Class Correspondent

Hi, all. The production of “King Lear” that I’m in opened to many great reviews, and daughter Sydney successfully completed her first year at Wake Forest. With good comes sad: My mom passed away after dealing with dementia. She’s at peace now. Thank you all for your kind notes. Keep in touch.

Michelle Cohen was named vice president, legal, of the National Woman’s Party. The organization, based in Washington, D.C., produces educational programs, exhibitions, research and publications that explore the evolving role of women and their contributions to society. Michelle is chair of the e-commerce group at Ifrah Law, where she focuses on privacy, consumer protection, e-commerce, communications and media-related issues. She recently earned an award that recognizes the authors of the most-read articles published in 2016 on the JD Supra website; her award came in the food and beverage industry category. After more than 20 years of working on some of the biggest shows on television, Miles Crakow bowed out in 2015, taking time to decompress, travel, and consult with small businesses and nonprofits. Now he is a realtor at Wilkinson Properties, a boutique agency operating out of Keller Williams Los Feliz. Miles and his husband, Carl, who have been together 27 years, celebrate their ninth wedding anniversary this fall. They enjoy spending time with family, friends and their pooches, Cooper and Frankie. Andi Goldoff Dorlester was promoted to manager of park planning for the Fairfax County (Virginia) Park Authority. Karen Splansky Farbman, P’18, works in pediatric emergency medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. Her research focuses on pediatric emergency management of anaphylaxis. She is the medical director for Camp Ramah in New England and volunteers one week each summer as camp doctor. Karen and her husband, David ’90, P’18, celebrated their 25th anniversary last year. Their oldest child, Emily ’18, is a third-generation Brandeisian (David’s late father was Kenneth Farbman ’59, P’90, G’18). Emily lives in the Mods and is enjoying her ’Deis experience. Karen and David’s middle daughter is a first-year at Barnard/Jewish Theological Seminary. Their youngest is in eighth grade. Matt Killion still keeps in touch with several classmates. He’d love to hear from any Brandeis friends with whom he’s lost touch. In 2003, Matt started the first retainer-based internal-medicine practice in Philadelphia. For the past two years, he has been the president of the medical staff at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals. Alan Minsk earned an award that recognizes the authors of the most-read articles published in 2016 on the JD Supra website. His award came in the medical-device industry category. A partner at Arnall Golden Gregory, Alan leads its food and drug practice. He works out of the firm’s Atlanta and Washington, D.C., offices. The 1989 men’s tennis team was inducted into the Joseph M. Linsey Brandeis Athletics Hall of Fame on Oct. 7 during Homecoming. The squad boasted a pair of All- Americans: 1988 NCAA champion Noel Occomy and Ian Murray. Other team members were Larry Carter ’90, Jon Cordish ’90, Mike Gratz ’91, Paul Ranis ’91, Peter Richman, Mark Weinberg ’91 and Eric Weinstock ’90. The team, coached by Tom Foley, finished 13-1 against Division III opponents, won the program’s first University Athletic Association title and became the first New England team to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. Jeffrey Shapiro was promoted from deputy comptroller of Massachusetts to first deputy comptroller. He earlier served as chief operating officer and an assistant district attorney in the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office. Nina Silverberg serves as director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centers program in the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health. She oversees the 31 centers across the U.S. conducting research on all aspects of Alzheimer’s disease, including basic science, neuropathology, neuroimaging, fluid biomarkers and care, as well as outreach and the education of laypeople and professionals. She has a special interest in recruitment for research, with a focus on diverse populations. Jackie Simons is the new president of the Brandeis Alumni Club of Southern California, which is planning its first holiday party this year. Jackie hopes to see more 1989 alumni and others at upcoming events.

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