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Joshua Barrickman '00G

Joshua Barrickman, money manager at Vanguard Group, Malvern, PA, is headed to become the new industry “Bond King,” according to a March 17, 2015, article in The Wall Street Journal that was also posted on ADVFN. The Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Fund that Barrickman and his team manage is about to become the largest bond in assets. The fund is a version of the Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index and gained nearly $15 billion in client commitments during 2014. It had $114.9 billion in assets at the end of February, closing in on a competing fund with the current highest assets. Barrickman received his bachelor of science degree from Ohio Northern University in 1997. Immediately after completing his M.B.A. degree at Lehigh University in 2000, he was hired at Vanguard and was assigned to the bond index desk within several years. He is now in charge of all of the firm’s bond indexing across the U.S. and Canada.

Cathy Engelbert ’86

Cathy Engelbert, who made history by being the first female to become U.S. CEO of a “Big Four” firm, received her bachelor of science degree in accounting from Lehigh. Engelbert, the new CEO of professional services firm Deloitte, joined the company in 1986 and previously served as chairman and CEO of its audit subsidiary. She will be in charge of Deloitte’s 65,000 employees and $15 billion in annual revenue. Engelbert, who entered the public accounting profession at a time when it was very male-dominated, considers her promotion to be “a proud moment and a milestone.” As the new CEO of a company known for championing diversity, Engelbert said that her promotion “is a tangible demonstration of our commitment at Deloitte to the advancement of women.”


Lauren Silberman ’13

Lauren Silberman, who earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting, is one a few young accountants to earn the Elijah Watt Sells Award for outstanding performance on the Uniform CPA Examination. She is the fourth Lehigh graduate to do so in as many years. The award is given to those who pass all four sections of the CPA exam on their first attempt and attain a cumulative average score above 95.50. Additionally, Silberman received the Charles Waldo Haskins Gold Award for achieving the highest score on the CPA exam in the state of New York. A former officer in the Lehigh Accounting Club, Silberman is now putting the concepts she learned at Lehigh to use in the alternative investments assurance group at PricewaterhouseCoopers. “It’s an exciting job,” she said. “PwC is very-team oriented, which allows me to work with, and learn from, some of the most intelligent people in the industry.”


Kenneth French ’75

The Wall Street Journal asked successful people in the world of finance and beyond about the best or worst investments they ever made. Kenneth French, finance professor at Dartmouth College, said in a December 2014 article, “It would be hard to beat the return from my investment in education. Extraordinarily generous scholarships allowed me to attend Lehigh University and the University of Rochester for almost nothing. Even if I include the value of my time and effort, the cost of this investment was a tiny fraction of the expected payoff, and the actual monetary and nonmonetary payoff has been many times larger than that. It will take a lifetime to repay the donors who financed my education,” said French who earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Lehigh


Laurie Grobman ’97G

Laurie Grobman, who received her Ph.D. in English from Lehigh in 1997, has recently been announced as the 2014 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Outstanding Baccalaureate Colleges Professor of the Year. Winners are chosen on the basis of their extraordinary dedication to undergraduate teaching, determined by excellence in the following four areas: impact on and involvement with undergraduate students; scholarly approach to teaching and learning; contributions to undergraduate education in the institution, community and profession; and support from colleagues and current and former undergraduate students. Laurie is currently a professor of English and women’s studies at Penn State Berks.

Joshua Petersohn ᾽89

After being selected for Team USA Masters’ Ice Hockey to compete at the 19th Maccabiah Games in Israel this past July, Joshua Petersohn ᾽89 and his team captured the Gold Medal beating the Russians and Team Canada in the finals. Team USA began preparing for the Games in August of 2012 and continued with mini-camps throughout the year, concluding their training in June in South Bend, Indiana. The team continued to come together and build chemistry along the way. Despite starting off slowly during the tournament, the team rebounded and made adjustments for the medal rounds and beat Canada 7-4 in the final for the gold. “It was a lot of time, commitment and discipline, and the result was a fantastic journey. You don’t get opportunities like playing ice hockey at an international competition like this at this age. It was an incredible experience, and I was fortunate to be a participant,” said Petersohn.

Audrey Kleeman ’81

Audrey Kleeman, MD, has joined the medical staff of St. Mary Medical Center as a Primary Care Physician with Langhorne Physician Services and is opening a new medical practice, Comprehensive Internal Medicine, in Newtown, PA. In 1981, Dr. Kleeman received her bachelor of arts degree with High Honors from Lehigh University, where she was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She earned her medical degree from Hahnemann University and completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, CT. Since 2002, Dr. Kleeman has consistently demonstrated a dedication to high-quality patient care by achieving the highest Practice Quality Assessment Score ranking by Independence Blue Cross. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and has practiced medicine since 1986. She continues to provide comprehensive primary care, focusing on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of adult diseases in a personalized, compassionate approach.

Greg Heller-LaBelle ’10G

Greg Heller-LaBelle recently co-founded and is CEO of The Colony Meadery, a craft brewery in Allentown. The Meadery produces exclusive, nontraditional meads made from fermented honey using experimental batches and modern methodology. He has previously been involved with a number of successful start-ups and unique business ventures. Heller-Labelle earned his MBA degree from Lehigh in 2010 and was a featured speaker at Lehigh’s 2012 Mountain Talk series. A recording of his presentation, “Marketing Yourself: Why Personal Branding Matters,” can be viewed on the Mountain Talk Archives. The Meadery is open on weekends for afternoon and evening guided tours. Plus, a Lehigh Home Club event is being planned for the fall.

Michael Ulbrich ’04

Michael Ulbrich ’04 was recently named president of EWI New York, a new branch of the technology innovation organization EWI. The company will be launching and operating a state-supported advanced manufacturing institute being created in the Buffalo Niagara, NY region. The institute will serve as a hub where manufacturers can work with researchers and engineers to develop products, adapt new technologies, and improve processes. The institute will also offer professional resources to help enhance workforce training for manufacturing and facilitate enterprise. Ulbrich is joining EWI from JPMorgan Chase where he worked for the last decade. As an undergraduate at Lehigh, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering and was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity.

Andrew Stanten ’99G

Andrew Stanten ’99G, co-founder and president of Altitude Marketing, has joined the advisory board of The Rising Tide Community Loan Fund (RTCLF), a credit supplier to Lehigh Valley small business and community development projects. RTCLF provides accessible financing options to entrepreneurs with risk factors that make it difficult to obtain funds from traditional lenders. In this role, Stanten will work with fellow board members to determine future investments, as well as serve as a business mentor for fledgling companies.

Stanten founded Altitude Marketing in 2004 as a full-service marketing firm geared towards serving the needs of technology-oriented B2B businesses from conception to being fully established. Stanten earned his MBA degree from Lehigh in 1999.