Dave ’51 and Janet Oatman ’53 came from Illinois to Dallas to help Pat Killen ’51 and his wife Miyoko celebrate Pat’s 90th birthday in June. Dave’s 91st birthday came a week later. Pat and Dave were members of the 1950 Rocky Mountain Conference championship football team. Dave went on to head an agribusiness company in Illinois while Pat worked as a reporter, editor, and foreign correspondent for United Press International. Pictured left to right: Miyoko, Janet, Pat, and Dave. Pat notes that two other classmates and friends joining the “90s Club” this year were Henry “Hank” Otto ’51 of New London, New Hampshire, and Dwight Brothers ’51 of Colorado Springs.
When Kerry Smothers Freeman announced she would be visiting Colorado Springs from New Hampshire, three classmates living in Colorado made a mini-reunion happen. Pictured left to right: Mary Beth Chubb Lagerborg, Martha K. Freeman, Pam Swanson Breitbarth, and Kerry. The four women met as freshmen living in Loomis Hall in 1967.
John Goss ’73 was named the 2018 winner of the Demont Award. It is given annually to the Colorado administrator who has made the greatest impact on a school district of fewer than 1,500 students. He has served the Creede Schools for 42 years as a teacher, coach, and principal.
Mary Yelenick, recipient of the 2019 Eileen Egan Peacemaker award from Pax Christi Metro New York, has been elected to the international board of Pax Christi International, a global Catholic peace and nonviolence organization headquartered in Brussels. In April, Mary participated in a meeting of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative in Rome.
Huntington “Hunt” Lambert has announced that after six years in the position, he will retire as dean of Harvard University’s Division of Continuing Education at the end of 2019. Harvard DCE serves more than 30,000 adult and part-time learners annually. After 40 years, 25 startups, an accidental second career in higher education, over 100,000 hours worked, and 2.5 million miles flown, Hunt says, “It’s not my age, it’s the miles!” In retirement, he plans to devote time to family, philanthropy, writing, and pursuit of learning opportunities.
Jeff Rutenbeck has joined Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania, as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. Jeff previously served as dean of the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C., where he oversaw four academic divisions: Journalism, Public Communication, Film and Media Arts, and Communication Studies.
On June 30, 2018, Merrie Margolin Stratton married Robert Stratton in a surprise wedding at the housewarming party for their home in Kiowa, Colorado. Merrie’s sister, Sonia Margolin ImMasche ’68, was in attendance.
Four alumni reunited in September at a Washington Nationals-Miami Marlins baseball game at Nationals Stadium in Washington, D.C. Pictured left to right: Deb Nalty ’84, Tim Hughes ’84, Jeff Shober ’85, and Lisa Peterson ’84.
A group of Tigers recently gathered to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Simpson Gallagher Gallery in Cody, Wyoming. Pictured left to right: Ian Griffis ’85, Michelle Sullivan ’86, Susan Deeds Griffis ’88, Georgia Griffis ’18, Adelaide Hanson ’23, gallery owners John Gallagher ’84 and Sue Simpson Gallagher ’85, Anne Bush Hanson ’85, and Colin Simpson ’82.
On Nov. 9, Patrick Shearn was honored to help commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with the installation of one of his kinetic “Skynet” sculptures at the Brandenburg Gate. As explained on the website of his Los Angeles-based company, Poetic Kinetics, “Visions in Motion” is “comprised of approximately 120,000 streamers of fabric — 30,000 of which contain handwritten messages collected from members of the German people and the world community.” Poetic Kinetics specializes in conceiving and executing large-scale art installations and experiential design projects; for more on the company and on Patrick’s international work, see poetickinetics.com/visions-in-motion.
Steven Kohn has signed on as a principal of Avison Young, the world’s fastest-growing commercial real estate firm. Steven, who has 22 years of commercial real estate brokerage experience in Chicago, will be based in Avison Young’s Rosemont, Illinois, office.
Craig Heacock is hosting and co-producing “Back From the Abyss” (bftapodcast.com), a podcast where people share stories of plunging into the psychiatric abyss and then getting out. It is available on Stitcher, Google Play, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify.
Kathryn Davis Grohusky, who specializes in leadership development, has been appointed executive director of the Sawtooth Society, sawtoothsociety.org, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization dedicated to protecting, preserving, and enhancing the Sawtooth National Recreation Area in Idaho. Previously, Kathryn worked virtually with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Aspiring Leaders Program, offering executive coaching through her business, CoachGro LLC. Coachgro.com offers virtual and international leadership coaching to both individuals and groups. Kathryn brings experience in conservation, natural resources management, not-for-profit business management, volunteer management, environmental education, nonprofit development, teaching, communications, coaching, and training to both her new position based in Hailey, Idaho, and to her CoachGro clients around the world.
In July, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois named Steve Hamman company president. During nearly three decades at the company, Steve has held various senior-level positions; in his new role, he will be responsible for the overall financial performance, long-term growth strategy, and strategic planning of Illinois’ largest health insurance company, which serves more than 8 million members.
Don Strasburg, a co-president of AEG Presents Rocky Mountains, celebrated the opening of the Mission Ballroom in Denver in August. Don, nationally recognized multiple times by Pollstar as Talent Buyer of the Year, says he can trace his work back to booking Phish at CC in 1990.
Pictured left to right: Paul Elia ’94, Eric Chesebro ’93, and Kevin Murphy ’94 recently took a river trip down the Lower Salmon River in Idaho. They have done annual trips for the past five years or so, with other alumni as well.
Pictured left to right: Anna Harber Freeman, Elena Garfield, and Stacy Volker Wilson reunited in Union Pier, Michigan, earlier this year to have their kids play in the water and get to know each other.
Alexander Salazar will soon celebrate the 10th anniversary of Alexander Salazar Fine Art, his appointment-only gallery in San Diego. He is also an established artist in his own right, with pieces in both private and corporate collections.
Lisa Gesson is the associate executive director of the Youth Service Opportunities Project, a Quaker organization that offers non-sectarian service-learning programs for middle school, high school, and college students interested in serving homeless and hungry people in New York City and Washington, D.C.
The American Chemical Society’s Publications Division has named Mary Beth Mulcahy as editor-in-chief of ACS Chemical Health & Safety. Mary Beth joined the Global Chemical and Biological Security group at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 2018 after working for the U.S. Chemical Safety Board for nine years investigating major chemical accidents.
Heather O’Brien has been appointed one of four U.S. Supreme Court Fellows for 2019-20. She joins the Fellows Program from her position as senior legal counsel for the U.S. Center for SafeSport, an independent nonprofit that works to prevent, and investigates and resolves, misconduct in the Olympic and Paralympic movements. Previously, Heather served as a county court judge on the Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida, Osceola County. As a Fellow, she will gain practical experience in judicial administration, policy development ,and education. Heather will also produce a publishable-quality work of scholarship.
Wood Roberdeau has taken on the role of head of visual cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Lori Ann Burd married Kieran Suckling on the slopes of Mount Hood on July 29, 2018. Both work at the Center for Biological Diversity: Lori Ann is the environmental health director and Kieran is the executive director. Alumni in attendance included those pictured left to right: Scot Grossman ’03, Dan Gargan ’03, Zachary Warnow ’02, Kate Johnson Collardson ’02, Annie Rotondi ’02, and Erica Danforth Coyer ’02. Not pictured are Stephen Raher ’99, Dan Rohlf ’84, Tanya Sanerib ’97, and Ariel Cook Touchet ’02.
This autumn, Michael Anthony Fowler completed a Ph.D. in art history and archaeology at Columbia University and began a tenure-track appointment as assistant professor of art history in the Department of Art and Design at East Tennessee State University.
Jessica “JC” Creveling has earned the Young Scientist Award from the Geological Society of America. The award, also known as the Donath Medal, recognizes outstanding achievement as an early career professional in geology. JC, an assistant professor at Oregon State University, was honored for her transformative contributions to understanding critical events in Earth’s history through an interdisciplinary combination of comprehensive field geology, laboratory-based biogeochemistry, and state-of-the-art numerical modeling of geodynamic processes.
Pictured from left to right: Laurie Wood M.A.T. ’96 (Manitou Springs School District 14 assistant superintendent), Miles Groth ’08, M.A.T. ’09 (Mountain Academy of Arts & Sciences director), Louisa Dick ’13, M.A.T. ’14 (Ute Pass Elementary Spanish/GT teacher), and Ariella Rogge ’96 (Sanborn Western Camps director) together led a beginning-of-year backpacking experience in Florissant, Colorado, for sixth-grade students entering the Mountain Academy of Arts & Sciences (an experiential education year for Manitou Springs School District 14 students). Students, including many first-time campers and backpackers, planned and cooked meals for the group in the backcountry, implemented Leave No Trace principles, and participated in a variety of outdoor activities.
Jayash Paudel married Palista Kharel in Kathmandu, Nepal, on March 12. Sarah Miller ’11 and David Suhler ’10 traveled from Colorado to Kathmandu for the traditional Nepalese Hindu wedding. Pictured left to right: Sarah, Palista, Jayash, and David. Jayash has also been hired as an assistant professor of economics at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho.
Brendan Boepple ’11 and Olivia Wall ’12 were married June 15 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Pictured left to right: Kris Lancial ’11, Nicholas Low ’11, Claire Hester ’12, Lee Carter ’12, Caroline Kupiec ’10, Carolyn Barnwell ’12, Jeff Hester ’12, Nicholas Friebel ’11, Hattie Landry ’14, Grant Frank ’11, Jenny Lauricella ’11, Whit Childs ’11, Brendan and Olivia, Jack Rodat ’15, Chelsea Davenport ’12, Eleanor Anderson ’12, Alex Tarika ’12, and Robin Walter ’12.
Maxime Robillard has co-composed music for “From There To Here,” a short documentary about a courageous group of women in India using dance movement therapy to empower themselves and other young survivors of trafficking and violence. The soundtrack was released by the Brooklyn-based Alternative Medicine label on cassette in a simple, small box with printed photo stills from the filming. Maxime releases his own music as Love Letters, and is a resident DJ at a Queens, New York, club called Nowadays.
Audrey Steen and Peter Yould were married May 18 at Crystal Cove State Park in Newport Beach, California, with various alumni in attendance. Photo of men, from left to right, top row: Peter Temmen ’12, the groom, Steve Reighley ’12, Sam McCune ’12, and Stuart Pidcock ’12. Bottom row: Bobby Mora ’12, Eric Wigton ’12, and Nate Porter ’12. Photo of women, from left to right: Sonja Lokensgard ’11, the bride, and Corinne Gay ’14. Alumni in attendance but not pictured: Karen Swan Steen ’78 and Phil Swan ’84.
Gabe Kaminsky married Mitch Bayer on May 25 in Larkspur, Colorado, with various CC alumni in attendance. Back row, left to right: Raphael Broh ’14, Pierre Amelot, Amanda Scott ’13, Sarah Hart ’13, and Mike Curran ’13. Middle row: Sarah Hutcherson ’13, Kate McManus ’13, Kelly Varian ’13, Anu Atre ’13, Gabe, and Kathleen Carroll-Wray ’13. Front row: Brian Carroll-Wray ’13, Ryan Hedges ’13, and Sara Bodner ’13.
A group of alumni from the Class of 2013 traveled together to the south of France over the summer. Pictured left to right: Kathleen Carroll-Wray, Sarah Hutcherson, Gabe Kaminsky-Bayer, Amanda Scott, Anu Atre, and Sarah Hart.
Molly Lynch ’13 married Justin Chester White ’15 on June 29 in Carbondale, Colorado, with a horde of CC alumni in attendance. Pictured left to right, back row: Camilla Vogt ’13, Kristen Moree ’13, Maggie McCleskey ’13, Zach Pierce ’12, James Mauk ’12, Teddy Link ’15, Spencer Collins ’15, Jenny Stoot ’16, Eric Neumeyer ’16, Isabel Leonard ’15, Ham Wallace ’15, Liz Dantzker ’13, Catie Birmingham ’13, Annabel Starratt ’13, Bailey Stockdale ’15, and Gaelen Means ’12. Second to back row: Nina Roumell ’13, Kathy Demmon ’13, Lyn Malloy ’83, Marika Viragh ’13, Dylan Conway ’13, Meg McDermott ’13, Kyle Kallman ’15, Sam Kramer ’15, Jack Burger ’15, Alex Weber ’16, Margeaux Settineri ’15, and Ella Weil ’15. Third to back row: Besha Deane ’07, Michael Lynch ’11, Sophia Schneider ’13, Rebecca Simpson ’13, Lila Pickus ’13, Patrick Lynch ’15, Kalen Acquisto ’13, Leigh Nicholl ’15, Lena D’Giulia ’11, Virginia Logue ’15, Dylan Voneiff ’15, Beryl Coulter ’16, and Heather Cabot ’13. Front row: Amelia Dotzenrod ’13, Meaghan Lynch ’08, the groom, Michael McMenamy ’81, the bride, Kirby Leyshon ’15, and Abby Stein ’15.
Michiko Mitsunaga-Whitten ’13 and Zander Goepfert ’13 were married Aug. 24 in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts. Pictured left to right: Philip Angelides ’13, Ryan Armstrong ’13, Hayley Dieckmann ’13, Kate Leaf ’13, Lauren Dangles ’14, Whit Childs ’11, Hattie Landry ’14, Hailey Walsh ’14, Caroline Rose ’11, Sarah Jacobson ’13, Nick Rose ’11, Michiko, Ian Rewoldt ’13, Alani Premer ’13, Zander, Tim Keresey ’13, Kathleen Callahan ’13, Will Lindsay ’13, Rachel Gips ’13, Joey Patterson ’13, Lauren Schneider ’13, Allyson Siegal ’13, Adam Meek ’13, Tori Marsh ’13, Jack Kerney ’12, Julia Pendleton-Knoll ’13, and Charles Allison-Godfrey ’13.
Kevin Lowe was chosen by the Knowles Teacher Initiative as a 2019 Teaching Fellow. The fellowship is an intensive and cohesive, five-year program that supports early-career, high school mathematics and science teachers in their efforts to develop teaching expertise and lead from the classroom. Kevin began teaching at Longmont (Colorado) High School during the 2018-19 school year and is committed to teaching biological sciences to high school students in the U.S.
Kyle Romasco-Kelly ’14 married Becky Twombly ’13 on Sept. 8, 2018, on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Alumni in attendance included Becky’s parents, Mary Walter Twombly ’76 and Greg Twombly ’75. Unable to make it was her grandfather, Vern Twombly ’49.
Kayla Fratt and Andrew Ishimaru recently returned to the U.S. after a year-long road trip down the Pan-American Highway with their border collie. They did the middle one-third of the highway, going slowly because they were working — Kayla was freelance writing, and Andrew was running a digital marketing business — and then returning early so that Kayla could begin work with Dogs for Conservation, a nonprofit that trains rescue dogs to census endangered species, detect invasive species for removal, and fight wildlife crime, such as the ivory trade. Kayla was an organismal biology and ecology major who fell in love with dog training at CC’s Psychology Department.
A natural history documentary by Micah Robin titled “Fuel, Fire, and Wild Horses” was selected for showing at the Aspen Mountain Film Festival. The film, featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Philipps and naturalist William E. Simpson II, explores how wild horses can be managed in a cost-effective and beneficial way.