Class Notes Summer 2019
Arlene Vivian Kurtis (WSC '48) is the author of three non-fiction books, and her novel, Lila's Hamsa, tells the story of how an amulet became a life-changer (Xlibris).
Bruce J. Ferber (TISCH '75) has published The Way We Work: On the Job in Hollywood (Rare Bird Books).
Mark Hehl (TANDON '78) has published his second book, An Immigrant's Dilemma, which chronicles the agony, hardships, and dilemma of an immigrant during the peak Italian immigration period of the early 1900s (Legas).
Howard Reis (STERN '79) has been named CEO at The TeleDentists.
Shalom Goldman (STEINHARDT '86) has written Starstruck in the Promised Land (UNC Press).
Jim Wetmore (STEINHARDT '87) has been promoted to General Manager of global public relations firm Weber Shandwick's Los Angeles office; he remains health practice lead for the region.
Kevin Morris (LAW '88) has published his second novel, Gettysburg (Grove Press).
James Ketterer (GSAS '90) has been named dean of the School of Continuing Education at the American University in Cairo.
Gary Green (STERN '91) was elected to the AHRC NYC Foundation Board. The Foundation is a fund-raising and grant-making entity that supports programs for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who live in New York City.
Russell W. Granet (STEINHARDT '93) has been named the President and CEO of The New 42nd Street, the nonprofit organization behind the New Victory Theater, the New 42nd Street Studios, and the Duke.
Stuart A. Barr (LAW '94) has joined Fried Frank as partner in the Corporate Department.
Dorothy Patton (LAW '94) has published From Suffragists to Senators: A Century of Laws by Women Since 1920, a book commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and celebrating legislative accomplishments by women since suffrage.
Stephanie Lucas (GAL '02) has been awarded a Research & Development grant by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, an agency of the State of Arizona, to finish a feature-length documentary about a bright and talented young person haunted by the effects of childhood trauma.
Jeremy L. Schulman (SPS '03) has been named Director of Economic Development & Tourism for the County of Rockland, NY.
Stacey N. Roshan (CAS '04) published her first book, Tech with Heart: Leveraging Technology to Empower Student Voice, Ease Anxiety, & Create Compassionate Classrooms.
Aaron J. Glass (GSAS '06) has curated the exhibition "The Story Box" at Bard Graduate Center on W. 86th Street.
David J. Gallo (SPS '07) received the ERASE Racism Leadership Award at the June 11 Annual Benefit of the regional civil rights organization based on Long Island in New York.
Robin Levenson (STEINHARDT '07) has published her first book, Acting Chekhov in Translation, on acting and dramatrugy in Chekhov's last four masterpieces (Peter Lang, Inc.).
Hayal Koc (STERN '08) was selected as a Top Global Influencer in HR Tech 2019 by Digital HR Tech.
John Paterakis (SPS '09) has been elected Chairman of Scouting in the borough of Manhattan. He presides over the "Big Apple District" within the Greater New York Councils of the Boy Scouts of America, which includes 44 Cub Scout packs, Scout troops, Venturing crews, and Sea Scout ships.
Libin Zhang (LAW '10) has joined Friend Frank as partner in the Tax Department.
Justin Tausig (STEINHARDT '11) will be inducted into the US Fencing Hall of Fame in 2020.
Rebecca Kostell (STEINHARDT '12) has been honored with a special recognition from her high school, Saint Joseph Academy, with the "25 Under 35 Award."
Maya Kochavi (STEINHARDT '13) recently directed and wrote a project called Eva.Stories, which received more than 300 million viewers and international press.
Alper Ekmekci (TANDON '16) has been appointed as a board member of leading Turkish tech integrator, Netser Group.
Leah Roth (GAL '16) has published her first book, Every Woman's Guide to Healthy Glowing Skin: Simple Steps to Beautiful Skin at Any Age (Simon & Schuster).
Sheldon Winkler (DEN '56) published the third edition of his book, The Music of World War II: War Songs and their Stories (Merriam Press).
Ivan Dolgins (WSUC '62) has been named by the Financial Times as one of the "Top 400 Financial Advisors" for 2019.
Haig R. Nalbantian (WSC '74) has been named one of Consulting Magazine's top 25 consultants for 2019.
Lucille Carra's (TISCH '76) award-winning film, The Inland Sea, has been restored and a special edition is available from The Criterion Collection, to be released August 13, 2019.
Spencer D. Levine (WSC '79) was unanimously elected by his colleagues as Chief Judge of the Fourth District Court of Appeal, located in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Anthony Rostain (MED '80) has collaborated with Dr. B. Janet Hibbs on The Stressed Years of Their Lives, a book that shares their expert advice and experience on youth psychology and the successful launch from home to college.
Iris Dorbian (WSC '83) has published a new novel, Sentenced to Shakespeare (Sunbury Press/Milford House Press).
Elaine Eisenman (GSAS '86) has published a new book of non-fiction, Betrayed: A Survivor's Guide to Lying, Cheating, and Double-Dealing, wherein she interviewed over 50 people to learn about their betrayals by friends, colleagues, bosses, boards, spouses, siblings, and parents, and how they moved forward in their lives to learn from the experience and create a new and brighter future.
James Calvin (STEINHARDT '87) received the 2019 Ted K. Bradshaw Outstanding Research Award from the International Community Development Society for his outstanding record of leadership training, community activism, and global engagement.
M. Greig Metzger, II (STERN '89) has been named executive director of the Little Free Library nonprofit organization, which is dedicated to expanding book access and building community by fostering neighborhood book exchanges worldwide.
Tomasita Sherer (WSC '92) has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the New York Women's Foundation, a foundation dedicated to supporting nonprofit women's organizations.
Bob Ravener (STERN '94) a former executive with the Dollar General Corporation, has joined the board of directors of Goodwill Industries International.
Ellen Friedrichs (STEINHARDT '02) has published a new book, Good Sexual Citizenship: How to Create a (Sexually) Safer World (Cleis Press).
Kimberly Ha (CAS '04) has started her own healthcare communications agency called KKH advisors, which focuses on both public and investor relations.
Lauren Shockey (STEINHARDT '10) has published a new cookbook, Hangover Helper, a fun, gift-y illustrated collection of international hangover cures - everything from a full English breakfast to a Mexican Michelada to a South Korean beansprout soup called kongnamul gukbap (Hardie Grant).
Kate Beever (STEINHARDT '10) won $10,000 for her music therapy practice, Maine Music & Health, in a nationwide small business contest hosted by The UPS Store and Inc. Magazine.
Jacob Watkins (CAS '14) and Shevani Patel (WAG '15) were selected as a runners up for the Frederick O'Reilly Hayes prize, an annual award which recognizes high professional achievement in the service of New York City's government.
Lana Dee Povitz (GSAS '17) has published Stirrings: How Activist New Yorkers Ignited a Movement for Food Justice (UNC Press).
Toby Rossman (WSC '64) has been organizing Hudson Valley Science Cafe in Newburgh, NY (now in its 13th year). See the Facebook page: Hudson Valley Science Cafe if you are in the area. It is for the general public.
Thomas L Maniscalco (TANDON '67) has been appointed the design engineer for the accelerometer at Kearfott Guidance & Navigation in Woodland Park, NJ. Tom holds a BE(ME) from NYU, a MSME from NJIT and a Degree of Engineer from NJIT.
Peter D Lucash (CAS '76) has been awarded his doctorate from Northeastern University. His dissertation examined decision making among Founder-CEOs of young entrepreneurial ventures “a brief overview is available at https://youtu.be/VKXf0sRlC4k. Peter continues as a Professor of the Practice at Northeastern, and also teaches at Washington State University and the College of Charleston (SC) teaching management, leadership and entrepreneurship. Peter and his wife of 32 years live in Charleston.
Debra Day-Salvatore (GSAS '79) identified a new lysosomal storage disease linked to unique genetic variant, a finding so significant that it was recently published in The American Journal of Human Genetics.
Dan Frank (TISCH '80) has been appointed to the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, teaching digital media. My title will be Visiting Faculty/Lecturer.
Cynthia Sharp (LAW '82) was honored by The American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division with its 2019 Solo and Small Firm Trainer Award, which recognizes lawyers who have made significant contributions to educating lawyers or law students regarding the opportunities and challenges of a solo and small firm practice. As CEO of The Sharper Lawyer, Sharp works with motivated lawyers seeking to generate additional revenue for their law firms.
James E. Tucker (STEINHARDT '83) has been named commissioner of the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools.
Victoria Ford (TISCH '88) participated in Miami University's Earth Expeditions global field course in Namibia.
Michelle Theresa Reynoso (TISCH '93) has published The Light of the Dying, a young adult, contemporary fantasy novel and sequel to The Girl, the Pendant & the Portal.
Lea Pinksy (TISCH '96) has been appointed Executive Director of Art Encounter, a 41-year-old non-profit visual arts organization in the Chicago metropolitan area.
Brendan Healey (LAW '97) has launched the law firm Baron Harris Healey in Chicago, IL. He has experience advising clients on all aspects of marketing law, including sweepstakes, skill contests, loyalty programs, daily deals, sponsorships, advertising clearance, advertising terms and conditions, free offers, rebates, coupons and premiums.
Jennifer Natalya Fink (TISCH '97) has published her Doctorow Prize-winning and Lambda-finalist novel, Bhopal Dance.
Gregory Paul Heller (CAS '99) is Senior Associate Director of MBA Career Management at The Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. He's also hosts the podcast, Conversations on Careers and Professional Life.
Hebron Simckes-Joffe (TISCH '99) was co-director and co-producer on the feature film "From the Dead," which was released on August 13th on DVD and VOD by Wild Eye Releasing. Platforms include iTunes, Amazon, XBox, Tubi, FandangoNow, inDemand, Spectrum, Vox, Vudu and others. The Amazon version of the DVD will be region-free and includes some interesting deleted scenes. "From the Dead" won 3rd prize for best thriller/horror feature at the Horror Hotel Fest, in Ohio, and was an official selection at the Chicago Horror Film Fest.
Tanya Zimbardo (TISCH '01) has curated the exhibition "Pat O'Neill: Three Answers" and assisted with the retrospective "Suzanne Lacy: We Are Here"at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Zimbardo guest curated "Alison Daniel: The Tuba Thieves" at the McEvoy Foundation for the Arts and also co-curated public screenings of work by Barbara Hammer and by Lynn Marie Kirby.
Michael Theodore Phillips (CAS '04) has been appointed the Head of Cyber, Media & Technology Claims for North America at Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty.
Rebecca Giefer (GAL '04) has been named CEO of MODO Americas.
Jeremy Sher (LAW '04) was named partner at Leclair Korona Cole LLP in April 2019. Sher has focused on commercial litigation since graduating cum laude from NYU School of Law in 2004. Sher specializes in securities, employment, municipal and personal injury law. He has been recognized as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" and was recently named a "Super Lawyer" in business litigation. He was honored in 2015 with the United States District Court Western District of New York Pro Bono Award for his vigorous representation in a federal court civil rights case.
Courtney Anixter (STEINHARDT '06) has published her first book, The ABCs of a Badass Bitch: For Any Kickass Woman Who Wants it All.
Stuart Isaac Shapiro (TISCH '08) has been named Director of Marketing and Communications at Duke University
David P. Willard (LAW '13) was interviewed by Bloomberg News on tv/radio in connection with their recent coverage of historic US-China trade developments.
Amaka Camille Okechukwu (GSAS '15) has written the book To Fulfill These Rights: Political Struggle over Affirmative Action and Open Admissions (Columbia University Press) which available now.
Steven Avary (SPS '15) was named President of the Board of Directors of Chamber Orchestra of New York.
Shannon S Sweeting (TISCH '15) started a website called In Asian Spaces. In Asian Spaces focuses on Japanese culture, animation, and pop-culture events such as comic conventions. The goal of the site is to fill the space between traditional and popular Japanese culture, while providing awareness and accessibility to ongoing events and pockets of culture outside of Japan.
Joey Bui (NYUAD '16) has published a book of short stories, Lucky Ticket, based on interviews with Vietnamese refugees around the world.
Marisa LB Grimes (GSAS '18) will be serving as One Acre Fund Rwanda's Expansion Lead- expanding their services to 300,000 new clients over the next two years.
Victor J. Viser (LAW '18) has recently joined the San Antonio office of Chamberlain Hrdlicka as an associate in the firm's Tax Practice, where he will focus on federal, state, and international tax planning and controversy matters. He also specializes in the corporate, securities and finance law.
Luc Harper Riesbeck (NYUSH '18) had their graduate research "The Critical Role of Norm-Building and Collaboration in 'Standardized, Safe, and Sustainable' Commercial On-Orbit Satellite Servicing (OOS)," selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Office of STEM Engagement for sponsorship and presentation at the 2019 International Astronautical Congress. Additionally, was named one of 15 young professionals worldwide in Aviation Week's "Rising Stars in Aerospace," published in their 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Special Edition magazine.