September 2008
Issue 72

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Class Notes

Marlene Blas, GWSB MTA '07
Marlene Blas
Cooper Ambjorn-Olsen, CCAS BA ’92, was promoted to an assistant vice president of Fifth Third Bank.

Marlene Blas, GWSB MTA ’07, was appointed to Meeting Professionals International Content Advisory Council where she will provide input and industry perspective on management’s projects, advise management on emerging trends and delivery methods within the meetings industry, and work to inform MPI’s content offerings across all platforms.

Rebecca Lee Byrd, CCAS BA ’02, recently accepted a position as deputy counsel to the Governor of Delaware, Ruth Ann Minner. She recently was employed as a deputy attorney general for Delaware.

Vinay Dowray, CCAS BA '97
Vinay Dowray

Vinay Dowray, CCAS BA ’97, is now working for a marketing research and consulting company after receiving his MBA from University of Tennessee, where he completed a research fellowship.

Alia Elizabeth Eyres, ESIA BA '01, and John Michael Eyres were married on June 28, 2008 in Montrose, Colo., at the summer home of Alia’s parents.  They are currently residing in London and they plan to move to Hong Kong soon.

William C. Lohnes, SEAS MEA ’69, has joined the Board of PrismTech Solutions Americas as an outside director. The company leads the field in software defined radio software and services.

Heidi M. Pasichow, CCAS BA ’77, was nominated by the President of the United States in December 2006, and subsequently confirmed by the Senate on August 1, 2008, to become an associate judge on the District of Columbia Superior Court.  She has been as assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia since 1986.

Judith Peck, CCAS BA ’79, will show her paintings and drawings at Lofty Salon & Wellness Center in Vienna, Va. An opening and reception will take place on October 16 from 11 am to 7 pm.

Carrie Puchkoff, CCAS BA ’98, has been working as an editor for feature films and television. Her most recent project was Sex and the City: The Movie.

Sara Caitlin Sanchez Mayers, CCAS BA ’08, and Paul LaPlante are happy to announce their engagement. The wedding ceremony will take place in fall 2010 in Cherry Hill, N.J.

Sunita K. Sreedharan, LAW JD ’06, has been nominated for the IP Woman of the Year Award by the organizers of the Intellectual Property Summit 2008 to be held in Brussels in December.

John J. Szczur, GWSB MBA ’83, was recently appointed to serve on the Advisory Committee of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation by President Bush. Szczur is director of investments for the Central Pension Fund of the International Union of Operating Engineers and Participating Employers in Washington. He is responsible for a diversified investment portfolio of more than $10 billion. He will represent the interests of employees on the PBGC Advisory Committee until 2011.

Dr. Pierre Vigilance, CCAS BS '91
Dr. Pierre Vigilance

Dr. Pierre Vigilance, CCAS BS ’91, was named director of the District of Columbia’s Department of Health in March. Previously, Vigilance served as director and health officer for the Baltimore County Department of Health. After graduating from GW with a biology degree, Vigilance earned a medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Read an interview with Vigilance in the Sept. 2 Washington Post.

Craig L. Wiener, LAW JD ’88, and Nina Chang were married on June 7, 2008 at The University and Whist Club in Wilmington, Del.


John R. Manning, SEAS BS '57, LAW JD '61
John R. Manning
SEAS BS '57, LAW JD '61

John R. Manning, SEAS BS '57, LAW JD '61, a retired NASA employee, GW Alumni Association board member, and GW Trustee Emeritus, passed away on Aug. 16. Manning was a very active volunteer leader, serving on a number of advisory boards at GW, including GW’s Engineer Alumni Association, the GW Alumni Association (president 1984-1988), and the University’s Board of Trustees. He also volunteered at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Arlington, Va., and the Boy Scouts of America, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Verna Volz Small, CCAS BA ’37, a leader in the struggle to preserve the historical integrity of New York City’s Greenwich Village neighborhood died on Aug. 10. Small played key roles in creating a landmarked historic district in the Village, educated the community about landmark preservation, and advocated for low-scale buildings in the neighborhood. She was married to husband Leonard Small, CCAS BA ’42, who passed away in 1982. Read the tribute to Verna Small in The Villager.