CLASS OF 2001 | 2019 | ISSUE 2

Hi, 2001. Thanks for sharing your updates. As always, it’s wonderful to hear what you’ve all got cookin’ in your post-Wes careers.

Ben Spatz lives in England with his two kids and is working on not one, but two more books.

Woody Fu’s web series, Asian American Studies, screened at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. He’s also found time to play a lead part in the feature film, Lucky Grandma, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Louis Bronk shared that Bobby Nasson is getting married to his fiancée Anne this July. Bobby and Anne are living in Boston where Bobby works at More Than Words, a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school, to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. Many fellow classmates are looking forward to the wedding this summer.

Lauren Bloom Hanover is living in Portland, Ore., with her husband and 4-year-old daughter Olivia. Lauren is working with a business consulting firm, moonlighting as an adjunct professor at Portland State in the theater department, and performing and producing when opportunities arise.

Ben Hurwitz and Manny Sharma escaped their bourgeois lives of Hollywooding and union lawyering and headed to the rugged, real world of Alaska over Memorial Day weekend to meet Reid Koch, newborn son of Josh Koch, the scientist. Dave Bihldorff was unfortunately not able to attend this annual reunion, as he was busy farming.

Lara Perez-Felkner lives on a farm in Tallahassee and works as a tenured associate professor in higher education and sociology at Florida State University. Laura researches college and career access for low-income students and underrepresented groups, including women in STEM fields. Laura adds that her older son is now obsessed with soccer, specifically Pelé, whom he now mostly believes truly spoke at our graduation. Laura rarely gets to see Wes folks, but welcomes visitors en route to Florida theme parks or beaches.

Tanya Ellman and wife Katherine Nickel welcomed the newest member to their family—Caya Nickellman born April 29. She joins big brother 3-year-old Emmett Nickellman to create what is now a family of four.

Thanks, everyone. Keep in touch!

Mara Voukydis |

Aryn Sperando |