Class Notes, Fall 2015

October 2, 2015

Sarah Brown, MA ’82, PhD ’95, has returned to the for-profit sector after many years in the nonprofit world. She is now an ethno-botanist and runs Maison Terre Natural Products. She also owns several other enterprises, including Prodigy Website Graphics and Green Willow Properties.

Monta Lee Dakin, MA ’83, is now out in the west in Colorado after working at the Smithsonian, Gadsby's Tavern Museum and Mount Vernon. She is the director of a 10-state regional museum association, MPMA.

Jessicah Duckworth (Krey), BA ’99, is program director in the Religion Division at Lilly Endowment Inc., a private, non-operating foundation based in Indianapolis. She completed her PhD in practical theology at Princeton Theological Seminary in 2009.

Charity Fox, PhD ’10, recently began a position as assistant professor of American studies and gender studies in the American Studies Program at Penn State Harrisburg (

Carolyn Hart, BA ’71, worked in high-tech, mostly start-ups, in administration until her last gig with 3M, on an island in Puget Sound. Closure of the facility resulted in retirement, and now she volunteers and travels fulltime.

Sandra Heard, PhD ’10, is currently the chair of the History and Social Studies Department at the Potomac School in McLean, Va. She also enjoys working with juniors and seniors in her U.S. history, U.S. government and politics and civil rights courses.

Mark Kates, BA ’82, unsurprisingly to some, has a post-GW career in the music business. He is back in Boston running his own music management company Fenway Recordings. They also have offices in New York and Los Angeles. He doesn’t get to D.C. much, sadly!

Katherine Muraszko, BA ’15, is currently working as a talent assistant at one of the entertainment industry's top talent agencies, Paradigm Talent Agency. She says it’s a real pleasure to work in entertainment and to utilize and apply all that she has learned from a creative and business perspective.

Frederick Quinn, BA ’14, has continued to pursue his passion for law and is currently attending the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law in New York City.

Brooke Schlesinger, BA ’14, Works at the Ad Council in New York where she helps to create and manage national public service advertising campaigns.

Ray Schroth, S.J., MA ’69, PhD ’71, is in his fifth year at America magazine, the Jesuit weekly on religion, politics and culture, where he has been literary editor for three years. His most recent book is Bob Drinan, The Controversial Life of the First Catholic Priest Elected to Congress (Fordham, 2011). He also reviews books for the National Catholic Reporter and am writing a book on courage.

Kathryn Smith, MA ’86, and her husband Sam are now in Freeport, Maine. She is a trustee of the Maine Historical Society and an advisor to the public Wolfe's Neck Farm, dedicated to research and education in sustainable agriculture.

Robert Solomon, BA ’72, will have a new third edition of his industry leading book The Art of Client Service, published by John Wiley & Sons in April 2016.

Jason Steinhauer, BA ’02, launched the new field of History Communication and coined the term “History Communicators.” He had an opinion piece in TIME on the topic published on September 18, 2015.

Chris Welch, BA ’14, has been working at Farmers Fishers Bakers, an upscale casual restaurant on the Georgetown Waterfront that prides itself on its sustainability. He is a full-time front of house manager and has been working there since his junior year at GW.

Marilyn Yakowitz (Cohen), MPhil ’74, PhD ’80, is president of KGUSA (a 501c3), on several boards (the GWAA, a Cameroon school, Yale's France Club) and is retired from OECD, where she headed sustainable development; regulatory reform; Latin America; and African & Eastern Europe relations.

James Zarsadiaz, BA ’08, will have an article (co-authored with Becky Nicolaides), "Design Assimilation in Suburbia: Asian Americans, Built Landscapes, and Suburban Advantage in Los Angeles' San Gabriel Valley since 1970," published in the Journal of Urban History.