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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.
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.

Danielle Vermeer

Class of 2011
Ms. Danielle LoVallo Vermeer (SFS '11) and Dr. Michael J. D. Vermeer welcomed their first child, a daughter named Aurelia Valentina Vermeer, in January 2017.
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.
Too Greedy for Adam Smith, the new book by Steven Bavaria (F’69), is about how out-of-control CEO pay is undermining capitalism in America. Bavaria, a 1969 graduate of Georgetown's School of Foreign Service, went on to be an international banker and executive at Bank of Boston. It was there, as head of human resources in the early 1980s, that Bavaria first became exposed to the conflicts of interest and self-dealing that have become a routine part of CEO compensation practices throughout Corporate America.“If a corporate purchasing manager rented office space from a cousin or crony at two or three times the going rate, he or she would be fired in a heartbeat, maybe even arrested,” Bavaria said. But “sweetheart deals” where CEOs sit on each others’ boards of directors and award themselves pay packages many times what any rational market would require are “business as usual,” he added. That’s why CEO pay has increased by 1,700% over the past 45 years, while entry level employees’ pay has virtually stagnated, increasing only 33% during that same period. This means CEOs now make 300 times what lower level workers make, versus only 20 times as much in the 1960s.“Unless you believe the typical CEO’s productivity has grown 15 times as much as that of the average worker, or that candidates for senior management are 300 times more unique and hard to recruit than ordinary skilled workers, you know that somehow the ordinary laws of supply and demand are not being allowed to operate in the executive suites of corporate America,” said Bavaria.Too Greedy for Adam Smith, sub-titled CEO Pay and the Demise of Capitalism, explains in plain English how this is not only flawed economics, but also gives capitalism a “bad name” as voters see our corporate elite living by a different set of economic rules than everyone else.Having spent 45 years in banking, business and journalism, Bavaria insists that his book is not an attack on capitalism, but rather a call for more of it. “We need to let free enterprise play the same role in setting CEO pay that it plays in setting prices and wages throughout the rest of the economy,” he argues. Steven Bavaria joined Bank of Boston in 1969, three weeks after graduating from Georgetown University where he had majored in international economics while rowing on a Dad Vail winning varsity crew. Starting as a trainee in the bank's international division, Bavaria spent his early years working out problem loans, which included pursuing a corrupt Greek shipping company as well as a bankrupt Vatican-owned bank, while also taking courses in the evening at New England School of Law. After receiving his JD in 1974, he moved abroad to take over failing Bank of Boston branches first in Australia and later in Panama. Upon his return to Boston he was put in charge of the bank’s human resources department, where he witnessed up close the cronyism and conflict of interest in corporate CEO pay practices that sparked he interest that eventually led to this book.After leaving the banking world, Bavaria became a journalist, writing for Investment Dealers’ Digest in New York, and later joined Standard & Poor’s where he introduced credit ratings to the corporate loan market. He currently lives with his wife Betsy in Chestnut Ridge, New York.
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Ms. Leslie Thornton, alumna of Georgetown University Law Center and General Counsel of WGL Holdings Inc. and Washington Gas, will be receiving the prestigious 2017 Legends in Law Award from the Burton Foundation in association with the Library of Congress, presented by Law 360 and co-sponsored by American Bar Association.

The award is given every year to a distinguished individual who has shown great reputation in the legal community and provided expertise in legal advice and general counsel whose corporation or business had gross revenues exceeding $1 billion. Most recently, Ms. Thornton has demonstrated her leadership abilities overseeing the entire legal process of AltaGas Ltd. and WGL Holdings Inc.’s $6.4 billion merger.

The event will be held on May 22, 2017. You can also refer to The Burton Awards website for more information.

Regina DeMeo

Class of 1994
Regina DeMeo (SFS'94) was featured in The Washington Informer article "Trump's Immigration Proposals Hits Home in D.C."

Susan Price

Class of 1976
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I transferred after my sophomore year at Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA to Georgetown University. I graduated from Georgetown University in 1976 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, then in 1991 I received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University at Chico, California followed by a Certificate in Land Use and Environmental Planning from the University of California at Davis in 2008. Prior to moving to California in 1988, I worked on the staffs of U.S. Senators Edmund S. Muskie (D-Maine) and George J. Mitchell (D-Maine) in Portland, Maine for 6 years, then at CHIP, Inc. in Chico, a housing non-profit agency in Chico, California for 8 ½ years, then in City and County government in northern California for 20 years. I also served as an elected City Councilmember for 8 years in the City of Corning, where I currently reside. I enjoy semi-retirement and providing grant, non-profit, and local government consulting services for cities, counties, special districts, and non-profit agencies throughout California. My husband, a graduate of the University of San Francisco, is a 30 year retired U.S. Army Colonel who spent time in Iraq, in an office in the Presidential Palace, helping set up the Iraqi Police Department under U.S. Presidential Envoy Paul Bremer. He retired in May 2016 from his second career as a Police Officer for a city in northern California. Our son graduated in 2010 from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and works for the federal government in Washington, DC. Please find me on Facebook and Linkedin as: Susan Riegel Price.

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."
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