Class Notes Fall 2020
Frank P. Tomasulo, Ph.D. (TSOA ’73) recently received the Adjunct Teaching Award from the University Film and Video Association (UFVA) at its on-line conference. Tomasulo was the first-ever recipient of that honor; he was also the first-ever recipient of the UFVA's regular Teaching Award back in 2009.
Stefanie Solow Glennon, Ph.D. (GSAS ’91) gave a successful talk last June at an international psychoanalytic conference (IARPP) entitled "Psychic Ramifications of the Assault on Truth".
Jeremy Alexis Louwerse (CAS ’93) recently won a 2020 National Sports Emmy in the Category of Outstanding Trans Media Sports Coverage for my his as a Coordinating Producer on NFL Network and NFL Films “All-Time Team” Show.
Margarita Bejerano Wallach (WSC ’94) is the office managing partner for the New York office of McCarter & English LLP, and co-chair of its Trademark practice. As Managing Partner of the firm’s New York office, she has played an instrumental role in the growth and development of that office. She is also the first diverse person to be elected to the firm’s Executive Committee.
Alden Jones (GSAS ’98) may not have hiked the Pacific Coast Trail like Cheryl Strayed in Wild, but she did hike the Appalachian Trail on an Outward Bound trip after her sophomore year in college, just a few years before she entered NYU in 1996. In her just released memoir-craft analysis book, THE WANTING WAS A WILDERNESS, Fiction Advocate, Jones tells her story of her challenging hiking trip and coming to terms with her sexuality in her 20s and later the unraveling of her marriage in present day, just as Strayed came to terms with her mother’s death and her own issues with drug use and sex on her trail.
Bijal Trivedi (GSAS ’99) wrote Breath from Salt and it comes out September 8, 2020. Her book is the story of how parents, patients, scientists and entrepreneurs collaborated to create lifesaving treatments for children with cystic fibrosis, a deadly inherited lung disease. It is a powerful example of what can happen when people work together.
Natasha Johnson (STEINHARDT ’00) is currently an EdD and now a contributor at USA Today.
Denise Kiernan (STEINHARDT ’91, ’02) wrote We Gather Together: A Nation Divided, A President in Turmoil, and a Historic Campaign to Embrace Gratitude and Grace, set to be published November 10, 2020, Penguin Random House.
Trent Thoms (SPS ’02) achieved an honorary title change from Vice President to First Vice President at CBRE Advisory & Transaction Services and just sold the Honolulu Harbor Industrial Fee Simple Land, a unique opportunity to develop large scale new Class A logistics facilities or an industrial subdivision within minutes of Honolulu Harbor and Honolulu International Airport.
Ariella C (TSOA ’05) released her debut poetry book It Whispers. (Dorrance, 2020)
Jamie Warner (STEINHARDT ’05) was recently named Union County Teacher of the Year in New Jersey.
Daniel O. Prosterman (GSAS ’02, ’06), associate professor of history and race and ethnicity studies, has accepted the position of Interim Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and Dean of the College at Salem College, effective September 1, 2020.
Marcie Cleary (CAS ’07) has been promoted to partner at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.
Agustin Muriago (STEINHARDT ’13) has recently joined the faculty at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University as Assistant Professor of Keyboard Studies.
Dwaipayan Banerjee (GSAS ’09, ’14) wrote Enduring Cancer: Life, Death, and Diagnosis in Delhi and is now available from Duke University Press. He explores the efforts of Delhi's urban poor to create a livable life with cancer as they negotiate an over-extended health system unequipped to respond to the disease.
Rebecca Koch (STEINHARDT ’14) wrote Mad and Bad: Real Heroines of the Regency which was published on September 1st. It's a non-fiction pop history book that looks at real women of the ever-popular Regency era, and is a continuation of the work Rebecca started at NYU.
Christian Jordan Grier (TSOA ’15) has been hired as a staff writer to write on OWN’s one-hour cabled drama called The Kings of Napa.
Özen Nergis Dolcerocca (GSAS ’16) was just awarded the Starting Grant by the European Research Grant for a comparative study of cultural reforms, linguistic renewal and literary renaissance movements in Russia, Ottoman Turkey, and Japan.
Peter Reid (LAW ’69) recently published Every Hill a Burial Place: The Peace Corps Murder Trial in East Africa from the University Press of Kentucky.
Marianne Hushla Ly (GSAS ’73) is a retired French teacher and the author of the memoir Remembering Bette, a tribute to her sister Bette Hushla Levine, who was a victim of Covid-19 and a champion swimmer. Bette was the fourth fastest woman backstroke swimmer in the 1960's and the first - and last - woman to be on a men's swimming team at West Virginia University. The memoir is a story of happy times and sadness and the triumph of sisterly love and its enduring healing power. Marianne Ly invites you to join her in her sister's celebration of life through her memoir. Marianne Ly is also the author of French Quiz Whiz 1 and French Quiz Whiz 2 to help you better understand and learn French. All three books are available for purchase on Amazon.
Thomas McNamara (LAW ’80) has been named to the 2020 New York Metro Super Lawyers list.
Judith Peck (STEINHARDT ’71, ’83) wrote Naked Under the Lights, which was released October 29 by Black Rose Writing.
Lydia Dean Pilcher (TSOA ’83) is co-director and producer on the new film Radium Girls, based on the historical events following the notorious case of the Radium Girls in 1928, which ultimately led to significant and lasting impact in the areas of workplace health and safety, and the study of radioactivity.
Robyn Walensky (GSAS ’89) won a GABBY Award for "Best Reporter" Large Market at WSB Radio Atlanta.
John S Craparo (TANDON ’90) set seven national and world aviation records and then led a team of four aviators flying two gyroplanes roundtrip from central Texas to Havana, Cuba. The first gyroplane/autogiro to fly between the two countries in 85 years and first to fly under visual flight rules (VFR) since the revolution. John is a retired senior vice president of Hewlett-Packard Company.
Neal Huff (TSOA ’92) acts in the new film Radium Girls, based on the historical events following the notorious case of the Radium Girls in 1928, which ultimately led to significant and lasting impact in the areas of workplace health and safety, and the study of radioactivity.
Maureen Mahon (GSAS ‘93, ‘94, ‘97) wrote Black Diamond Queens: African American Women and Rock and Roll by Maureen Mahon (Duke University Press, October 30). Mahon documents the major contributions African American women vocalists such as Big Mama Thornton, Betty Davis, Tina Turner, and Merry Clayton have made to rock and roll throughout its history.
Winston Ma (LAW ’98) is a current adjunct professor at the NYU School of Law and published his new book The Hunt for Unicorns: How Sovereign Funds Are Reshaping Investment in the Digital Economy.
Sylvie Yannello (CAS ’99) is a featured pianist on New York blues artist Mike Muller's new recording of "Travel On," released 13 October 2020 on Muller's bandcamp page. She also published sheet music for this piano-vocal duet on her website. Muller is producing Yannello's debut EP due out early 2021. Her alt rock tunes span a variety of themes, from con artists and narcissists to religious/rock idols.
Carol Szeto (STERN ’00) moved back home to Hong Kong after being away for thirty odd years in the U.S., Canada and Switzerland. She heads up Save the Children Hong Kong as the CEO and is looking forward to connecting with the local NYU Stern community.
Steve Conteaguero (STERN ’03) joined Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C.
Rehan Hasan (LAW ’04) is a business and tax attorney at Hasan, LLC and was listed as “highly commended” by Chambers USA for the 2020 Diversity & Inclusion Lawyer of the Year award.
Christiamilda Correa (TSOA ’07) is an award-winning event producer, voice-over artist, and is the recipient of the prestigious Prospanica New York Top Latinx Leaders of 2020 award for her monumental contributions to the community. She is the inaugural Co-President of the NYU Latinx Alumni Network.
Ali Metzl (LAW ’08) is a shareholder in Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s Denver office, as its chair of diversity, inclusion and equity.
Mandy Li Weiner (CAS ’10) is joining Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff PC as an associate. Mandy will focus her practice in litigation with an emphasis on premises liability, personal injury and Labor Law claims. Prior to joining Foran Glennon, Mandy gained experience in insurance coverage and commercial litigation.
Marija Krtolica (TSOA ’10) presented her video-collage “Re-Inventing Love” at the international festival Boders: Fragmented Identities and Future Landscapes (Itsliquid, Venice). The work was made in collaboration with Julie Fotheringham, Michael Mangieri and Sean Lewis and shows how we continued working together during Covid-19.
Brittany Shaw (TSOA ’10) is co-writer on the new film Radium Girls, based on the historical events following the notorious case of the Radium Girls in 1928, which ultimately led to significant and lasting impact in the areas of workplace health and safety, and the study of radioactivity.
Ginny Mohler (TSOA ’11) is co-director and co-writer on the new film Radium Girls, based on the historical events following the notorious case of the Radium Girls in 1928, which ultimately led to significant and lasting impact in the areas of workplace health and safety, and the study of radioactivity.
Johana Londoño (GSAS ’09, ’12) wrote Abstract Barrios: The Crises of Latinx Visibility in Cities which is now available from Duke University Press. She examines how the barrio has become a cultural force that has been manipulated in order to create Latinized urban landscapes that are palatable for white Americans who view concentrated areas of Latinx populations as a threat.
Emma Hine (GSAS ’16) debut poetry collection, Stay Safe (ISBN: 9781946448682, on sale January 5, 2021), is the winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry.
Varun Rekhi (CAS ’17) recently hosted the PosiCOVIDity Innovation Challenge, a crowdfunded venture challenge for Class of 2020 entrepreneurs to address issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 170 students competed for $30,000 in scholarship and sponsor backed prizes with the winning team emerging from NYU Steinhardt.
Malika Harrison (SPS ’17) was selected for Orlando Business Journal's 40 Under 40.
Lillie McDonough (STEINHARDT ’17) is the composer for the new film Radium Girls, based on the historical events following the notorious case of the Radium Girls in 1928, which ultimately led to significant and lasting impact in the areas of workplace health and safety, and the study of radioactivity.
Christian Ghosn (TSOA ’19) NYU Thesis Film “Violent Nights” is now available to stream via Vimeo.
Karen Chilton (TSOA ’19) received a librettist commission to write a new opera for the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis' "New Works, Bold Voices" Lab 2021, which will be livestreamed in April 2021.
Barney P. Popkin (WSC ’64) recently published “Cooperation in development of Mexico’s raw materials (European Geologist);” “Precontact Native American agriculture in Tucson and Phoenix (Archive); “Thoughts on cause and possible mitigations with notes on an insurance industry view after Katrina” and “Sri Lanka’s Miocene Formation fractured and karstic limestone aquifer: the sole source drinking water aquifer in the Jaffna Peninsula” (The Professional Geologist). Mr. Popkin recently led the Jaffna, Sri Kanla stormwater drainage master and procurement plan project and severed as an environmental engineer to the emergency voluntary engineering team response to the Hurricane Harvey Disaster public infrastructure recovery.
Frederick T. Golder (LAW ’69) just finished writing his book on conflict resolution, Reaching Common Ground.
Robin Allison D'Amato (WSC ’82) announces the forthcoming publication of her debut novel, SOMEBODY'S WATCHING YOU (Atmosphere Press, February 2021). In this quirky thriller set in a community unaware of danger in its tree-lined blocks, the absurd tactics of a cult frame an otherwise simple love story with both dread and humor.
Sabu Kohso (STEINHARDT ’82) announces Radiation and Revolution which is now available from Duke University Press. Political theorist and anticapitalist activist Sabu Kohso uses the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster to illuminate the relationship between nuclear power, capitalism, and the nation-state, showing how nuclear power has become the organizing principle of the global order.
Carolyn Walsh Parry, Esq. (CAS ’90) has opened her own family law practice in The Woolworth Building.
Denise M. Kiernan (WSC ’91, STEINHARDT’02) has a new book out, We Gather Together (Dutton, November 10, 2020).
Robert Garofalo (MED ’92) announces his forthcoming book (March 2021) published by Lerner Press called When Dog Heal: Powerful Stories of People Living with HIV and the Dogs That Saved Them.
Nan Eileen Capel Mead (CAS ’95) was recently appointed Interim Executive Director of Sustainable Progress and Equality Collective (SPEC), an open learning organization that merges the tenets of DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics). SPEC's mission is to empower individuals to become globally-minded change agents by helping them learn the essential skills required to build sustainable careers and make a positive impact in their communities. SPEC is working to achieve that mission by offering internships, mentoring, training, micro-credentials, and hosting events. Ms. Mead continues to represent the 1st Judicial District, which includes Manhattan, on the New York State Board of Regents, to which she was appointed in 2016.
James Gordon Williams (STEINHARDT ’99) announces his book Crossing Bar Lines: The Politics and Practices of Black Musical Space which will be published by University Press Mississippi in March 2021.
Joseph Patrick Discepola, Esq. (STERN ’03) has launched his own personal injury law firm in South Florida. For more information, visit his firm's website: www.JPDInjuryLaw.com.
Stephen L. Conteaguero (STERN ’03) joins Bressler as an associate. Previously, he worked as an attorney at several South Florida law firms and a consulting firm. He was a law clerk at the U.S. Attorney’s office in Miami, served in the U.S. Marine Corps and worked for defense contractor Imperatis in Afghanistan. Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C. is a leading full-service law firm that represents Fortune 500 corporations, midsize and small privately held companies, investment advisers, brokerage firms, banks, franchises, insurers, and non-profits.
Christian Usera (CAS ’04) recently started a small art magazine with two great friends entitled, "U Magazine." This publication reserves over 50% of its content for artists of color and other marginalized groups.
Eric Wilson (STEINHARDT ’04) recently published his debut children’s book, A Gracie Greene Adventure: The Magical Plant. Starring 7-year-old Gracie, the work explores the magic of nature and its gifts. This book is the first in an eco-conscious series that centers around Gracie, her brother Matteo, Ma and Pa, and their loveable dog Scooter. Eric, an educator and sustainability consultant, collaborated with Justin M., Arthur C., and John B. under their Make Something Better LLC venture. Sydney Kysar, a former student from Eric’s days as Director of Sustainability at a Los Angeles charter school, created the illustrations. For more information visit soethingbetter.net/thegreenes.
Anna Watkins Fisher (TSOA ’07) is pleased to announce the publication of The Play in the System: The Art of Parasitical Resistance (Duke University Press).
Roberto Reyes Gaskin (LAW ’09) has been elected a partner at Latham & Watkins in Paris, France. He is a member of the Corporate Department who focuses on a range of capital markets transactions, public company representation, and financial regulatory matters for issuers, underwriters, sponsors, family offices, and alternative capital providers. He has experience in the retail and consumer products, energy and infrastructure, and entertainment, sports and media industries.
Scott French (LAW ’09) has been promoted to counsel at Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles, effective January 1, 2020. He is a member of the Corporate Department who focuses on corporate and securities law with an emphasis on late-stage emerging company transactions, including venture financings, M&A, and capital markets transactions. He represents emerging companies and industry leaders in the technology, media, and consumer products sectors.
Hanno Witt (LAW ’10) has been promoted to counsel at Latham & Watkins in Munich, Germany, effective January 1. He is a member of the Corporate Department who advises financial investors and corporations on national and cross-border M&A and joint venture transactions, restructurings, and general corporate law. He has experience in the private equity sector, advising clients both on the buy side and sell side, as well as in connection with management participation programs.
Spencer Ricks (LAW ’12) has been elected a partner at Latham & Watkins is a member of the Corporate Department who focuses on advising entrepreneurs heading startups and other emerging companies through various stages of growth and development. He also regularly represents more mature companies in strategic investments, commercial collaborations, and liquidity transactions.
Adam C Saper (LAW ’14) was recognized by the Miami Chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers with the "Gregg Wenzel Outstanding Young Lawyer Award" for 2020. Adam also achieved Board Certification in Criminal Trial Law, the highest level of evaluation by The Florida Bar for competency and experience in a legal specialty, a recognition earned by only seven percent of eligible attorneys.
Matthew Gaeta (SPS ’17) recently named to Sports Business Journal's "30 Under 30/New Voices Under 30" list of rising professionals within the sports industry for my accomplishments as an Owner/Certified Major League Baseball Agent.
Nicole Devivo (SSSW ’17) has worked as a Medical Social Worker in a hospital setting for almost three years. Her mission has always been to share the importance of social work in an acute medical setting. On December 4, she will be receiving an award through New York State NASW for Exceptional Social Work Service.
Barbara Bellman (TSOA ’18) and Emiliano Messiez took it upon themselves to write and produce a song of hope and aspiration as a fundraiser to support Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids and the Actor’s Fund. As a way to help a struggling industry hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, WHEN BROADWAY IS BACK is a fully-orchestrated song and video, with a Big Band sound, performed by Broadway performers Syndee Winters (Hamilton, Lion King), Carmen Ruby Floyd (Chicago, Hello Dolly) Dana Aber-Torres (Baggage at the Door, The Bet, Tartuffe) and Dale Sampson (Sam’s Room, Rodeo Clowns).
Saransh Desai-Chowdhry (GAL ’20) is publishing his first book, Soundstorm, a collection of essays analyzing the business and culture of the modern music ecosystem, through New Degree Press the week of December 7.