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Clifford M. Kendall, MBA, ’65, was honored Feb. 9, 2011, with the inaugural Tech Council of Maryland Lifetime Achievement Award. The award spotlights executives who not only excelled in their careers but also who have served their communities. Kendall has been a member of the GW Board of Trustees and now is an emeritus trustee. He sits on the GWSB Board of Advisors and chaired the fundraising campaign to construct Duquès Hall. Kendall is the retired chairman and CEO of Computer Data Systems Inc. and has held positions at Booz, Allen & Hamilton, American University and Washington University in St. Louis.


Jon Larson, MBA, ’71, was elected judge executive in Fayette County, Ky. Larson lives in Lexington.

Roger Justice, MPA, ’72, is the regional operations manager for CKS Packaging Inc. in Kansas City, Mo. Justice leads the division for growth in the U.S. Southwest and is responsible for supplying plastic containers from manufacturing plants in Texas, Missouri and Mississippi to Coca Cola, Nestle and Roberts Dairy and other clients.

Peter S. Mulvey, MS, ’74, passed away on Nov. 25, 2010. He was 63. Mulvey’s career was highlighted by his tenure at Presbyterian Homes, a nonprofit organization that developed retirement communities in the Chicago area. Mulvey joined Presbyterian in 1982 as chief operating officer. He later became president and CEO and most recently served as vice chair of the board. Mulvey is survived by his wife, Linda, and two children, Patrick and Shannon.


Shirley Hailstock, graduate of Ben Franklin University, will publish her 27th novel in March. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Pinnacle Award from Fairleigh Dickinson University and the Waldensbook Award. Hailstock is past president of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and new president of the New Jersey chapter of RWA, marking the second time she has served as president of one of the largest RWA chapters.

Harvey S. Jacobs, BBA, ’80, was elected president of the Kiwanis Club of Washington, D.C. Jacobs works as a real estate and small business attorney at the Rockville, Md., office of Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, P.A.

Brian Sammarco, MBA, ’80, joined Breyers Yogurt Co. as senior vice president of sales. Previously, he has held positions at PepsiCo, Gatorade and Nonni’s Food Company.

Gary A. Alpert, MBA, ’81, joined Phyxius LLC as a principal. Alpert also serves as CFO at Mind’s Eye Therapy, an alternative healing company.

Michael Ditkoff, MBA, ’81, has retired from the federal government after 36 years of service. His last assignment was senior budget analyst with the Department of Homeland Security’s Citizenship and Immigration Services, the successor to the Department of Justice’s Immigration and Naturalization Service. In retirement, Ditkoff is tapping his passion for dancing and has filed papers to become re-certified as a dance host on cruise ships.

Bruce Simon, MBA, ’81, joined City National Bank of Los Angeles as its chief investment officer. In addition to directing investment strategy and leading a team of portfolio managers, Simon will oversee the bank’s open investment platform and chair the investment committee. His past experience includes positions at Ballentine Partners, a wealth management firm in Boston, at J.P Morgan in New York and at Glenmede Trust Co. in Philadelphia, where he was responsible for $15 billion in assets.

Herb Hribar, MBA, ’82, was appointed CEO of CENX, operator of the world’s first carrier ethernet exchange. With more than 35 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Hribar will play a critical role in CENX’s global growth and new business partnerships. He previously held executive roles at large telecom companies in Ireland, Switzerland and Germany.

Debra M. Cabral, MBA, ’83, was named executive vice president of Porter Novelli Public Services in Washington, D.C. Cabral, whose experience includes time in the nonprofit, health care, financial and technology industries, is responsible for managing existing clients and growing new business.

Capt. George Capacci, MPA, ’86, was named deputy chief of operations and construction with the Ferries Division of the Washington State Department of Transportation. He oversees operations, terminal engineering, vessel maintenance, preservation and engineering.

Jim Williams, MBA, ’86, retired in April 2010 after a 30-year career with the federal government. He recently became the senior vice president for global professional services at Daon, a worldwide biometric company based in Reston, Va. While with the government, Williams served for more than 18 years in the Senior Executive Service. Williams’ federal career highlights include serving as the first director of the US-VISIT program at the Department of Homeland Security, several executive positions at the IRS and serving as the first commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service at GSA, where he was responsible for more than $50 billion in annual revenues. In 2008, President George W. Bush appointed Williams as acting administrator of GSA, a job he held for the last five months of the Bush Administration with responsibility for presidential transition. He received the Presidential Rank Award from Presidents Bill Clinton and Bush.

Gretchen Driskell, MBA, ’87, now in her sixth two-year term as mayor of Saline, Mich., was the first female mayor of the city and is now its longest-serving. Driskell has emphasized business and economic development for the city, located near Ann Arbor. This year, she won an award from the Michigan Association of Mayors for her leadership in transportation research and development. For more on Driskell’s accomplishments as mayor, click here.


Norman Ball, MBA, ’90, has published a book of essays titled How Can We Make Your Power More Comfortable? The book tracks the politically powerful and seeks the truth behind the two-party system.

Harlan Sands, MBA, ’90, was named vice provost for administration and quality improvement at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Sands will provide leadership for academic administration, strategic planning, enrollment management, finance, budgeting, student support operations and compliance. Sands, who has held other positions at UAB, joined the university in 2007. Prior to that, he served as associate vice president for research at Florida International University.

Mitchell Schear, MBA, ’91, was recognized as an Executive of the Year by Commercial Property Executive magazine. Schear, who is the president of commercial realtor Vornado/Charles E. Smith in Washington, D.C., is also the recipient of the “Rising Leader” award. Over the past year, he led development of several high-profile projects. They included PNC Place, the first D.C. office building with platinum-level LEED standards, and 1999 K. St. NW, which sold for $207.8 million, garnering one of the highest per-square-foot prices in the D.C. market.

Steven Dorlen, BBA, ’92, was appointed director of business development for TwoFour Consulting in White Plains, N.Y. TwoFour Consulting provides professional consultants to help develop, deploy and optimize technology strategies across all sectors of capital markets. Dorlen previously held positions at Hyatt Leader, a firm that recruits consultants for Fortune 500 companies, and IT consulting firm Princeton Information.

Charles Sharkey, MBA, ’92, joined Big Island Carbon LLC as vice president of business development. The company, located in Hawaii, is completing a plant that will produce activated carbon for a wide range of air, water and chemical purification applications. Sharkey is also a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and currently serves as a captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

A. John Shoraka, MBA, ’92, was appointed a regional administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration. Based in King of Prussia, Pa., Shoraka oversees programs and services to help small businesses grow and create jobs throughout much of the Mid-Atlantic region.

Michael Porricelli, MBA, ’93, is now managing director of Front Range Consulting, a Denver-based consulting and advisory firm that offers institutional research, valuations and strategic investment banking advisory services.

Andrew C. Lewis, BA, ’98, was promoted to managing director at the audit and tax advisory firm KPMG. Lewis has 13 years of professional accounting experience and is a fellow of the KPMG Government Institute, author and speaker for the Association of Government Accountants and a committee chair with the Greater Washington Society of CPAs. Since 2005, he has taught courses on government and not-for-profit accounting and auditing as an adjunct professor at The George Washington University. He is a CPA, licensed in D.C., Maryland and Virginia, as well as a Certified Government Financial Manager.

Levent Ozbilgin, MBA, ’99, was appointed by Alcatel-Lucent as country manager for Azerbaijan.


Todd Troha, MBA, ’00, is the general manager for Effect Partners, a marketing company that focuses on sustainability and social change. Troha recently helped launch the company’s “Green Awards” campaign which aims to highlight and reward people who are creating positive social change.

Stephen H. Craft, MBA, ’94, and PhD, ’01, has been named dean of the Michael E. Stephens College of Business at the University of Montevallo in Alabama. Craft, previously the dean of business programs at Birmingham-Southern College, began his tenure on January 1, 2011. In addition to being a GW alumnus, he is also a former faculty member of the GW School of Business.

Tim Clark, PhD, ’09, and Mark Heuer, PhD, ’01, contributed to a special sustainability issue of Academy of Management Learning and Education, which appeared online this September. The issue was co-edited by Clark, Mark Starik, who is chair of the GWSB Department of Strategic Management and Public Policy, Gordon Rands and Alfie Marcus. The same issue of the journal featured an interview with Chad Holliday, GWSB executive-in-residence and former CEO and chairman of DuPont. Holliday’s son, Scot, who earned his degree from the GW Graduate School of Education and Human Development, wrote the interview.

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

Richard Pineda, MBA ’01, has been promoted to the lead of Dell’s Federal Government Services located in Fairfax, VA. Pineda has been key in helping increase business in the federal marketplace in the areas of financial management and overall IT program management. Prior to this promotion, Pineda served as chief operations leader.

Hassan Aldarbesti, MSIST ’02, serves as Chief Information Officer for Qatar Project Management (QPM). The company provides unrivaled real estate and infrastructure project management services. QPM is currently managing mega projects in various locations around the world, while cultivating potential markets and playing an integral part in the development of international communities. QPM aims to position itself within the top five international project management companies by 2020

A. Ray Chaudhuri, MBA, ’02, and wife Rupali welcomed their second child, Rayna Anjali Chaudhuri, born Jan. 8, 2010. The couple also has a 5-year-old son, Arvin. Chaudhuri spends half of his time in New Orleans, where his wife is in graduate school, and half of his time in Maryland as the chief financial officer of Biological Mimetics Inc., a Maryland biotech company.

Jeffrey Elliot, MBA ’03, has published his first book, “The Zwilling J.A. Henckels Complete Book of Knife Skills”. The book covers topics ranging from shopping for and storing kitchen knives, to cutting and sharpening techniques.

Anoma Kulathunga, MS ’03, (and PhD candidate, ’11), has published Uganda’s Remittance Corridors from United Kingdom, United States and South Africa, her fifth book with The World Bank.

John Wimberly, EMBA, ’03, has published The Business of the Church: The Uncomfortable Truth that Faithful Ministry Requires Effective Management. The work was selected as a notable book in 2010 by Christian Century magazine.

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

Brett Warner, BBA, ’04, president and founder of Cool Palms LLC, was featured in Bloomberg Businessweek. The Oct. 18, 2010, article, “Business School Entrepreneurs,” highlights Warner’s collaboration with Lisa Delpy Neirotti, associate professor of tourism and sport management. After hearing the Cool Palms executive discuss the challenges of starting his business, students in Neirotti’s MBA class started developing a comprehensive marketing plan for the firm, which invented a wrist band designed to keep runners cool while engaged in athletic activity. “Some students have already gone above and beyond the marketing plan and are actually calling meetings with major industry players,” Warner said.

John Berkowitz, BBA, ’05, recently saw the company he co-founded ranked as the 35th fastest-growing company in the United States. Inc. Magazine gave that distinction to online marketing company Yodle Inc., which Berkowitz helped launch more than five years ago. Yodle has experienced tremendous success, growing to more than 450 employees and receiving a variety of venture capital funding.

Pramila N. Rao, PhD, ’05, recently published two books. Executive Recruitment and Selection Practices: US-Mexico Joint Ventures examines the importance of hiring processes as the United States and Mexico partner in global business. Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Human Resource Management is part of a series of books highlighting controversial issues and stimulating student debate. Rao is an assistant professor of human resource management at Marymount University.

Shibani K. Malhotra, MBA ’06, is currently an Associate Director in the Corporate Advisory Services practice of Eurasia Group—a leading global politic risk advisory services firm based in New York, NY. She works with Fortune 500 companies in identifying and integrating political, economic, security, and regulatory risks into their global strategy for entry or expansion within emerging markets. Previously, Shibani was a Strategy & Operations Manager with Deloitte Consulting in their Emerging Markets practice, where she designed and implemented projects serving international governments, foreign entities, and US government foreign affairs institutions.

J. Russell Fugett, MSPM, ’07, organized “Celebrate The Legacy: A Reception For New Friends of The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture” at the Philippines Embassy in December. Fugett, nephew of the late Reginald F. Lewis, seeks to increase awareness of his uncle’s legacy and the museum, which is the largest African American history museum on the East Coast. Lewis was the first African American to build a billion-dollar company.

Katie Hansen, MTA, ’08, left The Walt Disney Company in 2010 to start her own company. She is based in Minneapolis and provides marketing and communications services to clients worldwide. She can be reached at