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Alumni Newsmakers

The 1940s

George S. Baroff, BS '48, MA '50, self-published Does God Exist?: A Primer for the Perplexed. Information about this and his earlier works can be found on He invites fellow alumni to Google him, and would love to hear from former classmates.

The 1960s

Marion Eggleton, MBA '68, self-published his fifth book, a historical novel titled Exposé of the Secret Vatican Vault (PublishAmerica, 2011), under his pseudonym, Michael Ashbury.

After 19 years, Rev. Richard Stower, BA '68, MA '72, stepped down as minister of the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Scituate, Mass. Rev. Stower, whose history of the 377-year-old congregation will soon be published, has been named interim minister of the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Medfield, Mass.

James J. "Jim" Knicely, BA '69, was selected for the Tradition of Excellence Award by the General Practice Section of the Virginia State Bar.

J.T. Westermeier, MBA '69, LLM '78, was recognized as a leader in the field of intellectual property law in the 2011 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. He was also listed among Intellectual Asset Management magazine's leading IP strategists for 2011; in the International Who's Who of Internet and e-Commerce Lawyers; Best Attorneys in America, Best Lawyers in Washington, D.C., Virginia Super Lawyers, and Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers.

The 1970s

Frank Gromling, MS '75, owner of Ocean Publishing, was recently honored with the Benjamin Franklin Award for excellence in independent publishing. He received the honor from the Independent Book Publishers Association for the book Explore the Southeast National Marine Sanctuaries with Jean-Michel Cousteau.

The 1980s

Dr. Keith Betts, MBA '89, EdD '95, has been named vice president of student affairs for Armstrong Atlantic State University.

For the second consecutive year, Gary S. Lesser, BA '89, has been recognized in the 2011 edition of Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite Hall of Fame. Only 67 of over 90,000 practicing lawyers in the state of Florida were selected for the list this year.

The 1990s

William F. Rosenberger, MPhil '90, PhD '92, has been named Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. He received the award for his contributions to sequential analysis and clinical trials—work that has been accepted by practitioners as standard in the field. The induction ceremony took place in August.

In October, Chriselle Tidrick, BA '94, directed and produced RAW, the third Above and Beyond Dance season of circus-infused dance at Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, New York City.

Novlet Bradshaw, MBA '95, vice president of information technology and chief information officer at Rex Healthcare, received a 2011 Women in Business award from Triangle Business Journal in August.

Consulting and technology services provider ICF International appointed Deborah N. Burgess, MA '95, to the position of senior vice president responsible for ICF's work related to the use of technology in health care, with special emphasis on the U.S. Department of Defense. Dr. Burgess is a retired Air Force colonel with more than 30 years' experience in the military medical arena.

In June, Kari Ann Neamand-Cheney, BS '95, was awarded the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She will continue her medical training in family medicine at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Fort Belvoir, Va.

After working for more than 10 years as an attorney, Efrain Brito, BA '97, has joined Teach For America's 2011 teaching corps. He now teaches English language arts and social studies to fifth graders at Crown Preparatory in Los Angeles.

In 2010, Jeff Schoenfeldt, BS '97, and his wife, Eileen, traveled to all seven continents, experiencing life in 27 countries (including Rwanda, India, Vietnam, the Galapagos Islands and Israel). Their travels are documented at

Kristen Betts, EdD '98, has been named Armstrong Atlantic State University's first director of online learning. Previously, she was the senior director for eLearning at Drexel University.

Mike Brown, BA '99, has self-published You Are a Gift to the World: Blessings from My Mom (CreateSpace, 2011). The book is an inspirational tribute to Mr. Brown's relationship with his mother, and the ways in which the lessons she taught have helped him—and others—to find purpose.

The 2000s

Rory Haiber, BA '00, MEd '01, and Julie Strachan Haiber, BA '01, welcomed a daughter, Hazel, in April 2011. She is the couple's first child.

In August, Nathan Hambley, MA '03, was named to Seattle's CityClub board of governors. CityClub is a civic organization that produces programming to inform and engage local citizens. Mr. Hambley, an account supervisor at communications firm Frause, also chairs CityClub's program committee.

The International Society of Political Psychology awarded Maria Rost Rublee, PhD '04, the Alexander George Book Award for her book Nonproliferation Norms: Why States Choose Nuclear Restraint (University of Georgia Press, 2009).

Therese Farmer, BA '05, is pursuing her medical degree at Mercer University School of Medicine.

Ben Page, MPP '05, has been made a special assistant in the Director's Office within the White House Office of Management and Budget. He joined OMB in 2006 as a program examiner in the justice branch.

The Society of Physician Entrepreneurs appointed Jeffrey N. Hausfeld, CERT '06, to its board of directors. SoPE's core mission is to help doctors market their ideas by fostering scholarship in biomedical entrepreneurship. Dr. Hausfeld, a co-founding member of the organization, will serve as its treasurer.

Kasie Hunt, BA '06, has been named a political reporter for the Associated Press based in Washington. She joins the AP from Politico, where her coverage included the emerging race for the GOP nomination in Iowa and New Hampshire, as well as the 2010 midterm elections.

In July, Kathie Legg, MA '06, married Rajib Chanda in Portsmouth, R.I. She is the senior social media and mobile manager at the Democratic National Committee; her husband is a partner in the corporate department at Ropes & Gray law firm. The couple will reside in Bethesda, Md.

The Tennessee Court Appointed Special Advocates Association elected Maggie Bahou, MA '09, to its 2011-12 board of directors at its August board meeting. Ms. Bahou is currently the director of human resources and organizational development at the Tennessee Office of the Secretary of State.

The 2010s

Seth McElroy, BS '10, is volunteering in Freetown, Sierra Leone, with nonprofit organization Mercy Ships, which operates the world's largest nongovernmental hospital ship. He works in the hospital department as the perioperative ophthalmic team coordinator, where his responsibilities include coordinating eye surgeries and caring for patients before and after surgery.

Kanika Metre, MPA '11, is a 2011-12 Luce Scholar. She will spend her scholarship year at the AKATIGA Center for Social Analysis in Bandung, Indonesia.

Kimberly Mosser, MBA '11, and Hubbell Knapp were married on Veterans' Day in St. Michaels, Md. The couple met at a spring softball game in Washington, D.C., while both working for the Department of Homeland Security. They have worked in Republican politics and policy since then. They live with their black lab, Trigger—a police academy dropout—in Washington, D.C.

Honoring Alumni Impact

Three accomplished alumni—McClain Elizabeth Bryant, JD '07 (second from right); David Burt, BBA '01, MS '03 (left); and Omar Woodard, BA '05, MPA '07 (third from left)—were honored by the GW Black Alumni Association with IMPACT Awards during Alumni Weekend 2011. Pictured with the awardees are Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion Terri Harris Reed (second from left), President Steven Knapp (center), and Provost Steven Lerman (right).

The IMPACT Award is given to black alumni who have demonstrated a history of commitment to GW and whose contribution and influence have made a significant impact on the community in the areas of research studies or publications, community service, entrepreneurship, academic/scholarship achievement, leadership, education, or arts.

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