News from Alumni, June 2021

News from Alumni, June 2021
Danny Stock

Our alumni storytelling improves with more contributing voices, and our families and faculty love to know what alumni are up to beyond GDS. Share the stories—big or small—of GDS alumni (you, a fellow alum, a family member, a friend, etc.) by visiting We will be in touch once we hear from you. Thank you!

A few shoutouts...

Dr. Melissa Gilliam ’83 was named provost of Ohio State University. Congratulations, Melissa!

Gianmarco Soresi ’07, of Amazon comedy special Shelf Life, appears in the recent film Here Today with Billy Crystal and Tiffany Haddish. Noah Robbins ’09 recently appeared in The Trial of the Chicago 7

Ziyah Holman ’20 will compete in the 400 meter race at the U.S. Olympic Trials on Friday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Laila Nashid ’19 has published her debut young adult novel, You Truly Assumed, which will be released on February 8, 2022. Learn more.

Marcus Dowling ’96 has been honored by Rolling Stone Country for his journalism work in country music.Patrick Foley ’08 has a new streaming series that was featured in The New York Times

Artist Jay Coleman ’90 was honored with a 2021 EOTR Distinguished Artist Award at an East of the River Show event. Read the story in the DCist.

Filmmakers Gabe London ’95 and Charlie Sadoff ’87 released a documentary, The Definition of Insanity. The documentary was primarily funded—and assisted during production in many ways—by the Matthew Harris Ornstein Memorial Foundation, a foundation set up in honor of Matthew Harris Ornstein ’98 by his family (brother Daniel Ornstein ’01 also attended GDS).

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News from Alumni, June 2021