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We head to Atlanta where Ann Rodriguez, as one might expect, is kicking ass and taking names. Hot Rod leads business operations for the MLS expansion team Atlanta United FC, and was recently named to Sports Business Journal’s list of “Forty Under 40”. (She may or may not have squeaked in under the wire for that designation.) She has also helped launch two other professional soccer teams, and has been instrumental in the initial success of the United.
Finally, we head north to Cambridge where Sep Kamvar, a former Google executive and current professor in the MIT media lab, is getting a lot of press as the creator of Wildflower Montessori Schools. Wildflower’s schools are working to innovate education with data-gathering technology on children’s behavior to better understand their needs. Incidentally, Sep also works part time as a Uniqlo model – I was surprised to see him on a billboard in downtown Boston last year.
I want to hear from you even if all you’re doing is hosting barbecues and chasing around after your kids! Send news.
Margaret Harrison sends us belated news of her October 2013 wedding to Christopher Sanger (Davidson ’94). Bride and groom are both children of the Class of 1961. Appropriately, with such a Princeton pedigree, the wedding was a particularly Tiger-studded affair. Front row: Margaret Harrison, Christopher Sanger (Davidson ’94) Elizabeth Hodes, Katharine Hope Gordon, and Kathy (Johnson) Glading. Middle row: Eleanor Harrison Bregman ’92 (bride’s sister), Paul Sanger ’61 (father of the groom), Peter Harrison Bregman ’89 (brother-in-law), Robert Harrison ’61 (father of the bride), Jennifer Balch, Dr. W. Brem Mayer Jr. ’56 (groom’s godfather), Joel Johnson *67. Back left: Robert Garrett ’59 (groom’s godfather).
Margaret and Christopher live in DC, where they have lived for the past four years and where they can’t stop running the Cherry Blossom Race.
This is the last column before Reunions! Although I feel quite strongly that there is never an off year, I am sad to say that I’ll miss our 18th. I trust that other attendees will photo-document the event and send me some pictures.
Co-class VP Emily (Koster) Walling surveyed Bay Area ’99ers last summer to determine a date, location, and event type for a class get-together. The Sunday before Election Day, the gods of child naps and illnesses did their best to derail things, but four awesome lady Tigers (and some of their boy cubs) came out to enjoy the sunshine and catch up. Pictured are Ayyana Emily, Gillian Ashenfelter, and Cat Sheane. Then, in the New Year, Emily celebrated her 40th with a party in San Francisco with several Princetonians in attendance, including a former boss who was connected to some of the other ’99 guests in small-world ways. Gotta love the Tiger network!
Partying like it was 1999 were: Wiley Anderson, Steve Chang, Chandler (Sims) Chang, Julia (Harrison) Anderson ’00, Sean Foley ’89, Will Holt, Ayyana Chakravartula, Carrie (Brady) Hsiang, Emily, Dara Kennedy, Andrew Walling ’01, and Kerren (Berger) Dempsey ’97. Emily thinks maybe she’ll try a class wine night next to see if she can coax more Tigers to come out and play. If you want to host an event in your area, please contact her or Gary Pai.
Natalie Wright (now Natalie Baker), reports exciting news! She and Scott Baker were married in Los Angeles in December 2016. It was a Tiger-studded event, as shown in this photo. From (l-r) are: Ugwunna Ikpeowo ’96, Alicia Clarke DiBerardino ’01, Brigitte Anderson ’02, Natalie, her groom Scott Baker, Vanessa Tyson ’98, Traci Burch Parker ’02, and Marquis Parker. Brigitte and Vanessa, in their lovely coordinating dresses, were two of the bridesmaids. Natalie and Scott live in Boston. Scott attended Boston University and owns his own logistics and transportation business, and Natalie is an investment writer at Breckinridge Capital Advisors.
Vanessa Fernandez shared some good news along with her class dues. Last summer she began a new tenure-track position as assistant professor of Spanish in the world languages and literatures department at San Jose State University in California.
Congratulations, Natalie and Vanessa! Send me more good news, classmates!
There are no class notes in this issue.
As the Cubs were heating up in the playoffs this fall, Marquis Parker, Brian Spaly, and Kirsten (Ekdahl) Hull met up in Chicago at a joint Stanford Graduate School of Business/Kellogg/Princeton alumni event. The event was hosted at the business Brian founded and where he is CEO, The Trunk Club, a Chicago-based personalized men’s and women’s clothing service. The company was founded in 2009 and sold to Nordstrom in 2014 for $350 million. There were several other Princeton alums at the event, including Erica Jones ’06, also pictured. Marquis and Brian were Stanford Graduate School of Business classmates in addition to being Princeton classmates. Kirsten reports that she attended business school at Kellogg, works in real-estate development and asset management in Chicago at McCaffery Interests, and lives in the Fulton River District of the West Loop with her husband Kevin, 7-year-old Annika, and 4 1/2 year-old Oscar.
I received great news from Chicago, where Brian Johnson recently became the CEO of Equality Illinois, the statewide LGBTQ civil rights group. Brian reports that he and Toby Eveland were married on May 14, with an impressive Tiger crew in attendance. From left to right, we have Glenn Greilsamer, Dann Furia, Emily Liu Coppock ’97, Katie Hall ’80, Daria Natan Pahlavan, Brian, Toby, Katharine Strunk Rathman, Sarah Stein ’97, Suzannah Stout, Sarah Moorjani, Vanessa Biondo. Brian wants to hear from any ‘99ers who are passing through Chicago – drinks are on him!
Rob Manning checks in from his hometown of Fairfield, CT. He and Kerry, also from Fairfield, have been married for 14 years. They have three children, Ryan (11), Robbie (9), and Cameron (3). Rob coaches his two older kids in soccer, football and basketball, and works in NYC for Evercore, an investment bank. He sees a lot of fellow Tigers in the city and looks forward to coming back for future reunions.
We have an Ashley-themed class notes this week.
Ashley Oliver Kappel shared life-changing news of her recent marriage to Dirk Kappel. Ashley married Dirk Kappel (Texas A&M University ’97) on August 13, 2016, at her family’s ranch in Creede, Colorado. It was a private family wedding which made for a lovely small ceremony but an unfortunate lack of fellow Tigers. Ashley and Dirk also recently bought a second home in Salida, Colorado, minutes from Mt. Princeton. I see lots of hiking in the Kappels’ future! Ashley is a commercial real estate attorney at Polsinelli PC and lives full time in Denver.
Ashley Doran Northup shared slightly less life-changing, but still exciting, news of her recent lunch date with college roommate Kate Fleeger. Kate was flying to the west coast and had a layover at SeaTac airport. Instead of a short layover, she chose a three hour stop so the ladies could meet for lunch! They found the one eatery that served food and beer outside of security and got caught up. Kate lives in Maryland with her husband Eric and their son Milo (4). She was recently promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps and works on small tactical unmanned aerial systems. Ashley remains in her beloved Seattle and has just started a small business, teaching gentle and chair yoga to seniors at yoga studios and in retirement communities. She doesn’t anticipate Southdown Yoga becoming an empire, but loves being back in a teaching role and enjoys being around senior yogis.
Next issue: Brian-themed notes? Jennifer-themed notes? It’s in your hands, classmates!
Kassie Helm was recently elected to the Board of Governors for the Princeton Association of NYC (PANYC, pronounced “panic”!) and proudly hosted Crista Samaras – a Princeton record-holder in women’s lacrosse and two-time member of the US Women’s National Team – at a PANYC event at the Princeton Club of NY, who gave a compelling presentation on her new company BRAVE Enterprises/Build Your Bad Ass, formed with her sister Coryn Grifteth ’98, which provides bravery training for corporate types looking to combat fear and build their own bravery. Check them out at morebrave.com.
Andrew Farnum sent news of a mini reunion of seven Princetonians at Nimesh Patel‘s house in Rye, NY, this summer, with those from NYC biking up to join the festivities. Pictured from left to right are: Alexandra Farnum ’01, Andrew, Jessica Gardiner, Brook Gardiner, Sonali Patel, Nimesh, Jason Korcak, Angela Carrelli, Whit Penski, and Agnes Im, surrounded by many future Tigers. Looks like a great party!
I had the good fortune of hosting Alexey Salamini in Boston during his whirlwind East Coast tour in June. Alexey continues to take San Francisco by storm, working on about five different projects in his quest for world domination. He is primarily a medical device entrepreneur. His largest venture to date, Speech Buddies, helps children with speech impediments. On his trip out east, Alexey also caught up with Jay Liddell, Tom Champion, and Prashant Rao in New York, and Sean Horan in Montreal.