Class Correspondent

I’m delighted to announce that our class has raised almost $50,000 for the John “J.J.” Jamoulis ’83 Endowed Scholarship Fund in memory of our beloved classmate. During the last fiscal year (July 1, 2010–June 30, 2011), we raised almost $10,000, the second-highest amount in a single year since the fund was established in 1996. It is wonderful to see this fund continue to grow as a tribute to J.J. and provide important support for Brandeis students. Gifts at any level make a difference in helping students and maintaining a lasting legacy. If you are interested in contributing, please contact Lisa Fleischman in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations (781-736-4062). As for Class Notes, I’m happy to report that I’ve taken a new position as national director of institutional advancement for the David Project, an Israel education and advocacy nonprofit based in Boston, New York City and Jerusalem. The David Project trains, educates and empowers students prior to and during college to stand up for Israel in the face of a rising tide of demonization, delegitimization and double standards on university campuses. We are a politically centrist organization that seeks to present the facts to allow all who are pro-Israel to develop informed opinions and positions, to be able to speak to one another and to those who oppose the State of Israel on the basis of facts, not emotions. I can be reached at When I’m not at work, my husband, Steve Gans ’82, and I are enjoying life with our sons, Noah and Josh, and the pride and joy of watching our nephew Chet Berman ’12 prepare to earn the 11th Brandeis degree in our family. Send in your own news — soon!

Donna Rattley Washington was named to the board of directors at Strathmore, an arts complex in suburban Washington, D.C. Donna works for Comcast, where she is responsible for the management of all government, regulatory affairs and community investment initiatives in Maryland, West Virginia, Delaware, Virginia and Washington, D.C. She is a board member of the Greater Washington Urban League and the District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce. EnVision Performance Solutions, which was founded by company president Irene Stern Frielich, won a Lingo (Learning in Non-Governmental Organizations) eLearning Global Giveback Competition Award in the corporate developer category. EnVision partnered with Illumina Interactive to create the winning course, “Coaching for Results,” for management sciences for health. EnVision, a provider of instructional design and learning solutions, and Illumina, a custom e-learning design and development firm, have been working together since 2004 to provide innovative, effective and engaging learning solutions. Sally Michael-Pomerantz has joined the law firm of Saul Ewing in its new Boston office. She had been with Boston-based Dionne & Gass, where her practice focused on complex portfolio transactions and joint venture deals with sophisticated tax aspects. She has an extensive real estate and corporate background. David Arkowitz joined Mascoma Corp., a biofuels company, as its new chief financial officer. David is responsible for the company’s finance and investor relations areas and plays a key role in the company’s general management and governance. For the last seven years, he served as the CFO of two public biopharmaceutical companies, AMAG Pharmaceuticals and Idenix Pharmaceuticals. Laura Rotenberg was elected to the board of trustees at Berkshire Country Day School, an independent school for students in preschool through ninth grade in Lenox, Mass. Laura is second vice president and counsel for Berkshire Life Insurance Co. and has more than 20 years of experience in corporate, regulatory and litigation matters. She has served as vice president of Berkshire County Kids’ Place and Violence Prevention Center. Sandra Weitz is the medical director at Advanced Surgical Concepts, an outpatient surgical and procedure facility in Baton Rouge, La. Daniel Kern was named president of Advisor Partners, a leading provider of outsourced investment solutions for the financial adviser market. He will oversee investment management, sales and client service, as well as the development and implementation of investment strategies that allow advisers and institutions to focus on relationship building and business development. Daniel had served as managing director and portfolio manager at Charles Schwab Investment Management.
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