David Akinaka (Arch ’93 L/M) was promoted to principal at Ferraro Choi, a Honolulu firm specializing in sustainable architecture, interior design and research in the Pacific region. He will focus on design and business development for health care, educational and commercial projects. Before joining Ferraro Choi in 2004, Mr. Akinaka practiced in New York City for seven years. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Urban Land Institute. He lives in Honolulu with his wife and son.
Marvin S. Arrington Jr. (Col ’93 L/M) was recently elected to serve on the Fulton County, Georgia, Board of Commissioners; his four-year term began in January 2015. He will serve as commissioner of the newly created District 5, which encompasses unincorporated South Fulton, parts of East Point, College Park, Union City and Atlanta. A partner in the law practice of Arrington & Phillips, Mr. Arrington also owns SWATS Enterprises, a marketing and entertainment company; and Urban Film Review, which showcases the talents of urban filmmakers. He resides in unincorporated Fulton County, Georgia, with his wife and their four daughters. Mr. Arrington is a lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity and serves on the board of directors for the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia.
Katherine Dinh (Col ’93 L/M) has been elected chair of the board of the National Association of Independent Schools, which represents 1,700 independent private schools and associations of schools. She has served as head of the Prospect Sierra School, a K-8 private school in El Cerrito, California, since 2007. Prior to that, Ms. Dinh was principal of the middle and upper schools at Metairie Park Country Day School in Louisiana. She has worked in boarding, day, single-sex and co-ed schools and was a founder of a public charter school in Boston.
George P. Drake Jr. (Grad ’93) has been appointed founding dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Millersville University in Millersville, Pennsylvania. He was associate dean of the College of Education at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
Natasha Espada (Arch ’93) is the founder of Studio Enée Architects. Her firm has seen significant growth in civic, institutional, higher education, interior design, residential and urban planning projects in the three years since its founding, and recently won a design competition for the Boston Society of Architects’ Unbuilt Architecture Award. Current projects include renovations to Boston Logan Airport’s Aerodrome and a master plan for the new East Boston Municipal Center.
Charles Frohman (Col ’93) has been elected partner in the Minneapolis-based Maslon law firm. He is a member of the firm’s litigation group, handling business disputes and employment matters, including wage and hour, whistleblower and retaliation claims in state and federal courts. Mr. Frohman was named a “Rising Star” by Minnesota Super Lawyers in 2014 and 2015.
C. Dean Furman (Law ’93 L/M) has been elected vice president of the Louisville Bar Association, a voluntary attorney organization in Louisville, Kentucky, with 3,000 members. He also recently began a two-year term on the board for Louisville Literary Arts, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the city’s literary arts.
Melissa Cole Johnson (Col ’93 L/M) has been appointed to the advisory board of the Roberts Environmental Center at Claremont McKenna College. The center trains students to research and analyze environmental issues with an emphasis on science, economics and policy. Ms. Johnson is the Southern California director of NatureBridge, a nonprofit that provides environmental science education programs in national parks for children and teens.
Melissa Farmer Richards (Col ’93 L/M) has been named vice president for communications at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, where she oversees all aspects of university communications.
Stuart Vick Smith (Grad ’93 L/M) has written a book, Finding Your Financial Path: A Guide for Women Through Life’s Twists and Turns (Amazon Digital Services, October 2016). The book serves as a practical guide for women to gain control of their finances when going through life’s major transitions, like divorce, death of a spouse, retirement or marriage. Ms. Smith, a professional wealth adviser, is giving away her book to young women looking to launch their independent lives; she is also selling the Kindle edition online. She and her husband, Stephen T. Smith (Grad ’94 L/M), live in Austin, Texas.
Peter Taylor (Educ ’93 L/M) has been appointed president of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, which facilitates charitable giving in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York. He previously led the Maine Community Foundation, overseeing grant-making, scholarship and impact investing programs.