2018 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 2006

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Class of 2007

Leighanne Sturgis

I currently live in Grand Rapids, Michigan and work for B.Creative Studios. I am the Creative Lead and Head Photographer for our two brands, Voyage Pictures (our commercial brand) and Bradley Productions (our wedding and lifestyle brand). In my last two years with the studio I have photographed, filmed, and edited a little over 70 weddings. On the commercial side of the studio I have filmed, directed, and edited several projects including an episode for an international travel television show. While Grand Rapids will never be Boston, the craft beer flows freely, traffic does not exist, Lake Michigan is beautiful, and the rent is wildly inexpensive... +1 for West Michigan.

 

Class of 2008

John Howard

Caroline and I continue to love living in London and foresee ourselves staying here for at least the next several years. I am engaged in a number of investments spanning from the US to Europe to Australia, and Caroline is finding success at her technology firm. We have a great group of friends through church and otherwise, and have been fortunate to travel over a large swath of Europe and Asia on our weekends and holidays. We're grateful that our family has been able to join us for a lot of these adventures too, and we've had the chance to form some really wonderful memories with them in places like Israel and Portugal over this past summer.

 

Class of 2009

Eliot DeLorme

I currently live in Minneapolis with my wife, Olivia and our two kids, Graham (2.5 years old) and Lucy (8 months). I  graduated from Bethlehem College with a Bachelor's degree in Biblical and Theological Studies. I transferred from Northwestern to Bethlehem and graduated in 2014. I am currently working on a Master of Divinity at Bethlehem Seminary.

Kaitlyn Jessee

Dr. Jessee Alumni Chapel Speaker 2018

Kaitlyn is this year's winner of the Alumni Recognition Award. Kaitlyn spoke at Chapel during Homecoming Week, telling the story of how she was impacted by her BTA education. Kaitlyn received her Doctor of Pharmacy from UConn in 2013 and now works with the underserved population in New Haven as a clinical pharmacist at the Cornell Scott Health Center. She is pictured here with Headmaster Frank Guerra and Head Prefect Jo Tran. You can read more about Kaitlyn on the Alumni Recognition Award link in the left column.

Hannah Strasner

I am currently in Mexico for the third summer as Operations Director for the Chiquila Youth Leadership Program, www.handsofferinghope.org. Last year, I was promoted to be the Director of Educational Services for Care Net! Last September, I was honored to be chosen as a workshop speaker for the Care Net National Conference. Pretty cool. I love what I do and plan to continue with Care Net for however long God has me.

 

Class of 2010

Alexandra (Knowles) Kahveci

Alexandra graduated in June 2018 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Masters in City Planning, specializing in mediation, negotiation, and environmental policy.

 

Class of 2011

Daniel Howard

Dan in Israel

I have been traveling a lot this summer. As always, I was on Martha's Vineyard for much of the summer working with FOCUS. I am beginning my third year on staff with FOCUS Raleigh. I was able to go to Israel with my family including John Howard '08. 

Elyud Ismail

I earned my second Masters degree in 2017 at Singapore University of Technology and Design in Engineering Product Development. My thesis title was, "Design Principles for the Additive Manufacturing of Fibre-Reinforced Structures." I had a very good time enjoying the culture, the food, the people, the university etc. It was a memorable experience. I returned last September and now I've been working at a research consortium just outside of Richmond, VA since January 2018. I am a researcher in the Manufacturing Science and Technology division.

Lily Montagna

I am living in Roxbury whilst student teaching at the Curley School in JP through my Masters of Elementary and Special Education at BU. I will graduate August '19 and plan to teach in BPS. I am actively engaged in the Boston salsa dance community, having taken lessons since January and performing on a dance team this past summer at Boston Salsa Festival.

 

Class of 2012

Daniel Park

I recently finished up a dual-degree masters program in Sustainable Development and Finance from HEC Paris and the Norwegian School of Economics. Currently, I'm working on finishing up my master's thesis on the Macro and Micro-Economic Determinants of Private Equity in Emerging Market Nations. I also moved to New York recently and will be working in Strategy Consulting at AT Kearney, a mid-size strategy firm.

 

Class of 2013

Consuela Elugardo

I work as a Foster Care Case Manager at Northeast Center for Youth and Families. I visit foster homes around Boston and the North Shore to be sure the kids are doing well and the parents have the support they need. I 'm getting married in August so that is where most of my attention is! I'm also helping out when I can with my mom's campaign. Her election is coming up in November which is exciting!

 

Emilie Hodge

Emilie's Wedding

Emilie is living and working in Turkey with Syrian refugees. She married refugee outreach coordinator Siwar Osman on October 6. The whole Hodge family was able to attend and Molly Richmond was the maid of honor.

Alex Xu

I had been working at AIG as a Technology Analyst in Fort Worth, Texas, but I've started a new role with Dell in Austin as a Supply Chain Analyst. I love living in Texas. The DFW metroplex is very spread-out. Everything is bigger here (weather is hotter as well).

 

Class of 2014

Joanna Ball

Joanna's Graduation

Joanna graduated from Middlebury College in May and is glad to be back in Boston this fall. She is currently an apprentice with the Shady Hill School's one-year Teacher Training Course, pursuing licensure in middle-school humanities and a degree in Curriculum and Teaching from Boston University.

 

Isabel Espinosa Schatz

Isabel graduated from Harvard in May, got married in July, and has started a master's program at the University of Oxford in England.

Joanna (Roberts) Sorensen

I got married in Texas on May 25, 2018 and am moving to Japan in the fall because my husband is in the Air Force.

 

Class of 2015

Daniel Forkner

After a summer internship with Phalanx Capital Management, a hedge fund located in Chicago that trades in Japan, I will begin a part-time position in the fall as the Fund Accountant.

 

Angelina Singer

This summer I interned with The Boston Sports Desk writing concert reviews, and I got press passes to see some of the highest-caliber artists in the music industry, such as Thirty Seconds to Mars, Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, and Pentatonix. This was a fantastic opportunity to write about music in the professional context of their website (and free concert tickets are always a plus).

I also reviewed other concerts such as, All Time Low and Van's Warped Tour, which were events that I ended up buying tickets to attend, but had such a fun time regardless.  At Warped Tour, I even brought crocheted yarn doll replicas to some of the bands I met, which then gathered a bit of traction, landing me in a special Alternative Press featured article of "Unconventional Fan Art."

I also continued to sign up for craft shows, the most notable being the Marion Arts Festival. I've also been finishing up my Young Adult Dystopian Science Fiction trilogy, "The Upperworld Series," available on Amazon.

I arranged to have a table at this year's Rhode Island ComicCon to sell my books through the Association of Rhode Island Authors, which will be super exciting since the event will undoubtedly attract some awesome potential readers for me. And I absolutely love being a part of ARIA, as I get to hear about so many cool networking opportunities and participate in events like this. I even had a short story of mine, called "The Pact," chosen for their yearly anthology, which I'm told will be available on Amazon in October.

I've also continued my involvement with the Jam Camp Program at Rick's Music World in Raynham, where I served as a student mentor for the younger kids who have signed up for the summer band programs. In August, I mentored two different band sessions, playing both bass and guitar for those groups and had a fantastic time. I'm hoping to teach guitar there in a couple years, which is mainly why I added the music minor to my degree audit at school. As I'm entering my senior year at Stonehill College with an English Major and a double minor in Creative Writing and Music, I'm hoping to find a job which can blend my passions for music and writing somehow. I'm excited to see what's to come!

 

Class of 2016

Bea Edmonds

Bea in Beijing

I worked at a great coffee shop in Boston called George Howell Coffee that won best of Boston while i was there, and am now onto big next steps as I am studying abroad with Middlebury College in Beijing this semester and then Kunming next semester! It is going well but nothing short of extremely challenging! Great food here though!

 

Class of 2017

Grace Kim

After graduating from BTA, I took a gap year and spent five months with my family who moved to Kenya in July to do medical mission work. During my time there, I worked at Rift Valley Academy, a mission boarding school, where I assisted the ESL teacher and music director and gave violin lessons to interested students. I also worked at the hospital for a crowdfunding program called Watsi by writing stories about pediatric patients needing financial assistance from donors.

I returned to the U.S. in December and have been working as a full-time medical receptionist at a dermatologist's office in Boston. Through these experiences, I learned valuable lessons about both the mission life and work life and was given many opportunities I would've missed out on had I gone straight to college.

 

Class of 2018

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Tarim Ojuka

For work the summer, I did a paid internship at Tufts Medical Center through Tufts University School of medicine (TAHSS) where I shadowed a pediatric doctor and saw patients with him and saw first hand what it is like to work in the medical field. I also got to take anatomy and physical diagnosis classes through the program.