Class notes


John Fenzel Jr., A&S '54, who played football and lacrosse for Johns Hopkins, sold his car dealership, Fenzel Motor Sales, in Hampshire, Illinois, after 75 years in business. The dealership was run by his father for 25 years and by him for 50. Fenzel and his wife, Muriel, recently celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary.


Haig H. Kazazian Jr., Med '62 (MD), PGF '66, HS '69, professor of human genetics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, was elected in May to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.


Cornelius Neal Grove, A&S '63, '64 (MAT), managing partner of the global business leadership consultancy Grovewell, writes about the impact of history and culture on American students. His book The Aptitude Myth was released by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers in 2013, and The Drive to Learn was released by the same publisher on June 1, 2017.


Herbert C. Smith, A&S '71 (MA), '77 (PhD), is a political science professor and director of Government Relations at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. This year, the Maryland Student Legislature board of directors named its top student honor the Dr. Herbert "Herb" Smith Award for Distinguished Career of Service for Smith's commitment to MSL and to state and local government. MSL is a summer leadership retreat that provides Maryland college and university students with a hands-on education in civics and leadership.


Steven J. Harvey, A&S '73, is a writer whose essay "The Other Steve Harvey" was reprinted in The Best American Essays 2018. This is his second appearance in the anthology series, which also published his essay "The Book of Knowledge" in 2013. Harvey is a professor emeritus at Young Harris College in Georgia and the author of three collections of essays and a memoir.

Randolph Paul Runyon, A&S '73 (MA/PhD), published The Mentelles: Mary Todd Lincoln, Henry Clay, and the Immigrant Family Who Educated Antebellum Kentucky, released by the University Press of Kentucky on May 4. Runyon is a professor emeritus at Miami University in Ohio and a Kentucky native.


Rene J. Muller, A&S '75 (PhD), a psychologist, published The Four Domains of Mental Illness: An Alternative to the DSM-5, released in December 2017 by Routledge.


Patricia "Patti" Robbins, A&S '76 (MLA), an artist, had a solo exhibit at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art earlier this year. Passion for Color and Pattern was a collection of her still life oil paintings.


John W. Poole, A&S '78, was installed as the president of the Medical Society of New Jersey in May. The board-certified surgeon practices at North Jersey Surgical Specialists in Hackensack, New Jersey. He is also a member of Holy Name Medical Partners and is serving his second term as president of the medical staff at Holy Name Medical Center.


Stuart W. Davidson, A&S '79, a partner in the Philadelphia-based law firm Willig, Williams & Davidson, was named to the 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers List compiled by Super Lawyers.


Peter Bay, Peab '80 (MM), conductor of the Austin Symphony, was the music producer of Leonard Bernstein's MASS: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers. The June production was presented as a part of Bernstein100Austin.


Sydney S. Yoon, A&S '82, Med '89 (PGF), HS '89, director of interventional radiology in the Department of Radiology at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, New York, was named an American College of Physicians fellow. He was also elected to the alumni council of the University of Chicago Medical & Biological Sciences Alumni Association.


Carey A. Bligard, Med '83 (MD), a dermatologist who writes books based on Jane Austen's characters under the pen name C. Allyn Pierson, witnessed her son's presentation of his dissertation in June.

Lois Crosland Jenkins, A&S '83, Engr '89 (MS), retired from the federal government after 32 years of service.

John M. Leonard, Med '83 (MD), was named president and CEO of Intellia, a genome editing company he helped form in 2014.

Hollis Robbins, A&S '83, dean of the School of Arts & Humanities at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California, published an essay in the Los Angeles Review of Books titled "Dancing with Chains" about Chinese scholarship on American literature. Previously, Hollis was at Johns Hopkins: She was chair of the Humanities Department at Peabody Conservatory and, from 2014 to 2017, was also director of the Center for Africana Studies in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.


Margaret "Peggy" Ardolino, Bus '84 (MAS), retired from Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2017 after 42 years: 10 years of clinical and management leadership in neurosciences nursing and 32 years in health care information technology.

Terri Glubin Letica, A&S '84, a founding member of the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, was the first member elected to its emeritus board. The VLP works to ensure that the legal system is accessible to all residents of Brooklyn and is committed to justice for the poor.


Peter Verheyen, A&S '85, a bookbinder, conservator, and librarian, has translated into English German writer Ernst Collin's Der Pressbengel (The Bone Folder). Originally published in Berlin in 1922, the book is a dialogue about bookbinding between a binder and a bibliophile. Released by Boss Dog Press, The Bone Folder is accompanied by a bilingual history and bibliography of Collin and his family, who were court bookbinders in imperial Germany.


Matthew R. Rockwood, A&S '86, published Schooled! in January. The novel is a fictionalized version of his experience teaching at one of New York's worst-performing public high schools. He lives in the city with his wife and two children, both of whom attend public schools.


Anne M. Lipton, A&S '88, a behavioral neurologist, contributed chapters on memory and dementia to the book Putting the Science in Fiction, released in October from Writer's Digest Books. She co-authored The Common Sense Guide to Dementia for Clinicians and Caregivers, published in 2013.


Michael Reid Fenzel, A&S '89, was promoted to brigadier general in the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army. His awards include the Bronze Star Medal for valor, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award. He is the author of No Miracles: The Failure of Soviet Decision-Making in the Afghan War, published by Stanford Security Studies in 2017.

Trent X. Johnson, Peab '89, '91 (GPD), conducted the Oratorio Singers of Westfield, New Jersey, in the March premiere of his oratorio, Wittenberg—The Story of Martin Luther, scored for narrator, soloists, chorus, and orchestra.

Susan de Sola Rodstein, A&S '89 (MA), '97 (PhD), an American poet living in the Netherlands, received the Frost Farm Prize for her poem "Buddy." The competition is put on by the Hyla Brook Poets and the trustees for the Robert Frost Farm, whose mission is to promote the teaching and writing of metrical poetry.


Lisa Carey, Med '90 (MD), HS '93, Med '99 (PGF), SPH '99 (MS), an oncologist and clinical researcher, was named to the Komen Scientific Advisory Board of Susan G. Komen, the world's largest nonprofit funder of breast cancer research.


Edward S. Tuvin, Bus '93 (MBA), an executive with City First Bank, joined BLocal: Mid-Atlantic Region as a board member and the treasurer for the metro Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia region. BLocal aims to help businesses make a socioeconomic and environmental impact.


Jennifer S. Consilvio, A&S '94, was named chief financial officer for the American Civil Liberties Union. Her husband, Jesse Weissman, Engr '93, is a biomedical imaging scientist who runs his own consulting company. They have three children and live in New Jersey.

Royce P. Poinsett, A&S '94, established Poinsett, an Austin-based lobbying and law firm focused on representing clients at the Texas Capitol.


Kathy Vizachero, Bus '96 (MS), joined Baltimore investment management firm T. Rowe Price in 2017 as head of executive development and learning.


Joshua M. Friedman, A&S '98, was appointed senior vice president for Development and Alumni Relations at the University of Miami in February. He previously served as chief development officer for Arizona State University.


Katherine D. Schoyer, Med '99 (MD), was named director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

William Stone, A&S '99, a writer and consultant, received the 2018 Health Literacy Award in research from the Institute for Healthcare Advancement for his work on Intellus Worldwide's Health Literacy Initiative. The former medical journalist also published two journal articles on health literacy in the spring. Stone and his wife, Tammy, celebrated 21 years together in May and have two children.


Cyndie M. Chang, A&S '00, managing partner of Duane Morris law firm's Los Angeles office, received the first Trailblazer Award from the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association. She has been named a Southern California Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers every year since 2014.

Gregory L. Davies, Bus '00 (MBA), a retired U.S. Navy officer, left the civilian sector of the U.S. Army to begin his new position as vice president of preparedness and logistics in the Technical Solutions Division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. He has three daughters, one of whom, Jen, married last winter.

Leo E. Otterbein, SPH '00 (PhD), a professor and principal investigator of a research laboratory in the Department of Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, was promoted to full professor at Harvard University. Otterbein pioneered the concept of the toxic gas molecule carbon monoxide having powerful benefits.

Matthew Wisnioski, Engr '00, an associate professor in the Department of Science, Technology, and Society at Virginia Tech, received the Graduate School's 2018 Faculty Outstanding Mentor Award for the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.


Jamie M. Terranova, A&S '01, joined the board of directors of We're All a Little "Crazy," a mental health advocacy nonprofit. He works as managing director at Maxim Group, a New York investment firm.


Matthew Echols, Bus '02 (MS), senior vice president for public affairs and communications at Coca-Cola North America, was named to the board of trustees of the University of West Georgia Foundation. He is a 1994 graduate of the university. He is also a member of the Carey Business School's Dean's Advisory Council.

Michael Edward Walsh, A&S '02, SAIS Eur '03 (Dipl), '04 (MA), received the award for student entrepreneurship at the 2018 Make a Difference Awards hosted by Careers Service at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies, known as SOAS. He is the founder of the Islands Society and a mapping volunteer at the Red Cross, where he creates maps of remote areas to help responders deliver aid.


Paul J. Christo, Bus '04 (Cert), '06 (MBA), is a doctor and an associate professor in the Division of Pain Medicine at Johns Hopkins Medicine. His book, Aches and Gains: A Comprehensive Guide to Overcoming Your Pain, was published in September 2017.


Jose Santiago Benitez, Bus '05 (MS), took a job with the customs administration of Argentina after 20 years in the private sector.

Marcus J. Koblitz, A&S '05, and Sara Wexler Koblitz, A&S '06, welcomed a baby boy, Asher Elliott, on December 9, 2017. He joins his big brother, Maxwell Jonah, who was born in May 2015.

Nicholas Tampio, A&S '05 (PhD), published Common Core: National Education Standards and the Threat to Democracy, released by Johns Hopkins University Press in January 2018. He is an associate professor of political science at Fordham University.


David W. Faleris, Peab '06 (MM), a composer, trombonist, educator, and administrator, received second place in the American Prize in Composition, instrumental chamber music division for professional composers, 2017–18, for his work A Martyred Village.


Faye Y. Chiao, Peab '07 (MM), '16 (DMA), a composer and artist-in-residence with the Boston Chamber Symphony, created a new opera titled Banding Together with Anton Dudley based on the fairy tale "The Musicians of Bremen." The world premiere was performed in May by the symphony, directed by Avlana Eisenberg, Peab '08 (GPD).

Netanel Draiblate, Peab '07 (MM), '09 (GPD), violinist and concertmaster of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, is the founder and director of the Annapolis Symphony Academy for children, which will be run by the orchestra and is expected to launch in fall 2018.


Ken Babby, Bus '08 (MBA), owner and CEO of the minor league baseball team Akron RubberDucks, was named winner of the 2017 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Northeast Ohio region.

Nathaniel Segaren, SPH '08 (MPH/MBA), country director of the Caris Foundation in Haiti, reports that the foundation was awarded a contract by the U.S. government to strengthen the health system of Haiti. Called Project Sante, the contract is a cooperative agreement between the United States Agency for International Development and Caris Foundation International to expand health care for up to 4.2 million Haitian people.


Mike Bernard, Bus '09, was promoted to academic program manager in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering.

Lorena Jordan Decker, Bus '09 (MS), joined Atlanta law firm Trusted Counsel as marketing manager.

Jeff Ryan, Bus '07 (Cert), '09 (MBA), was promoted to chief operating officer at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Philadelphia. He will continue his role as senior vice president of finance.


Geoffrey R. Akers, A&S '10 (MAG), is an engineering specialist at General Dynamics Electric Boat. He recently worked in the Yale University Department of Physics and is a two-time alumnus of the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University.

Paul Hormick, A&S '10 (MS), a horticulturist and environmentalist, was part of a team that presented "Controlling the Nonnative Algerian Sea Lavender (Limonium ramosissimum) in Coastal Salt Marshes" at the 25th Annual Conference of the California Society for Ecological Restoration in May.


Jill Powelson, SPH '11 (MPH), was appointed to the board of directors of the Common Table Health Alliance, a nonprofit health care improvement collaborative serving 1.3 million people in the Memphis, Tennessee, area.

Jake Runestad, Peab '11 (MM), '12 (MM), was the featured composer for the Choirs of America 2018 Choral Convergence Festival held in April at Carnegie Hall.


Danielle Buonaiuto, Peab '12 (MM), a soprano, made her company debut in May at the Center for Contemporary Opera. She performed in To Be Sung, a one-act opera by Pascal Dusapin with libretto by Gertrude Stein.

**Valerie M. Harvey, SPH '12 (MPH), joined Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group in Newport News, Virginia. She is a dermatologist with a special interest in pigmentary disorders and skin conditions, which disproportionately affect minority patient populations.


Ronnie Greene, A&S '13 (MA), edited "Shock Tactics," a Reuters series that examines the toll of deaths and litigation linked to Tasers. The series received the 2018 Edgar A. Poe Memorial Award presented by the White House Correspondents' Association. Greene joined Reuters as Washington enterprise editor in 2016.


Jennifer Nicole Campbell, Peab '14, '15 (MM), a pianist, premiered two of her original compositions, Portal and Daring to Dream, in April as composer-in-residence with the Academy of International Ballet at Pennsylvania's Neumann University.


Veronica Weis Goodman, A&S '16 (MA), '17 (MS), an economist and author, published a children's alphabet book about economics, titled E Is for Economics.

Christine Lyons, Peab '16 (MM), a soprano, won second place in the Rochester Oratorio Society's 12th annual Classical Idol vocal competition in April.

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