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Eleanor Bush Chucker, BA ’56, is serving her second term as president of the Western-Ellington Alumni Association.

In recognition of his outstanding achievement in the fields of petroleum products and lubricants, James H. O’Mara, BS ’57, MS ’61, received the 2001 George V. Dyroff Award from the American Society for Testing and Materials. O’Mara was a senior research chemist at Rohm and Haas prior to his retirement.

Richard Marks, MA ’58, recently completed his fourth tour aboard a U.S. Navy ship, where he teaches college courses in American government and introduction to management for Navy personnel. His most recent tour, aboard the USS Cleveland, took him from Hawaii, to East Timor, Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Bahrain, and Kuwait. Students receive college credit from the Central Texas College through the Navy’s Program Aboard for College Education.

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The Washington University Medical Center Alumni Association’s 2001 Distinguished Service Award went to Robert M. Senior, MD ’61. Internationally recognized for his research in lung and cardio-respiratory diseases, Senior is a professor of cell biology and physiology at Washington University in St. Louis.

Robert R. Detore, BA ’67, was sworn in as mayor of the township of Verona, N.J., this past July. He is president and CEO of Correc-tional Health Services Inc.

Baltimore Magazine named Stuart A. Tiegel, BS ’69, one of the city’s “Top Mental Health Professionals” in its November 2001 issue. One of only 17 practitioners honored, Tiegel is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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Logistics management executive William N. Farmen, MS ’71, is the new senior vice president and federal group director at VSE Corporation.

The new executive vice president and general counsel at ICN Pharmaceuticals Inc., in Costa Mesa, Calif., is Gregory Keever, BA ’71, LLM ’77.

The Bronx Historical Society honored Pat Martin, PhD ’72, as the first recipient of the Jonas Bronck award. Martin serves as chairman, president, and CEO of StorageTek, a digitized data storage company headquartered in Louisville, Colo. The award, named after the Bronx’s first European settler, recognizes Martin, a Bronx native, for his leadership and success.

Congratulations go to Joanne Glasser, BA ’73, on her appointment as president of Eastern Kentucky University. Glasser, a Baltimore native, is a former vice president of Towson University.

Silicon Valley veteran and entrepreneur Wil Cochran, MBA ’74, recently joined Atreus Systems Inc. as president and chief executive officer.

Twenty-year veteran of the National Park Service Robert J. Kapsch, MS ’74, MA ’78, was appointed National Park Service Senior Scholar on Historic Architec-ture and Engineering. Kapsch has received numerous awards over the years from the U.S. Department of the Interior, including the Meritorious Service Medal, the First Vail Award, and the Distinguished Service Medal.

A quarter century after receiving her first bachelor’s degree in classical humanities at GW, Deborah Carr Anderson, BA ’75, is pursuing another bachelor’s degree in photojournalism at the Newhouse School of Syracuse University.

A leading scientist at Hoffman-La Roche Inc. Philip Familletti, MS ’75, was promoted to vice president of discovery technologies, overseeing preclinical research and development.

The new senior vice president and chief financial officer of Randall Hagner in Washington, D.C., is Anthony Falcone, BBA ’78.

William L. Perotti Jr., BBA ’79, group executive vice president and chief credit policy officer of San Antonio-based Frost Bank, was named chair of The Risk Management Association.

The new chief executive officer at Merrimack Valley Hospital in Haverhill, Mass., is Lester P. Schindel, MHC ’79.

Michael J. Yellin, BS ’79, was appointed director of rheumatology and immunology at the biopharmaceutical company Medarex Inc.

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Handleman Co. elected Gerardo Lopez, BBA ’80, senior vice president of the company and president of its Handelman Entertainment Resources division.

Judith A. Gilligan Pace-Templeton, PhD ’80, was named assistant professor of biology at Hood College in Frederick, Md. Pace-Templeton, who has served as an adjunct faculty member at Hood since 1998, is a supervisory research chemist and chief of the Office of Product Development and Regulatory Affairs at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.

Nancy J. Thompson, BA ’80, JD ’87, has accepted the position of assistant dean for career services at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

Seattle Telco Credit Union recently announced the appointment of Chuck Cockburn, MBA ’81, as president and chief executive officer.

Darla D. Moore, MBA ’81, has joined the board of directors of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. Moore is a partner in Rainwater Inc., one of the largest private investment firms in America.

In November, John Herring, MBA ’82, the president of Wireless Matrix Corp., assumed the additional role of chief executive officer of the company.

In Japan, Hiroyuki Nishiya, BBA ’82, was promoted to vice president of Cabot Microelectronics Corp., where she oversees the company’s growing activities in the Asia-Pacific region.

Founder and president of Flextime Staffing Inc. Diane Charness, MBA ’83, writes that her Bethesda, Md., company was featured in the top selling business management text, Understanding Business, for its work in promoting the flexible utilization of human resources.

Yawen Chiang, PhD ’83, joined GenStar Therapeutics as senior vice president of research and development.

At the 23rd Denver International Film Festival, director/producer Kim A. Snyder, BA ’83, won the People’s Choice Award for her documentary about chronic fatigue syndrome, “I Remember Me.” The film also received an honorable mention at the Hamptons International Film Festival.

George Weise, MBA ’83, is vice president of global trade strategy for Vastera, a firm specializing in providing e-business solutions for global trade management.

Composite Industries of America Inc. announced the appointment of William T. Anton, EdD ’84, as president of its subsidiary World Homes Inc.

In Beverly Hills, Calif., Creative Artists Agency appointed Roger Fishman, BBA ’85, head of its consulting division.

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

The Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art named Johanna Plummer, MAT ’85, director of education.

Wedding bells rang Sept. 30 for Nancy Solomon, BA’85, and Nicholas Anthony Santora. She is the executive director of Long Island Traditions, a non profit organization in Port Washington, N.Y., that focuses on the area’s folk arts.

Bernard Bailey, MBA ’86, was promoted to chief operating officer of Art Technology Group Inc. in Cambridge, Mass.

Miami-based accounting and consulting firm Berkowitz Dick Pollack & Brant named Scott M. Bouchner, BA ’87, a director in the litigation services department. Bouchner specializes in commercial damages and business valuations.

Congratulations go to Jill Lashay, BA ’88, JD ’91, who was recently recognized and honored by the American Bar Association Committee on Equal Employment in the Legal Profession. Lashay is an attorney with Klett, Rooney, Lieber & Schorling in Harrisburg, Pa.

Gary S. Lesser, BA ’89, is the new chair of the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Professionalism Committee and vice chair of the Florida Bar Professional Ethics Committee. He is a partner at Lesser, Lesser & Landy in West Palm Beach.

Orbitex Financial Services Group Inc. named Alidad Mireskandari, BS ’89, co-portfolio manager for the Orbitex Health & Biotechnology Fund, the Orbitex Life Sciences & Biotechnology Fund, and the Monu-ment Medical Life Sciences Fund.

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Stephanie and David Evenchick, BA ’90, proudly announce the birth of their daughter, Rachel Isabel, on July 17, 2001. The new dad is a senior vice president of Greater Talent Network Inc., a lecture and talent agency in New York City.

Nancy C. Leese, MA ’90, was appointed director of development at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Capital Chapter, in Washington, D.C.

The new chief financial officer of Visual Analytics Inc. in Poolesville, Md., is Bruce Ferber, MBA ’91.

Daniel Korn, BS ’91, was recently named manager of enterprise systems e-learning at RWD Technologies in Columbia, Md.

Michael S. Rosenberg, BA ’91, co-hosted a daylong seminar entitled Advanced Legal Writing for the New Jersey Paralegal, sponsored by the Institute for Paralegal Education. Rosenberg is a commercial litigator at the Philadelphia law firm Wolf, Black, Schorr & Solis-Cohen.

In Chappaqua, N.Y., Lauren R. Saul, BA ’91, was married to Michael Safran on Nov. 3. She is a social worker at the Recanati-Miller Transplant Institute at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.

Ernst & Young recently promoted Joseph J. Galanti, BA ’92, MBA ’96, to senior manager in its Miami office.

Daniel B. Goodman, MA ’92, was named vice president, strategy, at TRW Inc.

In Tokyo, Masao Shimizu, MBA ’92, is a manager of IT business planning and development at NTT Data Corp.

The Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., was the site of the Oct. 21 wedding of Michael J. Serphos, BBA ’92, to Abbe Ruttenberg. Serphos is an associate in the foreign exchange group of Morgan Stanley in Manhattan.

Congratulations go to Lauren H. Weinstein, BBA ’92, on her Oct. 28 wedding to Steven Blutig. Weinstein is a dietician and nutritionist at the Hebrew Home for the Aged in Riverdale, the Bronx. She is also studying for a master’s degree in nutrition at New York University.

Elizabeth A. Gaudio, BA ’93, got married this past May and is working as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C.

The aviation and travel services company America West Holdings Corp. named J. Scott Kirby, MS ’93, executive vice president of sales and marketing.

The new national sales director for Tovaris Inc. of Charlottesville, Va., is Ted Ritter, MA ’93.

Lisa Shaffer, PhD ’94, was named executive director of the University of California Revelle Program on Climate Science and Policy. Shaffer is the director of policy programs and international relations at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego.

Translation technology giant TRADOS Inc. named Edith Westfall, MBA ’94, head of the freelance translators business unit.

Washington’s Omni Shoreham Hotel was the site of the Oct. 20 wedding of Corinne L. Miller, MBA ’95, to Kevin Smithen. She is a senior manager for advertising and promotion partnerships at, an Internet portal in New York.

In Potomac, Md., David R. Nather, MA ’95, married Elissa Leif on Aug. 12. Nather is a reporter for CQ Weekly in Washington.

Wedding bells rang Sept. 15 in East Hampton, N.Y., for Susan P. Howard, MA ’96, and Marc Joshua Berkowitz. She is the office manager for Ellen Grauer Court Reporting, a New York company that provides stenographers to law firms.

Grassroots Enterprise Inc., a provider of advocacy management software, appointed John Joaquin, MBA ’96, vice president of sales. An active member of the Washington, D.C., technology community since 1988, Joaquin is founder and chair of the IT Community Foundation, a group that links the technology and nonprofit communities, providing a catalyst for social investment in the greater Washington region.

Shang-Mei Lee, MS ’96, PhD ’01, was named assistant professor of management at Hood College in Frederick, Md. Her article “Price Dynamics Among Country Funds, The Underlying Stock Markets and the U.S. Market: Evidence from Cointegration and Causality Tests of Mexico, Korea, and Taiwan Funds,” was published in the April 2001 edition of the Southern Business & Economic Journal.

Mitchell May, BA ’96, of Camden, Del., welcomed daughter Alexandra Eileen to the world on Jan. 29, 2001.

In Hollywood, Fla., Juan P. Valdes, MBA ’96, was named marketing manager of Western Union, focusing on the Central American region.

Nuance, a leader in Voice Web software, launched a Tokyo-based subsidiary in September led by Hideki Wachi, MS ’96. As president and representative director of the newly formed Nuance Communications K.K., Wachi will help drive the adoption of speech recognition software in Japan.

John Cosgriff, BBA ’97, was promoted to manager at Accenture Ltd, formerly known as Andersen Consulting LLP. Cosgriff lives in the Washington, D.C., area.

We unfortunately missed an opportunity to see the action, but when Sonia Ullah Klein, MBA ’98, was nearby filming “Manassas: End of Innocence” for Congaree Pictures, she called GW Magazine with an update. Following her marriage to fellow alum Michael Klein, the couple launched Congaree Pictures, LLC—a film finance and distribution company based in South Carolina. The production team for “Manassas” collectively holds five Oscars, three Emmys, two Platinum Records, and a Peabody Award. “Manassas,” narrated by Richard Dreyfuss, is slated to begin its run at the Manassas National Battlefield Park in 2002. One scene of the film features a cameo appearance by George Washington—in the form of a bust of the General lent by GW’s Alumni Relations Office! The University will be credited in the film.

Hood College of Frederick, Md., recently announced the appointment of Mary Ann Marvil, EdD ’98, as assistant professor of education and chair of the department of education.

Kelly L. Toscano, MA ’98, married John Bradley on May 26. She is an audiologist at St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, N.Y.

In Seoul, Korea, Sun-Young Lee, MBA ’99, serves as assistant portfolio manager at Bank of America.

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Neungruthai Chinsomboon, MBA ’00, is a senior accountant with DynCorp in Reston, Va.

In Newport News, Va., Troy Jorgens, MTA ’00, is an engineer at Newport News Shipbuilding.

After moving to Chicago following graduation, Phillip C. Klapperich, BA ’00, founded the House Theatre of Chicago, where he serves as executive director of the not-for-profit corporation. The theater launched its first production this past Halloween—“Death and Harry Houdini,” an all-original, vaudeville cabaret.

Martha Neal, PhD ’00, was appointed a member of the St. Mary’s County (Md.) Ethics Commission.

The new publisher of Washington Business Forward magazine is Kirsten T. Russell, MBA ’00.

In Washington, D.C., Kevin (Wen-Liang) Wang, MBA ’00, recently joined the Travel Industry Association of America as a marketing research analyst. In his new position, Wang conducts research, analysis, and forecasting for the travel and tourism industry and works with state and city tourism and visitor bureaus throughout the United States.

Andrew Mescolotto, BA ’01, was recently named director of communications for the Senior Executive Association, a Washington-based membership organization that represents senior government executives.

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