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Alumnus Earns Museum of American Finance’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Alumnus Mark Shenkman and his wife, Rosalind, pose next to the Shenkman Hall street sign
Alumnus Mark Shenkman and his wife, Rosalind, outside of his namesake residence hall on the Foggy Bottom campus.

Mark Shenkman, M.B.A. ’67, was honored with the Museum of American Finance’s Lifetime Achievement Award in March. The museum, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate, is the nation’s only independent museum dedicated to finance and financial history. 

His lifetime achievement award honored his exceptional career in the investment industry. Shenkman is considered one of the pioneers in leveraged finance, high-yield bond and loan markets. He serves as chair, president and co-chief investment officer at Shenkman Capital Management, which he founded in 1985 as one of the first independent high-yield investment management firms. 

"As a successful businessman and pioneer in finance, Mark is a very deserving recipient of this lifetime achievement award," President Mark S. Wrighton said. "We are proud to consider him a distinguished member of our university community, and we are grateful for the many ways he helps to advance our university—as a trustee emeritus, Leadership Advisory Council member and generous philanthropist and supporter."

Shenkman's namesake residence hall on GW’s Foggy Bottom campus, memorializes his numerous contributions and steadfast support of the university. His leadership roles include service on the GW Leadership Advisory Council, the Board of Trustees and the GWSB Board of Advisors. 

He was named one of GW’s Monumental Alumni as part of the university’s bicentennial celebration in 2021. Shenkman also received the GW Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award and the GW Alumni Outstanding Service Award. In addition, Shenkman funded the move and expansion of Veterans Memorial Park to Kogan Plaza.






Louella Bryant, B.A. '71, M.Ed. ’21, published “Sheltering Angel: A Novel Based on a True Story of the Titanic” (Black Rose Writing, 2023), which tells the story of her husband's great-grandparents who were first-class passengers aboard the Titanic.

Lt. Gen. Richard E. Carey, B.S. ’71, is the subject of a new biography, “The Flying Grunt” (Casemate, 2023), by Alan E. Mesches. “The Flying Grunt” chronicles Carey’s 38-year military career with the Marine Corps.

 Denise Vogt, B.A. ’78, co-chair of the Foggy Bottom Association’s History Project, created an online project showcasing the neighborhood’s 250 historic homes and those who’ve lived there.






Paul D’Ambrosio, B.A. ’81, was named senior editor for “The Marshall Project,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning criminal justice news site, in April.

Sarah Schneiderman, B.F.A. ’80, hosted a series of art exhibitions across Connecticut featuring works from her “Breaking Political Barriers” collection.

CeCelia C. Ibson, J.D. ’88, was awarded a graduate certificate in public management and the Dr. Yong S. Lee Scholarship for excellence in public management scholarship upon being voted best in class by department faculty at Iowa State University. 

Chris Myers, B.A. ’84, published “Conundrum,” which follows the adventures of Dr. Joshua Petersen, a former CIA operative and current GW president, who must thwart an evil plot to poison the world’s food supply.





Joel C. Bryant, B.A. ’99, was promoted to partner at the international law firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone.

Marci Vanim Cleary, B.A. ’93, was awarded the 2022 Founders Distinguished Service Award from the Cancer Patient Education Network for her longtime work in the field of patient education in cancer care.

George B. Donnini, B.A. ’95, was elected to serve on Butzel law firm’s board of directors.

Laura Taddeucci Downs, B.A. ’92, M.A. ’95, was re-elected as chair of the school board for Falls Church City Public Schools in Falls Church, Va.

Ron Fricker, M.S. ’92, was inducted into the Virginia Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.

Andrew Greenfield, J.D. ’92, was re-elected to a fourth term on the executive committee of Fragomen, a global immigration law firm. He also serves as the managing partner of the firm’s Washington, D.C., office.

Aaron Hall, M.S. ’99, was appointed adjunct professor in the Virginia Tech Pamplin School of Business M.B.A. program.

Jacqueline J. Herring, B.A. ’92, joined Hinshaw & Culbertson law firm as a partner in the Chicago office.

Nori Jabba, M.U.R.P.  ’91, published “KEEPING YOUR SEAT AT THE TABLE, A Memoir and Guide on Regaining Confidence in Middle Age” (1st World Publishing, 2023).

Corry Westbrook, M.A. ’98, published the science fiction novel “The Judgement” (4 Horsemen Publications, 2023), the final installation in “The Impact Series.”






David Brody, B.A. ’03, of Sherin and Lodgen LLP, was named a 2022 Go-To Thought Leader by “National Law Review” and was recognized by Massachusetts Super Lawyers, a rating service of outstanding lawyers.

Simon Cleveland, M.S. ’00, and his wife, Marisa Cleveland, published “There is No Box” (BenBella Books, 2022), a practical guide for leaders who want to rethink leadership development.

Walter Davis, J.D. ’02, joined Blank Rome LLP’s Intellectual Property Litigation practice group as a partner in the Washington, D.C., office.  

Hitesh Dev, M.S. ’02, joined VetsEZ as director of solutions architecture.

Emily V. Driscoll, B.A. ’02, produced “Quest To Save The Parasites,” a short film that examines the big role parasites play in the global ecosystem.

Bobby Flanders, M.B.A. ’09, successfully completed the Harvard Kennedy School's Senior Executive Fellows program.

Eugene J. Gibilaro, B.A. ’07, was promoted to partner at Blank Rome LLP.

Cassandra A. Good, B.A. ’04, M.A. ’05, published “FIRST FAMILY: George Washington's Heirs and the Making of America” (Hanover Square Press, 2023).

Justin Guido, B.A. ’07, was promoted to partner at RumbergerKirk.

Hallie Harenski, M.B.A. ’00, was promoted to senior vice president of marketing & corporate communications at Crum & Forster.

Lisa Hodson, M.P.A ’07, was named the chief executive officer of Allied National.

Matt Honan, B.S. ’08, joined Emmes, a leading clinical research organization, as vice president and head of corporate development.

Mike Hurst, J.D. ’00, of Phelps Dunbar LLP joined the International Association of Defense Counsel.

Ari Mittleman, B.A. ’04, published “Paths of the Righteous” (Gefen Publishing House, 2022), which features diverse non-Jews who are standing up against anti-Semitism. 

James Phelan Robinson, B.A. ’09, was promoted to partner at Goodell DeVries.

Ivie Serioux, B.A. ’09, was promoted to shareholder at Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management.

James Zarsadiaz, B.A. ’08, published “Resisting Change in Suburbia: Asian Immigrants and Frontier Nostalgia in L.A.” (University of California Press, 2022).






Devery S. Anderson, M.P.S. ’18, published “A Slow, Calculated Lynching: The Story of Clyde Kennard” (University Press of Mississippi, 2023).

Garrett Bishop, B.A. ’06, J.D. ’13, was promoted to partner at Foley & Lardner LLP.

Alexandra Bono, B.B.A. ’10, was recognized as one of the 2022 Inspiring Fintech Females by NYC Fintech Women.

Chad Copeland, B.A. ’15, was appointed to the board of directors of FitMoney, a nonprofit organization that provides free financial literacy programs for K-12 students.

Ben Hamd, B.A. ’13, founder of Brookwood Capital Advisors, established the Wichita Sky Kings minor league basketball team in Wichita, Kan.

Jared Hartzman, J.D. ’15, and April Park, J.D. ’15, were promoted to principals at Fish & Richardson, a premier global intellectual property law firm.

Kelly Ann Jacobson, B.A. ’11, published “Robin and Her Misfits” (Three Rooms Press, 2023), a queer, feminist retelling of Robin Hood. 

Daniel Kim, B.A. ’11, was selected for the 2023 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellows and Pathfinders programs and the National Employment Law Council Academy.

Janet Marroquin Pineda, B.A. ’12, won the Institute of Defense Analysis’ 2022 David S. C. Chu Award for Excellence in Research.

Matthew R. Mollozzi, J.D. ’13, M.B.A. ’13, joined Moore & Van Allen PLLC. Mollozzi practices in the area of financial services and has been named one of Best Lawyers’ “Ones To Watch.”

Kate Pena, B.B.A. '14, and Ryan Gillis, B.B.A. '14, got married on Oct. 1 with over a dozen GW alumni in attendance. Pena and Gillis met in MKTG 4149 during their senior year.

Paul Piccigallo, J.D. ’13, was promoted to shareholder at Littler.

Joseph Politano, B.A. ’19, was named one of the country's 50 Change Makers of 2023 by “Money” magazine.

Hanna S. Yi, B.S. ’16, joined the Institute for Defense Analyses as a research staff member in the Operational Evaluation Division of IDA’s Systems and Analyses Center.


// '20s




Hunter Ihrman, B.A. ’21, and Natalie Morgan, B.A. ’21, got engaged in April. The pair met during their first week at GW.