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36 Morris Groner is retired and “still going strong at 91.” He would like classmates to contact him at Retired accounting professor Michael Schiff (MBA ’39) lives in Teaneck, N.J. He fondly recalls enrolling at Baruch in 1930 (at the age of 15), when the school first moved into the “new building” at 17 Lex.

48 Ralph Rappaport, CPA, is still in practice but plans to close his business soon..

50 Beverly (Begelman) Fischer relocated to Santa Monica, Calif., in 2001, as three of her four children live there. Stuart Stamer, who lives in Tamarac, Fla., is an active member of Baruch-in-Florida East; treasurer of the Weldon Condo Association, Inc.; and an avid tennis player.










Allen Brayer (’57), CPA, recently published Hiding in Death’s Shadow: How I Survived the Holocaust (iUniverse). The moving autobiography details Brayer’s early life in rural Poland, his harrowing experiences while hiding from the Nazis during the early to mid-1940s, and his subsequent immigration to the United States.

Retired from his own accounting firm, Brayer & Company, he lives in Boca Raton, Florida, and has three children and five grandchildren. He plans to visit Baruch this fall to speak with students about his life.

51 Beverly (Begelman) Fischer relocated to Santa Monica, Calif., in 2001, as three of her four children live there. Stuart Stamer, who lives in Tamarac, Fla., is an active member of Baruch-in-Florida East; treasurer of the Weldon Condo Association, Inc.; and an avid tennis player.

53 Paul Ash, president of Sam Ash Music Corporation, donated a complete drum kit and bass amplifier to Baruch. They are being used specifically for the Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives Concert Series. Last fall Stan Radler had his first solo show of oil paintings at a gallery in Natick, Mass. The artist was the subject of a November profile in the Boston Globe.

54 Robert M. Hecht is an adjunct professor of management at Baruch in the area of industrial/organizational psychology. He continues to teach at Pace University, where he has been on the faculty since 1996. After 48 years as professor of psychology and 35 years as president of the faculty union, Louis Stollar retired from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

56 Domenico S. Procopio participates in the Harmonicas Plus band, which entertains at senior centers, nursing homes, and hospitals in Suffolk County, Long Island.

59 Last year Colonel Arnold Albert retired from active Veteran Corps of Artillery, State of New York, and active New York Guard, State Militia, duty.

60 Martin F. Kaplan is director of the Oshes Lifelong Learning Institute at California State University, Channel Islands. His book, Understanding World Juries Through Social Psychology Research, was recently published by Psychology Press.

63 CPA William Trust (MBA ’70), a business management consultant, assumed the chairmanship of the Nyack Hospital Board of Trustees. Photographer Robert Weingarten, the subject of a feature in the New York Times in January, had a solo exhibition at New York City’s Marlborough Chelsea gallery in March and April. (In Spring 2003, Baruch’s Mishkin Gallery featured a solo exhibition of Weingarten’s photographs.) His work is included in numerous museum, corporate, and individual collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum.

65 Lawrence Simon, vice chairman of Ivy Asset Management Corporation, has become a trustee of The Baruch College Fund.

66 Allen Bender is working part time at a local YMCA and keeping fit through senior aerobics and conditioning; he and his wife of 43 years, Rita, are enjoying their eight grandchildren. Walter Greenbaum is retired and living in San Diego. He enjoys golfing, traveling, and the California sunshine.

68 Jerome N. Gold has joined Rubin Pachulsi Properties in Beverly Hills, Calif. He most recently served as a senior managing director at FTI Consulting. William F. Harnisch, president and CEO of Peconic Partners, has become a trustee of The Baruch College Fund.

70 Richard M. Berman is a partner at Friedman LLP, an accounting firm with offices in New York and New Jersey. Professor Robert Cosenza (MBA) teaches marketing at the University of Mississippi’s DeSoto Center in Southaven and at other university locations through distance education. Gary Tannenbaum and his wife, Helen Mills, have opened a new event space and theater in Manhattan.

72 In December Lou Abitabilo was promoted from VP and general sales manager to executive VP and station manager of WNEP in Scranton, Penn. He has been with the television station since 2001. Founder of the Children’s Success Foundation (, which brings “the Nurtured Heart Approach” to educational venues worldwide, Howard Glasser is the author of two books: Transforming the Difficult Child (about ADHD) and 101 Reasons to Avoid Ritalin Like the Plague. A calendar featuring the artwork of Yolene Legrand is available at The most recent issue of the literary magazine A Gathering of the Tribes features Legrand’s paintings on its front and back covers. Recently Alan L. Merkur was promoted to senior VP and director of transactions at Equity One, Inc., a Miami-based real estate investment trust. Previously he was VP and head of acquisition. Rea Turet manages the museum store at the Maine Maritime Museum, where she is the buyer of books and gift items. In February Avalon Pharmaceuticals appointed William H. Washecka to its board of directors. He is currently CFO of Prestwick Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a manufacturer of drugs for the central nervous system.

73 In March Jeffrey Blumengold (MBA ’76) joined Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP as national leader of the Health Care Group within the Forensic & Dispute Services line. Previously he was a partner in a professional services firm where he founded and directed its health care service audit and consulting practice. Barry Rathkopf is president of Nova Petroleum Specialties Company, worldwide supplier of petroleum waxes and petrochemicals.

74 Paul V. Reilly (MBA ’76) joined Compass Capital Partners last September. Previously he was CEO, president, and chairman of Cenveo, a printing firm. William V. Simpson was recently promoted to Brooklyn and Staten Island borough chief of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development Code Enforcement Division.

76 In March Florida-based Metropolitan Health Networks appointed David Florman (MBA) to its board of directors. Florman has over 30 years of experience in health care and is currently a consultant to the industry. Since 2002 Casper Sabatino has owned Koenig FrameWorks in Newtown, Conn. In addition to providing custom and ready-made frames for artwork, the shop displays the work of local artists and photographers. In January David Smollett was appointed clerk/treasurer of the Village of Farmingdale, on Long Island. He was most recently the deputy administrator for the Village of Lynbrook, where he lives with his wife, Eileen. Smollett is VP of the Lynbrook Little League and VP of the Lynbrook Excellence in Education Foundation. In April James Speros joined Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., as senior VP and chief marketing officer. Previously he was chief marketing officer for the U.S. at Ernst & Young LLP, which he joined in 1998.

78 In November Anthony T. Portelli was appointed president of NYFIX Clearing Corporation. NYFIX, Inc., is a provider of technology solutions for the financial marketplace.

79 Arleane Soto Baltrusitis is VP of worldwide benefits at WPP, the advertising and communications group.

80 Shari Anne Brill is VP and director of programming for the ad agency Carat USA Inc. She has been with the company since 1999. Tony D’Astolfo, VP of travel services at Rearden Commerce, Inc., was recently appointed to serve a two-year term on the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) Board of Directors. Nora McAniff was promoted to co-COO of Time Inc. in December. Previously she was executive VP of the company’s Women’s, Entertainment & Luxury Group. She has been with Time since 1982.

82 In December Andrew Arno was promoted to CEO of global investment bank C.E. Unterberg, Towbin. He has been with the company since 1990, most recently as executive chairman. Rick Madan has been appointed senior VP of the northeastern agencies for New York Life Insurance Company. He joined the company in 1982. John P. McCabe was recently named general manager of Wachovia’s contact center organization, its telephone and e-mail channel. Previously he was retail customer experience leader for the contact centers. Debra J. White won 2005 awards from the Cat Writers Association and the Dog Writers Association of America. (White and her writings were featured in the Winter/Spring 2004 issue of Baruch College Magazine.)

84 David Hernandez (MBA ’92) has been promoted to Frito-Lay’s metro market director for the New York/Philadelphia area. He previously held the position of zone sales leader for Queens, N.Y.

85 Elaine J. Pommells was elected to the board of the American Foundation for the Blind. She is managing director, business development, for the New York Times. Cendant Hotel Group recently appointed Kevin Rupert VP of marketing and strategy for the Wyndham Worldwide hotel chain. He was previously VP of brand marketing and strategy for Cendant.

86 In February the U.S. Embassy’s Cultural Section invited writer/poet Laban Carrick Hill to Egypt in celebration of Black History Month. Hill conducted lectures and multimedia presentations focusing on his book Harlem Stomp: A Cultural History of the Harlem Renaissance at universities and cultural centers in Cairo, Alexandria, and Mansoura. (Hill was profiled in the Fall 2005 issue of BCAM.) Iris Posner (MPA) is the co-founder and president of One Thousand Children, Inc., a nonprofit research and education organization dedicated to the history of the unaccompanied children rescued from the Holocaust by the U.S. In August she will speak at the 26th International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in New York.

87 Paul W. Goldberg was hired as chief development officer for Vocational Foundation Inc., a workforce development agency that provides educational, vocational, and soft skills training for New York City’s unemployed youth. Dean F. Shulman (MBA) was named head of Brother International Corporation’s Home Appliance Division, which handles home sewing and embroidery machines. Shulman, a senior VP, also manages Brother’s Business Machine Group’s accessories line. He has been with the company since 1986. The New York Times has promoted Muriel Watkins to VP of human resources; she was formerly executive director of the department.

88 Nationwide Financial Network (NFN) has named Tariq Khan VP for market development and diversity, a newly created position. He was most recently employed by Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. Susie Kim and Ira Steven Levy were married in February in Lenox, Mass. She is a partner in Hodgson Russ, a Buffalo, N.Y., law firm, and he is the president and CEO of Professional Services, a facilities and dining management firm in Plymouth Meeting, Penn.

89 Mark F. Lauzon recently returned to Cushman & Wakefield as a senior director in the firm’s Brokerage Services division. Most recently VP and director of leasing for Monday Properties, Lauzon was previously managing director of Cushman & Wakefield’s Strategic Agency Services Group.

91 Attorney Patricia Finn (MPA) owns a private practice in Westchester, N.Y., specializing in constitutional law, zoning issues, and state licensing matters. Cappelli Enterprises recently appointed Paul Slaney COO and general counsel of George A. Fuller Company, Inc., the building construction firm. CPA Liren Wei is managing partner at Wei & Wei Co., LLP, and VP of external affairs for the National Asian American Society of Accountants.

92 In January Zbigniew Macioszek was appointed to the supervisory board of Polski Koncern Naftowy Orlen S.A., Central Europe’s largest downstream oil company. Paula Mattison-Sierra is the founder and designer of Maximum Mama Maternity, a line of clothing for expectant mothers. The line is sold in 45 stores worldwide in addition to Mattison-Sierra’s flagship shop in San Francisco. Vincent Wong has left Ernst & Young’s law firm alliance to form his own New York City law practice with focuses on immigration, real estate, and business. He and his wife, Patti (Luey) Wong, have two children.

93 Egemen Bagis is an advisor to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In the past, he served as Erdogan’s interpreter and also worked as an interpreter at the White House. He is on the board of directors of the Istanbul Modern (museum) and owns a translation office, Turkish Link, in New York. Jesse London (EMBA) was appointed president of advertising sales at MEDIAplace in New York City, the newly established place-based media sales operation of The Programming Group Ltd. London, who lives in Chappaqua, N.Y., with his wife and two children, was previously VP and national sales manager at the TV Guide Network Group.

94 Lee A. Brathwaite (EMBA) is VP of real estate for Verizon Communications. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Laura, and their two children. In February the National Council of Jewish Women named Stacy Kass (MPA) executive director. In the past 10 years, she has worked at NCJW in various senior staff capacities, including acting executive director.

95 Andryea “Nicki” Gladney and Jay Linder were married in September at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. She works for designer Elie Tahari and he for Stroock & Stroock LLP, both in New York City. Marie Panton recently resigned her position as faithworks editor of Episcopal Life, where she has worked for 12 years, to pursue other opportunities. Luis Rodriguez, Jr. (MBA) does pro bono work with the nonprofit organization inMotion, helping undocumented immigrants who are subject to domestic violence. In 2004 he was given the agency’s Commitment to Justice Award.

96 In April Brenda Gonzalez was hired as coach of the Baruch women’s cross-country team. She has been a member of the New York Road Runner Club since 1996, and she has also participated in the New York City Marathon. She will earn her JD from Catholic University of Honduras Law School in 2007. Jimmy Kuang is a division manager (Los Angeles division) with Chevalier International.

97 In March Diane Taitt (MBA) was promoted to partner at Maryland-based GTM Architects, where she was previously senior interior architect and project manager.

98 In 1997 Gitelle Berman-Steinfeld (MBA) established The Kosher Cook (, a manufacturer of products for commercial and residential kosher kitchens. Dionyse Fitzwilliam is a VP at Rice Financial Products Company, a New York–based investment banking firm that serves municipal clients. Anshuman Ghose (MBA) was recently hired by Imperial Capital LLC as VP, senior OTC trader, in the company’s Beverly Hills, Calif., office. Prior to this, he traded distressed securities at Goldman Sachs. In August Tracy Hayes was hired as a supervising attorney and adjunct professor at D.C. Law Students in Court, a legal clinic for third-year law students in criminal and civil law. Kathy Sheehan was recently promoted to senior VP at GFK, a global market research company.

99 Anna Alemán (MPA) has been named executive director of the Mexican Federation of Private Health and Community Development Associations. In December Daniel Davidowitz joined Polen Capital Management as a research analyst. Prior to that, he served as VP and research analyst at Osprey Partners Investment Management.

00 In addition to running his Baruch-area restaurant 101, Ozgur Isitan Gun (MBA) recently took over Zeytin, another Turkish eatery, on the Upper West Side. (Gun was included in the last magazine issue’s feature, “A Taste for Success.” ) David Gutmann (MSEd) was appointed principal of George W. Hewlett High School in the Hewlett-Woodmere school district on Long Island, N.Y. Nancy Manigat (MBA) has been appointed director of Family and Children’s Association/Long Island Counseling Center in Elmont, N.Y. She was most recently associate VP of health care management of Stone Ridge Partners Inc., in New York City.

01 Stephen Dandrow, a consultant with andBeyond Communications, returned to the College this April to introduce the CEO advisor and president of andBeyond, Laura Rittenhouse, who was a guest speaker during Baruch’s Ethics Week. Amanda Nelson joined the law firm of Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C., as an associate specializing in real estate and landlord/tenant litigation, as well as cooperative/condominium law. Previously she was judicial clerk to the presiding civil judge of the New Jersey Superior Court, Monmouth County.

02 Nadja Fidelia, managing director of partnership solutions at Lehman Brothers, Inc., has become a trustee of The Baruch College Fund. Alecia M. Kelly was recently offered a position at Broadview Networks as HR generalist. In April Greta Gladney (EMBA) ran for mayor of New Orleans. The executive director of the nonprofit Renaissance Project, Gladney is the former aide to State Representative Charmaine Marchand, former treasurer of the American Ethical Union, director of the St. Claude Avenue Merchants Association, and a member of the Frederick Douglass Community Coalition and the Crescent City Peace Alliance. She has three children.

03 Formerly the New York community liaison for the American National Red Cross September 11 Recovery Program, Patricia L. Caines has assumed the new position of director of educational initiatives at the Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment. Jonah Gensler (MPA) is U.S. director of the Trickle Up Program, an international NYC-based nonprofit dedicated to alleviating poverty through the development of small businesses. In March Brett Naftzger (MPA) was hired as corporate communications manager for Nanoforce Technologies, based in El Paso, Tex. The company, which is developing a new petroleum refining process, started at the University of Texas at El Paso as Refinery Science in 2004 and merged last year with Florida-based Nanoforce. Carolyn Walker-Diallo is an associate in the litigation department of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP. She recently obtained asylum for a pro bono client from the Republic of Guinea who sought to escape the country’s traditional persecution of women.

04 In October Harris Kaplan (MPA) and Karina Sarukanyan were married in Queens, N.Y. He is an operations manager with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, and she is a physical therapist for a private medical practice in Brooklyn, N.Y. In September Elias Rodriguez (MPA) became press officer at the EPA for Region 2 (N.Y., N.J., Puerto Rico, and the
U.S. Virgin Islands). Previously he was a researcher at Time Inc., for Fortune magazine. Last year he was elected to the board of Loisaida, Inc., a New York City nonprofit.

05 Mike Fain is teaching English in Thailand and welcomes alumni, especially those looking for business opportunities in the region, to contact him at Justin Garrett (MBA) is VP of online marketing for Citigroup’s ThankYou Network, the new rewards program. He was recently married and lives with his wife, Rachel, in Brooklyn, N.Y. Ana Pazo, LDP management associate at Chase, has become a trustee of The Baruch College Fund. Last year Hank Sheller (MBA) started his own consulting business, helping U.S. companies do business in China, where he lived and worked from 1993 to 2003.

06 Shazad Hashmi has accepted a position with Reuters America, where he will engage clients using the real-time information service Reuters 3000 Xtra to analyze and execute cross-asset transactions. His experience with 3000 Xtra in Baruch’s Wasserman Trading Floor/Subotnick Financial Services Center led directly to his hiring.


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