Alumni News January 24, 2019
On December 8, 2018, the Alumni Awards went to six remarkable members of the Moravian College community (pictured from left to right above): Susan McCabe, Jennifer Weaver, Lauren Baksa, Jody Miller, Diane Mandry, and Bruce Boyer. View scenes from the event in our photo gallery, and look for the story in the spring issue of Moravian College Magazine, coming to you in March.
New Book from Jonathan Alexander Exaros
A Village Murder by Jonathan Alexander Exaros ’89 brings to life a true tale from Exaros’s ancestry.
In the summer of 1928, an eleven-year-old American-born son of Greek immigrants travels with his parents and siblings to Greece to visit their family village. There, he witnesses the brutal murder of his father and grandfather by Albanian bandits who were directed out of revenge by "the man with a hole in his face." The young boy, his distraught mother, and two of his siblings return to the United States a year later, leaving behind one of his brothers in the hands of a wealthy uncle and aunt who turn out to be abusive and neglectful. The younger brother runs away and jumps a ship as a stowaway, where he is taken in by an empathetic crew who helps him reunite with his family abroad. This is the true story of the author's ancestors. He walks you through the process from start to finish of what it was like to be an immigrant in the early 1900s and chronicles the banditry that plagued the countryside of Greece for decades. It is a story of personal tragedy, revenge, and justice. But most of all, it is a story of community and survival.
In addition to his writing career, Exaros is the owner and head instructor of the East Montgomery Martial Arts Academy, LLC in Horsham, Pennsylvania.
Stefanie Friedman Takes ADA Job
Stefanie Friedman ’15 (pictured second from left) recently joined the Chester County District Attorney’s Office as an assistant district attorney. Previously, she had served in a prosecutor’s office, a law firm, and as an intern with a judge. Friedman earned her law degree from Temple University School of Law.
Anna D'Achille Chosen Director of Musical Arts
The Presbyterian Church of Madison (Madison, New Jersey) has selected Anna D’Achille ’10 as its new director of musical arts for her versatility in traditional and contemporary music. D’Achille earned her bachelor’s in music education from Moravian College with a concentration in classical piano. She has served as organist and music director at the Church of the Saviour in Denville, NJ, and First Memorial Presbyterian Church in Dover, NJ.
In addition, D’Achille is director of choral activities at Northern Valley Regional High School in Demarest. In her prior role as choir director, she led students as they accompanied Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers in their performance during the halftime show of Super Bowl XLVIII in East Rutherford, New Jersey