“We’ve recently authored a book together, … published just a few days before we welcomed our ninth child. … All eight siblings love the new baby and don’t yet care much about the book.”
—Kent Lasnoski C’05 and Caitlin Lukens Lasnoski C’05
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Hon. Harold Berger EE’48 L’51 has been honored by a Special Philadelphia City Council Resolution recognizing his public service and contributions to academia and the national legal community. Harold is a World War II US Army veteran and serves Penn in multiple roles, including on the board of advisors of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, as chair of the Friends of Biddle Law Library, and as a member of the executive board of Penn Law’s Center of Ethics and the Rule of Law. In addition, he was the recipient of the inaugural Lifetime Commitment Award of Penn Law. Among items recognized were his service as chair of the National Committee on the Federal and State Judiciary of the Federal Bar Association, his service as a judge of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, and his receipt of the Special Service Award of the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges. Harold also served as chair of the aerospace law committees of the American, Federal, and Inter-American Bar Associations, chaired the International Conferences on Global Interdependence at Princeton University and was elected to the International Academy of Astronautics in Paris. A cofounder and managing partner emeritus of Berger & Montague, Harold is a recipient of a National Achievement Award from Marquis Who’s Who in America and Marquis Who’s Who in American Law. He is a lifetime honorary trustee of the Federation of Jewish Charities of Philadelphia and the recipient of the Children of the American Dream Award of HIAS for leadership in the civic, legal, academic, and Jewish communities.
John S. Thomas CE’52 has authored a new book, Astronomical Weather. From the book’s description: “Curtailing carbon fuels will cause economic chaos across the world as we have no economic alternative. Astronomical Weather informs the reader of the character of this global warming threat; and assesses its validity.”
Dr. Monroe E. Trout C’53 M’57 has been awarded the Winston Churchill Leadership Medal by America’s National Churchill Museum, which is located on the Westminster College campus in Fulton, Missouri. He was recognized for his community service and longtime contributions in the areas of education, healthcare, and the arts. Monroe is chair emeritus of American Healthcare Systems and Cytyc Incorporated, now known as Hologic.
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H. Robert Fiebach W’61 L’64 has been honored by the Pennsylvania Bar Association with an annual award in his name. Formerly known as the Promotion of Women in the Law Award, the Robert Fiebach Promotion of Women in the Law Award recognizes Pennsylvania law firms, solo practitioners, and other organizations providing legal services that have instituted programs that help women lawyers continue to advance their careers. Robert is senior counsel at the law firm Cozen O’Connor, in its commercial litigation department; and he is also cochair of the firm’s legal malpractice group.
Leon Lewis G’62 is editor of a new book of essays by filmmakers and film scholars discussing cinematographer John Alton. Published by McFarland, the book is titled John Alton: Essays on the Cinematographer’s Art and Craft.
Steve Stovall W’62 ASC’63 writes, “Welcome to Denver. Not! Moved here after 24 years on a ranch in southwestern Colorado to be nearer to kids and better medical facilities. Not so sure what a good idea that was. Back in the country, I always knew where my keys were: in whatever car truck or tractor I drove last. Welcome to the big, bad city. Night before inauguration, thieves stole all four wheels off of our ancient BMW. Same night someone broke into the building where our mailboxes reside and stole all the mail from all of us in the complex. Can’t wait until we find a small suburban home outside the big, bad city. At least I don’t have to plow snow. And leave the keys in the tractor.”
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Phyllis Maletzky Fisher CW’66 and Helene Hollander Lepkowski CW’66 GRP’78 write, “Dear 1966 Class Women: Don’t miss our Women’s Cross-Country Brunch Zoom Event, scheduled for Thursday, May 13, at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT. Our featured speaker will be classmate Laurie Burrows Grad CW’66. We’ll also have time to connect and chat in smaller groups as well. Though we will miss being together in person, we look forward to this virtual event!” For questions and registration, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Robert Constable SW’67 GrS’70 writes, “I have been remiss in not keeping Alumni Notes current with my publications and other developments since my doctoral graduation. However, I owe a real debt to the School of Social Work and to my mentors, professors Lloyd Setleis, Harold Lewis, and Mollie Utkoff, for helping me to develop as a practitioner and scholar. Their insights and understanding of social work can be found in whatever I have done. I began an academic career in 1970 and retired as a full professor at Loyola University Chicago in 1997 to go back to my first love, which was social work practice with couples and families in my own private practice and in an inner-city parish. This direct contact with people’s needs fed my further writing. I have written at different times about social work values and ethics, social work education, school social work, and social work with families. One of my books, School Social Work: Practice, Policy and Research, chronicles the development of school social work as a specialization through eight different editions from 1982 through 2015. Another, Social Work with Couples and Families: Content and Process, outlines what is the content and process of social work practice, with a heavy integration of the many developments in the parallel field of family therapy. It is in its second edition (2015). From 1990 to 1997, during the collapse of the Soviet Union and its aftermath and while I was a professor at Loyola, I provided consultation to Polish university schools of social work, and spent much time developing and codirecting a social work program at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania. We (30 volunteers from universities and practice settings over the world) developed collegially what is now a flourishing bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level program, with a focus on social development and development of practice, appropriate for that part of the world with its history. It was the first social work university program in Lithuania.”
Bruce Rocheleau C’67 has published Industry First: The Attack on Conservation by Trump’s Interior Department. The book is available on Amazon Kindle. Bruce is a professor emeritus in the department of public administration at Northern Illinois University and now resides in Delray Beach, Florida.
David Barudin W’69 writes, “I’m excited to announce that Alternate Routes: Coming of Age in America’s Largest Generation is now available as a Kindle e-book and paperback. It’s a true-life picaresque tale of a couple’s adventures traveling America’s squiggly, black, alternate routes on roadmaps. Set in the mid-1970s during a time of social upheaval, the trip is a treasure hunt of surprises and unexpected encounters with colorful characters. … Readers of any generation will likely recognize in this true-life novel some of their own formative dilemmas and experiences.” Alternate Routes is David’s debut novel. He lives in Southwest Virginia with his wife.
Dr. Richard W. Cohen C’69, a psychiatrist practicing in Philadelphia, has been appointed to the editorial advisory board of Clinical Psychiatric News.
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Dennis E. Gale GCP’71 has written a new book, The Misunderstood History of Gentrification: People, Planning, Preservation, and Urban Renewal, 1915–2020. From the publisher’s press materials: “[The book] provides a recontextualization of American gentrification, planning, and policymaking. He argues that gentrification must be understood as an urban phenomenon with historical roots in the very early 20th century.”
Dr. Arnold Meshkov C’71 M’75 GM’79 writes: “Disappointed that my 50th Reunion is postponed in person, but necessary. I am still practicing cardiology in Abington, Pennsylvania, after leaving an academic position at Temple University School of Medicine in 2015. Norma and I have now been married 50 years (after our wedding, we moved into the Grad Towers on campus—smallest apartment ever but it was great for us). We have two children, Adam and Karen, and four grandchildren, all of whom live near us. I think so often of my nine years on the Penn campus (college, med school, internship) as the true best and formative years of my life. I’ve had four best friends for over 50 years now, all classmates: Ira Garr C’71, Dr. Bruce Kehr C’71, Dr. John Cullen C’71 V’75, and Rand Agins C’71 L’74. I am proud to say that I have written a book that will be published in April, called Chasing the Widowmaker: The History of the Heart Attack Pandemic, telling the story of the amazing advances that have occurred in the last 70 years to prevent the heart attack. Looking forward to an in-person reunion next year! Wishing good health to all.”
Rev. Dr. Bill Nelsen Gr’71, who has a PhD in political science, was recently selected by AARP Minnesota as one of its “50 Over 50” honorees for 2020. He writes, “I was recognized as one of the 50 most accomplished and inspirational Minnesotans (and one of 10 in the nonprofit sector), all noted for ‘courageous, compassionate, and selfless acts of service by Minnesotans over the age of 50.’ AARP noted my leading Scholarship America to become the nation’s largest private-sector scholarship organization and my entering parish ministry at the age of 66. I currently serve as interim pastor of First Lutheran Church in St. Peter, Minnesota.”
Deborah Willig CW’72 has been selected as a 2021 ‘Women Leaders in the Law’ by legal media publisher ALM. Deborah is managing partner of Willig, Williams & Davidson, a labor, employment, workers’ compensation, and family law firm in Philadelphia.
Dr. Jay Rabinowitz C’73 has retired after 40 years as founder and senior pediatrician at Parker Pediatrics and Adolescents in Parker, Colorado, where his associates include Amy Hourigan Gensler EAS’89 and Brian Stanga C’98. He recently received the Career Teaching Scholar Award from the University of Colorado Medical School, where he is a clinical professor in pediatrics. During his career, he served as the first president of the medical staff at Parker Adventist Hospital, was a speaker at American Academy of Pediatrics annual meetings on the topic of integrating mental health into one’s medical practice, and wrote Cute Kidbits: Funny Conversations Kids Share with Their Pediatrician.
Anita Sama CW’73 writes, “Looking well past a year some of us would like just to forget, a few of us got together one March afternoon for a Zoom chat to begin thinking about our 50th Reunion in 2023. Larry Finkelstein W’73 L’76, Wendella Fox CW’73 L’76, Bill Keller C’73, Mark Maas C’73, Robert Drumheller C’73, and I traded memories of Penn days, past reunions, and wistful thoughts of those we’d like to see again. Lots of time to plan and perhaps to meet virtually for some class events in advance. We’re eager to be in touch with anyone who has 50th Reunion ideas and organizational energy. (Quite a few more have already signed on since to pitch in.) Most importantly—we need help finding contact info for those others in the Class of 1973 for whom Penn has no email address. Please send alumni news, and contact details, etc., to firstname.lastname@example.org, and stay alert for plans as they unfold.”
Dennis J. Curran C’74 G’74 has been named Professor of the Practice in the political science department of Tufts University. Dennis was a Boston trial attorney for 23 years and later served as a Massachusetts trial judge for another 15 years.
Walter E. Jospin W’74 was honored on April 13 at the Anti-Defamation League’s 2021 Virtual Jurisprudence Luncheon with the Elbert P. Tuttle Jurisprudence Award. The award is given in recognition of individuals in the legal community who best exemplify Judge Tuttle and ADL’s steadfast mission to secure justice and fair treatment for all people. Walter is a partner with the law firm Finch McCranie LLP.
Brian B. Lambert PT’74 writes, “I retired recently after 44 years in private PT practice in the Springville, Utah, area. My practice emphasis was orthopaedic/sports medicine rehab. During my career, I built a successful private practice with three clinics and two hospital contracts.”
Elizabeth Titus GEd’74 WG’82 see Dominika Jaworski Turkcan SPP’12.
Brian T. Watson C’74 GAr’78 has written a new book, Headed into the Abyss: The Story of Our Time and the Future We’ll Face. He writes, “After graduation, I practiced architecture professionally until 2002, and then became a full-time journalist, writing columns for the Salem News in Massachusetts until 2017, when I stopped to write a book. I completed it in two years. … My book describes the current state of 10 forces—capitalism, technology, the internet, politics, media, education, human nature, the environment, population, and transportation—and how they are driving society in predominantly negative ways. I describe the salient features of each and, most important, how powerful and critically interconnected they are.”
Burton Nadler C’75 GEd’78, the former director of the University of Rochester’s Career and Internship Center, has written a new book, iCan Succeed Handbook: The Simple and Viable Guide to Internships, Careers, Admissions, Networking and More. From the book’s press materials: “iCAN is an acronym that identifies techniques and requisite optimism related to internships, careers, admissions, networking, and related achievements. … The guide includes time-tested steps and overviews how clearly expressed field, function, and firm-focused goals can be attained using comprehensive yet simple personalized strategies.”
Jay Rogoff C’75 has authored a new book of poetry, Loving in Truth: New and Selected Poems. He writes, “With over 100 poems from my six previous books and over 40 new poems, it stands as a strong summation of my career as a poet.”
Mark Silow C’75, chair of the law firm Fox Rothschild LLP, has been named to the Power 100 list by the Philadelphia Business Journal. This list recognizes leaders who have helped expand and strengthen the Greater Philadelphia business community. Mark is noted for having “negotiated the only significant deal completed by a large Philadelphia law firm [in 2020] … acquiring 21-lawyer San Francisco-based Greene Radovsky Maloney Share & Hennigh LLP,” which nearly doubled Fox’s presence in the Bay Area.
Bruce Curley C’77 writes, “Based on my 40 years of professional and volunteer American civil defense work, I’ve founded a company, Tactical Civil Defense, to prepare parents and grandparents to teach their children and grandchildren survival skills. I am on the advisory board of the National Museum of Civil Defense, and I’m also the volunteer vice president of the American Civil Defense Association, where I’ve written civil defense articles for the Journal of Civil Defense. My latest article is ‘Children and Civil Defense.’ Please go to TACDA.org to read these articles and for free, practical, family-oriented preparation material to deal with natural and man-made disasters.”
Robert J. Walczer W’77 has been appointed director of sales for the northeastern US at SunMed, a manufacturer of respiratory and anesthesia devices. Robert writes, “SunMed has an advantage servicing the hospital and outpatient centers due to their North American–based production centers. With the recent acquisition on Westmed Incorporated, SunMed is now over $180 million in sales. My responsibilities now include managing a sales force of six full-time reps and several distributors while also training and in-servicing medical staff and clinicians.”
John A. Chatzky C’78 see Phil Stekl C’81.
Michael S. Hoffman W’79 writes, “I’m pleased to check in. Since 2018, when I moved from Cambridge to southern Vermont, I’ve embarked on my ‘cherry’ career. I’ve established HeartStorm Farmstead, an agritourism destination: 11 acres of beautiful meadows, farmland, and trails. Ahead of COVID, it’s been an ideal setting to be free and host family and friends. We have 50-plus animals (alpacas, goats, hens, dogs, and cats). Southern Vermont is both American rural and culturally eclectic. My two sons are well established in their careers in health and with their families. I have a share in a grandson and granddaughter. After a career of travel and business, this is a healthy contrast of peace and hosting. Come find your way to www.heartstormvt.com.”
Marc Platt C’79, a producer whose projects include Broadway’s Wicked [“Passion Plays,” May|June 2016] and the movies La La Land and Legally Blonde, has been honored by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore at the 2021 Baltimore Jewish Hall of Fame. According to the press release, this event “honors exceptional Jewish Baltimoreans who have made significant contributions to the local and global community through their life’s work in fields such as science, education, business, medicine, law, politics, community service, sports and the arts.”
Robert S. Greenvald C’80, who is known professionally as Rabbi Reuven Greenvald, has been appointed director of the program for first-year rabbinical and cantorial students at the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion. He writes, “First-year students begin their five-year graduate program in Jerusalem, and so I will be relocating to Israel in June, where I’m looking forward to connecting with many Penn peers who are already living over there.”
Dr. William B. Neusidl EE’80 was recently honored for 35 years of membership in the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He holds three patents and invented the Neusidl Corneal Inserter for corneal transplants. He writes, “My career has been a great combination of bioengineering and ophthalmology.”
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David Cohen C’81 EAS’81 G’81 L’86 WG’86 has produced a film, Space MOMs, released by 1091 Pictures and Random Media. He writes, “Space MOMs is inspired by the true story of normal working moms who played crucial roles as engineers on India’s 2014 Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM). It is an inspiring story of underfunded underdogs fighting to overcome impossible odds. The movie is now available on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Xbox, VUDU, and FandangoNOW, as well as on several cable and satellite systems.”
Niloofar M. Haeri C’81 Gr’91, a professor of anthropology and program chair of Islamic studies at Johns Hopkins University, has written Say What Your Longing Heart Desires: Women, Prayer, and Poetry in Iran.
Joe Jablonski C’81 L’87 has written his first novel, A Thing with Feathers, under the nom de plume J. John Nordstrom. From the book’s press materials: “[The book] tells the tale of two troubled lawyers who find redemption in soulmate love, after they meet, quite unexpectedly, as coworkers in a county law library. … Underlying the events in the novel is the fictive, and quintessentially romantic, dream of a modern-day Edgar Allan Poe meeting a modern-day Emily Dickinson in the 21st century. … Based on a true story, this novel is fictional autobiography.” Joe writes, “The University of Pennsylvania is mentioned numerous times throughout the novel.”
Kyra McGrath L’81 writes, “I’m joining the board of PRX (Public Radio Exchange), a media company specializing in audio journalism and storytelling, which distributes iconic public radio programs like This American Life and The World and also produces a growing list of podcasts including the Radiotopia network. Each month PRX reaches over 28.5 million listeners and generates in excess of 70 million downloads.”
Roy A. Seliber W’81 has written a memoir, The Race Is Long: Life Fragments from Dorchester to Whidbey Island. He writes, “The Race is Long follows my path from a working-class Dorchester neighborhood of triple-deckers in Boston all the way to Seattle’s Whidbey Island. On the journey, I learned that life has been one long endurance effort. My decades of running have provided me much fulfillment, as well as the delayed gratification necessary to get me through everything from completing marathons to surviving lymphoma and the current COVID-19 pandemic.”
Phil Stekl C’81 writes, “Although my competitive rowing career did not begin or end at the University of Pennsylvania, it did benefit there in ways that only that program would yield. The singularity came courtesy of the man who led it: Theodore ‘Ted’ Allison Nash. As far as I am concerned, Ted and the other young men joining ranks to be guided by him are what made Penn ‘Penn’ to me. My strong hunch is that I am not alone in making that claim. Forty-plus years after my last race under Ted’s leadership, I can still hear his commanding voice and feel the charge of passion that he infused into the sport and, in turn, into my soul. I have recently published a book, titled The Wondrous Sport of Rowing, with a foreword by fellow Penn grad and cherished teammate John A. Chatzky C’78, which, although not a direct account of the man, was born of what he emitted: commitment, excellence, community. For me, no other person has embodied these messages—with as much energy and caring resolve—as has Ted A. Nash.”
Jody Ellant W’82 L’87 writes, “After nine months in self-imposed pandemic sequester, mostly here at my home in Connecticut, I was surprised and delighted to have been selected by Managing IP Magazine as one of the 50 most influential people in intellectual property in 2020. As a reformed complex real estate transaction attorney, it is truly a hoot to be honored for work that I stumbled into defending our family business.”
Shaun Eli Breidbart W’83 is a stand-up comedian and head of Liberty Comedy, an independent producer of stand-up comedy shows for theaters. He writes, “My corporate title is actually comedian, executive director, and chief chocolate officer. I toured in New Zealand, Australia, and Thailand just before the pandemic, bringing the number of continents on which I’ve headlined comedy shows to five. My plans to increase that number have been delayed by the pandemic, but I hope to resume international touring soon.”
Dr. Kieran Cody C’85, an orthopedic shoulder specialist at Bucks County Orthopedic Specialists, was granted approval from Pennsylvania’s Department of Health for a new shoulder replacement protocol. According to the press release, it is “the first and only total shoulder replacement program approved for an ambulatory surgery center in eastern Pennsylvania.”
Stephen M. Cohen C’85 and his mother, Brenda H. Cohen, have published the second edition of their book, America’s Scientific Treasures: A Travel Companion. From the press materials: “[The book] takes readers to museums, homes of famous scientists, geological formations, botanical gardens, zoos, observatories… [It] contextualizes the historical significance and uniqueness of each site, in addition to providing information like addresses, telephone numbers, hours of entry, handicapped accessibility, dining, transportation, and the corresponding website. … Whether you are planning a road trip or looking to engage with history from the comfort of your couch, [this book] is sure to satisfy your craving for scientific and technologic history.”
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Dr. David Biro C’86 has written his first novel, This Magnificent Dappled Sea. His first work was a book of nonfiction titled The Language of Pain: Finding Words, Compassion, and Relief [“Arts,” Mar|Apr 2011].
John K. Fiorillo W’86 has been elected president of the Chester County Bar Association for 2021. John is an attorney at Unruh Turner Burke & Frees and serves as cochair of the firm’s litigation department and chair of its creditor’s rights department.
David Dwares L’88 and David Perry L’89 write, “We are pleased to announce our cofounding of Stratagem Advisors LLC in Washington, DC. Stratagem is a boutique consultancy helping established and start-up property and casualty insurance companies, policyholders, law firms, agents/brokers, and other businesses that touch professional liability insurance mitigate risks and seize opportunities. Our website is www.stratagemadvisorsllc.com.”
Jeff Serota W’88 see Jillian Wynn Pohly C’91.
Dr. Sandra E. Brooks GM’89 has been promoted to executive vice president and chief community health equity officer at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. She also serves in the university’s health system as the chief medical officer of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals.
Dr. Amy Hourigan Gensler EAS’89 see Dr. Jay Rabinowitz C’73.
Scott Krase W’89 see Jillian Wynn Pohly C’91.
Lisa Niver C’89 is a finalist for a National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Award in the Book Critic category. She writes, “Cross your fingers that I am a winner! In February, I gave my first keynote speech (virtual) at a travel conference. I would love to connect with fellow alums in the book space as I am working on my memoir. More about my writing, awards and videos with over 1.3M views can be found on my website, lisaniver.com/one-page.”
David Perry L’89 see David Dwares L’88.
Wendy Prager C’89 see Jillian Wynn Pohly C’91.
David J. Glass C’90, a family law attorney and former therapist, writes, “I’ve been reelected managing partner of my firm Enenstein Pham & Glass. My book, Moving On, about reinventing yourself in the first year after divorce [“Briefly Noted,” Jul|Aug 2019], remains a bestseller on Amazon.com.”
Nihal Mehta Gr’90 writes, “My book Quantum Computing: Program Next-Gen Computers for Hard, Real-World Applications was just published and is available on Amazon and at fine bookstores around the world. Using a lot of visuals (over 450), I introduce an intuitive way to think about quantum computers and explain why they can solve problems in minutes that would take supercomputers thousands of years. For those who like math, there’s lots of that too, but it’s grounded in pictures to drive home the terrific beauty of this new way of computing.”
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Jillian Wynn Pohly C’91 is the development and marketing coordinator at one2one USA Foundation, which was founded by Scott Krase W’89, and is where Wendy Prager C’89 serves as executive director [see story on our website, dated Feb. 22, 2019]. Jillian sends this update about the foundation: “When COVID-19 hit in March 2020, one2one was perfectly poised to quickly create COVID-19 relief programs in communities across the country. One of the largest programs created came to us from fellow alumnus Jeff Serota W’88 and his wife Peir, who wanted to help small businesses in their Manhattan Beach, California, community. Working together, the Serotas and one2one raised $600,000 to award 47 grants to local businesses. Two other notable COVID-19 related programs that were created benefited individuals and businesses in Philadelphia: the Philadelphia Restaurant Workers COVID-19 Relief Program awarded over $180,000 to 320 Philadelphia restaurant workers; and the Stay Strong Philly Program awarded over $100,000 to small business owners in Philadelphia. Another program that was funded, the National Domestic Violence COVID-19 Relief Program, was created for the sole purpose of helping women experiencing domestic violence, which has increased sharply due to the pandemic.”
Meera Joshi C’92 L’95 has been appointed by President Joe Biden Hon’13 as deputy administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, an agency of the US Department of Transportation. Prior to this appointment, Meera had been a principal and New York general manager at Sam Schwartz, a transportation consultancy firm founded by Sam Schwartz GCE’70 [“Street Fighter,” Mar|Apr 2016].
Stacy Sukov Blackman W’93 writes, “In early 2020, I launched Stryke Club, a new skincare line aimed at teen boys. My partner is a pediatric dermatologist, and with her guidance we formulated a line of novel, effective, and clean formulas targeting boys’ unique needs. A year later we rolled out in over 1,000 Target stores and on Target.com. I am so grateful for the early support of many Penn friends and encourage all of my classmates to try it out!”
Edward Palm Gr’93 writes, “I am pleased to report that Getty Images has accepted 100 photos I took in Vietnam while serving as an enlisted Marine with the Corps’ Combined Action Program. As I reported before, I have published a book about the Combined Action Program and my life and times, including my experiences as a graduate student at Penn, called Tiger Papa Three: Memoir of a Combined Action Marine in Vietnam.”
Menno Ellis W’94 writes, “I am currently executive vice president of healthcare solutions at 3D Systems. This is my third role with the company, and I am having a blast running an incredible portfolio of 3D printing and other leading technical solutions for the largest pure-play company in this space.”
Debra Pickett C’95 Gr’95 writes, “I’ve launched a new publication delivering business news and analysis to law firm leaders. As publisher of DeNovo (www.denovobrief.com), I’m revisiting the role of columnist that I began at the Daily Pennsylvanian and continued at the Chicago Sun-Times from 2001 to 2005. I also continue to manage Page 2 Communications, the legal industry communications strategy firm I founded in 2010 after holding media consulting roles on multiple political campaigns. Both DeNovo and Page 2 are headquartered in Chicago, and I divide my time between my offices there and the Wisconsin home I share with my husband and three sons.”
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Dawn Lanzalotti Luedtke C’96, assistant attorney general for the state of Maryland, has been appointed to the board of trustees for Olney Theatre Center, an official state theatre of Maryland founded in 1938.
Rachel Ehrlich Albanese C’98 L’01, a partner at the law firm DLA Piper, has received the New York Institute of Credit Women’s Division’s Executive of the Year Award. From the press release: “[The award] recognizes excellence and entrepreneurial spirit. … [It] is presented to individuals who have achieved noteworthy success in business and have assisted other women in achieving their goals.”
Anthony B. Crawford EAS’98 L’12 has been promoted to partner at Reed Smith LLP in the firm’s New York office. As a member of the insurance recovery group, Anthony’s practice focuses on assisting policyholders in complex insurance coverage issues, and his clients range from banking and financial institutions to religious organizations.
Dr. Brian Stanga C’98 see Dr. Jay Rabinowitz C’73.
Marlyn Attie W’99 writes, “In 2013 I started and now currently run the nonprofit Espacio Creativo (‘Creative Space’) and the program Enlaces (‘Ties’). Enlaces is a program focused on transforming the lives of children and adolescents in at-risk situations through the practice of contemporary dance, strengthening their academic development, and offering psychosocial and family support. The participants develop abilities that allow them to improve their quality of life, grow as agents of change, and become responsible citizens. If you would like to learn more or support the organization, go to fec.org.pa/en/enlaces/ or follow us on Instagram: @espaciocreativopty and @programaenlaces. I look forward to hearing from fellow alums and friends who are working with dance/education or vulnerable youth. Contact me at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or via my website, marlynattie.com/en.”
Victor Deupi Gr’99 has published two new books. He writes, “The first, Cuban Modernism: Mid-Century Architecture 1940–1970, was written with Jean-Francois Lejeune. It focuses on the modernist generation of architects active from 1940–1970 and extols the national and international importance of their architecture and urban works. Seen comprehensively, the projects embody the challenges that the architectural avant-garde faced to combine Cuban identity and traditions with the tenets of international modernism, in a country that was late to embrace modernity, increasingly under American influence, and on the verge of revolutionary changes. This book in particular highlights a great deal of work from the Penn Architecture professor and chair Mario Romañach, whose drawings, projects, and photographs are in Penn’s Architecture Archives. The second book, Stables: High Design for Horse and Home, written with Oscar Riera Ojeda, showcases beautifully designed stables by contemporary architects and designers around the world.”
Michael F. Schein C’99 has written The Hype Handbook: 12 Indispensable Success Secrets from the World’s Greatest Propagandists, Self-Promoters, Cult Leaders, Mischief Makers, and Bounty Breakers. Michael is the founder and president of MicroFame Media, a marketing agency that specializes in turning consultants, entrepreneurs, and executives into celebrities by using the hype concepts detailed in his book.
Jonathan Scheinberg C’99 writes, “I recently founded Outshine Properties—a real estate investment company focused on acquiring life science, lab, medical, and industrial assets across major markets in the US. I am very excited to continue to acquire first-class real estate assets in this new platform and hope to add one or two near Penn’s campus in the near future!”
Jarad Schofer C’99 writes, “I am currently walking across the US to raise money for cancer research. Cancer is a disease that touches all of us in some way, and as an educator I believe that funding research is the best way we can hope for better treatments, drugs, and cures. If any fellow Quakers would like to follow the adventure or donate to my cause, the information can be found on my Instagram account @jarad2112.”
Daniel O. Jackson GEd’00 has written a new book that will be released in April, Language Teacher Noticing in Tasks. From the press materials: “This book provides an accessible, evidence-based account of how teacher noticing, the process of attending to, interpreting, and acting on events which occur during engagement with learners, can be examined in contexts of language teacher education and highlights the importance of reflective practice for professional development.”
David Pacifico C’03, an assistant professor of art history at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and director of its Emile H. Mathis Gallery and UWM Art Collection, is coeditor of a new book, Ancient Households on the North Coast of Peru. From the publisher’s press release: “[The book] provides insight into the organization of complex, urban, and state-level society in the region from a household perspective, using observations from diverse north coast households to generate new understandings of broader social processes in and beyond Andean prehistory.”
Owusu Akoto C’04 was interviewed for an article on the New York Times’s website (“A look at the Covax program in Ghana, featuring refrigerated trucks and drone deliveries,” March 4). His company, FreezeLink, operates temperature-controlled trucks that were used to distribute COVID-19 vaccines in Ghana. Read the article at nyti.ms/30s1fhb.
Kent Lasnoski C’05 and Caitlin Lukens Lasnoski C’05 write, “We’ve recently authored a book together, 30 Days with the Married Saints, published by Pauline Books and Media. It was published just a few days before we welcomed our ninth child on February 18. Our family resides in a small town in Wyoming, where all eight siblings love the new baby and don’t yet care much about the book.”
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Capt. Thecly H. Scott GNu’06 has been named commanding officer of the US Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command in Guam.
Jamila Willis C’06, a partner at the law firm DLA Piper, has been named cochair of the Consumer Goods and Retail subsector of the company’s Consumer Goods, Food and Retail sector.
Marco A. Krcatovich II GEd’07 writes, “In 2019, I was elected as the national president of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity, at our Centennial Convention in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where our organization was founded in 1919. I presided over the Centennial celebration, followed soon by the COVID-19 pandemic and social justice movements that forced our organization to retool the experience at our more than 200 campuses nationwide for a virtual environment where collegiate band activities have been yet another thing relegated to Zoom. The Black Lives Matter movement has helped our organization look through our history and confront our own failings at serving our entire membership and treating our brothers of color differently. On July 16, I will no longer serve as national president, and in that time, we will have adopted a standing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee that our own membership determined its purpose, upgraded our systems and facilities, and invested in new training and development for our many volunteers and leaders nationwide to better meet the challenges that we will face on the other side of the pandemic. I look forward to the day when our organization can return to Penn’s campus and continue to grow from the great band members that our alma mater enrolls each year.”
Olivier Adler W’08 and Erica Nachamkin Adler W’10 write, “We welcomed our daughter, Aviva Sandra Adler, into our family in December. Her brother, Aryeh (two), was thrilled to meet ‘Baby Viva.’ We live in San Francisco where Olivier works for Checkr and Erica for YouTube.”
Daniel Kiczek C’08 writes, “Patty Riady and I are proud to announce the birth of our first child, Caleb Riady Kiczek, on January 18 in Pasadena, California. Patty is a senior manager in the Los Angeles nonprofit audit practice of Deloitte & Touche; and I am a director at the strategy consulting firm EY-Parthenon.”
Joseph J. Lee LPS’08 has been hired as an associate at the law firm White and Williams. He works in the commercial litigation, higher education, and labor and employment groups.
Erica Nachamkin Adler W’10 see Olivier Adler W’08.
Dominika Jaworski Turkcan SPP’12 writes, “I’m a PennPAC volunteer and I work as a pro-bono consultant for Mothers’ Day Movement. We are kicking off our 2021 Mothers’ Day campaign with DigDeep, a US based human rights organization that brings clean running water to Americans, with a focus on the Navajo Nation. Mothers’ Day Movement grew out of a 2010 column in the New York Times by Nicholas Kristof, where he made the case for moving the apostrophe in Mother’s Day so it honors not just one mother but underserved mothers everywhere. Since 2011, the group has raised over $700,000 for women’s health, education, infant and maternal mortality, clean water, and human trafficking. We will be featured in Ms. magazine in early May, with an article written by Elizabeth Titus GEd’74 WG’82.”
Jasper Sanchez C’14 has published his debut novel, The (Un)Popular Vote (HarperCollins). He writes, “This very queer political satire would not exist if not for my experiences with the queer community I found at Penn and in its Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies program.”
George Li W’15 and Pallavi Bakshi W’15 write, “We are excited to share our new consumer products venture with the Penn community. Rabble Media aims to redefine the at-home entertainment market through innovative consumer products. Our first product, a party game called Rabble, was released in 2019, with a second edition launched March 2021. Unlike other party games that rely on heavy drinking and raunchy humor, Rabble is modern, colorful, inclusive, gender-neutral, and mission-based. We partner with innovative retail concepts and boutique stores to elevate the brand’s positioning. The newest version of the game is made completely with recycled paper and partners with female guest illustrators. We hope members of the Penn community will help us spread the word!” Learn more at rabblegame.com.
Anna Carello GrEd’17 has been named associate head of school for academics at Collegiate School, an all-boys, K–12 school located on the Upper West Side of New York City.
Rephael Houston LPS’19 has been selected as the 2020–2021 RAND DHS Fellow. Each year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and RAND Corporation select a senior DHS analyst to work and study for up to a year at RAND, a nonprofit global policy think tank. Rephael works within the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency of DHS as the agency’s CSAT IT program manager in the Office of Chemical Security.