Class Notes November 2016

Class Notes November 2016


Martin Ries, CAS/BA '50, has released new works of art in 2016.


Mark Lando, SOC/BA'65,wrote a guide to winning strategies at the track, Game Plan for Signers, which has been featured on the TVG Network.

Georgia Beth Smith Thompson, CAS/MA '67, received an honorary doctorate in community service from Southern Utah University in 2015. She served her professional career at SUU in various student affairs assignments, including vice president.

Abraham Peck, SIS/BA '68, SIS/MA '70, was awarded a doctor of letters-the highest degree given by a British university-by the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England, in July 2016.


Deborah Weinstein, CAS/BA'70,received the Legal Intelligencer's 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. She is among 25 Pennsylvania lawyers who have been recognized for their work.

David Sacks, SPA/BA '71, a probate and family court judge in Springfield, Massachusetts, has been named chair of the Trial Court's Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution.

Steve Krevalin, CAS/BA '73, was named to Best Lawyers in America 2017. He received the honor for family law for the fifth consecutive year.

Clarence Edwards, SPA/BS '74, wrote an online article for Harvard Law School's Charles Hamilton Houston lnstitute for Race and Justice in July 2016.

Michael DeCandio, SPA/BS '75, an attorney with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, is among the 2016 Florida Super Lawyers. He has tried almost 100 cases to verdict.

Robert Sandler, SPA/BA '75, was selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2017.

Bruce Taylor, Kogod/BSBA '75, was named to the board of Kongsberg Automotive ASA.

James Brett, SPA/MPA '76, has been appointed by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker to serve on the Disabled Persons Protection Commission. He is also chairman of the Governor's Commission for People with Intellectual Disabilities.

Helene Solomon, SOC/MA '77, CEO and cofounder of Solomon McCown, received Banker & Tradesman's Women of Fire Award, which honors female leaders in the finance, insurance, and real estate sectors.

Steve Winter, SOC/BA '77, is president and owner of Brotman-Winter-Fried, a premiere sports marketing and event management agency in McLean, Virginia.


Shirley Neely Ezell McCulloch, SON/BS '80, has been selected as volunteer for Global Seed Peace Corps to serve in Swaziland, Africa. She will teach midwifery at the Southern African Nazarene University.

David Smith, SPA/BA '82, published Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace. He is a consultant who works with colleges and universities to promote peace and conflict resolution education.

John Bell, CAS/ME '83, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his charity, Transitions Foundation of Guatemala. The organization just completed a $1.3 million capital campaign and constructed a new facility for manufacturing wheelchairs and prosthetic limbs, as well as housing outreach programs for the disabled.

Larry Chloupek, Kogod/BSBA '83, retired from the National Institutes of Health as a management liaison director. He spent 33 years in the federal government. He and his wife Jenn retired to Scottsdale, Arizona.

Leah Devlin, CAS/BA'83, is a mystery writer and marine biologist whose Woods Hole Mysteries are based on her career at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Her third and latest mystery is The Bends. The Chesapeake Tugboat Murders, her upcoming series about pirates ancient and modern, is based on her life on a small tugboat on the upper Chesapeake.

Wendy Strip, SIS/BA '83, was named director of advancement at Detroit Country Day School with campuses in Bloomfield Hills and Beverly Hills, Michigan. She is responsible for development, alumni relations, marketing and communications, and enrollment.

Kenneth Cutshaw, WCL/LLM '87, was promoted to president and CEO at Garden City Group. He previously served as the president and chief legal officer for Quiznos and chairman and CEO of global advisory group GNG.

K. David Harrison, SIS/BA '88, was appointed associate provost of Swarthmore College, where he is also a professor of linguistics.

Carol Leary, CAS/PhD '88, released her first book, Achieving the Dream: A How-To Guide for Adult Women Seeking a College Degree. She is president of Bay Path University.

Susan Shelby, SIS/BA '88, received the SMPS Boston Marketing Professional of the Year Award.

Andrew Friedlander, WCL/JD '89, received the 2016 Chair's Award at Charles E. Smith Life Communities' 106th annual meeting in May. He was honored for his role in establishing the ElderSAFE Center to safeguard seniors from abuse.


David Bisbee, Kogod/BS '90, and Carolina Peguero, SIS/BA '09, SIS/MA '11, are two proud AU Eagles currently posted at the WTO in Geneva.

Christian DeJohn, SPA/BA '91, United States Army veteran, will publish For Want of A Gun: The Sherman Tank Scandal of World War II in January 2017. The book, featuring more than 500 new and archival images from museums in the United States and Europe, is based on 15 years of research and exposes a little-known scandal of World War II.

Thomas Ryan, SPA/BA '91, author of Spies, Scouts, and Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign, won the Robert E. Lee Civil War Round Table of Central New Jersey's prestigious 2016 Bachelder-Coddington Literary Award.

Jeff Carey, CAS/BS '94, is among the 2016 Rubys Artist Project grantees in performing and media arts.

Adam Jacobson, SOC/BA '94, has been appointed editor-in-chief of Streamline Publishing's Radio + Television Business Report, an online business-to-business publication. He will continue to serve as publisher of the Hispanic Market Overview, an annual marketing and advertising industry report distributed through the Fort Lauderdale-based Adam R. Jacobson Consultancy.

Rich Rosen, Kogod/BSBA '94, is founder of Cornerstone Search, provider of executive and sale recruiting for software companies, which just celebrated 20 years in business. He recently was inducted into the Pinnacle Society, a consortium of the most elite recruiters in the placement industry.

Jean Manes, SPA/MPA '96, was confirmed as US Ambassador to El Salvador. She is a career member of the Foreign Service.

Patrick Krill, SPA/BA '97, WCL/ML '03, launched Krill Strategies, a behavioral health consulting firm exclusively for the legal profession, after serving as director of the Legal Professionals Program at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.

Staci Garner, SPA/BA '99, and her husband, Andrew French, welcomed their daughter Fiona Jean Louise on September 9, 2015.


Paul Haberman, SPA/BA ' 00, opened a law firm following 10 years of practice at other law firms in the New York area.

Mary Elizabeth "Betsy" Kennedy, CAS/MS ' 00, assisted in the development and enhancement of a proprietary clinical key indicator dashboard for the pediatric intensive care unit at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC. A study based on the dashboard appears in the September 2015 issue of the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.

Ken Biberaj, SPA/BA ' 02, and wife Valerie welcomed son Grant on July 28, 2016. Grant joins big brother Hudson.

Deborah Horwitz, CAS/BA ' 04, launched, a pre-physician assistant student advice and support services site.

Alisa Jorgine Otten, Kogod/BSBA ' 04, and Lucas Tyler Otten welcomed their second child, Grace Jorgine, on July 25, 2016.

Luisa Reyes, SIS/BS '06, Kogod/MA '11, was this year named to Alexandria's 40 Under 40 by the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce.

Adam Cordover, WCL/JD '07, SIS/MA '08, has been contracted by the American Bar Association to co-author a book on building a successful collaborative family law practice.

Monique Earl, SPA/MPA ' 07, was named Los Angeles Department of Transportation assistant general manager.

Jessica Kean, SPA/BA '07, a mother of two and child advocate, is running for the Iowa State House to represent District 58, which includes Jackson, Jones, and Dubuque Counties in eastern Iowa.

Laura Petravage, CAS/BA '07, completed her doctor of musical arts degree in choral conducting at George Mason University. This fall, she is teaching at Millersville University in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where she is also completing post-doctoral work in the Kodaly method and music education.

Stephen Lawson, Kogod/MS '09, was promoted to partner at Baker Tilly. He specializes in providing transactional tax planning, compliance, and business advisory services to companies and their owners.

David Teslicko, SIS/BA '09, WCL/JD '12, married Diana Pak, WCL/JD '12, on May 28, 2016, in North Beach, Maryland.


Ashley Peppler Charnetski, SIS/BA '10, joined Whitfield & Eddy Law as an associate attorney in the firm's estates, wills, and trusts group. She will also represent clients in business matters and real estate transactions.

Trace Dominguez, SOC/BA '10, appears on Discovery Digital Networks' flagship show DNews. President Obama hosted the TV spinoff, Science Presents DNews, earlier this year.

Steven Cetel, CAS/BA '12, received a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in June. He is continuing his medical training in internal medicine at Christiana Care in Newark, Delaware.

Jimmy Fagan Jr., SPA-CAS/BA '12, is a candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 151st legislative district.

Scott Silvester, SOC/MA '14, is a television producer in New Jersey. He and his team have a new music television show: Mixtape Nation.

Amberly Alene Ellis, SOC/MFA '15, is among the 2016 Rubys Artist Project grantees in performing and media arts.

Alison Venable, SIS/BA '15, began a 10-month term of national service in FEMA Corps, an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps program. She will assist citizens and communities that have been impacted by disasters, and provide administrative and logistical support to the nation's emergency management system.

Mitchell Zeller, SIS/BA '15, was a recipient of this year's Arthur S. Flemming Awards, which honor federal government leaders with between 3 and 15 years of service.

In Memoriam

Robert Hoffman, CAS/BA ’49, July 16, 2016, Kings Park, New York

Lloyd McKinley Alston Sr., Kogod/MBA ’64, January 31, 2016, Baltimore, Maryland

Gary Lande, WCL/JD ’64, September 23, 2015, Encino, California

Mortimer Dittenhofer, Kogod/PhD ’74, March 4, 2016, Silver Spring, Maryland

Douglas Dugan, SPA/BS ’81, July 18, 2016, Scottsdale, Arizona