Class Notes

Class notes


Leon J. Condon, A&S '47, is 93 and in good health. Retired since 1997, he travels the world on cruise ships with his significant other, Rosemary Barnhart.


Joseph L. Soley, A&S '53, continues to work building retail and commercial structures with his sons and grandsons in Portland, Maine. He welcomes news from former classmates and friends made while living in the Baltimore area, where he operated Maryland Commercial Contractors.


Robert E. Baensch, A&S '57, directs a consulting firm that works with publishing companies in more than 35 countries. He was recently recognized by the State Administration of Press, Publications, Radio, Film and Television of the People's Republic of China for presenting more than 85 management seminars to nearly 3,500 publishers over the past 15 years.

Vivian Adelberg Rudow, Peab '57 (Cert), '60, '79 (MM), continues to compose and perform music worldwide. She has composed original piano music for a concert in April in Hong Kong to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. A concert tour will benefit Music Children Foundation, which provides free musical training to Hong Kong's underprivileged children.


Charles S. Bryan, A&S '64, Med '67, has spent the last 40 years practicing medicine in South Carolina while achieving national distinction as a clinician, researcher, medical school department chair, and author. In 2013 he received the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina's highest civilian award. He received a 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award from Johns Hopkins.


Judah C. Sommer, A&S '66, retired after serving as senior vice president of government affairs for UnitedHealth Group since 2007.


Arthur Weinman, A&S '67, reports that his firm, Arthur Weinman Architects, received a 2015 Historic Fort Worth Preservation Project Award for the restoration of the west entry and lawn of the Tarrant County Courthouse.


Steven B. Oppenheimer, A&S '69 (PhD), and his wife, Carolyn, made a gift to Johns Hopkins that will fund 50 annual biology student recognition awards. He is a professor of biology and director of the Center for Cancer and Developmental Biology at California State University, Northridge.


David Lance Clark, A&S '71, retired from the United Nations in 2012 after 22 years in humanitarian work. He and his wife, Nancy, are currently directing the Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance from their home in upstate New York and are helping coordinate the second Trekonderoga Star Trek convention.

Marshall Kapp, A&S '71, directs the Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine & Law at Florida State University College of Medicine.


Peter Byeff, Med '74, directs the George Bray Cancer Center of the Hospital of Central Connecticut, which received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons in 2014. Byeff received a 2015 Heritage Award from Johns Hopkins.

Mindy G. Farber, A&S '74, announces the marriage of her daughter, Emilie S. Adams, A&S '06, to Andres Potes. The ceremony, held September 12, 2015, was officiated by Claire E. Edington, A&S '06, and attended by several Hopkins alumni.


Robert Babb, A&S '77, head baseball coach at Johns Hopkins since 1980, has established the team as a powerhouse, with more than 1,000 victories and 27 players earning Academic All-America honors. Babb won a 2015 Distinguished Alumnus award from Johns Hopkins.


**Herbert S. Cromwell Jr., Ed '78 (MEd), retired last year from the Community Behavioral Health Association of Maryland after 38 years in public mental health.

Paul Scott Denker, A&S '78, is an endocrinologist who has been practicing and teaching medicine in Florida since 1985. He and his wife have two children.


Josiah Gluck, A&S '81, was awarded a 2015 Emmy in the category of Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety Series or Special for his work mixing music on "The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special."

Donald F. Schwarz, Med '81, SPH '82, served as Philadelphia's deputy mayor for Health and Opportunity from 2008 to 2014 and earned a 2015 Woodrow Wilson Award from Johns Hopkins.


Olivia D. Carter-Pokras, SPH '82, '94 (PhD), was promoted to full professor of epidemiology at the University of Maryland School of Public Health in August 2015.

Jeong H. Kim, Engr '82, '89 (MS), executive chairman and co-founder of Kiswe Mobile, received a 2016 Horatio Alger Award, given to leaders who have overcome adversity to achieve success.


Wei-Ping Andrew Lee, Med '83, is the Milton T. Edgerton, MD, Professor and chair of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. A hand surgeon and translational researcher, he received the Andrew J. Weiland Medal for Outstanding Research from the American Society for Surgery of the Hand in 2014. He received a 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award from Johns Hopkins.


Robert Clayton, A&S '84, received a 2015 Heritage Award from Johns Hopkins for service to the university, its students, and alumni. For more than 25 years, he has volunteered for the university, including serving as president of the Johns Hopkins Society of Black Alumni since 2002.


Roy Malone Hodges, SAIS Bol '86 (Dipl), A&S '87, is taking a year off from running a real estate company in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, to travel the world with his wife, Aleix, and sons, Bryce and Colin. Follow the family's trip blog at


Kenneth W. Kinzler, Med '88, co-director of the Ludwig Center at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, is one of 80 new members elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2015.


Joanne Berger-Sweeney, SPH '89, is the first woman, first African-American, and first neuroscientist to serve as president of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. She received a 2015 Distinguished Alumnus award from Johns Hopkins.

Alicia Harvey-Smith, Ed '89 (MS), was recently elected to the board of directors for the American Association of Community Colleges. She is the president of River Valley Community College in Claremont, New Hampshire.


Robert Cantrell, Peab '90 (MM), '92 (GPD), bass-baritone singer, performed in December 2015 as a soloist in Robert Kapilow's The Polar Express with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Maryland State Boychoir, and conductor Ken Lam, Peab '07 (MM).


Elmer E. Huerta, SPH '92, directs the Washington Hospital Center Cancer Preventorium, where he dedicates himself to promoting disease prevention, especially among poor and uninsured Latinos. He received a 2015 Distinguished Alumnus award from Johns Hopkins as well as an honorary doctorate degree from his alma mater, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Peru.


R. "Ray" Wang, A&S '93, SPH '95, recently celebrated five years working for his Silicon Valley–based research firm, Constellation Research. The analyst and best-selling author is happily married to Tina Wu, A&S '96. They have two children.


Jenny C. Lin, A&S '94, Peab '98 (AD), performed a concert of Philip Glass' piano works at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City in November 2015. Her new release, The Spirio Sessions, features music for two pianos with jazz pianist Uri Caine.

David Vicic, A&S '94, is a professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.


Charlene Mendoza, A&S '95, took second place in the 2015 Escalante-Gradillas Prize for Best in Education contest administered by She is chief education officer of the Arizona College Prep Academy in Tucson.


Tarek J. Helou, A&S '96, is an assistant chief in the U.S. Department of Justice's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act unit. He previously worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in San Francisco, where he worked with fellow alumnus S. Waqar Hasib, SAIS Bol '97 (Dipl), A&S '98. Helou lives in Virginia with his wife and three sons.

Melanie Harris Higgins, A&S '96, SAIS '96, became head of the U.S. Consulate General in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2015.

Prerna Mona Khanna, SPH '96, is a visiting clinical associate professor in the Department of Medicine and an associate in the Center for Global Health at the University of Illinois. The disaster relief volunteer received a 2013 American College of Physicians Volunteerism Award and a 2015 Global Achievement Award from Johns Hopkins.

Daniyal M. Zuberi, A&S '96, was named to the Royal Society of Canada College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. He is RBC Chair and associate professor of social policy at the University of Toronto.


Jane Callen, A&S '97 (MAG), is an economic information officer for the U.S. Commerce Department and a longtime volunteer medic. After the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, she joined an international medical relief team that set up a makeshift hospital on a mountaintop.

Katherine D. Prescott, A&S '97, joined the Silicon Valley law firm of Miclean Gleason as of counsel.


Molly Ness, A&S '99, is an associate professor of childhood education at Fordham University and an author.


Brendan P. McConville, A&S '00, an associate professor of music theory and composition at the University of Tennessee, was named a Fulbright Scholar for this academic year. He is lecturing and doing research in Pescara, Italy.

Bryan M. McMillan, Bus '00, '02 (MBA), and Karina A. Lipsman, Engr '12 (MS), have launched M&L Global Consultancy, which helps firms and individuals develop international market entry strategies for their products.


Bonnie A. Schwartz, A&S '01, married Gray Nolan in Kinsale, Cork, Ireland, on August 19, 2015. Martha Milton Sklavos, A&S '01, was matron of honor.


Pilar Ortega, A&S '02, is an emergency medicine physician, medical Spanish educator, and textbook author living in Chicago.

Selena Ramkeesoon, Bus '02 (MBA), joined Abt Associates in July 2015 as vice president for strategic communications within the global research firm's U.S. Health division.

Michael Edward "Eddie" Walsh, A&S '02, SAIS Bol '03 (Dipl), SAIS '04, is founder and president of the Pacific Islands Society, which received the Top-Rated award by GreatNonprofits in 2015. The organization develops and implements projects that inspire and empower Pacific Islanders around the world.


Michael J. Angelucci, Peab '03, '06 (MM), won the 2015 American Prize in Piano Performance, professional solo division. The soloist, collaborative artist, and educator is currently recording his first solo disc.

Shannon A. Slater, A&S '03, '09 (MAG), is a senior breast cancer research program coordinator at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where she has worked since 2004.


Claudia Kretchmer, A&S '04 (MA), co-president of the Johns Hopkins Phoenix regional chapter, opened the flagship Steven Kretchmer jewelry store in October 2015. The brick and mortar location in Scottsdale, Arizona, honors the legacy built by her father, jewelry designer Steven Kretchmer, who died in 2006.

Joseph Manko, Ed '04, '07 (MAT), principal at Liberty Elementary School in Baltimore, was selected in 2015 to be one of three principals in the U.S. to join the Principal Ambassador Fellowship Program with the U.S. Department of Education. He also received a 2015 Outstanding Recent Graduate Award from Johns Hopkins.


Lisa Firnberg, A&S '06, is director of professional services at Social Solutions, a software company in Baltimore. Her husband, Elad Firnberg, Engr '13 (PhD), is founder and CEO of Revolve Biotechnologies, a startup supported in part by Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures and FastForward.

Peter Lee, Peab '06, '08 (MM), vocalist, was featured on the cover of Muzik magazine's November 2015 issue, in which he discusses his career in classical music, pop, and jazz.

Gregory Reid Wiseman, Engr '06, is a test pilot in the U.S. Navy and an active NASA astronaut who served as flight engineer aboard the International Space Station for Expedition 41 in 2014. He received a 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award from Johns Hopkins.


Young H. Joo, A&S '09, serves as the aide-de-camp to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command foreign policy adviser.

Trevor Macenski, A&S '09 (MS), an environmental scientist, became a principal of Stantec, an environmental services practice, in November 2015.


Mark C. Bicket, Med '10, was named the 2015 Fellow of the Year by the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Erin Hill, A&S '10, and Wesley Sudduth, A&S '10, married on August 15, 2015. Earlier in the year, Hill became director of advocacy for DC SAFE, an organization that supports survivors of domestic violence. Sudduth received his law degree and works as an associate for Venable.


Max K. Dworin, A&S '11, was named to the Class of 2015 New York City 40 Under 40 Rising Stars by City & State, a website devoted to New York City and state government and politics. Dworin is vice president for communications for the Partnership for New York City, a nonprofit membership organization committed to enhancing innovation in the city.

Chelsea Rinnig, A&S '11, will finish her service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia in April. For two years, she has worked in a rural community, teaching conservation farming and agroforestry to increase food security.


Hannah K. Carter, Med '12, received a 2015 Outstanding Recent Graduate Award from Johns Hopkins. An assistant professor of medicine at the UC San Diego School of Medicine in the Division of Medical Genetics, she received a National Institutes of Health Early Independence Award for her cancer research in 2013.

Nate Hughes, SPH '12, is the head of strategic partnerships and medical operations at MyLife Recovery Centers, which has launched a drug and alcohol addiction recovery plan that consists of an implanted medication, Naltrexone, and psychosocial counseling to address the public health problem of addiction.

Jacques-Pierre Malan, Peab '12 (GPD), '13 (GPD), was a finalist in January's "Getting to Carnegie" cello competition started by pianist Julian L. Gargiulo, Peab '97 (MM).

Tolbert G. Nyenswah, SPH '12, helped fight the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, where he was in charge of the country's Incident Management System in 2014. He received a 2015 Outstanding Recent Graduate Award from Johns Hopkins.

Sarah M. Richardson, Med '12 (PhD), was awarded a 2015 L'Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship to advance her postdoctoral research. She is a fellow in synthetic biology at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab's Joint BioEnergy Institute and at the University of California, Berkeley.

Anisha Singh, A&S '12, and Jonathan White, Engr '12, married in Sylva, North Carolina, on September 6, 2015.


M. Veronica Sanchez, Nurs '13 (MSN), works for the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center as a quality and project manager for a variety of oncology care initiatives. She also teaches at Miami Dade College.


Jennifer Nicole Campbell, Peab '14, '15 (MM), pianist, worked with Charles Street Sound recording service, co-founded by Daniel Rorke, Peab '15 (MA), to record two works by Baltimore composer and Army ranger veteran Mark Maarder, who studied at the Peabody Preparatory before serving in Iraq. The recordings of "Storm" and "Nocturne" may be found on YouTube.

Alexandra Razskazoff, Peab '14 (BM), soprano, received a favorable review in The New York Times for her November 2015 performances of James Primosch's From a Book of Hours with the Juilliard Ensemble in New York.

CORRECTION: In the winter issue, a Class Note from Leslie S. Leighton, Med '78, incorrectly stated the subject of his doctoral dissertation. Leighton's dissertation focused on the decline of coronary heart disease mortality in the U.S., not a decline in coronary heart disease.

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