Alumni Class Notes

November 1, 2011 //


Stephen Wilson, BS ’62, was selected by the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor (AATH) as the 2010 recipient of the Doug Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes dedication and service to AATH and a significant contribution to the understanding and application of humor or laughter during an entire career with a definable body of work.

Harvey Goldberg, BBA ’65, has been nominated to join the board of directors at Dynasil Corp., a leader in specialized sensors, precision instruments and optical products for the medical, industrial and homeland security/defense markets.

John J. Mullen, BBA ’67, was mentioned in Philadelphia SmartCEO for his business, Apple Vacations, which is now the largest tour operator in America.


Timothy Cousounis, BBA ’72, was appointed managing director of DAI Palliative Care Group, a national consultancy that partners with hospices to build their medical staffs.

Alan Inman, BBA ’73, was recruited on short notice to facilitate and help arrange panelists for the “Family Track” of the Global Peace Convention in Manila, Philippines. Inman helped reorganize convention sessions and workshops for two weeks before the convention began.

Michael Lefkoe, MBA ’73, retired after 32 years in the retail industry. His career included positions at Lit Brothers, John Wanamaker/Carter Hawley Hale and Charming Shoppes, where he was an internal auditor. He was also responsible for accounts payable and the rent department as associate director of accounts payable at Charming. Most recently at Deb Shops, Lefkoe was assistant controller of leasing.

Joseph Badowski, BBA ’76, was awarded the professional insurance designation Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) by the American Institute for CPCU. He works for Harleysville Insurance Company as a liability claims supervisor in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Claims Service Center.

Linda A. Galante, BBA ’76, was named as one of the “Women of Distinction” in Philadelphia Business Journal.

Linda A. Galante, BBA ’76, joined the board of directors to The Forum of Executive Women as treasurer.

Jane Scaccetti, BBA ’77, was named as one of the “Women of Distinction” in Philadelphia Business Journal.

Dan Garrett, BA ’79, recently joined PricewaterhouseCoopers’ health industries advisory practice executive team. He has worked with key industry executives across leading commercial health plan, provider and life sciences organizations, and he has also served as an adviser and board-level executive to key industry associations and federal healthcare agencies.


Robert Hicks, BBA ’80, has joined the staff of Delaware’s Auditor of Accounts. With more than 25 years of experience in his field, Hicks previously worked in management positions for the consulting service Accume Partners, MBNA America and Campbell Soup Co.

Wanda Paul, BBA ’80, was appointed to the board of directors for Steppingstone Scholars, Inc., a Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization that develops and implements programs to prepare underserved schoolchildren for educational opportunities that lead to college.

Marc Goldstein, BBA ’80, is celebrating 15 years as principal and owner of Malvern-based GM&P Strategic Advertising, a full-service advertising/marketing agency providing organizations with strategic planning, creative, media planning, execution and production services. Goldstein has 31 years of experience in the advertising/marketing industry.

Lee Zeplowitz, BBA ’82, was appointed to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia legacy advisers group, which is comprised of law, financial planning, banking, trusts, investments and insurance professionals.

William Byrne, BBA ’83, has joined WSFS Financial Corp. as senior vice president of commercial banking. With more than 25 years of commercial lending and leadership experience, Byrne oversees commercial banking activities in Pennsylvania and is based in West Chester.

John Paterakis, BBA ’84, was appointed to the newly established Haitian Relief Commission of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Central America. He will be helping to coordinate all relief efforts in Haiti undertaken by the Greek Orthodox Church globally. Paterakis is first vice chairman of the Board of Church World Service, the relief and development arm of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.

Katherine Clupper, MBA ’85, was named as one of the “Women of Distinction” in Philadelphia Business Journal.

Kathleen Block, BBA ’86, of Milligan & Co., was named one of seven new board members of Philadelphia women’s fundraising federation, Women’s Way.

Justin Brooks, BBA 86, professor at the California Western School of Law, was named one of California’s Top 100 Attorneys in a September 2010 edition of the Los Angeles Daily Journal. This honor marks the third consecutive year in which Brooks has received this recognition. One of four San Diego attorneys to be honored with this award, he is also one of three criminal defense and appeals lawyers in the state to make the list.

Linda Guendelsberger, MBA ’87, was mentioned in Philadelphia SmartCEO after being named one of WeiserMazars LLP’s Smart CPAs of 2011.

Rebecca U. Harris, MBA ’87, received the Member of the Year award from the National Association of Women Business Owners on Aug. 3.

Thomas Spearing, BBA ’88, was promoted to president of Hill International’s Project Management Group (Americas), where he will be responsible for managing the company’s project management operations throughout the U.S. Hill International is a global leader in managing construction risk.

Jeffrey Gorke, BBA ’89, has published The Physician’s Guide to the Business of Medicine: Dreams and Realities, a playbook that maps out the business realities physicians and practice administrators must understand in order to identify, seek and find their “dream” practice.

Carlton Adams, MS ’89, joined Peabody as senior vice president of global supply chains with executive responsibility for the company’s worldwide procurement efforts, including developing comprehensive strategies while managing the quality and cost of goods and services purchased. Most recently, Adams served as director of service parts, purchasing and supplier relations for Caterpillar Inc., with global responsibility for purchasing services.

Joseph Lukach, MBA ’89, has been named CEO of Philadelphia nonprofit Center for Autism. He was previously executive director of Siloam, a Philadelphia HIV/AIDS service organization. Lukach will lead the Center for Autism’s strategic plan, which focuses on increasing the availability of its evaluation and treatment services to people in the Philadelphia region.


Laurada Byers, MBA ’90, was appointed secretary to the board of directors to the Russell Byers Charter School.

Alan J. Kaplan, MBA ’90, was mentioned in Philadelphia SmartCEO for his firm Kaplan & Associates, Inc.

Jay L. Weinstein, MBA ’90, joined the board of directors of the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation.

Katayun Jaffari, MBA ’91, a partner in the business department of Saul Ewing LLP and chair of the firm’s Corporate Governance Practice Group, has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Scleroderma Foundation, Delaware Valley Chapter. She was also named one of Philadelphia Business Journal’s “40 under 40,” an annual list of individuals younger than 40 who are proven performers in their respective industries and have made Greater Philadelphia a better place to live and do business.

Karen Jett, BBA ’91, has been inducted into the Montgomery County Community College Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. Jett is principal of Jett Excellence, which helps executives turn values into business practices. She is also an active member of the Institute of Management Accountants and an adjunct professor at Villanova University, where she teaches certified management accountant review courses.

Ron Iller, MBA 93, accepted a position as senior manager with a global consulting firm, The North Highland Company, to start a local healthcare practice helping hospitals and healthcare systems take advantage of new technologies and navigate through healthcare reform and Meaningful Use requirements. He also received certification in Healthcare Information and Management Systems from the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society.

Regine Metellus, BA ’93, of Urban League of Philadelphia, was elected to the board of directors for Maternity Care Coalition in Philadelphia.

Patrick Maloney, MBA ’94, has been appointed CEO of Brooksville Regional Hospital. He has more than 20 years of healthcare experience, most recently as CEO of Coral Springs Medical Center in South Florida.

June Bretz, BBA ’96, was named executive director of the Volunteer Center of Gloucester County.

Kevin Darrington, MBA ’98, chief financial officer of Tops Friendly Markets, has been named CFO of the Year by Business First of Buffalo. Tops is a full-service grocery retailer in western and central New York and northwestern Pennsylvania. Darrington is a certified public accountant and has previously worked for Pathmark Stores, Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy and Foot Locker.


Richard Lussier, MBA ’00, has been appointed vice president of worldwide sales for RainDance Technologies Inc., a private company pioneering microdroplet-based technologies for single-molecule and single-cell analysis. He is responsible for advancing RainDance’s customer relationships and growth into all research and clinical markets that the company serves globally.

Rebecca Udell, MBA ’01, joined the KSS Architects design team to continue its successful expansion into the Philadelphia regional market, particularly in corporate interiors as well as commercial development and higher education.

John Sider, MBA ’02, former deputy secretary for technology investment for the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, has been appointed managing director of Ben Franklin Technology Partners. Sider will be responsible for managing statewide activities and communications.

John Tancredi, BBA ’02, opened his own collectible toys company at

Scott Sampson, MS ’03, accepted a new position as business systems analyst and tester with Vanguard Group in Valley Forge, Pa.

Rebecca Gushue, MBA ’03, was appointed Ward 5 Commissioner in Philadelphia.

Laurie Fanelly, MBA ’04, has been named director of financial and administrative services at University of Pennsylvania Libraries.

Nikki Johnson-Houston, MBA ’04, was named as one of the “Women of Distinction” in Philadelphia Business Journal.

Sophie Shuklin, BBA ’04, is now a principal consultant for a boutique-consulting firm, Atidan LLC.

Mumin F. Islam, BBA, ’04, was elected as a board member for Maternity Care Coalition.

Karen M. Sanchez, MBA ’04, joined the Commercial, Real Estate and Public Finance group of Thorp Reed & Armstrong.

Amy Rice, BBA ’06, is engaged to Stephen Mularski.

Lawrence Spruel, BBA ’06, helped bring a supermarket to the North Philadelphia community, serving as treasurer of the board of directors of Progress Plaza Shopping Center.

Courtney V. Mrusko, BBA ’07, was hired as an account executive for the Philadelphia healthcare team of Lockton.

Angela Prendergast, BBA ’07, was recently hired as assistant director for online marketing in Temple University Alumni and Development Communications, where she is responsible for managing all aspects of Temple’s online community, She was formerly in the Philadelphia Flyers’ marketing department.

Sherri Napoli, BBA ’08, is now a contract specialist at Defense Supply Center Philadelphia.

Christa Detweiler, BBA ’09, was named director of community engagement and volunteerism for the North Montco Volunteer Center in Hatfield, Pa.

Seth Morgan, BBA ’10 and Steven Nicholas, BBA ’10, were recently hired by the Philadelphia-based accounting firm BBD.

Peter Rooke, MBA ’10, was hired as a rotational analyst at Hirtle, Callaghan & Co.

James Curran, BBA ’11, was hired as a market research analyst for Independent Blue Cross.