|• Summer 2003||Magazine Archive & Search • Muhlenberg Home|
| ’94 | After receiving her teaching certification, Jennifer (Ruckstuhl) Bariso is starting her teaching career in Ringwood, N.J., as a computer teacher and supervisor of the school’s media center. In June, Jennifer and her husband, Todd, celebrated the second birthday of twins Amanda and Benjamin. The Barisos live in Butler, N.J. David Cantaffa and Anthony Laulette were joined in civil union in Vermont on May 27, 2003. David and Anthony live in Buffalo, N.Y., where David is completing his Ph.D. and working for the Teacher Education Institute at the University at Buffalo. Vikas Joshi and his wife, Nehal, recently celebrated the first birthday of their son, Khush. The Joshis would like to announce the second anniversary of the opening of the Lehigh Valley Hotel Center, which includes the Hilton Garden Inn and Staybridge Suites by Holiday Inn on Airport Road in Allentown. Vikas, who is the vice president and partner of the hotel complex, holds a master’s degree in real estate development from Johns Hopkins University. Seth Rosenbaum, M.D., is finishing his third year of his internal medicine residency at Cooper Hospital in New Jersey and plans to begin fellowship training in infectious diseases. “I am also newly engaged to a wonderful woman named Marisa,” he writes.
| ’95 | Lori (Edelman) Erschen, D.O., recently completed her family practice residency at St. Luke’s Hospital, Allentown campus. As of September, she has been practicing family medicine at Pleasant Valley Family Practice, affiliated with Lehigh Valley Hospital, in Brodheadsville, Pa. In July, Lori and her husband, Jason, celebrated daughter Alexa Loren’s first birthday. Elizabeth Hines was recently featured in a segment of the Jimmy Kimmel Show. Her piece took a humorous look at women’s studies and women’s rights conferences. When not freelancing in Los Angeles, Liz lives and works in New York City. An elementary school teacher in Morristown, N.J., Margaret Tuzzeo is a graduate student at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
| ’96 | Melissa Bloom Eby and Anthony Eby were married September 21, 2002 at the Heritage Inn in York, Pa. They honeymooned in Aruba before returning to their home in Lancaster, Pa., where they are now building a new home. Melissa has been a credit manager for Lumsden Corporation for six years and Anthony is a computer programmer/analyst for Coresource Inc. Several ‘Berg alumni and staff celebrated with Amy Jeffries Lintz and her husband, Scott, on their wedding day, September 6, 2002. They were married in Egner Chapel. The couple resides in Myrtle Beach, S.C., where Scott is a board-certified emergency medicine physician for Carolina Health Specialists. Brooke Myers and John Sorger were married on July 12, 2003, in West Orange, N.J. Alumni present include Melissa Epstein, who fatefully reintroduced the couple in 1998, Seth Myers ’99, Kerry Lambert ’01, Todd Rothman ’97, Adam Brodsky ’95 and Cathy (Hakim) Brodsky ’95. Brooke and John are currently living in Verona, N.J. John works as a bond trader and Brooke is pursuing a doctorate in clinical psychology at Fordham University. Elizabeth Wolfrom and Sean Libbey are pleased to announce their engagement. Elizabeth is a fifth-grade teacher in Gray, Maine. Sean is a consulting forester in southern Maine. An October 2004 wedding is planned.
| ’97 | Jamie Allesandrine completed her thesis and earned her master of arts degree from Southern Connecticut State University in May. An English teacher at North Haven High School, she has completed her sixth year of teaching. Jamie is also working to break into the greeting-card market as a writer – it’s tougher than it looks! Lisa Barenholtz received her J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law in May 2002. She was recently admitted to both the Maryland and D.C. Bars and is currently working as an associate for the D.C. office of the New York-based law firm, Proskauer Rose LLP. Steven Strauss, a software programmer for America Systems LLC, sends this update: “Just moved out into the new world with a new condo in the hills in Bedminster, N.J.!” In October 2002, Brian Wilner married Rachel Cohen in Malvern, Pa. Joshua Gibbs served as best man. Brian is in his last year of residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell in Manhattan. He will begin his cardiology fellowship in July 2004 at Yale University Hospital.
| ’98 | Jim and Amy (Valli) Bennett were married in May 2003, at their home in New Canaan, Conn. ’Berg alumni in attendance were Leila Arkins, Deb Castaldi, Deena Falcone, Matthew Hendrik, Aimeebertha Knopp, Scott Lippman, Gillian Sheeran, Meredith Tojeira ’00 and Rebecca Wade. Matthew Bourbeau sends this update: “I recently finished my doctoral work at the University of Virginia, and I have begun my professional career at Amgen, the world’s leading biopharmaceutical company.” Matthew is a research scientist in the field of drug discovery. Andrew and Jennifer (Hill) Goodman were married August 31, 2002, at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethlehem, Pa. “Reverend Keith Easley and Rabbi Fredric Dworkin officiated,” Jennifer writes. “Our reception was held at our club, Silver Creek Country Club, in Hellertown, Pa. We honeymooned for three weeks in Europe, taking a 14-day cruise from England to France, Portugal, Spain, Monaco, Southern France and Italy, then touring Italy for another week.” ’Berg alumni Lisa Grandinetti, Kim (Titze) Briner ’99, John Briner ’99, Suzanne (Schalk) Hillman ’97 and Josh Hillman ’97 were in attendance. The Goodmans own a townhouse just outside Clinton, N.J., where Jennifer is a quality engineer at Tyco Healthcare and Andrew is a scientist at a pharmaceutical company. Jonathan Kent Hopkins recently received the Master of Divinity degree, with a certificate in Urban Concentration, from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Jonathan was one of 36 candidates to be awarded the degree, which fulfills the academic qualifications for ordination. He is preparing for ordination in the ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and is currently awaiting a call in the Metropolitan New York Synod. Jonathan is married to Victoria (Mele) Hopkins. Alan N. Leipsner was promoted to manager of ambulatory scheduling at Hackensack University Medical Center. In his new role, Alan will be managing the deployment of a new enterprise-wide scheduling system. This initiative includes centralizing the scheduling for all provided services. Matthew G. Massaro received a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from PCOM on June 1. Ashley Mawson and Philip Bonelli were engaged on a gondola in Venice, Italy in May. They are planning a May 2004 wedding at Hotel DuPont in Wilmington, Del. Included in the wedding party are Liz Shuman, Colleen Woods and Lauren Rapaport. Ashley completed her MBA degree at Villanova University this summer. Both Ashley and Phil work for SEI Investments, where they met. Heather (Kutner) McDermond is a psychotherapist in a community health clinic, working primarily with the chronically mentally ill. She and her husband, Patrick, were married May 4, 2003. They live in West Chester, Pa. Melissa Osorio happily announces that she and Billy Siegrist of Pleasant Valley, N.Y., are engaged to be married. The couple met and work in Manhattan. Nicholas Tarola received a doctor of medicine degree from Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, in June 2003. He will complete a general surgery residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Christopher Udina has received the Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He plans to practice in Concord, N.H.
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