|• Summer 2003||Magazine Archive & Search • Muhlenberg Home|
| ’76 | Liz Jones is set to expand her non-profit animal welfare organization, Peaceable Kingdom, operating in Allentown. Since 1998, it has rescued and re-homed needy companion animals and provided low-cost neuter spays. A capital campaign is planned to acquire acreage for Pennsylvania’s largest companion animal sanctuary. She would love to hear from alumni, especially fellow animal devotees.
| ’77 | Kathryn (Sloan) Ponnock is happy to announce that her semi-retirement has ended. She is now assistant professor of biology at Delaware Valley College, where she teaches comparative anatomy, human physiology, comparative physiology and courses sponsored by the continuing education department. Kathryn and her husband, Kal, live in Lawrenceville, N.J., and encourage all to come and visit!
| ’78 | Joseph A. Manning of the regional defense litigation firm Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin has been named managing attorney of the firm’s Roseland, N.J., office. Joseph is a member of both the Pennsylvania and New Jersey State Bars, and has experience in a wide range of litigation areas including employment law, medical malpractice and charitable institutions.
| ’79 | Sherry (Lerner) Barret and her husband, Roland, have had a busy few years as the owners of Barret Plumbing. She sends this update: “Started our own business in January of 2001, got married in August of 2001, new home January 2003! Still writing and singing on the side.” The Barrets live in Hayward, Calif. Kenn Tacchino is a professor of taxation and financial planning at Widener University. He and his wife Patricia live in Broomall, Pa., and their daughter Peggy is finishing her second year at Muhlenberg. Jacqueline (Bernstein) Weisman sends this update: “I have been a middle school biology teacher in the Marple-Newtown School District for two years. Now that my four children are older, I’ve been able to work full time at a career I love.” Jacqueline and her husband, Kenneth, live in Newtown Square, Pa. Their children range in age from 13 to 21.
| ’80 | Lawrence Husick has been appointed a senior fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, in its Center on Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security. He and Center Co-Chair Stephen Gale have published “From MAD (Mutual Assured Destruction) to MUD (Multilateral Unconstrained Disruption): Dealing with the New Terrorism,” available at this location: <http://www.fpri.org/fpriwire/1101.200302.galehusick.madtomud.html> Husick also presented a forum titled “A Layman’s Guide to Cyber-Warfare,” also available on the FPRI website. Cathy (Robertson) Sarkisian recently moved with her husband Mark and three daughters from Evanston, Ill., to San Anselmo, Calif., where she has resumed teaching high school English after a 10-year hiatus to raise children. The family took old Route 66 out west and stopped in St. Louis to visit classmate Karen Scheible and her family. Also, on a recent vacation, they paid a visit to Rick Shaffer ’78, who is known as “the prime minister” of Wallace, Idaho, where he is director of operations for a group of hotels in that historic town.
| ’81 | Timothy Austin reports that he left the banking industry after 19 years to become a licensed insurance agent in the state of Florida. He writes, “My primary focus is helping people replenish damaged investment portfolios through investments in Life Insurance Settlements (Viaticals). This investment opportunity has been generating average annualized returns to investors in the range of 15-20% with safety of principal. Anyone who has an interest interested in hearing more is welcome to call toll free at 1-866-724-2476.” Paul Campano recently moved to Berkeley Heights, N.J., with his wife Kathy and their daughter Maycee Paul, who was born November 11, 2001. Paul is a commercial litigation attorney in Morristown, N.J. Maggie (Brown) Cunning, director of Student Health Services at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., writes that she and her husband Dan have four children – Patrick, age 16; MaryBridget, age 12; Grace, age 11; and Eddie, age 9. “I stay in close contact with Deb Spohn Dimmit and Janine Coslett-Yass,” she writes.
| ’84 | Wendy (Stough) Smailes was named Associate of the Year for 2002 by Wachovia Securities. Wendy is the inquiry desk liaison for the Advisory Services Group, where she is responsible for answering stock-related questions (including historical pricing and capital change information, researching old stock certificates and assisting with various stock screens), maintaining an inquiry website and publishing literature for the Equity Marketing Group and the Compass Portfolio Managers. Wendy lives in Chesterfield, Va.
| ’85 | Robert Debbs has been named one of Philadelphia’s “Best Docs” for high-risk pregnancy. He is one of only five doctors nationwide known for performing innovative surgery to prevent pregnancy loss. He is director of the Pennsylvania Hospital Maternal-Fetal-Medicine Network at the University of Pennsylvania. Robert and his wife, Susan, have two children – Jenna, age 10, and Bailey, age 7. They live in Voorhees, N.J. Bob Ekizian is vice president of sales and marketing for Alliance Entertainment, the nation’s largest supplier of all CDs, records, VHS and DVDs to record stores and Internet sites. “All’s well in the music industry,” he writes. “Try not to download too much music off the Internet, though, or else that might change! I got where I am today because of what I learned in the ATO fraternity at Muhlenberg. The legends live on!” Elizabeth Gelb-O’Connor and Leo O’Connor were married in July 2002 at Adare Manor, outside Limerick, in Leo’s home country of Ireland. He is the director of technical market research for Frost & Sullivan. Their celebration continued in New York City, where stateside friends and family gathered in October at Verbena Restaurant for a second wedding. Robert E. Friedman ’84 was in attendance. Elizabeth was recently promoted to director of travelers cheque automation at American Express in New York City. The couple live in Summit, N.J. George Giatzis has been named senior vice president of entertainment sales for Premier Retail Networks (PRN), creator of the world’s largest in-store media network. George will lead the PRN sales division responsible for all feature film, television, home video, video game and music advertising. He will work from the company’s headquarters in San Francisco, Calif. Before joining PRN, George was vice president of national advertising sales with Oxygen Media, where he oversaw all aspects of ad sales for the national cable television network and network of websites.
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