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.

January 2023

  • 1960s
    • Robert Pinsky RC’62 is an American poet, essayist, literary critic, and translator. From 1997 to 2000 he served as poet laureate of the United States Library of Congress. In 2002 he was inducted into the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni. On Thursday, February 2 at 7:30 p.m., Pinsky will read from his work at UCLA’s Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. “We invite Rutgers alumni to join us and support Robert by attending his program at the Hammer,” says Shannon Cynowa, public programs production coordinator at the museum. Pinsky is the author of nineteen books, including his most recent title Jersey Breaks: Becoming an American Poet (W.W. Norton, 2022).
  • 1980s
  • 1990s
    • Richard Engle CC’98 reports: “My current civilian job is as a requirements manager for weather data within the U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command’s Weather Requirements Branch. I develop and align the planning, programming, requirements, science and technology, test, analyses, and integration efforts…for current and future weather and warfighting systems.” Engle performs many other duties, including “the coordination and employment of United States Air Force Weather personnel in support of Army combat and contingency operations worldwide.”
    • Andrew Brettler RC’99 launched Berk Brettler LLP in December of 2022, continuing his entertainment litigation practice.
  • 2010s
    • Matthew Macaluso RC’01 was appointed professor and Bee McWane Reid Endowed Chair in Mood Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in July 2020. In May of 2022, he became vice chair for clinical affairs for UAB Psychiatry.
    • Eve K. Kokolis RC’05 has joined the firm of Goldberg Segalla in its workers’ compensation group, based in Princeton, New Jersey. She counsels and defends insurers, employers, and third-party administrators in all stages of litigation from inception to appeal, and draws on several years of experience practicing workers’ compensation defense.
    • Brian Pickard CLAW’08 is among several colleagues promoted to counsel at the law firm of Faegre Drinker, effective January 1, 2023. Pickard specializes in government and regulatory affairs and is based on Philadelphia.
    • Jonathan Keller PHARM’10 is among several colleagues promoted to counsel at the law firm of Faegre Drinker, effective January 1, 2023. Keller specializes in health care law and is based in Florham Park, New Jersey.
    • Kathryn Mary Kroeper SAS’12 earned her Ph.D. in social psychology from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2020. She continued her doctoral research as a postdoctoral fellow at The Ohio State University until 2022. Now, Katie is a tenure-track assistant professor of psychology at Sacred Heart University. In personal news, Katie married her longtime partner, Bryan, in 2020. In 2021, they welcomed their first child, Liam.
    • Terrence Mitchell SCJ’14 joined the firm of Goldberg Segalla in its employment and labor group, based in Princeton, New Jersey. He counsels and defends the interests of clients facing employment and labor, civil rights, harassment, and discrimination claims.
    • Addison Hinrichs SAS’15 is a political analyst and director of administration in the Democratic office of New Jersey state senate.
    • Tyrha Marie Lindsey RBS’17 was recently presented with the 2022 ATHENA Leadership Award by the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce. Lindsey is a clinical assistant professor of marketing and the director of industry relations and experiential learning at the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University. “Empowering women and giving back to my community in innovative ways is at the core of who I am,” says Lindsey. “Many thanks to the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce and its Leading Waco Women program for recognizing my passions as well as my professional career accomplishments.”
    • Aneri Shah SAS’18 is among the first-year associate class at the law firm of Faegre Drinker. Shah specializes in real estate and is based in Philadelphia.
    • Zachary Miller SAS’18 is an associate in the Gibbons P.C. Employment & Labor Law Group. Miller recently completed a clerkship for the Honorable Thomas M. Moore, Essex Vicinage, Civil Division, where he was responsible for preparing motion write-ups, revising letter opinions, and conducting legal research.
  • 2020s
    • Pierre Avalos NLAW’21 is among the first-year associate class at the law firm of Faegre Drinker. Avalos specializes in business litigation and is based in Florham Park, New Jersey.
    • Dennis Feriozzi GSBC’21 is a mortgage banker with loanDepot. “I recently reached one year in the mortgage business as of October 2022. I am passionate about helping first-time homebuyers qualify for the home they want, and getting them into the right program for them to start building equity/wealth. I also started to get into real estate investing myself, so helping investors is another strength of mine.”
    • Adelhajda Sejdinovic NLAW’22: is among the first-year associate class at the law firm of Faegre Drinker. Sejdinovic specializes in corporate law and is based in Florham Park, New Jersey.
    • Ya Wang CLAW’22: is among the first-year associate class at the law firm of Faegre Drinker. Wang specializes in investment management and is based in Philadelphia.

December 2022

  • 1960s
    • Leonard Ackerman RC’62, NLAW’64 has written a weekly column for a California newspaper, the Mountain Messenger, for the past three years. It is the oldest continually published local newspaper in the state, tracing its roots back to the Gold Rush. Although still a fulltime practicing attorney, Ackerman has developed a passion for writing and published a collection of his columns last year.
    • Alan Ammerman ED’62 is retired and lives in Palm Coast, Florida.
    • Geoffrey Gould RC’62 RC’62 reports: “Our RC Class of 1962 had a very successful 60th reunion October 20-22. Almost three dozen classmates, spouses and others enjoyed two summer-like days on campus. Our reunion lunch on Friday the 21st was full of friendly conversation, memories of earlier reunions and two wonderful awards to class president Barry Pavelec for his many years of creative service, including his development and nurturing of our class website, www.rutgers62.org. The most significant honors included a Joint Legislative Resolution by the New Jersey Legislature citing Barry for his decades of achievement and the renaming of our class Public Service scholarships in honor of Barry. We were very happy for such good memories from a reunion we won’t forget. Don’t forget our new Facebook site at Rutgers Class College of 1962, a primary place to share class news from now on, though our website will live on for a time.”
  • 1980s
    • Dawn Patrice Daly-Mack CCAS’89 is a registered nurse and ACO care coordinator with Rural Health Group, Inc. She is affiliated with the American Nurses Association and North Carolina Nurses Association. She is also excited to report: “I will be making history as the first female chapter president of the Northampton County NAACP starting January 2023.”
  • 1990s
    • Georgios Bathas SAS’93 resides in Zografos, a suburb of Athens, Greece. Having worked in telecommunications for 24 years, he began working for the Information Society S.A. in 2019 as a senior technical consultant. He is involved in “nationwide government projects…as a technical expert on project management and on complexity and interoperability.”
    • John A. Johnson NJMS’97 a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves Medical Corps, has joined the Government Employees Health Association (GEHA) team as chief medical officer. He will oversee all clinical programs, focusing on quality improvement and enhancing culturally relevant services and solutions inherent to GEHA’s efforts. Recognizing “a continued and growing need to help members understand their complex medical needs and conditions,” Johnson says that “members are best served when we understand the communities in which they live and can leverage an evidence-based approach to care.”
    • After graduating from Rutgers, Galit Moskowitz RC’98 went on to be certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a matrimonial law attorney and founded her own firm, Moskowitz Law Group, LLC. She received the Award of Merit from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in 2004.
  • 2010s
    • Daniel Lurie RC’10 has been named counsel to Blank Rome LLP’s nationally recognized real estate practice. Daniel is based in New York and counsels clients in formations of joint venture lending, real estate investment platforms, and other areas.
  • 2020s
    • Arianeh Hamzelou NCAS’16, NLAW’20 joins Goldberg Segalla’s transportation group in Newark. Hamzelou was previously an assistant prosecutor for Hudson County in Jersey City. Hamzelou concentrates her practice on a variety of civil litigation matters with a focus on the transportation industry.
    • Hena Bajaj RBS’22 reports: “Upon completing my MBA from Rutgers Business School in August 2022, I accepted an offer with Inspira Health Network as a Managing Operations Consultant. This role was strategically the best move for my career aspirations in healthcare/hospitals.”
    • Annie Lure SAS’22 publishes Milltown Living with Best Version Media. It is one of 42 town-specific magazines in New Jersey and among 1,000 in North America.

November 2022

  • 1950s
    • Harold Kaplan RC’57 reports on Class of 1957 activities at Homecoming: “Our 65th reunion produced a small turnout. Only Tom Carpenter RC’57, John RC’57 and Eileen Hurley, and my wife Rosalind and I attended. We all met at the parking lot where they were holding the Old Guard Dinner. We were then picked up by the Class of 1957 Golf Travel Van and taken to the Class of 1957 Golf Training Center. What a great, highly technical center. This facility and travel van have been great for recruiting. Thanks to the great Class of 1957.”
      “After meeting many of the student athletes,” Kaplan continues, “we relaxed in the Class of 1957 Lounge for the golf team. From here, the van transported us to the Old Guard Dinner. Frankly, it was not the same as when we had our 50th. No marching in, no announcements, and not a large turnout. We did have class elections and all officers remain the same for the next 5 years, God willing. As a class we raised about $98,000 of which 90 percent was designated for programs. We have 244 contactable alumni and of those, 54 donated. Thanks to all who donated. It was a good response. Only my wife and I attended a great football game.”
  • 1970s
    • C. Philip Campbell Jr. RC’70 has been recognized in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his work in commercial, First Amendment, and intellectual property litigation. He is a partner in the Tampa office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP.
    • Robert Faszczewski RC’70 published his first collection of fiction and science fiction short stories, Taming the Timeline (Saltwater Media.com) in 2020. He is working on a follow-up collection, Linking Arms with Giants, expected to be published through Amazon at the end of 2022. He has also had a number of fiction and science fiction short stories published in national magazines. A resident of Berlin, Maryland, he is active in several writer’s associations.
    • Dennis Eugene Fox RC’70 is CEO of the Client Development Institute and author of “Selling the 7 C’s,” “Mastering Referrals and Introductions,” “Mastering the Telephone,” “Questions ARE the Answer,” and “I’ll work with You…IF you Speak my Language.”
    • Rich Wieland RC’71 left Rutgers during his senior year (1965) and became America’s youngest newspaper editor at the age of 21. Between jobs in 1971, he returned to finish his last semester as a Henry Rutgers Scholar. He went on to careers in advertising/PR management and real estate sales and was president of three homeowner communities. He moved to Delaware after living most of his life in New Jersey.
    • Evon Martins UCN’73 retired in 2021 after serving as Professor of Chemistry at Montgomery County Community College in Pennsylvania for 21 years. Martins was also Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at Rutgers New Brunswick for 9 years and a research scientist at Engelhard Corporation in New Jersey for 9 years.
    • Anand Chaudhuri GSNB’76 reports: “I just published a book titled A Long And Winding Journey In America on Amazon. It can be found using my name ‘Anand Chaudhuri’ and/or the book title.” Chaudhuri hopes the book “connects with everyone around the globe who has dreamt about and faced the realities of attempting to make America their home.”
  • 1980s
    • Charles A. Augustus II NJMS’81 is Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Baptist Health of South Florida at Homestead Hospital.
    • Catherine Kuzma CCAS’86 continues to pursue an active art practice, exhibiting work in American and international venues. Her website is www.catherinekuzma.com.
    • Donna Gerard LC’83 reports: “After 34 years as a classroom teacher, I retired from teaching and wrote Who’s Tougher Than Us? The Realities of Teaching, a memoir/commentary that is now available on Amazon.”
    • Susan Parish RC’88 is dean of the College of Health Professions at Virginia Commonwealth University. She and her husband, Tim Cowan ENG’90, live in Glen Allen, Virginia.
  • 1990s
    • Julie A. Auerbach CLAW’92 will be honored with the 2022 Pennsylvania Bar Association’s C. Dale McClain Quality of Life/Balance Award during the association’s Committee/Section Day on November 17 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Auerbach is an attorney with Astor Weiss Kaplan & Mandel LLP in Philadelphia. Her volunteer work includes serving on the board of the Supportive Older Women’s Network and as an attorney affiliate for the Women’s Resource Center in Wayne, New Jersey.
    • Mary Beth Paradise CC’92 reports: “Just released my first children’s book, Beach Santa (Growin Up Publishing, 2022). Twenty-five percent of the profits are going to Team LeGrand. I can send further info if you are interested in learning more. You can also visit my site at mbparadiseauthor.com.”
    • Christina Jarvis RC’93 has published her second book, Lucky Mud & Other Foma: A Field Guide to Kurt Vonnegut’s Environmentalism and Planetary Citizenship (Seven Stories Press, 2022). An English and history major at Rutgers, Jarvis and is now Professor of English at SUNY Fredonia and recently celebrated her twenty-sixth wedding anniversary to Thomas Annear MGSA’95.
    • After graduating from Rutgers, Galit Moskowitz RC’98 went on to be certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney and founded her own firm, Moskowitz Law Group, LLC. She received the Award of Merit from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in 2004.
    • Paul Cosgrove CLAW’99 is an attorney with the firm of Ulmer & Berne LLP and has been recognized in the latest edition of Benchmark Litigation.
  • 2000s
    • Corinna Crafton DC’02 has been appointed Head of The Wardlaw + Hartridge School in Edison, New Jersey following an international search process and the unanimous recommendation of the school’s search committee. In her current role as Associate Head of School, Crafton is responsible for driving innovation in all areas of teaching and leading several strategic initiatives including Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB); faculty growth and development; and sustainability, as well as various curriculum audits and mapping.
    • Jared Beloff RC’04 reports that his debut collection of poetry, Who Will Cradle Your Head (publisher TBA) will be published in February of 2023. The book is about parenting in the age of climate change.
    • Shaina Brenner LC’07 was recently honored with the prestigious Milken Educator Award, often referred to as “the Oscars of teaching.” Established by the Milken Family Foundation, the award gives recipients $25,000 and extensive professional development opportunities. Brenner teaches second grade in Jackson, New Jersey.
  • 2010s
    • Audi Kusumo Syarief SAS’11 is a senior associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in Washington, D.C.
    • Mohammad Kazem Alkhawaja SCJ’12 reports that he is an attorney with the Palestinian Bar Association and that “I just finished my seventh year practicing law in the Palestinian Territory.” He takes pride in knowing that “with the full support I received from Rutgers staff and faculty” he “did push ahead to satisfy my self-determination and success” and “graduated from Rutgers University with honors.”
    • Former RWJMS resident Burton Tabaac (2015–2018 residency) gave a TEDx talk entitled “Mental Health Meets Psychedelics” at UCLA during the summer.
    • Abigail Brooks SAS’19 reports: “I am a private banking advisor in wealth management at PNC Private Bank in Center City Philadelphia. At age 26, I am the youngest advisor on the team (out of 80 financial advisors) and studying for my Certified Financial Planner License (CFP).”
  • 2020s
    • Evan Karadimos SAS’20 works for Odeko as a People Operations Coordinator.

October 2022

  • 1950s
    • Harold Kaplan RC’57 reports sad news about the death of Roberta Mooney, wife of Charlie Mooney RC’57. Roberta passed away in September. “Our classmates’ thoughts and prayers go out to Charlie and his family,” says Kaplan.
  • 1960s
    • A Class Act, a new play from Norman Shabel CLAW’69, has received positive reviews and will be performed at the Sandrell Rivers Theater in Miami, Florida from November 11 through November 20, 2022. “Norman Shabel has written a nail-biting play about corruption gnawing away throughout a class action suit against a major chemical company,” says Huffington Post drama critic David Finkle.
  • 1980s
    • Rolland Coutinho CC’88 is employed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). He describes working “on Air Traffic Control Software, helping Rutgers Fans travel safely domestically and internationally. (Other teams’ fans too by the way!)”
  • 1990s
    • Laura Houston CCAS’90, GSC’94 was recently named Executive Director at the Animal Welfare Association of New Jersey.
    • Col. James Zacchino Jr. LC’96, GSM’98 assumed command of U.S. Army Garrison Fort Drum at Fort Drum, New York on July 23, 2021. Zacchino attended Rutgers Army ROTC from 1993 to 1998.
  • 2000s
    • Javier Folgar NCAS’07 has founded TOA Waters, a startup bubble-bath business steering away from typically floral-scented baths. “I am proud to announce that TOA Waters…will be featured on QVC2 during National Hispanic Heritage Month as part of Qurate Retail Group’s 2022 Small Business Spotlight,” says Folgar.
    • Candis McLean DC’09 is a staff writer at The Infatuation, an online publication focusing on food and travel recommendations.
    • Environmental attorney Matthew Karmel RC’09 has joined the law firm of Offit Kurman as principal in its East Hanover, New Jersey office. Mr. Karmel leads the firm’s burgeoning Environmental and Sustainability practice area. He also is a member of the Real Estate Law and Transactions group.
  • 2010s
    • Armando Alfonso ENG’13 is included in the Front Runner New Jersey 2022 edition of the 30 Under 35 Top Young Latino Leaders of South Jersey.
    • The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen (Penguin Random House, 2022) by Isaac Blum GSC’13 has been longlisted for the National Book Award. A Kirkus starred review calls the book “funny, smart, moving, courageous, and so timely it almost hurts.”
    • Jonathan I. Amira CLAW’14 is included in the Front Runner New Jersey 2022 edition of the 30 Under 35 Top Young Latino Leaders of South Jersey.
    • Sean Brown GSC’15 is CEO of disruptXn, a company focused on strategic planning and political consulting. He has two sons.
    • Robert Lamilla CLAW’15 is included in the Front Runner New Jersey 2022 edition of the 30 Under 35 Top Young Latino Leaders of South Jersey.
    • Maria Cortez CLAW’17 is included in the Front Runner New Jersey 2022 edition of the 30 Under 35 Top Young Latino Leaders of South Jersey.
  • 2020s
    • Alesha Figueroa-Falcon CCAS’20 is included in the Front Runner New Jersey 2022 edition of the 30 Under 35 Top Young Latino Leaders of South Jersey.
    • Matthew Dionisio RBSG’22 is now Senior Supply Chain Analyst at Teva Pharmaceuticals.
    • On September 6, Rosenberg Rich Baker Berman (RRBB) Accountants and Advisors officially welcomed Christopher Kimock RBS’22 to its team as a staff accountant. Kimock has been a member of the RRBB team since January 2021 when he joined as an intern while completing his undergraduate degree.
    • Daniela Velez SAS’22 is included in the Front Runner New Jersey 2022 edition of the 30 Under 35 Top Young Latino Leaders of South Jersey.

September 2022

  • 1990s
    • Eileen Becker CLAW’92 has been selected for the 2023 Best Lawyers in America, in the category of Insurance Law, Medical Malpractice Law–Defendants and Personal Injury Litigation–Defendants.
    • Jennifer Sciortino SCILS’97 is director of communications at the New Jersey Department of the Treasury. “The education I received through Rutgers School of Communication, Information, and Library Studies has been invaluable,” says Sciortino. “After working in government communications for nearly 25 years, including serving two New Jersey governors, two Senate presidents, and three Assembly speakers, I decided to take the plunge myself and run for elected office.” She is now Bordentown’s second woman mayor, assuming the oath of office on May 20, 2021.
  • 2000s
    • From Michael Leon LC’04, “In 2020, I started a news program called Can We Please Talk? to do something about the way news and information is not only being consumed, but being produced…I am proud to say [the program] is now a top 200 news commentary podcast in America, available wherever you get your podcasts. It is hosted by me along with co-host Nick Zaveri LC’02.”
  • 2010s
    • Desiree Knight UCN’15 is a human service specialist with the County Welfare Agency in the Hudson County Department of Family Services.
    • Mayuresh Pandit RBSG’15 is a senior product manager at Amazon.
    • Katia Galarraga GSN’17 is a customs specialist at Teledyne Princeton Instruments.
  • 2020s
    • Christina Mandriota SNUR’22 is a clinical nurse serving in the United States Air Force. “I am beginning the Nurse Transition Program in September at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, to begin training as a military clinical nurse.”

August 2022

  • 1970s
    • Robert Gainey CCAS’75 has published Poetry and Prose for Meaningful Connections: History and Education under the pen name The Olympian. A former All-American athlete at Rutgers University–Camden, Gainey conveys lyricism and a wide range of emotions and experiences in his writing.
    • Gerald R. Gioglio GSNB’76 reports that his second book, Marching to a Silent Tune: A Journey from We Shall to Hell No will be published by ACTA Publications in September 2022. It is the story of a trained infantry soldier’s conscientious objection and active war resistance in the Vietnam era.
    • Dr. Edward Podleckis COOK’79 retired as a senior risk manager at the USDA. He received the inaugural APHIS Sustained Scientific Achievement Award and the 2022 American Seed Trade Association’s Chairman’s Distinguished Service Award.
  • 1990s
    • William G. Wraga RC’79, GSE’91, retired as a professor emeritus at the University of Georgia.
    • The Connecticut Council of Language Teachers has honored Yensen Sierra Lambert DC’98 with its Language Teacher of the Year award. Lambert is department chair of world languages at Greens Farms Academy in Westport, CT.
    • Jennifer Johnson CLAW’99 is a real estate shareholder at Flaster Greenberg.
  • 2000s
    • Olalekan O. Adetoro SHRPG’03 is an adjunct professor at Essex County College.
    • Fabian A. Jenkins SC&I’07 is a business intelligence and analytics developer at Columbia University.
  • 2010s
    • Erika Levin RC’00, CLAW’03, partner at the law firm of Fox Rothchild, was honored by Crain’s New York Business as a 2022 Notable Diverse Leader in Law. The award recognizes “a commitment to community service, philanthropy, professional mentorship, and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.”
    • Cortney Brewer SAS’13 is a Maxient system analyst in the Office of Student Life at Ohio State University.
    • Joshua Hoyos NCAS’14 has been promoted to New York bureau chief at ABC News. Joining the organization in 2012 as an intern on Good Morning America, Hoyos rose through the ranks to help cover numerous events of national and global importance. “He has always had a great eye for stories and a steadying presence during breaking news,” says ABC Vice President of Newsgathering Michael Kreisel.
    • Paul V. Benet RSBG’15 is a tax manager at Marcum LLP.
    • Olivia Rowland CCAS’16 is a physical therapist for the United States Olympics and Paralympic Committee.
  • 2020s
    • Rachel Campo SAS’20 has joined the Institute for Defense Analyses as a research associate. The IDA is a nonprofit corporation focusing on U.S. security and science policy challenges.

July 2022

  • 1960s
    • Robert S. McElvaine RC’68 has published The Times They Were a-Changin’: 1964—The Year the Sixties Arrived and the Battlelines of Today Were Drawn (Arcade, 2022). Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, co-chair of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol, calls McElvaine’s volume a “riveting” and “eye-opening book” that “makes clear the reasons society must study past mistakes to prevent them from reoccurring.”
  • 1970s
    • Michael P. Riccards NCAS’66, GSNB’70 is the author or coauthor of several volumes, including Woodrow Wilson as Commander in Chief: The Presidency and the Great War (McFarland, 2019) and Party Politics in the Age of Roosevelt: The Making of Modern America (Rowman & Littlefield, 2022).
    • Leslie Anne Miller GSNB’74, chair of the Board of Directors at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, was recently inducted into the American Philosophical Society in the division of the arts, professions, and leaders in public and private affairs.
    • Gary R. Login RC’79 became a diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry.
  • 1980s
    • Leonard Jones Jr. NCAS’80 is the assistant vice president for facilities services at Montclair State University.
  • 1990s
    • James Gregory Sahagian RC’93 has launched a wealth management practice, Ramapo Wealth Advisors, in Ramsey, NJ.
    • Deidra Viney RBSNB’93 is now owner and CEO of Express Employment Professionals of Edison, NJ and Jersey City, NJ.
  • 2000s
    • Richard J. Gimbl RC’00 has been appointed vice chancellor for university advancement and executive director of the USC Upstate Foundation.
    • Brian P. Strope RBSG’00 has been promoted to vice president of finance and risk management in the New York-based development firm Rockefeller Group.
    • Shana Kushner Gadarian RC’02 and Michael Gadarian RC’02 live in Syracuse, NY, with their children Jonah (12), Ethan (9), and Ella (4). Mike is a federal prosecutor and Shana is a professor of political science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Shana’s second book, Pandemic Politics: The Deadly Toll of Partisanship in the Age of COVID, will be published in fall 2022.
    • Marissa Ruggiero RC’02 is director of people and culture at Bed Bath & Beyond, Inc. and also supports corporate functions for buybuyBABY.
    • Tara Flynn Condon SCILS’04 has been elected to a second term as president of Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation.
  • 2010s
    • Joni Gomez-Schaefer SSW’13 earned a doctorate degree from the University of Southern California in 2020.
    • Nuriyeni Kartika Bintarsari GSN’14 is an associate professor at Universitas Jenderal Soedirman, a public university in Purwokerto, Indonesia.
    • Emily Myhren SCI’14 has been presented with the New Jersey Library Association/New Jersey Association of School Librarians Amy Job Partnership Award.
    • Stacey R. Gorin CLAW’16, a commercial litigation associate in the law firm of Capehart Scatchard, has received the prestigious Young Lawyer of the Year Award from the New Jersey State Bar Association.
    • Lauren Lefevre SSW’19 has joined the law firm of Florio Perrucci Steinhardt Cappelli Tipton & Taylor LLC as an associate in the firm’s Education Law and Municipal Law Practice Group. She assists school board and municipal clients in day-to-day legal issues, labor and employment, discipline and harassment, governance, OPRA, public contracting, and other legal matters.
  • 2020s
    • Divya Kohli RSDM’20 is an assistant professor at the College of Dental Medicine in Nova Southeastern University.

June 2022

  • 1960s
    • Fred Schein RC’63 is a board member of the Log Cabin Republicans of California and has founded five chapters in his position as chapter development chair.
  • 1970s
    • James Antoniono GSNB’72 has begun his third year of a three-year term as treasurer of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Antoniono is an attorney and partner in the law firm of DeBernardo, Antoniono, McCabe, and Davis P.C.
    • Lew Ritter RC’74 recently published his first novel, a work of historical fiction entitled Turbulence: Dispatches from the Student Protest Movement, Rutgers 1970. A retired educator, Ritter continues working as a substitute teacher in Bergen County.
  • 1980s
    • M. Cecelia Parrish DC’83 shares her positive response to a story about Scarlet Raptor men’s soccer forward Khari Shepherd donating his meal plan funds to combat food insecurity. “It leaves me so inspired,” says Parrish.
    • A Healthy House is the latest work from playwright Tom Diriwachter RC’86. Focusing on a father and son whose lives are disrupted by unscrupulous salesmen, the play is on stage at Theater for the New City in Manhattan until June 19.
    • Patricia Morgan NJMS’95 recently became medical director of the Kapiʻolani Child Advocacy and Protection (KCAP) Center at Kapiʻolani Medical Center for Women and Children in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. Morgan is board certified in general pediatrics and child abuse pediatrics and will oversee clinical, medical, and administrative responsibilities for KCAP.
    • Lesley Wheeler RC’89 has published Poetry’s Possible Worlds (Tinderbox Editions, 2022), a memoir about reading poetry during a time of life crisis.
  • 1990s
    • Diana Manning RC’90, NLAW’93 was appointed to the editorial board of the legal news service Law360. Manning is managing principal attorney at the law firm of Bressler, Amery, and Ross.
    • James MacDonough NCAS’97 was sworn in as chief of police of Mansfield Township, Warren County, New Jersey on April 1, 2022. He has served in the township’s police department since 2005.
    • RaJade M. Berry-James SPAA’99 was the keynote speaker for the Kean University Class of 2022 Honors Convocation ceremony. Berry-James is faculty chair at North Carolina State University where she teaches in the School of Public and International Affairs. Recently elected to the UNC faculty assembly in an advisory role, she is also a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and vice chair of the Standing Panel on Social Equity in Governance.
  • 2000s
    • Brian Benfer MGSA’03 received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar award for 2022. Benfer will be an Associate Professor at the Art Academy of Latvia.
    • Attorney Ryan A. Hancock CLAW’03 has been named a 2022 Pennsylvania Rising Star.
  • 2010s
    • Nathan Buchter CCAS’08, CLAW’14 has been elevated to partner at the law firm of Fox Rothschild LLP in Philadelphia.
    • Michael Babulski LC’94, GSC’17 is a retired Linden police lieutenant and now works as a product specialist in sales for Visual Computer Solutions (VCS).
    • Sahil Parikh SEBS’17 is a third-year medical student at St. George’s University.
    • Shahé Navasart Sanentz SCI’89, GSNB’19 delivered a speech in New York City’s Times Square during the 107th Armenian Genocide Commemoration.
  • 2020s
    • Opeyemi (Yemi) Akinde SAS’17, NLAW’20 has been appointed a New Lawyer Trustee for the Gloucester County Bar Association and will serve on its board for the 2022-2023 term. Akinde is an attorney with the law firm of Hyland Levin Shapiro LLP.
    • Shiksha Burman RBS’22 is a global supply chain manager at Gilead Sciences.
    • Hannah Oluwakorede Kasunmu SPAA’22 is a resident community associate at the New York City Housing Authority.
    • Lauren O’Brien GSN’22 is a 2022-2023 Getty Graduate Intern for the Getty Conservation Institute’s Los Angeles African American Historic Places Project.
    • Dissertation research by Suzanne Salamanca GSN’22 focusing on sexual violence was selected for the Journal of Forensic Nursing 2022 Special Issue on Health Disparity and Health Equity. Also, McGraw Hill accepted Salamanca’s trauma-informed practice textbook prospectus for publication on their new institutional platform AccessMedicine.
    • Courtney J. Wise NCAS’22 is a clinical review nurse at EmblemHealth.

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 was posthumously awarded 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.