Class Correspondent

Michael Altose is director of the anesthesia simulation center and head of neuroanesthesiology at University Hospitals in Cleveland. He learns every night in the Beachwood-University Heights kollel (community) and is the gabbai (leader) at the Jewish Learning Connection of Cleveland, where he and his wife, Brenda, were honored with the Guardian of Torah Award this year. The couple have been married for 17 years and have four children: Batsheva, Tehilla, Yossi and Nosson. Ramon Barquin was named board chair at the nonprofit organization that runs the National Student/Parent Mock Election. The largest civic-education project in the U.S., the mock elections have helped more than 60 million participants learn about elections and democracy. Garen Corbett and Stacey Stein ’99, Heller MBA’05, continue to enjoy life in the Bay Area and recently celebrated their daughter Zoey’s fourth birthday. Garen is health-policy director in the University of California’s Office of the President. Stacey is director of patient services at LifeLong Medical, a large safety-net health-care provider. After 14 years, Laura Nell Hodo reports she’s “changing it up” and moving to New York City to work as a pediatric hospitalist at Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai, where she will also be the director of quality improvement for hospital medicine and assistant professor of pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine. Keren (Liebembuk) Kroul is an adjunct professor of painting and drawing at Augsburg University, in Minneapolis. She received a Minnesota State Arts Board’s Artist Initiative Grant, and is a Jerome Foundation Artist at the Rochester Art Center. This fall, her work will be exhibited at Brown University’s Granoff Center for the Creative Arts. Guy Raz is the host of “Wow in the World,” a new National Public Radio podcast aimed at listeners between the ages of 5 and 12. Focused on the wonders of science, technology, discovery and inventions, it is the first NPR show designed specifically for children. Guy also hosts the “TED Radio Hour” and “How I Built This.” (Don’t miss his Brandeis Questionnaire, on page 30.) Sujan “Suzie” Talukdar, the METCO (Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity) director in Brookline, Massachusetts, is serving as interim principal at the town’s Driscoll School for the 2017-18 school year.

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