On April 26, 2020, Tilman “Tim” Moe and his wife, Ann, plan to start a trip across the U.S. from Wisconsin to San Francisco. They will walk and bike for a total of 80 miles in each of the connecting nine states to raise money and awareness for Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) and progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP). Their progress can be followed at timannmoe.com. As of mid April, according to their website they are still following this itinerary.
David Drake is back practicing psychiatry in Des Moines, Iowa. He was in a management and clinical role in southwestern Colorado until the position was eliminated. Recently, David was chosen as president-elect of Physicians for Social Responsibility, focusing on the health consequences of the climate crisis and the critical need to abolish all nuclear weapons internationally. Previously, David and his wife Claire lobbied at the United Nations to help pass the Treaty to Prevent Nuclear War.
On Sept. 30, 2019, Linda Ribnik, MD, retired from a 35-year career as a general pediatrician working for the Indian Health Service. She worked primarily at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center (PIMC), in Phoenix, practicing general pediatrics and coordinating a pediatric neurology clinic. She also staffed many clinics on the Hualapai Reservation in Peach Springs, and on the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Reservation in Scottsdale, Arizona. For the first 30 years of her career, she served as a commissioned officer in the United States Public Health Service, retiring with the rank of captain. She returned to PIMC to serve an additional five years as a civil servant. “Learning about tribal cultural and religious practices and helping so many beautiful children and their families has been an absolute privilege,” Linda says, “but I won’t miss running to the operating room in the middle of the night for a STAT C-section or going to work in the dark and coming home in the dark, and missing out on some family holidays. I plan to volunteer with several organizations that advocate for children, read a lot, work out, and look forward to grandchildren.”
Rose Harvey (above, center left) was recognized with the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies for, to name a few accomplishments, establishing the Empire State Trail — “the longest multi-use state trail in the country” — and working with the New City Parks Initiative, creating green space for underserved communities. Jane “Jesse” Sokolow ’72, (above, far left) who has worked with Rose for over 35 years, presented her with the award.
William “Bill” Charles Guild published his first novel, “Stasis” through W.C. Guild. He found that writing anything for publication takes as much courage as it does time and effort. A year ago, he found encouragement at an Estes Park, Colorado, gathering of 60-plus CC friends age 60 or older. He sends thanks to Sharon Gates Moulton ’79 and Jeff Moulton ’78 for organizing that event, as well as all who attended from Hawaii, Florida, New England, and everywhere in between.
Jonathan Patz, professor and director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, was elected a member of the National Academy of Medicine in October. Jonathan was recognized for his pioneering research showing the risk global climate change poses for human health. Jonathan’s vast body of work and discoveries include how environmental factors impact diseases. He organized the American Public Health Association’s first discussions on climate change, thereby establishing a new field of health science and how to relay its critical role to policymakers as well as the public. Besides testifying on climate change and health in both houses of Congress and serving on a committee of the Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, Jonathan also was the lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a work that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore.
Left to right, Paul Miller, Phil Livingston, Jim Madsen, Greg Froese, Mark Stevens (standing) and Dan Buchholz had a mini reunion in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in October.
In December, Lance Cheslock won the 2019 Trailblazer Award for the state of Colorado, presented by crcamerica.org, for his outstanding work with nonprofits. Lance works at La Puente, a small, rural homeless shelter serving Colorado’s San Luis Valley, where he enjoys creating innovative programs, recruiting talented staff, attracting passionate volunteers, and exchanging lessons learned with other nonprofits. In addition, Lance says every year since 1990 CC students have been going to La Puente for service-learning experiences during block breaks or first-year orientation. Altogether more than 600 students have had such an experience.
Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP added Christopher Thorne in Denver as counsel in the Energy & Natural Resources, Real Estate and Environmental practices group.
Alumni gathered in December for the CC/DU hockey game in Colorado Springs. In attendance were Manuel Mestas ’86, Jeff Moline ’86, Kristin Groth ’86, Kevin McDonough ’86, and Lisa Korte.
As of June 2019, Jeff Blair is happy to announce he is on the roster of Fulbright Specialists. Jeff, a secondary school teacher almost since leaving the CC campus, credits his CC experience with inspiring him both to go into the teaching profession and to focus his professional work on global education. Jeff enjoys every day of classroom teaching at The Northwest School in Seattle (even in his 31st year), and says teaching has given him the opportunity to participate in a number of stimulating projects and activities, such as teaching prospective teachers while on a Fulbright in South Africa (2010) and helping found a school in Ethiopia (2013-14). This past summer, Jeff participated in the development of two online global education courses for teachers sponsored by the State Department. He also has written book reviews for the two most recent editions of NAFSA’s Global Studies Literature Review. Being selected for the Fulbright Specialist Program will give Jeff a chance to contribute his experience to educational projects with international host institutions.
Matthew Wilson retired in July 2019 after 28 years of service with the National Park Service (NPS). He worked as the director of interpretation and collections manager at the Rosemount Victorian House Museum in Pueblo, Colorado, and his first government job with the Department of Defense was as the museum registrar for the U.S. Army 3rd Armored Cavalry Regimental Museum located at Ft. Bliss, Texas. Matt then completed an interagency transfer from DoD to the Department of the Interior, NPS and began his 17-year career as the staff museum curator in the Cultural Resources Program, in the then-Rocky Mountain Regional Office, now Intermountain Regional (IMR). His work in planning and helping to complete collection moves from numerous small parks and the former regional office in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to the central repository at the Western Archeological & Conservation Center (WACC) in Tucson, Arizona, was a major improvement in the care and preservation of collections from the more than 50 NPS sites located throughout IMR. In 2008, due to management reorganization in IMR, Matt transferred from Cultural Resources to the Recreation Fee Program in order to stay in Colorado, becoming the IMR fee compliance coordinator. In Colorado for the next 11 years, Matt completed programmatic reviews of park fee operations. In retirement, Matt hopes to spend time riding his BMW motorcycles, traveling to Australia and New Zealand, collecting NPS memorabilia to donate to parks, and having the free time to actually clean out his garage so he can see the floor. Read a story on other alumni who work for the NPS on page 28.
Dana O’Leary Parrish, Shawn Butler Mick, Teri Johnson Wright, Andrea Sunset Weslar ’90, and Sandy Buffett gathered in Moab, Utah, in early 2019 to celebrate turning 50 by mountain biking the White Rim trail.
Erin Kennedy Woods, Nicole Haugland, and Katie Grant Goldman reunited in Cancun, Mexico, during Thanksgiving week 2019 to celebrate Katie and Nicole turning 50. Like they have since starting this annual trip in 1997, the longtime friends ate well, rested much, and laughed often, still trying to figure out how to live life on the Block Plan.
Mark Peterson has been named director of mergers and acquisitions for Insurance Care Direct, a life and health agency headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Florida.
Melinda “Mindy” Klowden recently was appointed director of strategic initiatives with the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council (CBHC) in Denver. In this role she will provide leadership, strategy, research and analysis, and strategic communications in support of CBHC’s mission. CBHC is the statewide membership organization for Colorado’s network of community behavioral health providers. Mindy also has worked nationally as a consultant on behavioral health and has 25 years experience in nonprofit management and public policy.
Christy Keating, a former deputy prosecutor with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Washington, is now a certified parenting coach putting her knowledge of sexual predators to good use by helping parents keep their kids safe with her companies, The Heartful Parent and Savvy Parents Safe Kids. Christy lives in the Seattle area but coaches parents remotely from all over and just launched an online membership program, The Heartful Parent Academy. Christy also is hired as a speaker, educator, and sexual abuse prevention expert by organizations to “train their educators, caregivers, and parent communities on a variety of parenting topics, including child sexual abuse prevention, consent, and healthy boundaries.”
Aaron Schubach has been appointed the next head of school for Santa Fe Prep in Santa Fe, New Mexico. by their board of trustees. Aaron, who served as head of school at Colorado Springs School since 2014, will begin his term at Santa Fe Prep in July.
Sara Fry and Beau Seegmiller were married on Nov. 21, 2018 in Boise, Idaho. Mary and Barry Hannigan ’73 hosted a second wedding reception near Estes Park, Colorado, on June 1. Other alumni who joined the celebration were Becca Mayes ’94, Erica Siemers, Jennifer McWeeny ’98, and Sally Wurtzler ’98. Sara, inducted into the CC Athletic Hall of Fame back in 2011 for her success in cross-country and track and field, is still running for health and fun. She is a professor in the College of Education at Boise State and ran in the California International Marathon in December. Sara was CC’s first All-American in cross country and, clocking 39 minutes, 8 seconds, set the school record in the 10,000 meters in 1995.
Kristin Yost Taylor is an international spiritual teacher, speaker, author, artist, and medical intuitive based in London. She is working on her second book and is the founder of an online school called the Lightworkers Training Academy. Formerly a corporate lawyer, Kristin speaks at events such as Women’s Health Live and Mind Body Spirit and leads guided meditations on behalf of brands such as Bare Minerals, Harvey Nichols, and the Vistage Group in Manhattan, a training and mentoring group for CEOs of large companies. Kristin also is a practicing visual artist using oil paints and often exhibits in London, where she had her first solo show this past August. Kristin’s work is held in private collections worldwide, including in London, Texas, Colorado, Georgia, and New York.
Mausumi Mahapatro, Heather Block Lawton, John Lawton ’96, and their kids met up for lunch in January.
Bryce Hach and his wife Sarah started an educational food tour in 2018 called Maine Food for Thought. From climate change and immigration to food insecurity and urban and rural dynamics, the tours and private events uncover the economic, ecological, and social underpinnings of Maine’s food system and our food choices. In November, Maine Food for Thought was named the Best Food and Beverage Experience globally by the World Food Travel Association in London, UK.
Katharine “Jenny” Ellison, a former Larimer County chief deputy district attorney, was appointed to serve as the newest Larimer County court judge in the Eighth Judicial District. Her appointment went into effect Feb. 22.
In 2019, Jared Ritvo started his own Colorado family law practice, Ritvo Law LLC. Jared also became a member of the first cohort of attorneys in the Legal Entrepreneurs for Justice (LEJ) law practice accelerator program. As part of LEJ, Jared completed a six-month pro bono residency program in the Family and Children’s Unit at Colorado Legal Services. In his private practice, Jared provides flat rate and unbundled services and, when needed, he assists clients in Spanish and Portuguese.
Courtney Gibbons recently was tenured as a math professor at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. She also became co-chair of the Association for Women in Mathematics committee on Policy and Advocacy, a national professional organization, after serving as a member for two years.
James Whitaker was hired last year as the principal research and development scientist for SolarWindow Technologies, Inc. James leads a team of scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory through the company’s Cooperative Research and Development with the NREL.
Angela Schillaci married Greg Dihlmann-Malzer in Telluride, Colorado, on Aug. 3. In attendance were Cara Machacek, Jaime Cammack ’07, Anikka Sellz, Annika Davis ’15, Professor Tomi-Ann Roberts, and Kirsten Akens ’96.
Dana Cappelloni, Perri Kramer, and Sara Rubin get together frequently and gathered for the 4,621st time since graduating CC. They are pictured here hiking a portion of California’s John Muir Trail over the Sonora Pass.
David Amster-Olszewski, founder and CEO of SunShare, one of the nation’s top community solar companies, was interviewed in November by Authority magazine about creating his company and how to pass on a love of the environment to the next generation. In 2016, David was featured in Forbes’ “30 Under 30” and he is recognized as a national leader in the alternative energy market. While at CC, David was responsible for getting solar installed on campus after personally raising $200,000 in just four weeks and hiring the installer.
Annisa Harsha and Matt Kerns were married Sept. 14 in Graeagle, California. Pictured left to right: Russell Clarke, Samuel Bennett, Julie Steeler, Amy Steinhoff, Rachel Schwartz, Bridgette Haggerty, Matt and Annisa, Tristan Kanipe, Lauren Schaefer, Nate Kerr, Danika Conolly, Claire Skrivanos, and Lucy Logan Spears. Alumni in attendance but not pictured: Troy Deichen, Brian Love, Michael “Micky” Shaked, and Josh Hoerger.
Christina Yong married Nicholas Rouse on June 15 in Littleton, Colorado.
Alumni in attendance were, from left to right: Emily Engelman, Kie Riedel, Cassandra Pagan Araujo, Mariel Honigman Goldenstein, Chelsea Denlow, Marilyn Pease, Nate Flint, Kirsten Gosch, Christina, Amy Howard, Ana Brown-Cohen ’09, Courtney-Rose Dantus, Elisabeth “Liz” Ward, Megan Poole, and Cameron Mansanarez.
Tim Hughes married Erika Keim on Sept. 8 at Kitsap Memorial State Park in Poulsbo, Washington. The wedding party included Laura Davies ’11 (pictured far right).
Carola Lovering Crane married Rob Crane in September in Manchester, Vermont, with a reception in Pawlet, Vermont. Pictured in attendance were left to right: Charlie Lovering ’12, Charlotte Hardie, Joycelin Hunter, Maren Rhodin, Danielle Hankin, Maggie Seay, Kelsey Morell Massie ’12, Julia Livick, Amelia Russo, Rob, Carola, Sam Barnard, Hannah Thompson, Joanie Choremi, Sophie Evarts Lockwood ’12, Charlotte Pfeffer ’12, Paige Conklin ’12, Jessie White ’12, Virginia Nelson Hendryx ’12, and Jake Melito ’12.
Helen Anda and James Eichner were married in Santa Barbara, California, at the Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm on Dec. 14. In attendance were Ben Felson, Duncan Louden, Maddie Bollinger, Neal Hustava, Hannah Thompson, Taylor Callahan, Andrew Parks, Derrick Webb, Sam Goldman, and Greg Harbison.
Four alumni showed up for the CC/University of Denver hockey watch party hosted on Dec. 14 , 2019, at the home of Ben Taber and Eve Harburg ’13 (not pictured) in Bend, Oregon. Though the Tigers lost, everyone enjoyed themselves and they are planning to do another alumni get-together in the spring. Topics discussed ranged from college memories to backcountry skiing to US and Eastern European politics. There also were four partners/friends who came to the watch party, including two who went to the Colorado School of Mines and shared in having DU as their “safety school.” Pictured left to right: Peter Skrbek ’03, Andrew Wagner ’11, Caitlin Taber ’17, and Ben Taber ’12.
Tim Bruns and Will Harris are featured in an article written by Joe Purtell ’18 for Outside Magazine. Tim and Will created an indoor climbing gym in the Palestinian Territories when they noticed the — as of then — virgin climbing territory of limestone cliffs. They put together funds to form Wadi Climbing in Ramallah and continued to bolt some outdoor routes as well. They lead climbing trips on the West Bank and wrote a guidebook called “Climbing Palestine.” (See On the Bookshelf, p. 34.)
Will Harris currently resides in Chicago where he is a partner in his next venture, Lofti, a professional well-being training and development company. Infusing his background as a collegiate athlete and global fitness entrepreneur with his yoga and meditation teacher training, he co-leads workshops for corporate teams to help enable strong, mindful communication in the workplace.
Anna Naden married Hannah Tilden ’16 on Sept. 7 in Snohomish, Washington. In attendance were pictured left to right: Anne Malecek ’16, Carolyn Nuyen, Charlie Flesche, Alex Meyer, Erika Versalovic, Walt Dubensky, Lou Brand, Hannah, Anna, Evan Craine, Professor Tomi-Ann Roberts, Chris Banks, Jacob Jones ’17, Stacey Stevens, Maya Webber ’12, Jacquie Tilden ’11, Gretchen Wardell, and Heather Berberet ’91.
Emma Whitehead, Sidharth Moktan ’15, and Dominique Wells ’15 got together in London where they are all studying. Emma is getting a master’s at the London School of Economics. Sidharth also is at LSE pursuing his Ph.D. Dominique is working on her master’s at SOAS University of London. The friends reminisced about their college experiences and how CC helped prepare them for their further studies.
Holly Moynahan, a senior consultant at Ernst & Young, works on the Climate Change and Sustainability Services team in Boston. She landed this dream job by networking with CC alumni and taking advantage of the CC Career Center — through their Instagram account. She found Scott Jarrell ’99, a partner at EY, there and reached out to make a connection. Years later, that connection had a hand in helping Holly get noticed and hired for her current job. Holly gives back by meeting with prospective Boston area students, serving as a remote volunteer for the Career Center and the Office of Admission.
Caden MacKenzie and Tommy Riley, along with Caden’s brother, Miles, created an app called Handoff, “a conversational beer, wine and liquor delivery platform supported by mobile, Alexa, and Google devices.” Tommy and Caden played soccer together at CC and have worked on the joint venture full time since last year. Handoff went live in April 2019 in Colorado and is spreading quickly to Boulder, Colorado, and New York City markets.