John F. Sass has been elected vice president of the National Academy of Arbitrators. The NAA is an honorary and professional organization of arbitrators from the U.S. and Canada who handle matters involving labor and employment disputes.


Nanaruth Carpenter has retired from her post on the Family Court Bench in Kent County, Mich. Nanaruth moved to Kent County after graduating from Colorado College and got her law degree from the University of Denver in 1975. In 1990, she was chosen to replace Judge Randy Hekman. Nineteen other candidates applied. She spent 21 years
on the bench.

Tracy Lees-Grant and her husband Ron have now been in New Jersey for 11 years. She is in her ninth year as a sales training/ management development consultant to predominantly pharmaceutical clients. Both their daughters are now Florida State graduates.


40th Reunion: October 11–14, 2012!


Peter Offenbecher ’76

Peter Offenbecher ’76

Peter Offenbecher was named recipient of the 2011 William O. Douglas Award from the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The award is considered the group’s most prestigious honor, and recognizes an outstanding attorney who “exemplifies extraordinary achievement, courage, and dedication to the practice of criminal law.” Peter is an attorney in Seattle.


35th Cluster Reunion: October 11–14, 2012!

Christy Herman has spent most of the last 16 years on the Greek Island of Leros, while still keeping a foothold in Italy, home since her graduation from CC. She lives with her fiancé in a vintage 1938 wooden boat and they are building a 100 percent sustainable home on the island. She uses her own boat to conduct sailing charter trips among the islands. When she is in Greece, she rents her small home on the southern border of Tuscany.

Patricio Cordova is now living in Taos, N.M. He was involved in a car accident in 2001 and sustained a brain injury. He is now working on a book about his experience and about brain injuries. He’s also an artist and is rebuilding his skills as a guitarist.


35th Cluster Reunion: October 11–14, 2012!

Eric Berkman and Steve Gichner ’87 have joined Cushman and Wakefield as executive vice presidents. As a team at Grubb and Ellis, Eric and Steve ranked among the top investment sales professionals in the country in 2010 and have been top brokerage professionals in the firm since the late 1990s. They will be based in Washington, D.C. As brokerage partners at G&E, Eric and Steve specialized in investment sales. In 2011 alone, they have brokered deals totaling over 850,000 square feet of institutional quality space.


Robert Kline, president and CEO of Medivance, received the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 Mountain Desert Award in the Health Care and Life Sciences category. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Medivance is a leader in the field of Targeted Temperature Management therapy.