Recent Alumni News & Class Notes

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.

Solomon Kassa MS ’11

Solomon Kassa MS ’11 has been selected to be honored as the 2016 award recipient by the elite organization, Society of Ethiopians Established in Diaspora (SEED).

Natalie Hunter, MBA ’10

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

Solomon Kassa MS ‘11

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



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