Class of 1997
Thank you for a great Reunion Weekend!!!
May 31 – June 3, 2012
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Thank you again for coming back to the Hilltop and contributing to a weekend that reminded us all of why we cherish the school and our friendships so much. We hope your experience back at Georgetown with friends inspires you to contribute to the school that has given each of us so much over the years. A small gift of $19.97 can make a big impact when everyone in our class participates.
Looking forward to our next Reunion, but be sure to keep in touch!
1997 Class Committee
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John Carroll Weekend 2015 in Los Angeles, California!
April 16-19, 2015.
Michael Blake (G'97) writes, "I have joined Censeo Advisors, a boutique business valuation and management consulting firm as a Member and Managing Director, effective June 1, 2015."
Submitted on Jun 1 2015
Cristina LaMarca (n')
Cristina LaMarca (N'97) was recently promoted to Partner from Associate attorney at Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan LLP located in New York, New York.
Submitted on Apr 7 2015
Christopher Barnett (c')
MIAMI (Jan. 21, 2015) - In a significant expansion of two South Florida practice groups, international law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. announced the hiring of five new attorneys in the Miami office. These new hires will expand the firm's resources in the area of construction law and litigation, as well as provide counsel to defend management in union-related matters and a range of labor and employment issues. Christopher L. Barnett and Michael J. Thomas have joined the Miami Real Estate practice group as Shareholders. Joining the Miami Labor and Employment practice group are Shareholders Arturo Ross and Patrick F. Martin and Of Counsel Kevin J. Morris. "We are excited to welcome these high-caliber attorneys to our South Florida practice groups," said Matthew B. Gorson, Greenberg Traurig Co-Chairman. "This expansion demonstrates our continued commitment to aligning the firm with the legal industry's top talent in order to provide our clients with the quality legal counsel to address a wide-range of business needs." Christopher L. Barnett Barnett focuses his practice on general real estate matters, including development and construction matters. He routinely represents clients in complex business disputes in federal and state courts throughout the country. His experience includes a wide variety of complex commercial matters including land use and construction litigation, securities litigation, intellectual property litigation, defamation and libel law, and appeals. He received a law degree in 2000 from Emory University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in 1997 from Georgetown University.
Submitted on Jan 20 2015
Mya Klauson (b')
Mya Klauson (B'97) writes, "Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman, P.A. attorney, Mya M. Hatchette, was recently appointed to a volunteer board position on the Seminole County Planning and Zoning Commission. Hatchette practices mainly in the areas of complex business and commercial real estate litigation and healthcare compliance issues and disputes in the firm's Winter Park office. Hatchette received her B.S.B.A. degree, summa cum laude from Georgetown University and her J.D. degree, cum laude from the University of Miami Law School. She was admitted to The Florida Bar in 2000. Seminole County's Planning and Zoning Commission consists of seven volunteer, unpaid members appointed by the Board of County Commissioners to advise on planning and land development matters. The Planning and Zoning Commission meets once a month to hear and make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on proposed zoning and land use changes. Hatchette will serve a four year term, effective December 2014. Established in Central Florida over 80 years ago and today with offices in both downtown Orlando and Winter Park. WHWW is a full service law firm providing legal representation in business law, litigation and appeals, bankruptcy, banking, insurance law, estates and trusts, government, property rights, and real estate, as well as other areas. Winderweedle, Haines, Ward and Woodman also represents national, regional and local clients including financial institutions, corporations, private foundations, and individuals."
Submitted on Jan 2 2015
Patrick Broderick (l')
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Dec. 18, 2014 - As part of the continued expansion of its presence in Palm Beach County, international law firm Greenberg Traurig today announced the hiring of Patrick G. Broderick as a Shareholder in its West Palm Beach, Fla., office. Broderick will join the firm's Financial Services Litigation and Financial Regulatory and Compliance practice groups. Prior to joining the firm, Broderick worked as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at the West Palm Beach office of Ocwen Financial Corporation, a client of Greenberg Traurig. Prior to this, he worked in New York City as an attorney with the Product Liability Practice Group of Dechert LLP and as a litigation attorney with Jones Day. He also served as a Captain in the United States Army Reserve. "Patrick is a highly respected, distinguished attorney with extensive experience who will bring tremendous value to our firm and our clients," said Tracy L. Gerber, Co-Managing Shareholder of the firm's West Palm Beach office. "We are thrilled to add an attorney of Patrick's caliber as we continue to grow in Palm Beach County and align our firm with the legal industry's best and brightest talent." At Greenberg Traurig, Broderick focuses his practice on litigation related to claims arising out of federal consumer protection statutes, including the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, Truth in Lending Act, Fair Debt Collections Practices Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, and Telephone Consumer Protection Act, as well as various state consumer protection statutes. He handles commercial litigation matters, including breaches of contract claims arising out of franchising arrangements, licensing agreements, distribution agreements, and other contracts entered into by companies in industries such as telecommunications, consumer credit reporting, technology and manufacturing. While serving as a Captain in the United States Army Reserve, Broderick was mobilized for one year in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He served in Washington, D.C., as an appellate attorney at the United States Army Legal Services Agency, Government Appellate Division. He earned numerous awards and accolades for the appeals he handled while he was mobilized. Broderick received a law degree in 1997 from Georgetown University Law Center and a bachelor's degree in 1994 from the University of Notre Dame."
Submitted on Dec 18 2014
Nanette Loebenberg Fridman (g')
Nanette (Loebenberg) Fridman (MPP '97, JD '00) has published her first book, On Board: What Current and Aspiring Board Members Must Know About Nonprofits & Board Service. The book presents a clear road map to best-practice nonprofit governance and rewarding board service. With over 20 years of nonprofit experience, Nanette wrote the book out of frustration that too often people are asked to serve on a board without understanding how nonprofit organizations and boards work, what is expected of them and how they can best contribute. Even seasoned board members can lack specific knowledge areas and skills to successfully govern and champion their organization. Fridman's hope is with On Board, current and prospective board members and staff finally have the information needed to help their organizations thrive. On Board is available on Amazon or visit www.fridmanstrategies.com for information about special offers. Nanette Fridman is the founder and principal of Fridman Strategies, a nonprofit consulting firm specializing in strategic planning, financial resource development, board governance and leadership coaching."
Submitted on Nov 10 2014
Miriam Awad (b')
Miriam Awad (GSB'93) is proud to announce the birth of Alexander Murray on March 11, 2014 in Bangkok. Miriam will be concluding her assignment as Deputy Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok and returning to Washington, DC as a Rusk Fellow at Georgetown University in mid-August for the 2014-2015 academic year.
Submitted on May 6 2014
Erin Royston Battat (c')
Erin (Royston) Battat (C'97) is pleased to announce the publication of "Ain’t Got No Home: America's Great Migrations and the Making of an Interracial Left" published by University of North Carolina Press on February , 2014. Most scholarship on the mass migrations of African Americans and southern whites during and after the Great Depression treats those migrations as separate phenomena, strictly divided along racial lines. In this engaging interdisciplinary work, Erin Royston Battat argues instead that we should understand these Depression-era migrations as interconnected responses to the capitalist collapse and political upheavals of the early twentieth century. During the 1930s and 1940s, Battat shows, writers and artists of both races created migration stories specifically to bolster the black-white Left alliance. Defying rigid critical categories, Battat considers a wide variety of media, including literary classics by John Steinbeck and Ann Petry, "lost" novels by Sanora Babb and William Attaway, hobo novellas, images of migrant women by Dorothea Lange and Elizabeth Catlett, popular songs, and histories and ethnographies of migrant shipyard workers. This vibrant rereading and recovering of the period's literary and visual culture expands our understanding of the migration narrative by uniting the political and aesthetic goals of the black and white literary Left and illuminating the striking interrelationship between American populism and civil rights.
Submitted on Feb 26 2014
Sandeep Parekh (l')
Sandeep Parekh (L'97) is pleased to announce the publication of "Insider Trading, Manipulation and Insider Trading in the Indian Securities Markets" published by CCH Wolters Kluwer on November 29, 2013. The book covers important aspects of securities regulations – fraud, manipulation and insider trading. The book also looks at common law fraud, mis-statements in public offers, mis-selling and recommending unsuitable products and carries a detailed coverage of powers of SEBI, enforcement action and remedies for investors. It covers landmark domestic as well as international cases.
Submitted on Nov 29 2013
Stacey Epps (m')
"Richmond, Va. -(Oct. 31, 2013) - Stacey Epps, M.D.(M'97) , has been named executive medical director of the Bon Secours Neurosciences Institute. Dr. Epps is also the chairman of the Department of Neurosciences at Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center and vice president of the Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia. "Dr. Epps has been instrumental in providing the very best neurological care for our patients," said Timothy J. Shephard, Ph.D., vice president and executive director, Bon Secours Neurosciences Institute. "We are excited to apply that same passion and skill to the strategic direction and oversight of the Institute." Epps' appointment adds clinical-based oversight and solid program development experience to an already successful program. "With this appointment, the Bon Secours Neurosciences Institute takes another step forward in advancing the fundamentals of its neurological services across eight of Bon Secours' facilities in the Commonwealth to better serve the program and the community," said Shephard. "The Institute has made tremendous strides as an organization since launching in 2008, both operationally and in what it has provided in terms of community based patient care," said Epps. "I am honored to help lead this organization as it expands its mission to reach more people in need." Dr. Epps received his bachelor's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed his neurology residency at Georgetown University School of Medicine and the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center and completed his epilepsy fellowship at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Dr. Epps is a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. The Bon Secours Neurosciences Institute identifies and treats the full spectrum of nervous system disorders such as learning disabilities, epilepsy, stroke, Parkinson's disease and sleep disorders. Physicians treat patients in the areas of neurology, neurosurgery, neurointervention, neuroradiology, and neuropsychology. The Institute includes two dedicated neuroscience centers, six stroke centers, the largest private teleneurology network in Virginia, epilepsy monitoring units, a comprehensive neurodiagnostic center, the Neurovascular Center, the Sleep Disorder Laboratory, and several other neurology and neurosurgery practices."
Submitted on Oct 31 2013
Sean Redmond (f')
Sean Redmond (F'97, SCS '00, MBA '11) began his second term over the summer as President of the Georgetown Club of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. The Club kicked off its fall programming season with a special guest lecture by Hon. Donald H. Rumsfeld at the Club's new affiliated clubhouse, the City Tavern Club in Georgetown.
Submitted on Oct 30 2013
Gayle Galletta (c')
Gayle Galletta (C'91, G'92, M'97) writes, "In August 2012, I moved with my husband and three children (ages 8, 9 and 10) to Norway. After immersing myself in the language, I was offered a job at Akershus Universitietssykehus, just outside Oslo, to help establish Emergency Medicine as its own specialty. In Norway, healthcare is considered a universal human right and everyone is covered by the national health insurance plan. However, emergency rooms are primarily staffed with interns, much as it was in the US over 50 years ago. We are hoping to improve the level of care patients receive in the emergency department and create the country's first residency program."
Submitted on Jul 10 2013
Kennedy Gitchel (g')
Kennedy Gitchel (G'97) and Hiroco Gitchel are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Michelangelo Andrew Gitchel. He was born on May 5, 2013 in Tokyo and weighed 4 lb., 14 oz..
Submitted on Jun 5 2013
Christopher Krackeler (c')
Chris Krackeler (C'97) and Suzanne Madden (C'94) welcomed twins, Avery and Will, at G'town Hospital in 2012. We also built a new home in Arlington, VA which is decorated with much blue and gray.
Submitted on Apr 21 2013
Eric Vallone (c')
Eric Vallone (C'90) and Kristi Vallone are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Luisa Antonietta Vallone. She was born on February 6, 2013 in Fairfax, Virginia and weighed 7 lb., 9 oz..
Submitted on Feb 16 2013
Eric Vallone (c')
Eric Vallone (C'90, M'97) writes, "My wife, Kristi and I are ecstatic to be expecting our first child, a baby girl, due in early February."
Submitted on Sep 24 2012
Ian Reifowitz (g')
Ian Reifowitz (G' 00 [PhD, History]) is very excited to announce that his new book "Obama's America: A Transformative Vision of Our National Identity" was published by Potomac Books on July 31, 2012. The book examines Obama's rhetorical push to enhance national unity, specifically across racial lines. Please visit ianreifowitz.com for more information.
Submitted on Jul 12 2012
John Zoltner (c')
John Zoltner (C'89, MBA'97) recently moved from Santiago, Chile to Washington, DC. After six years living in Santiago, Chile developing projects which used mobile technology to address health and agricultural problems in Latin America, John moved back to Washington to serve as Senior ICT and Agriculture Specialist at FHI 360 (formerly AED) with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa.
Submitted on Jun 27 2012
Charles Bruder (l')
Charles Bruder (L'97) spoke at a seminar entitled "Corporate Wellness Adds to the Bottom Line: Creating a Productive and Healthy Workforce." Bruder concentrates his practice in the areas of employee benefits and executive compensation. He is experienced in all aspects of defined contribution and defined benefit plans, deferred compensation arrangements, stock option plans, employee stock ownership plans, and other incentive and equity-based compensation arrangements. Prior to commencing his legal career, Bruder was a senior tax consultant for a "Big 5" accounting firm, providing tax consulting and financial planning services primarily to corporate executives.
Submitted on Jun 19 2012
Deborah Reichmann (c')
Right after Havdalah (end of sabbath) services on January 14, 2012, Deborah Reichmann, (C '93, L '97 and DLS '16) along with eight other candidates received s'micha (rabbinic ordination) from the Jewish Spiritual Leaders Institute (JSLI). Becoming a rabbi fulfills a dream that Debbie has had since deciding between law school and seminary right out of college. At that time, she chose law but is grateful for the many opportunities life presents to keep growing and learning.
Submitted on Jun 14 2012
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Reunion Weekend Trophies
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Awarded to the reunion class with the greatest percentage of donors.
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Sean Redmond (F'97, G'00)
Peter J. McCurdy (B'97)
Kelley Sullivan Bolten (B'97)
Aaron James Longo (C'97)
Danielle Cutrona (C'97)
Monique Bynoe (B'97)
Michael Rivera (C'97)
Isabel Gonzales Jolly (B'97)
Hubert Jolly (B'97)
Are you interested in joining the class committee? Please contact email@example.com or your class chair. We're always looking for more classmates and volunteers to help with class business and reunion planning. We want your help with everything: reaching out to classmates, planning our class events, fundraising for our class gift campaign and managing our class communications, including class e-mails, our class website and our Facebook page.
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In Memoriam List
(As of March 19, 2015) In memory of those classmates who have passed away since graduation, see this list.
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|Mr. Ahmed Yahya Almutawakel||F'97,MAAS'01|
|James Robert Bitonti||C'97|
|Mr. Christopher Patrick Caudill||B'97|
|Mrs. Carolyn A. Dawes||F'97, L'01|
|Mr. Michael Z. Hanna||F'97|
|Ms. Marisa Aimee Leif||C'97|
|Mr. Craig Robert Mooney||C'97|
|Mr. Allen Shahin Nourafchan||F'97|
|Lauren Suzanne Read||C'97|
|Mr. Jason E. Sabbag||C'97|
|Ms. Sara Christie Schewe||B'97|
(As of March 19, 2015) This is a list of classmates for whom Georgetown does not have a good mailing address or email address. If you have the contact information for any of these classmates, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org so that alumni records can be updated. We will update this list every six months.
|Ms. Veronika Cveckova||F'97|
|Mr. Cheikh Yaya Dia||C'97|
|Ms. Karen Margret Hetzer||F'97|
|Ki Won Kim||C'97|
|Mr. Christophe Paul Lobry||F'97|
|Mr. David Edward Otten||B'97|
|Mr. Deyanira Perez||F'97|
|Ms. Sarah Jane Sarkis||C'97|
|Ms. Sofia Alessandra Suarez||C'97|
|Ms. Takisha Anderson Thompson||F'97|