Hi, Class of ’04! As usual, you’re making big moves and celebrating amazing things!
We have two classmates releasing books soon. First, we hear from Joe Fischel that his next book will be coming out this December, titled Screw Consent: A Better Politics of Sexual Justice.
Amy Meyerson is an assistant professor in the writing program and the director of the Undergraduate Writers Conference at the University of Southern California. Her debut novel, The Bookshop of Yesterdays, was published on June 12 by Park Row Books, an imprint at HarperCollins.
Overseas, C.S. Hsia tells that after a year toiling in the commodities trading sector, he’s decided to give entrepreneurship one more go by joining Alchemist Brewing in Taiwan, growing ingredients locally for beer and other delicious beverages.
We hear that Noah Nattell started new jobs in the past year. He tells us: “I’m the medical director for Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley, which provides reproductive and sexual healthcare for 22 communities in Los Angeles county. I serve as the director of women’s health for the LA County Correctional Health Services, overseeing and providing prenatal and gynecological care in the largest women’s jail in the U.S.”
Bernadette Doykos is “living in Portland, Maine, and working and teaching a bit at the University of Southern Maine. Martina McPherson and I started working with Sonya Behnke Page ’03 and her nonprofit consulting group, Page Consulting, LLC. Let us know if you need any help with grant writing, evaluation, or any other nonprofit needs. I’m also looking forward to Chris Mele’s wedding in July!”
We also learned that Michelle Paul and Dael Norwood are moving to Delaware. After successfully radicalizing their neighbors in upstate New York, they’re on their way to the very carefully pronounced Newark (say “New Ark”), where Dael is taking a position as a historian of capitalism at the University of Delaware. Michelle will continue in her new-ish role as managing director of PatronManager, the technology company she’s been helping to grow since 2005. They look forward to adding to their supply of fun facts about the First State, because so far that’s literally all they know. Give a shout if you’re in the neighborhood doing some tax-free shopping!
Meanwhile, Mark Schindler is the head of BI and analytics for a San Francisco-based startup called Fountain. He says it’s really interesting and detailed work, and his only wish is that he had known at Wes how much he would enjoy engineering/code work. He says he still wouldn’t have given up majoring in psych, but definitely would have pursued computer science as well.
Abraham Lateiner says: “I am feeling firmly rooted here in the greater Boston area. My wife, Erika, and I are watching our two girls grow up (Estella is 8, Lulu is 4) and enjoying a sense of settling down. Meanwhile, my professional life is where things feel wild . . . I’m focusing on creating ‘containers’ for people in a position of privilege and domination to learn the art of powerful surrender of their dominating power in solidarity with movements led by marginalized people. In particular, I’m working to support white men and rich people to commit to a lifelong process of learning to be ‘fully human,’ which to me means living in deep and joyful interdependence with the rest of the world. It is deeply challenging and rewarding work.”
Jennifer Brown writes: “After over a decade living and working in China and Southeast Asia, I finally moved back to the U.S. and finished up an executive MBA program through UNC Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler business school. I decided to make the Bay Area my new home, where I’ve been thrilled to regularly catch up with Becca Gelenberg, Liza Harrison Ashbrook, and Leah Pransky (shoutout to Leah for housing me when I first arrived!). I’ve been doing some small consulting projects in global nonprofit and social impact work and encourage any Wes classmates working in that space to reach out!”
Carl Cervone writes, “I’m just over a year into my startup, Enveritas, where I’m COO. We verify sustainability levels in coffee supply chains, combining machine learning with on-the-ground data collection and using the insights to help coffee companies improve their buying practices. We just got accepted into the startup accelerator Y Combinator. I split my summer between Silicon Valley and New York.”
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