CLASS OF 2003 | 2018 | ISSUE 1

Asher Brown created High Cuisine, a cooking competition show for Verizon/go90 where professional chefs get stoned and then compete to create amazing plant-based dishes. Season One began airing in November and runs through the end of February. Free to watch at

In April, Erin Malone and partner Brian Guy, welcomed Josephine Marie into the world. As a new mom, Erin continues to build her business, Momo’s Market, in the Old North End neighborhood of Burlington. Visitors are always welcomed!

Anna Seastrand started as assistant professor of art history at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in the fall. She’d love to meet other Wes alumni in the area!

Kate Reder Sheikh and her husband, Nadeem, welcomed their son Dominic in October. They returned to San Francisco after living in Singapore and London.

Noah and Julia Bruckner Newman are happy to announce the arrival of their second daughter, Chloe Sofia, in December, joining big sister Hannah. Noah is still working at Pixar and Julia is an ob-gyn at Kaiser.

Michael Lewis married David Scott in Lewes, Del., on Sept. 30. Kate Nattrass, Robert Zeliger, Zoe Levy, Shana Simmons, Matt Fox, and Jilian Vallade were in attendance. Michael and David met almost 10 years ago in Miami, where both were on extended business trips, and they started dating in 2015.

Tejas Desai is preparing to release his international crime trilogy The Brotherhood Chronicle. You can visit his website for up-to-date information.

George Obulutsa is at Reuters News in Nairobi. During 2017, he managed to meet with Ben Schelling ’04 and Devyani Srinivasan ’01 during the year.

On Oct. 5, Matt Kushner and Lauren Edgar Kushner (Brown ’04) welcomed their second child, Theresa Eve. At three months, Tessa is thriving, smiling, and just starting to laugh. “Big sister Marian is as in love with her as we are.” In the working world, Matt is still at Method Studios in Chelsea, where he just finished working on the visual effects for Justin Timberlake’s newest music video, “Filthy.” Lauren is still at the American Museum of Natural History, modernizing their permanent exhibits with the use of visual effects and AR/VR technology.

Gabriela Herman’s seven-year photo project, The Kids: The Children of LGBTQ Parents in the USA, was released last fall. For the book she photographed and interviewed 100 subjects about their experiences having an LGBTQ parent.

Last summer, Matt Lerner and his wife, Chelsea Finn, welcomed their second child, Sawyer, into the world. His older brother, Everett, is 4-years-old, and loves singing “Rock-a-bye Baby” to his little brother when he cries; Sawyer seems to like this, too. Matt is an assistant professor of psychology, psychiatry, and pediatrics in the clinical psychology program at Stony Brook University, where he runs an autism research program studying treatments for kids and teens with social challenges.

Arcelie Reyes and Evan Newell ’02 started 2018 with a transatlantic crossing in early January, boarding the Queen Mary 2 during the Northeast “bomb cyclone.” Arcelie is impressed at how quickly all three of their children got their sea legs.

Ted Quinn and Laurie Shaner Quinn welcomed their second child, Henry Kieran Quinn, on Dec. 25. Elsie, Henry’s 3-year-old sister, now believes that Santa Claus is capable of bringing her anything since she got the baby brother that she started asking him for it this past spring.

Sarah Erlinder still lives in Flagstaff, Ariz., where she continues to work as a public defender. Sarah and her husband, Charlie, welcomed baby Zeke to the family this fall. He and big brother Caleb, age 3, keep their parents on their toes.

On Feb. 22, Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg and his wife, Lauren, welcomed their daughter, Lucey Rose. They bought a house in Decatur and Jesse works as senior digital scholarship strategist at the Emory University Center for Digital Scholarship.

Amy Tannenbaum |