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William Grant (ADL '41) was named Chevalier dans l'Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur by the government of France in May 2018, for his service in France during World War II. He received the award at a ceremony in Colorado, where he is now living after having spent 69 years in New York. His two children, Jenifer and David, were in attendance.

Richard L. Pinkerton (MGT ‘62), of Strongsville, Ohio, was honored by the city’s mayor as March 20, 2018, was declared “Dr. Dick Pinkerton Day,” recognizing his 17 years on the Strongsville economic development committee and 13 years on the residential survey taskforce.

Satoru Izutsu (GRS ’63) received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon during the 2017 Autumn Conferment of Decoration on Foreign Nationals by the government of Japan recognizing his contributions to developing medical education and medical care in Japan. Izutsu recently retired from the University of Hawaii, School of Medicine, where he was vice dean and emeritus professor of public health and psychiatry.

Paul Dutton (LAW ‘72), a partner with the Youngstown, Ohio-based law firm Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell, Ltd., has been named chairman of Akron Children’s Hospital Foundation Board of Directors. Dutton has served on the foundation board since 2011 and on the Akron Children’s Hospital Board of Directors since 2017.

Mitchell Cohen (WRC '74) received the Presidential Achievement Award for Excellence in Scholarship of Baruch College of the City University of New York for his book The Politics of Opera: A History of Monteverdi to Mozart (Princeton University Press). The book also received the Association of American Publishers Prose Award for Music & the Performing Arts and was named among the Best Books of 2017 in the London Evening Standard. Additionally, he edited a new edition of Princeton Readings in Political Thought (Princeton University Press). He writes for various publications including, recently, The New York Times Sunday Book Review. Cohen is professor of political science at Baruch College, CUNY and co-editor emeritus of Dissent magazine, a magazine published by the University of Pennsylvania Press on behalf of the Foundation for the Study of Independent Social Ideas.

Kenneth Mauritz (CIT ‘75), of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, received the Distinguished Alumni Award from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s Alumni Association for his extraordinary and widely recognized accomplishments in higher education. Mauritz has professor emeritus status with the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Craig Newmark (CIT ‘75; GRS, ‘77, computer science; HON ‘08), the Craigslist founder, is giving $20 million to the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. As a result of the gift, the school will change its name this summer to the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York. The donation, to be made through Craig Newmark Philanthropies, will fund an endowment for the school.

Robert Webster (CIT ‘79) was named the deputy director weapons at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Webster is employed by Triad National Security, LLC, which is the Los Alamos National Laboratory's new managing and operating contractor for the National Nuclear Security Administration.

Russell Moy (CIT '81) is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Fellows are recognized for their scientifically or socially distinguished contributions to the advancement of science or its applications. Moy currently serves as the general counsel of the Southeastern Universities Research Association, the management and operating contractor for the Jefferson Lab, a U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratory.

Michael Fine (MED ‘83) will publish Health Care Revolt (PM Press) in September, 2018, an argument for rebuilding the United States health care system to make it both functional and affordable.   

Gregory I. Berk (MED ‘84) is president and chief medical officer for Vedantra Pharmaceuticals, Inc., an immunotherapy company focused on developing products to treat cancer and infectious disease.

Susan Strobel (WRC ’84), a secondary English language arts teacher at Spring Lake High School in Spring Lake, Michigan, was appointed to the board of Reading Enables Adult Development (R.E.A.D.), a volunteer-based adult literacy program serving Northwest Ottawa County.

Richard G. Barr (MED ‘85) is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, a publication of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. Barr is assistant chairman of the department of radiology at Northside Medical Center, and president of Radiology Consultants Inc., both in Ohio. Additionally, Barr is a professor of radiology at Northeastern Ohio Medical University.

Ted Keen (CIT ‘85) is the european leader for the global transfer pricing practice of Duff & Phelps, a global valuation and corporate finance advisor.

Edward Marinstein (LAW '85) and his wife Robyn received the Albany (New York) Jewish Community Center's Pillars of the Community Award.

Matthew A. Kosior (CWR ‘89, MGT ‘04), of Sandusky, Ohio, is president of American Colors Inc., a manufacturer of high-quality liquid pigment dispersions and intermediates for the plastics, coatings, adhesive and sealants, and agriculture markets. Kosior previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer for the company, working on the expansion of operations with two new facilities in Tennessee and Texas, as well as a plant in Shanghai.

M. Norman Oliver (GRS ‘92, anthropology; MED ‘94), a professor at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, was named  Virginia state health commissioner by Gov. Ralph Northam.

Rina Banerjee (CWR ‘93) had paintings featured in The Galleries at Cleveland State University during its 2018-19 season presentation of “Demise,” a powerful meditation on the meaning of life and death. Curated by artist John L. Moore, the show features the work of six prominent contemporary artists at their downtown location in Cleveland’s Playhouse Square.

James E. Caminis (CWR '00) is a principal with Lipman Frizzell & Mitchell LLC, a commercial real estate valuation and consulting firm primarily serving the Washington D.C./Baltimore region.

James Whyte IV (NUR ‘01) was one of 195 nurse leaders inducted as fellows in American Academy of Nursing. He is a professor for the Florida State University College of Nursing. Additionally, Whyte maintains active clinical practice as a nurse practitioner, with a focus in family and pediatric care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and people living with HIV/AIDS. His research focuses on the development of expert performance in nurses and other health care professionals, along with care of people living with HIV/AIDS.

Matthew Pifer (GRS, ‘05, anatomy; MED ‘08), an orthopedic surgeon, joined the Orthopedic Surgical Practice in Santa Barbara, California.

Britany Salsbury (CWR '05) is associate curator of prints and drawings for the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Patrick Chang (CWR ‘06) is an associate for Updata Advisors, Inc., an investment bank specializing in the information technology industry.

Jeffrey Kutsikovich (CWR ‘06) joined the Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee’s orthopaedic team. Prior to joining the Bone and Joint Institute, Kutsikovich treated patients at Vanderbilt Bone and Joint Clinic in Franklin, and served as Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Ken Gamboa (MGT ‘07) is director of marketing and business development for the Tri-Cities Cancer Center in Kennewick, Washington.

Emily Muzzarelli (CWR ‘10; GRS ‘11, civil engineering) is the assistant city manager in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Lori Ann Terjesen (GRS ‘11, art history and museum studies) is director of education for the National Women’s History Museum in Alexandria, Virginia. Terjesen develops, presents and oversees programs and projects that interpret the museum’s mission with special emphasis on the history of American women.

Ronnie Ursin (NUR '11) is treasurer for the Association of Black Nursing Faculty, Inc. in London.

Erika Dunyak (LAW ‘17) is a clinical fellow in the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic. She leads the Farm Bill Legal Enterprise, a consortium of legal scholars focused on improving the farm bill.

Fahreen S. Velji (LAW ‘17) joined the individual practice area in the New York office of Outten & Golden LLP employee rights law firm.

Alan Podis (MED '56) retired after 53 years of urology practice. He conducted a private solo practice in Hollywood, Florida, for 20 years, then relocated to Rhode Island where he continued to practice and teach within a large academic urology group affiliated with Brown Medical Faculty. While there, Podis received an Emeritus Professorship and, in 2012, was the first recipient of an annual Excellence in Teaching award bearing his name. Podis now lives on Florida's west coast.

Arthur J. “Archie” Roberts (MED ‘69), an internationally recognized cardiac surgeon and former quarterback for the Cleveland Browns and the Miami Dolphins, is chief medical officer of LifeWallet, a United States healthcare technology company.

John (Jack) Vanek (ADL ’70) published his first novel, DEROS, a mystery set in Oberlin, Ohio, Lorain County, and Cleveland. The series features the character of Father Jake Austin and the second installment is scheduled for release in 2019.

Steven M. Altschuler (WRC ‘75, MED ‘79) joined the board of directors for Adtalem Global Education, a global education provider.

Jeffery Kent (CIT ‘80) is senior vice president of information technology for Flynn Restaurant Group, the largest restaurant franchisee in the U.S. Kent oversees all IT-related activities across the company’s Applebee’s, Taco Bells and Panera Bakery Cafes. 

Robert Locker (CIT ‘81; GRS ‘86, biomedical engineering) is director of engineering for Acme Mfg. Co., a manufacturer of integrated robotic automation for polishing, buffing, deburring and grinding systems, in Auburn Hills, Michigan.     

Lynne Pompetti (NUR '84 ) retired from nursing following 46 years of continuous practice. Her long career includes service in the US Air Force Corps, teaching in several universities as an instructor and visiting professor and practicing in the Colorado Department of Corrections and at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. In 2011, she was named one of the 100 Great Nurses in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Pompetti and her husband, Blaise Horban, reside in Colleyville, Texas. 

Gregory J. Wych (DEN ‘84), a general and cosmetic dentist with his own private practice, was named a 2018 Top Doctor in Irmo, South Carolina, an award recognizing healthcare practitioners who have demonstrated clinical excellence while delivering the highest standards of patient care.

Frank P. Czekay (LAW ‘86), a certified public accountant, is president of the Greater Philadelphia chapter of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) for the 2018–19 fiscal year. Czekay is a director of the state and local tax services group of Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP in Philadelphia. An active member of the PICPA, he serves on the State Taxation and the Legislation & Local Taxation committees. Additionally, Czekay serves on the Philadelphia Revenue Commissioner’s tax advisory board and as councilman for Medford Township, N.J. 

Bernhardt G. Zeiher (MED ‘89) is chief medical officer for Astellas Pharma Inc. Zeiher will continue serving as president of development, while now also overseeing all other functions of Astellas' Medical and Development organization, including Clinical and Research Quality Assurance, Medical Affairs, Pharmacovigilance, Planning & Administration, and Regulatory Affairs.

Yi-Tao Yu (GRS ‘94, molecular biology & microbiology), a professor of biochemistry and biophysics at the University of Rochester Medical Center, is a member of the scientific advisory board of ProQR Therapeutics N.V., a company creating RNA medicines for the treatment of severe genetic rare diseases.

Rodney K. Rogers (GRS ‘96, accounting) is president of Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Mohamed Ibrahim al-Naemi (GRS ‘97, electrical engineering and applied physics) was appointed president of the Community College of Qatar.

Gary Greenlee (LAW '97) has joined the law firm of McConnell, Wagner, Sykes & Stacey in Boise, Idaho.

Fay Cobb Payton (GRS ‘97, management information systems) is program director at the National Science Foundation in the Division of Computer and Network Systems. Payton also is a tenured full professor of Information Technology/Systems at North Carolina State University and was named a University Faculty Scholar for her leadership in turning research into solutions to society’s most pressing issues.

Rex Tibbens (MGT ‘98) is president and chief executive officer of American Home Shield, a division of ServiceMaster.

Michael Smith (CWR ‘99, MED ‘03), director of the Ochsner Clinical Simulation and Patient Safety Center and an associate professor at the University of Queensland/Ochsner Clinical School, has been recognized for his work in simulation innovation by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine’s Simulation Academy, a national organization focused on the development and use of simulation in emergency medicine education, research and patient care. Smith was recognized with the 2018 Innovation in Simulation Award, which recognizes an individual who has demonstrated creative, novel and transformative use of medical simulation.

Yijun Deng (CWR ‘00) is vice president of drug discovery for Asieris Pharmaceuticals, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company. 

G. Alex Janevski (CWR '03) was recently elected president of the New Orleans Geological Society, a 500+ member non-profit devoted to the development of the profession and science of geology.

Melanie Shakarian (CNM ‘03, LAW '03) is a 2018-19 Marshall Memorial Fellow with The German Marshall Fund. Just 75 Marshall Memorial Fellowships are awarded each year to candidates from the U.S. and Europe in all sectors of law, including business, government and civil society. 

Vishal Singh (MGT ‘03) is president of Milgard Windows & Doors. Prior to joining Milgard, Singh was vice president and general manager of the Transportation, Military and Aerospace Division of Eaton Corporation.

Bryan E. Hickman (CWR ‘06) is senior vice president of investments for Invesque Inc. . Bryan brings a long history of healthcare real experience to Invesque, a North American health care real estate company.

Megan B. Center (CWR ‘09, LAW ‘12), an associate with Fox Rothschild LLP, was named to the list of 2018 Legal Eagles by Franchise Times magazine. The list spotlights attorneys who have made significant strides in franchise law and were selected from nominations by their clients and peers. Center counsels both large and small franchisors in a variety of matters, including preparation of initial, renewal and amended franchise disclosure documents (including all ancillary agreements), incorporation of franchisor entities, and maintaining compliance with state and federal regulations on registration, disclosure and potential exemption. 

Marybeth Cooper (MGT ‘09), the 13th president of Springfield College, was appointed to a Special Commission to Study the Incorporation of Safe and Effective Pain Treatment and Prescribing Practices into the Professional Training of Students that may Prescribe Controlled Substances for the administration Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker  and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito.

Patricia Scripko (GRS ‘10, bioethics; MED ‘10), a neurologist, joined the University of Maryland Community Medical Group. Scripko’s subspecialties include stroke, headaches, migraines and sleep medicine. The medical group is a University of Maryland Medical System-owned network of more than 300 primary care physicians, specialists and advanced practice clinicians.

Jennifer Robles (MED ‘11) is the 2018 Science & Quality Fellow of The American Urological Association. The program is designed to prepare the next generation of urologists for key roles in the science and quality arena through intensive training, and the selection process is highly competitive.

Bernard C. Bailey (GRS ‘12, management) is president of the Committee for Economic Development (CED), an affiliate of The Conference Board, effective September 2018. Bailey brings over three decades of management experience to CED, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, business–led public policy organization that delivers well–researched analysis and reasoned solutions to our nation's most critical issues. Bailey most recently served as chairman and CEO of Authentix Corporation, a leading global authentication and information services company. He has served on a number of publicly-traded and private company boards of directors, and is currently Chairman of Analogic Corporation and a director of Telos Corporation. Additionally, Bailey serves as an adjunct professor in the MBA Program at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. 

Gayle Spinazze (MGT ‘14) joined the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists as communications coordinator. Originally founded in 1945 by Manhattan Project scientists, the journal examines topics related to nuclear risk, climate change and disruptive technologies and is the creator of the iconic Doomsday Clock.

Cloud “Bud” Cray (CIT ‘43) provided a $2 million gift the University of Kansas (KU) Medical Center, distributed through the Cray Medical Research Foundation of Atchison, Kansas, which he co-founded with his late wife, Sally Cray (FSM ‘45). The gift establishes a diabetes-focused professorship at the center. The Cray Foundation provided the resources to open the Cray Diabetes Center at KU Medical Center in 1979. Now called the Cray Diabetes Self-Management Center, it is committed to providing excellent care and education to patients with diabetes and their families. In 2007, the KU Diabetes Institute was established as the research arm of the Self-Management Center, engaging in basic science, clinical and translational research projects centering on diabetes and its complications.

Carl Yoder (DEN ‘53) has two children with his wife, Sue. His daughter is currently undergoing treatment after several surgeries including lung transplants. His son joined his practice, Yoder Dental & Associates.

George Pinneo (CIT ‘59) has published numerous science-fiction novels as part of his Planet Scout and Bergmann’s Venture series (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform).

Madeline Nichols (NUR ‘64) has been a pediatric nurse practitioner since June 1967. Nichols received her education through the first nurse practitioner program at the University of Colorado, started by Dr. Loretta Ford and Henry Silver, MD.

Lucille Garber Ford (GRS ‘67, economics), of Ashland, Ohio, was selected as one of two 2018 inductees into The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges’ Hall of Excellence. Ford is an emeritus trustee of Ashland University where she served the University as provost, dean and professor, and also received a degree from Ashland Theological Seminary. 

Robert Campbell (DEN ‘68) of Glen Allen, Virginia, continues to work part-time at Virginia Dental and Anesthesia Associates. Campbell was an Emeritus Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Anesthesiology for Virginia Commonwealth University from 1977 to 2004. Campbell and his wife, Mary Ann, have four adult children and eight  grandchildren.

Arun Varshneya (GRS ‘68, ‘70, metallurgy & material science), a retired, New York-based Alfred University professor of glass science, was bestowed the rank of honorary fellow by the British Society of Glass Technology.

Norman Garn (ADL ‘69, DEN ‘73) has retired to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with his wife Nancy, after practicing orthodontics for 34 years in Chicago. Garn volunteers in a dental clinic for underprivileged children in the Miami area when he is not pursuing his interests in swimming, bike riding, walking and traveling with his wife and dog during the summer.

Thomas Van Dyke (ADL ‘69, DEN ‘73) of Roxbury, Mass., is vice president of the Forsyth Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and professor of oral medicine, infections, and immunity, as part of the faculty of medicine at Harvard University. Van Dyke and his wife, Barbara, have two sons. Charles lives in California with his wife and son and works in commodities for Chevron. William, lives in New York City and is the music director for the musical, Kinky Boots

Ronald Silver (DEN ‘73) is retired and living in Mountainside, New Jersey, with his wife of 25 years, Gina. They have two children. Currently, Silver spends his time auditing classes, playing golf and enjoying an active social life. 

Irene Costras-Vasikakis (DEN ‘78) of Strongsville, Ohio, is engaged to be married and works two days per week in her dental office. She spends her remaining time visiting her two daughters, a practicing endodontist in New York and a daughter in Boston, and her five grandchildren.  

Joseph Biernacki (CIT ‘80), chemical engineering professor, received Tennessee Tech University’s highest faculty honor, the 2018 Caplenor Faculty Research Award.

Robert Kestenbaum (DEN ‘80) sold his dental practice after 35 years, continuing to work there one day a week. Kestenbaum is a board member of the Academy for Sports Dentistry and, through his company, VIP Mouth Guards, he makes mouth guards for the U.S. National Taekwondo Team, Olympic and Para-Olympic athletes, professional MMA fighters and members of the UFC. Additionally, Kestenbaum is the proud grandfather of a two-year-old grandson, Landon.

John D. Mellinger (WRC ‘80, MED ‘84) received the Teaching Excellence Award for tenured and tenure-track faculty at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The award is presented to faculty who demonstrate outstanding teaching, high-quality classroom performance, innovation and a commitment to student learning outcomes and inclusive excellence in education. He also received the permanent title of Distinguished Teacher. Mellinger, the J. Roland Folse, MD Endowed Chair in Surgery, is professor and chair of general surgery and the general surgery residency program director. Mellinger led a surgical training effort in Nairobi, Africa through the Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons, and the organization is now training multiple surgical specialties. He has given more than 100 national or international presentations and co-authored more than 80 scientific articles and more than 20 book chapters, many on topics of surgical education.

Jeffrey S. Berns (MED ‘81) received the 2018 Donald W. Seldin Distinguished Award from the National Kidney Foundation, an award given to clinicians who display excellence in clinical nephrology. Berns serves associate chief of the division of Renal Electrolyte and Hypertension in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, associate dean for Graduate Medical Education, director of Penn’s Renal Fellowship Program, and a professor of Medicine and Pediatrics in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Sylvia Malcmacher Kramer (DEN ‘82), a dentist with an academic and clinical career, celebrated her 40th wedding anniversary. Kramer and her husband, Roger, have four adult children and three grandchildren.

James Aslanis Jr. (GRS ‘83, systems control & engineering) is a senior patent agent in the Silicon Valley office of Dickinson Wright, a general practice business law firm. He works with high technology industry clients to develop patent portfolios, prepares and prosecutes technology patent applications and provides technical advice. Aslanis also has a background in electrical engineering, systems engineering and biomedical engineering.

Patricia Moore (GRS ‘83, organizational behavior) has published The Black Pearl Queen (The Peppertree Press), telling the story of Moore’s decision to become a black pearl dealer after buying a pair of black pearls while on vacation in Tahiti. 

Pamela Hickson-Stevenson (LYS ‘84) is executive director of the Akron-Summit County Public Library in Ohio. She is the library's first female director since 1927.

Judy Weisseg (WRC ‘85, MGT ‘90) is vice president, human resources for HarbisonWalker International, a supplier of refractory products and services in the United States.

Bilal Sayyed (WRC ‘87) was appointed director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Office of Policy Planning.

Andrew Wheeler (WRC ‘87), a former adviser to the late Sen. George Voinovich of Ohio, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as deputy administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

J. Scott Bernardy (DEN ‘88) of Auburn, Maine, is working on his seventh dental humanitarian mission. His son graduated college and started an Environmental Reclamation Company, and his daughter is pursuing her doctorate in Physical Therapy. 

J. Bradford James (MGT ‘88) has published The Business Zoo (Brads Tales), a collection of fun and informative stories that illustrate important business and life concepts and provide key lessons learned from James’s years of experience  as both a CFO and CEO in a wide range of organizations, including private firms, public companies and not-for-profits.

Christopher A. Cornwall (LAW ‘89), an attorney with Dickinson Wright PLLC, was named a “2018 Client Service All-Star” by BTI Consulting Group. Cornwall is one of only 328 lawyers in the United States who were selected for this honor.

Khaled Ayyash (CWR ‘90; GRS ‘93 mechanical engineering; MGT ‘97) is Body Interior Chief Engineer for Ford South America.

M. Norman Oliver (GRS ‘92, anthropology; MED ‘94) was appointed the Virginia Acting State Health Commissioner by Gov. Ralph Northam.

Rich Pancost (CWR ‘92) was appointed head of the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol.  

David A. Jarus (CWR ‘93; GRS ‘95, ‘02, macromolecular science) is vice president, research and development for PolyOne Corporation, a provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions.

Aaron Ames (MGT ‘94) is chief operating officer for DHX Media, a global children’s content and brands company that includes Peanuts,Teletubbies, Strawberry Shortcake, Caillou and Inspector Gadget. Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Ames will be responsible for the company’s overall operations and oversee its broadcast channels, DHX Television and its licensing agency, CPLG. 

Rebecca Dallet (LAW ‘94) was elected to a ten-year term on the Wisconsin State Supreme Court. Dallet served as a judge for the Milwaukee County Circuit Court in Wisconsin. Before becoming a judge, Dallet served as an assistant district attorney with the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office and as an adjunct professor of law at Marquette University Law School. 

Doug Fowler (LAW ‘94) has published two novels, The Title of Extraordinary Length (lulu.com), a parody of young adult dystopias, and Uneasy Lies the Head (lulu.com), in which a time traveling man inhabits the body of Louis XIV in 1661 with comic results.

Elena V. Ravich (LAW ‘95), a real estate broker in New York City, joined Compass, a technology-driven real estate company. 

Nichole Capitanio (SAS ‘96) is the director of Personal Assistance Service, the faculty/employee assistance program that provides assessment, short-term counseling, and referrals to help resolve a range of personal, work, and family problems, at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Kevin Martin (MED ‘96) is chief medical officer for Kittitas County Public Hospital District No. 1 (Kittitas Valley Healthcare), making him the  the third chief medical officer in the history of Kittitas Valley Healthcare. The system is the largest provider in an underserved rural county in Central Washington and operates a critical access hospital as well primary care and specialty clinics.

Carl Schimmel (CWR ‘97), Illinois State University associate professor of music, was named a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow. The fellowship, awarded by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, will support Schimmel’s work in musical composition as he plans to focus on exploring methods of expressing narrative in musical form. 

Joshua Damesek (DEN ‘98) practices dentistry with his wife who is also a dentist. In his free time, Damesek enjoys spending time with the couple’s five children, coaching basketball, playing golf, visiting his lake house, backpacking, camping and restoring his 1966 Ford F-100 truck.

Michael Dryden (DEN ‘98) is continuing his dental practice in Eugene, Oregon, specializing in endodontics. He has been married to his wife, Trisha, for 27 years and they have a set of twins, Adrianna and Andrew. He is active in church, enjoys spending time with family and friends, and pursues activities such as skiing, hiking, traveling and scuba diving. 

Tu T. Tran (MGT ‘02) is vice president of sales & marketing for Pharma Tech Industries. Tran’s primary role is developing and maintaining new supply chain relationships with vendors and potential customers.

Erwin Chan (DEN ‘03) and wife, Valeda, have two boys, age three and one years old. Erwin enjoys his private practice and wishes he has more time to travel to exotic places for continuing education courses. 

Sumit Sud (LAW ‘06) of Astoria, New York, is deputy chief special counsel for ethics, risk and compliance in the administration of New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

Di Wu (GRS ‘06, epidemiology & biostatistics), assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) School of Dentistry and research assistant professor at the UNC-CH Gillings School of Public Health, is one of five recipients of a UNC-CH Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility Pilot Project Grant. Wu’s area of research is environmental cancer. Specifically, she and her team have a long-term goal to explain new ways to protect against skin cancer caused by sun exposure.

Shaan-Chirag Chandrahas Gandhi (CWR ‘07, ‘07) married Meghal Bipin Shah on March 31, 2018, at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, in Sarasota, Florida. Gandhi is principal at the Longwood Fund, a healthcare venture capital firm in Boston, an attending hospital medicine physician at Massachusetts General and an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School. 

Andrew Ibrahim (CWR ‘07, MED ‘12), a resident surgeon at the University of Michigan, was appointed chief medical officer of HOK, the global design firm whose healthcare practice has planned and designed numerous healthcare facilities.

Angelina Bair (CWR ‘08) of the Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library was a semifinalist for the Thompson Hine LLC Acclerate Pitch Competition for the library’s special needs toy lending program. Additionally, Bair secured a $5,000 grant from the Lubrizol Corporation for the program. 

Viktoria Cox (DEN ‘08) and husband, Tony, live in Munster, Indiana, and are licensed foster parents with the intent of adopting. They enjoy traveling and hunting down vintage vinyl and dental medical antiques. 

Erin Ambrose Knierim (DEN ‘08) purchased the pediatric dental office of a fellow Case Western Reserve University alumnus in Toledo, Ohio. She lives in Sylvania, Ohio,  with her husband, Kevin Knierim (DEN ‘09), their children, Ben and Kate, and their dog, Chief. 

Gabriela Tataru Wilson (DEN ‘08) relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada. Currently not in practice, she enjoys spending time with her two children as they hike in Red Rock Canyon and explore their new city. 

Ryan Dewey (GRS ‘12, cognitive linguistics) has received an early summer 2018 release date for his book, Hack the Experience: Tools for Artists from Cognitive Science (Punctum Books), which translates research from cognitive science into templates that artists, architects, curators, and museums can use in how they design spaces to tell stories. 

Mark C. Guinto (LAW ‘12), an intellectual property attorney at the Cleveland law firm of McDonald Hopkins, received the United States Patent and Trademark Office Outstanding Volunteer Award for assisting individuals and businesses in need of intellectual property legal advice.

Jill Patel (CWR '17) is a rehabilitation technician at the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute in Des Plaines, Illinois.

Fred Gray, JD (LAW ‘54, HON ‘92), the attorney who represented Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks during the Montgomery Bus Boycott and victims of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study in 1972, will be the keynote speaker for the MLK Jr. Observance Day Association’s annual MLK Freedom Gala in Savannah, Georgia. 

Ned Grossman (ADL ‘65, MGT ‘68) published his second book, How to Succeed in the 21st Century: Focus on the Things Over Which You Have Input, Impact and Control (Diamond Publishing Company). In an age driven by technology, the back-to-basics primer for success was written with his grandchildren in mind. In the book, he shares advice reminiscent of that imparted by renowned thinkers, parents, grandparents or a favorite teacher. Grossman’s first book, How to Succeed in Life: Ideas and Principles They Don’t Teach in School (Diamond Publishing Company), was originally written for his children in 1994.

Amy Daniels (WRC ‘75) has retired from her role as cantor and director of education for Temple Sha'arey Shalom in Springfield Township, New Jersey.  

Alan Goldberg (DEN ‘78) lives in Metuchen, New Jersey, and has been happily married to his wife, Diane for 42 years. He is still a practicing, full-time dentist. He has three adult children: Alysa, a patent attorney; Brian, a partner at WPA in Los Angeles, a talent agency specializing in television and film; and Jason, a television producer for E! Network. Alan has one grandson and granddaughter who will be born very soon. He refers to his education from the School of Dental Medicine as the gift that keeps on giving.

Helen H. Hobbs (MED ‘79), an investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and professor of internal medicine and molecular genetics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, was awarded the fifth annual Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine. Hobbs was recognized for her outstanding contributions to medicine and science, specifically her discovery of the link between a gene mutation and lower levels of LDL, or bad cholesterol.

Cynthia Gardner Koury (MGT ‘83) was promoted to executive vice president at CM Wealth Advisors.  Koury also serves as the firm’s chief investment officer, overseeing the investment process that includes a robust private equity program, serves on the investment committees of numerous organizations, and is a member of the CFA Society Cleveland.

Indranath Dutta (GRS ‘85, metallurgy and materials science) is director of the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering of the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture at Washington State University (WSU). Dutta has been at WSU since 2008, serving in a variety of leadership positions, including as director of the Materials Science and Engineering program, associate dean of research, and as interim director of the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. Prior to joining WSU, he was a professor at the Naval Postgraduate School and held visiting positions at the Air Force Research Laboratory, the University of Oxford, Motorola, Intel and Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University. He has published nearly 200 papers, holds four U.S. patents and has two pending patents. 

Julie Hambleton (MED ‘86) is senior vice president and chief medical officer, head of development for DEAYA Biosciences, Inc., an oncology-focused biotechnology company. 

Scott Hotes (CIT ‘87) is chief technology officer for TeenSafe, the first independent smartphone monitoring service for parents.

Vincent J. Pompili (MED ‘88) is senior vice president of the Novant Health Heart and Vascular Institute, part of Novant Health, an integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient facilities and hospitals that deliver healthcare to communities in Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia. Pompili will lead heart and vascular services, including cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgery, and perform clinical duties in interventional cardiology and structural heart disease at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Majdi Abulaban (MGT ‘90) was appointed as an additional independent member of the board of directors of SPX Flow, Inc., a company with product offerings concentrated in rotating, actuating and hydraulic technologies for the food and beverage, industrial and power and energy end markets. Abulaban is the senior vice president of Global Signal & Power Solutions at Aptiv PLC, a global technology company. 

Lars-Åke Norling (GRS ‘92, systems control and engineering) will join Kinnevik AB, an industry focused investment company, as investment director and sector head for the technology, media, and telecom sector, effective September 1, 2018.

Rick Adelstein (DEN ‘93) and his wife, Rachel, recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. Their daughter, Melanie, currently is a first year at the CWRU School of Dental Medicine and their son, Jake, is in his second year at The Ohio State University where he is studying computer science engineering. Rick looks back at his time at the school and notes that the confidence and skills he has are because of the excellent education he received during dental school.

Robert S. Frost (LAW ‘94), of Lakewood, Ohio, was appointed to the Kent State University Board of Trustees by Ohio Governor John Kasich. This appointment runs through May 2026. Frost serves as an attorney with Capital Partners in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio, and chairman of the Republican Party of Cuyahoga County.

Yi Yang (CWR ‘95) is managing principal at Summit Engineering. He is responsible for the firm’s operations, business development and other strategic initiatives. Yi also continues to serve as the Structural Division manager.

Rodney Rogers (GRS ‘96, accounting) is the president of Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Rogers was named interim president in December 2017 and assumed the role on Jan. 1. He has a long history with the University, having served most recently as provost and senior vice president since 2012, and as dean of the BGSU College of Business for the prior six years.

Rachel Foster Stuart (SAS ‘97) published her first book, Lilies for Looper (I Am My Life), the story of a fearless little girl who loves to try new things and explore what life has to offer. 

Travis Ribar (GRS ‘01, macromolecular science) co-authored The Essential Case Law Guide to PTAB Trials (American Bar Association Book Publishing), a comprehensive text providing guidance when handling highly specialized matters before the U.S. Patent Office. The book will be available in March 2018 at shop.americanbar.org/ebus/.

Aileen Bost (MGT '06) was promoted to senior client service director for CM Wealth Advisors, a wealth management and investment advisory firm. Bost is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Cleveland and an officer for a local private foundation.

Jill Dietrich (LAW ‘07, MGT ‘07) has been named director of the Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Dietrich most recently served in Washington DC VA Medical Center. She is the first female director in the history of the Dayton medical center.

Catherine Doerfler Herzog (SAS ‘07) is supervisor of Clinical Services for New Avenues, Inc., a provider of behavioral health management and employee assistance programs that is headquartered in South Bend, Indiana. In this role, Herzog will oversee utilization management, case management and disease management programs as well as supervise EAP clinical services. Additionally, she will work with the CEO in ongoing development of several behavioral health initiatives.

Morton Mandel (HON ‘07, CWR ‘13) and his wife, Barbara, will offer 26 works from their collection of modern and contemporary art at auction at Sotheby's in New York on May 16. Prices are estimated to reach more than $75 million and will benefit the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation. Beneficiaries of the Mandel Foundation include the Cleveland Museum of Art, Brandeis University, the Israel Museum and Case Western Reserve University.

Sheena Allen (DEN ‘08) owns a group specialty dental practice in downtown Dallas, Texas. She and her husband, Eric, have been married for 10 years and have a two-year-old son, Lucas. After dental school, Sheena attended a three year prosthodontic program and now practices as a board-certified prosthodontist. Of the CWRU School of Dental Medicine, Allen says she would not be in the career she is in today, had it not been for the foundation she established at CWRU and is forever grateful for a solid start.

Nicholas P. Resetar (LAW ‘09) was promoted to shareholder at the Akron, Ohio, law firm of Roetzel & Andress LPA.

J. Stephen Jones (MGT ‘10), formerly with the Cleveland Clinic, is the CEO and Board of Trustees Member of the Inova Health System. Headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, Inova leverages precision medicine and patient-centric services to predict, prevent and treat disease.  

Abraham Bergman (MED ‘58) received the Thomas Lamb Eliot Award, recognizing distinguished and sustained achievement by a graduate of Reed College. Bergman is professor emeritus of pediatrics at the University of Washington's Harborview Medical Center. He is the author of 93 peer-reviewed journal articles and 10 books.

Rudolph O. Karsch (CIT ‘66) organized and led a medical team to Nepal in February and March 2017, bringing relief to survivors of the April 2015 earthquake that killed nearly 9,000 people and injured nearly 22,000. The medical team set up three clinics and treated more than 1,000 people. During the last clinic, established near Mt. Everest and Tibet, the team dentist pulled 200 teeth in ten hours.

John C. Thomas (ADL '67) received the 2018 Lifetime Service Award from the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group in Human Computer Interaction for numerous leadership positions and activities since the first Gaithersburg Conference on human factors in computing systems in 1982.

Stuart M. Terman (ADL ‘70), a retired ophthalmologist in Cleveland, knows firsthand that most doctors not only get paid for their efforts, but receive gifts from patients. Terman’s gifts have included cookies, cakes, zucchini bread and even a stepping stool, made by a carpenter. But the one that had the greatest impact was a Ukrainian Easter Egg—a pysanky— as it reminded him of the grandparents he lived with as a child. Terman’s grandmother brought her colorful egg to the United States in 1911. While fleeing unrest in Odessa, Ukraine, at 12 years old, she received the egg as a going away gift from a close friend. This gift became a treasure that reminded her of the home she left behind and was never to see again. Eventually, the beautiful egg was lost or discarded. Years later, one of Terman’s long-time patients stopped in around Easter and, with her payment, gave him a carefully wrapped gift—a pysanky. Today, this lovely gift sits at his home, a reminder of his grandmother, her courage and her journey.

Robert C. Cicco (CIT ‘71, MED ‘76) is the 2018 president of the Allegheny County (Pennsylvania) Medical Society, a local organization that represents physicians from all specialties and provides leadership and advocacy for patients and physicians. Now retired from practice, Cicco most recently served as associate director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at West Penn Hospital and was a clinical assistant professor, pediatrics, at Temple University School of Medicine.

Ronald B. Bakeman (LAW ‘73) was sworn in by City of Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson as the internal affairs superintendent for the Cleveland Division of Police Internal Affairs Unit which handles all criminal investigations involving Cleveland Police Officers.

Walter George (MED ‘75) of Aurora, Ohio, is senior vice president for physician education and services at Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care, a hospice provider. George is a clinician and medical educator with more than 32 years of service.

Avi Cohen (CIT ‘80; GRS ‘81, electrical engineering and applied physics) joined the board of directors of Piksel, Inc., a global designer, builder and manager of online video solutions.

Catherine O’Riordan (CIT ‘84), interim co-chief executive officer and chief operating officer of the American Institute of Physics, was selected as the executive director of the Ecological Society of America. O’Riordan assumes the role in April 2018.

Anthony J. Wynshaw-Boris (GRS ‘84, biochemistry; MED ‘87) of Cleveland received the 2017 Edward W. Morley Medal from his alma mater, Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio. The award recognizes significant contributions to the field of science and is named for Edward W. Morley, a faculty member at Western Reserve College from 1869 to 1906 best known for his role in the landmark Michelson-Morley Experiment in 1887, which attempted to measure the velocity of the earth and the speed of light, an experiment that paved the way for Einstein’s theory of relativity.

Patricia Hubbard (CWR ‘89) is senior vice president and chief technology officer for Cabot Corporation, a global specialty chemicals and performance materials company, headquartered in Boston.

Heidi Littman (MED ‘92) closed her pediatric practice in North Olmsted, Ohio, and retired.

Kenneth Rhee (GRS ‘97, organizational behavior) was named the dean of the School of Management for Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. He will partner with the Vice President for Academic Affairs, deans of the other schools and the college faculty in implementing the strategic vision of the college.

Brian Spitz (LAW ‘97) was named Attorney of the Month for June 2017 by Attorney at Law Magazine Cleveland.

Richard R. Hill (GRS ‘98, neurosciences; MED ‘92) was elected to the Board of Physicians for the American Health Council. He currently practices both in his private practice in Pepper Pike, Ohio, and on the near west side of Cleveland, where he serves as the staff psychiatrist for Neighborhood Family Practice, a nonprofit that delivers integrated behavioral health and primary care services.

Scott Reba (CWR '99) published his first book, Better Cocktails Through Chemistry: A Guide to Sugar Free Drinks (independently published). The book details how to make sugar-free cocktails and spirits.

Brian Hersman (CWR ‘01, MGT ‘01)
was named one of the GrowthCap’s Top 40 Under 40 Growth Investors of 2017. Hersman is a general partner for JMI Equity, a growth equity firm focused on investing in leading software, internet, business services and healthcare IT companies. GrowthCap provides transaction advisory services to growth-stage, private companies that are seeking to run a competitive financing or sale process.

Harlan S. Blynn (CWR ‘03) came across an essay he wrote in graduate school and was inspired to end his management consulting practice and start an urban farm in Denver in 2017.

Colleen Kalczynski Cochrane (CWR ‘03; GRS ‘05, mechanical engineering) and her husband, Eric Cochrane, welcomed their first child, Calin “Cal” Joseph Cochrane in November 2017.

Michael Lee (MGT ‘04) is senior vice president and payments advisor/team lead for the commercial real estate team of KeyBank Enterprise Commercial Payments.

Angelina Bair (CWR ‘08) competed in the 2018 Citizens Bank Citizens Make Change Accelerate Challenge through the Cleveland Leadership Center Competition. As one of four semi-finalists, Bair received $2,000 to donate to her employer, the Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library, which will be used  to start a toy lending library for special needs children. Bair also is a book reviewer for School Library Journal.

Nancy M. Pratt (CWR ‘08) launched the non-profit (n)Ever a Leader to offer workshops on leadership for human rights, civilian direct action diplomacy and peacekeeping. The workshops are taught around the world.  Visit neveraleader.org for more information.

Daniel Smith (LAW ‘12) is an associate in the business division of the Pittsburgh office of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC, a law firm with more than 350 lawyers and government affairs professionals located in 15 offices throughout the United States.

Amy Wojnarwsky (LAW ‘13) joined the Cleveland office of McDonald Hopkins LLC, a business advisory and advocacy law firm, as an associate.  

Candace Steele Flippin (MGT ‘16)
is the executive vice president and chief communications officer for First Horizon National Corp., a provider of financial services across the United States and operator of more than 350 bank locations across the southern U.S.

Robert Kitson (CWR ‘16) graduated from the Management 101 course in the Civil Engineer School of the Air Force Institute of Technology in December 2017. Kitson is now a fully qualified Air Force Civil Engineer Officer stationed at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force in June 2017, after completing Officer Training School.

Triantaphilos Manning (CWR ‘16), of Shaker Heights, Ohio, co-founded Aurelion Arts with his brother, Simon. The company was founded on the idea that fine art should be more accessible to everyone. Their site (aurelionarts.com) allows customers to find works of art and discover artists, while providing a platform for artist to sell their craft.

Julie A. Micalizzi (LAW ‘17) has joined the Cleveland office of McDonald Hopkins LLC, a business advisory and advocacy law firm, as an associate in the Intellectual Property Department.

Linda Lehmann Masek (LYS '70) has published her twelfth book, Mag-ni-fi-cat and the Wartime Mysteries (Fireside/Lux Books). The book continues the adventures of Maggie the cat and her human friends as they take a trip back in time to the United States during World War II. 

Ann Rowland (WRC ‘73, LAW ‘76), Assistant U.S. Attorney in downtown Cleveland, retired from the U.S. Attorney's Office after 37 years, the longest any attorney has ever worked in that office. 

Katrenia Pruitt Kier(WRC ‘76), of Huntsville, Alabama, was elected vice-chair of the Alabama Forestry Commission.

Brent M. Buckley (WRC ‘77) was designated as 2018 Ohio Super Lawyer and Ohio Rising Star of the Cleveland law firm of Buckley King. 

Richard M. Bain (LAW ‘79) was designated as 2018 Ohio Super Lawyer and Ohio Rising Star of the Cleveland law firm of Buckley King. 

F. David Coleman (GRS ‘82, operations research) is the vice president of officiating for the Pacific-12 Conference, a collegiate athletic conference operating in the western United States and participating in 24 sports at the NCAA Division I level. Prior to this position, Coleman was the director of officiating for the National Football League.

Cynthia H. Dunn (SAS ‘82), president and chief executive officer of Judson Services Inc., has announced her plans to retire in June 2018. Dunn has held the position since 1992, helping the organization gain a national reputation as an innovator in services for older adults. Judson Services, Inc., a not-for-profit organization which has served Northern Ohio since 1906, offers independent living, assisted living, memory support services, short-term rehabilitative and long-term skilled nursing care, community memberships, outreach initiatives and home care. 

Jeffrey Baddeley (LAW ’83), of the Cleveland law firm of Buckley King, was designated as 2018 Ohio Super Lawyer and Ohio Rising Star. 

Raymond C. Pierce (LAW ‘83) is the president and chief executive officer of the Southern Education Foundation, a research and public-policy group formed in 1867 to promote equity and excellence in education for low-income students and students of color in southern states. During the Clinton Administration, Pierce was deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Education in charge of its Office for Civil Rights.

Paulette S. Goll (GRS ‘87, English) is president of Global Vocabulary LLC, an educational materials development company focused on preparing individuals for standardized admission tests to colleges, conservatories and graduate schools through apps and web books that enhance vocabulary acquisition.

Rosemary Sweeney (LAW ‘87), of the Cleveland law firm of Buckley King, was designated as 2018 Ohio Super Lawyer and Ohio Rising Star. 

Andrea Turner (LAW ‘87), director of Human Resources at the Minnesota Department of Administration and Minnesota Management and Budget, was selected to lead St. Paul’s Human Resources Department by St. Paul Mayor-elect Melvin Carter.

Peter Dragich (CWR ‘89) is Kennametal vice president and president of the industrial business division of Kennametal, Inc., a company delivering productivity solutions through materials science, tooling and wear-resistant solutions. 

Jeff Rona (CWR ‘90) is director, west region for Danforth Advisors, specialists in accounting, finance support and strategy for life science companies.

Eric Skorge (CWR ‘91, MGT ‘96) is chief financial officer for Fabuwood Cabinetry of Jersey City, New Jersey.

Paul Ong (CWR ‘93, MGT ‘09) is co-founder and chief executive officer of Monarchy Eyewear, LLC, a privately held, Cleveland-based startup that produces Italian handmade, high fashion sunglasses that sell directly to consumers via www.MonarchyEyewear.com. The company’s founders, Ong, Effy Carpenter (MGT ‘09)Leslie Feng (MGT ‘09), and Doug Romstadt (MGT ‘09), met while attending the Executive MBA program at CWRU’s Weatherhead School of Management. 

Hester M. Peirce (CWR '93) was sworn into office as a commissioner for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Peirce was nominated to the SEC by President Donald Trump, and her nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Peirce comes to the SEC from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University where she served as a senior research fellow and director of the Financial Markets Working Group. She previously worked for U.S. Senator Richard Shelby on the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, as counsel to then-SEC Commissioner Paul S. Atkins and as a staff attorney in the Division of Investment Management. 

Joe Russo (GRS ‘95, theater) and Anthony Russo are investors and advisors for Roaring Third Productions of Cleveland, producers of Shadow of the Run, an immersive and interactive theater project about the Eliot Ness investigation of the Cleveland Torso Murders in the 1930s. Despite dark subject matter, the story is a tale of how communities form and support one another in times of crisis. 

Rachel L. Fink (CWR ‘97) is the executive director for the Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.

Arvin Jawa (MGT ‘97) is vice president, retail strategy for Diebold Nixdorf, a Northeast Ohio creator of software-defined solutions bridging the physical and digital worlds of cash and consumer transactions conveniently, securely and efficiently.

Ben Needham (CWR ‘98) is co-founder of Roaring Third Productions of Cleveland, producers of Shadow of the Run, an immersive and interactive theater project about the Eliot Ness investigation of the Cleveland Torso Murders in the 1930s. Despite dark subject matter, the story is a tale of how communities form and support one another in times of crisis.

Melinda Miller (CWR ‘00) is an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at the Virginia Tech College of Science. Prior to coming to Virginia Tech, Miller was an assistant professor at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and a visiting assistant professor at Yale University and the University of Michigan. 

Tom Stafford (MGT ‘00) is managing director for EdgePoint, a boutique investment banking firm in Beachwood, Ohio.  

Harry W. Greenfield (MGT ‘01), of the Cleveland law firm of Buckley King, was designated as 2018 Ohio Super Lawyer and Ohio Rising Star. 

Erin Rogalski (CWR ‘01) was named to the University Athletic Association 30th Anniversary Women’s Basketball Team. The team consists student-athletes who were selected as the UAA Player of the Year, or accumulated five or more points with two points awarded for All Association first-team recognition, and one point for second-team honors over a career.

JeNine Nickerson (CWR ‘02, MGT ‘13) was named to the University Athletic Association 30th Anniversary Women’s Basketball Team. The team consists student-athletes who were selected as the UAA Player of the Year, or accumulated five or more points with two points awarded for All Association first-team recognition, and one point for second-team honors over a career.

Jason Radachy (CWR ‘02) was promoted to Counsel at Cantor Colburn LLP, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the country. 

Randy Oostra (MGT ‘05), chief executive officer of Toledo-based ProMedica health system, was appointed to the national board of Local Initiatives Support Corporation’s (LISC) national board. LISC forges communities of opportunity across America that feature great places to live, work, visit, do business and raise families. 

Carson Oren (CWR ‘06) was named to the University Athletic Association 30th Anniversary Men’s Basketball Team. The team consists student-athletes who were selected as the UAA Player of the Year, or accumulated five or more points with two points awarded for All Association first-team recognition, and one point for second-team honors over a career.

Geoffrey S. Kunkler (CWR ‘08, GRS ‘09, political science) was promoted to partner n the Family Wealth & Estate Planning practice of Carlile Patchen &  Murphy LLP in Columbus, Ohio. 

Timothy Timura (MGT ‘08) is deputy director and deputy chief economist for the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Economic and Risk Analysis.

Effy Carpenter (MGT ‘09), Leslie Feng (MGT ‘09), and Doug Romstadt (MGT ‘09) co-founded Monarchy Eyewear, LLC, with Paul Ong (CWR ‘93, MGT ‘09). The privately held, Cleveland-based startup produces Italian handmade, high fashion sunglasses that sell directly to consumers via www.MonarchyEyewear.com. Carpenter, Feng and Romstadt serve as investors and in advisory roles. The company’s founders met while attending the Executive MBA program at CWRU’s Weatherhead School of Management. 

Ashleigh Tondo (CWR ‘10) was named to the University Athletic Association 30th Anniversary Women’s Basketball Team. The team consists student-athletes who were selected as the UAA Player of the Year, or accumulated five or more points with two points awarded for All Association first-team recognition, and one point for second-team honors over a career.

F. Andrew Rowan (GRS ‘11, applied anatomy; MED ‘11) is an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine and is a practicing surgeon at IU Health Methodist and IU Health North.

Ronnie Ursin (NUR ‘11) is president and chief executive officer of Jennersville Hospital in West Grove, Pennsylvania.  

Erin Hollinger (CWR ‘12) was named to the University Athletic Association 30th Anniversary Women’s Basketball Team. The team consists student-athletes who were selected as the UAA Player of the Year, or accumulated five or more points with two points awarded for All Association first-team recognition, and one point for second-team honors over a career.

David Kaniecki (NUR ‘12, ‘17), of Westlake, Ohio, is a real estate agent with The Holden Agency, an independent real estate brokerage serving clients throughout the state. Kaniecki also is an acute care nurse practitioner for the Cleveland Metro Life Flight Team and author of the book Operation Flight Nurse: Real-Life Medical Emergencies (self-published), as well as several published papers. He has spoken at national conferences, served as a lab instructor, advanced practice skills instructor, lecturer, and faculty instructor.

Christine Woods (CWR ‘12) is co-founder of Roaring Third Productions of Cleveland, producers of Shadow of the Run, an immersive and interactive theater project about the Eliot Ness investigation of the Cleveland Torso Murders in the 1930s. Despite dark subject matter, the story is a tale of how communities form and support one another in times of crisis.

Evelyn Iacono (CWR ‘13) was named to the University Athletic Association 30th Anniversary Women’s Basketball Team. The team consists student-athletes who were selected as the UAA Player of the Year, or accumulated five or more points with two points awarded for All Association first-team recognition, and one point for second-team honors over a career.

Sara Bogomolny (CWR ‘16) is assistant director of Roaring Third Productions of Cleveland, producers of Shadow of the Run, an immersive and interactive theater project about the Eliot Ness investigation of the Cleveland Torso Murders in the 1930s. Despite dark subject matter, the story is a tale of how communities form and support one another in times of crisis.

Connor Faix (CWR ‘17) joined the baseball coaching staff at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, Iowa. 

Sharona Hoffman (LAW ‘17), the Edgar A. Hahn Professor of Law at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, was elected to the prestigious American Law Institute, a 90-year-old institute comprised exceptional judges, lawyers and legal academics internationally.

Kerry C. Dustin (LAW ‘70) was appointed to the board of commissioners of the city of Naples Airport Authority by the Naples City Council in Florida. The board is comprised of five citizen volunteers who are appointed to four-year terms to govern the Airport Authority. Dustin is founder and chairman of Falls River Group LLC.

Hon. Harry Field (LAW ‘70) retired from his position as Willoughby Municipal Court Judge for the 11th District Court of Appeals in Willoughby, Ohio.

James Stewart Polshek (WRC ‘73) received the 2018 Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects, the organization’s highest honor, recognizing an individual whose significant body of work has had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture. Polshek served as architect for the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas; the 1987 restoration and renovation of New York’s Carnegie Hall; the 645,000-square-foot Newseum/Freedom Forum Headquarters, a monument to journalism and free speech; and the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.

Debra J. Mines (GRS ‘77, education) of Atlanta, Georgia, wrote and published her first book, Stinky Shoes, a humorous story full of adventures and mishaps showing that not all wishes are good wishes.

Hon. Timothy J. Grendell (LAW ‘78), Geauga County (OH) Probate/Juvenile Court judge, is the president of the Ohio Association of Juvenile Court Judges. Grendell also serves as the presiding judge of the Geauga County Court of Common Pleas, as secretary/historian of the Ohio Probate Judges Association and as an executive board member of the Ohio Judicial Conference.

Hon. Mary Jane Trapp (LAW ‘81), of the Cleveland law firm of Thrasher, Dinsmore & Dolan, was named to the 2018 Ohio Super Lawyers List.

Cadmus Rich (WRC ‘87) is the chief medical officer for Aura Biosciences, a biotechnology company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and developing a new class of therapies to target and selectively destroy cancer cells.

John R. Liber (LAW ‘90), of the Cleveland law firm of Thrasher, Dinsmore & Dolan, was named to the 2018 Ohio Super Lawyers List.

Terri Goss Kinzy (GRS ‘91, biochemistry) is vice president for research at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.

Lisa D. Sutton (LAW ‘94) joined the board of trustees for Ursuline College. Sutton, of Moreland Hills, Ohio, is vice president/chief counsel – environment, health & safety for the Law Department at Eaton Corporation.

Nicole R. Nason (LAW ‘95) is the assistant secretary for administration at the U.S. Department of State.

J. Troy Terakedis (LAW ‘95, MGT ‘95) was named a 2018 Ohio Super Lawyer for Tax Law. He counsels clients on a variety of federal income tax matters as a member of the Dickinson Wright PLLC law firm in Columbus, Ohio.

Gregory Ogrinc (MED ‘97) is the senior associate dean for medical education for the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College, a role that he has served in on an interim basis since 2014. Ogrinc is a professor of medicine, health policy and clinical practice, and community and family medicine at Geisel, and a hospitalist at the White River Junction VA Medical Center.

Fay Cobb Payton (GRS ‘97, management information systems), professor of information systems and technology and University Faculty Scholar in the North Carolina State University Poole College of Management, was inducted into The PhD Project Hall of Fame for 2017. The PhD Project is a national program that has increased faculty diversity at hundreds of college and university business schools. It is the only systemic nationwide program aimed at diversifying university faculty by attracting and enabling African-, Hispanic- and Native Americans to choose college teaching as a career, and to succeed in the rigorous process of obtaining a doctoral degree that qualifies them to be professors.

Jeremy Weaver (MNO ‘97) is the assistant dean of advancement for the Virginia Tech College of Engineering.

Hon. Michelle Earley (LAW ‘99), Cleveland Municipal Court judge, has been named the court's administrative and presiding judge in 2018.

Jennifer LaClair (MGT ‘01) will become the chief financial officer Ally Financial in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, effective March 1, 2018.

Adam R. Nazette (LAW ’03, MGT, ’03), partner at Thompson Hine law firm in Cleveland, was named to the Crain’s Cleveland Business 2017 “Forty Under 40” list. A resident of Rocky River, Ohio, Nazette is the president and past vice president of the Rocky River Education Foundation and serves on the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity board of directors.

Pamela Sedmak (MGT ‘06) was appointed to the board of directors of Counsyl, a company that has championed advances in genetic screening for women and their families and has screened more than 850,000 patients, served more than 17,000 health care providers and provided more than 60,000 genetic counseling sessions. Sedmak is a senior advisor at McKinsey & Company, a worldwide management consulting firm.

Alesha Washington (MNO ’07), vice president for government advocacy at Greater Cleveland Partnership, was named to the Crain’s Cleveland Business 2017 “Forty Under 40” list. Washington represents the business community of Cleveland to Ohio’s state legislators and public officials.

Geoffrey Dureska (LAW ‘09) has joined the Atlanta, Georgia, office of Dunlap, Bennett & Ludwig, PLLC as senior counsel. His current practice consists primarily of Corporate and Intellectual Property Litigation.

Michelle Hirsch (MGT ’09), senior vice president at Brunswick Cos., was named to the Crain’s Cleveland Business 2017 “Forty Under 40” list.

David Svec (MED ‘09, MGT ‘09) has been appointed to the newly created position of chief medical officer for Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare, part of the Stanford Health Care system and located in Pleasanton, California.

Olga Eliseeva (CWR ‘16), a graduate student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, is serving as one of three student voices on the board of trustees for ASM International, a professional organization for materials scientists and engineers.

 

Published December 1, 2017

Charles Acker (LAW '63) is proud to announce that his daughter, Christi, is the New York Supreme Court Justice for the 9th Judicial District, including the counties of Westchester, Putnam, Orange, Rockland and Dutchess.

Janice Steirer (CLC '66) and her husband Michael, a retired educator, celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 23, 2017. Jan taught second grade in the Cleveland schools and then raised four daughters. She enjoys traveling throughout the world and is a planning a trip to Panama in January.

Lee Davis (WRC ‘73) has retired, after 35 years as a school psychologist. While mental health issues in the U.S. have changed drastically during his career, he credits his undergraduate and graduate school programs for preparing him well.

Janette (Jan) Engle Lewis (NUR ‘73, ‘76) married Steve Fisher in August 2017. They live in Baja California, Mexico, where Jan is mental health consultant/educator at a women's shelter and helping Steve with a book about his five decades in Africa, where they first met 40 years ago.

Sam Srinivasan (MGT ‘73) has joined the board of directors Attivo Networks, a developer of deception technology for cybersecurity defense.

Michael Goler (LAW '77) received the Bob Rosewater Memorial Award for Meritorious Service to The Real Estate Section of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association in recognition of his long-term service to the Bar Association’s Real Estate Law Section, his expertise in the practice of real estate law and his commitment to community service in Greater Cleveland. Goler, a partner in the law firm Miller Goler Faeges Lapine LLP, is a past chair of the Real Estate Section, a past chair and regular participant in the Section’s annual Real Estate Law Institute, and a founder and first chair of the Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section. In 2016, he received the Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer Award from the Greater Cleveland Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. 

Suzanne Rose (MED ‘85) has been named senior vice dean for Medical Education in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Rose, who will begin her new role in February 2018, currently serves as senior associate dean for Education at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.


Joseph Claude (JC) Gibson (GRS ‘87, organizational development and analysis) is executive vice president of human resources for HealthSmart, an Irving, Texas, company offering customizable and scalable health plan solutions for self-funded employers.

Kathy Magliato (MED '90), a cardiothoracic surgeon in Los Angeles and a member of Dean Davis' Visiting Committee at CWRU, was selected as one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs in the U.S. by Goldman Sachs. Magliato is developing a cardiovascular diagnostic device for the early, non-invasive detection of cardiovascular disease.

Charles B. Rwabukwali (GRS ‘93, ‘97, anthropology) was inducted as a fellow of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS) on October 27th in Kampala, Uganda. Rwabukwali is a professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Makerere University. The UNAS is an honorific organization which serves as an independent platform through which scientists exchange ideas, knowledge and experiences on topical issues that foster national development in Uganda. Rwabukwali is one of only three UNAS members who are social scientists.

Melissa Lichtler (CWR ‘94; GRS ‘01, music education), in her 21st year of teaching within the Chardon Local Schools, was featured in the Northeast Ohio’s newspaper The News-Herald for her dedication and love of teaching. Lichtler also serves as co-director of the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony and a cooperating teacher in the CWRU student teaching program.

Heidi B. Friedman (LAW ‘95), of the Cleveland law firm Thompson Hine LLP, is one of 20 environmental lawyers selected nationally as Fellows by the American College of Environmental Lawyers, a professional association of distinguished lawyers practicing in the field of environmental law.

Jackie Dalton (MGT ‘96) is assistant vice president for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Dalton is responsible for overseeing the consumer compliance and corporate compliance risk teams in the Supervision and Regulation Department.

Shelly Power (SAS ‘98, MGT ‘98), artistic director and chief executive officer of the Prix de Lausanne dance competition in Switzerland, has been named the next executive director for the Pennsylvania Ballet. Power will take over Philadelphia’s dance company and school full-time.

Laurel Domanski Diaz (MGT ‘04, SAS ‘04) is chief operating officer for Neighborhood Family Practice, a primary care provider on Cleveland's near West Side.

Angelina Bair (CWR ‘08) received a Senatorial Citation from the General Assembly of the State of Ohio on behalf of Senator Sandra Williams, recognizing my academic excellence in the field of Library & Information Science and the completion of a Master of Library Information Science degree Kent State University.

Erin Klug (LAW ‘09), an intellectual property attorney with the law firm Varnum LLP, was named one of Michigan’s “Up and Coming Lawyers” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. “Up & Coming Lawyers” are attorneys in their first ten years of practice who are establishing a name for themselves, who go above and beyond and who display the ambition drive, determination and accomplishments that set them apart from their peers. Klug has been active for eight years in the Women’s Bar Association of Oakland County, currently serving as president. She is also a Director at Large of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, which honored her with the organization's Leadership Award. Additionally, Klug is a member of the Animal Legal Defense Fund and Attorneys for Animals.

Jonathan Williams (DEN ‘09, MED ‘12, DEN ‘14) is the new owner of White Mountain Oral Surgery in North Conway, New Hampshire. The practice provides a wide range of services from dental extractions and implants, bone grafting, cleft lip and palate surgery, sinus lifts, treatment and evaluation of head and neck pathology and corrective surgery of the face and jaw. His wife, Laura Williams (DEN ‘09), joined Eastern Slope Dental in North Conway.

Dawn Columbare (NUR ‘11) was elected to the board of directors for The Resource Center, a support organization for people with disabilities and their families. Currently working as a nursing education consultant, Columbare retired from Jamestown Community College in 2015 after a 22-year career.

Heather Rybasack (MED ‘13), a fellow in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, is now serving as deputy medical director to the Cumberland Rescue Service in Cumberland, Rhode Island.

Julie A. Micalizzi (LAW ‘17) joined the Cleveland office of McDonald Hopkins LLC, a business advisory and advocacy law firm, as an associate in the Intellectual Property Department.

Published November 2017

Charles (Chuck) Wiedman (ADL '54, DEN '61) and Dolores (Kasprzak) Wiedman (FSM '55) celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on August 31, 2017, with family and friends in Frisco, Texas. In addition, Chuck Weidman was inducted into the Ashtabula County (Ohio) Track, Field and Cross Country Hall of Fame in May, 2017.

Michael Cullen (ADL ’67; GRS ’75, anatomy) was honored with the establishment of the Dr. Michael J. Cullen – Impact Through Innovation Fund at the University of Evansville (UE) in Evansville, Indiana.  He recently retired after 20 years at UE, where he served as professor and chair of biology, and as senior vice president of academic affairs.  Prior to his time at UE, Cullen was a faculty member at the University of Southern California School of Medicine for almost 19 years.  He also was a biomedical researcher at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, focusing on demyelinating diseases and neuroplasticity.  Cullen and his wife, Ruth, now reside in Franklin, Tennessee.

Richard H. Thaler (ADL ‘67, HON ‘03), the Charles R. Walgreen Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, was honored by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences with the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2017. Thaler was recognized for his contributions to behavioral economics, a relatively new field that bridges the gap between economics and psychology. Thaler, the author of the bestselling books Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics (2015) and Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness (2008), is renowned for creating easy-to-understand scenarios that show how human behavior often contradicts traditional economic logic.

Regis Scafe (ADL ‘71) is retiring from his position as head football coach from Thomas More College, ending a 45-year coaching career. Scafe was named the PAC Coach of the Year in 2015 and 2016, and was named the D3football.com South Region Coach of the Year in 2015. He has a 127-97 record in 22 years as a collegiate head coach.

Nan Tynberg (GRS ‘72, romance languages) published Shape: Reading in Three Dimensions, her first non-academic writing. Available on Amazon, the book reflects Tynberg’s on the select works of favorite poets and storytellers. 

Ivan Banks (WRC ‘74) is chair of the department of education and psychology at Alcorn State University in Mississippi. He previously was the director of the Center for Educator Preparation and Certification Services at Alabama A&M University and the former interim executive director for the Vicksburg campus of Alcorn State University.

Walter Copan (WRC ‘75; GRS ‘82, chemistry) was confirmed by the Senate as the new director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Copan  also holds the title of undersecretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology.

John W. Patton Jr. (WRC ‘75) is general counsel and secretary to the board of trustees of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. In 1995, he became the first African American president of the Beverly Hills Bar Association. Patton is a member of the board of directors of CWRU’s African American Alumni Association.

Kevin Joyce (WRC ‘79) is teaching Business Ethics, Law and Communication to MBA students in the Bowling Green State University College of Business.

Amy W. Williams (MED ‘84), chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, received the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mayo Clinic Doctors Mayo Society. Throughout her career at Mayo Clinic, Williams has held numerous leadership positions and has served in leadership roles for the American Society of Nephrology, Minnesota Hospital Association, and Women in Nephrology.

David Cooperrider (GRS ‘86, organizational development) was honored with the Organization Development Network’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in October, 2017. The award is given to individuals who have served the profession over an extended period of time, have earned the respect and admiration of professional colleagues and have freely engaged not only contemporaries, but also have been committed to maintain a dynamic connection to all generations of OD practitioners. Cooperrider is the Fairmount Minerals Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at CWRU’s  Weatherhead School of Management and founder of the revolutionary theory on Appreciative Inquiry, an approach that examines the positive attributes of organizations in order to solve problems. He has served as an advisor to former President Bill Clinton and Nobel Laureates the Dalai Lama and Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sanchez. His mentor and former teacher, Peter Sorensen Jr., PhD, also received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the same ceremony.

Aida Saracevic Tanaka (WRC  ‘86) is the general counsel of Shape Corp., an automotive Tier 1 supplier in Grand Haven, Michigan.

Dixie Benshoff (MGT ‘88, SAS ‘88) was inducted into the Ravenna High School Hall of Fame in Ravenna, Ohio. Benshoff received the Academic/Career Accomplishment Award due to her contributions to the field of education and psychology. Formerly a department director at Akron General Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic, Benshoff is currently adjunct assistant professor of community and family medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University.

Anthea Daniels (LAW ‘89) is vice president and general counsel for Akron Children's Hospital.

Sean Higgins (GRS ‘90, applied physics) serves as an independent director on the board of directors for ShiftPixy, Inc., an on-demand human capital platform that syncs work opportunities from shift-based employers with ready-for-hire workers. Higgins is co-founder and vice president of professional services of Herjavec Group, an information security solutions firm headquartered in Toronto, Ontario.

Matt Medford (CWR ‘93) promoted to director of mechanical engineering at Symbotic, delivering automated warehouse solutions to companies around the world.

Richard Eubanks Jr. (MED ‘95), a cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgeon, joined the staff at Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus, Mississippi.

Kristin L. Pruitt (LAW ‘96) was promoted to executive vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel for Lake City Bank, a $4.4 billion bank headquartered in Warsaw, Indiana.

Jeffrey E. Janis (MED ‘98), professor and executive vice chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, is president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the world's largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons and foremost authority on cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

Dana Parker (SAS ‘98) is working as an independent living donor advocate and a transplant social worker at the University of Colorado Health in Aurora, Colorado, a large multi-organ transplant center performing over 90 living donor transplants in 2017.

John Mansour (MED ‘99), associate professor of surgery and chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology, received the 2017 Patricia and William L. Watson Jr., MD Award for Excellence in Clinical Medicine. Established in 2009, the Watson Award is The University of Texas Southwestern’s highest clinical honor and is bestowed upon an outstanding physician whose work exemplifies the Medical Center’s commitment to patient care.

Ed Sproull (CWR ‘99; GRS ‘99, computer engineering) retired from Microsoft Corp after more than 17 years. Sproull, who lost his left leg below the knee in a motorcycle accident in 1981, has run more than 40 triathlons, including eight half-Ironman or longer events.

Gina Fridberg (MGT ‘01) is director of business development at Podolsky Circle, a commercial real estate advisory firm headquartered in Chicago. Fridberg comes to Podolsky Circle from Fifth Third Bank, where she originated and managed more than $400 million in acquisition and construction loans across the U.S.

Marco A. Rodriguez (MED ‘03), a board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon, founded the International Spine Institute in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dr. Rodriguez treats a variety of degenerative spinal conditions including herniated disc, sciatica, low back pain, spinal stenosis, neck pain, spondylolisthesis and failed back surgery.

Michael C. Diem (MGT ‘05) is senior vice president of business and corporate development for Amicus Therapeutics, a global biotechnology company focused on therapies for rare and orphan diseases.

Cynthia Mitchell (LAW ‘05) is the first woman to be appointed Pueblo County attorney in Colorado.

Elizabeth Sullivan (CWR ‘05; GRS ‘05, bioethics) is the co-chair of the Healthcare Practice Group, a team of attorneys providing legal services to individuals and entities throughout the U.S. healthcare industry, for McDonald Hopkins, a business advisory and advocacy law firm. 

Christopher Chan (LAW ‘07) has been recognized by Asian Legal Business as a Top 40 Lawyer Under 40 in Asia. The list profiles the brightest young legal minds in the region.

Mary Cotton (GRS ‘08, communication sciences), a speech and language pathologist living in Burlington, Vermont, has joined the board of directors of Vermont Learning-Support Initiative. Cotton works at Champlain Valley Union High School with adolescents who experience a variety of challenges, but primarily those with language impairment and social cognition issues.

Katie Kriegshauser (CWR '09) of Kansas City, MO, became the director and co-owner of the Kansas City Center for Anxiety Treatment, P.A. (KCCAT), a center focusing on evidence-based treatment of anxiety across the lifespan, clinical research and clinician training. KCCAT is one of only a few team-based resources available nationwide offering closely-tailored care for both children and adults with anxiety and related disorders. Kriegshauser and the KCCAT team recently received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health for an early childhood mobile-app-based prevention and early intervention program for anxiety and related conditions.

Emily E. Hoffman (CWR ‘11), of Northwestern University, received the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) with the SWE Outstanding Collegiate Member award. Hoffman accepted the award at SWE’s annual conference in October 2017. The SWE Outstanding Collegiate Member award recognizes outstanding contributions to SWE, the engineering community and a college campus. Hoffman helped to found the graduate SWE group at Northwestern and currently serves at the society level as graduate programming coordinator for GradSWE. Emily also was active in SWE at CWRU.

Debra DeHass Lehr (NUR ‘11, ‘12) joined the Nursing Board of the American Health Council.

Ilirjan Pipa (LAW ‘11, MGT ‘11) was named a member of McDonald Hopkins,  a business advisory and advocacy law firm. Pipa, who works out of the firm’s Cleveland office, has significant experience in securities, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate transactions.

Brandon Crane (DEN ‘13) joined the practice of Dr. Thomas R. Hughes at Avon Dental Care in Avon, Ohio. Crane spent the past four years as an officer in the United States Air Force and has provided dental care for the past three years at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.

Mariana Amatullo (GRS ‘15, management) joined The New School as associate professor strategic design and management, Parsons School of Design Strategies. Amatullo is co-founder and vice president of Designmatters, the award-winning social impact department of ArtCenter College of Design, in Pasadena, Calif. She is the recipient of numerous design and social innovation awards and honors, among them the 2012 DELL Social Innovation Education award for outstanding leadership in teaching and supporting student social innovators, Fast Company’s Co.Design 50 Designers Shaping the Future, and the Public Interest Design 100. 

Nicholas Lias (DEN ‘15) joined the Advantage Dental Clinic in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Lias recently completed then went on to finish a year-long general practice residency at the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center where he helped members of the armed forces.

Brooke Orcutt (CWR ‘15), a multiple-time All-University Athletic Association player, has been named the assistant women's basketball coach at CWRU.

Judy Tingley (NUR ‘16), vice president and chief executive officer for Erlanger Health System’s Heart and Lung Institute in Chattanooga, Tenn., and an assistant clinical professor of nursing for the Columbia University School of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program, received the Outstanding Alumni Award from Georgia Southwestern State University.

Carrie Busic (MGT ‘17), the national small business accounts sales and underwriting leader at Westfield I