Class Notes November 2018

Class Notes November 2018


Libby York, SPA/BA ’66, has enjoyed a career as a jazz vocalist for three decades and has garnered rave reviews for her performances and recordings, including Blue Gardenia, Sunday in New York, Here With You, and her latest release, Memoir. She has performed at venues around the world.

Andy Dolich, CAS/BA ’69, coauthored 20 Secrets to Success for NCAA Student-Athletes Who Won’t Go Pro. He has held positions with the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL, and runs a sports consulting business in the San Francisco Bay area. Dolich is also director of career development for the University of San Francisco’s collegiate athletics master’s program.


Patricia Robbins, CAS/BA ’72, exhibited a collection of still life oil paintings at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art in San Luis Obispo, California. Passion for Color and Pattern ran from April 3 through June 17, 2018. 

James Brett, SPA/BA ’73, former president of the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health, was honored this summer by the organization with its Michael and Kitty Dukakis Lifetime Achievement Award.

Barry Truchil, CAS/BA ’73, CAS/MA ’76, wrote The Politics of Local Government: Governing in Small Towns and Suburbia (Lexington Books). The book combines scholarly literature with Truchil’s elected experience as council president in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. He is currently a sociology professor at Rider University.

Bill Justice, CAS/BA ’75, works for the National Park Service as superintendent of Vicksburg National Military Park in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He previously served as acting superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park. 

Robert Sandler, SPA/BA ’75, was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019 for real estate law. 

Barton Evans, CAS/PhD ’76, cowrote Forensic Psychological Assessment in Immigration Court with Giselle Hass and The Rorschach in Multimethod Forensic Assessment with Robert Erard (Routledge). Evans retired as professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine and lives in Swannanoa, North Carolina. 

H. Jason Gold, SPA/BA ’76, was elected chair of the board of directors of Freedom Bank of Virginia on July 17, 2018. He is a founding director and the longest serving member of the board. 

Donald White, SPA/BS ’76, received the Commonwealth of Virginia 25-Year Service Award during Virginia Public Service Week 2018. The award was presented at the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice headquarters in Richmond.

Joan Cashin, CAS/BA ’77, edited War Matters: Material Culture In the Civil War Era, a new book about the significance of objects at that time (University of North Carolina Press).

Jeffrey Baxt, SOC/BA ’79, was named chief marketing and business development officer for Beard Group publishers.

John Moriarty, SIS/BA ’79, is a senior executive with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel where he leads an office of 100 tax law professionals in implementing recent tax reform legislation. He and wife, Ruth Moriarty, CAS/BA ’78, recently celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary.


Catherine Spencer Henn, SPA/MA ’81, is owner and CEO of Better Power, Inc., in Rochester, New York, a distributor of Generac generators and associated equipment. In January 2018, her company received certification from New York state as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise. Better Power has held a state contract to supply generators for 17 years. 

Matthew Miklave, SPA/BS ’81, a Robinson and Cole lawyer, is among the “100 Most Powerful Corporate Employment Lawyers” for 2018, according to Lawdragon and Human Resource Executive magazine. This is the ninth consecutive year he has earned the distinction. Miklave is a member of Robinson and Cole’s labor, employment, benefits, and immigration group.

Angela (Couloumbis) Dawson, CAS/BA ’82, published her first novel, Generations: A Greek Family Odyssey. The semi-autobiographical book chronicles the story of Dawson’s immigrant grandmother’s journey to America.

Joel Mazelis, SPA/MPA ’82, was elected to the executive committee of the Sierra Club’s North Carolina chapter. He also serves on the local Western North Carolina chapter’s political committee. This fall, he’s teaching a class at the University of North Carolina-Asheville.

Charles Yovino, WCL/JD ’82, published Undivided Loyalty: Retirement Plan Governance and How to Reduce and Manage Fiduciary Risk.

Clyde “Sonny” Ellis, WCL/JD ’84, retired as senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Parsons Corporation, a design and engineering solutions provider in the defense, security, and transportation markets. Prior to joining Parsons in 2006, he was an in-house counsel to General Electric and a partner in the international law firm Bryan Cave. In 2016, he was recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the year’s “Attorneys Who Matter” in the field of corporate compliance and ethics.

Cynthia Hopkins, SPA/BA ’85, earned her PhD in curriculum and instruction in May from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Her dissertation was titled “Examining the Impact 
of Professional Development.”

Frederick Stokeld, SOC/BA ’85, SOC/MA ’91, has worked as a journalist at Tax Notes magazine, a publication of Tax Analysts, for the last 25 years and recently was named editor in chief of The Exempt Organization Tax Review, another Tax Analysts publication.


Jeffrey Brenner, WCL/JD ’90, was recognized in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the category “litigation: general commercial, Rhode Island.” 

Karl Fippinger, SOC/BA ’90, was promoted by Dewberry to associate. He is a senior emergency management specialist in the Fairfax, Virginia, office where he leads federal, state, and local preparedness, response, and recovery projects for the disaster recovery services group. Fippinger is a certified project management and emergency management professional.

Christina Frangiosa, SIS/BA ’90, a member of Eckert Seamans’ Philadelphia office, was elected to a four-year term as a member of the Council of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of Intellectual Property Law. Frangiosa also was appointed program chair of the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law’s spring 2019 conference. She will continue to serve on the Section’s continuing legal education board and its membership board through summer 2019.

Mark Boyer, Kogod/BS ’91, and Ellen Polinsky Rackas, Kogod/BS ’91, enjoyed a weeklong vacation to Alaska in July 2018. They remain good friends after all these years.

Judge Tamia Gordon, CAS/BS ’91, completed an MBA with concentrations in global leadership and management at Tulane University in New Orleans in May 2018. This marks her fifth degree. Gordon is a DC native and an alumna of AU’s Frederick Douglass Scholarship Program.

J. Wesley Leckrone, SPA/BA ’91, an associate professor of political science at Widener University, coedited Pennsylvania Politics and Policy: A Commonwealth Reader (Temple University Press). He is editor in chief of the Pennsylvania Political Science Association’s Commonwealth: A Journal of Pennsylvania Politics and Policy.

Sebastian Goldstein, CAS/BA ’95, WCL/JD ’99, joined Rawle and Henderson LLP as a partner in the firm’s Marlton, New Jersey, office. His practice focuses on environmental, toxic, and mass torts; class actions; product liability; premises liability; professional liability; and construction defects. He has represented clients in New Jersey, Maryland, and the District of Columbia in multicounty, state, and federal litigation.  

Michael Solomon, SPA/BA ’96, joined the Metropolitan Opera as senior press manager. He worked for six years as senior press representative at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. 

Sheri Bancroft, CAS/MFA ’97, vice president of Bancroft Leasing, was appointed president of the American Association of Commercial Finance Brokers (AACFB). Bancroft is a recipient of Memphis Business Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40” award and a graduate of New Memphis Institute’s fellows program. Bancroft Leasing is a charter member of AACFB; Bancroft also serves as coeditor in chief of Leasing Logic.

Michael Considine, SPA/BA ’98, will join Kirkland and Ellis LLP’s new Dallas office as partner. Considine represents companies and private equity firms in connection with transformative events, including cross-border mergers and acquisitions, carve-out divestitures, co-investments, and joint ventures. He has represented clients in a variety of industries, including energy, consumer products, manufacturing, real estate, and technology.

David Gammel, SIS/MA ’98, was named a fellow at the American Society of Association Executives. Gammel is one of five association professionals to receive the honor in 2018, joining 260 others who’ve received the designation since 1986.

Adam Schramek, SPA/BA ’98, is president of the Austin Bar Association for 2018–2019. As a commercial litigation partner at global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, Schramek plans to focus his term on increasing participation by Austin lawyers in pro bono projects, such as training attorneys to help reunite immigrant families separated at the Texas border.

Michael Dovilla, SPA/MPA ’99, was appointed chief of staff at the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM). He is helping lead OPM’s effort to modernize civil service policies, digitalize records for employees and annuitants, and celebrate the achievements of the federal workforce. The former majority whip of the Ohio House of Representatives and an Iraq War veteran, Dovilla continues to serve the nation as a commander in the US Navy Reserve. 


Frank Anderson, WCL/JD ’03, joined TriNet as corporate counsel in the data security and privacy group.

Susu Hauser, SOC/BA ’03, was interviewed for an article by the Colorado-based production agency, Crew Connection. The article offers a glimpse into her career as a documentary filmmaker and her experience as a woman in a male-dominated industry. For the past 14 years, Hauser has freelanced for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, History Channel, and others. She also runs a production company, The Invisible Lens, with her husband. Their documentary, Voices of the Inside Passage, was selected for the Colorado Environmental Film Festival.

Haley (Dempsey) Maple, WCL/JD ’03, of law firm Dalan, Katz and Siegel, P.L., was named to Florida Trend’s 2018 “Florida Legal Elite.” The list of 1,012 honorees—only about 1 percent of active Florida Bar members—includes attorneys in private practice as well as top government and nonprofit attorneys. 

Jona Colson, CAS/MFA ’04, won the Jean Feldman Poetry Prize from the Washington Writers’ Publishing House. His debut poetry collection, Said Through Glass, was published in October.

Samuel Wolf, Kogod/BSBA ’04, founder and CEO of LuckyVitamin, was among the recipients of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the greater Philadelphia region. He is now eligible for awards in several national categories.

Alexander Benezra, WCL/JD ’07, was appointed by the Arizona Supreme Court to serve as a member of its newly formed Post-Conviction Actions Task Force.

Matthew Redding, SPA/BA ’07, has been promoted to partner at Fox Rothschild LLP. He focuses his practice on corporate, health law, and data privacy and security matters.

Christopher Mejia-Smith, CAS/BS ’08, and Dorothy Mejia-Smith, SPA/BA ’09, welcomed their daughter, Rosemary Claire, in March 2018.

Jack Swiker, SOC/MFA ’08, won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Entertainment News Program for his work as a coordinating producer on Entertainment Tonight

Jared Dashoff, SPA/BA ’09, SPA/MPP ’11, married Rachel Azarow on October 21, 2018, in Washington, DC.

Caleb Enerson, SPA/BA ’09, married Chelsea Wertz on November 18, 2017, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Arliene Penn, SOC/BA ’09, was appointed executive private secretary, Office of the Governor, British Virgin Islands.


Austin Trantham, SPA/MA ’10, graduated from the University of Kentucky with a PhD in political science. He currently serves as an assistant professor at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida. 

Richard Cytowic, CAS/MFA ’11, had his latest book, Synesthesia, released as part of MIT Press’s Essential Knowledge series. Synesthesia is an accessible, concise primer on the neurological trait of synesthesia—vividly felt sensory couplings—by a founder of the field.

Chris Chevallier, SPA/BA ’12, and other researchers produced a series of groundbreaking maps that illustrate the distribution of wealth in Ireland, circa 1300. The maps, which are based on early fourteenth century papal taxation sources, help define the extent and impact of the medieval English colony by using parish incomes as proxies for local wealth. The work also quantifies the damage inflicted by the Great European Famine and the impact of the Bruce Invasion.

Rebecca Borton, CAS-SIS/BA ’13, earned the Certified Financial Planner designation, conferred by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards in the United States. 

Rachel Karas, SIS-SOC/BA ’13, and Zach Cohen, SIS/BA ’14, were married on August 26, 2018, in Bluemont, Virginia. Karas is associate editor at Inside the Air Force, and Cohen is a staff correspondent at National Journal. They met at the Eagle at AU, started dating in January 2013, and currently live in Arlington, Virginia.

Abigail Masenheimer, SOC/BA ’13, was named a Cablefax 2018 Regional Power Player for her work at Blue Ridge Communications. Blue Ridge is one of the 20 largest cable companies in the nation.

Quanice Floyd, CAS/MA ’16, received the American Express Emerging Leaders Award by Americans for the Arts. Floyd is founder and director of the Arts Administrators of Color Network, an organization committed to empowering artists and arts administrators by providing resources and tools to advocate for access, diversity, inclusion, and equity in the arts in the Washington, DC, and Baltimore areas. 

Penelope Ng Pack, Kogod/BSBA ’16, was crowned Miss Hawaii 2018 on June 2 and represented Hawaii in the 2018 Miss America Pageant. She works as an advertising assistant account executive in Honolulu and is invested in her childhood literacy program, Page by Page: Helping Kids Read to Succeed. 

Jennie Bui-McCoy, SOC/MA ’18, was hired as public relations manager at Androvett Legal Media and Marketing, based in Houston. 

In Memoriam

Paul Perkins, Kogod/BS ’65; July 31, 2017; Columbia, South Carolina

Cynthia Tripp, SIS/BA ’76; September 29, 2016; Millbrook, New York

Francis Sherman Mullin III, CAS/MSTM ’79; July 3, 2018; Herndon, Virginia

Christopher Larsen, SPA/BA ’86; December 14, 2017; Southern Pines, North Carolina

Charles “Chuck” Holzwarth, CAS/BA ’89; January 30, 2018; New York City, New York

Thomas Bunnel, SPA/BA ’91; April 11, 2018; New Haven, Connecticut

Jean Hudgins, CAS/BA ’94; May 24, 2018; Silver Spring, Maryland

Jason Leif, WCL/JD ’94; December 28, 2017; Houston, Texas