Category: Class Notes
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Leon Albin, B.S. ’51, owned 17 Lee Sports stores in the Maryland area before selling the business in 1985. He also was the Baltimore County liquor board commissioner from 1982-86 and a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1986-95.
Bernard J. Thomas, B.S. ’63, serves on the scholarship committee of the Wayne, Illinois-based Midwest Association of Rail Shippers.
William Turc Sr., J.D. ’69, was inducted into Glen Burnie (Maryland) High School’s Wall of Honor in October for going above and beyond in his career and community service while demonstrating superior character and integrity.
James L. Sherbin, J.D. ’70, retired as circuit court judge of Garrett County, Maryland, in February.
R. Alan “Al” Streett, B.A. ’70, was named senior research professor at Criswell College in Dallas.
Dennis E. Minni, J.D. ’71, was elected president of the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the Labor & Employment Relations Association for 2014.
James R. Blount, B.A. ’72, retired from the Defense Language Institute English Language Center in San Antonio in January.
Stuart M. Goldberg, B.A. ’70, J.D. ’74, was appointed Mid-Atlantic Conseiller Gastronomique Provincial by the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs in October.
Bernard J. Haske Jr., B.A. ’74, published his first book of poetry, The Color of Humans.
Meyer Simon, J.D. ’74, was reappointed chairman of the Montgomery County (Pennsylvania) General Practice Committee for 2015 and is a member of the board of directors of the Montgomery County Bar Association.
James R. Chason, J.D. ’76, was recognized by Best Lawyers magazine as the 2015 Lawyer of the Year for professional malpractice law–defendants in Baltimore.
James H. Barnes Jr., B.S. ’77, joined Len the Plumber as general manager and was elected to the board of governors of the Hunt Valley (Maryland) Golf Club.
Joseph I. Cassilly, J.D. ’77, was sworn in for his ninth term as Harford County (Maryland) state’s attorney in January.
Sheldon L. Freed, B.A. ’73, M.P.A. ’77, has been named to Baltimore magazine’s list of Baltimore’s Top Dentists for the past five years.
Louis S. Pettey, J.D. ’77, was installed as president of the Rockville, Maryland-based American College of Mortgage Attorneys for the 2014-15 year.
Barbara B. Waxman, J.D. ’80, received the Women’s Law Center’s Dorothy Beatty Award in October for her significant contributions to women’s rights.
Richard C. Bittner, J.D. ’84, was appointed to the Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Committee for Anne Arundel County, Maryland, by former Gov. Martin O’Malley.
Richard C. Brown, MBA ’84, is serving as a missionary at the United Church of Bogota, the only English-speaking church in Bogota, Columbia.
James A. Poulos III, J.D. ’84, co-breeds and owns thoroughbred racehorses with his wife, Gail. Their horse Sweet Soliloquy won at Laurel Park in Laurel, Maryland, in December.
David DeChant, MBA ’85, published his book, The Silence of the Fallen, in May 2014.
James A. List, J.D. ’85, received The Arc Baltimore’s 2014 President’s Cup in August for his exemplary service as a board member.
William DePaola Jr., MBA ’86, joined PeoplesBank as vice president, business banking officer, in November.
Darryl J. Madden, B.S. ’86, was appointed by President Barack Obama as a member of the Rockville, Maryland-based Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin in November.
Harold A. English, J.D. ’87, was re-elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 30th District, serving Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
Michelle Barnes, J.D. ’88, opened the reUP Home Furnishings and Finds home goods boutique in Baltimore in October.
Anthony J. Deluca, B.S. ’89, was elected as city councilman in the Town of Ocean City, Maryland, in November.
Harry E. Hopkins, CERT ’90, M.P.A. ’91, was appointed by Harford County (Maryland) executive Barry Glassman as the county’s director of emergency services.
Catherine “Katie” Curran O’Malley, J.D. ’91, was honored by Playworks Maryland at its November Soiree for Play fundraiser for her antibullying work.
Stephen A. Kreitner, J.D. ’92, was hired as associate general counsel for the Kalispell Regional Healthcare System in Kalispell, Montana, in March 2014.
Frank Turney, J.D. ’92, received the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service’s Ten Year Volunteer Award at the Celebrate Pro Bono Awards Reception in October.
Lauryne Wright, J.D. ’92, published the nonfiction book Raising Questions: Daring to Denounce the Religious Right to Defend Our Civil Rights—which covers law, politics and religion—in September.
George Nemphos, J.D. ’94, was named both a member of the inaugural advisory committee for media and data company The Deal and a 2014 Power Player by Baltimore SmartCEO for his leadership, accomplishments, innovation and success.
Richard B. Benenson, MBA ’95, was appointed to the board of directors for the Global Livingston Institute in Denver in November.
Valentine Brown, J.D. ’95, was named pro bono partner at Duane Morris in Philadelphia in January.
Charles J. “Chuck” Acquisto, J.D. ’96, published the book Wisdom for a Young Golfer in February.
Victoria R. August, J.D. ’97, was appointed associate commissioner for compliance and enforcement at the Maryland Insurance Administration in Baltimore.
Barbara Culotta, B.S. ’98, received a graduate certificate in accounting from Southern New Hampshire University in November.
Jessica Southwick, M.A. ’98, is the author of the children’s book The Mitten: A Classic Pop-Up Folktale, which Parents magazine named one of 2014’s best children’s books in December.
Mark Echols, B.A. ’99, earned his Ph.D. in Human Behavior from Capella University.
John M. Putman, B.A. ’99, is the editor/writer in the Howard County (Maryland) Public School System’s public information office.
Lori Sherwood, J.D. ’99, joined Advantage Engineers in Columbia, Maryland, as the business development director in October.
Jonathan Zhu, MBA ’99, joined Heidrick & Stuggles in Shanghai, China, as partner within the global life sciences and government affairs practices in November.
Basil R. Loucas, B.A. ’96, M.A. ’00, received a bronze award in the reference nonfiction category of Dan Poynter’s 2014 Global Ebook Awards for his book, LSAT the Loucas Way, in August.
Kathleen Peiffer, J.D. ’00, joined the Arundel House of Hope in Glen Burnie, Maryland, as development director in September.
Vasilios Peros, J.D./MBA ’00, was a finalist for Baltimore SmartCEO’s 2014 Power Players Awards.
Eric M. Sutty, J.D./MBA ’00, and his team at the Wilmington, Delaware, law firm of Elliott Greenleaf received the Turnaround Management Association’s Large-Company Transaction of the Year Award in September for the firm’s work with AgFeed Industries.
Andres Zapata, M.A. ’00, received a 4 Under 40 Marketing Emerging Leaders Award from the American Marketing Association’s Marketing Insight Council in October.
Darrell S. Cherry, B.A. ’01, was promoted to business development manager for J.E. Berkowitz Architectural Glass for the Ohio Valley.
Anita Griner, MBA ’01, joined Cognosante in McLean, Virginia, as chief performance officer in November.
Kimber L. Shearer, J.D. ’01, became counsel and vice president for strategic initiatives at the International Republic Organization, based in Washington, D.C. She also welcomed a baby girl in August.
Jaime W. Luse, J.D. ’02, was appointed to the Law Institute of the Chicago-based Defense Research Institute in October.
John S. Butler, B.A. ’03, was named chief of the Howard County (Maryland) Department of Fire and Rescue Services in January.
Ilana Cohen, J.D. ’03, joined the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as the director of coverage and reimbursement policy and was appointed to serve a three-year term on the Commission on Health for Montgomery County, Maryland.
Christopher P. Dean, J.D. ’04, was elected principal of Baltimore’s Ober|Kaler in January.
Georgette Kiser, MBA ’04, was named partner, managing director and chief information officer at The Carlyle Group in Washington, D.C., in January.
Nathan M. Seidman, M.S. ’04, became the assistant to the regional director of the National Labor Relations Board in Los Angeles.
Zhanna Goltser, MBA ’05, joined McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland, as financial aid director in December.
David A. Reiss, D.C.D. ’05, is a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, working locally as the Codorus Valley Flotilla 19-06 public affairs officer. He also was promoted to the Coast Guard’s Auxiliary National Training Directorate as a program assistant.
Kevin A. Wisniewski, M.A. ’05, is a past fellow at Duke University and at the American Printing History Association and is a 2014-15 residential fellow at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s Dresher Center for the Humanities. He also is managing editor of Roving Eye Press, an editorial board member of San Diego State University’s Calypso Editions and an adjunct professor of public history at Stevenson University.
Gregory P. Care, J.D. ’06, became a partner at Brown, Goldstein & Levy in Baltimore in January.
Erik C. Coyne, J.D. ’06, was assigned as the staff judge advocate (general counsel) for the 35th Fighter Wing at Misawa Air Base in Japan.
Seth Kossman, LL.M. ’06, was elected principal of Ober|Kaler in Baltimore in January.
Brian Lichter, B.S. ’05, M.S. ’06, joined ClearView Group in Hunt Valley, Maryland, as a manager within its tax and advisory practice in August.
Lauren Seldomridge, J.D. ’05, MBA ’06, joined Rollins, Smalkin, Richards & Mackie in Baltimore as an associate in June 2014.
Ramon A. Arreola, J.D. ’07, joined the law firm of Messa & Associates in Philadelphia as an associate in January.
Eric Best, MBA ’07, was elected chairman of the National Beer Wholesalers Association in Alexandria, Virginia, in September.
Maria McKenna, J.D. ’07, was named a Leading Lawyer in the May 2014 issue of What’s Up! Annapolis magazine.
Paul W. Smail, J.D. ’08, is the staff litigation attorney at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in Annapolis, Maryland.
Christopher T. Johns, B.S. ’09, is a semi-senior accountant at Gross, Mendelsohn & Associates in Baltimore; he earned the CPA designation in January.
Tanya Powers, J.D. ’09, facilitated the presentation about Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sonia Nazario’s book Enrique’s Journey: The True Story of a Boy Determined to Reunite with his Mother in November at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, North Carolina.
Nathaniel Albright, M.S. ’10, joined the Y of Central Maryland as chair of the Harford Community Leadership Board in November.
Jeremy R. Bedford, J.D. ’10, published the article “Eligibility for VA Disability Compensation and Health Care Benefits for Army National Guardsmen Discharged with an Other Than Honorable Discharge” in The Army Lawyer in July 2014.
Len E. Clark, D.P.A. ’10, retired from the Gloucester County Office of Emergency Management in New Jersey after a 25-year career and now works as emergency manager at Saint Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.
Craig Forbes, B.S. ’10, joined Baltimore magazine as a Web graphic designer in December.
Laurie Goon, J.D. ’10, was recognized by Baltimore’s Living Classrooms Foundation as one of its Rising Stars for 2014.
Rita Classen, B.S. ’11, MBA ’13, was honored as one of Mennonite Economic Development Associates’ 20 Under 35 at the organization’s 2014 convention in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Elisabeth E. Cunningham, B.S. ’13, earned her Maryland Real Estate Salesperson license and joined the University of Maryland, University College as an academic adviser.
Charlene C. Faison, B.S. ’13, became the education director for the Maryland Real Estate Committee of the Maryland State Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing in May 2014.
Leonard D. Knight, B.A. ’13, joined Seabury Resources for Aging in Washington, D.C., as program manager.
Molly M. Martin, M.P.A. ’13, was promoted to director of constituent services for U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski.
Jason Wasserman, J.D. ’13, joined Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler in Baltimore as an associate.