Babson Magazine

Winter 2015

Alumni News



George Tavlas ’67

George Tavlas emails, “I have been appointed by the Greek prime minister to the Bank of Greece’s six-member monetary policy council, which runs the bank, for a seven-year term. I also am the alternate to the governor of the Bank of Greece on the European Central Bank’s governing council. During this academic year, I am a visiting scholar at Duke University, Stanford University, and the University of Chicago. I am shown with my wife, Sophia, and our daughters, Louisa (left) and Julia (right).” George and his wife live in Athens, Greece.


Phyllis Speen ’74

Phyllis Speen (second from left) emails, “The 40th anniversary for the first ‘freshwomen,’ who also were the first women to live on campus, was celebrated during Reunion. The early coeds who attended the party with me at the home of Aram Hintlian ’74, MBA’75, and his wife, Becky, are (from left) Ellen (Monahan) Saliba ’74, MBA’80, Marion (Vasilauskas) Kelly ’74, MBA’78, Sharon Rowser ’74, Deborah (Sa Vieira) Simpson ’74, MBA’75, P’09, and MaryGrace (Roberts) DiGiacinto ’74. Great time for reflections and updates, especially with a female president at Babson.”


Craig Saint-Amour '75

Craig Saint-Amour ’75 emails, “In August, I swam in the 15th FINA World Masters Championships in Montreal. The championships had 6,000 competitive swimmers. I won the gold medal in the 200-meter freestyle and took bronze in the 100 free, fifth in the 50 free, and sixth in the 100 butterfly—in the men’s 60 to 64 age group. It’s hard to believe it’s been 40 years since I swam at Babson.”


Jeff Caverly emails, “I had a fantastic time up in Canada on Lake of the Woods at the end of July. Steve Goldbloom ’80, Glenn Ricciardelli ’79, P’09, and I, along with a few of our sons, spent a long weekend fishing and socializing. It was a terrific and treasured time reconnecting with such great friends. Long live our Babson friendships!”

John Mattone, executive coach and author, has signed with John Wiley & Sons to publish his new book, Cultural Transformations: Lessons of Leadership and Corporate Reinvention from the C-Suite Elite, scheduled to be released in spring 2016. John is the founder of John Mattone Partners.


Charles Nulsen ’79

Charles Nulsen (left) emails, “Glenn Ricciardelli, P’09 (from left), Rick Renwick, Brian Lynch, all ’79, and I got together in September during our 35th reunion for an informal lunch, courtesy of Joe Campanelli ’79, before playing a round of golf at Wellesley Country Club. We had a great day (nobody got hurt), but we missed seeing many of our classmates. We hope many more will put the 40th Reunion, which is also Babson’s 100th, on their calendars!” Rick is a member of Babson’s Board of Trustees.


Peter McNally ’80

Peter McNally (left), founder and president of Purpose Growth Partners in Atlanta, emails, “This picture was taken during the September weekend wedding celebration for Ken Romanzi ’82 (right). Members from three generations of owners of McNally-Wing Catering, a student business, attended. Jim Wing ’80 and I founded the business in 1978, and we sold it in 1980 to Ken, Karl Johnson, and Tom Lydon, both ’82. They sold it in 1982 to Mark Sampson (center) and Robert Wahlert, both ’84. I lost track of what happened after that!” Ken is a member of Babson’s Board of Trustees.


David Barber ’81

David Barber (right) and his wife, Dorie, members of the Parents Executive Committee, hosted a Maine social at their Cape Elizabeth home. The August event was attended by neighborhood alumni, parents, and students. David emails, “We had a great evening in coastal Maine, and it was a treat to meet and connect with local alumni and hear new stories. The delicious food was provided and served by Mainely Burgers (, a food-truck business owned and operated by our sons, Jack Barber ’15 (left) and Max Barber ’17 (second from left).”

Jim Higgins has been named senior relationship manager and business development officer in the San Francisco Bay Area for First Bank. He focuses on new business development for its corporate and commercial banking department. Before this, he had worked in senior-level positions at Comerica Bank, Golub Capital, GE Capital, and Wells Fargo.


Enrique Turegano (MBA’86): See photo in Grad News.

Rodolphe von Berg ’83

Rodolphe von Berg emails, “After losing the Wiesbaden European 70.3 (half-Ironman) title on Aug. 10 in the 55 to 59 age group by 15 seconds, I got my revenge on Sept. 7 by winning the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Mont Tremblant, Quebec. After arriving 10th in the swim, I took the lead on the bike, started the run with a two-minute lead, and won in 4:33:35. I’ve been waiting 11 years for my fifth world title after crashes, broken bones, injuries, better opponents, and silver and bronze medals. Next, Ironman Hawaii 2016, when I’ll be 60.”


Rob Feldman, founder and CEO of Needham-based College Interactive, emails, “From personal experience with three children navigating through the college admissions process, I knew there had to be a better way for students and colleges to find each other. College Interactive recently launched a free mobile app to help applicants learn more about their choices. Our team of higher education professionals is introducing technologies that will change communication for college recruitment, admissions, enrollment management, and marketing communications.”


Keith Patriquin (MBA’00), P’18: See Grad News.

Sharlene Sones, a Babson Alumni Association vice president, emails, “Bethany Yeasted Dufour ’05 and I met in Philadelphia at a regional alumni day-of-service event with Habitat for Humanity. Since then, we founded The Next Play, a career coaching program that supports female collegiate athletes. It’s no coincidence that so many women in senior leadership positions played a sport. By pairing each athlete with a leadership and development coach, we help them transition into lives they will love.” For more information, email


Howard Brown ’88

Howard Brown (left), president of the Babson Alumni Association, and Greg Tufankjian ’88, co-owner of Toyota of Braintree, his family’s dealership in Braintree, Mass., stand in front of the inflatable Biz E. Beaver at Reunion in September. Howard emails, “It was a spectacular weekend to celebrate reunion classes, athletics, and Babson’s No. 1 school rankings!” Howard is CEO and co-founder of CircleBuilder, which helps faith-based organizations effectively use technology to network and grow.


Malik Fernando was a speaker and panelist at an October seminar, “Unlearn: Learn—Adapting Best Practices in Family Businesses,” in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He emails, “I spoke on ‘Local Brand to a Global Brand’ at the event. I’m a director of my family’s tea company, Dilmah. The company features fresh, unblended, single-origin teas that are grown on our estates. I also am busy developing a series of small luxury resorts ( around Sri Lanka, at which I offer special Babson rates.”


Rich Greif has been named vice president for marketing, communications, and community relations at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay. Rich has a long history with the organization. In 1996, Old Colony YMCA Big Sisters Big Brothers named him Big Brother of the Year. A year later, he received a community-service award from Big Brothers of Rhode Island and wrote a book, Big Impact: Big Brothers Making a Difference, about being a Big Brother. Previously, he was director of marketing and public awareness at Mass Mentoring Partnership.

Shay Blanchette Proulx (MBA’13), CPA and lecturer in accounting at Babson, was one of six recipients of the 2014 Women to Watch Award from the Massachusetts Society of CPAs in partnership with the American Institute of CPAs and its women’s initiatives executive committee. Shay was honored in October at the society’s annual Women’s Leadership Summit.


Ravi Daswani emails, “To all Babson alumni: Please contact me when you’re in Jamaica or Miami. A graduate of the Gemological Institute of America’s gemologist program, I operate four retail outlets—the Royal Shop—selling loose diamonds and high-end luxury watches. I have been married for nine years, and we have one son, 6. I wish I had kept in touch with more classmates, but it’s never too late. Find me on Facebook or email”

Gregory Santin has been appointed vice president, relationship manager specializing in commercial real estate lending in South Florida at BankUnited in Miami Lakes. Previously, he was vice president, credit risk officer at BNY Mellon. A director of the Babson Alumni Association board and chair and president of the Alumni Club of South Florida, he also is involved with the Miami Finance Forum, the United Way Center for Financial Stability, and the Southeast Florida Risk Management Association.


Stephanie (Dick) Radman ‘93

Stephanie (Dick) Radman (left) emails, “I was back in Boston in October to compete in the 50th Head of the Charles Regatta. I found out a week before the race that one of my boat mates is a fellow alumna, Sylvia Shepard, MBA’09 (center), also a Babson overseer. We are members of the Saugatuck Rowing Club in Westport, Conn. The gentleman on the right is our coxswain, Prentice Claflin.”


Anna (Linden) Roland ’95

Anna (Linden) Roland emails, “I finally launched my business, Totally A Drift, in early 2013. My passion for art, my love of the sea, and my keen business sense acquired at Babson made it happen. I hand-paint custom artwork and quotes onto driftwood gathered at beaches along the Connecticut coast. To see examples of my work, browse Totally A Drift’s Facebook page. If you’re interested in purchasing a custom piece, contact me at”


Damien Newman ’96, MBA’09

Damien Newman, MBA’09 (front row, right), emails, “A group of alumni reconnected in late October to watch the Patriots vs. the Bears at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. With me were (back row, from left) Matthew Calawa ’96, Dan Gallagher ’96, Andrew Lynch ’95, Kevin Sampson ’94, MBA’03, Bruce Underwood ’95, Liam Kennedy ’97, Greg Cook ’95, Stefano Robertson ’95, Matt Connelly ’96, (front) Josh Todd ’96, Nick Richio ’97, and Pat Cavanaugh ’97. Everyone agreed this will become an annual event.”

Lisa (McAndless) Robinson ’96

Lisa (McAndless) Robinson (back row, second from right) emails, “In October, two Sudbury, Mass., soccer teams—the Green Dragons (second grade) and the Purple Power (third and fourth grades)—played at halftime during the Babson women’s soccer game against MIT. A few alumni were there so we took a picture. With me are (from left) Paul McLaughlin ’63 behind his granddaughter, Lauren Simon; Ofelia (Caballero) Collins ’93 behind her daughter, Alexandra; my husband, Jay Robinson ’98, behind our daughters, Hannah and Carly; and Craig Kams, MBA’05, behind his daughters, Rachel and Abby.”


Josh Smith emails, “Last year, I was named a partner at Bowditch & Dewey, a full-service law firm with offices in Boston, Framingham, and Worcester. The firm recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. My practice focuses on real estate and land-use law. I’ve obtained permits and approvals for a wide variety of development projects in Massachusetts. My clients include colleges and universities, corporations, public utilities, and developers. Feel free to drop me a line.” Josh can be contacted at


Katleen Jeanty, founder and CEO of Madan BelFwi Fruit Mixes in Haiti, has been named one of 40 Under 40 in an article, “Celebrating a New Generation of Caribbean-American Leaders,” in the Nov. 14–20 issue of Caribbean Life. The magazine honors Caribbean-Americans who create employment, commercial, and cultural opportunities. Katleen runs Haiti’s first all-natural fruit, juice, and smoothie bar, which has created local jobs.

Franco Pacelli has founded New Jersey-based WhatGym. He emails, “WhatGym helps fitness studios and gym owners attract members and increase revenues. WhatGym offers a seamless, visually attractive desktop and mobile app to help fitness enthusiasts, including business travelers and tourists, find a local gym or studio for drop-in workouts or long-term memberships. Consumers can search many factors, such as location, type of workout, amenities, and price. Deals can be purchased easily from your desktop, iPhone, or Android.”


Timothy O’Brien received the 2014 Robert W. Holmes SIOR (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors) Scholarship in September at the Algonquin Club of Boston. In 2007, Tim joined Colliers International, a commercial real estate company, as an associate and was promoted to vice president in 2013. The award, earmarked for professional development, is named after the late Robert Holmes ’60, who was an SIOR member and chapter president and founder of R.W. Holmes Realty in Natick.


Jonathan Abittan emails, “In 2005, I founded GrandAudition, which specializes in high-quality hearing aids made within the hour, thanks to 3-D printers. In 2010, my father and I started Acuitis, which sells hearing aids and designer frames at affordable prices. We have retail stores in three countries—France, Luxembourg, and Switzerland—and are expanding rapidly, with plans for Asia and the U.S. I am looking for partners, for joint ventures or for franchises. Contact me at”

Christina Kesaris is founder and CEO of Eména Spa in Miami. Located in the city’s Design District, the spa was named the Best of Miami 2014 by Miami New Times. Eména, which means “me” in Greek, offers a variety of beauty services, including haircuts and hair coloring, organic facials, manicures and pedicures, and massages.


Dan Ruggiero emails, “I recently launched SBA7ALAW, a business law firm with a twist. In addition to traditional corporate formation and contractual drafting expertise, the firm has introduced its ‘business ecosystem,’ which offers legal representation with critical business tools. From locating funding assistance to identifying strategic growth partners, we are not only attorneys but also business advisers. Because of our community network and access to nontraditional capital, we are becoming a go-to source for commercial lenders, franchise firms, and business brokerage firms.”


Jason Clinkscales emails, “The Robert L. Clinkscales Playground and Community Garden in New York City opened on Sept. 24. The Harlem-based facility is named after my dad, who died in 2001. His decades-long commitment to Harlem has been memorialized by the park, which features 20 garden beds, a playground for all children—including the disabled—and a small stage for performances. It’s an incredible honor, and I’m sure my dad would be amazed.”

Jacob Donnelly has been appointed a member of the 2014-2015 class of White House Fellows. The program provides firsthand experience with the federal government and increases knowledge of national affairs. Fellows also participate in service projects in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was a senior vice president at New Island Capital, an investment firm in San Francisco.

Nadia Liu Spellman emails, “In 1984, my parents launched Sally Ling’s gourmet Chinese restaurant, one of the best in the country, on Boston’s waterfront. Now I have opened my restaurant, Dumpling Daughter, near Babson in Weston. We serve my childhood favorites, based on my mother’s and grandmother’s recipes. We also do authentic home-cooking style specials on weekends to make things interesting. I am excited to offer Babson students a 10 percent discount—so bring your student IDs!”


Bethany Yeasted Dufour: See Sharlene Sones ’86.

David Heath ’05

David Heath (left, facing camera) and Randy Goldberg (right), founders of Bombas, an athletic and leisure-wear brand of socks, appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank in September. David emails, “Shark Tank provided an invaluable experience. We received a lot of comments and interesting opinions from the Sharks about Bombas, and when the investors tried on the socks, their feedback was honest and positive. We know it’s TV, but having them test our product—and love it—was exciting.”

Masha Senderovich emails, “My real estate business partner, Jordan Staiger, and I have rolled out to answer the question: What’s this property worth? Our site scores properties on ownership costs and investment potential. We help buyers looking for a home, investors seeking to generate income, and homeowners. We help track a property’s value so there are no surprises when you buy, sell, or refinance. Email”


Liz (Cohen) Rappaport ’07

Liz (Cohen) Rappaport has been named to the 40 Under Forty Class of 2014 by BusinessWest and was featured in the paper’s April 22 article, “The Young Business and Community Leaders of Western Massachusetts.” Liz is a third-generation member of her family’s commercial real estate firm, Century Investment, in Springfield. Her accomplishments with Century include managing the sale of multiple properties, negotiating leases, establishing a digital marketing campaign, and updating accounting processes. Liz also is a member of the Jimmy Fund Council of Western Massachusetts.


Kamal Haddad emails, “My brother, Jason Haddad ’10, our cousin, Henry Jamijian, and I founded RocketDrop in 2010. We wholesale and distribute consumer electronics across the globe. We were listed No. 161 on the 2014 Inc. 5000 list with a more than 2,500 percent, three-year revenue growth rate. We couldn’t have accomplished this without the skills Babson gave us.”

Cyrus Sabouri ’08

Cyrus Sabouri emails, “Shortly after graduation, I moved to Bahrain to pursue a career with American Express Middle East, the local operation of Amex that oversees 18 markets across North Africa and the Middle East. I am now heading the firm’s revolve (interest-bearing) products portfolio and membership rewards loyalty program. My time thus far in Bahrain has been incredibly enriching, both personally and professionally. This is a region full of opportunity and complexity, a fascinating challenge ripe for the global entrepreneur. If anyone wishes to learn more about the region, contact me at”


Jamie Kent, musician and songwriter (, gave his farewell performance in Northampton, Mass., in October before moving to Nashville, Tenn. Jamie was active in the western Massachusetts area but had been traveling to Nashville once a month during the past year.

Jesse Morris ’09

Jesse Morris (center) emails, “Tyler Jenks ’12 (left), Benjamin Wald ’09 (right), and I met at Babson and were brothers in Sigma Phi Epsilon. We reconvened in 2012 after Tyler founded Spartan Systems, a technology development and innovation company that builds software applications for corporations and startups. Today, Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Spartan has 30 employees across the U.S. Our accelerator, Spartan Ventures, which emerged by engaging startups in an equity-for-service model, has a portfolio of startups and wholly owned technologies. Spartan Ventures currently is raising its first fund to build startup tech platforms.”


Jason Haddad: See Kamal Haddad ’08.


Alex Place and Rene Del Castillo ’14 were featured in an Oct. 9 article, “Babson-Based Startup Takes Aim at Reducing Kids’ Soda Consumption,” on Alex emails, “Rene and I have co-founded H2knO, a pending nonprofit that teaches children about the importance of water consumption and better hydration. We’ve started working in Boston’s Epiphany School with students in the fifth through eighth grades to encourage them to develop the lifelong, healthy, and sustainable habit of drinking water.”

Cameron Sheldrake, founder of Off the Cob, emails, “Off the Cob’s crispy tortilla chips are gluten free, organic, and non-GMO. Our all-natural snacks, made with fresh sweet corn grown on small farms throughout the Midwest, support sustainable corn farming. We’re developing a baked sweet corn chip and another that’s a spicy take on our original Lightly Salted flavor. Off the Cob is available at Whole Foods in the Boston area and Wegmans in New York.”


Rene Del Castillo: See Alex Place ’12.

Ryan Heavey ’14

Ryan Heavey (in yellow) emails, “I’ve been playing defense for the Corsaires, a professional ice hockey team based in Dunkirk, France. Unfortunately, I don’t speak French, so at times communication has been difficult. However, our coach speaks French and English, as do many on my team. It’s been cool learning French customs and immersing myself in the culture. Some of the best traditions are chocolate croissants for breakfast and three-course meals for lunch and dinner. I’m enjoying the opportunity to live in a different country and travel, and I’m thrilled to be playing hockey.” Ryan can be contacted at

Alessandro Libani ’14

Alessandro Libani (left) and James Kernan (right) are co-founders of Q, a New York City-based startup. Alessandro emails, “James and I met at Babson in 2012 as Coleman roommates, but he left to pursue an entrepreneurial career. He’s CEO and I’m COO. Our first product is the super lightweight QBracelet, which charges smartphones and other devices. Available online, the aluminum bracelet is offered in three sizes and five finishes. I’m wearing the brushed black version, and James is holding a matte silver bracelet. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.”

Daquan Oliver and Rotimi Lademo ’15, co-founders of Jossle, were featured in an Oct. 9 article, “Entrepreneurs Exploring New Ways to Market on Campus,” in The Bay State Banner. A marketing agency for brands that want to connect with the college community, Jossle employs college students to reach out to their peers on campus.

Jack Shalom and Joseph Shalom email, “Since graduating, we have been following the entrepreneurial path we started at Babson. We have founded Plate, a new app. Plate is a privacy-focused social platform for sharing funny and abstract content with friends and loved ones, all while knowing the content disappears permanently after 24 hours. Having raised $5 million in funds, we will continue to build and grow our vision of a safer place to express oneself. Check it out and contact us at”

Graduate back to top


Marty Carroll has been named to the board of directors of Durata Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical company based in Chicago. Previously, he had been board chair for a number of Boehringer Ingelheim (U.S.) companies and global head of corporate strategy and development at Boehringer Ingelheim (Germany). He also is a director of Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, headquartered in Dublin.


Paul Chebi emails, “I have retired after a successful career as a marketing manager with companies such as Ionics in Watertown, Mass., Hydranautics in Oceanside, Calif., and Asahi Glass in Tokyo, Japan. My wife, MarieLouise, and I have been married for 53 years and now live in Jacksonville, Fla. We’ve been blessed by four children and eight grandchildren. I’d love to hear from my former classmates at”


Betsy Powell, MBA’76, P’01
Photo: Darius Eslami ‘09

Betsy Powell P’01 (center), has represented Babson College on the North Hill board of trustees since 2003. She is shown with Kevin Burke (left), president and CEO of North Hill, and David Maw, executive director and vice president, operations. North Hill, a senior living community near Babson, observed its 30th anniversary in September with a weeklong celebration, including the planting of an apple tree sapling, a descendent of Roger Babson’s Newton apple tree and a gift from President Kerry Healey. Betsy, a former Babson trustee, overseer, and adjunct lecturer, is a current Global Advisory Board member.


Michael Cummings emails, “A group of us got together during Reunion in September: Larry Clifford, Paul McNulty, and Mitch Mackoff and his wife, Trish (Mahoney) Mackoff, all MBA’79. Paul’s wife, Nancy McNulty, joined us, too. Trish and Mitch met at Babson. It’s hard to believe 35 years have gone by so fast.” Michael is faculty director of Babson’s Blended Learning MBA.

Jack Pini, MBA’79

Jack Pini has been elected to the board of trustees of Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. He is executive director of principal gifts at Bentley University, where he manages a portfolio of donors. From 2006 to 2009, Jack was executive director of development at Bentley, where he began working in 2004 as director of major gifts.


Bart Catalane has been named CFO at Gerson Lehrman Group, a New York City-based consulting firm. He has more than 25 years of experience in venture and private equity-based companies.

Jan Smith emails, “I returned to Boston to become assistant director of marketing at Boston University’s College of Engineering. I have been a digital marketing consultant and freelance writer for many years and have developed a special expertise in helping higher education, IT, and technology enterprises. My daughter, Natalie Cross, graduated from Emma Willard School in Troy, N.Y., and is a freshman in B.U.’s College of General Studies.” Jan can be reached at


Brad Buchholz has been appointed vice president for finance at Artel Video Systems, a broadcast-quality media equipment and services company in Westford, Mass. With more than 30 years of financial management experience at telecom and related technology companies, Brad recently had been a controller at Progression and a director of finance at Polychromix.


Andrea Novakowski has released her free e-book, Top 7 Tips of the Week for Business Owners. A certified coach, she is founder and owner of Coach Andrea, a firm in Ashland, Mass., that works with executives and business owners. Andrea can be reached at


Bill Tice, engineering fellow and manager of Raytheon’s missile center in Andover, Mass., was interviewed for a Nov. 10 Boston Globe article, “Now Showing at Raytheon: Missiles in 3-D, Raytheon’s Design Center Makes the Abstract Tangible.” The center features a 3-D, 320-degree panorama theater of 72 ultrahigh-definition TVs. Bill emails, “In terms of strategic planning, technology development, and keeping the business model viable, I guide the folks who run the center. To develop opportunities to use the technology, I help connect senior leaders of Raytheon’s businesses, programs, and projects with the center.”

Enrique Turegano ’83, MBA’86,

Enrique Turegano ’83 is vice president, chief business strategist, and partner of alPunto, a Los Angeles-based advertising agency that focuses on the Hispanic market. Enrique emails, “Our agency continues to grow with a major win in September: Vizio. Vizio is the No. 1 seller of smart TVs in the U.S., and we have been hired to introduce the brand in Mexico. This expands our efforts into the international arena.”

Kathy Weidman has been named senior vice president and general manager for metadata at Rovi, a Santa Clara, Calif.-based technology firm that helps consumers find and manage digital entertainment. Previously, she was an executive consultant at MoonBeam Partners.


Larry Raffone has been appointed CEO of Financial Engines, an investment management and advisory firm headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif. Since 2012, he had been president of Financial Engines, which he joined in 2001 as executive vice president, distribution and institutional services.


Adam Shayevitz, founder and president of Strategic Sourcing Dynamics, emails, “My consulting practice specializes in strategic sourcing for hardware technology companies. I work with a wide range of clients and technologies from entrepreneurial startups to Fortune 500s, setting up and optimizing their supply bases—robotics, automotive, transportation, consumer electronics, and medical. I focus on accelerating product to market through early-phase design for manufacturing supplier partnering.”


Charlie Willauer has been appointed a senior vice president in the Boston office of Rockefeller & Co., a financial investment and wealth management firm headquartered in New York City. Previously, he was a senior managing director at Windhaven Investment Management.


Flavia Alzetta has been appointed senior vice president for global sales and marketing at GTA, a wholesaler of independent global travel. Previously, Flavia spent 14 years at American Express, most recently as head of supplier relations for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa for global business travel. She works in London.

Ruthie Davis, founder, designer, and owner of her eponymous footwear company (, was featured in a Sept. 30 article, “Walk this Way, on Stiletto Heels,” in the Vineyard Gazette, the local newspaper of her Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., summer home. In 2014, she was the only footwear designer to be accepted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America; Ruthie also was named the 2014 Footwear Designer of the Year by the American Apparel & Footwear Association.


Mohit Burman was profiled in an Oct. 29 article, “Finance Is the Calling Card for Dabur Scion Mohit Burman,” in Forbes India. Mohit is a director of Dabur, an Ayurvedic medicine and consumer goods company started by his family more than 130 years ago. He also is chair of Aviva Life Insurance.


Janet Morgenstern Passani, MBA’95
Photo: Catherine Rulli

Janet Morgenstern Passani is the founder of Jute Marketing, a firm that focuses on health-conscious, natural brands. She emails, “In October, I hosted the Healthy Living, Healthy Home event in Boston to celebrate the fifth anniversary of BostonEco. BostonEco, which I founded, is a community group that furthers healthy, sustainable ideas and initiatives locally and globally. The event brought together Boston-area companies and individuals interested in a healthy home and lifestyle, including award-winning eco home design experts, local food growers, and up-and-coming eco startups.”

Mark Rosenberg has been appointed senior vice president for product and product delivery of global operations at erecruit, a staffing software company headquartered in Boston. Previously, he headed the product team, which focused on the staffing and professional services industries, in the PeopleSoft division at Oracle.


Patricia Hunt Sinacole, MBA’96
Photo courtesy of Photo Fabulous You

Patricia Hunt Sinacole is CEO and founder of First Beacon Group, a human resources consulting firm in Hopkinton, Mass. Pattie emails, “First Beacon Group has worked with companies across New England since 2001. We have consulted with a wide range of industries, from biotech to higher education, for-profits and nonprofits. I also am a regular ‘Job Doc’ columnist and blogger for and The Boston Globe, and I lead HR-related chats on”


David Stern has been appointed chief commercial officer at Celmatix, a privately held, New York City-based pharmaceutical company focused on fertility. Previously, he was executive vice president, global commercial operations at OvaScience.


Bob Peatman has been named director of national sales at Beaumont Capital Management in Needham. Previously, he was a partner at Weston Capital Partners and specialized in connecting financial advisers with boutique asset-management firms.


Keith Patriquin ’86, MBA’00

Keith Patriquin ’86 (left), emails, “Three generations of Patriquins were on campus in late August. My father, Redmond “Pat” Patriquin, MBA’70 (right), and I were delighted to help my son, Erik Patriquin ’18 (center), move into Forest Hall. It was a bittersweet moment as a parent, but I am pleased that Erik was as excited to begin his Babson experience as I was back in the day.”


Jason Zeman has been named a director of the valuation and business analytics practice in the Boston office of BDO Consulting, a national accounting and professional services firm. Before joining BDO, Jason worked in the national valuation practices of McGladrey, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Duff & Phelps.


Ray Salemi, writing under the name Ray Daniel, is the recipient of a 2014 Derringer Award for his short story, Give Me a Dollar. Ray emails, “It’s a great honor, especially considering the talent of the other nominees. What makes the award special to me is the winner is selected by the more than 1,500 members of the Short Mystery Fiction Society. They read a lot of short fiction, and I’m happy so many enjoyed my story.”


Jason Jacobs was interviewed for a Sept. 3 article on He is co-founder of Boston’s Fitness-Keeper, creator of the RunKeeper GPS fitness-tracking app. The article, “What’s in Your Fridge: RunKeeper CEO Jason Jacobs and Their Healthy Headquarters,” tells how Fitness-Keeper’s office fridge is stocked with healthy snacks, and how the company offers group workouts and incentives that encourage activity.


Carlos Espinal emails, “After graduation, I moved to London and joined a VC fund that invested in Seedcamp, a seed-investment fund started in 2007. In 2010, I joined Seedcamp full-time as a partner. Since then, we’ve invested in more than 100 companies across the world. Our main focus is early-seed ideas in the pre-product and market-fit phase. My time at Babson was instrumental in laying the foundation for my role at Seedcamp.”

Dan Little has been appointed a vice president and territory sales manager at Key Equipment Finance, a KeyCorp affiliate. He leads the direct sales team for California, Nevada, and Arizona. Previously, he was a vice president and sales associate in the corporate leasing group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Russ Schomber has been named vice president for engineering at Tower Cloud, a wireless communications provider headquartered in St. Petersburg, Fla., that operates in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina. Russ oversees the company’s network of customers and is launching its Ethernet private line services. Previously, he was vice president, network services at Cape- Net, a fiber-optic network operator.


Kyle Marchesseault has been appointed director of marketing at Blueport Commerce, a Boston-based company that helps the furniture retail industry market and sell its products online. Previously, he was director of digital marketing at Staples and supported the company’s U.S. online, store, and contract sales.


Craig Leiner has been appointed the first executive director of the Western Connecticut Council of Governments, which recently was created by a state-mandated merger of regional planning agencies. Previously, Craig directed surface transportation planning and policy development for the Massachusetts Port Authority,


Neil Berdiev, MBA’09

Neil Berdiev, founder and managing partner of DNB Advisory in Boston, has released The Little Silver Book: Interviewing, Everything You Need to Know. He emails, “My latest book is an easy-to-follow collection of more than 100 tips and strategies for successful interviewing—a jobseeker’s guide through a multitude of situations before, during, and after interviews. After many years of experience in recruiting and developing early-to mid-career professionals, I saw that the market needed a practical and actionable resource. This book is the first in a series of publications on career development.”

Sylvia Shepard: See photo with Stephanie (Dick) Radman ’93.


Beth Borges, MBA’10

Beth Borges (right), and Carl Hirschfeld (left) are founders and owners of House Bear Brewing in Amesbury, Mass. Beth emails, “Carl and I are shown with our Show Bear mead, made with blueberry honey, and the gold medal we won for it in August. Since then, we participated in a ‘meadfest,’ which I helped organize, in Watertown in October, and in the Craft Beer Walk in Lowell in November. We are the newest vendor at the Winter Farmers Market in Somerville. And Edible Boston magazine plans to meet us for an article in the spring.”


Matt Chatham, three-time Super Bowl champion and former New England Patriots linebacker, co-owns and writes football analysis for Football, a website that provides commentary by football players and writers. In October, he wrote an article, “Roger Goodell and His Broken Brand,” for the website.

Paul Costello, MBA’11
Photo courtesy Boston Business Journal

Paul Costello (left), founder and president of Agency 180, is shown with a former Milton Academy classmate, John Serafini, at Boston Business Journal’s 17th annual 40 Under 40 award ceremony. The two were among the honorees at the October event, which highlighted business and civic leaders whose work has had a positive influence on the Boston area. Paul emails, “As a nimble database marketing firm, Agency 180 partners with local brands to deliver award-winning Big Data marketing solutions. Personally, I’ve come to enjoy advising local startups, volunteering, and guest lecturing at local business schools, including Babson.”

Karim El-Gamal

Karim El-Gamal (right) and Michael Kasseris (left), both MBA’11, are founders and owners of The Rail Trail Flatbread Co., a restaurant in Hudson, Mass. Karim emails, “In September, then-Governor Deval Patrick (center) toured our restaurant. The visit was part of a series of visits to successful businesses to explore ways to encourage economic development outside Boston. He had fun cooking in our wood-fired oven, which gives diners an unobstructed view of our flatbread (pizza) baking process. For those who haven’t visited, our menu features comfort-food favorites done with a twist and awardwinning beers and craft cocktails.”


Daniel Graf, MBA’12

Daniel Graf and his wife, Ana Mayer (right), founded Ovatemp in 2014. Daniel emails, “Ana and I have developed a mobile app to help women achieve (or avoid) pregnancy naturally. Our app merges traditional Chinese medicine and modern technology to enable women to track and identify key fertility symptoms. As of fall, we had raised $700,000 in angel funding to help us market our Bluetooth-connected, oral basal thermometer, Ondo, which connects to the app and offers a more accurate way to track fertility.” The couple is shown with their first child, who was born in April.

Niari Keverian, MBA’12

Niari Keverian (right), and her business partner, Kristina Tsipouras, are shown with bottles of Zoos Greek Iced Teas, their all-natural, caffeine-free teas. Niari emails, “Zoos was recently named one of the top 26 winners of MassChallenge. The company has been featured in a lot of media, including The Boston Globe, Boston Business Journal, and NECN. Our real brewed, first-to-market teas are available in three flavors—original, peach, and lemon—at more than 150 independent stores, including Roche Bros., Sudbury Farms, and Wegmans. For more information on our teas and where to find them, please visit”


Jagriti Choudhary and her sisters, Deepika and Radhika, founded their natural skin-care brand, SkinYoga, in 2013. The trio was featured in an Aug. 20 article, “Startup Diaries: From Farm Life to Glam Life,” on The sisters, who grew up on a farm in India and pursued their education abroad in international cities, returned to launch their business.

Shay Blanchette Proulx (’90): See Undergrad News.


Mike Caslin, P’07, is a co-founder of Urgent VC, a venture development firm in Quincy, Mass., and New York City. Urgent VC focuses on building green companies that help communities become more sustainable. In November, he sat on a panel, “Powering our Future,” at the fifth annual Igniting Innovation Summit at Harvard University. Mike was an adjunct lecturer at Babson from 2004 to 2010.

Paul Hammond, co-founder of Startup Rounds, was featured in a Sept. 23 article, “Early-Stage Entrepreneurs, Meet the ‘World’s Largest Online Shark Tank:’ Startup Rounds Is Back and with a New Mission,” on Paul emails, “It’s not your average crowdfunding site. Qualified startups compete to sell and validate their products or services, and customers are the judges. Winners may receive such prizes as accounting advice, office space, PR, legal fees, consulting services, and cash.”

Rob Hunter, Evan Lodge, and Josh Stevens have founded HigherMe, a website and app that gives job applicants an opportunity to explain, in 30-second videos, why they are the best candidate for a job. HigherMe charges employers a monthly subscription fee based on the number of applicants they plan to contact and hire.

Weddings back to top

Matt Monkiewicz, MBA’00
Photo: David Bates/

Matt Monkiewicz, MBA’00, emails, “I was married to my best friend, Jenn Ventre, on June 28 at Joseph’s by the Sea in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Joining us in the photo are (from left) Jenn’s daughter, Livee, 12, and my children, Sydney, 12, Madeline, 10, Samuel, 9, and Mason, 13. We’re enjoying the happiness of our blended family.”

Ruchi Tanna ’09, MSA’09

Ruchi Tanna ’09, MSA’09 (center, in gold dress), and Kushan Shah (left) were married on June 21 in Boston. Among the guests at the wedding were 19 alumni, including brother of the bride Rushab Tanna ’13; and bridesmaids Joty Kaura, MSA’09, Apoorva Shenoy, Sandhya Subramanian, Anjali Wali, and Shirley Wong, MSA’09, all ’09.

Tracee Petrillo, MBA’00

Tracee Petrillo, MBA’00, former Babson chief of staff, was married to Dan Murphy on July 18 in Newton, Mass. Many alumni, faculty, and staff attended the wedding.

Courtney Thurston ’09, MSA’09, and Mark Donnellan ’09

Courtney Thurston ’09, MSA’09, and Mark Donnellan ’09 were married on Aug. 16 at St. Andrew the Apostle Church in Taunton, Mass. Among the guests were Rich Fagan, MBA’87; Steve Hocheiser, MBA’93; and Christina Hurley, MBA’95; as well as Erik Israni, Jim Zografos, Christopher Knight, Jamie Kent, Matt Barton, Kim D’Agostino, MSA’09, bridesmaids Vicki Kane and Monika Goetz, MSA’09, and groomsman Chris LeGrow, all ’09. The couple lives in Charlestown.

Greg Wright ’09
Photo: Jarige Photography

Cristina Domestico and Greg Wright ’09 were married on July 12 at St. Matthew Parish in Southborough, Mass. The reception was held at the Warren Conference Center in Ashland. Among the guests were John Heger ’74, Al Mercuri ’79, Jon Tsiroyannis ’09, and campus employee Woody Lappen. Cristina is a speech-language pathologist for the Ashland school system, and Greg works in affiliate marketing at iProspect, a digital marketing agency in Boston.

Jalila Bouchareb ’08

Jalila Bouchareb ’08 and Mohamed Larbi Benslimane were married on Aug. 22 in Rabat, Morocco. Jalila emails, “We met in Morocco while I was launching my company, Amal Oils, and we now live in Cambridge, Mass.”

Jared Malladi ’08, MSA’08

Nikita Seth was married to Jared Malladi ’08, MSA’08, on Aug. 9 in Waltham, Mass. Jared emails, “I was fortunate to have a lot of Babson friends at my wedding, including the Pietz 32 guys—Pete Cerep, Slava Druker, Greg Gallant, Jing Mai, MSA’08, and Monte Punjabi, all ’08—as well as Meghan Kaizerman ’05 and Ruchi Tanna ’09, MSA’09.”

In Memoriam back to top

Robert Bruen of Wilmington, Vt., formerly of Newton, Mass., a visiting lecturer in Babson’s Math and Science Division on computer and Internetrelated security issues from 1999 to 2002, died on Oct. 7. A systems manager for four MIT science labs, he also taught at Merrimack College, Springfield Technical Community College, UMass Lowell, and the University of Connecticut.

Frank Genovese of Wellesley, a professor of economics at Babson from 1955 to 1987, died on April 28. In 1961, he initiated and became director of Babson’s evening graduate school, the first program to admit women; he later became dean of graduate programs. He was named professor emeritus in 1987. A frequent contributor to newspapers and journals, he was editor in chief of The American Journal of Economics and Sociology from 1989 through 1996.

Charles Rotman of Concord, N.H., formerly of Wellesley, a professor of psychology at Babson from 1963 to 2000, died on Oct. 25. He was named professor emeritus in 2000. A licensed psychologist in Massachusetts, he also taught at Northeastern University and Lesley University. In addition, he worked with the Veterans Affairs hospital in Bedford, Mass., the Chandler School in Duxbury, Mass., and Camp Young Judaea in Amherst, N.H.

Henry Harris ’49 of Amherst, N.H., formerly of Mont Vernon, died on Oct. 2. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II. He owned Kenmore Stamp in Milford.

Robert White ’49 of Carthage, N.C., died on Jan. 16, 2014.

John Campbell ’52 of Ilion, N.Y., died on Sept. 8. He served in the Army from 1944 to 1946. He was a time study and methods engineer at Chicago Pneumatic Tool.

Roger Sands ’52 of Santa Barbara, Calif., died on Oct. 7. He founded and ran The Bicycle Center in Santa Cruz for 20 years.

Ronald Trenholm ’54 of Salem, S.C., died on Aug. 25. An Army veteran, he was an investment broker and consultant.

Kent Batcheller ’58 of Bethel, Vt., died on Oct. 9. He managed Kent Manufacturing and other family businesses with his father. Survivors include his daughter, Alyson Batcheller Babson, and her husband, Osman Babson, both ’93.

John Govan ’59 of Plymouth, Mass., died on Sept. 8. After serving in the Army during the Korean War, he owned and operated Duxbury Wine and Spirits.

Peter Barrett ’60 of The Villages, Fla., died on July 11. An Army veteran, he worked at Staples until he retired in 2000.

Harvey Raider ’60 of San Diego died on Sept. 30. He served in the National Guard and later began an import business, Robert Harvey, where he worked until he retired.

Roger Dankel ’61 of Lithia, Fla., died on May 20.

Victor Shayeb ’61 of Laconia, N.H., died on Oct. 23. An Air Force veteran, he was a call lieutenant for the Bow Fire Department.

Robert Mitchell ’62 of Harvard, Mass., died on Aug. 30. Founder and CEO of Omni Services, he worked at the company for 40 years.

Anthony Catalano ’63 of Naples, Fla., died on Aug. 15. An attorney, he practiced law in Florida.

Sixto Ferro ’63 of Coral Gables, Fla., died on July 22. In 1964, he and his father founded Conchita Foods.

Albert Scullin ’63 of Belmont, Mass., died on July 12. A Marine Corps veteran, he was a financial adviser. He also owned and worked at The Landing restaurant in Marblehead.

Lambert Schuyler ’64 of Cumming, Ga., died on Aug. 17.

Robert Helwig ’67 of Newport News, Va., died on Aug. 13. He served in the Ohio Army National Guard and was director of marketing at Dynamic Engineering.

Alan Whipple ’67 of Wareham, Mass., died on Dec. 3, 2013. An Air Force veteran, he worked in accounting and finance.

Charles White, MBA’69, of Leesburg, Va., died on Oct. 21. An Army colonel, he retired in 1974 after 27 years of service, including during the Korean War. He then worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield and retired in 1992. Survivors include his son, Gordon White, MBA’76.

John Patys ’70 of Westport, Mass., died on July 5. He owned General Supply and Metals.

Anthony Sola, MBA’70, of Naples, Fla., and Dedham, Mass., died on Oct. 29. He was an executive at Analog Devices.

David Webster, MBA’73, of New London, N.H., died on Aug. 7. An Army veteran, he also was an attorney. Most recently, he was executive vice president of Aon’s Boston office and then consulted for Aon Affinity Insurance Services until 2004.

Robert Schimoler, MBA’78, of Stratham, N.H., died on Oct. 31. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War. A co-owner of Alimar Technologies, he also taught at Great Bay Community College.

Mark Mistretta, MBA’80, of New Milford, Conn., died on Aug. 18. He was COO and CFO at NU Mobile Computers.

Donald Clark ’81 of Jenison, Mich., died on Aug. 31. He was an owner-operator in the long-haul transportation industry.

Roger Keller, MBA’83, of Walpole, Mass., died on Oct. 7. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War. He was an independent quality-assurance consultant.

Pamela Harper, MBA’85, of Naples, Fla., died on Aug. 30. She worked at Honeywell and Bull HN Information Services.

Marcia Spencer, MBA’87, of Boca Grande, Fla., died on Sept. 15. She was a director of finance at John Hancock.

Cheryl McIntosh, MBA’90, of Mansfield, Mass., died on Aug. 17. She was a manager at an import-export company.

David Jodka, MBA’08, of Scituate, Mass., died on Oct. 29. He was head of U.S. intermediary sales at Schroder Investment Management.