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Class Notes: Fall 2020

1966 and 1968

Albert White

Albert White (BSBA ’68), who has extensive experience advising some of the most successful CEOs in the technology, health care, energy and artificial intelligence arenas, has published “Race for the Net: When African Americans Controlled the Internet and What Happens Now.” The book chronicles the little-known story of how Network Solutions, which was led by Emmit McHenry (BS ’66) and where Albert served as vice president of corporate communications, created the access platform that enabled the world to utilize the internet. 


Bradley Olch (attd. ’73) has been named chairman of the board of trustees of Northwood School in Lake Placid, New York. Bradley graduated from Northwood School in 1969 and joined the board of trustees in 2012. In 2019, he was named Northwood’s Distinguished Alumnus, the highest honor to be bestowed upon an alum. After earning his degree from the University of Denver, Bradley settled in Park City, Utah, where he served on the Planning Commission and City Council before spending 12 years as mayor. Bradley was pivotal in Utah’s quest to host the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, serving 10 years on the bid committee and then the organizing committee. He also was instrumental in establishing Utah’s first-ever community foundation, Park City Community Foundation. 


Steven Eichberg

Steven Eichberg (BSBA ’76) of Plymouth, Massachusetts, recently was elected chair of the Lymphoma Research Foundation’s board of directors. Steven is a lymphoma survivor and long-time supporter of the Lymphoma Research Foundation. A board member since 2019, he has a background in marketing and operations and previously led both for-profit and nonprofit organizations on outreach strategy.  


David Gladstone (BS ’83) has been elected a fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine. The designation honors members who have distinguished themselves by their contributions in research, education or leadership in the medical physics community. David currently is chief of clinical physics, professor of medicine, adjunct professor of engineering, and codirector of the Medical Physics Education Program at Dartmouth. 


Timothy Houghton (PhD ’84) is celebrating the release of his seventh book of poetry, “Where the Lighthouse Begins” (Salmon Poetry, 2020). The volume is available in the U.S. and Europe. In addition to publishing in a number of prestigious reviews and journals, Timothy has, over recent years, received 30 fellowships allowing him to focus on his poetry and participated in artist retreats at Yaddo, MacDowell and Hawthornden Castle. Recently retired after teaching literature and writing at various universities, he now focuses on conducting bird surveys for Audubon and eBird. He also is a field trip coordinator for Audubon. He lives with his wife, two children and his dingo, Jazz, near Baltimore.

Mark Weinberg (MSJA ’84) is court administrator of Florida’s Seventh Judicial Circuit. He received the National Association for Court Management’s Award of Merit at the Association’s 2019 annual conference in Las Vegas.


Jim Sandidge (JD/MBA ’85) of Belmar, New Jersey, received the Investments and Wealth Institute’s 2020 Journal Research Award, which honors the author of an original article that represents the best writing for the previous year germane to the investment management consulting and/or private wealth-management professions for his paper, “Chaos and Retirement Income.” He previously earned the 2017 Journal Research Award for Adaptive Distribution Theory.


Betsy (Webb) Johnston (MSA ’89) of Bozeman, Montana, has published “Gaku’s Question: How Can Everyday People Create Peace? 108 Global Responses for Creating Peace Every Day.” The book features people from 40 countries offering their thoughts on peacebuilding. A daily intention helps readers take action toward creating peace in their own lives. 


Brett Yates (BSBA ’91) has been named acting executive director of Los Angeles-based Michelson Found Animals Foundation, a leading animal welfare nonprofit with a mission of saving pets and enriching lives. Yates has served as MFA’s chief operating officer since 2018 and has spearheaded a number of groundbreaking initiatives, including the Better Neighbor Project, which partners with human service organizations to develop programs that support homeless and other underserved communities and their pets. 


Mary Thrower (JD ’92) has retired from her position as a district magistrate judge in Kansas’ 28th Judicial District, where she managed the juvenile-offender and child-in-need-of-care dockets. 


Karmen Keup (BSBA ’97) has been named executive director and branch manager of the Sarasota, Fort Myers and Bonita Springs, Florida, branch offices within UBS Wealth Management USA. Over the years, Karmen has spearheaded initiatives for women’s career advancement within UBS. In 2019 and 2020, she was one of the UBS delegates at the MAKERS Conference, a global leadership event for people in finance, business and tech to accelerate women’s equality. 


Michael McNeal (MA ’00, PhD ’09) is author and co-editor of “European/Supra-European: Cultural Encounters in Nietzsche’s Philosophy” (De Gruyter, 2020), a collection of essays examining myriad aspects of German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s views of Europe and the world beyond it. In both English and German, the volume’s contributors analyze Nietzsche’s thinking about the decadence afflicting 19th century Europe, the meaning of Nietzsche’s “good Europeanism” and its significance for the continent’s future. McNeal’s first book, “U.S. Approaches to the Arab Uprisings,” recently was released in paperback. The volume includes contributions from Eric Fatter, Nicholas Jackson and Amentahru Wahlrab, also affiliated with the Josef Korbel School of International Studies.  


Joanne (Kron) Schwartz

Joanne (Kron) Schwartz (MA ’03) launched Momentum Advisors LLC, a Denver-based public affairs and civic engagement advisory firm that works with organizations and funders throughout the country. Momentum leverages Joanne’s nearly two decades of experience in developing and executing advocacy, electoral, communications and philanthropic campaigns. It also builds on her experience leading targeted multistate and multicity policy efforts.


Summer Belden

Summer Belden (MBA ’05), of St. Louis, Missouri, recently joined Bunge Limited as senior director of executive compensation. 


M. Chad Mahan

M. Chad Mahan (BS ’09), a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in reconstruction of the hip and knee, has joined the Glenwood Orthopedic Center at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. He is also accomplished in the orthopedic treatment of fractures, traumatic soft tissue injuries, and the treatment of failed or infected total joint arthroplasty. Chad completed an adult reconstruction and hip preservation fellowship at the University of Utah in 2020.


Joseph W. Mark

Joseph W. Mark (BA ’10), an associate with Moye White LLP, has been elected to the board of trustees for the Denver Bar Association. He will serve a three-year term. He previously served as executive council member for the Denver Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division and currently serves on the Colorado Bar Association’s Board of Governors as a representative for the Denver Bar Association. In his practice, Joseph focuses on civil and commercial litigation. 


Julie North (MAS ’11), a self-described sustainability consultant turned travel agent, recently completed a 30-day, 350-mile uncharted walk around Puerto Rico in the interest of “shining a light on this incredible island that is the epitome of all that’s good in the world.” Julie used her stimulus check from the U.S. government to finance the solo trip and to support local businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.  

Sarah Strassburger (MLS ’11) has been named principal of Aspen High School in Aspen, Colorado. Sarah started as an English teacher at the high school in 2006, and from 2009–16, she chaired the school’s English department. She has been assistant principal for the past four school years. 


Daniel Leppert (LLM ’14) has joined Denver-based SolRiver Capital, a solar investment fund, as in-house counsel. He will assist the SolRiver team in the acquisition, installation and operation of distributed-generation and utility-scale solar projects across the country.


Zachary Tucker (MPS ’15) will be the next executive director of the San Bernardino County Museum Association, a nonprofit organization established to support the San Bernardino County Museum. Zachary will lead the 60-year-old association in its goal to provide financial sustainability, resource development and capacity building for the museum. 


Jack Mahoney (MS ’18) has been named president and CEO of Westwood Shipping Lines Inc., a Puyallup, Washington-based independent conbulk liner carrier. 

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