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William L. Kovacs ’69, Great Falls, Virginia, was awarded the 2021 Independent Press Award (category Social/Political change) for his book Reform the Kakistocracy: Rule by the Least Able or Least Principled Citizens. In 2020, his book received the bronze award from the Non-Fiction Book Association. It was also given five stars from Readers’ Favorite. The book details how the federal government transformed itself from one of limited powers to one of immense power without any constitutional changes. Kovacs states, “These changes in institutional power fundamentally affect the relationship of citizens to their government. Government is now the master and citizens the servant of government. The loyalty of today’s elected officials is to a political party and interest groups, not to solving problems for citizens.”
William R. Savage ’79, Lemoyne, had a Dramatists Guild/Philadelphia reading of his play Leave it to the Angels on June 24. Last summer, his play Men of the Empire received a reading in support of the Globe Theatre in London. Earlier in 2020, Savage had live readings of Say He Was a Soldier and Mom, I Smoke! at the Parkway Central Library in Philadelphia, also through Dramatists Guild.
John “Jack” Lynch ’83, Bryn Mawr, was elected to the board of trustees of the American Hospital Association (AHA) for a three-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2022. The board of trustees is the highest policymaking body of the AHA and has ultimate authority for the governance and management of its directions and finances.
Marion Munley ’83, Moosic, was re-elected to the Executive Committee of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) for the 2021-2022 year at its annual convention. In addition, Munley received two awards in recognition of her service to AAJ: the Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes members of the AAJ Board of Governors who have been a special assistant to the president of the association during the past year, and the Above and Beyond Award, which honors AAJ members who have made exceptional contributions to sustain and strengthen the organization.
Thomas J. Grech ’84, Malverne, New York, has been appointed to the Board of the Town of Hempstead Industrial Development Agency (IDA) and the Local Development Corporation (LDC).
Michael A. Sebastian ’88, Moosic, has joined Marshall Dennehey’s Moosic office as a shareholder in the Workers’ Compensation Department. Sebastian concentrates the entirety of his practice on workers’ compensation defense and represents employers, insurance carriers and third-party administrators. With more than 20 years of experience, he has appeared on behalf of his clients before many local judges, the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board, the Commonwealth Court and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. In addition to litigating claims, Sebastian counsels clients on implementing risk management strategies that focus on lowering workers’ compensation costs and avoiding liability exposure.
Lisa W. Shearman ’89, Lansdale, a partner with the firm Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin, PC, has recently been elected a fellow to the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC).
Matthew Cooper, M.D. ’90, Columbia, Maryland, has been named president of the United Network
for Organ Sharing (UNOS) board of directors. This position in solid organ transplantation is recognized as the most influential position in the world with the U.S. donation and transplantation system being the most successful around the globe. UNOS is the mission-driven nonprofit serving the nation’s transplant system. Cooper currently serves as the director of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation at the Medstar Georgetown Transplant Institute based at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C.
Timothy M. Gallen ’96, Hatfield, was recently honored by the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling with their McClintick Service Award. The award recognizes a person who has demonstrated unwavering
loyalty to the profession and leadership to the association while planning to continue to work on behalf of students to ensure access to postsecondary education.
Melissa M. Donahue ’98, Philadelphia, has joined Bancroft Capital, a certified service-disabled veteran-owned small business specializing in institutional brokerage and capital markets services, as vice president. Donahue will work
on the equity trading desk at the Fort Washington office and will assist with compliance and back-office operations.
Kelly A. Thompson-Brazill ’99, Wake Forest, North Carolina, has been promoted to associate professor, School of Nursing and Health Studies, at Georgetown University.
Paul Collins ’00, Amherst, Massachusetts, received the 2021 Richard E. Neustadt Book Award from the American Political Science Association for the best book published on the American presidency for his book, The President and the Supreme Court: Going Public on Judicial Decisions from Washington to Trump (Cambridge University Press).
Nathanial J. Sann ’00, Mechanicsville, Virginia, a family nurse practitioner at Advanced Surgical Partners of Virginia, was named the 12th President of The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Integrated Health
section. The vision of the society is to improve public health and well-being by lessening the burden of the disease of obesity and related diseases throughout the world. Sann is responsible for directing the activities of the integrated
health section of the ASMBS, including strategic planning and acting as representatives of their disciplines to the executive council of the society. He guides the activities of the IH committees and initiatives.
Brian Eltz ’02, G’05, Millersville, recently published his second children’s book, Perking Up Poe, as a follow-up to last year’s Shaking Up Shakespeare.
Robin Raju ’04, Bronxville, New York, has been appointed to chief financial officer of Equitable Holding, a financial service holding company comprised of Equitable and AllianceBernstein.
Howard R. Kindred, Jr. G’06, Georgetown, Texas, chief financial officer at Trimbuilt Construction, was nominated as Austin Business Journal’s top CFO for a large private company in Austin, Texas.
John P. McShea ’12, Abington Township, joined Eastburn and Gray, PC and will be working in the firm’s litigation, real estate, land use and zoning, and municipal law practice groups.

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