Alumna Profile: Kelly Wright Henrion ’92

Kelly WrightBriefly describe your path after leaving St. Francis. 
After leaving St. Francis, I majored in Latin American Studies at Carleton College in Northfield, MN – an extraordinary place, despite the very cold winters! I joined Teach for America upon graduation and was placed as a bilingual (Spanish/English) elementary teacher in a dual language charter school in its first year in Phoenix, AZ. Being part of a school in its founding years was a great experience that afforded lots of leadership opportunities.  

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Alumni Profile: Deron Simmons G’02, ’06

Deron Simmons G'02, '06 (1)Briefly describe your path after leaving St. Francis. 
After leaving St. Francis, I joined the school that the wonderful Kit Llewellyn recommended I visit as a junior in high school: Mercer University. I declared my major in computer engineering, and on the second day of my freshman year, a professor said “Look to your left, then look to your right. Two-thirds of your classmates won’t be here next year.” There were 375 people in that classroom that day. On graduation day, there were only four of us (including St. Francis’ own Brad Green G’02, ’06). 

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Alumni Profile: Akhtar Nawab G’86, ’90

akhtar-nawab-g86-90_1Akhtar Nawab G’86, ’90 is a chef and business owner in New York City and Washington D.C. He is currently the chef/owner of the fast-casual concept, Choza Taqueria and Indie Fresh – a health food delivery service – both in NYC. As well, he is the Chef Advisor at Table in Washington D.C. Akhtar’s newest venture “Alta Calidad” is a modern take on Mexican food and is slated to open in NYC this winter 2017. Akhtar studied at the California Culinary Academy and trained under chefs Loretta Keller, Roland Passot and Tom Colicchio. He has received many accolades in the restaurant industry, including the 2007 StarChefs.com NYC Rising Star Chef award and recognition as a top ten emerging culinary star by Mario Batali. He has appeared on numerous television shows, such as Iron Chef and as a judge in Worst Cooks in America.

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Alum Collin Smith presents “Bear With Us”

Come out and support fellow alum Collin Smith! Collin Smith

Collin’s film “Bear With Us” is part of the Louisville Film Society’s Flyover Film Festival and will screen at Baxter Theater on Tuesday, July 26th at 7:30 p.m. It will be followed by a Q&A with Collin and his director that J.P. Davis from the Fund for the Arts will MC.

For more information and a trailer, visit http://www.bearwithusfilm.com.

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Alumni Profile: Trent Rosenbloom G’84, ’88

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Briefly describe your career after leaving St. Francis.
I graduated St. Francis High in 1988 and went off to Northwestern University, just outside Chicago in Evanston, Illinois. I really loved Northwestern from the moment I first visited as a prospective student. I loved its deep winter snows, the proximity to downtown Chicago and its endless lake beaches, the diverse student body, and its course offerings. I ended up majoring in the History and Literature of Religions, but also focused on French and Pre-Medicine. In my junior year, I studied abroad in France, living in the towns of Tours and Paris. Also, in my very first months at Northwestern, I had a class conflict and had to take a class at an alternate time. There I met Ellie, the woman who would ultimately become my wife, now of over 20 years. Ellie and I now live in Nashville, with our three children, a dog, and a cat. 

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Alumni Profile- The Alwan Family

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Alums Shahad ’11, Mais ’12, and Mohammed ’14 Alwan were recipients of the New American scholarships, which provides need-based scholarships to refugee families.

How did you all become a St. Francis family? Faten says, “We moved from Iraq in 2004 because of the war there, and spent four years in a refugee camp in Jordan until the UN was able to help us get to America. We picked Louisville because of all the universities here. When we came here the girls were in Shawnee High School, and then Ky Refugee Ministries helped get us to St. Francis.”

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Alumni Profile- Trent Apple ’92

Apple staff photo“I graduated from St. Francis High School in 1992 and made stops thereafter at the University of Chicago, New College, and the Tulane University Law School, where sadly I was not on the Huey P. Long Scholarship. While living in New Orleans, in addition to being a devotee of both shellfish and second lines, I worked for the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana and for the late civil liberties lawyer Prof. M. David Gelfand.

While later practicing in Louisville, I began teaching law-related courses at Bellarmine University. Over time, I came to prefer teaching to practicing law. In 2013, I hung up my powdered wig and began teaching in the History Department here at St. Francis. These days I conduct classes in Medieval global history, AP U.S. history, and American constitutional law.

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Alumni Profile: Robert Bonnie G’80

Robert Bonnie, Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Enviornment, US Department of Agriculture. USDA photo by Robert Nichols.

Robert Bonnie, Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, US Department of Agriculture. USDA photo by Robert Nichols.

Alumni Profile: Robert Bonnie G’80 

 

Briefly describe your career after leaving St. Francis.

I graduated from Harvard in 1990 with a major in history, and in soccer. Mostly soccer! I spent the next two years working for a small conservation group, then returned to school and completed two master’s degrees, in forestry and resource economics, from Duke University. Growing up on a farm in Oldham County, land issues, conservation issues, and forestry issues have always been of interest to me.

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Alumnus Napo Matsoso ’13 ranked No. 13 College Player in the country in 2015!

Congratulations to alumnus Napo Matsoso ’13 on the impressive write up in The Courier JNapoournal and for being ranked as the No. 13 college player in the country in 2015! We cannot wait to see what happens for you next season!

Congratulations to alumnus Trent Rosenbloom G’84 ’88 for making huge strides in the world of Medicine!

Congratulations to alumnus Trent Rosenbloom G’84 ’88 on his innovative work which was recently featured in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Reporter. Trent is among other leaders developing Vanderbilt University School of Medicine’s new Medical Innovators development Program. Check out the featured story here!