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Class Notes Fall 2008




Barry C. Schneider received the James A. Walsh Outstanding Jurist Award from the State Bar of Arizona, an award that recognizes a judge who exemplifies the highest standards of judicial conduct for integrity and independence.



Ronald G. Ehrenberg received the 2007 H.S. Warwick Research Award for Outstanding Published Scholarship from the Association of Student Advancement Programs.

Raphael "Rafe" Martin received the Empire State Award, a one-time award presented to an author or illustrator living in New York state.



Bob Kaplitz, who lectures on international advertising at the University of Dallas Graduate School of Management, has been recognized for excellence in teaching by the Dean of the College of Business. Bob is a principal and strategist for AR&D, a television and interactive media branding company.

Donald L. Walford is the chairman of Lyzer Diagnostics, which was awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research Grant from the National Institutes of Health to apply its EVEIA homogeneous immunoassy for development and validation of low abundance protein cancer biomarkers.



Dennis Fenichel published his first book Titters, Giggles and Tears (Outskirts Press, 2008), a collection of humorous essays, described as a cross of Woody Allen, Lewis Carroll and Monty Python.



Molly Peacock published The Second Blush (W.W. Norton, 2008), a book in which she tracks the vicissitudes of midlife marriage.



Cheryl Formisano graduated in May from New York University with a doctorate in educational administration. She would like to hear from Harpur classmates.

Steven Mark Weiss is the author of Signs of Success: The Remarkable Power of Business Astrology (AMACOM, 2008).



Steve Elman is the co-author of Burning Up the Air: Jerry Williams, Talk Radio and the Life in Between (Commonwealth Editions, 2008), a book about Boston’s “Dean of Talk Radio”



William J. Froehlich was appointed as an administrative judge on the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He had previously served as a member of the senior executive service at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.



Batya Moskowitz Wininger, MA 76, after 15 years as a psychotherapist in private practice and community mental health centers, opened a creativity and life coaching practice Upositive Life Coaching. The center’s website is at Batya is also a published author, working on a series of murder mysteries and e-books about the creative process.



Dr. Linda Berry, a certified nutritionist, was quoted in a news article about calories that appeared on about 70 different websites including the NBC news site for the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Robert A. Rubinstein, MA, PhD 76 published Peacekeeping Under Fire: Culture and Intervention (Paradigm Publishers, 2008). Rubinstein is a professor of anthropology and international relations at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. He received the Edward Weisband Award from the Binghamton University Alumni Association in 2000.



Nancy Kirby was elected to the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants Board of Directors, representing the organization’s Rochester chapter.

Gayle Kirschenbaum went to Israel to continue shooting for her film My Nose: The Bigger Version. She and her mother also planned to volunteer on an Army base.

Roger Marshall published his first book Terror Within (BookSurge, 2008); it’s a science fiction work that focuses on what can go wrong with DNA manipulation.



Daniel J. Hogan was named CFO of The Coleman Company, Inc., a division of Jarden Corporation, a Fortune 500 company.

Eric Steven Keitel co-wrote I Just Want My Kids To Be Happy: Why You Shouldn’t Say It, Why You Shouldn’t Think It, What You Should Embrace Instead (Late August Press, 2008). The book received a Gold Medal in the 2008 Mom’s Choice Awards.



Christopher Visco, MA was selected as the Outstanding Earth Science Teacher for New York state by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.



Lipp's Class of '79 reunion

Marty Lipp submitted a photo from February’s Bingham Basement Boys Vermont ski and snowshoe trip, an annual tradition. From left to right, standing: Mark Kross ’77, Ken Landesman ’77, Steve Brown ’76, Steve Wein ’77, Adam Weisman ’77, Paul Heady ’76 and Gene Berger. Sitting: Fred Sampliner ’76, Mitch Posilkin ’76, Artie Press ’77, Bob Fishman ’76 and Lipp.

Amy Weitzner-Brown received the 2008 Nightingale Award in Nursing for Connecticut. She is a case manager for VNA Healthcare, Inc.






Jay Matuk is principal of Cold Spring Harbor Junior/Senior High School in Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. His school was selected as one of the Top 100 Public Schools in America for 2007 by Newsweek and U.S. News and World Report.

James B. Shapiro '81

James B. Shapiro (pictured at right) left the corporate world in 2002, after 20 years, to move to Cincinnati and start a real estate business. He is involved in local community housing organizations and has mentored at-risk youth since 1999.



Michael Crane is chief operating officer for Wisconsin Public Radio, a three-network, 31-station, seven-bureau public media company. Michael has worked in public broadcasting for his entire career, starting at “SUNY-B” with WHRW.

Julie Gallanty is executive director of the YMCA in Hoboken, N.J., which was awarded $12 million from county, state and federal agencies to upgrade and renovate a 96-room facility in the YMCA.

Cliff Sachs joined Tobira Therapeutics as director of quality assurance. The company acquires, develops and commercializes innovative products for the treatment of important and unmet medical needs in infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.



Jim Rothman and his wife of 15 years welcomed identical twin daughters, Eliana Sloane and Danielle Makayla, on Dec. 27, 2007. They were born early and are two healthy miracle babies.

Meryle Weinstein received a doctorate in public administration from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. Weinstein is a research scientist at the Institute for Education and Social Policy at NYU.



Adam McKible published Little Magazines and Modernism: New Approaches (Ashgate, 2007). He also welcomed his second son, Oscar, on Jan. 13, 2008.

Thomas A. Meringolo is now in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., still a teacher and still with Ron (22 years and counting). He would like to hear from old friends.



Stacey Lee Donohue received the Faculty Achievement Award at Central Oregon Community College in Bend, Ore., where she is a professor of English. She was elected by members of the Modern Language Association to serve on the Delegate Assembly representing community colleges. She received the National Community College Humanities Association’s Distinguished Humanities Educator Award.

Theresa (Haas) McKenna was named program coordinator of the Diabetes Care Center at St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, N.Y. A clinical health psychologist and certified diabetes educator, she lives in Blue Point, N.Y., with her husband, Ed, and sons, Michael (7 years old) and Andrew (4).

Peter S. Ungar is a professor of anthropology at the University of Arkansas. In May, he was elected to the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars.



Najla Aswad is the owner of Najla’s Inc., a specialty food company in Louisville, Ky., which received two awards from the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade.

Sean O’Leary and his wife, Sandy Suminski, welcomed a son, Cary Leonard O’Leary, on April 29, 2008, in Brussels, Belgium. Sean works at the United States Mission to NATO.

Mason Salit left Citigroup after 17 years to assume the role of head of the international private bank for HSBC in New York. He and his wife, Lauren, live in Woodbury, N.Y. They celebrated the Bat Mitzvah of their oldest daughter, Taylor, in January 2008. Dan Gindi ’84; Jack Solomon and Laurie Lazarus, both ’85; Barry Margolis, Stuart Nachmias, Dr. Shari (Lerner) Becker and Laurie Scocozza, all ’86; Galit Rajwan and Mike Greenspan, both ’87 attended.

Roger Peltzman, a solo pianist, performed at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in June.

Jill Maxi Schreibman received a master’s degree in social work from the Hunter College School of Social Work in June. She is performing weddings and other lifecycle ceremonies as an Interfaith minister and lives in Brooklyn with her partner, Susan. Jill can be contacted through

Wayne Weinstock celebrated 20 years of marriage in August to his wife Tammy, with daughter Samantha, son Brett and enough family pets to start a zoo. Wayne has been vice president and director of operations of Audio Advisors, Inc., an electronic systems contractor, in West Palm Beach, Fla., for the past eight years.



Marcia A. Corprew abandoned her 18-year programming career in 2006 to become owner and publisher of Town Planner Community Calendar for Durham and Chapel Hill, N.C. In 2007, she was named Rookie of the Year. In January 2008, she was top finalist for Chapel Hill Business Newcomer of the Year. She lives in Durham, N.C., with her three wonderful mutts.

Madeleine Charney and her husband, Rudy Perkins, welcomed a son, Eli Charney Perkins, on Feb. 23, 2008.

Patty Monroe Christopher would love to hear from classmates and friends.

Nanette M. Pasquarello, MA ’89, director of judicial affairs at SUNY Cortland, received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.

Tammy (Strachan) Severino and her husband, Fred, welcomed a daughter, Caroline Paige Ann, on March 23, 2007. She joins siblings Rachael and Patrick. Tammy was named director of development and public relations for Eden II Programs and The Genesis School. Tammy was named in the Top 40 Under 40 by Long Island Business News.



Michael S. Friedberg is the author of Staff Competency in Patient Access (HCPro, 2008).



Gregory S. Bloshinsky was named a partner at the Morris Law Group in Boca Raton, Fla. He heads the trust and estate administration department.

Dr. Geoffrey Epstein and Rachel (Lapsker) Epstein ’89 celebrated the Bat Mitzvah of their oldest daughter, Stephanie Lara, on March 29, 2008, in Great Neck, N.Y. Guests included Lance Greiff ’84; Anita Borkenstein ’86; Marc Zuckerman, Michael Marcus, David Cohan and Eileen Cohan, all ’87; Michael Schwartz ’88; Michael Brown, Dr. Michael Bruck, Andrew Finkelstein, Brian Heitner, Matthew Tavroff, Andrew Marcus and Betty (Chester) Marcus, all ’89; Lauren (Kaufman) Brown, Michael Herman and Stacey (Arden) Schwartz, all ’90; and Craig Sirota ’91.

Diane (Fishman) Hensley and her husband, Trevor, welcomed a son, Roran Joseph, in February 2008. He joins sister Bryce Rogin (1 year old). The family lives in Albuquerque, N.M.

Jahan Khan is married and has one child. He lives in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and has been in the telecom industry since starting his career.

Jill Ramiel is the owner of Silverbow Inn and Bakery, and Catering in Juneau, Alaska. She was named one of the “Top 40 Under 40” young professionals in the state.

Scott-Robert Shenkman and Julie (White) Shenkman ’87 held their son Andrew’s Bar Mitzvah on Jan. 26, 2008. Guests included Serge Nehama and Susan (Blake) Nehama, both ’87.

Alexandra “Lexie” Tyler, MA ’92, PhD ’00 would like to hear from her 1987-89 swimming teammates.

Robert Scalcione has been promoted to senior client manager at Thompson Technology Industries, a leading maker of products for the solar power industry in Novato, Calif.



Michael S. Brady '90 and friends


Michael S. Brady and Colin Johnston ’90 (pictured at left) climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, taking the Lemosho Route and reaching the summit on Feb. 25, 2008.

Feuer children
Barri Sperber Feuer and Scott Feuer ’90 welcomed a daughter, Rayna Madison, on Dec. 26, 2007. She joins brother Ethan Spencer (10 years old) and Taryn Samantha (6 years old). The family (pictured at right) lives in East Northport, N.Y.

Kerrie Jean Lanigan married Brian Patrick Daly on May 3, 2008, in Maryland. Guests included Evelyn Ruth Behrend ’89; Barri Sperber Feuer and Scott Feuer, both ’90. The couple lives in Olney, Md.



Jacqueline Phipps Polito '90


Jacqueline Phipps Polito (pictured at left) is a partner at the law firm of Phillips Lytle in Rochester, N.Y., focusing her practice on labor and employment law and litigation.





Carise Mitch married Derek Steel on June 8, 2008, in a Quaker ceremony at the Colonial Dames Society of America in Philadelphia. Guests included Josh Bond, Jennifer Palma, Lori Willis and Joe Maissel, all ’90; Beverly Crilly and Lesley Siegel, both ’91; and Rob Kahn ’92. Carise is communications director for the Art Institute of Philadelphia and will attend the MBA program at Temple University’s Fox School of Business. She lives with her husband in Center City Philadelphia.

Meredith Garod Music and her husband, Alan, welcomed a daughter, Alexandra Olivia, on Feb. 17, 2008. The family lives in Scarsdale, N.Y.

Lauren Hyatt Ornstein and her husband, Dan, welcomed a daughter, Sarah Jordyn, on Oct. 11, 2007. She joins brother Ryan (3 years old) and Sydney (5). The family lives in Scarsdale, N.Y.

David Parmelee and his wife, Nancy Emerson, welcomed a daughter, Lucy Evelyn, on March 23, 2008.

Bridget Quinn-Carey is director of the Buffalo/Erie County Public Library System. She is married to James Carey ’91.




Abbene-Sheridan wedding

Michele Abbene married Dennis C. Sheridan, Jr. (pictured at right), on Sept. 15, 2007, at Glenora Winery in the Finger Lakes of New York state. Meryl Diamond ’92 was the maid of honor and Daniel Reichner ’89; Jessica (Goldsmith) Barzilay ’91; Lisa (Stein) Bregman and Dee (Delmonico) Maopolski, both ’92 attended. The couple lives in Marcy, N.Y.

Albert Araneo got married in 2002 and became a father on Feb. 21, 2007, to a son, Nicolas. Albert is an in-house attorney for the Writers House literary agency in New York. He would like to hear from old friends.

Jennifer Drake


Jennifer Drake, MA ’92, PhD ’96 (pictured at left) is an associate professor of English at the University of Indianapolis and director of the Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship program there. She lives in Indianapolis with her husband and daughter.

Lisa (Stein) Bregman and her husband, Marc, welcomed their second child, a son, Alex Michael, on June 16, 2006. He joins big brother Benjamin Noah (2 years old). The family lives in Cranford, N.J. Lisa is an environmental program associate for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in New Jersey.

Heidi (Wachtel) Pasternack and her husband, Eric, welcomed a son, Joshua Kyle, on Dec. 18, 2007. He joins big sister Rachel (4 years old). Heidi is a seventh grade math teacher for the Syosset Central School District and lives with her family in Plainview, N.Y.

Sheri (Zimmerman) Shafer and her husband, Jonathan, welcomed a daughter, Sarah Gabrielle, on April 10, 2007. She joined big brother Zachary (4 years old). Sheri lives with her family in Mercerville, N.J., where she is the CFO of the New Jersey State Library.


Lauren DiSalle and Gregg Schwartz ’92 welcomed a son, Joshua Aaron Schwartz, on March 21, 2008. He joins brother Zachary (3 years old). The family lives in Woodmere, N.Y.

Sharon Haut Kapitansky and her husband, Ross, welcomed a daughter, Samantha Emma, on March 2, 2008, in Bellmore, N.Y. She joins big brother Mitchell (3 years old).

Kristie Hedayati Breed welcomed twins, Lucas Riley and Soraya Emma, on Nov. 14, 2007.

Kozak children

Christopher S. Kozak and his wife, Mary, welcomed their fourth child, Christopher Matthew, on Feb. 27, 2008. He joins siblings Will (6 years old), Alexandra (5) and Aidan (3).

Joseph L. Mali and his wife, Marybeth, welcomed their third child, Brielle Victoria, on March 8, 2008. She joins siblings Jaiden (6 years old) and Careena (3).

Shawn Parker, MA is director of education at Old Sturbridge Village, a living history museum of 19th century New England in Sturbridge, Mass.




Jean Dierking Belford and her husband, Matt, welcomed a son, Matthew Corry, on June 2, 2008. He joins sister Lilly (2 years old).

Julie Goldman Terrana and her husband, Joseph Terrana ’94, welcomed a daughter, Cassandra Leigh, on Feb. 16, 2008. She joins sisters Aliya Danielle (5 years old) and Mikayla Sophia (2 years old). Joe is an endocrinologist in Smithtown, N.Y., and Julie is his office manager. The couple lives in Kings Park, N.Y.

Janine Yohay Isaac and her husband, Marc, welcomed a daughter, Alexa Jordin, on Oct. 25, 2007. She joins brothers Evan (6 years old) and Andrew (3). Janine is a math teacher at Syosset High School and lives with her family in Bellmore, N.Y.

Frank Leu is a scientist at the Verto Institute in New Brunswick, N.J., conducting neuroendocrine tumor research. He has been with Verto since 2002.

Robles family

Kyoko C. Pena-Robles finished a family practice residency in 2005 and an OB fellowship in 2006. She lives in California with her husband, Francisco, and daughter, Meiko, who was born in November 2006 (family pictured at left).

Gayle (Pollak) Harris and her husband, Eric, welcomed a son, Jake Aaron, on Feb. 5, 2007. He joins sister Alyssa Brynn (3 years old). Gayle practices optometry part-time and lives with her family in Pawling, N.Y.

Angela Sbani Castillo and her husband, Gabriel, welcomed a son, Nicolas James, on March 19, 2008. He joins sister Marisa. The family lives in Huntington, N.Y.






Sabrina Bowen

Kasi Bowen and her husband, Stephen, welcomed a daughter, Sabrina Lily (pictured at left), in June 2007. Kasi is the human resources director for a luxury skin care line, Peter Thomas Roth. The family lives in Manhattan.

Danielle (Camilleri) Scheg and her husband, Nathan Scheg ’95, welcomed a son, Andrew Jonathan, on March 12, 2008. He joins brothers Aaron (5 years old) and Aidan (3). The family lives in Walnut Creek, Calif.


Nick Christy and his wife, Heather (Connelly) Christy ’95, welcomed a daughter, Tess Nicole (pictured at right), on April 19, 2007. She joins brother Jack (2 years old). Nick works for IBM’s human resources function and Heather is a stay-at-home mom. The family lives in Rochester, Minn.

Scott Lewis and his wife welcomed their second son, Javin Michael, on May 6, 2008.

Stefanie (Meisel) Macklin and her husband, Scott, welcomed a daughter, Abigail Ruby, on Dec. 7, 2007. The couple lives in Manhattan.

Michael Memoly was promoted to chief financial officer of LBA Realty, LLC, a real estate investment firm in Irvine, Calif. He lives in Orange County, Calif., with his wife, Michelle, and daughters, Lauren (5 years old), Kendall (3) and Charlotte (1).

Melanie (Sasson) Gruenwald and her husband, Salomon, welcomed twins, Hannah and Micah, on Dec. 12, 2007. They join brother Koby.

Jeffrey Schwartz and his wife, Michele, welcomed a daughter, Talia Elle, on Aug. 23, 2007. She joins sister Madilyn (3 years old). The family lives in Worcester, Pa.

Ventimiglia-Yao wedding

Dr. Melissa M. Ventimiglia married Dr. Sheldon C. Yao ’97 on May 5, 2008, at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. Charles Lim and Samuel Chui, both ’97; and Wileen Chick ’98 attended. Melissa practices osteopathic manipulative medicine in New York, and Sheldon teaches at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, N.Y.




Hope (Itzkowitz) Pecullan and her husband, Scott Pecullan ’96, welcomed a daughter, Romy Maleah, on Dec. 15, 2007. She joined sisters Iliana and Talya (3 years old). The family lives in Port Washington, N.Y.

Alexander D. Jones is president of the Massachusetts chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. He is an associate in the domestic relations practice area at Looney & Grossman LLP in Boston.

Jordan S. Linn '96

Jordan S. Linn (pictured at left) joined the trust and estates practice group at Farrell Fritz in Uniondale, N.Y. He lives with his wife, Robyn, and their son, Lucas, in Merrick, N.Y.

Karen Loeb Borofsky and her husband, Michael, welcomed twins, Abigail and Benjamin, on Sept. 19, 2007. Rebecca was excited to become a big sister.

Carlalynne Melendez, MA, PhD ’02 founded The Liga Guakia Taina-ke, which has implemented the Cultural-Linguistic Immersion Program. It is a program for the intensive teaching of Taino culture, ethnohistory and language reconstruction.

Roni (Nudelman) Silver and her husband, Andrew Silver ’97, welcomed a son, Justin Max, on Oct. 3, 2007. He joins brother Billy (3 years old). The family lives in Suffern, N.Y.

Graham Quigley and his wife, Peg (McAvoy) Quigley ’96, welcomed their second child, Gavin Joseph, on March 29, 2008. He joins brother Jacob (2 years old). The family lives in New Jersey.

Jamie (Reitman) Klinger and her husband, Adam, welcomed triplets, Samantha Taylor, Courtney Alexa and Noah Ryan, on Jan. 2, 2008. They join brothers Coby and Brandon. The family lives in Manalapan, N.J.

Jay Rosenberg, MD and his wife, Samona, welcomed a son, Deven Maddon, on Oct. 12, 2007. Jay is chief resident of radiology at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in Manhattan. He joined a private practice in Palm Beach, Fla., and planned to relocate with his family in June 2008.

Paige Weinberg

Irma (Schiff) Weinberg and her husband, Brett, welcomed a daughter, Paige Lauren (pictured at left), on Dec. 24, 2007. Irma is the manager of marketing analysis for Avis Budget Group and lives with her family in Springfield, N.J.

Amy (Sender) Justiniano and her husband, Jason, welcomed a daughter, Brianna Hope, on July 7, 2007. The family lives in Westchester County, N.Y.



Ba-Yunus children

Asad Ba-Yunus, Esq. and Dr. Nadia Amin ’00 welcomed a daughter, Aasiyah Zubaida Ba-Yunus (pictured at left) on May 18, 2008, in Miami. She joins big sister Hafsah (3 years old). Nadia completed her medical residency at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital in internal medicine and pediatrics in June. She will join the University of Miami’s Jefferson Reeves, Sr. Health Center, providing family and primary care services in a low-income area of Miami and serving as associate clerkship director for the University of Miami’s pediatrics residency program.

Erica (Cangin) Fisler was promoted to lead radiation therapist at Washington Adventist Hospital. On May 13, 2008, she and her husband, Ben, welcomed a son, Tristan Daniel.

Jill (Delongchamp) Kelledy and her husband, Shane, welcomed a daughter, Danica Jane, on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2008. She joins sister Leanne (4 years old). Jill is a financial manager at Cogentrix Energy, a subsidiary of Goldman Sachs, and lives with her family near Charlotte, N.C.

Andrea (MacEwen) Carreras and her husband, Franc, started a social network for sailors called She came up with the idea while cruising in the Exumas (Bahamas) in March. By mid-summer, the couple had the site online.




Erica (Binen) Ben-Zvi and her husband, Jonathan, welcomed a daughter, Stephanie Hannah, on March 21, 2008. The family lives in White Plains, N.Y.

Gregg Gardner is a doctoral candidate in religion at Princeton University; he is one of 29 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellows for 2008, selected by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Charu Gupta James and Joe James ’99 welcomed a daughter, Zinia, on Jan. 23, 2008. She joins sister Raina (2 years old). The family lives in North Brunswick, N.J.

Brent Landau and his wife, Laurel, welcomed a son, Jeremy Reuben, on May 8, 2008. The family lives in Philadelphia, where Brent is an attorney with Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll.

Sabol children

Cathy (Mackin) Sabol and her husband, Andy, welcomed their second daughter, Mackinzie Irene (pictured at left), on Nov. 16, 2007. She joins big sister Elsie (2 years old).

Michelle (Muica) Ion and her husband, Octavian, welcomed a daughter, Stefanie Julia, on July 3, 2007. Carissa (Fontanella) Bracero ’00 came for a special visit. Michelle does drug metabolism for a pharmaceutical company and lives with her family in Patchogue, N.Y.

Heather Rosenzweig married Bradley A. Cohen on Dec. 30, 2007, in Fairfax, Va. Brent Landau ’98 and Tara Antman ’97 attended. Heather is a school counselor in Montgomery County, Md. The couple lives in Rockville, Md.

Judy (Schmerler) Wilkins and her husband, Ron Wilkins ’00, welcomed a daughter, Liora Fay, on May 25, 2007. The family lives in Fairfield, Conn.

Lisa (Schwartz) Last and her husband, Doug, welcomed a daughter, Chloe Jaclyn, on Oct. 25, 2007. The family lives in Stamford, Conn.

Hajar Sims-Childs earned a medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2003. Afterward, she performed her residency training at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in anatomic and clinical pathology. She is board certified in those areas, and is licensed to practice medicine and dentistry in New York state. She is practicing medicine and is married to Kenneth Childs; they have one daughter.

Lisa (Tanzi) Rubino and her husband, Michael, welcomed a son, Kyle Michael, on July 26, 2007. Lisa is an attorney with a New York-based media company and lives with her family in New Providence, N.J.



Lindsey (Baloga) Surratt and her husband, Air Force Capt. Greg Surratt, welcomed a daughter, Emily Marie, on Dec. 26, 2007. The couple was married on May 22, 2004, and lived at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany until moving to Maryland last summer.

Blistein-Roback wedding

Adam Blitstein married Rebecca Roback (pictured at left) on Jan. 20, 2008, in Sarasota, Fla. Guests included Michael Dudi Fish, David Mallov, Ira Grunin and Michael Gleeman, all ’99. Adam graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine in 2004 and is a radiology resident at Georgetown University.

Lisa (Cohen) Dahlstrom and her husband, John, welcomed a daughter, Ainsley Isabelle, on Oct. 16, 2007.

Tali Ditman, MA ’01 earned a doctorate from Tufts University in 2007. She received the Doctoral Dissertation Award for Neural Indices of Discourse Comprehension, which explored how readers are able to integrate information across sentence boundaries. Tali is a post-doctoral research fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Osman wedding

Michelle Suzanne Osman married George Edward Howe (pictured at right) on Oct. 27, 2007, at the Tarrytown House Estate. Debra (Sacks) Moss ’99 and Darren Moss ’00 introduced Michelle and George to each other, and were guests at the wedding. The couple lives in Haverstraw, N.Y.


Powell-Sonzogni wedding


Elizabeth Powell married Bill Sonzogni (pictured at left) on Oct. 13, 2007, in Washingtonville, N.Y. The wedding party included Sara (Dalious) Peterson, Elana Epstein, Elizabeth (Orband) Ryan and Alyssa (Nathanson) Moorman, all ’99. Matt Biscuiti ’98 and Todd Skorupski ’99 attended. Elizabeth is a human resources manager for NBC Universal and lives with her husband in Hoboken, N.J.

Jaime (Silberman) Bassman and her husband, Barak, welcomed a daughter, Sophie Alexa, on March 24, 2008. She joins brother Julian Tyler (3 years old). The family lives in Philadelphia.




Dana (Bergman) Grynbaum and her husband, Brian, welcomed a son, Matthew Jacob, on May 20, 2008. He joins brother Joshua. The family lives in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Liana (Caswell) Drumm and her husband, Thomas Drumm ’00, welcomed a daughter, Natalie, in March 2007. She joins brother Gavin (3 years old).

Jodi Heir married Seth Menell on April 12, 2008, in New Rochelle, N.Y. The wedding party included Rachel Rothman and Rachel (Chertok) Ostrow, both ’00. Guests included Shari (Garfinkel) Bitchatchi ’80; Michael Borrero ’99; Erin Puidokas, Jonathan Ostrow, Brian Silver, Kelly-Ann (Archer) Sedore and Matthew Harrick, all ’00. Jodi is the human resources representative for Frederic Fekkai Salons.

Michelle (Kestenbaum) Silverstein and her husband, Michael, welcomed a son, Nathan Myles, on Oct. 27, 2007.

Maia Kotrosits earned a master’s degree in divinity from Union Theological Seminary, where she will pursue a doctorate in New Testament studies. She co-authored the book The Thunder: Perfect Mind – A New Translation and Introduction (Polebridge Press, 2008). She and John Russo ’00 celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary and live in Manhattan.

 Samantha Schwartz graduated from Hofstra University in May 2007 with a doctorate in school and community psychology.

Rob Seigal and Alyson Apicelli ’00 were married on Nov. 3, 2007, at the Chart House in Weehawken, N.J. Guests included Mark Winarsky ’97; Adam Ginsberg, Dave Tavelinsky and Andrew Udin, all ’99; Deena (Abel) Subar, Jonas Abramson, Jeanette Cohen, Jessica (Hershkowitz) Ginsberg, Brian Green, Merryl Polen, Dianna (Poretsky) Gabriel, Carrie (Seiden) Geldert, Robyn (Speiser) Winarsky, Sabrina (Taub) Selvin, Shira (Van Asselt) Udin, all ’00; and Darah (Kornell) Sandberg ’01. Rob is a litigation attorney at Carroll, McNulty & Kull in Manhattan; Alyson works for Verizon and recently earned her law degree.

Phyllis (Simon) Goldman and her husband, Mark, welcomed a daughter, Lindsay Emma, on Feb. 5, 2008. Phyllis is a pediatrician and lives with her family in Mineola, N.Y.


Brian Turner and his wife, Tara Graham-Turner, welcomed a son, Jack George (pictured at left), on May 19, 2008. Brian is a manager at Citigroup and lives with his family in northern Westchester County, N.Y.









Ruchir Gupta, MD published The Anesthesia Pocket Card Set (Borm Bruckmeier, 2008).

Lauren Kotick married Joseph Cataliotti ’02 in Massapequa, N.Y. The wedding party included Christina Kenny ’02. Guests included Alysee Boschen ’99; Zane Zukowski, Josef Daxbock and Casey Laffey, all ’00; Jaman Welch, Nick Fraine, Steve Albert, Dennis Dozis and Ian Boschen, all ’01; Kim Gilboord, Jeremy West, Evan Snitkin and Jeff Israel, all ’02; and Megan Bailey ’03.

Lever-Mazzuto wedding


Katie Lever married Adam Mazzuto (pictured at left) on Oct. 14, 2007. Kiran Gajwani ’01 was a bridesmaid and Michael Lever ’06 was a groomsman. Jenelle DeGennaro, Lillian Tellefsen and Michelle (Petrocelli) Temming, all ’01; Carissa Dolan and Kimberly Pelesz, both ’02 attended. Katie recently earned a doctorate from Rutgers University and is an assistant professor at Western Connecticut State University.

Eamon Spiegel and his wife, Kimberly (Bilodeau) Spiegel ’02, welcomed a son, Owen Charles, on May 2, 2007.






Erin Lynn Yetsko Frye, MBA ’03 and her husband, Kevin, welcomed a son, Holden Michael, on Jan. 15, 2008. He joins brother Zachary Kevin. The family lives in Vestal, N.Y.

Tasha Thomas and friends

Tasha Thomas, MASS ’03 received a master’s degree in education from the Graduate Graduate School of Education at Harvard University in June. She lives in Cambridge, Mass., with her son, Khalil. She was part of a gathering of Black Student Union Alumni in New York on May 31. Attendees included Colin Lord ’93; Tasheema Lucas and Fatuma Murray, both ’02; Biany Perez ’03; Tiffany Folks ’03, ’04; Angela Eversley, Ron Summers and Shavone Walker, all ’04; Stephanie Stevens, Chakil Craig and Michael Anthony Morgan, Jr., all ’05; Shayna Walker, Alexis Alexander, Andrea Dozier and Chavette Jackson, all ’07; Tarnasia Lundy and Nnamdi Ude, both ’08.




Lisa Antzelevitch married Evan Einstein on April 5, 2008 in Norwood, Mass. Guests included Andrea (Convery) Schoenberg and Yael Beckerman, both ’02; Maggie (Stoutenburg) Guglielmi, Becky (Patt) DiFranco, Nicole (Lee) Varugheese, Matt Varugheese and Matt Angell, all ’03. Lisa is the director of marketing for Metro Boston at the American Heart Association and lives with her husband in Brookline, Mass.
Afreen S. Rizwan was appointed assistant town attorney for the Town of Babylon in Suffolk County, N.Y. She was admitted to the Appellate Division Second Department on Feb. 12, 2008.



Anderson-MacKillop wedding

Emily Jo Anderson, MA, PhD ’06 married James MacKillop ’97, MA ’02, PhD ’05 (pictured at left) on July 4, 2007, at the Eisenhower House in Newport, R.I. Emily is a postdoctoral fellow in neuropsychology at Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center at Harvard Medical School in Boston. James is an assistant professor at the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies at Brown University in Providence, R.I. The wedding party included Adam Krantweiss ’98, MA ’01, PhD ’04 and Eric Meyer, MA ’02, PhD ’05. Guests included Michael Greco and Ausma (Pirvics) Anzalone, both ’96; Kerri (Ketcham) Kelly, Michael Shady and Brian Zaki, all ’97; Amy Greco and Michael Cooke, both ’98; and Lori Wagner ’04. The couple lives in Providence.

Erica Ash graduated from New York University School of Medicine and plans to pursue her residency there in anesthesiology.

Dental graduates

Charlie (Ci) Chen ’04, Antony DeSantis ’98, Sonali Patel ’03, Lindsey Krecko ’04, Jason Kneller ’03 and Jared Seltzer ’04 (pictured at right) graduated from the School of Dental Medicine at Stony Brook University last May.








Matthew Schneider graduated from the Cardozo School of Law in New York in May. He joined the Manhattan office of Proskauer Rose LLP as a corporate associate.




Andrei Patergin '06


Andrei Patergin is the co-founder of Huahen USA, with exclusive right to Biophoton Health Care clothing and accessories.



Gerald Weiss ’58 died on April 15, 2008. He lived in Boynton Beach, Fla.

Wayne Jolly, PhD ’70 died on Feb. 9, 2008. He was a faculty member at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. He will be greatly missed by his friends and colleagues worldwide.

Michael Shernoff '72

Michael Shernoff ’72 (pictured at right) died in Manhattan on June 17, 2008, after a long struggle with pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his brothers, Jeffrey Shernoff and Jerome Feldherr, his sister, Barbara Safchik, and his partner, John Goodman. Michael was a therapist for more than 30 years; his work centered on the gay, lesbian and bisexual populations. He taught social work courses at Hunter College and Columbia University.

Richard Marc Tiffen ’79 died on May 30, 2007, after a fierce 15-month battle with brain cancer. He was the director of information technology for the Town of Wilton, Conn. He is survived by his life partner, Micaela Rosenzweig Tiffen ’77, his sons Ross and Jesse, sisters Susan and Isabel, and many relatives and friends.

Barry S. Fischer ’83 died on April 2, 2008, after a two-year battle with mesothelioma. He is survived by his wife, Bryna (Weissman) Fischer ’82, and his three children, Ben (16 years old), Danny (13) and Emily (11). Barry was general counsel for the online trading company

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