Class notes


Richard Rose, A&S '53, co-authored with Caryn Peiffer Bad Governance and Corruption, published by Palgrave Macmillan in July 2018. The book's analysis came from sample surveys of 175,000 people in 125 countries. Rose directs the Centre for the Study of Public Policy at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.


Robert E. Baensch, A&S '57, of Baensch International Group, presented a professional education program for the international publishing industry titled "Copyright, Patents and Trademarks for Digital Publishing" in May 2018 to more than 360 participants in Shanghai and presented the "2018 BIBF International Digital Publishing Forum" in Beijing. Baensch celebrated his 84th birthday in September.


Mayer M. Katz, A&S '58, a vascular surgeon with Beebe Vascular in Delaware, was featured on the PBS series We'll Meet Again, where he reconnected with a soldier whose life he saved when working in a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital during the Vietnam War. In addition, a photo of Katz and his first-person audio account were part of an exhibition titled The Marines and Tet: The Battle That Changed the Vietnam War, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.


Everett U. Crosby, A&S '59 (PhD), professor emeritus of history and chairman of the Program in Medieval Studies at the University of Virginia, authored The Making of Nantucket: Family Lives and Fortunes in the Nineteenth Century, published by Spinner Publications in October 2018.

Arnold B. Silverman, Engr '59, is in his 56th year of practicing intellectual property law and recently celebrated his 58th wedding anniversary with his wife, Susan. The couple has two sons, Michael Silverman, Engr '86, and Lee, along with two grandchildren. Thankful for the treatment provided to him by the Pittsburgh medical community, Arnold became a cancer survivor in 2017 and looks forward to his Johns Hopkins 60th reunion this spring.


Frank A. Ward II, A&S '60, retired as a senior attorney adviser to the Social Security Administration in Syracuse, New York, after 23 years in public service. He was a member of its Diversity & Inclusion Council for more than five years and received a diversity and inclusion award from the acting commissioner of Social Security in 2015. An author and a lecturer on genealogy and historic preservation, Ward now begins a new career. He and his husband, Jim, raise alpacas on their New York farm and sell essential oil products. Ward intends to write books and enjoy country living during retirement.


Elliott D. Kieff, Med '67 (MD), transitioned to professor emeritus at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital. A researcher in the study of Epstein-Barr virus, Kieff continues to be an active member of the research community through mentoring students.


Iain S. Baird, A&S '68, SAIS '72 (MA), a writer living in Asheville, North Carolina, published a short story collection titled The Guy in the Box in July 2017.


David S. Zee, Med '69 (MD), '73 (PGF), a professor of neurology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, was awarded the Bárány Gold Medal in 2018 from the University of Uppsala in Sweden for his work on the vestibular apparatus of the inner ear and brain. He also received the 2018 Martin D. Abeloff Award for Lifetime Achievement in Medical and Biomedical Education at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.


Harry A. Quigley, Med '71 (MD), HS '75, professor of ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, received the Joanne G. Angle Award from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the highest service honor given by the organization to a volunteer professional.


Shelby Wilkes, Med '75 (MD), was inducted into the Michael J. Coles College of Business Hall of Fame at Kennesaw State University. A vitreoretinal surgeon, Wilkes established Atlanta Eye Consultants and was the principal investigator of the first statewide diabetic retinopathy screening study performed in the U.S.


Sheila Vail, Peab '77, '82 (MM), a professional piano teacher, was chosen as a Music Teachers National Association Foundation Fellow by the Ohio Music Teachers Association.


David L. Cahan, A&S '78 (MA), '80 (PhD), professor of history at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, published in September 2018 Helmholtz: A Life in Science, about Hermann von Helmholtz, a major figure of 19th-century scientific and intellectual life in Germany.

Caren M. Fleit, A&S '78, a managing director at Korn Ferry consulting firm, was elected to the board of directors of the Humane Society of the United States, the nation's largest animal protection organization.


Barbara A. Montford, Med '84 (MD), was named president of the Dade County Medical Association, making her the first African-American female president in the organization's 115-year history.


Jonathan Land Evans, A&S '85, SAIS '86 (MA), lives in Bermuda, where he is a historian and writer. His recent books include Bermuda Maps: A Cartographic History of the Somers or Summer Island, 1511–1948, which was published by the National Museum of Bermuda in 2017, and a short story collection titled Ragbag, published in August 2018. One of Evans' short stories was nominated for the 2018 Pushcart Prize by the online literary journal Typishly.

Martin S. Gould, Ed '85 (EdD), retired from the U.S. Department of the Treasury in 2018 and became the director of research for the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies. This volunteer work builds on his past projects aimed at increasing digital accessibility.

Alan M. Yahanda, Med '85 (MD), '91 (PGF), HS '91, was promoted to chair of the Department of Surgery at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America and chief of staff at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Atlanta.


Mary Dickens Johnson, SAIS '86 (MA), a retired federal employee who is working toward her doctorate, received the Marquis Who's Who 2018 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and a lifetime award from the Institute for Supply Management.


Arthur L. "Bud" Burnett II, Med '88 (MD), '92 (PGF), HS '94, Bus '09 (MBA), was recognized by the Baltimore Orioles as a 2018 Birdland Community Hero. In addition to his work as a professor and director of the Basic Science Laboratory in Neuro-Urology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Burnett has been a mentor and benefactor for Mentoring Male Teens in the Hood, a Baltimore nonprofit.


Brenda Ortigoza Bateman, A&S '92, SAIS '93 (MA), is science chief for Oregon's Water Resources Department and was elected 2018 president of the American Water Resources Association. She lives in Salem, Oregon, with her husband, Mark Bateman, A&S '90, daughter, and son.


Eric Halsey, Engr '95, and Rose Zulliger, A&S '07, SPH '15 (PhD), work for the Malaria Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. President's Malaria Initiative. Halsey is based out of Atlanta, and Zulliger lives and works in Maputo, Mozambique. Their malaria control efforts recently took them to a rural health clinic in the Nicoadala District of Mozambique.

Tony Spearman-Leach, A&S '95, is the new director of corporate and foundation relations for the Make-a-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic.


Martin Sher, Peab '96, a violinist, was named senior vice president for artistic planning and programs for the New World Symphony in Miami Beach.

Richard Antoine White, Peab '96, a musician, professor, and motivational speaker, experienced homelessness as a child in Baltimore and became the first African-American to receive a Doctor of Music degree in tuba. The documentary that tells his story, R.A.W.: From Destitute to Doctorate, was awarded a 2018 Mountainfilm Commitment Grant. Mountainfilm is a documentary festival that takes place every spring in Telluride, Colorado.


Jason M. Gray, A&S '01 (MA), is a writer and editor who published his second book of poetry, titled Radiation King, in April 2018. The collection won the Idaho Prize for Poetry.

John Seibel, Ed '01 (MS), assistant principal of Hammond High School in Columbia, Maryland, was named 2018 Assistant Principal of the Year by the Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals.


Charbel J. Barakat, A&S '02, competed on Jeopardy! on December 24, 2018, and won with a one-day total of $30,700.

Ugonma Chukwueke, A&S '02, '04 (MS), a staff neuro-oncologist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, married Samuel Botsford at the State Room in Boston on May 26, 2018. The wedding was attended by Johns Hopkins alumni, including Kathy Williams, A&S '02; Dulciana Chan, Engr '02; Onajite Onaodowan, A&S '02; Mekha George, Engr '02; Nkiruka Emeagwali, Engr '02, '06 (MS); and Nneka Nzegwu, A&S '03.

Jiou Wang, Med '02 (PhD), '04 (PGF), an associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology who studies neurodegenerative disease at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, received a share of a $3.9 million Discovery Research Grant from the Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund in 2018.


Nicole Chung, A&S '03, '14 (MA), released her memoir, All You Can Ever Know, in October 2018. The book chronicles her transracial adoption and the search for her biological family. Chung is editor-in-chief of Catapult. Her nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, GQ, Longreads, and other publications.

Rita R. Kalyani, Med '03 (MD), HS '06, Med '07 (PGF), SPH '09 (MHS), an associate professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and editor-in-chief of the Johns Hopkins Diabetes Guide, received the American Diabetes Association's 2018 Vivian Fonseca and Nagendran Family Diabetes Research Award. The award recognizes diabetes research focused on the South Asian, Asian-American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander populations, or research by scientists from these areas.

Ami A. Shah, Med '03 (MD), '07 (PGF), SPH '09 (MHS), an associate professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and director of clinical and translational research for the Johns Hopkins Scleroderma Center, was awarded the 2017 Edith Busch Prize for Young Investigators. The Edith Busch Foundation supports research on scleroderma, or systemic sclerosis, a chronic connective tissue disease.

Michael J. Sheehan, Engr '03 (MS), a principal engineer at the Mitre Corporation, completed his doctorate in engineering at the School of Engineering and Applied Science at George Washington University. He leads Mitre's Statistical Engineering Group within the Defense Acquisition and Policy Department.


R. Wayne Brown, Bus '05 (MS), retired in December 2017 from service as an administrative professional in the public and nonprofit sectors. His employers included the city of Baltimore, the state of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, and others. In retirement, he plans to travel with his wife, Sarah, play judo, and "take custodianship over his possessions and experiences."

Sai Duriseti, A&S '05, received a doctorate in biophysics and a medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco, and is completing a residency in radiation oncology at Washington University School of Medicine. He married Vijaya Surampudi, an endocrinologist, on September 22, 2018, in Woodland Hills, California. Johns Hopkins alumni in attendance included Sadena Thevarajah, A&S '04; Vandna Jerath, A&S '05; Michael Mondo, A&S '05; Payal Patel, A&S '05; and Annie Hsu Shieh, A&S '05.

Megan Moore Riley, Ed '05 (MAT), recently joined American global manufacturer Mars as a freelance proofreader of internal communications.

Patrick A. Tschida, SPH '05 (DrPH), a nutritionist in St. Paul, Minnesota, completed a leadership training program with the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation and is an inaugural member of the MN Health Equity Leadership Network, an initiative of the Minnesota Department of Health. He co-authored an article in Walden University's Journal of Social Change, titled "Leadership in Community Public-Private Partnership Health and Social Care Initiatives."


Kunal Agarwal, A&S '06, who practices family medicine and sleep medicine in Seaford, Delaware, appeared on the cover of Delaware Today magazine's Top Doctors 2018 issue. For the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association, Agarwal has conducted interviews with prospective undergraduate students for the last few years.

Dan Szelingowski, A&S '06, completed a certificate program in Advanced Education Leadership through the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


Matthew E. Bergman, A&S '07, is serving his second year as the founding director of the Krinsk-Houston Law and Politics Initiative at the University of California, San Diego.


Annie Gill, Peab '08 (GPD), a soprano, made her debut with the Annapolis Shakespeare Company in November 2018 in the musical Cabaret.


Jacomo Bairos, Peab '09 (GPD), made his conducting debut with the San Francisco Symphony on November 3, 2018.


Jennifer W. Pegher, A&S '10 (MAG/MBA), was promoted from deputy director to executive director of the Association of American Cancer Institutes.


Robert W. Gillett, Engr '13 (MS), was elected to the board of directors of the US Biochar Initiative, which seeks to ensure the sustainable production and use of biochar, or charcoal intended for use in soils. He is also the newsletter editor for the International Biochar Initiative.


Ellie Kaplan, A&S '14, and Dan Kahn, Engr '14, married in September 2018 and were thrilled to be surrounded by fellow Johns Hopkins alumni and friends.

Tia Price, Peab '14 (MM), was named director of programs in 2018 for Wide Angle Youth Media, which offers creative youth development programs for children in Baltimore.

Stephanie Sharp, Ed '14 (MS), was named to the Forbes "30 Under 30" list of emerging leaders in education for 2019. A former pre-K teacher in Baltimore for Teach for America, she is now a program analyst for the Overdeck Family Foundation and manages its Early Impact Portfolio, which funds early childhood research.


Kelly N. Harper, Ed '15 (MS), a third-grade teacher at Amidon-Bowen Elementary School in Washington, D.C., was named the city's 2019 Teacher of the Year. She received a $7,500 prize and will be considered for National Teacher of the Year.


Jennifer Kim, Peab '16, '18 (MM), won one of the section violist positions with Pennsylvania's York Symphony Orchestra in November 2018.

Peyson Moss, Peab '16 (MM), a vocalist, participated in Renée Fleming's inaugural SongStudio program at Carnegie Hall in January. SongStudio brings leading artists together to mentor emerging singers and pianists. Moss performed with soprano Coraine Tate.

Caressa Valdueza, Nurs '16 (MSN), a nurse practitioner at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, received a North American Neuroendocrine Tumor Society travel grant from the Healing NET Foundation in 2017 and the Compassionate Care Award from the National Pancreas Foundation in 2018.


Iman Graham, Ed '17 (MS), is a high school counselor and a child therapist in private practice in Castle Rock, Colorado, where she is an independent contractor at Griffith Centers for Children. She is working toward becoming fully licensed and hopes to start a nonprofit to help young women.

Cody Radziewicz, A&S '17, joined Sutton Real Estate Company as a salesperson. A lacrosse player for all four years at Johns Hopkins, Radziewicz plays professional lacrosse for the Major League Lacrosse Dallas Rattlers and for the National Lacrosse League's Philadelphia Wings.


Clifton Guidry, Peab '18, a bassoonist, traveled to Kenya in December 2018 to join the Nairobi Philharmonic Orchestra in their performance of The Nutcracker.

Joseph P. High, Engr '18 (MSE), is a quantitative risk analyst at the United Services Automobile Association and a part-time graduate student in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at Columbia University.

Kyle Jones, Peab '18 (MM), a saxophonist, won the UT Symphony Orchestra Brass, Wind & Percussion Concerto Competition on November 11, 2018, held at the University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music.

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