Class Notes 2020

November 23, 2020

Rebecca Baker, BA ’20, is a case manager at a medical expert consulting firm where she assists U.S. military veterans obtain benefits from the VA. She is also a part-time 1L at Quinnipiac University School of Law in Connecticut. 

Alan De Vries, BA ’64, retired after a long career working on Wall Street. Although he did a fair amount of traveling pre-COVID, he is still enjoying retirement at home cooking, drinking wine and listening to lots of music. 

Michael Jones, BA ’91, retired from the Delaware River Port Authority Police Department after 28 years of service. He now works as a school resource officer for the Pennsauken School District.

Vera Kiefer, BA ’16, MPA ’17, is a researcher with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Trafficking in Persons, where she is responsible for leveraging data to develop strategies, policies and programs that improve the federal response to human trafficking. 

Marilyn Kirschner, BA ’70,  is the editor-in-chief of, the oldest running online fashion publication in the world. She was senior market editor at Harper's Bazaar for 21 years. 

Sarah Kranau, BA ’14, works in the HR department of an accounting firm. She recently completed her certificate in human resource management from University of California, San Diego,. 

Melissa Lenner, BA ’12, runs a boutique podcast production company called Pretty Easy Podcasts with her husband, Alan. They specialize in producing shows that focus on social issues, justice and mental health. 

Lucille Sansing, PhD ’83, is a retired university president, currently doing search and placements for interim positions in higher education. 

David Schoen, BA ’80, is a lawyer practicing in Alabama and New York, focusing on criminal defense and civil rights work and representing victims of terrorism. 

Hunter Scott, BA ’14, is the associate director of veterans services at the largest homeless services provider in Santa Clara County, Calif. Hunter regularly uses data skills that he learned at GW as a sociology major to evaluate program effectiveness, including reducing disparities in access for minority groups. 

Anne Seelig, BA ’00, recently made partner at Lee Litigation Group, where she specializes in class action employment litigation. 

Dara Smith, BA ’12, is currently a public finance attorney practicing in New York City. 

Mary Joe Williams, BA ’78, is the network training coordinator at the Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center, which is hosted at the University of the Virgin Islands in the U.S. Virgin Islands.