Mary Grant, Heller PhD’00, was named chancellor of the University of North Carolina, Asheville. Her new colleagues welcomed her with Fenway Franks, Boston cream pie, clam chowder and baked beans in the dining hall. Previously, Mary spent 12 years as president of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. In July, she was named vice chair of the board of directors of Campus Contact, a nonprofit coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. Linda Long-Bellil, Heller MA’00, PhD’07, is assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and project director at the school’s Center for Health Policy and Research. Yaron Peleg, PhD’00, is Kennedy Leigh Lecturer in Modern Hebrew Studies at Jesus College, University of Cambridge. He organized a conference, “Diaspora in Modern Hebrew Literature,” which blended creative and academic explorations. Nisha Sheth, IBS MA’00, is a partner and principal at PricewaterhouseCoopers. David Bernat, PhD’02, was named executive director of the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts, succeeding Alan Teperow, MA’76. David, who has served as a lecturer at UMass Amherst, is the scholar-in-residence and regional mentor at the Hillel Council of New England. Jennifer LaFleur, MFA’04, is an actress who created and appeared in the series “Wedlock” alongside Mark Duplass and Rob Corrdry. She also appeared in the Duplass brothers’ films “The Do-Deca-Pentathlon,” “Baghead” and “Jeff Who Lives at Home.” Her other credits include FX’s “Married”; Comedy Central’s “Review”; and Adult Swim’s “Newsreaders,” “You’re Whole,” “The Pretty One” and “Mutual Friends.” Ting Fang, IBS MSF’08, is a sales associate affiliated with the Coldwell Banker residential brokerage office in Lexington, Mass. Christopher Tate, Heller MA’08, married Anthony Piaskowy on July 2 at the Wonder Bread Factory in Washington, D.C. Lauren Doty, Heller MBA’09, is major-gifts officer at Emerson Hospital in Concord, Mass. Formerly, Lauren was the director of annual giving at Simmons College.
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