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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 Daily Herald.

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.


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.

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.

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.

Christopher Lowell

Christopher Lowell

Class of 1964

Benjamin Franklin impersonator Christopher Lowell ’64 will appear in Ben Franklin Live! on Oct. 17. The 90-minute performance, which includes a lively interactive session with the audience, will be followed by a reception to meet Lowell. Learn more at Lowell has been a teacher and actor for more than 40 years.
Photo caption: Ben Franklin impersonator Christopher Lowell in front of Procope, the real Franklin’s favorite cafe in Paris. (Contributed photo).

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.
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.

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.

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.

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.