CLASS OF 2006 | 2015 | ISSUE 3

Madeline Shapiro Samit produced the film The Diary of a Teenage Girl, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The film was released by Sony Pictures Classics and came out in theaters Aug. 7. The cast includes Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgard and Kristen Wiig. The film is set in the backdrop of 1970s San Francisco and involves a teenage artist with a brutally honest perspective who tries to navigate her way through an affair with her mother’s boyfriend.

Alex Weber is pursuing the American dream in Beijing, China, with his wife, children, and dogs. He is a senior business development manager at Rosetta Stone, curing monolingualism one case at a time for Chinese and foreign businesses and organizations.

Teague Hopkins is the co-host of StartUpJab, a talk show about startups and the people who start them. Past guests include pro gamers who have discussed the business of eSports, the Press Secretary of NASA, and Steve Sunu ’08 who talked about the business of comic books.

Daniel Dykes attended his 10th reunion for the Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program at Mystic Seaport. He lives with his girlfriend in Manhattan and recently celebrated one full year as an associate at international law firm Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle.

Rebecca Rosenfelt and her husband, Michael Yamartino, relocated from San Francisco to Portland, Oregon. They will continue in their roles as product managers at Airbnb and Pinterest respectively. They enjoy hosting Airbnb guests and friends from around the world in the in-law apartment beneath their house and spend most of their spare time convincing friends and family to move to Portland.

Hannah Gay has launched malinaSI Social Impact Consulting, which connects and strengthens mission-driven organizations and individuals. Feel free to reach out to her if you or your company could use some help driving social impact! She was also very excited to catch up with her pals at the Oct. 24 wedding of Marianne Reyes and Mike Lima ’08.

Hanako Moondance completed her master’s in library science with certificates in storytelling and youth services. She hopes to gain employment in a public library somewhere in Los Angeles. Laura Rindlaub completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Denver in August 2015. Her internship year brought her and her husband back to New York City in 2014. She is a postdoctoral fellow at a private psychotherapy center in Long Island, where she specializes in dialectical behavior therapy. She and Risa Cyr were bridesmaids in the wedding of Samantha Marshall to Phillip Hurst in late October 2015 in what I’m told was a beautiful celebration!

Sam Han got married in July 2015 in New York City to Zarelda Marie Goh, a magazine editor in Singapore. Wesleyan folks in attendance include Bettina Schlegel, Daniel Reif, Shayna Jeffers, Quiana Stokes, Alyson Mance, Willy Friedman, Jess Smith, Noah Isaacs, Ming Alterman, Kate Bryant, Lauren Stossel ’07, David Stein, Liz Dee, Mike Murphy ’05, Elizabeth Isaacs ’05, Jeff Haynes ’07, Nick Garin ’08, Sara Kim ’07, Liana Kohn-Gardner ’07, Tala Bouzarjomehri ’08, and Josh Stephens ’07. Sam works a professor of sociology at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. He is fortunate to have had two books published: Technologies of Religion: Spheres of the Sacred in a Post-Secular Modernity and Digital Culture and Religion in Asia. Big congrats!

Arielle Edelman married Adam McHenry in Milwaukee. In attendance were Lizzy Cohen, Will McCue, Cara Chebuske, and Matt Ferrisi ’03. They fondly reminisced about living together at 72 High Street. Arielle is working in public health and human rights at Open Society Foundations, with a whole crew of Wesleyan folks, including Catesby Holmes ’05 and Jeff Stein ’10. Congratulations!

Congrats to Emily Seife who wed Josh Nathan-Kazis ’07 in Queens, N.Y., on Jan. 3, 2015. Wes aluma in attendance include Emily Klasson, Alison Koch, Meredith Steinberg, Marjorie Kaye, Kate Angell, Steve Rubinstein, Sara Kaplan-Levenson, Aaron Sussman ’07, Adam Chamberlain ’07, and Brandon Stein ’07.

Curt Murphy and Dawn Murphy just had a baby on Aug. 23, 2015. Hunter Murphy will hopefully be in the Wes class of 2030-something. Hunter has already visited Wesleyan so it’ll be an easy transition! Willy Friedman and Jess Smith are also new parents! Their daughter Ruby Max Friedman was born Sept. 23, 2015, and is doing great! Congratulations to Luke Basta and Jessica Basta, who now have a second son in their home! Their son, Theo Augustus Basta, was born Aug. 8, 2015.

As for me, I’m still in New York City working as a freelance editor. I currently co-host a show in Park Slope in Brooklyn at Freddy’s Bar every first and third Monday. The show is the longest running stand-up comedy show in Brooklyn and is going 12 years strong. I always give away free candy and chocolate, so feel free to stop by!

Calvin Cato |