CLASS OF 2002 | 2017 | ISSUE 3

Greetings from Los Angeles! First, some birth announcements:

Dana Sirota and husband Josh Schiffrin welcomed their third child, Jesse, to the crew in June. Dana works as a pediatrician in Washington Heights, NYC. Natasha Joseph gave birth to her daughter, Rebelle Harmony Siddhartha Hall, on June 18 at UCSF Betty Irene Moore Women’s Hospital. On March 26, Rachel Kriger and Nick Corso welcomed their second baby, Ayla, into the world in their home, just minutes before their midwife arrived. It was a powerful experience. “We are so grateful to have Ayla in our family,” she said. You can read the whole birth story here at pointsofreturnacupuncture.com.

And here’s a quick update on me (Justin Lacob): My wife, Melanie, and I welcomed our second daughter, Juliette Violet Lacob, on October 4, joining our 2-1/2-year-old Scarlett in our expanding family!

Now onto our classmate updates:

Joel Nichols works in strategic initiatives at the Free Library of Philadelphia and is really excited about their project designing early literacy play spaces in three neighborhood libraries. He works on library impact evaluation and sometimes gets to work with Sarah Costelloe ’00. His book, Out of This World Library Programs: Using Speculative Fiction to Promote Reading and Launch Learning, was published last spring, and has a short story in a forthcoming small-press children’s anthology in the spring. He and his boyfriend, Ray, have a four-year-old named Jamie, and see their neighbors, Philip Gentry and Mary Peacock and their beautiful kids, not nearly enough!

Mary is the medical director at Banfield for multiple veterinary hospitals in the region, while Phil has a book coming out in January called What Will I Be: American Music and Cold War Identity. From Amazon: “In the wake of World War II, the cultural life of the United States underwent a massive transformation. At the heart of these changes during the early Cold War were the rise of the concept of identity and a reformulation of the country’s political life. A revolution in music was taking place at the same time—a tumult of new musical styles and institutions that would lead to everything from the birth of rock ‘n’ roll to the new downtown experimental music scene. Together, these new cultural and musical trends came to define the era. Author Philip M. Gentry travels through four very different musical scenes: the R&B world of doo-wop pioneers the Orioles, the early film musicals of Doris Day, Asian-American cabaret in San Francisco, and John Cage’s infamous 4’33”. The lives of musicians, composers, critics, and fans reveal how individuals negotiated the social changes sweeping the country in the initial days of the Cold War.”

Sebastian Kaplan joined a new legal firm, Gerard Fox Law, P.C., and will be opening their San Francisco office. The firm litigates high-stakes commercial and intellectual property disputes. Sebastian says, “It’s an exciting move and I’m looking forward to establishing the firm’s presence in the Bay Area. The other major change this year is that all three of my daughters—Zoe, Juliette, and Naomi—are now in school. Zoe just started kindergarten and one of the other parents in the class is Cindi Stephan ’96.”

Kasia Newman Deuel finally completed her advanced degree, which was a long, part-time endeavor, during which she worked full-time and started a family. She now has a master’s in environmental management and sustainability from Harvard Extension School. Although she developed a fond relationship with Harvard, Wesleyan is still her first love. She was sorry to miss Reunion, but was attending Harvard commencement the same weekend. She lives north of Boston with her husband and three-year old son, and works for The Pew Charitable Trusts on ocean policy.

Ernie Hartner went to Spain with a family of four and returned with a family of five only two weeks before Irma hit Miami. They rode out the hurricane in their new house a week after moving in and are all doing well.

That’s it for this time around. Please send me updates so I can publish them in the next issue!

Justin Lacob | justinlacob@gmail.com

CLASS OF 2002 | 2017 | ISSUE 2

Happy summer, Class of 2002. Our fantastic 15th Reunion came and went. Overall, it was an incredible weekend. I want to give a special shoutout to my co-organizers on the planning committee who did an excellent job in recruiting our classmates to attend, especially co-chairs Suzanne Appel and Jamie Novogrod.

Suzanne relocated to New York City and is the managing director at the Vineyard Theater, an off-Broadway theater company dedicated to producing bold new plays and musicals. Jamie left his job at NBC News in NYC to relocate to Los Angeles where he is now the West Coast bureau chief for Vice News.

And thank you to the other organizers—Britton Boyd, who is the FBI supervisory special agent in charge over-the-counter terrorism programs in El Paso, Texas, and Kerry Holahan, who is the managing director of The Bridge Ensemble, a professional 16-voice chamber choir that explores the connection between pre-17th, late 20th, and 21st, century choral repertoire, and Heather Alderfer Abbott, who is the associate registrar at Yale Law School. Kerry also won an award for her service to Wesleyan at our class dinner!

All in all, it was a wonderful weekend of walking around campus, hanging out on Foss Hill, and attending various events and seminars (extra points for Alex Horwitz’s screening and Q&A for Hamilton’s America and Jamie Novogrod’s panel about fake and real news). I was very impressed by the next generation of Wesleyan students who offered astute observations about the college and the world outside of Wesleyan. It was great to see and meet illustrious alumni across all industries speak at seminars, receive awards, and interact with their classmates in inspiring ways.

The Foss Hill dance party was a lot of fun, as was our wonderful class dinner with retiring Professor John Finn in attendance (though our drinks reception could have used some more alumni in attendance). Some interesting observations only at Wesleyan: finding a pop-up tattoo studio operating out of a creative work space in Hewitt, a freshman making Turkish coffee for her friends out of the somewhat brand new kitchen in Butterfield C, the fact that Mocon was erased from Wesleyan history without any physical evidence for where it used to be, a fleeting appearance by the Douglas Cannon for the first time that I’ve ever been on campus.

We had a great class dinner, where we invited Professor Finn to attend. I had the opportunity to visit the new R.J. Julia Bookstore, Wesleyan’s new campus bookstore located in the heart of Middletown. While I will always miss Atticus and the black bean soup, the new bookstore is incredible and I think it will be a great bridge between the campus and the city, hopefully fostering new and positive interactions between the residents and the students. And in walking the downtown area, I was pleasantly impressed by the amount of new restaurants, boba shops, and stores (extra points to see our mainstays First and Last Tavern, Thai Gardens, and Tuscany Grill still thriving). And of course, a visit to Wesleyan isn’t complete without breakfast at O’Rourkes, which is still very tasty after all these years.

I also want to thank everyone who did attend from our class. While I am sure I am forgetting a ton of names, I wanted to give a shoutout to everyone:John Milioti, Amanda Gordon, Conor Flynn, Jamie Zibulsky, Scott Perceval, Rich Boatti, Heather Perceval, Dina Levi, Steve Scribner, Mia Unger, Nitika Nadgar, Nilaya Sabnis, Carlos Rojas, Dawn Papacena, Graham Rockwell, Dion Mueller, Heather Hominoff Woodley, RaShawn Woodley, Angie Schiavoni, Amanda Hansen, Evan Newell, Shawn Lemerise, Kevin MacDermott, Michelle Rabinowitz Carney, Jessica Weinstein, Amy Shapiro, Noah Levine, Noah Rauch, Allison Kennedy, Tarsah Dale, Hagar Berlin, Sara Lesin, Nicole Daley, Anne Thompson, Ghasi Phillips-Bell, Nina Laing, Anthony Rosario, Tadashi Dozono, and Alex Horwitz. Let us know if we skipped your name and we’ll get it up ASAP—and send some news!

Everyone seems to be doing great and I appreciate everyone attending—now onto our 20th Reunion!

Justin Lacob | justinlacob@gmail.com

CLASS OF 2002 | 2017 | ISSUE 1

I can’t believe that our 15th Reunion is upon us! For the next issue, we will publish various updates from our super fun weekend. Now onto the updates.

Allyson Miller Coppola and husband Michael Coppola ’03 welcomed their second child, a daughter, Sloan Maren Coppola, on Nov. 21. She joined big brother Zachary in the next generation of potential Wes students.

Sebastian Kaplan lives in Kensington, a small town near Berkeley, Calif., and works as an intellectual property litigator in San Francisco. He and his wife, Annie, have three daughters Zoe, Juliet, and Naomi.

Tracy Manaster ’01 exposes the messiness of life in her new book, The Done Thing (Tyrus Books). Publishers Weekly says, “In this engrossing story about the effects that vengeance can have on love, Manaster refuses to take the happy, easy way out, instead leaving her strikingly relatable characters with just enough room to breathe.”

Steve Scribner lives in Cambridge, Mass., these days. He’s an architect at Ann Beha Architects, a firm in Boston that focuses on schools and cultural buildings. Steve and his wife moved from Brooklyn, by way of a three-month stint in Berkeley, Calif., along with his 1-year-old son, Reid, and two cats. They relocated for his wife to pursue a master’s in landscape architecture at Harvard. He saw Austin Zinsser in Cambridge, who was visiting his fiancée’s family over the holiday before flying back to Boise, Idaho, where he is a hard rock geologist for a mining company. Steve also saw John Gordon, along with John’s wife, and his son, Joe. They are on a one-year world tour after leaving their home in Bejing last year. Steve is plotting a trip to visit Bajir Cannon in Kyoto, Japan, where he moved in 2015 with his wife and 3-year-old daughter. Lastly, Steve reconnected with Conor Gately and his wife, Tricie Gately ’03, who live in South Boston with their new puppy Ollie.

Cristina Moracho lives in Brooklyn with her dog. Her second novel, A Good Idea, was published by Viking Press on February 28. Viking also published her debut novel, Althea & Oliver, which was translated into half a dozen languages and is now available in paperback.

Lastly, Nathan Rich founded the architecture and design office P.R.O. The firm has projects throughout the U.S., and has won awards from Architizer and the American Institute of Architects. Nathan’s wife and partner, Miriam Peterson, has taught in the architecture studio at Wesleyan. P.R.O. recently hired Pik-tone Fung ‘14 and is always looking for talented Wes grads!

Thanks everyone! Please keep the updates coming throughout the year.

Justin Lacob | justinlacob@gmail.com

CLASS OF 2002 | 2016 | ISSUE 3

I can’t believe it’s almost time for our 15th Reunion already! Excited to see you all there! On to the notes:

Congratulations are definitely in order. First, to Lin-Manuel Miranda for his multiple Tony Award wins this year for Hamilton. His takeover of the world continues! And I am personally excited to hear his contributions to the Disney animated flick, Moana, out Nov. 23!

And congrats to Dawn Papacena for running the TCS New York City Marathon on Nov. 6! She says “I would have never made it this far (and to the finish line) without the support of my Wesleyan family cheering me on: Nina Laing, Anthony Rosario, Carlos Rojas, Steve Gray ’01, Emy Rodriguez ’01, and Korin Mills ’01.”

Speaking of Anthony Rosario, he has a new job as a community outreach associate at Achievement First Charter School. He helps manage student recruitment, the lottery process, and elected official engagement for a portfolio of schools in Brooklyn. He lives with his partner of four years and their amazing dog, Randy, in Bushwick.

Lots of new children in our Wes world: On Jan. 5, Lara Everly, with her husband David, welcomed a baby boy, Leo Kahlil, into the world. He came two months early, but is quickly growing “into a huge dude.” Lara’s been touring film festivals with her documentary, Free to Laugh, about the power of comedy after prison. She continues to act and direct, focusing on female-driven comedies.

Lily Lung has a baby daughter, Ethel, born in February. Lily published two pieces of choral compositions this summer: one by Boosey & Hawkes and the other by BriLee (Carl Fisher). She was accepted to the online DMA program for music education at Boston University and began this fall. She is still teaching music full-time in the Glastonbury Public Schools in Connecticut.

Diana Pasquali welcomed her second child, Noah, to the family earlier this year, and her daughter just turned 2. She is back to work, doing nonprofit consulting in Oakland with national progressive organizations on training and grassroots strategies.

Brandon McBeth and his wife, Sharmin, had a baby girl, Mikayla Asha McBeth, born on Apr. 27.

Kimberly Nelson moved with her husband to Boston from Seattle in August 2014 after she received a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Washington. Since then, she has been promoted to an assistant professor position in the psychiatry department at Brown University. She has a baby boy, Jules Nelson, born on Aug. 3!

And we had a lot of our classmates on the move! Paul Smaldino moved to central California in July with his wife, Emily, and their 2-year-old daughter, Lyra. Paul is the assistant professor of cognitive and information sciences at the University of California, Merced. This summer he trekked up to Alaska to visit Micah Allen, who is pursuing his MFA at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Paul Kim celebrated his one-year wedding anniversary with his wife, Mirjam. The couple moved to Brooklyn from Evanston, Ill. And Ben Allen earned his PhD in political science from UC, Berkeley in May 2015, moved to D.C., in December, got married this past February, and joined Catholic Relief Services in Baltimore as a microfinance programs researcher in September.

Julia Matsudaira is back in San Francisco, and is loving the Bay Area more than ever (“even though SF proper is a bit nuts!”). She works in wealth management, focusing on philanthropy and impact investing strategies for clients. On the fringes, she is helping Leah Ralph check off items from her SF bucket list before making the move across the pond next year, “all in celebration of 18 years of friendship and life since move-in day at Wes!”

Sasha Martin is a 2016–17 research fellow at the University of Tulsa through the Center for the Humanities. Her research will center on expressions of peace at the global table, culminating in a poetry and art show this spring. More details at globaltableadventure.com/2016/08/23/a-fellowship-of-food.

In other news: Hilary S. Jacqmin reports, “In the years since Wesleyan, I earned my MA from Johns Hopkins University and my MFA from the University of Florida. I live in Baltimore where I work as an associate production editor at Johns Hopkins University Press, and where I was married in October 2015. My first book of poems, Missing Persons, will be released by Waywiser Press in March (look for it on the Ides of March).

Lauren Gottlieb Lockshin lives in NYC with her husband, Noam Lockshin, along with their 2-year-old daughter, Abigail, and 6-month-old daughter, Elisheva. She is finishing her PhD in European Jewish History at Yale.

Peter March recently married and is working as a dentist north of San Diego in Carlsbad, Calif.

That’s it! See you all on campus in May!

Justin Lacob | justinlacob@gmail.com

CLASS OF 2002 | 2016 | ISSUE 2

Only one more year until our 15th Reunion! Can’t believe how quickly time flies! On to the notes, with lots of congratulations in order, as always!

A recent wedding: Rachel Miller got married on April 9th, 2016, to Harvard alumnus Jack Steadman at the Metropolitan Building in NYC. The two met in 2012 while working on President Obama’s reelection campaign in Chicago. After the wedding, Rachel and Jack went on an epic honeymoon to Bali and Italy for three-and-a-half weeks. Rachel is enrolled in graduate school for instructional yechnology at Columbia’s Teachers College.

And lots of new babies: In 2014, Daniel Winokur moved with his wife, Anne, back to Albany, Calif., only five minutes away from where he grew up. The same year, they welcomed a new baby girl, Hazel, and a house into the family. In late 2015, all three (minus house) took a trip to Paris and Italy, “learning very well that babies do not exactly appreciate travel as adults do.” In early 2016, Dan switched jobs and is now director of philanthropic partnerships at UpStart, a nonprofit business accelerator in San Francisco. Dan plays squash with Ryan Akers whenever possible.

Sarabeth Broder-Fingert and her wife welcomed their twin baby girls, Ilana and Kai, into the world, making them a family of five on Oct. 17, 2015! Sarabeth is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine and continues to actively recruit promising Wesleyan alumni to her medical school and residency program. Rachel Gooze and her partner, Scott Kaplan, welcomed a baby girl, Talia Judith Kaplan, on Feb. 16, 2016. They live in Washington, D.C., where Rachel is a public health researcher at a nonprofit. And Angie Schiavoni had a baby girl, Vera Schiavoni Kamvar, on April 23, 2016. Her son Dario, 5, goes to Wildflower Montessori School, which is one of dozens of new Montessori schools started by her husband, Sep Kamvar. They are moving from Cambridge, Mass., to Belmar, N.J., in June to be closer to family, and hope to continue starting schools and working in the community.

On the job front: John Milioti is the store manager of Paper Source in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, and would love it if any of the billions of classmates who live nearby would come say hi! Sarah McCormack Natonson has had a busy year. She started a new job as a veterinarian seeing dogs, cats and exotic animals in May; got her fingertip bitten off by an iguana in August and made the local news; had a beautiful baby boy named James in November; and will be moving to Portland, Ore., in June for husband Andrew’s neurology fellowship specializing in dementia. Jesse Lava is rooming with Edna Togba in the Northcenter neighborhood of Chicago. Jesse is the director of policy at the Chicago Department of Public Health, where he creates new laws and initiatives to improve health.

Caitlin Hardy is doing her radiology residency; she lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Jeff Raynor, and their daughter, Savannah. Carly Einstein lives in Denver, Colo., with her husband Andy and their 22-month-old daughter, Lily. She is the director of annual giving at the Kent Denver School. And Lexi Keeler resides in Seattle with her wife and three kids, working at Summer Search as a fundraiser. Occasionally, she sees other Seattle-based Wes folks like Josh Blumenstock and Annie Youngerman ’03 (who are about to have a young Youngerstock), Meghan Kelly ’03, and Tyler LePard ’00, among others. Mostly she spends “a lot of time making breakfast, getting little people ready for preschool, making dinner, getting little people ready for bedtime, picking up Lego pieces and collapsing into bed.”

Since graduation, Wichuda (Tang) Wichaidit has worked with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in early intervention in various capacities. Currently, she is a part-time supervisor for the service coordination department at Cooper Kids Therapy Associates. She is also a professional photographer (tangysweet.zenfolio.com) on the side, while juggling two children, a stubborn 8-year-old boy and a feisty 2.5-year-old girl. Since her son entered the NYC public school system, Tang has been leading an enrichment committee of the school’s PTA, which has brought in third-party supplemental in-class music and art programs since discovering that some classes may miss music for a whole year because the school is overcrowded, understaffed and underfunded.

On the media front: Jody Avirgan is hosting and producing podcasts at FiveThirtyEight, Nate Silver’s data journalism site owned by ESPN, of all places. He’s covering the presidential election and asks that if anyone can help explain what the hell is going on, please get in touch.

Alex Horwitz has been following Lin Manuel-Miranda and the cast of Hamilton with cameras off-and-on for nearly three years, and is happy to announce that Hamilton’s America, a feature film he is directing and producing, will air this October on PBS. It’s as much a documentary about history as it is a behind-the-scenes look at the show. Lin is an executive producer as well. While working on that, Alex continues to develop his own scripts and edit documentaries and TV.

And for some, new adventures are in store: Allison Brenner is excited to be embarking on a new adventure, and will be moving to Portland, Ore., with her partner and 2-year-old twins this summer. She will continue her research position in social epidemiology at the University of Michigan remotely, and in her free time plans to introduce her kids to the ocean and mountains of the Pacific Northwest.

Lily Seaman will be graduating with a master’s in clinical social work from Smith in August and will be traveling with her partner to Montreal for six months before heading back to Walla Walla, Wash., in 2017 to find a job. She doesn’t “know a soul in Montreal,” so if you or someone awesome you know is in or near Montreal, let her know!

JUSTIN LACOB | justinlacob@gmail.com

CLASS OF 2002 | 2015 | ISSUE 3

Lots of congratulations for babies and weddings:

Sharon Light welcomed a new baby—Pia Morgan Light—in July, joining her big sister Orit in the family! Nat Katin-Borland and Amy Strekas ’03 welcomed their first child, Dylan, this year. Matthew Seidner and his wife, Jennifer, welcomed their fourth child, Elijah Zev Seidner, on Oct. 3. Big sisters Talia and Perla and big brother Jonah were all very excited. And Rachel Kriger and Nick Corso welcomed their new son, Maayan, on Aug. 13th. Rachel is returning to her acupuncture practice in Philadelphia, treating children and adults.

David Krieger and Alicia Feichtmeir ’03 welcomed the arrival of their son, Elliott Solomon Krieger, on Sept. 24. David and Alicia live in Seattle, where David is a strategy director at Expedia, and Alicia an employment and labor attorney at Foster Pepper. Sara Shandler Banks and Peter Banks ’01 are enjoying life in Brooklyn with their growing family—Hazel is a thriving 3-year-old superhero/warrior princess/mermaid and they welcomed daughter Rowan to the mix in February. And Lauren Geller Rascoff gave birth to her third child on Oct. 12, joining big brother Jonah and big sister Roselle. Lauren is working as an urogynecologist at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn.

Katie Fuller married the Australian love of her life, Louise Wilson, this past July in Chatham on Cape Cod. Katie also recently started working for both the French Government Economic Service and the French Mission to the UN in New York.

Lots of geographical and professional moves:

In September, Allison Kennedy moved to California to serve as the historic structures specialist at Joshua Tree National Park. She looks forward to preserving the cultural landscapes, including historic mines, homesteads, and ranches.

Jamie Wong relocated to Los Angeles, where she continues to run her startup, Vayable, and develops original travel content for television and the Web.

Julia Matsudaira is back in San Francisco and living close to her Wes roomie Leah Ralph. Having received her MBA last year, Julia is building on her years in the nonprofit sector with her work in private wealth management, where she is focusing on philanthropic and socially responsible investment strategies for individuals and families.

Ben Allen earned his PhD in political science at University of California, Berkeley, in May, taught economics there over the summer, and is moving to Washington, D.C., with his girlfriend to pursue a career in international public policy.

Ernest Hartner moved with his wife and two kids, Max (4) and Sam (2), from Miami, Fla., to Barcelona, Spain, in August, transferring from Banco Sabadell America to Banco Sabdell Spain. He is expecting a visit from Britton Boyd in early 2016. He is hoping to find some other Wesleyan alums living in the city.

Hagar Berlin is officially settled in her new home in Brookline, Mass. (after spending the last 10 years in San Francisco), with her husband, Jon Spack, and daughter Hana.

Suzanne Appel moved to Chicago, where she is now the director of external affairs for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. She’s already run into Jesse Lava, director of policy at the Chicago Department of Public Health, on the El train and hopes to reconnect with all the Wes people in the Windy City. She recently saw Una LaMarche, who made it out to Illinois for a Young Adult literature conference (her humor memoir, UnaBrow, made the New York Times best seller list in June).

Sarah Krainin is on hiatus from LA theater and back on the East Coast, teaching scenic design as a visiting professor at Duke.

And in other news:

The Wesleyan night at Hamilton on Broadway was a veritable ’02 reunion, with star, composer, lyricist, and MacArthur “Genius” Lin Manuel Miranda, taking top billing. Theatergoers included Xan YoungSarah KraininOwen Panetiere ’01Suzanne AppelJocelyn GreeneAnne MacriChristine Dejong, Jen GuarnianiElena Weller, and Chessa Ring O’Grady. Krainin described the night as “unrivaled spectacularity.” Tickets purchased supported Wesleyan financial aid and two scholarships.

Will Gardner is celebrating the fifth year of Alma del Mar Charter School in New Bedford, Mass., where he is the founder and executive director. He has the great privilege of working alongside star teacher Taylor DeLoach ’13 and Capital Campaign Chair Jack Braitmayer ’57.

Registered architect Kristen Suzda celebrated her fifth wedding anniversary this summer. Kristen is working on deep green buildings and affordable housing (including a project in Meriden, Conn.). An avid bike rider, she completed her first two triathlons this summer.

Andrew Goldstein is the chief digital content officer of Phaidon and Artspace, leading an international team to cover contemporary art and culture.

For Emily Isaacs, the past two years have been big—she got married to her husband, Erik Greensfelder (they met working at Outward Bound in 2006), she started a private practice as a therapist in Boulder, Colo., and became the executive director of Women’s Wilderness, a nonprofit dedicated to helping women and girls develop courage and confidence through outdoor adventures.

Kasia Deuel lives north of Boston, where she chases after her toddler Emmett. She is working at The Pew Charitable Trusts as a senior associate on ocean conservation issues and finishing her master’s at Harvard Extension School in Sustainability and Environmental Management.

Jessica Angell lives in Cambridge, Mass., hard at work on her software start-up, Cabbige, a Web application that helps small, diversified farmers manage their business. Cabbige is a MassChallenge finalist and recent recipient of Reynders McVeigh 2015 Social Impact Entrepreneur Award.

Sasha Foppiano Martin published her debut book Life from Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness through National Geographic Books in March 2015.

As for me, by the time you read this, my daughter Scarlett will have just turned 1. I am still the vice president of original series for Spike; in 2015, I produced the scripted event series Tut starring Sir Ben Kingsley and 50 episodes of Bar Rescue. I am now working on our next scripted series (announcing soon)as well as a documentary series about cyber-security pioneer and presidential hopeful John McAfee.

JUSTIN LACOB | justinlacob@gmail.com

CLASS OF 2002 | 2015 | ISSUE 1

Oh, how I miss spring at Wesleyan, when the crisp air warmed up just enough to welcome all students to Foss Hill for the afternoon. But wherever we are in the world, we will always have these wonderful memories to remind us of our youth. Which brings me to my little bundle of great news—on Jan. 4, my wife Melanie gave birth to our baby daughter, Scarlett Lucy Lacob. Mom and baby are doing great!

Congratulations also to Dina Levi. Her wife gave birth to their daughter, Ezra Robbins Levi, in January. The couple resides in Chicago and Dina is the director of diversity, equity, and inclusion at an independent school.

Lots of moving for our classmates… After three years living abroad, Josh Dankoff moved to Boston with his wife, 3-year-old daughter, and 3-month-old son. He welcomes connections with Wesleyan folk living in the city. Jesse Lava moved back to his hometown of Chicago after three years in Los Angeles. He is now director of legislative affairs at the Chicago Department of Public Health, where he works to pass laws to make residents healthier. Sara Miller, her husband, and 11-month-old son have moved to Bucks County, Pa. And Dani Rotstein moved to Palma, Mallorca, in Spain—where he used to live when he spent his junior year abroad and first fell in love with the country. He moved there to take a full-time line producer position for Palma Pictures, a production services company.

Out on the East Coast, Jody Avirgan left WNYC radio (the NPR station in New York City) after seven years and is now at ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight where he will be hosting and developing podcasts—talking sports, politics, culture, and more. He also hosts a live comedy/storytelling show called Ask Roulette and welcomes anyone to attend his regular gigs in NYC and beyond. Sarabeth Broder-Fingert started a new job as an assistant professor in the division of general pediatrics at Boston Medical Center. Katherine Gajewski lives in Philadelphia, where she serves as the city’s director of sustainability. She married Benjamin Warrington last summer in a Quaker wedding ceremony. Sallome Hralima says that “the last six months have been a blast!” She was on the 2014 CUSP Conference stage sharing about the design of the Dream Director, the Creative Mornings’ stage, talking about the Audacity of Purpose, and was featured on Travel Noire, sharing about her first time abroad and the impact it had on her. This summer, she will be hitched to Ibrahim Greenidge, an architect, in Brooklyn, N.Y.

On March 31, Una LaMarche’s comic essay collection, Unabrow, was published by Plume Books. From Penguin Books website: “As a girl, Una LaMarche was as smart as she was awkward. She was blessed with a precocious intellect, a love of all things pop culture, and eyebrows bushier than Frida Kahlo’s. Adversity made her stronger…and funnier. In Unabrow, Una shares the cringe-inducing lessons she’s learned from a life as a late bloomer, including the seven deadly sins of DIY bangs, how not to make your own jorts, and how to handle pregnancy, plucking, and the rites of passage during which your own body is your worst frenemy.”

Jennifer Lauder: “The last year has been full of incredible transitions, both planned and unexpected, for me and my family. I left my job as a teacher after almost a decade in progressive classrooms and started working as a consultant for schools and educational programs, mentoring teachers, designing and developing curriculum, and supporting students and families. At the same time, my husband, Chad Dean, and I launched a digital media company, WRK Group Media; we produce a review and lifestyle site, weekendreviewkit.com, and are shopping a book about the landscape of legal cannabis in the US and the changing public perception of cannabis consumption. We’re also engaged in an evolving homeschooling/unschooling practice with our 7-year-old daughter that we document at thelotusschool.blogspot.com; we hope to move the whole show to the Pacific Northwest in the springtime.”

Tiffany Williamson Kelly lives in Philly with her husband, Shawn, and daughter, Eva, 2. Tiffany is associate admission director at The Agnes Irwin School with Wigs Frank (Prof. Anne Greene’s brother). Shawn is also in education: head of school at St. Peter’s School in Center City. “If you’re an alum of either school, please stay in touch.”

And lastly, Tarsah Dale continues to reside in Austin, Texas, although she’s still not sure about identifying herself as a Texan despite six years of residency. However, she did become the co-owner and managing director of Inspire Behavior Therapy, a small business serving children and adults with developmental disabilities and challenging behaviors, so she’ll probably have several more years to adapt to her adopted state. And Jamie Wong continues to run Vayable, the travel start-up she founded in 2011, which connects travelers to locals for unique experiences. She’s writing a book, playing soccer, and splitting her time between New York, LA, and San Francisco.

Keep those class notes coming!

JUSTIN LACOB | justinlacob@gmail.com

CLASS OF 2002 | 2014 | ISSUE 3

Class of 2002! Another year down, only a few more to go until our 15th reunion!

I can personally attest to the fact that I’ve seen rave reviews EVERYWHERE – from the New York Times to Entertainment Weekly – for Una LaMarche’s new book, Like No Other, which was published in April. I’m paraphrasing the description from Amazon.com, but the novel is about what happens to an unlikely pair – a Hasidic good girl and a fun-loving book smart kid – after they get stuck in an elevator when a hurricane strikes. Una’s next book will be a collection of hilarious essays. Congrats!

Freelance writer and editor Cristina Moracho also has a book out. Her debut novel, Althea & Oliver, was published by Viking Press on October 9. According to Amazon.com, “Althea Carter and Oliver McKinley have been best friends since they were six. Now, as their junior year of high school comes to a close, Althea has begun to want something more than just best-friendship. Oliver, for his part, simply wants life to go back to normal, but when he wakes up one morning with no memory of the past three weeks, he can’t deny any longer that something is seriously wrong with him. And then Althea makes the worst bad decision ever, and her relationship with Oliver is shattered. He leaves town for a clinical study in New York, resolving to repair his brain, while she gets into her battered Camry and drives after him, determined to make up for what she’s done.” Cristina lives in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and is working on her second novel.

Also out in New York: Michelle Rabinowitz was promoted to vice president of production for TriBeCa enterprises. She oversaw production of the doc We Could Be King about the merging of two rival high schools in Philly and their first football season as a new team. It aired on ABC and ESPN and is now available on iTunes. Alex Horwitz edited the documentary, Whitey: The United State v. James J. Bulger, which premiered at Sundance and has been getting great reviews since its release. He is currently directing a documentary that will follow Lin-Manuel Miranda as he stages his new musical, Hamilton, which opens at the Public Theater in early 2015. Speaking of Lin, his improvised hip-hop comedy series Freestyle Love Supreme premiered in October on Pivot, in which he stars alongside Bill Sherman and Anthony Veneziale ’98 (who also produces the show).

Didn’t believe this one when Rich sent it to me in the first place but did some research and it’s pretty awesome! Rich Boatti’s, aka Roatti the White Tiger’s street ball video of his complete domination from behind the arc, “Streetballin so Hard M***erf***ers Wanna Find me (for three)” went viral, garnering a combined 2 million views on Youtube and World Star Hip Hop, leading to media coverage on multiple sports publications like Bleacher Report, Deadspin, and Ballislife. Shaquille O’Neal even tweeted that the NBA should “sign him up.”

Lauren Geller Rascoff lives in NYC with her husband, Sam, and their two beautiful children — Jonah (5) and Roselle (2.5). She is an urogynecologist working at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. Jocelyn Greene is delightedly the mother of Nathaniel (age 2) and runs the children’s theater program, Child’s Play NY teaching dramatic play and directing kids in Brooklyn and Manhattan.  And Anthony Rosario is now the Director for the new Brooklyn Initiative Program for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC. He writes, “BBSNYC is looking or mentors for kids in Coney Island and Red Hook.” Anthony has also moved to Bushwick with his partner of two years and they have a puppy named Randy that is their “newest joy.”

 

Congratulations are in order to many of our fellow graduates:

Lexi Keeler and her wife Jenny Jackson welcomed twins Harper Mae Jackson and Will Roscoe Jackson this past January. Per Lexi, “they’re already irritating older brother Emmett, just like younger siblings should.” Lexi is now working at the Seattle chapter of Summer Search, a national youth development organization that helps low-income youth get to and through college.

Sara Miller is happy to report that she gave birth to her first so, Ezra Penn, in April 2014. She, her husband, and new baby have moved to Bucks County, PA.

Ben Goldstein and his wife Cheng Li welcomed their son Malcolm Li Goldstein on April 25th. Ben Allen and Sonya Abrams ’01 attended the Bris. They will be moving cross-country as Ben will be starting as Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at Duke University this Fall.

Ryan Akers’ son, Carl Joseph, was born at his home in the early morning of June 14th, 2014. Weighing in at 7lbs. 6oz., he’s a happy and healthy baby who “enjoys milk, naps and a good burp.”

Josh Gleich says “it’s been likely the most eventful summer I’ll ever have.” Between late June and early August, he became a father (his daughter’s name is Violet), a PhD., and a visiting professor of film and television studies at U. of Arizona.

Steve Scribner married Stacy Passmore in April. The wedding was in Austin TX, with fellow ’02 folks Bajir Cannon, John Gordon, Austin Zinsser, and Dina Levi in the wedding party.  Steve said, “we sang the fight song with gusto right after the ceremony, other wesleyanites there included (among others) Conor Gately, Josh Blumenstock, Nate Link, Ryan Huggins, Kathleen Jones, and John Guerry.”  Steve lives in Brooklyn and works for FXFOWLE Architects in the Cultural and Educational studio.

Eric Kushins married to Doreen Lee in April in Savannah, GA. An Duong ’03 served as Eric’s “best friend” in the wedding and provided a grooms-woman speech. While Eric completes his last year in his joint-PhD program in Organization Management and Sociology at Rutgers University, he will be working as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Stetson School of Business and Economics at Mercer University in Macon, GA. In August, Eric and his wife moved from Long Island City, Queens to Atlanta, GA.

Sonja Koppenwallner was excited to place 3rd in the 3k open water swimming at the FINA Masters Swimming World Championships in August. They were held in the Olympic Rowing basin in Montreal.  Reminded her of the good times she had with Wescrew, “except for this time she swam instead of being in a boat.”

And many of us on the move professionally or geographically:

Jesse Lava is now the director of legislative affairs for the Chicago Department of Public Health. Sarabeth Broder-Fingert is now the Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine. Rachael Slivka moved to Washington, DC, where she is in a fellowship in Extreme Environmental Medicine through George Washington University (it’s through the department of emergency medicine. Rachel also is engaged to Joel Schectman, a journalist for the Wall Street Journal.  And Rachel Kriger and her husband moved to Philadelphia. She practices acupuncture at The Cedars House. Check out her website at www.pointsofreturn.com.

Lastly, Allison Kennedy lives in Albuquerque and working for the state of New Mexico through the Main Street program, which focuses on the preservation and economic revitalization of historic downtowns.

As for me, as part of my job as Vice President of Original Series at Spike, I spent September in Morocco, overseeing production of our new scripted event series TUT, starring Ben Kingsley, which premieres in summer 2015. I also had a new show premiere this past summer, Hungry Investors, and in September, the fourth season of our #1 hit show Bar Rescue. And personally, I’ve enjoyed the first year of marriage to my wife!

JUSTIN LACOB | justinlacob@gmail.com

Class of 2002 | 2014 | Issue 1

Hey, Class of 2002! Happy 2014! The other morning I woke up with the Fight Song stuck in my head… and I realized that instead of trekking over Foss Hill in the snow to go to Mocon (RIP), 12 years have passed since our graduation from Wesleyan. It’s simply amazing how time flies by. We’ve fully entrenched in our 30s now. Engagements, weddings, babies, new houses and new jobs are the new norm. Never forget the great memories of the past as we make new memories for the future. Exciting times await!

Congratulations to the new parents of our class! Sarabeth Broder-Fingert and her wife Heidi Alexander welcomed daughter Zoey Alexander into the world in June! Thus far, she has enjoyed the company of many Wes grads! Allyson Miller and her husband, Michael Coppola ’03, welcomed their first child, Zachary, on July 5, 2013. He’s been to Wesleyan several times already and is looking forward to becoming a member of the Class of 2035! Dana Sirota, her husband Josh, and big sister Emma are happy to welcome Gabriel to their family, born Nov. 12th. And Sara Shandler Banks and husband Peter Banks ’01 are enjoying life with their 18-month-old daughter, Hazel, in Brooklyn.

Onto other news for the class:

Anna Johnson and her husband Jesse Brand are finally, after 16 years of graduate and post-graduate training between them, settled in Washington, D.C. Anna is an assistant professor at Georgetown University, and Jesse is a neuropsychologist in a group neurology practice. Their daughter Willa, who turned 2 in October, is considering a career in music. Anna and Jesse were thrilled to celebrate Ximena Sarango’s wedding to James Lensen-Callas in August in Portland, Ore., with lots of other Wes ’02-ers.”

All the Wes alums who attended Dina Levi’s wedding last July!

Peter Mongillo left his job in Austin, Texas., as the music critic for the Austin American-Statesman and returned to New York, where he is working as a booking coordinator at MSG Entertainment. He and his wife, Rebecca D’Orsogna, welcomed their second child, Evan Reed, in June.

Angie Schiavoni is launching a new website in January 2014 that’s currently in private beta. It’s called Mamajamas, and it is a site to help expecting and new parents figure out what baby gear they really need by sharing lists with each other. Check it out at mamajamas.com.

Sallomé Hralima is chief dream director for The Future Project, with her work focused on hiring and training superheroes to work in America’s public high schools.

Ryan Akers is enjoying the first year of married life. He is still working at Anchor Brewing and happy to sneak any Wes Class of ’02 alums on the difficult-to-book brewery tour; just send him an e-mail! He’s looking forward to his annual ski trip with Daniel Winokur, Paul Kim, and Chris Lynch; this year makes it 10 in a row!

That’s it for this issue! Feel free to send notes throughout the year to me at my e-mail below:

JUSTIN LACOB
justinlacob@gmail.com