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  • Sarah Kelty (née Glenn) G’99, ’03 recalls very fond memories of her days at St. Francis School. So fond that she went on to become a teacher herself. Sarah is currently teaching in Jefferson County Public Schools. She teaches special education for elementary-aged children. She received a master’s degree from Indiana University Southeast in elementary education, and a dual certification for regular education and special education, from Bellarmine University.
  • Stewart Pugsley ’06 has done a lot in the rather short time since graduating from SFS. Post-St. Francis, she went on to Fordham University in New York City. After graduation, she went on to work at an Outdoor Science school in the San Bernardino Mountains of California, teaching 5th and 6th grade science. After this endeavor, Stewart returned to New York City, where she was a nanny for two years. She then spent a month walking across Spain from the Pyrenees to the ocean on the Camino de Santiago. After this adventure, Stewart moved to Boston to attend North Bennet Street School, where she studied carpentry and woodworking, and she also started her master’s degree at Lesley University for Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Most recently, Stewart got engaged to Peter Collins, an actor, and moved to Chicago, where she is working at custom furniture company Pinetree Furniture. Stewart also started a blog about women in the trades called A Hard Hat Life.
  • Mara Bartlett photoMara Bartlett-Ansejo ‘07 is one well rounded alumna. During the Fall, Winter, and Springs Mara lives in New Orleans with her Partner, Justin. She escapes swampy Louisiana for the summer months and heads to Alaska. While in Alaska, Mara works at an Artist Retreat Center/Wilderness Retreat (www.chulitnalodge.com) doing various things like housekeeping, keeping general order on the property, and beer brewing! The Retreat Center is completely off the grid, meaning they get most of their power from solar energy and a diesel generator, and the water comes right out of the creek. Mara describes this as a life changing experience. Mara also keeps herself busy as a talented photographer (visit her website! www.maraceleste.com); she recently had a photo featured in National Geographic (see featured photo to the left)! While in New Orleans, Mara works at a non-profit called T.R.E.E. (Teaching Responsible Earth Education, www.treetalk.org)) as an Earth Educator, there, they stay busy doing a wideTropicuba range of things, for example, taking groups of students into the forest and teaching them about Earth science and systems. (www.treetalk.org).
  • Kazia Cumbler ’95, her husband, John and 5 and a half year old daughter, Rae,  welcomed a  baby girl, Sonny Clare, to the family on January 19th. Rae stays busy with school, Sonny Clare is busy being a growing baby, John is a film composer, and Kazia runs a mothers group called ‘Mama Needs a Drink’ (www.mamaneedsadrinkla.com). The group is based out of Santa Monica, CA and brings speakers in to the community to talk about “mama health and wellness” as well as baby enrichment health and wellness.
  • Laura Masterson ’05 married Andy Whalen in January in San Francisco. The couple is expecting a baby girl this summer. Laura is currently working as the marketing manager for software startup Typesafe in San Francisco. Congratulations, Laura and Andy!
  • Orlando Grimany Calas ’06 , who welcomed a baby girl to his family in October, is now welcoming a new Clifton restaurant, Tropicuba! Check out more about Tropicuba here.
  • As part of the Kentucky to the World series, alumnus Sander (“Sandy”) Florman ’85  will be lecturing on “Life Saving Organ Transplants- Ethics, Politics & Technology” at the Henry Clay building on
    March 12th. Sandy is an international leader in organ transplants and makes us proud to call hiSander Flormanm one of our own! Click here for official event details!

 

 

 

New Wyverns

Benny Alvarez baby Wyvern

  • Congratulations to Myra Holloway ’93 and her husband, Chad, on the birth of their baby girl, Dahlia Lorraine Holloway, born January 3rd.
  • Elizabeth Zimmerman ‘96 and her husband Wake Norris welcomed Heloise Grace Zimmerman Norris to the family on December 18th.
  • Congratulations to Kazia Cumbler  ’95, her husband, John and 5 and a half year old daughter, Rae, who welcomed Sonny Clare, to the family on January 19th.
  • Benedict “Ben” Ignatius Alvarez (pictured right) was born February 7th to Danny Alvarez ‘93 and Marie Therese Keating

 

 

 

In Memoriam

  • Nick Spaulding G’06 passed away in December. He was a valued member of the St. Francis community — a fierce competitor on the soccer field and a gentle soul off the field. He was a graduate of Trinity High School and Transylvania University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Nick was taken from us far too soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
  • Andrew Schiller ’88 passed away on January 21, 2015. Andrew was a casino host with Horseshoe Casino and a former volunteer firefighter with Harrods Creek Fire Department. The St. Francis community mourns this loss and sends Andrew’s family and friends well wishes.

Wyverns in NYC
On December 14th, more than 40 Wyverns gathered at Von Bar in the East Village in New York City. This annual “Wyverns in New York” event is in its ninth year and was hosted by Kareem Bunton ’91, Devin Emke G’84,’88, Rob Kemp G’85,’89, Adam Sachs G’84,’88, Bill Schreiber G’84,’88, and Charley Miller ’96. A wide range of alumni turned out, from the Class of 1984 to the most recent Class of 2014, in addition to school attendees College Counselor Kit Llewellyn, Head of School Alexandra Thurstone G’80, ’84, and Director of Advancement Siofra Rucker G’84. We are glad that the strong sense of SFS community permeates its way to the Big Apple and are happy the event exists to reconnect alumni and to continue the Wyvern network in the big city. Thank you to all who took time out of their Sundays to come; we look forward to next year!

Keep in touch! Want to visit? We love to reintroduce alumni to the school.
If you have any ideas that you think would appeal to alumni and/or if you are interested in checking out what we have going on, email Alumni Coordinator Callie Gray at CGray@StFrancisSchool.org.