Alumni Class Notes

January 2012

Gary Betensky, J.D. ‘84, litigation attorney and a shareholder with the law firm of Richman Greer, P.A., a Miami and West Palm Beach law firm offering a wide range of litigation and business-related legal services, has been elected President of the Palm Beach Regional Office of the American Jewish Committee (AJC), the global leader for advocacy on behalf of the Jewish people and Israel. 

Joseph A. Cipriani Jr., Ed.D. ’97, O.T.R./L., professor of occupational therapy, had an article published in the international journal Nursing and Residential Care in October. The article, "Improving Mental Health Through 'Giving Activities,'" was published in the United Kingdom-based journal upon invitation of the journal's editor. Dr. Cipriani of West Wyoming, has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Wilkes University, a Bachelor of Science in occupational therapy from Misericordia University and a master's from Wichita State University in community psychology.

Christopher Hansen, Ed.D. ’05, will become new chief probation officer for Solano County in March 2012. Hansen currently serves as the Chief Probation Officer for the U.S. Probation Office, Federal District of Nevada in Las Vegas. Hansen began his career in public safety as a probation officer in the Florida Department of Corrections in 1983. He joined the U.S. Probation Office in 1989, working his way up through the ranks to be the supervising probation officer for the Fort Myers and Naples, Fla., offices in 1995. He assumed his current post as the District's Chief U.S. Probation Officer in 2003. In 2009 Hansen was named Outstanding Probation Executive by the National Association of Probation Executives.

Giana B. Harrison, M.S.’03, was recently promoted to the position of vice president of operations for the home health care agency, which has offices in Westbury and Coram. In her new role, Harrison is responsible for directing human resource management, office administration, billing and payroll, marketing and community relations. Previously assistant executive director, Harrison joined the company full-time in 2004, after working there part-time while in college.

Susan Healy, J.D. ’84, securities attorney and founding partner in the investor advocacy law firm Vernon Healy, was named the Collier County Women’s Bar Association’s 2011 Woman Lawyer of the Year for her efforts to advance the position of women in general as well as in the legal profession and for her career representing investors harmed by Wall Street misdeeds. The Woman Lawyer of the Year is awarded annually by the CCWBA to an attorney who has excelled in her career, overcome traditional stereotypes associated with women, promoted the status of women within the profession and promoted the status of women in the State of Florida.

Daniel King, B.A. '11 and Johana Paola Trevor Moreno (2010 student in the Immersion in English International Program) were married on November 26, 2011 in Bogota Colombia. King is a native of North Miami Beach and is currently employed at Scribe Publications in Fort Lauderdale. Johana “Paola” is a native of Bogota.

John Lopes, D.H.Sc. ’04, an assistant professor in the physician assistant program at Central Michigan University, was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to the Michigan Task Force on Physician’s Assistants, including a Central Michigan University assistant professor. The task force regulates physician’s assistants in Michigan and provides a system to determine and approve the qualifications of physician’s assistants. He previously worked with the Oldbury and Smethwick Primary Care Trust in the United Kingdom. Lopes holds a certificate of completion and diploma from the physician assistant program of the U.S. Air Force School of Health Care Sciences.

Rick Martin, J.D. ‘85, registered patent attorney,  has just published NO MONEY. This cartoon illustrated economics thesis addresses the issues of ending the federal reserve, funding massive green energy projects like space based solar panels, and allowing doctors/lawyers from overseas to practice here with rigorous testing and internships . Available as a $3.99 ebook at Trafford Publishing bookstore. Martin’s homepage is www.patentcolorado.com and he litigates patent cases in the S.D. Florida.

Derek Sedlack, M.S. ’04, and Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences doctoral candidate was recently appointed Interim Program Director – Information Systems and Management Technology at South University. Sedlack’s appointment follows the publication, “Analyzing Information Security Failure in a Healthcare Organization: A Case Study”, presented at The 42nd Proceedings of Decision Sciences Institute in Boston, Massachusetts, with assistant professor Dr. Gurvirender Tejay.

Donna Greenspan Solomon, J.D. ’95, has been recognized by Cambridge Who's Who for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in legal services. Donna has been litigating complex commercial cases and handling appeals in state and federal courts for over sixteen years. Her cases have involved employment issues, trade secrets and noncompetes, real estate litigation, insurance coverage and bad faith. The Florida Bar has certified Donna as an expert in both appellate practice and business litigation. Donna also has an MBA in Finance, and was a Certified Public Accountant for over thirteen years before attending law school.

Michael C. Weiss, D.O. ‘86, FAOAO, chairman of surgery at Laser Spine Institute, will serve on the GE Healthcare Pain Management Medical Advisory Board. GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services, with expertise in medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems, performance improvement, drug discovery and biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies. Weiss will share best practices on pain management and discuss potential clinical studies, as well as pressing clinical challenges within the industry. As chairman of surgery, Weiss directs Laser Spine Institute’s proprietary fellowship training that all its surgeons complete. Weiss leads the surgical component of Laser Spine Institute’s four state-of-the-art surgery centers and collaborates with other medical experts.