Fall 2021 Class Notes

 

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Class of 2006
Class of 2007
Class of 2008
Class of 2009
Class of 2010
Class of 2011
Class of 2012
Class of 2013
Class of 2014
Class of 2015
Class of 2016
Class of 2017
Class of 2018
Class of 2019
Class of 2020
Class of 2021

Class of 2006

Moriah Garcia Nelson

Baby Garcia Nelson

Carlos and I welcomed this little chick into the Garcia Nelson family on Easter Sunday! - Spring 2020

Faith Hinz

Faith HInz's new baby Teddy

Our son Teddy Hinz was born on February 6th! - Spring 2020.

 

Class of 2007

Leighanne Sturgis Dunlop

Leighanne got married

I got married twice in 2020 (to the same person!). We had our legal wedding in Mexico because it was the only country that allowed both US and UK citizens (my husband is from Scotland). With our marriage license we were able to apply for my visa to live and work in the UK. After our church wedding in November we received news that my visa was granted and I finally joined my husband in Scotland after 2 years of long distance (with 4 months of that as a married couple). So now I live and work in Glasgow Scotland with my husband Peter! - Spring 2021

Joqui Girón-Meléndez

Tobin puppy

My husband continues on his med school journey. We find ourselves in Chicago and we'll be here for two years! I'm now 36 weeks pregnant and expecting to deliver December 12th of this year. I'm still teaching Spanish, but my classroom and school environment is very different. I now work for The Stony Brook School, specifically their online extension school called Gravitas. During quarantine I found out that I actually enjoy teaching online. I miss the busyness of a school environment, but our new puppy Tobin keeps me busy! It's been a busy transition, yet God's provision is evident everyday. I'm thankful for my new midwife, my doula, and the birthing center I found. I'm thankful for friends from various stages of life visiting us in Chicago, and I'm thankful for our neighbors. I'm thankful for our friends around the country, supporting us in this season of "waiting"(similar to advent) for our first-born daughter. Here's a picture of our 3-month old puppy! - Fall 2021

Deb Griffith

Deb G

After a decade working in public schools as a teacher, curriculum writer, and director of literacy, I'm back to school myself for a masters in social work at UC Berkeley! - Fall 2021

 

Class of 2008

Halier Martinez

Halier at Mayan pyramid in Cancun

Seeing how 2020 had the world on hold, not much has changed in terms of my goals and career. Once school starts up for in-class session, I will start my pursuit to becoming a firefighter. Currently, the Arizona heat has kicked, in giving us week-long temperatures of 110+. So, work and an air-conditioned household have been my saving grace. The children are growing and developing as the days go on. Daniel (7) has been learning a vast amount of school subjects and general knowledge. Damian (4) is becoming more verbal and environmentally inept. Their mother and I learned the hard way how difficult it is to be a teacher without being biased towards them and figuring out what's their best path of learning.

At work I have not had any real shocking experiences with COVID-19 cases, our state and hospital have had low amounts of cases coming through, and for that I am grateful because my family has less exposure.

The next subject I can relate to is travel. Last year, we traveled to Dominican Republic, Cancun, and Mexico City. Once this pandemic clears up, we plan to travel to Japan, Singapore, and France for our next trips. - Spring 2020.

Jay Taylor

Jay with baby

John Stanley Taylor was born January 19. The whole family is doing great, settling in. We are staying safe and enjoying life. I transferred to a new duty station right as all this started, and long story short, I can't actually start that job until after I have what is normally deemed an elective surgery. So, I have just been at home with Bethany and baby for four wonderful months now. - Spring 2020.

 

Class of 2009

Ashley Costa Hayward

James Ashley and baby Theo

My husband, James and I just celebrated the birth of our first son! Theo Jackson Hayward was born on June 13, 2021 at 10:46 p.m and weighed 7 lbs and 6 oz. He was born at Winchester Hospital and we're so over the moon and so in love. We're incredibly grateful that he came out healthy and is so happy. Glory to God! - Summer 2021

 

Class of 2010

Ian Mulholland

Ian spent three years living in Delhi while working for the Self-Employed Women's Association, the world's largest trade union of informal sector workers. Ian supported the growth of SEWA's producer companies across India while also building and leading digital initiatives within the organization. Ian returned to Boston in 2018 to work at MIT Solve -- an initiative to help tech based entrepreneurs in underserved parts of the world grow through MIT's expertise and resources -- he manages the tech and data infrastructure at the organization. - Fall 2020

 

Class of 2011

Paul Park

After I graduated Purdue, I moved back to Boston to work at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where I focused on developing small molecule inhibitors for various types of cancer. Then, in fall 2019, I started my PhD in BBS program at Harvard to study and learn more about potential ways to develop novel cancer therapies. I hope that my research will translate into helping patients in the future! - Spring 2020

Kadeem Thompson

Ballerism Logo

Kadeem Basketball

I graduated from Saint Mary's University in 2017 with a BA in Psychology. I went on to play semi-pro basketball in England, UK. I also coached the U17 and U18 basketball teams. I decided to take a year off to build my foundation off the court. (I started thinking long-term and bigger picture!) I came back to Toronto where I am from. Within a year, I was able to build the company Ballerism Activewear and am CEO/Founder. Check it out here.  Ballerism is an active wear clothing line that specializes in sport themed retail items, and custom team uniforms for all athletics. The brand was created for more than just the ballers. It represents the doers of our society, the sharp minds who execute, the resilient attitudes that persevere, and the focused personalities that make up the winners. - Winter 2021

Christian Wolfe & Lily Montagna

Christian and Lily Wedding

We got married in September 2021!

 

Class of 2012

Rachel Fiolek

Rachel Engagement Photo

I'm an Associate at Brown Brothers Harriman, and am currently working as a business analyst in their Relationship Management department. My team supports the RM's by providing them with the tools and technologies they need to service their clients. 

In my free time I like to train for triathlons. Lobsterman in Maine has been my favorite. It's a rural and hilly but beautiful course. I travelled to the Holy Land and Turkey right before lockdowns started and hope to achieve my goal of 30 countries by age 30. I still have 10 to go so we'll see!

I'm getting married this October - Spring 2021

Yaritza Gomez

Yaritza DVM

I am working now at Fresh Pond Animal Hospital in Belmont, MA. I primarily work with small animals but sometimes get wildlife critters! I love my job! - Spring 2021

Izzi McPherson

Izzi and Craig Wedding

This past summer, I married my best friend, Craig. We are now expecting a baby girl in March, so I am taking some time away from work to tend the house and raise our child. My husband teaches and coaches for a private Christian school in Hackensack New Jersey. Moving to New Jersey, settling in a new town and preparing for a baby has been an exciting adventure! - Fall 2020

Melissa Perez

Melissa and husband

Melissa and bridesmaids

I married Kris Longoria on August 14th, 2021. Some of my BTA friends were my bridesmaids (along with my 2 sisters): Joanna Mawhinney, Jenay Israel, Aliyah Harris, Parand Jalili, and Julia Mel (left to right). - Fall 2021

Class of 2013

Matt Benjamin

Matt B Wedding

Just got married November 6 and my now wife and I just bought our first house. - Fall 2021

Emilie Hodge Osman

Emilie son

Siwar and I are still serving among the Syrian refugee community in Turkey. In September we welcomed Ayaz Joshua into our family! - Fall 2021

Molly Richmond Otey

Molly and Nate

I got married to Nate Otey in August and we are in Cambridge, England while I complete a Masters in Law at the University of Cambridge! - Fall 2021

 

Class of 2014

Joanna Balla-Elliott

Dylan and I are moving to Chicago this August for him to begin his PhD in Economics at University of Chicago. I'll be teaching 5th grade at a small, faith-based IB school in the city - Spring 2021

Derrick Du

Derrick and Bride

Derrick got married in the Fall of 2020!

Sam Melton

Sam at Disney

Got married on October 16, 2020!

Toni Oloko

Toni and Dr. Mike Milway (BTA Faculty) participated in an informal virtual fireside chat on Zoom to discuss how a great education can be leveraged to disrupt the world of dentistry for good. Toni is the co-founder of Dandy, the fastest growing dental tech startup in the United States. To date, Dandy has raised over $60M.

Amanda Perkins Ward

Amanda's wedding photo

On May 21, 2021, I married my college sweetheart Ryan Ward! It was the most lovely Boston wedding, and we are so thankful that the pandemic had declined enough to make it feel like a truly carefree celebration. Ryan and I met through the Bowdoin Christian Fellowship. We now live in East Boston and are (mostly) working from home this summer. Ryan is studying for the Bar Exam full time after graduating from Northeastern Law School, and I am on and off Martha's Vineyard running summer programs for high school and middle school students through my ministry organization, FOCUS. - Spring 2021

Zachary Ravichandran

Zac Ravichandran Portrait Photo

This is the tenth year of the Boston Trinity Academy Alumni Recognition Award, and it is given in recognition that a Boston Trinity Academy education prepares students for leadership and service in college and beyond.

Zachary Ravichandran leads a life of faith, integrity, and service and by his own account, his Boston Trinity Academy education prepared him to become a servant-leader. After graduating BTA in 2014, he attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and during summers, he worked as an intern software engineer for BAE Systems, MITRE Corporation, and Trip Advisor.

Zac graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2018 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Computer Science. He now works at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, where he focuses on robotics and computer vision.

He also serves as a Boston Fellow because of his love of and service to others based on the redemptive love of Jesus. One of his nominators commented, “Although a quiet leader and one not to boast of his accomplishments, Zachary Ravichandran takes every task seriously stewarding his energy and resources to promote God’s justice.”

We are delighted and proud to honor Zac Ravichandran with this year’s Boston Trinity Academy Alumni Recognition Award.

 

Class of 2015

Dylan Balla-Elliott

Dylan and Joanna are moving to Chicago this August where Dylan will begin his PhD in Economics at University of Chicago.  - Spring 2021

Ciarán Crawley

Ciaran wedding

I graduated with a BFA in Communications Design from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design this Spring, a little later than expected because of a transfer and taking time off to work full-time as a designer at a video production studio.

I am currently working as a Visual Designer at Mendix, a software startup in the Boston area. I also got married in June! I'm currently volunteering as a designer with West Roxbury Main Streets and do pro bono design work for local non-profits. - Fall 2021

Victoria Hansbury

I graduated this spring from Southern Adventist University with a B.S. in Biomedical Biology and minor in Chemistry. I will be attending Columbia University's College of Dental Medicine in the fall as the next step in pursuing my dream of becoming a dentist. - Spring 2020.

Michael Picard

I stayed an extra semester at UConn because I needed more time to finish my second major in Philosophy, but I have now graduated. Technically, I graduated 2020 with a BS in Molecular Cell Biology and Philosophy. All is going well, currently I am applying for medical schools and am in the middle of the application process. I plan on working as a medical scribe this summer in Boston and then hopefully attending a medical school in the Fall of 2021. - Spring 2020.

Angelina Singer

Angelina at her book table

Angelina Singer published her sixth novel this past summer (part two of The Rewind Duology - a time-travel coming-of-age concept inspired by her passion for spreading awareness about chronic childhood bullying). After a massive success at Rhode Island ComicCon and speaking on two different author panels about world building and diversity, Angelina will be donating a portion of the proceeds from The Rewind Duology to KIND Campaign - a national non-profit organization that aims to prevent bullying by going into schools and teaching students better ways to interact with one another. She is also a board member of the Rhode Island Authors Association, where she is overseeing their up-and-coming Young Adult initiative while coordinating volunteers for their yearly author expo.

In addition to her work as an author, Angelina is a content editor for both Grove Collaborative (an e-commerce site specializing in organic goods) as well as Dash of Social (a Boston-based marketing agency). Also a paid blogger and editor, she helps clients achieve their literary dreams through written words, as seen on her website here: angelinasinger.com. Additionally, Angelina has a passion for helping younger writers find their way by mentoring high school students interested in pursuing a similar career. This passion for helping others also translates to the musical realm, where she is training to teach guitar to younger music students while supporting them the way music supported her from a very young age. - Fall 2021

 

Class of 2016

Pelumi Aderogba

I originally graduated a semester early (Dec 2019) but wanted to walk with the rest of my class (May 2020). I essentially graduated with Barney Honors from the Barney School of Business at the University of Hartford. For my senior year, I was president of African Student Union on campus and previously Vice President of ASU for 2 Years. I've recently joined Hillyer College, University of Hartford's Board of Visitors. As I finished school, I got an offer at Optum Ventures, a venture capital firm in Boston. - Spring 2020.

Grace Buckner

I just graduated from UMass Amherst with a B.S. in Public Health in May. While working on my degree, I had the opportunity to do research on the use of big data to tackle the opioid epidemic. I also interned with SNAP Education doing nutrition education in Lawrence, Lynn and Lowell last summer. My interest in organizational development and health policy has led me to pursue an accelerated, one-year, Masters in Public Policy, also at UMass Amherst. Pro-tip for current BTA students: state schools give you so much college credit for AP's. Work hard now, thank Mr. Belk later. Fun fact: I forgot to purchase my UMass graduation gear before COVID, so my trusty forest green BTA cap and gown came out of the closet for the at-home virtual graduation. - Spring 2020.

Janique Jean

Janique Graduates

I recently graduated in May 2020 from Salem State University with a major in Healthcare. During my time at Salem State a few things I did was become a Resident Assistant, president of my majors organization, and a student manager at my on campus job.

I will be completing my masters degree in Higher Education this fall 2020 at Salem State with an assistantship at Babson College in their Student Engagement office and a second assistantship at the STEP (Student Transition and Engagement Program) office. My assistantships come with free tuition and a free apartment! - Spring 2020

Kassiani Mamalakis

Kassiani Mamalakis graduated from Emerson in August 2020 and received a BFA degree in Theatre Education and Performance.

 

Class of 2017

Sam Belk

Sam Belk at Front Desk

Sam Belk is spending the school year working at BTA. - Fall 2020

Click here to read an interview with Sam about his experience.

Alex Lee-Papastavros

Alex LP and family

I graduated from Cornell University in May with a Bachelor's degree in biological sciences and a minor in business. I was blessed during my undergrad years to be part of Chesterton House, a Christian community on campus, which definitely made finishing my last two years during a pandemic a lot easier! During undergrad I was involved in Cru, a Christian fellowship, the Cornell Glee Club (a men's choir), and conducted research on stress physiology and bird migration.

I'm now back in the Boston area working as a research assistant for a lab at Joslin Diabetes Center in the Longwood medical area, and I'm really enjoying it so far. I'm not sure what my long term career aspirations are, but I enjoy research and am interested in studying human disease. I've gotten involved in Park Street Church's young adult ministry and am thankful for the community and for the gospel-centered mission of the church.

Class of 2018

Samantha Arrigal

I am currently in my fourth year at UMB in the nursing program, and will be graduating in the spring. Since my sophomore year, I've been working as a home health aid in Quincy.

This semester, I am in my pediatric and community rotation, and enjoying them both! :)  Fall 2021

Jonathan Hodge

I am currently in my third year of undergrad, pursuing a bachelor's in nursing at UMass Boston. I am working in the VA hospital and have met some really interesting people during my time there. I moved to Quincy, MA this year as part of a new church plant in the city and am spending most of my time outside of school helping out with the church ministry here. I was playing on the UMass Boston baseball team last year but our season has been postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19. - Fall 2020

Ian Weston

Ian and mascot

Congratulations to Bay State Battalion Cadet Commander Ian Weston, who is ranked 11th among all Army ROTC cadets in the Nation. Ian is studying Civil Engineering at WPI. - Fall 2021

 

Class of 2019

Caroline Karakey

Caroline a Capella

Caroline oil painting

I'm a junior at Connecticut College. I'm majoring in Studio Art and minoring in Art history. I'm involved in one of seven a cappella groups on campus: The ConnChords! (Follow us on social media @connchords). I'm taking my first oil painting class this semester and it has been incredible. Here is one of my recent works, as well as a picture of my group before our all group Halloween a cappella challenge! I'm in the top center. - Fall 2021

Evan Weston

What a year it has been! For me, I spent my sophomore year at Suffolk University learning from home. Definitely not what I anticipated but looking back I was actually able to accomplish a lot, amidst a pandemic. This year I pushed myself to stay involved in my college community even though I was not on campus. I re-ran for a Senator seat for the Class of 2023 in the Student Government Association and was elected! I became the Class of 2023 representative for the Finance Committee where I was also voted in as Secretary. The Finance Committee handles the activities fee portion of student tuition which allows clubs and organizations to have a budget. I had the ability to have a say in how that money was used and vote yes or no on requests from groups. After being on the committee for almost a year, I decided to run as Treasurer of the Student Government Association in March and won. I am excited to serve the student body on SGA E-board and for all the things I will be able to accomplish through that. 

Aside from my involvement in SGA, I am an active member in my chapter of Theta Phi Alpha sorority. I served as sisterhood chair spring semester and was able to host online sisterhood events since we were not able to meet in person. There's quite a bit you can do over Zoom! It doesn't stop there.....In the spring I ran for Recruitment Chair and Social Chair of my sorority. I will be in charge of running the entire weeklong recruitment process and every detail that comes along for this huge event in September. As Social Chair I will be planning events with other greek organizations on campus, as well as, other colleges in Boston. Lastly, I was voted in as the Junior representative for our Standards Board which handles the sorority's conflicts and other private matters. 

I am so grateful for these opportunities and all the lessons I have and will learn from these positions. My love for leadership started at BTA and it hasn't stopped. - Spring 2021

Dan Mawhinney

Dan Wedding

Vanesiah and I got married in June! - Fall 2021

 

Class of 2020

Jared in Memoriam

 

Class of 2021

Julyssa Castro

Julyssa

In alignment with my Christian Ministries major, I started a new job in Student Ministries at Grace Chapel in Lexington! Working with my high schoolers each week has been the highlight of the semester. - Fall 2021

Candy Zhang

Candy in lab

Chemical Engineering and Chemistry are the majors I'm studying at WPI. This picture is from Chem Eng class. What we did was see how Pilot Plant Column Schematic works. It's for the distillation process. I'm on the dance team and involved with choir music. - Fall 2021