Class notes


Albert B. Shackman, HS '53, Med '54 (PGF), manages, plays the clarinet, and sings for the Goldenaires, a big-band-style musical group. The retired Johns Hopkins professor of radiology is enjoying life at the Edenwald Retirement Community in Towson, Maryland.


Mary Jean S. Silk, A&S '58 (PhD), lives in Johannesburg, where she has been admitted to the Order of Simon of Cyrene in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, the highest award that can be bestowed by the church on a layperson. In 2014, Silk was appointed the first churchwarden emerita, providing oversight on financial matters and mentoring the younger generation at Johannesburg's St. Mary's Cathedral.


James Kallis, Engr '60, is a reliability engineer who applies his expertise to improve medical and dental devices. In the past two years, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued patents for two of his inventions.

Frank A. Ward II, A&S '60, was a recipient of the 2014 Commissioner's Diversity and Inclusion Award by Social Security Administration Acting Commissioner Carolyn Colvin. Ward is a senior attorney in the administration's Office of Disability Adjudication and Review in Syracuse, New York.


Gerald H. "Jerry" Gizinski, Engr '65, is retired from a career in the energy industry and has done some consulting and entrepreneurial work.

Alan M. Wiseman, A&S '65, is celebrating 50 years of marriage to his wife, Paula, with whom he has three children. Wiseman is senior of counsel in Covington & Burling's Washington, D.C., office.


W. Bruce Fye, A&S '68, Med '72, '77 (PGF), '78 (MA), is professor emeritus of medicine and the history of medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.


John A. Eckstein, SAIS '71 (Dipl), '72, director of corporate practice for Fairfield and Woods law firm, was named a 2015 Super Lawyer and one of the top five securities lawyers in the Denver area by 5280 magazine. He also serves on the advisory board for the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis and hikes the Colorado and Continental Divide trails.


Morris G. "Skip" Miller, A&S '76, was selected as a finalist for South Florida Business & Wealth's 2015 Leaders in Law in the corporate law category. Miller is a shareholder and attorney for Greenspoon Marder Law and focuses on public finance and representation of nonprofits.


Colin Chinn, A&S '79, SPH '82, serves as U.S. Pacific Command surgeon for the U.S. Navy. He is responsible for all U.S. military medical forces and for oversight of U.S. military global health engagement activities in the Asia-Pacific region. He recently received a two-star rear admiral promotion.

**Louise Erdrich, A&S '79 (MA)****, has been named the recipient of the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction for 2015.


Jacqueline G. "Jackie" Coolidge, A&S '80, retired from the World Bank but continues to consult, which keeps her traveling to places such as Ethiopia, Vietnam, and Turkey. She and her husband, Mau VanDuren, live in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Carole Fern Rafique, Engr '80 married a law school classmate and has two sons. One is a freshman at Johns Hopkins. She lives in Surrey, England, and works as a barrister, prosecuting for the crown.


William T. Barto, A&S '81, is an administrative law judge with the Social Security Administration in Charlottesville, Virginia. His youngest daughter is a first-year student at the University of Virginia.

E. Clarke Porter, Ed '81 (MS), has been a driving force in the computer-based testing industry since its inception, creating the first commercial computerized testing technology. He currently serves as vice president and general manager of Pearson Credential Management and in 2013 received an award for professional contributions to testing by the Association of Test Publishers.


Wolfgang Natter, A&S '82 (MA), '90 (PhD), was appointed vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia in 2014.


Janine Austin Clayton, A&S '84, has received the Lila A. Wallis Award from the American Medical Women's Association. A board-certified ophthalmologist, Clayton serves as associate director for research on women's health and director of the office of research on women's health at the National Institutes of Health.

Lisa Ginsburg, A&S '84, is a writer, director, and editor whose article, "Worlds Apart in Singapore," was the cover story for issue 15 of the journal Asian Jewish Life.


Bradley L. Frohman, Engr '86 (MS), was hired in January as director of portfolio management for the United Network for Organ Sharing, which manages the nation's transplant system.


Karen M. McNamara, Engr '87, has accepted the position of deputy program executive for NASA's Orion program. The Orion spacecraft will serve as an exploration vehicle to carry humans to space.


Sagar Lonial, A&S '89, has been named chief medical officer of the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. He is also professor and executive vice chair of the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology at the Emory University School of Medicine. Lonial is a leading authority in multiple myeloma treatment and research.


Andrew Scheffer, A&S '90, has returned to the U.S. after living in Singapore. He and his wife, Sonja, welcomed their first child, Charlotte, in January. A wealth management professional, Scheffer has decided to start a business teaching mindfulness at corporations.


Kim D. Butler, A&S '92 (MA), '95 (PhD), received a grant from the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program to conduct research in Brazil, studying the country's Black Power movement of the 1970s. She is an associate professor of history at Rutgers University and president of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora.


Kathryn Ananda-Owens, Peab '93 (MM), '98 (DMA), was promoted to professor of music at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, where she has been a member of the piano faculty for 15 years. She also serves on the board of directors of the Performing Arts Medicine Association, which is dedicated to the health of performing artists.

Charles H. Luh, A&S '93, serves on the board of directors for the 1000 Books Foundation, which promotes the nationwide early literacy program, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. In April, Luh presented at the Arkansas Literary Festival.

John R. Mattox II, A&S '93, lives with his wife and three children in Franklin, Tennessee, where he works as a measurement consultant for the Corporate Executive Board.


Francis J. H. Park, A&S '94, finished a year as deputy director of the Commander's Action Group of the International Security Assistance Force in Kabul, Afghanistan. He now serves at the U.S. Army Center of Military History as a historian, covering the U.S. Army's Afghanistan campaigns from 2001 to 2014.

Timothy A. Waire Jr., Engr '94 (MS), joined the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as chief information officer in January.


Linda Lang, Bus '95 (MS), joined the KatzAbosch accounting firm in Maryland as a government contracts consultant in January.

Adam D. Lippe, A&S '95, is married with three children. He has served as a prosecutor for more than 15 years, during which time he has been an assistant state's attorney and chief of the Baltimore County state's attorney's economic crimes unit and animal abuse unit.


Will Anderson, A&S '96 (MS), is director for the Department of Economic and Workforce Development for Baltimore County, Maryland.

Michael A. Downs, Engr '96, was promoted to vice president of land development for Toll Brothers. He previously served as an assistant vice president of land development in Pennsylvania and Delaware.

Megan A. Gillispie-Artz, A&S '96 (MAG), joined the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston as vice president for development in February.

Rae Lynn Guest, Engr '96, andChristopher M. Guest, Engr '96, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Marshall, on July 1, 2014. He joins big sister Cameron and big brother RJ.


Sherita H. Golden, HS '97, Med '00 (PGF), SPH '00, assumed the role of executive vice chair of the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins on February 1. She serves as the Hugh P. McCormick Family Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Edward W. Smith, SAIS Nanj '97 (Cert), lived and worked for 22 years in China. He and his family have returned to Melbourne, Australia, where he works for Monash University. He remains involved with the Australia China Alumni Association he founded in 2007 and with Beijing Consulting Group, publisher of BJCG China Higher Education.


Ian Lee Brown, Bus '99 (MS), '04 (Cert), was named executive director of Covenant Village of Florida senior living community in February.

Chicquita Crawford, Bus '99, chairs the Baltimore City Special Education Citizens' Advisory Committee, which works to enable the Board of School Commissioners and the school district's central office staff to improve the delivery of special education services.

Sherrance Henderson, Bus '99 (Cert), has signed a three-license agreement with Golden Corral Corporation and has broken ground on her first Golden Corral franchise in Poughkeepsie, New York. The restaurant is scheduled to open in July.

Donald Walker, Ed '99 (MAT), '01 (Cert), earned a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Maryland College of Education in December 2014.


Michael D. Hoke, A&S '00 (MA), is of counsel at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck and is a shareholder as of January. Working out of the law firm's Denver office, he focuses on complex civil litigation.

Donna Bilu Martin, A&S '00, Med '04, recently started a dermatology practice, Premier Dermatology, MD, in Aventura, Florida. She and her husband,Samuel Martin, Engr '01, celebrated 10 years of marriage in May.

Mark O'Neill, SPH '00, has been selected for membership in the Young Presidents' Organization, a global network of young chief executives in more than 125 countries. He is CEO of the Gastro Florida gastroenterology practice in Tampa Bay, Florida.


Brian Josias, A&S '01, and his wife, Risa, announced the arrival of their daughter, Eliana Belle, born on October 21, 2014. The family resides in Chicago, where Josias works for Schiff Hardin as an associate who focuses on white-collar criminal defense and complex commercial litigation.


Jarrod Neal Bernstein, A&S '02, his wife, Hildy Kuryk, and son, Jake, welcomed Lillian David to the family on November 18, 2014. Bernstein serves as senior vice president for marketing and communications for CarePoint Health, an integrated hospital and physician provider. In 2014, he was named a captain of the Saltaire Volunteer Fire Company in Saltaire, New York.

Theodore C. Pierson, Med '02, (PhD), is chief of the viral pathogenesis section of the Laboratory of Viral Diseases at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He was a 2014 fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.


Garrett Gleeson, A&S '03, has been named director of development and major gifts for the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing equine medical research. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, Kate.


Douglas M. Ruderfer, Engr '04, '05 (MSE), has received a 2015 Entrepreneurial Award from the Education UK Alumni Awards, which honors the outstanding achievements made by professionals who were educated in the United Kingdom. Ruderfer received his doctorate from Cardiff University.

Brad Ryan, Med '04, has been appointed chief commerce officer for Apervita, the fastest growing health analytics and data marketplace. The physician and health executive will lead Apervita's commercial, product, and market expansion.

Yonit Serkin, A&S '04, SAIS '04 (Dipl), '05, has been named one of the 40 Under 40 in finance and technology by The Marker, Israel's leading financial magazine. She lives outside Tel Aviv with her husband and two sons.


Benjamin Deitchman, A&S '05, earned a doctorate in public policy from Georgia Tech in 2014 and is currently a visiting assistant professor of public policy at the Saunders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, where he lives with his fiancée, Sarah Wilson.

J. Patrick Rouse, A&S '05, is a shareholder in the real estate and corporate law sections of Langley & Banack and was named a 2014 Outstanding Young Lawyer by the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association. He and his wife, Claire, welcomed their first child, John Preston, in April 2013.


Saurabh "Rob" Aggarwal, Engr '06 (PhD), Med '07 (PGF), was recognized by the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy for his research abstracts, which earned platinum and bronze medals in the academy's October 2014 journal issue.

Charles Alwakeel, A&S '06, is an architect working for Goldman Harris law firm in New York City. He advises developers on land use and zoning issues. He also runs his own small residential architecture and design practice.


John S. Butler, Ed '07 (MS), is chief of the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services in Maryland as of January 20.


Crystal L. Cuhlane, A&S '08 (MA), '09 (PhD), has joined the San Diego law office of McKenna Long & Aldridge as an associate. She focuses on patent prosecution in the areas of chemistry, pharma-ceuticals, and biotechnology.

Brian Pike, SPH '08, and his wife, Alexandra Mora, are pleased to announce the arrival of their first child, Gabriel Alexander Pike, who was born in Singapore on January 6.


Steve Marquis Fernandes, Bus '09 (Cert), '14 (MBA), was on the winning team at the Merck Serono Innovation Cup, held in Germany in July 2014. The competition was designed to support new talent interested in drug discovery.

Eric K. Gerard, SAIS '09, has joined the Houston law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend as an associate.

Rehman Javaid, Engr '09 (MS), is CEO of Sybersense, a cyber security startup in the Washington, D.C., area.

Elizabeth Scala, Nurs '09 (MSN/MBA), has been elected to the board of the American Holistic Nurses Association.


Samuel Johnson, Ed '10, '11 (MS), made the Forbes 30 Under 30 Law and Policy list for 2015. The former Baltimore police officer currently serves as the training and exercise coordinator for the City of Baltimore Mayor's Office of Emergency Management.


Karen Hong, A&S '11, has received a 2015 Gates Cambridge Scholarship, awarded to outstanding applicants from outside the United Kingdom to pursue postgraduate degrees at the University of Cambridge. A medical student at Stanford University, Hong hopes to work in preventive eye screening and treatment in underserved Asian countries.

Robert Romano, A&S '11,Ashish Dua, Engr '11, andDaniel Peng, Engr '12, have developed Switchmate, a modern light timer that installs over existing light switches and is controlled through an app. In March, they announced they had sold more than 3,000 units through their crowdfunding campaign.

Kimberly Shorter, A&S '11 (MA), will be one of the featured playwrights in the New Works Reading Series of the 2015 DC Black Theatre Festival held in June.


Seungyoung Hwang, Engr '12 (MSE), received a Junior Professional Award from SAS Global Forum and an award from the SouthEast SAS Users Group Conference last year for contributions to the statistical analysis system community. Hwang is a staff biostatistician in the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Courtney B. Smith, A&S '12 (MA), was hired in February to serve as a public relations and communications manager for Deloitte, located in the Washington, D.C., area.

Eleanor Thadani, A&S '12, andRebecca Krishnan-Ayer, A&S '13, work together at J.Crew's e-commerce division in New York City. They also help plan activities for the NYC Young Alumni Chapter.


Nicholas "Nicky" DePaul, A&S '13, is vice president for business development at Locent, a company that helps businesses sell products and services through two-way text messaging.

Kelvin O. Medina, Engr '13 (MS), served as a panelist for the Enterprise Network Security/PCI Compliance event hosted by the South Florida Technology Alliance in February. He is an information security engineer at the University of Miami.

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