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Mar|Apr 2014


John T. Fallon W’48 writes, “Before World War II, I was working in a store and going to Wharton Evening, but I enlisted and went to Officer Candidate School. I served in Africa, Italy, France, and Germany. I was wounded in both France and Germany and was decorated for valor in both countries. I worked and retired from 3M Company and recently was awarded the Legion of Honor from the French Government. I was a social member of the Mask and Wig.”


David Salsburg C’52, , writes, “My first novel, Love Feeds Among the Lilies, was recently published by Black Rose. It elaborates on a tale hinted at in the biblical book The Song of Songs. An innocent young country maiden is sold by her family into the harem of a ruthless king who is rumored to have 700 wives and 300 concubines. The novel is a venture into a new field, and I have several others ‘in the pipeline.’ After I received my PhD in mathematical statistics, I taught at Penn, and then moved to industry, where I engaged in drug research at Pfizer, Inc., for 27 years. I retired in 1995 and have since been busy consulting, lecturing, teaching, and writing. During my career, I published three academic books and over 50 scientific articles. After retiring, I wrote a popular science book, The Lady Tasting Tea: How Statistics Revolutionized Science in the Twentieth Century, which is often used as supplemental material in high-school and college elementary-statistics courses. Soon after retiring, I taught two courses at the Harvard School of Public Health, and for the past 10 years I have been teaching one course during the fall semester at Yale. My wife, Fran, and I have four children and nine grandchildren, the oldest of whom is studying for a PhD at Stanford University. The second oldest is a professional musician and plays bass for the Indigo Girls on tour. The other grandchildren are still in college, high school, or lower grades. We’ve had the frequent pleasure of seeing our grandchildren compete in sports and take part in school concerts, even though it means flying to California, Virginia, or Georgia to see them.”

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 16-19, 2014


Dr. Maria Iandolo New M’54 is a full-time professor of pediatrics and director of the Division of Adrenal Steroid Disorders at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai. She is senior editor of Genetic Steroid Disorders, which was published by Elsevier last year.


M. Melvin Shralow ME’57 is president and principal of ShralowADR, LLC, and is a mediator and arbitrator of commercial and construction disputes. In December, he was presented with an award by the senior lawyers professional and public service committee of the Philadelphia Bar, “for his leadership, hard work, and guidance as a member of the committee and as chair for 2010 and 2011. He invigorated the committee and led it into areas of public service.”


Dr. Michael Lewis C’58 Gr’62, the University Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at Rutgers University, has written a new book, The Rise of Consciousness and the Development of Emotional Life, published by Guilford Press. “Synthesizing decades of influential research and theory, this book demonstrates the centrality of consciousness for emotional development.”

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 16-19, 2014


Marshall Joseph Becker C’59 Gr’71 co-wrote The White Dog Sacrifice: A Post-1800 Rite With an Ornamental Use for Wampum, which was published by American Philosophical Society last year.

Dr. Elizabeth Kearney GEd’59 wrote Four Generations, “a guide to the interests, needs, and value of today’s multi-generational workforce,” which was published recently by the Mikili Press.

Ginger Levit CW’59 had an exhibition from her collection of French paintings at the Richard Stravitz Gallery in Virginia Beach in November. Earlier this year, she curated an exhibition of 19th-century etching illustrations, based on Degas, at the Virginia Commonwealth University library.


William H. Murray EE’60 GEE’68 received the Arthur Seidel Distinguished IP Service Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, “in recognition of his commitment to the highest standard of excellence in intellectual-property law.” He was also included in “Top Attorneys in Pennsylvania and Delaware” by the Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers publication. Currently of counsel with the Philadelphia law firm Duane Morris, he lives in Cape May, N.J., where he is deputy mayor. He maintains his connection with Penn: he gives an annual lecture to senior engineering students on patent law and serves as a judge for the ESE Senior Design Demo Day.


Dr. H. Michael Zal C’62 is a psychiatrist in private practice and a clinical professor of psychiatry at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. His fourth book, Ten Steps to Relieve Anxiety, was published last October by New Horizon Press.

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 16-19, 2014


Judd S. Levy W’64 was featured in the October issue of Affordable Housing Finance magazine as he was recently inducted into the Affordable Housing Finance Hall of Fame. He was praised for his 40 years of service to the field in “his role as an innovator who was highly successful in bringing Wall Street to Main Street.”


Norman MacAfee C’65 writes that “Orf ’86, a story with drawings in the voice of Orpheus about the production of an opera about him,” was published in December by Scene4 Magazine.

Alexander Morris WG’65 and his wife, Carol, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with friends, neighbors, and relatives at their home in Sarasota, Fla., on Dec. 28, exactly 50 years after their marriage in New York.


Karen Weiner Escalera CW’66 writes, “This year I celebrated the 35th anniversary of my firm, KWE Partners, [which] specializes in marketing and public relations for luxury travel, hospitality, and lifestyle. This spring, I’ll be a guest lecturer in China on luxury travel and lifestyle trends. It’s also the first anniversary of my ‘newest baby,’ a personal blog,, on quality food, fashion, and culture in Miami.”

Peter S. Horvitz C’66 writes, “I have just published a new book, Quaint, Curious, & Forgotten, [which] brings together 10 of the favorite detective stories of Edgar Allan Poe. Poe selected these stories through his critical writings and his use of them in developing his own works in the field. Most of the stories have never been reprinted since first appearing, including Poe’s own translation of a French detective story. (As a bonus, the book includes a second French story Poe translated.) The book has been published in a limited edition of 200 trade paper and 100 hardback copies. It’s available through Amazon or write”


Ben Achtenberg ASC’67, , writes, “I recently completed my 19th (or is it 20th?) film: Refuge: Caring for Survivors of Torture. Six years in the making, the hour-long documentary screened recently at the Unspoken Human Rights Film Festival and at annual meetings of the American Public Health Association and International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies; contact me at the Refuge Media Project for more information. Not long ago the Presbyterian Historical Society honored Not Much to Do, the 1967 film made under my supervision by black pre-teens living near Penn (in areas since pre-empted by university construction). The project was inspired by Annenberg film professor Sol Worth and Bob Stoddard, then youth minister at nearby Tabernacle church. Also speaking at the PHS presentation was Richard Chalfen C’64 ASC’67 Gr’74, my film partner at Annenberg, who [also] collaborated with Professor Worth on a number of projects and publications. Some ancient history: my second film after leaving Annenberg, Code Gray: Ethical Dilemmas in Nursing, was an Academy Award nominee.”

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 16-19, 2014


Subhash C. Singhal Gr’69, a Battelle Fellow Emeritus at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, is currently serving as president of the Washington State Academy of Sciences. He is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering.


Elliot Fratkin C’70 has been named the Gwendolen M. Carter Professor of African Studies at Smith College. He writes, “It has been a good year. Marty Nathan and I returned from a year’s Fulbright-award teaching at the University of Hawassa Ethiopia, [and] my book Laibon: An Anthropologist’s Journey with Samburu Diviners of Kenya came out last year. Best of all, our daughter, Leah Nathan, gave birth to our first grandchild, Misha Eleanor Ford, and, with her husband Lt. Gavin Ford, will return from two years in Cambodia this summer.”

Howard Lipke W’70 recently published Don’t I Have the Right to Be Angry: The HEArt Program for Veterans and Others Who Want to Prevent Destructive Anger. He retired from his position as a clinical psychologist in the Veterans Administration in 2009, but continues to do some clinical and consulting work. He lives in suburban Chicago with his wife Lynn, and enjoys appropriately frequent contact with his children and grandchild.


Rand Agins C’71 L’74 announces the marriage of his son, Andrew Agins, to Erin Fishman on the beach at Clearwater, Fla., on Nov. 9. Attending the wedding from Beta Sigma Rho fraternity were Arnold Meshkov C’71, Bruce Kehr C’71, Ira Garr C’71, Andrew Watkins C’71, and Joseph Zagorski C’70.

Elliott J. Hahn C’71 L’74 married Leah Ellenhorn Stromberg on Dec. 28. Managing partner of Hahn Law, PC, he was re-elected last year first vice-chair of the AEA International Lawyers Network. He was also named “Corporate International Transactions 2013 Attorney of the Year in California” by Corporate International magazine. He was listed by The Los Angeles Times as one of the top 50 attorneys in Southern California.


Seth Bergmann GEE’73 writes, “I participated in the USATF National Masters 5K Cross Country Championships held on Oct. 20 in Flemington, N.J. I finished in 20:07, placing 13th in the male 60-64 age group.”

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 16-19, 2014


Nancy Lu CW’74 MT’74 married Amy Goldin in New York on Sept. 1, after 23 years together. Attending were their children Joseph and Rebecca, as well as classmates Vivian Pai CW’73 and Jamie Kotlikoff Stern CW’74.

Dr. William F. Uttermann C’74 has recently relocated from Alexandria, Va., to Kayenta, Ariz., where, employed by the Indian Health Service, he practices dentistry on the Navaho Indian population.


Jeff Hooke W’76 WG’77 writes, “Living in Chevy Chase, Md., with my family, [I am] working as an investment banker for Focus, LLC; author of four books on finance topics, [I] volunteer for taxpayer groups seeking fair treatment in government dealings with business. Retired from basketball and tennis, [I am] now playing golf.”


Paul Hendler C’77 writes, “This past November, I was elected into the Ice Industry Hall of Fame. No joke. In addition, my wife, Shelly Wagner Hendler C’80, [and I] became grandparents on Sept. 24.”

Lesley Mallow Wendell C’77 is president of Rosewood Consulting Group, where she coaches chief executives and provides organizational consulting services. She co-wrote When Leaders Leave: A New Perspective on Leadership Change, which was published by MarketShift in October.


Theodore Prince W’78 G’90 writes that he and a partner have “received an equity investment and a future equity commitment from Tiger Infrastructure Partners to form Tiger Cool Express LLC, a new venture dedicated to rail-intermodal transportation of temperature-controlled freight [for] the transportation of perishables, primarily fresh produce. The service will represent a lower-cost, more reliable, and environmentally friendly alternative to long-haul truck transportation. The company is headquartered in the Kansas City area.”

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 16-19, 2014


Rabbi Shoshana Hantman C’79 writes, “I’m very proud to announce the publication of my first book, Passover Parodies: Short Plays for the Seder Table. It’s intended to enliven a ritual that sometimes becomes routine, and enlists the Marx Brothers, Shakespeare, Harry Potter, Gilbert and Sullivan, The Doctor, and even a pair of baseball broadcasters to tell the Exodus story. It’s available from Amazon or from Sidney Books. My husband, Richard Weill C’76, was very helpful in this project.”

Helene Paskoff Zehnder Nu’79 is director of medical-surgical nursing and director of the magnet program at Rex Healthcare in Raleigh, N.C. She was named a North Carolina Great 100 Nurse in 2013. She and her husband, Jeff, have lived in Cary for the last 17 years; they have three adult children.


Harry Goldberg GEE’80 writes, “I recently was named president of the Coalition for College Cost Savings, a purchasing and services cooperative formed in 2006 to pool the economic strength of independent colleges and universities. It’s an exciting opportunity that builds on skills that I have learnt over my career. I started with the Burroughs Corporation (merged in the 1980s with Sperry to form Unisys) when graduate degrees, such as the one I earned at Penn, were a common employee benefit.”

Barbara C. Zinn Gr’80, , is the principal, managing member, and founder of American Assimilation Institute LLC, which develops programs to assimilate employees whose native language is not English into American culture.


Amy Weingart Porter C’83 writes, “I was invited to the White House to meet with Michelle Obama because of community work I have done in California regarding the fight against pediatric obesity. In addition, George Porter ChE’84 and I will be celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary this summer. I am working for Kaiser Permanente in Southern California and he is interim head of reference and informational services at Caltech. We have two children: our son Corin (24) and our daughter Katie (23).”

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 16-19, 2014


Jeffrey Lawrence Pollock C’84, a sole practitioner attorney, mediator, and collaborative lawyer, was recently awarded the Natalie E. Novick Community Leadership Award by ZOA-Pittsburgh District, recognizing his regional volunteer, pro bono, and charitable contributions to legal, civic, theatrical, and cultural projects.

George Porter ChE’84 see Amy Weingart Porter C’83.


David Blatte W’86 and Sue Dreier Wishnow C’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 David or Sue at for a copy and to get on our distribution list. Please also like our Facebook Page, UPenn Class of ’86.”


Jonathan H. Newman L’87 has been appointed to the three-member Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission for a three-year term. A former chair of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, he is chair and CEO of Newman Wine, a wine broker and importer. He is also a former chair of the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board for Lawyers and the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners.

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 16-19, 2014


Samantha Daniels C’89 recently married Steven Farber and now has two stepchildren. She writes that her matchmaking business,, is “still going strong after 13 years, with over 300 people married under [my] belt and thousands of substantial relationships.” With offices in New York and Los Angeles, she “loves helping alums get married.”

Suzie Mitchell Draluck W’89, , wrote in early January, “It’s been so much fun working on the Reunion Committee and connecting with long-lost classmates! Hope to party with the rest of you at the Reunion in May. In the meantime, will try to stay warm here in Chicago: really disappointed with the polar vortex! XO.”

David P. France C’89 is “looking forward to seeing everyone at our 25th Reunion. I am keeping busy in Basel, Switzerland, with my involvement in several projects, mainly the arts, dance, and consulting. If you would like to connect, I can be reached at”

Tom Gizzi C’89 writes, “1988 Ivy Football Champions, Great showing for the 25th anniversary of our Ivy Championship Team during Homecoming! 62 Quakers posted! Make sure we all return for the 25th Reunion! Penn Pride, Best! Captain Giz60.”

Lolita Jackson EAS’89, the Class of 1989 25th Reunion planning and outreach chair, writes that she is looking forward to “seeing classmates at Alumni Weekend, as there is a jam-packed set of festivities for all. Two class parties, Walnut Walk 2014 (which ends at Smoke’s!), an official after-party on Saturday night at a downtown hotel, viewing of the class movie, a memorial brunch and Gospel Choir alumni concert, and other surprises. ’89 also gets to march in cap and gown in Commencement. Please save the dates, May 16-19, and look for the invitation in early March. There are also several pre-parties planned in various cities around the country: Miami on March 14, and New York sometime in mid-April. To stay in the know, please sign up for the class Facebook page, which is Penn Class of 1989, and be sure to check out the class emails that are sent every few weeks; if you have not been receiving them, please send one to to be added to the distribution list. See you in May!”

Gautam Wadhwani EAS’89 W’89 writes, “[I am] settled in the Bay Area with a 14 (boy) and 12-year-old (girl), who’re respectively going on 19 and 40! On an extended ‘sabbatical after [an] 18-year career in investment banking, [I am] finally establishing roots on the West Coast after many years in London and New York. Actively involved with the local public schools, [I am] on various boards, dabbling in local politics, and enjoying watching my kids grow up. [I have an] active lifestyle, as one is wont to do in the Bay Area: skiing in Tahoe, diving in Monterey, wine tasting and collecting in Sonoma, cooking for the kids, and generally having fun figuring out how to navigate life’s challenges as a single parent. Looking forward to the Reunion, hope to see a lot of familiar faces there!”

Jill Topkis Weiss C’89 WG’93 writes, “It was great to catch up with ‘old’ friends at our 25th Reunion kick-off meeting in late September in Philadelphia. Several of our classmates, including Beth Isaacson Kean EAS’89, Jenny Otto Klein C’89, Debbie Zinn Shiffman C’89, Howie Furst C’89 GM’00 WG’00, Stacey Deutsch Shoer C’89, Samantha Daniels C’89, and Lolita Jackson EAS’89, spent time planning the Reunion but also going on our own mini-pub crawl, which we hope to replicate at the Reunion. (We even got carded at Smoke’s!) We caught up with more classmates at our next meeting at Penn during Homecoming, including Steve Johnson W’89, Pat Murphy C’89, Lori Weir Henderson W’89, Amy Tucker Meltzer C’89, and Kyle Kozloff W’90, an honorary Class of 1989 member, who was busy taking notes for his Reunion next year. On a personal note, I am living in Connecticut, and my husband, Jeff, and I have four children: twin 17-year-old girls, a 15-year-old girl, and a nine-year-old son.”


Jeffrey Modell EAS’90 W’90 has been appointed director of information technology and chief information officer at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. “I will be starting at the IAEA in March, and my wife and two daughters will move from Washington to join me after school is out. Please look me up if you’ll be in Vienna.”

Jonathan Ringel C’90 W’90 and Deb Weisshaar proudly announce the birth of Marcy Esther Ringel on Dec. 2 in Atlanta. Big sister Lucy (four) is enjoying her new sibling and Nick Ringel C’59 is enjoying his seventh grandchild.

Jonathan Wolman C’90 W’90 writes, “With almost 20 years working in multiple aspects of real estate, ranging from finance and acquisitions to development and tenant representation, I have joined Miller Chicago Real Estate, a full-service boutique brokerage, based in Chicago with a second office in Manhattan. I specialize in small to mid-cap commercial and multi-family investment properties, and developer-site selection, in the Chicago region.”


Wendy Voet C’91, Swarthmore, Pa., has been appointed executive director of Women’s Way, the regional grant-making, advocacy, and education organization for women. She had been deputy director of the Center for Public Health Initiatives at Penn.


Dr. Kathy Michel G’92 GEd’15, Bryn Mawr, Pa., a professor of nutrition at Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine, has been appointed associate dean of education there.

Robert O’Leary C’92 W’92 has published his first legal thriller, Hallways in the Night. “Set in Atlanta, the story begins when a cop tries to arrest baseball’s home run king. One of them ends up on trial and the other ends up dead.”


Rodney Finalle M’93 writes, “I am pleased to announce my marriage to my longtime life partner, Kenneth Newton: we married on Aug. 23 in New York. We met while I was a second-year medical student at Penn and he has hung in there with me through thick and thin. We were fortunate to have our two sons, Jesse (17) and Lucas (16), witness our legal marriage firsthand. I am pleased to continue my time at Penn, now as faculty in the Department of Pediatrics and as medical director of the Global Health Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.”

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 16-19, 2014


Jarett Abramson C’94 writes that he has taken a position as intellectual-property counsel with the Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo (International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center), located just outside of Mexico City. “[I] relocated here with [my] wife and three children and [am] working on public and private partnerships for improving maize [corn] and wheat production in developing countries. After more than eight years with a multinational agricultural company, [I am] very excited to get the chance to focus on helping developing farmers and traveling around Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East to help feed the world. [I am] also looking forward to frequenting the markets and taquerias around Mexico with [my] family.”

Amy Sykes Dosik C’94 has been appointed CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, overseeing 19,000 adult volunteers and 46,000 girls at one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country. Previously a tax principal with Ernst & Young LLP, she lives in Atlanta with her husband and son, and can be reached at

Wendy Ray EAS’94 W’94 was elected to the partnership of the law firm of Morrison & Foerster LLP. A trial lawyer specializing in intellectual-property litigation, she is based in Los Angeles.


Debra Mandel Rogers W’95 and her husband, Adam, are thrilled to announce the birth of their son Jordan Presley Rogers on Oct. 27. “He weighed 9 lbs. 13 oz., and is a happy and healthy baby! He is also welcomed by his big brother Alex, who is enjoying his new best friend and is looking forward to lots of playtime together. We live in North Miami Beach.”


Jessica Thrope Garmise C’96 writes that she recently launched her own creative business, Out of the Box Creations. “Frustrated by my inability to find gifts that were both meaningful and inspiring (what I kindly refer to as the ‘what do you get the person that has everything?’ dilemma), I decided to utilize my skills in graphic design, photography, and crafting to create an amazing portfolio of custom-handmade gifts. Out of the Box also specializes in event design and decor for weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, and other special events. Please check out our website at or contact me at”

Dr. Salamishah Tillet C’96 G’04, an associate professor of English at Penn who holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Africana Studies and is a core-teaching and faculty member of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, is currently a scholar-in-residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Having co-founded A Long Walk Home, Inc., a non-profit that uses art therapy and visual and performing arts to help end violence against girls and women, she was named a “global hero” in the premiere (December) issue of Safe magazine, which is published by Together For Girls, a global public-private partnership.


Jessica Sullum C’97 writes, “My husband, Josh, and I are thrilled to announce the birth of our second daughter, Stella Jane Sullum, on Oct. 15. She joined big sister Samantha (six). We live in Manhattan, where Josh is an obstetrician gynecologist and I own a stationery business, JJS Impressions.”


Tracy Bohn Hemmerdinger C’98 and her husband, Steven, are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Austin Maxwell Hemmerdinger, on Dec. 13. “Austin arrived on a cold winter’s day but has received nothing but a warm welcome from big brother Nathan (six) and big sister Ruby (two). We recently moved to Ardsley, N.Y., and are enjoying both the new home and the new addition!”

Daniel Slawe C’98 EAS’98 L’05 and Meredith Rubin Slawe L’05 are thrilled to share the news that their son David Matthew Rubin Slawe was born on Jan. 13. He joined his proud big brother Billy and big sister Dorothy. Dan recently earned his MBA in the weekend program at the NYU Stern School of Business and is an attorney in the legal department at SAP. Meredith is an associate at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, where she focuses on class-actions and commercial-litigation matters.

Dean Sovolos C’98 received a 2013 US Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service. Given his “background as an Oxford University-trained attorney, trial experience as a New York City prosecutor, and investigative background as an FBI Special Agent,” he “received this award in recognition of crafting joint diplomatic and prosecution strategies with the government of the UK, notably enhancing the relationship between the US and the UK on national-security matters.”

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 16-19, 2014


Mark J. Fiore C’99 L’02 writes, “In January, I joined Facebook, Inc., as associate general counsel, intellectual property. Based in Silicon Valley, I will be handling copyright, trademark, defamation, and related matters arising from content posted on Facebook. Previously I was counsel in the intellectual-property/media practice in the New York office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.”

Dr. Patrick Mahaney V’99 married Phil Hammond on July 2 at the County of Los Angeles Public Library in West Hollywood. Cardiff, their Welsh Terrier, served as canine witness. Patrick is president of California Pet Acupuncture and Wellness, Inc. (see, where Phil serves as business administrator.

Christopher Mora L’99, having completed his active military service, was named general counsel for the Louisiana Department of Agriculture last November. A commander in the US Navy JAG Corps, he received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and the NATO Medal following completion of his combat deployment to Afghanistan as the chief international and operational law adviser to NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan and Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, during which he also travelled throughout the war zone to train soldiers on the law of war and rules of engagement.

Danica Cohen Ross C’99 and her husband, Steven Ross, welcomed daughter Grayson on June 8. “Three-year-old big brother Mitch thinks she’s the greatest toy he’s ever gotten.”


Nicole Kurzer Eberhart C’00 and Hans Eberhart EE’00 GEE’01 are proud to announce the birth of their second child, Henry Jon Eberhart, on July 25. Nicole, Hans, Henry, and big brother Logan live in southern California, where Nicole is a behavioral scientist at the Rand Corporation and Hans is a manager at Broadcom.


Stephanie Foster Berez C’01 and her husband, David Berez, are excited to announce that their daughter, Danielle Edyn Berez, was born on Oct. 13. Her older brothers, Alex (six) and Zack (four), are absolutely in love with her! Stephanie continues to work in marketing in the global new-product development group at Church & Dwight Co., Inc. in Ewing, N.J., and can be reached at

Ramona Flightner Nu’01 GNu’02, , writes, “Although I continue to work as a full-time nurse practitioner in Boston, I have found my writer’s voice. My historical women’s fiction novel, Banished Love, is now available from Amazon. It is the first in a series, with book two to be released in the fall.”


Audry T. Grill C’02 married Dave Pacifico C’03 on July 14 at the Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Conn. “Javier Garcia-Albea C’03 was best man and his wife, Tori Garcia-Albea Nu’03 GNu’06, was there—she gave birth to their second son three days later! Armando Morales C’04 spoke in the ceremony. Wayles Wilson G’07 G’09 was maid of honor. Family present included Audry’s cousin Denise C. Chow C’04 V’11. Other alums that attended were Andria Morales C’04, Peter Bloom C’05, Charlie Askew C’04, Amy Liao Askew C’04, Craig Melcher W’02, Ryan Stoval EAS’02, Michael Saretsky C’04, Ethan Rogers C’02, Michael Regan W’03, Desiree Carr LPS’11, Tina Skov Cowan GGS’05, Alex Cowan CGS’05, and James Walton GEng’09. Audry and I have been living in Chicago since 2006. In 2010, she earned an M.Arch. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2008, I earned a master’s in anthropology from the University of Chicago; I [defended] my dissertation [in December] and expect to have a PhD in anthropology by June.”

Laura Lai EAS’02 married Christopher Din on Oct. 26 in the Hall of Flags at Houston Hall. A lovely Chinese-banquet wedding reception followed at Lai Lai Garden in Blue Bell, Pa. The wedding party included matron of honor Jennifer Lai Garcia C’06 GCP’07 (Laura’s sister); bridesmaids Nidhi Khaitan Ram EAS’02 and Dana Klinek C’02 (who sent in this note), both Laura’s Penn roommates for all four years; and groomsmen Peter Bautista EAS’02 and Jimmy Pham EAS’02. Other alumni attending were Dean Chen WG’07, Justin Chen W’02 and Stella Chen GEd’08, Marcus Chou EAS’02 GEng’06, Jed Fonner EAS’01 W’01, Jennifer Heck Olsen Nu’04 and Tom Olsen EAS’02 GEng’03, Lee Hicks EAS’01, Robin Hougum Thiessen EAS’02, Brian Lee EAS’02 W’02, Yvonne Lee C’01, Sugata Ray W’01 WG’06 GrW’09, James Steadman C’02, and Alex Wong C’02. Laura and Chris live in Dallas, where she is a senior program manager of corporate philanthropy at AT&T and he is a senior consultant at CACI.

Lauren Plackter Rubin C’02 and Jared Rubin W’02, and big sister Eliana Ruth, are thrilled to announce the birth of their son and brother, Asher William, on July 8. Lauren and Jared recently relocated to Columbus, Ohio, where he is an executive with American Signature Furniture. Lauren is happy to be home with Eliana and Asher and plans to take the Ohio State Bar exam next year.


Matt Blackstone C’03 writes, “I am proud to share that my second novel, Sorry You’re Lost, [was] published in January by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.” It is about a 13-year old dealing with the death of his mother.

Dave Pacifico C’03 see Audry T. Grill C’02.


Amy B. Cohen C’05 and Micah G. Cohen C’05 welcomed with great joy their first child, Jonah Matthew, on Nov. 24. They currently live in New York, but soon will be relocating to Boston, where Micah will complete a radiology fellowship in musculoskeletal imaging.

Gizelle Gopez C’05 wed Antonio David W’07 on Aug. 10 at the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City, “with dancing and merriment at the Grand America Hotel, surrounded by family and friends.” The wedding party included Pearl Jonas C’05, Maribel Marmol C’05, Michael Alster C’07, Steve Davidson EAS’07, and Duc-Minh Nguyen EAS’07. Penn friends attending were Amanda Dickson C’05, Shawn Dimantha EAS’07, Diana Kitaji C’05, Ray Liu C’04, Ansu Mathew Punnoose C’05, Sean Montgomery W’05, Nancy Ngo C’07, Brian Redondo C’05, Brian Vo W’06, and Zeyen Wu C’06. Gizelle and Antonio currently live in the Boston area, where she is a master’s candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and he is an attorney at Ropes and Gray LLP.

Lindsey Palmer C’05, , writes that her debut novel, Pretty in Ink, will be published by Kensington Books on March 25. A satire of the women’s magazine industry, it is partly based on her experience as an editor at Glamour, Redbook, and Self magazines. Her second book is scheduled for release in 2015. She will read at the Penn’s Kelly Writer’s House lunchtime series on April 22.

Meredith Rubin Slawe L’05 see Daniel Slawe C’98 EAS’98 L’05.


Antonio David W’07 see Gizelle Gopez C’05.

Jeffrey Salomon C’07 see Hayley Barton C’08.


Dr. Benjamin Maslin C’08 married Dr. Jessica Lin at Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, Pa., on Dec. 29. They are resident physicians at Yale University School of Medicine, he in anesthesiology and she in ophthalmology. Alumni at the wedding includedAri Goldman C’06, Edward Katz C’08, Gillian Levinson C’08, Belig Borjiged GEng’13, and Simeon J. Maslin G’54 and Judith Blumberg Maslin CW’57.

Hayley Barton C’08 married Jeffrey Salomon C’07 on June 15 at the Ashford Estate in Allentown, N.J. Rabbi Eric Wisnia C’70 officiated. The wedding party included Carly Brush C’08, Eric Friedman EAS’07 W’07 Geng’07, Jason Ginsberg C’08, Ben Hittman C’07, Emily Ozan C’08, Eric Klein C’07 W’07 WG’14, Ilana Stollow C’08, and Aaron Weissman C’07. Friends celebrating included Julie Adler C’07, Ashley Anton EAS’08 W’08, Mitch Cohen W’07, Alissa Friedman C’08, Erin Schwartz Friedman C’07, Lindsay Glazer Hittman C’07, Josh Klivan W’08, Sam Kolbert-Hyle W’07, Brad Krom W’07, Greg Mazlin W’08, Margot Miller C’07, Dan Milich C’07, Tracey Little Milich C’07, Chelsea Mintz Nu’08, Rob Heller C’08, Jon Pomeraniec W’07, Dustin Rosen W’07, Jon Ross W’07, Greg Mazlin W’08, Elana Wilf Tanzman C’08, Brett Tanzman G’08, and Marty Winik C’08.

Marc Hassan EAS’08 married Julie Nuba on Nov. 17 at Temple Chaverim in Plainview, N.Y. “The Penn presence was strong, with Carol Eisner C’71 (Julie’s mother), Neil Harrison C’99 (Julie’s brother-in-law) and his father, Robert Harrison W’64, and Greg Buchak C’09 W’09, Mark Huerta C’09, Robert Snitkof C’08, Jaclyn Limberakis C’08, Jill Zavodnick C’08, Nick Gutowski C’09, Eric Wexler L’11, Andrew Janet W’08, Geoff Taylor C’08, Mark Griffin C’08 GEng’12, Carly Weinreb C’07, Dan Hoang EAS’08, John Vilanova C’09, Kevin McAleer C’10, Scott Barbash EAS’04 W’04, Matt Cantor L’08, Lua O’Brien C’10, and Alan Halperin W’82. It was truly an amazing day!”

Lauren Malaspina C’08 GEng’09 see Ludovic Vincent EAS’09.

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 16-19, 2014


Melissa Killeen G’09 G’11 is a recovery coach, running her own firm MK Recovery Coaching. Last year, she published her first book, Recovery Coaching: A Guide to Coaching People in Recovery from Addictions.

Ludovic Vincent EAS’09 married Lauren Malaspina C’08 GEng’09 on April 13. The wedding Mass was held on Penn’s campus at St. Agatha-St. James Church, which the bride and groom both attended while at Penn. Alumni attending included Miranda Luna C’12, Rahul Reddy C’09, Jing-Yuan Ma EAS’09, Philip Santoiemma EAS’09 GEng’10 G’15 M’15, Victoria Behrend EAS’09 GEng’10, Salim Darwiche EAS’07 GEng’08, Sarah Darwiche C’12, Gregory Bittle EAS’09, Benjamin Hsu, EAS’09 W’09, Louis Wang EAS’09 W’09, and Mary He W’09. After graduating from Albert Einstein College of Medicine last May, Lauren began her residency in internal medicine at UC San Diego, where Ludovic is currently pursuing his doctorate in bioengineering.


Carolyn Vinnicombe C’13 will be Pennsylvania’s 2014 Cherry Blossom Princess in the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington in April. A staffer in the House of Representatives, she serves on the board of the Wharton Club of DC.

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