No matter when they graduated, Rutgers alumni are always staying busy with their careers, communities, families, and activities. Find out what’s happening with your classmates in Class Notes and Class Columns.

Class Notes are news items—such as career changes, marriages, children, and awards—submitted by individuals and posted monthly; you can submit your latest news at Ralumni.com/mynews.

Class Columns are longer pieces written twice a year by alumni who have volunteered to be correspondents for their class. If your class year has a correspondent and you’d like to share news with them, just look for their contact information at the end of their column.

Class notes are listed monthly and ordered by graduating year.

April/May 2022

  • 1950s
    • Richard Levy RC’50, professor emeritus of biochemistry at Syracuse University, has written Recollections and Reflections from My Life in Nazi Germany, Wartime England, and America (Epigraph Publishing, 2022).
  • 1960s
    • James Neal RC’69 has received the L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award from the American Library Association. The award recognizes individuals or groups supporting the constitutional purpose of U.S. copyright, fair use, and public domain law.
  • 1970s
    • Ronald Umansky RC’70 reflects on the education and mentoring he received at Rutgers, which prepared him for long and productive medical career. He points out that his senior honors thesis, “Aging and the Immune Response,” has relevance today amid discussions of Covid vaccines and age recommendations.
  • 1980s
    • Sherry B. Ziegenbalg DC’66, GSED’81 moved from her retirement home in Greenacres, FL, to an independent living situation in Greensboro, NC, where her older daughter and her family live. She looks forward to her favorite seasons of spring, summer, and early fall.
    • Andrew Fingerhut RC’84 was named a New Jersey Five Star Financial Service Professional. He is a partner at RRBD Accountants and Advisors. He recently gave a presentation on tax planning for realtors at Keller Williams Realty in Montgomery Township, NJ.
    • Jeffrey Perry SMLR’84 has gained significant attention for his groundbreaking, two-volume biography of Harlem-based intellectual and activist Hubert Harrison, published by Columbia University Press.
    • Deborah Greenhut GSNB’77,’85 is the author of The Hoarder’s Wife (Woodhall Press, 2022).
  • 1990s
    • Theodore Glasser NJMS’90 is the first chief medical officer at Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville, FL.
    • Mary Beth Paradise CC’92 has written a children’s book entitled Beach Santa, which takes place on the day after Christmas. The book will be available this fall. Paradise will donate 25 percent of the profits to Team LeGrand, which supports research for spinal cord injuries.
    • Tony Granger CCAS’94 is the author of It’s a New Day (Redhawk Publications, 2022).
    • Jill Lebowitz NLAW’96 is a partner and co-practice group leader in the Estate, Trust, and Taxation Group at Coughlin Midlige & Garland LLP. She has been named a 2022 Super Lawyer and Rising Star.
    • Mark Sapara GSED’96 was named assistant vice president and dean for intercultural engagement at Oberlin College and Conservatory as of December 2021. In his role, he will oversee the Multicultural Resource Center, International Student and Scholar Services, the Office of Accessibility Services and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.
    • Kelly Maples RC’97 is a physician and associate professor at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Suffolk, VA.
    • Andrew Brettler RC’99 was named to the Hollywood Report’s Power Lawyers 2022 list, included for the fourth consecutive year, and to Variety’s Legal Impact Report 2022, his first time being listed there.
  • 2000s
    • The University of Southern California Upstate has appointed R. J. Gimble RC’00 vice chancellor for advancement and executive director of the USC Upstate Foundation.
    • Christina L. Capobianco RC’01, CLAW’04 is co-vice chair of Goldberg Segalla, LLP’s national civil litigation groups.
    • Candy K. Dougherty CLAW’07 is an equity partner at Swartz Campbell, LLC.
    • Grace Power RC’01, EJB’02, NLAW’07 has joined McCarter & English as a partner in the law firm’s Government Affairs practice. Formerly chief of staff of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and vice president of regulatory affairs for HomeServe USA, Power brings a wealth of experience combining public service and clean energy development to her new role.
    • Jason Rindenau RC’08 is an associate in the insurance litigation group at Bressler, Amery, & Ross P.C. in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
    • Elizabeth Chang CLAW’09 is vice chair at Goldberg Segalla, LLP.
    • Alison Wolfe UCNB’09 reports the happy news of giving birth on September 2, 2021.
  • 2010s
    • Angie Gambone CCAS’07, CLAW’10 is a New Jersey- and Philadelphia-based attorney specializing in diversity, equity, and inclusion. She was recognized as a Best LGBT Lawyer Under 40 by the National LGBTQ+ Bar Association.
    • Shane Press SAS’10 has worked in several fields, from education to manufacturing. He and his wife Theresa live in Connecticut but he tries to come to Rutgers Day every year to see old friends and walk down College Avenue.
    • Victoria Gonzalez SCILS’11 is digital media marketing manager at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.
    • Alana Higgins SEBS’11 completed her Ph.D. in geography from West Virginia University. She resides in Falkirk, Scotland.
    • Oliva Mode-Cater MGSA’11, GSE’12 is the founder and CEO of Dance Ed Tips, a dance teacher website. She recently launched an app that provides dancers with feedback on their dance movements.
    • Margaret Zientek SAS’13 has joined the nonprofit Institute for Defense Analyses as a research staff member in the Information Technology and Systems Division.
    • Joseph A. Acosta SAS’12, CLAW’15 is an attorney in the workers’ compensation group at Goldberg Segalla, LLP.
    • Katie Fenyar CC’15 works at the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, NJ, as an environmental educator. She teaches about wildlife conservation and actions people can take to positively impact the planet.
    • Kevin Albert SAS’15 and Emily Zemlachenko SAS’15 were married at Kirkpatrick Chapel. They met during their junior year at Rutgers.
    • Nia Phillips SHRP’18 is a physician assistant who created Cure the Culture, a podcast on health care inequities, medical topics, and the Black health care provider experience.
    • Shannon Theodore SAS’12, NLAW’19 is now an associate at Florio Perrucci Steinhardt Tipton & Taylor LLC, the law firm founded in 1996 by former New Jersey Governor James Florio.
  • 2020s
    • Doaa Ouf CCAS’20 will pursue a master of fine arts degree in projection design at the Yale School of Drama.

March 2022

  • 1970s
    • Lewis Ritter RC’74 retired as a school library media specialist in Bergen County, NJ, and now substitute teaches there. He is the author of Turbulence: Dispatches from the Student Protest Movement, Rutgers 1970 (Wind Ginger Press, 2022).
    • Roxanne (Sandy) Parker DC’75 received a Distinguished Leadership Award from Greater Naples (FL) Leadership.
    • Shirley Conroy CCAS’76 received a 2022 Camden County (NJ) Freedom Medal. She founded the New Jersey chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
    • Janet K. Look GSE’67,’76 received the 2021 Distinguished Psychologist Award from the Washington State Psychological Association
  • 1980s
    • Nanette Fluhr RC’87 won the Manhattan Arts International Artist Showcase Membership Award for her painting A Lotus Grows in the Mud.
    • Shawn Lindholm RC’89 is senior project manager at the Translation Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
  • 1990s
    • John R. Vreeland RC’94 is a principal with Jackson Lewis P.C. in its Berkeley Heights, NJ, office.
  • 2000s
    • Regina Galasso RC’00 is director of the Translation Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
    • Isis Williams LC’00 received a 2022 Camden County (NJ) Freedom Medal. She is president of the Haddon Township Equity Initiative.
    • Ugochukwu U. Nwachukwu RC’02 graduated from Walden University in 2017 with a degree in health care administration.
    • Carmen Cusido SCILS’05 is a senior account director at MikeWorldWide Public Relations. She recently wrote a mental health-themed personal essay for Newsweek.
    • Karen Daley GSN’05 is dean of the Susan L. Davis and Richard J. Henley College of Nursing at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.
    • Mark A. Bodrog CCAS’07, GSC’16 received a 2022 Camden County (NJ) Freedom Medal. A U.S. Marine captain, he wrote a play about the epidemic of veteran suicide.
  • 2010s
    • Thomas J. Cotton SAS’10, CLAW’13 is a partner at Schenck Price Smith & King.
    • Brigid Abraham SC&I’11 is an associate with Pickard Chilton, an architecture firm in New Haven, CT.
    • Kelly Dougherty SMLR’11 is president of FirstService Energy.
    • Diego Ortiz NCAS’11 is a senior director with the American Heart Association. He was part of a team that won a Platinum PR Award for their bilingual virtual media tour aimed at raising awareness on the impact of COVID-19 on Black, Latino, and rural populations. He and his wife, Jezebel, welcomed their first child in August 2021.
    • Eleni Pellazgu SN’14 is interim associate dean and interim chair of graduate nursing programs at Berkeley College’s School of Health Studies.

February 2022

  • 1960s
    • Carol Rizzoli DC’66 is coauthor of The Five Dollar Foodie: Cook Better, Spend Less, Enjoy More (Carol Rizzoli, 2021).
    • Ken Mandel ENG’69, a documentary filmmaker, was interviewed about his career and retirement in the Chapter X podcast by Michael Kay.
    • Alan A. Winter RC’69 is coauthor of the novel Sins of the Fathers (Skyhorse Publishing, 2022). The book is his sixth novel.
  • 1980s
    • Carmen M. Garcia CLAW’85 is a member of the New Jersey Puerto Rico Commission.
    • Melissa K. Demetrikopoulos GSNB’89 is a Lifetime Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is the chair of program development at the Institute for Biomedical Philosophy.
    • Brenna Mahoney RC’89 is clerk of court for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She previously served as chief deputy clerk.
  • 1990s
    • Frank Luzi CCAS’91, vice president of marketing communications and digital strategy for Opera Philadelphia, was recognized by Musical America as one of the Top 30 Professionals of 2021.
    • Tiffany Williams Brewer RC’94, GSC’96 is chair of the New Jersey State Commission on Investigation. She is the first African American woman and only the second woman to be appointed as chair.
  • 2000s
    • Carrie Peckar LC’02 is the author of Weird and Wonderful: One-Acts and Musicals for Kids Ages 6-12 (2021).
    • Erin A. Berman DC’05, NLAW’11 is of counsel to Florio Perrucci Steinhardt Cappelli Tipton & Taylor.
    • Melissa Rosen RC’05, director of strategic engagement and operations for the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York, received a Wexner Field Fellowship.
    • Darby Israel LC’07 is an ASQ-certified quality engineer.
    • Melissa F. Wernick RC’07 is a member of the law firm Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi.
    • Sara Sideman RC’08, director of the JCC Camps at Medford at the Katz Jewish Community Center in Cherry Hill, NJ, received a Wexner Field Fellowship.
  • 2010s
    • Gizelle Clemens SPAA’13 is the inaugural director of alumni and donor engagement at National Medical Fellowships, an organization committed to achieving health equity by ensuring a pipeline of BIPOC physicians.
    • Tomasz Kotowski RBS’16 is a senior accountant at KRS CPAs in Paramus, NJ.
    • Andre Lawes ENG’16 is an electrical engineer with CPL, an architecture, engineering, and planning firm in Poughkeepsie, NY.
    • Jordynn E. Jackson NLAW’18 is an associate with Florio Perrucci Steinhardt Cappelli Tipton & Taylor.
  • 2020s
    • Leigh Henjes CLAW’20 is a member of the Workers’ Compensation group at Goldberg Segalla in Philadelphia.

January 2022

  • 1970s
    • Robert Burns CC’71 was named the 2021 National Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year by the American Forest Foundation, a conservation organization.
    • Steven Braun RC’74 is the proud grandfather of a grandson, who will be 1 year old in March.
    • Michele Darden Burgess DC’77, GSNB’79 edited and published the newest book, John Paige and the Bully (Wellness4Ever, 2021), in series of children’s stories written by her aunt, Virginia Darden Epps-Jackson. The books are based on Epps-Jackson’s childhood experiences growing up in New Jersey in the 1930s and 1940s.
  • 1990s
    • Michael T. Thompson RC’91, CLAW’97 is of counsel at Coughlin Midlige & Garland in Morristown, NJ.
    • Kevin Ryan RC’93 is the chief financial officer at Better, a digital homeownership company.
    • Onofrio de Gennaro LC’96 is a member of Maron Marvel Bradley Anderson & Tardy.
    • Jill Lebowitz NLAW’96 is a partner and co-chair at Coughlin Midlige & Garland in Morristown, NJ.
    • Mark Sapara GSE’96 is assistant vice president for student development and intercultural engagement at Oberlin College and Conservatory.
    • Nicholas Apruzzi NLAW’97 is senior director, corporate counsel, and Americas privacy officer at Incyte in Wilmington, DE.
    • Timothy A. French RC’99 is a partner at Blank Rome in its Princeton, NJ, office.
  • 2000s
    • Edwina Minglana Pinē DC’01 is vice president of human resources at Anthology, a marketing and communications firm based in Honolulu, HI.
    • Kevin Griffiths NJMS’03 is the medical director of two dialysis facilities.
    • Edward F. Brennan CLAW’05 is a shareholder at Remington & Vernick Engineers in Cherry Hill, NJ.
    • Melissa Rosen RC’05 received a Wexner Field Fellowship from the Wexner Foundation. She is director of strategic engagement and operations for the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York.
    • Mike Teel UCNB’09 is a financial adviser with Hanna Wealth Management group at Merrill Lynch.
  • 2010s
    • Rachel Benyola SAS’10 did a TEDx talk on entrepreneurship and mental health titled “The Hidden Cost of Entrepreneurship.”
    • Robert Kudenchak ENG’11 was named to Building Design + Construction’s Top 40 under 40 list in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Industry. He is a superintendent with Turner Construction Co.
    • Benjamin Akselrad CLAW’14 is counsel at Bressler, Amery & Ross in Florham Park, NJ.