Keller Kimbrough, associate professor in the department of Asian Languages and Civilizations, returned to the University of Colorado, Boulder, in July, after a sabbatical year in Japan. He spent the year working on his second book, “Wondrous Brutal Fictions: Buddhist Sermon Ballads and Miracle Tales of Seventeenth Century Japan.”
20th Reunion: October 14–16, 2011!
Gia Crecelius lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Jay, and two young sons. She is director of juvenile court mental health services for Los Angeles County and was recently named Employee of the Year by the Department of Mental Health. She talks via phone with Susan Romberger Rice ’91 almost every day during her morning commute. Susan lives with her husband, Walter, in St. Louis.
Jill Miller, a biology professor at Amherst College, is co-author of two papers that explain how hummingbirds of both sexes eat and mate. Jill and her colleague Ethan Temeles published the papers that shed light on the birds’ bill size and shape and their mating preferences. Both studies offer new knowledge about how the tiny birds function, but also provide strong support for Charles Darwin’s theories of natural and sexual selection. • After operating his own mortgage company from home for many years, Andrew Paredes returned to the corporate environment to implement the new mortgage division of Colorado Business Bank in Cherry Creek, Colo. He is also busy coaching, playing, and refereeing lacrosse. • Nancy Peterson has been named to the Board of Trustees of Clarke Schools of Hearing and Speech. Clarke provides children who are deaf or hard of hearing with listening, learning, and spoken language skills. Annually, more than 800 children and their families benefit from programs and services at five campus locations: Boston, Jacksonville, New York City, Northampton, and Philadelphia. Nancy has experienced first-hand what Clarke can do for children who are deaf or hard of hearing — her son Elliott and daughter Sarah were diagnosed with hearing loss shortly after birth.
Jennifer Schneider Guimond is research assistant professor at The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at Uniformed Services, University of the Health Services in Bethesda, Md.
Jason Astle has accepted a position as associate attorney at Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP in Denver. • Justine Crowley, Megan Bray-Foss, and Rachel Hess ’92 traveled to Haiti to help with post-earthquake disaster relief. They met up at Quisqueya Relief Center. • Belinda Burns Paredes received her juris doctorate degree from the University of Colorado Law School in May 2010. After spending the summer with her two sons, Matthew, 10, and Cameron, 7, she began studying for the February Colorado bar exam.
15th Cluster Reunion: October 14–16, 2011!
Rachel Alpern graduated from the University of Utah Physician Assistant program and is back in the Denver area. • Dan Long and Marley Hodgson are co-owners of Mad Greens, a popular Colorado restaurant chain. The pair grew up together in Manhattan, and attended CC together. When they arrived in Colorado, they both noticed something missing in the restaurant world: healthy alternatives that were quick and cheap. The two friends opened their first Mad Greens in Park Meadows, and it’s now one of 10 in operation in Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins. The restaurants feature salads for people on the go and offer green alternatives as well, from serving in metal bowls for dine-in customers and biodegradable bowls for take-out. Dan and Marley buy local products as often as possible. • William “Bo” Parsons is enjoying life in Colorado Springs with his seven-year-old daughter, Mia. He is entering his third year as a professional stock trader. “It offers an incredible mental challenge every day, while providing unlimited opportunity and flexibility to enjoy being a dad and to climb and ski as much as possible,” he says.
15th Cluster Reunion: October 14–16, 2011!
Nick Rosen and Peter Mortimer ’97, co-owners of Boulder, Colo.-based Sender Films, were featured in the September 2010 issue of Outside magazine. They were recognized for making climbing movies for the mainstream. Their six-part project, “First Ascent: The Series,” is available on DVD and will be shown on the Travel Channel this winter. It includes a profile of free soloist Alex Honnold and the tragic story of friends Jonny Copp, Micah Dash, and Wade Johnson, who died last year on China’s Mount Edgar.
Matthew C. Banks, senior program officer for the business and industry program of the World Wildlife Fund, was on a panel of experts involved in a seminar and book launch for “Good Cop/ Bad Cop: Environmental NGOs and Their Strategies Toward Business.” The seminar brought together NGO, academic, and business perspectives to address the need for study of NGO operations and effectiveness. Panelists highlighted organizational structure and key objectives at several major NGOs and outlined strategies toward corporate engagement, particularly the decision of whether to play the role of “corporate partner” or “corporate critic.” • K. Marissa Krupa attended the 2010 Burning Man festival in Black Rock City, Nev., where she dedicated a sculpture to cancer survivors in honor of her mother and brother, Mickey Krupa ’90. She has created a project Facebook page at www.facebook.com/StanleyCup4Cancer.
Laurie Kjosness is the special education director for RE-1 Valley School District in Sterling, Colo. She was selected in July to fill the position. She started in the district in 2009 as a positive behavior coach and behavior interventionist, working with students at Sterling Middle School and Sterling High School. Before that, she spent 13 years in Limon, teaching sixth grade science and math, and counseling. She has a master of arts in teaching from CC. • Todd Landin graduated from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in May 2010, and has started his family medicine residency at St. Anthony North Hospital in Westminster, Colo. • Sue Woolsey P’97, P’98, P’00 reports that her son Dan Woolsey and his partners have sold thegrio.com to NBC. TheGrio is an African-American news outlet. The group is now working on a Hispanic counterpart.
Melis Coady has built a life around her love of climbing. She has been climbing since 1992 and teaching and guiding since 1995. She has led expeditions in the Alaska Range, including Denali’s West Buttress, Kahiltna Dome, East Kahiltna Peak, numerous ice and rock routes in the Pike Glacier area, and peak ascents in the Matanuska/Powell Glaciers and the Chugach Range. She led a ski expedition in Russia in 2002. She has been a volunteer ranger on high-altitude National Park Service mountaineering patrols on Denali and has chaired the Outdoor Recreation Committee at CC. She is also a wilderness medicine instructor for Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS. She and her husband live in Talkeetna, Alaska. • Heather O’Brien has been appointed to the Osceola County Court in Tallahassee, Fla. She has been an assistant county attorney with Osceola County since 2007. Before that, she was a staff attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court and assistant public defender in the office of the public defender for the Ninth Circuit.