Class of 2000
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Cindy Limawararut Gunja writes: “My husband, Mushtaq Gunja, appeared as a contestant on Jeopardy! on October 24. I posted to the Brown class of 2000 Facebook group, too. Mushtaq makes this the third Brown ’00 alum to compete on Jeopardy! in the last year, joining Adam F. Watkins and Cristina Somolinos Morales. Exciting times! We’re both looking forward to our 20th reunion this May.”
Jesse Rissman married Sara Wilson on May 25 in Topanga, Calif. Jesse continues to teach and direct a memory research lab at UCLA, where he was promoted to associate professor of psychology and psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences. His wife, Sara, is the founder of SW Projects, a content and digital strategy consultancy. They reside in Culver City with Jesse’s two boys Mateo, 11, and Joaquin, 8. Contact Jesse at email@example.com.
Shelby Freedman Harris announces the publication of her self-help book The Women’s Guide to Overcoming Insomnia: Get a Good Night’s Sleep Without Relying on Medication (W.W. Norton Books). She continues to see patients in her private psychology practice in Westchester County, N.Y., but is very excited to bring evidence-based insomnia treatment options to people who may not have easy access to sleep specialists. Contact Shelby at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mike Cohen and his wife, Shira, announce the birth of twins Ida & Zev Cohen. Mike chairs the Department of Jewish Studies at Tulane University in New Orleans, and he recently published Cotton Capitalists: American Jewish Entrepreneurship in the Reconstruction Era. Contact him at email@example.com.
Megan Tracy Benson writes: “I represented my organization, JCA Heyman Interages Center, at the Global Intergenerational Conference in June in Portland, Oregon, presenting on ‘When Older Adults Take the Reins of Community-Based Intergenerational Program Planning’ and ‘Intergenerational Book Groups: Partnerships and Strategies for Success.’ Tom Benson ’98 and I are still living happily in Silver Spring, Maryland, and our kids will soon be 9 and 13 years old.”
Amanda Ciafone, professor at the University of Illinois, published Counter-Cola: A Multinational History of the Global Corporation, in April. She writes: “It’s a scholarly book but uses a popular topic, The Coca-Cola Company, to tell the history of global capitalism and its critiques for a generalist audience.”
Gloria Markoff Winston writes: “Since 2008 I have been living at Laurelmead. I have spent my winters in Palm Beach, Florida, since 1982 and fully returned to Providence (no more ‘snow birding’) in 2015. I have everything I need in life except Florida sunshine so I take my vitamin D pills every day. I play duplicate bridge every week and join the poker game at night and still find time to volunteer at Miriam Hospital. Many of my life-long friends that I followed to Laurelmead are no longer here, but I am surrounded by new friends, many of whom are also members of the Brown family, including Paul Alexander ’67, ’69 ScM; Janet McWain Colby ’60; Rosemary Mizener Colt ’84 PhD; Abraham Ehrenhaus ’45; Marilyn Silverman Ehrenhaus ’49; Deborah Mulcare ’68; John Schultz ’62 ScM,’68 PhD; Daniel Siegel ’57; Eugene Weinberg ’51; Robert Wood ’58; Louise Wood ’75 MAT; and Lucinda Dohanian-Welch ’00. We also have many esteemed Brown faculty members, past and present, including Lewis Lipsitt, Robert Davis, Laura Durand, Frank Durand, Francis McNelis, Gordon Wood, John Coleman, Annette Coleman, Robert E. Lanou, Richard Yund, and Nancy C. Rhodes, who was an associate director of admissions at Brown.”
Anne Berchenko Weisholtz and Steven Weisholtz announce the wedding of their son, Daniel ’02 to YunXiang Chu on June 10, 2018, in Copake Lake, N.Y. In attendance were Boris Abromov ’00; Daniel Ko ’01; George Kong ’02, ’03 ScM; Eric Snyder ’03; and Cara Zeldis Snyder ’03. Daniel is a neurologist with a specialty in epilepsy at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
John O’Brien and Anne Murphy O’Brien were happy to see their son Bill O’Brien ’92 selected as Brown’s chosen honoree at the Ivy Football Association dinner in New York City this past January. About 150 Brunonians were in attendance, including Brown’s new football coach, James Perry ’00. John writes, “We continue to stay in touch with our Naples, Florida friends, including Don Diciccio, who seems to be hard at work on improving his golf game.” John and Anne look forward to the 65th Reunion in 2020, which they hope will be well attended.
Circe by Madeline Miller ’00, ’01 AM and My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh ’11 MFA were listed as 2 of the 12 New York Times 2018 Best Book Covers.
Amit Trehan and his wife Sara (Yale ’06) announce the birth of their son, Deven Lalit Trehan. Amit and Sara were married at the Pierre in New York in 2015. In attendance were Tejas Raval ’04 MD; Marie Sankaran Raval ’04 MD; Abby Pungot ’02; Nina Desai ’05 MD; groomsman Puneet Masson ’01, Juli Smith ’92 and Alan Kaplan ’80. Amit is the lead U.S. restructuring lawyer and the global head of resolution planning and bank structure for Barclays.
Carlos Lejnieks ’00 was awarded the American Express Leadership Academy Alumni Award at a Global Alumni Summit in New York City on April 16. Selected from nonprofit executives from around the world, this annual award names the top social sector leader of the year and carries a $25,000 donation to the winner’s organization.
Ben Holzer ’00 and Rochelle Lundy celebrated their wedding on June 30 at Alden and Harlow in Cambridge, Mass. The wedding was held over brunch and included Jesse Chan-Norris ’99, Christopher Creed ’00, Wendy Derjue-Holzer ’96, Matt Holzer ’96, and Jonathan Perez ’00.
Madeline Miller ’01 AM (see ’00).
Linda Xochitl Tortolero was named president and CEO of Mujeres Latinas en Acción, the longest-standing Latina women’s organization in the nation, based in Chicago. She formally began her tenure on Sept. 18, 2017. Under Linda’s leadership, Mujeres Latinas en Acción will continue to advocate for and address the immediate needs facing Latina women and their families in the Chicagoland area and identify and implement effective solutions.
Jesse Rissman was selected as a Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences for 2018. Jesse works as an assistant professor of psychology and psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at UCLA.
Jamaica Maxwell and Nelson Mitchell welcomed Zora Eiko Maxwell Mitchell on Aug. 20, 2017. She joins big brother Enso, who started kindergarten in fall 2017.
Aimee Maxted Morin writes: “We welcomed our second child on a snowy Mother’s Day: May 10, 2015. Life has been full of fun since then, enjoying Colorado as a family of four. Stop by if you’re visiting the Rocky Mountain State.”
Madeline Miller ’01 AM started her tour for her new book, Circe, which included a stop at the Brown Bookstore in April. Her website is madelinemiller.com.
From the November/December 2017 Issue
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Megan Gaydos (see John Gaydos ’68).
From the September/October 2017 Issue
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Eleanor Anderson married Kieran Reid on May 12 in Waterford Castle, Waterford, Ireland. Anda Adams, Caroline Grogan, and Kate McKnight were in attendance. Eleanor works in the division of global health, department of emergency medicine, at Yale New Haven Hospital and would welcome connecting with any Brown alums in the New Haven area.
Elizabeth (Lisa) Beauchamp (see Shelly Sender ’68).
Freddie O’Connell writes: “Whitney Boon ’99 and I just welcomed our second daughter, Violet. She joins big sister Halley, who is just finishing kindergarten. Whitney has begun as an attending physician in pediatric neurology at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital after completing her residency there. I am in my first term serving on Nashville’s Metro Council, to which I was elected in 2015. I am also working on innovative learning technologies for Rustici Software.”
Sarah Braunstein Woulfin has co-authored Making Teacher Evaluation Work: A Guide for Literacy Teachers and Leaders with Rachael Gabriel as part of her scholarship on education policy implementation. More information on their guide to classroom and school improvement can be found at http://www.heinemann.com/products/E08879.aspx
From the July/August 2017 Issue
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Katie Bayerl published a young adult novel, A Psalm for Lost Girls, in March with Putnam.
Alex Winnick announces the Feb. 19 birth of Max Simon. Alex writes: “We’ve already decided that he wants to go to Brown, along with his two big sisters, and are already excited for parents weekend 2035. Love to everyone. Miss you Casey Shearer.”
From the May/June 2017 Issue
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Erin Coleman (see Anthony Frick ’05).
From the September/October 2016 Issue
Sarah Babcock became the pro bono director at Lawyers for Equal Justice, a legal incubator for Georgia attorneys who are developing solo practices with a social justice focus. She writes: “I am thrilled to be spending my days not only thinking about how to close the access to justice gap, but also actually making it happen.”
From the July/August 2016 Issue
Tony Saltzman is a writer on the new AMC television show, Feed the Beast, which premiered May 31.
From the May/June 2016 Issue
Naomi Katz founded the Beautiful Project, an initiative to build self-confidence in young women and adolescent girls, 15 years ago when she was teaching in New York City. She writes: “The project has since grown into an international movement. I am embarking on a tour across the United States to raise awareness for my book launch and to engage more students in this inspirational project.” The first chapter of her book, Beautiful: Being an Empowered Young Woman, is available on www.beautifulproject.net
From the March/April 2016 Issue
Sarah Babcock is working at Alston and Bird LLP as a senior associate in the environmental group. She writes: “Two little girls—Kinsey and Bailey—are keeping me and my husband on our toes. Would love to connect with other alums in the Atlanta area!”
Mark de Silva published his debut novel, Square Wave, in February.
Shelby Freedman Harris and Joshua Harris ’01 welcomed a daughter, Reed Natalie Harris, on Nov. 4. Reed joins big brother Penn, 5. Shelby writes: “We are all doing great at home in New York, as we adjust to life as a family of four.”
Aimee Maxted Morin and her husband, Josh, welcomed Lucien Maxted Morin on May 10, Mother’s Day. Lucien joins big sister Lyla. Aimee writes: “If anyone is in the Boulder, Colorado, area, look us up. We love visitors!”
From the January/February 2016 Issue
Mark de Silva announces the publication of his debut novel, Square Wave, in February 2016.
Nicole Israel joined the Pembroke Center Associates Council and looks forward to traveling to Providence for the meetings. She works part-time as a high school guidance counselor and lives with her husband and two children in New York City.
Alice Kang writes: “After doing Peace Corps and working in Washington, D.C., I earned a PhD in political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and am now an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. My book, Bargaining for Women’s Rights: Activism in an Aspiring Muslim Democracy, came out this year from the University of Minnesota Press. It looks beyond stereotypes to explain the failures and successes of women’s rights politics in the Muslim world.”
From the November/December 2015 Issue
Bradley Albert writes: “Azimyth Creation Studio, founded by myself and Justin Morris, partnered with Tom Scott ’89 (of Nantucket Nectars fame) and his incredible company, The Nantucket Project, to capture a unique moment in presidential history. Our team was in Africa filming an inspirational documentary in virtual reality, and we were invited to attend President Obama’s speech in Nairobi, Kenya. We were able to capture the energy and excitement in full virtual reality using highly specialized video cameras and microphones. This marks the first time since FDR made his appearance on TV during the World's Fair in 1939 that a president has been filmed in a completely new medium. The level of immersion that is this style of film is transformative.”
Daniel Epstein (see Sara Epstein ’08).
Jeffrey Lawler and Kellie MacDougall Lawler ’99 announce the birth of their fourth child, Leighton Miranda Lawler, who joins brother Marcus and sisters Blakely and Pierce. Jeffrey writes: “We currently reside in Anniston, Alabama, where I practice orthopedic sports medicine.”
Julie Strom; her husband, Evan Gillespie; and their son, Henry, welcomed their daughter, Caroline Strom Gillespie, on May 10. Julie writes: “We are all doing well and enjoying life in LA.”
From the September/October 2015 Issue
Sarah Bridger’s Scientists at War: The Ethics of Cold War Weapons Research was published by Harvard Univ. Press. She writes that the book is a “poignant history of the ethical battles that wracked the scientific communities in the United States, from the Sputnik boom of the 1950s through the contentious years of the Vietnam War, and culminating in the Reagan-era battles over Star Wars.” She is an assistant professor of U.S. history at California Polytechnic State Univ. in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
From the May/June 2015 Issue
Maria Luisa Hincapie cofounded Holistic Mind Steps, the first integral mental health clinic in the Republic of Panama, in September 2013. The business continues to grow. Visit its website at www.holisticmindsteps.com.
Carlos Lejnieks, the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson & Union Counties (N. J.), helped close the NASDAQ on Jan. 14 in celebration of National Mentoring Month.
From the March/April 2015 Issue
Tom Ryles and Veronica Walton-Ryles announce the adoption of their daughter, Kaydence Mae Ryles.
From the November/December 2014 Issue
Drew Steen and Karen Lloyd announce the January birth of their second child, Mary Jon Decker Steen. In August, Drew began working as assistant professor of earth and planetary sciences and assistant director of environmental studies at the Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Sarah Braunstein Woulfin and her husband, Jeff (Wesleyan ’01), announce the Sept. 23, 2013, birth of their son, Tobias Burton Woulfin. Sarah is an assistant professor of educational leadership at UConn.
From the September/October 2014 Issue
Amy Becker, husband Andrew Goldberg (Amherst ’03), and big sister Nora Sophie Becker Goldberg announce the March 15 birth of Seth Noah Becker Goldberg. Amy joins the department of communication at Loyola Univ. Maryland in the fall and has lived in Columbia, Md., since 2011.
Gary Hains and his wife, Elizabeth, announce the birth of their son Joseph. He joins older brothers Anthony and Luca.
From the May/June 2014 Issue
Aracely Alicea writes: “Close to 14 years after graduating from Brown and seven years after receiving my JD, magna cum laude, from the Univ. of Miami School of Law, I am proud to share the news that I have been admitted as a partner of Alvarez Arrieta & Diaz-Silveira LLP, a boutique corporate and real estate transactional law firm in Miami. I was one of four founding attorneys of the firm when it opened its doors in July 2012. I was the only associate at the time, and I remain the only female attorney for the time being. I represent clients with business and investment interests in Florida, Puerto Rico, and other jurisdictions in the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean, and my practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, asset-backed financings, bank transactions, and general corporate and commercial advisory matters. I particularly enjoy representing investors, entrepreneurs, and start-up companies in the areas of technology, renewable energy, and other green industries. I had the chance to work with a Miami-based technology services company that provides turnkey payment technology solutions for stored value account and prepaid card services, which is a cutting-edge and rapidly evolving field these days. I also bought my first house in Miami. So, all in all, 2014 has been great so far. All the best for a great 2014 for everyone!”
Olivia Neubohn Ballve and Marcelo Ballve ’98 were married in August 2010 and are living in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Meredith Hall and Nathaniel James ’01 announce the Dec. 23 birth of Larkin Rae Hall-James. Meredith writes: “At 7 pounds, 4 ounces, and 19.5 inches, she has strong lungs and is already punching above her weight. She was 11 days late, but she did it her own way. We bet that will continue.”
Michael Rubin and his wife, Michelle (Endicott ’03), announce the Dec. 9 birth of Lylah Sabina. She joins big sister Sloane. Michael writes: “I’m still keeping busy with my new position at Medway (Mass.) High School and calling games for the Brown Bears and Ivy League Digital Network.”
Marissa Lifshen Steinberger and her husband, Dani (Michigan ’03), announce the Oct. 9 birth of Noah Max at 6 pounds, 14 ounces, and 22 inches. Marissa has since returned to her job as lead educational adviser at the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. The family lives in Arlington, Va.
Alex Winnick and his wife, Laura Sherman Winnick, announce the Nov. 19 birth of Sara Colette. Alex writes: “We are all thrilled, and big sister Myla has finally stopped asking for a puppy. I can’t wait to introduce my girls to Providence.”
From the March/April 2014 Issue
John Toomay sadly reports the passing of his daughter Sarah Elizabeth (“Sadie”) on Nov. 18, cradled in her mother’s arms at Children’s Hospital in Dallas. Sadie battled many undiagnosed muscular neuro challenges since her birth just over two years ago. Donations may be made in Sadie’s honor to the Night Owls program at the Highland Park United Methodist Church (www.hpumc.org/night-owls ).
From the January/February 2014 Issue
Valerie Bockstette writes: “After four years in Germany, I have moved back to the United States. Come visit me in Washington, D.C.”
Monica Pallie Rocchino and her husband, Aaron, opened the Local Butcher Shop in Berkeley, Calif., in 2011. Monica writes: “Two years in, the shop is doing very well. Come by and say hi and buy some delicious, locally raised, pastured meat.”
From the September/October 2013 Issue
Alex Michael ’00 (see Robert E. Michael ’69).
Thomas F. O’Connell and Whitney Lee Boon ’99 are sharing their life together in Nashville with their 2-year-old daughter, Halley Ann Boon, who arrived in March 2011. Whitney received her MD in 2011 from Meharry Medical College and is now winding down the second of five years of her combined residency and fellowship in child neurology at Vanderbilt. Thomas just completed his third year-long term as chair of the board of directors of Nashville MTA, where he helped initiate the city’s first proposed bus rapid transit project.
From the March/April 2013 Issue
Larissa A. Filipp (See Alexander Filipp ’67).
Stephanie Kissam (See Engagements & Weddings, Barry Schuster ’73).
David Lobell and Stephannie Wong-Lobell are living in Palo Alto, Calif., with their two boys, Kai, 6, and Tobias, 3.
Aimee E. Morin writes: “Josh, daughter Lyla, and I made a big move west to Boulder, Colo., in August, where many more days of sunshine and outdoor fun in the mountains are enjoyed. I joined a stellar practice at Flatiron Internal Medicine, where my career as a nurse practitioner continues. Josh is running a tree care outfit, Taddiken Tree, which serves the Boulder County area. Look us up if you are in town.”
From the January/February 2013 Issue
Ryan Baker was named the Julius and Rosa Sachs Distinguished Lecturer for 2012–13 at Columbia’s Teachers College.
Samson Shen (see Engagements & Weddings, Helene Strauss ’05).
From the September/October 2012 Issue
Brad Albert, Justin Morris, and Greg Stoller ’94 formed Leagues, which Brad describes as “a mobile app for iPhone and Android that lets a player find, track, and play real-life games. We just won Best In Show at CTIA 2012.” Brad has been a marketing director for more than 10 years. He served as director of global marketing for the Associated Press, and, prior to joining Leagues, he served as president of Namegame Branding. Justin has been working for more than 14 years in finance, multimedia, and technology firms. He has helped develop and produce content for Fox, NBC, Discovery Channel, SPIKE, and E! Prior to joining Leagues, he was involved with the launching of hyperoffice.com and fidelityassets.com. Greg is a partner at Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara & Einiger. He represents public and private companies in mergers, acquisitions, and other strategic transactions.
David Gatcha became the area sales specialist for ECOtality last December. He writes that his job is to build out the electric-vehicle infrastructure in southern California, where he lives in north San Diego County and drives his plug-in EV. To get free EV chargers for your business or school.
From the May/June 2012 Issue
Ben Bruder Castleman was honored with a Future Leaders Award at the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. According to an AACU statement, the award “recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education; who demonstrate a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and in others; and whose work reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning.”
Taylor Garland (see Engagements & Weddings, Whitney Garland ’06).
From the March/April 2012 Issue
David Gatcha started the Green Building Pre-Apprenticeship and Retrofit Training Program at Mira Costa College in Oceanside, Calif. The program is part of the San Diego Green Building Partnership. David is passionate about green technologies and sustainability and is looking for employment opportunities in that sector. He is also president of the Brown Alumni Club of San Diego. Please visit http://alumni.brown.edu/clubs/BrownClubofSanDiego/ for updates and events.
Larissa A. Filipp (see Alexander Filipp ’67).
From the November/December 2011 Issue
Robin MacArthurand her husband, known as Red Heart the Ticker, perform renditions of traditional folksongs her grandmother collected in Vermont in the early 1960s. The album, Your Name in Secret I Would Write, was released in September on Auger Down Records, owned and run by Marco Panella '03.
Ryan Baker was elected president of the International Educational Data Mining Society.
From the September/October 2011 Issue
Carlos Lejnieks, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters, was a speaker at the Newark Peace Summit featuring the Dalai Lama, Russell Simmons, Deepak Chopra, and many others. Lejnieks served as the local partner at the summit, trying to increase the number of positive mentors in the lives of local youth.
Gabe Oberfield (see Engagements & Weddings, Ari Lucas '05).
Laura Gelfman (see Engagements & Weddings, Ari Lucas '05).
From the March/April 2011 Issue
Tom Carruthers (see Births & Adoptions).
Stu Kiely (see Engagements & Weddings, Scott Powers '01).
Esther Kim '00 (see Engagements & Weddings, Esther Lee).
Laura Sobik Kavanagh has returned to Brown as a clinical psychologist in the psychological services office and is thrilled to call Providence home. She and Arlene Kavanagh were married in Conn. on July 11, 2009, with best friend Brock Tessman '98 in attendance.
Lisa Shaner Lopez (see Births & Adoptions).
From the January/February 2011 Issue
Kristen Michalopoulos Haddon (see Births & Adoptions).
Sari Sharaby Swartz (see Engagements & Weddings, Orli Sharaby '02).
From the September/October 2010 Issue
Amy Bree Becker recently completed her PhD in mass communications at the Univ. of Wisconsin–Madison. She will be an assistant professor at Towson Univ. this fall. She will be relocating to Baltimore with her fianc√©, Andrew Goldberg (Amherst '03, Wisconsin '10 PhD). Amy and Andrew will be married in N.J. in October. Amy would love to reconnect with classmates and friends who are in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C., area.
Paul Chen (see Jamay Liu '05).
Sandra Fernando announces her Jan. 2 marriage to Mark Sieminski ('99 Boston College) in her parents' native country of Sri Lanka. Attending the wedding were Sharif Corinaldi, Sapna Jain '04 MD, and bridesmaid Sara Tanaka.
From the July/August 2010 Issue
Shelby Freedman Harris and Joshua Harris '01 announce the Mar. 3 birth of their son, Penn Hudson Harris.
Michael Rubin and his wife, Michelle (Endicott College '03), announce the Apr. 5 birth of their daughter, Slone Estelle Rubin. They now live in Mendon, Mass.
From the May/June 2010 Issue
Megan Tracy Benson and Tom Benson '98 announce the Jan. 8 birth of their son, Nathaniel Micah. Megan writes: "Three-year-old Talia is a proud big sister. We are all doing great and still living in Silver Spring, Md. Andy '73 and Barb Doerr Benson '73 are proud grandparents."
Mark Killian finished shooting his second short film, Seven Minutes in Heaven, which is currently in post-production. When not working on his own films, he works in the camera departments on features and television on the East Coast.
Rebecca Golden Mooney and Jonathan Mooney announce the Sept. 23 birth of their second son, Leo. He joins big brother Max, 3. They are living in Santa Monica, Calif.
From the March/April 2010 Issue
Michael Jesionowski and his wife, Katie, announce the birth of their twin daughters, Claire Kelly and Rachel Lynn, on Thanksgiving Day in New York City. They can't wait to meet everyone at the 10-year reunion in May.
Brian Lopez is looking forward to the reunion this year and is helping to organize the Machado House alumni event. He writes: "Thanks to Todd Andrews '83 from alumni relations, Machado alums are guaranteed a reunion event. All Machado House alums are encouraged to join the Facebook group Machado House Alumni for more info, input or to volunteer their help. Be sure to let other house members know so they can participate and have ample time to plan their visit back to Brown."
Sarah Shrager married Joel Lusman (Columbia '93) on May 17 at the New York Botanical Garden. In attendance were Libby Cantrill, Julie Gottlieb, Annie Hindley, Nicole Israel, Scott Newman, Kate Sheehan, Jenna Trabulus, Michael Weisberg '01, Steve Parker '61, and Kate Parker '09. Sarah is a clinical fellow in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition at the Children's Hospital of New York.
Evan Snyder and his wife, Liat Simkhay Snyder '01, announce the Sept. 2 birth of Ari Liam Snyder. They live in Menlo Park, Calif. Evan works as an equity analyst in San Francisco, and Liat is a pediatrician in San Jose. They write: "We hope to introduce Ari to you all at May's reunion."
John Toomay and his wife, Leslie, announce the Dec. 11 birth of their daughter, Taylor Christine Toomay. The Toomays enjoyed their early Christmas present at their Dallas home and look forward to having uncle Seth Toomay '97 babysit in the coming months.
Shawn Zeller and Leslie Magsalay were married on May 23 in Carmel, Calif. The ceremony was performed by Joy Somberg '04 MD with Edrex Fontanilla '02 AM serving as best man and Charles Curry as a groomsman. Other alumni in attendance were Maja Catipovic, Ryan Evans, Jonathan Haynes, Jason Manomaivat '01, and Ignacy Zulawski.
From the January/February 2010 Issue
Jody Beck (see Roy Beck '74).
Steven Chan '04 MD writes: "Kevin Ishioka '04 MD and Emily Wang married on Aug. 29 at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla, Calif., against the beautiful backdrop of the Pacific Ocean with the setting sun. Among the Brunonians in attendance were groomsman Andrew Wu '04 MD, Chris Tajiki '96, Raymond Hong '96, , Kate Park Hong '99, John Kim '05 MD, Cyrus Yau '06 MD, Vivien Keil '02, Katharine Eng '03, Audrey Sato '05, Jae Lim '06 PhD, '07 MD, and me. The couple honeymooned in Hawaii. Kevin is completing his MRI fellowship at UC San Diego, while Emily is a pediatrician.
Russell Comeau is in the hinterlands of Afghanistan still doing work in diplomacy. He is going to try to make it back for the 10th reunion.
Nicole Isaac (see Jill Hirst Scobie '58).
Minette Loula (see Willis H. Riccio '55).
Arthur Samuels married Shirley Teng Kwok (Columbia Univ. '04) in New York City in May. Representing Brown were Christopher Creed, Brian Healy, Amit Sobti, Mark Zumwalt, Julia Turner, Mira Edmonds, David Pantalone, Craig Muhlrad '04, and Jordan Bleicher '04, as well as Professor Ken Sacks and his wife, Jane Kaufman.
Julie Schumacher married Brett Burwell (Univ. of Illinois '02) on Oct. 11 in Chicago. She writes: "Emma Acker and Jill Katona gamely wore matching dresses to stand for us." Also in attendance were Matt Schmidt, Damon Bayles, and Seth Andrew. Julie and Brett live in Chicago, where Julie teaches history at Francis W. Parker School and Brett is a graphic designer. She looks forward to introducing him to Providence this spring at the 10th reunion.
Samuel Spitzer founded splay.com, a Twitter-like website with audio, video, and e-commerce capabilities.
Linda Xochitl Tortolero cocurated an art exhibition entitled "Rastros y Cronicas: Women of Juarez" at the National Museum of Mexican Art. The exhibition includes diverse artistic mediums from Mexican and Mexican American women artists that serve as a chronicle of the struggles of Mexican women and the grievous deaths in Ciudad Ju√°rez, Mexico, which have totaled more than 500 since 1993.
Adam F. Watkins, Louise K. Francois Watkins, and their 19-month-old son Oliver moved back to Boston (Roslindale, to be precise). Louise has started her first year of internal medicine residency at Beth Israel Deaconess. Adam hangs out with Oliver and continues to work at Watkins, Bradley & Chen, a law firm handling federal appellate litigation. The Watkins are happy to be back in New England and look forward to the 10th reunion.
From the November/December 2009 Issue
Steven Chan '04 MD announces the wedding of Cyrus Yau '06 MD to Sara Lasser on June 13 at the Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Mass. In attendance were Kevin Ishioka '04 MD, John Kim '05 MD, Jae Lim '06 PhD, '07 MD, and Andrew Wu '04 MD. Cyrus and Sara spent their honeymoon traveling, relaxing, and enjoying food in Greece and Santorini. Cyrus has started his chief year in the med/peds residency at the Univ. of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
Teresa Busam Jones (see Jim Busam '75).
Alex Michael and Molly D'Ambra '01 were wed on August 29 in Little Compton, R.I. They first met at Campus Dance. Fathers and classmates Michael D'Ambra '69 and Robert Michael '69, were on hand, while Molly's late grandmother, Lena Bertozzi D'Ambra '37, '43 AM would have been undoubtedly proud. Also in attendance were groomsmen Graeme Brown, Joseph Stepp, Joseph Bucci, Joseph DePerio and Alex Shulman, as well as Matt D'Antoni, Dan Gilbane '98, Todd Iarussi '01, Patrick Nee '01, Daniel O'Keefe '97,Samuel Quinn, Erica Valenti Visokey '98, and Kurt Visokey.
Tejas Raval '04 MD and Marie Sankaran Raval '04 MD moved to New York City. Tejas is an otolaryngologist in private practice in northern New Jersey, and Marie has joined the pediatric anesthesia faculty at New York Presbyterian-Cornell.
Trevor Whitson and his wife, Vivian Gonzales, announce the May 22 birth of Valentina Q'Oianka.
From the September/October 2009 Issue
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Scott Newman and Tobias Busse (Cornell MMH '02) celebrated their union on Apr. 19 in Barcelona. The ceremony was officiated by Scott's sister, Alisa Newman Hood '96. In attendance were: Rebecca Berne, Libby Cantrill, Vanessa Duno, Nicole Israel, Jason Klein, Annie Hindley, Josh Marinelli, Kate Sheehan, Sarah Shrager, Julie Strom, Judd Wishnow, Christian Anthony '96, Ludovic Hood '96, and Gene Newman '67. Scott and Tobias live in New York City, where Scott is a vice president at Evercore Partners and Tobias works in real estate investment management at Starwood Hotels and Resorts.
From the July/August 2009 Issue
Larissa Filipp (see Alexander Filipp '67).
Frederick Harkins and wife Michelle Cortes-Harkins started their own independent wealth management practice, Harkins Associates Wealth Management Solutions, located at 132 George M. Cohan Blvd., Providence. Frederick formerly worked for Citizens Bank and Edward Jones Investments.
Rhana Ishimoto and Robert Bercovitch '04 MD announce their Jan. 19, 2009, marriage in Santa Monica, Calif. Rhana writes: "We met as freshman living next to each other on the fourth floor of Emery-Woolley and became fast friends, but it took us until senior year to begin dating." The wedding party included Rhana's sister, Moye Ishimoto '03, and Robert's brother, Paul Bercovitch '02, and parents, Anne Bercovitch '69, '71 MMSc, and Lionel Bercovitch, who teaches in the Warren Alpert Medical School. Also in attendance were George Liu, Steve Cohn, Negar Aliabadi, Kate Hong, Simran Sethi, Moises Zamora, James Perkins, Carla Chibweshi '05 MD, Michael Garvey '04 MD, Sang Lee '03, Dewen Tarn '02, Leah Mann '03, Sandeep Parikh '02, Rains Paden '02, Allen Sussman '70, Alan Gurvey '84, and Naomi Neufeld '69, '71 MMSc. The couple is currently living in San Diego, where Rob is a fellow in pulmonary/critical care at UC San Diego and Rhana is an assistant chief counsel at the Department of Homeland Security / Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Rainy LaVenture and Adam Tarr '99 announce the Feb. 8 birth of their son, Noah Henry Tarr, in Denver. They write that everyone is happy and healthy. Rainy is taking some time off from teaching fourth and fifth grade to get used to being a mom, while Adam continues his work in electrical engineering at a company that specializes in satellite technology.
Kevin Yuann (see Nicolas Gentin '95).
From the May/June 2009 Issue
Mike Scarpulla and his wife, Laura, recently relocated to Salt Lake City from Santa Barbara, Calif. Mike is now a professor working on photovoltaics at the Univ. of Utah, while Laura is a literacy specialist in the Salt Lake City school district.From the March/April 2009 Issue
Nikki Ariaratnam '04 MD and Amit Joshi '97, '01 MD announce the Nov. 23 birth of their first child, Layla Ariaratnam Joshi. Nikki writes that she is enjoying maternity leave from her final year of radiology residency at Cornell–New York Presbyterian Hospital. Amit is on Cornell's surgical faculty at an affiliated hospital in Queens.
Jennie Kerson and Michael Pritzker (Univ. of Chicago '90) were married on Nov. 2 in Penn Valley, Pa. In attendance were father of the bride Larry Kerson '64, Erica DeRosa, Gary Gordon '69, Shelby Freedman Harris, Joshua Harris '01, Larry Hoffman '64, Lee Hoffman '03, John Kawaoka '04 MD, Cristy Pacheco '04 MD, Mark Shapiro '64, and Elyse Trastman-Caruso. Jennie and Michael live in Philadelphia, where Jennie is an interior designer and Michael is an attorney.
Rachel Spaulding writes: "My husband, Matthew Harvey '97, and I have our hands full these days with our new twins, Julian Spaulding Harvey and Eloise Spaulding Harvey, who arrived beautiful and healthy on October 19. They are all-consuming, but occasionally we recall other things about our lives. Matt is finishing up his master's degree in public policy at Brown in May, and I will be returning to my job as a fund-raiser in Brown's development office in April (always support the Annual Fund!). We are living on the East Side of Providence and welcome any visitors willing to hold a baby for a few minutes."
Julie Strom married Evan Gillespie on Oct. 25 at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Other friends in attendance were Nicole Israel, Julie Gottlieb, Ilana Rosman, John Mello, Kevin Blake, Judd Wishnow, Jason Klein, Rebecca Berne, Sasha Greif, and Scott Newman. Julie lives in Brooklyn and has been working as associate corporate counsel at the ACLU since 2006.
From the January/February 2009 Issue
Laurie Brown married Jason Pollack (Colgate '03) on August 23 on a boat in Burlington, Vt. Denise Kruszewski was a bridesmaid. Also in attendance were: Justin Bailey, Ignacy Zulawski, David Snyder, Jamaica Maxwell, Rachel Montross Patterson, Brian Lavin '01, Heather Jones '01, Peter Niles '01, Judy Peacock '04, John Goodwin '04, Mike Kim '04, and Will Barnard '04. Laurie and Jason live in New York City. Laurie recently completed her MS in occupational therapy at Columbia, and Jason graduated from Yale's MBA program. They plan to move back to San Francisco.
From the November/December 2008 Issue
Greg McGonigle has been appointed director of the office of religious and spiritual life at Oberlin. He writes: "This is a new position focused on multifaith ministry, which is exactly what I was searching for. I moved to Oberlin with my partner of three years, Tom Roberts, and he and I are loving making a new home together."
Sara Boyd Payne announces the July 20 birth of her first child, Sean Thomas Payne. Sara writes: "He's a delightful baby, perfect in every way. I'm enjoying my time with him before returning to work in the development office at Emory."
Sari Sharaby-Swartz and Evan announce their July 2007 marriage and the May 2008 birth of their daughter, Eden Sol. They live in New York City.
From the September/October 2008 Issue
Jeff S. Brown and his wife, Amanda, delivered their first baby in Boston on Patriot's Day, April 21. He writes: "Our marathon ended a few hours before the official starting gun fired in Hopkinton, with the arrival of Jonah Lawrence, weighing in at seven pounds, three ounces, and measuring 21 inches. We're having a whale of a time."
Amanda G. Katz and David Pinkowitz announce the April 13 birth of twins Allegra Grace Pinkowitz and Connor Joseph Pinkowitz. They report: "Both babies are beautiful and healthy, and keeping their parents very busy."
Emily Zobel Kontos and husband Alex Kontos '99, '00 ScM write that they are a bit belated in sharing the news about the July 25, 2007, birth of their daughter, Adeline Rose.
Lisa Shaner Lopez and her husband, Roger, announce the September 14, 2007, arrival of Natalia. Lisa writes: "She is a very curious and energetic baby who takes after both her parents. She is strong-willed and independent like her mother and has her father's disposition. I continue to teach in a first grade bilingual class in Framingham, Mass."
Ward Richmond writes: "On June 7, I married Gina Grubbs (Texas Women's Univ. '01) in Horseshoe Bay, Tex. The stars were aligned! Hot Texas weather, nonstop dancing, margaritas flowing, and allegedly, some swimming. My good friends from Brown ('the Yanks' as my hometown buddies call them) showed up in full force. Gina and I had a blast catching up with Doug Kezirian, Sean Flynn, Coby Barbata, Jeff Sato '99, Josh Marinelli, Craig Powell, Leo Mariani '97, Kevin O'Sullivan '99, Matt Salcone '99, Pat and Willa Sky-Bacon Freer '03, and Evan Jennings. Gina and I reside in Dallas, where she is a dental hygienist and I am a commercial real estate broker. I would love to hear from any old classmates, Ruggers, and Sigma Chis—in the form of wedding gifts!"
John Sunder and Katherine Zabel '04 were married in Baltimore on August 11, 2007. Attending were: Jeff Miller; Paul Mau; Joseph Stepp; David Fusaro; Meredith Goodell '04; Ashley Brinster '04; Kristen O'Keefe '04; Deborah Mendel '04; Ashley McDowell '04; Ashley Branca '04; Amanda Norman '04; Kelly Sheridan '04; Peter Lockett '04; Robert Deeb '04; Whitney Talbot '03; Margaret Connolly '03; Kate Staley '06; Jake Raff '09; Ken O'Keefe '76 and his wife, Sandy; James Duncan '85 and Maeve Donovan Duncan '87 and their five children; and Monica Duncan Martinson '89 and her husband, Marty, and four children.
From the July/August 2008 Issue
John Christopher Kawaoka '04 MD (see Susan Antonio Pacheco '72).
Cristina Antonio Pacheco '04 MD (see Susan Antonio Pacheco '72).
Corinna Riginos and Siva Sundaresan were married on January 20, 2008, in Chennai, India. She writes: "We were thrilled to have Lisa Onaga and Teresa Chuang there to celebrate with us. Siva and I are living in Kenya, where we are both doing wildlife research and conservation work."
Justin Michael Safdie (see Elias Safdie '67).
From the May/June 2008 Issue
Peter Calabrese and Kristen Verdicchio Calabrese announce the December 31, 2007, birth of their son, Luke. The family resides in New York City.
Ewa Romaszewicz writes that, after receiving an MFA in painting from Indiana Univ., she was awarded a Fulbright grant to pursue her painting in Switzerland. After her return, she married Charles Trentman Burleson, a professor at RISD, and is the proud mother of two little girls—Ana Zofia, 2, and Elizabeth May, 10 months.
From the March/April 2008 Issue
Matthew Bowen was selected as a congressional fellow of the American Physical Society. The fellowship will allow him to spend a year broadening his congressional experience through direct involvement with the legislative and political process.
Kristen Michalopoulos Haddon and her husband, Ben, announce the November 19 birth of their son, Henry. He was born at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Me., where Kristen is a pediatric resident.
Kavita Parikh and Shantanu Agrawal '98 announce the May 25, 2007 birth of daughter Ashika Parikh Agrawal. Kavita works as a pediatric hospital attending physician at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and Shantanu is finishing his last year of emergency medicine residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Though they are tired parents, they love every minute of it.
Harumi Supit married Sinartus Sosrodjojo (Occidental College '97) in November. Lisa Onaga was present at the impromptu wedding. Harumi has finally switched over to a writing career and is much happier. Harumi writes: "We plan to live in Jakarta, where Sinartus's photography agency is located, the only one in the country. See what we've been doing at www.jiwafoto.com."
From the January / February 2008 Issue
Nicole Israel writes: “On September 29 I married Josh Kaufman (Michigan ’00) at the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, Conn. Josh met Judd Wishnow at their first job in New York City, and through Judd has made plenty of Brown friends. Wedding guests included Christian Anthony ’96, Kevin Blake, Libby Cantrill, Annie Hindley Charlesworth, Susanna Cole, Sara Goldsmith, Julie Gottlieb, David Hirschman, Jason Klein, Michael Linden ’03, Megan McKenna ’01, Rebecca Melsky ’03, Scott Newman, Ilana Rosman, Kate Sheehan, Sarah Shrager, Carolyn Cohan Simon, Julie Strom, Jenna Trabulus, Judd Wishnow, and Matt Wishnow ’96.”
Justine Kenna and her husband, Matt, announce the August 27, 2007, birth of Katherine Sidney Fludgate. Katherine was 8 lbs. 4 oz., and is getting bigger every day.
Amol Mhatre writes that after almost eight years, Sarah DiGregorio ’02 has succumbed to Stockholm Syndrome and agreed to marry him. He has also coerced her and her neurotic dog, Jack, into living with him in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Ross Mueller received his PhD in clinical psychology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in 2006 and recently accepted a position as an assistant professor in the psychology department at Point Loma Nazarene Univ. in San Diego. He teaches research methods and clinical theory. His research focuses on moral and spiritual development.
Jesse Rissman and Anita Zamora announce the September 2, 2007, birth of their son, Mateo Nadav Rissman, in San Francisco. Jesse received his PhD in psychology from UC Berkeley in May and is a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford, where he conducts functional brain imaging studies of human memory. Anita is the clinical program coordinator at the Women’s Community Clinic in San Francisco and is completing a master’s program at the UC San Francisco School of Nursing.
Carolyn Cohan Simon announces the April 10, 2007, birth of her son, E.J. Robert Simon. She writes: “He was born 7 lbs. 11 oz. and is a healthy baby boy! We are still living in the Philadelphia area.”
Rachel Spaulding (see Naline Lai ’89).
From the November / December 2007 Issue
Katharine Haynes Gulde is the newly appointed professor of flute at Messiah College near Harrisburg, Pa. Katharine is also active as a freelance artist, performing with Lancaster Symphony, Pottstown Symphony, Wilmington String Ensemble, and Elan Artists of New York City. Her international performances include playing at the Kirche Bad Schmiedeberg near Wittenberg, Germany, and the Conservatorio Mozart in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Katharine’s upcoming events include playing for the Moscow Ballet in December. She earned a Master of Music in Flute Performance from the Peabody Conservatory in 2005, and she has been the flute teacher at the Lehigh Valley Community Music School for three years. Her husband, Ingo (Purdue ’05 MBA), is currently a senior consultant at Technidata America.
Jake Haller (see Greg Clark ’94).
John Kawaoka ’04 MD and his wife, Cristina Pacheco ’04 MD, announce the August 18 birth of Madeleine Mae Kawaoka. Madeleine is the granddaughter of Susan Antonio Pacheco ’72 and Dennis Pacheco Jr. ’71, and the niece of David Pacheco ’07.
Erica Klein married Benjamin Clark (Rochester Institute of Technology ’03) in Altamont, N.Y., on August 11. In attendance were Richard Ting, Corinna Moore, Sara Fontes, Katy Abrams Levine, and Kellie Walker Coody. Emily Levitan served as one of the bridesmaids.
Tracy Lemos writes: “On July 14th I married the fabulous Andrea Stevenson Allen (BA, Northwestern ’01; MTS, Harvard Divinity School ’03; current Harvard doctoral student in anthropology) at Memorial Church on Harvard’s campus. Jennifer Bloustine served as ring bearer and Matthew Neujahr ’98 did a reading. Brown Professor of Judaic Studies Saul Olyan, my undergraduate mentor, was also in attendance, as were many Yalies and Northwestern grads. As I was giving a paper a week later at the SBL conference in Vienna, we decided to honeymoon in Austria and Hungary, where we did much sightseeing and drank much beer and wine. I am finishing up my dissertation and degree at Yale and will begin teaching at Boston Univ. in the fall.”
James Perry married Abby Owen ’01 last May in Baltimore, Md. Several Brown friends came, including Shelton Magee, Pat Sharkey, Keely McDonald, Scott Short, Lauren Borducci, Lauren Sharett ’01, Rebecca Snyder ’01, Kate Scott ’01, Alex Cynamon ’01, Lydia Hill ’02, Kyle Rowley ’02, and Frank Kennedy ’59. The couple recently returned to Providence, where James joined the Brown football coaching staff.
Thapana Phanich (see Celia Wu Sophonpanich ’83).
John Rego, a Live Earth environmental advisor, recently helped organize an around-the-world July 7 concert promoting environmental awareness. Along with a team of 12, he tailored different recycling and power-saving systems to each location in order to accommodate the flow of mass crowds.
Katherine Blank Todd writes: “James Todd ’98 and I announce the February 9 birth of our daughter. Claire Elizabeth was born 8½ weeks early and weighed 2 pounds, 12.5 ounces. She’s now healthy, growing, and a delightful little bundle of energy. Jane Lynch Todd ’65 is a proud grandmother.”
From the September / October 2007 Issue
Jennifer Glastris Campbell writes: "I am working as in-house counsel at Travelers in Hartford, Conn., and my husband, John, is a judicial law clerk. Now that law school is behind us, we are in the process of building a house, after which we hope the pace of life will slow down a little. â€¯Our daughter, Julia, is 2Â½ years old and keeps us laughing through these hectic months."
Larissa Filipp (see Alexander Filipp '67).
Audrey Couto McClelland and her husband, Matthew '98, announce the April 4 birth of their third son, Benjamin Barry David McClelland. He joins older brothers William and Alexander, both 1Â½. The family moved back to Rhode Island last year from New York City and enjoy life near Brown.
Rebecca Golden Mooney writes: "My husband, Jonathan, and I announce the March 15 arrival of our son, Max. He is a sweet delicious baby, and we are in love! Jonathan's second book, The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal, came out June 1 and has been doing wonderfully. We're moving to Los Angeles soon, so look us up out there."
Aimee Maxted Morin writes: "After getting married last summer, my husband and I finally bought our first home in Ardmore, Pa."
Debbie Rabbino (see Robert Rabbino '72)
Laura Voorhees Victoir and her husband, Nicolas Victoir, announce the May 18 birth of their first child, Maxime Voorhees Victoir, who was born in New York City and weighed eight pounds, fourteen ounces at birth. Laura writes: "The day before Max's birth I received notice that I had passed my PhD in Russian history from Oxford Univ."
From the July / August 2007 Issue
Bernice Howse Middleton and Carl Middleton were married on Dec. 2, 2006, in Baltimore. In attendance were the couple’s parents. Among those attending a small reception in March 2007, were Joseph and Brownsyne Tucker-Edmonds ’05 MD, Jamila Burgess Perritt, LaTashia Walker, Ronke Bamiduro Fabayo, and Maria Reff. Bernice is a trademark attorney at the U.S. Patent Trademark Office. Carl is a resident in internal medicine at Franklin Square Hospital; they live in Baltimore with their new cat, Billy.
Dan O’Donnell and wife Gina announce the March 21 birth of their first child, Jackson Sean O’Donnell. They are all doing great and still living in Los Angeles.
Mike Rubin writes: “It has been an exciting year, to say the least! On Jan. 20, I married the former Michelle Cieply (Endicott ’03) in a beautiful winter ceremony and reception at Lake Pearl in Wrentham, Mass.” Among those attending were groomsmen Jack Shamshoian, Adam Schupack, and Mike Cohen; Ben Gould ’02, who gave a reading at the ceremony; and guests Steve Cohn, Jared Weiss, Rich Horn, Nick Basch, Mike Mancuso ’98, Tony Coelho ’80 PhD, and Arsen Shamshoian ’49, ’59 MAT. The couple lives in East Providence, where Mike is now an assistant principal. “Fortunately, I’m still able to find time to call games for the Brown Bears (check us out via Brownbears.com) and coach high-school track. No honeymoon right away—we’re off to Alaska this summer! If anyone plans on being in the Providence area, drop us a line!”
From the May / June 2007 Issue
Seth Landy (see Maya Grosz ’93).
Jess Brakeley LeClair is thrilled to announce that she and Matt LeClair were married June 24th, 2006, on Mt. Agamenticus in York, Maine. The ceremony was beautiful in spite of (or perhaps because of) the fog and mist that covered the mountain all day. They celebrated, surrounded by loving friends and family, including Jenn Steinfeld and Jon Doughty. Jess and Matt live in Belfast, Me., and are just revoltingly happy with their life. Jess writes: “All Ursa Minors, past and present, are welcome to come visit and see just how beautiful it is up here!”
From the March / April 2007 Issue
Alexandra Nelson Iwashyna writes: “My husband, Scott, and I announce the August 28 arrival of our first child, Emerson Graham Iwashyna. We are all doing great, and our son is such a joy!”
Michaeal Jesionowski writes: “I am happy to report I married Katie Miller (Chicago ’02) on a gorgeous summer day in Chicago on July 22. I was honored to have present Evan Boyd, John Kawaoka ’04 MD, and Erik Sylven ’02 ScM. Katie and I live in New York City, where I am a fixed-income trader at Morgan Stanley and she is a media planner at Zenith Media."
Andrea Jue (see Lauren Cohen Starr ’94).
From the January / February 2007 Issue
Joshua Bearman writes: “On Sept. 23, I married Sarah Grinter (Virginia Common wealth Univ. ’01) in Richmond, Va. In attendance were Sidney Bearman ’50 and many of his alum children—Richard Bearman ’67, David Bearman ’71, Peter Bearman ’78, Toni Carbo ’69, and Barbara Martin Bearman ’67—along with Josh Ellison, Eirene Donohue, Liana Maris, Eduardo Gutierrez, Christo Swan, Jessica Bearman ’94, Chris Drummond ’93. I submitted this announcement at my grandmother’s request, who threatened to do it if I didn’t.”
Megan Tracy Benson writes: “Tom Benson ’98 and I welcomed our daughter Talia Yvonne Benson on Aug. 12. Despite arriving just over three weeks early, she was healthy, beautiful, and weighed seven pounds, ten ounces! We had a wonderful natural birth experience at a birth center near our home in Silver Spring, Md. Talia’s grandparents, including Andy ’73 and Barb Doerr Benson ’73, adore her. When not skillfully shushing his daughter to sleep, Tom is a trial attorney at the Department of Justice doing environmental enforcement work. I received my master’s in social work in May from the University of Maryland and for now am staying home with Talia. We are all doing great.”
Sean Conta writes: “Jessie Hastings and I got married last June in Bristol, R.I. It was a great day, and there were many Brown alums there to celebrate with us: Jon Conta ’97, Andy Hastings ’97, Barbara Saunders Conta ’67 and Robert Conta ’67, Jon Bender, Kate Regnier Bender ’01, Gabriel Shapiro, Gabriel Kuriloff, Andy Veit, Sarah Coburn, Clara Mathieu Gotch, Michael Gotch, Elena Togashi, Bill Stalzer ’67, Daniel Fiori ’01, Leah Stein ’98, Sydney Foster, Kayla Monzack ’03, Chris Porter ’97, Sandipan Bagchi ’01, and Andy Coburn ’72. Jessie and I are living in Cambridge, Mass.”
Gabriella Kaplan Eisner writes: “I am happy to report that William Eisner (Columbia ’97) and I were married on Sept. 9 in Summit, N.J. Brown alums in attendance were Jocelyn Aframe, Jillian Berk, Ann Boonn, Michelle Ko, Jennifer Kowalski, Tamar Resnick, Lindsday Rosenfeld, Carolyn Cohan Simon, and Peter Bernett ’64. Will and I are currently living in Boston, where I am finishing law school at Boston University and Will is working as a product manager for Palm, Inc.”
Irene Ho writes: “Sylvia Yuan married Joseph Tucek on June 3 in St. Louis. In attendance were Tien-Lih Chen ’01, ’02 MAT, Amy Chan Cheung ’99, Chao-Yang Lee ’00 PhD, Franco Capaldi ’99, and I. The bride and groom reside in Champaign, Ill., where they are both pursuing graduate studies at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.”
Kristen Michalopoulos and Benjamin Haddon (Cornell ’98) were married at Manning Chapel on Sept. 2. Laura Everett ’01 served as the celebrant. Also in attendance were Kate McKnight, Anda Adams, Robyn Meeks, Tim Logan, Ellie Moss, Matt Giles, Jess Kaplan, Renee Sekino ’97, and Caroline Grogan (via phone call from Africa!). The Haddons live in Providence with their dog, Gus.
Aimee Maxted and Joshua Morin were married in Westport, Mass., on Aug. 19, a lovely summer day. They enjoyed the company of Brown alumni Alexis Karris, Kate Freeman, Minette Loula and Michael Wall ’99, Margarita Ramos, Maureen Grundy and Jeff Berger, Dana Ross ’99, Lang Hedman, and Nell Donaldson. Shortly after their honeymoon in Bermuda, the newlyweds moved to Philadelphia, where Aimee continues to pursue her career in nursing at UPenn in the master’s program and Josh advances his career as an arborist with Barlett Tree Experts. They can’t wait to buy a new home on the Main Line.
Elizabeth Newman married Martin McGann on July 2 in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada. Former roommates Karen Schneider and Joanna Michelson both served as bridesmaids, and Alia Santini also attended. Elizabeth and Marty are living in Cleveland while Marty finishes law school. Elizabeth is an adviser with the public sector branch of EquaTerra, a consulting firm.
Indy Sen writes: “On July 16, Lisa Shah (Wellesley ’02) and I got married in West Orange, N.J. In attendance were my best man and brother Avijit Sen ’96, ’98 AM, as well as many other classmates and alumni who were all brave enough to endure an outdoor Indian wedding in the middle of July––Alok Azad Anand ’01, Ranjan Bhalla, Mayra Castillo ’03, Nigel Cordeiro ’02, Meenakshi Datta Geverola, Laurie Sia Guinoo ’97, Abhas Gupta ’02, Arjun Iyengar ’05, Victor Karkar ’98, Felicia Kuo ’01, Puneet Masson ’01, Sri Lakshmi Mitta ’04 MD, Priya Pradhan ’02, Abigail Pungot ’02, Tejas ’04 MD and Marie San-karan Raval ’04 MD, Adam Schupack, Senthil Sundaram, Amit Trehan and Tre-vor Whitson.
Joshua Waldman is currently working for Cisco Systems after getting his MBA from Boston University last May. Previous-ly, he sold solar-energy solutions in Kath-mandu, Nepal, before the political situation made it impossible to work there. Old friends are invited to contact him.
From the September / October 2006 Issue
Ann Hung Bakun writes: “Adam Bakun (Wesleyan Univ. ’98) and I were married last June in Cambridge, Mass. Michelle Walson ’99 was our fabulous maid of honor, and also in attendance were Corinna Moore, Steve Cohn, and Greg Leonard ’85. Adam is enjoying working at the Cambridge Vineyard while I’m working on my MBA at M.I.T. Sloan.”
Capt. Robert J. Cybulski Jr., after being deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq for two separate tours with the Army’s 82nd airborne division, began work on a PhD in microbiology at the Uniformed Services Univ. in fall 2004 and expects to complete his doctorate in 2008. He is engaged to Shannon Gilmore (Univ. of Utah, JD Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego). A May 2007 wedding is planned.
Rainy LaVenture writes: “I am pleased to announce my marriage to fellow alumni Adam Tarr ’99 on July 2 of this year. Attending were bridesmaids Meredith Hall and Vaughn Bell as well as many Brown guests, including David Tarr ’70 PhD, Greg Gipson, Stephanie Kissam, Danella Hafeman, Keefer Douglas, Brennon Staley, Nat Logar, Nathan James ’01, Dan Palazuelos ’99, ’04 MD, Courtney Peters-Manning ’99, Ben Reardon ’99, and Dave Poznik ’99. Adam and I are living in Denver. I am teaching elementary school, and Adam is working on his doctorate and playing Ultimate on several local teams. We spent our honeymoon on safari in South Africa, a wonderful experience.”
Katie MacMillan Rothschild wed James Rothschild (Cornell ’96) in an oceanfront ceremony in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., on May 13. Brown alums in attendance were Nikki Ariaratnam ’04 MD, Annie Baik ’04 MD, Carolyn Dunn ’01, Amit Joshi ’97, ’01 MD, Abja Midha, Kari Molvar, and Craig Wenzel. Family Brunonians included Anne MacMillan Pedrero ’91, John MacMillan ’04, and Marion MacMillan ’08.
Lucy Schneider has a new Web site of her custom clothing, which she creates for clients and friends, including burn survivors, at www.golucy.net.
Lauren Yates and Daniel Eisenberg ’99 announce the April 25 birth of Sofia Grace exactly eight years and one week after they began their relationship at Brown. Lauren is completing her studies at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and Daniel is chief resident of psychiatry at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.
From the May / June 2006 Issue
Ryan Baker married Adriana Maria Joazeiro Arruda de Carvalho in a private ceremony in November 2005. Albert Corbett '72 was in attendance. Ryan completed his doctorate in human-computer interaction, at Carnegie Mellon Univ., and will be starting a research faculty position at the Univ. of Nottingham (UK) later in the spring. Ryan can best be reached by Googling the phrase, "Ryan Baker."
Rob Scholl writes: "I am in the MBA program at Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State Univ. I will be in Providence this summer for an internship with Textron. If any of my classmates will be near the area this summer, please e-mail me so that we can get together."
From the March / April 2006 Issue
Peter Cabral writes: “My brother Antonio Cabral ’97 is engaged to Sheeri Kritzer (Brandeis ’00). They are living in Watertown, where he spends his waking life sketching, noodling on the piano, and mastering sleight of hand. The wedding is slated for Spring 2007, and I will be making the trek home from Tokyo for the occasion.
Kristen Michalopoulos has returned to Providence, where she is completing her third year of medical school. She is enjoying frequent trips to Paragon and will be marrying Benjamin Haddon (Cornell ’98) this fall.
From the March / April 2005 Issue
Amy Becker has decided to move from New York City to Los Angeles and is enrolling at the Annenberg School at the Univ. of Southern Calif. in January for a master’s degree in communications management.
Colleen Dalton writes that after two years at an environmental consulting firm in Narragansett, R.I., she is in her third year of grad school at Harvard: “With any luck, I’ll someday have a PhD in seismology.” On Sept. 5, she attended the wedding of Rachel Spaulding and Matt Harvey ’97, on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee in N.H.. Colleen, Liz Maloney, Melissa McGuinn King ’98, Jonathan Lincoln ’97, Mark Manning ’97 were in the wedding party. Other alumni attending included Elaine Hong Russo, Melisa Lai ’94, ’99 MD, Kate Hewitt, Sarah Pierson ’99, Derek Snyder, Adam Doppelt ’97, Andrew Frishman ’02 MAT, Leigh Needleman ’05 GS, Jane Fronek ’97, Galen Johnson ’97, Nancy Eichenlaub ’97, and Dana Damiani ’98. Rachel and Matt will continue to live in Providence, where Rachel works in the president’s office at Brown and Matt is a computer programmer at Tazz Networks.
Lee Drutman writes: “I have published The People’s Business: Controlling Corporations and Restoring Democracy (Berrett-Koehler), which hit bookstores in November.” The People’s Business is an examination of the rise of corporate power in America, with an emphasis on what can be done today to curb its excessive influence. The foreword is by Ralph Nader. I am living in Berkeley, Calif., where I am pursuing a PhD in political science at UC Berkeley.”
John Kawaoka ’04 MD writes: “Cristina Pacheco ’04 MD and I are thrilled to announce our wedding on June 6, at the Roger Williams Park Temple to Music.” Among those attending were bridesmaids Leslie Tanaka ’01, Erica DeRosa, Margret Bock ’01, and Jennie Kerson; groomsmen Evan Boyd, Michael Jesionowski, Erik Sylven, and brother of the bride David Pacheco ’07; and parents Susan Antonio Pacheco ’72 and Dennis P. Pacheco Jr. ’71. Guests included Shelby Freedman Harris and Joshua Harris ’01, Elyse Trastman-Caruso, Cecilia Chang ’99, Steven Chan ’04 MD, Kevin Ishioka ’04 MD, John Kim ’05 MD, Jae Lim ’07 PhD, Michael Wu ’05 MD, Tony Denis-Noya ’04 MD, Srilakshmi Reddy Mitta ’04 MD, Joanne Silvia ’04 MD, Paul George ’01 ’05 MD, Rosalind Ramsey Hammond’ 05 MD, Kathryn Ochieano, and Nicole Silvestri.
From the November / December 2004 Issue
Anda Adams, Laura Everett ’01, Caroline Grogan, Katie McKnight, Robyn Meeks, and Kristen Michalopoulos spent a summer weekend in Russell, Mass. No engagements were announced; however, excellent French toast and feisty debate were had by all.
Neil Bansal has been designated a distinguished fellow at the Univ. of Chicago Graduate School of Business. He previously was an investment banking associate at Citigroup in New York City.
Jaime Gibson married Brian Zilverberg (Univ. of Colorado) on June 19 in Highlands Ranch, Colo. In attendance were Michaela Prescott, Lisa Doerr, Stephanie Hughes, Duncan Welstead, Rowan Paul, Evan Jennings, Anna Timone ’99, and Kari Klassen Johnson ’98.
Keely E. McDonald has been named head coach of the Brown women’s lacrosse team. She returns to her alma mater following assistant coaching positions at Princeton and Northwestern.
From the September / October 2004 Issue
Neil Bansal writes: “After four years of investment banking at Citigroup in New York, I’m burnt out and calling it quits. I will be backpacking through Europe and Asia and teaching English classes in Ghana before starting business school at the Univ. of Chicago in late September.”
Clara Mathieu and Michael Gotch write: “We are happy to announce that we were married on June 5 in France. Traveling all the way to Paris to celebrate with us were Jessie Hastings, Sean Conta, Sarah Coburn, Elena Togashi, and Doug Humphrey.” Clara and Mike live in Washington, D.C.
J. D. Northrup (see James Northrup ’71).
Neel Parekh writes: “After meeting her freshman year at Brown, becoming best friends, and (a few years later) convincing her to date me, Jillian Bandler and I were engaged in New York City on May 17. We plan to be married in April 2005. Celebrating with us were Sameer Parekh ’96, ’02 MD, Karen Wachtel Parekh ’96, Joshua Stern, Aaron Volkman, Jeremy Gough, Rebecca Berne, and Corey Binns. I am an associate at Latham & Watkins in New York. Jill is now in her final year at the Univ. of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.”
From the July / August 2004 Issue
Heidi Wendell Brown, a Brown medical student, was selected for a yearlong fellowship in applied epidemiology at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Heidi will investigate respiratory disease issues.
Jennie Kerson (see Larry Kerson ’64).
Alexandra Nelson married Scott Iwashyna (Univ. of Chicago ’00) on Nov. 22, at St. Stephen’s Church in Richmond, Va. Andrew Veit was a groomsman. Also in attendance at the wedding were Claudia Townsend, Charlotte Eichna, Lauren Guilmartin, Elliot Jerud, Gabriel Shapiro, Erin Hooks, Alyssa Soares, Sean Conta, Erron Kinsler, Rafaela Dancygier, and Jason Rogart ’97, ’01 MD. Alexandra writes: “We are so happy and want to say thank you to everyone.”
From the May / June 2004 Issue
Shelby Freedman and Joshua Harris ’01 write: “We are happy to announce that we were married in Providence on Jan. 3. The bridal party included Jennie Kerson, Edward Martin ’01, and Timothy Pal ’01. Marvin Homonoff ’71 surprised everyone by calling up all alumnae to the dance floor for a rousing version of the Brown fight song. Also in attendance were Eric ’98 and Jennifer Deluise Andersen, Giancarlo Baldino, Joseph Bernath, Erica DeRosa, Rebecca Fiekowsky ’02, Andrew Grover ’02, Jonathan Harris ’72, Debra Herman ’87 and Daniel Warshay ’87, John Kawaoka, Jeffrey Lebovitz, Amanda Moskowitz ’02, Cristina Pacheco, Emilee Pressman ’05, and Bradley Truding ’01.”
Michael Tassone and Mitzi Sales ’03 MAT are pleased to announce their engagement.
From the March / April 2004 Issue
Rebecca Golden writes: “Jonathan Mooney and I were engaged this summer in New Mexico. We are getting married next June in New York City. We met in a playwriting class our sophomore year. I am at Columbia’s journalism school and Jonathan is working on his second book, You Are Responsible for the Safe Operation of This Vehicle.”
Brad Mak moved to New York City to join a health-care private equity firm after spending three and a half years in San Francisco with Genentech’s strategic planning group.
Katie Mcknight reports that Rachel Anderson was awarded the Female Athlete of the Year award by U.S. Rowing: “For those outside of the rowing world, this is an outstanding honor. This past summer, Rachel qualified for the Olympics in 2004.”
From the January / February 2004 Issue
Fiona Barnett writes that she is at Duke working on a Ph.D. in literature.
Amol A. Mhatre made his television debut in the fall, in the ABC sitcom It’s All Relative. He plays Sanji Rajam, an Indian medical student. He also had a lead role in the 2002 movie Leela, opposite Dimple Kapadia.
Scott Newman (see Alisa Newman ’96).
Sara Boyd Payne writes: “On Feb. 29, I will be running the Mardi Gras marathon as part of the National AIDS Marathon Training Program. Those of you who knew me in college are quite aware that I am not an athlete in any way, so this marathon will be a huge challenge for me, both physically and mentally. As part of my participation, I will be raising money for the Whitman-Walker AIDS clinic here in Washington, D.C. If you are able to support the clinic, or would like more information, please e-mail me. Thank you for your support.”
Evan Snyder writes: “After three great years at CSFB in San Francisco, I have bidden farewell to investment banking and have joined the corporate development group of IBM.” m.
Todd Strochlic, of Philadelphia, has completed his third year at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School and has been accepted to the joint Ph.D.–D.V.M. program at the university.
Eli A. Wolff writes: “I have been selected to the United States National Soccer Team, which competed in the Paralympic Soccer World Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Oct. 9–23, 2003. The tournament is the qualifier for the soccer competition of the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games.”
Alan Wu (see Andy Shen ’95).
From the November / December 2003 Issue
The Casey V. Shearer Courtyard was dedicated on campus on Friday, October 10. The courtyard, outside the Faunce House mail room, features a fountain designed by world-renowned artist Howard Ben Tre. A reception was then held featuring food and drink from Casey’s favorite College Hill eatery, Spike’s Junkyard Dogs. The courtyard was built with support from the Winnick Family Foundation and the class of 2000.
Kimberly Barclay Martin writes: “I married Dan Martin (Rice ’98) on Jan. 4, on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. It was a small but beautiful ceremony. Brown alumni in attendance included Teresa Busam, Stephanie Nichols-Smith, and Marilyn Nourse. Dan and I are in our fourth year of medical school.”
Caron Nelsen and Joshua Jacobson were married on Aug. 16 on Long Island with many of their classmates in attendance.
Dan O’Donnell, of Los Angeles, married Gina Roth (Washington Univ. ’00) on July 12. The ceremony was held at the St. Regis Hotel in Los Angeles. Dan will be attending the Marshall School of Business at USC on a full merit-based fellowship, while his wife will be attending Southwestern Law School.
Cristy Pacheco writes: “I am happy to announce that John Kawaoka and I have gotten engaged! We are planning a June 2004 wedding!”
Michael Rymer married Rachel Hall ’99 on July 26, in Atlanta. In attendance were Jon Cohen, Sharif Corinaldi, Celia Garner ’99, Keri Goldberg ’01, Sarah Halpert ’99, Joe Kaneko, Nora Rosenberg ’01, Susan Rymer, and Benjamin Smith. This fall Rachel will begin her fifth year teaching sixth grade at the Maritime Academy in the Bronx, and Michael will begin an M.F.A. program at Sarah Lawrence.
Eli Wolff will compete with the United States National Soccer Team in the Paralympic Soccer World Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 9-23. The Buenos Aires competition is the qualifying round for the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games.
From the May / June 2003 Issue
Sarah Braunstein writes: “I am living in San Francisco and teaching second grade in East Palo Alto, Calif. Although teaching in an underserved school is challenging, I love helping children build literacy and life skills and am constantly developing as an educator. I recently traveled to Mexico and Costa Rica.”
From the March / April 2003 Issue
Shelby Freedman and Joshua Harris ’01 were engaged in September in front of Emery-Wooly, where they’d met five years earlier. They plan to wed in January 2004.
Patrick Freer writes: “After two years in Montana as a fly-fishing guide and ski bum, I’m now working in the family insurance business. It has been in the family since 1860.”
Carlos Lejnieks writes: “I am engaged to marry Anne Marie Gibbons (Rutgers ’01). Our wedding is planned for June and will be held at our home in Spring Lake, N.J.”
Robin Farkas Weintraub writes: “Benjamin Weintraub ’98, ’02 M.D. and I were married earlier this year in Rhode Island. Rabbi Alan Flam officiated. The wedding party included Ryan Baker, Leah Bloom, Ali Scheps ’98, Glenn Strauss ’97, and Claire Workman. In attendance were Sara Boyd Payne, Debra Hillier ’02 M.D., Jeff Potter, Mike Weiss ’95, and Todd Yellin ’98.”
Eli A. Wolff competed in September as a member of the U.S. Paralympic Team in the Pan Am Soccer Championships for the Disabled. He reports that the team finished third, behind Brazil and Argentina.
From the November / December 2002 Issue
Gene Folgo writes: "Elena Micich and I were engaged this winter and will be getting married in January. Elena is working as an engineer at Honeywell in Phoenix, and I am about to begin law school at Arizona State." Carlos Lejnieks has been named vice president of CN Communications International Inc. in Rahway, N.J., Carlos was previously a policy adviser to the governor of New Jersey, dealing with such issues as economic development, cultural affairs, and the state's post-September 11 recovery efforts.
Ben Merris is asking all his fellow Delta Tau brothers to join him and other Delt alumni for a fraternity reunion at the Nov. 9 Brown-Yale football game. Send him an e-mail for more information or visit groups.yahoo.com/ group/DeltDiningRoom.
From the September / October 2002 Issue
Andrew Barlow writes that he published a humor piece in the May 20 New Yorker. Barlow edited Brown's humor magazine for two years, overseeing its renascence as the Brown Jug. He and Kent Roberts are at work on a humor book.
Thomas F. O'Connell writes that he returned to Tennessee after graduation to pursue a job offer with a Web technology firm, Monster Labs Inc. Thomas writes: "After deciding that I could do a better job representing individual citizens than could the current set of legislators, I launched a campaign for the state House of Representatives on April 3. Whitney Boon '99 is my campaign coordinator."
Eli Wolff was part of the U.S. Paralympic Soccer Team to capture the CP Tournament title in the Netherlands. He led the way for the United States with a goal and an assist. He continues to train for the Pan-American Championship in September. A first-place finish in the tournament would guarantee the United States a berth in the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games.
From the July / August 2002 Issue
Douglas Kezirian writes that he is the weekend sports anchor for the Fox affiliate in Quad Cities, Iowa.
Mira Manickam is in Thailand working for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
Steve Pyle and Meredith Mostel (RISD '99) were married on March 17 in Cedar Hurst, N.Y. In attendance were Jeff Starr '98, Kate Angus '98, Freya Rand '99, Eli Goodman '99, Scott Leiser '99, Rick Dittman '00, and John Keranakis '98. Steve is a high school English teacher in Suffern, N.Y., and a freelance writer, while Meredith is a clothing designer for Michael Simon Inc. in Manhattan. The couple live in Monsey, N.Y.
From the May / June 2002 Issue
Paul Grellong's rock musical Hot Star, Nebraska completed a four-week run in March at Boston's Center for the Arts. Grellong wrote most of the script, music, and lyrics while at Brown, where a previous version of the show was put on at Production Workshop. Miriam Silverman '01 and Ben Steinfeld '01 reprised their roles as a couple trying to make it big and escape a small town.
Rob Scholl announces his engagement to Elyse Gottschang. They are planning an Aug. 17 wedding in Springfield, Ohio.
Alex Slawsby '00 (see Jessica Kowal '89).
From the November / December 2000 Issue
Johnson Theoderic Bell, of Carbondale, Ill., writes: “My new CD, Souljam, is available at select locations. It consists of more than sixty-four minutes of original material. To order it, visit my Web site at http://hometown.aol. com/mbellmonicab/myhomepage/sale.html. For a quick taste, go to www.mp3.com and type ‘Johnson Bell’ in the search field. A portion of all proceeds goes toward eradicating homelessness.”