Learn more about the alumni attending the Senior Premiere Dinner: their career field, trajectory, areas of specialty and other topics about which they may offer advice and connections for students. Additional alumni guest names coming soon.
Stuart Anness '74 grew up and now resides in Cincinnati. He was a biology major and ALO fraternity member at Kenyon. Stuart graduated the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1978, completed an internship at Kettering Medical Center and an ophthalmology residency at Northwestern. He is now a partner at the Cincinnati Eye Institute treating ocular disease and performing eye surgery. Stu and his wife, Susan, have two sons and two grandchildren. He is a member of the Kenyon Fund Executive Committee, a 1974 class agent and serves as a director on the board of Cincinnati Federal and Cincinnati Bancorp.
Susan Apel '83 was a devoted economics major but decided to go to Harvard Law School after graduating from Kenyon. After law school, she clerked for a federal judge in Seattle, worked in Washington, D.C., and eventually returned to Pittsburgh to work in a large law firm as a corporate/transactional attorney. She left her partnership at K&L Gates for nine years to serve as general counsel for a client and returned to the firm about two years ago. Her daughter Phoebe Roe graduated from Kenyon in 2016 and is now working with Teach for America in New Orleans. Susan is active with the Pittsburgh Kenyon regional alumni association, serves as a class agent and was on the Parents' Advisory Council when Phoebe was a student.
Andie Asimes '13 grew up outside Cleveland and is currently a doctoral candidate in neuroscience at Loyola University in Chicago. Her dissertation research aims to understand the molecular mechanisms behind long-term and heritable changes to the brain following binge drinking in teens. She also works for a non-profit whose mission is to improve public education in the sciences. In her free time, Andie loves connecting Kenyon alumni in Chicago and is always happy to show off the Windy City!
Sam Baker '13 lives in San Francisco and currently works in product for Skillz, a mobile gaming company.
In addition to his degree from Kenyon, Edward Ball '88 is a Master of Divinity. His post-Kenyon life has taken a unique path through institutional advancement, publishing, direct action, social movements and leading spiritual development workshops. Additionally, he has been part of several investment partnerships in the energy field. He is eager to connect current students with alumni who live in New York as well as with alumni who work in the fields of publishing and the performing arts. (Usually there is Venn intersection among these circles of interest, but he knows many New Yorkers outside these fields! He also knows persons working in these fields in other regions. So: come say hello!) Please talk to him if you are considering graduate school in religious studies (including seminary, doctoral programs and alternative approaches to vocational discernment) or if you are interested in activist responses to social and political systems; he has experience and resources in both of these areas.
Kaley Bell '06 is the director of secondary school advising at St. Bernard's School, an independent boys' school in Manhattan. Since Kenyon, she has also worked in high school admissions and college placement and received a master's degree in American studies from Columbia University. Kaley lives on the Upper West Side, is an avid runner, cyclist and skier, and spends much of her free time in the Adirondacks. She is also a class agent for the Class of 2006.
After graduation, Susan returned to her hometown of Cleveland. Uncertain as to a career choice, she began waiting tables. A chance acquaintance with a restaurant customer who was a Kenyon alumnus helped her pivot and soon after that connection, she began working for United Way in Cleveland, then Hartford, Connecticut, and New York City. Her passion for child advocacy led her back to Cleveland to work for Ohio Attorney General Lee Fisher. She worked as a political fundraiser for other candidates and did capital campaign fundraising for both the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. She now leads fund development, board development, government relations, marketing and communications, and strategic planning for Positive Education Program. In her Cleveland civic life, she has been board chair of Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, an advisory board member of Facing History New Tech High School and an elementary school tutor.
Manjul Bhusal Sharma, ’16 lives in Chicago and works as a credit analyst at Morningstar, Inc., a leading provider of investment research. While at Kenyon, Manjul was president of the Greek Council, a student manager at the Kenyon Athletic Center, and he represented his class in the Campus Senate. He also runs a non-profit organization, Reinstalling Hope, with other Kenyon students in Nepal. His hobbies include managing his investment portfolio, talking about stock valuation and playing soccer. He is always happy to help Kenyon students in anyway he can.
Susie Bloom Hudgins '89 graduated from Kenyon and headed to a law firm in Washington, D.C. She made her way to UVA's Curry School of Education and began teaching in an urban environment. While having children, she stayed at home, tutored, homeschooled and advocated for the rights of students with language learning disabilities. She is now working for an independent school in Richmond, Virginia, which focuses on the needs of student with dyslexia or other language related challenges.
Jack Buckley '66 served in leadership positions in hospitals and health system for 40 years after receiving an MBA. He is now working to prepare candidates for a Master of Health Administration degree.
Walter Butler '68 entered the military USAR for six years, active and reserve. He graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1978 and University of Louisville Medical School in 1990. He now works in private practice psychiatry with a substantial forensic (law-related) component.
After Kenyon, Margy Calleson '86 went to Case Western Reseve Law School in Cleveland. She stayed in Cleveland after graduating and has practiced law for 21 of the last 28 years (she took some time off when her three kids were little). She works on transactions involving local and state governments, nonprofits and economic development. She has been married for 25-1/2 years and her husband is also a lawyer. Their eldest child just graduated from Colgate University and is working on Capitol Hill; their middle child is a junior at the University of Alabama; their youngest is a junior is high school.
Sam Clougher '17 graduated as senior class president. He is now the head soccer coach and teaches at Trinity-Pawling in New York.
Caitlin Cody '05 is a vice president/group director in creative strategy. She has been at Digitas for the past 5.5 years. Prior to Digitas, she has worked at the Martin Agency and at DraftFCB Chicago. Caitlin holds a Master of Science degree in advertising with a concentration in communications strategy from the Virginia Commonwealth University Brandcenter and a bachelor's degree in drama from Kenyon. Over the course of her career, she has had the pleasure of working on brands like BP, Accenture, Emerson, Sprint, Johnson Outdoors, Ahold, MillerCoors, KitchenAid, Tylenol/Motrin, Playskool, Kmart and the Humane Society of the US/Maddie’s Fund (AdCouncil). Her client roster means that Caitlin brings to the table a skill-set including brand planning, new product innovation, group facilitation, crisis communication, Planning in non-traditional environments (XD, Tech) moderating, qual and quant research and testing, digital strategy and CRM strategy, along with softer skills like presentation, theater and story.
Erin Dowdy '01 has been at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta since 2014. Previously, she served as a senior press representative at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. She received her MFA in creative writing from Trinity College, Dublin.
Nancy (Peek) Ellis '72 is an English major who recently retired from Kelly Services, Inc. in Troy, Michigan, a global provider of workforce solutions and staffing. Over 21 years, she was an engineering recruiter, an instructional writer and a senior HR analyst focusing on pre-employment testing. Prior to Kelly, Nancy was an executive recruiter and a reference librarian. Arriving at Kenyon in 1970, Nancy was among the first women to graduate from the College. She has supported the Kenyon Fund consistently since graduation, and, beginning in 2010, she has been an active class agent and reunion planning committee member. In 2012, Nancy earned a Distinguished Service Award by encouraging the women in her class to return for their 40th reunion and at last sign the Matriculation Book. She finds involvement with the College and its alumni incredibly rewarding.
As a licensed clinical psychologist in Virginia, Tracey Fatzinger '91 conducts diagnostic psychological assessments focused on Autism Spectrum Disorder and co-lead social skills groups for individuals with ASD. She previously had unique experience in the assessment of ASD during a tenure on a multidisciplinary Developmental Disorders Assessment Clinic team at VCU. This team included a speech-language pathologist, an occupational therapist, an educational consultant and a psychiatrist at each evaluation. In addition, she has been a clinical faculty member in the VCU Department of Psychiatry and a supervisor with the VCU Clinical Psychology program. She previously worked in the community mental health setting in South Carolina, where she earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of South Carolina.
A member of Kenyon’s first class of women, Pegi Goodman is a graphic designer living and working in the NYC area. For the first part of her career, Pegi was primarily a publication art director working for various publications including RollingStone, The Village Voice and Sports Illustrated. Nowadays, she specializes in information design, web design and social marketing. Current clients include The Federal Bank of New York and the US Chamber of Commerce. An active Kenyon alum, she is a class agent, a member of NYC alumni steering committee, and is co-social chair of her class’s upcoming 45th reunion. Her son Samuel Leeds graduated in ‘09, and her daughter Maia Leeds will be graduating this spring.
James J. Greenwood '02, originally from Cleveland, has a lifelong passion for education. Greenwood is currently in his second year as director of inclusion and multicultural practice at Shady Hill School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In this role, James serves on the senior administrative team and leads the school’s initiatives around diversity programming and multicultural education. Previously he served for nine years as the director of multicultural education at Northfield Mount Hermon School, a co-educational boarding high school in Gill, Massachusetts. He has also taught history and social sciences courses on the Civil Rights Movement, world history, and African American history. Greenwood received a bachelor's degree in American studies from Kenyon in 2002, a master's degree in teaching from Brown University in 2007, and a master's degree in education from the Klingenstein Center for Independent School Education at Teachers College, Columbia University in 2012. He is currently pursuing his doctorate.
David Hanson '87 represents people accused of crimes in both state and federal court. After Kenyon, he worked as a teacher for two years and then went to law school. He has taught a number of college classes in men's and women's prisons.
Kamille Johnson Harless '99 grew up in the Atlanta area and currently lives there with her husband, Jamie '95, and their two young children. She currently teaches high school chemistry and serves as a grade chair at the Westminster Schools, which she attended from seventh through twelfth grades. Everyone in the Westminster community knows of her love for Kenyon and she will unabashedly boast about her alma mater in the hopes of attracting some of her students to Gambier!
At Kenyon, Ryan Helft '94 was the editor of the Collegian, had a couple of radio shows on WKCO, played rugby and was rush chair of Psi U. After he graduated, he moved back to San Francisco where he has spent his career in technology. He loves Kenyon and connecting people, so please reach out if there is anything he can do to help.
After Kenyon, Mike Hermanson '10 moved to Cincinnati to begin working at Fifth Third Bank in the Commercial Associates Program (CAP). After two years as a CAP, he joined Fifth Third’s Structured Finance Group where he worked on team focused on generating and managing relationships with private equity groups. Since the group was reorganized in 2016, he has been a principal in the Leveraged Finance Group focused on underwriting and executing on private equity and M&A transactions. Since his time at Kenyon, he co-founded the Kenyon Alumni Mentorship Program for the football team and been the chair of the Cincinnati Regional Alumni Association.
Jody Horak Tyrpak '91, grew up in Cincinnati. After Kenyon, she worked as a technology consultant for several years for a small firm before getting her MBA at Duke University with a concentration in finance. She then went to work at Procter & Gamble in finance for several years before moving to Cleveland to join Ernst and Young. She has held multiple roles at EY over the last 19 years which have included project management, finance, operations and strategy. She also worked in London for two years on assignment. She currently works for the global assurance practice as the director of strategic initiatives. In this role she provides leadership and oversight of the portfolio of global assurance programs to ensure they are aligned with business priorities and delivering against plans and objectives. She currently lives in Cleveland with her husband and two daughters. Jody is an avid runner and has completed over 20 marathons.
After Kenyon, Zachary Katz-Stein '12 went home to Berkeley where he underwent yoga teacher training. He now teaches yoga, works as a web design contractor and writes creatively when he has a moment free from work and raising a golden retriever puppy.
Brian Kelso '10, a history major and classics minor, went on to receive a Master of Science degree in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati. After doing research and traveling across Europe for a year, Brian returned to school to receive his J.D. from Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Brian practices in several areas of litigation, but he is primarily focused on criminal defense and personal injury. Brian is an avid runner and lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife.
Jack Killen '71 received his M.D. from Tufts University in 1975. After completing post-doctoral training in internal medicine and medical oncology, he pursued a 33-year career leading biomedical research programs at the National Cancer Institute (1980-1986), the Division of AIDS at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (1987-2001) and the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (2006-2013). Now retired, he enjoys exploring the intersections of neuroscience and spiritual practice, genealogy, travel (especially cruises), volunteer work and all things Kenyon. Jack lives with his husband and their two cats in Wilton Manors, Florida.
Alexandra Kruse '15, a modern languages major at Kenyon and a participant in a public health program abroad, remains interested in the health outcomes of underserved populations such as minority groups, women and socioeconomically disadvantaged peoples. After graduation, Alexandra completed a pre-medicine post-baccalaureate program and now works as the research coordinator for a patient advocacy non-profit, collaborating on research studies with physicians and scientists around the world. Alexandra also oversees the policy arm of her firm, attending meetings at the NIH and FDA and advocating for better healthcare on Capitol Hill. In her spare time, she enjoys running around the Swamp with fellow Zeta alumnae, trying new D.C. restaurants and attempting to visit every exhibit in the Smithsonian museums.
Kyle Laux '08 joined his current firm, Davenport & Company LLC, shortly after graduating from Kenyon in 2003. He has been with the same firm working in the same field ever since! He currently works with three other Kenyon alums and has had another 5 to 10 Kenyon alums come though his department in his time there. In his role at the firm, he works with states, local governments, regional entities and non-profits to finance a wide variety of public infrastructure.
Sam Larson '17 is a native and current resident of Denver. While studying music at Kenyon, he was a founding member of the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity and performed with several vocal ensembles. He is in the process of selecting a graduate program in music composition.
Christian Martínez-Canchola '12 is the dean at Uplift Grand Primary in Dallas. Her time at Kenyon introduced her to the world of educational inequity and solidified her commitment to being an equalizer of access to higher education for others like her who are low-income, first generation, and students of color. After graduating with degrees in English and sociology, she joined Teach For America back home in Dallas where her students consistently outperformed the district by 30-point margins on both district and statewide tests. As a school leader now, Christian's coaching impacts 520 scholars and a staff of 40, and she has managed to help turn around a school from being at the bottom of the network to the top.
As president at CHM Consulting, Kit Marty '69 handles small business computing needs from start to finish, whether it is websites, equipment, networks, software, training, troubleshooting or system management. As vice president at the Germ Patrol, he is in charge of technology and business functions. The Germ Patrol is an ODJFS-approved teaching company that specializes in instructing child care workers in communicable diseases, child abuse recognition and prevention, pediatric first aid and infant/child/adult CPR. As a process automation manager for USS/KOBE Steel Company he managed a company-wide $50-million installation of SAP R/3 Integrated Business software.
Dominique "Dom" McKoy '10 is a Portland, Oregon, native who now calls Chicago his home. While at Kenyon, Dom was a member of the men's lacrosse team and participated as an Anatolia College Fellow in Thessaloniki, Greece, immediately after graduating. He is currently the director of teacher recruitment at OneGoal, a national non-profit organization focused on closing the college degree attainment divide for low-income students within our lifetime. Prior to OneGoal, Dom spent four years working at Urban Prep Academies, a network of all-boys public charter high schools in Chicago. Dom currently serves as a member of the Chicago Public Library Junior Board and spends a good amount of his free time reading or playing basketball.
Matthew Metz, class of 2013, is currently pursing a joint degree in law and public policy at Indiana University, Bloomington. His primary interests are in immigration, tax, voter protection, and policy analysis. At Kenyon, Matt was a political science major and active in local, state, and national politics. Throughout his academic career, he has enjoyed several internships including at the White House, the Democratic National Committee, the Department of Homeland Securities and the Senate Judiciary. He has also held many positions in regional and national Democratic politics, run several campaigns, including his own to secure a delegate position to the 2012 national convention, and is a partner in a D.C.-based political consulting firm. His extracurricular activities include leadership positions with the Indiana Law Journal, the Journal of Public and Environmental Affairs, the Volunteer Tax Assistance program, Student Legal Services, Democratic Law Students of America, and the legal honor society, Phi Delta Phi. On a personal note, Matt is friendly and outgoing and welcomes your questions!
Melzetta Moody ’05 grew up in Oakland, California and now lives in Philadelphia. She is currently the managing director of Jigsaw Talent Solutions (JTS), an HR consulting firm. Prior to JTS, Melzetta was an HR management consultant for Comcast NBCUniversal leading strategic, cross-company projects. Melzetta is a member of the Philadelphia Alumni Association. She and her fiancé run a boutique accounting and tax firm in Philadelphia, practice archery and are avid "Game of Thrones" and "Westworld" fans. Melzetta is also in love with Kenyon and is willing to help/mentor/advise any Kenyon student or young alumni.
Esmeralda Mora '08 is a first-generation college student from Guerrero, México. She grew up in Chicago and earned her degree in Latin American literature and cultures from Northeastern Illinois University. She is currently a Spanish teacher at Wolcott School and adjunct professor for Loyola University at Chicago. She is also part of the Odyssey Project for the Illinois Department of Humanities.
Jennifer Neubauer '04, After spending the last eight years living and teaching in New York City, recently relocated to the Bay Area. She currently teaches at an independent school south of San Francisco. Over the last ten years, she has taught in public, charter and independent schools, and would love to speak to any seniors interested in exploring education as a possibility after graduation.
Janae A. Peters '10 was born and raised in Cleveland. She made her way to Kenyon through the Summer Kenyon Academic Partnership (SKAP) program, at the recommendation of a high school teacher. Once at Kenyon, she majored in English and split one of her four years studying in Chicago with the Newberry Seminar in the Humanities and in England with the Kenyon-Exeter Program. Janae was recognized as a Beinecke Scholar that same year. After graduating from Kenyon, she worked for seven years at Northfield Mount Hermon (NMH) School in Gill, Massachusetts. She served as an English teacher, softball, volleyball and basketball coach, advisor and dorm head. She eventually became the director of advising at NMH. In the years in between, she took advantage of the Beinecke scholarship and completed a master's degree in clinical social work at Smith College. This past year, Janae made the big move from Massachusetts to Birmingham, Alabama to become the dean of student development and community life at Indian Springs School. At Springs, Janae serves as a licensed clinician, is in charge of residential life, is creating an advising program from the ground up, teaches a senior English elective called "Outlaws, Outcasts, and Castaways," and coaches softball.
Karuna Ramcharran '12 is a clinical research coordinator at Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron, Ohio. In her position, she assists with developing research questions and study design, while maintaining studies in the Childhood Lifestyles and Population Health Department. When she’s not working, she volunteers at the Summit County Humane Society, preparing for her first half-marathon, and hanging out with her chinchillas. Karuna holds a Master of Public Health degree in epidemiology from Kent State University.
Jeff Richards '88 is a hypnotist, coach and trainer from Columbus. In practice since 2000, he specializes in helping people break through their limiting beliefs to create more satisfying and fulfilling lives. Jeff also performs clean comedy hypnosis shows for academic and corporate clients.
Isobel Rosenberg '15 was an international studies major and a history minor at Kenyon and grew up in Croton-on-Hudson, New York. She is an associate at Eagle Hill Consulting, a boutique management consulting firm in Washington, D.C. Her current role is on a Department of Homeland Security contract, where she and her team work to assess and implement program controls within DHS's various divisions. Isobel is passionate about human capital management and communications, and works on several internal EHC initiatives in these areas. Immediately after graduating from Kenyon, Isobel spent two years in Columbus at JP Morgan Chase in the Operations Analyst Development Program.
Pattie Rossman Skrha '88 has over 20 years experience in the field of admission, both as an admission officer and counselor. Her current job is focused on urban educational issues such as access, retention and graduation.
Win Sheffield '77 was brought up in Philadelphia, went to boarding school (Brooks) and spent a year at school in England before arriving at Kenyon. He is currently a career coach, which he transitioned to after a career in planning and strategy at Citibank, J.P. Morgan and PricewaterhouseCoopers (as a consultant). His experience covers financial control, strategy development, operations, technology, front office and related areas to his coaching. In addition to an MBA from Boston University, he studied the Myers-Briggs at the Jung Institute and counseling at the General Seminary. Win has served on a number of foundation boards accruing a wide knowledge of the not for profit sector. For more about Win, his career podcasts and other stuff, visit www.winsheffield.com.
Maraleen Shields '00 was born in the shadow of the steel mills just outside of Pittsburgh and received her K-12 education at a public school. While at Kenyon, she majored in political science and philosophy with a law and society concentration and was active in sports as well as various interest/political groups. After Kenyon, she immediately attended law school obtaining her J.D. from University of Pittsburgh in 2003. At Pitt, she met her husband, Kevin. Maraleen relocated to the Lehigh Valley (Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, Pennsylvania area) and has lived there since 2006. She currently practices health care law and litigation at Fitzpatrick, Lentz & Bubba. She has two awesome children, Cole (age 6) and Sage (age 1). She is an avid runner.
Claudia Smith '05 grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and now lives in South Jersey. She obtained a Master of Science degree in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University in 2007 and practiced social work in medical settings for 10 years. She lives with her husband, Colin Smith '06, and their daughter, Mariel, who was born in July of 2017.
Lucinda (Cindy) Sternberg Thomas '84 grew up in Rye, New York, and lives in Andover, Massachusetts. She is currently a manager of life new business operations at Symetra. Prior to joining Symetra, Cindy worked for Thermo Fisher Scientific as a customer service manager. Cindy is a past president of the Boston Alumni Association. She and her husband have a small antiques business, are active volunteers, travel as often as possible and always have time for anyone or anything related to Kenyon.
Terry West '97 was raised in Columbus. He participated in the BSU and Brothers United while at Kenyon. He currently resides in Columbus and has been at TEKsystems for the last 20 years.