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Richard Marks, MA, ’58, has established scholarships in his will for GW and for the University of Arizona. He has also funded endowed scholarships at Marshall University and at the University of Charleston.


James W. Mariner, PhD, MA, ’61, retired U.S. Air Force officer and school administrator, is now an educational consultant and civic leader in Yuba City, Calif. He was ordained as a priest in the Anglican Church in 2007.

Bart Kogan, BBA, ’69, and MA, ’70, and GWSB board of advisors member, was named Alpha Kappa Psi 2009 Alumnus of the Year. AKPsi, the world’s first and largest professional business fraternity, selected Kogan in recognition of his long and successful business career, his work on behalf of humanitarian and charitable causes and his pivotal role in re-establishing the fraternity’s Beta Mu chapter at GWSB in 2007.


Susan Sirmai-Feinberg, BBA, ’76, and MBA, ’79, was appointed director of business development at HealthCare Resolution Services Inc. (HRCS), a health IT firm based in Laurel, Md. Prior to joining HRCS, Sirmai-Feinberg held executive-level positions at Teleglobe International, BT Global Services and RS Information Systems as well as MCI, where she developed and launched multiple international data products.

Sharon H. Sykes, MBA, ’79, has been named vice president of marketing for OBA Bank. Previously, she served as vice president of marketing for the Maryland and District of Columbia Credit Union Association. Prior to that, she was vice president of marketing at SECU Credit Union and marketing director at Tower Federal Credit Union. Sykes is a Certified Financial Marketing Professional (CFMP) and past president of the American Marketing Association’s Baltimore Chapter.


Harvey S. Jacobs, BAccy, ’80, announced that after 20-plus years managing his own law firm – Jacobs & Associates, Attorneys At Law, LLC – he has merged with Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, P.A. Jacobs described the merger with the Greenbelt, Md., firm as a “win-win” for all, especially his clients. He has also launched a real estate column titled the “House Lawyer” to appear biweekly in the Saturday Real Estate Section of the Washington Post.

Michael J. McDermott, MBA, ’80, is working for Secure Mission Solutions Inc., a leading provider of cyber physical and network security systems.

Richard L. Reed, BBA, ’80, and MBA, ’84, was honored with the NCB 2009 Spirit of Cooperation Award, presented at the bank’s annual meeting at the National Geographic Building in Washington, D.C. Reed is the chief financial officer and executive managing director of NCB.

Gail Farrelly, DBA, ’81, was featured as the “Last Word” person in the March 2010 issue of the Journal of Accountancy.

M. Scott Reichenbaugh, MSA, ’81, has assumed the position of executive director for the Marine Corps Institute, which maintains 700,000 enrollments per year from marines all over the world. Reichenbaugh holds a BS from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and an MA in instructional technology from Catholic University of America.

Susan A. Hennessy, MPA, ’84, has served as facilities manager for Doorways for Women and Families since December 2008. In 2009, The Washington Post honored the organization with a first-place award for Excellence in Non-Profit Management.

Peg Boyle Single, PhD, BAccy, ’85, is the author of the recent book on dissertation writing, Demystifying Dissertation Writing: A Streamlined Process from Choice of Topic to Final Text. In the book, Single emphasizes the importance of social support in dissertation writing and encourages doctoral programs to offer dissertation-writing seminars and for students to start writing groups. Single writes an online advice column for academic writers at Inside Higher Education and offers coaching for academic writers at

Tracy Dillard, MPA, ’86, joined Illy Caffe North America and Getty Images as a sponsor of the Learning Modern Exhibition, which features works by artists and architects continuing Mies van der Rohe’s Bauhaus legacy. Learning Modern is a program of Living Modern Chicago, a collaboration of the Mies van der Rohe Society/Illinois Institute of Technology and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Dillard is a nationally recognized residential real-estate consultant in Chicago.

David Shavzin, MBA, ’87, co-founder of the Safe Teen Driving Club, is launching the Crash-Free America Corporate Communications Program. The program focuses on awareness of the risk factors that lead to motor vehicle crashes, providing practical steps parents can take and education about the tools available to manage teen driving. For more information, visit:

Mark Sykes, MBA, ’87, has been named vice president and comptroller of hotels for Grand America Hotels & Resorts. Sykes also serves on the board of directors for AmBest. He previously was vice president of international operations for ARAMARK and, prior to that, worked with the Marriott Corp. for nine years. Sykes resides in Brazil and Philadelphia.

Peter Berk, BBA, ’87, and Michael Sonnabend, BBA, ’86 – formerly affiliated with AFC Realty Capital – announced the formation of PM Realty Capital LLC and its subsidiary, PM Hotel Finance Group. The firm offers real estate investment banking services on a nationwide basis. This partnership culminates the duo’s 40-plus years of combined experience in the industry. The firm is headquartered in New York.

Ian Newberg, BBA, ’88, and MBA, ’90, has been promoted to president of Parkeon Inc., an international parking-services management firm. Previously, Newberg was Parkeon’s national sales director, overseeing and restructuring Parkeon’s business development team to increase sales of multi-space parking systems. He was also involved in the New York City Parking Card, the largest “smart card” parking program in the United States, and has been facilitating the use of contact-less smart cards for on-street, solar, multi-space pay stations.

Ira Meklinsky, BA, ’88, and JD, GW School of Law, ’91, a partner in the Princeton office of Fox Rothschild LLP, made a presentation at the paid family leave briefing, “Navigating Paid Family Leave: How To Comply With the New Law and Final Regulations,” offered by the New Jersey Business and Industry Association. At the Nov. 20 event in West Orange, N.J., Meklinsky joined other attorneys in providing insight to employers on a broad paid family-leave insurance mandate recently implemented in the state.


Edward Barrientos, MBA, ’90, has become interim CEO at Brazen Careerist, an online career-management tool for professionals. The site invites users to “create a profile on Brazen Careerist that showcases more than just your resume, because your ideas matter too. Then, follow real-time updates from your favorite members and begin to build a network through conversations: the way networking is supposed to happen.” Barrientos has served as a judge for the GWSB Business Plan Competition and the Pitch George competition. He has also lectured to the Colonial Entrepreneurs group. To learn more about Brazen Careerist, visit the GWSB Alumni Group site.

D. Ricardo Koenig, BA, ’92, and MBA/JD, ’96, married Silvana Gonzalez on July 18, 2009. The couple resides in Parkland, Fla.

Tom Goudreau, MBA, ’93, is now director of business development within Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Services’ global business unit. Based in Manassas, Va., Goudreau is responsible for driving the growth of the company’s lines of business through international consulting and partnership agreements, mergers and acquisitions, market campaigns and large government program contracts. He has held various positions at Lockheed Martin since 2003.

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


Tiane Harrison, BBA, ’01, was named by PR News one of “15-to-Watch” in the corporate and nonprofit PR category. She was honored at the PR News PR People Awards Luncheon in December 2009.

Lisa Freeman, BBA, ’02, and Michael Fontanetta, BBA, ’02, were married on June 20, 2009, in Philadelphia. They met at GW, where they were next-door neighbors during their sophomore and senior years. Several GW classmates celebrated with the happy couple.

Anna Staton, MPA, ’02, is serving as Public Health Fellow to the U.S. Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions’ Subcommittee on Children and Families during 2010. Following the fellowship, she plans to return to her role as a public health adviser in the science policy branch at the National Institute on Drug Abuse. She resides in Baltimore with her husband and two stepdaughters.

Jon Handel, BBA, ’03, has launched a marketing consulting business. Handel has six years of marketing and promotional experience from working at Nickelodeon and the New York Press. Currently, he is consulting for KiptonART, an art management company with a directory of more than 900 emerging artists, to launch their rental and sales program.

Christopher M. Thomas, MBA, ’03, has been named vice president of governmental affairs, northeast, for CH2M Hill, a global engineering firm headquartered in Colorado.

Lance Manning, MBA, ’04, is involved with consulting work that includes writing and projects in medical automation and research return on investment. An expert adviser for National Science Foundation grant recipients, he also is involved in entrepreneurship mentoring and teaching. In addition, Manning is completing a historical novel.

Ryfie Amkraut, MBA, ’04, has just finished her first novel, Girl: Classified. Amkraut has worked as a government consultant for nine years and was an active member of the 2009 MBA Reunion Committee.

Elizabeth Bagerman, BBA Finance, ’06, has launched an innovative event-design company, Designs by iBi. Designs by iBi is an environmentally conscious company that handles all types of events, from weddings to corporate functions.

Sam Chaltain, MBA, ’07, has published his latest book, American Schools: The Art of Creating a Democratic Learning Community, with a forward by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Chaltain is national director of the Forum for Education and Democracy.

Melissa McCormack, MBA, ’07, has started her own business,, which sells fashionable and customized versions of medical ID bracelets. McCormack used a $1,000 MBA graduate award to implement the Medic Design business plan she wrote for her entrepreneur class at GWSB. The idea grew out of McCormack’s experience as a diabetic who wears a medical alert bracelet.

Jabneel (Jenny) Abreu, MTA, ’09, has accepted a two-year appointment to the board of directors for the Network of Latino Meeting Professionals.

Zach Cutler, BBA, ’09, has launched a marketing consulting firm in Washington, D.C. The Cutler Group, a full-service marketing firm, provides branding, public relations and business development services. “Much of my knowledge and motivation required to start this venture came from my years at GW,” Cutler said. The company employs three GW students as interns.