Class Note 1987

A sincere apology for class secretary sloppiness goes to Sarah Woodberry, whose name we misspelled in last month’s column.


Christine DiMilla Sarfati has been living in Arlington, Massachusetts, for more than seven years. She is planning (or perhaps has had by now—secretary apologies!) a second wedding, is adding a bedroom to the second floor of her house and became an aunt recently for the first time. She has worked in the training area at Fidelity Investments for the past 13-plus years—in a variety of instructional design and project management roles. Christine has two bilingual kids, Leah, 9, and Ben, 8 (their dad is from France). She would like to send a hello to Amanda Carpenter Ragon (who is living in Michigan with her family and working in her veterinarian practice) and a request for information from Susan Patterson in Texas. 


Another Choate alumna, Maria Nisi Stutt, has lived since 1992 in Brooklyn, New York, where she teaches high school math, currently AP calculus. Maria is married with three kids, ages 10, 10 and 12. Maria met Ann (Lamb) Litchfield, Mary Beth (Meys) Bird and Amy (Heiserman) Szvetecz for a weekend in Charleston, South Carolina, a short while back. She also ran the N.Y.C. marathon in 2006 and at last note was planning to try again in 2009.


Tino Sellitto has lived in San Francisco for over four and a half years. He has been a portfolio manager at a small investment firm, Akahi Capital Management, for more than five years and in the industry for more than 16 years. He writes: “I really enjoy my work and I focus on small domestic companies for research and investment. I am married to the former Lisa Dawn Gruber (George Washington University). We were married two years ago in Sonoma, California. We have a daughter, Sienna Lehua, age 6 months. I also have a son Antonio Rafaello, who is 10 now. We are happy and busy parents!” Tino saw Dave Gabianelli, John Jakiemiec, Chris Wanger, Tom McCallister, Bruce Kelson and a few others at a small get-together in San Francisco in the fall. Tino has run an impressive 11 marathons, though none in store this year. 


Jay Samek has lived in Lansing, Michigan, since 1995. He moved there to do graduate work in geography at Michigan State University and is now a research scientist in the department of forestry at Michigan State University working on a number of climate change forest mitigation projects with communities in Southeast Asia. He travels three or four times a year to the region. Jay is married to Manila Siviseth Samek, who is originally from Laos, and they have daughter Rachiny, who is a sophomore at Lake Forest College. Jay updates us: “The last classmates I have seen are Wil Pigeon and Bill Martin. We would see Wil and his family on the way out to pick up our daughter who was in school in Massachusetts. ‘Pidge’ was kind enough to offer us room and board on our travels. We spent a great few nights with Bill Martin and his family when Rachiny was touring colleges after her high school graduation in 2008. I need to get together with these two guys more often, for a sanity check!”


We have learned that Brian J. Foley won the teaching award at the first-ever graduation at Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law on May 27. Students voted on the Excellence in the Classroom Award. Brian was a visiting associate professor at Drexel in 2007-08. Well done!


Wendy Becker, 2 Kensington Gate, London, England, W8 5NA; wendy.becker.87@alum.dartmouth.org; Melissa Wallshein Smith, 77 Benedict Hill Road, New Canaan, CT 06840; melissaj@optonline.net

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