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Alumni News

Thanks to all the alums who responded to our request for info.

Eric Benke '72

Eric has been Director of the Upper School at The Baldwin School (one mile from the college) for 8 years. He was a teacher and administrator at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, Cambridge, MA and St. Mark's School of Texas in Dallas in previous years.

Kelsey Bilek '13

Kelsey moved to Hangzhou, China, after graduation and started working with an education consulting company, helping Chinese high school students through the US college application process. Now Kelsey is teaching English in public schools and a few private companies. Her current plan is to bike from Yunnan Province in southwestern China to her home city of Christchurch, New Zealand (with a few boats in between). She is excited to explore Southeast Asia by bicycle and return to the country where she was born and raised. Kelsey is hoping to learn more about traditional music in the countries she passes through, especially its manifestations in street performance.

Martha Boden '08

After Haverford, Martha got a Master of Arts in Anthropology with an archaeology specialization, and worked on her PhD in anthropology in a subspecialty called "sociobiology." After 6 months in Botswana doing fieldwork for her dissertation, she realized that the villagers she was living with needed advocacy rather than her academic research project. So Martha withdrew from the PhD program at the University of New Mexico and applied to law school. She considers law "applied anthropology." Now living in Seattle, WA, with her two high school aged children, she is an attorney for the Social Security Administration. She is Assistant Regional Counsel in the Seattle regional office of the Office of General Counsel.

Beah Burger-Lenehan '92

Beah is back in Philly as the Vice President of Product at Ticketleap, a consumer tech startup based in center city. Until Feb 2013, she was working at Google as a Product Manager. In the fall of 2012, Beah married Dan Lenehan ('05).

Leigh James Castanos '06

Leigh is currently an LCSW medical social worker in a hospice in Denver.

Elle de Moll '99

Elle is currently completing a year-long melanoma research fellowship at Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY. This fall, she will be finishing her 4th year at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine as well as applying for residency in Dermatology. She has served as a manager of a free medical clinic during her time at school, as well as volunteering her time at several other free clinics in the Hartford area. Elle also had the opportunity to study medical Spanish and work in a rural Guatemalan village with a mid-wife for two months. She has adopted and trained her dog to be a therapy dog, and in her free time, volunteers visiting patients and staff at the hospital.

Katie Derickson '06

Living in Philadelphia and working as a communications consultant, Katies gets to use her fieldwork and cultural studies skills on the job doing brand audits and organizational strategy. Prior to this she studied trekking hotels in the mountains of Nepal and worked for the NY Lottery and served as Assistant Press Secretary to New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Kristy Waldron Dugan '06

Has returned home to Mobile, Alabama, and is an attorney with a regional civil litigation firm, Alford Bolin LLC, who specializes in insurance defense.

Melicia Escobar '00

After graduation, Melicia completed programs at both Georgetown University and University of Pennsylvania with the goal of becoming a midwife after working at a community health clinic in Washington, DC. For the past 7 years, she has been serving women and their families as a Certified Nurse Midwife in the Philadelphia area, catching babies in homes, at a birth center, and in hospital. Additionally, in the departments of Midwifery and Women's Health, Melicia is an Adjunct Instructor and Clinical Faculty Advisor at Georgetown University and a Clinical Associate at University of Pennsylvania helping to grow the next generations of midwives. She currently serves on the Board of the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women which aims to increase justice for and prevent further victimization of arrested, convicted, or incarcerated battered women. Melicia lives in a great Philadelphia neighborhood with her husband, Eric Tars (HC '98), her daughter Mona (and, soon, her second baby girl!), and their pup where they enjoy exploring the Wissahickon Park when not traveling and visiting friends and family in the US and abroad.

Kelsey Gaynier '07

Since graduating law school, Kelsey has been doing medical malpractice with the firm Joseph Chaiken and Associates.

Laura Gilroy '06

Laura is currently in my second year of medical school at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland. She will graduate in 2016. She has recently worked as a research assistant in the Ob/Gyn department at Columbia University Medical Center and is tentatively planning on specializing in Obstetrics.

Andrew Goldsmith '88

Now working for Tortoise Capital Advisors, Andrew is Head of Institutional Sales and Consultant Relations. He works with public pension plans, corporate plans, endowments, foundations and family offices. He also works with their institutional consultants which are their financial advisors.

Marcia Grimes '07

Currently Marcia is a political scientist and more specifically associate professor at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. She is affiliated with the Quality of Government Institute where she does research on political corruption in Latin America.

Megan Hume '08

Meagan Hume is pursuing a Masters in Development Practice at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. She will be spending the summer in Vietnam researching payments for ecosystem services participation by forest-communities in Hue City. She expects to graduate in May 2015.

Ariel Kay '12

Ariel is currently a graduate student at University of Texas at Austin in Art Education. She teaches after-school art programming at two Austin middle schools and is getting certified to be an elementary school art teacher. Ariel plans on teaching for a few years and then continuing on to get a PhD in Anthropology of Education with a focus on Art Education.

Mimi Kirk '10

Mimi is research director at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. Two of her most recent publications are Palestine and the Palestinians in the Twenty-first Century (co-edited, Indiana University Press, 2013) and Before the Explosion: Media Evolution on the Eve of the Arab Spring (co-edited, Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2014). I'm also expecting a baby in July of this year!

Hannah Kohut '06

Hannah received her master's in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University in August 2013. Her work explored connections between nature and human health, specifically strategies for using plants and green stormwater infrastructure in urban environments to improve mental health and community well-being. She now works as a research associate at The Trust for Public Land, helping communities pass ballot measures to fund local land conservation efforts.

Glenna Halperin Lee '02

Glenna and her brother, Bryan Halperin (HC'95) have been working together on a NH State Wide Holocaust Memorial theatrical and educational production, The Brundibar Project, at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse, in Meredith NH.

The Brundibar Project, May 1-4, 2014 in which over 50 community members will participate in Tony Kushner's But The Giraffe and his adaptation of Hans Krasa's Czech opera Brundiar. Brundibar was performed 55 times in Thereisenstadt, the 'model' concentration camp of the Third Reich. Fulfilling her role as an educator, Glenna has also created an educational packet to teach about the context from which the show comes which has been disseminated to the theater community and youth groups throughout the state, a multi-dimensional lobby display on the Holocaust, and organized a facilitated discussion accompanying each performance, led by an expert on Holocaust education.

By the end of the production, the Project will have reached an estimated 1,250 people within the NH region. It?s about theater and it?s about education. Their goal is to bring to light something with which many people may not be familiar, to grab their interest, to teach them, so that it may never happen again. For More Information:

Paula Max-Wright '10

Paula lives in Harrisonburg, VA with her husband and two children. She is a general pediatrician in private practice.

Rahul Munshi '06

Rahul is an attorney at Console Law Offices LLC, a boutique law firm in Philadelphia that represents individuals in employment and civil rights actions. A 2009 graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law and co-founder of the Haverford College Lawyers Network, Rahul was named a "Rising Star" in 2013 and 2014 by the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Magazine.

Sofia Pantel '09

After Haverford, Sofia received her M.A. in Diplomacy and International Relations 2012, Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University. She has recently moved to Puerto Rico and starting her own foundation for the blind and visually disabled while also doing freelance digital communications work and fundraising for non-profits on the island.

Elena Resnick '05

Is currently a PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Elena will be a Weatherhead Resident Scholar at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe next year (2014-2015) as she finishes writing her dissertation on waste management, the Roma minority, and EU policy in Bulgaria.

Janet Rhi '07

Since graduation, Janet completed a M.A. in TESOL from Teachers College at Columbia University and wrote a Masters' Thesis on "Pragmatics and the English Language Learner." Since then she has been teaching in New York City public schools in a variety of roles. I am currently teaching First Grade and in the past taught Kindergarten and Reading Recovery. I am hoping to enroll in a Ph.D. program in Urban Education in the future.

Melissa Rosenzweig '09

Graduating with a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago in June, 2014, Melissa will begin an 8-month NEH research fellowship at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem, Israel in September. In August, 2015, Melissa will begin as Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Classics at Miami University in southern Ohio.

Liz Shapiro '88

About to leave her job of 21 years as Director of the Sharon (CT) Historical Society on July 31st, she will continue her responsibilities as Executive director of the Connecticut league of History Organizations.

Meredith Sine '09

Meredith completed a Masters in Public Health in health policy from Columbia University in 2013. She now works a senior analyst at the Advisory Board Company in Washington, DC, researching strategic and operational best practices for hospitals and health systems.

Ashley (Pierce) Slade '93

After Haverford, Ashley went to nursing school at Columbia University and then onto Georgetown for a Master?s of Nursing. She is now a Certified Nurse Midwife. After delivering babies for 12 years, she transitioned into gynecology and is a Family Planning Clinician with Planned Parenthood of Maryland.

Eli Sweet '98

Currently working in the logistics industry in Chengdu, China, for a Swiss company called Panalpina, Eli is responsible for logistics for a Chevron natural gas project in the region. He is the vice chair of AmCham SW China. He writes for in his spare time.

Emily Temple '11

Emily is living in Boulder, Colorado and attending law school at the University of Colorado Boulder with an expected graduation date of May 2015. Her hope is to go into public interest juvenile law after graduation.

Erin Verrier '12

After graduation Erin moved to San Francisco and worked as Project Coordinator for UCFS Pediatric Primary Card, assisting residents in the design and implementation of community-based preventive care projects and research. Other SF ventures included data analyst and copy-writer for tech start-up in Menio Park and worked as a hostel for a farm-to-table Mexican Restaurant. Now back in Manhattan, Erin is a resource coordinator for Community League of the Heights, a community based organization, where she acts as liaison, facilitating partnerships for the school with neighborhood stakeholders, organizations and institutes of higher education.

Maren Waldman '02

Maren will receive her MFA in Dance from the University of Colorado, Boulder in May. Her research focus is in dance and environment, body and earth. How can the physicality of the body remind us of our inherent connection to the planet? Post graduation Maren will be staying in Boulder, envisioning her future, and teaching dance to couples preparing for their wedding. She is excited to be presenting/performing at the Cultural Studies Association and the Body-Mind Centering conferences this summer, as well as complete a short dance film she is directing, called Postcards to the Earth.

Phoebe Walker '90

Her anthropology degree along with her Masters in Public Policy and Administration from UMass Amherst have prepared her for her work for the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, a voluntary governmental organization. She manages a number of health and safety programs that provide both planning and direct municipal services to towns on a regional basis.

Holly Wiencek, '12

Currently Holly is the Online Marketing & Communications Associate at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. In the Fall, Holly will be starting at the American University for a Master?s in Public Anthropology.

Raphael Williams '11

Raffi Williams is Deputy Press Secretary at the Republican National Committee where he handles youth press and conservative press. He has been named one of the "10 Black Republicans You Probably Don?t Know But Should" by Black Enterprise Magazine and has been profiled by Buzzfeed, BET and the Grio. Prior to working for the RNC, Raffi worked for the Republican Study Committee as the Deputy Communications Director, and was the Communications Director at Benishek for Congress where he helped Rep. Benishek (MI-01) win a top targeted race. He has long been involved in politics having started in 2006 when he worked on a Washington, D.C. city council race.

Katherine Zager '10

Katherine is Executive Assistant at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, a Quaker public interest lobby in Washington, DC.