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A&S Spring 2022 Class Notes

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A&S Spring 2022 Class Notes

By A&S News

50s

Deborah Hoffman, B.A. ’55, J.D. ’83, and Larry J. Hoffman, J.D. ’54, are underwriting the University of Miami Law School Hoffman Forum, a conversation series committed to the civil exchange of ideas for the benefit of the University, the community, and the globe. The Hoffman Forum will present collaborative and interdisciplinary programs related to issues at the intersection of law, public policy, the arts, and social justice. To date, two virtual forums emanating from UM Law have been held.

60s

Leon Hoffman, B.A. ’61, has enjoyed a thriving private practice of psychology for over 55 years specializing in individual and group psychotherapy with adults. He has continued his lifelong chamber-music involvement as a cellist in dozens of countries around the world, including the Miami Symphony. He has enjoyed full family life and has a daughter, Rebecca Anne Hoffman, who attended UM and graduated in 1988 with a B.A. in English.

Stanley Skopit, B.S. ’67, is the Program Director of the Dermatology Residency Training Program at Larkin Community Hospital located in South Miami, FL. He is also a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Nova Southeastern University-KPCOM, an Associate Professor of Clinical Sciences at Nova Southeastern University, College of Allopathic Medicine, and on the Board of Trustee at Des Moines University.

70s

Ken Moretti, B.A. ’70, recently co-starred as the character “Mr. Jackson” in the film, “Amanda.” The film was produced and filmed in Richmond, VA. The artistic team was also recently awarded the 2021 Best Ensemble Cast in Short Film from the American Filmatic Arts Award. 

Jacqueline SaintAnne, M.A. ’70, is an Emmy Award-winning costume designer. She has designed work for 65 stage plays, 14 films, 13 television series, 53 movies, and 61 operas. She is President Emeritus of the Costume Designers Guild and along with her Emmy has won the Dramalogue and the Los Angeles Theatre Circle Award.

Jeffrey Reynolds, B.A. ’73, was selected as the international poet of the month in Australia for January 2020. He recently purchased the Oak ‘n Moss farm in Groveland, FL, outside of Orlando this past year. He is also working with couples around the world through “Better Help” to strengthen their relationships and served as a domestic relations judge prior to his retirement from law practice. In his spare time, he continues to write novels and poetry.

Michael Lampert, B.A. ’79, received the 2020-2021 Gerald T. Hart Outstanding Tax Attorney of the Year Award from the Florida Bar Tax Section. He currently serves as chair of the Tax Law Certification Committee for the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education.

80s

Scott Atwell, B.A. ’84, is a Key West native who authored a book called Buffett Backstories, highlighting the origins of 50 Jimmy Buffett songs to correspond with the 50th anniversary of his first visit to the island.

Denise Altman, B.A. ’88, proudly celebrated one year in practice with her brother, Richard Altman, as The Altman Law Group, LLP, located in Naples, Florida, and Hawthorne, New York. The Altman siblings are licensed in four states and represent businesses and individuals in commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, shipping and logistics, employment law, and regulatory compliance. In addition, they represent artists and emerging businesses in forming corporations, developing their brands, and protecting their intellectual property.

90s

Rebecca Hoffman, B.A. ’92,
was recently awarded an Entrepreneurial Excellence Award from The Daily Herald newspaper. Her practice, Good Egg Concepts, was specifically awarded the "Outstanding Service to Entrepreneurs" recognition. In 2022, Hoffman became a guest columnist to The Daily Herald’s Business section. Her columns focus on strategic marketing, brand-building and communications tactics for small business. 

Rebecca Herron, B.F.A. ’95, is the current Vice President of the board for the Best Medicine Rep, a nonprofit professional theater company that is currently in its fifth anniversary season in Gaithersburg, MD. The company is dedicated to new comedies and has survived the pandemic intact. The company moved to a new location and is now hosting larger audiences with more corporate and foundation support. Best Medicine Rep has produced “New Plays/New Voices,” a festival of 4th and 5th-grade student-written plays that are performed by adult professionals and has shifted its reading series online via Zoom.

00s

Elicia Nademin, B.A. ’02, accepted a role serving veterans of New Mexico remotely through VA regional healthcare system and has been identified as having helped improve work culture and team-building opportunities. She continues to hit milestones and making leadership lists in an anti-aging skincare business with her growing Rodan + Fields team.

Jennifer Miles, B.A. ’03, was recently selected to be the Assistant Director of Ambulatory Pharmacy for Jackson Health System. Miles has been a pharmacist for 12 years—working in a variety of practice settings, from the Veterans Administration to Accountable Care/Population Health. In her new role, she will be working with a team of clinically trained pharmacists embedded in physician offices supporting populations ranging from transplant to cardiovascular management and will be working alongside residents and fellows from The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. With the support of the outstanding healthcare team that she works with, Miles is bringing the professionalism and passion to her leadership role that started in her days as a ’Cane.

Tara Faquir, B.A. ’06, and former classmate, Leah Del Percio, launched Trustate, an estate administration tech company that has completely disrupted the antiquated industry of closing the estates of the deceased. Through experience, key partnerships, and proprietary technology, Trustate has automated the arduous process of closing an estate—saving the average executor and their most trusted advisors (estate lawyers and wealth managers) over 500 hours in time and thousands in unnecessary fees. Faquir and Del Percio recently closed a significant fundraising round for Trustate and are set to launch more exciting tools and products geared towards lawyers in the coming months.

Summer Minerva, B.A. ’09, is the co-editor of a new book entitled, Italian Trans Geographies, and is the writer and director of a feature-length autobiographical documentary set to be released this year.

10s

Eric Geron, B.A. ’11, is the author of Poultrygeist, illustrated by Pete Oswald, and is expecting the debut of his board book, Bye Bye, Binary, illustrated by Charlene Chua, which is about a baby dismantling gender norms. The board book (ages 0-4) hits shelves on May 3.

Brent Vicino, B.A. ’12, was recently named the Assistant Athletics Director for Development with the Trojan Athletic Fund and USC Athletics.

Robin Morey, B.A. ’13, was recently hired as the Program Coordinator for the Latino Museum Studies Program at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Latino. The new undergraduate program is designed to increase access to museum careers for Latino-identifying students specifically in the fields of digital culture, museum education, exhibition design, and conservation, with the ultimate mission of building more inclusive museums.

Susana Riera, B.A. ’14, founded a speech-language pathology clinic in Coral Gables, FL, called Oak Therapy where they provide fun and movement-based speech, language, social skills, and feeding therapy to children of all ability levels.

Morgan Parres, B.A. ’17, serves as the Associate Director of Child Sponsorship at New International, a global missions agency. They have seen a 36 percent decrease in poverty in the families who are served in Kenya over the last five years. This translates to more children in school, more families with healthy diets, and more businesses started. Those families have now moved below the extreme poverty threshold, which is a step towards ending extreme poverty globally.

20s

Sofia Hamilton, B.A. ’21, graduated in December 2021 and is now working in Washington D.C. with the Cato Institute as a Research Associate on the Health and Welfare Studies department.