July 31, 2010

Lisa (Kesselman) Wells: My first 10 post-Wharton years were spent in New York City, with Depository Trust Corp and Standard & Poor’s. I was very happy there and enjoyed dinner with Bill Feingold every few months.

I married Darrel Wells in North Miami Beach, FL in 2002, and we were together until his untimely death at age 43 in 2005. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a chance for any children. After my husband’s passing, I returned to the Southwest where I grew up, and now live in Phoenix.

I’ve been doing healthcare data qualiy and compliance work. I was Manager of Data Governance for TriWest for awhile, then went to the public sector, working as Statistical Analysis Manager for the State of Arizona’s Office for Children with Special Healthcare Needs. More recently I’ve been doing statistical analysis consulting work, most recently with Blue Cross Blue Shield of AZ.

I continue to correspond with Bill Feingold and Ran Borgersen. In addition, the Wharton Club of Arizona is quite good and I attended a nice presentation and luncheon they hosted at the State Treasurer’s office in March 2010.

Aphichart Assakul: Since February 2010, I’ve joined AFD (L’Agence Française de Développement) in Bangkok as Principal Investment Officer. Fully owned by the French government, AFD provides soft loans to countries all over the world in support of environmentally projects as well as biodiversity protection. (http://www.afd.fr)

Robyn Goldman: After 21 years in the Philadelphia area (ignoring the 3 years I traipsed my kids cross country to Colorado then Rhode Island), I am returning to my hometown of Los Angeles. I will continue my work in the nonprofit arena, this time as the CFO for AIDS Project Los Angeles. My two youngest daughters, now 15 and 16, will come with me and learn to live as beach babes at our new home in Redondo Beach. My oldest, now 21, lives in Shreveport, Louisiana, but may join us this winter. I’ll be needing to reconnect in the community, so LA area classmates, please get in touch!

David Ghighi: Still in Saudi, still glad we made the move. Hard to believe 3 years have passed. The work has changed a bit — now advising a family office on their “real assets” portfolio — but our friends here have been a wonderful constant. Heading to Europe soon, to escape the full brunt of summer — this afternoon we hit 54 degC / 130 degF — but look forward to returning for Ramadan. And to seeing cohort friends in May, insha’Allah.

Lawrence Gelburd: I have accepted an invitation to serve on AOL’s Small Business Board of Directors with some notables including Sir Richard Branson; http://smallbusiness.aol.com/meet-the-board/. Between teaching at Wharton, consulting with clients and producing rock/pop bands, life is good and busy.

Alex Labak: Currently living in Vienna, Austria. 2 children (Isabella 19, Nik 17), still married to the same wife (Renate). After Wharton lots of ‘jobbing around’: 91-97: Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Germany, Canada, US (VP marketing north America), 97-99: Foundation Health System in LA (Senior VP Commercial), 99-2004: Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt Germany (Chief Marketing Officer), 2004-2006: Mastercard in Brussels, Belgium (President Europe), 2006 – today: Homecredit in Amsterdam Netherlands (Chairman & CEO).

Bridget Chisholm: I am currently involved in structuring public-private financing for capital projects targeted to strengthen urban communities. I helped secure the largest bond issue for the FedEx Forum ($250 million) and finalize financing for the Town Center at Soulsville USA. Also, as managing partner of BWC Consulting, I helped Bennett College for Women obtain a $30 million loan modification and $21 million in capital financing. Additionally, my development company, Urban Hotel Group, has two hotel projects underway.

Jeff Kinzel: After many years of managing mutual funds at Bank of America and predecessors, my colleague (also a Wharton grad) and I started an investment advisory firm in 2006. We manage accounts for high net worth individuals, institutions and foundations. Otherwise, I am singing in choirs, teaching religious education, playing some golf, and spending time with my family. My older son is about to head off to Wisconsin. Time flies! Please look me up if you are in Chicago.