Class Notes

1940

It has been a year of adjustments for Helen Hawthorne ’48. After moving twice, she finally found the best place, The Merch Harvard Care Center. It offers the personal care she requires and the convenience of being close to Doug and Margaret. With her wheelchair and walker, she was transported to Doug and Margaret’s home for Thanksgiving. Delicious food, plentiful wine and conversations with younger folks contributed to a lovely day that was made even better when the Bears beat the Packers!

Victor Ayoub ’49. Professing: no longer; tennis: no longer; dramatis personae: no longer; long-term residence and travel abroad: no longer. Nevertheless, core being and activity, what it is that made him who he is, remains intact and thriving. Continues to be more-conservative-than-not temperamentally; more-liberal-than-not intellectually. Occasionally nostalgia-driven with the memories that have accumulated, but the future remains more interesting to contemplate, though the gap between being and not-being shortens.

1950

Howard Schuman ’53 is co-authoring Generations and Collective Memory (University of Chicago Press) with Amy Corning.

Jo Miles Schuman ’53 and Joanna Hodgman selected and introduced A Spicing of Birds: Poems of Emily Dickinson, Wesleyan University Press, 2010. 

Grace Rapaport ’53 and Walter Butler ’53 made their marriage vows in front of two great white oaks in the Glen 63 years ago, with the assistance of Morris Keeton. Thanks to Antioch for launching them on their long adventurous lives together, full of music, dance and improvisation. Walter died on December 1, 2013.

Frank Strauss ’57 published a new baseball book about the New York Mets. The Flags at Shea begins with the Mets’ opening season in 1962, and goes on to focus on the pennant-winning seasons of 1969, 1973, 1986 and 2000. He is the retired assistant director of the Council of Jewish Federations and divides his time between New York City and Litchfield County, Connecticut.

1960

Ann Landau ’60 happily settled in San Francisco at the Sequoias San Francisco downtown retirement community. Ann has developed an interest in “Dance for Parkinsons” because she has two friends that have the disease and love the program. She recently met fellow Antiochian, Maya Philipson ’03, principal in Robisciotti & Associates, an investment management firm.

At first, Ellen Leary ’64 thought she should major in psychology, because who could really make a living in theater? But Meredith Dallas, who taught and directed theater along with Paul Treichler, convinced her that she was wrong. Her years as a theater major at Antioch stood her in good stead. Leary performed in Canada and the U.S., including eight productions on Broadway. After her mother died, she wrote her memoir, Mother Once Removed, which explores how her personality made life on the stage a natural outcome. 

Martia Graham Goodson ’65 announces the publication of her oral history of the 20th century black church, Church Ladies, Untold Stories of Harlem Women in the Powell Era. “Their voices have not been heard—until now. Women of Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church recount fights against Jim Crow alongside fiery Congressman Adam Clayton Powell Junior, their pastor and confidant.”  She urges you to buy it, read it and comment on the book’s Facebook page.

On November 1, ALlen Spalt ’66 shaved off his beard and mustache of 40 years as part of the “No Shave November” project that raises awareness and research funds for prostate cancer. Prostate cancer hit him hard with a four-alarm fire diagnosis and a year’s treatment—he’s in remission. Check out movember.com to see what you can do to “change the face of men’s health” and join him next November.

Helen Welford ’69 reconnected with old classmates and met several new ones during Volunteer Work Projects. The Work Project gatherings are good fun. Retired from arts administration at the University of Michigan, she creates period costumes for herself and others. She also felts or manipulates fabric to use in contemporary garments. When she is not in her studio, and her husband, Ron, is not working on his tree farm, they enjoy vintage Scottish dancing.

1970

Sandy Eastoak ’70 has a new book—Nuggets: Short Poetic Forms. Traditional and new forms are explored through examples and comparisons. After decades of crafting free verse, Sandy discovered how richly the strict form shapes content. Nuggets is available through Amazon as are her other poetry works: Rhymes with Pillow, Dark Love, Praise Poems and Four Crowns for Mother Earth. Like her paintings, Sandy’s poems invoke loving kinship with nonhuman life and -intelligence. 

Nancy Mills ’70, Jesse Epstein ’70, Susan Klein ’70 and Beth Navon ’71 got together in Vancouver, British Columbia, for an intense 36 hours of remembering, mourning and celebrating the life of Fred Sack ’69. It was an instant (re)connection, despite almost five decades since they all had been together. Nancy says, “The Antioch bond—and our love of Fred—will do that.”

Barton Wechsler ’70 is now dean of the Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri, and has been elected a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Established by Congress in 1967, the Academy is an independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that provides expert advice to government leaders.

Don Gage ’70 just published his third novel, Soul-Mate: A Story of the After-Life. The character, Richard, finds himself making the journey to the “light.” He thinks he is being more drawn to an angel, but it is his soul mate Rachel (they never met in life). More information and a sample chapter are at donsbooks.info/soul-mate.

2015 was both eventful and traumatic for Nancy Crow ’70. Her venerable law firm was unable to make the generational shift and collapsed beneath her with little warning. On the brink of a long-planned and life-changing month-long trip to South Africa, and not quite ready for retirement, she has found a new safe haven to practice law with the tax and estate planning firm, Hutchins & Associates LLC (hutchinslaw.com).

Avi Lank ’71 authored The Man Who Painted the Universe, published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. It is the story of the world’s largest rotating globe planetarium and Frank Kovac Jr., the man who conceived, built and runs it. Lank wrote the book with Ron Legro, and both of them worked as columnists for The Milwaukee Sentinel. Avi and Danette Hill Lank ’73 live in Milwaukee.

Dean Spitzer ’71 has been teaching a class at Charis Bible College in Woodland Park, Colorado, entitled “Unleashing the Positive Power of Performance Measurement to Increase the Effectiveness of Your Ministry,” which is based on his book Transforming Performance Measurement. Since graduation, Dean has published eight books, served as a professor at five universities and worked with many companies. Now in retirement, he is primarily engaged in helping organizations involved in spiritual and charitable work.

Claudia Hommel ’72 went on to get an MSLS in archival administration and ten years later, turned to fame and fortune on the stage! She was also the first to set up Museum Archives for the Detroit Institute of the Arts.

Paul Rybolt ’72 is happily embracing retirement. He is spending his time collecting vintage film cameras and finding new homes for them. He spends a month each year in southwest Ireland photographing burial grounds, holy wells and shrines. Paul has also been reconnecting with Yellow Springs, Ohio, after realizing that although he’s lived just outside the village for the last 39 years, he’s lost touch with the town.

After 38 years selling silk to artists, fashion designers and fabric stores, Jeanne-Michele Salander ’72 has retired and happily said goodbye to the grind of a 40-hour workweek and the daily two hour commutes. She now has the chance to plan her own days doing the things that she loves: painting on silk, gardening, cooking, yoga and restoring habitat at Ulistac Natural Area. You can see her silk art at jeanne-michele.com.

Craig Faustus Buck ’74 wrote his debut novel: Go Down Hard, a noir mystery romp, published by Brash Books. His short story “Dead End” was an Anthony Award nominee in 2014 (you can hear his story, “Honeymoon Sweet,” podcast at tinyurl.com/cfbplanb). He is on the national board of the Mystery Writers of America, president of his local chapter and active in community politics. Craig and his wife, Karina, have a daughter and are expecting their first grandchild in June.

In 2015, American Institute of Architects (AIA) Jury of Fellows elected Janis Kent ’74 to its esteemed College of Fellows. As a national and global leader in accessible design, Ms. Kent has pioneered barrier-free design and caused broader implementation by thousands of architects of accessible environments through her presentations, prolific writing and regulatory advocacy. AIA recognizes the architect’s achievements as an individual, and honors a model architect who has made significant contributions to society on a national level.

Since graduating in ’77, Amani Richardson’s journeys have taken her from California, where she spent a decade pursuing her passion of sculpture, to Virginia Beach, chasing her other passion—travel. She’s cooked Tagine and discussed Rumi with the Berbers in the desert near Marrakesh, made offerings to Pusan in Bali, hiked and slept under the stars in Cinque Terra, and will be off to Shanghai this April to see if the ancient water towns nearby actually resemble Venice. Life is good—love, on the other hand, has been fleeting.

Lisa Lewis ’78 recently returned to live in Los Angeles from New Zealand. She currently operates a TV rating consultancy; Warner Bros. and Microsoft Studios are among her clients. Lisa received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. She was also a producing fellow at the American Film Institute, after which she produced animated TV series. Lisa is also an avid sailor and yacht racer.

Barry Rogers ’78 decided earlier this year that it would be much more fun to own a small restaurant and tavern than continue the corporate consulting he’d been doing for the past 15 years. Thus, he is now the proud owner of the Marcola Roadhouse in rural Oregon. Anyone in the Eugene area is encouraged get in touch, stop in for a burger and a beer and say “hey.”

1980

Dawn Menken ’80 lived in Zurich for 10 years with Julie Diamond ’81, Amy Mindell-Kaplan ’81 and Jan Dworkin ’81, studying and helping in the development of process-oriented psychology, a.k.a. Processwork. Some Antiochians might remember Ben Thompson’s class “The Teachings of Don Juan,” where Ben read from Amy’s unpublished manuscript on Processwork. Check out Amy’s webpage to hear Ben read from the The Deathwalk aamindell.net/all-our-relations/. In 1990, the Process Work Institute was established in Portland, Oregon, where Dawn helped to develop the graduate programs. She has a private practice, is a group facilitator, conflict resolution educator and leads programs for youth. Dawn is also the author of the award-winning book Raising Parents, Raising Kids and another called Speak Out: Talking About Love, Sex and Eternity. She is married to her partner of 20 years and they have a 14-year-old son. She can be reached at -dawnmenken.com.

While attending Antioch, Stephanie C. Smith ’80 started the Safety Patrol in response to the growing number of rapes on campus. In Raleigh, she continues to work on issues addressing violence against women. Her day job is managing a child custody mediation program. For fun, she creates edgy poetry. Steph would love to hear from more classmates.

After 22 months in Phoenix, Ariz., Jeanne Papish ’81 and her wonderful husband moved back to Colorado. They were welcomed back by wonderful family and friends, awesome sunsets, majestic mountains and a feeling of being home. She is still studying holistic nutrition online. She would love to hear from fellow -classmates.

Aaron Gruenberg ’82 got out of Brooklyn in the nick of time. After decades of looking for good paying customers to keep his Victorian vestibule tile and bathroom renovation business running, his landlord raised his rent 60 percent. Aaron is now renovating a mansion and starting a new business 200 miles north of the city. He is keeping his Brooklyn apartment for a while so he can take on a few more NYC jobs, but will eventually concentrate on the area around Albany, the Adirondacks and western New England. Friends please write to: 354 Vley Road, Glenville, New York, 12302 or aaron@grueninteriors.com.

Taylore Grymonnt (formerly Donna Walrafen) ’83 received her MS in oriental medicine in 1995, settled in Vermont in 1998 and ran a private acupuncture practice in Montpelier. She lives in a beautiful little house in the woods surrounded by wild animals and quiet. She loves gardening, weaving and traveling to warmer locations during the winter. She is lucky to have her sister Janice Walrafen ’85 living very near. Send correspondence to taoloregrymonnt@gmail.com. 

After Antioch, Emily Sherman-Marynczak ’84 danced herself silly, moved on to early childhood education, waitressing, the film industry and finally blissfully arrived at true love: motherhood and her life’s work as a childhood educator and a doula. She is nearing completion on her first book: Conscientious Birth. She is still dancing herself silly—just mostly in the kitchen. Friends passing through Albany, N. Y., please stop by!

Thanks to inspiration from Antioch professor Jewel Graham (who passed away in 2015), Karla Pearcy-Marston ’85 went on to receive her MSW and MPH from U.C. Berkeley. Her passion for social justice led her to work with Haitian refugees in Guantanamo Bay, gang youth in El Salvador and rural health workers in Sierra Leone. She is currently based in Portland, Ore., enjoying family life and working in a maternity support program.

Wini Ray ’85 works at one of the nation’s best dropout recovery high schools in Dayton, Ohio. She works with gang members and kids who have been rejected by everyone else. Her own kids are doing great! David Leon Walker is a freshman at Yellow Springs High School, and Nancy Jane Epling just graduated from Hanover College and is running the Dayton Music, Art and Film Festival. Wini’s mom, Flo Lorenz, worked in the AV department at Antioch for many decades, and at the age of 83, is still very involved in the Yellow Springs Community.

Jose and Courtney Morris Baer ’87 are still married and recently moved to Chico, Calif. Courtney is working as an RN at Enloe Hospital, while Jose is extending his farm management and agricultural consulting business northward. Jose continues to manage his family’s farm in Lompoc. Their daughter, Sophia, is taking a year off to travel after finishing her first year at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash. Antiochians are welcome to stop in and say hello!

Clarence Maybee ’87 completed his Ph.D. in information science this year at Queensland University of Technology. His thesis was dedicated to Joe Cali: “Don’t fall down!”

jill Detweiler ’87 doesn’t have the heart to keep resisting Duffy’s patient and earnest entreaties for class notes, and certainly none of the other schools she has attended since Antioch have been remotely comparable. She is a high school librarian and her husband, Ben Clemens ’91, works for a website for kids DIY organization. Their daughter, Sarah, is lucky to have another Antioch-related relative, her great aunt Amy Trompetter, who taught theatre at Antioch. Jill is very grateful for the connections with other alumni. Please be in touch. 

Beth Barbeau ’88 has moved four times during her 15 years in Ann Arbor, suiting her 50’s better than the 35 country-wide moves during the previous 15 years. She has been a midwife for 20 years at the River of Life, owns a natural life boutique (theindigoforest.com), and her two teen boys have goaded her into signing up on dating websites. She has lost some dear ones, including her “like-a-twin” sister Laura to Ocular Melanoma in 2013. Grief has been a heavy cloak, but she is emerging.  Beth welcomes connections!

Since graduation, Lorka Muñoz-Daugherty ’88 has been living in Dayton, Ohio and working for Five Rivers MetroParks. She has started community gardens, and was instrumental in creating programming for a new waterfront park with an outdoor ice rink that hosts community festivals and concerts. She also started a bicycle rental business and oversaw two food concessions in the Second Street Public Market. She retired in June 2015 and is now a stay-at-home mom to her 16-year-old daughter Sophia. Her 22-year-old son, John, is married to Carl Daugherty.

After three decades in science education, including 15 years spent running Deer Ridge Farm & Farm Camp with her husband while raising her son, Lisa Holderness ’88 is at an exciting transition point. That’s the positive spin on a nasty divorce. Along with all the heartbreak came an amazing freedom—a push to reinvent her next 20 years of work on her own terms. She will be looking for land, ideally a historic farm that she can turn into a model of sustainability, where she can grow her flower, berry and maple business. Lisa would love to get in touch with Antiochians who have similar missions. Come visit or help out! Vtflowergirl@gmail.com and 802-490-2267. 

Artist and rabble rouser Ricardo -Muniz ’89 created the traveling exhibit “Homenaje,” that honors and celebrates the Puerto Rican elders, heroes and icons of the de facto capital of Puerto Rican culture on the U.S. mainland: New York City. It has been traveling NY’s historic Puerto Rican communities, including community centers, bodegas, clinics, liquor stores, furniture stores and schools. He also founded an urban clothing line, CHULO Underwear, that partners with community centers to raise money for local youth programming and scholarships. Check out facebook.com/homenajethe-travelingexhibit and -CHULOunderwear.nyc.   

Martin Ward ’89 and Jon Christopher ’90 take a yearly sojourn somewhere on the planet every year. Jon is a co-director at MTV networks in NYC, and Martin has given up his U.S. citizenship and is an expat in London, where he is an HIV counselor and an artist. Steven Duffy ’77 says that they were universally loved by their peers—good that people keep friendships across the decades and the “pond.” 

Antiochians gathered in Seattle on December 4, 2015, to witness The Gits for the first time in over 20 years with singer Rachel Flotard. The multi-band show was a benefit for a longtime friend who is currently fighting cancer. Performers included Matt Dresdner ’89, Steve Moriarty ’89, Andrew Kessler ’89, Ben London ’89 and Maria Mabra ’91. Attendees included Valerie Agnew ’91, Joe Lowndes ’90, Paul Glavin ’88, Roseann London ’89, Katie Heiser ’90, Joe Hirsch ’88 and David Ingram ’89. The evening raised over $17,000.

Peter Sheehy ’89 lives in Seattle and has been a Washington resident since 1992. He spent many years doing odd jobs. The oddest: driving a taxi for five years. Peter also did some freelance writing—primarily film and music reviews. He finished his BA at Evergreen in ’99 and received an MFA from Eastern Washington University in ’07 and a M.Ed. in special education from University of Washington in ’11. He currently works at an elementary school and runs an after-school boxing program for “at-risk” youth.

1990

Kevin Lynn ’90 recently defended his dissertation at the University of Florida. It was titled: Who Defines“Whole:” The Environmental Justice and Urban Political Ecology of Flood Control and Community Relocation in Houston, Texas. Dr. Lynn plans to look for teaching opportunities in the southeast. He can be reached at kevinlynn@ufl.edu.

What can you say about Colleen Jacobson ’91, an Antiochian, who wound up in the beautiful state of Arizona teaching special ed? Imagine purple magic mountains, more than 200 incredible lakes and reservoirs, morning skiing followed by an afternoon in the valley of the sun swimming or kayaking in the afternoon. Come and see the spectacular red rocks of Sedona, The Grand Canyon, Route 66 and Mother Nature in one of her finest masterpieces.

Russell Pachman ’91 got married to David Watson in Sandwich, Mass., on May 16, 2015. The ceremony was performed by Jennifer Miko ’92. Russell and David live in San Francisco where David sings with the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, and Russell is studying to enter the nursing profession while continuing his art practice in the San Francisco printmaking community. 

Jason Rothstein ’94 had a busy 2015. In January, he took a new position as director of the Center for Jewish Genetics, an educational organization focused on recessive disorders and hereditary cancers that are more common among Jews. In May, he and his wife, Annie Gomberg, moved into their first house located in Oak Park, Ill. On July 7, they welcomed their son Jascha Benjamin into the world, who in marked contrast to his father, arrived early. All are healthy and happy.

Kelly Childress ’94, worked on (and won) a campaign to defeat an anti-LGBT ballot measure. She also worked as a labor organizer stopping a small school district in Oregon from contracting out additional jobs and become an ordained minister with the progressive United Church of Christ. Over the past twelve years she has worked for Kaiser Hospitals as a chaplain and spiritual care director. She changed her role a year and a half ago to health care ombuds/mediator. Her life and work are focused on justice and helping teach and promote practices of compassion for all beings.

Marc Anthony Richardson ’95 won the Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize for his debut novel, Year of the Rat, which will be published in 2016 by Fiction Collective Two, an imprint of the University of Alabama Press. After receiving an MFA from Mills College, where he studied under Michele Aharonian Marcom and Cristina Garcia, he was awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, the MacDowell Colony, and the Headlands Center for the Arts. He is currently working on his second novel.

In 2015, Shayla Hason ’96 and Adam Luedtke ’95 acquiesced to the patriarchy by marrying at Portland’s World Trade Center on Labor Day (get it?). Their friendship developed into something deeper when, after decades apart post-Antioch, they found themselves in the same town during the summer of 2014. Shayla and Adam split time between Portland, Ore. and Queens, where Adam is an assistant professor of political science at City University of New York. 

Shawn Casey ’96 lives in Columbus, Ohio. He earned a Ph.D in English from The Ohio State University. He currently works as an assistant professor and a faculty fellow for dual enrollment at Columbus State Community College. Shawn really likes Columbus. He welcomes correspondence from other two- and four-year college faculty working on concurrent enrollment partnerships at scasey5@csss.edu. 

Innisfree Seyman ’96 spent the spring and summer researching the potential of agritourism and the local food movement to promote sustainable development in southwest Wisconsin. During the fall of 2015, she started teaching at the University of Wisconsin Stout, and watching Scott Walker dismantle higher education in Wisconsin. Next summer she will be mentoring undergraduates as part of a National Science Foundation funded research project focused on reducing phosphorus runoff and improving water quality in local watersheds.

David Ottaviano ’96 lives in New York City with his wife Jessica. They welcomed their daughter Antonia Ottaviano into the world last November. David works for the National Park Service at a historic site in Manhattan, where he continues his interest in history, education and working with the public.

Brent Ortner ’98 recently turned 40 years old and sold his companies (the largest subacute detoxification program in Los Angeles with inpatient and outpatient chemical dependency treatment centers in Orange County) to a larger publicly traded company. His husband, child and two pugs split their time between LA and Palm Springs. His husband, Jaremy, has produced two movies that will premiere at Sundance, and then continue on the festival circuit. He just stopped working on the television series The Walking Dead. Brent encourages any alums visiting or living in SoCal to email him at brent10014@gmail.com.

Klint Cowan ’98 got married to Laura Jacobs on October 17, 2015, in Oklahoma City.  Their new family consists of her seven-year-old son, Stryder, and his eight-year-old son, Alex. They will live in downtown Oklahoma City if their home renovation project is ever finished. Klint is a partner at an Oklahoma law firm, working primarily on commercial litigation and Indian Law. Laura has an MSW and works in the state mental health department. 

Roy Slayton ’98 opened Hood River, Oregon’s first craft distillery, Camp 1805. The distillery, situated on the banks of the Columbia River, produces whiskey and rum. He continues to wear shorts, enjoys taking his family and friends rafting and would love for you to stop by the distillery if you are nearby!

Ruby Thomasson ’98 has moved back to her hometown of Minneapolis after being away in NYC for 18 years. She most recently served as the manager of development and alumni affairs at The City College of New York, an affiliate of the City University of New York (CUNY). In December, she accepted a job as a development and alumni affairs specialist in with Hennepin Technical College (HTC) in Brooklyn Park, Minn. Ruby joins a team of five who will lead fundraising efforts for scholarships and important emergency grants for students that have been affected by family and economic hardships so that they can focus on their studies and graduate. HTC currently has a 92 percent job placement rate for students who complete the program. 

In July 2015, Robin Daniel ’99 married the love of her life, Charles Daniel, a young man from Springfield, Ohio. She took on a new role in Fort Mill, South Carolina, with Walmart of all companies. She is an instructional designer, creating all things Walmart. Robin’s mother (former Antioch College director of financial aid) is well. Robin’s 13-year-old, Alyssa, is fantastic. Robin was excited to be grilling steaks in November. 

Kristi Ketchum ’99 has made Portland, Ore., her home for the last 15 years and is still hanging out with her first-year roommate. She has been a social worker at the Portland Veterans Administration for five years and is currently spearheading the implementation of the Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Assistance Program. The program is one of only six national pilot sites and is focused on IPV screening, staff education and offender intervention.

Elizabeth Jodon-Jacewicz ’99 is living in the moment and planning the future of continued greatness with her husband, Jony, and their beautiful daughters, Karmen (nine), Amani (seven), and Zendra (seven). Yes, a twin had twins! Home is in northeastern Ohio. Elizabeth is currently in her dream role with Regulatory & Quality Services (R&Q), a medical device consulting company, working with others to enhance, protect and save human lives.

Imani McPhaden ’99 is settled in Evanston, Ill., with her two children, Stella and Duncan, and is currently working for Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety. She smiles often and enjoys laughing out loud on a regular basis.

2000

This past fall, Shelby Chestnut ’05 celebrated their third anniversary at the New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) as the co-director of community organizing and public advocacy. AVP works to empower LGBTQ and HIV-affected survivors of all types of violence through policy advocacy, organizing, counseling and legal services. Shelby’s current work has been greatly focused on the deadly epidemic of violence transgender people have been facing locally and nationally, by working to increase access to jobs, housing, affirming healthcare and education as a starting point to address the root causes of violence. Shelby couldn’t be happier with where they work and the type of work they get to do everyday with some of the most talented people around. As Shelby celebrated their fifth year in NYC, they had the distinct pleasure of attending Commencement and Reunion this past summer and sat next to Antioch’s beloved Jimmy Williams and Steve Schwerner ’60 as the first graduating class received their diplomas. The day was bittersweet in many ways, as it brought back memories of what it took to get to that moment. But one thing was certain: Antioch College continues to educate and graduate some of the most brilliant young minds. 

Emily Sepik ’05 is still skating for the Blue Ridge Rollergirls of Asheville, North Carolina, and rescuing animals at Cedar Ridge Animal Hospital. 

Abigale Lank ’05 is living happily and by the skin of her teeth in New York City. In 2014, she and her partner welcomed a daughter, Athena Easther, who could potentially be a 3rd generation Antiochian if she is interested in 16 years. Abigail has been in the social work field for the past four years, and is currently serving as management at a nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless New Yorkers transition into permanent housing, She is also studying furiously to apply to law school. In her spare time, she moonlights as a birth doula, a path that she found while living in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late ’00s.

Courtney Anne Kelly (Combs) ’06 is living in the United Kingdom with her husband and son. She is currently finishing her second novel. This year, Courtney travelled to the United States, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Portugal and Italy. In the new year, she and her husband hope to visit Spain, Morocco and Canada. She has been learning the Argentine Tango and formal ballroom dances when she’s not reading crime fiction novels. 

Amy Schmidt ’06 now has Australian citizenship and a Master’s by thesis degree from the University of Western Australia. She left her job teaching aboriginal children in a small desert community and returned to Sweden for another season of WOOFing at a yoga/meditation retreat center. Amy is now in Sydney as a research officer at Macquarie University. One of her many goals for 2016 is to live in the same place for longer than four months.

Following graduation, Chris Lisieski ’07 worked for a private investigation company before attending law school in Virginia, where he picked up “y’all” as a gender neutral alternative to “you guys”—that’s somewhat classier than his native “yinz.” While in law school, most of his time was spent working with the Innocence Project, which represents wrongfully incarcerated people seeking to overturn their convictions. After passing the bar, he spent a year representing indigent death row inmates in state and federal habeas corpus litigation, challenging the validity of their convictions and sentences. He recently moved to California to begin a federal clerkship.

On July 4, 2015, Olivia Leirer ’08 and Michael Carroll ’06 took the plunge and got hitched. It was an awesome wedding and they wished many of you were there. Olivia is a deputy director of New York Communities for Change, where she’s working to make NYC, with its ever-increasing cost of living, more accessible for the city’s non-millionaire residents. Michael is a production facilitator at Brooklyn Cable Access television station, or BRIC, where he works to help eccentric people make great TV

Thedora Kimmel ’08 says that Antioch inspired her to create a culture of respect, love and understanding. With a vision of Antioch close to her heart, she set out to use her history as a sexual abuse survivor to share with the world the language of consent and the Sexual Offense Prevention Policy. She created a website devoted to the healing of sexual violence: -healsexualabuse.blogspot.com. Antioch also inspired her to pursue truth and human dignity for the sake of honest and peaceful communication.

Alexandra Kesman ’08 recently became the director of operations for Cintifuse in Cincinnati, Ohio—a nonprofit that creates an active network and ecosystem of entrepreneurs, funders and large corporations by building relationships that drive economic value for the region. As director, she manages Union Hall, a new facility in Over-the-Rhine, which provides spaces for the Brandery, Cincytech and coworking startups. Alexandra is also the producing director of the Improv Festival of Cincinnati and a member of Festival Chorus—a group that sings year round with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Michael Yates ’08 lives in Seattle working in the corporate world of video production while secretly writing and directing anarchist-themed books, screenplays and music videos under the alias Bizarro Michael Yates. In 2014, he performed on the electric organ with the band Whoa, Blackberries. He spent 2015 learning new skills such as butchery, mouth harp, polyphonic singing and piano. His dog, Anna, is volunteering as a therapy dog for the chronically ill.

Marysia Walcerz ’10 was recently accepted to train at Spin Circus Academy in Australia—continuing her practice of contortion and hand balancing down under. She’s been working as a coach in Portland, Ore., for the Circus Project, a nonprofit that uses circus to reach homeless and at risk youth. Marysia got her start doing social circus with CircEsteem, on co-op during her last year at Antioch.