Mara writes this time: Rebecca Schiff’s first book, a collection of stories called The Bed Moved, was published by Knopf in April. I remember Rebecca’s writing from college and can’t wait to read it.
Adriana Laser contributed two articles, “Becoming SHE” and “Nursing Solace,” which were featured in the book Being a Woman Surgeon, published by Gordian Knot Books.
Christopher C. Jeffries, of counsel at Kramon & Graham, has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Maryland Super Lawyers for his work in business litigation and civil litigation. Chris has been selected to appear in the directory every year since 2010.
Eric Schultheis writes, “I’m about to finish my PhD at MIT in August and then I hope to travel for a few months before continuing my efforts to never stop going to school and to continue collecting degrees.” We wish you well in that endeavor, Eric!
Ross Evangelista sits on the board of a nonprofit art space in Manhattan called Participant, which he notes might be the last of its kind.
Don Kim reports daughter Madison was born last Dec. 8, weighing in at six pounds.
Emily Archibald and Ben Paradise welcomed their second son, Walter Vincent Paradise, in August.
Rebekah Raleigh writes, “I recently became the executive producer at Rotary International, which means I lead a team of photographers, producers, et al, highlighting Rotary’s great works around the world. I’m pretty excited about it. If any Wesleyan alumni are working with Rotary projects around the world, I’d love to hear what they are doing. We’re always looking for new stories to cover.”
Michael Polson writes, “I was just awarded a PhD in anthropology from CUNY Graduate Center for my work on the marijuana economy in Northern California. I’ve just landed a visiting professor job at American University, too, where I’m resurrecting my Wes training in queer and feminist studies for a course on Sex, Gender and Culture. Other than that, I’m living the post-hippie West Philly life and trying to remember what my hobbies were before grad school colonized my existence.”
“We’ve moved to Frankfurt, Germany,” reports Chris Saenger. “I’m still working for USAID, starting a four-year Foreign Service tour at our support platform for the Middle East. Before leaving D.C., I enjoyed a wonderful reunion with 80 Home Ave. housemates and our growing brood.”
Rachel Chasan, husband Uri Felsen, and son, Izzy, welcomed twin boys to the family, Nathaniel Henry Felsen and Leo William Felsen, last July.
Lauren Bloom Hanover is serving as the interim artistic director at Profile Theatre in Portland, Ore., where she lives with her husband and 15-month-old daughter. If you are passing through, get in touch!
Jim Isler edited a narrative feature film, Claire in Motion, which premiered in South By Southwest in March. The cinematographer was Andreas Burgess. Jim and his wife, Emily Barth Isler, welcomed their second child, Max, in January of 2015.
Peter Colvin writes, “I continue to work at the San Diego VA hospital/UCSD doing post-traumatic stress disorder clinical research with veterans. My wife and I have a 3-month-old, Joaquin Ozzy, who looks like a fat baby monkey; we are concerned he is not going to grow up with the East Coast edge. We are embracing the California lifestyle with triathlons and surfing.”
Eli Wise (formerly Eli Sheridan) is finishing his fifth year teaching Orff music and movement at Kaiser elementary school. He’s released another full studio album, Let My Tethers Fall, that’s available at eliwiseband.bandcamp.com. He’s also singing with the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, keeping busy with his private music studio, and collaborating with local musicians and choreographers.
Kathryn Van Nimwegen Lachenmaier is now busy chasing after two little ones, with the addition of her son, Bradley, last May. She continues to enjoy her work at Kindering, serving the birth-to-three population with special needs. She’s especially enjoying teaching a class for children with significant motor challenges, creating a welcoming space for families to have their first preschool experience.
Amy Larkin Gelbach answered my call for praiseworthy nonprofits and writes, “I am back in my beloved hometown and volunteering (alongside my dad, Robert Gelbach ’63) for a great organization called New Haven Reads. We work one-on-one with public school students to help them develop their skill and love of reading.
Lauren Singerman writes in, “In 2015 I co-created, produced, and starred in my Web series, Precious Cargo, which was directed by my buddy, Ben Simington. Precious Cargo is a comedic series about the trials and tribulations of two sisters who tutor the fanciest kids in NYC, and it will be released this spring. I’m currently Salma Hayek’s on-set speech coach for her new film, Drunk Parents, in which she costars with Alec Baldwin.”
Bhavna K. Bhandari Mahal moved to Orlando, Fla., with her husband and two sons. She writes, “I am a NY-licensed attorney, originally from New Jersey, but here in Florida, I am preparing for the Florida bar exam and working as an advocate for special needs children in the public schools. Funding for public services and amenities in the schools is a very different story down here than in the North.” Despite the uphill battle, she is finding the work extremely rewarding.
Elizabeth Savage is practicing law in Portland, Ore., and she and her husband welcomed their second daughter last October.
Erica Gersowitz Bond recently took a job as special adviser for criminal justice and public safety to New York City’s First Deputy Mayor and would love to hear from any alumni working on criminal justice issues or in NYC government.
Just last night I caught up on the latest episodes of The Circus on Showtime, co-executive produced by Mary Robertson. The show intimately tracks the presidential election almost in real time. Riveting stuff. Why am I not surprised?
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