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Colorado CollegeBulletin | December 2006


Justin Ayres is divorced and has moved to San Pedro, Calif. He is a practicing marriage and family therapist. • In May, Mike DeBacker was selected as a 2006 “40 Under 40” honoree by the Springfield Business Journal (Missouri), where he lives with his wife Kara Wallar DeBacker and their son, Adam.  He is a supervising ecologist with the National Park Service’s inventory and monitoring program at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield. • Randle Kimbrough has moved to Boulder, Colo., to work as assistant professor of pre-modern Japanese literature at the University of Colorado. • Julie Miller-Cribbs is associate professor and assistant director of the social work department of the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa. • Betsy Kosobud-Davis lives with her husband, Mike, and sons Sean, 8, and Jack, 6, in Barrington, Ill., where she is pursuing a master’s degree in teaching elementary-school children. • Jessica Hunter Larsen has returned to CC as curator of the interdisciplinary IDEA space at the new Cornerstone Arts Center. • Dale Orth, professor of chemistry at Western State College of Colorado, was recently elected to a three-year term as chair of the department of natural and environmental sciences. After five years in Gunnison, he still enjoys all the valley offers, including the cold winters. • Steven Simerville joined Southern Colorado Family Medicine in Pueblo as a faculty physician. • Pete Swenson won a national championship last winter in ski mountaineering, alternatively called randonee racing (both uphill and downhill). He also led an American dele-gation to a respectable 30th-place finish at the world championships in Italy.


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The August issue of Food & Wine covered three vegetarian recipes and miscellaneous opinions from Celia Brooks Brown and mentioned her newest venture, food-centric “gastrotours” through London, where she lives. • After 18 months of training, Lauren Brown Burnham has been appointed deputy magistrate in Alaska’s Fourth Judicial District. • Jerry Cross is assistant athletic media relations director at the Air Force Academy. • William “B.J.” Hybl now oversees the property services group of Griffis/Blessing, a real estate services firm in Colorado Springs co-owned by Buck Blessing ’85. Kyle Hybl, brother of B.J., was elected to the University of Colorado Board of Regents in November.


reunion15th Cluster Reunion Oct. 12-14, 2007!

Robin Bernat Latour works for Credit Suisse’s private fund group, “trying to make wealthy people wealthier.” • Derek Latour has started working toward an M.B.A. at Santa Clara University in California while continuing to work at Genelabs. The Latours have a labradoodle, Pippin, and have traveled to India, the British Virgin Islands, and Australia in the last year. • Charry Kargel Morris lives in Edwards, Colo. with her children Beckett, 2, and Maddox, 9 months. She teaches skiing and yoga in Vail, according to an article in the San Diego (Calif.) Union-Tribune. • Marci Windsheimer is a reference librarian at Yale Law School. • Rick O’Donnell ran to represent Colorado’s 7th Congressional District in one of the hottest races in the nation, according to Yahoo’s news division in August. He lost to Ed Perlmutter, who attended CC in the ’70s.


Margo Mehl is assistant professor of small animal surgery at the University of California-Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. • Scott Partee is a technology architect at the International Atomic Energy Agency, where he helps define and implement the technology behind the agency’s nuclear nonproliferation and accountancy activities. Scott and his family, including daughter Maple, 2, are learning German and enjoying living in Vienna; visitors to the area can contact them for tourist tips.


Brady and Karen Baker ’95 Nathan moved to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul, where Brady will be an assistant professor in pediatric endocrinology at the University of Minnesota.


Todd Gradek and his wife Jennifer live in Chicago. • John Anthony has started a new job as deputy director of communications for the National Environmental Trust. • Iris Hinds married Marc Weaver on Aug. 4. Alumni who gathered in Santa Cruz for the event included Dana Abrums Hughes, Dana Caulkins, Cinda Henry, Hilaree Nelson O’Neill, and Erin Shay Nikkel. • John Holecek’s graduate work in atmospheric chemistry, using mass spectrometers to analyze dust and other airborne articles that travel across oceans, was featured in Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s summer 2004 magazine, Explorations. You can see John at work in the Maldives on a video stream. • Tanya Kotowski Hartney and her husband John live with their sons Lucas, 2, and Adam, 10 months, in Denver, where Tanya is happy to be located after five years in North Carolina. • Brigid Maher was a Fulbright Scholar in Lebanon in spring 2005. While there, she shot a short fictional film, “AWOL,” about an American deserter who follows children to their grandmother’s home, accepts their assistance, and forms an emotional connection with the family. The film stars Ida Smith. • Seth Vannatta received a $15,000 Morris Fellowship and free tuition to Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, where he will enter the philosophy department’s doctoral program, focusing on the American pragmatist tradition and the philosophy of education, phenomenology, and process philosophy.


Thomas Mershon is director of an Executive M.B.A. program for the University of Pittsburgh in Prague, Czech Republic. • Jake Norton led an expedition up remote Mt. Gurla Mandhata in western Tibet; participants included Stuart Sloat. View the blog. • Abbay Robinson is chief administrative officer of the Memphis Leadership Foundation, a Christian nonprofit that helps under-resourced people in Memphis, Tenn., where she lives with her husband Warren Milnor. David Coffey, Petra Cahill ’97, Meredith Cairns ’97, Amy Carter ’97, Katherine Neebe ’97, Kimber Clay Salim ’98, and Melissa Williamson Meyer ’98 came to Abbay’s October 2005 wedding. • Nancy Robson Schiffer ’67 reports that her daughter, Wynne Schiffer, received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for her pioneering work at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven Lab on Long Island, N.Y., in integrating neurobiology, chemistry, physics, and instrumentation in human health, and for providing educational outreach on brain imaging and drug abuse to educators and the public.


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Jennifer Bertrand married Christopher Montoya in Shove Chapel in May. Alumni in attendance included Annette Davis Clemons, Barbara Diehl, Nicole King Coons, and Erin Osborn. Jennifer has an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado-Boulder and works as a real estate broker in Colorado Springs. • Susie Birchard is an insurance underwriter for Zurich North America and lives in Rancho Murieta, Calif., with her husband Jeff and daughter, Allison, 1. Susie still plays soccer and is learning to golf; the family also likes camping, hiking, and running their dog in the foothills. • Timothy Buxton earned an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix with an emphasis on healthcare management in 2004. • Reid Masselink lives in Paris with his wife Natalie. He has worked in New York and Europe as an art appraiser and art historian; he advises museums and private collectors on purchases, and is the author of “Northern European Drawings and Oil Sketches,” a catalog of 16th-19th century drawings, according to a July article in the Grand Rapids Press (Michigan). • Meagan McGuire Frank is head coach for the women’s soccer team at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. • Katharine McJimsey and Michael “Woody” Wood were married at Shove Chapel in October 2005; alumni attending included Jennifer DeCesaro, Jenny Dennison, Paul Evans, Matt Grubbs, Joanna Meals, Abby Moore, Matt Seitz, and Wells Lawson. Katharine and Woody live in Chicago. Katharine is student-teaching in secondary English this fall. Woody is director of planning and program development at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. • Joy Whitcomb is a project manager for Verizon in Colorado Springs by day, and enjoys being a mother to Dominic, 21 months, in the evenings and on weekends.


Todd Florio is making progress on a master’s degree in museum studies at New York University while working full time as head of education and public programs for the Hispanic Society of America, which he describes as “one of Manhattan’s little-known treasures” with art by Goya, Velazquez, El Greco, Ribera, Murillo, Zuburan, and Sorolla. Todd creates educational material and teaches visiting kids about the collections. • Kyle Ploessl is a Web consultant at AvenueA/Razorfish in Seattle, where he lives with his wife Tania and their son, Maximilian, 7 months. Alumni who gathered in Corvallis, Mont., in June 2005 for the wedding included Catharine Wood ’95, Oliver Wood ’97, McLean Bulmer, Chris Dockum, Kahlil Lozoraitis, Jesse Quay, Tim Shoaf, Noel Sullivan, Liz Wall, Eric West, Paul Braunger ’99, Emily Cabral ’99, Ben Corsbie ’99, Matt Good ’99, Caroline McCusker Bulmer ’00, and Zachary and Nikki Mundie Putnam ’99. • Margarita Stevenson and her husband Patrick took a month-long honeymoon to Peru; Margarita went on to New Zealand and Australia.


Brinnon Garrett Mandel is a manager at Jhpiego in Baltimore, Md., an international health organization affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, according to a New York Times wedding announcement in August. • Jessica Keaton Burch is a pharmacy practice resident at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. • Aaron Reiter and Christina Lewis ’00 were married in April on her parents’ farm in Bluemont, Va. “The CC crowd really made the night extra special,” says Christina. They included Jeremy Beezley, Andrew Black, Rob Denton, Randy Gilbride, Sten Hoidal, Ari Krepostman, Luke McBride standing in for his brother Rafe McBride, Mike McDonnell, Ian and Robyn Rissman Miller, Lewis and Hillary Brock Parker, Cody Raisig, Dan Stendahl, Alex Webb, Tim Gray ’00, Erin Kliewer ’00, Brent Morgan ’00, Chris Murphy ’00, Dara Polk ’00, Lauren Saucy ’00, Linley Smith ’00, and Corinna Spencer-Scheurich ’00. • Ben Shlaer, having finished his Ph.D. in string cosmology, now heads to the University of Colorado-Boulder to start a two-year postdoc in physics there. • Dana Stone is working on her doctoral internship and dissertation in marriage and family therapy; she will teach and supervise master’s-level students at the University of Oregon. • Musician Abigail Washburn has continued to travel the U.S. and China for gigs, playing festivals from Battleground, Ind., to Newport in the Rockies to Nashville. She’s also participating in a radio show on WNYC, “Soundcheck.”

About the top image: CC friends recently united on the Futaleufu River in the Patagonia region of Chile. Members of the “Pacific Northwest Botanical Explorers,” from left: Doug Collins ’97, Rylan North ’94, Kevin Murphy ’94, Brad Jaeckel ’94, George Baley, and Shea Andersen ’95.