Class Notes Spring 2021
Benton Arnovitz (STEINHARDT ’69) is the editor of Theodor Lessing's classic 1930 book, finally available in English, Jewish Self-Hate.
Fatima Shaik (GSAS ’78) has published a new non-fiction book, Economy Hall: The Hidden History of a Free Black Brotherhood, which follows Ludger Boguille, his family, and his friends through landmark events— from the Haitian Revolution to the birth of jazz—that shaped New Orleans and the United States.
John Ippolito (WSC ’89) has been appointed as Regional President of the Tri-State region by BNY Mellon Wealth Management. His role is responsible for oversight of the New York Tri-State region including offices in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. John joins the Wealth Management leadership team and will report to Catherine Keating, the CEO of Wealth Management.
David Milhous (TSOA ’91) , Emmy-winning editor, has been invited into the American Cinema Editors (ACE). ACE is a film and television honors society that was formed in 1951.
Leslie Fields-Cruz (TSOA ’95), executive director of Black Public Media (BPM), has been named to Crain’s New York Business’ Notable Black Leaders and Executives list for 2021.
Kathleen Collins (GSAS ’97) has published From Rabbit Ears to the Rabbit Hole: A Life with Television, a personal narrative about growing up with the golden age of television.
Aysha Schomburg (STEINHARDT ’99) has been appointed as the new hehad of the U.S. Children's Bureau by President Joe Biden.
Lauren Steimer (TSOA ’99, ’02) has published a new book, Experts in Action: Transitional Hong Kong-Style Stunt Work and Performance (Duke University Press).
Meron Langsner (GSAS, TSOA ’00) has been promoted to Vice President at Cooper & Cooper Real Estate.
Paulina Bren (GSAS ’02) has published a new non-fiction book, The Barbizon: The Hotel That Set Women Free, the first complete history of New York City's most famous women's hotel and its remarkable residents, as well as its Inclusion + Diversity client-facing work.
Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu (GSAS ’03)'s Experiments in Skin: Race and Beauty in the Shadows of Vietnam is now available from Duke University Press. She examines the legacies of the Vietnam War on contemporary ideas about race and beauty, showing how US wartime efforts to alleviate the environmental and chemical risks to soldiers' skin has impacted how contemporary Vietnamese women use pharmaceutical cosmetics to repair the damage from the war's lingering toxicity.
Pedro David Martinez (STERN ’06) recently launched an online magazine, Regius, with two features from NYU faculty, Ed Altman and Ingo Walter.
Chandani Patel, PhD (CAS ’06 , GSAS ’08) serves as the Director for Global Diversity Education within the Office of Global Inclusion at NYU. Chandani earned her PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago. She focuses particularly on creating inclusive teaching and learning environments for students, faculty, and staff, and she is committed to advancing a more equitable higher education landscape. Chandani has presented and facilitated numerous workshops and presentations on inclusive teaching, learner-centered teaching, active learning, metacognition, critical self-awareness, and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education contexts. She also serves as co-chair of the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA)'s Academic Council.
Matthew Edwards (LAW ’08) has been promoted from senior associate to partner at Ain & Bank.
Margaret Luthar (STEINHARDT ’08) was the mastering engineer for this year’s Grammy Award winner in the Best Traditional Blues Album category, Bobby Rush's Rawer than Raw, as well as the lacquer cutting engineer for the Best Comedy Album winner, Tiffany Haddish's Black Mitzvah.
Priyam Patel (CAS ’08) was recently awarded an NSF CAREER Grant, the most prestigious NSF award for faculty members early in their careers as researchers and educators. Patel earned a Ph.D. in 2013 from Rutgers University, before completing postdoctoral fellowships at Purdue University and UC Santa Barbara. She is currently a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Utah.
Lauren Burke (LAW ’09) co-founded Camp Equity, a virtual camp to teach young people about social justice by connecting them with lived-experience leaders and other youth from around the country. Camp Equity was founded in the wake of George Floyd's murder and in the midst of the global pandemic. So far they have engaged over 225 young people from over 30 states.
Tara McCauley (GAL ’14)'s home was featured in NY Magazine design editor Wendy Goodman's weekly "Great Rooms" feature on Curbed.
Ekta Patel, PhD (CAS ’14) was awarded a Miller Research Fellowship at UC Berkeley's Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science. Ekta earned her PhD in Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Arizona. Her work has been featured in a number of media outlets, including features by the European Space Agency, Nature Magazine, Air & Space Magazine, National Geographic, and the New York Times.
Alejandra Parody (TSOA ’15) and Elizabeth Phillipson-Weiner (STEINHARDT ’21) have recently been nominated for an NAACP Image Award for their short film, Gets Good Light.
Jennifer Ponce de León (GSAS ’15) has an upcoming publication through Duke University Press, Another Aesthetics is Possible: Arts of Rebellion in the Fourth World War. Ponce de León is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her PhD in American Studies from NYU in 2015.
Suphil Lee Park (CAS ’17) won the third annual Marystina Santiestevan First Book Prize. Renowned poet Bob Hicok selected Suphil's manuscript. Park's debut poetry collection, Present Tense Complex , is officially coming out this month. Claudia Rankine, author of Citizen, said about Present Tense Complex: “[T]his fearless debut . . . bridges the beautiful and the grotesque to access a new view of human loneliness.”
Edwin Raagas (STEINHARDT ’18) has been named the Director of Career Development at the NYU School of Professional Studies.
Viviana Addo (SPS ’19) has launched her real estate company, and a new podcast named Growing Cities.
Brian Centrone (STEINHARDT ’19) has edited an anthology of fashion-themed fiction, Dress You Up (New Lit Salon Press).
Alexandria M. Chong (STERN ’19) has been appointed co-chair of Women on Wall Street (WOWS) which promotes gender diversity and inclusivity at Deutsche Bank.
Hannah Cohen (TSOA ’19) is the author of the children's book, Ezra’s Invisible Backpack, which is coming out on May 25th.
Eleanor Levine Koslow Shuman (School of Commerce, Accounts and Finance now Stern '46) was appointed "Fellow" Brandeis University.
Lenore Ringler, PhD. (STEINHARDT '65) published Raising Readers and Writers: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers.
Joe Wallenstein (STERN '66), published a new book, FLYNN and MIRANDA, the story of how the “Miranda” rights came to be and who paid the price to achieve them.
Alan Weingerger (HEIGHTS '67, LAW '70) published a book The Doctor’s In Treating America’s Greatest Security Threat about how society can keep safe from growing cyber attacks and how the company he founded 36 years ago is front and center in that effort.
Bill Burke (LAW ’88) Unruh Turner Burke & Frees, one of Chester County Pa.’s largest law firms, is pleased to have represented and assisted Brandywine Conservancy in acquiring and preserving over 577 acres of land in Lower Oxford and West Nottingham Townships, Chester County.
Henry Ruschmeyer (GSAS '88) has published the non-fiction book The English Way of Life: A Critique (Christian Faith Publishing).
Geri Eisenman Pell (STERN '81) is a Private Wealth Advisor and CEO of Pell Wealth Partners, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC. She is a 12x Barron’s Top 100 Women Financial Advisor and a Barron’s Top 100 Independent Financial Advisor among many other accolades. She has appeared on CNBC, Fox Business News and most recently Yahoo! Finance.
Joseph Savalli (TANDON '89, '92), STV has named Joseph Savalli, P.E., to the position of vice president. He is a deputy operations manager in the firm’s Eastern Region.
Bonnie O'Neil (GSAS '93) has published a new book Chronic Hope: Raising a Child with Chronic Illness with Grace, Courage, and Love.
Kimberly Seals Allers (CAS '96) Kimberly is the Creator of Irth, as in "birth" but without the "b" for bias. Irth was recently launched and is a new (Yelp-like) digital platform where Black and brown women (and their partners) can get real-time ratings for their OB/GYN, hospitals, and pediatricians.
Lara Bazelon (LAW '00) has a new legal thriller. What does it mean to be a good mother? A good lawyer? Diving headfirst into these tough questions is attorney, public defender, professor, and mother of two, Lara Bazelon in her gripping new thriller, A GOOD MOTHER.
Sabine Istjan (LAW '01) has been appointed the judge of the Higher Regional Court in Vienna.
Uju Asika (GSAS '02) has released a new book, Bringing Up Race: How to Raise a Kind Child in a Prejudiced World
Elizabeth Fitch (GSAS '04) has been promoted to shareholder at Hallet & Perrim, P.C.
John Ngo (CAS '04) has been added as counsel in the Reed Smith LLP's Global Corporate Group and SPAC team in New York.
Anise Eden (SSSW '05) has a new publication coming in October 2021, a thriller called DEAD SOUND.
Dr. Aviva Legatt (STEINHARDT '05) is releasing a timely new book, Get Real and Get In (St. Martin’s Griffin, Aug. 3, 2021), that is a total game changer for students who are looking for what it really takes to get into college –– she also has some good advice for students and parents who feel defeated after seeing wealthy families cheat the system.
Sonali Shukla McDermid (STERN '05) has been named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow, one of 26 selected to the 2021 class for a program that provides support for scholars in the social sciences and humanities, the Carnegie Corporation of New York announced today.
John Savarese (CAS '05) has published Romanticism’s Other Minds: Poetry, Cognition, and the Sciences of Sociability (Ohio State, 2020), a book that examines the prehistory of “cognitive approaches” to literature.
Rocco Venneri (STEINHARDT '05) has enjoyed a successful career in the fashion industry for many years, working in Marketing & PR for several iconic brands including Saks Fifth Avenue, Tommy Hilfiger and Armani. But in 2019, he left that world to launch Cool Cat, a line of wine spritzers currently available in in NY, CT, GA, FL and NJ in Original & Citrus flavors, with new Berry & Grapefruit launching this summer.
Shea Keats (GSAS '13) is a founder and advisor of Breakaway Bookkeeping and Advising, a virtual network of bookkeeping and advisors on the mission to bring joy to accounting.
David Kramer (CAS '10, GSAS '11) was recently promoted from senior associate attorney to partner at Vicente Sederberg LLP.
Max Liboiron (STEINHARDT '13) has an upcoming publication, Pollution is Colonialism. In Pollution is Colonialism, Liboiron points out that even when researchers are working toward benevolent goals, such as eliminating pollution, conducting environmental science and activism is often premised on a colonial worldview and access to land.
Kia Miakka Natisse (GAL '15) is a new co-host of Invisibilia, a podcast about challenging the forces and powers of the status-quo. It’s not just one of NPR’s most popular podcasts, but one of the most popular in the US.
Karishma Bhagani (TSOA, '19) was named a 2021 Knight-Hennessy Scholar. Karishma is Tisch's first Knight-Hennessy Scholar, and only the third NYU undergraduate alum to receive this award.
William Silver (DEN '53) is the author of the textbook Dental Autopsy and is the deputy chief of forensic odontology at Miami Dade Medical Examiner Department.
Martin C. Taylor (WSC '54) has been nominated to the Honorary Board of Trustees of the Gabriela Mistral Foundation of New York. He wrote Gabriela Mistral's Struggle with God and Man.
Twitty J. Styles (GSAS '57) published an autobiography, Son of Prince Edward County, offering a firsthand account of his struggle to get an education from secondary school through college and, eventually, NYU.
Roland Zimany (STERN ’65) wrote the book Sermons with Insight.
Richard Berg (DEN '67) retired after a 50-year career in oral & maxillofacial surgery and volunteer teaching of dental students and residents at StonyBrook University School of Dental Medicine.
Ron Katz (WSUC '67) started writing mystery short stories at the age of 74 about a Baby Boomer detective couple, the Sleuthing Silvers. There are now nine of these stories online. There is also a TV pilot in the process of being written.
Mary V. Donohue (STEINHARDT '73, '85), was nominated by the American Occupational Therapy Press to have her tool, THE SOCIAL PROFILE, included in Buros' Mental Measurement Year Book in 2021.
Harvey A. Betan (STERN '76) has received the DRII Lifetime Achievement Award for 2020. DRII is the Disaster Recovery Institute International, the US certification entity for Business Continuity professionals.
James Skelton (LAW ‘78) practiced law for over 45 years, specializing in upstream international energy transactions in emerging markets. He is the lead editor and coauthor of an anthology entitled “Eradicating Smallpox in Ethiopia: Peace Corps Volunteers’ Accounts of Their Adventures, Challenges and Achievements,” which was published by Peace Corps Writers in 2019. He has also written a Peace Corps memoir, a legal textbook, 25 articles for legal periodicals and books, and he is the lead editor and coauthor of a legal-oriented Festschrift in honor and memory of Professor Stephen T. Zamora, entitled “A Life Dedicated to Family, Academia and Friends,” to be published this summer by Arte Publico Press.
Jeanine Meyer (GSAS ’80) cowrote two books, Origami with Explanations and More Origami with Explanations.
James Colotti (TANDON ‘81) recently presented a virtual lecture on three-phase power failure conditions for the IEEE Long Island Electromagnetic Comparability Society. The presentation drew attendees from six countries.
Rich Silverman (WSC ‘81) announced the launch of RTS Strategic Communications, an communications advisory firm. In addition to founding the New Jersey-based firm, Rich is President of RTS. RTS is a client-focused firm that provides advisory services drawn from three decades of experience in corporate communications and financial journalism. RTS collaborates with clients to provide counsel on all communications matters -- from formulating an effective and comprehensive strategic plan that enhances a brand to providing hands-on support in methodically executing a thoughtful strategy.
Elizabeth Stone (STEINHARDT ‘82) released her latest book (co-authored with Meredith Joelle Charlson), "The Better College Essay: From Start to Finish." The foreword is by NYU's Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Admissions, Jonathan B. Williams.
Philip C. Wade (STERN ‘82) is serving his 2nd term as Mayor of the Village of Bainbridge, NY.
Maureen Rattner (TSOA ‘83) has published a new book, Applause, which describes eight artists' various paths to success.
Victoria Ponte (STERN ‘85) self-published a book about her experiences titled Uneven Surfaces: A Memoir.
Daniel Canogar (WAG '89, STEINHARDT '90) was recently featured on The Artian podcast and talked about how we can experience big data.
Harvin Moore (STERN ‘91) is CEO of Houston Exponential, an independent non-profit focused on growing the Houston region's technology economy.
Nancy Allen (GSAS ‘92) has an upcoming publication, Grace, a stirring investigation of sexual politics and women’s tenuous relationship with power. The novel’s lyric prose conveys the power of memory to shape and redefine struggles with faith, self-doubt, and love lost.
Muzzy Rosenblatt (WAG ‘92) will release his co-authored book, "How Ten Global Cities Take on Homelessness: Innovations That Work". Co-authored with Bloomberg Associates Principal Linda Gibbs, and Social Services Consultant, Tamiru Mammo and Prof. Jay Bainbridge. The group took on perhaps the most formidable issue facing metropolitan areas today: the large numbers of people experiencing homelessness.
Charles Ricciardi (TSOA ‘94, GAL ‘96) has produced 5 independent feature films and worked as the Operations and Creative Director for the New Jersey Motion Picture & Television Commission. Recently he has been writing and illustrating children's books. His latest is a children's book written with, and about, 9/11 first responder William Jimeo, titled "Immigrant, American, Survivor." The story follows Will's journey as a young boy from Colombia to America, where he followed his dream to become a police officer in New York City. The main theme of the story is one of unity, along with the important lesson that Will's mother taught him: Nunca te rindas, never give up.
Amy Wu (CAS’ 96) has published a book for Linden Publishing, From Farms to Incubators: Women Innovators Revolutionizing How Our Food Is Grown. The book is a collection of nearly 30 profiles of women innovators and leaders in the growing sector of agtech. From Farms to Incubators presents inspiring case studies of how women entrepreneurs from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds are leading the agtech revolution. This past February Amy was named one of Food Tank’s 15 Leading Women at the Intersection of Food and Technology.
Risa Williams (TSOA ‘97, '98) recently wrote the book The Ultimate Anxiety Toolkit: 25 Tools to Worry Less, Relax More and Boost Your Self-Esteem (Jessica Kingsley Publishers).
Vikki Karan (SPS ‘99, ‘01) is now the Director of Philanthropic Relations at Omaze.
Beverly Rohlehr (SSSW ‘99) has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, part of the American Ethical Union, since February 2018, and President since June 2019.
Cleopatra Warren (STEINHARDT ‘99) served as a panelist for the Harvard University Graduate School of Education's 10th Anniversary Global Education Think Tank on Friday, May 21, 2021. She is currently working on the Pulitzer Center's Extra Life project, a partnership with PBS and The New York Times magazine to connect students with resources related to global life expectancy.
Justin Whittaker (TSOA ‘99) recently formed his own boutique law firm, Whittaker Law, LLC, in Cincinnati, focusing on business litigation, business formation, employment law and estate planning.
Phil Lombardo (CAS ‘00, STEINHARDT ‘02) is named Director of Medical Advisory Board for MOVNAT international.
Lori B. Rassas (LAW '00) was appointed to serve a two-year term on her local community board as of April 1.
Rebecca Hale (STEINHARDT ‘02) has had her second book published, TIPS FROM A TALENT AGENT: PRACTICAL ADVICE FOR ACTORS. Dr. Hale has been a talent agent in New Orleans for 27 years and represents actors all over the country, including a few actors in New York. She retired from teaching Theatre, English, and Speech, after 43 years of teaching in high school, middle school, and college.
Sloane Kelley (CAS ‘04) has been welcomed by 9Rooftops Marketing as the company’s Vice President of Social Media. Kelley is responsible for the strategic direction and implementation of social media and influencer marketing programs that build brands and online communities.
Christina Dilkes (GSAS ‘06) became the Director of the Bloomfield College TRIO SSS Program.
Amalia Cordova (TSOA '07, '15) curated Indigenous Cinema '21 for the Hemispheric Institute.
Alice Ferot, Esq. (LAW ‘08) is with the law firm, AXS Law Group, which won The Daily Business Review’s 2021 Florida Legal Award for Best Commercial Litigation Department of the Year.
Sara Toussaint (STERN ‘08) joined the ownership group of the North Carolina Courage of the National Women’s Soccer League.
Sandeep Satish (STERN ‘09) was selected as part of Sports Business Journal’s list of “Power Players: Sports Facility Technology.” The individuals selected represent leaders who are designing, developing and deploying the technology within sports venues that is making an enhanced fan experience possible. The selections were made by the editorial staff of Sports Business Journal after in-depth study of the space and consulting with many knowledgeable industry sources.
Kaitlin Puccio (CAS ‘11, GPH '21) published a novel based on her award-winning screenplay, Elle.
James Clements (TSOA ‘14) , Ana Cristina DaSilva (TSOA '17) and Sam Hood Adrain (TSOA '15) are the Co-Artistic Directors of What Will the Neighbors Say?, a Brooklyn-based theatre company with a mission to provoke questions through untold stories The company recently received a $15k grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Brian Chase (STERN ‘15) is Director of Engineering at FanDuel.
Aulston Taylor (SPS ‘16) is the President of St. Augustine High School in New Orleans.
Silvina López Medin (GSAS '19) has published Poem That Never Ends, a book of poem-essays (Essay Press).