Barbara Parkers Mysterious Road to Success
a deadline, Barbara Parker (J.D. 77) can spend up to 18 hours a
day at her keyboard, immersed in the world of her fictional characters.
That sort of dedication has allowed this accomplished mystery writer to
publish eight successful novels since 1994.
a great eavesdropper, says Parker, mother of two. Her daughter is
an attorney in Washington, D.C., and her son is a graphic design student
in New York City. I carry a notebook everywhere, and if I hear a
particularly interesting conversation, it might wind up in a book somewhere.
But I dont drop people into the books. They go through a filtering
Parker practiced law for ten years, including two
years as a prosecutor for the Dade County State Attorneys Office.
When I was leaving law school, I never expected that I would end
up becoming an author. The important thing is to keep your mind open.
In addition to her stand-alone novels Blood Relations
and Criminal Justice, Parker has penned six installments of her
Suspicion series, starting with Suspicion of Innocence in
1994, which began as her masters thesis in the Creative Writing
Program at Florida International University. In 1997, it was adapted into
a movie for CBS, Sisters and Other Strangers. The most recent installment
in Parkers Suspicion series, which tracks the adventures
of defense attorney Gail Connor, is Suspicion of Vengeance, published
in 2001. Suspicion of Madness is scheduled for early 2003.
You learn as you go along, she says.
As you become a better writer you reach a little farther, but the
challenges of each new book are always difficult.
Parker, who enjoys world traveling, visited Cuba
in 2001 to research an upcoming novel, and she has been the guest author
on three recent voyages aboard the luxurious QE2. During those trips,
which have taken her to Australia, Hong Kong, England, France, the Canary
Islands, and elsewhere, Parker gave lectures on the craft of writing.
Says Parker, Dont wall yourself in to
a particular career. And when the voice says that you must do something
else with your life, listen to it.
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Andy Unanue Reaches the Top of the Food Chain
their mid-30s, many men and women are still finding themselves,
but not Andy Unanue (B.B.A. 91), who at 33 became the chief
operating officer of Goya Foods, Inc., the largest Hispanic-owned food
company in the United States. We have a term: La Grand Familia
Goya, or Great Goya Family, he says. The feeling goes
through all levels of the workers here, whether youre a vice president
or youre just starting out.
his busy schedule, Unanue, whose employees call him Andy, maintains an
open-door policy at the companys headquarters in Secaucus, New Jersey.
These people are basically my family, he says. A lot
of the employees have been here over 20 or 30 years, so theyve seen
me grow up. Theyre a big part of who I am.
Goya, founded in 1936 by Unanues grandparents,
Don Prudencio and Doña Carolina Casal Unanue, employs more than
2,000 people in the United States, the Caribbean, and Europe. The privately
held company reports $715 million in annual sales and produces more than
1,000 food items, everything from rice and beans, to olive oil and coffee.
Unanue donates generously to charitable causes and
has served on numerous boards, including the Smithsonian Board for Latino
Initiatives, the U.S. Savings Bonds National Volunteer Committee, the
Committee for Hispanic Families and Children, the New America Alliance,
and Ballet Hispánico, among others. In 2001, he was honored as
Businessman of the Year by both the Federation of Hispanic Chambers and
Hispanic Magazine, and in December 2001, he was appointed to New
York City Mayor Michael Bloombergs transition committee.
Unanue, who did his graduate work at Thunderbird,
The American Graduate School of International Management, notes that Goya
is the first Hispanic-owned business to be featured permanently at the
Smithsonian National Museum of American History. The collection contains
classic Goya advertising, product labels, and other company artifacts.
Our products represent all the nice things
about being Hispanic and Latino, says Unanue. Its about
gathering together with family and friends, and enjoying life to the fullest.
And at work, if you can feel that way with peers, thats nice too.
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Mara Altschuler: From Headlines to Home Lines
her 15 years with CBS News, Mara Altschuler (A.B. 84) met former
presidents Nixon, Carter, and Clinton, members of Congress, and many top
celebrities. She covered the O. J. Simpson murder trial, the Columbine
shootings, Pope John Paul IIs visit to Denver, California earthquakes,
and Hurricane Andrew in South Florida. She also saw Cal Ripken, Jr., and
Mark McGwire break unbreakable baseball records.
best part of being in a news organization, Altschuler says, is
that you go to places you would never normally see and you meet people
that you probably wouldnt meet on vacation. Recalling the
1993 Midwest floods, she says, The most inspirational part was the
people helping strangers. Its an amazing sight to see how good people
Altschuler, who won an Emmy at CBS for the networks
coverage of the bombing at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, left the news business
in 1999. I was tired of getting woken up in the middle of the night,
she explains. Covering breaking news becomes very difficult and
Today, Altschuler is a senior broadcast producer
for the nationally syndicated daily program, Martha Stewart Living,
for which she has won two more Emmy Awards. Altschuler, who considers
Martha Stewart to be the most successful businesswoman of her generation,
urges students to study a wide variety of subjects such as history, geography,
literature, and art appreciation. Thats what makes a good
television person. Be well-rounded. Be a Renaissance person.
Altschuler says that Martha Stewart Living,
which explores cooking, entertaining, gardening, decorating, organizing,
and other home activities, has been especially relevant since the September
2001 tragedies. People are spending more time at home with their
families, she observes. Theyre eating in, and theyre
making things that mean something to them. They realize that life is short,
so lets take care of what weve got.
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Inventor Ivan Yaeger Is a Patent Success
other students were submitting moldy cucumbers and papier-mâché
volcanoes to the seventh grade science fair, Ivan Yaeger (B.B.A. 88)
was researching the plausibility of bionic limbs. Five years later he
actually created a functional, electrically powered prosthetic arm, for
which he received his first of numerous U.S. patents.
as a child by the 1970s action show The Six Million Dollar Man,
Yaeger became fascinated with prosthetics, as well as with the process
of inventing and patenting. Today, Yaeger runs a trio of ventures under
the umbrella of The Yaeger Companies.
Yaeger Innovative Products Corporation specializes
in the development of products, copyrights, patents, and trademarks. The
Yaeger Clinic, Inc., founded by his father and late grandfatherboth
physicians, specializes in family, chiropractic, and naturopathic medicine.
The Yaeger Foundation, Inc., offers hands-on invention and entrepreneurial
workshops, medical scholarships, internships, and affordable inner-city
health care. The nonprofit foundations Yaeger Prosthetic Arm Program
recently fitted an 11-year-old girl with a unique pair of prosthetic arms
that respond to the wearers nerve impulses.
Yaeger says that the patent process is complex but
manageable, even for everyday folks tinkering in their garage or at their
kitchen table. Obtain the latest information to be sure youre
not going down the wrong track, says Yaeger, who points out that
individuals can complete the patent application process for under $1,000,
but that the process can be lengthy. You really have to believe
in what youre doing.
Recently honored by the United States Patent and
Trademark Office for his achievements as an inventor, entrepreneur, and
humanitarian, Yaeger credits much of his success to his father, who remains
actively involved in The Yaeger Companies. He taught me all the
basics about working with mechanical devices and tools. Hes always
been a mentor to me and has always supported my endeavors.
To thank him, Yaeger recently bought his father
a Mercedes. I wanted to give him a little something to put a smile
on his face. And it worked. Hes still in shock. It was a great moment.
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Barry Waldman Is Master of Movie Magic
Waldman has a reputation for getting things done. Big things. As the executive
producer/unit production manager for international blockbuster films like
Pearl Harbor, Gone in 60 Seconds, Armageddon, The
Rock, and Batman and Robin, Waldman (A.B. 85) is responsible
for all the logistical arrangements that make the movie magic happen.
my job is to run the movie process, to handle all the details from helping
choose the locations to hiring crew and managing expenses, as well as
working with the director to achieve his creative vision, explains
The process can be grueling. He had less than a
month to plan and arrange the filming of the meteoric annihilation of
France for Armageddon. For Pearl Harbor, he had to find
and ship a dozen World War II-era aircraft by barge from Los Angeles to
Hawaiidespite a typhoon that could have caused a weeks delay.
For his newest movie, Down & Under (scheduled for release this
summer), he had to find a way to make Sydney, Australia, look like Brooklyn,
The motto I live by is, Failure is not
an option, he says. You have to have a back-up plan
B, C, Dwhatever it takes.
That has created a unique niche for my career.
I really enjoy the challenges and the pace of making these big movies,
making crucial decisions 14 hours a day that impact 1,400 people and a
multimillion dollar budget, says Waldman, whos come a long
way from his early career, producing low-budget horror movies in the back
streets of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
He credits his ability to juggle both the creative
and managerial aspects of film production to the experience he gained
while working as a teaching assistant for Ralph Clemente in the School
At the heart of it all is people, he
says. There are so many people who come together to make a movie,
and Ive been extremely fortunate to work with some very talented
filmmakers. Im proud if I have been able to provide the tools to
make their vision become reality. Ultimately, we want to make a movie
that people enjoy.
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Alan A. Rosen, B.S.
49, is retired and enjoying life with his wife, Eleanor, in Boca
Raton, Florida. He remains active as treasurer for the American Association
of Retired Dentists.
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Alexander Boch, A.B.
50, M.A. 55, an adjunct professor of English-as-Second-Language
at Northern Essex Community College in Massachusetts, received the colleges
Employee Recognition Award. Boch, who attended his 50th reunion at the
University of Miami in 2000, has one son and three grandchildren. Fluent
in four languages, he enjoys writing poetry in English and Spanish.
Alan M. Solomon,
B.B.A. 54, LL.B. 55, retired from active practice at Solomon,
Krupnikoff & Wyskiel, P.C. and was named Of Counsel to the firm, specializing
in litigation. He and his wife, Sheila
White, B.Ed. 63, have three children,
Keith, Kerry, and Kim, and reside in Florida, Connecticut, and Vermont.
Edward A. Robin,
B.S.E.E. 57, senior vice president of New York City-based Twisted
Pair Group, Ltd., has founded Alliance America, a nonprofit organization
that assists municipalities with physical and information technology security
issues and systems.
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Michael Z. Brenan,
A.B. 60, was inducted into the University of Miami Society of Founders
and was honored with the dedication of the Mike M.Z. Brenan
conference room in the James W. McLamore Executive Education Center at
the School of Business Administration.
William F. Vitulli,
B.S. 61, M.S. 63, Ph.D. 66, has retired after 36 years
as a professor and researcher in the Department of Psychology at the University
of South Alabama.
Leonard Ray Teel,
A.B. 62, M.A. 74, is a professor in the Department of Communication
and director of the Center for International Media Education at Georgia
State University. His biography of famed journalist Ralph Emerson McGill
was published recently by the University of Tennessee Press.
A.B. 64, president of the prominent eponymous Miami public relations
firm, has been named the new president of the Barry University Alumni
B.B.A. 65, formerly with Coopers & Lybrand CPAs and after 26
years as chief financial officer of Bonacker & Leigh, Inc., has retired
to establish part-time CPA practice in Fort McCoy, Florida.
R. Christopher Walton,
A.B. 65, retired to Litchfield Hills in Connecticut following a
fund development career that included raising $400 million for hospitals,
colleges, and social agencies in 20 states and five countries. Walton
served in the Marine Corps, did graduate work at Harvard University, and
was the subject of a cover article in Fund Raising Management Magazine.
He and his wife, Anna, have two daughters, one son, and four grandchildren.
B.B.A. 66, is president of Joseph Angeleri, Inc., a Sarasota-based
remodeling company that was named to the Big 50 list for 2001 by Remodeling
magazine. He also has been chairman of the Florida Home Builders Association
Remodelers Council; president of the Home Builders Association of Sarasota
County; founder and past chairman of the Home Builders Association of
Sarasota County Remodelers Council; and the 1995-96 Remodeler of the Year
for the Florida Home Builders Association.
Ronald G. Pantello,
A.B. 66, chairman and cofounder of Lally McFarland & Pantello
EURO RSCG, has been named the 2001 Advertising Person of the Year by Med
Ad News, a leading pharmaceutical trade publication. Pantello also
has been appointed co-chairman of EURO RSCG Healthcare Worldwide, the
third-largest healthcare network in the world.
Catharine Guberman Schauer,
B.Ed. 67, is on an intergovernmental assignment from NASA as a professor
at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.
B.S. 67, president of A Center for Dermatology, P.A. in Hollywood,
Florida, is the dermatology residency training program director for Nova
Southeastern University and the North Broward Hospital District. He also
is an associate clinical professor of dermatology at Nova Southeastern
B.M. 69, M.Ed. 73, is the founder of RESULTS, an international
anti-hunger lobby, and the author of Reclaiming Our Democracy: Healing
the Break Between People and Government. He also contributed an essay
on activism to the book Imagine: What America Could Be in the 21st
Century. Currently Daley-Harris is director of the Microcredit Summit
Campaign, an effort to reach 100 million of the worlds poorest families
with microcredit and other financial services by 2005. He and his wife,
Shannon, recently announced the birth of their second child.
Roy Black, J.D. 70,
with wife Lea and TMG Productions, helped raise $200,000 for rehabilitated
juvenile delinquents at a Miami Beach benefit for ICARE Bay Point Schools
Rick Bischoff, J.D.
71, M.S. 72, serves on the board of directors of Commercial
Bank of Florida, GoCruiseDirect.com, the Marine Council of Miami, and
the Volvo Ocean Race Miami, Inc. His law firm, Bischoff & Associates,
P.A., is located in Coral Gables, Florida. He has three sons.
Scott Saulson, M.A.
71, serves as rabbi for the Congregation Rodeph Sholom of Rome,
Georgia; dean of the Introduction to Judaism Cooperative for the Atlanta
Rabbinical Association; spiritual leader for Congregation Shema Yisrael;
and chaplain for Atlantas Jewish Family and Career Services. He
also is a member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlantas Community
Relations Council, the Weinstvein Hospice Ethics Committee, and the Metro
Atlanta Chaplains Association.
David B. Miller,
M.S. 72, Ph.D 73, a professor of psychology at the University
of Connecticut, has received the 2001 Best of StorrsBest Professor
award. He designed and maintains his departments Web site and serves
at editor-in-chief for Bird Behavior. In his spare time he plays
rhythm guitar and does vocals in an all-faculty rock band, Off Yer Rockers.
Donn B. Harnick,
B.S. 73, is a plastic surgeon in private practice in New York City.
Carlos E. Stincer,
M.D. 73, has been elected president for 2002 of the medical staff
at Mercy Hospital in Miami.
Roy Elterman, M.D.
74, a physician at Dallas Pediatric Neurology Associates at Medical
City Dallas Hospital, has been honored by The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater
North Texas for his work in the field of pediatric neurology. Elterman
is a cofounder of the Child Neurology Foundation and a clinical associate
professor of neurology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical
Center in Dallas. He resides in Dallas with his wife and three children.
Barbara A. (Brumme) Garwood,
A.B. 74, served in the United States Air Force and the U.S. Air
Force Reserves from 1975 to 1991. She has been a pilot for American Airlines
since 1987 and is a captain on MD-80 aircraft. With her husband and fellow
pilot, Tracy Garwood, she has two children.
Larry Greene, A.B.
74, recently received an Emmy for news coverage in Los Angeles,
Juan A. Ruiz, B.S.
74, Ph.D. 86, M.B.A. 91, is the director of bioanalytical
development at Transkaryotic Therapies, Inc., in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
His work involves gene therapy in patients with hemophilia A and enzyme
replacement therapy for rare lysosomal storage diseases.
Joel Schackne, M.B.A.
74, has been selected as a faculty consultant to the College Boards
Advanced Placement Statistics Reading at the University of Nebraska. For
31 years, he taught high school mathematics and secondary gifted courses
B.S. 75, associate professor in the Department of Natural Sciences
at Miami-Dade Community College, has been awarded the Louis Wolfson II
Endowed Teaching Chair, which recognizes excellence in teaching and instruction.
Carl Ritter, B.B.A.
75, was selected as the lead contracting officer on the Patriot
Missile Program at the NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency in Capellen,
Raymond Angelo Belliotti,
M.A. 76, Ph.D. 77, recently published What is the Meaning
of Human Life?, a book that addresses the relationship between life
and religion. He also is the author of Justifying Law (1992),
Good Sex (1993), Seeking Identity (1995), and Stalking Nietzsche
(1998). Belliotti is the Distinguished Teaching Professor of Philosophy,
State University of New York at Fredonia.
Martin E. Levine,
B.B.A. 76, was named president and CEO of Estate Preservation Services
L.L.C., a wholly owned subsidiary of the New York financial, tax, and
investment planning firm Clarfeld Financial Advisors. He also is the author
of Widows Survival Guide, a self-help financial guide for
the newly widowed.
Timothy B. Bringardner,
B.S. 77, completed the 2001 Boston Marathon. He lives in Gettysburg,
James B. Jones, M.S.
77, has retired as senior deputy assistant director after 30 years
of employment with the United States Department of Justice. He resides
in Warrenton, Virginia.
Patty Kirsch, B.S.Ed.
79, M.S.Ed. 80, a Palm Beach County Schools teacher for 15
years, was named the Florida Association of Science Teachers High School
Science Teacher of the Year for the State of Florida. She is currently
pursuing an Ed.D. at the University of Miami.
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David P. Frankel,
J.D. 80, was selected to serve on the board of directors of Friends
of Slovakia, Inc., a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve
relations between the United States and the Slovak Republic. From 1991
to 1995, he worked in the former Czechoslovakia and the Slovak Republic
helping to develop those countries antitrust laws and to privatize
the Slovak economy. He is now a staff attorney with the Federal Trade
Commission in Washington, D.C.
Daniel Adams, M.M.
81, has been promoted to full professor at Texas Southern University.
He has been a member of the music faculty in the Department of Fine Arts
at TSU since 1988.
Absalom Agwona Madiavale,
M.B.A. 81, cofounded a consulting firm, Wema Consultants, in Nairobi,
Kevin Emas, J.D.
82, has been appointed to the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial
Circuit of Florida by Governor Jeb Bush. He resides in Kendall, Florida,
with his wife, Marilyn, who is the director of major gifts for the University
of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. They have three children.
Sue (Mathisen) Steele,
M.B.A. 82, was named vice president of Industrial Services at BE&K,
an international engineering and construction company in Birmingham, Alabama.
She also serves on the Birmingham Urban League Board of Directors.
Caryn Sukolsky Hackett,
A.B. 83, recently joined the Palm Beach, Florida, regional staff
as development director for the Anti-Defamation League.
Debbie E. Schechter,
A.B. 83, B.S. 83, was named director of marketing for Project
Tomorrow, a nonprofit educational foundation for the advancement of science
education in the Orange County School System. She serves as the University
of Miami Alumni Club president for the Los Angeles/Orange County group,
following in her fathers (John
Bozanic, B.S.E.E. 58) footsteps. She lives
in Huntington Beach, California, with her two children.
Linda Singer Stein,
B.B.A. 83, J.D. 86, was reelected to her third term in office
as a Miami-Dade County Court Judge. She also serves as associate administrative
judge of the North Dade Justice Center. She and husband Craig have three
Suzanne Jean Higgins,
A.B. 84, is the director of advocacy and community relations at
Fort Lauderdales Covenant House of Florida, a 104-bed shelter for
runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth. She has helped raise more than $1
million serving as liaison for the Young Professionals for Covenant House.
She also has served as president of the Broward County Alumni Association
and the University of Miami Broward Womens Guild, and is now in
her fourth term on the University of Miami National Alumni Association
Barbara L. Kornblau,
J.D. 84, resides in Miami and recently began a three-year term as
president of the American Occupational Therapy Association. In addition
to running her own law office, she is a professor in the Department of
Occupational Therapy and Public Health at Nova Southeastern University.
Scott B. Saul, A.B.
84, J.D. 87, has had his own law firm in South Florida since
1991, following a four-year stint as a prosecutor in the Miami-Dade County
State Attorneys Office under the tutelage of former U.S. Attorney
General Janet Reno. Saul and his wife of 14 years (a Florida Gator) have
four children and are celebrating the Bar Mitzvah of their oldest son.
Gary Davidson, B.S.
85, CEO of Sonakali Gardens and Zoological Preserve in Round Rock,
Texas, was selected to receive the Presidents Points of Light Award,
recognizing outstanding volunteer service to the community. He received
a signed certificate from former president George Bush, Sr., who established
the award in 1990.
Joanne Gelfand, J.D.
85, a former editor of the University of Miami Law Review,
serves as Of Counsel in the Boca Raton office of Akerman Senterfitt, practicing
in creditors rights and bankruptcy. She is a member of the Florida
Bar, the New York Bar, and the District of Columbia Bar.
Ervin A. Gonzalez,
J.D. 85, was recently elected to the 11th Circuit, Seat Three of
the Florida Bar Board of Governors. He also was ranked number one in Miami-Dade
County and Broward County jury verdicts for 2000 by Florida Jury Verdict
Reporter and the Daily Business Review. He has served as president
of the Dade County Bar Association and the Dade County Trial Lawyers Association,
and is an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law.
Maria Sammarco, B.S.
85, is a partner in Family Physicians of Gahanna, where she practices
family medicine. She recently adopted a 6-year-old boy from Vladimir,
Donna Ballman, J.D.
86, a Fort Lauderdale attorney specializing in employment law, has
been named one of the Top Lawyers in South Florida by South Florida Legal
Guide for 2001-02.
J.D. 86, a partner in the Fort Lauderdale law office of Stephens,
Lynn, Klein, LaCava, Hoffman & Puya, P.A., was named a First
Lady of Broward County.
George Jiha, B.F.A.
87, is a Miami-based filmmaker who recently completed production
of his first feature film, A Sensible Obsession. He also is president
of the newly formed production and distribution company, Harvest Entertainment.
Christopher H. Scherer,
B.M. 87, is the editor of BE Radio magazine, a trade publication
that covers broadcast engineering. He is chairman of the national Certification
Committee of the Society of Broadcast Engineers. He resides in Overland
George A. Pincus,
J.D. 88, senior counsel for Proskauer Rose L.L.P. of Boca Raton,
has received the National Association of Industrial Office Properties
South Florida Chapters Individual Member of the Year award. The
association represents members of the commercial real estate industry.
Scott J. Stone, M.B.A.
88, has joined the Walt Disney Company as group marketing manager
for groups and conventions at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Syed Saulat Hussain,
B.S. 89, is a senior marketing manager for Infineon Technologies
in San Jose, California. He resides in Silicon Valley with his wife and
Jessica Katz Jameson,
B.S.C. 89, received her Ph.D. from Temple University and has been
an assistant professor of communication at North Carolina State University
since fall 1999.
Randy Shannon, B.G.S.
89, defensive coordinator for the Hurricanes football team, received
the Mentorship Award at the first annual Athletes for Academics awards
ceremony, sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Center
for Research on Sport in Society. Shannon, a former Hurricanes linebacker,
was a member of the 1987 National Championship team.
John A. Xanthopoulos,
M.A. 89, is associate professor of education at the University of
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Sally Goldberg, Ph.D.
90, a parenting specialist with expertise in the first three to
five years of development, is a full-time author. Her two most recent
book releases are Baby and Toddler Learning Fun, published by Perseus
Books, and Constructive Parenting, published by Allyn & Bacon.
Rick Staveley, B.B.A.
90, M.B.A. 96, recently founded Prosperity Advisory Services
to provide strategic and tactical management solutions to small and mid-sized
businesses. He formerly had worked with Equitrac Corp. in Coral Gables,
Florida, as senior vice president and CFO.
Margaret A. (Peggy) Burkhardt,
Ph.D. 91, a holistic nurse for over 20 years, is director of Healing
Matters, co-education director at the Rivers & Bridges Consortium
of the West Virginia Rural Health Education Partnerships, and a family
nurse practitioner at Gulf Family Practice. Named the American Holistic
Nurses Association 1999 Holistic Nurse of the Year, she has completed
her second book, Spirituality: Living Our Connectedness, published
by Delmar. She resides in Beckley, West Virginia, with her husband, Joe
Michael C. Gongora,
B.S.C. 91, J.D. 94, opened his own law firm in Miami Beach,
practicing family law and commercial litigation. He also is president
of the Miami Beach Latin Chamber of Commerce, legal advisor to the Latin
Chamber of Commerce of the U.S.A., and an officer on the Miami Beach Bar
Michael LaRosa, M.A.
91, Ph.D. 95, is assistant professor of history at Rhodes
College in Memphis, Tennessee.
Mohamed I. Bakarr,
M.S. 92, resides in Greenbelt, Maryland, and works as director of
projects for the Center of Applied Biodiversity Science at Conservation
International in Washington, D.C.
Lea Salama DiMitri,
B.B.A. 92, J.D. 95, practices business and family U.S. immigration
and nationality law at Larry J. Behar, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
She and her husband, Ricardo, recently had a baby girl.
Andrea K. Pent, M.Ed.
92, is the coordinator of sport management at Winthrop University
in Rock Hill, South Carolina. She received her Ph.D. in Sport Management
from Florida State University in 1999.
Daniel L. Segal,
Ph.D. 92, and Cindy B. Kamilar,
Ph.D. 93, recently had a daughter. Cindy is a psychology professor
at Pikes Peak Community College, and Dan is an associate professor of
psychology at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
Clay Stafford, M.F.A.
92, resides in Franklin, Tennessee, and has authored ten childrens
novels based on classic works.
B.B.A. 93, M.B.A. 95, and Frank
Diaz, B.B.A. 98, announce the birth of
Sofia Isabel. They reside in Miami Lakes, Florida.
Melissa Brod, M.A.
93, has been named vice president, national accounts manager for
the United States Tax Division. She resides in New York City.
Jennie Klein, B.M.
93, is an actor and voice-over artist in the South Florida area,
primarily through her own company, Jenniebug Productions. She also manages
a local jazz duo, Jazz By 2, and is the production coordinator for Civins
Productions, a Fort Lauderdale film and video company. Klein volunteers
her spare time as a Live Reader for the WLRN Radio Reading Service, a
tutor for students at Oakland Park Elementary, and a member of Hands On
Miami. She also is working on the Janet Reno campaign for governor.
M.A. 93, is the managing editor of the South Florida Business
M.M. 93, spent the last six years working as a chief purser for
two cruise lines. She and her husband, Roy Yates, now reside in Fort Lauderdale,
Florida, and operate Openwide International USA, specializing in instrumental
and vocal placements in the cruise industry.
Craig Sherman, A.B.
93, lives in Los Angeles, California, and recently sold his first
screenplay, New Suit. The film is a comedy based loosely on Hans
Christian Andersens The Emperors New Clothes, and it
is being produced as a feature film by Trillion Entertainment.
Elsa E. Waite, B.B.A.
93, J.D. 96, has joined the law firm of Bobo, Spicer, Ciotoli,
Fulford, Bocchino, Romaguera & Shomo, P.A. in North Palm Beach, Florida,
as an associate. She also is a board member of Girls II Women, a not-for-profit
organization dedicated to mentoring young women.
Daniel P. Ferris,
M.S.Ed. 94, is an assistant professor at the University of Michigan
in the departments of movement science and biomedical engineering.
Nikolas J. Korba,
B.S.C. 94, has accepted a position as a staff pastor at the Miami
Vineyard Community Church.
Debra Rodman Ruiz,
B.S. 94, M.A. 98, is a Ph.D. student in cultural anthropology
at the University of Florida. She is working in Guatemala on her doctoral
dissertation project and recently became a Fulbright scholar.
Julie Beth Shaw,
B.S.N. 94, of South Miami has joined Aeromed Flight Team following
several years in pediatric critical care at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Scott Carter, B.B.A.
95, J.D. 99, and Cristie
Pecoraro Carter, B.S. 95, announce the
birth of a new Hurricane, Sophia Rose Carter. Scott is an associate at
Nixon Peabody in Boston, and Cristie is pursuing her doctorate in higher
education at Harvard University. Other Canes in the family include
B.S. 97, M.P.H. 00, who works at the CDC in Atlanta, and Cori,
B.S. 00, a third-grade teacher in Miamias well as Scotts
parents, George and Judy.
Michelle A. Delancy,
J.D. 95, a former associate with De la O & Marko, P.A., has
opened delancyhill, P.A., her own law firm in Miamis Brickell district,
with partner Marlon A. Hill.
Carmen Fanego, B.B.A.
95, J.D. 98, was recently named assistant vice president and
associate counsel for TotalBank in Miami. She continues to practice in
commercial transactions and commercial litigation.
Deborah (Stoiloff) Rudolph,
B.B.A. 95, human resources consultant at CIGNA Dental in Plantation,
Florida, announces the birth of her first child, Matthew Alexander Rudolph.
L. Wesley Phillips,
M.A. 96, was named the head football coach at Rowlett Christian
Academy in Rowlett, Texas.
Laura Weinfeld, J.D.
96, and her husband Paul Damski,
M.D. 97, announce the birth of their twin daughters, Julia Sarah
and Maya Hannah. The family resides in Hollywood, Florida.
Gretchen A. Fanconi-Shifflett,
B.S. 97, received her D.V.M. from the Virginia-Maryland Regional
College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2001. She works for a veterinary
practice in Raleigh, North Carolina.
James A. McKenzie,
M.B.A. 97, a financial and retirement plan consultant at Salomon
Smith Barney in Fort Lauderdale, has been promoted to second vice president
Khalid Salaam, A.B.
98, is the director of scouting and management at Page305 modeling
agency. He recently returned to the professional tennis circuit after
spending four years working in Milan, Paris, and Miami.
Jennifer-Joy Sutton McCarthy,
A.B. 98, joined CJ Law Offices in Seoul, Korea, where she will practice
international business, international trade, and corporate law.
Thomas A. Taulbee,
B.B.A. 98, was named director of alumni relations and communications
for Gulliver Schools, a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian day school. A
South Miami resident, he also is an active member in the Greater Miami
Chamber of Commerce, the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, and the Council
for Advancement and Support of Education.
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Kristina Elizabeth Lutchkus,
A.B. 00, is the box office manager for the Sovereign Center for
the Performing Arts in Reading, Pennsylvania.
J.D. 01, is a new associate at Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A.,
a Florida law firm with offices statewide. Based in their West Palm Beach
office, Ferguson specializes in the areas of land use, local government,
and environmental permits. She also works on issues related to the Comprehensive
Everglades Restoration Program.
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