September

Judith Peck (STEINHARDT ’71, '83)  has a sculpture, "Refugees", that is included in the Walls and Borders show at Westbeth Gallery, curated by Bruce Weber.

Stephen R. Rolandi (CAS '76, WAG '80 ) currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Public Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, C.U.N.Y. and Pace University. He retired in 2015 after a distinguished career in public service with the State and City of New York.

Peter Jay Silver (DEN ’83)  a graduate of NYU Dental, passed away on September 20, 2021.

Diane Leon (SPS ’91, GSAS '95) received a Bronze Award for an international juried online abstract painting show on camelback.com

Dr. Michael Urmeneta (TANDON '92, '00)  is the recipient of the Northeastern University Dean's Medal for Outstanding Doctoral Work for his 2021 Dissertation, ‘Seeing the Unseen: An Action Research Study of First-Generation College Student Persistence at a Mid-Size Private Institution in the Northeast.

Danielle Ofri (GSM ’93) , is the Editor-in-Chief of the Bellevue Literary Review, which has won a prestigious Whiting Literary Magazine Prize.

Vijay S. Jodha (STEINHARDT ’96) work on climate change has been given Decade of Change Best Series Prize by an eminent jury from The New York Times, Greenpeace, Climate Museum New York, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and others. It is currently on view at the world's first climate museum in Hong Kong and will be shown at NYC climate week in Sept. 22-23 2021.

Richard Reich (CAS ’96, LAW '00) has been appointed Senior Vice President and General Counsel of New Jersey Resources.

Kannie Chung (STEINHARDT ’97) is the host of the Hong Kong TV series Exploring the Edible Planet. She recently sang the theme song for the Global Climate Summit 2021, "I Could Save the World."

Ann-Marie Mason (LAW ’98) was recently promoted to Chief Legal Officer at the Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company in Philadelphia.

Janet Beard (TSOA ’01) has a new novel, The Ballad of Laurel Springs that will be published on Oct. 19 by Gallery Books

Alexis Haselberger (GAL ’03) , a time management and productivity coach, hit a milestone of having enrolled 50,000 students in her online courses. More about Alexis and her work here.

Marj Kleinman (STEINHARDT ’03) project, Stoop Stories, will be participating in the Photoville Festival 2021 in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Pier 3 from September 18 - December 1.

Michael Phillips (CAS ’04) has been named Co-Chair of the Ransomware Task Force convened by the Institute for Security and Technology.

Jaclyn Grodin (CAS ’05)  has joined the New York City office of Goulston & Storrs as Counsel in the firm’s Litigation Group. She joins the firm from the New York State Office of the Attorney General (NYAG) where she served as an Assistant Attorney General (AAG) in the Investor Protection Bureau since 2018. Grodin was a commercial litigator in private practice in New York and Boston for eight years before joining the NYAG’s office. She has broad experience representing public and private companies, private equity firms, hedge funds, investment advisers, real estate companies, and individuals in a wide range of business disputes, including partnership and investor actions, financial fraud cases, securities-related matters, government investigations, trade secret litigations, and intellectual property controversies. Grodin also brings a wide range of securities enforcement and compliance experience with her to the firm.

Tiffany Yarde (SPS '12) celebrates one year after launching the award-winning, first Black-owned Afro-Caribbean licensed cannabis beverage brand & manufacturing company. Read recennt updates here.

Ada Smailbegovic (GSAS ’15) published her first critical-theoretical book, Poetics of Liveliness: Molecules, Fibers, Tissues, Clouds with Columbia University Press in October 2021. Her book of poetry, The Cloud Notebook, is forthcoming from Litmus Press in 2022.

Shannon Sweeting (TSOA '15) launched a free ebook “Learn Simple Japanese Watching Anime” to help Japanese language students better retain simple words and phrases by watching anime.

Misha Mullany (TSOA ’19), is the writer, director, and co-composer of Infernal the Musical, a rock musical based on Dante's Inferno, which will open October 15-17 at the Flea Theatre.

 

October

Joan Dinah Liebmann (WSC ’67) is an award-winning medical writer and the co-author of a newly released book: Medical Marijuana: Dr. Kogan's Evidence-Based Guide to Medical Cannabis and CBD (Avery/Penguin, October 2021). Medical Marijuana is her 5th book.

C. Frederic John (WSUC '69, GSAS '76) just published the professional book, "Storytelling and Market Research"

Jeffrey Sussman (STEINHARDT ’69)  is the author of Holocaust Fighters: Boxers, Resisters and Avengers.

Marianna De Marco Torgovnick (WSC ’70)  is the author of Crossing Back: Books, Family, and Memory without Pain (Fordham University Press).

Bart Stichman (LAW ’74) is stepping down as Executive Director of National Veterans Legal Services Program. He has been a trailblazer for veterans rights and ensured that those veterans, servicemembers and their families who have been wrongfully denied their benefits to which they are entitled get justice for more than 4 decades.

Thomas J. McNamara (LAW ’80) has been named to the 2021 New York Metro Super Lawyers list.

Sule Greg Wilson (TSOA ’80, GSAS '86) took advantage of COVID-19, and co-wrote two books, Funky Banjo Level One and Funky Banjo Level Two. Funky Banjo is dedicated to three things: bringing banjo playing in its many forms to the public, teaching reading skills, and documenting and expanding the African American heritage of the banjo. To that end, each volume contains songs, stories, and proverbs from Africa, the Americans, and the Islands.

Elizabeth Wong (TSOA ’91) is an associate professor at Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

Ann Schaumburger (STEINHARDT ’96) has an exhibition of her work at A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn from October 15-November 14.

Kris Maher (GSAS ’98) is a reporter at the Wall Street Journal and is the author of Desperate: An Epic Battle for Clean Water and Justice in Appalachia (Scribner).

Aaron A. Ford (TSOA ’99) has been promoted to SVP, Multi-Platform Planning for the Marketing Leadership Team in the NBCUniversal Television & Streaming Group, leading the integrated Sports and Entertainment team for all owned promotional media planning.  The Sports & Entertainment properties include NBC Network, USA Network, SYFY, Bravo, E!, Oxygen, Universal Kids, NBC Sports, and Golf Channel.

Elliott Blanchard (LAW ’04) is a partner in the Corporate & Securities practice group at Neal Gerber Eisenberg (NGE). Blanchard joins from Schlam Stone & Dolan LLP in New York. He advises privately held businesses, large public companies and high net worth individuals on corporate and commercial matters, strategy, and transactions. His transactional experience ranges from mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, restructurings, shareholders’ agreements, partner agreements, and equity investments. 

Avi Wisnia (GAL '05) is an award-winning singer/songwriter, finding inspiration in 1950’s west-coast jazz, acoustic American folk, Brazilian bossa nova, and contemporary piano pop. His new album, Catching Leaves, will be out in November.

Billy Zeb Smith (GAL '06) is the producer of the new film Two Yellow Lines, out soon through Universal Pictures.

Emily Davis (TSOA '08) is making her Broadway debut this October heading the cast of Is This A Room.

Madeline Greenblatt (CAS '09) is an attorney at Farrell Fritz and has been selected to the New York Metro Rising Stars list.

Siv B. Lie (GSAS '12, '17) is the author of Django Generations: Hearing Ethnorace, Citizenship, and Jazz Manouche in France, out now through University of Chicago Press.

Alethea Dunham-Carson (STEINHARDT '13) is the new Assistant Head of School at the Gordon School in East Providence, RI. She comes to Gordon from the Meadowbrook School of Weston (MA), where she was the Director of Multicultural Affairs.

Erik Hanson (TSOA '13) has published his debut horror collection, All Things Deadly (Salem Stories).

Charlotte Wincott (GSAS '13, '15) is receiving the prestigious Activism Award (2021) from the Hollywood Women’s Institute for her work in the addiction space.  Her documentary feature film “Fall Fight Shine” on addiction and recovery had its Los Angeles premiere on October 23rd at the Hollywood Women’s International Film Festival.

Melissa Muscato (STEINHARDT '14) was married in Larkspur, Colorado. Several NYU alumni were in her bridal party, including Zachary McDermott (GSAS, Wagner), Lauren Hood (Steinhardt), Kathleen McFarlane (Steinhardt, Tisch), and Bridget Kelly (Steinhardt). There were also several alumnni of the Performing Arts Administration Program both in the wedding party and in attendance as guests including: Sachiko Ninomiya, Lauren Hood, Melissa Muscato, Seth Eckelman, and Kathleen McFarlane, all from the class of 2014.

Jayson Browder (WAG '15) is included on the Middle East Policy Council's (MEPC) 40 Under 40. MEPC is a Washington, D.C.-based think tank whose mission is to provide policymakers and the public with credible, comprehensive information and analysis on political, economic, and cultural issues pertaining to U.S.-Middle East relations.

Avina Pereira (CAS '15) (AKA Ævina) has released her new pop electronica single, "Serendipity."

Misha Mullany (TSOA '19) is the writer, director, and co-composer of Infernal the Musical, a rock musical based on Dante's Inferno, which will open October 15-17 at the Flea Theatre.

Dan Turtel (STERN '20) is the author of Greetings from Asbury Park, the winner of the prestigious Faulkner Society Award for best novel in 2020 (Blackstone Publishing).

 

November

Jessie Riley (STEINHARDT ’82) and Kathryn Gordon (STERN ’88) formed a consulting business for food businesses 10 years ago, FoodStartupHelp, and are now celebrating their client experience with the introduction of an online learning platform with an e-book, an industry expert interview video series and custom templates for managing a successful food business.

Dr. David K.A. Mordecai, Ph.D. (STERN MBA '87) and Samantha Kappagoda of Risk Economics® made a critical contribution to the Colorado Attorney General’s findings that the Aurora, CO Police Department engages in racially biased policing. As a result of these findings, Attorney General (AG) Philip J. Weiser is pursuing a legally binding consent decree with the Aurora Police Department and Aurora Fire Rescue outlining the steps his office believes necessary to remediate and mitigate deficiencies uncovered by the investigation.

In 2020, the Attorney General of Colorado, Philip J. Weiser, appointed a team to investigate whether the Aurora Police Department and Aurora Fire Rescue had exhibited a pattern and practice of violating state and federal law. The investigation, the first of its kind under Senate Bill 217 (a law enforcement accountability bill enacted in the summer of 2020 in the wake of large-scale protests against police brutality following the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer), focused on police stops, arrests, uses of force, and possible discrimination in enforcement activities conducted by the Aurora Police Department and Aurora Fire Rescue.

Risk Economics President Dr. David K. A. Mordecai and Chief Economist Samantha Kappagoda, worked closely with a team from Compass Lexecon which included Michael Kwak (GSAS MA ’10), Mihir Gokhale (Stern MBA ’20, CSAS BA ‘12), Noah Mathews, and Peter Horvath (GSAS MA ’21), to conduct extensive statistical and empirical analyses of data retrieved from the Aurora Police Department related to police interactions, arrests and uses of force. The technical appendix prepared by the Risk Economics/Compass Lexecon analytics team presented statistical evidence of disproportionate and disparate police interactions, arrests, and uses of force incidents involving people of color, and particularly Black people, relative to white people in the City of Aurora. Based on this work, the Colorado AG investigation team concluded that “[They] observed statistically significant racial disparities — especially with respect to Black individuals — in nearly every important type of police contact with the community, from interactions to arrests to uses of force,” and that “[t]hese disparities persisted across income, gender and geographic boundaries.” This evidence played a critical role in supporting the findings of the AG investigation, that Aurora Police engages in racially biased policing, treating people of color (and Black people in particular) differently from their white counterparts.

The investigative report and its findings have been mentioned by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Guardian (UK), among others.

The statement by the Colorado AG to the press on September 15, 2021 can be viewed here.

The related press release and a link to the investigative report and technical appendix can be accessed here.

Dr. David K.A. Mordecai is President and Co-Founder of Risk Economics, and Visiting Scholar at Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences NYU, co-advising research activities at RiskEcon® Lab for Decision Metrics @ Courant Institute. Samantha Kappagoda is Chief Economist and Co-Founder of Risk Economics, and Visiting Scholar at Courant Institute, co-advising research activities at RiskEcon® Lab for Decision Metrics @ Courant Institute.

Dr. Vincent J. Perciaccante, DDS, FACS (WSC ’92, DEN '95) has been named President of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS).

Jason Gots (TSOA ’94)  is the author of Humanity Is Trying: Experiments in Living with Grief, Finding Connection, and Resisting Easy Answers (Hanover Square).

Dawn Botti (LAW ’94) who joined AMC Networks in 2015 as senior vice president of legal for AMC Studios, is now EVP, Legal and Business Affairs, AMC Studios and Streaming Services.

Randle G. Schumacher (STERN ’96) is producing the feature film “The Woods” staring JK Simmons, Allen Leech and Fernanda Urrejola.

Bryonn Rolly Bain (GAL ’99) is the author of Rebel Speak: A Justice Movement Mixtape, a literary mixtape featuring conversations with rebellious voices from the front lines of movements rising for human justice (University of California Press).

Beth George (GAL ’01, LAW ’10) has rejoined Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s privacy and cybersecurity practice as a partner in the San Francisco office.

Alexis Haselberger (GAL ’03) launched her first online course, Time Management Mastery: Do More, Stress Less in 2019. As of 2021, over 60,000 students have learned to take control of their time through Alexis' online courses. She is so grateful to have been able to help individuals and teams manage work, family and stress during the pandemic.

David E. Blabey (LAW ’04) was elected to partner at Kramer Levin. He is a member of the firm’s Bankruptcy and Restructuring practice in New York. He represents diverse parties, including official creditors’ committees, bondholders, secured and unsecured creditors, and investors, as well as debtors, in complex Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, out-of-court restructurings and other distressed situations. David has litigated numerous cutting-edge legal issues in the bankruptcy and appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He has a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. in history from Amherst College, where he graduated magna cum laude.

Dustin S. Whittenburg (LAW ’06) has been elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation.

Thulani Davis (GAL ’08, GSAS ’14) is the author of The Emancipation Circuit: Black Activism Forging a Culture of Freedom, a sweeping rethinking of Reconstruction by tracing how the four million people newly freed from bondage created political organizations and connections that mobilized communities across the South (Duke University Press).

Cynthia M. Jordano (CAS '11, LAW '14) has been promoted to partner at leading insurance recovery law firm Cohen Ziffer Frenchman & McKenna LLP.

Blerta Basholli (TSOA '12) released her debut featulre film, HIVE, which had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2021, winning the Grand Jury Prize, Directing Award and Audience Award in World Cinema.

Victoria Patricia Davis (STEINHARDT '12) crowdfunded her book Addicted to Health: Going with God to Break Free from a Health-Obsessed Culture in 2020, which was published this year by Atmosphere Press in Austin, Texas. Addicted to Health teaches the steps to change how we view health and find lasting freedom without obsession or punishment and aims to show you practical ways to choose joy, freedom, and peace in every step of your health journey; to become addicted to health in a way that allows you to experience radical transformation in your life as well as in the lives of others.

Marianne Olaniran, MS, MPH (SGPH '14) and her husband, Dr. Kabir Olaniran welcomed their third child, Nathan; born in Dallas, Texas in September, 2021.