Class Notes March 2019

Class Notes


Steve Mehlman, SOC/BA ’64, was elected to represent Riverside County in the California Senior Legislature, which helps enhance the quality of life for senior citizens and their families. The 120-member volunteer organization drafts legislative proposals, presents them to state lawmakers, and advocates for their passage. Mehlman also was recently elected city clerk in Beaumont, California.

Jill Schneider, CAS/BA ’66, cocreated the cartoon character Annie Sunbeam and launched a comic book about the super heroine at the United Nations’ first Children’s Clean Ocean Summit. Illustrated by Bernard Chang, the comic book is available in eight languages. 

William Anderson, CAS/BA ’69, a retired US Marine Corps officer, participated in activities commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Belleau Wood in Belleau, France, in 2018. As a battlefield tour leader, Anderson hosted four groups of marines, including General Robert Neller, 37th commandant of the US Marine Corps, and US Secretary of the Navy Robert Spencer.

Sherrill Cannon, CAS/BA ’69, released her eleventh book, A Dime Is a Sign. The book of poetry is a companion volume to 2017’s A Penny for Your Thoughts.


Benjamin Levin, CAS/BA ’72, a partner at Hyland Levin, was named to Who’s Who Legal 2018 in the category of franchise law. A member of the American Arbitration Association’s National Roster of Commercial Arbitrators, Levin has arbitrated several national and regional franchise, distributor, and dealer termination matters. He’s also the founding chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s franchise law committee.

Eric Mondschein, SPA/BA ’72, presented a paper at the Education Law Association’s annual national conference. “Sexual Harassment and Bullying: Similar, but Not the Same,” was based on Mondschein’s 2015 book, coauthored with Ellery Miller Jr. Mondschein also participated in the 23rd annual Chronicle Book Fair in Glens Falls, New York. 

Jane Sloven, CAS/BA ’73, published her first mystery, Termination of Benefits, a story of secrets, psychotherapy, managed care, and murder, set in Maine. She also coauthored Compassionate Journey: Honoring Our Mothers’ Stories.

Richard Dorfman, CAS/BA ’74, was elected to a second four-year term on the Sarasota County Charter Review Board. He was also appointed to a three-year term as a trustee of State College of Florida by former Governor Rick Scott. Dorfman resides in Sarasota, where he retired in 2010 after a career in international sports management. 

Diana Coleman, CAS/MA ’78, published Women Going for It! Taking Risks After 50, featuring 26 vignettes of dynamic, gutsy women. Coleman has appeared on TV and radio programs in Maine and will embark on a national tour in 2019.


Sonya Braverman, CAS/BA ’80, published The Queen of Everything: A Memoir. The book chronicles Braverman’s addiction, depression, and family dysfunction, and her second husband’s battle with psychosis and Alzheimer’s.

Juliane Kokott, WCL/LLM ’83, published The Tax Law of the European Union in German with an English edition to follow. Kokott leads a study group on international tax law with the International Law Association.

Ana Manduley, Kogod/BSBA ’84, is cofounder and head of strategies at UAE-Africa Mentoring Development Consortium. The organization is headquartered in Accra, Ghana, and has an office in the Washington, DC, area.

Nancy Swing, SIS/PhD ’85, has been writing mysteries since she retired as an international development consultant. Her latest, Lazarus, is the second in a trilogy.

Clark Armitage, SPA/BA ’87, was named president of Caplin and Drysdale. He also is a member of the firm’s international tax and tax controversy groups.

Jill Reid Cummins, WCL/JD ’88, was appointed associate judge on the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland, by Governor Larry Hogan in January 2018. 

David Sears, SIS/BA ’88, SIS/MA ’90, wrote the children’s historical adventure, The Untimely Journey of Veronica T. Boone (MacGregor Books). The story aims to excite young readers about twentieth-century American history. Sears, a US Air Force reservist stationed at the Pentagon, also wrote Flying Naked: An American Pilot in the Amazon Jungle.


David Givens, SIS/MA ’90, coauthored and delivered a paper, “Factors Determining US Natural Gas Prices Post 2008: A Structural VAR Analysis,” at the US Association for Energy Economics’ September conference in Crystal City, Virginia. Givens is vice president of the association’s National Capital Area Chapter and serves as head of natural gas and power services for North America at Argus Media in Washington, DC.

Laurie Boulden, SIS/MA ’95, was appointed chief of staff of the management directorate at the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in September. Boulden supports the third-highest ranking official at DHS and is in charge of finance, IT, procurement, HR, and security.

Benjamin Jones, SPA/MPA ’96, was named number 42 on the 2018 Manhattan Power 50—a list of the key players in the world of New York politics and government compiled by City and State New York. Jones is president and CEO of the Battery Park City Authority.

Jennifer Litchman, SOC/MA ’96, was promoted to senior vice president for external relations at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). Litchman, who’s celebrating 20 years at UMB, is also special assistant to the university’s president. 

Viviane Elbee, SIS/BA ’97, published her first picture book, Teach Your Giraffe to Ski (Albert Whitman and Co.). The book follows the adventures of a cautious little boy and a thrill-seeking giraffe who hit the ski slopes together. 

Heather Taylor, SOC/MA ’97, was inducted into the International Forest of Friendship in Atchison, Kansas, in September. The group is a living, growing memorial to the world history of aviation and aerospace. Taylor was recognized for her work in preserving women’s history.

Jonathan Bucci, CAS/MFA ’98, worked as a curator at AU’s Watkins Art Gallery and as an adjunct professor in the studio art department from 1999 to 2005. From 2005 to 2006, he was assistant director and curator at the Katzen Arts Center. Today Bucci serves as the John Olbrantz Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art. 

Evan Glass, SOC/BA ’99, was elected to an at-large position on the Montgomery County Council in Maryland. A Democrat, Glass represents more than 1.1 million residents.


Anjali Reed Phukan, Kogod/MBA ’00, was the Republican candidate for Maryland comptroller in the 2018 general election.

Jona Colson, CAS/MFA ’04, had his poem, “The Last Time I Saw My Father,” published in the winter issue of Ploughshares. 

Emily Town, SPA/BA ’04, joined Rothman Gordon, where she represents employees in various types of employment law claims, including discrimination, wages and hours, unemployment compensation, whistleblowing, and breach of contract.

Jonathan Bedi, WCL/JD ’05, was named to Chicago Lawyer and Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s 2018 list of 40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40.

Adam B. Cordover, WCL/JD ’07, SIS/MA ’08, and Los Angeles attorney Forrest Mosten coauthored Building a Successful Collaborative Family Law Practice (American Bar Association). Cordover lives in Tampa, Florida.

Steven Smallpage, SPA/BA ’09, and Melinda Hall, SPA/BA ’08, welcomed their first child, Mara Isabelle, on September 9, 2018. Smallpage and Hall both work as professors at Stetson University in Florida.

Alessandra Conti, SOC/BA ’12, is celebrating her sixth year in business. Conti is cofounder of the personal matchmaking firm Matchmakers in the City, which she manages with her sister, Cristina Conti. The firm is headquartered in Los Angeles and serves clients in New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. 

Jerrod Bevan, Kogod/BS ’13, joined Akerman LLP in Orlando, Florida, as an associate attorney in the mergers and acquisitions practice group.

Nicholas Kahn, Kogod/PhD ’13, joined McDaniel College as assistant professor of economics and business administration. His research interests include applied microeconomics, labor economics, and social policy.

In Memoriam

Robert Harris, SPA/BA ’59, WCL/JD ’61, August 1, 2018, Bryan, Texas

C. Payne Lucas, SPA/MA ’61, September 15, 2018, Silver Spring, Maryland

Royce Rowe, SIS/MA ’68, September 22, 2018, New York, New York

Jack Feldman, September 7, 2018, Havre De Grace, Maryland