Class Notes Spring 2024

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J. Clifton Fleming Jr., J.D. ’67, received a lifetime achievement award from the Tax Section of the Association of American Law Schools.



William A. Gralnick, B.A. ’65, M.A. ’68, published the third book in his memoir trilogy, “That’s Why They Call It Work,” (Barringer Publishing/Schlesinger Advertising, 2024).



Steven Michael Selzer, B.A. ’69, J.D. ’72, has had his book, “Civility: George Washington’s 110 Rules for Today” (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2019), accepted for availability at Mount Vernon.






Steve Graybill, B.A. ’75, published “Murder By Conceit” (Dorrance Publishing Company, Inc., 2023), a murder mystery novel set in New York City, Moscow and Prague.



Máel Embser-Herbert, B.A. ’78, retired from Hamline University after 28 years teaching sociology.



J. Stuart Showalter, M.F.S. ’77, published the 10th edition of his textbook, "The Law of Healthcare Administration" (Health Administrative Press, 2023). 






Richard E. Cytowic, clinical professor of neurology at GW, wrote “Your Stone Age Brain in the Screen Age” (MIT Press, 2024), which offers insight into and advice on how we can change the way we use technology, resist its addictive power over us and take back the control we have lost. The book is scheduled to be published in October.

Toya (Atkinson) Evans, 
B.B.A. ’85, has signed a development agreement with V/O Med Spa, the leading med spa franchise in the U.S. She opened her first location in Woodbridge, Va., in February.

John Sanders, M.A. ’89, was featured in the Philadelphia Tribune, where he shared his story of surviving prostate cancer.

Sarah Schneiderman, B.F.A. ’80, was featured in Woman Made Gallery’s “Small Works” exhibition. Schneiderman’s portrait of Geo Soctomah Neptune, the first transgender, non-binary and two-spirit person elected to public office in Maine, was also included in the Sedona Art Center’s Big Gay Art Show.






Adina Renee Adler, B.A. ’99, has been appointed executive director of the Global Steel Climate Council, a coalition of steel companies taking real action to decarbonize.

Frank Cisco, B.A.’95, has received numerous awards for his first indie movie, “Lion of Judah Legacy.” The film, which follows the transformative journey of a disabled veteran named Marly, has been licensed to Filmhub and picked up by Amazon Prime Video Direct.

Susan Davis, M.P.H. ’96, was named director of equitable giving at the Segal Family Foundation, which champions African leaders to advance positive change and helps other funders do the same.
Desiree Goldfinger, J.D. ’97, was promoted to partner at Pryor Cashman.

Haig Najarian, B.A. ’90, published “Is the end of the FERC vs. the bankruptcy courts upon us?” in the ABI Law Review. The article analyzes the nearly 20-year struggle between energy regulators and U.S. bankruptcy courts regarding the treatment of certain contracts in bankruptcy.

Tony Palermo, B.A. ’91, 
M.P.A. ’93, received the 2023 Roland Eastwood Planner of the Year in recognition of his dedication and contribution to the planning profession in southwest Florida.

Michael Price, Ed.D. ’99, has published his sixth book, “Everyone Has a Story,” (Indigo Sea Press, 2023), which explores the life of 11 young men from one of Ohio's least populated counties who lost their lives in the Vietnam conflict.

Anand Ramana, M.A. ’99, J.D. ’03, was named to the 2024 class of fellows of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.

Alexander J. Reyes, 
B.B.A. ’93, joined Leech Tishman as a partner and co-chair of Leech Tishman’s Corporate Practice Group. He will focus his practice on corporate legal matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, securities, financing and corporate governance.

Thomas J. Rowland, 
Ph.D. ’92, published “Patriotism is a Catholic Virtue: Irish American Catholics, the Church in the Era of the Great War” (Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2023).

Susan Sperber, J.D. ’92, was appointed to Lewis Roca’s executive committee.

Burke Strunsky, B.A. ’96, joined Glenn Agre Bergman & Fuentes as special counsel dealing with complex commercial litigation matters. 

Amber (Moore) Taylor, M.A. ’98, opened Fonts Books & Gifts, an independent neighborhood bookstore in McLean, Va., in November.

Wendy Travis, M.U.R.P. ’94, has been appointed southwest regional director for transportation for engineering firm Garver.






Lelaine Bigelow, M.A. ’03, was named executive director of the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality.

Courtney Granville, Ph.D., M.S.P.H. ’08, joined GO2 for Lung Cancer as chief scientific officer.

Marnie Maton, B.A. ’00, published “Vote for You: Take Your Seat at the Table” (Manuscripts LLC, 2024), a career development guide for women.

Doug Miller, B.A. ’01, currently serves as deputy director of the Special Operations Division of the Montgomery County Police Department, where he helped launch a Drone as First Responder program (DFR). DFR utilizes unmanned aircraft systems to support officers during calls for service.

Dan Muhlstock, B.A. ’05, published “Domestic Beasts” (Austin Macauley, 2023), which follows Scout, a loyal and loving pet dog, who is abandoned when his family flees foreclosure in Detroit.

Louis Perron, M.A. ’04, published “Beat the Incumbent: Proven Strategies and Tactics to Win Elections” (Radius Book Group, 2024), which describes tactics to assess the strength of an incumbent, the quality of the challenger and how to control and win a campaign.

Heather Schweizer Greenleaf, B.A. ’00, was named executive director of The Pennsylvania Society, a nonprofit, charitable organization.

Trevor Theunissen, B.B.A. ’06, joined the Molson Coors Beverage Company as vice president of government affairs.

Susan M. Vignola, M.A. ’01, was promoted to partner at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP.

Sarah Vogler, B.A. ’08, M.A. ’11, joined the Institute for Defense Analyses as a research staff member in IDA’s Intelligence Analyses Division.





Handa S. Abidin, LL.M. ’10, was appointed as rector of President University in Jababeka, Indonesia.

Eleanor Aldous, B.A. ’14, was selected for membership in the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40, an invitation-only organization for trial lawyers practicing civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law.

Brittany DeLong, M.P.S. ’14, published “Sterling—Images of America” (Arcadia Publishing, 2024), one of the first local history books covering the history of Sterling, Va., from the 1600s to present day. 



Neha Dhindsa, J.D. ’16, was promoted to counsel at Venable LLP. Dhindsa focuses primarily on international trade and customs, and maritime and transportation issues, including import and export controls, regulatory compliance and international arbitration.

David Farrell, M.S. ’13, was selected to lead the Army Concepts and Analysis Group at the MITRE Corporation. Farrell also joined the board of the Edward J. Madden Open Hearts Camp, a summer camp in Great Barrington, Mass., for children who have had open-heart procedures.



Brian J. Stevens, J.D. ’14, was promoted to partner at ArentFox Schiff. His work focuses on patents, primarily in patent preparation and prosecution, particularly within the realms of telecommunications, computer software, automotive and medical devices.

Rosemary Tropeano, M.A. ’19, joined the Institute for Defense Analyses as a research associate in the Operational Evaluation Division of IDA’s Systems and Analyses Center.

Cristina I. Vessels, J.D. ’15, was promoted to counsel at Venable LLP. Vessels focuses her practice on matters related to nonprofit organizations.


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Darla Bishop, DrPH ’22, published “How to Afford Everything” (2023), which offers a practical and accessible approach to financial wellness broken down into achievable steps and exercises.



Leigh Frame, CERT ’20, program director of GW’s Integrative Medicine Program and associate professor of clinical research and leadership, was featured in a CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell segment, “Can Cutting Back on Drinking Improve Heart Health?”



Ebony Grey, M.B.A. ’23, is the CEO of Greys Consulting Group, LLC, which focuses on assisting small businesses and nonprofits in securing grants and government contracts. Grey recently received the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award and the Shining Entrepreneur Award, recognizing her contributions to entrepreneurship, philanthropy and community service.