Class of 1981
- David J. Allon
My older child is a freshman at UPenn, and my younger had his bar mitzvah in May. We continue to enjoy family vacations, and recently visited Colorado and London.
Michaels Stores named Carl “Chuck” Rubin the company’s chief executive. Chuck comes to the Texas-based arts-and-crafts chain from Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, where he had been president and CEO since September 2010. Before that, Chuck served as president, chief marketing officer and chief merchandising officer at Office Depot. Amiet Goldman Kahn and her husband, Colin, celebrated son Eric’s becoming a bar mitzvah on Oct. 20, 2012. Brandeis friends in attendance included Marian Garber Marlowe ’83, P’16; Debbie Naseck Bienstock ’83; and Dan Bienstock ’82. Eric’s sister, Sara, is working toward the next family milestone in May 2015. Amiet, Colin, Eric and Sara live near Morristown, N.J. David Greeley writes, “After 14 years of living in New Jersey, my family (my wife, Sali, and I have two sons, ages 9 and 11) is moving to the Washington, D.C., area, where I will be joining Accordia Global Health Foundation, an international nonprofit organization, as CEO and president. Accordia combats infectious and other diseases in Africa by improving health-care providers’ capacity to conduct research and deliver health care. My first day on the job will be in Uganda, marking the 90th country I have visited. My goal? One hundred countries by age 55.” As spring arrived, Michael Goldman was in a frenzied state of getting ready for the bar mitzvah of his older son, Jake, while simultaneously preparing to release his second coffee-table book in a year. The book, “John Wayne: The Genuine Article” (foreword by President Jimmy Carter), was published in early June. It follows “Clint Eastwood: Master Filmmaker at Work” (foreword by Steven Spielberg and preface by Morgan Freeman). Michael plans to co-author a textbook for first-year film students, among other writing projects. Learn more about his ongoing activities at his website (www.hollywood-scribe.com). Michelle Lasker Mandelblatt is a physician who works as a neonatologist at the Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J. She and her husband, Lowell, along with their 15-year-old daughter, Danielle, celebrated their son Dylan’s bar mitzvah on Oct. 20, 2012. Joining in the festivities were Brandeis friends Pam Siegel Berk; Fern Lazarus Schapiro; Tanya Lipkowitz Briendel, P’15; Amy Alkoff Chasin; Debbie Lapin Freire; and Sara Adler Darnell. Along with Cindy Cohen Zuckerbrod, they are planning a summer reunion getaway. Sara Mandelbaum lives in New York City with her two children, Daniel, 15, and Laura, 12. After a brief hiatus from the legal profession, she joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where she works on asset forfeiture. Her son attends the Bronx High School of Science. Her daughter, a ballet dancer who is active in Model U.N., will have her bat mitzvah on Dec. 14. In her spare time, Sara enjoys drawing, painting and yoga. She is thrilled to have recently joined the national board for the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Brandeis. Stuart Miller continues to enjoy supporting higher education. He writes, “Rachel is a junior at Washington University in St. Louis; Jackie and I visited her during her semester abroad in Dublin. Emily is a freshwoman at WashU and is enjoying the Midwest. Josh started high school and is rocking at soccer and lacrosse. I still enjoy my academic orthopedic foot-and-ankle practice in Baltimore and miss my Brandeis soul mates!” Laura Mann, P’15, was one of 83 women in Massachusetts honored as an Unsung Heroine by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. Laura, an attorney with an office in Milford, has a long history of service to her community. For 18 years, she was a member of the Milford Zoning Board of Appeals, including a stint as chair. She also was a member and chair of the Milford Industrial Development Commission. Outside of government, she has been active in the Milford Area Chamber of Commerce, helped establish the MetroWest Women’s Alliance, and serves on the board of New Hope, a nonprofit organization that assists women in crisis.