Class Correspondent

Linda Alpert is working full time again, after a 10-year hiatus, thanks to the OnRamp Fellowship, an organization dedicated to helping female attorneys and financial professionals re-enter the workforce. She is an investigator in the financial crimes unit at Barclays. Previously, Linda had been a litigator at Citigroup for 21 years. Michael and Rachel Connelly, P’13, welcomed their second grandchild, Isaiah Wood, who joins his 2-year-old sister, Juniper Helen, at the Portland, Maine, home of eldest son Martin and his wife, Emily. Rachel recently observed her 30th anniversary as a faculty member in economics at Bowdoin. After a not particularly illustrious career in instructional media and marketing, and having been unceremoniously downsized from the corporate world, Andrea Cooper earned her certification to teach English as a foreign language, and lives and works in Guadalajara, Mexico. She writes, “The excellent language instruction I received at Brandeis did not, unfortunately, include Spanish, so I’m working on that.” Arlen Gelbard was appointed executive vice president and general counsel at Cross River Bank. He recently served as a senior adviser at Treliant Risk Advisors. Arlen previously held executive leadership and general counsel positions at Stifel Bank & Trust, Acacia Federal Savings Bank, Jefferson National Financial and E-Trade. For the second consecutive year, Jeff Le Benger, chair and CEO of Summit Medical Group, was named to NJ Biz’s Power 100, a list of the most powerful people in New Jersey business. Ranked No. 25 in the 2016 list, he was recognized as a visionary who has radically transformed the way health care is delivered in New Jersey.
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