Maia Free Jalenak
605 Camelia Ave.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Our class presidents Katie Keogh Weidner and Kathryn Ingham Reese are actively planning for our big 25th reunion the weekend of May 31-June 2, 2013. A highlight of the weekend will be a Boathouse party especially for our class. Please make plans to be there!
Kathryn Ingham Reese (Wilmington, Del.) keeps busy with her two daughters and their activities. She continues to teach 5th- and 6th-grade English at Tower Hill and coaches middle school lacrosse. She is really looking forward to our reunion and to seeing everyone.
Katie Keogh Weidner reports from Pa. that her oldest son, Jake, is a sophomore at Penn State and absolutely loves it. Katie’s second son, William, is a senior in high school. She notes “unfortunately he cannot apply to SBC, but is looking at schools in Va., and we will definitely be driving through the gates of our glorious campus when we tour various schools this fall!” Katie’s daughter, Caroline is in eighth grade and is looking forward to being an only child soon! Katie writes, “The thought of my house becoming an empty nest does not sit well with me, but between my three children and my three stepchildren, I doubt it will be quiet around here for very long!”
Kate Cole Hite reports from Md. that she, Katie Keogh Weidner, Kathryn Ingham Reese, Whitney Bolt Lewis and Mary Halliday Shaw got together in Feb. in D.C. for their annual girls’ weekend and plans are underway for their next adventure. She writes, “We had a blast, but that’s a given when we get together…and we kept our antics down to a dull roar.” She adds, “the Hite family continues to plug along. Chase is a junior this year, Mackenzie is in eighth grade and is already taller than me, and my youngest, Cole will be in fourth grade. We keep active. This year I attempted not one, but two half-ironman triathlons. I was so inspired by watching Tucker complete a full ironman last Nov. that I decided to give it a try. He and I did one in N.C. in May, and I completed my second one in Benton Harbor, Mich. later in the summer.”
Amy Gould-Pilz sends greetings from Bonsall, Calif. (in north San Diego County), where she lives with her lovely daughter Maddie (16) on the same property (but different house) as her parents, Addie and Cliff. She writes, “Life has been anything but predictable. Since getting my teaching credentials in 2008, there have been few jobs to be had, so I’ve been scrambling with long-term substitute positions and shared contracts for a few years, which creates a bit of unrest and feeling of instability. Right now, I’m starting the first five months of a Kindergarten class for a teacher battling breast cancer while she undergoes chemo. I have to say that I’m grateful that I have found my passion (finally after four decades) and really love teaching! I am also “The Director” (appointed without opposition from my siblings) of my parents’ health care and meds, business in Fla., and accounts receivable and payable—Yeesh, exhausting! I’m looking forward to coming to the reunion with my daughter. I’m hoping that she’ll be more open to a women’s college after seeing how fab SBC is. Right now SMU is high on her list (Texas? Really?). We’ll do a college seeking/trolling mission this summer as our annual trip, which we’re both looking forward to. My new mantra: Everything looks great after you meditate—or at least better!”
Caroline Corum returned to the D.C. area last year. She started nursing school this fall after taking an EMT class over the summer, which included getting to ride in an ambulance for her clinicals. Caroline sees Beth Stookey Sargent regularly and reports that she is well. Caroline and Beth got together with Cecilia Moore during the Christmas holiday last year. Cecilia continues to teach at the U. of Dayton.
Denton Freeman writes from Richmond, “with five boys, I’m feeling the strong need to return to my design roots and am bringing back my handbag firm, Poesis (www.poesisonline.com) with a limited edition release of some of the bags featured in Lucky and InStyle magazines. Connect with me on Facebook (Poesis Handbags) to check them out!”
Kelly Meredith Iacobelli (Marietta, Ga.), husband, John, and daughter, Kathleen, are planning to attend our 25th reunion. She went to reunions for our sister classes in her role on the alumnae board and said it was such fun to see everyone. “It is just like we never left.” Kelly is a Girl Scout leader, and Sunday school teacher and she still loves her job at Coca-Cola. Kelly’s daughter Kathleen (10) is a competitive gymnast. Kelly notes that watching her makes Kelly a nervous wreck.
Kathryn Deriso Schwartz reports from Miami that her family is doing well. She had a great summer that started off with her nephew’s wedding on Lookout Mountain, Tenn., and ended with a trip to her family’s beach house in Atlantic Beach, Fla. Daughter Kacki (20) will be a senior at FSU and then is heading off to medical school two years early. Twins, Burgen and Webb (18), will be seniors in high school. Burgen will be busy as this year’s drum major and Webb as a Junior Cadet Fire Fighter. Daughter Chandler (13) will be in 8th grade and is in the photography magnet program. “I have been busy playing duplicate bridge and getting ready for some tournaments. I have also picked up a new sport—stand-up paddle boarding. Alan and I will be celebrating our 22nd wedding anniversary in Jan.” She is looking forward to the reunion.
Susan Detweiler and her wonderful partner Ned guided climbers in the Tetons this past summer. She was delighted to learn that Jennifer Bach Rosen’s son Matt (15) was in one of her tour groups. Suz and Ned are hoping to be working together in Antarctica guiding scientists as you read this. She and Jennifer Roach Childs are going to the upcoming reunion and hope that the rest of you will as well. She writes, “This is a big one; let’s make it happen!” She recently enjoyed a visit, at her home in Jackson Hole, with Kim Belcher Harvey’s son AJ (20).
Liza Dalehite Brinkmann (who was at SBC our freshman year and transferred to UT Austin) lives in Austin, with her husband Johannes and their three children. Their oldest, Patrick, is in college at UT Austin, and daughters Monika (15) and Robin (10) in 10th and 5th grades. They enjoy hiking, sailing, making music, and traveling. She is a pediatric nurse practitioner at a pediatric endocrinology clinic. Her husband is the CFO with an Austin based semi-conductor related company. They recently returned from a three-week trip of a lifetime to Southeast Asia where they visited Singapore, parts of Malaysia, and went island hopping on a sailboat in Thailand between Phuket and the Phi Phi Islands in the Andaman Sea. Liza writes, “I send warm greetings to my old SBC 3rd floor Reid buddies Robin Frazier, Lisa Thompson Barnes and Stacey Meadows Apter.”
Lisa Thompson Barnes says, “Holla, holla—All is well here in Vero Beach. It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a year since I got married to Trevon. Getting married has been the BEST thing I have done. We are settling into married life, and I think we have finally assimilated our mutual households into one. We have traveled to La. (Trevon’s home state) for his daughter, Emily’s high school graduation, and to Key West. My law practice is busy and I have been very active in my church – First Presbyterian of Vero as Chair of Trustees. We just completed construction of a beautiful education facility. Stacy Meadows Apter and I catch up with each other, and we’re making plans to go to the reunion next year.”
Stephanie Wilt Smirnov and her family have had an eventful couple of months: an unforgettable family vacation at the London Olympics, a major home renovation, and Stephanie’s promotion to CEO of DeVries Public Relations, the PR agency in N.Y. at which she’s worked for the past 12 years. She enjoys keeping up with SBC friends, if only virtually, on Facebook, including Kate Cole Hite, Tina Savage Lytle, Stacey Sickels Locke and Kelly Meredith Iacobelli.
Stacey Sickels Locke has a new job working in development for the University of Md. She’s enjoying life with husband, Lyn and her boys.
Lee Ann Conard is busy in her career as a pediatrician. She moved to Cincinnati to work at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in the Division of Adolescent Medicine.
Denise Landau Blind had a wonderful visit with Julie Martin Collins, when she and her family came to visit in N.J. in May. She writes, “It had been years since we had the chance to spend so much time together, and it was wonderful! Unfortunately, Julie’s youngest son, Joseph had broken his foot just prior to their trip, so he wasn’t as mobile as he would have liked. They spent a few days in N.Y.C. and then several days here in N.J. We went shopping, my husband and Jerry and the older boys went fishing and we enjoyed multiple trips to our favorite hangout, John Boys Pizzeria here in Glen Rock. We are looking forward to Reunion next year!” Denise’s son, Tyler, is a senior in high school. They’re looking at colleges and she writes that her son hopes to be recruited to play college baseball. Daughter, Chelsea, starts high school this year, so at least they’ll have one year together in school. She’s on the competitive gymnastics team, which takes up a great deal of her time. She notes, “It will be so sad for all of us when Tyler leaves.” Denise and husband, Fred, continue their work in the family truck tire business. They’re very active with biking, running, walking, hiking and playing tennis together.
Heather Gregory Skeens writes from Raleigh that her daughter, Mckinsey Skeens, is a senior year at SBC (class of 2013) and is a double major in religion and creative writing, and is also the editor of the newspaper—The Voice. Her son, Taylor Skeens, is entering N.M. Military Institute as a freshman this year. She and husband Ed (H-SC graduate) are empty-nesters!
Brenda Payne writes about her granddaughter, “A future (I hope so) Sweet Briar girl, Kenzie Dawn Godsey, was born on 6/29/10 at 5:50 a.m. in Lynchburg, Va. Her family celebrated her mother-in-law Elizabeth “Dolly” Ball Payne’s 95th birthday in April and her son, John, and her grandson, Austin, came in from Calif. She writes that this year has been full of blessings for the family and she wishes everyone happiness, good health and fun adventures.
Jeanne Rovics Mexic married Scott Dees on St. Simons Island, Ga., on 4/7/12. Jeanne now has an adorable stepdaughter, Madeleine (8). Jeanne writes that her son, Blake (14 and 6 feet tall), isn’t quite sure what to do with a little sister. Jeanne is still loving her job with Hilton WorldWide, which continues to take her to many amazing cities (Prague, Barcelona, London, Seoul, Tokyo, Cabo, Brussels in the past year). Kristen Petersen Randolph was at Jeanne’s recent wedding. Kritty (who is a realtor in Va. Beach) and Jeanne love to get together whenever possible.
I (Maia Free Jalenak) had the pleasure of seeing Jeanne and meeting her new husband, this summer when his family who live in Ocean Springs, Miss., had a beautiful party celebrating their recent wedding. My family is doing fine. I’m enjoying being a full-time mom. My son is a sophomore at LSU and daughter is in eighth grade. My husband, Jay and I are looking forward to going to his Hampden-Sydney reunion in Oct. and to returning to Va. in May for my reunion. I am really looking forward to it!