Class Notes

Winter 2016/2017 Class Notes

 

1930s

Martha Beaty Ray ’38 (Atlanta) enjoys being close to her five children, nine grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren (youngest is 2 months) who live nearby. She hated to miss Alumnae Weekend 2016 but says she will keep her purple suit ready for the next Golden Belles Luncheon!

 

1940s

Emily Bradford Batts ’46 (Charlotte, NC) sure was glad to see that Jane Kollock McCall ’46 (Atlanta) and Sue Lott Clark ’46 (Waycross, GA) could make it to Alumnae Weekend. “Larry and I are doing well here. At ages 90 and 93 we are grateful for each day.”

Mary Euyang Shen ’46 (New York, NY) recently got in touch with her classmate Thelma “Ted” Dillard Ethridge ’46.

Toni Smith Suiter ’47 (Rocky Mount, NC) will be 93 in March 2017. “Going strong still.” Keep it up Toni! 

Martha Bradford Swan '47 (Spartanburg, SC) looks forward to attending her Class of 1947 Reunion in April.

Jane Chandler Rhodes ’49 (Siloam, GA) has wonderful news to share of her first great-grandchild. Addie Louise Ward was born June 2015 and lives in Jane’s mother’s house in Greensboro, GA. “Perhaps she is a future Wesleyanne.” We hope so!

 

1950s

Becky Dodd Hollady ’51 sends a big hello to her classmates and to Wesleyan from Tallahassee, FL. The WCAA sends sympathy to Becky on the death of her cousin, Beverly Harvey Hartman ’52 (See Sympathy)

Robin Chesney Hopkins ’51 (Bel Air, MD) notes, “Not only did I receive an excellent music education at the Conservatory but I made true friends - Evelyn Hamrick Slaton ’51 and Adrienne Thompson Bailey ’52. I miss them very much. Miss Candler and Mrs. Bosch were exceptional professors and a great inspiration to me.”

Mary Eva Bryan DuBose ’52 (McDonough, GA) says, “Hello to my classmates! Hope all your sweet dreams have come true. I am blessed to have three great-grands and another on the way. I just pray we can and will do whatever to make this a better world for them. Blessings to you.”

Virve Paul Martin ’52 and husband Albert Martin ’53 (Atlanta) enjoyed joining their daughter, Monique Martin Whorton ’81 (Marietta, GA), for her 35th reunion last April.

“Love and pride always in my association with Wesleyan,” writes Pat Murphy Persinger ’52 from Lookout Mountain, TN. We agree! 

Mary Ann Fitzgerald Blackwell ’53 moved back to her hometown of Henderson, KY, about eight months ago after her husband, Chap Blackwell, passed away. Her daughter, Heather, lives only two blocks away. Mary Ann reports she is still playing piano and recently did a musical program for church. She still goes to Silver Sneakers three times a week and has lunch with old friends from high school often. “Love to all my dear friends from Wesleyan.” (See Sympathy)

Congratulations to Susan Thigpen McDuffie ’53 (Macon) who was selected by the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) as National Music Teacher of the Year. Susan will travel to Baltimore, MD, to be honored in March. In December, the Georgia Music Teachers Association (GMTA) honored Susan as the 2016 GMTA Music Teacher of the Year. In April 2016 she received Mercer University’s third annual Robert McDuffie Center for Strings Award for her strong dedication to and support for the arts and the community. At the Wesleyan Conservatory, Susan studied with Ralph Lawton, concert pianist and a former student of Joseph Lhevinne and Madame Olga Samaroff, and Gladys Pinkston, a student of Louise Robyn from the American Conservatory in Chicago. Susan’s daughter and pianist Dr. Margery Whatley is now a Steinway Artist. Susan’s son, Robert McDuffie, is an internationally renowned violinist. 

Lucia Hutchinson Peel Powe ’53 (Durham, NC) says, “At age 85 I still look forward to hearing news from classmates and all you other wonderful, talented Wesleyannes.”

Virginia Eidson Robertson ’53 (LaGrange, GA) purchased a 2001 Red Corvette. Congrats, Virginia!

Savannah, GA, residents Bob and Joan Pritchard Smith ’53 celebrated 61 years of marriage on August 5th, 2016. “We are blessed to have five children, fourteen grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. Wesleyan holds a very special place in my heart.”

Caroline Eagerton Upperco ’53 and Jesse have been enjoying retired life in quiet, lovely Wilson, NC, for eight years, after 40 plus years in Arlington, VA. “Our daughter and her family live here in Wilson, and our son and his family live in Fredericksburg, VA - not too far away. We are thankful and very blessed!”

To her classmates of 1955, Frances Moulthrop Gordon ’55 (Deland, FL) sends a hymn of praise: Psalm 100

Joyce Ann Loudermilk Richards ’55 is recovering from a stroke in December 2014. She reports, “I live with my daughter, Kimberly ’78, and her husband, Michael, in Loganville. If I continue to improve in my recovery, Marietta will be my home again. Still see and hear from Wesleyan friends and lifetime Marietta friends. Now that I am old and gray, the Bible reassures me God will sustain me with love. I am a 6-time grandmother and now a 5-time great-grandmother. Kimberly has four children and now she’s a grandmother to five. Surely God will sustain us and not forsake our need for energy, patience, tolerance, wisdom and love.”

“I am at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, studying Old Testament. Rick and I celebrated our 60th anniversary this year; both still active. I am working on books and papers about the formation of the Bible,” writes Joan Wadsworth West '56 (Homewood, AL).

“I’m hoping to come for reunion in 2017. Wow, it will be 60 years!” reports Dr. Carla DuBose Kalec ’57 from her home in Odessa, FL.

After living in Monroe, LA, for 41 years, Ann Carol Cochran Watson ’57 and her girls decided she needed to be closer to one of them. “In June I moved to Christus St Joseph Village in Coppell, TX. I live in an independent living apartment and really love it. I still drive so I can come and go whenever I want. I am five minutes from Ellen and family and Janet can fly in from Boulder, CO.”

June Benton Webb ’57 (Canton, GA) remembers her husband of 60 years, Jim, who died in May 2015, from cancer. Sadly, her sister, Martha Benton Lane ’58, died in October 2016.  (See Sympathy

Joan Nachbaur Rathbun ’58 (Longview, TX) still works part time at First United Methodist Church. She has four grandchildren from her three children. Joan is enjoying life and family and friends. She has lots of fond Wesleyan memories.

According to Carmella Christopher “Chris” Kelsey ’59, “It seems impossible that we Golden Hearts of ’59 are now in our late 70s when, wasn’t it just yesterday ,we were celebrating our graduation and meeting each other’s parents? Life is full here in Clemmons, NC, with plenty of volunteer work to do in the community and for our church. Hope all my classmates are well and happy, and hope to see you at our next reunion!”

 

1960s

Betty Claire Manning Clark ’61 (Rabun Gap) missed seeing all her Pirate friends at Alumnae Weekend. “I send greetings and love to all.”

Jean Cain Gaddis ’61 (Peachtree Corners, GA) reports that her granddaughter, Annie, was an instructor this past summer at Samford University’s Music Camp for high school students. 

Ermine Owenby ’61 (Tallahassee, FL) writes with Wesleyan archival news. “My great great grandfather was Supreme Court Justice for Florida. My great grandmother, Ermine Elizabeth DuPont, was the sister of Mary Ann DuPont Lines who graduated from Wesleyan (Class of 1853) and was one of the co-founders of Phi Mu. Mary Ann was the only founder to live long enough to see it become a full-fledged fraternity. When I attended Wesleyan, I had no idea about my lineage nor about Phi Mu.” 

This has been a special year for Carol Ann Rollins Harrison ’62 (Blairsville, GA). She had two granddaughters graduate from high school and her youngest grandson graduated from preschool. “Gene and I also celebrated 54 years of a happy marriage.” 

Becky Bullard Powers ’63 and husband Ed (Shreveport, LA) are blessed with good health and still enjoy square dancing and round dancing. Church activities are an important part of their lives. 

Glenda Barrett Bull ’64 (Evans, GA) is so excited that one of her piano students, Lauren Templeton, entered Wesleyan as a first-year Green Knight in the fall. Lauren received the Linda Lane Music Scholarship. “I had taken Lauren, along with other students, to Welcome to Wesleyan Weekend and she fell in love with the College,” writes Glenda. Thanks for your referral, Glenda!

Virginia Bowen Maier ’64 (Lafayette, LA) stayed with her daughter in Dallas while she recovered from a quadruple bypass. We’re all sending get-well wishes to you, Virginia!

We all agree with Andrea Reynolds Moody ’64 (Cutler Bay, FL) when she says, “Wesleyan is the best!”

Trudie Parker Sessions ’65 (Macon) is delighted that granddaughter Margaret “Maggie” Bergmark, a junior at Westminster Choir College in New Jersey, toured England and France with the Westminster Kantorei this past summer. Margaret is pursuing her childhood dream of studying opera. 

New Golden Belle Susan Glover Logan ’66 (Hendersonville, NC) says she “Loved - Loved – Loved (!) being at Wesleyan for her 50th Reunion. Class of 1966 (still) ROCKS!” 

Jane Silverman Mason ’66 (Verbena, AL) writes, “Why did I wait so long to return to Wesleyan? Coming back for my reunion weekend was the highlight of this past year for me. Being a Purple Knight is really very special! Thank you, Wesleyan, for giving me the tools to help me become who I AM.”

From Gainesville, GA, Betty J. Westmoreland Shuster ’66 is happy to report that her husband, David, successfully completed his radiation treatments for prostate cancer five days after her class reunion. “It was wonderful to reconnect with so many Wesleyan friends! I am looking forward to our 55th class reunion in 2021.”

Sandra Grist Woods ’66 (Peachtree City, GA) has enjoyed connecting with her special Wesleyan Chinese sister, Thallo Zhang (Zhirun Zhang), one of the 55 Chinese students from Guangzhou University who studied at Wesleyan last year. “We e-mailed, phoned, and wrote to each other for many months. I even introduced her to ‘care packages’ from home.  She visited with me in March, and we had a great time. I was happy to get to see her again during Alumnae Weekend in April. She said to me it was like having her family come to visit her,” writes Sandra.

Flo Williams Douglas ’67 spent the summer in glorious Teton National Park. When not traveling, she and Kirk call Milledgeville, GA, home.

Betsy Martin Bunte ’68 (Marietta, GA) and Ellen Beard Martin ’68 (Greenville, SC) are working on plans for their GK68 (50th reunion) at Wesleyan in April 2018. “We welcome all ideas and suggestions to make this event so very special.  We need volunteers to help! Call or email us! Hoddy Toddy!”

Following the passing of her mother, Sara Walters Ingram ’68 (Opelika, AL) graciously reports, “Many of my Wesleyan sisters have offered comfort and encouragement and sympathy. They remain the best. Thank you, each one.” (See Sympathy)

Geranne Hutchinson Mills ’68 (Burden, KS) is hoping and planning to be there when the 50th reunion rolls around. “April is a busy time for us. My husband and I are finishing up our calving for the year and watching all the little ones to ensure they will thrive. In the coming year we hope to begin downsizing our herd. We are growing ‘wiser’ with the years. It is cold in the winter and worrying over drought during the summer is getting hard. Wesleyan will always be close to my heart.”

Maconite Mary Jo Fincher Plowden ’68 is a new grandmother to Eleni Plowden Poultsides, born August 17, 2016, (8 lbs 5.3 oz. and 22 inches). Mother, daughter, and grandmother are doing fine.

In Columbus, GA, Diana Hall Richardson ’69 and husband Fred still enjoy Clemson football (next year in Tampa!). “So happy to cheer for 12-year-old competitive dancer and three boy baseball players. All but the youngest boy grandson are also on the swim team. We’re lucky the cities of Roswell and Woodstock (both in Georgia) are so close!”

 

1970s

Jan Bull Burgess ’70 (Daniel Island, SC) reports the marriage of her son, George, in December 2015. George lives in Columbia, SC, where he teaches 8th grade English and stays involved in sports. Jan’s daughter, Anne, lives in Simpsonville, SC, with her family. Anne is a speech therapist in Greenville County Schools. “All are well!”

In March 2017, Lynda Jordan Gasses ’71 (Monticello, GA) will assume the office of Clerk of Jasper Superior Court upon the retirement of Dan Jordan. Lynda currently serves as Chief Deputy Clerk.

The WCAA sends condolences to Deborah “Debbie” Wedgworth Altman ’72 (Belle Glade, FL) on the death of her father, George Herman Wedgworth, of Belle Glade, on November 16, 2016.

Congratulations to Janice Mays ’73 (Arlington, VA) on her retirement from her job with the Ways and Means Committee for the House of Representatives. The House leadership (Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi) were generous in honoring Janice with the John McCormick Award for long-time bipartisan service to the House. “My forty plus years with the House have mostly been great, but it is time to make a change. In July, I will begin working with Pricewaterhouse Coopers in their Federal Tax Services unit. A new challenge will be fun!” writes Janice. In September, Janice was the subject of an interview by The Washington Post where, as a longtime House staffer, she reflected on the evolving roles of women on the Hill. 

Linda Brown Walker ’73 (Raleigh, NC) is always delighted to hear from, and sometimes see, her Pirate ’73 classmates. “Husband Harry and I enjoy our two grandchildren and we look forward to the birth of a ‘Charleston grand’ in December 2016.” The WCAA sends condolences to Linda on the death of her mother, also in December 2016. (See Sympathy)

Macon resident Judy Whitaker ’75 remembers her mother, Marion Legg Whitaker. “Mother died August 28, 2016. She was 88 years old. Mother always loved reading the Wesleyan Magazine to see what was happening on campus. She loved to visit the campus and we would always ride through it when she would visit.” (See Sympathy)

I have retired near Asheville, NC, with my husband Val Wynne, MD.” We have a 1.5 acre farm with nine chickens and two rescue Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. I am taking classes at the North Carolina Arboretum to complete certification as a Blue Ridge Naturalist. We are closer to all our family and our life is full!” writes Dr. Regina Bland ’76.

Peggy Maynard Corbett ’76 resides in Canton, GA, and sent in an update.  She earned a Master of Arts in professional writing from Kennesaw State University and her publications include Classroom Literacy as Public Work (Teacher's College Press) and Writing Our Communities (NCTE Press).

Melinda Poole Gray ’76 (Perry, GA) was sad to miss reunion in April due to family obligations.   “I loved the photo of my Green Knight ’76 classmates!”

In August, GK classmates Jimmye Hawkins ’76 (Dallas, GA) and Karen Miller Smith ’76  (Fayetteville, GA)  served as alumnae Move-In Day volunteers. They had a great time meeting new GKs, which brought back many memories of their own GK move-in. 

In September, Patti Henry ’76 (Wellesley, MA) served as Wesleyan College’s delegate to the presidential inauguration at Wellesley College celebrating Wellesley’s first African-American president, Dr. Paula Johnson. Thank you, Patti!

Cynthia McMullen ’76 (Richmond, VA) wants to send a big “hoddy toddy” to all classmates who made it to Reunion ’16. “What a wonderful bunch! And an equally big shout-out to those who wanted to be with us but -  for various and sundry good reasons - couldn't make it. Please save the date for 2021. It won’t be the same without YOU!”

The Waccama Neck Branch Library on Pawleys Island, SC, recognized artist Katherine Wynn Patrick ’77 as August (2016) Artist of the Month. Her low country paintings will be on display throughout the library.  Katherine has made Pawleys Island her home for 25 years, after she fell in love with the area during visits from Boston in the 1970s. She mentors and teaches workshops from her studio to both adults and children and is artist-in-residence at Georgetown School of Arts and Sciences.  Locals may have seen her work at the Georgetown Cultural Council, Charleston Artist Guild, and Kudzu Bakery in Myrtle Beach. Katherine’s passion for nature can be seen through her use of bold color and fluid brush strokes, invoking a sense of movement and light in her work. 

Judy Lyn Friedel Clayton ’78 (Macon) recalls her favorite Wesleyan memory: throwing pots in the art studio. She welcomed a granddaughter last summer, Aubrey Layn Frounfelker, born on June 9, 2016. Sadly, Judy’s husband, Nyal Clayton, died in March 2016. (See Sympathy).

Congratulations to Wesleyan Trustee Bryndis Roberts ’78 (Atlanta) on the birth of her first grandchild, William Ryan Fay, on September 30, 2016. Proud aunt is Jennifer Jenkins ’03 who lives in Macon. 

Sally Anderson Hemingway ’79 (Macon) has seven grandchildren (ages 10, 8, 6, 5, 3, 3, and 8 months) spread from Georgia to Virginia. “My car stays in the road a lot!  But we love traveling and are really enjoying this season of our lives. Tim and I celebrated 39 years of marriage in August 2016 - where have the years gone?  Don’t answer that!  Golden Hearts - winners from the start!”

Bruce and Loisanne Tatum Robins ’79 (Venice, FL) enjoyed a “spring break” visit from Wesleyan roommate Rebeca Tuten McClain ’79 and her husband, Ray (Savannah, GA), this past March. “Wesleyan Sisters/Friends for 40 years!”

 

1980s

Cathy Crosby Davison ’81 (Cordele, GA) reports “It was GREAT to see so many Pirates - why did I wait so long to re-connect?!  My husband and I are headed back to Africa with Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL International. I’m so glad we were in the country for Alumnae Weekend!”

Paula Cobb Gibson ’81 (Turnerville, GA) was thrilled to attend her 35th reunion this year. “It was great catching up with my Wesleyan Tri-K Pirate sisters!” She also is excited to be nearing retirement after teaching music to the children of Habersham County for 30 years. “Wesleyan music and education professors prepared me well for a very rewarding career in music education.”

Lee Ann Grimes ’81 (Fleming Isle, FL) had a wonderful time returning to Wesleyan for her 35th reunion. Seeing so many friends again and sharing lots of great memories, Lee Ann looks forward to becoming more active in alumnae activities in her community. For the past 18 years  she has been working as a Senior Clinical Research Site Manager (Registered Nurse) in the pharmaceutical industry, and has been an RN for 20 years.  Lee Ann enjoys spending lots of time with family when not traveling for work.

“I continue to write grants and do strategic planning and technical writing, but also have been promoted to Team Manager at SYKES, a call center company. In addition, I work at the Chamber in the Tourism office and do social media/outreach and public speaking for one of my grant clients. My life is very full and rewarding! My Wesleyan (Liberal Arts) education prepared me well for each of my nine careers  - I’ve learned so much from each chapter and can’t wait to see what is next!” writes Lisa Shiveler ’87 (Morristown, TN).

 

1990s

PK Aimee Manry Bagwell ’90 (Warner Robins, GA) was thrilled to have her daughter, GK Blaire Barnes Bagwell ’16 (Warner Robins, GA) graduate from Wesleyan with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in May 2016. Blaire accepted a position in the Orthopedic and Trauma Services Unit at Macon’s Medical Center-Navicent Health. Aimee also was recently honored as the 2016 Teacher of the Year for Warner Robins Middle School, where she joyfully teaches English Language Arts and serves as chair of the Gifted Education Department.

In January 2016, The Lane Center for Service and Leadership at Wesleyan College presented June Jordan O’Neal ’90 (Macon) with its 2016 Women’s Servant Leader Award. June was one of three recipients. She is the executive director of The Mentor’s Project of Bibb County. The project takes aim at issues facing Macon’s young people, particularly educational concerns such as raising the graduation rate. 

Lizzie Wahab ’91 (Bethany, CT) is the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Program Development at the University of New Haven (UNH) in Connecticut. At UNH she has been the driving force in international program initiatives, including curricular joint ventures for the university based on mapping institutions and designing collaborative arrangements within Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Lizzie will speak in Qatar in March 2017 at the IREG Forum (International Ranking Expert Group now known as IREG Observatory of Academic Ranking and Excellence), where she will be with a group of educators that who rank universities worldwide. 

Congratulations to Cheryl Anderson Ciucevich ’93 who was promoted recently to Senior Director of Alumni Development at Armstrong State University in Savannah. “I have been with the University System of Georgia for 20+ years. On the side, I write a blog about real-life princesses called Princess Palace. My Twitter handle is @PalacePrincess.”

Congratulations to Sandra Brown Wilson ’93 (Macon) who retired from teaching this year. 

Congratulations to Dr. Valerie Knopik ’94 (Warwick, RI) who is a co-author of the 2017 edition of the 7th edition of Behavioral Genetics textbook, published in October 2016.

Congratulations to Reverend Margaret Grace “Meg” Morrison ’95 (Tucker, GA) who was recognized and ordained as a Methodist minister in June 2016 at Athens United Methodist Church.

Jennifer Grace Leonard ’97 (Snellville, GA) married Bryan Keith Baxter (Grayson, GA) on Saturday, June 11, 2016, at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Buckhead. Her sister, Marla Leonard Stracner ’90 was her matron of honor. (See Marriages)

Congratulations to Suzanne Spooner Faulk ’97 (Nashville, TN) who has been president/CEO of Independently Employed since May 2016.

 

2000s

In addition to her own law practice, Patience Clark Keys ’00 (Oak Park. IL) has been named Deputy General Counsel for The Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County in Chicago, IL. 

Congratulations to Megan Temple Cotter ’02 and husband David on the birth of their son, Jackson Davis Cotter, on August 9, 2016. Big sister Caroline is excited to welcome home her baby brother! Proud grandmother is Ina Davis Temple ’68. (See Births)

Congratulations to Theresa Tholkes Hawkins ’03 and husband John (Saint Paul, MN) on the birth of their second daughter Charlize “Charlie’ Hawkins on June 28, 2016. Congrats to big sister Josie too! (See Births)

Toosdhi Danielle White Hill ’03 married Roosevelt Hill, Jr. on July 23, 2016, in Birmingham, AL, at Rancho de las Aguilas (Home of the Eagles). They reside in Birmingham. (See Marriages)

Shannon Bell ’04 (Macon) is proud of daughter Crystal Bell Long who entered Wesleyan as a transfer student in January 2017. 

Congratulations to Mary Kathryn Borland ’04 (Macon) who is the new Advancement Coordinator at Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC), where she works in the Advancement/Foundation Division. Her work will include planning special events for the College and working on two of CGTC’s campuses - Macon and Warner Robins. 

Congratulations to Monica Harper ’04 and Andrew Dekle who were married on September 24, 2016, at Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church in Savannah, GA, where Monica serves as Director of Music and Organist. She also works as Chorusmaster of the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus. Monica emails, “Still here in Savannah and we are very happy. I now have 100 children in our Royal School of Church Music program.  I took a choir of 50 youth and adults to Germany this past summer and sang noon prayer at Cologne Cathedral, among other places.  We are preparing for a performance of Bach’s Mass in B Minor. Conducting the Philharmonic has been fun.  We do a lot of outreach into the schools and community and hospitals, and conducting the chorus and orchestra is great. I have so much to keep me so busy, but I enjoy all of it! (See Marriages)

Congratulations to Priscilla Howell ’04 (Portland, OR) who now serves as the Director of Communications for Fundy Software, Inc.

Aashika Agarwal ’05 and Sudhir of Mumbai, India, welcomed a daughter, born on August 3, 2016. (See Births)

Carmen Valdez Clerveaux ’05 (Hialeah, FL) recently married fellow educator Don Clerveaux. “We were married at Robbins Lodge in Davie, FL, on February 14, 2016. Our closet family and friends were in attendance at our intimate outdoor wedding, including sister ’05 Pirates Heather Hughes Walter, Jyoti Danes Coffelt, and Katie Riggs Freeman. Even Pirate Sidra Ahmad Sharif was able to Skype-in when the ladies presented me with my something old, something new... It was a truly sweet moment to share with such long-time friends.  We followed up the wedding with eight days and seven nights in Costa Rica, one of our dream destinations, where we mixed adventure and leisure for the ultimate honeymoon. We swam in a waterfall, took surf lessons, kayaked, zip lined through the forest, and enjoyed the local cuisine. We know we found each other because of our shared connection to God and hope to do many great things together through Him.” (See Marriages)

Megan Odom ’05 has moved to Minneapolis, MN, where she is a senior sales manager for REI.  

Congratulations to Dr. Megan Quinn ’05 (Johnson City, TN) who received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Service from East Tennessee State University in August 2016. Megan is an assistant professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology within the College of Public Health and was recognized for her exceptional service contributions to the community, public health professions and the university, particularly her dedication to underserved communities locally and globally, and for her commitment to public health workforce development. 

Nicola Wanda-Gaye Watson ’05 (Powder Springs, GA) is a fashion designer for Abercrombie & Fitch.

Congratulations to Ashley Stavran Cryder ’06 and husband Jeremy (Bogart, GA) on the birth of their second daughter, Isla Katherine, born on August 5, 2016. Big sister Kennedy is excited to welcome her baby sister home. (See Births)

Cynthia D'sauza ’06 (Lubbock, TX) married Blake Jefferson on June 1, 2016, in Taos, NM.  Amelia Wells ’04 served as a bridesmaid. 

Congratulations to Honara’ Turner ’06 (Decatur, GA) who will take over as headmaster of Atlanta Country Day School in Sandy Springs after serving as lead teacher for 10 years, replacing Mark Cox. Before coming to Atlanta Country Day School, she worked in Bibb County schools teaching math and science, and has worked also for nonprofits benefiting children. Honora’  wants to maintain the school’s traditions.

Noelle Goodman ’07 married Brandon Hall on July 12, 2016. They reside in Dry Branch, GA. (See Marriages)

Wedding bells were ringing for Yuliya Ivanova ’07 who married Joesph Matar on May 5, 2016, in Washington, DC, where they reside. 

Congratulations to Chelsea Lalla Ray ’07 and husband Andrew (Cartersville, GA) on the birth of their second daughter, Sara Shannon Ray, on August 11, 2016. Big sister Nora is excited to welcome her baby sister home! (See Births)

Adaobi Chiamaka Iheduru ’08 recently moved from Aurora, CO, to Atlanta to serve as Clinical Psychologist and Team Lead for the Centers for Victims of Torture. She is the on-site clinical leader for torture recovery as the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) builds a new clinical team in Atlanta, regularly consulting with, and receiving guidance from, the Client Services program at CVT Headquarters in Minnesota. This project is a partnership between CVT and the International Rescue Committee-Atlanta (IRC), to establish a Survivor of Torture (SOT) program in the Atlanta area that provides specific and detailed torture treatment. Clientele will include refugees who are receiving or have received resettlement services from IRC. Adaobi received her Doctor of Psychology from Wright State University in 2013.  

 

2010s

Wesleyan EMBA graduate and actress, Karan Kendrick ’10, appears in the highly anticipated, blockbuster film Hidden Figures that opened in theaters across the country in January. Karan has worked tirelessly for the past decade to provide students in her beloved hometown, Fort Valley, GA, with an opportunity to build character, discipline, and an eternal passion for the arts. 

Sherry Li ’11 (NY, NY) was featured in the June 2016 edition of Cosmopolitan in an article entitled “DRESS FOR THE JOB YOU WANT.” Dressed for work by a Cosmo stylist, Sherry appeared in work clothes that satisfied her own requirements - “I need fun work clothes that fit my small frame” - and Cosmo delivered. Sherry works as a full-time research associate at NASDAQ, where “she analyzes companies that plan to go public and helps make sure existing clients are satisfied. She uses her native Mandarin language skills to help her team communicate with Chinese start-ups and NASDAQ listed Chinese companies.”

Chen Sheng ’11 of Shanghai, China, is working for a New York law firm in the area of cross-border M&A (Mergers and Acquisitions).

Catherine Taylor Cela ’12 is working on producing a web series and would love to network with other Wesleyannes in the Los Angeles, CA, area throughout the process. 

Congratulations to Ashley Jackson ’13 (Ypsilanti, MI) who has a new job as a graduate research assistant at University of Michigan. Ashley is an applied math graduate of Wesleyan and is an M.A. student at U of M. She says, “I am a science and math enthusiast and teach. Lover of all things ‘nerdy.’”

Meizi Li ’13 exclaims, “It’s official! University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Ford School of Public Policy, is where I’ll be for the next two years!”

Hannah Sophia Rawcliffe ’13 (Dallas, GA) is in a Ph.D. program at Indiana University and is working to digitize the Uffizi’s sculpture collection. “Thanks to my art history classes at Wesleyan, I actually know what some of the pieces are and their components!”

Ashlee Day ’14 (Tacoma, WA) is now the high school coordinator at Peace Community Center in the Greater Seattle area. She previously served as an AmeriCorp volunteer in Middle School in Tacoma and as an AmeriCorp academic coach. 

Congratulations to Gloria Oduyoye ’14 who is the new legal intern for the National Center for State Courts. Gloria is a law student at William and Mary Law School in Williamsburg, VA. 

Congratulations to Charline Vera van der Beek ’15 who is the new Attache, Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. She accepted this position in August 2016. Previously, she served in the European External Action Services for the United Nations in the Geneva area. 

From NYC Chermaine Johnson ’15 gives a “shout out” to two Wesleyan professors. “Hi Dr. Lively and Dr. Jan. Hope all is well! I miss you both and everyone else in the department. I just wanted to say thank you for teaching me and showing me all things theatre!  I’ve used everything you all have given me and as soon as I graduated I went straight to work. I am currently living in NYC and loving it. I am a student at The Broadway Dance Center as well as a soon to be enrolled student at the Actors Studio! I also have a job in Healthcare that pays the bills. I was just reaching out to tell you all that I would not have had the strength or energy to go out and work hard for my dreams had it not been for you both!”

Briana Hercules Dozier ’16 (Kailua, HI) is proud of her sister and current Wesleyan student  Seychelle Hercules ’19 who was crowned Miss Columbus in September. The next step for Seychelle is to compete for the Miss Georgia crown in June.

Wesleyan Enrollment Services welcomed a new admissions counselor to their department staff, Mallory Jones ’16. Mallory works with international students and juniors in high school, visits high schools, develops relationships with guidance counselors in the Central Georgia area, and represents Wesleyan at college fairs.

As of August 2016, Angela Yang ’16 has a new job. She is an intern at SinoVision English Channel / HERE Arts Center for the Greater New York City area. She joined HERE Arts Center after graduating from Wesleyan in May 2016 where she served as a production intern. 

 

 

 

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