Julian Haber, A.B. ’56, M.D. ’61,
received the Texas Gold Key Award from the Learning Abilities Association
of Texas for more than 30
years of service to the organization and to learning-disabled children.
His new book, ADHD: The Great Misdiagnosis, Revised Edition, was released
nationwide by Taylor Publications.
Boris Kozolchyk, J.D. ’59, president of
the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade, has received the
Leonard J. Theberge Award for
Private International Law from the American Bar Association.
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Joseph W. Askren, A.B. ’62,
is semi-retired after 32 years of service at Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers.
He now is a telemarketer for the home office of Senior Life Insurance
Services in Vero Beach, Florida.
Carole Dawn Reinhart, A.B. ’63,
has received the Pioneer Award for “perseverance, professionalism,
and outstanding achievements in performance and musicianship” from
the International Women’s Brass Conference. She also has received
the Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art, presented by the president
Bruce “Murph” Shapiro, B.Ed. ’63, has been promoted to professor
of athletics at Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York. He joined the
college in 1969 and served as athletic director for more than a decade, leading
the college’s 14 athletic teams to regional and national titles.
Jamie S. Barkin, B.B.A. ’65,
M.D. ’70, is professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Gastroenterology
at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami. He delivered the keynote lecture, “Capsule
Endoscopy in Perspective: Evolution from 2001 to 2004,” at the Given
Imaging Company’s third annual International Conference on Capsule
Melvin Barry Greenberg, B.S.E.E. ’66,
M.S. ’68, was awarded the NASA Public Service Medal, one of the highest
honors a nongovernmental employee can receive from the agency. An expert
in computer and electrical safety in human space flight, Greenberg received
the award for his work on space shuttle and International Space Station
systems, which helps improve onboard safety.
Howard J. King III, B.S. ’69,
was appointed director of fisheries service at the Maryland Department
of Natural Resources. He is responsible for a staff of 160 professionals
and an annual budget of $17 million.
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Katrina Campins Is No Apprentice in Business
ntrepreneurs, listen up. Katrina Campins
has an insider’s tip:
You don’t have to conform to the mold to get ahead, especially
if you’re female. The 24-year-old über-realtor from Coral
Gables knows what she’s talking about. This spring, Campins,
B.B.A. ’01, was a contestant on NBC’s The Apprentice, a
reality show by Survivor creator Mark Burnett, where each week participants
faced a series of daunting business challenges, risking a “firing” by
Donald Trump if they lost.
Campins made it to the final six of
16 contestants, leading, in one episode, a team of seven women
to victory against a team of five men,
hawking drinks to patrons of Manhattan’s Hard Rock Café.
While her team received a warning from Trump for using their gender
to win, Campins agrees that some women may feel pressured to act unsuitably
in a “man’s” world. But, she emphasizes, “Most
women don’t realize they have a distinct advantage over men
if they are able to strike the delicate balance between femininity
In real life, it’s Campins’s passion for her profession
that brought her success so quickly. A licensed Florida real estate
agent at 18, she now ranks in the top 3 percent of all realtors nationwide,
handling multimillion-dollar deals for business execs, sports figures,
diplomats, and celebrities. A Miami native, she planned to attend
college in New York, then work on Wall Street. After she caught the
bug, she opted to stay in Miami, one of the best real estate markets
in the country, she says.
UM business professor Larry Fauver,
who taught international finance to Campins and purchased a home
through her, recalls
and polished demeanor. “She pays attention,” Fauver says. “She
asks questions. She’s very attentive to what the customer wants.”
Campins says the education she gained
from The Apprentice was priceless, even though initially she was
hesitant to participate.
As for Trump,
she adds, “He’s phenomenal. He has an unforeseen sense
— Laurel Kalser
Amelia Toural, B.B.A. ’70,
has been promoted to chief accounting officer for the Assurant Group,
a division of the Fortis Company. Headquartered in Atlanta,
Georgia, and Miami, Florida, Assurant Group provides targeted insurance products
to a variety of clients.
Skip Tripoli, A.B. ’70,
has been named partner at Mackenzie Hughes LLP, a leading business law
firm in New York State.
Philip A. Holtsberg, A.B. ’73, M.B.A. ’74, J.D. ’77,
a litigation research consultant for Magnus Research Consultants, Inc., is a
member of the
Florida Bar Association and a research psychologist. He returns to South Florida
from the University of Georgia, where he served as interim director of the Housing
and Demographics Research Center and assistant director of the Gerontology Center.
Bonnie F. Singer, B.F.A. ’73,
is chair of the Florida chapter of Friends of Israel Disabled Veterans. She and
husband Carlos, associate professor of neurology
at the University of Miami, have two sons at the University, Ian and Jeffrey.
H. T. Smith, J.D. ’73, received the Lawyers in Leadership Award from the
University of Miami School of Law Center for Ethics and Public Service. A trial
lawyer and a Vietnam veteran, Smith is the founding president of the Black Lawyers
Association of Miami–Dade County and past president of the National Bar
Association. He also is a new member of the University of Miami Board of Trustees.
Barry M. Cohen, J.D. ’74,
a Palm Beach County judge, received the 2003 Thurgood Marshall Award from the
Malcolm Cunningham Bar Association. The award
honors individuals who have made long-term contributions to the advancement of
civil rights, civil liberties, and human rights in the United States.
Thomas R. Ungleich, M.A. ’74, J.D. ’81,
is the international law attorney at Headquarters U.S. Air Forces Korea, Osan
Air Base, South Korea. He
is responsible for negotiating, drafting, and monitoring compliance of various
agreements involving the U.S. Air Force and Korean government agencies. He also
was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserves.
Drew B. Vella, B.S. ’75, M.A. ’77, M.B.A. ’77,
is a part-time faculty member in the Information Technology program at the University
Las Vegas campus. Previously he lived in Hong Kong for 16 years, where he worked
for Caterpillar Tractor Company before launching his own business. He now lives
in Henderson, Nevada, with wife Minerva and his red 2003 Corvette.
A. Wayne Carter, A.B. ’76,
a working screenwriter in Hollywood for nearly 15 years, has published his adventures
in a trade paperback titled Hollywoodaholic:
Confessions of a Screenwriter. He lives in Orlando, Florida, with his wife Danette
and son Justin.
Robert C. Hickey, B.S. ’77,
a physics teacher at Wayland High School in Massachusetts, was awarded a ten-month
Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator
Fellowship, which he is serving in the Washington, D.C. office of U.S. Senator
Joseph Lieberman. The fellowship, administered by the U.S. Department of Energy
in cooperation with other federal offices and the Triangle Coalition for Science
and Technology Education, offers elementary and secondary mathematics and science
teachers who have demonstrated excellence an opportunity to serve in the public
Janet Lund Leininger, A.B. ’77,
is assistant vice president of Compass Bank in Plano, Texas. She recently married
Danny Marmorstein, M.A. ’77, is a cantor at Congregation Bet Breira in
Miami. He has produced and recorded a CD of the temple’s choir called Choral
Kirk Paul Lafler, B.S. ’78, M.S. ’82,
has written the book Power AOL: A Survival Guide. Published by Apress and distributed
by Springer Verlag,
the book provides step-by-step instructions and visual aides on the numerous
services and features offered by America Online.
Mireya Mayor, M.S.N. ’79, is a resident natural history correspondent for
National Geographic’s Ultimate Explorer series, which airs on Sundays on
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Anthony Atala Is Pioneering Organic Growth
y first responsibility is to my patients,” says Anthony Atala,
A.B. ’82, M.D., an accomplished surgeon and director of the
Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering Institute and chair
of urology at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
“It’s funny how serendipity works,” says Atala,
envision that his medical career would include research. “But
during my training, I saw the potential for using my research to
help patients.” His decision might very well save millions
of lives. Atala has engineered a process for generating fully functional
organs in a laboratory setting. His work has focused primarily
on bladders, which he has successfully implanted into dogs, and
to have similar success with human patients.
“The rejection risk is eliminated because you are creating
new tissue from the patient’s own tissue,” Atala explains,
noting that kidneys and other organs are eventual candidates for
which should cost less than current alternatives.
“If you have a patient with end-stage organ disease of any type, you
would take a small biopsy of tissue, piece it apart, then grow
the individual cell types separately. You grow them in large quantities
in an incubator, then you create a three-dimensional scaffold or
mold onto which you can seat cells. It’s very much like baking
a layer cake.”
So when will Atala—winner of numerous prestigious awards, including
the $100,000 Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation Award and
a spot last year among Scientific American’s top 50 technology
leaders—implant the first artificially grown organ into a human
patient? “We’re just awaiting governmental approval at
this point.” Until then, he devotes 80 hours a week to advancing
each step of the process while balancing the joys and responsibilities
of also being a husband and father.
“Some people point to eureka moments, either with discovery
or accomplishments,” he
notes, “but the fact is that everything we do is long and
laborious before we actually get results. Of course, every time
you get good
results you feel good because you’re one step closer to helping
a patient. And that’s always rewarding.”
J. Austan (Acosta), A.B. ’80, has been
profiled in the 58th edition
of Who’s Who in America. He is director of respiratory care and sleep medicine
at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia.
Duba Leibell, M.F.A. ’80,
is vice president of Miami film company Big Fish/Tall Tales. She recently
won a Sunlight Production Fund Award for excellence in screenwriting
for her script, Johnny Girl, cowritten with Ken Ross from Cyclone Pictures
in New York, New York. Her short film, Sky Above, Heaven
awards from the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival and Palm Springs Festival
and is distributed
on a Best Short Film Collection from Warner Brothers.
Inés R. Triay, B.S. ’80,
Ph.D. ’86, received the Dixy Lee Ray Award from the American Society
of Mechanical Engineers for outstanding scientific, engineering, and
managerial contributions to nuclear waste management. She is manager
of the Carlsbad Field Office of the United States Department of Energy
in New Mexico.
Ramón Manuel Barrera, B.S. ’81,
is an examiner for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Arlington,
Ileana Blanco, A.B. ’81,
trial partner in the Houston office of Bracewell & Patterson, LLP,
was named one of this year’s ten Women on the Move by Texas Executive
Women and the Houston Chronicle. The award recognizes outstanding professional
accomplishments and community activities of women in the Houston area.
Arnold Newman, D.F.A. ’81,
joined the likes of Robert Redford and Meryl Streep, receiving the medal
of Commander in the Order of Arts and Letters from the Cultural Services
of the French Embassy in New York City for his work as a photographer.
The Order of Arts and Letters was established in 1957 to recognize notable
artists and writers and those who have helped further the arts in France
and throughout the world.
Hunting F. Deutsch, M.B.A. ’82,
was promoted to executive vice president of private client and institutional
services for AmSouth Bank in Birmingham, Alabama. He is immediate past
president of the University of Miami Alumni Association.
Robert Tary Kettle, M.B.A. ’82,
and Dorothy Sara Long, A.B. ’87,
MB.A. ’92, married last year, announce the birth of their son, Augustus
John Kettle. They reside in Naples, Florida, and at their Green Plains farm in
Mathews County, Virginia. Tary is founder and president of MasterLink Club Services,
a golf and private club management firm, and Dorothy is president of Adonis Ventures,
Inc., a company that breeds, races, and provides for the adoption of thoroughbred
Meryl S. (Drescher) Starr, B.S.Ed. ’82,
a personal organizer and motivation coach, runs a New York-based company
called Let’s Get Organized. She travels throughout the country
helping clients organize their lives. She is the author of a new book,
The Home Organizing Workbook, a step-by-step guide for reducing household
David Berlind, B.B.A. ’84,
is executive editor of ZDNet, a leading editorial resource that helps
information technology professionals gain an edge in business. ZDNet
is a property of CNET Networks, a global media company informing and
connecting buyers, users, and sellers of technology, consumer electronics,
and gaming products.
He also is the author of the “Reality Check” column, in which he
advocates the use of standards-based technologies. His work has earned him the
President’s Award for Journalism, one of the 2003 Leadership and Service
Awards from the American National Standards Institute.
Deborah Kowall-Wajsblat, A.B. ’84,
ran a talent agency for 15 years, then became a casting director for
film, television, and print. She resides in Whitestone, New York, and
recently was a producer for a film and television pilot.
Gerald J. Noe, Jr.,
B.Arch. ’84, has moved into private practice. His Cincinnati
architectural firm specializes in commercial and industrial facilities
for clients in the automotive, steel processing, heavy manufacturing,
Michael Throne, B.S.A.E ’84, B.S.C.E. ’84,
was appointed city engineer for the City of Benicia, California.
Marilyn Glassberg Csete, M.D. ’85,
assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical
Care, was selected as a Local Legends award winner for her contribution
to the positive image of women in medicine. Nominated
by Florida’s U.S. Senator Bob Graham and Representative Lincoln Diaz-Balart,
she is the only Florida recipient of the national honor this year.
Michael Robin, A.B. ’85,
is the executive producer of The D.A., a new one-hour drama television
series that debuts this season on the ABC Television Network. Robin has
won Emmy Awards for his work as producer of the hit television shows
L.A. Law and NYPD Blue. He received a Golden Globe nomination this year
which airs on F/X Networks.
Corinna Sager, B.F.A. ’85,
and Katja (Kuemmerle) Esson, B.S.C. ’90, produced a short documentary
film called Ferry Tales, which was nominated for
an Academy Award.
Pete McGuinness, B.M. ’86,
is a freelance trombonist in New York City. He co-leads the big band
The New Yorkestra, which is launching its debut CD Urban Soundscapes.
He also is an adjunct professor in jazz studies for New Jersey City
Stephen S. Schaefer, M.B.A. ’86,
has earned financial planner certification as well as the title of
financial planning specialist.
Lisa A. Lee, B.B.A. ’87,
displayed four original photographs in an exhibit
at New York City’s Photo District Gallery.
Phil Langley, B.B.A. ’88,
has become co-president and general partner of
E’lite Eyewear, Inc., of Carrollton, Texas. The company is a leading
provider of magnetic eyewear and polarized sun clips and is the exclusive distributor
of Polaroid brand eyewear in North America.
Joseph W. Rusinowski, Jr., M.B.A. ’88,
a former faculty member in the Division of Physical Therapy at the
University of Miami School of Medicine, has opened Therapeutic Resources,
an independent physical therapy practice in Coconut
Mario Yanez, B.B.A. ’88,
M.B.A. ’89, has received a two-year fellowship from the Environmental
Leadership Program to develop and implement effective environmental
practices. He is director of programs at Citizens for a Better
Brenda Yester, B.B.A. ’89,
vice president of revenue management for Miami-based Carnival Cruise
Lines, has been named to the board of directors for the Make-A-Wish
Foundation of Southern Florida, an organization dedicated to enriching
of children with life-threatening diseases.
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Richard Lyons Enjoys the Fruits of His Labor
you turn on the radio in South Florida and hear your real estate
attorney offering expert advice on the
cultivation of rare flowering
plants and trees, you’re probably listening to Richard W.
Lyons, J.D. ’60. For about five years, Lyons has been an
occasional host of WIOD’s The Garden Show on Sunday mornings. “I
guess I’ve become somewhat of a personality in the garden
culture,” he says.
Since his childhood in Chicago, Lyons,
a trustee and former chairman of the Attorneys’ Title Insurance Fund, has enjoyed “planting
things.” In 1991 his interest in bamboos, palms, fruit trees
such as litchi, jackfruit, and carambola, and all things horticultural
became a second business. During five trips to Japan for intensive
study of Japanese, he developed a passion for the art of bonsai.
When he ran out of space at home, he purchased and cleared ten overgrown
acres in the Redland area of Florida and founded the Richard Lyons
Nursery (www.rarefloweringtrees.com). Acknowledging that few customers
will pay for a “true bonsai,” Lyons changed his focus
to rare flowering trees and plants. “What you see in the
stores, those are just little plants in a pot. A true bonsai requires
of hours and years to perfect. The people who will pay for that
are too few and far between.”
A member of the Rare Flowering Tree Society, the Rare Fruit Council,
the Native Plant Society, and the Palm Society, Lyons has traveled
to Borneo, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Costa Rica to learn about exotic
species. On his future travel agenda are tours of Australia, New
Zealand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand.
a recent grandfather, describes his law firm, Lyons and Smith,
P.A., as “a small boutique firm that specializes in real estate,
with an emphasis on personal attention.” He still enjoys practicing
law some 44 years into his career, but he finds the nursery business
more relaxing. “When you’re practicing law, you often
have to take a very aggressive position, but you don’t have
to do that at the nursery. It’s very peaceful out there.”
— Leonard Nash
Nancy DiStefano-Pulver, M.M. ’90,
is the choral director at Palm Beach Lakes High School in West
Palm Beach, Florida. She was married in February
the Florida Renaissance Festival.
George E. Hunkele, B.S. ’90, a science teacher
at Harborside Middle School in Milford, Connecticut, has achieved National Board
Certification in teaching.
Bertrand “Freddie” Stebbins, B.S.C. ’90,
is a cohost on Get Packing, the Travel Channel’s new reality dating
Tangela Y. Cooke, B.S. ’91,
has published her
first book, Tangible Times, a collection of poems written over a span
of 19 years.
Sandra Garcia Jones, M.S.N. ’91,
an assistant professor at the Florida International University School of Nursing,
has become a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She also has been designated
a distinguished lecturer for 2003 to 2005 by the Association of Nurses in AIDS
Manisha Singh, A.B. ’91,
serves as internal trade counsel to the Republican staff of the United States
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Working for committee chairman Senator
Richard Lugar, she advises on international trade
and economic policy.
Rebecca Hoffman, A.B. ’92,
M.S.Ed. ’94, is director of development for the Institute of Design at
the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. She recently married Dan Pikelny,
director of health and productivity for Navistar.
Michelle (Bereznick-Yaffe) Hollister, B.B.A. ’92,
was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush as executive director of the Statewide Public
Guardianship Office. Housed within the Department of Elder Affairs, the office
assigns local offices to provide guardian services to people who cannot afford
a private guardian.
Craig Langley, B.S.C.E. ’92,
has joined the law firm of Broad and Cassel. An associate in the Orlando office,
he is a member
of the Land Use and Environmental
Sharon Marie Sotiros, B.S.C. ’92,
M.S.Ed. ’95, a teacher at the Kennedy School, was elected to the school
committee in Burlington,
The Objects of
Stephen Althouse’s Expression
rarely bring a camera when I travel,” says Stephen Althouse,
B.F.A. ’70, professor of photography at Barry University in
Miami since 1977 and chairman of the Department of Fine Arts, effective
September 2004. “An exception was when I went to Belgium, but
I did all my photography inside my house,” he says, referring
to his six-month tenure as artist-in-residence at the Museum of Modern
and Contemporary Art in Liège, Belgium, courtesy of a Fulbright
Research Grant. Althouse’s photographs are in museums worldwide,
from Boston to Lima to Tokyo.
“I make assemblages of objects that have some sort of significance
to my life, and then I photograph them with a large-format view camera.” Primitive
swords and arrows and, more recently, gas masks and models of Stealth
Bombers are the kinds of items he uses in his work. “I cover
them up with cloth. It’s not like they’re an obvious
representation of these things.”
Accomplished in darkroom techniques,
Althouse now uses computers and archival inkjet printers to create
his prints. And despite
the meticulous effort involved in the photography, his original
do not survive. “Sometimes I reuse the objects over and over
The farms and industrial areas of Liège reminded Althouse
of Eastern Pennsylvania, the stomping ground of his youth. “I
collected objects that felt like Pennsylvania and Belgium combined—farm
implements, old metal tools, axes, clamps, sheep shears, horse bridles,
horse bits, and rakes, and I wrapped them with cloth I found in the
house. You don’t actually see Belgium in the photographs, but
I’m expressing my experiences and feelings nurtured in Belgium.” The
Fulbright Commission has since donated his 24-image exhibition
to the museum. Barry University recently showed a duplicate exhibit.
Althouse, who has accompanied his students
to the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Madrid, London, and Paris, says
his goal as a professor
is to “encourage students to discover more about themselves,
to allow them the freedom to search for something meaningful, and
to help them find a truly satisfying form of creative visual expression.”
— Leonard Nash
Clay Stafford, M.F.A. ’92, was listed in 2,000
Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century by the International Biographical
Centre in Cambridge, England.
He is president and CEO of American Blackguard, Inc., a Tennessee-based company
that offers development and production support for film and television products.
Amy Troiano, B.S.C. ’92, is vice president of
on-air promotion at the NBC-owned
cable channel Bravo in Los Angeles.
O. Oliver Wragg, J.D. ’92, was appointed to serve
on the Dade County Bar Association Board of Directors. In private practice specializing
injury and wrongful death, he also is the executive editor of The Bulletin, the
monthly publication of the Dade County Bar Association.
Gregg D. Brown, B.B.A. ’93, celebrated the world
premiere of his documentary film, Words, which shows hidden connections of groups
of people, at the 2004
Florida Film Festival.
Alfredo Rodriguez de Villa, B.S.C. ’93, received the Best Latino Director
award from the Directors Guild of America for his two short films, Joe’s
Egg and Neto’s Run. His first feature film, Washington
last year and has received numerous awards from national and international film
festivals. He is now preparing a documentary on groundbreaking Cuban filmmakers
of the 1960s and 1970s. He lives in South Florida.
Adam J. Ball, B.S. ’94,
M.D. ’99, and Cristina Ramirez-Ball, B.F.
M.S.Ed. ’97, announce the birth of daughter Caroline Sofia. Adam is chief
resident of urology at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Andrew H. Chesnick, M.B.A. ’95, was appointed senior vice president of
the Residential Division at the O’Neill Properties Group, L.P., a private
real estate development company headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.
He is responsible for the development of the company’s residential portfolio.
Jason Laeser, A.B. ’95, J.D. ’98, a trial
attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, resides in Northern Virginia with
wife Alyssa. They announce the
recent birth of their son Joshua Samuel.
Ryan Madanick, B.S. ’95, M.D. ’98, was
a contestant on the game show Wheel of Fortune. His overall winnings in cash
and prizes totaled more than $61,000.
Jason A. Sheets, A.B. ’95, M.B.A. ’98,
has been promoted to director of cruises for Travelocity, the second-largest
individual cruise seller in North
Sylvia Torres, A.B. ’95, has completed an internal
medicine residency program at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New
Jersey. She has received a
rheumatology fellowship at Louisiana State University and is engaged to be married.
Geronda V. Carter, J.D. ’96, an attorney practicing
in Atlanta, recently published a collection of poems and inspirational writings
titled Released, A
Poetic Discovery of Spirit, Love, Freedom, and Humanity. She also has a newborn
daughter, Jania Ella.
Sheila Chamberlain, J.D. ’96, a Senate legislative assistant, was awarded
the Tuskegee Airmen Blades award for her personal contributions to the field
of aviation during her military career. The U.S. Army’s first African-American
woman combat intelligence pilot, Chamberlain served on active duty during the
Grenada/Panama Invasion and the Persian Gulf War, with three tours in The Republic
of Korea and Latin America. She is the founder, president, and CEO of the Florida
Keys Gazette newspaper and station manager of LPTV, Inc., in Key West, Florida.
Patience Ciufo, A.B. ’96, is an Advanced Placement English teacher and
chair of the English Department at the Martin County School Board in Stuart,
Florida. She has received national board certification in English and was honored
with a listing in the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers in 2000
Robert M. Jamieson, Sr., B.S.I.E. ’96, was awarded a United Nations certificate
of registration, making him a U.N. mercenary agent at the rank of captain. His
service record includes 31 pages of professional résumé.
Mark Siegel, B.B.A. ’96, is a member of the
Computer Services Group at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. After
marrying Kristel VanBuskirk
in 1999, he spent a year living and working in southern France.
Emily (Tims) Jones, B.S.I.E. ’97, is an operations research analyst for
AT&T Government Solutions, headquartered in Vienna, Virginia. She recently
married Captain S. Kyle Jones.
Jonathan D. Louis, J.D. ’97, specializes in corporate law at the law offices
of Stephen G. Melcer in Boca Raton, Florida.
Ruben Perczek, M.S. ’97, Ph.D. ’99, director
of the Perczek Performance Institute in Key Biscayne, Florida, uses his experience
as a professional athlete
and sports psychologist to train individuals and organizations in the area of
peak performance. He has released The Zen of Peak Performance, a six-CD album
to help people increase focus and develop confidence.
Rodrigo Garza, M.A. ’98, was sworn in as a commissioned
officer in the U.S. Diplomatic Corps. He has been assigned to the U.S. Consulate
in Ho Chi Minh
Eduardo R. Arista, J.D. ’99,
is president of AristaLaw.com and was appointed to the Board of Directors of
Legal Services of
Greater Miami, Inc.
Peter G. Bielagus, B.S.C. ’99, has written Getting
Loaded, a personal finance guide for students and young professionals published
by Penguin Putnam NAL.
John C. Clough, J.D. ’99, has joined the Naples, Florida, law firm of Quarles & Brady
LLP as an associate. He specializes in the areas of commercial litigation and
Jamie Heffner, A.B. ’99, married Justin
Spooner B.S. ’99, M.S.P.T. ’01,
in Port St. Lucie Florida, where Justin is a physical therapist and Jamie is
a seventh-grade language arts teacher.
Ligia M. Houben, A.B. ’99,
received a master’s
degree in religious studies from Florida International University and is pursuing
in gerontology and thanatology at St.Thomas University.
Lina Utrera, B.S.N. ’99, was promoted to director
of medical surgical services
at Kendall Regional Medical Center in Miami, Florida.
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Roselee Roberts Has Found Her Mission in Space
hen you talk to people on Capitol Hill,
you have to give both sides—your
position as well as any downside,” says Roselee Roberts, A.B. ’64,
director of legislative affairs for The Boeing Company. “Otherwise,
you don’t have any credibility, and credibility is all you’ve
got when you’re doing this.”
For 16 years, including ten years with
McDonnell Douglas Corporation prior to its merger with Boeing,
she has lobbied Congress on behalf
of the company, which is NASA’s primary contractor for space
shuttles, the International Space Station, Delta Launch Vehicles,
and other aerospace technologies.
In the early 1990s Roberts helped establish
Women in Aerospace to expand women’s opportunities for leadership in the field. Roberts,
who was Southern Bell’s first female management trainee in
1964, is proud to have earned economics and mathematics degrees from
the University of Miami and a master’s degree in economics
from Virginia Tech when many colleges and universities still offered
female students few opportunities beyond teaching and nursing. “If
you think about the changes that occurred for women in just one generation,
it’s pretty amazing,” she says. “In the ’60s,
women kind of made a choice between having kids or having a career,
but I wanted it all.”
A New Jersey native, Roberts enjoys
gardening and playing tennis and has two adult daughters, an architect
and a lawyer, with husband
Art Roberts, B.B.A. ’64. A member of the University of Miami
President’s Council and a regional director for the UMAA
board, she recently returned to the Coral Gables campus as a distinguished
Alumna in Residence to guest lecture in two political science classes
at the School of Business Administration.
Lamenting NASA’s funding challenges—a
1 percent federal budget allocation compared with 4 percent in the
1960s—Roberts asserts that the rewards of space exploration
are well worth the expense. “It is the right thing to do
to keep our kids interested in studying hard subjects like math
science. It is the right thing to do to keep our great nation in
the forefront of great nations, and it is the right thing to do
to keep the people of our nation excited about their futures.”
G. Douglas Harper, J.D. ’00, of Harper Meyer Perez & Ferrer LLP, has
been named to the executive council of the Tropical Pioneers, known as “The
Tropees,” the young professionals arm of the Historical Museum of South
Florida. He is a member of the Florida Bar, Minnesota Bar, Northern District
of Florida Bar, and District of Columbia Bar.
Chad A. Perlyn, M.D. ’00, a plastic surgery resident
at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, also is conducting a three-year
Ph.D. fellowship at the
University of Oxford in craniofacial development. He is engaged to Brooke Russ,
a student in the School of Law Class of 2005.
Michelle (Fineman) Prosser, M.S.N. ’00, is a
senior reproductive health advisor for the Futures Group International in Washington,
Teresa Clark Evans, J.D. ’01, has joined the law firm of McClure Duffee & Eitzen
LLP, where she will continue to practice family law and civil litigation in the
Dallas, Texas, area.
Salvatore Russo, Jr., M.B.A. ’01, is vice president
of transaction management in the Capital Markets Group of Washington Mutual Bank
in Seattle, Washington.
David Kidd, M.B.A. ’03, has joined Tropical Greens,
a South Florida company that installs synthetic turf golf greens, tee lines,
lawn grass, and sport surfaces.
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