Alumni Notes

Shayne Moore Raeburn, born January 9th, 2010

Cristin Chafe Rose ’86 writes “I gave birth to my son, Shayne,
on January 9th (my mother’s birthday!). He is so, so lovely, and every day is now
even more wondrous.”

Kara Ganley ’87 is in her eighth year teaching science in the Los Angeles public schools and is chair of the science department. Remarkably, she has the highest scoring science students across all of the Los Angeles Unified School District.  In recent summers, Kara has mentored Teach for America first-year teachers in preparation for their first teaching experiences in the LA schools.  Kara traveled to Ecuador last year with other science teachers and fellow naturalists, exploring the Amazon in canoes, traveling to volcanic islands, and visiting the Galapagos. See a more detailed account of Kara’s work at our Alumni in Focus section.

Meghan Guittarr Nichols ’87 and her husband welcomed Morgan Fader Nichols, born on Oct. 30th at 1:54 a.m.  He was 7 lbs., 14 oz., and 21 inches.  Meghan writes, “We got home on Saturday and have been trying to get organized having 2 kids!  Everyone is doing well!”

Louis Somma ’88 writes, “Recently I married Ann Colville and we have a son, Leo Somma, born in January 2009.”

Andrew Smith ’90 took a trip to Israel last October to visit Becca Feldman ’90 and her new husband in Tel Aviv. Andrew is based in San Francisco, leading ATDymanics, a clean tech company focused on making tractor-trailers more aerodynamic and reducing greenhouse gas emissions of the freight transportation industry.

Kate Wolkoff ’90 was married to Stephen Hilger on Block Island , October 4th, 2009.  One of the attendants was Becca Feldman ’90. Stephen’s English teacher performed the ceremony outdoors in the golden, late afternoon sun.  The ceremony culminated in a six-foot-high tissue paper hot air balloon that drifted away over the fields and stone walls.  Kate and Stephen met in a photography class in college.  Both artists and photographers, they went in different directions for graduate school, but ran into each other on the New York subway years later.  Stephen is now teaching at Tulane University and Kate is making work and doing jobs from New Orleans where they moved last fall.  Kate’s job for different magazines and journals has taken her to many countries, Chile, Gabon, and Syria among others.

Peter Nelson ’94 writes that he has sold his English Language School that he set up in Poland.  He is currently seeking out an interesting job, ideally in a compelling non-profit.  “Fond memories of GUS!”

Kevin Kyle ’95 drove from Sarasota, Florida to Napa, California to work at Hundred Acre Winery. Kevin started as an intern and is now a full time cellar worker. He recently visited wineries in Adelaide, Australia.

Elizabeth Besser Novak ’97 writes, “I celebrated my one-year wedding anniversary. I am still teaching junior kindergarten at Meadowbrook School in Weston and I am off to South Africa for a month in the summer.”

Becca Wasserman ’98 writes, “I graduated from Naropa University in Boulder, CO in 2008 and have recently returned to Boulder after spending six months in India and Thailand traveling and doing an internship in a community outside Chiangmai.  Twenty-five interns from around the world were immersed in community living, organic agriculture, a seed saving effort, and learning natural building techniques.  The majority of time was spent rebuilding an adobe brick community kitchen.  I’m looking forward to getting involved in similar projects in Colorado.”

J. P. Hitesman ’98 writes, “I’ve heard it has been a soggy summer so far on the East Coast. We are experiencing lots of sunshine here in the San Francisco area, and I’ve been busy working on a production of Three Sisters. The company website is: and it’s been a good run so far. I’ll then move on to stage-managing a version of Mel Brooks’ The Producers, which will run in October. At the same time, I’m getting ready to start graduate school in September at the CA Institute of Integral Studies, so it will be a busy fall.”

Abby Baird ’98 just finished her third year at Yale Medical School.

Ashley Rumbough ’98 lives in Boston and works at BigBad, a Boston-based interactive agency committed to creating exceptional online experiences.

Evan Heymann ’99 is coaching sixth grade sports at GUS this year.

Tracie Merrill ’99 “I am getting married June 26th.  We are going on a cruise to Alaska for our honeymoon.  Life and my job (teacher) couldn’t be better.

Isaac Ross ’99 received his real estate license and began working with Boston Green Realty doing residential and commercial sales and rentals. He emphasizes helping his clients understand the health and environmental benefits of green features and the green potential of traditional homes.

Morgan Baird ’00 is about to start graduate school for ship architecture. She is also pursuing her masters in psychology at Pace University in New York.

Michael Melville ’00 writes, “I am completing my second year of law school at Boston College Law and looking forward to my summer job with the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office where I will be a student attorney in Ayer District Court.  I clerked for Federal District Court Judge Saylor last year, and law review keeps me very busy.  In my third and final year, I will be a senior law review editor.  I keep in touch with Adam Siegel ’00 who will be returning from his year with Americorps this July.”

Cassie Rotman ’00 is living and working in Boston. Cassie and her roommate, GUS class­mate Julia Lippman ’00, have joined the Union Boat Club crew team and will be rowed in the Head of the Charles Regatta in October.

Matthew Soursourian ’00 was named an Earth Day Champion on April 30 at the eighth annual Breakfast of Champions sponsored by Clean Water Action in Rhode Island.  The event celebrates the achievement of Rhode Island’s environmental leaders of 2009.  He has begun working at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco as a research associate in community development.

Liz Backler ’01 is working as a biology teacher at Reading Memorial High School.

Ariel Carmichael ’01 is a student at Pace University in New York and is entering a masters program in psychology.

Alex Chase ’01 writes, “I recently graduated magna cum laude from Brandeis University with a BA in economics and a minor in business. In a few weeks, I start my first year of law school at Boston College. I currently live in Waltham with my girlfriend, Gabrielle, who will be entering her first year at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. I miss GUS and hope all of my teachers and classmates are doing well.”

Matt Dusenberry ’01 graduated from High Point University and is currently living in North Carolina and pursuing a career in the motor sport industry.

Gabie Fucillo ’01 graduated from UMass Amherst with honors. Gabie stayed in Western MA for the summer working as a waitress and taking dance lessons. Gabie is moving to Rhode Island in the fall to join the Spindle City Ballet.

Thea Gudonis ’01 writes that she has graduated from Bucknell University. Thea spent her summer teaching 4 to 12 year olds nature discovery classes with the Maria Mitchell Association on Nantucket. “It was great working with a variety of age groups, learning styles, interests, and abilities.” Thea is planning to move to Charleston, SC, in November.

Eben Johnson ’01 graduated from RWU with a Criminal Justice degree and is now enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He is planning to be a nuclear reactor operator on aircraft carriers.  Eben writes, “My little brother, Lance ’05, is finishing his freshman year at UVM majoring in wildlife biology.”

Monroe (Lucy) King ’01 graduated from Occidental College in California with a degree in art history and visual arts. Monroe spent time last summer studying painting in Paris, then returned to California to pursue singing and songwriting. You can listen to Monroe sing an original song, Fashionista, at http://

Courtney Rumbough ’01 graduated from Drew University and was on Nantucket for the summer working at In the Pink.

Sarah Weisman ’01 received her BS in retail management and consumer studies from Syracuse University. While at Syracuse, she was a member of the sorority Sigma Delta Tau and spent her junior year studying in London. During her time there she traveled extensively in Europe. Sarah has also interned for Saks in Boston and John Varvatos in New York City. Sarah currently lives in New York City and is pursuing a career in fashion.

Amelia Wilson ’01 is living outside Miami and pursuing a career in fashion design.

Olivia Gale ’02 finished her third year at the University of St. Andrews, after spending the first semester in Montevideo. She is starting her dissertation on Jane Austen.

Chad Koop ’02 is at UMass Amherst, majoring in managerial economics. Chad spent his summer in upstate New York working on a farm.

Maggie Melville ’02 writes, “I am graduating from Wheaton College in May, along with Liz Riley ’02.  I will have a degree in psychology and plan to work a year in my field and then apply to graduate school for a masters in clinical psychology.  I spent several school breaks working with Alzheimer patients in the Lighthouse Program and with little kids at the Elizabeth Amen Nursery School in Norton, MA.”

Katie Sofia ’02 writes, “I am going into my senior year at Union College, where I am studying mechanical engineering. This past fall/winter I studied abroad in Prague and got to do lots of traveling around Europe. This summer I stayed on campus at Union to do research on the enhancement of solar energy systems.”

Jennifer Sweeney ’02 will be graduating from New England College with a degree in Educational Studies.  “For the future, I am looking into graduate studies.”

Carley Berry ’03 is captain of the women’s hockey team at St. Anselm.

Josh Blatt ’03 writes that he has moved into a house with GUS classmate Alex Levin ’03 in Burlington, VT.  He enjoys as many ski days as possible with Alex and Dylan Comb ’03.  Josh is entering his third year of the athletic training program and worked with the hockey team last winter.

Ware Cady 03 recently came to visit GUS classmates Josh Blatt and Alex Levin in Burlington, Vermont.

Dylan Comb ’03 is currently a junior at UVM in the School of Environmental Studies doing his thesis combining photography with teaching young children about sustainability.  He will be going to Central America for six weeks to use his Spanish working with children.

Alex Ingraham ’03 writes that he has just finished his sophomore year at the University of Maine Orono Forestry School. He is spending his fourth summer working in the woods back in the Rangeley district.

Alex Levin ’03 is a junior at UVM in Environmental Studies and green building design.  “I skied 60 days this season and am living with Josh Blatt ’03!

Leanne Rotman ’03 is a junior at Occidental College in California and is enjoying her fall term in Granada, Spain.

Nat Shirley ’03 traveled to Rome for his junior year semester abroad.  For spring break, he went to Tunisia and spent a few days in the Sahara Desert.  “I hope to intern with a car magazine this summer.”

Julianna Stevens ’03 is at Marlborough College in Vermont, majoring in food studies and gender. Julianna will continue her work in respite care for emotionally disabled children, having worked last summer in respite care and at a camp for emotionally disabled children.

Wilder Baird ’04 will be attending the University of Tilburg in the Netherlands and is loving life.

Eva Bramesco ’04 is a sophomore at Ursinus College, outside Philadelphia. Eva is on the dean’s list and is dancing, acting, and giving tours to prospective students.

Daniel Carmichael ’04 is a Marine lance corporal currently stationed in Okinawa, Japan.

Katherine Goodwin ’04 is playing basketball at Bentley College.

Margaret Harpin ’04 writes “I declared Anthropology as my major after conducting ethnographic field work in the Peruvian Amazon in January.  I am on the crew team and academic honor board at Smith, and made Dean’s List.

Ben MacLaughlin ’04 is playing hockey at Southern Maine University.

Nick Celletti Nissenbaum ’04 is working full time as a chef de partie at the Ten Center Street restaurant in Newburyport, pursing a career in the culinary arts.

Mallory Rapalyea ’04 writes that she has completed her first year of college and finished a summer class, emergency medical services, at North Shore. She hopes to start nursing clinics in the spring.

Thor Akerley ’05 is a freshman at Clark University and is thinking of majoring in psychology and/or business management. Thor worked for the City of Gloucester last summer at Good Harbor Beach.

Marleah Celletti-Nissenbaum ’05 will be entering Loyola University of Chicago and hopes to major in art history.

Lauren DeRosa ’05 is a freshman at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and is thinking about a dual degree in public science and economics. Lauren worked as a barista at Zumi’s coffee shop in Ipswich.

Quinn Fariel ’05 is a freshman at Emerson College, majoring in writing and literature. Quinn hopes to keep up with theater at Emerson. A graduate of St. John’s Prep and a national merit scholar, Quinn performed in the Prep’s production of Richard III. The production earned a position as a state finalist in the Massachusetts Drama Festival, advancing to the New England Drama Festival last spring. Quinn worked at Shades on Bearskin Neck and at Nate’s Restaurant at Back Beach in Rockport last summer.

Alex Grover ’05 is a freshman at the Boston University School of Fine Arts in the technical theater department. Alex enjoyed a summer road trip with two fellow graduates of St. John’s Prep. Highlights of the trip included visiting the Alamo, the Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone National Park along with stops in Chicago and Buffalo. Alex and his friends fit in a few food challenges along the way.

Mallory Hennigar ’05 graduated from Boston University Academy with high honors. As part of her graduation requirements, she wrote her senior thesis on the relationship between photojournalism and the American presidency since JFK. She received high honors for her work and will be attending McGill University in the fall, majoring in English.

Lisa Hoopes ’05 is attending Colby College and made the soccer team.

Olivia Hull ’05 graduated from Brooks School and traveled last summer to Zargoza, Spain, and also toured France and Italy. Olivia is a freshman at Barnard College in NYC. A liberal arts major, Olivia is considering a career in journalism.

Sam Ingraham ’05 graduated from Brooks School “cum laude with distinction in Latin and mathematics.” He will attend Trinity College in the fall in the guided studies program.

Lance Johnson ’05 is attending the University of Vermont. He has not decided on a major.

Rachel Levin ’05 writes, “I can’t believe how quickly the summer is flying by! I have been scooping ice cream on Bearskin Neck in Rockport almost every day this summer. I am still best friends with Ally Stride, Lisa Hoopes, and Lina Encalada. I have also been seeing a lot of Graham Sands-Milsom and Walter Riley (all class of 2005). I graduated from Pingree in early June and I am going to be a freshman at the University of Vermont this fall.”

Martin Lussier ’05 is a freshman at UMass Lowell, majoring in business. Last summer Martin worked on a movie, Darker Speed, to be submitted to the Hamilton/Wenham Film Festival this year.

Ben Mitchell ’05 worked at a Rockport restaurant during the summer. A graduate of Pingree, Ben and will be a freshman at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute studying chemical engineering. Ben was honored by the College Board as an Advancement Placement Scholar for receiving grades of 3 or higher (our of 5) on three or more AP exams.

Walter Riley ’05 is attending Curry Col­lege and majoring in communications. Last summer he taught himself how to surf, visited Saratoga, New York, and enjoyed a visit from Jason Sherman and his family.

Graham Sands-Milsom ’05 writes that he is taking a year off before school to travel. He will be backpacking in Bolivia and Peru from September to December. Next year he will be attending Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana.

Max Sklar ’05 is a freshman at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Max is planning a major in Hispanic studies with concentrations in Italian language and literature as well as theater. Last summer Max went to Dartmouth College for a 10-day French language immersion program and visited family in NYC. While in NYC, Max pursued his new interest in the bandoneon, a type of concertina instrument that plays an essential role in the tango orchestra.

Carson Stevens ’05 is a freshman at Clark University majoring in history and considering a 5-year program resulting in a combined undergraduate and masters degree. Carson worked in construction with his dad last summer.

Ally Stride ’05 is working at a café during the summer and will be attending Elon University in the fall.

Lizze Wheeler ’05 is a freshman at the University of Vermont in the Honors College as an undecided liberal arts major. Lizze performed in the Boston Children’s Theater production of Rent last summer.

Phoebe Carmichael ’06 is an honor roll student at Central Catholic and a member of the National Honor Society. A senior, Phoebe is busy applying to colleges this fall.

Matthew Donovan ’06 was awarded the Pingree Bowl for maintaining at least a 95% average over the past academic year, and he received a Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for outstanding performance on the SATs.

Rebecca Endicott ’06 is finishing her senior year at Rockport High School.  She is enjoying work as an intern at the Cape Ann Museum and will be attending Vassar College in the fall.

Annie Gale ’06 graduated from Hamilton Wenham in June.  She worked with Dawn Southworth and Catherine Cobb in the Art Department at GUS for the past semester and has had a great time getting to know the GUS students.  She wishes the class of 2010 happiness and the best of luck in high school.

Sophie Hagberg ’06 graduated from Manchester/Essex High School and is looking forward to starting Clark University in the fall. Sophie is starting a neighborhood babysitting business for the summer.

Amanda Lewis 06 Amanda has just finished four fantastic years at Waring School and is headed for Smith College next fall.

Alex Macmillan ’06 returned from a 28-day National Outdoor Leadership School backpacking trip in Alaska’s Talkeetna Mountain Range. Alex writes, “I’m looking forward to my last year at Thacher, where my sister Nan Macmillan ’09 will be joining me in the fall.

Robb Morgan ’06, graduated from Masconomet High School this year. Robb was selected from thousands of students nationwide to be a National Merit Scholar.  Congratulations, Robb. See details of this achievement in our Alumni in Focus section.

Becky Shirley ’06 traveled to Winston Salem, NC to join other admitted students at Wake Forest University.  “I am considering the pre-med track and am looking forward to the warmer weather!”

Mary Kate Bell ’07 is playing varsity hockey at Pingree School.

Jarret Harrigan ’07 completed his sophomore year at St. John’s Prep where he made headmaster’s list. “I started driving, still play golf and will enjoy a trip to CO to run in the State Games of America in Colorado Springs and then onto HI. In the fall, I plan to continue running 3 seasons at SJP on the varsity squad.”

Emma Phippen ’07 traveled to South Dakota in June for community service on a Native American reserva­tion and had an amazing experience.

Bria Ruffen ’07 is now in Viterbo, Italy, living with a host family as part of Governor’s Academy exchange program. She will be attending school with 56 other high school students from 47 schools representing 24 states.

Sophie Shea ’07 will be a junior at Hamilton- Wenham in the fall, where she will take two AP classes (Spanish and statistics). “I’m on the lacrosse team and swim team, and in April ’10, I will take a school trip to France and Spain.”

Devin Sullivan ’07 spent eleven days on a Native American reservation in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, doing community service.

David Bain ’08 writes that he has returned from Utah where he competed in Climbing Nationals and placed 6th. David competed in the 2009 Youth World Championships, Valence, France in August as a member of the US Youth Climbing team. David finished 11th, competing against 41 climbers in his age group. The four-day competition, sanctioned by the International Federation of Sport Climbing (, was attended by 500 climbers ages 14-19, with 39 countries represented.

Mia Bogyo ’08 participated in George Stevens Academy’s basketball, soccer, and tennis teams. The freshman girls’ basketball team won DVC championships with a record of 12–2. “I also took part in an art mentorship program sponsored by Haystack.”

Sam DeRosa ’08 spent his summer working and farming at the Food Project. Sam is a sophomore at Newman Prep.

Phebe McKelvey ’08 is playing varsity hockey at Pingree School.

Will Fox ’08 writes that he has gone on a 10-mile mountain bike ride every other day and is playing lots of ping-pong. “I love Deerfield.”

Sam White ’08 is a sophomore at Manchester High and is in his first year in the new building.  He played the role of Bill Sykes in the recent MERHS production of Oliver! He and Sam DeRosa ’08 still play in Battery Foote, the band they formed in 8th grade, and are continuing to write new music (which can be heard on the band’s pages on Myspace and Facebook). The two also regularly play jazz standards at Zumi’s Espresso and Ice Cream Shop in Ipswich on Sunday afternoons.

Lindsey Harrigan ’09 is attending the Governor’s Academy as a day student. She worked at the Service Dog Project over the summer and competed in the State Games of America in Colorado Springs, CO.

Henry Lewis 09 Henry is working hard at Beverly High School and has recently received academic honors with distinction. He has especially enjoyed opportunities to play on both the freshman basketball and baseball teams this year.

Nate MacLaughlin ‘09 is playing varsity hockey at Pingree School.