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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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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.
Mélisa Breiner-Sanders is graduating in June from The Theatre School at DePaul University with an MFA in Acting.
Mélisa is also a filmmaker, and the feature film she produced, Seven Lovers, is being released on Amazon, iTunes, Comcast, and other digital platforms June 2nd. It features Erin Darke (Good Girls Revolt), Fran Kranz (The Dark Tower, Cabin in The Woods), Max von Essen (Tony nominated for American in Paris) and more. There will also be a press screening June 2nd at Anthology Archives on June 2nd.

More information is available on the website at

Press release:

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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The Philadelphia intellectual property law firm Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP is pleased to announce that six of its IP attorneys have been named 2017 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars, including Ronald L. Panitch. No more than 5 percent of a state’s attorneys are recognized as Super Lawyers each year.

A program of Thomson Reuters, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who, through a peer review and independent research process, have been identified as attaining a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Candidates are evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement, including verdicts and settlements; honors and awards; special licenses and certifications; pro bono and community service efforts; and scholarly lectures and writings. The ultimate objective of Super Lawyers is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse list of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for other practitioners and consumers searching for legal counsel.

Regina DeMeo

Class of 1994
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Regina DeMeo (F'94) was invited to speak about love and money for the Washington Post Express Facebook Live segment of Baggage Check.

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DeMeo was also quoted in this month's Washington Lawyer on high conflict divorces & last month. She was cited in about new divorce trends and on an article about pet custody.

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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.

Nancy Lemoine

Class of 1984
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Gina (Madden) McDonald, College '84, Nancy (Pietropaolo) Lemoine, Nursing '84, & Jean (McDonough) Pyles, Nursing '84, enjoying downtown Philadelphia in March 2017.
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Richard O’Brien has released a book titled Women Presidents and Prime Ministers (Double Bridge, 2017) which chronicles the 107 women who have served their nations in this capacity. Groundbreakers all, these amazing women come from a multitude of backgrounds - teachers, accountants, biologists, chemists, stewardesses, journalists, soccer moms, dancers and guerilla fighters. These women share a common success in overcoming the daunting odds to rise to lead their nations. Many were jailed on the way there, or tortured, or attacked. When they finally break the ultimate glass ceiling, what are the most important and unifying issues that almost all of these women work on? And what are some great new strategies for increasing women’s leadership internationally, nationally and locally?

There is an upcoming event at the Woman's National Democratic Club to discuss the book at 5:30pm, Tuesday, June 27th

O’Brien is a human rights activist and scholar and the former Director of the Center for the Prevention of Genocide. He has presented in Congress, and at the U.S State Dept., U.S AID, and the United Nations and on national TV and radio as an expert in human rights. As a University of South Florida instructor, he taught International Human Rights, Conflict in the Modern World, and Ideologies of the World. He has instructed Women’s Issues at the secondary level. O’Brien has been a leader in the Democratic Party as a local Chair, Florida State Executive Board Member, caucus founder, candidate for mayor and advocate against racial profiling in Florida. He recently served as Georgetown University’s Administrator for the Foreign Policy Immersion Program, sits on the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution Advisory Board at George Mason University and is a graduate of Georgetown University, American University and Culver Military Academy.

O'Brien was recently invited to speak at the TED X Lecture Series this summer, as well as the Woman's National Democratic Club.
I remain in private law practice in Washington, D.C., and specialize in employee benefits and related human resource issues. My wife Sallie and I live in Arlington, Virginia. Our two daughters Maggie and Emily are grown and on their own (well most of the time!). Maggie and her husband have a one year old son Jack (supposedly named after his father, but I think about Jack the Bulldog every time I say his name). He is a true joy! Emily is getting married this fall here in DC. We got lucky with our sons-in-law. Both daughters live in the area, which is really nice. Outside of my work, I serve on a few boards, follow the Hoyas basketball team and work on my golf game. We also have a house in Bethany Beach, Delaware, and I go there as often as possible. Someday we will retire out there and I will become a full-time beach bum!
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Richard O'Brien SCS Class of 1999 is proud to announce his new book 'Women Presidents and Prime Ministers' (Double Bridge, 2017).

The book offers short biographies of the 107 women who have led their respective nations, their backgrounds, struggles and achievements The stories of these amazing women are powerful and groundbreaking. Here are some of the takeaways of the past year of research:

Of the 107 women Presidents and Prime Ministers, 44 are from Europe, 24 from Asia, 15 from Africa, ten from the Caribbean and Central America, eight from South America, four from the Pacific region and only two are from North America.

Women national leaders tend to come from far more diverse backgrounds than their male counterparts; they have been : accountants, economists, teachers, bankers, power plant managers, stewardesses, soccer moms, chemists, biologists, dancers, guerilla fighters and lawyers.

40 % of Asian women leaders have been jailed or injured in assassination attempts.

1/3 of South American women leaders have actually been tortured by the nations they would one day lead.

Women leaders usually focus on protection of children, women, the environment, healthcare, the economy, education, peace-building and national reconciliation.

40 of 50 nations that have enacted quotas for women in their national legislatures have seen dramatic increases in women leaders and attention to the above-mentioned issues.

O'Brien has two upcoming events, one is the TED-X Lecture Series at SPA, American University on June 22nd and the second is the Woman's National Democratic Club at 5:30pm, Tuesday, June 27th (there is a charge).

All are welcome!

Michael Malloy

Class of 1973
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The law publisher Wolters Kluwer released the first of four 2017 supplements to Michael P. Malloy’s three-volume treatise, Banking Law and Regulation. In 492 fun-filled pages, Dr. Malloy offers up-to-date coverage of current developments concerning the regulation of depository institutions. His book includes new sections analyzing the rejection by the Federal Reserve and the FDIC of the resolution and recovery plans (“living wills”) of five major financial services firms, and newly revised sections on restrictions on bank mergers. He also comments on the emerging financial crisis involving Deutsche Bank, on the impact of the Brexit referendum on banking in the UK and in the EU, on the June 2016 Fed report on stress tests of 33 banking enterprises, and on the public scandal over Wells Fargo Bank’s widespread practice of opening unauthorized accounts in the names of bank customers.
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