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James C. Wallace, MBA, '71, was appointed community and government relations officer at the Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Browns Mills, N.J. Wallace's career combines more than 30 years of experience in the health care, university, public and business sectors where he specialized in government relations, finance, operations management and development.

Robert F. Hussey, MBA, '74, joined the new board of directors at CPX Interactive, a global online advertising network. Hussey has worked as a financial, marketing and operations executive in various industries, including packaged goods, financial services and advertising. In 1991, he successfully led the IPO and sale of his company, POP Radio, after it became the nation's largest direct broadcast satellite network.


Judy Ramage, MBA, '86, and her husband Dave run a successful real estate business and also own two Cape Coral, Fla., restaurants: First Round Draft Sports Bar & Grille and The Dog Bar & Grille.


Sena M. Kwawu, BBA, '90, was featured in the February/ March 2011 issue of Procurement Leaders magazine. In the article, Kwawu, the head of procurement for insurance giant Genworth Financial, discussed some unusual alliances that formed when the recession forced his company to restructure its procurement processes.

Brian Forst, PhD, '92, professor of justice, law and society at American University, published his third book with Cambridge University Press, Criminologists on Terrorism and Homeland Security. Earlier this year, his chapter titled "Prosecution" appeared in Crime and Public Policy, edited by James Q. Wilson and Joan Petersilia (Oxford University Press, 2011). In April, Forst received the AU School of Public Affairs Outstanding Scholarship and Research Award.

Ida Ismael, MBA, '96, was promoted to manager of operations at Colliers International Indonesia, based in Jakarta. Previously, she was executive administrator of the residential tenant representation division within the company.

Kara Freeman, MBA, '97, has been appointed vice president for administration at the American Council on Education. Since 2008, Freeman has served as the organization's chief information officer. In her new role she will manage human resources, facilities and office services.

Maxine Somerville, MPA , '97, is executive director of administration and human resources for the United Nations Foundation. She can be reached at mesomerville@

Michael A. Brown, BBA, '98, has completed an MA in security studies at the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security. Brown was awarded two outstanding achievement awards by faculty and classmates. He received the "outstanding thesis award," which is given to the thesis that best represents the contribution of research to homeland security as a professional discipline and academic domain, and the Curtis H. "Butch" Straub Achievement Award for an exemplary academic and citizenship record. Brown currently is an inspector at the Transportation Security Administration's Office of Inspection.


Brandon Mason, MBA, '00, and John Wallace, MBA, '00, have launched UpStream Software ( The company focuses on the problems of attribution and marketing planning.

Kurt Uetz, MSPM , '00, is program manager for the Deep Submergence Vehicle (DSV) Alvin at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts. Uetz has begun the overhaul and upgrade of DSV Alvin to improve its scientific capabilities and increase its depth rating to 6,500 meters from 4,500 meters. This depth provides access to 98 percent of the ocean floor. Uetz can be reached at

Derek Grosso, BBA, '01, was named "Best Community Leader" of 2010 by Columbus C.E.O. Magazine. Grosso is president/CEO of the Columbus Young Professionals Club (CYP CLUB), a "for-impact" membership organization he founded in 2005. The club has grown to become one of the nation's largest and most active for 21- to 45-year-olds, with more than 12,000 members. CYP CLUB was also recognized as "Best Networking Organization" and for presenting the "Best Charity Event." The date auction and fashion show, "A Date 2 Remember," raised nearly $150,000 for charities in central Ohio.

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Vince Morabito, MTA , '01, has been promoted to senior account executive in Marriott's Mid-Atlantic corporate division. Previously a senior sales executive for Baltimore's Marriott Waterfront Hotel, Morabito now focuses on accounts for all of Marriott's locations in the Middle Atlantic region. He also handles large corporate accounts, including Northrop Grumman, the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Redskins.

Giorgio Valentini, EM BA, '01, has become the World Bank representative for Jamaica and Guyana. In the new position, Valentini will focus on strengthening relationships between the World Bank and partner countries. With more than 20 years of experience in international development, Valentini has worked in Latin America and Africa on political, economic, legal and social development.

Michael G. McMillan, PhD in Accounting, '02, co-authored Investments Workbook: Principles of Portfolio and Equity Analysis, part of the CFA Institute Investment Series published by John Wiley and Sons. McMillan, a chartered financial analyst (CFA) and director of ethics and professional standards in the education division of the CFA Institute, has taught accounting and finance at GWSB and at Johns Hopkins University's Carey School of Business. He is a member of the CFA Society of Washington, D.C., and the East African Society of Investment Professionals. McMillan wrote the book in collaboration with fellow CFAs Jerald E. Pinto, Wendy L. Pirie and Gerhard Van de Venter.

Jayna Murray, BBA, '03, passed away on March 11. A resident of Arlington, Va., Murray graduated from GW in 2003 with a degree in international marketing and business. She was pursuing an MBA from Johns Hopkins University, where she received an MA in public and media relations in 2009.

Jason McCray, MBA, '04, was promoted to chief operating officer at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO), a national network of foundations and other grant makers working to strengthen nonprofit grant recipients. McCray's responsibilities include financial management, strategic planning, fundraising and internal evaluation. McCray joined GEO in 2004 as manager of operations.

George L. Langbein, MSPM , '06, was honored by Cambridge Who's Who as the "Professional Member of the Year in the field of Information Technology Program Management." Each year, Cambridge recognizes standout executives, professionals and entrepreneurs. Langbein's selection also recognized his outstanding leadership skills and dedication to service.

William Skeean, MSPM , '06, has joined All Covered, a division of Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA Inc., as director of project services. All Covered is the nation's leading provider of computer network services and technology solutions for small to medium-sized businesses. Skeean worked previously in IT services for Siemens Energy & Automation, where he spearheaded development of enterprise document imaging and distribution systems. He also worked for AT&T in network planning and engineering.

Richard Brower, Jr., BBA/MS, '07, has been appointed director of LGBT and ethnic marketing for Harrah's in New Orleans. Previously, Brower was the strategic development and marketing director for the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association.

Jesse Ryback, MBA, '08 and BA, '06, was one of the leaders on a naming rights deal that will put the name Coliseum on the sports venue previously known as the Oakland- Alameda County Coliseum, home of baseball's Oakland A's and the NFL's Oakland Raiders. Ryback participated in the deal on behalf of sports and entertainment marketing firm Premier Partnerships, where he is manager of corporate partnerships. "Ryback first identified Overstock. com, with its international standing and innovative approach, as a perfect fit. Everybody is a winner here," Premier Partnerships Managing Director Jeff Marks said about the deal.

Jennifer Helton, MTA , '09, was recently awarded the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) certification. The certification of the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry recognizes individuals who have achieved the industry's highest standard of professionalism. Helton is a sponsorship and communications manager at FSA Management Group. She is a specialist in event management, membership, print and electronic communications, database management and sponsor relations.