Class of 2014
Rory MacAneney and Sam Shepard held a voter registration drive on Sept. 25, National Voter Registration Day. Sam and Rory are both second year law students and co-vice presidents at Boston University School of Law’s American Constitution Society. The ACS is a progressive legal organization founded in the wake of the Bush v. Gore decision, intended to promote the vitality of the U.S. Constitution and the fundamental values it expresses: individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice, democracy, and the rule of law.
Mikalei Gordon married Blair Alexander Simon on Sept. 30, at Villa Woodbine in Coconut Grove, Fla. The couple met in medical school and are currently in residency at Northwestern University Hospital in Chicago. The bridal party included maid of honor Shanelle Gordon ’14, bridesmaid Siffat Hingorani, Bi Yu Li, and groomsman Christian Talavera.
The 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 featuring the brightest young entrepreneurs, innovators, and game changers of the year in 20 different industries included: Claire DeBoer ’12, partner of New York City’s King Restaurant; Trang Duong ’18, cofounder of Penta; Amelia Friedman ’14, cofounder of Hatch Apps; Dakota Gruener ’11, executive director of ID2020; Ross Harrow ’11, cofounder of Flour Shop; Jessica Liu ’13, engineering manager at Figma; Melanie Masarin ’12, head of retail and offline experiences at Glossier; Alex Morse ’11, mayor of Holyoke, Mass.; Viet Nguyen ’17, cofounder of EdMobilizer; and Alexander Salter ’12, an MD-PhD candidate at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, who is studying T-cells.
Nate Wardwell married Jared Misner in November. Adam Katz officiated, while Joshua Linden and Timothy Parsons ’15 ScM were groomsmen. Also in attendance were Brook Achterhof ’15; Duane Barksdale ’17 Jeffrey Baum ’15; Natalie Diacovo; Drew Hansen ’15; Margaret Hanson; Dara Illowsky; Ryan Joudeh ’16, ’17 AM; Raghava Kamalesh; Russyan Mabeza ’15; Noah Prestwich; Derek Shay ’16; and Ben Simon ’11,’12 ScM.
Ivy Alphonse-Leja and Jared Crean ’13 were married in November in Boston. The couple was thrilled to have several Brown grads in attendance at their wedding.
Our 5th reunion is, unbelievably, happening in a few months, May 24-26. The reunion kicks off on Friday night during the opening reception at Alumnae Hall, and then on to Campus Dance. The next morning, you can meet up with friends on Thayer Street or at Field Day and see some impressive talks at the alumni forums. On Saturday night, we’ll meet at #Party at the Ratty as a throwback to our Senior Week #Fratty in the Ratty. Sunday will be the time for the procession honoring the Class of 2019. To keep up-to-date on our class events throughout the weekend, log in to Brunonia and update your profile with your latest contact information.
Paul Tran ’14 was announced as a 2018 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship winner by the Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine. Tran is the first Asian American since 1993 to win the Nuyorican Poets Café Grand Slam and has placed in the Top 10 at the Individual World Poetry Slam. Tran’s work appears in the New Yorker, in the anthology Inheriting the War, and in the film Love Beats Rhymes.
Samuel Cade Howard ’14 writes that, after his stint in the Peace Corps in Vanuatu from 2014 to 2015 and work on lymphatic filariasis for the Gates Foundation in Papua New Guinea from 2015 to 2017, he is now working for the British NGO Sightsavers as their East Africa program director in Kenya.
Isabella Giancarlo ’14 and business partner Laura Kraber launched an all-gender makeup collection called Fluide; they are on a mission to queer the beauty industry from the inside out. They create colorful, cruelty-free makeup for all gender expressions, gender identities, and skin tones, and have been featured by outlets such as Fast Company, Teen Vogue, and Buzzfeed.
Kevin Nguyen (see Alan Birnbaum ’71).
Alan Birnbaum writes: “‘Brown...cold winters.’ That was an odd but true phrase to hear in the doctors’ lounge of St. Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, where I have been active staff since 1979 and currently serve as the chairman of the neurology division and medical director of the stroke program, not to mention now teaching our very first class of internal medicine residents. I turned around and saw a very young doctor in green scrubs, not one of our own residents, but house staff from a cooperating local hospital, Valley Children’s Hospital, where my late mother, a pediatrician, had practiced for a quarter century. And with that, I met Kevin Nguyen ’14, who had just completed four years of medical school at UC Davis, and had come for his opening pediatrics rotation in our hospital’s nursery.”
Samantha Gay earned second place in The American Prize in Vocal Performance 2017-18—The Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, in the women’s community art song & oratorio division.
Andrea S. Wister married long-time partner Frode Kagge on July 8, in Oslo, Norway. Many people crossed the Atlantic to attend, including Patrick Cox, Steven McGarty, Nicole Peterson, Tiffany Tassin ’15 ScM, Sabrina Yu ’15, and Kyle Zurcher.
Lily Gildor and Seamus Kirst launched their podcast, Mental Health Hangouts, which features interviews with young people about mental illness, mental health treatment, addiction, and related issues. Guests have included Gabe Gonzalez, Deepali Gupta ’12, Jack Sullivan, and Sam Levison ’14. The podcast is available on iTunes and at www.mentalhealthhangouts.com.
Joe Soloway writes: “I have finally retired after 57 years of pediatric practice. I am happy with the newfound freedom, though I do miss the joys of being with and tending to kids and their families for all those years. My wife, Lorraine, a retired New York City school teacher, and I celebrated our 59th anniversary this past August. Our family is now three generations deep at Brown. Our eldest son, Greg Soloway ’82, and his wife, Linda E. Gray ’82; our daughter Liz S. Snider ’84; our son Andrew Soloway ’86 and his wife, Sabina Siani Soloway ’85; our granddaughter Sophie Soloway ’14; and our grandson Ari Snider ’18 all attest to the Brown effect on the Soloway clan. How fortunate we have been. Lorraine and I live in Jamaica Estates in Queens, but will be moving to East 56th Street in Manhattan.”
Class Notes from the January/February 2018 Issue
Annalise Van Meurs ’18 MD and Melissa Warstadt ’12 announce their Oct. 7 wedding at Roger Williams Park Botanical Center in Providence,
R.I. The two brides met in 2011 as members of the coed Zeta Delta Xi fraternity. Both are fourth-year medical students (Melissa at Boston Univ.). The wedding party included Alex Warstadt ’15 and Maddy Jennewein. Melissa’s stepmother is Denise Wydra ’90 AM, and Rebecca Pronsky ’02 is her cousin. Also present at the wedding were many friends and family from Zeta and the Warren Alpert Medical School, including Lyndsey Barnes ’11; David Bercovici ’05,’10 MD; Lauren Bilsky; Ora Boncore ’12; Joey Burnett ’12, ’19 PhD; Tony Cabral ’97; Kim Chipetine ’12; Jay Danver ’12; Michael Dixon ’12, ’16 AM; Eduardo Garza ’12, ’18 MD; Sidonie Devarenne ’16; Sarah Dominguez ’19 MD; Natalie Hall ’18 MD; Rebecca Himmelwright ’18 MD; Artie Hintermeister ’05; Araceli Hintermeister ’12; Jennifer Ju ’12; Matt Kowalski ’13, ’14 AM; Cathy Mardula ’12; Vincent Moita; Lucas Morduchowicz; Jen Nykiel ’10, ’14 MD; Daniella Prince ’12; Jamilya Ramos-Chapman ’11; Ilya Raskin; Aaron Shapiro ’18 MD; Ophelia Vidal ’12; and Diego Wedgwood ’11
Class Notes from the November/December 2017 Issue
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Class Notes from the September/October 2017 Issue
Wyatt Crowell and
nnah Cotton, announce the May 7 arrival of their first son, Elliot Christopher Crowell. Wyatt writes: “It should be noted that Elliot’s birthday is entirely prime, much to his father’s delight.”
Meia Geddes writes: “I have published two books: Love Letters to the World, an epistolary work addressing the world as body, concept, and stranger; and The Little Queen, a novella in which the little queen determines how to be a little queen.”
Class Notes from the July/August 2017 Issue
Emily Kassie was awarded the Overseas Press Club Award for Best Digital Reporting on International Affairs.
Class Notes from the May/June 2017 Issue
Emily Kassie won the 2017 National Magazine Award (Ellie) for Multimedia story of the year for the project The 21st Century Gold Rush. The ceremony was in New York City and hosted by Lester Holt. She had a separate nomination for public interest story of the year.
Class Notes from the September/October 2016 Issue
Mike Robinson (see Kevin Hui ’07).
Class Notes from the March/April 2015 Issue
Yoon Jeong Chong works for Doppler Labs, a New York-based start-up that designs and makes ear plugs to be worn at concerts. The CEO and four other colleagues are Brown graduates—a total of six Brownies between the years of ’07 and ’14 working together in the office.
Class Notes from the January/February 2015 Issue
Ben Cowan (see Janine Idelson ’83).
Class Notes from the May/June 2014 Issue
Carolyn Vincent (see Dorothy Blair Sage ’51).