The HCHSAA Class Coordinators: in their own words
2019 Milestone Reunion


We're delighted to introduce the class coordinators for the 2019 Milestone Reunions. In bringing alumni together, organizing a memorable day for their classmates, and fundraising for their class gift, class coordinators play a key role in strengthening the HCHS alumni community. We are thankful for their time and efforts.

From alumni of '14 organizing their first reunion, to the alumni of '54 who have stayed engaged for decades, it is our pleasure to share the diverse backgrounds and accomplishments of the men and women serving as our current class coordinators. 

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2019 Milestone Reunion Class Coordinators
Bunny Worman Hauser, Class of '49
Flo Reif Richman, Class of '49
Mildred Speiser, Class of '49

Harriet Sherman, Class of '49
Rhea Plottel, Class of '49
Barbara E. Corkey, Class of '54
Ina Rosen Rubenstein, Class of '54
Debbie Forchielli, Class of '59
Diane Tabakman, Class of '69
Jane Elkoff, Class of '69
Adrienne Camesas, Class of '74
Maria LaMalfa, Class of '74
Janine Cirincione, Class of '79
Emma Kerins, Class of '84
Howard Shiau, Class of '84
Raymond Tsao, Class of '84
Jessica Liberman, Class of '89
Orna Regen, Class of '94
Anri Brenninkmeyer, Class of '99
Stephanie Kwok, Class of '04
Noah Kaminsky, Class of '09
Lilly Barany, Class of '14
Daphne Asteriadis, Class of '14


Bunny Worman Hauser, Class of '49
A late bloomer, Bunny Worman Hauser, emboldened by a strong moral compass, and endowed with a quirky, inquisitive intellect and creative drive, has been recognized by myriad awards, citations, honors, publications for her work in the Adoption Arena and in the development of Early Childhood Science Curricula. She is the Primary Education Correspondent for Teachers Clearinghouse for Science and Society Education Newsletter and has contributed over 40 articles to this publication. Several articles were also printed in the Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society in addition to their making her an honorary member of Epsilon Pi Tau.

Recently retired as Administrator/Educator from the Horace Mann School, she credits Hunter College High School for instilling in her graduates a sense of civic responsibility plus a rigorous classical education that became the foundation for their myriad achievements and innovations.

And because it is her 70th Reunion, she thinks it most fitting to share with the readers that in the 1970s Dean Wexler of Hunter College proposed that the City and Hunter College, due to its severe financial crisis, shut down Hunter College High School. Not wanting to be wordy, let’s just say that without the ministrations of Mildred Speiser, Jan.’49 and a devoted, hard-working cohort of graduates, Dean Wexler’s effort was thwarted and defeated. The Hunter College High School Alum Association emerged from this exercise with Ms. Speiser serving as its first (Emeritus) president, and Bunny Worman Hauser serving as its second president.

Congratulations to all the Milestone Classes and to all the graduates who made a difference in their community, in their city, in the world.


Flo Reif Richman, Class of '49
I grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and entered HCHS in 9th grade, enjoying four wonderful years there. I have fond recollections of faculty members, in particular Miss McIntosh (speech and drama) and Mrs. Lawton (Math).

After graduating from Syracuse University, I found employment as a production assistant at NBC in the Public Affairs Department - where in those days there were, surprisingly, many women executives ; they were inspiring – and great mentors. Five years later, I became the producer of six weekly religious and educational programs for the radio network, working with representatives of major national faith groups.

A decade later, my husband and I went to Washington, when he was called to the Johnson Administration’s Department of Justice – Office of Legal Counsel. We returned to NY three years later, where I went on to a career of paid and volunteer positions with various educational organizations.

Two years ago I retired from the Metropolitan Museum of Art after 25 years as a volunteer guide, the last six years in the Department of Musical Instruments.

A long-time member of the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, I became its first woman President in 1983.

I continue on the board of the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, an annual August event, celebrating its 40th season, which brings outstanding young as well as established musicians to perform all across the Cape.

Our two children and their families, including three grandchildren, visit often. Our daughter, Judy Richman Wittenberg, a bio-chemist who lives north of Boston, is a 1983 graduate of HCHS.


Barbara E. Corkey, Class of '54
Barbara E. Corkey is the Zoltan Kohn Professor of Medicine and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Medicine at Boston University. Dr. Corkey has been a leader in the fields of diabetes and obesity research for over 40 years with over 180 related publications and 40 years of continuous government research support. She does seminal work on the molecular basis of nutrient signaling that has a major impact on our current understanding of health and disease. Finally, Barbara has received numerous honors including the NIH MERIT Award, National Honorary Membership in Iota Sigma Pi, the National Honor Society of Women in Chemistry, Women in Science Lecturer at the Boston Museum of Science, the George Bray Founders Award of the Obesity Society, the Charles H. Best Lectureship and Award, University of Toronto and the Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement from
the American Diabetes Association. A current major focus is on developing clinical/basic collaborative multi-PI grants to explore novel approaches to understand and treat metabolic diseases. She loves painting, travel, food and wine and being a grandmother.

Ina Rosen Rubenstein, Class of '54 
I am a Hunter “lifer” and the niece of an HCHS graduate. I grew up as a street kid in New York, walking the same three blocks to Hunter for eleven years. In later life I lived in Maryland, Connecticut, Minnesota and California with my husband and family.

At HCHS I had many wonderful teachers. Too many to single out here. What I gained from these fantastic ladies, many of whom had PhDs, was that I could be anything I wanted and that they expected me to do great things. My second home was the Athletic Association after school. We only had intramural sports, but I loved it.

Since graduation, I have accomplished what was expected of every Sara Maria Jones. I received a PhD from an Ivy League school, I taught in academia, I became a professional artist and started and grew a business into a multi million dollar company. As a Hunter girl, we were taught to land on our feet and make the most of all situations and I tried to throughout my life.

Debbie Forchielli, Class of '59
I grew up in Belle Harbor and commuted two hours each way! Probably my most memorable teachers were Mr. Kizner (Latin) and Mr. Bryant (chemistry). I’ve been in Connecticut for 60 years. Loving retirement, but still working in a beautiful Art Deco Theater restoration (Palace Theater Connecticut in Waterbury) as Volunteer Coordinator of 150 various personalities! My career(s) spanned teaching, banking VP of Mortgages, Account Executive for a nationwide Mortgage Insurance Company to ending up owning my own Mortgage Brokerage Co. Married for 56 years to college blind date, I have two children and four grandchildren, 19 to 27 years old.
Diane Tabakman, Class of '69
I grew up in Stuyvesant Town and have lived in NYC, Cambridge, MA and White Plains, NY. HCHS opened up the world to me and helped me realize that girls/women could do anything they put their minds to.

After HCHS I attended Barnard College for a degree in psychology, Harvard for a Masters in Education, and Columbia for a Masters in Business Administration. Like many of my classmates, I had multiple careers: social services, corporate Human Resources and non-profit management. I have also volunteered in my community for decades by serving in leadership capacities with many not-for-profit Boards. Currently I am Co-President of the White Plains Library Foundation (with another HCHS alum!) and a volunteer mediator and arbitrator. I’ve been happily married to the same guy for 37 years and we are the proud parents of two adult children.

As class coordinator it’s been a thrill to reconnect with classmates and learn about the mini-reunions that spring up all over the world in between milestone years.
Adrienne Muller Camesas, Class of '74
I grew up in Riverdale in the Bronx and took the #1 train (local ) from Van Cortlandt Park to school. At Hunter I was a Cheerleader (at that time for McBurney) and President of the chorus but danced ballet and played piano outside of school. . I majored in Bio and Music at Brown and then went onto medical school at Columbia and then onto their Internal medicine residency. I met my husband Larry at Columbia acting in "Guys and Dolls" and followed him to LI where I did my Cardiology Fellowship at LIJ.  I  joined a group private practice for the next 25 years,  ultimately selling our practice to Catholic Health Systems . I have 2  (now grown) children and a cat, Bob. I am still singing  (now with the Mineola Choral Society), like to  work out and play tennis.
Emma Kerins, Class of '84 
I grew up on The Upper Westside, and I am also a graduate of HCES.  I loved Hunter - played volleyball and basketball and also did Musical Rep and theater as well.  I have been a residential real estate broker for 22+ years and live in Harlem with my husband Michael.  I’m still playing competitive volleyball and added beach volleyball in my 30s and now play as much as the weather permits!  I love coordinating reunions and with Howard Shiau’s help, will hopefully make this one as fun as our 30th!
Howard Shiau, Class of '84 
Howard, a lifelong New Yorker, graduated from Hunter in 1984 after spending much of his time in the playground and bowling alley. His poor memory prevents him from remembering too much more about his high school days. After graduating from Cornell with an engineering degree, he spent the next 30 years moving up the ladder in technology positions in the software, fashion, then banking industries.

Howard is married to Maria, a thoracic radiologist at NYU-Langone and has a 22 yr old daughter, Elissa, currently getting her Masters Degree at Mt Sinai. He has lived in the Chicago and San Francisco Bay areas for brief periods of time but always seemed to find his way back to New York. This is where he is best able to satisfy his love for live music. After quitting his position as an Executive Director at JP Morgan in 2017, he now spends his time as a concert photographer, attending over 60 shows per year! 
Jessica Liberman, Class of '89
I was born and raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and started at Hunter in 1975 in pre-k. I consider my years at Hunter to be the best educational experience of my life and my dearest friends are the same friends I have had since childhood. I’m also married to a classmate (Keith Wilcox ‘89) who also started at Hunter in pre-k. We even had a poster-sized copy of our pre-k class photo at our wedding. We live in Brooklyn now with our two daughters who both attend public school. After Hunter, I went to the University of Pennsylvania for both college and later for law school. Today, I am the Associate General Counsel for Moody’s Corporation.
Anri (Wheeler) Brenninkmeyer, Class of '99
Anri (Wheeler) Brenninkmeyer, class of '99, grew up on Roosevelt Island, where her parents still reside. Highlights of her time at HCHS include Jazz Chorus, Brick Prison, and hours and hours spent developing photos in the Annals office darkroom her senior year when she was one of the photo editors. Mark Nadal taught her a lifelong love of math, and Nancy Gannon opened her eyes to her power as a creative writer. She has worked as an English teacher, management consultant, journalist, and pastry cook, and is currently an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion consultant and antiracist educator. She lives in Cambridge, MA with her husband, three strong daughters, and a black lab named Yuki.
Noah Kaminsky, Class of '09
Noah teaches middle school science at his alma mater, and yours! He is head coach of Boys Soccer at Hunter and faculty advisor of to a variety of student clubs. In June 2017, Noah rekindled a minor affliction with pole vault, which has grown into a healthy obsession. You will often find Noah coaching and competing for Apex Vaulting Club in Fairfield, New Jersey, especially in the summer. This past summer, Noah earned his USA Track & Field Level 2 coaching certification, and wrote several articles about track & field, which SimpliFaster.com published in their sports technology blog.

Although he strives to reach new heights in vaulting, coaching and teaching, he'll never forget those who made Hunter special for him. Ms. Kuberska's geometrically goofy 9th grade math class, rigorous AP Chem class with Ms. Reiss, eating sandwiches during Latin class with Mr. Unruh, Creative Writing with the man the myth the legend Kip Zegers, the hardest B's ever earned in 7th grade Social Studies with Ms. Termini, the astrophysical unknown with Ms. Roque and the BC Calc boss, Ms. Basias. Although he travels regularly to visit friends and family abroad, the Bronx has always been home to Noah. As a new homeowner in his favorite borough, he intends to keep it that way. Instagram: @coachkaminsky
Daphne Asteriadis, Class of '14
I grew up on the Upper East Side, and could complete the walk to Hunter in a cool 15 minutes on days when I was running late. Some of my most memorable times at Hunter include playing on the soccer team, absorbing every second of Ms. Termini's US History lectures, and hanging out in the courtyard with my friends. My favorite Hunter experience is Washington Seminar, in which I was fortunate to participate for two years, which introduced me to the DC world and helped cultivate my interest in public policy.

I recently graduated from Davidson College where I studied political science and history, and had the opportunity to study at University College London. Since Hunter, I've had internships at the UN and a Democratic fundraising firm, and a research grant to study the refugee crisis in Greece. This summer, I moved down to DC where I work at Hanover Research, and live with Claire Boyd, my friend from the Class of 2014. Outside of work, I'm moving my way up to the Sunday NYT crossword (baby steps), exploring the DC food scene, and visiting friends in other cities.
Lilly Barany, Class of '14
Lilly was raised on the Upper East Side, and she started attending Hunter in Seventh Grade. At Hunter, Lilly’s favorite classes were International Relations, Economics and French (which inspired her later course of study in college). She also enjoyed playing for the tennis team and spending time with friends in the courtyard.

Lilly attended Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where she majored in International Studies and Economics. She is now a paralegal at a nonprofit, which pursues class action litigation on behalf of children in foster care. She is delighted to be working with the HCHS alumni association, to give back to a school where she learned so much, made lifelong friends, and has such fond memories overall.