Class Notes from the Fall 2016 Bulletin

See below for Class Notes from alumnae after 1985! For a special alumnae photo gallery, click here.

Kellie D’Elia-Laskin ’88 shares: Well it’s been a year! I lost my husband unexpectedly in September after he developed a blood clot following surgery, so that pretty much threw a wrench on some life plans. After dusting ourselves off, our son and I decided we would move east to be closer to my family and are now in Stratton, Vt., working on our next chapter. I am building my Arbonne Business alongside Astrid Mahmouzian ’90, and we’re having so much fun reconnecting and working together. I am teaching Pilates again and will start on the development of a new business that I was going to start with my husband. Thank you all who supported, loved, and prayed for Bradford and me the past 42 weeks, it really has helped build up my strength and push forward. We are forever grateful!

Tara Bannister ’89 writes: On a sunny, warm Los Angeles evening in June, I gathered with several alumnae and their spouses at the home of Travis Stewart ’88 to discuss the empowerment of women and enjoy a wonderful dinner. Quick friends and sisters, Flaxie (Roberson) Fletcher, MD ’68, Judith Anne Fries ’69, Leah Garland ’87, Barbara (Mayo) Llewellyn ’69, Susan Mattei, the Director of Development and Alumnae Relations from SBS, and Head of School Sally (Leach) Mixsell ’69. Many of us had met before either by being at SBS at the same time or at other alumnae events. But June 16 was different. During the evening we shared our experiences, deepest thoughts and life examples that were dramatically shaped by our SBS years. We focused our conversation on how we could help create the best experience for future Stoneleigh-Burnham girls. We left happy, fulfilled by invigorating conversation, and touched by new and old friends. I tearfully reunited with my SBS big sis, Leah, whom I had not seen for 29 years. She’s fabulous!

Tamar (Cooke) Luck ’90 says: Well it has been a while since I have submitted one of these, so here I go. Our family moved from the Central Coast of California last January (2015) and now resides in Augusta, Ga., (home of the Master’s Golf Tournament – and no I can’t get you in because I can’t get in either, haha). My husband of almost 20 years was relocated by the Army to be stationed at Ft. Gordon. I am now home-schooling our twin boys, age 15, and we are loving the journey. This will be our third year, and I am just so happy our family made this decision, and when you ask the boys they are, too. Life is full of surprises and you just never know how things will turn out until you try it! What a blessing it has been. The two boys are Boy Scouts (working on Eagle), one plays drums the other bass guitar, one plays basketball, the other is into archery, so life is full of fun. I am still a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant, going on 19 years, and I still love it. I joined the Stoneleigh-Burnham Leadership Council, and I am happy to be helping with SBS to make it even greater. I attended our 25-year Reunion, and while I missed seeing a lot of you it was good to catch up with those that did attend. I then attended this summer (2016) as well and was so happy to catch up with many of the gals from the class of ’91. Reunion is always a grand time and I hope that more of our classmates will return even if it’s not a big year for us. I do hope to see more at our 30th! Cheers and love to y’all!

Dena Hodges-Kopsic ’93 shares: Hi everyone! Just a quick update on my life. I recently married an amazing man, gained another wonderful daughter, and we moved into our dream home! Soon, my two daughters and his daughter will truly be sisters as we are in the process of adopting each other’s children. I work with the mentally ill, trying to ensure they can navigate the healthcare system and improve their quality of life. I love being able to make a positive impact on their lives. It has been a wonderful year!

Alexandra (Slack) Hindle ’99 writes: My husband, Rick Hindle, and I welcomed Caroline Rockwell Hindle, born on April 11, 2016. She joins big brother, Nathan, age 3.

Cristen Cirrincione ’99 says: Hey, ladies! I know we mostly keep up on Facebook these days, but I love seeing all of the class notes. We are all still doing well here in the Dallas area. Our eldest, Sonora, is about to go into her sophomore year in high school, which is crazy because my sophomore year was when I entered SBS 20 years ago! I can’t believe it’s been that long! My husband, Forrest, still spends most of his time in our shop, welding things, building engines, and whatever else he does out there. Our 8-year-old, Betty, is entering third grade. I love and miss you all so much! If you are ever in the DFW area hit me up. Forrest smokes a mean rack of ribs. Let’s BBQ and throw back a few!

Blake Whitney ’02 shares: I graduated from College of Charleston in 2006 where I studied arts management, theater, and music. After working in development and event planning for the arts in Charleston, I attended The Boston Conservatory and received a Masters in Music Theater. My husband and I are currently living in Boston, and I’m working in real estate for Hammond Residential. I also direct and perform in a show with The Vincent Club in Boston which supports the Vincent Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mass General Hospital.

Amanda Macchi ’02 writes: I graduated in May of 2015 with my Master in Public Health with a specialty in Mental Health. After graduating, I started a job working with the American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C. in communications. This past April, I married my husband, Jesus, and we live in the D.C. metro area.

Portia Ra ’11 writes: I had my first Reunion this June and I loved it! I loved seeing my teachers, friends, and just being at the school that always felt like my home. I also loved meeting and making new friends. I’ve been in Greenfield, Mass., since May 29. I visited Chicago, Ill., from July 22 to July 25 to see Rebecca Jawed ’12 and she’s also doing well. I’ll be meeting Noelle Evans (she went to SBS but never graduated) up in New Hampshire on August 12-13. I’m not working while here as I work at home (Korea) 6-7 days a week. Yeah, I have no life. I am an employee of the U.S. Embassy inside U.S. Army Garrison in Seoul, South Korea since September 2014. My unit, Unit 37, has 12 people including myself. We find Korean War vets who were either stranded or left behind after the war ended. We each receive hundreds of personnel files and we start from scratch, literally. Since the war ended such a long time ago it’s both hard and stressful to find vets, but at the same time it’s also very satisfying. Over the past year and a half, my unit has found 13 vets alive, and the Embassy worked with them so that they could return home safely and as quickly as possible. Even though we only had old copies of dog tags and very old black and white photos of them, we still found them – so yeah, this is what I do. I also tutor English Summer Reading for the sixth, seventh, and eighth graders who have recently been accepted to schools in New England, and I work freelance doing handmade/pen art invitation cards, calling cards, and letter arts. I went to a two-year professional college in Seoul, Korea even though I got accepted to many great colleges here in United States. I will have to look into other jobs when I go back home at the end of August since Unit 37 will disband in January of 2017. I’m going to be in NYC/N.J. to see a soccer game then see Gita Sawhney ’00 in the beginning of August, before going back to visit SBS. I love school as much as I love food.

Kiriko Emi ’12 says: I finally graduated from St. Lawrence University with degrees in psychology and sociology. I involved myself in my university’s extracurricular activities quite a lot and participated in volunteer work, Greek life, dance team, academic societies, and Spoon University. My post-college life will be interesting. I’m going to London, UK for the first time to study MSc in Educational and Developmental Psychology at University College London. I am very excited, and I can’t wait to start the next chapter of my life.

Mary Pura ’13 shares: I’m still an English major at Mount Holyoke College. I just returned from studying abroad for six months at Cambridge University in England where I worked on a research paper on the work of Mary Wollstonecraft and her socio-political approach to the novel of sensibility. Over the course of my senior year I will be working on a thesis examining the shift from Victorian female authors’ portrayal of the male gaze and its effects on the female body into modern feminist writing. I hope to go on to graduate school the following year.

Kate Strousse ’13 says: I am still studying mathematics and political science at the University of Vermont. I just completed my semester abroad in Seville, Spain during which I was fortunate enough to visit my dear friend, Bettina Nemeth ’14, in Reims, France just outside of Paris.

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