Class Notes: Fall 2022

News and notes from A&S alumni
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David J. Singer, B.S. ’59, M.D. ’64, has very fond memories of the U. He says his best undergrad memory is of the late Dr. Harry Schultz who taught organic Chemistry, as well as the Ophthalmology department at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. Singers says the teachers who were his greatest inspiration for becoming an Ophthalmologist created an atmosphere where learning was always available and all questions from medical students, interns, residents in ophthalmology, and other specialties, were always answered.


John Cameron Stewart, B.A. ’66,
has started a second career in music since his retirement as a Senior Environmental Protection Specialist with the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. He is now the manager for a very active traditional jazz band, the Orleans Express, serving the Washington, D.C. area. Stewart was instrumental in securing the famous musician Ronell Johnson directly from Preservation Hall in New Orleans to perform with the Orleans Express at the annual Mardi Gras celebration for the Potomac River Jazz Club in Silver Spring, MD, in February 2022.

Aida Levitan, B.A. ’69, is the only Cuban-American female Chair of the Board of the commercial community bank, U.S. Century Bank. As President of her non-profit, ArtesMiami, Inc., she recently funded $60,000 in grant money for documentary filmmakers. Levitan is an active member and donor to the Amigos Board of the UM Cuban Heritage Collection and immediate past chair. She is also a member of the board and past chair of Facts About Cuban Exiles. She authored the chapter on advertising for the recently published book, Cubans: The Epic Journey, and is a member of the national Council on Foreign Relations. In her limited free time, she writes travel articles for El Nuevo Herald and for her blog, The proud mother of Alex Fumero, producer of Netflix's “Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado,” she is married to architect Fernando Petit.

Norma Watkins, M.A. ’69, published her first novel, after two memoirs, in April. In Common, a novel of (excessive) love and (undeserved) sacrifice, follows three Mississippi women whose love for a self-centered man costs them everything.


Barbara Giesser, B.S. '72,
has been awarded the 2022 Ted Burns Humanism in Neurology Award from the American Academy of Neurology and the American Brain Foundation.

Tom Cardella, B.S. ’74, is now retired from Rochester General Hospital as an assistant supervisor in the Hematology Lab. His wife, a registered nurse, also retired this past May from the Cardiac Cath Lab. Cardella is a proud grandfather of four, two boys and two girls, and follows ’Canes football religiously, not to mention the basketball and baseball teams.


Melissa Groll Leonard, B.A. ’85,
has accepted a new position as Director of Marketing and Community Development at Talmudic University, located in Miami Beach, Florida.

Tim Huebner, B.A. ’88, has been named Chair of the Board of Editors of the Journal of Supreme Court History. The Journal is published three times a year by the Supreme Court Historical Society in Washington, D.C. Huebner, who had previously served as Associate Editor of the Journal, is the Sternberg Professor of History at Rhodes College.


Roxanne Greitz Miller, B.S. ’90,
was promoted to Dean of the Attallah College of Educational Studies at Chapman University in Orange, California, where she also holds an endowed professorship in teacher education. She is married to fellow UM alumnus Steven R. Miller, Ph.D.-12 of Catalyst Pharmaceuticals in Coral Gables. They celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in July.

Jason Weiss, B.F.A. ’97, and his wife Grace welcomed their first child, and future ‘Cane, Everleigh Grace Weiss in December 2021. Weiss and his family live in Los Angeles.

Michelle Richmond, M.F.A. ’98, was awarded the Hall-Waters Prize for Excellence in Southern Literature, awarded for "significant contributions to Southern culture and heritage in the literary arts."


Kelly Harbour, B.A. ’01,
has been named Chief Business Development Officer at the law firm of Goulston & Storrs where she previously held the position of Director of Client Relations & Innovation. In her new role, Harbour will direct the firm’s business development, client service, legal practice management, and marketing and communications efforts. She has also joined the firm’s Executive Committee in conjunction with her elevated position.

Chelsy A. Castro, B.A. ’05, is CEO and Founder of Castro Jacobs Psychotherapy and Consulting (CJPC), a firm specializing in lawyer well-being. An attorney turned psychotherapist and performance coach, Castro counsels individuals, and the organizations they work for, on how to achieve their goals in healthy and productive ways. Her publications and trainings focus on science-based skills and strategies for improving performance and increasing well-being in high-pressure professions. After practicing law as a multilingual attorney in the field of international regulatory compliance, Castro later earned her clinical degree at the University of Chicago and shifted her focus to lawyer well-being. Prior to launching CJPC, she designed, developed, and managed clinical programs for the legal profession, and provided evidence-based psychotherapy and training for lawyers, judges, and law students. She recently published a book entitled 50 Lessons for Happy Lawyers. The book covers everything from how to identify and beat burnout to the positive impact of laughing, crying, daydreaming and more. A portion of the proceeds from this book will benefit the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Greater Good Science Center and the Institute for Well-Being In Law.

Daniel Pedreira, B.A. ’06, earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from Florida International University.

Brent Vicino, B.A. ’09, M.S. Ed. ’12, recently started as the new Executive Director, Constituent Relations and Development, with the George Washington University Law School.

Angela Rosenberg, B.S. ’06, M.S. ’11, co-founded the ANGARI Foundation six years ago with her sister and fellow UM grad, Kari Rosenberg. The nonprofit supports marine science research and education. Rosenberg oversees daily operations as president of the foundation and also captains the research vessel. To date, ANGARI has completed 45 expeditions, is working with over 200 educators from around the U.S. and world and is reaching thousands of students through online and hands-on programs. ANGARI Foundation is excited to announce the launch of its newest hands-on science-at-sea program, “Coastal Ocean Explorers: Sharks.” This program features full-day research expeditions for educators and youth. Participants work alongside professional shark scientists and vessel crew to fish for, tag and collect valuable data in support of shark research and conservation.

Nancy Shalhub, B.A. ’12, J.D. ’15, has joined the law firm Ogletree Deakins as a Corporate Immigration Attorney working on U.S. nonimmigrant and immigrant visa matters for Forbes 500 companies. Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Shalhub practiced employment-based immigration law at a large corporate immigration firm where she managed a wide variety of case types for the firm’s largest client, including the client’s mergers and acquisitions. Her prior experience includes providing in-house strategic legal advice to technology and telecommunications companies and advising a variety of corporations on immigration policies, strategies, and best practices for developing and executing robust global mobility programs.

Alyson Essex, B.S. ’16, has graduated with a Ph.D. in Anatomy and Cell Biology from the Indiana University School of Medicine where her research was some of the first to define potential cellular and molecular mechanisms for sex-dependent musculoskeletal deterioration in Alzheimer’s Disease. She served as the President of the Graduate Student Government and was a speaker at the inauguration of its first female president. Essex was also the commencement speaker for the School of Medicine, Class of ’22.

Jessica Lawson, M.A. ’13, was inducted as a Board Member for the Emergency Network Los Angeles (ENLA) in January. ENLA is a county-wide coalition of government agencies and voluntary agencies active during a disaster.

Philip Schwartzman, B.S.’ 13, recently married Jamie Serelson in West Palm Beach, Florida, on May 29, 2022. 

Deja Kearney, B.A. ’19, is happy to share her recent engagement. She met her fiancé (Lindsey) in an economics course during her junior year at UM. They were partners in a group project and have been inseparable ever since. Lindsey proposed at Disney World and scheduled engagement photoshoots at the theme park.


Chloe Bragg, B.S. ’22,
has returned to UM to complete a Master of Science in Business Analytics. Bragg would like to start a career in Dallas, TX, working as an Advisory Associate for KPMG.

Griffin Carter, B.S. ’22, was given an offer to join six Ph.D. programs and has decided to join the Microbial Genetics and Microbiology program at Duke University, which is the third-ranked program in the world for the field.

Alexander Dall, B.A. ’22, is planning to pursue a J.D. in the Midwest after graduation.

Isaiah Holmes, B.A. ’22, is pursuing a Master of Construction Management degree in the Fall of 2022.

Harry Levine, B.A. ’17, M.D. ’22, matched for a residency spot in Ophthalmology at the University of Michigan. Despite moving to Ann Arbor in the upcoming months, he will always be a 'Cane and cherish his time at the University of Miami.

Li Lin, B.A. ’22, has applied to graduate programs related to Ecology, Biodiversity Conservation and Botany. Lin received offers from the Imperial College, University College London, University of Edinburgh, and University of Sheffield in Great Britain, and National University of Singapore. Considering some factors such as climate, COVID-19, and Lin’s future plans, he decided to attend NUS after graduating from UM.

Gabrielle Magnant, B.A. ’22, will be attending medical school with the hopes of pursuing a future in dermatology.

Jordanna Pierce, B.A. ’22, was hired full-time by L’Oréal and has moved to New York City to work with the company’s cybersecurity team.

Ross Pierson, B.A. ’22, is continuing his education with a Master's in Computer Science.

Zachary Slogoff, B.A. ‘22, will be attending law school at Villanova University's Charles Widger School of Law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Juliette van Heerden, B.S. ’22, is attending Drexel University’s College of Medicine to pursue her medical degree.

Caroline Vazquez, B.A. ’22, will further pursue her position as a legal assistant and plans to apply to law school.