Ritu Kaur Cooper, BA ’00, has joined the Washington, D.C., office of Hall, Render, Killian, Health & Lyman as a shareholder. Ms. Cooper has always focused her practice on health care compliance matters. She has also been named to the Lawyers of Color Hot List since its inaugural edition in 2013.
Amy Reich, BBA ’00, was elected by the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Long Island chapter as a first-term member of the board of directors. Ms. Reich is the senior director for alumni affairs at Hofstra University in Long Island, N.Y., where she oversees all alumni-related outreach and special events. Prior to her time at Hofstra, she worked as director of advisory boards at the Jewish Theological Seminary in Manhattan.
Christopher L. Soriano, BA ’00, has been promoted to partner at Duane Morris LLP. Mr. Soriano concentrates his practice on gaming law and commercial litigation in the firm’s trial practice group.
Babatunde Kayode Oloyede, CERT ’01, AS ’02, BS ’04, MS ’07, won the 2014 Junior Officer of the Year Award from the North Carolina Commissioned Officers Association. He was also selected in 2014 as a member of the Council of Medical Laboratory Professionals by the American Society for Clinical Pathology.
Arthur Blain, MBA ’01, was appointed to chief medical officer of Mountain Health and Community Services in Campo, Calif.
Brigitte Dias Ferreira, LLM ’01, and Hernan L. Bentolila, LLM ’02, were married in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in July 2014. The couple currently resides in Arlington, Va. Ms. Ferreira works as counsel for international affairs at John Deere, and Mr. Bentolila serves as international counsel for Bristol Myers Squibb.
Kimberly Gilbert, MFA ’01, won a 2015 Helen Hayes Award in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play (Hayes) category for her performance as the title character in the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company’s production of Marie Antoinette.
Seth J. Gillihan, MA ’01, co-authored a book with Janet Singer called Overcoming OCD: A Journey to Recovery (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2015). The book documents the recovery of Ms. Singer’s son from severe OCD through exposure and response prevention therapy. Dr. Gillihan provides expert commentary throughout the book on topics related to OCD.
Suzanna Morales, BBA ’01, has joined Fox Rothschild LLP as counsel in the firm’s New York office. Ms. Morales represents clients in a wide array of intellectual property litigation and trademark prosecution.
Timothy Tobin, EdD ’02, published Your Leadership Story: Use Your Story to Energize, Inspire, and Motivate (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2015). He writes that by “thinking of your career as a narrative—with a plot, characters, and an arc—you can increase your awareness of yourself as a leader and become more effective, insightful and inspiring.”
Jay Boyles, BA ’03, and Liz Cozart, MA ’09, were married in February in McLean, Va. Mr. Boyles is a student at the Marine Corps Command & Staff College in Quantico, Va. Ms. Cozart is on staff at McLean Presbyterian Church and a student at the Reformed Theological Seminary.
Marcie Feinman, BS ’03, MD ’07, was recruited to Sinai Hospital in Baltimore as a trauma/acute care surgeon. Dr. Feinman completed her fellowship in surgical critical care and acute care surgery at Johns Hopkins University in 2014.
Habeeba Park, BS ’03, was recruited to Sinai Hospital in Baltimore as a trauma/acute care surgeon. Dr. Park also was selected as a volunteer to the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma’s injury control and violence prevention section. She completed her fellowship in trauma and surgical critical care at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center in 2014.
Erik F. Yassenoff, BA ’03, has been appointed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich to serve as deputy director for general services at the Department of Administrative Services. For the past four years, Mr. Yassenoff has served on the governor’s staff as his assistant director of policy for asset management, advising in policy areas that include taxation, transportation and gambling.
Brian Cocca, JD ’04, has been elected to partner in the Malvern, Pa., office of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young. Mr. Cocca focuses his practice on intellectual property issues, with a concentration on drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical fields.
Julie Gordon, BA ’04, joined the staff of the New York Post as deputy editor of PageSix.com. Previously, she worked as the entertainment and style editor of the newspaper amNewYork.
Alessandra Mediago, BA ’04, and her husband, James Edward Agnew II welcomed the arrival of their first child, Julia Rose Agnew, on July 3, 2014. She writes, “Julia already has a full wardrobe of Colonials attire and cannot wait to visit campus for the first time.”
Chevon Brooks, JD ’05, has been promoted to partner with Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP in New York. Mr. Brooks is an insurance and litigation defense attorney who specializes in the defense of property and casualty matters in both federal and New York state courts.
Katy Chang, JD ’05, added Baba’s Dumpling and Soup Noodles to the menu of EatsPlace, her neighborhood restaurant and bar that she describes as a “food incubator and restaurant accelerator” in Washington, D.C. Ms. Chang is the founder of this community kitchen and marketplace and frequently hosts guest chef residencies. Along with hand-kneaded dumplings and soup noodles, Ms. Chang will also be featuring her Baba’s Cooking School line of award-winning hot sauce and a new line of bitters.
Jessica Federer, BS ’05, is chief digital officer of Bayer, a multinational pharmaceutical and chemical corporation. Previously, Ms. Federer was a program analyst at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, helping to facilitate nationwide discussion on a variety of pressing health care topics.
Seth Linnick, BBA ’05, an attorney at Tucker Ellis LLP, has been recognized as an “Ohio Rising Star” for 2015.
Blaine Rummel, MPA ’05, was appointed director of communications for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Most recently Mr. Rummel served as director of special projects in the communications department, where he prepared the union for its upcoming legislative and judicial challenges.
Stephen J. McBrady, JD ’06, has been elected to partner of Crowell & Moring LLP and is currently a member of the firm’s government contracts group.
Christina J. McCollough, JD ’06, has been promoted to partner at Perkins Coie. Ms. McCollough is a member of the litigation practice group, with a primary focus on patent litigation and appeals, in the firm’s Seattle office.
Rachel Adcox, JD ’07, a member of Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP’s antitrust group, has been promoted to partner. Ms. Adcox represents both foreign and domestic clients before the U.S. Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission in mergers, civil non-merger matters and criminal cartel investigations.
Amanda Dubin, BS ’07, and Kelly Meyer founded a baby clothing company called Luc&Lou. For every onesie purchased, a new onesie is donated to a baby in need. Previously, they both worked as neonatal ICU nurses where, Ms. Dubin writes, they “shared the same dream to make a positive impact on the world by helping babies in need.” For more information on their products and story, visit lucandlou.com.
Dawn Ursula, MFA ’07, was nominated for a 2015 Helen Hayes Award in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play (Hayes) category, for her role in We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South-West Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915, by Washington, D.C.’s Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.
Brian C. Willis, JD ’07, was a panelist at Tampa Bay Startup Week, where he discussed “fostering a start-up and innovation ecosystem.” Mr. Willis is an associate at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP, where he represents individuals and corporations involved in business, contract and real estate disputes.
Michael Hissam, JD ’08, has been elected partner in the firm Bailey & Glasser LLP.
Alex Lawson, MPP ’08, is the executive director of Social Security Works, a nonprofit organization that advocates for protecting and expanding the program. His organization published Social Security Works!: Why Social Security Isn’t Going Broke and How Expanding It Will Help Us All (The New Press, 2015).
Andrea Mazzone, BA ’08, and Christopher Bourque, BS ’09, are engaged to be married in August 2015. Ms. Mazzone is a defense analyst for Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, D.C., and Lt. Bourque is stationed in D.C. with the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard.
Vance Renfroe, CERT ’08, has been appointed professor of leadership and elected a senior fellow of New Westminster College, in Vancouver, Canada. He will be working with New Westminster College’s expansion and transition toward university status. Col. Renfroe retired from the U.S. Air Force and is currently president of Renfroe Associates International. His company is engaged in a wide range of business development in the Middle East, North Africa, India and the United States.
Amy Rizzotto, BA ’08, founded her own yoga studio, Yoga Heights, and opened a small business called MOARfit, where she works with clients on customized yoga and nutrition programs. After living in France and Senegal for a few years, working in San Francisco for a global philanthropy nonprofit, and spending three years as a major gifts fundraiser for the African Wildlife Foundation in Washington, D.C., Ms. Rizzotto writes that she “decided to turn her personal passion into a new career path.”
April Salomon, MA ’08, was named executive director of the Musical Instrument Museum. Ms. Salomon, who served as MIM’s acting director for the past six months, joined the museum in 2007 and assisted with the design, staffing, collection acquisition and launch of the $250 million museum. Previously, she worked for other cultural and educational institutions including the Heard Museum, the Institute of Learning Innovation and the Smithsonian Institution.
Jonathan Freidin, BA ’09, has joined Freidin Dobrinsky Brown & Rosenblum, P.A., as an associate. He will concentrate his practice in the areas of plaintiffs’ personal injury, medical malpractice and product liability.