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Fabiola Cineas

Class of 2012

Fabiola Cineas ’12’s article “Overall Pa. graduation rates respectable, but some urban districts lagging” was published in NewsWorks. She is an editorial intern at the Philadelphia Public School Notebook.

Kalyn Campbell

Class of 2010

Kalyn Campbell ’10, owner of Family Cow Farmstand in Hinesburg, Vt., recently hosted an Open Barn Party as part of Vermont Open Farm Week. The event was in partnership with Rural Vermont, a statewide nonprofit advocacy group dedicated to ensuring family farmers and the people they work to feed have a voice in the public policies that affect their lives. Read more about Kalyn's work as a sustainable farmer.

Kevin Marciano

Class of 1989

Kevin Marciano ’89 received the Milton D. Rosenberg Award by the Pennsylvania Association for Justice (PAJ). He was recognized for advocating on behalf of victims of drunk drivers and their families, educating children about the dangers of driving under the influence, supporting MADD and strengthening the PAJ’s pro-civil justice efforts through the development of its Business Partners Program. He is an attorney at Marciano & MacAvoy, P.C.

Anthony Judice

Class of 2007

Whirl Magazine named Anthony Judice ’07 one of Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest, which recognizes the city’s most accomplished men and women for their charitable dedication, community involvement and career success.

Rebecca Walker

Class of 2006

In June, Rebecca Walker ’06 received a dual master's degree from the State University of New York's College of Environmental Science and Forestry (environmental communication and participatory processes) and from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University (public administration). She is communications manager at the Columbia Land Conservancy in Chatham, N.Y.

Marc Abbot

Class of 1974

Marc Abbot ’74 has joined Littler as its new special counsel in their Melville, N.Y., office. He has extensive experience representing clients before various state, federal and local labor and employment related agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Labor. Littler is the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management.

Kelly O’Brien

Class of 1984

Kelly O’Brien ’84 is an artist living in Bath, England, with her husband, Ian Lowe. Her work is in collections in the U.S., Germany and France and exhibited throughout the U.S. and Europe. She credits her Dickinson study-abroad experience for preparing her for a midlife career change and two international moves (France, then England). Visit her website.

John Thomas

Class of 1966

John Thomas ’66 writes, “Another birthday means getting older for most people, but for long-distance runners, it means moving up into a new age group—and the opportunity to set some new PRs. So far, my 70th year has earned me four first-place finishes, two second-place finishes and a fourth in road and trail races varying from 5K to 10 miles. Fall 2015 opens another series of trail races in Northern Virginia's beautiful parks. I am now eyeing participation in the Virginia Senior Games in May 2016. Our son, Parker, is now in his senior year at St. Andrews School in Delaware and will tour Dickinson this summer. We hope he enjoys the visit, if for no other reason than that he gets to see the sites where some of the exploits of his father and his uncle George Thomas ’66 occurred. We may even swing by Molly Pitcher's grave to see if the cannon is there or has been 'borrowed' by a new generation of students. Oh, and Parker will see where I studied as well.”

Greg Elbin

Class of 1976

Greg Elbin is running for Town Council in the Parsippany-Troy Hills Township, N.J. He will work with a team to build consensus on the council to support an open and transparent government that advocates for spending accountability and responsible development. Read the article in the Parsippany Focus.

Howard Axe

Class of 1985

Howard Axe ’85 was elected to the board of trustees of the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) during its 2015 annual meeting.

Jesse Parley

Class of 2002

Jesse Parley '02 recently married Ryan Summer Smith in Dallas, Texas.

Gabrielle Kushlan

Class of 2012

Gabrielle Kushlan '12 and Harrison Basil Russin were married Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at Three Hierarchs Chapel of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood, N.Y.

Tolleff Runquist

Class of 2002

Painter Tolleff Runquist '02 was recently profiled in Maine, Boats Homes & Harbor magazine.

Glenn Whitman

Class of 1991

Glenn Whitman ’91, director of the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, recently published “4'33" (Four Minutes and 33 Seconds): What Our Brains Need” on Edutopia.

Gary Friedlander

Class of 1977

Gary Friedlander '77 has been serving on the LM-Narbeth school board since 2001. He has served as its vice president from 2002 to 2003. During his tenure on the board, he also served as chairman of the finance and facilities committees.
Minh Nguyen

Minh Nguyen

Class of 2011

As a double major in chemistry and biochemistry & molecular biology, Minh Nguyen '11 was deep into the sciences while at Dickinson. But ask him about his overall experience, and he's just as likely to mention how much he loved his alma mater's interdisciplinary approach.
Read about his environmental work at Dickinson, his cancer work at the University of Pennsylvania and the prestigious award he was recently granted.

Heather Lezla

Class of 1991

Heather Lezla ’91 is the owner of Persimmon Street, Ceramics That Work, selling handmade vases, dinnerware, tiles and more. Her work is featured on Etsy and was recently highlighted by The Washington Post.

Adam Spiegel

Class of 2006

Adam Spiegel ’06, the co-founder of the Sonoma County Distilling Co. in California, was recently featured in The San Francisco Examiner.

Leon Arnold

Class of 1954

Delaware County Community College math professor Leon Arnold '54 was recently profiled by the Delaware County News Network for his 45 years of service.

Leah Soibel

Class of 2000

Media activist Leah Soibel ’00 was recently named one of the Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life by The Algemeiner, an online Jewish publication.
A. Pierce Bounds

A. Pierce Bounds

Class of 1971

A. Pierce Bounds '71 recently opened his photography exhibition at the Carlisle Arts and Learning Center.
"Pierce Bounds: Rediscovery" is a retrospective of 35 black-and-white photographs, newly printed by hand in the darkroom on gelatin silver paper from the original negatives, some of which are over 45 years old. "Rediscovery" is meticulously curated, with each photo as strong as the next. The exhibition is on display through Feb. 7.

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Gerald J. Schirato

Class of 2002

Gerald J. Schirato '02 was named partner by Duane Morris LLP. Schirato represents clients in complex commercial litigation with a focus on property-tax relief, non-compete, trade secrets and banking.
He has represented banks, lenders and loan servicers in lender litigation and liability actions, predatory lending claims, and federal consumer class and individual actions, including actions under the Fair Debt Collection Law, the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law. He has extensive experience representing clients in products liability, toxic torts, real estate and construction litigation.

Daniel C. Lawson

Class of 1975

Daniel C. Lawson '75 of the Pittsburgh law firm Meyer, Darragh, Buckkler, Bebenek & Eck has been appointed legislative consultant for the American Knife & Tool Institute (AKTI).
Lawson will work closely with legislators, members and other constituents on an expanding, aggressive legislative plan, continuing AKTI's successes clarifying and repealing knife laws. He will coordinate AKTI's Legislative Committee's activities on the state and federal level.

Devy Emperador

Class of 2008

Devy Emperador ’08 is in her third year of working in the Division of Viral Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), doing laboratory research on rotavirus vaccine effectiveness in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The next two months have her traveling to Sierra Leone to assist with the Ebola response as a CDC laboratory specialist.

Ryan Voorhees

Class of 2007

Ryan Voorhees ’07 is a state law tax editor at Bloomberg BNA, where he maintains and upgrades the company’s state tax products and contributes to the Sales Tax Slice blog, which covers current events in sales tax. His article "Sales Tax Slice: Virginia’s Gold Bullion Exemption Highlights States’ Varying Treatment of Precious Metals"appeared July 9.

Laura Petrovich-Cheney

Class of 1989

Laura Petrovich-Cheney ’89 is collaborating with Jeff Niemitz, professor of earth sciences, on a Sept. 10 panel discussion in conjunction with the joint exhibition Frozen Earth: Images from the Arctic Circle at The Noyes Museum of Stockton University. The exhibition and panel discussion were inspired by the artwork done by Petrovich-Cheney and five other women artists who traveled to the Arctic Circle in 2013. In addition, her solo exhibition, "By the Block" at Kean University, was highlighted in NJ Monthly..

Thomas Rossbach

Class of 1983

Thomas Rossbach ’83 started a new position in the Department of Earth Sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

Chris Burns

Class of 2011

Chris Burns '11 moved to New York City, where he is director of brand partnerships for Bestowed. He enjoys spending his free time with his puppy, Shooter Burns.

Joyce Mader

Class of 1973

Joyce Mader ’73 was named chair of the Advisory Committee of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. by President Barack Obama. Mader has been a member of the committee since 2011 and was reappointed in 2014.
She is a senior partner of the Washington, D.C., based law firm O'Donoghue & O'Donoghue LLP, which she joined in 1976. She specializes in employee benefits practice and has been primarily involved in the representation of multiemployer pension, health and other employee benefit plans and tax exempt organizations. Learn more.

Ann Helmreich

Ann Helmreich

Class of 1985

Stephen Morrow

Stephen Morrow

Class of 1999

Stephen Morrow ’99 has been named a partner at Rhoades & Morrow LLC, a personal injury law firm representing injured persons throughout Delaware.

Kathy Vasturia

Class of 1984

Kathy Vasturia ’84, a member of the Dickinson Sports Hall of Fame, was recently highlighted in a New York Times article about her son, Steve, who plays for Notre Dame. Vasturia, who was captain of the women’s basketball team in 1983 and 1984, graduated as an all-time scoring leader.

Erin Foley

Class of 1995

Erin Foley '95 recently returned to Iowa to be the featured speaker at a May 7 Women's Connection Girls' Night Out event. Foley is a nationally known comedian and actor and currently co-stars on the TruTV hit How to Be a Grown-Up.

Dale Horn

Class of 1995

Dale Horn '95 was named to Financial Times Top 400 Advisors list. The list recognizes elite advisors at national, regional and independent broker-dealers, selected from 1,500 advisors who met the qualifications.

Alfred Johnston

Class of 1977

Shiloh Theberge

Class of 1998

Shiloh Theberge ’98 recently joined Littler’s Portland, Maine, office. Theberge litigates cases involving employment discrimination and harassment, wrongful discharge, wage and hour claims, disability and reasonable accommodations, and family and medical leave laws in federal and state courts and agencies.
Littler is the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management. Learn more.

Christopher Lowell

Christopher Lowell

Class of 1964

Chris Lowell ’64 will appear in “Ben Franklin Live” at the Spark Museum of Electrical Invention in October. Lowell’s double career as a teacher and an actor/director has taken him, like the character he presents, to both Philadelphia and France. He taught and acted in Philadelphia for six years, and in France he taught in Brittany, the region where Franklin first touched French soil in 1776. In 2007, at the invitation of the French government, Lowell brought Ben back to France for a series of presentations (in French) for the business and diplomatic communities. He continues to act occasionally in professional theater, when his schedule as Ben permits.

Gabriel Libutti

Class of 1994

McClean Mortgage recently expanded to the Charlotte, N.C., area with Gabriel Libutti ’94 as the branch manager. Libutti has been in the business for almost two decades and has managed several mortgage operations within the Charlotte and Lake Norman areas.

Kathleen Scheier

Class of 1989

Kathleen Scheier '89, vice president for standards and practices for A&E Television Networks, was recently the speaker at the Thursday Morning Club's "Wise Wonderful Women" luncheon meeting in Madison, Wis.
Scheier's position with A&E includes monitoring the content of the History Channel and "FYI." Her topic was "How the (Bleep) Did I Get Here: My Journey to Becoming a Television Censor."
Mark Holbrow

Mark Holbrow

Class of 1974

The Bucks County Academy of Fencing, founded by Mark Holbrow '74, recently celebrated its 34th anniversary.
Holbrow, who started a fencing club at Dickinson while a student and then served as an assistant coach at Princeton University, earned his fencing master's certification in 1986. He was a member of the U.S. team that competed in the World Fencing Masters Championship in Stuttgart, Germany, that year and was part of the three-man team that won the bronze medal in sabre.
Rob Borden

Rob Borden

Class of 1991

Since graduating from Dickinson and getting his J.D. at American University, Rob Borden '91 has lived and breathed the excitement, controversies and history of Capitol Hill for nearly 20 years.
This past July he was named director of oversight for Kevin McCarthy, the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives. Learn more.
Elena Cox

Elena Cox

Class of 1986

Elena Cox '86 has trail-blazed a diverse career in nonprofit leadership.
Now the former English major is CEO and creator of vibeffect, a start-up based in Washington, D.C., that uses a newly patented method for predicting the best college environment for prospective students. Learn more.

Martha Spaunburg Church

Class of 1974

Martha Spaunburg Church ’74 was named the new director of the West Hartford Public Library in West Hartford, Conn. She has been a librarian at the library for the past 37 years and credits an introductory course at Dickinson for launching her career. "I loved it; I knew right away that I loved it," she said.

Peter Schmidt

Class of 1969

The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) awarded Peter Schmidt ’69 the 2015 Northeast Region Regional Trustee Leadership Award. The award is given to a trustee or former trustee of an ACCT member two-year postsecondary institution board or state board for a two-year postsecondary institution who has demonstrated excellence in leadership. Peter is board chair at Warren County Community College. He will be formally recognized for this distinction at the ACCT Conference Regional Awards Luncheon in San Diego in October.

Susan Howell Coan

Class of 1984

Susan Howell Coan ’84 has been named one of South Jersey’s 50 most influential business men and women by South Jersey Magazine. She is a regional vice president for Atlantic City Electric.

Tal Rosen

Class of 2004

Tal Rosen ’04 has been named to the fourth-annual "Double Chai in the Chi: 36 Under 36" list of young Jewish movers and shakers in Chicago.

William Diefenderfer

Class of 1967

William Diefenderfer ’67 is chair of the board of directors for Navient, the nation’s leading loan-management, servicing and asset-recovery company. Navient recently won the award for Best Board Diversity Initiative, given by the New York Stock Exchange 2015 Governance, Risk and Compliance Leadership Awards.

William Costopoulos

Class of 1966

William Costopoulos ’66 just published his sixth book, Soul Witness, about an enigmatic “lone wolf” terrorist and the men and women who try to bring this person down.

Stuart James

Class of 1993

In May, Lt. Col. Stuart James ’93 took command of the <1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment (nicknamed the Death Dealers) at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. The newly reactivated battalion will concentrate on combined-arms warfare and on strengthening decisive-action skills.

Kristina Groover

Class of 1983

Kristina Groover, English professor at Appalachian State University, was recently honored for excellence in teaching by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors.

Matthew Catania

Class of 2009

Matthew Catania '09 was recently named assistant district attorney in Delaware County, Pa.

Emily Wylie '94 and Scott Barcalow '92

Emily Wylie ’94 and Scott Barcalow ’92 shared their experiences raising a child with autism in a recent New York Times parenting blog post.
Hallie Zimmerman Duan

Hallie Zimmerman Duan

Class of 1992

Hallie Zimmerman Duan '92 recently expanded her Hallie Jane’s catering business to include an event center, Empire Mills, which eventually will accommodate weddings, parties, concerts and conventions. Photo by D. Yost.
Noorjahan Akbar, Alex Motiuk and Leo Motiuk

Noorjahan Akbar, Alex Motiuk and Leo Motiuk

Class of 2014, 2014, 1966

Noorjahan Akbar ’14, Alex Motiuk ’14 and Leo Motiuk ’66 recently were highlighted for their work with the Afghan Girls Financial Assistance Fund and Young Women for Change.

Matthew Ferencz

Class of 2010

Matthew Ferencz ’10 was named scoutmaster for Troop 36 in Westport, Conn.
Jonathan Mack

Jonathan Mack

Class of 1980

Jonathan Mack '80, vice chairman of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Council of Trustees and executive committee member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors, was selected by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel for its Nation’s Top Attorneys recognition. This award is earned by only 1 percent of all practicing attorneys in the United States.

Sarah Edwards

Class of 2003

Sarah Edwards ’03 is running for the Republican nomination for Butler County register of wills and clerk of orphans’ court.
Edwards was law clerk for Judge S. Michael Yeager from September 2009 until the beginning of this year, when she left to run for office. Learn More.
Valeria Carranza

Valeria Carranza

Class of 2009

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) recently named Valeria Carranza ’09 executive director. Most recently, she served as the legislative assistant and liaison to the CHC for U.S. Representative Linda Sánchez (Calif.).
Carranza also has been selected for numerous competitive leadership programs including the Posse Foundation and Center for Progressive Leadership.

James Greenwood

Class of 1973

James Greenwood ’73 is a member of the National Audubon Society’s Board of Directors. He is the president and CEO of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) in Washington, D.C.
Reno DiOrio

Reno DiOrio

Class of 1963

Reno DiOrio '63 was featured in the Wheeling News-Register about his experience delivering the Armed Forces Qualification Test to Cassius Clay, better known as Muhammed Ali.
Caption: Former Linsly School headmaster Reno DiOrio '63 holds the Armed Forces Qualification Test he administered to Cassius Clay. Photo by Dorsey Kindler.
Olivia Stevens

Olivia Stevens

Class of 2012

For Olivia Stevens '12, Kyrgyzstan is more than just a small nation trying to find its footing in global politics; it's a country with a rich and fascinating culture and her home for the indefinite future. Learn more.
Sean Finnegan

Sean Finnegan

Class of 2001

Sean Finnegan '01 recently spoke with honors physics students about how there's no one-size-fits-all solution for science graduates. Learn more.

A PDF of class notes from the latest issue of Dickinson Magazine is available through the password-protected Dickinson Gateway.