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Jan|Feb 2013

My only regret: my wife and two daughters said I was too old and made me sell the motorcycle. Definitely missing the wind in my face. —Jim Saklas C’69 CE’69


Anthony Caputo W’41, a retired US Marine Corps colonel, writes that he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal at a ceremony in his hometown of Burgaw, N.C., in August. “A contingent of Marines from Camp Lejeune, with Color Guard, performed the ritual.” The award was in recognition of his work in training the Montford Point Marines in 1942. A veteran of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, Tony is married to Mary Bowen, a graduate of the University of North Carolina; they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Nov. 14.


Sol Koenigsberg SW’52 writes that Challenges and Growth: The Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City. 1969-1989, a memoir about his career, is available through booksellers.
Hon. Richard Rittenband W’52, a judge of the Connecticut Superior Court, celebrated 20 years on the bench with the publication of his second book, A Capital Murder, a legal thriller about a Connecticut governor being tried for murder; it is available at Amazon.



Fred B. Walters C’53, a former Associated Press editor and writer, and a broadcast executive at KYW Newsradio in Philadelphia, last April was presented with the Roy E. Morgan Award for Broadcast Excellence by the Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters Association.
George Weinbaum C’53 and his wife, Carol, have lived in Philadelphia for almost 50 years. Penn has been an integral part of their lives: he retired as a research professor of medicine, and three of their four children, as well as two of their spouses, received advanced degrees. George and Carol hope that some of their nine grandchildren will get Penn degrees too. He looks forward to seeing classmates at the 60th Reunion in May. “What an astounding thought!”


Ron Reis C’57 writes, “As an avocation, I have been interested in ‘street photography’ since the early 1950s and have taken pictures both in this country and abroad. Many of my photographs reside in museums’ collections, and I’ve had a number of one-man and group shows. Recently, Duke University chose more than 250 of my black & white silver-gelatin prints for their library’s permanent collection. In the last 10 years I have stopped using film and use digital cameras, but I continue to print my own photographs.”


Jack Minker Gr’59, emeritus professor of computer science at the University of Maryland, College Park, wrote Scientific Freedom and Human Rights: Scientists of Conscience During the Cold War, which was published by the IEEE Press last June. It is a “memoir of 40 years of work in SFHR, primarily on behalf of computer scientists throughout the world, regardless of their race, or religion.” He received the 2011 Heinz R. Pagels Award from the New York Academy of Science Human Rights Committee, and “the 2005 Allen Newell Award from the ACM and the AAAI ‘for his fundamental contributions to the fields of deductive databases, artificial intelligence, and more generally logic-based methods in computer science and for his truly unprecedented role in organizing and stimulating scientific discourse.’”


David H. Marion W’60 L’63, a partner in the Philadelphia office of the law firm of Archer & Greiner P.C., has been selected as a 2013 “Lawyer of the Year,” for First Amendment law, by The Best Lawyers in America.


Bonnie Stein Squires CW’62 G’65, president of Squires Consulting, a communications firm, was elected vice president of communications for JAFCO (Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options) and its Northeast chapter; it is “a national organization with headquarters, group homes, counseling centers, and an emergency shelter in south Florida.” She was also honored by the Lower Merion Township Board of Commissioners for her service on its cable-television advisory commission.



Edward J. Bergman C’63, an attorney/mediator in Princeton, N.J., who has taught negotiations and dispute resolution in the Wharton School for many years, currently serves as principal mediator in the clinical ethics mediation program at Penn Medicine. Later this month he will deliver the principal address at a Japanese conference on healthcare conflict management and mediation.
Peter M. Saylor C’63 GAr’65 and D. William Gregg C’77, of SaylorGregg Architects, are leading the renovation, restoration, and expansion of the Arts, Research, and Culture House (ARCH) on Locust Walk at 36th Street on the Penn campus.
Stephen G. Yusem L’63, Plymouth Meeting, Pa., an arbitrator and mediator who served as of counsel to Morris and Clemm, P.C., in October opened his own practice as a full-time neutral in dispute-resolution matters. He is chair of the Pennsylvania Bar’s alternative-dispute-resolution committee, and he serves as an adjunct professor at Cornell University’s law school.


Michael J. Kearney WG’64 wrote in late September that, for the third year in a row, he successfully competed in the Big Shoulders, a 2.5km open-water swim in Lake Michigan. He finished third in his age group with a time of 1:10, “eight minutes slower than last year, which probably reflects the much choppier water this year.”
Hyman Myers Ar’64 GAr’65 recently retired as director of preservation services for Vitetta, a Philadelphia-based architectural and engineering firm. In October, he received from AIA Philadelphia its John Frederick Harbeson Award, “to a longstanding member of the architectural community and is intended to recognize their significant contributions over their lifetime to the architectural profession and its related disciplines.”


Louis Kozloff C’65 M’69 writes, “At a recent Kozloff family picnic in Reading, Pa., of the 90 attendees (60 of whom were college age or older), there were 24 University of Pennsylvania alumni present. The family has sent a total of 33 students to Penn, who have attained a total of 33 undergraduate and 10 graduate degrees, spanning from the Class of 1935 through the Class of 2012. There are also three members of the Penn Athletic Hall of Fame and two current members of the faculty.” Included were [Louis himself], Rene Chalfin Kozloff Nu’67, Susan Kozloff Bilsky CW’75 GEd’75 WG’81, Steven Bilsky W’71, Gilbert Lappen C’51, Renee Schneider C’61, Edward Rose C’59, Frederic Schneider C’63, David Kozloff L’66, Stephen Kozloff C’63, Jeraldine Kozloff L’66, Theodore Kozloff C’64 L’67, Barry Hartman C’76, Louis Lappen C’85, Laurie Kozloff Mann C’92, Monte Mann C’92, Howard Kozloff C’97, Daniel Kozloff C’99, Jeffrey Kozloff W’99, Michael Firstenberg C’94, Lori Edwards Firstenberg C’94, Matthew Hartman C’04, and Michael Hartman C’12.
Gregory D. Saputelli C’65
is a partner in the litigation department of the Philadelphia-based law firm of Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell & Hippel LLP. He was recently appointed an adjunct professor at Rutgers School of Law–Camden, where he teaches trial advocacy.



Bob O’Hare GEE’68 wrote Unload Email Overload, a book for knowledge workers and corporations swamped with email; it is available at major online booksellers and his website, He lives with his wife, Carol, in Flourtown, Pa.; they have two children and three grandchildren who live and work in the Philadelphia area.
Bob Rovinsky C’68 writes that he retired in November from the Federal Aviation Administration, where he was director of IT eEnterprise services. “I continue to teach at Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies and at George Washington University’s Center for Excellence in Public Leadership, and will also consult with agencies who need help dealing with negative audits from GAO or elsewhere.”
Karyn Tasens CW’68 writes that, since 1988, she has been the proud owner and president of Translation Aces, Inc., a Wall Street-located firm that provides legal, technical, and financial translation and interpreting services. And she is proud of her multilingual talents honed at Penn.


Hon. Ellen M. Coin CW’69 was appointed to the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Civil Term, New York County, in Jan. 2012. First appointed to the bench in 1998, she had served in the New York City Criminal Court for 13 years. She is a contributor to all three editions of Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts (1995, 2005, 2010).
Joseph H. Cooper W’69 L’72 writes that his review of prison-based and prison-inspired literature was published recently in the Books section of The Christian Science Monitor. He continues to write the column “Pauses and Moments: Rumblings from the lane next to the off-ramp” for
Jim Saklas C’69 CE’69 writes, “After Vietnam, eight years on the faculty at the University of Maryland (had to leave, the tenure decision did not go well), and several years in consulting, I just retired after 20+ years with USDOT and would not go back for double the salary. I’ve been busier than ever doing some consulting, serving as treasurer for two non-profits (that is, ‘a civil engineer takes on QuickBooks’), some gardening, painting, carpentry, etc., watching old movies, cat-petting, and, best of all, rebuilding a 13-year-old BMW (replacing, to date, the entire brake and front-suspension system). My only regret is my wife of almost 40 years and two daughters said I was too old and made me sell the motorcycle—definitely missing the wind in the face.”
Hon. Richard B. Teitelman C’69, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Missouri, in August was elected second vice president of the Conference of Chief Justices.


John Charnay C’71 has been appointed director of advancement and marketing for the Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy in Beverly Hills. He most recently was director of development and communications for Court Appointed Special Advocates of Los Angeles, based in Monterey Park.


Richard F. Randolph G’72 writes, “I am now serving as the Scottsville district representative on the Planning Commission of Albemarle County, Va., and also working on gaining my certification through the Citizens Planning Education Association of Virginia as a planner. I launched my own home-services company last fall, after a 22-year career in independent-school and college teaching and administration, and 12 years in fundraising.”
Bobbie Green Scheff CW’72, Evanston, Ill., writes, “I just wrote a novel. It’s set mainly in Chicago in the 1960s, with its full range extending from World War II through the Vietnam War. Penn is mentioned. Anyone out there know a literary agent? Please contact me at bobbiescheff[at]”
Deborah R. Willig CW’72, a founding partner of Willig, Williams & Davidson, a union-side labor law firm based in Philadelphia, in September received the Bob Kyler Ambassador of Hope Award “in recognition of her unwavering commitment to community service.”



Donald Pittenger Gr’73 wrote Art Adrift, “an e-book at Amazon dealing with the crisis of modernist painting of 1920 that eventually led to the abandonment of painting as the medium of choice by artists who considered themselves avant-garde.” He is now at work on a book “dealing with the end of evolutionary trends in automobile styling.”


Anthony S. Bartolomeo CE’74, president and CEO of Pennoni Associates, an engineering, design, and consulting firm based in Philadelphia, has been appointed chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Industry Leaders Council.
Dr. David H. Forsted GM’74 received the Maimonides Award from State of Israel Bonds. “The tribute brunch in his honor, held at the National Museum of American Jewish History [in Philadelphia], raised more than $1 million in investment capital to strengthen Israel’s economy.”


Mary Pat Hogan CW’75 GFA’78 practices landscape architecture in both the US, based out of her office in Santa Barbara, Calif., and in New Zealand, where her garden, Waitati Gardens, was recently recognized as a “Garden of National Significance” by the NZ Gardens Trust.
Paul Rockar PT’75, Murrysville, Pa., CEO of the Center for Rehabilitation Services at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, in June was elected president of the American Physical Therapy Association.


Stewart Eisenberg C’76, a co-founding senior partner of the Philadelphia law firm of Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg, & Jeck P.C., in October was a presenter at a civil-justice training seminar at the city’s DA’s office sponsored by the National Center for Victims of Crime.
Ronald A. Hendrickson W’76 gave a presentation, “On This Shore a Home Established: An Introduction to the Forest Finns in America,” at the 12th Annual New Sweden History Conference at the American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia. For service to the Swedish-American community, he was knighted by King Carl XVI Gustaf in 2006.
Gordon B. Logan WG’76, a retired CPA, is the founding CEO of Sport Clips, Inc., in Georgetown, Tex., and a director of the International Salon/Spa Business Network, a trade association for multi-unit operators of salons and spas in the United States and Canada. In September, he was elected to the board of the International Franchise Association.
Dr. Richard J. Perry C’76, Cape Porpoise, Maine, has been appointed associate medical director in the Portland office of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care; he has also served on the internal-medicine staff of Southern Maine Medical Center since 2000.


Steve Gordon C’77 see Debra Ross C’91.
D. William Gregg C’77
see Peter M. Saylor C’63 GAr’65.


Lisa Jacobs W’80, a partner in the Philadelphia office of the law firm DLA Piper, has been appointed a member of the drafting committee on a series of unincorporated business entities by the Uniform Law Commission.


Diane Bernstein Kudler C’81 writes, “After years of community involvement and service as the campaign manager of two major political campaigns, I have become general counsel of Max Power International Inc., a closely held family corporation. We are very excited about our October launch of, in which users can rank and rate their own local and national politicians. It would be great if the Penn community could check us out and spread the word about our new, revolutionary, and fun social website.”


David A. Sherman W’82 received the Julius Rosenwald Memorial Award in September from the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago; a former board chair, he “has demonstrated a lifetime of outstanding dedication and service to the Jewish community.” Chair of Benj. E. Sherman & Sons Real Estate, a 90-year-old family firm, he lives in Glencoe, with his wife, Susan, and their five children. David also has wrote and published a children’s book, Precious Penelope in the Kingdom of Very Large Castles (2009). 


Karen Falk C’84 G’84, who serves as director of archives for The Jim Henson Company in New York, has published a book based on the Muppet creator’s personal diary, Imagination Illustrated: The Jim Henson Journal (Chronicle Books). She is married to Michael S. Goldman W’83, managing director at TM Capital Corp.; they have two daughters. 


Rev. Dr. Joseph S. Pagano C’87 co-wrote A Man, A Woman, A Word of Love, a collection of sermons by him and his wife (rectors at St. Anne’s Church, Annapolis, Md.), which was published last August by Wipf & Stock.



Gerard F. Cattie Jr. C’88 GPU’99 and his husband, Peter N. Watt, announce the birth of their adopted son, Alexander Brisco Cattie-Watt; he was born on Sept. 19 at the Connecticut Childbirth and Women’s Center in Danbury, and weighed 8 lbs. 6 oz. Big sister Louisa is delighted to have celebrated her second birthday with her new partner in crime, and Gerard and Peter are overjoyed. As proud parents, they are already grooming Louisa and Alec for the Red & Blue Classes of 2032 and 2034, respectively. Gerard would enjoy hearing from classmates and friends at gcattie[at]
Craig Feldman C’88 is the incoming board chair of the David Posnack Jewish School, a K-12 private school in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Tom Fullerton WG’88 has been appointed to the Trade in the Americas Endowed Chair in the Department of Economics and Finance at the University of Texas at El Paso, where he coordinates the master’s economics program and directs the Border Region Modeling Project; he formerly held the JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo Endowed Professorships there. Last spring, he helped coach his son Brett’s 5th-grade basketball team to the SWCAA championship, and in the summer, followed that up by coaching Brett’s 12U baseball team to the SWBL championship.
Jeffrey M. Kimmel W’88, Plainview, N.Y., a partner in the New York law firm of Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro, LLP, who heads its medical-malpractice division, has been included in the New York Super Lawyers list, published in The New York Times Sunday Magazine (Oct. 7). He has been named to the list for the last four years. Jeff chairs the Committee on Committees, which oversees the over 50 committees of the New York County Lawyers’ Association.
Maura McCaffery C’88, an environmental and energy lawyer, joined with a commercial real-estate lawyer early last year and established Trilogy Law LLC at 12 Marshall Street in Boston.


Michael Fein W’90 is pleased to announce the birth of his daughter, Campbell, on Oct. 23.
Dr. Luis J. Fujimoto D’90 GD’93 has been re-appointed chair of the New York State Board for Dentistry, New York State Education Department.


Evan Henschel C’91 writes, “I was recently appointed general counsel of Accertify, Inc., an American Express company that offers transaction data-management services in the e-commerce space. I currently live in Chicago and have a spectacular seven-year-old daughter. I attended George Washington University law school.”
Debra Ross C’91 writes, “I started in Rochester, N.Y., in 2001, when the Internet and my older daughter were both toddlers. It is an online network … to provide parents with a huge range of options for family activities, and to help the cultural organizations that provide these resources … Back in 1997 for my other business (mail-order technology consulting), I had started working with Steve Gordon C’77, and in 2010 he came on board to help me expand Kids. He’s our CTO … We just expanded from four to eight regional sites throughout the US, and are planning to expand to 18 by the end of 2013.”


Dave Seo C’92 was promoted to executive director of the San Francisco office of Ernst & Young LLP. A member of its transaction-advisory services practice, he focuses on tax due-diligence and mergers and acquisitions, primarily for Bay Area private equity and corporate clients.



Jeffrey M. Blander W’93 co-edited a new textbook, Microfluidic Technologies for Human Health, which was published in November.
Ben Breier C’93 W’93 in May was promoted to president and CEO of Kindred Healthcare, Inc., a national provider of post-acute care services, based in Louisville, Ky. He joined the company in 2005.
Christina Davis C’93 G’93 is proud to announce the spring publication of An Ethic, her second collection of poems; it is dedicated to her late father John H. Davis GrE’70. She is curator of poetry at Harvard University.
Rob Dietz C’93 co-wrote Enough Is Enough: Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources, which is to be published by Routledge this month. He notes, “That double major in economics and environmental studies really came in handy. The biggest highlight of the project so far: Noam Chomsky C’48 G’51 Gr’55 Hon’84 said the book was ‘great’ and wrote a wonderful endorsement!” Rob and his wife, Jennifer Yang W’93, live with their daughter in Corvallis, Ore.
Chrissy Bass Hofbeck C’93 and Lisa Nass Grabelle C’93 L’96 write, “You’re obviously looking for news on our Class of 1993 peeps! The best way to get the latest and greatest updates is to come to our 20th Reunion in May! On Friday night, May 10, we’ll party at the downtown Marriott, 9pm: don’t forget to book your room and drag an old Penn T-shirt out of the bottom of your closet to wear and share. On Saturday, we’ll parade down Locust Walk, enjoy the picnic, and then party the night away on Junior Balcony in the Quad. Hope you will all come join the fun and friends. Miss you all! Any questions, please email us at christine.hofbeck[at] or lisagrabelle[at] If you haven’t added your name to the list that you are coming, please send us a note.”
Rukesh Korde G’93 L’98 has been promoted to partner in the Washington office of Covington & Burling LLP, where he specializes in commercial litigation and complex insurance coverage cases.


Jordana Horn Gordon C’95 L’99 and Jon Gordon announce the birth of Orli Rachel Gordon on Oct. 16. She joined “her big brothers Zev and Rami and big sister Gabriella in a house sure to be full of both happiness and chaos for the foreseeable future.”
Marisel Moreno C’95, an assistant professor of Latino/a literature at the University of Notre Dame, wrote Family Matters: Puerto Rican Women Authors on the Island and the Mainland, which was published by the University of Virginia Press in August.


Brian W. Delgross G’96 married Linda Broz Gillespie on July 28 at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church in Conyers, Ga. They honeymooned in Nevada and California and live in Atlanta.
Matt Robinson C’96 and his wife, Emily, recently welcomed twin daughters Shira and Ava to the world. “Though they were a bit eager to enter the world and arrived a few weeks early, the girls are both doing fine and we are happy to be losing sleep over them.”


Chris Hurn G’97, cofounder and CEO of Mercantile Capital Corp., in Orlando, Fla., released his first book, The Entrepreneur’s Secret to Creating Wealth: How the Smartest Business Owners Build Their Fortunes, in October (
Wendell Pritchett Gr’97, chancellor of Rutgers University–Camden, has been elected president of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, an international organization of universities in large metropolitan areas. A member of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission, he also serves on the board of the Cooper Health System in south Jersey.



Lucrecia Castro Boulton C’98 W’98 writes, “My husband, Jamie, and I are thrilled to announce the birth of our first child, Charles Brian Boulton, on Oct. 21—just in time for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. We spent our second week home without power, and little Charlie handled it like a champ. We are loving every minute with our little guy.”
Sharon Weinzimer Mantel C’98 and her husband, Brad Mantel, are thrilled to announce the birth of their patriotic son, Jackson Collins, on July 4. “Jackson decided to arrive six weeks early and the day we were supposed to board a plane for Cape Cod, but he is healthy and a very sweet baby.” Sharon and Brad live in SoHo, and look forward to connecting with old friends at sharon.mantel[at]
99 Max Kieba C’99 and his wife, Courtney Kieba, who celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary in May, are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Hadley Paige, on Aug. 1. “Big brother Wyatt (two) is so excited to have a little sister.”


Sarah Braverman Blanco C’00 and her husband, Santiago, are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Arianna Sofia, on July 20. “Arianna is absolutely adored by big sister Rebecca (three) and by the rest of the family, including her favorite uncle, Jeffrey Braverman W’02.”
Jeremy Gill Gr’00
writes, “I recently edited a book by long-retired Penn professor George Rochberg, A Dance of Polar Opposites: The Continuing Transformation of Our Musical Language, which was published in July by the University of Rochester Press.”
Julia Chesney McDonald C’00 and her husband, Doug, welcomed Jane Douglas McDonald on Oct. 6 in Memphis. Director of development and communications at ArtsMemphis, a fundraising and grantmaking nonprofit, Julia also serves as president of the Memphis Penn Alumni Club.
Jeremy Shure C’00 and his wife, Erika Shure, are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Jackson Benjamin Shure, on Sept. 21. They live in New York, and Jeremy can be reached at shure[at]
Mike Silver C’00 and his wife, Stacey, are excited to announce the birth of their first child, Lila Danielle Silver, on May 25. They live in Bethesda, Md., where he works as a regulations counsel for the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Stacey is an occupational therapist for Montgomery County Public Schools. They would love to hear from Penn friends at mikesilver26[at]
Shane Stein C’00 WG’05 writes, “My wife, Tracey, and I recently had a new baby and our third girl, Alyssa Paige Stein. She was born on Sept 19 at 12:38pm, and weighed 7 lbs. 1 oz. and measured 19 inches. She is doing great, and our older daughters, Emma (five) and Hailey (two), are very excited to be her big sisters! Alyssa also has many other Penn alumni in the family, including uncles Kyle Stein C’03 and Reid Stein C’05 WG’11, and cousins Michael Stein C’00, Dana Epstein Stein C’00, Rob Mann W’89 WG’96, and Scott Cohen C’98.
Brett Edward Weinheimer W’00
married Jennifer Gorzelany at the Morris House Hotel in Center City Philadelphia on June 16; a private ceremony was held that morning at St. Agatha-St. James Church near the Penn campus. Alumni attending the reception that followed included Adrienne Price W’78 C’78, G’78, Allan Bell C’81 (a newly elected Trustee), Dale Borenstein Bell MT’81 (a 2012 Alumni Award of Merit recipient—see p.61), Michael Balascio L’05, Stephanie Yee C’08, Ryan Weicker C’08 GEng’11, John Baker W’00, Al Luna C’00 W’00, Leah Cianfrani HUP’69, Peter Cianfrani C’69, Alex Moser C’07, S. Todd Anderson C’92, Nicole Mittenfelner Carl GrEd’16, and Hope Douglas C’09 V’13. Brett and Jenn currently live in Pittsburgh, where she serves as English-department chair at Winchester Thurston School and he owns Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwich Shops in both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, including two on campus. Brett is a 2012 Young Alumni Award of Merit recipient (see p.63).
Gilbert Winn C’00, the managing principal of WinnDevelopment, the real-estate development arm of WinnCompanies, received a “40 Under 40” award from Boston Business Journal last October. He also serves on the board of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) Next Generation Real Estate Board, a non-profit for creating affordable housing for mentally disabled people, and is a member of the Next Generation Boston Family Shelter Initiative for Heading Home, which aims at ending homelessness in greater Boston.


Jenny Turner Clarke C’01 married Tim Clarke on Aug. 18 at the Rumson (N.J.) Country Club. Alumni attending were Elizabeth Downey C’01, Alexandra Zipf C’01, Jamison Stricker Skelli-Cohen C’01 W’08, Erin Welter Lyons C’01, Emily Perschetz C’01, Matthew Morano C’01, Sara Higgins C’01, Jamie Merriman WG’08, Allison Sydlaske WG’08, Eric Moskowitz C’01, Nora Anderson C’02, Lisa Hurwich C’01, Kim Rittberg C’02, Shane Kleinstein W’11, Scott Martinho W’08, Charles Schlesinger W’61, and Jack Lehmann C’50. After a honeymoon in the South of France, Jenny and Tim returned home to New York where she is a vice president at JPMorgan and he is a vice president at Goldman Sachs.
Leah Davis C’01 married Jesse Aviram at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens on July 5. They had met on a blind date set up by her College friend and his colleague, Susan Lutinger C’01. Leah and Jesse were thrilled to celebrate their wedding with many of their close Penn friends and family, including Simone D’Souza Brody C’00 WG’05 GEd’05 (who witnessed the ketubah-signing), Elizabeth Kurian Adeoye WG’05, Nancy Romatzick Davey C’01, Ilana Lam Gotlib C’01, Lisa Grushkin C’01, Audrey Reichman C’01, Laura Ross C’98, WG’05, and Joseph Sena L’04, and cousins Karen Aviram EAS’98, David Aviram C’01, and Lauren Weiss Aviram C’01. Leah and Jesse honeymooned in Morocco and live in New York: she is associate general counsel at Blyth, Inc., and an adjunct professor of legal writing at Fordham law school, and he is an assistant DA in the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office. Old friends can email her at leahbaviram[at] or find her on Facebook.
Seth Grossman C’01 married Debbie Elias in Bayville, N.Y., last June. The wedding party included Jordan Grossman C’08, Cory Perlstein W’01, and Adam Saltzman EAS’01. Other alumni on hand to celebrate included Lisa Lerer C’01, Catherine Lucey C’01, Kim Ling Murtaugh C’01, and Julie Siegel C’08. Seth and Debbie live in Washington, where he is deputy general counsel at the Department of Homeland Security and she works at Videology, a digital-advertising firm.
Amy Maloney C’01 has been promoted to partner in the project-finance group in the New York office of the law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP.
Dr. Kari Posner C’01 married Adam Freiman on Sept. 29 at the Mandarin Oriental in New York. The wedding party included bridesmaids Lauren Sokoloff Manton C’01 and Ellen Ganz Mondshine C’02. Other alumni at the celebration included Dr. Elizabeth Alpern GM’00, Dr. Michael Berkwits GM’05, Jonathan Bloom EAS’96 W’96, Seth Charnow W’98 WG’05, Dr. Joel Fein GM’91, Sara Honig Feldschreiber C’01 G’01, Andrew Feldschreiber C’96, Jennifer Germain C’94, Paul Germain W’93, Dr. Ruth Joffe C’78 GEd’78, Dr. Victoria Levin M’88 GM’91, Jodi Schiffman C’00, Rachel Kreiner Shamash C’01, and Audrey Rosales Train C’01 EAS’01. Also at the celebration were Dr. Mark Joffe, Dr. Barb Pawel, and Dr. Bruce Pawel, all attending physicians at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. After the wedding, Kari and Adam headed off to South Africa and Mauritius for their honeymoon. They live in New York, where she (a former pediatric emergency-medicine fellow at CHOP) is an attending physician in pediatric emergency medicine at NYU Medical Center and he is a partner in the corporate-practice group at King & Spalding, the international law firm.
Brian Rosenzweig C’01 and Jennie Salwen Rosenzweig C’01 GEd’04 are thrilled to announce the birth of their son Noah Samuel Rosenzweig on Sept. 12, at 6:40am. “He joined Mom, Dad, and big brother Benjamin, who turned three in November, at home in Manhattan. We are all happy, healthy, and enjoying life as a family of four.”


May Wah Cheng C’02 married Matthew Wyeking Choy in Central Park on Oct. 6; they currently live in New York. Sandy Foo C’02 was a bridesmaid and others attending included Clarette Kim Cain C’02, Kaori Kobayashi C’02, Will Dong EAS’01, Phil Wong EAS’01, Katherine Lee C’05, Iris Yen C’02 W’02, Kriti Shukla W’02, Wojtek Hajduczyk W’02, and Iris Lin W’03. May and Matthew look forward to honeymooning this year.
Gabrielle Levin C’02 L’06 married Keith Gross at Daniel Restaurant in New York on Oct. 7. Alumni attending included Jamie Greenberg Feinblum W’03 L’05, Marc Sinoway C’04, Joseph C. Rumore C’03, Ana Merlano Hershey C’04, and Dr. Karen Kandel C’09 D’12. Gabby and Keith are both attorneys in Manhattan.
Rachel Harkavy Wilson C’02 and Scott Wilson W’02 WG’03 are proud to announce the birth of their first daughter, Layla Brett Wilson, on Oct. 1, 2011. “Layla measured 19  inches long and weighed 6 lbs. 10 oz. and is the first Texas-born member of the family! Also celebrating her arrival [were] our wonderful family members and friends, including proud grandpa Robert Harkavy W’62.”



Alex S. Kaufman C’03 and Marci Ilene Kaplan were married on Nov. 18 at The Royalton in Roslyn Heights, N.Y. The wedding party included best man Anand Kinkhabwala W’03, groomsmen Dr. Warren Brandwein C’03, Dr. Jason Chinitz C’03 M’07, Edward V. Hargroves W’03, and Todd Leri EE’03 GEng’06; ushers Daniel Kasell L’05, Adam Lebovitz W’03, and Tyler Mullins EAS’03 W’03; and Alex’s father, Michael A. Kaufman EE’70 C’71. Jason’s wife, Amy Geldzahler Chinitz SW’05 SP’06, introduced Alex and Marci. Many other Quakers helped celebrate, including Dr. Mona Parikh Kinkhabwala C’03, Yeenee Kim Leri W’04, Josh Kiman C’04, Dave Skolnick C’03 W’03, Niloy Phukan W’03, Matt Stone C’03, Justin Mandelbaum C’02 W’02, Alex Ellenberg C’03, Thad McElroy C’03, Harrison Denman C’02, John Kushner C’03, Dr. Ed Schenck C’02, Darren Jordan C’01, Joseph Borstein C’02, Jordan Ceresa C’03, Chris Crisman C’03, Nisha Deshmukh C’03, Scott Cohen C’00, Andrew Glassberg C’96, and Emily Brotman Gasthalter C’04. Alex and Marci live in Menlo Park, Calif.; he is a mergers and acquisitions attorney with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and she is a social worker at Stanford University Medical Center.
Randy Kessler W’03 and his wife, Amy, are doubly proud to announce the birth of their twin boys, Spencer Reid and Liam Marcus Kessler, on Sept. 16. “Spencer and Liam have already brought [us] lots of joy and laughs, and are eagerly looking forward to their first trip to Penn for their dad’s 10th Reunion this spring.” They live in New York, where Randy is a principal in GSO Capital’s mezzanine-debt group.
Michael Razewski W’03 has been named a principal of Douglas C. Lane & Associates, an investment advisory firm in New York. With the firm since 2005, he concentrates on security analysis and investment selection. He and his wife, Danielle Contillo W’03, live with their son, Miles, in Greenwich Village.


Roman T. Galas W’04, an attorney with the law firm of Ansa Assuncao LLP, was selected in August by The Legal Intelligencer as one of 35 Pennsylvania ‘Lawyers on the Fast Track’ for 2012.


Thomas DeBourcy Jr. W’05 wed Alexandra Routenberg on Oct. 20 at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The wedding party included groomsmen William Cotter EAS’05 and William James W’04. Tom and Alexandra met and live in New York, where he is a research analyst at Cramer Rosenthal McGlynn, LLC, covering healthcare and technology companies, and she is director of marketing at Concept Real Estate Group. She will be continuing her education this year at the Gemology Institute of America.
Cory Epstein W’05 and Carrie Evans are happy to announce their marriage in New York on Nov. 17. Alumni in the wedding party included her two sisters, Hollie Evans Bialek C’98 and Sara Evans Holdan C’01, as well as Ryan Holdan C’01 and Zack Gross C’05, friends of Cory. “A myriad of similarly esteemed Penn graduates were also in attendance.”
Renee Lam C’05 married David Wu on Oct. 14 in Pasadena, Calif. They have known each other for over six years, ever since they were on the same salsa dance-performance team together. After their wedding celebration, they went on a short two-day trip to Napa, where the sole purpose was to gorge themselves on one meal at French Laundry. They are now saving their appetites for their “real” honeymoon in France this spring.
Eve Levinson C’05 GEd’06 writes, “I was named head women’s lacrosse coach at Mercer University in Macon, Ga. We are starting a new Division I program, with competition to begin in spring 2015. We are quite fortunate to have brand new facilities and the chance for an automatic NCAA bid through the Atlantic Sun Conference.”
Matt Ritter L’05 has sold his first television show, Chained to My Ex, “a docu-series about a new nationwide phenomenon: divorced couples that are stuck living together. It premiered on MSNBC on Dec. 23.” He left the practice of law a few years ago to work in entertainment, and is currently touring with his standup comedy troupe, Comedians at Law, a group of former lawyers turned comedians (
Katherine A. Stuhlemmer Nu’05 GNu’11 married James D. Dunning III C’05 on June 2 at St. Patrick’s Church in Philadelphia. A reception followed at The Water Works. The wedding party included maid of honor Dr. Karen J. Blumenthal C’05 M’12, and bridesmaid Sara Nadim Swallen C’05, best man David D. Dunning C’08, and groomsmen William R. Peelle C’05 and Richard Small Jr. C’05. Other Penn guests included Katherine’s mother, Dr. Rebecca T. Fitzpatrick GEd’85, James’ father, James D. Dunning Jr. W’70, and Emily Previti C’05, Michael Kuttner C’05, Thomas Allen C’05, Spencer Thune C’05, Ryan Horne C’05, Brian Tierney Jr. C’05, Benjamin Black C’07, William Kirk C’05, Michael Goldblatt C’04, Nathan Moffie C’05, Adam Kweskin C’05, Lewis Hart C’05, Louise McCready Hart C’07, Nicholas Morris W’95, Chip Block W’68, George Weiss W’65, and Darcy Miller Nussbaum C’91. Katherine and James live in New York: she is the clinical coordinator in the labor and delivery unit at Mt. Sinai Medical Center and he is a vice president at Lazard Capital Markets. They honeymooned in South Africa and Mozambique.


Ariane Dweck W’06 and Mark Dweck EAS’06 are proud to announce the birth of their son, Ryan Elliot, on Aug. 9 in Miami Beach; he weighed 6 lbs. 12 oz. and measured 19  inches. He was warmly welcomed by family and friends, including grandfather Ronald Dweck W’71 and aunts and uncles Yona Rosenberg C’03, Neal Rosenberg W’02 WG’03, Paulette Kaffee C’99, Josh Kaffee C’99, and Michael Dweck W’02.



Jenni Crowley Gr’08 and her husband, Tony Albu, welcomed Logan Crowley Albu on Friday, Oct. 26; he weighed 7 lbs. 2 oz., and was 20  in. long. They are all doing very well.
Ivan Koutsarov C’08, Stamford, Conn., has been promoted to consultant in the metro-area office of Mars & Co., the management-consulting firm. He specializes in Fortune 100 firms in the financial-services and consumer packaged-goods industries.


Samantha Kagan C’09 L’12 married Max Greenky C’09 on Oct. 20 at Temple Sharey-Tefilo Israel in South Orange, N.J. The wedding party included Sarah Kaminetsky C’09 (who sent in this note), Michael Brous W’09, William Johnson C’09, Chelsea Silverman C’09, and Samantha Zuckerman C’08. Other alumni who helped celebrate included Jane Kagan, C’82, Ira Fish W’58, Emily Rosenbaum C’09, Jennifer Gilbert C’09, Elizabeth Moses C’09, Gabriela Santos C’09, Rachel Tydings C’09, Evan Feinberg W’09, Megan Bernstein C’10, John Lucier C’09, Michael Stack W’09, Kirk Lozada C’09, Emily Stagliano C’09, Alexandra Solomon Nu’09, Brad Dulay C’08, Ellen Mossman C’07 L’12, Austin Hoggan C’06, David Lopez C’07, Aaron Werner C’11, Laura Sickles C’08, Drew Feith Tye C’09, Rob Hitschler C’08, and Marc Lieberman C’77. Samantha is an employment associate at Kramer, Levin, Naftalis & Frankel in New York and Max is a second-year medical student at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, where they both live with their dog, Leila.


Matthew Gay EAS’11 has been promoted to senior associate consultant in the Greenwich, Conn., metro-area office of Mars & Co., the management-consulting firm. He specializes in the financial-services, consumer-durables, and household-products industries.
Andre Isaacs Gr’11 has been appointed assistant professor of chemistry at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.; he had graduated from there in 2005.
John G. Walker C’11 in November graduated from the Navy Officer Candidate School and has received a commission as an ensign in the US Navy while assigned at the Officer Training Command, Newport, R.I.


Ruth Gillis-Harry W’12 is an associate in the New York office of dunnhumbyUSA, an international company that builds brand value for consumer goods and retail companies.

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