CLASS OF 2007 | 2021–2022 | WINTER ISSUE

Greetings class of 2007! Megan is here to give you the updates on classmates as we approach our 15th (!) Reunion year.

Our ranks continue to grow with many of us expanding our families! Eric Altneu reports that he moved to Philly for his ID fellowship at Temple. And he adds, “My husband (Brookes Hammock) and I had a baby in May, Mabel Rae Altneu-Hammock.” Cortney (Tetrault) Duncan and her husband welcomed their second son, Jaxon Ryder Duncan last summer.  She continues to live and work at Kent School where she coaches the field hockey and lacrosse teams and is the director of athletics.

Peggy Gullick has been making moves in her career. She says, “I’m now the Director of the Center for Human Services Research at the State University of New York– Albany; we focus on social service program evaluation in New York state and beyond. So if anyone’s nonprofit or CBO is interested in contracting with an external group for a formal evaluation, feel free to check us out and get in touch!” She adds, “Otherwise, Nick Field ’09 and I have been in Albany for the past several years, as he progresses through his neurosurgery residency. Our son Caleb was born last spring; not many Wes friends have had the chance to meet him in person so far, but plenty have over Zoom, at least!”

Doug Rubenstein reports that he and his wife welcomed their second child (a daughter) during the pandemic and will be moving back to Los Angeles later this year. He adds, “I’m currently a recruiter at PayPal and I’m also a founder of a startup tech company called CHIP Professionals. Our goal is to provide a marketplace for people to be matched with financial professionals of color in order to improve the retention rates of financial professionals of color, as well as breakdown some of the barriers that people of color have in hiring financial professionals.”

2020 was a year of change for Sarah Sluis. She welcomed her second child, Juniper, and switched coasts to be closer to her family. After vowing not to live on the other side of a ferry, Seattle’s hot housing market convinced her otherwise, and she bought a home in April on Whidbey Island (the Hudson Valley of the West Coast?). She is working for her New York–based job 100 percent remotely, and was recently promoted to managing editor of AdExchanger. She would love to reconnect with any Seattle area–based Wes alums!

Raomej Caro reports that she’ll be attending CUNY School of Law this fall with the support and encouragement of her husband, Andrew Boatti. After the 2016 election and all the havoc that came with it, plus COVID-19 and our societal response, Raomej says, “I felt ready and compelled to get my JD and really lean into pushing for change both personally and professionally.”

Matthew Franco says, “It’s been an odd year and a half!” He continues, “I was teaching at Goucher College when COVID started and then agreed to teach as part of the Goucher Prison Education Project. I taught via Zoom into the prison for a semester, and it was tremendously rewarding. When courses were delayed/canceled for the spring, I began volunteering with Johns Hopkins at vaccination clinics. After volunteering for a few weeks, I stepped into a paid position and am helping run operations for mobile clinics that serve at-risk/marginalized communities. Before I got the job offer from Johns Hopkins, I had already signed a contract for a seasonal job working for the Maryland Park Service in a state park near Baltimore. It’s been a very busy summer, but rewarding!”

Jon Pierowicz has had a busy year. He shares that he recently got married and accepted a job as general counsel at Viridi Parente, an energy storage and battery technology company.

Annie Rorem chimes in with the news that she, along with former Home Avenue residents Erica Pasciullo Cahill, Arielle Cohen, and Nicole Tirado Strayer continue to have thoughtful conversations, late night dance parties, and outdoor adventures—with one fish, one dog, one cat, four husbands, six advanced degrees, and seven children between them.

Wishing you a wonderful fall and winter! As always, please continue to send updates to Victoria or me. And stay tuned for news about Reunion and Commencement in the spring (fingers crossed we can see each other in person)!

CLASS OF 2007 | 2021 | ISSUE 1

Hello class of 2007! I hope everyone is staying safe and sane during this pandemic. The good news is that even a global pandemic won’t keep the class of 2007 down! We are welcoming many new babies for future Wesleyanites:

     Sarah Lippincott and Brendan O’Connell ’08 welcomed their first child, Delphine, on October 27. She’s enjoyed lots of outdoor visits with family and friends, including Anne McSweeney ’08 and grandfather John Lippincott ’71 at their home in Conway, Massachusetts. Some of her favorite activities include watching snow fall and videoconferencing.

     Simon Au ’07 welcomed his first child, Daniel, in early February.  “Perhaps there is something to having children in your twenties instead of your thirties after all. . . .”

    Melissa Mondesir Miller welcomed her second child, Chloé Michelle Miller, in June 2020. It was an eventful (pandemic) birth, which resulted in mom delivering the baby herself in the car while dad, Andrew, was speeding down the highway trying to make it to the birthing center in time. Thankfully everyone is doing well, and big brother, Theo, adores his new sister. During these crazy times, Melissa has been very grateful for monthly Zoom check-ins with her Wes ’07 Sister Circle, which consists of Jennifer Celestin, Oni Tongo, Nicole Reid, Samira Abdul-Karim, and Tashia Chin. “Thankful to these ladies for keeping me sane from afar.”

     Albert Hill has resigned from teaching high school to be a full -time dad for a while. He and his partner welcomed their first child in Oakland in October.

     And of course many ’07ers have been working on the front line in various capacities.

     Lauren Ogden left Oregon after 10 years and spent the pandemic working as an infection control specialist at Stanford Children’s Hospital. While the work took over a lot of her life, she was able to reconnect with Debi Schwartz and Jacob Golden for some hikes and outdoor movies. In January she moved back home to Vermont with her partner as they are expecting their first baby.

     Samira Abdul-Karim and her partner Yusef Ramelize co-founded Hyphens and Spaces, a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) consulting company that serves people in organizations dedicated to furthering social causes and justice. “We started the company because we believe that by empowering the people who are striving to create a more equitable world, we can increase their net impact and multiply the good. As Black business owners, we are motivated by the drive to make sure our daughter can experience a world where her value is unquestioned and voice is celebrated. We offer DEI process consultation, learning programs, strategy support, and coaching services. Find us at hyphensandspaces.com.”

     Matthew Brownstein’s family includes his wife Hillary, son Felix (4) and daughter Ellen Poppy—we call her Poppy (1).  He is an assistant principal in New York City and lives in Queens. He is proud to be bringing in-person education to more and more of our young people. He wishes everyone health and some space to make sense of these crazy times.

     And our class is filled with creativity and ingenuity. 

   Dawid Wiacek lives in White Plains, New York, where he occasionally forages for (non-toxic) berries and (non-hallucinogenic) mushrooms in the trails and parks throughout Westchester. After several years of successfully winging it as a freelancer and consultant, he finally formalized his career coaching and resume writing business —The Career Fixer—and is currently working on a book featuring his adorable chihuahua–pit bull mix (cuter than you think!) entitled Everything My Dog Taught Me About Resumes, Networking & Navigating a Career Change.

     Owen Detlor currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Stephanie and their little pit bull, Honey. Since Wes, Owen has been in the world of architecture and construction, finishing a graduate degree in architecture in 2013, and since then working for a construction company specializing in custom building facades. Stephanie, Honey and Owen all moved in together in Philadelphia back in 2015, before moving back to his hometown New York in 2018, and getting married in 2019. (He married Stephanie, not Honey.)

CLASS OF 2007 | 2020 | ISSUE 3

 Hello classmates, Megan here to give you some updates. I hope you are all hanging in there and staying healthy. Although 2020 has been a weird and somber year, several classmates have shared reasons to celebrate.

Ian MacLeod announces the birth of his son, River MacLeod. The little guy was born on January 22, 2020 and Ian says, “He now has two teeth, loves to laugh at peek-a-boo, and is lots of fun!”

Jocelyn Bonadio recently found a silver lining to this otherwise awful year. She writes, “My first child, my son Arjun Amar Kondabolu, was born on August 28, 2020.”

Nasim Khoshkhou reports, “I continue to work remotely in data analytics for Synchrony. I’m living in Westchester County in New York and welcome video catch-ups or actual visitors when travel is considered safe again! I miss my Wes peeps and I continue to engage with the University by recruiting there for work and meeting with current students through the career center.” She adds that her son Cameron, age four, recently returned to preschool. Perhaps a Wesleyan alum in the making?

Jane Charles-Voltaire is a senior program officer with the International Association of Women Judges. She and her partner are currently living in Madrid, Spain. 

Finally, Alex Magnin wants to let classmates know that he has moved to Los Angeles!

Wishing you a happy fall and winter. Here’s hoping for a brighter 2021!

Megan Harrington | megan.kretz@gmail.com

Victoria Belyavsky Pinsky | victoriapinsky@gmail.com

CLASS OF 2007 | 2020 | ISSUE 2

I hope that all my fellow Wesleyaners and ’07ers are staying safe and healthy during this trying time. That said, we have a few updates from our class:

Doug Rubenstein is living in New Jersey with his wife and 5-year-old son, and he is expecting a daughter in August! He is working as a recruiter at PayPal and working nights with the NBA in the Replay Center. He also co-founded a business in April called CHIP Professionals, which is a service matching people with financial professionals of color. Finally, he is also a panelist on The Grapevine on YouTube (175k subscribers). He also tries to sleep sometimes, but that comes far and few between.

Karen Oelschlaeger has accepted a position as the dedicated prosecutor for the Windsor County Unit for Special Investigations in Vermont. She has worked in the Windsor County State’s Attorney’s Office since 2016, and this role is a great opportunity to put her Master of Social Work (MSW) to use while collaborating with a multi-disciplinary team to investigate and hold people accountable for crimes against children, sexual assault, and other serious crimes such as human trafficking.

After three great years getting to know the Wesleyan Club in London, Johanna Goetzel is returning stateside in January 2021 with a baby in tow! She looks forward to getting to know the Philly-area alums and other new parents.

Tess Amodeo-Vickery is living in Rome, Italy, and had the strange experience of living the COVID-19 crisis two weeks ahead of her friends back in the U.S. She’s putting her classical civilization major to good work, running  the boutique travel company Clam Tours (clamtours.com), which offers private, educational tours of Rome, Naples, and Florence for curious travelers looking to go off the beaten path and experience Italy like a true local (Tess leads many of these tours herself, along with her Italian husband, Giovanni). She is working on a new album of original music, which is slotted for release in 2021.

Brian Dilks-Brotman finally saw Hamilton! It toured in Philly, and he caught it there back in September. That was, of course, before the pandemic. He and his wife, Jacqueline, are hanging in there, working from home, and going on the occasional walk. He still works as a staff representative for Communications Workers of America, Local 1036, where they represent about 7,000 employees of the state of New Jersey.

Abby Huber is happily working as a freelance translator (German-English, Spanish-English) based out of Providence, R.I., specializing in public health and environment.

Megan Harrington | megan.kretz@gmail.com

Victoria Belyavsky Pinsky | victoriapinsky@gmail.com

CLASS OF 2007 | 2020 | ISSUE 1

Happy New Year, Class of 2007! Megan here to keep you posted on what’s new. Exciting news: Maude Bass-Krueger curated an exhibition in NYC with an accompanying book published by Yale University Press. Maude adds that the book was “designed by the fab Irma Boom to boot!” The expo got rave reviews from Roberta Smith at the New York Times.

Wedding bells continue to ring: Eric Altneau reports that Ben Byers was married to Loretta Douglas on Sept. 1, 2019.

David Scardella and Jaime Wendel are living in Pembroke, Mass., with their two sons Tyler (17-months) and Andrew (3). David owns a dental practice in Duxbury, Mass., and Jaime is a manager of donor relations and events at Crossroads for Kids, a Duxbury nonprofit.

Finally, Jane Charles-Voltaire is a lawyer working with the International Association of Women Judges. She and her husband Paul currently live in Santiago, Chile, and will be moving to Madrid, Spain, this summer.

As always, please keep sending us any and all updates!

Megan Harrington | megan.kretz@gmail.com

Victoria Belyavsky Pinsky | victoriapinsky@gmail.com

CLASS OF 2007 | 2019 | ISSUE 3

Wedding bells are ringing for the class of 2007! Amy Lee Rosen married Dr. Nicholas Marinkovich, at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia on Aug. 31. Four years ago, Amy met Nick at the National Gallery of Art and they have explored the world together ever since. The Honorable Bradley Moss ’80 officiated the ceremony. Amy met Brad in Philadelphia one week before she started law school because she was wearing a Wesleyan t-shirt and they happened to be neighbors. Others in attendance were Amanda Brown ’05, Lynn Cartwright-Punnett, Samuel Duncan ’05, Sarah Montgomery ’06, Phu Nguyen ’09, Victoria Pinsky, and Psychology Professor Emeritus Karl Scheibe, who taught Brad, Sam, and Amy while they were at Wesleyan. It was a happy day for Nick and Amy and their wedding dance included a waltz followed by a robot dance, which they are very proud of.

Also, in Philadelphia, Beth Herz and her partner, Neeta Sonalkar, celebrated their marriage, with their mutual friend Molly Hartman basking in the glow of her successful matchmaking. Rabbi Leora Abelson co-officiated the Hindu-Jewish wedding and Nicole Grijnsztein and Kimberly Greenberg led the hora, as Philly-based Compas 48, including Cara Tratner ’12 on sax, got everyone on the dance floor with their signature jarocho-cumbia-klezmer tunes.

Across the pond, Simon Au got married and is marking himself safe in Hong Kong.

On the job front, Erica Pasciullo Cahill officially became a clinical assistant professor at Stanford Medical School in obstetrics and gynecology. In addition to doctoring and research, she started a podcast called The V Word with one of her colleagues all about women’s and reproductive health.

Jocelyn Bonadio-de Freitas is in the midst of an artist residency at The Loisaida Center, Inc., in Manhattan and is starting a new job as program associate, community engagement and social justice projects with the Lower East Side Girls Club.

For the last three years, Jose Chapaled a campaign to pass legislation in New York State that would provide farmworkers across the state with equal labor rights, including the right to organize and a day of rest. The bill finally passed this last legislative session and Governor Cuomo signed it into law. Jose lives in Brooklyn with his boyfriend, Adam Martin, and they are seriously contemplating adopting a cat.   

Rachel Salowitz Vaughan is living in Des Moines with her husband, Brian, and their 2-year-old daughter. She is working as the director of sales and private events for a prestigious 1920s house museum/manor home, running a home organization business, and pursuing a certification as a birth/labor and postpartum doula. She still does commercial work and acting projects when she can; most recently she wrapped a supporting role in the indie film, East of Middle West, due out next year.

In family news, Daphne Clyburn and her husband, Michael MacEwen, just welcomed their first child this summer. His name is Benjamin Arlo MacEwen and he was born on June 29. They were grateful to get together with folks from 88 Home—Meredith Katz, Kara Brodgesell, Thomas Coen, Sally Smyth, and their families this summer, too.

Grace Nowakoski and her husband, Jeff Diteman, are enjoying raising their daughter who was born in June 2018. His first translation of a novel, The Anarchist Who Shared My Name by Pablo Martín Sánchez, also came out last year. Grace works with pregnant folks as a doula and facilitates group prenatal care at the local hospital. They are happy to have neighbors again after living out in the country for two years, and to be able to stroll with their kid to the library, park, and restaurants in the “big city” of Northampton, Mass.

Megan Harrington | wesleyan007@gmail.com

Victoria Belyavsky Pinsky | victoriapinsky@gmail.com

CLASS OF 2007 | 2019 | ISSUE 2

Hello, ’07! Megan here to keep you updated on what our class has been up to. Many of us have been building on our Wesleyan education by pursuing advanced degrees.

Jessica Mack finished her PhD in history at Princeton after defending her dissertation about the construction of UNAM’s monumental campus in Mexico City. She’ll be a postdoc at Rutgers University teaching history of Mexico and collaborating on a program called the University and its Public Worlds, which considers different higher education models and their relationships to broader publics.

Eric Altneu reports, “I’m graduating from my internal medicine residency at The Ohio State University and starting GI/hepatology fellowship at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.” He continues, “It’s a small world: Jess and I were co-RAs in Hewitt 8 and will both be moving to Rutgers for work at the same time!”

William Santiago graduated from UConn School of Medicine and will begin his residency in internal medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital. There he will focus on care systems for the underserved populations located in urban centers. William says that his two daughters, Lisette, 8, and Natalia, 4, are the loves of his life and have adjusted well to life in Connecticut. His wife, Vladrose ’05, fights the good fight in the social services field and inspires William on a daily basis.

Jocelyn Bonadio-de Freitas finished her MA in education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is an artist-in-residence at The Loisaida Center in NYC, and the lead organizer of the campaign to divest Harvard’s endowment from the Puerto Rican debt.

We’ve also been busy adding to our families—through marriage and birth!

Norah Emara says, “I work at Boston Children’s Hospital as a complex care pediatric hospitalist. I got married in Boston to Matt Rader. Brittany Speisman Kugler, Alicia Dodds Sharma, and Liam McAlpine were all in attendance. We took almost a month off work and island hopped throughout Hawaii, which was pretty incredible. We are now eagerly awaiting the arrival of a little one this year.”

Nishita “Nya” Roy-Pope and her husband welcomed their second child Darius on Jan. 24. Nya says she loves the craziness of chasing around two little ones and living in her home state of Rhode Island while having an impact on global programs and talent diversity through her job at Dell Technologies. She is leading programs to expose and empower girls and underrepresented groups in STEM fields.

Ian MacLeod reports, “I am enjoying life in Sacramento, Calif., with my wife, dog, and cat! I just started a new job at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. I regularly see Alex Early, who lives in Oakland.”

As always, please keep sending us any and all updates!

Megan Harrington | wesleyan007@gmail.com

Victoria Belyavsky Pinsky | victoriapinsky@gmail.com

CLASS OF 2007 | 2019 | ISSUE 1

With 2019 already upon us, we have a few updates from our fellow classmates. A number of ’07ers are continuing their career journeys in exciting new ways. Himanshu “Heems” Suri is taking a break from making rap music and settling in to a new role as Spotify’s senior editor of Indian culture. He lives in Jackson Heights, Queens, where he eats all of the food.

Chris Krovatin had a crazy October. He published his third YA novel, Frequency; became U.S. editorial manager for the new Brooklyn office of Kerrang! Magazine; and married Azara Golston ’09. Chris and Azara live in Washington Heights in NYC. Ian MacLeod works as a restoration ecologist regulating the mining industry at the California Department of Conservation. He bought his first house and lives in Sacramento with his wife, dog, and cat. In his free time, he tries to ski, surf, climb, and raft all over California.

Virginia Hermann is living just a stone’s throw from NYC in Spring Valley, N.Y. After completing her eurythmy training back in 2011, she joined the Eurythmy Spring Valley Ensemble, mostly dedicating herself to artistic development and performing. In 2017 she completed an MA in performance eurythmy through a satellite program of Alanus University (Bonn, Germany), and joined the faculty of the Eurythmy Spring Valley professional eurythmy training. Some exciting projects included a Mozart string quartet performance with A Far Cry in the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum, a large-scale tour for Waldorf schools in Taiwan and China, and dramatic collaborations with actors, both as Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and as Lucifer in Rudolf Steiner’s Four Mystery Dramas.

We also have some updates on the future Wesleyan generation. Kara Schnoes and Jeremy Brown ’08 were surprised and delighted by their newly adopted kiddo, Asher, who arrived on Thanksgiving Day. They are enjoying life in Eugene, Ore. Sarah Sluis welcomed a son, Arthur Howard Gross, last February. His first year has gone by faster than the freshman year of Wes. The Sluis family moved from Prospect Heights to Park Slope, where Sarah occasionally runs into other Wesleyan grads, including her tennis partner, Rashida Richardson ’08. Sarah works as a journalist, writing about digital media and ad tech for AdExchanger.

Megan Harrington | wesleyan007@gmail.com

Victoria Belyavsky Pinsky | victoriapinsky@gmail.com