Class Notes

Class notes


Gordon Bockner, A&S '61, SAIS Bol '65 (Dipl), SAIS '66, has served as president of Business Development Associates since 1981, focusing on international technology licensing in the food and beverage packaging industries. He is married with two children and four grandchildren.


Fred A. Kahn, SAIS '63, was recognized in 2014 by U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen for his "outstanding contributions to our government, our country, and our community." Kahn, who for 30 years was a political economist for the U.S. government, helped formulate the modern American presidential debate and worked to promote tolerance and understanding through Holocaust education.


Linda Anderson, Nurs '65 (Dipl), regrets she was unable to attend her reunion at Johns Hopkins. Her husband, Jack, was undergoing cancer treatments. She invites reunion news and photographs at


Richard W. Garner, Med '67, continues to practice orthopedic surgery at Anchorage Fracture Orthopedics in Alaska. He became a half-time employee in March.


Dwight Alpern, A&S '70, an attorney with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is studying archaeology at the University of Maryland and participating in local excavations.

William I. Brustein, SAIS Bol '70 (Dipl), SAIS '71, is vice provost for global strategies and inter­national affairs and professor of sociology, political science, and history at the Ohio State University. He also serves as president of OSU Global Gateways, which supports the university's internationalization efforts.

Rob Buchanan, A&S '70, SAIS '70, serves as president of Charities Aid Foundation America, a global grant-making organization assisting corporations, foundations, and individuals to support causes through global giving.

Brian Mohler, A&S '70, SAIS '72, retired from the U.S. State Department in 2009 but continues to inspect State Department offices in Washington, D.C., and in embassies overseas three months a year.


Randy Datsko, A&S '75, serves as mayor of his hometown of Ebensburg, Pennsylvania.

Udo Wahn, A&S '75, a retired physician, is the writer and publisher of the Cabo and Coral series of children's books, which teaches kids about environmental issues.


Michael Hoffheimer, A&S '77, professor of law at the University of Mississippi School of Law, has been appointed the Jamie L. Whitten Chair of Law and Government. He has taught at the school since 1987.


Leslie S. Leighton, Med '78, received his doctorate from Emory University in May. He is transforming his medical history dissertation on the decline of coronary heart disease mortality in the U.S. into a book and accepted an adjunct appointment at Emory University in the Center for the Study of Human Health.

William A. Owings, Ed '78 (MS), worked as a teacher and school administrator before beginning his career in higher education in 1999. He is a professor of educational leadership at Old Dominion University in Virginia and received a Distinguished Research & Practice Fellow Award at the 2014 National Education Finance Conference.

Ellen Sussman, A&S '78 (MA), best-selling author and teacher, moved to Sonoma County, California, where she plans to offer private writing classes and weekend writing workshops.


Yucel Yalim, Engr '82, reports that he is happily divorced and working as a headshot, event, and fine art boudoir photographer in Arizona.


Duong Nguyen, SPH '83, a native of South Vietnam, served for 11 years as a division surgeon in his country's army before his commis­sion as a medical officer in the U.S. Army. He retired in 1999 and served as a Department of Defense civilian physician at Andrew Rader U.S. Army Health Clinic at Fort Myer until 2008. He currently volunteers as a physician for the Arlington Free Clinic in Virginia.


Asma Afsaruddin, A&S '85 (MA), '93 (PhD), professor and author, stepped down as chairwoman of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Indiana University Bloomington. She is on sabbatical leave this year and continues to reside in Bloomington with her husband, Steve Vinson, A&S '96 (PhD), an associate professor at the same university.

David S. Biderman, A&S '85, executive director and chief executive officer of the Solid Waste Association of North America, represented the U.S. and Canada at the International Solid Waste Association World Congress in Antwerp, Belgium, in September. His employer will host the 2017 ISWA conference in Baltimore.

Susan J. Fetterman, A&S '85, married Lenard Ginn on July 6, 2014. She joined the Philadelphia law firm of White and Williams as counsel in December 2014.

Alan Malabanan, A&S '85, is celebrating seven years with Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he specializes in endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism, and teaches.

Robin Prothro, SPH '85, resigned in September after 15 years as the CEO of Komen Maryland and will pursue consulting opportunities in the nonprofit sector. She was recognized earlier this year by The Daily Record as one of their Top 100 Women in Maryland.


Gloria Bryan, Bus '86, '88 (MS), served for more than 31 years as a Johns Hopkins University employee before retiring this year. She is honored to be a true blue Blue Jay.

Barrett "Barry" Tuck, Bus '86 (MAS), is managing director of the Business Process and Risk Mitigation Unit for SEA Group, a boutique consulting firm that reduces risk and expense while expanding profit opportunities for clients.


Lucinda Bateman, Med '87, is a chronic fatigue syndrome expert and the chief medical officer of Bateman Horne Center. She has partnered with researcher Suzanne D. Vernon, PhD, to develop diagnostic tests to verify symptoms and improve medical care for those who suffer from the disease.

Lloyd Melnick, A&S '87, joined PokerStars in April to serve as director of social gaming. He will develop products for both the PokerStars and Full Tilt brands. As part of the opportunity, he and his family relocated to the Isle of Man.

Richard J. Pan, A&S '87, a pediatrician and California state senator, was recognized by Time magazine as a hero in the history of vaccines for authoring Senate Bill 277, designed to abolish nonmedical exemptions to California school immunization requirements.


Karen Seiger, SAIS Bol '89 (Dipl), SAIS '90, publishes Markets of New York City, an online guide to the city's artisan, farmer, food, and flea markets, and is a contributor to Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn magazines. She is also the director of business development at Colibri Solutions, a technology consulting company.


Andrea Crane, A&S '90, is an independent art dealer focusing on the master artists of the modern and postwar periods. Previously, she directed Gagosian Gallery, one of the world's foremost modern and contemporary art galleries.

Efrem L. Epstein, A&S '90, founded Elijah's Journey: A Jewish Response to Suicide in 2009. The nonprofit raises awareness in the Jewish community about suicide and its connection to mental illness.

Gemaine Owen, Engr '90, has returned to her home of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, where she practices medicine as a roving family physician doing home visits.

Matt Shelley, A&S '90, recently became the chief program officer for Jawonio, a health and human services organization focused on helping children and adults with disabilities.

Harvey Silikovitz, A&S '90, is an attorney and worldwide karaoke singer based in New York. His website,, chronicles his karaoke wanderlust, which has taken him to 38 countries so far.


James J. Wesolowski, A&S '91, is the founding principal of Colibri Solutions, a technology consulting company that offers expert design of custom database, Web, and mobile software solutions. He lives in New York with his wife, Karen Seiger, SAIS Bol '89 (Dipl), SAIS '90.


Yeshim Ergin O'Donnell, A&S '94, joined the Uniondale, New York, law office of Farrell Fritz. She serves as a trusts and estates counsel.


Patricia A. Burt, A&S '95, is an assistant professor of music at Valparaiso University in Indiana, where she teaches music theory and musicianship. Susanna DeBusk Dalais, A&S '95, SAIS '96, worked as an investment banker in various African countries before moving to the island nation of Mauritius, where she and her husband started the Lighthouse Trust, a registered charity in Mauritius, and Lighthouse Primary and Secondary School.


Sara Clemence, A&S '96, '98 (MA), was named new director of Travel + Leisure in July. She previously served as travel editor for The Wall Street Journal. She and her husband, Drew Sanocki, welcomed their second child in January.

Susan Flora, A&S '96, is administrator for the Dunbar-Hopkins Health Initiative, a collaboration between Johns Hopkins University and the Paul Laurence Dunbar High School for the Health Professions. Previously, she helped establish the Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy in Washington, D.C.

Daniel P. Graham, A&S '96, has joined Vinson & Elkins as a partner in the law firm's Washington, D.C., office, where he will help lead the Government Contracts team.


Michael Makfinsky, Bus '97 (MS), '02 (MBA), has worked for Computer Sciences Corporation, based in Falls Church, Virginia, for five years.

Scott R. McIntyre, Bus '97 (MS), managing partner and leader of PricewaterhouseCoopers' Public Sector practice, was honored among Consulting magazine's Top 25 Consultants for 2015.


Anthony Mazzatesta, Engr '98 (MSE), became a shareholder of the engineering firm RETTEW. He works as a senior program manager on the firm's client account management team in Canton, Ohio.


Jorge A. Ferrer, Bus '99, (Cert), '02 (MBA), a biomedical informatician, was recently elected chair of the Innovation Committee of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

Robert M. Palumbos, A&S '99 (BA/MA), an appellate lawyer and partner in the Philadelphia office of Duane Morris, was appointed in July to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee.


Katherine Rouse David, A&S '00, is a partner of Strasburger & Price in San Antonio, Texas, where she specializes in tax law. She and her husband, Ryan David, Bus '09 (MBA), have two children.

Marie L. Grant, A&S '00, is director of strategic communications at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield in Baltimore. She and her husband, Allen Leung, have two children.

Hamilton J.P. Johns, A&S '00, SPH '02, joined the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as a research analyst in May. In this role, he analyzes payment models for the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program.

Shoshana Shamberg, Ed '00 (MS), president of Abilities Occupational Therapy Services and Seminars and Irlen Visual Learning Center in Baltimore, was accepted into the American Disabilities Act Leadership Network. She is available to provide free ADA training.


Joe Johnson, A&S '01, was promoted in July to technical communications supervisor at Medtronic's Surgical Technologies division, a medical devices company in Louisville, Colorado.


Mark Lackey, Peab '02 (MM), '09 (DMA), music composer and educator, has two of his original compositions featured on the Agents of Espionage album released by clarinetist Brian Viliunas in March.


Ami Bhatt, A&S '03, is co-author of an intellectual property law blog, More Than Your Mark, launched in August by Norris McLaughlin & Marcus in New York. Bhatt focuses her practice on trademark and copyright litigation and enforcement.

Michael S. Blaine, A&S '03, was named head coach of the men's basketball team at Medaille College in Buffalo, New York, in 2014. In his first season, he led the team to the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championship and secured a spot in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III tournament. He and his wife, Kara, were married in August 2014.

Norene C. Kemp, Bus '03, '04 (MS), is celebrating 10 years as a programming professor at Horry Georgetown Technical College in South Carolina.

Dawinder "Dave" S. Sidhu, A&S '03 (MAG), associate professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law, was elected to the Council on Foreign Relations, an independent, nonpartisan think tank on world affairs.


Nitish Dogra, SPH '05, served as a co-rapporteur and a temporary adviser to the World Health Organization Regional Office for South-East Asia for the Regional Workshop on Protecting Human Health from Climate Change, held in July in New Delhi, India.


Abby Schreiber, A&S '06, and her husband, Weston Schreiber, Engr '05, welcomed a daughter, Olive Anne, on May 28. She was born at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Michael Williams, A&S '06 (MS), married Crystal Rogers in Raleigh, North Carolina, on October 10.


Patricia Browne, Bus '07 (Cert), '10 (MBA), became the chief operating officer of the National Children's Center in Washington, D.C., in April.

Brian M. Wodka, Engr '07 (MME), has been promoted to partner of RMF Engineering. He is the leader of the firm's infrastructure group in York, Pennsylvania.


Esther Bochner Schwalb, A&S '08, reports that she and two other Johns Hopkins graduates, Robert M. Gottesman, A&S '74, and Matthew Ackerman, A&S '00, live in adjacent houses in Englewood, New Jersey.


David Taylor, Bus '09 (MS), was promoted to associate vice president in the Dewberry land development firm's Baltimore office in August. He is also a member of Leadership Baltimore County, the Maryland Building Industry Association, and Marcellus Shale Coalition.

Sarah Valverde, A&S '09, married in August 2014 and started working as an assistant school leader of KIPP Un Mundo Dual Language Academy, a college preparatory public school in San Antonio, Texas.


Jacqueline Jones, Ed '10 (MAT), completed her doctoral studies in educational leadership and management at Drexel University in December 2014.

Brittany C. McKinnon, A&S '10, relocated to her hometown of Detroit where she works for the Henry Ford Health System as a research project coordinator. Her current projects include a study designed to help teens better manage their asthma and a study for women with breast cancer.

Gerrad Alex Taylor, A&S '10, is a resident actor with Chesapeake Shakespeare Company in Baltimore. He played the role of Claudio and performed as a vocalist this fall in the season's opening production of Much Ado About Nothing.


Dave Robbins, A&S '11 (MS), was named U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Project Manager of the Year for managing the North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study, a two-year, $20 million project to assess coastal flood risks and identify solutions after Hurricane Sandy. Robbins is a Baltimore District geographer and study manager.

Michael Szeto, A&S '11, received his Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law in May.

Diana M. Wohler, A&S '11, a student at Harvard Medical School, was selected as a 2015 Pisacano Scholar by the Pisacano Leadership Foundation, the philanthropic foundation of the American Board of Family Medicine.


Benjamin Whorf McGuiggan, A&S '12, lives in New York where he is pursuing a career as a singer-songwriter under the name Ben Whorf. He recently released a music video titled Fight.


Javier P. Fernandez, A&S '13 (MS), has become certified by the National Registry of Certified Microbiologists in biological safety microbiology.


Jennifer Nicole Campbell, Peab '14, '15 (MM), pianist and composer, released her solo piano debut album titled Perceptions of Shadows on June 25.

Mahmoud Jardaneh, Engr '14 (MEE), recently began the Mike Mansfield Fellowship in Japan, a one-year program that includes a homestay and language training followed by practical experience in a Japanese government or ministry office in Tokyo. Upon returning to the U.S., Jardaneh will work as a project engineer for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Molly Martell, A&S '14, has moved with her fiancé, William Selba, Engr '12, to Gainesville, Florida, where she is a doctoral candidate at the University of Florida.


Alvin D'Angelo, Engr '15 (MSE), has joined the Duke University Medical Center as a senior management engineer.

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