80th Reunion Year
Members of the Class of 1941: Recognize this photo? Share the classmates and story captured here.
Judith ‘Judy’ Dubin Oksner shares “My years [at WT] changed my life. I learned to play field hockey (right halfback), basketball (only half court – unseemly for girls to run that far), wore uniforms, stood in presence of teachers, learned to diagram sentences including the preamble of the Constitution, trembled in Miss Johnson’s Latin class, went to college. Miss Mary Philput ’14, the headmistress, sent me off to Smith College as someone who was an individual with a sense of self and a great education. Smith, my college, paled by comparison. If there are any of you from my class left, would love to hear from you.”
Faith Wertz Eastwood Shore, writes, “Enjoyed Zooming with 1955 classmates [during our virtual reunion]. Hope to do it again next year at Reunion time.”
Judith Rohrer Davis, “The things I learned at WT have served me well for all these many years in ways I never dreamed they would!”
Julie Hibbard Crittenden writes, “Memo to self: Think again before deciding to build a new home during a global pandemic. Yup. Two years (almost) later we are enjoying our new life at the beach. But! Still no railings or fence, so no mailbox yet! Maybe by Christmas 2021! Happy to be out of the snowy mountains here in San Diego, California, but will spend time in our Park City, Utah nest during summers.”
Eleanor Levinson Peris writes, “Hi classmates, I enjoyed reconnecting with many of you over Zoom at our last reunion and seeing some of you on our book group. I’m looking forward to the summer and getting to travel a bit. I kept busy all during this pandemic walking everyday (with lots of layers) and doing an ancestry project. I have found new relatives all over the globe. Excited to get back to seeing the grandkids up close and personal now that we’re vaccinated. Stay well.”
Patricia ‘Patty’ Watson Kammerer shares, “Trying to keep you all safe during pandemic vaccine roll out. I came out of retirement to continue my nursing career as a nurse vaccinator in the stadium outdoor drive-through tents in Columbia, South Carolina run by Prisma Health. I truly love what I do, and everyone is so appreciative. Please everyone, stay safe and get vaccinated! I would love to see all of you again in the near future. I still have my home in Pittsburgh, but have been in Columbia, South Carolina for close to five years.”
The Class of 1970 has continued to meet regularly on Zoom following their successful virtual Reunion in October. Together they have gone on virtual tours, discussed art and social justice issues, and passed many laughter-filled hours together. Contact Saralu ‘Sarah’ Baehr, Megan ‘Meg’ Hall, or Anne ‘Annie’ Peters if you would like get involved.
Paula Becker Vito writes, “You may remember the one young man in the congregation dressed in a Navy uniform at our graduation ceremony in Shady Side Presbyterian Church. It does not seem like that was fifty years ago. Denny and I have been happily married for 48 of those years. We now live in our dream retirement house on the Wye River, a tributary to the Chesapeake Bay. We continue to sail as often as we can with the company of our son, Tom, his wife, Marilyn, and our daughter, Blythe. We have plenty of room for visitors so please find us when you are in the area.”
Meg Taylor shares, “I moved back to Pittsburgh (after 30 years in Canada) in 2015. My mother (founder of the Carnegie Mellon University Children’s School) is now 97, and I wanted to be here for the end of her life. Luckily, my daughter and her family have relocated from Manhattan to Pittsburgh for the duration of the pandemic. I still run the Publishing Certificate (postgrad) program at Ryerson University in Toronto, which I can do online. And I’m the managing editor of MONKEY, the English-language offspring of the Tokyo-based Japanese literary journal. Read more about MONKEY magazine.
Carolyn Cramer Sanford shares, “I joined The Neighborhood Academy in Stanton Heights as Assistant Head of School for Development almost two years ago. I am grateful to have the opportunity to fundraise for our students so they may have a college preparatory education and attend college. Please contact me if you would like to visit the school!”
Local nutritionist Leslie Joseph Bonci consults for the Kansas City Chiefs, Carnegie Mellon University athletics, and the National Dairy Council. She was also the sports dietitian for the Steelers, Pirates, Penguins, and the Women’s National Basketball Association. Leslie was featured in NEXTpittsburgh’s, “Eat. Drink. Do.,” section where she explained how to support your immune system during the pandemic winter. Leslie is also the owner of Active Eating Advice, a nutrition consulting company. Read more about Leslie’s offerings.
Heidi Kanterman Freedman shares, “My husband Glenn and I are so happy to welcome our fourth grandchild, Easton Michael Freedman, born February 2021 to our son, Andrew, and daughter-in-law, Krystie. We now have one granddaughter and three grandsons. They bring us so much joy!”
WT Trustee Kelly Hanna Riley has been named President of Global Relocation and Business Development at Howard Hanna Real Estate Services. As part of her new role, she will also lead their third-party relocation company as President of Relocation Horizons, Inc.
FISA Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, and The Pittsburgh Foundation are co-sponsoring the Race + Disability webinar series, as part of a broader effort to address the intersection of race and disability. Earlier this month, WT Trustee Tiffany Sizemore was part of a free panel, “Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline for Students of Color and Students with Disabilities.”
Latika Ravi Signorelli is a Vice President at T. Rowe Price. During the pandemic, she relocated her family back to Pittsburgh. She has been an active member of the Alums of Color group, and the Endowment Committee of WT’s Board of Trustees. She recently spoke with WT’s Student Investment Club about her indirect career path and her work to diversify the financial sector.
The Cultural Humility & Equity Collaborative (CHEC), founded by Dr. Azadeh ‘Azi’ Masalehdan Block, has partnered with the City of Pittsburgh to provide cultural competency training for public safety workers working with the city’s immigrant and refugee populations.
Check out the double dose of WT talent in Quantum Theatre’s immersive audio experience, 10 for 21, featuring the talents of Jason Shavers and Zoe Silberblatt ’11.
Congratulations to Sarah Humphrey for being accepted to West Virginia University School of Law!
Malcolm Smith shares, “I moved on from the Albuquerque Isotopes in November 2019 and I am now a Judicial Specialist II with the New Mexico Second Judicial District Court (Bernalillo County District Court).”
Alums of Color Co-Chair Don Mike Mendoza facilitated the WT Alums of Color Gathering: A Personal and Professional Networking Experience. Attendees included Linsey McDaniel A’96, Latika Ravi Signorelli ’97, Neena Kumar Rawls ’98, Trustee Brandilyn ‘Brandi’ Dumas ’99, Jason Shavers ’00, Mia Long Collette ’01, Cassandra ‘Cassy’ Richards Davis ’01, and Brea Heidelberg ’02. The group is energized to find ways to connect and engage with WT alums of color across the generations. If interested in learning more, please contact email@example.com.
Laura ‘Lita’ Brillman is honored to have completed the Coro Fellowship in Public Policy in May, and will be attending the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh in the fall to earn her Master of Public Administration in 2023. She plans to use her public policy experience to make Pittsburgh a more livable and equitable place for communities of color. She happily resides in Wilkinsburg with her partner Kevin and her dog Cassie.
Max Herz spoke with students about sports commentating. Max is a sports broadcaster currently based in Nashville, Tennessee, with a wide variety of on-air experience in television, radio, and online media. Max’s broadcasting experience includes extensive credits with the SEC Network, Learfield IMG College, 102.5 The Game, Vanderbilt Athletics, MyTV30, the Iowa High School Sports Network, WQKR Radio, the Cape Cod Baseball League, VandyRadio, and more as a reporter, host, and play-by-play announcer.
Congratulations to Tonya Armes for starting medical school at The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences.
Nikhil Mohan has poured his creative energies into some new tracks, dedicated to WT, which can be found on SoundCloud. Have a listen.
Benjamin ’Ben’ Harrison was accepted to the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.
Current college student Ian McGough reported that he had COVID-19, but has since recovered. Wishing all alums with COVID a speedy recovery.
AJ Molder recently starred in a short film, Thanks to Her, a Pittsburgh-set coming-of-age tale about being comfortable with one’s sexuality. In an article on the University of Pittsburgh’s website, AJ shared, “I was so excited when I first read the script for Thanks to Her because the character of Millie was someone who felt very familiar to me. I was lucky enough to attend a school that strives to give its students the space to explore who they are in a safe environment where self-discovery was always fostered and supported. I want Millie to be an example for those who didn’t have a nurturing environment like WT.”
Best friends Aria Eppinger and Nicole Shigiltchoff say, “Hi from MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts!”