The Wales-based artistic Dave Oprava and I had a memorable karaoke night in NYC and rang in my 45th at midnight. Who knew our form had so many hidden talents?
Jose Leos writes: “I do talk to Gene Sung on occasion, but he is still in Minneapolis, so don’t get to see him. I do get to see Phil Cho and Chris Kelly ’94 on occasion since they work a few blocks from me. The other news is that Tamsen Williams, Marcy Chong, and I have been working on an initiative called Pelican Launch for about a year now. Pelican Launch’s mission is to open new channels for the SPS alumni body to support each other and invest in each other. We were on campus back in June to talk to the School about it and will be working on getting it off the ground in 2019.”
In November, my wife, Mari and daughter, Sofie (8), joined me in Nepal. We had an absolutely amazing trip. Sofie loved interacting with the elephants and trekking in the Himalaya. She also loved meeting 500 of the 2,000 Little Sisters and having dinner with her pen pal, Shushantik. Wishing everyone a happy, fulfilling and prosperous 2019.
Mark Smith writes: “In a scheduling miracle, we were able to get nine 1992ers (and one 1993er), along with many of their associated children, together for a fun afternoon of swimming, tennis, and food on the first official Saturday of fall. Those in attendance included Charlotte Martin Smith ’93, Connie Cocroft Brown, Charlotte Relyea, Sarah Rulon-Miller Dennis, John Dillon, Abigail Manny Newport, Benito Moyer, and Cortney Johnson Stanley. Thanks to John and Jill Dillon for hosting.”
An update from Tyler Grant: My wife, Amy, sons, TJ (6) and Ryan (3), and I moved to a small beach town, El Segundo, Calif., over the summer. Rupert Sandes comes over regularly for barbecues, adventures, and a lot of roughhousing. We see my sister, Alyson ’95, and her two boys often. All four boys play hockey, so we have been spending winter weekends at the arena together. Looking forward to our 25th.”
A note from Jess Graham: “I’m still living in Morrisville, Vt., enjoying all the Northern Mountains have to offer. When I am not busy art directoring at The Alchemist Brewery in Stowe (of Heady Topper notoriety), I’m pursuing my dreams as a muralist. I recently completed my most ambitious work yet, a 3,000-square-foot mural on Cherry Street in Burlington called “Our Mountains, Our Home.” If you are in the Stowe area, look me up.
Caroline Sehnaoui Cook writes: “After spending two months in Lebanon and two months in India this fall homeschooling the children, we are back in Miami for the spring 2019 semester before moving back to Europe this summer.”
Roberta Bruce Paul checks in with this news: “Jonathan Paul ’96 and I welcomed our daughter, Phoebe Wilder Paul, on June 20, 2018. We also moved from Brooklyn to Tarrytown, N.Y., in July – just in case one major life event last summer wasn’t enough.”
From Decker Rolph: “Our family of five (Rolphling ages: 8.5, 6, and 3.5) are all well, though both Jess and I are experiencing chinks in the armor of the generation above us. We have squarely entered the ‘sandwich’ stage of life. My portfolio of work in hands-on, impact-oriented startup investing and non-profit board service is very rewarding and challenging. Jess is two years deep in her second venture in the world of babies and early childhood. The company is called Lovevery and is off to a solid start with wonderful early cognitive science infused, sustainably minded, beautiful products. We love Boise, our dynamic, remote, midsized metropolis, and love to rendezvous here or in Sun Valley with visitors.”
Alex Tilney writes: “Hello, all. Please forgive my 23 years of silence in these pages and the self-promotional nature of my first update. I have a novel coming out from Little, Brown and Co., in July of this year. It is set in the late nineties at a certain fictional boarding school. It’s called The Expectations, and maybe one of the characters is based on you? Come for the newb boxing and cruising after check-in, stay for the meditation on America’s power structure at the turn of the last century. I worked on it for nine years, and if you do me the favor of reading it, I would love to hear your thoughts. Other than that, I am living in Brooklyn, N.Y., with my partner of nine years and our dog. Wishing you all well.”
Brad Aston and Dave Walton, along with their respective wives and children, met up in Joshua Tree National Park in December to hike the park, take in the desert sights, and catch up.
A message from Sarah Stehli Howell: “Andrew Stehli Howell was born just in time to play Baby Jesus in the Christmas pageant at Trinity Episcopal in Asheville, N.C. He joined his older brother, Lucius, in the pageant. I am also trying to get Lauren (King) Frazier to co-author a book on raising sons. Lauren, wisely, suggested we wait to see how they turn out first.”
Natasha Cobb reports that her play, Doin’ Good: The Truth is Impossible to Face Alone, will appear at the Strawberry One Act Play Festival in New York in March. Details can be found at www.therianttheatre.com.
Jamie Funk writes: “TJ Leonard and I had the chance to connect in San Francisco while he was in town for work. We were able to catch a beer with Mark Devito ’99 at his new brewery, Standard Deviant.”
Dodd Loomis writes: “Hey, hey, ’98ers! After four incredible years with Disney as the resident director of the North American Tour of The Lion King, my family and I are off the road. My wife, two-year-old daughter, and I lived and worked in 51 cities across Canada, Mexico, and the United States, traveling 365 days a year. It was awesome and insane. Since leaving, I am once again working as a freelance director, mounting projects around the world and having a ball doing it. While opening a new show in China in October, I had the good fortune of meeting up with Paul Gelinas ’99 and his lovely son, Thomas, in Hangzhou. He and his family of three are thriving. It was excellent to reconnect with fellow Paulies on the other side of the globe. Sending everyone love in 2019.”
From Javier Hidalgo: “My family and I have relocated to San Antonio, Texas. I am now supervising attorney for the Family Detention group at RAICES. Developing a palate for barbeque and breakfast tacos.”
Conner McGee checks in with this update: “We’ve been out in New Canaan, Conn., for the last year and are settling into suburban life. We are about a mile down the road from Chris Taliercio and see his family a bunch (our kids attend elementary school together). Our family is made up of Kate and me and the kids, Jamie (7), Alex (5), Casey (3), and Luke (1). Both boys were born on New Year’s Eve, so that made the last day of the year more than just a New Year’s celebration. A fun but crazy day.”
Robert Cushman writes: “I bumped into Jake Keeler randomly over Christmas on a pond while staying with cousins outside Portland, Maine. Good times. We reminisced about erg scores.”
From Adam Brandow: “On December 27, Megan and I welcomed our third child, Theo. Last year I joined the Department of Arms and Armor at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where I’m a research associate.”
A note from Thomas Loverro: “Sally and I had our third child, Greta, on December 5. She joins brothers Tad (5) and Toby (2). We also moved earlier this year from Palo Alto, Calif., to Menlo Park, Calif. We’ve now been in the Bay Area for almost four years and don’t think we could go back to winters in NYC or Chicago (or N.H.). I work in late-stage tech venture capital at IVP. Come say hi if you’re in the area.”