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Alumni Newsmakers

The 1960s

Vincent T. DeVita, MD '61, DSc '84, is the president-elect of the American Cancer Society. DeVita is a professor at Yale University and has previously served as director of the National Cancer Institute and the National Cancer Program.

James J. Knicely, BA '69, received the Virginia State Bar's General Practice Section's Tradition of Excellence Award, which recognizes lawyers who embody the highest tradition of personal and professional excellence.

The 1970s

Nathaniel L. Doliner, BA '70, is included in the International Who's Who of Merger & Acquisition Lawyers 2012. This is his second year being named to the list. Doliner is a shareholder at Carlton Fields' Tampa office.

Edward Grebow, BBA '71, has been appointed president and chief executive officer of Amalgamated Bank, where he had previously been a senior executive. Grebow is a former trustee of the George Washington University.

Robert L. Sloan, MA '73, has announced his plans to retire following more than 26 years as president and CEO of Sibley Memorial Hosp-ital, effective July 5, 2012. After retirement, Sloan will serve as a senior adviser to the Johns Hopkins Health System and the Sibley Memorial Hospital.

Brad L. Berman, BBA '78, joined Holland & Knight LLP as a partner in the firm's New York office, following 12 years at the Liberian Ship and Corporate Registry. Berman has also been re-elected chairman of the Associate Members Committee and a council member of the Independent Tank Owners Association.

Dave Haggerty, BBA '79, was elected to the U.S. Tennis Association Middle States Hall of Fame. Throughout his career, Haggerty—who played No. 1 singles at GW—held numerous volunteer positions within USTA. He currently serves as first vice president.

The 1980s

Richard Kovar, MD '80, was named 2012 Family Physician of the Year by the American Academy of Family Physicians, an award honoring outstanding family physicians who serve as role models professionally and personally.

Gary Stevenson, MBA '82, was named president of the Pac-12 Conference's new Pac-12 Enterprises. He will oversee a diversified and integrated media company handling all sponsorship, licensing, and management of the Pac-12 Conference.

Earl W. Gast, MA '88, was nominated by President Obama for the position of assistant administrator for Africa in the United States Agency for International Development. Gast previously served as USAID mission director to Afghanistan and as acting assistant administrator for the USAID Africa Bureau.

Paige Atkins, MS '89, has been named vice president for cyber and information technology research at the Virginia Tech Applied Research Corp., where she will oversee the management and growth of the company's cybersecurity and information technology sector.

Merrick B. Rosenberg, BA '89, of Team Builders Plus, was selected as a finalist in the business-general category of USA Book News' "Best Books 2011" for his business management book, Taking Flight! Master the Four Behavioral Styles and Transform Your Career, Your Relationships . . . Your Life (CreateSpace, 2011).

Ronald Sanders, DPA '89, has been named technology consulting service firm Booz Allen Hamilton's first fellow in its Functional Skills Belting program, which honors deep subject matter expertise. Sanders was recognized for his decades of experience in complex organizational transformations.

The 1990s

Roger Baskin, BA '90, MEd '01, wrote a chapter analyzing Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye for Engaging American Novels: Lessons from the Classroom (National Council of Teachers of English, 2011), an anthology of essays on great American literature.

Jordana L. Goldstein, BA '91, was installed as president of the Broward County Bar Association. Goldstein, a Florida Bar Board-certified construction litigation attorney, is a partner at Ferencik Libanoff Brandt Bustamante & Williams, P.A.

Michael Cherenson, MPS '95, was inducted into the Public Relations Society of America's prestigious College of Fellows. Cherenson is executive vice president at Success Communications Group.

Nathan A. Felker, BBA '95, has joined Walter & Haverfield LLP as a partner in the firm's business section in Cleveland. He will specialize in real estate law and financial services.

Roy Kapani, MBA '95, and Kevin Mandia, MS '95, were both honored with the 2012 Future 50 Award by SmartCEO magazine.

Susan Davis, MPH '96, founded Improve International, an organization that promotes and provides independent evaluations of water and sanitation programs in developing countries, with the goals of highlighting best practices and providing donors with better information on how to invest.

Dwighd Delgado, MS '97, has been named operations manager of PremaTech Advanced Ceramics in Worcester, Mass. Delgado will be leading the company's product and service development.

Dawn Mancuso, MS '98, has been appointed chief executive officer of the Hydrocephalus Association, a national organization dedicated to eliminating the challenges of hydrocephalus, an abnormal accumulation of cerebral fluid in the skull. Mancuso previously served as the executive director and CEO of the Association of Air Medical Services.

Christopher Atkinson, BA '98, MPA '00, received a PhD in public administration from Florida Atlantic University in August 2011. His dissertation was "An Evaluation of the Impact of Local Government Institutions on Business Resilience in Disaster."

Paul Lewin, MA '98, won a seat in the 2011 Palm Beach, Calif., city council. Lewin is currently the chief financial officer of K&L Endeavors, a distance learning company operating as

Heather A. Higginbottom, MA '99, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, having been nominated to the post by President Obama in January 2011.

Craig Jones, BS '99, has been named the George Washington University's new head men's soccer coach. He succeeds George Lidster, who retired after 24 years.

Marie L. Mathews, BA '99, joined Wolff & Samson PC as an associate in the firm's litigation group. Mathews specializes in complex commercial litigation, often involving antitrust and intellectual property cases.

The 2000s

Eric Telchin, BA '00, signed a book deal with the Penguin Group's Dial Books for Young Readers imprint to publish Boy Sees Hearts, a collection of his photographs and prints, which have been featured on ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

Alexander Granados, BA '01, Christina V. McLean, BBA '03, Omar Woodard, BA '05, MPA '07, and Omonigho Ufomata, MPA '06, MPP '06, were among the honorees of the EnVest Foundation's 5th Annual "40under40" awards for their professional and philanthropic achievements.

Aaron Brachman, BBA '02, was recognized by the Washington Business Journal as part of its inclusion of the Washington Wealth Group on the National Association of Board Certified Advisory Practices Premier Advisors list. Brachman is currently a senior financial associate in the group.

Paul K. Graham, BA '02, accepted a position as genealogist and case manager at ProGenealogists, the research division of, where he will provide family history research services to clients. He resides in Salt Lake City.

Karl Schaffer, BBA '03, won the Whole Foods Foggy Bottom contest to create a GW burger. His creation, the "Thurston Fix"—a burger, fried egg, tater tots, three cheeses, fried onions, and roasted peppers—is now on the menu.

Michael L. Weeldreyer, MBA '03, assumed command of the U.S.S. Halsey, home ported in San Diego. Before "fleeting up" to commanding officer in the summer of 2011, he served for 18 months as the ship's executive officer.

Allison Koester, MAccy '04, is the new assistant professor of accounting at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business.

Brian A. Sereno, MS '04, has been named executive director of the George Washington University's Athletic Communications Department, where he will oversee the development and execution of athletics communications and public relations for the university's 22 intercollegiate sports, club, and intramural sports, and health and wellness programs. He will also advise the Department of Athletics.

Katherine Knapp Carney, BS '05, was profiled in the TIME magazine article, "How to Build a Jet Engine," for her work as a mechanical engineer for Pratt & Whitney, where she is working on the company's new PurePower jet engine. She also was featured in the article's companion video on TIME's website.

Elena Rovner, BA '05, has joined Thorp Reed & Armstrong as an associate in the firm's labor and employment practice.

Meredith Liberty, BA '06, started her own company, Meredith Liberty LLC, a personal shopping and styling service. Liberty was formerly an aide at the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Her website is at

Ryan Wheeler, BA '06, joined Fisher & Phillips LLP, which specializes in labor and employment law, as an associate in the firm's Irvine, Calif., office.

Susan G. Duffy, PhD '07, has been named executive director of the Center for Women's Leadership at Babson College. She had previously served as a professor at Simmons College and the George Washington University.

Erin Grady, BA '07, and Brock Rolfes, BS '07, are engaged to be married. The couple is planning an October 2012 wedding at North Carolina's Outer Banks.

James S. Walker, BA '07, says "Sain baina uu!" from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, where in September 2011 he began a six-month assignment with a mining company. His role there includes developing corporate communication strategy and coordinating social media and advertising teams.

Chad Jordan, BA '08, MA '10, has started Cornerstone International LLC, an international development consulting firm. Jordan recently returned to the U.S. after conducting research projects in Southeast Asia and Africa.

William Manske, BA '08, has joined Barnes & Thornburg LLP's Minneapolis office as an associate in the firm's intellectual property department, where he specializes in high-technology and complex intellectual property cases.

Louise Yeung, BA '08, and Amanda Formica, BA '10, have both been selected to represent U.S. youth at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Durban, South Africa. At the conference, they will work with more than 1,000 young people from more than 75 countries to press international leaders for fair and equitable solutions to global climate problems.

Jean-Marc Gorelick, MA '09, conducted a monitoring visit to the SUNEOR Cooking Oil Processing Facility in Dakar, Senegal. The facility produces fortified cooking oil to counter malnutrition and was supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance.

Alumna Named D.C. Public Schools Teacher of the Year

William Atkins

Shira Fishman, MA '07, who worked as a mechanical engineer for three years before switching careers to teaching, was named the D.C. Public Schools Teacher of the Year for 2011.

Ms. Fishman, now a teacher and math department chair at McKinley Technology High School in Northeast Washington, received $10,000 as part of the award, which she plans to put toward her upcoming wedding. In addition, she will serve as the District's nominee for the 2012 National Teacher of the Year, who will be chosen in the spring by a committee made up of representatives from 14 national education organizations.

"I wish everybody I work with was getting an award," she says. "Teaching is definitely a collective effort, so I regret that it's not an award that the whole school ends up getting."

100 Candles

William Atkins

Christopher Eve, AA '48, BS '50, turned 100 years old on Nov. 9. To mark the occasion, his wife, Frances, held a party on Nov. 20 at the Mayflower Hotel in D.C., which featured music by the Troubadours, GW's oldest a cappella group. The couple, who reside in Myerstown, Pa., spent the week in Foggy Bottom, and prior to the party they toured campus and met with President Steven Knapp. Mr. Eve, who worked at the National Institutes of Health for 50 years as a scientist before retiring in 1990, remembers taking courses with GW professors and renowned physicists Edward Teller and George Gamow. Mr. Eve says he attended GW because it challenged students to think differently, and his fond memories as a student have kept him connected to the university all these years.

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