Christina Firpo, BA '00, published The Uprooted: Race, Children, and Imperialism in French Indochina, 1890-1980 (University of Hawaii Press, January 2016), an in-depth investigation of the colony's child-removal program. Ms. Firpo is an associate professor of Southeast Asian history at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Maureen A. O'Brien, JD '01, a member of Wiley Rein LLP's franchise practice, was promoted to of counsel.
Kate McCarthy Zachry, BA '01, joined WGBH in Boston as news director. Ms. McCarthy Zachry previously worked as an editorial producer for ABC News' This Week with George Stephanopoulos. She's also worked as a producer and digital producer for Good Morning America.
Michael Y. Bennett, BA '02, published The Cambridge Introduction to Theatre and Literature of the Absurd (Cambridge University Press, 2015), an overview of writers associated with the absurd who revolted against traditional theatre and literature. He also edited Oscar Wilde's Society Plays (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), a collection of essays that helps readers uncover new ways to explore Wilde's serious—but still funny—plays. Mr. Bennett is an associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater.
Andrew Wiseman, BA '02, received a Superior Honor Award from the U.S. Agency for International Development for his work mapping crime and violence in Honduras. He joined Apple Inc.'s maps team after seven years with USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives. He also teaches in GW's Geography Department.
Devon Tutak Steven, BA '03, was named the director of Ready to Learn Community Engagement at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Ms. Steven will overseethe development of local education collaborations—led by local television stations—to support early science learning and literacy in low-income communities through digital media and resources.
Obele Brown-West, BA '04, was among PR Week's Innovation 50, a list that recognizes rising stars in tech and digital communications in the agency, in-house and social media sectors. Ms. Brown- West is the vice president of account management at Piston.
Jamie Alfaro, BA '05, and Won Choi, BS '06, welcomed their daughter, Riley Lucia Choi, on Sept. 23.
Declan Binninger, BA '05, has become an associate at Heyl Royster. Mr. Binninger specializes in general tort litigation and professional liability defense.
Joe Callahan, BA '05, was appointed executive director of The Writer's Center, an independent literary organization in Bethesda, Md., that cultivates the creation, publication, presentation and dissemination of literary work.
Holly Gardner, MS '05, received Florida's Young Entrepreneur Award from Gov. Rick Scott. Ms. Gardner and her husband, Chris, are the founders of Safe & Happy Family, a line of food, housewares and body-care products for families affected by severe food allergies.
Sailesh Konda, BS '05, MD '09, finished his fellowship at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, Calif., and was selected as the co-director of Mohs surgery and cosmetic dermatology at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla. Em Morrison, BA '05, won top prize for her five-minute comedic story at Story League D.C.'s November show. Ms. Morrison performed in Story League's Winter Championship on Dec. 9.
Mike Sheehan, BA '05, and Bianca de Mattia, BA '05, were married Oct. 24 at Material Culture in Philadelphia.
Erin Baumann, BA '06, was awarded the Basil Chubb Prize for Best Doctoral Thesis by the Political Studies Association of Ireland for her work "Between Politics and a Hard Place: Influences, Institutions, and Foreign Policies in Post-Soviet Eastern Europe." Ms. Baumann is the assistant director of curriculum and pedagogy in The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Shayna Priluck Bergman, BA '06, and her husband, Jesse Bergman, BA '06, welcomed their daughter, Sadie Bella Bergman, on Jan. 31, 2015. Mr. Bergman is a producer on MSNBC's Hardball and Ms. Bergman is a talent business adviser at Deloitte and an adjunct professor of public speaking at GW.
Wes Johnson, BS '06, and Yin Hou, BS '08, MS '10, were married on July 4 in Salisbury, Mass. The Johnsons reside in McLean, Va., where Yin is a software product manager for ThreatQuotient and Wes is a software engineer for SAP SuccessFactors.
Joseph S. Kakesh, JD '06, a member of Wiley Rein LLP's Environment and Safety Practice, was promoted to of counsel.
Damien Specht, JD '07, was named one of "D.C.'s Rising Stars" by the National Law Journal, one of 40 Washington, D.C., lawyers to make the list. Mr. Specht is a partner at Jenner & Block and serves as co-chairman of the firm's government contracts corporate transactions practice.
Brian Willis, JD '07, an attorney with Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP, was a guest speaker at Tampa's Urban Core Board Member Roundtable on Oct. 7. He also spoke about small-town urbanism at Pecha Kucha Night Tampa Bay.
Dan Somma, MS '08, a commander in the U.S. Coast Guard, received the Department of Homeland Security's Exceptional Service Gold Medal for his work on the Syrian Weapons of Mass Destruction Decommissioning Task Force. The joint U.S. Army, Navy and Coast Guard task force mobilized a ship to destroy stockpiles of chemical weapons in Syria.
Shanyn Ronis, BA '09, selected from a field of about 30 candidates, received the Gifted Citizen Award in Puebla, Mexico, for her work in international education. The $50,000 award, given by Poder Civico A.C., goes to individuals whose entrepreneurship projects have the potential to make a social impact. Ms. Ronis is the founder and executive director of the Education Global Access Program in Fairfax, Va.