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Class Notes Archive: 1980-1989


Jane Abraham and her husband Joseph had a son, Nicholas, in July 1998 to the delight of his 3 year old sister Carrie.   December 2000

Leona Barsky was promoted to vice president of employment compliance at Revlon Consumer Products Corporations. She serves as corporate-wide counsel for affirmative action, EEO offices, and employment and labor law issues.   December 2000

Elizabeth Bennett became director of human resources at Time Warner Cable in July 1998. Elizabeth adopted Annie, a toddler from China, in October 1997.   December 2000

Jacob Billig was appointed vice president of investor relations at Frontier Insurance Group, Inc.   December 2000

Diane Champion recently started a new business- "Organize Thirst" that does organizing, coaching and training of business owners, professionals and managers. She is teaching 2 courses at "The Knowledge Network" in Albany on organizing and simplifying. She recently authored a book entitled "Get the Life You Want- A Workbook."   August 2001

In Memoriam Peter Cook '80 passed away this past year. He is survived by his parents and two brothers.   August 2002

John Dowd has a new job as vice president of sales and marketing for Webgalaxy, Inc., in Carlsbad, CA, focusing on providing comprehensive internet products for unions.   December 2000

David Durfee has accepted the position of Director of Legal Affairs to the Administration Office of the Courts.   August 2001

Mark Fanning has a position in Singapore as general manager of human resources and quality at Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific Pte Ltd.   December 2000

As an excecutive vice president for labor relations and human resources, Robert D. Manfred Jr. played a key role in winning a contract with the players union in August. It was the first time since the mid 1960's that the expiration of the contract did not end in a work stopage.   February 2003

Rebecca Maron Mazin '80, Larchmont, NY, is pleased to report that The Employee Benefits Answer Book; An Indispensable Guide for Managers and Business Owners was published by Pfeiffer in December. The Healthcare reform debate extended writing but luckily all PPACA information is included with multiple references to how much still needs to be defined and may change. The book is available in bookstores and online as a paperback and ebook formats.   March 2011

Michael McQueeney was elected General Counsel of Texaco in June 2001.   January 2002

Joyce Meyers is now Senior Manager, Human Resources at the Princeton, NJ plant of Purdue BioPharma, a pharmaceutical company.   November 2001

Kevin Murphy is a benefits consultant in the Washington, DC office of the Segal Company. In this capacity he works jointly with trusteed health and pension plans, as well as union staff plans.   December 2000

Leonard G. Remo was named as the Long Beach Unit of the Arthritis Foundation 2002 Honoree at its 18th annual Arthritis Spring Breakfast. Remo has been a member of the Arthritis Foundation unit for eight years and raises funds for research.   July 2002

Joseph Rich has been named President of Pearl Meyer & Partners, the compensation consulting practice of Clark Consulting.   September 2005

Eva Sage-Gavin has joined Gap Inc. in the newly created role of Exectutive Vice President of Human Resources.   March 2003

Karen Smith-Pilkington was recently fetured in the Rochester Business Journal. Karen is currently the President of Kodak Professional and Senior Vice of Eastman Kodak Company Rochester, NY.   September 2003

Karen Smith-Pilkington has been elected a Senior Vice President of the Eastman Kodak Company by its board of directors.   January 2003

Karen Smith-Pilkington has been named President of the Kodak Professional unit of the Eastman Kodak Company.   January 2002

Karen Smith-Pilkington was elected corporate vice president of Eastman Kodak Company.   December 2000

Edward L. Stratton, Jr. relocated to Houston, TX with GE in 2000. Since that time he has enjoyed catchng up with his freshman roommate, Mike McQueeney ILR '80, who is General Counsel of Texaco.   September 2001

Daniel Troy, chief legal counsel of the US Food and Drug Administration, is defending Pfizer in a lawsuit regarding Zoloft.   April 2003


Edwin Baum is now a member of Proskauer Rose LLP where he will continue his pratice in employment and commercial litigation. One of his new partners is ILR classmate Paul Salvatore '81.   February 2004

On July 1, 2003, Edwin Baum '81, became a member of Proskauer Rose, LLP where together with his partners and colleagues from the former Solomon Zauderer firm, he will continue his practice in employment and commercial litigation. One of his new partners at Proskauer includes ILR classmate Paul Salvatore '81.   July 2003

Diana Carr returned with her two children to the US in January, 2002, after 4 years in Europe.   July 2002

Kenneth Carrig was appointed vice president and chief administrative officer of SYSCO Corporation.   December 2000

John M. Chevrette recently joined Navigation Consulting, Inc. He is Senior Managing Director of the firm's Energy & Water business unit's Customer Strategies practice.   January 2002

J. Anthony Clark has been appointed by Gov. Rod Blagojevich to head the Illinois Department of Insurance.   March 2003

Gregg Dedrick recently left the role of Executive Vice President and chief People Officer with Tricon Global Restaurants, Inc. to pursue personal interests. He will continue to work for Tricon in a consulting capacity.   January 2002

Lenovo Group appointed in August 2006 Kenneth DiPietro ’81, as Senior Vice President of Human Resources.   September 2006

Tracy Dolgin joins Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin as head (one of 3) of the Investment Bank's Media & Entertainment Group.   September 2003

David A. Edgar has been named Vice President, Human Resources at CUNO, Inc. In this role, Mr. Edgar will be responsible for CUNO's worldwide Human Resource strategies and programs, including compensation, employee benefits, performance measurement, training and development, recruiting and labor relations.   July 2002

David A. Edgar (BS ILR '81) has been named Vice President, Human Resources at CUNO, Inc. In this role, Mr. Edgar will be responsible for CUNO's worldwide Human Resource strategies and programs, including compensation, employee benefits, performance measurement, training and development, recruiting and labor relations.   July 2002

Elizabeth Gaines is working for the National Treasury Employees Union. She has been organizing non-traditionally Union white collar employees, from clerical employees to chemists, to accountants, attourneys and doctors. With the election in June 2001 by scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency of NTEU, Ms. Gaines counts 17 consecutive victories in helping Federal employees enjoin the rights and benefits of being organized.   August 2001

In Memoriam Paul Gavlick passed away in 1998.   December 2000

Steven Hochberg and his family have permanently relocated to San Diego. He has two children Danielle age 7 and Jeremy age 5. He is currently celebrating 15 years of operation of Caliber Associates.   September 2003

David Kahn took a new position in March 1998 as vice president of human resources in the Aramark Correctional Services Division of Aramark Corporation in Philadelphia, PA.   December 2000

Debra Kolodny has begun to expand her labor-management consulting practice into the field of progressive faith organizing in Silver Spring, MD.   December 2000

Analog Devices Inc., a global leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal processing applications, announced the appointment of William Matson ’81, as Vice President of Human Resources. Mr. Matson brings a wealth of experience on organizational structure, leadership development and human resources operational infrastructure. Mr. Matson most recently served as Chief Human Resources Officer for Lenovo, formerly IBM's personal computing business. November 1, 2006   November 2006

Peter McDonough, former Gillette marketer, is now teaching in the management department at Canterbury University in New Zealand.   April 2003

David A. Pace '81 has been named executive vice president, Partner Resources, at Starbucks Coffee Company.   August 2002

Joseph Ruocco (BS IL&R '81) has been announced as Vice President, Human Resources at GE Industrial Systems.   July 2003

Joseph Ruocco has recently been named Vice President of Human Resources by GE Industrial Systems.   April 2003

Paul Salvatore ’81, co-authored “Bargaining Unit Consolidations: One Unit or Two?” in the spring 2005 issue of the Labor Lawyer, Published by the American Bar Association section of Employment Law.   September 2006

Paul Salvatore co-authored an article,   September 2005

Ron Walsh, former Mayor of Courtland, New York, has declined to run for the 125th District State Assembly seat vacated by Marty Luster.   April 2002

Craig H. Weber was appointed by Optical Cable Corporation to the Company's Board of Directors. Craig is the President of of Whitlockebs, a business and technology consulting firm based in Richmond, Virginia and has served in that capacity since July 2001.   March 2002

Craig Weber was recently named president of Whitlock, an electronic business development firm, in Richmond, Virginia.   January 2002

Thomas W. Weidenkopf has been named Senior Vice President, Human Resources and communications at Honeywell. He will also serve on the Board of Directors.   July 2002

Roger Wertheimer '81 would always welcome calls from his Cornell friends.   July 2003

John Williams has been married for 11 years. He has two children, Elizabeth and Sam. He and his wife Holly moved to North Carolina from New York in 1992. John is now the Compliance Officer at the Duke University School of Medicine. Also, he has received two patents for modifications to computer hardware.   May 2004

Eugene Woloshyn has been named Vice President of Labor Relations for The Boeing Company. Woloshyn will be responsible for coordinating and leading company wide labor relations strategies and initiatives. Additionally, he will provide an oversight function for collective bargaining efforts with Boeing's unionized employees and its subsidiaries.   March 2002


Robert Berman was promoted to Senior Vice President at Kodak, where he has worked since 1983.   April 2005

Robert L. Berman, a 19-year employee of Eastman Kodak, with extensive Human Resources experience was recently elected to a Vice President position in the company.   February 2002

Robert Berman was recently appointed Director of Human Resources for Eastman Kodak Company. He has a 19 year history with Kodak.   January 2002

Eric Bloch has been appointed to the Multnomah County Circuit Court.   April 2003

David E. Block announced the birth of a son, Joshua Monet Block on November 21, 2000.   September 2001

Robyn Blumner joined the editorial board of The St. Petersburg Times.   December 2000

Reid Bowman has taken a position as assistant general counsel, labor and employment law for Allied Signal Inc. in Morristown, NJ.   December 2000

Bruce L. Cohen was appointed as a Managing Director for Morgan Stanley in December 2001.   January 2002

Norman Danzig is working for the New Jersey Education Association and having a great time. He works with a variety of teacher locals, as well as support people such as custodians, bus drivers, secretaries and paraprofessionals in Passaic County.   December 2000

Ms. Donna Desilva is currently working on her Master's Degree.   August 2001

Alice Diamond is the director of career services at Lesley College.   December 2000

Eric Fidoten was recently promoted director of operations planning, North America, for Nabisco and relocated from Chicago to East Hanover, NJ.   December 2000

Ms. Amy Gallent has been living in London for the past 9 months. She will be returning to Connecticut, starting a new job as the Chief of Staff in a legal department. Her daughter Lauren, who was born in London, is almost 1 year old.   August 2001

Amy Gallent has a job as assistant general counsel and corporate secretary at The Hartford.   December 2000

After 12 years, Ms. Amy Giles has taken a leave of absence from Citibank where she was a VP of Human Resources. She decided that she wanted to have more time to spend with her family.   August 2001

Kathryn Gitto is now director of human resources at Hilltop Retirement, a 350-employee, 500-resident retirement community in Johnson City, NY.   December 2000

Scott is a partner in the New York City law firm of Kreitzman, Mortensen, Simon & Irgang. He specializes in labor law for management. Scott represents several "Fortune 500" clients nationwide and advises them regarding union-avoidance and collective bargaining matters. He resides in Westchester County with his wife and daughter.   August 2001

Thomas Knight is an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia. He and his wife, Gillian, are enjoying their two children; Matthew, four and Elizabeth, two years old.   January 2002

Daniel McGraw was elected to the position of business manager for Local 106, IUOE in August 1998. Prior to that he served for 5 years as its counsel. He also continues to serve as a judge advocate in the New York Air National Guard and was recently promoted to Lt. Colonel.   December 2000

Dr. Thomas Melito ’82, Director in the International Affairs and Trade Team at the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Testified at the hearing of the federal financial management, government information, and international security subcommittee of the senate homeland security and governmental affairs committee about the united nations headquarters renovation He is responsible for GAO's re-view of international finance, multilateral institutions, including the United Nations, World Bank and International Monetary Fund.   September 2006

Joe just recently left the consulting firm he helped found to assume the Corporate Director of Benefit Strategy position with North Shore/Long Island Jewish Health Systems. For the first time, he lives and works in the same county. He continues to live in North Massapequa with his wife, Dana (Class of 1983), and his two daugthers, Jennifer and Rachel. Jennifer is entering her Junior year at Cornell.   July 2005

Anna Richo Moore was promoted to the position of associate general counsel for Baxter Health Care's biotechnology division.   December 2000

Mitchell Rubinstein and his wife Lisa had Linda Hannah Rubinstein on May 5, 1998. Their other daughter, Mollie Beth Rubinstein, was born April 5, 1996.   December 2000

Joel Simon has relocated with his family to London, England from Fairfield, CT. He is a resident partner in the London office of the law firm Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP. His area of focus is international capital markets and corporate finance.   December 2000

Leon Singletary recently relocated from Princeton, New Jersey to Blue Bell, Pennsylvania as a result of accepting a new position as Vice President, Human Resources with BTG International Inc. Leon and Sandy (MS, Arts '82) continue to be happily married and now have three boys, Lee (14) Brandon (12) and Jared (3).   September 2002

Marie Slamm Fenter is currently in graduate school pursuing an M.A in elementary education.   August 2001


Andrea Bare works part-time for bioStrategies Group, marketing consulting services for the biotechnology medical industry. "The work is fascinating," she reports, and the flexible schedule allows her to spend more time with her two daughters, Fiona and Colette.   December 2000

In April of 2001, Susan Batutis accepted the position of Compensation Manager at Northeastern University.   August 2001

Susan Batutis has been at The Mathworks as manager of compensation and benefits since September 1997. She finished serving the second year of a two-year term on the board of directors of The American Compensation Association. Susan gave birth to her second daughter in March 1998.   December 2000

Charles Berkowitz has been added to the Onvoy executive team as the Cheif Marketing officer. Onvoy is a regional telecommunications provider. Berkowitz, who comes to Onvoy from Anderson, where he was a Principal in Business Developing and Marketing, will lead Onvoy's sales and marketing efforts to wholesale and retail regional markets. A primary initial focus for Berkowitz will be the launch and development of Onvoy's IP-based voice, video, data, and Internet services.   March 2002

Roberta Douma has been promoted from director to vice president of human resources at Capital One Financial Corp. (NYSE: COF) in London.   July 2002

Steven Hardardt recently accepted the position of Corporate Human Resources Director for Honeywell International. As a result he will be moving from Richmond, Virginia back to Morristown, New Jersey.   January 2002

Jeff Jackson ’83 was named on April 2006 as Furman’s University new men's head basketball coach. He becomes Furman's 16th head coach and succeeds Larry Davis. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Southern California in 1985 after serving as a student assistant coach his final two years at Cornell.   September 2006

Jeffrey Jacobson was appointed president in the United States and Canada for Kodak Polychrome Graphics, LLC in Norwalk, CT.   December 2000

Ruben King-Shaw Jr. '83 was appointed in September of 2005, to the Board of trustees of the University of Massachusetts.   September 2006

Ruben King-Shaw was appointed to the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees.   September 2005

Alan Krueger was featured in an April 20, 1999, New York Times article highlighting his work as an empirical economist.   December 2000

Susan and her family are nearing the completion of their home improvements after almost three years. Susan's daughter Ana is almost 2 1/2 years old and she is getting along fine with her English and Portuguese.   February 2003

David Officer, Jr. has been elected director of Fletcher, Tilton, & Whipple PC.   December 2000

Katriel (aka Gary) Reichman and his wife Naomi (also Cornell 83) had a son, Avraham Shalom, 3/23/02 in Jerusalem. Bargaining strategies first learned from David Lipsky have been applied negotiating revised seating arrangements in family car. I'm still running Live Linx, and much to my surprise our software is now being applied to develop and publish HR manuals (among other documents).   August 2002

Barney Singer is now the director of communications and partnership development for the National Youth Anti-Drug Campaign at the Academy for Educational Development in Washington, DC.   December 2000

Frederick A. Skala is based in Amsterdam as Senior Director of International HR for Western Digital Corporation.   September 2001


Daniel C. Barr is busy as Managing Director of the executive search firm, Waveland International.   November 2001

John Bozzella ‘84 was named Vice President of External Affairs and Public Policy for DaimlerChrysler.   September 2006

John Bozzella was recently named Vice President of External Affairs and Public Policy for DaimlerChrysler.   September 2005

John Bozzella was named Vice President of External Affairs and Public Policy for DaimlerChrysler.   May 2005

Started Web development company Matrix Intermedia Corp. in 1996. Now up to 10 employees. Company now focused on developing Web- native software for small to medium sized businesses, associations/educational organizations, government and professional service providers. Never married, no children, living with long-time girlfriend I met while at Cornell.   January 2002

Jon Fisse was appointed chief operating officer for OnHealth Network Company, a leading independent internet resource offering multiple perspectives on personal and family health and well-being.   December 2000

Marjorie Flacks Wittner was appointed to Chief Hearing Officer at the Massachusetts Labor Relations Commission in April of 2001.   August 2001

In April of 2001, Marjorie Flacks Wittner was appointed to the position of Chief Hearing Officer at the Massachusetts Labor Relations Commission.   August 2001

Mr. Wilfred Garand celebrated the birth of a son, Morgan Dale, born 6/25/01. The next baby is expected to arrive in February of 2002.   August 2001

Gregg Gerlach '84 has opened the law office of Gregg Gerlach in Jacksonville, Florida. Gregg represents both employers and employees in all types of labor and employment law matters. Gregg is now accepting referrals of wage and hour raises and will pay a referral fee to referring attorneys. Gregg also has a newborn son, Trevor Philip Gerlach.   July 2003

Jerald Hochsztein joined Newburger & Vossmeyer, in St. Louis, MO in February 1998. This law firm represents labor unions, pension trusts, individual employees, and public service organizations.   December 2000

Sara Jean Horowitz is the executive director of Working Today, a Brooklyn, NY nonprofit organization that has addressed the concerns of the independent work force since 1995.   September 2003

Sara Horowitz continues her work as executive director of Working Today. Additionally, she was recently a winner of the prestigious MacArthur Award.   December 2000

After 16 years of employment, Alicia Lawless Nolan has recently decided to stay home with her 6-year old twin boys. SHe is keeping very busy volunteering at their school and driving them to activities. They love having mom around during the day.   August 2001

Lisa Marie (Wrobleski) Lee married Robert P. Lee on September 23, 1995. She was promoted in December 1997 to director of employment and performance services for Health-Now NY. Daughter Rachel Elizabeth, born April 19, 1997, is very energetic and keeps them busy.   December 2000

David R. Nachbar joins Bausch & Lamb as senior vice president of Human Resources.   January 2003

GE Mortgage Insurance annouces the appointment of Kevin Schneider (BS&ILR '84) as Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. He will be the key leader for the company's United States business with responsibility for its sales function and oversight of its Marketing and Operations activities.   July 2003

Kevin Schneider was promoted by GE Mortgage Insurance to Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer.   May 2003

David Sears' book Successful Talent Strategies is being published in Fall 02 by the American Management Association.   July 2002

Maria H. Sekas-Krum '84, Garden City, New York, is an executive recruiter and Human Resource Consultant specializing in Managerial and Executive Search in all aspects of Human Resources, Global Brand Management, Marketing, and Asset Management. She is celebrating 11 years since starting her own firm. Her prior corporate experience included GE, GE Capital, Praxair, AT&T and Citigroup. She was Vice President Executive Resources, responsible for managing Global Executive Searches for the top 300 executives at Citigroup. She served on the ILR Alumni Board of Directors. Maria is married to Ted O. Krum, Senior VP Asset Management at Northern Trust Global Advisors in Stamford, CT. They live in Garden City, NY with their son, Philip Krum. Maria has a passion for recruiting excellence and talent management and invites alumni to contact her at   January 2008

Maria Sekas-Krum married Edward Overton Krum on January 23, 1999. Steven Taylor was appointed vice president and deputy general counsel for RPS, Inc.   December 2000

Anne Van Wicklen is still working for Child Protective Services, TX and in March 1997, she transferred to a specialized unit handling only sexual abuse cases.   December 2000

In October 2008, Marjorie Flacks Wittner, MILR '84, Marblehead, MA, was appointed the Chair of the Commonwealth Employment Relations Board.   November 2008


Neil Abramson '85, NY, is pleased to report that UNSAID; A BEAUTIFUL, MOVING DEBUT NOVEL ABOUT THE CONNECTION BETWEEN ALL CREATURES was published by Center Street in August 2011.   October 2011

Mark Ansorge was recently appointed vice president and associate counsel at Warner Music Group.   December 2000

In Memoriam Cynthia Case passed away in 1998.   December 2000

Brian Collins graduated in May 1999 from the MBA Program at Texas A&M University.   December 2000

Raymond Coyle relocated to Washington, DC in March 1998 to direct compensation and benefits programs for the NLRB.   December 2000

Catherine Dettmer relocated with her husband, a US Air Force colonel, to Osan Air Base in South Korea. They have a 2-year-old daughter, Alison.   December 2000

Robert Drechsler joined ICH Corporation as executive vice president acquisitions and capital markets and corporate counsel at the New York office.   December 2000

Since September 2003, Jim Flood '85 has been working as counsel to Senator Charles E. Schumer of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.   July 2003

Deborah Friedman will receive her MA in organizational psychology from Teacher's College, Columbia University. She is working full-time as an organizational change consultant on a joint labor-management project being sponsored by 1199 National Health and Human Service Employees Union and the League of Voluntary Hospitals. The project is also supported by the ILR Extension Office staff.   December 2000

Bill Goodwin is the Executive Assistant to the Director of National Programs at the U.S Department of Labor. The office administrators grants and contracts which meet the job training needs of Native Americans, farmworkers, older workers, disabled workers, and welfare recipients. Bill has been with the Department since completing his graduate work at Cornell.   August 2001

Peter (ILR '85) and Elysa (Arts '89) Graber-Lipperman moved from Connecticut to Thousand Oaks, California (outside Los Angeles) in August 2005. Peter is now serving as Vice President & Counsel of the Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne division of United Technologies Corporation. The whole family is enjoying the natural beauty and year-round outdoor recreation opporunities of the Southern California coast and mountains.   January 2006

Peter and Elysa (Arts '89), along with Amelia, Jacob and Nathan, recently relocated from Palm Beach, FL to West Hartford, CT, where Peter works for Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corporation.   August 2001

Michael Hayes left his position as a law professor at Southern Illinois University Law School to become a professor at the University of Baltimore Law School.   December 2000

Ira Horowitz is now the vice president legal of American Bank Note Corporation in New York.   December 2000

David Jaroslaw returned to private practice, leaving the prosecution of organized crime. He is at the law firm Jacob, Medlinger & Finnegan in midtown Manhattan and specializing in products liability litigation.   December 2000

Susan Johnson's son, Cameron Lee Kinder, was born on December 20, 1997 J. Patrick Kelly and his wife Gayle moved to Ashland, MA in May 1998. He works as a senior human resources consultant for Biogen, Inc. in Cambridge, MA.   December 2000

Mary Lehman has a new position in the American Federation of Teachers as director of the federation of nurses and health professionals.   December 2000

Michael Liess has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of T/R Systems, INC., a leader in developing innovative solutions for the management and production of digital documents. In this capacity Mr.Liess will oversee the Company's sales, marketing and operations activities.   March 2002

John Morland is now a Director of Human Resources at Barclays Global Investors in San Francisco. He and his family are living in Lafayette, CA.   August 2001

Stefan Nachuk is finishing his work with Oxfam and will be getting married in December 1999. He is moving to Tokyo in February to start a new job.   December 2000

Gregory Reilly accepted a Labor and Employment Counsel position in November 2001 with Brown Raysman Millstein Felder in New York.   January 2002

Troy Rosasco is working with the newly formed New York State Injured Workers' Bar Association to protect the rights of workers' compensation claimants while the Workers' Compensation Board undergoes restructuring.   December 2000

Michael Rowe announces the birth of a child- Tyler William Rowe   August 2001

Michael Rowe has a position as vice president of human resources for Disney Consumer Products in Burbank, CA and lives in Los Angeles.   December 2000

Stephen Saurer left Exxon after 12 years and returned to his hometown, Louisville, KY as director of human resources for health insurance and managed health care businesses at Anthem, Inc.   December 2000

ALLEN Z. SUSSMAN '85 JOINS LOEB & LOEB’s LOS ANGELES OFFICE AS A PARTNER Allen Z. Sussman has joined the Los Angeles office of law firm Loeb & Loeb LLP as a partner in the Capital Markets and Corporate Practice Groups. He was previously a partner in the Corporate and Securities Practice at Reed Smith LLP in Los Angeles. Mr. Sussman focuses his practice on corporate and securities transactions and counseling for clients ranging from newly formed startup teams to mature public companies in a variety of industries, including healthcare, entertainment, technology and banking. He also represents private equity investors and activist shareholders in acquisition transactions and control contests. Mr. Sussman has a wide range of expertise in public and private securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and SEC compliance, venture capital and private equity transactions, and banking and financial services matters. Prior to private practice, Mr. Sussman served as an attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. and the Office of Thrift Supervision, Department of the Treasury. Mr. Sussman earned his J.D. from Boston University School of Law, where he was Editor of the Annual Review of Banking Law, and his B.S. from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Mr. Sussman has been named a Best Lawyer in America in the field of Corporate Law for the past six years and has been ranked within the top 100 IPO lawyers nationwide by the IPO Lawyer Yearbook.   July 2012

Keith Symonds recently relocated to Virginia due to his wife accepting a position with Capital One. He is currently teaching 7th grade math and enjoying it greatly. He is also currently completing his Masters of Education at George Mason University.   March 2003

Keith Symonds was married to Stacy Erth, Cornell class of '92 on May 27, 2001 in Bloomfield Hills, MI. They honeymooned in France. Keith is currently pursuing a master's degree in secondary education to enable him to teach high school math   August 2001

Catherine Varous gave birth to her first child on March 5, 2003. She also left Goldman Sachs in December 2001 to pursue a second Master's Degree at New York University.   February 2004

We moved to the UK in 1998 to take the position of VP of HR for Parke-Davis Europe. With the Pfizer acquisition of Warner-Lambert (the Parke- Davis parent company) last year, we returned to New Jersey. I am now VP of HR for Novartis Pharmaceutical Company in the US.   August 2001

Peter Watts moved to England in the spring of 1998.   December 2000

Mike Weinstein celebrated his 5th year as Vice President - Investments, with Smith Barney, a member of Citigroup. Formerly with Merrill Lynch, Mike resides in Syosset, Long Island with his wife Linda and daughter Claudia.   May 2005


Recently promoted to Senior Counsel, Labor Relations at ABC, Inc., New York, New York   September 2004

Kevin Casey recently accepted an in-house attorney position at ABC in New York. Labor Relations will be his resonsibility.   January 2002

Kevin Casey is a labor and employment attorney with Epstein, Becker & Green in New York City.   December 2000

Andrew Dady was appointed as a partner in the real estate department of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson.   December 2000

Moira Dolan's union, DC37, is undergoing many changes and she is finding it fascinating to be in the midst of it. She has two daughters, Rachel and Isabel, and enjoys serving on the ILR Dean's Advisory Council.   December 2000

Peter Dominick has completed his PhD in applied psychology at Stevens Institute of Technology.   December 2000

Christine Finn is now retired from her position as clinical coordinator at St. Luke's Hospital in New York City.   December 2000

Mr. Stephen Freeman returned to GE in 2000 after experiencing 2 years in a slower paced environment. He is now in the Dallas, TX area after spending time in Atlanta and Western KY in recent years. He has a beautiful 2 year old baby daughter, and he and his wife are expecting a baby boy in September.   August 2001

My husband, Steve Eno '84 and I welcomed our first child, Caroline Mary Eno, on August 11, 2000. I am currently Director of Human Resources with Clairol, Inc. located in Stamford, CT.   August 2001

Robert Hoyt ’86, was appointed in September 2005 as Associate Counsel to the President of the United States   September 2006

Robert Hoyt has taken a position as Associate Counsel to the President in the White House.   September 2005

Stephen Keyes has relocated to Columbus, Ohio.   February 2004

Steve Keyes '86 relocated to Columbus, OH! 15 years in NYC was enough!   July 2003

Marisa Levy has an exciting new position in the upstart Media division of IDT Corporation, a multi-billion dollar telecom company, as part of the strategic growth and development team.   February 2003

David McCluskey is running for re-election to State House District 20 in Connecticut.   January 2003

David McCluskey is running for re-election to State House District 20 in Connecticut.   November 2002

David McCluskey was elected as a state representative for District 20 in Connecticut.   December 2000

Jon Meer is a lateral partner in the labor and employment practice of the firm Troop Meisinger Steuber & Pasich LLP.   December 2000

Lorraine Miano Fike recently resigned a position as Vice President of HR in order to open her own HR-OD practice and spend more time with her children; Deandra, 5 and Graham, 11 months.   October 2001

Ms. Lorraine Miano Fike recently resigned a position as VP-HR for Isky in order to be a self employed HR-OD consultant, coinciding with the recent birth of her second child, Graham Miano Fike on 11/25/01, brother to Deandra Joy Fike.   August 2001

Ms. Irene Molnar Wrenner celebrated the birth of her son, Davd Andrew Dickson Wrenner on 6/30/01, brother to daughter Rylee Roseanne, age 3.   August 2001

Laura Murry and her husband recently moved into a new home in Ridgefield, Ct with their son (5) and daughter (2).   September 2001

Dylan Schaffer ‘86. Author of Misdemeanor Man, won Mystery Ink Magazine's 2004 Gumshoe Award for best debut. It was short listed for a McAvity in the same category. It was a BOOKSENSE pick in both hardcover and paperback. The second book in the series, I Right the Wrongs, was also a BOOKSENSE pick in hardcover.   September 2006

Dylan Schaffer's first novel was released in June 2004. 'Misdemeanor Man' is a legal thriller about a slacker public defender obessed with Barry Manilow. More information can be found at   April 2005

Dylan Schaffer is a criminal defense lawyer in the Bay Area of California. His first novel, an irreverent legal thriller about a slacker public defender obsessed with Barry Manilow, called Misdemeanor Man, was released in June. New York Newsday recently said this about the book: "Schaffer weaves a crackling mystery, with surprises at every turn, equal doses of humor and suspense and a refreshing frankness about the realities of the criminal justice system. " More information about Schaffer's career and the book can be found at   June 2004

David Sears' first book, "Successful Talent Strategies", was published by AMACOM in November, 2002.   March 2003

Partner Elliot Spitzer was elected as New York State Attorney General. The firm has grown to 25 lawyers, handling biggest and smallest cases for all sized clients including Wal-Mart, Sears, and News Corporation. The firm is currently preparing to take the largest case in the U.S., Wal-Mart et al vs. Visa & Mastercard to trial. Regularly represent clients before DOJ, FTC, and the State Attorneys general.   May 2002

Rebecca Sparrow has accepted the position of interim director of the Career Services Office at ILR Cornell.   December 2000

Dominique Torres is the pround mother of two children, Brynn age three and Thomas age 19 months.   February 2003

Grant Whitney was appointed as a planned giving officer at Lesley College.   December 2000


Brian Barr is a priest at Ss. Cyril & Methodius Church in Deer Perk, NY and a chaplain at a Catholic high school in South Huntington. He is associate vocations director for his diocese and dedicates much time and effort to the recruitment of young men to the priesthood.   January 2002

Lori Berger's daughter Ashlin Berger was born in February 1998. In October 1998, Lori took a new position as an associate in the firm of Greenbaum, Rave, Smith, Ravin, Davis & Himmel, LLP.   December 2000

Steven Bernstein

Steven Bernstein '87, Tampa, FL, was selected by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce to serve on the organization’s Executive Committee as Legal Counsel. In the volunteer position, Bernstein will counsel the Chamber’s leadership on legal matters and regulations, and ensure compliance with the organization’s bylaws. As a member of the Executive Committee, he will oversee Chamber activities, determine strategic priorities, and provide guidance to the growing organization. Bernstein is a partner in the Tampa office of Fisher & Phillips LLP, a national labor and employment law firm. Actively involved in the community, he is a member of Board of Fellows at The University of Tampa, Center for Autism-Related Disabilities and Academy of Florida Management Attorneys. He previously served on the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors and as chair of the 2012 Benchmarking Visit to Baltimore.   December 2012

Steven M. Bernstein

Steven M. Bernstein '87, Tampa, FL, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013®. Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. A partner in the Tampa office of Fisher & Phillips LLP, Bernstein is recognized for his work in labor law management and litigation in labor and employment. It is the second year that he is listed in The Best Lawyers in America.   August 2012

Steven Bernstein

Steven Bernstein '87, partner in the Tampa office of Fisher & Phillips, is featured in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2012 for labor and employment law. Each year, Chambers USA publishes a list of the top law firms and attorneys across the United States. It determines rankings through thousands of in-depth interviews with randomly selected attorneys, clients, and businesses. Bernstein has more than 20 years of experience as a labor and employment attorney. He represents employers nationally in state and federal courts, and before the National Labor Relations Board, U.S. Department of Labor, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and other agencies. Bernstein has played a primary role in advising employers in representation cases, unfair labor practice charges, corporate campaigns, collective bargaining, and economic work stoppages. Bernstein has been listed as one of the "Top 100 Labor Attorneys" in the U.S. by the Labor Relations Institute. He was also listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers in 2011 and Florida Super Lawyers in 2012. Bernstein was selected for The Best Lawyers in America in 2012.   June 2012

Steven M. Bernstein

Steven M. Bernstein, partner in the Tampa office of Fisher & Phillips LLP, was included in the 2012 Florida Super Lawyers. Only five percent of lawyers in the state are selected by their peers for inclusion in the list. Bernstein has more than 20 years of experience as a labor and employment attorney. He represents employers nationally in state and federal courts, and before the National Labor Relations Board, U.S. Department of Labor, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and other agencies. Bernstein has played a primary role in advising employers in representation cases, unfair labor practice charges, corporate campaigns, collective bargaining, and economic work stoppages.   May 2012

Steve Bernstein

Steve Bernstein '87, Tampa, FL, was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. In addition to providing guidance to the growing organization, Bernstein will chair the 2012 Benchmarking Visit to Baltimore. A partner in the Tampa office of Fisher & Phillips LLP, Bernstein has more than 20 years of experience as a labor and employment attorney. Actively involved in the community, he is a member of The University of Tampa Board of Fellows, Propeller Club - Port of Tampa, and Academy of Florida Management Attorneys. The 11 new Chamber directors were recognized in front of more than 650 attendees at the organization’s Annual Meeting on December 15, 2011. Bernstein’s term begins January 1, 2012 and concludes December 31, 2014. He previously served a one-year term on the Board in 2010.   December 2011

Steven M. Bernstein

Steven M. Bernstein '87, Tampa, FL, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2012®. He is recognized for his work in labor law management and litigation in labor and employment. Bernstein is managing partner in the Tampa office of Fisher & Phillips, a national labor and employment law firm. It is the first year that he is listed in The Best Lawyers in America. Bernstein has been listed by the Labor Relations Institute as one of the "Top 100 Labor Attorneys" in the U.S. since 2006. He was also selected for Chambers' USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business in 2011.   September 2011

Francine Esposito '87 at the law firm Grotta Glassman and Hoffman, PA in Livingstone, NY is now principal in charge of GG&H's training practice.   July 2003

Francine Esposito at the law firm Grotta Glassman and Hoffman, PA in Livingston, NY is now principal in charge of GG&H's Training Practice.   January 2003

Beth Flynn-Ferry '87 recently transferred back to the U.S. from Canada. She is on maternity leave until September after the birth of her second child, Zach. Big sister Tessa turned 2 in June.   June 2003

On June 23, 2001 Beth Flynn-Ferry gave birth to her first child, a daughter, Tessa Flynn-Ferry weighing 8 pounds 10 ounces, and 21 inches long.   August 2001

Maureen Roncevich Hall

Maureen Roncevich Hall, '87, is expanding the presence of Employment Practices Solutions, Inc. ("EPS") in the Southeast with the opening of its Charlotte, NC office. EPS utilizes formerly practicing employment attorneys to offer nationwide human resources consulting to employers. Maureen's experience includes practice in employment law litigation and counseling as a partner at Parker, Poe, Adams and Bernstein in Charlotte, and serving as Assistant General Counsel (Employment Law) at Bank of America. Through EPS, she specializes in investigations of employee complaints, live training and one-on-one sensitivity coaching. Maureen lives in Charlotte with her husband and their four sons.   March 2010

Jeffrey Handelman is now a public arbitrator for the National Association of Securities Dealers in addition to his position at the NYS School Boards Association in Albany.   December 2000

Anthony Hwang is a partner of Whitfield & Co., a retained executive search firm specializing in the area of senior level management personnel for financial services, health care, consumer packaged goods, and the technology industry with a niche in direct marketing, sales, and information technology.   December 2000

ADAM T. KLEIN is a partner of Outten & Golden LLP and is the chair of the firm's class action practice group. His practice is limited to the prosecution of class action and impact litigation of employment discrimination and wage and hour claims. Mr. Klein presently serves as lead or co-lead plaintiffs' counsel in a variety of wage and hour class/collective actions including cases against Wal-Mart, IBM, Washington Mutual, Verizon, UPS, A&P, HSBC, JP Morgan Chase, and GEICO. In EEO litigation, Mr. Klein serves as co-lead plaintiffs' counsel in nationwide, gender discrimination class action lawsuits against Smith Barney and Morgan Stanley. Mr. Klein also serves as co-lead plaintiffs' class counsel in a now settled   August 2006

Wendy Knight is writing/editing an anthology of mother-daughter outdoor adventures. Alumni interested in contributing a story should e-mail her at   September 2001

Wendy Knight has published a second book entitled Managed Care: What It Is and How It Works from Aspen Publishers, to be used as a textbook and professional training guide. The book was selected by the American Journal of Nursing as the "Book of the Year" in the managed care division. A copy was donated to the Catherwood Library.   December 2000

L. Londell McMillan, entertainment attorney, recently accepted the Haywood W. Burns Lawyer of the Year Award from the Metropolitan Black Bar Association.   January 2002

Margot Milberg just started a new position at Merrill Lynch. She is responsible for the affirmitive action and compliance programs.   February 2004

Margot Milberg '87 just started a new position at Merrill Lynch. She is responsible for the affirmative action program.   July 2003

Margot (Leffler) Milberg celebrated the birth of William Nathan on May 23, 2001.   January 2002

Jamille Moens and her husband Tommy Davis welcomed a new baby boy into the family. Chase Davis was born on 12/5/01.   January 2003

Jamille Moens is a policy aide for Joe Simitian as of July 1998.   December 2000

David M. Price was recently named by People Magazine as one of America's Top 50 Bachelors!   January 2002

David Price has left his prior job in weathercasting at CBS, Chicago and is now an anchor for "Good Day Philadelphia," Fox Television. He credits his career to Professor Blumen who failed David in statistics, thus pushing him away from prior career plans.   December 2000

Adam Ratner is counsel to Ladbroke/USA which owns and operates casinos, horse racing tracks, and off-track betting facilities throughout the US.   December 2000

John D. Sladkus received his MPP from UC Berkeley in 1994 and has since founded an organization that designs software solutions for union organizing.   November 2001

John Sladkus ('87) married Kathleen Wilson in September whom he met ten years ago when they were both union organizers for The SEIU. John is founding partner of New Union Work Systems (, an organization that specializes in designing campaign and management software for organizing labor unions. He lives in the Bay Area.   August 2001


Sharon Berlin recently moderated a panel discussion on making the lower steps of the grievance procedure effective at the New York State Bar Association Labor Law section.   February 2003

Cheryl Biron '88 is now Manager of Consumer Communications for Female Health Care at Berlex Laboratories in Montville, NJ.   July 2003

Cheryl Biron is now Manager, Consumer Communications, Female Health Care at Berlex Laboratories in Montville, NJ.   January 2003

Jeffrey Bosley has joined the firm of Winston & Strawn LLP as a Partner in the Labor & Employment Relations Department. Jeffrey represents management in state and federal employment litigation, collective bargaining and labor relations matters, arbitration, and administrative proceedings.   March 2004

Jeff Bosley '88 recently celebrated the birth of his daughter, Devin Elizabeth on July 21, 2002.   August 2002

Lisa Daniels ILR '88 and Eric M. Spector ILR '86 are the parents of thirteen year old twins, Zoe and Zachary, who became Bat and Bar Mitzvah's on April 12, 2008 in New York. Zoe and Zachary are also the neice and nephew of Mark Daniels, ILR '84.   April 2008

John Fish is an associate at the law firm Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, LLP in San Francisco.   July 2002

John Fish, Jr. became a partner at Littler Mendelson in San Francisco, CA.   December 2000

Danroy T. Henry, Sr ‘88 was appointed in March of 2005, to the Board of Directors of the Northeast Human Resources Association. Currently, Dan Henry is Senior Vice President, Human Resources with Bright Horizons Family Solutions.   September 2006

Dawn Levy-Weinstein's son, Spencer Harrison Weinstein, was born on November 5, 1997.   December 2000

Michael O'Hara, previously director of external relations at ILR Cornell, has accepted a position as vice president of advancement at Bay Path College in Massachusetts.   December 2000

Steven Ravnitzky has 2 children: Zachary Nathan age 3 1/2 and Sadie Maya age 18 months. He was recently promoted to the position of first Vice President at Morgan Stanley in April 2001.   August 2001

Jeannine Rippa recently graduated from the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Her sister, Larissa Rippa, Arts 1991, married Paul Soccoli on 6/2/01.   August 2001


Kimberly (Merwin) Kelley married Bill Kelley and stopped working in April 1998 to have a baby.   December 2000

This past year Lisa Berg was Board Certified by the Florida Bar in labor and employment law.   September 2003

Lisa Berg recently became Board Certified by the Florida Bar in labor and employment law. She also recently won the South Florida Business Journal's "Up and Comers" Award in the legal category.   February 2003

Ms. Lisa Berg was recently elected as chariman of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation- Young Leadership Council.   August 2001

Michelle Brackin, human resource manager of auxiliary services at State University College at Cortland, recently earned certification as a senior professional in human resources. The certification, awarded by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI), signifies that Brackin has the theoretical and paractical experience in human resource management necessary to pass an examination demonstrating a mastery of knowledge in the field.   March 2002

Steven Cooperman was appointed vice president and general counsel for Alliance National Inc.   December 2000

In Memoriam Dr. Donald J. Donato of Blairsden, California passed away late last year.   February 2002

Deborah Draznin was married to Loren McRoss in Miami Beach, FL in November 1997. They moved back to San Francisco, CA after one year in Tampa, where she worked for Citibank.   December 2000

Michelle Eisner is Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Tyson Foods.   August 2001

Janet Erazo is a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army and is in charge of a platoon that will have responsibility for moving supplies to the front line.   April 2003

In Memoriam Sherry Fairbanks '89 passed away in early 2002. She is survived by her husband Mark Harvey.   August 2002

Louisa was appointed HR manager for the UK and Ireland for Exxon Mobil.   May 2002

Rakesh Khurana is an assistant professor at Harvard Business School and he recently wrote a book titled "Searching for a Corporate Savior: The Irrational Quest for Charismatic CEO's".   February 2003

Loran Kundra gave birth to Megan Lindsey Kundra on July 3, 1998.   December 2000

In Memoriam Eric G. Kussoy ’89, died unexpectedly on the morning of June 25th, 2005   September 2006

In Memoriam Eric Kussoy, June 25, 2005.   September 2005

Dana H.C. Lee, senior policy analyst at New York University married Mark Elliott, partner in the Manhattan office of the Boston law firm Bingham Dana on June 9, 2001.   January 2002

Ms. Dana Lee has recently started a new job as Senior Policy Analyst for the Vice President of Academic Affairs at New York University. She also married Mark M. Elliot on June 9, 2001. Fellow Cornellian classmates Kelly Deere '89, and Julie Pollack '89 attended the wedding. Kelly Deere was the maid of honor.   August 2001

Dana Lee, in addition to her private law practice, is an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School and teachs legal writing to first year law students.   December 2000

Robert Leinwand '89 was recently named Assistant General Counsel for Labor and Employment Law at NIKE Inc. in Beaverton, Oregon. He and his wife, Samantha Salenger, also celebrated the birth of their first child Alexandra on May 13, 2004.   December 2004

Robert Leinwand became a partner at Littler Mendelson in San Francisco, CA.   December 2000

Michael Lenzner '89 has been hired by Toshiba Display Services as senior manager of human resources. Lenzner most recently served as director of human resources with Rexam Cosmetic Packaging in Torrington, CT.   August 2002

Jeff Oris '89, Coconut Creek, Fl, has left his position as the Director of Government Operation with PMG Associates, Inc. of Deerfield Beach, Florida to become the Community Development Director for Martin County, Florida. Jeff was also recently elected to be the President of the Florida Redevelopment Association.   May 2007

GE announced John (Jack) F. Ryan ‘89, as Vice President, Human Resources, GE Infrastructure, and Aviation. In this role, he oversees talent development for GE's aviation business, an $11 billion business with more than 26,000 employees worldwide. Ryan has led global Human Resources for the business since July 2005. Prior to this role he was an HR leader for Aviation's Services operation in Cincinnati, Ohio. Before that he was an HR leader for Industrial Systems Solutions within GE Industrial.   September 2006

Mr. Jeffrey Spector just started a new job as Associate Litigation Counsel for Worldcom in Washington, DC. He continues to specialize in employment and labor law.   August 2001

Jeffrey Spector married Robin Rosen on September 21, 1997, in Washington, DC. Robin is a graduate of George Washington University and GWU Law School. She is an attorney for the Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Consumer Protection. They are living in Arlington, VA.   December 2000

Mr. John Tanner has been at the University of Leicester, United Kingdom: LL.M, Law and Employment Relation, 2001, with Distinction. Post-graduate study in the United Kingdom in European Comminuty and UK employment law. Dissertation topic: European Works Councils: Six Years After the Directive: A Review From a Manegerial Perspective.   August 2001

In Memoriam Terry Thomason died on April 20, 2002 at his home in Newport, Rhode Island after a long struggle with cancer. Terry was Director of the Schmidt Labor Research Center and a professor at the Uniersity of Rhode Island since 1999. He was on the faculty of McGill University from 1988-1999.   July 2002

Tevi Troy was recently appointed deputy assistant secretary for policy at the US Department of Labor.   December 2001

Tevi Troy was recently named Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for policy at the US Department of Labor.   September 2001

Tevi Troy was hired by Senator John Ashcroft as policy director.   December 2000

Michael Zarember (BS ILR '89) has achieved the highest casualty actuarial designation and is now a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society, as N.E.W. Customer Services Companies, Inc., the nation's leading provider of extended service contracts and buyer protection programs, recently announced.   July 2002

Brian Zeitlin was recently appointed to head the collateralized debt obligation team under Deutsche Bank.   December 2000