Class Correspondent

Geoffrey Cohen earned a master’s degree in the commerce of wine at the Université de Montpellier, France, and is now sales manager at Domaine Montrose, a family winery established in 1701 in the South of France. He is in charge of export sales for the estate. Abby Eron was a 2016-17 National Gallery of Art fellow and intern, assisting with research and organization for an exhibition on American Pre-Raphaelites. She is pursuing a doctorate in art history at the University of Maryland, College Park. She held a summer internship position at the National Gallery in 2014, and has also interned at the National Museum of American Jewish History and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Drake Livada married Christina LaSala in October in Kiawah Island, South Carolina. Many alumni from the Brandeis baseball team were in attendance. Laura Mirkin, who in August received a master’s in communication sciences and disorders from Emerson, is completing a clinical fellowship in speech-language pathology at a skilled nursing facility specializing in treatment of cognition, language and swallowing disorders in the dementia population. Desiree Murphy and Olusegun Babaniyi ’06, MS’08, welcomed their first child, Harper, on Dec. 15. Arun Nara­yanan is working as a screenwriter and video editor in Los Angeles. He recently co-edited “The Vault,” a supernatural heist thriller starring James Franco and Taryn Manning. In August, Dana Opas got engaged to Tucker Whitcomb on the Massachusetts Ave. Bridge amid a crowd of friends and passersby. They live in the Cambridgeport section of Cambridge, Massachusetts, with their rescued greyhound, Arrow. Jessica Rittner, Heller MBA/MPP’16, earned an MBA and MPP in nonprofit management from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Her husband, Spencer, will be completing his residency in family medicine this year. Lindsay Sher married Mark Frenkel on Aug. 20 at the Garden City Hotel, in New York. The couple met at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where Lindsay is a third-year resident in internal medicine and Mark is a fourth-year resident in neurological surgery. Lindsay received her medical degree from Wake Forest. Jessica Statland married David Kriske on Nov. 11 at the Skirball Cultural Center, in Los Angeles. Claire Steinman and Andrew Ng were married on Aug. 20 at the Union Trust in Philadelphia. Many Brandeis alumni were in attendance, including Claire’s parents, Lisa Barnett ’78 and Jed Steinman ’79, P’10.

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