CLASS OF 1994 | 2015 | ISSUE 1

Raya Salter Moore writes, “I’m a lawyer with the Natural Resources Defense Council focusing on electricity policy. My daughter is 14 and in high school. Still living in New Rochelle, N.Y. Saw Hayley Buchbinder and her family (adorable two young sons and hubby) this past summer.”

Jon Morgan says, “I’m in Dallas (my hometown) and run a corporate public relations firm, Perry Street Communications. My wife, Liz Seabury ’95, is assistant general counsel at a restaurant company, Le Duff America. We have two boys: Henry, 10, and Oliver, 7.”

Jennifer Cunningham says, “Hello, all. I’ve never written an update before so I will keep the last 20 years brief. Moved to Denver, moved to London, left the glamorous world of telecom, and now live in Boulder County with my husband and two kids. I recently started Ask Why Films to lend a voice to social issues. Our first documentary is Disruptive Ed—a film to inspire audiences to reimagine education in their local schools and effect the necessary changes.”

Charlotte Castillo writes, “Greetings from NYC…I am working hard being a mom to my 5-year-old ‘lil man’ and as VP of international brand management for Viacom Media Networks—driving brand strategy and creative for our consumer products business around the world! It’s a fun job that takes me around the world—London, Singapore, Milan, Paris, Panama City, São Paolo, among others, including (hopefully) Sydney next spring. And one thing all these cities have in common—Wesleyan! I’ve seen Wesleyan tees, bumper stickers, and more in almost all of these cities! That is truly why! I’m in touch with the fabulous Patria Rodriguez ’93, Cynthia Centeno ’93, and Lisette Nieves ’92—all doing their thing in media, education, and nonprofit worlds, respectively.”

Tanya Bowers and her husband, Martin Valadez Torres, welcomed their son, George Israel Valadez, on Oct. 15th. Tanya moved to Washington State’s Tri-Cities from Washington, D.C., in the late summer 2014. She welcomes contact from Wes alums who find themselves in eastern Washington State. Tanya says, “I am on the Wesleyan Alumni of Color Council and interested alums should reach out to me if they want to get involved.”

Cris Ruggiero writes, “I have been living and working in Pittsburgh, for the last six years at the University of Pittsburgh. I’m an associate dean in the School of Arts and Sciences, and I oversee the College of General Studies. The College serves about 2500 students, through degree, non-degree, and certificate programs as well as housing the Osher lifelong learning program and the University’s Office of Veteran Services. I enjoy the diversity of our student population and the programs we provide. I live in the city with my husband, who is an assistant professor of biological sciences at Pitt, and our 5-year-old daughter, who is in kindergarten. I’ve also been volunteering for the past five years with a mentoring program called Strong Women Strong Girls, and I still do Wesleyan alumni interviews. In terms of Wes people in Pittsburgh, we see Brant Hasler often; he is an assistant professor of psychiatry in the School of Medicine at Pitt. Otherwise, I saw Julie Beattie Reeves and Jon Bender during a quick conference trip to Denver. Both are doing well, and Julie and I compared job notes as she is now working in higher ed as an associate vice chancellor of brand marketing for the University of Denver.”

Thank you to all who wrote in with updates. Please keep sending us your news.

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