CLASS OF 2005 | 2017 | ISSUE 1

Matt Lewis is working happily as a lawyer in San Francisco, though at a new firm (Payne & Fears—yes that’s the real name). His family—wife Jessica, 3-year-old, Jack, and 8-month-old, Charlie—are living in Marin County, settling into a new house in Novato, with plenty of space for old friends to visit!

Adam Smiley Poswolsky ’05 proves himself an able guide for millennials trying to find their way in their professional life in The Quarter-Life Breakthrough: Invent Your Own Path, Find Meaningful Work, and Build a Life That Matters (Tarcher Perigee/Penguin Random House).

Andrew Stuerzel is happy to report that he and his wife, Adriana Rojas ’07, are enjoying life in Middletown with their two children, Reese (4) and Marco (1). Adriana is working at the Weitzman Institute in the Community Health Center, and Andrew is helping expand Wesleyan’s global footprint as a development officer in the Office of University Relations. He was in Asia for Wes this past fall and is making another trip to Southeast Asia in April. Reese will begin kindergarten at McDonough School this fall, and they look forward to hearing about her interactions with the Wes students who take time out of their schedules to help out there. Marco will continue to attend Neighborhood Preschool behind Butterfield B. They are grateful for the wonderful access and exposure they have had to the Wes community during their time there.

Isaac Fleisher recently fled NYC with his wife and two daughters. They moved to his hometown of Northampton, Mass., without jobs! They have jobs and now they’re living the dream, or some approximation of it.

Sivan Cotel was thrilled after the release of Stonecutter Spirits Heritage Cask Whiskey, which grabbed gold medals in the 2016 New York World Wine & Spirits Competition and the 2017 World Spirits Competition.

Emily Pfeiffer-Russell is taking care of her 1-year-old son, Henry, while teaching part-time in Virginia. Her husband is finishing up a PhD. in ecophysiology and ecoclimatology at Virginia Tech. She was so grateful and happy to see many Wesleyan friends at two different alumni weddings this past year: Andreas Mendez-Penate is in Massachusetts and Kelly McFarling is in California.

Jay Kabel started a new job as technical director of software development at SingleStone Consulting and is having a good time in the Charlottesville, Va., area.

Jesse S. Sommer is allegedly in London, where both his wallet and passport have been stolen. He urgently needs just a few hundred dollars…  In other news, CPT Jesse S. Sommer is the senior prosecutor at Fort Polk, La. He has reason to believe that his e-mail account was recently hacked.

Maria I. Nankova survived a hard year in Brussels, having worked very near the airport at the time of the attack. Still living in Belgium with her kids and partner, they welcomed a Wes alum, Andy Gottlieb ’14, who came to Brussels to work at the European Parliament. While Andy was there, they visited Dinant and Namur where they did a little hike, celebrated Thanksgiving together, and went to Indian and African restaurants. All in all, they had a lot of fun and shared fond memories of Wesleyan. Andy was able to give a few history lessons to their older child who learned about U.S. elections at the time of the real elections. If anyone is passing through Brussels, please stop by to visit.

Sara Bremen Rabstenek and her husband, Tom Rabstenek ’03, welcomed their second daughter, Abigail Ruth Rabstenek, on Dec. 30. Along with their 3-year old, Dorothy, they’re happily living on the Upper West Side in Manhattan.

Kevin Egolf, with his wife, Amy Egolf (Nebenhaus) ’07, and daughter Aurora moved to Providence, R.I. They are enjoying the small city lifestyle after many years in NYC.

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