Summer 2018 Class Notes

July 11, 2018

Scott Cope, BA ’15, graduated from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree in May 2018. He and his family will be moving to Austin, Texas, to serve at a church.

Ananda Joy Hart, BA ’97, has been a criminal defense attorney for 15 years, focusing mainly on juvenile defense, but is now beginning to work more in the field of restorative justice and mediation.

Lindy Minnick, BA ’68, lives in Southern California where she wrote and published the memoir of her father, John B. Minnick, JD ’49, in 2012. She is currently collaborating with a cousin, R.W. Minnick, Jr., on his memoir of four years in Naval Intelligence (1956-59) during the Cold War.

Alexander Monteverde, BA ’17, was accepted to the Boston College Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, through its PhD program in philosophy. In August, he will be matriculating and beginning classes.

Dominik G. Nargele, MA ’71, MS ’78, has published five books, including New Strategy in May 2017, and 300 letters to the editor in the Washington Times.

David Nathanson, BA ’92, is a partner in the Boston law firm of Wood & Nathanson, LLP, primarily handling the defense of homicide cases. He argued and prevailed in the Supreme Court in Smith v. Massachusetts, 543 U.S. 462 (2005).

Paul Smalera, BA ’02, has been named executive editor of, overseeing digital initiatives for Fast Company. He has previously held editorial positions at Fortune, Reuters, Quartz and The New York Times.

David Smith, BA ’02, lives in Nashville with his wife, Nell E. Friar, GWSPH ’02, and two daughters, and recently left Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam's cabinet as communications director to start his own consulting firm, DAS Consulting.

Maggie Taylor, MA ’15, is proud to announce that a portion of her master’s thesis has been accepted for publication in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal. She also presented her paper, “Reorienting the Moral Debate on Vaccination,” at the Public Philosophy Network Conference.

Michael Thacher, BA ‘70, writes: “In retirement, I have evolved into an astrophysics nut, auditing university classes, attending professional meetings, and leading tours of Mount Wilson Observatory near Pasadena, California. I serve on the Board of Advisors for the Physical Sciences Department at UCLA and the Board of Trustees of the Mount Wilson Institute. I also serve on the National Council for Arts and Sciences at GW.”

Darla Thompson, MA ’95, has recently returned to GW where she serves as a lead research scientist in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Milken Institute School of Public Health.

Fid Thompson, BA ’00, is opening Queer Enough, a photography exhibition and portrait project about queer identity in D.C., funded by DC Commission on the Arts. It is opening June 7, 2018, 1314 1/2 Gallery in Shaw, Washington, D.C. Find out more on the exhibition's facebook page.