Class Correspondent

It was great to see so many people at our first Reunion in June. I can’t believe it’s been five years since we graduated! It was fun catching up with everyone on campus and hearing about all the great things people have been doing since we left the ’Deis back in ’05. I can’t wait to see where everyone is at our 10th Reunion! As for me, I graduated with a master’s degree in cinema studies from NYU in May. While it’s a little daunting, I’m looking forward to seeing where my career takes me.

Helene Lowenfels started NYC Art Tours, a business in which she teaches adults and children about different types of art. She leads people through museums, auction houses and galleries, creating personalized itineraries that suit her client’s individual interests. For more information, visit or contact her at

Tatiana Ivan Rutledge accepted a position as office manager and human resources generalist for Ocular Therapeutix, a medical device company in Bedford, Mass. Over the summer, she directed “Stop Kiss” by Diana Son for the Hovey Players in Waltham.

Nam Phan opened a dental office in Los Angeles.

Samantha Slater moved from Washington, D.C., to New York in January to pursue a master’s degree in public administration from the Baruch School of Public Affairs. She expects to complete her degree in May 2011. Over the summer, she worked in the press office of the New York City Department of Small Business Services.

Camille Linick Stewart married Luke Stewart in April 2009. She graduated from Tulane School of Medicine and now lives in Denver, where she recently started a general surgery residency at the University of Colorado.

Aviva Androphy and Evan Marlin were married on New Year’s Eve by the bride’s father, Rabbi Ronald Androphy, the leader of the East Meadow Jewish Center. Aviva is a candidate for a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Yeshiva University. Evan is a fourth-year medical student at New York University.

Mark Schlangel graduated from Yale University in May with, he writes, “an M.D., M.B.A., and a lot of debt.” He is an anesthesiology resident at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University.

Jennifer and Jonathan Koplow welcomed a daughter, Allyson Hailey (“Ally” for short), on March 23.

Samantha Brinn is an attorney for Lazard Wealth Management. She became engaged to David Merel in the spring; an October wedding is planned.

Sharona Toobian just graduated from UCLA Law School. She is going into transactional work in renewable energy projects.

Natasha Rabinovich Buckler was married in May 2009 and graduated from Roger Williams University School of Law in May 2010. She will clerk for two years for Chief Justice Paul A. Suttell at the Rhode Island Supreme Court. She lives in Providence.

Rachael Oppenheimer Granby lives in Jerusalem with her husband, Jonny Granby, and their son, Gabriel. Rachael works as a senior editor for the financial website Seeking Alpha. Jonny is a currency analyst.

Jessica Greenberg Batkin graduated from the University of Glasgow Veterinary School in June and joined the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. She and her husband, Adam Batkin ’04, M.A. ’05, have returned to work and live in the New York area.

Congratulations to Jacob Kramer and wife, Yael, on the birth of a baby girl, Miriam Rae. Miri was born during a huge snowstorm on 
Feb. 25. Jacob writes that big sister Ayala, now 4 years old, is excited to have a new “toy.”

Ashley Firestone serves as program coordinator of arts and events at Brookfield Properties, a commercial real-estate organization with properties around the globe. She organizes world-class cultural events in Brookfield’s public spaces in the New York area as part of the firm’s year-round free arts program, and she coordinates promotional and private events that fund these artistic efforts.

Nina Schwartz started at the University of Virginia School of Law this fall.

Mat Travis works at an orphanage and school in Liberia, teaching, digging wells, growing cassava and raising goats.

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