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Merl M. Huntsinger, BU 47, retired 30 years ago from Washington University as treasurer and secretary of the Board of Trustees. He has lived in Louisiana for 29 years.

Eva (Miller) Kirkpatrick, LA 47, was selected for the 2011 Most Distinguished Scientist Award by the Missouri Academy of Science for being “an outstanding contributor to the improvement of scientific literacy in the state of Missouri and beyond.” She was recognized for her research, writings, innovative teaching and leadership in program development for science education. In 2011, Kirkpatrick received news that her home, Stonebrook, would be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Stonebrook was designed by acclaimed architect Harris Armstrong.


John Loy, FA 54, exhibited his paintings, drawings and collages at the Kirkland Art Center in Clinton, N.Y., in fall 2011.

Robert C. Meredith, MD 57, retired from the practice of medicine as a board certified neurosurgeon in July 2010. He and his wife, Joanne (Schwam) Meredith, NU 56, have been married for more than 55 years. The couple enjoys traveling and spending time with their children and their grandchildren.

Robert E. Christian, EN 59, GB 61, and Lawrence D. Perlmutter, EN 58, both attended the 50th anniversary celebration of the National Reconnaissance Office, a joint Air Force/CIA organization which was covert during the Cold War. The party was held at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. As part of the celebration, a spy satellite, known by a covert name Hexagon, was declassified and put on display. Both Christian and Perlmutter worked on getting the program started (Christian when he was with the Air Force and Perlmutter at McDonnell-Douglas). Neither man imagined in 1966 when the program started that one day they would see the satellite go on display at the Smithsonian. Christian resides in California, and Perlmutter resides in St. Louis.


Donald H. Fagerberg, LA 60, and his wife, Jessica, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June 2011. The couple resides in Glenview, Ill. Donald is active with Ministry Mentors, an organization for mentoring clergy of all denominations. He founded the organization more than 10 years ago when he retired after 36 years of parish service as a Lutheran pastor. Website:

Wilson A. Heefner, HS 62, a retired pathologist and nuclear physician residing in Stockton, Calif., is currently a military historian/author. In 2010, the University of Missouri Press released his third book, Dogface Soldier: The Life of General Lucian K. Truscott, Jr. Heefner has previously authored biographies of Maj. Gen. Edwin D. Patrick (Twentieth Century Warrior) and Gen. Walton H. Walker (Patton’s Bulldog), and is currently engaged in research for a biography of Gen. Simon B. Buckner Jr.

Michael J. Kearney, EN 62, competed in the “Big Shoulders,” a sanctioned masters open water swim in Lake Michigan on Sept. 10, 2011. In the age 70+, 2.5 km with wet suit category, Kearney finished second.

Ken Makovsky, LA 62, LW 65, was named the Communications Professional of the Year, PR Agency Professional of the Year and PR Blogger of the Year at the 2011 Bulldog Stars of PR Awards. In addition, Makovsky’s firm, Makovsky + Company, was named Midsize PR Agency of the Year.

Susan Grossman Alexander, LA 63, published her ­second novel, Jealous Mistress (CreateSpace, 2011). The book is a murder mystery set in a ­suburb of Chicago.

Blair Bolles, LA 64, recently published his latest book, Babel’s Dawn: A Natural History of the Origins of Speech, with Counterpoint.

Henry G. Glass, GR 65, was appointed director of music/organist at Saint Michael’s Episcopal Church in Sanibel Island, Fla.

Robert L. Chianese, GR 66, GR 71, is emeritus professor of English at California State University, Northridge. He was selected as president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science–Pacific Division for 2011–12.

Albert E. Lenhardt Jr., EN 66, retired in 2009 from International Paper. He recently traveled to Alaska. Lenhardt and his wife, Nancy, have several granddaughters.

Rick Alexander, GR 67, has traveled worldwide in the past three years as a guest lecturer in Dianetics and Scientology. He lectured in 28 cities, including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Vienna, Prague, Hamburg, Paris, London, Athens, Tokyo, Lausanne, Bratislava, Budapest, Bogota and Mexico City. He is now residing in Clearwater, Fla., with his wife. The couple enjoys spending time with their children and grandchildren. Email:

Robert W. Kaps, BU 67, received the 2010 University Aviation Association’s Wheatley United Air Lines Educator of the Year Award and the Southern Illinois University’s 2011 Simon Distinguished Professor of the Year Award. Kaps recently published A Desk Top Compendium of Aviation Management and Labor Relations in the Aviation and Aerospace Industries.

James G. Sido, EN 69, has three grandchildren. His son, Christopher, and his daughter-in-law, Tova, adopted the three children from Ghana. Sido recently returned from a safari in Kenya and Tanzania.


Morrie Fleishman, EN 70, was promoted to outage financial manager at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in San Clemente, Calif. In October 2011, Fleishman and his wife, Roberta, celebrated the birth of their first grandchild, Samuel Nathan Fleishman, who was born to their son, Matthew, and his wife, Tamara.

William B. Pollard III, LA 70, was nominated by President Obama to serve on the U.S. Court of Military Commission Review, a court of record that hears appeals of decisions by military commissions. Pollard is a named partner at Kornstein Veisz Wexler & Pollard, LLP, in New York City, where he has worked since 1993. At the firm, he specializes in complex civil and white collar criminal cases, and grand jury and regulatory investigations. From 1981 to 1993, Pollard was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York. He served as the deputy chief in the criminal division of that office from 1988 to 1993.

Corinne (Itkoff) Stern, UC 70, and Robert Miesner were married in 2008. The couple resides in Ithaca, N.Y. In 2010, Corinne opened an art studio called FLOOF Collage pARTy!, where she guides people of all ages and abilities to make art.

Veronica Benning, FA 71, is a painter in Fort Myers, Fla. Before retiring, she was a faculty member at the Portland School of Art. Benning taught painting, figure drawing and two-dimensional design.

Harvey Clewell, GR 71, is director of the Center for Human Health Assessment at the Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

Gail Brody Klein, LA 71, and Roger Klein, LA 71, announce the birth of their first grandchild, Violet Quinn Pickar, on September 4, 2011. Violet is the daughter of Tracy Klein Pickar, LA 00, and Matt Pickar, LA 01.

Greg Marecek, LA 71, was appointed to the Midwest BankCentre St. Charles County Regional Board. Marecek is the founder and president of the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame.

Linda (Ray) Showalter, SW 71, is president of the board and volunteer counselor at the Free Clinics of Henderson County in Hendersonville, N.C. Showalter also enjoys traveling and gardening with her husband, Harold.

Faramarz F. Nazem, SI 72, SI 73, retired in 2006. He previously was a senior research scientist at the Union Carbide Corporation. As a general partner, Nazem established a hedge fund called Explorer Fund.

Jamie Spencer, GR 72, published Fictional Religion: Keeping the New Testament New (Polebridge Press, 2011). In the book, Spencer shows how authors from the time of Chaucer to our own have taken Christian concepts and used them in ways that reflect their times and places. Spencer is a professor at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley. He is also an occasional book reviewer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Leonard D. Vines, LW 72, was selected as Best Lawyers’ 2012 St. Louis Franchise Law Lawyer of the Year. Vines is an attorney at Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale PC.

Albert Ip, EN 73, was appointed independent non-executive director on the boards of Hopewell Highway Infrastructure and Eagle Asset Management, asset manager of Champion REIT. Ip was also appointed to be an adjunct professor at City University of Hong Kong and Lingnan University in Hong Kong.

Patricia Wild, FA 73, is professor of art and education at Lakes Region Community College in Laconia, N.H. Wild also serves as department chair for the Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Media Arts (Digital Filmmaking), Education and Early Childhood programs.

Kenneth W. Bean, LA 74, LW 77, was named a “Lawyer of the Year” in the St. Louis metropolitan area by Best Lawyers. Bean was recognized as the “St. Louis Best Lawyers Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year.” He works at Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard PC.

Bruce C. Broudy, MD 74, was elected the 2012 president of the Lexington Medical Society. He resides in Lexington, Ky., where he works in the area of pulmonary medicine.

Susan T. Loman, LA 74, has taught a nonverbal system of movement notation both at Antioch University New England and internationally in Germany, England, Argentina, Italy, Switzerland, South Korea and the Netherlands for the past 15 years.

Russell K. Scott, LW 74, was elected secretary of the Illinois State Bar Association. He is a senior litigation officer with Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, PC, in Belleville. He also serves as co-manager of the firm’s Southern Illinois Practice Group. Scott concentrates his law practice in the defense of industrial accidents, product liability and toxic tort cases.

Barry Tilson, FA 74, won six 2011 American Graphic Design Awards. Tilson serves as the president of Stan Gellman Graphic Design Inc. This is the 11th year in a row that Tilson and the firm have been recognized for their designs by this annual national design competition.

Mark Kramer, GA 75, exhibited his bronze sculptures at Gallery B in Bethesda, Md. The show, A Retrospective of Figurative Bronze, was on display in October and November 2011. Kramer’s latest works include Parisian themes depicting interpretations of French cultural landmarks. Website:

Vincent J. Mannoia, GR 75, GR 75, moved to Santa Barbara, Calif. He is managing the launch of a new university in northern Iraq/Kurdistan through the formation of a new for-profit international higher education service provider. Mannoia continues to consult and speak. He has three granddaughters.

Charles E. Medalie, GR 75, recently moved back to Phoenix.

Steven Ungar, LA 75, received the 2011 Oregon Super Lawyer award from Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers for his professional achievements.

Mindy Affrime, LA 76, is an independent producer. She recently produced a film based on Michael Murphy’s 1972 novel, Golf in the Kingdom.

Thomas O. Bean, LA 77, was listed in the 2011 issue of New England Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for his excellence in the field of bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights law. He is an attorney at Verrill Dana, LLP.

Bruce E. Friedman, LA 78, was selected for the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in legal practice nationwide. He is recognized in the Family Law category, and his practice emphasizes high net worth cases, including those with business valuations and tax issues, the preparation and litigation of prenuptial agreements, domestic partnership agreements and surrogacy matters. He was selected for inclusion on the 2011 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers list in the area of family law. Friedman is a principal with Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, PC, in Clayton, Mo.

Jay A. Heller, LA 78, published his first novel, The Last Man, with Xlibris in May 2011. Excerpts can be found on his website, Heller practices law in the Chicago area, where he resides with his wife, Lori. The couple has three grown children.

Steve Boggs, LA 79, published Letters to Dinah (AuthorHouse, 2011). He is a member of Ramapo Anesthesia. He and his wife, Paula, live in Middletown, N.Y.

John C. Sommerer, EN 79, SI 79, was named one of the inaugural Gilman Scholars by Johns Hopkins University. He is the head of the Applied Physics Laboratory’s Space Department.


Anthony J. Chivetta, LA 80, was named a 2012 “Lawyer of the Year” in the St. Louis area by Best Lawyers. Chivetta was honored in the international trade and finance law area. A former architect, Chivetta is a member of Armstrong Teasdale’s International and Real Estate practice groups.

George “Gig” Settle Jr., EN 80, was appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett to be a member of the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code Review and Advisory Council. Settle and his wife, Annette, reside near Gettysburg, Pa., with their eight children.

Jan Whitaker, GR 80, published The World of Department Stores (The Vendome Press, 2011) — her second book on the history of department stores. The first was Service and Style: How the American Department Store Fashioned the Middle Class (St. Martin’s Press, 2006).

David J. Baltzer, HA 81, received the American College of Healthcare Executives Service Award. He and his wife, Jody, have been married for 40 years and reside in St. Louis. Baltzer volunteers as a pruner at the Missouri Botanical Garden and a wayfinder at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Website:

Kevin E. Groth, DE 81, received the 2011 Missouri Academy of General Dentistry’s Dentist of the Year Award for exemplifying the organization’s mission “to serve the needs and interests of the general dentist in the state of Missouri, to foster proficiency and professional enjoyment through quality continuing education, and thereby better serve the public.” Groth is a general dentist in St. Louis.

Mary M. McCann, SW 81, is a public health adviser for the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services in Rockville, Md.

David A. Simkins, EN 81, has been living in the Phoenix area since 1984. He recently reconnected with his “college love,” Eileen Zornow, FA 82, who now resides in Arizona. David is a residential realtor.

Anthony Abbate, GA 82, a professor at the School of Architecture at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), was promoted to associate provost for the Broward Campuses of FAU. He will oversee the campuses at Davie, downtown Fort Lauderdale and the Sea Tech facility at Dania Beach, Fla. Abbate also maintains an award-winning practice in Fort Lauderdale.

Alan Freed, LW 83, received the Association of Missouri Mediators’ Appreciation Award in 2011. Freed is a practicing attorney, mediator and partner in the law firm of Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, PC. His practice focuses on the litigation and mediation of divorce and child custody cases and appellate practice.

Christina Johanningmeier, LA 83, received a master’s degree in library studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May 2011. She concentrated her studies on archives and records administration.

John Dacey, LA 85, was selected as speechwriter for the Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Intelligence Integration, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Washington, D.C.

Jessica Elin, LA 85, is a published author and a paralegal. She has published several titles, including the popular children’s book I Love You All the Time (Cookie Bear Printing, 2000). Elin has two children.

Mary Gaska Witt, LA 85, received a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University on May 7, 2011. She opened a private counseling practice. She and her husband, John Curtis Witt, LA 86, HS 94, have been married for 26 years and reside in Murfreesboro, Tenn., with their three children.

Phillip H. Burke, EN 86, was recently elected to his fifth term as chairman of the board for the Village of Sycamore Hills, Mo. He was also re-elected as secretary for the Mayors of Small Cities and serves on the nomination committee for the St. Louis County Municipal League. Burke is an engineer at the Boeing Company and an occasional political science lecturer for a local college. He enjoys traveling and has been to 50 states, seven continents and more than 50 countries. Burke plays trumpet for the Ambassadors of Swing and for the After Hours Community Band.

Megan (Esch) Fox, LA 87, and her husband, Scott, spent three years living in a historic home on F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyo., that was more than 100 years old. The couple recently moved off base. Megan is pursuing a master’s degree in library science while working full-time in the youth services division of the Laramie County Library. Megan and Scott have been married for 21 years, and they have two children in high school.

Sylvia Mayer, LA 87, was appointed to the Harris County Pro Bono Awards Committee. Mayer is a business finance and restructuring partner in the Houston office of global law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

Dianne R. Stober, LA 87, is the managing partner of C Cubed, a psychology consul­ting firm, specializing in applying a cognitive-behavioral approach to safety and leadership for heavy industries. Stober and her husband, Benjamin Slocumb, EN 86, SI 88, have two children: Hannah, 14, and Eli, 11. The family resides in Fort Collins, Colo.

Anne-Marie Gordon, UC 88, is semi-retired. She works part-time for Hope Unlimited, a nonprofit outreach ministry that helps endangered African-American youth secure jobs, improve reading and writing skills and attend a summer camp. Gordon has one daughter and one grandson.

Colleen Wapole, LA 88, is attending law school at Stetson University. She continues to coordinate the Spanish immersion program for Pinellas County School System. Her husband, Michael Pastreich, FA 90, is the president and CEO of the Florida Orchestra, which recently sent musicians to Havana as part of the first multiyear partnership between a U.S. orchestra and Cuba.

David Brown, BU 89, is the executive vice president and CFO of Wellmark, Inc. He moved to Des Moines with his wife, Susan, and their children: Jake, 11, and Grant, 8.


Aaron Bisno, LA 90, received the Benemerenti Medal from Pope Benedict XVI. This papal honor is bestowed upon a non-Catholic who has contributed meaningfully to the Church. Bisno, a rabbi, was recognized for his work fostering Jewish-Catholic relations. He led an interfaith “Pursuer of Peace Pilgrimage” to Rome and Israel with Pittsburgh’s bishop, as well as area leaders from both religious communities. On the trip, Bisno and his wife, Michelle, enjoyed an audience with Pope Benedict.

Christopher Fiske, EN 90, published his first children’s novel, Gwermie the Gwermkin (CreateSpace, 2011). The book is available on

Patrick M. Len, LA 90, teaches astronomy/physics at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, Calif. He recently was awarded the 2011 Peter and M’May Diffley Award for Faculty Excellence by the Cuesta College Academic Senate.

David Yu-Pin Lin, SI 90, is a squadron commander in the Taiwan Navy.

Rebecca S. Allen, GR 91, GR 94, is a professor of psychology at the University of Alabama. A researcher with the Center for Mental Health and Aging, she has two R21 grants from the National Institute of Nursing Research.

Leslie Graham, LA 91, LA 91, recently became a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE). The CFRE Program is a voluntary certification process for fundraising professionals. Graham is the director of development at the California Institute of the Arts. She and her partner, Vivek Kaliraman, reside in Los Angeles.

Erica (Davis) Johnson, LA 91, PT 95, is a physical therapist at Southern Regional Medical Center. She and her husband, Tarran, have two sons: TJ, 11, and Donovan, 7. The family resides in Jonesboro, Ga.

Karyn (Weinberg) Polak, LA 91, LA 91, moved to Philadelphia. She is chief counsel, asset management group at PNC Financial Services Group. Her husband, Aaron, has his own legal practice. The couple has two children: Zak and Talya.

Leonce Ndikumana, GR 92, GR 96, is director of the Development Research Department at the African Development Bank. He is the co-author of Africa’s Odious Debts: How Foreign Loans and Capital Flight Bled a Continent (Zed Books, 2011).

Laura Regan Recer, BU 92, and her husband, Charles, announce the birth of Jackson Wallace on May 17, 2011. He joins big sister, Cate, 2. Email:

John Ring, GB 92, was promoted to CMO for GE Energy Services in December 2010. He recently moved to Atlanta.

David Fiedler, LA 93, LA 93, has released a new novel, My Enemy, My Love (D.W. Fiedler LLC, 2011). The novel, a historical fiction, is a companion piece to his award-winning history of the German and Italian POWs held in Missouri during WWII. Website:

Sonya (Kelsick) Land, LA 93, and her husband, Brian, announce the birth of Joshua Aaron on June 8, 2011. He joins big sister, Rachel. The family resides in Chesterfield, Mo., where Sonya works part-time for the University of Missouri–St. Louis teaching high school mathematics pre-service teachers.

Greg Lyon, EN 93, was elected to the board of governors of the American Numismatic Association, a 28,000-member nonprofit organization dedicated to the study and education of coins and paper money.

Rick McCain, EN 93, is a senior mechanical engineer at BSA LifeStructures in St. Louis. The company is a ­nationally ­recognized architecture/­engineering firm specializing in healing, learning and discovery market segments.

Taylor Polites, LA 93, published his first novel, The Rebel Wife, with Simon & Schuster in February 2012.

Jonathan Polsky, LA 93, received a master’s degree in acupuncture from Tri-State College of Acupuncture in New York in June 2010. Polsky is practicing in New York City.

Marcy (Levey) Tivol, FA 93, founded Coverz — decorative and stylish accessories for rolling walkers. She resides in Palo Alto, Calif., with her husband, Brian, and their two children: Violet, 5, and Colin, 2. Website:

Ethan Polsky, LA 94, and his wife, Nicole, announce the birth of Charles Samuel on Feb. 10, 2011. The family resides in Tampa, Fla. Ethan is a partner at Children’s Urology Group.

Richard Tsai, LA 94, GA 00, recently won two regional Emmy’s for work on the PBS television series Saving the Bay. He is currently working on another PBS documentary, Becoming California, about the environmental history of California. It is scheduled to air in 2013. Tsai is the principal of Field of Vision.

Michael Rodman, LA 95, and his wife, Laura Sarlo, announce the birth of Caroline Claire Rodman on July 1, 2011.

Kevin Trost, LA 95, joined Axley Law Firm to aid in the representation of financial ­institutions and insurers at the firm’s office in downtown Madison, Wis.

Jeremy A. Ames, BU 96, runs Gaucho Group, an HR technology consulting firm. He has three children and resides in Massachusetts. Ames recently published The ETA Exchange (Outskirts Press, 2011).

Kris (Grotelueschen) Francois, EN 96, recently moved to Portland, Ore., where she plans to open a local office of Richmond So Engineers.

Madeline Chen Hu, GB 96, and Garth K. Su, SI 93, SI 97, moved to Minneapolis. Su is the product marketing director and head of the business unit management team at ATMI.

Debbie (Milman) Hyman, LA 96, and her husband, Jack, announce the birth of Jeremy Evan on Oct. 21, 2011. The family resides in Atlanta, where Debbie is the research manager for The Weather Channel and Jack is a consulting technical manager for Oracle.

Risa (Appel) Broudy, LA 97, and Matthew Broudy, LA 92, announce the birth of Elliot Jackson on June 10, 2011. He joins big sister, Shaina. The family resides in northern Virginia, where Matt and Risa both work as psychologists.

Andrew Fenzel, LA 97, and his wife, Betsy, announce the birth of Margaret Lillian on March 13, 2011. The family resides in Washington, D.C.

Jonathan H. Krivitzky, EN 97, SI 97, LA 97, is an IT developer/analyst at Medline Industries. He also performs in an internationally renowned shanty group, Bounding Main. Website:

Dina J. Levin, HS 97, moved to central Vermont. She is an ob/gyn at Gifford Medical Center. She has two sons.

Mitchell Wunsh, LA 97, was featured on the cover of the fall 2011 issue of Marin Justice, published by Legal Aid of Marin. Wunsh earned his JD from George Mason University. He resides in San Francisco, where he works at Legal Aid of Marin serving Marin County, Calif.

Christine (Galofre) Allen, BU 98, and her husband, Dana, announce the birth of Reese Elizabeth on Aug. 23, 2011. The family resides in the Dallas suburbs, where both Christine and Dana are marketing directors for Frito-Lay.

Adam Sonstegard, GR 98, GR 02, was promoted to associate professor of English at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio. His manuscript, Artistic Liberties: American Literary Realism and Graphic Illustration, 1880-1905, is under contract with the University of Alabama Press. Sonstegard and Jack LaPlante, who celebrated their 21st anniversary in December 2011, reside in Cleveland.

Doug DeMarco, FA 99, founded DeMarco Interactive, a web design and development company specializing in providing websites and online creative solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses. Website:

Shannon Lyons Green, LA 99, and her husband, Walter, announce the birth of Jameson Walter on Sept. 23, 2011. He joins big sisters, Kimsey, 3, and Gracyn, 2. The family resides in College Park, Md. Shannon defended her PhD dissertation in marine studies at the University of Delaware in November 2011.

Laura (Sheldon) Juranek, LA 99, LA 99, was married on July 3, 2010. She announces the birth of Abigail on June 5, 2011. Juranek resigned from her position as a high school French teacher, and she now plans to spend her time teaching Jazzercise and raising Abigail.

Susan Rossi Murchison, LA 99, SW 05, and her husband, Matt, announce the birth of Anna Claire on July 4, 2010.

Mark Ruggiero, LA 99, and Kelly Schaefer were married on Aug. 12, 2011, in Helena, Mont. Father Gary Braun, director of Washington University’s Catholic Student Center, officiated the ceremony. The wedding guests included many university alumni. The couple resides in Albuquerque, where Mark works in law enforcement and Kelly is a professional ballerina.


William “Talion” Edwards, SI 00, received the Special Invention Award from Boeing in 2011. Edwards is a Boeing associate technical fellow in reverse engineering and 3D imaging.

Alison Gilbert, LA 00, and her husband, Jonathan Polikowski, announce the birth of twins, Ruby and Noah, on June 2, 2011. The family resides in Los Angeles.

Sarah Teal Glasser, LA 00, and David Glasser, BU 00, announce the birth of Simone Bayle on Oct. 4, 2011. She joins big brothers, Samuel and Joseph. The family resides in St. Louis.

Lesley Grantham Grandstaff, LA 00, and her husband, Armistead, announce the birth of Joel Armistead Wesley on June 29, 2011. He joins big sister, Charlotte, 3. The family resides in Louisville, Ky.

Tracy Klein Pickar, LA 00, and Matt Pickar, LA 01, announce the birth of Violet Quinn, on Sept. 4, 2011.

Andrew T. Spence, LW 00, is a partner at Smith Moore Leatherwood. He focuses his practice on patent prosecution in the electrical, computer software and business method arts.

Joanne (Levine) Wikle, LA 00, and Doug Wikle, EN 00, EN 00, announce the birth of Mark Andrew on Nov. 14, 2010. He joins big brother, Evan, 3. The family resides in Rockville Centre, N.Y.

Michael G. Wrighton, EN 00, moved to Boulder, Colo., where he works at a chip design startup.

Scott Issen, BU 01, was recently named president and CEO of the Future Founders Foundation, where he will expand entrepreneurship and career exploration programs for underserved students in the Chicago area.

Tiffany (Spriggs) Cruz, EN 02, LW 08, and her husband, Justin Cruz, LW 10, announce the birth of Julian Nicholas on Sept. 5, 2011. The family resides in the San Diego area, where Tiffany is a litigation attorney at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. Justin is a licensed attorney who works as assistant director of admissions at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego.

Adam J. Eckstein, LA 02, joined the Memphis-based law firm Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston, P.C. Eckstein concentrates his legal practice in the area of litigation.

Melissa (Rubenstein) Gendason, LA 02, and her husband, Casey, announce the birth of Sophia Grace on Aug. 25, 2011. The family resides in Dallas.

Jeffrey Golubchick, FA 02, LA 02, is an assistant principal at an elementary school in New York City.

Danielle (Parker) Pollack, BU 02, and her husband, Brian, announce the birth of Talia Rose on May 19, 2011. She joins big brother, Ethan, 3. The family resides in Glenview, Ill. Danielle is a stay-at-home mother, and Brian works in the real estate finance industry.

Michael L. Spinner, GR 02, received the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Research and Education Foundation’s 2011 Student Research Award. Spinner is a PGY-1 pharmacy practice resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Marcus Thorpe, LA 02, and Benita Madison were married on Aug. 19, 2011. The couple resides in Atlanta, where Marcus is a prosecutor and Benita works as a speech therapist.

Laura Siegel Whalen, GB 02, and Mark Whalen, GB 01, announce the birth of Caroline Ellen on July 4, 2011. The family resides in San Antonio, where Laura works for HEB Grocery Stores and Mark works for KCI.

James A. Williams, GR 02, GR 08, owns a freelance writing business, Nexa Writing Services, based in St. Louis. Website:

Jeremy M. Brenner, BU 03, is an associate at Armstrong Teasdale LLP in the St. Louis office. He is a member of the firm’s Employment and Labor practice group and is a certified mediator in Missouri. Brenner represents employers in human resources related matters and all aspects of litigation.

Lexi Cullen-Baker, LA 03, and Ryan Cassilly, EN 05, announce the birth of Aidan Timothy on June 9, 2011. The family resides in New York City, where Ryan is an orthopedic surgery resident at Columbia and Lexi is a stand-up comedian.

Molly Freeman, EN 03, and her husband, Ben Lawder, announce the birth of Anna Kate Lawder-Freeman on Sept. 24, 2011. The family resides in Atlanta, where Molly works as a data manager for Humana and Ben leads competitive intelligence for ADP.

Jennifer A. Kokai, GR 03, joined the faculty of Weber State University as an assistant professor in the performing arts department. She will be teaching playwriting and theatre history. In addition, Kokai will be supervising the university’s teacher certification students.

Lauren Lipcon, LA 03, and Andy Dale were married on July 9, 2011, near Lipcon’s hometown in Massachusetts. The couple resides outside of Washington, D.C. Lauren works at the U.S. Department of Education and is pursuing a doctorate in education policy at George Washington University. Andy is a contracts attorney for T.D. Ameritrade.

Monika Matthews, LA 03, received an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a senior associate at Infosys Consulting in San Francisco, where she focuses on strategy in emerging markets.

Scott Ogilvie, LA 03, was elected in April 2011 as alderman for the 24th ward of the City of St. Louis. He serves the Dogtown, Ellendale and Clifton Heights neighborhoods. He is currently the youngest elected official in St. Louis government.

Allen T. Bruce, MD 04, GM 04, recently joined Dermatology Associates of Portland, Maine, practicing ­general dermatology.

Paul Gutting, GR 04, was named the executive director of Campbell Montessori School in St. Charles, Mo.

Stacy N. Jeffries, LA 04, is a high school adviser with the District of Columbia College Access Program. She has served as a mentor through Hope and a Home in Washington, D.C., for the past three years. Jeffries also volunteers with Washington University’s Alumni and Parents Admission Program.

Joshua Langert, LA 04, and Leah Friedman were married on Sept. 4, 2011, in Kansas City. The wedding guests included many university alumni. The couple resides in the Washington, D.C., area, where Joshua is a surgical resident at George Washington University Hospital.

Georgina Montero, LA 04, GR 08, and her husband, Robert Rosenkranz, announce the birth of Jonathan M. Rosenkranz in October 2010. The family resides in the St. Louis area, where Georgina works for Pfizer Inc. in human resources operations. She was Six Sigma Green Belt certified by Pfizer and recently received an MBA from Missouri Baptist University.

Courtney (Prentis) Berg, SW 05, is the executive director of Girls on the Run St. Louis (GOTR), an after-school program for girls. GOTR provides an interactive curriculum combining self-esteem enhancing lessons with uplifting workouts aimed to develop the whole girl. Website:

Kevin Carlberg, EN 05, is an aeronautical engineer doing research at Sandia.

Rena Goodman, LA 05, and Jonathan Mizrahi were married on July 3, 2011.

Taylor Lewis Guthrie, LA 05, and John Blair Hartman III were married in March 2011. Taylor was recently ordained in the Presbyterian Church and is an associate pastor at Westminster Presbyterian in Durham, N.C.

Matthew Lauer, LA 05, ­commenced study in September 2011 for his doctorate in ­pre-modern Korean history at the University of California in Los Angeles. This follows a two-year stint with the Department of the Army as a Korean ­intelligence analyst. Following his graduation from Washington University in 2005, he was awarded and successfully completed a two-year federal National Service Education Program fellowship for the study of intensive Korean. Lauer received a master’s degree in East Asian languages (Korean) and literatures from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Lara A. Oravec, LW 05, and Andrew D. Bradt were married in July 2011. Lara is an associate at Ropes & Gray in Boston. Andrew is a Climenko Fellow and a lecturer on law at Harvard Law School.

Shannon Puopolo, LA 05, was elected secretary of the Lee County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. She is an attorney at Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., in Fort Myers, Fla. Puopolo concentrates her practice in commercial litigation and handling creditors rights in bankruptcy and lenders in foreclosure proceedings.

Jay Turetzky, LA 05, received a PhD in microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics from UCLA. He is an associate scientist at C3 Jian, a Los Angeles–based biotech ­company specializing in the development of drugs to ­specifically target cavity-causing oral bacteria.

Adam Dorsey, SW 06, was named assistant secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency.

Enelia (Valbuena) Faithful, FA 06, has relocated to the New York City area. Faithful is a creative at Iris Worldwide.

Sarah Gerber, BU 06, and William Michael Hughes, LA 05, were married on Sept. 10, 2011, in Chicago. Sarah is an audit manager at Deloitte & Touche, LLP, and Mike is a paralegal at Jenner & Block LLP.

Zarina Mammadova, SW 06, and Kamil Aliyev, SW 07, were married in December 2007. The couple has twin daughters, Madina and Aisha.

Tracy Miller, LA 06, and Jonah Glick, LA 06, were married on Nov. 6, 2011, in Philadelphia. The couple met on the first day of their freshman year in the old Eliot dorm. Miller is an attorney with Cozen O’Conner in New York City. Glick is pursuing an MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He plans to work in private equity in New York City after graduation.

Valerie E. Patton, SW 06, was selected Non-Profit Executive of the Year by The St. Louis American Foundation. Patton serves as the executive director of the St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative and works on strategies, solutions and programs in the area of workforce diversity and inclusion through training, convening and consulting.

Erica Rosen, LA 06, is a freelance consultant with more than seven years of experience in brand development, strategic marketing and social media outreach. A documentary she worked on, The Loving Story, was screened at the St. Louis International Film Festival in November 2011. The film tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple living in Virginia in the 1960s and their landmark Supreme Court Case, Loving v. Virginia, that changed history. Website:

Stacey L. Rubin, MD 06, is a generalist ob/gyn at Crozer Keystone Health System outside Philadelphia. She focuses her practice on pediatric and adolescent gynecology. Rubin recently accepted a position as associate residency director of Crozer’s ob/gyn residency program.

Anna Siemon, LA 06, is an attorney in Manhattan.

Bradley E. Stockton, SI 06, is a manufacturing engineer at Boeing Company. He was recently Six Sigma Certified.

Lindsay Anchors, LA 07, graduated from Boston University School of Law in May 2011.

Krista M. Carlson, LA 07, graduated from Hamline University School of Law. Carlson will begin the Army JAG Corps in February 2012.

Laura Geggel, LA 07, is a student in the science, health and environmental reporting program at New York University.

Zhala Mammadova, SW 07, moved back to Azerbaijan after graduation. She worked as program manager for Caucasus Research Resource Centre and then became scientific research coordinator for the Biological Threat Reduction Program. In 2010, Mammadova moved to London and currently works in the recruitment field.

Micaela Mercado, SW 07, will be defending her dissertation at the University of North Carolina in February 2012. Her dissertation is titled “Examining the effects of contextual factors on educational outcomes among community college students.”

Mary K. Meyer, LA 07, is pursuing a master’s degree in educational technology through Webster University.

Jamie Rodriguez, LA 07, was named a 2011 Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow. Equal Justice Works is a national organization committed to addressing the shortage of public interest lawyers serving communities in need. Her fellowship is based in Joplin, Mo., where she will provide legal services to victims of the May 2011 tornado.

Mark Sawyier, LA 07, founded The company helps college students who are moving off campus find an apartment, movers, cable and Internet services, etc.

Ritu Chouhan, LA 08, and Markus Zei, LA 09, were married on June 18, 2011. A Christian ceremony took place at Graham Chapel, followed by a Hindu ceremony. Both Ritu and Markus are attending the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Hui Guo, GB 08, is a coal analyst at NRG Energy Inc., in Princeton, N.J.

Sarah Jacquart, LA 08, and Brad Zinkel were married on Aug. 27, 2011. The couple resides in Madison, Wis., where Sarah is a fourth-year PhD student in nutritional sciences at the University of Wisconsin.

Jonathan R. Safran, LA 08, is pursuing an MBA at Bentley University in Massachusetts.

Josh J. Scherder, GB 08, is a portfolio manager at U.S. Bank. He received a 2011 “30 Under 30” award from the St. Louis Business Journal.

Nicole I. Sussman, LA 08, is a third-year medical student at Wake Forrest University School of Medicine. After volunteering to work with children with emotional and behavioral problems, she developed an interest in child psychiatry. Sussman recently received the Marc Amaya Essay Award from the North Carolina Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Heidi M. Chambers, LW 09, and Paul R. Seal, GB 08, were married on Sept. 16, 2011, in Tuscany, Italy. Heidi works for Locke Lord in Dallas, and Paul works in marketing at Nestlé Purina in St. Louis.

Jonathan A. Fritz, LA 09, is attending the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Morgan Gehris, GF 09, known as MorganCulture, participated as an international designer in the Brancott Estates World of WearableArt (WOW) in Wellington, New Zealand, in August 2011. WOW is the largest show of its kind in the world. MorganCulture is also a 2011 Inglewood Open Studios participant. She lives and works in Inglewood, Calif., in the greater Los Angeles area. Website:

Mario A. Gianino, LW 09, is an associate at Armstrong Teasdale LLP in the St. Louis office. A member of the Litigation group, he will be involved in all litigation matters pertaining to the defense of health-care providers.

Stephanie Hebda, LA 09, is pursuing a master’s degree in museum studies at Indiana University–Purdue University in Indianapolis. Hebda focuses her studies on museum education, collections care and technology in museums.

Lauren R. Hosek, LA 09, is pursuing a PhD in archaeology at Syracuse University. She is studying a collection of medieval skeletons from the Czech Republic to explore the changes taking place in early medieval Bohemia.

Vir Singh, LA 09, is attending the New Jersey Medical School at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Andrea M. Winter, LA 09, is attending medical school at George Washington University.

Patricia Wittig, LA 09, and Tyler Peck, LA 09, were married on Nov. 19, 2011, in Saginaw, Mich.

Trisha A. Wolf, LA 09, is attending law school at the University of Washington.


Caitlyn Clarke, LA 10, received a master’s degree from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke. She is an associate at State Street Global Markets in Boston.

Jarod K. DuVall, LA 10, is attending medical school at Tulane University.

Jordan Ferchill, LA 10, works in inside sales at Multivista, LLC, located in San Francisco.

Rohit Ganguli, GB 10, works at Bridgewater Associates as a technology support associate, research. He resides in Norwalk, Conn.

Juan (Wang) Gillespie, SW 10, is a case therapist at Children’s Foundation of ­Mid-America.

Matthew Kruger, EN 10, is pursuing a master’s degree in civil engineering with an emphasis in structural engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dong Yun Lee, SI 10, is a project engineer at Gray Construction. He manages manufacturing plant projects in the Korean market division.

Njaimeh Njie, LA 10, is a corps member with Teach For America in St. Louis.

Scott Statman, LA 10, is a first-year medical student at Tufts University.

Jonathan Ammon, GA 11, SI 11, is a virtual design and construction engineer at Gilbane Building Company.

Caroline Fernandez, EN 11, is an aerospace product development engineer at Greene, Tweed & Co. located in Philadelphia.

Katherine R. Gavinski, LA 11, is attending the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa.

Hattie Hiler, LA 11, recently embarked on a year of full-time volunteer service with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest. She is serving at the YWCA in Missoula, Mont.

Nicholas B. Jenkins, EN 11, resides in Washington, D.C. Jenkins works as a network systems and distributed systems engineer at the MITRE Corporation in D.C.

Julie V. Siegel, LA 11, is pursuing a master’s degree at Columbia School of Social Work.

Austen B. Venick, EN 11, graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, N.J.

Evan J. Wiskup, LA 11, is attending the Yale School of Architecture for graduate school.


Investing in People: Key to Realizing Potential Howard Wood, BSBA ’61, is a successful businessman in the telecommunications, real estate and cattle ranching industries. A scholarship recipient himself, he enjoys helping current students reach their potential.


Restaurateur Serves Up Authentic Chinese Since graduating, Jason Wang, BSBA ’09, is helping take his father’s New York restaurant, Xi’an Famous Foods, to a new level of success.

Author Captivates Kids, Expands Imagination Janni Lee Simner, AB ’89, AB ’89, has published seven books and several short stories in the fantasy genre, primarily for children and young adults.

Entrepreneur Saves Lives With Sanitation Ani Vallabhaneni, BSBA ’02, BSCS ’02, co-founder and CEO of Sanergy, works in Kenyan slums to provide sanitation infrastructure.


A&D Launches New Website Looking for a new way to stay connected to the Washington University community? Visit the new A&D website,

Reunion 2012 Join the 1st through 35th Reunion classes for Alumni Weekend at Thurtene Carnival, April 20–22. Undergraduate alumni from the classes of 1972 and back will celebrate during Commencement Weekend, May 18–20.

Strengthening Alumni Connections On Nov. 4, 2011, the Alumni Board of Governors (ABG) gathered for its first meeting of the academic year at College Hall on the South 40. One of ABG’s goals this year is to help prepare students for their lives after graduation.


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