CLASS OF 1991 | 2016 | ISSUE 1

Bayard and Betsy Klimasmith live in Belmont, Mass. Bayard is a middle-school assistant principal in Lexington, and Betsy is an English professor at UMass Boston. Their son, David, is in kindergarten, and daughter Sophie ’20 is a member of Wesleyan’s class of 2020.

Eric Glatt earned a JD from Georgetown University Law Center in 2015 and serves as an attorney at the ACLU of Alaska. Eric continues work on the ongoing lawsuit he and Alexander Footman ’09 brought against Fox Searchlight Pictures over the issue of unpaid intern labor and minimum wage laws, and on the lack of federal non-discrimination protections for unpaid interns and volunteers.

Lauren Simon Irwin won a big employment trial representing a pharmacist against Wal-Mart in the US District Court in New Hampshire. She’s enjoying the victory while waiting for the inevitable appeal.

Michael Reinke is executive director with the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Julia Arlinghaus Charles writes, “I’m enjoying life in the SF Bay Area with my 15-year-old daughter. I work for Touro University California, writing grants and crunching data; in my spare time I paint and try to design a foolproof automatic chicken coop door.”

Maria Snyder received tenure at Central College in Pella, Iowa, and is now an associate professor of French and German. Stephanie Hirschman Wade, lives in Maine with her 13-year-old daughter and works at Unity College as director and associate professor of writing. Brian Howell, professor of anthropology at Wheaton College, is on sabbatical this semester, teaching in Tanzania, presenting a paper at the University of Edinburgh and a conference in Cambridge, and joining a “faculty development” trip along the Camino de Santiago in Spain.

The American Academy of Religion awarded Jerome Copulsky the AAR-Luce Fellowship in Religion and International Affairs. The award funds Jerome’s Franklin Fellowship at the Office of Religion and Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Jim Ghiloni serves as a fellow in the president’s inaugural White House Leadership Development Program, designed to foster the next generation of senior executives in the Federal government.

In January 2015, Deborah Mayer took over as chief counsel and staff director for the Senate Select Committee on Ethics and reconnected with Narda Jones, who works for Senator Maria Cantwell. She’s also celebrating 17 years with the Navy, serving as a military judge, trying court-martial cases throughout the Navy and Marine Corps.

Laurie Woods returned to her hometown of D.C. in June 2015, after more than two decades away. She’s happy to be closer to her parents and reconnect with Maud Casey.

Katherine Wingfield Barry writes that Will Barry now serves as chairman of the Olney Boys and Girls Club as well as part of the executive committee of the law firm, Richards Kibbe and Orbe. Will coaches one of their sons in football and lacrosse. Their 8-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, is the only girl playing tackle football in the whole program.

Tasos Theodorou lives in Dallas and works in healthcare consulting. His son, Apostoli Stone Theodorou, was born Sept. 22, 2015. Eva Pendleton and her husband, Patrick Barnhart, are adopting a baby boy, who was placed with them at birth on Dec. 8, 2015. “His name is August James Barnhart and we are enjoying life in the new parent vortex!”

Ian and Zanne Gerrard ’94 visited Sarah Sutter, who is celebrating five years in Tokyo. They watched basketball, explored shrines in Kamakura, and ate lots of excellent Japanese food.

Phil Faroudja assisted with the passage of “Laura’s Law” in San Francisco County. Laura’s Law moves people with mental illness out of the court system and into healthcare facilities and provides funding for mental care professionals.

Tim McBride and his family live in Hingham Mass.,where he heads the New England region and Boston office for Bessemer Trust. Tim’s stayed connected to the Wes basketball program and took the players and coaches out to dinner after they played in a tournament in the Boston area.

Kevin Greiner marks 10 years as president and CEO of Atlanta-based Gas South and serves on the boards of the United Way of Greater Atlanta, YMCA of Metro Atlanta, Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, and the Atlanta Opera. Also in Atlanta is Pierrette Maillet, director of alumni relations at Kennesaw State University. She recently completed a master’s degree in higher education administration.

Josh Horwitz added Clear Mind Tutoring, which blends meditation with subject tutoring, as a second business alongside Craniosacral-East, which he’s run for 14 years. He’s also completing an MA in creative writing at Wilkes University. His 2-year-old daughter, Lucia, learned drumming from John Lee ’92, of the band The Laytcomers.

Sharon Panitch of Burlington, Vt., tallies her household as: one spouse, three kids, two cats, and five chickens. She’s producing for Theatre Kavanah, a company “dedicated to staging the Jewish experience.”

A February New York Times Well column featured comments from Brookline, Mass., psychologist Ann Goebel-Fabbri, who specializes in treating people with diabetes who have eating disorders.

Nikki Harmon announced she has written and self-published her first novel, When I Was Your Girlfriend. Dorian Hart published The Ventifact Colossus, the first in a planned series of five books. Dorian also serves as the stay-at-home dad for daughters Elanor (11) and Kira (8). Also in the author corner, Cameron Gearen presents Some Perfect Year, a book of poems published by Shearsman Press.

Alex Kudera reports that his second adjunct novel, Auggie’s Revenge, was launched at the AWP conference in Los Angeles, and that a classroom edition of Fight for Your Long Day, with additional interviews and articles on adjunct labor and student debt, is being prepared for publication by Hard Ball Press in Brooklyn.

Jeremy Arnold’s book, The Essentials: 52 Must-See Movies and Why They Matter, serves as a companion to Turner Classic Movies’ weekly Essentials program, highlighting the most significant and influential films ever made. Make a date to look for him on-air May 15, as he introduces the James Cagney double-header of White Heat and Footlight Parade.

Two nights later, on May 17, check your local PBS station for Genealogy Roadshow. This is the second season I’ve worked as a senior researcher for the show. It’s great fun, and I love researching the stories of everyday Americans. Looking forward to seeing everyone at Reunion!

Renée K. Carl |