WCL/JD ’64, was selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2017.
CAS/BA ’64, spent 34
years teaching in the Philadelphia public school system and 12 years as associate
director of a nonprofit for senior activities and an adult day service program
for people with Alzheimer’s. He is now retired.
Betsy Thomason, CAS/BA ’66, published Just Breathe Out: Using Your Breath to
Create a New, Healthier You, which helps readers use active,
spine-stretching outbreath for relaxation, strength, and pain and stress
CAS/BA ’68, was elected to the National Academy of Construction. She serves on
the board of directors of STV, an international engineering firm. She was inducted
October 20, 2016 at the NAC annual meeting in Napa.
SPA/BA ’68, wrote The Joint Ventured
Nation: Why America Needs a New Foreign Policy. The book was released in
October by Skyhorse Publishing.
CAS/BA ’69, who worked for more than 30 years as a Department of Defense
attorney and contractor, is coordinator of the Germanna Community College
Veterans Mentor Program, which helps student vets transition to civilian life.
J. Davis Leslie,
SPA/BA ’71, of Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster, was selected by his peers for
inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2017.
SOC/BA ’79, a volunteer with KitchenCred, worked on a partnership with the NFL
Alumni Association to support the nonprofit culinary program, which seeks to
Mike Lovitt, SPA/BS
’80, is a Chick-fil-A franchise owner and retired lieutenant colonel, US Army.
He was recently sworn into the Virginia Defense Force, at the same military
grade, as chief of recruiting.
SPA/BS ’80, was selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America
Kogod/BS ’83, recently retired from the National Institutes of Health as management
liaison director. He spent 33 years in the federal government. He and his wife
Jenn retired to Scottsdale, Arizona.
SOC/BA ’85, joined Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine as director of
WCL/JD ’90, was selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America
CAS/MA ’91, published his first book, Enter
the Drones: The FAA and UAVs in America. He is a senior editor with Aviation International News in
SIS/BA ’91, was
appointed chief commercial officer and chief marketing officer of Bloombees, a
Madrid-based enterprise that enables small merchants and artisans to engage in
global instant commerce in digital and mobile environments.
Florence Jewell, CAS/BA ’92, received the Women of
Color STEM 2016 Technology All-Star award during the 21st Women of Color STEM
Conference in Detroit. The award recognizes accomplishments in the science,
technology, engineering, and mathematics community.
Thomas Legare, SPA/MA ’94, was
appointed director of change management at Tufts Health Plan.
Hughes, CAS/BA ’95, self-published Unlocking
the Heart of Healing, which helps readers cultivate a state of heart that
unlocks the inner molecules of medicine and engages the heart-mind-body
connection to heal.unlockingtheheartofhealing.com
Saima Huq, SOC/BA
’95, produced and costarred
in Tennessee Williams’s Outcry in the
East Village. This was the third show staged by her company, Always Love
Lucy Theatre. Huq also reviews theatre.
Jean Manes, SPA/MA
’96, was confirmed as US Ambassador to El Salvador. She is a career member
of the Foreign Service.
Baylen Linnekin, CAS/BA
’97, WCL/JD ’09, a food lawyer, scholar, and adjunct faculty member at American
University, is the author of Biting the Hands That Feed Us: How
Fewer, Smarter Laws Would Make Our Food System More Sustainable. The book
focuses on ways that federal, state, and local regulations proscribe sustainable
Ramzi Ramey, SIS/BA
’98, founded the publishing company Auut Studio and its inaugural project,
MonroeWorkToday.org. An homage to the legacy of Monroe N. Work, the website
unites history and technology to produce the most comprehensive map of recorded
lynchings in the United States. Among other advisors, he received input from
SIS Professor Carolyn Gallaher.
K. Edward Shanbacker,
SPA/MPA ’98, executive vice president of the Medical Society of the District of
Columbia, was presented with the Medical Executive Lifetime Achievement Award
by the American Medical Association. The award honors an executive who has
contributed to the goals and ideals of the medical profession.
SOC/MA ’98, is currently serving in the United States Peace Corps in Moldova,
where she has successfully fundraised for and completed
a project that transformed her English language classroom.
Jon Cullum, SIS/MA
’99, published his first novella, Sherlock
Holmes and A Hole in the Devil's Tail, under the pen name Viktor Messick.
Allen Loughry, WCL/LLM
’03, is Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia.
Pandola, CAS/BA ’00, was
named executive director of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles. She
partnered with the Kennedy Center to present Debbie Allen’s “Freeze Frame . . .
Stop the Madness” at the Eisenhower Theater last fall.
Karen Dunak, CAS/BA ’02, earned the William Rainey
Harper Award for Outstanding Scholarship from Muskingum University. She is an
associate professor of history and was recognized for excellence in teaching,
scholarship, and service.
Thomas McChesney, SPA/BA ’02, is senior
assistant dean of graduate programs at Santa Clara University’s Leavey School
of Business. He oversees 450 MBA and MS students and a department that handles
admissions, student services, and career management.
Kogod/BSBA ’03, received
the 2016 Women Worth Watching award, which celebrates the achievements of top
Shannon Westfall, Kogod/BSBA ’07, recently
left a successful investing career at JP Morgan Private Bank to launch Vinfluence,
a monthly wine club that showcases artisanal wines from boutique vineyards,
with a portion of the proceeds going to charity. Westfall married Rich Golaszewski, Kogod/BSBA ’07, in
May 2014 in New York City. Golaszewski is an executive director with Nomura
Securities International in New York City. vinfluencewine.com
Jeffrey Buras, SOC/BA ’08, received two Emmy
awards for his environmental documentary, The
Night’s Watch, which explores light pollution in west Texas oil country.
released Jobs to Be Done: A Roadmap for
Customer-Centered Innovation, which describes a process for understanding
why customers buy certain products. He received a law degree from Villanova in
2012, then joined a consulting firm doing growth strategy and innovation
Alexandra Jacobs, SPA/BA
’10, joined the
law firm of Montgomery McCracken as an associate in its Cherry Hill office.
Kogod/BS ’11, married Alex Miner, Kogod/BSBA ’11, Kogod/MST
’12, on May 21, 2016, in Pittsburgh. Miner is international tax manager
for KPMG, and Bornak is a marketing
and e-commerce manager for Devex. The couple met on their first day of classes
at AU and recently relocated to London, where they studied abroad
together in 2010.
CAS/BA ’12, completed a year of AmeriCorps service at Providence Children’s
Museum. She was part of a team that designed and implemented play-based STEM
enrichment activities for 200 low-income elementary school children in
after-school and summer learning clubs.
SPA/BA ’13, produces a top-rated podcast called “Millennials Don't Suck” with
fellow alumnus Ari Andersen.
CAS-SOC/BA ’13, SOC/MA ’16, is account manager at Furia Rubel Communications in
Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
SOC/MA ’14, published A Life Everlasting:
The Extraordinary Story of One Boy’s Gift to Medical Science, about the
difference her son Thomas’s short life made. sarahgray.com
Laura Krauth, SPA/MPA
’14, the Immokalee Foundation’s stewardship and donor relations director, has
been named to the Leadership Collier’s Class of 2017 by the Leadership Collier
Foundation, an affiliate of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce.
SPA/BA ’14, wrote an op-ed for Morning Consult on Airbnb regulations and made a
TV appearance for cable network Voz de América to talk about the 2016 election
along with fellow AU alumnus Eduardo
Soto, SPA/BA ’11.
WCL/LLM ’15, an intellectual property litigation and e-discovery attorney, has
joined the full-service intellectual property law firm of Espinosa Trueba
Martinez, P.L., as an associate. His practice includes intellectual property
and commercial litigation, e-discovery, and appellate matters, as well as
trademark law representing US companies doing business in Cuba.
Benjamin Schaefer, SPA/MA ’15, is project manager
at the Cleveland Metropolitan School District in Cleveland, Ohio.
Erica Thomas, SIS/BA ’15, was awarded a Princeton
in Latin America fellowship for 2015–16 and a senior fellowship with Princeton
in Latin America for 2016–17. She will be completing this fellowship in the
Dominican Republic with Yspaniola, an education-based NGO, working on the
rights of Haitian immigrants and Dominicans of Haitian descent.
Leigh Horne, CAS/MFA ’16, received a 2017
DCCAH Arts and Humanities Fellowship Program Grant Award.