Reunion was full of fun and reminiscing about our time on the Hill! I enjoyed catching up with so many of you and hearing your stories. We are doing some amazing things. I took full advantage of our conversations and have included some highlights here for everyone. * I’m still enjoying life in Boston and feel very lucky to see so many of you as often as I do. I’m in my fifth year working at Concierge Services for Students, and in the fall I’ll begin pursuing a master’s of education in educational leadership and policy studies at Boston University. * Lane McVey is having an exciting year: having just graduated from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, Lane got married in June and moved to Chicago. * Mason Roberts is in his second year at Duke University School of Law. * Than Moore lives in Burlington, Vt., and works in the emergency department at the University of Vermont Medical Center. He spends his winters volunteering as a ski patroller at Stowe Mountain Resort and enjoys taking full advantage of Vermont winters. * Nicole Hewes is a second grade teacher at Troy Central School in Troy, Maine. Nicole took her students, the Curious Questioners, to Mayflower Hill where they learned from Professor of Computer Science Bruce Maxwell in the robotics lab. They also enjoyed ice cream sundaes at Bob’s. * Tyler Cash graduated from Cornell Law School and moved back to Boston to begin his life as a lawyer at a prominent Boston firm. * Sylvia Doyle splits her time between Missoula, Mont., where she enrolled in graduate school with a focus on place-based learning, and Jackson Hole, Wyo. She loves being out west and meeting new species of trees. * Sarah Trankle lives in San Francisco, where she works for Netflix. * Julie Denison recently moved to Denver for a job in marketing at a hemp seed yogurt company. * Now let’s get ready for our 10-year reunion!
Thanks to all who submitted updates! Congratulations to Charlie Frank, who graduated from the Emory University School of Medicine and started surgical residency there in July. Y Noah Teachey received an M.A. in music and music education from Columbia University’s Teachers College and will begin teaching at the Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science in the Bronx this fall. He’s also beginning year two of competitive rowing with the New York Athletic Club. Y Julia de Guzman recently finished working on an HBO documentary, Warning: This Drug May Kill You, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and examines the human toll of the opioid epidemic. Y Callie Wade and Ben Hannon married April 8 in Seattle. The bride’s parents, Paul ’80 and Kathy McCulloch Wade ’80, hosted alongside the Hannons. A sizable Colby 2013 delegation attended: Jay Holman and Charlie Frank were groomsmen, and the newlyweds were also joined by Elise Begin, Eliza Childs, Courtney Erskine, Hanna Glickman, Andrew Hedberg, Woody Huber, Amanda Lavigueur, Sarah Lyon, Allison Mond, Allison Polchinski, Molly Rogers, and Naomi Staley. Callie and Ben live in Washington’s Skagit Valley, where Callie is a fourth-year medical student at Pacific Northwest University and Ben is a firefighter on the Baker River Interagency Hotshot Crew. Y At Boston College, Diana Sunder produced Beautiful, a new full-length play she wrote and directed. She also graduated from BC with a master’s in English. Y Laura Crowley and Alex Rasmussen have each finished the second year of their respective Ph.D. programs. Laura joined Michael Shen’s laboratory, conducting research on prostate cancer and stem cells. She finished her classes, passed her first qualifying exam, received an M.A., and was awarded two research grants. At Yale, Alex finished his required classes and is conducting research under Yair Minsky. Y Carla Aronsohn writes, “I’m living in Washington, D.C., working as a senior strategist for a progressive digital firm, Revolution Messaging. I spent 15 months on Bernie Sanders’s 2016 presidential campaign running his SMS and calling strategies. In my free time, I’ve been fighting fascism in the swamp by organizing queer dance party protests; you may have heard of our dance protests outside of the homes of Mike Pence or Ivanka Trump.” Y Gordon Fischer is currently serving in the Peace Corps in Uganda, where he works at Primary Teacher’s College in Tororo. “I’m teaching English and also social studies, and in April we completed an amazing performance on malaria awareness using music, dance, and drama.” Gordon adds, “This next term, I hope to start a poetry club and also start work on a basketball court. My local name here is ‘Ofwono,’ which is a reference to the former tallest man in Uganda!” Y Tom Letourneau begins his fifth year teaching kindergarten this fall. This summer he looked forward to hiking the White Mountains and heading back to Colby for the wedding of Ethan Crockett and Laura Duff. Abbott Matthews will also be in attendance. She says, “I’m excited to dance all night in Pulver, but this time as a responsible adult with a steady job!” Abbott spent the last 18 months in Annapolis working as an intelligence agent, but she’ll soon return to Brazil. “I’ll be moving to São Paulo to be a security operations center manager for a large social media client,” she says. “I’m really looking forward to being back in Brazil for several more years. Come visit for Carnaval—seriously!” In Brazil, Abbott hopes to see Claire Dunn, who is there for the summer in Florianópolis. “This spring I successfully defended my master’s thesis and traveled to Paris, as well as Lima, Peru, to present my research at academic conferences,” says Claire, who will do language training and initial fieldwork for her Ph.D. while in Brazil. She looks forward to Ethan and Laura’s wedding as well as to Sarah Rich’s wedding.
Erik Douds is riding his bicycle across America via the Transamerica Trail. He’s doing it to launch a travel blog called DiabetesAbroad.com, which will be a guide to adventure and exploration for the diabetic community. His adventure ends on Vancouver Island Aug. 18. Y Shannon Kooser moved to Hanover, N.H., for a job at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. She’s been enjoying exploring the Upper Valley and has been training for her first 50-mile ultramarathon. Y Jeffrey Lamson is teaching history at the Taft School in Watertown, Conn., where he also lives and works in the dorm. Jeff also coaches football and wrestling. In the spring he finished his master’s in education from the University of Pennsylvania. He continues to spend his summers at Camp Winona in Maine. Y Jasmine Phillips recently received her M.Ed. in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania. Jasmine also developed and funded the Phillips Memorial Scholarship Program for high school students attending her alma mater. Y Since returning from a stint in Singapore, Charlie Leeds has worked at a pair of startups in New York City. He doesn’t think he can ever wear a suit and tie to work again. Charlie has also assumed the co-chair role of the Class of 2014 Gift Committee with Tierney Dodge and has had a blast doing it. Y Mackenzie Nichols works as an IT consultant in Toronto, where he’s been for the past three years. He attended the Colby rugby gala last March, where he reconnected with several Colby alums. Mackenzie has plans to meet up with Phil Cody, Dan Forsman, and Amarinda Keys in New Hampshire for Phil’s birthday. Phil has been hiking the Appalachian Trail since March. Y William Hochman is currently working on MTC’s Broadway production of The Little Foxes. Break a leg, Will! Y I returned from Australia in May having completed the Indian Pacific Wheel Race, a single-stage, solo, unsupported, road cycling race from Perth to Sydney. The race was 3,300 miles long and started on the Indian Ocean and ended on the Pacific Ocean, traversing the entirety of the Australian continent. I’m now back in Newport Beach, Calif., with a new job and preparing for my self-imposed “hell month,” a four-week span in the fall wherein I will compete in a Half Ironman, take the GMAT, run a full marathon, and take the Foreign Service Officer’s entrance exam, in that order. I’ll spend the whole summer preparing for it.
Katrina Belle works as a construction lead for Habitat for Humanity in Jackson, Wyo., where she enjoys hiking, skiing, and living out of her van. Y Carolyn Bennett, Andy Clevenger, Seth Gilbane, Savannah Judge, Jeff Meltzer, and Melissa Preziosi had an awesome time exploring Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks together last May. Y Lucas Fortier finished his second year at Boston University School of Law and works as a summer associate at WilmerHale in their Boston office’s litigation department. He starts his final year of law school in September. Y Tionna Haynes moved to Chicago after graduating instead of returning home to New York City. She finished her second year teaching in Chicago at her Teach for America placement school. With the help of TFA, she graduated in June with her M.S. in special education from Dominican University. Tiona’s staying another year at her high school, teaching 12th grade English and creating the school’s first African-American literature course. Outside the classroom, she’s been head coach of the girls’ varsity basketball team for two years. Y Danny Leaman updates our class, “Ranger Dan here checking in from the smoke jumper Forest Service service work station in Missoula, Mont. I’m enrolled in a 36-hour forest protection officer training. After completion of this corporate training course, I’ll have the authority to unleash my wrath upon recreationists who fail to follow simple codes of federal regulations in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. A typical violation, such as possession of fireworks within designated federal lands, will result in a $200 citation and a stern wag of the finger from your local danger ranger.” Y Julia Middleton started a Ph.D. in chemical oceanography at the MIT-WHOI Joint Program for Oceanography. Y Molly Nash continues to work at the Journeys School in Jackson, Wyo., where she’ll co-teach kindergarten and first grade in the fall. Y Ari Porter has completed the first year of her master’s in ecology at Colorado State University. She’ll spend the summer collecting data in the sub-alpine of the Rocky Mountains and is very excited to get outside for work. In her off time, she’ll be gardening and adventuring with Ryan Cole. Ryan finished the first year of his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at the University of Colorado in Boulder. This summer he’s working hard on research, mountain biking, and hiking. Y Jessica Rosenberg is starting a physics Ph.D. in the fall at CUNY Graduate Center. Y Audrey Sandberg finished her second year of vet school at UC Davis while working as a nurse in the UC Davis Large Animal Clinic. She looked forward to being in Maine this summer working at a mixed animal veterinary practice and spending time with family and friends.
Cathryn Ryan is at Villanova Law School, where she was elected president of the Environmental and Energy Law Society. She’s interning in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York this summer. Y Gabi Cortez lives in New York and works for Transmitter Media as a production assistant for a podcast. Y Michael Loginoff will move to England in September to pursue his master’s at the University of Oxford. Y Holly Bogo is an assistant director of admission at Connecticut College, living in Mystic. Y Jacob Wall just moved to Salmon, Idaho, to do environmental science research with the Aldo Leopold Research Institute. Y Desiree Smith works at IBM as a client executive for U.S. Bank in Chicago. Y Emily Carney works for Eataly and lives with Sara Kaplan, Katie Chow, and Shauna Yuan in Brooklyn. Y Casey Ballin lives in Somerville and works for b.good, overseeing all operations and distributions on Hannah Farm. Y Austin Murphy is in Boston working for Canaccord Genuity’s sustainability sector team in their investment banking department. Y After working for the U.S. Olympic Committee last summer, Kim Donaldson is now an assistant director of admission at Colby and will be trying out for the USA Bobsled Team in July. Y After a two-month cross-country road trip, Hannah Twombly and Connor O’Neil ’15 spent the winter working and skiing in Tahoe, Calif. This summer they’re working in North Haven, Maine, living in a tiny home. Y Dan Nesvet works at Cornerstone Government Affairs in Washington, D.C. Y Julie Wolpow lives in New York and is in her third rotation of the Ogilvy Associates training program on the brand planning team for IBM. Y Olivia Gould works as an actor in Boston. This summer she’s an acting apprentice at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Y Paul Dougherty spent the last year birding and working for an avian monitoring study. He’ll attend graduate school this fall at the University of Wyoming. Y After spending the past year in Boston working as an energy and climate fellow for the City of Boston’s Environmental Department, Jeff Vaz is now in Playa Gigante, Nicaragua, working remotely for Save the Whales Coalition. Y June Li is currently in China, volunteering for a shorebird research project, and will start this fall at Stanford for her Ph.D. in geobiology. Y Iavor Dekov is at Colby as a junior web developer. Y After spending the year in Boston, Maya Ramakrishnan will head to law school at the University of Washington. She received a public interest scholarship from the Gates Foundation. Y Ben Crocker spent the last year working as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Bucksport, Maine. He’ll pursue his master’s in school counseling next year at Husson University. Y Sarah Carrigan is teaching history and coaching track and XC at Yarmouth High School. Most importantly, she spends a fair amount of time trying to recruit future Mules! Y Seth Butler will start medical school at UNECOM in Biddeford, Maine, this fall. He spent the past year working at a hospital in Laconia, N.H., and volunteering with the local fire department. Y Edwin Ward volunteered last year for the Virginia Outdoors Foundation and will attend George Washington University’s Law School this fall. Y Andrew Finn recently finished his master’s at Oxford University and will pursue his Ph.D. in medieval English literature at Princeton University this fall. Y Alexa Junker is finishing her master’s at Oxford University in London, where she frequently sees Kate Gafner, who’s at University College London. Y Griffen Allen completed a master’s of bioethics at Harvard Medical School and will start medical school at the Medical College of Georgia in the fall.