W’53 Ar’57 (Philadelphia), Bob Parmacek W’53 (Highland Park, Ill.), Allan Pulver W’53 (White Plains, N.Y.), Stan Ross W’53 (Sarasota, Fla.), Ed Schmith W’53 (Cleveland), Mike Shore W’53 (Cleveland), Stan Stern W’53 (Westport, Conn.), and Ron himself, from Baltimore. Leonard Shwartz and Leroy Shapiro were also registered to attend but were late scratches, due to weather and unforeseen circumstances. Spouses and family members joining the group included Dr. Rona Ross CW’56 and Dr. Michael Parmacek, cardiology chief at HUP and son of Bob Parmacek. Barbara Schlesinger CW’56 attended representing her late husband, David Schlesinger W’53.”


Ronald H. Weintraub W’55, ronarizonacoronado[at], was recently named secretary of the board of the Gastric Cancer Foundation, the national organization dedicated to supporting research on that disease ( He and his wife helped establish the Gastric Cancer Registry at Stanford University.


Dr. Lorraine Wincor Ed’57 GEd’61 writes, “I moved to Ft. Lauderdale in the early 1970s and worked as a reading consultant, K through high school, in the Broward Co. schools, until I returned to Nova University and earned a doctorate in clinical psychology. At age 87, I am still working in private practice specializing in EMDR (eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing) for trauma and abuse. My last visit to Penn was to celebrate my 50 years since graduation. It was a tremendously enriching and upbeat experience. I am so proud of my Penn history.”


Allan P. Cramer C’58, a partner in the law firm of Cramer & Ahern in Westport, Conn., was one of five attorneys recently honored by the Connecticut Bar Association with its pro-bono award.


59   H. Samantha Grier CW’59,, writes, “I am happy to announce the April publication (under the pen name Shulamit Sofia) of my book Climbing the Sacred Ladder: Your Path to Love, Joy, Peace, and Purpose, based on my life experiences and my work with people as part of my work with Soul Strength Seminars. Since 2007 I have been working as president of the Sacred Ladder, an educational organization I founded providing soul-strength seminars to address the spiritual needs of a secular society in challenging times.”


William L. Mack W’61, the founding chair of AREA Property Partners, a global real-estate and asset-management company, in April began a three-year term as chair of the Board of Overseers of the Wharton School, on which he has served since 1998 and as vice chair since 2009. He is an emeritus trustee of the University.
Phyllis C. Murray GEd’61, the founding president of One Love Tennis, Inc., which provides free tennis instruction to young people ages 8-14, in January was recognized by the US Tennis Association as its Regional Volunteer of the Year for the Southern Region.


Dr. Ron Silikovitz C’62 is a psychologist who has offices in West Orange and Elizabeth, N.J. In April, he received the Philip N. Sobel Award from the New Jersey chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts; he was the founding first president of the chapter. He is a former president of the Society of Psychologists in Private Practice.


Dr. Arnold Weisgold GD’65 is an adjunct professor of periodontics at Penn Dental Medicine. In May, he received the leadership award from the Kornberg School of Dental Medicine at Temple University for “his leadership in the areas of periodontal prosthesis, restorative dentistry, esthetics, implant prosthodontics and occlusion.”


Julian Conway Wilson Jr. C’66, a resident-services specialist with the District of Columbia Housing Authority, co-wrote “Improving Health Services for Residents Through Community-Based Participatory Research: A Public Housing Leadership Perspective,” that appeared in the spring issue of Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action (Johns Hopkins University Press).

Kenneth J. Artis C’67 has been issued US Patent #8442921.
Dr. Mark Batshaw C’67 has been named physician-in-chief at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, where he was chief academic officer. Professor and chair of pediatrics at George Washington University, he is associate dean for medical academic affairs there. A developmental pediatrician who wrote the textbook Children with Disabilities (now in its seventh edition), he continues to pursue NIH-funded research in gene therapy for urea-cycle disorders, a birth defect.
Michael Sales W’67 writes, “I was recently elected co-chair of the Society for Organizational Learning, North America (SoL NA). [Its] mission is to advance and promulgate the five disciplines of organizational learning as propounded by Peter Senge in The Fifth Discipline (1990) … He is the founding chair of the Society for Organizational Learning. I also had a great time at the 45th Reunion last year and I encourage all ’67 graduates to join in the fun and adventure on our Facebook page.”
Stuart Tobin C’67, stuarttobin[at], emails that he is “now ensconced as Chief and Indian of the Division of Dermatology at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington.” He announces the release of his book Rash Decisions and Growth Experiences from the Best Little Warthouse in Kentucky, a “collection of humorous anecdotes and funny stories of a lifetime career in private practice and academic medicine, with patients, medical students, residents, and peers, and a few Penn ruminations as well.”


Dr. Thomas D. Cherubini GM’68 writes that he has published a second novel, The God Particle, “a medical-scientific murder-mystery.” (His first novel was the semi-autobiographical Up In Smoke, written under the pen name Tom Deecy.) He has also published Walk Away From Diabetes and Obesity, a non-fiction book on Type II diabetes and obesity, and Money Back Short Stories is a collection of seven of his short stories. This autumn will see the publication of The Broken Seal, “an American historical novel, which takes place in Thomas Jefferson’s first term as president. It received the endorsement of Stephen Ambrose.” His books are available at online bookstores in print and in electronic form for e-readers.



Dr. Frederick M. Herrmann C’69 has been appointed to the Joint Committee on Ethical Standards of the New Jersey Legislature by Thomas H. Kean, Jr., the Senate Minority Leader. Dr. Herrmann is the retired executive director of the state’s Election Law Enforcement Commission and a former president of the international Council on Governmental Ethics Laws.


William H. Hernandez W’70 retired in 2009 as chief financial officer and senior vice president of PPG Industries in Pittsburgh. While there, he was voted best CFO in the chemical industry for four years by Institutional Investor magazine, and CFO of the Year by Chemical Week magazine in 2002. Currently he serves on four boards: Eastman Kodak, USG, Albemarle, and BlackBox. A daughter is Lisa Hernandez C’97 L’01. He and his wife, Linda, have been married for 40 years, and have two other daughters and five grandchildren.
Fred Strober C’70 is a partner at the law firm of Saul Ewing, LLP, and is the immediate past managing partner of its Philadelphia office. Earlier this year, he and his wife, Beth Robinson, were honored by Congregation Rodeph Shalom for “their extraordinary contributions to the synagogue and to the greater Philadelphia community.”


Steven Gayle C’71 is now a senior consultant for Resource Systems Group, a Vermont-based consulting firm; he works in its transportation policy and planning practice. “I find myself wondering how the Class of ’71 has moved so close to the beginning of Alumni Notes. We’re still so young.”
Joel Raby WG’71 manages the Montreal office of MacDougall Investment Counsel. Chair of the investment committee of the McGill University Endowment Fund, he is a recent recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his stewardship of the Vanier Institute Endowment Fund over many years.
Jean Robertson CW’71 G’73 Gr’83 was named Chancellor’s Professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, where she has taught art history at its Herron School of Art and Design since 1995. (This is the highest academic rank at IUPUI.) One of her books, Themes of Contemporary Art: Visual Art after 1980 (2005), has now been published in English, Korean, and Chinese editions; it was co-written with her husband, Craig McDaniel W’70, associate dean and professor of fine arts at Herron.


Gilbert S. Rothenberg C’72 is chief of the appellate section at the Department of Justice’s Tax Division. He was recently awarded the Presidential Rank Award of “Distinguished Executive,” which is the highest annual award for career members of the federal government’s Senior Executive Service. An adjunct professor of law at American University, he has taught personal and corporate tax law for over 25 years.



Edward F. Murphy C’74 has joined Wisler Pearlstine, LLP, as a partner based in its Newtown, Pa., office; he specializes in zoning and land-use law.


Barton Avery Brown W’75 WG’76 and Mary Alice Brown are thrilled to announce the birth of their second granddaughter, Aliza Lynne Brown, on May 9, at 8:47am.
Elliott N. Weiss C’75 W’75 WG’76 G’78 Gr’80 has been appointed the Oliver Wight Professor of Business Administration at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.


Steve Elkinton GLA’76 in April received a lifetime-achievement award from American Trails, Inc., to honor his 24 years of service with the National Park Service’s National Trails System, where he is a program leader in the Washington office. He notes, “I plan to retire next February.”
Dr. Thomas W. Hill Gr’76, thomas44hill[at], emeritus professor of anthropology at the University of Northern Iowa and former head of its Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology, wrote Native American Drinking: Life Styles, Alcohol Use, Drunken Comportment, Problem Drinking, and the Peyote Religion, which was published recently by New University Press.
Mary Theresa Metzler C’76, a partner in the Philadelphia law firm of Ballard Spahr LLP, in February spoke on the protection of witness statements from disclosure under the National Labor Relations Act to the ABA’s Committee on Development of the Law.
Jonathan J. Rikoon C’76 has joined the New York office of the law firm Loeb & Loeb LLP as a partner in its trusts and estates department; previously, he was the trusts and estates group chair at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.


Jay M. Levin C’77 L’81, counsel in the insurance-recovery group and based in the Philadelphia office of Reed Smith LLP, co-wrote “Recent Developments in Property Insurance Coverage Litigation,” which was published in the ABA’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal in April.


Nancy E. Nes GAr’78, a project manager with GWWO, Inc./Architects in Baltimore, has been appointed a senior associate. She specializes in cultural projects, including the new Cylburn Arboretum Vollmer Center, renovations to the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center, and a new interpretive center for Morven Museum and Garden.


Wayne Glasker C’80 Gr’94, an associate professor of history at Rutgers- Camden and the recent director of its African American studies program, teaches a graduate colloquium there on African American history. A contributor to The Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance and a frequent reviewer for Choice magazine, he is working on a new book about Malcolm X and James Baldwin, and their impact on the civil-rights movement. In April, he was honored by the Camden County East chapter of the NAACP with its Visionary Leader Award.
Steven Rabinowitz Nu’80 GNu’84 writes, “The girls did very well in 2012: I harvested 46 lbs. of honey from my beehive and my fifth grandchild was born (Riley Sapphire on Feb. 14). I can also report that my hive survived the winter, here in Virginia, and the girls are working hard, now that the dandelions have bloomed and nectar flow has started. Still working at the University of Virginia giving anesthesia.”
Steve Unterberger C’80 has joined Carrick Capital Partners, LLC, a San Francisco private-equity firm, as its chief technology officer; previously, he was with Hewitt Associates, Inc.
Will Weddleton EAS’80 W’80 was interviewed on The Willis Report on Fox Business News (April 25) regarding the Boston area’s business response to the events surrounding the Marathon bombing; it focused on the effectiveness of the business-continuity plan of his firm, Public Partnership, LLC, during the lockdown. He notes this was a memorable time for him, as he has run the Boston Marathon several times, starting in 1978 when he was a Penn student.


Gregg Coodley C’81 writes, “Having been born too late to run guns to Ethiopia, or fight on the Loyalist side in Spain, I spent the first 10 years after graduation wandering from the deserts of California to the frozen wastes of Massachusetts. I then crossed the river Willamette to settle in Portland, Ore. Here I have begat four children, and spend my time grazing my flocks (two dogs and a cat) and working as a primary-care doctor. I have been excited to collaborate with Alan Silverman W’81 and Mike Rothaus W’83—who have forgotten more about computers than most people will learn in a lifetime—in designing the best electronic health-records system this side of Cooperstown. It is for doctors, not for hospitals or administrators. We will be excited to offer this product to other doctors, including even Princeton grads. To my classmates of ’81, I say, ‘Live long and prosper.’”


Steven P. Feldman Gr’82, a professor of business ethics at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, wrote China, Trouble in the Middle: American-Chinese Business Relations, Culture, Conflict, and Ethics, which was published by Routledge in March.
Dr. Elyse Seidner-Joseph C’82 received rabbinic ordination in January; she is the founder and spiritual leader of Makom Kadosh: the Jewish Fellowship of Chester County (



Brian Beutner W’84 writes, “April was a busy month. First we sold mPay Gateway, where I served as CEO for the past five years, to PaySpan, Inc., a leader in the healthcare-payments industry. I am now focusing my time on working with start-ups and their founders as they try to expand their innovative concepts into viable businesses. Later in the month, Governor Mark Dayton appointed me to serve as board chair of MNsure, Minnesota’s Health Insurance Exchange.”
Jim Cobb G’84 had his work featured in The Manifestation of Milieu, a June show at the Agora Gallery in New York.
Tsiwen M. Law L’84, Philadelphia, in March received the A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pennsylvania Bar for his “outstanding leadership and service to the legal profession, the minority community, and the citizens of Pennsylvania.”


Nancy Rogo Trainer GAr’85, a principal of VSBA, LLC, an architectural planning and design firm in Philadelphia, led the renovation of Fay House at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, which was a awarded a LEED Gold certification for new construction.


Thomas J Carstens C’86, Westport, Conn., is the chief investment officer of WealthEdge Advisors, a New York-based independent investment-advisory firm for high-net-worth families. He previously served in the same role at Lenox Advisors, where he oversaw more than $1 billion of client investment assets.


Jeff Fromm W’87 and Christie Garton L’06 wrote Marketing to Millennials: Reach the Largest and Most Influential Generation of Consumers Ever; to be published this month, it “details the Millennial generation and takes a deep dive into their consumer insights.”
Lisa Krutzel-Katzman C’87 see Justine Fitzgerald C’91 W’91.
Mike Logan W’87
has joined Soluble Systems, LLC, a medical-products company, as territory manager for south and central New Jersey and Staten Island.



Roy Larson W’89, a partner in the Miami office of the law firm of Baker & McKenzie who specializes in mergers and acquisitions and public and private equity offerings, in January received Lexology’s 2013 Client Choice Award for M&A in Florida.
Kenneth M. Morgan C’89 was promoted to partner in the law firm of Hyland Levin LLP in Marlton, N.J.; he specializes in real-estate law.


Howard Berman C’90 writes “to announce my admission by the MFA program at SUNY Stony Brook. Originally writing helped as a therapy for a traumatic experience while in the Israeli Defense Forces, but is now rather more serious. So I will be that not so rare creature: the writer-librarian.”
Thomas C. McDaniels Jr. C’90 was appointed chief of staff at the Transportation Security Administration last December. Previously, he was chief of staff and chief policy adviser for Hon. Frederica Wilson, US House of Representatives. From 2008 to 2011, he was senior policy adviser on aviation-security issues for the Congressional Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Transportation Security and a principal author of the Transportation Security Administration Authorization Act of 2009.
Bret I. Parker C’90 has been appointed executive director of the New York City Bar Association.


Justine Fitzgerald C’91 W’91 writes that on March 16, Rabbi Amy Schwartzman C’85 presided over the b’nai mitzvah of Caroline Katzman, daughter of Lisa Krutzel-Katzman C’87, and Audra Scheinman, Justine’s daughter, at Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, Va., where Amy is senior rabbi.
Lori Armstrong Halber W’91 has joined the Philadelphia office of Fisher & Phillips LLP as a partner; she specializes in labor and employment.
John S. Gerstmyer Gr’91 in November was appointed director of graduate studies in education at Salem College in Winston-Salem, N.C.


Jennifer Friedman Sklarew C’92 is in Tokyo until August on a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Award fellowship for her work on Japanese energy policymaking and change; she hopes to earn her PhD from George Mason University in 2014, after completing a parallel US case study. When not conducting research, she is enjoying sushi and sightseeing with her husband, Dann Sklarew C’91, and their twin kindergartners. Dann is researching Japanese sustainability issues, while volunteering as a Potomac River goodwill ambassador and advising his graduate students’ research.
Virginia Woodruff C’92 writes, “I’ve started a website,, which was a finalist in the 2013 SXSW Interactive Awards. The site celebrates ‘the agony and ecstasy of life with kids.’ We accept submissions from any parent in the form of essays, ‘moments,’ or photos.”



Brad Westwood GFA’94 has been appointed director of the Utah Division of State History and the Utah State Historical Society. He had been manager of acquisitions for the LDS Church History Museum and the LDS Church History Library in Salt Lake City. He lives in Springville with his wife, Virlie Vincent Westwood.


Lindsay Gruber Dunham C’95 and Chris Dunham are thrilled to announce the birth of their third child and first daughter, Lila Miller Dunham.
Michael Lundblad C’95, assistant professor of English and director of animality studies at Colorado State University, wrote The Birth of a Jungle: Animality in Progressive-Era US Literature and Culture, which was published recently by the Oxford University Press.
Max Page Gr’95 is professor of architecture and history and the graduate program director of historic preservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He recently received a Rome Prize for Historic Preservation and Conservation from the American Academy in Rome for a book-length, work-in-progress submission on “Usable Pasts: The Legacy of Mussolini and the Lessons of Scarpa.”
Dr. Kenneth N. Sable EAS’95 has been appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer for the St. Peter’s Healthcare System, New Brunswick, N.J. He spent the past 10 years as an emergency physician and vice-chair for operations of the emergency-medicine department at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn. This fall, he expects to complete an MBA program at the University of Massachusetts. He currently lives in Monroe, N.J., with his wife, Christina, and two children, Dylan (four) and Gabriella (one).
Amy Markov Wolf C’95 and Ron Wolf announce the birth of their second child, Meredith Moncy Stephanie Wolf, on March 19.


Beltran Alvarez de Estrada W’96 writes, “I was recently appointed CEO of Puro Group (, a lifestyle hospitality company that owns and operates hotels and beach clubs; we currently have one hotel and seven beach clubs in several countries, such as Spain, Portugal, Italy, Romania, Montenegro, and the UAE. We are expanding quickly and we hope to be in Brazil and Egypt by 2014. I am happily married, live in Madrid, and have three beautiful children (ages eight, seven, and five). This was a very rewarding year as chair for Spain for the Penn Alumni Interview Program since were able to interview about half of the applicants for the first time in our recent history. I also enjoy contributing to the Wharton Club of Spain as a board member.”
Caroline Tiger C’96, a freelance journalist, author, and editorial strategist, has joined the Bresslergroup, a Philadelphia-based product design and development consultancy, as its senior content strategist.


Alyson Tesler Anderson C’97 and her husband, Chris, are “excited to have a trifecta and introduce Cameron Henry Anderson, born March 24. Big brothers Connor and Gavin were excited to welcome him home!”
Anne Chen C’97 GEd’98 and her husband, Philip, joyfully announce the birth of their daughter, Lillian Joy Shin Chen, on Oct. 11. “She is lovingly welcomed by her family, including grandfather Adams Dodson Jr. WG’77, grandmother Diane Derby Dodson HUP’57 Nu’60 GNu’73, uncle Dr. John Adams Dodson C’99, great-uncle William Derby C’61 WG’65, and cousins Christiane Derby Williams C’96 and Alexandria Derby Schenk C’99. We wish her great-grandmother Helen Leslie Derby DH’27 could have been here to meet her as well.”
Matthew Grove EAS’97 has been promoted to senior managing director in charge of the retail-annuities business of New York Life; he had joined the company in 2009.
Laurie Moldawer C’97 writes, “New in 2013, the Park City Culinary Institute has opened in Deer Valley, Utah. Having attended Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, I wanted to bring that level of artistry here to Park City, a global destination tucked in at the base of three world-class ski resorts (Ski magazine ranked each one in the Top Ten). I was really lucky to be able to secure space next to the celebrated Stein Eriksen Lodge, and the new venue is actually on a major ski trail at Deer Valley; we may be the first ski-in ski-out culinary school in the country! With this great location, I am organizing dozens of fun apres-ski events, including wine and bourbon tastings. For our cooking programs, I have partnered with the area’s best chefs to offer recreational classes, and together we are developing a world-renowned professional program. Imagine taking six months off to live in a ski town, immersed in a culinary adventure. The inspiration for this was my sabbatical from a Wall Street career to go to culinary school in Paris. Living in another world for six months is life-changing, and energized me for my return to mergers & acquisitions. It is that kind of experience I want to recreate here. Deer Valley is also a great venue for corporate and private events, for which we can accommodate up to 100 people both indoors and out on our majestic patio. The institute is located at the Deer Valley Club in Silver Lake Village. If you are planning a visit to Deer Valley, please come say hello. I live here with my love, Sean Kay, and his ten-year-old boy. For more information, please visit or call me at (435) 659-5075.”
Patricia Giannakopoulos Pinkernell W’97 and her husband, Tyler, are happy to announce the birth of their first child, Friedrich Finnegan Pinkernell (aka Fritz), on Feb. 9.
Kevin J. Switala GLA’97, a vice president of GeoDecisions, the Philadelphia-based geospatial-technology division of Gannett Fleming, was recently appointed a stockholder of the parent company.
Louis Virelli III GEng’97 L’00 was recently promoted to professor of law and the Leroy Highbaugh Sr. Research Chair at Stetson University in Gulfport, Fla.


Dr. Heidi Korn C’98 and her husband, Dr. Ryan Dedels, are thrilled to announce the birth of their second daughter, Samantha Rae, on March 28. “Proud big sis Izzy loves helping out with baby Sami.” They live in Palm Harbor, Fla., where Heidi is an endodontist and Ryan is a general dentist.
Prof. Adam Seth Litwin C’98 W’98 and his wife are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Beatrix Grace Litwin, on March 20, the first day of spring. A faculty member in the Carey Business School and the School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, Adam still lives in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, but “now under the direction of three women: wife Claire, baby Trixie, and Gilda, a beagle/Boston terrier.”
Kathy Neuhaus Steckenborn C’98 and her husband, Bjoern Steckenborn, are delighted to announce the birth of their daughter, Louisa Grace, on Nov. 1. They live in New York and are enjoying life as a family of three. Kathy currently works for Hildene Capital Management, a credit fund, and looks forward to reconnecting with classmates at kneuhaus[at]



Tova Rosman Abrahmov C’99 and her husband, Dave, are thrilled to announce the birth of their third child and second son, Eyal Eitan Abrahmov, on April 28. “Big brother Ariel (four) and big sister Kieren (two) are equally ecstatic in welcoming the new addition to the family and are taking their new roles very seriously. We live in Forest Hills, N.Y., and are adjusting to life as a family of five.”
Elizabeth A. Diffley W’99 L’04, a corporate and securities lawyer in the Philadelphia office of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, where she specializes in securities law, M&A, and corporate governance, was recently appointed partner.
Avi Gelboim W’99 manages Scher Capital Management, LLC, a New York family-office firm that specializes in emerging hedge funds. He is engaged to Meri Horn and they will marry in October.
Ari Indik C’99 EAS’99 has joined the Philadelphia law firm of White and Williams LLP as an associate in its intellectual-property group.


Jill Bergeron C’00 and her husband, Pete Carlson, are pleased to announce the birth of their baby boy, Jasper Michael Carlson, at home on Aug. 12 and “delivered by his dad, following a quick labor.”
William T. Mandia C’00, a litigator in the Philadelphia office of Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young, LLP, has been elected a partner.
Dr. Catherine Zorc C’00 GM’12 and Joshua Krotec EAS’01 W’01 WG’09, along with their son James, are thrilled to announce the birth of Gwendoline Anne Krotec on March 25. They live in Wilmington, Del., where Cathy recently joined the Nemours Foundation as an attending pediatrician with Nemours Pediatrics and an adviser for Nemours Health and Prevention Services.


Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal C’01 has been appointed legal director of the Center for HIV Law and Policy, a national advocacy organization working to reduce the impact of HIV on vulnerable and marginalized communities.
Joshua Krotec EAS’01 W’01 WG’09 see Dr. Catherine Zorc C’00 GM’12.


Jessica Richman L’02 is CEO of uBiome, a San Francisco-based biotech startup; in April she spoke at a TEDMED conference on the firm’s crowdfunding campaign for microbiome sequencing, involving over 2,500 participants from over 40 countries.


Carolina Gallardo C’03 married Edward Rodriguez, her boyfriend of three years, on April 21, “in a lovely church ceremony and reception in the Hawthorne, N.J., area where a good time was had by all. The celebration included about 160 guests including Tanjanika Brown W’01, Tara O’Reggio C’03, Jessica Gonzalez C’05 L’09, Alexis James W’02, Roxanne Downer C’02, Maureen McLaughlin C’01, Valene Whittaker C’02 GEd’03, Frances Wu EAS’02, Naomi Sta Maria EAS’05, Aisha Farbes-Lyons C’02, Rachael Palmer EAS’03 W’09, Jessica Perry C’03, and Irene Papajohn C’03. After their honeymoon, Carolina and Edward moved into their new home in Airmont, N.Y.
Julie Thaler Lilienfeld C’03 and Matt Lilienfeld are excited to announce the birth of their daughter, Gemma Morgan, on Jan. 4 in New York. Julie works in leveraged finance at Morgan Stanley and Matt is a futures trader at NewEdge.
Brian Michael C’03, brian[at], recently moved back to Philadelphia, after a decade of political consulting in D.C., to focus on his love of baseball. He founded in 2004 and currently serves as executive producer for Phillies Nation TV, which can be seen each Tuesday at 6pm on the Comcast network. He “also will be releasing a cookbook of fan-inspired tailgate recipes later this year. Yum!”
Joseph Mirarchi C’03 has joined the Philadelphia law firm of White and Williams LLP as a junior associate in its subrogation department. Previously, he was with Klineburger & Nussey.
Julie Berstein Palley C’03 and Josh Palley C’04, and big sister Etta, are excited to announce the birth of their second daughter, Lucy Joplin, on March 6. “We live in Philadelphia, and Lucy has already visited Penn’s campus.”



Josh Palley C’04 see Julie Berstein Palley C’03.
Stefani Topol Orland Silverstein C’04 WG’08
and Mark Lloyd Silverstein W’04 L’07 are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Cyrus Jett, on April 4, weighing 6 lbs. 12 oz. “He was welcomed with love by family, including grandfather Bobby Silverstein W’71, and uncle Evan Silverstein C’06 EAS’06, as well as many close friends. We are living in New York, where Stef is a vice president in mergers & acquisitions at Barclays and Mark is legal counsel at Spotify.”
Dr. Joshua Strauss C’04 see Dr. Danielle Savitsky Strauss C’05.


Alyssa Beaver C’05 married Daniel J. Gomez II C’05 on May 4 at the Larchmont Avenue Church in Larchmont, N.Y.; a reception followed at Travers Island in Pelham Manor. The wedding party included her mother, Thea Shirk Beaver C’76, and his parents Alexis U. Gomez Nu’77 and Daniel J. Gomez W’78, bridesmaids Jessica Beaver GEd’13, Courtney Gomez WG’10, Alexis C. Gomez M’17, and groomsman Bill Beaver WG’10. Other guests included John Murphy C’76, Andrea Devoti Nu’76, Leonard Ulicny C’76, Molly Sverdlov C’05, Amanda Fenster C’05, Sumin Sohn C’05, Eli Schlam C’05, Nicholas Ryan C’05, Edward Chatelain C’05, David Marshall C’05 and Alyssa M. Marshall C’05, and Karen Jablonski C’05.
Scott Reich C’05 L’08
wrote The Citizenship Gap: Why John F. Kennedy Matters to a New Generation, “which is due to be published in October in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of JFK’s death. The book offers a positive re-discovery of the Kennedy era, from the perspective of someone born years after [he] died, with the specific aim of addressing why his legacy remains relevant today for young people with no living connection to the New Frontier.”
Alexis Stein C’05 writes, “I have earned my LCSW and have opened up a private-therapy practice in Manhattan.”
Dr. Danielle Savitsky Strauss C’05 and Dr. Joshua Strauss C’04 are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Alexa Rachel, on March 19. They live in Manhattan, where Josh is a fellow in hematology-oncology at Columbia/New York Presbyterian Medical Center. Danielle is completing a residency in ophthalmology at the New York University Medical Center and this month begins a fellowship in vitreo-retinal surgery at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.


Christie Garton L’06 see Jeff Fromm W’87.
Melody Joy Kramer C’06
writes, “I am now a writer and editor at National Geographic magazine in Washington. I also work with public media stations and shows on digital and social strategy. In other news, I recently won an essay contest to receive a complete hair makeover: still debating whether to go for the full mohawk. You can follow me on Twitter @mkramer.”
Jeffrey S. Pozzuolo C’06 W’06, a member of the Philadelphia law firm of Pozzuolo Rodden, P.C., co-wrote “Using Trusts To Maximize Family Protection and Minimize Estate Taxes” in the January issue of Practical Tax Strategies, published by Thomson Reuters.


Sameena Azhar G’07 SP’07 and Pedro Rosado are “ecstatic to announce their marriage on June 28 in Huntington Beach, Calif. [We] were joined by a circle of family and friends in Southern California for the special occasion.”


Alyssa Huegel C’08 Gr’14 married Matt MacMillan EAS’09 GEng’10 at the Curtis Hall and Arboretum in Wyncote, Pa., earlier this year. The bridal party included Julianne Huegel EAS’08. Alumni attending included Elizabeth Harbison C’08, Stephanie Yee C’08, Aakash Mathur W’09, Ryan Weicker C’08, Monica Burnett Castellano C’08, Brian Rosenwald C’06, Sam Taylor C’08, Evan Carabelli C’09, Sarah Clark Gr’13, Erin Graf Krock Gr’13, and Karen Ocwieja Gr’14 M’14. “After the wedding, we continue to live in Philadelphia as I finish my doctorate in microbiology at Penn.”



Seth M. Holmes GM’09 is the Martin Sisters Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health and Graduate Program in Medical Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley; he wrote Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States, which was published by the University of California Press in June.
Matt MacMillan EAS’09 GEng’10 see Alyssa Huegel C’08 Gr’14.
Shana Hoffman EAS’09
writes, “I was recently selected as one of Business Insider’s Most Impressive Harvard Business School Students for the recent launch of my startup CareSolver, which helps caregivers of aging loved ones manage and coordinate care more effectively.” Since starting the company, she and her business partner won the Rock Accelerator Award there and received residency in the Harvard Innovation Laboratory.


Jeffrey Karsh C’10 is a founding partner of Tryperion Partners, LLC, a new Los Angeles-based private real-estate investment firm.
Crystal Medler GFA’10 married Harvey Rojas Mora on April 27 at Belle Chapel in Snohomish, Wash. The wedding party included maid of honor Alison Haley GFA’10 and bridesmaid Kate Verone LPS’08 GFA’10. After returning from their honeymoon in the Dominican Republic, Crystal and Harvey continue to live in the Seattle area, where she works in historic preservation and he is a process engineer at Starbucks.


Amir Satvat GEng’11 WG’11 writes, “On April 13, I married Jessica Leight (we are both from Cambridge, Mass.) in a ceremony at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, attended by over 200 family and friends. My cousin Ali Satvat WG’06 was a groomsman; his wife, Tracy Balton C’99 WG’06, was also present. Penn faculty members Sheila Murnaghan and Philip Gressman were guests.”


Dr. Arthur H. Sulzer GrEd’12, Glen Mills, Pa., a retired captain in the US Navy (from 1974 to 2005), helped set up Philadelphia’s Maritime Academy Charter High School in 2003. Last January, he was sworn in to serve on the St. Lawrence Seaway Advisory Board.
Janay Sylvester C’12 is an associate in the communications department of AmeriCares; based in Stamford, Conn., it is a nonprofit global-health and disaster-relief organization.

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