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David Berz, BA ’70, JD ’73, received the Judge Learned Hand Award for outstanding leadership in the legal profession from the American Jewish Committee in March. The AJC works for religious cooperation and human rights and celebrates diverse cultures and traditions. Berz, who was recognized for his commitment to community service as well as his professional accomplishments, is the managing partner of the Washington office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

In February, Richard G. Frankel, BBA ’71, received the 2006 TIME Magazine Quality Dealer Award. He is dealer principal and president of Infiniti of Willow Grove in Orlando, Fla. The award is among the automobile industry’s most prestigious honors for car dealers. Recipients must demonstrate a longstanding commitment to community service. A third-generation auto dealer, Frankel serves on several charitable boards and committees, including local chapters of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, the American Heart Association, and the Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life.

CEO of the Federal Consulting Group in the Department of the Treasury, Anne (Shoob) Kelly,
MA ’7
1, was appointed to the board of examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for the fourth time. The board is made up of leading experts from industry, education, professional, and trade organizations, and the government. In addition to her successful career in federal service, Kelly also has held volunteer leadership positions with numerous philanthropic groups, including the Northern Virginia Healthy Families organization, the Red Cross of Alexandria, Va., and the board of the Virginia Opera. She resides in Alexandria, Va.

Gary Kepplinger, BA ’71, was appointed general counsel of the Government Accountability Office in July. He resides in Springfield, Va.

The American Bar Association Business Law Section awarded the Jean Allard Glass Cutter Award to Lynne B. Barr, BA ’72, JD ’75. Barr is a partner in the financial services group of the Boston office of Goodwin Procter and chairs its consumer financial services practice. She advises banks, bank holding companies, brokerage concerns, mortgage companies, trade associations and other entities on general corporate matters. The award is presented annually to a female business lawyer who has achieved excellence in her profession and developed opportunities for other women in the field.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine honored William Carpenter, MS ’74, with the 2006 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award in April. Carpenter is chair of the department of pathology and medicine at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry at the University of the Pacific, where he has served for 20 years. Carpenter has lectured nationally and is the author of numerous articles in medical and dental publications. He is a member of numerous professional societies, including the Organization for Safety and Aseptic Procedures. Prior to his academic career, Carpenter served as a mentor for the U.S. Army’s oral pathology residency program and was the oral pathology consultant to the U.S. Army surgeon general and to several military hospitals and dental services.

The International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition named Nils Montan, MFS ’77, president of its Washington-based non-profit association, which is dedicated to the protection of intellectual property. He assumed his new duties in May. Montan formerly was vice president of senior IP counsel at Warner Bros., which he joined in 1992. Montan is on the advisory board for CERTUS International, a contract research organization based in Princeton, N.J. He resides in Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Susan C. Morris, BS ’77, accepted a tenure track position in the department of social and political science at the University of Wisconsin—Platteville. She earned her PhD in international studies at Old Dominion University in 2000, and is the author of Trade and Human Rights: The Ethical Dimension in U.S.-China Relations (Ashgate, 2002).

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts board of trustees selected Alexander L. Nyerges, BA ’79, MA ’82, to be its new director. He assumed the role in August. Nyerges previously was director and CEO of the Dayton Art Institute in Dayton, Ohio, since 1992. During his tenure at the Dayton Art Institute, he managed a $24 million expansion and renovation. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is now undergoing a $121 million expansion that will add more than 100,000 square feet to the existing facilities.

Steven R. Cohen, MD ’80, is a renowned plastic surgeon, inventor, and author who practices in the San Diego region. Cohen was elected for membership in the Cosmos Club in Washington.

A member of Cozen O’Connor’s Cherry Hill, N.J., office, Jeffrey L. Nash, BA ’80, is the recipient of the 2006 Nathan Asbell, MD, Humanitarian Award from the United Way of Camden County, New Jersey. The award is presented annually to an individual who exemplifies outstanding community service and involvement. Nash practices with the firm’s subrogation and recovery group. Nash also is a Camden County freeholder and vice chairman of the Delaware River Port Authority. Among other service honors, Nash received the 2004 New Jersey Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizens Award.

In Baltimore, Constellation NewEnergy, a subsidiary of Constellation Energy, named Martha A. Duggan, MBA ’83, vice president of business development for the mid-Atlantic region. Duggan is responsible for the strategic direction of the regional sales team. She previously served as vice president for regional government and regulatory affairs for CNE and has 25 years of energy industry experience.

Suzanne Callahan, MA ’85, received the Outstanding Publication of the Year Award by the American Evaluation Association for Singing Our Praises: Case Studies in the Art of Evaluation, (Association of Performing Arts Presenters, second edition, 2006). The book explores the evaluation process by highlighting examples of arts practitioners who have used it to learn about their success. Using numerous examples, tools, and techniques adapted from other fields, the book trains arts practitioners to design their own evaluations, transforming this requirement into a useful tool to reveal the worth of arts programs.

Booz Allen Hamilton elected Jack D. Welsh Jr., MS ’85, vice president in November. He focuses on enhancing U.S. imagery and geospatial intelligence capability within the national and defense communities. Welsh focuses on enhancing the U.S. imagery and geospatial intelligence capability within the national and defense communities. He has more than 20 years of management and technical consulting experience, serving clients including the CIA. He resides in Purcellville, Va.

Richard F. Pulcrano, BS ’86, accepted the position of chief operating officer and senior vice president of MobilexUSA and assumed duties in May. Based in Philadelphia, Mobilex is the largest provider of mobile radiology services in the nation. Previously, Pulcrano was president of Horizon Mobile Health and Genesis Diagnostic Services.

The Treasury Department awarded the Alexander Hamilton award to Chris Smith, MPA ’86, in July. The award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated the highest standards of public service. Smith is the treasury’s chief of staff and formerly was secretarial adviser. Smith also played a key role in establishing the department’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.

NASA Langley aerospace engineer Thomas Horvath, MS ’87, was named the 2006 Engineer of the Year by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in June. Horvath was honored for his contributions to the understanding of space shuttle orbiter aerothermodynamics phenomena which were critical to the Columbia accident investigation and the safe entry of the Discovery return-to-flight mission. Horvath has served NASA for 19 years and is the author of more than 70 technical papers, including the AIAA best thermophysics paper in 2001. In 2005, he received a NASA Exceptional Engineering Medal for contributions to the Columbia accident investigation.

Peter Iacobell, MHSA ’89, was named the new chief operating officer of Wellington Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine, the Cincinnati area’s largest practice specializing in the care of bones, muscles and joints, in April. Previously, Iacobell served as vice president for patient services and practice operations at Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation in Chicago.

IMS Health named Ken Rhines, BA ’89, director of its health’s primary data management division, which provides information solutions to pharmaceutical clients. An MBA candidate at La Salle University, Rhines lives outside Philadelphia with his wife, Mary Beth, and their three children, Jack, Andrew, and Sophie.

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, and Popeo promoted James Wodarski, BA ’89, to the position of partner in its Boston office. Wodarski, a trial lawyer, is experienced in a wide range of legal action, including patent and trademark litigation, white-collar crime, and products liability. He resides in Boston.

Marc Vane, BA ’90, was named partner at the Austin, Texas, office of Gardere Wynne Sewell. He concentrates on legislative and regulatory affairs, with a focus on insurance, financial services, the environment, transportation, and consumer issues. He also is a leading practitioner in the area of consumer service contracts.

Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner promoted Monica B. Richman, BBA ’91, to the position of partner in its New York office. Richman represents a variety of industrial clients in disputes regarding trademark and copyright law.

Nu Skin Enterprises appointed Charles Allen, BBA ’02, vice president of administrative services in July. Most recently, Allen served as Nu Skin’s vice president of corporate communications. He joined the company in 1991. Nu Skin is a global direct-selling company.

At Kuwait University, Turki Alshimmiri, MBA ’92, is an associate professor in the finance department. He is conducting several research projects.

In January, public relations specialist Kristin Kenney Williams, BA ’92, launched a strategic communications firm, Commfluent, in Vail, Colo. Williams has worked as a public relations strategist and journalist in the Vail area since 1993. She lives in Edwards, Colo., with her husband, David, and their two sons, Nicholas and Maximilian.

Erin (Rovak) Henderschedt, BA ’93, and her husband, Tom Henderschedt, BA ’92, reside in Beijing. Tom, a naval officer, was promoted to the rank of commander and is serving as the U.S. Embassy’s assistant naval attaché. Erin volunteers at the International School and is writing a book. They have three children: Jack, 8; Jed, 5; and Huck, 2.

At Blank Rome in Philadelphia, Cory G. Jacobs, BAccy ’93, was named a partner. Jacobs is a member of the business tax practice group, and advises taxpayers on the tax-efficiency of a range of business activities, including domestic and international mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations and liquidations.

Rockville, Md., resident April Stubbs-Smith, BS ’93, MPH ’96, was appointed senior public health adviser at the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, in the office of surveillance and biometrics. In her capacity as issues manager, she also manages resolution of center-wide post-market surveillance issues related to approved medical devices that impact the public health. She and her husband, Jack Smith, have one son, Nicholas Jack Smith.

Stefka Czarnecki Fanchi, BA ’94, is the executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Colorado. She is participating in the campaign for the U.S. Public Service Academy, a national civilian university designed to educate young leaders dedicated to public service. Other alumni involved in the effort include Chris Myers Asch, BA ’94; Julie Hulstein, BA ’94; and Shawn Raymond, BA ’94.

A senior investment officer with the International Finance Corporation, Thomas E. Lubeck, BA ’95, MAccy ’99, and his wife, Marta Ferrer Lubeck, BA ’95, MA ’98, reside in Kiev, Ukraine. Previously, the couple lived in Moscow, where Marta was co-chair of the International Women’s Club of Moscow Charities Group.

Since August 2005, Maj. Scott D. McDonald, BA ’95, has been posted as the U.S. Marine Corps attaché to Australia. He provides diplomatic representation for the Department of Defense and the U.S. Marine Corps, and also provides advice on military matters to the ambassador and liaises with the Australian Defense Corps.

Lara Day, BA ’96, is art assistant to actor Dennis Hopper. A photographer and painter, Hopper exhibited in two shows coordinated by Day, one at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and one at Ace Gallery in Los Angeles. Day resides in Marina Del Ray, Calif.

In January, Stephen Leo, BA ’96 and Jennifer (Kelly) Leo, BA ’96, welcomed twin daughters, Anna and Charlotte. The family resides in Reston, Va.

Stout Risius Ross in McLean, Va., named Scott D. Levine, MBA ’96, managing director in its valuation and litigation advisory services group. Levine specializes in valuation of stock and assets in privately held companies.

Former police officer John Tartikoff, MFS ’96, was named an associate at Bazelon Lee & Feldman. He specializes in commercial litigation. Tartikoff lives in Philadelphia.

In Washington, Daniel A. Blumenthal, BA ’97, joined the law offices of Halloran & Sage. Previously, Blumenthal was an associate with a boutique franchise law firm, and also worked as a litigation attorney. His experience includes addressing issues of antitrust, intellectual property, unfair business practices, securities fraud, and telecommunications.

Vienna, Va., resident Anne M. Glenzer, BA ’97, received her master of leadership degree from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in December. The program focuses on developing skills essential to effective management, including negotiation, ethical decision-making, crisis communications, change management, and coalition-building.

On December 23, Molly Rose was born to David E. Deitz, BA ’98, and Erin S. Deitz. The family lives in Cherry Hill, N.J.

Thomas L. Fitzkee, PhD ’98, was named chair of the Francis Marion University’s department of mathematics in July. He also is faculty adviser to FMU’s math club. Prior to joining the FMU faculty in 1998, Fitzkee was a business support specialist for Boeing/McDonnell Douglas Aerospace. He has published several articles, has presented at mathematics conferences nationwide, and is the recipient of several grants. He was elected South Carolina state director for the Mathematical Association of America Southeastern Section.

On May 29, Dana Beth Ginsburg, BA ’98, Paul W. Ginsburg, BA ’95, and their children, Flora and Nathan, welcomed a baby girl, Leah Mindel, into their family.

Forensic chemist Michelle Reardon, MSFS ’99, received an Arthur Sherwood Flemming Award for her work with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Since joining the government in August 2000, Reardon has worked on about 250 cases involving explosives and is a member of ATF’s national response team, which goes to major fire and bombing sites around the country. The Flemming Awards recognize outstanding dedication to public service.

Avi Kent, BA ’00 joined Miami investment banking firm Capitalink as an associate in July.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History awarded James McGrath Morris, ME ’00, a research fellowship in February. Morris conducts research at the Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library for the project “Pulitzer: A Biography.” Morris is the author of four books, including, most recently, The Rose Man of Sing Sing: A True Tale of Life, Murder and Redemption in the Age of Yellow Journalism.

Rachel (Spilken) Strohl, BA ’00, received a doctorate from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University in May 2005. She is working at Stress and Anxiety Services of New Jersey, a group private practice specializing in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety disorders for children, adolescents, and adults. She resides in East Brunswick, N.J.

In his hometown of Oklahoma City, David Holt, BA ’01, is chief of staff to the mayor.

Achal Achrol, BS ’03, a second-year MD candidate at Stanford Medical School, was awarded a 2006 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship in February. The award supports graduate study for new American citizens, immigrants, and children of immigrants. Achrol was born in Jaipur, India. While a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, Achrol developed a handheld electrocardiogram monitoring system, an NIH-funded bioinformatics database, and a portable cerebral perfusion measurement device, among other innovations.

In June, Chicago National Public Radio interviewed Ahmed Elmi, MPH ’03, on the Islamic militia’s takeover of the capital of Somalia. Elmi is the co-founder and president of the Somali American Community Association and is a community health educator at the Center for Cancer Surveillance and Control within the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The interview can be accessed at

Moira Mack, BA ’03, and Jay Muntz, BA ’97, MBA ’05, were married in May. They were introduced by sisters Carly Strelzik Wiessmann, MS ’05, and Alexis Strelzik, BA ’03. Alumni in attendance included Rob Church, BA ’97, MS ’00; Meredith Miller, BA ’03; Ellen Warner, BA ’04; and Maura Pagano, BA ’05. Muntz is a senior software engineer at Fishbowl Marketing, and Mack is a consultant to issue and political campaigns with Hildebrand Tewes Consulting. They reside in Alexandria, Va.

In July, Daniel Mania, MS ’03, was named director of corporate security for Delaware North Companies. Mania, a former U.S. Secret Service agent, is responsible for protecting Delaware North’s corporate assets, including facilities, revenues, executives and employees, as well as guests and customers. He is based at the firm’s Buffalo, N.Y., headquarters.

Jennie L. Roloff, BA ’03, lives in Japan, teaching English through the JET program and is enrolled in Columbia University’s Teachers’ College in Tokyo.

Former Hatchet news managing editor Julie Gordon, BA ’04, was instrumental in the launch of CO-ED magazine. The magazine, edited by Rolling Stone alumnus Kirk Miller, is written by and for students. It includes campus reports, entertainment reviews, and detailed coverage of college sports not generally dealt with by larger media outlets.

Erin Bullinger, BA ’05, received a Fulbright scholarship to South Korea, where she teaches English as a foreign language.

Serving with the Peace Corps in Togo, Africa, Aaron Childs, BA ’05, is keeping an online journal of his experiences, which may be viewed at

Lisa De Cerchio, BA ’05, a graduate student in the MBA program at Schiller International University in Heidelberg, Germany, was awarded a Fulbright teaching scholarship to teach English in Germany. She previously interned at the Embassy of Sweden and the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

A Well-Designed Life

Artist and volunteer Murray Stein, BSEE ’49, with a Turkish coffee set of his own creation. The set is made from 245-year-old English boxwood.

After graduating at age 22, Murray Stein, BSEE ’49, put his GW education to good use, designing the four-computer system for the Apollo Mission Simulator and working on satellite systems. He also taught for GW’s Continuing Engineering Education Program for 26 years.

This year, Stein was honored for his community service and thousands of hours of volunteer work by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. He was presented the Distinguished Senior Award for 2006 in a ceremony on Capitol Hill in May.

Stein—who resides in both Rockville, Md., and Allen, Texas, where his grandchildren live—was nominated for his work with Montgomery County, Maryland, public schools; the Rockville Senior Center; 13 years of service for Rockville’s Senior Citizens’ Commission; and for helping to found the Senior Artists Alliance. The alliance has more than 120 members, all over the age of 60.

In service to GW, Stein chaired the marketing committee for GW’s National Advisory Council. In recent years, he donated a historic collection on the evolution of electronics and computers to the University, as well as a collection of rare books to Gelman Library.

In addition to volunteer work, Stein stays active through artistic pursuits. His award-winning segmented turning has been displayed on campus in Tompkins Hall, and at museums, galleries, and international venues. He has lectured on and demonstrated his techniques twice at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, and sculpts in stone and metal. He also makes replicas of Chippendale furniture for his home, and synagogue art for local temples.

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