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Jeffrey Libman BBA ’77

Jeffrey Libman BBA ’77—Wells Fargo Advisors of Short Hills, New Jersey has, for the 7th consecutive year, designated Jeffrey Libman, Senior Vice President – Investments as a member of the firm’s Premier Advisor Program.

Hal Nesbitt MBA’09

Hal Nesbitt MBA’09 promoted to Vice President of Information Technology at the American Society of Nephrology

Timothy Derdenger BBA’02

Timothy Derdenger BBA’02 was promoted to Associate Professor of Marketing and Strategy at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business.

Janice Heinold BBA’91

Janice Heinold BBA’91 joined the law firm of Raymond Coleman Heinold LLP as a Partner on April 1, 2017.

Joe Donohue MBA ’90

Joe Donohue MBA ’90 was appointed chief financial officer of DLT Solutions, an award-winning technology partner to the public sector. As CFO, Mr. Donohue will oversee accounting, finance and order management.

Tia Loftin MS ’12

Tia Loftin MS ’12 was honored as a recipient of the 2016 Federal Computer Week Rising Star Award.

Daphne Palmer Geanacopoulos MBA ’85

Daphne Palmer Geanacopoulos MBA ’85 historical non-fiction book, The Pirate Next Door: The Untold Story of Eighteenth Century Pirates’ Wives, Families and Communities (Carolina Academic Press, 2017 ISBN: 978-1-61163-875-2). Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and many other publications.

Rahul Nagar MS ’02

Rahul Nagar MS ’02 co-founded a new venture, Str8bat: wearable technology that enables passionate baseball players the ability to develop and gain insight regarding the enhancement of their batting skills.

Dana Sleeper BBA’12

Dana Sleeper BBA’12 recently hired as the Director of External Affairs at SEIA, the national trade association for the solar industry and HQd in DC.

Anthony Shop MBA ’12

Anthony Shop MBA ’12 and his company social driver were honored with LearnServe’s Civic Champion award at the LearnServe “Gala” — on Tuesday, March 7 at the Howard Theater.

Nicole and John Samuel MBA’14

Nicole and John Samuel MBA’14 welcomed a baby boy on Tuesday, February 7th –Elias Isaac Samuel. Nicole and Eli are both doing well.

Tyrell Charles’16

Tyrell Charles’16 landed my first full-time position w/ Mediaplanet this past January to start off the New Year!

Jason Juranek MBA ’07

Jason Juranek MBA ’07 joined Globecomm as the CFO in 2015 and was promoted to CEO in 2016.

Din Merican MBA ’70

Din Merican MBA ’70 was recently awarded a doctorate in International Relations (honoris causa) by The University of Cambodia at the 12th Commencement.

Dan Kessler BBA ’12

Dan Kessler BBA ’12 was accepted and will be attending MIT Sloan for an MBA starting in August of 2017.

Crystal Kinzel, ’78

Crystal Kinzel, ’78 promoted to Chief Deputy Clerk in Southwest Florida. The Chief Deputy Clerk serves as Accountant, Auditor and Custodian of funds for a 2,025 sq. mile, billion dollar county.

Morris Steen, MS 77

Morris Steen, MS ’77 is enjoying his eighth year of retirement following his service as president of North Florida Community College in Madison, FL from 2001 to 2008. Prior to the college, Morris Steen was an aviator with the U. S. Navy for 27 years. He served his last Navy tour of duty as Commanding Officer of Naval Air Station Mayport, FL.

Marko Okoye, BBA 08

Marko Okoye, BBA ‘08 was awarded as Africa’s Young Person of the Year by The Future Awards Africa.

Jeff Blake, MBA ’07

Jeff Blake, MBA ’07 was recently published in the American Journal of Managed Care. The piece, “Drivers of Patient Experience in Medicaid Managed Care“, outlines best practices in patient satisfaction for health plans serving the complex needs of Medicaid enrollees.

Based on his interviews with top industry executives and a review of current literature, Jeff presents the business case for making patient experience a key strategic priority and offers real-world examples of Medicaid plans improving customer loyalty – and profitability – by focusing on patient experience.

John Pavlovsky, MS ’80

John Pavlovsky MS ’80, was recognized by the American Volkssport Association (AVA) for completing 10 Kilometer walks in all of the fifty State Capitols plus Washington DC.

Catherine Hogan EMBA’03

Catherine Hogan EMBA’03 left Verizon last year, after more than 30 years in the telecommunications industry and joined the Greater Washington Urban League as Chief Program Officer in early 2016.

Ahmad Ishaq MSIST ’07

Ahmad Ishaq MSIST ’07 founder of ByteCubed celebrates a spectacular year of growth.

Usha Chaudhary WEMBA ‘12

Usha Chaudhary WEMBA ‘12 lands Chief Operating Officer position at Kettler

Kuandyk Bishimbayev MBA ‘01

Kuandyk Bishimbayev MBA ‘01 appointed Kazakhstan’s Minister of National Economy

Jade Ademiluyi MSPM ’16

Jade Ademiluyi MSPM ’16 is working fulltime with TxDOT

Ruth J. Person MSA ‘74

Ruth J. Person MSA ‘74, received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Indiana University in May. She currently holds the position of Professor of Management at the University of Michigan-Flint.

Gerald L. Patterson MBA ‘82

Gerald L. Patterson MBA ‘82 has retired as Director of Training for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission after 41 years of serving the federal government. He currently serves as an advisor to Oratorio Media and Presentation Training regarding its government contracts.

Irwin D. Nathanson MS ‘74

Irwin D. Nathanson MS ‘74 is currently focusing on pursuing large, multi-year opportunities with the Air Navigation Service Providers (i.e. FAAS) of Germany and France.

Roberta Miller BA ‘04 MS ‘05

Roberta Miller BA ‘04 MS ‘05 promoted to Senior Internal Auditor for the University System of Maryland.

Kristin and Nick Messina, both MBA ’15

Kristin and Nick Messina, both MBA ’15 just launched YonderWork an international travel experience for remote workers which combines travel, coworking, and professional development.

Ovie Mughelli, EMBA ’14

Ovie Mughelli, EMBA ’14 is working with the White House and various Fortune 500 companies to advocate environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

Thabani Mthiyane, WEMBA ’13

Thabani Mthiyane, WEMBA ’13 is the first African elected to the helm of the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO

Toya L. (Atkinson) Evans BBA ’85

Toya L. (Atkinson) Evans BBA ’85 is launching her first Tropical Smoothie Cafe franchise.

Tony Dokoupil BBA ’03

Tony Dokoupil BBA ’03 has been named a correspondent for CBS News based in New York. Dokoupil will report for all CBS News broadcasts and platforms beginning in August.

Aaron Leong BBA ’08, MTA ’09

Aaron Leong BBA ’08, MTA ’09 was recently promoted to Senior Revenue Manager for the Crystal Gateway Marriott and the Courtyard Arlington Crystal City.

Jeff Blake MBA ’07

Jeff Blake MBA ’07 was published in Becker’s Hospital Review for his article, Applying Restaurant Customer Service Principles to Healthcare.

Michael A. Brown BBA ’98

Michael A. Brown BBA ’98 was selected as the 2015-2016 Department of Homeland Security Fellow at the RAND Corporation.

Solomon Kassa MBA ‘11

Solomon Kassa MBA ’11, producer and host of Tech Talk with Solomon recently filmed an episode at GW in January 2016.

Kristen Gaerlan BBA ’11

Kristen Gaerlan BBA ’11 was a speaker at BinderCon NYC – A conference for female and gender nonconforming writers.

Matt Scott BBA ’14

Matt Scott BBA ’14 after two years with the GWSB-alum operated digital marketing agency Social Driver, Matt Scott has accepted a position at SecondMuse.

Greg Vallarino MBA ’15

Greg Vallarino MBA ’15 “I started a goal to visit all 30 ballparks shortly after I committed to GWSB in 2013. Just over three years later, I have visited 23 parks”.

Rebecca Peress, BBA ’14

Rebecca Peress, BBA ’14 has launched a unique food-product line, Swapples™, an all-vegetable alternative to traditional waffles.

Ari Astles, MBA ’10

Ari Astles, MBA ’10 married First Lt. Erin Elizabeth Bevacqua February 22, 2016.

Peter A.  Korbel MBA ‘12 

Peter A.  Korbel MBA ‘12 is a Co-Founder of BLENDER WORKSPACE opening this spring in New York’s NoMad neighborhood located at 135 Madison Avenue.

Aditi Anand BBA ’14

Aditi Anand BBA ’14 has recently accepted a position and has begun to work at Invest India.

Joshua Pavano MBA ’14

Joshua Pavano MBA ’14 is a co-founder of an umbrella enterprise, Jonas Umbrellas of which 40% of the profits fund clean-water wells.

Mike Morath BBA ’98

Mike Morath BBA ’98, Dallas Independent School District Trustee was appointed as Texas’ new education commissioner by Texas Governor, Greg Abbott.

Natalie Hunter, MBA ’10

Natalie Hunter, MBA ’10, launches consulting start-up, Sherhunt solutions following US Army service.

John Pavlovsky MS ’80

John Pavlovsky MS ’80, completed accumulation of 5500 Kilometers walking in events sponsored by the American Volkssport Association(AVA).

Ben Trajtenberg BBA ’06 and Ariel Wade BA ’06 JD ‘10

Ben Trajtenberg BBA ’06 and Ariel Wade BA ’06 JD ’10, married on September 6, 2015.

Haiyi Chen MA ’15

Haiyi Chen MA ’15, as of September has been working as an Accounting Assistant for Environmental Investigation Agency.

Michael Rossetti, BBA/MS ’10 

Michael Rossetti, BBA/MS ’10 was announced as a fellow of the 2016 Code for American Fellowship class.

Laura Greenfield, BBA ’04

Laura Greenfield, BBA ’04 was listed by the Commercial Observer as one of the 25 lenders and debt brokers under 35 in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic markets.

Brian Ray, BA’94

Brian Ray, BA ’94, managing partner of Alchemy-ABR Investment Partners announced the formation of Alchemy-ABR Investment Partners.

Michelle Harris, MBA ’90

Michelle Harris, MBA ’90, graduated from FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI), September 17, 2015.

Michael Rossetti, BBA/MS ’10

Michael Rossetti, BBA/MS ’10 a professor of databases was featured by the FCW: The Business of Federal Technology for winning a civic tech hackathon hosted by the General Services Administration (GSA)

John Jacko III, Esq, BBA ’89

John Jacko III, Esq, BBA ’89 was listed on 2015 Super Lawyers in Pennsylvania for Business Litigation.

John Arlia, BBA ’15, Hilary Ballin, MTA’14, Gina Ekmekjian BBA/MTA ’08, Adam Geisler, BS ’99

John Arlia, BBA ’15, Hilary Ballin, MTA’14, Gina Ekmekjian BBA/MTA ’08, Adam Geisler, BS ’99 joined other GW alums and students to work the Quicken Loans National golf tournament benefitting Tiger Woods Foundation. Tournament sponsor Acura handed out Enduracool cooling towels produced by Mission Athlete Care of which Adam Geisler, GW alum, is COO.

Andreae Pohlamn, BBA/MS ’12, Maryam Moussavi, MS ’15, Guneet Gil MS  ’15

Andreae Pohlamn, BBA/MS ’12 is a founding member of Girls in Tech. The group held its first meeting July 23rd featuring a panel of female leaders in the local IT industry on the subject of “Women Leading in Technology”. Two board members include Maryam Moussavi MS ’15 and Guneet Gil MS ’15.

Jeffrey Libman, BBA ’77

Jeffrey Libman, BBA ’77, has been designated as a Premier Advisor at Wells Fargo Advisors for the 5th year in a row.  

Michael P. Akin, BA ’03, MBA ’07

Michael Akin BA ’03, MBA ’07, is one of five business persons honored by the DC Chamber of Commerce this year.

Robert Hubbell, MBA’81, MBA ‘90

Robert Hubbell, MBA’81,relocates to Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley.

Ian Newberg, BA’88, MBA ‘90

Ian Newberg, BA’88, MBA ‘90,promoted to Vice-President of Business Development, Americas for Cubic Corporation.

Michael Nelson, MBA’12

Michael Nelson, MBA’122, publishes novel “When Waters Wept” as part of mystery series.

Richard J. Hinkemeyer, MPA’82

Richard J. Hinkemeyer, MPA’82, honored as a recipient of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Antonio Ortiz Mena President’s Award.

Andrew Lewis, BAccy ’89

Andrew Lewis, BAccy ’89, received the Andy Barr award from the AGA.

Nilesh Jha, MBA ’10

Nilesh Jha, MBA ’10, founder and CEO of Vidyut, creates high quality and affordable hand held devices for the masses.

Dan Simons, BBA ’92

Dan Simons, BBA ’92, and Farmers Restaurant Group to open new restaurant in Tysons Corner February 5th

Kristin Fitzharris, MA/MBA ’05

Kristin Fitzharris, MA/MBA ’05, is a Global Senior Brand Manager at Ferrero International

John Klinedinst, MBA ’75

John Klinedinst, MBA’ 75, was recognized by The San Diego Business Journal as a finalist for its Most Admired CEO awards for 2015.

Jen Boulden, MBA ’04

Jen Boulden, MBA ’04, was recently interviewed by the Energy & Environment section of the New York Times.

Mindy Mora, BBA 1979

Mindy Mora, BBA 1979, was named a 2015 Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.

Scott Kennedy, MBA ’81

Scott Kennedy, MBA ’81 retired 31 Dec 2012 from the Department of Army Intelligence & Security Command in Hawaii.

Dana Sleeper, BBA ’12

Dana Sleeper, BBA ’12 was recently promoted to executive director of the Maryland, D.C., and Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association

Melissa Springer, CCAS BA ’04, MBA ’10, CERT ’12

Melissa Springer, CCAS BA ’04, MBA ’10, CERT ’12 is the first vice president of client strategy at digital innovation agency Social Driver.

Alumnus Owned Energy Company Named to Inc. 500 List

Heartland Energy Partners, founded by John English, EMBA ’09, has been recognized by Inc. magazine’s annual list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in America. Read More

Nicole Lynn, MBA ’14 & John Samuel, MBA ’14

Nicole Lynn, MBA ’14 & John Samuel, MBA ’14 were engaged in July 2014.

Natalie Meier, MBA ’14 & Eric Miller, MBA ’14

Natalie Meier, MBA ’14 & Eric Miller, MBA ’14 were engaged in February 2014.

Angela Atherton, MS ’99

Angela Atherton, MS ’99, has joined The Global Good Fund as its Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Read More

Brenda L. Silvils, MBA ’95

Brenda L. Silvils, MBA ’95,  is President of BLS Consulting LLC, an independent information technology consulting business in the Washington DC Metro Area, and the Founder/CEO of Free2Rise Educational Foundation Inc. Read More

Ashok Batra, Esq., MBA ’75

Ashok Batra, Esq., MBA ’75 and LAW MS ’80, was elected Chairperson of the Board of Social Services, Montgomery County, Maryland. Read More

In Memoriam: Dr. Harry Halley, DBA 1971

Dr. Harry Halley, DBA ’71, passed away on May 23, 2014. At 90 years old, Dr. Halley was a lifelong Colonial and embodied the values of George Washington throughout his life.Read More

Alumnus Becomes President and Owner of The Family Firm, Inc.

Nathan J. Gendelman, MBA ’01, became President and Owner of The Family Firm, Inc. in 2012. Read More

    Jonathan Read BBA ’12 & Aria (Morris) Read BBA’12

    Jonathan Read BBA ’12 & Aria (Morris) Read BBA’12 married on August 21, 2015 in Bristol RI.

    Zach Parharm GMBA ’10 & Cassie Durkin Parham GMBA ’10

    Zach Parharm GMBA ’10 AND Cassie Durkin Parham GMBA ’10 married on September 19, 2015.

    Karli Kasonik Susi GMBA ’11 & Alan Susi GMBA ’10

    Karli Kasonik Susi GMBA ’11 and Alan Susi GMBA ’10 married September 15, 2012.

    Nicole Samuel MBA ’14 & Johnny Samuel MBA ’14

    Nicole Samuel MBA ’14 AND Johnny Samuel MBA ’14 married on August 22, 2015.

    Brandie Kalinowski GMBA ’10 & Paul Kalinowski GMBA ’10

    Brandie Kalinowski GMBA ’10 and Paul Kalinowski GMBA ’10 married November 16, 2013.