Class Notes: January / February 2024



Mary Edith Frantz
Davis ’45 Edu,
a retired basketball coach and teacher of math, physical education, Pennsylvania history, algebra, and business math, celebrated her 100th birthday on Nov. 1, 2023. She lives in Leraysville, Pa.



Anthony J. Danna ’70 Hbg, a sales and business development consultant, published a book, How to Develop Professional Selling Skills & Techniques Based on Common Sense & Ethics. He lives in Elverson, Pa.

Marc Robert Steinberg ’70 Lib, a former Montgomery County assistant district attorney and current managing shareholder at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg, and Gifford PC, was included in the 2023 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list for criminal defense law. He has been on the list for 20 consecutive years. He lives in Lansdale, Pa.

Paul Robert Oakes ’72 Lib (ΦΚΤ) is a writer of fantasy novel series, including Black Crystal, Black Scarlet, White Angel, and Raven Quest, which were issued new covers to celebrate 10 years in print. He lives in Weyers Cave, Va.

Barbara “Babs” Friedman Polansky ’75 Bus retired after more than 41 years at the American Chemical Society, where she worked in copyright, trademarks, bylaws, and IT. She is a certified rescue diver and lives in Louisville, Ky.

William Levinson ’78 Sci, principal consultant at Levinson Productivity Systems, wrote a book, Reshore Production Now: How to Rebuild Manufacturing and Restore High Wages, High Profits, and National Prosperity in the USA. He lives in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.


Gary Schroeder, courtesy
As national strategic growth initiatives chair for Scouts BSA, Gary Schroeder '78, '80 MS Agr spearheaded efforts to end gender separation in Scouting and open to girls starting in 2019. Read the full profile.


Marci Mayer Eisen ’79 H&HD has worked at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis for 15 years and currently serves as the director of Millstone Leadership Initiatives. She launched the International Model United Nations, a cohort of international coaching federation–credentialed coaches who are affiliated with Jewish organizations in the U.S. and beyond. She lives in St. Louis.



Brian A. Sullivan ’82 Bus, an investment adviser representative for Wealth Advisory Group Inc., completed the inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 Pennsylvania Happy Valley course, which ended in Beaver Stadium. He and his wife, Karen, and their three sons live in Merion Station, Pa.

Pamela Brazil Lieberman ’86 Eng retired as vice president of regulatory quality compliance at Altria after 35 years with the company. She lives in Richmond, Va.

Thomas A. Harrop ’88 Sci, former superintendent of facilities management for the City of Newport, R.I., is now the associate director of facilities and operations at Rhode Island College. He lives in Warwick, R.I.




Antoinette Gomez, courtesy
Antoinette Gomez '94 Agr is the clinical program director for the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, which provides temporary housing, skills-building services, and addiction counseling for disenfranchised people. Read the full profile.


Mark Konchar ’94 A&A, ’98 PhD Eng (Hockey) was promoted to president of U.S. Civils and managing director of U.S. Rail at Balfour Beatty, where he has worked for more than 22 years. He lives in Fairfax County, Va.

Allison Vallin Kostovick ’94 Lib, an organic gardener and art director for the Farmers’ Almanac, wrote The Garden Maker’s Book of Wonder. The book includes 162 recipes, crafts, and gardening tips and techniques. She lives in Portland, Maine. Her brother: David Vallin ’89 Lib. Mother: Marlene Boyd Vallin ’83 PhD Lib.




photo of Scott and Marissa Shamrock with son Isaac and baby daughter Julia, courtesy
HOOPS DEBUT: Scott and Marissa Shamrock ’06 A&A brought son Isaac and daughter Julia, born Jan. 5, 2023, to the Bryce Jordan Center to root on the men’s basketball team last winter. Courtesy.


Matthew Grandinetti ’07 H&HD and his wife, Elizabeth, welcomed their daughter, Hannah Jane, on May 10, 2023. Hannah Jane joins brothers Joseph and Benjamin. The family lives in Downingtown, Pa.



Jason Abdo ’10 Eng, founder of an educational platform, Product Protégé LLC, wrote Product Protégé Guide: The Art of Product Management for E-commerce and Beyond. He lives in Smyrna, Ga.

William S. Cossen ’12 MA, ’16 PhD Lib, a historian and faculty member at The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology, published his first book, Making Catholic America: Religious Nationalism in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. He lives in Decatur, Ga.

Michael Stremski ’13 Eng married Mary Chuff ’16 Com, ’16 Lib (Schreyer) on Sept. 25, 2021. They were expecting a baby daughter in December 2023 and currently live in Dunmore, Pa.

Melissa Choe Altomare ’16 H&HD married Nicholas Altomare ’16 Bus on June 23, 2023 in Chesterfield, N.J. They live in Philadelphia.

Many Penn State alumni attended the June 17, 2023, wedding of Kasey Elkin ’17 Eng and Anthony Soares ’17 Eng in Jackson Hole, Wyo. They live in Somerville, Mass.

Brendan Sporer ’17 Eng (Schreyer) wed Emily Schmid ’17 Edu on July 21, 2023, in Bucks County, Pa., with many Penn State alumni in attendance. They live in Ann Arbor, Mich. His father: Drew ’81 Sci. Sister: Rachel ’20 Edu.


photo of a crowd at the Kirsch-Venkatadri wedding, courtesy
L’AMBs REUNION: Fellow former Lion Ambassadors reunited at the June wedding of Mackenzie Kirsch ’17 Com and Rajiv Venkatadri ’15 H&HD in Lancaster, Pa. The couple’s Indian-American fusion wedding and reception featured a Hindu ceremony and a traditional Pittsburgh cookie table. Courtesy.


Ben Nissen-McCook ’18 A&A co-founded and launched a global holistic wellness company, Body Fuel Alliance, to connect individuals across the world interested in leading healthier, more balanced lives. He lives in New York.



Broden Hudson ’21 Bus, a former accounting intern and staff accountant at Belfint, Lyons & Shuman, PA, was promoted to
senior accountant at the firm. He lives in West Grove, Pa.