Brady Barr Is Wild About Reptiles
Barr has come a long way from the Indiana cornfields where he grew up,
but his love for exotic critters
hasn’t changed. Instead of possums and snakes in his backyard,
Barr, M.S. ’94,
Ph.D. ’97, now chases crocodiles worldwide.
Barr is a resident herpetologist for National
Geographic and hosts the National Geographic Channel’s Reptile
Wild, a weekly television
series that follows him through the marshes of places like Cambodia,
Sumatra, and Papua, New Guinea, as he seeks out the toothy carnivore.
The show is in its third season.
By the end of this year, Barr expects to
be the first person to capture all 23 species in the wild. Why crocs?
They “arguably are one of
the most successful groups of animals the Earth has ever seen,” says
Barr, who lives in Maryland. In 2000 he helped excavate a dinosaur-age
fossil from the Sahara desert, a six-foot crocodile skull.
“For 200 million years, crocs have
had the same body plan,” Barr
says. “They’re really, really good at what they do.”
So is Barr. He and his assistants have to
find the croc and then haul it briefly aboard their rowboat to snip
the skin for later analysis.
At the lab, Barr examines the animal’s DNA for toxins and environmental
pollutants. Using anything from a rudimentary rod and net to cutting-edge
GPS technology, Barr gets his guy, usually. In South Africa, he sent
a fishing rod and dangling noose via remote-control toy car over to a
croc sunbathing on a sandbar. From the remote, he tried to maneuver the
noose over the animal’s head, but the croc snapped open his jaw
and ate the car.
A high school science teacher in Indiana
before coming to the University of Miami, Barr continues to educate
people on the importance of protecting
the widely persecuted reptiles. Because alligators and crocodiles keep
the natural life of the marsh in check, “they’re a keystone
species, analogous to a keystone in a building,” Barr says. “You
remove the stone, and the building will collapse. The same with our ecosystem.”
— Laurel Kalser
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Claudia Reiff Finds Her Niche in the Ring
as one of the top five referees in the independent or “indy” wrestling circuit,
Claudia Reiff, B.S.Ed. ’81, didn’t grow up dreaming of a
professional wrestling. “I was successful in residential real estate
for a while, but I needed a change of scenery.” So in 1999 Reiff
moved to Ocala, Florida, where she has long
participated in equestrian events, owning and showing appaloosa and quarter
horses. And over lunch
with wrestling legend Dory Funk, Jr., whom Reiff says “
is to the wrestling world what Muhammad Ali was to boxing,” she
accepted a job as Funk’s personal assistant, handling clerical,
promotional, and travel matters for the Funking Conservatory.
“But one night the referees didn’t
show up and Dory asked me, ‘You
think you can referee?’ and I said, ‘Sure.’ And when
he saw me on camera, and how I took to it like boom, boom, boom, without
any direction, that was it. I just knew how to do it from being around
the school every day,” says Reiff, who grew up attending wrestling
matches with her father in the Bronx and in Miami Beach.“
I went in there cold turkey and refereed ten matches in three hours.”
“The industry tried to hide it,” Reiff
says of professional wrestling being scripted,“
but not any more.” She notes that the
World Wrestling Federation recently changed its name
to World Wrestling Entertainment. “Because that’s what it
is,” Reiff says. “Sports entertainment.” Known
as “The Claw” in
the wrestling world, Reiff is now head referee at the Funking Conservatory,
of the country’s premiere wrestling academies. In addition to refereeing
the locally televised matches, which involve both male and female
wrestlers, Reiff has refereed matches in Canada, England, Japan, and
“We don’t take as many body
slams or falls as the wrestlers do,” says
Reiff, one of just several female professional wrestling referees
do not choose to be beaten up like that, but as a referee, I do
have to take a bump or a body slam or a
little push or pull here and there. It’s part
of the show.”
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JOSEPH FINLEY GOES FROM CRIME SCENE TO CLASSROOM
ou might say law enforcement is in
his blood. After all, Joseph A. Finley’s father was a New York
City cop, and his close-knit hometown of Staten Island boasts generations
of firefighters and police officers.
it might come as no surprise that Finley, B.S. ’74, has spent
the past 27 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Still,
when Finley, a geology major, graduated from the University of Miami,
he “had no idea the FBI had any calling for me.” Unemployed
at the height of an oil embargo, he agreed to meet two of his grandfather’s
friends who worked for the bureau.
“They sold me on the FBI lab, that
I’d be able to use geology in a roundabout way to make a living,” Finley
Of his first six years as field agent, taking
part in drug raids and investigating bank robberies, Finley says he “would
not trade it in for a day. Every day you go to make an arrest, every
day you knock on someone’s door, there’s an element of
fear. That’s what keeps you healthy.”
Finley switched to the lab from the field,
giving him the chance to put his geology degree to work. He analyzed
inorganic material, like soil and glass, found at crime scenes and
became certified as an FBI expert witness in forensics—the application
of physical science to the law.
In 1996, Finley moved back to South Florida,
where he now participates in electronic surveillance operations, heads
the underwater evidence recovery team and—an avid ’Canes
baseball and football fan—roots for his alma mater with six fellow
UM grads and FBI colleagues in the Miami office. Two are Sigma Alpha
Epsilon fraternity brothers.
Finley will retire from the FBI at the end
of this year, but not from community service. While working full-time
in Miami, he earned a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Lynn University
in Boca Raton. Teaching was always in his plans, Finley says, and he
looks forward to passing on his passion for learning to high school
and college students. “I like the idea of being able to give
of yourself to others to help enhance their knowledge base.”
– Laurel Kalser
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Yale Stays Close to Home Bass
usic is therapy. The arts enrich our
lives in ways that you can’t
even put into words,” explains Brian Yale, B.M. ’92, bassist
for rock band matchbox twenty. The band’s three albums have sold
more than 20 million copies worldwide, and their songs continue to top
Billboard charts—major accomplishments for a band seven years old.
From the outside it may seem that matchbox
twenty found success rather quickly, but the rise to fame required
tremendous perseverance. Yale
explains that he met up with fellow band mates (front man Rob Thomas
and drummer Paul Doucette) in Florida during the early 1990s and
toured regionally as a group called Tabitha’s Secret a few years
before their official formation as matchbox twenty with Adam Gaynor
“We just kind of stuck at it and kept
doing it,” Yale says. “We
kept writing quality songs and bringing them to the people. It’s
a very difficult process. It means no pay for quite a while. Musician
jobs have a vagabond quality. It’s not always amazing, but
if you stay with it the rewards are unbelievable.”
The group realized success when it joined
with Grammy-winning producer Matthew Serletic, B.M. ’92, M.M. ’94, and released its
1997 debut album, Yourself or Someone Like You. The band performed
600 shows in support of the album.
While fame and fortune are now part of Yale’s daily existence,
he hasn’t forgotten the more difficult days of being a music student.
Maintaining his personal ties to the University, Yale established the
Brian Yale/Matchbox Twenty Foundation, an endowment at the Phillip and
Patricia Frost School of Music that will create scholarship opportunities
for students. According to Yale, UM professor Matthew Bonelli was fundamental
in his musical growth. Yale even acknowledges Bonelli in matchbox twenty’s
first album. “He was huge in developing my playing style and
shaping my musical knowledge.”
Yale says he enjoys the unique offerings
of his career. “I’ve
been around the world many times playing for millions of people, which
is pretty incredible.” He asserts that playing in jam-packed arenas
doesn’t make him nervous. “It’s the weirdest feeling.
But I can honestly say I was more nervous doing my private lesson
juries at the end of the semester at the University.”
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Jose Abreu Is a Man in Motion
ivil engineering is a gratifying profession
because what you do is tangible,” says
Jose Abreu, B.S.C.E. ’78, who became Florida’s Secretary
of Transportation in March. “You can see it, whether it’s
highways or buildings or waterworks or drainage facilities. Civil engineering
Abreu, who was born in Cuba and moved to
Miami at age 13, has worked for the Florida Department of Transportation
(FDOT) since 1984, mostly
in South Florida, after six years in private practice. Today he reports
to Governor Jeb Bush, who appointed him
to direct the FDOT, which has nearly 8,000 employees and a budget that
“It’s like reconstructing your house while you live in it,” he
says about the challenge of rebuilding urban roadways. “Nobody
could have predicted the population explosion that Miami-Dade County
has experienced.” He concedes that traffic congestion in South
Florida (and statewide) will continue to increase, although he believes
that forthcoming improvements such as the Miami Intermodal Center adjacent
to Miami International Airport, expansions to Tri-Rail, Metrorail, and
Metromover, and increased bicycle lanes will help. He wants to see Metrorail
lines linking the airport, Florida International University’s University
Park campus, and Broward County.
To accomplish his transportation goals,
Abreu regularly travels from his Tallahassee office to Washington,
D.C., to lobby for additional
funding for Florida’s roads and public transit systems. “We need
to get a better return for our dollar out of the federal government.” Abreu
says that Florida receives approximately 86 cents for each dollar it
collects in federal gas taxes. “We’d like to bump that up
to 95 percent.”
Abreu adamantly maintains an open-door policy
at work and encourages everyone to call him by his first name. “My salary is paid by the
taxpayers,” he says. “How can I not have an open-door policy?
Anybody who wants to come in here probably has an issue that I can influence
somehow, and I am privileged to do so.”
Adds Abreu, “Personally, I don’t have any hobbies; I don’t
golf or sail or fish or anything like that. I give everything I’ve
got to the State of Florida.”
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David Philip Mann, B.B.A. ’48, was an officer
for the American Foreign Service Association and an economist for the
government and various private firms from 1948 to 1990. He is retired
and lives in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Edward Whittaker, B.S. ’51, has retired after
28 years as supervisor of the Miami-Dade County Crime Lab, where he examined
in civil and criminal cases. He has testified in 3,200 cases in city,
county, state, and federal courts as well as in six foreign countries.
Perry D. Snavely, B.S. ’52, has opened
an office in Jupiter, Florida for U.S. Power Network. He is senior vice
president for the company,
which installs and operates electrical co-generation plants throughout
the United States.
Richard R. Ridolfi, B.S. ’57, a retired
U.S. Air Force colonel, has been elected alderman of the town of South
Padre Island, Texas. He
resides there with his wife, Gloria.
Carita Swanson Vonk, A.B. ’57, M.S. ’79, president of the
Miami Mortar Board Alumni, received the Distinguished Lifetime Alumni
Award from the Mortar Board National Foundation for “her service
as scholar, mentor, and active citizen for a lifetime.” Following
a decade of research,
in 1997 she published Theodore R. Gibson: Priest, Prophet, and Politician,
which chronicles the life of the Miami Civil Rights leader.
Mike Z. Brenan, B.B.A. ’59, was elected
to the Living Legacy Society for Delta Sigma Pi, an honorary business
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Judy Feinberg Brillian, A.B. ’60, has represented
the Archaeological Institute of America in St. Louis since 1986. She
was recently appointed
to the boards of The Mycenaean Foundation and the American Friends of
the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem.
Edward A. Moss, J.D. ’61, is a partner in the Tort Section of the
Miami office of Shook, Hardy & Bacon, L.L.P., a law firm based in
Kansas City, Missouri. He was listed in a recent edition of Chambers
USA—America’s Leading Lawyers as a “Leading Individual” in
his field of specialty.
Robert Schneeweiss, A.B. ’64, M.Ed. ’68,
director of student activities and leadership development at Central
Connecticut State University,
received the prestigious Butts-Whiting Award at the 83rd annual conference
of the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) in Chicago.
The award recognizes those who have made significant contributions to
the college union and student activities movement. Schneeweiss has mentored
more than 60 graduate interns into the union/activities profession.
A.B. ’65, a former lecturer for the University of
Miami’s Music Business and Entertainment program, is an instructor
at New School University in New York City.
Her company, Multicultural Entertainment Marketing, has developed major
campaigns for Fortune 500 clients and for National Black History Month.
She published two books, With These Hands They Built a Nation and Country
is My Music, and is at work on a cookbook. She also is an elected Democratic
committeewoman in New York City.
H. Edward “Ed” Dowling, B.B.A. ’66,
founder of the Orlando-based motorcoach
company Florida Stage Lines, has retired after 40 years in the transportation
industry. He plans to attend Hurricane football games and build his stagecoach
Colonel Bob Sheridan, B.Ed. ’66, an international
boxing commentator, recently broadcast his 725th world title fight. He
is thrice nominated
for induction into the World Boxing Hall of Fame and has received the
Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Boxing Council.
Catharine Guberman Schauer, B.Ed. ’67,
is a professor of humanities at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
in Daytona Beach, Florida, following
her retirement from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
She recently received two first-place awards from the National Federation
of Press Women At-Large Communications Contest.
Michael Litow, B.B.A. ’68, has retired
after 34 years of service as a teacher and counselor to the Chicago Public
Joseph V. Leone, B.B.A. ’69,
has retired after a 31-year career,
serving most recently as special agent in charge of the Office of Export
Enforcement, U.S. Department of Commerce, in Boston. He is a recipient
of the Gold Medal Award for distinguished achievement in Federal Service.
He lives in Andover, Massachusetts, with wife Cheryl Ann Rurak and two
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Edward P. Mara, A.B. ’70, is superintendent
of schools for the Bristol Warren Regional School District in Rhode Island.
Frank Lee Sherrod, A.B. ’70, has retired
after 44 years with Miami-Dade County Clerk
Betty Kjelson, M.A. ’71, received the Lifetime Achievement Award
from Florida Craftsmen, Inc., in recognition of her “accomplishments
and dedicated service in the arts.” The inaugural award was presented
at the organization’s 50th anniversary celebration.
Steve Solimine, B.B.A. ’72, was promoted
to vice president, regional manager of Texas and Tennessee at Amerisure
Mutual Insurance Company, a
property and casualty insurance group.
Elaine Nancy St. George, M.F.A. ’72, is
a professor of art history at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.
Carole L. Anderson, A.B. ’74, M.S.Ed. ’77,
is the fine arts chairperson at Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School
in Miami. She
was named Teacher of the Year for 2002-2003.
Ann Mannheimer, M.A. ’75, owns a housewares
and gourmet products consulting firm in Mill Valley, California. She is
married to Randall B.
Matthews and has two daughters.
Elaine (Jolaine) King, B.Ed. ’76, is the special education chair
for the Eastern Region of the Pennsylvania State Education Association/National
Education Association (PSEA/NEA) teachers’ union.
Ricardo Sequeira, A.B. ’76, is the ambassador
of Costa Rica in Japan. Previously he served as an advisor to the former
Costa Rican president
Luis Alberto Monge and as ambassador to the Republic of South Korea. He
is married with two children and is pursuing a Ph.D. at Waseda University
Michael Laskow, B.B.A. ’77,
is CEO and cofounder of TAXI.com, an independent “Artist & Repertoire” company
that helps find unsigned talent and songs for record labels, music publishers,
and film and television supervisors. His business partner is Michael Lederer,
a former residential assistant at the University’s Mahoney Residential
Christy (Castellanos) Torkildson, B.S.N. ’78, was named director
of program and services of the George Mark Children’s House, a freestanding
pediatric residential hospice in San Antonio, Texas.
Kenneth Fuchs, B.M. ’79, professor and
director of the Stanley B. Catlett Music Center at the University of Oklahoma
School of Music, has
composed three works that were recorded to compact disc by The London Symphony
Orchestra. The recording follows his string quartet disc, released in 2001.
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Paul D. Novack, B.B.A. ’80, former University
of Miami student body president, is mayor of the Town of Surfside, Florida.
He was selected by
1000 Friends of Florida to receive the 2003 Community Steward Award for
Excellence in Public Service in the area of growth management and community
Melody Ann Watral, B.S.N. ’80, is a pediatric
nurse practitioner for the outpatient clinic and nursing coordinator for
Effects Clinic at the Brain Tumor Center of Duke University Medical Center.
She recently married Timothy J. Donohoe.
Frances Aronovitz, M.S.N. ’81, Ph.D. ’85,
is director of the Miami-Dade College School of Nursing.
John J. DiModica, B.M. ’81, is CEO of In
Focus Music in Tennessee, a consulting resource for developing musical
products, performances, or
seminars. DiModica has been writing, teaching, and performing with author
and talk-show host Dave Ramsey.
Nan A. Markowitz, A.B. ’81, is director of government and public
relations for the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida. She serves on the board
of directors for United Way of America’s National Women’s Initiative
for Philanthropic Leadership.
Rick Rodriguez, A.B. ’82, was named executive vice president and
general manager of the Travel Channel, a service of Discovery Networks,
U.S. Rodriguez will oversee all programming, production, development, and
operations for the network, which covers stories from the world’s
most popular travel destinations.
Deborah Wilker, A.B. ’82, is chief of the
new Miami Bureau for The Hollywood Reporter, a daily entertainment trade
publication that reaches
more than 140,000 readers worldwide. Wilker has been a reporter for The
Fox News Channel, ABC News Internet sites, WSVN-TV in Miami, and The
South Florida Sun-Sentinel, where she was the pop music critic from 1987 to 1996.
Paul Beaudoin, B.M. ’83,
earned a Ph.D. in music theory from Brandeis University and received the
in Teaching Award from
Northeastern University, where he has been a faculty member for 12 years.
A recorded clarinetist, he also was one of four American participants at
the International Orpheus Institute for Music Theory in Ghent, Belgium,
earlier this year.
James P. Dawson, B.B.A. ’83, J.D. ’86, LL.M. ’91, has
joined the tax law firm August & Kulunas, P.A., as a shareholder. Previously,
he was a trial attorney for Office of Chief Counsel at the Internal Revenue
Service. He also is editor of tax procedure for the Journal of Business
Entity, a national taxation publication.
Donna Burns, M.M. ’84, a vice president at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.,
received the Helping Hands Award from the New York chapter of the National
Football League Alumni, a nonprofit organization of former professional
football players who volunteer on behalf of children and charity. She was
selected for helping to improve quality of life for children.
Patrick J. DeFrancesco, B.B.A. ’84, is
the practitioner and owner of Chiropractic Center of Glastonburg in Connecticut.
Michael J. Higer,
J.D. ’84, of Mintz, Truppman, Clein & Higer,
P.A., has been reappointed by the chief judge of the U.S. District Court,
Southern District of Florida, to serve on the Ad Hoc Committee on Attorney
Admission, Peer Review and Judicial Grievance and on the Ad Hoc Committee
on Rules and Procedure.
Jo Ann (Llera) Stephens, B.S. ’84, a clinical psychologist and pediatric
neuropsychologist, is the owner of New Life Solutions, L.L.C., which has
offices in Miami Lakes and Broward County, Florida. She also is an adjunct
professor and practicum coordinator for the Substance Abuse Counseling
and Education Master’s Program at Nova Southeastern University in
Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Michael Throne, B.S.A.E. ’84, B.S.C.E. ’84,
has been appointed interim assistant city engineer for the City of Benicia,
Alma Vega, B.S.N. ’84,
is the clinic coordinator and nurse
practitioner at the University of Miami Department of Pediatric Immunology.
Lynn Gollin, J.D. ’86, a partner at Tew, Cardenas, Rebak, Kellogg,
Lehman, DeMaria, Tague, Raymond & Levine, P.A., in Miami, was named
a member of the 2003 Presidential Rank Award Review Board. Administered
by the Office of Personnel Management, an executive branch agency, the
award recognizes senior executives in the federal government who have provided
great service to the American people over an extended period of time.
Jackie Gonzalez, M.S.N. ’87, chief nurse executive and vice president
for patient care at Miami Children’s Hospital, was honored as the
Outstanding Alumna from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
Judy A. Pass Deliz Redd, A.B. ’87, originally
attended the University from 1957 to 1961 but completed her degree in absentia.
She is now retired
from a 25-year career in insurance adjusting and is enjoying spending time
with her 13 grandchildren.
Aaron Duncan, B.B.A. ’88, has been promoted
to senior vice president, licensing group for Playboy Enterprises, Inc.
Rolando Sanchez-Medina, Jr., B.B.A. ’88,
has opened his own law practice, Sanchez-Medina and Associates, P.A., in
Coral Gables Florida. The firm
specializes in business transactions, including corporate, real estate,
and tax services.
Chris DeRosa, B.M. ’89, a freelance drummer who lives in New York
City, recently toured with singer Jenn London in the United Arab Emirates
and the Kingdom of Bahrain as part of the Armed Forces Entertainment’s “Bringing
a Little Bit of Home to the Troops.”
George Kenneth Morell, A.B. ’89, has been promoted to coordinator
of academic advising and support services at Saint Augustine’s College
in Raleigh, North Carolina, a historically black college founded in 1867.
He also is acting director of the Americans with Disabilities Compliance
Office, which provides accommodations to students with disabilities. Morell
is pursuing a Ph.D. in counselor education at North Carolina State University.
Christopher L. Thatcher, J.D. ’89, has married Anne M. Babyak, a
vice president at the environmental consulting firm of Blasland, Bouck & Lee,
Inc. The couple reside in Pasadena, California.
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Bayardo N. Aguilar, Jr., B.B.A. ’90, owns his
own public accounting practice and is president of the South Dade Chapter
of the Florida Institute
of C.P.A.s. He recently married Margarita G. Lisker, C.P.A.
Jodi Seitlin, J.D. ’90, was sworn in to practice law before the Supreme
Court of the United States in a time-honored rite of the Hadassah National
Attorneys Councils. Seitlin is the education coordinator for the Florida
Central Region of Hadassah, the largest women’s Zionist Jewish organization
in the United States. She lives in St. Augustine, Florida, and practices
child welfare litigation with the Department of Children and Families.
Kelley Weitzel, B.S. ’90, is a senior preserve naturalist at Pelotes
Island Nature Preserve in Jacksonville, Florida. An adjunct literature
professor at the University of North Florida, she also is a two-time recipient
of the Florida Historical Society’s Charlton Tebeau award for children’s
books she published: Journeys with Florida’s Indians and The
Timucua Indians—A Native-American Detective Story.
Jeff Sullivan, A.B. ’91, J.D. ’93, was made a partner at the
law offices of Stidham & Stidham, P.A., where he specializes in
personal injury, medical malpractice, and criminal defense cases. He and
wife Michelle announce the birth of daughter Sophia.
Scott Brook, J.D. ’92,
Coral Springs city commissioner and attorney, founded Premiere Networking
a network of professionals
that promotes business growth and community service.
Andrea Darlow, M.B.A. ’92,
is vice president of trust administration for SunTrust Bank in Miami, Florida.
She and husband Phil have a newborn daughter, Alexa.
Diane Marie Doolan, B.B.A. ’92, associate
director for alumni relations at the University of Miami, has been reelected
Province Director of Chapters
for Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity. She is responsible for visiting collegiate
chapters and educating them about the policies and procedures of the organization.
Christian D. Furman, A.B. ’92, was named medical director at Episcopal
Church Home, an adult long-term care community in Louisville, Kentucky,
that includes the Memory Care Center of Excellence for people with Alzheimer’s
Disease and other memory disorders. A geriatric specialist, she also is
in private practice and is a faculty member at the University of Louisville
School of Medicine in the internal and family medicine departments.
Juan P. Morillo, A.B. ’92, has been named partner at the Washington,
D.C., branch of Sidley Austin Brown & Wood, L.L.P. He specializes in
criminal, and constitutional
Alisa R. Alvarez, B.B.A. ’93, M.B.A. ’94, manager of Rampelli & Rampelli,
P.A., is named in the 2004 edition of National Register’s Who’s
Who in Executives and Professionals.
Stacey A. Giulianti, J.D. ’93,
has opened the law firm of Wasserstrom Giulianti, P.A.,
in Hollywood, Florida, with Hollywood vice-mayor Keith Wasserstrom.
Marybel (Roura) Baldessari, A.B. ’94, M.S. Ed. ’00, received
her Professional Educator’s certification in Varying Exceptionalities
(K-12) and a Pre-Kindergarten Handicapped Environment. She and husband
Jon, associate director of Residence Halls at the University of Miami,
also announce the birth of daughter Isabella Sophia.
Stacee Amos, B.S.C ’95,
is senior account executive with
primary responsibility for
Fidelity Bank at T.G. Madison Advertising, a full-service agency in Atlanta,
Kevin Carmichael, LL.M. ’95, was promoted to partner at Quarles & Brady
LLC, a national law firm with more than 425 attorneys practicing in Milwaukee
and Madison, Wisconsin; Chicago, Illinois; Naples and Boca Raton, Florida;
and Phoenix and Tuscon, Arizona. Carmichael also is director of the Center
for Orangutan and Chimpanzee Conservation, Inc., Guadalupe Center, Inc.,
and NAMI of Collier.
Ellen Tift Goebel, M.M. ’95, president
of music production and publishing company The Groove Corporation, teaches
at Belmont University School of
Music in Nashville, Tennessee. Country Music Television has cast her as
a songwriter in a pilot reality show called Score, in which two teams compete
by writing a song in a day.
Daniel J. Mitan, B.S.C. ’95, a former walk-on
quarterback for the Miami Hurricanes football team, has joined the Screen
Actors Guild. He
has an M.S.Ed. from the University of Southern California and an M.F.A.
in acting from the University of Florida. His screenplay, The Task
placed in the top 2 percent of the Matt Damon/Ben Affleck Project Greenlight
Shelly Voorhies Cross, B.S. ’96, is a pharmaceutical
sales representative for Amgen USA, Inc. She and husband Brian reside in
Adam D. Horowitz, A.B. ’96,
J.D. ’00, was named partner at
the Miami law firm of Gilbride, Heller & Brown. His practice
specializes in representing
religious and educational institutions and nursing homes, as well as in
Jennifer A. Klein, A.B. ’97, received a master’s
degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Wisconsin,
She teaches sixth-grade reading at the Audubon Technology and Communications
Jason P. Stein, B.S. ’96, M.D. ’99, and Ronnit
B.S. ’97, M.D. ’99, completed
their residency programs—Jason in pediatrics and Ronnit in
dermatology. Jason practices at Palm Beach Pediatrics in Lake Worth, Florida,
practices at Palm Beach Dermatology in Delray, Florida.
Christopher D. Weston,
B.S.C.E. ’96, is a captain in the 9th Airlift Squadron of the
U.S. Air Force. Stationed at the Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, he flies
the C-5 Galaxy aircraft in support of the war
Alan Ngim, D.M.A. ’97, has joined Miami-Dade College’s
Wolfson campus as assistant professor of music. He teaches music appreciation
music theory courses and leads the chamber music ensemble.
Douglas J. Jeffrey, J.D. ’98, has been named a partner in the Miami
law firm of Gilbride, Heller & Brown, P.A., where he practices in complex
civil and commercial litigation.
Karen Kushkin, B.S.N. ’98, graduated cum
laude from Stetson University College of Law. She and husband Robert announce
the birth of son Wesley
Evelyn M. Alvarez, A.B. ’99, earned a master’s
degree in clinical psychology at the University of South Florida, where
she is currently pursuing
a doctorate in the same field.
Travis Carter, M.M.E. ’99,
a lieutenant in the U.S. Coast Guard, has completed a three-month deployment
on the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Monro. On patrol off the coast of Central
America, Carter and his shipmates seized nearly 7,000 pounds of cocaine
worth $60 million
and detained eight suspected drug smugglers.
Reuben A. Doupe, B.B.A. ’99, an attorney at Cummings & Lockwood,
L.L.C., in Naples, Florida, has married Meredith
Heidy Frank, B.B.A ’99, completed a master’s
degree in management at Babson College while working full-time in the Financial
Leadership Development Program at telecommunications firm Lucent Technologies.
She has been promoted to manager of business development for the Caribbean
and Latin American regions at Lucent, and she is the founder of a real
estate investment and management company, www.cdcholdings.com. She resides
in Key Biscayne, Florida.
Umesh Jain, M.B.A. ’99,
has launched Source Point Partners, which provides analysis and
advisory services for outsourcing to the insurance and financial services
Sheetal R. Patel, B.S. ’99, has graduated
from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. She is in a physical
medicine and rehabilitation
residency program at New York University Medical Center.
Rick Saggese, A.B. ’99,
and partner Ryan Senkarik have founded Absolute Athlete, Inc., which provides
training programs, supplements,
vitamins, equipment, and instructional videos for aspiring athletes and
individuals who want to live a healthier lifestyle. Saggese and Senkarik
of Naples, Florida, are both college athletes who sustained career-ending
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Esther M. Gonzalez, M.S.T. ’00, joined Northern
Trust Bank in Miami as second vice president, senior tax technician in
the Estate and Trust
Mary Ann Nolan, B.S.N. ’00,
is director of the emergency
department at a hospital in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She is pursuing an
M.S.N. degree with
a concentration in health systems management at the University
Nora Triola, Ph.D. ’00, is chief nursing
officer at Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale.
Ronald A. Velez, M.B.A. ’00,
is vice president and team leader
at Deutsche Bank in Geneve, Switzerland, where he manages the Argentina/Chile/Uruguay
Richard D. Kemp, M.F.A. ’01,
a lecturer at the English Composition Center of the University of Miami,
the National Council Teachers
of English Tribute Award for outstanding achievement in teaching.
Josephine Caminos Oría, M.A. ’02,
was appointed manager of public relations and publications for The Pittsburgh
Anya Coverman, A.B. ’02, is attending law
school at American University in Washington, D.C. She was one of five students
selected from a class
of 600 to serve on the Moot Court and the Law Review editorial board.
Arnoldo B. Lacayo, J.D. ’03, is a recipient
of the Burton Awards for Legal Achievement, a national program that rewards
excellence in legal
writing by both lawyers and law school students.
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