Class Notes

At a time when social media and other forms of digital connection have greatly reduced the number of class notes at other schools and universities, the class notes submitted by Fletcher graduates have remained robust. The vitality of your notes is a testament to the commitment of your volunteers and the strength of the Fletcher community—all the more meaningful at a time when it is more important than ever to stay connected.

class notes by year

F. Roy Lockheimer, F60

1960

F. ROY LOCKHEIMER recovered from spinal surgery in California, and returned to Tokyo in mid-January. He hopes to see you there, for old times’ sake, or great sake, the drinkable kind!

Fred Bergsten, F62

1962

FRED BERGSTEN retired from the Peterson Institute for International Economics at the end of 2019, after serving there for more than thirty-eight years, including the first thirty-one as founding director and CEO. He will continue as a nonresident senior fellow and a member of the board. He will also continue as a member of the Advisory Council on Trade Policy and Negotiations that is required by statute to advise the president and the Congress on all proposed and agreed US trade arrangements. He and Jenny will be moving this spring to a retirement community in Norfolk, Virginia, where their son is a doctor and lives with his family, and hope to host Fletcher friends in Norfolk soon.

Robin (a.k.a. Horace) Andrews, F62

1962

ROBIN (a.k.a. HORACE) ANDREWS has moved from Fearrington, North Carolina, to a continuing care retirement community in nearby Carolina Meadows where his partner, Renée Fink, moved three years ago. He sends his best regards to all our classmates.

Raymond Duncan, F62

1962

Ute and RAYMOND DUNCAN recently traveled to Scotland’s Highlands, Ireland, Greece, and California’s Catalina Island, and visited grandkids in Seattle and son Erik in Phoenix. Ray volunteers at Brockport’s Erie Canal marina when the canal is full and teaches a Great Decisions course orchestrated by the Foreign Policy Association; Ute remains an active volunteer in Brockport. Ray’s new book, Two Thumbs Up: Hitching Rides from Southern California to East Berlin—A Retrospective Memoir of a Bygone Era, will soon be available as an e-book.

Jane and Fritz Gilbert, F62

1962

JANE and FRITZ GILBERT both turned 80. They’re thankful to be pretty active and enjoying the outdoors. They spent more than the usual amount of time last summer in Vermont enjoying visits by friends and family and dealing with repair on the house they’ve enjoyed for twenty-seven years. Their two non-Vermont travel trips took them to the nearby wonders of the Shenandoah Valley while visiting with friends from their days in Sudan during 1986–90. One took them to the Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains area of Virginia. The other was to the Berkeley Springs area in West Virginia. Both offered good hiking and beautiful scenery. Fritz attended a conference on peace and reconciliation in Lexington, Virginia, sponsored by members of the South Sudanese diaspora with support from the American Friends of the Episcopal Church of the Sudans (AFRECS) as well as wonderful interdenominational local support.

Carol Hurlburt, F62

1962

CAROL HURLBURT and Sid spent Thanksgiving with their daughter and son-in-law in Raleigh, North Carolina. Their daughter is an assistant dean at North Carolina State University. Their grandson is in high school and busy with classes and the marching band.

Malcolm Peck, F62

1962

MALCOLM PECK reports that during the year since his wife, Aida, passed away, much of his energy has gone into coping with that loss. Happily, he has developed a strong friendship with one of Aida’s Filipina friends who lost her husband recently. The consolation they bring to each other and the support of friends and family have buoyed him. Maintaining some involvement with Middle East affairs, he recently updated his chapter on the UAE for the 2020 edition of the World Almanac of Islamism. The third edition of his Historical Dictionary of the Gulf Arab States, to be co-authored with John E. Peterson, is expected to be published in 2020. In late winter, he plans to join son John, an architect in Portland, Oregon, on a trip to the Philippines to connect with his many (about 150) Filipino nieces and nephews. He notes that, like General MacArthur at age 80, he "will make [his] final, sentimental return to the islands."

Todd Stewart, F62

1962

Georgia and TODD STEWART sold their home in Sun Valley, Idaho, and moved into the Vi at Palo Alto, a California continuing care retirement community south of San Francisco on the edge of the Stanford University campus. It offers just about all one could want. Their Sun Valley home was bought by their daughter, Schroeder, and her partner, Betsy. Todd and Georgia retain visiting privileges. Before their move, they went on a fifteen-day cruise from New York to Amsterdam via Bermuda and the Azores as well as French and Belgian ports. A more complete report can be found on their travel blog: stewartsramble.blogspot.com.

Leif Christoffersen, F63

1963

LEIF CHRISTOFFERSEN spent most of summer 2019 on an olive farm in Tuscany. A highlight was the chamber music festival Incontri in Terra di Siena, which his Norwegian friend Anne is active in organizing. They spent August in Norway visiting many siblings and Leif’s mountain home in Geilo. Leif traveled to China in late September to give lectures on sustainable development in Africa at the Northwest A&F University near Xian. He spent the end-of-the-year holidays at Lake Tahoe in California with his entire family—three sons and daughters-in-law, and seven grandchildren.

Ron Glantz, F63

1963

RON GLANTZ finally visited his "great white whale," Papua New Guinea, going on to the Philippines and Indonesia. While returning to Manila from Corregidor, typhoon-driven winds began to launch waves over the catamaran’s bow. The captain had everyone don life jackets, the crew prepared lifeboats, and a naval vessel drew up alongside in case the ship floundered. In January, he headed to Chad, Cameroon, and Equatorial Guinea, after which he and his wife planned to be on an Oxfam mission for two months in Puerto Rico.

Lawrence Tharp, F63

1963

LAWRENCE THARP continues growing his nonprofit, Compassion Beyond Borders. Its flagship project, the Joy World home for abandoned, orphaned, or sexually molested girls in Kenya, has added a new thirty-bed dormitory, bringing the home’s capacity to one hundred girls. Lawrence recovered from a very aggressive cancer after treatment in India and resumed his administration of Joy World along with his Kenyan wife.

Ruben Brown, F65

1965

RUBEN BROWN remarried on September 1, 2019, to Marge Wester of Camden, Maine. Both had lost their spouses two years ago and met through the Care Team of their UCC church. Ruben is working with classmate JUDITH DENTON JONES in establishing a new public magnet high school (Maine Ocean School) in Searsport, Maine.

Usameh El-Jamali, F65

1965

USAMEH EL-JAMALI has been serving since 2010 as the advisor to the chairman of the Australian College of Kuwait, which started in 2004. His daughter Seereen works as a team leader for a joint venture between Shell and Gazprom in Sakhalin, Russia. She is a deep-water well engineer with Shell. His youngest daughter, Sema, lives in Dundee, Scotland, with her two boys.

Paul Hsu, F65

1965

PAUL HSU works for Garage+, an NGO based in Taipei, Taiwan. Garage+ provides space for incubation and support of early-stage startups.

James Patton, F65

1965

JAMES PATTON is enjoying retirement after serving thirty years in the US Navy, twenty years with Lockheed Martin Corp., and nearly ten years running the Port of Coupeville on Whidbey Island, Washington. His eldest son, retired US Army Lt. Col. Jacques Patton, recently returned from a two-year stint in Tbilisi, Georgia, where he led a team under NATO auspices to bring the 24,000-person Georgian Army to a level where it could give Russia pause before trying another invasion of that country. The wife of Sean Patton (Jim’s second son), Heidi Berg Patton, is serving a tour of duty as the intelligence chief for AFRICOM, spending seven out of every ten days in Africa. Sean represents Lockheed Martin in several countries in Western Europe. Both are graduates of the US Naval Academy and earned postgraduate degrees at Leeds and Oxford universities in England.

Christopher Schaefer, F65, F57, F69

1965

CHRISTOPHER SCHAEFER, F65, F67, F69, and his wife, SIGNE EKLUND, A67, celebrated their fifty-second wedding anniversary on December 22, 2019, along with their two children, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Christopher and Signe have each published a book. Signe’s is called I Give You My Word: Women’s Letters as Life Support (1973–1987). Christopher’s is a series of political and economic essays entitled Re-Imagining America: Finding Hope in Difficult Times. The Schaefers live in the Berkshires.

Larry Struve, F65

1965

LARRY STRUVE lost his wife of fifty-one years, Colleen Struve, who provided the title of the Class of 1965’s memoir, In the Shadow of Camelot. He helps the Northern Nevada International Center by providing lectures and seminars to help international visitors better understand how the American governmental system operates.

Jack and Yiyi Evans, F67

1967

JACK and YIYI EVANS celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with ten days in Paris and the south of France in early fall. In July, they flew west to attend a family wedding, and drove from their northern California home to Portland and Seattle. In Portland, they visited CYRUS PARTOVI, F68. They hadn’t been in touch for nearly fifty years, and enjoyed spending time with a long-lost friend.

Howard Kerr, F67

1967

HOWARD KERR received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Iowa. After receiving his MALD, he went to Vietnam and served on eight combatant ships in the Pacific and Atlantic Fleet, and commanded the USS Hawkins, USS Kinkaid, and Destroyer Squadron 33 in Pearl Harbor. He was naval aide to vice presidents Spiro Agnew and Gerald Ford and executive assistant to the counselor of President Ford. He retired from the US Navy in 1983. He then was chief executive officer of Custom Technologies Corporation; mayor of Lake Forest, Illinois; and a guest lecturer at the University of Iowa.

Robert King, F67

1967

ROBERT KING and his wife, Kay, have been in Palo Alto, California, where Robert was a visiting scholar/Koret Fellow at the Shorenstein Asia and Pacific Research Center at Stanford University. He is pulling together a book about his tenure as special envoy/ambassador for North Korean human rights issues during the Obama administration. Back in Washington, DC, in 2020, he will continue as the senior advisor to the Korea chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a nonresident fellow at the Korea Economic Institute. He and Kay have three sons, scattered from California to Virginia, and eleven grandchildren, ranging in age from 5 to 18.

Ross Mouer, F67

1967

ROSS MOUER gave a short reflection, on "Japanese Society and the Succession," at the International Symposium on Gender, Media and Japan’s Imperial Succession, held at the Japanese Studies Centre (Monash University, Melbourne) on November 4, 2019. He welcomes visitors to Melbourne.

Jutta Parsons, F67

1967

JUTTA PARSONS is enjoying retirement. After many years as "Wisconsinites," she and her husband moved to Naples, Florida, in 1999. They also have a place in Northwest Washington, DC, to spend time with three of their four grandchildren (the fourth lives in Brooklyn, New York). She enjoys the mix of casual, warmer-weather living and periodically getting her "urban/political fix." While tennis, oil painting, travel, and grandparent duties are her major activities, she has enjoyed being involved in Washington with the Children’s Research Institute of the Children’s National Medical System, and with the Naples Zoo board as a past chair of the its education committee. Watching the impeachment hearings by the House Intelligence Committee made her very proud of our State Department career officers and diplomats. Talk about courage and professionalism on display!

Dominique Buffet, F68

1968

DOMINIQUE BUFFET has been engaged with others in her village against a mayor who helps himself more than the village. She and her fellow villagers have won the case not to have a golf course located in the village’s last green area. Now they are pursuing a second case against the construction of a building covering the village marketplace, the last empty space in the center of the village. This year, these activists are preparing for the local election next March to hopefully win against the mayor. Her book, Nestor and Me, the Food Addict, is in its fourth edition and still going strong. The book has proved helpful to many people struggling with a food addiction, be it overeating or undereating. She is looking for an agent to publish her book in English.

Jean Duty, F68

1968

JEAN DUTY’s father died peacefully at age 101, six babies were born in her extended family, and she went on a safari to Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, and South Africa. She remains active in the environmental movement and taught a course called Across the Religious and Political Divide at the Chautauqua Institution last summer.

Mahmood Mamdani, F68

1968

MAHMOOD MAMDANI’s wife, Mira, has been in India for the past year shooting a TV series based on A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth, and she will be in London for six months, editing it at the BBC. The two will have the compensation of a two-week holiday together in between. Their son, Zohran, 28, is running for the New York State Assembly seat from Astoria, Queens. Mahmood has been doing two jobs for the past ten years: teaching the fall semester at Columbia and spending January to August in Kampala, setting up an interdisciplinary doctoral program. He will be publishing a book next fall (after ten dry years!) with Harvard University Press. He presented a chapter from the book as a keynote at Fletcher a few months ago.

Curt Martin, F68

1968

CURT MARTIN has had to battle mightily against Lyme tick arthritis. He has continued tutoring students in ESL and trying to learn Spanish, but doesn’t advise waiting until you are in your 70s to learn a new language. Curt continues his talks on American whaling in the old days; it is his favorite post-retirement activity. Anybody interested? He loved seeing many of his classmates at the 50th, and loved equally hearing about some of those whom he had not seen over that time span. For fun, Curt continues to paint marine landscapes, construct sailing ship models (currently the frigate Siren), and swim in the Wellesley College pool.

Gary Maybarduk, F68

1968

GARY MAYBARDUK and his wife, Sharon, were expecting to become grandparents in February, as their older son, Peter, and his partner, Lily, were expecting a baby girl. Peter still directs the essential medicine program at Public Citizen, and Lily is a professor of tax law at the New York University Law School and served as a tax advisor on President Obama’s National Economic Council.

Alan NcKee, F68

1968

ALAN MCKEE and wife, Marty, put finishing touches on the new home they built not long ago in Chevy Chase, Maryland. They travel to see friends in Canada, offer gratuitous advice to skeptical grandchildren in Delaware, and make no useful contribution whatsoever to society at large.

Bruce and Sally Miller, F68

1968

BRUCE and SALLY MILLER report that after a near-fatal sepsis infection in early 2019, Bruce has not had to make an emergency room visit since April 1 of that year. He must now walk with the aid of a walker. The ramp from their driveway to their front door has been completed so Bruce has access to the outside on his own. Thanks to fantastic nurse’s aides, Sally continues her Democratic Committee activities in Fairfax County, her church and bell choir activities, and sporadic bouts of genealogic research that turn up ever more awesome stories of IMMIGRANTS! (you know, the poor, non-English-speaking kind with no degrees, no health insurance, and only a pittance in their pockets whom the US government is trying its hardest to keep out), and green therapy in her garden. Helping out with the transport of the two older grandkids, Lily and Ty, as well as getting to know grand number three, Sage Claire, adds unique joys to their lives. Sally had the wonderful experience in June of training a sister-in-law and niece in the making of the traditional Scot-Irish fruitcake she has sent out over the past forty-eight Christmases. Sally continued to remain cancer free at both her twelve- and sixteen-month checkups, as well as at the January and October colonoscopies. They managed to fly to Atlanta and thoroughly enjoy and participate in the wedding of one of their nieces.

Desaix (Terry) Myers, F68, F69

1968

DESAIX (TERRY) MYERS, F68, F69, spent the past year celebrating lives and mourning losses—his eccentric, inspiring, creative, and sometimes aggravating brother; our good friend and loyal classmate ALEXANDRA (SANDY) KEITH; and Bob Rucker, avuncular and wise curmudgeon who joined USAID’s intern class in 1969 with a bunch of us from Fletcher. In April 2019, Terry and several classmates in the Washington, DC, area attended Sandy’s funeral in Fairfax Station, Virginia. She battled cancer for several years, and made the decision to forgo additional treatments. Many who saw her at the 50th reunion knew that those three days would most likely be our last chance to visit with her. Watching Sandy and husband JOHN FLANAGAN dig into their lobsters with gusto under the Fletcher tent was a joy to see and a testament to her commitment to living life to the fullest!

Terry’s spirits were boosted by a wonderful visit to ROBIN CHRISTOPHER and MERRIL STEVENSON in France, walking the terrain, admiring the orchards, and sampling the fruits of a season of canning; regular therapeutic walks in Washington; and tennis. Fletcher’s importance has become clear as, with recent impeachment inquiry testimony, we’ve seen the benefits of a professional Foreign Service. Terry got to know Ambassador Bill Taylor years ago in the former Soviet Union and has watched (and admired) his work ever since. Just before Taylor testified, Terry and a group of his colleagues, including a number of Fletcher compatriots, drew up a letter of support from USAID retirees for their Foreign Service colleagues. Within a day, the letter had two hundred signatures; the number has now grown to 450, and Terry encourages those concerned to consider supporting AFSA’s legal defense fund. Terry and Lynn are settled into a bungalow in Arlington, Virginia. Daughters Anna and Laura are working on women’s reproductive health and college access, respectively, in Brooklyn, New York, and son Nathaniel on foreign assistance with USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives.

Peter Oleson, F68

1968

PETER OLESON’s son Lars, his and Luuk’s youngest, married his longtime girlfriend, Kaitlin, in Los Angeles in March 2019. They now live in Sydney, after Lars sold his software firm in Indonesia to the Chinese company Alipay. In October, their daughter Kirsten and son-in-law Tom adopted a newborn boy, Xavier, who joined his enthusiastic sister Beatrix, 7. Erik, their oldest, runs the Amazon TV show Carnival Row and commutes between Los Angeles and Prague, where the show is filmed. Grandbaby-sitting has become Pete and Luuk’s priority. Pete stays busy as senior editor for The Intelligencer, the journal of US intelligence studies published by the Association of Former Intelligence Officers. He has also taught a course at the University of Hawaii on the field of intelligence. Peter and Luuk have traveled: Christmas 2018 to Sydney and New Year’s at the Sydney Harbor Bridge for the most spectacular fireworks ever seen; a monthlong tour of New Zealand; a cruise from Honolulu to Vancouver; and across the Rockies by train to Banff and Jasper and back, followed by a cruise to Alaska. In October 2019, they spent several days in Yosemite National Park.

Richard Pesin, F68

1968

After forty-two years with the Houston Independent School District, including seventeen as an elementary school principal, RICHARD PESIN retired in 2013 along with his wife, also an HISD educator. They try to take one or two international trips a year, and divide their other travel time among their three children (all Williams College graduates) and seven grandchildren in Miami; Berkeley, California; and Philadelphia. They live one block from Rice University in Houston and take full advantage of programs offered by the university.

Lex Rieffel, F68

1968

LEX RIEFFEL and his wife of fifty years amicably divorced. She moved to Northampton, Massachusetts. Lex moved into an apartment across the DC street from the row house they sold. In October 2019, he visited Indonesia and Myanmar to reconnect with friends, and now has a new interest in Myanmar: the establishment of the country’s first private nonprofit liberal arts college, Parami University. Lex’s seventeen-year affiliation with the Brookings Institution is coming to an end. He will be moving to the Stimson Center and will continue to research and write on policy issues.

Christina Schoux, F68

1968

CHRISTINA SCHOUX mourns the loss of her dear Fletcher classmate ALEXANDRA (SANDY) KEITH, with whom she enjoyed attending monthly speaker luncheons sponsored by the Foreign Affairs Retirees of Maryland. TERRY MYERS and wife Lynn, ROGER SULLIVAN, BRUCE and SALLY MILLER, and MAHLON (JIM) HENDERSON were among classmates attending Sandy’s memorial service and reception on April 14, 2019. More recently, Christina saw Fletcher Dean Emeritus JAMES STAVRIDIS, F83, F84, talk about his book Sailing True North at Politics & Prose in Washington, DC, and gave him a copy of the "Statement of Support," drafted by Terry and others, in defense of their State Department colleagues testifying before Congress at the impeachment inquiry. Chris makes frequent trips to Southern California to support her younger sister, who lost her sight in February 2019. She also enjoys visits with her daughter, Christina, a linguistics professor in Denmark, her husband, and granddaughters Vivi Belle and Clea Joy.

Roger Sullivan, F68

1968

ROGER SULLIVAN is in a pancreatic cyst research project at Johns Hopkins University. He has two grandsons, 3 and 6, who both live in the area. He and other family members chartered a catamaran and spent a week in the Caribbean snorkeling and sailing around the British Virgin Islands. Last summer, Roger and his wife traveled to France for his wife’s family reunion. Her French grandfather had eleven children, and they have multiplied over the years. In the fall, they toured Japan for several weeks. Roger has enjoyed lifelong learning courses at American University on Bach’s sonatas and Graham Greene’s The Quiet American. He is also on the management team of the Partnership for Transparency Fund, a nonprofit that supports local civil society groups fighting corruption.

Patrick Connolly, F69

1969

For the third year in a row, PATRICK CONNOLLY, F69, F71, J95P, and his wife, AGNES, J95P, have experienced an altogether too close call with the California wildfires in Sonoma County. This year’s edition brought flames within a mile of their home and but a few hours to respond to a mandatory evacuation order. Having relocated to their daughter’s home in Sebastopol, some twenty miles away, they were once again under a mandatory evacuation order within eight hours of arrival. When they encountered a near-gridlock situation on the highways filled with several hundred thousand other evacuees, both families elected to return home and face the odds, experiencing four days without power or water. But for the extraordinary efforts of the firefighters, Patrick notes, the line would not have held. Patrick and Agnes are now contemplating this personal exposure to climate change and whether the beauty of Sonoma outweighs the dangers present.

George Lambrakis, F69

1969

In the next few months, GEORGE LAMBRAKIS’s new memoir So You Want to be a Diplomat? will be published by Xlibris in the US. Tracing his professional career through events from the Vietnam War, Arab-Israeli conflict, Lebanese Civil War, and Iranian Revolt, George has written a firsthand account of many of the most important periods and events of the Cold War era of American foreign policy. The book is aimed at an audience of foreign affairs students and faculty. Do be on the lookout.

Carolyn Setlow, F69

1969

CAROLYN SETLOW and her husband, Andy Shapiro, are enjoying their new apartment in New York City, where they are enrolled in the Institute for Retired Professionals, founded by the New School. An intellectual and social community of about three hundred members, the IRP is based on a model of adult continuing education known as peer learning. In the fall semester, Carolyn participated in three weekly noncredit study groups: Winston Churchill, Genetics and Personality, and Great Conversations. She is enjoying the intellectual stimulation of being back in a classroom—and the best part is that there are no grades!

Gregory Smith, F69

1969

GREGORY SMITH is "retired" in Charlotte, Vermont, serving on several town commissions, organizing tennis and pickleball in a multi-town area, leading Great Decisions discussions, delivering Meals on Wheels, and crafting a blog on border management, migration, and refugee issues. Soon he will become a guardian ad litem to help address the displacement effects of the opioid crisis in Vermont. He joined the board of the Endangered Alphabets Project, a nonprofit focused on documenting and preserving threatened written languages.

William "Bill" Wilson, F69

1969

WILLIAM "BILL" WILSON is continuing to teach English classes for "new Vermonters" and is advising a Vietnamese counterpart for online English working through her NGO. He is leading Great Decisions discussions at the local library and completing training as a volunteer for the restorative justice program. Adopted statewide, this project seeks to provide an alternative path to the current punishment-oriented system. Finally, with a new puppy having arrived November 2019, Bill and Mary are also focused on puppy-rearing responsibilities.

Robert Bell, F70

1970

ROBERT BELL successfully defended his Fletcher dissertation proposal, "NATO Nuclear Burden-Sharing," on November 19, 2019, before a faculty committee composed of professors Robert Pfaltzgraff, Richard Schultz, and Nicolas Burns.

Farri Cress, F70

1970

FARRI CRESS paused her activities in Gaza due to the difficult situation with new policies implemented by Israeli authorities and the terrible environment that the students must deal with: only three to four hours of electricity, so they study with paraffin lamps. Many suffer from trauma following the Israeli bombings. She is continuing her work with J Street and as a member of the leadership council attended the 2019 National Gala event at which Dr. Irene Meister (who died January 18 at age 96) was honored for her efforts to bridge the gap between Israeli and American Jews and Palestinians living in Gaza and the West Bank. Farri has also been working on an online project called Adopt a School in Gaza based on her work at the Hetten School in the Shujaiya district, Gaza.

Mary Harris, F70

1970

MARY HARRIS had the pleasure of spending time with Dean RACHEL KYTE, F02, an alumna and first woman dean of The Fletcher School. She was very impressed and is sure that meeting with the new dean will be a highlight of the upcoming 50th class reunion. Mary was at the school for a meeting of the MacJannet Foundation, which helps steward the Tufts University European Center in Talloires through scholarships for students at the summer academic program, as well as supporting the Talloires Network with an annual global prize in civic engagement. Participating with her at the meeting were BOB JEROME, F71, PAUL TRINGALE, F01, and remotely JOHN KING, F69, PAM JACKLIN, F67, and CHRISTINE LAUPER BAGATELAS, F87. Meeting preparations had taken place in Paris in fall 2019 at the home of the foundation’s president, ANTHONY KLEITZ, F67, who generously hosted Mary and her family for a wonderful Parisian sojourn. Mary also visited Talloires with son Brett (born in nearby Annecy thirty-five years ago), his wife, Amy, son Scott, and her sister Norma Hollowell. Meanwhile, back in sunny Santa Barbara, California, Mary continues to serve as an arts commissioner for the county, as well as on the advisory board of the annual World of Pinot Noir.

Wei Leng Loh, F70

1970

WEI LENG LOH is living in Penang, with many trips to her base in Kuala Lumpur, where she started her career in 1973 at the University of Malaya, as it was then named. She retired at the mandatory age of 60, but has been active since then with the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society and is the society’s book review editor. Wei Leng has also continued to research and write. Her latest work in collaboration with Jeffrey Seow, Through Turbulent Terrain: Trade of the Straits Port of Penang, addresses trade in Penang until the end of World War II.

Carolyn Patterson, F70

1970

CAROLYN PATTERSON is planning to join the 50th reunion.

Harry Perequin, F70

1970

HARRY PETREQUIN is still surviving in the political nightmare from which he prays 2020 will see us delivered. He sent the House Judiciary Committee twenty-seven grounds for indictment on impeachment, but it chose to use only two of them. Furthermore, Harry is pained to have witnessed our own government devolving into a state comparable to some of the worst characteristics of a number of regimes in the developing countries in which he served during his Foreign Service career. Nonetheless, living at the juncture of the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge mountains, with his three sons home to celebrate, they all remained joyful and optimistic that the next generation will bring about the changes needed. Harry is continuing to write and is planning to come to the 50th reunion.

Paula Stern, F70

1970

PAULA STERN’s most recent piece was published in The Hill on November 21, 2019. It exhorts the Senate to assert its foreign policy and other constitutional powers as it did during the Watergate impeachment era. The column reflects the six years of work she did as a Senate foreign policy staffer that yielded the law, known as the Nelson Amendment, asserting Congress’s power to check foreign arms sales. Meanwhile, Paula is continuing to consult on international topics, serving as senior advisor to the National Center for Women in Technology, while also pursuing her sculpting more publicly and commercially. Paula and husband Paul enjoy spending time with their two children and four grandchildren.

Charles Wessner, F70

1970

CHARLES WESSNER broke his leg in Paris, which made for a long and slow summer. However, by the end of September 2019, he was able to go to an interesting conference in Lund, Sweden, to talk about small business finance and growth, returning afterward to Paris for consultations at the OECD. At a conference with the European Commission in Brussels, he presented the findings of a new book, called Regional Renaissance: How New York’s Capital Region Became a Nanotechnology Powerhouse (Springer 2019), co-authored with his colleague Thomas Howell. Charles and his wife, Beryl, visited Cairo and had the chance to see the pyramids and a wonderful light show in the desert night, and toured the Nile River by boat from Aswan to Luxor. Their son is still enjoying New York.

Doug Ayer, F71

1971

Since retiring from the Foreign Service in 1993, DOUG AYER has continued to teach in the International Studies Department at Virginia Military Institute. He’s reduced his load to one course a semester—currently Contemporary Russian Politics. Over the past year, he’s managed to squeeze in trips to New Orleans, northern New Mexico and southern Colorado, Banff and Lake Louise in Alberta, and his annual pilgrimage to Maine. He’s taking the spring semester off to do more extended off-season travel: Spain, Ireland, a European river cruise, and "who knows what else." Doug is still deciding whether to teach one last course next fall or content himself with painting the house and working on the election. He thinks perhaps it’s time to shift his efforts from international affairs to working local retail politics with his friends and neighbors.

Aury Fernandez, F71

1971

AURY FERNANDEZ is strongly in favor of the impeachment and removal from office of "our embarrassingly undignified President Trump." Aury has now moved to a continuing care retirement community in Rockville, Maryland.

Dave Frantz, F71

1971

DAVE FRANTZ has moved to Ford’s Colony in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Bill Hoffman and Marie Kunz, F71

1971

BILL HOFFMAN and MARIE KUNZ traveled a lot in 2019: two weeks in Puerto Rico (for reconstruction work and Three Kings Day, January 6); New Mexico; Vermont; the other Washington; southern Virginia; and—in September—South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. As a former Treasury sanctioneer, Bill was delighted to learn from a man imprisoned with Nelson Mandela on Robben Island that the prisoners learned immediately about the imposition of US anti-apartheid sanctions, and that he believed they helped speed the advent of popular rule in South Africa.

Elbio Rosselli, F71

1971

After forty-three years in the Foreign Service of Uruguay, ELBIO ROSSELLI retired on May 31, 2019, the same day he left his post as permanent representative of Uruguay to the United Nations. The last three years were very intense for him, particularly during 2016–2017 when Uruguay was a non-permanent member of the Security Council, after a fifty-year absence from that UN body. He enjoys time with his three delightful grandchildren and keeps active in WTO affairs, where, starting in January 2019, he has been chairing seven panels in the disputes related to "United States—Certain Measures on Steel and Aluminum Products." China, Russia, the EU, India, Norway, Switzerland, and Turkey are the complainant parties.

Bill Sargent, F71

1971

BILL SARGENT is writing a new book (number 27!), North of Boston: The Edge of a Warming World. Bill’s book is a local look at a global problem.

Jim Stark, F71

1971

JIM STARK and Rosi still live in Fairfax, Virginia. His children and their families are in Georgia and Wisconsin, but they get together during the holidays and over the course of the year. Jim retired from his consulting business a couple of years ago and is enjoying the slower pace. He stays busy with hobbies (Civil War history, reading, cultural activities), friends, and traveling. This past year, Jim and Rosi embarked on a cruise around the western Mediterranean in August (way too hot) and a family reunion with Jim’s siblings and spouses in southwest Utah last October (great scenery). He plans trips to Denmark and Austria, plus more travels in the US. He is also looking forward to the upcoming elections and hoping for some big changes.

George Breeden, F73

1973

GEORGE BREEDEN and wife Barbara attended his 55th high school reunion in August at Mount Rainier High School in Des Moines, Washington, and visited friends and relatives in the Pacific Northwest. They traveled by train from DC to Chicago (Capital Express) and then transferred to the Empire Builder in Chicago, taking in gobs of scenery along the way, including Illinois, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, and Washington, on a three-day journey. In the fall, George had lens replacement surgery on both eyes due to cataracts, slowing him down considerably.

John Endicott, F73

1973

JOHN ENDICOTT received the Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in the international studies field. In December, he published his memoirs, Destined to Serve, using Amazon Publishers. Beginning in 1936 and the Depression, it runs through twenty-eight years in the US Air Force with observations about the Cuban Missile Crisis as a nuclear weapons planner, moves on to experiences in Vietnam as an advisor with the Vietnamese Air Force and fifty combat missions, the seizure of the USS Pueblo and our inability to respond to that challenge from North Korea, and stories of nine years at the Air Force Academy and Fletcher and eleven years in Washington, DC, including three as director of the Institute for National Strategic Studies. Leaving government service, John spent twenty years at Georgia Tech before becoming president of Woosong University in South Korea. He and wife, Mitchie, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2019.

Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, F73

1973

In April 2019, SAKIKO FUKUDA-PARR was awarded the Grawemeyer Prize for Improving World Order for her co-authored book, Fulfilling Social and Economic Rights (Oxford University Press 2016, with Terra Lawson-Remer and Susan Randolph).

Nihal Gonnewardene, F73

1973

NIHAL GOONEWARDENE and his wife, Chrystal, became grandparents for a second time in November 2019 with the birth of their first grandson, Sebastian Michael, in Brisbane. Their eldest son, Srian, lives in Australia with his wife, Lydia, and daughter Chloe Grace, their first grandchild. They were present at Chloe’s fourth birthday celebration in Brisbane in August before a two-week jaunt through New Zealand. Nihal was honored by his alma mater Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, with the Alumni Community Service Award for scholarship and endowment support to the international relations program of the Political Science Department. Nihal reports that his signature Internship Support Program for students of color at Fletcher hit a high note in summer 2019 with twenty-five award recipients for work in nineteen countries, at a total grant outlay of $55,500.

He spearheads this program through the Fletcher Alumni of Color Association (FACA), an affiliate of the Fletcher Annual Fund. During the life of the program from 2012 to 2019, FACA has granted $258,050 in supporting 121 internships for Fletcher students of color in twenty countries. In his capacity as a Fletcher board member, Nihal has nominated two outstanding alumni leaders who joined the Fletcher Board of Advisors in 2019. KELLY MILLER SMITH, F03, is a founding director of FACA and serves with Nihal on FACA’s executive board. Kelly organizes and leads the FACA Career Panel for the Annual Washington, DC, Career Trip for Fletcher students in February. He is a principal at Deloitte & Touche, LLP. AKITAKA SAIKI, F79, became the first Japanese board member in our school’s eighty-five-year history. Ambassador Saiki retired in 2016 as vice minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan after forty years of service. His career highlights include deputy minister of foreign affairs, ambassador to India, DCM in Washington, DC, and principal on Japan’s relationship with China and the Koreas. He is an independent member of the board of directors of Mitsubishi Corporation.

Greta Greathouse, F73

1973

GRETA GREATHOUSE has moved to more salubrious pursuits after hazardous duty in Afghanistan. She began service as the Country Director in Haiti for the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) on November 1. PADF is the development arm of the Organization of American States, with a record of active engagement in Haiti for more than thirty years. Greta, as a veteran development program leader and country manager with considerable experience in Haiti, is thrilled and honored to be leading the PADF mission at this difficult time for Haiti.

Laurence Hausman, F73

1973

LAURENCE HAUSMAN reported that the Hausman Foundation for the Environment, or HFE, celebrated its nineteenth anniversary in December. HFE has provided support to environmentally focused groups, principally in the Mexico–Caribbean region, plus the District of Columbia Environmental Film Festival. Support to date has exceeded $300,000.

Herbert Howe, F73

1973

HERBERT HOWE and Caryle Murphy have been blissfully married—first marriage for both—for more than two years. They visited Massachusetts five times in 2019 (mostly for Murphy weddings). Herb’s favorite pastime of canoe racing hasn’t taken a back seat, either. He was in a 10K in late October. Finally, Herb has done something noble and set a shining example for all of us by making a bequest to The Fletcher School in his will.

Patrick Moon, F73

1973

PATRICK MOON is very pleased to be invited this summer to join the board of directors of the American Field Service (AFS)–USA. AFS sponsors exchange student programs and other intercultural activities. Patrick was an AFS student to Salvador, Brazil, in high school and, like for so many other AFS participants, it was a life-changing experience for him.

Sean Randolph, F73

1973

SEAN RANDOLPH completed his twenty-first year leading the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, a think tank focused on the San Francisco/Silicon Valley economy and the global innovation economy. Over Christmas, Sean and his wife, Basia, visited London—where their son and daughter-in-law live—to celebrate the first birthday of their granddaughter Sky.

Dr. Frank Young, F73

1973

DR. FRANK YOUNG and wife Patricia Oxley Young participated in a Tufts Travel and Learn trip to Egypt and Jordan, where they toured ruins, caves, and temples (and rode a hot air balloon over the Valley of the Kings) with twenty-two other Tufts alumni. Next on their agenda are Cambodia and Vietnam, where they will take a break from their cruise down the Mekong to visit Ambassador BILL MONROE, who lives in Phnom Penh with wife Benedicte during the winter. Frank, Bill, and Pat have also renewed contact with Professor Emeritus ARPAD VON LAZAR, A86P, F88P, who lives in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, close to Sarasota where the Youngs currently reside. Frank serves on the board of the Foreign Service Retirees Association of Florida and is writing a memoir of his year in India in 1969.

Jody Hammond Bangert, F74

1974

JODY HAMMOND BANGERT continues to work as a freelance producer for NBC News, covering such stories as the El Paso Walmart shooting, California Congressman Duncan Hunter’s misuse of campaign funds, and the Santa Clarita High School shooting in California. Husband Larry Bangert is a Marine Corps Vietnam veteran making his first trip back to Vietnam in February, accompanied by Jody. LIZ MUSCH introduced Jody to Larry in 1974, soon after Liz and Jody returned to California from their year at Fletcher. The happy couple are proud grandparents of boy and girl twins who live just fifteen minutes away in Encinitas, California. Jody considers grandparenting to be a welcome counterpoint to her work in often grim television news.

Steve Flanagan, F74

1974

STEVE FLANAGAN became an adjunct professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, where he conducted a seminar on "Transatlantic Security in Flux." November marked Steve’s fourth year at RAND, where his research projects have focused on Turkey and on security in the Black Sea and Nordic/Baltic regions. Steve also had the good fortune of working with two terrific Fletcher graduates on these projects—ANIKA BINNENDIJK, F06, and IRINA CHINDEA, F08—who are rising stars in the field. Their collective RAND report, Turkey’s Nationalist Course: Implications for the U.S. Strategic Partnership, was published on January 14, with one on Russia, NATO, and Black Sea security to follow in a few months.

Neil A. Weinrib, F74

1974

NEIL A. WEINRIB is the principal and managing attorney of Neil A. Weinrib & Associates, a law firm concentrating in US immigration involving all major sectors including business, investment visas, and green cards; H-1B working visas; O-1 extraordinary ability visas involving the arts, science, business, sports, etc.; family immigration; asylum; and crimmigration, deportation, and removal, etc., throughout the country as well as US consulates abroad. He frequently lectures on immigration to various organizations and groups.

Henry (Phil) Williams III, F74

1974

HENRY (PHIL) WILLIAMS III promoted his book on Turkey during a two-month 2019 summer session at Koc University in Turkey. He spoke three times during fall 2019 on a radio program about Turkey–US/EU/NATO relations, and scheduled a book launch lecture at President James Madison’s Montpelier estate in March. Phil will teach a course through the University of Virginia’s Continuing Ed Program in February and April on East-West Harmony and Conflict. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, DC.

Brian Bethune, F82

1982

BRIAN BETHUNE joined the Harvard Industrial Group of Economists in Cambridge and attended the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s sixty-third annual policy conference, "A House Divided." He had the privilege to meet DAVID AUTOR, A88, A19P, a Tufts graduate in psychology who is now on faculty at MIT and has written a series of penetrating and insightful articles on the "China trade shock."

Dwight Nordstrom, F82

1982

DWIGHT NORDSTROM continues to live and work in China with his wife, Jewel, and two girls, 12 and 15. His company, PRI, adds an average of one new active equity percentage investment in manufacturing or media per year. The US-China "trade war" has caused many challenges in the last year and a half—Dwight is happy to discuss his perspectives one-on-one with Fletcher classmates if desired. His love/respect for Chinese individuals continues.

Eric Rajendra, F82

1982

ERIC RAJENDRA continues as a senior supervisory board director for TBC Group, which is an LSE-listed diversified banking group with roots in Georgia and the ex-CIS region. He now lives between Washington, DC (winter months) and Montpelier, Vermont (summer months) and looks forward to meeting classmates who live in the greater DC area.

Vijavat 'Kit' Isarabhakdi welcomes US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien as he arrives to attend the 35th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits in Bangkok in November 2019.

Vijavat "Kit" Isarabhakdi, F84, F89

1984

VIJAVAT "KIT" ISARABHAKDI, F84, F89, was appointed Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of Thailand in August 2019. Prior to this appointment, Vijavat had served as an advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand since his retirement from the Thai diplomatic service in October 2017.

Catherine Yang, Gail Smith, Chung Min Lee, and Bob Kinn, F84

Catherine Yang, Gail Smith, Chung Min Lee, and Bob Kinn, F84

1984

CATHERINE YANG has taken a new job at the Investment Company Institute. GAIL SMITH’s September visit to DC was the happy occasion for a mini-reunion with CHUNG MIN LEE, BOB KINN, and Catherine. Gail was in from Brussels, where she runs her own consulting firm. In addition, she serves on the board of a few tech companies. Chung is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and his new book The Hermit King—The Dangerous Game of Kim Jong Un is now out from St. Martin’s Press. Bob is working at Booz Allen.

Andres Montero, F85

1985

ANDRÉS MONTERO is leading the Chile-Spain Business Council in Santiago and is organizing a high-level trade mission to Madrid and Seville in May. Andrés continues to run his own head-hunting firm and also periodically publishes columns in ABC, an important newspaper from Madrid.

Colette Mazzucelli, F87

1987

New York University MAIR Professor COLETTE MAZZUCELLI was invited by the Stiftung Mercator in Essen, Germany, to participate in the Paris Peace Forum in November. The Paris Peace Forum was established in 2018 on the initiative of French President Emmanuel Macron after he called for "the need to take concrete steps to strengthen multilateralism and preserve peace." Among the colleagues participating were former Prime Minister of Italy and Sciences Po Paris Dean Enrico Letta; European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen; and Iranian political activist and Nobel Prize winner Shirin Ebadi, with whom Professor Mazzucelli caught up after one of the sessions.

Jane Zimmerman

Jane (Buchmiller) Zimmerman, F87

1987

JANE (BUCHMILLER) ZIMMERMAN joined Davidson College in July 2019 as the new John and Ruth McGee Director of the Dean Rusk International Studies Program. Jane oversees travel grants that help 75 percent of Davidson students, from all majors and means, to travel, study, and research abroad during college. She also taps her network overseas, around the US, and in Charlotte’s rapidly growing and diverse community to identify internships and career opportunities. This spring, Jane will teach a course based on the memoirs and more than 2,500 oral histories of career US diplomats since World War II, exploring leadership, policy, and ethical issues. She encourages young people to pursue public service careers, especially in the Foreign Service. If you have internship, volunteer, or career opportunities for her to share with students, please contact her at jazimmerman@davidson.edu .

Bea Boccalandro, F89

1989

BEA BOCCALANDRO lives in San Clemente, California, where she flips and flops in the waves as a beginner surfer. Back on dry land, she enjoyed seeing classmates at the 2019 Fletcher reunion and working on her forthcoming book, Do Good at Work: How Simple Acts of Social Purpose Drive Success and Wellbeing, edited by RHONDA SHORE!

Constance Boukidis, F89

1989

CONSTANCE BOUKIDIS lives in Los Angeles, where she continues to practice law, volunteer in the L.A. City Attorney’s office, and serve on her neighborhood council and the UCLA Parents’ Council.

Stephan Crawford, F89

1989

STEPHAN CRAWFORD lives in San Francisco, where he is the founder and executive producer of The ClimateMusic Project, which premiered its newest science-guided work at the World Bank’s headquarters in Washington, DC, and was featured in a New York Times article in November.

Claire Van Der Vaeren, F89

1989

CLAIRE VAN DER VAEREN lives in New York City where she works in the Bureau for Asia and the Pacific at UNDP.

Glenn Grow, F89

1989

GLENN GROW is CEO of Innovasia, Inc., a company he founded in 1995. Innovasia is a distributor and fabricator of interior textiles and acoustic materials across China, Southeast Asia, and Japan. When he is not commuting to his seven Asia operations, Glenn lives with his family in St. Louis.

Geoffery Pack, F89

1989

GEOFFREY PACK still lives in Coronado, California, where he serves as the City of San Diego’s first Program Coordinator for the Prevention of Targeted Violence. He plans to retire from the city in late 2020.

Joseph Roussel, F89

1989

JOSEPH ROUSSEL lives in Antwerp, Belgium, with wife Jana. He regularly travels to Mozambique, Côte d’Ivoire, RDC, Malawi, Switzerland, and Seattle for the public health NGO VillageReach.

Rhonda Shore, F89

1989

RHONDA SHORE is living in the Washington, DC, area. After twenty-nine years, she retired from government and is now working as a freelance editor. In her first year as such, she worked for eight clients and edited four books, including BEA BOCCALANDRO’s forthcoming book Do Good at Work.

Stu Spencer, F89

1989

STU SPENCER, now living in Hong Kong for more than fifteen years, celebrated his third wedding anniversary with wife MIEKO OKADA.

Dick and Allison Avery Wilbur, F89

1989

DICK and ALLISON AVERY WILBUR are living outside of Providence, Rhode Island. Allison is an art quilter and exhibit curator with a focus on using her art to inspire social change. Her project Quilt for Change is currently raising funds for victims of gender-based violence in Mali, and she is co-curating an exhibit on women’s voting and human rights at the Clinton Presidential Library, which will open this fall. Dick has returned to his Navy roots post–Foreign Service, working as a war gamer at the Naval War College. He also teaches international relations courses at a local university.

Harold Zappia, F89

1989

HAROLD ZAPPIA lives in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, where he is a gentleman farmer.

 Rabab Fatima, Kazunori Ogawa, Hidenobu Shirota, F94, Toshihiro Uomoto, F94, and Naoko Anzai in Tokyo.

Rabab Fatima, Kazunori (Kaz) Ogawa, Hidenebu (Hide) Shirota, F94, Toshihiro (Toshi) Uomoto, F94, and Naoko Anzai

1993

RABAB FATIMA, KAZUNORI (KAZ) OGAWA, HIDENOBU (HIDE) SHIROTA, F94, TOSHIHIRO (TOSHI) UOMOTO, F94, and NAOKO ANZAI met in Tokyo in August 2019 for a mini Fletcher reunion. Rabab finished her three-year stint as Bangladesh’s ambassador to Japan and now serves as ambassador to the United Nations in New York. Kaz heads the regional office of Japan Bank for International Cooperation in London, while Hide leads Daiwa Securities. Toshi, who has worked as a credit analyst for a variety of financial institutions in Japan, recently started his own business. Naoko travels frequently to Bangladesh, where she has been advising a governance project in support of cities.

Jonathan Miller, F93

1993

JONATHAN MILLER was promoted to senior vice president for public affairs at Volvo Group North America; he and his family live in Arlington, Virginia.

Cymie Payne, F93

1993

CYMIE PAYNE, an associate professor at Rutgers University, has been working with the International Union for Conservation of Nature on ocean issues for the last few years, including two cases before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and the negotiation of a new treaty on high seas biodiversity.

Dr. Evelyn Farkas, F94

Dr. Evelyn Farkas, F94

1994

Given the unprecedented threats facing our country, from the climate crisis to the crisis of our democracy, DR. EVELYN FARKAS is running to represent New York’s 17th Congressional District. In November, she kicked off her campaign for the seat previously held by Congresswoman Nita Lowey. As the daughter of Hungarian refugees, with experience crafting policy in the House, Senate, and most recently, as deputy assistant secretary of defense during the Obama administration, Evelyn believes she has the experience and values to help our nation heal and thrive in the 21st century.

Nicholas Dylan Ray, F94

1994

In March 2019, NICHOLAS DYLAN RAY participated in Fletcher’s Fink Distinguished Alumni Speakers Series, which involves one-on-one meetings with students to review their résumés, an informal lunch, and discussion about the speaker’s career. While on campus, Nicholas gave three other talks: one for Professor Ibrahim Warde’s class on informal and underground finance; one for Professor Andrew C. Hess about doing business in Saudi Arabia; and finally a presentation based on his new book, That Untravell’d World: Seven Journeys through Turkey. The book was short-listed for the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards in the category of Debut Travel Writer of the Year.

Maria Farnon, F95

1995

MARIA FARNON is working for Gartner, a research and advisory firm, as an analyst in its technology and service provider practice, specializing in customer experience and B2B marketing.

Larry Hanauer, F95

1995

LARRY HANAUER celebrated his 50th birthday with his family by volunteering at a pangolin conservation center in Vietnam. (Pangolins, which are trafficked to China for their scales, are critically endangered.) In his spare time, Larry serves as the vice chair of the board of Friends of the National Zoo in Washington.

Duncan Hollis, F95

1995

DUNCAN HOLLIS was awarded a university chair at Temple University and is now the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Law. He gave a keynote address at the 2019 Hague Conference on Cyber Norms alongside Fletcher’s own Professor Susan Landau.

Maura Lynch, F95

1995

MAURA LYNCH began the new year by moving to Haiti to work as the chief of staff of the new United Nations special political mission, BINUH (Integrated United Nations Office in Haiti), which was formed after the closure of fifteen years of United Nations peacekeeping in the country.

Caroline Sanderson, F95

1995

CAROLINE SANDERSON was named chief of staff to Microsoft’s executive vice president of worldwide commercial business, helping him set overall corporate sales strategy and drive results.

David Schwimmer, F95

1995

DAVID SCHWIMMER moved from New York to London in 2018 to join the London Stock Exchange Group.

 Cynthia Harvey, F02, Keith Silver, Gregory Dimitriadis, F06, and William 'Chip' Laitinen, F98.

Keith Silver, F95

1995

KEITH SILVER is the senior commercial officer at the US Embassy in Athens. After Secretary of State Pompeo kicked off the US-Greece Strategic Dialogue in Athens in October 2019, several Fletcherites were involved in strategic dialogue sessions on trade and investment, energy, and people-to-people ties, including (in photo) CYNTHIA HARVEY, F02, public affairs counselor, US Embassy Athens; Keith; GREGORY DIMITRIADIS, F06, secretary-general for international economic affairs, Greece Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and WILLIAM "CHIP" LAITINEN, F98, economic counselor, US Embassy Athens.

Brigitte Smith, F95

1995

After twenty years of investing in other people’s companies as a venture capitalist, BRIGITTE SMITH is trying to launch a social enterprise focused on plastic recycling and the welfare of waste pickers in Indonesia. She is enjoying the change of speed and new challenges.

Meeta Anand, F96

1996

MEETA ANAND is making sure all communities are counted as the Census 2020 Senior Fellow for the New York Immigration Coalition.

Neal Boudette, F96

1996

NEAL BOUDETTE is co-author with Mike Eruzione of The Making of a Miracle: The Untold Story of the Captain of the Gold Medal–Winning 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team. Eruzione scored the winning goal in the "Miracle on Ice" upset of the mighty Soviet Union by an American team made up of minor leaguers and college players. Published by HarperCollins, the book was timed for the fortieth anniversary of the game on February 22. Aside from writing the book, Neal keeps busy as a reporter for the New York Times, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and by playing hockey a couple times a week.

Melissa Conley Tyler, F96

1996

MELISSA CONLEY TYLER was honored as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs in recognition of her distinguished contribution to international affairs. She is director of diplomacy at Asialink at the University of Melbourne.

Wendy Gutierrez, Wendy Philleo, and Tim House on Thanksgiving.

Wendy Gutierrez, F96

1996

WENDY GUTIERREZ and her husband and WENDY PHILLEO and TIM HOUSE brought their families together over Thanksgiving. They had great fun hanging out for a few days with all their kids. Wendy started a new job as director with BlackRock, an asset management firm that opened a new innovation hub in Atlanta this year. She is leading a team that provides service and support to institutional clients. She is also in her last year as a board member of New American Pathways, a Georgia-based nonprofit that supports the refugee community in the metro Atlanta area.

Oliver Kratz, F96

1996

OLIVER KRATZ lives in New York City and Berlin/Potsdam, Germany. He is still running Global Thematic Partners, LLC, and raising Savanne, 7, with his wife, Leanna. Contact Oliver if you’re in the area: oliver.kratz@gtpartners.com.

Rhonda Longmore-Grund, F96

1996

RHONDA LONGMORE-GRUND became the president and CEO for Alliance Healthcare Services in 2019. Alliance is one of the largest providers of advanced diagnostic imaging, radiation therapy, and medical oncology services in partnership with more than 1,000 hospitals across the US. She is still in Southern California and if any alumni ever make it to Orange County, she would love to connect!

Lindy Cameron, F98

1998

LINDY CAMERON moved jobs in June (still as a civil servant in the UK government), from international development with the Department for International Development, to domestic policy as director general of the Northern Ireland Office working on Northern Ireland’s peace, security, and governance. She splits her time between Whitehall in London and Stormont in Belfast, and is very happy to be home at last! She also sent news that classmate MIKE STRAUSS is moving back to London to be GC of European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, working with ALEXIA LATORTUE, F97, and hopefully living in Islington, very close to her and MASHA GORDON.

Stephane Grand, F98

1998

STEPHANE GRAND’s accounting firm is now in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong, and soon to be in Taipei, Singapore, and Ho Chi Minh City. He launched a second company in November to offer automated, AI-based cloud accounting services. He says that it sounds complicated and weird, but it just means you’d replace your accountant with a virtual one, the result of a collaboration between a real accountant and AI.

Michael Torra, F98

1998

MICHAEL TORRA is happily approaching eleven years at The Raben Group, a national public affairs firm. He now serves as the managing principal for California based out of Raben Group’s recently opened Oakland office and is also often in Los Angeles.

Karin Chamberlain, F99

1999

KARIN CHAMBERLAIN had a blast at the Fletcher reunion in May, and in November, JONO ROSEN hosted a Fletcher dinner attended by VICTORIA ESSER, ALLISON KOHL, CARLISLE LEVINE, DAVID WEISMAN, and Karin. Karin just bought her childhood home, a 50-acre farm in Hanover, New Hampshire. She also recently celebrated her sixth year at Clean Yield Asset Management as director of impact investments. As part of her job, she oversees Clean Yield’s investments in food and agriculture businesses in Vermont, which means she gets to play with baby goats and eat delicious cheese as part of her due diligence. In 2019, both Fletcher Magazine and the New York Times wrote about her work.

Wolfgang Lassl, F99

1999

WOLFGANG LASSL and his family moved from Paris to Vienna, where Wolfgang continues his consulting work. He published three books with Springer on the viability of organizations and how one can diagnose and design organizations. Anyone passing by Vienna or needing help with their organization is highly welcome and invited to join Wolfgang for a coffee in one of the most famous coffeehouses in the city.

Olfa Meliani-Faure and friends at her book launch in London in July.

Olfa Meliani-Faure, F99

1999

OLFA MELIANI-FAURE has published three novels under the pen name O.M. Faure, and has sold more than 20,000 copies. They are a trilogy of futuristic thrillers that use the scenario planning methodology. Olfa had a book launch at Hatchards in London in July. NICOLE TURNER PERKINS, F98, and KAREN MILES LINE, F07, were there.

Haris Mesinovic, F99

1999

HARIS MESINOVIC started working for a USAID/Bosnia project monitoring and evaluating other USAID activities and providing research support for the USAID Mission’s planning and programming purposes. So far, he loves it. He encourages more visitors!

Sachiho Nakayama, F99

1999

SACHIHO NAKAYAMA and her family moved to Tokyo last year. She is still with the International Finance Corporation. Her mother is happy to have them close by, as her father passed away two years ago, after a long illness.

Noah Rubins, F99

1999

NOAH RUBINS just published the second edition of his book Investment Treaty Arbitration.

Olga (Nikolayeva) Smirnova, F99

1999

OLGA (NIKOLAYEVA) SMIRNOVA and her family made the tough decision to emigrate to the United States. After having worked for twenty years at the US Consulate General in St. Petersburg, which was closed in 2018 by order of the Russian authorities, she took advantage of the special immigrant visa available to Foreign Service nationals of the US government abroad for long-term faithful service. Once one crosses the US border, the visa is endorsed and one becomes a legal permanent resident. She is staying with friends in the Boston area, looking for a job, and waiting for her husband and two kids to join her soon.

Tania Teschke and classmates at her book event.

Tania Teschke, F99

1999

TANIA TESCHKE held an event for her book The Bordeaux Kitchen in Arlington, Virginia, on November 2. It became a mini Fletcher reunion with TOBY WOLF, MAUREEN LUNA-LONG, F97, ERIC EVERSMANN, his wife, LYGEIA RICCIARDI (and child), and DAYNA BROWN, F98!

Gregory Unruh, F99

1999

GREGORY UNRUH just published his fourth book, The Biosphere Rules: Nature’s Five Sustainability Secrets to Sustainable Profits. The launch was covered by Sustainable Brands with a seven-part article series.

Astrid Wendlandt published a book on the fashion and luxury industry.

Astrid Wendlandt, F99

1999

ASTRID WENDLANDT just published a book on the fashion and luxury industry called How Luxury Conquered the World. It is based on a four-year investigation that reveals the dark and bright sides of this powerful industry.

Sarah Harpending, F00

2000

SARAH HARPENDING began working as the grants and partnerships officer with Collateral Repair Project, a US nongovernmental organization working with urban refugees in Amman, Jordan.

Benjamin Morse, F00

2000

BENJAMIN MORSE was re-elected to the board of education of Bloomfield, New Jersey, in a nail-biting election. Following a recount, Ben won his seat by seven votes, proving that every vote really does count! He has an ambitious agenda for his upcoming term.

Mariana Neisuler, Jim Alexander, and Lakshmi Karan in San Jose.

Mariana (Lenkova) Neisuler, F00, and Peter Neisuler, F02

2000

MARIANA (LENKOVA) NEISULER and her husband, PETER NEISULER, F02, both US diplomats, completed their assignment in Jordan and are now stationed in Tel Aviv, Israel. They took an extremely scenic route for their seventy-mile relocation, traveling across the United States from San Francisco to Atlanta on their way to Tel Aviv. While in the Bay Area, they visited LAKSHMI KARAN and JIM ALEXANDER. (The photo shows, left to right, Mariana, Jim, and Lakshmi at Jim’s house in San Jose.) Their 14- and 15-year-old children will attend the American International School in Tel Aviv.

Shannon Mullen O’Keefe, F00

2000

SHANNON MULLEN O’KEEFE continues to work for Gallup in Omaha, Nebraska, where she lives with her husband, Daniel, and her three children, Siobhan, Lachlan, and Finn. She has published a series of articles about workplace topics ranging from hiring to leadership, management to finding purpose at work.

Daniele Riggio, F00

2000

DANIELE RIGGIO continues to enjoy working as a press officer at NATO headquarters in Brussels, where his portfolio includes Afghanistan, Iraq, counterterrorism, air policing, and the western Balkans.

Vigen Sargsyan and his wife, Lusine Galajyan, F03, with their daughters.

Vigen Sargsyan, F00, and Lusine Galajyan, F03

2000

VIGEN SARGSYAN and his wife, LUSINE GALAJYAN, F03, have returned to Boston with their three daughters, Tamara, 15, Maria, 12, and Hasmik, 6. (The photo shows the family at Copley Square.) Vigen is currently a Sloan Fellow at MIT. He is engaging with the private sector after more than two decades of public service and politics, which included serving as the minister of defense of Armenia. Lusine, who recently served as Armenia country director for the Izmirlian Foundation, is pursuing an executive management program at Harvard Business School.

Tiffany Tsui, F00

2000

TIFFANY TSUI authored a study titled "Green Cities—A Strategic Roadmap for Metropolitan Regions in China." The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands officially released the study in China after a copy was presented to the Dutch ambassador in Beijing.

Ian Wadley, F00

2000

After six years of leading strategy, evaluation, and learning for the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva, IAN WADLEY has launched an independent consulting practice on the same themes. He is helping various foreign ministries, humanitarian organizations, and mediators develop in-house critical reflection methods to assure high-quality professional judgments in difficult environments (e.g., "red-teaming").

Alexis Grabar, F02

2002

ALEXIS GRABAR is keeping as busy as ever, shuttling between his sixth start-up, various executive boards, and the academic life.

Dan Langenkamp and Sarah Khan, F02

2002

DAN LANGENKAMP and his wife, SARAH KHAN, are back in Washington, DC, for language training—they’ll be going to Kiev as press attaché and rule of law coordinator, respectively. They recently returned from a posting in Côte d’Ivoire. Sarah and KHUSH CHOPRA, F01, caught up in Singapore, where they enjoyed Malay food on Sarah’s R&R from northern Somalia, where she is the head of office with the UNHCR mission.

Junko Hirakawa

Bonny Ling, F02

2002

BONNY LING ran into GREG SCARLATOIU in Geneva in April 2019. They were both speaking at the United Nations, and it was a lovely surprise for her to see an old Fletcher classmate as a speaker. More recently, Bonny ran into HENRIETTA LAKE at a conference in London in December 2019. Bonny mourns the loss of JUNKO HIRAKAWA, who passed away in April 2019 in Tokyo.

Kevin Newman, F02

2002

KEVIN NEWMAN is in Tokyo, working in cryptocurrencies with NEM.io. He reports enjoying the occasional professional wrestling match, which may or may not be as believable as the value of ethereum.

Kaddu Sebunya with Dan Fahey in Nairobi.

Kaddu Sebunya, F02

2002

KADDU SEBUNYA was named CEO of the African Wildlife Foundation, the first African to head an international conservation NGO. He brings a keen understanding of the continent, its systems, and its people. He has helped distinguish AWF as the conservation NGO that puts the needs of the people first, spearheading efforts that have proven that conservation can go hand-in-hand with development, economic growth, and the well-being of communities. He is looking forward to seeing more Africans take ownership of conservation in Africa, particularly young people. Kaddu recently met up in Nairobi with DAN FAHEY, who is a visiting professor at the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame.

Andrei Tarnea, F02

2002

ANDREI TARNEA was honored by the president of Romania with the National Order of Merit and then by the French government as a knight in the Order of Arts and Letters, both the result of a large-scale public diplomacy project, where he led the Romanian side as commissioner general between 2016 and 2019.

Maria Kristensen and classmates.

Cynthia White, F02

2002

CYNTHIA WHITE is celebrating ten years with her consulting firm Ceatro Group with a solo show of her paintings. She recently met up with MARIA KRISTENSEN, who wins the prize for number of Fletcher ’02 alumni in a single photo, including TAO, KIERAN, RICKLEF, MARIA S., SEA, MEIRA, PETER, CHRIS, and MIKE. Maria also reports seeing PAUL, ADAM, SALO, and a bunch of other Fletcherites in New York City.

Brian Dusza, F03

2003

BRIAN DUSZA is expanding the Fletcher alumni club network, helping to organize a Fletcher South Sudan club. The group hosted a Christmas barbecue as its first event.

Deborah Eisenberg and Ray Linsenmayer, F03

2003

DEBORAH EISENBERG and RAY LINSENMAYER, F01, welcomed a second child, Sarah Eisenberg Linsenmayer, born December 2 in Pittsburgh.

Sarah Bailey, F04

2004

After seven years of independent consulting and research on humanitarian assistance, SARAH BAILEY moved to Barbados to join the World Food Programme Caribbean Office for Emergency Preparedness and Response.

Judy Dunbar, F04

2004

JUDY DUNBAR moved to the Boston area from Oakland, California, in July after completing her master of science in management at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. She started as the new director of social and community impact at Converse, and is having a great time getting to know all the amazing organizations serving youth in Boston.

Dominic Goh, F04

Dominic Goh, F04

2004

At the end of his posting to Laos in July 2019, DOMINIC GOH was conferred the Cross of Friendship medal by the Lao government for achievements in promoting bilateral relations. In September 2019, Dominic was appointed Singapore’s ambassador to Egypt.

2004 Hadley Kelly.

Hadley (White) Kelly and Matt Kelly, F04

2004

HADLEY (WHITE) KELLY married MATT KELLY in March 2019. Lots of Fletcher friends were there from the classes of 2003, 2004, and 2005 including (in photo) PAM BEECROFT, F05, EMMA BELCHER, BEN BLACK, ELIZABETH BLUMENTHAL, F05, YONI BOCK, CHRIS BURDICK, F03, EMILY BUTERA, CAMILLE CATENZA, BRETT FREEDMAN, F03, MARTI FLACKS, F06, CORNELIA JESSE, MIKE LOMBARDO, GEOFF ORAVEC, M06, F09, JUSTIN SULLIVAN, and GREG WATSON.

Maliha Masood, F04

Maliha Masood, F04

2004

Back in Seattle, MALIHA MASOOD is busy as stage manager/mom for her 11-year-old piano whiz kid, Azeem, who got her hooked on the music of John Williams. In addition to teaching a class on the science of droids, Maliha is working on her third book: Why Star Wars Makes Sense.

Lawrence Meder, F04

2004

LAWRENCE MEDER continues to work with the Friends of the Old West End nonprofit as its vice chairman, aiding its mission of restoring the Old West End National Historic District in Danville, Virginia. This past year, seventeen historic houses were sold and are now in various stages of renovations to ensure that they are saved for future generations.

Claire Sneed, F04

2004

CLAIRE SNEED, her spouse, and 2-year-old daughter left Washington, DC, behind in August 2018 to start a new chapter in Colorado. Following ten years working on issues of civil-military cooperation, conflict stabilization, human rights, and democracy at the State Department, Claire spent much of her first year in Colorado consulting for international development institutions, and now looks forward to starting a new role as the gender/women, peace, and security advisor to US Combatant Command Norad/Northcom.

Gregory Watson and his husband, Eric Kite, welcomed their daughter.

Gregory Watson, F04

2004

GREGORY WATSON and his husband, Eric Kite, welcomed their daughter Katharine Margaret (MALD 2042?) into their family on June 1, 2019. DC-area Fletcherites are great aunties and uncles. They are loving family life even as Greg is busy launching a new Natural Capital Lab at the Inter-American Development Bank.

Daniel Benaim, F06

2006

DANIEL BENAIM is enjoying political exile working at a think tank and teaching in New York City. In February 2019, he and his wife, Hollie, welcomed their first child, Charlotte.

Ashish Bhatia, F06

2006

ASHISH BHATIA received his doctorate in education from the University of Pennsylvania last May. In September 2019, he joined the faculty at New York University Stern School of Business as a clinical associate professor, teaching courses in entrepreneurship and ethics.

Ben Presnell, F06

2006

BEN PRESNELL moved to San Antonio, Texas, in August to join USAA as AVP, Lending Products, Segments, and Marketing. His new team manages and develops credit card products for the military community, with a particular focus on tools and experiences for the currently serving and newly enlisted. Ben is learning to become a Texan and enjoyed the warm winter.

Connie Schneider and classmates at her birthday celebration.

Connie Schneider, F06

2006

CONNIE SCHNEIDER lured eight Fletcherites from as far away as Boston, Sacramento, and Syria to her 40th birthday festivities in Düsseldorf, Germany, in July 2017, on the premise that she would never get married anyway. (The photo shows, from left to right: DELPHINE HOU, RICARDO BORGES DE CASTRO, HURIA OGBAMICHAEL, F05, MARTA ABRANTES MENDES, F09, NAHID BHADELIA, F04, Connie, JOSH NEWTON, AFSAN BHADELIA, A03, and RUTH FEND, F05.) Needless to say, that jinxed it, and on August 30, 2019, Connie married her long-lost soulmate Ken Taylor, whom she first met in Afghanistan ten years ago. Two Fletcherites were in attendance at the small family wedding, HURIA OGBAMICHAEL, F05, as sworn-in interpreter, and KAROUN DEMIRJIAN to provide the musical entertainment. After holding out for so long to get rid of her "commoners’ name," Connie is somewhat disappointed that she had to settle for "Taylor," which means "Schneider" in English! Connie and Ken now live in Kosovo, where they would be happy to host any Fletcherites who want to check out the stunning mountains, excellent food, and lethal raki—together, no doubt, with the small but fine Fletcher community that includes FEHMIJE MYDYTI, F18, SARAH SCHAFFER, F11, and FRED VON BOTHMER, F16!

Mark Voyger, F06

2006

After having spent more than a decade overseas working for the US Army and NATO, as well as teaching and publishing, MARK VOYGER moved back to the US in September 2019 as a visiting scholar at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Washington, DC. His research focus is the strengthening of the trans-Atlantic security architecture post-2020, and he is editing a book that analyzes the multiple domains of Russia’s hybrid warfare and seeks to formulate practicable Western responses to counter it.

Christophe Boulierac, F07

2007 GMAP I

CHRISTOPHE BOULIERAC left Geneva, where he was UNICEF global spokesperson, and moved to the Democratic Republic of Congo, as chief of the United Nations radio there, Radio Okapi. In that position he oversees 140 staff and forty transmitters that are needed to cover the vast country. Christophe, his wife, and three children—Mwinda, 8, Andréa, 7, and Eloi, 1—moved in July.

Josy Joseph, F07

2007 GMAP I

JOSY JOSEPH has launched Confluence Media, a start-up to tell investigative stories from South Asia, working across platforms and partnering with several global entities for nonfiction books, investigative documentaries, scripted dramas, and other forms of storytelling. It is an effort to create a scalable media entity that depends not on advertisements or subscriptions, but on leveraging the power of its intellectual property.

Christian Cali, F07

2007 GMAP II

After a successful custom software venture, including technologies that helped counter human trafficking and illicit finance, CHRISTIAN CALI is leading a new start-up called biohavens to help people grow and network small-scale organic vegetable gardens. The company aims to create economies of scale with technology to interlink gardens, reduce household food waste, and help people thrive and lead healthier lives. Chris can be reached at christian.cali@timsahglobal.com.

Benjamin Lodmell, F07

2007 GMAP II

BENJAMIN LODMELL and his family have settled in Lisbon. You can reach Ben at benjamin.lodmell@gmail.com.

Dr. James Neathery, F07

2007 GMAP II

DR. JAMES NEATHERY has taken on the duties of board chairman and interim CEO of a North Korean humanitarian group called Ignis Community. James can be reached at leadercraft@gmail.com.

Patrick Loll, F08

2008 GMAP II

After six years in Singapore (three years at the embassy and three years in a private sector chief compliance officer role after retiring from the FBI), PATRICK LOLL has returned to the US and joined Citibank in an ethics and investigations management role in Tampa, Florida. Patrick can be reached at pjloll@hotmail.com.

Sophie Pouget, F09

2009

After several years with the World Bank Group in DC, SOPHIE POUGET and her daughter Marie (who, back in 2009, attended Professor Ian Johnstone’s class before being born) resettled in Paris. They’re now climbing mountains! Sophie is the generation equality coordinator for UN Women France. She works with United Nations Women HQ, the French government, and francophone civil society organizations in order to achieve gender equality. She is also the co-founder and president of Committee for Refugee Relief, an association founded in 2017 with JUSTIN VALENTINE, F08. She was awarded the Human Rights Prize by the Paris Bar for her advocacy work with migrants in Northern France. She is also the liaison for New/International Groups of the Fletcher Women’s Network. Sophie and Marie are looking forward to seeing you in Paris!

Andrea Walther Puri and Munish Puri, F09

2009

ANDREA WALTHER PURI and MUNISH PURI welcomed their second son, Kian, in October, making Amari, 2, an older brother. They enjoyed traveling with Amari to France and Germany over the summer. They also had a busy year professionally: Drea finished up her Ph.D. fieldwork in Chad, and Munish began a new position as the director of cyber risk for the City of New York’s Cyber Command. They welcome any and all advice from the global Fletcher community on how to raise feminist, sensitive sons!

Sebastian Reeve, F09

2009

SEBASTIAN REEVE is in his second year of family medicine residency in Portland, Oregon. He reports that he’s living in the quaint and magical Sellwood. He misses everything Fletcher, and hopes anyone passing through Portland reaches out.

Matt Van Etten, F09 and Cecilia Pardi-Guilford, F10

2009

MATT VAN ETTEN and CECILIA PARADI-GUILFORD, F10, have been living and working in Nairobi for almost three years now. Cecilia is at the World Bank and Matt is at the US Embassy working on terrorism and security issues. They have two young kids, Charlie, 3, and Eloise, 1, born in Nairobi. Matt adds, "Nairobi continues to be a pretty ideal place for a young family like ours. Childcare is very affordable, the climate is consistently pleasant, and the regional travel options are pretty diverse and interesting. We hope to be here at least another year or so."

Daniel Villanueva, F09

2009

DANIEL VILLANUEVA and his wife, Valentina Hiegemann, celebrated their first wedding anniversary in November. He is finishing his third year working in the Political Section of the US Embassy to Ecuador. Highlights have included re-establishing a USAID office in Ecuador, concluding the first extradition from Ecuador to the US in twenty-five years, and organizing two nationwide electoral observation missions. Valentina has a nutritional health coaching consultancy that she runs out of the main hospital in Quito. They will be moving to the Bahamas in summer 2020 where Daniel will serve as the political-economic section chief at the US Embassy.

Hend Abdel Ghany, Camilo Mantilla, and Marcia Kammitsi, F10

2010

HEND ABDEL GHANY, CAMILO MANTILLA, and MARCIA KAMMITSI, classmates from the LLM Class of 2010, had a lovely reunion in New York during the last Thanksgiving holiday. Hend is back in New York City after several interesting postings with the United Nations in Jerusalem, Yemen, and Lebanon. Hend is now working with the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPPA) where she is covering the latest developments in Syria. Camilo is also in New York City with the National Network for Safe Communities, overseeing a violence-reduction effort design for the Mexican states of Chihuahua and Nuevo Leon; he also spends a lot of time with his adorable little Samuel, 16 months old. After several years in Brussels, Marcia is now posted in Beirut, Lebanon, where she is working with the EU Delegation, covering stabilization programs inside Syria.

Kyle Glover, F10

Kyle Glover, F10

2010

KYLE GLOVER was named partner at Pierce Atwood LLP in January. He assists clients with a wide range of matters related to the negotiation of technology and intellectual property transactions, the prosecution and protection of trademarks, and compliance with data privacy and security requirements.

Matt Herbert, F10, F19, and Farzana Hoque, F12

2010

MATT HERBERT, F10, F19, and FARZANA HOQUE, F12, welcomed both a new daughter named Fiona and the long-awaited completion of Matt’s Fletcher Ph.D. After several years in Tunisia, they are moving to Malta to continue to enjoy good food, great weather, and interesting work.

Harvey Beasley, F11

2011

HARVEY BEASLEY has been serving as the American Citizens Services chief at US Embassy Kuwait since August 2018. He expects to be in Kuwait City until summer 2021. If you’re in Kuwait and want to meet up, please get in touch!

Philippa (Pip) Brown, F11

2011

PHILIPPA (PIP) BROWN concluded her latest deployment to Somalia, working with the national security advisor. Apart from enjoying more time in the UK, she is looking forward to an Afghan-focused role at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies.

Elise Crane and her husband welcomed their son on August 28, 2019.

Elise Crane, F11

2011

ELISE CRANE and husband Andrew Riedy welcomed son Oliver William Riedy on August 28, 2019, two months before they moved to Croatia for Elise’s fourth Foreign Service assignment. They look forward to filling Ollie’s passport with lots of interesting stamps in true Fletcher fashion!

Tilmann Liebert and his spouse welcomed their child on July 31, 2019.

Tilmann Liebert, F11

2011

TILMANN LIEBERT and Jing Xu are excited to share the news of the birth of their little bundle of joy, Lluïsa, on July 31, 2019.

Andrea Strimling Yodsampa, F11

2011

ANDREA STRIMLING YODSAMPA founded DEPLOY/US several years ago to tackle climate change in a way no one else was doing. She is now leading a national effort to amplify and accelerate right-of-center leadership on climate change, with the goal of supporting enactment of bipartisan federal climate policy in two to five years. DEPLOY/US is fiercely nonpartisan and was named one of 10 "Need-To-Know Innovative Nonprofits" by 1% for the Planet in August 2018. If you want to help, please reach out to Andrea at ayodsampa@deployUS.org.

Charlie Bailey, F12

2012

CHARLIE BAILEY moved to the DC area after nine years in Boston. He is now working as a senior program officer at CNFA, supporting programs in Georgia. He has successfully kept two children and a dog alive and they continue to have birthdays annually.

Meghan Healy Luecke, F12

2012

MEGHAN HEALY LUECKE has been back in the US for the past two years working as a crisis management strategist for the Department of State. In 2020, she will be a State Department Eagleburger Fellow and will spend a year embedded with a private consulting firm. Please reach out if you’re coming through and want to catch up!

Peter and Gregor

Jenny Heintz and Gregor Young, F12

2012

JENNY HEINTZ and GREGOR YOUNG welcomed their son, Finnegan, in June 2019. They are enjoying being parents and watching Finn grow. They enjoyed a visit with PETER PARK, who also has a young son.

Simon Henderson, F12

2012

SIMON HENDERSON started a new position as head of policy for Save the Children Australia. He leads the group’s domestic and international policy and advocacy portfolio, including humanitarian aid and development, children on the move, child rights governance, economics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, and child-focused domestic policies.

Alexandros Ioannidis, F12

2012

ALEXANDROS IOANNIDIS is the head of unit at the Permanent Representation of Greece to the European Union, dealing with enlargement and common foreign policy issues.

Mollie Lurey MacDougall, F12

2012

MOLLIE LUREY MACDOUGALL moved back to Virginia from London, and in summer 2019 became the product manager for Cofense Intelligence, a cybersecurity company focused on phishing defense. She got married last year to Scott MacDougall.

Aziza Mohammed, F12

2012

AZIZA MOHAMMED is now a senior program officer at Women and Gender Equality Canada. She found herself in headlines for being the Project Cactus whistleblower, a scandal that kept the Conservatives from winning the 2019 federal election in Canada.

Jenya Shandina, F12

2012

JENYA SHANDINA had a baby boy named Max in June! As of October, she is back at work at One Acre Fund in the new Dumbo office in Brooklyn, New York.

2012 Patty Ye Cao.

Patty Ye Cao, F12

2012

PATTY YE CAO married a Hungarian man and had two weddings (one in China and one in Hungary)! JOCELYN BRADDOCK, JONATHAN MARTIN, ASHLEY PARKER, and KATY NASSBERG attended the wedding in Budapest on September 21, 2019.

Bernardo Diaz, F13

2013

BERNARDO DIAZ bid farewell to the State Department after six great years and moved to New Mexico. He now works for Sandia National Laboratories in its International Security and Risk Management Department. He and his wife, Maria, welcomed their daughter Aida in January 2019.

Christopher Hickey and Beth Tresder, F13

Christopher Hickey and Beth Tresder, F13

2013

CHRISTOPHER HICKEY and BETH TRESEDER are thrilled to announce that they had a son, Jack, on September 17, 2019. His full name is John Swenson Treseder Hickey and he weighed 5 pounds, 14 ounces. Beth also changed jobs and will now be serving as the New England market lead for Equinor’s offshore wind business. Christopher is now AVP for business development at Enel Green Power North America. They’re both enjoying being part of the clean energy network in Boston.

Tanya Hoke and Jacob Lang, F13

2013

TANYA HOKE married JACOB LANG at Flour Bakery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in October 2019. Fletcherites at the wedding included NICK KENNEY, F08, F15, SUMMER MARION, MAUREEN SAREWITZ, and EMILY SIMON BERNARD. Two weeks later, Tanya, Jacob, and their cat packed up and headed west to Denver in pursuit of better winters. Tanya continues to lead Galen Diligence, advising investors and operators in the global legal cannabis industry on how to identify and mitigate business, legal, and reputational risks.

Tallash Kantai, F13

2013

TALLASH KANTAI is now in Glasgow at the University of Strathclyde doing an environmental Ph.D., looking at the governance of marine plastics.

Steve Monroe, F13

2013

STEVE MONROE will be joining the global affairs division of Yale-NUS College in Singapore in summer 2020 as an assistant professor, on tenure track, for at least the next four years. He is currently a postdoc at the Harvard Kennedy School and got his Ph.D. in political science from Princeton last summer.

Blake Narendra, F13

2013

BLAKE NARENDRA started as a foreign policy legislative assistant in Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey’s office in December 2019, covering his Senate Foreign Relation Committee.

Juan Portilla, F13

2013

JUAN PORTILLA joined Raymond James’ Financial Intelligence Unit in St. Petersburg, Florida, as a senior AML and financial crimes officer. He was also appointed a visiting professor of international law at the LLM Program in International Law at the Sabana University School of Law in Colombia. Last summer he taught two courses there—International Organizations and International Financial Law—and he will teach them in the years to come every summer. Juan earned his law degree from Sabana University School of Law. His oldest son, Juan Carlos Portilla Jr., 13, joined IMG Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida, because he dreams of playing tennis in college.

2013 Hannah Schiff and Matt Hennessy.

Hannah Schiff and Matt Hennessy, F13

2013

HANNAH SCHIFF and MATT HENNESSY got married in June in Hannah’s hometown in the Hudson Valley in New York. Many gleeful Fletcher alumni attended. The photo shows, left to right, ERIC LACH, LAUREN MEYER, AVERY ASH, MARGOT SHOREY, KYLE MUTHER, ANDY GUPTA, CHRISTOPHER HICKEY, HANNEKE VAN DYKE, F14, N14, ANDREW WILLIAMS, F14, Andy Green, SASHA KAPADIA, EMILY CHESSIN, BETH TRESEDER, HALLEY CHAMBERS, KATE GENEREUX, EMILY BERNARD, ANNIE WANLUND, JULIA LINDAU, Matt, Hannah, and MARKIAN KUZMOWYCZ, F19.

Claire and Geoff Thomas, F13

2013

CLAIRE THOMAS will be starting a telework job next summer on an FSO position, writing the State Department’s annual report on foreign government corruption. GEOFF THOMAS’s next tour is in San Jose, Costa Rica, so the whole crew will be heading that way in May 2021. Otherwise, just working and raising humans.

Mariana D’Abreu Tiwari, F13

2013

MARIANA D’ABREU TIWARI is living happily in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Snehil, and sons Matteo, 2, and Moreno, 4. She would be happy to hear from Fletcherites in the area!

Roxani Krystalli with her Ph.D. advisors.

Roxani Krystalli, F14

2014

ROXANI KRYSTALLI completed her Ph.D. on the politics of victimhood in Colombia. She was grateful to defend her dissertation in front of colleagues, mentors, and friends at Fletcher in November 2019. Starting in September 2020, Roxani will be a lecturer (assistant professor) at the School of International Relations of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where she will be focusing her research and teaching on feminist approaches to peace and conflict studies. She would be delighted to have Fletcher classmates visit for a mossy walk by the Allan River. (In the photo, Roxani is pictured with her Ph.D. advisors: professors Alex de Waal, Dyan Mazurana, and Kimberly Theidon.)

Zach Przystup, F14

2014

Last spring, ZACH PRZYSTUP and his wife, Katie, welcomed their second boy, Samuel Leo Przystup. Then, after seven years in Boston, they moved down to DC, where Zach started a new job at the State Department. He has already run into many old Fletcher classmates and friends.

2015 Paula Armstrong and Jonathan Nwosu.

Paula Armstrong and Jonathan Nwosu, F15

2015

PAULA ARMSTRONG and JONATHAN NWOSU celebrated their wedding on November 9, 2019, in San Diego.

2015 Sabrina Ndakorerwa.

Sabrina Ndakorerwa, F15

2015

SABINA NDAKORERWA married her long-term boyfriend, Francesco, on July 6, 2019, in Ancona, Italy. Perfect time for a Fletcher reunion! In attendance were, left to right, SHALINI SHARAN, ANKIT KUMAR, AHMED SHADMANN, DIEGO SUQUILLO, MIO YAMADA, SABINA NDAKORERWA, and SID ARYAN.

Peter Varnum with his wife.

Peter Varnum, F15

2015

PETER VARNUM married Rihana Diabo on November 15, 2019, in Geneva. The marriage was a civil ceremony and was followed by a traditional marriage in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Rihana’s hometown, on December 7, 2019. The couple met in Geneva while working for the World Economic Forum, where Peter still works. Rihana is consulting on vaccine markets. A Western ceremony will be held in fall 2020.

Franck Akakpo, F16

2016 GMAP

The GMAP Class of 2016 is deeply saddened by the loss of our classmate and dear friend FRANCK AKAKPO. He leaves his wife, Murielle, and two beautiful daughters.

Miranda Bogen, F16

2016

MIRANDA BOGEN joined Facebook in September to manage artificial intelligence policy. She still lives in DC, but splits time between there, the Bay Area, and other random places around the world. She’s always happy to connect to Fletcher folks working in (or looking to get into) tech policy!

2016 Betty Cox and classmates.

Betty Cox and David Cronin, F16

2016

BETTY COX and DAVE CRONIN were married on July 27, 2019, in Ketchum, Idaho. They were joined for the festivities by an awesome Fletcher fam composed of many fellow members of the Class of 2016, including RIA BARBER, DANA HANSEN BRALVER, ANDY BRALVER, F11, GRANT BRIDGMAN, ANNA CONN, LIAM CONNOLLY, ANDREW DUSEK, LAUREN EMERSON, F17, CHELSEY EVANS, CORY FELDER, SARAH GOLKAR, ANDREW GRABER, F17, CATIE JONES, F17, CARL KJELLMAN, F17, ANDREW KOCH, NATALIE LAM, ABISHEK MAITY, JULIAN MOORE, F18, MANDANA NAKHAI, ZACH NUSBAUM, F17, DANIELLE ROBINSON, BONNIE SHNAYERSON, EMILY SUSMAN, F17, BRYAN STINCHFIELD, JENN WILSON, and MIKE WOLFE. During the evening toasts, the Fletcher crew lived up to their reputation as the loudest and rowdiest group at the party.

Ali Edelstein wed John Mize at Whitehall House & Gardens in Louisville, Kentucky, on August 31, 2019.

Ali Edelstein and John Mize, F16

2016

ALI EDELSTEIN married JOHN MIZE during an intimate ceremony at Whitehall House & Gardens in Louisville, Kentucky, on August 31, 2019. CHELSEY EVANS was in attendance.

2016 Lauren Emerson and Bryan Stinchfield.

Lauren Emerson and Bryan Stinchfield, F16

2016

LAUREN EMERSON and BRYAN STINCHFIELD were married on a mountaintop in the Catskills in New York on September 7, 2019, surrounded by family, friends, and a lot of Fletcher love. Continued proof of Flinder’s success rate!

Clare O’Hare, F16, and Lakshmi Kumar, F15

2016

CLARE O’HARE and LAKSHMI KUMAR, F15, presented a paper on the sovereign wealth fund corruption gap at an OECD/ASIL conference at Kiryat Ono in Israel. They also managed to catch up with AVNER GOLOV, F17, during the trip.

Ayesha Patel, F16

2016

As of September 2019, AYESHA PATEL is a policy advisor at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in the UK government, working on preparing the British consumer goods manufacturing sector for EU exit.

Tina Robiolle, F16

2016

TINA ROBIOLLE joined Sciences Po Paris to lead the Master in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action Program.

Gaspar Rodriguez co-founded RefugeeForce, which celebrated its 2019 graduation in December.

Gaspar Rodriguez, F16

2016

Co-founded by GASPAR RODRIGUEZ and two colleagues in 2018, RefugeeForce, a social enterprise that invests in the skilled, motivated, and diverse asylum seeker and status holder population in the Netherlands, celebrated its 2019 graduation on December 12. Refugees in the Netherlands struggle to find employment matching their interests, experience, and ambitions, often settling for low-skilled or temporary work. Through an intensive training program, RefugeeForce prepares talented participants with comprehensive technical and professional training, equipping them with the practical skills, knowledge, and personal network to flourish in the Dutch technology sector. In 2020, RefugeeForce plans to train 100 participants in three cohorts.

Holly Kirking-Loomis with professor emeritus William Moomaw.

Holly Kirking-Loomis, F17

2017 GMAP

As an alternate head of delegation for the United States, HOLLY KIRKING-LOOMIS led the US negotiating team to climate negotiations at the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid in December 2019.

Ingrid Sidenvall Jegou, F17

2017 GMAP

In January 2020, INGRID SIDENVALL JEGOU started as a project director with the Global Maritime Forum in Copenhagen, a foundation working to shape the future of seaborne trade. She will support the Getting to Zero Coalition, launched at the UN secretary-general’s Climate Summit in New York in September 2019. The initiative aims for decarbonization of the shipping sector.

Andy Clay, F17

2017

ANDY CLAY and his wife, Katie, welcomed their daughter Serafina Elaine Clay, future F45, into the world on December 12, 2019. They could not be more in love.

Mattea Cumoletti, F17

2017

MATTEA CUMOLETTI found lots of fellow Fletcher alums during her recent work at the US Embassy in South Sudan for USAID’s Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance. She worked on a team with MICHAEL WAGNER, BRIAN FRIEDMAN, F19, and LAURA WILKINSON, F04, and met several other alums at the mission—she even ran into Fletcher classmate HELEN PITTAM, who works for ACTED, at a bar on her first night in Juba!

2017 Sherrie Hsu.

Sherrie Hsu, F17

2017

SHERRIE HSU married Evan Matsuzawa on August 31, 2019, in Woodinville, Washington. In attendance were Fletcher friends and fellow 2017 alumni ARIEL CHUNG, ALEXANDRA JESZECK, APOORV KARMAKAR, RAFAEL LOSS, ELIZABETH MORI TORNHEIM, and FATIMA QURAISHI, traveling from all over the world to share the beautiful day. Others sent their love from afar, and Sherrie and Evan are so grateful!

Angga Dwi Martha and other Obama Leaders in Malaysia.

Angga Dwi Martha, F17

2017

ANGGA DWI MARTHA has been named one of the Obama Leaders: Asia-Pacific by the Obama Foundation. In December 2019, he and 199 other emerging leaders from thirty-three nations and territories across the Asia-Pacific region gathered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to begin their journey as the Obama Leaders. They met with President Obama, Michelle Obama, and other prominent thought leaders. (In the photo, Angga is in the second row from the top, fourth from the right.)

Jean-Christophe (JC) Mauduit, F17

2017

JEAN-CHRISTOPHE (JC) MAUDUIT has relocated to London, where he has been appointed lecturer in science diplomacy at University College London (Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy). He is teaching in the Master of Public Administration Program on science policy and keeps an active research agenda on issues at the intersection of science and international relations. He looks forward to connecting to Fletcherites in London.

Akira Otaki, F17

2017

AKIRA OTAKI and his wife, Yasuyo, welcomed their son, Kohei, in June 2019. Akira is seeking strategies for balancing work and a new baby.

Kerrlene Wills, F17

2017

KERRLENE WILLS is a senior diplomat at the Permanent Mission of Guyana to Geneva. She advises the government of Guyana on trade and business-related matters developing at the United Nations and World Trade Organization. Prior to that, Kerrlene was with the Department of Foreign Trade in Georgetown, Guyana, working to resuscitate the services coalition and drafting text for parts of the CARICOM Services Agreement.

María Álvarez-Tólcheff and Tom Carugati, F18

2018

MARÍA ÁLVAREZ-TÓLCHEFF and TOM CARUGATI got engaged in Boston, where they met (via Fletcher!) and will live following their October 2020 wedding in Spain.

Max Bevilacqua, F18

2018

MAX BEVILACQUA was promoted to a senior trainer at Vantage Partners, where he trains teams and organizations in negotiation and difficult conversations. He recently conducted a negotiation training with Navy SEALs in Norfolk, Virginia.

Alexandra Chamberlin, F18

2018

Through her role as manager at Capshift, ALEXANDRA CHAMBERLIN is challenging financial markets to think more creatively about how capital gets allocated to serve society. She received the inaugural 30 under 30 Award from the SRI Conference.

Ashraya Dixit, F18

2018

ASHRAYA DIXIT moved to an institutional investment boutique, Promethos Capital, founded by another Fletcher alum, IVKA KALUS, F90. Promethos is a majority women-owned firm in Boston focused on ethical global equity investments.

James Do, F18

2018

JAMES DO has just completed his Boren Fellowship in South Korea and started a position in the Office of International Affairs in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice.

Andreas Peter Hofleitner, F18

2018

ANDREAS PETER HOFLEITNER works as a cyber analyst and team lead at CACI, obtained his CISSP this year, and is currently on active duty orders with the US Navy.

Stanley R. Marquez, F18

2018

STANLEY R. MARQUEZ joined the Foreign Service as a public diplomacy officer in January 2019 and will be joining Mission China in Shenyang’s Consular Section in January 2020.

Daiki "Taji" Tajima, F18

2018

DAIKI "TAJI" TAJIMA joined the World Food Programme, Regional Bureau Nairobi in April 2019, contributing to zero hunger through better resource management. Taji joined the United Nations Choir in Nairobi and performed some African songs at various United Nations events. Taji also traveled to various safaris and beaches to enjoy the beautiful nature and wildlife in Kenya.

Maria Katrina Ablen and her husband visit the Great Buddha in Japan.

Maria Katrina Ablen, F19

2019

MARIA KATRINA ABLEN is enjoying copious amounts of sweets and sushi while living in Japan. She is employed by the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, doing strategy and communications work. In addition, she serves in the US Navy Reserve as part of the US Seventh Fleet staff based in Yokosuka, while her husband, Tim, serves on active duty, also based out of Yokosuka. In the photo, she and Tim visit the Great Buddha, one of the most famous icons in Japan, in Kamakura on October 1, 2019.

Kudrat Dutta Chaudhary, F19

2019

KUDRAT DUTTA CHAUDHARY has been working as a legal assistant at the law office of Robert B. Jobe, where she deals with gender-based violence asylum claims from Africa, Asia, and Central and South America. She also served as the fundraising and community engagement lead for the San Francisco Women’s March 2020. She was selected to serve on the Executive Committee of the Young Professionals Network of Human Rights Watch, where she takes care of marketing and outreach.

Akshobh Giridharadas, F19

2019

AKSHOBH GIRIDHARADAS has accepted a new role with Bower Group Asia as director of client services, overseeing a portfolio of clients across the Asia-Pacific region.

Markian Kuzmowycz, F19

2019

MARKIAN KUZMOWYCZ began a Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship in the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers in November 2019, serving under the vice prime minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration, Dmytro Kuleba.

Conor Sanchez, F19

2019

CONOR SANCHEZ and his wife, Michaela, moved to the Bay Area soon after graduation. In October, he started working at the World Economic Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which works with organizations from all sectors to co-design and pilot policies around emerging technologies. His team focuses on AI and machine learning. KENICHI NOZAKI and TABINDA SIDDIQI, who also live in the Bay Area, came to his place for dinner. Let Conor know if you’re ever in town!

Samuel Schleipman, F19

2019

SAMUEL SCHLEIPMAN moved to Sierra Leone in September 2019 as an international development fellow in Catholic Relief Services. His work has focused on programming, operations, and partnership development within the country office’s current projects, particularly its Food for Education, anti-malaria, and urban resilience programs. Returning to Sierra Leone has allowed Sam to revisit his old Peace Corps community and brush off his Krio language skills.

IN MEMORIAM

Herman Franssen, F67
January 27, 2020
Chevy Chase, Maryland

Ron McCrea, F67
December 14, 2019
Madison, Wisconsin

Alexandra (Sandy) Keith, F68
April 10, 2019
Fairfax Station, Virginia

Joseph C. Strasser, F69, FG71
June 21, 2019
Voorhees, New Jersey

James Fox, F70
August 7, 2019
Palo Alto, California

Junko Hirakawa, F02
April 6, 2019
Tokyo, Japan

Franck Akakpo, F16
November 10, 2019
Springfield, Pennsylvania

CLUB NEWS

Minneapolis

Minneapolis
On November 14, the Fletcher Club of Minneapolis held its first event, at the Pryes Brewing Company. Members had a great time catching up and meeting other Fletcher alumni in the area.

South Florida

South Florida
The Fletcher Club of South Florida launched in October 2019 with a happy hour at a local bar, where alumni enjoyed reconnecting and meeting new friends. In attendance were Moises Levy, ROSELLE CROITORU, F11, CHRISTIAN CONESA, F10, NANCY CYLKE, F66, CRISTINA NARVAEZ, F11, and Owen Cylke.

Ecuador

Ecuador
In August, the Fletcher Club of Ecuador had an event with current students who were in Quito. Attendees included, from right to left, RUBEN USECHE, F13, F16, ANANDA PAEZ, F18, KELSEY MULLEN, F20, GENEVIEVE ABRAHAM, F11, DANIEL VILLANUEVA, F09, Daniel’s wife, and JUAN SEBASTIAN ABAD, F13. Kelsey was interning at the US Embassy in Quito.

London

London
The Fletcher Club of London President PATTY YE CAO, F12, and club member IMAD AHMED, F11, joined DEAN RACHEL KYTE, F02, for lunch in December, prior to the London Symposium.

Shanghai

Shanghai
The Fletcher Club of Shanghai hosted a discussion with Ivan Rasmussen, assistant professor of political science at NYU Shanghai, on US-China relations, which was supported jointly with Johns Hopkins SAIS. The club also participated in the Inter-University Christmas Mixer, which drew 900 alumni from more than 30 schools. Club members also celebrated a Chinese holiday with moon cake alongside Fletcher alumni around the Shanghai area.