Class notes


Mark Monmonier, A&S '64, is a Distinguished Professor emeritus, geography and the environment, at Syracuse University. He was recognized by the American Association of Geographers with the 2023 AAG Lifetime Achievement Honor for his five decades of outstanding contributions to geographic research, notably in the fields of cartography and geographic communication. His Monmonier algorithm is an important research tool for geographic studies in linguistics and genetics. He was vice president and president of the American Cartographic Association and was a member of the Coastal Elevation and Sea-Level Rise Advisory Committee of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He received the Chancellor's Citation for Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award from Syracuse in 2021.


Charles Hoffman, A&S '73, has spent more than three decades caring for people with diabetes and helped develop one of the first office-based, comprehensive diabetes self-management training programs recognized by the American Diabetes Association. He earned his medical degree at the University of Louisville and trained as an internal medicine resident at Indiana University.

Warren Rosman, A&S '73, is of counsel at Weston Hurd LLP, where he represents school

districts and other political subdivisions in employment disputes. He authored the first article in a yearlong series that celebrates the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. The article is a biography of Sherlock J. Andrews, the bar association's first president, Cleveland's first city council president, and a Whig member of Congress.


Daniel DiMaio, Med '78 (MD), '81 (PhD), is the Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Genetics and professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry and of therapeutic radiology at Yale School of Medicine, where he has worked for nearly 40 years. In January, he received the Yale Cancer Center Lifetime Achievement Award. He also received an Outstanding Investigator Award in 2020 from the National Cancer Institute for his study of human papillomaviruses.


John M. Leonard, Med '83 (MD), is president and CEO of Intellia Therapeutics, a position he has held since 2018. The company completed the first in vivo gene editing using CRISPR, a procedure reported by the New England Journal of Medicine in 2021.


Colin Phoon, A&S '85, Med HS '93, '07, PGF '92, is professor of pediatrics at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, where he has worked for 26 years as a pediatric and fetal cardiologist at the Hassenfeld Children's Hospital at New York University. In addition to his clinical care and teaching, he is actively researching mitochondrial biology, cardiolipin, and Barth syndrome. He continues to play goalie for a "grand masters" lacrosse club team in Westchester County, New York.


Heather May Murren, A&S '88, and William H. Miller III, both members of the Johns Hopkins board of trustees, were married on June 21, 2022. Murren is chair of the JHU Applied Physics Lab board of managers.

Anna Ponder, SAIS '88 (MA), is vice president for alumni, development, and communication at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Previously, she was vice chancellor for advancement at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. Ponder has decades of experience as an executive leader in philanthropy and higher education and holds a PhD from Yale University.


Scott Marks, Engr '90, is a partner at Duane Morris LLP in the real estate practice group in the Austin, Texas, office.


Leslie J. Bisson, Med '91 (MD), '92 (PGF), HS '92, is head orthopedic surgeon for the Buffalo Bills and also practices at the University of Buffalo in New York.


Neil Slenker, A&S '92, is chair of the business group and a member of the management committee at Stock and Leader in York, Pennsylvania. He was appointed chair of the WellSpan Central Region Board of Directors, which serves as the board of directors for WellSpan York Hospital and WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital. He also serves on the board of directors of the York County History Center.


Adriana Cordali, SAIS '94 (Cert), is a technical writer with the Army Medical Logistics Command in Frederick, Maryland. She authored Visual Rhetorics of Communist Romania: Life Under the Totalitarian Gaze, published by Palgrave Macmillan in January. The book is about the visual rhetoric of propaganda materials in a communist totalitarian regime and established both rhetorical features and visual tropes used by such regimes. She holds a doctoral degree in rhetoric from Illinois State University.

Timothy James Min II, A&S '94, is co-managing partner of LimNexus LLP, a boutique law firm headquartered in Los Angeles. He chairs the firm's international trade law practice in the Washington, D.C., office. He specializes in international trade law with a focus on economic sanctions, export controls, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., customs, and other critical cross-border issues.

Karunesh Tuli, BSPH '94 (MPH), '01 (PhD), is a Los Angeles–based public health consultant. In 2022, he authored a book of essays titled Quietly: How Public Health Saves Millions, published in December 2022. The essays cover topics such as alcohol, cholera, health policy, HIV, malaria, polio, road safety, tobacco, tuberculosis, and yellow fever. One essay profiles Fred Soper, who graduated with a master's and doctorate from the Bloomberg School in 1923 and 1925, respectively, an epidemiologist and public health administrator who spearheaded campaigns to eradicate yellow fever and malaria.


Bill Enright, Bus '96 (MS), is CEO of Vaccitech, which developed the AstraZeneca version of the COVID-19 vaccine. In 2022, Enright received a Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association Global Achievement Award.


Michael Weinmann, Engr '99, co-founded MVolution Partners (MVP), an investment firm that closed a $38 million investment into Baltimore-based Pixellient Technologies in November 2022. MVP provides growth capital solutions to companies with significant intellectual property assets.


Marisa North Cruz, A&S '01, Med '07 (MD), is chief medical officer of Empatica, a digital health and artificial intelligence company. In November, its Empatica health monitoring platform was cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Shin Inouye, A&S '01, is deputy assistant secretary in the Office of Communications and Outreach at the U.S. Department of Education. He was previously executive vice president of communications at the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the Leadership Conference Education Fund.

Jeff Olson, Bus '01 (MS), is chair and CEO of Urban Edge Properties, a $4 billion publicly traded real estate investment trust. In 2022, Olson received a Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus/a Award for his commitment to the Carey Business School, where he also chairs the Real Estate and Infrastructure Advisory Board.


Jarrod Bernstein, A&S '02, is of counsel at Morrison Cohen, where his practice focuses on crisis management, complex litigation, family office advisory, and anti-bias advisory. He also is managing director of First Due Advisors, a strategic consulting firm.

Rhonda Glover Reese, Ed '02 (MS), is CEO of the Rhonda M. Glover Group, a consulting, training, and development firm that offers coaching/mentoring services for law enforcement professionals. In 2022, she was named one of the 10 Most Admired Women Leaders in Business by Success Pitchers and was featured on the cover of the issue's digital magazine.


Kimberly Cuomo, Nurs '03, a nurse practitioner in the Division of Cardiology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, received a 2022 Miller Coulson Clinical Excellence Award. She helped establish the Johns Hopkins Heart Failure Bridge Clinic, a nurse practitioner–run clinic created to bridge patients discharged after heart failure hospitalization, a vulnerable time period for patients at high risk for readmission.


Kathryn McKay, A&S '04 (MA), is a writer in the Office of the Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity at the National Institutes of Health.

Vinciya Pandian, Nurs '04 (MSN), '13 (PhD), an associate professor in the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, was selected for a fellowship in the American College of Critical Care Medicine. She is internationally known for her expertise in improving care, safety, and quality of life for tracheostomy patients. Her research focuses on identifying signs and symptoms of laryngeal injury post-extubation in intensive care units. Previously, Pandian was an acute care nurse practitioner at Johns Hopkins Hospital and served as director of practice, education, and research for the Johns Hopkins Airway Program; associate director of the School of Nursing's Doctor of Nursing Practice executive programs; and director of the Research Honors Program.


Laura Herrera Scott, BSPH '05 (MPH), was selected by Maryland Governor Wes Moore as the state's secretary of health. She has professional experience in both the public and private sectors as a vice president at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, medical director of population and community health at Johns Hopkins HealthCare, deputy secretary of public health under former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, and chief medical officer at the Baltimore City Health Department.


Rachel Cloud Adams, A&S '07 (MA), is the editor for the Child Welfare League of America, a Washington, D.C.–based advocacy organization focused on children's rights, education, program development, child psychology, child welfare policymaking, and programming. In 2007, she founded Lines + Stars, a literary journal and small press that celebrated its 15th anniversary last year. She is the author of three collections of poetry; her latest is Space and Road, published by Semiperfect Press in 2019. Her poems also have appeared in _The North American Review,__Salamander, The Conium Review, Cagibi_, and _Hobart,_ among others.

Valerie Arkoosh, BSPH '07 (MPH), is acting secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, appointed by Governor Josh Shapiro in January. Prior to joining the governor's cabinet, she was a member of the Montgomery County Board of Commissions, serving as commission chair, the first woman in the position. She currently serves on the Pennsylvania Maternal Mortality Review Committee and led the nonprofit National Physicians Alliance. Before she entered public service, she was a professor of clinical anesthesiology and clinical obstetrics and gynecology at Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Laura D. Kenda, Nurs '07, authored Oh How a Mother Worries, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and before vaccines were readily available. The book was published by Christian Faith Publishing in April 2022. She holds an oncology nursing certification and continues to work full time with oncology patients.

Allison Reardon, Bus '07 (MBA), is chief operating officer and partner at Cyber Capital Partners, a venture capital and private equity firm and a member of the U.S. Department of Defense Trusted Capital Marketplace. In 2022, she received a Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus/a Award for her professional career and her commitment to the Carey Business School. She leads the school's nominating committee and serves on the executive committee of the Dean's Alumni Advisory Board.

Matthew Route, A&S '07 (MA), is a visiting professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Mississippi. He earned his PhD in astrophysics from Pennsylvania State University in 2013.


Garrett Bishop, A&S '08 (MA), is a partner at Foley & Lardner LLP in the transactions practice group in the Milwaukee office. He represents public and private companies and practices general corporate law with a focus on assisting clients with issues involving the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and public stock exchanges. His professional experience includes mergers and acquisitions, capital-raising activities (both equity and debt), initial public offerings, and de-SPAC transactions.

Raffi Wartanian, A&S '08, is a freelance writer, editor, and educator and lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles. He authored "A Letter to My Great-Grandson," an essay printed in the anthology We Are All Armenian: Voices From the Diaspora, published in March by the University of Texas Press.


Wendy Osefo, A&S '09 (MS), is a political commentator and strategist, and an assistant professor in the Johns Hopkins School of Education. She is the author of Tears of My Mother: The Legacy of My Nigerian Upbringing, published in September 2022 by Gallery Books.


Christopher Wade, Ed '10, received a Public Safety Black History Makers Award in February.


Jocelyn Anderson, Nurs '11 (MSN), '16 (DNP), an assistant professor of nursing at Pennsylvania State University, was elected treasurer of the International Association of Forensic Nurses leadership board. Her research focuses on the physical and mental health outcomes of sexual violence and preventing and responding to the violence using technology-based interventions.

Veneeth Iyengar, Bus '11 (MS), is executive director of broadband development and connectivity for the state of Louisiana. He is working to eliminate Louisiana's digital divide by 2029 and coordinates the efforts of local, state, and federal leaders who are working to invest more than $2.9 billion in the state's infrastructure. In 2022, Iyengar received a Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association Public Service Award.


Kat McGrady, Ed '12 (MS), '17 (EdD), is a school counselor with Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools and an adjunct faculty member in the Johns Hopkins School of Education. She authored Mental Health From Diagnosis to Delivery, published by Boys Town Press in September 2022.


Hannah Jacob, Nurs '13, '20 (DNP), joined the cardiology clinic at PeaceHealth Medical Group in Bellingham, Washington. Her professional experience includes nursing patients with heart failure, acute coronary syndrome, hypertension, and dysrhythmias and providing chronic disease management and teaching.

Morgan Showalter, Ed '13 (Cert), is acting principal of Bard High School, Early College Baltimore, a four-year public school that enables students to enroll in a two-year, tuition-free college course of study in the liberal arts and sciences following ninth and 10th grades. The school's students graduate with both a high school diploma and up to 60 Bard College credits and an associate's degree.


Varghese "Abe" Abraham, Bus '15 (MBA), co-founded a startup with Shashi Shankar, Bus '20 (MBA), that works to close the gaps of health inequities and provide equitable patient care. Abraham is a member of the nominating committee for the Dean's Alumni Advisory Board and a participant in the NEXT mentoring program, the Johns Hopkins Leadership Fellows Program, and numerous Johns Hopkins panel discussions. He received a 2022 Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association Outstanding Recent Graduate Award.

Esther Kwon, Ed '15 (MS), is an assistant principal at Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School in Wahiawa, Hawaii. She received a $25,000 Milken Educator Award for her commitment to students and for her leadership in the community.


Salimatou Ouedraogo, Ed '18 (MS), a teacher at Riverdale Elementary School in Riverdale, Maryland, was selected by the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board to receive a Fulbright Teachers for Global Classroom Program Award. As an award recipient, she will spend time at a host school in Morocco.


Sharon Mistretta, Ed '19 (EdD), is an adjunct faculty member in the Johns Hopkins School of Education and was a guest editor for Intech Open's AI, Computer Science, and Robotics Technology special issue on technologies and creative learning.


Deion Jamison, Ed '21 (MS), is the 2023 South Carolina Teacher of the Year. He teaches English language arts to ninth and 10th graders at Legacy Early College in Greenville. His work has been recognized by Teach For America and the National Council of Teachers of English.


Grace Hallenbeck, Nurs '22 (DNP), is a nurse practitioner at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center's (SVMC) Pownal Campus, SVMC Cardiology, and Dartmouth–Hitchcock Putnam Physicians.

Michael Repper, Peab '22 (DMA), received a 2023 Grammy Award in the Best Orchestral Performance category for conducting the New York Youth Symphony's debut recording Works by Florence Price, Jessie Montgomery, Valerie Coleman.

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