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Cowell College

‘79 William LICHTIG, executive vice president of project and business development for the Boldt Company, was elected to the National Academy of Construction in 2016. Lichtig was elected because of his long history of developing Lean construction methods and pioneering new project processes, namely with Boldt’s $6 billion health care program with Sutter Health.

‘86 Christopher ELY has a new book out called Underground Petersburg, which focuses on radical populism in reform-era Russia.

‘09 Sean David MURPHY started his career as a freelance illustrator in October 2016 and published a children’s book. The book is titled An Undead Night Before Christmas,and is a spooky parody of “The Night Before Christmas” poem. The book is available on Amazon. Links to it can be found on his website:

Stevenson College

‘81 Ann DANNELLY’s company, E-Health Records International, hosted a delegation from Nakasero Hospital in Kampala, Uganda. They came to learn about the company’s electronic medical record software, HarmoniMD, and see it in action at the local hospital. After trips to implement the company’s software in Tanzania and Kenya, Dannelly may be adding Uganda to the list!

‘82 Geoff GREEN’s company, Netvious LLC, was named to the 2016 Inc.5000 list. The magazine named the Dallas-based technology company the 138 th fastest-growing private company in the country.

’11 Shana BARNETT studied desert and marine landscapes through ecological and social field methods in Baja in summer 2016. Barnett, a teacher at the Madeira School, lives in Washington, D.C., and took the graduate course in pursuit of her master’s degree from Miami University’s Global Field Program.

Crown College

‘91 Alexis HARTE, part of San Francisco–based Pollen Music Group, played an integral role in the creation of the Oscar-nominated animated short, Pearl. As one of the principal composers, Harte collaborated with team members to write the song that anchors the short—“No Wrong Way Home”—and also produced the score and sound design while breaking new ground with a 360°/Ambisonic mix. With her Pollen partners, Harte also recently won the Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music for an Animated TV/Broadcast Production and recently received an MPSE Golden Reel nomination for Pearl.

Merrill College

‘90 Rachel EHRLICH joined Judicate West, a California provider of private dispute resolution services, adding to the company’s growing roster of neutrals in Northern California. With 20 years’ experience as an attorney, as well as an insider’s perspective gained as an insurance claims professional, Ehrlich brings deep insight to matters involving personal injury, premises and product liability, property damage, and construction disputes.

’91 Carl ZIMRING recently published his book Upcycling Aluminum,which explores how aluminum’s abundance after World War II—coupled with the significant economic and environmental costs of smelting it from bauxite ore—led to the industrial production of valuable durable goods from salvaged aluminum. Zimring is an associate professor of sustainability studies at Pratt Institute.

Porter College

‘74 Eric HAMBURG is producing a mini-series on Watergate for ABC TV with John Dean. He is also directing a documentary with Rick English about Darryl Jones, bass player for the Rolling Stones.

‘90 Michael WERTZ’s new picture book, ABC Oakland,came out in April. Wertz is a professor of illustration at the California College of the Arts, and his talent and his passion are both undeniably on display in this colorful celebration of Oakland, Calif.

‘10 Lucy O’DEA is a member of the Foothill Cooperative Farming Initiative: a group of six young farmers seeking to form a worker cooperative produce farm in Northern California. Their mission is to produce food in a way that nourishes our community, stewards the land, and empowers workers. They are on a land search and are looking for connections to at least five arable acres in Northern California.

‘11 Rachel EDELSTEIN has published some of her illustrations in a collaborative book called 2017 Color Lover’s Weekly Coloring Calendar. The books is available on Amazon, and her website is

Kresge College

‘95 Shelley BATES, who has written 35 women’s fiction and steampunk novels under the pen names Shelley Adina and Adina Senft, was accepted into the Ph.D. in creative writing program at Lancaster University in the UK.

Rachel Carson College (formerly College Eight)

‘94 Christopher T. NOMURA, a professor in the Department of Chemistry at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) in Syracuse, New York, has been appointed vice president for research at the college. Research at ESF includes aquatic ecosystems, bioenergy, biotechnology, biodiversity, ecology, genetic engineering, nanotechnology, remote sensing, wildlife disease prevention and many others.

‘95 Jonathan STENGER, Elizabeth Snodgrass, and their 10-year-old daughter, Margaret, moved from New York City to Madison, Wisconsin, in August 2016. Stenger was recently named vice president for external affairs at the Osborne Association, a New York–based not-for-profit agency committed to reforming criminal justice policy while providing opportunities to more than 10,000 people a year who are affected by the criminal justice system to transform their lives and communities.

College Nine

‘09 Jeff PONCHICK made the Forbes 30 under 30 list in music for 2017. Following a gig overseeing music partnerships at independent YouTube network Fullscreen, Ponchick founded Repost Network in 2015. The Los Angeles startup now helps some 3,000 musicians monetize on SoundCloud and elsewhere, in exchange for roughly 30 percent of their streaming income.

‘13 Andy SARTORI teamed up with personal trainer and nutritionist Chris Park to launch MealPro, an online nutrition service that delivers customized meal plans to the fitness enthusiast. Visit

Graduate Studies

‘99 Maurice STEVENS was selected to participate as a Faculty Leader in the 2016 Faculty Leaders Program in Policy Analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. The program seeks to build diversity in public policy through strong engagement of faculty leaders across the United States, and in particular at colleges and universities serving students underrepresented in public policy. Stevens is an associate professor at The Ohio State University.

In Memoriam

Jeanne Marie COLLOPY-BACH (Stevenson ‘85), passed away on August 28, 2015.


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