CLASS OF 2006 | 2016 | ISSUE 2

First off, I was so happy to see so many folks at the 10 year reunion!

In 2016, Nyasha Foy was appointed to the 2016–2018 Wesleyan Alumni Association Executive Committee as vice chair (along with Joseph B. McElligott IV). She is continuing her role as the chair of the Black Alumni Council. She also joined Vice Media as the associate director of legal affairs in January 2016.

Gabriel Knight lives in West Hartford, Conn., with his wife, Patrice, and 2-year-old daughter, Juliette (who attended her first Wes homecoming game this past November). He is a senior environmental scientist at AECOM. He also brews his own beer and plans to enter some competitions very soon.

Lily Whitsitt, a Princess Grace Foundation-USA Works-in-Progress Resident Artist, and her Door 10 collaborators are developing a new theater performance through a residency at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. This Is the Color Described by the Time, adapted from an early Gertrude Stein play, is inspired by the language and experience of radio plays. The audience wears wireless headphones throughout the performance as live sound and pre-recorded tracks are mixed in real time. Sign up for Door 10’s mailing list to stay in the loop about future iterations of the project: door10.org.

After several years in the nonprofit space and receiving her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management in 2012, Hannah Gay recently launched out as an independent consultant with her company malinaSI Social Impact Consulting. She focuses on helping mission-driven organizations with metrics and evaluation.

Smith Louis lives in Cambridge, Mass. and works at Spotify testing and figure out ways to help artists better understand their audience and acquire more revenue. He is also going to graduate school at Tufts to purse a Master’s degree in engineering management.

Sarah Gunther is the director of programs at the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, which makes grants to LGBTQI activists and artists around the world. After 10 years in NYC, she and her wife, Amy Krosch, moved to Ithaca for Amy’s new assistant professor post at Cornell.

Jennifer Low and her husband Sean opened their very own cake shop called The Frosted Fox Cake Shop in Northwest Philadelphia. They created the wedding cake for Anna Moench’s wedding! Please look them up at frostedfoxcakeshop.com for more information! Also in the culinary sphere, congratulations to Josh Saffer who is the banquet chef at Del Posto Restaurant in New York City.

Stephen Siperstein received his PhD in English from the University of Oregon and teaches at Choate in Wallingford, Conn. He and his wife, Jemma Braun ’05, are excited to be so close to Wesleyan! His edited collection, Teaching Climate Change in the Humanities, is now out, so pick it up!

Jesse Young had a blast reuniting with Nat Webb and Russell Barlow as their college-era garage rock band The Stanky Panthers for a Friday night show at Eclectic during reunion! Ingrid Aravena is working at the Girl Scouts as the Manager of Urban Day Camps. She is also continuing to work on her side project CinemaKidz, where she teaches movie-making and STEAM activities to young kids.

Burke Giordano has been living in Taipei, Taiwan for the past year. He is developing his magic show, teaching English and learning Chinese. Adam Bernier got engaged to Virginia Aloi at a My Morning Jacket concert in May 2015. Adam lives in Westchester County, N.Y., and works as a producer, educator, and small business owner.

In May 2016, David Bartlett Bates completed a residency in radiology at Boston University Medical Center and is now at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston for a one year fellowship. Melanie McCrea lives with her roommate Tracy Honhart in Oakland, Calif. Melanie is a proposal writer for the Sierra Club, a college mentor with ScholarMatch, and a member of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.

Julie Mathis has spent the past five years moving around the United States. She now lives in the Greater Seattle area. Since 2011, she has worked for Kaplan Medical, where she was promoted to associate director of advising and sales. In the summer of 2016, she wed her long time love Sean Monts.

Congratulations to Lucy Harper O’Connell, who wed Michael Iain McPherson Robertson in October 2015! The couple met four years in San Francisco, where they still live.

Sarah Montgomery wed Tao Wang in May 2015! Wes alum in attendance include Anna Pinkert, Liz Fortune, Julia Kleinman Horowitz, Allison Hughes, Amy Rosen ’07, Victoria Pinsky ’07, and Brendan Dolan-Gavitt, who referred to himself as the “bride’s servant.”

In October, Kingston Wong married his partner of five years in Copenhagen. Kingston lives in London and works in a strategy role at British Telecom.

Jonathan Harbison married his longtime boyfriend Thomas Senn in a ceremony in Maui. Wes alums in attendance were Jesse Greenspan, Alexandra Loh, Natasha McLeod, Rebecca Morse, Charlotte Page, and Matthew Gregory ’07.

Gabe Tabak and Ruth Brown welcomed baby Liora (who will hopefully be part of the class of 2038) to the world in January 2016! They’re enjoying life with a newborn, and WesUncles Aaron Tabak ’08 and Jeremy Brown ’08 and WesAunt Kara Schnoes ’07 are thrilled to have a niece to spoil. When not changing diapers, Gabe practices energy and environmental law on weekdays and brews halfway-decent beer on weekends.

Nick Bullard and Emily Frost welcomed Henry Frost Bullard into the world May 9, 2016. Baby Henry is doing great and has already memorized the Wesleyan fight song. Dan Lee and Soo Jung Kim welcomed their first child, Madeline Lee, into the world on Nov. 24, 2015. Congratulations!

I am working as a freelance editor and performing stand-up all around the city. I co-host a monthly comedy and music show at The LGBT Center in New York where the proceeds go towards helping LGBT youth of color.

Calvin Cato | catocals@gmail.com

CLASS OF 2006 | 2015 | ISSUE 3

Madeline Shapiro Samit produced the film The Diary of a Teenage Girl, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The film was released by Sony Pictures Classics and came out in theaters Aug. 7. The cast includes Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgard and Kristen Wiig. The film is set in the backdrop of 1970s San Francisco and involves a teenage artist with a brutally honest perspective who tries to navigate her way through an affair with her mother’s boyfriend.

Alex Weber is pursuing the American dream in Beijing, China, with his wife, children, and dogs. He is a senior business development manager at Rosetta Stone, curing monolingualism one case at a time for Chinese and foreign businesses and organizations.

Teague Hopkins is the co-host of StartUpJab, a talk show about startups and the people who start them. Past guests include pro gamers who have discussed the business of eSports, the Press Secretary of NASA, and Steve Sunu ’08 who talked about the business of comic books.

Daniel Dykes attended his 10th reunion for the Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program at Mystic Seaport. He lives with his girlfriend in Manhattan and recently celebrated one full year as an associate at international law firm Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle.

Rebecca Rosenfelt and her husband, Michael Yamartino, relocated from San Francisco to Portland, Oregon. They will continue in their roles as product managers at Airbnb and Pinterest respectively. They enjoy hosting Airbnb guests and friends from around the world in the in-law apartment beneath their house and spend most of their spare time convincing friends and family to move to Portland.

Hannah Gay has launched malinaSI Social Impact Consulting, which connects and strengthens mission-driven organizations and individuals. Feel free to reach out to her if you or your company could use some help driving social impact! She was also very excited to catch up with her pals at the Oct. 24 wedding of Marianne Reyes and Mike Lima ’08.

Hanako Moondance completed her master’s in library science with certificates in storytelling and youth services. She hopes to gain employment in a public library somewhere in Los Angeles. Laura Rindlaub completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Denver in August 2015. Her internship year brought her and her husband back to New York City in 2014. She is a postdoctoral fellow at a private psychotherapy center in Long Island, where she specializes in dialectical behavior therapy. She and Risa Cyr were bridesmaids in the wedding of Samantha Marshall to Phillip Hurst in late October 2015 in what I’m told was a beautiful celebration!

Sam Han got married in July 2015 in New York City to Zarelda Marie Goh, a magazine editor in Singapore. Wesleyan folks in attendance include Bettina Schlegel, Daniel Reif, Shayna Jeffers, Quiana Stokes, Alyson Mance, Willy Friedman, Jess Smith, Noah Isaacs, Ming Alterman, Kate Bryant, Lauren Stossel ’07, David Stein, Liz Dee, Mike Murphy ’05, Elizabeth Isaacs ’05, Jeff Haynes ’07, Nick Garin ’08, Sara Kim ’07, Liana Kohn-Gardner ’07, Tala Bouzarjomehri ’08, and Josh Stephens ’07. Sam works a professor of sociology at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. He is fortunate to have had two books published: Technologies of Religion: Spheres of the Sacred in a Post-Secular Modernity and Digital Culture and Religion in Asia. Big congrats!

Arielle Edelman married Adam McHenry in Milwaukee. In attendance were Lizzy Cohen, Will McCue, Cara Chebuske, and Matt Ferrisi ’03. They fondly reminisced about living together at 72 High Street. Arielle is working in public health and human rights at Open Society Foundations, with a whole crew of Wesleyan folks, including Catesby Holmes ’05 and Jeff Stein ’10. Congratulations!

Congrats to Emily Seife who wed Josh Nathan-Kazis ’07 in Queens, N.Y., on Jan. 3, 2015. Wes aluma in attendance include Emily Klasson, Alison Koch, Meredith Steinberg, Marjorie Kaye, Kate Angell, Steve Rubinstein, Sara Kaplan-Levenson, Aaron Sussman ’07, Adam Chamberlain ’07, and Brandon Stein ’07.

Curt Murphy and Dawn Murphy just had a baby on Aug. 23, 2015. Hunter Murphy will hopefully be in the Wes class of 2030-something. Hunter has already visited Wesleyan so it’ll be an easy transition! Willy Friedman and Jess Smith are also new parents! Their daughter Ruby Max Friedman was born Sept. 23, 2015, and is doing great! Congratulations to Luke Basta and Jessica Basta, who now have a second son in their home! Their son, Theo Augustus Basta, was born Aug. 8, 2015.

As for me, I’m still in New York City working as a freelance editor. I currently co-host a show in Park Slope in Brooklyn at Freddy’s Bar every first and third Monday. The show is the longest running stand-up comedy show in Brooklyn and is going 12 years strong. I always give away free candy and chocolate, so feel free to stop by!

Calvin Cato | catocals@gmail.com

CLASS OF 2006 | 2015 | ISSUE 2

After nine straight years in New York City, Kevin Lohela and his wife moved to Providence, R.I., to open a school. He is the founding principal of Achievement First Iluminar Mayoral Academy, a public charter school. He’s quite happy to live closer to Isaac Hunnewell and Pat Garrity in Boston. Congratulations to Pat, who received his master’s degree in public policy this past spring from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Jesse Young just started working at the special envoy for climate change at the State Department in D.C., which is the office charged with trying to assemble a global agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions at a U.N. summit this December in Paris.
Gianna Sobol is a television writer; she has contributed to A&E’s The Returned and CBS’s Extant. She currently writes for a new Starz series called Counterpart. Definitely check it out!

Emily Frost and Nicholas Gerry-Bullard are loving life on the Upper West Side in Manhattan. Nick was promoted to manager in Deloitte’s strategy consulting division. Emily is in her third year as a reporter for the online news site DNAinfo, where she helped to launch a monthly newspaper and a new podcast you all should listen to.

Eric Sullivan is still living in New York City and is an associate editor at GQ Magazine. In Feb. 2015, he and Jeff Sharlet won a National Magazine Award for Reporting for a story called “Inside the Iron Closet” about the crackdown on gay culture in Russia.

Tal Beery recently worked as an associate producer on the film The Yes Men Are Revolting. The movie is about The Yes Men, a group that uses satirical performance art to make political statements. The movie played at the IFC Center in New York City in June and July of 2015.

Jose Marantes is living in Orlando, Fla., and works as the membership development director for the Florida Immigrant Coalition. He is a proud father of two toddlers, Sebastian and Dalia. In his free time, he is working on a social enterprise that brings English and Spanish learners into a dynamic community of practice called Fluente! It’s like Zumba, but for language learners.

Fazal Yameen was living in Ireland in early 2015 and working on CabEasy (a taxi-sharing app for college students) with Jon McKinney ’04. They were selected as one of 10 companies to be part of an accelerator run by SOSVentures and Carma Carpooling that focuses on transportation-related initiatives.

Rebecca Lipman graduated from Harvard Law School in May of 2015. She is clerking for a N.J. federal judge. Daniel Dykes also graduated from Harvard Law School in 2014; he works at the law office of Curtis Mallet-Prevost. He’s also still studying languages, now learning Italian.

Julia Kleinman is in Los Angeles, working at Walt Disney in the consumer products department. She recently finished her master’s degree in business administration at the Columbia Business School.

In Aug. 2015, Mike Dacey completed a PhD in philosophy, neuroscience, and psychology at Washington University in St. Louis in the summer of this year. He is now teaching philosophy at Washington University, so feel free to say hi to him and debate Kant.
Karolina Ogrodnik is in her second year as an intern in pediatrics at Baystate Medical Center, part of Tufts University School of Medicine. She is thinking of specializing in pediatric endocrinology.

Sophie Karp and Evan Katin-Borland are still living in Brooklyn and couldn’t be more delighted. In May 2015, Sophie completed her PhD in counseling psychology from Fordham University.

Congratulations to Nate Baumgart who wed Jessica Maclean in July 2015! Wes alum in attendance include Kevin BudnerRob Weinstock, and Shannon Flaherty. Nate and Jessica are taking a trip around the world starting in December and then moving out of Chicago.

Celia Reddick completed her master’s in international education policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in the spring of this year, and will be continuing in the doctoral program. She recently married Alain Uwumugambi, whom she met while working with Partners In Health in Rwanda. Alain is doing his medical residency at Boston Medical Center. Congrats!

Congratulations to Bettina Schlegel, who married Phil Amidon ’05 in Oct. 2014, and are coming up on their one-year anniversary! Many Wes alum were in attendance, too many to list, but all of them important.

Saad Handoo had the pleasure of getting married to his dream lady, Mariam Qureshi, in Washington D.C., in Aug. 2014. He works in the revenue management group at United Airlines. On your next trip in Chicago, go visit him in the Willis Tower or find him aimlessly wandering the streets of Wicker Park.

Joel M. Bhuiyan married Susie Cheung in Nov. of 2014 and they just had their reception in June of 2015. He is working as the community engagement coordinator at NYC Smoke-Free at Public Health Solutions.

In July 2015, Anna Pinkert married Stef Fisher in Cambridge, Mass. Michelle Atwood ’05 was the maid of honor and Rachel Schreiber ’05 was a bridesmaid. The couple live in Jamaica Plain, Mass., with their cat Tenzing.

On June 27, John Wesley married Liza Cantor in Fayetteville, N.Y. They were elated to celebrate their union the day after the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic marriage equality decision and incorporated the victory into their ceremony. John is a legal aid lawyer in Syracuse and Liza is a fourth-year medical student and aspiring pediatrician. Wes alums in attendance include Willie GouldPaul Max McElfreshCraig ThomasLydia BlanchardDana Taussig and Chloe SafierWill Leuchter-Mindel ’07Ben Levinger ’07 and of course John’s father Jack Wesley ’70. John hopes to revive his band “The Band Cover band Band” (which features Willie, Ari BrandChris CarmodyGreg Donahue ’07Jake Lewis ’07, and Jesse Galdston) at the 10th Reunion!

Emily Dreyfuss is expecting her first child with husband Seth Shipman ’05. Baby Dreyfuss Shipman will be born in Oct. 2015, and the family plans to dress him entirely in hand-me-downs from the ’80s, so if you see a tiny breakdancer crawling around campus next Reunion, say hey. Emily is the news and opinion editor at WIRED Magazine, and she has been trying to resist the urge to publish only op-eds about family-leave rights.

On May 17, Ilana Davis Sharpe and her husband Dan Sharpe welcomed a baby boy named Gabriel. Gabriel joins big sister Lorelei and the family couldn’t be happier.

Nina Eichacker and Johann Patlak are planning to stay in the Boston area for at least two more years while Johann finishes his residency at Beth Israel and starts a fellowship in ICU care. They are also celebrating the birth of a baby girl! Her name is Josephine Patlak Eichacker, and she has been making the social rounds, having met Emily LevyAdina Bricklin, and Emily Jacobs-Palmer already.

Erin Glaser and her husband recently celebrated the first birthday of their daughter Ivy Marian Glaser, who was born July 12, 2014. Erin still coaches volleyball at Hamilton and this past season her team made it to NESCAC playoffs for the first time in program history. Congratulations!

CLASS OF 2006 | 2014 | ISSUE 3

Iris Jacob is living in Washington, D.C., with her partner Mike Bolds ’08 (an English and history teacher, as well as the coach of a high school spoken word team), their incredible 2-year-old daughter Ifetayo and their soon to be born baby girl (congratulations!). Iris is an adjunct faculty member in the Women’s Studies Department at Trinity Washington University where she teaches classes on Black feminism and women’s leadership. Iris also works as an organizer and trainer with Teaching for Change, a local organization that works to combat gentrification, school closures and the charter school take over. After graduating last year with an MFA in poetry and literary translation from Queens College, Zakia Henderson-Brown has been working joyously at the nonprofit publisher The New Press, where she serves as the outreach coordinator for The New Jim Crow as well as an associate editor. Zakia spends her “free” time working with the group No Disrespect, which works to prevent gendered and sexualized street harassment. She occasionally visits Iris and Mike in Washington, D.C., and sorely misses Tia Clinton, who is living the dream in Ann Arbor pursuing a doctorate. Otherwise, she gets into regular shenanigans with stalwart Harlem-dweller Nyasha Foy, who works as the counsel of business and legal affairs for Above Average Productions. Teddy O’Connor resides in Los Angeles and he has learned that L.A. boasts an abundance of the following: hot yoga classes, kale, power crystals, gay men who are obsessed with Disneyland, and scarves. Teddy worked on animation for Jeff and Some Aliens which is part of Comedy Central’s series Triptank. Teddy also worked with Victor Vazquez and Jordan Fish on an animated music video for Victor’s album Word. Alex Weber registered his first business here in Beijing, Goldenspan Business Consulting, and is very proud of his little limited liability baby. Please visit goldenspan.com for more information. Christina Marenson has moved to London, where she is working at work at an international communications firm. She lives with Rebecca Appel, who works at The New York Times and moved to London after many years in The Paris Bureau. Jenevive Nykolak has advanced to PhD candidacy in visual cultural studies at the University of Rochester in May 2014, and will be spending the 2014-2015 academic year doing dissertation research in Paris as the proud recipient of a Chateaubriand Fellowship. Nina Eichacker defended her dissertation and completed her PhD in economics after seven years of hard work. She and Johann Patlak are living in Jamaica Plain, Mass., and would love to run into more Wes alums! After earning her PhD in English from UCLA, Tara Fickle moved from Los Angeles back to Oregon, where she works as an assistant professor of English. Her specialties are Asian American literature and digital humanities, although she is also affiliated with ethnic studies and she teaches in the English department’s new comics and cartoon studies minor (I guess our late night Justice League Unlimited viewings paid off!). Congratulations to Zach Shemtob, who is the editor-in-chief of the Georgetown Law Review as of January 2014. He is located in Washington, D.C., and enjoying it. Speaking of law school, Rebecca Lipman is in her third year at Harvard Law School. Daniel Dykes graduated from Harvard Law School in May and spent the summer taking the New York bar exam, giving tours of the Harvard campus, and hiking out west in several national parks—a trip that included a close encounter with a mother grizzly and two cubs! Daniel moved in the fall of 2014 to Queens and works at the international law firm of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle. Celia Reddick has spent the last few years working with INGO Partners In Health in Rwanda and Boston, and is now pursuing a master’s degree in the International Education Policy program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She’s also planning her wedding for the summer of 2015. Ali Osborn works at Bowne Printers, the custom printing office of South Street Seaport Museum’s historic letterpress shop in New York City. She works with fellow alum Gideon Finck ‘11. Bowne Printers teaches workshops, creates merchandise, and prints custom work such as wedding invitations for Jess Smith and Willy Friedman. Adam Rose lives in San Francisco and is engaged to a cappuccino-sipping Seattleite, although he maintains loyalty to the Philadelphia Eagles. He works as an innovation consultant and is considering launching an Eagles-themed bar in the Mission neighborhood of San Francisco. Congratulations to Thapana Pipe Chairoj whose family gained a new addition by the name of Prynn Chairoj. Prynn was born March 2014 and Pipe and his wife couldn’t be happier! Additional congrats to Kristy Elliot, who will celebrate the birth of her fourth child in January 2015. She and her husband live in Bridgeport, Conn., and Kristy will be completing graduate school soon. And an additional congratulations to Hanako Moondance and Alex Salazar, who had a beautiful baby boy Thelonious Guandique-Moondance in October 2013. Hanako is enrolled in in a master’s program for library and information science through the University of North Texas online program in Los Angeles Christie Roberts is engaged to Brendan Lovelette (her high school beau). They plan to marry in Middleburg, Va., in March 2015. Christie works at The Hill School (also in Middleburg), where she teaches Latin and works as an administrator. Congratulations to Brian Heiss and Sarah Myksin who wed in an outdoor ceremony at the Star Spangled Banner Flag House in Baltimore, Md., in May 2014. Wesleyan alum in attendance include James Charney, Francisco Carreno, Alec Zebrowski (who gave a wonderful best man toast), and myself. Congratulations toKate Longley who married in the summer of 2014 to Steve Wood (who is not a Wesleyan alum but is an all-around wonderful guy). They wed in Provinceton, Mass. Congrats to Steven Wengrovitz who married Dan Freeman in October 2014 in upstate New York. They live in the Bay Area of California, where Steven works as a researcher at Facebook and Dan is a lawyer at a firm nearby in Palo Alto. Ten years after their first official meeting in front of WesWings, Caitlin Petre and Ari Brand got married in September 2014 at a summer camp on Shelter Island. Ari proposed last year by taking Caitlin on a surprise trip back to Wesleyan, where they revisited the landmarks of their early courtship: from the Butterfield C lounge to the lawns between Fountain and Pine. Wesleyan was well represented at the wedding; alums in attendance include Tal Beery, Daniel Rubin, Annie Mathews, Kate Fletcher, Shayla Silver-Balbus, Missy Ablin, Aisha Twells, Cassandre Pallas and David Stein, Kevin Sattin ’05, David Rood-Ojalvo ’05, Andrew Vernon-Jones ’05, Naomi Ekperigin ’05, Matt Kertman ’05, Lauren Stossel ’07, and Hallie Cooper-Novack ’07, as well as Ari’s brother and sister-in-law, Jesse Brand ’02 and Anna Johnson ’02. Jesse and Anna’s daughter Willa was the flower girl.

Calvin Cato | catocals@gmail.com

TERENCE B. LEARY ’06

TERENCE B. LEARY, 19, died unexpectedly Nov. 4, 2003. He was a member of Psi Upsilon. Among his extracurricular activities, he was a pitcher for the Wesleyan baseball team. Survivors include his parents, a brother, his paternal grandparents, his maternal grandmother, and a large extended family.

LILLY J. M. NGUYEN ’06

LILLY J. M. NGUYEN, 29, a biology major who was in the process of applying to medical school, was killed on Nov. 21, 2010, the innocent victim of a domestic dispute between her sister and her sister’s boyfriend, both of whom died. She was working at Tufts University School of Medicine as a research technician. Among those who survive are her parents, one sister, and several nieces and nephews.

Class of 2006 | 2014 | Issue 1

This is a column full of congratulations (and variations on the word) so I hope you won’t get tired of seeing it!

Congratulations to Stan Parish, whose first novel, Down the Shore, will be published by Viking in June 2014. The novel is about a promising high school student at a boarding school in New Jersey whose path to an Ivy League School and success is preempted when he gets caught selling drugs. Stan guarantees that it is a vastly different version of his Wesleyan honors thesis. The novel has received a great review by former Wesleyan teacher and acclaimed author Alexander Chee.

Speaking of creative congratulations, Anna Moench was awarded a fellowship in playwriting/screenwriting by the New York Foundation of the Arts. Anna’s plays have received rave reviews and have appeared at the Old Vic, 59E59, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and Dance Theater Workshop. She’ll probably buy an island or two with the cash; I’d say go for Turks and Caicos.

In the same writing vein, congratulations are in order to Katey Rich who is now the Hollywood editor at Vanity Fair’s website, working out of New York City. Katey was previously editor-in-chief of the website CinemaBlend for six years. She promises not to give off any Miranda Priestly vibes!

Ronald Lim works in Singapore as an architect and regularly sees Sam Han, who now teaches sociology at Nanyang Technological University. He also goes on regular urban culinary excursions with jetsetting alums who fly in like Tokyo-based Takahiro Haneda, as well as U.S.-based alums Kingston Wong, Elizabeth Khoo, and Wilson Co.

Juan Sebastian Moreno graduated with a M.A. in TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) from the New School University in January 2013. He is engaged to Enie Rosales Ramos; the wedding will take place in the Philippines in 2014. Ben Magarik is still D.C.-based, although he has been traveling a lot for his job at MSCI (ISS) to help companies improve governance practices and sustainability reporting. He had the rare of treat of dinner with Louis Caditz-Peck and Jesse Watson in Berkeley in November.

Daniel Dykes plans to finish his law degree at Harvard in May 2014, after which he’ll be working in corporate law in NYC. This spring, he will direct the Harvard Law School Parody, a musical comedy making fun of law school and life in general.

Congratulations to Becca Seely who got married to the delightful Abby Ferjak at Yale Divinity School in New Haven. Alix Sleight Warner, Sara Covey Ortiz, Aurora Maoz, and Molly Greenberg ’05 were bridesmaids. An amazing Wes crew was in attendance, including Diego Ortiz ’05, Phil Amidon ’05, Bettina Schlegel, Nona Willis Aronowitz, Sarah Gunther, Lizzy Cohen, Matt Ferrisi ’03, Kate Mitchell ’05, Daniel Rubin, and Maggie Starr. Currently, Becca and Abby are living the dream in Venice Beach. Becca is completing the final step in her ordination process to become a Lutheran pastor by serving one year as vicar of a church in Santa Monica.

Belated and huge congrats to Vanessa Meer who married Marc Schreiber at Beach Point Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., on Oct. 6, 2012. Wesleyan was well-represented by Andrew Beckler ’91, Leslie Shasha ’82, Amelia Geggel, Beck Straley ’07, Jaimie Dougherty, Michelle Atwood ’05, Zach Strassburger, Anna Pinkert, Astrid Hesse ’08, Rachel Schreiber ’05, Alan Witt, Stephen Hartley, Maya Wolf Hartley, Samuel Duncan ’05, Kate Thorpe, Kim Landry, Sharisse Kanet, Leah Stern, and Teague Hopkins, as well as their associated significant others. Vanessa and Mark are living in Jersey City, where she is an environmental consultant at a multidisciplinary engineering firm and Marc is on an interest-rate-products trading desk at Goldman Sachs.

Jessica Pearce married Adam C. Jonas ’04 on July 19, 2013, at a lovely outdoor ceremony at Bryant Park Grill in NYC. Wesleyan alum attendees include Emily Titterton, Kaylea Moore, Jenna Bonczewsk, Douglas Collins ’07, Molly Adams ’07, Jaime Wendel ’07, and Megan Willey ’07. Congrats and best wishes in 2014!

Congratulations to Rachel Berger, who gave birth to a son, Colin Ezra Jankelowitz, on Aug. 14 2012. Rachel lives in Brooklyn with her husband Ari Jankelowitz. Ilana Davis Sharpe and her husband Dan Sharpe welcomed their first child Lorelei Olivia Sharpe born on September 18, 2013. The new family of 3 greatly enjoyed their first holiday season together. Needless to say, congrats! And last but certainly not least, congrats to Tal Beery and his wife, Eugenia, who gave birth to a bouncing baby boy Abraham Manwelyan Berry on August 8, 2013.

I wish you all the best in 2014 and hope to run into you in New York City soon!

Calvin Cato
catocals@gmail.com

MICHAEL L. SPIRER ’06

MICHAEL L. SPIRER, an executive assistant for Houghton-Mifflin, died Jan. 8, 2013. He attended both Wesleyan and the University of Connecticut. Predeceased by his mother, he is survived by his father, Alan Spirer, his adoptive mother, three siblings, and a niece.