Alumni Class Leadership Council Members
Greg Suss, C'75, is the President of the Alumni Class Leadership Council. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies, and went on to receive an M.A. in Arts Management at NYU, and a PhD in Dramatic Theory and Criticism from the Graduate Center of CUNY. Greg serves as the Executive Vice President and Reunion Chair for the Class of 1975 and is also a member of several alumni leadership boards and organizations, including the Alumni Executive Committee, Vice-President of the Sphinx Senior Society Board of Governors, the Board of Directors of the Glee Club Graduate Club, and the Penn Players Alumni Board. Formerly, Greg acted as Vice President of Programs at The University of Pennsylvania Association of NYC, and was a former NYC Public School Chair for the Alumni Admissions Council. Greg currently is the Chief Operating Officer of TJC, Inc., a full-service communications strategy agency. Greg has been married 20 years to Kathleen Byrum Suss, the Executive Director of Concordia Conservatory of Music and Art. They reside in Old Greenwich, CT with their extraordinary daughter, Katie, where he is a proud alumni interviewer for Fairfield County.
Lisa M. Aldisert, CW ’75, G ’75,
is co-chair of the Alumni Class Leadership Council’s Penn Reunion Leadership Council, and also serves as president of the Class of 1975. Lisa is a member of the Trustees’ Council of Penn Women and is on the Board of The Penn Club of New York. In addition to her Penn education, she received her MBA from Columbia. Lisa is the president of Pharos Alliance, a management consulting firm that specializes in strategic planning, organizational and leadership development. She is a published author, professional speaker and adjunct professor at New York University.
Dale Borenstein Bell, MT’81
, Penn has had, and continues to have a profound impact, both personally and professionally, on her life. Since graduating in 1981, she has become involved in a wide range of Penn Alumni activities both at the local and regional club level, as well as University-wide. She is a Past President of the Penn Club of Metro New Jersey and served on the Penn Alumni Regional Clubs Advisory Board. She is currently President of the Class of 1981, a member of the Trustees' Council of Penn Women, Penn Hillel Board of Overseers member and Chair the Penn Alumni Interview Program in Northern New Jersey. Dale loves attending Penn Alumni Activities and sporting events with my proud Penn family Allan Bell C'1981, Brittany Bell C'2011 and Brandon Bell C'2014! It has been an honor for her to be an ambassador and advocate for Penn. She continues to seek new areas to support Penn and target her Penn enthusiasm.
David C. Blatte, W’86
is the Co-President of the Class of 1986; Chairman of the Class of ’86 Penn Fund and serves as the Class Gift and Reunion Chair. He is on the Executive Board of Alumni Class Leadership Council (ACLC), is a Penn Alumni Interviewer, and active in the Penn Club of LI. David and Co=President Sue Wishnow lead their Class of '86 to a record breaking 25th and 30th Reunions, earning the Alumni Class Award of Merit in unprecedented back-to-back reunion years. Red & Blue run through the Blatte family as David’s father (Lawrence W’50; Class President), sister (Amy Blatte Braunstein C ’84; GSE’85), brother-in-law (Richard Braunstein C ’85), and nephew (Andrew Braunstein SEAS ’13) all have had the privilege of attending this great University. The Blatte family is proud to have established an endowed scholarship - “The Blatte Family Scholarship”. After spending 30 years in the private equity arena, David currently invests and sits on numerous CPG Boards and is the Chairman of Worldwise, Inc- a Pet Accessory company located in San Francisco. David has a son Alex who is 16 years old.
Gail Spiegel Cohen, C’76 D’80
is a new member of the Alumni Class Leadership Council. Gail proudly received both her undergraduate and Dental School degrees from Penn. She is the President of the Class of 1976 and chaired the Reunion Committee as well as being a member of the gift committee for her 35th reunion. She was also a member of her 30th Penn Dental School Reunion Committee and was selected to the Penn Dental Medicine Alumni Society Executive Board, Member-at-Large. Gail has been the Vice-President of Programming for the Penn Westchester-Rockland Alumni Association since 2007, organizes the Association of Alumnae Award for Westchester High School students, and has also been on the Penn Alumni interviewing committee for the past 28 years. After Penn Dental, Gail was accepted into a General Dentistry residency program at Long Island Jewish Hospital in New Hyde Park, NY, where she also met and married a surgery resident, Dr. Martin Cohen. Gail has been in private practice in Mt. Kisco, NY since 1987 and is also involved with her local dental society. Aside from practicing dentistry, Gail is very involved in continuing education. She and her husband reside in Bedford, NY and have two Penn children, Jonathan C’09 who is in his first year at Columbia University Business School and Stephanie C’13.
Howard Coonley, II, C'66
, is the President of the Class of 1966. Additionally, Howard serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Penn Alumni Squash Board, the Class of 1966 50th Reunion Co-Chair, and an Alumni Class Leadership Council member. After graduating in 1966 with a Bachelor degree in Religious Thought, Howard spent 37 years in the field of domestic and international commercial banking and investment management. Currently, Howard is happily retired and trying to resuscitate his golf game. Howard is an enthusiastic member of the Penn Museum.
Benjamin Craine, W'65,
After graduating Wharton in 1965, Ben returned to MICHIGAN, where he began his 50 year journey as an active and engaged Penn alum. Immediately, he joined the board of the Penn Alumni Club of Michigan, and soon after he began interviewing prospective students. For 50 years Ben has continued to interview what is now an unbelievable group of applicants to one of the most sought after schools in the country. During that time, he also served for a period as a president of the Michigan alumni club and continues now as a club board member.
In business, Ben serves as president of an Industrial Packaging company supplying distributors with a wide variety of packaging papers. In 1999, having built a second (winter) home in Scottsdale AZ, he discovered that the local alumni club had ceased to operate. Gathering a group of willing alumni, he helped rejuvenate what is now the Penn & Wharton Club of Arizona, and he continues to serve as a club board member. He recently agreed to serve on the alumni board of Penn Players.
Ben became a charter member of the Penn Alumni Regional Clubs Advisory Board, for which he served as Chair from 2010 to 2014; he continues now as Chair Emeritus. In 2007, Ben was awarded the Alumni Award of Merit, and joined Arizona club president Mike Spector on stage that year as the Arizona club received the Alumni Club Award of Merit.
For the Class of 65's 25th reunion, he served as a Regional Class Gift Chair, and for the 50th reunion he served as Chair of Outreach and Planning. He was delighted to join the ACLC in the fall of 2015.
Howard S. Freedlander, C’67
, has been president of the Class of 1967 since the 35th reunion in 2002. In his first year as class president, he helped established the Michael San Phillip Memorial Scholarship in memory of a classmate and teammate who lost his life on 9/11/01; money raised since 2002 has allowed two scholar-athletes to receive financial aid. Howard currently is a member of the ACLC and the Penn Fund Executive Board. He majored in political science and journalism at Penn. He played four years of lacrosse at Penn and served as vice president of Zeta Beta Tau. He received a master’s degree in military strategic intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College in 1996. Howard retired in May 2011 as a deputy treasurer for external affairs for Maryland, having previously served as executive officer of the Maryland National Guard. He recently completed a six-year term as a member of the board of governors of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD, serves on the board of directors of Leadership Maryland and is a member of the public policy and advocacy committee of the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy. On a part-time basis, Howard serves as a senior consultant with a government relations/business consulting firm in Annapolis, MD. Howard and Liz, who live in Easton, MD, are parents of two daughters, Kate Fisher (University of Montana ’96) and Bess Langbein (Penn ’02), and grandparents of five.
Lisa Nass Grabelle C’93, L’96
is Chairman of the Reunion Weekend Committee of the Alumni Class Leadership Council (ACLC). She has been a member of the ACLC for several years and has enjoyed her involvement with the committee very much. Since 1998, Lisa has been the Class of 1993 President and Reunion Chair. Lisa is very proud that the Class of 1993 has won an alumni award (either Merit or Communications) for all 3 of the reunions they have had. She is also a member of the Penn Alumni Interview Program, was a member of the Penn Cares Planning Committee, and was co- Chair of her recent 15th Penn Law Reunion. While at Penn, Lisa double majored in American History and Political Science, co-founded and was President and Treasurer of the Social Planning and Events Committee (SPEC), a member of the Undergraduate Assembly (UA), President of the Order of Omega Greek Honors Society, a Pan-Hellenic Council member, and was an active member of the Tri Delta sorority. After practicing labor and employment law for several years, Lisa decided to spend her time doing her two favorite things: raising her two daughters and volunteering for Penn. Lisa still lives close to Penn in Voorhees, New Jersey, with her husband, Dean, whom she met at Penn Law, and her daughters, Alexa and Jordan. Lisa and her family return to Penn regularly throughout the year for Homecoming, Reunion Weekend, and most importantly to watch Alexa dance at half time at Penn basketball games.
Stan Greene, C'78
is a seasoned professional with over 25 years of experience helping large corporations, small businesses and government entities reach their full potential through positive engagement and empowerment. He has improved operational and financial results for companies in cable TV, telecommunications, TV programming, Internet, and state government. Stan is currently President of PowerThinking Corp., a human development firm which helps people and organizations thrive. He is also Co-President of the award winning Class of 1978, and a captain of Penn's Ivy League Champion basketball team.
Lauren G. Hedvat, ENG’05, C’06, GEN’07
earned a Master's of Science in Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Since finishing her dual degree and graduate programs in 2007, she has been working in investment banking in New York City. She is currently an associate at Barclays Capital. Lauren is also part of the Barclays' Women's Initiative Network steering committee where she has co-chaired events like a mentoring panel. Outside of work, Lauren serves on the Young Patrons of Lincoln Center board and was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees of her high school, Newark Academy. While an undergraduate, Lauren served as President for two years of the Kite and Key Society. She also served on the executive boards of the Engineering Student Activities Council, Engineering Peer Advising Council, and a Society of Women Engineers. She was also a resident and graduate advisor for Fisher Hassenfeld College House and participated in the College House Alumni Ambassador program. Her leadership and academic achievements while at Penn earned her both the Penn Alumni Student Award of Merit and the William A. Levy Service and Scholarship Award her senior year. As an alumna, Lauren has continued to show her passion for Penn by serving as co-chair for her fifth year reunion. She led her class to a record-breaking attendance and ultimately earned her and her co-chair the David N. Tyre Class Communications Award for leading their class in record setting accomplishments. In addition, in 2007, she was appointed to the Alumni Class Leadership Board which is dedicated to strengthening ties between alumni and the University by acknowledging and reinforcing the importance of class affiliation. She also volunteers on the Young Alumni Committee of the Penn Club of New York, and co-chairs three Penn Alumni Interviewer Committees in New York City to help coordinate interviews for undergraduate applicants. In 2011, Lauren was honored to be a recipient of the Newark Academy Woman of Distinction award. In addition to her commitment to and appreciation for Newark Academy and Penn, over the past couple of years Lauren helped start the 30 Years After - New York Chapter - an organization dedicated to spreading political awareness and philanthrophic endeavors in the Persian Jewish American community.
Louis “Tripp” Hornick III, C’02
was elected to the Alumni Class Leadership Council with a term beginning Fall, 2014. A recipient of Penn Alumni’s Student Award of Merit, he currently serves as Administrative Vice-President of the Class of 2002, a member of the Homecoming Host Committee and as is a Penn Alumni Interviewer. He previously served on Penn Alumni’s Board of Directors. Since 2003, Tripp has annually been elected a Governor of the Mask and Wig Club, acting as Chairman of both the House Committee and the Tour Committee. As Chairman of the Tour Committee, he works closely with Penn Alumni Regional Clubs as Mask and Wig’s Annual Production is brought to cities across the globe. In addition, Tripp was a member of his 5th and 10th Reunion Gift Committee and Host Committee. As an undergraduate, he was a member of the Sphinx Senior Society, Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity and was appointed by the Provost to the Alcohol Rapid Response Team. Tripp is a fourth-generation alumnus on both his maternal and paternal sides. His mother, Wendy Mann Hornick CW’73, MSW’75 was awarded Penn Alumni’s Award of Merit in 2005.
Lolita Jackson, SEAS'89
is Chief of Staff to the Senior Advisor to the NYC Mayor for Recovery, Resiliency & Infrastructure. Since 2006 she has held various positions in the NYC Mayor's Office in operations, management and public affairs. Prior to her government tenure she was a Vice President at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, where she helped lead and manage a $10 billion product line. Lolita is very involved with Penn, and her activities include: co-President of the Class of 1989, Reunion Chair for the 15th, 20th and 25th reunions - during which the class won the Class Award of Merit in 2004 and 2014, Annenberg Center of Performing Arts Overseer, former Penn Spectrum Chair, and President of the Counterparts Alumni Board. She is a 2007 winner of the Penn Alumni Award of Merit. Outside of Penn, Lolita is a British American Project Fellow, on the Fellows Advisory Council of the US-Japan Leadership Program, a U.S. Trustee of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Trustee of the Children's Aid Society. She is also a professional singer, having graced stages in Shanghai, Sydney, Berlin, Edinburgh and Carnegie Hall.
Lois Ellis Jakubowski, Ed’59
, has remained active in her leadership with Penn since receiving her Bachelor of Science in English Education in 1959. Lois acted as President for her class for a number of years, as well as Co-President, and served as the Outreach Chair for her 50th Reunion committee. Lois taught English, primarily in secondary schools, for over thirty years. During her time as an educator, Lois received her Master degree in Education Administration, but was most passionate about working directly with youth. She has had many adventures in the field, whether as the director of the high school thespian club, a coordinator of an interdisciplinary education program, or helping to create programming for students whose first language is not English as they transitioned into traditional classrooms. Lois is now very active in several community choirs and volunteers as a teacher for the youth education programs at her church. She enjoys spending time with family and traveling when possible, and has four wonderful granddaughters who keep her life happy and very busy.
Brian Katz, C’88 W’88
, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Science in Economics, and went on to receive a Juris Doctor from Temple University Law School. Brian serves as the Reunion Co-Chair for the Class of 1988. He is also a member of the Alumni Class Leadership Council and volunteers his time with the Wharton Business Law Association. Brian is a partner at Pepper Hamilton, LLP, an Am Law 100 law firm, where he is the Chair of the Corporate & Securities Practice Group and is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Brian has been married 19 years to Jill Weinberg Katz, a member of the Class of 1989. They have one son, Josh, who is 16 years old and one daughter, Jessica, who is 14 years old.
Kaitlin Meiss, W’15,
served as the Penn Traditions Class Ambassador Committee Chair. This position recruits, coordinates, and provides strategic guidance and leadership to student volunteers for Alumni Weekend. She previously was a Reunion Volunteer and Class Ambassador for the Old Guard Reunions. Kaitlin graduated from the Wharton School with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and concentrations in Operations and Information Management and Marketing. Since joining the ACLC in the Fall of 2013, she offers logistical support for the advising program.
Mary Ellen Cianfrani Miller CW'69 GED’74
is the Chair of the Penn Alumni Class Leadership Council (ACLC) Communications Committee. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education Behavior and a Master of Science in Reading Specialization. Mary Ellen is a Co- Class President and Class Webmaster/Editor. She has also served her class as a Reunion and Gift Co-Chairman. Mary Ellen has worked in the fields of Education, Finance and Marketing. She and her husband Russ EE’69 are Penn Football and Men's Basketball season ticket holders. Mary Ellen loves to play tennis and attend Zumba classes in between babysitting two delightful grandchildren.
Mae Agnes Pasquariello, PhD., CW’53, GRD’85
reconnected with Penn after a 25-year hiatus, when your friend, the late Rosemary D. Mazzatenta, ED’53, GED’53, insisted in 1978 that you become editor of her class newsletter. More than three decades later, she remains deeply engaged with the University as a volunteer, donor and, as a student. In 2011 she received the Alumni Award of Merit.
She also earned two Master’s degrees, from Temple and Villanova Universities and earned a doctorate in education in 1985 at age 55. For over 30 years, she has audited classes at Penn each term as a member of the Senior Associates Program, studying women and religion, Italian cuisine and culture, 20th-century American poetry and gun control. As a professional educator, she taught students undergoing long-term hospital stays. Then, worked at Simon Gratz School, Picket Middle School and Masterman in the Philadelphia public school system. Later, she was a school guidance counselor and then a consultant at the Girard Academic Music Program, a fifth-through-12th-grade school of approximately 520 students in South Philadelphia, where you continued to consult after retirement.
Her experience at Penn instilled a lifelong desire to keep learning. On the occasion of your 55th reunion, Mae and her husband, Dr. Patrick Pasquariello, RES ’63, established the Pasquariello/Agnes Endowed Scholarship Fund for undergraduate student financial aid in 2008. She is gift chair for the Class of 1953, an active and life term member of the Association of Alumnae board and a member of thePenn Alumni Interview Program. Many members of her family are members of the Penn family, too. Her husband is an emeritus professor at the School of Medicine who has worked at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia since 1963. Her daughter Caroline holds undergraduate and medical degrees from Penn, and her daughter Alexandra is Class of 2013. Her two sisters-in-law, four nieces and a cousin are also Penn alumni.
Jesús Pérez, C’16
, serves as the President of the Class of 2016. He graduated with a degree in International Relations and a minor in Legal Studies and History. A passionate student leader, his focus had been on increasing student engagement through accessible class programming that fosters class unity.
Brad Richards, C’92
is the Director of Alumni Relations at the School of Engineering. After graduating from Penn, he spent 15 years at his family’s chemical company, RichardsApex, where he founded a subsidiary in Sydney, Australia in 2002. Prior to coming to Wharton, he worked at Morgan Stanley in financial services.
Richards is very involved in Penn Alumni activities. He is co-president of the Class of 1992 and served as reunion chair for the class of 1992’s 20th reunion, which won the Alumni Class Award of Merit in 2012 in recognition of their record breaking attendance and fundraising. He also serves as a member of the Alumni Class Leadership Council (ACLC). Brad has also served as co-chair of PennGALA, Penn’s LGBT alumni association, as well as a member of the LGBT Advisory Council. He also serves on the alumni board for the a capella performing arts group, Counterparts, where he served as president in his senior year at Penn. In addition, he has been selected to serve as a co-chair for Penn Spectrum, Penn’s alumni conference on diversity to be held in 2013. In addition to his undergraduate degree in English from Penn, Brad has an MBA from the Fox School of Business, Temple University, where he won both the Dean’s Academic Scholarship, the Dean’s Leadership Scholarship and was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honors society. He is continuing his studies at Penn’s Graduate School of Education, where he plans to pursue a doctorate in higher education.
Richards has extensive non-profit experience in Philadelphia having served on the executive board of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as well as the board of the Opera Company of Philadelphia. He is also a board member of MANNA (Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance), the William Way Community Center and served as president of the Sapphire Fund, a community based fundraising organization. In his spare time, Brad is a passionate collector of modern and contemporary art and he completed a course in contemporary art at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York.
Steve Roth W'66,
graduated in 1966 with a BS in economics from the Wharton School and received an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business in 1968. Steve also serves as VP and co-chair of gifts for the Class of 1966, and on the Penn Football Board. He and Marsha live in New York City and are the parents of two Penn alumni, Andy (’93) and Lisa (’95), and grandparents of four prospective future ‘Quakers’. Outside of Penn, Steve has been a marketing research consultant for more than four decades, working with major companies, conducting research in 40+ countries. Steve was a principal in a firm that grew to become part of one of the world’s largest market research organization. Today he maintains a small consulting practice. He enjoys running and skiing, and serves on the board of the New York Road Runners, which puts on the New York City Marathon and provides fitness programs to more than 125,000 children weekly.
Alice Way Waddington, Ed ’49,
is the Co-President of the Class of 1949 with George Wills. Alice spent three years at Penn prior to marrying her husband and running the dairy distribution business that he began, which delivered dairy products to schools and stores across Southern New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Alice and her husband raised four children, who ran and have since sold Waddington Dairy, and she is now happily retired.
Orville Russel Walls, III, C'91,
currently serves as President for the Class of 1991. He has also been engaged in alumni leadership as Class Reunion Chair for the 15th and 20th reunions. Orville graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1991. He has been an attorney for the past 14 years. Currently, he has opened his own firm which specializes in estate planning and civil litigation.
Sue Dreier Wishnow, C’86
, serves as the Co-President of the Class of 1986, was the 25th Reunion Co-Chair, 30th Reunion Outreach Chair, and was on the 25th and 30th Reunion Gift Committee. She and her Co-President David Blatte led their class to record breaking 25th and 30th Reunions, and twice earned The Class Award of Merit. Sue is a member of several Penn Alumni committees and networks, including the Alumni Education committee, the Penn Club of Metro NJ Executive Board, and volunteers as a Penn Alumni Interviewer in New Jersey. Previously, she has held positions on the Alumni Marketing Committee, acted as the SSC Chair in the UK for 6 years, and was an SSC Interviewer in Toronto and London. Sue graduated from Penn in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and has a big, Penn Alumni family. Her son graduated from Penn in 2016 and her brother, sisters-in-law, and brother-in-law all went to Penn as well.
Brett E. Weinheimer, W'00
is President Emeritus of the Alumni Class Leadership Council. He currently commutes between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, PA, as the owner of multiple quick service franchises, including the Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwich Shops on Penn's campus at 39th and Walnut and in HUP's Smilow Translational Research Center Building, as well as Pizza. Wings. Steaks. on Drexel’s campus, . Brett has served as Gift Chair for the Class of 2000 since his senior year at Penn, and has filled multiple volunteer roles over the past decade, including Co-Chair of Project 5,000 at The Penn Fund. He recently received the Young Alumni Award at the 2012 Alumni Award of Merit Gala.
Melissa Wu, C’98
has been a member of the ACLC board since 2014. She is extremely active in the Penn alumni community, having served as a member of the Penn Club of Los Angeles ("PennClubLA") board since she graduated. From 2002-2012, Melissa served as the PennClubLA President and during her tenure, club membership grew 112% and the number of yearly events doubled. During her time as President, the club was awarded the Alumni Club Award of Merit twice.
Additionally, Melissa was Co-Chair for her 10-year and 15-year reunions and is a former member of the Global Alumni Network Advisory Board. In 2012, Melissa was honored for her contributions to the Penn alumni community when she was awarded the Young Alumni Award of Merit. Melissa received her BS from Penn in Sociology with a minor in Political Science. She received her Masters in Business Administration from the USC Marshall School of Business where she focused on marketing and entrepreneurship . She now works as a Public Safety Consultant in the Los Angeles area. Melissa lives in Pasadena, California, with her husband Andrew and her son Matthew.
Stephanie S. Yee, C'08
was recently elected Co-President of the Class of 2008 and served as Reunion Outreach and Planning Co-Chair of her 5th Reunion. Stephanie graduated with a degree in Biological Basis of Behavior and minors in Music and Hispanic Studies. Stephanie is President of the Penn Alumni Club of Philadelphia and Chair of PennPAC Philly, a pro bono alumni consulting initiative for Penn alumni to provide strategic consulting services to local non-profits. Stephanie is also Programming Chair of Penn Spectrum 2013, Recording Secretary of the Association of Alumnae, and serves as an alumni interviewer in the Penn Alumni Interview Program. Stephanie is a research specialist in a biomedical research lab at the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a regular contributor to the Penn Alumni blog Frankly Penn and a Penn Men's Basketball season ticket holder.