Matt Katz, BA '00, and a team from WNYC radio won a Peabody Award for their coverage of New Jersey governor Chris Christie and the bridge scandal.
Heather McKee Hurwitz, BA '01, received a PhD in sociology from the University of California-Santa Barbara on June 14. Dr. Hurwitz's dissertation was titled, "The 51%: Gender, Feminism, and Culture in the Occupy Wall Street Movement."
Ryan Sutton, BA '01, won a James Beard award—the Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award—for his work on Eater.com: "Artisanal-Everything Roberta's Defies the Stereotypes," "Once an Icon, Per Se is Showing its Age" and "Six Reasons Why Cosme is One of NYC's Most Relevant New Restaurants."
Beth L. Weisser, BA '01, is a partner in Fox Rothschild's litigation practice group, within the firm's Philadelphia office.
Brandon Moss, BS '00, JD '03, was promoted to partner at Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane in Quincy, Mass. He also was appointed chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association Public Law Section Council and to the executive board of the Rotary Club of Quincy. Mr. Moss practices public law, land-use law, aviation law and litigation.
Regina Bowman-Goldring, MA '02, was promoted to assistant vice president of student services at the College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown Campus.
Justin Petrone, BA '02, published My Estonia 3: What Happened? (Petrone Print, June 2015), a travel memoir that follows his previous novels My Estonia 1 and My Estonia 2.
Ayindé Rudolph, MEd '02, CERT '03, was appointed superintendent of the Mountain View Whisham School District in Mountain View, Calif.
Joseph Black, MS '03, was named Northrop Grumman Senior Faculty Fellow by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. He is associate professor of aerospace and ocean engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech. He's also associate director of research for aerospace systems at the Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology.
Sonya Brzozowski Sclama, MA '04, and her husband Andrew Sclama, welcomed their first child, Alexander Brzozowski Sclama, on June 16 at 2:09 a.m. The couple resides in Forest Hills, N.Y.
Rachel Alexander, JD '05, will serve as co-chair of the Women in Law Empowerment Forum in Washington, D.C. Ms. Alexander counsels clients on health care and government contracting matters.
Nicholas J. DelDotto, BA '05, married Katharine McCown on May 23 in Duck, N.C. Mr. DelDotto recently moved to West Chester, Pa., where he will continue his career as a high school social studies teacher. Several GW alumni attended the wedding.
Robert Kimmer, JD '05, joined Michael Best & Friedrich in Washington, D.C., as senior counsel in the firm's intellectual property practice group.
Lincoln Michel, BA '05, wrote Upright Beasts (Coffee House Press, 2015), a short-story collection about individuals doing battle with their darker, weirder impulses as the world collapses around them. Among the stories: children go to school long after all the teachers have disappeared; a man manages an apartment complex of attempted suicides; a couple navigates their relationship in the midst of a zombie attack.
Helen Nowlin, LLM '05, developed EducationalFamilyEstateApps.com, a website that offers unique coverage of the American Indian Probate Reform Act and makes the connection between guardianships and the Indian Child Welfare Act. Guest writers and bloggers are welcome, upon approval of a proposed topic.
Bhaveen Jani, BBA '06, joined Blank Rome as an associate in the law firm's consumer finance litigation group based in its Princeton, N.J., office.
Jessica Denson, BA '07, appeared in Show Me a Hero, a six-episode HBO miniseries from The Wire creator David Simon that ran during the summer of 2015. Ms. Denson played Gail Wasicsko, the sister in- law of embattled Yonkers, N.Y., mayor Nick Wasicsko, played by Oscar Isaac.
Erik K. Eisenmann, JD '07, was elected shareholder of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek. He is a member of the human resources law practice group in the firm's Milwaukee office, where he represents employers in labor and employment law.
Brad Lackey, BBA '07, opened The Presidio Group in Washington, D.C., where he provides holistic wealth management to ultra-affluent individuals and families across the country. He was named a Five Star Wealth Manager for 2015 by The Washington Post.
Jordan McNerney, BA '07, and Alexandra Valenti, BA '07, married on May 30 at Gansett Green Manor in Amagansett, N.Y. Several GW alumni were in attendance, including members of the bridal party who closed the reception with a rendition of the GW fight song.
Aaron Davis, LLM '09, of Thornton Davis Fein in Miami, was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association, a group of more than a thousand leading civil defense lawyers in the state.
Nan Devlin, MTA '09, was named executive director of Visit Tillamook Coast, a new, county-wide destination marketing organization in Oregon. She will lead efforts to develop the Pacific Coast county as a place for nature-based tourism, including paddle sports, fishing, hiking, surfing and camping. Ms. Devlin recently contributed a chapter, "Sustainability in Food and Drink Tourism," for Have Fork Will Travel, an industry guide developed by the World Food Travel Association.
Gary Kraiss Jr., BA '09, was appointed Ward 2 chairman for the D.C. Republican Party. He serves as a program support officer at the U.S. Department of State's Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy.
Laura Venos, MA '09, wrote and published The Royal Series (CreateSpace, August 2015), a series of children's picture books about smart princesses who want more out of life than tea parties and balls, so they work hard and find themselves in fulfilling careers.
Corey Coleman, BA '10, was selected by Success Academy Charter Schools as a winner of the Teacher Excellence Award for 2015.
Cassall Graber-Tilton, BA '10, and Matthew K. Spencer, BA '08, married in Haymarket, Va., in June. The couple resides in Alexandria, Va. Ms. Graber-Tilton is the human resource generalist for ADNET Systems, Inc. Mr. Spencer is the federal partner manager at Microstrategy, Inc. inTysons Corner, Va.
Kacy Sellers Lawrence, MPP '10, joined the Virginia Tech graduate school as a data reporting and assessment administrator. She will collect, organize and analyze data and reports to support and strengthen decision-making and planning for the graduate school and the university.
Jared B. Brenner, BA '11, has joined Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr as an associate in the firm's New York office. Mr. Brenner will work in the corporate practice group on transactions for startups and technology companies.
Richard Davis, BA '11, joined Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman as an attorney in the firm's Milwaukee office.
Roberta Richardson, CERT '11, presented at the 64th Annual International Hearing Society Convention and Expo, held in Orlando, Fla., from Sept. 10-12. She may be contacted for speaking engagements on health care quality and other topics at [email protected].
Sheri Byrne-Haber, MBA '12, was named global accessibility program manager for McDonald's in its San Francisco digital office. Ms. Byrne-Haber has dedicated the last 15 years to assisting people with disabilities in obtaining the goods and services that they are entitled to under the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as the Individuals with Disabilities Act.
Jake Miner, BA '12, joined the U.S. Department of State as a foreign service officer. Mr. Miner will start his first tour of duty as a political officer in May 2016 in New Delhi.
Cody Pennetti, CERT '12, was named an associate in Dewberry's Fairfax, Va., office. He specializes in site infrastructure design and has more than nine years of experience as a project civil engineer.
Jacob E. Thayer, BA '13, graduated with a Master of Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas-Austin. Mr. Thayer was also recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard out of a pool of 31,000 as the 2014 Auxiliarist of the Year.
Alexis Melchione, BS '14, joined Structura Inc. as a staff engineer in Rockville, Md. She will provide support on a variety of design projects, including the Landmark Mall Redevelopment and the Brightview Rockville Town Center.