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May|June 2014

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 16-19, 2014


Estelle Rubin Brager CW’49 and her husband, Irving Brager EE’48, live in a solar-heated house they built on two acres in the cooperative community Bryn Gweled Homestead in Southampton, Pa. She recently was honored by the Bucks County Democratic Committee for being its longest serving committee-person. Of their children, Stuart D. Brager W’79 is vice president of Quest Controls in California; Linda Brager Breslow CW’73 GEd’73 is a horticulturalist in California; Dr. Paul Brager practices in West Virginia and is an avid whitewater kayaker; and Alison Bass is an assistant professor of journalism at West Virginia University (long an investigative reporter for The Boston Globe, she was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize).


Amaranth Ehrenhalt FA’51, , had some of her works included in the show The Expressive Edge of Paper at the Anita Shapolsky Gallery in Manhattan in the spring.

Harold D. Langley G’51 Gr’60, Arlington, Va., writes, “My PhD dissertation was published as a book in 1967 by the University of Illinois Press under the title Social Reform in the US Navy, 1798-1862. It received generally good reviews and has come to be regarded as a pioneering work in the social history of the US Navy. [Last] September, the influence of my book on subsequent naval historians was the focus of a session at the biennial McMullin Naval History Symposium at the US Naval Academy at Annapolis. This is the only international conference devoted to naval (including the US Marine Corps) and maritime history. The US Naval Institute Press in now in discussions with me about reprinting the book in paperback for a new generation of naval researchers.”


Dr. Jack Dimenstein C’52 has been elected co-president of Minjan Brunau-Sridei Eisch, an Orthodox synagogue in Zurich.

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Dr. Elizabeth Kearney GEd’59, , writes that she is currently working on another book, “The Competitive Edge,” which is to be released later this year.


Dr. Robert E. Menzer C’60 was the founding director of the Marine Estuarine Environmental Science graduate program at the University of Maryland; since 1978, it has grown into the university’s largest environmental-sciences graduate program. He was recently honored by having new facilities for the program named after him.

Stephen J. Pollack W’60 writes, “After living in New York for 53 years, I moved to Wyomissing, Pa.” He worked at Morgan Stanley for 25 years. “My grandfather owned the Penn Sherwood Hotel near 36th Street on campus, where many of the Philadelphia Eagles used to stay. I found myself fixing up some of the players with my sister’s sorority sisters. The free game tickets were great. I remember that the Sansom Delicatessen was run by the son-in-law of the notorious Blinky Palermo and many interesting characters like Mohammed Ali and Sonny Liston used to drop in frequently.”


Paul M. Hirshorn C’62 GCP’64 GAr’72 is a professor emeritus of architecture at Drexel University, where he was head of the Department of Architecture for 25 years before retiring in 2011. He was recently elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects.

Kahandas Nandola WG’62 Gr’70 writes that he retired from Ohio University after 35 years. He was a professor of marketing, the first chair of the marketing department, director of graduate programs in business, and the founding director of the executive MBA program. He recruited and graduated its first 25 classes. His students established a professorship and chair in his honor, the Kahandas Nandola Professor of Business Administration, which is awarded on a rotational basis to upcoming faculty members in the College of Business. During his career at Ohio, he was a visiting professor in Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, and India. He and his wife moved to Grayslake, Ill., to be close to their son and family, especially their two grandchildren.

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 16-19, 2014


Joel A. Brotman W’64 recently retired from his position as a vice president and regional manager of U.S. Bank and became a business-development project analyst with the correspondent and wholesale-lending division of its home-mortgage unit. With the firm since 2001, he writes that he established and built its Northeast region. He lives in Gates Mills, Ohio, with Vivienne, his wife of 46 years, and is a past president of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. Their daughter, Randie Shane Tollefson, is a master’s candidate in marriage and family therapy in New York, and their son, Adam Brotman, is a staff psychologist at the Boise VA Hospital in Idaho.


Dr. Arnold Weisgold GD’65 is an adjunct professor of periodontics at Penn Dental Medicine. He received the following recognitions last year: the Distinguished Clinician’s Award at the 11th International Symposium on Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry; the Distinguished Alumni Award from Penn Dental Medicine for his work in its periodontics and periodontal prosthesis postdoctoral programs; and the Achievement Medal from the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity.


Steve Herbst C’67, , writes, “I am pleased to inform the Penn Family that I have started a new career. I retired from a long, successful career in recruitment advertising 10 years ago. Five years ago, looking for a way to make a greater difference, I returned to graduate school, earning an MSW at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. After sitting for and passing a grueling four-hour exam, I became a Licensed Master of Social Work. Four months ago, I became the psychiatric social worker at a long-term, inpatient/residential treatment center in Brownsville (Brooklyn) for substance abusers. Most of the patients are dually diagnosed with mental disorders and/or mandated by the justice system as an alternative to incarceration.”

Eleanor Hubbard CW’67 GFA’71 had an exhibition of her paintings, Just One Look, during February at the Walter Wickiser Gallery in Manhattan.


Donald C. Cofsky ChE’68 writes, “The most rewarding and satisfying area of my law practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania focuses on family formation through adoption and assisted reproductive technology. I am now serving as president of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, [which] works to promote reform of adoption and assisted-reproductive-technology laws and to heighten ethical practices. I was honored to have received the Angel in Adoption Award from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, and to have participated in both state and federal legislative efforts to improve the lives of children, including most recently the passage of the Accuracy for Adoptees Act, which was signed into law in January.”

Andrew Jay Schwartzman C’68 L’71 writes that he has taken a part-time position as the Benton Senior Counselor at the Institute for Public Representation at Georgetown University Law Center. He will also continue his solo practice.


Rick Helfenbein W’70, president of TellaS Ltd., Luen Thai USA in New York, has been appointed chair of the American Apparel and Footwear Association.

Jane Luckom Jacobs CW’70 GEd’71 writes, “I’ve ended up in a quite different life than I expected during my years at Penn studying psychology and liberal arts, but am grateful for all parts of my educational experiences there and am happy. After starting out as a teacher in Philly, I’ve spent most of my career developing public-private partnerships at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., one of the best agencies in federal government, funding biomedical research in major medical centers (and elsewhere) across the country (and elsewhere). I was married for many years, but am on my own now—though a male partner-in-life would be welcome. I love visiting with my three grown children in New York, who work in sports journalism, restaurant management, and finance; and I enjoy still finding new places and experiences with longtime and new friends here in the DC area. Am reachable on all my i-devices at”


Barbara P. Barnett GEd’71, a French teacher at the Agnes Irwin School in Bryn Mawr, Pa., recently co-directed and co-produced Lustiger: Le Cardinal Juif, a documentary film (in French with subtitles) about the Jewish-born former archbishop of Paris.


Dr. Frances Dunn Butterfoss Nu’72 GEd’75 is the Foundation Professor in Pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va., and directs its Division of Community Health and Research. Also president of Coalitions Work, she wrote Ignite! Getting Your Community Coalition “Fired Up” for Change, which was published by AuthorHouse last September.

Nancy Plain Goldfeder CW’72, , writes, “My 10th published book, Light on the Prairie: Solomon D. Butcher, Photographer of Nebraska’s Pioneer Days (2012), has received four book awards. They are the Nebraska Book Award for Youth Nonfiction, the Spur Award for Best Western Nonfiction, the Will Rogers Medallion Award, and the Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History.”


Seth Bergmann GEE’73 writes, “Last summer I climbed, with my son Aaron and three others, to the summit of Mt. Whitney in California. At 14,505 ft. it is the highest peak in the lower 48 states. On Nov 16, I completed the Rothman 8K road race in Philadelphia with a time of 33:46, placing second in the male 60-64 age group.”

Dr. Bernard W. Kurek D’73 WAM’03 WEv’04, who maintains a practice in Mt. Laurel, N.J., was honored last year by the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine with the Alumni Award of Merit.

Richard C. Wiggin WG’73 wrote Embattled Farmers: Campaigns and Profiles of Revolutionary Soldiers from Lincoln, Massachusetts, 1775-1783, which was published by the Lincoln Historical Society and is available on Amazon. He notes that it “challenges traditional scholarship of the Revolutionary War and sheds new light on the prevalence of service by colonial Americans.”

Dr. Steven Windmueller Gr’73, , is the Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk Emeritus Professor at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles. He writes “to announce the release of my new book, In This Time and In This Place: American Jewry 3.0. This collection of many of my articles and publications provides an overview of my 40-year career both as a Jewish professional and academic.”

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 16-19, 2014


Dr. Warren B. Gefter M’74 professor of radiology and chief of thoracic imagingat Penn, writes, “My daughter, Amanda Gefter, has written a book entitled Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn: A Father, a Daughter, the Meaning of Nothing, and the Beginning of Everything, [which was] recently published by Bantam/Random House. [It] is the story of the 17-year quest Amanda and I have taken in search of the ultimate nature of reality.” They both participated in a book reading and signing at the Penn Bookstore in March.

Jay Lippincott C’74 has been appointed the non-executive chair of the BMJ Group, which publishes BMJ. With the company since 2009, he had been president and CEO of a constituent of Wolters Kluwer.

Dr. Walter Tsou C’74 M’78 GM’82, the former health commissioner for Philadelphia who now teaches health policy at Penn’s Center for Public Health Initiatives, has joined the board of the Hepatitis B Foundation, based in Doylestown, Pa.


Claudia Chesler CW’75 see Andre K. Miesnieks W’76.

Barbara Ross CW’75 wrote in February that she is “a double nominee for the prestigious Agatha Award for traditional mystery. Clammed Up, the first Maine Clambake Mystery, is nominated for Best Contemporary Novel, and ‘Bread Baby,’ in Best New England Crime Stories 2014: Stone Cold, is nominated for Best Short Story.” Her next mystery, Boiled Over, will be released in May.

Emily Chalef Sanders CW’75, managing director of United Capital Financial Advisers in Atlanta, placed second in “Portfolios with Purpose,” a national stock-investing competition to benefit charity. She donated her $16,000 prize to the Atlanta Women’s Foundation. She was the only woman finalist.


James A. Backstrom L’76 was awarded the Legion of Merit upon his retirement as a US Navy captain in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps after over 30 years of commissioned service in the reserves. His duties included counsel in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations and adviser to commanders at Pearl Harbor and Great Lakes, Ill., as well as at JAG headquarters in Washington. In his civilian law practice in Philadelphia, he defends people and organizations in federal investigations in the US and overseas.

Michael P. Malloy L’76, a Distinguished Professor and Scholar at the University of the Pacific’s law school, in December delivered a lecture at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at the Queen Mary University of London on “Institutional Organization of Supervision: Reform in the US.”

Andre K. Miesnieks W’76 married Claudia Chesler CW’75 on Dec. 6. He writes that they “met at Penn, dated from 1974 through 1979, and then fell out of touch for 31 years.” They “reconnected via LinkedIn in Oct. 2010 and have been inseparable ever since.” They are “now living happily ever after in Chevy Chase, Md., where Claudia is an academic-test-prep specialist and Andre is affiliated with Weichert Realtors leveraging his 30+ years of experience in the residential real-estate industry.”

Brian K. Ziegler W’76, Woodsburgh, N.Y., is a partner in the East Meadow office and heads the corporate and securities law practice of Certilman, Balin, Adler & Hyman, LLP. Last year, he was included for the third time in the “New York Super Lawyers List.” He also serves as the village justice for Woodsburgh.


Barry D. Kleban L’77, a partner in the Philadelphia office of the law firm of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP, in March received the David T. Sykes Award from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference and the Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project, both of which he had helped found.

Lalan Mubiala G’77, White Plains, N.Y., writes, “I worked for many years for the UN Population Fund in New York and overseas, [and] am now retired. Last year, I undertook an assignment for the Economic Commission for Africa and [the Fund] to review the implementation of the programme of action of the International Conference on Population and Development, Cairo, 1994. [My] article about the review, ‘The Good News From Africa,’ [was] published [in February] in the newsletter of the Association of Former International Civil Servants in New York.”


Jim Pugliese W’78, , has been named CEO of CheckPoint HR, a national employee-benefits firm based in Edison, N.J. “I live in Darien, Conn., and we’re hoping to open a Philadelphia office in the near future. Looking forward to visiting the campus while I’m in town on business. CheckPoint HR is poised for national expansion, thanks to the winds of healthcare reform, and the company is raising $15 million in growth capital.” A member of Psi Upsilon (The Castle) fraternity and the men’s varsity track team, Jim is “hoping to work with a private-equity firm run by fellow alums.”

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 16-19, 2014


Michael E. Scullin C’79, counsel to the Philadelphia law firm of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP, is the honorary consul of France in Philadelphia and Wilmington (Del.). Last year he moderated a panel discussion on Philadelphia’s role on the international stage, which was part of the Global Philly 2013 festival. In January this year, as president of the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia, he received praise for the association by the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia for its “contribution to advancing global trade and investment in the region.”

Amanda Uhry C’79 writes, “I own an extensive educational-advisory firm in New York (Manhattan Private School Advisors) and we’ve just worked with our 15,000th family in 13 years. That however is not my big news: My daughter, Arabella Uhry, is an elite, nationally ranked women’s saber fencer. She was recruited to Penn fencing by Coach Andy Ma and accepted early decision to Class of 2018. She is pre-med and can’t wait to fence for Penn! Go Quakers! She was adopted in Maoming, China, when she was six months old and, at the age of nine, won the New York Liberty Medal for her work (which has continued for 10 years) as an advocate and activist for children with cancer and other life threatening illnesses. She has, in the past decade, worked as a friend, volunteer, and ‘buddy’ with over 100 sick kids. For the past three years, she has worked as a research assistant in neuroscience at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and has designed her own research project on the late effects of chemotherapy on neuronal pathways in the brain.”


Louise E. Cohen C’80 G’80 writes, “After many years as a sex-crimes prosecutor with the Kings County (Brooklyn, NY) District Attorney’s office, I have retired from public service. I am now venturing into the private sector, having launched C&J Strategy Consulting, a sexual-misconduct consulting firm specializing in investigations, training, and litigation support. My professional career started at the Brooklyn DA’s office, right out of law school in 1984, and I remained there through 1996 when my fourth daughter was born. For the next seven years I was busy with family, a part-time law practice, and [serving] as local town prosecutor. In 2005, I returned to the Brooklyn DA’s office to handle the prosecution of DNA cold cases, and then held the positions of deputy bureau chief and bureau chief and executive assistant DA in the Sex Crimes Bureau. I live in Larchmont with my husband, Donald Kravet, and four daughters (although only one is still in high school and living at home full time). Life has been very good these last 34 years!”

Dr. Donald Shanis Gr’80 has joined Pennoni Associates, the Philadelphia engineering consulting firm, as a principal. Most recently he was deputy executive director of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.


Marcus Wolf EE’81 retired in 2012 after 31 years with the federal government. He and his wife, Jennifer, live in Arlington, Va., where he is currently director of development for Flicker Dreams Productions, an independent filmmaking company.


Joseph T. Ducanis Jr. W’83 has joined the Ft. Lauderdale office of GrayRobinson, PA, as a shareholder who specializes in estate planning, probate and trust administration.

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Brian Rubin W’84 now heads the Washington litigation-practice group of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP and he is the administrative partner for the securities litigation and enforcement team.


David L. Hall G’85 L’85 has joined Wiggin and Dana LLP as a partner in its Philadelphia office and a member of its litigation department. In his 23-year career as an assistant US Attorney, he served as the special prosecutor for the FBI’s art-crime team.


Richard A. McGeary G’86 has been elected president of the Continental Congress chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. Also senior vice-commander of Gettysburg Camp 112, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, he writes a monthly column on Civil War topics for The Gettysburg Times.


Wendy Ferber W’87 L’93 in March was named one of “New Jersey’s 2014 Best 50 Women in Business” by NJBiz magazine. She and her husband, Andy Nadel W’83, own Pride Products Distributors, a Springfield-based distributor of promotional products and corporate gifts. She is an alumni interviewer for the University and has served as class agent for Penn Law Class of 1993 for over 20 years. She is also president of the Millburn Short Hills chapter of Hadassah and is involved with Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel in South Orange.

Keith Gottfried W’87 is a partner in the Washington office of the law firm of Alston & Bird LLP, co-head of its mergers and acquisition practice, and head of its shareholder-activism practice. He lives in Rockville, Md., with his wife, Cindy, and their two children, Sophie and Benjamin.

Eric White C’87, curator of special collections at the Bridwell Library at Southern Methodist University, writes, “My article, ‘Penn Connections: Provost William Smith’s Sermon on “the Death of a Beloved Pupil,” Printed by Ben Franklin in 1754,’ was put up on the American Printing History Association website [in January].”


Paula Berman EAS’88 wrote in March, “I’m beyond excited to say that my first book, Successful Business Process Management, will be published by [the American Management Association] in April.”

Brian Browne EE’88 has been promoted to managing director of business advisory services in the Philadelphia office of the law firm of Grant Thornton LLP. He had been in charge of information security for the firm’s Northeast region.

Jackie Davidson C’88 writes, “I am a jewelry designer/owner of my handcrafted-jewelry business, I am thrilled to have many of my pieces appear this season on Showtime’s Nurse Jackie (Season 6).”

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Andrew Greenfield C’89, an immigration attorney in Washington, writes that he has been “elected to the global-executive committee of his law firm, Fragomen Worldwide, and also been appointed by US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to the board of Brand USA, the public-private partnership established by Congress in 2010 to promote international tourism to the United States.” He would love to hear from old friends at

Suzanne Seltzer C’89, a partner in the immigration-law firm of Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer LLP and head of its New York office, has been included in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 (immigration law).


Michael McTigue Jr. C’90 has been appointed national chair of the litigation department of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. Formerly vice-chair of its commercial-litigation practice group, he is based in the firm’s Philadelphia office.

Jordan Rosenfeld C’90 writes, “My wife, Paula, and I are ecstatic to announce the birth of our twin sons, Aaron Israel and Hillel Leor, on Dec. 9. Their sister, Meira Rebecca, was just shy of her second birthday when her brothers arrived. The five of us live in a four-bedroom house in Hewlett, N.Y., and I hope the twins can be convinced to share a bedroom so I can keep my home office!” A professor of Hebrew at Long Island University and an English teacher at a local high school, Jordan can be reached at


Timothy Bazemore G’91, head of school at New Canaan (Conn.) Country School, in July will become head of the Catlin Gabel School in Portland, Ore.

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Dr. Christopher T. Olivia WG’94 last summer became president of Continuum Health Alliance in Marlton, N.J., which provides ambulatory-care services to doctors and healthcare providers.


Shelley Kirilenko Gr’95 writes, “My new non-fiction book, My Year as a Jew, chronicles my year celebrating Jewish holidays for a year—and learning Biblical Hebrew to boot. This is no small feat, given my background. I grew up outside of Missoula, Mont., in a blue-collar neighborhood called Target Range. My neighbors were truck drivers and loggers, and my bedroom window looked out on a horse pasture. My idea of diversity was seeing the name Olsen spelled with an –on instead of an -en. I had never met anyone who didn’t celebrate Christmas and had only a vague notion of what Chanukah and Passover were. The only encounter I had with Judaism in my childhood was eating kosher pickles. After moving to the Washington area, I signed up for a free crash course in Biblical Hebrew on a lark. Little did I know that I would end up being part of a world of lighting Shabbat candles and reciting the Shema and getting tipsy on Purim. A world of Torah study, and joy and atonement. For one year I would study Hebrew and celebrate Jewish holidays, a cowgirl from Montana among pious Orthodox people. My Year as a Jew, the product of that year, is now available on Amazon.”

Michael G. Turner C’95 was recently named the next headmaster of St. Michael’s Episcopal School in Richmond, Va. Currently, he is director of upper- and middle-school admission at St. Christopher’s School in Richmond, where he also served as head football coach. He and his wife, Meredith, a teacher at Trinity Episcopal School, have three children, Maggie (11), Fran (nine), and August (six).

Beth Hirschfelder Wilensky C’95 and her husband, Jeff, live in Ann Arbor, Mich., with their children, Josephine (nine), Leo (seven), and Estelle (one). “We feel very fortunate that Michigan doesn’t play Penn in football, so we never have to feel the tug of divided loyalties.” Beth has been a member of the faculty at the University of Michigan law school since 2003.


Caryl Feldacker C’96 writes, “An essay I wrote about my time in Malawi, ‘Home Is Where the Hard Is,’ was included in Chasing Misery, an anthology of essays by women working in humanitarian responses [published in March]. Currently, I am a clinical assistant professor and research and evaluation adviser in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington. I travel frequently to Mozambique and Zimbabwe for work, but I am always eager to return home to my partner, son, and Red Dog (my Amazon mutt dog I brought back from Brazil) in Seattle.”

Miles T. Macik C’96, an attorney who specializes in business litigation with Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC in Royal Oak, Mich., was selected as a “Michigan Rising Star 2013” by Law & Politics Media, Inc.

Kristen Masserio W’96 writes, “Georgia Catherine joined the Masserio girl gang on Sept. 16. Big sisters Mia (seven) and Lila (four) and her proud parents, [Kristen] and James Masserio W’96, are busy loving her up.”

Jesse Shapiro C’96 has been elected to the partnership of the international law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. A real-estate attorney, he was named a “2014 Southern California Super Lawyer.”


Deborah L. Faust GNu’97, the principal at the Aerial Group, a consultancy for pharmaceutical marketing and advertising, has joined the board of the Hepatitis B Foundation, based in Doylestown, Pa.

Lisa Levenson Friedman C’97 and Eric Friedman WG’02 are happy to announce the birth of their second son, Ryan Jacob, on Jan. 27. “Ryan joined mom, dad, and big brother Nolan, who will turn four in June.” They live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan: Lisa works in equity research at UBS and Eric is a municipal credit analyst at Fitch Ratings.

Lindsey Ollman Huebner W’97 married Daniel Huebner on Sept. 15 at the Tavern at Lark Creek in Larkspur, Calif. Anna Zhuravitsky C’97 joined in the celebration.

Darlene D. Pedersen GNu’97 writes that she is the 2013 first-place winner of the Book of the Year Award in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing from the American Nurses Association for her PsychNotes: Clinical Pocket Guide. The fourth edition, published last September by FA Davis, Philadelphia, “incorporates all the changes from the DSM-5, includes new rating scales on depression, anxiety, hoarding, and suicidal behaviors, as well as the latest coverage on the military and PTSD, and current psychotropic information.”


Doran Windsor Bowe C’98 L’03 has joined the family-law practice of Clover & Coval, LLC, in Willow Grove, Pa. Her work includes negotiating assisted-reproduction-technology contracts with a focus on gestational-carrier and traditional-surrogacy agreements. She lives in New Hope with her husband, Ryan, and two daughters, Avanley Reese (four) and Keira Blake (one), and would love to hear from Penn friends at

Amy Cardillo C’98 writes, “My husband, Paul Cardillo, and I are excited to announce the birth of our twin daughters, Ivy Adrian and Nola May, on Feb. 2—Superbowl Sunday! They joined big sister Fiona (three), who is having a blast with ‘her babies.’ We continue to live in New York as a newly expanded party of five.”

Mia Henry GEd’98 writes, “I recently left my position as founding director of the Chicago Freedom School to start Freedom Lifted, a travel company focusing on Civil Rights tours. We also just released a mobile app that allows users to develop their own self-guided tours. This has long been a dream of mine, to combine my passions of travel and social-movement-history education. My work is dedicated to my mother, Rugenia Henry, who was one of the first seven students to desegregate Litchfield High School in Gadsden, Ala.”

Dr. Joel M. Laudenbach D’98 GD’04 and Jessica Laudenbach are proud to announce that Olivia Grace Laudenbach was born on Jan. 14, 2013, in Santa Monica, Calif. Joel, Jessica, Addison, and Miles proudly celebrated her first birthday in January and are truly enjoying the family expansion. Joel Laudenbach practices private oral medicine in Beverly Hills and serves as an assistant professor of oral medicine and geriatric dentistry at the Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona.

Ilene Wong C’98, , writes, “2014 was a banner year: in September, I sold a young-adult novel, None of The Above, to Balzer and Bray/HarperCollins for publication this spring under the pen name I. W. Gregorio. My book, which was pitched as Middlesex meets Mean Girls, was inspired by an intersex patient I treated while a resident at Stanford; check out my website for details. The day after my book deal, I gave birth to my second child, Gabriel Gregorio (6 lbs. 10 oz., 19 inches). I’d love to get in touch with any alumni in the Philly area and beyond.”

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Romy Mehlman C’99 has been appointed vice president of marketing at Lucky Strike Entertainment. One of her primary goals in this new role will be to tie in the global and localized marketing initiatives with various philanthropic causes, including supporting the LGBTQ communities. She lives in Los Angeles with her wife, Ashley, and identical twin sons, Asher and Levi Mehlman.

Courtney Bernhardt Schulnick C’99 and her husband, Joel Schulnick, are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Carter Emory Schulnick, on Jan. 13. “Big brother Landon is so happy to have a little bro and is already teaching him his fancy Ninja Turtles moves.”


Judd Grossman C’00 L’04 see Meredith Grossman C’02.


Dr. Kari Posner Freiman C’01 and her husband, Adam Freiman, are thrilled to announce the birth of their first child, Logan Jake Freiman, on Jan. 14. The new family of three live in New York, where Kari is a pediatric emergency-medicine attending physician at NYU and Adam is a partner at the international law firm King & Spalding. “Logan is hopeful to be a part of the Penn class of 2035.”

Jonathan H. Gerstein C’01 see Rachel K. Gerstein C’03.

Joe Gordon C’01 L’04 is proud to share that he and his wife, Jennie Choe, welcomed their first child, Rebecca Choe-Gordon, on Dec. 3. He is “an immigration lawyer solo practitioner and owns a financial firm, while Rebecca has not yet indicated her future plans; she is however looking forward to attending her daddy’s Reunion.”

Jessica Scherb C’01 writes, “We were thrilled to welcome our first child, Evelyn Grace, on Aug. 11. I enjoyed maternity leave for the rest of the year, while my husband continued to work as a fireman/paramedic on the Portland (Maine) Fire Department. I am now back at work at Drummond Woodsum in Portland, where I am a partner in its business-services group.”

Melissa Chesnov Tucker C’01 writes to announce that Eric Tucker C’01 is the new Department of Justice correspondent for the Associated Press in Washington. Their five-year-old twins, Sam and Abby, are very excited for their dad and want him to mention them in an article. Melissa hopes this suffices.


Eric Friedman WG’02 see Lisa Levenson Friedman C’97.

Meredith Grossman C’02 and Judd Grossman C’00 L’04 are thrilled to announce the birth of their second daughter, Sydney Violet Grossman, who was born on June 11; she joined her big sister Eliza, who is three years old. Meredith is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Mt. Sinai Hospital and Judd is a partner of Grossman LLP, a Manhattan law firm specializing in art law.

David Lerner W’02 see Tracy Bloom Lerner C’03.


Rachel K. Gerstein C’03, Jonathan H. Gerstein C’01, and big brother Ari Ryan are thrilled to announce the birth of their son and brother, Zachary Joel, on March 4. “We couldn’t be happier!” They live in New York.

Ben Katz W’03 and his wife, Diana Katz, are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Reuben Maxwell Katz, on March 10. They live in Manhattan, where Ben is an investment analyst at Fortress and Diana works in marketing at Pfizer.

Tracy Bloom Lerner C’03 and David Lerner W’02 are thrilled to announce the birth of their second child, Jack Nathan Lerner, on Jan. 5. Tracy, David, Jack, and big sister Gabby live in Demarest, N.J. David continues to work at Goldman Sachs and Tracy is the children’s librarian at the Old Tappan Public Library.

Rick Maletsky L’03 has been appointed executive vice president and general counsel of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank. He and Heidi Sachs L’03 live in Highland Park, Ill., with their three children, David, Max, and Hannah.

Farhana Pargac C’03 is a corporate-finance executive at Creative Artists Agency. Last November, she was included in The Hollywood Reporter’s “Next Gen” List of Leading Executives under 35.

Daniel Remick C’03 see Abby Rosenstein Remick C’04.

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Abby Rosenstein Remick C’04 and Daniel Remick C’03 are thrilled to announce the birth of their second daughter, Lilah Betty, on Dec. 12. Ellie (three) is enjoying being a big sister. They live in Vancouver.


Becca Goland-Van Ryn C’06 married Leah Kahn on Feb. 16 in Washingtonville, N.Y. The wedding party included Becca Aronson Makover C’06 andJessica Weisz C’07. The brides were joined by friends and family from across the country, including Michelle Attner C’06, Rita DeAngelo Leduc C’07, Jason Butler C’09, Matthew Makover L’10, and Charlie Dan C’06 W’06. Becca and Leah live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan: Becca is a digital-marketing consultant at Capacity Interactive and Leah is the business-operations manager at Success Academy Williamsburg.


Nathaniel L. Koonce C’07 L’12 is an associate in the Philadelphia office of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP, where he specializes in finance, mergers & acquisitions, and real-estate matters. He was recently appointed to the Philadelphia board of Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania and to the executive board of the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia.

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 16-19, 2014


Alexandra Solomon Nu’09 married Brad Dulay C’08 on New Year’s Eve in Morristown, N.J. The wedding party included her brother Peter Solomon C’13, Alexa Nickeson Nu’09, Alexa Hechevarria Nu’09, Emily Garvey C’09, Melissa Samler Nu’09, Ashley Rowley O’Connor Nu’09, Saffet Tinaztepe C’08 EAS’08, Noah Morganstern C’09, Corey Lorinsky W’07, and Chuck Park C’07. Other alumni who helped celebrate included Caiti Smukowski Heil C’09, Katie Cowling C’09, Samantha Kagan Greenky C’09 L’12, Max Greenky C’09, Daniel Macintosh C’09, Deepak Prabhakar EAS’11 GEng’12, Jay Rodriguez W’11, Aditya Pasumarty C’09, John O’Connor C’09, Peter Dreyer W’09, Billy Eichenholz C’12, Mike Drittel C’12, and Meghan Verhofstadt Sturhahn GNu’13. Allie and Brad live in Brooklyn: she is a pediatric nurse at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and he is a business manager at Bloomingdales, and both are working towards master’s degrees at NYU.

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