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Class of 1996
Joshua Sherman ’96 married Sara Beesley on May 5 at Convention Hall, a concert and events venue in Asbury Park, N.J. Rabbi David H. Grossman, an uncle of the bride, officiated. Joshua is the chief operating officerof Grand Central Booking in Washington, D.C., which represents touring theatre and entertainment properties, and was also a producer of Shatner’s World: We Just Live in It. Sara is the vice president for program and production at Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Va.
Class of 1996
Melanie Heitkamp ’96 was appointed senior vice president and chief human resources officer for L3 Technologies. She will be responsible for all aspects of L3’s human resources, including its recruiting and retention strategy, organizational transformation initiatives, core processes, diversity & inclusion, and employee engagement efforts. Previously, she served as senior vice president of human resources for the Defense & Intelligence Group at Leidos.
Class of 1984
John Balitis ’84 joined Jennings, Strouss & Salmon PLC as a member of the firm’s labor and employment department. He counsels clients on a broad range of employment law and labor relations matters. He also represents businesses in administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Department of Labor, National Labor Relations Board and numerous Arizona state agencies and litigates employment-related disputes in federal and state courts.
Class of 2003
This spring, Thomas Pore ’03 ran the Boston Marathon. He ran his fastest marathon, breaking 3 hours for the first time in four attempts at Boston. “There were times I felt amazing,” he says. “I felt really good after Heartbreak Hill. But other times, there was a torrential downpour and wind in your face.” Pore placed 197th among all men in 2 hours, 42 minutes and 33 seconds finishing among the top 250.
Marianne Brunson Frisch
Class of 1978
Marianne Brunson Frisch ’78 was named executive director of the Weston Historical Society in Weston, Conn. She joins the society after a long career in museum exhibition and curation, including The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, The Reader's Digest Association, The Mark Twain Library and CWJ Classic Automobile Museum.
Patrick Yang Yang
Class of 2016
Patrick Yang Yang ’16 married Jake Adams in Los Angeles on Jan. 3. The wedding reception was held in Santa Monica and attended by the couple’s friends and family, including a number of Dickinsonians.
Julie Wirth Johnson
Class of 1985
Julie Wirth Johnson ’85 and Jacquelyn MacDonald ’03 reunited at Rosemary Beach Girls Getaway Weekend, a charity event held every year in North West Florida to benefit Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. Jacquelyn missed the last two years while staying home with her sweet new baby girl, Sylvie.
Class of 2013
Giovania Tiarachristie ’13 was named one of the top 30 under 30 professionals in Brooklyn Magazine. She earned her master’s at Pratt and is a neighborhood planner at the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, helping “to promote diverse and more equitable neighborhoods.”
Adam “Granduciel” Granofsky
Class of 2001
Adam “Granduciel” Granofsky ’01’s band, War on Drugs, won the award for Best Rock Album at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. The album, A Deeper Understanding, was selected over works by Queens of the Stone Age, Metallica, Mastodon and Nothing More.
Class of 1992
Chris Duvall ’92 was promoted to senior director at The Chertoff Group. A security and risk management expert with more than 20 years of experience, he helps clients assess and improve security operations and build effective enterprise-wide risk management capabilities. Prior to joining The Chertoff Group, he spent two years as a federal employee and 10 years as a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton and with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in their offices of cybersecurity and communications and infrastructure protection.
Class of 2013
Nasim Fekrat '13 was featured in the Chestnut Hill Local. The article “Afghan targeted for death rescued by Chestnut Hill family” tells how he was taken in by a freelance journalist’s family in Chestnut Hill, Pa. after receiving death threats for his anti-Taliban writings.
Lauren Ashley Smith
Class of 2006
Lauren Ashley Smith '06 was featured in the article “How Robin Thede Brought Black Girl Joy to Late Night” in Elle. She is a writer for the BET late-night show The Rundown With Robin Thede. Formerly, she wrote for Bravo talkies Fashion Queens and Watch What Happens Live.
Tracy Fichtner Doughtie
Class of 1998
Tracy Fichtner Doughtie '98 was appointed to the board of the Wellsboro Area School District. She’s the owner of the family child-care program, The Forest Ridge School, in Wellsboro, Pa.
Class of 1991
Scott Saks ’91 joined Pepper Hamilton LLP as a partner in the firm’s financial services practice group in their New York office. He focuses his practice on securities, capital markets and finance and corporate transactions. He also represents financial institutions and U.S. and non-U.S. corporations in domestic and international public and private securities offerings, high-yield and investment-grade debt offerings, committed leveraged and other bank financings and securities law compliance.
Class of 1980
Christopher Reber ’80 is the new president of Hudson County Community College in Jersey City, N.J. He has spent 37 years in higher education, the last four at the Community College of Beaver County near Pittsburgh where he focused on growth and meeting the needs of the community. He previously served 12 years as the executive dean of Venango College of Clarion University where he was the chief executive and academic officer.
Class of 2008
Kaydi Bigelow ’08 married Marcel Mabson on March 31 in Taneytown, Md. Both the ceremony and reception were held at Antrim 1844, and they were joined by several members of the class of 2008. Kaydi, a fundraiser for Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and Marcel, a software engineer for NASA, live in Baltimore, Md.
Peter Allen and Missy Lafferty
Class of 2007
Peter Allen ’07 and Missy Lafferty ’07 welcomed son, John “Jack” Lafferty Allen, on Feb. 21 in New York City. Peter works at the Institute for International Education and Missy is the global head of recruiting operations at Bloomberg LP. They live in Queens, N.Y.
Class of 2012
Richard Craft ’12 was named chairman of the board of directors by the Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce. He is a registered financial adviser with Lincoln Financial Advisors. He is a certified financial planner, chartered financial consultant and a chartered retirement planning counselor, while currently working toward a master’s degree in personal financial planning. Previously, he chaired the chamber’s events committee.
Class of 1983
John Moon ’83 has joined Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP as a partner in their litigation practice. His practice focuses on the representation of financial institutions, public companies and executives in commercial litigation, as well as civil and criminal investigations and proceedings brought by grand juries, the SEC, DOJ, CFTC, FINRA and state governmental entities. He previously was a partner in the financial and securities industries practice at Miller & Wrubel.
Class of 2010
Greg Leak ’10 attained a time of 2:16:56 at the recent California International Marathon. The U.S. Olympic trials qualifying time is 2:19:00. In January 2020, he will compete with other U.S. Olympic trials qualifiers for the honor of representing the United States at the Tokyo summer Olympics. He writes, “The Dickinson sports information department believes that I am the first Dickinsonian to qualify for U.S. Track & Field Olympic Trials. I will be proudly wearing the Red Devil mascot on my singlet at the trials.”
Class of 1944
In December, Donald Sprole '44 was presented the 2017 Living History Award by the Perkasie Historical Society for his over five decades of service in many capacities in various local community organizations. A retired educator, he resides in Warminster, Pa.
Class of 1983
Timothy Timura '83 has been named deputy director and deputy chief economist for the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA) in The Securities and Exchange Commission. He joins DERA from the faculty of the Kogod School of Business at American University, where he has been an executive in residence. He has more than 30 years of experience serving individual and institutional investors as a professional money manager, and he has held senior management positions with private financial institutions and the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio.
Class of 2007
April Hoover '07 was named chief financial officer for the Mon Valley Initiative, a nonprofit community development agency serving Westmoreland, Washington and Allegheny counties in in western Pa. She previously worked as accounting coordinator at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.
Class of 2000
Bob Chesney '00 was named the new head football coach for College of the Holy Cross. A two-time Northeast-10 Conference coach of the year, he previously was the head coach at Assumption College where he led the team to five consecutive winning seasons and the Division 2 quarterfinals in 2017.
Class of 2016
Shayna Solomon ’16 was selected for the 2017-2018 Coro Pittsburgh Fellows Program. The Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs uses the community as a classroom to train the next generation of change makers. It is a full-time, nine-month program featuring field placements in different sectors, immersive experiences in the community and group process skills development.
Class of 1974
William Wallace was honored among the 109 St. Louis-area educators to receive an Excellence in Teaching award. The Excellence in Teaching Awards program is sponsored annually by St. Louis-based Emerson, a diversified global manufacturer and technology leader. Now in its 28th year, the award pays tribute to area educators – from kindergarten teachers to college professors – for their achievements and dedication to the field of education. Each honoree received a Tiffany & Co. crystal apple box, as they are honored for their vital role in shaping students’ lives.
Beth Sandbower Harbinson
Class of 1981
Beth Sandbower Harbinson won a $10,000 grant from the United Way and The Horizon Foundation for seed funding for her new idea “SOBAR.” Her idea is to create non-alcoholic drinks to serve at public events. She hopes to offer recovering alcoholics and those who don’t drink alcohol additional options beyond water and soda.
Class of 2014
Victoria Côté ’14 graduated from the University of Toronto with a master’s of museum studies in 2016. She recently accepted a position as historic site coordinator at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa. She writes that she is “thrilled about this opportunity to develop education programs that combine history and science and to demonstrate how combining disciplines can create a unique learning experience.”
Class of 2001
Michael Healey ’01 was awarded the Pennsylvania Council on the Social Studies Secondary Teacher of the Year Award. The award recognizes a secondary level classroom teacher who has demonstrated exceptional professionalism in several categories including the development and use of instructional materials with students in a creative and effective way, utilization of new research and teaching that fosters a spirit of inquiry.
Class of 2014
Elena Capaldi ’14 works at Local Foods Distributors in Chicago in inside sales. Local Foods is a wholesale distributor that only sources food that’s a one-day drive from Chicago. They work directly with farmers to give them a consistent outlet for their products and help keep money in the region. She fulfills orders for chefs and restaurants across the city, as well as doing marketing for the wholesale department. She writes, “My time at Dickinson helped me find my niche in the food world here in Chicago.”
Class of 1942
Robert Aronson ’42 is a retired mediator with the 15th circuit court in the State of Florida. He lives in Palm Beach and leads the life of retired liberal-arts major, reading the news, keeping up with friends and staying active. He is a grandfather and a great grandfather. His granddaughter Bree Goldstein graduated from Dickinson in 2005.
Class of 2004
David Crosson ’04 has joined forces with Albarelli & Stirba LLC, a law firm in Allentown, Pa., and continues to help people with their family law matters. He has extensive experience handling adoptions, divorces and custody battles as well as preparing estate-planning documents and handling estate administrations. Along with his wife, Dr. Jill Crosson, and their daughter, Collins, David resides in Lower Macungie, Pa., and loves all of what the Lehigh Valley has to offer!
Class of 1990
Rita Cox ’90 opened her own marketing firm, Cox Marketing Solutions LLC, in Clifton Park, N.Y. Using her two decades of marketing experience, she works to help her clients form close relationships with their customers. Formerly, she worked for Saratoga Casino Hotel as senior vice president of marketing.
Laura Xu Chen
Class of 2011
Laura Xu Chen ’11, a financial advisor and certified financial planner in Morgan Stanley’s wealth management office in Manhattan, has been named to the firm’s Pacesetters Club, a global recognition program for financial advisors who, within their first five years, demonstrate the highest professional standards and first-class client service. She has been with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management since 2014.
Class of 2008
Lisa Geiger ’08 works at The Field Museum in Chicago where she recently helped to dismantle the Tyrannosaurus rex, Sue, a dinosaur that measures 40.5 feet long from snout to tail and is 13 feet tall at the hip. The dinosaur will be off display until 2019 when she debuts in a brand new gallery as part of their permanent Evolving Planet exhibition.
Class of 2003
On Oct. 7, Elizabeth Sellen ’03 married Matthew Hindman in Wenonah, N.J. The reception was held in her parents’ backyard and attendees include quite a few Dickinsonians. Elizabeth, a Foreign Service officer, and Matt, a professor at George Washington University, reside in Washington, D.C.
Class of 1999
In October, Richard Griffith '99 earned the rank of master and is now a 5th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo. A minimum of 18 years of experience is required to be eligible to test for this level.
Class of 1988
Mike Capone '88 is the new CEO of Qlik, a business analytics firm. Formerly, he was a chief at Medidata Solutions, a New York-based medical-data firm. Capone says, “The smart use of data and analytics can have transformative effects on an industry, and I am excited to have joined a company that enables customers in every industry to rethink what’s possible.”
Class of 1991
Stephanie Chaplinski-Kane '91 was named a financial adviser for Jacqueline L. Powell & Associates Inc. in Carlisle, Pa. She is a registered representative and investment adviser representative of Invest Financial Corp.
Class of 1995
Rick Jordan '95 has been named president and CEO of Smith Land & Improvement Corp., a real estate and development company in Camp Hill, Pa. He was formerly the COO of the company. He is the fourth generation of his family to lead the company, which is celebrating 100 years in business.
Class of 1974
Mark Walters '74 will retire on December 31, 2017 as senior counsel in the National Security Unit of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Immigration Litigation. He also served as trial attorney and assistant director in years past. He and wife Meredith Martin Walters ’75 remain in Germantown, Md. near family and Meredith’s work at the Barnesville School.
Class of 2008
Ben Werthan is the new minor-league player information coordinator for the Philadelphia Phillies. He works closely with the Phillies players, coaches, front office staff and research and development department. He helps integrate the use of information in all areas of on-field performance and preparation and makes recommendations regarding the most effective areas of future research and analysis. Previously, he spent the last six years in Baltimore as the advance scouting coordinator.
Class of 2013
Caitlin Moriarty ’13 started as the new NHPRC Project Archivist in Special Collections and University Archives at Iowa State University on June 1. She is working on the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) grant project to migrate their finding aids from Microsoft Word documents and HTML into their new archives management system. She previously worked as a reference assistant for the University of Michigan’s Bentley Historical Library and as an archives assistant at the University of Michigan’s Special Collections Library.
Class of 1970
In June, Barry Lynn ’70 was highlighted in “Faces of Faith: Freedom, fairness, church, state” in the San Antonio Express-Times. He is a lawyer and ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and recently retired after 25 years as executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
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