Class Notes Summer 2021
Michael Allan Makowsky (WSC ’62) cowrote the college market best seller with Randall Collins, The Discovery of Society (McGraw-Hill, 8th Edition).
Robert S. Roberson (STERN ’64) was elected Chairman Emeritus of the Muscarelle Museum of Art in Williamsburg, VA.
Robert Lima (GSAS ’68) has published two new books this year, Writers On My Watch: Poems and Odyssey: Poetry and Prose.
Peter Reid (LAW ’69) published Every Hill a Burial Place: The Peace Corps Murder Trial in East Africa.
Alan M. Gross (WSUC ’73) was recently named Distinguished Professor of Psychology at University of Mississippi.
Vinod Busjeet (STERN ’75) is the author of Silent Winds, Dry Seas, a coming of age novel to be published in August by Penguin Random House under its hardcover imprint, Doubleday.
Stephanie Calmenson (STEINHARDT ’77) has published three new children's books, DOZENS OF DACHSHUNDS: A Counting, Woofing, Wagging Book, OUR PRINCIPAL IS A NOODLEHEAD!, and OUR PRINCIPAL'S SILLY STORY COLLECTION.
Mark Charles Hehl (TANDON ’78) is slowly phasing into retirement. He now mentors university STEM students and volunteers with Engineers Without Borders. In 2017, he published the book Amusing Confessions of an International Consultant, which chronicles his experiences working with clients as an international technology transfer consultant. He is also the author of An Immigrant’s Dilemma and Ameri-Sicula: Sicilian Culture in America.
Gus Maimis (TANDON ’84), LEED AP BD+C, has joined STV as a senior vice president and business development director of its construction management practice, in the Eastern Region.
Sadhan Majumder (GSAS ’85) has written a memoir, In Search of Love, Science, and Cancer, describing his many adventures as a child in India and a graduate student in New York City (NYU Ph.D., 1985), and his work on stem cells and cancer and in other cutting-edge areas of research.
Bobby Straus (WSC ’86) is the author of the recently released book In Search of a Way Out: A True Story of Bullying, Depression, and a Journey Toward Hope.
Robert Abad (STERN ’89) has written a new book, Moment.
Lloyd Khaner (TSOA ’90) has been selected for the TRU Voices New Play Reading Series for his play, No One Cries For The Blacksmith.
Diana Kupershmit (WSC ’91) has published a memoir, Emma's Laugh: The Gift of Second Chances - A Memoir (She Writes Press).
Elizabeth Wong (TSOA ’91) wrote an audio play "91754: Bingo Bitches," commissioned and produced by Antaeus Theater Company for Zip Code Plays Season Two.
Diane Leon (SPS ’91, GSAS '91) has been teaching as an adjunct associate professor of arts in the Applied Division of Undergraduate Studies at SPS since 1995.
Diana K. Rubin (GSAS '94) was the featured writer on the cover of DRURY'S GAZETTE in 2021 for her biography, poetry and fiction.
Jason J. Smith (STERN '94) has founded Smith Legacy Law LLC, a national law firm in Greenwich, Connecticut, to meet the sophisticated legal needs of private-wealth clients at all stages of life.
Tim Cummings (TSOA '95) has sold his debut novel, ALICE THE CAT, about a 12-year-old whose attempts to save her suicidal cat to Regal House, for publication in summer 2023. He also stars in the short film BIND, written and directed by Inka Rusi.
Grace Lee (DEN '96), NYUCD 1996, has graduated from this leading program in Board Governance in June 2021. She currently serves on the Board of the Ontario Dental Association.
Fidelindo Lim (MEYERS '96) is one of the nurses featured in the ANA’s documentary film American Nurse Heroes.
Barry Broxton (STEINHARDT '97, STEINHARDT '00) is the new associate director at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and is the first Black and gay person to hold the position.
Rachel Weissmann (LAW '00) has been promoted to counsel at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.
Diana B. Kruze (CAS '01) has been welcomed to Judicate West, one of California’s leading providers of private dispute resolution services, as one of its roster of neutrals.
Josh Marks (STERN '03) has joined the Atlanta office of Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP.
Sloane Kelley (CAS '04) is the Vice President of Social Media at 9Rooftops Marketing and is responsible for the strategic direction and implementation of social media and influencer marketing programs that build brands and online communities.
Zachary Turpin (CAS '04) is the editor of Radicals: Audacious Writings by American Women, 1830–1930, Vols. One and Two (University of Iowa Press).
Kate Bolton Bonnici (LAW '05) won the 2020 Colorado Prize for Poetry for her debut collection, Night Burial.
Caitlin Miller (CAS '06) was named Young Optometrist of the Year by the Arizona Optometric Association.
Kristin Misner (WAG '08) is a contributing writer to the recently published book, How Ten Global Cities Take on Homelessness: Innovations That Work.
Adriana Villavicencio (STEINHARDT '10) has just published her first book: Am I My Brother's Keeper?: Educational Opportunities and Outcomes for Black and Brown Boys (Harvard Education Press).
Dena Greenbaum (TSOA '10) and Melissa Rosen (STEINHARDT ’11) are celebrating one year of their podcast 2 Old 4 TikTok, available on Apple, Spotify, Amazon Music, and everywhere else podcasts are found.
Xiaofei Guo (TANDON ’10, '14) is Head of Research and Development at Confluera, a cloud security company.
Kara Lissy (SSSW ’13) recently published her first book, Adult Children of Alcoholics, a workbook designed to walk the reader through recovery from growing up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional home. She is the clinical director and psychotherapist at A Good Place Therapy in lower Manhattan.
Dan Gibbons (LAW ’14) has been promoted to counsel at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.
Hao Zhao (TSOA ’14) is the writer, co-director, and director of photography on Fang Ke, which was selected for the short film competition at the 60th International Critics' Week in Cannes.
Rongfei Guo (GSAS ’15) won the Tribeca Film Festival Best Narrative Short Award for Girl With a Thermal Gun.
Katherine Davis (STERN ’16) recently joined Birmingham, Alabama-based Founders Advisors as a senior associate.
Edward Barger (SPS ’18) graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics and currently serves as the Area Vice President for the metro Philadelphia region for Airgas, an Air Liquide Company.
Justin Russell Metcalf-Burton (TSOA ’18) is a DC-based dancer and dance educator and will join the ranks of Wonderbound dance company in Denver Colorado for their 2021-2022 season.
Joan Miravite (MEYERS ’19) was awarded the American Association of Nurse Practitioners 2021 State Award for Excellence in NP Clinical Practice for New York.
Marilu Duque (TANDON ’19) is the recipient of the prestigious George J. Mitchell Scholarship ('22).
Syreeta Gates (TSOA ’20) is the founder of The Gates Preserve, which is releasing a book called Everybody Eats this summer; Syreeta is also featured on the second season of Lego Masters.
Phil Coltoff (SSSW ’64) and Linda Lausell Bryant (SSSW '12) who are part of the NYU Silver School of Social Work faculty have just published a book called A Call to Action about social work profession. It's aimed at social work educators, executives, and practitioners. It was published with the help of alumni donations, and all proceeds from the book go to scholarships at Silver.
Michael G. Kesler (TANDON ’68) recently had his moving memoir, The Remnant: On Burning Wings To a Displaced Persons Camp and Beyond, published by Vallentine-Mitchell. Just turned 97-year-old holocaust survivor, long-time East Brunswick, NJ resident, and blind since 2006 due to glaucoma, Michael recounts his war years and survival – a time when he seemed to be making all the right choices to survive – but even the best choices were accompanied by a deep sense of guilt and shame, even with a successful life following his escape ultimately to the United States where a good life awaited him.
Salvatore J. Monte (TANDON ’69) has been elected to the Plastics Hall of Fame 2021 by the Plastics Academy.
Myra Salwen Demeter (STEINHARDT ’73, '86) was appointed a City of Beverly Hills Planning Commissioner.
Alan Winter (DEN ’73) has collaborated with former federal judge Herbert Stern on two historical novels that reveal what historians have failed to disclose for 100 years about Adolf Hitler, the Nazis, and more. Our second book, Sins of the Fathers, will be published by Skyhorse Publishing and distributed by Simon & Schuster.
Robert Spellman (STEINHARDT ’75, '89) created the website zoomontoday.com.
Janet Goldner (STEINHARDT ’81) is pleased to announce Between the Ground and the Sky, her exhibition at Carter Burden Gallery, 548 W 28th St, 5th floor, NYC from August 5 to September 1.
Luba Mason (TSOA ’83) will be re-starting her role of Mrs. Burke on Broadway in Girl From the North Country on Oct. 13th. This is her ninth Broadway show; she originated the role at the Public Theater. Luba has also released her fourth solo album, Triangle, to critical acclaim.
Allen Ellenzweig (TSOA ’85) is publishing with Oxford University Press the first major biography of George Platt Lynes (1907-1955), a prominent photographer of cultural celebrities, high-end fashion, classical dancers from the early Kirstein/Balanchine companies (culminating in the New York City Ballet), and the male and female nude.
Rosemary Rotondi (TSOA ’86) is an archival film and photo and network news researcher for documentarians and filmmakers worldwide. Stanley Nelson's two-hour feature documentary film Attica, on which Rosemary served as Archival Producer, will be released on Showtime in September.
Karen M. Wicks (WAG ’86) is the author of Twisted Silver Spoons, a psychological thriller out in August (Atmosphere Press).
Taina Bien-Aimé (LAW ’91) is on Forbes's list of 50 Women Over 50 creating social change.
Anna Frajilch (GSAS ’91) has published three new books: El tiempo no es un collar de perlas, The Ghost of Shakespeare: Collected essays, and W pośpiechu rzeka płynie. She has recently been awarded the Medal of the Catholic University in Lublin, the Medal of the University of Szczecin, and the Susanne Lotarski Distinguished Achievement Award from the Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences in America.
Stuart Rubinstein (STERN ’91) is now making waves in the financial services industry by helping make the process for fintech apps to access your financial data more secure. As CEO at Akoya, he is working to make accessing and sharing consumer financial data as easy and safe as possible by moving the industry away from legacy data sharing methods and toward more secure and transparent practices.
Sabbithry Persad (CAS ’94) is publishing a forthcoming book, What Is Coronavirus?
Lara Stapleton (GSAS ’94) is publishing a new short story collection, The Ruin of Everything (Paloma Press).
Michael Lewis (STERN ’98) wrote and published a book The Vulnerable Career Switcher in 2019.
Rome Neal (CAS ’98) has been honored by a NYSCA/NYFA fellowship, which will go towards his team's first grant and a huge validation for the marathon we are on with the Black Theatre Project documentary.
Sheetal Sheth (TSOA ’98) is preparing to release a spectacular new children’s book that empowers kids (especially girls) to showcase their unique talents and personalities even when they feel “othered” by racial, gender, or social differences: Bravo, Anjali! (September 14, 2021, Mango and Marigold Press).
Judy Mok (CAS ’04) has been named partner at the national law firm of Ballard Spahr.
Abby Coleman (STERN ’06) was recently named to the College Diabetes Network Board of Directors.
Linda Feyder (SSSW ’06) writes the depth of human experience in All’s Fair and Other California Stories (September 28, 2021, She Writes Press).
Tara McCauley (GAL ’14), an interior designer, gave a tour of her home on the real estate and design show "Open House TV" on NBC.
Peter Wai Chan (STEINHARDT ’16) received his Doctor of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in June. Peter is an Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Production Management department at the Fashion Institute of Technology, a State University of New York institution.
Umair Karowadia (LAW ’20) has joined Chamberlain Hrdlicka's Houston office as an associate in the Tax Planning & Business Transactions group, where he focuses on entity formation, governance, internal restructuring, and business succession planning. Prior to joining the firm, he was an associate in KPMG’s M&A Tax Group.
Bill Meyer (STEINHARDT ’21) is releasing the second in a meditation book series directed for kids coming out, Healing Breath.
Patricia J.F. Rosof (CAS '70, GSAS '71) has published a book of children's poetry, Little Folks Growing Fast: Poems for Young Children, on Amazon.
Jay Fraser (WSUC ’71), is the co-founder of New Dominion Enterprises Inc. and is commercializing a novel inorganic liquid electrolyte for lithium-ion batteries.
Jeff Nimoy (TSOA ’88) produced, wrote, directed, and starred in the feature film Fame-ish, a comedy about a washed-up voice director succumbs to the pitfalls of small-time celebrity at an anime convention.
Rob Silverstone (STERN '89) has a new podcast, The Rob Silverstone Show, where he shares lessons learned from his career in finance and media to bring you essential advice and help you thrive in your own professional life.
James Bluma (TSOA ’91) was nominated for a Daytime Emmy this year for Outstanding Editing for a Preschool Animated Program, Elena of Avalor.
Mariane Lee (GAL ’92) was appointed to serve as Chief Compliance Officer for MMA Securities, MMC Securities and MMA Asset Management, subsidiaries of Marsh & McLennan Companies, the world’s leading professional services firm. Ms.Lee also served as a former regulator at FINRA..
Daniel Bullen (GSAS ’97, '03) is the author of Daniel Shays's Honorable Rebellion (Westholme Publishing).
Dr. Bonnie S. Molina (STEINHARDT ’98) earned a Doctor of Education degree in K-12 School Administration from Seton Hall University in December 2020 and is currently a district program supervisor for the Perth Amboy Public Schools in NJ.
Carlos O. Cortez (GSAS ’99), a nationally recognized educational leader, who has been President of the San Diego College of Continuing Education (SDCCE) since 2015, will be the next Chancellor of the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD).
Leila Chacko (CAS ’00) The India Center at UCF hired Leila Chacko as the India Center’s Director of Public Affairs. Leila is the India Center’s first full-time staff member. Leila brings knowledge and experience to the India Center as she supports the India Center’s mission to broaden the awareness and understanding of contemporary India. Leila develops and coordinates programming and events for the India Center while collaborating with partners at UCF and the community.
Heidi Wiste (SSSW '00) , a longtime adoption expert, became president of Children’s Home Society of Minnesota (Children’s Home) on August 19. She was also named associate vice president for Adoption and Foster Care at Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS). The two organizations have been partners in Adoption Services since 2012.
Jonathan Reisman (CAS '01) graduated NYU with a degree in mathematics in 2001 after studying there for two years. His first book is coming out October 26 and it's called The Unseen Body. The book is an exploration of the human body from the perspective of a naturalist discovering a wild place or a traveler exploring a new land. It weaves together stories from his medical training and work as a doctor, with tales from my travels around the world, his interest in nature, and his fascination with food.
Alexander Zoppa (GAL '04) recently completed the first season of ARTLAWS, a podcast he created and produces that features conversations with cultural outlaws. Guests include National Medal of Arts recipient Moisés Kaufman (Tisch '89), legendary dancer and punk ballerina" Karole Armitage, BAFTA nominated composer Paul Cantelon ("Diving Bell and the Butterfly"), electronic music pioneer Casey Spooner (Fischerspooner), and controversial performance artist NARCISSISTER.
Joshua Edelman (TSOA ’06) , president of Edelmania Productions, has sold his award winning feature film "Mentally Al" to Comedy Dynamics, which may be viewed on Amazon Prime, Comcast, Peacock, Apple TV, Vimeo, Spectrum, Google Play, Dish and YouTube. Starring Sarah Silverman, Judd Apatow, Kevin Nealon, and Andy Kindler. Watch the trailer here.
Hatim El-Hibri (STEINHARDT ’06, '12) is the author of Visions of Beirut: The Urban Life of Media Infrastructure (Duke University Press).
Melanie Magidow (GSAS ’07) is the editor and translator of The Tale of Princess Fatima, Warrior Woman: The Arabic Epic of Dhat al-Himma (Penguin Classics). Published in English for the first time, and the only Arabic epic named for a woman, The Tale of Princess Fatima recounts the thrilling adventures of a legendary medieval warrior universally known throughout the Middle East and long overdue to join world literature's pantheon of female heroes.
Iolani L. Bullock (GAL ’08) is the author of a middle school chapter book, Lenox Takes Flight (New Degree Press).
Farisa Khalid (IFA ’12, GSAS '15) recently received her PhD in English from George Washington University in May 2021. Over the past five years, she has published research on nineteenth and twentieth-century British literature, contemporary Anglophone literature, postcolonial literature, film, and the history of animation in various academic journals and books. She lives and works in Washington, DC.
Jeffrey Feinstein (STERN ’14) has joined NYC-based KBK Wealth Management as a Principal. As a wealth manager, Jeff will be guiding individuals, couples and families with his “client first” holistic planning, investment strategizing, retirement planning, education funding, estate planning and risk management. Securities and advisory services are offered through Commonwealth Financial Network, Member FINRA/SIPC, a Registered Investment.
Jackson Lawrence Hirsh (TSOA ’19) , who performs as Rence, played two shows at Lollapalooza in Chicago this summer, drawing the largest crowd of the festival to the BMI stage. A Tisch School and Performance Studies graduate, the singer and songwriter was signed by Epic Records in 2019 just before graduation. His debut release under the label, "Expensive," featured Noah Cyrus. His music defies genres and wins broad critical acclaim. His latest release is "Awooo!" Rence lives in Los Angeles.