Class Notes August 2022

Class Notes



Ryan Korn, SPA/BA ’10, was named to the 2022 Fed 100, which honors federal IT workers who go above and beyond to make a difference.

Sarah Adler, CAS/BA ’13, MA ’18, sold at auction her debut novel, Mrs. Nash’s Ashes. It will be published by Berkley/Penguin in 2023.

Mary Case, SPA/MPA ’19, was named a supervisory contract specialist for the US Coast Guard supporting the HCC27J and HC144 air support program.

Lindsey Leake, SOC/MA ’19, was promoted to projects reporter at TCPalm, a USA Today affiliate in South Florida. Leake also was selected for the 2022 Health Journalism Fellowship, hosted in Atlanta this June by the Association of Health Care Journalists and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Amy McCann Antczak, SPA/BA ’03, was named in-house counsel at Energetic Insurance, a Boston-based startup that provides credit insurance for renewable energy projects.

Christina Bache, SIS/BA ’03, MA ’05, serves as chair of the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education Working Group on Business for Peace.

Alanna Schubach, CAS/BA ’05, wrote her debut novel, The Nobodies.

John Stapleton, SPA/BA ’05, MA ’09, and Nealey Stapleton, CAS/BA ’05, welcomed their second child, Asher Phoenix, on May 12, 2021.

Marsha Michel, SIS/MA ’06, was selected by the presidential centers and libraries of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson as a 2022 Presidential Leadership Scholar.

Tiffany Townsend, CAS/MA ’07, helped coordinate the Women’s E3 Summit on African American women in arts and culture. An advancement associate at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Townsend also recently helped launch the institution’s $350 million campaign.

Dave Whitfield, SIS/MA ’07, wrote Raising a Cancer Crusher about caring for his young daughter during her fight with cancer. Whitfield is donating all royalties to organizations that support children with cancer and their families.

Lauren Diekman, SPA/MA ’08, joined Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s Washington, DC, office as a senior policy advisor, working with companies across the infrastructure and energy sectors.


Meryl Evans, CAS/BA ’92, is a finalist for the 2022 Oticon Focus on People Advocacy Award. Born profoundly deaf, Evans is an advocate for accessibility and people with disabilities.

Vanessa Allen Sutherland, WCL/JD ’96, Kogod/MBA ’97, was named executive vice president for legal and government affairs, general counsel, and corporate secretary at Phillips 66 in Houston. Sutherland also created an endowed scholarship for Kogod students in honor of her late father, Herbert Allen.

Gregor Hank, WSP ’97, teaches history and English in Germany, helping students meet higher education entrance qualifications.

Meredith (Mirman) Weisel, SPA/BA ’97, was appointed regional director of the Anti-Defamation League in Washington, DC. Weisel, who has been with the ADL since December 2019, is the first woman to lead the DC regional office.

John Church, SOC/MA ’98, was named Bensalem High School’s teacher of the year for his work as an MCJROTC senior marine instructor.


Andrew Daniels, SPA/BA ’81, will celebrate his 35th wedding anniversary in October 2022. Daniels also is retiring and moving to Delaware after more than four decades in local and federal law enforcement—a career that began as an AU campus police officer in 1979.

Stuart Miller, SPA/BS ’81, was named director of strategic planning and government relations at the IGA Nephropathy Foundation, which is dedicated to funding research on chronic kidney disease.

Colleen Shepard, CAS/MS ’84, was named to Forbes’s 2022 list of best in-state women wealth advisors for her work at Bank of America Merrill in Washington, DC.

K. David Harrison, SIS/BA ’88, was appointed vice provost at Vin University in Hanoi, Vietnam.


Amy Ballard, CAS/BA ’75, worked as project coordinator on Chronicle of the Left Hand: An American Black Family’s Journey from Slavery to Russia’s Hollywood for the 1964 book’s first publication outside of Russia and first translation in English.

Susan Herrera Bayless, CAS/BA ’75, wrote Daughter of Copper: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Identity, Growing Up on Borrowed Land about her childhood in the Braden Copper Company towns in Chile from 1955–1970.

Tom Halbert, SOC/MA ’75, wrote An American Gypsy: Around the World in 32,620 Days about self-identity and discovery as an adoptee.


Richard Pulsifer, CAS/BA ’61, is writing China: Coronavirus, and the Loss of Freedoms (WestBow Press), which draws on his experiences as an educator in China.

Ned Stern, CAS/BA ’61, has sold his paintings to corporate, private, and museum collections around the world for decades.

Walter Goldberg, CAS/BA ’68, celebrated 50 years of marriage with his wife, Rosalie Collura Goldberg. Goldberg retired as a professor of biological sciences at Florida International University after more than 40 years and is writing a world atlas on coral reefs.

In Memoriam


William Schmidt, SPA/BS ’69, WCL/JD ’72, October 1, 2017

Shawn Grady, SPA/BA ’93, September 8, 2020, Charlestown, Massachusetts

Deborah Kravitz, SIS/BA ’80, April 28, 2021, Sherman Oaks, California

Matthew John Miles, Kogod/BS ’57, September 1, 2021, Contoocook, New Hampshire

Ann Foster Heuer, CAS/BGS ’80, December 11, 2021, Athens, Greece

Gayle DeLong, SOC/BA ’80, January 5, 2022, Morristown, New Jersey

John Recknor, SPA/BS ’77, January 30, 2022, Fredericksburg, Virginia

Sandra Damewood Worthen, SPA/BA ’58, MA ’69, February 13, 2022, Muncie, Indiana

Dinah Bertran, SOC/BA ’80, February 25, 2022, Gaithersburg, Maryland