David Barrett (1986, COL)
David Barrett (1986, COL) writes, "I just published "A Big Manhattan Year: Tales of Competitive Birding," about my 2012 "big year" -- an attempt to observe as many bird species as possible -- within the confines of Manhattan. You can buy, browse, or search the book through www.bigmanhattanyear.com. "
Submitted on Apr 2 2013
John Bottigheimer (1986, COL)
Nat Bottigheimer (1986, COL) writes, "Just a quick note to say that my wife, Eve Ostriker '87, was offered a faculty position in the astrophysics department at Princeton, so we've left our home of 16 years in Silver Spring, Maryland and decamped to Princeton, NJ. I stepped down from my position at the transit agency in DC and am busily figuring out next professional steps in this new land. Ideas welcome! The other big move this year was older daughter Abigail's, who is now happily established at the other end of Cambridge with the technologically gifted job creators..."
Submitted on Sep 12 2012
Timothy Fleck (1986, COL)
Tim Fleck (1986, COL) recently accepted a call as Priest-in-Charge of the Episcopal Churches of St. Saviour, Bar Harbor, and of St. Andrew and St. John, Southwest Harbor, Maine. Tim previously served St. Martha's Episcopal Church in Lexington, Kentucky.
Submitted on Apr 16 2012
Lisa Link (1986, COL)
Lisa (Schneider) Link (1986, COL) writes, "Hi, I wanted to invite anyone who might read these little notes to an art opening for an exhibition that I am in, "Too Shallow for Diving: The 21st Century is Treading Water" - at the American Jewish Museum in Pittsburgh. It's free, open to public.
I am a professional visual artist/designer. The digital prints and video in this show are all about water issues - so if you are in the Pittsburgh area May 14, 2011 - please come by and say "hi.""
Submitted on May 10 2011
Christina Lynch (1986, COL)
Christina Lynch (1986, COL) writes, "Just back from a backcountry ski trip organized by fellow '86er Ned White. Ten of us skied six miles into the backcountry of the Sierra Nevada and spent three nights at the Pear Lake Ski Hut. No frills but lots of fun, and fantastic snow. Thanks, Ned, for including me!"
Submitted on Jan 12 2011
Karen Poy (1986, COL)
Karen (Wong) Poy (1986, COL) writes, "After spring semester exams ended Freshman year, I stayed on to work as a babysitter during the reunion. Ted Koppel was a speaker at an event and I remember how he sang a little ditty to the alums who made it back for their 25th reunion. I remember thinking then that I didn't really know what 25 years really meant. Now it's our turn!
Many chapters have filled in since graduation and it feels that way, too - discrete periods of life which have granted me experiences so varied in substance and texture.
At present, I live in New Jersey with my husband, Joe, and 8-year old boy, Christopher. I work part-time as a real estate attorney and I also pitch in with my family's business. Becoming a parent has taught me so much and continues to do so.
I look forward to seeing everyone in Cambridge next year!"
Submitted on Nov 5 2010
Meena Mansharamani (1986, COL)
Meena Mansharamani (1986, COL) writes, "The last five years have offered up many surprises (some still
underway), all leading to more growth. After 20 years in Corporate
America, I left PepsiCo three years ago as a Senior Vice President of
Innovation and Insights to three years of travel, new adventures and a
commitment to finding a role that truly integrates my personal values
with business goals. On my path to this, I started my own
company last year - Pup To Go (www.puptogo.com) - inspired by my 9-year old Shih-Tzu, Luke and also "adopted" an elementary school in the Bronx, P.S. 109. With great joy, I have helped the school raise funds for air
conditioners, computers, Smart Boards, an updated library and a
playground. I also advised a number of major and start-up companies
on strategies to expand their businesses and upgrade their
Over the past few months, I have started experiencing a heightened
convergence of my
personal and business passions and look forward to starting a new role
in the coming weeks. What I know for sure is that this role will
allow for authenticity and living through my heart (after too many
decades of being in my head).
What has come more clearly and undeniably into focus is the importance
of my family and friends. I remain grateful to my parents for
letting me attend Harvard in spite of their protective instincts to
keep me in NY. My Mom passed away very suddenly 12 years ago and will
always remember her beaming pride when I graduated. My Dad remains a
great sounding board and champion for me to achieve all that I want.
My dearest friends, many from Harvard, have stuck with me through all
my detours, shifts and adventures and continue to be well-wishers who
support my growth.
Still speaking of growth - I am committed to having my own child
after being a doting aunt to my nieces and nephews. I hope to show
some progress on this front by the time we meet.
Here's to surprises and the grace and confidence to fully embrace them!
I can't wait to be with all of you next May."
Submitted on Nov 2 2010
Leah Dickerman (1986, COL)
Leah Dickerman (1986, COL) writes, "In the five years that have passed since the last reunion, Neil and I have added another member to our family: our daughter Livia, now four years old. She joins her brother Daniel, almost 6, in all kinds of mischief. We have moved our family from Washington DC to New York City. I started a position at The Museum of Modern Art two years ago. Neil is in the Neurology Department at Columbia. "
Submitted on Oct 31 2010
Craig Caldwell (1986, COL)
I have added a new position as the franchise owner of resort Maps Mid Cape Map for Harwich, Brewster and Dennis. This is a great tool for marketing and advertising local businesses. Resort Maps has 100 maps worldwide and now will be a mainstay for my area. As an artist and a design consultant for environmental graphics I can now work and still have the time it takes to paint and grow as an artist. My work is available on line at www.herringriverstudio.com.
Submitted on Oct 21 2010
Craig Caldwell (1986, COL)
This is in addition to my current work as an artist, teacher and design consultant.
Submitted on Oct 21 2010
Mark Samuel (1986, COL)
Mark Samuel (1986, COL) writes, "Hello everyone.
Not one to write an epic...or read them...so I'll (try to) keep this short.
Family: Have been with my partner Kevin Sanford for almost 5 years now. He relocated from Atlanta, has recently become a Canadian Permanent Resident and is much adored by my twins, Emma and Griffin, who are now 7 years old and thriving in Grade 2. We have two loyal and loving labs. We live in a beautiful lakeside community called Oakville in my old family homestead. (Following 15 months of renovations! Ugh!)
On a sad note, I lost both my sister Tammy and my mother Elizabeth to cancer in early 2008. (My father Ernie also passed away back in 2000.) They continue to inspire me every day.
Work: For many years I have been Chairman and CEO of Samuel Manu-Tech, a leading Public Canadian Industrial Products company. In September, our private metals service center company, Samuel Son & Co., Limited purchased the public shares and I remain as Chairman of the amalgamated company. We strive to be innovative and we are the largest privately held metals manufacturing and distribution company in North America.
I continue to compete on the International Show Jumping circuit and now serve on the selection committee for Canada's Show Jumping Team. (Team Silver, Individual Gold 2008 Olympics!)I also represent Canada to the International Equestrian body, the FEI.
I began competing on the Rodeo circuit a few years ago and love the adrenaline rush...though my back would prefer that my dismounts from the steers were sometimes better planned/executed!
For fun I own a small seasonal restaurant, The Rectory Cafe, (theRectorycafe.com) which has been voted Toronto's best patio for 3 of the past 4 years. Located on Toronto Islands it is a unique venue and vibe.
I'm still involved in various volunteer organizations and charities and support my church. (First church to perform a legal Same-Sex marriage in the world btw)
Kevin and I look forward to connecting with old friends at Reunion."
Submitted on Oct 12 2010
Aaron Fox (1986, COL)
Aaron Fox (1986, COL) writes, "I have been teaching in the Music Department at Columbia University since 1997. I was tenured in 2005, and am now Chairing the Department, probably to continue until 2014. I have published one book (Real Country, 2005, Duke University Press) and many articles. I currently am focused on issues of Native American cultural rights and working primarily with the IÃ±upiaq people of Alaska's North Slope, which has given me the greatest joy and pleasure I have ever found in my work. I have advised about a dozen PhD students now working in the field, which is a great feeling too.
I live in New York City, but come alive in the Alaskan arctic. I've grown very fond of hunting in recent years, something that has taught me a great deal about myself.
I married in 1997, and have a daughter born in 2000. "
Submitted on Oct 9 2010
Louise Harpman (1986, COL)
Louise Harpman (1986, COL) recently accepted the position of Clinical Associate Professor of Architecture, Urban Design, and Sustainability at New York University. She is on leave from the University of Texas at Austin where she is a tenured professor and also served as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs. "I have been teaching in professional architecture schools for 15 years. First at Penn, then Yale, and most recently at the University of Texas at Austin. This fall, I accepted the position of Clinical Associate Professor of Architecture, Urban Design, and Sustainability at NYU. My academic home is the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, and I have affiliated appointments at the Wagner Schooland in the Environmental Studies department. It's wonderful to be back in New York with great colleagues and terrifically smart students. Oh, and to be part of President Sexton's global vision thing."
Submitted on Sep 23 2010
Richard Lafont (1986, COL)
Richard Lafont (1986, COL) recently accepted a position at Akerman Senterfitt LLP. Richard was formerly a Counsel with Mayer Brown LLP. "I have joined Akerman Senterfitt LLP's New York office as a Shareholder in the general litigation group. My new contact information is: Akerman Senterfitt LLP, 335 Madison Ave., 26th Floor, New York, NY 10017-4636, (212) 880-3889, firstname.lastname@example.org."
Submitted on Sep 24 2009
Timothy Fleck (1986, COL)
Timothy Fleck (1986, COL) writes, "Following ordination to the Diaconate in June, I have accepted a call to serve as Clergy-in-Charge of St. Martha's Episcopal Church, Lexington, Kentucky (www.stmarthaslex.org). I hope to be ordained to the priesthood in December, 2009."
Submitted on Aug 26 2009
Christopher Roy (1986, COL)
Christopher Roy (1986, COL) writes, "I have announced the formation of an exploratory committee regarding my campaign for Vermont Secretary of State in 2010. More information can be found at my nascent website: www.roy4sos.com."
Submitted on Apr 7 2009
David Wright (1986, COL)
David Wright (1986, COL) and Victoria Brannigan Wright are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Philomena Grace Wright. She was born on August 21, 2008 in Sibley Hospital in Washington DC, and weighed 9 lb., 7 oz.. When Barack Obama talks about how, since he started his campaign, babies have been born who are now walking and talking, we figured that was our Deanna (born April 07, just as we moved back to the states to cover Obama). Then little Philomena arrived 16 months after Deanna, right on the eve of the general election. Happily for us, ABC had switched me over to McCain during the summer. Philomena was born the week before the Denver convention, so I had a little bit more time before I had to head to St. Paul and get on board the Straight Talk Express for the duration. Yet another reason our family is looking forward to the end of this long election: we'll finally be able to spend some quality time together!
Submitted on Oct 27 2008
Craig Caldwell (1986, COL)
Craig Caldwell (1986, COL) writes, "Craig Caldwell, an artist and designer from Cape Cod, has been named Massachusetts Policy Coordinator for Stripers Forever, the internet-based organization which advocates game fish status for the wild striped bass.
In his new position, Caldwell will head up efforts in Massachusetts to create and pass legislation to eliminate the commercial harvest of striped bass in Commonwealth waters so the resource can be managed for recreational fishermen. In-depth studies by Southwick Associates, nationally recognized experts in socio-economics, show that taking the price off the head of the striper would yield the greatest financial and social benefits for the largest number of people in Massachusetts.
Caldwell is a native of Tennessee. After graduating from the Baylor School (1982) and Harvard College (1986) and studying at the University of Newcastle in Australia as a Rotary Fellow, he launched a successful career as a consultant in environmental graphic design and identity management. In 2000, Caldwell formed Herring River Studio and began executing a series of fish portraits using traditional oil painting techniques. An avid angler, Caldwell’s concentration on fine art allows him to devote more time to the conservation of striped bass.
Caldwell lives with his wife Andrea Silbert (Harvard '86) and their three children in West Harwich, MA.
Submitted on Feb 22 2008
Karen-Eileen Gordon (1986, COL)
Karen Gordon (1986, COL) writes, "Hi folks!
The FOX comedy feature that I filmed last year releases to DVD March 11, 2008: BACHELOR PARTY 2 - THE FINAL TEMPTATION...definitely a remake as opposed to a sequel--since it's been 24 years since the first one (starring Tom Hanks); the "2" in the title's mostly a hats-off the original producers, several of whom were involved here.
My role as Autumn Jordan-Grant (a rich, hilariously clueless, older-sister princess--who wakes up and gets revenge) was crazy fun. I spent five weeks shooting on-location throughout South Florida...and since I grew up there, it was great to be back. My film husband (Warren Christie from ABC's OCTOBER ROAD) was most excellentâ€¦and the rest of the cast (among them Emmanuelle Vaugier from SAW IV/CSI: N.Y., and the hilarious comedian Harland Williams) rocked it as well. I know, I know--I'm biasedâ€¦and I still think it's worth a view. â˜º
Here's the link to the trailer on YouTube:
ANDâ€¦just in case you're interestedâ€¦the link to purchase the unrated version:
Thanks for reading, and I hope this note finds you and your loved ones happy, healthy and abundant. Feels like it's gonna be a great year.
Submitted on Feb 2 2008
Lesley Rosenthal (1986, COL)
Lesley (Friedman) Rosenthal (1986, COL) writes, "My recent article on nonprofit corporate governance appears in the current issue of the New York Bar Journal. "How Not to Govern: Lessons from the Report to the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution" concludes that there are important lessons to be learned (and distinctions to be drawn) by philanthropists, board members, executives and others interested in corporate governance. 79 NYSBA J. (Nov/Dec 2007) 35-40.
I continue to be happy and fulfilled as VP General Counsel and Secretary of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York - a dream job for a lawyer/violinist/jazz wife/Suzuki mom."
Submitted on Dec 26 2007
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