Class of 2005





Click here to see our past 10th Reunion details.

Read on below to get to know your class leadership.

Class Leadership

Name: Gizelle V. Gopez
Email address: gizelle@alumni.upenn.edu
Leadership position: President
Current location: Atlanta, GA
School: College
Occupation/Field of Work: Global Health, Evaluation
Activities outside of work: Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health Special Events Committee, Penn Alumni Interview Program, Fletcher Alumni of Color Association, Designing a social enterprise in Southeast Asia with local entrepreneurs in the region.
Activities at Penn: Asian Pacific American Leadership Initiative, Asian Pacific Student Coalition, Pan-Asian American Community House Advisory Board, Penn Philippine Association, PennPals, Promoting Enriching and Enlivening Relationships (PEER) Mentoring Program, West Philadelphia Tutoring Project, Oracle Senior Honor Society, Sphinx Senior Society
Goals for '05: Making the Penn ’05 Mafia come alive and ensuring its sustainability.
Random fact or a secret talent that you have: I’ve tried bee larvae and found it delicious; tastes just like honey!
Name: Eduardo Abreu
Email: eabreu@gmail.com
Leadership Position: Executive Vice President
Current Location: Work is NYC, home is Weston, CT
School: College and Wharton (Huntsman)
Occupation/Field of Work: Asset Management
Activities outside of work: Raising 4 children, supporter of the ICE Foundation
Activities at Penn: Kappa Alpha Society, WhartonLatino, AIESEC (I think that there were more, but I can’t remember)
Goals for ’05: Increase exposure and engagement between now and the next reunion
Random fact: Trying to start a personal Whisk(e)y collection
Name: Lauren Hedvat
Email address: lgh@alumni.upenn.edu
Leadership position: Executive Vice President
Current location: New York, NY
School: Engineering & The College
Occupation/Field of Work: Finance
Activities outside of work: Penn Class of 2005 Reunion, Penn Alumni Class Leadership Council, Penn Engineering Alumni Society, Newark Academy Board of Trustees, Traveling, Cooking/Baking, Yankees, Devils, Tennis
Activities at Penn: Kite and Key Society, Fisher Hassenfeld Resident Advisor, Alpha Phi, Engineering Student Activities Council, Society of Women Engineers, Hexagon Senior Society, Engineering Peer Advisor, College House Alumni Ambassador
Goals for '05:
Increasing number of and attendance at regional class events and general alumni engagement between reunions.
Random fact or a secret talent that you have: All my siblings went to Penn. I can speak fluently in Farsi.
Name: Christina M. Samala
Email address: c.samala@gmail.com
Leadership position: Regional VP, San Francisco Bay Area
Current location: San Francisco
School: Wharton & The College (Annenberg & School of Design)
Occupation/Field of work: Technology, Civics & Culture
Activities outside of work: Holding down a 10-year DJ residency in SF, cycling, tennis, backpacking/hiking, gardening, community organizing, mentoring (specifically for the Kairos Fellowship these days), coffee and tequila dates (not at the same time), cheering on my wife’s soccer team, and getting all the family time I can squeeze in.
Activities at Penn: Penn Philippine Association, United Minorities Council, East Coast Asian American Student Union, Women’s Lacrosse, Student Activities Council, Penn Outing Club
Goals for '05: Breaking record for 15th Reunions at Penn. Helping to keep scholarships available for lower income students. Creating a tighter knit network within our class.
Random fact or a secret talent that you have: I have been invited to the White House three times in the past 18 months, once to present.
Full name: Julie (Yannalfo) Walker
Email address: julieywalker@gmail.com
Leadership position: Regional Vice President, Philadelphia
Current location: Philadelphia Metro Area (Collingswood, NJ)
School: College
Occupation/Field of Work: Customer Service Coordinator for Penn Alum owned monthly subscription service, Splendies
Activities outside of work: Traveling, Dining out, Association of Alumnae, Penn Club of Philadelphia, Penn Alumni Interview Program
Activities at Penn: Alternate Spring Break, PennPals, Rebuilding Together, PennCorps
Goals for '05: To reconnect more classmates in the Philly region
Random fact or a secret talent that you have: I have attended every Homecoming and Alumni Weekend since graduating from Penn.
Name: Oluleke "Leke" Zaccheus
Email address: ozaccheus@gmail.com
Leadership position: Regional Vice President, NYC
Current location: New York, NY
School: College
Occupation/Field of work: Medical-Legal Consultant
Activities outside of work: Concerts, Dining out, Travel
Activities at Penn: Red Cross Volunteer, Pre-Med Student Mentor
Goals for '05: Increased class involvement in volunteerism and increased opportunities for social and professional networking.
Name: Nicole Oddo Smith
Email address: neo@alumni.upenn.edu
Leadership position: Vice President of Recruitment
Current location: Philadelphia, PA
School: The College
Occupation/Field of Work: Law Firm Recruiter
Activities outside of Work: Penn Club of Philadelphia, Penn Regional Clubs Advisory Board, Book Club, Traveling, and Hanging out with my husband, friends, and our families.
Activities at Penn: Penn Band, Newman Council, Penn Music Mentoring Program
Goals for '05: To get as many of our classmates involved with our 15th Reunion as possible!
Random fact or a secret talent that you have: I'm obsessed with maps.
Name: Tanu (Srinivasan) Kumar
Email address: Tanu.Srinivasan@gmail.com
Leadership position: 15th Reunion Co-Chair
Current location: Boston, MA
School: Wharton
Occupation/Field of work: International Tax Consultant (Recovering Tax Attorney)
Activities/Interests outside of work: Travel, French, Paleo Cooking, Yoga
Activities at Penn: Performing Arts (Theatre)
Goals for '05: Help throw a fun, well-attended reunion!
Random fact or a secret talent that you have: Stay tuned...
Full name: Neha Sachdev
Email address: neha_sachdev@alumni.upenn.edu
Leadership position: 15th Reunion Co-Chair
Current location: Philadelphia, PA
School: College of Arts and Sciences
Occupation/Field of Work: Physician
Activities outside of work: I love cooking and eating food. Thankfully, I also love working out and being active - I met my husband at Crossfit. Music will always be a big part of my life as well.
Activities at Penn: PAC, Penny Loafers, Friars, FLASH, Alpha Chi Omega
Goals for '05: To get everyone involved and back to campus (with spouses and kids!) for our 15th reunion
Random fact or a secret talent that you have: I have never lost or damaged a cell phone, which means I have 15+ yrs of contacts in my phone...the majority of whom I have no idea who they are.
Name: Taimur Khan
Email address: taimur.m.khan@citi.com
Leadership position: Regional Vice President, ASEAN
Current location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
School: College of Arts & Sciences (Economics & Political Science), Joint Wharton-College Minor (Legal Studies & History)
Occupation/Field of work: Banking
Activities outside of work: Cricket
Activities at Penn: Daily Pennsylvanian Reporter, Penn Pakistan Society
Goals for '05: Expand network /connectivity of Penn 05’ alumni within ASEAN
Random fact or a secret talent you have: I have lived across 4 countries, Pakistan, US, Singapore & Malaysia.
Name: Hallie Lehrman
Email address: hallie.lehrman@gmail.com
Leadership position: Regional Vice President, Rockland/Westchester NY
Current location: Westchester, NY
School: College
Occupation/Field of work: Educational Consulting & Education (Professor)
Activities outside of work: Penn Club of NY, enjoying nature, playing with Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, music, whitewater rafting, and jet skiing
Activities at Penn: Philomathean Society, Women's Novice Rowing Team, Kite & Key Society, Biological Basis of Behavior Society
Goals for '05: Increase Alumni activities and socialization in suburban NY
Random fact or a secret talent that you have:
Name: Lesley Portnoy
Email address: lesleyportnoy@gmail.com
Leadership position: Regional Vice President, Los Angeles
Current location: Los Angeles, CA
School: College, '05
Occupation/Field of work: Attorney--securities litigation and class actions
Activities outside of work: basketball, cycling, cooking, family (three kids), reading
Activities at Penn: Daily Pennsylvanian Photographer, Intramural Sports
Goals for '05: Connect class members, build strong alumni network
Random fact or a secret talent that you have: I love singing show tunes.
Name: Charles Kornblith
Email address: upenclass05@gmail.com
Leadership position: Regional CO-VP
Current location: NVY
School: Wharton
Occupation/Field of Work: Finance
Activities at Penn: Alpha Chi Rho, Pennsylvania Investment Alliance, Vantage Traders
Name: Patrice R. Green
Email address: patrice.r.green@gmail.com
Leadership position: Regional VP for Philadelphia
Current location:
Philadelphia, PA
School: College of Arts & Sciences
Occupation/Field of work:Senior Management Analyst/Community Liaison/Community and Economic Development for the Federal Government
Activities/Interests outside of work: Cooking, traveling, Praise dancing, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Association of Alumnae Board Member, Penn Alumni Club of Philadelphia Finance Director
Activities at Penn:Gamma Chapter - Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., W.E.B. Du Bois House Council, Black Student League, Bi-Cultural Inter-Greek Council
Goals for '05: Engaging as many '05 classmates as possible!
Random fact or a secret talent that you have: I have been skydiving.