Nir Buchler, Heller MA/MPP’11, is southeast regional director at the Jewish Agency for Israel. Nora (Levy) Gorenstein, GSAS MA’11, is interim executive director at the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts. Celine Mukasine, IBS MA’11, is chief financial officer at the International Institute of New England in Boston. The organization creates opportunities for refugees and immigrants to succeed in the New England region. Adam Rosenberg, Heller MA’11, was named a 2021-22 Penn Kemble Fellow by the National Endowment for Democracy, a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening democratic institutions around the world. Adam is a private enterprise officer in the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Development, Democracy and Innovation. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and two young children. Holly Beaulac, GSAS MS’12, who earned a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Rochester, is a postdoctoral associate researching cochlea development at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. Pamela O’Leary, Rabb MS’12, serves as chair of the board of South Shore Health, a not-for-profit health system serving the South Shore region of Massachusetts. Pamela is executive vice president and chief operating officer at South Shore Bank. Shagufta Shah, Heller MA’12, is a senior advocate and case manager in an anti-violence program run by the New York City Mayor’s Office, providing gender-based violence services and support. Erika J. Smith, Heller MA’12, PhD’15, became Connecticut College’s dean of the college in August. She was formerly dean of academic services at Brandeis. Alicia Atkinson, Heller MPP’13, is managing director of financial empowerment at the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. Laura Ligouri, GSAS MA’13, is working on a PhD in clinical psychology. She is the executive director and founder of the nonprofit Mindbridge, which seeks to use lessons learned through psychology and neuroscience research to support human rights efforts. In September, Zev Eleff, GSAS PhD’15, took over as president of Gratz College, the oldest independent and pluralistic college for Jewish studies in North America, located in the Philadelphia area. Formerly, he was vice provost and professor of Jewish history at Touro College Illinois. Stephen Guerriero, GSAS MA’15, a sixth grade teacher in Needham, Massachusetts, received the William Spratt Award for Excellence in Teaching Middle School Social Studies from the Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies. In addition, he’s been named K-12 section editor of Scholarly Editing Magazine, a peer-reviewed digital journal published by the Association of Documentary Editing. Dan Saryee, Heller MA’15, writes that he is looking forward to reconnecting with classmates after years of working in Africa to advance social, economic and political freedoms. Andrea Eisinberg Arkow, Heller MA’16, is director of philanthropy and donor engagement at Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Arizona. Davis Graham, GSAS MS’16, is customer implementation coordinator at Qure4u, a digital health-care platform. His Brandeis degree is in health and medical informatics. Lesly Joseph, Heller MS’16, is a UC Berkeley Global Public Health Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. Carole E. Allen, Heller MBA’17, is president of the Massachusetts Medical Society, a statewide professional association of physicians and medical students. Her one-year term concludes in May. Carole had a private pediatric practice in Arlington, Massachusetts, from 1989-2002. She has also been president of the Tufts Medical Alumni Association, a member of the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission, a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics board of directors and director of pediatrics at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. KMarie King, Heller MBA’17, is Department of Surgery chair and chief of surgery at Albany Med, in Albany, New York. She is the first Black female chair of surgery at an academic health science center in the U.S. NASA has awarded a grant to Vivekanand Pandey Vimal, GSAS PhD’17, who uses a multiaxis rotation system at Brandeis’ Graybiel Orientation Lab to study disorientation during space flight. NASA hopes his research findings will help it improve astronaut health and performance during future moon and Mars missions. Ricardo Perez-Pineda, Heller MA’19, is a foreign service education officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

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