Class Notes Spring 2020
Tony Purrone (STEINHARDT '76) performed at Lincoln Center Rose in March to pay tribute to legendary jazz saxophonist Jimmy Heath.
Margot Mifflin (GSAS '86) has published a new book, Looking for Miss America: A Pageant's 100-Year Quest to Define Womanhood (Counterpoint Press).
Dani Alpert (TISCH '88) never intended to have kids — until she fell in love with a divorced father of two. In her humorous new book, The Girlfriend Mom, she shares the good, the bad and the oh, so funny of taking on the role of an uncompensated babysitter-turned-confidant who couldn’t imagine life without her boyfriend’s kids — until she had to, seven years later, when she was dumped for a natural blonde.
Lisa Lehr (TISCH '94) joined Celebrity Cruises as Vice President, Entertainment.
Joel Shulkin (MED '99) has a debut novel set for release on September 15, 2020 with Blackstone Publishing; a medical thriller titled Adverse Effects.
Shraddha Patel (CAS '02, WAG '05, STERN '21) has published two books: Alaysia, a sci-fi/fantasy novel, and Forbidden, a book of poetry.
Jude Warne (CAS '11, GSAS '15) will release an authorized biography of the band America entitled America, the Band via Rowman & Littlefield Publishers on May 15th.
Michael C. Maresca (STERN '11) is now CEO of National Financial Network.
Zyanya Salazar (LS, STEINHARDT '17) has aired her first story on CBS's Bull.
Susan Pashman (HEIGHTS ’63) is pleased to announce the publication of her new book, Journey To A Temple In Time: A Philosopher's Quest For The Sabbath. This is part memoir and part a philosophical argument that references some twenty philosophers of the Western canon from the Greeks to Sartre, from Hume to Nietzsche. It is published by Vallentine-Mitchell, the first to publish The Diary of Anne Frank.
Bettye C. Kearse (GSAS ’67) wrote a book about her family who descended from an African slave and President James Madison Jr., entitled The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President's Black Family.
Phyllis Melhado (STEINHARDT ’70) released her debut novel The Spa at Lavender Lane, Black Rose Writing, on May 7, 2020.
John Ambrecht (LAW ’74) was named Super Lawyer for 2020. This is the 14th time Ambrecht has been selected as a Super Lawyer, an honor he has received every year since 2007. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from some 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
Dennis McBride (LAW ’80) was elected Mayor of the City of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, Milwaukee's oldest suburb in April 2020. He previously served as President of the Wauwatosa Common Council and spent 24 years as Senior Trial Attorney and Supervisory Trial Attorney in the Milwaukee office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Linda Garrett-Johnson (SPS ’84) has gone on to become the successful owner of a consulting business, The Word Applied, Inc., providing process improvement, organizational development, grants administration, community engagement strategies, and capacity building services. She has also published the book Seeing In the Spirit Understanding the Battle. She also manages two YouTube channels "ApplyingTheWord" and "e416 Huddles" both providing online tools to businesses and individuals.
Corrie Slewett (CAS ’88) joined Transwestern as Research Manager for the New York office.
Pamela Gay (STEINHARDT ’88) wrote I'm So Glad You're Here (May 12, She Writes Press), a riveting flash memoir that begins with Gay, at age 18, witnessing her father being bound in a straightjacket and carried out on a stretcher to a state mental hospital. This is a book about mental health, overcoming hardship, trial and error in therapy, and healing family relationships.
Michelle Furyaka-Perchuk (SEHNAP ’94) is the founder of a career coaching practice geared for college graduates. Ms. Furyaka-Perchuk ‘s Coaching Marathon provides pro bono Coaching sessions about career development and job search for recent college graduates.
Terri Ginsberg, Ph.D. (TSOA/GSAS GAL ’89, ‘97) has co-edited a new scholarly collection, Cinema of the Arab World: Contemporary Directions of Theory of Practice (Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). Among her other publications over the past several years is the monograph, Visualizing the Palestinian Struggle: Towards a Critical Analytic of Palestine Solidarity Film (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), and an edited special issue on film and video of the International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies (2016). Ginsberg received her Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from NYU and is presently Assistant Professor of Film, and former Director of the Film Program, at The American University in Cairo.
Karen Brown (WAGNER ’98) is a Vice President of Development and Philanthropic Services at Fairfield County’s Community Foundation in Connecticut. She played a major role in setting up the Foundation’s COVID Resiliency Fund on March 18th, which supports frontline nonprofits serving vulnerable residents. She lives in Wilton, Connecticut with her family.
Ada Limon (TISCH ’01) has been awarded a 2020 Guggenheim Fellowship for her poetry.
Hillary Miller (TISCH ’05) wrote Playwrights on Television: Conversations with Dramatists which features interviews with dramatic writers reflecting on writing in the post-network television era. Ms. Miller designed the book as a resource for the classroom, but also for fans of theater and TV; the eighteen interviews offer insights about contemporary dramatic writing in the latest Golden Age of television.
Paul Schockett (LAW ’06) has been promoted to partner––Paul practices in the Firm's tax group.
Jasper Ojongyambia (TANDON ’08 ’11) is currently at his 2nd year at Pace University for his PhD in Finance at the Lubin School of Business. He still teaches at CUNY-York College.
Dohyun Kim (LAW ’10) has been promoted to partner––Do practices M&A.
Jennifer Telesca (GSAS, STEINHARDT ’10, ’14) has published a new book, Red Gold: The Managed Extinction of the Giant Bluefin Tuna (University of Minnesota Press).
Shehzad Hameed Ahmad (GSAS ’14) is an award-winning Pakistani documentary filmmaker who has swept 3 awards at the recently held New York Festival 2020.
Michael Fallek (TISCH ’14) has created the documentary Telephone Dieting.
Caspar Lant (CAS ’20) won a Fulbright research fellowship to China next year. His Fulbright proposal was on environmental monitoring, specifically air quality, and was built up around work he did throughout his time as an undergrad. It stemmed from an independent study course that he took while studying away at NYU Shanghai, which spurred him to apply for a 10k Green Grant from the Office of Sustainability, and form a research group through the Tandon Vertically Integrated Projects and NYU Leadership Fellows programs. Mr. Lant returned to Shanghai this past August to install two lost-cost air quality monitors that the group developed. Over the course of the Fulbright grant Mr. Lant will be working with the UN Environmental Program to further develop these monitors and open-source their designs.
Hugo Freudenthal (GSAS ’59) had a new genus within the family Symbiodiniaceae named in their honor––Freudenthalidium.
Raphael F. Nevins (STERN ’68) is the author of the newly published eBook, The Ghost of Donald J. Trump - Kindle edition by Westmoreland, W. I.
Kenneth Teitelbaum (CAS ’71) is a former professor and dean who has published three books, the most recent being Critical Issues in Democratic Schooling: Curriculum, Teaching, and Socio-Political Realities (Routledge, 2020).
Gerald A. Honigman (GSAS ’74) wrote an article, “Mrs. Maisel, Macdougal Street, Mustapha - and me”, about his days at NYU, which was published in Israel’s leading media outlet, Israel National News.
Helen Berger, Ph.D. (GSAS ’83) wrote Solitary Pagans: Contemporary Witches, Wiccans and Others Who Practice Alone, University of South Carolina Press, 2019.
Penny Cagan (GSAS ’83) is publishing a daily blog on the Talmud in the Times of Israel.
Ron Gelman (GSAS ’86) retired in 2014 after 32 years of working in the mental health profession. Mr. Gelman has released a 215 page volume of poetry titled, From the Heart and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Bennett (LAW ’89) was recently featured as a Band 1 attorney in the Chambers USA 2020 Guide, a publication ranking the leading lawyers and law firms across the U.S. Mr. Bennett is a Principal in the Berkeley Heights, New Jersey office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His entire practice is devoted to representing employers in all areas of labor and employment-related matters.
John Inwood (TISCH ’89) is the cinematographer on the new Netflix interactive special, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend. He was recently interviewed by the Television Academy Foundation and credits his experience in the Tisch Film program with giving him the confidence that still impacts him today.
LeAnne Hitchcock (STEINHARDT ’91) has recently published a children's book, The Maid: The Story of Joan of Arc, and has been teaching at Dillard University in New Orleans.
Daniel McBride (STEINHARDT ’93) is professionally known as 2 Time Grammy nominee 13HANDS, aka DALIEN. He was chosen to participate in and contribute to The Call to Unite, a 24-hour global livestream bringing together the world's stars and celebrities, bringing messages of hope and solidarity.
Melba V. Pearson (WSC ’94) edited Can They Do That? Understanding Prosecutorial Discretion, on the topic of prosecutorial discretion which has now been published.
Amy Wu (CAS ’96) was ranked as Worth's 50 Women Groundbreakers list.
Giancarla Sambo (GSAS ’98) has been admitted to practice before the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court in a ceremony that included Chief Justice John Roberts and the other eight justices. Giancarla is also admitted to practice law in New York, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Her primary focus is on Entertainment Law.
The Honorable Noel L. Hillman (LAW ’98) graduated in May 2020 with an LL.M. in Judicial Studies from Duke University School of Law. Judge Hillman has served since 2006 as a United States District Judge in the District of New Jersey and was elected a Member of the American Law Institute in the fall of 2019. In addition to Duke and NYU, Judge Hillman holds a law degree from Seton Hall School of Law (J.D. 1985).
Nathan Lanier (STEINHARDT ’03) recently scored the Apple TV+ series Home Before Dark.
Elizabeth Meade (CAS ’04) completed her PhD in Anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her dissertation was, "Prepare for Death and Follow Me: An Archaeological Survey of the Historic Period Cemeteries of New York City."
Sung J. Woo (GSAS ’06) wrote SKIN DEEP, which will be released on July 21, 2020 by Agora, the new Polis Books imprint dedicated to diverse and underrepresented voices writing first-rate crime fiction.
Nikki Marciante Petrocelli (GAL ’08) recently had a publication released regarding COVID-19 with various medical scholars and professionals: “COVID-19: How to optimize your immune system with prehabilitation”. Available to read on thedo.osteopathic.org.
Kimberly Southwick-Thompson (GSAS ’09) graduated with her PhD from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's English Department in May 2020. She has accepted a position at Jacksonville State University for Fall 2020 as an Assistant Professor, specializing in Creative Writing poetry. She and her husband, Geoffrey, welcomed a baby girl, Esma Josephine Southwick-Thompson, into this world in March 2020. Kimberly's debut poetry collection, ORCHID ALPHA, will premiere from Trembling Pillow Press in 2021.
Rahela Khorakiwala (LAW ’10) recently published a book on the colonial high courts of India and issues of access to justice in contemporary times, From the Colonial to the Contemporary: Images, Iconography, Memories, and Performances of Law in India's High Courts.
Jordyn Taylor (GSAS ’14) released her debut novel, The Paper Girl of Paris, on May 26th with Harper Collins. It is a Young Adult novel about the French Resistance in World War II.
Sara Pandolfi (SPS ’14) leads her own consulting firm, Sara Pandolfi & Company, which provides fundraising, marketing, and human capital solutions, and event management to corporations and nonprofits. She also serves as Strategic Development Consultant to New York state’s largest emergency food program, Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen.
Natalia Bougadellis (TISCH ’16) co-directed with Emory Parker (TISCH ’17) and produced a PSA for Governor Cuomo's #NewYorkTough PSA competition to which they came in second place.
Emory Parker (TISCH ’17) co-directed with Natalia Bougadellis (TISCH ’16) and produced a PSA for Governor Cuomo's #NewYorkTough PSA competition to which they came in second place.
Tiffany Sillanpaa (LAW ’18) co-authored a journal article exploring international trade aspects of IP Law in the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (JEPA). Available to read the full journal article with WestLaw UK or WestLaw International.
Kuhoo Verma (STEIHHARDT ’18) won a Lucille Lortel award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance in Octet. Ms. Verma also won the Best Ensemble award at the Drama Desk Awards.
Jumoke Opeyemi (CAS ’18) became a first generation college student in his family. He was recently highlighted by Let’s Get Ready organization who selected Mr. Opeyemi to do a documentary on his life.
Jacob Soboroff (CAS, GSAS ’05, ’06) is an award-winning NBC News and MSNBC correspondent who wrote SEPARATED: Inside an American Tragedy, Custom House, July 7. His book is a powerful and deeply reported journey to lay bare the full truth behind the defining crisis of the Trump years: the systematic separation of thousands of desperate migrant families at the U.S.–Mexico border.
Jennifer E. Telesca (GSAS, STEINHARDT ’10, ’14) wrote RED GOLD: The Managed Extinction of the Giant Bluefin Tuna, University of Minnesota Press, April 2020.