2011 was a year of opportunities and challenges as Gracie Tredwell Schild wrote from Santa Fe, N.M., explaining “after a pretty rough year of custody, money battles and moving” she’s settled in with 2 cats and son Christoph (13) who attends her alma mater prep school. Gracie works at The Institute of American Indian Arts where computer work and organizing keep her busy. She hopes to still be able to come to reunion and see all her classmates.
Always the first to send her news Monica Kaiser wrote “2011 started out with a bang.” Daughter Alexa a senior at UM’s Frost School of Music, was part of the encore presentation at one of Barry Manilow’s concerts in South Fla., she participated in an experimental musical showcase of Studio 54 written and directed by Tommy Tune, the Renaissance Festival, as well as earning the title role of Cinderella in a musical comedy. She achieved the provost’s list and will graduate in May with a double major in musical theatre & English literature, a minor in music business. Proud mother Monica will attend her graduation and not come to our reunion. Congratulations to Alexa, and we’ll miss seeing you Monica! Son Julius, a high school junior, wants to pursue a career in the medical field. He’s active in the drama club, will be an International Thespian, earned the lead role in “The Little Shop of Horrors” and will be cast in “The Pajama Game.” Husband Richard continues his work at Pepsi while Monica is busy with the drama club and school activities where she chaperoned the thespians to the Fla. State Thespian Festival last March and remains an active member of the PTSO.
Jean Bryan the dancing machine, wrote “not much is going on in Norfolk Va.,” which is hard to believe, and looks forward to our reunion in May.
Fun was had by all at Molly Finney Grenn’s “get psyched” for reunion party. All who attended committed to coming to our class reunion. Together with co-chair agents, Nancy Daugherty Davidson, Brianna Boswell Brown, Molly is spearheading our class gift participation for our reunion and appreciates all contributions.
Cathy Miller will not attend our reunion as she and her husband are going on a riverboat cruise from St. Petersburg to Moscow, Russia. Excited yet saddened not to be a part of the reunion, she had a fabulous time at our last one. Daughter Madeline returned from her winter term in England studying business and economics. She is studying at Randolph-Macon. Second daughter Ali, a senior in high school, plans to attend Ferrum in the fall to study criminal justice. Husband David and Cathy continue to enjoy their work and keep very busy with their new home.
Never a dull moment for Lele Frenzel Casalini, who also enjoyed the pre-reunion festivities last Nov. with Jean Bryan, Briana Boswell, Marie Engel, Nancy Davidson & Molly Finney to jump start plans for our class reunion & class gift campaign! She also did the D.C. cancer walk with Molly and her daughter Grace, Jean, Brianna. Lele enjoyed a visit from Molly Johnson last fall where they had great fun being tourists in Indianapolis, playing on the farm and doing “easy 4 wheeling” Lele spent Jan. in Hawaii visiting a high school friend, camping, hiking through bamboo forests, driving the road to Hana, playing in rivers & waterfalls, trekking through old lava flows and bridge jumping from 20-30 feet high heights into rivers. Unfortunately she broke her foot and tore ligaments in her ankle, but no worries, Lele will be out of the boot and if all heals well and no surgery is needed, she’ll be in fine shape for our reunion! In spite of her injury she spent a week in Indianapolis in all its glory hosting the Super Bowl. Even on crutches, she was able to navigate the Super Bowl Village and see her beloved Giants win! Her career teaching yoga, Pilates and spinning is flourishing. She’s working on her Yoga Therapy Certification and will soon teach an all levels Yoga class! Son Eli is in graduate school studying physiology at Indiana U., daughter Liza married last June, is raising beef cattle and sister Sophie left Sweet Briar after freshman year to pursue a nursing career at Indiana U. Lele looks forward to becoming a grandmother, the first in the family, due in early March. She looks forward to seeing everyone at reunion and will attend with her first grandchild in tow!
Kit Johnson Parks is enjoying her free time exploring the Raleigh area and other activities now that her home is complete. She hikes and plans to hike as section of the Appalachian Trail this June.
Another busy year for Lee Watson Lombardy in Orlando. Daughter Georgia in 9th grade has her learner’s driving permit and continues to excel in Irish dance competitions. The family looks forward to a trip to the North American National Irish Dance Championships in Chicago this summer. Best of luck Georgia! Husband Warren continues his career at Darden restaurants, while Lucy is at the Orlando City Attorney’s Office. She enjoyed a mini-reunion in Jan. with Lucile Redmond Flournoy and her sister, Frances Malone, who stayed with the Lombardy family while attending the annual ACRE craft show.
As part of the co-chair fundraising trio, Nancy-Dirt Daugherty Davidson writes she prefers the term fun agent. She wrote they had loads of fun at Molly Finney Grenn’s house in Nov. as it was very special to be able to see classmates again and pick up where they may have left off 5, 10, 25 years ago! Nancy reiterated this is what makes SBC unique, “Whether you graduated with a degree or not, you are part of a body of women who are bonded together for the rest of our lives.” She also shared that “We’re not just a group of people who graduated from a school with the same major—we’re a diverse group of women who have forged different paths into the 21st century and are succeeding!” She shared a recent email conversation with Amoret Thisell and Molly Finney Grenn as they discussed their recent battles with breast cancer. Nancy encouraged us to share experiences (personal or other) with breast cancer or other illnesses, treatments and cures, as this could help another in times of stress. She also came up with an excellent idea to discuss, in a forum-style, events impacting our lives, families, careers, futures at reunion and to continue the dialogue after our reunion. Finally, Nancy reiterated that our class gift and participation not only helps sustain SBC for future young women, it also demonstrates the long-term life power of maintaining relationships with others (Class of 1982!) through an institution that supports and encourages women.
A “big hello and love to everyone!” from Jennifer Rae who is thrilled to be back in touch with other classmates after all this time. Jennifer wrote she’s very grateful she has been able to secure regular work. She suggested to “keep up the pace” for our classmates who might be looking. Jennifer registered with several employment agencies, the one that came through with full time work was the one she had the best working partnership. The agency markets itself nationally as All U Need Personnel with a personal, professional approach to business—Jennifer’s cup of tea. Ever the multi-tasker, she consults which is “icing on the cake,” maintaining web sites, publishing for the web, for print, and testing software. Jennifer looks forward to hearing from our “amazing” SBC class of 1982.
Heidi Slavin Willard teaches history to 9th graders who need support staying sober. She also is a business owner: Scrapbooks That Teach. The business keeps her very busy designing unique classroom activities in motivating students and helping them to remember their lessons for the high school assessments (or SOLs in VA). Husband Russell and she “Continue to spend every last penny of any future children’s inheritance on traveling.” They’ve been to over 120 countries, Heidi’s favorites are Italy and Israel and she explained, “When life gets tough, she stays calm and carries forward with that stiff upper lip… by running back to England. LOL!” Heidi is a breast cancer survivor from 2000, she attributed her weight gain on the meds that help keep her cancer free, as well as her tenacity and, she admits, stubbornness contribute quite a bit to her health! Go Heidi! She looks forward to seeing everyone at reunion and found the “teaser party” last Nov. for local Va. residents a wonderful night to remember. Heidi expects the same liveliness and red wine at our upcoming reunion!
Jill Fallon writes that all is well in western Mass. JFallon & Company, her strategic marketing communications and events company, continues to grow. She’s extending her expertise into planning social events with JFallon Celebrations. Son Jack (17) is honing his artistic skills in drawing and sculpture, while younger brother Harrison’s (13) fascination with every sport grows making almost every day of the week a day at the fields. You can visit the JFallon & Company, Inc. Strategic Marketing Communications & Events website: www.jfallonandco.com
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