Dr. Jan Feldman retired June 30, 2011, after 41 years in practice. He is now engaged in several hobbies, including boating, golf and travel, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriters of Rhode Island and Schilder Institute for Advanced Endodontics.
The Lauren Giguere Award of Distinction was awarded to Malcolm Gross, attorney and partner at Gross McGinley, LLP. by the Allentown Human Relations Committee. He has spent countless hours in service to and working for numerous entities with a goal of equality and opportunity for all. He lives, works and advocates in Allentown.
Edward Bonekemper III has completed the first book-length study of Lincoln and Grant. It is now being formatted for publication as an ebook on Kindle and Nook. Publication as a hands-on book will follow.
David C. thor Straten-Mohr retired on April 13, 2011 from his position as parole supervisor with the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole after almost 42 years of service. (He graduated June 1, 1969 and started parole supervision June 5, 1969 – a great use for the ’Berg psych major!) He was also an adjunct psychology lecturer at ’Berg from 1985-1990 and in the U.S. Navy from 1962-1965.
Susan Pobjoy writes, “Two years ago, a number of us who lived together on Walz 2nd North during our first two years at Muhlenberg, decided it would be fun to get together, as it had been 40 years since we moved on from Walz. Not only did we get together, but seven alumni from classes of ’72 – ’74 travelled (most with partners) to France in June 2011, meeting at our house near Geneva in the Haute Savoie. We spent a good part of the week together reminiscing and making new memories, near the top of Mt. Blanc, hiking through mountains & waterfalls and enjoying each other’s company with food and wine. Thanks to Mary Lou Hanna’s daughter, we were able to toast her Mom with remembrance t-shirts. She and Frank would have been with us too but sadly Mary Lou died in Sept 2010. Have a look at http://animoto.com/play/ZORbNP6shSjJODTk1FZRYw for a comprehensive pictorial review of our time together.”
Tom Hadzor continues to oversee fundraising and communications for the Duke University Libraries in Durham, NC. He and his wife welcomed their first grandchild in June 2010.
Several alumni attended the memorial service for Brian Rasco. Stewart Abram writes, “We were able to get a small group together, most of whom I hadn’t seen for waaaay too long. As fantastic as it was catching up with these guys, the occasion was equally ’difficult.’”
Rich Romeo and several TKE alumni participated in a Wine Tasting tour in Bucks County, Pa on May 11, 2010.
Dr. Craig J. Campbell served as the Grand Marshal of the 2011 Richmond County St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This is the third-largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the nation, and Campbell is the second youngest elected Grand Marshal in the 47 year history of the parade.
Craig Cohen has joined White and Williams as an associate in the subrogation department. He will reside in the firm’s Philadelphia office.
Joe Zeszotarski, a Partner in the Raleigh office of Poyner Spruill LLP, was recently named to The best Lawyers in Americas 2012 list, in the following categories: Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar and Criminal Defense: White-Collar.
Detective Lt. Patrick Rotella was named chief of police in Upper Saddle River, N.J
Amy (Thornton) Wichterman and Chris Wichterman ’96 are proud to announce the birth of their twins, Will and Norah, on October 23, 2010. Big brother, Jake, 7, is their favorite person!
Heather Blakeslee presented “The Articulate Landscape,” a staged reading that included seductive stories woven with earthy illustrations and roots-noir music from Sweetbriar Rose at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival.
Betsy (Schultz) Kachel and Eric Kachel welcomed their third daughter, Leah Rose Kachel, on April 25, 2010. She weighed 7 lbs., 11 oz. Big sisters Sophia, 6, and Ava, 2 ½, love their newest addition, and Betsy is lucky enough to stay home with them!
Andrea and Glen Davis welcomed their second son, Evan Lee Davis, on July 1, 2011 at 1:10 p.m. He was 7 lbs. even and 20 inches long. The family of six, which also includes Allie (18), Adam (16) and Christian (3), is doing well.
Susan (Borek) Kuhn completed her certification in applied behavior analysis and is currently employed in the Summit N.J. Public School District.
It is with great excitement that Jolly Benitez-Becerra and Jorge Becerra welcome Anthony Gerard. He was born on September 22, 2011 in Princeton, N.J. and weighed 7 lbs., 2 oz. Anthony is a wonderful addition to our family.
J. Patrick Boyle married Meg Confrey on September 24, 2010. Many alumni, whose graduation dates spanned almost 40 years, were in attendance.
Aimee (Van Eenennaam) Goodman and Elliot Goodman are proud to announce the birth of twins boys on June 15, 2011 in Jersey Shore University Medical Center,Neptune N.J. Lucas Benjamin and Henry Theodore were enthusiastically welcomed by big brother, Oliver William.
Rebecca Wingert received her first grant as an independent investigator: a 2011 NIH New Innovator Award. It is a five year grant, providing huge resources to her lab. She writes, “Notre Dame never got one of these research grants before, and in even more exciting news I was not the only faculty member to receive one. Another biology department assistant professor won the award as well (only 49 given out for the whole country this year), and as you can imagine this is a big deal for our department and the College of Science. “These awards are given to new investigators that propose ideas for research that are so-called ‘high risk/high reward’ studies, for which they don’t have tons of preliminary data—just enough that the idea seems feasible and potentially transformative. The NIH invited recipients to Washington for a two-day scientific symposium to receive the awards this week (and I got to bring my graduate students with me!)”
Britton and Drew Bitterman announce the birth of their first child, Shane Jackson Bitterman on October 1, 2011. Shane was 5 lbs, 15.5 oz and measured 19.5 inches. Drew and Britton were named directors of Jeff Lake Day Camp located in Stanhope, N.J.
Christopher and Dana (Yannuzzi) Vandenbrande are proud to announce the birth of their son, Andrew Christopher. Andrew was born on May 1, 2011, weighing 7 lbs, 6 oz.,and measuring 22 inches. The family lives in Stirling, N.J.
Kathy (Tomaschko) Blachowski and Jason Blachowski are proud to announce the birth of twin girls. Serena Anne and Angela Mary were born on May 21, 2011, in Rochester, N.Y. Kathy is now a stay at home mom.
On Saturday August 20, 2011, Bruce Gover, Jr. and Julia Yager Spillman were married at a ceremony in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Dr. Christina B. Shook accepted a postdoctoral fellowship in Primary Care/Mental Health Integration at the Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Virginia for 2011-2012.
René Metzler was engaged to Michael Martinez on August 4, 2010. They are planning a July 2011 wedding in New Hampshire.
Lynsey (Caldwell) Owen and Christopher Owen ’00 were married on July 1, 2011 in Baltimore, Md. The wedding was attended by many Muhlenberg alumni, including matrons of honor Kaitlyn (Bishop) Catenaro and Dana (Perillo) Russo, and groomsmen David Metzger ’00, Zachary St. Pierre ’00, and Michael Wu ’00. The couple honeymooned in St. Lucia and plans to reside in Alexandria, Va. Lynsey is an obstetrician/ gynecologist at Andrews Air Force Base and Chris is completing his Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Connecticut.
Amanda Ellison graduated from Johns Hopkins University with her Masters of Public Health in May 2011. She is planning on staying in Baltimore as she moves into her new career.
Jaclyn (Minkoff) Goldin and husband Andy are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Alexandra Rehm Goldin. She was born on April 10, 2011 in Long Island, NY, weighing 6 lbs., 15 oz. and measuring 21 inches.
Stacey (Moore) Swearengen founded Military Spouse Portable Career Planning in 2010. Services include resume critiques, interview tips, and general career assessments.
Marissa White became engaged to Anthony Fatovic on December 24, 2010. The couple resides in North Wales, PA and are planning a July 2012 wedding in Radnor, PA.
After graduating, Elizabeth Colpo, earned her PA K-12 Music Education Certification at Penn State University in 2007. She is beginning her 5th year as Director of Choirs at Lower Dauphin HS in Hummelstown, PA. Colpo was named the 2011 recipient of the American Choral Directors Association “Outstanding Young Conductor” award for the state of Pennsylvania. She is proud to share that the Lower Dauphin HS Concert Choir was selected to perform at the 2011 State Conference of the PA Music Educators Association.
Todd Kauffman and Casey Gaspartich ’07 became engaged on April 17, 2011. Their wedding is planned for August 10, 2012 in Lakewood, NJ.
Dorie (Gillette) Morgan and Brian Morgan are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Tristan Thomas. He was born on October 20, 2011, in Pennsylvania Hospital and weighed 8 lbs, 10 oz. Dorie and Tristan are doing very well. The Morgans enjoyed their first holiday season as a family of three.
Becky (Armstrong) Pallone ’05 and Jonathon Pallone would like to announce the birth of their daughter Mya Alyse Pallone on November 30, 2010.
Jared Goldstein and Stephanie (Pilcz) Goldstein are happy to announce their marriage on May 29, 2011 at The Merion in Cinnaminson, N.J. Mules in attendance included Josh Goldstein ’01, Geoff Zinberg, Lari Luckenbill ’06, Marc Gollob ’05, Lauren Krisa, Lindsay Galvan, Logan Romm, Matt Speigel, Seth Rosenwasser, Todd Goldstein’08, Chris Catania ’06, Scott Sutton, Greg Bogle, Amanda Clifford ’08, and Jeff Mueller.
Michael Joseph and Courtney (Roosa) Joseph are happy to announce their marriage on November 6, 2010 at the Westin Governor Morris in Morristown, N.J. They currently reside in Hoboken, N.J. The wedding was attended by many fellow ’07 Mules including: Tara Large, Kelli Sakonchick, Jonathan Leonard, Ben Schweitzer, Steve Kopecki, Jason Scherr, Eric Roehnelt, Pat Moyle, Teddy Montes, Chris Giannini, Brian Zuravansky, Mike Hart, Andrew Perrelle, Eric Band, Steve Naids, Mike Ianicci, Frank Citera, Dave Klimik, Maria Tranguch, Neal Regino, Karla Auermuller, Lauren Whitehead, Lauren Schram and Whitney Arons. Several other Mules attended, including Patrick Valli ’06, Hallie Miller ’08 and Dr. Jefferson Pooley, associate professor of media and communication. The couple honeymooned in Maui and Los Angeles.
Tiffany Elliott and Matt Johnson were wed on September 3, 2011 on Long Island, N.Y. In attendance (photo on previous page; from left to right) were Kara Zimmerman, Match Zimmerman, Megan Eiser, Danielle Losonci, Megan Young, Chris Vinci, Phylicia Lee, Derek DiMattina, Kevin Ciccarello, Chris Frusci, Mike Cassel, David Levine, Jess Anselmi, Kris Domboski, Joe O’Brien, Courtney Tapkas, Jamie Capodiferro, Meg Healy, Jordon Grube, Kevin Graham, Alissa Constantinople, Jamie Corley, Brett Shaver, Danny Asip, Heather Podvey, Courtney Veltkamp, Brian Veltkamp, Mike Gawel, Holly Kolesnik, Michelle Yost, Matt Horn, Lisa Harrison.
Kaitlin Nemeth stage managed the production of the play “Prison Lights” in New York City, in November. She has worked in theater since 2009, including: (Stage Manager): “Thieves” – SM (Amerinda at The Public Theater), “The Play About My Dad” – ASM (CollaborationTown at 59E59). “The Skin You Leave Behind” – PSM (Punch Theatre). She was the Stage Direction Intern for the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera (2008) and the Theatre Intern for BIMA at Brandeis University (2010).