Class Correspondent

Independent filmmaker Debra Granik directed and helped write the screenplay for the critically acclaimed movie “Winter’s Bone,” which won the prestigious Grand Jury Prize for Drama at the Sundance Film Festival. The movie tells the story of a teenage girl struggling to survive in the Ozark Mountains while searching for her missing father. Debra’s first feature-length film, “Down to the Bone,” won the Sundance Dramatic Directing Award.

Michael Nathanson joined Nomura Securities International as a managing director and head of the firm’s U.S. media and telecom equity research team. He has been Institutional Investor’s top-ranked entertainment analyst for the last four years and was also ranked third among publishing and advertising agencies analysts in 2009.

Sam Ramer serves as counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he advises the ranking minority member, Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, and other senators. Sam recently worked on the renewal of the Patriot Act. He had served as an assistant U.S. attorney prosecuting homicide cases. He and his wife, Bonnie, a preschool teacher, have two sons, Jacob, 11, and Jonathan, 9.

Michael Goldman and his wife, Susan Hills Goldman ’84, are now proud Brandeis parents. Their daughter Sara Nicole Goldman ’13 joined the Brandeis Class of 2013 in January.

Joy Plotnik of Pittsford, N.Y., was named chief operating officer of Genesee Valley Trust. She has more than 15 years’ experience as a trusts and estates attorney.

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