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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.

Daniel "Dan" O'Day

Class of 1986
Irish America magazine is thrilled to welcome Georgetown University alumnus Daniel O'Day ('86), CEO of Roche Pharmaceuticals, as the distinguished 2017 Keynote Speaker at the Annual Healthcare & Life Sciences 50 awards dinner on Wednesday, September 6th at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan. Please see the attached invitation for details.

At the helm of the world's largest biotech company and the leading provider of cancer treatments, Dan is the absolute embodiment of Irish-American contribution in the healthcare industry.

The Annual Irish America Healthcare & Life Sciences 50 special edition and awards ceremony salutes the top Irish-Americans in health and medicine, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, hospitals and medical care, research and development and life sciences venture capital.

Previous Irish America keynote speakers include President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton; Ford Motor executive chairman Bill Ford Jr.; Bank of America chairman and CEO Brian Moynihan; the late Donald Keough, former chairman of Coca-Cola; and Vice President Joe Biden.

Sean Cox

Class of 2003
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Sean Cox (C’03) and Kathryn (Schmit) Cox (NHS’05) are proud to announce the birth of their third child, Michaela Denise. Michaela was born in July in Morristown, N.J. She joins big brothers Henry Charles (5) and Lucas Christopher (3).

Robert D'Emilio

Class of 1978
Alex Trebek and I on the set of Jeopardy!
Alex Trebek and I on the set of Jeopardy!
Recently competed on the July 4, 2017 episode of JEOPARDY! and during the question and answer with Alex Trebek was asked about the Mask and Bauble Dramatic Society of which I am a lifetime member. Great honor to talk about the good old M&B.

Tepring Piquado

Class of 2001
Tepring Piquado, PhD (COL 01) is a neuroscientist working on public policy.

James Vail

Class of 1955
- Deceased
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In loving Memory of James Vail, Jr., born in Washington, D.C., United States and died on Jun 23, 2017.

Jim was born and raised in Washington, D.C., where he attended public schools, graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1951. His father was a letter engraver at the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and his mother was a schoolteacher.

Following that, he completed undergraduate studies and medical school at Georgetown University, interned in the U.S. Army, and served as a battalion surgeon in Germany from 1960-1963.

After a dermatology residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, he came to New Jersey with the Summit Medical Group, and practiced dermatology in Morristown from 1967-2008. He was the past Chief of Dermatology at Overlook and Morristown Memorial Hospitals, past president of the New Jersey Dermatological Society, and past president and a founding member of the Richard L. Sutton Dermatological Society.

He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, and a member of the Morris County Medical Society, the New Jersey Medical Society, and the American Medical Association. He was also a recipient of the Golden Merit Award from the Medical Society of New Jersey.

Beyond dermatology and family, his interests included reading, classical music, fly-fishing, golf, and travel. He particularly loved fishing trips to Montana with friends and family. He was a member of Corpus Christi Parish in Chatham, and was also a member of Madison Golf Club.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Dot; his son, Peter, of Manhattan and his wife, Julia Bates, and their sons, William and James; his daughter, Elizabeth, of Madison, Alabama, her husband, Lamar, and her children, Jessica, Shannon, Devon, and Alexander; and his son, Scott, of Morristown and his wife, Suzanne, and their children, Sean, Sophia, and Seamus.

A visitation will be held on Monday, June 26, 2017 from 2-4 p.m. & 6-8 p.m. at Wm. A. Bradley & Son Funeral Home, 345 Main Street, Chatham, NJ 07928. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Corpus Christi Church, 234 Southern Blvd., Chatham, NJ. Cremation will be private. Memorial donations may be made either to Doctors without Borders, USA, 333 7th Ave., New York, NY 10001-5004, or the THANC Foundation, 5 Union Square E #5b, New York, NY 10003. THANC is dedicated to research and treatment for head and neck cancer.
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Rose Elizabeth Sullivan was born just after midnight on Father's Day, June 18 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. She lives in Logan Circle with her proud parents Matthew (MSFS '13) and Charlene (MBA '11).
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.
Barbara McLennan is the author of a three volume series of historical novels. The first, The Wealth of Jamestown, takes place during the period 1685-1700 and has been accepted into the library/research collection of the Virginia Historical Society. The second in the series, The Wealth of Virginia, takes my characters forward ten years to 1700-1710, and was nominated for a literary award by the Library of Virginia in 2016. The last of the series, Blackbeard’s Legacy, will formally be published on Aug. 21, 2017. In connection with this book, McLennan has made a presentation at the Hampton Blackbeard Festival (June 3). The first two books have been accepted into all of the school libraries in Williamsburg and James City County.

Additional information can be found here:

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.

Richard Ferlauto

Class of 1978
- Deceased
Richard Ferlauto passed away on May 8, 2017.

Richard C. Ferlauto spent more than 25 years working to reform financial markets as a leading advocate for expanding shareholder rights, targeting pension investment for sustainable economic growth, and reinvesting in communities.

From 2002 until joining the SEC in 2010, Mr. Ferlauto served as the director of Corporate Governance and Pension Investment for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). He was recognized by Directorship Magazine as one of the most influential people in corporate governance from 2006 through 2010.

He sat on the advisory board of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware. He also served as a member of the board of CERES, Inc. from 2004 until 2010.

Learn more about the 50/50 Ferlauto Education Fund,, a memorial fund to continue Rich’s important work.
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.

Erika Rogan

Class of 2006
Erika Rogan (N'06) completed a Ph.D. program in Health Policy this past May at Yale University's School of Public Health. Dr. Rogan was recently named a 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival Spotlight Health Scholar for her academic and professional accomplishments. She is joining The Lewin Group as a Senior Consultant in the firm's Center for Aging and Disability Policy. Dr. Rogan continues to be an Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Nursing & Health Studies Human Science department.

Bret Meich

Class of 2005
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Litigation Attorney Bret Meich Recognized as Legal Elite: Nevada’s Top Attorneys

(RENO, NV) Downey Brand litigation attorney Bret Meich was recently named one of Nevada’s 2017 Legal Elite by Nevada Business Magazine. Meich is one of 98 Northern Nevada attorneys to receive this year’s honor.

2017 marks Legal Elite’s tenth year of recognizing Nevada’s top attorneys. The annual list, compiled from peer nominations and ranked, includes only the top 4 percent of attorneys in the state. The list is divided into Northern and Southern Nevada, with break-out lists for the Best Up and Coming and Best Government attorneys. The full list of honorees can be viewed online and in the June 2017 issue of Nevada Business Magazine.

Meich has nearly 10 years of experience representing clients in litigation matters involving construction, employment, telecommunications, intellectual property, and real estate disputes. With a background in government—Meich worked for the Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau and served on the legislative staff in the United States Senate—he also regularly counsels local government on legislative and regulatory matters. Meich earned is Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law, and his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Georgetown University.

About Downey Brand LLP
From offices in Sacramento, San Francisco, Stockton, Silicon Valley, and Reno, Downey Brand is strategically positioned to serve clients in litigation, natural resources, and business matters throughout California, northern Nevada and beyond. Founded over 90 years ago in California’s capital city, Downey Brand is a preeminent full-service law firm with 100 attorneys offering counsel in more than 30 areas of civil practice including water law, food and agriculture, corporate, litigation, business planning, intellectual property, bankruptcy, real estate, employment, construction, trusts and estates and family law. For more information, visit
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Henry Herz (G'86) has an upcoming children's picture book, CAP'N REX & HIS CLEVER CREW, due out from Sterling (the publishing arm of Barnes & Noble) in August. Captain Rex and his dinosaur pirates sail the seven seas in search of buried treasure. But whenever they hit an obstacle—like a giant shark or pea-soup fog—the crew members are quick to say they can’t overcome. To this, Captain Rex always glares with teeth bared and says, “CAN’T YE?” And, somehow, the crew always comes up with a clever solution. This delightful story highlights the value of one’s creativity and determination in tough situations. It will encourage kids everywhere to think and say, “I can!”
Chambers USA Ranks Panitch Schwarze Among Top IP Attorneys for 2017

Philadelphia and Wilmington IP lawyers ranked among top intellectual property practitioners in U.S.

PHILADELPHIA (May 2017) – Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP is proud to announce that the firm and several of its attorneys again have been ranked among the top attorneys in intellectual property law by Chambers USA, a leading legal ranking guide.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Wilmington, Delaware IP attorneys Martin G. Belisario, Alan S. Nadel, Ronald L. Panitch,William W. Schwarze and Clark A. Jablon have been ranked individually for their prowess in IP law.

Chambers and Partners produces referral guides to leading lawyers around the world. Chambers’ research teams evaluate law firms and individual lawyers on qualities including technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment and other qualities most valued by the client. Input is sought from both peers and clients.

Chambers rates Panitch Schwarze attorneys highly on their technical knowledge and attention to detail, saying, the firm is “well known for patent and trademark prosecution, commercialization and portfolio management with a growing litigation practice,” and that it “acts for clients in a wide range of industries including chemicals, consumer brands, electronics, life sciences and software.”

Clients told Chambers that Panitch Schwarze is a "rock-solid, reliable partner for our patent prosecution needs." "They do very high-quality work and are extremely thorough,” said another. Client feedback on individual attorneys includes:

• Ronald Panitch is an "excellent lawyer" recommended for patent prosecution, trademark registration and IP litigation. He also advises on licensing transactions and rights management.

About Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP – Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP is a boutique intellectual property law firm with offices in Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware. The firm’s IP law practitioners provide strategic litigation, licensing and counseling service relating to patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets, domain names and Internet issues domestically and internationally. The firm’s long-standing relationships with a network of associates worldwide enable its attorneys and advisors to provide clients with global intellectual property advice and protection.

William Wnekowicz

Class of 2008
William Wnekowicz (B'08) has been promoted to Principal Engineer at Kleiner Perkins.
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