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Class Notes, 2014 March/April

March/April 2014

As we look forward to spring and new beginnings, it seems only fitting that we start this column with a birth announcement. Congratulations to Richard "Andy" Hammer and his wife, Lynn, on the birth of their baby boy, Truman Andrew! The proud parents live in Montauk, NY, where Andy has a thriving law practice at Biondo & Hammer LLP. Class president Bob Baca has been traveling the world in his new role at the US Dept. of Agriculture, where he is working on environmental compliance issues. He was asked to handle international treaty items, which has involved significant international travel, heading back and forth between the US, Switzerland, and Thailand. Carolyn Richmond was named co-chair of the labor and employment group at the law firm Fox Rothschild LLP in New York City. She recently had a mini-reunion with Susan Segalowitz Bernbach, Karyn Ginsberg, Claudia Novinsky Liff, and Karen Rosenberg Rothenberg '92. Karyn Ginsberg has a thriving pediatric practice on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, while Claudia, who flew in from Cincinnati, OH, for the gathering, has worked at Procter & Gamble since graduation.

Dorine Colabella Scher (Potomac Falls, VA) was married to Michael DiConti on April 28, 2012 and now has three stepsons, all awesome young men. She says that family time with five children is a blast! Dorine was elected to the advisory board of her company, Retriever Medical/Dental Payments, in January 2013. She has served there for five years as a practice management consultant, where she works with doctors to lower costs and decrease billing and accounts receivable. Carolina Maduro writes from Honduras, where she is heading a foundation dedicated to improving quality, efficiency, and equity of education. She lives in Tegucigalpa and has six children, four boys and two girls. This past September, she traveled to the Harvard Conference on Teacher Policy. She enjoys crocheting, knitting, and dancing. Reminiscing about her time at Cornell, Carolina wishes she had taken fuller advantage of all that was available for academic improvement and extracurricular activities.

Curtis Ellett, MA '95, writes us from Weymouth, MA, where he is co-founder of Semafores Inc. (, a startup developing a mobile application to help families organize and coordinate their healthcare. Started by Julie Bunn Tittler '94, the company is creating a suite of mobile tools to help families keep on top of their family's wellness goals, avoid mistakes, and choreograph the steps in the "complex dance" that is family caregiving. Effective January 1, Jennifer Goldberg Bretan was elected equity partner at Fenwick & West LLP, a law firm that provides comprehensive legal services to technology and life sciences companies. Jennifer is a member of the firm's securities litigation group, and her practice focuses on securities litigation, regulatory and internal investigations, and enforcement proceedings and white-collar defense. Among other responsibilities, she has conducted internal and board investigations on accounting issues, insider trading, and option granting practices, and has represented companies and individuals in regulatory matters with both the Securities and Exchange Commission and the US Dept. of Justice.

We are also pleased to report that Aaron Walker, son of David Walker, DVM '91, and his wife, Amy, attended the Cornell Summer College for high school students. This program offers college level courses and a campus life experience to select high school students who have completed their sophomore, junior, or senior year. Additional details about the program can be found at Please keep the updates coming! You can submit class notes at any time by sending us an e-mail or by visiting *Tom Greenberg,; Wendy Milks Coburn,; Charles Wu,

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