David Powells Work Is Pure Panda-monium
the secrets of giant panda behavior in captivity may be the only hope
for saving this highly endangered species, as David Powell (B.S. 93)
are less than 1,000 giant pandas remaining in the wild, and if zoos are
ever going to be a source of animals for reintroduction, its critical
to figure out if they will breed in captivity, says Powell, head
of behavioral research at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.
Powell is part of the team responsible for learning
about the newest pair of giant pandas, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, to be
loaned to the United States from China. They arrived at the National Zoo
in December 2000 and already have had more than 1.3 million visitors.
Ling Ling and Hsing Hsingthe first pair of pandas given to this
country by China in 1972 to commemorate President Richard Nixons
historic visitreceived more than 70 million visitors.
So few people in the world get to work with
giant pandas that I feel very lucky to have access to them, says
Powell. They are so biologically unique, and everyone in the world
is in love with them.
An animal lover since early childhood, Powell started
working for zoos while he was still in high school. He came to the University
of Miami initially to study marine science, but my interest quickly
shifted back to dry land, he says, because I discovered I
was more interested in animals and their behavior than ocean chemistry.
He went on to earn his doctorate degree from the
University of Maryland in 2000, studying a group of feral horses that
lived on an island off the East Coast. While completing his dissertation,
Powell heard that the Smithsonian was looking to expand its giant panda
research program. He put in a proposal and was accepted.
My goal is to provide insight on how these
wonderful animals behave and how they live, Powell says. Wed
eventually love to have them breed naturally and have a cub, but were
mostly interested in their welfare, and providing a stimulating and comfortable
environment for them. Along the way, well be learning about them.
Laurie Silvers Finds the Right Channel for Success
the founder and president of Hollywood Media Corporation, Laurie Silvers
(A.B. 74, J.D. 77) heads a $130 million international company
that includes Hollywood.com and Broadway.com. She also is the creator
of the enormously successful Sci Fi Channel, which experienced the second-largest
launch of a cable network in history.
took four years and a lot of hard work to convince people that there was
enough interest in science fiction to support a 24-hour cable channel
devoted to the genre, and that there were enough programs to fill 24 hours
of programming, Silvers says. I thought about what movies
I went to see with my young son, and what games, T-shirts, and toys I
bought him. It made me realize how many people were supporting this genre.
It was just a case of putting all the pieces together.
Making a good case was Silvers original career
goal. A psychology major while an undergraduate at the University, she
also obtained a law degree from UM and then began a practice in South
I found myself representing clients who owned
radio and television stations, and it was a natural evolution for me to
become more interested in that industry, says Silvers, who grew
up around broadcasting.
My father owned radio and television stations,
and as a child I watched and listened and learned, she says. So
when the opportunity came up for me to buy a small cable system in the
Midwest, I rolled up my sleeves and tried my hand at it.
Silvers grew that small operation into a successful
cable system, then another. After selling the cable systems she owned,
she started the Science Fiction Channel in 1988 and sold it to USA Network
in 1992. Among her board of advisers were some of the giants of the genre,
including the late Isaac Asimov and Gene Roddenberry (who also studied
at the University of Miami).
Looking back, one of the biggest obstacles
I faced was the attitude that an entrepreneur from Boca Raton, Florida,
could never create a national network, but that just made me work
harder, says Silvers, who frequently gives motivational talks to
Believing in something and never giving upthats
the important thing, she says.
Elena Lopez de Mesa Shows Dogged Determination
shes saving lives as the first civilian member of Metro-Dades
Urban Search and Rescue Team or running one of the most successful doggie
day camps in the country, Elena Lopez de Mesa (B.B.A. 95) is happy
her career has gone to the dogs.
had reached a point where I had to make a decision to either go corporate
or do something I was passionate about, she says. So I gave
up everything and became a private dog trainer. It was a huge risk, but
in my mind, it was a bigger risk to go down a path that I didnt
As she worked to become a nationally certified dog
trainer, Lopez de Mesa also was formulating a business plan for a unique
concept: a day care/day camp for dogs.
Established two years ago, Totally Dog is a two-acre
ranch in the Redland area of south Miami-Dade County, with a bone-shaped
pool, dog beach area, nap house, agility/exercise course, and chickee
huts. Theres even a yellow school bus that picks up and drops off
dogs at bus stops near owners homes.
Totally Dog gives owners the opportunity to
go to work and not feel guilty about leaving their pet locked up all day,
she says. They can come home to a happy, healthy dog.
Lopez de Mesas camp already hosts up to 30
dogs a day and has been featured on a variety of national television news
programs. Her goal, however, is to grow slowly.
I enjoy the camp, and I love the dogs,
she says. I want to keep doing this.
Meanwhile, in her spare time, she and her Labrador
retriever, Thea, are members of the Metro-Dade Urban Search and Rescue
Teamone of only two such task forces in the United States. Her first
mission was to rescue survivors after the earthquake in Turkey in August
We were surrounded by the dead, but I focused
on finding people alive, she explains. Unfortunately, the
devastation there was too great, but you never give up. Im so proud
to be on that team.
Philip Kellerman Harvests Hope for Migrant Workers
are more than a million migrant farmworkers in this country, but they
are an invisible population, living and working in extremely rural areas
that most of us never see.
also one of the poorest groups in our nation, yet we depend on them for
most of the fruits and vegetables we buy in our supermarkets, says
Philip Kellerman (B.S. 77).
A little over four years ago, Kellerman established
the Harvest of Hope Foundationthe first national foundation dedicated
to helping migrant farmworkers and their families. Launched with only
$46, the foundation today has raised more than $130,000 and helped more
than 850 migrant families.
It all began with a telephone call.
Kellerman, a former school teacher, had been working
for a U.S. Department of Education program that helped the children of
migrant workers continue their education. The program had created a toll-free
national hotline number to further assist the migrant workers.
We thought that if we had one nationwide number
for people to call, it would make it easier for them to enroll their children
in school wherever they traveled, Kellerman recalls. On the
third day, I got a call from a migrant family from Texas whose truck had
broken down in Owatonna, Minnesota. They needed $262 to fix the transmission
or theyd be stranded, and unable to get to the next fields where
they could find work. Thats when I discovered that there was
no national foundation to help them, he continues. So the
entire staff pitched in, and we started building a fund to handle these
types of emergencies.
A year later, Kellermans grandmother passed
away, leaving him a small inheritance that he used to cover the start-up
costs of the foundation.
She was a social worker for 20 years and an
advocate for the poor. Harvest of Hope is dedicated in her honor,
says Kellerman, who is still the foundations only employee and receives
You dont get many opportunities in life
to do things that make a real difference, he says. I feel
fortunate that I was in the right place at the right time.
Marti Sharron Is Singing a Happy Tune
of the first female record producers in the nation and an award-winning
songwriter, Marti Sharron (B.S. 72) is a naturally gifted musician
who never had any formal musical training.
always wanted to be a songwriter, says Sharron, who learned to play
piano by ear, but my family believed I should have a practical career.
So, she came to the University of Miami to study
mass communications, and after her graduation she was hired as a page
at The Today Show in New York City.
Barbara Walters always was getting mad at me because
she could never find me, Sharron remembers. I was downstairs playing
the piano and writing songs.
Sharron soon left New York and returned to Fort
Lauderdale, Florida, where a chance meeting with Peter Graves orchestra
changed her life.
He was playing at the Bachelors III. I had three
songs I had written, so during a break I went up to him and said, Hi,
you dont know me, but would you demo my songs? And he said
yes! Sharron says.
She sent the demos to Paul Anka, who was the first
to record her work. That led to a stint at TK Records, then a job at the
historic Criteria Studio. Then Sharron made the move to Los Angeles.
During my first two years there, nobody returned
my calls, and I worked in a car body shop to make ends meet, she says.
Then ASCAP called me to perform for some of the leading record producers,
and Linda Perry of ATV Music signed me.
Today she is the head of her own two successful
recording companies, Spinning Platinum Music and Martypants Music, and
has worked with legendary artists including Natalie Cole, Anita Baker,
Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Dionne Warwick, and Julio Iglesias. She
also has written songs for top television series and movies.
Nearly everything Sharron has touched has turned
to platinum or gold, and she has received dozens of awards, including
a Grammy for Jump for My Love, by the Pointer Sisters.
I just have the music in me, she explains. Its
a gift from God.
Martha Melahn, A.B.
42, reprinted her novels Wave of Destiny and its sequel Encounter
with Destiny, out-of-print historical novels set in Key West in 1865.
A third book, Legendary Dining, a cookbook/memoir/travelogue dealing
with her 23 years abroad, also recently went on the market.
Elliott B. Wollman,
B.Ed. 47, M.A. 48, a retired corporate executive, was recruited
to be one of the officials at the 2001 NCAA Intercollegiate Fencing Championship
held in March at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. He also was recognized
by the Boy Scouts of America for 65 years of participation on its committees
and boards, and for 40 years of involvement in fund development for the
Girl Scouts of Racine County, Inc.
M.S. 49, M.D. 60, has published the second edition of Eyewitness
on Omaha Beach, a history used in the filming of the fighting beach
scenes of Saving Private Ryan. He resides in Jacksonville Beach,
Frank R. Slivocka,
B.Ed. 51, retired physical education teacher, was presented in 2001
with the Combat Action Ribbon and the U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished
Service Medal-State of New Jersey, for service in World War II.
Frank P. Rock, B.B.A.
52, has retired after a career as a supervising special agent of
the FBI and later as a corporate security director for a major U.S. company.
He volunteers as a Guardian Ad Litem doing investigations for the court
in cases of child abuse and delinquency. He resides in Sarasota, Florida.
Herbert L. Gopman,
B.S. 54, is president of Gopman Consulting Engineers Inc., located
in North Miami Beach, Florida.
David G. Cromwell,
B.B.A. 55, for 40 years has been owner/broker of the David G. Cromwell
Agency, a real estate and insurance business. He also has been president
of the Rochester, New York, University of Miami Alumni Club since the
Raymond G. Bauer,
B.B.A. 58, was selected to appear in Marquis Whos
Who in America.
Alan P. Taylor, A.B.
58, was named by PR Week magazine as one of the top 100 public
relations professionals in the 20th century. Taylor heads Alan Taylor
Communications, Inc. in New York, New York. Suzanne Sawyer Zopfi, A.B.
58, has retired from her career as a speech/language pathologist.
She resides in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
Robert Denehy, B.B.A.
60, has retired from Helion Industries Inc., the Contar Corporation,
and Graphic Service Corporation, having served as president for the past
30 years. He and his wife, Sara, now live in Sun City, California.
Paul H. Tocker, B.B.A.
60, was appointed assistant county attorney for Schenectady County,
Jeanne Wolf, A.B.
61, M.A. 66, was awarded the coveted Press Award
by the Publicists Guild of America. Wolf is the editor of Redbook Magazine;
hosts Jeanne Wolfs Hollywood, her own daily radio series;
and is a frequent contributor to TV Guide, TV Guide On Line,
and E! Online. She also is president of her own award-winning production
company, Pentacom Productions.
Joseph B. Duray,
M.B.A. 62, was awarded the prestigious Distinguished Hoosier Award,
one of the highest honors given by the governor in the state of Indiana.
The DHA is presented to those citizens who have given great service to
the state of Indiana and its citizens and have distinguished themselves
as outstanding Hoosiers and Americans.
Richard N. Friedman,
A.B. 62, J.D. 65, the Miami, Florida, securities lawyer popularly
known as The Singing Attorney, released his second music album,
All My Love. The album consists of 13 of the greatest love songs
of the 20th century and was released through All-Star Music Corporation.
William G. Zimmerman,
Ed.D. 63, is semiretired after 43 years in education, 31 as a school
superintendent, to spend more time with his wife, Ruth (McNeill), and
their 15 grandchildren.
Jill Jacoby (Virginia
Roessler), A.B. 64, a lifetime educator, recently began a one-year
term as executive director-elect of the Washington Association of School
Administrators (WASA), assuming the executive director position in June
2002. WASAs membership is comprised of nearly 1,100 superintendents,
instructional administrators, business and personnel administrators, special
education directors, and principals across the state. WASA is committed
to leadership for public schools.
Jamie S. Barkin,
B.B.A. 65, M.D. 70, has been elected to the American College
of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine Board of Regents,
the nations largest medical specialty society. Barkin is a professor
of medicine, oncology, and pediatrics at the University of Miami School
of Medicine and chief of the Division of Gastroenterology at Mount Sinai
Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida.
Angela Saranier Blas,
A.B. 65, M.Ed. 68, a former professor at SUNY Farmingdale,
has retired to Lincoln, California, but still teaches computers to adults
Ellen Kempler, A.B.
66, was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame, Class
of 2001, representing the best in the teaching profession. Kempler teaches
freshman English and senior ethics and leadership at MAST academy in Key
Thomas R. Spencer,
Jr., A.B. 66, J.D. 69, the senior partner of Spencer & Klein,
P.A., was elected to the board of directors of the Federalist Society,
Miami Lawyers Chapter. He also served on this years Presidential
Rank Awards Review Board, which plays a critical role in the selection
of federal executives for the distinguished award that recognizes some
of the nations most vital programs.
Michael B. Greenbaum,
B.S. 67, vice-chancellor/chief operating officer of the Jewish Theological
Society, had his book, Louis Finkelstein and the Conservative Movement:
Conflict and Growth, published by Global Press of the University of Binghamtom
as part of its academic studies in the history of Judaism.
A.B. 68, M.S. 70, Ph.D. 73, a forensic psychologist
of Sabatasso Consulting Systems, was listed in 2000 Outstanding Scientists
of the 20th Century, second edition, 2001. He lives in Mill Valley, California.
Lynn Wolf, A.B. 68,
Ph.D. 91, was promoted to associate professor of liberal arts at
Nova Southeastern University. She lives in Plantation, Florida.
Michael Dorso, M.D.
69, wrote and published Seeds of Hope: A Physicians Personal
Triumph Over Prostate Cancer. The book helps educate the public about
the risks, cutting-edge treatments and technologies, and hopeful strategies
for beating the odds of prostate cancer, both physically and emotionally.
Georgene Heath Duprey,
A.B. 69, has achieved national board certification by the National
Board for Professional Teaching Standards, which seeks to identify and
recognize teachers who effectively enhance student learning and demonstrate
the highest level of knowledge, skill, disposition, and commitment to
their profession. She is certified in special needs, adolescence through
young adulthood, and is the Teacher of the Year at Wabasso School in Florida.
Mark E. Polen, J.D.
69, was unanimously elected by his fellow judges to serve as the
chief judge of the Fourth District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach,
Florida, for a two-year term that began in July. Polen was a founder of
the International Law Society Journal at the University of Miami.
Lisa Abady, A.B.
71, a teacher at Margate Middle School, received national board
certification in English as a new language. She lives in Fort Lauderdale,
Charles C. Harper, B.B.A. 71, J.D. 74, LL.M.T. 79, has
joined the forensic accounting and consulting firm of Lewis B. Freeman
& Partners, Inc. as a principal. Harper will work on various cases, including
a $16 million investment fraud case in the Port St. Lucie area, and the
firms role in the assignment for the benefit of the creditors of
John Esse, M.S. 72, Ph.D. 74, psychology department director
at Broughton Hospital, is the president of the North Carolina Psychological
Association for 2000-2001.
Randy RJ Ogren,
B.Ed.72, a former audio-animatronics artist for Walt Disney World,
recently directed and produced the play Steel Magnolias and is laying
the groundwork for a Civic Theatre in Lexington, Virginia. He has been
involved in more than 75 productions with his wife, Suzanne, and currently
has two films in development. He also had a recent one-man show of his
paintings and prints. His paintings and murals have sold throughout the
United States and England.
Charles A. Wilson,
B.Ed. 72, director of the child protection program at San Diego
Childrens Hospital and former executive director of the National
Childrens Advocacy Center, coauthored a book with his wife, special
agent Donna Pence, of the Bureau of Investigations. The book, Team
Investigation of Child Sexual Abuse: The Uneasy Alliance, was published
by Sage Publications.
Barbara Reddy Craig,
B.S. 74, M.D. 78, is a pediatrician and captain stationed
at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. She is the
senior consultant for all branches of the military on medical issues related
to child maltreatment and is the director and founder of the Armed Forces
Center for Child Protection, in which capacity she travels throughout
the world providing patient care, training, medical-legal case consultation,
and expert witness testimony.
Benedict P. Kuehne,
A.B. 74, J.D. 77, a partner with Sale & Kuehne, PA, has successfully
achieved board certification as a criminal trial advocate through the
National Board of Trial Advocacy. Kuehne currently is chair of the Appellate
Practice Section of the Florida Bar.
Eduardo De Marchena,
B.S. 75, M.D. 80, has been named director of the Cardiovascular
Center at the University of Miami Hospital and Clinics. De Marchena is
a professor of medicine in the Department of Medicine at the School of
Medicine, director of Interventional Cardiology, and codirector of the
Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Michael Vines, A.B.
75, is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree at Florida International
E. Regina (Betty) Widman,
M.D. 75, was chosen by her peers as one of the top 500 M.D.s for
2001 in the San Francisco Bay area. The recognition was listed in San
Shelley Brooks, B.Ed.
77, was awarded the degree of Master of Education in Technology
from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at the schools
commencement ceremony in May. While attending Lesley, Brooks maintained
a 3.97 GPA and graduated with honors. Brooks is currently employed as
a computer literacy and applications teacher with the Clark County School
District in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Darcy Winters (Lafountain),
B.B.A. 77, started Lunch for Two, LLC, a matchmaking/dating service
for professionals and executives in Memphis, Tennessee.
Marian L. Hasty,
M.B.A. 78, formed Gautier & Hasty, P.L., in Coral Gables, Florida,
handling family law, real estate, personal injury litigation, and estate
planning and probate matters.
Mary W. Sheffield,
J.D. 80, circuit judge of the 25th Judicial Circuit in Phelps County,
Rolla, Missouri, was elected president of the National College of Probate
Jordan R. Starr,
B.B.A. 80, M.B.A. 81, is vice president-financial advisor
with Morgan Stanley in Coral Gables, Florida, after 11 years with Merrill
Bruce A. Blitman,
J.D. 81, an attorney and mediator in Pembroke Pines, recently published
a series of articles, including Promote Yourself and Make Your Family
Proud, Honey or Vinegar: An Honest Assessment of Your Negotiating
Style, and Floridas Mediator Ethics Advisory Committee
Breaks New Ground, in various publications. He also was invited
to join the franchise panel of the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolutions
Panel of Distinguished Neutrals.
Paul Parkinson, LL.M.
81, was appointed associate circuit judge for Macon County, Missouri.
Bruce Davis, B.B.A.
82, heads the Davis Financial Group and has served as a guest financial
columnist for various papers. He married his high school sweetheart, Debbie;
they reside in Hollywood, Florida, and have three sons.
Hunting Folger Deutsch,
M.B.A. 82, received the 2001 University of Miami Butler Community
Service Award. He also joined Citigroup-Private Bank in Miami as managing
director and was elected to the New World Symphony Board.
Joelle Mast, Ph.D.,
M.D. 82, CMO/chief pediatrics since 1995 at Blythedale Childrens
Hospital in Valhalla, New York, reports that he has the best of both worldspractice
and administration. He is married with two daughters, ages eight and ten.
Vincent Tesi, B.B.A.
82, teaches marketing, business law, and business concepts at Colts
Neck High School, where he also serves as assistant varsity football and
track coach. He lives in Spring Lake, New Jersey.
Sharon Sheri Meit Abrahams,
B.B.A. 84, M.Ed. 86, is director of professional development
at McDermott, Will & Emery in Miami, Florida, where she heads their in-house
post-law school educational program and curriculum.
A.B. 84, broadcast producer for Martha Stewart Living Television,
won a second daytime Emmy for the show. Previously, while she was with
CBS news, Altschuler won a National Network News Emmy for coverage of
a continuing story, Olympic Bombing.
Kenneth D. Elmo,
B.B.A. 84, moved from PaineWebber after 15 years to Credit Lyonnais
to run the OTC trading desk as vice president/head trader. He lives in
Melville, New York.
Bob Orban, B.B.A.
84, is vice president of brokerage services at Trammell Crow Co.
in Miami, Florida. Orban manages the corporate advisory services practice
for Miami-Dade County, representing tenants in office lease transactions.
Sally Still, M.F.A.
84, senior associate with Christine D. Hanley & Associates, P.A.,
is now board certified in labor and employment law by the Florida Bar.
Michael J. Higer,
J.D. 85, of Mintz, Truppman, Clein & Higer, P.A., was reappointed
by the Chief Judge of the United States District Court, Southern District
of Florida, to serve on the Ad Hoc Committee on Rules and Procedures for
the United States District Court of Florida.
A.B. 85, J.D. 92, made partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP,
at the firms Dallas, Texas, branch. She concentrates in the trial
and supervision of complex civil litigation in state and federal courts
throughout the United States.
David R. Befus, Ph.D.
86, president of Latin America Mission, was invited to present Six
Methodologies for Creating Jobs for the Poor at a global conference
Tara Saltzman, A.B.
86, is an adjunct professor in the School of Education at Lynn University
in Boca Raton, Florida. She also is the assistant testing and tutoring
coordinator in the schools advancement program.
Thomas Becker, B.M.
87, district sales manager for Pearl Drum Corporation, was honored
with a national award for overall outstanding achievement in sales for
the year 2000.
A.B. 87, Ph.D. 92, is the associate dean of the College of
Business at California State University, San Marcos (CSUSM), having served
as interim associate dean from 1999 to 2000. She began at CSUSM as an
assistant professor in 1991 and was promoted to associate professor in
Eric L. Lundt, B.B.A.
87, J.D. 90, was named shareholder in the Fort Lauderdale
law firm of Heinrich Gordon Hargrove Weine & James, P.A. He concentrates
his practice in product liability, drug, and medical device litigation
B.S.C. 88, president of Linda DeMartino Public Relations, Inc. in
Coral Gables, Florida, has won the 2001 Up & Comers Award
presented by Florida International University and South Florida Business
Journal. DeMartino was recognized in the public relations category for
achieving success in the business she started in 1993, and for her contributions
and dedication to the community.
B.B.A. 88, was promoted to senior vice president within First Unions
private capital management group in Miami, Florida.
David F. Garr, M.B.A.
88, is business operations manager of the Presidio Corporation,
a networking integrator providing products and services to support enterprise
and carrier-grade networks. The corporation helps customers integrate
their voice and data networks.
Christine D. Hanley,
J.D. 89, M.B.A. 95, board certified in labor and employment
law by the Florida Bar, is the principal of Christine D. Hanley & Associates,
P.A., a West Palm Beach-based law firm limiting its practice to employment
and labor law and litigation representing employers.
B.M. 89, has been a telecommuting control system programmer for
Panja Inc. for four years. He has completed a control and automation system
for Motorola Inc. in Chicago, Illinois, which utilizes Ethernet IP networks
and global Web-based technologies like ASP and Java for advanced control
and automation functionality.
Julio M. Martinez,
B.G.S. 90, a professional health care consultant with Pfizer, Inc.,
in Ocean Ridge, Florida, was District Sales Representative of the Year
for 1999 and 2000.
Myriam C. (Hidalgo) Mazzeo,
B.B.A. 91, is vice president of corporate lending at Ocean Bank,
where she manages a $75 million loan portfolio and depository accounts.
She resides in Coral Gables, Florida.
M.S. 91, Ph.D. 94, is director of undergraduate studies in
psychology at the University of Miami.
Diane Marie Doolan,
B.B.A. 92, was elected province director of chapters for Kappa Kappa
Gamma Fraternity, in which capacity she will work with its collegiate
chapters and their respective alumna advisory and house boards. Currently
assistant director of the Annual Fund at the University of Miami, Doolan
also is a member of Hands on Miami, Junior League of Miami, and the Susan
G. Komen Race for the Cure.
Greg Mayback, J.D.
92, is president of the Intellectual Property Law Association of
Florida and a patent attorney with Lerner & Greenberg, P.A., in Hollywood,
Florida. For the year 2000, his firm was named by Intellectual Property
Today magazine for being among the top 40 law firms in the world
for obtaining patents in the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
B.S.C. 92, recently served as an assistant press secretary and director
of television news in the White House under President Clinton. Prior to
that he served on the White House advance staff and accompanied the former
president on foreign and domestic trips, including trips to Africa, China,
Vietnam, Europe, Israel, and major events such as the Democratic convention
and the G-8 Summit.
Alexander H. Valdes,
B.S.E.E. 92, and Judith N. Valdes, A.B. 92, J.D. 97,
have two children, Sabrina Nicole and Kyle Alexander. The family resides
in Miami, Florida.
Frederick W. Brown,
A.B. 93, joined the Philadelphia office of Gekoski and Bogdanoff,
P.C. as a litigation associate.
Judith M. Hernandez,
B.S.M.E. 93, is a senior sales engineer at Nortel Networks in Sunrise,
Wayne Waxman, M.B.A.
93, is the training and events manager for Flash Products Group
at Intel Corporation in Folsom, California.
Charlotte M. Freeman,
M.S. 94, Ph.D. 97, clinical director for the Memphis Exchange
Club Family Center, received the 2001 national Welcome Back Award for
her work as a psychologist focusing on depression and abuse in the black
community. The purpose of the national awards program sponsored by the
Eli Lilly pharmaceutical company is to help fight the stigma associated
with depression and to help the public better understand that depression
Jennifer Kaufman Lesser,
J.D. 94, gave birth to her second daughter, Josie Paige Lesser,
in November of 2000. She and her family reside in Palm Beach Gardens,
Mary Lou (Dunnigan) Ruderman,
B.B.A. 94, and Gary Ruderman,
B.B.A. 93, are proud to announce the birth of their first child,
Gary Steven Ruderman II, on April 7, 2001.
B.S.C. 95, daughter of Clara Cox
McElroy, B.S.N. 65, won her second Emmy
in June. She is a TV producer in Los Angeles, California, at KCAL 9. She
won the honor for a series on AIDS in Africa.
Heidi McInnis, M.B.A. 95, of Miami, Florida, was appointed chair
of public relations for The Junior League of Miami, Inc., an organization
of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential
of women, and improving the community through effective action and leadership
of trained volunteers.
B.S.C. 95, was elected province director of chapters for Kappa Kappa
Gamma Fraternity for Women. Her responsibilities will include visiting
and educating collegiate chapters about policies and procedures. She resides
in Ludlow, Kentucky.
Roy J. Nirschel,
M.A. 95, Ph.D. 97, former vice president for Institutional
Advancement at the University of Miami, has been appointed president of
Roger Williams University (RWU) in Rhode Island. RWU has 5,000 students,
eight colleges including the only law school in Rhode Island, a $50 million
endowment, and is ranked in the top 20 in the Northeast by U.S. News
& World Report.
Jack Tufano, B.Arch.
95, is construction administrator for the Educational Facilities
department of Spillis Candela DMJM in Coral Gables, Florida. Formerly,
Tufano was employed in construction management for Burdines, Inc. for
five years. He resides in Miami, Florida.
Ann Miller Kowel,
B.S.C. 96, J.D. 99, is director of admissions at California
Western School of Law in San Diego, California.
M.B.A. 97, was promoted in 2000 to president of Kidco Interiors,
Inc., the firm that specializes in murals, custom furniture, and the interior
décor of childrens areas for commercial projects such as
Carnival Cruise Lines and the Fontainebleau Hilton in addition to residential
bedrooms and playrooms.
Monica Maria Molina,
A.B. 97, graduated from New York Law School.
Chris Petry, M.A.
97, is a compliance manager for the eastern region with Koch Materials
Company in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.
Camille A. Vinci,
A.B. 97, is a Youth Corps instructor at Utica Community Action Inc.,
in Utica, New York.
Jennifer A. Klein,
A.B. 98, is employed as an eighth grade teacher at John Audubon
Communications and Technology Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She received
the 2001 Super Star Educator award from the YMCA and the City of Milwaukee.
Klein also works on a part-time basis with foster children.
Amir A. Ladan, J.D.
98, began Carsten & Ladan, P.A., a full-service firm with a special
emphasis on criminal defense, trusts/estates, and entertainment/sports
law. The firm is located in Winter Park, Florida.
Tracey Lynne Murray,
M.S.N. 98, is a nurse consultant and hospital surveyor for the District
of Columbia Department of Health, a faculty member of Howard University,
Division of Nursing, and a member of Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society.
Jennifer Papp, A.B.
98, will soon obtain an M.S. in geography from Penn State University.
She is now a lecturer in geography at UM.
Abdul Ramad Murray,
B.B.A. 99, was promoted to senior financial advisor associate at
Bernstein Investment Research and Management in Washington, D.C. Murray
received the Employee of the Year 2000 award, providing financial management
services to high-net- worth private clients and institutional investors.
Kelly Beth ORiordan,
A.B. 99, a peer counseling coordinator for Broward County Public
Schools, is writing a prevention curriculum for elementary level after-school
programs. She resides in Deerfield Beach, Florida.
LaFontaine Elite Oliver,
B.B.A. 99, is a producer and programming assistant at Radio One
in Washington, D.C., the largest minority owner of radio stations in the
nation. Oliver, who is a former general manager and disc jockey at WVUM,
also is teaching part-time at a local broadcast training school.
Brad E. Coren, J.D.
00, has been appointed an attorney at the law firm of Bernstein
and Maryanoff, P.A., of Miami, Florida, where he will concentrate his
practice in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice, and products
liability. Coren is an active member of the Golden Slipper Club and Charities,
a 900-member charitable and fraternal organization that provides services
to the youth, elderly, and needy.
Brooks J. Holcomb,
J.D. 00, received an LL.M. in taxation from New York University,
and has joined the Phoenix, Arizona, office of Quarles & Brady, LLP as
an associate. His practice focuses on advising corporations regarding
tax and corporate issues, and individuals with respect to estate planning.
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