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Eduardo Chavez

Class of 1998
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Eduardo A. Chavez (F'98) has been selected as the next Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Dallas Division, which is responsible for all federal drug law enforcement in North Texas and Oklahoma. Special Agent Chavez comes from previous assignments at DEA Headquarters in Arlington, VA; and field assignments in Albuquerque, NM; Mexico City, MX; and Bakersfield, CA. Agent Chavez will oversee enforcement operations in the greater Dallas area.

John Sebastian

Class of 1998
In June 2017 I moved to California with my wife Heather Mack to become the next Vice President for Mission and Ministry at Loyola Marymount University, the Jesuit university of Los Angeles.

Gretta Thorn

Class of 2003
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The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR®) announced the election of two new members to its Board of Directors. Joining are Dawn Halkuff, Chief Commercial Officer at TherapeuticsMD; and Gretta Stone, Deputy Vice President of Policy & Research at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).

“To strengthen our leadership in women’s health research, SWHR welcomes these experts to our Board of Directors,” said Dr. Amy M. Miller, SWHR President and CEO. “Ms. Halkuff’s rich corporate background and Ms. Stone’s breadth of health policy knowledge will help further SWHR’s mission to advance women’s health research through science, advocacy, and education.”

Gretta Stone is the Deputy Vice President of Policy & Research at PhRMA, where she manages a range of issues related to the research and development process, including U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations, the value of medicines, and personalized medicine. In her more than 12 years at PhRMA, she has also worked extensively on orphan drugs, the biopharmaceutical pipeline, the research ecosystem, the cost of medicines, and marketing and promotion. Gretta has authored many PhRMA reports and publications, including the annual “Biopharmaceutical Industry Profile,” an overview of the sector and a go-to source of data on the industry.

Prior to joining PhRMA, Gretta worked in a lab researching language and the brain at Georgetown University, where she received a BS in biology.

“SWHR’s advocacy for policies that improve understanding of the difference between sexes and that remove barriers to care have made a real difference in women’s health,” said Ms. Stone. “But many opportunities remain and I look forward to helping SWHR drive needed policy change to enhance women’s health,” she said.

SWHR leads the way in advocating for greater funding for women’s health research and for the study of biological differences that affect disease; promotes the inclusion of women and minorities in medical research; pushes for the analysis of research data for sex and ethnic differences; and informs women, health care providers, and policymakers about women’s health issues.

A full list of the SWHR Board of Directors is available here:

Michael Malloy

Class of 1973
In January 2017, Michael P. Malloy (C'73, G'83) was elected to the Executive Committee of the Section on Financial Institutions and Consumer Financial Services of the Association of American Law Schools. He will serve a three-year term with the Section, through January 2020. Malloy, one of the founding members of this AALS section, will help to govern the section and to assist in the planning of section panels and programs. In separate news, Malloy was also elected to fill a vacancy on the Executive Committee of the Section on Socio-Economics of the Association of American Law Schools. He will serve in that capacity through January 2019.
Happy to report that I have relocated from a lifetime in the Northeast to Denver CO, in connection with a new job as Treasurer at Arrow Electronics, Inc. My wife Suzanne and I are happy with the change in weather, and the spectacular daily mountain views.

Norm "Norm" Powell

Class of 1986
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Powell Elected to Second Term on Permanent Editorial Board

At its June 2017 meeting in Detroit, the Board of Governors of the America Bar Association elected Norman M. Powell to a second three-year term as the ABA’s Advisor to the Permanent Editorial Board for the Uniform Commercial Code. Composed of members from the American Law Institute (to which Mr. Powell was elected in 2011) and the Uniform Law Commission, the Board monitors current drafting activities of the Uniform Commercial Code, prepares commentaries, and advises its member organizations on further changes needed in the Uniform Commercial Code. Mr. Powell is a partner at Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP in Wilmington, and teaches Secured Transactions Under UCC Article 9 as an adjunct professor at the Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia.
Dr. Christopher Lillis has been named the Medical Director of the PRIME and Patient Centered Medical Home programs. In this role, Dr. Lillis will work closely with the Primary Care Network Associate Medical Directors and Hospital Based Clinic Medical Directors to lead primary care practice transformation initiatives.

Dr. Lillis will continue his Primary Care practice at the Midtown Internal Medicine Clinic with 70% of his time spent seeing patients and 30% of his time in this appointment.

Dr. Lillis joined UC Davis Medical Group in August of 2015 and practices at the Midtown Internal Medicine PCN site. He joined UC Davis after 11 years in private practice in Northern Virginia where he also served on the Governor’s Council for the Virginia Chapter of the American College of Physicians and as a Member of the Board of Directors for the non-profit group Doctors for America. Through these roles he has been working at the intersection of health care delivery and public policy for over a decade. He completed his medical degree at the Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC and then went on to complete his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at Duke University Hospital in Durham, NC. He is married to his wife Amy, and they have a 6 year old son, TJ.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Lillis to this new role.

Michael Raney

Class of 1990
I have been elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Missouri Radiological Society.

William Wnekowicz

Class of 2008
William Wnekowicz (B'08) has been promoted to Principal Engineer at Kleiner Perkins.
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Christopher T. Nace, CAS '98, was sworn in as president of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Chris is a partner at the law firm of Paulson & Nace, PLLC. His practice focuses on representing victims of medical malpractice, legal malpractice, and other injury matters in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.
On May 10, 2017, the Hon. Dannel P. Malloy, Governor of the State of Connecticut, nominated me to be a Judge of the Superior Court. Following a hearing before the Judiciary Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly, my nomination was confirmed by vote of the state House of Representatives and Senate. I took the oath and assumed judicial office on May 25, 2017.

John Drummond

Class of 1967
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After teaching at Coe College (Iowa) and Mount Saint Mary's College (Maryland), John Drummond is currently Robert Southwell, S.J. Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and the Humanities at Fordham University in New York. He has served as chair of the Philosophy Department for nine years. He has authored two books, edited or co-edited seven others, and has published nearly one hundred scholarly articles.
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OhioHealth names Todd Corley Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

COLUMBUS, Ohio – OhioHealth is pleased to announce the appointment of Todd Corley as chief diversity and inclusion officer.

In this newly created role, Corley will lead efforts to embrace diversity within the organization, support OhioHealth’s diverse patient population and work closely with senior leadership to coordinate OhioHealth’s diversity and inclusion efforts as an integral part of the organizational strategy.

“Diversity and inclusion are vitally important elements of our culture and our value system at OhioHealth,” said Johnni Beckel, OhioHealth Senior VP and chief human resources officer. “Todd’s nationally recognized and award-winning work in diversity and inclusion in the workplace will help us create new opportunities here that make us a best place to work.”

“I am honored to be part of the OhioHealth family,” said Corley, “and to be in this newly created role, given the organization’s strong track record of engaging its associates to promote an open and welcoming culture, one that focuses on the seamless transition of quality care for all of our patients.”

“Today, more than ever,” he added, “our country needs a voice like OhioHealth to echo the importance of embracing people of different faith communities, genders, racial groups and sexual orientations. I am thrilled to be part of the mission and purpose-driven initiatives that we will be introducing internally and promoting externally.”

Work experience

Corley comes to OhioHealth with nearly 20 years of diversity and inclusion leadership experience, most recently as founder and chief strategist at The TAPO Institute, a consultancy firm focused on providing long-term solutions for workforce engagement and inclusion strategy. Those among his client list, included the Ohio State Attorney General’s Office, John Glenn Columbus International Airport and Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Prior to that, he served as the first corporate officer in charge of diversity and inclusion at Abercrombie & Fitch, providing the vision, leadership, and framework to elevate employee engagement, protect reputational and financial risks, and strengthen customers’ in-store shopping experience.

His efforts led to an enterprise-wide transformation that included increasing the in-store minority population from below 10% to over 50% of total population (100,000 people) across all positions. On news of his departure, he was dubbed by the Huffington Post, as “the man who made Abercrombie & Fitch less white, male.”

Prior to his ten years at Abercrombie, Corley served as senior manager of Diversity, at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., White Plains, New York. There, he helped build the Diversity department, the strategy, and the framework for the enterprise to drive sustainable competitive growth across new and existing markets worldwide.

Awards, recognition and leadership
Corley has received numerous awards and accolades including;

2013 – the inaugural “Claes Nobel World Betterment Award” by Mr. Claes Nobel, the senior-member of the esteemed family that established the Nobel Prize, for his commitment to creating a template for global unity.

2016 - inaugural “Lifetime Achievement Award” for excellence in promoting diversity presented by Columbus Business First.

Corley has been recognized by Ebony as one of their “Thirty Young Leaders Under 30,” and listed by SAVOY Magazine as one of the “Top 100 African Americans in Corporate America.”

He is also the author of “Fitch Path: A Cautionary Tale About A Moose, Millennials, Leadership & Transparency.”

Corley is a graduate of Le Moyne College, New York, where he currently serves as a member of the college’s Board of Regents, and holds an MBA from Georgetown University.

Corley resides in Delaware, Ohio with his wife and two children.
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) has appointed Thom Metzger as its Director of Public Affairs. The team he oversees at NATCA is responsible for media relations, social media and other digital/web communications, member and public engagement, advertising, and planning for conferences and events.

Metzger brings decades of strategic communications and marketing leadership to the role. He most recently directed public affairs for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. Prior to that, Metzger led communications and marketing efforts for trade associations representing the waste, recycling, chemical, and plastics industries and a national HIV/AIDS nonprofit.

“It is a privilege to join NATCA and support America’s air traffic controllers and other aviation safety professionals, who are a vital part of the U.S. transportation system and keep the National Airspace System safe every day,” Metzger said. “A communicator doesn’t always get to advance issues that they personally support. I enthusiastically support NATCA’s mission. The Union’s membership, leadership, and my new colleagues are impressive.”

NATCA President Paul Rinaldi said, “Thom’s wealth of experience makes him a key addition to the Union’s executive team. His appointment demonstrates our commitment to elevating our communications and outreach efforts. I’m confident that Thom will play a key role in NATCA’s efforts to advance the status, professionalism, and working conditions of all air traffic controllers and other aviation safety-related employees.”


Certified in 1987, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association represents nearly 20,000 highly skilled air traffic controllers, engineers, and other aviation safety-related professionals.

Leila Akahloun

Class of 1999
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Leila Akahloun (SFS '99) has joined the Pan-African advocacy organization, The Graça Machel Trust based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Ms. Akahloun is the new Special Advisor to Mrs. Graça Machel.

Ms. Akahloun advises and supports Mrs. Graça Machel on her international advocacy efforts around child health and nutrition, education, women’s economic empowerment, as well as leadership and good governance.

Robert Flock

Class of 2009
Robert Flock (C'09) has joined the Credit Union National Association as Associate Director of Advocacy. He previously served as Associations General Liaison for the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee and is an alumnus of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck and Quinn Gillespie & Associates.
John R. Saunders, Jr., M.D. is the executive vice-president and chief medical officer at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He did a surgical residency and head and neck fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. During his fellowship he came to GBMC and Johns Hopkins to work with Dr. Robert Chambers and Dr. Darrell Jaques. Dr. Saunders was in private practice for ten years with Dr. Darrell A. Jaques and Dr. Richard M. Hirata in the practice of head and neck surgical oncology. In 1996 he completed an MBA degree at Loyola College in Baltimore. Dr. Saunders is a past president of The Society of Head and Neck Surgeons, which is now the American Head and Neck Society, as well as the past president of the Baltimore Academy of Surgery. He is retired from the United States Army Reserve with the rank of Colonel. Dr. Saunders was the medical director of the Milton Dance Head and Neck Center from 1993 until 2012. He was GBMC’s chief of staff from 2005-2010 and in 2010 served as the interim President and CEO.

During his surgical career, he mentored over one hundred residents in otolaryngology – head and neck Surgery as well as general and plastic surgery at Johns Hopkins and GBMC.

He has been married to Betsy for 45 years. They have three children: two Hoya's John K, C'96, M'01, Kate Saunders Hilgartner N'99 and Tom, Fairfield '97, and eight grandchildren.
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After 25 years in the banking industry, I have started Windsong Associates, which is dedicated to working with SMEs that are looking to maximise their financial performance through business plan and balance sheet optimisation. We aim to provide independent, actionable advice to companies that are not being served by the traditional banking industry.

Patrick Donegan

Class of 2002
Patrick Donegan (MSB '02), Managing Director responsible for the July 1, 2016 founding and startup of the Washington, D.C. office of Systems Evolution, Inc. (SEI)
Patrick Donegan (MSB '02), Managing Director responsible for the July 1, 2016 founding and startup of the Washington, D.C. office of Systems Evolution, Inc. (SEI)
Systems Evolution, Inc. (SEI), an employee-owned business and technology management consulting firm consistently named one of Consulting Magazine’s Top Places to Work, has opened a new location as July 1, 2016 to serve clients in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

SEI's Washington, D.C. office will be led by newly promoted Managing Director, Patrick Donegan (MSB '02). A former Boston-based Principal Consultant, Patrick is responsible for building a modern boutique management consulting experience at the intersection of business, technology & government.

"The continually growing commercial and federal landscape in the Washington, D.C. metro area makes it a great place for SEI's 8th locally focused office," says Donegan. "Our consultants excel in tackling high-profile, complex problems for our clients, and we are bringing our time-tested skills and unique culture to this vibrant city."

Viviana Jaramillo

Class of 2015
Viviana Jaramillo ('15) was promoted to Marketing Account Executive at O'Neill and Associates, New England's leading public affairs firm.
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