Emily Olson
382 E. Scripps Rd.
Lake Orion, MI 48360
[email protected]

The Class of 2007 held our first reunion (five years!) in May. I, Emily Olson, was able to attend and had a fantastic weekend with my fellow ’07 Vixens! At our reunion class meeting it was decided that I would continue to serve as our class secretary and Rachel Moretta and Martha Loftin were elected co-presidents. It was also decided that our class will partner with the Class of 1957 in sponsoring a new classroom on campus. Our efforts are being coordinated by our new presidents and class giving chairwoman, Maggie Saylor Patrick. We are all very excited about the project!

On 5/29, Morgan Roach’s boyfriend of two years, Stephen Viña, proposed while they were vacationing in Scotland. Stephen, from McAllen, Texas, is counsel for the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. They’ll be married next May in Washington, D.C. Morgan’s sister, Ryan Roach ’10, will be the maid of honor. Morgan continues to work at The Heritage Foundation where she leads the Africa portfolio. In July, she traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In Aug., Morgan and Stephen took a much needed vacation to Aruba.

Megan Meighan lived in and worked in N.J. and N.Y. for the last three years at SRSsoft, an electronic health records software company. She recently moved back to Charlotte, N.C., and continues to work for SRS from her home and loves it.

Danielle Briggs-Hansen continues to work at systems planning and analysis as an accountant. She writes, “I’ve been working on some commissioned paintings in my spare time. I’m still playing volleyball and will be playing for two teams this fall.”

Heidi Trude was planning on attending Reunion, but suffered from a sudden illness and was unable to attend. Thankfully she is fully recovered. She writes, “I traveled to France and Spain with 20 students in 6/2012. I’m entering my fifth year of teaching at Skyline High School. I will be returning to campus in Oct. to participate in the Modern Languages Career event. I’m sorry I missed seeing everyone at Reunion!”

Maggie Saylor Patrick writes “This past May I headed down to Washington, D.C., where I helped plot the secret proposal to Rachel Reynolds on the part of her boyfriend, Dean. Natalie Pye, Laura Schaefer, Jennifer Wolf and Margaret Loebe ’06 were also there. We celebrated with a dinner at Jaleo and got to meet Chef José Andrés! We then all traveled down to SBC together for Reunion, and had an amazing time. It was so good to see everyone and catch up, and I hope even more classmates will be able to make it next time!” Maggie is working towards her M.A. in political science part time as she works in the development office full time at Miami U. She and her husband Martin recently adopted a retired racing greyhound named Temi, and Maggie says “she keeps us pretty busy!”

Emily Fitzpatrick is starting grad. school at the U. of West Florida and is a graduate hall director for the Village West apartments on campus. She writes, “I’m loving Pensacola and my fellow grad students!”

Laura Schaefer writes, “I made the trip out to Va. for reunion, coming a few days early to celebrate Rachel Reynolds’ recent engagement. I loved being back on campus and catching up with everyone—already looking forward to the next excuse to come back.”

Betty Skeen is getting married! She met the man of her dreams four years ago and they’re tying the knot next Sept.

Caitlin Ashley still works for the State of W.Va. She passed the CGBP exam in May and then reached her five-year anniversary in June. She writes, “My last trade mission was to Santiago, Chile. It was amazing! The food was so good! I’m working on an upcoming trade mission to Seoul, South Korea.” She recently had lunch with Carey Fleming ’78 and says, “it was great to connect with another Vixen in Charleston. We talked about trying to get some other Vixens in W.Va. together. Perhaps that will be my goal for the start of 2013.” In May Caitlin made a visit to Rosanna Hawkins Winner and celebrated her sister’s graduation from Shenandoah U. She says, “I also got to see little Avarose, who is the smartest and sweetest little girl I have ever met! And what a personality! She’s going to be a star, just like her momma! Her baby brother Wade will be here soon, and I’m so excited to meet him!” Following that visit she drove through Va. to attend Erin Coyne’s (’08) bridal shower. She got to see several fellow SBC alums including classmate Claire Bryan, and had a wonderful afternoon. This fall Caitlin is planning a trip to N.Y.C. to visit Betty Skeen to help plan her wedding and also to visit Rosanna Hawkins Winner and her new baby in Va.

Whitney Wheeler earned her M.B.A. in organizational leadership/management and Certificate of Adv. Grad. Studies in human resources management from Johnson & Wales U. in Providence, R.I. She recently moved back to hometown Charlotte, N.C., and is a personal stylist/sales consultant at Nordstrom, Inc. She is an active member of The Junior League of Charlotte (JLC).

“First of all, I want to say that I had a fantastic time at our five-year Reunion” writes Jennifer Dick. “It was so great to see everyone who was able to attend! I wish we could have a whole week for our Reunion. I was definitely sad to leave SBC when the weekend came to a close.” In June, Jennifer moved to Centreville, Va., from her hometown Staunton, Va., to be with boyfriend, Adrian (VT ‘06), and also for more job opportunities. She says, “I hope to finish my M.A. once I adjust to life here. Adrian is in his probationary year as a firefighter with Fairfax Co. Fire Dept., and he loves it! I miss my family back home, but I like it here so far and hope to move my mini schnauzer, Riley, here once I feel more settled (he is with my mom currently). I am working at a preschool right now, and will have all new students in the four-year-old classroom after Labor Day! If you live in the NOVA area, I’d love to get together sometime! I have had phone dates with SBC friends and have been able to meet up with Eleanor O’Connor and Elsa Mittelholtz Cannon since my move!”

Natalie Pye graduated cum laude from A.U., Washington Coll. of Law, in May and accepted a position at Shiffman & Ricci, P.C., a boutique personal injury law firm in Washington D.C. She writes, “I enjoyed seeing my fellow class of ’07 members who made it to the one evening of reunion that I could attend and can’t wait for 10-year! I also enjoyed the mini-reunion of Laura Schaefer, Jennifer Wolf and Maggie Saylor Patrick, who were in D.C. to celebrate Rachel Reynolds’ engagement right before reunion!”