Class Correspondent

The big 10th Reunion is just around the corner! I look forward to catching up on the last decade with my classmates during this milestone celebration. I am also pleased to announce that I recently joined the community at Clark University in Worcester, Mass., as assistant director of career services.

On Oct. 13, 2010, Wendi Adelson and her husband, Danny, welcomed Lincoln Jonah. Wendy writes, “Our new ‘roommate’ joined big brother Benjamin (who was born in July 2009). Our house is overrun with little boys and we are having a ball.” She works as an attorney with the Center for the Advancement of Human Rights at Florida State University and teaches at the FSU College of Law. She teaches courses on immigration law, human trafficking, and immigrant children’s legal representation.

Amy (Leichtner) Deutsch
lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., with her husband, Dan, and 2-year-old daughter Abigail. Amy is the assistant editor of, a new website about Jewish parenting. Kveller focuses on parents raising Jewish children up to the age of 5 and is filled with articles, resources and ideas. Amy spends her days taking care of her daughter, writing and going to local kiddie singalongs (for market research purposes, of course!).

Jane Kohuth and Michael Stepansky ’00 report that they are enjoying life in Holliston, Mass., where they bought a home in 2008. Jane writes, “My first book for children, an early reader titled ‘Ducks Go Vroom,’ was published by Random House in February, to be followed by the picture book ‘Estie the Mensch,’ also to be published by Random House, in the fall.” She will be doing readings and school visits when her books come out and will teach a class on picture-book writing at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center in Newton, Mass. For more information, visit

Scott Josephson fulfilled a lifelong dream when he was hired by Apple as a systems engineer. He works directly with schools within the New York City Department of Education to eliminate technical barriers to the implementation of Apple products. He has been employed in education technology since graduating.

Dany Khy is an economist in the Asia bureau of the U.S. Agency for International Development. She received a master’s degree in international relations and economics in 2008. Dany was a David Boren Fellow in 2007–08, giving her the chance to study Thai in Bangkok and conduct research on Burmese refugees.

Josh Finstein married Jayme Graves, a member of the Boston University Class of 2001, on June 6, 2010. He works as the business manager for WGBH Enterprises in Boston. He and Jayme recently purchased a home in West Newton, Mass.

Lisa Cagnacci serves as artistic associate at Southwark Playhouse in London, where she wrote and directed the 2010 festive season show “Anansi: An African Fairy Tale.”

Valerie Kolko recently became engaged to Matthew Glassman of Kinston, N.C. They are planning a June 26 wedding.

Ilana Brand is marketing manager at Cooley, a national law firm. She formerly directed financing programs at Connect, an organization that accelerates entrepreneurship and innovation in San Diego.

Jessie Glasser is an infectious disease physician at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. She was married in October 2010.

Gabriel Leibowitz is a father; Julian was born Aug. 11, 2010.

Amber Rohner is finishing the last year of residency/fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry.

Jacob Cohen works in investment banking and corporate finance. He and his wife, Mara, have two children — Avi (3) and Orly (7).

Jamie (Shapiro) Kleinman was married in 2000. She has twin daughters, Shayna and Shoshana, and works part time as an attorney specializing in business and real estate litigation.

Michelle Dorson lives in Las Vegas and works with autistic children as a special-education teacher.

Daniel Korman is an assistant philosophy professor at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He is currently on a fellowship at Australia National University.

Sara Kahn Troster and David Freidenreich ’99 had a baby girl, Naomi Rina Freidenreich, on Aug. 13, 2010.

Amy Lurie works as a court attorney for a judge. She traveled to Europe last summer.

Hollie Bierman is an attorney at Sempra Energy and enjoys playing with her 15-month-old son.

Matt Riesenberg is a mobile intensive-care paramedic. He enjoys traveling and remodeling his home.

Jaclyn (Tetenbaum) Novatt graduated from Rockefeller University with a Ph.D. in biochemistry. She began a postdoc at Cold Spring Harbor Labs in November.

Roger Goodman started a new firm that provides financial advice to universities and nonprofits.

Rachael Goren-Watts is working on a doctorate in clinical psychology at Antioch University New England, doing a practicum at Hampshire College, and serving as director of teen programming at the Jewish Community Center of Amherst, Mass.

In the last year, Jen (Krasner) Marks was married, bought a house and became a mom. She teaches English-language learners in grades 3–5.

Jason Myrowitz is an assistant professor in the Department of Management and Marketing at the University of Wyoming. He received an M.B.A. from the University of Alabama and a Ph.D. in management from Arizona State University, where he was an instructor for two years.

Daniel Medwin and his wife, Lydia, were both ordained as rabbis in May 2010. Their daughter, Zimra Pearl Medwin, was born on Aug. 9, 2010. Daniel also works for the Central Conference of American Rabbis (the member organization of Reform rabbis) as the technology specialist/consultant for rabbis.

Sharon (Gross) Altman
and her husband, Jason, had a baby boy, Jordan Gabriel, on May 11, 2010.

John Yu was ordained as a minister of word and sacraments in the Presbyterian Church and installed as a Christian education pastor at Austin Korean Presbyterian Church in Texas.

Jake Millette and Mary Kelleher were married on Oct. 16, 2010, at the base of Mount Sunapee in New Hampshire. They currently reside in Woburn, Mass. A number of Brandeis alumni attended the wedding, including Larry Bates ’70, Ezra Golberstein, Solomon Graf, Michelle Graf ’02, Paul Queior, Rebecca Lacher, Gabriel Johnson, Max Anderson-Portnoy, Brad Figler, Seth Cohen, Nick Gannon, Thom Henes, Alex Vasquez, Yasmeen Khan and Rob Gebhardt.

Jill and Jonathan Brickman welcomed their second child, Lia, on Oct. 28, 2010. Anna Natapova, husband Jason White, and 2-year-old Simon Natapov-White welcomed Eli Natapov-White to the family on Jan. 4, 2010. Anna writes, “He is already chasing his older brother and wrestling over toys.” Anna joined Farient Advisors, an executive compensation consulting firm, as a vice president. Jason earned a second master’s degree from Teachers College at Columbia University after successful completion of the Summer Principals Academy. 

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