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Richard Mulberry, BA, ’48, a former marine major general and aviator, retired after more than 50 years working as a certified public accountant. He and his wife of 64 years reside in Texas where he is active with the Park Cities Presbyterian Church and serves as a volunteer docent at the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Dallas Love Field.


Charles Aschmann Jr., MS, ’65, retired from his law practice in March 2007 and is now writing westerns. His granddaughter Maria is in the pre-veterinary medicine program at Colorado State University and is a member of the rodeo team. His grandson George is a sophomore at Virginia Tech, where his daughter Althea is a library department head. His son Charles owns and operates Charles Aschmann Language Services, which specializes in translating Japanese to English. His son Frank is a principal at Aschmann and Aschmann law firm. Frank’s sons Benjamin and Alfred are active in karate and soccer.

John Fletcher, BBA, ’68, founder and CEO of Fletcher Spaght, announced that his company reached two milestones in December 2008. The technology and health care consulting firm celebrated its 25th anniversary at the same time it completed fundraising for Fletcher Spaght Ventures II, a $100 million venture capital fund.


Melvin R. Bielawski, MS, ’70, who has retired from the Department of Defense, is providing technical consulting support to the U.S. Army and various contractors in the Washington, D.C., area. Bielawski also has been busy writing books. His most recent, The Corner: A WWII Era Story of a Neighborhood, tells the story of a Polish-American neighborhood in Toledo, Ohio. It details the community and its men from the late 1930s through the immediate post-World War II era. Bielawski is also the author of Secession; P.O.W. Camp 78 Zuffenhausen, Germany and A WWII Era German/American Love Story.

Tom Jennings, MHA, ’75, was named president/CEO of NXT at Spartanburg Hospital system in South Carolina. NXT is the innovations arm of the hospital system.


Michael Ditkoff, MBA, ’81, a senior budget analyst with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, was given the Chief Financial Officer Management Award for exemplary performance. The award came from the Department of Homeland Security. Ditkoff developed and launched a successful national training program to correct processing and reporting problems affecting personnel payroll and budget data.

William Drohan, MBA, ’81, has been elected chairman of Alliance Bank. Drohan, a member of the GWSB Dean’s Board of Advisors, previously served as a founding director of Alliance and chairman of the budget and ALCO committee. He also was a past executive director of the National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors. Currently, Drohan serves as president and CEO of Drohan Management Group and on the board of directors of the consultants section of the American Society of Association Executives. He is an active member of the Luther Rice Society.

Darin Hayden, BBA, ’81, is utilizing her accounting degree from GW and her MBA from Marymount University, along with her PMP certification, to pursue a career with Coldwell Banker in residential real estate sales in San Diego, Calif.

Nestor Ray Sague, MBA, ’82, was promoted to senior vice president of portfolio management and principal at Davidson Trust Co. in Devon, Penn.

John Herman, BBA,’86, was mentioned in the New York Times article “Two new plans to fix the system.” Reporter Joe Nocera highlighted Herman’s “Split-the-Difference” plan for homeowners who owe more than their houses are worth. “In this plan, underwater homeowners would be allowed to refinance their mortgages at below-market interest rates, using a government entity like Fannie Mae, thus allowing for larger mortgage amounts than they would otherwise be able to afford. Then, the homeowner would have to go to the existing lender and pay off the old mortgage — but the lender would have to take a haircut equal to the amount of the subsidy being provided by the government.”

Jim Alterman, MBA, ’87, was appointed to the psychiatric intensive care unit as lead psychotherapist at a major Houston behavioral health hospital. In addition, he is expanding his work in private practice and employee-assistance program counseling.

Lisa C. Clark, MBA, ’87, founder and CEO of Textiles for Thinkers and the Thinker Clothing brand, had her products featured on the Warner Brothers television show “Big Bang Theory.” The brand caught the attention of celebrities at the 2009 Academy Awards. The brand is also carried by Las Vegas Fashion Week and is available for franchising in India. For more information, visit

Steve McGowan, MBA, ’89, rejoins the Discovery Channel as senior vice president of research after six years with the Nielsen Co. in New York. McGowan was with Discovery Channel for 13 years before joining Nielsen. In his new position, he plans and directs all broadcast, digital media, marketing, ancillary and other types of research connected with the Discovery Channel. McGowan currently serves on the board of American Public Television and is closely involved with the Cable and Telecommunications Association for Marketing. He previously served on the television committee of the Advertising Research Foundation.


Asim Kamdar, MBA, ’95, was appointed director of new product development at Colloquy in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Daniel Cohen, MAAC, ’95, sold his business and transferred to the academic world. Now, as a lecturer at Cornell University, he teaches entrepreneurship and business strategy and serves as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Cornell’s Undergraduate Business Incubator. Recently Dr. Cohen had the honor of serving as the commencement speaker at his alma mater, Montgomery Blair High School. His family has also just welcomed a new member: Jackson Bradley Cohen.

Justin Plunkett, BBA, ’96, and Lisa Plunkett (Coppola) BS, ’98, welcomed their second child, Tyler Thomas Plunkett, in July 2008. Additionally, Justin was promoted to director of territory sales at Cardinal Health, where he leads the Mid-Atlantic regional sales force servicing the independent retail pharmacy and alternate-care markets.

Claudia D. Booker, BPM,’99, now owns a company called Birthing Hands of D.C. It provides birthing services to women and families in the Washington, D.C., area.

Sharon Narson, BBA and MSIS, ’99, married Douglas Parobeck on March 8, 2008. Several GW alumni were in attendance (from left to right): Alejo Jumat, Denise Isaac, Melissa Ellman, Nadege Besson-Rouse, Joyce Capati, Nicole Sacks Buckner, Jasmine Koscielski, Matthew Kolodny and Eric Capati.

Alyson (Rappaport) Fieldman, BBA, ’99, and MBA, ’01, and Matthew Fieldman, MBA, ’05, welcomed a daughter, Eliana Fox Fieldman, on Dec. 19, 2008. Alyson is a senior project manager for Hubbard One, where she helps law-firm clients create custom Web sites and software applications. Matthew is a senior campaign associate at the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland.


Kansas State Treasurer Dennis McKinney has named Aaron Otto, MPA, ’00, as the next assistant state treasurer. Otto is the former chief of staff to the lieutenant governor and worked as a member of the governor’s senior staff for the last five years. Prior to returning to Kansas, Aaron was in the Navy, serving sea rotations as well as assignments in the Pentagon and the office of the secretary of defense. During his time in Washington, D.C., he served as special assistant to the assistant secretary of defense, on the staff of the commander of the Atlantic Fleet, in the office of the secretary of the Navy and as the shipbuilding section head for the chief of naval operations.

Lisa R. Baudot, MBA, ’02, formerly Lisa R. Karasiewicz, married Regis H. Baudot on Aug. 30, 2008, at Ile-de-Noirmoutier, France. The couple lives in Paris, where Lisa is working on a PhD in accounting at the École Supérieure des Sciences Économiques et Commerciales (ESSEC business school).

After a nearly five-year engagement, Christina Fanitzi, BBA, '03, has wed Shawn Fitzgerald. Both spent several tours overseas in Iraq as Army captains. TNT’s program Wedding Day worked with the military and the Catholic Church to fly the couple home for a wedding that included a ceremony at the church where Christina’s parents were married. Highlights included the presence of the New York Police Pipe and Drum Corp; a major donation to The Fallen Soldier Fund, a charity close to the couple’s heart; and a chance for Fanitzi to trade her fatigues for a couture wedding dress.

Miranda Anderson, MBA, ’04, married Roger Ballentine, president of Green Strategies, on May 16, at the Gunpowder River State Park in Maryland. The couple resides in Washington, D.C., where Anderson is director of sustainability for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. She will serve as the first MBA Reunion keynote speaker at the 2009 MBA Reunion this October.

Daniel Tropp, BBA, ‘06, saw his business, TeachSpaceNY, mentioned in the New York Times article “Not a Dive After All.” TeachSpaceNY is a real estate company that helps teachers find affordable housing in New York.

After graduation, Jeff Blake, MBA, ’07, moved to Los Angeles to test his business plan. He founded Altavert in February 2008 to create an alternative, and perhaps a solution, to overpriced outdoor advertising mediasuch as billboards. Currently Altavert, which uses personal vehicles to advertise goods and services, operates in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. The company offers a generous Colonial discount to GW alumni.

Petra Horna, BBA, ’08, was named director of business development for EwingCole’s Washington, D.C., office. EwingCole is an award-winning architecture and engineering firm.