Brown Women in the News

JUNE 2017

Providence Business News released it's 2017 "40 under 40" list of successful, engaged young professionals in Rhode Island. Honorees include Briannan Bintz ScM'08 of Semma Therapeutics; Elizabeth M. Goldeberg ScM'17 RES'13 of Brown University; and Diana Permodo MAT'13 of United Way.

Ophelia J. Wilkins '02 was promoted to the position of associate at Kuth Ranieri Architects in San Francisco. Ms. Wilkins joined the firm in 2015 as a project architect and was previously with the firm Robin Chiang & Company.

Founding member of Maverick Collective and contributer to the Huffington Post Caitlin Heising '12 reflected on her experience at 125 Years of Women at Brown in her article "From 1892 to Today: 8 Lessons from 125 Years of Women at Brown." Ms. Heising was also a panelist at the conference.

Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Director for the Rhode Island State Senate, Marie Ganim P'12, has been appointed by Governor Gina Raimondo to be the state's next Health Insurance Commissioner.

Sharon Stern Gerstman '72, P'05 assumed the office of president of the 72,000-member New York State Bar Association on June 1.

Seema Nanda '92 has been named vice president and COO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

Lynn Nottage '86 DFA'11 hon., P'20 will premiere her play Mlima's Tale in March 2018 at the Public Theater. Ms. Nottage most recently won her second Pulitzer Prize for her play Sweat.

MAY 2017

Lisa Donohue '87 has been appointed to the board of Synacor, a publicly traded technology company. Ms. Donohue serves as president of the board of trustees of Milton Academy and is also a board member of She Runs It and The 4As.

Victoria Nuland '83 will join the global strategy and commcerial diplomacy firm Albright Stonebridge Group as senior counselor in September.

Vice President of Women & Diversity B2B Marketing at IBM, Denise Evans '77, will serve as a strategic partner to host Wells Fargo for The Women Presidents' Organization (WPO) inaugural business summit. The summit is targeted at the 105 members of the organization who generate annual gross revenues of $40 million or more.

Vice President of Innovation and New Business Development at Land O'Lakes, Raquel Melo '93, announced the launch of the new Land O'Lakes Dairy Accelerator, a program aimed at growing the total dairy industry. Accelerator participants will have access to resources on financing, brand building, manufacturing, sales and distributio, and leadership development, and each will receive a $25,000 stipend.

Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Massachusetts General Hospital Ann-Christine Duhaime '77 is researching connections between brain chemistry and consumption. Her interest in the neurobiology or sustainable behavior led her to develop a blueprint for a "green" children's hospital that would be cost- and energy-efficient and act as a living lab for studying whether and how such buildings might affect the reward system of patients and health care professionals.

Lorine Pendleton '91 is the keynote speaker at the third annual OWN IT! Entrepreneurial Women's Conference at SUNY Ulster Community College in June. Pendleton is an active angel investor.

Lisa Margenson '84 has been hired by Bank of America Merrill Lynch to lead their newly formed Retirement Client Experience & Communications Group. She was previously the head of marketing and creative services for retirement solutions at Voya Financial.

Italian-born chef Nina Clemente '03 will return to The Standard, High Line in New York City during the summer. The chef at Los Angeles' Di Alba will create a menu for the outdoor plaza of The Standard running through mid-October.

Vice President of Global Markets for IBM Denise Evans '77 is one of 40 women board directors and executives who helped open the stock market of the Tokyo Stock Exchange on May 10 to celebrate Japan's hosting of the 2017 Global Summit of Women. The three-day summit gathered 1,500 international leaders in government, business, and civil society with the theme "Beyond Womenomics: Accelerating Access."

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb '90 will make her debut at The Carlyle Hotel in New York. She will be performing at Cafe Carlyle from June 6-17.

Rebecca Yeldham '90 will produce an Amazon Studios' movie, as yet unnamed, starring Paris Jackson, the 19 year old daughter of the late Michael Jackson. The dark comedy is about a mild-mannered American businessman who crosses the line from citizen to criminal.

Stephanie Brag '08 and Nedenia Hutton Craig '08, co-founders of the made-to-order dress label Dee Hutton, were profiled in Brides magazine. The two were married within just a few months of each other, and both wore gowns designed by Ms. Craig. Since their weddings, the duo has launched a custom wedding gown and bridesmaid dress program for Dee Hutton.

Holly Peterson '87, P'21 released a new novel, It Happens in the Hamptons, about a young, single mother who moves to the Hamptons, has a love affair, and experiences some of the friction between the locals and the jet-setters. Tina Brown wrote that with this book, Ms. Peterson "seals her place as the Proust of the beach blanket."

Billie Tsien '71 and her husband and partner, Tod Williams, are the architects behind the proposed design of the Obama presidential library scheduled to open on the South Side of Chicago by 2021. The center will have classrooms, a library, an auditorium, and public garden.


"The world needs a great deal from us," said Reverend Janet Cooper Nelson, unversity chaplain, during a community gathering on the Main Green to reflect on tragic events in the summer.

The Washington Post featured a guest column written by President Christina H. Paxson titled "Brown University president: A safe space for freedom of expression." The column rides on the heels of a country-wide debate about colleges and universities preparing students for difficult and complex issues today.


In a short documentary that explores the possibilities of delaying cognitive decline in old age, Brown neurologist Suzanne De La Monte joins other scientists in suggestion people have the power to lower their chances of getting Alzheimer's disease.

Professor of Economics Emily Oster gives her take on cutting through the noise of available health advice for expecting mothers.

Maria T. Zuber, Ph.D. SCM'83 PHD'86 SCD'08 hon., P'11 is the first woman to run a NASA spacecraft mission, saying she has a "genetic predilection" to explore space.

Women's Crew alumna and three-time All-American Tessa Gobbo '13 takes home an Olympic gold medal in women's coxed eight.

Christy Law Blanchard is Director of Program Outreach and Development at Brown University's Pembroke Center. Her audio essay, "This I Believe Rhode Island: Fleeting Moments," is featured on RINPR.

Nicole Pollock '08 appointed next Chief of Staff by Providence Mayor.

JULY 2016

Goldie Corash Michelson '24 was the oldest living American when she passed away at 113 years old.

Actress Yaya DaCosta '04 stars in her first full-time cast role on NBC's Chicago Med.

Incoming first year Nicolaia Rips '20 publishes memoir about growing up in the infamous Chelsea Hotel.

Photographer Alejandra Carles-Tolra featured Brown's Varsity Women's Rugby Team in her exhibit "The Bears."

Mary Gluck, Professor of History and Judaic Studies, spoke with Forward about the assimilation of Jews in Budapest.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry Lindsay Oberman researches transcranial magnetic stimulation, which has the potential to make emotion-related information accessible to people with autism spectrum disorder.

Holly Case, Associate Professor of History, comments on Hungary's plan to welcome foreign "guest workers" after politicians announced a severe labor shortage in the country.

Kate Schapira, a Providence poet and lecturer in English at Brown, sits behind a small booth at the entrance to Burnside Park and gives passersby the opportunity to air their climate change anxieties. Her project attracts people who are worried about the environment but feel left out of the national conversation.

Sarah Fox, a professor and researcher at Brown University, comments on the state of obstetric training and the reasons why, for many women, childbirth-related injuries go undiagnosed.

JUNE 2016

Women's Crew Alumna Tessa Gobbo '13 will represent the US at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Jill Furman '90, Tony-winning producer of Hamilton, on trusting her gut, the two greatest productions of her life, and what's next.

Kimberly Wolf is Founder and Chief Education Officer of Girlmentum Media, supporting girls' health around the web and around the world.

Extreme pilot Emily Biss Wilson '96  tests planes before airline delivery.

MAY 2016

Katia Lund '89 has joined the advisory board of a new non-profit production company, We Do It Together. The company was created to finance and produce films dedicated to female-driven film content. 

Jean Howard '70, a loyal Brown alumna, was one of eight Brown University honorary degree recipients this year. Howard is an advocate for diversity in higher education and has made significant contributions to the fields of early modern literature and the history of drama.

APRIL 2016

WLC member Joelle Murchison '95 named Associate Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at UCONN.

Alissa J. Rubin '80 and Kathryn Schulz '96 are awarded Pulitzer Prizes. Rubin was recognized for a series of articles about the daily lives of Afghan women. Schulz was recognized for her feature story "The Really Big One" about earthquake threats in the northwestern US.


Amara Majeed '19 is interviewed about The Hijab Project, which she started to fight Islamophobia and challenge sterotypes.

Louisa Chafee '14 qualifies to represent the U.S. in the 2016 Summer Olypic Games in Rio.


Marie Langlois '64 LLD'92 hon. elected Chair of Rhode Island Foundation.

C.D. Wright, visionary poet and beloved member of the Brown family, passed away.


Mary Lou Jepsen '87 PHD'97 SCD'14 HON., executive director at Facebook and head of display technologies at Oculus, will deliver the closing keynote at the inaugural  "Women Transforming Technology" conference being held in February in Palo Alto, California.


Congratulations to Holly Gildea '16 on her co-authorship of an article published in Science, the nation's top scientific publication. 

Cecile Richards '80 LHD '10 HON, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America was recognized by Glamour Magazine at the 25th Women of the Year award ceremony.


Celebrating two dedicated WLC members, Nancy Fuld Neff '76, P'06, P'14 with 2015 Brown Annual Fund Co-Chairs' award recipientAlexandra E. Mandis '95.


Emma Watson '14 is helping to make a positive change in the fashion industry.

Sabrina De Santiago '00, former aide to the Democratic Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico and Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard of California, was recently appointed as the new director of government affairs at the Center for American Progress (CAP). 


Author Casey Schwartz '04 published a new book, In the Mind Fields: Exploring the New Science of Neuropsychoanalysiswhich explores the conflict between the fields of neuroscience and psychoanalysis. 



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