Class of 1994
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Heather Seal Breslin (see Susan Seal ’66).
After serving for 15 years on the faculty at the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary, Shira Epstein will become the first female dean of the school. Shira writes: “I’m in my 25th year as a New York City dweller and have lived for the past decade with my son in Harlem.”
KGW, the NBC-affiliated television station in Portland, Oregon, announced that Greg Retsinas has been named news director, effective May 31, 2019. Greg had been regional digital director at TEGNA, which owns local broadcast stations around the country. In that role, he managed digital strategy for stations in the Western U.S., including KGW.
Licity Collins writes: “I am so excited to announce the release of my live album LOVE COURAGE YES, recorded at Ojai’s Underground Exchange. The release was featured on NPR’s Here & Now in a fun 10-minute interview with Lisa Mullins, which meant I got to actually interact with one of my favorite NPR voices. The album is full of rocking band sounds, as well as touching acoustic moments and personal spoken word readings. The Reply was written about a Brown friend I fell in love with long ago, and then again not-so-long ago. It’s wonderful to share the music and stories. Videos from the LOVE COURAGE YES show are up on YouTube and the album is available everywhere and on licitycollins.com.”
Andrew Hoppin is living between Brooklyn, N.Y., and Portland, Ore., building CoverUS, a new startup helping fill financial gaps in healthcare. He’s also spending ample time in Wellington, New Zealand, as an Edmund Hillary Fellow mentoring impact entrepreneurs.
Suzanne Immerman Hajjar-Nejad and her husband, Mehdi, opened www.HafezRugGallery.com, a Persian and modern rug company specializing in high quality, handmade rugs from throughout the Middle East and Asia. Suzanne writes: “Personalized service and unbeatable prices are our hallmark. Special discounts for Brown alumni.”
Nicole R. Clement joined the faculty of Roger Williams School of Law in January as an adjunct professor teaching housing law and policy.
Jennifer Reid writes that she enjoys expanding the worldviews and sociolinguistic skills of middle-school students by teaching them to speak French. Her specialty is transforming shy seventh-graders into gabby eighth-graders by embracing the awkwardness and silliness inherent in learning to talk like a toddler when you’re 12. Jen writes: “My husband, Luis Andrade (Columbia ’90), and our seven-year-old daughter and I moved from Oakland to the suburban wilds of Lafayette, Calif., and are still searching for decent pizza and Mexican food. We went on a holiday lunchtime adventure with Amy Jervis, Raymond Ku ’92, Charlene Ku ’94, and Tim Smith ’93, and frequently see Triane Chang, Rachel Leventhal, and Kitty Vieth ’93.”
Darcy Leach writes: “After getting a PhD in sociology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2006 and teaching in the sociology department at Boston College from 2006 to 2009, I began a tenure track as assistant professor at Bradley University in 2009 and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2015. I was recently elected chair of the Department of Sociology, Criminology, and Social Work.”
Tom Atwood’s second photography book, Kings & Queens in Their Castles, won first place in the book category of the International Photography Awards, as well as an award at the Lucie Awards.
Class of 1994 Leaders & 25th Anniversary Reunion Committee report: “We are putting the finishing touches on our 25th reunion, which is right around the corner. We hope you have all made your plans and booked your lodging, but if not, it isn’t too late. For information, please go to: https://brunonia.brown.edu/alumni/events/info/travel-and-housing. The more of us who come back to College Hill, the more exciting and memorable the weekend will be. We can’t wait to get back to campus to see you all.”
November saw Tracee Ellis Ross ’94 on the cover of InStyle Magazine’s “Best Dressed” issue and moderating an “intimate discussion” at the LA Forum with former First Lady Michelle Obama. The event was a stop on the book tour for Obama’s recently published autobiography, Becoming.
Leni Zumas ’94’s third book, Red Clocks (Little, Brown), was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and a Time magazine “Best Novels of 2018 So Far” selection. Her website is lenizumas.com.
Class co–vice president of communications, Kehli Harding Woodruff ’94, reports: “Please save the date for our 25th reunion May 24–26, 2019. Brown has always been a very special place and as each year passes we realize how rare it is to share so many common values as we do with friends and classmates from our alma mater. Return to campus to celebrate 25 years since we walked out of the Van Wickle gates and joined the great procession of those who went before us. We hope to see you there!”
Greg Smithsimon writes: “My most recent book, Cause… And How It Doesn’t Always Equal Effect, was published by Melville House Press. I draw on my own field of sociology and other parts of the social sciences to offer unexpected answers to pressing questions; What works in the fight against terrorism? Why did the pregnancy crisis end? And was Ronald Reagan bad for your health?” This is his third book.
Randolph Eddy coauthored Warnings: Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes, with Richard Clarke, published by HarperCollins.
Karen Loggia (see Elizabeth Glass Loggia ’65).
Licity Collins announces the release of her debut album, One Girl Town. Licity writes: “Deeply rooted in folk foundations overlaid with classic rock bravado, the album is intimate yet rocks. The record was a journey in the making, with the final remixing happening while evacuating to three different locations during the Thomas Fire in California. It all came together with the help of tremendous musicians who play with titans of folk and rock. Layered with raw vocal and candid lyrics, One Girl Town is a vivid, heart-wrenching adventure with a vintage vibe. Listen at licitycollins.com.”
Elizabeth Glass Loggia writes that she enjoyed a triple celebration last summer with her entire family, including daughter Karen Loggia ’94. The celebrations consisted of her 50th wedding anniversary, husband Tom’s 80th birthday, and her retirement from law practice.
According to CNN, when Tracee Ellis Ross ’94 won the NAACP Image Award’s Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series award in January for black-ish, she wasn’t the only alumna to stand out. The ceremony opened with a moment of support for #TimesUp, at which Ross and Angela Robinson ’92, writer and director of Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, urged people to vote in this year’s midterm elections.
From the November/December 2017 Issue
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Marc Kolb writes: “I was hired as the head football coach at Graceland Univ. My family and I have moved to Lamoni, Iowa, between Kansas City and Des Moines. Always interested in reconnecting with alumni in the area.”
Leni Zumas’ new novel, Red Clocks, will be published on January 16 by Lee Boudreaux Books.
From the September/October 2017 Issue
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Chad Brecher ’98 MD published his debut novel, The Lost Book of Wonders, in April. Chad writes: “This thriller takes readers on a roller-coaster adventure to discover what secrets the famed explorer Marco Polo took to his grave. The book is available through Deeds Publishing and Amazon. Visit www.chadbrecher.com for more details.”
From the May/June 2017 Issue
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Tom Atwood’s photography book, Kings & Queens in Their Castles, was published Mar. 28. See Arts & Culture.
Suzanne Immerman writes that she returned to her native New York after almost six years in Obamaland. She’s engaged to Mehdi Hajjar Nejad and is consulting for the NBA, the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.
Jennifer Roth-Gordon, associate professor of anthropology at the Univ. of Arizona, published her book Race and the Brazilian Body: Blackness, Whiteness, and Everyday Language in Rio de Janeiro in December.
Matthew Meyer (see Ellen Shaffer Meyer ’61).
From the March/April 2017 Issue
Matthew Meyer (see Ellen Shaffer Meyer ’61).
From the January/February 2017 Issue
Dovie Yoana King was awarded the prestigious Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Services by the State Bar of California. Dovie is a volunteer domestic violence attorney at the Legal Aid Society of San Diego. She has authored numerous articles, including “Intimate Partner Abuse on College Campuses” (American Association for Paralegal Education Spring/Summer 2016). Dovie is a member of the San Diego Domestic Violence Council. In October, she served as a moderator at the annual conference of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence in Phoenix, Arizona.
Jessica Strom Rutherford (see Jane Golin Strom ’67).
From the November/December 2016 Issue
Steven Thomas was tenured and promoted to associate professor of English at Wagner College in New York City. From September 2016 to June 2017, he is a Fulbright Scholar at Addis Ababa Univ. in Ethiopia and is accompanied by his wife, Maya Tessema. You can follow his blog about it at: filmandmedia.net/
From the July/August 2016 Issue
Sarah Lloyd is running for Congress in Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District. She writes: “A recent editorial from the Capital Times declared me ‘A smart, serious challenge to Wisconsin’s worst congressman.’ It is time for a change! Thanks to everyone for all the support. For information about my campaign, check out www.lloydforwisconsin.com .”
From the May/June 2016 Issue
Nicole Clement started her new job as general counsel of Rhode Island Housing on Mar. 1. She writes: “It’s exciting to work with such an amazing team ensuring that the people of Rhode Island have a decent, safe, and affordable place to live. I still live in Providence (not far from Brown) and recently returned from a much needed girls’ trip with Neneh Mbye and Kim O’Neale ’95.”
From the March/April 2016 Issue
Jennie Howland writes: “We welcomed our third baby, Nathaniel, last April. He joined our 3-year-old twins, Sasha and Cornelius, who started part-time preschool this year. I am pursuing a specialty in breastfeeding medicine as the next step in my career. We are very happy living in Northampton, Massachusetts.”
Mark Marino coedited Reading Project: A Collaborative Analysis of William Poundstone’s Project for Tachistoscope. Mark writes that the book is a collaboration among three scholars combining different interpretive methods of digital literature and poetics in order to think through how critical reading is changing.
From the November/December 2015 Issue
Kea Hedberg announces the Nov. 15, 2014, birth of her son, Nikolas Makai Huckle. She writes: “I am now practicing acupuncture part-time so I can have plenty of time with the family.”
Dovie King writes: “I received the Pride of the Union Award from the American Federation of Teachers, Local 1931.” The award recognizes her legal advocacy on behalf of community college professors in the San Diego area. Dovie is a founding partner at Ochoa Legal Group, a union-side labor and employment law firm dedicated to defending, advancing, and supporting the rights of employees.
From the September/October 2015 Issue
Shael Polakow Suransky (see Connie Black Engle ’58).
From the May/June 2015 Issue
After a few years in Maryland, Eddie Gonzalez and his wife, Betsy, are back in Virginia. Betsy is assistant chaplain at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va. Eddie writes: “We live on the campus of the boarding school with our 7-year-old daughter, Ruby. It’s an interesting experience. In 2013, I started as project director of Professional Development and Congressional Fellowships for the American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science’s Science & Technology Policy Fellowships program. I’m enjoying placing scientists on the Hill to advise on science policy. (A highlight was riding the underground train from the Senate offices to the Capitol.) I’m also happy to announce that in 2014, I started a boutique spice company called Apothecary Spices, specializing in grilling and roasting spice blends. My signature spice is called Eye of Newt. I use it on most things I put on the grill—meats and vegetables. I’ve also just added two bacon salts, made with homemade bacon crumble and red and black sea salt. Check out my endeavor at www.apothecaryspices.com . I’d love some Brunonian support.”
Akiko Ichikawa performed Bad Kanji at New York City’s Spring Break art fair in early March. She exhibited at Brooklyn’s FiveMyles gallery and participated in Outpost Artists Resources’ Cuts and Burns Residency in 2014.
Oona Patrick has been named a 2014 Fellow in nonfiction literature from the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Katie Silberman writes: “I’m delighted to be back at Brown as community liaison in Brown’s Office of Government Relations and Community Affairs. As community liaison, I’m responsible for building relationships with College Hill neighbors and local organizations and promoting Brown’s connections with Providence and Rhode Island. I’d love to hear from local alums.”
Jeffrey P. Townsend and his team at Yale published a study on transmission of the Ebola virus in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. It received front-page coverage in the New York Times in December.
From the March/April 2015 Issue
Dovie Yoana King, a partner at the San Diego labor law firm Ochoa Legal Group, was honored on Sept. 18 by the Center on Policy Initiatives as a “Responsible Business Owner” for her law firm’s role in helping to advance economic equity for working people and raising the local minimum wage.
Ginger Pizer (see Stephen M. Pizer ’62).
Greg Retsinas writes: “After 20-plus years in newspapers (but the last 10 on the digital side), I have left California and moved to the TV side of the media universe to be the director of digital media for KGW, the NBC-affiliated TV station in Portland, Ore. Looking forward to exploring the Pacific Northwest.”
Martin Velazquez and his wife, Monica (Harvard ’97), announce the Dec. 18, 2013, birth of Sophia Isabel Velazquez. Martin writes, “Sophia arrived in this world weighing 6 pounds, 8 ounces, and measuring 18 inches. She and her big sister, Eleanor, are only 14 months apart. Being a new dad again at the ripe age of 42 has been an extremely challenging phase in my life, rivaling my days in navy flight training or being an engineering undergrad at Brown. But with unlimited work comes unlimited rewards, and I am surrounded by love from these two munchkins. I look forward to spending time with them as they grow up.”
From the January/February 2015 Issue
Jessica Strom Rutherford (see Jane Golin Strom ’67).
From the November/December 2014 Issue
Eddie Gonzalez reached his one-year anniversary at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). After a few years of consulting that included spending three weeks on a 220-ft. research vessel to study atoll coral reefs near Rangiroa (French Polynesia) with the Living Oceans Foundation, Eddie returned to the S&T Policy Fellowship program to become project director for professional development and serve as manager of the program’s congressional fellows. In July, Eddie also launched his business, Apothecary Spices, a boutique spice company selling grilling and roasting blends (www.apothecaryspices.com ). He writes: “After four years in Maryland, we have moved back to Virginia. My wife, Betsy Carmody Gonzalez (Northwestern ’97), is the new assistant chaplain at Episcopal High School in Alexandria. We are excited about the adventures that await us living in a boarding environment. Visitors are welcome.”
From the May/June 2014 Issue [20th]
Omer Ehtisham moved to Kuala Lumpur in 2011 as part of the core team for the IILM, a multilateral central-bank-driven initiative to promote cross-border liquidity in Islamic finance. He writes: “Our efforts were recently awarded the Islamic Finance Deal of the Year for 2013. I have since set up my own advisory firm in Kuala Lumpur, a city that is now home, and would love to hear from Brown friends.”
Gerald Mortensen writes: “I cofounded Flapjack Creative, an advertising agency in Madison, Wisc., just down the street from the capitol. The agency handles some Bruno alums and looks forward to working for more in the future. If anyone is in town for a Badger game or a protest, swing by and say hello.”
From the March/April 2014 Issue [20th]
Martin Velazquez and his wife, Monica (Harvard ’97), announce the Oct. 31, 2012, birth of Eleanor Viviana Velazquez. Martin writes: “Eleanor weighed in at 5 pounds, 12 ounces, and measured 18¾ inches and is truly a blessing. We treasure every moment with her, and she never ceases to amaze us. I already know that she is destined to do great things, and I look forward to helping her each step along the way. She has a proud Daddy!”
From the January/February 2014 Issue
Alden Jones received the New American Fiction Prize for Unaccompanied Minors, her collection of short stories about young people who lack adult role models or have the wrong kind of adult figures in their lives. The award carries a $1,000 prize and includes publication by New American Press. Alden’s first book, The Blind Masseuse: A Traveler’s Memoir from Costa Rica to Cambodia, was published on Nov. 15.
Margaret A. Kelley ’98 MD is completing a two-year term as president of the Texas Assoc. of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. For 11 years she has been in private practice in San Antonio with her father.
Hope Lovell Newman announces the start of her private practice in career counseling and assessment. Current Brown students and alumni will receive a 20 percent discount on her career counseling services.
From the November/December 2013 Issue
Jessica Arons became the president and CEO of the nonprofit Reproductive Health Technologies Project in July. Located in Washington, D.C., it seeks to advance the ability of every woman of any age to achieve full reproductive freedom with access to the safest, most effective, appropriate, and acceptable technologies for ensuring her own health and controlling her fertility.
Ben Taylor (see Joyce Reed ’61).
From the September/October 2013 Issue
Mark Feiner (See Engagements & Weddings Sally King McBride ’07).
Myechia Minter-Jordan ’98 MD was promoted to president and CEO of Dimock Community Health Center in Roxbury, Mass. Dimock is a federally qualified health center that cares for the underserved.
From the May/June 2013 Issue
From the March/April 2013 Issue
Jessica Koslow produced a live krump dancing show in Los Angeles with the founders of krump, including Miss Prissy, Lil’ C, and Mijo. Chris Nelson (see Elysa Koplovitz ’89).
Daphne Robinson writes: “We’re getting used to living in New Jersey and would love to hear from old friends.”
Alan Rumsey (see David Rumsey ’64).
From the November/December 2012 Issue
Mileidis Gort was awarded tenure and a promotion to associate professor at the Univ. of Miami. She lives with her husband, Jeff Bloomquist ’96, and daughter Isabela.
From the September/October 2012 Issue
Dovie Yoana King and her husband, Ricardo Ochoa, have launched Ochoa Law Group, a San Diego union-side labor and employment law firm dedicated to furthering social and economic justice. The firm’s inaugural Workers’ Rights Scholarship is now accepting applications from needy college students interested in careers in the labor movement.
Rahsan-Rahsan Lindsay writes: “I’m still living in Brooklyn, N.Y., with my wife and twin boys. I have recently seen Brickson Diamond ’93, Nadirah Moreland, Joelle Murchison Hayes ’95, Albert Smith ’92, and Woody Victor. After almost eight years at Viacom, I accepted the position of vice president of sales and marketing at TV One. Start getting excited for our 20th reunion.”
Greg Stoller (see Brad Albert ’00).
From the March/April 2012 Issue
Laurie Breen had a solo exhibition of her work from Oct. 28 to Dec. 10 at art matters, the exhibition project of Art Works Studio School in Mount Rainier, Md. The exhibition, entitled “Still Lives: Accumulation of Meaning,” featured large charcoal drawings and acrylic and mixed-media paintings.
Elizabeth Garcia writes: “By day I am dean of multicultural affairs at Connecticut College. In the evenings and on weekends, I dedicate myself to my side business selling handmade greeting cards and writing for my blogs. Visit my shop at www.doodleshop.etsy.com and my blogs at www.latinawise.com and www.doodlemama.com.”
Rafael Ruiz writes: “I’ve been at Microsoft and living in Seattle for 10 years now. Last summer I visited Peter Welch and Tim Kelly with their wives and kids on Martha’s Vineyard. Ely Greenfield ’95 visits from the Bay Area occasionally for work. I had a great night out on the town with Matt Lerner ’98, Dave Peck ’99, Jesse Kocher ’99, and Oliver Hurst-Hiller ’98. I just lost one of my favorite coworkers, Andi Fein ’04, ’05 ScM, to a start-up. I miss her already.”
From the January/February 2012 Issue
Deborah Gordon was named to Boston Business Journal's "40 Under 40" list for 2011. She is chief marketing officer and vice president of business development for Network Health, a Medicaid health plan. She has two children, Zoe, 7, and Jasper, 5.
Carolyn Heckman, a cancer prevention researcher at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, recently edited Shedding Light on Indoor Tanning. Information can be found at www.springer.com/biomed/cancer/book/978-94-007.
From the November/Decemner 2011 Issue
Jennifer Achtert, who is of counsel for Fisher & Phillips LLP, was named to the Northern California Super Lawyers 2011 Edition Rising Stars in the category of Employment Litigation: Defense. Her practice involves employment-related litigation, including defending employers against claims of discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, and numerous other torts. She has represented public and private companies in both state and federal courts, and before various state and federal agencies. She also counsels employers on personnel policies, employment separation agreements, and wage and hour issues. She earned her JD from Berkeley Law in 1998.
Dovie Yoana King joined the professional advisory board of the American Bar Association's Immigration Justice Project, a nonprofit that provides pro bono legal services to immigrants in San Diego. Dovie is an adjunct professor of legal studies with the San Diego Community College District. She and her husband, Ricardo, recently celebrated the third birthday of their son, Noah Alejandro King, who has his heart set on attending Brown one day.
From the July/August 2011 Issue
Rebecca Wilkin teaches French at Pacific Lutheran Univ. in Tacoma, Wash. She lives with her husband, C√©dric Picard, a stay-at-home dad, and her daughter, Marian, 8.
From the March/April 2011 Issue
Brian Bernhardt (see Births & Adoptions).
Melvin Dea and Monica Quezada (see Births & Adoptions).
Nelson Hernandez (see Engagements & Weddings, Jeffrey Vargas '95).
Jennifer Richeson, professor of psychology and African American studies at the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern, has been named the Weinberg College Board of Visitors Research and Teaching Professor. She received a MacArthur "genius" award in 2007, and in 2009 was honored with the American Psychological Assoc.'s Distinguished Scientific Award for early career contributions to the field.
Jessica B. Teisch is the managing editor of Bookmarks magazine. Her latest book, Engineering Nature: Water, Development, and the Global Spread of American Environmental Expertise, was published in February by UNC Press.
From the January/February 2011 Issue
Scott A. Robinson (see Births & Adoptions).
Jessica Strom Rutherford (see Jane Golin Strom '67).
Neil Segal (see Engagements & Weddings, Nick Zakrasek '06).
Jeannine M. Wyszkowski began working at Hudson and Kilby LLC in Essex, Conn., last September as an estate-planning and elder-law attorney.
From the September/October 2010 Issue
Deborah Ahrens and her husband, Andrew Siegel, announce the birth of their twins, Theodore and Dashiell, born at 40 weeks with a combined weight of almost 16 pounds. Theo and Dash join brother Oliver and sister Juliet. Deborah is an assistant law professor at Seattle Univ.
Joshua Neuman, who is the publisher of Heeb Magazine, the largest Jewish culture magazine, was invited by President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama for the first-ever celebration of Jewish Heritage Month at the White House on May 27. Other guests included Thomas Friedman, David Brooks, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Diane Sawyer, and Hall of Fame hurler Sandy Koufax.
Katie Silberman and her husband, Bryan Knapp, announce the March 28 birth of Haven Elijah Silberman Knapp. Bryan is working on his PhD in American history at Brown, and Katie is the associate director of the Science and Environmental Health Network, a national nonprofit organization. Haven's big brother, Lincoln, is now 3 and enjoying preschool.
From the July/August 2010 Issue
Eric Huang '01 PhD and his wife, Katherine Cheng '99, announce the Nov. 25 birth of their daughter, Serena Maia Huang. Their son, Julian, is excited to be an older brother. They still live in Cambridge, Mass. Katherine is successfully building her jewelry consulting business, and Eric is still at Acusphere.
Jessica Ann Koslow asks that anyone with ideas for articles appealing to college students or recent graduates write her.
Silvestro Menzano was married in a private legal cermony in Vermont in Sept. 2009. The religious ceremony with family took place in Baltimore in October. Rudy Mayer '95, Chris Moses, and Cathy Stenson attended. Silvio and husband, Jeff Weisner, continue to reside in Washington, D.C.
Kurt Reisenberg and his wife, Jen Dryer, announce the Sept. 2009 birth of their first child, Zack Howard Reisenberg.
From the May/June 2010 Issue
Tom Atwood was named Photographer of the Year at London's Worldwide Photography Gala Awards. He also won first place in Portraiture, chosen from over 3,000 entries from 50 countries. His photographs were on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Madrid in April.
Damali Patterson Ayo just released her second book Obamistan! Land Without Racism: Your Guide to the New America. She writes: "It's a satirical yet optimistic look at American potential and progress." She hopes to see many Brown alumni on her book tour. For more information visit http://damaliayo.com.
Judy Lederman Kloner and her husband, Kenneth Kloner '93, live in New York City with their three children: Jacqueline, 7, Daniel, 7, and Tobias, 4. Judy recently joined Warburg Realty in residential sales.
Silvio Menzano was married in a private legal ceremony in Vermont in Sept. 2009. His religious ceremony with family took place in Baltimore in October. Rudy Mayer '95, Chris Moses, and Cathy Stenson attended. Silvio and his husband, Jeff Weisner, continue to reside in Washington, D.C.
Francisco. The company is developing a software service to help companies and journalists deal with the problem of misinformation on the web.
From the March/April 2010 Issue
Karen Grace Corken and her husband, David, announce the June 3 arrival of Samuel Cahill Corken. Sam's big sister, Ellie, and big brother, Thomas, couldn't be more excited.
Tamara Horwich (see Danielle Horwich '01).
Daphne Robinson and her husband, Ken Paradiso, announce the Nov. 17 birth of Leo. Daphne writes that their son, Kyle, is delighted to be a big brother. Daphne left the research bench and enjoys working as a public health analyst at the National Institutes of Health.
Jessica Teisch and Michael Rosenberg (U.C. Berkeley '92) announce the birth of their son, Jonah Samuel Rosenberg. Jessica works for Bookmarks magazine.
From the January/February 2010 Issue
Tamara Horwich (see Danielle Horwich Eisenberg '01).
Lindy Lek writes that Sho Ishikawa '95 married Tomoko Ode in Kyoto, Japan, on Oct. 14. In attendance at the reception in Shanghai were Paul Espinosa '96, Christian Innerhofer, Lindy Lek, D. Steven Lin '95, Aya Kimoto Sethi '96, Rajiv Sethi '96, and Sandy Yujuico '95. Lindy writes: "It was a weekend of fun and reminiscing but we missed Natalie Phaholyothin, Ali Raza Syed, and Zachary Sng '93, '94 AM who were not able to join us."
Jessica Strom Rutherford (see Jane Golin Strom '67).
Jill Norris Sellers and Scott Sellers (Stanford '94) announce the Aug. 22 birth of their third daughter, Hailey Summer, who joins sisters Merritt, 2, and Hannah, 5. Jill writes: "We are thrilled that our family is complete! While Hannah joined me at the 15-year reunion, we hope Hailey will make the trip for the 20th!"
From the November/December 2009 Issue
Karen Wintraub Richter and her husband, Jon, announce the July 17 arrival of Esti Hope. Esti joins big sisters Sarah and Hannah and big brother Jack.
Adda Winkes '98 MD and Tim Kunkel announce the April 27 birth of Ellen Margaret Kunkel. Ellen's big sister, Katie, is thrilled.
From the September/October 2009 Issue
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Len Erickson'04 PhD and his wife, Elizabeth, announce the May 24 birth of Alice Georgia Erickson. They live just outside of Washington, D.C.
Sam Katz was promoted to associate professor of education at Ohio Wesleyan Univ., where he has been a faculty member since 2004. He directs licensure programs in adolescent/young adult and multiage education, and the social studies education program.
Kristen Sherman and her husband, Vidur Apparao '93, announce the May 27 birth of Mira Helen Apparao, who joins her brother, Taj, 2. They live in San Mateo, Calif. Kristen is on maternity leave but will return to work at the Menlo Clinic in Menlo Park as an internist. Vidur is the chief technology officer at LiveOps.
From the July/August 2009 Issue
Daniel Berg married Michelle Ong on May 23. They live in St. Louis just one block away from Chris Armstrong.
Dusty Horwitt lives in Washington, D.C., where he works for an environmental nonprofit. He spends his free time writing freelance articles and playing the guitar.
Wendy Wan-Sir Lin '98 MD and her husband, Bergt, announce the Dec. 19 birth of their first child, Breanna Lin Bieler. Wendy writes: "We are adjusting to the sleepless nights of parenthood in our new home in Calabasas, Calif."
From the May/June 2009 Issue [15th]
Michael Hurt published his first book, a photo treatment of Korean lifestyle and fashion done in a street/documentary style. He writes that The Seoul Fashion Report is the first of its kind, a photo work produced by a non-Korean about Korean society for a Korean audience.
Dovie Yoana King is the new public-interest law advisor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego. She is also a board member of Affordable Housing Advocates, a nonprofit organization in San Diego that works for tenants' rights. Dovie reports that baby Noah Alejandro is now 9 months old and eagerly looking forward to Brown Reunion Weekend in May.
Wendy Wan-sir Lin '98 MD and her husband, Bergt, announce the Dec. 19 birth of their first child, Breanna Lin Bieler, in Los Angeles.
Jessica Toohey is married with one daughter, Jocelyn Toohey Finney, who was born on March 20, 2008.
From the January/February 2009 Issue [15th]
Brian Bernhardt and Glenda Bernhardt (Ohio Wesleyan '00) announce the October 3 birth of their son, Jacob Edward Bernhardt. Brian still practices tax law at McGuireWoods LLP, and Glenda coordinates recruitment and admissions for the honors college at Virginia Commonwealth Univ.
Catalina Serna Booth announces the September 11 birth of daughter Emory Victoria Booth. In May, the family moved to the suburbs of Houston and looks forward to visiting Brown for reunion.
Melissa Blanco Borelli became lecturer in dance studies in the Department of Dance, Film and Theatre at the Univ. of Surrey in Guildford, UK, in September. She would enjoy hearing from any alums in the London area.
Thomas Chestna III (See Tamara Chestna '02).
Scott Hensel and his wife, Beth, announce the September 22 birth of Elizabeth Rose. Elizabeth joins two big brothers and a big sister.
Lauren Marcus Ladenson has been in the U.S. Foreign Service for five years and recently moved to Kampala, Uganda, with her husband, Jeff, and their three children. She writes that she met fellow classmate Scott Robinson in a training class last summer and would love to meet other Brown foreign service officers.
Keri Davison Lawrence '98 MD currently lives in Chapel Hill, N.C., with her husband, Tom (Penn State '92), and their two children, Jacob, 5, and Sophie, 2. She is part owner of a medical practice, Carrboro Pediatrics Internal Medicine.
Laura Miller Meyers, her husband, Eric, and their oldest son, Tom, 3, announce the July 2 birth of John Neil Meyers.
Ginger Pizer (see Lyn Pizer '63).
Michael Poorman and his wife, Sara, announce the June 19 birth of Mateo John Tahj Poorman. Mateo was four weeks early but checked in at eight pounds, four ounces.
Greg Retsinas joined the Press Democrat in Santa Rosa, Calif., this past summer as an interactive editor after 14 years in the South, Southwest, and Northeast as a reporter and editor at various newspapers.
From the November/December 2008 Issue [15th]
Marc Kolb writes: "I am starting my second year at Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tenn. While still the offensive coordinator, I have also been promoted to associate head football coach. Lisa and the kids are loving life in northeast Tennessee. It is great to drive to work in the mornings while staring at the Great Smoky Mountains the entire way. The kids are growing like weeds. Matthew is 6, Hannah is 5, and William is 3. We are homeschooling right now and would love to hear from anybody else who has ideas or experience in homeschooling. If you are ever in the area and want to watch a little football, let us know!"
Kurt Reisenberg and Jen Dryer were married on July 27 in Larchmont, N.Y. Brown alums in attendance included: Alexandra Shapiro Aron, Dave Cardegna, Michelle Cherande, Russell Delacour, Morgan Doyle '95, Spencer Freedman, Jake Garcia, Andrew Gillies, Danielle Greenberg, Suzanne Immerman, Veronica Lima '95, Clara Markowicz, Mike Martinez '92, John Melfi, Jason Perkel '92, and his wife, Jessica Russell Perkel (Jen's sophomore-year roommate), Mike Pomerantz, Noah Rosenberg '97, Chad Royce, Gus Schepens '95, Chris Starr '93, Lauren Cohen Starr, and Cate Doherty Waldeck. The couple took a five-week honeymoon in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Spain.
Daniel Small (see James Hayward '01).
Lauren Cohen Starr and Christopher Starr '93 announce the February 10, 2008, birth of their first child, Sydney Lizette. The family lives and works in New York City.
From the September/October 2008 Issue [15th]
Peter E. Brill and Pamela Brill (SUNY Albany '93) announce the May 13 birth of daughter Presleigh Eliot Brill. They report that they are also thrilled (and embarrassed) to announce the May 27, 2004, birth of daughter Peyton Dail Brill. "Peter is still defending the guilty and innocent alike in the courts of New York, while Pam is freelance writing for national and local magazines." C
Dovie Yoana King and Ricardo Ochoa announce the June 5 birth of Noah Alejandro. Dovie writes that they hope to introduce Noah to the Brown community at her 15th year reunion next year.
Neil R. Lapinski has been named of counsel to the Wilmington, Del., office of Elliot Greenleaf. He focuses his practice on tax, business, commercial, and contract litigation.
J.J. Harwayne Leitner and husband David announce the October 12, 2007, birth of Sasha Ruby. They write: "Her sister and brother, Andie and Will, are actually as happy as we are to have a new face in the family. But seriously, this is it."
Wendy Wan-Sir Lin '98 MD married Bergt Heinz Juergen Bieler on January 26 in Santa Monica, Calif., and had a reception following in Marina Del Rey. Wendy's sister, Melissa Lin '98, was maid of honor. Linda Huffer '95, '99 MD, Darissa Kon '95, '98 MD, and Leanne Gauthier '96 were in the bridal party. Patricia Poitevien-LeBlanc '98 MD and Myechia Minter-Jordan '98 MD were readers. Other guests included: Tony Ahn '98 MD, Kristin Hunt-Canada, Ethelind Cheng '98, '03 MD, Carla Janzen '98 MD, Karen Loggia '95, Elizabeth Zehr-Maclean '96, Andy Hsu '95, '01 MD, Jay Remington '92, Laura Gardner-Remington, Nicole Reyes '95, Dan Rubinstein '91, Abigail Reiser-Rubinstein '95, Jennifer Hsu '95, Andy Shen '95, '99 MD, and Irene Wu Shen '97.
Kimberly Nicholls and husband Paul Serris (Princeton '89) announce the April 24 birth of Evan Nicholls Serris. Kimberly works from home as a software engineer on online community sites.
From the July/August 2008 Issue
Melisa Lai Becker '99 MD writes: "What a year! This past April, my husband, Sean (Cornell '91), and I became parents of Aidan Lai Becker. Truly 'excitifying' (exciting and terrifying)! Aidan's aunt and uncle are Naline Lai '89 and Paul Rehmet '89. Last April, Sean and I were married in Lexington, Mass., and had our reception at Fenway Park. (Details were reported in the Jan./Feb. 2008 edition of the BAM under my sister's name (Naline) and class year.) We look forward to introducing Aidan to all the Red Sox clubs and parks, and love that a Paw Sox game puts us within a hop, skip, and jump of Brown."
Alexis Vogt DiPietro is happy to announce the January 29, 2008, birth of a daughter, Lara Vogt DiPietro. Big brother, Ethan, 5, is delighted to have a baby sister.
Jessica Koslow is the editor of a weekly Los Angeles newspaper, Campus Circle.
Silvestro Menzano writes: "After five years as a staff psychologist at the George Mason Univ. counseling center, I accepted the position of director of the counseling center at Marymount Univ. in Arlington, Va., in 2004. In late 2006, my partner, Jeff, who plays double bass in the National Symphony Orchestra, and I purchased a house in the Glover Park neighborhood of northwest Washington, D.C.
Melanie Rosenberg is engaged to David Auspacher (Wesleyan '97) and is getting married in October 2008. She works as a pediatrician at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
Jill Sellers writes: "We are excited to announce the December 18 birth of Merritt Sadie. She joins big sister Hannah Kai, 4. Despite sleep deprivation, I hosted a mini-reunion with Brown friends Sasha Miller, Kim Fisher, Meredith Cole Shaughnessy, Rosie Millos, and Leilani DeCourcy in May."
Joshua Youdovin has been working as an actuary at Swiss Re for five years. He writes: "My freshman roommate followed me here. Please feel free to call if you'd like to join us."
Helen Zumas, whose first book will be published in June, writes: "My collection, Farewell Navigator (Open City Books), contains ten stories, seven of which have already been published. I was a winner of the AWP Intro Journal Awards for Short Fiction, and I have twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize."
From the May/June 2008 Issue
Melisa Lai Becker writes: "I moved back to Boston from Washington, D.C., to resume full-time clinical work in emergency medicine and toxicology. Sean Becker (Cornell '91) and I were married in April 2007 and we danced the hora with a bounty of Brunonians at our reception in Fenway Park. It was a great start to the 2007 Major League Baseball season—we met when the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004, and it was a treat to be married during another champion season."
Emma Tubb Burton writes: "Michael Burton and I are living in Bethesda, Md., enjoying our 4-year-old daughter, Kate. Michael is practicing international law at Arent Fox and playing drums in his spare time. We would love to hear from classmates, so please get in touch!"
Marty Chester writes: "My wife, Haley Schaffer, our daughter Ella, and I are proud to announce the January 16, 2008, birth of Sophie Eliora Schaffer Chester, born into a cold Minnesota winter." Kathleen Hannon Davies writes: "Chris and I are expecting our second daughter. Our first daughter, Laurel will be 2! I've also just changed jobs and am enjoying working part-time at my new company immensely."
Mark C. Fabbro writes: "My wife, Deirdre FitzGerald Fabbro (Hamilton '91), and I are happy to announce the September 3, 2007, birth of our son, John FitzGerald Fabbro. Big sister Ellie is thrilled with her new sibling."
Eddie Gonzalez writes: "2007 was very exciting. On June 20, 2007, we added a new member to the family, Ruby Pierce Gonzalez. We are very excited to be parents and are tremendously enjoying seeing her grow. She started crawling in February and we've been playing catch-up ever since. We are convinced she is on the verge of walking, talking, and solving all the world's problems. In August we moved to Berkeley, Calif., so that my wife, Betsy, could begin a three-year seminary program at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. After 13 years in Washington, D.C., I was ready for a change. We love living in the Bay Area along with Todd Wehmann, his wife, Bonnie, and their two sons, Colin and Taylor. I left my position as senior program director with the National Park Foundation and joined the western regional office of the Student Conservation Association, an organization whose mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders through hands-on conservation service. I support our west coast and southwest youth and young adult programming. It is a very rewarding job. Before our move west, we started a blog to keep family and friends updated on Ruby and our life in Berkeley, www.gonzalezfamilyadventures.blogspot.com. I try to regularly update it."
Garvin Heath writes: "In the last two years I completed a PhD in Energy and Resources at UC Berkeley, bought a house in Boulder, Colo., had a son named Aden (for the city in Yemen where his mother has worked), and started a new job analyzing the environmental impacts of renewable energy technologies. We've enjoyed each and every one of the changes!"
Jessica Russell Perkel and Jason Perkel's '92 daughter, Sophie Anne, turned 2 on February 15. They are in Litchfield Hills in northwestern Connecticut, where Jason is a pediatrician and Jessica has been getting back to her artistic roots.
Laura Gardner Remington writes: "My husband, Jay Remington '92, and I just celebrated our son's first birthday. Peter Fitch Remington was born in November 2006, much to the delight of grandparents Chelsey Carrier Remington '61 and David Remington '61. Pete is an incredibly cheerful, mellow kid. We think he inherited his laidback attitude from his uncle, Mike Gardner '97, and his fleet feet from his aunt, Chelsey Remington '89. Pete was born in San Francisco, but a few weeks later we moved to Los Angeles for Jay's investment banking job with Houlihan Lokey. In Los Angeles, we often see our wonderful friends (and Pete's honorary uncles) Sepp Dobler '93, Tim Kuryak '95, and Tim's partner Andy Strauser."
Michelle Mickey Rork writes: "Jon Rork and I were married on June 30, 2007, in West Virginia. We were thrilled that several of our classmates (Ana Maldonado, Christa Collins, Jessica Arons, Bart Goldyn, and Mamoni Bhattacharyya) joined in our celebration. We are settling into Atlanta, where Jon is a professor of economics at Georgia State and I am the director of Georgia's state children's health insurance program."
Laurie Russo is living in New Jersey with her husband, Joseph, and working as a registered nurse.
Kristen Sherman writes: "On February 25, 2007, my husband, Vidur Apparao '93 and I welcomed our son, Taj Lewis Apparao, into the world. We love parenthood with our happy, energetic kiddo. I am still working as a primary care internist in San Francisco and Vidur is now the chief technology officer at Live Ops in Palo Alto, Calif.
Zachary Wydra writes: "Our daughter, Maren, 2¬Ω, gained a new sibling, a brother, Ellsworth Brooks Wydra, born August 23, 2007. Tracy and I live with our two kids in New York and are very much looking forward to the visit of David Phemister; his wife, Jordan; and their new daughter, Billie Elizabeth."
From the March/April 2008 Issue
Jason Bordoff and Michelle Greene (Dartmouth '91) announce the October 15 birth of their second child, Ethan Greene Bordoff. With big sister Molly, 3, they live in Washington D.C. Jason is policy director of the Hamilton Project at The Brookings Institution, where he writes on a broad range of economic policy matters.
Len Erickson '03 PhD married Elizabeth MacDonald in a small ceremony in Stanfordville, N.Y., on October 12.
Eric Huang '01 PhD writes: "My wife, Katherine Cheng '99, and I are happy to announce the November 14 birth of Julian David Huang. I was the last of the 258 Ives crew (Edward Markowski, Michael Browne, Franco Fiondella, Greg Johnson, Tom Kaden) to start a family, but now Julian has a whole slew of instant buddies! Katherine started her own personal jewelry shopping business (www.personaljewelryshopper.com) and is happily working from home with Julian as her first assistant. I still work at Acusphere, but have moved into the business development group. We live in Cambridge, Mass."
Leo Kobayashi '98 MD and Anna C. Cousins (Yale '93) were happily married at the First Unitarian Church in Providence, R.I., on the beautiful afternoon of November 17. Present for the celebration were Kavita Babu '96, '00 MD, Meighan Bell-Larbi '93, Tira Bunyaviroch '95, '99 MD, Stephen Kim, Sonia Soo-Jin Chung'93, '98 MD, Sean Coughlin '97, Peter Lee '05 MD, Chaeryun Lee and daughter Elisa, Elizabeth Leuthner '87, Neal Muni '96 and Teena Muni, Stephen Rife '95, Ann Honan Rodrigues '66, Phillip Song '95, and Karen Hyun Jung Kim '95, '99 MD, with their baby, Andrew. Anna works as a senior writer at RISD, and Leo is an emergency-room physician at Rhode Island Hospital and codirector of the hospital's medical simulation center. The couple honeymooned in France then returned to their home in Cranston, R.I.
Jason Meikle (see Vanessa Meikle Schulman '03).
From the January / February 2008 Issue
Brian Bernhardt writes: “Glenda Wucher (Ohio Wesleyan ’00) and I were married September 2, 2007, in Richmond, Va. Glenda’s father performed the ceremony at Congregation Beth Ahabah, the sixth-oldest Jewish congregation in the United States. Todd Wehmann and Bonnie, Kathleen Nering, Ari Glazer and Stephanie, James Kim ’95, and Dusty Horwitt, along with many other family and friends, joined us for a beautiful Labor Day weekend. After the wedding, Glenda and I spent two weeks in Vancouver, Whistler Mountain, and on a cruise around Alaska. Glenda recently started working as the community relations manager for the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond, and I am still a tax lawyer at McGuireWoods. We recently bought a new house in the country and have plenty of space for guests, so please give us a call if you’re in the area.”
Rachel Brem (see Marcella Bombardieri ’99).
Sue Chien, Abigail Demopulos, Wendy Doran-Paley, Nisha Gupta ’98 MD, and Jenna Sheinfeld (see Naline Lai ’89).
Karen Grace Corken and her husband, David, announce the April 17, 2007, birth of Thomas Alexander. Big sister Eleanor, 2, is his biggest fan. Karen works for Teach For America in Chicago.
Geoff Griffin and his wife, Sheri, are raising two girls in Providence. Geoff is working at the Gordon School in East Providence and continues to perform as half of the duo the Sentimental Favorites.
Jenny Jensen moved to the Netherlands from Minnesota in August. She writes: “My 5-year-old already speaks more Dutch than I do! I’m continuing my U.S. family-travel business while I wait for a work permit. Friends are welcome to add us to their European tour!”
Jon Pressment has joined the litigation practice of Haynes and Boone LLP as Of Counsel in its New York City office. Jon, formerly with Hughes Hubbard Reed, has broad experience focused in complex commercial litigation.
Scott A. Robinson writes: “My wife, Nina, and I are proud to announce the April 5, 2007, birth of our son, Jack Brando, in Berlin, Germany. Jack’s first cousin is John Loeser ’10. Nina and I continue our careers as foreign-service officers; we are assigned to the U.S. embassy in Beijing. Since coming to China, we have enjoyed visits from Chris Rusay ’92 and Jonathan Wellerstein ’92. We are grateful for the enduring friendship of Praveen Fernandes.”
Jessica Teisch married Michael Rosenberg (UC Berkeley ’92) in July. They live in Oakland, Calif., where Jessica continues to work for Bookmarks magazine and an environmental consulting firm.
Evan Wender and his wife, Irina, announce the September 20, 2007, birth of Naava Rachel Wender. They write: “Work is hectic, but life is wonderful.”
From the November / December 2007 Issue
Roger Bearden and Erin Tobin Bearden announce the April 30 birth of their son Myles James Bearden. Myles joins big sister Sarah at their home in Albany, N.Y. Roger continues to work as staff attorney at Disability Advocates, Inc., a nonprofit providing free legal services to persons with disabilities.
Pearl Huang-Ramirez ’98 MD writes: “My husband, Jose, and I are happy to announce the June 17 birth of our son Gabriel Jerome Ramirez. Big brother Joseph, 4, and big sister Siena, 2, enjoy showering him with love and attention. We love seeing friends who come to the Orlando, Fla., area.”
Trin Indras-Opas (see Celia Wu Sophonpanich ’83).
Ann S. Loh writes: “My husband, Ivor, and I have added our fourth little girl to our family! Emilia Louise arrived April 13 and joins big sisters Alexandra, 10, Georgia, 8, and Pippa, 3.”
Acacia Shields (see Andy Greenwald ’99).
From the September / October 2007 Issue
Mike Barrows continues as a Jersey Shore lifeguard, a part-time summer job he has had since the age of 15. He won the American Ironman at the U.S. Lifeguarding Association's national championships this past year. He is a pediatric endocrinologist at the Monmouth Medical Center's Center for Disorders of Insulin and Metabolism.
Alexander and Giovanna Syed Cavallo moved to the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago in September 2006. They write: "We love living in a neighborhood where we actually know our neighbors and where our children can play outside. On April 19 we welcomed our third child. Nicholas Alexander Cavallo, who was born weighing nine pounds, five ounces, and measuring twenty-one inches. The big sisters, Allison, 5, and Natalie, 3, have been just wonderful with their little brother. We are active in the Brown alumni community in Chicago."
Margaret A. Kelly '98 MD writes: "On March 28 I testified on behalf of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists before the U.S. House of Representatives' committee on small business, specifically its subcommittee on regulations, health care, and trade. My testimony dealt with the value of health-information technology on solo and small medical practices. I am an ob-gyn physician in private practice in San Antonio."
Benjamin Politzer, along with his wife, Carlin, and his daughter, Maia, announce the birth of Ethan Cole Politzer on April 20, three days after Maia's 3rd birthday. Benjamin works as a corporate vice president with Extreme Learning, a California education-services provider.
Keith T. Tashima writes: "After nearly ten years in Park Slope, Brooklyn, my wife, Tracy, and I packed up our three kids and moved to Alexandria, Va., in 2005, where I joined the U.S. Department of Justice as a trial attorney in the environmental-enforcement section. I enjoy work very much, and life in the suburbs of North Virginia isn't bad either."
Demetrius Taylor lives in Texas and misses friends from Brown.
Joshua A. Youdovin was named a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society after completing nine examinations. He is an assistant actuary at Swiss Re.
Martin T. Velazquez writes: "Last year was very eventful. I married my beautiful wife, Monica Alvarez (Harvard '97), on May 21, 2006, in her hometown of El Paso, Texas. Jeffrey Vargas '95 attended, as did Elee Muslin '93, who was one of my groomsmen. After honeymooning in Maui, we moved to Carrollton, a suburb of Dallas. Monica works as an attorney specializing in employment law at Strasburger Price. After serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy for nine years, I left active service in July 2005. My last tour in the Navy was as an ROTC instructor at Texas A&M Univ. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Texas A, a place where the school spirit is contagious, and where in 2006 I obtained a master's degree in history. My thesis examined the Catholic resistance to the Mexican revolution of the early 20th century. I now plan to work for an aeronautics company that performs contract work for the U.S. Department of Defense."
From the July / August 2007 Issue
Joseph Y. Allen writes: “On Dec. 6, 2006, Amy, Victoria, and I were blessed with the arrival of Nathaniel Preston Allen. Life is busy but better than ever.”
John Allman (see Barry M. Nathan ’70).
Jessica Koslow writes: “I recently returned to Venice, Calif. (where I was born and raised), after living and working in New York City for the past twelve years. I am the editor-in-chief and film editor at Campus Circle, a weekly L.A. newspaper (www.campuscircle.net) geared toward 18- to 24-year-olds. Have any ideas you want to pitch?”
Melisa W. Lai ’99 MD writes: “Friends near and far came to the Bronx Botanical Gardens this past Aug. to witness and celebrate the ‘traditional Jewish N.Y. wedding’ of Wendy Doran and Joanna Paley (Cornell ’98). The brides were married in a beautiful outdoor ceremony under a chuppah knitted by Joanna. Brunonians included: Mary Curtin, Abigail Demopulos, Marcy Feibelman ’04, Vanessa Gluck, Lisa Handy, Carolyn Hutter, Lisa Mandel, Jaz Park, Sabrina Su, Scott Thomas, Scott Paley ’95, Barry Schwartz ’50, Hank Schwartz ’87, and Richard Heller ’74.
AnneMarie Spooner ’98 MD writes: “My husband, David Ortiz (Rensselaer ’84), and I are happy to announce the birth of our daughter, Cienna Elyse Ortiz. Everyone is doing well. After a brief maternity leave, I’m going back to work as a gynecologist in Leesburg, Va.”
From the May / June 2007 Issue
Heidi Kay Carson writes: “My husband, Chad Carson (Rice ’94), and I would like to announce the December 28, 2006, birth of our daughter, Sophia Noelle. Sophia joins big brother Clay, who is now 2 years old.”
Aurorae Khoo, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb ’97, and Timothy Barsky ’99 were among the six recipients of the 2006 Emerging California Playwright Awards given by the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and the Hewlett Foundation.
Dovie King has accepted the directing attorney position at California Rural Legal Assistance in Stockton. She will supervise all aspects of the program, including staff attorneys, civil rights litigation, and daily operations.
Timothy Lynch ’98 MD (see Anthony Ritaccio ’79).
Nicholas Miliaras married Catherine Kahl (Dartmouth, ’00) on Dec. 2, 2006, in Winston-Salem, N.C. They are living in the D.C. area with Eli, their 20-pound Maine Coon cat.
Darryl Siry recently accepted a job as VP marketing for Tesla Motors (www.teslamotors.com), a Silicon Valley startup that is manufacturing high-performance electric vehicles. He and his wife, Keri, are also expecting their first child in May 2007.
From the March / April 2007 Issue
Ali Abhary writes: “After having moved to Istanbul in 1997 and starting up Turkey’s first online entertainment ticketing company, Biletix, I am happy to announce that my company was acquired by Ticketmaster in October. I will remain in Istanbul working as the managing director of Ticketmaster Turkey.”
Tejal Desai writes: “After several years in Chicago and Boston, my husband, Sanjay Saxena (Northwestern MD/MBA ’99), and I moved back to San Francisco, where I was appointed a professor of bioengineering and physiology at UC San Francisco. On August 6, 2005, shortly after moving, we celebrated the birth of Serena, who joins her three-year-old sister, Tara.
Marco Fernandez and Dara Madrid announce the August 28 birth of Gael Madrid Fernandez, little brother to Kaia Madrid Fernandez (23 months). Rafael Ruiz honored us by becoming Kaia’s godfather and Peter Lee ’05 MD will be Gael’s godfather. Marco writes, “Things are hectic, but we’re loving every second.”
Sam Marks writes to congratulate Sam Marks ’06 MFA for receiving the first-ever John C. Russell Fellowship from the Graduate Program in Literary Arts. However, contrary to last month’s notice this Sam Marks is not a playwright but a developer of affordable housing for low-income and formerly homeless families at the Bronx-based nonprofit WHEDCo.
Jessica Strom Rutherford (see Jane Golin Strom ’67).
Lauren Cohen Starr writes: “Even though Christopher Starr ’93 and I were at Brown at the same time, we never met. It took going to a funeral eleven years later for us to finally come together. On May 13, 2006, Christopher and I were married at the Prince George Ballroom in New York City, where we live. The night before, we threw a highly nontraditional rehearsal dinner at the Knitting Factory, at which former members of the illustrious Brown bands Mutha Dridge and Bloody Cardboard wowed the audience. In attendance over the two days were classmates spanning ten years, including Ruta Brickus-Moore ’90, Scott Meyer ’91, Andrea Silverman Meyer ’91, Seth Kalvert ’91, Jarrett Posner ’92, Doyle Walton ’92, Jeremey Rothfleisch ’92, David Gordon ’92, Michael ’92 and Debbie Herz Huttner ’92, Jason ’92 and Jessica Russell Perkel ’92, David Westreich ’92, Leon Richter ’92, Joshua Nagler ’92, Matt Jarvis ’93, Matt Corman ’93, Basem Salfiti ’93, Paul Hollman ’93, Ian ’93 and Jane Kaugman Reifowitz ’94, Ed ’93 and Evanne Salomon Garguilo ’94, Rachel Zaba, Clara Markowicz, Matthew Zaklad, Suzanne Immerman, Sachi Cunningham, Jen Dryer, Alexandra Shapiro, Rebecca Baumgold, Mike Pomerantz, Jake Garcia, Stephanie Schwartz Ferdman, Paul Beade ’88 ScM, ’94 MD, Dany Levy ’95, Allison Keil ’95, Ben Eastman ’95, Sarah Moore ’95, Michael Kaplan ’95, Phil Lai ’95 AM, ’99 MD, Alex Shub ’96, Peter Kalvert ’97, Ed Lai ’97, Jeffrey Starr ’98, Ezra Gardner ’98, Jeff Wong ’98, Andrew Miller ’99, Andrea Jue ’00, and Julie Nam ’04 MD. I am a freelance photographer in New York City, and Chris is director of the residency program in ophthalmology and the codirector of the cornea, cataract & refractive surgery service at the Weill Cornell Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital. We are always happy to see—and even house—friends visiting the Big Apple.
From the January / February 2007 Issue
Jessica Bearman (see Joshua Bearman ’00).
Catalina Serna Booth writes: “On Aug. 26 I married my triathlon training partner, W. Wayne Booth (Univ. of Alabama ’97). The wedding took place at First Baptist Church in Houston, with the reception following at Brennan’s of Houston. The following Brown alums were in attendance: Van Jones ’93 and Laura Lingle Whiteley ’95. Wayne and I are settling into married life and would love to hear from old friends.”
Alison Days writes: “My husband, Sergio Rico, and I announce the August 2006 birth of our daughter, Frida Margarita Rico. Mother, baby, father, and half-brother Sebastian are doing fine.”
Jane Gagliardi writes: I’ve been living in North Carolina since graduating from Brown and am happy in my clinician-educator role at Duke, where I practice internal medicine and psychiatry. My husband of seven years, Carmelo Gullotto, and I just welcomed our first child—a little boy we named Giovanni Gagliardi Gullotto.”
Jenny Jensen writes: “We love to travel internationally with our kids Max, 4, and Annelies, 1, so much that we launched a tour business (GlobalFamilyAdventures. com) for family travel with sitters! Next summer we’ll go to my husband’s homeland, the Netherlands, to bike with kids (of course). I’d love to hear from classmates!”
Melisa W. Lai ’99 MD writes: “In fourteen straight Campus Dances, I hadn’t yet made it to the front green until this year when my boyfriend, Sean Becker (Cornell ’91), coaxed me there with the reason ‘in fourteen years you’ve never been to the front green during Campus Dance?’ Just after midnight, as the bells pealing for the senior sing echoed away, we came to stand in front of the Van Wickle Gates, took in the beautiful sight of Providence twinkling down the Hill, and then Sean dropped to one knee and proposed! Many thanks to Talisman Brolin ’04, a professional photographer (www.talismanphoto.com), whom we serendipitously met for the first time just ten minutes after our engagement as she walked by with a friend who shouted a surprise ‘Congratulations!’ at us, taking a correct guess as to what had just transpired.”
Jack Liang married Debbie Lowe (UC Berkeley MPH ’03) on Sept. 2 in Santa Clara, Calif. Attending were Jim Liang ’97, Tony Yao, Jen Achtert, Owen Chan, Bill Lee, Cory Ohama ’91, Eugene Cheung, and Ed Chung. Jack and Debbie live in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Sam Marks has been named as the first-ever recipient of the John C. Russell Fellowship from the Brown University Graduate Program in Literary Arts. The fellowship is named in honor of John C. Russell ’91 MFA, a promising young playwright who died at age 31. During Sam’s year as the Fellow, he will serve as an adviser to graduate playwrights and will curate two staged readings of plays by Brown undergraduates while continuing to develop his own creative work.
From the September / October 2006 Issue
Brian Bernhardt writes: “After three years of long-distance dating, Glenda Wucher (Ohio Wesleyan ’00) and I were engaged in May just before Memorial Day weekend. She was completely taken by surprise when she discovered a diamond ring inside the (replica) Fabergé egg I brought her back as a present from my ten-day trip to Russia. Glenda moved to Richmond, Va., from Washington, D.C., and we moved into our new house, which has many extra guest rooms (or, as she calls them, ‘future kids’ rooms’). After canvassing many friends, we decided to avoid a winter wedding and will be getting married Labor Day weekend in 2007.”
Rick Cusick writes: “My partner, Marlee Ford, and I are proud to announce the Jan. 20 arrival of our daughter, Nina Xochitl Cusick. She was born in Brooklyn and is the greatest joy we can imagine. Feel free to drop me a line.”
Dovie Yoana King married Ricardo Ochoa on Oct. 9, 2005, in Mendocino, Calif. Brandon Protas ’95, Aurora Valdez ’95, and Melissa Blanco-Borelli attended the couple’s wedding reception. Dovie works at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund in Los Angeles.
Laura Swift Miller Meyers married Eric Meyers (UVM ’95) on Sept. 4, 2004, in Duck, N.C. Heather MacKenzie Chaplet and her family and Brienin Bryant were part of the wedding. Laura and Eric live in Richmond, Va., and welcomed their son, Thomas Swift Meyers, on June 14, 2005. Laura is a choreographer and yoga teacher and is currently taking a break to enjoy being at home with their son.
Sunao “Shanda” Moore was honored on May 7 as a Culver Academies’ Young Alumna of the Year. She received the honor in recognition for her achievements and contributions since graduating from Culver. She is an emergency medicine physician specialist in Arizona.
Samantha Cherney Toler writes: “It’s hard to believe that our daughter Gracie will turn 1 in May. Garvis, Gracie, and I have moved from New York to Washing-ton, D.C. We would love to connect with Brown alums in the area.”
Erica Forssen Wines and her husband, Edward (Bentley ’93, Boston Univ. Law School’03), have purchased a home in Mil-ford, Mass. Erica is an HR manager for GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals in Northbor-ough, Mass., and Ed is an associate in the capital finance division of Edwards, Angell, Palmer, and Dodge in Providence. Their miniature dachshund, Darwin, a graduate of both puppy kindergarten and obedience school, looks forward to spending the summer exploring all the sights and smells of his new home.
Kristen Keller Winikoff writes: “Brian Winikoff and I are happy to announce the March 21 birth of Charles Joseph. Luckily, big brother James, 5, and sister Alex, 3, adore him and think he’s a loud, drooly new toy. And in other exciting news, we’re moving to the Boston area.”
Adda Winkes ’98 MD, daughter of professor Rolf and Mary Winkes, married LCDR Tim Kunkel, USN, on Nov. 4, 2005, in Kailua, Hawaii. Adda and Tim want to thank the many family members and friends from Providence who came all the way to Hawaii to celebrate—especially Korinna Winkes, Madhu Ananthakrishnan ’98 MD, Deb Rudnick, Rob Ast, and Becky Wheatland.
From the May / June 2006 Issue
Co-class president Michelle Mickey reports: "The 1994 class officers would like to hear from our classmates. If we don't already have your contact information, send an e-mail so we can stay in touch. Everyone is encouraged to check out the updated class Web site at alumni.brown. edu/classes/1994/index.html. We look forward to hearing from you and/or seeing you at an event soon!"
Rachel Harper has published her first novel, Brass Ankle Blues (Simon and Schuster). She has a 2-year-old daughter and is happily settled in Los Angeles with her family.
Catalina Serna reports that after 6 1/2 years in the Harris County, Tex. district attorney's office, she joined the law department at Union Pacific Railroad Co. "It is an interesting job involving all forms of personal injury litigation, emergency response in train accidents, and a whole lot of other things. I've even gotten to go to train school and operate a locomotive simulator!" She also took up long-distance running and completed her second Houston marathon on Jan. 15. She looks forward to her second triathlon season and hopes to graduate to Olympic distances. "The endurance sport thing has helped me keep in shape," she writes, and it has also improved my love life as I met my boyfriend while training for a triathlon. I keep in touch with Laura Lingle Whiteley '95, who is a doctor in private practice in Houston. I also had the chance to visit Van Jones '93 in September, when I traveled to South Carolina for the Clemson vs. Texas A&M game. I enjoyed visiting with Van; his wife, Ashley; and their two boys (they have added a third son since my visit)."
Kippy Joseph reports that she had a baby girl-her first. Kaia Sutherland Scott was born on Dec. 12 in London, where Kippy has been living and working for four years now. She saw Rahsan Lindsay, who came through a few months ago-his wife, Letina, just had twins! Boys named Nelson and Del.
Congratulations to Michelle Mickey and Jon Rork who recently visited the Van Wickle Gates and got engaged! No date set as of yet.
Andrew Hoppin reports that he was engaged in March 2005 to Kety Esquiveland and will probably get married this July. He writes: "I am the director of business strategy at CivicSpace - albeit in a nonprofit context - essentially cajoling and helping IT consulting firms to start building their business around our free/open-source software platform. I am also consulting with large new prospective end users of the software, like the Onion, Participant Films, and the Minnesota Democratic Party, to help them learn about why they would choose to use it and how to use it effectively. You might call me a community evangelist, I suppose. I spend even more of my time building GoodStorm of late, and in that capacity I'm more of a traditional business development director."
Sandra Forero Bush, her husband, Christopher, and Lucas Ivan, 3 years 9 months, announce the Nov. 22, 2005, birth of Sebastian Kail. "The new little one has a head full of hair and definitely takes after Mom's Colombian side of the family. We're all doing well, still living and working in Tacoma, Wash., and enjoying the almost record-breaking streak of rain."
Erik Franklin and his wife, Sara, announce the May 16, 2005, birth of Caroline Mary. Caroline joins her big sister, Grace, and our golden retrievers, Gus and Sierra, in wreaking havoc on the Franklin household. I'm still working for Fast Search and Transfer in their federal government group and still enjoy living in Arlington, Va., near friends and family.
Charles Grace was elected to the board of overseers for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston. He is an associate in the employment, labor, and benefits department of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, and Popeo.
Suzanne Y. Kao writes that she has been enjoying her time in Washington, D.C., where she is an associate at Patton Boggs. She often sees Praveen Fernandes, who also is an associate at Patton Boggs. Suzanne looks forward to hearing from old friends.
Erik Pitchal writes that he married Denell Downum (Carleton College '94) on a foggy evening in February in Brooklyn. Brown alums in attendance were Larry Small, Terri Crimmins Tubb, Helena Hillman Laroche, Rebecca Kislak, Jessica Strom Rutherford, Jonah Brown, Lisa Singhania, Amy Salerno, Max Minzner '96, Mirna Adjami '96, Jody Feder '95, Jeremy Alper '95, and Aaron Schuham '93. Erik is a lawyer and is director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Family and Child Advocacy at Fordham Univ. The center is a joint program of the law school, the social work school, and the graduate psychology program. Erik also teaches in the law school. Last year he was named child advocate of the year by the American Bar Association's young lawyers division. He is the New York City coordinator for BASC. Denell is finishing her PhD in English literature at the CUNY Graduate Center.
Michael Poorman writes: "The last three years have been an amazing roller-coaster ride. After my first marriage failed in 2003, I became divorced, depressed, fat, and out of shape. In November of 2004, I changed my life. Last year, I met the girl of my dreams, Sara Marie Nerenberg. We were married in August. I have lost fifty-four pounds of fat and am now bench-pressing over 500 pounds (75 pounds more than when I played football at Brown). There is life after divorce. I would love to hear from Brown friends. We are still living in Portland, Ore."
From the March / April 2005 Issue
Class copresident Michelle Mickey reports: “The class officers are working hard to keep everyone informed of events and activities, but we need your help. If you have not already shared your e-mail address, you can send it to email@example.com. We will be sending regular e-mail newsletters. In the meantime, check out our class Web site at alumni.brown.edu/classes/1994/default.asp”
Jason Bordoff and Michelle Greene (Dartmouth ’91), announce the Nov. 7 birth of Molly Greene Bordoff. Everyone is happy and healthy. Jason is working as a law clerk for the Honorable Stephen F. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Andrew Case writes: “My play Pacific will be performed at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago Feb. 17–March 27. We plan to have a Brown Club of Chicago event on Feb. 25. I’d love to hear from Brown folk doing theater in Chicago.”
Dovie Yoana King has taken over the Debtor Assistance Project of Public Counsel, the largest pro bono law office in the country. Dovie assists low-income families with bankruptcy- related legal services. Dovie also continues as a board member of the Brown Latino Alumni Council and serves as regional chair for Los Angeles.
Joshua Aaron Youdovin was named an associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society. He is a senior actuarial associate at Swiss Re.
From the November / December 2004 Issue
Tamara Gould and Alexander Thier ’92 announce the birth of Hannah Z. Gould Thier. Tamara’s documentary about Afghan-istan’s new constitution was broadcast on PBS on Sept. 9. After several years of work in Afghanistan, Alex is a fellow at Stanford, where he is writing a book about nation building.
Portia Hall writes: “I married Gordon Verbiske (Univ. of Oregon ’95) on July 10. Friends who had always promised to visit Portland finally came out for the occasion, including some from old freshman unit 27. Kim O’Neale ’95, Doug Gaasterland, Mike Csollany ’96, and Kerri Flanagan all came to the celebration. It was a great party and it was wonderful to see everyone.”
Dana Mitra writes: “While my friends were catching up on Sunday of reunion weekend, Todd and I welcomed the birth of Carson Campbell Mitra Litzinger. He joins his big sister Kaden, 2 1/2.” Dana is assistant professor in the Department of Education Policy Studies at Penn State.
Jill Norris Sellers and Scott Sellers are loving life with Hannah Kai Sellers, who was born on March 7. After a bumpy start, Hannah Kai is healthy, happy, and full of giggles. She even enjoys racing sailboats with her parents. Jill launched Educational Counseling Services, a private college counseling firm.
Jody Budge Stelck has joined the California Mortgage Lending Group in Scotts Valley as a residential and commercial mortgage consultant. She is also the treasurer of the Women’s Council of Realtors.
Supriya Wickrematillake (see Catherine McElearney Gautier ’02).
From the September / October 2004 Issue
Joseph Allen writes that after completing a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine, he is joining the emergency medicine faculty at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.”
Emma Tubb Burton writes: “Michael Burton and I just welcomed our first child, Katerine Evan, on June 9. Michael continues to practice international law at the Washington, D.C., firm Miller & Chevalier. After maternity leave, I will return to practice commercial litigation at Crowell & Moring.”
Jen Corn and her partner, Sarah Cline, are thrilled to announce the Dec. 30 birth of their daughter, Maizie Cline.
Marco Fernandez writes: “I married Dara Madrid on Oct. 25, 2003, in Nuevo Leon, Mexico. In attendance were Rafael Ruiz, Peter Lee, and June Chun. The beautiful ceremony and reception took place in my father’s hometown of Allende. I recently completed my anesthesiology residency and now work in a small town outside of Chicago.”
Gregory D. Reidy has been promoted to vice president of key accounts for UnitedHealthcare of New England. He will oversee new business sales and account management for the New England market. He and his wife live in North Kingstown, R.I. with their two children.
Ben Taylor ’94 (see Joyce Reed ’61).
From the July / August 2004 Issue
Jennifer Acker Bishop and Lars Bishop (see Cynthia Wayne Acker ’59).
Mark Fabbro wrote this spring: “My wife, Deirdre, and I announce the birth of Eleanor O’Neil Fabbro. We look forward to introducing Ellie to friends at the ten-year reunion.”
Ayana Colbert Machen and her husband, Ron, welcomed the Dec. 8 birth of Kadari Roy. He joins older brother Jelani, 3.
Christine Reins writes: “I was accepted to the American Film Institute Conservatory to study production design and will be relocating from Boston to Los Angeles. I was a professional architect in Boston for nearly six years, so this will be a very interesting career shift for me.”
Robyn Remeika and Tipo Lechheb announce the May 25, 2003, birth of their first child, Samia Claire. Robyn is a program officer for the U.S. Department of State, and Tipo is enjoying life as a stay-at-home dad.
Jenn Richeson (see Mimi Shields Clarke ’84).
Micaela Schweitzer-Bluhm writes: “I was sorry that I was unable to join my classmates for our ten-year reunion. I would have loved it, but I am in Baghdad on a six-month temporary assignment for the Foreign Service. I am keeping good company here, though, as I work with Mark Schapiro (who left in time to make the reunion). We are diligently trying to create the basis for the public diplomacy section in our future American Embassy. Any other Brown grads in Baghdad? We can start a Brown Club of Baghdad.”
From the May / June 2004 Issue
The class reunion committee reports: “Our 10th reunion is just around the corner, and we hope to see you for a fantastic and fun-filled weekend, May 28–31! Dance the night away at Campus Dance, catch up with friends at the class reception on Saturday evening, enjoy a lively panel discussion at Sunday afternoon’s class seminar, and reminisce over drinks at a pub on Sunday night. Be sure to make your reservations as soon as possible. Register online at alumni.brown.edu. If you haven’t received your reunion packet, please contact reunion headquarters at (401) 863-1947 or firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Brian Bernhardt writes: “After almost ten years in the Midwest, I moved to Richmond, Va.”
Michelle Boardman is an assistant professor of law at George Mason Univ. in Arlington, Va.
Robin DeRosa writes: “I finished my doctorate at Tufts last year. I’m now an assistant professor of literature and cultural studies at Plymouth State Univ. in New Hampshire, where my partner of nearly nine years, Phil Lonergan, heads the sculpture program. Phil and I welcomed a daughter, Ruby Adeline, in July. Thanks to J.J. Harwayne Leitner for the good childbirth advice.”
Karen Grace writes: “I married David Corken (Notre Dame ’94, ’99 MBA) on Oct. 11 in Lenox, Mass. We were surrounded by Brown alumni, including my grandmother, Irene Burwick Grace ’30; my father, Alan Grace ’62; my brother, Daniel Grace ’96; maid of honor Susan Blackman Tilson ’89; Kevin Blackman ’92; Michael Blackman ’87, ’97 MD; Kenneth Blackman ’62; bridesmaid Emily Whitcomb; Howard Whitcomb ’61; Neil Markson ’66; Todd Markson ’97; Anthony Limberis ’95; Pam Gordon ’93; Miriam Grace Silverman ’66; Abby Silverman ’01; Norman Grace ’58; Robert Grace ’84; Neal Kurk ’62; and Kendra Kurk Anderson ’90. After honeymooning in Hawaii, David and I returned to Chicago, where I work in the financial planning and analysis group at United Airlines and David is a management consultant with Keane Consulting Group.”
Alison Muh writes that her high-end line of “working bags for working girls” has been featured in Jane, Papercity, Dwell, the San Francisco Chronicle, and US Weekly. Tim Webb ’96 is head of sales and marketing for Alison’s company, Surly Girl Studio, which she founded last year. Under Tim’s guidance, Surly Girl bags are now sold across the country and even in Tokyo. Visit their Web site at surlygirlstudios.com.
Greg Retsinas is managing editor of the Spartanburg (S.C.) Herald-Journal.
Rebekah McKinney Sözer writes: “I married Ethem Mutlu Sözer (Middle East Technical Univ. ’94, Northeastern ’03 PhD) on Dec. 30, 2002. We are living in the Jamaica Plain section of Boston. I am in my third year as a second-grade teacher at James Curley, a public school in our neighborhood. I finished my master’s in education at Lesley University this spring. Mutlu, who is an engineer, is doing a postdoc with MIT’s Seagrant program.”
Erik Stern writes: “After Brown, I received an MBA at the Univ. of Chicago. I now work for Stern Stewart & Co., a small financial and management advisory firm. With a colleague, I manage the European operations of our firm. In March, John Wiley & Sons published my first book, The Value Mindset: Returning to the First Principles of Capitalist Enterprise, which I wrote with a former colleague.”
From the March / April 2004 Issue
Your class officers report: Our 10th reunion plans are complete, and we hope to see you back at Brown on May 28–31! Join fellow classmates for a great reunion weekend. Registration information will arrive soon, so please make your reservation early. Register online at alumni.brown.edu and address any questions to reunion headquarters at (401) 863-1947 or email@example.com.
Nicola Russell Finley writes: “I married Tony Finley (UC Santa Barbara ’90‚ UT at Austin ’00 MBA) on Nov. 1 at the Omni Tucson National Golf Resort and Spa in Tucson, Ariz. Alumni in attendance included bridesmaids Leslie Bostic Doss, Diane Johnson‚ and Kim O’Neale ’95. Also in attendance were Alicia Robinson-Morgan and Christie Sams ’92. We honeymooned in Bora Bora and Moorea. I am an internal medicine physician at El Rio community clinic and St. Mary’s Hospital in Tucson. Tony is the finance manager at the Tucson Newspapers.”
Jennie Howland writes: “I’m looking forward to our 10th reunion. I’m finishing medical school, interviewing for residency, and am organizing a multidisciplinary community development project in Tanzania. Learn more at malaikaproject.org.”
Suzanne Kao joined the law firm of Patton Boggs. She and her husband are living in Vienna, Va. S
Todd Wehmann writes: “My wife, Bonnie, and I welcomed the Oct. 8 birth of our first child, Colin Russell. We’re looking forward to giving him a tour of the Brown campus at the reunion in May.” T
Peter Welch and his partner, Kate Leggett, announce the Sept. 16 birth of Sophie Eva Leggett Welch.
From the January / February 2004 Issue
Peter E. Brill writes that he has taken on the leadership of the Brown University Club of Long Island. After some interesting transitions, he has spent the past three years focusing on the practice of criminal defense law in the New York state and federal courts.
Keri Davidson Lawrence ’98 M.D. and her husband, Tom, announce the Sept. 27 birth of Jacob Alexander. Keri is in private practice at Carrboro Pediatrics & Internal Medicine, affiliated with UNC Hospitals.
Shira Epstein writes: “I was so proud this week to attend the book launch of Boy Meets Boy, the latest young adult novel by David Levithan. Other alums in attendance included Eliza Sporn ’95, Steve Cha ’00 M.D., and Sam Nisson.”
Erik Franklin and his wife, Sara, announce the Jan. 17, 2003, birth of Grace Emily. Erik writes: “Sara and I are living in Arlington, Va. I work for a Norway-based company, FAST Search and Transfer, and am helping open their Washington, D.C., office.”
Adele Hutchinson, a postdoctoral fellow in neuropsychology at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, will marry Mason Haber in late October. Mason is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Wayne State University.
Melisa Lai ’99 M.D. writes: “My sister, Naline Lai ’89, and my brother-in-law, Paul Rehmet ’89, have their hands full with my new nephew, Michael Lai Rehmet, born in September. Fortunately, my nieces—Michael’s big sisters, Emmie and Abby—are there to help.”
Lydia Maier writes: “I have followed in former dean Robin Rose’s footsteps, and am the dean of students at Waynflete School, which my four-year-old son attends. We’ve joined the Brown migration to Portland, Maine. Valy Steverlynck ’93 and Eric Horne ’92 run their own oyster farm nearby. They are also part of the giving circle we recently started to encourage philanthropy and civic engagement among our generation.”
Silvio Menzano writes that he has been living in Washington, D.C., since graduation to attend Gallaudet University. After eight years he completed his Ph.D. in clinical psychology. He has been working at the George Mason University Counseling Center for three years.
Matthew Meyer (see Ellen Shaffer Meyer ’61).
Myechia Minter ’98 M.D. writes: “On June 28, I married Lawrence Jordan Jr., a Providence native. Melanie Adrienne Jones ’93 was maid of honor. Ayana Machen and Shanda Moore were in attendance for our wonderful ceremony. We happily reside in Baltimore.”
Jessica Strom married Jason Rutherford on Aug. 16 in New York City. Katia Papagianni was a bridesmaid and Jonah Brown signed the couple’s ketubah. Also in attendance were Erik Pitchal, Robert Lebowitz, and Jennifer Zwiebel Davey ’95. Jessica is the daughter of Jane Golin Strom ’67 and the granddaughter of the late Helen Herman Golin ’42. After honeymooning in Aruba, the couple returned to New York City, where Jessica is a law student at the Cardozo School of Law and Jason is a video editor and graphic designer.
From the November / December 2003 Issue
Nicole Clement has joined the Providence office of Holland & Knight as an associate in the business law department.
Len Erickson writes that he has finished work on his doctorate in economics at Brown. In October he moved to Washington, D.C., to join the economist program at the International Monetary Fund.
Erik Franklin and his wife, Sara, announce the Jan. 17 birth of Grace Emily. Erik writes: “I’m helping start an office for a Norwegian company, FAST Search and Transfer, in Washington, D.C., focused on the federal government.”
Scott Hensel writes: “My wife, Beth, and I welcomed the July 8 arrival of Jessica Nicole. Mom and baby are great, and big brother Trey is adjusting to having a sister. I am still with McKinsey & Co.’s Stamford office.”
Sharon Hurwitz writes: “After three long years of working full time, going to school, and having an internship, I finally earned my M.A. in social service administration from the Univ. of Chicago. I’m still working as the associate director of Christopher House, a nonprofit helping low-income kids and families.”
Dana Matsushita and her husband, David Siegel, announce the Aug. 4 birth of Zachary Saichiro Siegel.
Matt Meyer received the 2003 Samuel S. Beard Award for the Greatest Public Service by an Individual Thirty-Five Years or Under, given annually by the American Institute for Public Service. Matt was honored for his work in a Korogocho, Nairobi, slum, where he founded a community-based business that produces recycled tire sandals and provides employment to local residents.
Katie Silberman married Bryan Knapp on the Pacific Coast, north of San Francisco. Christina Henry de Tessan and Sarah Horwich ’96 attended the wedding. Katie and Bryan live in Oakland, Calif., where Katie is associate director of the Center for Environmental Health, a nonprofit dedicated to reducing the use of toxic chemicals.
From the May / June 2003 Issue
Jen Achtert writes: “On June 1, 2002, I married Varghese George (UC Berkeley ’00 Ph.D.) in Oakland, Calif. We met while I was attending Berkeley’s School of Law (Boalt Hall) and Varghese was in graduate school in the electrical engineering and computer sciences department. Jack Liang, Tony Yao, and Eugene Cheung attended the wedding.”
Alexander Cavallo and Giovanna Syed Cavallo announce the May 3, 2002, birth of Allison Gabriella. The write: “Allison is doing great. We are still living in Chicago and are very involved in alumni activities.”
Allison Spivak Friedman and Andrew Friedman ’93, of Newton, Mass., announce the Jan. 15 birth of Casey Rebecca Friedman.
Helena Hillman will marry Claude Laroche this May. She will also complete her residency in internal medicine and pediatrics.
Judy Lederman Kloner and Kenny Kloner ’93 announce the Sept. 24 birth of twins Jacqueline and Daniel. Grandfather William Kloner ’49 is looking forward to showing them around campus and maybe having a third generation of Brunonians.
Phillip Pan ’98 M.D. and his wife, Carri LaCroix Pan, announce the Jan. 9 birth of Alexander Zhi-Guang LaCroix Pan.
Victoria Pao ’98 M.D. writes: “I am a plastic-surgery resident and in February participated in a two-week medical-missionary trip to Guatemala. My experiences as a PLME student at Brown encouraged me to continually participate in community service. I plan to return to Guatemala for a second trip within the next year and a half, so February’s trip was just the start.”
Amy White Poret and her husband, Hal, announce the Dec. 13 birth of Ben. Among Ben’s first visitors were Dana Hanson ’93, Brian Burba ’92, and their son, Bruce; and Dave and Kara Kee Borah ’92 and their children, Daniel and Isabelle.
Daniel Rosenberg writes: “On Sept. 1, 2001, my father, Morton J. Rosenberg, passed away while he visiting Italy with my mother, Margery. She and I are grateful for the support we have received from the Brown community. Phil Tsai, Meredith Moss, Steve Frias, and Nelson Medeiros ’95 were kind to express their sympathies. Before my father passed away, I was managing the Michael Bloomberg for New York City Mayor account at Penn and Schoen Associates, the political polling firm. I have since taken over my father’s real estate business.”
Andy Towers (see Tom Towers ’88).
Martin Velazquez, a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, writes that he was awarded three Strike Flight Air Medals and the Navy Commendation Medal for Valor in recognition for his actions in Afghanistan. He flew thirty combat missions in an F-14 Tomcat during the opening weeks of Operation Enduring Freedom in October 2001.
From the March / April 2003 Issue
Laura Gardner married Jay Remington ’92 this fall, nearly eleven years after they met at Brown. Laura writes that it felt a little like Campus Dance as two generations of Brunonians helped them celebrate. At least thirty-six Brown alumni from the classes of 1954 through 1997 took part in the festivities. In addition, the entire wedding party graduated from Brown, including Jay’s sister, Chelsey Remington ’89, and Laura’s brother and “man of honor” Mike Gardner ’97. Chris Wade ’93 served as best man. Sepp Dobler ’93, Chris Mills ’92, Paul Rimas ’92, and Dave Smail ’92 were groomsmen. Sarah Amory, Elisabeth Fieldstone Kanner ’95, Becca Labbe Karpinski, and Jessica Paul were bridesmaids. Josh Kanner and Eric Karpinski greeted guests and handed out programs. Jay and Laura met on campus, as did Jay’s parents, Chelsey Carrier Remington ’61 and David Remington ’61.
Henry Lin (see Dave Denekas ’74).
Todd Wehmann married Bonnie Bates in a beachside ceremony in Laguna Beach, Calif., in late October. The couple was married by Todd’s father, Peter Wehmann ’63. Also in attendance were groomsman Eric Karpinski, Becca Labbe Karpinski, Laura Gardner Remington, Jay Remington ’92, Sarah Amory, Melanie Rosenberg, Jessica Paul, Jon Petty, Henry Haggard ’95, Eddie Gonzalez, Matt Carvalho, Brian Bernhardt, and Richard Wise ’48. Todd and Bonnie honeymooned in Hawaii before returning to the San Francisco Bay Area, where Todd works in brand management for Clorox and Bonnie works as a freelance digital artist.
From the November / December 2002 Issue
Deborah Ahrens writes: "My husband, Andy Siegel, and I announce the August 14 birth of Juliet Miranda Ahrens-Siegel. Andy will begin teaching at the Univ. of South Carolina law school this fall, and assuming that I pass the South Carolina bar, which I took while nine months pregnant, I will be working at the public defender's office."
Debra Bard married David Javerbaum (Harvard '93) in Maplewood, N.J., in May. Debra is a digital media producer for Comedy Central. David is a comedy writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Heidi Kay Carson writes: "My husband and I are raising money to help cure leukemia by running in the Honolulu Marathon in December. To learn more, view photos, and check our training progress, visit home.attbi. com/~chadcarson1/."
Bartholomew Goldyn has received a dissertation fellowship from Georgetown University, where he is a doctoral candidate in history. Goldyn's dissertation, Cities for a New Poland: State Planning and Urban Control in the Building of Gdynia and Nowa Huta, examines the societal effects of Poland's attempt in the 20th century to build two new cities.
Eddie Gonzalez writes that he married Betsy Carmody (Medill '97) on May 11 in Birmingham, Ala. Serving as groomsmen were Erik Franklin, Kevin Ruby, and Nat Hight '96. Also in attendance were Eric Karpinski, Becca Labbe Karpinski, Megan Mullin Kotwicki, Melanie Rosenberg, Sarah Amory, Todd Wehmann, Michaela Allbee, Kevin Reed, and Karen Loggia. The couple honeymooned in Hot Springs, N.C., before returning to work in Washington, D.C. Eddie works for the National Park Foundation (where he ran into Jody Buckley-Keating), and Betsy works for the Washington Post. Pictures from the wedding can be found at jimandtimo.com/gonzalez. html.
Stephen Juris writes: "On May 18 I married Rachel Parker (Southern Connecticut '94) at Fenn's Farm in Middlebury, Conn. Alumni joining us were Andrew St. Laurent, Michael Burton, Emma Tubb Burton, Alison Days, and Ian McKenney. Rachel is director of imaging at Artland.com, a supplier of fine-arts prints, while I am a litigation associate at Davis, Polk & Wardwell."
Bill Lee writes that he married Corey Ohama '91 on May 26 in Point Reyes Station, Calif. Lisa Gage Star '90 was the maid of honor, and her daughters Luna, 8, and Evangeline, 3, were flower girls. Ed Chung '99 M.D. and Ted Saha were groomsmen. Also present were Owen Chan, Julia Hyun-Lee '91, Aurorae Khoo, Kimberlee Kimura '93, Jack Liang, and Tony Yao. Corey and Bill quit their jobs as an associate documentary producer and a database software engineer, respectively, to honeymoon as farmhands on an organic farm in Vershire, Vt., take a house-building course in Woolwich, Maine, and travel in Peru.
Tara Mack writes: "George Wynne married his fianc}e, Abigail Asongwe, in April in Houston. Abigail, a computer programmer at Continental Airlines, is from Cameroon. The wedding and reception combined Texas friendliness with Cameroonian traditions. Charlie Harris was the best man. Also attending were Jennie Howland, Margo Eastlund, and me."
Michael Poorman and Laura announce the May 5, 2001, birth of their first child, Faith Victoria. For pictures, go to raisingfaith.com. Michael is the national director of sales for Pacific InfoSystems. He writes: "After six years in Chicago, we moved back to Portland last year."
Alison Serino is the new class president, taking over from former class copresidents Debra Bard and Dave Phemister.
Rachel Teisch writes: "I work for a San Francisco software company in business development. Jessica Teisch finished her doctorate and post-doc at UC Berkeley and is a rising star with the new Bookmarks magazine in San Francisco. Cathy Goldberg Lipper and Graeme Lipper '93 had a baby in August named Justin Brett. Tami Horwich announced her engagement to a fine doctor named Gerry and is doing her residency at Cedar Sinai. Jessica and I attended the wedding of Josh Silverman '91 and Shirin Ghotbi. Jessica Shapiro Mirsky '95 completed her M.B.A. last year and is now working at Microsoft in Seattle." Rachel welcomes contact from old friends.
From the September / October 2002 Issue
Damali Ayo, formely Damali Ayo Patterson, writes: "I am enjoying and engaging Portland, Ore., through visual and performing art. I am a conceptual artist working with Ôsocial junk' (race, gender, class) and Ôobject junk' (everyday post-consumer objects). I just gave the first public lecture on my work and have had the opportunity to show it in Seattle and New York City. In addition, I cofounded the defunkt theatre company."
Brian Hornbuckle writes: "Jalene and I announce the May 17 birth of Eliana Christine Hornbuckle. She joins sister Amaris, 4, and brother Malachi, 2."
Akiko Ichikawa writes that she presented a sound installation at Midway Contemporary Art in St. Paul, Minn., in April.
Greg Retsinas and his wife, Meredith, announce the May 23 arrival of Isabel Hope.
Lauren Cohen Ronick writes: "Rachel Zabar has written and directed One Life, a short film about September 11 that will air on Showtime in September. Clara Markowicz and I were the producers, and Chad Royce and Scott Mann '95 composed the music for the film. Also helping in production were Alexandra Shapiro '96, a vice president of marketing at USA Networks; Suzanne Immerman, program director of the September 11th Fund; Evanne Salomon Gargiulo, who is expecting twins in November with her husband, Ed Gargiulo '93; Kippy Joseph, who is now living in London with her husband, Jason Scott; and Marian Belgray '95."
From the July / August 2002 Issue
Ali Abhary writes: "After less than seven months of marriage to my wife, Fumet Anit, I am sad to inform my friends in the Brown community that Fumet passed away suddenly on March 24 of a brain aneurysm. Fumet was 33. She is survived by me and her 7-year-old daughter."
Julie LeMaire wrote in March: "I will finish my internal medicine residency this June and celebrate by marrying David Rein in July. The wedding, which will take place in Manning Chapel, will be a wonderful return to Brown."
Kurt Reisenberg is a managing director at the Corporate Executive Board in Washington, D.C.
Caroline Roberts writes: "I'm an internal medicine intern at Johns Hopkins. My senior residents and fellows include Jean Wang '98 M.D., Vandana Reddy '95, Benson Chen, Micol Rothman '93, and Phil Nivatpumin."
From the May / June 2002 Issue
Brian Bernhardt writes: "After a brief stay in Topeka, Kan., Laura and I are moving to Michigan, where she will continue to try to turn me into a fan of Michigan football and Michigan winters. Laura plans to get a graduate degree in social work and I will continue to work for Raymond & Prokop doing tax litigation work."
Angel Brunner writes that she recently celebrated her 30th birthday with a large group of friends in Washington, D.C. Among those in attendance were her partner, Jacqueline Romero; Jen H. Taylor '95; Kim Miller;
J.J. Harwayne Leitner; Kima Taylor '91, '95 M.D.; Carolyn "Sparkie" Pallof '90; and Alex Sanchez '96. Warren Brown '93 designed the cake.
Jody Buckley-Keating writes: "On Nov. 17 I married Christopher Keating (Virginia Tech '90, Penn State '96 M.B.A.), in Alexandria, Va. Tory Myers and Martina Jerant '95 were in the wedding party. Other alumni in attendance included Carol Ryan Livingood '93, Shonica Tunstall '92, Paige Cokos '97, Brett and Michelle Pagliaro Haywood, Geoff and Jen Shaw Finch, and Ellen Lenihan '96. We've settled in suburban D.C., where Chris works in finance at AOL and I work as a marketing director at the National Park Foundation, after receiving my M.B.A. from Wharton in 2001."
Marc Kolb writes: "Lisa and I are thrilled to announce the Jan. 4 birth of our first child."
Dana Mitra and her husband, Todd Litzinger (West Virginia University '89), announce the Nov. 15 birth of daughter Kaden Lillian Litzinger. Dana just finished her Ph.D. in education policy at Stanford.
Ava Nepaul-Siegel writes: "I completed a master's in medical anthropology at the Universiteit van Amsterdam in August 2000 and am working at the Connecticut Department of Public Health."
From the November / December 2000 Issue
Catalina Serna writes: “Van Jones ’93 married Ashley Champion (Clemson) on Aug. 5 in Gastonia, N.C. Groomsmen included Gordon Jones ’91, Bill Miller ’91, Rocky Freeman, and Pete Ryan ’93. Loretta Lock Keese ’92 sang in the wedding, while I read the couple’s favorite Bible passage. Other guests were Dave Lusk ’93, Sue Heffernan ’93, Eric Graban ’93, Terez Samra-Graban, and Myrna De Los Santos Ryan ’95. Myrna and Pete Ryan traveled from Boston, where Pete works for a consulting firm and Myrna teaches Spanish. Gordon also traveled from Boston, where he is a brand manager for Gillette. Bill, of Dallas, is in graduate school and is the proud father of two boys. Rocky, also of Dallas, is a seminary student and proud father of a baby girl. Loretta lives in Austin, Tex., with her husband, Larry. Dave traveled from Washington, D.C., where he works for a political dot-com. Terez and Eric drove all the way in from Ohio, where Terez teaches at Marietta College and Eric works for a chemical manufacturer. The rehearsal dinner was in the theme of a tailgate party. Centerpieces included a Brown bear and a Clemson tiger. After the Clemson group finished singing ‘Tiger Rag,’ the Brown group jumped in with the traditional version of ‘Ever True to Brown.’ ”
Melisa W. Lai ’99 M.D. (see Naline Lai ’89).
Alan Stern (see Karen Stern Hammarstrom ’88).
From the September / October 2000 Issue
Earl Bethel died March 17 (see Obituaries). His friend, Russell DeLaCor, writes: "My life changed the very moment I met Earl. It was freshman year at an off-campus party on Brook Street, and he was performing with a band called Big Daddy. I, along with everyone present, was amazed with his guitar playing. Though I was from New York City, and Earl from New Hampshire, our differences seemed transparent. Our mixed and West Indian heritage, as well as our taste in music and guitars, brought us together as we struggled to feel a part of the different communities around us. Our relationship surpassed my hopes and dreams for friendships as we turned from friends to brothers. In college, with our friends, we founded a powerful music community. The respect, understanding, and willingness to be turned on to something we had never heard before became a beautiful ritual. It was as if each old album was a forgotten scripture, discovered by the disciples trying to get back to their roots. While I am deeply saddened by his death, I find some happiness in knowing that he lived life to the fullest and farthest reaches. He will not be forgotten. During his memorial service in Exeter N.H., it was amazing to see how many people he had touched, inspired, loved, and entertained. Through his struggle with diabetes and the ruthlessness of the music business, Earl persevered. Earl was one of the few brave souls who threw caution to the wind and made his way to Los Angeles. In the midst of our struggles for happiness and success, we went our separate ways. Earl played music in L.A. for many years until he landed a job this year as lead guitarist with the Blue Man Group in Las Vegas. He was on his way to stardom for sure. It is truly unfortunate not to have this inspirational human being alive today, to see his struggle made successful, and to see his face, to hear his laugh, to see him smile. I hope to help spread the joy he so freely gave to everyone around him. His family will establish a memorial fund to raise money for the American Diabetes Foundation. I hope to help establish a Web presence for this foundation as well as an on-line archive of his music and the music he inspired. Please go to www.bkny.com/earl to listen to some of the recordings we have archived. For those who never knew Earl, I hope that my words help to illustrate how wonderfully special he was. His energy, charisma, caring, and undeniable musical talent made Brown come alive, like an electric shock; everyone around him felt special."
Andrew Gillies writes: "Here’s a small memory of Earl: He whistled, particularly when he was coming and going from places. He whistled coming in and out of the Grad Center his sophomore year, and he whistled coming in and out of 172 Williams St. his senior year. I’m sure he whistled coming in and out of Littlefield and wherever he lived in Italy. It was a comforting, reassuring whistle, one that revealed his upbeat spirit, his good humor, and his music."
Kevin Webb ’92 writes: "I feel blessed to have known Earl and it’s especially an honor to have shared music with him. I admire him because he spent his life doing the thing that he was put on earth to do: make music. The lesson - or the example - that I take from Earl’s life is that tomorrow is not promised to any of us, so we need to spend the time we have doing what makes us happy and sharing the gifts that we have been given. This is what Earl did. Reflecting on his life has made me more determined to do this in my own life. Earl shared his creativity and his soul with everyone he knew. I’m thankful to have been one of those people."
Brian Hornbuckle and his wife, Jalene, announce the birth of Malachi Kirk on April 30. He joins sister Amaris. Both Jalene and Malachi are doing well.
Heidi Kay, of Redwood Shores, Calif., writes: "May was a busy month for me. Within a two-week period, I bought a new car and a new house, changed jobs, and eloped in Napa, Calif. My husband is Chad Carson (Rice ’94, UC Berkeley ’99). I am a vice president at Signia Ventures, a venture-capital firm."
Dovie Yoana King and Andrew Kashyap ’90 are practicing law in New York City after graduating from Northeastern University School of Law in 1999. Both were awarded Equal Justice Fellowships by the National Association for Public Interest Law to provide legal services to the under-served. Dovie is using her fellowship to advocate on behalf of welfare recipients in Spanish Harlem as they make the transition from welfare to work. Andrew is helping South Asian immigrant workers enforce their employment rights.
Melisa W. Lai ’99 M.D. writes: "I was promoted to captain in the U.S. Air Force Rhode Island Air National Guard. Now that I’ve finished my intern year in Boston, I hope to spend more drills at Quonset Point, R.I., with my unit, the 143rd Airlift Wing, Medical Squadron."
Christopher Powers writes: "While on leave from Brown, I received a J.D. from the University of Minnesota. Being a patriotic Midwesterner, I am now clerking for the Minnesota Tax Court. By the way, has anyone heard from Devin Brown ’92?"
From the July / August 2000 Issue
Akiko Ichikawa will be featured at Momenta Art in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, this fall. She showed a collaborative installation in a two-person show at P.S. 122 in March and has received an independent projects grant from Artists Space.
Melisa W. Lai ’99 M.D. writes: "Intern-year in the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency is more than halfway done. It’s been great working with senior residents Leo Kobayashi ’98 M.D. and Resa Lewiss ’92. Boston, on the other hand – well, it’s no Providence, but it’s been great for reunions with classmates such as Karen Foster de Foy, who moved here with her husband, Benjamin, from England in 1999 with Cambridge Ph.D.s in hand. They volunteered in Haiti after graduation and then moved to the States. Nine months after their return they celebrated the birth of their first child, Jonathan, in February. Chris Armstrong is wrapping up his Ph.D. in biology at M.I.T. Abigail Demopulos left for Washington, D.C., to pursue a master’s at Georgetown. Second-year Yale Law student Joanna Norland shared the wonderful news of her engagement to Scotsman Alistair McLeod (University of Edinburgh ’94; Cambridge ’98 Ph.D.). They plan a September wedding in Scotland."
J.J. Harwayne Leitner writes: "On March 4, I married David Leitner (Univ. of Michigan ’94) in New York City. It was a great time. Among the bridesmaids were Jenny Lytle and Alex Sanchez ’96, of Hawaii. Ray Rocha ’95, Neil Lapinski, Todd Hunter, Jon and Karen Wintraub Richter, and Kenny Alston ’95 also attended."
Emily Constable Pershing and Andrew Pershing ’95 announce the birth of Gregory Andrew on Oct. 24. They write: "Big brother Harry, 21Ú2, met his sibling with mixed feelings (‘he’s funny’) but has grown fond of him since. Andy is moving into the writing phase of his Ph.D. at Cornell and will begin a post-doc at Cornell when the thesis is finally complete. Emily hung her D.V.M. on the wall, then proceeded to stay at home to raise the boys. She still vaccinates and offers advice about pets to friends and family."
Kate Presbrey Wylie married Paul Wylie (Harvard ’91) in her hometown on Cape Cod, Mass. She writes: "We met in our church on the Cape in 1994, began dating in 1997, and were engaged in September 1998. Chie Chie Sakuma was my maid of honor. Cassie Whittet and Paul DiGiacomo ’93, Raquel Dafonseca, Weezie Parsons, Libby Witchger ’96, Molly Driscoll ’95, and Digit Murphy (Brown’s women’s hockey head coach) also attended. Paul and I were full of joy that day and continue to enjoy marriage immensely. We are living in Cambridge, Mass., while Paul finishes his second year at Harvard business school. I’m working as a TA there, as well as a goalie coach for several prep-school hockey teams in the Boston area."
From the May / June 2000 Issue
damali ayo, of Portland, Ore., just closed the third showing of her mixed-media conceptual artwork. She is now working on two shows for the spring and fall. She writes: "I have found my true calling in my art and am loving every minute of it. I welcome visitors and e-mail. Look me up if you’re in the Portland area."
Erica Forssen announces her engagement to Edward Wines (Bentley ’93). Erica produces conferences for the pharmaceutical industry and Ed manages marketing initiatives for a corporate-training company. They live outside Boston and plan to marry in August 2001.
Debbie Rudnick and Robert Ast write: "We were married in June 1999 in Manning Chapel. It was a fantastic time, and we were delighted to share our happiness with Anh Chi Pham ’95, Patrick O’Connell, Bec Wheatland, Tom Chatkupt, Marissa Llosa Sipocz ’95 Adda Winkes ’98 M.D., Jen Lane ’95, ’98 M.D., Su Chien, Gladys Xiques, and bridesmaids Saara DeWalt and Sabrina Su. We now live in Oakland, Calif., where Deb is in graduate school for environmental science at Berkeley, and Rob is an intern at Highland Hospital."
From the March / April 2000 Issue
Cathy Stenson Bukowski and John Bukowski ’97 Ph.D. announce the birth of their first child, David Francis, on Sept. 17. They live in Huntingdon, Pa., where John is a math professor at Juniata College and Cathy is finishing her Ph.D. in mathematics while on leave from Cornell.
Carolyn Hutter, of New York City, writes: “After four years in Ithaca, I have moved to the big city. I am having a great time taking in the sights and catching up with old friends. I continue to do outreach education in biology at the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College and Graduate School of Medical Sciences of Cornell (how’s that for a name?).”
Sarah Lloyd writes: “I’ve started a master’s program in rural development studies at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala. I’ll head to northern Sweden next fall for three months of fieldwork looking at community development in rural forest-based communities. Visits, calls, and e-mails are welcome.”
Kelsey Lowitz writes that she married Jason Singer on Oct. 17 in San Francisco. Guests included Lisa Schocket, Emily Whitcomb, Jessica Teisch, Ken Frost, Elise Klarfeld ’95, Hope Jarvis ’93, and Bill Martin ’95 Ph.D. Kelsey and Jason live in Oakland, Calif., where Kelsey works in clinical trials for Roche Molecular Systems.
Ava Natasha Nepaul married Jason Siegel on July 4 in Hartford, reports maid-of-honor Asha Swaroop ’97 M.D. Guests included Gladys Mendez, Luis Lopez ’90, Jenifer Allsworth ’91, and Javier Tejedor-Sojo ’91. Ava and Jason honeymooned in Canada and live in Amsterdam, where Ava is pursuing a master’s in anthropology at the University of Amsterdam and Jason is working for Pratt & Whitney.
Maria Gracia Galvez Picon graduated last May from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, along with Camille Brown ’95, Kristen Sherman, Krekamy Fish, and Monique Turner ’92. Maria writes: “I enjoyed having Melissa Rocha ’93, Sania Perez ’93, ’94 Sc.M., Carmen Espitia ’93, and Vicky Rivera ’93 join my family in Cleveland for the festivities. I am now in my first year of pediatric training at Miami Children’s Hospital. In Miami I’ve seen Aymin Delgado ’93, Augusto Ruiz ’93, Cristina Morales-Haltiwanger, and June Chun. During my monthlong vacation in February, I co-led a two-week Global Village Trip to Fiji for Habitat for Humanity.”
Michael Paulson writes: “On the way to my 5th reunion, I stopped to pick up Rahsan Lindsay in New York City. While walking around Battery Park, we found ourselves accosted by folks from Columbia House Video, and we spent the next forty-five minutes in front of film cameras and boom microphones recalling our favorite television shows from the ’70s and ’80s. We hammed it up during this stroll down amnesia lane. Look for us singing the theme song to The Jeffersons or doing impressions of various A-Team members. I’m in the second year of my M.F.A. in creative writing at Penn State. In addition to teaching creative writing and a Jewish literature class, I’ve had book reviews published in the Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review and Aethlon, and I hope to make a buck off this gig someday.”
Jesse Poole writes that he is back in school in Glendale, Ariz., where he is getting his master’s in international management at Thunderbird.
Jenna Sheinfeld, of Hackensack, N.J., writes: “After finishing a master’s in public health in 1997, I spent the next two years at a county health department. I was just hired by Rutgers University to work in the department of health education mentoring students, conducting research, and teaching. I look forward to being back on a college campus.”
Autumn Leaf Spears has completed a six-month placement as Native American outreach coordinator at the White House Office on the President’s Initiative for One America, and as an assistant adviser to the White House chief of staff on Indian affairs. The work was part of her yearlong Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation fellowship. Prior to the fellowship, she was acting director of the Narragansett Indian Health Center. For the next six months she will work at the White House Office of Policy Development.
Ben Taylor is vice president of innovation and services at NerveWire, an Internet start-up in Wellesley Hills, Mass, where he is building the NerveWire market frame, which enables clients to trade in a digital market. Ben was previously chief Internet architect at Cambridge Technology Projects, where he helped develop their CoRad (Consumer Oriented Rapid Application Deployment) methodology for the delivery of e-business solutions.
Joshua Youdovin, of Hoboken, N.J., announces his engagement to Allison Schwartz (N.Y.U. ’94). He is an actuarial analyst at Gerling Global Reinsurance Corp. of America in New York City.
From the January / February 2000 Issue
Michael Burton and Emma Tubb were married in Aspen, Colo., on Aug. 19. They live in Washington, D.C., where Michael practices international law at Miller & Chevalier and Emma practices corporate litigation at Crowell & Moring.
Shira Epstein writes: "On Labor Day I had the honor of standing beside Lisa Singhania as she married Fred Seelig. It was a gorgeous outdoor ceremony, and Lisa, of course, looked beautiful. Lisa and Fred live in Grand Rapids, Mich. I am approaching my fifth year in New York City and have just started an Ed.D. program at Teachers College in the department of curriculum and teaching. I'll be here for awhile, so drop me an e-mail if you're in town."
Ayanna Gaines and Tom Smith '95 moved to Hoffman Estates, Ill., at the end of August. Ayanna writes: "I finished my master's in library and information science this summer, and I am now in the academic resident librarian program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where I work in the main library's reference department. Tom, who is still with High Voltage Software, has been working on Paperboy for the Nintendo 64; it should be out in time for Christmas."
Akiko Ichikawa writes: "After completing an M.F.A. at Hunter College last spring, I did an October installation in what was formerly Little Rickie's, a gift shop in New York City's East Village. I will be featured in a two-person show at P.S. 122 Gallery in March."
Ako Jacintho is in his second year at the UCSF/SFGH family medicine residency program in San Francisco. He would like to practice medicine abroad after residency. He writes: "I've lost contact with Ayana Colbert and Lila Arum, and hope they are well."
Matthew Meyer writes: "Vikas Agrawal married Vicki Owens on Sept. 5 in Fairfield, Conn. Guests included Mark Ghaly '96, John Nicholson '96, Dave Wu '95, Natalie Jen '95, Zahra Kassim-Lakha, Marcos Rollan '98, and Dave Cohen '93. Mark Schapiro, Michael Richard '95, and I were all alumni of Unit 1 1990-91 ('The Ozone'). We met Vikas on his first day at Brown and, as co-best men, led him into his first day of marriage."
Amanda Peters married David Emerson on Aug. 26 in San Francisco. Mandy and Dave live in Cambridge, Mass., with their two cats.
Greg Retsinas writes: "After surviving hurricane-free Florida, I have moved to Raleigh, N.C., where I was promptly welcomed by Hurricane Floyd. I am now the state-capital bureau chief for the New York Times Regional Newspaper Group, which owns several papers throughout North Carolina. In short, I chase politicians and ask them tough questions. Nothing's changed. All my best to classmates."
Jeff Stillman reports that David Widzer married Karen Loewy (Brandeis '96) on Aug. 15 in Houston. Jeff was a groomsman and guests included Teddy Keizer, Jess Lord, Andrea Nuneviller, and Eric Freeman. David and Karen live in New York City, where David is in his final year of rabbinical school.
From the November / December 1999 Issue
Josh Kiev and his wife, Jen, are expecting a baby around Dec. 24. Josh writes: "I have switched careers from human services to being a chef. I graduated from The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts in Cambridge, Mass., in January. I am now the sous chef at The University Club in Nashville, Tenn. If you are in town, look me up and I will fix you tasty grub. Peace out."
Laura Okun '95 Sc.M., of San Diego, has stayed in touch with Jason Meikle, who is working for FINCA in Kyrgyzstan. Jason and his wife, Malika, just had their first child, Aidai Elizabeth, on April 21. "All three are healthy and happy," Laura writes.
Shannon Flattery-Sharp and Jonathan Sharp were married on July 17 in Simsbury, Conn., along a brook near Shannon's hometown. Rahsan Lindsay delivered the champagne toast, and Michelle Frey participated in dress-shopping and salon activities. Shannon and Jonathan write: "The presence of many Brown friends brightened our reception. This crowd was heavily oriented toward Unit 17 of Perkins, where we first met (cheers to Res. Life's random housing assignments). Despite 100-degree weather at an outdoor ceremony and a small drama surrounding the rings, the day proved to be the most joyous in our lives, with Brown '94 graduation a close second." Having just earned her M.B.A. from Wharton, Shannon started a job in public finance at Lehman Brothers, where she specializes in housing issues. Jonathan is an art teacher in New York City public schools, where he focuses on teaching classroom teachers to integrate art into their lessons.
From the September / October 1999 Issue
Kehli Harding writes: "Being back on campus instantly illuminated how much I have learned in the past five years. After graduation I attended the University of Michigan School of Public Policy as a Woodrow Wilson fellow. In 1994, I also dedicated my life to the Lord Jesus Christ and joined a wonderful, loving church in Ypsilanti, Mich., called Christian Love Fellowship Church. Upon graduating from U. of M. in 1996 with a master's in public policy, I worked with my church to start a nonprofit, faith-based community development corporation called POWER (in the great acronym tradition of Brown), which stands for People Organized Working Evolving Reaching. POWER recently received its first large grant of $350,000 from HUD to implement the Youthbuild program. It is the largest grant received by a nonprofit in the area. In 1998 I handed over the torch of POWER and now work in real estate in Ann Arbor, where I am being trained by an associate broker. I praise God for the accomplishments that I have been able to achieve and am joyful when I look back on my time at Brown. Faculty, staff, and students enriched my life indelibly. I am blessed."
Philip Nivatpumin graduated from the UCLA School of Medicine in June. He started his residency in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
Matthew S. Rogers completed his first year at Harvard Business School following four years with Salomon Brothers in New York and London. He writes: "This summer I worked with Marakon Associates in London doing strategic management consulting."
Stephanie Schwartz Ferdman received the Auburn Theological Seminary's Lives of Commitment Award in April. A New York City-based family advocate, she works with Sanctuary for Families, an organization that provides shelter, legal services, and counseling to victims of domestic violence. A member of New York City's Central Synagogue, Stephanie also helped in the aftermath of last year's fire that destroyed the synagogue's sanctuary.
Demetrius Taylor has been working with Andersen Consulting since graduating. He writes: "I have seen some interesting places (Indonesia) and some not so interesting places (Wichita, Kans.) via work. I just finished working with a client in exciting Fort Worth, Tex. While in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, I saw Eric Hanson, Henry Park, Dexter Reid '95, and Jorge Escorcia. All are doing well.
From the July / August 1999 Issue
Joel Dunn writes: "I married Andrea Snyder (University of Washington '94) on Dec. 19 in Oregon City, Oreg. Zac Wydra and Dave Phemister were co-best men so they wouldn't fight. Dusty Horwitt did a reading. My cousins, Dickey Waldron '76 and Jeff Waldron '77 also attended." Joel teaches and coaches football and girls basketball at Canby (Oreg.) High School. He writes: "The experience has taught me a lot, although I still sometimes wonder what makes ninth graders tick. So far I've narrowed it down to Mountain Dew and the Foo Fighters. Andrea teaches seventh-grade English. We spend our days fly-fishing together (she's better than I am), watching various sporting events (she's the loudest voice in the stands, even when we're down by thirty), and wondering how we ended up with such good lives."
Omer Ehtisham married Farah Sayeed in Karachi, Pakistan, on Jan. 26. Omer and Farah live in Karachi.
Elizabeth Garcia moved back to New York City, where she's started her own business as a promoter for Latino writers and scholars. She's also starting a Latino Arts and Culture Summer Academy for high school students.
Marc Kolb writes: "It has been very busy. Lisa, my wife, took the bar exam for Connecticut, and I was promoted to offensive coordinator at Fairfield University."
Melisa W. Lai '99 M.D. is a second lieutenant in the Rhode Island Air National Guard, which is the National Guard component of the U.S. Air Force. She completed the month-long commissioned-officer training school at Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base-Gunter Annex, in Montgomery, Ala., in March. M
Nurit Monacelli writes from Moscow: "I'm having a great time studying acting at the Moscow Art Theater School and performing. The political climate is tense, but the Russians, especially those involved in theater, have been incredibly warm and friendly. Moscow is a beautiful city, full of extremes and contradictions, and it is exciting to be here while the country is in the midst of a huge transition. I'll be back in the States this summer, and in Boston at the American Repertory Theater in the fall. I can't make it to the class reunion, so I'm sending a big 'hello' to the class of '94."
Jessica Russell returned from the Antipodes a little over two years ago to live in New Orleans with Jason Perkel '92. She wonders about her long-lost friends. She writes: "Bethany Golden, Yoruba Richen, Leslie Ruben, Jenny Dryer, Suzanne Immerman, where are you?"
Jessica Teisch is completing her Ph.D. in geography at UC-Berkeley. Her frequent visits east keep her in touch with Tamara Horwich, who will graduate from Columbia Medical School this spring; Abby Rosin, who directs a youth dance program; and Jessica's sister, Rachel Teisch, who's slowly making her way back to California after consulting in Washington, D.C.
Britt H. Tonnessen received an M.D. from the Mayo Medical School in May. She reports that she began her general surgery residency in July at the Ochsner Foundation and Clinic in New Orleans. She recently became engaged to Brian Cannon Sullivan of Vicksburg, Miss. A spring wedding is planned.
From the May / June 1999 Issue
Tom Atwood has made a career change to urban planning, and has moved to New York City, where he is working on the redevelopment of Times Square. Tom earlier completed a master's in Cambridge, England, and worked for two years as a consultant at Monitor Company.
Michael Brown writes: "After a year and a half of living in New York City and designing four off-off-Broadway shows, I just designed the scenery for Paul Rudnick's new play, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, at the New York Theatre Workshop. We opened on December 14 to strong reviews, especially from the New York Times, and it was recently announced that our show will move to the Minetta Lane Theatre for an open-ended commercial off-Broadway run! I am thriving on this unpredictable, adrenaline-laden roller-coaster pipe-dream of a freelance career I have chosen to pursue. And what better place to do so than in New York City."
Eric Karpinski and Rebecca Labbe write: "After four years of suits, laptops, and airports, we'd had enough. We are currently unemployed and homeless, in the midst of a fourteen-month odyssey covering four continents and innumerable currencies. We spent the summer in northern and eastern Europe, traveling with Josh Kanner and Elisabeth Fieldstone Kanner '95, who were finishing a year-long honeymoon in Spain paid for by Rotary International. Early fall found us in the Greek islands, hosting Sarah Amory and Kate O'Sullivan '97. We just returned from six weeks in Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and Israel; we were fortunate enough to be there for both the Wye Peace Accord riots and Operation Desert Fox. We will spend the winter 'summering' in Australia and New Zealand, then will come back to Greece for spring, when we'll host Boston Channel 7's Laura Gardner and tour Italy with fellow slacker Jessica Paul. In July we'll head to either Kenya or Turkey (or both) before we sadly re-enter the so-called real world. But we're planning a brief break in all this wandering to be in Providence on May 28-31." You can follow Eric and Rebecca's travels at < ahref="http://www.geocities.com/theTropics/cabana8522">http://www.geocities.com/theTropics/cabana8522.
Louise "Weezie" Parsons is living in Washington, D.C., and teaching fifth grade at the Potomac School. She coaches the varsity high school field hockey team.
Rafael Ruiz is doing the California AIDS Ride 6 in June with his partner, John Dworske. His roommate, Peter Welch, did the ride last year and will be crewing this year. Each rider must raise $2,500 for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation before the ride. Any contributions are greatly appreciated. Make checks payable to the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.
Martin T. Velazquez was designated a naval flight officer while serving with training squadron 86 at the naval air station in Pensacola, Fla. Presentation of the coveted Wings of Gold marked the culmination of eighteen months of flight training for Martin.
From the March / April 1999 Issue
Ready to come back to Brown? The class of 1994 is eager to welcome you back on the weekend of May 28-31 for what may be your first time back since the Van Wickle gates closed behind us five years ago. Victoria Chiou and Zac Wydra, class copresidents, invite all to this exciting weekend. Planned are some great activities, so please make every effort to attend. Registration information should be returned as soon as possible, so look for your reunion materials coming soon, or call reunion headquarters at (401) 863-1947 if your address has changed.
Marty Chester writes: "It took some time, but I'm back in school. Over the summer I left my job with Congressman Sabo and did some backpacking with my girlfriend in Europe. Now I'm in my first year of law school at the University of Chicago. I'm hoping to sneak away from my studying the weekend before spring finals to make it to the 5th reunion. I've lost touch with all my 'BRU buddies. If any are out there, drop me a line and say hi! (Others welcome too, of course)."
Tania Choi started a new job as a senior graphic designer at Oracle Corp. after teaching computer graphics for two years at Modesto Junior College while running her own firm, Succinct Design. Husband Enoch Choi '96 M.D. has graduated from his University of California, Davis, family-practice residency in Modesto. The couple is looking into graduate school, Enoch in medical informatics or public health, and Tania into a human factors degree while working part-time. "It's been a flash of three years since we got married in Singapore with a whole entourage of college roommates and classmates from Brown," Tania writes. T
Mark Marino writes: "Former Exit 20 humorists have reunited on the Web to produce Bunk magazine, a new on-line humor site." Editor-in-chief Mark Marino and art editor Jon Van Gieson '96, former managing editor of the Brown Daily Herald and Exit 20, have designed the magazine. Other Brown alumni on staff include: Jason Tanz '95, Steve Hanna '96, Mike Saenz '95, and Neil "Fred" Picciotto '97. They post issues monthly at www.bunkmag.com.
Jim Olczak married Joanie Yebba on Oct. 3, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Many Brown friends attended, including Ron Mirenda '93, Bill Heidenreich, Rafael Ruiz, June Chun, and Marco Fernandez. Jim is a police officer in Sunrise, Fla. H
Andres Piedrahita writes that he is "back in this hemisphere" after almost four years of doing fisheries work in Thailand. He is working on a master's in aquaculture at Auburn University and visited Enrico Delfini '95 in Ecuador in December. "Would like to tune in with Brown friends I escaped from by leaving for the Orient," he adds. "See y'all at reunion."
Jon Richter and Karen Wintraub write that they "tied the knot" on May 24 in Toronto and were thrilled to be surrounded by so many close friends from Brown. The wedding party included Jenny Lytle, Molly Morse '95, Matt Crowe, Josh Kanner, and Matt Wisdom. Many other alums trekked all the way to Canada to celebrate. Jon and Karen are living in New Orleans until June.
Derek Waxman married Bernadette Diepenbrock on July 11 at St. Catherine of Sienna Church in Burlingame, Calif. "I would love to hear from old friends and am very much looking forward to reunion weekend in May," he writes.
From the January / February 1999 Issue
This is it: our 5th year reunion is almost here! Have you made plans to come back to Brown for May 28-31? If you have not received reunion information, please call reunion headquarters at (401) 863-1947 and make sure our mailing information is correct. Class co-presidents Victoria Chiou and Zac Wydra are looking forward to a great turnout.
Jennifer Acker Bishop and Lars Bishop are living in Durham, N.C., where Lars works for Numerical Design Ltd., and Jenny is a project manager for Summit Medical.
Michelle Boardman writes: "My three years at the University of Chicago Law School were the most fulfilling of my life. I am now spending my final year in Chicago, clerking for Judge Frank H. Easterbrook of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Friends are invited to come visit and determine for themselves if I have gone mad."
Laurie Breen married Robert Rosenberg '94 on June 27 at the Baltimore Zoo. Robert's sister Marisa Rosenberg '91 was a bridesmaid. Many other Brown alumni attended. Robert is an associate with the Archon Group, a real estate asset-management firm in D.C., and Laurie is a behavior therapist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore.
Lauren Cohen (see David Ronick '89).
Melvin Dea and Monica Quezada were married in June in Santa Fe, N.Mex. In addition to best man Maki Morimoto and maid of honor Tejal Desai, many other Brown alumni were also in attendance. Melvin is currently in his fifth year in the University of Southern California M.D./Ph.D. program. Monica earned her medical degree at the University of California at San Francisco, where she earned the Gold-Headed Cane Award. She is currently a family practice intern at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Los Angeles.
Jorge Escorcia started a graduate program in computer science at the University of Miami.
Alexa Holmes writes: "After a year in Italy on a Fulbright scholarship to study European law in Florence (at the European University Institute), I'm off to Brussels for an internship at the European Commission. But I'll be back next winter to start my job in New York City, when I hope to get back in touch with old friends from Brown."
Brian Hornbuckle and his wife, Jalene, are new parents of daughter Amaris Lynn, born on June 11 in Ann Arbor, Mich. See pictures of Amaris at www-personal.engin.umich.edu/~buckle/amaris/.
Akiko Ichikawa was in London in the fall as an exchange student at the Slade School of Art as part of her M.F.A. at Hunter College (CUNY). She has two upcoming shows of her thesis exhibit: in June 1999 at Hunter's 41st Street gallery and at E.i.E. gallery in Williamsburg in January. She would love to hear from friends.
Tim Kelly teaches history at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md., where he lives. He coaches soccer and wrestling at the school along with John Allman '95. Tim has been traveling summers in the United States and Europe. This past summer he was a facilitator at the Maryland Leadership Workshops, an enrichment program for high school students.
Sasha Khokha was selected to participate in the two-year Next Generation Leadership program created by the Rockefeller Foundation. Sasha is communications director at the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, a national organization composed of immigrant, refugee, community, religious, civil rights, and labor organizations.
Jacki Nicewarner Landsman and her husband, Jeff, welcomed Zachary Todd, born on Sept. 3.
Karin Magnuson has begun an M.B.A. program in health-care management at the Wharton School of Business after four years of growth-strategy consulting.
Kerri-Lynn Murphy married Harry Thornton Kriz (Virginia Polytechnic Institute) in Williamsburg, Va., on Aug. 15. Kerri completed her master's and educational-specialist degrees in school psychology from the College of William and Mary in May and is continuing to pursue a doctoral degree in counseling. Harry received his M.B.A. from William and Mary and is employed by Andersen Consulting in Washington, D.C. Kerri and
Marjorie C. Nasin was promoted to lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and reported for duty at National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md.
Mike Paulson will be living in State College, Pa., for the next three years as he works on his M.F.A. in creative writing at Penn State. Mike writes: "When I find time between classes, writing, and teaching, I hope to experience the full onslaught of autumn and spend my free time hiking through the foliage of central Pennsylvania."
Julia Sommer has just moved to New York City to get her teaching credentials as well as a master's in education from the New School. She somehow lucked out in the apartment hunt and would love to locate other cello-playing Brown alums so that she and her housemate, Nirmal Chandraratna, can form a cello choir in their spacious living room.
Cassie Whittet married Paul DiGiacomo '93 on June 20 in Manning Chapel. Many Brown alumni were in attendance, including usher Gus Koven '93 and Cassie's brother Brendan Whittet. "It had been a really long time since many of us had seen each other, so it was wonderful to be able to celebrate and reminisce together," Cassie writes. The couple lives near Boston.
From the November / December 1998 Issue
Believe it or not your 5th year reunion is being planned! We invite all class members back to Brown on May 28-31 for a great weekend. If you are interested in working on the reunion planning committee.
Devon Addonizio reports that Malia Boggs '95 is spending her third year working on a malaria-prevention project in Zambia, Africa, with the Peace Corps. She's having a blast and says hi to all her American-based friends.
Joseph Allel writes: "On April 18 I finally married the beautiful Amy Elizabeth Dinkins. I was fortunate to have George Younis '94 as my best man, with Matt Levine '94, Josh Spiewak '94 and Matt Ayers '94 as my groomsmen. Ira Rosenblatt '94 also helped celebrate my last days as a single man. I would also like to thank Julia Somer '94, Deb Ahrens '94, and Sarah Montez '96 for coming to Houston to share such a wonderful and momentous occasion with us. Thank you for helping us have such a perfect start to our life together."
Ayana Colbert married Ronald Machen (Stanford '91, Harvard Law '94) on July 3. Courtney Keeler Taylor, Lynette Sumpter, and Myechia Minter '98 M.D. were bridesmaids. Many Brown alums attended the ceremony. Ayana is in her second year of M.B.A. studies at Wharton. Ronald is an assistant U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C.
Shon Cook writes: "After finishing my last clinical rotation in March at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, I went skiing for a week in Vail. Then I took my fiancée, Nicole Eilers, to L.A. for a week, and from there spent a month in Turkey, Israel, Egypt, and Greece with a friend from high school. When I got back I married Nicole, an eighth grade math and science teacher from northern Kentucky. She is getting her master's in education counseling at Xavier University. After graduation from med school, I spent a week at Lake Cumberland waterskiing, then packed up all my stuff and drove out to L.A. with my new wife and old cat to start the first of seven years as a neurosurgery resident at U.C.L.A. In my limited free time I will be playing volleyball at the beach, rowing at Marina del Rey, and climbing at Joshua Tree. I am in contact with Scott Freidman '94 who is practicing law in New York City, and look forward to hearing from other Brunonians."
Victoria Hartman, Phoenix, married Erich Brouhard July 18.
The September/October classnote from Piper Hoffman and Micaela Schweitzer contained several errors and omissions: Aviv Roth is from the class of '93; Philip Klein and his wife Marsha Greenstein recited a blessing at the wedding of Meredith Moss and Donald Berman; and Aviv and Piper did not attend Philip and Marsha's wedding. The following notes were omitted: Sarah Jane Lapp has moved back to the U.S. after two years in the Czech Republic. She is working towards an M.F.A. in film at the Art Institute of Chicago. Sarah invites friends to come visit. Ayelet Cohen '96 is in rabbinical school at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City after living in Israel. She is also learning to play the cello. Julie Roth '95 recently visited her new niece and her three-year-old nephew in Cleveland. She lives in Boston and is program director of Tufts Hillel. The BAM regrets the errors.
Melisa W. Lai '99 M.D. was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force National Guard on July 1.
Christian Mangin married Nicole Cuervo (Univ. of Pittsburgh '96, Duquesne '97) in Pittsburgh on June 20. The ceremony took place in a quaint chapel overlooking the Pittsburgh skyline and was filled with emotion from start to finish. Nicole is involved in elementary education, and Chris is pursuing a dental career. The wedding party included Wade Lawrence, Christian Mester, Stephen Pollard, Robert Sambursky and Atul Vaidya. "Two down. Who will be next?" Christian writes.
Chris Sahs and Rosalie Berg '93 bought a house in Miami in March. Chris is entering his third year as a consultant for Cambridge Technology Partners, and Rosalie is a marketing brand manager for Expert Software. They plan to be married in the spring of 1999. "My sister Daphne Berg Foote '93 recently bought a home in Chicago. She is an account executive with Leo Burnett," Rosalie writes.
U.S. Navy Ensign Martin Velazquez received his wings as a naval flight officer at a ceremony in Pensacola, Fla., on July 31. Among those in attendance were his girlfriend, Monica Alvarez (Harvard '97), Elee Muslin '97 and Henry Ponciano (U.R.I. '93). Martin will be stationed in Norfolk, Va., where he will train in the F-14 Tomcat.
P. Todd Wehmann, San Francisco, writes: "I completed the California AIDS Ride - a seven-day, 575-mile bicycle ride from San Francisco to L.A. - in June. I met lots of great people on the ride, including Peter Welch. Between the two of us we raised $8,000 for AIDS-related services. We arrived in L.A. exhausted and sore after one of the most incredible and inspirational weeks I've ever had. I can't wait to do it again! I did much of my rain-soaked training for the ride with David Lee '98, while roommate Ed Maierhofer '95 and Jessica Paul contributed mucho moral support. Thanks to my fellow Brunonians who donated so generously."
From the September / October 1998 Issue
Piper Hoffman and Micaela Schweitzer write: "Meredith Moss married Donald Berman in a festive celebration in Columbus, Ohio, attended by many Brown friends. Meredith and Don live in Cambridge, Mass., where Meredith is a consultant at Monitor and Don is a classical pianist. In January, Meredith will begin the M.B.A. program at Harvard. Jane Kanarek '92, who recently became a rabbi after graduating from the Jewish Theological Seminary, officiated at the wedding ceremony. Jane will be working in Moscow next year. Katherine Moss '00 was thrilled to see her sister get married. She is looking forward to her semester abroad in Ghana this fall and can't wait to get back to school in 1999. Micaela Schweitzer and Eve Watson '95 surprised Meredith by showing up from Kathmandu, Nepal, where Mica is a foreign service officer in the American Embassy and Eve is program manager at the embassy's recreational facility. They invite friends passing through Nepal to e-mail them. Piper and Aviv Roth recited a blessing for the bride and groom at the wedding ceremony.
"After Piper graduates from Harvard Law in 1999, she will begin a two-year clerkship in Washington, D.C. Aviv is working on Web servers and learning Spanish and cooking delicious meals in his spare time. Piper and Aviv also recited a blessing at the wedding of Philip Klein, Professor of Computer Science, and Marsha Greenstein.
"Sarah Jane Lapp has moved back to the United States after two years in the Czech Republic. She is working towards an M.F.A. in film at the Art Institute of Chicago. Meredith Persily has moved to Cambridge, Mass., after three years in S“o Paulo, Brazil. She works for a division of the Economist Intelligence Unit. Ayelet Cohen '96 is back from Israel and learning to play the cello when he isn't in rabbinical school at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. Julie Roth came to Meredith's wedding via Cleveland, where she visited her new niece and three-year-old nephew. She lives in Boston, where she is the program director of the Tufts University Hillel."
Akiko Ichikawa was included in a group show at the Henry Street Settlement in New York City this summer. The show, titled "IN-SITES: Opening the Streetscape/School to Community," featured artists' proposals for outdoor installations at Lower East Side public schools. Akiko was also invited to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass., for printmaking for the second year in a row.
For four months this fall, Akiko will be in London, where she will audit classes at the Slade School of Art (University College London) as part of her final course of study for an M.F.A. at Hunter College in New York City. She also intends to expand her British pop CD collection while there. Akiko, who has cultivated a side career in magazine research, would love to hear from old friends, especially those with leads on living situations in Williamsburg, the East Village, or Gramercy Park starting in January.
Greg Retsinas married Meredith Cummings (Univ. of Alabama '94) in a traditional Southern wedding in Birmingham, Ala., in March. Alumni in attendence included best man David Lenter and groomsman Vivek Ramaswamy. Greg is a reporter for the Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune.
George Younis and Joseph Allen graduated from medical school at the University of Texas's Southwestern Medical Center. George will be starting his residency in internal medicine at New England Medical Center in Boston, and Joseph will be doing his residency in pediatrics at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
From the July / August 1998 Issue
damali ayo has a new business in Portland, Oreg. Listen to Your Body offers healing, guidance, and support to individuals and couples on their life paths. "I am enjoying the unique lifestyle of the West Coast," she writes. "I am still close to Anu Gupta '93, and I recently heard from Jessica Tan '95.
Brian Davis (see Tom Towers '88).
Andrew T. Gillies writes: "After a year off working in Washington, D.C., and New York, I've resumed my studies at Tulane Law School in New Orleans, where I see Phoebe Dee."
Eric Huang attended the March 28 wedding of Edward Markowski and Laurie Less in Morristown, N.J. Frank Fiondella and Mike Browne were groomsmen. "It was great to see some old Brown friends," Eric writes. "Ed became the second of our senior-year housemates to get married. Greg is next. After that, who knows?"
David W. Hsia joined the New York City office of Fulbright & Jaworski, where he will focus his law practice on corporate matters. Previously David worked as the staff assistant to the counsel to the President of the United States.
Mark Marino and Barbara Schmitz were married last August. They currently teach in Los Angeles.
Rafael R. Ruiz lives in San Francisco with his partner, John Dworske, and Peter Welch. They see Eliot Greenfield '95, Lisa Gelobter '91, and Bidemi Carroll when they aren't busy at work. Rafael learned to snowboard this winter, and Peter did the California AIDS Ride in May. "The house is big and we love to have company," Rafael writes.
Rachel Sherman graduated from Johns Hopkins Medical School in May and has moved to New York City to start her residency in internal medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital.
Sarah Taylor (see Robert F. Taylor '58).
Babatunde Thomas married Elizabeth Pinheiro in the spring of 1996. They have a 3-month-old boy, Yusef Babatunde Thomas. Babatunde is in his second year of medical school at Tufts.
From the May / June 1998 Issue
Rick Cusick moved to San Francisco in September and is doing environmental consulting with a small Oakland firm. He hangs out with Isaac Peace Hazard and Aaron Presbrey '93. "I'm currently tracking the effects of El Niño on the Bay Area club scene," Rick writes.
Bryan Davis is living in New York, where he and his business partner launched a new line of cigarette papers called Chills. He opened his first bar, Bahi (274 3rd Ave.), with several friends from Brown. He is also marketing two friends' new line of men's couture suits called Baumler Und Ascher-New York. Bryan lives with Bryan Paulk '95, James Stanzler and his brother, Dan '96, and Rich Garza. Bryan writes, "Charlie Franc remains my spiritual guide, with whom I communicate daily thorough telepathy, and Dan Leppo is my personal stylist."
Laura Gardner left New York City and MSNBC last June. She has a "great job" writing the evening news for Boston's NBC station. Laura spends warm-weather weekends sea kayaking on Cape Cod. Last March, she traveled in Spain with Josh Kanner and Elisabeth Fieldstone Kanner '95, who live in Madrid.
Adam Marlin is a reporter in Washington,D.C. "I get hassled by the likes of Dusty Horwitt, Hal Levey, and Dave Phemister, among others," Adam writes. "It's a good group to get hassled by, though." Adam sends his congratulations to Manny and Krissy on their engagement.
Emily Constable Pershing and her husband, Andy '95, Ithaca, N.Y., announce the birth of their first child, Harrison Robert Pershing, on Dec. 16. "Everyone is happy and healthy and enjoying some time off from school," Emily writes. Emily will complete her D.V.M. this month, and Andy is planning to complete his Ph.D. in 2000.
Erik Pitchal is finishing law school at Yale and "looking forward to easing into (or is it diving blindly into?) the real world soon," he writes. "I had a great job last summer with the New Hampshire public defender. I handled several juvenile cases, loved it, and hope to end up doing juvenile criminal defense work. I was lucky enough to have Andrew Friedman '88 as one of my supervisors." This summer, after taking the bar exam, Erik will start a one-year clerkship with U.S. District Judge Robert Patterson in New York City. Erik is planning to live in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and would like to prevail upon any Brown alums in that neighborhood to send him promising apartment leads - one-bedrooms or shares.