Class notes


James B. Kenley, BSPH '59 (MPH), recently celebrated his 95th birthday. He lives in Covenant Woods Assisted Living in Mechanicsville, Virginia. He served as Virginia state health commissioner in the Department of Health from 1976 to 1986 and was a clinical instructor in preventive medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University from 1986 to 1992, when he retired.


Ken Grundfast, A&S '65, is a professor in the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at the Boston University School of Medicine. He also is a professor of pediatrics and assistant dean of student affairs. He reported that he met up with best friend George Dirago, A&S '65, who continues to practice emergency medicine in Hartsdale, New York.


Eunice King, Nurs '68, and her husband, David, received the 2022 School of Nursing's Dean's Award. The King family established a scholarship in Eunice's honor and funds the annual Eunice Searles King Student Nurse Award.

Martin Wasserman, Med '68 (MD), is medical director of Provider Resources in Ellicott City, Maryland. He and his wife, Barbara, who is an internal medicine specialist, received the Compassion in Medicine Award from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. The organization works to improve human and animal lives through plant-based diets and ethical and effective scientific research.


Thaddeus Rutkowski, A&S '77 (MA), is an adjunct lecturer at Medgar Evers College and an adjunct faculty adviser at Columbia University. His new book, Safe Colors, was published by New Meridian Arts in 2023.

Dolores Shoback, Med '77 (MD), is a professor of medicine and associate program director of the physician training program at the University of California, San Francisco. She also cares for patients with endocrine disorders such as metabolic bone disease, parathyroid disorders, and osteoporosis at the San Francisco Veteran Affairs Medical Center and UCSF. She received the 2024 Outstanding Scholarly Physician Award from the Endocrine Society in recognition of her contributions to clinical endocrinology in academic settings.


Stuart Davidson, A&S '79, is a partner at Willig, Williams & Davidson, in the firm's Philadelphia office. He was recently named a 2023 Best of the Bar honoree by the Philadelphia Business Journal for his professional achievements. He is an advocate for labor unions and their workers. He serves as chief counsel to large regional and local unions along the East Coast and Gulf Coast and in the Chicago area.

Paul Power, A&S '79 (PhD), received the Medal of the Order of Australia in the King's Birthday Honours List of June 2023 for his service to the field of psychology. Combined with his teaching of educational and organizational psychology, he served as executive officer of the Australian Psychological Society and chair of its membership committee, as well as chair of the National Committee on Psychological Tests and Testing. The honor also recognizes his work with Johns Hopkins Professor John Holland, in helping to develop the career diagnostic tool My Vocational Situation.


Natasha Sajé, A&S '80 (MA), teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her fourth book of poems, The Future Will Call You Something Else, was published by Tupelo Press in 2023. She also has written Windows and Doors: A Poet Reads Literary Theory, published by University of Michigan Press in 2014, and Terroir: Love, Out of Place, published by Trinity University Press in 2020. She resides in Washington, D.C.


Stephanie Clintonia Boddie, A&S '86, is an associate professor at Baylor University, where she received a 2023 Community of Change Award and was a 2023–24 Baylor Fellow for teaching excellence. She is also professor extraordinarius at the University of South Africa. She is working on a musical documentary, Unfinished Business: From the Great Migration to Black Lives Matter, and on the Sustainable Community and Regenerative Agriculture Project (S.C.R.A.P.), with the city of Waco, Texas, and other community partners.


Mathias Bostrom, Med '89 (MD), is associate surgeon-in-chief and director of quality and safety at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. He specializes in hip and knee surgery, especially complex reconstructions and the treatment of musculoskeletal infections. He is also professor of orthopedic surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is a member of the Hip Society, the Knee Society, and the Orthopaedic Research Society, among others. He serves on a number of review panels, including the musculoskeletal tissue engineering student section at the National Institutes of Health.


Victoria Lancelotta, A&S '90, is a writer whose fourth book, Ways to Disappear: Stories, received the Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Award and a starred review in Kirkus Reviews. It was also chosen as one of Electric Literature's 15 must-read indie books of fall 2023. The book was published by Fiction Collective in August 2023. Her short fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories and the Pushcart Prize Anthology, as well as multiple magazines. She has been a fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and is the recipient of multiple Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grants and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.


David Bredt, Med '91 (MD), is co-founder and chief scientific officer of Rapport Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biotechnology company leveraging the science of receptor-assisted proteins to advance precision neuromedicines. He previously was global head of neuroscience discovery at Janssen, vice president of neuroscience at Eli Lilly, and professor of physiology at the University of California, San Francisco. In 2005, he was elected to the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars.

James Wesolowski, A&S '91, is founding partner of Colibri Solutions, headquartered in New York City. He and Anne Carminati, SAIS '89 (Dipl), '90 (MA), co-authored 111 Museums in Paris That You Shouldn't Miss, part of the 111 Places series from German publisher Emons Verlag GmbH. The guide highlights museums of art, fashion, science, and curiosities in and around Paris. Karen Seiger, SAIS '89 (Dipl), '90 (MA), is editor-in-chief of the series.


Lawrence Sang-Il Kim, Med '92 (MD), is a gastroenterologist who practices in Englewood, Colorado. He was named secretary/treasurer of the board of directors of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care and also serves as the vice president of the American Gastroenterological Association. In addition, he serves on the board of directors of the Digestive Health Physicians Association.


Brett McCone, A&S '96, BSPH '98 (MHS), is senior vice president of finance for the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center. Previously, he was senior vice president of health care payment at the Maryland Hospital Association.


Kevin Erskine, Bus '97 (MS), '01 (MBA), is chief deputy secretary of the Virginia Department of Social Services and also serves as the agency's chief operating and technology officer. He was appointed to the position by Gov. Glenn Youngkin.


Howard Friedman, Engr '98 (MS), Med '99 (PhD), is chief data scientist and senior partner at DataMed Solutions, a data scientist and health economist at the United Nations, and the owner of Analytic Solutions. He is also an adjunct professor of health policy and management at Columbia University. He co-authored Winning With Data Science, which uses fictional narrative to explain basic data science concepts for business leaders. The book was published by Columbia Business School Publishing in January. This is his third book. Ultimate Price: The Value We Place on Life was published in 2020 by the University of California Press, and The Measure of a Nation: How to Regain America's Competitive Edge and Boost Our Global Standing was published in 2012 by Globe Pequot / Prometheus.


Michael Cabana, BSPH '99 (MPH), is a professor and chair of pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and physician-in-chief at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore, in Bronx, New York. In 2023, he received the Academic Pediatric Association's Miller-Sarkin Research Mentoring Award.


Cyndie Chang, A&S '00, is managing partner in the Los Angeles office of Duane Morris and was elected to the board of the Committee of 100. The committee is a leadership organization of prominent Chinese Americans who are professionals in business, government, academia, and the arts. The committee's founding can be traced back to a concept fostered by the architect I.M. Pei and Henry Kissinger.


Sami Alom Ruiz, Engr '01, Med '08 (PhD), Bus '10 (MBA), BSPH '10 (MPH), is chief executive officer of Kasamar Holdings, a firm that invests in regional equity, global real estate, and public securities. He is also an adjunct assistant professor in the College of Medicine and Health Sciences of the United Arab Emirates University. Previously, he was chief strategy officer and director of investor relations at the Al Noor Hospitals Group.


Brian Krabak, Bus '03 (MBA), is a clinical professor at Seattle Children's Hospital and the University of Washington. He served as team physician for USA Swimming during the 2023 World Aquatics Championship in Fukuoka, Japan, and has been a USA Swimming team physician since 2005. He is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine.


Kathleen Murphy, A&S '04 (MA), '08 (PhD), is associate dean for student success and a professor of history at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California. She authored Captivity's Collections: Science, Natural History, and the British Transatlantic Slave Trade, published by the University of North Carolina Press in October 2023. The book explores the histories of the slave trade and science in the 18th century and reveals how naturalists exploited the routes of the British slave trade to obtain thousands of natural history specimens, including some that survive in modern collections.


Ankit Mahadevia, Med '07 (MD), is chairman of the board of Spero Therapeutics, after founding the company and serving as its chief executive officer for a decade. Spero is a multiasset, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing treatments for infectious diseases. Mahadevia is a member of the board of directors of Judo Therapeutics and serves as an adviser for a number of other biotechnology companies.


Kristina Marzullo, Ed '08 (MA), is an assistant principal at North Harford High School in Harford County Public Schools in Maryland. She was a Harford County teacher of the year finalist in 2012, an instructional and literacy coach, and a technology program magnet coordinator. She has completed her Masters +30 in Educational Leadership, has worked with the Maryland State Department of Education on Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program projects and has collaborated with the county on Maryland's Blueprint for the Future.

Laura Selway, Nurs '08 (MSN), a nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital, received the School of Nursing's 2022 Cynthia and Peter Rosenwald Nursing Innovator Award in recognition of a nurse who developed implementable and innovative initiatives to improve the quality of patient care and benefit all hospitals across the Johns Hopkins Health System.


Ephraim Fuchs, Bus '09 (MBA), is co-founder and a member of the scientific advisory board of ImmunoFree, a company that uses stem-cell technology to eliminate the need for immunosuppressive medications. He is a professor of oncology and immunology at Johns Hopkins. His clinical expertise is in bone marrow transplantation for hematologic malignancies and nonmalignant hematologic disorders, and the treatment of patients with lymphoma.

Ateret Haselkorn, BSPH '09 (MPH), Bus '09 (MBA), channeled her education and professional health care experience into her debut novel, Call Me Obie, published by Liminal Books in November 2022.

Giannina Garces-Ambrossi Muncey, Med '09 (MD), is a resident in the Department of Anesthesiology and a fellow in critical care medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. She was a member of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation BIPOC Scholar Alumni/Staff Advisory Council in 2023.


Kenneth Witwer, Med '10 (PhD), is an associate professor of molecular and comparative biology at Johns Hopkins. In 2023, he was named an Allen Distinguished Investigator by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, which awarded him funds to develop technologies and design approaches and uncover insights into biological properties of extracellular vesicles and cell communications. He is also an associate editor of the Journal of Extracellular Vesicles.


Diana Baptiste, Nurs '13 (DNP), is an associate professor in the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, editor-in-chief at Nursing Open, and director of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She received the 2022 School of Nursing Diversity Award which recognizes staff, faculty, and students for contributions related to the development and celebration of diversity and inclusion through the School of Nursing locally and/or globally.

Monica Kang, SAIS '13 (MA), is founder and chief executive officer of InnovatorsBox, an online platform that offers educational workshops, consulting, facilitation, and tools to help professionals sharpen their creativity. She received the 2023 Impact Award from Coach Diversity Institute in October 2023 for her commitment to fostering inclusion and her work to make creativity and leadership accessible to all. The Impact Award annually honors two changemakers who champion diversity and inclusion by harnessing the power of coaching.

Laura Moore, Ed '13 (MA), '21 (EdD), is a teacher at Waverly Elementary School in Howard County, Maryland. She was chosen as the 2023 Howard County Teacher of the Year. She is a twice-certified National Board-Certified Teacher and has taught second and fourth grades since 2013. She has served as a classroom teacher, math committee leader, and a liaison for diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is also an adjunct professor at Bowie State University, where she teaches elementary mathematics.


Dewayne Whitfield, Bus '16 (MBA), is an applied artificial intelligence engineering strategist at the U.S. Department of Energy. He received a 2022 Secretary of Energy Excellence Award for innovative thinking that helped the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization meet the Department of Energy's ambitious small-business goals.


Scott Gerber, A&S '19 (PhD), is an adjunct research staff member in the Joint Advanced Warfighting Division of the Institute for Defense Analyses Systems and Analyses Center. He is an adjunct professor in the Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service and a member of the Association of the United States Army and of the Army Strategists Association.


Alexandria Hodge, Ed '22 (MS), is an associate in the school law practice group at Stock & Leader in York, Pennsylvania. She graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law last year and clerked with the administrative law judges at the Office of Hearings and Appeals in the U.S. Department of Education; the Maryland Office of the Public Defender, Juvenile Division; the Maryland Office of the Attorney General serving the Maryland Department of Education; and Stock & Leader's law school division. She received the Dean's Citation for Service to the University of Baltimore School of Law and the Platinum Pro-Bono Award for her more than 80 hours of service to low-income community members.

Andrew Lea, Med '22 (MD), is a resident physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School. His research focuses on the history of diagnosis, disease, and medical technology. He authored his first book, Digitizing Diagnosis: Medicine, Minds, and Machines in Twentieth-Century America, published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2023. The book explores early efforts to computerize medical diagnosis and decision-making.

Erick Jason Reyno, Nurs '22 (MSN), is a psychiatric nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He received the 2022 Eunice Searles King Student Nurse Award, which recognizes a current School of Nursing student's leadership, community outreach efforts, outstanding patient care, and excellence in scholarship, as well as significant, meritorious, compassionate service to Hopkins patients, patient families, or the university community.

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