Class Notes Winter 2019
Joel Solonche (STEINHARDT '71) is Professor Emeritus of English at SUNY Orange. I have published 18 books of poetry, and my poems have appeared in more than 300 magazines, journals, and anthologies, most notably The New Criterion, The Progressive, The Journal of the American Medical Association, Poetry Northwest, The American Scholar, The North American Review, The American Journal of Poetry, The Literary Review, Poetry East, Barrow Street, and the Anthology of Magazine Verse & Yearbook of American Poetry.
Georgette Bennett (GSAS '72), since she founded the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees in 2013, has been deeply immersed in the Syrian crisis. Over the past three years, MASR has delivered nearly $140 million of humanitarian aid directly into Syrian – most of it through Israel and over the Golan Heights.
Alan Weiner (LAW '72) published the article "The Practical Aspects of Qualified Charitable Distributions from a Traditional IRA" in the December 2019 issue of the Nassau County Bar Association newspaper.
Alan Winter (DEN '73) has co-authored a new historical novel, Wolf, with former federal judge Herbert J. Stern about the early years of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party.
John Michael Pelech (STERN '73) has been elected as a Resident Artist Member of the Salmagundi Club, a center for American art since 1871.
Marion Myers (STEINHARDT '77) has a Christian television series, Cycles, and has written 8 books.
Nicholas Birns (GSAS '90, 92) and Bhisham Bherwani (CIMS '02) have edited a book of the collected poetry of New York poet Samuel Menashe, a resident of Greenwich Village until his death in 2011, entitled The Shrine Whose Shape I Am: The Collected Poetry of Samuel Menashe.
Julia (O'Brien) Fallon (STEINHARDT '93) received the 2019 State Leader of the Year (SLY) award from SETDA, the principal membership association of U.S. state and territorial educational technology leaders. The annual SLY Award honors an active SETDA member who has exhibited exemplary national and state leadership in educational technology.
Reyna Franco (STERN '93) was elected President of the New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Max Karpel (LAW '99) has joined Lowenstein Sandler as partner in the Investment Management group, where his practice will focus on the structuring and restructuring of investment management businesses and on advising family offices and private foundations.
James McKissic (WAG '01) was recently appointed President of ArtsBuild. Since 1969, ArtsBuild has served as a catalyst for the arts in greater Chattanooga, TN, investing more than $74 million in arts organizations, arts programs, and arts education.
Michelle Glynn (STEINHARDT '02) and husband Christopher Glynn, Sr., welcomed second child Isabelle Anne.
Bao Nguyen's (CAS '05) newest film, Be Water, will be having its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.
Michelle Granshaw (CAS '05) has published a new book, Irish on the Move: Performing Mobility in American Variety Theatre.
Julie Craig (TISCH '05) has released her debut album, From Here.
Mari Suarez (GSAS '05) has published her first children's picture book, E-I-E-I-ART.
Ashley Chu (STEINHARDT '08) was featured on an NBC Bay Area talk show to discuss her book 550,000 Miles.
Emily Neuberger (STEINHARDT '16) has published her debut novel, A Tender Thing (Putnam).
Wayne Bischoff (CAS '18) has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Thailand on January 8, 2020 to begin training as a Youth in Development Volunteer.
Fred Elmes (TISCH '71) will receive The Lifetime Achievement Award in Cinematography from the American Society of Cinematographers, located in Hollywood, CA. This years Awards Ceremony on January 25, celebrates the ASC's 100th year.
Frank M. Sorrentino (GSAS '72) who credits his rewarding 40+ years teaching political science, constitutional law, history, and philosophy to his experience as a student at NYU, has a new publication, “Presidential Power and the American Political System”, which discusses the influence of the presidency and the prominence of bureaucracies based on case studies of the FBI and CIA to explore the question of accountability in American politics.
Susan Reverby (GSAS '73) has published a new book, Co-conspirator for Justice: The Revolutionary Life of Dr. Alan Berkman (UNC Press).
Lorraine Tosiello (CAS '75) published an historical fiction about Louisa May Alcott, the author of Little Women. Only Gossip Prospers: A Novel of Louisa May Alcott in New York focuses on three months in winter of 1875, when Alcott reveled in the social and intellectual life of New York City.
Gerry Ginsburg (STERN '77) was ordained as a Rabbi and received his M.A. in Jewish Studies from The Academy for Jewish Religion (NY). He is a rabbi at Temple Beth El in Stamford, CT.
Brenda Berkman (LAW '78) was interviewed by Preet Bharara for his Stay Tuned podcast.
Andrew Zimmerman (STERN '78) has published his first novel, Journey (Radius Book Group).
Paul Dietze (GSAS '80) has been added to the Life Sciences Industry Team at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP.
Jennifer Van Bergen (LS '80) has published three nonfiction books: The Twilight of Democracy: The Bush Plan for America (2004), Archetypes for Writers: Using the Power of Your Subconscious (2007), and Malice: Thomas Jefferson's Conspiracy to Destroy Aaron Burr (2019).
Louis DeSantis (WSUC '84) has been elected Northeast regional director of the American College of Prosthodontists. He serves the University as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Advanced Education program in Prosthodontics.
Mark Eagan (LAW '85) joined Goulston & Storrs as a director in the firm's Real Estate Group in New York.
Dan Zevin (WSUC '86) has published a new book, Very Modern Mantras: Daily Affirmations for Daily Aggravations.
Allen Grunes (LAW '86) is returning to Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck as a shareholder in its Corporate & Business Department.
Barry Pono Fried (SEHNAP '87) of Open Eye Tours has been awarded the 2019 Tailor Made Tour Company of the Year.
Andrea Arnold (STEINHARDT '92) is at the U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence at Fort Sam Houston Army Post teaching young officers communication skills necessary on battlefield operations.
Mary Kate Azcuy (GAL '93), associate professor of English and graduate program director, at Monmouth University, has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar Core Award. Dr. Azcuy will lecture on American literature and culture at the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow, Russia this spring 2020.
Sloane Lucas (GSAS '95) currently leads strategic development and execution of national, regional and local philanthropy-related programs and initiatives, including ESG/CSR and Sustainability communications. She serves as Executive Director of both The Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Foundation and Cracker Barrel Cares, an employee crisis relief fund.
Richard Orbe-Austin (CAS '95) will publish Own Your Greatness, Overcome Impostor Syndrome, Beat Self-Doubt, and Succeed in Life, this April 2020.
Marsha Indych (CAS '97) was just elected partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, effective Feb. 1, 2020. Marsha is one of 13 attorneys elected in the new partnership class.
Jessica Ingram (TISCH '99) has published a new book, Road Through Mignight: A Civil Rights Memorial, through UNC Press.
Jessica Maroney Shillito (STEINHARDT '03) has been elected to the Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals' (ALFDP) 2020 Board of Directors.
Naomi Moss (CAS '05) has been promoted to partner at Akin Gump.
Rebecca Borgese (CAS '06) has been elected to Riker Danzig's new counsel.
Steven Shparber (CAS '07) has been elected to the partnership at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough.
Matthew Baker (CAS '08) was elevated to partner at RMO LLP.
Kelly Daniel (CAS '08) has been named Executive Producer for NBC News Now's forthcoming morning show.
William Davis (SPS '08) has published a new book, Visions in a Seer Stone (UNC Press).
Vanessa Albury (STEINHARDT '08) is the artist behind Coral Projects, the first underwater art exhibition at Oracabessa Bay Fish Sanctuary in Jamaica.
Khary Oronde Polk (GSAS '11) has published a new book, Contagions of Emprire: Scientific Racism, Sexuality, and Black Military Workers Abroad, 1898-1948 (UNC Press).
Melanie Van Allen (TISCH '12) is a New York City-based choreographer, dancer, teaching artist, and emerging scholar of dance. In 2019, she completed her doctoral program in dance studies at Texas Woman's University. Melanie's dissertation, "D-Cyphering the Jit: Dancing Detroit History and Culture," maps the development of a largely unknown Detroit cultural product, the street dance Jit, which emerged at the same time Detroit was losing its champion auto industry in the early 1970s.
Andy Zimmerman (STEINHARDT '12) won a Music Academy of the West Alumni Enterprise Award.
Patricia Carreiro (LAW '13) joined Carlton Fields as an associate in Miami. She is a member of the firm's Cybersecurity and Privacy Practice.
Joshua Montazeri (LAW '14) has joined Fox Rothschild LLP in New York as an associate in the Entertainment & Sports Law Department.
William Ramirez (GSAS '16) has published an article entitled "The Rise of Urban Diasporic Identity and Consciousness in Guatemalan American Literature," Latino Studies, 2019. hired as an Arts Associate with the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.
Rafael Hernandez (SPS '17) accepted an Executive position with the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development in Fort Worth, Texas. Rafael was recently an FHA Asset Manager at Walker & Dunlop in Needham, Massachusetts.
Larkin Reynolds (CAS '18), founder of Foundry Legal, joins Moye White LLP as partner and will anchor the firm's technology, privacy and cybersecurity practices.
Kat Harrison (GAL '20) will publish her debut picture book, Surgery on Sunday (Warren Publishing), in March 2020.
Carl Steinhouse (STERN '52) has published Volume 2 of his Pacific War series, Nimitz's Bypass; Volume 1 was Yamamoto's Dilemma.
Hope Wurmfeld's (STEINHARDT '60) photography is being exhibited by The Harriman Institute of Columbia University. The project, "Vintage: Soviet Bloc 1964," documents a three week journey with her husband in June of '64.
Joyce C. Grand (STEINHARDT '60) has written Margaret: from Newton to Nerja and its sequel, Moving Forward.
Florence Lunde (STEINHARDT '62) is a graduate of the Berean College and received her Graduate Certificate in Christian Ministry from The King’s Seminary. She received her ordination from the Independent Assemblies of God International. She is the published author of three books: God’s Word for You (2016, Xulon Press); Digging Deeper: The Devotional; and its sister book, Digging Deeper: the Bible Study.
Barney P. Popkin (WSC '64) drafted his autobiography, From Addis Ababa to Zamboana, and led World Bank's Jaffna-Sri Lanka stormwater management drainage plan and procurement.
William Pisani (TANDON '65) has recently been issued a full patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Known as "The Instant Hand-Held Bed Sheet Warmer," this electrical device is used to heat bed sheets prior to lying down to sleep.
Jeffrey Jarrett (STERN '68) is former Chairperson of the Department of Management Science and Professor of Management Science and Finance at the University of Rhode Island. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan and New York University where he studied with W. Edwards Deming, among others.
Robert Lima's (GSAS '68) recent books include: Ikons of the Past, Poetry of the Hispanic Americas (Floricanto Press), Elementals (Finishing Line Press), Across the Spectrum, Hispanic Cultural Heritage (Juan de la Cuesta Press), and Writers on my Watch (Eifrig Publishing).
Nancy Davidoff Kelton's (WSC '69) play "Finding Mr. Rightstein," an adaptation of her memoir with the same title, is getting a staged reading by the Jewish Repertory Theatre of Western New York on June 8, 2020.
Arthur Kerns (STERN '72) published his fourth spy thriller, Days of the Hunters: Intrigue, Mayhem, and Romance in Sunny Italy (Old Ballard Press).
Gibbs Williams (STEINHARDT '74) has published a new book, Smack in the Middle: My Turbulent Time Treating Heroin Addicts at Odyssey House (History Publishing Company).
Blandford Smith (STEINHARDT '76) published a new book, Crazy Fourth: How Jack Johnson Kept His Heavyweight Title and Put Las Vegas, New Mexico on the Map (University of New Mexico Press).
Daniel Klein (LAW '78) was translator and editor of the book Shadal on Genesis: Samuel David Luzzatto's Interpretation of the Book of Bereshit.
James Colotti (TANDON '81) was elected to chair the Electromagnetic Comparability Society of the IEEE Long Island Section.
Andy Rose (GSAS '82) retired after 42 years in public education. From 1984-2009, he was Chief School Administrator of the Norwood Public School District in Bergen County, New Jersey.
Thomas Kowalski (LS '82) will participate as Chair of "Patent Fundamentals Bootcamp 2020: An Introduction to Patent Drafting, Prosecution, and Litigation" for the Practising Law Institute in New York on June 2-4, 2020.
Michael Mascioni (GSAS '83) received the Albert Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020.
Clark Lackert (LAW '83) was recently recognized as one of the world's top trademark professionals by the World Trademark Review. He is a shareholder at Carlton Fields in New York.
Jack Lee (TANDON '87) is currently retired, getting back to fencing at the age of 68, and volunteering in our local Westchester County archives.
William Giannone (SPS '92) arranged J.S Bach’s 15 Sinfonias, BWV 787-801, (Three-part Inventions) for 3 flutes. It has been published by Rosebud Music Publishing Co.
Isabel Dichiara (TISCH '94) is the Executive Director of the Westchester County Bar Association.
Kevin Kosar (GSAS '95, '03) is co-editor of Congress Overwhelmed: Congressional Capacity and Prospects for Reform (2020).
Christine Hamm (SSSW '95) was just awarded the Tenth Gate Prize by Word Works publishing for her manuscript, Gorilla.
Alex Brown Church (TISCH '97) who releases music under the name Sea Wolf is releasing his first album in six years.
Sandra Mardenfeld (GSAS '98) released her new book New York Day Trips (Adventure Publications) on June 9.
Li Li (TANDON '99) was named partner at Slater Matsil LLP in Dallas, TX.
Shane Neman (CAS '99) received the SHAI Leadership Award for his achievements as an outstanding member of the Persian-American community.
Faith Pennick (GAL '00) a filmmaker and writer based in Los Angeles, is the author of D’Angelo’s Voodoo, part of Bloomsbury's acclaimed "33 1/3" series on influential albums.
Shannon Reed's (GSAS '00) first book, Why Did I Get a B? And Other Mysteries We're Discussing in the Faculty Lounge, will be published by Simon & Schuster on June 30, 2020.
Lauren Sandler (GSAS '01) has published her new book, This is All I Got (Penguin Random House).
Scott H. Bernstein (LAW '02) is a recipient of the M&A Advisor’s 14th Annual Turnaround Award for Restructuring Deal of Year ($10MM to $25MM) for the sale of the West Coast operations of United Business Freight Forwarders to QX Logistix LLC, a portfolio company of Azadian Group, LLC.
Jacqueline Friedland's (LAW '02) second novel, That's Not a Thing, will be released on April 14, 2020.
Mike DeCesaris (CIMS '02) has been promoted to vice president at Cornerstone Research., a leading provider of economic and financial consulting.
Alexis Haselberger (GAL '03), after leading HR and business operations in early-stage start-ups for many years, Alexis Haselberger opened a time management and productivity coaching and consulting business.
Shareah Taleghani (GSAS '03, '09) published her book Generations of Dissent in April.
Dave Hughes (CAS '05) has been hired as the Managing Director for Communications and Marketing at University Settlement Society of New York, The Door, and Broome Street Academy.
Tara Lombardo (GAL '06) was recently named new executive director of the Institute for Human Identity, the first and longest-running mental healthcare provider in the U.S. for LGBTQ+-identified people.
Kevin Mahoney (CIMS '06), President and Founder of FindTape, will testify in the South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. hearing.
Lauren Feldesman (STEINHARDT '07) a real estate broker at Compass working in the vicinity of Greenwich Village and all of the surrounding areas of NYU, often with many alumni and students.
Jared Merrell (SPS '07) has been selected as an award receipient to the Sports Business Journal's 2020 Forty Under 40 Class.
Dina Zielinski (CAS '08) named a 2020 Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow of the US National Academy of Sciences.
Ronald Park (CAS '08) has joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in the Consumer Financial Services Practice.
Donna Clovis (STEINHARDT '08) is releasing her new novel, The South of Black Forgiveness, in June 2020.
Kabaye Liku (LAW '09) has been promoted to partner at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver, & Jacobson LLP.
Christopher Alquiza (STERN '10) married his college sweetheart, Maria Luna (CAS '10).
Chinua Thelwell (GSAS '11) published a new book, Exporting Jim Crow: Blackface Minstrelsy in South Africa and Beyond.
Daniel Lukes (GSAS '12) is the editor of Conversations with William T. Vollmann (University Press of Mississippi).
Grant Rosenmeyer (TISCH '12) is starring in and producing the new film, Come As You Are, which premiered at SXSW.
Elizabeth Gyori (GAL '13) was awarded a 2020 Skadden Fellowship to undertake a public interest law project focusing on vindicating the rights of public housing tenants facing privatization of their units for two years with Legal Services NYC's Tenants Rights Coalition.
Derek Lee (STERN '16) is the cofounder of Boo, a Myers-Briggs/Big 5/psychology based dating app that matches based on personality.
Keir Weimer (SPS '20) is a real estate and lifestyle entrepreneur and author of the #1 Amazon bestseller LIVE INSPIRED! 5-Minute Intentions to Energize Your Life and Career.