Graduate Notes

Find out what fellow classmates are doing, and share your own news. Notes received online will be posted in the appropriate class years. Alumnae/i photos also are welcome (for theSimmons magazine); be sure to include the names of all alumnae/i in the photo and class years. 

Graduate Programs

Library and Information Science

Professional News

Toby Pearlstein
Dean and Professor Emerita James M. Matarazzo ’65LS and Dr. Toby Pearlstein ’77LS, ’86LDS have a new book, Handbook of Information Management to be published in Fall 2017 by Emerald.
Note Submitted: October 10, 2017

Todd Gilman

Todd Gilman ’01LS, Librarian for Literature in English at the Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University, edited Academic Librarianship Today; the new volume was published by Rowman & Littlefield in February 2017. He will present a free ACRL-Choice webinar about the book on July 18, sponsored by Rowman & Littlefield.

Note Submitted: April 05, 2017

Tom Blake
Tom Blake '06LS has been awarded the 2017 Alumni Achievement Award by the SLIS Alumni Board. Tom has worked at the Boston Public Library (BPL) as their Digital Imaging Production Manager, Digital Projects Manager, and Content Discovery Manager since 2005. Since 2010, Tom has managed an ambitious project to help digitize collections from across Massachusetts in conjunction with digital Commonwealth, a statewide repository services, and as a pilot Service Hub of the Digital Public Library of America. In 2015 he received an MBLC award, and in 2014 was named one of Library Journal's Mover & Shakers as a Tech Leader.
Note Submitted: June 06, 2017


Vanessa Reyes ’16LS presented her dissertation at the doctoral poster session at ALISE annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Note Submitted: January 31, 2017

Business & Management

In Memoriam

Judith E Filler

Judith Filler, 67, class of ‘76, died September 17, 2016. After a career as an executive for CBS (NYC) and American Airlines (Dallas), she found her calling in Austin organizing for social change, becoming the executive director of a coalition working for social justice and Amnesty International’s state coordinator against the death penalty. Her will creates The Judith Filler Foundation dedicated to funding projects devoted to ending the death penalty in Texas, c/o MC Reed, 1709 Norris Dr., Austin, Texas 78704.

Note Submitted: January 24, 2017

Professional News

Claudia Jocelyne
Claudia Jocelyne
I am happy to be back in New England. I have started my exclusive immigration law practice. The photo is from a refugee law presentation at a local middle school. Immigration law
Note Submitted: September 29, 2017

Ilya Orkin

Started a new job as a Systems Analyst at Healthcare Revenue Strategies:

Note Submitted: March 25, 2016

Jennifer Pinck

Pinck & Co. was named one of the fastest-growing private companies in America by Inc. on its annual Inc. 5000 list. Those on the 2016 list are characterized as “the superheroes of the U.S. economy.” Last year Pinck & Co. was recognized as a Top 100 Inner City company by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, and as one of the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts by the Boston Globe. Pinck & Co. provides planning, design and construction management consulting services to owners and developers during all phases of capital projects. Since its founding in 1998, Pinck & Co. has specialized in serving institutional, public sector, and non-profit owners. From ongoing capital improvement projects to complex public procurements, the firm has managed over four billion dollars in construction projects.

Note Submitted: October 17, 2016

Jennifer Pinck

Jennifer Pinck's firm, Pinck & Co., Inc was named to the Boston Business Journals Top 100 LGBT Businesses in Massachusetts this past February. Landing at #4 on the inaugural list,  Pinck & Co provides construction management consulting services with 35 staff and offices in Boston and Springfield.

Note Submitted: April 04, 2016

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Marny Jaastad

Marny Jaastad has published her first book: "BE...Letters About Life From a Godmother to a Boy BE...coming Himself." The book is a series of 72 email letters to the godson exploring what attributes and qualities of how to BE...a person. Intended for all ages and interests. The series follows the evolution of their relationship as well as each of them independently.

Note Submitted: April 16, 2016