Jennifer Ryan Safsel ’89 BA (PSt) is the chief executive officer of the New Rochelle (NY) YMCA. Safsel will lead the YMCA’s fundraising initiatives, staff development, and youth and family programming. She served as the director of development and community relations for Hope’s Door, a domestic violence non-profit in Westchester County, NY. Safsel is also a member of the Westchester’s Women Agenda and the Business Council of Westchester.
James A. Jacobs ’73 MSSc authored the third novel in the Daniel Mendoza series, No Reprieve, a historical thriller set in Mexico 1971. His first book was a coming-of-age novel, Transgressions (2010), set in 1950s Syracuse. The second, also a historical thriller, Days of the Dead (2015) is set in Mexico 1968.
Jacobs is currently professor emeritus of journalism and English at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, Cal.
Iris Ye ’15 BA (econ) was recently named executive search and assessment professional at Russell-Reynolds Associates in Shanghai, China. Russell-Reynolds Associates, a management consulting firm, currently operates as a premier provider of senior-level executive search and assessment. Previously, Ye served as a research associate for Signium International Inc. in Shanghai/Hong Kong, China.
John W. Phillips ’87 BA (Econ)/’96 MA (Econ)/’97 PhD (Econ) was named chief of the population and social processes branch in the National Institute on Aging (NIA) Division of Behavioral and Social Research. Phillips previously served as associate commissioner for research, evaluation, and statistics at the Social Security Administration, branch chief and a Health Scientist Administrator for NIA, and as director of the office of policy research at SSA. For more information visit this site.
John W. Langdon ’73 PhD (Hist) recently wrote a book entitled The Struggle against Imperialism which was published by Rowman & Littlefield. The book argues that the Cold War and anti-colonial movements should be properly studied and taught together, not as distinct developments, but rather as interwoven aspects of a complex global transformation. Langdon is a professor of history at Lemoyne College. Also, the third edition of his books The Cold War through Documents: A Global History and A Hard and Bitter Peace: A Global History of the Cold War were recently published. For more information visit this site.
Sara Elizabeth Payne ’11 JD/MPA was appointed to lead Barclay Damon’s new cannabis team. Payne is a member of the New York State Bar Association on Cannabis Law. Payne represented one of the original five registered organizations authorized to produce and distribute medical marijuana in New York State. She previously worked as counsel for the law firm. Previously she served as an associate for Gilberti Stinziano Heintz & Smith.
Steve Watson ’07 MPA was named director of forecasting and economic analysis for the City of Detroit. Watson has been working for the City of Detroit for a little over three years as ex officio trustee for the Police and Fire Retirement System and director of special projects for the CFO’s Office. Before this he worked as a senior analyst for the State of Michigan and as a budget manager and analyst for the State of New Jersey.