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Melvin R. Bielawski, MS, ’70, retired from the Department of Defense (DOD) as well as from his consulting work with the government agency and technology companies in the D.C. area. In his retirement he has written and published several books, including his most recent work, Diagnosis: Alzheimer’s: My Travels with Frances.

Bernard J. Peters, BA, ’68, and MURP, ’73, retired from his careers in transportation and land-use planning with the New York State Adirondack Park Agency and as director of passenger services with Westchester County. He is currently a project director with 2Plus Inc., a transportation-demand management-consulting firm in Carey, N.C.

Sharon Hadary, DBA, ’75, was featured on the front page of the May 17 Wall Street Journal in the story “What’s Holding Back Women Entrepreneurs?” Hadary is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland University College and consults on women’s issues. Previously, she was the founding executive director of the Center for Women’s Business Research.

George Steeg, MS, ’75, retired at the age of 81 after 17 years as a business development consultant. Steeg served 27 years in the defense industry, 11 years with the Department of Defense and three years as a submarine sailor. During the last seven of his consulting years, he volunteered as coach of a weekly résumé workshop that helped 500 Loudon County, Va., job seekers find work.

Vinh Q. Tran, MBA, ’71, and DBA, ’79, has written a book titled Market Upside Down. Tran has worked as a money manager for Morgan Stanley, Bank of America and Aetna Life and Casualty for 20 years. He taught advanced investment as adjunct professor of finance at New York University’s Stern School of Business and is the author of Evaluating Hedge Fund Performance.

Marc Colton, BBA, ’79, recently launched Synagogue Management & Marketing, a boutique consultancy firm specializing in the challenges facing religious and other not-for-profit institutions. The launch came in tandem with the 20th anniversary of his two successful ventures, Rent a Marketing Pro and The Business Doctor. Colton is pleased to provide a complimentary phone consultation to fellow GW alumni; contact:


Michael Ditkoff, MBA, ’81, recently retired from the federal government with 36 years of service. His last assignment was senior budget analyst with Department of Homeland Security’s Citizenship and Immigration Services. Michael now has time to devote to his passion, dancing, and has filed his recertification papers to become a dance host on cruise ships.

Josh Kuriloff, BBA, ’81, received Cushman & Wakefield’s top producer honors in 2009. Kuriloff was involved in several of the global real estate firm’s most complex and significant transactions in the United States in 2009. They included Willis Group’s 140,000-square-foot lease and the renaming of the former Sears Tower to Willis Tower as well as Depository Trust & Clearing Corp.’s 600,000-square-foot headquarters’ renewal and office relocation in New York and New Jersey.

Catherine Ulozas, MBA, ’82, was appointed director of investments for the Drexel University Endowment Fund. Ulozas has been an investment professional for more than 25 years, working for insurance companies, a large public pension plan and ING Direct. She is also on the board of directors of the Rock School of Ballet and is a former director of the Career Wardrobe in Philadelphia.

Andrew S. Abramson, BBA, ’86, was named president of the Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund of Ambler, Pa., a non-medical resource center that provides advocacy, education, information and financial assistance for uninsured families caring for terminally ill, critically ill, chronically ill, severely disabled or seriously injured children.

Zeinab Karake, PhD, ’87, has co-authored a book with Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, the United Arab Emirates minister of foreign trade. Cyber Law and Cyber Security in Developing and Emerging Economies was released by Edward Elgar Publishers. The book calls cyber crimes a prime obstacle to e-commerce in developing countries, adding that governments play a key role in developing control mechanism. Karake is director of research at the Dubai International Financial Centre.

Maurella van der Ree, MBA, ’87, was promoted to CEO of LAM International, in addition to her previous role as COO for global asset management in Latin America. With the new responsibilities, she will be looking after all asset management businesses in Latin America, excluding Brazil and Mexico.


Matt Crouch, MPA, ’90, is deputy associate administrator for administration at the Federal Transit Administration. He provides leadership for the agency on all matters related to information technology, human resources management, acquisitions management, facilities and logistics, organizational analysis and management planning. Previously, Crouch was director of human capital management for the Environmental Protection Agency, director for strategic consulting at CGI Federal Inc. and director of strategic planning for NASA.

David Farmer, MBA, ’92, has joined Environics Communications Inc., a full-service North American public relations agency, as a vice president in the Washington, D.C., office. Farmer, who has nearly 25 years of professional public relations and corporate communications experience domestically and internationally, will head the agency’s expanding U.S. technology and telecommunications practice.

Kevin G. Schoeler, MBA, ’93, was recently elected to the board of directors of the Cambodian Children’s Fund (cambodianchildrensfund. org), based in Phnom Penh. He is president and CEO of the Kevin G. Schoeler Foundation, which funds U.S.-chartered charitable organizations operating in developing countries.

René Bustamante, MBA, ’93, was promoted to staff vice president for global cash management at the treasury department of FedEx Corp. He is responsible for the development and oversight of FedEx Corp.’s global cash management structure and activities.

Rosemary McManus Coleman, EMBA, ’94, has been appointed foundation vice president for Virtua. She will support health service programs and capital improvements throughout Virtua through fundraising.

Jenny-Rebecca Schmitt (Brown), BBA, ’93, and MS, ’95, founder of CloudSpark, a strategic communications and social media company, has been awarded PRSA’s Georgia Chapter’s Chapter Champion award in recognition of her outstanding volunteer work. The Chapter Champion award recognizes a member who has significantly contributed to the chapter’s success.

Jeffrey R. Miller, MBA, ’95, has joined Dow Jones & Co. as vice president and managing director of consulting services. He leads the global organization in integrating digital information and technology to improve enterprise. He also is involved with technology affecting the financial business’s sales/marketing, supplier management and collaboration/ social media functions.

Andrew Golub, MBA, ’96, has joined the Washington, D.C.-based practice of National Strategies (NSI); he will serve as chief financial officer for NSI and its parent company, Interpoint Group. Golub will manage the firm’s financial operations, including financial analysis, budgeting, forecasting and strategic development and will oversee corporate information technology and human resources. He will also manage the finances of Kratos Global, Interpoint Group’s strategic communications and public affairs consulting firm. Golub holds a seat on the executive committee of each.

Damon D. Williams, BBA, ‘99, has been selected as one of the “40 Under Forty” honorees for 2010 by The Network Journal for his outstanding achievement, contribution, leadership and influence in the corporate, nonprofit, public or entrepreneurial arenas, along with his service to the African-American community. He currently serves as communications manager for the Executive Leadership Council.

Douglas Strahan, MBA, ’93 and cert, ’99, has been appointed president and CEO at Aptela, a leading provider of hosted Voice over IP (VoIP) solutions for small and medium-sized businesses.


Erin Tench, MTA, ’02, and CMP, CMM and president of Hyland Events, has joined the Board of Directors of Meeting Professionals International (MPI). MPI is the meeting and event industry’s largest global community, helping its members thrive by providing human connections to knowledge and ideas, relationships and marketplaces. MPI has more than 23,000 members in 71 chapters and clubs worldwide.

Arnold Guanco, MTA, ’02, was selected to carry the torch for the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver. Guanco, who wrote a winning essay for the competition, was selected among hundreds of applicants to carry the torch at the games for athletes with physical and visual disabilities. “It was an affirmation of the things that I want to do. I want to use sports to help other people,” said Guanco, who worked as a venue systems manager for the Vancouver Organizing Committee at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Walter C. Jones, MBA, ’03, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the U.S. executive director to the African Development Bank (AFDB). Jones represents the United States on the AFDB and African Development Fund boards in promoting sustainable development in Africa. His duties include voting on loan and technical assistance proposals and deciding policy issues that guide the operations and direction of the bank.

Michelle L. Cuozzo, BBA, ’03, and alumna of the GW Water Polo team, has been promoted to assistant vice president of operations at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., a private financial services firm serving clients globally in three main businesses: investor services, investment and wealth management, and banking and advisory services. Cuozzo joined the firm right after graduation.

Chris Barbuto, BA, ’03, CPA, MT, was promoted to managing associate at Drucker & Scaccetti, an accounting and business advisory company,

Gregg Melanson, MBA, ’03, has joined Catapult as director of its Government-wide Acquisition Contracts (GWAC) Programs. GWACs account for a significant portion of the company’s revenue. Previously, Gregg was general manager of global opportunity engagement for Sprint and a core member of the leadership team charged with redesigning the company as part of an in-depth analysis of the corporate budget.

Brett Warner, BBA, ’04, president and founder of Cool Palms was mentioned in the Wall Street Journal for his invention of the BEX Runner, the world’s first wearable core cooling device.

John Bechtell, MSPM, ’05, was hired as a project manager for the U.S. Geological Survey in the astrogeology division in Flagstaff, Ariz. Rik Ebbesen, MSIST, ’07, is now principal and enterprise architectural practice lead with OCTO Consulting Group, a Vienna, Va.-based firm that offers IT and management advisory services.

Enrico Campitelli Jr., MBA, ’09, had his sports blog “” acquired by Comcast SportsNet. Although the site will keep its Web address, most of the content will be featured on Campitelli will continue to work for the site.


Douglas K. Dew, MBA, ’10, was appointed to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s (HIMSS) Physician Leadership Committee. The committee was set up to “articulate a cohesive voice for HIMSS physicians and to provide leadership, guidance and domain expertise to HIMSS’ activities, industry initiatives and collaborations with physicians societies across the country.”