Dennis J. Curran (Law ’77) received the Chief Justice Edward F. Hennessey Award from the Massachusetts Bar Association for his work on revamping the jury selection process in Superior Court in Massachusetts. The award has been given out only five times in its 20-year existence. In addition to serving on the Massachusetts Superior Court, Judge Curran is an adjunct professor of law at the Roger Williams University School of Law, and published an article, “Abraham Lincoln: A Model for Today’s Trial Lawyers,” in the October 2015 issue of the Massachusetts Law Review.
Jonathan Herz (Arch ’77 L/M) was recently elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in recognition of his research and advocacy in sustainability, combining practice with policy to make the built environment a tool for better human and societal health. Mr. Herz is chief architect for sustainable facilities at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Joni House (Col ’77 L/M) was recently named executive vice president of Alexander Proudfoot, a global operations management consulting firm. She has more than 20 years of experience in directing organizational change that focuses on increased productivity, reduced costs and improved financial results. Previously, Ms. House served as assistant vice president—client executive at Aricent, a KKR-owned engineering and software services company, and as president and chief executive officer of The Grayfen Group Inc., a management consulting firm specializing in cost reduction.
Bob Johnson (Col ’77 L/M) has launched R-6 Publishing. Its first title, The Temporal: Stories in Time & Rhyme, features writing by Asher Roth (Col ’77), David W. Brooks and Bungalow Stokes.
Alan H. Perzley (Col ’77 L/M) was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers of America in the practice area of real estate. He is a partner in the firm of Garfunkel Wild in Hackensack, New Jersey, where he represents hospitals, long-term care facilities and other health care providers in real estate acquisitions, sales, commercial leasing and financial transactions.
Diane Smith “Smitty” Wilkin (Col ’77) was recently elected president of the Pennsylvania Art Education Association. Previously, she served on the PAEA board as both secondary division director and awards chairperson. Ms. Wilkin is a high school art teacher in the Bristol Township School District in Levittown, Pennsylvania, where she instructs students in studio and critical design thinking through crafts and design, sculpture, general arts and both digital and film photography. She exhibits her own creative work and serves as a board member for the Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Association in Philadelphia.
Mark A. Zaffarano (Col ’77 L/M) was selected by the Delaware Judiciary as court administrator of the Superior Court of Delaware, effective June 1, 2015. He previously was deputy-in-charge for the U.S. District Court, San Jose Division of the Northern District of California.