CLASS OF 2016 | 2021 | ISSUE 1

Ani Acopian has been living in Los Angeles and was recently selected as Young Guns 18 winner!

      After a couple of years working in fintech marketing, Maria Massad recently joined G2, a tech startup, as a senior product marketing manager. She also advises on digital strategy and directs social media efforts as a volunteer for the Walt Disney Birthplace, a 501c-3 focused on the historical restoration of Walt Disney’s first home. Also, she is working on getting her MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and picking up a couple of fun hobbies in quarantine. She wishes everyone well!

     Melissa Leung writes, “It should be no surprise that I have once again hurt myself partaking in winter sports thinking my potato sack of a body is equivalent to that of a pro skier’s and skater’s. MBA culture has taught me being bullish extends beyond the classroom and into ice rinks and hills. At least this time I’ve downgraded to a cane and have all of my grandma carts at the ready for a trip to BJ’s (best place eva in the upper valley).”

     Lainey Hellman is in her fourth year of teaching elementary special education in Baltimore, Maryland. She was recently awarded Baltimore Teacher Network’s Beacon of Light Award as the Champion of Education Honoree. Then her mom told her to submit that to Wesleyan class notes, and here we are.

    Over the past eight months, Kai Leshne has been producing a full length album in collaboration with several nonprofits focused on affordable housing issues. The crowdfund campaign for the project will be launching soon (more info here). Feel free to back the project and help directly aid in the affordable housing challenge in urban areas across the states!

     This past summer after working on COVID research in Boston, Mariam Torres moved to Atlanta to start medical school at Emory. Things have been going well with school, but she hopes the pandemic ends and the vaccine/herd-immunity kicks in soon so she can finally meet her classmates!

     Helena Awad and Noah Hamlish decided to start PhD programs amid a global crisis. Both live in California now—Helena is at Caltech and Noah is at UC Berkeley. Naturally, they went to school during the state’s worst housing crisis in recent memory.

     Jared Jacobs is currently working at Blumhouse Television Studios where he focuses on non-scripted content.

    Lisa Kremen is graduating from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the spring, and will be starting her psychiatry residency in July (location TBD). She also moved in with Jack Trowbridge this past year, and they recently celebrated their six-year anniversary!

     Kristin Bumsch is graduating from medical school and excited to start radiology residency this summer. She married Ted Kim ’15 in a small ceremony, and they are looking forward to a larger party at some point in the future. They also just celebrated their rescue dog Willow’s fourth birthday.