Class Notes 2017

June 08, 2017

Following stints on Capitol Hill at the Departments of Education, Agriculture and the White House, Officer W. Scooter Slade, BA ’00, has been employed since 2009 with the Justice Department as a security specialist serving the United States Federal Courts of primarily the 5th and 9th Circuits. Additionally, Officer Slade joined the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., as a reserve police officer in 2011. Since that time, he has  received numerous department commendations, including two Lifesaving Awards and the Second District Reserve Officer of the Year award. With MPD, in addition to patrol duties, he serves as a certified crime scene search officer and Special Liaison Division affiliate officer, having received specialized training, as well as an adjunct instructor at the MPD Police Academy. Recently, Officer Slade also served as a recruiting liaison between MPD and GW! 

Tiffany Aguiar, BA ’13, is a first lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and is currently deployed to the Middle East as an assistant operations officer.

Lorena Americano Valente, BA ’13, is the associate director of career and professional development at Johns Hopkins SAIS, where she graduated her MA with honors in May 2016. Previously, she worked with political risk consulting at Albright Stonebridge Group and McLarty Associates.

Leslie Anderson, BA ’78, is healthy and enjoying life in Las Vegas, Nev.

Donald Ardell, BA ’63, has promoted mental wellbeing with books, newsletter and his websites since graduating from GW. He has two patents for a revolutionary running shoe design and is an outspoken freethinker dedicated to keeping religion out of state.

Madison Calvert, BA ’08, is a global account manager at Sprinklr, a pre-IPO technology company headquartered in New York City. He recently completed a 12-month rotation in the London office where he executed the company's largest banking partnership to date.

Renee Carlson, BA ’82, ran a private practice of family therapy for 16 years before she retired at age 70 for travel and to enjoy family. She is mother to seven, and grandmother to 27.

Lauren Chisholm, BA ’12, currently works as a clerk at a law library.

Evan Cohen, BA ’96, began his 17th year in January as the cantor of Kehilat Har-El, the founding synagogue of the Israeli Reform Movement.

Merrill Cohen, BA ’77, lives in Seattle, Wash., and works as a vocational rehabilitation counselor and life care planner. Outside of work she enjoys (beginning) figure skating.

Juan Cos, BA ’97, works for the FBI as an information technology specialist in San Diego.

Thomas DeLay, BA ’12, is currently in his fifth year of teaching social studies in a high-needs school at KIPP: Believe College Prep, in New Orleans, La. He was on the 2017 Fishman Prize Honor Roll, an award given to 100 teachers out of thousands of applicants by TNTP.

Alan de Vries, BA ’64, retired after many years as a "Wall Street" professional. “Retirement is the best.”

Susan C. (Suzi) Dessel, BA ’67, authored an essay and drawings about Martha Gruening: suffragist, lawyer, journalist and civil rights activist. They are currently appearing on the University of Edinburgh's web site.

Barbara Eubanks, BA ’96, was recently promoted to director of the Akal Group of Companies' (AGC) Innovation and Talent Acquisition Department for domestic and international security services.

Johanna Fishbein, BA ’04, is currently the head of university advising at the United World College of South East Asia in Singapore (Dover Campus). She loves living in and exploring Singapore and has several students each year apply to GW to be future Colonials!

Howard Frank, BA ’79, is professor of public administration at Florida International University where he serves as chair and director of the Metropolitan Center, Miami's urban "Think Tank."

Carolyn Giambusso-Yi, BA ’07, is currently a licensed clinical social worker working in a community mental health center as an outpatient psychotherapist.

Mary Guindon, BA ’63, is now a grandmother to three boys. She earned a PhD in counseling from the University of Virginia. She retired from academia after serving as chair of the department of counseling and human services in the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University.

Jeffrey Gulko, BA ’99, is CEO of The Gulko Group, a national agency specializing in public relations, media strategy and artist management. Prior to this he spent the majority of his career in national level politics including the White House and other federal agencies

Tametria Johnson, BA ’98, decided to pursue contracting instead of law after graduation. She is married to a wonderful husband who also loves the Lord.

Michael Jones, BA ’91, has been a police officer for 26 years at the Delaware River Port Authority Police Department in Camden, N.J.

Jean Loxley-Barnard, BA ’72, is CEO and publisher of Doctor to Doctor Magazine, Main Street, The Business to Business Magazine and 10 upscale community shoppers in Hampton Roads, Va., and northeastern North Carolina founded in 1981.

Neal Lubetsky, BA ’74, has been teaching high school-level students with disabilities in New York City public schools for the past 10 years. He will be traveling the country and Canada throughout the year, documenting his impressions by text and photography for a travel blog.

Reem Mahmud, BA ’95, shares: “Every day, one is reminded of how sociology can be intersected with any specialization to lay an effective groundwork for any career. One remains grateful for laying that foundation so well at CCAS.”

Greggor Mattson, BA ’00, published his first book, The Cultural Politics of European Prostitution Reform: Governing Loose Women. He is associate professor of sociology at Oberlin College and chair of the Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies Program.

Amanda McLaughlin, BA,MA ’00, married Frank McLaughlin in January, 2017. She works as a graduate assistant and is currently enrolled at Seton Hall University for her PhD in higher education leadership, management and policy.

Eric Nell, BS ’06, resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and works in business development for a global events company, Maritz.

Michael Nemerof, BA ’08, is an associate attorney at Shaked Law Firm, P.A. in Aventura, Fla. The firm handles first-party property, medical malpractice and personal injury cases.

Sara Ortega Roliz, BA ’03, has been working in international development and nonprofit management since graduating from GW. She went on to attain an MSW at UC Berkeley and concurrently directs two community based organizations.

Carol Plew, BA ’70, has used dramatic presentations and script-writing for 30-plus years to educate youth (ages 8-19) about issues such as drug abuse, teen pregnancy, bullying and self esteem in order to empower themselves to make healthy life choices.

Yeshaya Reiter, BA ’03, lives in New York City with his wife of 10 years, and three sons. He is CEO of International Inspirations Group, a global leader in fashion jewelry.

Chunnong Saeger, MA ’97, is deputy consular chief at the United States Embassy Singapore. She has served in Indonesia, Taiwan and Afghanistan since she joined the Foreign Service in 2008.

David Schild, BA ’01, currently works for Raytheon Company in Rosslyn, Va., and teaches as an adjunct with GW's Graduate School of Political Management.

David Schoen, BA ’80, is a lawyer primarily practicing in the fields of criminal defense and civil rights plaintiffs' litigation in Alabama and New York. David was honored in 2016 with the Honorable David Nelson Public Interest award.

Robin Sherman, BA ’73, is a freelance business-to-business publication editor and designer. He also is on the board of directors for the American Society of Business Publication Editors and is interim chair of its ethics committee.

Marisa Swartz, BA ’03, lives in Atlanta with her husband and 17-month-old son after 11 years in D.C. She is the associate director of admissions for Georgia Tech's MBA Program and serves as co-chair of the GW Atlanta Alumni Committee.

Anita Timrots, BA ’81, is a program manager with the National Criminal Justice Reference Service.

Mary Williams, BA ’78, is the network marketing coordinator for the Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center. Her office is located on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Rami Zahr, BA ’00, is a senior case manager at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) handling domestic and international child abduction cases.

Lisa de Saxe Zerden, BA ’02, is currently the senior associate dean for MSW Education at UNC at Chapel Hill. Lisa is the principal investigator for a $1.4 million grant from HRSA to train and expand the behavioral health workforce.