Greetings and salutations from D.C. It’s day 28 of the shut down. Hopefully the counter will have stopped counting by the time you read this, we’re still part of NATO, Adam Berinsky has recreated political discourse on Facebook, and the Phillies signed Bryce Harper. There’s my short wish list and here’s what I know about our class.
Grant Brenner coauthored Relationship Sanity: Creating and Maintaining Healthy Relationships, released in October. The book is a sequel to his earlier book IRRELATIONSHIP: How We Use Dysfunctional Relationships to Hide from Intimacy that came out in 2015.
Jonathan Soros supports diversity at Wesleyan: Col. Bob Cassidy (U.S. Army) has been shaking things up on campus with the Retiring Military Office Teaching Fellowship that Jonathan created.
Carola McGiffert joined Whittle School & Studios as vice president for government stakeholder engagement, joining Sidra Smith, Nick Dirks ’72, Betsey Schmidt ’89, Alan Smith ’90, and Nila Ravi ’18. Whittle is creating the first global modern school serving pre-K through 12th graders and will ultimately have 30 campuses around the world. The first two campuses in D.C. and Shenzhen open in September with New York, London, Shanghai, Paris, and Mumbai not far behind.
James Wilton made a long-overdue return to Wesleyan in November during a business trip. James lives in Waxhaw, N.C., with Tracy, his wife of 20 years, and their three children, Jack, 18, Carley, 15, and Lola, 13. He is closing in on his four-year anniversary as a national account manager with Collabera.
Laura Ruderman was named CEO of the Technology Alliance, a statewide, nonprofit organization of leaders from Washington state’s technology-based businesses and research institutions. Technology Alliance is focused on the creation of high-wage jobs and economic prosperity. She writes, “Going into an office every day is a huge change after being a consultant of various types for the last 14 years, but I am loving it.”
Darcy Dennett finished a fun and quirky episode of This is Life with Lisa Ling on identical twins that will air in the fall. She worked with David Shadrack Smith’s company Part2Pictures on the project. She is trying to get her second independent feature called WILD: Of Wolves and Wildness off the ground.
Tembi Locke has a book being published by Simon and Schuster in May entitled From Scratch, A Memoir of Love, Sicily and Finding Home.
Susan Kleinman lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her two awesome kids, ages 14 and 9. In January, she celebrated the eighth anniversary as CEO of her consulting firm, Wallis Consulting LLC (skwallis.com). Her company provides fundraising guidance, coaching, and grant writing services to a wide array of nonprofits.
Last but not least, Simon Fulford was named executive director of Parrott Creek Child and Family Services, a nonprofit with 50 years of serving youth and families involved in the justice and welfare systems.
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