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Jan|Feb 2014


Esther Gross Eilberg Ed’30, “at 104, is now living at Watermark retirement community in Philly,” writes her brother, Harry S. Gross W’44. “Poor sight and hearing, but still sharp as a tack; still remembers songs in six languages. We’ve been trying to get her to come to Alumni Weekend, but she feels it will tax her strength too much.”


Lawrence Katzman EE’45 writes that a new e-book collection of his Kaz cartoons, Nurse Nellie’s Belly Laughs, is available. “Nellie was introduced in 1950 as a feature of modern medicine and continued to appear for more than 50 years, with more than three million copies of the book collections and greeting cards sold worldwide.” Larry also has “a new interactive app of 50 of his HeadLines acrostic-type puzzles, available on the Apps Store under Kaz HeadLines.”


Arnold Zaslow W’50 writes that he and his brothers, Jerry Zaslow W’45 and Spencer Zaslow W’47, were “recently featured in articles inThe Philadelphia Inquirer (‘Where Family Matters’), The Philadelphia Business Journal (‘ATD-American Keeps It All in the Family’), and Family Business (‘Three Business Owners Honor Their Nanny’). For almost 70 years, the brothers have worked together in the family businesses, ATD-American Co. and Thomaston Mills, and their family office. ATD-American Co. is an international supplier of textiles and furniture products. Thomaston Mills is the last American manufacturer of bed sheets and pillow cases. Despite [our] youth, the brothers come into office every day, but limit their work week to 40 hours.”


Amaranth Ehrenhalt FA’51, , an abstract-expressionist artist, writes that some of her works will be included in the show Tall & Small: Abstract Paintings and Sculptures at the Anita Shapolsky Gallery in Manhattan through Feb. 11. Her story about befriending Alberto Giacometti was featured in the 120th -anniversary edition of Vogue.


Ruth Fredericks Guillard FA’52 writes, “After a music career in the New England area and years of teaching Transcendental Meditation in the US, Russia, and Armenia, I’ve been surprised to find myself writing poetry. The two books published so far, available from Amazon, are From Burnham Cove and On a Fair Wind. The next book, Of Time and Tides, is in the works and will be out soon.”


Dr. Michael Lewis C’58 Gr’62, the University Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at Rutgers University, recently received the Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Child Development Award from the Society of Research in Child Development in recognition of his “lifetime contribution to the scientific body of knowledge and understanding of children’s development.”

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 16-19, 2014


Paul W. Valentine C’59, [email protected] , a retired reporter for The Washington Post, recently published his newest novel, The Road to Goshen Shoals, “a story set in rural North Carolina that examines the ancient racial ambiguities of the region, starring a black undertaker, a white sheriff, a secretively obsessed Pentecostalist, an angry one-handed countrywoman, and a slew of other not-so-usual suspects.”


Harry Schwartz GCP’60, [email protected] , emails, “I am a co-owner and producer of Calliope Author Readings; this year marks the 50th anniversary of [this] unique venture in the early days of literary recordings. With little more at [our] disposal than a passion for books, optimism, and sheer nerve, [we] persuaded some of the most original voices of the era to participate by reading selections from their work. [We] then produced recordings on 7” long-playing records to be sold in bookstores as ‘the companion to the paperback book’ … Now, given the thriving state of audio material, [I and my wife] Lynne Sharon Schwartz, two of the original producers, decided the recordings should be made available to a brand-new audience. This year, [we] will reissue readings, each approximately 16-18 minutes long, on two CDs and as downloads … Fifty years ago, The Boston Globe called the readings ‘a notable addition to the pleasures of being read to.’ Now through current technology, these long-lost pleasures will be revived and the voices of celebrated authors heard again.”


Dr. Lawrence Lazarus C’63, who lives and has a private psychiatric practice in Santa Fe, N.M., has just published Getting the Health Care You Deserve in America’s Broken Health Care System, an e-book available on the usual sites and “The Affordable Care Act won’t prevent medical bills from being the No.1 cause of bankruptcy in America today and solve the fragmentation of medical-care delivery. This book provides practical information about reducing doctor, medication, and hospital bills; Medicare and other types of assistance; the necessity of obtaining a second opinion; having a healthcare advocate; and addressing end-of-life issues.”

Idaherma Williams GFA’63, , has published a new book, Idaherma: Joy in Watercolor.


Murray Greenberg C’65 L’68, the former county attorney of Miami-Dade County, has joined the law firm of Gelber, Schachter & Greenberg in an Of Counsel position. Prior to joining his new firm, he spent 35 years in the public sector and 4   years with a prominent Miami law firm. Specializing in municipal law, he is also a certified mediator and arbitrator, and over the past 40 years has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Miami as well as Florida International and St. Thomas universities. His wife is Phyllis Kirschner Greenberg CW’67 and their sons are Benjamin Greenberg C’93 and Gerald Greenberg C’96.


Dr. Margaret H. Hager CW’66 recently published Farewell, Samsara, a book of poetry available on Amazon. She retired in 2008 after 20 years as a family practitioner in Philadelphia; she headed a PennCare practice from 1994-2008. She now does medical expert-witness work, teaches a course at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine, and writes poetry.

Lee M. Hymerling C’66 L’69, a partner with the law firm of Archer & Greiner P.C. in Haddonfield, N.J., last year was named “Lawyer of the Year,” for family law in the Philadelphia area, by The Best Lawyers in America, which is published by Woodward/White Inc.


Dr. Charles D. Hawker Gr’67, scientific director of automation and special projects for Associated Regional and University Pathologists Laboratories in Salt Lake City, last year received the Outstanding Contributions to Management Sciences and Patient Safety Award from the American Association for Clinical Chemistry.

Joe McMahon SW’67 writes that after spending most of his career providing social-work services to people with disabilities and their families, he has become a mediator in special-education disputes for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, currently serving part-time as a hearing officer for the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. Now, semi-retired, he lives in West Cape May, N.J., where he is a certified master gardener and a member of the borough’s shade-tree commission.

Barry A. Sanders C’67 writes, “My new book, The Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games, was released in October by Arcadia Publishing. My first book, American Avatar: The United States in the Global Imagination, was published in 2011.”


Ronald L. Kahn W’68, an attorney in the Cleveland office of Ulmer & Berne LLP, has been included in “Best Lawyers in America” for 2014.

Bruce Wessels MtE’68 is the W. P. Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Northwestern University. He was recently elected a fellow of the Optical Society of America for his work on opto-electronic materials and devices. His son David Wessels EAS’92 W’92 teaches finance at Wharton.


Steven Heine C’70, a professor of religious studies and history at Florida International University, wrote Like Cats and Dogs: Contesting the Mu Koan in Zen Buddhism, which was published by Oxford University Press last year.

Dr. Louis F. Rose GD’70, Haverford, Pa., maintains a private practice in Philadelphia, specializing in periodontics and implant dentistry, and is a clinical professor of periodontics at Penn Dental. He has served as editor-in-chief of the Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry since 2008, and was a director of the American Board of Periodontology, 2005-11. Recently, the American Academy of Periodontology presented its Gold Medal Award to him.


George Henry Newman C’71, a Philadelphia attorney, was sworn in last July as parliamentarian of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He had helped establish and later chaired an affiliate, the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.


Steven Bernstein W’72 and Diane Langsam Bernstein SAMP’73 proudly announce the birth of their grandson, Noah Caleb Bardill, on Sept. 23. His proud parents are Alison Bernstein Bardill C’00 and Patrick Bardill.

Terri Jacobs Keville CW’72, a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP, in Los Angeles, writes that she was named “Los Angeles Health Care Lawyer of the Year for 2014” by Best Lawyers.

Deborah R. Willig CW’72 is the managing partner of Willig, Williams & Davidson, a union-side labor law firm based in Philadelphia. Last June, she received a lifetime-achievement award from The Legal Intelligencer, as she “has served as a role model for women attorneys, an advocate for working individuals and their families, and a community leader for more than 35 years.”


Marjorie Shelton Schreck CW’73 and her husband, Fred Schreck, are “pleased to announce that our daughter Barbara Schreck Steele, an orthopedic surgeon, began a fellowship in sports medicine at HUP last August. She will be one of the orthopedics for all of the UPenn teams this year.”

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 16-19, 2014


H. Ronald Klasko L’74, the founding partner of the immigration-law firm of Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP, last year was named one of the “Most Powerful Employment Attorneys in Immigration Law” in the country by Human Resource Executive magazine.

Lennox E. Montrose W’74, Monty Guy, recently published Satin Heartbeat, a new CD collection. “It has been awarded the following placements on the 56th Grammy Awards Celebration Entry Lists: Album of the Year; Record of the Year (“Tango Of Love”); Song of the Year (“Tango Of Love”); Best Pop Solo Performance (“No Regrets [No Se Arrepiente]”); Best Pop Vocal Album; Best R&B Song (“Tango Of Love”); Best Instrumental Composition (“Abrazame Asi [Hold Me Like That]”); Best Instrumental Arrangement (“Staunchey Tomo Mi Caso [Staunchey Took My Case]”); and Best Engineered Album Non Classical. Along the way, Satin Heartbeat was described as the ‘New Romantic’ AC sound element in the Easy Listening Orchestral Pop genre. The CD may be found at Amazon, iTunes, and at”


Paula Asinof WG’75, , has published her third book, Be Smart: Sail Past the Hazards of Conventional Career Advice. She notes, “With the world of job search and career management changing in the past 10 years, this collection of substantive, yet entertaining essays challenges assumptions and shakes the tree of conventional wisdom.”

Colvin W. Grannum C’75 is CEO and president of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corp. in New York. In September, he cut the ribbon on a $20-million neighborhood-revitalization project along Fulton Street.

Barbara Ross CW’75, , is pleased to announce the publication of her novel Clammed Up, first in her series of Maine Clambake Mysteries, published by Kensington. She and her husband, Bill Carito C’74, also became grandparents for the first time this year, with the birth of their granddaughter, Viola. They live in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, and Somerville, Mass.


Stewart Eisenberg C’76, a co-founder and senior partner of the Philadelphia law firm of Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg, & Jeck P.C., was recently elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Nina M. Gussack C’76 GEd’76, chair of the executive committee of the Philadelphia law firm of Pepper Hamilton LLP, last year received a 2013 Rainmaker Award from Inside Counsel, the magazine for general counsel and in-house legal executives.

David Unkovic C’76 has joined the public-finance group of McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC in Lancaster, Pa. “I most recently served as the first state-appointed receiver for the City of Harrisburg; I was the first municipal receiver in the history of Pennsylvania. I have been speaking and writing a lot about causes of, and solutions for, municipal distress in the state and across the country. Municipal distress is one of the more obvious results of the evisceration of the middle class in our country.”


David Chanko W’77 last July joined the faculty of Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center, Inc., a charter high-school network with campuses throughout the state; he teaches mathematics and leadership classes at its Mesa campus. He previously taught economics and mathematics at Basis Flagstaff and Seligman high schools in northern Arizona and Jess Schwartz Academy in Scottsdale. He and his wife, Joni, an artist and writer, live in Mesa.

Dr. Gary J. Stilwell W’77 WG’84 writes that he is working at the Acumen Fund in Nairobi.


Dr. Thomas M. Hyde C’78 Gr’84 M’84 writes, “I left the National Institute of Mental Health in 2010, after 22 years as an investigator and research clinician. Since then I have been the chief operating officer of the Lieber Institute for Brain Development, a non-profit, privately funded research organization on the medical campus of Johns Hopkins University. In addition, I have continued my research into the biological mechanisms of schizophrenia and related illnesses, studying postmortem human-brain tissue. I was just appointed to a two-year term on the Maryland Life Sciences Advisory Board.”

Daryl Rosenblatt GFA’78 won first place, in chairs, for a steam-bent and hand-shaped walnut chair he showed at the 17th annual Long Island Woodworkers Annual Show and Furniture Exhibition.


Ruth Beardsley C’80, [email protected] , writes, “My husband, Tom Sansone, and I are active in a non-profit that provides technical and financial assistance for the Nambale Magnet School in rural, impoverished western Kenya. Its groundbreaking model is to educate children orphaned or made vulnerable by the AIDS pandemic with other children, giving all an equal opportunity for academic success and eliminating the social stigma of AIDS. We have visited the school twice and wanted to share our excitement (”

Peter Burwasser C’80 writes that he is “the incoming president of the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia, which was founded in 1820 and is the oldest continuing musical organization in America. There are many Penn connections to the society, and its entire archives are in the very capable hands of the rare-book department at Van Pelt Library.”

Sari Ann Strasburg W’80, Bedford, N.H., is excited to announce the 10-year anniversary of Strasburg Law P.L.L.C. She has 30 years of extensive professional success with US and international manufacturing, technology, distribution, and service companies. The firm is a recipient of the 2013 New Hampshire Excellence Award from the Small Business Institute for Excellence in Commerce.


Jay A. Dubow W’81 L’84, a partner in the Philadelphia office of the law firm of Pepper Hamilton LLP, has been appointed to a three-year term as chair of the securities-litigation subcommittee of the ABA’s business and corporate litigation committee.

Dr. Sanjeev Shroff Gr’81, the Distinguished Professor and Gerald E. McGinnis Chair of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh, has been appointed department chair there. He specializes in cardiovascular physiology and mechano-energetics.


Rob Waters C’82 is co-editor of American Labor’s Global Ambassadors: The International History of the AFL-CIO during the Cold War, which was published by Palgrave Macmillan last year.


Glenn Gordon C’83 W’83 married Eddie Martinez, his partner of 18 years, in Brooklyn on Oct. 19. “The ceremony was intimate, but included Jeff Matchen W’83 and his wife, Debbie.” Glenn and Eddie continue to live in Miami Shores; Glenn is the associate regional director for enforcement at the SEC’s Miami regional office. They are planning a larger party at their house, and expected guests include Mark Rogers W’82 and other friends.

Dr. Arnold E. Weinstein C’83 D’87 married Laura Bennett on June 23. The very next weekend, he received his fellowship award from the Academy of General Dentistry in Nashville, Tenn. They live in West Hartford, Conn., where Arnie owns and operates Weinstein Dental Center, the private general practice he purchased in 2007, and Laura runs LMB Facilities Solutions, a commercial-move company.

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 16-19, 2014


Dawn Robin Miller GEd’84 was recently promoted to director of suburban-county programs for Tabor Services, Inc. in Doylestown, Pa., and will be responsible for services for Bucks County transition-age foster youth and in-home case management of at-risk children and youth.


Len Serafino G’85 wrote Keep Breathing, a novel published by createspace, “that explores the meaning of friendship and the desire to redeem each other even as life is coming to an end.” Available at online book stores, 20% of its net proceeds will be donated to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.


Ralph H. Cathcart C’86 is the managing partner of the litigation department in the New York office of Ladas & Parry LLP, an international intellectual-property boutique law firm that recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. He was recently named an “IP Star 2013” by Managing Intellectual Property magazine.

Sue Dreier Wishnow C’86 and David Blatte W’86, the Class of 1986 co-presidents, “want to make sure all our classmates have received our 1st-class e-newsletter, In the Mix with ’86. If you haven’t seen it, please email Sue[email protected] or David at [email protected] for a copy and to get on our distribution list. Please also like our Facebook Page, UPenn Class of ’86.”


Scott A. Meyers W’88, an attorney in the Chicago office of Ulmer & Berne LLP, has been included in “Best Lawyers in America” for 2014.

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 16-19, 2014


Christian Burchill GNu’89, Cleveland, has joined the staff of the Office of Nursing Research and Innovation at the Cleveland Clinic as a nurse researcher. His research is on factors that make emergency nurses feel safe from violence committed by patients and visitors, a growing problem worldwide. Last year, he received a grant from the Emergency Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau, International.

Dr. Doris Kirchner Gr’89 writes, “After teaching at the Lauder Institute, Columbia University, and the University of Rhode Island, where I was a tenured full professor and director of the German international business program, I am now director of Middlebury College’s German School.”


Barbara Reich C’90, , wrote Secrets of an Organized Mom, which was published by Atria Books last February; it will be released in paperback this spring.


David Anderman C’91 L’94, who was promoted to general manager of Lucasfilm Ltd. last January, oversees the business operations of Lucasfilm and its subsidiaries, including Industrial Light & Magic, Skywalker Sound, and Lucasfilm Singapore. In 2012, he negotiated the $4 billion acquisition of Lucasfilm by the Walt Disney Company, for which he received the Variety Dealmaker of the Year Award. Lucasfilm is now working on the next trilogy of films in the Star Wars Saga, Episodes VII, VIII, and IX. He still lives in Marin County, with his wife, Kara Ornstein Anderman C’91, and their daughters Natasha (11) and Rebecca (nine).

Jeffrey Berson C’91 W’91 has been appointed CIO for QTS, a provider of data-center facilities and services based in Overland Park, Kans. Previously, he was a managing director in the media and communications group of UBS.


Ruthlyn Greenfield-Webster Nu’92 wrote in early November, “Two weeks ago, I returned from competing at the 2013 World Masters Athletics-Masters Track and Field World Championships in Porto Alegre, Brazil. I am so happy to be able to tell you that on Oct. 22nd (despite competing with a meniscus tear in my right knee) I won the gold medal in my specialty event, the Women’s Triple Jump (W40-44). That achievement finally earned me my long sought after ‘individual’ World Champion title and status of being No. 1 in the world in my age group at a world championship! I have been pursuing this goal since I resumed competition in 2006 and won the Bronze at my first world championship in Italy in 2007. Right then, I made a promise to myself that one day I would make it to that top spot. I won the bronze again in 2009 in Finland and the silver in 2011 (along with a gold medal as part of Team USA’s 4x100m relay team) here in the US. I am so thrilled to have finally fulfilled that promise to myself and to end 2013 as the US National Champion (Indoors) and the World Champion (Outdoors)! I plan to take next year off to address my knee issue and just rest!”

Jeffrey Howell C’92, who lives in Chatham, Mass., with his wife and two sons, is an English teacher at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School. He has been appointed president of Homeless not Hopeless, Inc., which “has four homes, all run by formerly homeless people, who help get individuals out of the shelter system and into more permanent housing with a mixture of education, housing, and love. This model of homeless people helping homeless people is duplicatable, and any fellow alums interested in discussing effective ways of serving their local homeless population can get in touch with me at [email protected].”

Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock C’92, [email protected] , wrote in early November, “I am thrilled to announce the publication of my 15th book! My The Works of Tim Burton: From Margins to Mainstream was [just] released by Palgrave. I am professor of American literature and culture at Central Michigan University. My 16th book, The Ashgate Encyclopedia of Literary and Cinematic Monsters, comes out in December.”


Daniel Boockvar C’93 L’96, New York, has been appointed chief customer officer at Girl Scouts of the USA. He had been senior vice president of US operations at Weight Watchers International.

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 16-19, 2014


Robert C. Bohorad W’94 writes, “I am very excited to announce that David Yuengling and I have teamed up to re-launch Yuengling’s Ice Cream, [which] was started in 1920 by David’s great-grandfather, Frank Yuengling, to help support the family-owned brewery during Prohibition. In 1985, the family made the difficult decision to discontinue production, due to a lack of succession and the pursuit of other interests. Over the past year, David and I have worked together to get the company ready for its re-launch in [early] 2014. For more details, please visit our website and our Facebook page at I may be reached at [email protected].”


Doug Gavin C’95 and Erica B. Gavin are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Elias Joshua Gavin, on July 30, 2011, at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York. “Although this announcement is slightly belated, Eli hasn’t stopped bringing joy and smiles to the family, which includes big brother Benjamin, now almost five years old. They [recently] attended their first Penn Homecoming and football game with their cousins Jake and Dylan and their aunt Meredith Singer C’93. I was also recently promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the US Army Reserve, in addition to working full-time for Abbott Point of Care in Princeton, N.J.”

Dr. Jason James C’95 writes that he was recently elected as chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baptist Hospital in Miami. He is also excited to report that as part of the Penn Alumni Interview Program, he has begun interviewing applicants to the University.

Marc D. Portlock C’95 has joined Lowe & Associates, a Philadelphia corporate law firm, as a senior associate.

April Hazard Vallerand Gr’95 was appointed last year to the first alumni endowed professorship at Wayne State University’s nursing school.


Elizabeth R. Blandon L’96 writes, “This year, I founded Asylees as Authors, a non-profit that grants college scholarships based on a short-story contest. The applicants must be asylees, refugees, or legal permanent residents who are former asylees or refugees. The submission process is online at I am also still working as an immigration attorney, and was recently selected to the Florida Bar’s committee on board certification. Basically, I am one of nine attorneys in the state who select which immigration lawyers are truly experts in the field.”

John E. McGowan G’96 writes that he has several media projects ongoing. In July, he shot a principal role in the Independence Blue Cross/Blue Shied “Live Fearless” campaign, which can be currently seen running on local television. A commercial for organ donations, “Living Legacy,” is showing in the Baltimore area. His own short film “Apogee Circles” was shown at the Sloppy Film Festival in early November. He also shot scenes in Augusta, Maine, for a project titled “Catatonk Blues” with Treat Williams. “New projects await.”

Dan Koontz EAS’96 writes, “My first novel, The I.P.O., was published in October. Check it out if you’re in the mood for a suspense/thriller page-turner. As I wait for it to become an international bestseller, I’m keeping my day job as an assistant professor of neurology at the University Hospitals Neurological Institute at Case Western Reserve University.”

Allen J. Oh L’96, [email protected] , has joined Condo Roccia LLP as a registered patent attorney. He specializes in wired and wireless communications, networking, medical devices, and automotive technologies.

Kailan Ruth Rubinoff C’96 and Aaron S. Allen are delighted to welcome their son, Taliesin Robert Allen-Rubinoff, who was born on Aug. 19 at Greensboro Women’s Hospital; he was 6 lbs. 8 oz., and 19   inches long. Both Kailan and Aaron recently achieved tenure at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro: she is now associate professor of musicology and he is the academic-sustainability coordinator and an associate professor of musicology.
Michael Serlin C’96 see Atara Margolies C’01 GAr’04.


Adam Illfelder W’97 see Danielle Volk Illfelder C’98.

Sigrid Ladores Nu’97 GNu’02 graduated in December with a PhD in nursing from the University of Central Florida; her dissertation was on “The Early Postpartum Experience of Previously Infertile Mothers.”

Abby Rosner Schiffman C’97 and Jeremy Schiffman W’97, and big brothers Sam and Henry, are thrilled to announce the birth of the twins, Charlotte Eva and Josie Vivian, on Feb. 28. They were welcomed by Pop-pop William Rosner C’70, aunt Jamie Rosner Dorfman GEd’01, and uncle Andrew Rosner C’05.


Jamie Miles Cunha C’98 and her husband, Douglas Cunha, are happy to announce the arrival of their daughter, Avery Rose Cunha. “Avery was also welcomed by older brother, Miles, who adores her.” They live in Marin County, near San Francisco. Jamie is clinic director and a physical therapist for Physiotherapy Associates and Doug is senior marketing analyst for Gump’s.

Elizabeth S. Fenton L’98, a shareholder in the Philadelphia firm of Chamberlain Hrdlicka who specializes in corporate law, has been reappointed co-chair of the ABA’s business litigation and competition law committee.

Janice Ferebee SW’98 has been appointed director of programs for the Women’s Media Center. She had been director of the Washington, D.C. Women’s Business Center.

Danielle Volk Illfelder C’98 and Adam Illfelder W’97 are excited to announce the birth of their son, Benjamin, on May 24. He joined big sisters Ilana and Isabelle in Villanova, Pa. Adam is a financial analyst for Wellington Management and Danielle is happy to be home with their three beautiful children. She also teaches spin classes and hopes to return to work as a physical therapist in the coming year.

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 16-19, 2014


Elisia Abrams C’99 married Keath Blatt on Sept. 1 at the Four Seasons Resort at Troon North in Scottsdale, Ariz. The wedding party included matron of honorJennifer Abrams Stier W’01, bridesmaids Elizabeth Franklin Glaser C’99, Jennie Pries Friend C’99, Michelle Fliman Schoenkerman C’99, and Sarah Leshner C’98, and the celebrations included Penn friends Maury Apple W’98, Jake Glaser C’96, Adam Harris C’00, Colby Kant Harris C’99, Seth Lasser C’98, Jamie Feiner Lasser C’99, Beth Linn C’99, Mike Madden C’98, Jessica Pantzer C’00, and David Stier C’99. Elisia is general counsel of Willoughby Capital Holdings, LLC, a private investment firm based in New York; Keath is the in-house counsel for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and splits his time between New York and D.C.

Ingrid Seradarian Miller C’99 and Leland Miller welcomed with joy their first child, Helena Catherine, on July 24. The three live in New York, where Ingrid is legal counsel for the JPMorgan Chase Foundation and Leland is CEO of China Beige Book International, an investment advisory firm. They married on Oct. 30, 2010, at the Carneros Inn in Napa, Calif., where they celebrated with alumni, including Ed Dale C’98, Angie Hsu Herberstein W’99, Lauren Wald Patterson C’99, Margaret Hensler Nicholls W’99, Jennifer Houston Scripps C’99, Bree Nicolai Murphy C’99, Amanda Cohen Lewis C’99, P.J. Lewis C’99, Matt Maitland EAS’99 W’99, and Chris Browne C’00.

Dr. Maggie Hymowitz Sequeira C’99 and her husband, Scott, are proud to announce the birth of their second child, Simon Aston, on Oct. 10. “His big brother Reiss Bailey is excited to have a little brother!” They currently live in Boston.

Bobbie Sinha C’99 and Sky Wilber C’99 EAS’99 are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Sloane Lakshmi Wilber, on Oct. 12; she weighed 5 lbs. 8 oz. They live in Scarsdale, N.Y.


Craig Barbieri GAr’00 GLA’00 has joined Pennoni Associates, a Philadelphia engineering, design, and consulting firm, as the design technology manager in its IT division. Previously, he was national director of practice technology for Kling Stubbins.

Alison Bernstein Bardill C’00, Patrick Bardill, and big sister Abigail welcomed Noah Caleb Bardill on Sept. 23. Grandparents Steven Bernstein W’72 and Diane Langsam Bernstein SAMP’73 are thrilled to have grandchild No. 2.

Michelle G. Chudow C’00 and Eric Chudow EAS’02 GEng’02 are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Aviva Malka, on Nov. 5. Big brothers Ross Micah and Jonathan Boaz were so excited to welcome her home. The family lives just outside of Baltimore, where Michelle is a pediatrician in a busy pediatric emergency department, and Eric works on computer and network security; they would love to hear from Penn friends at [email protected].

Kieran Darcy C’00 and Deryn Dobson Darcy W’04 are thrilled to announce the birth of their first child, Aidan Dwight Darcy, on Aug. 29. Kieran and Deryn, who married in May 2009 at St. Agatha-St. James Church in Philadelphia, now live and work in New York.

Paul Elsberg C’00 writes that with joy and gratitude, he and his wife, Lindsay Hagy, welcomed their daughter Daphne Carol Elsberg on Aug. 17. They and big sister Hazel (three) live in Chicago, where Paul does corporate communications for the energy company Exelon and Lindsay is an attorney at the Goldberg Kohn law firm.

Emily Lizt Frank C’00 and Brad Frank W’00 write, “We are thrilled to announce the birth of our son, Tobias James, on Sept. 3. Toby joins big sister Tessa (four) and big brother Charlie (two), who are enjoying having another sibling to entertain.”


Jana Leichter Hoffenberg C’01 and Jonathan Hoffenberg W’01 are thrilled to announce the arrival of their son, Hendrix Miller Hoffenberg, born on Aug. 5 in Miami. “He surprised everyone by arriving five weeks early, but we are happy to report that the little man is healthy, strong, and thriving.”

Seth Kleinman C’01 see Margot Asher Kleinman C’02.

Katherine Hostvedt Marchese Nu’01 GNu’03 Gr’08 writes, “My husband, Philip, and I joyously announce the birth of our daughter, Virginia Korby Marchese, on Aug. 6.”

Atara Margolies C’01 GAr’04 and Michael Serlin C’96 are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Nava Simcha Serlin, on July 11; she joined big brother Noam, who will be three in February. They live in Manhattan, where Mike is medical director of the infectious-diseases clinic at Harlem Hospital and an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Atara is a senior associate at Cooper, Robertson & Partners, an architecture and urban-design firm where she has been for nine years; she worked on educational and cultural projects, including master plans for Fordham University and SUNY Stony Brook, and most recently, the new building for the Whitney Museum of American Art.


Eric Chudow EAS’02 GEng’02 see Michelle G. Chudow C’00.

Pranav Gupta EAS’02 W’02 WG’11 married Dr. Meera Sivendran C’05 overlooking Manhattan from the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City, on July 6. Joining them in the celebration were Anushia Sivendran D’09, Rajiv Sivendran C’07, Rishi Talreja C’02 EAS’02, Shriram Bhashyam C’02, Milli Shah Bhashyam C’02, Samir Mayur C’02 WG’09, Vikram Veeramacheneni C’02, Gurmeet Sran GEng’01, Ankur Dharia WG’09, Nitin Prakash C’05, Ashish Thakur C’05, Nikki Kabra D’09, Joseph Foote D’09, and Gagan Sawhney C’05. Pranav and Meera then enjoyed eight nights in Greece and Turkey before returning to their homes in New York and Pennsylvania, where he works as an investment banker at Evercore Partners and she is completing her residency in dermatology at Geisinger Health System.

Margot Asher Kleinman C’02 and Seth Kleinman C’01 welcomed their second son, Ellis Jonah, on Sept. 10. Jude (two) is enjoying being a big brother. They live in Chicago.

Aaron Tidman C’02, a litigation attorney in the Washington office of the law firm of Mintz Levin, in August was recognized as one of the “Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40, Class of 2013” by the National LGBT Bar Association.

Michael Williams C’02 see Lauren Furst Williams C’04.

Kerry Zabriskie Nu’02 married Eric Reed on Sept. 28 in Boulder, Colo. They were joined by family and friends from around the country, including Katie Koenig C’01 and Stacy Ugras W’02. Kerry and Eric live in Wheat Ridge, just west of Denver. She works as a pediatric nurse practitioner in gastroenterology at the Children’s Hospital of Colorado and he works in finance in downtown Denver. They honeymooned in Costa Rica.


Michael Frankel C’03 see Audrey Hutt Frankel C’04.

Hon. Eric L. Johnson L’03, [email protected] , emailed in late October, “I recently joined the Public Law section at Andrews Kurth LLP as Of Counsel in their Dallas office, where I will be responsible for developing its public-finance practice in the north Texas area. I also just announced that I am running for re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2014. Finally, and most importantly, my wife, Nakita, and I are expecting our first child, which is due around April 30. Suffice it to say, life is crazy, but good!”

Michelle Wallenstein C’03 and her husband, Zhenya Balagula, are proud to announce the birth of their first son, Jordan Luca, on Sept. 14 in Baltimore.
Dave Zeitlin C’03 see Lauren Mirowitz Zeitlin C’05 G’06.

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Deryn Dobson Darcy W’04 see Kieran Darcy C’00.

Audrey Hutt Frankel C’04 and Michael Frankel C’03 are excited to announce the birth of their daughter, Laura Elise, on Oct. 2, weighing 8 lbs. 9 oz. They live in New York, where Audrey is an account director at the interactive-marketing agency PM Digital and Michael runs his two companies, and

Dr. Meera Sivendran C’05 see Pranav Gupta EAS’02 W’02 WG’11.

Brian Szymanik GAr’04 in October received the 2013 Young Architect Award from the Philadelphia chapter of the AIA. Last year, he co-founded Make architecture + planning, a full-service architecture, design, and planning firm based in Philadelphia’s Northern Liberties neighborhood. He is also currently the visiting assistant professor of practice at Marywood University in Scranton, where he coordinates the fourth-year design studio sequence and teaches courses on building technology and environmental systems.

Lauren Furst Williams C’04 and Michael Williams C’02 are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Riley Emma, on Oct. 24 in Miami. She was greeted by many loving family members, including her grandfather Allen Furst W’75. They look forward to showing her Penn’s campus during Lauren’s 10 th Reunion in May.


Nicole Gilmore C’05 Nu’10 and Kevin Schoen GEng10 are happy to announce their marriage on Aug. 17 at Mountain Meadows Lodge in Killington, Vt. They met at a barbecue in 2009, while at Penn. Alumni at the wedding included Shaun O’Brien Gr’14, Brad Hollidge Gr’13, and Christopher Campbell GM’12. After taking a honeymoon trip around the world (South Africa, Australia, Hawaii) Nicole and Kevin returned to Philadelphia, where he works as a software engineer at Comcast and she in HUP’s Medical ICU.

Michael Lewin W’05 married Juliet Kathryn Izon on July 13 at the Plaza Hotel in New York. Alumni guests included Adam Hellman C’05, David Aho W’05, Erica Nahmad Shmerler C’05 and AJ Nahmad C’04, Jonathan Hirschtritt C’05 and Elizabeth M. Hirschtritt C’05, Jonathan Bernstein C’05, Craig Sedaka W’06 and Katherine Wagman Sedaka Nu’05 GNu’10, Alex Bresler W’06 and Elizabeth Guise Bresler C’07, Matthew Hartman C’04, Meghan Goddard Chu C’05, Michael Fox W’02 and Nicole Davison Fox W’01, Omar Rada W’05, Sarah Kearney Labuda C’05, Stacey Siporin C’05, Thomas Shiah C’05, Emily Geiger C’05, Emily Zwanziger C’05, Matthew Gregory W’05, Phil Huang C’05, Dara Braverman W’05, and James Roth WG’11, as well as Michael’s parents, Bonnie Lewin G’71 and Martin Lewin W’70 L’73.

Alyssa Marshall C’05 and David Marshall C’05 “are very excited to announce the birth of our son, Zachary Benjamin Marshall, on Oct. 10 at 10:01pm, weighing 7 lbs. 13 oz. All are doing well.”

Dr. Carrie Runde Paddock C’05 married Dr. Kristaps J. G. Paddock in July in Baltimore. Alumni attending were Emily Berman Levy C’05, Dr. Sean Levy C’05, Laura Freedlander C’08, Dr. Kavita Vankineni Carmona C’05, Alexis Green C’05, Dr. Ali Ely C’05, Emily Colgan Rapp Nu’05, Vijay Patel EAS’06 W’06, Lizzy Rossin C’05, Matthew Lattman EAS’04 W’04 WG’08, Phillip Ryder W’05, Adam Glant C’05, Kelly Mangold C’06, Robert Hicks GAr’77, Dr. Sarah Hicks V’78, and Anna Casey Mancuso C’04. Carrie adds, “I recently completed a residency at GW and I am living with my husband in Washington and working just outside the district as a naturopathic physician at a non-profit, patient-centered medical home.”

Cecilia D. Ramirez C’05 SPP’10 writes, “Excited to share that after launching my own events business, C-Luxe Axiom, two years ago, I have been doing awesome strategic business and events consulting … Our most recent achievement was successfully producing the 10th Annual Hispanic Choice Awards in Philadelphia [last October]. The event included a red-carpet entrance, an award show, and a VIP post-show event. Over 1200 guests were in attendance and seven awards were presented to local and national leaders across all sectors … The night was truly a magical evening and I could not have been more proud to execute such a positive and inspirational show … You can also keep up with my updates about what it’s like to build a new business on my blog,”

Lauren Mirowitz Zeitlin C’05 G’06 and Dave Zeitlin C’03 are thrilled to announce the birth of their first child, Noah Richard, on Sept. 21. “Fittingly, he was born at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, across the street from where we married at the Penn Museum. A proud Penn family, Lauren is the director of annual giving for the Perelman School of Medicine and Dave is a freelance writer and frequent Gazette contributor. Noah is eagerly awaiting his first Penn basketball game at the Palestra.”


Becca Aronson C’06 married Matthew Makover L’10 on Sept. 22 at the Liberty Hotel in Boston. Many of their Penn friends attended as well as were in the bridal party. Bridesmaids included Emily Petkun Ast C’06, Desirae Gaspero Urban C’06, Alexandra Perrotto Nelson Nu’06, and Jessica Fuerst C’06. Groomsmen included Robert Arnay C’07 and Chad Cullen L’10. Also there was John Ceralde, the varsity women’s gymnastics coach, as Becca was a four-year letter-winner and senior team captain. Becca and Matthew now live in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, where she is a management consultant at Gap International and he is an attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

Jacob Wiseman EAS’06 see Lara Wiseman C’07.


Sheila Bapat L’07 wrote Part of the Family? Nannies, Housekeepers, Caregivers and the Battle for Domestic Workers’ Rights, which will be released in April by Ig Publishing.

Mindy Sprung Fox C’07 and Evan Fox EAS’07 W’07 are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Adam Samuel Fox, on Sept. 28. They live in South Orange, N.J. Mindy is an attorney at Wolff & Samson PC in West Orange and Evan is a principal and senior research analyst at Pzena Investment Manager in New York.

Robert Jakobi C’07, London, writes that he is managing director and co-owner of Metcalfe’s Food Company. One of its operations is “Pret a Manger, the retail sandwich chain that now has over 400 stores in the UK, US, Paris, and Hong Kong. Another is itsu, a chain of sushi eat-in and take-away restaurants in the UK that is fast-expanding; we will be opening several stores in New York in the next few years. Our latest venture is to take the itsu brand from restaurant into retail; we believe there is a huge gap in the market for Asian-inspired healthy snacks. They are selling in high-end retailers across the UK [and] we will be launching in the US next year. Our Metcalfe’s skinny topcorn is the best-selling popcorn line in the UK. It is a great alternative to crisps (potato chips). We have also recently launched the brand overseas (”

Lara Wiseman C’07 and Jacob Wiseman EAS’06 are thrilled to announce the birth of their baby girl, Talia Ilana Wiseman, on Sept. 26. Lara and Jake, who met as a freshman and sophomore living on campus in the fall of 2003, married in June 2010. They live in Boca Raton, Fla., where she is a veterinarian and he is a quality assurance engineer.
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Nadira Branch G’09, a 2013-14 recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, is currently serving in Haiti; working with a local NGO, she is heading efforts to offer business-development programs to women-owned businesses.

Laura D’Erasmo C’09 married Thomas Grandieri C’10 on Sept. 21 in Greenwich, Conn. Laura and Tom met at Penn in Sept. 2007 and live in Philadelphia. The wedding party included Brian Grandieri C’08, William Gordon C’10, Amy Wolf C’09 L’12, and Lisa Becker C’09. Many alumni helped them celebrate, including Alissa Kur Lepisto C’09 and Braden Lepisto W’08 L’12, Alisha Turner C’09, Christina Kukelhaus Ryder C’09 and Nick Ryder C’08, Margaretha Ehret C’09, Kasey Meehan C’09, Amy Reams C’10, Kelley Lazor Nu’11, Jeffrey Cellucci W’09, Timothy May W’09, Raj Paty C’09, Alex Seyferth C’09, Brennan Votel C’09, Wes Donehower C’09, Matt Tellem C’11, William Davis C’11, Reid Terry C’10, and James Allen C’02.

Sarah Kaminetsky C’09 married Isaac Jonas at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, Fla., on Aug. 18. They were introduced by bridesmaid Melissa Hauptman Schachar W’08. The wedding party included bridesmaids Michelle Dayan C’07, Samantha Kagan Greenky C’09, and Emily Rosenbaum C’09, and groomsmen Ethan Keller EAS’09 W’09 and Joshua Kaminetsky C’14. Many Penn friends and alumni also joined in the celebration, including Andrea Colton C’74, Robert Colton C’74, Steven Kellner C’84, Marjorie Gochberg Kellner W’86, Jesse Rubenfeld C’02, Cory Kanon EAS’05, Jared Bernheim EAS’07 W’07 GEng’08, Jonathan Lehr EAS’07, Daniel Panzer EAS’07 W’07, Grace Kim WG’08, Serah Lee WG’08, Lance Carr C’08, Robby Rothrock C’08, Jonathan Aubrey C’09, Laura Birnbaum C’09, Deena Greenberg Feit C’09, Aliza Fischer Moskowitz C’09, Rachel Friedman C’09, Michaela Tolpin Lehr C’10, Aviva Vogelstein C’10, and Taylor Bernheim W’11. Sarah and Isaac live in Manhattan, where she is an attorney at Weil Gotshal & Manges and he is an investment analyst for the Loews Corporation.

Alicia Nelson EAS’09 GEng’10 married Riley Tagtmeyer W’10 on July 5 in St. Paul, Minn. The bridal party included Jocelyn Nelson EAS’06, Deborah Garber W’09, Katie Purdy W’09, and J. D. Whittington W’10. Also attending were Ashley Alden C’10, Ryan Dierberg W’10, Jessi Gold C’09 G’09, Kristen Johnson C’09, Ashley Kidd C’10, Samuel Lerer EAS’10 W’10, Hal MacKenzie C’10, David Poss W’10, and Emily Zovko W’10. For their honeymoon, they went on an African safari and then to Sydney for New Year’s Eve.

Tali Yahalom C’09 married Dr. Joshua Leinwand on Oct. 6 at the New York Botanical Garden. Alumni attending were Drew Tye C’09, Alexis Ruby Howe C’07, Julie Steinberg C’09, Kerry Golds C’09, Derek Mazique C’09 M’14, Heather Schwedel C’09, Mia Kumagai C’09, Jared Miller C’09, Alanna Kaufman Small C’08, Alexander Small C’08, Mara Gordon C’08 M’15, Jonathan Lehr EAS’07, Michaela Tolpin Lehr C’10, Saara Hafeez W’10, Malka Fleischmann C’10, Melissa Hauptman Schachar W’08, Rebecca Braunstein C’08, Gidon Slomowitz C’07, Danny Panzer EAS’07 W’07, Jared Bernheim EAS’07 W’07, Louis Shamie W’06, David Ashear W’06, Alissa Eisenberg C’10, Andrew Small C’09, and Jennifer Guttman C’09.


Thomas Grandieri C’10 see Laura D’Erasmo C’09.

Dr. Dana Liebmann GrEd’10, Princeton, N.J., recently accepted a position as psychologist at the Princeton International School of Mathematics and Science. Her son, Benjamin Donati V’17, is in his first year at Penn’s Veterinary School of Medicine.

Matthew Makover L’10 see Becca Aronson C’06.

Kevin Schoen GEng10 see Nicole Gilmore C’05 Nu’10 .

Riley Tagtmeyer W’10 see Alicia Nelson EAS’09 GEng’10.

Melanie Wright Winter GNu’10 gave birth to twins on Oct. 14 at Lankenau Medical Center near Philadelphia: Katharina Ann and Evan Francis join older siblings Luke (three), Hanna (11), and Kyle (14). Melanie currently works for Main Line Health in an outpatient ob-gyn office as a women’s health nurse practitioner.

Yu-Hua Yang GEE’10 and his wife, Shao-I (Sally) Ou Yang, are proud to announce the birth of their first son, Dexson Yang, on July 15 in New York; he was 10 lbs. and 23 inches. Both parents and the baby are happily adjusting to their new lives together in New Jersey.


Sam Edison W’13 is an associate in the Cincinnati office of DunnhumbyUSA, the customer-data analysis company.



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