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Barisa Meckler (13) married Joel Bruckman on July 20, 2013. He is a Cook County assistant state’s attorney. They will reside in Chicago — Chicago Tribune. 8.1.13.

Brandon DeLallo (12) is still working with Northwestern University at Project Cafe, having been with Cafe over two years and with the University for five years. Recently he was admitted into the Master of Science in Information Systems program, and will be starting the program in 2014.

Georgia Hurst (12) became the founder of ihavelynchsyndrome.org, a Lynch syndrome advocate website after discovering that she had an autosomal dominant deleterious gene mutation called Lynch syndrome; the syndrome significantly increases chances of developing one or more early onset cancers.This mutation is so rare that Ms. Hurst was forced to become her own advocate, and in turn, created a website which she discusses the emotional aspects of grappling with a deleterious gene mutation.

William Veeck (12), a group sales executive for the Chicago White Sox and grandson of the baseball team's late owner, Bill Veeck Jr., was profiled — Crain's Chicago Business. 9.12.2012.

Greg Wright (12) continues to work for Manatee County (Florida) Government since his graduation in June, 2012.

Ron Friedman (11) a writer and content editor at AbbVie Inc., North Chicago, Illinois published Ana's Journey in March 2013 (Amazon/CreateSpace), a narrative based on true events in the lives a Brazilian family. His co-author's mother told her a secret when she was twelve, a secret she made her daughter swear never to tell anyone until after her mother was gone. This story was that secret.

Aurora Faye Martinez (11) recently was awarded a Purdue Doctoral Fellowship and has begun PhD studies in English literature at Purdue University.

Mike Morotti (11) was named vice president for sales for Medsphere Systems Corporation, based in Carlsbad, California — Business Wire. 6.26.2012.

Newelle Nielsen (11) of Detroit, Michigan  recently  received a promotion to senior business intelligence analyst at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

Carrie (White) Pastor (11) was married in August 2012 and began working at Union League Club of Chicago in May, 2013.

Keslie Tomlinson (11) recently became the Athletic Director at Oldfields School in Glencoe, Maryland.

Joan Baird (10) recently accepted a position as a Business System Specialist/Analyst with Lutheran Health Network in Fort Wayne, Indiana, owned by Community Health System. She supports McKesson Horizon Patient Folder, Imaging Link Engine, and has increasing responsibilities with Horizon Clinical Infrastructure.

Margaret “Peggy” Gilbertsen (10) of Chicago became a clinical trials recruitment nurse coordinator at The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. She is developing new initiatives to improve patient participation in clinical cancer trials for people seeking treatment for various types of cancer. With a focus on minority, underserved, and underrepresented populations, Gilbertsen hopes to educate clinical staff, patients, and surrounding communities on the value and importance of participation in cancer clinical trials.

Shameet  Luhar (12) recently founded Vheda Health, a digital health startup. Vedha Health has developed a care management platform that offers patients with chronic disease live, video coaching sessions with certified medical practitioners, while following a customized care plan tailored to their needs, over a mobile device. Its objective is to bring patients away from a high-risk population and into a healthy one.

Nasr Majid (10) is currently the lead information technology specialist at the U.S. Department of Treasury, Washington, D.C.

Max Marchevsky (10) just started at the University of Chicago Booth Executive Master of Business Administration program.


Karen Morris (08) was relocated to New York from Chicago in early 2013 due to her husband's new job and in June, 2013 was hired as Human Resources Manager for Katten Muchin Rosenman, a Chicago-based law firm.

Matthew Berry (07) obtained his law degree from Northwestern University Law School in 2011 where he was the Executive Editor of the Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business. Shortly thereafter, he began his career as an associate in the real estate practice of Chicago law firm Shefsky & Froelich Ltd. He also recently married Elizabeth Leeb of Highland Park, Illinois.

Margaret Heydt (06) was named director of marketing for Global Financial & Remarketing Services, LLC in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Sandra Street (06) recently accepted a faculty position at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater after completing a PhD in developmental psychology and a post-doctoral fellowship in developmental cognitive neuroscience at Indiana University Bloomington.

Frank Keller (WCAS01, 05) of Willow Springs, Illinois, married Jennifer Jensen in June, 2012.

Tracy Casey (01) was elected chairman of the Board of Education of Milford, Connecticut. She is currently the director of diversity at Aetna.

Stephen R. Janowiak (01) was promoted to vice president of investments at GeneralGrowth Properties.

Patricia Roy (00) has been promoted from human resources assistant through HR generalist to HR director at Acme Industries since her graduation.

Stephen Schenkenberg (00) recently became the first Strategic Communications Director for Forest Park Forever, a private nonprofit in St. Louis, Missouri. The organization's mission is to restore, maintain and sustain Forest Park as one of America’s great urban public parks


Janice Elliott Feinglass (99) is retired living in South Florida where she volunteers at The Boca Raton Art Museum and The Palm Beach County History Museum as a docent.  She is currently enjoying reading David Van Zanten's (professor of art and art history at Northwestern University) book on Marion Mahony, Reconsidered.  

In July 2012 RoSusan Bartee (98) of Oxford, Mississippi, was promoted to professor in the University of Mississippi’s department of leadership and counselor education, the first African American to obtain a full professorship in the department. She had joined the UM School of Education as an associate professor in fall 2006. Bartee serves as program coordinator for the master’s, specialist and doctoral programs in educational leadership.

Rodrigo A. Sierra (96) was named communications and marketing officer and senior vice president for the American Medical Association — Crain's Chicago Business 1.12.2012.
Timothy Dohrer (95), principal of New Trier High School was named director of the teacher education program at SESP, and became effective on July 1 — Chicago Tribune. 2.25.13.
Lisa Bertagna (92) was named a private banker at Wells Fargo Private Bank in Chicago — Crain's Chicago Business 5.10.2012.

Paul C. Velasco (91) who was previously interim director of Executive Education at the University of Notre Dame will now take over the position permanently — South Bend Tribune. 8.19.2012.


Kathy Lichtenstein (89; 99) left her corporate job five years ago to open Rex's Place, an Evanston business that provides daycare, training and boarding to some of the community’s best four-legged companions. By year two, business was booming and now in year three, she is considering opening another Rex’s Place location.

Michi Pena (89) was appointed vice president of development at Spaan Tech in Chicago — Crain's Chicago Business 12.8.11.

Denise (Mezei) Azizian (88) recently sold her home in Grayslake, Illinois and moved to Evanston in May, 2013 with her husband. They are excited to explore their new community.

Randolph E. Falkenrath (86) was appointed senior vice president of the specialty pharmacy business at CVS — Dow Jones Global Press Release Wire 12.1.2011.

Keith Early (83) was promoted to director of administration for the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board — The Daily Herald. 5.28.2012.

Nancy Faulkner Wiersum (82) was appointed chief marketing and business officer for the Robert Crown Center for Health Education in Hinsdale — Crain's Chicago Business 11.10.2011.

Elizabeth Anne White (81) was appointed by President Obama as member of the National Capital Planning Commission — White House Press Releases and Documents 12.21.2011.


Michael Bartow (78) is actively producing security printing for governmental agencies and recently turned 60.

Roger Rosen (76) is partner in a small law firm in Santa Monica, California practicing litigation. He went to the University of California Los Angeles School of Law after completing his undergraduate degree.

Byron S. Dunham (73) of Chicago enjoyed his 50th class reunion at Kenyon College in 2012. Dunham and his partner, Dick Hanna, have promised six major modern artworks to Kenyon’s new Graham Gund Art Gallery. They have also bequeathed nearly 100 artworks to Northwestern’s Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, as well as the other institutions.


1959 and earlier

Mervin Block (55, GJ59) of New York City, a veteran newsman and broadcast writing coach, wrote Weighing Anchors: When Network Newscasters Don’t Know Write from Wrong (Marion Street Press, 2012). The book explores the distortions, deceptions, abuses, and mishaps in broadcast writing and reporting. Block has worked with all three major television networks and written for some of the biggest names in the industry. He taught broadcast newswriting for more than 30 years as an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and he currently teaches newswriting workshops at TV and radio newsrooms around the country. The former Chicago newspaper reporter and editor was chosen Press Veteran of the Year by the Chicago Press Veterans Association in 2004. Block is the coauthor, with Joe Durso Jr., of Writing News for TV and Radio (CQ Press, 2010), and a third edition of his 1987 book, Writing Broadcast News Shorter, Sharper, Stronger: A Professional Handbook, came out in 2010.

Alumni Profiles

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Julianne HillJulianne Hill

“The (MFA) program has helped me develop in ways I hadn’t expected.”

Matt PinkhamMatt Pinkham

“The Northwestern connection gives you instant credibility and makes networking easier.”