Alaina Cavelier McKee
100 Kimball Ave.
Salem, VA 24011
Katie Taylor recently started a new job as a behavior analyst for Individual Advocacy Group in Romeoville, Ill. In July, Catherine Gumpman was promoted to assistant director of admissions at Sweet Briar. She says she is “so excited to continue my career at my alma mater.” Sydney Davis works for a mortgage firm called Dominion Capital Mortgage as a licensed mortgage loan originator. Alysha Norbury started a new career path in real estate. In her free time she has been volunteering multiple times a week with Rising Tide, a therapeutic equestrian center for people with disabilities, and will soon be teaching at Rising Tide. Laura Jett lives in San Diego with her roommate Michelle Anderson ’11 and is a market research analyst with Cricket Communications. This year Laura also received her M.B.A. from Claremont Graduate U. Alaina McKee graduated with her M.A. in history from UNC at Greensboro and began her job this past April as the education coordinator for the History Museum of Western Virginia in Roanoke, Va.
Celeste Rustom has moved to Wash. and is stationed at Joint Base Lewis McChord. She is now officially an engineer officer. She says, “More or less I manage the soldiers who actually build things and every once in a while they let me swing a hammer, and then they duck and run for cover…” Over last Memorial Day weekend Celeste got a visit from her family, as well as Rachael Vaughn and Alle Taylor. Celeste says, “We all went and played paintball for the first time together. It was hilarious! We all came away with some epic battle scars, though Rachael did win the award with an incredibly painful shot to her backside, as in where she sits…” Celeste also invites anyone finding themselves in the area to come visit her.
Helen Bradshaw completed an M.A. in Anglo-Irish literature and drama at the University College Dublin in 2011. Since then she has been working as a bookseller for Bubray Books. She lives in Bray, Ireland (about 30 min. south of Dublin) and says she “loves it!” Next year Helen will be working towards a second M.A. in children’s literature at Trinity College Dublin. Helen Phillips is in the M.A.T. program at Randolph Coll. and also teaches biology at Brookville High School in Lynchburg, Va. This fall Alli McGill is earning a Psy. D. in clinical psychology from Antioch University New England in Keene, N.H.
Lindsey Davis was recently accepted and has already started the DVM program at St. George’s U. Ashley Carroll was accepted and has already started a graduate degree program at Hollins U. for a degree in liberal studies with a concentration in humanities. Carina Finn graduated with an M.F.A. in poetry and a graduate minor in gender studies from the U. of Notre Dame in May. She has since moved to N.Y.C. and is working in the proposals dept. at Sotheby’s, N.Y. In her free time Carina is serving as a coordinator/publicity assistant for the Michael Mut Gallery’s Love Yourself Project. Carina has also published “MY LIFE IS A MOVIE,” been interviewed by Thethe Poetry & PANK magazine, reviewed by The Poetry Foundations’ Harriet the Blog, and became a contributor to the literary/cultural theory blog Montevidayo.
Last Dec., Sarah Maroney graduated with her master’s degree in criminal justice from the John Jay College of criminal justice in N.Y.C. She has since graduated from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and is now a certified law enforcement officer. She works as a police officer with Clemson U. She says, “I’m very excited to get started in my new career!” Madeline Davis has accepted a teaching position at Kecoughtan High School in Hampton, Va. She’ll be teaching sculpture. Kathleen Thomas graduated in May from the U. of Mass. with an M.A.T. in Latin and classical humanities. In Aug., she started a job teaching Latin in Pembroke, Mass. In addition, Kathleen is engaged to Joseph Gamache and the wedding will take place in the summer of 2013. Also working towards her M.A.T. is Melissa Ramos, who has been accepted into the M.A.T. program at UNC at Charlotte.
In Aug. 2011, Paige Kaylor graduated with her M.B.A. from Loyola U. of Md. She is now living with Leighanne Arnold and Cynthia Roden in Va. In Jan., Paige became engaged to Jack Ruddy (HSC ’10). Allie Garrison Bridges married Kevin Bridges on June 2 at Sweet Briar College. Alumnae present included the maid of honor, Alaina McKee, Melissa Ramos, Misty Purvis and Caroyln Vaccaro ’11. Allie and Kevin honeymooned in Jamaica and are currently living in Greensboro, N.C. Since the wedding, Allie has started a new position as a high school Spanish teacher. Heather McPheeters became engaged to Will Lake on July 7 at his new home in Charleston, S.C. They’ll be married on 5/18/13 in Columbia, S.C. Leigh Anne Arnold will be Heather’s maid of honor.
Petra Weisbrich started boot camp on July 24 for the Air Force where she has taken a job as a medic. She was also a bridesmaid at the wedding of Samantha Adams to Bradley Newburn on May 26. The maid of honor was Caitlin Phillips ’11 and the other bridesmaids included Katheryn Coombs ’12 and Megan Moncure ’12.
New addresses/changes of address: Carina Finn, 157 E 2nd Street, Apt. 4b, New York, NY 10009. Alaina McKee, 100 Kimball Ave., Apt. M149, Salem, VA 24011.