Nzinga Mary-Lynne Kumpessa, daughter of Ingrid Lauren Nelson and Domingos Kumpessa, was born on May 11, 2018.
From Drew Collins: “On July 29, 2018, Archibald Timothy Fox Collins and Wilfred Casala Forestier Collins became the two newest aspirants to the SPS Form of 2036 (gulp). They, and their big sister Agatha (Form of 2033?), are crushing it (and us). Next time anyone is passing through Guilford, Conn., and feels like burping a baby, we’ve got you.”
Isa Widdowson married Andrew Fries in New York on May 18, 2018, with many Paulies in attendance.
Hilary Eisen and Patrick Cross were married on August 26, 2017, in Red Lodge, Mont. Christine Louie, Ginni Chen, and Kristen (Deane) Campbell were on hand to celebrate.
On September 15, 2018, Laura Closson Dean and Carmine Grimaldi were married in Biddeford Pool, Maine.
Brendan Kittredge writes: I’m an ambassador for a blockchain/cryptography project started by guys at MIT that uses complex cryptography like Trusted Execution Environments and Secret Multi-Party Computation (sMPC) that focuses on the privacy of data. It seems like every day news is coming out about centralized data silos abusing personal or proprietary data or being hacked and leaked. Enigma seeks to solve many of these issues and provide individuals with a safe, self-sovereign identity. I was featured as an Enigma Ambassador in the article: https://blog.enigma.co/meet-the-enigma-ambassadors-2-brendan-kittredge-2b3ebc0417c6.”
Caitlin Dick (now Robinson) married Colin Robinson on July 28, 2018, in Penobscot, Maine. Other Paulies present included: Will K. Dick ’67, Will C. Dick ’98, Ally Dick ’02, Jocelyn Friedlander, JP Aubry ’99, Sarah Wu, Lucas Swart, Rufus Nicoll, Will Johnston, Laura Dean, Carmine Grimaldi, Tory Whitney, Tom Whitney ’69, George and Joanne Carlisle, Bob and Sally Edgar, Kedron Barrett ’79, and Rick Lyon ’69. Caitlin also graduated with her MFA in creative writing from Lesley University in June 2018. Caitlin and Colin moved to Boston from Seattle in December.
Jess and I had a busy summer as we searched for and moved into a new house and began having to chase Gusty around as she becomes more mobile every day. I enjoyed catching up with Kevin Kaiser as he made a quick stop in New Hampshire between three-month-long treks around Europe and Asia.
Cullen McAlpine and I connected on our shared August birthday, which has become a fun tradition, and he shared the following: “I recently moved to NYC, where I am joining the fast-growing WeWork as the global portfolio director of Hypergrowth. In this role, I’ll be working with the fastest-scaling clients within our portfolio and will be traveling between NYC, San Francisco, and Shanghai. If there are any Paulies in the NYC area, don’t hesitate to drop by our Chelsea HQ for a hello and a cold brew. Also, I recently returned to my home state of Alaska to celebrate the nuptials of Brett Woelber ’05 and Chelsea Ward-Waller. It was a beautiful Alaskan ceremony held in Girdwood, Alaska.”
Anna de Bakker writes: “After 15 years of student-dom in the U.S., I’ve moved back to Canada as of September, and am now in the fair city of Montreal, completing my dissertation and seeing what the future holds. I’m new to the city, so say hello if you’re in the area!”
Daneeka Abellard writes: “I’m recently engaged, and my partner and I decided to move to Vancouver from NYC. We’ve been here for about a month and definitely appreciate the mountain views and West Coast lifestyle. Professionally, I’m still in construction and development, but I shifted to working for a nonprofit (Atira Women’s Resource Society), where I get to build supportive housing for women. Overall, it’s been an amazing experience and big transition.”
From Charles-Alexandre Vennat: “Greetings from the land of the photogenic Prime Minister and protected dairy markets. Facing a depleted roster due to incessant nuptial weekends scheduled throughout the summer (where have our priorities gone?), a fastidious octet teed off in August for the Eighth Annual BroGA Championship on the shores of sunny Lake Memphrémagog, in Quebec, Canada. Defending champion Trent Blossom ’08 put forth a valiant effort, and was challenged by perennial contender Andrew Peabody ’08. Benefitting from the aforementioned pair’s mysterious post-Friday headaches and the absence of past champions Jamie Wilson ’08 and François Brisebois, I am happy to report that I eked out a close victory, ensuring that the jacket remains north of the border for the first time since the tournament’s inception. All of this took place under the supervision of Tournament Referee Thomsen “The Hearne” Hearne ’08, who withdrew from play due to injury. Out of respect to the “Great Gibbler” David Friedman, who was absent from the tournament, his namesake Gibbler’s Award was not handed out. All participants and absentees look forward to competing for the esteemed Gibbler title and the BroGA Championship next summer, which shall, of course, be scheduled so as not to interfere with the respective wedding celebrations of Jason Bourgea ’08, Trent Blossom, and their indisputably better halves. Until then, Fred ’08 and I shall eagerly anticipate our planned reunion with many of the lads in New York for Silver Racquets weekend at the R&T in November.”
An update from Philippine de Richemont: “I now live in NYC. Got married to Colin Tunstall, an American, and he is an art director. We had a baby in April 2017. I also work as an art director in NYC.”
Jorge Silva checks in: “I have recently been nominated for ‘Up and Comer’ for the 2018 Chicago Latino Awards, and for ‘Best Storyteller’ for the 2018 Alliance for Latinx Theatre Artists. I also was a producer and speaker for MexTalks 2018, presented by Latinos Progresando. As for life updates, I’m engaged to be married to my partner, Emily Sanders.”
From Donald Laackman: “This past June, I finished my Ph.D. in mathematics at UCLA. I’m now coordinating the Los Angeles expansion of Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM: www.beammath.org), a program for underserved students with talent in math. We help students who don’t have the resources to do advanced study access the same opportunities as more affluent kids. Working with them is so gratifying; they’re passionate, a little nerdy, and really hungry to learn more. Most of all, I love getting a brand-new generation excited about the math team.”
Kate Shaper recently graduated from the University of Vermont with her doctorate as a family nurse practitioner. She spent the summer studying for boards and recovering from graduate school, while living on a boat on Lake Champlain. She is currently on the hunt for her first NP job in the Burlington area.
Kai Neo sends: “I’ve been in Singapore since 2017, building an Alzheimer’s care business called Project We Forgot. I recently moved on and will be in Jakarta from September onward as a software engineer at p2p student loans company Dana Cita. If anyone is visiting Singapore or Jakarta, please let me know!”
News from Emily Blackmer: “I am starting a dual MS/MPP at University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability and Ford School of Public Policy. Just moved to Ann Arbor from California, if anyone else is in the area.”
Meherazade Sumariwalla recently moved to Toronto, Canada where she is working at a health tech start-up, making good use of her master’s in health administration and previous experience as a healthcare consultant. If you’re ever in Toronto, she’d love to catch up!
Xavier Williams writes: “I recently moved to Denver to continue working in government doing project management work for the city of Boulder.”
Eric Jones writes: “I got married this past Memorial Day in the Catskills, a couple hours west of New York City. My wife, Rachel, and I were married by two of our close mutual friends and we were lucky to have several Paulies in attendance. After meeting in New York, Rachel and I moved to San Francisco a little over five years ago. Our house is always open to any Paulies stopping through. Let us know!”