Alumni Notes

These alumni notes were published in the 2016-2017 edition of Insights magazine. To submit an alumni note for publication in the next edition of Insights, please complete this form.


James Bruns ’70 is retired and recently moved back to St. Louis.

Rob Wolfson ’72 has lived in Aspen, CO for the last 40 years. He recently completed his 32nd year of teaching skiing at the Aspen Ski Company. In the summer, he works at the Aspen Municipal Golf Course. He hopes the Blues return to the playoffs this season and plans to return to St. Louis for playoff games!


James Blank ’81 lives in Dallas and is enjoying life in Texas.

Jennifer (Webbe) Van Luven ’89 is a family therapist and Assistant Clinical Director at West County Psychological Associates in Creve Coeur, MO.

Kathryn (Rich) Davis ’89 attended Cornell College where she received a B.A. in Art. After a few years back in St. Louis, she moved to Minneapolis, MN, where she’s lived for 20 years. Kathryn spent several years working in the graphic design field and in 2002, decided to go back to school, and received a B.A. in pure mathematics, and M.Ed. in math education from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is a high school math teacher, and loves it! She met a wonderful man, and married in 2013. Facebook has helped her keep in touch with a few of her Whitfield friends, and she is happy to see everyone doing so well!


Ryan Hetzer ’95 is the Upper School Principal at The American School of Marrakesh in Morocco where he has lived for nine years. He and his wife Sara have a son, Ryan Jr., age four, and in May they welcomed identical twin girls, Maya and Julia.

Julie Linihan ’96 and her husband Jeff welcomed daughter Lillian Georgia on April 11, 2017. Lilly joins brother Mason who is two and a half years old. Everyone in the family is doing great! 

Andrew Reeves ’97 lives in Ashland, MO and has two children, Ava, age six, and Oli, age three. Andrew is the Associate Director IT at Trulaske College of Business, University of Missouri, Columbia. He holds a B.S. in management information systems from Westminster College and M.Ed. in educational technology from University of Missouri, Columbia.

Kimberly Steward ’99 is an entrepreneur, philanthropist and producer. In 2013 she formed K Period Media, a company that develops, finances and produces story-driven, commercially viable and thought-provoking content spanning media from film and television to digital and interactive platforms. In 2016, K Period Media released its first feature film, “Manchester By The Sea,” in partnership with Amazon Studios. The film was an enormous success receiving six Academy Award nominations winning Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role and Best Original Screenplay. The film’s nomination for Best Picture made Kimberly only the second black female producer — after Oprah Winfrey — ever nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. Kimberly was the guest speaker at Whitfield’s commencement ceremony for the Class of 2017.


John Westerman ’00 attended Gettysburg College where he was a member of the varsity swim team and earned a business management degree. John married Cristina in 2010 and their family recently expanded with the birth of their daughter, Bailey Marie, on July 19, 2017. John has spent the last 10 years in the staffing industry, and currently works for Beacon Hill Financial. John and his family live in Ellisville, MO. 

Congratulations Lauren Talley ’01, who was named to the St. Louis Business Journal 40 Under 40 Class of 2017.

Sara Badler ’02, is the director of programmatic advertising for the New York Times.

Roger Green ’02,an agent with WME Entertainment, represents Damien Chazelle who won the 2017 best director Oscar for his film “La La Land.”

Danielle (Lange) Nalley ’02 husband Landon and big sister Campbell (age four) welcomed Gentry Lange Nalley, on February 12, 2017. Everyone is happy, healthy and enjoying being a family of four.

Carrie McCuaig Dingman ’03 and her husband Jason have two children. Lilly, age three, was born on May 1, 2014 and Harper, eight months old, was born December 6, 2016. Carrie continues to coach Whitfield’s 8th grade volleyball team. 

Andrew Bass ’04 married Morgan Brunz in November, 2013. They purchased their second home in 2015 and welcomed their beautiful daughter, Chandler Claire, in October, 2016. Andrew is the program director at a workforce solutions provider in Dallas, TX. He holds a B.S. in engineering management information systems and a B.S. in economics and Master’s degree in engineering management all from Southern Methodist University.

Zennen Clifton’04 married Monique in April 2017 in a small wedding in Puerto Vallarta. He has been living in Los Angeles since graduating from Princeton in 2008. After working for the William Morris Endeavor Agency and then Yahoo, Zennen recently started his own production company. 

Mike DiSalvo ’04 and his wife Torie welcome their second child,Elizabeth Ann (Izzy), on July 14, 2017. Big brother Andrew Joseph (AJ, born 7/9/15) is excited to be a big brother! Mike completed his CFP in November of 2016 and continues to build his financial planning practice with Krilogy Financial. He also serves on the Governance Board for Family Forward which is a merger of Family Resource Center and Children’s Home Society of Missouri. Mike has crossed paths with several Whitfield alumni through his involvement with the newly merged organization. He earned his undergraduate degree and MBA at Quincy University. 

David Pepose ’04 recently released his first graphic novel, SPENCER & LOCKE, to critical acclaim. The comic, which reimagines Bill Watterson’s classic Calvin and Hobbes through a hard-boiled noir landscape, has since been optioned for a feature film by Adrian Askarieh, the producer of the Hitman film series. David currently lives in Los Angeles.

Devon (Alt) Risinger ’05 lives in Lake St. Louis, MO. She, her husband Brian, and daughter Emma are expecting their second child in September 2017. 

Jennifer Chao ’06 and Emily (Chao) Duddy ’10 started their own business, Gin & Kin, located in St. Louis, MO. Gin & Kin offers the finest level of custom monogramming and personalized embroidery. They carry an inventory of luxurious home goods and personal accessories.  Customers may also bring in their own products to be elevated into a one-of-a-kind creations with their unique personal brand.  For more information visit Gin & Kin on Facebook.

Jennifer Cosgrove ’06 lives in San Francisco, CA and works in real estate. She graduated from the University of Denver in 2010 with B.S. degree in business administration, real estate & construction management.

Ted Jacobi ’06 graduated from DePauw University in 2010  and then worked in the university’s admission office for four years. He moved to New York in the summer of 2014 after taking a position in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at NYU where he is working on a master’s degree n public administration. Ted married his college sweetheart, Samantha Levy, this summer at DePauw and John Freund ’06 attended as a groomsman. Ted hopes all is well for everyone in the class of 2006!

Mike Reese ’06 received an M.A. in digital marketing communication from the University of Denver.

Alexandra (Hammack) Skae ’06 married John Skae on March 11, 2017 at Central Presbyterian Church followed by a reception at the Missouri Athletic Club Downtown.  Alexandra was excited to follow in her parents footsteps after they got married 30 years ago at Central Presbyterian followed by a reception at the MAC.  Alexandra and John met while getting their MBA’s at Washington University in St. Louis. The couple resides in St. Louis. Whitfield alumni who were part of the wedding party include: Lindsay (Rutledge) Randazzo ’06, Amanda Rast ’06, Morgana Phlaum ’06, Heather Korman ’06, Grant Hammack ’08 and Curran Hammack ’11.

After graduating from Tufts University, Matthew Kincaid ’07 has been working as both a teacher and most recently an assistant principal in New Orleans. Matthew has been an advocate for his students both inside and outside of the classroom, teaching a culturally relevant curriculum and pushing his school to embrace culturally responsive school-wide systems. Last fall Matthew was accepted into a local social entrepreneur’s incubator and founded his nonprofit organization, Overcoming Racism. Overcoming Racism provides high impact race and equity professional development, that helps schools, businesses and communities challenge the permanence of racism, and build equity focused practices. In addition to the work that Overcoming Racism is doing in schools, Matthew is also lending his expertise to business leaders, religious organizations, and healthcare providers. Matthew notes that a highlight of his journey this past year as both an entrepreneur and agent of social change, was coming back to Whitfield ten years after his graduation to work with both faculty and students. 

Emily (Deffner) Longfellow ’07 and husband Dale welcomed their baby boy, Jackie Dale Longfellow, into the world on July 6, 2017. He weighed 8 lbs. 8 oz and was 20 inches long.

Austin Ressler ’07 runs the Midwest banking practice for a boutique executive search firm. He earned his B.S. from Maryville University in 2011.

Emily Bell ’08 graduated from Saint Louis University School of Law.

Kezmen Clifton ’08 graduated from Princeton University in 2012 and worked for Macy’s corporation in their executive training program. After two years, Kezmen decided to attend law school. She graduated from Harvard Law School in May 2017 and will be working at Jones Day law firm in Chicago, IL starting in October.  

Grant Hammack ’08 married Dani Stinger in St. Louis, MO on April 23, 2016.

Sammie (Keller) Katzman ’08 and husband Danny welcomed Avery Brooke Katzman on December 31, 2016. Avery weighed 7 pounds 5 ounces. She loves playing in her bouncer and going on runs in the park with her Mommy. 

Melissa Howe O’Connor ’08 recently joined the Alumni & Development team at Washington University in St. Louis as Assistant Director of Development for Athletics. In her role, she travels across the country to meet with alumni, parents and friends of WashU Athletics to raise support for the program. Melissa married Logan O’Connor on May 13, 2017 with fellow Whitfield alums, Kelsie Spann Greenberg ’08 and Alix Grant ’08 by her side as bridesmaids. She graduated from the University of Kansas in 2012. 

Samantha Wielansky Docouto ’08 and Christopher DoCouto and were married May 27, 2017 at Westwood Country Club in St. Louis, MO. Chris is originally from Somerset, MA and was relocated to Dallas, TX by his company Fidelity Investments in 2013—the same year Samantha graduated from college and moved to Dallas. The couple currently lives in Keller, TX with their dog Eder.

Maddie Rand ’08 earned a B.S. in nursing from Goldfarb School of Nursing and is an RN at Mercy Hospital. She recently purchased her first home in Ballwin, MO.

Maddie Triplett ’08 graduated this spring from Washington University’s Olin School of Business with a Master’s in business administration. She had a double concentration in general management and marketing, and was a member of the Olin Women in Business extracurricular group.  After earning her undergraduate degree from UCLA, she joined Hunter Engineering Company where she has managed the marketing department for the last five years. She is president of the Young Professional Board of the St. Louis Magic House. Maddie is engaged to John Gauthier whom she met in their first year of business school.

Julie Candau ’09 graduated with a bachelor of science with merit in systems engineering from the United States Naval Academy on May 26, 2017. She competed four years for Navy’s DI programs in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. Julie will be moving to Charleston, SC for nuclear power training and then joining
the submarine community.

Margaret Ellis ’09 and Jason Ott ’09 are engaged. The couple began dating at the end of their sophomore year at Whitfield and have been together ever since! Margaret graduated from DePauw University in 2013 and is an RN in the NICU at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Jason graduated from Princeton University in 2013 and is a computer programmer/consultant for Mission Matters Group.

Jessi Kraemer Farris ’09 graduated from the University of Missouri - Columbia’s veterinarian school.

Chandani Patel ’09 earned her doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Missouri - Kansas City.

Carsen Zarin ’09 works for The National Society of Collegiate Scholars overseeing programs and communications. She is engaged to Florent Groberg who is the director of veterans outreach at Boeing. Carsen graduated from The George Washington University in 2013 and Flo graduated from the University of Maryland in 2006. The couple plans to be married in November 2018. They met while Flo was recovering from war injuries at Walter Reed National Hospital. Flo, a Retired U.S. Army Captain, received the Medal of Honor in November 2015 for his heroic action in Afghanistan.


Alex Bluestone ’10 lived in New York City for three years and will soon trade in his globe-trotting communications and policy consulting career for a Master’s program at the London School of Economics. After graduation, he hopes to work in the public sector as a strategic communications & policy consultant to advance policy aimed at climate change mitigation and the improvement of global public health. Alex holds a B.A. in political science from Washington University in Saint Louis (’14) and will earn his Master’s degree in public administration from the London School of Economics (’18).

Sara Beauckman Faron ’10 and her husband Brent welcomed their first child, Layla Marie Faron on April 15, 2017. Layla was 7 lbs. 15 oz and 20 inches long.

Kaitlin (Behan) Crawford ’10 graduated from Denver University in 2014 and accepted a position with the USA Olympic Weightlifting Team in Colorado Springs, CO where she has worked for almost three years in sales, event planning and public relations. Kaitlin married Blake Crawford on July 8, 2017, in Tabernash, CO. Three of her best friends, and fellow Whitfield alumni, were in her wedding party: Brittany Medler ’12, Carsen Zarin ’09 and Shaun Vaid ’08.  

James Alverson ’11 lives in Madison, WI and is an account manager at Epic Systems Corporation. He graduated from Denison University in 2015 with a B.A. in economics and Spanish.

Morgan Bosman ’11 was nominated for 2017 National Industry Music Awards (NIMA) Best Live R&B/Soul Performer. 

Abbey Eilermann ’11 went full time with her business, Daily Disco. She does custom chainstitch embroidery, product design, and content creation out of a studio on the Hill in St. Louis. Abbey was recently named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s 30 Under 30 Class of 2017. She has a B.F.A in fashion design from Savannah College of Art and Design, and Couture Certification in Embroidery from Lesage in Paris, France. You can find her on instagram @daily_disco and

Jacob Hanin ’11 graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri – Kansas City, Six-Year Medical Program. 

Matt Jordan ’11 is an award-winning songwriter and Nashville recording artist. Currently, Matt and his wife Jenna live in Ballwin, MO with their little girl, Annie Christine Jordan, who was born on May 10, 2017. Matt and his band occasionally play shows around the St. Louis area but he’s more focused on writing his first full album which is planned to be released in 2018. Matt spends his time hanging out with his wife and daughter, sells information security software to pay the bills and sits by a fire writing songs to fulfill his love for music. Stay up to date with Matt’s music via Twitter (@mattjordanmusic), Facebook (@mattjordansongwriter) and Instagram (mattjordanmusic).

Amit Nanda ’11 graduated from the University of Missouri - Kansas City’s six year medical program. He becomes the third “Dr. Nanda” in his family.

Caroline Baer ’12 graduated from Purdue University in May 2016 with a Bachelor in industrial engineering and minor in psychology. She is a human systems engineer on the F-22 fighter jet for Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, TX. She plans to start graduate school in August 2017 to earn her Master’s in systems engineering.

Carter Desloge ’12 lives in Chicago, IL and is an account manager. He graduated from Wittenberg University with a degree in sports management. 

Austin Smith ’12 graduated from Hendrix College in December 2016 with a degree in environmental studies with a concentration in biology. He joined the Peace Corp and left for Togo, Africa in May where he’ll be for two years. He is an agriculture extension volunteer helping out on a farm, improving sustainable practices and teaching kids. 

Elliott Williams ’12 graduated from Miami University.

Savannah Xenakis ’12 lives in Houston, TX where she works as a sales consultant for the Houston Astros. She graduated from Texas A&M University with B.A. in communications.

Matt Williams ’13 recently graduated from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business with majors in finance and accounting. In Bloomington, Matt was involved in Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity, the Kelley Honors Program as a participant and Honors Leadership Team mentor, played intramural tennis and basketball, and tutored Hoosier Athletes in the “Computers in Business” class. During his summers, Matt completed a sales internship with the ATP Western & Southern Open, a finance internship with Monsanto Company and was a client services intern at NISA Investment Advisors, LLC. Matt just began his career in Chicago, IL at Guggenheim Partners Investment Management as an analyst in the Institutional Operations Rotational Program.

Erin Cizek ’13 graduated from Northwestern University / Medill School of Journalism. 

Hana Crandall ’13 graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University.

Will Hahn ’13, graduated from Duke University with a degree in markets & management studies.

Taylor Simons ’13 graduated from Texas Christian University.

Catie Stephenson ’13 graduated from American University where she received a degree in economics from their School of International Relations.

Samara Jatala ’13 graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia’s School of Journalism.

Abby Kelly ’13 graduated from Miami University - Oxford with a B.A. in journalism with minors in political science, international business and economics.

Sarah Whelan ’13 graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in computer science engineering from Case Western Reserve University.

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