Class notes


Ben Davis, A&S '58, a freelance writer, wrote Repertory Movie Theaters of New York City: Havens for Revivals, Indies and the Avant-Garde, 1960–1994, published by McFarland in 2017.


H. Rutherford "Rud" Turnbull III, A&S '59, retired as a professor emeritus of the University of Kansas and rejoined the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a research professor in the field of developmental disabilities.


Robert G. Keane Jr., Engr '62, former chief naval architect for the U.S. Navy, received the "Jimmie" Hamilton Award of the American Society of Naval Engineers for a paper he co-authored, "Designing Out Complexity Early: A Path to Affordable Flexible Warships," published in the March 2017 issue of Naval Engineers Journal. Keane is president of Ship Design USA.

Lynton S. Land, A&S '62, '63 (MA), was installed in the Hall of Distinction at the University of Texas at Austin's Jackson School of Geosciences, joining geologist Earle F. McBride, A&S '60 (PhD).


Krishna Dronamraju, Med '65 (PGF), wrote the book A Century of Geneticists: Mutation to Medicine, which was released in October 2018 by CRC Press in the U.S. and by Routledge in the United Kingdom. He is president of the Foundation for Genetic Research.


Stephen Kramer, A&S '67, moved with his wife, Michal, to Tel Aviv, Israel, after 25 years in the Israeli community Alfe Menashe. He is celebrating 50 years of daily exercise, and he posts articles on Israel and more at


Eaton Lattman, A&S '69 (PhD), co-authored Biological Small Angle Scattering: Theory and Practice, published by Oxford University Press. Lattman retired in 2017 from the University at Buffalo, where he directed the BioXFEL Science and Technology Center. He and his wife, Susan Pfeiffer, relocated to Baltimore and recently attended his 60th high school reunion.


Carlos T. Mock, A&S '76, published his seventh book, The Corner Queen, released by Floricanto Press in August 2018. The novel chronicles the events leading up to the October 30, 1950, uprisings in Puerto Rico.


Susan Eyrich Lederer, A&S '77, was elected president of the American Association for the History of Medicine. A professor of medical history and bioethics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, Lederer was a visiting professor at the University of Otago in New Zealand in fall 2018.

J. Thaddeus Rutkowski, A&S '77 (MA), a writer of fiction, memoir, and poetry, had two of his books reviewed at, a "bookish lifestyle blog." Rutkowski's most recent book, Border Crossings, was released in February 2018 by Sensitive Skin Books and is the author's first full-length poetry collection.


Stuart W. Davidson, A&S '79, a partner in the Philadelphia-based law firm Willig, Williams & Davidson, was ranked in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Douglas L. Faulkner, SAIS '79 (MA), founder and president of Leatherstocking, a clean-technology advisory firm, was appointed by the U.S. secretaries of energy and agriculture to co-chair the federal Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee.

Kathryn A. Foster, A&S '79, returned to her home state to assume the presidency of the College of New Jersey. She previously served as president of the University of Maine at Farmington.

Richard M. Shain, A&S '79 (MA), '92 (PhD), an associate professor of history at Thomas Jefferson University, wrote the book _Roots in Reverse: Senegalese Afro-Cuban Music and Tropical Cosmopolitanism**. It was published by Wesleyan University Press in September 2018.


Robin Sykes, Med '80 (MD), is a full-time plastic surgeon and part-time artist and musician. She illustrated the children's book MacGregor, written by Nancy MacGregor, which was published by Friesen Press in July 2018.


Karen Peetz, Bus '81 (MS), retired president of Bank of New York Mellon, was elected to the board of directors of Ingersoll Rand.

Hershel Raff, SPH '81 (PhD), received the 2017 Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Chairs of Departments of Physiology and co-wrote the 15th edition of Vander's Human Physiology. Raff is a professor of medicine, surgery, physiology, and pharmacy at the Medical College of Wisconsin and scientific director of the Endocrine Research Laboratory at Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center.


Hall Gardner, SAIS '82 (MA), '88 (PhD), wrote World War Trump: The Risks of America's New Nationalism, which was released by Prometheus Books in March 2018. He held a book signing in September at WHSmith bookstore in Paris. The author, editor, and educator is on the faculty of the Department of International and Comparative Politics at the American University of Paris.

Kenneth Rhee, A&S '82, was named dean of the School of Management at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. He was previously an associate dean and professor of management for the College of Business Administration at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse.


Gary Panariello, A&S '86, was promoted to managing director of Thornton Tomasetti engineering firm. A member of the firm's board of directors, Panariello has more than 20 years of experience in research and in the design, investigation, and construction of complex structures, with a specialty in the dynamics of structures subjected to earthquakes, hurricanes, and other events. He is based in San Francisco.


Cherie Butts, A&S '92, '97 (MS), was promoted to associate medical director of Late Stage Clinical Development at Biogen, a biotech company, where she is responsible for multiple sclerosis trials. She was also appointed to the Salem State University Board of Trustees and was elected to the Society of Leukocyte Biology Council.


Sahffi Lynne, Peab '93, co-hosted the Kunkawaki Yoga and Music Retreat in Peru and played with her band, OverGlow, at El Festival de Música Medicina in 2018.

Marcy Schwartz, A&S '93 (PhD), is a professor and chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Rutgers University. Her most recent book, titled Public Pages: Reading Along the Latin American Streetscape, was published by the University of Texas Press in May 2018.


Hylke Faber, SAIS Eur '94 (Dipl), '95 (MA), is the author of Taming Your Crocodiles: Unlearn Fear & Become a True Leader, published by Dover in May 2018. The author runs two coaching organizations and teaches the online pilot program Leader as Coach for Columbia Business School.

Shelby Anderson Kinnaird, Engr '94 (MS), published The Pocket Carbohydrate Counter Guide for Diabetes: Simple Nutritional Strategies to Lower Your Blood Sugar in June 2018. She posts recipes and tips for healthy eating at Diabetic Foodie.

Joel L. Mayerson, Med '94 (MD), professor of orthopedic surgery and medical director of sarcoma services at the Ohio State University Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital, was promoted to medical director of perioperative services. He also became president-elect of the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society. Mayerson serves on the board of councilors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and is in the presidential line of the Ohio Orthopaedic Society.


Patricia Likakis, Bus '95 (MS), an author and blogger, published her second book, Streamline Your Life: 5 Fundamentals to Simplify Your Life, Reduce Stress and Have More Joy, under the pen name of Ariel Paz.


Cheryl Logan, Ed '98 (MS), became superintendent of the Omaha Public Schools in Omaha, Nebraska, in July 2018. She previously served as chief academic officer for the School District of Philadelphia.


Mark Stibich, SPH '00 (MHS), '05 (PhD), co-founder and chief scientific officer of Xenex Disinfection Services, was recognized as a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. A visiting scientist at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Stibich provides solutions to the epidemic of infections acquired during hospital stays.


Samantha Davis, SAIS Eur '01 (Dipl), '02 (MA), is an artist, activist, and founder of Last Cut, an online multimedia documentary project that includes the podcast series Last Cut Conversations. A survivor of thyroid cancer, Davis had a preventive double mastectomy and then decided to "go flat" by having her breast implants removed. As a mother and advocate for the healing communities, Davis aims to inspire in others an individualized way of thinking, feeling, and living.

Randy Russell, Bus '01 (MBA), joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch as a managing director with a focus on technology, media, and telecom investment banking. He previously worked as an investment banker at Deutsche Bank Securities.


Judah Adashi, Peab '02 (MM), '11 (DMA), composer and Peabody faculty artist, won Best Song in Baltimore magazine's 2018 Best of Baltimore issue. "Invocation: Dear Baltimore" is a musical collaboration with Erricka Bridgeford of Baltimore Ceasefire, an organization committed to reducing the murder rate in Baltimore.

Monica Sanz, A&S '02, was chosen by the United States–Japan Foundation to be a member of the 2018–19 class of delegates to the United States–Japan Leadership Program. The program seeks to develop a network of communication, friendship, and understanding among the next generation of leaders in both countries. Sanz was a United States–Spain Council Young Leader in 2016.


Gary Gilbert, Bus '03 (MS), joined the Space Telescope Science Institute in the IT Services Division as the senior audio-video and multimedia engineer. The STScI houses the Hubble Space Telescope and is located on the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus.

Kathy Mignini Walsh, Bus '03 (MS), was named director of strategic marketing and communications at the John Carroll School, an independent Catholic high school in Bel Air, Maryland.


Judy Berman, A&S '05, contributing writer for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and Esquire, joined Time as its new television critic in September 2018.

Lukasz Kuropaczewski, Peab '05 (GPD), was named a professor of guitar with Kunstuniversität Graz in Austria.

Joe Montalbano, Bus '05 (MBA), is co-author of the Agile Almanac Book 2: Programs with Multi and Virtual-Team Environments. He is a senior IT program manager and Lean-Agile practitioner focused on software development at Zurich North America, where he has held a variety of roles since 2007.


Jesse A. Taylor, Med '06 (PGF), HS '06, was appointed chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in July 2018. He co-directs the hospital's Cleft Lip and Palate Program and serves as director of the Craniofacial Plastic Surgery Fellowship in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.


Amanda Klein, A&S '08, '09 (MA), started a consulting business called Structured Solutions in 2015, earned a doctorate in K-12 education leadership and policy in 2017, and currently supports Baltimore City Public Schools as a family engagement specialist and evaluator.

Anna-Christina Phillips, Peab '08, a clarinetist and arts advocate, was promoted to associate dean of entrepreneurial musicianship at the New England Conservatory. She also teaches arts marketing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.


Robert A. Friedman, A&S '09 (MAG/MBA), is an international lawyer and former official with the U.S. Department of State, where he worked as part of the team that re-established diplomatic relations with Cuba. Friedman joined Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis as of counsel and is focused on international trade and investment issues.

Melissa R. Hyatt, Ed '09 (MS), vice president for security for Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine, received a Governor's Citation in recognition of her career in local law enforcement. She served more than 20 years with the Baltimore Police Department before joining Johns Hopkins in April 2018.

Lauren Underwood, Nurs '09 (MS/MPH), a Democrat from Naperville, Illinois, won the 14th Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. The nurse and former adviser in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services unseated four-term Republican incumbent Randy Hultgren.


Amanda W. Brown, Ed '10 (MAT), is the interim principal of Roland Park Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore. She previously served as resident principal of Thomas Johnson Elementary/Middle School through the leadership training program provided by the nonprofit New Leaders.


Petrit Ceku, Peab '11 (GPD), was named a professor of chamber music guitar with Kunstuniversität Graz in Austria.

Laura Livaditis, A&S '11, joined the Franciscan Children's Pediatric Primary Care Clinic in Boston as a primary care pediatrician. She graduated from the Harriet Lane Pediatric Residency Program at Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Ryan Andrew Pallathra, SAIS '11 (MA), directs business development for NutriScience Innovations, a global supplier of nutritional ingredients and functional health and wellness solutions. Pallathra splits his time between New York and Chicago.

Jill Powelson, SPH '11 (MPH), completed an executive doctoral program in health leadership at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health.


Lisa Manfuso Anderson, Bus '12, was married to Rodney Anderson.

Andrew J. Cote, A&S '12, a U.S. Marine Corps captain, was appointed to serve as the Marine Security Force Commander at the White House Communications Agency.

Amy Domingues, Peab '12 (MM), is a founding member of the early music ensemble Sonnambula, which was appointed Ensemble in Residence for the 2018–19 season at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Domingues has taught at the Madison Early Music Festival, the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and the Viola da Gamba Society of America.


Randy Bell, Engr '13, is a software development consultant in Orlando, Florida.

Brian Kay, Peab '13, '15 (MM), a lute player, was appointed lute instructor for the Case Western Reserve University Historical Performance Practice program. He is a member of Apollo's Fire, part of the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra.


Jeff Dugan, A&S '15 (MLA), former television producer for the Discovery Channel, published his memoir, Ins & Outs: A Life in Television. Dugan visited Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Free Library in June 2018, for an author's talk titled "A Night of Laughs with Jeff Dugan."


Brian Boyle, A&S '16 (MA), a triathlete, author, and health care advocate, published his first children's book, Swim Bark Run, in June 2018. His first book, Iron Heart, chronicled his journey from a near-deadly automobile accident to the 2007 Hawaii Ironman triathlon.


Najette Abouelhadi, Peab '17, a cellist, accepted positions with the Chicago Civic Orchestra and the Chicago Sinfonietta.


Joelle Biele, Ed '18 (MAT), a writer and teacher of American literature and creative writing, released her fourth book, Tramp: Poems, published by LSU Press in February 2018. Using historical newspaper accounts and court records, Biele tells the stories of women who left their homes and families to tramp the roads and rails.

Anna Du, A&S '18, attended NASA's launch of the Parker Solar Probe in Cape Canaveral, Florida, in August 2018. Recently graduated, she also completed a road trip across her home state of Michigan. Du works for a health care consulting firm in New York.

Taylor Ibelli, A&S '18 (Cert), joined the Institute for Defense Analyses as a 2018 summer associate in the Systems and Analyses Center's Strategy, Forces and Resources Division. The nonprofit corporation operates three federally funded research and development centers and provides objective analyses of national security issues and related national challenges.

Brad Shelley, Ed '18 (MS/Cert), will become the head of school for the Pembroke Hill School in Kansas City, Missouri, beginning in July 2019. He currently serves as the associate headmaster at McDonogh School in Baltimore.

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