CLASS OF 2003 | 2015 | ISSUE 1

Joseph Gindi moved back to Boston in June, and is happy to be reunited with lots of Wesleyan friends in that city.

Vida Long teaches English and German at the American International School in Salzburg. She welcomes contact from Wes alum teachers (especially English or math) who’d like to join her next year, or recent grads who’d like to work as an RAs.

Jesse Soursourian co-wrote a short film that was accepted by the Sundance Film Festival, and screened this January in Park City, Utah. He will be finishing his final semester of his MFA in film at Columbia University at the end of May.

Sandy Glassman White (who now goes by her Hebrew name, Samara) and her husband, Troy White, are excited to announce the release of their first children’s book, Maya & Friends Visit the Acupuncturist (, written by Samara and illustrated by Troy. Samara graduated from the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine. She’s a licensed acupuncturist and craniosacral therapist, specializing in infant craniosacral work. Samara and Troy were married last May.

Josh Daniels was reelected to the Berkeley School Board and was co-chair of the successful Yes on Measure D campaign, which was the first approved soda tax in the US.

Ben Rhatigan continues a very pleasant life in Barcelona, working as a management consultant for a firm specializing in organizations in emerging economies, and is currently on a project in Nigeria and Kenya. If any ’03ers are around that area, he’d love to be in touch.

Claire Lutgendorf McPhee and husband Christopher continue to love life in beautiful Bellingham, Wash., where she is a veterinarian. In May, they welcomed son Henry Alpin McPhee, into the world. They have since been seeking adventures, one scenic diaper change at a time.

Jason Pinter married Dana Lauren Klinek on Nov. 29th at Shadowbrook, an event space in Shrewsbury, N.J.

Alison Criscitiello is headed to the Pamir Mountains to complete a first, all-women’s winter ski traverse of the Tajikistan border with Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, and China ( She and her teammates will explore the impact of fences on migratory wildlife, and hope to inspire people to think about borders in different ways.

Jeremy Cluchey is director of creative design at Bates College. He and wife Sally welcomed their second child, a boy named Fred, in late 2014.

Kirsten Yamaguchi is working in film previsualization. As a CG shot creator, Kirsten helps plan the action, cameras, and framing for film sequences in 3D visualization software.

Katrina Nordine and husband Dave Heltibrand, welcomed their second child, Vallely Nordine, on March 4, 2014. Their son, Nils Heltibrand, is petitioning hard for additional siblings, with little success to date. Katie has also launched Nordine Events, an event planning outfit.

Amy and Tom Hodgman are living in Evanston, Ill. They just enjoyed a vacation to North Captiva Island with their, son Sam, 3-1/2, and daughter, Aquinnah (Quinn), born April 2014. Tom works at The Nature Conservancy, doing large scale land conservation in North America.

Mayuran Tiruchelvam received a creative producing fellowship from the Sundance Institute, where he met four inspiring Sundance and Wes alums Matthew Greenfield ’90, Jonas Carpignano  ’06, Dan Janvey ’06, and Michael Gottwald ’06. His production of Across the Sea, a Turkish-American romantic drama, received the Audience Award at the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival. He wrote a crime thriller, The Girl is in Trouble, to be released April 2015 across North America by eOne Films.