Alumni

Class Notes

 
    • Class of 2016 Milk Break
    • Alumni Thanksgiving Event
    • Class of 2011 5-Year Reunion
    • Class of 2016 Milk Break
    • Andy Altman and Grounds Manager Lee Sawyer
    • Decade Reunions 2016
    • Corey Meyerson, Krista Liskevych Mason and Kelli Davis Pease,10-Year Reunion
    • Decade Reunions 2016
    • Decade Reunions 2016
    • Class of 2011 5-Year Reunion
    • Homecoming Tailgate
    • Career Day 2017
    • Decade Reunions 2016
    • Alumni Baltimore Reunion
    • Decade Reunions 2016
    • Alumni Thanksgiving Event
    • Legacy Family Dinner
    • Decade Reunions 2016
    • Decade Reunions 2016
    • Career Day 2016
    • Alumni Baltimore Reunion
    • Legacy Family Dinner
    • 7Y9A9992
    • Alumni Thanksgiving Event
    • Class of 2011 Reunion

Class Notes

Class notes are a way to share what's happening in your life with former classmates. Browse below to find news of your classmates and be sure to submit an update of your own. We would love to hear from you! 

Questions? Contact Alumni Relations Manager Katelyn Sigeti '06 at 858-453-3440 x178 or ksigeti@ljcds.org.
 
*LJCDS may edit class notes for style, length and appropriateness. Class notes word count is approximately 400 words. If classmates are included in your news, please include first and last name and class year (Sally Smith '00). All class notes will be published twice a year, fall and spring.   
 

All Alumni

In October of 2016, alumni of all ages came back to campus for Homecoming events! Alums enjoyed reuniting over tacos at the tailgate for all alumni before the Homecoming football game.
 
The next evening, the Classes of '66, '76, '86, '96, and '06 celebrated their decade reunions at Community Hall, reminiscing with each other as well as beloved faculty.

Over Thanksgiving break, alumni of three different sports gathered for their annual alumni games. The alumni cross country run took place on the morning of Thanksgiving Day. The next day, the football alums played a game of flag football at 10 a.m., and the alumni soccer game took place at 12 p.m. All together, about 34 alumni returned to campus. Click here to see more fun photos from these alumni athletic events.
 
On December 26, about 19 baseball alumni took to the field again for the alumni baseball game. To top it off, they feasted on barbeque!

On January 6, 2017, six college seniors returned to campus as part of the Collegiate Alumni Panel to chat with LJCDS seniors about their college experiences. Seniors had the opportunity to ask questions from the panel and learn a little bit about college life. The panelists and their parents were treated to lunch.
 
On February 23, the Legacy Family Dinner celebrated our alums who are now LJCDS parents, their kids, and their parents.
 
Five alums returned to campus for Career Day in March. Porschia Talbot '03, Katy Foltz Hastings '03, Daniel Neukomm '97, Andy Altman '08, Alet Oury Taylor '88 spoke at assembly for the whole Upper School, and then lead breakout sessions during the following lab period.
 

Classes of 2017-2011

Arman Shah ’17
What’s up Class of 2017. I miss everyone at Country Day and hope everyone is having a great time in college.

Favorite LJCDS Memory:
Senior retreat.
 
The Class of 2016 made their class gift to the school at their second graduation rehearsal on May 26, 2016. As each student came forward with their donation, alumna, trustee, and LJCDS parent Lucy Smith Conroy '90 was on hand to match it on the spot. She and her husband have adopted the Class of 2016 by pledging to match their annual giving contributions for their first five years of giving, up to $50 per person per year. The Class of 2016, together with the Conroys, raised $790.50.

The Class of 2011 came together on December 23, 2016 for their five year reunion at Ballast Point. Alums enjoyed catching up with fellow classmates and reuniting with faculty.

The Class of 2016 returned to campus on January 4, 2017 for Milk Break Reunion. They enjoyed milk and pastries, as well one last milk break in the company of old friends and teachers.

February kicked off as the Class of 2016 received valentines and candy from the lower schoolers at their college dorms.
 
Mai-Loni Henson ’16 was part of a four woman University of Washington team that won a USA Basketball 3x3 National Championship at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The Lady Huskies defeated fellow Pac12 member University of Oregon to win the title. Read here for the complete story.

With his PG year at Petty coming to a close, Bruce Edwards ’16 has committed to play basketball at Ursinus College next year.
 
Julius Diehr ’15 finished second in the steeplechase to secure a 84-79 UW track and field win over rival Washington State. Julius, who holds the LJCDS 3200 meter school record, was competing in the steeplechase for the first time in his career.

Andrew Schiffman ’15 won his matches 7-5 and 6-2 to help Rose Hulman Institute of Technology beat Earlham College on the way to winning its third consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tennis title. The victory over Earlham was Rose Hulman’s 30th consecutive conference win. Read the complete story here.
 
Taylor Johnson ’14 has been named to the 2017 Peach Belt Conference All-Academic Softball Team. Taylor is a political science major and history minor at Francis Marion University, SC. She has started at shortstop for the Swamp Foxes every game the past two seasons, has a .346 batting average and leads the team in doubles with 15.

Katherine Klicpera ’13
Wow, did those four years fly by quickly. Wishing you all the best on graduating!

Becca Feldman ’12
I recently graduated from CU Boulder in May of 2016. I have been taking a little break from school working- nannying full time for two little girls that are 3 and 5. I am in the process of applying for grad school to get my masters in elementary education. I will either stay in Colorado or go back to San Diego, however my parents have moved out to Colorado now too! 

Kelsey Plum ’12 completed her amazing University of Washington career. She won the Wooden Award as the nation’s outstanding college player. Kelsey was the WNBA’s first selection overall in the draft. Here is a great New York Times article.
 
Daniel Henry ’12 signed as a free agent with the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens recently. Daniel, who recently graduated from the University of New Mexico with a business administration degree, was a two-year starter at safety for the Lobos.

Sammy Ayala ’12 has made the Pericos de Puebla, Mexico baseball team. Puebla competes at Mexico’s major league level, which is approximately equivalent to the AAA level in the United States’ minor leagues. Sammy was drafted by the Chicago White Sox out of LJCDS in 2012.

Sidney Karesh ’12
Sidney Karesh '12 has accepted a Fulbright to teach English abroad for the 2017-2018 year. She is currently finishing a year of service with City Year San José/Silicon Valley working with sixth graders at Lee Mathson Middle School.

Feels like just yesterday we were goofing around in Ms. Stewart's English Class, going to Tara's after parties, and cheering on the boys at the football games. I'm fortunate to have been part of such a fun and loving group. Class of 2011 will all always hold a special place in my heart. Thank you for showing me the true meaning of family.

Brook Mehregany ’11
After leaving LJCDS I went to an accelerated six-year BA/MD program at the University of Missouri Kansas City. In May, I will be graduating medical school and starting my residency training as a psychiatrist!



Classes of 2010-2005

 
Hallie Stevens ’09 is engaged to Alejandro Dau. They plan for a May 2018 wedding in La Jolla.

Elizabeth Hansbrough ’09 is engaged to Jackson Riley. They plan for an April 2017 wedding.

Nikki Geffen ’09 is engaged to Danny Rubin. They plan for a winter wedding.

Michelle Rivera ’08 is engaged to Lawrence Montgomery III. They plan for an October 2018 wedding.

Samantha Schlossberg '08 and Zack Campbell '08 got married on October 21, 2017.

John Hansbrough ’08 is engaged to Maggie Nelson. They plan for a summer 2018 wedding.

Ashly Pollack Tuck '07 and Collin Tuck '07 got married May 2017 in Positano, Italy.

Maya Babla ’07
is engaged to Ashwin Appiah.

Austin Lyman ’06 and wife Elizabeth Lyman welcomed son Bradford Allen Lyman on January 28, 2018.

Corey Meyerson Slabbekorn ’06 married Bart Slabbekorn on November 18, 2017.

This past December, I became Mrs. Gaskill! Joshua and I were married December 10th, 2016, in an intimate ceremony surrounded by family and friends. The Gaskills are preparing to pack-up and move to Washington this fall.
 
Karisa Karlovich ’06 married Ryan Macaluso on November 12, 2016 in La Jolla.

Kelli Davis ’06 married Billy Pease on September 17, 2016.

Hilary Sluis Anand and Preet Anand, both ’06, welcomed son, Jaxon Singh, on August 8, 2016.

Vignesh Raman ’05
Since high school, I spent two years in the Singapore Armed Forces, graduated summa cum laude from U.C. San Diego with a degree in biochemistry and cell biology, spent two years working as a cell biologist in Singapore, graduated with a medical degree from Dartmouth College, and am now a junior resident in general surgery at Duke, with the goal of becoming an academic cardiothoracic surgeon.

Favorite LJCDS Memory:
Hiking Angels Landing in Zion, an experience I can look upon with amusement only in retrospect.

Sergio Martinez ’05
Sergio E. Martinez just left the military after 6 years of service. He and his wife, Amanda, moved to northern Virginia earlier this year.


Classes of 2004-1999

Stefanie Lenz Kreamer '04 and husband Jonathan Kreamer welcomed daughter Bethany Jubilee Kreamer on November 26, 2017. She joins older brother Theophilus (Theo), age 3.

Impressively, at the age of 24 days old she traveled with us from Florida where we currently live to San Diego and even made an appearance at LJCDS. Big brother Theo started preschool, Jonathan is an economics professor at Florida State University, and Stefanie is a rural family medicine physician in Gadsden County, FL. 
 
Jennie Ellison Chong ’03
and husband Alex Chong welcomed daughter, Taylor Rae, on November 15, 2016.

Maiya Chard-Yaron ’02
For the past five years, I have been living in Washington, D.C. and working at Maryland Hillel, serving the University of Maryland, College Park. In June, I will begin a new role as executive director of Texas Hillel in Austin.

Ali Brooks McCracken ’02 and Casey McCracken ’02 welcomed daughter, Lilah James, on August 30, 2016. Lilah joins big sister Madison (3).

Joely Pritzker ’03 and husband Jacob Gelfand ’02 welcomed son Solomon on June 12, 2016.

After a few years studying Torah in Jerusalem I bought a farm (literally) in Central Virginia, where I have been collaborating on a regenerative agriculture project that dovetails with aspects of Jewish learning and culture. For instance, I designed and published a circular Jewish calendar called Misaviv (www.circlecalendar.com) and this will be our third year in production, with thirteen different artists each year. As a writer, I am beginning work on a graphic novel, while finishing a book of essays on Yosef and the Jewish holidays. I am also collaborating on a number of other instigatory projects including a quarterly intensive study program in Brooklyn and a music fellowship. I have been an avid practitioner of yoga since 2007, and I underwent a teacher training in 2012.
 
Keith Jones '00
Dylan (named after Bob Dylan) turned 1 year old. His big sister Ella (named after Ella Fitzgerald) loves dancing and listening to music with her mom Megan and her dad Keith.

Favorite LJCDS Memory: 
Being a Country Day lifer.

Keith Jones ’00
Continue to be hands-on servant leader running my family business Ace Parking. Daughter Ella GrAce Jones (3), son Dylan Thomas Malin Jones (1) and wife Megan are the light of my life. Being an active and positive member of our San Diego community remains a core value for my family and business.


Classes of 1998-1993

Hi everyone! I can't believe it's the year of our 20-year reunion! I can't wait to see you all. 2016 was a big year for me. I bought a house and got pregnant with my first baby, a girl named Willow who was born in February 2017. I'm still working in San Francisco as a Creative Director for a great Artificial Intelligence company called PullString. I get to strategize and write for entertaining computer conversation experiences: the perfect blended job of art and science. I'd love to come back to LJCDS and talk about it sometime.

Christian Navarro ’97
After living and working in advertising in San Francisco for well over 14 years, I decided to move to New York City. I took a job as the associate director of brand at Spotify: somehow magically combining my line of work with my passion for music.

Brad Roberts ’97 and wife Katy welcomed son, Porter Kirk, on December 4, 2016.

Peter Huffman ’97 married Ghita Bencheikh Huffman on October 15, 2016 in Del Mar. They currently live in Solana Beach.

Niki Castle-Kay ’96 and wife Tricia Castle-Kay welcomed son Kai Castle-Kay on March 8, 2017.

James Garfield ’96
I am living in Clairemont and working as a writer/researcher at Integrated Marketing Systems in Pacific Beach.

My husband Kyle, our son Alexander, and I welcomed our second son Knox to our family on July 25. Weighing in at 10 pounds and 4.5 ounces, Knox announced his presence with authority. We were lucky enough to have help on hand in the form of my mom and former LJCDS Biology teacher Gloria Friedgen, my father Ralph, and my sister Katie. All are doing well and we are loving every minute with our two boys!
 

Classes of 1994-1984

My husband, Bruce, and I have been living in Chicago for 24 years and have raised our 3 children here. Julianna, 22, just graduated from Villanova University. Genevieve, 19, will be a sophomore at Loyola University of Maryland and Chirstopher, 16, will be a junior at Loyola Academy. We love traveling and spending time at our lake cottage in Wisconsin. If you are ever in Chicago, please let me know!
 
Ernie Hahn ’86
Looking forward to the 30th reunion.


Classes of 1985-1975

Sonia Ahn ’81
It's been many years since I've seen anyone from my class. I would love to hear news of different paths people have taken; my path has certainly taken many unexpected turns. I am currently living in Australia with my husband and son, and our dog, of course. Our class was small and there were more than a few colorful characters. It would be nice to touch base and see what you all have been up to! Pass on your email and telephone number. Wishing you all well.

Favorite LJCDS Memory:
Graham crackers and milk!

Aloha Class of 1976,
My life has been full of wonderful adventure since our days at Country Day. I'm happily married, living in Maui and helping run my husband's ranch, Piiholo Ranch. Missed the last reunion by a few days but hope to attend another in the future. Hope life has been good to you all.

Favorite LJCDS Memory:
My favorite memories were the great teachers I had over the six years I attended LJCDS. Our graduating class was under thirty students so individual classes were small in size. So, you were able to get to know your teachers better. A couple who stand out are Mr. Schultz and Mr. Goodell. Mr. Schultz taught middle school French. He was always helping me hide from Mr. Jones, the Middle School Headmaster, when I didn't have the proper uniform on. Kids always loved to hang around his class to talk with him as he genuinely took interest in them. Mr. Goodell, our art teacher, was one of a kind and inspired creativity. I appreciate him to this day.
 
Lisa Renshaw ’76
I proudly flew from LAX to March for Science on April 22 in Washington, D.C.! Even though I would never have considered myself a political activist (until this year at least), my education at LJCDS taught me that we cannot deny knowledge and science or stop fighting ignorance and greed. Hit me up if you want a copy of my "Patriotic Pussyhat" pattern!
 

Classes of 1975-1965

Sally Davidson ’68
Such fond memories of "early LJCDS" when it was scattered in buildings in downtown La Jolla, beginning with site of the John Cole's bookstore, and assorted buildings near the Village Pet Shop. Those were the days! We'd walk to the Community Center for recess. Now, there's a gorgeous and impressive campus near UTC. Wow. I still stay in touch with a few of my 1968 classmates and look forward to our 50th reunion in 2018. Hope many return.

Steve Harvey ’67
Graduated from Stanford 1971, MA in Creative Arts Therapy, Lone Mountain College, 1978, PhD professional/school psychology, University of Denver, 1981, private child/family psychology in Colorado Springs 1984-1995. Child Psychologist with the US Army/Navy in Germany and Italy 1995-2003, Consultant Psychologist with National Health Care service in New Zealand 2003-2016, School Psychologist, DoDEA-Andersen AFB currently. Married with two wonder children-now young men. Living around the world has actually been a very interesting life. My wife Connor and I are now teaching some in China and scuba diving here in the Pacific. I keep being challenged by working among so many different cultures, especially those who are indigenous.

Favorite LJCDS Memory:
There were plenty of memories from then, actually. One that stands out now was my being a part of the football team my senior year. We a good football season then, winning several games. I remember being joyous when we won and so devastated when we lost our final game, and sharing this so openly with my mates and coaches. It really became a model for me really investing myself in something and then going with whatever happened before the world became so complex. I also had such a good relationship with a few teachers who really cared about what I was doing; this encouragement helped me believe more in myself.

Bill Booth Jr. ’66
My wife, Maria, and I live on an exotic palms estate on the North Shore of Kauai, the 'Garden Island' in the Hawaiian islands. Perched on the canyon rim of a verdant river valley with huge Albizia trees, we look out over the undeveloped Princeville Ranch to a magnificent vista of emerald green mountains and the nearby Pacific Ocean. Our Australian Cattle dog, Pua, helps us in our outdoor chores and we fish for prawns in the river below our plantation cottage. It's not always perfect, though. As we live only ten miles away from the wettest spot on earth, we do experience rain storms where we receive in excess of fifteen inches in one day. I turn 70 years old this summer and I am most grateful for my good health. Aloha, Bill & Maria
 
I went to what I hoped would be a 50th reunion last fall, but I was the only person from '66, so I had dinner downtown with my son, Julian, who lives in San Diego and operates an oil platform off Huntington Beach (commutes by helicopter). His roommate, Michael Hartfield, was in Rio in the summer as a member of the USA team, long-jumper. We watched him qualify in July in Eugene. In May, I received Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Habitat Program first Lifetime Achievement Award. I am continuing to publish on the relationship between fish populations and quantity of water in streams and lakes. For the Instream Flow Council (www.instreamflowcouncil.org), I am heading the program committee for FLOW 2018, an international conference on water management to be held in late April 2018 in Fort Collins, CO.