CLASS OF 2008 | 2015 | ISSUE 3

As usual, ’08 has a lot of good news!

Alpay Koralturk writes: “I had a wedding in Istanbul this August. My Wesleyan friends Norman AzoulayTom VolgenauNelson Azoulay ’09Miller Nuttle ’09Christian Freire ’09, and Ryan Brill ’10 all attended the wedding and it was a blast!”

In early October Ben Nissim married Karen (née Levinstim). They’re living and working in and around West Hartford, Conn.,and enjoying spending lots of time with other Wes grads in the area.

Caroline Janin has been living in Lima, Peru, working for an investment fund since she graduated in May 2014 from Columbia Business School, which she happily attended with fellow ’08er Nyambura Gichohi. Caroline was married in Paris in June and celebrated with Tara Moore, Armando Palha, Asli Sonceley, Nyambura Gichohi, Lauren Goldman, Maddie Rottman, Katie Kalafus ’09 and Sonia Livdahl. Most important, she recently got a soft, chubby, French bulldog named Joséphine, who is working on her social media presence with Instagram account josephinebulldog.

Justin Douglas writes: “Jennifer Madowitz Douglas and I married this past May in New York City. After the wedding, we road-tripped from San Diego, Calif., to West Hartford, Conn., where we now live. Along the way, we stayed with friends and family, including Brooke Richart.

Amidst all of the wedding bells, AJ Taucher and his wife, Jackie, are celebrating the birth of their son, Griffin, who made his appearance on Sept. 30, 2015. AJ is still living and working in Long Beach, Calif., and has enjoyed running into several alums when in the LA area.

Emily Einhorn and Jeff Wong are happy to be back in the Northeast again! After three years in Florida, they are back in the land of Wesleyan, living for the first time in New York City. Both are working at independent schools in the city and love being able to walk to work.

Leslie Prado is living in D.C. and is almost half way through the clinical year of the GWU physician assistant program. She is in her surgery rotation and is starting the PICU in November.

Lyz Nardo recently became brand manager for Tipsy Scoop ice cream. They churn small batch, liquor-infused ice cream made from locally sourced ingredients in New York. All flavors are five percent ABV. Flavors range from maple bacon bourbon to Mexican “hot” chocolate to grapefruit Paloma sorbet. This is an incredibly fun and unique opportunity! They are growing quickly, which keeps her very busy year-round!

Sophia Kim shared, “I graduated from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing this past July, passed my boards, and then went on a six-week trip to Wyoming to see old friends and go climbing as much as possible. It was great, and now I’m back in Baltimore, working at the Johns Hopkins Hospital neuroscience critical care unit as an RN.”

After spending four years as the assistant tennis coach at Brandeis, Pauri Pandian was awarded 2015 ITA Northeast Men’s and Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year, 2015 ITA National Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year, and just began as the head coach at Wheaton College, in Norton, Mass., this fall.

Finally, Ruby Ross writes: “I just started a new job as a teaching assistant for a French-immersion second grade class at The International School of Louisiana and continue to gig around town solo and with my duo Crossing Canal. My Balkan band, Blato Zlato (with Annie Kelly among others), is on hiatus until December when all members get back to town, but we’re hoping to play Golden Fest in New York again this coming year. And the biggest news: I’m getting married in November!”

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