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Respected Washington attorney Herbert J. “Jack” Miller, BA ’48, JD ’49, a partner in Baker Botts, was honored in May 2002 with the Justice Potter Stewart Award, which recognizes individuals and organizations who have demonstrated leadership in making a significant contribution to the law over a sustained period. The award, named for the late associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, is presented annually by the Council for Court Excellence.

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American Society of Testing and Materials awarded Emanuel Horowitz, MS ’56, PhD ’63, (pictured at left) the 2002 Award of Merit and the accompanying title of Fellow. Horowitz is a professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Johns Hopkins University. The Award of Merit is the highest honor ASTM bestows.

Congratulations go to John Grinnell, BA ’50, MA ’51, JD ’61, who was awarded a life membership as an organizing member of the Northern Virginia Athletic Directors, Administrators, and Coaches Association at the group’s 25th anniversary celebration in December 2002.

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Syracuse University Professor Harold Hackney, MA ’63, presented “The Role of Theory in Counselor Preparation” at the North Atlantic Association for Counselor Educa-tion and Supervision meeting in Amherst, N.Y. Hackney conducts research on the counseling process and is the co-author of two textbooks.

Adam E. Freeland, MD ’65, was elected president for 2002 at the American Association for Hand Surgeons annual meeting in Cancun, Mexico. He is professor of orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation and is director of hand surgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

After 21 years of service as the director of the Information Security Oversight Office, Steven Garfinkel, BA ’67, JD ’70, retired on Jan. 3, 2002. As director, he was responsible for policy oversight of the government-wide security classifi-cation system and for the National Industrial Security Program. Appointed by President Carter in 1980, he has worked with presidents Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush, and during his career, he received 18 presidential commendations.

Former president of the Virginia Land Title Association, William P. Johnston (formerly Johnson), BA ’68, is editor-in-chief of the VLTA’s magazine, VLTA Examiner.

Edward J. Rosasco, MBA ’65, is director of the Executive MBA Health Administration and Policy Program at the University of Miami’s School of Business.

The Lawyers Helping Lawyers Program in Virginia presented Laurence J. Tracy, BBA ’68, with the James R. Treese Award for his dedicated service to the program. He is also a speaker for the National Youth Leadership Forum, a program for high school students interested in the legal profession.

John E. Cottongim, MS ’69, recently came out of retirement and launched Silver Sailing LLC, a Web-based (www.silversailing.com) yacht leasing business in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands.

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The latest achievement of Carol E. Bruce, BA ’71, JD ’74, is being named a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Bruce is with the firm of Tighe Patton Armstrong Teasdale.

The U.S. General Accounting Office appointed Gary L. Kepplinger, BA ’71, to the position of deputy general counsel at the Office of General Counsel. Kepplinger also holds a law degree from DePaul University.

Edward Liddy, MBA ’72, is chairman, president, and CEO of Allstate Corp. and the Allstate Insurance Co. His earlier career includes tenures with G.D. Searle, ADT Inc., and Sears, Roebuck & Co.

Ellyn C. Phillips, BA ’72, (pictured at left) was one of six new members appointed to the National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, a unit of the National Institutes of Health that supports brain and nervous system research.

Ilene S. Wittner, BA ’72, is director of development for Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.

John P. Ferguson, MBA ’73, (pictured at right) president and CEO of Hackensack University Medical Center, was appointed by New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey to be co-chair of the state committee for Health and Senior Services.

V. Charles Jackson, MBA ’73, was appointed as president, CEO, and member of the Board of Directors at Community Bank in Pasadena, Calif.

The accounting and tax firm of KPMG has named Steven M. Fishner, BA ’75, a director in its forensic practice. Prior to joining the firm, Fishner—who has a law degree from Hofstra University—served Mayor Rudolph Guiliani as his principal criminal justice adviser.

C. Douglass Couto, MSA ’76, MBA ’83, CIO of the Michigan Department of Transportation, was awarded the CIO Enterprise Value Award for FieldManager, the successful suite of road construction management software produced by MDOT and InfoTech, a soft-ware company.

Ronald C. Roth, MA ’76, (pictured at left) was named director and CEO of the Reading Public Museum in Pennsylvania. Most recently he directed the Museum of Nebraska Art.

Georgia Southern University awarded Richard Flynn, BA ’77, M. Phil ’84, PhD ’87, the 2002 Georgia Southern University Award for Excellence in Research/Creative Scholarly Activity. Flynn is an English professor at the university.

Richard Hamilton, BBA ’77, is vice president of finance at Paramount’s Great America, a California theme park.

Gregory B. Kenny, MBA ’77, was appointed to the board of directors at IDEX Corp., a manufacturer of industrial equipment in Northbrook, Ill.

Probix, Inc., a provider of secure content delivery solutions, has named Michael Mansouri, MS ’77, as president and CEO of the company. Most recently he was chairman, CEO and president of iPass Inc. A veteran senior executive, his background also includes service with Teleglobe and Sprint International.

The Virginia State Corporation Commission has named John F. Dudley, MA ’78, as its counsel for utilities.

Elliott Wiser, BA ’78, was promoted to vice president of news programming for the Time Warner Cable Local News Group in Stamford, Conn. He earlier served as general manager for Time Warner Cable’s Bay News 9, a local news channel in Tampa, Fla.

Progenics Pharmaceuticals promoted Phillip K. Yachmetz, BA ’78, to vice president and general counsel. Progenics Pharma-ceutics is a New York-based biopharmaceutical company. Yachmetz holds a JD degree from California Western School of Law.

Bruce M. Cazenave, MSE ’79, was named president and CEO at the Dorel Juvenile Youth Group North America of Dorel Industries Inc., a consumer products manufacturer.

President of the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy, Kyung-tae Lee, MA ’79, PhD ’83, was named new chief representative to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Attorney Michael D. Orenstein, BA ’79, (pictured at left) is branching out. After 18 years of private practice, he recently has become counsel to Becker & Polaikoff, a Florida-based law firm.

Johns Hopkins University appointed Daniel Weiss, BA ’79, (pictured at right) dean of the university’s Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.

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After a 10-year career in marketing management, Blaine Branchik, BA ’80, MBA ’89, says he is pursuing his dream. He recently completed his first year in a doctoral program in business administration at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.

In December 2001 the Engineers and Surveyors Institute recognized William C. Putman, MEA ’80, (pictured at left) for quality designated plans examination. The award cites Putman for his service as designated plans examiner in Fairfax and Loudoun counties in Virginia. He also participated in Habitat for Humanity, where he helped construct 18 townhouses for low-income families.

Ken Walter, MBA ’80, was recently named managing director at Insignia/ESG, a commercial real estate service provider in Dallas. Previously, he served as director at Kennedy-Wilson/ONCOR. He has received the Kennedy-Wilson “Pinnacle” production award three times in the past four years and, in 2001, ranked sixth internationally among ONCOR’s 4,000 brokers.

Crispen Grey-Johnson, MA ’81, was named permanent representative of the Gambia to the United Nations. He is former high commissioner to Sierra Leone and ambassador to Cote d’Ivoire and Liberia.

Founder and CEO of Claims Compensation Bureau, Inc., Brad Heffler, BA ’81, was recognized when his company achieved the status of the fastest growing privately held company in the 2001 Philadelphia 100 listing. CCB was also noted as the fastest growing company in the history of this 13-year-old award.

Lisa M. Davis, BA ’82, recently co-founded Rosebud Consulting, a firm providing legal and business services to high technology clients.

Forward Movement Publications, New Jersey publisher of Episcopal Life, elected Washingtonian Margaret Graham Beers, BA ’83, MA ’89, to a five-year term as chair of its executive committee.

Danny A. Defenbaugh, MFS ’83, recently announced his retirement after serving as an FBI agent since 1976. He has traveled to more than 20 countries to investigate terrorism and led the investigation of the Oklahoma City bombing.

Michael La Place, BA ’85, MURP ’89, is director of community development in Plainsboro, N.J.

Gary Foster, MBA ’86, (pictured at left) is vice president of Stanley Consultants, an engineering consulting firm. He works in Hanoi, Vietnam, and manages the company’s marketing efforts in Southeast Asia.

Christi D. Griffin, MHSA ’86, is vice president and assistant general counsel at Renal Care Group Inc., a provider of nephrology services.

Brian Sapadin, BBA ’86, is director of new business development at Weber Shandwick’s Investor Relations’ office in New York.

Richard Bates, BBA ’87, MS ’00, is director of operations at ServerVault, a Virginia-based high-security data hosting facility.

Onvoy, a regional telecommunications provider, named Charles Berkowitz, MA ’87, its chief marketing officer.

Evan Katzman, BBA ’87, MBA ’90, recently launched OptiSave, a consulting firm specializing in optimization of telecommunications services. He resides in Chantilly, Va., with his wife and two children.

Timothy Medina, BA ’88, is chief financial officer of ECI Conference Call Services, a New Jersey-based teleconferencing service provider. Previously, Medina was the CFO for Independent Wireless One Holdings, a Sprint PCS affiliate in the northeast.

The U.S. Small Business Administration appointed Joseph O. Montes, BA ’88, as regional administrator of the five-state Region VI. He oversees district offices in Albuquerque, Oklahoma City, Little Rock, New Orleans, and throughout Texas.

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Christopher Crowley, BA ’90, was promoted to captain of the Florida Army National Guard. He is a JAG officer in the 53rd Infantry Brigade in Tampa, Fla.

Andrew Flagel, BA ’90, MA ’94, is the dean of admissions and enrollment development at George Mason University. He and his wife, Jennifer, welcomed their first child, Joshua David, on April 2, 2002.

With more than a decade of experience covering international defense, Vago Muradian, BA ’91, has been appointed editor of the Army Times Publishing Co.’s publication, Defense News.

Pennant Information Services Inc., of Placentia, Calif., elected Karen Rice, ME ’91, to its board
of directors; she also was appointed president.

Michael S. Rosenberg, BA ’91, and Sheryl Klein, BBA ’92, announced the birth of their second child, Jack Holden Rosenberg, on Jan. 10, 2002.

Timothy A. Waire Jr., BSEE ’91, was promoted to vice president of information technology at Const-ellation Power Source Inc., a national energy commodities trading company in Baltimore.

Kathleen Whelan, BA ’91, and Aaron Quinn, BA ’94, were married on May 5, 2001, in Ashburn, Va. She is a senior manager in the broadband group at America Online. Quinn is director of international network operations at Qwest Communications.

Ellen A. Bodalski, BA ’92, (pictured at left) married Michael Kaplan on Jan. 4, 2002, in St. Lucia. She is the senior director of meetings for the International Society for Performance Improvement in San Diego, Calif., where her husband serves as an assistant U.S. Attorney.

Esther Lippman, BBA ’92, is an account supervisor specializing in real estate and consumer branding at The Headline Group, an Atlanta-based public relations agency.

Dykema Gossett PLLC announced that Kelly O’Brien, BA ’92, (pictured at right) has been named director of the Illinois State Government Policy and Practice Group. O’Brien, who also holds a law degree from Loyola University, is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois.

Jon A. Schmidt, BA ’92, MS ’94, was elected to be the first president of the Structural Engineers Association of Kansas and Missouri, which is an affiliate of the National Council of Structural Engineers Association.

Chris Hyland, MA ’93, is a project manager for the Walla Walla District of the Corps of Engineers in Washington. He has recently finished negotiations in launching an environmental restoration feasibility study.

Aaron Chang, BA ’93, was named chief operating officer of The Carmen Group, a Washing-ton, D.C.-based lobbying firm.

Meredith Fisher, BA ’93, MA ’97, and Jay Bushman, BA ’93, were married on June 29, 2002, in North Salem, New York. They credit GW for bringing them together.

Congratulations go to Brian Forst, PhD ’93, who received the Bernard H. Ross Award for Teaching Excellence from the Graduate Students Council of the School of Public Affairs at American University, where he is a professor of justice, law, and society.

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners awarded Mark A. Bleich, MA ’94, the title of “Certified Fraud Examiner.” Bleich is an investigator at NASD Regulation, a self-regulatory organization in the securities industry.

Cody A. Tubbs, BA ’95, is a regional representative of the League of California Cities. Previously, he was a lobbyist in Sacramento for the Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors of California and served on the district staff of Rep. Robert T. Matsui (D.-Calif.).

Sherman Baldwin, MA ’96, was named vice president of strategy at Pratt & Whitney, a leading designer and manufacturer of jet engines. Baldwin previously founded the New York City office of Redleaf Group, which provides services to developing technology companies. His background also includes positions with the Navy Department and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Laura R. Ellsworth, MFS ’96, is assistant professor of forensic sciences at Prince George’s Commu-nity College in Maryland. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Criminal Justice at The Community College of Baltimore County.

Mark Kashar, MBA ’96, married Jennifer Falk in Dallas. He is an equity trader for SWS Securities in Dallas.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology accepted Imran Qayyum, MS ’96, into its one-year Management of Technology Program within the Sloan School of Management.

Congratulations go to Mark Reynolds, BA ’96, JD ’99, and his wife, Jacci, on the birth of Justin Michael, who arrived on Nov. 30, 2001.

Gabriel Braun, BBA ’97, was named vice president of sales for the Baan Co. in Mexico and part of Latin America. He is based in Mexico City.

K. David Burns, BA ’97, (pictured at left) is a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala. He teaches health, nutrition, sanitation, and disease prevention in four rural elementary schools.

Eric J. Haas, BS ’97, graduated from the Ben Gurion University of the Negev M.D. Program in International Health and Medicine, offered in collaboration with Columbia University Health Sciences. The program trains doctors for the practice of international health and medicine. Haas next begins a residency in pediatrics.

Jaclyn Rene Hafter, BBA ’97, received her master’s of business administration from Cleveland State University in December 2000. She and her husband also legally changed their last name (from Abbott to Hafter) to preserve a family name.

Peter Kim, BA ’97, works for GSA Fleet Management Division in Crystal City, Va., and wanted classmates to have his e-mail address: peterkim0920@yahoo.com.

Campaigns & Elections magazine recognized Rodney Jay C. Salinas, BA ’97, MA ’99, in its April 2002 issue as one of the “Rising Stars of Politics 2002.” He is one of the first Asian Pacific Americans to receive the title. At GW, Salinas was a Presidential Administrative Fellow during his graduate study.

Retired army Lt. Col. Paul W. Gery, M.Ed ’98, received his fourth master’s degree in German language and literature from Middlebury College and will work toward a doctor of modern language degree. He is a former assistant professor of French and German at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.

Jennifer C. Pedone, BA ’98, is the assistant to the president of Emmanuel College in Boston. She also co-chairs the fund development committee for the Girl Scouts of Spar and Spindle Council.

Marine Corps 1st Lt. Jason M. Weber, BA ’98, recently began a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf. He is assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit in Camp Lejeune, N.C.

President and CEO of ChainLink Networking Solutions Sounia N. Chaney, MIS ’99, is launching her firm’s new network security product, which has already garnered praise for its homeland defense initiatives and Web monitoring components.

Stephan T. Garrett, BSHS ’99, earned his master’s in medical science from Yale University Medical School. He currently works for the university, conducting research on uncontrollable stress and its effects on memory.

Adina R. Schyman, BA ’99, and Dave Adler, BA ’98, were married in June 2002. Schyman is an international trade specialist at the Department of Commerce. Adler works in public and government affairs for the American Health Quality Association. Subsequent to their years at GW, both have earned master’s degrees.

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Michael Budzynski, MEM ’00, is an electrical engineer at Hixson, a Cincinnati-based architecture engineering/interior design firm.

Christopher Soriano, BA ’00, served as a summer associate at Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen LLP, a Philadelphia-based law firm. He is a law student at the Law School of Temple University.

Dave Watermulder, BA ’00, has worked as an English teacher and youth worker in the Peace Corps for two years on the Cape Verde islands in West Africa. Among his GW memories is that of founding and captaining the Ultimate Frisbee team.

Dana Woodall, BA ’00, married José Pagán on Dec. 22, 2001, in Braselton, Ga. She is a law student at the University of South Carolina.

David Fuller Holt, BA ’01, is working for the Office of Legislative Affairs in the East Wing of the White House.

Natalia A. Rudiak, BA ’01, received a CORO Fellowship in Pittsburgh—a graduate-level program where fellows pursue internship opportunities and are matched with leaders of public policy programs, labor unions, business, nonprofit work, and local political campaigns.

Congratulations and welcome to GW to Yvonne Luk, BA ’02, who is working at the University’s Mount Vernon campus as its technical coordinator.

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