Class Notes Fall 2018
Christopher McKenna (POLY '67) has recently published Poppa: A Fictional Biography of Joseph of Nazareth. A former professor of Management Science at Penn State University, McKenna drew heavily on his Operations Research degrees in writing a quantitative analysis book (McGraw-Hill, 1980).
Alex Avitabile (WAG '78) is the author of Occupational Hazard.
Debra Burlingame (WSC '90) has joined the The National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation Board of Directors.
Vicki Speegle (TSOA '96) produced a documentary featuring Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden. In the Night I Remember Your Name follows Joyce Speegle's crisis of faith as a pastor and gay rights activist living with Alzheimer's.
Cathy Smith (WAG '99) is the author of How to be a Digital Leader.
Anna Malatynska (TSOA '00) was the cinematographer on the film Little Women (2018).
Christopher Massimine (CAS '07) is CEO of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene and executive producer of the premiere of the Yiddish-language Fiddler on the Roof. The production sold out the summer and fall seasons and its run was extended several times. He has also been active as a founder and chair of the Immigrant Arts Coalition.
Tamara Duker Freuman (STEINHARDT '10) is the author of the Bloated Belly Whisperer.
Katrina Tamvakologos (STEINHARDT '12) recently graduated with her Doctorate from Fordham University in Educational Administration, Leadership and Policy. After receiving her Doctoral Degree in May, she got married in Boston this past summer with many of her NYU friends in attendance. Katrina and her new husband, Leon Papadopoulos, then spent their summer traveling to before relocating to Boston where Katrina began her new job as a High School Language Based Learning Specialist.
Ed Barger (SPS '18) was was recently accepted at the University of Pennsylvania to earn an MS in Organizational Dynamics.
Bernard Gardner (MED '56) is the author of Surviving Surgery, a dynamite inside story of surgical training and practice as well as an instructional manual for those in need of an operation.
George Harrar (WSC ’71) is the author of two novels that came out as films this year. Spinning Man, starring Guy Pearce, Pierce Brosnan, and Minnie Driver is now on demand. Reunion at Red Paint Bay came out as a French-language film titled Examen De Conscience.
Thomas Meagher (CAS '77) recently completed the New York Road Runners Club 2018 five borough series challenge, which inclued the NYC Half Marathon, Brooklyn Half Marathon, Queens 10k, Bronx 10 Mile, and Staten Island Half Marathon.
Sherri London Pastolove (TSOA ’82) published her second poetry collection, Cowgirls, last spring.
Madeleine Forte (STEINHARDT '84) performed on September 23rd at the Cultural Arts Center in New Haven, CT with the Bel-Etre Ensemble. Marisuz Skula played cello and Forte played piano. They performed Chopin Sonata Opus 65 and Beethoven Sonata opus 69 to celebrate Forte's 80th birthday.
Michael Jo (LAW '00) has joined the law firm Carlton Fields as a member of the Real Estate and Commercial practice group. Based in New York, he has more than 18 years of experience at leading multinational law firms and investgment companies in complex commercial real estate transactions.
Nathan Tysen (TSOA ’01) graciously conducted a true theatre workshop with Glendale High School (Springfield, Missouri) theatre students in October 2018. Glendale High School is the first high school in Missouri to perform uuck Everlasting: The Musical.
John W. DeFeo (TSOA ’04) launched two websites: “Always Bring Sunscreen” is a travel blog focused on family-friendly all-inclusive resorts. “Good, Cheap and Fast” is a product recommendation site that uses data science to find above-average products selling for below-average prices.
Rachel Tommelleo (STEINHARDT ’04) was presented with $25,000 and a Milken Educator award by the Milken Family Foundation.
Stephanie Wash (CAS '08), a coordinating producer at ABC News, receivied a News & Documentary Emmy on October 1, 2018 for "Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a Newsmagazine: Las Vegas: Heartbreak & Heroes." It is her fifth Emmy award. She also received three additional nominations for October awards.
Jessica Pels (TSOA ’09) became the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan.
Jacob Carll (STEINHARDT '14) was traveling with the national tour of Elf the musical as associate conductor through December 31.
Mark Rapaport (GAL '16) and Daniel Robbins (GAL '14) had their film, Pledge, acquired by IFC Midnight for theatrical distribution in January 2019.
Michael Reid (STEINHARDT ’80) is the author of No Vacancy: Homeless Women in Paradise.
Julian Cheung (TANDON ’83, ’84, ‘90) was awarded by National Science Foundation for her research in inverse synthetic aperture radar, supported by the U.S. Department of the Navy.
James E. Abbott (LAW ’84) was named a 2018 Mergers & Acquisitions Trailblazer by the National Law Journal.
Mary Theresa Gill McCombe (STERN ’83, ’87) is the Executive Director of Hearts to Homes Furnishings, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to assist young adults who are aging out of foster care in the New York City, Westchester County and Rockland County areas.
Eric Dever (STEINHARDT ’88) had an exhibition “Painting in a House Made of Air” at Berry Campbell that ran from January through February. Dever explores the color spectrum as abstraction and the universe reflected in nature in 24 new oil on canvas paintings.
Steven Cohen (LAW ’89) and Stefanie Levine Cohen (Law ’89) have co-founded the nonprofit Meditation4leadership.org to bring meditation training into business and community organizations to build leadership, enhance wellness and improve personal and organizational performance.
Dr. Michael Walters (GSAS ’98) attained his doctoral degree last year and was published in an academic journal.
Shilpa Sunthankar (TSOA ’99) is the director and producer of the short film, Working Lunch, which had its US premiere in November 2018.
Amanda McLoughlin (CAS '14) started a podcast network and consultancy. Multitude Productions creates five original podcasts and assists clients with a range of podcast services from recording and editing to marketing and audience growth.