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Class of 1985

Michael Hirthler ’85 of Jacobi Capital Management in Wilkes-Barre was recently recognized among the Top 1,200 Financial Advisors in America by Barron’s. This is the sixth year he has been named to this select list. Hirthler is affiliated with LPL Financial, a leading retail investment advisory firm.



Class of 2003

Micah McCutchan ’03 was named the new chief operating officer for The Krebs Stamos Group.  He was formerly the vice president of operations for Obsidian Analysis, a research and analysis consultancy focused on security and resilience for public and private-sector clientele.


Class of 1996

Melissa White Dalburg was recently promoted to vice president of Amwins Brokerage of Georgia, where she works as a commercial insurance broker specializing in construction. She was also appointed to the newly formed Diversity and Inclusion Council in the Atlanta Amwins office. In her free time, she co-leads her 13-year-old daughter’s Girl Scout troop and is a reading mentor at a nearby elementary school (when school is in person!) through the Everybody Wins Atlanta program. 


Class of 2000

The Haverford School has named Mark Fifer '00 as head of Upper School. He previously served as the interim head of Upper School. In this role, Mark oversees the operations of the Upper School division, which includes oversight of the academic program, leading Upper School faculty and staff and serving as a liaison to other divisions and departments within the school.


Class of 1994

In January, Jessica Kardish joined Seelos Therapeutics Inc. as vice president of clinical development and operations. She has over 25 years of drug development and operations experience in mid-size and small pharma companies, primarily in CNS and rare disease spaces. She previously worked at Shire Pharmaceuticals, where she had a successful track record which included five global regulatory approvals.


Class of 1990

Hilary Aquino ’90, assistant professor of history at Albright College, has been named the Dr. Henry P. and M. Paige Laughlin Distinguished Faculty Award winner for 2021. The award is presented to an Albright College faculty member deemed most worthy of recognition for distinguished teaching.


Class of 1974

Matthew Winokur ’74 is senior vice president of corporate affairs at Novolex, a leader in packaging choice, sustainability and innovation. He will also join the Novolex senior leadership team and chair the Novolex Corporate Communications Council. A former consultant to Novolex, he previously served as vice president of sustainability and vice president of corporate affairs for Axalta Coating Systems.



Class of 2005

Ashley Lindsay Yuscavage ’05 was highlighted in an article on Varsity Sports Network. An English teacher and varsity volleyball coach at Arundel, she has taken her team to states six times in nine years. Varsity Sports Network and The Baltimore Sun named Yuscavage Coach of the Year, and she recently was named Varsity Sports Network’s Volleyball Coach of the Decade.


Class of 1996

Jeremy Skule ’96 was appointed the executive vice president and chief strategy officer at Nasdaq. He leads the global strategy organization to drive strategic planning, divestitures, venture investing, mergers and acquisitions, NasdaqNext innovation and is responsible for the company’s positioning as an innovative data, technology and analytics leader. Joining Nasdaq in 2012, he led the global rebranding of Nasdaq to embrace its core strengths in data, analytics and technology. He previously led marketing and communications teams across the financial services industry.



Class of 1989

Maj. Gen. Laura Potter ’89 assumed command of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., in July. She previously spent three years as director of intelligence at the U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany. Her career has spanned combat intelligence operations in the Middle East, the top echelons at the Pentagon and command of Army intelligence in Europe.


Class of 1989

Laura Petrovich-Cheney’s work “All the Light Within” was chosen for The Toledo Museum of Art’s new exhibition “Radical Tradition: American Quilts and Social Change.” The exhibit includes many nationally known artists, and the quilts on view embody activism and raise questions about current societal conditions.


Class of 1984

Running on a law-and-order platform, Robert “Bip” Berlin was re-elected to his third term as State’s Attorney of DuPage County, the second largest county in Illinois. He was also re-elected as Republican Precinct Committeeman. He took the oath of office, administered by Kenneth Popejoy, Chief Judge of the 18th Judicial Circuit in Illinois, on Dec.7, 2020 with his wife Carolyn by his side. Bob and his wife reside in Downers Grove, Ill.


Class of 1995

Patrick Cosgrove ’95 is the new chief lending officer at Alaska USA Federal Credit Union. He joins them with more than 25 years of credit union experience.


Class of 1989

David Brower ’89 is the new executive director of PineCone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music. The Raleigh, N.C., nonprofit produces concerts, festivals and facilitated jam sessions designed to bring people together with bluegrass, old time and other forms of traditional folk music. This new career comes after 30 years of work at NPR stations in North Carolina and New Mexico.


Class of 1982

Robert Long ’82 has been named the treasurer for the Murphy for Governor campaign in New Jersey. He has nearly 40 years of organizational management experience spanning the private sector, government, nonprofits and campaigns, with a specialty in financial operations, budgeting, auditing and compliance. He recently served as a deputy commissioner at the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, with a focus on Atlantic City’s municipal operations.


Class of 1981

Sarah Armstrong ’81 was appointed executive director of the Internet Society Foundation. She is responsible for leading the development of the foundation’s grant programs and organizational structure, as well as strategic planning, operations, communications and financial reporting. She previously worked with Abt Associates where she was responsible for strategy, operations and program management for the communications, marketing and business development functions.


Class of 1998

Cari Miller ’98 has been named manager of Zions Bank’s Lewiston branch, responsible for business development, customer service, community outreach and overall management of the branch and its staff. She has 22 years of leadership experience in banking, retail and the nonprofit sector.


Class of 1989

Jim Tricolli ’89 has been named managing director at Raymond James. Based outside Philadelphia, Tricolli will provide professional counsel to the head of public finance/debt investment banking and his senior managers as they look to expand the firm’s practice across the country.



Class of 2006

Scientists at the UCLA Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research have been awarded a $4.6 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine to support a phase I clinical trial of a novel treatment for advanced sarcomas and other cancers with a specific tumor marker called NY-ESO-1. Directed by Dr. Theodore “Scott” Nowicki ’06 in collaboration with Dr. Antoni Ribas, the trial will test a therapeutic approach that genetically engineers each patient’s own blood-forming stem cells to produce cancer-fighting immune cells called T cells.


Class of 1995

Derek Schoettle ’95 was appointed operating partner at Great Hill Partners, a leading growth-oriented private equity firm. Schoettle will work collaboratively with Great Hill investment teams and portfolio company management to execute and optimize growth strategies. Previously, he was the former CEO of ZoomInfo.


Class of 1986

Barbara Stauch Slusher ’86 was appointed to the board of directors at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. The institute works to improve the lives of children, adolescents and adults with disorders and injuries of the nervous system. She is the director of Johns Hopkins Drug Discovery and professor of neurology, pharmacology and molecular sciences, psychiatry, neuroscience, medicine and oncology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.


Class of 2016

Frank Vitale IV ’16 received a distinction for his M.Sc. in history of science, medicine and technology from the University of Oxford in March. His research work with the Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center continues.


Class of 2017

Katherine Lasswell ’17 started a new position as the assistant director of alumni relations at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa.


Class of 2017

Pat Irwin ’17 was highlighted in the article “Helping the kids: Area native volunteers at center in Tanzania” in the Altoona Mirror. It tells of the volunteer work he does at Mother’s Mercy Children’s Center in the Malala Village of Arusha, Tanzania. The children’s center is in an area of extreme poverty, where many children can’t go to the “free” public school system as many schools require parental contributions. To assist these impoverished children, Irwin has set up a sponsor program called the Watoto Wa Baba Simba Education Initiative. “Watoto Wa Baba Simba is Swahili for Father Simba’s kids, named that because the children at the center call me ‘Baba Simba.’ Simba, which is ‘lion’ in Swahili, came about because I often pretend to be a lion when playing with the children,” he explains.



Class of 1983

Lawrence Persick ’83 is the newest member of Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby LLP’s Family Law Group in Norristown, Pa. Persick concentrates his practice in matters pertaining to family law—divorces, child support, custody disputes and adoptions.


Class of 1996

Jonathan Epstein ’96 was recently awarded U.S. Patent #10,166,420 for a “Sensor Reservoir with Probe to Monitor, Measure and Control Fire Sprinkler and Other Systems,” a device he and his two partners have been developing since 2014. The device is designed to monitor the internal water temperature conditions of wet sprinkler systems, and using Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, alert building owners and activate heaters when the water temperature requires it. Currently, they are working with prospective buyers for the intellectual property.


Class of 2009

Rebecca Driesen ’09 writes, “I married David Kopec this past October in a ceremony at Dartmouth College, David’s alma mater. We live in Burlington, Vt. I work for Mansfield Hall, a college support program for students with disabilities, and David is a professor at Champlain College.”



Class of 1974

Steve Quinn ’74 was highlighted in the article “Steve Quinn: The scientific angler” in the West Central Tribune. An avid fisherman, Quinn has penned countless words that have helped anglers across North America catch more and bigger fish and have more fun on the water. His credits include In-Fisherman magazine, lead editor for the annual Bass Guide, co-host of the In-Fisherman TV and radio series, and he has written and contributed to an extensive book series covering everything from bass to catfish to crappies. In addition, he continued to make scientific contributions and maintained his status as a certified-fisheries professional with the American Fisheries Association. Quinn was inducted into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in 2016 as a legendary communicator.


Class of 2006

Chris Neary ’06 was appointed vice president of policy, research and advocacy in the Wilmington, Del., office of Cinnaire, a nonprofit community development financial institution that provides creative loans, investments and development services to support community development. He is responsible for the development, management and execution of Cinnaire’s public policy agenda, and the coordination of Cinnaire’s actions and work on policy matters at the state and national level. Previously, he worked as an economic policy advisor for U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, crafting and advancing her legislative and policy agenda on economic issues.


Class of 1970

Jeff Varadi ’70 writes, “This January will mark my 38th year of living in Southern Nevada. Since I had never been to Las Vegas and don’t gamble (highly unusual for a Phi Delta Theta brother), why be here? For a city highly populated by transients, there really is a core of honest to goodness citizens who, like me, have found this to be a very welcoming place full of very genuine, interesting and giving people. I have grown personally and professionally here with my life partner, my wife Laura Cyr, who I have known since the 1970s, and I somehow convinced her to reply to my advertisement ‘seeking a woman who can read, write and cook for western man.’ I hooked her in 1985 and haven’t had to keep her under lock and key for fear of her running back to Maryland. I retired from being a self-employed professional recruiter (39 years) on my 70th birthday in February of this year. I have been active in painting in acrylics and watercolors. Laura has become an accomplished water color artist. I have become the maker of ‘Little Free Library’ stands for our community. This compliments Laura’s work with the guild for the Henderson Library and the regularly scheduled book sales. After leaving a career as a senior vice president/commercial loan officer in banking, Laura became an accredited master gardener with the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and focuses on the herb committee. She also has become very involved in organic soap making, as well as salves and lotions. Recently, I completed the coursework to become a master gardener as well. I still have to accumulate the requisite volunteer hours. I guess that means more hours shoveling compost. On that bright note I close. Best wishes to all. Hunky”