Julia Kientz Ambersley
Hello, Class of 2001! It was great to hear from so many of you. It sounds like the ladies of our class have been as busy as ever!
Chanel Smith Williams graduated from Baruch Coll. last summer with her exec. MBA. Chanel, Steve and son Daniel welcomed Ella Nikole Williams into their growing family on 8/30. Steve is in the last year of his residency so they’re trying to enjoy all NYC has to offer before they leave. Chanel frequently speaks with Joanna Hughes, Emily Keating Haag and Jenaire Terry.
Leah Solivan Busque and husband Kevin continue to live in the San Francisco Bay Area and are enjoying rapid expansion of the TaskRabbit business to many more cities across the country (including D.C.!) and internationally. They were able to get some exciting trips in this summer for the business to Barcelona and London. She enjoyed catching up with Misa Sarmento Francis ’02 when Misa visited San Francisco in June and loved swapping pregnancy tips, since they are due just a few wks. apart. Leah and Kevin were thrilled to expect their 1st baby, a girl, in Oct.
Lys Burdette Paulhus loves living in Atlanta with Michael and daughters Caroline (4) and Camille (2). She was fortunate to visit with Meghan Frier Stawasz’s and Emily Black Burns’s lovely families over the summer. It was so much fun to see the kids play well together! Katherine Morse looks forward to finishing a 2nd degree, a B.S. in psychology with a concentration in human services. She had a booth for M. K. Wellington Art at the Shrimp & Grits Festival on Jekyll Island in Sept. (Sarah Peterson ’03 helped with that.) Katherine also founded a group called the “Jekyll Amphitheater for the Arts and Humanities” in an effort to gain the project on Jekyll Island State Park. She’s had a very successful petition and it has been a tremendous learning experience.
In March, Catherine Peek moved from Rockville, MD, to Harrisonburg, VA, with her twin toddler sons. Her whole family misses being down the hall from Ariana Wolynec-Werner and sharing Sunday night dinners! Catherine designs schools and churches at Blue Ridge Architects, which just moved to an interesting historic warehouse space. Come see it if you are in the neighborhood! She visited SBC’s senior art exhibit last spring and had fun seeing familiar faces, including Laura Pharis, Joe Monk and Mark Magruder. Catherine is starting an interview series about creating a legacy, interviewing women who pursue a larger vision and give back to their communities. If anyone is willing to contribute or can suggest others she could interview, please contact her at [email protected]
Amy Whitney Rippey and husband Brian welcomed Wyatt Clayton Rippey on 12/31/12. They still reside in Westminster, MD. Amy left her position with Arnold Palmer Golf Management and is now working with her family as the business manager for Spider Hall Farm, LLC.
Sarah Belanger Levinson and her husband bought a house in Jan. She is entering her 3rd season as a coach with the St. Louis chapter of Girls on the Run.
Natasha Nickodem Stevens and husband Matt welcomed son McClean Swanson Stevens on 6/25. They’re enjoying every minute with baby “Mack.” She enjoyed a visit in May from Sarah Houston Kenning, Dawn Martin, Sarah Belanger Levinson, Anna Lundberg and Christine Rangel for a fun girls’ weekend in Chicago. She also enjoyed visits from Stephanie Sherrard.
Tamara Trout is about to have a very busy year. She started medical school this fall at the Marshall U. Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Twins Nadia and Layth started Kindergarten and daughter Elyse is in middle school. Her future stepsons Chris and Charlie Murphy (also twins) moved in and started their freshman yr. at Marshall U. In May, fiancé Scott will graduate from the same medical school and begin a family medicine residency in July. In June, she and Scott are getting married. Tamara looks forward to the many changes and blessings of the upcoming year.
Emily Carter still lives in Chicago. She married Andrew Oloffson on 4/13; they have 2 cats. Emily is busy completing her M.A.T. in elementary education at National Louis U. She will be finished with her degree in 4/14.
Jennifer Stringfellow Lamanna and Paul were expecting their 1st child, a boy, in early Sept. They were very excited to meet him! Jenn and Paul had a fantastic time catching up with Sonya Truman ’02 and her fiancé, who came up to Alexandria for a visit recently.
Katie Wood Rea continues to live just outside Charlottesville, VA, with husband Bryan and 2 children, Brenna (7) and Matthew (5). Katie finally found a way to combine her biology background and nursing career; she has worked for the last 3 yrs. as a clinical research coordinator for the Department of Surgery at UVa. The Rea family had an awesome summer camping at their favorite little water town, Urbanna, VA.
Jennifer Montfort still enjoys life in Boston and can’t believe it’s been 7 yrs. since she moved there from NJ! She made the move last yr. from Harvard Medical School to working for the MIT Sloan School of Management in the Office of External Relations, where Jennifer serves as the associate director of alumni communications. She’s still involved in Thoroughbred retirement, working with the New England chapter of the national retirement group CANTER, and recently assumed the position of co-exec. director of the all-volunteer board. Jennifer’s excited to continue her work marketing ex-racehorses and acting as the track liaison with Suffolk Downs in East Boston. She hopes to be able to take home her own OTTB in the near future!
As for me, Julia Kientz Ambersley, it’s been a very busy summer and back-to-school season. Gus (7) and I enjoyed a fantastic visit to see Emily Keating Haag and her sweet family. We visited every fun spot in Philadelphia! Robbie, Gus and I also enjoyed a couple of wks. of utter relaxation at the beach this summer. We are all excited for a visit from Dawn Martin and daughter Katie in the next couple of wks. I’m still teaching 5th grade at Vass-Lakeview Elementary, a Title I-funded school in Moore County, NC. There I am serving as 5th-grade team chair and chair of the all-school Literacy Committee. I also keep busy as the fundraising chair for Communities in Schools of Moore County.
Well, ladies, I love hearing from you every time we do class notes. Keep the information coming! You can always email me updates at [email protected]. Also, any time you have a change of address, email or phone number, please let me know and I’ll keep the alumnae office updated. Have a wonderful fall!