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Alumni Newsmakers

The 1960s

Charles Reed, MA '64, EdD '70, announced his retirement as chancellor of California State University this summer after 14 years with the country's largest public university system. He plans to return to Florida with his wife to spend time with family and continue to pursue projects related to higher education.

Geraldine Markel, CERT '68, wrote Actions Against Distractions: Managing Your Scattered, Disorganized, and Forgetful Mind (Managing Your Mind, 2012).

The 1970s

Linda Rabbitt, MA '72, lead director of Towers Watson and chairman/CEO of Rand Construction Corp., won the National Association of Corporate Directors Director of the Year award.

The annual award honors individuals who are role models for board leadership. Ms. Rabbitt, who also serves on GW's Board of Trustees, is sharing the award with Bill Ayer of Alaska Air Group and Puget Sound Energy.

Susan Stautberg, MA '70, released Selected Quotations (Quotation Media, 2012) in September. The book is a compilation of quotations for any occasion.

Weldon Vlasak, DSc '70, was published in the May/June issue of Computing in Science and Engineering. His article, "Analyzing Atoms Using the SPICE Computer Program," presents a new electromagnetic model of the hydrogen atom that is consistent with the Planck model and solves the Bohr radius size problem. He is also the author of five previous books on the subject.

Brian Appleton, BA '72, wrote Tales from the Zirzameen (Dorrance Publishing Co., 2008), a collection of short stories about his experiences as an expat assimilating to Iranian society and experiencing the revolution of 1979. He has also been published in Iranian-American magazines including Persian Heritage Magazine, Zan Magazine, Iranian Times, and more. His second book, a biography about modern-day Iranian Assyrians, comes out in the fall.

G.W. King, MS '72, wrote It Is Fun Making Money, an autobiography and travel memoir about his life with his wife, Edna. The couple work as motivational speakers and have traveled to more than 50 countries around the world.

Gary S. Horan, MS '73, president and CEO of Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, N.J., was named Man of the Year by the Irish Business Association of New Jersey. He was also included in NJBIZ's Power 50 Healthcare list of the top 50 hospital executives in New Jersey.

John Thomas Reeves, MS '73, wrote Just An Ordinary American Extraordinarily Blessed (Xlibris, 2012), a memoir about his service in government, the church, and more. Among other honors, Mr. Reeves was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by then governor of North Carolina Dan K. Moore. He is a double cancer survivor, having fought malignant melanoma in 1984 and acute promyelocytic leukemia in 2004.

L. Gary Anderson, MBA '74, retired as co-founder and CEO of Urology Clinics of North Texas. He also received the top award for outstanding leadership and dedicated volunteer service as outgoing president of Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council and serves on the environment committee of the town council of Fairview, Texas.

Karl Gerlach, MS '75, DSc '81, was honored with the 2012 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Dennis J. Picard Medal for Radar Technologies and Applications for his contributions to radar signal processing, clutter modeling, and protection against barrage and jamming attacks. IEEE is the world's largest technical professional association.

Sharon Hadary, DBA '75, is the author with Laura Henderson of How Women Lead: The 8 Essential Strategies Successful Women Know (McGraw-Hill, 2012). Based on years of research and real-life lessons from highly successful women, the book helps give women the confidence to lead, build a career on their own terms, gain critical business management skills, and create an executive presence.

Michael Reimann, MA '75, is the author of the stage play Lethal Injection, which was selected by the Vagabond Theatre in Baltimore, Md., as its summer production. Lethal Injection is a courtroom drama in which the audience plays the role of jury.

Mary Jo Jacobi Jephson, MBA '76, was appointed by British Prime Minister David Cameron to the advisory committee on business appointments.

Luther Santiful, AA '77, was elected president of the Virginia Federation of Chapters, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, which protects the earned benefits of federal employees, annuitants, and spouses. The federation comprises 59 chapters throughout Virginia.

Samia T. Farouki, MA '79, founder and president of HII Finance Corp., was appointed to the board of directors of the Washington Area Women's Foundation. She is a member of the boards of trustees for Vital Voices, Teach for America (DC Region), the King Hussein Foundation, the King Hussein Cancer Center, the World Conference on Religions for Peace, and the board of governors of the Arab American Institute. She and her husband, A. Huda Farouki, co-chair the International Committee for the Arts at the Kennedy Center and the Middle East Programs at the Aspen Institute.

Olha Holoyda, MBA '79, is the recipient of a 2012-2013 U.S. Embassy Policy Specialist Program Fellowship to provide legal guidance in Ukraine on national legislation/regulations, overall improvement in the business-enabling environment, and economic development issues.

Clive J. Napier, MA '79, was elected to a third term as a ward representative in the Tshwane local government council in South Africa. He is also a council member of the South African Association of Political Studies and an associate professor in the Department of Political Sciences at the University of South Africa.

Sheryl Nese Nonnenberg, MA '79, served as guest curator for an exhibition of fiber and fabric art for the de Saisset Museum at the Santa Clara University. The exhibition, "Beyond Function: Fiber, Fabric and Finery," features 11 Northern California textile artists working in new and innovative ways with felt, lace, fabric, and found objects.

Dan Weiss, BA '79, has been named as the 14th president of Haverford College. An art history scholar and advocate for the liberal arts, he has been president of Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., since 2005. He will begin his duties at Haverford on July 1, 2013, in order to complete his commitment to Lafayette.

The 1980s

GW Hospital Names Alumnus CEO

Nearly three decades after earning a Master of Health Services Management degree in 1984, Barry A. Wolfman is returning to Foggy Bottom as the chief executive officer and managing director of the GW Hospital.

Mr. Wolfman's career in health care management has taken him all over the country to work for groups such as National Medical Enterprises (now Tenet Healthcare), Providence Health & Services, and Kaiser Permanente.

"I want to execute on a game plan to cement the hospital's reputation based on excellent clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction, and high-end services that are attendant to being at an academic medical center," Mr. Wolfman says.

As the new CEO, Mr. Wolfman says he wants to foster a collaborative culture at the hospital.

"You can't be a constituency of one and be successful. Whether you're a physician, a business person, a nurse or whatever, you have to be very pragmatic about things," Mr. Wolfman says. "If I can build the right culture and collaborate with the medical staff and influence our employees, I think that's what it's all about."

Matthew Alexander, BA '80, published Southern Sailor: The Naval Warfare Experience of Dewey Otis Lindsay Jr. (Five Points Press, 2012). The biography of Mr. Lindsay, who in 1943 at age 17 joined to U.S. Navy to go to war in the South Pacific, tells the story of an enlisted man's life in the context of the day.

W. Thomas (Tom) Curtis, BA '81, MS '95, was awarded the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Financial Planning Association. Mr. Curtis, a certified financial planner and an enrolled agent with the IRS and the U.S. Tax Court, is managing director of FSP and Associates, a financial planning and accounting firm located in Gaithersburg, Md.

Thad ­Ziolkowski, BA '83, is the author of the novel Wichita (Europa Editions, 2012), which received a warm review in the New York Times Book Review. Mr. Ziolkowski, who received a Guggenheim Fellowship to work on the book, oversees the writing program at Pratt Institute.

Luis Fujimoto, BS '85, was appointed chairman of the New York State board for dentistry for the New York State Education Department, Albany, N.Y., and vice president of the Osseointegration Foundation, Chicago. A Golden Apple Award recipient from the American Dental Association, he is a clinical professor of periodontology at Nippon Dental School in Tokyo and is in private practice in New York City.

Margaret Schwartz, MBA '85, joined CORT Furniture Rental, a Berkshire Hathaway company, as director of marketing.

Terry Tyborowski, MPA '85, is the environmental management program's deputy assistant secretary for program planning and budget in the Department of Energy. Prior to this assignment, she was senior adviser to EM's principal deputy for two years, focusing on Savannah River nuclear operations and developing a systems dynamic model for managing surplus
fissile material.

Edison Miyawaki, MD '86, released his first book, What to Read on Love Not Sex (California Medical Humanities Press, 2012). The book examines Sigmund Freud's attempt to articulate a psychology of love based on fiction and art spanning the Western cultural tradition since Plato, and rethinks Freud's relevance for modern psychology and psychiatry. Dr. Miyawaki teaches at Harvard Medical School.

James A. Vedda, MA '86, published his second book, Becoming Spacefarers: Rescuing America's Space Program (Xlibris, 2012). It traces recent political treatment of U.S. civil space efforts, analyzes the effects of partisanship and parochialism, and suggests a more productive path for public- and private-sector space development.

Laurie Schive, BA '89, will join PwC's U.S. forensic services practice as a director. Previously she was director of outreach at the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive.

Ken Siri, BBA '89, published the third edition of Cutting Edge Therapies for Autism (Skyhorse Publishing, 2011), co-written with Tony Lyons. Mr. Siri is the founder and president of Consilium Global Research, a Wall Street advisory firm, and is active in the autism community in New York City, where he and his son reside.

The 1990s

Mark H. Chichester, BBA '90, JD '93, co-founder and president of Atlas Research, was named the new chair of the NEA Foundation's Board of Directors.

Edward J. Marolda, PhD '90, former senior historian of the U.S. Navy, authored Ready Seapower: A History of the U.S. Seventh Fleet (Naval History and Heritage Command/GPO, 2012), which details the fleet's influence on wars, crises, and other East Asian concerns from 1943 to 2010.

Kevin McKeever, BA '90, a columnist for Hearst Connecticut Media Group and former editor of the GW Hatchet, recently won a combined five first-place awards for his writing from two Connecticut journalism organizations. Mr. McKeever won top honors in the categories of humor column, general column, and personal opinion (bylined) from the 2012 Connecticut Press Club column-writing awards; he also received first place for opinion column and sports column for newspapers with circulation between 18,000 and 50,000 from the Connecticut Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Denise Meringolo, BA '90, PhD '05, wrote Museums, Monuments and National Parks: Toward a New Genealogy of Public History (Amherst: University of Massachussetts Press, 2012).

Caryn Waxman, BA '90, an attorney at northern New England law firm Downs Rachlin Martin and co-chair of its family law group, was selected for membership in the Excellence in Executive Leadership Class of 2012. The four-month program is presented by the Champlain College Center for Professional & Executive Development and the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Teleos Leadership Institute.

Janice L. Heinold, BBA '91, was installed as president of the Burlington County Bar Associa-tion (N.J.).

Dennis Winstead, MPA '91, published his second novel, Southern Crosses: An African Ghost Story (Aviva, 2012), which is historical fiction set in South Africa during the early apartheid period. His first book, The Seventh Priest (AudioInk, 2011), is set in Sudan, where the author lived briefly.

Cindy A. Yablonski, MBA '91, was appointed executive director of the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research.

Kyle Farmbry, BA '92, MPA '94, PhD '99, has published Crisis, Disaster and Risk: Institutional Response and Emergence (M.E. Sharpe, 2012).

Edith Jerry Patterson, EdD '93, was appointed by Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley to serve on the Maryland Higher Education Commission. The 12-member board's responsibilities include establishing statewide policies for Maryland public and private colleges and universities and for nonprofit career schools. Dr. Patterson was the first minority appointed—and later elected—to the Charles County, Maryland, Board of Commissioners (County Council) from 2005 to 2010.

David Calabrese, MA '94, JD '01, was recently promoted to general counsel and senior vice president of policy at the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute.

Aleta J. Williams, MPA '94, was appointed director of global education practice for GRM International.

Husani Bastien, BA '96, MS '98, is a co-author of Yes We Can: Obama and Clinton Walk the Talk (How Communications and Performance Win Elections) (Arrow Publications, 2012). The book features biographies of both presidents and analyzes their communications efforts from vantage points that include rhetorical theory and psychology.

Brian Kamoie, JD '96, MPH '97, was interviewed on C-SPAN's "Q&A" program about his life and career. He is currently the White House senior director of preparedness and spoke about his service in the George W. Bush administration as well as his time at GW as a student and professor. Video of the interview can be viewed at

Yahia Lababidi, BA '96, released his fourth book, The Artist as Mystic: Conversations with Yahia Lababidi (Onesuch Press, 2012). The book is a set of lyric conversations between aphorists Yahia Lababidi and Alex Stein, constituting a set of "sacred songs" and featuring fictionalized versions of visionaries like Franz Kafka and Friedrich Nietzsche.

Maj. Gen. Camille M. Nichols, DSc '96, is commanding general of the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala. This summer's Olympic Games were a reminder of her time as a manager and assistant coach for the 1984 U.S. Olympic Women's Handball Team.

Jarris Louis Taylor, Jr., MA '97, EdD '05, was inducted into the Baltimore City College Hall of Fame in a ceremony that took place in the William Donald Schaefer Auditorium. Baltimore City College was established in 1839 and the Hall of Fame now consists of 227 members.

David E. Deitz, BA '98, and his wife, Erin, welcomed their third daughter, Mackenzie Keenen Deitz, on July 9, 2012. This year is also Mr. Deitz's 10th as an assistant Camden County prosecutor in Camden, N.J.

Lorenz Evans, MD '98, has been elected to the Board of Governors of Shriners Hospitals for Children in Chicago as an associate member. He has been a Noble of Shriners International in Tampa, Fla., since 2011 and a Freemason since 2009. Mr. Evans is a pharmaceutical and biotechnology drug development consultant with a specialty in global pediatric clinical research development operations.  

Jacqueline Sabol Roe, BA '99, was named to the 2012 Pennsylvania Rising Stars list as one of the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state.

Francesca Di Meglio, BA '00, is the author of Fun With the Family New Jersey (Globe Pequot Press Travel, 2012), a travel guide that serves both as a love letter to the author's home state and a tour guide for parents planning trips with their kids.

The 2000s

Jennifer Iacino, MA '00, was appointed by Berkeley College as its dean of student development and campus life for Berkeley College Online. She will be responsible for all aspects of student life through Berkeley College Online, which offers full degree programs in more than 20 career fields.

Michael Roessner, JD '00, and Acadia Wallace Roessner, MA '06, announce the birth of their twin sons, Archibald (Archie) Lawrence Roessner and Amos Warren Roessner. The twins, born on Father's Day—June 17, 2012—were welcomed home by their older brothers, Augustus (Gus, 4) and Asa (2).

Deborah Waddill, MA '00, EdD '04, co-authored The e-HR Advantage: The Complete Handbook for Technology-Enabled Human Resources, which ranked among the top 100 HR books on Amazon. The Society of Human Resource Management—which is the world's largest association devoted to human resource management, representing more than 250,000 members in more than 140 countries—reviewed The e-HR Advantage and highlighted it in HRMagazine as "Don't Miss Reading." Dr. Waddill spoke at SHRM's annual conference in June.

David Holt, BA '01, authored Big League City: Oklahoma City's Rise to the NBA (Full Circle Press, 2012). The story draws from Mr. Holt's experience as chief of staff to the mayor of Oklahoma City when the city hosted the Hornets and, later, the Thunder. Mr. Holt also drew on his experience as sports editor for The Hatchet from 1999 to 2000. The book's website is

Michael Y. Bennett, BA '02, recently published two books: Words, Space, and the Audience: The Theatrical Tension Between Empiricism and Rationalism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), of which he is the author, and Eugene O'Neill's One-Act Plays: New Critical Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), which he co-edited. Dr. Bennett is an assistant professor of English in drama at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Joseph J. Patry, BA '03, has joined the Washington, D.C., office of Blank Rome as an associate in its consumer finance litigation group and a member of its consumer financial services industry team.

Jeff Poirier, MA '03, co-edited Improving Emotional and Behavioral Outcomes for LGBT Youth (Paul H. Brookes, 2012), which builds on research to offer policy and practice recommendations. He authored a chapter on improving school experiences for LGBT students and contributed to several others. Mr. Poirier is currently a PhD student in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration.

Alexis York Lumbard, BA '03, published The Conference of the Birds (Wisdom Tales Press, 2012), her first children's book. Based on an 800-year-old classical parable by Attar, the book is illustrated by award-winning illustrator Demi. Mrs. Lumbard, a mother of three, has a website at

Jack Hornberger, BA '07, was awarded the Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston, where he served as president of the student council for the 2011-12 academic year. He is now in his first year of the UT Houston School of Dentistry Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency program.

Ratnesh Nandan Mehra, BA '07, was among the 256 graduates of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine awarded the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree. Mr. Mehra will continue his medical training in neurological surgery at Michigan State University–St. John Providence Health System in Detroit.

Amanda Norwich, BA '07, attended the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., this summer as a volunteer.

Robert Canton, MS '08, was named executive vice president of finance and strategic planning for the Tampa Bay Lightning. A 24-year resident of Tampa, Fla., Mr. Canton has worked extensively in the sports and tourism sector, including 22 years with PwC.

Rene Utianski, BA '08, is a doctoral student at Arizona State University and has been elected president of the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association. NSSLHA is the pre-professional organization for the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Susanna Barasch, BA '09, was tapped to be the new executive director of the Republican Party of Palm Beach County, Fla. An article on her appeared on the front page of the Palm Beach Daily News on July 12, 2012.

Charles Coppa, BBA '09, and Carolyn Schintzius, BA '09, became engaged this summer. Ms. Schintzius is an intelligence analyst for BAE Systems in McLean, Va., and Lt. J.G. Coppa is a naval aviator stationed in Norfolk, Va. The wedding is planned for April 2013.

Courtney D. Segal, BA '09, co-authored three articles included in a special supplement on electronic clinical data featured in the journal Medical Care, published in July 2012.

The 2010s

Chris Borchert, BA '11, was appointed co-editor in chief of eLessons Learned, an eDiscovery blog written primarily by law students. Mr. Borchert is a second-year student at the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he is pursuing a certificate in intellectual property in addition to his JD.

Chrishon A. McManus, BA '11, was awarded the 2012 Minority Scholarship by law firm Fredrikson & Byron. The award, now in its 20th year, is given each year to one exceptional first-year minority law student.

Hannah Bildahl, BA '12, was hired as an associate in global partnerships for AmeriCares. She will work directly with aid recipients all over the world, helping AmeriCares connect with and distribute aid to global health care facilities working with disenfranchised populations.

Alumna's Ugandan Soccer Program Wins Award

Anna Phillips, BA '09, MA '11, accepts the Beyond Sport Sports for Social Inclusion Award in London earlier this year.

Courtesy Anna Phillips

For women in post-conflict areas of Northern Uganda, one weekly activity is helping promote gender equality in their communities: soccer practice.

Six years ago, Anna Phillips, BA '09, MA '11, founded Girls Kick It to empower women in Uganda through sport. This spring, the social enterprise received the Beyond Sport Sports for Social Inclusion Award, which recognizes programs that use sport to achieve positive social change.

Ms. Phillips founded the soccer program when she was in Uganda on a Fulbright Scholarship. Girls Kick It provides women and girls affected by the Ugandan civil war with athletic games, team- and leadership-building activities, and weekly soccer practice.

Beyond Sport, a global network of sport for social change organizations, hosted its annual awards program in London this year, where Ms. Phillips had dinner with other guests such as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former Olympic figure skating gold medalist Michelle Kwan. Girls Kick It was selected from nearly 400 entries from more than 100 countries.

Learn more about the program at

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