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Alumni Newsmakers

The 1950s

Frank Wilson Kiel, MD '54, JD '67, MBA '70, received the John J. Andujar Citation of Merit Award from the Texas Society of Pathologists. Dr. Kiel, now retired, lives on a ranch in Comfort, Texas, with his wife Alice.

The 1960s

Paul Wormeli, MS '64, has been named one of Government Technology's Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers in Public Sector Innovation. Winners of this honor are chosen based on their use of technology to increase government performance, enhance efficiency, and strengthen citizen service.

A painting of research subject Jeremiah, a Yellow Amazon parrot, by artist David Schor, MBA '68, was featured on the cover of the December issue of The Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery. Mr. Schor has previously been featured on the covers of Parenting magazine, La Stampa, and Southeast Sailing magazine.

Connie Springer, BA '68, has self-published a book based on the narratives and photographs in her traveling exhibit, Positively Ninety: Interviews with Lively Nonagenarians.

The 1970s

Dr. J.P. (Jack) London, DBA '71, chairman of the board of CACI International, was inducted into the 2010 Washington Business Hall of Fame, a lifetime achievement award honoring business leaders whose work has made a significant contribution to the national capital area.

H. Bennett Teates, MS '73, has been selected by the Virginia Tech Applied Research Corp. to be executive director of its Blacksburg operations. Mr. Teates has decades of experience in national security, including directing the command and control programs at the Georgia Tech Research Institute.

John Sporidis, BS '74, MS '81, has joined the Alexandria, Va., office of Vanderweil Engineers, one of the nation's largest mechanical and electrical engineering consulting firms.

Sean Walsh, BS '76, accepted a position as senior principal naval architect at Gibbs & Cox Inc., an Arlington, Va.-based engineering and design firm specializing in naval architecture, marine engineering, management support, and consulting.

William Murphy, MA '78, was promoted to chief operating officer at Solara Surgical Partners Inc., located in Southlake, Texas. The company specializes in the management of surgical centers and hospitals.

David A. Haggerty, BA '79, has been appointed first vice president of the United States Tennis Association, the national governing body for tennis. Mr. Haggerty also represents the USTA on the Grand Slam Committee and the International Tennis Federation Women's Circuit Committee and is on the board of directors of USTA Serves, USTA's charitable foundation. He lives in Pennington, N.J., with his wife and five children.

The 1980s

Harvey S. Jacobs, BBA '80, has had his Washington Post column "The House Lawyer" nationally syndicated. It will appear Sundays in the St. Petersburg Times. Mr. Jacobs is currently a real estate lawyer in the Rockville, Md., office of Joseph, Greenwald & Laake.

Glenn Davidson, MA '83, trained for, competed in, and finished his first triathlon at the Nation's Triathlon in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 12, 2010, at age 56. Mr. Davidson leads the public-sector practice of consulting firm EquaTerra.

Robyn Walensky, BA '88, is the new morning drive reporter at WDBO News Talk AM 580 in Orlando, Fla. She most recently worked as a reporter at WGNO-TV ABC26 in New Orleans. Ms. Walensky, who is also an adjunct professor of journalism at Tulane University, will continue to teach classes online.

Merrick Rosenberg, BA '89, president of Team Builders Plus, was honored with Inscape Publishing's Emerald Award for outstanding consulting achievements. Ms. Rosenberg has also co-authored Taking Flight! Master the Four Behavioral Styles and Dramatically Improve Your Career, Your Relationships... Your Life, released in March 2011.

The 1990s

Harlan M. Sands, MBA '90, has been named vice provost for administration and quality improvement for the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Mr. Sands is responsible for providing leadership in academic administration, strategic planning, enrollment management, and budgeting.

Christine (Burns) Taraska, BA '90, is now a partner at Carlton, Healy & Frederick LLP, a certified public accounting firm in Marblehead, Mass. She lives in nearby Gloucester, Mass., with daughters Ellie and Maggie.

Chad Goerner, BA '97, was sworn in as the new mayor of Princeton Township, N.J., on Jan. 3. Mr. Goerner previously served as deputy mayor, where he was instrumental in the creation of the town's financial advisory committee.

Michael Suder, MS '98, accepted a position at Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc., located in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., as manager of its e-business division.

Jordan "Jud" Richland, MPH '99, has been named president and chief executive officer of Partnership for Prevention, a nonpartisan organization focused on health care promotion and advocacy. Mr. Richland also served as the partnership's president from 1995 to 1998, after which he was executive director of the American College of Preventive Medicine and acting executive director of the Public Health Foundation.

The 2000s

Adrianna Gucciardi, BA '01, has been promoted from senior account manager to principal of the national creative and digital technology division at Winter Wyman, one of the largest and most recognized staffing organizations in the Northeast.

Babatunde Oloyede, BSHS '04, MSHS '07, received a PhD in public health from Walden University in November 2010.

Andrew Einhorn, MS '05, was featured in the National Journal and Politico for his work in social media research and analysis regarding politics and government communications.

Ray W. Francis, Ed.D '06, was awarded the credential of associate certified coach by the International Coach Federation.

Lyndsey Munter, BA '06, currently a theater arts teacher, is engaged to Brandon Stone Leyden. The couple resides in New York City. The wedding is planned for summer 2012.

Jeffrey Hausfeld, CERT '06, president of Hausfeld Advisory Services Inc., has announced the opening of Linconshire Place, the first Alzheimer's and memory care assisted living community in the DeKalb/Sycamore area of Illinois.

Matthew Saunders, BA '07, and Sandra DuBow Saunders, BA '07, were married on Nov. 27, 2010, in Whippany, N.J. Alumni from the class of 2007 were in attendance.

Amy Rizzotto, BA '08, recently completed a yearlong Fulbright research grant in Senegal, and is now a program officer at the Global Philanthropy Forum in San Francisco.

Katie Hansen, MS '08, left the Walt Disney Co. in 2010 to start her own company. She is based in Minneapolis and provides marketing and communications services to clients worldwide.

Michael McAfee, EdD '08, has been selected as the inaugural director of the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink. The program is a government initiative that aims to improve educational opportunities and prospects for low-income families. Mr. McAfee previously served as senior community planning and development representative in the Chicago regional office of the U.S. Department of Housing and
Urban Development.

Rebecca Cruze, BA '08, is president and co-founder of BeCouply, a web and mobile application for couples which she created with her boyfriend Pius Uzamere. The app was recently featured in an article in the Washington Post as one of five D.C. startups revolutionizing daily life through mobile technology.

Seth McElroy, BS '10, will serve with Mercy Ships as the peri-operative ophthalmic team coordinator in Freetown, Sierra Leone, from February through November. Mercy Ships is a Christian nonprofit organization which operates civilian hospital ships.

Provincial Reconstruction Team Analyst Dominic Amaral, BA '13, AF-17 Task Force White Eagle Human Terrain System Social Scientist Robert Holliday, BA '05, Human Terrain System Analyst M. Shands Pickett, BA '09, and Provincial Reconstruction Team Engineer Alex Dietrich-Greene, BS '01, are working with Afghan government officials, International Security Assistance Forces, and communities throughout the Ghazni province to help bring stability to Afghanistan.

Vance Represents GW at First Bilateral Gathering of Women Leaders

Award-winning Washington broadcast journalist Cynthia Steele Vance, BA '79, represented GW March 7 at the first Swiss-U.S. Bilateral Women's Conference in Bern, Switzerland.

Female entrepreneurs, corporate executives, government officials, journalists, and scientists from Switzerland and the United States gathered at the Federal Parliament in Bern to address challenges and opportunities for female leaders in both nations at "Sister Republics: Building Bridges—The Next Hundred Years of Women's Leadership." Hosted by the U.S. Embassy in Bern, the event coincided with the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day.

A member of GW's Board of Trustees, Ms. Vance attended the historic conference as an ambassador of GW's soon-to-be-launched Global Women's Institute—devoted to promoting and enhancing equal access to health, education, rights, and security for women worldwide. While in Switzerland, the American delegation was invited by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva Betty King to the U.N. Mission for a luncheon with female ambassadors from around the world in honor of International Women's Day.

The former Fox News anchor, who now co-hosts the award-winning PBS lifestyle television magazine show My Generation, recently won the highly acclaimed "Peer Award," recognizing outstanding media talent in Washington.

Sherry Zvares Sanabria, BA '59, has been painting old buildings for more than 30 years and continued that quest on a trip to India. Pictured here is "India #1," acrylic on museum board, 40"x32".

Arlington Teacher of the Year

Matthew Tosiello, MED '07, has been named the Arlington Public Schools 2011 Teacher of the Year. A third grade teacher at Randolph Elementary School, Mr. Tosiello speaks four languages and specializes in teaching English as a second language.

Mr. T, as his students call him, fundraised to supply his classroom with 10 laptop computers, an indoor greenhouse, a worm composter, and an outdoor greenhouse for the school habitat. He also salvages, repairs, and reconfigures used and recycled computers for Randolph students in need.

Mr. Tosiello will serve as Arlington's nominee for the 2011 Virginia Teacher of the Year, and is one of 21 D.C.-area teachers who will be honored as part of the annual Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Awards sponsored by The Washington Post Company Educational Foundation.

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