was a member
is a former
is a long-time
A. Gralnick, BA ’65,
MA ’68, received the Ha NaDiv Crystal Award
for outstanding service to the Jewish community
from the board of directors of the Adolph and
Rose Levis Jewish Community Center in Boca Raton,
Fla. Gralnick has served the American Jewish
Committee for more than 30
years, currently as its southeast regional director.
The American National Standards Institute awarded
Malcolm E. O’Hagan, DE ’66, the Howard
Coonley Medal. The award recognizes executives
who serve the national economy through voluntary
standardization and who support standardization
as a management tool. O’Hagan has been
president of the National Electrical Manufacturers
Association for 14 years, contributing support
to international standards activities and has
shown leadership in his field. The award was
presented in October as part of ANSI’s
World Standards Week celebration in Washington.
A professor of economics and political science
at the State University of New York at Binghamton,
Solomon William Polachek,
BA ’67, received
the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence
in Teaching. Polachek has been a member of the
faculty since 1983, and served as chair of the
department of economics and as dean of the Harpur
College of Arts and Sciences. He is editor of
Research in Labor Economics and associate editor
of Conflict Management and
Peace Science. Polachek
also is past president of the Peace Science Society,
an association of scholars interested in international
After 17 years of service at The Bradley Center,
a regional healthcare and educational system
based in Pittsburgh, as chief executive officer,
Walter H. Goedeke, MS ’69, now is retired.
He continues in a consulting role for the company.
Goedeke also is a retired Marine Corps Reserve
Farewell to Richmond
A group of Virginia
Gov. Mark Warner’s closest GW buddies
reunited for the final time at the governor’s
mansion in November. The basketball-loving
group gets together every year in the
fall, and when Warner, BA ’77,
became governor, the gatherings moved
from Foggy Bottom to Richmond. Here,
they pose with him in front of the Executive
Mansion after a weekend of pick-up games
and catching up on conversation. The
photo was submitted by Bill Glovin, BA ’77,
(back row, to Warner’s immediate
left), a senior editor at Rutgers’ alumni
magazine who keeps us informed on the
What’s in store for
Warner now that the governorship has ended?
Rumors of a presidential run abound, so we
will have to wait and see.
PhD ’75, a faculty member teaching social
science at Mountain View College in Dallas since
1972, was named a Piper Professor for 2005 by
the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation. The author
of numerous study and telecourse guides, Alfers
has been content specialist for more than 50
hours of educational videos. This year, Alfers
received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Distance
Education from the Instructional Technology Council.
In October, Molly
Miller, MS ’71, received
the 2005 association for Women Geoscientists
Foundation Outstanding Educator Award. The award
was presented at the Geological Society of America’s
annual meeting in Salt Lake City. Miller is an
authority on paleontology, especially sediment
animal interactions and the Antarctic. She received
10 National Science Foundation grants, and is
the author or co-author of more than 50 papers
and field trip guides. Miller is the former editor
of GSA Today, the Journal
of Paleontology, and
PALAIOS. She formerly served in the Peace Corps
and is a tenured professor at Vanderbilt University.
C. Browne, MSA ’73, is chief executive
officer of Nexaweb Technologies, provider of
a leading software platform for building and
deploying Rich Internet Applications. Browne
has more than 20 years of information technology
experience, and leads the company’s strategic
direction and business growth. Browne resides
in Andover, Mass.
President and CEO of Hackensack University Medical
Center and chairman of the board of Martha’s
Vineyard Hospital, John
P. Ferguson, MBA ’73,
was named to Modern Healthcare’s Fourth
Annual 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare.
This is the second consecutive year he received
the honor. The listing was featured in the magazine’s
August issue. Ferguson has been with HUMC since
1981 and has been president and CEO since 1986.
Among other honors, he has received the 2004
American College of Healthcare Executives Regent’s
Award and the 2002 Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
A resident of Chambersburg,
Pa., David A. Wellman, MBA ’74, is a systems security provider
for Electronic Data Systems working in the field
security operations division of the Defense Information
Systems Agency. Since 2003, his work has taken
him to military installations in Southwest Asia.
EDS presented Wellman with the Diamond Award
for courageous service in challenging conditions.
In December, Wellman took his sixth trip to Baghdad,
Iraq. In 2004, Wellman earned a master’s
degree in network security from Capital College.
Wellman is a retired Marine Corps lieutenant
Adams, BA ’78, was elected chairman
of the board of regents of the Texas State University
System, taking office in January. He is the founder
and managing shareholder of Adams & Boswell,
which has offices in Houston, Dallas, and Beaumont.
Adams practices in Texas and Louisiana, concentrating
on defending businesses and individuals in civil
litigation. He is board certified in personal
injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal
Law Journal recognized
his 2002 defense verdict in Bryant & Shackelford
vs. U.S. Silica as one of the top 10 defense
verdicts in the United States that year. During
his GW days, Adams was active in student government
and was a member of the Joint Food Services Board.
Adams resides with his wife, Joanne, in Beaumont,
Texas. They have two children.
The American Indian Science and Engineering Society
presented Nancy B. Jackson,
BS ’79, with
its Professional of the Year award, given at
the organization’s national conference
in Charlotte, N.C., in November. Jackson is deputy
director of the international security center
at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque,
Nash, BA ’80, Camden County, N.J., freeholder
and vice chairman of the Delaware River Port
Authority, is the recipient of the 2005 Paul
Porado Humanitarian Award from the Larc School
in Bellmawr, N.J. The award honors Nash’s
longstanding support of the school for persons
with disabilities. The award is named for the
school’s former treasurer of the board
of directors, who also was
For the second consecutive year, Peyton
R. Patterson, MBA ’83, was named the second most powerful
woman in banking in the nation by U.S.
Banker in its annual ranking of “The 25 Most Powerful
Women in Banking.” Patterson is chairman,
president, and CEO of NewAlliance Bank, based
in New Haven, Conn. In January, U.S.
named her among the top 10 industry CEOs. The
publication attributed NewAlliance Bank’s
growth directly to Patterson’s leadership.
Under Patterson’s direction, NewAlliance
Bank was created from the merging of New Haven
Savings Bank, Savings Bank of Manchester, and
Tolland Bank, and became a publicly traded company.
The company’s growth and acquisitions have
continued under her leadership.
A resident of Northbrook, Ill., David
Prosperi, MBA ’83, is director of public relations
of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the largest
U.S. futures and options exchange and the first
to be publicly traded.
Warren, MD ’83,
was designated as a certified physician executive
by the Certifying Commission in Medical Management.
Warren was recognized for his educational, medical,
and management experience. He is medical director
for health services, credentialing and quality
for The Health Plan of the Upper Ohio Valley
HomeTown Health Network.
A partner in Saul Ewing’s bankruptcy department,
Robert M. Greenbaum, BBA ’84, spoke at
the Third Annual Turnaround Management Association’s
Mid-Atlantic Regional Symposium. The event was
held at Caesar’s Atlantic City in June.
Greenbaum was on a panel discussing “Financing
Alternatives in 2005 and Beyond.” He concentrates
in bankruptcy and out-of-court workouts representing
debtors, trustees, secured and unsecured creditors,
and creditors’ committees. In 2005, Greenbaum
was named a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer” by
Philadelphia Magazine and Law
Previously a member from 1997 to 2001, Dave
Kaplan, MBA ’84, was elected to the Des Moines,
Wash., City Council in November. In his full-time
position, he is executive director of the Washington
Self-Insurers Association, which represents 400
employers who self-insure workers’ compensation
risk in the state. Kaplan also was appointed
to the Executive Committee of the National Council
Teaching organizational counseling in a master’s
program, James Wilcox, EdD ’84, is an adjunct
professor with Johns Hopkins University. During
semi-retirement in the last few years, he completed
his goal of playing all 214 public and private
golf courses in the state of Maryland. He has
written articles for Washington
Golf Monthly and Golf
Styles. Wilcox resides in Columbia,
During his GW days, Bob
Asztalos, BA ’85,
MA ’89, was an active Navy Reservist, having
spent six years in the Navy after high school,
his wife, Phyllis, reports. He now is a hospital
corpsman and a senior chief. He was deployed
to Ramadi, Iraq, in August 2005 and hopes to
finish the tour in March. Asztalos also is a
healthcare lobbyist in Tallahassee, Fla., and
is a partner with Buigas & Asztalos & Associates.
The firm focuses on senior issues, healthcare
reform, and medical malpractice. The couple has
a 17-year-old daughter, Courtney, who has been
involved for four years with the Navy JROTC,
earning the rank of company commander.
A government contracts law practitioner specializing
in aerospace and energy in the Washington office
of Perkins Coie, Donald
Carney, BA ’85,
was elected partner in the fall. Carney and his
wife, Robin, celebrated the birth of their daughter,
Lauren, in the fall. They also have a two-year-old
Snyder Cohn of Bethesda, Md., named Steven
M. Braunstein, BAccy ’86, a shareholder in
January. He has worked with the firm since 1999,
advising clients on medical, legal, wholesale,
retail, and not-for-profit issues. He is a member
of the American Institute of Certified Public
Accountants and the Greater Washington Society
of Certified Public Accountants. He also was
appointed to the board of the Primary Care Coalition
of Montgomery County, Md.
Farmer, MA ’86, in October was named
president and CEO of Tuition Plan Consortium.
The organization unites more than 250 private
colleges and universities and operates Independent
529 Plan, a pre-paid tuition plan. Farmer was
elected to three terms in the Missouri House
of Representatives where she chaired the ways
and means committee. She was elected state treasurer
Seyfarth Shaw’s New York office named Eric
E. Schneck, BA ’86, a partner in its real
estate practice. He focuses on multistate, multiasset
real estate conveyance and mortgage financing
transactions on behalf of lenders, agents, fiduciaries,
borrowers, purchasers, and sellers. He also manages
environmental, engineering, zoning, and other
local law issues and property tax cases with
local and special counsel. Schneck also has experience
in commercial and residential conveyances as
well as federal and state bank regulatory matters.
Previously, Schneck was a real estate and finance
counsel with Bryan Cave in New York.
Horvath, MS ’87, was named the 2006
Engineer of the Year by the American Institute
of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Horvath is a
NASA Langley engineer who lead work that analyzed
the Columbia shuttle accident and took a central
role as NASA prepared to return the shuttle to
flight last year and again this year. He is a
resident of Hampton Roads, Va.
In August, Pasquale
J. Rocco Jr., BA ’87,
and his wife, Susan, welcomed Silvana Marie into
their family. They reside in Bridgeville, Pa.
J. Gross, BA ’88, JD ’91, a
partner in the Roseland, N.J., office of Greenbaum,
Rowe, Smith & Davis, was included in NJBIZ magazine’s list of “Forty Under 40” business
leaders. Gross concentrates on business counseling
and trial practice in state and federal courts,
representing corporate, partnership, banking,
and individual clients. Gross is vice president
of the Essex County Bar Association. He is president
and founding member of the North New Jersey Business
Council, a nonprofit organization that assists
professionals, entrepreneurs, and chief executives
in building business relationships.
A resident of Olney, Md., Monika
Gomez, MBA ’89,
in October celebrated her 15th anniversary of
service to the federal government. She serves
in the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
She has a 9-year-old daughter, Claudia, and a
6-year-old son, Mateo.
Magazine included Buchanan Ingersoll
litigator John J. Jacko
III, BBA ’89, in
its list of December 2005 “Pennsylvania
Super Lawyer’s Rising Stars” for
his achievement in business litigation. Also
in 2005, Jacko published articles in Pennsylvania
Bar Quarterly and Smart
Parker, BA ’89, JD ’92, is
project development director of the Enclaves
Group, a publicly traded real estate company
specializing in attainable housing. He resides
in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.
After graduating, Lt.
Col. James Swenson, MD ’89,
interned in general surgery for one year at
Madigan Army Hospital. He was then deployed to
Desert Storm, serving as a general medical officer
with an armored brigade in Saudi Arabia, Iraq,
and Kuwait. He returned to Madigan for four years
of orthopedic surgical residency, then went
to Haiti for six months as commander of a medical
task force. Swenson then left active duty and
remained in the reserves. He now has an orthopedic
surgery practice in Monroe, Wash. He was called
to active duty three years ago and spent six
months in Bosnia, and most recently was called
for a second tour in Iraq in November 2005.
Kaye, BA ’90,
and Emily (Kroopnick) Kaye,
BA ’90, welcomed
their second child, Shawn Peyton, into their
family in December. Michael is a portfolio manager
and financial author in New York and Emily is
an attorney with the Social Security Administration
in Jericho, N.Y.
Olivos-Kah, BA ’91, MA ’94,
is an associate with David J. Hart in Miami.
She focuses on employment-based immigration,
which includes assisting multinational executives,
entrepreneurs, investors, intra-company transferees,
and extraordinary ability workers to obtain temporary
and permanent status in the United States. She
previously was a senior attorney with Miller,
Canfield, Paddock & Stone in Detroit, focusing
on employment-based immigration and border issues.
As a representative of the American Immigration
Lawyers’ Association, she played a key
role in drafting and ratification of the Michigan
Immigration Clerical Act and the amended regulations
in the Notary Act. She also worked as independent
consultant-electoral observer for the Organization
of American States, unit for the promotion of
democracy in Nicaragua, Haiti, Guatemala, and
A partner in the Philadelphia office of WolfBlock,
Michael Rosenberg, BA ’91, received an
AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer
Review Rating System for ethical standards and
legal ability. Rosenberg lives in Mount Laurel,
N.J., with his wife, Sheryl
(Klein) Rosenberg, BBA ’92, and their sons, Sam and Jack.
Head of information technology infrastructure
and corporate real estate for Constellation Energy,
Timothy A. Waire Jr., BSEE ’91, was featured
in July in CIO Magazine. He also received the
magazine’s inaugural Ones to Watch Award.
Selected from a national pool of candidates,
Waire was among 33 IT leaders featured in the
Weil, BBA ’91, a private wealth adviser
in Merrill Lynch’s private banking and
investment group in New York, was named to Worth magazine’s annual list of top 100 wealth
advisers. The listing appeared in the magazine’s
October issue. Editors considered only advisers
with at least 10 years of experience who have
managed accounts of at least $10 million.
After performing an annual tour at Prince Sultan
Air Base in Saudi Arabia, Joseph
S. Frech, MPA ’92,
retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserve in 2003.
For the second consecutive year, Virginia
Business Magazine listed Susan
Childers North, MBA ’92,
among the top young lawyers in the state. She
is an equity shareholder with Kaufman & Canoles
in the firm’s Richmond and Williamsburg
offices. She lives with her husband and their
4-year-old son in Williamsburg. North specializes
in employment law, an interest partially stimulated
by a business law course she took at GW.
Alumni Inducted into
Hall of Fame
Six outstanding former
GW student-athletes were inducted into
the University’s Athletic Hall
of Fame in February in the Marvin Center’s
Grand Ballroom. Pictured left to right
are: Chemar Smith, BS ’98, women’s
soccer; Mario Lone, BA ’92, men’s
soccer; Kristin McArdle, BA ’92,
women’s basketball; Leslie Anderson,
BA ’78, men’s basketball;
Ken Lake, BA ’81, baseball; and
Joe Mannix, BA ’89, wrestling.
Tamim Atayee, MS ’93, has been the
co-owner of Rivertech, a small civil engineering
consulting business specializing in hydrologic
and hydraulic engineering, for the past seven
years. He received the Outstanding Engineer of
Merit Award from the American Society of Civil
Engineers, Orange County, Calif., Branch. Atayee
also was given the 2005 Outstanding Engineering
Merit Award by the Orange County Engineering
Council. Atayee resides in Laguna Hills, Calif.
Madison Virginia Burda was born June 18 to Caitlyn
(Dallinger) Burda, BBA ’93. Burda is health
and wellness marketing specialist for the Independent
Record, a division of Lee Enterprises. Burda
resides in Helena, Mont.
In June in Greenwich, Conn., Henry Dixon Denner
was born to Kristen Shepherd
Denner, BA ’93,
MA ’98, and her husband, Mark. Henry is
their second child. Denner works at the New York
headquarters of Sotheby’s as a director
of special projects.
Schambelan, BBA ’94, MBA ’96,
is an associate in Blank Rome’s Philadelphia
office. He practices general litigation.
the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Va.,
Curt Bergstrom, BA ’96, MHSA ’98, is in residency
as an anesthesiologist. He sailed the territorial
waters of Iraq aboard the USS Ponce as the ship’s
medical officer during a deployment to the Persian
Gulf in 2005.
Davis, MPH ’96, in December was named
the subject matter expert on water for CARE USA.
She is the liaison between CARE’s water
team and external relations colleagues to bring
in more resources for the division. She has evaluated
and visited rural and peri-urban water and sanitation
projects in Bangladesh, India, and Vietnam, among
other locations. She previously served in programmatic
and development roles for WaterPartners International,
a small relief organization that focuses on water
and sanitation interventions in developing countries.
Davis resides in Atlanta.
Washington firm Stout Risius Ross named Scott
D. Levine, MBA ’96, managing director in
its valuation and litigation advisory services
group. Levine specializes in valuation of stock
and assets in privately held companies for purposes
including fairness and solvency opinions, employee
stock ownership, and purchase price allocation.
Previously development specialist at the Cedar
Mill Community Library in Portland, Ore., Tara
Lynn Siegman, BA ’96, now is an advised
fund associate with the Oregon Community Foundation. “While
continuing to work within the nonprofit community,
I look forward to moving beyond my years in development
and into the world of philanthropic giving,” Siegman
Big Brothers of Massachusetts Bay, a branch of
national mentoring program Big Brothers Big Sisters,
named Wendy Foster, MBA ’97, vice president
for program services. Foster provides human resources
management and project, systems, and technology
development skills for the organization. Previously,
she has consulted for PBS and affiliate stations,
was a senior executive with AOL Time-Warner,
and was a senior director for Time-Life Kids
publishing. As a volunteer, she helped found
the steering committee of the Washington chapter
of Girls Inc. and now volunteers for the Girls
Coalition of Greater Boston. She serves on the
Brookline Community Taskforce on Teen Behavior
as a parent representative. She also is a longtime
member of the adult/child literary pen pal program
In2books and has volunteered for Meals on Wheels.
Foster resides in Brookline, Mass., with her
spouse and daughter.
On Dec. 23, Molly Rose was born to David
E. Deitz, BA ’98, and his wife, Erin. The family
resides in Cherry Hill, N.J.
A resident of Richmond, Va., Amy
Gilbody, MPA ’99,
was appointed advocacy program coordinator for
the AARP Virginia State Office. In the newly
created position, she coordinates the organization’s
state advocacy, grassroots, and legislative activities
Fischel, MCPM ’00,
in September joined the Philadelphia-area office
of the North Highland Co., an independent management
and technology consulting firm, as manager. Fischel
previously held positions with Netifice Communications,
Cambridge Technology Partners, TriWest Healthcare,
Marine Corps Capt.
William Osborne, BA ’00,
was in Iraq from February 2005 through January
with Multi-National Forces, Iraq and Multi-National
Corps, Iraq (XVII Airborne Corps) and was an
adviser to the Ministry of Oil and Ministry of
Electricity security services. He spent most
of the time in Basra, Iraq. Osborne reports that
he met two fellow alumni at the U.S. Embassy
in Baghdad, one of them Daniel Lee, BS ’05.
Osborne says Lee is a contractor for the State
Department’s Iraq Reconstruction Management
Office focusing on telecommunications sector
A media and legislative communications manager
for the Department of Transportation, Sylvia
Stofko, BA ’00, earned her master’s
of public administration from George Mason University
with a concentration in public affairs.
In September in Washington, Holly
Waeger, MA ’01,
and E.J. Monster, MA ’02, were married.
Both are Foreign Service officers and have completed
Polish language training to prepare them for
a posting in Warsaw, Poland. Prior to their marriage,
the couple celebrated with a Maasai tribal ceremony
in Kenya during their first posting with the
Upton Greiner, BA ’02, was hired
by Stapley-Hildebrand, a San Francisco-based
packaging design firm. She designs mass-market
food and cosmetic packaging and also exhibits
her fine art in San Francisco.
Writing from Madison, Wis., Anthony Varda reports
that his son, 1st Lt. Duncan
T. Varda, BA ’02,
served an extended second tour of duty with the
Marine Corps in Anbar Provence, Iraq, in the
fall. He was expected to return in mid-February.
In April 2004, during his first tour, Varda’s
platoon was involved in the first Marine incursion
into the Fallujah area, and Varda was awarded
the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal
with combat distinguishing device. In this photo,
taken in May 2004, Varda leads a platoon of five
Light Armored Reconnaissance vehicles and 40
men along the Euphrates River.
Alumnus To Run
Across Gobi Desert
Lt. Brian Evans, MD ’03,
the undersea medical officer aboard the
USS Frank Cable, plans to run across
China’s Gobi Desert in seven days
in May. Evans plans to complete the 150-mile
Gobi March hosted by Race the Planet
to raise $10,000 and awareness for the
Christopher Reeve Foundation. Evans will
have to conquer heights of nearly 14,000
feet, temperatures of 125 degrees Fahrenheit,
and sandstorms along the way. He has
been training aboard ship, running up
to 75 miles a week, and will rely on
experience gained during three IronMan
competitions to succeed in the desert
In May, Michael
Wainwright Whitcher, BA ’02,
received a juris doctor degree from New England
School of Law. He was among the top 10 percent
of his class and received a New England School
of Law Merit Scholarship. Whitcher received a
Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
Excellence for the Future Award in property.
He interned with Hon. Judith Gail Dein, U.S.
magistrate judge for the District of Massachusetts.
Whitcher was senior literary editor of and was
published in New England Law
to classmate Gloria P. Benalcazar,
Jeff Winston, BA ’02, was
deployed by the Army in October to serve in Iraq.
Anderson, BA ’03, in the fall returned
from Japan after teaching English through the
Japan Exchange and Teaching program for two years.
She now is the institutional advancement assistant
at Women for Women International in Washington.
As of February 2005, Sasa
Nikolic, BA ’03,
works for Susan Magrino Agency in New York on
publicity for CosmoGIRL!, Stuff, and Reader’s
Lt. Robert J. Ellis III, BBA ’05,
is serving in the Air Force at Davis-Monthan
Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz. He is a crew
commander working for the 612th Air Communications
The GW community will miss 1953 graduate
Larry “Tex” Silverman’s
contributions both on and off the basketball
court. The former guard and captain
of the GW men’s basketball team
died March 26 at the age of 75. An
immense supporter of all GW athletics,
the University named the court in the
Charles E. Smith Athletic Center after
him in the late 1990s. Silverman was
inducted as a member of the GW Athletic
Hall of Fame in 1999. He was elected
to the GW All-Century team in 2001.
Off the court, he was a successful
Washington-area real estate business
man who was married to Carlynn Mintz
Silverman for 52 years. His is survived
by his wife, two daughters, and six
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