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Nov|Dec 2013


Edwin Shmerler W’42 this year celebrated the 100th anniversary of Maxwell Shmerler & Co., the White Plains (N.Y.) based certified-public-accounting firm founded by his father in 1913. Nearly 94 years old, Edwin still goes to the office every day and works closely with his son William Shmerler W’77 and son-in-law, Ford J. Levy EE’79.


Marian Froehlich FA’48 writes, “I showed two sculptures in 2008 with the PennDesign group at the Louis Meisel Gallery in Soho, Manhattan.”


Robert McKersie EE’51, the Society of Sloan Fellows Professor Emeritus at the MIT Sloan School of Management, writes, “My chronicle of the civil-rights movement during the 1960s, while I was teaching at the University of Chicago, has just been published: A Decisive Decade: An Insider’s View of the Chicago Civil Rights Movement during the 1960s (Southern Illinois University Press).”



Norman J. Wohlken C’54, [email protected], emails, “After 22 years of blissful retirement overlooking the Pacific Ocean at the Sea Ranch in northern California, my wife and I are moving to Panorama, a continuing-care retirement community near Olympia, Wash., and the Puget Sound. I would like to hear from classmates, especially Friars members, as we begin a new adventure.”


Miriam Einhorn CW’58 writes, “Life is full of unexpected delights. The real estate firm of Fox and Roach has been purchased by Berkshire-Hathaway. On Nov. 11, I will commence working for Warren Buffett.”



Carol Rosenfeld CW’59 wrote Acting and Living in Discovery: A Workbook for Actors, which was published by Focus Publishing in September.


Edward Pinckney GLA’60, [email protected] , received the Architecture Alumni Achievement Award for 2013 from Clemson University. The citation noted that he “is being recognized as the father of modern landscape architecture in South Carolina, and designer of precedent-setting, environmentally responsible, beautiful coastal communities.” He now practices and lives in Bluffton, S.C., with Johnnee, his wife of 55 years.


Ya’akov Aronson Ed’61 writes that he delivered a paper on “Jews in the Early History of Texas” at the Association of Jewish Libraries convention in Houston last June, and chaired a session on “Physical and Virtual Collections in Libraries” at the World Congress of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem last August. His 30th grandchild was born in May and his first great-grandchild in June. He continues to work part-time on the Israel Prize-winning Responsa Project at Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel.


Stephen G. Yusem L’63, , an attorney who maintains a arbitration-mediation practice in Plymouth Meeting, Pa., in August spoke on the proposed Revised Uniform Arbitration Act and Pennsylvania statutory and common-law arbitration at a Pennsylvania Bar Institute program.


Steven Glogger G’65 writes, “After 45 years together, in Philadelphia, New York, and Palm Springs, Joseph Klempay and I married on July 8 in Indio, Calif. I taught for 35 years at the Community College of Philadelphia before retiring in 2002, and I am still working online for ETS in Princeton from my home in Palm Springs.”

Mike Schaefer W’65 WG’66 writes, “Just recently celebrated my 10th year of retirement, although I do consult with my old firm occasionally on international tax matters. Retirement has been good to us: sailing all over New England from Marblehead harbor; lots of golf, some tennis, some skiing, and exciting travel. Most interesting recent trips were to China, Eastern Europe, and upcoming to South America. Already starting the countdown to our 50th Reunion, and hope all is well with other ’65ers.’”


Oreste P. D’Arconte C’66 retired in July after 15 years as publisher of The Sun Chronicle, a daily newspaper in Attleboro, Mass.; he was also a division vice president for United Communications Corp., its owner. He started at the newspaper as a reporter in 1969. He is a proud member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity at Penn, where he also played football and wrestled. He and Carole, his wife of 48 years, have three children and six grandchildren.


Eric R. White GEd’67 GrEd’75 retired last December as executive director of the Division of Undergraduate Studies and associate dean for advising at Pennsylvania State University, with emeritus status. His article “General Education: An Academic Adviser’s Perspective” was recently published in The Journal of General Education.


Patricia Gottlieb Shapiro SW’68, , is pleased to announce the publication of her ninth book. “The Privilege of Aging: Portraits of Twelve Jewish Women (Gaon Books) profiles active, engaged women from age 76 to 102 and explores how their lifelong journeys prepared them for later life and contributed to their longevity and vitality.”



Ann Jacobson Lauinger CW’69 writes, “My new book of poems, Against Butterflies, was recently published by Little Red Tree Publishing as the winner of the Vernice Quebodeaux Poetry Prize. A previous book [of poems], Persuasions of Fall, was published in 2004. I’m still a member of the literature faculty at Sarah Lawrence College, as is my husband, Joe Lauinger C’68.”

Hon. Richard B. Teitelman C’69 has been re-elected to the board of the American Judicature Society and will continue as a member of the ABA’s House of Delegates as a representative of the society.


Jack Narvel ASC’70 writes, “After two years with Transitional Youth, as houseparents for homeless young men 18 to 25, we successfully graduated 12 out of 18 young men placed under our direct supervision. The program included work at the Royal Ridges Ranch across the street from our residence facility, and social-skills integration at the house. Transitional Youth is a faith-based program and is being carried on by a slightly younger couple from our church. We have recently returned from a two-year assignment with Youth With a Mission in Newcastle, Australia. While there, I took a six-month DTS, including outreach to New Zealand. My wife, Jan, led two schools of communication in which I also participated. I was also involved in fundraising for the Youth base in Newcastle. I headed the first ‘100-hole golf marathon’ ever held in the Hunter Valley. We raised over $22,000 toward the remodeling of the Youth Centre Warehouse. I was also able to renegotiate utility contracts for the base, saving about $11,000 a year. I wrote five grant proposals, having never done that before. (Never too old to learn, or something like that.) Recently, we have moved to Myrtle Beach, S.C., to serve the Youth base here. I will be working with pastors and civic and business leaders to unite in prayer and community action for reconciliation of the races and factions here. With Youth, we will be working with teens and college-age students, as well as homeless. I believe Jan and I are on an assignment from God for education, prayer, and reconciliation. We have bought a home and feel our assignment here is indefinite. Would be happy to connect with other Penn graduates in the area.”


John Charnay C’71 is now executive director of Children Uniting Nations in Los Angeles.

Dr. Jacqueline Lerner Crawley CW’71 has relocated her behavioral-neuroscience laboratory from the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Md., to the MIND Institute at the University of California, Davis in Sacramento; she holds the Robert E. Chason Endowed Chair in Translational Research in the Department of Psychiatry. Her research focuses on understanding the causes of autism and developing effective cures. A member of the Preclinical Autism Consortium for Therapeutics, funded by Autism Speaks, her new laboratory will investigate drug treatments for autism using genetic mouse models.

Dayton Duncan C’71 was nominated for an Emmy for outstanding writing for nonfiction programming for his script on the Ken Burns PBS documentary, The Dust Bowl, for which Duncan was writer and producer. His script has won a Wrangler award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and a Spur award from the Western Writers of America. This is his third Emmy nomination. He is now at work with Burns on a major PBS series on the history of country music.

Beryl Jupiter CW’71 writes about “the recent publication of my book, The Puppy Diet and Other Endearing Family Dog Tails … a lighthearted, loving look at dog socialization that charts my experiences raising six dogs through high-energy puppyhood, unanticipated catastrophes, and healthy canine high jinks. I have been a reporter, columnist, and feature-story writer, contributing mainly to community newspapers in the Boston area. My previous professional path was in the field of psychology. After earning a doctoral degree from Boston University, I taught at various colleges. At the same time, I managed a household for my indefatigable surgeon husband, Jesse B. Jupiter GM’73, our two children, and usually two dogs at any given time. I was also able to apply the skills and insight garnered from my chosen field to care for our dogs, having found that there is much psychology involved in the basics of dog socialization.”

M. Stuart Madden C’71, mstuartmadden[at] , has retired as a Distinguished Professor of Law at Pace University. He lives in White Plains, N.Y., and is the proud father of Chris Madden (25) and Mike Madden (21). He remains an active legal writer, and recently published “Paths of Western Law After Justinian” in the Widener Law Journal.

Suzanne Redstone GFA’71, , writes of her “latest exhibition, Light Is the Activity of What Is Transparent, a mini-retrospective [from June to September]. A couple of the works included in this exhibition were created while I was at the School of Art and Architecture, where I had a teaching fellowship with Robert Engman (my name then was Susan Blank). I married Peter Redstone WG’70 in 1970 and have been living in England since.”



Robert C. Pearman W’74 writes, “I established the Pearman Family Scholarship Fund at the San Diego Foundation to honor and perpetuate the generations before who valued higher education. This decade-old fund provides scholarships to graduating African American high-school seniors from San Diego County. Students must have a 3.0 GPA, demonstrated financial need, and be attending a four-year university. I’m delighted that the most recent recipient, India Cooper W’17, is attending the Wharton School.”


Barbara Ross CW’75 writes that Clammed Up, the first in her new series of Maine Clambake Mysteries, was published by Kensington in September.


James T. Wong C’76 and his wife, Patricia Uyehara Wong L’81, were presented with the Benjamin Franklin Distinguished Alumni Award by the Penn Club of Hawaii for “perpetuating the values of Ben Franklin through their service to the Club and the community.”


Kiki Frank Kelrick W’77 and Howard Kelrick C’77, to celebrate their 35th-wedding anniversary, renewed their vows at the foot of the Eyjafjallajokull Volcano outside of Reykjavik, Iceland. It is the volcano that erupted in 2010 and whose ash cloud closed the skies across Europe for weeks. Attending the ceremony were their children Scott Kelrick C’08 and Michelle Alpert Kelrick C’08, and Allison Kelrick Labovitz and Andrew Labovitz. Kiki wore her original wedding dress for the ceremony. She is director for alumni and parental relations at the University School of Nova Southeastern University and Howie is president of Finger Mate, Inc., a fine jewelry manufacturer. They live in Hollywood, Fla.



David Bolger D’79, davidbolg[at] , writes that he totally nailed Mark Knopfler’s guitar solo from “Sultans of Swing,” while performing with his band FlipSide at Lazy Lanigan’s Publick House in Sewell, N.J., on Aug. 30.

Charles Gates Gr’79 writes, “I’ve been teaching archaeology at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, along with my wife, Marie-Henriette Gates, since 1990. Our summers from 1992 to 2012, were taken up by excavations at Kinet Hoyuk, a modest harbor town on the northeast Mediterranean coast inhabited from the Early Bronze Age (from c.3000 BCE) through the Hellenistic period (1st century BCE) and again as a Crusader-period fortress (late 12th-13th). In Classical times it was surely Issos, the city near which Alexander the Great defeated Darius III, the Persian king. Now that field work has ended, we have moved on to Part Two of the project: with several collaborators, we must write the detailed final report, tedious to prepare, but without which no archaeological excavation is complete. Last winter, I slipped on ice and broke my kneecap; while recuperating, I began writing a blog on my life in Turkey. I’ve kept it up, even after recovering, although at a slower pace ( And recently, Escape from Smyrna, my long-awaited historical mystery novel, was published: The story, which takes place in Istanbul (mostly) and Athens and some Aegean islands, draws on my experiences in this region. It’s intended as a good read, so enjoy it yourselves and recommend it to friends.”

Dr. Maryanne McGuckin GEd’79 GrEd’81 is currently a senior scholar in the health-policy department at Thomas Jefferson University. The 2012 book she co-wrote, The Patient Survival Guide: 8 Simple Solutions to Prevent Hospital- and Healthcare-Associated Infections, received a gold award in the ForeWord Reviews of the American Library Association.


Anthony C. Stanowski C’80 has been appointed vice president of Applied Medical Software, a privately held healthcare-analytics firm in Collingswood, N.J. Previously, he was vice president of healthcare industry relations at Aramark in Philadelphia. He serves on the board of Bon Secours Baltimore Health System.


JoAnn Mulready-Shick GNu’81, a nursing professor at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, was inducted recently as a fellow into the Academy of Nursing Education.


Dr. Marc R. Laufer C’82 M’86 has recently been promoted to professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School. Prominent in the field of pediatric and adolescent gynecology, his work has focused on the early diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis and surgical management of congenital anomalies of the reproductive tract. On the staff of Brigham & Women’s and Boston Children’s hospitals, he is co-director of the Center for Young Women’s Health and director of the Boston Center for Endometriosis.


Belford V. Lawson III GL’83 in May was promoted to senior legal counsel at the Federal Communications Commission in Washington. Also a graduate of the Groton School in Massachusetts, he was inducted last year into the inaugural class of its athletic hall of fame “as a letterman member of the only undefeated varsity-basketball team in the history of the school.”


Elizabeth Crane C’87 wrote “It Takes a Market,” an essay “all about raising my family at farmers markets,” which was included in The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage: True Tales of Food, Family, and How We Learn to Eat, that was published by Roost Books this year.

Robert Fitts C’87 writes that his latest book, Banzai Babe Ruth: Baseball, Espionage, and Assassination during the 1934 Tour of Japan (University of Nebraska Press), has won the 2013 Seymour Medal awarded by the Society of American Baseball Research for the best baseball book of the year.


Lee Wind C’88, iamleewind[at] , writes, “I’m thrilled to be part of the world of children’s and teen literature! I’m celebrating over a million visits to my children’s literature blogs, and six years of blogging at my award-winning site I’m Here. I’m Queer. What the Hell Do I Read? I’m the official blogger for the 23,500-member international Society of Children’s Books Writers & Illustrators and I volunteer as co-regional adviser for its Los Angeles region. And now, I’m on the radio! I’m a producer, writer, and on-air contributor for the new public-radio program KID LIT with Lisa Loeb. I write daily, speak at schools and organizations about ending bullying and empowering diversity, and love sharing with my husband, Mark, the best adventure of all—being a parent to our now 10-year-old daughter!”



Maurice Frumkin EAS’89 is pleased to announce the launch of NYC Admissions Solutions. After spending five years at the city’s education department, he is “thrilled to have the chance to help middle-school families in the area navigate the high-school admissions process. Please check us out at” Maurice has an MBA from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business and currently lives with his wife, Lisa, in Brooklyn.


Alan Berger GLA’90 has been promoted to professor of landscape architecture and urban design at MIT; he was also named research director of its new Center for Advanced Urbanism.

Adam Kraidin C’90 recently joined MSCI Inc. in New York as vice president and counsel. He, his wife, Lisa, and their two children, Ariella and Zachary, also recently moved to Port Washington, N.Y.

Marc B. Rubner ASC’90 is chief marketing officer for LiveText, Inc., an education-technology company based in La Grange, Ill. He lives with his wife of 25 years, Claudia Rubner, and their five children in rural New Jersey.


Dr. Kimberly A. James GEd’91 is excited to formally announce her appointment as assistant dean of graduate life at Stanford University. A licensed psychologist, she is re-designing previously taught courses on gender and body image. She also networks with alumni at events held at Wharton-San Francisco and in the Bay Area.


Steve Coopersmith C’92 was selected as one of ten “Top Attorneys” in the area of corporate litigation by the San Diego Daily Transcript. Celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, his firm, the Coopersmith Law Firm, represents business interests in partnership, corporate, and executive-employment disputes, as well as financial-fraud matters. Steve lives in the north coast of San Diego with his wife, Tanya, a partner at a mid-size law firm.

Carladenise Armbrister Edwards C’92 GEd’93 has been appointed chief strategy officer of Alameda Health System, which runs Highland Hospital and other public health-care entities in Alameda County, Calif.

Dr. Jeanne Liebman Lehrer GrEd’92 was promoted to the position of vice president of youth behavioral health services for the Northeast Treatment Center in Philadelphia.

Tom Ruprecht C’92 wrote This Would Drive Him Crazy: A Phony Oral History of J.D. Salinger, a new humor ebook available through Amazon Kindle. “It’s only $1.99, and I understand Amazon could really use the money.”


Jose Cortes III WG’93 and Edwin Gayla WG’94 announce the expansion of Asia to Africa Safaris with the opening of their New York office. “Established by Jose in Hong Kong in 2002, A to A is now the largest safari specialist in the region. Now, the former bankers turned entrepreneurs want to share their passion for Africa, the wildlife, and conservation to the US market (”



Sabrina Rubin Erdely C’94 writes, “I’m a contributing editor at Rolling Stone magazine, where I write long-form narrative articles, often about crime and social issues. This past spring my article, “School of Hate,” about LGBT bullying, won a bunch of awards, including the GLAAD award and a nomination for the National Magazine Award. I live in Philly with my husband Peter, who works as an attorney, and our awesome kids Sylvia (nine) and Oscar (seven). Looking forward to reconnecting with old friends at our 20th Reunion (gulp) this May.”

Edwin Gayla WG’94 see Jose Cortes III WG’93.


Julian Bashore W’95 writes that he “made a calculated career move this year and is now president of Nippon MacDermid Co., Ltd.,” a specialty-chemicals company. Previously, he worked in the Japanese market for Western metal-surface treatment firms. When not working, he and his Japanese wife stay busy raising their five-year-old daughter in the suburbs of Nagoya.


Alyson Landa Margulies C’97 and Dan Margulies W’95 are excited to announce the birth of their son, Cooper, who joined big sister Natalie and big brother Alex in Northbrook, Ill. Alyson is a senior director of talent development at PepsiCo and Dan is a strategy research associate at SBB Research Group.

Lily Saint C’97 married David Freedlander C’00 on Aug. 3: “The Sun made its first appearance just in time to help ornament a beautiful wedding at Ft. Tryon Park in Manhattan. Present in spirit were her grandparents Irving Leopold C’34 M’38 GM’43 andEunice Robinson Leopold CW’39. Present in person were David’s brother Jed Freedlander C’97, sister-in-law Bea de la Torre C’97, sister Laura Freedlander C’08, and father Barrett Freedlander C’62.” At the reception held at the New Leaf Café, Lily and David were joined by his uncle Howard Freedlander C’67 and cousin Bess Langbein C’02; and among their close friends attending were Marc Gilman C’99, Irene Balakrishnan Horton C’99 and her husband, John Horton C’98, Niharika Desai C’99, Adam Machado C’98, Tanya Rubbak C’97, and Melanie Robinson C’97. Lily is an assistant professor of English at Wesleyan University and David is a senior political correspondent for The Daily Beast. They live in New York.

Brian Southwell ASC’97 Gr’02 is a senior research scientist with RTI International in Research Triangle Park, N.C., who also teaches at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He wrote Social Networks and Popular Understanding of Science and Health: Sharing Disparities, which was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in September.


Asima Panigrahi Berkett C’98 writes, “My husband, Derek Berkett, and I wanted to announce the birth of our first child, our daughter, Neena Taylor Berkett, on July 23 at Virtua Hospital in Voorhees, N.J.; she was 5 lbs. 9 oz. Derek and I married in an Indian ceremony on June 23, 2012, in Princeton, and also had a Scottish wedding on Sept. 1, 2012, at the Cairnwood Estate in Bryn Athyn, Pa. Alumni attending were Anne M. Miller C’98, Mark Nagata C’98, Megan Stricker C’05, Keith Mounsey W’98, Christina Webb EAS’99, Daniel Rudasill C’94, Nick Patnaik W’89, and Julie Hong L’99.

Seth Charnow W’98 WG’05 and Noemi Charnow are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Noah Samuel; he joined his three brothers Joseph, Benjamin, and Daniel.

Katherine Minarik C’98 L’06 writes, “My husband, Rob, and I welcomed a baby girl into our family last spring: Lois Eleanor Pezold-Minarik arrived on April 22 and has enjoyed meeting many Penn friends ever since.”

Ilana Santiago Reiss C’98 and her husband, Itay Reiss, happily announce the birth of their second daughter, Goldie Rose, on April 25. Proud big sister Emerie Fay turned three on Sept. 22. They live in Los Angeles, where Ilana works for Allison Janney, currently on the new CBS television series Mom, and Itay is a talent manager and producer with Levity Entertainment Group.



Jessica Alexander C’99 wrote Chasing Chaos: My Decade in and out of Humanitarian Aid, which was published by Random House in October. “The book chronicles a decade of my life working in the humanitarian sector, from when I graduated Penn until a few years ago.”

Rand Haley GM’99 has joined the Berkeley Research Group as a principal in its higher-education consulting practice, where he focuses on helping universities navigate complex strategic challenges.

Jason Huang W’99 and his wife, Rita, are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Alexis Jacqueline Huang, on June 28; she weighed 6 lbs. 14 oz., and was 19 inches tall. The happy family includes big brother Aiden, who is three. Jason is vice president of finance in Univision Communication’s content-distribution group.

Dr. Andres Pinto D’99 GD’01 G’07 writes, “a full-time standing faculty member at Penn (from 2001 to 2013), I recently (July) joined the Case Western Reserve School of Dental Medicine and University Hospitals Case Medical Center as chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences. I am enjoying every second of my new, demanding, but exciting job and carrying my 17 years of experience at Penn with pride and gratitude to my students, mentors, and colleagues.”

Erica F. Smith C’99 W’99 see Cameron Smith W’00.


David Freedlander C’00 see Lily Saint C’97.

Adam Lubow C’03 and his wife, Sarah Siegel Lubow, are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Emily Julia Lubow, on July 30. They live in Brooklyn, where both parents are lawyers: Adam is a public defender at the Legal Aid Society and Sarah practices family law at the Children’s Law Center.

Cameron Smith W’00 and his wife, Erica F. Smith C’99 W’99, are pleased to share that “Leo Fox Smith was born in July and is a happy and healthy baby boy. Hunter, now three, is a loving big brother. Cameron recently left CHS Capital to become CEO of Bennett Day School, a new PK-8 private school in Chicago that he co-founded and dedicated to advancing creativity and innovation in education. Fellow Penn families in Chicago with kids are welcome to be in touch via or cameron.smith[at]”


Zach Bornstein W’01 and Beth Bornstein W’02 are overjoyed to announce the birth of their daughter, Julia Dafna, on June 12, weighing 7 lbs. 1 oz. Zach, Beth, and Big Brother Sammy live in New York, and are looking forward to Julia joining the Penn Class of 2035!

Ryan Leichsenring W’01 and his wife, Anne Trevethick, are thrilled to announce the birth of their first child, Harper Marie, on Aug. 27 in Hartford, Conn. They live in West Hartford. Ryan is an attorney at Shipman & Goodwin LLP and Anne recently left private practice for a position at The Hartford.

Brooke Beck Keeney Nu’01 and her husband, Randy, joyfully welcomed their third child, Tyler Josiah, on May 25; he weighed 7 lbs. 7 oz. “Big sisters Abigail (three) and Anna (two) are delighted with their new little brother. We live in Houston, and I am blessed to be at home full time with our growing family. ‘And [Josiah] did what was right in the eyes of the Lord’ (2 Kings 22:2).”


Anna Agadjanyan W’02 and Georg Kallert C’02 W’02 are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Anabelle May Kallert, on April 12. Anna and Georg recently celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary. They live in Los Angeles, where he runs his production company, Lodger Films, and she works as a financial director for a non-profit research institute focusing on vaccine research for breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

Beth Bornstein W’02 see Zach Bornstein W’01.

Joshua Carle C’02 see Jessica Schatz Nu’07 GNu’12.

Lisa Ratner Fieldston W’02 and Ross Fieldston C’02 are thrilled to announce the birth of their third daughter, Skylar Rose Fieldston, on Aug. 8; she weighed 6 lbs. 3 oz., and measured 20 inches. She was welcomed by big sisters Kayla and Samara, grandma Gail Seideman Fieldston GEd’73, and was also greeted by many proud aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends, including uncle Evan Fieldston M’03 WG’03 GM’09 G’10 and aunt Gabriela Marein-Efron Fieldston M’08, and uncle Todd Fieldston C’04.

Samuel Kaplan W’02 and his wife, Rachel, are delighted to announce the birth of their daughter, Annabel Claire Kaplan, in Boston, at 11:28pm on Sat., Aug. 3. “Measuring 20 inches and weighing 7 lbs. 6 oz., Annabel was the perfect, early anniversary gift for her parents, who celebrated our first wedding anniversary at MGH hospital on Sun., Aug. 4.”

Aaron Tidman C’02 atidman[at] , writes, “The LGBT Bar Association recently selected me as one of the ‘40 Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40,’ and I was honored to be included in such fine company. I’m currently a senior associate practicing white-collar defense with Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo PC, in Washington.”

Michael Vondriska W’02 married John Ashworth on Sept. 1 in New York. The wedding party included Rachel Rosenblatt C’02, and other alumni attending included Stacey Marmor Balaban C’02, Serena David W’02, Stacy Humes-Schluz Frazier C’02, Jordana Kaye Kahn C’02, Rod Kurtz C’02, Jocelyn Landau C’02 ASC’09, Brian McManus C’03, Scott Palmer Gr’10, William Porter GEd’02, John Paul Reyes C’02, Marcy Smirnoff C’02, Ellen Tarquinio C’02, Adrienne Moore Wetmore C’02, and Anupama Yerramalli C’02. Mike is a director in the capital-markets origination division of Citigroup and John is a manager in the Solutions division of SAIC’s healthcare consulting practice, both based in Manhattan.


Kevin Brown C’03 see Kristen Colello Brown C’04.

Greg Millhauser C’03 WG’10 see Lisa Harris WG’10.



Kristen Colello Brown C’04 and Kevin Brown C’03 are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Samantha Leigh Brown, on Aug. 16. They live in Stamford, Conn. Kristen is an English teacher at New Canaan High School and Kevin is an attorney at Willkie Farr & Gallagher, LLP in New York.

Mathew Feldman C’04 see Julie Stein C’07.

Yuri Kruman C’04 writes, “My debut novel, Returns and Exchanges, was released by Author House in October. I am currently finishing my second novel, The Egypt In My Looking Glass, due out [this month].”

Julie Yannalfo Walker C’04 married Cory Walker on May 18 in Philadelphia. Jolene Okaneku C’05, Heather Holmes Everett C’05, Tom Zylkin C’05, Marissa Sapega C’04, Neha Sharma C’06, Byron Kho C’05, Kristen Novack Abreu C’05, Eduardo Abreu C’05, Michael Balsamo C’05, Nina Mirarchi Balsamo C’06, Charlene Thambinayagam C’05, Nicki Dlugash C’06, Rachel Dlugash C’04, Sarah Jiang C’08, Ashwin Thapar C’08, Alyssa Cwanger C’04, Anna Guarneri C’06, Jeff Rechler C’06, Tess Mullen G’13, Ted Cary GEng’13, Joe Mirarchi C’03, David Harris W’83, Nicole Harris C’10, Joyce Johnson Harris C’83, and Rachel Kurth Santangelo C’05 were among alumni there.

Wendi L. Wasik G’04 is the founding CEO of Wasik Consulting, LLC, an executive-coaching and organizational-development firm based in Philadelphia and New York. She was elected recently to the board of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, which is “dedicated to increasing diagnoses of celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders, and improving the quality of life for those on a lifelong gluten-free diet.”


Jonah Heilman C’05 and Gabrielle Mashbaum Heilman Nu’05, together with their partner, Linda Scruggs “have launched MOMtility, an online business that provides one-on-one guidance and support to women undergoing fertility treatments.” Gabrielle and Jonah live with their daughter, Reut, in Brookline, Mass.

Tom Kurland C’05 married Kacie Lally at St. Patrick’s Church in Aurora, N.Y., on Sept. 7. They met “while attending law school at Cornell; I class of 2010, she class of 2011. Penn alumni at our wedding included Wesley Mullen C’04, Elizabeth Madden Mullen C’03, Michael Coyne C’04, Marques Warren C’05, Charles Allison C’04, Xerxes Vevai EAS’05, Matthew Mizrahi EAS’06 W’06, Zachary Kern C’07 V’14, Elika Bergelson Gr’13, David Fraga C’07, Matthew Keesan C’03, Robert Fair L’10, Aileen McGill Fair L’10, and James Murdica L’04. Kacie (Harvard 2005) and I currently live in Manhattan, where we are both commercial litigators in private practice, she at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and I at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP.”

Nicole Stephanie Lerescu C’05 married Nicholas Paul Jakubowski on Sept. 7 at the Murphy Auditorium in Chicago. She is an associate in the litigation group of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, and he is the assistant general counsel for LKQ Corporation. They currently live in Chicago.

Jennifer Pope C’05 and Greg Benz C’05 WG’13 are happy to announce their marriage on July 13 at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. The wedding party included Mike Benz C’06, Rishi Jain W’05, Phil Ryder W’05, Vijay Patel EAS’05 W’05, Chris Pope EAS’08, and Gina Santino L’12. The guests included Greg’s father, Robert Benz C’74, and alumni friends Chantal Artur C’05, Rachel Balik C’05, Adam Barth WG’13, Eric Blaustein C’05, Ryan Comfort W’05, Martha Cooney C’05, Rebecca Elwork C’05, Brent Frissora WG’13, Jeff Hammock W’05, Eric Janec C’04, Matt Lattman W’04, EAS’04, John Linnehan C’05, Christian Littlejohn L’13 WG’13, David Littlejohn L’12 WG’12, Jamie Maak C’05, Maribel Marmol C’05, Tarek Mohamed W’04, Gina Potenza Rigsby W’05, David Roman C’04, Vinny Ricci C’02 , Lizzy Rossin EAS’05, Lauren Selevan W’05, Julia Robinson W’05, Liz Robinson EAS’05, Rebecca Simon C’05, Mike Stein C’06, and Alex Sun W’05.


Rebecca Mead C’07 married Josef Fruehwald C’07 Gr’13 in the Franklin Institute’s Fels Planetarium on July 13. Many Penn affiliates attended, including her father, John Mead C’78 SAMP’78, and best man Joel Wallenberg Gr’09. “This fall we’re moving to Scotland, where Joe will start working as a lecturer in linguistics at the University of Edinburgh.”

Jessica Schatz Nu’07 GNu’12 married Joshua Carle C’02 at the Artesano Iron Works Gallery in Manayunk, Philadelphia, on Aug. 10. They were introduced by bridesmaidJeong Allen GNu’12 and her husband, Sean Allen. The wedding party also included Joseph Chandler C’01, Alemayehu Addis EE’02, Dr. Laura Dean C’07, and Kristin Demming Weatherley GNu’12. Other wedding guests included Joseph Warden C’94, Lucile Hooper C’99, Nicholas Hooper EAS’01, Megan Kidwell W’01, Michael Light C’02, Christopher Hanlon C’04, Erin Montgomery Hanlon C’04, Jonathan Doloff C’04 EAS’04, Kristin Doloff Nu’07, Christa Pailas C’07, Marc Frenkel W’07, Uzezi Abugo C’09, Leslie Sitkoff GEd’12, Katherine Long C’09 L’13 WG’13, Joseph Geist GNu’12, Allison Lee W’13, Brianna Tarulli Nu’13, and Rachel Fleszar W’15. After honeymooning in Tahiti, Jess and Josh have settled in Holmdel, N.J., where she is a nurse anesthetist for Atlantic Ambulatory Anesthesia Associates and he is a senior manager of business development, finance for Daiichi Sankyo.

Julie Stein C’07 married Mathew Feldman C’04 in Houston on March 9. The wedding party included many alumni: Lindsay Janowitz Levine C’07 L’10, Caroline Axelrod C’07, Jill Kramer W’07, Amanda Stackman C’08, Lauren Shosfy Boehmke C’07, Ali Israel C’07, Hilary Fleischer EAS’07 W’07, Martyn Moskovich C’04, Brian Wilkins C’05, Josh Maes C’04, Jason Ostheimer W’04, and Danny Green C’04. Julie and Mat were thrilled to celebrate their wedding surrounded by many other Penn alumni, family, and friends.


Laura Kerr C’08 married Jeremy Price C’08 on May 26 at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston, N.J. It was truly a Penn family affair, with her mother, Ruth Bunis Kerr W’79, her father, Brian Kerr C’79, her sister and maid of honor Debra Kerr C’08, his mother, Sharon Wolinsky-Price W’76, his father, Marvin Price C’76, and his brother and best man, Ryan Price C’12. The wedding party included Risa Chalfin C’08, Tracy Drossman C’08, Alexis Hill C’08 G’08, Evan Koch C’08, Cory Nanus C’08, Lauren Rosenberg C’08, Sara Silverstein C’08, Daniel Warsh C’08, and Jennifer Zuckerman C’08. Other alumni who helped celebrate were Judah Aber ME’80, Marlene Aber W’79, Sander Cohen C’79, Maria-Rose Contini C’80, Arden Finn C’10, Brian Finn W’82, Marissa Finn C’12, Meredith Finn C’08, Steven Finn W’08 GEng’10, Lauren Gordon C’88, Lauren Levy C’08, Feini Qu Gr’15 V’17, Lindsey Sankin C’08, Jeremy Semble W’07, Leora Gabry Semble C’07, Christina Shayne C’79, Mark Shayne W’79, Alan Swinger C’81, Ashwin Thapar C’08 W’08, Michelle Warren DH’79, and Jessica Weisz C’07. After a honeymoon in Greece, Laura and Jeremy returned to New York, where she teaches English at the Birch Wathen Lenox School and he is an MD-PhD student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai.

Kendra Sandidge C’08 L’16 WG’16 writes, “I would like to announce that I have returned to Penn for the three-year JD-MBA program. I worked all five years between undergrad and grad school.”

Raimy Schutzman C’08 married Brian Cheyne WG’10 on Sept. 1 at the Woodlands in Woodbury, N.Y. They celebrated with many Penn friends and alumni, including bridesmaid Brooke Prashker C’08 and guests Yvette Aikins C’09, Lindsey Allwine Nu’10, Anthony Campisi C’09, Matt Conrad C’07, Joshua Cook C’08, Matthew Evans EAS’09 W’09, Henry Friedman EAS’07 W’07 WG’12, Rachael Gordon C’08, Willow Gross C’06, Erik Hickman W’09, Jennifer Johnson Nu’09, Pyng Lin W’97, Eamonn O’Callaghan W’09, Erica Olson C’07, Jason Olver G’08, Brian Phillips C’07, and Erin Sullivan C’09.

Elizabeth Yohlin C’08 married Andrew Baill W’08 WG’13 on May 26 at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia. Members of the wedding party included her parents,Pamela Goren Yohlin C’78 GEd’78 and Joseph Yohlin C’76, bridesmaidsBrigette Kolson C’08, Maura Olcese C’08, Laura Paine Schiff C’08, and Jessica Stoller C’08 WG’13, and groomsmen Ricky Chung EAS’08 and Nayan Mehta EAS’08. Many alumni friends helped celebrate, including Riya Abraham EAS’08 W’08, Sophie Blahd C’08, Jing Cheng W’08, Cheryl Cohler C’08, Ryan Daly WG’13, Duncan Dwyer W’06, Brandon Einstein M’12 WG’12, Malika Felix C’08, Kyle Goldman W’08, Madeleine Grant C’09, Jonny Gutman C’08, Katelyn Kuwata Nu’08, Michael Lieberman C’08, Justin Masterman C’08, Gwendolyn McDay WG’13, Cory Nanus C’08, Barrie Nussbaum C’09 SP’11, Calvin Peng EAS’07 W’07, Benny Peretz EAS’08 W’08, Erik Philipp WG’13, Caroline Phillips LPS’08, Christina Prassas C’08, Michael Provenzano EAS’08, David Schiff C’08, O.H. Skinner C’07 G’07, Jenna Gibson Skinner C’07, Dan Smith WG’13, Anna Spiridigliozzi C’10 GEd’11, Sandeep Subhedar EAS’08 W’08, Jesse Swirsky C’09, Jeffrey Truskin W’08, Vineet Varma WG’13, Vikram Viswanathan WG’13, and Matthew Ziegler W’08. Liz and Andrew, who met as freshmen in the Rosengarten Room of Van Pelt Library, currently live in Philadelphia, where she is coordinator of family gallery learning at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; they will relocate to Chicago this winter, where he will continue working with Bain and Company.



Jeremy Cohn W’09 is opening the Moody Tongue Brewing Company, which will have a number of seasonal, culinary-inspired beers, this winter in the Glass Factory in the Pilsen East neighborhood of Chicago.

Michael A. Hoober GEd’09, Lancaster, Pa., has transitioned to private practice after serving as a family-based therapist with Catholic Charities for over eight years and obtaining his Pennsylvania licensed-professional-counselor designation. In addition to his downtown mental-health practice bringing applied human development counseling techniques to Lancaster County, he serves as college adviser for the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, and directs the annual Rumschpringe International Short Film Festival, both in Lancaster.

Ashley Rowley Nu’09 GNu’09 married John O’Connor C’09 on June 1 in Morristown, N.J. The wedding party included his sister, Caroline O’Connor C’15, as well as best man Aaron Werner C’09, Daril Vilhena C’09, Conor Donnelly EAS’09 GEng’10, Melissa Samler Nu’09, and Alexandra Solomon Nu’09. Other Penn friends attending included Alexa Hechavarria Nu’09, Alexa Nickeson Nu’09, Jacqueline Lazor C’09, Emily Garvey C’09, Jessica Stolbach W’09, Amy Murphy C’09, Rachel Kaplan C’08, Keith Hoffmann C’09, Brad Dulay C’08, Corey Lorinsky C’07, Joshua Roberts C’09, and Saffet Tinaztepe C’08. Ashley and John met in September of their freshman year (2005) in Hill College House. They live in New York, where she works as a nurse practitioner in pediatric neurosurgery at Weill Cornell Medical Center and he works in proprietary trading at Trillium Trading LLC.

Dr. Marissa Steinberg C’09 married Dr. Max Weiss at Carlyle on the Green in New York on May 26. She is the daughter of Beth Rosensweig Steinberg C’82 W’82 andJeffrey Steinberg W’80. The wedding party included maid of honor Aura Seltzer C’09, Megan Shetty C’09, Laura Paliani C’08, and Jay Steinberg W’12. Many alumni family and friends helped celebrate, including Lauren Miller C’83, Mark Steinberg C’83 GEd’83, Fred Steinberg W’86, Judy Rosensweig Kapiloff W’89, Meryl Steinberg W’91, Lisa Bernstein C’91, Amy Murphy C’09, Jessica Stolbach W’09, Nathaniel Weiner EAS’09, Justin Effron C’12, Alexander Shashou W’12, Daniel Belldegrun C’12, and Chloe Heckman W’13. Marissa and Max met while attending medical school at Emory University; they currently live in Chicago, where she is an obstetrics-gynecology resident at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University and he is an internal-medicine resident at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Peter Worrell LPS’09 is managing director/CEO of Bigelow LLC, a boutique M&A advisory firm based in Portsmouth, N.H., “which works exclusively with entrepreneur owner-managers.” He wrote Enterprise Value: How the Best Owner-Managers Build and Capture the Value of Their Business While Creating a Positive Legacy, which was published by McGraw-Hill in September.


Brian Cheyne WG’10 see Raimy Schutzman C’08.

Alicia Fremling GEd’10 writes, “I recently became the director of Second Home Pet Resort, Arizona’s only all-suite mountainside resort for pets; it provides overnight accommodations for up to 230 pets, full grooming services, and hosting doggie daycare daily.” She also volunteers as a foster parent with the Arizona Humane Society.

Lisa Harris WG’10 married Greg Millhauser C’03 WG’10 on Aug. 18 in Newport, R.I. The wedding party included her brotherCharles Harris C’09, groomsman Dave Zeitlin C’03, and bridesmaids Melissa Levin GLA’14, Courtney Statfeld C’03, Julie Greenberg WG’14, and Sara Griffin WG’10. Many other alumni joined in the celebration, including Lavanya Ashok W’04, Melvin Blum C’62, Jennifer Feldman C’92, Mark Feldman W’91, Dr. Stephen Goodman D’60, Vikas Goyal WG’10, Bud Hirsch W’69, Adeline Jacob C’06 W’06, Howard Levine WG’10, Chris McLeester W’03, Humaira Merchant WG’11, Dr. Chevon Rariy GM’10, Roman Rariy WG’10, Olivia Tzou EAS’04 W’04, and Lauren Mirowitz Zeitlin C’05. After 1 1/2 years of hopping back and forth between Boston and Stamford, Conn., Lisa recently joined Greg in Stamford, where they look forward to spending more time with their friends and family in the New York area.


Alexa DePasquale C’12 writes that she is “honing [my] entrepreneurial skills and taking the NYC startup scene by storm as the resident Startup Ninja at Evol8tion, LLC, a company that pairs early-stage tech startups with leading brands—and continue to be an avid fitness enthusiast after [my] participation in the Mr./Ms. Penn Bodybuilding 2011 competition.”

Thomas Neustein C’12 married Rebecca Freedman C’12 on June 23 in Durham, N.C., her hometown. They met while taking premedical classes their sophomore year, and Tom proposed two months after their graduation from Penn, a few weeks before they began medical school together. Their ceremony and reception were held at Judea Reform Congregation, with many alumni attending. Members of the wedding party included groomsmenHarrison Garfinkle C’12, Anthony Kent C’12, Joseph Portelli C’10, Theodore Mooncai C’12, Justin Bass C’12, Matthew Krey C’12, andBen Freedman C’14, and bridesmaidsJacqueline Birnbaum C’12, Liza Elkin C’12, Katie Aber C’12, Casey Gelber C’12, Daphne Lew C’12, and Ariel Goldenthal C’12. Tom and Rebecca live in Atlanta, where they are both second-year medical students at Emory University.

Rita Wahba C’12 GEd’13 married Sam Franco in Long Branch, N.J., on July 28. The wedding party included bridesmaids Eliana Holm C’13 and Lisa Piontnica W’14, and groomsman Isaac Setton C’12. They were thrilled to celebrate with many alumni and current students.  


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