Class of 2002
Karen Knee and Charlotte Hoffman (University of Chicago ’01) eloped to Brooklyn with Karen’s daughter Maggie and Charlotte’s daughter Thessaly on June 25. They enjoyed a celebratory picnic with friends in Brooklyn Bridge Park, went to the NYC Pride Parade, and spent several days in Manhattan on a family honeymoon. Karen also, not too long ago, began a three-year term as chair of American University’s Department of Environmental Science.
Alison Friedman writes: “After 20 years in greater China, I’ve moved to North Carolina. In Fall 2021, I became the new executive and artistic director of Carolina Performing Arts at UNC-Chapel Hill. We bring dance, theatre, music, opera, comedy, and more from around the world to the Research Triangle. I’d love to (re)connect with Brown friends in the area. Carolina barbeque anyone?”
Sam Seidel writes: “I wanted to share a book I had come out, Hip Hop Genius 2.0. (HipHopGenius.org.) The book is timely, as the school it focuses on was at the front lines during the height of the pandemic and at ground zero of George Floyd’s murder. They navigated all this while maintaining pre-pandemic levels of attendance. In a moment of Critical Race Theory debates, this school isn’t just teaching a banned book, it is unapologetically centering Black brilliance, lived experiences, culture, and politics.”
The new short novel by Brian Herman, One Rainy Season in Yunnan, is the story of a young American who joins world-renowned Pu’er tea expert Robert Painter on a journey to a famous tea mountain in rural Yunnan. In their search for a tea with purported healing powers, Robert and the narrator haggle with tea gurus, feast with cigarette company executives, and experience the darker side of karaoke. After participating in a mystical celebration, and with help from their Chinese patrons, the two adventurers uncover a universal, human truth underlying all cultures. This title will appeal to tea enthusiasts, Sinophiles, wanderlust adventurers, and those interested in Jungian psychology or the collective unconscious. Print and e-book formats are now available worldwide on Amazon and/or Bookbaby, and at Bookshop Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz, Calif.
In March, Timothy Kelly started as the assistant general counsel with the Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company, a leading sports, entertainment, and media enterprise headquartered in Canton, Ohio.
Anthony DiPietro’s first poetry chapbook, And Walk Through, has been published by Seven Kitchens Press. The book contains a series of poems composed on a typewriter in the earliest days of the pandemic focusing on forms of isolation. Additionally, his poetry book kiss & release is now under contract for publication in 2024. More information is available at www.AnthonyWriter.com.
Heather Nickerson, along with Ellen Goodwin, publicly launched their web and app based platform, Artifcts.com, in August 2021. Artifcts enables people to capture, preserve, and share the meaning and stories behind the objects in their lives. They would love to see some fellow Brown alums visit Artifcts and share their stories from College Hill.
Nora Oberfield and Mike Fruchter announce the Sept. 25, 2020, birth of their second daughter, Adeline “Addie” Bea Fruchter. “Addie is a bright spot during this pandemic and only has eyes for big sister Sasha Dylan Fruchter.”
David Flink has been named one of the 2021 CNN Heroes in recognition of his efforts to empower students who learn differently, including those with a specific learning disability or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. He is CEO of Eye to Eye, a national nonprofit mentoring program for students with learning differences, which was founded at Brown 20 years ago. The CNN piece also details the innovations Eye to Eye executed while the COVID-19 pandemic closed schools and isolated students nationwide, including virtual workshops for students and educators.
Lauren Hale Biniaris created and launched a three-week online course called “The 21-Day Calm Your Mind Challenge.” It is a daily program of basic yoga, breathing techniques, mindfulness, and self-reflection that empowers participants with concrete tools for managing anxiety and creating more calm in their lives. Recent participants have called the challenge “an incredible journey” and have reported feeling “calmer, but also stronger and more in-tune with myself.” The program is inclusive of all bodies, ages, levels, and abilities and offers a full refund for anyone less than satisfied with its results. More information is at www.21DayCalmYourMindChallenge.com and Lauren@21DayCalmYourMindChallenge.com.”
Chaney Kwak is a New York Times and Travel & Leisure writer who is publishing his debut book, The Passenger: How a Travel Writer Learned to Love Cruises & Other Lies from a Sinking Ship, in June 2021.
Whitney Fellberg Reichel has been named to the 2020 “Top Women of Law” list by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. A principal at Fish & Richardson, Whitney is an accomplished patent trial lawyer with more than 15 years of experience representing some of the world’s largest companies in their highest stakes IP litigation. She has litigated complex patent cases in federal courts around the country, across a broad spectrum of technologies, in a wide range of industries. Her practice also extends to trade-secret litigation and general commercial litigation. In addition to her client work, she also manages the Boston office chapter of the firm’s EMPOWER Women’s Initiative, which promotes the recruitment, retention, and advancement of the firm’s female legal staff. She has an active pro bono practice and has handled cases for the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) program for more than 12 years and received PAIR’s “Outstanding Pro Bono Service” Award in 2014. She also regularly takes on pro bono cases through Immigration Equality, which is the country’s leading LGBTQ+ immigrant rights organization.
At press time, these alums were appointed or awaiting appointment to the Biden administration: Jennifer Daskal ’94, deputy general counsel (cyber & technology), Department of Homeland Security; Elisabeth Donahue ’86, chief of staff, Council of Economic Advisers; Marc Etkind ’87, associate administrator for communications, NASA; Ruby Goldberg ’17, special assistant, Office of Land and Emergency Management, Environmental Protection Agency; Suzanne Goldberg ’85, deputy assistant secretary for strategic operation, U.S. Dept. of Education ; Roberta Jacobson ’82, coordinator, U.S. Southern Border, National Security Council; Jennifer Klein ’87, cochair, White House Gender Policy Council; Daniel Kohl ’87, director of government relations, AmeriCorps; Letise Houser LaFeir ’00, senior advisor, NOAA, U.S. Dept. of Commerce ; Emma Leheny ’92, principal deputy general council, U.S. Dept. of Education; Suzan Davidson LeVine ’93, interim political head, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Dept. of Labor; Sean Manning ’18, press assistant, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Dept. of Commerce ; Ben Miller ’07, senior advisor to the chief of staff, U.S. Dept. of Education; Melanie Nakagawa ’02, senior director, climate and energy, National Security Council; Victoria Nuland ’83, undersecretary of state for political affairs, State Dept.; Daniel Parnes ’10, special assistant to the ASD for energy environment & installations, Office of the Secretary of Defense; Tanya Sehgal ’06, special advisor and senior counsel, U.S. Dept. of Personnel Management; Stefanie Tompkins ’93 ScM, ’97 PhD, director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency; Christina Tsafoulias ’04, supervisory congressional liaison specialist, Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs, USAID; Janet Yellen ’67, Secretary of the Treasury; Todd Zabatkin ’10 MPP, deputy director for research (White House Communications Dept.) ; and Maria Zuber ’83 ScM, ’86 PhD, cochair, President Biden’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
Brian C. Muraresku published The Immortality Key: The Secret History of the Religion with No Name, which follows his 12-year global investigation into the archaic roots of religious experience (see story, page 41).
Irving Fain ’02 is cofounder and CEO of Bowery Farming, a “vertical farm” operating in a New Jersey warehouse. The farm grows vegetables from seeds in a controlled, lab-like environment year-round, with less water and no pesticides. The company says it can be 100 times more productive than a traditional farm on the same footprint of land.
Eli Batalion writes: “After collaborating with Jerome Sable ’01 on the Sundance and Toronto International Film Festival cult classic The Legend of Beaver Dam, and pivoting to the touring series YidLife Crisis, I have now put out my very first quasi-autobiographical solo project all about the trials and tribulations of living the start-up life: Appiness, a film supported by Telefilm Canada and distributed by Gravitas Ventures. Appiness is influenced in no small part by the Brown Entrepreneurship Program back in my senior year, a real game-changer in my career. The film is now available to rent or own on streaming services, including Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play, and Vudu; and on cable video on demand, including Comcast, Verizon, DirecTV, and Dish, in the United States.”
The Humans, a one-act play written by Stephen Karam, was performed at the San Jose Stage Company November 20 to December 15, 2019. The play opened on Broadway in 2016 after an engagement Off-Broadway in 2015. The Humans was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play.
After a 12-year partnership and the birth of their two sons, Brooke Stevens and Till Wirth (’07 NYU, ’12 Oxford) were married in Oxford, England on August 9, where they completed their MBAs together in 2012. In attendance were bridesmaids Frances Betancourt, Erika Faires ’04 and Ellen Goldstein ’04, all former Brown women’s crew teammates. They were also joined by Alex Agloro ’05, Luke Balleny ’06, Eric Heimark ’14, Andrew Keats ’04, Nicole Morris ’04 and Matt Salzler ’02.
Frank Lesser’s short-form animated series, You’re Not a Monster, premiered on IMDb TV in October. He writes: “It’s 10 episodes, each around four or five minutes long, and it stars Kelsey Grammer, Eric Stonestreet (Cam on Modern Family), and Aparna Nancherla, as well as guest actors Ellie Kemper, Amy Sedaris, Patton Oswalt, Adam Pally, and more.”
Lila Rose Kaplan’s play, We All Fall Down, played at the Huntington Theatre in January, directed by Melia Bensussen ’84.
Robert Newcomb ’06 AM, ’08 PhD, writes that after four months of training, he ran up the Rock of Gibraltar while in Gibraltar on a research trip. The run, traditionally considered a fitness test by the Royal Navy, is approximately 2.7 miles in length, rising from sea level to 1,350 feet, with an average incline of 8 percent.
Alison Friedman moved to Hong Kong in 2017 after 15-plus years in Beijing to be artistic director of the West Kowloon Cultural District. Its first arts center, The Xiqu Centre, opened in January 2018 and celebrates more than 300 forms of Chinese opera. Freespace, Hong Kong’s new center for contemporary performance, opens its doors this summer with a season of local and international dance, theater, music, and more. The Brown Alumni Association of Hong Kong recently invited Alison to speak at an event. She would love to connect with more alums in the region. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lydia Slaby’s memoir on transformation, Wait, It Gets Worse, was published on March 19. Lydia writes: “A very exciting result of years of hard work.” As Arianna Huffington wrote: “It’s an everywoman’s guide to living a life that matters.”
Virginia R. Herrmann coedited Imperial Peripheries in the Neo-Assyrian Period, published by University Press of Colorado & Utah State University Press.
Anne Berchenko Weisholtz and Steven Weisholtz announce the wedding of their son, Daniel ’02 to YunXiang Chu on June 10, 2018, in Copake Lake, N.Y. In attendance were Boris Abromov ’00; Daniel Ko ’01; George Kong ’02, ’03 ScM; Eric Snyder ’03; and Cara Zeldis Snyder ’03. Daniel is a neurologist with a specialty in epilepsy at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Kathleen Lavery and Lucas Renick were married on Aug. 18 in Greenwich, Conn. The bride and groom met during their senior year. The wedding party included matron of honor Wesley Royce, Lauren Falkoff Eggert, Jacquelyn Rudis MacDonald, Jamil McClintock, and Emily Anderson Press. The bride’s brother, Michael Lavery ’02, did a reading at the ceremony. The wedding brought together many friends, including David and Kathryn Bannon Hearington, Deshaun Mars ’09 AM, Jasmine Plummer, Ari Press, and Paul Raymond. Kathleen writes: “It was a joyful celebration filled with love, laughter, and dancing to many Fish Co classics, until we sailed away into the night.”
Almaz Dessie ’11 MD married Michael Moffat on Oct. 7 at the Belle Isle Boat House in Detroit, Mich. Their friend Kira Neel ’05,’19 MD officiated the ceremony. Almaz is an assistant professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center in New York and practices as a pediatric emergency doctor at New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. Michael is also a physician, practicing as a pediatric hospitalist at NYU Langone Hospital in Brooklyn. The couple met in 2012 during their pediatrics residency at the University of California, San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland. They have a mutual love of music, global health, and travel. The wedding was a four-day celebration of love, community, and blessings. They honored their Ethiopian and Jewish traditions and surprised their guests with a reunion performance by their band from their residency days in California (Almaz sings lead and Mike plays guitar). Members of Almaz’s former dance company at Brown, New Works/World Traditions, also surprised them with a West African dance performance at the reception. In attendance were Senior Lecturer in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies Michelle Bach-Coulibaly; Elizabeth Anto ’06, ’11 MD; Tarik Asmerom ’05; Praveen Basaviah ’05; Nora Blackall ’08; Alykhan Boolani ’06; Mark Brown II ’09; Jalle Dafa; Vanessa Danziger ’11; Sheila Desai ’05; Sybil Dessie ’04, ’08 MD; Chris Erway ’06 AM, ’11 PhD; Sushil Jacob ’05; Jazzmen Johnson’15 AM; Jori Ketten ’02; Kira Neel ’05, ’19 MD; Meghan O’Brien ’06; Ethan Philbrick ’08; Micah Salkind ’06, ’10 AM,’16 PhD; Sophie Shackleton ’09; Daniel Sobol ’09; Matthew Soursourian ’08; Ida Specker ’09; Alexx Temeña ’16; Nicole Thompson ’08; Monica Tilly ’11 MD; Jessica Vosburgh; Chantel Whittle ’12; Kenya Wright ’15; Ali John Zarrabi ’06, ’12 MD; and Leonora Zoninsein ’08.
David Salguero and Alison Carroll were married on Sept. 22 at St. Francis Winery in Sonoma Valley, Calif. In attendance were more than a dozen Brown alumni from different years, including David’s sister Rachel Salguero Kowalsky ’97 and groomsman Kevin Smith. The couple met at a London Business School alumni event in 2016 and now live in Palo Alto, Calif.
Elizabeth Ruedisueli George ’76 MD and Bob George ’77 MD write that they are “sorta” retired after 38 years in a family practice in rural Mercersburg, Pa. Bob still fills in at the office “as needed.” They continue with nonprofit work to promote community wellness through walkability/bikeability, water way revitalization, and healthy eating programs. Healthyeatingadventure.org describes their local program promoting a plant-based lifestyle. Golfing, biking, and hiking are on the list, topped by travel to visit grandchildren and daughter Megan George Herold ’02 in Wyoming; son Ben ’02 in Canada; and daughter Ann in Orlando, Fla.
Mark and Jen Russo Dembitz are enjoying living in Singapore after 8.5 years. Mark helps run a small data protection technology firm and Jen manages a travel and lifestyle public relations company. After getting married in December 2012, they welcomed son Julian in 2014 and daughter Elyse in 2016. They write: “Life is busy, kids are growing (too fast), but we are happy and very much engaged in our professional and social lives. We are active in the Brown community, which keeps us close to College Hill emotionally, but miss our US-based friends and the opportunity to return more frequently to Brown."
Amit Trehan and his wife Sara (Yale ’06) announce the birth of their son, Deven Lalit Trehan. Amit and Sara were married at the Pierre in New York in 2015. In attendance were Tejas Raval ’04 MD; Marie Sankaran Raval ’04 MD; Abby Pungot ’02; Nina Desai ’05 MD; groomsman Puneet Masson ’01, Juli Smith ’92 and Alan Kaplan ’80. Amit is the lead U.S. restructuring lawyer and the global head of resolution planning and bank structure for Barclays.
Ulle Viiroja Holt ’92 AM, ’00 PhD, writes: “This past August I had a first birthday party for my grandson Aeneas, who is the latest grandchild to join our family and the first baby for William Holt ’02 and his wife Melissa. His other grandparent is Dennis A. Holt ’65 and his aunt is Denise Holt ’93.
Robert Newcomb ’02, ’06 AM, ’08 PhD’s book, Iberianism and Crisis: Spain and Portugal at the Turn of the Twentieth Century, was published by Univ. of Toronto Press in July. He is an associate professor in the department of Spanish and Portuguese at UC Davis and lives in Woodland, Calif., with his wife and two sons.
Tucker Lieberman ’02 lives in Bogotá, Colombia, and released Painting Dragons to examine how eunuchs are stereotyped as villains in fiction. More information at www.tuckerlieberman.com.
Alison Friedman, after 15 years of living in Beijing, has moved to Hong Kong, where she was recruited to be the new artistic director of Performing Arts of the West Kowloon Cultural District, one of the largest arts and cultural development projects in the world right now. She is looking to reconnect with Brown alums in the area.
Grace Cheung ’08 MD married Thomas Yu in Cape May, N.J. In attendance were Eugene Cha; Michael Chang ’02; Junarm Choi ’98, ’03 ScM; Melissa Choi ’09 MD; Teddy Youn ’02, ’09 MD; and John Kim ’01. Grace works as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s digital director, and Tom is an outpatient pharmacy manager at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago.
Aaron Seider has been promoted to associate professor with tenure by the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. His research and teaching interests include Latin literature, constructions of memory in Roman culture, and gender in the ancient world and its modern reception.
Evan Parness was promoted to partner at DLA Piper LLP (U.S.), a global law firm. Evan is an employment attorney in DLA’s New York City office. His practice includes counseling employers on compliance with employment laws and regulations, and advising on the employment aspects of merger and acquisitions and other business transactions. He also litigates harassment, discrimination, and non-compete matters.
Rustam Metha writes: “In 2015 Tal Schori ’03 and I started GRT Architects, a small design firm in Brooklyn, New York. We’ve since grown our office staff to five and have completed several projects with Brown alumni, including Medium White Tee, an installation in Hawaii with Emily Spivack ’01; Don Angie, a contemporary Italian restaurant in New York City with Michael Stillman; and a townhouse for Rachael Bedard ’05 and Gideon Friedman ’05. We look forward to working with Marvin Barksdale on a redevelopment project in Providence.”
Jocelyn Chong was the women’s silver medalist at the 2017 USA Triathlon Ultra-Distance National Championship held in Oklahoma City in September. The race consisted of a 1.5-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run. Jocelyn was also named the national champion in her age group (female 35-39). This achievement follows her debut in iron-distance racing at the 2016 Ironman World Championship. When she’s not training, Jocelyn is an attorney for the Hawaii State Judiciary and spends time outdoors with her husband and dog.
Alina Engelman lives in Berkeley, Calif., and is an assistant professor of health sciences at California State Univ., East Bay. Michael Stanton ’02 joined the same program in 2016.
Alana Jacoby and Sam Kusnetz ’02 were married on Oct. 28. The two Production Workshop board alums staged the production at the Owl’s Hoot Barn in Coxsackie, N.Y. Stephanie Buss was a bridesmaid, and Joe Blodgett ’03 led the kazoo chorus. Alumni guests included Matthew Gelfand, Jarrod Green ’02, Jacob Johnson, Anna Kentros ’09, Josh Loh ’03, Tracy Hadden Loh ’04, Drew Madden ’10, Hannah Perrin, Alex Rosenthal, Lauren Rubenzahl ’03, Gayle MacDonald Shanley ’04, Patrick Sheehan ’06, John Sheehy ’07, Justin Spiegel, Matt Steinberg ’19, and Lieva Whitbeck ’06, and the pirates of ARRR!!!, Brown’s piratethemed a cappella group, cofounded by the groom in 1999 and captained by the bride in 2007, raided the cocktail hour. The wedding was photographed by Eileen Meny ’07.
Sarah DiGregorio’s cookbook, Adventures in Slow Cooking, was published last fall. With a foreword by chef Grant Achatz, the book explores unexpected ways to use the familiar cooking appliances, with recipes for dishes like white chocolate-matcha pots de crème and lamb biryani.
Corinna Chun Van der Ghinst and husband Jerome welcomed their first child, Stella Lily Van der Ghinst, on Sept. 14 in New York City.
From the November/December 2017 Issue
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Darren Jorgensen announces that his novel, Finding Max, will be published by Creators Press on May 22, 2018. He writes: in “Finding Max two young brothers are playing in a playground when the younger brother disappears. Seventeen years later they are reunited serendipitously. How will they learn to love and trust each other?”
Jed Wolpaw was appointed residency program director for the Johns Hopkins anesthesiology residency program.
From the September/October 2017 Issue
Jaime Alberts writes: “Sorry to miss the reunion but I had a mini-reunion in Melbourne, Australia, when I spent the first night of Passover with Philip J. Steyer ’98 and the second night got seated next to Julie Brin Nadler ’83. Brunonians really are everywhere. You can read about what I’m up to during my year of travel at AlbertsAbroad.Wordpress.com.”
Matthew Weaver (see Sarina Chernock ’07).
From the May/June 2017 Issue
Emil Dizon was the public address announcer for the men’s basketball team at St. Mary’s College of California this past season. The basketball program was nationally ranked in the top 25 during the regular season and established a school record for win percentage. As part of his role, Emil presided over the team’s historic home game versus top-ranked Gonzaga, which aired on ESPN’s Saturday primetime slot.
Eve Moskowitz and Evan Parness announce the July 24 birth of son George Ezra Parness. They write: “His big sister, Lili, could not be happier.” With their newest addition, the family moved to Roslyn Heights, N.Y. Eve is an adjunct legal writing professor at the Fordham Univ. School of Law. Evan practices employment law at DLA Piper.
From the March/April 2017 Issue
Greg Machlin writes: “My feature screenplay, 7 Days: A Fantasia on the Life of Miles Davis, based on my play, was a Nicholl semifinalist and a semifinalist in the Austin Film Festival’s feature category (91 scripts out of 9,100 submissions). Always happy to connect with fellow Brown alums out in LA.”
From the January/February 2017 Issue
Jarrod F. Green writes he has had a very busy year with young children. He and his wife, Amelia Green, celebrated the birth of their son, Henry Joseph Green, in May. September saw the release of his first book, I’m OK! Building Resilience through Physical Play, a guide for early childhood educators (available from Redleaf Press and Amazon), and he released his second album of music for young children (available at jarrodgreen.net) Jarrod is the assistant director at the Children’s Community School in Philadelphia, where he leads such major projects as gaining national accreditation, leading the initiative on racial and economic justice, and creating a system for long-term teacher development and sustainability.
From the November/December 2016 Issue
Alastair J. Agcaoili has been selected as one of six 2016 Supreme Court Fellows with the National Association of Attorneys General in Washington, D.C. This fellowship program selects a small number of attorneys each year from state Attorney Generals’ offices around the country and immerses them in the world of state practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. He was nominated to the fellowship by the California Attorney General’s office, where he has served as a Deputy Attorney General since 2014.
Brandon Finegold married Darcel Hunt on Apr. 23 in Hull, Mass. Brandon writes: “We were honored to be joined by a fantastic crew of Brown grads: Matthew Accornero ’03, David Billings, Dilini Fernando ’03, Susannah Flug ’09 AM, Noel Reyes ’06, Ronald Viola, Matthew Weaver and wife Sarina Chernock Weaver ’07, and super groomsman Anthony Giunta.”
Marissa Parker, a partner at Stradley Ronon, was selected by the Legal Intelligencer as one of their “2016 Lawyers on the Fast Track.” The annual awards honor outstanding attorneys in Pennsylvania and their work to help shape the legal profession.
From the September/October 2016 Issue
Evan Michelson published his first book, Assessing the Societal Implications of Emerging Technologies (Routledge). He is currently a program director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in New York City.
Eric C. Stoykovich is Historical Manuscripts Project Archivist at the Special Collections and University Archives of the Univ. of Maryland libraries. He works to make available collections that document the political and civic activities of Maryland, including the papers of state legislators. This year he serves as chair of the Archival History Roundtable of the Society of American Archivists.
From the May/June 2016 Issue
Marissa Rappaport Parker was elected partner at Stradley Ronon’s Philadelphia firm. Marissa represents corporate, nonprofit, and institutional clients in state and federal court and private arbitration. She writes: “My litigation practice spans patent infringement actions, merger and acquisition disputes, securities litigation and derivative suits, ERISA and health care claims, and protection of institutional first amendment rights.”
From the March/April 2016 Issue
Stephen Crocker (see Carrie Petri Meatto ’07).
Jenny Mitnick married Scott Eckers (Binghamton Univ. ’02) on June 28 at East Meadow Jewish Center in East Meadow, N.Y. Sharon Sonenblum ’03 ScM attended the wedding. Jenny has a bachelor’s degree in history from Brown and a master’s degree in education from Harvard. She is studying for her doctorate in social studies education at Columbia and was a social studies teacher for nine years at Seneca Valley Middle School in Harmony, Pa. Scott has a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in literacy education from Binghamton Univ. and a master’s degree in school building and school district leadership from the College of New Rochelle. He is studying for his doctorate in learning and teaching with an emphasis in social studies at Hofstra Univ. Scott is currently a social studies teacher at H. B. Thompson Middle School in Syosset, N.Y., as well as a singer.
From the January/February 2016 Issue
Danielle Levy Fisher and her husband, Doug, welcomed a daughter, Grace Evelyn Fisher, on Sept. 19. Grace is the granddaughter of Beth Barrett Levy ’71 and niece of Damon Levy ’00 and Kathryn Horner ’00. The Fishers live in Atlanta, Ga.
Reif Larsen read from his second novel, I Am Radar, at the Brown Bookstore in September.
From the November/December 2015 Issue
Emil Dizon ’02 served as an umpire at the U.S. Open Tennis Championships this past summer in New York, having previously worked the ATP Masters 1000/WTA Premier event in Indian Wells, CA for the past two years.
David Flink (see Sara Epstein ’08).
Alison Friedman writes: “Greetings from Beijing! For my honors thesis, I translated a manuscript of poetry by Brown’s writer-in-residence at the time, Xue Di. Our bilingual translation was published by Green Integer Press, one of the most prestigious publishers for translation in the country.”
Sean Jensen and Jessica Garcés Jensen announce the May 12 birth of daughters Lucy Elizabeth and Sophie Rose Jensen in Evansville, Ind.
From the May/June 2015 Issue
Lauren Goldstein Mack (see Sue Wotiz Goldstein ’71).
Greg Moffitt ’05 MAT was appointed principal of Winters Elementary School in Winters, Calif. His wife, Jenny Lester Moffitt, was appointed deputy secretary at the California Department of Food and Agriculture by Governor Jerry Brown, where she will lead initiatives on water, soil health, and climate change. Greg writes: “Our 6-year-old daughter, Maddie, has appointed herself queen of tap dance and arts & crafts. Needless to say, it’s loud and messy in the Moffitt household in Davis, Calif.”
Evan and Eve Moskowitz Parness (see Michael Gladstone ’07).
Edward Smith (see John M. Cross ’66).
Carl Takei (see Araceli Mendez ’12).
From the March/April 2015 Issue
David Flink writes that he was thrilled to kick off his book tour at the home of President Paxson. His first book, Thinking Differently: An Inspiring Guide for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities, chronicles the story of his organization Eye to Eye, which he cofounded at Brown as a freshman. He lives in New York City with his wife, Laura Epstein Flink ’04, a cardiology fellow at New York Univ.
Alicia Gay married Hugh McMullen (Ohio Univ. ’05) on Sept. 6 at the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland. Alumni in attendance included Pamela Burger ’01, Damali Campbell ’01, Lori Cole, Debbie Jungwhi Yoon Colley, Sebastian Colley, Stephanie Drew ’03, Cristina Gallo, Nicolas Gonzalez ’10, Brooks King, Christopher Knight, Patrick Moos, and Don Tulanon.
From the January/February 2015 Issue
Allen Bonner and his wife, Brittany, announce the Sept. 29 birth of their first child, Olivia Nicole Bonner. Allen and Brittany live in the neighborhood of Coconut Grove in Miami, Fla., where they both practice law.
Ann Runquist Gottert (see Leslie Larsen Gottert ’71).
David Grossman (see Louis Grossman ’71).
Adriana Kertzer’s exhibition “New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft, and Art in Latin America” opened at the Museum of Arts and Design on Nov. 4. She writes: “I would love to show old Brown friends around.”
Danielle Levy married Doug Fisher on Aug. 16 in Highlands, N.C. Alumni in attendance included Danielle’s mother, Beth Barrett Levy ’71; her brother, Damon Levy ’00; her sister-in-law, Kathryn Horner ’00; and Robin Bettarel, Martha Blake, Jessie Brown, Brian Gibler ’77, Maya Wadleigh May, Chloe Thompson ’04, and Sharon Warren ’05. The couple lives in Atlanta.
Eric Stoykovich married R. Craig Harman (Princeton ’91) on Aug. 23. The ceremony took place at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Del. Eric and Craig live in Washington, D.C.
Alexis J. Thompson writes: “Sarah Bowman ’06 and I welcomed Petra to our family on July 2. Her big sister, Holden, loves having a partner in crime and curiosity. Somehow it just takes longer to get the second kiddo announcement into the BAM, but our family of four is great!”
From the November/December 2014 Issue
Danielle Schwartz Craighead and her husband, Michael, announce the Feb. 27 birth of Sarah Edith Craighead. Sarah joins big sister Casey, 2. The family has moved to Rye Brook, N.Y.
John C. Wiener married Tom Patterson (West Texas A&M Univ. ’97) on June 28 at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in Brooklyn, N.Y. Matt Heaney and Michelle Olsheski were John’s “best people” at the ceremony. Other alums in attendance were Rachel Levine Danford, Peter Feroe, Martha Johnson, Jana Pickard-Richardson, and Kate Malinowski Siener.
From the September/October 2014 Issue
Gideon Arthurs has been appointed CEO of the National Theater School of Canada.
Susan Stainman announces her first solo exhibition, Color All the Way Through, which was on view at the A.I.R. Gallery in New York City in May and June.
Matthew Weaver married Sarina Chernock ’07 on April 5 in Philadelphia. In attendance were Anna Burns ’07, Anthony Giunta, Brandon Finegold, Megan Denault ’07, Lydia Hamilton ’07, and Kara Neergaard Sherman ’08.
From the July/August 2014 Issue
Jennifer Beckmann Butler and her husband, Michael Butler (Cornell ’98), announce the Mar. 15 birth of their son, Lochlan Sawyer Butler, in Boston. Lochlan joins big sister Maggie, 2. Jennifer writes: “We have made the big move to the ’burbs—the woods, actually—and are now living at the end of a dirt road in Lincoln, Massachusetts. We look forward to bringing Lochlan and Maggie back to campus soon.”
Sanddy N. Marchena and Melodie R. Cora became engaged on May 3, 2013.
Evan Parness was recognized as a Rising Star in New York Super Lawyers 2013. Evan practices labor and employment law at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP.
From the May/June 2014 Issue
Adriana Kertzer writes: “In February the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum published my book, Favelization. It is about the use of references to Brazilian slums to brand luxury items as Brazilian.”
Karen L. Knee announces the Sept. 14 birth of Margaret Maya Knee Brown. Karen writes: “Maggie and I live in Washington, D.C., where I am an assistant professor of environmental science at American Univ. I would love to hear from other alums with young children in the area.”
Robert Newcomb ’08 PhD writes: “In January I was awarded tenure from UC Davis, where I teach in the department of Spanish and Portuguese. I live in Sacramento with my wife, Kelley; our son, Simon; and our corgi, Biscuit.”
Dina Lucas Relles has bid farewell to the corporate world to start writing, to train to become a doula, and to spend more time with her three sons, Aiven, Parker, and Gray. She and her husband, Daniel, are moving their family from Philadelphia to New York City this summer. You can follow her on Twitter @DinaLRelles or check out her fledgling blog at dinarelles.com.
Butch Trusty has transitioned out of his education program director role with the Joyce Foundation to become the vice president of network impact at CEE-Trust. Butch will be charged with developing the core programming and services of this emerging network of city-level education funders and incubators and will also be providing consulting and advising services to network members as they look to accelerate their impact in their respective cities. Butch will remain in Chicago for the foreseeable future.
From the March/April 2014 Issue
David Atkins writes: “I miss Brown every day. Thanks for everything!”
Carmine J. Castellano was named a “Rising Star” by New York Super Lawyers 2013—Metro Edition.
Virginia Nuckols Chiarello and her husband, Nick, announce the Mar. 20, 2013, birth of Robert Michael Chiarello. Ginny writes: “Michael joins his big brother, Christopher, 2, who has graciously shared old Brown onesies that he has grown out of.” Ginny and family live in Chapel Hill, N.C.
From the Janaury/February 2014 Issue
From the November/December 2013 Issue
Carolyn Chang Audino (see Bob O’Such ’55).
Abigail Gilbert completed her internal medicine and pediatrics residency this past summer. She and her husband, Ron Skupsky, welcomed their daughter, Margalit Devorah Skupsky-Gilbert on Abby’s last day of residency—June 30. The family then packed up and moved to Chicago, where Abby is starting a rheumatology fellowship at Northwestern.
Rachel Harris (see p. 53, Engagements & Weddings, Julie Doberne ’07).
Abby Davidson Maffei (see Jodi Maranchie ’89).
From the September/October 2013 Issue
Eric C. Stoykovich, of Washington, D.C., finished a master’s in library science at the Univ. of Maryland in May. He earned his doctorate in American history at the Univ. of Virginia in 2009. He is looking for a job that will utilize his archival skills and his knowledge of 19th-century America.
From the May/June 2013 Issue
Mary Montgomery (See Rick Montgomery ’58).
Victoria Thompson (see Engagements & Weddings, Sam Caspersen ’95).
From the March/April 2013 Issue
Peter L. Quon (See Lillian Lim ’73).
From the January/February 2013 Issue
Justin Vitarello (see Engagements & Weddings, Ephraim Wernick ’99).
From the November/December 2012 Issue
Jonathan Allmaier presented his first solo art exhibition at James Fuentes in New York City. The show, “Pointing Paintings, Bump Paintings, and Key Paintings” ran from August 10 to September 30. Go to jamesfuentes.com or jonathanallmaier.com to see photographs.
From the May/June 2012 Issue [10th]
Avant garde designer Kevin Kramp exhibited his first collection of women’s knitwear and accessories at New York Fashion Week in February. He was brought there by WHITE MILANO, an international organization promoting emerging fashion designers. It showed his women’s collection at Milan Fashion Week last September.
From the March/April 2012 Issue
Jarrod Fischer Green is entering his 10th year in the field of early childhood education. He teaches at a preschool in Oakland, Calif., and he teaches college students to be preschool teachers at Diablo Valley College. He also consults for schools and parents (more at jarrodgreen.net). He and his wife, Amelia Hoover Green (Swarthmore ’03, Yale PhD ’11), live in Oakland, where they cook adventurously and teach their dog to sing.
Beth Johnson (see Georgiana White Johnson ’70).
Will Van Ness (see Dayton Carr ’63).
From the January/February 2012 Issue
Tien-Ye Mi-Mi Chen '03 MAT (see Engagements & Weddings, Hansen Law '00).
Erin Galey writes: "I have been busy working on my thesis film to complete my MFA in filmmaking at NYU Tisch Asia in Singapore. The film, Brave Girl, set in Nepal and based on true stories from real survivors, is about the relationship between 13-year-old Bumika and her 18-year-old male friend Krishna, as she is trafficked against her knowledge from her mountain village in the Himalayas to the red light district of Mumbai. I have been traveling to Nepal periodically for the last two years researching the issue of sex trafficking and connecting with local survivors and organizations. We just wrapped principal photography and the team is back home after an arduous but exciting shoot. We are moving into post-production now and estimate completion by March 2012. We are still seeking a post-production supervisor, hint hint!"
Kevin Kramp exhibited his new knitwear collection at the WHITE Tradeshow during Milan Fashion Week in September.
From the September/October 2011 Issue
Sarovar Banka recently completed his first feature film, A Decent Arrangement, which he wrote, produced, and directed. The film was shot in the city of Chandigarh, India, and stars Shabana Azmi and Adam Laupus. More information on the film is on Facebook and at adecentarrangement.com.
Joanna Cox has begun a new job at the Economist as producer of the magazine's World in 2012 festival, which runs Dec. 1–3. Joanna would like to get in touch with friends and unit-mates in D.C. and New York City.
From the May/June 2011 Issue
Naima Lowe started her second quarter as a member of the faculty at Evergreen State College, a public interdisciplinary liberal arts college in Olympia, Wash. She teaches courses in experimental media production, media theory, writing for media, and media history. She moved to Olympia in August with her partner, Kristina, and their three cats.
From the March/April 2011 Issue
Kalin Agrawal (see Engagements & Weddings, Zandra Kambysellis).
Erez Biala (see Engagements & Weddings, Adriana Kertzer).
Melissa M. Brough, a doctoral student in communications at USC, received a Fulbright fellowship to study media practices at two radio stations in Colombia. She is in Colombia for the 2010-11 academic year.
Kate Hirschmann-Levy (see Engagements & Weddings, Adriana Kertzer).
Rolland Janairo and Rafi Katz (see Engagements & Weddings, Zandra Kambysellis).
Adriana Kertzer (see Engagements & Weddings).
Brooks King (see Engagements & Weddings, Dara Cohen'01).
Lauren Goldstein Mack (see Sue Wotiz Goldstein '71).
Ran Nussbacher (see Engagements & Weddings, Adriana Kertzer).
David Perry (see Engagements & Weddings, Jeremy Brown '01.).
From the January/February 2011 Issue
Michael Albarelli (see Engagements & Weddings, Orli Sharaby).
Donald and Elizabeth Quadros Betten (see Engagements & Weddings, Orli Sharaby).
Martha Blake (see Engagements & Weddings, Alex Lew).
Sarah Carson Cloud recently launched her own clothing label. After graduating from Brown, she became an investment banker, but, she writes, "my creative side was calling me. My love of lively prints and retro glamour never quite jived with the corporate world, so I went off to find my true niche, designing dresses for the polished woman." Inspired by the ladylike silhouettes of the 1950s, she set out to design a clothing line that could go anywhere, from work to the beach to the bar.
Justin Castillo (see Births & Adoptions).
Tyson Dirksen and Irving Fain (see Engagements & Weddings, Alex Lew).
Amanda Forte (see Engagements & Weddings, Orli Sharaby).
Abigail Gilbert (see Engagements & Weddings).
Jessica Intrator (see Engagements & Weddings, Nick Zakrasek '06).
Tad and Elizabeth DiBona Jusczyk (see Engagements & Weddings, Nina DiBona '07).
Alex Lew (see Engagements & Weddings).
Lauren Gaffney Lucarelli and Maya Wadleigh May (see Engagements & WEddings, Orli Sharaby).
Frederick Michael Nolan (see Engagements & Weddings, Andrew Stringer '03).
Richard and Meredith Nelson Mormile, (see Engagements & Weddings, Orli Sharaby).
Sarah O'Dea (see Engagements & Weddings, Orli Sharaby).
Orli Sharaby (see Engagements & Weddings).
Michael Talis and Meredith Bowen Waterman (see Engagements & Weddings, Orli Sharaby).
From the September/October 2010 Issue
Gerasimos Bastas graduated from Boston Univ. School of Medicine, receiving an MD and PhD. He has matched at the Univ. of Pennsylvania for his medical residency training in physical medicine and rehabilitation.
Jessica Murphy Lyons and her husband, Sean, announce the May 6 birth of Jane Scarlett Lyons.
On June 19, Sarah Markowitz and Spencer Moore celebrated their wedding in Aurora, N.Y. Matt Heaney performed the ceremony and Sarah's mother, Susan Van Wiggeren Markowitz '68, and Rachel Levine participated in the ceremony. Other Brown alums in attendance included: Elizabeth Broadwin '07, Megan Burke, Peter Feroe, Martha Johnson, Ben Kahn '91, Mirra Levitt '03, Michelle Olsheski, Jana Pickard-Richardson, Cora Shaw '95, Graham Siener, Kate Malinowski Siener, and John Wiener. Sarah and Spencer live in Ithaca, N.Y., and Sarah recently joined the faculty of Wells College as an assistant professor of psychology.
Rob Newcomb '08 PhD and Kelley Weiss were married on May 15 in Big Trees State Park in California's Sierra Foothills. Kelley's brother Matt served as minister. Rob's parents, Terry Newcomb '70 and Kathleen Newcomb, are throwing a wedding party in September. Rob and Kelley live in Sacramento, where they met. Rob works as an assistant professor of Spanish at UC Davis, and Kelley is a freelance journalist who files stories for KQED in San Francisco and National Public Radio.
Michael Slaby and Lydia Hill were married on May 22 in Yountville, Calif. Brown alumni who celebrated with the pair included David Cole '00, David Denrich '01, Sam Mandell '00, Seth Mrozek '01, Heather Hillman Mutz '92, Abby Owen Perry '01, and Bonnie Hillman Van Gemert '88.
Jed Wolpaw married Bethlehem Abebe (Williams '96) on May 22 at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. Brown alumni in attendance included Jim Wolpaw '70, Liana Kretschmar McCabe '97, Anu Narla '99, Kevin Zimmer, Elaine Loh, Adam Wolpaw '03, Judy Chertok '03, Arul Thangavel '03, Jamie Aaronson '03, and Ben Wolpaw '10. Jed writes: "Bethlehem, who goes by Betty, is an assistant professor in the department of pediatrics at UCSF. I will be starting my residency in emergency medicine at Alameda County Medical Center in Oakland."
From the July/August 2010 Issue
After almost eight years of working for the government in Singapore, Ju Dee Ang will be going back to school this August, pursuing a master of music in viola performance at Indiana Univ.'s Jacobs School of Music.
From the May/June 2010 Issue
Jennifer Beckmann married Michael Butler (Cornell '98) at the Glen Manor House in Portsmouth, R.I. on Sept. 19. Wedding attendees included Sarah Coogan and Stephen Karam. The couple had been living in London for two years, where Mike works as senior counsel for a hedge fund. Jennifer completed her MBA at the Univ. of Cambridge in August 2009 and plans to work as project manager in corporate marketing and communications for the Olympic Park Legacy Company, the organization in charge of the local regeneration that was the foundation of London's bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Joshua Landay (see Valerie Gebert '75).
Meagan McKenney Gillette and her husband, Scott Gillette (Baylor '01), announce the Sept. 8 birth of their son, Connor McKenney Gillette. They live in San Antonio.
From the March/April 2010 Issue
Alison M. Friedman was selected for the 2009-10 Arts Management Fellowship Program by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. At the conclusion of the fellowship, Alison will launch her own cross-cultural exchange company, Ping Pong Productions, to facilitate collaborations between Chinese performing artists and their international counterparts. Her website is www.pingpongarts.org.
Justin and Erin Ferris Garzia announce the Aug. 28 arrival of daughter Allison Mae Garzia. They write: "Big brothers Gavin and Owen and big sister Kristen have welcomed her into the family with more hugs and kisses than a baby knows what to do with. We are all happy and healthy."
Rachel Gershenson married Justin Gates on June 28 at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago. Rachel's dad, Eric Gershenson '69 walked her down the aisle. Brown alums attending included Alastair Agcaoili, Miranda Chen, Rose Kowel Durbin, Elizabeth Geddes, Meryl Marr, Kristin Ohaus, Reuben Seguritan '04, Jordan Greenberg Lyon '99, Sheila Thomas '70, and John Jensen '69. Rachel and Justin live in Chicago, where they are both students. She is pursuing a doctorate in clinical psychology, and Justin is studying to be a middle school math and science teacher.
Kate Grossman completed her MBA at Columbia and now lives in Brooklyn working for a start-up greening existing buildings. In July, she married Drew Patrizi in Austin, Tex. She writes: "A boisterous group of '02 Brown friends flew down and survived the 107-degree temperatures. The group included Christine Coletta, Sarah Coogan, Josh Green, Lindsay Haddix, Teddy Kott, Adam Marcus, Marcie Muscat, Lee Sabow, Kate Segarra, and Sarah Squire '06 MD."
Sara Gilbane Sullivan started her own business in 2008 and recently received some press in the December 2009 House Beautiful magazine. Her website is www.saragilbaneinteriors.com.
From the January/February 2010 Issue
Andy Beck '06 MD (see Roy Beck '74).
Mike McGaraghan married Anna Rubin (Colgate '02) Oct. 10 on Peak's Island near Portland, Me. Justin Lewis officiated. Groomsmen included Neil McGaraghan '91, Jamie Litten, and Eli Miller. Also in attendance were Tyson Dirksen, Jim Watson, Elizabeth O'Hara Watson, Sheffie Gerrity, Emily Tynan, Jean Higbie, Amy Roberts McGaraghan '92, Tyler Korte '01, Ben Petrosky '03, and Samantha Price '03. Anna and Mike live in Berkeley, Calif.
Rose Shuman '02 AM writes: "Open Mind-Question Box is taking off! We were recently featured in the New York Times for our work to bring agricultural information to rural farmers in Uganda. I was also just named a TED Fellow. Big, exciting times. All are welcome to get in touch while visiting Santa Monica."
Maria Walker and Jonathan Allmaier were married on Aug. 22 in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Attendees included Dan Edinberg '03, Miguel Escobar, Jess Fisher '03, Andres Morey '03, Jake Munger, Clara Schuhmacher '06, and Ashley Talley. Jon and Maria met their first year at Brown in New Pembroke 4.
From the November/December 2009 Issue
Ginny Nuckols Chiarello announces her May 9 marriage to Nick Chiarello. Ginny writes: "We met while working together at ING Clarion Capital in New York City in 2004. Nick proposed in my apartment in May 2008, and we celebrated with chocolate cake and champagne! We currently live in Stamford, Connecticut." In attendance were bridesmaids Suzanne Schlosser Teeple '04, Gina Vergé '04, and Jeri Bellwin Savage '01, as well as Jessi Buck, Kristin Duffy Casavant '03, Zach Casavant '01, Sarah Keil Chernoff '03, Jenny Coupe '04, Lila Elman, and Jayne Finst '04.
Alyssa Hochberg Fontaine (see Michael Fontaine '03 PhD).
Richie Mormile and Meredith Nelson were married on July 18 at the First Unitarian Church of Providence on College Hill. The wedding party included Keith Banhazl, Elizabeth Quadros Betten, Ben Chelovich '03, Kevin Connolly, Lauren Gaffney, Justine Woodfield Groarke, Dave Grossman, Matt Grosso, Pete Mahoney '03, Ryan McDonough, and Jimmy Mormile. The Rev. Janet M. Cooper Nelson, chaplain of the University, and the Rev. Henry J. Bodah, Associate University Chaplain for the Roman Catholic Community officiated the ceremony. Others in attendance were: Mike Albarelli, Katie Austin, Amanda Forte Barash, Buck Betten, Adam Buchanan, Kevin Connolly Sr. '75, Laura Dunn '04, Matt Kelley, Mike Kenny, Sasha Kweskin, Danielle Levy, Christian Martinez '01, Sarah O'Dea, Shannon Price, Travis Rowley, Orli Sharaby, Alexandria Sica, Sara Slovin, Chris Sullivan '01, Ellie Blake Sullivan '01, Charlie Towers '04, Rich Tuohey '04, Bobby Villareal '01, '05 MD, Meredith Bowen Waterman, and Matt Winkler '03. The celebration also included a surprise appearance by mascot Bruno as the newly married couple exited the church!
Dina Lucas Relles and her husband, Daniel, announce the June 24 birth of Aiven Gray. Dina and Dan are doing well, are loving parenthood, and would be happy to see you if you're passing through Philly.
Mara Sanchez and Matthew Recker announce the July 17 birth of their daughter, Adelin Leona Sanchez Recker. They live in Portland, Me., where Matt is in his second year of residency in radiology at Maine Medical Center.
Justine Woodfield and Brendan Groarke (Villanova '00 and Hofstra Law '03) were married in Palm Beach, Fla. on May 16. A reception followed at the Everglades Club. In attendance were: Amanda Forte Barash, Buck Betten, Elizabeth Quadros Betten, Caroline Burnett, Bevin Butler, Lauren Gaffney, Maya Wadleigh May, Meredith Nelson, Sarah O'Dea, Orli Sharaby, Alexandria Sica, Sara Slovin, Meredith Bowen Waterman, and David Whitney '91. Justine completed a BSN in 2006 and an MSN in 2009, both from the Univ. of Pennsylvania. She works as a registered nurse in women's health at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Brendan is an associate at the law firm of Mendes & Mount, LLP. The couple resides in Garden City, N.Y.
From the September/October 2009 Issue
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Anthony DiPietro has been named COO of the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence in Providence. Anthony served as director of communications at Leadership Rhode Island in 2007. He previously led a customer service team at a payroll company in San Diego and was business manager for WBRU in Providence.
Lila Rose Kaplan had the off-Broadway debut of her play, Wildflower, at Second Stage in New York City on July 13. Lila studied with Brown playwrights Paula Vogel and Sarah Ruhl '97, '01 MFA.
Heather McCrea finished her MD and PhD at Yale after seven years. She writes that she was very happy to have multiple Brown friends come to her graduation in May. She will be in New York City for the next seven years at an internship in neurosurgery at New York Presbyterian–Weill Cornell and would enjoy catching up with old friends in the area.
Ginny Nuckols married Nick Chiarello (NYU '00) on May 9 at Keswick Hall in Charlottesville, Va. The two met while working together at ING Clarion Capital in New York City in 2004. Ginny writes: "Nick proposed in my apartment in May 2008, and we celebrated with chocolate cake and champagne!" Alums at the wedding included bridesmaids Suzanne Teeple '04, Gina Verg√© '04, and Jeri Bellwin Savage '01, as well as Lila Elman, Jessi Buck, Kristin Duffy Casavant '03, Jamie Shapiro '03, Sarah Keil Chernoff '03, Jayne Finst '04, Jenny Coupe '04, and Zach Casavant '01. Ginny and Nick live in Stamford, Conn.
Leah Scherzer '06 MD graduated from pediatric residency at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia in June. In July she joined the Pediatric AIDS Corps (PAC), a program run out of Baylor College of Medicine. As a PAC doctor she will spend the year in Botswana. Leah writes: "I would love to hear from all, especially anyone who is in Southern Africa."
John Verdeaux announces his Apr. 26 marriage to Holli McCray in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. John and Holli live in Knoxville, Tenn., and are part owners of the first Keller Williams Real Estate franchise that came to Knoxville last fall.
From the July/August 2009 Issue
David Billings (see Peter Billings '67).
Robert Carruthers exchanged vows with Mollie Dahlgren (Cornell '03) on Apr. 4 in New Orleans, where they attended medical school at Tulane. Best man David Anthony, groomsman Thomas Carruthers '00, groomslady Eun Ha Kim '01, former The Goods band-mate Matthew Herz, and Tony Wei '01 attended the ceremony. Robert and Mollie are currently completing their medical internships at the Massachusetts General Hospital.
Carolyn Chang (see Robert O'Such '55).
Lindsay Haddix writes: "In Apr. 2009 I received an Impact Award from the Graduate Education Advancement Board of the Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for my master's project, Immigration and Crime in North Carolina: Beyond the Rhetoric. My research on the relationship between reported crime and immigrant population growth has been used by key groups interested in immigration issues in the state, including the N.C. ACLU. It has the potential to impact policymakers considering the adoption of 287(g)—a program that allows local law enforcement to check immigration status. I graduated in May 2008 with a master's in city and regional planning and currently work for the City of New York's department of Housing preservation and development."
From the May/June 2009 Issue
Lila Elman and Bryn Karaus write that Leslie Nuñez married Charles Goodman on Dec. 20 in the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden in Miami. They met in the U.S. Foreign Service while Leslie was posted in Venezuela and Charlie was assigned to Argentina. They are in Washington, D.C., until July, when they will move to Tbilisi, the capital of the Republic of Georgia, together. Brown guests at their wedding included Cristina Bonuso, Sandra Pan, Alisa Ple-Plakon, Maya Ibars, Whitney Fellberg, and Ivon Rodriguez de Perez '00.
Raphael Katz and Diana Henschke Katz '01 announce the Dec. 29 birth of their daughter, Annabelle Ora, who was born on their fifth wedding anniversary.
Alex Kruglov and his wife, Alia, announce the Jan. 6 arrival of daughter Zadie. Alex writes that both Zadie and Alia are doing well and enjoying sunny Los Angeles.
Priya Pradhan married Victor Karkar '98 over Labor Day weekend in Randolph, N.J. Brown alums in attendance included Anuja Khemka, Reema Mehra '03, Khatija Ladhani '01, Ramya Moothathu, Neetu Khanna '03, Indrajit Sen '00, Rohit Sachdev '01, Darpun Sachdev '07 MD, Anjali Nigalaye '03, Kavita Parikh-Agrawal '00, Shaily Kapur '04, Abhas Gupta, Rachna Trivedi Shroff '00, Alykhan Lalani '01, Liluye Jhala, Mithun Nallari '99, '07 MD, Animesh Sabnis '99, Toopan Bagchi '98, Rahul Nayak '98, Jimshade Chaudhari '98, Aki Taha '98, Shantanu Agrawal '98, Adhitya Nagraj '98, Devinder Singh '98, Nigel Cordeiro, Irma Ugalde '98, and Puneet Masson '01.
From the March/April 2009 Issue
Alison Friedman left her post as international director of the Beijing Modern Dance Company earlier this year to join Grammy- and Emmy-award winning composer and conductor Tan Dun as general manager of his production company, Parnassus Productions. She has been living in China since right after graduation, when she went to Beijing on a Fulbright Fellowship to research modern dance in China. In October she was chosen to present the 2008 Selma Jeanne Cohen Lecture at the 31st Annual Fulbright Association Conference, where she discussed modern dance in China. Alison writes: "If anyone is interested in lectures on this and related Chinese performing-arts topics, or if you are visiting China and want to say hi, please contact me. The Brown Alumni Club in China is ever-growing; do contact us!"
R. Joe Tarr and Darien Williams '05 each graduated with a master's in architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture in September 2008.
James Watson and Elizabeth O'Hara were married in Beverly Farms, Mass., on Oct 4. In the wedding party were Eli Miller, Ryan McDonough, Mike McGaraghan, and Melissa Serravallo. Also in attendance were Joe Griffin, Sam Salganik, Justin Lewis, Sarah Wasserman, Sam Salganik, Daniel Hong, Marshall Stark, David Rothschild, Bronson Lingamfelter, Irving Fain, Corrente Schankler, Sarah Rosenbaum, Jamison Litten, Samantha Price '03, Jessica Eagan '03, and Elizabeth's father, David O'Hara '73. Elizabeth works in fashion merchandising for Mac and Jac, a clothing company owned by Liz Claiborne. Jim is in his second year of internal medicine residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
From the January/February 2009 Issue
Justin Castillo and his wife, Angela, announce the September 28 birth of Marcus Fidel Castillo.
Tamara Chestna and Christopher Danison were married on October 4 in Westlake Village, Calif. Alums in attendance were: Thomas Chestna '69, Thomas Chestna III '94, Mara Sanchez, Matthew Recker, Lexi Beach, David Hyman, David Flink, Evan Michelson, Beth Johnson, Andrea Strobel, and Laura Epstein '04.
Emi Iwatani writes: "On August 16 Kristina Arvanitis and Jonathan Gasson were married in a beautiful Greek Orthodox Church in Watertown, Mass., surrounded by family and friends. The reception was held on the Seaport Elite, as it cruised around Boston Harbor. Among the boogiers on the boat were: Ann Cheung, Anita Pahuja, Andre Lepine, Brett Cohen '03, Katja Goldflam '06 MD, Kartini Shastry, and Inho Kim. Kristina lives in Boston after receiving her JD from Temple Univ."
Matthew Salzler and Erika Faires '04 were married in Youngstown, Ohio, on Aug. 23. The wedding party included groomsmen Dave Simon '03 and Tom DePre. In attendance were alumni Brooke Stevens '03, Frances Betancourt '03, Mateusz Saykiewicz, Omar Hyder '03, '07 MD, Sarah DeNucci '03, '07 MD, Greg Rossolimo '03, Sophia Branson Gill '04, Diane Schneider '04, Ellen Goldstein '04, and Evan Panich '07. The couple was also delighted by the company of their family friend Nell Glaser Whipkey '48 and her husband, Ken Whipkey.
Leta Malloy writes: "On July 4 Michael Obertacz and I got married in West Sayville, Long Island. The festivities included a very emotional ceremony and culminated in a wild dance party. The wedding party included Sudi Malloy '96, Jess Lopez, and Lauren Hale. Also in attendance were Kathleen Corriveau Bird, Jacy Bird '03, Tracy Miller, and Varick Shute. Before leaving for our honeymoon, my husband and I also attended the weddings of Tracy and Lauren. Mike and I continue to serve as directors of Career Gear."
Mary Holt Pustejovsky married James Pustejovsky (Boston College '03) on Aug. 23 in Chicago. Alums in attendance included: Janet Shu '07 MD, Drew Dupuy, Megan George Herold, Andrew Schwerin '01, Bonnie Boyd Schwerin '99, Marc Helmick '97, Tracy Hadden Loh '04, Andrea Tartaro '99, and Brian Chang '92. The couple honeymooned in Portugal and resides in Chicago. Mary is a consultant for Heller Consulting, and James is pursuing his PhD in statistics at Northwestern.
From the November/December 2008 Issue
Kristina Arvanitis writes: "We enjoyed a mini-reunion on June 7, when Emi Iwatani married Eric Pierson (Williams '02) in a beautiful ceremony officiated by Brown Chaplain the Rev. Henry Bodah at St. Paul's Parish in Cambridge, Mass. It was followed by a reception full of both ballroom and break dancing at the Inn at Harvard. Alumni in attendance were: Ann Cheung, Li-wen Ho, Kartini Shastry, Anita Pahuja, Andre Lepine, Katja Goldflam '06 MD, Jennifer Lee '03, Inho Kim, Michael McCarrin, Janette Lin'01, '05 MD, Angie Chen '04, Greg Cooper '08 PhD, Melissa Chase '08 PhD, David Tucker '03 ScM, Joel Young '05 PhD, Joy Bautista '97, Jill Frankfort '99, Matthew Sherman '03, Julian Wong '99, '05 PhD, Ning Ge '04, Susan Huang '98, '05 PhD, Boon Ching Ng '03, Thao Nguyen '01, Nora Bojar '03, and Tamara Chang '03, '07 MD."
Danielle Schwartz Craighead writes: "I am pleased to announce that on June 15 I married Michael Anthony Craighead at the Water's Edge Restaurant in Long Island City. My twin brother, Jeremy Schwartz, and older brother, Andrew Schwartz '98, were groomsmen; Julia Cline was my maid of honor; and Pauline Lauterbach and Hallie Fader were bridesmaids. Also in attendance were Emma Gaines-Ross '04, Meera Shah, Jamie Olson McKee, Derek McKee, Dina Lucas Relles, Aimee Duquette, Alex Korb, Megan Owen Kromer '00, Matt Kromer '99, '01 ScM, and Hyun-Joo Park. Michael is originally from Auckland, New Zealand, and we live together in New York City."
Jenny Lester Moffitt and Greg Moffitt '05 MAT announce the July 20 birth of their daughter, Madeline Anne. She weighed 6 lbs., 14.7 oz., and was 20 inches long. Jenny writes: "Who'd have thought Greg could have helped create something so small!"
Caitlin Armistead Perazzo married James Perazzo (Univ. of Chicago '99) on May 3 at the Prince George Ballroom in New York City. In attendance were Liz Hayes '01, Cori Epstein '01, Dan Ko '01, Miriam Pfisterer, Sara Rowbottom '01, and bridesmaids Jennie Leszkiewicz Held '01 and Atiya Ali '01.
From the September/October 2008 Issue
Jahred Adelman writes: "I just received my PhD in physics from the Univ. of Chicago on a measurement of the top quark mass. Though I will miss all my friends in Chicago, I am excited to be starting my new life in and around Geneva, Switzerland, as a post doc for Yale on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. I would love to see old friends who happen to find themselves in Western Europe."
Ju Dee Ang announces her wedding, August 19, to Hsien Chong Tan. Ju Dee writes: "In two years I expect to get out of my eight-year government scholarship bond and then would like to pursue a degree in viola performance, possibly in Germany or Austria."
Regina Pei Chan writes: "On February 23, Jonathan Chan and I were married on the north shore of Oahu. Faye Jaffee and Jamie Witmer '05 were bridesmaids. There to help celebrate were Michael Chang; Mi-Mi Chen'03 MAT; Tien-Lih Chen'01, '02 MAT; Renee Gamache (who also sang in the ceremony); Brooke Hoots; Jason Huang; Hansen Law '00; Josalyne Ma; Gloria Satgunam '03; and Karen Wesley '03. Jon and I continue to live in New York City, where we work with the city's college students."
Margot Jackson writes: "After meeting in Andrews Hall almost ten years before, Tom Beresford and I were married in Manning Chapel in August 2007." Anniedi Essien sang, and alumni attending included: Scott Jackson '99, Charlie Beresford '05, Alastair Agcaoili, Charles Strohm, Claudia Solari '00, Ellen Hendriksen '99, Marc Manseau, and Brian Faas '05. Before the wedding Margot and Tom moved to New York City from Los Angeles, where she received a PhD in sociology and Tom received a master's in architecture, both at UCLA. She is now a post-doc at Princeton, and Tom is working as an architect, but, Margot writes, "We'll be moving back to New England, where I will start as an assistant professor in the sociology department at Brown. Come take a statistics course from me!"
Rob Newcomb '08 PhD writes: "After ten years at Brown, I'm leaving Providence with a mixture of happiness and sadness. As of the fall I'll be living in the Sacramento area and working as an assistant professor of Luso-Brazilian Studies at UC Davis. I'd love to reconnect with my friends from undergraduate and graduate days."
Lesley Rabach graduated from Drexel Univ. College of Medicine in May after traveling to Thailand and Cambodia on a medical mission with Changing Children's Lives, a group of doctors who donate their time to making a difference to children born with craniofacial birth defects. Lesley began an otolaryngology residency in June at Yale.
Morgan Rabach graduated from the NYU School of Medicine in 2007 and completed her preliminary intern year at Yale.She and Mark Patrick Fitzgerald were married in Connecticut on August 24. Mark and his brother, Matt, are the cofounders of Coolbeansdip.com. Morgan will be beginning her residency in dermatology at Downstate Medical Center in New York.
Jed Wolpaw writes a column on relationships for the UC San Francisco student newspaper, where he is a medical student. He posts his articles, as well as other thoughts on love and life, on his blog at www.lifeaccordingtojed.blogspot.com.
From the July/August 2008 Issue
Jared Jagdeo '07 MD is excited to begin his dermatology residency in Brooklyn, N.Y., in July. He continues to conduct skin-aging and cancer research, and this April gave an oral presentation based upon his anti-oxidant-themed master's thesis research at the Anti-Aging World Conference in Paris. Jared also started a networking Web site for medical students and young doctors and friends: www.internyear.com, and encourages alumni to visit and join the Web site.
Jeremy Mack and Lauren Goldstein Mack announce the October 17, 2007, arrival of their son, Jayden William.
Rebecca Spielfogel Polivy writes: "I am happy to announce that on November 10, 2007, Daniel Polivy and I were married in a beautiful ceremony at Temple Israel in Lawrence, N.Y. Among our many friends and family who were there to celebrate were: Tammy Stolz Solitro (one of my bridesmaids), Mary Shinya, Rachel Weinstein, Chris Ayers, Alyssa Arcaya, Genna Hymowitz, Katie Chavez Ripalda, Julian Devlin, Sarah Berman '03 AM, and Meredith Bergey. Also in attendance were Dan's aunts and uncles: Louis Grossman '71; Amy Grossman Sands '71; Rachel Grossman Koplow '79; his cousins, David Grossman, Jacob Grossman '04; girlfriend Liz Daniels '04; Debra Grossman '08; and his sister, Emily Polivy '08. Unfortunately, Joel Grossman '99 couldn't make it, but we were all lucky enough to attend his wedding to Holly Persinger the week before in Boston. Dan's parents, Kenneth '74 and Linda Grossman Polivy '74, who met while living in Diman House at Brown, were thrilled to celebrate with some of their classmates as well, including Bruce Leslie '74, Ellen Davis Sullivan '74, Steve Horowitz '73, Judy Marks Hershon '67, and Jane Stiles '81. We missed celebrating with Dan's grandfather, Morton Grossman '46, but we know he was there in spirit. After the wedding, we took off for a four-week whirlwind tour of New Zealand, Fiji, Australia, Singapore, and Thailand. We currently live in Seattle and would love to catch up with all our old friends."
Travis Rowley writes: "After graduation I wrote Out of Ivy: How a Liberal Ivy Created a Committed Conservative, a damaging tell-all about Brown, and a sharp rebuke of leftist ideology. I have now cofounded the Foundation for Intellectual Diversity, an alumni organization that seeks to restore academic integrity to our alma mater. I would like to be contacted by anyone who is interested in getting involved."
From the May/June 2008 Issue
Gideon Arthurs writes: "I am delighted to let everyone know that I am the new executive director of the Toronto Fringe Festival, one of Canada's largest theatre festivals, featuring 140 companies and attracting close to 60,000 audience members over two weeks in the summer, as well as the Next Stage Festival in January. I continue to also run my own company, Groundwater Productions, with my wife."
Kathleen Corriveau (see Alpine Chandler Bird '68).
Anthony DiPietro has been promoted to director of communications at Leadership Rhode Island. His job focuses on fundraising, marketing and event planning. Last year, Anthony graduated from the organization's core leadership program as a member of the Gamma II Class. He lives in Providence and writes he was sorry to miss the five-year reunion last May due to a death in the family.
Nicholas Fitzhugh, founder of the Glimpse Foundation (www.glimpsefoundation.org), is featured in the new book Millennial Leaders: Success Stories from Today's Most Brilliant Generation Y Leaders.
Lauren Goldstein Mack and Jeremy Mack (see Sue Wotiz Goldstein '71).
From the March/April 2008 Issue
Justin and Erin Ferris Garzia announce the November 13 arrival of daughter Kristen Anne. She joins big brothers Gavin and Owen.
Seamus Mark (see Yvonne Mark '92).
Jeffrey Snyder (see Coleman Sachs '72).
Alisia Solano Williams and her husband, Sean, announce the August 13, 2007 birth of Kayla Noelle. Kayla is their second child and first girl.
From the January / February 2008 Issue
Julie Brener writes: “Marcie Rubin (Columbia ’05 MPH, MPA) married Adam Schaffner (Emory ’93, Rush ’98 MD) on June 10 at the Garden City Hotel in New York City. In attendance, and tearing up the dance floor, were Laura Brown ’03, Mathew Farkash ’03, Doug Kechijian, and bridesmaid Lindsay Rhodes. After a whirlwind honeymoon in Croatia, the couple lives in Michigan, where Adam is completing a residency in plastic surgery. Marcie is finishing her doctorate in public health at Columbia.”
Vincent Capaldi ’03 ScM, ’07 MD married Melinda Toye (Eastern Nazarene ’06) on March 9, 2007, in Providence. In attendance were Omar Hyder ’07 MD (groomsman), Sarah DeNucci ’03, ’07 MD (bridesmaid), Portia Thurmond ’03, ’06 MPH, ’11 MD, Ido Preis ’02, ’07 MD, Thomas DeNucci ’80 MD, and Julianne Ip ’75, ’78 MD. Vincent and Melinda have relocated to Elkridge, Md., to embark on residency and graduate school.
Rachel Mason announces the August 4, 2007, birth of her daughter, Naema Sage Mercia Popp. Rachel, her husband, Nathan, and Naema have just returned to Victoria, B.C., where they plan to settle indefinitely. She writes: “Contacts are welcome—please stay in touch!”
Evan S. Michelson married Ilysa Kimball on October 14 in Morristown, N.J. Evan is a research associate at the Woodrow Wilson Center, and Ilysa is a staff clinical psychologist at Greystone Park Hospital. Evan is also pursuing a doctoral degree in public administration at NYU. Groomsmen included David Flink, David Hyman, and Jason Rauch ’03. In attendance were Tamara Chestna, Lila Elman, Sarah Denniston, Elizabeth Johnson, Rebecca Schendel, Millicent Rauch ’03, Jaime Berg Hyman ’03, and Laura Epstein ’04.
Juan Carlos Olivarez writes: “I’m happy to report the birth of our son, Kai Ikeda Olivarez. Both mom and baby are healthy, and we are all excited to start a new chapter as a family.”
Jason Sobel ’03 ScM writes: “I married Sarah Linker on September 9, 2007, at Villa Montalvo in Saratoga, Calif. George Cabrera III was the best man, and Harry Li was in the wedding party. Also present were David Eramian ’03, Li-Ming Pu , Kirstin Mennella, Michael Kriedman ’03, Margaret Robinson ’04, Peter Griess, Darren Modzelewski, Tiffany Reese, Karen Wesley ’03, Alison Lee, Rebecca Doctors Botelho ’04, James Botelho ’04, and Courtney Brown ’01. It was a lot of fun to have so many Brown friends present. We’ve bought a house in San Francisco, and I’ve started work at Facebook in Palo Alto. Also at Facebook are Leah Pearlman ’04, Jon Warman ’05, Eric Zamore’04, Eugene Letuchy ’04, and Alison Rosenthal ’98. We’re always hiring, so drop me a line if you’re looking for a job!”
Liz Yu ’06 MD writes: “Allan Hansen ’06 MD and I were married in La Jolla, Calif. on August 18, 2007. We had a wonderful time enhanced by all of our Brown family! In attendance were: Aimee Paik, Audrey Kwak, Elizabeth DiBona, Stanley Pelosi ’06 MD, Peter Vezeridis ’07 MD, Kerala Goodkin, Sara Kaplan, Jesse Winer, Nick Jaster, Amanda Higginson ’06 MD, Katja Goldflam ’06 MD, Will Carter and Tad Jusczyk.”
From the November / December 2007 Issue
Anna Goldberg writes: “I am pleased to announce that Jon Reiter ’00, ’01 ScM and I were married on July 14 in Florence, Italy. In attendance were Daniel Reiter ’03, Juliana and Thomas Pepinsky ’01, Patrick MacRoy ’00, ’01 AM, Ayako and Allen Lee ’00, Valerie Weiss ’97, ’01 MD, and Shad White and family. We are currently living and working in London.”
Kate Hirschmann-Levy was awarded a Fulbright Grant in April. She will be in Santiago, Chile, from January 2008 until August 2008 to research and implement an adolescent health component within an organization called Educacion Popular en Salud (EPES). EPES primarily serves adult women in poor neighborhoods in and around Santiago. When Kate returns in August she plans to begin medical school.
Charles Shaw writes: “Eric Bendick beat the odds and found a wonderful woman to wed in Suzanne Hubbard (James
Madison Univ. ’02) high on a mountaintop in Bozeman, Mont. The groom’s party included noted international legal scholars Andrew Woods and Matthew Perault, and Central Asia–phile Charles Shaw. The (ir)reverend Reif Larsen presided. Also in attendance were founder and curator of the Sheffield Gallery, Jeanne Gerrity; Respect for Delaware advocate Emily Tynan; mountain rangers Sarah Woods Klingelheber and Chris Klingelheber; aquatic educator Justin Lewis; dobro virtuouso Mike McGaraghan; documentary rights activist and filmmaker Rebecca Cohen; moose whisperer Alana McDonough; and Eric’s aunt Mickey Rice ’64 and uncle Clifton Rice ’64. Eric is a producer at Terra (www.lifeonterra.com), a web-based production and distribution outfit for wildlife documentaries. Suzanne teaches at a Montessori school and leads outdoor trips. They invite any and all friends to look them up in Bozeman to take advantage of views, skiing, tubing, hiking, the ‘mountain chic’ downtown, and their downstairs movie theater.”
Sarah Squire ’06 MD writes that she entered an essay contest thrown by Edy’s Slow-Churned Ice Cream explaining why her neighborhood in Winston-Salem, N.C. deserved an ice cream block party and she ended up winning the sweet prize of ice cream, party supplies, and invitations for her neighbors and friends. Sarah Coogan and Lindsay Haddix ate all the mint chip before Sarah could get a scoop of it.
John Wiener writes that Matthew Heaney married Michelle Olsheski on June 2 in a ceremony full of joy and merriment. Other Brown alums in attendance were Michael Ailes ’69, Arthur Coviello, Julia DiMartino, Peter Feroe, Martha Johnson, Lauren LaRochelle, Katharine Malinowski, David Mansbach, Mary Jo Markle, Sarah Markowitz, Megan Patterson, Jana Pickard-Richardson, Jeffrey Rasmussen, and best man John Wiener.
From the September / October 2007 Issue
Gideon Arthurs married Erin Shields on April 28 in a rehearsal hall at Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre, where he is company manager. Chelsea Polis and Michael Gannon attended. The newlyweds have their own company, Groundwater Productions, which just closed Goblin Market, which was nominated for a Dora Award. The company had two more productions this summer: Ubu Roi (Massacred) in July, and Wallace Shawn’s A Thought in Three Parts in August.
Elizabeth DiBona, of Waterville Valley, N.H., graduated from Boston Univ. School of Dental Medicine on May 20. Elizabeth graduated cum laude and received the Horace Wells award for outstanding achievement in anesthesiology. She was also inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society. Elizabeth started a general practice residency at Boston Medical Center in July.
Evan Parness is engaged to Elizabeth Lash. The couple met during winter break of their first year of law school and got engaged in the fall of their third year. They recently celebrated graduating from law school and will be living in New Jersey, where each will serve as a judicial clerk before returning to New York City to enter private practice.
From the July / August 2007 Issue
Ben Collier is living in New York City, working as global brand manager for American Express and also shooting freelance photojournalism for World Picture News. Please visit his Web site, www.benjamincollier.com, to see his portfolio.
Jenna Wainwright has been working at the Metropolitan Museum of Art since graduation, as an objects installer and mount-maker. To sell her jewelry she recently opened a store called Barometer in Chinatown: www.barometernyc.com.
From the May / June 2007 Issue
Jocelyn Chong married John Charles Halbert on Dec. 30, 2006, in the back yard of the Chong family’s home in Honolulu. The two had met when Jocelyn bicycled across the United States in 2003 to raise funds for the Arthritis Foundation. Brown alumni in attendance included the bride’s sister, Wincha Chong Gelbart, and Kevin Lo ’96.
From the March / April 2007 Issue
Gideon Arthurs writes that he is working in advancement at Ryerson University in Toronto. This is his first “real” job.
Greg Machlin won the 2006 IRAM (the University of Iowa’s New Play Award) for his full-length sci-fi comedy, 2034: Basket Full of Books. His comedy about vampires, Bloody Lies, received a University Gallery production at Iowa this past Halloween weekend, and more than 300 people saw and enjoyed it. He’s currently getting ready to teach the art of the theater next semester.
From the January / February 2007 Issue
Mark Fitzgerald and his brother Matt (Princeton ’05) have founded a specialty foods company called BGLG Foods, Inc. BGLG stands for Big Guy and Little Guy, the brothers’ nicknames for each other. BGLG, which is based in Scarborough, N.Y., will be launching with a product called Cool Beans. Cool Beans is a white bean dip available in three flavors. For more information, go to www.bglgfoods. com.
Alex Kruglov married Alia Zaharudin (Cambridge ’01) on June 9, one day after they both graduated from Harvard Business School. Present were emcee Eli Batalion, Barrett Hazeltine, Stephen Siegel ’85 PhD, Peter Mahoney, Katie Artis, Phil Chin, John Zox, Benjamin de Menil ’00, and Sean Flynn ’00. After an extended honeymoon they moved to the Los Angeles area. Alex is involved in a few entrepreneurial ventures, including Perimeter Films, a digital media company he founded at HBS, and J.O.B. The Hip-Hopera, a musical he produced with Eli Batalion and Jerome Sable ’01, which opened in New York on Sept. 25.
Rachael MacDonald married Jason Woodall on the beach in Laguna Beach, Calif., on March 19, 2005. They were expecting their first baby at the end of November.
Leta Malloy writes: “I am thoroughly enjoying my new job as the affiliate director of Career Gear. Career Gear helps disadvantaged men reenter the workforce. I will be expanding affiliate sites across the country as well as establishing new ones. Yes, I continue to dance and perform all over. I am thrilled to be reunited with Lauren Hale onstage in a musical in New York City. The girls from Little Red—Kathleen Corriveau, Jess Lopez, Lauren, and I—recently celebrated Kathleen’s engagement to Jacy Bird ’03. Jess just received numerous awards for her work as online marketing manager at New York Cares. I would love to hear from old friends and can’t wait until our 5th reunion!”
Sarah Markowitz writes: “Jana Pickard- Richardson married Franklin Peralta Espinal (Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo ’01) in a bilingual ceremony on July 29 in Chicago. The bridal party included honor attendant Kate Malin owski, Martha Johnson, the bride’s sister Robin Pickard-Richardson (Colorado College ’04), and me. The couple traveled from their home in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Other guests traveled from near and far, including Matt Heaney, Kerrie O’Donnell (in from the Philippines), Michelle Olsheski, Graham Siener, and John Wiener. Former residents of 68 John Street are looking forward to the 5th reunion in May and more upcoming nuptials slated for June.” (See also Susan Van Wiggeren Markowitz ’68.)
Romita Mukerjee writes: “I am happy to announce that on June 24 Maxwell Rondon ’01 and I were married at The Willows, a beautiful estate in Radnor, Pa. In attendance were Oswald Rondon ’98, Luis Hernandez ’01, Kamali Willett ’01, Steven Rodriguez, Sangeeta Parikshak, Christina Yen, Raechy Wang, Yesenia Santana ’00, Stacey Alicea ’00, ’04 MD, Latika Ravi ’01, Tricia Desvarieux ’01, Onya West ’01, Khatija Ladhani ’01, Alykhan Lalani ’01, Rahul Agarwal ’01, Sara Acosta ’01, Kenneth Shaw, Francisco Aguayo, Jeffrey Ogbara ’06 MD, and Darpun Dhawan. We are living in Philadelphia. Max is working at Bloomberg LP, while I am in my fourth year at Jefferson Medical College.”
Kerry Silva Ryan and Sam Kusnetz write: “We were married at Buck’s Rock Camp in Connecticut this past summer with many of our wonderful friends and family in attendance. We’d love to hear from Brown friends anytime. Our door is always open in Portland!”
From the September / October 2006 Issue
Margaret Alexander writes: “Matt Louderback, my boyfriend of seven years, took me to Block Island, R.I., for my 26th birthday. He re-created (and improved upon) the last time we were there. We stayed in the Tea House at the Blue Dory Inn and went horseback riding on the beach, and then he surprised me by taking me to Eli’s, a restaurant we had gone to for my 19th birthday. The restaurant was supposed to be closed that day, but he had arranged for them to open just for us. He presented me with the most beautiful ring and proposed to me at dinner. We are so excited and plan to be married sometime next year! I would love to hear from friends from Brown.”
Gideon Arthurs has returned to his arts roots and is now the company manager of Soulpepper Theatre Company, Canada’s premiere actors’ company.
Anthony DiPietro was promoted to advancement and communications manager at Leadership Rhode Island. His major function is to promote key goals of the nonprofit through community relationships, positioning, and fund-raising. He executes the annual marketing and development plans, coordinates major events, maintains member databases, and initiates communications with alumni and donors. He is also responsible for maintaining the official records and historical archives of the organization. A Providence resident, Anthony has been at Leadership Rhode Island since June 2004. He is a member of the local chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and volunteers with the Worksite Wellness Council of Rhode Island and ire Providence.
Mary Holt writes: “I just returned from Wyoming, where Megan George married Jerry Herold on May 27. Brown alums in attendance were Robert ‘Ben’ George, Julia Keller ’00, Robert George ’73, ’77 MD, Elizabeth Ruedisueli George ’73, ’76 MD, and Robert Ruedisueli ’69. Megan and Jerry will live on a ranch in Buffalo, Wyo., with their many horses, seven dogs, and almost 200 cattle.”
Seamus Mark has graduated from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. He will begin his family medicine residency in at the Univ. of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Mass. Seamus is the son of Roger Mark ’70, ’76 PhD and Hon Fong L. Mark ’69, ’74 PhD, and brother of Roger Mark Jr. ’99 and Yvonne Mark ’92, ’97 MD.
Joshua K. Mondschein was awarded his medical degree from the Univ. of Miami School of Medicine on May 13. While at the Univ. of Miami, Josh published his research on petrous apex cholesterol granulomas in the journal Skull Base: An Interdisciplinary Approach. In July, he began his residency training in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the Univ. of Cincinnati Medical Center. Josh looks forward to hearing from fellow Brown alums.
From the May / June 2006 Issue
At dawn on Feb. 22, Mark Dembitz, Mark Scott '03, Jordan Elpern-Waxman, and Ross Fabricant '03, along with Alessandro Passardi and Thomas Matusczak, reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro at 19,340 feet. After six days of hiking, they were very glad to reach the top and very glad to get back down, Jordan reports.
From the March / April 2006 Issue
Audrey Anhood moved to Italy to live with her aunt, teach English, and improve her Italian after graduation. She returned to California to work for an advertising firm in Santa Monica for a year, then moved to Orange County, where she started a company that consults with small businesses on marketing and advertising strategies. She indulges her passion for international relations in her travels to Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. She is training for the San Diego Rock ‘N Roll marathon in June and plans on moving to San Francisco in the summer.
Gideon Arthurs is working in university advancement at Ryerson Univ. in Toronto. This is his first “real” job.
Emily Carmichael married Ethan Babcock ’01 on April 9, 2005, in her hometown of Montgomery, Ala. Alumni in attendance included the bride’s father, Malcolm Carmichael ’70, Avi Astor ’01, Emily Hughes, Dan Liffman ’01, John Clingan ’01, Tim Cook ’01, and Genna Hymowitz. Emily and Ethan reside in New York City, where Ethan is a second-year medical student at New York Univ. School of Medicine, and Emily, who completed a master’s degree in museum studies at New York Univ. in 2004, is a publisher’s representative with Thomson Learning.
Alyssa Hochberg writes: “I married Mike Fontaine in Lakeville, Conn., on Aug. 20. We live in Lansing, N.Y. Mike is an assistant professor of classics at Cornell and I am in my third year of law school at Cornell. We were so glad that Abbey Barrett ’03, Robin Bettarel, Jennifer Bosich, Jonathan Bloom ’03, Laura Goodman, Zoe Kontes ’05 PhD, and my dad, Mark Hochberg ’69, could celebrate with us.”
Steve Martinko writes: “Since graduation I have been working on Capitol Hill for the House Republican Conference and Congresswoman Deborah Pryce as the manager of floor debate and committee relations. I have also stayed busy by continuing to run marathons and playing in the congressional softball league.”
Pablo Quintanilla writes: “After working for UniTeller Financial Services in New Jersey for two years, I began a nine-month fellowship in public affairs called Coro., which has taken me to work for a governmental agency, a labor union, a nonprofit organization, a political campaign, and a foundation. I plan to attend graduate school for a master’s in international affairs. Otherwise, I continue to serve as a member of BULAC (Brown Univ. Latino Alumni Council) and a BASC volunteer, and I hope to stay active with Talent Quest in the near future.”
Marlon Ramirez and his family have launched BrightSteps, a fun and unique cultural language immersion program in New York City designed for children 3 to 6 years of age. BrightSteps teaches foreign languages through active learning, individualized attention, and most importantly cultural themes. Native speaking instructors use music, dance, games, drama, and other exciting activities in order for little ones to easily learn a new language. For more information, visit www.brightsteps.com.
Rose Shuman writes: “Two and a half years of living in Santa Barbara have mellowed me out considerably. While rather divorced from most other realities, I enjoy a steady diet of eternal spring sunshine, mountains in my backyard to tromp in, and miles of beaches to visit if I ever figure out what to do at them. I’ve also got it made knowing which houses have fig, orange, kumquat, avocado and newly discovered persimmon trees for me to raid. Professionally, I’ve somehow ended up working for a humanitarian startup based in London called Adaptive Eyecare. We make adjustable glasses for which people set their own prescriptions without the aid of an optometrist in under two minutes. The lenses are fluid-filled and by changing the quantity of fluid in them, you change their refraction. I am in charge of figuring out how to sell them in Latin America! Anyone and everyone please write; old friends please visit.”
From the March / April 2005 Issue
Thai Marie Vargas Branca writes: “On Sept. 24, I married David Branca in Taveuni, Fiji. We had a romantic ceremony on a mountaintop overlooking the Pacific. After the honeymoon, we came back home and had a beautiful reception on Oct. 2, in Valparaiso, Ind.”
From the November / December 2004 Issue
Emily Egan, who is pursuing a master of philosophy degree in world archaeology at the Univ. of Cambridge in England, has received a 2004 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship. While growing up in Chapel Hill, N.C., Emily volunteered to help in the excavation of an 1802 fraternity house. Salvaging shards of broken bottles and dishes, she wondered how they could be used to tell the stories of ordinary people. She has also done hands-on work, digging for relics in Jordan, Greece, and Italy.
Catherine McElearney Gautier writes: “Adam Gautier and I were married in my hometown of Paducah, Ky., on May 22. I met Adam, who attended Harvard, during my final semester, while I was working for WiSE and finishing my work in religious studies. In attendance were several of us who originally were class of 2000, including my maid of honor, Cristina Somolinos ’00, and ushers Dave Pantalone ’00 and Dion Banville ’01. Also in attendance were usher Supriya Wickrematillake ’94 and my cousin Ann Rivet Stanley ’96. Adam and I live on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi.”
Omar Haque has received a 2004 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship. He is combining his interest in neuroscience with the study of global religions as he prepares for a role as a community physician for developing nations in South Asia and the Middle East. A child of poor Pakistani immigrants, Omar founded a chapter of Big Brothers at Brown to mentor fatherless boys and worked in Mali to test anti-malaria drugs. He also wrote the first history of Islam in Rhode Island. He intends to enroll at Yale for a combined MD and master of public health degree.
Amy Hsieh writes: “I’ve been back in Taipei for the past two years. These days I’m working on Legislator Bi-khim Hsiao’s re-election campaign. E-mail me to discuss Taiwanese politics or, better yet, to catch up.”
B. J. Perlmutt is the coproducer of Control Room, a film that looks at the way Al-Jazeera covered the war in Iraq in 2003. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the Full Frame Documentary Festival in Durham, N.C., and went to the Sundance Film Festival.
Nichole Wong and Mark Gomez ’01 got married last summer and held a ceremony for family in Los Angeles. Mark finished his analyst program at JP Morgan, and Nichole concluded her job at a Florida law firm, followed by an editorial position at a magazine. They have moved out of Miami and in August will be going to Benin, West Africa, for two years of service with the Peace Corps. Nichole will be involved in health development while Mark will work in business development.
From the September / October 2004 Issue
Alexandra Kerry showed her short film, The Last Full Measure, at the Cannes Film Festival in May. The film is about a nine-year-old girl and her father’s return from the Vietnam War.
From the July / August 2004 Issue
Justin and Erin Ferris Garzia announce the March 17 arrival of Gavin James.
Darren M. Jorgensen writes: “I have seen the light and decided to follow my bliss. I have quit law school and will begin my MFA studies at the Univ. of Michigan School of Art and Design in the fall. It has been a long and circuitous route to this decision, but I’m glad I have finally reached this point. I’d love to hear from old friends and acquaintances whom I’ve lost touch with—please send me an e-mail.”
Mrinal Joshi writes: “I taught at a nearby high school last year and am now finishing my first year of medical school.”
From the May / June 2004 Issue
Anna Gindes announces the Dec. 27 birth of Kathryn Olivia.
Jonathan Grossberg writes a belated note about the small Brown reunion at the wedding of Jeffrey Green Snyder and Marcine Dawn Stump last August in Boca Raton, Fla. A good portion of the crowd had Brown ties, including the groom’s father, David Snyder ’71, ’75 MD; Eric Snyder ’04; Jonathan Segal ’02 AM; Mayuran Sriskandarajah ’01; Jaron Zitrin ’04; Cara Zeldis ’04; and Justin Permar ’02. The bride and groom are pursuing graduate degrees at Oxford.
Beth Johnson (see Georgie White Johnson ’70).
From the March / April 2004 Issue
Erin Ferris married Justin Garzia on Oct. 11 at the Central Park Conservatory Gardens in New York City. The couple lives in New York, where Justin works for Morgan Stanley.
Carolyn Gouse (see Joel Kent ’95).
Sarah Markowitz (see Stephen Filler ’69).
Kerry Silva has been cast in the international tour of Imago Theatre’s FROGZ. Sam Kusnetz will also be touring as the company’s lighting director and production stage manager. For the tour schedule, check out imagotheatre.com.
From the January / February 2004 Issue
Meagan McKenney Gillette writes: “On Aug. 2, I married Scott Gillette (Baylor ’01) in New Orleans. We were pleased to have Elizabeth Geddes and Kevin Smith as part of our wedding party. Also in attendance were Soraya Azari, Chris Leroy, Darryl Abrams, Sean Polvino, Dave Anthony, Sarah Berman ’03 A.M., Matt Herz, Jeff Cheng, Marc Levitt and Mike Panich ’03 Sc.M., as well as Mike Franz ’03 and Bettina Dempsey ’03. After honeymooning in Antigua, we returned to New Orleans, where I am in my second year at Tulane Law School and Scott is an account executive with Clear Channel Communications.”
From the November / December 2003 Issue
Dmitri Seals (see James Forman Jr. ’88).
From the May / June 2003 Issue
Christine Coletta writes: “It wasn’t an official reunion, but it certainly felt like one at the Seeds of Peace ‘Bid for Peace’ charity auction in New York City in January. In attendance were Jennifer Miller, Adam Marcus, Lindsey Schoenfelder, Jasper Speicher, Lee Sabow, Matthew Greene, Arden Stern, Sarah Squire, Sarah Coogan, and Nicole Herschenhous ’02. No winning bids from this fresh batch of Brunionians, but it was lots of fun!”
Margaret Kwoka writes from Burkina Faso in West Africa, where she is serving as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching science and math in Djibasso, a small village near the border with Mali. She loves the hospitality of the Burkinabe and is enjoying the challenges of a cross-cultural, cross-language experience. She has occasional access to her e-mail. (Also see John Kwoka ’67.)
Darius Pierce, Sam Kusnetz, and Kerry Silva, who helped found the Cardboard Box Theatre Company while at Brown, have moved to Portland, Ore. In March their company made its debut with a production of Veronica’s Room. They would welcome any support.
Jerome Saibil and Eli Batalion have written and performed in Job: The Hip-Hop Musical, which opened in New York in March after a successful run in four Canadian cities. The musical is based on the story of Job.
From the March / April 2003 Issue
Joshua Barker writes: “Chris Dirkes and I are playing some serious hockey. If any Brown students are in the Roanoke, Va., area, catch one of my games.”
Emily Carmichael (see Malcolm Carmichael ’70).
Sam Kusnetz, Darius Pierce, and Kerry Silva have moved their Cardboard Box Theatre Company to Portland, Oreg. On March 21, their company will make its Portland debut with their production of Veronica’s Room.
Alissa Levine (see Alan M. Levine ’70).
Jeffrey P. Rasmussen (see Kathleen Maher Rasmussen ’70).
Adriana Raudzens writes that she is enrolled in Green Corps, a yearlong program that “specializes in training the next generation of environmental and social change leaders.”
James Truman (see Joy Sutro Truman ’70).
John Zox, Eli Miller, Eli Batalion, and Spencer Swain have released their debut CD, Take Me Home. ZOX blends reggae, rock, and punk influences with the “searing” melodies of classical violin.
From the November / December 2002 Issue
Margaret Alexander (see Robert R. Alexander '73).
Michael H. Alexander and Rachael D. Miller are spending the year in Japan, as part of the Japan English Teaching (JET) Program. Michael is an assistant language teacher in Hokkaido, while Rachel is in Osaka.
Erik S. Fleming ’02, of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.; Jan. 1, of appendix cancer. He received his PhD in public health in 2014 from Walden University and started his career at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, where he was a systems analyst and assistant professor. His research focused on technology for disease management and prevention in underserved communities. He was the recipient of national awards for his professional achievements. At Brown he ran track and played rugby. He is survived by his wife, Starr; a son; his parents; and many aunts and uncles.