Class of 2000! I hope everyone is doing well. Here’s the latest. * Patrick Burlingame is leaving behind his family in Philadelphia and career for the past 10+ years in financial services/marketing and joining the U.S. State Department as a U.S. foreign service officer. He headed to Chennai, India, in early 2017 with his wife, Sophie, and daughter, Zita, to work at the U.S. consulate. * Andrew Slattery just had his third child, named Patrick. Patrick has two older siblings, Colin, 5, and Madelyn, 2. Andrew’s in his eighth season with the New England Patriots. * David ’98 and Leahanne Mansfield Fenton and their two girls moved to Falmouth, Maine, and are happily settled there. They love the community and had a great time at Family Homecoming Weekend last year with Michael Cuzzi ’98 and his family. Plus, they’re lucky enough to have a reason to visit Colby, where David’s cousin Katie Fenton ’19 is a sophomore. * Caitlin Nelson Merrill was due with a baby girl #2 on New Year’s Eve and dreamt of a glass of champagne at midnight! After her maternity leave she’ll return to work half time in search of that mythical work-life balance. She’s still working as a nurse practitioner at Mass General, caring for medically complex children. * After 14 years in Oregon, Jason and Mary Larios Gatlin moved back to the Boston area, where Jason will work in a more senior position for his current employer, Sarepta Therapeutics. Mary will take a few months off and then look for work in the fundraising field. They were excited for the move and hoped to be settled in around Christmas. They look forward to reconnecting with friends in New England and showing their 9-year-old son what a real winter looks like. * In April Jason and Trish Akins Elliott had their second baby, Oliver, a week after buying a new house in Boston. Big sister Greta is over the moon! * Dave and Cornelia Dwyer Rath welcomed Cornelia Rose Rath last January. She’s the fifth Cornelia down the line and they call her Cora. * Lindsay Stewart Pinchbeck spent three weeks last summer in Malawi offering professional development and sharing ideas with local teachers on how to integrate the arts into their classrooms and curriculum. Lindsay grew and learned way more than the teachers, and lasting friendships were made. The work and support continue from afar. Lindsay works in Hope, Maine, and has developed an arts-integrated elementary school and community art center, Sweet Tree Arts / Sweetland School. She lives in Hope with her husband, Chris Pinchbeck, a bagpipe maker, and children Cameron and Elsie. * Ben Mackay is engaged and the wedding was planned for Presidents’ Day Weekend 2017!