Peter Strickholm lives in Bloomington, Ind., where he works part-time with his father on a photographic project, “Southern Indiana Hill Country Throughout the Seasons.” He is also a contemporary classical composer and has been compiling performances onto CDs for professional use in the arts world.


Sue Allon '81

Sue Allon ’81

Sue Allon was named Outstanding Woman in Business by the Denver Business Journal. Sue, the CEO of Allonhill, won in the publication’s banking and finance category. The award recognizes winners’ innovation, entrepreneurship, professional accomplishments, and community leadership. Sue founded her company in September 2008, and since then has worked to bring about a responsible return to the mortgage-backed security market.



Warren Coughlin '82

Warren Coughlin ’82 returned to the United States in April after 10 months in Afghanistan, where he lived and worked at the combined U.S. Marine, District Governor, and Afghan National Police Compound in Delaram, Nimruz Province. “I ended up a few feet from the highway I was on in 1978 as a part of my misspent youth when I took an upscale ‘freak’ bus to India,” he recalls. At left, Warren has tea with a group of men including Haji Rahmatullah.

Brad Friedman has started The Friedman Group, LLC, a company dedicated to enhancing the online presence of attorneys, CPAs, and other professionals. • Mark Levy and his family are returning to the San Francisco Bay area after spending two years in Paris. He will return to work with Levi Strauss and Company on a transformation of their brand structure from regional to global.


Brian Gordon is getting attention in the tennis world with his creation, 3-D Tennis Technologies. In May, Brian took 10 digital-video cameras with infrared beams to the tennis academy run by Rick Macci, a coach who has trained tennis greats Andy Roddick and Venus and Serena Williams. Brian uses his equipment to analyze technique, fitting players with infrared reflectors and asking them to hit serves as the cameras record and software calculate racket speed, torque, and angular momentum. He posts the data on a website on which players are represented by stick figures that swing in 3-D. • Laura Hershey’s poetry and digital art were chosen to be featured on the U.S. Department of Labor’s poster for National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October 2010. She also has had poems appear recently in Calyx: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women, Shakespeare’s Monkey Review, Trillium Literary Journal, wordgathering.com, and the anthology “Fire in the Soul: 100 Poems for Human Rights.” Her essays have appeared in Waccamaw Journal, National Parks, and U.S. News & World Report. In addition to her own blog at www.laurahershey.com, she also wrote a bimonthly blog for the Reeve Foundation community website at www.spinalcord injury-paralysis.org (She died 11/26. Obit in next issue.)

Seattle friends

Friends from the Class of ’82 gathered for a mini-reunion and joint birthday party in Seattle in July; from left, Melanie Gillette, Sally Eaton Misare, Cherrie Christner Lucero, Karen Wohlen, andWilliam Woo. They spent their time together reminiscing about their CC days and exploring the Pacific Northwest.


Amy Johnson-Smith continues as English department chair at The Colorado Springs School, a position she has held for 19 years. It is her 24th year of teaching. She is the mother of sophomore Shaye Smith13. Amy reports Shaye said of her first year at CC: “I can’t imagine it any other way!”


Ian Griffis, CEO of Griffis Group of Colorado Springs, has branched out from real estate to hosting events. In 2009, Ian hosted his first benefit equine show jumping competition, and in August 2010, he hosted a show jumping Grand Prix on his family’s Palmer Divide Ranch. The event benefited The Children’s Hospital Therapeutic Horseback Riding Research Program and the Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center.



25th Reunion: October 14–16, 2011!


Independence Pass

College friends gathered for a reunion and took this photo on top of Independence Pass, Colorado, on September 16, 2010. From left, Dave Dines ’83, Marge Krumme Dines ’82, Cynthia Henry, and Charlie Henry ’83.

Michael Conti and fellow alumni Michael Rosenthal ’78, Daniel Junge ’92, and Chris Barrera ’81 attended the Cheyenne International Film Festival in June. Michael is a co-producer of the festival and Daniel was a featured filmmaker with his Oscar-nominated short film “The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner.”


Inger Sigrun Brodey is a tenured associate professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in English and comparative literature, with an adjunct position in Asian studies. She also directs the undergraduate studies program in comparative literature. Her second book, “Ruined by Design: Shaping Novels and Gardens in the Culture of Sensibility” (Routledge, 2008) won the South Atlantic Modern Language Association Book Award in November for the best scholarly book in the South Atlantic region of the Modern Language Association published in the previous year. She and Benjamin have four children, ages 12, 10, 5, and 3. • Todson, Inc., the U.S. distributor for Topeak cycling accessories and OnGuard Locks, recently promoted Dorothy Nichols to the role of senior director of events. Dorothy will continue to represent Todson at trade shows for both Topeak and OnGuard. Most recently, Dorothy represented OnGuard at the Daytona 200. She will also act as an advocate with governmental agencies and legislators at events such as the National Bike Summit, which she attended in March. Dorothy is a former member of USA Cycling, and previously worked in management positions for a number of cycling or cycling-related groups, including tenures as race team manager for Yeti Scott and Schwinn and as a bike leader for Bike Vermont, a bike touring company offering European tours. She lives in the Denver area.




Brooke Ewen Del Mastro ’83, Deb Hunter-Mitchell ’83, and Beth Waterman ’84, gathered in July at Deb’s home in Westcliffe.

Andrew Masterman is president and CEO of ESAB North America, the world’s largest welding and cutting group, with a presence around the world. He recently appeared on TLC’s “American Chopper” with the building of an ESAB motorcycle. He currently lives in South Carolina. • Peter McLaughlin has joined Longroad Asset Management LLC in Stamford, Conn., as director of originations. He has more than 20 years experience originating, structuring, and investing debt and equity in middle-market companies. Previously, he was head of loan originations at Gottex’s middle-market private debt fund.

Darren Schwartz '89

Darren Schwartz ’89, right, currently serving as a chaplain with the U.S. Army Reserves in Afghanistan. He and his chaplain assistant visit troops near Kabul. Darren lives with his wife and two daughters in Arizona.