Nicole “Nicki” E. Brandt
205 Crown Circle
Brunswick, GA 31525
Just a stone’s throw from the MA/CT border, Ellena Bethea teaches chemistry at the Millbrook School in NY. Reminiscent of Guion adventures, Millbrook uses its outdoor space for science—students can explore the forest through a canopy walkway and go on “marsh-mucking” walks through the wetlands preserve on campus.
Victoria Chappell Harvey has crossed the pond to England, near Oxford, where she and husband David will live for the next 3 yrs.
Alexia Redick Bartlett was married on 9/1/12 to Cabot Bartlett Jr. They live in Northern VA; she teaches at the Conservatory Ballet. They just celebrated their 1st anniversary and are quite happy.
Laura Pierce was married in June to Joshua Barton with Kate Dobie, Sarah Corpron and Leigh Darrell as bridesmaids. Leigh says they had a glorious time. Leigh works as an assistant state attorney in her home county in MD. Sarah Hart Corpron and husband Ben relocated to NYC, where Ben attends Columbia U. School of Dental Medicine and—if Facebook photos are to be believed—has the most adorable NYC apartment ever. Sarah said one of the best things about the move to the big city is getting to visit with fellow NYC alumna Kate Dobie. Kate has been working for the Metropolitan Museum of Art as their associate development officer.
Ashley Figueiredo ’08 saw Driftwood Fire, the folk music brainchild of duo Charlotte Formichella and Lynn Scharf, perform this summer at the Upper Valley Music Festival in Turner Falls, MA. Driftwood Fire toured this summer in France. Their music has been featured in a few SBC YouTube videos (check out the Homecoming 2011 video), and last year they lead a beginner’s songwriting workshop at the Valley Center for the Creative Arts in Woodstock, VA. Ashley said it was great to see them perform and remember how far they’ve come since their early performances back in the Vixen Den.
Katie Vaughan is the new vice-chair of the SBC Friends of the Cochran Library.
Melanie Stine, Ph.D., has moved to San Antonio, TX, and accepted a job as assistant professor with the geography department at the U. TX-San Antonio. She says things are good so far!
Anel Avila is embracing the life of a traveling Bedouin—her update is that she’s still alive, and you’ll never know where she might turn up next!
Preparing to celebrate her 2nd wedding anniversary, Kerri Faust de Monsalve enjoys life in Columbia with husband Felipe and teaches 2nd grade (with the help of Columbia’s infamous coffee). She’s tackled some great hiking in Columbia’s mountains and looks forward to regular visits along its coast, where sister Kendall lives.
Julie Drake has a new surname as of Oct., when she married Mike Jamal during a San Francisco ceremony. Melissa Massy Powell and Nicki Brandt planned to attend. Julie and Mike will relocate to the Atlanta, GA, area, where Julie hopes to continue teaching. As Julie prepares to leave the Golden State, Melissa Massy Powell is moving to Monterey, where her dashing Army husband will attend the Defense Language Institute. She visited with Dr. Cara Cherry this summer in MN. In addition to road trips, Melissa has been taking advantage of her last summer in CO, bagging 14ners, triathlons, and even a hot springs backpacking adventure with Nicki Brandt. Nicki escaped the humid heat of GA for the mountains of CO for a short vacation packed with farmers’ markets and food, hiking and yoga—as well as Mallory Sherwood Engelstad ’09 for lunch in Breckenridge. Sadly, she had to return to sea level, to begin preparations for a busy winter field season and her training for the Army 10-miler in Oct.—did any other D.C.-based alumnae attend or run? Nicki also had the opportunity to visit with Tabitha Dixon Ward and husband Andrew when they vacationed in nearby FL; they live in NC, where Tabitha does marketing work for the Baptist Children’s Homes.
Michelle Badger attended the Presidential Inauguration of President Obama’s 2nd term, meeting up with Natalie Pye ’07, Megan Behrle ’09 and Corinne Adams ’12. Along with Megan, she attended Cat Cox Hamilton’s (’08) wedding and saw Sarah Ruff ’04, Alicia Modzelewski ’11 and Rebecca Olander Christian ’09. During a work trip she met up with Brianna Meighan de Hanna ’05. Michelle is still at the MA Maritime Academy and enjoys being on the Plymouth School Committee, and having visits from Beth Farnsworth Warner ’05 and Sue Knouse ’05 when they are in the area. She recently fulfilled a long-time goal by riding with Sarah Ruff ’04 in the Pan-Mass Challenge, a 164-mi. bike ride for the Dana Farber Cancer Society.
Speaking of epic physical prowess, Jill Frier has been kicking butt with some awesome running adventures.
Jenn Wiley Schmidt lives in Philly, but has seen several VA/MD-based alums, including Lindsey Cline, Joanna Meade and Meg Shortlidge. While they haven’t been able to visit in person, Jenn says she chats often with Abby Adams, who lives in Baltimore and works as a nurse. There are discussions to try to get folks together for some autumn hiking—maybe at Homecoming?
Joanna Meade works as a personal trainer in Baltimore, MD, and has (squat)- jumped onto the CrossFit train.
Several classmates have welcomed new bundles of joy into the world, including Haley Graham Bouvatte and husband Bob, who welcomed daughter Amelia in April. Colleen Karaffa Murray and husband Brandon welcomed son Henry (9 lbs., 2 oz.) in a home birth in Aug., joining big sisters Rosie and Scarlett. Brandon is excited to not be so outnumbered at home and the girls are tickled pink (blue?) with their new brother. Paula Kirkland Ledbetter’s baby boy Peyton is all grown up and started preschool this year. Paula and husband Mike relocated to the Richmond, VA, area last year and enjoy being close to family. Kathleen Wilson Wissel and husband Tony looked forward to celebrating an important milestone this year—daughter Maddie turned 1 in Oct. Proud aunt Kimberly Wilson visits when she can. Kim earned her Ph.D. from U. of Notre Dame this past spring. Jennifer Jones Collins and husband Tommy left Germany; the Army has sent them back stateside to Fort Polk, LA. Son Will is growing fast and will be joined by a new baby brother in Dec.! Jennifer and Will met up with Jessica Mercier Andryshak and daughter Jordan this summer for a toddler play date.
Michelle Badger sends along a note to all fellow classmates: “I look forward to seeing many of you at Homecoming, in my travels, and in the year and months to come. Don’t forget to make your best gift to help our class get to 50% participation for the Young Alumnae Giving. We need your support to reach our goal!”