Hola! Hola! It’s hard to believe that we’re getting closer and closer to our 15th reunion. Please mark your calendars for May 2013!
Stephanie Belk Loter and family moved to Hillsborough in September 2010, putting her only 45 miles from work instead of 75! She began working full-time for Novartis Animal Health (Greensboro, N.C.) in Jan. 2012. They have 2 children, Abilene and Benjamin. Stephanie has returned to her love of horseback riding. She saw Cady and Brandy Whitley ’99 at a local Sweet Briar Day.
Kristy Winstead Anderson’s daughter Katelyn (20 mos.) was hospitalized 3 times this year with very severe asthma and respiratory complications. Fortunately, she has recovered completely! Kristy said that she’s actually reassessing her life and has “retired” from private independent practice as a family doctor and is now a full-time medical director for a large community hospice agency. Her son (8) continues to grow and her stepson (15) performed in the Tournament of Roses Parade on 1/2/12. Husband Todd returned safely from his TDY and he continues to face the growing challenges of serving the military men and women and their mental health concerns.
Melissa Coffey Gay and her husband welcomed their baby girl, Caroline Anne Gay, on 4/28/11. Melissa is enjoying every minute of motherhood and is looking forward to all the fun and new experiences ahead.
Anne-Claire Wackenhut Kasten and her husband Scott blessed their civil union (held in July 2010 in France) with a religious service and reception in Atlanta last summer. Sisters Sophie Wackenhut Szymanski ’02 and Celeste Wackenhut ’08 were bridesmaids. Gretchen Gravley Tucker and Kate Rinehart Eskew were also in attendance. Anne-Claire is greatly enjoying motherhood to Jacques (born 04/30/11) and still teaches 1st/2nd grade at the Friends School of Atlanta. She was also happy to connect with Gretchen again at Sweet Briar Day in January, along with Kelli Scott Uttley, Isabel Jean-Pierre, and Sara Coffey ’06.
Kate Rinehart Eskew’s daughter is now 18 mos. and they had their 2nd child this spring! They love life on their farm in Portland. Kate is looking at new career ideas, exploring the threads of her liberal arts education. It’s time for a new path with new experiences. She looks forward to seeing everyone next year!
Tonya Grudier Montgomery and her family enjoyed a visit from “Aunt” Katie Martin in Jan. Mitchell (3) loved spending time playing with Aunt Katie. They also surprised Katie with the news that she’ll be an aunt again in July. Tonya continues to work at Indian Creek School. She was very proud of her yearbook staff, as they produced a book that won the American Scholastic Press Award for Best Yearbook for their division last year.
Astrid Liverman and her husband Taylor had their first baby in May. More baby news: Catherine Zahrn and Shannon Bazar Zahrn ’99 welcomed daughter Maggie Carrington in June 2011. Catherine continues to teach dance and music to preschoolers in Austin, TX.
Andrea Sheetz McCarney and family moved into a new home, and she’s opening her own Irish dance school with a friend. Andrea is a certified teacher through North American Irish Dance Federation and became the national adult champion this year. Andrea’s son is in 3rd grade and her daughter started kindergarten. The family adopted a retired racing greyhound who loves their 2-acre backyard. Last fall, Andrea was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, but surgery went very well. Andrea reported that her dad runs into Anne Smith Culver all the time while grocery shopping. Anne says her family still lives in Chesterfield, Va. She teaches art at the school her children attend. Her oldest daughter, Beth, is in the 6th grade. Her 2nd oldest daughter Emma is in the 4th grade and her son, Benjamin, is in the 1st grade. Anne’s husband is hoping to finish his seminary degree soon. Anne reported that she keeps in touch with Melissa Pembrooke.
Sara Wilcoxson Bond and her husband Jeff live in Madison Heights and are considering adopting a second dog, possibly a rescue greyhound. She’s still a patrol officer with the Lynchburg Police Department and loves her job!
Amanda Diamond Ring and husband Kevin still love Asheville, N.C. Karleigh (9) takes ballet, which allows her to keep in weekly contact with her dance teacher, Gregor Lee. Asher (5) starts kindergarten in the fall and loves playing baseball. In Aug., the family drove through Lynchburg where they were able to grab a quick bite to eat with Charlotte Rognmoe Gilbar and family. Amanda saw Scarlett Swain in Charlotte this past fall, where they shared a birthday weekend. They also met up with Jenny Hogan Koehn and her daughter.
Emily Virkus Calle reports almost daily via her blog (blog.danandem.com) about her family’s adventures of living in Vienna, Austria. It’s great fun to learn about learning German, visiting new places, Christmas in a new country and even a visit from Pam Fine Auble and her son.
Lisa Hall Flynn gave birth to her first daughter Kayleigh Elisabeth Flynn on Sept. 11. She and her husband closed on their first home 3 days before she was born. They now live in a funky little town called Woody Creek which is 6 miles from downtown Aspen, Colo.
Rush Harris Mitchell and her husband Jory welcomed their first child, Katie Anne Mitchell, on Sept. 5. She is a joy and looks like her daddy. They continue to work on their small organic farm in Mooresville, Ala. They hope to add goats this year. Jory is the president of the local SORBA (Southern Off Road Bicycle Assoc.) chapter and manages the local bike shop. Rush just finished her 3rd year as the volunteer coordinator for the Greater Huntsville Humane Society Dog Ball. Lately she has enjoyed talking with Heather Thomas Armbruster and Cynthia Bumgardner Puckett about babies and to Fionna Matheson and Kelsey Larus about their recent moves (Kelsey to N.C. and Fionna to Va.).
Anna Meres Wade and husband Patrick live in Knoxville, Tenn. Anna is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband and playing as much as she can with her golden retriever named Memphis.
Kelsey Larus left the White House last summer to be a director for the DNC Convention 2012 in Charlotte, N.C. She said that it has been an exciting adventure these last few years with the Obama campaign, the Presidential Inaugural Committee, the White House, and now the DNC Convention. She enjoys Charlotte and looks forward to showcasing the city to the world in September 2012.
Natia Nemetisheva welcomed a 2nd daughter, Eliana, last June. In Jan., the family moved to London. They’re settling in and enjoying their new adventure!
Chantel Bartlett is still in job search mode. Admittedly, it’s been harder than she anticipated. She keeps in close contact with Candice Broughton Maillard, Kim Izquierdo, Cynthia Bumgardner Puckett, Natia Nemetisheva and Andrea Kubler Robinson ’00.