Diane Pisseri Lindemann
President: Joshua W. Ruthizer
Fund Manager: Daniel Turrentine
Reunion Chair: James E. Abels
Lots of baby news to report this issue. Chris and Marissa Kimmel Hine welcomed their first child, Ryan Welles, Nov. 27, who weighed 11 pounds and was 19 inches long. Jeremy and Stacy Walter Silva had an eventful Halloween evening, as they welcomed their second son, Henry Jack, who weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 20 inches long. He joins big brother Grayson, 5. Sara Hoffmann Joy welcomed Emily “Emmy” Elizabeth Aug. 18, weighing 7 pounds, 5 ounces, and 20 inches long. Emmy joins 2-year-old big sister Maddie.
Anthony Fasano, president of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers–Rockland Chapter, left behind his civil engineer job to follow his dream and start his own company, Powerful Purpose Associates. His company is a full-service, professional coaching, training, and consulting firm dedicated to helping engineering professionals and organizations foster career and personal development.
Clark Wierdsma and James DeLuca, working toward becoming the next Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, are negotiating with a major Hollywood studio to produce a screenplay they wrote based on their days at Lafayette College and their lives living together in Weehawken, N.J. Although the two have since parted ways, and James has moved to Manhattan, they have collaborated with writer David Leftwich to finalize the screenplay. They assure me Chris Hine plays a prominent role in the story.
My family spent time with Keri Grunther Brady’s family. Keri’s daughter Meghan turned 1 in December; the kids had a blast at Meghan’s party. We also spent New Year’s Eve together in New Jersey. The kids didn’t make it past 7 p.m., but everyone had a great time ringing in the new year.
Hope to hear from everyone soon!
Paige Olek Ingelsby
1321 Statesman Road
Norristown, PA 19403
President: Sara Viehman Diehl
Fund Manager: Rebecca F. Waxman
Reunion Chair: Nicholas M. Groch
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Mark Ravalico proposed to Rachel Karceski July 30 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. A Boston College graduate from Ellicott City, Md., Rachel met Mark in Baltimore, where he had recently moved. Mark writes, “We look forward to a wedding this fall and plan to have plenty of Fiji’s on the invite list to make it a good time!”
Dr. Benjamin Jacobs wed Dr. Lyssa Yve Sorkin Oct. 2 at Cold Spring Country Club in Huntington, N.Y. Ben is the chief resident of oral and maxillofacial surgery at St. Luke’s–Roosevelt Hospital in New York City, and Lyssa is the chief resident in the physical medicine and rehabilitation residency program at the Columbia and Weill Cornell campuses of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.
On Oct. 2, Youlian Petkov married Melissa Lassiter at First Scots Presbyterian Church in Charleston, S.C. Youli received his MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is a chartered financial analyst and works as an investment analyst for Dorsal Capital Management in Redwood Shores, Calif. His wife earned her MBA from Stanford and works as a manager of strategy and business development at Avago Technologies in San Jose.
Sara Chancellor Case began a new position as annual giving program director at Catlin Gabel School in Portland, Ore. She previously worked at Clackamas Community Land Trust as the resource development coordinator and annual fund director at Lycoming College.
In baby news, my husband Mike and I welcomed a baby boy Oct. 12. James Thomas weighed 6 pounds, 2 ounces, and was 19 inches long. We love our little man!
I hope you all have our 10-year reunion marked on your calendars, June 10–12. Ten years! See you there, and remember your stories for the next edition of Class Notes!
Christine D. Socha
President: Clifford C. Michaels
Fund Manager: Cara E. Belardi
Reunion Chair: Tracy Kirwan Fay
Web Page Administrator: Christine D. Socha
President: Morgan Albus Mooney
Fund Manager: Melissa Mitchell Pizarro
Reunion Chair: Alison Ahart Williams
Web Page Administrator: Michael De Lisi, email@example.com
I hope everyone’s 2011 is off to a great start. Thanks to those who contributed exciting updates.
In wedding news, Erin Reynolds was married to Dan Kelsh Oct. 2 in New York City. Erin wrote that they had “an amazing fall day for the event, which was an absolute blast!” Many Lafayette friends attended, including bridesmaids Tara Yamaoka, Cory Delafield, Simone Solivan as well as other guests, including Jess Rowlands Conte, Katie Crisafulli, Ashley Palmer, Sarah Stocker, Emily Francis O’Brion, and Lauren Mandaglio.
Kelly Neubauer and Tom Griffin were married Aug 21 in their hometown of Salem, N.H. Maura Oliphant was a bridesmaid. The couple had a relaxing honeymoon in Mexico and then relocated 180 miles east to Boston’s North Shore area, where Kelly began working at the law office of Merril S. Chin LLC as a family law attorney. Also in August, Kelly had her first victory in the Massachusetts Appeals Court! Kelly and Tom live in Salem with their two dogs, Snoop and Roxxy, and are searching the entirety of the North Shore for their first home. They planned to travel to Colorado for their second annual ski vacation with Kristin Harpine and Dan ’04 and Virginia Germano Carreno.
Cory Delafield was married Dec. 4 in Bryn Mawr, Pa. She writes: “My husband, Stark Townend, and I grew up close to each other, and we have a lot of mutual family friends. I had always heard of Stark, but it wasn’t until I moved to New York City that we actually met. It was a beautiful wedding, with a reception at Merion Golf Club. Lafayette women in the wedding were Emily Francis O’Brion (though she couldn’t make it due to baby Logan’s birth), Simone Solivan, Marisa Pandolfe, Christine Siebold ’04, Erin Reynolds Kelsh, and Katie Crisafulli. In attendance were Lauren Mandaglio, Sarah Stocker, Kaajia Bruck Cassin, Jess Rowlands Conte, Jill Krapf Walk, and Amy Giacabone ’04. It was an awesome day.”
Heather Stauffer married Eric Hahn in 2007, after his 2006 honorable discharge from the Army after serving four tours of duty in Iraq. MaryKate Giufurta Burd was a bridesmaid, and Jackie Goffney and Melissa Shaya Manigold were present as well. Since that time, the Hahns have welcomed two children, Madeline in June 2008 and Wyatt in March 2010. They enjoy living in the Poconos.
Christina Croft married Michael Sartain Aug. 7 in Dunellen, N.J. In attendance were John Marc ’01 and Shauna Pedowitz Leffler, Kelley Anthes-Smith ’04, Mary Cate Guinan Wilhelm, and Robin Yudkovitz. Christina is a licensed clinical social worker at the Department of Veterans Affairs in New Jersey, working with veterans with severe mental illness. She loves her job and enjoys married life and being a step-mom to her two step-daughters.
In baby news, Shirley Satuh Kelly and her husband, Shannon, welcomed their second child, Rachel Wepeli, March 14, 2010. Shirley has since become a stay-at-home mom and loves every minute of raising her two children on the beautiful island of Bermuda. Shirley is considering a career move into teaching to spend more time with the family. She is enrolled at the University of Sunderland, U.K., in a postgraduate certificate in education program. She looks forward to graduation in June from what she hopes will be her last formal schooling!
On June 21, Amanda Carey Faulkner welcomed her baby, Adrienne.
Emily Francis O’Brion and her husband, Cameron, welcomed their first child, Logan James, Dec. 2.
Kati Bastelli Aumack had a baby boy named Ashton Jason Feb. 26, 2010. Kati writes: “He’s the best thing that ever happened to my husband, Jason, and me. We’re in heaven.”
Robin Yudkovitz received her law degree from Syracuse University. She lives in Hoboken, N.J., and represents management by serving as in-house labor counsel for the New York City Housing Authority. She picked up running during law school and plans to participate in the New York City Marathon.
John Marc ’01 and Shauna Pedowitz Leffler are enjoying almost 10 years of being together; they met at Lafayette in 2001 and married three years ago. They bought a house in Morristown, N.J., and enjoy hosting parties and barbecues for family and friends. Since 2004, Shauna has been a science teacher in Edison, N.J. John has been working in New York City for the financial company FactSet Research Systems since 2001.
Mary Cate Guinan married Jim Wilhelm in 2007. She worked as a physician assistant in Philadelphia until last summer, when she relocated to Chicago. She enjoys married life and works at University of Chicago Medical Center as a hospitalist physician assistant.
Kathy Vassos lived in Namibia, Africa, from February 2009 to June 2010 while working on her Ph.D. dissertation research, which examines HIV risk and relationships among young women in northern Namibia. She lived in Rundu, a small town by the Angolan border, and worked for Project HOPE, an international health organization. She writes: “I loved every minute of my time in Africa. I met and worked with incredible people and got to travel through Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.” Presently, she is back in the States finishing her Ph.D. work at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, hoping to graduate this year.
Joseph Cuccurullo is happy to be back home in New York City, where he teaches high school social studies and English.
Lily Fardshisheh is pursuing a master’s in sports industry management at Georgetown University. She plans to graduate in May.
I was excited to catch up with Kate McGovern Ferriola in November when she was in Miami Beach for a work conference. Kate and her husband, Matt, moved to Plano, Texas, over the summer.
That wraps it up for this update. It was great to hear from so many of you. Please continue to send me your news, and I promise to include it in the next column.
David R. Norton
3415 B. Holmead Place NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
President: Alex L. Karapetian
Fund Managers: Megan Longo Villanella, Christine L. Bender
Reunion Chair: Amy A. Giacobone
Lucky number 7. That’s right, 7–11. We have been out of college for seven years in 2011. A lot has happened for our class, and the news is still always good. Our column is a bit shorter now, which I guess means people are settling down, but that doesn’t mean you can’t stay connected by sharing your news with us in the pages of Lafayette Magazine or through the Alumni Online Community. We love to hear how everyone is doing.
Our class has grown since we last spoke. Sara Taylor Kenna and her husband, Andrew, welcomed a little boy, Brayden, Aug. 24. Mother and son are doing great!
John Sullivan and Kristen Chiusano were married in Medford, N.J., Aug. 7. The reception was held at Tavistock Country Club in Haddonfield, N.J. Lafayette alumni who attended: Jim ’02 and Maria Kinzel Fischer, Tom Kennedy, Kristen Cahill, Ryon Clarke, Renee Ferrari Skaf, Pat Doherty, Jared Barnes, Eric Smoczynski, Liz Taylor ’06, Ben Saxton, Jeff Childs, Stephen Tanner, Jaime Hughes ’05, John Chiusano ’07, and Corrie Christopher Dolan ’95. John and Kristen live in Brookline, Mass.
Jeff Childs married Elizabeth Taylor ’06 on Squam Lake in Holderness, N.H., Aug. 21. Lafayette alumni who attended: John and Kristen Chiusano Sullivan, Scott Yunes ’03, Jason Zomick ’02, Eric Smoczynski, Lindsay McCarthy ’06, Tom Schlegel, Jared Barnes, Matthew Hokanson ’05, Kellen Baker ’05, Dan Smith ’06, Jamie Traver, Jeremy Fehrs ’06, Rob Schiller ’06, Molly McDonald ’06, and Lorene Carlston ’06.
Danielle DeVita married Michael McWilliams (Springfield College) Oct. 30. The reception was held at Bridgewaters in New York City, overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge, with many Lafayette alums in attendance, including Tim and Melissa Hoh Walsh, Stephanie Goldman, Christine Bender, Laura Robinson Menzel, Casey Devlin, Renee Cassidy, Mollie Moschberger, Megan Longo Villanella, Jennifer Stone, Joseph Goodwill, Patricia Abrams, Keith O’Brien ’03, Lauren Elkin, and Alison Kelley. The couple left for their honeymoon a week later and spent 20 amazing days in Thailand.
Pamela Roth is engaged to Geoffrey Goldman. The couple plans a September wedding in New Jersey.
Sarah Stanlick Kimball is completing the second year of a Ph.D. program in learning sciences and technology at Lehigh University. She spent the summer doing teaching assistant work at Harvard and is back in Bethlehem, Pa., finishing her coursework and moving into the dissertation phase of her degree by the end of the year. Sarah presented twice at the National Council for the Social Studies annual meeting in Denver. She and her husband, Michael ’02, shuttle between Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, where he works as an IT project manager for a community health center for the underserved in Lawrence, Mass.
David Watts is slated to graduate in May with an MBA from Duke University Fuqua School of Business.
Derek and Melissa Mitchell ’03 Pizarro celebrated their second wedding anniversary in Sonoma and Napa valleys in September.
Elizabeth Ponder graduated from Stanford University with a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology and works for Bio Ventures for Global Health in San Francisco.
Long overdue for an update, Monika Serrano ran 18 marathons, a 50K, and a 50-miler for charity since we last heard from her. Her last marathon was the Marine Corps Marathon in October. She is a team leader for Back on My Feet, which promotes running among the homeless population to improve their lives. She is also pursuing a master’s degree in real estate at Georgetown University.
As for me, I graduated with a master’s degree in journalism from Georgetown University in August, and I continue to live and work in Washington, D.C.
That’s all for now. Keep the good news coming and keep making Lafayette proud!
Catherine A. Hobby
29 Rowan Road
Chatham, NJ 07928
President: Lee M. Goldfarb
Fund Manager: Lee M. Goldfarb
Reunion Chair: Erin C. McKan
Web Page Administrator: Open
Carrie Frazier was married Oct. 23 to James Hertan ’02 at the Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club in Bedminster, N.J. Alumni in the wedding party included Amanda Bochner, Megan Haughey Frey ’04, Danielle Bernotsky Hughes, Margaret Lapsanski ’06, Samantha Schackman, David Pennella ’02, and Thomas Sheehan ’03. Other alumni in attendance were Alexis Anastos, Jessica Bochner ’08, Nathan DeLong ’04, James Dixon ’08, Daniel ’04 and Erin Malone ’04 Finnegan, Stephanie Giordano, Melissa Grandis ’03, Alex Karapetian ’04, Lucas ’03 and Jodi Spector ’03 Kimmel, Cole Maloney ’04, Lazar Nikolic ’03, Rob Roskin ’01, Mike ’01 and Sara Latosz ’02 Samuels, Ceyda Sezer ’10, Ellen Tarves, John Veltri ’04, and David Watts ’04. Carrie and James honeymooned in Costa Rica and reside in Jersey City, N.J. Congrats, Carrie and James.
Erica Flynn married Rick Smith in a beautiful ceremony Sept. 4. Lafayette alumni in attendance were Lauren Flynn ’11 as her maid of honor, Ruthie Gelber, Maria Caggiano, and Katie Coyne Mannion as bridesmaids, and Erica’s father, Lawrence Flynn ’76. Congratulations, Erica and Rick!
Drew Moyer lives in Atlanta and works at SolTech as a project manager in custom software development and technical consulting. After an April 30 wedding in Atlanta, Drew and Ansly Paulk (a 2004 Darmouth graduate) plan to honeymoon for two weeks in Hawaii. Congrats on the great news, Drew, and please be sure to take a Lafayette picture at the wedding!
Heidi Olichwier graduated from Roosevelt University Dec. 17 with a master’s degree in chemical science and biotechnology. She plans to get married May 13 to Dave Warner (an Iowa University alumnus) in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Heidi works for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago as an environmental specialist and lives in the Chicago suburb of Arlington Heights. She continues to play volleyball in various leagues and participates in both indoor and outdoor tournaments as much as she can. Congratulations on all your accomplishments and your upcoming wedding, Heidi!
Joelle Sobin works as a school counselor at a K–8 charter school and loves her job. So happy for you, Joey, and I can’t wait to swap school stories with you over the summer!
Jack Furlong was kind enough to let me know that his new album, And That Happened, has been released and will be available on iTunes, CDBaby.com, and other major music sites. When Jack isn’t working on his music, he is in his second year as an adjunct professor at Lafayette and his fifth year as an umpire. I will definitely download your songs, Jack, and I hope to run into you either in the Lehigh Valley or at a Yankees game! Thanks for the update, and keep ’em coming!
David Copeland finished his first semester at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where he is pursuing an MBA with a concentration in real estate. He had previously traveled to India and Southeast Asia with a few friends from home. Sounds like an exciting trip, and good luck with your master’s, David!
Brendan Rivage-Seul graduated last May from Harvard Kennedy School of Government with a master’s degree in public policy and international affairs. In June, he moved to Washington, D.C., to accept an appointment from the U.S. State Department as a political affairs officer in the U.S. Foreign Service. His first diplomatic assignment was to be a two-year post in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, beginning back in February. Despite drug war violence and the unstable political climate along the U.S.–Mexico border, Brendan anticipates delving into U.S.–Mexican foreign relations and doing his part to help advance America’s interests. Thanks for the update, Brendan!
Thank you to everyone who sent updates; please continue to do so at any time. They are always welcome!
161 E. 96th St., Apt. 5D
New York, NY 10128
President: Kelly E. Barrows
Fund Managers: Kelly E. Barrows, Melissa J. Spitz
Reunion Chair: Melissa J. Spitz
Web Page Administrator: David G. Glasser, firstname.lastname@example.org
It was great to see so many of you at the Lafayette–Lehigh football game in November. I hope even more of you attend our five-year reunion, June 10–12! Melissa Spitz is pulling out all the stops, using her experience as an event planner to organize a memorable weekend for us. The reunion may be Melissa’s last big event for a while, as she just began a master’s program in tourism administration at George Washington University.
Hiroyuki Kiyono has been busy also. He works as a litigation analyst for Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass in New York City, where he uses his language skills to translate Japanese legal documents. In addition, he is co-vice president of MuSE, a nonprofit that promotes high-end events for recent New York City grads who are musicians and artists, and he started KiyonoSTUDIO LLC with Andrew Grimes to develop websites and applications for smartphones.
In other entrepreneurial highlights, Nkrumah Pierre, who started PLG Group with Kara Lee to bring together young professionals of color and serve the community, was awarded the Young Professional V-Force Award at a charity reception held by the JI Group this December. The award recognized PLG’s community involvement, philanthropic efforts, and mentorship of students in the New York City area (see photo).
Meanwhile, outside of the office, our classmates have achieved new heights. Will Hockett travels throughout the world as an international mountain guide, splitting his time mostly between Alaska and Argentina. He kicked off 2011 with a 20-day expedition to Aconcagua, which at 22,840 feet is the tallest mountain outside of the Himalayas! Amazing.
David Glasser is an enrollment systems analyst at Union College in upstate New York and moved to Niskayuna, N.Y., with wife Andrea Weiss Glasser.
Nicole Parillo graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in regional planning and certificate of historic preservation in May 2010 and is now an international underwriter for ACE USA in Georgia.
I had the pleasure of seeing new homeowners Ryan ’04 and Kelly Cusick Sakmar at their housewarming luau party in Collegeville, Pa. (see photo). Congratulations!
More big milestone news: Katherine Bogden and John Bayard married in Pike County, Pa., Oct. 2. Alumni in attendance included Paul Bogden ’69, Kenneth Bogden ’69, Robin Foldesy ’72, James Bogden ’77, Patrick Wilson, David Cipoletti, Alex Lassman, Erik Parker, Andrew Bartlett, Hugh King, Trevor Martin, Catherine Herchenroder, Helen Duffy, Joseph Martin, Carey Wilson ’07, Winfield Browning ’07, and Lauren Moulder ’08 (see photo).
Erik Parker had an exciting autumn. He married Megan Angelo Nov. 27 in Quakertown, Pa. Hugh King and Scott Curry were groomsmen and the celebration was attended by John and Katherine Bogden Bayard, Patrick Wilson, Andrew Bartlett, David Cipoletti, Alex Lassman, Shawn Kuhn, Ryan Hittner, Matt Kemmerer, Taylor Robinson Gillis, Caryn Donohue, Eiko Suzuki, Carey Wilson ’07 and Lauren Moulder ’08. Tom Castronova, the bride’s uncle, is a long-time employee of Lafayette.
Congratulations to Maggie Gerry, who married Matthew Hall Aug. 28 in West Trenton, N.J. Maggie is a social worker in Denver at St. Anthony’s Central Hospital, the largest Level 1 trauma hospital in Colorado.
Jennifer Gibson married Paul Kelley, a 1995 graduate of Penn State University, in Kauai, Hawaii, Nov. 6. They live in Wrightsville, Pa., and both work at Graham Packaging in York.
Look out for more wedding updates; several classmates were recently engaged! Jennifer Ziznewski plans a fall wedding with John Eppensteiner. She lives in Philadelphia and works as an associate at Reed Smith LLP. Matthew Skellan and Mackenzie Tesner plan a spring wedding. James Sommers and Diane Shane share happy engagement news as well. Meanwhile, Colby Block and Christian Dato ’07 were engaged last fall. Colby graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School in May, passed the Florida bar, and works at Howrey LLP in Washington, D.C. Last but not least, Austin Holtsclaw, who is a program specialist for the U.S. Army, is engaged to Alexandra Kenney. Congratulations to all couples; keep us posted with photos and updates from your big day!
See you all at reunion!
Jillian M. Gaeta
President: Meghan J. Hargrave
Fund Managers: Carli A. Siger, Matthew J. Potter
Reunion Chair: Lauren M. Fisher
Web Page Administrator: Frank R. Giannelli III, email@example.com
Catherine Clifford is in her third year of law school at the University of St. Thomas. She is also planning her marriage to fellow law student Adam Doyle. Congratulations, Catherine on your engagement and achievements at law school!
Tisha Travaglini moved to Baltimore this fall to start a Ph.D. in clinical-community psychology at the University of Maryland.
Elizabeth Jenkins will receive master’s degrees in public health and international development at George Washington University. She plans to travel to Ethiopia with the International Medical Corps to develop a survey tool and perform pilot research on barriers to use of exclusive and complementary feeding programs among women in Harar. Keep up the great work, Elizabeth!
Tabitha Sprau completed her master’s degree in architectural engineering from Penn State and has worked for KlingStubbins in Philadelphia for the last year and a half. At Penn State, she met Matthew Coulter, and they got married in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Sept. 10 (see photo online). Congratulations, Tabitha!
Lindsay Butera graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a master’s degree in forensic psychology. She plans to pursue a doctorate in that field at Alliant International University in San Diego.
Alex Hess graduated from Suffolk University Law School in May 2010 and passed the bar in August. He practices criminal defense in Boston, specializing in defending those accused of homicide, felonies, and federal crimes.
Autumn Karwiel Scibelli is working toward a master’s degree in clinical research administration at George Washington University.
1530 Spruce St., Apt. 3
Philadelphia, PA 19102-4513
President: Carolyn R. Romney
Fund Managers: Steven T. Roe, Andrew L. Stella
Reunion Chair: Amanda L. Niederauer
Web Administrator: Stefan J. McVeigh, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please send your stories!
Evan Cohen is racing through medical school, and this spring, he and Ori Kalmus plan to participate in the largest honky tonk competition in the world in Fort Worth, Texas. The winner will receive a lifetime pass for the largest honky tonk bar in the world and the right to choose a song at any time during the course of a night. Wish them luck!
Anthony Sepe is traveling to Italy in April to visit his long-lost cousin, Aldente Sepe, in Sicily. While enjoying a televised soccer game, Anthony watched Aldente play for Perugia FC. Anthony’s mom immediately recognized his cousin’s face, and the next day they booked a flight. Molto bene, Antonio!
Mark Price and Mike Tilley have been in a fierce arm-wrestling competition since Senior Week ’08. The series is tied 3–3, and the two will travel to Lock Haven, Pa., to settle the score once and for all. Why Lock Haven? It is the exact middle point between Columbus and Boston, where the two reside. Devin MaGrann will judge the match. Oddly enough, Devin had a brief stint as an umpire in the Professional Armwrestling League, so he brings his talents to Lock Haven this March.
Ori Kalmus, Jordan Cullinane, and Scott Hawkins are starting up Banner Productions, a bicoastal production company that will specialize in online entertainment. One web series is based on the experiences inside the infamous house on Cattell Street at Lafayette College. The webisodes will be presented to Paramount Studios as a pitch for a major motion picture.
Luke Sullivan and Ben Abrams have vowed to achieve 4.0 GPAs at their respective medical schools. If they succeed in doing so, Anthony Sepe and Mark Price will have to travel to Los Angeles to pick up Ori Kalmus to drive him to Luke and Ben’s graduation ceremonies. So far, both have maintained flawless grades, so Anthony and Mark, start your engines!
Devin MaGrann has signed on to be a talent scout for Chelsea FC, one of the most successful soccer clubs in England. Devin is the first American to scout for an English soccer team. This is a great honor, and Devin will receive a medallion from Chelsea as part of a large ceremony inducting him into the Chelsea organization, a tradition that dates back to 1908. Congrats, Devin!
3 Dunhill Road
Jackson, NJ 08527
President: Arthur P. Ernst Jr.
Fund Manager: Sarah E. Maxwell
Reunion Chair: TarynAnn H. Barry
Web Administrator: Robert A. Follett, email@example.com
Marie A. Garofalo
President: Jeffrey D. Zimmer
Fund Manager: Teevrat Garg
Reunion Chair: Gabriel M. Rivera
Web Page Administrator: Brandon S. Gold, firstname.lastname@example.org
It amazes me how quickly time flies. By the time this issue of Lafayette Magazine is released, it will have been nearly a year since we graduated! I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying life after Lafayette.
My life changed dramatically just after the last class column was due in August. I had been living in Pennsylvania for about three months when I got a call about a position in Glendale, Calif., that I had interviewed for before we graduated. After a second-round phone interview, I had just two weeks to move to Los Angeles, where I now work in internal communications with Disney Consumer Products. I love the change of pace that the West Coast brings and all of the exciting opportunities. Most recently, my Delta Delta Delta sorority sister, Megan Gagliardi ’08, visited me for a weekend. We spent time in Hollywood, Malibu, Santa Monica, and more. I also attended the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day in Pasadena and had my first taste of a huge college football game—over 94,000 people attended.
Lindsay Davis and DJ Brown ’09 are happy to announce their engagement. The couple met and began dating in 2006; they plan a summer 2012 wedding.
Chris LaTempa works as an assistant director of admissions at Lafayette. In the fall, he visited high schools in Ohio, Maryland, Minnesota, Virginia, Long Island, and Washington, D.C. He stays busy reading applications and is excited to help enroll Lafayette’s Class of 2015.
Sara Peterson lives and works in northern France in the small city of Beauvais. She is an English teacher in two public schools with children ages 6–10. She also traveled throughout Normandy and Brittany last October and spent two weeks in Germany and Austria in December. Meghan Cloonan is “across the pond” working at Epsom College outside of London as an assistant coach for the field hockey and lacrosse teams. She also stays busy interning in the school’s marketing department and waitressing in a local pub.
Long Ho accepted a position at Selerity Corp. in Jersey City, N.J., as a software engineer. Previously, he was employed by Epic Systems Corporation as a software developer.
Meredith Castor plans to receive her Ph.D. in war studies next year. Jackie Bruscella is working toward a master’s in speech communication and rhetorical studies at Hofstra University. Ashley Todaro, who starts law school in the fall, is taking time off to travel. Victoria Baker is a graduate student in the University of New Haven’s forensic science–criminalistics program. This past fall, Sabrina Chen worked part time for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. She will get her master’s in public health from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Ian Stone is completing a master’s in special education at National-Louis University in Chicago. Wystan Carswell is pursuing a two-year master’s in structural engineering at University of Massachusetts–Amherst and, with one year of NCAA eligibility left, rows on the UMass crew team. Stephanie Fosbenner is enrolled in a master of science program at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Ian Dell joined the football coaching staff of Moravian College. He is the Hounds’ defensive line coach. While at Lafayette, Ian received All-Patriot League honors as a senior and was an honorable mention All-American for College Sporting News.
Francesca Pileggi co-founded The Me Project, a nonprofit program dedicated to initiating dialogue about emotions among local adolescents and teens. The center opened in the fall in Chadds Ford, Pa. For more information, visit www.meproject.org.
Thanks to everyone for sending updates, and I can’t wait to hear more soon!