Class Notes, Spring 2017

January 30, 2020

Sameer Aggarwal, BA ’15, was recently admitted to Harvard Law School. He expects to matriculate this fall.

Enitan Aigbomian, BS ’15, travelled to Bolivia after graduating to volunteer with a nonprofit in La Paz. Afterward she obtained a position within the nonprofit's stateside headquarters. She is returning to La Paz before enrolling in graduate school this fall.

Cigdem Akin, PhD ’09, is a public management economist at the South Asia Department of the Asian Development Bank, based in Manila-Philippines.

Andrew Avitabile, BS ’15, recently started at MDRC, a nonprofit that evaluates public policy, after two years working in economic consulting. He joins MDRC as a technical researcher in the young adults and post-secondary education policy area.

Jennifer Baka, BS ’00, began a new faculty position as an assistant professor of geography at Penn State University in July, 2016.

Katherine Black, BA ’15, is working in economic consulting at a small firm in Alexandria that handles airport and airline clients.

Brooks Boron, BA ’14, will graduate this May from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law where he currently serves as the editor-in-chief for the official law journal for the American Bar Association's Section on Dispute Resolution.

Rich Brown, PhD ’94, has served as the FDIC's chief economist since 2003. He has recently focused mostly on community bank research and enhancing the economic analysis that goes into the FDIC's rule making process.

Catherine (Lahovski) Burns, BA ’05, is an officer in the United States Marine Corps. She is a pilot flying KC-130J refueling aircraft and has completed multiple deployments during her enlistment.

Philip H. De Turk, BA ’54, currently resides in Pinehurst, N.C., where he enjoys golf and bridge. He practiced law for 50 years in Washington state before moving to his present home.

Peter Estridge, BS ’09, left the Marine Corps in 2015 with the rank of captain. Peter then enrolled in the University of Chicago Booth School of Business MBA program. This summer he will begin a role as an investment banking associate with Merrill Lynch.

Kerri Evans, BA ’14, has spent the past two years as a management consultant in the financial services industry. Kerri's work has ranged from large scale transformation initiatives to digital strategy development and execution.

Wayne Farel, PhD, BA ’82, teaches economics at Colorado Mountain College in the Vail Valley and is a national ski patrol mountain host. Wayne is also a private global investor.

Mason Fulling, BA ’16, accepted a position as a consultant with Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP in D.C. in their Public Sector Practice.

Sean Gaffney, BA ’10, relocated to Houston, Texas, shortly after graduation in 2010. He has been with Shell for six years, completing his MBA at Rice University in 2015 and is now a senior economist in the Corp M&A group at Shell E&P.

Margaret Gibson, BS ’12, will be leaving her role at Deloitte Consulting to pursue an MBA at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Eiji Goto, MS ’16, received an MS degree along the way to his PhD degree. Right now as a PhD student at GW he is working on forecasting performance of Dynamic Stochastic General Equilibrium models.

Roger Heldman, BA ’78, spent his career in the public safety uniform industry and is now a consultant. He resides in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Evan Hillebrand, PhD ’81, recently retired from the University of Kentucky and now lives in Cambridge, Maryland. He recommends his new book, Energy, Economic Growth, and Geopolitical Futures (MIT Press, 2015).

Ann Hollingshead, BA ’08, graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a master's degree in public policy in 2015. She is now a fiscal and policy analyst for the California Legislative Analyst's Office, where she works on state budget and economic issues.

Zhaoyang Hou, PhD ’10, is teaching at Georgetown University Qatar as assistant professor of economics.

Monica Huddleston, BA ’75, was mayor of the City of Greendale, Mo., for eight years, from 2003 to 2007 and 2011 to 2015. Before that she spent 25 years at SBC (now AT&T) before retiring as director of central operations, Eastern Missouri. She now volunteers in church and the community.

Nayantara Jacob, BA ’14, is doing her master's in international affairs, concentrating on financial and economic policy at Columbia University.

Denis Jacques, BA '61, attended University of Michigan Law School, NYU Law School, and retired as an IRS estate tax attorney, in San Francisco, Calif. (He still likes econ the best!)

Patricia Kanashiro, MS, PhD ’08, ’13, is an assistant professor of international business at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore.

Akash Katakam, BS ’16, is currently working for Defined Health, a boutique strategy consultancy with clients in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries. In his free time, he is involved with local politics, keeping fit through yoga and joining the Freemasons.

Roli Khare Rastogi, BA ’03, is co-founder and immigration law partner at Basso & Khare LLC, a premier law firm based in Jersey City, N.J., serving individuals, entrepreneurs, small businesses and startups.

Usman Ali Khilji, BA ’99, worked for ABN AMRO Bank after graduating. He completed a MS in economics at the University of Edinburgh in 2004. While pursing his doctorate in economics, he was hired by the World Trade Organization.

Ava Lazor, BS ’16, works as a research analyst for The Cadmus Group, an environmental consulting firm in Arlington, Va. She also continues to serve as a teaching assistant for the Geology Department at GW.

Cody Lee, BA ’13, runs the marketing department for a company that was founded on the production of entertaining econ videos.

Amanda Lintelman, BS ’09, completed her MBA from Emory University's Goizueta Business School in May 2016. She remains in Atlanta working as a strategy & operations consultant for Slalom.

Bernardo Lopes da Costa, BA ’16, is working at the World Bank as a consultant.

Tim Mahedy, BA, BS ’07, works at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco as an economic analyst.

Lutonadio Masala, BA ’14, just finished his master’s degree in economics and finance from the University of York.

Michelle Migdalovich, BA ’16, is a federal business analyst at Deloitte Consulting. She is currently on an IRS project that focuses on data analytics and financial modelling.

Gerald Miller, MA ’88, has been doing interesting work in healthcare productivity and quality improvement close to her home in Pennsylvania after 26 years as a frequent business traveler.

Wun Cheun Na, BA ’89, is working for SamsungPay, Inc in Boston as VP and COO.

Greg Nelson, BA ’78, was recently elected chairman of the board of directors of Houston Methodist Hospital System, a seven-hospital system with over 2,000 operating beds. He also chairs the Houston office of Paul Hastings, LLP, an international law firm.

Erin Lynn Nephew, MA ’04, has begun teaching International Political Economy as an adjunct professor at NYU's Center for Global Affairs. She is also a senior vice president, Global Country Risk Management, at Citigroup.

John Northington, BS ’15, works in the Manhattan office of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, within the firm's private equity and hedge fund group.

Trey O'Callaghan, BA ’14, will graduate from Duke Law School in May, and he will begin work as a corporate associate at King & Spalding in Atlanta in September.

Jorge Ordenes, BA ’65, has retired from the IMF and now resides in Vienna, Va. He writes articles for the Bolivian press.

Ryan Orsini, BA ’15, is working on his Master of Science-Data Science at GW.

Rustin Partow, BS ’11, is a third-year PhD student in economics at UCLA focusing on labor economics.

Edgar Peden, BA ’81, M.Phil ’85, PhD ’87, worked for Medicare from 1989-2004 and retired in 2004. He wrote What's Behind Out-of Control Health Spending in 2012.

Rupinder Sabharwal, BA ’08, co-founded a product called, which helps startups and small businesses find and compare the best software and internet services.

Felipe Sandoval, BA ’80, opened his own business importing and distributing hardwood flooring after 20 or more years in international banking. He lives in Tampa, Fla.

George Santopietro, BA ’78, became assistant provost for academic operations at Radford University, Radford, Va., in July 2016.

Josh Serchen, BA ’16, is currently involved in health policy work as the health policy/communications coordinator with the American College of Physicians.

Kevin Sette, BS ’16, is still living in Washington, D.C., tutoring students in various undergraduate economics courses. He is currently in the process of selecting his law school of choice, which he will start attending in fall of 2017.

John Shahin, BS ’00, joined Citi after graduating GW and has progressively advanced over 17 years. He is currently the U.S. business head for Citigold Private Client, where he oversees a $7 billion balance sheet. John also has an MBA in finance from Fordham.

Adam Shapiro, BA ’09, recently graduated from Columbia Business School and London Business School at the end of February. He received MBA degrees from both institutions.

Erica Soultanian, BS ’14, is currently working as a program analyst at the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Planning in D.C. She previously was an analyst at NERA Economic Consulting.

Charles Stewart, BA ‘46, MA ’48, PhD ’54, is writing the last chapter in his next book, The Culture of Discovery and the Propensity to Invent: A Comparative Analysis of Civilizations.

Vito L Tanzi, BA ’91, is an assistant professor of health policy and management at the American University of Beirut where he teaches courses in health economics, ethics and health finance.

Daniel Uslander, BA ’77, is an industrial metals specialist for High Ridge Futures LLC in their New York office. He develops and implements hedging solutions for metals recyclers.

Shaun Vaid, BS ’12, moved to St. Louis after working for 4 years in healthcare M&A in Miami, Fla. He is now a senior financial analyst with BJC, the top healthcare provider in Missouri.

Patrice Vogelman, BA ’81, is living outside of Boston in Cohasset, Mass., and is working for Verizon.