CLASS OF 1996 | 2014 | ISSUE 3

Check out Sarah Wildman’s new book, Paper Love: It’s the story of Sarah’s search for the woman her grandfather left behind when he fled Vienna during the Holocaust. Her interest was first kindled when she found pictures of an unknown woman with her grandfather. Her search took her to Vienna, the Czech Republic, Berlin, and Israel. Kirkus Reviews calls the book “a poignant and humane memoir.”

In news from Connecticut: Mark Davis works at Wesleyan and lives in Middletown with his wife, Megan (a Middletown native), and their children Minerva (“Minnie”), 4, and Oliver (“Ollie”), 2. He is always happy to see fellow ’96ers on campus!

Across the country, Cathy Thomas is working on a PhD in literature, with a focus on comics and contemporary Caribbean writing, at UC, Santa Cruz.

Pamela Stumpo published an article about Egyptian politics. You can read it here:

Elura Nanos Kish writes, “I’m enjoying life being a TV and radio lawyer, and I regularly do appearances on Fox News, HLN, Sirius Radio, HuffPost Live, and others. I’m also being featured in a new show on Reelz called Celebrity Damage Control, and I’m working hard toward landing a new show where I can tell it like it is with no holds barred. Marysol Castro and I had lunch to discuss life as a Wes ’96 New York Big Mouth TV personality (which was so fun), and in the middle of our lunch, we ran into none other than Matthew Strozier. Total Wes moment! I’m also starting my seventh season playing flute and piccolo with the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey, and have joined its board as well. Still living in Cherry Hill, N.J., with my husband, son, and daughter.”

Mara Kailin and Daniel Cohen are celebrating 11 years in Denver. Dan is training for the NYC Marathon in November, and Mara recently got a great promotion at work. Dan reports, “Our kids are in first and third grades, and as they get older we like Colorado more and more because of all the things the family can do. We just celebrated our joint 40th birthday party by renting a house in the mountains with a group of friends, including Sean O’Connor and his wife, Lisa. Turning 40 is not so bad….”

Anand Nayak lives in Florence, Mass., with Polly Fiveash ’98 and their two sons. He is a Grammy-nominated guitarist, singer, and producer. You can find him on tour (along with Scott Kessel ’88) with folk band Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem.

That’s all for now. If we haven’t heard from you in a while, send in your updates!



Intern at the Wesleyan Office of Communications for Spring and Summer 2015. Currently working towards meeting the requirements for an Economics and Government dual major. A Wesleyan Posse Veteran.