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Amelia Dudman Atwill: Daughter Pierce is in 2nd grade and thriving after having major skull surgery right before Christmas. She did amazingly well and has taught all of us what it means to be brave and graceful at the same time. We also learned that after almost 8 years, Pierce is going to be a big sister. Her little brother is scheduled to arrive in early May 2012. Thank you to my precious ‘96ers for all the love, prayers and support during our several months at UVA. Holla Holla and Health, Happiness and Love to all!

Angie Conklin Abell: I’m owner and principal broker at Beach Bay Realty. I’m working six days a week. I’m coaching my kids’ teams: soccer, basketball, and softball. I’m busy with work and family and extra-curricular activities… It’s that time in our lives! I enjoyed having Tracy Walters and Lisa Aumiller visit me during last summer for the Chincoteague Island Pony Swim where my daughter bought a pony with her own money from selling lemonade. I’m heading to Dominican Republic with Heather Terry Adams (1997) this May 2012 for a BFF getaway! Miss you all!

Bridget Bayliss Curren: Bridget and Rich welcomed their little girl, Aoife Rose on 5/10/11 at 8:20 a.m. Everyone is thrilled to have a happy and healthy new addition to the family. She is doted on by her grandparents, and has visited Jesse Durham Strauss on several occasions.

Sarah Chaffee Paris: I loved seeing all the girls at reunion last May! I had a great time reconnecting with Elizabeth Groves Aycock when we visited Baltimore at the end of May. I was so happy to spend time with Jesse Durham Strauss when she came to Boston in Dec. I love keeping in touch by phone, FB, and Skype—I miss you, April Collins Potterfield! Bella (9), Stevie (4), and Charlie (1) are doing great. Jon and I are very excited we finally started our kitchen renovation.

Julie Baer Diter: Moved back to France the summer of 2010 with my husband Grégory and children Alexandra (13), Justin (12), and Guillaume (2). We love living on the Côte d’Azur; it’s beautiful here and the kids are finally bilingual. All good things to the girls of ’96!

Lee Foley Dolan: The Dolan family is enjoying a busy winter filled with a lot of fun activities. We kicked off the New Year in Atlanta, Georgia, cheering on UVA in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. Even though it was a tough loss we had a great time! Henry (10) and Mattie (7), (3-year-old Fred stayed back in Richmond) enjoyed their first plane ride. Yes, we’re lame that our children have never been on a plane until just a few weeks ago! Later in Jan. we enjoyed a long weekend at the Homestead skiing with friends. Fred actually went on this trip! In April, we’ll be in Virginia Beach for spring break where we hope to hang out with Laura Lechler for a night or two. Of course we wish we could see more friends more often, but life with 3 kids is crazy. They keep us busy with dance, soccer, basketball, football and baseball, and Duke and I manage many date nights so we can get out. Much love to everyone and hope to see some of you this summer for a VA/DC/MD outing!

Sarah Reidy Ferguson: Jim and I are in the Druid Hills neighborhood of Atlanta, with our 4 rescue dogs and 2 rescue cats. I’m in my 3rd year of writing my daily lifestyle blog, Duchess Fare, highlighting local and regional happenings, people, and places. I also continue to sell my Vintage & Mid Century home furnishings through my Etsy store and privately. I’m looking forward to mini reunions this spring and summer with girls from the Class of ’96 and ’97.

Robin Bettger Fishburne: I’m work at Keller Williams Realty in Greenville, S.C., and love my career in Real Estate. I’ve been a Realtor now for over 7 years in Greenville, my hometown. We have a wonderful miracle due on 7/9/12. This little one is due one year and one day after I lost my brother, Chris Bettger (40). We’re so blessed to be expecting Gibbs (7), who has been asking for a baby brother or sister for years. Joe and I just celebrated our 11th anniversary in Oct 2011.

Melissa Snyder Giggenbach: All is well in the Giggenbach house. We’re looking forward to baseball season. Thomas (6) will be coached by his dad, Bader. Nikolaus (9) is moving up to the next level, kid-pitch. I’m busy with a part-time law practice and chairing the board of directors of our local homeless shelter, Bartlett House. We’re nearing the end of a rehab on a building that will allow us to provide supportive housing for our homeless clients and are beginning a 1.6 million dollar capital campaign so we can pay for it. I think I could qualify for a contractor’s license from all I’ve learned!

Rachel Cooper Gray: I’ve decided to go back to school. Working as a contractor for the Army has become very unstable! I’m applying to physician assistant schools right now, taking prerequisites and gaining patient care experience to strengthen my application. I was also really sad to see Juli Wilkison move back to Jacksonville, Fla., at the end of Jan. after living up the road from me for two years.

Beth Ike: Charlottesville continues to treat us well. We send lots of love to all the vixens, everywhere!

Victoria Gajda Hartwell: Things are busy in the Hartwell household! Leighton turns 5 in May, with a week-long celebration at WDW in the works. And then starts kindergarten in Aug.! I’m NOT ready for this at all! Leilani turns 2 in July, not sure yet what our plans will be due to the arrival of Tiki, baby #3, on 6/29. While on maternity leave, I’m going to attempt to catch up on my hobbies! We still keep in close touch with Auntie Linda (Linda Towers) and often meet up with her at Disney! I enjoy keeping up with alumnae on FB as well. Otherwise working in CVICU and raising our beautiful family keep me busy. I’m blessed for sure!

Nicole Johnson Kaler: An international exchange student from China has become part of my family for the past 3 years. She’s now a freshman at Sweet Briar, and it’s fun to hear about her life at SBC. I’m loving being a Realtor in Okla., enjoying married life, and still loving my retired horse, Yukon (I showed while at SBC) who is still with me today!

Catherine Lanter: I’m teaching French to 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7th grades at Viewpoint School in Calabasas, Calif. This March I’m taking 14 high school students to France. We’ll visit the beaches of Normandy, Mont St. Michel, some chateaux in the Loire Valley, and finish off the trip in Paris au Louvre, etc. Reminds me of the fantastic trips I took during my Junior Year Abroad in France with Sweet Briar, 1994-1995.

Jenn Beck Locke: Our life is wonderfully chaotic with our 3 wild Indians. Hunter is General Manager at RockTenn Corporation, doing quite well (just received Plant of the Year honors for the 2nd year in a row). Marte (9) is in 3rd grade and enjoying soccer, piano and art this spring. She was recently diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, and we’re exploring the world of social classes and new experiences with our support group. Thomas (6) is in a regular K, but works with an autism aid daily. He’s receiving speech and occupational therapy twice a week and has improved so much this year. We’re active with his autism support group. Trae (4) has an amazing personality and enjoys working on any projects involving tools with his daddy. Including tire/car repair, house repairs, etc. He’s very “go with the flow” and attends Mothers Morning Out 2 days a week, but hangs out with me most of the time. I’m active on the PTA board, and volunteer at the school library, health clinic, room mother (for all 3 of them) and am in charge of Spring Festivities at their school. We joined a new Church and have become involved in a wonderful ministry there. Looking forward to a mini-reunion in April with ’96 alumnae. Love and miss you all!

Julie Hildebrand Nelson: Brett, Big Brother Grant and I welcomed twins Brooke McKinley and Luke Kohut to the family on 9/14/11. Everyone is doing great. We enjoy attending the Hunt Country Alumnae events and see Becky Moats Miller ’97 and Imogen Slade Rex as often as possible.

Cindy Rakow Readyhough: Patrick, Sam (4), Katelynn (2) and I are all loving being back in Va. near family and friends! Patrick is running an exterior remodeling company, and I’m the marketing director for a local bank in Reston, Va. I’m still riding—helping Tracy Walters keep her horse exercised. Eileen MacMurtrie, Meg Magistro Arcadia and I keep in touch on the phone and try to work in visits when we can. I got to see Ardas Khalsa (Alex Hiribarne) at reunion and Leah Jorgensen over the holidays. Hope everyone is doing well! Would love to hear from former classmates.

Imogen Slade Rex: Imogen and husband, Chip (VMI ’95), are enjoying year two outside of Portland, Ore. Chip is loving his job with Bonneville Power, and I’m home with our two little ones, Isabelle (4) and Connor (2). I’m tutoring, editing, and selling Mary Kay when I’m not playing with my littles. As a family we love going to the coast on any sunny day to enjoy the crabs and oysters. I love catching up whenever possible with fellow Portland resident, Leah Jorgensen. Missing Va., but enjoying our PNW adventure! Hugs to all.

Jesse Durham Strauss: Celebrating 10 years as a meeting and conference planner at Strategic Analysis, Inc. in Arlington, Va. Life is interesting at work now that I referred my father for a position and he joined last summer as COO. I love catching up with classmates. I enjoyed seeing Rachel Baltus Price (and daughter Winona) recently when Janeen Sharma came to town for a quick visit in Jan., and we were able to get everyone together for brunch. Work also took me to Boston in Dec. so I had lunch with Sarah Chaffee Paris and her handsome boys too. I hope to catch up with more of you as the year rolls along, and let me know if you come to Northern Va.

Kelly Walker: Eric and I are expecting our first child, a girl, in May.

Kimberly Shaheen White: I was featured in the paper and on our local news for my paperless classroom, the only one I’m aware of in the Memphis area. You can watch the clip at: http://www.wmctv.com/story/16173989/extra-credit-mid-south-teachers-paperless-classroom. You can read the article here: http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2011/oct/12/focus-green-schools-classroom-experiment/

(Sarah Reidy Ferguson, serferguson@gmail.com; Mrs. Kelly Collins Lear, kellycollins13@yahoo.com)