Class Notes – Volume 114, Number 14

Fifteen years after walking out FitzRandolph Gate, more than five hundred classmates gathered at Ol’ Nassau to relive old memories and create new ones in a three-day bacchanal that was, in everyone’s estimation… totally tubular and badical to the max.

Thanks to an inspiring theme of Fifteen Candles and the hard work of co-chairs Emily Walling and Deidre Kolarick, 1999ers brought back the 1980’s as campus was flooded with off the shoulder t-shirts, skinny ties, Members Only jackets, and a fleet of strollers.

Spotted on the steps of Blair Arch after our class photo was Nina Kohn, who came to town from the University of Maine where she’s spending the year as a visiting law professor. She arrived by herself, looking forward to the rare child-free night sleep, only to remember there is nothing quiet about on-campus housing during Reunions.

Andrew Brown and Brian Rokus

Andrew Brown made it to campus in time for the P-Rade, catching up with former Cuyler Hall roommate Brian Rokus along the P-rade route (pictured). Andrew and wife Katherine live in Washington, D.C. where Andrew works in marketing for the pharmaceutical Medimmune. Brian, sporting a wonderfully awful hat made entirely of Vietnamese Tiger Beer cans, is still going strong at CNN where he’s currently working as a producer for Gloria Borger.

Mike Hehir and wife Denise Aronzon were in town for the first time since our 5th. Eighteen-month-old daughter Caroline spent much of the weekend perched on dad’s shoulders, while older sister Sophie, 5, reveled in the class bounce house. Mike and Denise are both doctors in Vermont.

Brian Spaly jetted in from the Midwest where he runs the men’s outfitter Trunk Club. Splitting time between Chicago and Dallas, Brian offered up "Seat 6E" as the place he most accurately calls home.

Classmates pose with the Reunions float

Lissa (Irons) Seem and husband Steve Seem ’01 oversaw the construction of our class float, using Saturday’s P-rade to recreate the classic "Twist and Shout" scene from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Julia Taylor‘s husband Mike Cheney played the lead, while Ashley (Doran) Northup danced at his side the entire route. Pictured with the float and assorted kids are: Back row: Julie Green Baumeister, Nora (Meltzer) Abularach, Lucie Kantrow, Karin (Holmberg) Werner, Lissa Irons Seem, and Meaghan (Hannan) Davant. Front row: Kelly (Barkin) Sventy, Julia Taylor, Ashley (Doran) Northup, Allison (Pestronk) Levey, and Allison (Stein) Lasner. Thanks to Allison for the photo.

No doubt many of you have your own Reunions stories and pictures to share. Don’t keep them to yourself. Send them along to me or incoming secretary extraordinaire Lindsay Fossett, and we’ll include them in upcoming issues!

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With the candles blown out on our 15th Reunion, a huge thank you is due to Reunion Co-chairs Deidre Kolarick and Emily Walling for all their efforts, not to mention the long list of other classmates who donated their time to make it all possible. If you were there and have a great story or photo, please email it to share with the class.

Until those arrive, Ashley Conrad-Saydah has news and photos to make for one tidal wave of an update. In May 2012, she was appointed as California Governor Brown’s Deputy Secretary for Climate Policy at the California Environmental Protection Agency. Soon after, she became engaged to Evan Johnson (Dickinson ’99), whom she met in grad school. No less than twenty-four Tigers attended their May 2013 wedding.Attendees included John Stevason ’67, Brian Strunk ’67, Jeff Smith ’70, Gib Saydah ’97, Matt Tennant ’98, Katharine Strunk, Kwaku Akowuah, Kirsten (Ekdahl) Hull, Amanda Teo, John McHugh, Cathy (Gilbert) McHugh, Whitney (Shinkle) Rider, Fatou Dieye, Rusha (Pearson) Lev, Cat Sheane, Shal Francis, Will Holt, Ayyana Chakravartula, Summer (Riley) Erickson, Wiley Anderson, Julia (Harrison) Anderson ’00, Ryan Erickson ’04 and Cindy Huang WWS *01.

Ashley and Evan on stage at their wedding

While guests were too busy dancing to pose for a photo, Amanda Teo captured this amazing shot of the bride and groom belting out "Wagon Wheel" to 140 adoring fans. Last but not least, on February 28, 2014, Ashley and Even met their amazing son, Kai Conrad Johnson (pictured). The three of them live in Sacramento. 

Kai Conrad Johnson

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Andrew, Stephanie, and Kassie

Congrats to Stephanie Moses, who was married February 27th, 2014, in Hawaii to Andrew Cooling (RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia). Kassie Helm made it to the beautiful celebration to see Steph and Andrew "get Mauied." Andrew and Steph just bought a house in Sydney, Australia, where Andrew is a market leader for Apple and Steph is a portfolio specialist at Pfizer.

John Harrington was recently named partner at BakerHostetler, where he specializes in securities regulation and corporate governance. John and wife Erica (Smith) Harrington ’01 are living happily in Cleveland, keeping more than busy with their two sons Edward Homer, 3, and George Gabby, 6 months, along with their French bulldog Fonzi.

Hope to see you all at Reunions in just two weeks!

Fifteen Candles reunions logo, class of 1999

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Godfrey-Zagar wedding party

Answer: A snowstorm, an overly friendly herd of deer, and a soaring bald eagle. Question: Name three things that were part of Laura Godfrey’s September 28, 2013 wedding weekend to Scott Zagar in Mammoth Lakes, CA. Left off that list is the herd of Princetonians who made the trek to the Eastern Sierras for the big event. Pictured left to right are (back row): Will Holt, Tillman Finlay S’99, Jaclyn Moyer, Shannon Curreri Trevino ’00, Laurence Trevino, Jamie Link, Alexis Newbrand Cooke, Jim Cooke S’99, and Andrew Rearick. Ayyana Chakravartula, Scott, Laura, Val Torres, and Jon Cieslak (front row). Laura recently joined Perkins Coie LLP as a partner in their San Diego office. Scott is an artist and a web developer (see his work at 

For all other class news, get it in person at our 15th Reunion next month. Hope to see you there!

Fifteen Candles reunions logo, class of 1999

Class Notes – Volume 114, Number 10

Fifteen Candles reunions logo, class of 1999

Our 15th reunion is less than two months away! Hope you’ve been practicing pegging your pants and crimping your hair. If you know you’ll be there, register online before April 14 to give our Reunions committee the most accurate headcount. Find all the links through our class website:

Steve Metz and tiger-striped Ducati

Steve Metz, our class daredevil, checks back with a new update from the world of motorcycle racing. Despite breaking his collarbone in practice, Steve held on to win his first class championship in Open Twins and took the No. 5 overall position within the club while riding his tiger-striped, 190-horsepower 2012 Ducati 1198RS (pictured). Steve has been racing with the American Federation of Motorcyclists for 11 years.

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There are countless reasons to stay in touch with beloved Princeton classmates, not the least of which is that you may get an invite to his or her incredible Caribbean wedding. Lisa (Gomes-Casseres) Bechini was married April 20, 2013, to Merrick Bechini (American U. ’93) on the island of Curacao, where Lisa was born and raised. The wedding and reception/“crazy dance party” were at Landhuis Jan Thiel and included a special appearance by Karnaval dancers.

Tiger wedding party in the Caribbean

Pictured are the lucky attendees: Gary Pai, Shallin Busch ’98, Nina Kohn, Beth FitzPatrick ’98, Lisa, Merrick, and Glenn Gomes-Casseres ’95. Unable to make it to the Caribbean but on hand for the stateside bachelorette party were former roommates Emily (Koster) Walling and Heather (Brown) Hopkins. The couple honeymooned in the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador, then returned to Alexandria, Va., where Lisa works as an environmental consultant.

Fifteen Candles reunions logo, class of 1999

Last but not least, our 15th reunion is just two months away and we want ot see you! Visit our class website and register TODAY.

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Tigers gathered in Tinseltown this past October to support music education in disadvantaged LA schools as part of an inaugural SING! concert, helmed by Shalisha Francis and emceed by Adam Friedlander ’01. Members and alumni of collegiate a cappella groups — including Princeton’s own Katzenjammers, Roaring 20s, Nassoons, and Tigressions — joined with Jon Huertas (TV’s Castle) and the Street Katz to benefit Education Through Music-LA, where our very own Victoria Young Lanier is executive director.

SING! concert

Tigers on hand (and on stage) included: Ayyana Chakravartula, Ashley Conrad-Saydah, Will Holt, Arun Ivatury, Catherine Sheane, Katherine Strunk, Melissa Harrison ’00, Liz Federowicz ’02, Claire Rifelj ’02, Graham Sheldon ’02, Olivia Wills ’04, and Matthew Smith ’05.

fifteen candles logo

Don’t forget that our 15th reunion is May 29–June 1. Get ready to pop that collar and peg your pants in keeping with our theme, Fifteen Candles. Check out our class website for Reunions details as we get closer to the main event:

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Erica (Rubio) Johnston and Chloe Pemberley Rose

With our 15th reunion a few months away, some of our classmates have wisely squeezed in some last-minute life accomplishments. Erica (Rubio) Johnston writes from Palo Alto with news on the birth of her second child, Chloe Pemberley Rose (pictured with mom), born Oct. 22, 2013. Chloe joins big brother Cole Oliver.

Vanessa Fernandez recently completed her PhD in Hispanic languages and literatures at UCLA and is in the middle of a one-year appointment in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Rice U. in Houston.

Emmett Harrison Malec

Chrystie Yodice and husband Eric welcomed another son, Emmett Harrison Malec (pictured), April 17, 2013, joining big brother Ethan (2 1/2). Professionally, Chrystie made a move three months ago within the pharmaceutical industry, accepting a role with the digital-strategy diabetes marketing team at Novo Nordisk in Princeton.

More importantly, Chrystie and Cynthia Galvan have taken on the role of Reunions food co-chairs. If anyone has any suggestions on ’80s-themed food, please send them their way!

Tab Cola, anyone?

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Kristin and Ilya, wedding photo

Ilya Shapiro married the former Kristin Feeley (NYU ’04) on June 8, 2013, at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. Ilya writes that the wedding, not surprisingly, had “a bit of a Constitutional theme." The ceremony included a reading on the Framers and love, with Ilya’s vows consisting in part of swearing his oath of office as Kristin’s husband in front of the judge for whom Ilya clerked. "Ours is a mixed marriage," Ilya quips, "Kristin clerked on the Ninth Circuit, while I clerked on the Fifth." For party favors, the couple gave out personalized pocket Constitutions.

The following Tigers were in attendance: T.J. Apicelli, Richard Brand ’02, Samantha (Cooper) Brand ’05, Igor Chernomzav, Carl Edman *96, Christian Gomez ’03, and Dan Grech. Like most newlyweds, Ilya and Kristin waited until the Supreme Court term ended before leaving on their honeymoon.



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Happy Holidays! It’s always better to give than receive, so send me your latest news and photos for the PAW!

Elijah in a Santa suit

Until then, ’tis the season for more baby announcements, and this one seemed especially fitting. This pint-sized Santa comes courtesy of Danelle Augustin, whose son Elijah was born September 4, 2012. Danelle is an assistant state attorney in Miami Dade County. 

Grady and Hunter, poolside

Karen Welt Steeves sends word from Wellesley, Massachusetts, on the August 13, 2012, arrival of son Grady (pictured poolside with older brother Hunter, 4). Karen runs the Global Women’s Program at Bain & Company. Husband Jeff (Dartmouth ’99) is the head of marketing at Wayfair.