Class notes


Fred A. Kahn, SAIS '63 (MA), a Holocaust survivor, was interviewed at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on August 2, 2017, as part of the museum's First Person program, a series of hourlong conversations during which survivors tell their life stories.

Stan Rasberry, A&S '63, has written a couple of books since retiring from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. From Alpha to Omega: An Overview of the Bible was published in May 2017 by Northumberland Historical Press. Rasberry and his wife, Judy, live in the Northern Neck of Virginia.


William J. Wiseman Jr., Engr '64, '66 (MSE), A&S '68 (MA), '69 (PhD), retired from federal service after 14 years as director of the Arctic Natural Sciences Program at the National Science Foundation. He is a professor emeritus at Louisiana State University.


Arthur Weinman, A&S '67, reports that his firm, Arthur Weinman Architects, has received multiple awards through the years. Its latest is a 2017 Design Award from the American Institute of Architects–Fort Worth chapter, for the restoration of the west entry and lawn of the Tarrant County Courthouse.


Jerry Danoff, Engr '68, a licensed physical therapist, has retired as professor emeritus from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. Two of his children are Johns Hopkins alumni: David Danoff, A&S '99, and Emily Danoff, A&S '14 (PhD). His son Adam Danoff produces movies and news features in Philadelphia.

Warren J. Devalier, SAIS Eur '68 (Dipl), '69 (MA), looks forward to celebrating Alumni Weekend in Bologna and is proud of the Class of 1968 fellowship initiative.


Joseph T. Coyle Jr., Med '69 (MD), HS '76, received the National Academy of Medicine's 2017 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health for his research on the neurobiology of serious mental illness.


George F. Koob, SPH '72 (PhD), was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2017. He is the director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, part of the National Institutes of Health.

Jeffrey H. Scherr, A&S '72, a principal at Kramon & Graham, was ranked in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his work in real estate law and litigation.


Kenneth G. Koller, Bus '73, chief executive officer and chief operating officer of Advanced Ceramic Fibers in Idaho Falls, Idaho, reports that he has developed an innovative, patented process to allow high-strength carbon fiber to be used in extreme environments.


Franklin C. Baer, SPH '76 (MHS), received the Christian International Health Champion Award from Christian Connections for International Health at its conference in July 2017. He is a senior adviser to IMA World Health, formerly Interchurch Medical Assistance, and vice president of Sanru, a nongovernmental organization dedicated to improving primary health care in the Democratic Republic of Congo.


Robert F. Siliciano, Med '78 (MD), '83 (PhD), '85 (PGF), an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and a professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, was elected to the National Academy of Medicine. His work has centered on HIV since the virus was identified in the mid-1980s.


Paul C. Kuo, A&S '82, Med '85 (MD), Bus '99 (Cert), '01 (MBA), joined the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine in August 2017 as the new chair of the Department of Surgery. In addition, he became surgeon-in-chief at Tampa General Hospital.


Justin C. McArthur, HS '83, '85, SPH '98 (MPH), was named president-elect of the American Neurological Association. He is the director of the Johns Hopkins Department of Neurology and the Johns Hopkins Center for Novel Therapeutics of HIV-associated Cognitive Disorders, which is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.

Al Pirro, A&S '83, earned the designation of Certified Physician Executive from the American Association for Physician Leadership. He is the TeamHealth medical director at Rutherford Regional Medical Center in Rutherfordton, North Carolina.


Doug Blough, Engr '84, '86 (MS), '88 (PhD), was appointed associate chair for faculty development in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech. He joined the faculty as a full professor in 1999.

Ira Braunschweig, A&S '84, was elected to the board of directors of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Foundation, the charitable and education arm of the world's only Jewish college social fraternity. He is a diagnostic radiologist at the Boca Radiology Group in Boca Raton, Florida, where he resides with his wife, two daughters, and son.


Mary Zappone, Engr '86, was named CEO of Brace Industrial Group, a provider of industrial construction services. She is active in organizations that encourage women and girls to pursue careers in math and science.


Carlos Gutierrez, A&S '87 (MA), '91 (PhD), was elected a 2017 fellow of the American Physical Society. He is the manager of the Surface and Interface Sciences Department at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico.


Allan C. Gelber, SPH '88 (MPH), Med '88 (MD), '95 (PGF), SPH '99 (PhD), is the new chair of the Johns Hopkins M.D. Admissions Committee. Gelber is a professor of medicine in the Department of Medicine's Division of Rheumatology, with a joint appointment in the Department of Epidemiology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is also an associate faculty member at the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research.


Michael Fenzel, A&S '89, was promoted from colonel to brigadier general in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division. He has served more than 28 years in the active military.


Jonathan Isham Jr., SAIS '90 (MA), a professor of economics and environmental studies at Middlebury College, received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to teach courses in economic development and social entrepreneurship at Ashesi University College in Ghana last year.


Martin Pomper, HS '91, '95, Med '95 (PGF), was elected to the National Academy of Medicine. He is a professor of radiology in the Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.


Karen M. Horton, Med '92 (MD), HS '97, was named director of the Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science at Johns Hopkins.


Marta V. Vicente, A&S '93 (MA), '99 (PhD), published Debating Sex and Gender in Eighteenth-Century Spain with Cambridge University Press in 2017. The book brings together insights from the histories of sexuality, medicine, and the law to shed new light on this field of study. Vicente is an associate professor at the University of Kansas.


April L. Arford, Ed '94 (MS), was promoted to education director at the Forbush School at Anne Arundel and the Forbush School at Anne Arundel South, part of the Sheppard Pratt Health System. She also volunteers as a mediator with the Community Mediation Center of Calvert County.


Jim Lavelle, Engr '95, was married in Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, in 2013. He and his wife, Heather, welcomed a daughter, Emma Gray, in 2014 and a son, William Charles Geddy, in 2017. A pulmonologist, Lavelle was promoted to associate professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 2016 and will serve as the medical director of the intensive care unit at the new Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Affairs Medical Center when it opens this year.


Kai Michael Kenkel, A&S '96, and his wife, Silvia, welcomed their first child, Svenja, in October 2017. Kenkel is an associate professor of international relations at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro.


Dana Ferraris, A&S '97 (MA), '00 (PhD), Bus '09 (MBA), was named an associate professor of chemistry at McDaniel College. A synthetic medicinal chemist, he spent more than 15 years in the pharmaceutical industry.

Ahmet Hoke, HS '97, Bus '06 (Cert), Johns Hopkins professor of neurology and neuroscience and director of the Neuromuscular Division, was named to the board of directors of the American Neurological Society.

Steve Kistulentz, A&S '97 (MA), published his debut novel, Panorama, with Little, Brown and Company in March 2017. He had previously published two books of poetry.

Katie Prescott, A&S '97, a patent and trade-secret lawyer, returned to the Silicon Valley office of Fish & Richardson as of counsel. She had worked at the law firm from 2001 to 2009.


Michelle Kiec, Peab '98 (MM), '04 (DMA), was named dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Kutztown University in December 2017.

Douglas Murray, Bus '98 (MBA), CEO of Big Switch Networks, a data center networking company in Santa Clara, California, was a finalist in the Northern California region for the 2017 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Douglas J. Steinke, A&S '98, is a partner in the New York office of the law firm Kennedys, where he focuses on insurance and reinsurance law.

Roy Varghese, Bus '98 (MS), was appointed chief information officer for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries. He leads NOAA Fisheries and its regions and science centers in all areas of information management and technology.


Molly Ness, A&S '99, an associate professor of childhood education at Fordham University's Graduate School of Education, has published Think Big With Think Alouds. Released by Corwin, part of SAGE Publications, the book seeks to help build young children's reading comprehension.


Ava Chin, A&S '00 (MA), an associate professor of creative nonfiction at the College of Staten Island–CUNY, is the inaugural Jean Strouse Fellow at the New York Public Library's Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. During her year at the center, she is writing a book about the impact of the Chinese Exclusion Act on generations of her family.

Leslie H. Harrison, A&S '00 (MA), a Towson University professor of English, was among the five finalists for the National Book Award for poetry. Her short-listed book, titled The Book of Endings, was published by the University of Akron Press.

Thomas S. Mullaney, A&S '00 (BA/MA), an associate professor of history at Stanford University, explores the intersection of Chinese cultural progress, innovation, and information technology in The Chinese Typewriter, published by MIT Press in 2017.

Maria Sheetz, Bus '00 (MBA), was named director of partnership development at Brand USA, an organization dedicated to marketing the U.S. as a premier travel destination.


Cory Falgowski, A&S '01, joined Burr & Forman's Wilmington, Delaware, office as a partner in the law firm's Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy Practice group.


Jarrod Bernstein, A&S '02, heads Disaster Response and Resilience for Bloomberg LP, the information and media company founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Engr '64. Bernstein previously served in the administrations of Bloomberg and Barack Obama.

Pilar Ortega, A&S '02, president of the Medical Organization for Latino Advancement, was named to the Crain's Chicago Business 40 Under 40 list for 2017. She founded her organization to build ties between Chicago's Latino physicians and health care providers in training. Ortega is an emergency medicine physician, medical Spanish educator, and textbook author.


Garrett B. Gleeson, A&S '03, is chief of staff at Call9, a telemedicine startup that delivers bedside emergency medicine to patients in nursing homes. The company recently closed a $24 million financing round, which was spearheaded by Gleeson and Call9's CEO.

Rob Weinhold, Bus '03 (MS) made the Daily Record's 2017 list of Most Admired CEOs in Maryland. He is chief executive of the Fallston Group, a reputation management agency.


Holly Jackson Bertone, Bus '04 (MS), a health professional and entrepreneur at, wrote Thriving in the Workplace with Autoimmune Disease to educate individuals with autoimmune disease on their legal and disability rights in the workplace.


Rebecca F. Gottesman, HS '05, Med '07 (PGF), SPH '07 (PhD), a Johns Hopkins professor of neurology with a joint appointment in Epidemiology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, was named secretary of the American Neurological Association.


Tim Brophy, Bus '07, was promoted in March 2017 to lead the global risk management and compliance organization for Verizon's wireline business unit. He previously led the information security and compliance organization supporting Verizon's enterprise IT solutions and served as chief information security officer for its cloud platforms.

Marc Gerstein, Bus '07 (MS), heads digital marketing efforts at Maserati North America.

Cheo Hurley, Bus '07 (MS), executive director of the nonprofit Park Heights Renaissance, was profiled in The Baltimore Sun for his efforts to help revitalize the Park Heights area of northwest Baltimore.


LaPrincess Brewer, SPH '08 (MPH), a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic, received the 2017 Community Service/Volunteerism Award from the American College of Physicians–Minnesota chapter.

LouAnn Conner, Bus '08 (MBA), founder and CEO of Sagacious-Think, a management firm in San Francisco, became a governance fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Jaehoon "Jae" Jin, A&S '08, received a 2017 WeWork Creator Award. Jin is an independent global recording artist, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor. His second album, Baltimore Boulevard, was released in November 2017.

William McNulty, A&S '08 (MAG), an ex-Marine, recently transitioned from his role as CEO of Team Rubicon Global to its founder emeritus. The organization brings together the skills of military veterans with first responders to deploy emergency response teams to natural disasters.


Lisa Rosinsky, A&S '09, a poet and senior editor at Barefoot Books, had her first novel, a coming-of-age story titled Inevitable and Only, published by Boyds Mills Press. Rosinsky was the 2016–17 writer-in-residence of the Associates of the Boston Public Library.


Kelly Cantley, Bus '10 (MBA), senior vice president of business development at the Bozzuto Group, joined the board of the Women's Housing Coalition in Baltimore.


Matthew T. Crim, Med '11 (MD), was honored at the University of Georgia's 2017 Tucker Dorsey Blue Key Alumni Awards Banquet for civic service. He is a cardiologist at the Piedmont Heart Institute and an assistant professor of medicine with Augusta University/ University of Georgia Medical Partnership, where he helps develop health policy.

Pete Yaksick, Ed '11 (Cert/MS), a developmental psychologist and assistant professor of criminal justice and psychology at Mercyhurst University, reports that he graduated from the FBI's Citizens Academy in 2017. He is doing advanced studies in mental health counseling at the University of Pennsylvania's Applied Psychology and Human Development Division.


Daniel Colston, Peab '12 (DMA), joined the Greensboro office of North Carolina law firm Brooks Pierce as an associate.

Ana Ward, A&S '12 (MS), was appointed senior vice president and general counsel of Ovid Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company focusing on rare neurological disorders.


John Abodeely, Bus '13 (MBA), joined the Houston Arts Alliance as CEO. He previously served as acting executive director and deputy director of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities in Washington, D.C.


Kenny Ames, A&S '14 (MAG), joined the Washington, D.C., office of public relations agency Red Banyan in 2017 as director of client relations.

Laura E. Flynn, A&S '14, and Alexandra E. Lazowski launched a health food company called Bare Life in Hartford, Connecticut. They are working to make their allergen- and irritant-free foods available to everyone, especially the chronically ill.

Daniel Lewis, Engr '14, '17 (MSE), is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Johns Hopkins. He is a recipient of the National Cancer Institute's Nanotechnology for Cancer Research Fellowship and a member of his department's Graduate Student Liaison Committee.

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