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Alumni Profile

Five Join the Alumni Association Board

As of July 1, the Alumni Association Board of Directors has a new look. Alumni Association President Adam Rifkin '97 announced the appointment of five members-at-large to the Board of Directors, and Douglas Affinito '80 and Lewis Brooks "80, P'16, were elected vice presidents. All are serving two-year terms through June 30, 2015. 

Michael Gerstein ’96 

gersteinMichael is chief director of Flagship Merchant Services, a leading payment transaction firm that he co-founded. He majored in comparative politics at Brandeis and graduated from DePaul University’s School of Law. Michael and fellow soccer captain and president of the Alumni Club of Chicago Brad Akers ’95 led the successful fundraising campaign to install new athletic bleachers at Brandeis. Michael has also established an endowed scholarship, hired alumni to work at his company and created a community service award program for students. He and his wife, Sharon, have two children and live in Sudbury, Mass.

Talee Zur Potter ’97

potterTalee is assistant general counsel at JP Morgan Chase, where she specializes in employment law and social media governance. She majored in history and American studies at Brandeis and graduated from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She served on her 10th Reunion Committee, is a member of the Alumni Admissions Council (AAC) and is active in several alumni networks. She and her husband, Harvey Potter ’95, have two children and live in New York City.

Janna Rosenberg ’02

rosenbergJanna is an associate at Rosenberg & Estis in New York City. She majored in history at Brandeis and earned her JD from Brooklyn Law School. Janna served as co-chair of her 5th Reunion Committee and interviews prospective students as a member of the Alumni Admissions Council (AAC). She is married to Michael Berger ’02. They have two children and live in New York City.

Mindy Schneider ’75

schneiderMindy worked at New York - Presbyterian and Mount Sinai hospitals  for many years. She is active in many charities, including the Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel, Central Synagogue in New York City and College Outreach USA. Mindy majored in economics at Brandeis and earned her MPA from New York University. She and her family have generously supported Brandeis through the years. Mindy has served on her Reunion committees and currently sits on the Arts Council. She and her husband have two children.

Curtis Tearte ’73

tearteCurtis is a senior executive in charge of IBM’s relationships with state and local government and educational institutions in Georgia. He has held senior positions in numerous divisions at IBM during his 30-plus years with the company. Curtis graduated from the University of Connecticut School of  Law. He is a member of the Executive Leadership Council and serves on the boards of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the University of Connecticut Law School Foundation and the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

Date: July 24, 2013