Hey there class of 2001! It was wonderful to see so many of you at reunion in the spring. Didn’t Sweet Briar look amazing? I think we all appreciated how much fun dorm life can be (especially after a 10-year break)! It seems like everyone from our class is just as busy as always. Between all of the new babies and career accomplishments, it’s wonderful to see that so many of us still make time for our mini reunions with our dear SBC friends!
Ameka Reeves Cruz continues to reside in Lynchburg, Va., with her husband, Scott and 2 children, Timbre (9) and Jeremiah (4). Daughter Timbre, who is in 4th grade, is an avid runner and swimmer. In fall 2011, she ran a 5K (her 3rd) at Sweet Briar through the Girls on the Run program. Jeremiah is gearing up to enter kindergarten in Aug. 2012. Ameka teaches mathematics at Jefferson Forest High School, where she was selected as Teacher of the Year at her school and High School Teacher of the Year for her county for 2011-2012. Ameka, along with another teacher, started a Unity club in 2010 at her high school to combat bullying and to embrace cultural diversity. Through the club’s efforts, the school was recognized in 2011 as a Mix It Up Model School by Teaching Tolerance and Ameka has been selected to serve on the Teaching Tolerance Advisory board. Ameka and her family visited SBC during Reunion weekend along with Angela Aiken Cameron and her family. She says it was great getting to see Angela, her husband Carl, and her beautiful girls. Ameka also enjoyed seeing so many of her SBC ’01 girls at Reunion.
Tana Malm Baber and Chip (H-SC ’00) welcomed baby girl Tapanga Leigh on 1/23/12. She weighed 7 lb, 1 oz and was 19” long. Big brother Tank and family are doing well. Joy Powell Talmon is still working at the Animal Rescue League in Des Moines, Iowa, as the Volunteer Coordinator. This July she’ll have the honor of becoming president for the local DOVIA (Directors of Volunteers in Agencies) after serving on the Board for the past few years. Joy is enjoying mid-west living with her husband Tamir and 2 kids, Oren (4) and Liora (1).
Alden Rivers Potts, Carter and Carter Potts, jr., would like to announce the birth of their 2nd son, Brooks Pinckney Potts born 9/13/11.
Lys Burdette Paulhus and her husband Michael welcomed their 2nd daughter Elizabeth Camille Renault “Camille” in July. Big sister Caroline is proving to be a great help. Lys was sad to miss the Reunion in May, but still keeps up with many classmates. She loves checking her classmates’ FB pages to see all the exciting things everyone is doing.
Sarah Herndon Snydor and husband Raph welcomed their 2nd child, Henry Wingfield Herndon Sydnor, on 7/19/11. Sophia loves being a big sister and has even shared some of her SBC t-shirts with him. Sarah reports that “Life is good as a family of four!”
Sarah Houston Kenning was busy visiting with Sarah Belanger Levinson, Dawn Martin and Natasha Nikodem Stevens over the Thanksgiving holiday in Va. They had a wonderful time and hit a lot of their favorite Lynchburg spots, making them all feel incredibly old. She has had the pleasure of visiting with Katie Wood Rae and her beautiful family in Charlottesville, as well as has had lunch and dinner with Emily Keating Haag in Philadelphia. Hopefully, she’ll be able to visit with Lys Burdette Paulhus and Meghan Frier Stawasz soon! Sarah and family are going to have a busy June/July, as her husband, Tyler, is going to finally be finished with his fellowship and their family will be moving (hopefully back down south). Jackson (3) will be a big brother in July.
Kim Schmidt Miscavage and husband Brian welcomed their 2nd child, Molly Joan, into their family on 9/6/11. Son Max (2) is adjusting to the new addition well and loves being a big brother. Kim was promoted when she returned from maternity leave to Global Human Resources Business Partner for TE Connectivity. She’s excited that her first business trip is to Prague!
Allison Clark Joe is still living in Idaho with her husband, daughters Elise (3) and Adele (1). They’ve achieved perfect symmetry with 2 adults, 2 kids, 2 dogs, and 2 cats. Allison went back to very part time work in Jan., and the rest of the time she’s at home. Between the kids, the job, and finishing up some home remodeling, she stays busy, but always tries to make time to catch up with SBC friends.
Vanessa Corry Julsen and husband Trace joined a multispecialty group in Spokane, Wash., and have lived in Wash. for 2 years. Our 3 kids, Austin (6), Everett (3) and Catherine (18 mos.) are loving all of the adventures of the Pacific Northwest. She still keeps in touch with Brieanne Vogler Midura, Rachel Souder-Arguedas and Rebekah Burr. She and misses her SBC girls very much!
Audrey Dickson Pool is living in Mandeville, La., with her husband Chris and 2 daughters, Sophie (6) and Hope (2). She LOVES being a mom, a math teacher (at an all-girls high school) and varsity cheer coach for the brother school down the street.
Lori Kovatch Long is sad she was unable to make it to the reunion and missed seeing everyone, however has made some big changes in 2011. She got a new job as quality operations microbiology manager at Merck in Elkton, Va., and moved from Ky. with her husband, 2 dogs, 2 cats and 2 horses in Aug. 2011. Around that same time, Lori found out she was expecting her first child who is due at the end of March 2012. They were able to find and move into a new home in Nov. in Massanutten and hosted Christmas for Lori’s family. Lori did find time for some SBC friends, with a mini reunion in New Orleans in Oct. with Alison Brown Breene, Hillary Herlehy, Christy Holterman Zeigler and Lauren Kaplan Slobin. On a random note, Lori’s cousin took a scuba trip to Belize and met up with Olive Eiley. Lori is very excited to be back in Va. and hopes to get down to SBC more often.
Katherine Wellington Morse says “Hello Class of 2001!” 2011 was a great year for her M. K. Wellington Art, LLC. She has five locations between Jekyll, St. Simonsa and Brunswick, Georgia, where either prints or note cards are being sold. Katherine celebrated 5 years of services as a front desk clerk for the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. She traveled to Maui with her family for Christmas. She’s now preparing for several art festivals locally and hoping to gain a few more locations for her art and photography by summer.
Mariana Souza has been practicing law in one of the top 5 Brazilian law firms. She married her husband, Humberto, in 2007 and in 2009 they had Beatriz. She’s been in touch with some of the SBC girls on Facebook and email and learned that Rocio Guerrero, from Spain, is pregnant and will have a baby boy sometime soon.
Christine Rangel is now Government Affairs & Special Projects Executive at the National Electrical Contractors’ Association, N.Y.C. Chapter, and moved into a new place in Tribeca, downtown Manhattan. Come visit! She enjoyed a great weekend with Shelly Steiman, Sarah Farber, and Ali Buffham ’04 in N.Y.C., and is still an active board member for The Mayor’s Alliance for N.Y.C.’s Animals.
Sarah Belanger Levinson is moving from D.C. to St. Louis, Mo., where her husband will start a new job. She’s looking forward to being within driving distance of Natasha Nickodem Stevens and hopes to see as many SBC visitors as possible!
Leah Solivan Busque continues to grow her company, TaskRabbit, launching new cities across the country. In Dec., she closed another significant round of funding from Silicon Valley investors bringing her company’s total funding to date close to $25 million. She and her husband, Kevin, are enjoying the crazy adventure they have embarked on which moved them from Boston to the Bay Area over a year ago, and she has enjoyed reconnecting with old classmates, such as Sarah Farber, in San Francisco. Kevin and Leah have found a great spot to call home in a community called Redwood Shores and love the great weather and startup life.
Sarah Barrett: I’m enjoying life with my husband in N.Y.C., and I have opened an online jewelry shop at copperheadcreations.etsy.com, where I feature a few pink & green designs. I also happily take custom orders.
Katherine Morse: 2011 was an excellent year. My M. K. Wellington Art, LLC has grown to having art sold in four locations and planning to keep expanding. The web site www.mkwellingtonart.com has being lots of views and custom orders. Spending Christmas in Maui with my family. Still working at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, just celebrated 5 years and have met a few SBC grads.
Born to Grace Turner Creasey and Steven is Elizabeth “Ellie” Grace Creasey. Maribeth Turner ’10 is Ellie’s proud aunt! Sarah Belanger Levinson sent Ellie her first piece of mail along with her first Sweet Briar t-shirt!
Julia Kientz Ambersley and Robbie have had a busy year. Julia left the school where she had taught 3rd grade for more than 6 years, and moved to the public school system. She loves teaching 5th grade! Julia is so excited that Sarah Farber is engaged to Jean Pierre. Julia treasured having Dawn Martin, Katie Martin, Emily Haag, and Ashley Moring Voss come visit in Sept. for Gus’s 5th birthday. Julia keeps in regular contact with Leigh Harpel, Angela Browning Montgomery, Jamie Solimando, Stephanie Sherrard, Emily Keating Haag, and Ashley Moring Voss. They were lucky enough to get to see each other at reunion, their annual mini reunion to the beach this summer, and at Ashley Moring Voss’s Oct. wedding to Jason Voss in Greensboro, N.C. They’re excited to welcome a couple of new babies! Emily Keating Haag, and her husband, Nick, welcomed Nicholas Michael Haag, Jr. on 2/18/12. Stephanie Sherrard and her husband Matt Hawkins will be welcoming a new baby in just a few short weeks!
It’s so much fun to get to hear from each and every one of you! I hope everyone continues to be met with such wonderful news and successes! I look forward to hearing from you for our next alumni update! Keep me informed about your goings on at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Julia Varner Kientz Ambersley, email@example.com)