Class Notes Fall 2019
Bela Sandor (TAN '63) lectured last April at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for the 25th-year Emeritus Faculty Lecture on Eloquence & Eminence: Tut and Nero: Wild on Wheels.
Jane Bernstein (WSC '71) has published her newest novel, The Face Tells the Secret (Regal House Publishing).
Lawrence Dudley (WSC '73) will publish The Hungry Blade, the first of several sequels to New York Station, this January.
Lisa Hunter (LAW '85) has been named to the 2019 New York Metro Super Lawyers list.
Donna Masini (GSAS '88) has penned an essay for a new anthology, Apple, Tree, edited by Lise Funderburg.
Megan Abbott (GSAS '96) has been awarded a 2019 Pinckley Prize for Crime Fiction. Abbott is the author of ten books; her most recent novel is Give Me Your Hand (Little, Brown and Company).
Yaniv Kanfi (TISCH '97) has launched fintech startup Achroma to eliminate any bias in mortgage lending.
Sarah Zeitler (TISCH '00) was recently promoted to the role of General Manager of Systems Installations at WorldStage, Inc.
Michelle Kamme (STEINHARDT '01) has been promoted to Assistant Chief Counsel at Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production.
Thomas J. Kutzman (STERN '04) co-founder of Prevu, has announced the closing of the company's $2 million seed funding round.
Michael Davis Hoenig (CAS '05) has been named to Cleveland Jewish News List of 18 Difference Makers for his contributions to the Jewish community around LGBTQ inclusion and acceptance.
Steven Higashide (CAS '07) has published a new book, Better Buses, Better Citites: How to Plan, Run, and Win the Fight for Effective Transit.
Alty Falvey (CAS '08) has been promoted to Account Executive in Anthology's Advertising Group.
Catherine Karayan Wilbur (LAW '12) and Gregory Wilbur (LAW '13) welcomed their first child, Henry Augustus Wilbur, in March. They call him Harry. Harry is also the grandson of Dr. Caroline Blaum, Diane and Arthur Belfer Professor of Geriatric Medicine and Director of Division of Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care at NYU Langone Health.
Michael Lucivero (WAG '13) has started a consultancy, Lucivero Consulting LLC, to provide strategic planning and capacity-building services to nonprofit organizations and social enterprises.
Jamie Leigh Bellissimo (CAS '16) graduated with a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree in May from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She successfully passed the social work board exam and is now a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in Pennsylvania. She is actively looking for job opportunities that will take her back to New York.
Harold Behl (WSC '44) has been honored by the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History by having a restored THOR missle dedicated to him on September 20th. The rocket's use in launching satellites by NASA and the United States Air Force was in large part due to Mr. Behl's influence.
Marianne Preger-Simon (WSC '52) has written a memoir entitled Dancing with Merce Cunningham; it was published by University Press of Florida in March.
Reva Sprio Luxenberg (SSSW '57) has recently published her 19th novel, After the Wedding.
Murray Siegel (WSC '63) has published Trump's Ignorance is Not Bliss, a collection of his opinion columns in the Maricopa Monitor.
Robert Roberson (STERN '64) was named to the board of trustees of Randolph College (Randolph-Macon Woman's College).
Gene Fisch (STERN '65) has published his first book, All Love Comes Home: A Promise of Truth, and his second book, To Have a Tomorrow, is forthcoming.
Harold Huber (STEINHARDT '66) volunteers in Eastern Mennonite University's Historical Library, Harrisonburg, Va., after working there for twenty years.
Nancy Davidoff Kelton (WSC '69) will have a staged reading of the stage adaptation of her memoir "Finding Mr. Rightstein" at the Jewish Repertory Theatre of Western New York on June 8, 2020.
Jack Maisano (TISCH '69) has recently published a book of poetry, Love Poems for All Ages.
Richard Prince (STERN '69) has been inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame as part of the Washington Post Metro Seven.
Anne Griffin (GSAS '73) was named Acting Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.
Stephanie Calmenson (STEINHARDT '77) has published The Best Friend Plan: The Adventures of Allie and Amy, Book 1 (Simon & Schuster).
Jennifer Van Bergen (GAL '80) has published her third book, Malice: Thomas Jefferson's Conspiracy to Destroy Aaron Burr.
Tom Chaffin (GSAS '82) has published his seventh book, Revolutionary Brothers, which chronicles the four-decade friendship of Thomas Jefferson and Marquis de Lafayette through the American and French Revolutions (St. Martin's Press).
Jim Abbott (LAW '84) received the 2019 M&A Advisor Leadership Award and was inducted into the M&A Advisor Hall of Fame at the 18th Annual M&A Advisor Awards Gala. By way of background the Annual M&A Advisor Awards is the benchmark for dealmaking excellence, recognizing the leading professionals' contributions to the mergers and acquisitions and finance industries. Jim is a partner and co-head of Seward & Kissel LLP's Business Transaction Group and has more than 35 years of experience in global M&A and finance.
Ben Model (TISCH '84) accompanied silent films in the "Modern Matinees: Iris Barry's History of Film" series at MoMA in NYC October-December 2019.
Mitch Page (SSSW '86) is currently pursuing his Doctor of Social Work at the University of Southern California; his work is focused on disrupting social norms of hypermasculinity and stoicism in the military.
Stephanie Seymour (STEINHARDT '88) has released her new album, There Are Birds.
Elliott Kugel (STERN '91) has been named to Forbes's America's Top Wealth Advisors list for the fourth consecutive year.
Neil Hernandez (WSUC '91) has been appointed an assistant professor at the Baruch College Marxe School of Public & International Affairs.
Nancy Kane (STEINHARDT '96) has published a new textbook, History and Philosophy of Physical Education and Sport (Cognella Publishing).
Daniel W.K. Lee (GAL '00) published his debut collection of poetry Anatomy of Want by Rebel Satori Press in November 2019.
Matthew Robison (STEINHARDT '01) received the Georgia College Personnel Association's (GCPA) Theodore K. Miller Outstanding Professional Service Award this week. The award, named for the association's former President Dr. Theodore K. Miller, is presented to a GCPA member or professional in the state who has more than six years of professional student affairs service and has demonstrated service to GCPA, American College Personnel Association (ACPLA), and to the profession of Student Affairs through teaching, counseling, administration, research, publication, and involvement in state, regional and national activities.
Linda Marie Fischer (SPS '07) recently released her second and third albums, Passages and Places.
Utibe Ralph Essien (CAS '07) is the winner of a "40 Under 40 Leaders in Health Award" by the National Minority Quality Forum for his research on racial and ethnic health disparities and social determinants of health.
Ronald Park (CAS '08) has been hired as an Associate in McGlinchey Stafford PLCC's Commercial Litigation practice group.
Emilia Klayn (GSAS '08) voiced in English and Bulgarian "Tasks of the day" - the Bulgarian submission for the 2020 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. The film is produced by Compote Collective.
Ronak K. Kapadia (GSAS '08) has published Insurgent Aesthetics: Security and the Queer Life of the Forever War (Duke University Press).
R. James Toussaint (MED '08) and Sara Toussaint (STERN '08) launched Vivienhealth.com to offer consumers timely, convenient, secure, and affordable second medical opinions from world-class orthopaedists.
Mabel Frias (CAS '08) has started a new role as Director of Site Merchandising for Savage x Fenty, Rihanna's lingerie line.
Diana Salier (CAS '08) composed the original score to The F Word, a 2019 IDA Award nominee for Best Short Form Series, released via SoulPancake and Participant Media.
Chloe Kaplan (STEINHARDT '09) launched a boutique education business, Amore Learning, based in DC and focused on inspiring a love of learning in students. Amore Learning offers enrichment programs, tutoring, and education consulting, and is rapidly expanding to offer a broader reach. She hopes to bring Amore programs to NYC and involve current NYU students and alumni!
Tova Halpern (STEINHARDT '09) founded Fresh Theatre Arts LLC, an educational theatre company based out of central New Jersey in 2014.
Insung Kim (CAS '13) has joined Goulston & Storrs as an associate in its Tax Group in New York. Prior to joining Goulston & Storrs, Kim was an associate at an Am Law 100 firm, and before that was a tax associate in PwC's International Tax Financial Services Group. He is experienced with cross-border transaction structuring of private equity, hedge, sovereign wealth, and pension funds. He is fluent in Korean and Japanese.
Stephanie Plachy-Feinstein (STEINHARDT '13) and Glen Feinstein (TSOA '13) were married in New York City on October 13, 2019.
Iris Colon (STERN '14) has been working on the Transformation & Growth team at BDO USA since January 2019 out of the 100 Park Ave and Stamford offices. In November, we will be residents of New Canaan, CT for 2 years. Our son, Justin, is almost 3 years old.
Emma Holter (CAS '17) was promoted to Curatorial Assistant at The Frick Collection in the fall of 2019.
Eric Castellano (TAN '19) built a third-party Amazon Company, Amazon Lit, that has made over $100 million in sales since 2013.
Edward Field (WSC '50) wrote and narrated the short film "Minor Accident of War," which was awarded Best Short Film at the REEL Shorts Film Festival in Chicago.
Stanley H. Barkan (STEINHARDT '67) is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his small press, Cross-Cultural Communications.
Howard Bloom (WSC '68) will publish his seventh book, Einstein, Michael Jackson, & Me: A Search for Soul in the Power Pits of Rock & Roll, will be released in April.
Steven Lehman (WSC '70) has discovered the fun of gravel road bike riding this past summer. He also got his dock and boats in before the lake froze over at his lake cabin. Steven and his wife counted 45 different species of birds visiting their lakeside this summer.
Bruce Levine (STEINHARDT '72) was recently nominated for a 2019 Pushcart Prize in Poetry.
Andrew Barile (STERN '72) was elected to the Board of Directors of Accident Insurance Company Inc.
Jane Potter (WSC '73, GSAS '77, '78) has published her third novel, Margaret's Mentor.
Andrew Horn (TISCH '75) and Robyn Brentano (TISCH '94) showed their film Cloud Dance in conjunction with an installation of Lenore Tawney's sculpture in the Whitney Museum for American Art's exhibition Making Knowing: Craft in Art 1950-2019.
Robert A. Spiegel (LAW '77) was featured in the recent Stonewall@50 documentary produced by NYU for his participationi n the sexual minority rights movement.
Alex Avitabile (WAG '78) self-published WHERE'S ... ELI?, the second story of his Al and Mick Forte crime fiction series.
Mark Sharpe (STERN '78) has joined Burr Forman McNair form in the Real Estate practice group. Sharpe focuses on commercial real estate and finance, commercial transactions, and related disputes.
Chris Matthew Sciabarra (WSUC '81, GSAS '83, '88) is the coeditor of The Dialectics of Liberty: Exploring the Context of Human Freedom (Lexington Books, 2019) and is beginning his twentieth anniversary as the founding coeditor of The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies (Pennsylvania State University Press).
Betty Jane Punnett (STERN '84) recently published Managing in Developing Countries (2018) and International Perspectives on Organizational Behavior (4th edition, 2019) with Routledge Taylor and Francis. Professor Emerita at the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill, Barbados), she lives in St. Vincent & the Grenadines with her husband Don Wood.
Rev. Dr. Carol Lynch (STEINHARDT '84) has written a book entitled Jump Into Spirit-How Our Sacred Connections Enhance Our Lives, released in early November 2019. She is an ordained Religious Science minister with Centers for Spiritual Living, a licensed psychologist, and grandmother. She recently retired from her position of Staff Minister at the First Church of Religious Science New York. She continues to see private clients.
Gloria Heffernan (GSAS '87) has published a new poetry collection, What the Gratitude List Said to the Bucket List (New York Quarterly Books).
Julie Crotty-Guile (GAL '87) will be travelling in Sydney, Western Australia, and New Zealand this year with her husband of 30 years who she met in New York.
Steven M. Cohen (LAW '89) recently published a book, Leading From Within: A Guide to Maximizing Your Effectiveness Through Meditation, and serves as Chair of the Board of Meditation4Leadership, whose mission is to communicate the broad range of benefits of meditation practice and to teach the art of meditation through innovative programs to business, nonprofit and community organizations.
Stefanie Levine Cohen (LAW '89) is a writer whose short fiction and essays on moments of connection are regularly published in literary journals and online publications.
Harvin Moore (STERN '91) was named President of Houston Exponential (HX), a non-profit that leads the effort to accelerate the growth of Houston's rapidly expanding technology innovation ecosystem.
John Snyder (LAW '93) has been honored as a 20 Year Circle member by Lawyers Alliance for New York, which connects attorneys with nonprofits serving communities in need. Mr. Snyder was recognized for 20 years of pro bono work at the organization's 2019 Cornerstone Awards ceremony in New York City. Mr. Snyder is a Principal in the New York City office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He focuses his practice on litigating state and federal discrimination, retaliation, commission and wage and hour, contract, restrictive covenant, executive compensation, whistleblower and many other facets of employment-related litigation on behalf of management.
Peter Lowy (LAW '97), shareholder in the Houston office of Chamberlain Hrdlicka, has recently received the Houston Volunteer Lawyers (HVL) Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Achievement.
Lauren Girardin (CAS '98) has been appointed to the San Francisco Ballot Simplification Committee. The committee writes fair and impartial summaries of local ballot measures, which are then published in the official pamphlets the government sends to voters.
Jacob M. Appel (GSAS '00) has published a new book, Who Says You're Dead (Algonquin Books).
Ran Fuchs (CAS '00) was named senior vice president and head of Capital Markets by IDB Capital, the broker-dealer subsidiary of IDB Bank.
Sandra Graham (GSAS '01) was awarded the Music in American Culture Award by the American Musicological Society for her book, Sprituals and the Birth of a Black Entertainment Industry.
Kimberly Larkin-Battista (STEINHARDT '02) was a part of an important and widely publicized investigation conducted by Newsday that was publicized in November.
Heather Vaughan Lee (STEINHARDT '04) is a historian, author, lecturer, and museum consultant who has worked in the intersecting fields of clothing and history for the last 15 years. Her new book, Artifacts from American Fashion was released by ABC-CLIO/Greenwood in November 2019.
Jessa Lingel (GSAS '05) has published An Internet for the People: The Politics and Promise of craigslist, about how craigislist champions openness, democracy, and other vanishing principles of the early web.
Grasford Smith (LAW '05) was appointed to the Chief Justice's Advisory Committee for the Pro Bono Service Awards by the Florida Supreme Court.
Chael Clark (CAS '07) has joined Carlton Fields' New York office as an associate. He is a member of the firm's Property & Casualty Insurance practice.
Thomas Bergeron (TISCH '08) joined The Lighting Practice, an architectural lighting design firm, as Director of the New York office.
Ceridwen Dovey (GSAS '09) has published a new novel Life After Truth, which is being released by Audible Originals in the U.S. and globally.
Courtney Spritzer (CAS '09) was interviewed for Alma Matters: The DL On Finding Success podcast.
Nicholas Nestelbaum (LAW '11) has joined the Dallas office of Caldwell Cassady & Curry as the firm's newest associate.
Suzannah Gerber (GSAS '11) is thrilled to announce the upcoming publication of her first book: Plant Based Gourmet. It is a modernist approach to plant-based cooking, with restaurant quality dishes and playing techniques that range from world cuisine through molecular gastronomy.
Lauren Gutterman (GSAS '12) has recently published a book based on her dissertation, Her Neighbor's Wife: A History of Lesbian Desire Within Marriage.
Abby Lyall (STERN '18) is Program Director at Big Idea Ventures, a seed stage VC fund and accelerator program investing in plant-based food and alternative protein companies.
Jemar Bather (STEINHARDT '18) has published a new paper, "Race/Ethnic Diversity in Academic Public Health: 20-Year Update," which is accessible through Sage Journals.