Alumni Updates May 2017

Susan Hershberg ’81, owner of Wiltshire Pantry in Louisville, took a group of her employees to Washington, D.C. in January to protest the inauguration and join the Women’s March on Washington. Susan says, “I remember as a student at St. Francis making my first signs to take to a protest march against a nuclear power plant. We cut out mushroom clouds from the stock report pages of the newspaper and attached them to our poster boards … that experience 40 years ago is still very clear in my mind.” She feels a tremendous responsibility to expand the horizons, minds, and experiences of her employees. She jokes that many companies offer corporate retreats for team-building exercises. At Wilshire Pantry, they march on Washington!

Joanna Hay G’79, ’83 is a musician and filmmaker in Lexington. She produced and directed the documentary, “Kentucky Bourbon Tales: Distilling the Family Business,” which introduces viewers to some of the important figures in the Bourbon industry in Kentucky. It was recently added to the American Folklife Collection at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.  

Lisa Cummings Penn ’86 is married to Allan Penn, “a super fun and creative photographer/publisher.” They commute between NYC and Wenham, MA. Lisa has worked for The Estée Lauder Companies in NYC for almost 17 years, the past six doing technology strategy for their global brands. When not working, she spends most of her time enjoying their family and traveling.

Jeff O’Koon ’87 is a clinical psychologist at O’Koon Psychology Group, which specializes in evaluations for children. He and his wife live in Evanston, IL. St. Francis had a major impact on Jeff. He and his wife have decided to send their three children to schools with similar philosophies. Their 14-year-old and 9-year-old attend the Baker Demonstration School and their 17-year-old attends the Beacon Academy.

Stephanie LaGrave French ’88 works in communications, public relations, and marketing with clients in the fields of higher education and healthcare. She has a B.A. in Communication from Jacksonville University and an M.A. in Communication from the University of Louisville. Stephanie and her husband, Dan, will celebrate their 23rd anniversary this summer. They have two children: Ally will be graduating from Ball State University this spring and Andrew is attending JCTC with plans to transfer to U of L this fall. Stephanie recently joined Bourbon Women, which is run by a former science teacher at St. Francis, Susan Reigler!

Kareem Bunton ’90 starred with his son in a recent New York Knicks commercial. He also played Bo Diddley in the Martin Scorsese show Vinyl on HBO.

Torbitt “Little Shalimar” ’92 and Wilder “Zoby” ’98 Schwartz co-produced their third album “RTJ3” with New York rap duo Run the Jewels. This album has earned critical acclaim from magazines such as Rolling Stone and Pitchfork. Run the Jewels will be performing at Forecastle this summer.

Lenore (Spransy) Labar ’04 and her husband Danny live in Chapel Hill, NC. They were married last April in Kure Beach, NC. Lenore is the Director of Client Relations for Home Instead Senior Care.

Hillary (Stotts) Denham ’05 and her husband Jake are selling their home this summer and plan to travel the world with their three children (Addie, Aria, and Emery) for 12 months. Hillary owns an online business, Wunderkin Co., where she sells handmade bows for children. You can visit her website at www.wunderkinco.com.

Amelia (Nordmann) Wantland ’05 married Marc Wantland in 2015. She is on track to finish her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Louisville this summer.

Saskia (Warren) Leeds ’06 spent her honeymoon volunteering in South Africa. She recently relaunched her shop, Words Calligraphy & Creations, where she creates everything from wedding invitations to jewelry and protest postcards. Check out her website at www.wordscalligraphy.com.

Mary Boatwright ’08 was recently accepted to graduate school at Kent State University, where she is pursuing a master’s degree in Environmental Geographic Information Science. Upon graduation, she hopes to work in the field of geospatial analysis of wildlife populations. Mary is currently living in Steamboat Springs, CO, with her partner, Justin, and their two dogs, Zeus and Kimber.

Alex Masterson ’09 is living with her boyfriend in San Francisco and working at Charlotte Russe as a buyer in the Outwear department. Much of her job involves number-crunching, but she is also able to help with product development – picking fabrics and checking the fit of new items. In her spare time, she enjoys backpacking, hiking, beach clean-ups, and photography. She also enjoys spending time with her sister Laura who lives nearby with her family.

Marriages and Engagements

Emily Bennett G’95, ’99 married Doug Kochelek on November 12th, 2016 at the Newberry Library in Chicago, IL.

Alexander Smith ’98 married Franny Powers on November 12th, 2016 at the Eden Spring Farmstead in Simpsonville, KY.

Collin Smith G’96, ’00 is engaged to Aja Pecknold. They are planning a wedding on June 3rd in Washington, which is Aja’s home state. They currently live in Brooklyn, NY with their bulldog, Lola.

Eleni Fischer G’02 married Cody Stark, a college classmate from Georgetown, in October 2016. Eleni recently moved to Brooklyn after living in Washington, D.C. for eight years. She works for a food systems consultancy firm.