Alumni Updates

Marriage:

Cohen, K

Newlyweds Kenneth Cohen ’84 & Christopher Conway

Congratulations to Kenneth Cohen ‘84 on his marriage to Christopher Conway on January 23rd, 2016. After graduating from St. Francis, Kenneth went on to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania and then to med school at the University of Louisville. Kenneth now resides in and works as a Psychiatrist in New York City. 

Davis Tyler ‘91 married Marquenia Ruiz on June 20th, 2015. Davis is now in his 10th year of practicing law. He has a solo practice specializing in immigration and criminal defense.

Sara Sahni ‘97 received her B.A. in English from the University of Kentucky and a law degree from the University of Louisville. Sara is currently Assistant General Counsel at RaceTrac Petroleum, Inc., where she is responsible for the company’s litigation and employment law matters. Before joining RaceTrac Petroleum, Inc, Sara worked for Ford & Harrison LLP, a national labor and employment law firm. Prior to that, she worked as an Assistant Attorney General for the Georgia Attorney General’s Office. In July 2015, Sara married Chris Galopin, a Detroit native and graduate of the University of Michigan and they now reside in Atlanta, Georgia.

Nora Crutcher

Newlyweds Nora Crutcher ‘03 & Ryan Drake

Olivia Cole Wedding

Newlyweds Olivia Cole ‘07 & Omaun Covington

 

Alix Rice Littrell ‘98 married Denis Littrell on August 1st, 2015.

Mike Slaton ‘99 married Jake Souder on June 28th, 2015. Mike is currently working in Louisville for Metro Parks as the General Manager of the Iroquois Amphitheater.

Nora Crutcher ‘03 married Ryan Drake on August 22nd, 2015 in Ojai, California. Nora earned her undergraduate degree, a B.A. in cinematic arts, as well as her M.A. in journalism, from the University of Southern California. Ryan and Nora live in Santa Barbara, California with their cat and dog, and Nora works as a communications director at the University of California Santa Barbara.

Olivia Cole ‘07 married Omaun Covington on September 6th, 2015.

 

Babies:

Rob Duncan G‘86 ‘90 and Becky Duncan welcomed a baby girl, Camilla Vaughan Duncan into the world on Monday, November 30th, 2015.

Charley Miller ‘96 started 2016 off with a bang, welcoming a baby girl, Maggie Vera Miller, to his family on January 19th, 2016. Charley graduated from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program in the Spring of ’08 with a Master’s in interactive design. He is now a game designer, app developer, and web producer. His latest app is called TouchCast.

12607222_1128865903798323_2063951293_n

Cassie Caudill ‘08 welcomed Adalie Elise

Cassie Caudill ‘08 welcomed Adalie Elise on November 6th, 2015. Cassie graduated from cosmetology college last year and is enjoying this new chapter of her life!


Marshall Eldred G’79, ‘83 welcomed a baby boy, Marshall Polk Eldred IV, to his family on April 30th, 2015.

Gill Potter ‘93, wife Katie, and big brother Benjamin were very excited to bring Sean Daniel Potter into the world on August 18th, 2015. Gill is currently living in San Francisco and is Vice-President of Advanced Analytics with CastLight Health.
Laura Parker ‘97, husband Alex Kowalcyk, and big sister Faith (2), welcomed Cutter Alexander to their family on July 14th, 2015. Laura recently sold her skincare business in Pennsylvania and moved to La Conner, Washington with her family where she is focusing on her kids and making art!

Eric Holt ‘98 and wife Jai welcomed their daughter Nissa to the world on August 31st, 2015. Eric and his family have been enjoying picking berries and apples in Michigan while he is working on his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the University of Michigan.

General Updates:

Devin EmkeCongratulations to alumnus Devin Emke G’84 ’88 on winning an Emmy for ‘Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Series’ for the “SNL” 40th Anniversary Special!

Napo Matsoso ‘13 is an All-American star of the University of Kentucky men’s soccer team and is ranked as the 13th best collegiate player in the country. Napo is a midfielder and has been the recipient of many awards; he is also a “MAC Hermann Watch List Member”, the soccer equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. Napo speaks highly of his time at St. Francis, appreciating how open the teachers were for him to approach any time, one-on-one, which he said helped him a lot as he is not a very talkative person. Napo says that he is in very large classes at UK, and that he is thankful that St. Francis gave him the confidence to go to a professor’s office with questions at any time. Napo is “having a blast” with soccer at UK and gives Ralph Marshall, varsity soccer coach (and history teacher/Dean of Faculty) a huge shout out for all of his help throughout his time at St. Francis. We wish him the best as he is closing in on his dream of playing professional soccer. Go, Napo, we can’t wait to see you out there next season!

After St. Francis, Ghuneem Abdulnur ‘02 got into sales management for a few years working in telecommunications. Following that, Gee enlisted in the United States Navy and is currently serving as an aircraft mechanic, which has led him to 6 countries. Gee is currently finishing up his Cyber Security degree at the University of Maryland and applying for a UAV piloting program at the University of North Dakota. Good luck, Ghuneem!

Nathan Metcalf ‘95 graduated from Western Kentucky University with degrees in religious studies and sociology. Nathan did postgraduate work as a field researcher in Kandy, Sri Lanka

Alex Distler ‘95 is a Ph.D. candidate in creative writing and literature at the University of Utah. Alex stays busy teaching, taking classes, studying for her oral exams, running a reading series, editing a creative writing journal, and trying to find time to work on her own writing.

Porter Wiseman ’95 went on from SFS to the University of Virginia, where she graduated with a B.A. with honors in 1998. Then she went to the Art Institute of Phoenix and graduated in 2002 with a B.A. with honors. From there, Porter returned to the UVA School of Law and graduated with her J.D. in 2007. Porter now works as an attorney at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld in Washington D.C., specializing in energy regulation, specifically the Federal Power Act. Porter married Michael Skelton in 2013, likes making jewelry as a hobby, and has two dogs, three cats, two birds, and some fish!

Lisa (Wallingford) Tobias ‘95 went on to Bates College and graduated in 1999. From there she attended Barry University and graduated in 2002. Lisa is now married to Bryan Tobias and is a middle school science teacher in San Antonio, Texas.

Alex Tevlin ‘95 has been living in Los Angeles for more than 11 years. After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis, he moved to Los Angeles where he is now the head of programming for Fox Sports West. Alex is father to two young boys.

Charlotte Albrecht ‘99 went on to Rice University and graduated in 2003. After a year in France searching for the right school, she attended the University of Minnesota to earn her M.A. and Ph.D. in feminist studies with a minor in American Studies, graduating in 2013. Charlotte then went to Denison University to do a post-doc on faculty diversity in liberal colleges. This fall, Charlotte began a tenure-track position as assistant professor of Women’s Studies and American Culture for the program in Arab and Muslim- American studies at the University of Michigan.

Joanna Richards ‘01 went on to Oberlin College and found an interest in journalism. She says “writing, learning, talking to people, and sticking it to the authority on occasion” are her enduring loves, and that reporting gives her license to do those things. Joanna has experience working as a daily news reporter and is now reporting for the NPR affiliate in Cleveland,​​ WCPN. Joanna has gotten to do work for national shows like Morning Edition and Here and Now Marketplace and plans to add to this list in the future!

After graduating from St. Francis, Carolina Sandoval ‘02 attended the University of Delaware. She earned two B.A. degrees, one in anthropology and the second in foreign languages in literature. After graduating in 2006, Carolina stayed in Delaware and worked for an immigration law firm until 2008. She then headed to American University in Washington, D.C. and earned her M.A. in anthropology with a focus in applied anthropology. Carolina’s research studies focused on migration issues, mainly undocumented migration from Honduras to the United States. After graduating from American in 2010, Carolina worked as a consultant with an NGO in Washington D.C.. In 2011, she went back to her hometown, Copan Ruinas, Honduras, and helped her family to open their Visitor Center, The Tea & Chocolate Place, in Copan Ruinas, in order to educate the public in general about environmental issues affecting the town. At the same time, Carolina and her family have been regenerating and reforesting eroded areas in the town — they have reforested about 25 acres just in one area, a project called the Copan 2012 Botanical Research Station. From the plants grown in their research station they make natural products, primarily organic teas. On top of all of that, Carolina makes time to pursue photography, another passion!

Beth Coyle ‘05 attended Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, TN, graduating as an LPN. Beth then worked for a clinical research company specializing in diabetic medicine. Beth returned to Louisville in 2012 to work at Humana, where she started as a specialist helping low income individuals access affordable medication and was recently promoted to an analyst position, dealing with Medicare drug appeals.

Amelia Lea (Brown) Walton ‘05 resides in Savannah, Georgia where she owns and runs a pet boarding kennel and doggie daycare called Pet Paradise. She is a happy mother of two, Kaden and Olivia, and recently celebrated her four-year anniversary with husband Dave Walton, who is a U.S. Army Ranger.

Nadir Siddiqui ‘05 is currently finishing up a computer science degree at the University of Louisville while at the same time working at Yum! Brands in their Network Monitoring Department.

Meredith Stevens ‘10 went on from St. Francis to New York University, where she studied politics and went abroad for four semesters, three in Paris and one in Prague. While studying in Prague, she fell in love with the city. After graduating from NYU, she went back to Prague, where she currently teaches English. After her time in Prague, Meredith plans to go to either South Korea or to Kiev, Ukraine, where she spent a summer, before she heads off to grad school.

Chris Cappiello ‘11 graduated from Yale, where he majored in physics. The summer after his freshman year, Chris returned to Louisville for an internship at the Brown Cancer Center. After that summer, he started working more intensely on his physics major, and spent the rest of his time in college doing astrophysics research. At the same time, Chris has been working on a math project with recent SFS alumna Michelle Jones ’15, who currently attends Yale. Chris recently started a physics Ph.D. program at Ohio State, where he is studying cosmic rays (particles produced by supernovae and stars that stream through space at high energies).

Dakota & Kit

Dakota Isaacs ’11, Anna Memphis Levine ’11, and Kit Llewellyn at the Wyverns in NYC party

Dakota Kate Isaacs ‘11 graduated from the College of Charleston in May, 2015 with a B.A. in communication. One of her largest on-campus involvements was with the Bonner Leader Program, in which Dakota completed 1,200 hours of community service at a nonprofit site, Darkness to Light, whose mission is to end child sexual abuse. Dakota had a whopping 13 internships throughout her time at Charleston, including PR internships at Birchbox and New York Fashion Week. Some of Dakota’s recent awards include Greek Woman of The Year, Outstanding Senior in Communication, and Ted Stern Cup recipient. The cup is one of the three highest honors awarded at CofC. Dakota recently began a job as an account executive with a boutique beauty public relations firm in New York City. Dakota considers her St. Francis experience invaluable in giving her the abilities to to think critically, feel confident, and act independently, and for what is most important to her career — the ability to write!