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Edward J. Willett, B.A. 1969
Kenneth M. Jones II, M.A. 1984
Lauren Fix, B.S. 1986
Daniel Karlson, B.A. 1997
Jason Gross, B.A. 1998


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1970s Classnotes

Andrea Baruchin, B.A. 1971, has been named director of strategic planning for the Office of Research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, a new position created to help expand the center’s research enterprise. She is the former associate director of the Vanderbilt Brain Institute and director of neuroscience development. Before joining the Vanderbilt staff, Baruchin spent 10 years at the National Institutes of Health. She resides in Murfreesboro, TN.

Robert L. Culver, B.A. 1971, has been named president and chief executive officer of the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency, a statewide economic development agency. Most recently, he served as vice president for finance and administration at Yale University, where he managed a $1.6 billion annual operating budget and an annual capital budget of $200 million. Culver lives in Milton, MA.

David A. Hubert, B.A. 1971, volunteers as the Web master and IT administrator for www.ModernDiseasePrevention.us, the e-commerce division of Industrial Hygiene Services, a privately owned company that provides industrial hygiene consulting and litigation support. Hubert retired from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after 25 years of service to the agency. He resides in Savannah, GA.

Howard L. Pranikoff, D.D.S. 1971, has been elected international president of Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity, one of the world’s largest dental associations. He maintains a private practice specializing in endodontics in Ormond Beach and Port Orange, FL, and is chief of dentistry at Florida Hospital, also in Ormond Beach. Pranikoff is a fellow in both the International College of Dentists and the American College of Dentists and serves as a diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics. He resides in Ormond Beach.

Richard Reitz, B.S. 1971, is a senior systems engineer at Lockheed Martin of Owego, NY. In this position, he is the technical lead for a small team of engineers who work on front-end systems engineering. Reitz resides in Vestal, NY.

Irving Rosenbaum, B.A. 1971, has been named vice chancellor and provost of the health professions division at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The division houses the colleges of allied health, dental medicine, medical sciences, optometry, osteopathic medicine and pharmacy. Most recently, Rosenbaum served as assistant vice chancellor for professional affairs for the same division. He lives in Plantation, FL.

Thomas M. Rozek, B.A. 1971, president and CEO of Miami Children’s Hospital, was advanced to fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives, an international professional society of 30,000 executives in this field. Rozek was honored during a convocation ceremony at the organization’s annual congress on health-care management in February 2004. Fellow status is the highest level of professional achievement in this society. He resides in Coral Gables, FL.

Steven Adler, B.A. 1974, a theater professor at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), has been named provost of UCSD’s Earl Warren College. Previously, he was vice chair of the department of theatre and dance at UCSD, as well as the director of theatre and head of the M.F.A. program in stage management. Additionally, he has been awarded a Japan Fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council and a University of California Pacific Rim Fellowship for research into management processes at Japanese theater companies. Adler resides in San Diego, CA.

Howard J. Smith, Ed.M. 1974 & B.A. 1972, has joined the executive board of the Ventura County Economic Development Association. He is a vice president and financial advisor with Morgan Stanley in Ventura County, CA, and specializes in asset management for high net worth individuals, foundations and nonprofit organizations. In 2002, Smith was awarded a certificate of special congressional recognition by U.S. Representative Elton Gallegly and was also honored for his community activism by then-State Senator Jack O’Connell and Assemblywoman Hannah Beth Jackson. Smith lives in Ojai, CA.

Joseph P. Esposito, B.A. 1975, has been selected as a member of the BTI 2004 Client Service All-Star Team by the BTI Consulting Group, a Boston-based market research and management consulting firm that has more than 20 years’ experience. The All-Star Team comprises 90 lawyers nationwide who are selected based on BTI’s survey of general counsel of Fortune 1000 companies. Esposito is a partner at the Washington, DC, office of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP, where his practice focuses on complex civil litigation. He resides in Bethesda, MD.

Kit F. Burr, M.B.A. 1976 & B.S. 1969, has been elected as chief executive officer of Baptist Life Association, a not-for-profit Christian fraternal benefit and membership organization. Before joining the association as director of operations in 2000, Burr spent 31 years with Praxair, where he held numerous engineering, business and management positions. He resides in Clarence, NY.

Warren R. Graham, B.A. 1976 & B.A. 1976, is a partner at Davidoff & Malito, where he heads the bankruptcy, creditors’ rights and corporate restructuring practice. He is a 1980 graduate of Fordham University’s School of Law and resides in New York, NY.

Judith Rodgers, B.S. 1976, is a school nurse and health education teacher at the H.B. Whitehorne Middle School in Verona, NJ. She formerly owned her own fitness company, the Exercise Company, which developed fitness classes for all ages, and is a former TV host of a New Jersey cable TV fitness show. She lives in Metuchen, NJ.

Justin Schulz, Ph.D. 1976, was appointed chair of the workforce investment board for the TriCounty Workforce Center in Golden, CO. The center administers federal and state employment, training, unemployment assistance and employer job services. Schulz lives in Littleton, CO.

Gary J. Zieziula, B.S. 1976, received the North General Hospital of Harlem’s corporate achievement award in recognition of his career in developing innovative drug treatments to enhance people’s health and well-being. Zieziula is vice president of Roche Laboratories, where he heads the core therapeutic areas of dermatology, oncology, transplant and virology. He lives in New Hope, PA.

Christopher Golinski, B.S. 1977, has been promoted to administrative vice president of M&T Bank. He is also the trust services manager for the bank, overseeing the management of personal trust, employee benefit trust and product and process management for the trust and investment division. Golinski resides in Williamsville, NY.

Lloyd DeVaux, B.S. 1978, has been promoted to chief operating officer at Bank Atlantic Bancorp. Formerly executive vice president and chief information officer, DeVaux will continue to work on leading implementation of the bank’s strategic objectives. In his newly created position, he will assume additional responsibilities for many other bank-wide functions, including expense management, strategic planning, talent management and contracts. He will also assume a higher profile in dealing with the institutional investor community. DeVaux lives in Weston, FL.

Garry M. Graber, J.D. 1978 & B.A. 1975, practice group leader of the bankruptcy and commercial litigation group at Hodgson Russ, has been elected president of the Turnaround Management Association’s upstate New York chapter. The chapter represents professionals in Buffalo, Albany, Rochester and Syracuse. Graber has been an adjunct professor at the University at Buffalo since 1991, where he teaches an upper-level course on Chapter 11 bankruptcy. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1990. Graber resides in Orchard Park, NY.

Richard W. Kaiser, B.A. 1978, is one of the authors of Taxation of Distributions From Qualified Plans 2003/2004, which was published in January 2004 by Warren, Gorham & Lamont. The edition incorporates important new and updated material from previous issues of this book, first published in 1990 and updated annually. Kaiser is a partner at Hodgson Russ and lives in Tonawanda, NY.

Mark Schumacher, M.L.S. 1978 & M.A. 1973, has been a reference librarian at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for 26 years. In that time, he has written more than 3,400 abstracts for Historical Abstracts. Schumacher lives in Greensboro.

Neil Seiden, B.S. 1978, was selected as vice president of the Navy acquisition support programs sector of Perot Systems Government Services, a division of Perot Systems Corporation. In this position, which he assumed in January 2004, Seiden leads a 125-person division providing engineering, acquisition, financial, IT and administrative services to the U.S. government with a focus on Navy customers. He lives in Annandale, VA.

Albert F. Case Jr., B.S. 1979, is the president of the consulting firm Stamford Research. He is also managing director of the research firm Venture Success Advisors, which counsels small businesses, entrepreneurs and midsized companies. He lives in Stamford, CT.

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