One silver lining of our remote world is that we can raise a glass with classmates around the girdled earth in a single party! As Susan Boyd said, “For those of you attending the 95th day mini—how fun was that?! I strongly encourage other classmates to jump on the next one.” Since graduation Susan has moved around a lot, from Boston to San Francisco, and is now in Plano, Texas. “Four years ago I moved here for a job with PepsiCo. I miss the mountains (and even hills!) and with Covid I especially miss being so far from family on the East Coast. That has not stopped me from making 1,300-mile car trips across the country. With family I’d suggest building Legos together. There’s nothing better than a 7-year-old telling you that you are ‘really slow’ building a small Lego set!”

Scott Thompson tuned in from northwest Washington, D.C., where he lives with his wife, Rebecca (a fellow lawyer), son Henry (10), and daughter Eva (7). Scott recently celebrated eight years working on international policy issues for Samsung. He’s been enjoying playing tennis and coaching his kids’ soccer lately, “all somehow socially distanced, of course!”

Andrew Kim still lives in west Michigan with his wife and three kids (14, 10, 8). “I’m enjoying simple pleasures, including biking, taking walks, and watching my kids’ soccer games. I’ve also been improving my skiing skills during the last few seasons. Workwise, I’m a human-centered design researcher at Steelcase with the WorkSpace Futures group exploring the future of work, learning, and healthcare experiences and leading the digital prototyping practice. Recent projects have included thinking about a hybrid world and envisioning how artificial intelligence, sensors, and immersive experiences might impact the built environment. At Steelcase I’ve worked with Carlos Costa ’91 and Julia Huebner ’20. It has been great to hear how things are at Dartmouth today from Julia.”

After a nearly seven-year hiatus from marketing for companies such as American Girl and Ghirardelli Chocolate, Adrienne (Kim) Clarke is working in communications for Sayre School, where her ninth-grade daughter and first-grade son attend. “Stop by if your travels bring you to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail! We need all the friends we can get since the majority of our household degrees are from Duke (my husband is a double Dukie—undergrad and business school, where we met) making it difficult around so many UK fans.”

Shawn Attakai says ya’at’eeh [greetings] from Phoenix. “I go back and forward between here and Crownpoint, New Mexico, on the reservation. After graduation I attended law school at Arizona State University. I’ve been working as a Navajo Nation lawyer for almost 20 years in the area of federal Indian law. I am married with two children (8 and 4). I live in two worlds—American and Navajo. On the Navajo side, I have been studying my traditional pre-Columbian ways for several decades now and have achieved medicine man status. It’s almost like going to grade school again and graduating from graduate school with my major in hozhooji [blessing way], and I still have a ways to go. I have been volunteering for Dartmouth and am now co-president of the Native American Alumni at Dartmouth. We are currently working with the Women of Dartmouth to cosponsor a Covid information panel, among other projects. It was great to see my fellow ’95s again at the mini-reunion.”

It was great to see you too, Shawn. I hope to see you all at the next Zoom mini-reunion and even in person one of these days. Until then, keep your news coming!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA 02043;

Calling all ’95s! It is time to add your entry to our 25th reunion book, available at We may not be able to gather in person but we are able to catch up with each other through this valuable compendium. About a quarter of our class has contributed so far and we’d love to get as close to 100-percent participation as possible! Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find there about our classmates from across the country and beyond.

Michael Shoemaker-Moyle is an academic nephrologist at the University of Missouri and fondly remembers afternoon cookouts and pong at Bones Gate, swimming in the Connecticut River Sophomore Summer, and ice skating on Occom in the winter. He gives a shoutout to his phenomenal professors in the chemistry department: Drs. Lemal, Ditchfield, and Cantor.

Jen Lien and her family live in Duluth, Minnesota, where she is an adjunct voice instructor at the College of Saint Scholastica. She was active in both the Glee Club and Summerphonics, foundational to her career in music. Jim Mahoney is a college counselor and English teacher at the Blake School, where he also spent 10 years as the dean of students. He remains the proud 1991 Topliff-New Hamp ping pong champion and remembers spending his winnings—a $50 EBA’s gift card—in a single delicious order.

Kieran McNulty is a professor of anthropology at the University of Minnesota and writes, “Little did I know—as I slogged through my classes at Dartmouth—the level of commitment and dedication it takes to be a college professor. But if I had the choice to do it all again, I wouldn’t change a thing! I get to teach amazing students and conduct fascinating research (okay, fascinating to me.) Let’s face it, I dig up fossils for a living. What’s not to love?” A few years ago Kieran and his family started a nonprofit organization to support orphaned and vulnerable children at his field site in Rusinga Island, Kenya. “This has added a critical new dimension to my work that has made life much more meaningful and engaging.”

In Atlanta, Nicole Haig is an emergency medicine physician and is busy with her husband, Rohan McFarlane, raising their four amazing kids, the eldest of whom is at Stanford. Chris Foley is also in Atlanta with his wife, Courtney, and sons Eamonn and baby Winslow, as is Candice Jimerson-Johnson, director of the Adventure Center, offering Christian-based after-school enrichment and summer camp programs.

And perhaps our winner for longest-distance entry is Robert Milbourne, who lives in Brisbane City, Australia, where he is a consultant advising clients in the global mining sector. “I am now working on perhaps the largest deposit in the world of the battery metals needed for electric vehicles, a deposit in international waters and regulated by the UN. It is fascinating indeed and combines much of my prior experience in the global mining and resources sector and project finance and operations.” Robert’s favorite memories include Alpha Theta, the World Music Ensemble, making Chinese dumplings with his professor, designing jewelry in the studio, and working through the night at Kiewit with wonderful friends changing mainframe computing backups.

The reunion book will close July 1. Get your news in soon and be sure to contribute to the photo albums too!

Unfortunately, I close this column with the news of two classmates’ recent passing. The bells of Baker Tower toll for Vuyi Radebe, who died in January in South Africa after a long battle with ALS, and James Rourke, an Alpha Chi brother and longtime San Francisco resident. They both will be missed.

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA 02043;

As I write this column, 2020 is coming to a welcome close. A year that began with excitement for our 25th reunion and other adventures certainly turned out differently than any of us could have predicted. If you summed up 2020 in 12 words or less, what would you say? My take: “Disruption brought awakening, appreciation, invention, reinvention, and a need for better wi-fi.” Alexandra Love wrote: “I realized I really like spending time with my family.” From Lou Spelios, “Working from home is the best! The best Jerry—the best!” Lisa Catmull “wrote three novels and self-published on Amazon. Thank you, free time.” And from Pam Brockmeier Armstrong: “Never has asking ‘How are you?’ felt so important, fraught, or ludicrous.” So true.

I realize that most of our 2020 journeys require more than 12 words. Shara Frase shared that the pandemic prompted her to make a big leap and (more or less) go into business for herself. “Right after the new year I will join Boersch & Illovsky, a small partnership in Oakland, California. Still doing all the stuff I love—criminal defense, internal corporate investigations, and a teaspoon here and there of civil litigation—but steering my own ship, so to speak. My kids, Bobby (3) and Shana (1), are somehow managing to thrive despite the many lockdowns and playground closures. We look forward to the end of this insanity and, I hope, all three of us coming to the next reunion.”

Sean McSweeney found a significant silver lining during the pandemic. “I had been in Los Angeles since the late 1990s, but when the pandemic broke out my wife and I decided to throw all of our stuff from the house in storage and got out of town. Since the kids are doing virtual school and our work is essentially also virtual for now, we figured we can be just about anywhere. We got an Airbnb on five acres in the woods around Shasta, way up in the northern part of California for four months and now we are in the central coast wine country for the next six months, basically hiding out during the pandemic. We’ll head back to L.A. when things get back to normal. In the meantime, we have had a chance to spend an incredible amount of time in the national parks, surfing at the beach, going to vineyards, going rock climbing, and doing other things that we just couldn’t have done while in L.A. We are doing work Zoom meetings from the beach sometimes or working half day and then heading to the mountains in the afternoon.” Sean is running a healthcare startup called Apache Health.

Sara Wasserbauer’s 2020 reflection: “My medical office employs about 20 people, and it became clear that most of these people were the main breadwinners for their families. We had to find a way to keep things going when everything was just shutting down.” Her silver lining? “Spending time with my children and realizing how much I miss seeing people! We were blessed and we didn’t even know it. I started regularly meditating—it has been wonderful! Plus, I got another dog.” And she most looks forward to “escape rooms, which is paradoxical in that I am looking forward to escaping to an escape room.”

Whatever you look forward to, I hope you find it in 2021. And keep an eye out for Big League Chew. If there’s a dog on the label, it may be Moose Fagell, Steve and Phyllis Fagell’s pet and now Big League Chew’s dog of the year!

Keep your news coming!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA 02043;

I’m pleased to announce a new branch on the ’95 tree! Congratulations to Alex (Sasha) King and his wife, Micah, on the birth of their beautiful baby girl, Eleanor, in June. Ellie will be playing polo with you before you know it, Sasha. Enjoy every minute!

Congratulations also to Lauren Lieberman and her husband, Stephen Sanchez, on their recent purchase of the Copperhood Retreat and Spa ( If you’re looking for a beautiful getaway in the Catskills, this is the place to go! Because of Covid, they’re only doing partial or full resort buyouts right now, so perhaps a New Year’s Eve to remember or an epic ’95 mini-reunion?

And speaking of mini-reunions, thanks go out to our mini-reunion chairs, Tara Gulla and Jared Sprole, for planning such a great lineup of Dartmouth campus-inspired mini-reunions this fall. I enjoyed visiting with classmates “at the Hop” and hope many of you were able to participate in one or more of these fun Zoom gatherings. We have a long winter ahead, so if you’re interested in organizing a ’tails and tales mini-reunion of classmates generally or of a specific group—perhaps your senior society, a cappellagroup, or foreign study program?—Jared and Tara can help make that happen. You can reach them and other class officers at our class website,

Wishing all of you a happy (happier?) new year! May it include our much-anticipated reunion in Hanover and many blessings. I hope wherever you are reading this column, you are doing well and staying healthy and safe. The year 2020 has been rough to be sure but I hope it held some silver linings for you and yours (and if it did, I would love to hear from you for a future column)! A highlight for my family was a visit to Hanover in October for what we decided to call “Not-Homecoming.” The Green was quiet and foggy on Friday night and it was surreal to see students walking the campus in masks, but the Baker bells still ring on the hour and Lou’s maple crullers are just as delicious as ever. Plus the new alumna-owned bookstore, Still North Books, is warm and welcoming (and ships, if you’d like to support a Hanover business). It felt good to be home.

Be well and keep your news coming!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA 02043;

Happy fall! As promised, here are some updates from other members of our new class executive committee. Vil Ramos currently lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts, with his wife, Daphne, and his daughter, Gabi (10). He enjoys kayak fishing for striped bass and learning the ukulele with his daughter, among other hobbies. For work, he is a founding partner at the private equity firm, Constitution Capital Partners. He enjoys going back up to Hanover for Dartmouth and Tuck reunions whenever he can and is excited to be part of the executive committee to stay connected with friends and classmates.

Jonathan Weinberger is in Connecticut and has been (except for a few years) for two decades. “I work for a French bank in New York, but 2020 has taught me that the home office is great. Once we get a handle on Covid, I’ll resume my best efforts to spend as much time in the mountains as I did when we were all in Hanover.” Steve Tseng is also in Connecticut, where he lives with his wife, Anne, and son Ethan (13). “We moved to Connecticut in 2013 after spending four years in Europe and eight years in Asia as expats.” Steve is a super Dartmouth volunteer! “A couple of highlights of my recent Dartmouth engagements include serving on the Alumni Council and organizing our class mini-reunions in New York City with Tara Gulla at the American Museum of Natural History. Currently, I am serving on the board of advisors for the Hood Museum at Dartmouth. I chair the Asia Pacific Council for Tuck as well as serve on Tuck’s board of advisors. I also co-chair the Asia regional campaign committee for A Call to Lead. Look forward to reconnecting with as many classmates as possible!”

Lisa McGill is the founder and principal of a philanthropy consulting firm. She lives right outside of Chicago with her dog, kid, and spouse, and reflects: “Dartmouth has always been one of my favorite places, so this was a great opportunity to reconnect.” In Los Angeles, Kent Dahn works at GfK, “where I’m responsible for identifying global sales opportunities and servicing the research and consumer data analytics needs of leading technology and media clients (such as Google). Married to a Yalie and have a doggie.”

Ray Wadlow still lives in Fairfax, Virginia, with spouse Jessica ’96 and three children: Emily (16), Colin (14), and Grace (10). “Last month I left my private practice and took a job as a gastrointestinal oncologist and hematology-oncology fellowship program director at the Inova Schar Cancer Institute.” Susan (Warhover) Buckheit moved to Colorado on a whim in 1996 with Hillary Agnew Cecil and another friend and 24 years later, she’s still there (aside from a two-year stint in Boston for graduate school). “I am a part-time freelance manuscript editor, and I love to keep busy with what my state has to offer: outdoor fun and good people. My husband and I have three kids: boy-girl twins, age 12, and another girl, age 9. We consider ourselves exhausted and lucky. I think back on my time at Dartmouth and marvel at all of the adventures I had there, and I’m excited to join the class of ’95 executive committee to give back some time to a superb group of people.”

If you’d like to give some time to this superb class, there are plenty of opportunities: writing content for the class newsletter, organizing a virtual (or in-person when safe) mini-reunion, planning a public service project, guest-writing this column, and more. Email me to learn more, and keep your news coming!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA 02043;

Congratulations to our new class officers! Alyse (Kornfeld) Streicher, our senior class president, will be our class president for the next five years. She lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband, David, and their three kids (10, 11, and 13.) Alyse is doing some private investing after having run a nonprofit for three years, before which she was with Accenture for about 20 years. “It’s an honor to be class president and I look forward to working with and connecting with many of you. I hope to see you at our reunion next June!”

Kate Chamberlain, Teru Clavel, and Jonathan Weinberger are our newsletter editors. Terulives in New York City with her two teenage boys and a ’tween girl. Her first book, World Class, was a bestseller and the paperback is coming out with some amazing endorsements, including from Arne Duncan, secretary of education under President Obama; Sen. Richard Blumenthal; and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Andreas Schleicher. Teru recently appeared on Fareed Zakaria’s Global Public Square on CNN, discussing her education findings, “which are even more relevant now: equity, teacher preparation, education funding, and governance, community, parent involvement all through a global lens. Working on my next two projects—hope some good news about those soon. Fingers crossed!”

Two years ago Kate bought her family’s Hanover home in the neighborhood behind Chase Field. “My parents moved to Lebanon [New Hampshire], and a year later my brother moved to Pike, so we’re close together geographically for the first time since our move in 1991, when I came to Dartmouth and they went to Munich.” Kate is a senior director of development at Memorial Sloan Kettering, working to use data to inform strategy and investment in the hospital’s fundraising operation. “Hanover has been an interesting vantage point for this dramatic year. The town without students is such a different place, yet the Baker bells are still ringing. I’m singing with the Handel Society again (or will be when it’s safe to do so) fighting invasive species in my yard, and learning about the local N.H. political scene. At the moment we’re mobilizing to ensure everyone will be able to vote in the fall.”

Steve Fagell is joining Lou Spelios as co-head agent. Steve lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with his wife, Phyllis (Steinberg) Fagell, and their three children. “We’re very excited that my oldest, Ben, will be a Dartmouth ’24 in the fall! I work in Washington, D.C., at the law firm Covington & Burling LLP, where I serve as global co-chair of the white collar defense and investigations practice group. Phyllis is the author of Middle School Matters (Hachette, 2019), regularly contributes to The Washington Post and other national publications on parenting issues, and serves as the counselor at the K-8 Sheridan School.”

Our treasurer, Rose Mitchell, lives in Hillsborough, New Jersey, not far from Princeton, with her husband of two years, Jeff, and their rescue dogs Marty and Amelia. Rose is a pediatric optometrist at University Children’s Eye Center, where she’s worked for the past 13 years. Rose will do double-duty, since she decided to run for class treasurer while serving as our reunion treasurer, which is still needed since we haven’t had our reunion yet!

And speaking of reunions, our class reunion book online will be kept open through next summer, so please start or update your page anytime. If you have questions about it, drop me a line. More from our other new officers in the next issue. In the meantime, keep your news coming!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA 02043;

April 30 marked the 100th anniversary of the Ledyard Canoe Club, a very special place. Jen Hee recalls “canoeing with Kate Chamberlain and Anitra (Auster) Birnbaum, paddling around and singing songs in three-part harmony. They always sounded most amazing under a bridge! Kum by yah, my friends!” Eric Waters loved “going down to the river after classes to take out a kayak or canoe and relax.” I will always remember summer pancake paddles with Brian Greenberg.

Brian was one of the cohort who participated in the Trip to the Sea, the epic journey down the Connecticut River that is a Ledyard senior tradition. Ten minutes into the multi-day trip, he remembers thinking, “How are we going to keep this up for a week?” But after a day or two, it became almost meditative. “We wouldn’t see other humans for hours at a time. I remember our makeshift sailing rigs fashioned out of tent flies and canoe paddles, multiple capsizing events with Joe Berger, composing lyrics for our limerick, and of course the famous paddle through Hartford with construction workers hooting and hollering from the shoreline.”

Gillian (MacLean) Growdon describes it as “an exclamation point in my Dartmouth experience! I’ll never forget the large canoe going under the bridges in Hartford with eight naked people in it—what a view.” The trip was a senior year highlight for Brian Wall too, who was amazed by how fast Walker Weed ’40 could paddle, the strongest of them all. Brian lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and works in data analytics at Asurion. No canoeing, but he enjoys family rafting trips!

Trip leader Justin Wells recalls: “We paddled a fleet of two-person canoes and the ‘war canoe,’ a huge, heavy craft built by Ledyardites decades prior. It took a dozen paddlers and boosted the party atmosphere all the way down the river.

“The stuff-of-legend story from our trip? Near the end of the otherwise perfect week on the river, Mark Andrews doubled up with a violent stomach flu, eventually curling into the bottom of the war canoe, shaking and sweating and scaring the hell out of us. We pulled ashore in Middletown, Connecticut, where an ambulance backed down to the edge of the Wesleyan University crew dock and they took Mark out on a stretcher.

“At that moment, Morgan Drmaj came walking around the boathouse, a duffle slung over his shoulder. Morgan had had to back out at the last minute. As we journeyed down the river, he worked like mad back in Hanover, submitted his thesis, and decided to join us after all.

“Morgan had nothing but a printout of our itinerary and some bus money. Alternately running, hitchhiking, and catching buses, he made his way along the banks of the Connecticut River looking for a flotilla of canoes. In downtown Hartford, when Morgan asked some construction workers if they had seen us, he got cackling in reply: ‘They came under this bridge a couple hours ago—buck naked.’

“So as the ambulance took Mark away, Morgan walked up and cried, ‘I found you!’ It seemed preordained. Someone handed him Mark’s paddle. The flotilla pushed off to resume our trip to the sea.

“The next day we turned the corner of the river mouth and triumphantly landed on a Long Island Sound beach, 200 miles downriver from Hanover. After loading canoes onto trailers and paddlers into vans, we swung by the Middletown hospital, grabbed Mark—still wearing a hospital gown but with color back in his cheeks—and returned to Hanover with one more paddler than we started with.”

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA 02043;

Reunion is right around the corner! Here’s a note from our reunion chairs, Rebecca Slisz and Candice Jimerson: “Our programming committee—Lisa McGill, Steve Tseng, Kent Dahn, Howie Rumjahn, Julie Kanarowski Turner—has outdone itself designing an amazing schedule to mark our 25th reunion. Natalie Herring will relive her admissions office days and take us on a tour of “Dartmouth Then and Now.” If a walk in the woods is more your style, join Dan Foster for a hike up Velvet Rocks. Trustee Erica Ruliffson Schultz will update us on current campus topics. And bring your family to check out the newly renovated Hood Museum of Art and create your own work of art to take home.

“In the true spirit of our theme—“Oh, the Stories We’ll Share!”—many classmates have offered to recount significant moments of their postgraduation journeys. Panelists and moderators include Brian Bajari, Nadia Bowers, Susan Boyd, Teru Clavel, Jaha Cummings, Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, Chris Foley, Shara Frase, Dave Jones, Jeremy Katz, Ann Marshall, Allison Markin Powell, Daneen Ransaw, Sally Rosenthal, Joe Santos, Lou Spelios, Kenji Sugahara, Louis Tucker, Ray Wadlow,and Diana Whitney.

“Registration is open. Visit to find out more and register. Housing is separate; on-campus housing is limited and preference will be given to those who register early for reunion.

“Thanks to the ongoing generosity of our classmates, we have been able to keep reunion registration costs low. However, if you need financial assistance, please email us at We want as many classmates as possible to come to our reunion. We look forward to seeing everyone!”

Have you browsed our 25th reunion class book yet? Here are a few highlights from some of our early contributors.

Kenji Sugahara is the chief pilot and co-owner of a drone company that films for major car companies, Netflix, and other studios. He writes: “I’ve been fortunate enough to be a delegate to Japan with the 2018 Oregon governor’s trade mission to Asia. I’m also excited as we’ve been a key player in securing and funding the 2021 International Amateur Athletic Federation Track and Field World Championships in Eugene, Oregon.”

From Len Lantz: “After my wife, Krista David, and I completed our medical training in psychiatry, we moved to Helena, Montana. We have a 14-year-old daughter, Lucy, and she is wonderful. Also, I recently started a blog ( that is kind of cool.”

Rose (Hughes) Mitchell posted a beautiful photo from her 2018 marriage to Jeffrey Mitchell. “He retired from the Air Force as a master sergeant after 20-plus years and now works as a helicopter mechanic. I am a pediatric optometrist. One of the first things that we connected on is our love of Germany! I was a German major at Dartmouth and he was stationed in Germany for eight years, so we both speak the language. We have taken two trips there together so far to visit friends.”

For Aseem Chawla, travel and adventure have been a huge part of the past 25 years. “I finished my dental degree from Tufts dental school in 2000, opened my own dental private practice in Las Vegas, and participated in volunteer dental trips to both Guatemala and Sri Lanka. My passion for travel has led me to exotic places, from Easter Island to Tibet and even climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in 2017.” Aseem recently visited his 70th country, Belize, and plans to climb his second of the seven summits, Mount Elbrus in Russia, this summer.

Is your interest piqued? If you need help getting access to the book, contact me anytime. Keep your news coming and see you in Hanover!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA 02043;

As the saying goes, “Hindsight is 2020,” so now that we’ve entered the year of 2020, I asked classmates to look back and think about what they would have done differently at Dartmouth. Ann Thompson responded: “I really wish I had taken advantage of the mountains and skiing and hiking that surround Dartmouth.” D.A. Gros wishes that he had taken more history and language classes. “Being premed at the time, the sciences seemed key, but today it’s the broader liberal arts aspect of our education that I remember more.”

Alex Smith would have taken fewer computer science courses (“never got that minor anyway”) and more creative writing, which was always nearer to his heart and ended up being a major part of his career. Alex spent 20 years working as a Japanese-English translator. He recently left his career to write full-time for Moon Studios, an Austrian video game developer. “It was a leap of faith, but I’m happy where I landed and learning something every day.”

The arrival of 2020 also means that our 25th reunion is coming up quickly! I’d like to take a moment with this column to thank the members of our executive committee for their service to our class and to the College during the last five years since our 20th reunion. Thanks especially to our officers: president, Jen (Sopko) Hee; treasurer, Corey (Fleming) Hirokawa; vice president, Marie (Weiss) Berg; newsletter editor, Sandy Paul; mini-reunion chair, Tara Gulla; social media coordinator, Pam Quinn; webmaster, Raj Shrestha; head agent, Lou Spelios; and gift planning chair, Lara Morse. It’s been such a pleasure working with all of these talented and devoted classmates!

Officer terms conclude with our reunion in June, so that means there are many opportunities to get involved if you’re interested! It’s incredibly rewarding serving in our class leadership. Whether you’ve volunteered in the past or are thinking about it for the first time, I hope you’ll consider joining our executive committee or taking on an officer role (class secretary is up for grabs too, if writing a column is something you’d enjoy…). Feel free to reach out to me at the email address below if you’d be interested in learning more. I’d love to hear from you!

Keep your news coming!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA 02043;

The Dartmouth, our college’s daily paper, recently published The Dartmouth: Through the Ages, “a curated collection of the newspaper’s archives from 1900 to the present…that capturesthe monumental events both in the world and the College from the lens of The Dartmouth’s reporting and coverage.” I checked in with some of the members of our class’ editorial team to see what they’ve been up to and what they remember about the many hours they devoted to bringing us the news five days a week.

Managing editor Steve Hoffman writes: “Working for The D was definitely the highlight of my Dartmouth experience. It was really fun, had a meaningful impact, and connected me with the school and the community. It also taught me a ton about people skills, leadership, critical thinking, and time management, although I didn’t fully appreciate this at the time.

“My favorite memory is my first story freshman year, about Billy Joel coming to campus. Tickets went on sale at 10 a.m. on the day the story ran and were sold out by the time I got to the box office at 10:30 a.m. I was quite disappointed until I realized that my story was the only publicity about the show. Although it wasn’t a significant news event, it was an ‘aha moment’ that demonstrated the potential power of the press. I was hooked.

“I ultimately chose a career in law over journalism, but I might give journalism a try later in life. I recently joined Mintz in Boston after spending about 12 years as an in-house lawyer at Wellington Management. My biggest challenge right now, however, is teaching my daughter how to drive.”

Daisy (Alpert) Florin, “Gazette” editor, recalls writing an article in 1994 about this new-fangled thing called the Internet: “I remember sitting in Kiewit, stunned that you could actually see art from the Louvre online! The resulting article was, clearly, a thing of beauty.”

Daisy’s first job was as a reporter at the Utica, New York, Observer-Dispatch. “I quickly realized small town life was not for me, so I hightailed it back to New York City and worked in book publishing and teaching. Now I’m a writer, working on my first novel, so always writing; always words, always, always.” Daisy is also raising three kids, “fighting the good fight, in bed every night by 9.”

Joe Berger was the editorial page editor and recalls: “Some of my favorite memories of working for The Dartmouth include covering candidate visits during the Democratic primary campaign in 1991-92 and interviewing Dartmouth alumnus Robert Reich ’68 shortly after he was nominated for the position of U.S. secretary of labor. I also enjoyed reporting on scientific discoveries by Dartmouth professors and gained an appreciation for Dartmouth through the articles I wrote.

“When I started my position as editorial page editor for The D, I received encouragement from my dad, who was an editorial writer for The Baltimore Sun. As a lawyer today, I regularly write articles on subjects in my field of government contracts, which keeps me in touch with current developments.

“The field of journalism has changed profoundly since we went to Dartmouth and since my dad retired from The Sun, and I think that professional journalism is more important than ever. It is good that there are many Dartmouth graduates in the field.

“I recently visited the Newseum in Washington, D.C., which presents interesting reminders of the unique role of journalism in U.S. history and also that the press is less free in many parts of the world.

As Daisy put it: “Journalists are heroes. Please save us!”

Keep your news coming.

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA 02043;

Phyllis (Steinberg) Fagell’s first book, Middle School Matters: The 10 Skills Kids Need to Thrive in Middle School and Beyond—and How Parents Can Help (Hatchett), was published in August. This will be a must-read for many of us! “It’s a nonfiction guide to a phase that is typically misunderstood or neglected. I draw on my experiences as a school counselor, therapist, parent, and journalist—the book is loosely based on my columns for The Washington Post.”

Gregory Nemet’s book, How Solar Energy Became Cheap: A Model for Low-carbon Innovation (Routledge), also came out this summer and is available on Amazon. Gregory is a professor of public affairs at University of Wisconsin-Madison. For the book, he interviewed 75 people in 18 countries to understand how solar energy became so cheap and why it took so long.

Allison Markin Powell is a Japanese literary translator and writes: “As it happens, three books that I translated will be published this year, the third one in November. They are The Art of Simple Living by Shunmyo Masuno (Penguin Books), The Ten Loves of Nishino by Hiromi Kawakami (Europa Editions), and Parade by Hiromi Kawakami (Soft Skull Press).”

Jaha Cummings wrote in as he made his way to Venice, Italy, for the Venice Production Bridge Book Adaptation Rights Market. “I am one of two American publishers invited to the Venice International Film Festival to meet with gold-accredited producers and directors attending the festival to share their book catalogs in hopes of having them adapted into feature film, television, and virtual-reality content. Films adapted from books are generally the most successful, so the European film market decided to create a creative space where publishers, producers, directors could collaborate naturally. Four years ago, they created the Venice Production Bridge at the Venice International Film Festival, because it is the oldest of the big three international film festivals—Venice, Berlin, and Cannes—and features more ‘literary’ films.” On his way to Venice, Jaha stopped in Montreal. “When at Dartmouth I loved going to Montreal for poutine. I get to relive a Dartmouth memory!”

This summer Jaha got to see Kwame Simms in Orlando, Florida. “He was there for an IRS convention and I was in Orlando for the Florida League of Cities annual conference. I’m in my second term on the Punta Gorda City Council. We were able to hang out and catch up that Thursday night.”

Summer’s a great time to reconnect with classmates. From ’round the girdled earth, ’95 Sigma Nus Jon Belk, Alex Nikas, Matthew Riley, John Jones, Scott Meacham, and Joe Berger gathered in Virginia, where they rented a waterfront house and enjoyed BBQ and seafood, a few beers, and reminiscing about the Dartmouth days. Walker Richmond wrote in after a fantastic weekend spent with Brigg Noyes at Ryan and Jennie (Bailey) Nalley’s Rowayton, Connecticut, home. “We watched birds from the porch, swam in Long Island Sound, feasted on clams and lobster while lightning danced in the evening sky, and did lots of reminiscing about good times in Hanover.” Ryan is enjoying work at an innovative software firm that focuses on crisis management response, and Jennie has been thriving as a dermatologist for the past dozen years. The light of their lives is their two growing boys Jack (12) and Sam (8), who are passionate about basketball and music. Brigg owns the Salt Lake Relationship Center, a group therapy practice in Salt Lake City, Utah. His three kids, ages 16, 13, and 10, are all doing great and he recently celebrated his 19th anniversary with his wife, Deborah.

Keep your news coming!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA 02043;

A belated thanks to all of our classmates who organized great gatherings for the 95th Day of the Year across the country. Alicia Lisowski co-hosted in Chicago with Brian Novelline and wrote in: “Lots of good stuff to report! My 9-year-old daughter, Jane, and I live in Chicago in a 130-year-old historical house in a fun city neighborhood—we absolutely love it. Work is also a blast. I’m consulting with multiple companies in the startup innovation tech space, and I’ve recently picked up my painting and photography again. I’ve gotten to see Gillian MacLean Growdon, Melissa Trumbull Mitchell, and Jen Evers Shakeshaft a bunch recently as well as reconnected with Brian Novelline and met his awesome wife, Kristen. Always enjoy seeing Dartmouth friends—hit me up at if you’re coming through town. (I know all the best places to eat!)” Brian added, “J.W. Beard and I are now living in the same town, and his son, Aidan, was the top scorer on my hockey team last winter. Also, the Beards took their two boys over to India in April to adopt a little girl from there.”

I’m delighted to report that there are two new branches on the ’95 tree. Congratulations to Shara Frase, who welcomed her second son, Shane, into the world this May, and to Michelle Butler, who had her first baby, Joey, in March. If you need a lift on a dreary day, I recommend getting a dose of joy on Shara’s and Michelle’s Facebook pages, where cute baby pictures abound!

Did you know that Tetris was invented 35 years ago? That game was a fixture in my freshman dorm room, and I remember John Jones admitting that he started seeing Tetris game pieces in the shower tiles. I asked for more Tetris memories on our class Facebook page, and Grant Czerny wrote, “When I went back to New York City my brain was trying to move buildings to make them fit in place. It was quite a phenomenon. My freshman year Mac Classic still works and still plays Tetris—and runs BlitzMail.” Talk about a blast from the past!

I’ll close with a note from our reunion co-chairs, Rebecca Slisz and Candice Jimerson: “We are excited to embark on this reunion co-chairing adventure together! Where are we now? For those familiar with Sweet Honey in the Rock, we’d say we are ‘still on the journey’—the journey of figuring out what we want to do (is it too late to start those history Ph.D.s?!) and where we want to be, having spent time since graduation in the Midwest, Northeast, and Southeast United States. We are sure of two things: We are grateful to still be on the journey of a friendship forged as first-year roommates in a Fayerweather triple (along with Shaela Cruz), and we want you all to think about making the journey back to Hanover June 18-21 for our 25th reunion in 2020. If you’re interested in joining us in the planning efforts, please reach out to us at or”

Where are you now? Keep your news coming and get your plans in order for our big 25th next summer! Hope to see you there.

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA 02043;

There is lots of exciting news this month. I hope you’re reading this from a dock, beach, or swimming pool somewhere warm!

Teru Clavel’s first book, World Class: One Mother’s Journey Halfway Around the Globe in Search of the Best Education for Her Children, will hit shelves (and Amazon) in September. She writes: “In a nutshell, I went back to school for a master’s of science in comparative international education while I was living in Shanghai and Tokyo with my three kids. This led me to work in journalism and television journalism focused on international education. And because I always put the kids in the local public schools where we lived—Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo—when we returned to the United States and were in Palo Alto, California, for two years, I knew I had a book. I’m now back in my hometown of New York City and couldn’t be happier to be home after 12 years of global adventures.” Simon and Schuster’s imprint Atria will publish Teru’s book, which she describes as “50-percent memoir and 50-percent research and takeaway, with a good dose of humor.”

David Leonard was recently in the news for a life-saving procedure he performed on a toddler at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital in Maryland. An ear nose and throat surgeon, Dave reconstructed a trachea for a little boy who had been born so premature that his lungs weren’t fully developed at birth. The successful surgery allowed this child, who had lived full-time in the hospital since his birth in 2016, to finally go home this spring. The chief medical officer at Ranken Jordan who worked closely on the case was fellow Dartmouth alumnus Nick Holecamp ’82. Well done, Dave and Nick!

Congratulations to Rukmini Callimachi for her recent honors. Rukmini’s New York Times story, “Caliphate,” won a 2018 Peabody, an Overseas Press Club award, and was a Pulitzer finalist (Rukmini’s third). Rukmini is a foreign correspondent for The New York Times and, as of this spring, also a mom! Amadeo Mickael Callimachi was born April 27, and Rukmini and her husband, Mickael, couldn’t be happier.

Congratulations also to Charlotte Shropshire, who was promoted to partner of Sofinnova Investments in Menlo Park, California. She is responsible for investor relations, marketing, corporate communications, and fundraising for both Sofinnova’s public and private equities strategies.

The countdown is on to our 25th reunion! Mark your calendars and make your plans to return to Hanover June 18-21, 2020. Rebecca Slisz and Candice Jimerson are our enthusiastic reunion chairs (thank you)!

There are lots of ways to get involved with the planning, so please email or if you’d like to help make this the best reunion yet.

Keep your news coming!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA 02043;

As promised, Peter Jolicoeur and Michael Chen checked in from Asia. Michaelheaded there after graduation for a career in sales and trading. “I originally wanted to come out to Hong Kong to see the handover to China and ended up staying here all this time! I’m married and have two kids who, if they are lucky with admission rates these days, may end up at the College on the Hill. We did a tour of the Northeast and Canada last summer and stayed in Hanover for a weekend. It was my first time back since I left the Hanover Plain. It was great to see all the upgrades to the campus! Hard to recognize Baker and the areas behind it, as Kiewit is no longer there and some other buildings have been massively changed! I’ve connected with a few alums through the years, including Keith Li, who is no longer with us; I attended his funeral in Hong Kong.”

Pete has lived in China for more than a dozen years, the past decade in Shanghai. “I initially was sent to Beijing to set up an office and have remained here ever since. My business is aviation development, so there is a great deal of work underway in the region. My busiest projects are in Xi’an and Beijing, China, and Bangalore, India—all airports expecting more than 100,000,000 annual passengers. Certainly China is a country that’s in the news a lot, so it is interesting living here and comparing daily life with what gets reported in the United States. My least favorite conversation by far is the one about what is going on with the current U.S. administration, especially since I have been out of the country for so long that I have the same question! However, for the time being the United States is still seen as the premier destination for advanced education, and several of my clients have children studying there. We receive a flood of applications for Dartmouth, and there is no way we can interview them all. The Dartmouth Club of China is active, with one ’95 living in town, Gen Kanai. And there’s an annual Niseko Green weekend, where alumni from all over Asia gather in northern Japan for a Big Green weekend of skiing.”

To the Caribbean, where Angela (Hall) D’Antonio took part in her third medical mission in January: “I traveled with the nonprofit organization, At Home and Afar to Barahona, Dominican Republic. In five days of clinic we saw about 1,000 patients. We had a team of nurses, nurse practitioners, one pediatrician, an EMT, and seven volunteers who provided activities for children and clinic support. We also worked with an amazing group of Dominican volunteers who provided transportation, coordination of the clinics, and interpreter services. At Home and Afar has funded the building of two wells in the barrios around the city since I was last there. This has had a huge impact on health, with significantly fewer complaints of parasitic intestinal illness. I am hoping to bring my kids, Lila and Charles, with me next year—they will both be teenagers by then! Volunteering supports my professional goal of providing healthcare to underserved populations. Since becoming a nurse practitioner in 2000 I have worked in a clinic at a women’s homeless shelter, spent 11 years in prison healthcare, worked at University of Massachusetts and Beth Israel in liver transplantation and hepatology clinics, and for the past three years have been at Tewksbury State Hospital, where I provide care to patients with acute medical issues directly related to substance use disorder.”

Keep your news coming!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA 02043;

As promised in the last issue, here’s more from some of our international classmates. Rob Milbourne writes from Brisbane, Australia, “where I’ve lived with my family for the last 11 years (I was in Brazil for three years before). I have three boys, one at Brown University and another preparing to go this year (fingers crossed for green). I am a lawyer and practiced in Washington, D.C., then Brazil, and then was sent as a ‘Brazilian’ expatriate to Australia! I work in international law and the mining and natural resources sector, and was a partner of two international law firms before starting my own global mining consultancy two years ago. Mining is one of the largest global industries, cutting across critical issues in business, politics, finance, and human rights. I’ve had the joy of working on projects in more than 30 countries and now deep sea mining through the UN and developing countries in the international seas. I’m passionate that if we use minerals and metals, then we must know where they come from and how they are produced, take responsibility for our consumption, and understand the ethical, social, and environmental consequences from their production. Much of current mining is unacceptable. The United States has 500,000 abandoned mines, and that legacy is spreading to other parts of the world. Mining can and should be a force for good. We all like our phones and cars and the metal needed for them. Australia is a major global mining country with expertise and innovations that have made it a good home base. I learned a lot about ethics and sustainability from Dana Meadows at Dartmouth, which has carried through my career. I was back at Dartmouth last year to take my son. We had five blissful days on campus and I was thrilled so many of my mentors were still there and happy to meet for lunch or coffee! I’d love to connect with any other Dartmouth alumni in Australasia!”

Deborah (Smith) Children moved to London in 2000 after law school with a plan to work there for about three years and then go home. Eighteen years later…“I’ve worked in London, Paris, Singapore, Dubai, and now have moved back to the United Kingdom. I live in Kent with my British husband, our 3-year-old son, Alexander, and our 1-year-old twins, Theodore and Penelope. I live in the gorgeous British countryside, but commute into London for work, so get a bit of city and country life. One thing I think people would find interesting is the whole Brexit fiasco we are currently going through. The government has yet to agree on an approach to exiting the European Union with a fast-approaching March deadline. This is especially acute for our family, as both my husband and I work for investment banks that are currently scrambling to put in place contingency plans for all possible scenarios. Nobody knows exactly what the future will hold and, unfortunately, the future is just around the corner. We visit the United States a couple times a year (which has become more challenging with three small children!) but my whole family is there so we wouldn’t have it any other way. We were last in Hanover two years ago, when we put my son in a hiking backpack and hit some sections of the Appalachian Trail. I got to introduce my husband to EBAs before it shut and had a lovely stay at the Hanover Inn. We hope to make it in 2020 to reconnect with people at our reunion!”

Next issue: Asia! Whether near or far, keep your news coming!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA 02043;

Though ’round the girdled earth we roam, her spell on us remains. Warren Valdmanis and Adam Dixon proved the truth of this in September when they traveled to Cape Town, South Africa, to compete in a marathon and raise money for ALS in honor of Vuyi Radebe, who lives in Johannesburg with his wife and two children. Warren reported: “We had a great experience running the marathon (inspiring place to do it—the pacesetters had drums and were singing the whole way!). We completed in a respectable 4:24, mostly thinking of Vuyi to get us through. He is doing amazingly well spiritually and appreciated all the support he has had from his friends at Dartmouth, especially rugby and the ’95 class more generally. Anyone who wants to support can contribute to Compassionate Care ALS. Thanks for your help!”

From elsewhere ’round the girdled earth, Alex Lesk writes: “I’ve just started a new job at my high school alma mater, having returned to Vancouver with my family seven years ago to be close to my parents. It is wonderful and strange to have come full circle: teaching high school English and journalism, coaching sports in my old gym, scolding girls for mis-wearing the same uniform I once wore, and teaching alongside my former teachers from 30 years ago! My family is thriving. Seb is almost as tall as me and just started high school. Spencer is audacious and full of questions I can’t answer. Paul is loving the flexibility of his job at UBC as the director of the clean energy research center and as an independent energy consultant.”

Andrea Wetzler left the United States in 2001 after graduating from Wharton to pursue a position with Accenture’s strategy department in London. “I ended up meeting a Frenchman while there and moved to Toulouse, France, when we got married. I continue to work as a strategy consultant and travel throughout Europe to see clients. My travels take me to beautiful and diverse cities such as Dublin, Geneva, Zürich, Frankfurt, and Copenhagen. I have four kids, so I try to avoid cross-continental client work. Daily life is less convenient than in the United States but rich in experience. For instance, food shopping is an almost daily venture and consists of going to local markets where there are different stands for fish, poultry, beef, cheeses, and produce. Everything is fresh and sourced locally, so food in general is delicious and not as taxing on the environment. I keep in touch with classmates, but there are not many alumni opportunities for me in Toulouse.

Julie Erikson writes: “We moved in December 2010 to Christchurch, New Zealand, for six weeks. We had planned for everything…except for a devastating earthquake that reduced the city and our house to rubble. Fortunately, the container ship with our belongings was a few days from arriving at port so we simply redirected it back to the States. After recovering from that experience, we applied for permanent residency in Australia and moved to Melbourne in 2014. We’ve lived here for the past five years and are in the final stages of Australian citizenship. Our motivation for moving overseas wasn’t the pull of a job or family or a push to leave the political climate of the United States, but simply a desire to try something new and expose our son, Ethan, to new places, people, and culture. Ethan is now exploring the possibility of returning to the States for his undergraduate years, since there is no NCAA in Australia.”

More from our international classmates in the next issue. Keep your news coming!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA 02043;

Earlier this year Alison Moll, Julie Weller Scott,and I joined dozens of Glee Club alumni on a pilgrimage to Hanover to celebrate the retirement of our director, Louis Burkot. It was a weekend full of song and memories, and it got me thinking about the many ways music was a part of our college years and how for me it has shaped my life after college, as I still sing regularly in the Boston area. It was time to reach out to some of the other singers in our class to see what they were up to, and here’s what I learned.

From Erik Vaveris: “I have been singing with the Bach Choir of Heidelberg (‘Bachchor Heidelberg’) in Germany for the last year. Connie Tromble Eyster and Brian Eyster visited us in Heidelberg with their son, Birch, last spring. Among many adventures in the area, they were able to come to our concert of Bach’s Mass in B-Minor. After two-plus years of living in Germany, my wife, Jane Petrof, daughter Gwen, and I are moving back to the Chicago area this fall.”

Connie and Brian had a visit this summer from Owen Gottlieb and his wife, Abigail Bellows, in Boulder, Colorado, where Owen completed his Wilderness First Responder certification. Owen’s team at the Rochester Institute of Technology Media, Arts, Games, Interaction & Creativity Center had two board games from its Lost & Found series featured at the Smithsonian American Museum of Art this year. The team has also built a mobile phone prototype of the first game for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), featured at the 50th anniversary of the NEH, and is busy at work on a new module on Islamic law and another project on interactive media and healing.

Jennifer Lien wrote from Minnesota: “My favorite Glee Club memories are many, but they all happened on that tour bus during three spring breaks. Those tours cemented friendships and gave me a sense of belonging to Dartmouth that has not wavered. Oh, for those innocent youthful days again! Glee Club got me started in the singing business, and I am still singing today. I just performed two Poulenc operas in Singapore this year—the one-woman opera La Voix Humaine with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s chamber series and led the nuns to the guillotine in Dialogues of the Carmelites with New Opera Singapore. This fall I begin a part-time gig teaching voice at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota, bringing me back full circle to my earliest days studying voice in Hanover. Although I received my doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015, I’ve been so busy with parenthood (daughter, 8, and son, 5) that music had to take a backseat for several years. In my spare time I sit on the board of a Montessori school I helped start here in Duluth and work on diversity, equity, and inclusion at the school and elsewhere in our community.”

James Mahoney chimed in on Facebook about his “first-ever gig at Tabard singing ‘Waiting for the Man’ with the short-lived band Hamlet Machine.” And Eric Waters answered that his favorite music memory was “singing ‘Brown-eyed Girl’ with the Dodecaphonics. It’s how Michelle Waters ’96 first noticed me and was the first step toward falling in love and marriage. I have continued singing, first as a graduate student at Yale and for the past 17 years as a Lutheran pastor. Michelle, our six kids, and I have moved to Texas. I’m the senior pastor of St. John Lutheran in Boerne, Texas, about 30 miles north of San Antonio.”

Keep your news coming!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA 02043;

From coast to coast, we have new branches on the ’95 tree! In New York, Brooke Sophia was born in May to Joe Santos and his wife, Lauren Geer, joining big brother Joe Jr. In Chicago, Melissa (Trumbull) Mitchell and her husband, Duncan, welcomed darling daughter Victoria Lyn to the world. And in San Francisco, Catrina and Jason Duty and their daughter, Jayla, celebrated the birth of beautiful Spencer in May. Congratulations, everyone!

Congratulations also to Alison Cook, who recently published her first book. Coauthored with Kimberly Miller, Boundaries for Your Soul draws on clinical psychology and spiritual practice to guide readers from “doubt and conflict to confidence and peace.” Alison is a counselor and specializes in the integration of faith and psychology. She holds an M.A. in counseling from Denver Seminary and a Ph.D. in religion and psychology from the University of Denver. Alison and her family live in Boston. Boundaries is available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and beyond. Check it out!

This summer Dan Glazer opened the London office for the law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. According to the firm’s press release, Dan “is a fellow at Tech Nation (formerly Tech City UK), an organization he has collaborated with since 2012, including on the development of a U.S. expansion and fundraising online library. He was appointed a GlobalScot trade advisor by the Scottish government, and worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce to develop its SelectUSA Tech program to support non-U.S. technology companies with U.S. expansion. Glazer partners with Silicon Valley Comes to the UK, London Stock Exchange Elite, Tech Nation Future Fifty, Entrepreneur First, RocketSpace, ICE, Seedcamp, the mayor of London’s international business program, TechHub, the London Co-Investment Fund, Techstars, and similar organizations to support U.S. expansion and fundraising efforts by U.K. companies. Glazer has been recognized by The American Lawyer as its Transatlantic Innovator of the Year” and identified as one of London’s top ‘International Connectors’ by UK Tech News.”

Keep your news coming!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA 02043;

Class of ’95s celebrated 45 in style on (or near) April 5—the 95th day of the year—across the country with gatherings in Boston, Washington, D.C., Austin, Texas, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Thanks to all the hosts for putting together such a range of events, from house parties to museum tours!

Sandy Paul reports from D.C.: “Our mini-reunion featured meticulous recreations of the late, great EBAs chicken sandwich. John Jones hosted a joyous gathering of nine alumni from our class cluster. The homemade Portuguese muffins were among the many highlights that made the event memorable.”

Lisa Mortell and her husband, Jake ’94, hosted in Denver. She writes, “Eric Howard and his wife, Lisa, made the trek up from Colorado Springs, Colorado. Eric will have two kids in high school next year and is keeping busy with his law practice. Bo Brukstern and wife Amy brought their lively crew of five kids, ranging in age from 1 to 16. Bo travels frequently with his company, LendIt Fintech. Cynthia Kelmenson had a night off from her busy job as an emergency room physician. She and her family live in Golden, Colorado. Brett Reece, a cardiac surgeon at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, also joined our crew and shared tales from the front line as a father of three. Rob McLennan and wife Beth recently moved to the Denver area. He was lured back by the Pro’s Closet Inc., where he serves as chief financial officer.”

A nice group of us gathered in Boston. Carol Gilchrist McIver, Rebecca Slisz, Jen Sopko Hee, Catherine Bednar, Vil Ramos, Vikram Srimurthy, and I were joined by Leah and Larry Brekenridge, who came down from New Hampshire for the occasion. Many of us sported vintage college T-shirts, including Cabin & Trail and freshman trip favorites, and we all enjoyed catching up and reminiscing.

András Petery sends us “Saladus y abrazos from the 95th day reunion in San Francisco at Rosa Mexicano! Rahul Mathur and his fantastic family represented the South Bay, and he’s offered to organize an event on the peninsula in the future. Jake Hobson is doing great things with Tipping Point to support northern California wildfire relief. Andrew Housser and I are involved in a fun project to bring professional soccer to San Francisco with SF City Football Club. Anyone interested in learning more, hit me up on Twitter!”

Steve Tseng organized a special gathering at New York’s Museum of Natural History, where he is a trustee. Classmates enjoyed private tours of the North American mammals exhibit and the fourth-floor fossil hall before-hours. The group then saw the day’s first showing of the Dark Universe space show. Afterward everyone explored the museum and a few families had lunch at Uno’s with make your-own-pizza and ice cream for the kids. It was great to have New York-based classmates Cindy Chu, Judi Flynn, Lara Morse, Nelli Black, Nancy Brosterman, Michael Kubersky, and Christopher Timmel and their families together for all the festivities.

Sadly, the following 15 classmates did not live to celebrate 45 with us: Cicely Bomar, Matthew Fornari, Paul Hung, Curtis Jones Jr., Hareesh Khurana, Marina Lakhman, John Lee, Keith Kai Li, Alicia Pommerening, Daniel Martone, Paul Miklis, Amy Naparstek, Nicole Redhorse, Andrew Swanson,and Murray Youngbear.I’m working on a special tributefor all of them and I need your help. If you were close with any of our classmates listed above, please be in touch to learn more. Together we can gather stories and photos that will help keep their memories alive and enrich our 25th reunion memorial service. Thank you, and keep your news coming.

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA 02043;

Have you heard about Empathos? Read on for more from our guest columnist, Empathos co-chair, Brenda Almaraz. “Though we generally read this column to share our successes and celebrate our wins, I have no doubt that if we listed our 23-plus years of personal and professional experiences we may surprise ourselves to learn how many roads less traveled we’ve taken, and not by our choice! The ’95 Empathos Network started as a result of a few classmates motivated to do something for a fellow ’95 in need. When I first heard about Empathos I knew I wanted to be involved. Our focus is to connect and provide resources to classmates needing help or dealing with difficult situations. We recognize that by this stage in life, though our paths significantly have differed, we may have experienced similar hardships and be able to help each other, as classmates and friends.

“How can you help? Please consider becoming an Empathos Network volunteer. Our goal is to establish a diverse database to call upon and leverage our collective strengths when needed, especially as we get older. The time commitment is as flexible as you want it to be. Candidly, we recognize we won’t have a resource for every situation. However, extending the simplest gesture will let our classmates know they are not alone. Assistance will vary based on the situation. Trust me when I say the very simplest of gestures can be most impactful to someone; I know this from my own personal experience.

“On May 6, 2001, my son was born and died the same day from complications related to Down syndrome. He lived for three hours. During his funeral, I ran a slight fever, which progressively worsened. My family rushed me to the hospital and were informed to prepare for the worst: The cesarean delivery caused an infection, sepsis and pneumonia, and my organs were beginning to shut down from hypoxia. I was intubated and placed in a drug-induced coma for four weeks to let my body heal. The diagnosis was adult respiratory distress syndrome, which was brought on by the infection from surgery. After seven weeks, I was finally well enough to go home. It was all so surreal!

“Thereafter, there were countless hours of physical therapy, counseling and support groups. My family and I met wonderful people along the way. There were so many simple gestures of support from my community—without a doubt, these were the most impactful during my recovery. If anything, I was reminded that I wasn’t alone.

“Since leaving Dartmouth, perhaps we’ve shared more challenges in common than we realize. Certainly not to the degree which I just shared, but I’m sure we’ve each experienced a whole host of other unmentionables. I’ve since dealt with divorce, infertility, aging parents, career setback, loss of a business, the state’s foster care and legal systems, adoption of three young children, one of whom, with a heavy heart, we had to un-adopt last year. If there is any insight, support or advice I can impart from some lessons learned, I am willing and happy to do so, as are many of our classmates.

“I share the above not to garner sympathy but to tell you I can empathize. If you find yourself in a position to offer support or need help yourself, please connect via Only Ray Wadlow (fellow co-chair) and I can access this account. If you wish to connect anonymously, please do. We review each request and commit to confidentiality. Please visit to access the Empathos volunteer and intake forms or email us for more information. Thank you.”

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA 02043;

Did you know that more than one in 10 of our classmates work in some aspect of healthcare? Brian Spence practices at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, where he is an anesthesiologist and elected physician trustee of DHMC.“It has been a real privilege to help steer a $2 billion-a-year healthcare system through a very tumultuous and disruptive period. It astounds me that as the richest nation in the world we still fail to provide quality healthcare to all. It is the national enigma that our generation will need to solve if we are to remain the democratic and humanitarian society we claim to be. There are personal and emotional costs associated with the medical profession; however, I have never regretted my decision to enter the practice of medicine. The clinical care of patients is a joy and a privilege for me that cannot be easily erased by legislation, bureaucracy or technology. The healthcare provider-patient relationship is the fundamental core of healthcare, and it is that relationship that keeps me engaged and what I find most fulfilling in my daily practice.”

Becky Liddicoat Yamarik, internist and palliative care physician,writes: “I’m currently working at the Long Beach Veterans Hospital as a hospitalist and clinical ethicist. I’m also involved in a randomized controlled trial looking at telephonic vs. in-person palliative care for patients in the last one to two years of life. These patients need a lot of support and assistance as they enter this final phase of life, so it’s wonderful to be able to try to improve their lives. Medicine has been a wonderful career for me. I majored in history and was very ambivalent about whether med school was the right fit. Luckily, working in palliative care, I use a lot of the communication skills and interest in people and their lives that I loved from studying history. The human interaction with patients is very rewarding, as is the ability to constantly try new things and new ways of delivering care. I have worked in home hospice, in hospitals and training nurses to assist patients over the phone. It continues to be an intellectually stimulating and rewarding profession. I particularly love working with medical students and residents. Their youth, altruism and enthusiasm keeps me invigorated and positive.” 

Matt Riley, a pediatric gastroenterologist in Portland, Oregon, reflects: “The things I enjoy most about my vocation are assisting children and families through some of the most challenging times they may ever face, as well as the opportunity to constantly learn about my field and myself in the process. Medicine is a field where some of the most basic American values play out on a daily basis. Many of us want quick, external solutions to relatively small sufferings. Simultaneously, we expect the most vulnerable of us to pull themselves up by their bootstraps, even if their shoes are worn and lack laces.”

Finally, Michael Kang writes from Manhattan,where he is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee replacement affiliated with NYU-Langone Medical Center. He is married to Gina and has two children, Griffyn (16) and Sydney (14).Michael’s take “Healthcare is at a crossroads. In terms of orthopedics, we are going down the road of medical advancements that must be cost responsible. Due to increased costs, we will have to change our healthcare model. It may become a more socialized model. In terms of my career, I am in a clinical practice with responsibilities to a fellowship. A busy clinical practice while also teaching doctors in training has made my professional career fulfilling.”

Keep your news coming!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA 02043;

This is an amazing and complicated time in American healthcare. Where do you see the most hope or opportunity? What’s your greatest concern? Shameem Abbasy and Jonathan Lind wrote together in response to these questions. They are proud to work at Swedish Covenant Hospital, an independent community hospital in Chicago. Shameem is a urogynecologist and serves as medical group director and department chair of obstetrics and gynecology. Jonathan is the health system’s chief operating officer. They never knew each other at Dartmouth, although Jonathan may have delivered EBAs to Shameem a time or two. They wrote, “We have seen the new insurance co-ops fold due to inadequate funding and a riskier patient population than expected. The state’s inability to pass a budget has held up state Medicaid payments, expanded under the ACA in Illinois. Declining reimbursement makes for little cushion in the budget. Repealing the ACA could result in large numbers of uninsured or underinsured patients again. It’s a challenging time, and that’s an understatement.”

Shameem wrote, “I don’t see as many patients with neglected medical problems since the ACA was implemented. I really do not want to go back to practicing medicine in that era. Patients are also nervous. There’s been a surge of women coming in to get intrauterine devices for long-acting contraception or the Pap test done early because they don’t know what the future holds. The rising cost of care remains a problem, especially for those who gained access to care through the ACA. I see patients making the decision not to proceed with medically indicated, elective surgery due to the high cost of their deductibles.”

They went on to write, “We think our focus should be on fixing what is wrong with the current system, rather than repealing the ACA. There is much to lose by starting from scratch and it’s unconscionable to abandon the vulnerable on the margins of our communities without an alternative. Short-term political ‘gains’ are of no value when they come at the expense of quality care for the sick, prevention and wellness for communities, and the long-term stability of any community.”

Andrew Resnick, now the chief medical officer at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin and formerly chief quality officer at Penn State, writes: “There was certainly ‘enough’ going on up until the 2016 election. Ratcheting up of the at-risk reimbursement and transitioning Medicare to a new system, pushing for large-population health models, all while increasing the number of mandatory bundles (rather than fee-for-service) resulted in tremendous activity and anxiety everywhere. Just when everyone was maxed out, the election happened and the current administration has moved in the opposite direction, getting rid of mandatory bundles and dismantling the ACA however it can. Without getting political, the direction changes have created even more uncertainty and anxiety in healthcare. Certainly, there aren’t any healthcare organizations that want to see millions more uninsured Americans again.

“Increased regulatory compliance, decreased reimbursement rates, loss of autonomy and uncertainty has created a huge physician burnout problem. Despite so many positive advances in healthcare (wonder drugs for cancer, robots for surgery, etc.), burnout outweighs all of this. No other profession has lost so much control and so much financial reward over the past few decades. The problem of physician burnout, including the fact that the equivalent of an entire medical school worth of physicians commits suicide each year, is an issue that needs much more attention nationally.”

More on healthcare from these and other medical professionals in our class in our next newsletter and future columns. What’s your take? Join the conversation and keep your news coming!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA 02043;

Did you see the eclipse? Matthew Riley, a pediatric gastroenterologist in Oregon, watched from the roof of his building in downtown Portland, where he saw the sky dim over Mount St. Helens and the freeways empty as the city stopped to stare at the sky. Mariann McKeever stepped out of her Chicago office to watch with her colleagues as the city experienced 89-percent coverage.

Kevin Fleming spent the eclipse day (a.k.a. his 45th birthday) with Guy Dixon, searching the bottom of a lake for his wedding ring, which he had lost while swimming. Guy and his wife, Julie Kline ’96, hosted a group of Dartmouth alumni spanning classes from ’86 to ’97 at their Virginia home to celebrate Vuyi Radebe and his family visiting from South Africa. Among the group was Ray Wadlow, visiting from D.C. “We never did find the ring, but we did catch a glimpse of the eclipse and I’m determined to visit again to find it. In the meantime, Guy is investing in an underwater metal detector.”

Rob McLennan recently moved to the Boulder, Colorado, area, where he is CFO of the Pro’s Closet, the world’s largest online used bicycles dealer. The night before the eclipse his family drove to Medicine Bow National Forest in southeast Wyoming, where you can pull off the road and camp anywhere in the forest. They watched from a clearing with wide-open views of the mountains to the west and a valley to the east. “My wife was the most excited of any of us, but our three girls enjoyed watching the moon eat the sun. The light began to change to an eerie dusk-like hue and it got noticeably cooler. At the moment of totality we took off our glasses and looked at the otherworldly black hole in the sky, with the sun’s corona clearly visible around the edges. I felt like I was standing on another planet—one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen. Worth every minute of the seven-hour traffic jam we suffered through to drive home that afternoon….”

Peter Ellman drove from Pinehurst, North Carolina, to Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, with his wife, Sarah, and their twin 14-year-old boys, Will and James. “Immediately it got dark and cool. Hundreds of people started yelling and cheering. The glasses came off and to be honest, I was not really prepared for what I saw. It was truly one of the most surreal, soul-stirring and spectacular, if not the most spectacular, things I have ever seen. Where the sun used to be was a black spot in the sky with a white halo (the sun’s corona) clearly visible around it. I have not yet seen a picture that does it justice because it looks alive. I took my eyes off the eclipse just for a moment to look around and all around us the sky was a dark pink. You could see stars. There was a slight breeze and pretty much all the hairs stood up on my body from the electricity of the moment. And then the diamond ring (the bright spot of the sun blasting out from around the moon as it continues its celestial course) and it was over. All I can say is it is really something that should be experienced at least once in your life—even worth traveling very far for. I felt very blessed and lucky to be able to make the time to see it and to see it with my family.”

2024 Montreal eclipse mini-reunion perhaps? In the meantime, keep your news coming!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA 02043;

Drum roll, please: It’s official, we have our first ’95 baby heading to Dartmouth as a first-year student this fall! Ashleigh Brady, daughter of Evelyn Brady and Dr. Drew Brady ’96, has been accepted in the class of 2021. She plans to study a combination of art and engineering and has been an avid volleyball player through high school. Congratulations!

While on the subject of ’95 babies, we have a new one in the family. Congratulations to Kristen Foord and her husband, Peter on the birth of their daughter, Mia Caroline Capozzoli, in March. There are other ’95 babies on their way, so stay tuned for more updates as our class family continues to grow. Ashleigh, you can look forward to babysitting opportunities in 2020 at our next reunion if you’re interested!

In other congratulations, a belated one for Rabbi Owen Gottlieb, who married Abby Bellows of Vienna, Virginia, in the company of many Dartmouth friends in October 2015. Owen is assistant professor of interactive games and media at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he is also the founder and lead researcher of the initiative of religion, culture and policy for the institute’s research laboratory and game studio, the Magic Center. In 2010 Owen founded ConverJent: Jewish Games for Learning. Owen’s mobile augmented reality game, Jewish Time Jump: New Yorkwas nominated for “Most Innovative Game” at the 10th Annual Games for Change Festival in 2013.

Alyse (Kornfeld) Streicher gets a shout-out for her new job as CEO of Romemu, a Jewish community in New York that, according to its website, is “a welcoming, experiential, irreverently pious, intergenerational Jewish community that elevates and transforms individuals and communities into more compassionate human beings.” Sounds like a perfect fit for our senior class president! Alyse is also president-elect of the board of the Junior League of Central Westchester and actively involved with Dartmouth’s Alumni Council.

I’ve been on an advice kick lately (midlife soul-searching perhaps?). As we mark 25 years since the end of our freshman year, I wonder what advice we’d give our 19-year-old selves if we could. Kathryn Ross would say: “Don’t take astronomy. No matter how pretty the telescope looks, this is not the class for you!” while Jennifer Lien would advise her younger self not to take an unchallenging class:I ended up getting a C my freshman fall for math I had done before, thinking it would be easy (and thus checking out). Big lesson for me!”

Zobediah Gonzalez has lots of counsel that still rings true today: “Don’t waste time trying to become who you think others want you to be or trying to live up to other people’s expectations. Have the courage to find the things you love to do and pursue them, no matter how impractical they seem. The time to be practical will come, this is the time to take risks. Don’t be afraid to go after what you want because you fear failure. Everyone’s definition of success is different. Decide what yours looks like and let that be your compass.”

And Linda (Albers) Serotta shared the following reflection: “When I was in law school I had tickets to meet Roy Lichtenstein at Ohio State University. I did not go because the coursework weighed down on me like a ton of bricks. Roy died shortly and suddenly afterward. I have spent 20 years chasing his paintings around the country. My advice is to meet Roy Lichtenstein. There will never be another chance. There’s a time to leave the library and to experience life.”

Keep your news coming!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA 02043;; Natalie Herring, 1911 Rex Ave., #41, Joplin, MO 64801; (417) 553-7419;

As promised, there’s news of additions to our growing ’95 family. New mom Shara Frase welcomed baby Bobby (formerly known as “WIP,” short for “work in progress”) in May and the two can be found strolling around San Francisco. Down in southern California the Drmaj clan has grown by one with the birth of beautiful Emma to parents Morgan Drmaj and Cher Hawrysh.

And Chris Foley will have lots of new material for his next one-man show now that he is a dad. Eammon was born to Chris and his wife, Courtney in Atlanta in May. Congratulations all. Enjoy every minute, even the sleepless ones!

It is hard to believe, but after 38 years EBAs has shuttered its doors and gone the way of Panda House, Five Olde and Ben & Jerry’s into alumni memory. Many of us will miss most the quintessential chicken sandwich—best eaten after sitting in foil in the back of an EBAs delivery vehicle for at least 30 minutes—and their amazing chocolate chip cookies.

Class of ’95s loved their delivery service. That they would deliver a single pint of Ben & Jerry’s blew Pam Quinn’s mind, and Lori Korpan Hurley remembers ordering ice cream and Diet Coke during finals with Jennifer Apgar, “because two blocks was so far to walk.”

Grant Czerny would get them to deliver not only from EBAs, but from Stinson’s too. As John McKelvy commented: “Talk about a privileged existence!”

Melissa Trumbull Mitchell recalls: “Our first year my roommates and I ordered so much stuff fall term (including Diet Coke, cigarettes and insane amounts of pizza, pasta and butter and cookies) that on the first day of winter term they brought us a gift basket: two six-packs of Diet Coke and a whole bunch of chocolate chip cookies.”

I once came down on the wrong side of the law with EBAs delivery service. I was walking from fraternity row back to my dorm and campus police stopped me. It turns out I matched the description of a suspect who, seeing an EBAs delivery car sitting empty and running in front of Fayerweather, had decided to skip the walk to Chi Gam and take the car instead. Ha! When I shared this story with EBAs delivery man Craig Sakowitz ’93, he laughed and said it was a risk of the job, because you knew if you turned off your car while delivering pizzas, it might not start up again. Who knew that EBAs delivery service was good for joy rides too?

Grant remembers swim team outings for all-you-can-eat pasta: “Let me tell you that EBAs lost money on that one. But we loved them and I am sure they came out net positive big time.” Sandy Paul was “always amused that at 1 a.m., the phone was inevitably answered this way: ‘EBAs. Please hold.’ ”

And who will ever forget the jingle that embedded 643-6135 in our heads more firmly than the quadratic equation? Deborah Smith certainly won’t: “My extension freshman year was x6135, which meant I got a lot of really late-night phone calls asking me for pizza or chicken sandwiches. I started out always explaining to people that they had failed to dial externally but at some point I got a bit tired of it and just started ‘taking orders’ and promising people the food would be with them soon. So apologies to everyone all these years later if I was responsible for you missing those late-night munchies!!”

Keep your news coming (and if you figure out the recipe for the chicken sandwich, be sure to share that too)!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA 02043;; Natalie Herring, 1911 Rex Ave., #41, Joplin, MO 64801; (417) 553-7419;

Cheers to Brian Cremins for his new book, Their Mighty American Hero, published by the University Press of Mississippi. Brian’s book tells the story of the controversial superhero, Captain Marvel and the writers and artists who created his adventures. Brian is an associate professor of English at Harper College and his essays have appeared in the International Journal of Comic Art, Studies in American Humor, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Alter Ego and in the edited collection, Comics and the U.S. South.

Natalie Herring has left Cottey College to become an associate vice president at the University of Baltimore. Geoffrey Willison has completed the sale of Valore, a venture backed e-commerce company, and is now chief financial officer of Continuum, an IT software company. Geoffrey’s wife, Susan Willison, is enjoying her fifth year as a fourth-grade teacher in Hingham, Massachusetts, where, Geoff writes: “Life is fun and busy, supporting our daughters, Cara (16) and Morgan (14), in their athletic and artistic pursuits.”

Pam (Brockmeier) Armstrong wrote from her winter hibernation in Newburyport, Massachusetts: “I am plotting my reemergence with spring. The weather has been warm recently and it’s leading to boisterous feelings of happiness and hope! I am wiping the snow off my surfboard (am I supposed to store that thing indoors?) and planning to actually use it this year. It’s mostly been fence decoration. My kids are old enough that I think I can safely leave them on the beach while I paddle out to the waves. Oh, wait, I still have a 4-year-old. Nope, can’t do that yet. We’ll be boogie boarding again. Which is awesome, too.” 

At my request, Pam also shared a bit of advice from classmates: “There are so many wonderful tidbits and words of wisdom that stick with me. But I can’t remember a single one right now. Okay, how about this: Go to bed, Pam. That came from my engineering project group as we entered the wee hours of an all-nighter. It was clear to them I was useless at that point, and I still love them for recognizing it and releasing me. I never tried to pull an all-nighter again.”

What advice do you recall from a classmate? I remember Jen Chapman (now Schindler) as my sorority house manager counseling that any task you need to execute becomes easier when you think through how much (or how little) time it will take to complete. Jill Wesley recalls Alex Nikas (or was it Jon Belk?) telling her not to mix bleach with ammonia. “Very important. I have shared this info with others.” Linda (Albers) Serotta credits Deborah Healy with advising her to wear good walking shoes in New York or Chicago and that exceptional pizza is worth the walk: “We would walk to Foodees. The entire pizza adventure took three hours. Then we’d watch Thursday night must-see TV.” Chris Hamner’s sage words—“always put yourself in a position to win”—have stuck with Lou Spelios, and Corey (Fleming) Hirokawa still thanks Jill Wesley for giving her the best advice ever, to give Ben Hirokawa a chance: “Guess it worked out!”

There are two initiatives underway in our class: First, mini-reunions are on for the 95th Day of the Year, April 5. Join the fun in person or with a post on our class Facebook page. Second is #D95ActOfKindness: a movement to celebrate our collective acts of public service. Pam and her family help cook and assemble meals to bring to families who need them once a month. What are you doing to help others and make the world a better place?

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA 02043;; Natalie Herring, 1911 Rex Ave., #41, Joplin, MO 64801; (417) 553-7419;

Ah, the exciting, confusing, exhilarating experience of a ’shmen. Twenty-five years ago we were welcomed to Dartmouth: We learned the alma mater, danced the “Salty Dog Rag,” discovered Full Fare (bring on the “Freshman 15”!) and met roommates, undergraduate advisor group members, classmates who would become our best friends for a week or perhaps a lifetime. Who do you remember first meeting when we all walked on campus for the first time that fall?

Brenda Almaraz met Gillian Jacob in front of Robinson: “I thought I was a long way from home (Texas), but she was from Trinidad and Tobago. Minutes later I met Akwele Bortei-Doku from Ghana! For me, these ladies really put distance and feeling homesick in perspective. I need to look them both up!” Though Itir Sayin Clarke doesn’t remember exactly who she met first, she does recall “looking around and wondering what to do with myself, when Laura Broughton offered to take a group of us to the Hop for dinner. I will never forget her kindness.”

Lori (Korpan) Hurley’sfirst encounter was a bit surprising: “Eric…can’t remember his last name. We got put into a quad in the new dorms as roommates, which both of our parents handled surprisingly well! I think we were roommates for about 40 minutes until the housing department figured out their error.” James Budd remembers Gile Hall neighbor Brian Wheelan: “I know he went to Harvard Business School but don’t know much beyond that. It was an odd coincidence because I already knew his older brother, Pete.”

Hillary Agnew Cecil met Laurie Stucker Halligan, still a “dear friend.” Baryona Billington met one of her best friends to this day, Candace Howell. Nat Schindler met Gillian (MacLean) Growdon, who all these years later only lives a few blocks away. And lucky Phyllis (Steinberg) Fagell, well, she first met Steven Fagell “and I married him!”

Interested in reconnecting with any of those fellow ’shmen from days gone by? Try a pop-up mini-reunion! In the spring Steve Tseng was in Hong Kong for a Tuck advisory meeting and tracked down Mike Chen to catch up. Last summer Charlotte (Flower) Streidel had an impromptu mini in Los Angeles with Sharyn Steele and Tia Maggini. If you’ll be traveling and would like to know who’s in the area, or if you would be interested in organizing a gathering in your own backyard, our mini-reunion chair can help. You can reach Tara Gulla at

A couple of our classmates are on the move. Eric Waters has been called as senior pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Boerne, Texas, just outside of San Antonio. And Chris Foley has left New York City for Alpharetta, Georgia, where he is continuing his acting career. Chris was married to Courtney Brown in September (congratulations!). Courtney is originally from Kentucky and is a classical pianist and piano teacher. Katherine Kaneko hasn’t moved, but is moving smoothly. Sherecently graduated from the Kripalu Center of Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, as a certified yoga teacher, having completed a 200-hour yoga training.

Sadly, I must close with the news of another classmate’s passing. The bells of Baker Tower toll for Hareesh Khurana, who passed away in August. Hareesh once recalled his favorite memories of Dartmouth for the column and I share them again now: “Embers of the bonfire at 6 a.m., afternoon pong on the back porch, spontaneous trips to wild places with friends that ended up being brothers from other mothers.” Hareesh, you will be missed.

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA 02043;; Natalie Herring, 1911 Rex Ave., #41, Joplin, MO 64801; (417) 553-7419;


James Budd got in touch this month to flesh out some of the shout-outs he’s had in recent columns, courtesy of my Facebook trawling. “On June 10 my wife, Kelly, and I welcomed our first child into the world—a baby boy named James Jr. He will (I hope) be a member of the Dartmouth College class of 2036! He is happy and healthy and big for his age. Perhaps he has a future on the Big Green football team. Other than that, things are good down here in Atlanta. Last month I started a new job with the law firm Hartman, Simons and Wood, LLP, where I will head up the real estate finance practice group. Needless to say, 2016 has delivered a busy, exciting and tiring summer in the Budd household! Oh—and our wedding was on June 23 of 2012. We had our reception at the Georgia Aquarium (to the extent anyone would find that interesting). I would be thrilled to be included in the class notes. (I really should have sent a note along earlier about my wedding—that is my bad.)

No problem, James! Now, for some more Facebook highlights. Congratulations to Cheryl Flick on the birth of her daughter, Eleanor Anna, in August. She joins big brother Adam at their home in San Francisco, where Cheryl works at KPMG Consulting. Justin Wells is also in the Bay Area. He is an associate research director at Stanford University’s School of Education and this summer co-facilitated two workshops in Beijing and Chongqing, China. Belated best wishes to Michelle Butler,who was married in November 2013 to James McKay. They live in Arlington, Virginia, but as I write this they are vacationing in Hawaii, so life truly is paradise! Alie (Mann) Vanoy can help you plan your next vacation, Michelle. She now is with Cruise Planners out of her home in Annapolis, Maryland. Alie recently celebrated her eighth wedding anniversary and is busy raising her adorable son and daughter. Marie Weis Berg posted some great shots of her triumphant completion of the Ironman 70.3 Timberman this summer in New Hampshire. Congratulations! Marie is a neonatologist at the University of Vermont and lives in Charlotte, Vermont, with her husband, Chris, and their daughters, Madeleine and Catie.

Marie is also co-chairing with Jen (Sopko) Hee our 20th reunion, an Ironman in its own right; I hope not nearly as exhausting but equally rewarding! In just a few months we will gather in Hanover to celebrate, reminisce and catch up. Save the date and make your travel plans for June 19-21, 2017. To make this the best reunion yet, I encourage you to crack open your Aegis and think about that guy from “Bio 3” or the group you went tubing with Sophomore Summer, the women from your rugby team or the crew you rowed the Connecticut River with—naked. Then access our alumni directory online, start typing those emails (or searching Facebook!) and encourage friends, past and present, to get to Hanover for our reunion. Is there someone in particular with whom you’ve fallen out of touch but would love to see? Let me know and I’ll see if they will contribute a few sentences to our next column. While you’re at it, send your own reminiscences and keep your news coming!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA 02043;; Natalie Herring, 1911 Rex Ave., #41, Joplin, MO 64801; (417) 553-7419;

Anitra (Auster) Birnbaum and her husband, Julius, welcomed their third child in February. Samantha Louise joins older brothers Aaron and Jeremy and, according to Anitra, is the easiest of the three and “a real sweetie.” The Birnbaums make their home just outside of Baltimore, where Anitra currently has her hands full as a busy stay-at-home mom.

Alexander (Sandy) Paul joined the commercial real estate firm Newmark Grubb Knight Frank in 2015, after 13 years at Delta Associates. As managing director, Sandy has led his team in creating a national conference series called BenchMarks that brings together public servants and the development community to discuss key areas of cooperation and how to tackle major policy challenges, including transportation infrastructure and affordable housing. Last November Sandy moderated a panel discussion including the Washington, D.C., mayor, Muriel Bowser, for an audience of 700. In May Sandy delivered the keynote address that served as a catalyst for a panel discussion featuring San Francisco and Oakland, California, mayors Edwin Lee and Libby Schaaf. Sandy and his wife, Leslie, live in Arlington, Virginia, with their two wonderful kids, Emma and Daniel.

In May Sandy and Leslie connected with Brian Greenberg and his wife, Christina, for breakfast in San Francisco. Sandy also serves as vice president of communications for our class and enjoyed seeing the robust turnout at our 95th day of the year mini-reunions in April. If you would like to volunteer to help re-engage fellow ’95s with our class activities and project, please contact Sandy at

Jaha Cummings writes: “Last year I cofounded a consultancy, Guardian Today LLC, that provides domestic and international law enforcement agencies with training and technical assistance in changing their organizational culture to that of community-oriented policing. We provide training from the police academy-level to executive leadership in diversity professionalism, the competency of understanding and responding with sensitivity to diverse populations served by the department, including a range of diversity from race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs and veteran status. We have particular expertise in assisting agencies build community trust in communities that they serve. We do so by facilitating dialogue between the community and law enforcement agencies, and having them jointly perform a community needs assessment to identify root issues that negatively affect the community and identify courses of action that will address these issues. This collaborative approach restores cohesiveness within the community and with law enforcement as a part of the community. This spring we also created a professional journal, The Guardian Today: The Journal of Best Practices in Community Policing and Corrections. In addition to this work with law enforcement agencies and communities, we also train juvenile and adult corrections agencies in our nationally recognized holistic cognitive behavior therapy-based recidivism reduction system and school districts in creating optimum learning conditions for poor and caste minority students.”

Alexander O. Smith writes: “I’ve been living with my wife, Yukiyo, and two children in lovely seaside Kamakura, Japan, since moving here from Vermont, where we helped my parents prepare to put their family inn ( on the market. My daughter, Kiya (12), and son, Yakumo (10), have been enjoying attending the local elementary school and brushing up their Japanese and Kiya is off to international school in Yokohama next fall to keep her English up to speed.

“Work-wise, I continue my 18-year career localizing Japanese video games ( and translating novels (32 and counting), with some script writing for games and publishing ( on the side!” Alex gave a talk on his work at Dartmouth this past April.

Natalie Herring, 1911 Rex Ave., #41, Joplin, MO 64801; (417) 553-7419;; Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA 02043;

Notes overflow this time, so thank you and keep the updates coming! Shamyune Truman Jones offers that her life is hectic and blessed. She is the Pennsylvania Convention Center general counsel; in 2012 her board appointed her vice president of legal affairs. With one huge event over (the papal visit) and one to come (the Democratic National Convention), personally she juggles active 7- and 12-year-old boys who won both the YMCA championship and all-star games and traveled for three weeks to Chile and Peru with the Keystone State Boychoir sans their parents!

Deborah Smith shares her first Class Notes entry: “After several nomadic years of living in Berlin, New York, London, Paris and Dubai, I’ve settled down back in London and work as legal counsel to the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs. I got married a couple years ago to Stuart, who I met when I sat next to him on night three of the BBC Proms production of Wagner’s ‘Ring Cycle.’ After six hours of sitting next to each other, you’re bound to start chatting at some point! We now have a gorgeous 9-month-old son, Alexander, who much to our dismay seems to only want to boogie to Burl Ives’ rendition of ‘Froggie Went a Courtin’ ’ or to ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun’ by Cyndi Lauper. We were really hoping he would have more refined taste in music!”

Andrea Useem writes: “I’ve just become a registered nurse, after earning my bachelor of science in nursing at George Washington University. It was a little crazy to go back for another bachelor’s, I know, but totally worth it. There was another Dartmouth alumnus in my class, Andrew Pierce ’05, and I reconnected with Sarah Inwood, who too is becoming a nurse! I’m an ICU nurse at Virginia Hospital Center and serve on the board of the local chapter of the American Association of Critical-care Nurses. Many Dartmouth friends encouraged me on this career-change journey (from journalism) and I’m grateful for their constant support!”

Tim Rodenberger offers: “Life in Andover, Massachusetts, with my wife, Diana, and our two daughters, Isabel and Julia, is good. I am general counsel at American Dental Partners Inc., with about 300 clinics around the country. I coach both of my girls in soccer and was elected to the board of directors of the Andover Soccer Association. My wife is from Mexico, so we frequently travel south of the border and we made our first family trip to Europe (two and a half weeks) this past summer, visiting Germany (including our family’s ancestral home in Rothenburg), Austria, Belgium and France. It was a fantastic time and the kids loved it.”

Hosea Harvey shares: “I’m serving on the board of visitors of what we used to know as the Tucker Center as it divides into two centers: The Tucker Center for Spiritual Life and the Dartmouth Center for Service,” which he describes as “a fascinating transition.”

Finally, Dr. Clifford Weiss presented his work, “Bariatric Embolization of Arteries for the Treatment of Obesity (BEAT Obesity),” at the April Society for Interventional Radiology meeting. Cliff worked with fellow Johns Hopkins colleagues as well as others at Icahn Med School at Mount Sinai and Piedmont Healthcare. Cliff shared in EurekAlert! of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, “Obesity is a highly prevalent, detrimental and costly disease in the United States and abroad. We will be able to gain more insight into the role interventional radiology can play in the critical battle against obesity.”

Natalie Herring, 1911 Rex Ave., #41, Joplin, MO 64801; (417) 553-7419;; Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA 02043;

Happy April! As you know, April holds a most important day for our class, the 95th day of the year. Let’s be thankful for very generous classmates who made mini-reunions in Austin, Boston, D.C., Los Angeles, N.Y.C., San Francisco and Shanghai possible: Tara Gulla, Patrick Boyd, Kaja Fickes, Judi Flynn, Shara Frase, Peter Jolicoeur, Blaine LeGere, Sandy Paul and Steve Tseng. Additional thanks to all who attended.

In addition to joining the ranks of class leadership in the role of co-secretary, I have also begun a new venture professionally as vice president for enrollment management at Cottey College and am happy to report that I have been a presenter at the National Association for College Admission Counseling annual Guiding the Way to Inclusion conference as part of a session I proposed: using minority recruitment as leverage to a senior leadership role. The conference will take place immediately after a very small mini-reunion happening in Martha’s Vineyard for Evelyn (Waters) Brady, Candace Howell and myself. If you will be on the vineyard July 16-23 let me know so I can schedule a Dartmouth photo-op. In more Brady news, I witnessed Evelyn’s daughter, Ashleigh, finish her volleyball tournament 6-2 in Las Vegas. You know you’re old when the most exciting thing about Vegas is 200 girls’ volleyball teams: so much fun.

In entertainment news, Brian White, an actor seen most recently on Shonda Rimes ’91 Scandal, played “George” in an episode of the new USA Network series, Colony. In social butterfly news, Baryona Billington spent Valentine’s Day with comedian Mike Epps as an audience member in his Don’t Take It Personal tour, tapped into her inner artist at Mimosa and a Masterpiece and continued her mission to live in Indianapolis, Indiana, and reside everywhere else with a jaunt to Puerto Rico.

Finally, we’d like your help building up the community already begun on the Dartmouth College Class of 1995 Facebook page. Right now we are at 458 members, and I would like to encourage us all who are members to reach out to classmates who have not yet joined the group. 

Natalie Herring, 1911 Rex Ave., #41, Joplin, MO 64801; (417) 553-7419;; Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA 02043;

As I write this column, 2015 is coming to a close and I am enjoying seeing all of our classmates’ photos of family and friends on Facebook celebrating the holiday season. Whether Adam Lipson and Alexander (Sasha) King playing polo, Alex Nikas’ family playing a front foyer brass quartet that would do the Dartmouth wind symphony proud or Tamara Busch’s beautiful new baby girl, Tatiana Lushear (congratulations, Tammy!), it is great to see that ’95s are out there embracing life and having fun.

By the time you read this column it will be spring, the time of mud season and finals in Hanover, when Dartmouth students are counting the days to spring break. I asked classmates to share their favorite spring break memories on Facebook (mine include post-foreign study program travels in Paris and an amazing Chamber Singers tour to Spain.) For Cynthia Kelmenson it was the “rugby tour to England!” and for Malika Ra, “floating in the turquoise waters of Turks and Caicos, paddle boarding and being able to see stingrays below this past spring.” Alexandra (Lesk) Love writes: “Gleek (a.k.a. Glee Club) tour, but not the part where I had to get stitches in Georgia and that medical bill ruined my credit rating for seven years.” Yikes!

Now let’s have fun off Facebook and find time to get together face to face! April 4 marks the 95th day of the year and it’s a great excuse to reconnect. Kisha (Teaney) Weiser,Alexandrawould especially like to connect with you, both for the 95th day and as an early April 5 birthday present!) We’ve made it a tradition in Boston to gather for a mini-reunion dinner somewhere—stay tuned to our Facebook group for more details—and if you’d be interested in reaching out to one classmate or to a whole region’s worth for a 95th day of the year celebration, contact me, our class mini-reunion chair Tara Gulla or our president Jen Hee and we will help you make that happen.

Unfortunately, I end this column with news of another classmate’s passing. The bells of Baker Library toll for Matthew J. Fornari, who died last fall and is survived by his wife, Kim, and their beloved dog, Angel. You will be missed, Matt.

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA 02043;

When you’ve come to the end of a great week, what is it that has defined greatness? For Itir (Sayin) Clarke it is “learning something new and retaining it.” For Charlotte Flower Streidel, “having a good money-making week or achievement of another goal.” For Derek Pollard, “perseverance,” and for Matt Riley, “finding compassion outward and within.” For Melissa (Trumbull) Mitchell, simply “making it to the weekend,” and for our adopted classmate Craig Sakowitz ’93, “lack of death.”

As Craig lives to see another week, he writes: “This is my first report to my adopted class of 1995 and so I have a lot to report. I’m living in the San Francisco Bay Area with my delightful wife, Sharon Karlsberg ’96, and two boys. I have been heavily involved in the Dartmouth Outing Club of Northern California, which supports an amazing cabin in the High Sierras. Founded in the late 1930s and early 1940s this West Coast version of the DOC built on what was happening at Mount Moosilauke around the same time near Dartmouth. As for the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge, the Dartmouth powers that be have determined that the Moosilauke Lodge needs to be torn down and replaced. I am spearheading a campaign to save Moosilauke. All you have to do is look up on the web or Facebook for ‘SaveMoosilauke’ to help save this historic structure for all of us and future generations.”

Peter Jolicoeur posted a happy photo from China on our class Facebook page this fall with Steven Tseng and Gen Kanai and wrote: “Steven is visiting briefly for a global corporate conference, and had he not left Shanghai for New York three years ago, this week would have been his 10th anniversary in China. (Of course, you’re welcome to move back anytime!) Gen is a new arrival, having moved with his family from Tokyo a few months ago, and is quickly getting accustomed to Shanghai life as well as the business development and entrepreneurial scene. I am continuing to work as an aviation and airport development consultant and am pleased to announce the birth of our second son, Nathan, born on September 2.” Congratulations, Pete. Congratulations go out to Kevin Lapin as well, who welcomed his second son, Raphael “Rafi” Gerressu, in September.

Rebecca (Slisz) Blank is on the move. She has taken a new job with Neurometrix and is moving back to Massachusetts after more than a decade living in St. Paul, Minnesota (looking forward to having you back in the Bay State, Rebecca!). My new co-class secretary, Natalie Herring, has also taken a new job in a new time zone. She recently became vice president for enrollment at Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri, and now lives in Joplin. Cottey is a women’s college, founded in 1884. The school is transitioning from a two-year to a four-year college, so the work promises to be very interesting. She writes: “Evelyn Brady celebrated the sweet 16 of her daughter, Ashleigh Marie, and Baryona Billington just celebrated her birthday in the hometown of her and her company, Eli Lilly, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Be warned in Delaware, both mom and daughter are driving new cars! The Bradys and I summered together at Walt Disney World and at the Jersey Shore in preparation for our separation for my new gig. Evelyn and I remain hetero lifemates. Happy to be back in my native Midwest.”

Once Natalie gets settled, you’ll hear from her in these pages, so stay tuned and keep your news coming!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA 02043;

This summer we had a small but mighty pop-up mini-reunion in Walnut Creek, California. Sara (Wasserbauer) Carlson, Craig Sakowitz ’93, Geoffrey Dolan and I met up and talked late into the night over beers and apps (the analog, edible kind) and had a great time. If you’d like to plan an impromptu gathering—a.k.a. pop-up mini—in your area, please contact our new mini-reunion chair, Tara Gulla, at and she can get you set up. Let’s keep the momentum of our 20th reunion going!

The next time you fly a kite, think about Geoff Dolan. At our pop-up mini he talked about his fascinating work at Makani Power, a company developing airborne wind turbines or “energy kites” that operate at higher altitudes and use more cost-effective materials than windmills. Makani’s goal, per the company website, is “to make energy kites and widespread clean energy a commercial reality.” Really cool stuff! Makani Power was founded in 2006 and acquired by Google [x] in 2013. Perhaps someday we’ll all have these energy kites flying over our homes and businesses and powering our lives. Check out Geoff’s company website at

I recently started a new job at WGBH, directing the PBS station’s major annual giving program. The work we do in public media and education is amazing and I feel so fortunate to be building my career at this diverse, dynamic place. Downton Abbey fans, I don’t have any spoilers to share but I will say that we’re throwing a heck of a party for the sixth and final season on December 5 at our Boston headquarters if anyone’s interested in meeting some talent from the series (Mr. Carson may be there…). I also owe heartfelt thanks to Natalie Herring, Lauren Lieberman, Rebecca (Slisz) Blank and Alyse (Kornfeld) Streicher. The conversations I had with you at our reunion about this opportunity—and how I might make my case to take on the role with the part-time schedule that would allow me to be home for the school bus—made all the difference. Onward!

Because of my new role and the proverbial fire hose from which I currently am drinking, this column deadline snuck up on me, so I’m sorry that the content is rather spare. For future columns, I offer this: In my job I work closely with our remarkable board members who dedicate so much of their time and talent to WGBH’s mission, and I would love to celebrate our classmates’ nonprofit service in upcoming columns. Where are you volunteering? What causes are meaningful to you? Please write in with your thoughts and let’s spread the word about the organizations we support that help make the world a better place. And of course, keep your news coming!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA 02043;

Wow! What an amazing 20th reunion. More than 300 classmates gathered in Hanover to celebrate, reminisce and catch up. We had incredible weather and Dartmouth pulled out the stops with lectures, tours, live entertainment and fireworks on the Green. Thanks to everyone on the reunion committee for all their hard work. From the delicious meals and great parties Friday and Saturday night, to the little details like double-sided nametags and tablecloth clips, you thought of everything and made the weekend really special.

At our reunion we elected new officers who will serve our class until our 25th reunion in 2020. Congratulations (and thank you) to Jen Hee, president; Sandy Paul, vice president, communications; Marie Berg, vice president, class projects; Natalie Herring, co-secretary with yours truly; Corey Hirokawa, treasurer; Judi Flynn, newsletter editor; Tara Gulla, mini-reunion chair; Lou Spelios, head agent; and Raj Shrestha, webmaster. If our reunion inspired you and you’d like to help out—plan a mini-reunion in your community, write an article for the newsletter or a guest column, learn more about our class project, etc.—please be in touch with Jen at The more, the merrier!

I heard from a couple more educators in our midst since the last column deadline. Since November 2008 Allison Moll has been working as an internship coordinator, academic advisor and research grants administrator (“an odd combination—but it works for me!”) at UMass Boston (UMB). “About 59 percent of UMB undergrads are first-generation college students, including immigrants, young parents and military veterans. It’s a dynamic population and I feel that I’m making a difference in helping students achieve their economic goals and professional dreams. In 2009 I married Fred Benjamin, who comes from a proud Dartmouth family. Our dreamboat son Micah—truly a miracle baby—was born in September 2014.” I met Micah at reunion and he is adorable!

Since 2013 Amy Szczepanski has been working at Art of Problem Solving, a math education company in San Diego. “We produce textbooks, online classes and other resources for kids who are looking for more of a challenge than their local schools provide. We also train the best students in the country to compete at the highest levels of math competitions. I know of at least one ’95 whose child takes classes with us. We’re growing fast, and Duncan Gilles ’06 will start working here later this year. We’d love to have more folks from Dartmouth join us so that we can try to outnumber the M.I.T. alumni on staff!”

Chris Foley’s one-man show, Off the Desk (Tales of a Mediocre Stockbroker), will play Saturdays from late September through early November off-off-Broadway. Stay tuned, New York City alumni, there may be a mini-reunion for this one! And Homecoming is October 9-10.

Keep your news coming!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA 02043;

Did you know that more than 10 percent of our class is in the education field? My daughters might have Susan (a.k.a. Mrs.) Willison for fourth grade, if they’re lucky! While school’s out for summer, here’s news from some of the teachers, professors, administrators and policy makers among us. 

Todd Scanlon is an associate professor in the University of Virginia’s environmental sciences department. He lives outside of Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife and four kids. “The best part of my job is that I occasionally get to work outdoors. I’m involved in research projects in southern Africa and Shenandoah National Park. Looking back I couldn’t have picked a better major than earth sciences at Dartmouth to prepare me for an academic career as an environmental scientist!” 

Phyllis Fagell initially worked as a magazine editor and writer, but went back to school to get licensed as a mental health therapist and now works as a middle school counselor in Bethesda, Maryland. She loves working with children, and as the parent of three kids, including a sixth- grader and a seventh-grader, is fully immersed in the middle school life. Michelle Webb is in Chicago and has been an elementary school teacher for 15 years. She currently teaches second grade and loves it. Michelle also sells curriculum that she creates. Check out her e-store at Alex Lesk chimed in to say that she just gave a talk to her old high school about “taking the road less traveled about my circuitous career that has landed me as a grade seven teacher!”

Ben Means writes from the University of South Carolina Law School: “After practicing law for several years in New York I had an opportunity to move into legal academia and am very glad that I did. I really enjoy teaching and scholarship. As a law professor I teach primarily in the area of business law and I write about family-owned businesses. Moving to Columbia, South Carolina, was the right decision for other reasons as well. I met my wife, Susan Kuo, who is also on the law faculty. Our son, Ezra, will be 4 years old just in time for the 20th reunion this June.”

From Oakland, California, Brian Greenberg reports: “Without ever officially deciding to do so, I ended up devoting the past 20 years of my life to education as a teacher, principal and now chief academic officer. I helped found a high performing school and now get to fund the launch of new schools blending traditional education with technology to create more personalized education for students. I’ve bumped up against the negatives of education—the bureaucracy and entrenched interests—but in general remain incredibly impressed by the vast majority of educators who are working in complex environments tackling hard challenges. That some are succeeding so impressively provides real inspiration.”

Melissa Trumbull Mitchell runs a state-wide advocacy and capacity-building organization focused on community schools, schools that bring together families and the community to mobilize resources and more efficiently and effectively coordinate access to the supports that kids need to succeed in school and beyond. “We advocate for community school partnerships and also do broader state policy work focused on improving academic outcomes, including education funding formula reform, aligning educational systems pre-kindergarten through college and equitable access to learning opportunities.” 

To close, I share the sad news that Alicia (Marti) Pommerening died in March after a long fight with breast cancer. The bells of Baker Tower toll for this devoted mother and friend who fought her disease with tenacity, courage and grace. She will be missed.

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA 02043;

Reunions are just around the corner…have you registered? If yes, have you called five friends to encourage them to register too? Let’s make this a record-setting 20th by getting as many ’95s back to campus as possible. If you need help tracking anyone down, drop me a line and I can help.

Before reunions Alyse Kornfeld Streicher will represent our class at the 210th session of the Alumni Council the weekend of May 14-16. This will be the first meeting of the council since the Moving Dartmouth Forward report was released, so I’m sure there will be a lot of valuable and informative discussion of the plan. Alyse also serves on the honorary degrees and professional development committees. If you have any questions or concerns you would like voiced, please contact Alyse at

Thanks so much to our dedicated reunion committee and class agents who combined will make this a reunion to remember! A few volunteers have been in touch lately with news. Marcus Motroni, co-chair of our reunion giving effort, works at Mount Kellett Capital Management and lives in Short Hills, New Jersey. He writes: “I play chauffeur, driving my three girls to their dance, gymnastics and swimming practices. My oldest starts high school in the fall and is being groomed to attend Dartmouth. She is torn between attending our 20th reunion and having the chance to meet Brian White of Stomp the Yard fame (one of her favorite dance movies) and her middle school graduation parties.” Another reunion giving co-chair, Adriana McGrath Clancy writes: “I’m still living in New York City with my husband, Mike, two daughters (Ellie, 4 and Olivia, 4 months) and Gus the pug (6). I just passed 10 years at Corbin Capital, where I am responsible for selecting and monitoring hedge fund investments. I’m thrilled to be a part of our class’s fundraising effort and even more thrilled to be getting up to Hanover in June!”

Wendy Jastremski Smith from the reunion committee looks forward to seeing everyone and especially plans to spend time with Cynthia Kelmenson, her husband and kids there. “I did just start a new job, working as a consultant to help push through energy-efficient and renewable energy projects on low-income family housing in Hartford, Connecticut. I’m still volunteering a lot in the schools, including work to bring robotics programs to the elementary kiddos. Feeling blessed and happy.”

Wendy is organizing the memorial service for our classmates who are no longer with us. While in Hanover we’ll take time to remember and celebrate Cicely Bomar, Paul Hung, Curtis Jones, Marina Lakhman, Keith Li, Daniel Martone, Paul Miklis, Amy Naparstek, Nicole Redhorse, Andrew Swanson and Murray Youngbear. If you have any remembrances or photos you would like to share, please contact Wendy at 

Living just south of Boston, I thought a lot about the “Hanover Winter Song” this February, staring out my window at nine-foot snowdrifts and three-foot icicles. It will (I hope) be bright and warm in Hanover when we gather in June, but I leave you with the following verse and, with it, an invitation to make the trip, to gather and reconnect, with our classmates and the campus that launched our adult lives 20 years ago.

Oh, here by the fire, we defy frost and storm

Ha, ha we are warm and we have our heart’s desire

For here, we’re good fellows, and the beechwood and the bellows 

And the cup is at the lip in the pledge of fellowship

Of fellowship.

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA 02043;

March 15 may mark the Ides of March, but Monday, March 16, begins a special countdown: 95 days to our 20th reunion. Let’s begin the countdown together! Take time that day to post those old college photos, reach out to a friend you haven’t talked to in a while, register for reunions and organize drinks or dinner in your area with classmates.

As you think about reunions, please consider two ’95 opportunities to support current students: the Dartmouth College Fund and our class project. Did you know our class has established a fund to provide stipends for the Rockefeller Center First Year Initiative? Students participating in this program complete an introductory public policy course and a summer fellowship in the public and nonprofit sectors in Washington, D.C. Back at Dartmouth, first-year fellows develop student-initiated and -directed public policy programming for Sophomore Summer. When you pay your class dues, you can support this initiative. The College fund touches all aspects of student life, and our class agents will be in touch about our plans for a class gift in honor of our reunion. Please show your pride and appreciation with your gifts! 

I appreciated seeing ’95s for festivities this holiday season in Walnut Creek, California. Kiyoe Hashimoto, Sara Wasserbauer and Jason Duty are all doing great. Kiyoe works at Stanford University, where she is assistant dean of admissions and works closely with the athletic department (she sported a beautiful NCAA championship ring from the women’s water polo team). Jason works in acoustical engineering at Charles M. Salter Associates Inc. and lives in El Sobrante, California, with his wife, Catrina, and their daughter, Jayla. Sara’s a fellow of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery and owns a hair transplant clinic in Walnut Creek (she welcomes Dartmouth consults if anyone is interested). Sara and her husband, Erik, live in Benicia, California with their sons, Eliot and Casimir, and daughter, Vivian.

Zobelda Gonzalez is also in the San Francisco area (I’m thinking we need to nickname the Bay Area “Dartmouth West” with all of our classmates who call it home). She welcomed her first child into the world last summer with her boyfriend, Scot. “Evangeline Maya Larsen Gonzalez was born August 3. Our little elf just celebrated her first Christmas.” Congratulations, Zobelda! 

Debbie Rosenbaum looks forward to time with a couple of ’95s later this year. Part of the self-titled SpaHogs, Alison Yobage, Melissa Trumbull Mitchell and Debbie will join friends at Kohler Spa for some rest and relaxation. Debbie reports that she is moving again! “We’re heading to St. Louis, Missouri, for the next—and, I hope, final!—step in my husband’s medical training. Jason and I now have two sons, Max (5) and Bowen (2). I left A.T. Kearney in February after almost 10 years for a sabbatical to focus on my family but I’m hoping to get back to work in St. Louis. I would love to hear from alumni in the area.”

Our gathering this June will also mark a change in the guard for our class leadership. There are lots of opportunities to volunteer. If you would be interested in helping our class stay connected by organizing mini-reunions, managing our class treasury, producing newsletters, writing this column, etc., contact Lou Spelios and throw your hat into the ring. Having volunteered in one way or another since graduation, I will say this is a rewarding way to stay connected to our class and the College. Give it some thought and reach out if you have questions (while you’re at it, I’ll be happy to take your news for our next column too!)

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA 02043;

New Year’s Eve, 20 years ago…I was on campus, back early for rehearsals for a show and celebrating with fellow Glee Clubbers at somebody’s apartment. The ball dropped and 1995 flashed everywhere and we just looked at each other and said, “It’s here!” Our year had arrived, the year that had been on our acceptance letters to Dartmouth and attached to our names ever since, now shared with the world and signaling the beginning of the end of our college years. There were cheers, there were goosebumps and then Hootie and the Blowfish took the stage on Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve and Darius Rucker was wearing a Dartmouth sweatshirt. Magic! 

What’s your Dartmouth magic? Here are a few memories shared by ’95s via our Facebook page. 

Itir (Sayin) Clarke: “Glee Club backrubs, biking across the bridge to the breakfast place on the other side of the river, getting my physics book wet while ‘studying’ on the docks at the river, doing a handstand on the moving Glee Club bus.”

Charlotte Flower Streidel: “Taking my daily study-nap-tea time in Sanborn, my first bouncy-bounce on Green Key weekend, teaching ’shmen how to ski at the Skiway, my Saturday morning radio show.”

Hareesh Khurana: “Embers of the bonfire at 6 a.m., late afternoons in the cemetery, afternoon pong on the back porch, spontaneous trips to wild places with friends that ended up being brothers from other mothers.”

Alexandra Lesk Blomerus: “Tea in Sanborn and filling the blackboards in Dartmouth Hall at night with hundreds of Greek words until they were memorized. Walks around Occom Pond in duck boots, midwinter, to go tobogganing on the golf course. Craig Sakowitz’s basement apartment lit with crazing lights. Oh, oh, singing Dartmouth songs in front of Dartmouth Hall and hearing the echoes across the campus.”

Jennifer (Sopko) Hee: “Practically living in the Hop (Chamber Singers, Dodecs, ushering). Walking across the Green at 4 a.m. to pick up a paper at Kiewit that I spent the whole night writing, hopped up on Mountain Dew.”

Kristen Foord: “The crazy blur of running around (and touching) the bonfire my freshman year, Tubestock and late nights with good friends in the Rip-Wood-Smith lounge.”

Marie Weisse Berg: “The peace at the lab where I worked, even when dyeing my hands yellow with acid there; late nights in front of my tiny Mac Classic screen writing papers which I still think about (though they were probably fairly mediocre!); watching bad TV on the Delta Gamma couch with some of the most wonderful women I have ever met; watching the sunrise with my now husband on the roof of his house.”

Jason Duty: “Sitting on the river at 9 on a Saturday morning. The water is flat as glass. It is fall and the leaves are changing. The mountains and the sky perfectly reflecting in the water. We all feel bad disturbing the beautiful sight before us, but we know that neither the 26-mile row nor our coach in the boat next to us will wait for us to daydream. As we row up the river toward Lyme, the only sounds we hear are the buzz of the coaches’ launch, the oars moving in and out of the water and the occasional command from the coxswain. It is a moment in time that I will never forget.”

Her spell on us remains in so many ways. When the ball drops on 2015, think about your classmates and start making plans for our 20th reunion June 19-21. Keep your news coming (and your memories too!).

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA 02043;

James Budd got in touch this month to flesh out some of the shout-outs he’s had in recent columns, courtesy of my Facebook trawling. “On June 10 my wife, Kelly, and I welcomed our first child into the world—a baby boy named James Jr. He will (I hope) be a member of the Dartmouth College class of 2036! He is happy and healthy and big for his age. Perhaps he has a future on the Big Green football team. Other than that, things are good down here in Atlanta. Last month I started a new job with the law firm Hartman, Simons and Wood, LLP, where I will head up the real estate finance practice group. Needless to say, 2014 has delivered a busy, exciting and tiring summer in the Budd household! Oh, and our wedding was on June 23 of 2012. We had our reception at the Georgia Aquarium (to the extent anyone would find that interesting.) I would be thrilled to be included in the Class Notes. (I really should have sent a note along earlier about my wedding—that is my bad.)”

No problem, James! Now, for some more Facebook highlights. Congratulations to Cheryl Flick on the birth of her daughter, Eleanor Anna, in August. She joins big brother Adam at their home in San Francisco, where Cheryl works at KPMG Consulting. Justin Wells is also in the Bay Area. He is an associate research director at Stanford University’s school of education and this summer co-facilitated two workshops in Beijing and Chongqing, China. Belated best wishes to Michelle Butler, who was married in November 2013 to James McKay. They live in Arlington, Virginia, but as I write this they are vacationing in Hawaii, so life truly is paradise! Alie (Mann) Vanoy can help you plan your next vacation, Michelle. She now is with Cruise Planners out of her home in Annapolis, Maryland. Alie recently celebrated her eighth wedding anniversary and is busy raising her adorable son and daughter. Marie Weisse Berg posted some great shots of her triumphant completion of the Ironman 70.3 Timberman this summer in New Hampshire. Congratulations! Marie is a neonatologist at the University of Vermont and lives in Charlotte, Vermont, with her husband, Chris, and their daughters, Madeleine and Catie.

Marie is also co-chairing with Jen (Sopko) Hee our 20th reunion, an Ironman in its own right; I hope not nearly as exhausting but equally rewarding! In just a few months we will gather in Hanover to celebrate, reminisce and catch up. Save the date and make your travel plans for June 19-21, 2015. To make this the best reunion yet I encourage you to crack open your Aegis and think about that guy from “Bio 3” or the group you went tubing with sophomore summer, the women from your rugby team or the crew you rowed the Connecticut River with…naked. Then access our alumni directory online, start typing those emails (or searching Facebook!) and encourage friends, past and present, to get to Hanover for our reunion. Is there someone in particular with whom you’ve fallen out of touch but would love to see? Let me know and I’ll see if they will contribute a few sentences to our next column. While you’re at it, send your own reminiscences and keep your news coming!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA 02043;

Having just returned from my town’s Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza, it’s a bit odd to wrap my head around a column that will hit the newsstands when the leaves are changing, kids are heading back to school and Homecoming is on the horizon (October 17-19, by the way!). I hope everyone had a wonderful summer. Congratulations to James Budd and his wife, Kelly, on the birth of their son, James Jr., in June. Congratulations also to Melissa Norton on the birth of her son, Thomas, in March. And best wishes (I think that’s the proper etiquette) to Rukmini Callimachi on her marriage to Mikhael Lafarge in Dakar, Senegal, this spring and her new position as foreign correspondent with The New York Times. What an amazing year you’ve had!

I ran into Deb Thomas at a professional luncheon this spring, and she followed up on our conversation as a fount of news: “My husband, James (Thomas ’94), and I live in Hamilton, Massachusetts, with our daughter, Elin (7), and our dog Owain. James is a lawyer in Boston and I ‘retired’ from the practice of law in 2008. Since then I have been enjoying volunteering. I work with the Center for Women & Enterprise in Boston and am chair of the board of trustees at Harborlight-Stoneridge Montessori School in Beverly, Massachusetts. I’m learning a lot about fundraising and nonprofits and enjoying it.

“We get up to Hanover twice a year or more; always for the Covered Bridges Half Marathon and Homecoming. We usually meet up with Jeff Munson and his wife, Johanna, at the half marathon, although I have no hope of keeping up with either on the course. They live in Norwich, Vermont, with their boys, Ethan and Gavin.

“I keep in contact with a few other ’95s. Jodi Walker and I get together once a month. She’s another happily ‘retired’ lawyer and she and her husband, Jeff Crisan, live in Belmont, Massachusetts, with their two boys, Nate and Tommy. We also see Steve Vanourny, his wife, Krista, and their kids, Jack and Emily. They live in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and every summer we finagle an invitation to their place at Lake Winnipesaukee, where we always have a great time. Last fall we met up with Bart Rountree and his wife, Lisa, in Vermont, where they were taking a break from their very busy lives in Virginia as parents (they have a daughter, Riley Grace) and professionals (he’s a doctor, she’s a corporate executive). Also far away from Boston but close to my heart are Deb (Nathanson) and Scott Cushman. They moved from Massachusetts last year when Scott graduated from medical school and matched to a residency program near Buffalo, New York. I hear his first year is going well, but I miss them! We will get together this summer with Deb and their kids, Abby and Seth, while they are in Massachusetts visiting family.

“We also plan to see Kim (Worboys) and Jeff Olson this summer when our vacations in Wales overlap by a few days. We have family in Wales and we go every summer, so after years of hearing us rave about it, Kim and Jeff finally decided to see what the fuss is all about. Kim and Jeff are physicians in St. Paul, Minnesota, and have three boys, Chris, Charlie and Henry. I dearly hope those boys like castles, meat pie and sheep or else I’ll feel responsible for a miserable vacation!” 

Thanks for all of the updates, Deb! Hope to see you all at reunions in June, if not before (Homecoming, perhaps?). Keep your news coming!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA 02043;

The 95th day of the year was celebrated in style in Boston! Dan Stern, Jen (Sopko) Hee, Carol (Gilchrist) McIver, Vil Ramos, Haskins Hobson, Kim Schmitt, Jon Belk and I met up for dinner and had a great time reminiscing and catching up. Mark your calendars now for Sunday, April 5, 2015, for class dinners in Boston and elsewhere. If you’d be interested in coordinating a mini-reunion in April or anytime, contact our mini-reunion chair, Sandy Paul, at

Sandy’s one of a number of classmates who chimed in on Facebook April 5. He says hello from Arlington, Virginia, where he works as an advisor on commercial real estate projects. Besides volunteering as our mini-reunion chair, he also conducts Dartmouth interviews and helps coach his son’s baseball team. Our esteemed class president, Lou Spelios, wrote from Phoenix, Arizona, where he was meeting with his law partners. Lou lives in Atlanta, where, if he’s not billing hours, odds are he’s working on some project for Dartmouth. Congratulations to Lou, our new Alumni Council president! He writes: “If you ever have any questions, comments or concerns about the College, drop me a line. You will always have my ear.”

Pete Jolicoeur posted from Shanghai, China, where he lives with his wife, Hua, and their son Allen (3). Pete works for a U.S.-based aviation consulting firm and travels throughout Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Hua owns a wholesale shoe business and has been expanding into the fabric industry. Pete writes: “I’m happy to have a chance to travel and visit so many places. Otherwise for fun I try to get in a few running races per year and am scheduled for the Great Wall Marathon.” Jonathan Weinberger wished everyone a happy 95th day and shared that he has moved to London. He looks forward to connecting with classmates “across the pond.” Our Facebook group is a great way to stay in touch and reconnect. If you haven’t been on recently, take a look, and if you haven’t participated, do! Just search “Dartmouth Class of 1995” and ask to join. Our 413 classmates who are already there will be glad you did!

Finally, Brandon Taylor wrote in from southern California: “I am still working at the Carlyle Group out here in Los Angeles and living in sunny and sandy Manhattan Beach, California. My awesome wife, Serena (Wellesley ’96), and I are raising our two sons, who are 5 and 8. I am really looking forward to showing them Dartmouth at our 20th reunion so they will finally believe the place I talk about so much actually exists. I guess the biggest item for me to report since we last emailed is that I was diagnosed 16 months ago with stage-III colon cancer. When I was turning 40 I had an executive physical that caught it. No symptoms at all. So, after chemo and surgery, I am happy to report I am in full remission. Docs at UCLA tell me I should be fine so I’m very encouraged. I wanted to relay this to encourage classmates to follow screening guidelines for colon cancer. I was very lucky in how I caught mine. Anyway, really just wanted to get my story out as early screenings really do save lives with this type of cancer.” Brandon, thank you for sharing your story. It’s a relief to know you are okay. It will be good to see you and your family at our reunion (June 19-21, 2015).

If you haven’t already done so, remember to mark your calendars for our 20th, and keep your news coming!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA 02043;

Morgan Drmaj writes: “In August 2012 I married the lovely and wonderful Cher Hawrysh (a fellow Canuck) with a number of family and friends in attendance, including Justin Wells and David Gonzales. About six months later Cher and I moved from Toronto to Los Angeles and we’re now living in the fabulous Hollywood Hills. After completing a stint helping a small Los Angeles business quadruple in size, I took a summer sabbatical. Even though I’m living in Hollywood I’ve left the entertainment business behind and am focusing on entrepreneurship and business consulting—and very psyched about it! Some of my favorite sabbatical activities? A silent meditation retreat, traveling all over the continent and attending Burning Man for the first time.” 
Kent Dahn hosted Henry Soo Hoo, Tony Choe, Vil Ramos and Tim Weaver and their families at his Hollywood, California, home last summer. “We had a blast swimming, BBQing and sharing old stories of our glory years.” Kent was at Walt Disney Studios in Los Angeles working in marketing and business development through 2011, then worked at Sony Pictures on a new cloud-based digital locker platform through 2012. Last year he joined Milyoni, a social video startup company. Tony is a healthcare attorney in the Washington, D.C., office of Morgan Lewis and recently moved to Potomac, Maryland with his wife, Ashley, and daughter Adrienne (4). Vil is a partner at Constitution Capital, a private equity firm focused on middle market buyouts. He lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts, with his wife, Daphne, and daughter Gabriella (3). Tim is an anthropology professor at the University of California, Davis. He lives in Davis, California with his wife, Teresa, and daughter Anna (3).
Derek Pollard says hello from Atlanta, where he is a neuroradiologist. He has become an avid triathlete and in November competed in his second full Ironman at Ironman Florida. Otherwise he is busy with sports for his three kids: Forest (9), Lexi (7) and Hayes (5). Donell Thompson lives in Owings Mills, Maryland, with his wife, Elena, and their children Tessa (8) and Ellis (6). Donell teaches and directs service living at Gilman School, a small private day school for boys in Baltimore, Maryland.
Bjorn Kilburn writes from Seattle: “It is the best place for raising a family with fantastic activities for kids, lots to do outdoors, fresh mountain air, snow-capped mountains. It is an amazing place.” Bjorn has recently made an exciting career move: “After a bit of self actualization and the somewhat late realization that there is no do-over in life, I decided that I needed to leave HTC to pursue a backlog of dreams I’ve been building up over the last few years. If there is one thing that I know about myself, it is that I am happiest when I am building something so I am now working from home, building prototypes of some new product concepts and hoping that one of them will be compelling enough to start a business around. At the very least I will learn something, and in the best case I’ll build something that changes people’s lives for the better. In the words of Howard Shultz and Robert Frost, here’s to moving Onward and the Road Not Taken.”
Sadly, I conclude this column with news of the passing of two of our classmates: Keith Li of Hong Kong and Curtis Jones Jr. of Morgantown, West Virginia. The bells of Baker Tower toll in their memory and they both will be sorely missed. Please visit our class website for more about Keith and Curtis and to share your remembrances. 
—Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA, 02043;

And now a word from Natalie Herring, our class president: “As you may know our 15th reunion is coming up next year—Friday, June 18, through Sunday, June 20, 2010. Many thanks go out to Lou Spelios for agreeing to chair the reunion committee. Thank you also to the following classmates who have agreed to serve as committee members: Corey Fleming Hirokawa, Judi Flynn-Echeverria, Cliff Weiss and Anne Hawk LeClercq.

“I have posted several items to the existing Dartmouth class of 1995 Facebook page, which has 195 members. I would encourage all of you who are not in the group (or on Facebook) to get on and to encourage others to get on. Please check the topics on the discussion board and sign up to help if you can. You can reply to me via Facebook or at 

“Current executive committee openings include newsletter editor, Webmaster and nominating committee. If you are interested in one of these positions or in serving as an officer or on the executive committee from 2010-15, just let me know.

“We have also set up monthly conference calls; they are listed on Facebook. Please schedule them into your calendar.

“Please also note that the e-mail account or ‘The Great Dartmouth Class of 1995’ is not spam. I sent a brief, fun questionnaire to the entire class and would love to hear from you so we can include your updates in upcoming newsletters. Be sure to update your e-mail address with the College and look for those e-mails.

“Many thanks to Sarah Kim (Boston) and James ‘Trip’ Von Rittmann ’95 (San Francisco) for agreeing to help host mini-reunions in their areas. If anyone in those areas would like to help or if you would like to head up an effort in your area, please let me know.

“If you consider yourself Mr. or Mrs. Popularity, a social butterfly, well-connected and in the know, i.e., you tweet often, are LinkedIn and MySpace is your space, you can help us reach out to our class and drum up interest in our 15th reunion. I would like at least one reunion rouser from Black Alumni of Dartmouth Association; Dartmouth Asian Pacific American Alumni Association; Dartmouth Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Alumni/ae Association; Native American Alumni Association of Dartmouth; and Dartmouth Association of Latino Alumni, among others, to call, e-mail and contact classmates to make sure we hit our attendance goal of 366 classmates. This would be a new record for us and would represent 34 percent of our class. (Thirty-three percent of us attended our fifth and 28 percent of us attended our 10th.)”

Finally, a few personal notes. Congratulations to Yona Billington on her M.S. from Stanford and new post as global marketing manager for Byetta in London for Eli Lilly, to Candace Howell on her new home and to Evelyn (Waters) Brady on her 13th wedding anniversary to Dr. Drew Amin Brady ’96. Hope you all are well. Stay in touch!

Alex (Morgan) Mareiniss, 100 Lancefield Road, Baltimore, MD 21209;

I love the Internet. Recently I was reading an interesting Slate piece on Forest Hills Gardens, Queens, and it mentioned the Russell Sage Foundation. I thought, “Hmm, did Russell Sage go to Dartmouth?” and checked out his Wikipedia page. (Answer: No.) My curiosity piqued, I searched “Russell Sage Dormitory Dartmouth” and came upon a fascinating Web site: It’s the brainchild of Scott Meacham and has an amazing amount of information about the College and its history. Scott has a book out on the same topic, but in case Dartmouth College: The Campus Guide isn’t on your shelf yet, is an accessible, captivating read. And it’s a wonderful alternative to refreshing Facebook for updates or reading gossip Web sites.

Enough of my musings! What’s going on with our classmates?

Well, Brice Brown is the publisher and editor of The Sienese Shredder, an annual volume of art, design, literature, poetry, music and culture. Find out more about the third volume, which came out this February, at www. For those for whom the word “Sienese” doesn’t ring a bell, provides the helpful information that it pertains to “the style of painting developed in Siena during the late 13th and 14th centuries, characterized by a use of Byzantine forms and iconography modified by an increased three-dimensional quality, decorative linear rhythms and harmonious, although sometimes ornamental, color.” Or an inhabitant of Siena, Italy.

I heard that Melissa (Hochman) Papke has been elected a fellow in the American College of Mortgage Attorneys. Melissa is a partner in the real estate group of Varnum, a 150-lawyer Michigan law firm, and focuses her practice on corporate and real estate matters. Melissa is only the ninth attorney in Michigan to be selected as a fellow in the college and only the third outside of the Detroit metro area.

In other lawyering news Kai (Singer) Falkenberg and Dan Glazer both spoke on the media and entertainment law panel at this year’s Dartmouth Lawyers Association annual meeting in New York. Kai is editorial counsel for Forbes and Dan is counsel at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler in New York, where he focuses on intellectual property and technology-related transactions.

Congratulations on everyone’s accomplishments! Know how you can find out even more about your classmates? (Wait for it….) By attending our 15th reunion from June 18 to 20! You can find out about the plans in progress at, indicate whether you anticipate attending and see who else is coming. Volunteers for reunion preparations and other class functions are still being eagerly sought, so just let me or Natalie Herring, our class president, know if you would like to help out. My e-mail is below and Natalie can be reached at

I hope everyone’s year is wrapping up well!

Alex (Morgan) Mareiniss, 100 Lancefield Road, Baltimore, MD 21209;

It is with great sadness that I report that Andrew Nicholas Swanson died on June 11 in a mountaineering accident on the West Rib of Denali in Alaska.

Andrew graduated magna cum laude, majoring in biology as he prepared for a career in medicine. He rowed heavyweight crew his freshman year before a love of climbing developed in full. Frequently spending his free time climbing and hiking in the White Mountains and the Shawangunks, Andrew became an expert mountaineer. By the time he was a senior he was president of the Dartmouth Mountaineering Club. His love of climbing and passion for adventures led him across the United States and to South America, including to Peru and Bolivia, on climbing trips and mountaineering expeditions with classmates.

After Dartmouth Andrew deferred medical school for a year to teach at Burke Mountain Academy. He loved teaching and the commitment to helping others was a unifying theme in his life. Andrew had a remarkable dedication to bettering those around him, from high school students to young physicians to mountaineers in danger. Many a friend learned the joys of rock climbing from watching and listening as Andrew patiently explained the use of ropes and other safety equipment and the art of route choice. On Andrew’s first expedition to Denali in 2000 he was awarded the Denali Pro Award for aiding a party of climbers in danger, an honor recognizing the highest standards in the sport for safety, self-sufficiency and assisting fellow mountaineers.

Andrew attended medical school at the University of Chicago, followed by a residency in orthopedic surgery at the prestigious Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. He subsequently joined his father and brother in practice at the orthopedic and fracture clinic in Mankato, Minnesota, where he was known to go out of his way for patients and co-workers alike. Looking to enrich the lives of those who were less fortunate, Andrew regularly traveled to Ghana to volunteer his time as a surgeon, performing operations on children with severe spinal deformities. His work improved the lives of these children immeasurably.

For all his love of adventure and commitment to being a physician, Andrew was at his core a dedicated son, brother, uncle and friend. Whether it was annual holiday and summer retreats with family, weekends catching up with friends or regular reunions with college classmates Andrew stayed in contact. He became a pilot in part to help him more easily connect with those he loved. When he did gather with others he would always cook. His college specialties included bananas flambé and cherries jubilee. Never afraid of a big fire in a small space he illuminated many a Dartmouth dormitory kitchen as the flaming rum burned off, with the lights out, his tall shadow illuminating the wall as he shook the pan in smiling delight. He lived by one of his favorite sayings, “Go Big!”

Andrew is survived by his parents, Dr. Gene and Eydie Swanson of North Mankato; siblings Molly Britt of Newport Beach, California, Dr. Kyle Swanson of Mankato and Heidi Avedisian of Winnetka, Illinois; brothers-in-law Tim Britt and Vann Avedisian; and adoring nieces and nephews Eliza, Nick, Carter and Lily Britt and Brooke, Luke and Avery Avedisian. 

(Thank you to Doug Marple, Scott Porter, Doug White and Andrew’s sister Heidi for writing this memorial column.)

Alex (Morgan) Mareiniss, 100 Lancefield Road, Baltimore, MD 21209;

Let’s get right to the news, shall we? Melissa Trumbull Mitchell had a big year! In September she and Duncan Mitchell were married in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, with lots of Dartmouth friends and family in attendance. The class of 1995 was well represented. Debbie (Rosenberg) Rosenbaum and Alison Yobage were in the bridal party and other ’95s in attendance included Ken and Rachel (Wasserstrom) Scheer, Jen (Evers) Shakeshaft, Geoffrey and Susan (LoCurto) Willison, Chase and Nicole (Palczer) Arnold and Ion and Gigi (Widham) Freeman. There were also two members of the class of ’66 in attendance—Melissa’s dad, George Trumbull, and Chuck Sherman. Rounding out the Dartmouth contingent was a Dartmouth history professor, Melissa’s brother George Trumbull IV.

Melissa also worked on passing first-in-the-nation school reform legislation that amended the Illinois school code to include opportunities for schools to transform into centers of communities and meet children’s holistic—rather than test-related—needs. Illinois leads the nation in this kind of education reform and this legislation sets a precedent for other states to follow. It was also an exciting year to be doing this work, given the political situation in Illinois!

Melissa and Duncan are still in Chicago, where they see a lot of Debbie (Rosenberg) Rosenbaum, her husband, Jason, and their sweet little boy Max. They also see Jen (Evers) Shakeshaft, her husband, Tom ’89, and their darling girl Julia. And Meghan (Sherlock) Welch ’96 and her husband, Terry, live just a few blocks away. Melissa also just got to spend some time in New York with Alison Yobage, who is missed since she left Chicago.

Speaking of Chicago, I also received some news on Sam Gussis. He joined the real estate practice group at Baker & Daniels LLP as a partner in the firm’s downtown Chicago office. Before joining Baker & Daniels Sam practiced at Shaw Gussis Fishman Glantz Wolfson & Towbin LLC in Chicago. Sam’s practice is focused on real estate finance and development.

Finally, this time on the other side of the country, I heard from Tiffany Brooks Bernal. Tiffany, her husband, Pablo, and their son Sammy Bernal happily welcomed the arrival of their daughter and sister Gabriela Bernal, born this November 14. The family resides in Bellevue, Washington, just outside of Seattle.

Congratulations to everyone on their good news. Please keep in touch, and I hope to see everyone at reunion in June!

Alex (Morgan) Mareiniss, 100 Lancefield Road, Baltimore, MD 21209;

A glance at your calendar has likely alerted you, possibly somewhat jarringly, to the fact that our 15-year reunion is coming up in June. We’ll be gathering again with the classes of 1994 and 1996, so surely there’s someone you want to see out of all of those people? Information and an intentions list (non-binding preliminary RSVP) can be found on the class Web site, accessible through You can also get a preliminary reunion schedule on our class’ Facebook page, “Dartmouth Class of 1995.”

And now the news! Kim Schmitt and Jon Belk got married last year and are expecting their first child this spring. There was a large Dartmouth contingent at the wedding—Pamela (Brockmeier) Armstrong, Marie (Weisse) Berg and Chris Berg ’96, Susan Boyd, Alison (Burrell) Cherpitel, Jason Duty, Judi Flynn-Echeverria and Frederick Echeverria T04, John Jones, Rachel Jordan, Sarah Kim, Kristi Kimball, Marianne (Ruhl) Nikas ’93 and Alex Nikas, Vil Ramos, Rory (Goode) Robinson, Moriah Shilton, Dan Stern, Kim (Barry) Taylor, Julie (Kanarowski) Turner, Jill Wesley, Anne Quinn Young and Brandon Young and yours truly. It was a great wedding!

Brian Radics wrote to say that he and his girlfriend from senior year, Natasha Kindergan, “finally got hitched” in Panama in October 2009. Their wedding was a long time coming for the couple, having dated in college, lived across the street from each other in Boston right after Dartmouth, broken up, reunited in London for two years in 1999, broken up and reunited in spring 2008. They went to the Beijing Olympic games in summer 2008 and re-lit the relationship spark. Brian gives a special shout-out to the couple’s tight group of Dartmouth friends for getting them to the same weddings over the years and ensuring they would stay in touch. The wedding was in the Gamboa Rainforest of Panama and a number of ’95s and ’94s were in attendance. (“Too many to mention, but needless to say it was a blast.”)

Brian and Natasha now live in Manhattan. Natasha works for the United Nations and Brian “markets booze for Diageo,” an arrangement he terms “a good balance.” The couple has their first baby on the way this spring. Brian concludes by saying: “Quite the change from falling for each other in Hanover 15 years ago—it’s been a fun ride.”

Sean McSweeney also e-mailed an update. After leaving Toshiba Medical, where he managed the U.S. CAT scanner business, Sean co-founded Cobalt Health, a healthcare revenue cycle management company. The company does the back-office coding and medical billing for physicians, hospitals, laboratories and imaging centers and now has offices in two states and clients in eight states. On the personal front Sean has a fantastic daughter who is almost 2 years old. If anyone lives in the L.A. area or is visiting, drop him a line at 

I hope you’re having a wonderful spring!

Alex (Morgan) Mareiniss, 100 Lancefield Road, Baltimore, MD 21209;

Thanks to Gigi (Widham) Freeman for writing in—otherwise we wouldn’t have any news this column! Gigi and her husband, Ion, welcomed their first child this spring. Brooks Larkin Freeman was born at 2:45 a.m. on Thursday, March 11. He weighed in at 7 pounds, 15 ounces, and 20 inches in length. Everyone is healthy and doing great and Gigi reports that she and Ion “are thrilled to be parents!”

Gigi is on maternity leave from RiskMetrics group, where she has worked for the past four years. The family lives in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y.C.

Congratulations and please keep the news coming! We’ll have a new class secretary after reunion, but I’ll be sure to forward her or him any news I receive after my last column later this summer. Sniff, sniff.

Alex (Morgan) Mareiniss, 100 Lancefield Road, Baltimore, MD 21209;

I hope everyone had a wonderful summer and, for those who attended, a fantastic time at reunion! Speaking of reunion, 440 ’95s and guests registered to attend, including 241 ’95s, which put us nine alumni short of breaking the all-time attendance record for a 15th reunion. All of the credit goes to Lou Spelios, 15th reunion committee chair, and the reunion committee that included Rebecca Slisz, Judi Flynn-Echeverria, Jen Sopko Hee and Corey Fleming Hirokawa. Big thank-yous also go out to Ben Meaning and outgoing class president Natalie Herring. I’ll be mortified if I left out anyone.

In other class news Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes will be taking over as Class Secretary and, therefore, as the author of these Class Notes. You can send updates to her at I’m sad to go, but I know Kaja will do a wonderful job! As for me, I’m switching roles to be newsletter editor, so feel free to continue to send updates and pictures to me at the e-mail address below.

Last, but most certainly not least, I have a classmate update. Alison Mountz recently authored Seeking Asylum: Human Smuggling and Bureaucracy at the Border. She was a senior fellow and is an associate professor of geography at Syracuse (on leave this year at Harvard). Congratulations!

Alex (Morgan) Mareiniss, 100 Lancefield Road, Baltimore, MD 21209;

First, a shout out to some new buds on the ’95 family tree! Rachel (Wasserstrom) Scheer writes: “My husband and I planned on going to our Dartmouth reunion, but we missed it for a good reason! We welcomed our daughter Lauren Julianna Scheer on June 8. She is delicate and delicious and we are thrilled to be blessed with such a wonderfully sweet baby. I am currently on maternity leave from my position as executive administrator of obstetrics and gynecology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Most days Lauren and I are hanging out at our home in Weston, Massachusetts, enjoying life together.” Brandi (Jones) Salomone writes: “My husband and I are enjoying the birth of our fourth child, Patrick Jones Salomone, on July 17. He joins older sister Riley and brothers Gavin and Brandon. We’re trying to stay cool during the hot Florida summer. I am having a terrific time on maternity leave but plan to return to the clinical practice of endocrinology in October.”

Alyse (Kornfeld) Streicher, Sara (Wasserbauer) Carlson and Linda (Blumberg) Smith also found themselves busy with newborns around our reunion. Alyse’s son Lev Perry was born May 28, weighing 6 pounds, 12 ounces, and measuring 18.5 inches long. He joined big sisters Lilly and Maya and the expanding Streicher family has moved out of New York City (adios Upper East Side, hello big yard!) Sara welcomed her second son Casimir “Caz” Winston on June 16, at a healthy 8 pounds, 13 ounces, and 21.25 inches long. The Carlson Family lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where Sara has an expanding hair restoration practice. (Check out Sara doing an eyelash transplant on national television at The Doctors website. Very cool!) And Linda writes from Alaska: “Talia joined our family in April. So far Hatcher is a great big brother and very helpful. We expect that to end any minute now!”

I’ll take the opportunity of my first column to update you on a few of our new class officers. Lou Spelios, our fantastic reunion chair, is now our class president. He works at Bryan Cave in Atlanta, where he was named one of Georgia’s 2010 “Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.” Lou joined Alumni Council this fall and is also involved with the Atlanta alumni club. Alex (Morgan) Mareiniss lives in Baltimore with her husband, Darren P. Mareiniss ’94, their 2-year-old son Marty and basset mix Winthorpe. She’s looking forward to serving as class newsletter editor, “though how to juggle that with raising a toddler is still a mystery.” Rebecca Slisz will chair our 20th reunion and is already thinking about how to top our 15th (a tough assignment)! Rebecca and her husband, Steve Blank ’89, live in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has worked at 3M for almost six years but started a new role in August as a new products marketer in the infection prevention division of 3M’s healthcare business. Outside of work Rebecca and Steve like biking, running, cooking/eating and traveling.

Finally, Laurel Shanks writes: “I haven’t written in 15 years so I guess I should start with a quick note. I’ve been living in the Washington, D.C., area pretty much since 1995. I’m an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. My husband, Mark Wegner, and I have two wonderful and fun daughters, Daphne (5) and Amelia (1). We’ve done a lot of fun traveling over the past 15 years, including more recently baby-backpacking around Vietnam and hiking in Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego with Daphne in tow (all before Thing 2’s arrival). I’m afraid we might be slowing down now, though.”

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 345 Commonwealth Ave., No. 8, Boston, MA 02115;

It was thrilling watching the Winter Olympics and knowing that there were Dartmouth alumni and students among the remarkable competitors. You may not know that we have an Olympian in our own ranks. Rachel Rochat competed in Torino on the Swiss women’s hockey team. She loved cheering on former teammates as they secured the bronze in Sochi: “It was great seeing them win and also to see how far women’s hockey has come in the past few years. There had been talk of dropping women’s hockey from the Olympics but, fortunately, that no longer seems to be the case.” 

Rachel lives in Boston where she works at a startup focused mainly on economic development in American cities. She writes: “I do keep in touch with some Dartmouth friends. We recently had a women’s hockey alumnae weekend in Hanover, so I had a chance to hang out with former teammates there. I saw Erica Puccio a few months ago and just saw my freshman-year roommate Marieke Ott a few weeks ago. She and her husband, Jose, have a rink in their back yard so I had a chance to skate with Jose and their kids (we were also joined briefly by two ’94s: Jason Fortier and Dave Shaff).

Walker Richmond, his wife, Hallie, and their sons Joseph (4) and Tucker (2) live in Charlottesville, Virginia. Walker teaches sixth-grade history at St. Anne’s-Belfield School and coaches the middle school soccer team. His favorite pastimes are gardening, taking walks with his wife and playing tag with his sons.

Any aspiring authors out there? Give Michelle Wolfson a call! She says hello from New York City, where she lives with her husband, whom she met at NYU business school, and their two kids (8 and 5). “I bounced around a lot career-wise after college, but I’ve been a literary agent now for more than 10 years, with my own agency for just more than six, and I really love it. I love helping authors get their books published and helping them manage their careers in an industry that’s facing a lot of changes and challenges. I also hear from Dartmouth writers sometimes. I can’t remember how it happened, but one recently said something that led me to tell her what year I was and it turned out she knows Kiyoe Hashimoto. Small world—how have you been? You always report on everyone else but we never hear about you!”

Thanks for asking, Michelle! Life is treating me well in the suburbs of Boston. I have two daughters, Elise (6) and Kristi (4). My husband, Dan, and I will celebrate our eighth anniversary in May. To the amusement of many who have known me a long time, we met playing softball on a church league in Boston (I should have become a jock years earlier—who knew?). I work in fundraising at WGBH and still sing quite a bit, though in recent months my steady gig has been for a pajama-clad audience nightly around 8 p.m. 

Before I close, a couple of dates for your calendars. First, the 208th meeting of the Alumni Council takes place in Hanover May 15-17. If you have any questions or concerns you’d like our councilor Joe Santos to address, please contact him at Second, it’s time to save the date for our—brace yourselves—20th reunion. June 19-21, 2015, we will gather in Hanover to celebrate, reminisce and reconnect. If you’d like to help get this party started, please contact our reunion chair Rebecca Slisz at and thanks in advance for volunteering.

Keep your news coming!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA, 02043;

Thanks to everyone who participated in our class survey. Our class president, Lou Speilos, and the class executive committee look forward to incorporating your feedback and suggestions into our activities in the months ahead. Here’s some news gleaned from the survey for your reading pleasure.

Congratulations to Scott Thompson and his wife, Rebecca, who welcomed their daughter Eva Louise on December 12, 2013. Chad Boucher and his wife recently celebrated the first birthday of their daughter Dilara. Alexa Lessow and her husband, Pete, enjoy playing with their daughter in their new home outside New York City. She writes: “We’ve finally moved out of the city into a house! Now I can see the fall foliage that reminds me fondly of Hanover, and the commute to work isn’t so bad. Hope everyone is doing well.” Eric Waters and his wife, Michelle (Erickson) Waters ’96, have been blessed with six children and live in Ohio, where Eric is a pastor at the Upper Arlington Lutheran Church.

Lori Hurley graduated from the University of Illinois with a master’s in library and information science in December and is now embarking on a new career as an information specialist in the Chicago area. “Very exciting after many years at home with my three children, now 13, 12 and 10.” Rose Hughes is a pediatric optometrist, working at a practice in the Princeton, New Jersey, area. She has two rescued bassett hounds and a rescued beagle and in November she ran her second 5k after starting the couch-to-5k program two months earlier. 

Adam Weiner found himself in The Boston Globe in December. He is the managing partner of Weiner Ventures, a real estate development company in Massachusetts. According to the Globe, Adam successfully secured air rights to develop a hotel, residences and retail shops over the Massachusetts Pike in Boston, at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Boylston Street. This will be the first property developed over the pike in 30 years. Good luck, Adam!

Do you find yourself craving those great campy dramas and action programs of your childhood? Now you can get your fix, thanks to Shawn Makhijani! He lives in New York City and works at NBC, where he is senior vice president of business development and strategy for NBC Universal-owned stations. His group recently launched a new broadcast network called Cozi TV, which runs classic shows such as Magnum P.I., Six Million Dollar Man and Fantasy Island. Check out to see if it’s available in your town and get ready to quote along with Tattoo: “Da plane! Da plane!”

The 95th day of the year is coming up on Saturday, April 5. I hope you find yourself celebrating your Dartmouth days with some classmates, either virtually or in person. And keep your news coming!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA, 02043;

Okay, Jennifers and Michaels, time to hear from some of our uniquely named classmates. First off, Bryson Coles and his wife, Rachael Flores, were married in October 2010. They have two daughters: Paige (2) and Phoebe (3 months—congratulations)! Bryson is an art director specializing in mobile design for Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, D.C. “Between bottle feedings and diaper changes I’ve been lucky to catch some quick naps and cram in some (short) runs around our nation’s capitol.”

Nadia Bowers has been acting professionally for the last decade or so since getting her M.F.A. from New York University’s Tisch School. “I am about to close a run of the play Sideways (yes, like the movie) at the La Jolla Playhouse in California. Maybe the show will transfer to New York City—who knows? My home is in Brooklyn, New York, with my boyfriend Corey Stoll, also an actor. I’ve been writing some as well. I co-wrote a short film, a first for me, and am excited that we’ll be shooting it this fall.” 

Brice Brown ( has a lot of exciting projects going on! “I have a small-scale exhibition opening in New York City at Mixed Greens gallery in January. By small-scale, I mean I’m literally fabricating a 4-inch solid gold suit of armor, among other wacky diminutive objects. On the other end of the scale spectrum, I recently installed a 19-foot-by-24-foot mural on the side of a building in rural Pennsylvania. I’ve been developing a project with dancer Gino Grenek ’94 that will ultimately take the form of a complex video installation. I’m also working on the long-awaited fifth issue of The Sienese Shredder—an arts journal I publish and edit with Trevor Winkfield. In other news, I recently became board president of Visual AIDS, a fantastic nonprofit that uses art to fight HIV/AIDS (the ubiquitous red ribbon was one of our first projects).”

Claire Unis is a pediatrician, practicing part time, and living in Auburn, California, with her husband, Leo and two sons, ages 5 and 3. “Along with our dog and horse, we enjoy the foothills for the opportunities to bike, hike and ski close to home. (Okay, the horse doesn’t ski or bike, but she likes the trails!) Raising two rambunctious little boys fills up most of our free time! Regarding our classmates, I often wonder what happened to Ann Marshall, a ’95 who really made me question my assumptions about gender and race. I’d love to know what she is up to.” 

Done! Ann (Marshall) Thompson writes: “After graduating Dartmouth I went to Harvard Law. I spent a couple of years at corporate firms after I got married and had my son. When 9/11 happened I was stuck in midtown while my son was in daycare on Staten Island. With all of the bridges and tunnels closed I couldn’t get to him. After that I figured if I was going to leave my son for 11 hours a day then it was going to be for something worthwhile. I quit and took a couple of years off. I had twin girls and then decided I wanted to go back to work but only if I could do something that mattered to me. I have been prosecuting crimes of domestic violence, adult sexual assaults and child abuse for the past six years. It is at once the most rewarding and frustrating job but the only one for which I would consider leaving my children.”

Which of our classmates had a special impact on your time at Dartmouth? 

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA, 02043;

Any guesses on the most popular baby names of 1973? Strangely enough, Kaja did not even make the list (at least, not in the United States.) No, the top girl’s name was Jennifer (surprise, surprise) and the top boy’s name was Michael. I checked in with some of the 24 Jennifers and 15 Michaels in our class to see what they are up to these days.

After eight years in technology business journalism after college, Jennifer Lien quit to pursue her love of classical singing in the San Francisco Bay Area. Now she is finishing her doctorate in voice from the University of Wisconsin-Madison while living in Schenectady, New York, and juggling 3-year-old Olivia and newborn Paul. Jen’s husband, Cheong Soon Gan, is a professor of history, and this fall the Lien-Gan family will move to Duluth, Minnesota, for his new job at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

Gigi (Widham) Freeman (given name Jennifer) writes: “My husband, Ion and I have two precocious boys, Brooks (3) and Gordon (1). We live in Brooklyn Heights, New York, and love it for its numerous playgrounds and many neighborhood friends within blocks. I am currently the head of online client experience and coverage education at MSCI Inc., an investment tools company. MSCI produces indices, risk measurements models and software. I have been with MSCI for more than seven years now. I love seeing all the updates via Facebook from Dartmouth friends, so keep posting!”

Congratulations to Michael Hauser, who just had his fifth child, David. He works as a tax attorney in the Detroit area and writes that life is good! Life is also good for Mike DiPietro, whose e-mail moniker, shmike95, made me smile. Mike writes: “My wife, Jenn Altbuch ’98, and I had our 11th anniversary in June. This anniversary was special because for our 10th we were consumed with her treatments for cancer, while this year we were celebrating the end of that process. Our daughter Anathea (7) just finished first grade while her little sister Phoebe (5) is gearing up for kindergarten in the fall. Both are excited to go to summer camp then Disney this summer. I’ve been at IBM for the past eight years in a variety of sales and strategy roles. Right now I am responsible for IBM’s relationship with 10 clients around Boston, mostly in the life sciences. Add to our two old cats a new flat coat retriever puppy, Willow, and our lives are crazy busy, but wonderful.”

A couple of creative classmates had some celebrating to do recently. Chris Foley’s one-man show, Off The Desk: Tales of a Mediocre Stockbroker, was accepted into the New York Fringe Festival. Chris performed five shows during the August festival. For more about Chris’ show, check out his website at (By the by, Christopher was the No. 2 boy’s name of 1973.) Katya Czaja was selected earlier this year to compete in Ed Decaria’s March Madness Poetry Tournament. Her aptly titled entry was March Madness:

The school’s bereft of noise,

of running feet,

of shouting voices,

of raised hands,


and laughter.

Must be testing week.

Remember, President Hanlon’s inauguration is September 20 and Homecoming is October 11-13 this year (beat Yale!). I hope I’ll see you on the Green for one of these fall events. Keep your news coming!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA, 02043;

Normally seeing our classmates’ names written on a bathroom wall would be cause for concern, but when the bathroom is in EBA’s and the names are on a framed Epsilon Kappa Theta (EKT) “We Will Survive” T-shirt, it becomes the stuff of a column! 

Chantell Dalpe wrote that six of her EKT sisters try to get together every year. Susan Warhover, Jo Cline, Kelli Whealan, Paulette Salmon, Cheryl Flick and Chantelle recently met up in San Diego, California. Kelli lives there with her husband and two kids, ages 10 and 7. “Kelli arranged a surfing lesson for us. None of us, except Kelli, had ever been on a surfboard before. It was so fun! Paulette surprised us with the news that she is pregnant with her first child, a daughter, due in the fall. ‘Flicka’ and her husband and 2-year-old son live in San Francisco, where she works for KPMG. Jo is an attorney, living in Delaware with her 8-year-old daughter. I am an obstetrician-gynecologist living in Syracuse, New York, with my husband and two sons, ages 7 and 9. Despite our geographic separation the friendships we formed during our years at Dartmouth have remained strong. We cherish these times we spend together to catch up, support each other, laugh and play.”

Pam (Brockmeier) Armstrong is living in Newburyport, Massachusetts, and “watching the world go by” with her son James (3). “His sibling is due to greet the world in the next few weeks and will likely be swaddled like a burrito when I sit down to read this issue of DAM. Any other news in my life kind of pales in comparison to that right now.” Laurie (Sedillos) Vander Veen and her husband, Ken, live in Pacific Palisades, California, with their daughter Grace (8) and son Jake (5). “I’m trying to decide if I should get back into teaching now that the kids are both in school full time. I love southern California but I miss my Dartmouth friends!” 

Lisa Mortell wrote from the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, where she was with her husband, Jake ’94, and their sons Will (8) and Owen (6). “My family is still living in Denver and enjoying the Colorado life of skiing in the winter and mountain biking, hiking and camping in the summer. This fall I am launching a practice as an independent fundraising consultant while still working part time at Kent Denver School, where I have been in various capacities since 1998.” Lisa saw Connie (Trumbull) Eyster and her son Birch (2) at the festival; Connie’s husband, Brian Eyster, is the director of marketing for Planet Bluegrass. 

And finally, Vanessa Levesque wrote: “I’m in the midst of studying for my comprehensive exams, which start next week, but this is as good a study break as ever!” After graduation Vanessa spent three years in Uganda as a Peace Corps volunteer, did a quick stint in Papua New Guinea with World Wildlife Fund, got her master’s and has since been working as a natural resources planner. Two years ago she decided to go back for her Ph.D. from the Sustainability Solutions Initiative at the University of Maine: “All research is based on stakeholder-identified problems and is tackled by interdisciplinary teams, with the aim of promoting ecological and economic well-being of the state. It consumes way too much of my time, but I love working on a team-based, solutions-driven effort. And when I’m not being a student I really enjoy living in Portland, Maine, and taking in all that this state has to offer.” 

Keep your news coming!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 116 Newbury St., 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02116;

Let’s begin in California with Rahul Mathur, who has been married to his wife Pooja, for nine years and has “two beautiful and intelligent children.” Since finishing his M.B.A. at Wharton, Rahul has worked in a variety of senior finance roles for pre- and post-IPO technology companies, most recently spending two years in India as the India CFO for a San Francisco-based tech company. 

Julie (Kanarowski) Turner has been in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1995. She’s been in product marketing at Electronic Arts for more than 10 years, most recently working on the Sims game for Facebook. She and her husband have two little kiddos, Vivian (4) and Sebastian (1). “They certainly are keeping us both on our toes and teaching us to savor the surprise and delight of life’s little and big moments.” J.W. Beard is also in theBay Area, where he lives with his wife, Anita, their son Aidan (2) and their dog Calvin. “We are fortunate to live two miles from Brian Jaquet and his family. Brian and I will host the 7 Maple reunion in Lafayette, Louisiana, Labor Day weekend, when the tree pong tourney will feature our first ever 40-plus competitor, Dave Robinson. Other ’95s who will be in attendance (and not coping well with pong) are Andrew Housser, Dave Shearer, Matt Puryear, Chris Gelsdorf and Brian Radics. The favored team is Housser-Beard.” 

From the East Coast, Chantell Dalpe continues to practice obstetrics-gynecology in Syracuse, New York. Her husband is an ear-nose-and-throat doctor, and both are partners in their own private practices. She writes: “We have two boys (ages 6 and 8) who keep us busy with all of their activities and boundless energy. This weekend we are meeting up with Jodi Walker, Jeff Crisan and their two adorable sons (ages 5 and 7) for a little reunion in the Berkshires.” Rodrigo Martinez and his wife, Sara Solin ’96, live in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with their two little ones Lulu (6) and Sebastian (4). “We try not to dwell on the fact that this represents Sara and my 14th address since 1997 and send our condolences to those who’ve sent us mail to residences that are now three to four houses old.” Sara’s been enjoying her work with Big Think, particularly the opportunity to collaborate with Andrea Useem. About two and a half years ago Rodrigo made a leap from clinical practice to the world of healthcare IT consulting. He works with the small, dynamic D.C.-based firm Clinovations and particularly enjoys the occasional noon run in the Mall. “We’ve enjoyed reconnecting with Dartmouth friends and meeting their families and we hope to continue to do so. If anyone’s around and wants to get together, look me up.”

Gonzalo Lira has had a fascinating journey since graduation: “After writing thrillers in English and experimental novels in Spanish during the 1990s, I made big-budget movies in Chile during the early 2000s. Then I got into venture capital in the mid-2000s. Then I managed money just as the 2008 global financial crisis happened—perfect timing! I started writing a blog about finance and economics in 2010. Somehow—for no reason that I can fathom—it’s become the 10th most read blog on the subject, according to I’m also a media figure in the alternative press, if you can believe it. After Dartmouth I lived in L.A., New York, Paris, Amsterdam and Zermatt. I now split my time between Chile and Europe.” You can check out Gonzalo’s website at 

Finally, congratulations to Nikki Vines, who got engaged in Ireland this spring and will marry Ryan Verlin in November! 

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 345 Commonwealth Ave., No. 8, Boston, MA 02115;

We have quite a bit of news this issue from ’95 couples. First, Geoffrey and Susan (LoCurto) Willison have been a wonderful resource for my family in our relocation to the ’burbs. Among e-mails about pediatricians and preschools, Geoffrey shared: “I wanted to let you know that Susan graduated in May with a master’s in education from Lesley University and this fall will be a fourth-grade teacher in Hingham, Massachusetts. We’re very proud of her accomplishment!” Susan, you will be a great teacher—lucky kids!

Then this summer I ran into Courtney (Mottiger) Cole poolside in Weston, Massachusetts. Courtney and her husband, Jason Cole, live in Newton, Massachusetts, with their daughters Caroline (7) and Zoe (5). She followed up on our chat with this news: “In January Tiffany (Brooks) Bernal, Gillian Fraser, Julie (Kanarowski) Turner and I threw a baby shower for Alix (Lessow) Rosa in New York City. It was such a fun weekend and a great chance to catch up. These reunions are rare, as we are spread out all across the country. Tiffany and her husband, Pablo, enjoy life in Seattle, and they keep busy with their children Sammy (4) and Gabby (2). Julie and her husband, Josh, recently relocated from the San Francisco Bay Area to Park City, Utah. They have two kids, Vivian (4) and Sebastian (2), and Julie still works for Electronic Arts. Gillian lives west of Boston, which means I’m lucky enough to see her more often than the others. She keeps busy as a veterinarian and mom to Gavin (7) and Tylia (4). The baby shower guest of honor and her husband, Pete, welcomed adorable Gianna into the world in February. Alix is an otolaryngologist in Manhattan. As for me, Jason and I have lived in the Boston area now for 13 years. Jason is general counsel at Zalicus. I do some freelance consulting work, primarily for nonprofit organizations, but I spend most of my time running around with my kids.”

Jon Belk and Kim Schmitt welcomed their daughter Elizabeth Schmitt Belk into the world June 12. The happy family lives in San Francisco.

Larry and Leah (Cummings) Breckenridge celebrated the birth of their third child in August. Thomas Geoffrey Breckenridge weighed in at a healthy 9 pounds, 10 ounces and came home to his excited sisters Nora and Julia. I have it on good authority that Tommy’s middle name is in honor of our classmate Geoffrey Dolan. Larry’s Facebook comment: “I kind of have to honor Geoff after putting up with me all these years.” 

Speaking of Facebook, in June James Budd posted: “Last 18 hours of being single. Sorry ladies, this time tomorrow I will officially be off the market.” Congratulations to James on his marriage to Kelly Clark! The couple married in Atlanta and honeymooned in St. Lucia. Alexandra (Lesk) Blomerus and I follow each other’s “mommy” posts. In recent months Alex’s have focused on her family’s move from Great Britain back to her hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia, where she is “happily settled.” Alex has two beautiful boys and teaches English and social studies at West Point Grey Academy. Becky Bishop makes me jealous with all her Facebook photos from fabulous vineyards throughout France. “Bex” has also returned home, in her case to Napa Valley, California, where she studied wine, became a winemaker, and has started her own company called BX of Napa Wines. 

Get in touch with other ’95s and learn about mini-reunions and more on Facebook through our Dartmouth class of 1995 group. Join it! We have 281 members and counting.

Keep your news coming!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishop’s Lane, Hingham, MA, 02043-2601;

Everyone’s moving these days! Debbie Rosenbaum’s family has recently relocated from Chicago to Madison, Wisconsin, where her husband, Jason, has started his residency at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. “I still work for AT Kearney (a little more than seven years now) but I recently stepped away from client delivery to take on staffing for North America and India. Which means I get to work from home, which is wonderful, as it allows me more time with Jason and my son Max (2). We all miss Chicago very much and I especially miss my Dartmouth friends—Jen (Evers) Shakeshaft, Melissa (Trumbull) Mitchell and Meghan (Sherlock) Welch ’96—whom I used to see Monday nights to watch a certain train-wreck reality TV show. I would love to hear from anyone in the Madison area (and have already been in touch with Emily Winslow who lives in the area).”

Alexandra (Lesk) Blomerus and her family have moved from England back to her hometown of Vancouver, Canada, to be closer to her parents. She writes: “I have my two boys and am having such fun with them, most of the time. Boys’ capacity for naughtiness never ceases to amaze.” Alex is teaching English and history at her boys’ school, “a bit of a change from physics.” She looks forward to seeing everyone more often now that she is back on the right continent. A former Dartmouth Glee Club member, Alex also hopes to rejoin the adult section of the choir that she sang with in Vancouver as a child.

Ken “Flash” Gordon sends greetings from Bristol, Connecticut, where he remains with ESPN as in-house counsel. He and his wife, Christy (Horner) Gordon, are doing well and spent the first part of the summer “trashing, packing and moving—lots of fun (not really)” as they relocated from Cromwell, Connecticut, to Glastonbury, Connecticut. They have two children: Julia (5), who started first grade this fall, and Kenny III (2). Ken went to this year’s Major League Baseball All-Star game with Dan Glazer in Arizona and, as of the deadline for this column, planned to “be in Hanover in the fall for the Penn game for the first of many victories for the Big Green!”

That’s it for submitted news this month, so I now resort once again to my R95MBDG (Random ’95 Midnight-Before-Deadline Google Report) feature. The first name I googled—Yasaman Ayat—yielded a nice Dartmouth-related hit. Did you know that 13 of our classmates had their artwork purchased for installation in Dartmouth undergraduate residence halls our senior year? A scavenger hunt may be in order for our 20th reunion. Yasaman’s photography composite was purchased, along with works by Katina Foy, Priscilla Gilman, Jake Hobson, Andrew Kim, Alicia Lisowski, Laura Lutsk, Abigail Neisius, Malika Ra, Marcin Ramocki, Enrico Riley, Charles Ross and Manushka Martine Solomon.

So where are they now? Alicia wrote under her painting (you can see all of the works on the Dartmouth website by searching “art acquisition program”): “After graduating from Dartmouth I pursued a career in marketing/advertising, though I have kept up my painting on the side. I’m currently head of global web/e-commerce strategy for NAVTEQ, the world’s leading provider of digital images. I am very proud to have my art displayed at Dartmouth.” Enricois currently a senior lecturer in the studio art department at Dartmouth and there is really nice profile on him in the Dartmouth Now’s archives at As for the rest of these talented artists, write in and let us know what you’re up to!

Keep your news coming!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 345 Commonwealth Ave., No. 8, Boston, MA 02115; kaja@alum.

The 40th birthday celebrations continue! I have it on good authority (aka Facebook) that Alex Nikas celebrated his 40th in Vegas. He and his wife, Maryanne Ruhl Nikas ’93, went to the wax museum at the Venetian, met Pete Rose at—where else—a casino and saw Jerry Seinfeld perform at Caesars Palace. Alex posted that this was the best 40th birthday he’s ever had!

Eric Waters writes: “I don’t have anything special planned for my 40th, but you can mention that Michelle and I welcomed our sixth child into the world in March 2012. That brings the total up to two girls (Sophia, 12, and Elizabeth, 10) and four boys (Samuel, 8, David, 6, Jonathan, 3, and Matthew, 1).” Congratulations on your growing family, Eric. It sounds like you and Michelle are busy, busy! 

Eric Eisenhauer and Elsje (Carbone) Eisenhauer are in their fifth year living in Ohio, where they are raising two daughters. They moved to Ohio from New York for Eric’s work as a gynecologic oncologist. As it turns out, they discovered through a previous class column that Eric Waters is the pastor of a large and vibrant church in their community and they recently enjoyed one of his services. Eljie notes that you can hear Eric Waters’ sermons on the church’s website, at

Becky (Gaiman) Wiese was excited to share some news about her husband and classmate, Brian Wiese. “Men’s soccer coach at Georgetown University, Brian was named Division I Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America at its annual awards banquet in Indianapolis, Indiana. Associate head coach Zach Samol ’98 was named the Northeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year. Brian and Zach are in their seventh season together at the head of a resurgent Hoyas program. The Hoyas put together a historic season, going 19-4-3 and advancing to the national championship, where the team fell, 1-0, to Indiana University. Along the way the squad advanced further than any team in program history, won the Big East Blue Division regular season, reached the Big East Tournament championship and set a new record for wins in a season. Brian arrived at Georgetown after five seasons at Stanford and five at Notre Dame, all spent under the tutelage of his mentor and former coach at Dartmouth, Bobby Clark.” Congratulations, Brian!

In other ’95 spouse shout-outs, Corey (Fleming) Hirokawa posted on Facebook that her husband, Ben Hirokawa,plans to open South Carolina’s first appliance and e-waste recycling facility in 2014, creating 200 new green jobs in Aiken, South Carolina. Gov. Nikki Haley publicly celebrated this news at the state’s RecyclonomicsSC event in February. “We’re excited and proud of this latest venture!” 

Jen Lien had her second baby in January and writes: “Cheong Soon Gan and I are now living in Schenectady, New York, where Cheong Soon is wrapping up a two-year appointment as visiting assistant professor of Asian history at Union College. I’m trying to finish my doctorate in voice from the University of Wisconsin-Madison while raising Olivia, 3, and Paul, born January 25. Where will we end up next in our exciting life of nomadic early academia? We’ll keep you posted.” New baby congratulations also go out to Jackie (Keane) Harvey, Sara (Wasserbauer) Carlson and Staci Wilkes.

Keep your news coming!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA, 02043;

First, a friendly hello to the class of 1995 from Jon Landy: “Tammy and I have three kids, Matthew (11), Alex (8) and Emma (7). We live in Bethesda, Maryland, very close to Phyllis and Steve Fagell, who also have three kids of roughly similar ages.”

Congratulations to Zack Lehman, who has been named headmaster of the Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. He joins the Hill this July, after serving for six years as the assistant head of school for advancement at Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine. Zack and his wife, Amy, also have three children (seems to be a trend): Mitchell (13), Griffin (11) and Avery (8). The press release on Zack’s appointment reads: “Zack stood out as an exceptionally intelligent, energetic and entrepreneurial leader, educator and fundraiser who is devoted to young people.” Best of luck with your new role! 

Casque & Gauntlet celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, so I reached out to some of the knights and ladies of the 1995 delegation to find out what they are up to. I heard back from two members who, coincidentally, both have interesting ties to Africa.

Joe Dadzie, originally from Accra, Ghana,wrote in to share: “I’ve been with Microsoft since graduation and still enjoy it. I took a sabbatical last summer and visited Dartmouth with my wife, Miyuki, and our 9-year-old son. While we were there we visited friends on the East Coast, including Alyse (Kornfeld) Streicher and family in Scarsdale, New York. I also went to Ghana for the inauguration of the new campus of Ashesi University. A good friend of mine, Patrick Awuah, founded the university to make a liberal arts education—similar to that offered at Dartmouth or Swarthmore—available in Ghana. My wife and I have been supporters (financial, raising awareness, volunteering, etc.) of the university since its founding. The new campus has a seminar room named after my wife and me and a dormitory quad named after my parents. I still play soccer and keep in touch with John Griffin and Gretchen Freeman Cappio.”

Rukmini Callimachi is living in Dakar, Senegal, where she is the West Africa bureau chief for the Associated Press. She has been with the AP since 1993 and has worked in Africa for the past five years. She also spent a year reporting for the AP on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina from New Orleans. Rukmini was too modest to share this, but thanks to Google I learned that she was a 2009 Pulitzer Prize finalist for her in-depth investigation of the exploitation of impoverished children in West and Central Africa and in 2011 she won the Eugene S. Pulliam National Journalism Writing Award from Ball State University for her article, “Haiti-Hotel Montana.” I look forward to reading your work, Rukmini. Congratulations on the accolades!

Joe Santos will attend the spring session of the Alumni Council May 17-19. If you have any questions or issues you’d like him to address while he is on campus, please drop him a line at The deadline for this column caught me in the thick of rehearsals for a Cole Porter revue in Boston so it is a bit lighter on news than usual. Mea culpa. To make up for it, let me pose a question to you all: Where will you spend Memorial Day weekend? Send your answers to me for our next class column, and as always, keep your news coming!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 345 Commonwealth Ave., No. 8, Boston, MA 02115;

More class news courtesy of Beth (Wilson) Webster: “Cristy (Nguyen) Humer and her husband, Kristian, recently moved back to New York after a few years living in London. After Dartmouth Cristy got her M.P.H. at Yale, then worked in Atlanta at the Centers for Disease Control. After a stint working in healthcare consulting in D.C., she got her M.B.A. from Duke, where she met Kristian. 

Becky Lamm Lepage, her husband, Matt, and their daughter Grace live in Wilton, Connecticut. Becky works in a private pediatrics practice, where she’s run into a few Dartmouth folks among her patients’ parents. Becky and Matt met at her sister’s marriage to his college roommate. In a wonderful twist of fate Grace was born Thanksgiving Day 2010, the same day as Christina Miyake Monkmeyer’s daughter Halle. Becky and Christina were both Tri-Delts, both went to medical school at Georgetown and both went into pediatrics.

“Christina and Bob met during her residency in Boston (he’s not in medicine and alas he didn’t go to Dartmouth so Christina has to make up for it by buying Halle more Dartmouth gear to cover up the Yale and Stanford outfits he buys her—he’s Yale undergrad, Stanford business and law). Last year Christina and Bob moved to California, where she took a position as a pediatric electrophysiologist at Stanford. She lives minutes away from Jamie and Laurie (Stucker) Halligan. Laurie was one of Christina’s bridesmaids and Halle loves playing with their daughter Paige. Jamie is an orthopedic surgeon.

Lynae (Striker) and Hector Canales are living in Corpus Christi, Texas, with their three boys Andrew, Samuel and Benjamin. Lynae is a pediatrician in private practice and Hector is a lawyer. Deb (Healy) Gilmore, her husband Tom Gilmore ’96, and their boys Andrew and Jack are in Newburyport, Massachusetts, where they run a company called Vacation Home Rentals (—a great website to checkout if you are interested in renting a place for vacation.

Alison (Paris) Posner is married to Steve Posner ’91. Steve is a vascular surgeon working in Orange County, California. They have kids Maddy (5), Ethan (3 1/2) and Caleb (1 1/2). Ali got her Ph.D. at Michigan, where she met Steve, who was in his residency there. She does consulting on how children learn and develop.”

Thanks for all the great updates, Beth! A quick correction from the last issue: Nicole Vines is now director of special markets for Sterling Publishing, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble. 

In other exciting news Adriana (McGrath) Clancy writes: “Mike and I are thrilled to announce the arrival of Ella “Ellie” Florence Clancy on October 30, 2010. She is a fighter already, having survived her mom’s emergency appendectomy while in utero as well as a Dartmouth reunion. Thanks to many friends she already has a solid Dartmouth jockwear wardrobe!”

I will attend my last Alumni Council session for our class in May. If there are any issues or questions you’d like me to raise, please drop me a line (and while you’re at it, feel free to include some news for this column!) This fall Joe Santos will join the council for a three-year term as our representative. Joe is doing some very cool work in New York. Pursuing his dream of making his own handcrafted spirits, he has launched Brooklyn Gin. As Joe writes on his website: “I cut, pulp and peel all of my citrus fruits. I crack open my juniper berries by hand. After we distill we fill, cork and label the bottles by hand. I go door-to-door to local bars and liquor stores to sample my gin and hand deliver every bottle.” Sounds amazing—good luck, Joe!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 345 Commonwealth Ave., No. 8, Boston, MA 02115;

Lordy, Lordy, we’re turning 40! Okay, I know that some of us have already crossed into the next decade, but for many of our classmates 2013 is the Year of the Big 4-0, so I thought I’d check in with a few ’95s who hit that milestone this spring to see what they are up to.

Alex Morss dropped a quick line on his way out of the country for a 40th-birthday vacation to South Africa. He is a cardiologist with Harbor Medical Associates, a private practice south of Boston.

Laura Roth is celebrating a number of milestones this year: her 40th birthday, her husband Pete’s 45th and their 15th wedding anniversary. “We plan to celebrate with family and friends at the Japanese restaurant where we had our first date!” Laura’s son Logan (7) dances ballet with Marat Daukayev Ballet Theater Company and was cast in a professional production of The Nutcracker this past Christmas season, when he performed four roles in all five shows. Laura proudly writes that his Russian dance is particularly impressive! Her daughter Callie (4) was the caterpillar in her school play, and also enjoys performing in a group called Funky Divas. “She aspires to be just like her Auntie Annamaria (Annamaria Steward Dymond), who is also a dance diva!” They just bought a new house, which is very exciting, and plan to move about 10 minutes south of their current place in Los Angeles.

Evelyn Brady and her husband, Drew Brady ’96, live in Greenville, Delaware. They recently celebrated another 40th birthday, that of the Black Alumni at Dartmouth Association (BADA). “Our family visited the Big Green this past Homecoming for the 40th anniversary of BADA and Theta Zeta chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha. It was great to be back at Dartmouth to celebrate these milestone anniversaries and to see so many friends.” 

Drew is a partner at First State Orthopaedics and Evelyn is a stay-at-home mom who is busy with Tower Hill School Home and School Association, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (Zeta Omega chapter) and the New Castle County chapter of Jack and Jill. They have two children, Ashleigh (13) and Nicholas (7). The Bradys are thrilled that Natalie Herring has moved to Philadelphia. She is the new associate dean for opportunity and access in the admissions office at the University of Pennsylvania. “Don’t worry, she still bleeds green!”

Evelyn joined Candace Howell on a trip to San Diego in October to help Baryona Billington celebrate her 40th. Candace and Evelyn both turn 40 in March, so they’re getting their best friends and family—including Natalie and Baryona—together to party in Las Vegas! 

Just before New Year’s I had the opportunity to catch up with Nat Schindler by phone. Thanks to his wife, Jennifer (Chapman) Schindler, Natgets to celebrate his 40th twice, with a Whistler ski trip with a bunch of ’93 buddies in January and then with his family in Hawaii in March. Lucky guy! Jen and Nat live in Menlo Park, California, and have two kids, Devon (7) and Allison (4). Jen has worked for Google for 10 years (Nat thinks she was about the 900th employee of the company) and loves it. Nat is with Bank of America Merrill Lynch as an equity research analyst. Since he covers Internet stocks, the family dinner table conversation legally cannot be about work, which Nat says is just as well. Jen, I hope you’re planning a fabulous girls getaway for your 40th this fall.

What will you do/did you do to celebrate your 40th? Keep your news coming!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA, 02043;

Andrew Kim made my day back in November when he wrote: “I saw your Nov/Dec Class Notes. I enjoyed viewing our classmates’ and my artwork online. Since you asked what I’ve been up to, after working in South Korea for several years my wife, Joy, and I returned to the United States. I went back to school to study human-centered design and innovation planning. After I completed my graduate studies, we moved to western Michigan. For the last five and a half years I’ve been working at Steelcase in the WorkSpace Futures group, basically the research and development group for the company. Though I’m not painting and sculpting these days, I’m applying the skills I learned in my studio art classes to designing new environments and experiences for workplaces, classrooms and retail spaces. Beyond work our two daughters, who are 5 years and 10 months old, keep us busy in a good way.” 

Susan (Warhover) Buckheit wrote in from outside of Denver, where she lives with her husband, Mike; their twins, Tanner and Jane, who turned 4 in January; and their baby daughter, Kit, who turned one on Thanksgiving. “I am primarily a stay-at-home mom, although I am doing the slightest bit of freelance editing now and am wondering if I’m really ready to go back (the short answer: no; the long answer: nope). Life is moving way too fast—preschool, baby milestones, last years of our 30s!—but we are happy and healthy and couldn’t ask for more. I am in touch with many Dartmouth friends, but I’ll limit my update to the ’95s in Colorado whom I see regularly: Hillary (Agnew) Cecil is in Denver with her husband, Adam, and kids Calvin (6), Margaret (4) and Everett (18 months). Aviva (Bender) Siegel is also in Denver with her husband, Dan, and kids Alison (11), Mitch (8) and Liam (2.) They are both doing well and I feel so lucky to be in the same state with them. Our blood truly runs green!”

Rachel Wasserstrom writes from Weston, Massachusetts: “My husband, Ken, and I welcomed our son Adam Bernard Scheer on November 2, 2011. Adam’s big sister Lauren is elated with her new sibling. She wakes up very animated each morning, asking for her baby brother. I had Adam at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, which is very convenient for me since I also work in the obstetrics/gynecology department there. I literally walked down the hall for my doctor’s appointments.”

Sophia Cha shares news from her home in New York City’s Battery Park. She has a beautiful 21-month-old son named Sebastian. “He is the light of my life and just the best combination of my husband, Carlo, and myself.” Sophia has been in New York since graduating from Dartmouth. She earned her master’s in architecture from Columbia, where she met Carlo, who is also an architect. They’ve been married since 2004. Sophia practiced architecture until about four years ago, when she left to join the development side, now working as a design director for a commercial real estate firm. 

Tamara Busch recently moved back to the Boston area after several years in New York and Connecticut. She had the good fortune to take four months off between jobs (jealous!) “supposedly to rest and relax, but seems like I’ve booked myself full already with various travels—I just got back from Italy, and have upcoming trips planned to Seattle, Antarctica and Belize.” Tamara practices trust and estate law and has joined Day Pitney’s Boston office. Tammy, I look forward to catching hot chocolate with you at LA Burdick’s soon!

Keep your news coming!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 345 Commonwealth Ave., No. 8, Boston, MA 02115; kaja@alum.

Brian Greenberg writes: “Life is great in the Bay Area. Christina and I welcomed our second child, Daniella, almost a year ago. She is a joy and adores her brother Jonah (now 3 1/2). I help run the Envision Schools, a network of four charter schools that sends low-income students to college. Not quite Waiting for Superman but we are trying to do our part. Between the two kids, four schools and trying to get iPhone reception in San Francisco, I’m keeping busy. But no complaints and actually a lot to be thankful for.” Katie Davis writes: “I live in the Boston area and am a developmental-behavioral pediatrician at Tufts Medical Center. My husband, Bill Weidman, and I welcomed our son Grant Phillips on August 24, 2010. He is a happy little guy with lots of dimpled smiles and is doted on by his two older sibs Summer (8) and Will (10).”

Thanks to Beth (Wilson) Webster for filling the rest of this column with a flurry of news (enough for two columns, so more next issue!) She writes: “This spring I’ll hit my 10-year mark with the Department of State. I joined the Foreign Service in 2001, and I’ve been stationed in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Astana, Kazakhstan; and Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. I also traveled to Tajikistan, where my husband, Mark (married in 2004), served while I was in Astana. I had an opportunity to work at Incirlik Airbase processing evacuees during the 2006 Lebanon evacuation. We’ve been stationed in D.C. since 2008, living in Falls Church, Virginia. I started out in the visa office and now I’m working on NATO-Russia policy. It’s been an exciting career so far, and we’re looking at possibilities for our next overseas posting in a year or so. We have a son, Nathaniel (3) and a daughter, Eleanor (1). We brought them up for reunions and Nathaniel now recognizes pictures of Baker Library and Dartmouth Hall, much to Mark’s amusement. Juggling everything leaves not nearly enough time to keep in touch, but a bunch of us have gotten together at least once or twice a year since graduation, which has kept us all sane as we balance the working mom thing. 

“My roommate from Dartmouth, Deb (Volland) Achkire, lives in San Francisco with her husband, Younes, and their son Julian (2). After years with large firms in D.C. and San Francisco, Deb moved in-house to practice law with Morgan Stanley. She works with Melissa Maccarone Muehlfeld, a UCSD transfer student who spent a year at Dartmouth and with whom we’ve stayed in touch. Melissa and her husband, Owen, have a 1-year-old daughter Avery.”

Also from Beth, Nicole Vines just joined Sterling Publishers, an imprint owned by Barnes and Noble, as director of special sales. She’s been in New York since graduation, apart from a few years in San Francisco, and she travels a lot, both for work and pleasure. Jennifer Apgar and her husband, Mike Christopher, live in West Hartford, Connecticut, where they both work in reinsurance. They have two daughters: Riley (3) and Piper (almost 1). Tim and Lori Korpan Hurley live in Mt. Prospect, Illinois, with their three kids Ben, Matt and Ella. Lori is amazing—juggling three kids, while teaching Spanish and doing an unbelievable amount of volunteer work. She just started a master’s in library science. 

I’ve saved room this month for a plug for our class dues. Our dues cover class communications and activities but first and foremost they cover our subscriptions to this great magazine. Please send your $45 dues to our treasurer Judi Flynn-Echeverria or pay through our class website. If you love your Alumni Magazine, please pay your dues. Thanks!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 345 Commonwealth Ave., No. 8, Boston, MA 02115; kaja@alum.

If you weren’t on our class Facebook page on the 95th day of the year, here is some of what you missed. 

Scott Brady says “Hi!” from Tahoe, California, where he was enjoying some spring skiing with his two daughters (3 and 6) and his wife, Brisen. The Bradys live in San Francisco, where Shara Frase now lives and works as a criminal defense attorney. Cynthia Kelmenson lives in Golden, Colorado, with her husband, Steve and their two kids Zoe (6) and Calvin (3). “I am a doctor in Denver and am enjoying teaching the kids to mountain bike and ski in addition to all that reading, writing and math stuff.” Barbra McDonagh Blair is living in Boston and working as an infectious disease doctor. “Trying to balance full-time job with being a mom to two great kids, ages 7 and 4. Luckily I have an incredible husband who does bench research in neurobiology with a more flexible schedule. Happy 95th day!”

Brenda Almaraz sends a shout-out from Texas: “I’m in marketing at Dell, starting my 12th year. I’m the program manager for the U.S. consumer gift card team. Work from home. Love my job. My hubby, Jesse, is an engineer at Samsung—he tells me he plays with robotics all day—he loves his job too! We have three great kids: Daniela is 4, J.D. is 11 and Tony is 9. We officially became a family in 2009 when we adopted all three kiddos. A couple months ago we moved outside of Austin to a ranch home. Our family now includes two dogs, two horses, some chickens and a few guinea pigs that call our place home too. Life is busy, but we wouldn’t have it any other way!”

Sasha Verkh, Joe Dadzie and Gretchen (Freeman) Cappio all live in Washington State. Sasha is a corporate/regulatory lawyer for Farmers Insurance in Bellingham, where she and her husband, Todd Haskell ’96, “are raising two lovely boys. Jordan and Rory are 11 and 7, smart and sporty and keep us on our toes.” Joe lives in Redmond with his three kids and his wife, Miyuki. He is working on a startup and spending most of his time at his son’s soccer games. Gretchen practices law in Seattle, where she lives with her husband, Adam Cappio ’96, daughters Bea (11) and Julia (8) and two yellow Labs.

Scott Thompson and Alicia Lisowski have just started new jobs. Scott is the director of government relations for Samsung and lives with his wonderful wife, Rebecca, and their son Henry (2) in northwest Washington, D.C. Alicia is now the head of MediaCom’s Chicago office, “which is a lot of fun.” Alicia and her husband, Mark, have one daughter, Jane (3). Michelle Webb lives in Chicago as well, where she is a second-grade teacher (lucky kids!). She writes: “I miss you all, and can’t believe how time has flown!”

Melissa Trumbull Mitchell and Alison Yobage took 40 by a storm and traveled to Cuba! Melissa reflects: “Cuba was an amazing, complicated, enlightening and rare experience, perfect for marking a milestone. And we got to know some wonderful fellow alumni, including several women who were among the first at Dartmouth, a professor who helped make coeducation possible and one of the trustees who signed our diplomas—in 1995, when turning 40 seemed like it was light years away.”

Finally, a classmate haiku from Brian Greenberg: 

San Francisco Bay

Love my wife, kids, job and dog

At forty, less hair

For more, join our class Facebook group, “Dartmouth Class of 1995.” And keep your news coming!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA, 02043;

It is Olympics season, and Melissa Norton says hello from across the pond. She moved from St. Louis, Missouri, to Cambridge, England, seven years ago with her husband, Paul Flicek, for a “short adventure” as Paul assumed a two-year postdoctoral research position in computational biology. Formerly a hospitalist, Melissa has embarked on a second career as deputy editor of PLoS Medicine, an “open-access medical journal with a strong focus on global health.”

As of this deadline Melissa had just gone on leave in anticipation of the birth of her first child, due May 14. Congratulations, Melissa! She writes: “We will be here during the Olympics, and actually have tickets to the opening ceremony, along with one or two other events. If anyone is going to be in England and looking to escape from London for a bit, drop us a line! I am at if anyone wants to get in touch.”

Dan Glazer may be able to make an appearance at the Olympics too. This spring he joined the partnership at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP as one of the leaders of the firm’s intellectual property and technology transactions practice. He is based in the New York office but will travel frequently to London, Paris and Frankfurt “in order to more effectively advise on the United States aspects of cross-border intellectual property and information technology matters.”

From China, the home of the last Olympics, Steven Tseng writes that he has lived on and off in Shanghai since 2005. He is married and he and his wife, Anne, have a 4-year-old son, Ethan. Despite his Shanghai address Steven is technically a New York-based partner at PwC, a firm he started during his senior year at Dartmouth. He holds an M.B.A. from Tuck and worked for 10 years at KPMG in Europe and Asia before returning to PwC in 2010 as the global leader for value chain transformation, “a cross-line of service initiative helping large multinationals undergo business transformation.” Steven sees fellow Shanghai resident Pete Jolicoeur often. Pete, what are you up to?

From nearby Hong Kong Michael Chen sends greetings. He has been there since our graduation and writes: “I came out here to see the 1997 handover and overstayed until now, raising two kids in one of the most expensive places in the world.” He tries to live as simple a life as possible in the bustling metropolis. Keith Li also lives in Hong Kong and welcomes you to be his guest if you are visiting the island. He lives in both Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China, “a life of dual cities.”

I received a note from one of our classmate’s proud spouses. Shamyune (Truman) Jones’husband, David, wrote in to share that Shammy was promoted last fall to the position of general counsel for the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority in Philadelphia. The convention center is ranked as one of the top 10 centers in the country, and David writes: “This promotion establishes Shammy as one of the youngest and one of a select few African-American women to hold the position of general counsel in Philadelphia.” Shammy earned her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1999 and is a 2011 graduate of Core Class for Leadership Philadelphia, “the premier community-leadership organization in the greater Philadelphia region.” David and Shammy have two sons, Bryce and Vaughn, and David writes: “The boys and I simply want the Dartmouth community to know how extremely proud we are of her for all her accomplishments, and for her hard work both on the job and at home!” Pretty sweet.

Keep your news coming!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 345 Commonwealth Ave., No. 8, Boston, MA 02115;

I hope this column finds you sipping lemonade and enjoying a beautiful summer day. Kick back, relax and read up on some of our fellow ’95s. 

After many years in the Upper Valley Kisha Teaney Weiser has moved to Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband, Dan, and their beautiful twin girls Sophie and Emma, who will turn 6 in October. She is practicing medicine with Asheville Gastroenterology Associates and the family is really enjoying life down south. David Shamberger is a new partner at Burns & Levinson LLP in Boston and is a member of the firm’s corporate, finance, life sciences and securities groups. Dan Glazer also recently made partner in his firm, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, where he focuses his practice on intellectual property and technology transactions. Dan is particularly recognized for his work in sports law and you may have heard him on any number of national media outlets—from ESPN to CNN to NPR—as a commentator on legal issues in professional and college sports. Chris Hamner’s new book Enduring Battle: American Soldiers in Three Wars, 1776-1945 was published by Kansas Press in April. The book examines combat behaviors of soldiers in the Revolutionary, Civil and Second World wars and looks like a fascinating read. Chris is an associate professor of history at George Mason University.

While we’re on the subject of new books to check out on Amazon, back in 1995, Andrea Useem won the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics for her essay “Towards a Civil Society: Memory, History, and the Enola Gay.” This piece has now been published in a collection of ethics prize essays titled An Ethical Compass: Coming of Age in the 21st Century. Andrea is a correspondent for the Religion News Service ( and she and her family live in northern Virginia, where she is a member of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society. 

I’m adding a new feature this issue that I think I’ll call the “Random ’95 Midnight-Before-Deadline Google Report” (R95MBDG for short). Kicking off this feature are two bloggers in our ranks: Daisy Alpert Florin and Eric Waters. Daisy is a fabulous mom who lives in Greenwich, Connecticut, with her husband of 10 years, Ken, and her kids Sam, Ellie and Oliver. She writes an insightful, honest and humorous blog about life as an at-home mom titled “Days Like This (And Other Things Mama Said).” Check it out at Eric Waters is a Lutheran pastor at Upper Arlington Lutheran Church in Columbus, Ohio. He is married to his college sweetheart Michelle Erickson Waters ’96, who is homeschooling their five children and is the author of Forty Days and Forty Nights: Devotions for New Mothers and Through the Clouds: More Devotions for Moms. You can read Eric’s reflections on faith and life and hear his sermons at I also learned in my midnight surfing that Gina Vetere is the executive director of intellectual property promotion for the Global Intellectual Property Center of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Brad Backus is a research fellow at the UCL Ear Institute in London and owns a consumer electronics company called Audio3. (Brad, I hope you’re still finding time to dance too!)

Finally, we can’t have a column go by without some baby news! Rebecca Slisz and her husband, Steve Blank ’89, are pleased to announce the birth of their son Jordan Eli Blank, born Thursday, January 27, at 11:25 a.m. He is a very healthy baby who weighed in at 8 pounds, 11 ounces, and measured 20.5 inches. Congratulations!

Keep your news coming!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 345 Commonwealth Ave., No. 8, Boston, MA 02115; kaja@alum.

As I write this column Hurricane Sandy is descending on the Northeast. I hope all of our East Coast classmates came through the worst of it safe and sound.

In October I had a wonderful visit with Brigg Noyes, who was in New England exploring some opportunities for relocation (don’t let the freak hurricanes dissuade you, Brigg—we’d love to have you back in the area)! Brigg opened a private practice in counseling psychology in Salt Lake City, Utah, about four years ago. His specialty is helping men function more effectively in relationships, especially teaching them how to communicate more openly and genuinely with those people they really care about as a path to happier and more satisfactory lives. His favorite work is couples and family counseling, “as simultaneously attending to multiple thoughts, feelings and behaviors while helping everybody try to understand each other always tends to keep things exciting!” Check out Brigg’s website (designed by his talented wife, Deborah) at Deborah and Brigg have three beautiful children: Aeltie, 9, Frances, 6, and Pepper, 3.

Ready for a blast from the past? I connected with Erik Vaveris recently and he shared that he has surfaced some live Skaboodah cassettes from back in the day and plans to get them digitized and posted somewhere soon. For those who don’t remember, Skaboodah was the band that Erik formed in college with talented friends and classmates Brian Eyster, Rodrigo Martinez, Luis Scheker, Andrew Bennett, Pete Jolicoeur and Pete Ellman. Erik lives in Arlington Heights, Illinois, with his wife, Jane, and their 5-year-old daughter Gwen. He works in product management for Shure, a maker of microphones and audio electronics, and occasionally plays some music, mainly playing bass. Erik, let us know when you’ve got those tracks online!

Michelle Butler took an ancestral pilgrimage with her family to Eastern Europe in the fall. She writes: “It was great! The four of us enjoyed identifying the differences and similarities between the four cities we visited, Tallin, Estonia; Riga, Latvia; Vilnius, Lithuania; and Warsaw, Poland. Each one seemed to be doing a little better than the last, and Poland was just booming. My mom joked that I looked like I belonged on the streets of Latvia or Lithuania as I look a lot like the Baltic people. We also loved the food. Lithuanian restaurants are the first places I’ve ever found that cooked food just like my grandmother!

“We were fortunate to have a University of Krakow history professor as a tour director and loved his lectures even though the history of that region is pretty dark at times. There was a decent amount of anti-Soviet feeling and still some signs of World War II’s impact in places but also a lot of booming capitalism.”

Michelle has other news to add. “After 13 fun years in the cable industry, I am leaving to become the executive director of a science society based in Bethesda, Maryland.”

After a long career with Fidelity, Tara Gulla has taken a new role with T. Rowe Price and moved to Baltimore. She writes: “I began my career in foreign institutional investing in 1995 straight from college because I really liked the people and felt there would be a lot of growth opportunity. I have had a fantastic experience and a lot of great managers, mentors and peers through the years who have helped me grow professionally.” Congratulations, and good luck with this next chapter, Tara!

Charlotte (Flower) Streidel is sleepless and happy with her twin girls Riley and Skylar, born in August in Washington, D.C. Two new Redskins fans in the world!

Keep your news coming!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA, 02043;

In August 2010 Hareesh Khurana and his wife, Catlin Converse Khurana, welcomed their little girl Neena Ruby to the world in Boston. “She’s been a great joy to our life and we are cherishing our time together. We’re living in Medford, Massachusetts, and I’m working in technology, most recently on a mobile application startup. We try to see Mike Kim and Liz Larsen ’97 and their two kids, and Chris Nichols and his family as often as possible (which is never enough.)” Jason Duty is also a new daddy! He and his wife, Catrina, celebrated the birth of Jayla Isabelle on October 25, 2011, in San Francisco. Congratulations!

I’ve been thinking a lot about how it’s been 20 years since we were freshmen at Dartmouth: taking our freshman trips, hanging out in ‘’shmobs,’ running around the bonfire at Homecoming and, right about now, celebrating our first Winter Carnival. I spent many memorable, chilly hours working on that Grinch statue with Tamara Busch, Carol Gilchrist and other classmates and friends. In the spirit of nostalgia, I reached out to my undergraduate advisors group (go, second-floor Wheeler!) and my fellow freshman trippies (section H intermediate hiking, what was I thinking?!) for some news about what they are up to, 20 years later.

Jeff Olson and Kim (Worboys) Olson met on our freshman trip and the rest, as they say, is history. They are now living in St. Paul, Minnesota, with their three sons: Charlie and Chris (twins), 8, and Henry, 5. Jeff is a cardiologist in private practice in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Kim is a general internist at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs medical center. Kim writes: “Several times a year someone asks us how we met and we get to tell the story of how we were trip mates on the same freshman trip. We usually make our way to Hanover once a year to meet up with college friends and to visit friends from our years of residency/fellowship training at DHMC.” 

Our fellow hiker Brett Reece also went into medicine and works at the University of Colorado as a cardiothoracic surgeon. He writes: “In my surgery training I had the opportunity to work with Peter Ellman as well as Lynne Thacker ’97. Peter is now doing cardiothoracic surgery in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Lynne is still finishing up her surgery training. A little strange for us because none of us get a real job until our mid-30s.” Brett lives in Denver with his wife, Leena, and three sons: Riley, Canon and Travis. He looks forward to having them all up on snowboards in the coming months. “I continue to be amazed by the number of Dartmouth people there are out here. I feel like I see someone from Dartmouth almost every time I go up to the mountains.”

My next-door neighbor in Wheeler, Kevin Rogers is head of the science department and teaches chemistry at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut. His wife, Julie Sweeney ’93, also works at Choate, where she splits her time between the development office and admissions. They have three children: Austen, 11, Hadley, 8, and Nathaniel, 6. Thinking back on our freshman year, Kevin writes: “I don’t know if I have one memory that sticks out more than another from our freshman fall—it’s more of a jumble of football games, time in the study rooms, going to the Tower Room and trekking to Thayer Dining Hall over the frozen and ice-riddled Green.” 

The Green is certainly ice-riddled right now. Stay warm everyone, and keep your news coming!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 345 Commonwealth Ave., No. 8, Boston, MA 02115;

I am so impressed when I hear about one of our classmates who has turned his or her college ambitions into a true profession. In May 1995 an article in The D featured Hosea H. Harvey III. The article reads: “Next fall Harvey will enter a Ph.D. program at Stanford University and will continue his education at Stanford Law School in the fall of 1997 with the hope of becoming a law professor.” Well, congratulations are due, Professor Harvey! Hosea joined the faculty of Temple University’s Beasley School of Law this academic year. Hosea earned his master’s, Ph.D. and J.D. from Stanford. He then clerked for several justices, worked as an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP, and most recently served as general counsel for New York Needs You and as associate general counsel for Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Hosea is teaching courses on contracts and banking, as well as a seminar on race and gender issues in corporate law, markets and business organizations.

There must be something in the name Harvey. Jackie (Kean) Harvey also is working in the field she aspired to at Dartmouth. I was always inspired by her conviction to go into speech pathology, a field she decided to pursue after seeing the wonderful work speech therapists did with her grandfather when he suffered a stroke. Jackie completed a master’s in speech pathology in 1997 and decided that she could make the greatest impact working with children. She is a speech pathologist in the Medford Public Schools. She is also a wonderful mom; her daughter Ava is 2 and has the best laugh I have ever heard (and she is a happy kid who laughs often)! Jackie and her family live in Billerica, Massachusetts.

I’ve seen a couple more of our Boston-area classmates recently at birthday parties. Carol (Gilchrist) McIver had a great candlepin bowling party for her 40-year-young husband Paul in October. Carol is an attorney with MassHousing, a Massachusetts state agency that provides home-ownership and rental-housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income residents. Paul and Carol live in Medford, Massachusetts, and have an adorable son named Kevin, who is 2. Jen (Sopko) Hee celebrated her younger son Jason’s third birthday at a fantastic indoor playground in West Roxbury, Massachusetts, this fall. Jason’s older brother Alex will have turned 5 by the time this prints. My daughters Elise and Kristi apparently like “older men” because they love playing with Jen’s boys. Jen is teaching Spanish at Newton South High School in Newton, Massachusetts, and her husband, Corwin, is with Covidien Healthcare.

In other news, Kathryn (Harty) Ross writes: “While the rest of the class was recovering from reunion (yes, we missed you), Kathryn, Chuck Ross, Yasi Ayat and Jon Ruel were enjoying a week of beaches and waterfalls (and hanging out gullyside) in beautiful Port Antonio, Jamaica. Also present were Kathryn’s mother, Dawn; Kathryn and Chuck’s sons Ezra, 12, and Isaac, 10; and Yasi and Jon’s kids Reza, 10, and Mitra, 6. Everyone had a brilliant time catching up and drinking Red Stripe to the sound of dance-hall music and Jamaican World Cup frenzy.” 

Buried in a New England winter right now, I for one could use a dose of beaches and waterfalls. Wishing you all warm Jamaican vacations. Keep your news coming!

Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 345 Commonwealth Ave., No. 8, Boston, MA 02115; kaja@alum.


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