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Class Notes Archive: 1970-1979


1970

Jack Bilson Jr. has moved from human resources into horticulture and is enjoying working outside much more than attending corporate meetings.   December 2000

In Memoriam Pierre (Peter) Bordeaux passed away on June 27, 1998 and is survived by his wife Mary Marta King Bordeaux, two sons, Charles Parker Christian and Pierre W.H. Bordeaux Jr, and his mother Nell Harriston Bordeaux. He was a lawyer and businessman and lived in New Orleans for many years.   December 2000

In Memoriam William Button III passed away in 1998.   December 2000

David Chapman has been chief statistician in FDIC's Division of Research and Statistics since October 1997. He also teaches graduate sampling theory at George Washington University on a part-time basis.   December 2000

John E. Higgins was designated as the Acting General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board in May, 2001. He has served on the board since 1964   January 2002

Carol Ann Kiryluk recently left the world of multi- national corporate HR (after 30 years) to explore that of internet and other new media.   October 2001

Ira Lobel retired from FMCS after 30 years as a labor mediator. He has opened his own mediation/arbitration practice in Albany, NY.   February 2004

Ira Lobel '70 retired from FMCS on July 3, 2003 after a career of 30 years as a labor mediator. He has opened his own mediation/arbitration practice in Albany, NY.   July 2003

Bernard Miller has been chairman of the Halifax International Airport Authority for the past two years and is an adjunct professor of industrial relations at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is also a professor of human resources in the Aviation MBA Program sponsored by the International Aviation Transportation Association at Concordia University in Montreal.   December 2000

Dr. Joan Parker has been appointed as the permanent arbitrator for the National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players Association.   October 2001

Richard Warshak is publishing a second book "Divorce Poison: Protecting the Parent- Child from a Vintictive Ex-".   January 2002

1971

Laurie Berke-Weiss '71 is listed as a Labor and Employment lawyer in the (July 3-10, 2006) issue of "New York." The magazine contains a special advertising section -- "New York Area's Best Lawyers." Included is a list of lawyers excerpted from the 2007 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a referral guide published in September 2006, compiled from a peer-based voting process.   September 2006

In Memoriam Stephen Campbell passed away in 1998.   December 2000

Diane Clark Streett '71 was elected Register of Wills for New Castle County, Delaware in November of 2002.   July 2003

Ellen Doft's son David Katz- Doft is a freshman in Cornell's Arts & Sciences program. Her daughter, Rebecca Katz-Doft, is working on her MPH at Emory's Rowlings School of Public Health.   September 2001

Jay Erstling was appointed the Director of the Office of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), an intergovernmental organization in Geneva, Switzerland. The PCT enables inventors to obtain patents throughout the world in a simplified, streamlined manner. Jay and his family are still adjusting to life in Geneva, but they are sure that their time there will be great fun.   February 2003

Linda Goldspinner Wittlin recently retired after a 32 year career negotiating labor agreements in the U.S. private sector. She is interested and willing to do mentoring for current ILR students.   April 2005

Jeffrey S. Gutman was recently appointed Director for Strategy and Operations for the East Asia and Pacific region of the World Bank. His daughter Katie is in her sophomore year at Cornell, majoring in Biometry and Statistics.   September 2001

Nancy Jenn recently published The Global 200 Executive Recruiters.   December 2000

In Memoriam Stephen Johnson '71 passed away in June of 2002. He is survived by his wife, Elayne Johnson.   August 2002

Deborah (Korenblatt) Matz is being appointed by President Bush to serve on the Board of the National Credit Union Administration. Matz is currently the Eecutive Officer of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.   January 2002

Marc J. Levitt received the first-ever Tom Roberts Prize on June 12, 2002. This prize is named after the founder of the Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities.   July 2002

In Memoriam Dr. Joseph Milano passed away Saturday August 23, 2003.   September 2003

David Miller was appointed to director of human resources at LTV Corporation in Cleveland, OH.   December 2000

Stuart Oran has been appointed senior vice president-international with United Airlines.   December 2000

Robert Ostrov is the Senior VP of Human Resources for ArvinMeritor, a Fortune 200 company in the auto sector. ArvinMeritor is a Tier I supplier and a major employer (second largest) of UAW members outside of the Big 3. As the Chief HR Officer for this Company, he is deeply involved in the current restructuring that is taking place and in the negotiations with the Union. December 10, 2006.   December 2006

New role as Vice President of North American Ground Operations and elected a Corporate Officer for FedEx.   August 2005

Aric Press was recently appointed editor-in-chief of The American Lawyer. Richard Price was featured in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about his publication of Freedomland as well as his writing career.   December 2000

In Memoriam Gerard J. (“Jerry”) Shields ’71, died June 19th, 2005. Jerry was an active alumnus with his graduating class.   September 2006

Allan Spritzer has been appointed to the Allen and Ruth Harris Chair of Excellence in Business at the East Tennessee State University College of Business. In this position, he will work to assure that courses and programs of study, particularly at the MBA level, will lead to the development of a greater understanding of management skills and practices.   December 2000

Grotta Attorney is Appointed to the Senior Executive Council of the New Jersey Foundation for Aging Grotta, Glassman & Hoffman, P.A., (GG&H) is proud to announce that Mark E. Tabakman, Counsel at GG&H, has been appointed to the Senior Executive Council of the NJ Foundation for Aging, an organization that works to expand and improve new and innovative approaches in the delivery of services that enable older adults to live in the community with independence and dignity. GG&H, with offices in NJ, NY and CA focuses exclusively on the representation of management in labor, employment, business immigration and employee benefits and related litigation. Mr. Tabakman's practice is focused on complex employment and labor law issues, including wrongful termination, employment discrimination, compliance with the National Labor Relations Act, long?term workforce strategies, labor negotiations and arbitrations and other personnel policies. He has a specialty in wage-hour law and is recognized as an authority on the subject. He received his B.S. degree from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University and his J.D. degree from Rutgers University Law School. He is a member of the American and New Jersey Bar Associations (Member: Labor and Employment Law Sections). Mr. Tabakman is a regular speaker on employment law issues and has appeared on local and national television programs commenting on workplace issues. He has been the author of a weekly column on labor and employment issues entitled, “Making The Law Work.” Mr. Tabakman is Vice Chair of the New Jersey Employer Council of Statewide Employer Organization devoted to gathering the concerns and interests of companies throughout the state. He is also on the Senior Executive Council of the NJ Foundation for Aging and is a member of the New Jersey Banker’s Association (NJBA). For more than 35-years, GG&H has been providing expert counsel to management on labor, employment, business immigration and employee benefits laws and related litigation – handling many “make it or break it” union negotiations for major employers, defending companies in harassment and other discrimination litigation, designing affirmative action and diversity plans and providing state-of-the-art handbooks, policies and training programs for supervisors. Clients of the 55-attorney law firm, which has offices in NJ, NY and CA., range from large multi-national corporations to small family- owned businesses, including public entities, universities and charitable institutions. For labor and employment law- related questions or to speak with Mr. Tabakman, please call 973-992-4800 or send an e-mail to attorneys@gghlaw.com. Please also see the firm website for more information: http://www.gghlaw.com. Please contact Jaclyn Schatell at attorneys@gghlaw.com for a photo.   October 2002

Kenneth Vittor was featured in the August 3, 1998 issue of The National Law Journal about his work at McGraw-Hill Cos. Inc.   December 2000

Reid Weingarten was recently profiled in the Washington Post. He is a well known white collar defense attorney with the law firm Steptoe and Johnson.   May 2005

Gayle Yeomans '71 has been appointed vice president in the Office of Governmental Affairs at New York Life Insurance Company.   August 2002

1972

Harold Belodoff was named president of Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation in Boston, MA.   December 2000

Kenneth Britton '72 retired in August of 2000. He then moved aboard a sailboat with his wife Helen and their dog Mitzie. They all spent the Fall, Winter and Spring traveling the east coast and Bahamas. They are currently at Inner Harbor East Marina in Baltimore, MD and are still enjoying boating.   July 2003

In Fall '02, Denise Gelberg '72 was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) headquartered in Washington D.C. which can accredit teacher education programs nationally. Participating institutions are Princeton, the University of Michigan, NYU, Cornell, Union College, and many others across the country.   July 2003

Denise Gelberg has been writing articles for journals and periodicals since the release of her book The ÔBusiness' of Reforming American Schools (SUNY Press, 1997). She continues to teach in the Ithaca Schools, keeping a foot in both the practitioner and the researcher/writer camps.   December 2000

Bruce Hazen's Career and Management consulting is picking up. He loves working on the leading edge with professionals that are redefining careers; how they are designed, lived and changed. Consulting with clients from Massachusetts to Southern California to Seattle, both organizational (Federal Reserve), and individual.   January 2003

Bruce B. Hazen, private practice, Career and Management Consulting, has been enjoying considerable growth. His clients range from Cornell alums to The Federal Reserve.   December 2001

Mr. Perry Heidecker reports that his daughter Stacy has just completed her freshman year as part of the class of AG '04. She loves it at Cornell.   August 2001

Gary Masterson's daughter Anne was married in November, 2001.   January 2002

Eastman Chemical Company announced the appointment of Michael J. Murphy to the newly created position of vice president, compensation and benefits.   February 2003

Arthur Nathan, vice president of human resources for Mirage resorts in Las Vegas, was featured in a March 28, 1998 article "Entering Las Vegas" in the San Francisco Chronicle.   December 2000

Edward Potter was the employer spokesman for the ILO Declaration of Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work which was adopted by the International Labor Organization on June 18, 1998. The declaration is a solemn commitment of the 174 member nations to achieve the principles concerning fundamental rights in the case ILO conventions.   December 2000

Bruce Raynor was recently ecelcted President of UNITE. He also spoke to students at the ILR School's pre-Labor Day Celebration.   September 2001

In Memoriam Donald Rosenthal, a partner in the firm Seyfarth Shaw Fairweather Geraldson, passed away on August 31, 2001 in Potomac, MD. He is survived by his wife Ileane and two daughters, Jessica and Amanda Bryn. Jessica is a freshman at ILR this year.   September 2001

Samuel Salkin was appointed vice president of merchandising at GreenTree Nutrition, Inc.   December 2000

1973

Lawrence Brown appeared as counsel for the respondent in the first case in the October 1998 term of the United States Supreme Court: NYNEX, et al. v. DISCON, Incorporated, an anti-trust case.   December 2000

Samuel Carmen, Jr. '73 is serving in his second year on the National Steering Committee of the Urban Network to Improve Teacher Education. He is also serving on the Board of Directors of the Holmes Partnership- a collaboration of University school districts and unions working together to improve K-12 teacher preparation.   July 2003

Mr. Samuel Carmen Jr. was recently elected to the board of directors of the Holmes Partnership, a national network of universities, schools of education, school districts, and teacher unions committed to the development of high quality teacher training programs. He is also expecting the arrival of his first grandchild in October.   August 2001

Ian Cook

Ian Cook MILR '73, Vienna, VA, is pleased to announce that his first book has just been published. The title is Would They Call You Their Best Boss Ever? Practical Tips and Insights for the Successful Manager. It contains thought-provoking ideas, nuggets from research, and practical tips and approaches for becoming an effective manager. The bottom line: people working for a great manager work harder, exceed performance expectations, accept more accountability, and are way more satisfied in their job.   July 2012

Robert L. Douglas recently served as the NYS Public Employees Relations Board- appointed mediator for the impasse between the United Federation of Teachers (of New York City) and the New York City School Board.   October 2001

Mr. Robert Douglas recently served as the mediator appointed by the New York State Public Employment Relations Board for the collective bargaining impasse between the United Federation of Teachers, the New York City Board of Education, and the City of New York. The dispute affected over 100,000 employees, 1,200 schools, and 1.1 million students.   August 2001

Lawrence S. Fox recently accepted a new position as national director of the Health Care Division of the Service Employees International Union.   October 2001

At its annual meeting held on May 22, 2012 the New Jersey Educational Facilities Authority (NJEFA) Members re-elected Roger B. Jacobs, Esq. to serve as Chairman of the NJEFA. Roger Jacobs, a labor and employment attorney, has been a Member of NJEFA since 2003 and has served as Chairman since May 2010. He is the Managing Member of Jacobs Law Offices, LLC, located in Roseland, NJ.   July 2012

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently granted a petition for certification prepared by Mr. Donald Jacobs. Donald is seeking reversal of a decision that declined to apply the New Jersey Good Samaritan Act to a doctor who came to the aid of another doctor's patient during an emergency at the hospital.   August 2001

Mark Liff '73, is excited to report that his son, Noah, has been admitted to the Cornell ILR Class of 2015.   February 2011

Cynthia Martin is developing new child care centers in the Philadelphia area.   December 2000

Dr. Claudia Meer reports that her son Jonathan is currently enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell. She enjoyed the ILR reception she and her family attended in August 1998.   December 2000

Dr. Norman Solomon was appointed dean at the College of Business, Minnesota State University, Mankato in August 1998. Minnesota State University, Mankato is an institution of 15,000 students located 75 miles south of the Twin Cities. He was previously dean of the College of Business at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada.   December 2000

Senator Mike Nozzolio has been at the forfront of establishing a Finger Lakes Institute for some time. With a recent one million dollar state grant the Finger Lakes Institute is now finally going to be a reality. It will be located at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva.   February 2003

Sharon Prost was nominated for US Circuit Judge for the Federal Court in Washington, DC by President Bush in May 2001.   January 2002

Sharon Prost was inducted as U.S. Circuit Judge of the Federal Circuit in October, 2001.   January 2002

Thomas Quinn recently published a book.   January 2006

Jon Shure is president of New Jersey Policy Perspective, which recently received a major grant for operations for the next 12 months. NJPP conducts research on state policy issues with the aim of getting a more progressive voice into the debate. He is also teaching New Jersey politics at Rutgers University in New Brunswick and writing a column called "The Press" for New Jersey Lawyer, a weekly publication. He was named to the board of trustees of the Center for Non-Profit Corporations in New Jersey.   December 2000

1974

Mollie Bowers is a professor at the Senior Fellow Center for Negotiations and Conflict at the University of Baltimore, which offers a Masters degree. Dr. Bowers teaches courses in arbitration and negotiations and conflict management.   December 2000

Tom Brandt has accepted a position as Senior Litigator Counsel with Shell Oil Company.   August 2001

Michael Delikat's daughter Stacey is entering her sophomore year as a communications major in CALS. She had a fascenating internship with CNN-FN this past summer.   September 2001

Oliver Esman, Class of '74, joined Strawn Arnold & Associates, a boutique executive search firm focusing in the life sciences, after multiple officer level roles in Human Resources. Prior to joining SAA in late 2006, he was Vice President of Human Resources for the Sandoz division of Novartis. Oliver lives in Mountain Lakes ,NJ, has been married to his wife Carolyn for 25 years, and has two daughters, Elizabeth, 23, who is a graduate of NYU and Emily, 21. a senior at GWU in Washington. D.C.   May 2007

Samuel Guzik has been appointed general counsel and chief legal officer at Apparel Technologies, Inc.   December 2000

Mollie Heath Bowers has been elected Chairperson of the Washington DC Airports Authority Employee Relations Council. She is also the author of "Just Cause in the Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Cases", Dispute Resolution Journal, (November 2000- January)   August 2001

Steven J. Heyer has been given responsibility for Coke's Latin American operations.   July 2002

Ira Jaffe, a labor arbitrator from Potomac, Maryland, is on President George W. Bush's list of intended appointees to the President's Emergency Board.   January 2002

Eric J. Keller was appointed to the board of directors of Marimba, Inc. in July 2001.   January 2002

The NYL School Journal of Human Rights held a full day symposium in October of 2000 to make the 20th anniversary of Professor Arthur Leonard's newsletter, Lesbian/Gay Law Notes. A special symposium issue of the law journal has been published.   August 2001

Harold Levy has gone to work for Kaplan Inc., the test- preperation company, where he will oversee the creation of a for-profit school of education that will offer bachelor's and master's degrees to teachers in training.   April 2003

Harold O. Levy '74 recently turned over the job of New York City schools chancellor to Joel I. Klein, the former Clinton administration prosecutor tapped by Mayor Michael R.Bloomberg for the position.   August 2002

Peter C. Loomis recently joined the adjunct faculty of the ILR School in Western New York. He teaches supervisory studies, collective bargaining, discipline and grievance handling, salary administration and other classes.   October 2001

Peter Loomis is developing a human resources consulting practice within an established accounting firm serving business clients throughout the Northeast and Canada.   December 2000

Arlene Singer co-founded WellCall, Inc in 1996, a nation-wide preventive health, well-ness, and complementary care education, counseling and referral service. It currently provides services to organizations, trusts, and health plans.   December 2000

Diane Streett was elected Register of Wills for New Castle County, Delaware in November, 2002.   February 2004

Gary Weidy was recently promoted to Senior Vice President, Human Resources for Primedia Inc. in its Business Media and Magazine Group.   February 2002

Jerrold Wohlgemuth and his wife Susan gave birth to Adam in March 1998.   December 2000

Jordan "Jay" Yudien operates his law practice, Yudien & Associates, in Walnut Creek, California. The firm specializes in all aspects of labor and employment, real estate, business and civil litigation. Jay and his wife Mary have a 5 year old daughter, Marissa Genevieve.   August 2001

Jordan "Jay" Yudien operates his law practice, Yudien & Associates, in Walnut Creek, California. The firm specializes in all aspects of labor and employment, real estate, business and civil litigation. Jay and his wife Mary have a 5 year old daughter, Marissa Genevieve.   August 2001

Jordan "Jay" Yudien operates his law practice, Yudien & Associates, in Walnut Creek, California, a suburb of San Francisco. The firm specializes in all aspects of labor and employment, real estate, business and civil litigation. Jay and his wife Mary have a 5 year old daughter, Marissa Genevieve.   August 2001

1975

Ms. Lindsey Anderson is now doing e-Commerce Strategic Planning for Sybase.   August 2001

Mark Brossman became a partner at Schulte Roth & Zabel.   December 2000

Gregory Campbell has been appointed to the board of directors at Fresh America Corporation.   January 2002

Harriet E. Cooperman was recently appointed by Governor Glendenning to a position on the Maryland State Higher Education Labor Reations Board. She began a 3-year term 7/1/01.   October 2001

Today, as the head of an organization responsible for more than $450 million in small business loans, Roslyn Goldmacher is on a self- proclaimed misson of encouraging "economic stability and growth" on Long Island.   February 2003

Neil Hemphill was appointed senior vice president of administration and human resources for America's Group at Columbia HCA.   December 2000

Mitchell Karp has been the President of Karp Consulting Group, Inc. for the past nine years. He has also been an adjunct faculty member of the NYSSILR Management Development and EEO Programs. Most recently, Mitchell completed a cross-cultural comparative study for the USAID/Cairo office identifying best practices in OD that enhance glohal competitiveness.   February 2004

For the past 9 years, Mitchell Karp '75 has been president of Karp Consulting Group, Inc., ("KCG")a multidisciplinary group of organization development consultants specializing in organization dynamics. He has also been adjunct faculty member of the NYSSILR Management Development and EEO Programs. Most recently, Mitchell completed a cross-cultural comparitive study for the USAID/Cairo office identifying best practices in OD that enhance global competitveness.   July 2003

I recently formed a new law, firm Laufer, Knapp, Torzewski & Dalena LLC with 5 partners in Morristown, New Jersey. Specializing in Labor/employment law, family law, litigation, estates and corpoarte law.   February 2003

Katherine Levine Weinstein is a member of the New York regional board of the Anti- Defamation League. Her daughter Sophia is four years old.   January 2002

On the professional front, I have served as Deputy Attorney General to New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer for the past four years. On the personal front, my family (I have two kids) and I spent last weekend in New York City with my old Cornell friend Tom Santone ('75) and his family. Tom is married with three kids and owns an investment bank. I also recently spoke to my Cornell roommate Kevin Sigler ('75).Kevin is married with two kids and is a professor at UNC Wilmington.   April 2003

Martin Mack is deputy attorney general for the NYS Attorney General's office, overseeing the agency's regional offices in Syracuse, NY.   December 2000

Michael McManus is enjoying exciting graduate student opportunities in China.   August 2001

Hope Reilly took a position at Cintas Corp, the largest uniform company in the US.   December 2000

Harvey Shrage is enjoying teaching at Western New England College. He has recently been promoted to from Associate Professor to Professor.   December 2001

Mr. Harvey Shrage was recently promoted to Professor of Management.   August 2001

Alexandra Soluk's daughter Renee is a student in the Hotel School. Another daugher, Tanya, recently graduated from Claremont McKenna College and received a Fulbright Scholarship to Ukraine.   May 2005

Ms. Dorothy St. Clair has changed career paths from business to ministry. She recently moved to the beautiful Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina- a long time desire of hers.   August 2001

Peter Vogel was named CEO of the new company created from MeadWestvaco Corp's Paper Group.   April 2005

Robin Wolaner recently published her book "Naked in the Boardroom: A CEO Bares Her Secrets So You Can Transform Your Career."   April 2005

1976

Phyllis joined the law firm Arnstein & Lehr in West Palm Beach, Florida, as a partner. Fellow Alum Michael Jonas '77 joined the firm at the same time, also in West Palm, as a partner.   April 2002

Dr. Marjorie Coppock has retired from full-time teaching at Texas A&M University and has relocated with her husband to San Antonio, TX.   December 2000

Ellen Dember has taken a position with KPMG and is based in Montvale, NJ.   December 2000

Charles J Farfaglia

Charles J. Farfaglia '76, MILR '81, is VP Human Resources for Fairway Market, that operates retail food stores in the New York metropolitan area renowned for offering the highest quality and largest selection of meat, cheese, fish, produce, specialty, and traditional grocery items. Prior to joining Fairway Market in late 2007, he was VP Human Resources for Ethan Allen Interiors, Inc. Charles lives in Sandy Hook, CT with his wife of 30 years , Patrica, HE '77, daughter Sara, 27, a graduate of Sacred Heart University, and son Michael, 22, a senior at UCONN.   December 2007

In Memoriam Paul Gerarde passed away on Sunday, December 1, 2002.   February 2003

In Memoriam Paul Stephen Gerarde passed away in December of 2002.   January 2003

Steven Gillman has been with Fox and Grove in Chicago for eighteen years. He, wife Gillian, and daughter Mikaela were joined by twins Ethan and Alexa on May 17, 1998.   December 2000

Bowater Incorporated announced on April 2006 that David J. Paterson ’76, has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company effective May 1, 2006. He succeeds Arnold M. Nemirow, who is retiring as Chief Executive Officer but will remain as non-executive Chairman until later this year. Since 2003, Mr. Paterson, has been Executive Vice President of Georgia-Pacific Corporation, in charge of its Building Products Division. He joined Georgia-Pacific in 1987, and in recent years has been responsible for its Pulp and Paperboard Division, its Paper and Bleached Board Division and its Communication Papers Division.   September 2006

Lori Segal-Openheimer and her husband opened POLO Consulting and Education, LLC last year. The firm provides consulting services regarding purchasing for businesses of all sizes.   January 2002

Ronald Spector joined former classmate Eric Simon at Kreitzman Mortensen, Simon and Ingang where he specializes in employment and labor litigation.   January 2002

Safety Holdings, Inc., filed to go public on April 26, 2002. David Zalaznick (BS ILR '76) is a director of the company. His term expires in 2004.   July 2002

Donald Zinn is proud to announce the merger of his firm, End Zone Solutions Group, with another professional services firm. The result is CPath Solutions, LLC.   January 2002

Donald Zinn was instrumental in raising $5 million during 1998 as executive vice president of Cognet Corporation to take the electronic software distribution product, Cognet, into the international corporate marketplace.   December 2000

1977

Louis Agre Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Is an organizer, Business Agent and in-house counsel at International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 542. He was recently elected President of the Philadelphia Metal Trades Council. The Philadelphia Metal Trades Council is the coalition of all Unions at the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard. He is a Democratic Ward Leader in Philadelphia and is married with two sons.   May 2012

After seventeen years of practicing law, Louis Agre is returning to union organizing. He will be working for Operating Engineers, Local 542 as an organizer.   April 2005

Charles L. Bernhardt is the Cantor at Oseh Shalom Synagogue. He now is represented by the American Federation of Musicians, AFL- CIO.   September 2001

Stanley Bernstein is a founding partner of a New York City law fim that specializes in representing institutional investors, such as pension funds and unions, in security legislation.   February 2004

Stanley Bernstein '77 is a founding partner of a NYC Law Firm specializing in representing Institutional Investors such as pension funds and unions in Securities Litigation.   July 2003

Michael Brizel was named vice president and general counsel of the Reader's Digest Assocation, Inc. in July 1998.   December 2000

Dean Burrell was recently elected President-Elect of the Garden State Bar Association of New Jersey.   February 2003

Invacare Corporation has announced Diane Davie as its new Senior Vice President of Human Resources.   March 2003

Diane Davie was appointed vice president for human resources at The Geon Company.   December 2000

CIT Group Inc. announced in June 2006 the appointment of James J. (Jim) Duffy ‘77 as Executive Vice President and global head of Human Resources. In this role, he will develop strategies and programs that unify, engage and develop employees. Additionally, Duffy will build a corporate culture that aligns employees with business goals and facilitates sustained growth.   September 2006

Brian Dunn was appointed president of McLagan Partners, Inc.   December 2000

Bob Dutkowsky ’77, took over for Steven Raymund, as the new CEO of the Tampa Bay area's largest company - the Clearwater computer distributor Tech Data Corp. Dutkowsky started the job on October 2, leading a company with about $20 billion in sales. October 26, 2006   November 2006

Robert Dutkowsky recently replaced C. Edward McVaney as CEO at J.D. Edwards & Co. of Denver, Colorado.   January 2002

Robert Dutkowsky was appointed by EMC Corporation to the position of executive vice president, markets and channels.   December 2000

Bruce Farbman has established his own consulting firm, Farbman & Associates, in Malvern, PA.   November 2001

In Memoriam William Flinchbaugh passed away in 1998.   December 2000

Mitchell Genser closed his Children's Law of Mediation Practice four years ago and now trades options full time for a living. He also teaches seminars on trading options in the stock market.   February 2004

Mitchell Genser '77 closed his children's Law and Mediation Practice (private) 4 years ago. He is now trading options full time for a living as well as teaching seminars on trading options in the stock market.   July 2003

Craig Gold was married on July 20, 2003 in Redondo Beach, California to Mariette Umali who works at Cedar Sinai Medical Center.   September 2003

Andrew Heller has been named chief operating officer of Turner Network Sales, the cable sales arm of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.   December 2000

Madeleine Hemmings recently offered a career tele-conference for the National Joint Apprenticeship Committee for the Electrical Industry to introduce students to the opportunities in the electrical industry through apprenticeships. The program is offered to educational institutions at no charge and has 408 colleges registered.   December 2000

Michael joined the law firm Arnstein & Lehr in West Palm Beach, Florida, as a partner. Fellow Alum Phyllis Block '76 joined the firm at the same time, also in West Palm, as a partner.   April 2002

Dan Knise has been hired by the Washington/Baltimore 2012 Coalition to lead its effort for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Through his work with Samaritan Inns, he also helps provide shelter for drug abusers in the District.   December 2000

Stephen Marsland is running for State Assembly in California as a Libertarian candidate.   December 2000

Colleen Martin's daughter, Maureen Martin, is Cornell- ILR class of 2006.   February 2003

Douglas McCabe, Professor of Management at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, was the 2003 recipient of the Joeseph F. LeMoine Award for Undergraduate and Graduate Teaching Excellence. He also serves on Georgetown Univestsity's Committee on rank and tenure.   February 2004

Dr. Douglas McCabe just completed his 25th year as Professor of Labor Relations and Human Resource Management at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business in Washington, DC.   September 2001

Dr. Douglas M. McCabe (Ph.D., '77) just completed his 25th year as a Professor of Labor Relations and Human Resource Management at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, Washington, D.C.   August 2001

Mr. Terrence Murphy is the co-chair of the Labor Employment Law Department of Klett Rooney Lieber & Schorling, which includes more than 30 labor and employment lawyers.   August 2001

Dr. Bonalyn Nelson joined the Saint Michael's College department of business as an Associate Professor. Nelson earned her doctorate from ILR in 1977 and was an Assistant Professor in the Johnson School of Management from 1996 to 2001.   April 2005

Ruth Raisfeld, ILR BS 77 and Vice President-Secretary of the ILR Alumni Association met with Honorable Stephen J. Adler, ILR BS ’62, President, National Labour Court of the State of Israel. Ms. Raisfeld, a mediator and arbitrator, was in Jerusalem to study at the Shalom Hartman Institute where she met with Judge Adler at the Labour Court over which he presides. Judge Adler serves as the President of the highest appeals court in Israel with jurisdiction over all labor and labor relations matters. He is highly regarded by both employers and unions for his fairness and ability to help the parties resolve disputes without work stoppages or other interruptions that could not only cause economic disruption but impact Israel’s security. Judge Adler will be teaching a course in Ithaca this Fall entitled "Israeli Labor Relations & Labor Law in Comparative Perspective."   July 2009

Ruth D. Raisfeld was elected as a Fellow of the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers.   July 2009

Ruth Raisfeld, an employment lawyer with more than 23 years of experience, is serving as a mediator/arbitrator/investigat or for resolution of workplace disputes in NYC and Westchester. She is Program Chair of the ADR Committee of the Westchester Bar Association.   February 2004

Ms. Ruth Raisfeld '77, an employment lawyer with more than 23 years of experience, is serving as a mediator/arbitrator/ investigator for resolution of workplace disputes in New York and Westchester. She is program chair of the ADR Committee of the Westchester Bar Association.   July 2003

Marc Reisch was appointed president of World Color Press in December 1998. With sales of $2.5 billion, World Color Press is one of the largest printers in the world and a leading publisher of magazines, catalogues, books, direct mail, retail inserts, and commercial and digital prepress.   December 2000

Dr. Sehwerert has returned to the U.S. after 30 of working in South America.   January 2003

Matthew Swaya is director of corporate counsel for Starbucks Coffee Company.   January 2002

In Memoriam David Tulchin passed away in 1998.   December 2000

Jay Walker is chairman of Priceline.com. This highly successful company is a pioneer in the burgeoning online industry of "buyer-driven commerce," in which consumers submit an online bid for goods and services.   December 2000

Dennis Wells started a new law firm entitled Wells, Haug & Leopold. The firm specializes in providing labor relations and employment advice to management clients, primarily school districts and municipalities in Vermont.   February 2004

Along with two partners, Dennis Wells '77 started the law firm of Wells, Haug, and Leopold. The Practice specializes in providing labor relations and employment advice to management clients, primarily school districts and municipalities in Vermont.   July 2003

Dennis Zeleny is vice president of human resources at Allied Signal in Morristown, NJ.   December 2000

Paula Zwerdling got married MAy 24, 2001 to Steven Zivinsky, a New York Architect with Zivinsky and Lox Architects. Paula is currently handling PR for the law firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. She is very happy.   August 2001

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John Blickerman co-edited the publication Court-Annexed Mediation: Critical Perspectives on Selected State and Federal Programs.   December 2000

Vivian Conover, director of academic advising at Fredonia College, NY was selected as one of the nation's Outstanding First-Year Advocates.   December 2000

Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld ’78 joined the Institute for Labor and Industrial Relations at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as Director and Professor of the Institute. August 16, 2006   October 2006

Prof. Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, currently the Executive Director of the Engineering Systems Learning Center and Senior Research Scientist at the Sloan School of Management at MIT, will join the University of Illinois as Director of the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations (ILIR) effective 8/16/06.   July 2006

Angela DeSilva is learning about power generation in her position in labor and employment law at Duke Energy Corporation in Houston, TX.   December 2000

Kmart's unsecured creditors committee selected Douglas J. Smith, magaging director for the Chicago-based Huron Consulting Group LLC, to be the trustee.   April 2003

1978--John J. Haggerty completed his ILR PhD in August of 2010. He is the Managing Director of ILR Executive Education and a lecturer in both the undergraduate and MILR programs. John and his wife Robin Driskel (Ag. 1979) live in Aurora.   February 2011

Thomas M. Lucas MS '78, has been named Resident Manager of the Norfolk, Va. office of Jackson Lewis LLP   November 2010

Greetings from California! I would like to keep up with the class of 1978. You can reach me at lestermoon@attbi.com Look forward to hearing from you.   October 2002

Ina Plotsky Kupferberg reports that she is still a "stay at home mom" with 3 kids ages 13, 10, and 7. She is active in several community organizations applying her "skills" to volunteer work.   September 2003

Ronald Richman became a partner at Schulte Roth & Zabel.   December 2000

Diane Rosen published and co-authored a new book The Grownup's Guide to Living with Kids in Manhattan, in October 1998.   December 2000

Matthew L. Sadinsky is now the Chief HR Officer for GridSouth Transco, a for- profit electrical transmission company in NC. Sadinsky moved to GridSouth after spending a year "dot- comming" at Havas Interactive, an internet game company. The Sadinskys (including daughters Jordan, 14; Madison, 7 and Carson, 4) celebrated the birth of the family's first son, Jackson Henry, on 8/6/2000.   September 2001

Matthew Sadinsky joined Magellan Labs, a Chemical, Manufacturing, Control Contract Review Organization (CMC-CRO) and is doing analytical testing for the pharmaceutical industry. His four daughters are doing well.   December 2000

Lee W. Schultheis '78 is the Chief Investment Officer and Co-Managing Member of Alternative Investment Partners, a hedge fund firm he recently co-founded with former president and chief executive of Kinetics Asset Management, Inc., Steven Samson.   August 2002

David Sheil has been named senior vice president of human resources at Cooper Industries, Inc.   December 2000

Steven Silverstein is a partner in the law firm, Schwartz & Silverstein, LLP with offices in New City, NY and Montvale, NJ.   December 2000

Kmart's unsecured creditors committee selected Douglas J. Smith, magaging director for the Chicago-based Huron Consulting Group LLC, to be the trustee.   April 2003

In Memoriam Joel Zucker passed away this past summer. He lived in Freeville, NY.   December 2000

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Seth H. Agata '79, Kinderhook, NY, was appointed Deputy Counsel to the New York Comptroller this April. He recently co-authored The History of the New York Court of Appeals, 1932-2003 (2006, Columbia University Press). He previously served as Senior Counsel to the Majority, New York State Assembly. He resides in Kinderhook, New York with his wife, Gail. His son, Adam, is a freshman in the College of Ag and Life Sciences at Cornell.   April 2007

In Memoriam Kenneth Beaver Jr. passed away in 1998.   December 2000

Grotta Attorney is Named President-Elect of the Garden State Bar Association Grotta, Glassman & Hoffman, P.A., (GG&H) is proud to announce that Dean L. Burrell, Counsel at GG&H, has been named President-Elect of the Garden State Bar Association, an affiliate of the National Bar Association. The GSBA is dedicated to African- Americans and others becoming an effective part of the judicial and legal systems. Dean L. Burrell, Esq. advises clients throughout the country in all aspects of labor relations and employment law. GG&H, with offices in NJ, NY and CA focuses exclusively on the representation of management in labor, employment, business immigration and employee benefits and related litigation. Mr. Burrell joined GG&H from the National Labor Relations Board, where he practiced with the Special Litigation Branch of the Division of Enforcement Litigation, and the Washington, D.C. field office. At the Board he engaged in extensive representation and unfair labor practice trial proceedings, plus labor- oriented federal bankruptcy, district and appellate court litigation. Mr. Burrell received his B.S. degree from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, his J.D. degree from the Washington College of Law of the American University, and his Master of Laws in Labor Law from the Georgetown University Law Center. Mr. Burrell is a member of the New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and District of Columbia Bars. Mr. Burrell is a member of the American and National Bar Associations; the Executive Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, co- coordinator of the annual joint NLRB/N.J. Bar Conference; and a member of 100 Black Men of New Jersey, Inc. He also serves on the Boards of the Cornell University Industrial & Labor Relations Alumni Association; Prevent Blindness; and the Morris County Urban League. For more than 35-years, GG&H has been providing expert counsel to management on labor, employment, business immigration and employee benefits laws and related litigation – handling many “make it or break it” union negotiations for major employers, defending companies in harassment and other discrimination litigation, designing affirmative action and diversity plans and providing state-of-the-art handbooks, policies and training programs for supervisors. Clients of the 55-attorney law firm, which has offices in NJ, NY and CA., range from large multi-national corporations to small family- owned businesses, including public entities, universities and charitable institutions. For labor and employment law- related questions or to speak with Mr. Burrell, please call 973-992-4800 or send an e- mail to attorneys@gghlaw.com. Please also see the firm website for more information: http://www.gghlaw.com. Please contact Jaclyn Schatell at attorneys@gghlaw.com for a photo.   October 2002

In Memoriam John Russell Collings (MILR '79) of Detroit, Michigan, died on Tuesday, June 22, 2004, after a long illness. In 1977, John began graduate work at ILR, after having worked as a truck driver and labor organizer. He graduated from Cornell in 1979 with a Master's Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations, and joined the International United Auto Workers Union, where he had served as a Senior Advisor in the Social Security Department. He retired from the UAW, after 24 years of service, in 2003. He is survived by his children, Fitz Beckwith Collings and Piper Beckwith Collings, of Hudson, Ohio.   July 2004

Barbara J. Collins was appointed president of the Connecticut Bar Association in July 2001.   January 2002

Barbara J. Collins was recently appointed president of the Connecticut Bar Association.   December 2001

Archer Daniels Midland appointed Michael D'Ambrose ’79, as Senior Vice President of Human Resources. D'Ambrose will serve on the strategic planning committee and report to ADM's CEO and president Patricia Woertz. October 30, 2006.   November 2006

James Fairfield-Sonn (MS '79) has just been appointed Dean of the Barney School of Business at the University of Hartford.   September 2005

Mr. James Fairfield-Sonn recently published a book entitled "Corporate Culture and the Quality Organization." Westport, CT: Quorom Books, 2001.   August 2001

Elaine Feldman Patterson, MILR '79 has been elected to the Trinity College Board of Trustees.   March 2006

Leonard Greenhalgh

Leonard Greenhalgh PhD '79, Hanover, NH, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the US Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency. After graduation from ILR, he became Professor of Management at The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where his current primary role is as the school’s Director of Programs for Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises. His work takes him all over the country, from Alaska to Florida, and to the nation’s inner cities. His mission has been to fight poverty by increasing the economic self-reliance of minorities, Native Americans, and women—all of whom have faced historical discrimination. The award recognizes the Tuck program’s unmatched achievement in fostering the growth and development of minority businesses. Tuck is a small business school, yet Greenhalgh operates the largest and most comprehensive program in the world for helping disadvantaged businesses. The Tuck School, founded more than a century ago, is the nation’s oldest graduate school of business, and is rated number one in the country by The Wall Street Journal and Forbes. The school pioneered specialized education for minority business owners back in 1980: Greenhalgh taught in the inaugural program and is now program Director. The US Department of Commerce, in making the presentation, noted that the programs Len Greenhalgh designs and leads address a real need. Most people who start entrepreneurial businesses know how to deliver a service or manufacture a product better than they know how to run the business. This leads to a high failure rate, which is bad for the U.S. economy: minorities need to be successful if they are to create local wealth and jobs in inner cities, poor rural communities, and on Indian reservations. His one-week intensive learning experiences have helped more than 4,300 minorities survive, prosper, and grow to scale, and thousands more have benefited from Greenhalgh's shorter offerings. [photo caption: Dr. Leonard Greenhalgh ILR PhD ‘79 (center) accepts Lifetime Achievement Award from The Minority Business Development Agency, U.S. Department of Commerce]   December 2007

Brian Hackett '79, Charlotte, NC, has founded APEX Performance. The Apex training model was developed at West Point, and APEX Performance is currently setting up 8 training centers for the US Army. They also work with NFL, MLB and PGA athletes on peak performance. Brian also leads The Learning Forum, a consortium of over 200 senior HR executives, to share emerging practices.   June 2007

Susan Heller '79 moved to the 185-attorney firm Loeb & Loeb from Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin's on April 1, 2002. She will serve as co-chair of the firm's trademark group.   July 2002

Thomas Helling has been promoted to vice president of advertising sales of The New York Times.   December 2000

Elizabeth Igleheart became director and provider of financial services at BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia in March 1998. She also has been active with the capital campaign fundraising for her children's private school.   December 2000

Philip Korman has a position in resource development as program manager at Franklin Regional Council of Governments in Greenfield, MA.   December 2000

Steven Kurlander '79, publishes first novel, "The Dog Days of September".   November 2010

Marc Nathan was appointed vice president of compensation and benefits at WellPoint Health Networks, Inc.   December 2000

Ms. Deborah Petti is currently working in the Investment Bank's Leadership and Organization Development Organization. Also, she has been elected co-president of the PTA.   August 2001

Timothy Ring has been selected to succeed William Longfield as Chairman and CEO of C.R. Bard, Inc.   March 2003

Rev. George Schultze recently presented a paper on Work and Worship in the Vatican City. He is a professor at the University of San Francisco.   January 2002

Susan Schwartz Cooke began her masters in Adult Education at Elmira College last year. She is certified as a Fellow, Academy of Health Care Management in 2000.   August 2001

In Memoriam Gwendolyn Wells, a long-time union activist and leader, died January 15, 1999 at age 53. At the time of her death she was director of education and research for the Office and Professional Employees International Union, AFL-CIO.   December 2000