2020 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 2006

Moriah Garcia Nelson

Baby Garcia Nelson

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

Faith Hinz

Faith HInz's new baby Teddy

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

 

Class of 2007

Joqui Girón-Meléndez

Joqui's view of the ocean in Grenada

At the end of July 2019, Miguel and I got married via city hall and only had a family gathering to celebrate our civil union. A couple weeks later we moved to Grenada in order for my husband to begin medical school at St. George's University. We'll live here for two years and then return to the States for him to complete his clinical rotations.

In the meantime, I am not able to work in Grenada since my career isn't in the medical field so I spend a lot of time learning to be a housewife. Being a housewife was never part of my "life plan" and before moving here I wondered if I'd have some "identity crisis" issue but thankfully by God's grace, I am thriving here. To name a few, I have the opportunity to have new experiences and to meet people from various walks of life. I attend workshops for different life skills and I volunteer twice a week at an after school program. I read a lot and I spend a lot of time on Pinterest looking for dinner recipes.

Though being in the Caribbean is indeed beautiful, with only being independent for a little over 45 years, it is interesting to see locals collaborating in defining what it means to be Grenadian since this country was occupied by three people groups. I look forward to building relationships with Grenadians and taking part of what God is doing in this country. - Fall 2019

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. - Spring 2018

 

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. - Spring 2018

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

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. - Spring 2018

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. - Spring 2018

 

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. - Spring 2018

 

Class of 2011

Daniel Howard

Danny's wedding

Daniel finished his third year with FOCUS Raleigh and moved to Boston on June 1. On June 22, he and his fiancé flew back down to Raleigh to get married with friends and family at the beautiful Gregg Museum on NC State's campus. After honeymooning in Asheville, NC, Grace and Daniel returned to Boston. Since returning, Daniel has begun two new exciting career opportunities. During the school day, Daniel serves as a Teacher's Aid at Boston Trinity Academy for the 6th grade, and from 3:30pm-8pm he works as an Assistant Coach for the MIT Men's Basketball team. Grace is a graphic designer, currently working for Yasso in Quincy, MA. In January she will be embarking on a new career journey, as Yasso will be moving their headquarters to Colorado.

The Howards are loving life back in Roslindale. The mix of familiar stomping grounds with new life events is a joyous and exciting time! Daniel remains very close with his brother John ('08), Sam Walker ('09), Ben Moses ('11), and Luke Walker ('11). They get together multiple times a year to fellowship and encourage each other. - Fall 2019

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. - Spring 2018

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

Lily Montagna and Christian Wolfe

On Mountain Time album cover

The singer-songwriter duo Christian Wolfe and Lily Montagna is back with a new original album, On Mountain Time. Having started our musical career at Boston Trinity through the chapel band, we continued our mutual love of music through various venues including youth group band and eventually a band of our own. You can hear all of our music, including the latest, on musingmisterwolf.com. Our house show featuring the latest tracks was filmed live back in August and can be viewed here. We are thrilled to still be using our passions and talents together and hope that the music will be enjoyed by all. - Fall 2019

 

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. - Spring 2018

 

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! - Spring 2018

Erica Forkner

I recently started a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Wheaton College Graduate School. My love of psychology began my senior year at Boston Trinity Academy during my AP Psychology class with Dr. Chireac! - Fall 2019

Emilie Hodge Osman

Emilie's Baby

I am continuing to work with a local church in Turkey and in January had a baby girl, Joy Sêlîn. - Spring 2020.

Emilie is the winner of the 2020 Alumni Recognition Award. Read more about Emilie’s work here.

Kyranna Mamalakis

Kyranna's wedding photo

I got married this summer! - Fall 2019

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). - Spring 2018

 

Class of 2014

Joanna Balla-Elliott

Dylan and Joanna's Wedding with BTA Friends

Dylan and I got married on June 30, 2019 in Providence, RI. It was fun to have many BTA'ers in attendance, as that was where it all started! Currently, we are living in Allston as Dylan works at Harvard Business School and I teach 5th grade at The Fessenden School. - Fall 2019

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. - Spring 2018

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. - Spring 2018

 

Class of 2015

Dylan Balla-Elliott

Dylan married Joanna Balla '14 on June 30, 2019! Scroll up to see group photo.

Daniel Forkner

I have moved to Colorado Springs and am now working as a Client Service Associate at Investortools, Inc. I enjoy living in Colorado because of the accessibility of so many great activities -  hiking, rock climbing, fly-fishing, skiing, exploring, canoeing, rafting, mountain biking, skiing, hunting, shooting, and so much more. Also, 300 days of sun is quite the selling point! - Fall 2019

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.

Darius Nelson

Darius and Victoria Upton got married! Scroll down to see photo.

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

This past February, I published my fifth novel, a time-travel romance called "Forgetting What I Couldn't Remember". There will be one sequel, which I am drafting now. Additionally, I've continued to run my crocheted business and study music on the side, even thinking about teaching guitar lessons in the near future. I've also been interning for the Boston Sports Desk still writing concert reviews, and more recently with Brilliant Light Publishing writing book reviews. In the hopes to land a full-time writing job soon, I've also taken on a freelance blogging position for a sales coaching agency. - Spring 2020.

 

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.

Bea Edmonds

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! - Spring 2018

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!

Victoria Upton Nelson

Darius and Victoria Wedding

Darius Nelson '15 and I got married in June of 2019! We then hung around for the summer before relocating from Boston to Los Angeles for film school. During that crazy year, I finished my degree at Lesley University. We now spend our time bouncing from coast to coast working, studying, and spending time with family.

 

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. - Spring 2018

 

Class of 2018

Christie Lee

I hope everyone is doing as well as can be. Thankfully and fortunately, I am. I have been great and currently am working as a paralegal at a local law firm. Sharing one of the many great pages from one of many great books that I have been consuming (now that I am on co-op and have so much free time). - Summer 2020

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. - Spring 2018

 

Class of 2019

Evan Weston

I just completed my first year at Suffolk University in downtown Boston. My goal this year was to get involved in order to feel connected to my new community as well as meet new people in other class years. I ended the year being a part of 5 clubs and organizations, with 4 leadership positions.

First, I ran to be a Student Government Association senator for the class of 2023 against 26 other students and only 9 were elected, but then was chosen to become a Member at Large. Second, I wanted to be part of making residential spaces become closer and more familiar with each other. I ran to be secretary of Resident Hall Council and was elected. Third, I partook in Suffolk’s Greek Life Recruitment and was inducted into the Gamma Lambda Chapter of Theta Phi Alpha sorority.

In the winter, I was elected to the position of Special Events Chair for the chapter and was planning our Founders Day celebration which was cancelled due to COVID-19. Another organization I chose to be a part of was Suffolk’s Dance Marathon which partners with Boston Children’s Hospital to raise money for cancer research. The event planning process takes all year and I was elected Co-Fundraising Chair. Although our physical event was cancelled due to the coronavirus, our group chose to do a virtual event through our social media and raised four thousand dollars. Next year, I will hold the Dancer Relations position which does all the communications between our group and involving other groups on campus to be a part of the event. Lastly, I became one of the founding members of Suffolk Jazz Dance Company that was established in February. I hope to see it grow and flourish in the next school year.

This spring, I was nominated for the Outstanding Freshman Leadership Award and ended up being a finalist with two other girls. Although this was abruptly ended in March, the opportunities I had this year helped me grow and strengthen my leadership abilities. I am grateful for my Suffolk University community and I look forward to all that will be accomplished next year.

 

Class of 2020

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