Class Notes July 2018

Class Notes July 2018


Ned Stern, CAS/BA ’61, is entering his 60th year as a professional artist. His work can be found in collections from Cincinnati, Ohio, to Shanghai. He works in a warehouse studio in downtown Cincinnati.

Patricia Glaser, SPA/BA ’69, is head of litigation at Glaser Weil LLP and was named 2018 business leader of the year in the services category by the Los Angeles Business Journal. The awards recognize innovative leaders across a variety of industries.


Dennis Lucey, Kogod/MBA ’72, served as cochair of the American-Ireland National Gala, which raised more than $1 million to support education and community development.

Andy Cowan, CAS/BA ’73, published his memoir, Banging My Head Against the Wall: A Comedy Writer’s Guide to Seeing Stars, in June. The award-winning writer has worked on such hit shows as Cheers, Seinfeld, and 3rd Rock from the Sun

Barbara Duncombe, SIS/BA ’74, was named to the 2018 executive committee at Taft Stettinius and Hollister LLP. Formerly the director of the government contracts program at the George Washington University Law School, Duncombe has delivered lectures on government contract and procurement issues for the law school’s continuing legal education program, and at the United Nations, UNICEF, the World Bank, and the Panama Canal Commission. She also provides in-house representation for many corporate clients.

Diane Kiesel, SOC/MA ’78, is an acting justice at the Bronx County Supreme Court. The second edition of her book, Domestic Violence: Law, Policy, and Practice, was published recently by Carolina Academic Press.


Bonnie Morris, CAS/BA ’83, published her 15th book, The Feminist Revolution, with Smithsonian Press. Oprah’s Book Club named it number 1 of the top 10 books to read for Women’s History Month. Morris is a women’s studies professor at the University of California–Berkeley.

Deborah Norris, CAS/MA ’84, CAS/PhD ’88, is a neuroscientist; founder and president of the Mindfulness Center in Bethesda, Maryland; and director of the Psychobiology of Healing Program at American University. She recently published a book on mindfulness, including simple practices that can remove roadblocks to health and happiness. 

Sunita Cooke, CAS/BA ’85, has been president of MiraCosta College in Oceanside, California, since 2015. She earned her PhD at Georgetown and completed postdoctoral work at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. She left research to pursue teaching at Montgomery College and was named president of Grossmont College in San Diego in 2007.

Paul Zimmerman, SOC/BA ’88, wrote and directed North of the City. The indie feature was an official selection at the Miami Independent Film Festival and the Hoboken Film Festival. It also garnered awards for best supporting actress for Terri Conn and best feature film of the month at the Direct Monthly Online Film Festival.

Lynn Mundell, CAS/MFA ’89, is cofounder and coeditor of 100 Word Story, and coeditor of an anthology of flash fiction, Nothing Short Of: Selected Tales from


Kathleen McFall, SOC/MA ’90, coauthored Bonnie and Clyde: Dam Nation, the second book in a speculative historical fiction series that reimagines the lives of the notorious outlaws. This is her sixth novel with coauthor Clark Hays. Her fiction has been honored previously with several awards, including best books of 2014 by Kirkus Reviews, a Silver IPPY Medal in 2017, and an Oregon Literary Arts fellowship. 

Seth Elliott, SIS/BA ’91, was recently appointed chief marketing officer of Free2Move in Berlin.

Kris Schultz, SPA/BA ’91, was elected to serve as a state representative in the New Hampshire General Court on July 18, 2017. She won more than 78 percent of the vote.

Jeffrey Rebudal, CAS/MA ’93, choreographed the American premiere of Paper Dolls for Mosaic Theatre in Washington, DC.

Charles Wright, SOC/BA ’93, was promoted to executive vice president of D S Simon Media.

Saima Huq, SOC/BA ’95, writes public health curricula for graduate students around the world. In 2018, she volunteered in Vietnam for Project Agent Orange, which cares for war veterans and children suffering from the effects of Agent Orange.

Jean Lenderking, Kogod/BSBA ’95, is a member of the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center Scholarship Committee, the Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations, and the Camden Conference advisory council.

Heather Prichard, SIS/MA ’95, published an essay, “The Gift My Sister Gave Me 30 Years After She Died,” on

Jennifer Scherz, SOC/BA ’98, and her husband, Daniel Lifshey, welcomed twins, Abigail Lauren and Evan Samuel, on September 26, 2017.

Nancy Withbroe, CAS/MA ’99, joined the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) as chief operating officer and chief of staff. She served as NWLC’s vice president for development and strategy from 2013 to 2016, helping the organization make significant strides in strategic planning, diversifying revenue, and engaging donors.


Manuel Furriela, WCL/LLM ’00, was appointed dean of Faculdades Metropolitanas Unidas in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Christine Hernandez, Kogod/BSBA ’01, of Hernandez and Associates, P.C. was named a 2017 top Latino lawyer by Latino Leaders Magazine, and she recently received the Hispanic National Bar Association’s “Top Lawyers Under 40” award. Hernandez is president-elect of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association.

Asha Balasubramanian, CAS/MA ’02, received the 2018 North Carolina Heritage Award. Since 2006, she has been teaching Indian classical dance—and in 2015, she opened her own dance school, Leela School of Dance, with locations in Cary, Morrisville, and Fayetteville.

Corey Mason, SPA/BA ’03, graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a master’s in public administration in 2017 and was inducted into the Pi Alpha Alpha honor society. He was recently elected president of AFSCME Local 2733, representing about 600 employees of Washtenaw County, Michigan. 

Rick Cohen, SOC-SPA/BA ’05, was promoted to chief communications officer and chief operating officer at the National Council of Nonprofits. He’s worked at the council since 2005, holding a variety of positions—most recently, director of communications and operations.

Stephanie Mykonos, SPA-CAS/BA ’05, was appointed senior executive vice president, chief administrative officer, secretary, and treasurer of Guess and Co. Corporation in Durham, North Carolina, in December 2017.

Nicholas Terzulli, SPA/BA ’05, has joined Farrell Fritz as a real estate associate focused on economic development.

Kimberly Welch, CAS/MA ’06, is an assistant professor of history at Vanderbilt University. This fall, UNC Press will publish her book, Black Litigants in the Antebellum American South.

Tom Hay, WLC/JD ’09, was recently elected partner at Troutman Sanders LLP, a large law firm with 16 offices in the United States and China.

Taylor Jones, SIS/MA ’09, was appointed executive director at Bikes for the World, an international nonprofit based in Rockville, Maryland, that ships used bicycles overseas. He oversees programs in the United States and 11 other countries. Jones served previously as director of programs and operations at Bikes for the World.

Robert Schwartz, SPA/BA ’09, SOC/MA ’10, joined the Land Trust Alliance as ambassador program manager in the organization’s government relations department. He previously was an account supervisor with Ogilvy Public Relations.


Paul Hodum, SIS-CAS/BA ’10, and Julia Hodum, SIS/BA ’12, welcomed Manolo David on January 12, 2018. The family resides in Atlanta.

Andrew Gore, Kogod/BSBA ’13, graduated in December from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and Walsh School of Foreign Service with a master’s in international business and policy. He currently serves as a policy advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Ryan Verhey, CAS/BA ’13, and Jill Hyman, CAS/BA ’13, were married on September 24, 2017, on the quad at American University. They began dating during their freshman year, after meeting at orientation. They live in Newark, Delaware. Hyman works at the University of Delaware and Verhey works for Gannett Company Inc. 

Mary Elder, SOC/BA ’17, accepted a new position with Videon Central Inc. as corporate communications manager. She interned with the company over two summers during her time at AU.


In Memoriam


Bobby Gray, WCL/JD ’63; April 9, 2017; Gainesville, Virginia

Janet Saint-Germain, CAS/BA ’65; September 23, 2016; Dorset, Vermont

Henry Owings, Kogod/BA ’66; March 2, 2018; Houston, Texas

Linda Gramlich, CAS/BA ’69; November 14, 2017; Fairfax, Virginia

Darrell Zaslow, SPA/BA ’75; March 2, 2017; Baltimore, Maryland

Elliot Kocen, Kogod/MBA ’83; March 12, 2018; Sunderland, Maryland

Sima Wali, SIS/MA ’84; September 22, 2017; Falls Church, Virginia

Anna Shamis, Kogod/BSBA ’94; December 19, 2017; Lorton, Virginia

David Iselin, Kogod/MBA ’17; March 3, 2018; Washington, DC


Robert Beisner, January 31, 2018; Washington, DC

Robert Jernigan, January 16, 2018; Rockville, Maryland