Class of 2003 | 2014 | Issue 1

In January, Samantha Gillombardo Larson left the public defender’s office after 6.5 years and now works as a clerk magistrate for the Massachusetts Trial Courts. She frequently and happily returns to campus to visit her sister, Tabitha ’16. Among the guests at her son’s birthday party was Elias McCoy, son of Andrea Wilson McCoy, who lives close by.

Tejas Desai published his second book, Good Americans. This short story collection paints an uncompromising, panoramic portrait of contemporary America and is the first in a series of collections called The Human Tragedy. It is available on Amazon. Tejas is alternating The Human Tragedy with his novel series The Brotherhood Trilogy.

Neville Galloway-Williams is seeing the light at the end of the tunnel as she applies for internships to complete her degree in clinical psychology. If this nerve-wracking process goes well, this will be her last year at Virginia Tech, and next year she could end up anywhere, from Maine to California. Wherever she goes, she hopes to find a few Wes grads who will hang out with her, husband Joshua, and 2-year-old Alice.

Tim Harrington, Jessica, and son Lius (2 years) moved to sunny Mountain View, Calif., in May and decided to stay after Tim received a permanent offer of employment from Google in its green-energy investments legal group. Daughter Josephine was born Oct. 8, in Mountain View. Mom and Josie are not sleeping much but otherwise doing great.

Along with his wife, Sally, and daughter Rose, Jeremy Cluchey moved from D.C. to the great state of Maine, where he’s working in communications at Bates College.

Kirsten Yamaguchi presented a talk about the formal and behavioral construction of gender in animation at the UC Berkeley Center for New Media during The Queerness and Games Conference. Kirsten’s talk was titled “The Medium’s Flexible Potential: Practical Tactics from Animation for Designing Queer Video Game Characters.”

A new English teacher has arrived in Salzburg. Vida Long is teaching ELL and Literature at a boarding school and loving being so close to the Austrian Alps for skiing.

Ben Rhatigan finished his MBA in and started working out of the Barcelona office of a management consultancy that specializes in companies in emerging economies, with some recent projects in Ghana, Kuwait, Dubai, and Saudi Arabia.

Catherine Roden Faulk and Brian Faulk welcomed their first child, baby boy Jack Lincoln Faulk, on May 7, 2013. Jack has been welcomed to the Wes family by many Wes friends and recently met Zoey, daughter of Sarabeth Broder-Fingert ’02 and Heidi Alexander. The two were fast friends with birthdays just one month apart.

Arturo Vidich had an eventful year in NYC with two performance commissions, a Creative Capital grant, a NYFA grant, plus he got married; their son was born Jan. 31, 2014.

Andrew and Betsy Fippinger moved to the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Andrew is a high school English teacher at Horace Mann. Betsy is a freelance casting assistant working in film and television. Their almost 2-year-old son James is an applesauce lover and Elmo aficionado.

Anna Seastrand finished her PhD in art history at Columbia and now works as a collegiate assistant professor at the University of Chicago.

Nezia Azmi married Paul Rausch in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Dec. 29, 2012, after he took her on the longest first date ever—a train trip from London to Tehran over 25 days. She is currently in KL working on some arts management/education projects and spending time with family while waiting to join Paul in Honolulu, Hawai’i, hopefully sometime in mid-2014.

Julia Beizer and husband Tom Ratliff ’01 live in Takoma Park, Md., just outside of Washington, D.C. Their second child, Miles James Ratliff, was born Dec. 21. Julia oversees mobile product development for The Washington Post.

In August, Joey Wender was joined by Tony Saudek in Jackson Hole to celebrate his marriage to Lauren Paige. Joey continues to work on Capitol Hill, having moved with his boss, Ed Markey, from the House to the Senate.