Class Notes Winter 2022
Joyce Valborg Zerwekh (MEYERS ’69) passed away on December 20, 2021 after a sudden battle with cholangiocarcinoma. Joyce was born January 8, 1945 in Oak Park, IL. She earned her Masters in Nursing from NYU in 1969, and taught nursing at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she married Michael Zerwekh. Wanting to learn more about the spiritual questions they both held, Joyce and Mike moved to Philadelphia, PA to live and study at Pendle Hill Quaker Study Center in 1970. Joyce was a visiting nurse and helped to start Hospice of Seattle. She taught at both the University of Washington and Seattle University. She earned her Doctorate in Education from SU and was the founding director of the Concordia University School of Nursing. Joyce is survived by her sons, Joel Zerwekh of Seattle, WA and Gregory Zerwekh of Portland, OR.
James C. O'Neal (STEINHARDT ’71) is an aging expert and dedicated community health care advocate. He has been appointed State President of AARP New York. In this position, O’Neal will chair the AARP New York Executive Council, a select leadership group of AARP New York members with an outstanding record of service and a commitment to the goals of the Association.
Gary Matsko (LAW '73) who is now a shareholder with Boston law firm Davis Malm, was named to the list of 2021 Massachusetts Super Lawyers. The results were published in Boston magazine and in New England Super Lawyers, which is published by Thomson Reuters.
Valerie Mercer (WSC ’79) is celebrating her 20th year as the Head Curator of African American Art at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the first museum to dedicate a curatorial department and galleries to African American art.
Larry Cary (WAG '79) passed away on December 15th. He was a prominent union-side labor lawyer in New York City. He founded Cary Kane LLP, dedicated to the exceptional representation of unions, union affiliated employee benefit plans, and employees with workplace claims and served as counsel to numerous important unions such as TWU Local 100, the union representing NYC’s bus and subway workers. He was a trustee of the New York City Employees’ Retirement System and counsel to the benefit plans of District Council 37, the union representing 125,000 municipal employees of the City of New York as well as numerous other union employee benefit plans. He is survived by Ann Orsmby, his wife of 37 years, and their sons Charles Ian Ormsby Cary and William Edward Ormsby Cary.
James Colotti (TANDON ’81) was elected to serve as 2022 Chair of the IEEE LI Electromagnetic Compatibility Society and the IEEE LI Circuits and Systems Society.
Robert C. Rawdin (DEN ’86) has been installed as the president of The Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics.
Chris Febles (WSC ’94) is the author of his debut novel Richie the Caseworker, a story of a young man in 1995 searching for a purpose who falls into a job as a caseworker at a homeless shelter in Westchester County.
Zev Gewurz (LAW ’96) , the co-chair of the Real Estate Group and International Investors Group at Goulston & Storrs, has been named to the 2021 top “Lawyers in Real Estate” list by Connect CRE for his exemplary work in the real estate industry and contributions to the community.
Crystal Williams (SPS ’98) was appointed as the Rhode Island School of Design’s 18th president effective April 1, 2022.
David Orozco, J.D. (STERN ’99) was named the Bank of America Professor of Business Administration at Florida State University's College of Business. He also launched a consumer advocacy company called SettleShark.
Monica Alessandra Tierney (STEINHARDT ’03) founded educational company Mio Reggio, which recently launched a new green city block set to teach children about green building concepts. This past October it received the Good Housekeeping Sustainable Innovation award and featured in their November print issue. Her startup was also listed as one of 35 Sustainable Companies to Know About by Good Housekeeping Institute.
Christian Usera (CAS ’04) is an Ypsilanti, MI-based artist and founder of U Magazine, a dual digital and print art magazine.
Brett Krutzsch (STEINHARDT ’05) is the editor of The Revealer, the online magazine published by the Center for Religion & Media, which was just honored with the "Excellence in Magazine Overall Religion Coverage" by the Religion News Association, the top award they offer for a print or online magazine.
Douglas L. Tang (STERN ’05) has been named partner at New York-based law firm Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP. Douglas is in Patterson Belknap’s Employee Benefit and Executive Compensation practice group.
Aaron Sherman (CAS '06) was recently featured in Wine Enthusiast's 40 under 40 Tastemakers of 2021. He is the co-founder and CEO of SevenFifty, a groundbreaking online platform for the beverage trade that helped the US hospitality industry survive the COVID pandemic.
Jeffery Yip (WAG ’08) completed an executive management program at the University of California Los Angeles Anderson School of Management. His graduation was in May.
Zachary Goldman (LAW '09) has been made partner at WilmerHale. His practice focuses on financial crime, financial technology and national security issues, with a particular focus on financial sanctions, anti–money laundering (AML), cryptocurrency and distributed ledger technology, and other novel payment technologies.
Daniel Belkin (TSOA ’10) co-created a long-form interview podcast called the External Medicine Podcast, featuring physicians, scientists, and other public intellectuals talking about a wide range of medicine-related topics.
Michael Mix (LAW ’11) was promoted to Partner at Morrison Cohen, LLC. He is also a partner in the Business Litigation department and a member of the White Collar and Regulatory Enforcement practice group. His practice focuses on litigation, arbitration, and regulatory enforcement related to false advertising, cryptocurrency, securities, consumer products, defamation, and intellectual property.
Roxanna Walitzki (STEINHARDT ’12) is releasing a new album, Amor Fati, in January. It is comprised of sacred Baroque vocal music, reimagined with electronic production.
Karin Dryhurst (LAW ’13) has been made partner at WilmerHale. Her practice focuses on government and internal investigations, enforcement actions, and government-facing and qui tam litigation.
Emily M. Sujka (CAS, STEINHARDT ’16) published a collection of 81 poems on October 27, 2021 entitled "Beautiful Ends." The book looks at ends through the lens of being, a beautiful necessity of every conclusion. Each poem—whether free verse or prose, rhyming or simply rhythmic—pokes at convention's fabric, gasps for reason, or, when it can be done, finds the humor in it all. Written and compiled over the course of seven years, this poetry may be described as a record of collisions, a personal record of each time thought fell short and the world felt too wrong. Expression, forced to step in rather than just survey the wreckage, created redemptively from whatever was left.
Madeline Raube (STEINHARDT ’17) is making her Broadway National Tour debut as Countess Lily in Anastasia the Musical.
Isla Perfito (CAS, STEINHARDT ’17) is on a mission to disrupt the mainstream TV/Entertainment world by creating a blockchain-based content engagement platform called SATOR.
Norman Liss (STERN ’52, LAW ’55) recently retired after 65 years in practice. During that time, among other involvements, he served as Counsel to the New York State Statue of Liberty Commission, Chairman of Development of the Ellis Island Restoration Commission, and as Counsel to the US Constitution Bicentennial Commission.
Robert P. Lisak (WSUC ’61) was awarded the 2021 Distinguished Neurology Teacher Award by the American Neurological Association.
Patricia Freeman Rosof (WSC ’70, GSAS ’71, GSAS ’78) published a book of children’s poetry, Little Folks Growing Fast: Poems for Young Children.
Henry M. Silvert, Ph.D. (WSUC ’71, GSAS ’80, GSAS ’86) published a memoir just before his passing in December entitled An Indelible Event and Detour Through a Global Childhood. The Midwest Book review wrote of it "A life-threatening car accident may have changed his trajectory, but it didn't defeat his attitude. Silvert grew into a political activist, employing a social inspection that embraced both his South American experiences and childhood and a growing optimism undaunted by the rigors of adversity".
JoAnne Kirk Henry (STEINHARDT ’71) passed away on 1/18/2022. The majority of JoAnne's professional career was as Professor and sometimes Dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing. She was the Director of the VCU Office of Health Policy, as well as Founding President of the Virginia Partnership for Nursing. She was presented VCU's Distinguished Service Award and the Presidential Medallion. In the Greater Richmond community, JoAnne was President of the Board of Directors of The Daily Planet, the Founding Director of the Central Virginia Nurse Leadership Institute and Chair of the Board of Trustees of St. Joseph's Villa.
Jud Newborn (WSC ’74) won an Emmy Award the end of 2021 for his co-produced video interview and career retrospective of director Barry Sonnenfeld. Newborn is Producer/Curator of Celebrity Guest Programs for Long Island, NY's Cinema Arts Centre. Also a Holocaust scholar and curator, he served as Founding Historian and co-creator of NY's Museum of Jewish Heritage, and was honored by the Anne Frank Center in 2018 with their top award, "The Spirit of Anne Frank Human Writes Award." He is a much acclaimed multimedia lecture performer and author of the now classic book, "Sophie Scholl and the White Rose".
Peter J. Wosh (GSAS ’78, STEINHARDT ’89) recently published the book Murder on the Mountain: Crime, Passion, and Punishment in Gilded Age New Jersey (Rutgers University Press, 2022). The book examines the story of Margaret Meierhofer, the last woman executed by the State of New Jersey in 1881 in order to shed light on family life and culture in the 1870s.
Stephen J. Varone (STERN ’79) was appointed to the Board of Directors of Springfield Medical Care Systems In Springfield, VT.
Ronald Rand (TSOA ’80) recently published his new book Solo Transformation On Stage: A Journey into the Organic Process of the Art of Transformation. The book reveals how creation takes place through his two-hour transformation bringing to life the dynamic 79-year-old Harold Clurman, “the Elder Statesman of the American Theatre” in his acclaimed solo play, Let It Be Art!
Maureen Rattner (TSOA ’83) has written a book, Applause, for young artists that is available on Amazon.
Jamie Gold (nee Trief) (WSC ’83) won one of the National Association of Real Estate Editors’ prestigious Robert Bruss Book Awards at its 2021 conference in Miami for her third book, Wellness by Design: A Room-by-Room Guide to Optimizing Your Home for Health, Fitness, and Happiness.
Nicholas Rallis (WSC ’85, DEN ’88) founder of Center for Smiles,was the first NYU alumni to be named as Associate faculty member of the prestigious Dawson Academy. Dr. Rallis hosts a mini-residency course at his practice, Center for Smiles, where he teaches the Dawson Academy curriculum serving dentists from the United States and around the world.
Laura Josepher (STEINHARDT ’88, STEINHARDT ’90) wrote the textbook Performing in Contemporary Musicals with NYU Steinhardt Vocal Faculty, David Sisco.
Jeremy Louwerse (WSC ’93) published his first book "The Beatles in Los Angeles" last month.
Christopher Stanton (TSOA ’93) published "The Underachiever: Collected Stories 2000-2010", which is available for purchase on Amazon.
Sanjay Upadhya (GSAS ’95) has published his fourth book ‘Empowered and Imperiled: Nepal’s Peace Puzzle in Bits and Pieces’ (Kathmandu: FinePrint Books, 2022). The book retraces the last decade and a half of Nepal’s tempestuous quest to reinvent itself and chronicles key personalities and events with caustic insouciance.
Laurén B. Carr (STEINHARDT ’95) is excited to share the news of her first published book: Mindful Admissions, An Insider's Guide to Staying Sane, Applying Well and Getting Accepted to College. Laurén has dedicated her entire career of 30+ years to the college admissions and college counseling profession, including a decade in college admissions and as Director of College Admissions at NYU.
David Mehretu (SPS ’95, CAS ’97, LAW ’06) has been elevated to principal at Meyers Nave. Mehretu sits in the firm’s Oakland office.
Josh Mogin (LAW ’97) has joined Thompson Coburn as a partner in their Los Angeles office. Josh was previously a partner at Raines Feldman LLP in Los Angeles.
Iris E. Bennett (LAW ’99) joined Steptoe & Johnson LLP as a partner in the firm's White-Collar Defense Group. Based in Washington, DC, Iris represents Fortune 100 clients in internal investigations, corporate compliance, antitrust, fraud, and federal mandatory and voluntary disclosures.
Becca Franks (CAS ’02) is a research scientist in the department of Environmental Studies at New York University and recently won a Refinement Grant from the Animal Welfare Institute. Dr. Franks is among four winners who will develop and test innovative methods of refinement to the care, husbandry, or housing of animals in research to improve their welfare.
Clint Lutes (TSOA ’02) is a Paris-based dance artist working with inclusive dance and dance and health, including work with people living with Parkinson's, refugees, professional dancers, healthcare workers and researchers. He is associated artist at DaPoPa and has been working regularly with the Theatre de la Ville de Paris.
Beth Myers (CAS ’04) is a partner at Burns & Levinson in Boston and has been elected to the GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) Board of Directors. Myers is a well-known employment litigator who is highly-regarded for her advocacy representing employees in cases involving claims of discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, wage and hour disputes, and non-compliance with the Family Medical Leave Act.
Marla Schuchman (STEINHARDT ’05, TANDON ’11) accepted the position of Research and Technology Partnerships Manager for Jefferson Lab, a Department of Energy Office of Science national laboratory. She will be spearheading the tech transfer, commercialization, and partnership efforts for the Lab.
Dina Weinstein (CAS ’06) has been elevated to counsel at law firm Pryor Cashman.
Rebecca A. Borgese (CAS ’06) was elected to partner at Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP. She is a partner in the Firm’s Securities Litigation, Arbitration, Regulation and Investigations Group.
Ben Feldman (CAS ’06) is the director and co-executive producer of Bug Out, a 4-part Amazon Studios documentary series, which is a true-con whodunnit about the largest live insect heist in US history.
Jared Markowitz (CAS ’08) is one of three attorneys promoted to partner at Mound Cotton.
Sharon Hewitt Rawlette (GSAS ’08) was awarded a $50,000 prize by the Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies for her essay "Beyond Death," which provided the best evidence for the survival of human consciousness after bodily death.
Gabriel Bedoya (LAW ’11) was elected by Honigman LLP to serve a four-year term on the firm's board of directors. He is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department, serves as Co-Leader of the Emerging Companies Group, and is the firm’s Assistant Hiring Partner for Associates and Summer Associates. He concentrates his practice on complex commercial litigation matters related to private equity litigation, securities litigation, and government investigations.
Joseph Rauch (CAS ’13) recently published his second novel, The Last of the Mentally Ill, much of which takes place at NYU.
Christopher Griffin (STEINHARDT ’14) AKA Plant Kween is the author of You Grow, Gurl! (HarperCollins).
Alexandros Hatzakis (WAG ’14) has been promoted to Associate Executive Director at FPWA, an anti-poverty policy and advocacy organization committed to economic opportunity and upward mobility, which is celebrating its 100th year anniversary.
Nicholas S. Pagano (CAS ’18, GSAS ’22) has joined the Fulco Team at Exit Realty Private Client.
Marcia H. Marcus (WSC ’47) will have her piece, "Self-Portrait as Athena," on display at the Minneapolis Institute of Art this spring. Marcus was a vital figure on the art scene in both New York and Provincetown, MA, and one of several important women artists of the period.
Georgette Bennet (GSAS ’72) is the author of Thou Shalt Not Stand Idly.
Barry J. Litwin (DEN ’74) has retired from general practice in Nutley, New Jersey.
Joseph R. Sutton (WSC ’74, GSAS ’76) retired from U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division and has relocated from Virginia to Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Charles Selcer (STERN ’77) has been elected chair of the Minnesota State Board of Accountancy. Selcer is a founding shareholder of Schechter Dokken Kanter Andrews & Selcer Ltd. in Minneapolis.
Debra Mary Lee Kasmauski (TSOA ’79, TSOA ’89) is publishing her chapbook Words From Walls in June after transitioning to literature from her career in modern dance.
Michael A. Lampert (LAW ’84) received the 2020-2021 Gerald T. Hart Outstanding Tax Attorney of the Year Award from the Florida Bar Tax Section.
Ira Cohen (LAW ’85) was Appointed Chair of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the Federal Bar Association (2021-2022).
Alejandro Badia (GSM ’89) is a world renowned hand surgeon, healthcare disruptor, and surgeon educator. His new book Healthcare from the Trenches is an open discussion of the failure of the U.S. healthcare system from the perspectives of its providers and patients.
Laura Dickson (TSOA ’91) recently joined the faculty of Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Her short story "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Bimah" will appear in the middle grade anthology Coming of Age: 13 B'Nai Mitzvah Stories.
Debra Brookes (WSC ’93, STEINHARDT ’95, SPS ’91) is Deputy Virtual Currency Chief at the NYS Department of Financial Services.
Kevin R. Kosars (GSAS ’95, GSAS ’03) recently began writing a monthly column for The Hill newspaper focusing on elections reform, Congress, and other governance subjects.
Amy Wu (CAS ’96) published her book From Farms to Incubators: Women Innovators Revolutionizing How Our Food is Grown.
Susanne Trimbath (GSAS ’00) is the author of Naked, Short and Greedy: Wall Street's Failure to Deliver.
Melissa Robyn Glassman (GAL ’00) and Sarah Wilson (TSOA ’00) have teamed up for the documentary Dear Mr. Brody, a psychedelic journey into the heart (and bank account) of Michael Brody Jr, the hippie-millionaire who offered the world peace for the price of a postage stamp. The documentary, helmed by award-winning director Keith Maitland, reveals the incredible story of Michael Brody Jr. and the countless struggling Americans who sought his help to create a deeply moving meditation on desire, need, philanthropy, and love.
Tanya Zimbardo (TSOA ’01) welcomed her first child, Clay Cielo Doyle, in February 2022. She also curated two exhibitions, "Speculative Portraits" and "Susan Philipsz," on view at SFMOMA from April 9 - September 5, 2022.
Charles Breeden (STERN ’07) was promoted to Managing Director at Accenture.
Velma Jones (STEINHARDT ’07) is Director of Internet Brands's automotive vertical, the first BIPOC woman to hold the position, and a 2021-2022 AmeriCorps Civic Action Fellow.
Tiffany Oshinsky (née Orbin) (TSOA ’08) is the co-host of The Lead podcast, produced by Wondery and The Athletic.
Michael Lavine (LAW ’09) was promoted to Of Counsel in Jones Day's IP Litigation practice.
Miriam Altman (WAG ’13) and Alexandra Meis (WAG ’13) are the cofounders of Kinvolved, which was just acquired by PowerSchool.
Erik Christian Hanson (TSOA ’13) will have his second book published on March 25. Wicked Blod, a dark novella from Demain Publishing, is his follow-up to All Things Deadly (Salem Stories).
Abbey Wemimo (WAG ’15) and Samir Goel (STERN, CAS ’16) are the cofounders of Esusu, which has become a unicorn enterprise with a $1B valuation in their latest financing.