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Emilio Gonzalez Watches over the West

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y job is to make sure that the president’s policy is being carried out in the areas that I’m responsible for,” says Colonel Emilio Gonzalez (Ph.D. ’97), director for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the National Security Council. Gonzalez is the primary consultant for Caribbean and Central American issues, and other concerns, to President George W. Bush and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, who appointed him to the position in 2002.

Gonzalez, “a lifelong Buccaneers fan” who grew up in Tampa after immigrating from Cuba, holds a B.A. in international studies from the University of South Florida (USF) and an M.A. in Latin American studies from Tulane University. His doctoral work at the University of Miami focused on international relations, particularly civil-military relations in El Salvador. “A lot of folks major in something and then do something completely different,” he says. “I’ve been able to live my dream. I’ve always been interested in international affairs. My time in the army has been almost exclusively internationally related, so it has been a crowning achievement for me to serve the president.”

Gonzalez, a former West Point Academy instructor, assistant defense attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, and special assistant to the commanders in chief at the Department of Defense’s U.S. Southern Command, began his military career when he joined the ROTC at USF. “It was strictly a fun thing to do,” he recalls. “It’s very structured, and it actually helped me in my studies too.”

Although neither of Gonzalez’s two college-age daughters is considering a military career, “I would have supported it,” he says. “We moved around a lot and the fun probably wore out several years ago.”

Not surprisingly, Gonzalez urges young people to consider the military. “Even if it’s not for a career, the military is a life-changing experience, whether you’re in for two years or 20 years. It’s an opportunity to test yourself and to serve your nation.”

— Leonard Nash

Katie Pettibone Is Ready for Her Second Wind

K
atie Pettibone (B.S. ’96) was a junior studying marine science at the University of Miami when she decided to try out for the 1994-95 America’s Cup. With no professional experience but a childhood spent sailing on Lake Huron, she beat out 700 other applicants and became one of 25 ultimately selected to race.

“I never in my life had such a feeling of jubilation,” she recalls.

It was her official segue into professional sailing, but after the event she did what few career athletes do; she completed her degree. Balancing class work with her sport was not easy, but her professors were always very accommodating to her schedule. “This is one of the reasons I love the University of Miami so much,” she says.

A year after graduation, Pettibone earned a spot on EF Education, the only all-female team in the 1997-98 Whitbread Round the World Race. This nine-month trek around the world, with nine treacherous stints of up to 40 consecutive days at sea, is considered the pinnacle event in ocean racing. The athletes burn up to 5,000 calories a day in physical exertion.

“The Whitbread is like climbing Mount Everest,” she says. “It’s dangerous. It’s intense. It’s the ultimate adventure and also the ultimate competition.”

A series of challenges, including a broken mast, put EF Education in last place. Pettibone gave it another go in 2001-2002 on Amer Sports Too, again the only all-female crew in the eight-boat marathon renamed the Volvo Ocean Race. Plagued by another broken mast, a defunct water-maker, electrical system failures, and other obstacles, Amer Sports Too fared no better than EF Education. But the high-profile race catapulted Pettibone’s name into the limelight. Though now poised to become the skipper of her own team, Pettibone is considering a career in environmental law. “As I’ve traveled around the world, I’ve seen how bad the oceans are getting,” she notes. “The environmental policies just aren’t there. The oceans are dying.”

Pettibone, who has written for The New York Times and been a commentator for many international sailing events, wants to be an advocate for the oceans. Whether she’ll do it with a degree in law, or as a professional sailor and environmental spokesperson—only the wind can tell.

— Meredith Danton

Tod Aronovitz Restores Faith in the Dignity of Law

T
he O. J. Simpson trial, Judge Judy, and the machinations of television’s fictional lawyers might be entertaining, but they do a harmful disservice to the legal profession, says Miami attorney and Florida Bar president Tod Aronovitz (J.D. ’74).

“Going back to Thomas Jefferson, our legal system is the backbone of our democracy,” notes Aronovitz, head of the Aronovitz Trial Lawyers firm. The legal system is vulnerable to erosion when the public’s mistrust and misunderstanding of it—in large part based on myths perpetrated by popular culture—reaches epidemic proportions, he says.

“We know there are some overzealous attorneys,” Aronovitz adds, but the reality is that less than 1 percent of the Florida Bar’s 71,000 lawyers have legitimate complaints filed against them, and the Bar vigorously prosecutes each one. Another myth: pervasive punitive damage awards. In 28 years of handling complex personal injury cases, he has never had a case go to the jury requesting punitive damages.

The Dignity in Law program, launched in July 2002 with help from rbb Public Relations in Coral Gables, uses the lawyer’s most effective tool—the power of words—to fight these misperceptions and restore much-needed faith in the legal system.

Decidedly not an advertising campaign, Dignity in Law has Aronovitz and other Bar members traveling around the state speaking “openly and plainly to all Floridians about the great work lawyers do every single day.” Information about the program is available on a bilingual, interactive, online newsroom accessed through a link on the Florida Bar’s Web site (www.flabar.org).

A fifth generation Floridian, Aronovitz, 53, grew up with “dynamic, honest lawyers.” His father, the late Sidney Aronovitz, was a respected federal district court judge. His uncle, “Honest Abe” Aronovitz, was mayor of Miami from 1953 to 1955.

Aronovitz proposed Dignity in Law after he was elected Florida Bar president and heard repeatedly from veteran lawyers and judges that the Bar’s most pressing need was to educate the public on how the legal system really works. “I’m the guy who wanted to make a difference,” he says.

— Laurel Kalser

Boyce Rensberger Gives Science to the People

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s a young science journalist, Boyce Rensberger (B.S. ’64) reported on NASA’s Apollo program for the Detroit Free Press and later The New York Times, and in the mid-1970s, he received a one-year fellowship from the Alicia Patterson Foundation to do journalistic research on human evolution and wildlife conservation in East Africa.

Currently, Rensberger is director of the Knight Science Journalism Fellowships at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, codirector of the Science Journalism Program at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory, and a lecturer in MIT’s Graduate Program in Science Writing. Says Rensberger, “A lot of science writing is written to impress other scientists, which leaves readers feeling impressed with the complexity, but detached from the material.”

At the University of Miami, Rensberger changed his major to journalism upon realizing that as a marine biologist, he might spend his entire career studying a single species. As a science journalist and science editor, he has researched countless areas of interest. His highly acclaimed, multipart series on cell biology, which ran in The Washington Post, where he spent 14 years as a science writer and editor, evolved into his 1997 book, Life Itself: Exploring the Realm of the Living Cell. “Some of the higher-level editors thought the series was too technical for a daily paper, but it caused a huge positive reaction from the readers.”

In 1979, Rensberger was head writer and associate producer of 3-2-1 Contact, a 65-episode series produced by the Children’s Television Workshop for PBS. He has since authored four books, contributed chapters to four others, and written dozens of magazine articles. Rensberger also has received numerous honors and grants, most recently the 2003 James T. Grady-James H. Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public, given by the American Chemical Society. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which has twice awarded him its top award for science writing.

Despite his vast knowledge of scientific and technological advancements, Rensberger, who says his next automobile will be an electric-gasoline hybrid, is reluctant to make long-range predictions. “When I was a kid, they said that by the year 2000, we’d all have personal gyrocopters and that we wouldn’t be stuck in traffic anymore.”

— Leonard Nash

Alicia Juarrero Has a Philosophy for Success

S
ince 1975, Alicia Juarrero (A.B. ’69, M.A. ’72, Ph.D. ’78) has taught philosophy, ethics, and logic at Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Maryland. In 1992, Juarrero, who immigrated to the United States from Cuba at age 13, was nominated by President George H. W. Bush to the Advisory Board of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Juarrero’s appointment, which required Senate confirmation, ended in 2000. And in 2002, Juarrero became one of four U.S. Professors of the Year, presented by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

“That sounds so pretentious,” says Juarrero, author and presenter of dozens of academic papers, when asked if she considers herself to be a philosopher. “Aristotle, he was a philosopher,” says Juarrero, whose 1999 book, Dynamics in Action: Intentional Behavior as a Complex System, became the first book by a community college professor to be published by The MIT Press. She insists that academic degrees do not guarantee “philosopher” status. “You should be judged on the quality of your work, either in pedagogy or in scholarly output, rather than the degrees you have earned.” Juarrero points out that Benedict Spinoza was a lens grinder, that John Stuart Mill was a clerk in the East India Company, and that Socrates received public assistance.

For several years, Juarrero has taught a noncredit course at a Maryland retirement community through Prince George’s Continuing Education Division. “It’s a challenge,” she says, “but it’s wonderful.”

Juarrero notes that philosophy majors do well in legal and business careers. “They can think clearly and express themselves clearly,” she says. “Today, everybody talks about critical thinking, but philosophers have been doing this for 2,000 years. If you major in philosophy, or at least take several philosophy courses, you’ll do better on the GRE, the GMAT, the LSAT, Civil Service Entrance Exams, or any of those tests. And if you take a lot of philosophy courses, your grades in other courses will shoot up.”

— Leonard Nash

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1950s
Norman Gewertz, A.B. ’53, has been a production manager and assistant director in the motion picture business for 30 years. He now owns Sunburst Travel, a travel agency for the film industry and general public.

Robert Henin, B.S.C. ’53, a retired U.S. Army captain, is a Guinness World Record holder for the more than 1,000 hotel baggage labels he has collected during the past 40 years from countries around the world.

Richard G. Frow, A.B. ’54, was the head reference librarian for the urban affairs section of the Miami-Dade Public Library System when he retired in 1992. He resides in Ocala, Florida, and is listed in the 2003 edition of Who’s Who in America.

Neno Spagna, A.B. ’54, is an urban planner for the City of Naples. International College honored him recently for helping to establish and plan for the growth of the college, where he is an adjunct professor of public administration and a member of the scholarship committee.

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1960s
Eugene J. Fierro, B.Ed. ’62, J.D. ’67, has been reelected without opposition to the 11th Judicial Circuit in Miami-Dade County, Florida. The University of Miami’s 1999 Alumnus of Distinction, he is secretary of the University’s Alumni Association Board of Directors and a 2002 Miami Beach Senior High School Hall of Fame honoree.

Harvey A. Wagner, B.B.A. ’63, has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer for Mirant Corporation, a Fortune 500 energy company based in Atlanta, Georgia.

Clara McElroy, B.S.N. ’65, runs a home health agency and continuing education company with her husband. They have launched www.CEUonline.org, providing courses for nurses, acupuncturists, nursing home administrators, cosmetologists, and home health aides. She also has participated on a committee to write the curriculum for a massage therapy school in Florida.

Howell Mike Myrick, B.B.A. ’66, is the owner/agent of a State Farm Insurance agency in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Dana P. Blake, B.B.A. ’67, is executive vice president and principal of the Massachusetts-based investment firm, Lighthouse Asset Management.

Lloyd “Junior” Gee, B.Ed. ’67, a former Hurricane varsity basketball player, has been inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. He resides in Naples, Florida.

Trisha Roth, M.D. ’69, has been a pediatrician for 30 years, focusing her Los Angeles-based practice on drugs and alcohol policy, verbal abuse, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. She received the 2002 Susan Laufer Award from SHARE for her contribution to support group awareness.

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1970s
Richard M. Dunn, J.D. ’70, is a partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon, L.L.P. Named by Miami Metro magazine as one of South Florida’s top lawyers and listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2001, he handles complex cases ranging from aviation defense to class actions.

Robin Rothstein, B.Ed. ’70, has retired after 30 years teaching physical education and drivers’ education and coaching baseball, gymnastics, and soccer in the Marion County school system in Central Florida. He now plans to play golf and follow Hurricane sports.

Joe Donato, B.M. ’72, M.M. ’89, is music director of Grace Lutheran School in Miami Springs. He performs live regularly in South Florida and has a CD called For Friends, available at The Museum of Contemporary Art and Blue Note Records in Miami.

Susan Harlan, B.F.A. ’72, M.F.A. ’75, is a professor of art at Portland State University in Oregon. Her paintings appear in countless exhibitions internationally and in the permanent collections of such museums as the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Chicago Institute of Art.

Carl A. Margenau, B.B.A. ’73, was named chief executive officer of Berenfeld, Spritzer, Shechter & Sheer, a full-service accounting and consulting firm in South Florida.

Richard Warren Rappaport, J.D. ’73, is an entertainment attorney and partner in the law firm of Adorno & Yoss.

Carole L. Anderson, A.B. ’74, M.Ed. ’77, was named chair of the newly created Fine Arts Department at Archbishop Carroll High School in Miami, Florida.

Joseph A. Finley, Jr., B.S. ’74, is a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He earned a Ph.D. in education from Lynn University, where he will be an assistant professor upon retiring from the FBI. He resides in Delray Beach, Florida.

David Goodelman, B.B.A. ’74, has been a casino supervisor at the Atlantic City Hilton for 20 years. He lives in Margate, New Jersey, with his wife, 15-year-old son, and an 88-pound poodle named Pepper.

George A. Ingraham, B.M. ’74, is the choral director at Miami Sunset High School. He is listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and has recently earned a master’s degree in computer education.

Robert F. Marble, D.A. ’74, has retired as the lead elementary school counselor for Las Cruces Public Schools in New Mexico. He currently teaches psychology at the Dona Ana Branch Community College at New Mexico State University and is a volunteer tutor in reading and special projects at Highland Elementary School.

William J. Nevins, A.B. ’74, was made a partner in The GEO Companies, a worldwide oil-drilling firm based in Dallas, Texas. He also has established a foundation for abused and abducted children.

Howard J. Shaffer, Ph.D. ’74, associate professor and director of the Division on Addictions at the Harvard Medical School, has been elected a fellow of the American Psychological Association.

William J. Berger, J.D. ’75, was elected judge of the 15th Judicial Circuit, Palm Beach County, Florida.

Eric Buermann, M.B.A. ’75, J.D. ’82, is serving a four-year term as general counsel for the Republican Party of Florida. He recently was elected to the advisory board of the Center for Ethics and Public Service at the University of Miami School of Law.

Robert J. Vartanian, B.B.A. ’75, is the director in charge of the Countrywide Legal Audit Division for Travelers Insurance Company. He recently moved to Connecticut with his wife and three children.

Lewis E. Hassett, B.B.A. ’76, chair of the Insurance and Reinsurance Dispute Group at Morris, Manning & Martin, L.L.P. in Atlanta, has been appointed by Governor Roy Barnes of Georgia to the state’s Commission on Equal Opportunity.

Maggie Smith, M.B.A. ’77, is associate professor for business and computer information systems and interim academic director for business disciplines at the European Division of the University of Maryland University College, which has faculty in more than 14 countries in Europe and the Middle East. She is recently married.

Kenneth R. Benoit, M.M. ’78, is an adjunct instructor of music appreciation at Broward Community College in Florida.

Lawrence J. Fausti, B.S.Ed. ’78, is an assistant professor of reading at Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Florida. In recognition of his commitment to community service, the Points of Light Foundation named him the nation’s volunteer of the day for January 21, 2003.

Cindy Dakin, M.S.N. ’79, is a course coordinator at Northeastern University School of Nursing in Boston, Massachusetts. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in 2001 and lives in Andover, Connecticut, with her husband and four daughters.

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1980s
Andrew Seligman, B.B.A. ’80, is director of project management, responsible for opening new stores at Steve and Barry’s University Sportswear, a national retail company based in Great Neck, New York.

Julie Cohen-Troum, B.M. ’81, is the flute soloist on Light of Dawn, a recent CD released nationally by the Jewish vocal group, Visions. She also provides music programs to four private elementary school in Central Florida, where she resides with her husband and two children.

Claudia L. Reiff, B.S.Ed. ’81, is a personal assistant and head referee at Dory Funk, Jr. Sports Management-The Funking Conservatory, a professional wrestling school in Ocala, Florida. She also referees for wrestling matches around the world.

Jay Kopelman, A.B. ’82, is a major in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is one of more than 10,000 stationed aboard the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln Carrier Battle Group and the U.S.S. Belleau Wood Amphibious Ready Group, deployed to the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf.

Karthik Ramaswamy, B.S. ’82, M.D. ’85, a cardiologist at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, was the first physician in North Carolina to implant the newly approved Medtronic InSync cardiac resynchronization device into a patient. The device uses electrical pulses to help avert heart failure.

Steven Schindler, B.B.A. ’82, has been named principal in the Assurance and Advisory Business Services practice of the financial company Ernst & Young L.L.P. He lives in Cooper City, Florida, with his wife and two sons.

John W. Perloff, B.B.A. ’83, J.D. ’86, a partner at the law firm of Doumar, Allsworth, et al., has been appointed to a three-year term on the Quality of Life and Career Committee of The Florida Bar.

Steve Boyer, A.B. ’84, assistant news director for WPBF-TV 25 in West Palm Beach, Florida, has received fellowships from the Carole Kneeland Project for Responsible Journalism, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and the Towards a More Perfect Union Diversity Project.

Lori Santiesteban Farmer, B.S.N. ’84, is among the first 13 nurses in the nation to receive the new Advance Practice Nurse in Genetics credential from the International Society of Nurses in Genetics. She practices at the Carolina Center for Perinatal and Genetic Counseling at Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Victoria Noriega, A.B. ’84, M.S. ’91, Ph.D. ’94, is director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami.

Lou Romig, M.D. ’84, is the pediatric emergency medicine attending physician and the Emergency Medical Service liaison at Miami Children’s Hospital. He also is the pediatric medical advisor to the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department. He received the 2000 Friend to EMS award from the State of Florida’s EMS Bureau and the inaugural EMS for Children award in 2001. The JumpSTART Pediatric Multiple Casualty Field Triage Tool, which he invented in 1995, is used by EMS agencies worldwide.

Krishna A. Rao, B.S. ’86, M.D. ’91, is an assistant professor of hematology and oncology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

Sally A. Weiss, M.S.N. ’86, and Diane K. Whitehead, M.S.N. ’86, received the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award for the second edition of their book, Essentials of Nursing Leadership and Management (2001), published by FA Davis. Weiss is associate professor of nursing and Whitehead is nursing department head at Broward Community College, Central Campus, in Davie, Florida.

Carlos J. Giron, B.S. ’87, an interventional pain management physician, is CEO, owner, and medical director of The Macon Pain Center, an ambulatory surgery center for the treatment of pain conditions in Macon, Georgia. He also is executive director of the Georgia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. He and his wife have three sons.

Manuel Martinez, B.B.A. ’87, M.B.A. ’93, is an instructor of modern languages at Denison University in Granville, Ohio.

Gregory Tendrich, J.D. ’87, has opened his own law firm, Gregory Tendrich, P.A., in Boynton Beach, Florida.

Richard Eisen, M.F.A. ’88, is an assistant professor of art at Denison University in Granville, Ohio.

Dan Maxwell, M.S.Ed. ’88, director of student activities at Western Illinois University, has been elected president of the Association of College Unions International, an organization of union and activities professionals from more than 1,000 schools.

Sandra Jill (Gross) Pennecke, B.S.C. ’88, is a freelance correspondent for The Virginian-Pilot, the largest circulation newspaper in the state of Virginia.

Andrew Shipe, A.B. ’88, Ph.D. ’98, won Teacher of the Year at Pompano Beach High School in Pompano Beach, Florida. He is married to Elizabeth Capperi Shipe, A.B. ’87, and they have two children.

Alan S. Apte, A.B. ’89, was elected circuit court judge for Orange and Osceola Counties in Florida.

Deborah Jo Giehl-Cadorette, M.S.Ed. ’89, is coordinator of coaching education at Clemson University School of Education in South Carolina. Previously, she was a teacher, coach, athletic director, and administrator at the Broward County School Board in Florida. She lives in South Carolina with her husband, son, and a Labrador named Hurricane.

Daniel (Horowitz) Hayes, B.B.A. ’89, is a partner at an entertainment law firm in Santa Monica, California. Musical groups Linkin Park, Tool, and Everclear are among the firm’s most notable clients.

Melissa Smith Levine, J.D. ’89, was appointed curator for The World Bank Art Program in Washington, D.C., after serving six years as counsel to the National Digital Library Program at the Library of Congress.

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1990s
Cindy (Hobson) Contreras, M.S. ’90, and husband Mike announce the birth of their son, Noah Anthony, new brother to 3-year-old Elizabeth. The family resides in San Marcos, Texas, where Cindy is a water quality coordinator for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Trent Hershenson, A.B. ’90, has been named senior product manager of the entire Disney line at THQ, Inc., a video game publishing company. He resides in Santa Monica, California.

Jesus G. Jimenez, B.S. ’91, M.D. ’95, is a vascular and general surgeon in Boynton Beach, Florida. He has two children, ages 1 and 3.

Alexander Reus, LL.M. ’91, J.D. ’93, is a partner and chair of European Practice for Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. in Miami.

Tomas “Frank” Castillo, M.S.Ed. ’92, is an inspector/instructor at the North Carolina Department of Labor, Bureau of Agricultural Safety and Health. He surveys statewide compliance with the Migrant Housing Act of 1987 and instructs migrant farm workers on a variety of occupational and health-related topics. He resides with his wife and three children.

Julie Longo Hansz, B.B.A. ’92, has given birth to a baby boy. She resides in Houston, Texas, where she is an organizational development leader at energy provider Reliant Resources.

Carmen Diaz Mariscal, B.B.A. ’92, M.B.A. ’95, is the chief financial officer of Two Connect, a minority-owned, Florida-based information technology company established in 1995.

Jennifer Burgess-Solomon, J.D. ’93, was named deputy regional attorney in the Miami Resident Office of the National Labor Relations Board, the federal agency that investigates and remedies unfair labor practices. She lives in Miami with her husband and 15-year-old son.

David D. Libenson, M.B.A. ’93, is the director general of Hospital Santa Engracia in Monterrey, Mexico.

Sean Reid, B.S. ’93, and wife Robin have launched a nonprofit organization to raise awareness of the dangers of Group B Strep (GBS), the No. 1 killer of newborns in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. For more information, visit the Web site at www.allisonhugs.org.

Jorge Saade-Scaff, B.M. ’93, is the cultural and press attaché of the Ecuadorian Embassy in Washington, D.C., the cultural representative of Ecuador to the Organization of the American States, and artistic director and professor of violin at the Institute of Musical Arts at the Catholic University of America. He also was honored in 2002 as a Commander of the National Merritt Order, the highest decoration given by the government of Ecuador.

Kimberly Cornell-McWatt, B.S. ’94, is a special projects producer at KCAL-9 News in Los Angeles, California. She is a three-time Emmy award winner for stories ranging from organ transplants to the AIDS epidemic in Africa.

Daniel Fine, B.S. ’94, a former member of the University of Miami rowing team who died from melanoma in 1998, was issued a patent posthumously by the Federal Government for a cleaning chemical used in semiconductor manufacturing. His parents, Steve and Gail Fine, have established the Melanoma Education Foundation (www.skincheck.org) to warn others about the dangers of the disease that took Dan’s life.

Lawrence H. Kolin, J.D. ’94, received The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Legal Aid Public Service Award for his contributions to those in need of free legal services. He practices with Alvarez, Sambol, Winthrop & Madison, P.A. in Orlando.

Sean Murphy, A.B. ’94, is a financial consultant for Solomon Smith Barney in Orlando, Florida. He also is chairman of the Board of Governors for the African American Chamber of Commerce, an executive board member of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission, and serves on the Orlando Regional Chamber Board of Governors.

Tiffany Woodruff-Hubler, B.S.C. ’94, is the assistant promotion manager at CBS-5 in Phoenix, Arizona. She is a three-time Emmy award winner for new promotion.

Paul D. Diaz, A.B. ’95, is president of Prosar Technologies L.L.C., supplier of marine and aviation search and rescue products. He resides in Orlando, Florida.

Gregory D. LoGerfo, A.B. ’95, is a diplomat for the U.S. Department of State, serving in the Political Section of the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan, as a staff assistant to the ambassador.

Andrew P. Manista, B.M. ’96, is recently married and is completing his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

Andrew P. O’Halloran, B.S. ’96, M.B.A. ’98, was awarded the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Sam Stephenson, J.D. ’96, is a captain in the Maritime Academy at Texas A&M University at Galveston. He is the master of training ship Texas Clipper II, and is a maritime expert witness. En route to Norway last summer, Captain Stephenson and crew placed a wreath over the site of the Titanic in the North Atlantic.

Doyle N. Beneby, Jr., M.B.A. ’97, has been promoted to site business manager at the Karn/Weadock Electric Generating Complex of Consumers Energy. The utility company provides natural gas and electricity to residents of Michigan.

Warren Bloom, M.M. ’97, is a second-year composer/lyricist for the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop in Manhattan. He also is the acting director of instrumental music at Talent Unlimited High School and the musical director of Minimum Wage, a musical that received rave reviews at the 2002 New York City International Fringe Festival. He is pursuing a master’s degree in music education at Hunter College, City University of New York.

Kathleen M. Colegrove, B.S. ’97, received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She is pursuing a residency in pathology at the University of California, Davis.

Jennifer Klein, A.B. ’97, is teaching middle school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She recently earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Patricia Larrieu Briones, B.S.N. ’98, works in the orthopaedic oncology department at the University of Miami. She gave birth to twin baby girls.

Karen Kuskin, B.S.N. ’98, graduated cum laude from Stetson University College of Law. She and husband Robert announce the birth of their son, Wesley Alexander.

John P. Rutledge, LL.M. ’98, is the chief executive officer, general counsel, and principal investor for Dead End Street, L.L.C., an integrated publishing and motion picture production company in Hoquiam, Washington. The firm has just signed a deal to produce the film, A Little Lower Than Angels.

Susan Martin, B.S.N. ’99, delivered more than 100 babies in her first year as a nurse midwife at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center. She was honored as the student presenter at the Wyeth Pharmaceuticals 2000 annual meeting.

Robert P. Quealy, B.B.A. ’99, vice president of Quealy and Son Funeral Home in Abington, Massachusetts, passed both national and state board exams in funeral directing. He is newly married and expecting his first child.

Michael Scotti, B.B.A. ’99, is a platoon commander in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was one of the first soldiers to arrive in Afghanistan after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

2000s
Eric R. Carlson, M.D. ’00, was appointed professor and chairman of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine.

Jamie Conviser, B.M. ’01, was appointed production assistant at Walt Disney World Company, in the entertainment music department.

Yaphett Kashif Powell, J.D. ’01, is an entertainment lawyer in the Los Angeles office of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, L.L.P. He also is the owner of North*Star Entertainment, an independent record label and production company with operations in Los Angeles, California.

Jing-Jing M. Cardona, M.D. ’02, was promoted to lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserves. She is on duty at Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida.

Tamara Kenigsberg, B.S.C. ’02, is account supervisor of Zucker Public Relations, based in Aventura, Florida.

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