Dennis J. Curran (Law ’77) received the President’s Award for Judicial Excellence from the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys in recognition of his service and his commitment to the civil justice system. As a trial judge, he has presided over 415 civil and criminal trials.
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.
Charles D. Luckey (Col ’77) has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become the next chief of the U.S. Army Reserve and commanding general of U.S. Army Reserve Command. He also will be promoted to the rank of lieutenant general. Once in command, Lt. Gen. Luckey will have offices in Washington, D.C. and at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He will lead a force of nearly 200,000 Army Reserve soldiers.
Gale A. Mattox (Grad ’77, Grad ’81) edited Coalition Challenges in Afghanistan: The Politics of Alliance (Stanford University Press). The book examines the experiences of a number of countries in the conflict in Afghanistan, focusing on the demands of operating within a diverse coalition of states. It comprises analysis of the conflict in terms of objectives, strategy and mission and case studies of 15 coalition members. Ms. Mattox is professor of political science at the U.S. Naval Academy, adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Center for Security Studies and a senior fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins University.
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.