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Timelines, a 17-year retrospective of the work of Barbara Rothenberg (M.A., 1956), was recently displayed at the Finn Gallery in Greenwich, Connecticut. Rothenberg teaches at the Silvermine Guild Arts Center in New Canaan, Connecticut.


Marsha Edelman (Ed.D., 1982), Professor of Music and Education, coordinator of academic programs in Jewish music and Director of the Tyson Music Library at Gratz College in Pennsylvania, recently arranged and produced Hodu: Jewish Rhythms from Baghdad to India for Rahel Musleah and Chai Od Va’Od: 18 Plus One Songs for Children for Nili Rabinowitz. Edelman’s book, Discovering Jewish Music (Jewish Publication Society, 2003), was issued in paperback last year.


Carol Napier (M.A., 1983) is now a school psychologist at Clarkstown High School North in Rockland County, New York. She also does psychoeducational evaluations as a consultant to Ulster County BOCES in New Paltz, New York. She has performed in 10 community playhouse productions, including Three Tall Women, Six Degrees of Separation, Ballroom and Blythe Spirit.

Roben Torosyan (Ph.D., 2000; M.Phil., 1998), of the Center for Academic Excellence at Fairfield University, Connecticut, was appointed Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction in the Graduate School of Education and Applied Professions. Torosyan authored a chapter entitled “Public Discourse and the Stewart Model of Critical Thinking” in The Daily Show and Philosophy: Moments of Zen in the Art of Fake News (Blackwell, 2007). He also co-facilitated a workshop with Larry Miners and Kathy Nantz called “Nine Activities in 60 Minutes: Promoting Voice, Integration and Reflection in the Classroom,” at both the Lilly Conference on College Teaching and the New England Faculty Development Consortium.


Katherine Rodi (M.A., 1995) is senior counsel in the Office of the General Counsel for the NYC Department of Education. She lived in D.C. for the past eight years and now resides in Long Island City.


Luis Rios (Ph.D., 2002) works as a Bilingual/Migrant Education Consultant with the Curriculum and Instruction Branch of the California Department of Education in Sacramento. He administers family literacy programs—providing services to English language learners and low income students and offering technical assistance to program coordinators statewide.



Sara Rosenfeld Johnson (M.A., 1972), has spent the last 25 years perfecting a unique brand of oral-motor speech therapy. A speech and language pathologist, she has authored many works on the subject, including Oral-Motor Exercises for Speech Clarity, The HOMEWORK Book, Assessment and Treatment of the Jaw and The Drooling Program. She is the founder of Innovative Therapists International, a speakers bureau and source for oral-motor-based therapy tools and Sara R. Johnson & Associates in Tucson, Arizona, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of clients with oral-motor based feeding and/or speech disorders. She has held seminars throughout the United States and in locations around the world. A member of the National Down Syndrome Congress’ Professional Advisory Committee, she is a nationally recognized presenter for Down Syndrome and cerebral palsy associations and has been a featured speaker at ASHA conventions at the state and national levels.



Sandra Berk Jacoby (M.A., 1967) is a learning disabilities specialist with her own tutoring practice. Jacoby has served as Director of the Rye Youth Council Employment Service at Rye High School for the past nine years.

After a more than 20 year career as a teacher and media specialist in New York and North Carolina school systems, Nikki Ingianni (M.A., 1976) bought a bookmobile on eBay and is currently traveling to trailer parks, church parking lots and along country roads to offer free tutoring and homework help to children in need. With over 1,400 donated books cataloged, her bookmobile offers library services to rural children, many of whom have never been inside a public library. Her organization, The Little Red Bookmobile, Inc., is a nonprofit, operating primarily on donations, and is now seeking grants.


Mary Lou Bernardo (Ph.D., 1993) is a full-time health and medical writer. Her motto is “Have Laptop, Will Travel”: in the past year, she has traveled across the United States and to three continents. Her Web site is


Christine Fischer (Ed.M., 1999) traveled to Paris for a special alumni event last September and met with President Fuhrman and fellow alumni Patricia Davies and Sarah Lucas. She is busy with a variety of volunteer projects in the Netherlands: doing multicultural research for a journalist, working at an expatriate support charity called ACCESS and teaching English at Wateringse Veld College.


Avianca Bouchedid (M.A., 1996) received a Bronze Volunteer Service Award from the United States President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. The award was created in 2003 to honor Americans who volunteer their time to help others.

Robert Cavalier (Ph.D., 1961) received the Catherine McGraw Rock Award from Elmira College for making significant contributions to the college as a senior faculty member.


Nimat Hafez Barazangi (M.A., 1972) recently published a paper in the Action Research journal on her 2005–2006 Senior Fulbright Scholarship to Syria, during which she trained professors at four public universities in contemporary social science research focusing on the Action Research approach. The paper was entitled, “Action Research Pedagogy in a New Cultural Setting: The Syrian Experience.” Barangi, a research fellow at Cornell University, is the author of Woman’s Identity and the Qur’an: A New Reading (The University Press of Florida, 2004).



Rose Nappi-Wasser (Ed.M., 1999) is Visiting Instructor of Writing for Emerging Learners at St. Thomas Aquinas College, a diverse community of learners located in Sparkill, New York.

Taunya Nesin (M.A., 2000) spent the past year developing a new reading program at Houghton Mifflin Company and has accepted a new position in the School Publishing Division at National Geographic. She is excited about relocating to Washington, D.C. and would like to reconnect with alumni in the area.

Edna Ranck (Ed.D., 1986) is President of the U.S. National Committee for the World Organization for Early Childhood Education. She was previously a Senior Research Associate at Westover Consultants, Inc. and Director of Public Policy and Research at the National Association for Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies. She has published widely and given presentations at local, national and international conferences.

Sara Ridge (M.A., 2005) has been selected as a MetLife Fellow in the Teachers Network Leadership Institute.


Barbara Golub (M.A., 2004) has been selected as a MetLife Fellow in the Teachers Network Leadership Institute. She is a fifth grade teacher at P.S. 158 in Manhattan.

Bridget Looney (M.A., 1997) is teaching third grade and coordinating the primary school social studies program at The Montclair Kimberley Academy in New Jersey where she has worked since graduating from TC. Looney also serves on the Teachers College Alumni Council.



Joyce Sarat White (M.A., 1969) is in private practice counseling individuals and groups with weight problems. She has published several articles on weight management topics and has taught classes at a university in Maine.


Leah Farrell (M.A., 2007) is now a Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Psychology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and is a research therapist at the University of Virginia.


Jill Jayne (M.S., 2007) is a fulltime “rock-star/nutritionist”: running two companies; her band, Sunset West; and her kids’ television show, Jumping Jacks with Jill. The show’s Web site is



Masako Hamada (Ed.D., 2002) is an Assistant Professor in the Japanese Program at Villanova University. She is also the program’s Coordinator and founder. Hamada’s book, Intercultural Communication and Conflict Resolution Styles: A Study of Japanese Female Professors in the U.S., was published by the Edwin Mellen Press. She has also published articles in various academic journals.


Joseph Castleberry (Ed.D., 1999) is currently serving as President of Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington after five years as Academic Dean at Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, Missouri.



Nancy Lin (M.A., 2002) earned some additional certifications from Hunter College after graduating from Teachers College. She now serves as Director of Technology at Saint David’s School in Manhattan.


Janell N. Catlin (Ph.D., 2007) is a postdoctoral fellow in Science Education at Teachers College. Catlin’s research agenda includes a focus on urban education, student motivation to learn and engage in science and teacher motivation to practice in urban, high-poverty areas.



Steve Bogdanoff (M.A., 1994) founded ISIS Affiliates in 2001, specializing in resource development for K–12 knowledge management and visual analytic technology for effective analysis of educational data. He currently designs professional development resources for regional accreditation associations and consults with K–12 schools and districts. His Web site is

Kate Eskra Fioravanti (Ed.M., 2004) is Arts Director and Head Teacher of the Interdistrict School for Arts and Communication in New London, Connecticut.


Jeffrey A. Barnett (M.A., 2005) was appointed Assistant Dean of Students at Stony Brook University in January 2007. Barnett was awarded the Outstanding Student Affairs Award for Emerging Programs by the State University of New York last year.


Eric Pardell (M.A., 2004) is Senior Vice President of Leadership Development Process & Programs at Bank of America’s Global Consumer and Small Business Banking unit in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Lorraine P. Sachs (M.A., 1958) retired at the end of 2007. Sachs earned a designation as a Certified Association Executive and served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. Prior to that, she served as Director of the NLN Test Service at the National League for Nursing. Sachs says she is “looking forward to new challenges, to pursuing interesting projects and for the opportunity to enjoy activities that [she has] put off all these years.”


Jacob Jaffe (Ed.D., 1965) has published Hobgoblins, a psychological thriller about “a cabal of financiers that secretly supports a presidential candidate who plans to double-cross them and become a modern-day Hitler.” Jaffe’s previous novel was Land of Dreams, a saga about the immigrant experience set in 1938–1939. Details about both novels are available at

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