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Holland Hall Alumni

PROUDLY Serving A Tribute to Holland Hall Alumni in the Service

2011-2012 Holland Hall Board of Trustees Keith C. Goddard ’87 Chair

Karen K. Goldberg Parents’ Association President

Cara Shimkus Hall ’84 Vice Chair

Elizabeth G. Hagans Robert L. Hughes ’84

David Keglovits Secretary Charles K. Lamson Treasurer

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Edward J. Konieczny Diocesan Bishop Frederick P. Koontz ’81

Susannah Hocutt Adelson ’85 Elizabeth R. Muratet Philip B. Allen ’73 Gail Newman Britani Bowman Geoffrey C. Butler

Sanford J. Roberds ’93 Alumni Association President

Rhonda Chastang

Harold W. Salisbury

Roger B. Collins

The Rev. Shelby H. Scott

J.W. Craft

Kathy Taylor

Bill G. Freudenrich

John Marshall Head of School

ADMINISTRATION John Marshall Head of School Liz Anderson Director of Communication

Joel Bicknell Head of Middle School

From the Head of School


Holland Hall Happenings


School News


Dr. Robert Brooks Featured in Holland Hall Speaker Series

Rev. Art Scrutchins Upper School Chaplain


Connecting Globally: The Face to Faith Project by Tommy Sharp and Jane Beckwith

Brad Shelley Director of Institutional Advancement


Grandparents and Special Friends Days 2011


Spotlight: Mr. Brent Casey


Chaplain's Corner

Kathy Housh Director of College Counseling Leslie Kelly Chief Financial Officer Dwight Lunow Manager of Physical Plant

Dennis Calkins Head of Upper School Steve Dyer Director of the Walter Arts Center & Fine Arts Henry Finch ’76 Director of Technology


Steve Heldebrand Athletic Director

Rev. Bert Bibens Primary & Middle School Chaplain

Jo-An Vargo Head of Primary School

Richard Hart Director of Admission & Financial Aid

Holland Hall Magazine is a biannual publication. Holland Hall is an independent coeducational college preparatory school affiliated with the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma serving students from 3-year-olds through 12th grade. The School shall provide equal opportunity in education and employment for all persons without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, military service, sexual orientation or any other status or condition protected by applicable state or federal laws, except where a bona fide occupational qualification applies.








Cover photo courtesy Frank and Carol Catalano.


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Holland Hall Alumni Proudly Serving: A Tribute to Holland Hall Alumni in the Service


From President of the Alumni Association


Class Notes


Alumni Receptions


Alumni Homecoming


Dutch Sports Review

Focus on Arts

Thank you to contributing photographers: Michele McManus, Shirley Sokolosky, Greg Spencer ’99 and many parent volunteers. Holland Hall Magazine welcomes letters to the editor on subjects raised within the pages of the magazine. Letters may be edited for length and clarity. Please include a name, address and daytime telephone number with all correspondence. Address changes, corrections or omissions and material for publication are also welcome.

o n th e c o v e r Holland Hall Alumni Proudly Serving: Featuring Sarah Catalano '04 plus profiles of other alumni in the service.

Holland Hall Magazine Institutional Advancement 5666 East 81st Street Tulsa, Oklahoma 74137-2099 Phone: (918) 481-1111 Fax: (918) 879-4793 Questions concerning the magazine, please contact Liz Anderson, Director of Communication at Questions concerning alumni, please contact Judy Warren, Director of Alumni Relations at For more information about Holland Hall and the Office of Institutional Advancement, visit



From the Head of School


recently spoke to a gathering of Holland Hall grandparents. Drawing upon the lessons of Tom Brokaw’s best seller, The Greatest Generation, I recited the values of a generation of American men and women who “… came of age during the Great Depression and the Second World War and went on to build modern America — men and women whose everyday lives of duty, honor, achievement and courage gave us the world we have today.” It is a wonderful book, with life lessons for each of us. The alumni service men and women profiled in this issue are no less worthy of our recognition, praise and gratitude than those of generations ago. For while the fate of democratic government no longer hangs in the balance, as most Americans believed it did given the surging totalitarian regimes in the 1930s, today’s world is arguably even more complex, ambiguous, fast-paced and risk-laden. America faces unprecedented challenges that require its service men and women to possess a unique global skill set far different than those of the past — a skill set that a school such as Holland Hall is able to provide.

“To prepare our children for their own future, not for our past.”

I am grateful for those who serve our country in these challenging times. I am equally grateful for a teaching faculty at Holland Hall that has prepared students for college and life since 1922. Over the past 90 years, times have changed dramatically, and Holland Hall teachers have kept pace. In fact, they have done even better. Today, our teachers have developed a curriculum that is aligned with the challenges of a whole New Century, a curriculum that places a premium on the skills of critical thinking, communication, creativity, collaboration and character development. At a time when school systems define test scores as the primary measure of educational quality, Holland Hall has demonstrated the foresight — and courage — to embrace a new paradigm. Our graduates are richly better for it, no matter whether they are engineers, doctors, artists, pastors, teachers or service men and women stationed at posts around the globe. As I shared with our grandparents last month, the timeless values of duty, selflessness and sacrifice define the Greatest Generation. But without question, they also define the Holland Hall classroom teacher, who embraces education as a calling and strives to make a difference to each student. This is the hallmark of our school today, just as it was in 1922. At this holiday time of the year, when we offer our gratitude for what truly matters, let’s keep in mind that Holland Hall has long been a wonderful school because of its teachers — selfless men and women dedicated to preparing students to think, to discern and to embrace lives of purpose and service. As we read the alumni features in this issue, let’s remember where these outstanding young men and women got their start, and celebrate the profound legacy of our school. With warmest wishes to you and your family this holiday season.

John D. Marshall Head of School


Holland Hall Happenings

Welcome Back to School: Paige Rudd '16, Middle School faculty Tina White and Merich Frizzell '16 in history class on the first week of school.

Dutch Spirit Night: Jenny Moffett ’12 and Kit Dickman ’12 sell HH vs Cascia T-shirts during Dutch Spirit Night on August 25, 2011.

Senior Class of 2011: The start of the school theme selected by the Class of 2011 was "Kings and Queens: Seniors Reign".

Convocation: Griffin Tucker ’23 and Nahrie Chung ’12 during the annual Convocation assembly.

Rainbow Day in Mrs. Adams’ 5 day, 3's class: Tuly Hughes, Rachel Bowman, Rowan Stirling, Jillian Bicknell, Aaron Anderson, Mary Jane Schenk, Stella Hughes, Will Marshall and Kevin Hadded celebrate the culmination of the Colors unit of study.

All School Picnic 2011: Lucy Claire Sharp’24, Mindy Sharp, James Henry Sharp and Middle School faculty Tommy Sharp enjoy the fun-filled evening which brought the entire school together with over 1,000 people attending.

Primary School Night: Lauren Roberds ’24 and Jonathan Krueger ‘24 and other PS students put on a wonderful performance on Friday, Sept. 30 before the HH vs. St. Mark’s football game.

Flash Mob: During the HH vs. Cascia Hall football game, US faculty and students performed a flash mob at halftime. The performance won HH students the Spirit Stick award for Week 2 of Friday Night Football during KOTV Ch. 6's Morning Show.

Field Day: Max Lieberman ’19, Matthew Stolper ’19 and Barrett Dunn '19 win bottles of soda playing the game of ring toss during Field Day.

Hoops for Heart in the Middle School: Fourth and fifth graders raised $9,328.14 for Hoops for Heart, benefiting the American Heart Association. Head of Middle School Joel Bicknell made good on his promise that he would shave his head of hair if the students raise over $8,000.

Helping Orphans in Tanzania: Haley Baker ’12, Jamie Newman ’14, 6th Grade School Out Of Doors: Nabeel Ayub ’18 & Sara Jones ’14 , Elizabeth (JBFC resident/student) Elise Phillips ’12, Gray Martucci ’18 at Camp Wa Sha She on Sept. 15-16. Saleh (JBFC resident/student) and Chris Gates ’05 after a morning meeting presentation. Founded by Chris Gates, JBFC is a non-profit organization dedicated to alleviating extreme poverty throughout East Africa primarily serving orphaned and street girls, providing them with safe refuge, nutrition, education, healthcare and hope for a new life.



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rais Eight Holland Hall Seniors Semifinalists in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program Eight Holland Hall seniors qualified as National Merit Semifinalists in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program: Jennifer Carmichael, Nahrie Chung, Jennifer Moffett, Pauline (Farley) White, Harrison Evert, William Harrison, Peter Jones and Michael Winkler. More than 1.5 million high school juniors nationwide took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) in October 2010. Of this number, the top one half of one percent qualify to become semifinalists. Approximately 15,000 Semifinalists are expected to advance to the Finalist level and it is from this group that all National Merit Scholarship winners will be chosen.

Seventh Graders Connect Outdoors The 7th grade School Out of Doors experience took place from Wednesday to Friday, September 21 - 23, at Camp Lutherhoma, located east of Tahlequah. Through their experience sleeping in tents and cabins, cooking meals on camp stoves, participating in low and high ropes courses, journaling, doing yoga, sports, arts and crafts, as well as numerous other interdisciplinary and recreational activities, the students made tangible connections to the outdoor environment as well as practiced their ability to work in cooperative groups.

Holland Hall Seventh Graders Qualify for the Duke Talent Identification Program Sixty-seven percent of Holland Hall seventh graders qualified for the Duke Talent Identification Program. Duke recognizes students who achieve at the 95 percent or greater in one of several qualifying tests on the ERB exams that are given each year in January. “These results are another reason for us to be proud of our student body in the Middle School,” said Joel Bicknell, Head of Middle School. “This high number of qualifying Duke TIP seventh grade students highlights the strength of our students’ abilities, the depth and balance of our academic program, and the excellence of our faculty.”

14th Annual Mexico Exchange An emotional crowd of Holland Hall host families and friends gathered at the Tulsa International Airport on Saturday, November 14 to say goodbye to our 8th grade Mexican exchange students. This two-way cross cultural program has touched countless exchange students, faculty and staff members, classmates, families, and even neighbors since 1998. 6

Duke TIP’s Seventh Grade Talent Search is the largest program of its kind in the nation. Since its inception in 1980, over 2 million students have participated. The Seventh Grade Talent Search identifies academically talented seventh graders based on standardized test scores achieved while attending elementary or middle school. Candidates are invited to take the ACT or the SAT college entrance exam as seventh graders, which allows them greater insight into their academic abilities. Participants also gain valuable benefits and have access to unique resources for gifted students.

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Dr. Robert Brooks Featured in Holland Hall Speaker Series


Head of School John Marshall and Dr. Robert Brooks

discussion points:

Presentation by Dr. Brooks • The importance of empathy in understanding and responding to children •­

Why some children from birth have a more difficult time developing a positive self-image and resilience than other children

• The importance of identifying and reinforcing each child or adolescent’s “islands of competence” • Specific strategies for nurturing self- discipline, responsibility, caring, hope and resilience in our children

olland Hall and the KistlerGilliland Center for the Advancement of Learning, hosted a community-wide Speaker Series featuring author, speaker and faculty member of the Harvard Medical School Dr. Robert Brooks on Monday, October 10 on the Holland Hall campus. In his presentation to a group of over 300 community members, Dr. Brooks described factors that help children and adolescents to deal more effectively with stress and pressure and become resilient. The event was free, open to the public and took place in the Branch Theatre of the Walter Arts Center. Dr. Robert Brooks is one of today’s leading speakers on the themes of resilience, motivation and family relationships. During the past 30 years,

Dr. Brooks has presented nationally and internationally to thousands of parents, educators, mental health professionals and business people with a message based on encouragement, hope and resilience. He is the author or co-author of 14 books including The Self-Esteem Teacher; The Charismatic Advisor: Becoming a Source of Strength in the Lives of Your Clients and Raising Resilient Children. Through diversity of thought and personalities, the Holland Hall Speaker Series seeks to enrich the Tulsa community’s educational dialogue and collective knowledge. By leveraging Holland Hall’s resources, along with its unique position in the education landscape, the school will provide a public forum for progressive educators, scholars and professionals to share their knowledge with the community.

Mark Your Calendars! Featured Speaker Dr. Wendy Mogel March 13, 2012 Dr. Wendy Mogel is an internationally acclaimed clinical psychologist, parenting expert and the author of the New York Times bestselling parenting book, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee. Her new book, The Blessing of a B Minus, is about raising teenagers. A popular keynote speaker, she lectures widely at conferences and schools. HOLLAND HALL MAGAZINE


Connecting Globally By Jane Beckwith and Tommy Sharp, Holland Hall Middle School Faculty


Who are we? What kind of school are we? What is our place in the world? How does faith shape who we are?


hese are questions discussed recently by the Middle School Global Issues Club in a videoconference with Nottingham Girls High School in the United Kingdom. The videoconference was facilitated through Face to Faith, an international program connecting schools worldwide to help students understand issues surrounding faith, identity, diversity and global concerns. Face to Faith is a component of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, which aims to enhance understanding among the world’s young citizens such that they may have globally informed perspectives that are needed in today’s interconnected world. Holland Hall is a lead school in the United States for this program, and the 12 students in the club are trailblazing our initial effort to participate. We became interested in this program during the 2010-2011 school year during a critical rethinking of the Middle School social studies curriculum. We evaluated what students were experiencing in their sequence of courses in the middle school, and we noticed that we could be much stronger in how we prepare our students for participating in our globally connected world today. It was during these discussions of how we could improve our curriculum that we learned about Face to Faith, which piqued our interest since it tied right into the discussion about connecting our students more broadly to global concerns.



Global Issues Club members Anna Lind '17 and Tommy Winkler '16 listen to the students at Nottingham Girls High School via videoconference.

After some initial investigation, we invited Marcia Beauchamp, the regional coordinator for Face to Faith in the central United States, to come to campus to discuss the program. After that initial presentation in March 2011, Marcia asked us if we could commit to making Holland Hall a lead school in the United States for Face to Faith, meaning we would be a central hub for training and participation in the program. Of course we agreed, and after a two-day training workshop in June, we set about implementing the program in the middle school. While Face to Faith has opportunities to be utilized in the general curriculum in grades 6-12, we decided that our first attempt to implement the program would happen best in an elective club. That way, students could choose to participate out of their interest in global issues rather than have Face to Faith be a part of a course requirement. We had 12 students sign up to be involved in the club from grades 6-8, representing a diversity of perspectives and faith backgrounds. Face to Faith requires every school group to participate in a first videoconference, or VC, about practicing the skills of respectful dialogue. This was the topic of our first VC on November 9. Students spent the first several meetings of our club discussing issues and practicing the skills necessary to have a successful VC with students they have never met in another country. After weeks of preparation and a test-drive of the VC setup, our students met the girls from Nottingham at 8:45 a.m. Central time (or 2:45 p.m. for the girls across the pond).


After some initial awkward pauses, students in both our club and the class in the UK delved into a fascinating exploration of similarities and differences in perspectives. The conversation began with surface-level questions such as, “What does your school uniform consist of ?” and “What types of sports do you play?” Eventually, the conversation tapped into how our students and the Nottingham girls see themselves in their community and the world and what types of things they value. For example, when asked, “What values does your school have?” some responses from the girls from Nottingham included, “We are encouraged to be independent -— to study and think for ourselves,” while one of the Holland Hall students responded, “We are a liberal arts school … we value things aside from being in the classroom.” The conversation continued to discuss issues such as wealth and poverty, privilege and charity, and ethnic and religious diversity. In each moment of the conversation, our students learned a little more about who they were and how they recognize their identity both in our school and in larger contexts. We feel that this program has many possibilities for future endeavors, not only in the Middle School but for our Upper School students as well. We have begun the process of deciding on our club’s next VC, this time with the theme of inter-religious dialogue with a school in a predominantly Muslim part of the world. Face to Faith is developing the kinds of skills and connections we hope all our students will develop through their experience at Holland Hall.

Monday, November 21 and Tuesday, November 22, 2011 were special days at Holland Hall for students as they shared school with grandparents or a special family friend. More than 500 guests attended. Thank you to all who visited, we enjoyed having you on campus!



Spotlight Mr. Brent casey, Holland Hall College Counselor and Junior Dean by Nahrie Chung ’12, Holland Hall Student


he mojo in his office is mindblowing. There are bamboo plants, wooden clogs piled on a bookshelf, a shiny, abstract piece of tubular metal, quotes by famous figures, and a colorful mobile hanging in the corner. Smooth, feelgood jazz flows through the atmosphere constantly. Everything is so Zen, and the smell of freshly-peeled oranges with a hint of mint diffuses into my nostrils even before I see the man himself. Mr. Casey is an outgoing, personable kind of guy today, so it is difficult to think that he was the opposite as a kid. “Believe it or not, I was extremely shy,” he says. Although he might have been the introverted type, the stage did not intimate him. Mr. Casey notes that he was involved in theatre for most of his childhood, being a part of musicals like The Sound of Music and starring as “Winthrop” in The Music Man for a number of years until he outgrew the role. His sense of style was also something he was intensely passionate about as a kid. “[My outfit] had to be perfect,” Mr. Casey recalls. “I wish I had a picture of me in my favorite plaid bell-bottoms, complete with a 2-inch cuff. I was in the third grade and I’m pretty sure I thought I was stylin’. Yikes.” It’s a confounding mystery how a shy, musical theatre kid who wore plaid bell-bottoms eventually found himself sitting in his own office as a college counselor. Put simply, Mr. Casey is in love with his job. I started off our interview by saying, “How would you respond if I told you you’re


like my pseudo-father?” Failing to suppress a smile, he says, “Cool!” and laughs. The question opens up another avenue of discussion and Mr. Casey continues, “[When you are a college counselor] you care about the kids so much that you see them as your own kids. For me, it’s that kind of care level. To look at each situation as if it were your own.” This year marks his sixth year as a college counselor at Holland Hall, and when asked about what makes it so great he responds without hesitation, “Hands down, the kids.” Working with students at an exceptional school is a pleasure, but Mr. Casey says that one key to his job is in the relationships he and the other college counselors forge across the U.S. “Keeping professional ties outside of Holland Hall is very important; it’s to a point where we are advocating for our students.” As far as advice goes, Mr. Casey says to “get involved. Start building your high school resume. Start thinking about that common thread that ties together your extracurriculars, grades, volunteerism, and work.” And he adds, as a message for incoming freshmen in particular: “Don’t be scared of the college counseling office

when you’re a freshman!”. When it comes to time spent outside of Holland Hall, Mr. Casey seems to have been born for the wild. He’s big on hiking, camping, and doing anything outside, and Mr. Casey admits that in many ways, it’s quite therapeutic. And he can’t help talking about the natural beauty of Colorado. “I have this love affair with Colorado,” he notes affectionately, and I laugh because it’s so Mr. Casey. I glance around his office as he is speaking and re-notice (I’ve spent a lot of time in there) the collection of images that invades his bookshelf space. Mr. Casey in Rome, Mr. Casey in Tanzania, Mr. Casey in China, Mr. Casey on some snowy mountain that appears quite formidable. The man’s been everywhere and still can’t get enough of the world. “I’ve always been willing to ‘go.’ My bucket list has a lot of places I want to see,” he says excitedly. His eyes have grown passionately large and he then says, not unlike the way diabolical villains do in movies, “I want to see it ALL!” Just to mix things up, I ask Mr. Casey who he would choose, if

he could have dinner with any famous person. He leans back in his chair thoughtfully, then throws his head back, saying to the ceiling, “Ooh. That’s a great college essay question.” His momentary pause of pensiveness seems to have given him the answer he was looking for. “Carol Burnett. She’s just so goofy. And I have all of her DVDs.” When I tell him hesitatingly that I’m not entirely familiar with the name and that “maybe she’s not my generation?” Mr. Casey simply loses it and I sit there with an embarrassed smile as he laughs heartily. He then makes up and answers his own question, telling me, “But who I am so jealous of is Matt Lauer, co-anchor of NBC News TODAY.” I wanted to clarify and ask if he actually wants to be Matt Lauer, and Mr. Casey nods. “But I’m probably not good-looking enough. I would need to lose weight, shave my head, and buy studious-looking glasses and expensive suits.” I laugh, but the juju is so strong in the office that I’m able to imagine Mr. Casey hosting an evening news program after he finishes college counseling. Ladies and Gentlemen, stay tuned for Late Night News with Brent Casey!

Lessons & Carols | December 4, 2011 Lessons and Carols is a traditional service of Scripture readings and choral music that has been an annual event for the Holland Hall community for many years.

Chaplain’s Corner The Rev. Art Scrutchins Upper School Chaplain

When I Learned the Joy of Giving


y earliest memories of Christmas include the notion that Santa had incredible timing. When I was growing up, my Grandparents would gather at my home on Christmas Eve. After dark, we would all pile into the family station wagon (remember those?) and go look at Christmas lights and decorations. And, year after year, before we could back out of the driveway, my father would always have to run back into the house for a forgotten item … keys, a camera or a scarf. Without fail, upon our return, we would discover that Santa had visited and filled our stockings. His stealthy arrival and departure signaled that it was time for us to gather around the Christmas tree and pass out the rest of the gifts. I especially remember the Christmas when I was 13-years-old. My brother, who was sixyears-old, was still amazed at Santa’s timing. I was amazed at my dad’s speed of filling stockings and his thespian abilities … the obligatory hand to the forehead and the “Oh wait, I’ve got to run back in the house and get my (insert one of the aforementioned forgotten item here).” That Christmas was special because on this Christmas Eve, I got to run back in with my dad and help get things ready for the returning Christmas decoration oglers. I can still see the joy and excitement in my dad’s face as he filled the stockings and arranged the Santa delivered gifts by the fireplace. I can still hear the giggles of delight from my brother has he raced in the house to see that Santa had “done it to us again!”. I can remember as a 13-year-old boy thinking that it will be fun someday to experience Christmas as a Dad. Now, as an adult, I smile at the wisdom of that 13-year-old. He was right. For me, that Christmas was an important one. It was then I realized the joy of giving! HOLLAND HALL MAGAZINE


Development News Annual Fund Campaign Underway The Annual Fund is Holland Hall’s most important fundraising program each year. After tuition is collected and applied to the operating budget, there are still numerous programs, events and activities to be funded. These are not “extras”, but the very core of what we value in the Holland Hall education: Innovative curriculum, outstanding faculty, one-on-one college counseling, teaching assistants, exceptional arts offerings, successful athletic programs and much more. In order to balance the budget, almost $2,800 per student must be raised from parents, grandparents, alumni, alumni parents and friends of the school.

2011-2012 Annual Fund Co-Chairs Carolyn Hughes and Annie Brady.

We are having a great year to date. A mid-year progress report reflects over 700 donors and more than $949,000 raised to date. Parent co-chairs Annie Brady and Carolyn Hughes also announced goals for increased participation from current parents, alumni and faculty.

Unprecedented Board Matching Gift Challenge

DreamBIG Video Features Alumni The DreamBIG video launched October 17 to the Holland Hall community with viewers watching from Costa Rica to Hong Kong to Switzerland. The video features several Holland Hall alumni who shared their experiences and explained how it translated into real life dreams. If you haven’t had a chance to see the DreamBIG video scan the QR code below with your smart phone to watch. Or visit the school's YouTube channel ( or visit

Download the free mobile app and scan the QR code with your smart phone to watch the DreamBIG Annual Fund Video!


The Holland Hall Board of Trustees believe deeply in the importance of the Annual Fund enabling Holland Hall to fulfill its potential as one of the premier independent schools in Tulsa and across the country. This year the Holland Hall Board of Trustees has enthusiastically come together to offer an exciting two part challenge to the Holland Hall family to help the school meet its ambitious $1.2 million Annual Fund goal for 2011-12. For every new donor, the board will match every gift dollar for dollar up to $500. The board will make a $500 gift for every previous donor who joins a higher gift LEVEL this year. The board will make these gifts up to a maximum of $215,000. A mid-year progress report reflects more than 292 participants so far, with $73,838.43 matched to date.

Artist-in-Residency Features Artist Romy Owens






Holland Hall’s 2011 ARTworks program and art sale was Oct. 17-Nov. 28 and featured Romy Owens, a contemporary artist based in Oklahoma City. The Artist-in-Residency program began with a Gallery Talk and Opening Reception on October 16 with 100 people attending. Thanks to the hard work of ARTworks co-chairs Holbrook Lawson ’82 and Patty Lawson ’81 and a dedicated group of volunteers, the event raised over $24,000 for the school.


1. Andrea Turner, Laurie Spencer and Brenda Spencer 2. Karen Goldberg, Byron Shen, Diane Shen and Leah Clayman 3. Brent Casey, Mazen Abufadil and Jan Butler 4. Patty Lawson '81, Romy Owens, Holbrook Lawson '82 5. Dan and Elizabeth Martin, Keith and Leslie Kelly 6. Alvina Hart and Jo-An Vargo



In Loving Memory of Tracy Ann Brune ’87 (1969 - 1990) — Frank and Betty Ward

“The loving memory of Tracy Ann Brune ‘87 provides both inspiration and motivation for current Holland Hall students and that’s why we give to the Annual Fund.” — Frank B. Ward, former Holland Hall faculty

Holland Hall Welcomes New Director of Annual Fund Amy Whitaker joins Holland Hall in 2011 as Director of Annual Giving. She and her husband are the parents of Lucas ’15, Hannah ’17 and Drew ’22. The daughter of a U.S. diplomat, Amy was born and raised in Tanzania, Africa until the age of six. She traveled the world with her family until they settled in Overland Park, Kansas. She holds a BS in Journalism from The University of Kansas and an MBA from University of Central Oklahoma. "I truly believe in the Holland Hall educational experience and enjoy applying my marketing and business knowledge to promoting this wonderful school." HOLLAND HALL MAGAZINE


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“I distinctly remember sitting in the sophomore corner of the Holland Hall commons on Tuesday, September 11, 2001 with a clear sense that the world around me had changed. Attending the United States Naval Academy and joining the Navy was my duty and privilege.” Sarah Catalano ’04 Q: What led you to a career in the Navy? What is your specialty? A: I distinctly remember sitting in the sophomore corner of the Holland Hall commons on Tuesday, September 11, 2001, with a clear sense that the world around me had changed. Attending the United States Naval Academy and joining the Navy was my duty and privilege. After graduating from the academy in 2008 with a B.S. in Mathematics, I attended Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey to earn an M.S. in Applied Physics specializing in Combat Systems. Thereafter, I was stationed for two years on USS GRIDLEY, a destroyer home ported in San Diego, CA, as the Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer.

I am currently completing training in Charleston, SC, to work on the nuclear reactors used for aircraft carrier propulsion. Shortly, I will relocate to Saratoga Springs, NY, for practical experience on a nuclear prototype plant followed by a permanent duty station on an aircraft carrier. Q: Can you share with us about your job and what that is like? A: My job on the ship was to hunt and defend against submarines. Life on the destroyer is very gratifying. At a junior rank and age, officers are given significant responsibilities. I was responsible for the gear used to detect and engage submarines, such as sonar equipment and torpedoes and the 17 enlisted personnel who were entrusted to my care. Additionally, I stood

watch as Officer of the Deck and was accountable for the navigation and safety of a billion dollar warship and its crew. Q: What are the most rewarding aspects of your job? A: I appreciate the variety of my job. Since graduating from Holland Hall, I’ve lived in five different cities and been deployed twice, once to the Arabian Gulf and once to the South Pacific. As soon as I find a comfort zone, it’s time to change duty stations. The Navy is constantly challenging me to grow as a leader and adapt to new tough tasking. Although the military can be demanding, I am also fortunate to serve a cause that I believe in whole-heartedly. I am unwaveringly patriotic and feel privileged to have



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taken an oath to support and defend our constitution. Q: What do you find is the most challenging part of your job? A: I frequently miss my family in Tulsa but know that they are proud of my work. Q: What types of activities are available to sailors in their offduty time? A: If the ship is in homeport, offduty time is a chance to pursue any interests “The ability to similar to any other job. Howthink critically and ever, on deployment, when the challenge my own ship pulls in to foreign ports, limits are two of the sailors on the most valuable board have the opportunity to lessons from see the world.

Holland Hall on which I continually rely.” Sarah Catalano '04 United States Navy

I’ve been lucky enough to travel to Italy, Germany, Bahrain, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, and the Philippines during my short time in the Navy. Q: What kinds of meals are

available? A: The meals are pretty standard.

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Except in the Navy, they serve Admiral Tso’s Chicken rather than General Tso’s Chicken. Q: How much time do you spend at sea? A: Generally, sailors stationed on ships for a two year time period will be at sea for a 6-month deployment and a 3-month surge deployment. In addition to those 9 months at sea, there are shorter underway excursions for a few weeks at a time to conduct training in preparation for an upcoming deployment. Q: What is it like to be a woman in the Navy? A: Being a woman in the Navy is similar to being a woman in any other technical, demanding field. People are judged by their personal capabilities and merits regardless of sex. Men and women tend to think differently. Women in the military are in the unique position to provide a perspective to problem solving that is different than their male peers. Q: How did your Holland Hall experience shape you and prepare you for life? A: The ability to think critically and challenge my own limits are two of the most valuable lessons from Holland Hall on which I continually rely. I learned to think critically during English and History classes where the teachers demanded that opinions be supported with sound logic and concise arguments.

Secondly, I realized my own selfimposed notion of how strong, fast, smart, brave, or independent I could be was limiting. For instance, in basketball practice I realized how strong and fast I could be if I tore down my own barriers of self-doubt. In theatre class I realized how brave I could be if I let go of my inhibitions and trusted my instincts. Q: What are some of your favorite memories from Holland Hall? A: My favorite memories involve the daily camaraderie of the Holland Hall community. Being a part of a student body where individuals are continuously pushing themselves to improve is a unique experience. I transferred to Holland Hall in 8th grade and remember being excited that students prepared for and participated in class. Heated debates among friends in the classroom or commons comprise some of my favorite memories. Q: What advice would you share with current Holland Hall students? A: Take advantage of every opportunity. Senior year, when I was studying in the library, a friend said, “You are never fun when you are working and you are always working.” As a math nerd with full understanding of the implications of her statement, based on the transitive property, I wouldn’t have done it any differently.

1stLt Michael D. Wright ’04 Company A Executive Officer 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion Upon graduating from the University of Illinois in May of 2008, Michael Wright was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and completed the Basic Officer Course and the Infantry Officer's Course in Quantico, Virgina. 2nd Lieutenant Wright was assigned as a Platoon Commander with Company A, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion at Camp Pendleton, California and deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 10-2 from May to November 2010. 1st Lieutenant Wright is currently serving as the Executive Officer, Company A, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division (Forward) and is currently deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 11-1 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. 1st Lieutenant Wright is stationed out of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, where he lives with his wife, Nicolette.


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Joel Bennett ’01 Joel Bennett graduated from US Naval Academy then attended flight school in Pensacola, FL. Now a search and rescue helicopter pilot, he is currently stationed in Virginia and is now overseas on the new Carrier USS George H. Bush. He and his team were one of the first helicopter crews into Haiti after the earthquake, flying medivac and supplies. He’ll return to the states in December 2011. Joel and his wife have one son, Sam.

Lieutenant Stephen Clayman ’05 Lieutenant Stephen Clayman graduated from the University of Oklahoma and was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in December 2008. After completing his initial training, he reported to Dragoons Company, 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion in 29 Palms, CA for duty as a forward observer. He deployed with the battalion in November 2010 to southern Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He returned to 29 Palms in May 2011. He was subsequently assigned to Lima Battery, 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment for duty as a platoon commander. In December 2011, he was tasked with his current assignment as officer-in-charge of an embedded training team. The team will deploy to Afghanistan in spring 2012 to train and advise the Afghan National Security Forces.

Luke Groom ’98 Technical Sergeant Groom joined the United States Air Force in 2000, and he has served as a C-130 Maintenance Crew Chief, a Technical Training Instructor for USAF recruits and certain International allies, and most recently as a quality assurance liaison between the Department of Defense and various private sector vendors for aerial electronic attack platform upgrades. “The photo is an action shot from the natural habitat of an AF member ... a row of cubicles. I saved that rather large and fake looking baby from our building, which is obviously on fire.” — Luke Groom

Captain Ryan Higgins ’01 After graduating from the Naval Academy in 2005 was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. Ryan then subsequently received the Military Occupational Speciality (MOS) of an Field Artillery Officer and was stationed with 1st Battalion 11th Marines at Camp Pendleton, CA. Ryan served in a variety of billets to include Forward Observer, Fire Direction Officer, Liaison Officer, and Executive Officer. He deployed to Iraq in the summer of 2007 as part of the Iraq War "Surge." Ryan also deployed on the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit and conducted joint training with the Kuwaiti and Jordanian Armies in the Middle East. He is currently working at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. The Recruit Depot is where all males enlisting in the Marine Corps who are from West of the Mississippi Rivergo go for their 13 weeks of basic training. Ryan also served as a Company Commander for Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion. He is married to a Navy Nurse, Carrie Higgins, who is a 2001 graduate of Cascia Hall.

Taylor Johnson ’05 Attended the US Naval Academy. Graduated from Nuclear Power School in New York. Assigned to a nuclear submarine. Matt Beers ’02 Currently an electronic/radar specialist, stationed at Norfolk on the USS San Jacinto. Trevor Harkreader ’02 Trevor is a language specialist and will finish tour in January 2012. Evan Hadaway ’05 Evan deployed domestically to San Antonio with the Air Force where he is working with the injured troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. “It’s satisfying to help them in their transition from the battlefield to their homes or long term treatment facilities. If anyone lives in the area and would like to volunteer their time or otherwise help out, I know the troops appreciate someone simply welcoming them back.”



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Capt Kevin “Skeet” Beckwith ’89 Enlisted May 1999, Signals Intelligence; Officer Candidate School October 2000; The Basic School 2001; NAS Pensacola, then NAS Corpus Christi to fly the T-34; MCB Camp Pendleton for AH-1W training, reporting to HMLA-167 in January 2004, deployed to Iraq in February 2004, back to Iraq in September 2005 and later sailed with the 24th MEU in October 2006. Vance AFB, September 2007 to instruct in T6, currently with HMLA-773 at McGuire AFB, NJ.

Stephen Szymanski ’91 Stephen is a graduate of the United States Military Academy in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering, and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry. His first assignment was to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Ft. Campbell, KY, in 1996. While @ Ft. Campbell, he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Rifle Company Executive Officer, and Deputy Brigade Operations Officer. His second assignment was to the 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Ft. Stewart, GA, in 1999. While at Ft. Stewart, he served as the Division Central Tasking Officer and Division Tactical Operations Command Post Battle Captain, Battalion Maintenance Officer, Rifle Company Commander and Headquarters Company Commander. As a Rifle Company commander, he led a 150-man company in successive battles from Kuwait to Baghdad International Airport as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Stephen’s third assignment was to the Defense Language Institute (Washington D.C.) to study Dutch in 2004. His fourth assignment was part of the Military Personnel Exchange Program as an 20

2nd Lieutenant James W. McColl '06 James graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in May. He graduated with a Bachelor of Computer Science degree. He completed Signal Basic Officer Leaders Course in November. He is currently assigned to the 504 Battlefield Surveillance Brigade at Fort Hood, Texas.

exchange officer with the Royal Netherlands Army - assigned to the 11th Airmobile Brigade in Schaarsbergen, the Netherlands in 2005. While assigned to the 11th AMB, Stephen was deployed to Regional Command-South, Afghanistan as part of the International Security Assistance Force in 2006. His fifth assignment was to the University of Texas-Austin to study Operations Research/Industrial Engineering. Stephen graduated from UT-Austin with a Master of Science in Engineering in 2009. His current assignment is to Headquarters, Department of the Army, G-3/5/7 as an Operations Research and Systems Analyst. Stephen’s wards and decorations include: Ranger Tab; Parachutist Badge; Air Assault Badge; Pathfinder Badge; Expert Infantryman’s Badge; Combat Infantryman’s Badge; Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape school; Master Fitness Trainer; Silver Star; Bronze Star (2-awards); Meritorious Service Medal (2-awards); Presidential Unit Citation Award; Army Superior Unit Award; licensed Engineer Intern state of Delaware. Stephen married Jennifer Anne Devaney in 2010 and lives in Alexandria, VA.

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Students Accepted into ACDA Honor Choir


Dancing by the Light of the Moon Members of the Upper School Modern Dance Ensemble perform Within Her Orbit on the Branch Theatre stage of the Walter Arts Center as part of the fall dance concert, an annual November program featuring both Middle and Upper school dancers. Modern dance is offered as a fine arts credit or athletics credit for grades 6-12, and the ensembles present three concerts each year.

The following students were accepted to sing in Dallas, TX for the Southwest Regional American Choral Directors Associations Honor Choir. Treble Choir Members — Clinton Beard, Olivia Bicknell, Lauren Bowman, Charlotte Bumgarner, Eva Campbell, John Connor, Erin Dean, Caroline Graves, Jack Grossman, Kate Ichinose, Caroline Kane, Caroline Kelly, Emily King, Johnny LaFortune, Lexi Lake, MacLeod Lawson, Gray Martucci, Emily Grace Moore, Sarah Thomas Men’s Honor Choir Member — Dakota Christian After months of preparing with sponsoring teachers Ginny LeDoux and Lori Swisher, they will combine with students from seven states to rehearse their repertoire with National Conductors Angela Broeker and Jerry Blackstone. Over 20 families from Holland Hall will converge in Dallas, TX, for an amazing concert on March 3, 2012 at 2 p.m. in the Meyerson Symphony Center.

ARTworks 2011 Artist-in-Residency Program

Holland Hall through the lens of Romy Owens - The 34th installment of the Holland Hall ARTworks program was once again a resounding success. ARTworks annually brings in a featured artist to spend a week in residency sharing their talents with students from every division level. Thanks to all our ARTwork patrons and parent volunteers who made it possible for Oklahoma City artist Romy Owens to bring our campus to life through her unique photographic images and artistic interpretations.

Primary School Art Chihuly Project All K-3 students recently completed a unit on the glass sculptor, Dale Chihuly. A study of his work was undertaken and then students did projects related to some the glass series he creates. Since it would be difficult to work with hot glass, students created individual projects of mixed media sculptures and paintings and collaborated on sculptural cake to celebrate the event.

Middle School Art Mural Project As the Holland Hall community strolls through the Holliman Gallery this holiday season they will be delighted at the wonderful murals produced by student artists in fourth and fifth grades. These murals were conceived and planned and painted by small groups of cooperating youngsters. Inspiration came, in part, by viewing and discussing the mural their teacher, Jan Eckardt Butler, painted high on the wall of the middle school maze. HOLLAND HALL MAGAZINE


Alumni Board Association Sanford Roberds ’93 President Virginia Miller ’71 Past President Clint Brumble ’93 Vice President Ashley Parrish ’93 Secretary Brett Baker ’89 Treasurer Sandra J. Alexander ’69 George F. Bashaw III ’90 Robert Butler ’92 Russell LaCour ’75 Sarah Regan McKinney “01 Jason T. Percy ’90 Susan Pray Rainey ’85 Farryl J. Stokes ‘59 Oliver Sutton ’98 Allison G. Warning ’62 Brad P. White ’95

From the President of the Alumni Association Board Dear Fellow Alumni, As we hit the mid point of the 2011-2012 school year, I am pleased to report that the Alumni Association is actively preparing for a busy second semester. The first semester was filled with some great additions to the Alumni Board. I would like to welcome our newest board members, Darin Alred ’84, George Bashaw ’90, Russell LaCour ’79, Kevinn Matthews ’88, Jason Percy ’91, Oliver Sutton ’98 and Brad White ’95. We look forward to all of their contributions to the Alumni Association and Holland Hall. We had a wonderful time during Homecoming on October 28, while Holland Hall took on Casady in football, field hockey and volleyball. We began the evening with the Alumni Awards in the Holliman Gallery. It was very exciting to present Ken Busby ’85 the Distinguished Alumni Award. This award recognizes an alumnus or alumna who demonstrates true devotion to the School, service to society, professional achievements and recognition on a local, state, national or international level. I don’t think anyone can disagree with the choice that was made this year. Congratulations, Ken and thank you for everything you have done for making Holland Hall and our community a better place! We were also thrilled to have Justin Thompson ’98 as our 2011 recipient of the Young Alumni Achievement Award. This award recognizes a young alumnus or alumna who has made a significant mark in his/her university or community and excels in their profession or pursuit of education. I don’t have enough room to list all of the organizations Justin has made a mark in the short time in his profession. Congratulations, Justin and we wish you all the luck on your new endeavor with Juniper restaurant! Our 2011 Tim S. O’Halloran Faculty Award was presented to Gregory Carey. This award, selected by the class celebrating its 10-year reunion, recognizes a faculty member, by their presence that has enriched the lives of students and served as an example for all. I enjoyed so much listening to Mr. Carey’s stories from his long tenure at Holland Hall. I love this award because it is a great way for the alumni to truly say thanks to one of the many great faculty that make our school such a special place for all of us. Congratulations, Mr. Carey and thank you for the great stories and memories you have given us! Moving forward to the second half of the year, please mark your calendars for the Annual Holland Hall Trivia Night on Saturday, February 4, 2012. Remember to buy your tickets early as this one always sells out! For all those class years that end in 2 or 7, you will be celebrating your class reunions May 11-14, 2012. We look forward to having you join us, where you will have a chance to pick up a class schedule to visit some of your favorite faculty, join us for campus tour, lunch with the faculty, family BBQ or one of the many other activities we have scheduled. I would also like to take an opportunity to give you an update on the Annual Fund. With the Board of Trustees’ generous matching gift campaign this year, the Annual Fund is off to a strong start. For every new donor, the board will match every gift dollar-for-dollar up to $500. The board will also make a $500 gift for every previous donor who joins a higher gift club this year. I would like to encourage all alumni to give, no matter how big or small your gift because your participation is what matters. Our focus is on increasing the percentage of alumni who participates and this year our goal is 15 percent, just 450 gifts. Please help us reach our goal so Holland Hall can continue to enrich children, many on scholarships, throughout our community. Please visit to learn more about ways to give. Thank you for your support and I look forward to seeing each of you at one of our events. Wishing you Happy Holidays and a wonderful 2012. Go Dutch! Sanford J. Roberds ’93 President, Holland Hall Alumni Association


Class Notes

1970 Class Correspondent: Janie Sanditen Kolman 12811 Country Crest San Antonio, TX 78216 or 210-494-0804

Frank Smith ’70 has worked 35 years in management capacities with the construction industry for various engineering and construction management companies and became employed by Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA) last year as a construction manager/director for an aluminum sheet rolling mill. The project is located in Saudi Arabia and he will live there until 2013. He has spent time in Greenville, SC, and South Korea. His wife Angie of 39 years plans to relocate after the first of the year. She has written a children’s series “Willie’s Critter Tales”. The stories are in first person from their cats and their antics. Once relocated, she plans on teaching creative writing in the schools in Saudi Arabia.

1977 Class Correspondent: Lee Garetson 527 Atascocita Road Humble, TX 77396 or 713-820-5203

Andrea Freeman Anderson ’77 is a proud mom of son Eric who just graduated from North Shore Country Day School this past Spring. During his senior year he was paired with a “buddy” (Connor Gray) for the year. After meeting Connor’s mom they put together that Amy Dickman Gray ’86 was a Holland Hall alumna just like his mom. At the end of the summer and as Eric and Connor said “goodbye”, Andrea and Amy met. Eric won a scholarship and will continue his study of Mandarin in Taipei for six

months and then will attend Yale. According to Andrea, her father Tom Freeman thought this was a nice example of how the independent school tradition lives on even if not in good old Tulsa. Tom Freeman served as Holland Hall’s Director of Lower School and Middle School for years.

Faculty included former Headmaster John Bird (who traveled all the way from Maine for the event), former Head of Middle School Tom Freeman, Eleanor Carmack, Tina Smith, Ron Palma, Doug Bromley, Anna Milligan, Charlie Brown, Edgar Benarrous, Carlos Tuttle, and spouses.


No injuries were reported.

Class Correspondent Needed! If you would like to be the class correspondent for the class of ’81, please contact Judy Warren at


Madness ensued over Homecoming weekend, with the Class of 1981 reunion. Friday night activities included a cookout at the football game, after-party at Ivey Bar on Brookside, and an after-afterparty at Laura Wood’s house. Some patrons caroused until 3:30 a.m., highlighted by Laura Wood ’81 modeling her 1981 HH Uniform, complete with shoes! Saturday night activities included a wonderful dinner for classmates, teachers, and spouses hosted by Brad and Brenda Harwood. The party kept going until 2 a.m., with 86-year-old Tom Freeman looking fabulous along the way and well past proper bedtime! Alex Eaton put together a wonderful tribute to Leanne Nuckolls and Andy Dickson. Class of 1981-ers in attendance included Rick Koontz, Rick Eagleton, Alex Eaton, Ashley Weber, James Boswell, Mike Bates, Tom Eurton, Paul Henry, David Ives, Mia Mascarin Oven, David Barry, Bill and Patty Lawson, Mark Gregoli, Philip Wood, Greg Hocutt, Laura Wood, Mark Dreyer, Brian Zook, Jeff Miller, Matt Toma, Alyson Meyers Langholz, Brad Harwood, Blake Nonweiler, Mike McKee, Michael Athens, Jill Garrison Grace, Jean-Ann Horowitz, Bob Pielsticker, Eric Hughes, Robert Michaels, Luc Tomasino, David Milligan, Monica Lollar White, and spouses. Other guests included Jamie Williams, James Fuquay ’82, Mary Lou Gallagher Doudican ’80, and Jim Adelson.

Class Correspondent: Wendy Wilk Markarian 10803 Whiterim Drive,Potomac, MD 20854 202-257-9194

John Myung ’82 writes: “As a managing attorney in the International Law Division of Prudential Financial, I have to travel outside of the US about 35 percent of the year managing the company’s legal affairs and foreign attorneys. If you love to travel and learn new cultures, this is a great job! Prudential has offices in Asia, Europe, and South America. I don’t have one favorite place to visit, but I really like the food in Seoul, Korea and Buenos Aires, Argentina, enjoy shopping in Delhi, India and have fun practicing my Spanish (from Senora Meyers’ class at HH) in Mexico City. After a week or two away from the US, I really enjoy coming back home to New York City.” Charles McComas ’82 is currently working as a licensed professional engineer Chemical/ Environmental) in Tulsa, OK, at ALL Consulting. He’s still playing music as a hobby, in a band with Mike Athens ’81. Charles has been married for over 16 years, following eight years of dating to wife Susan. Their son David is finishing graduate level civil engineering degree at OSU and daughter Andrea is in her third year of vet school at OSU. He says “Life keeps getting better all the time!”   Connie Sue Nay Ellis ’82 sends this update from Craig, CO, (designated “Elk Hunting Capital of the World”): “My husband Scott and I have three teens, who I homeschool. We have a small ranch with a wonderful indoor riding arena so we can ride our horses year round (snow gets deep here and lasts until May). We’re not far from skiing (in Steamboat Springs), hunting, fishing, and hiking, so get in touch if you are ever in our area!”  



Class Notes Melissa Chastain Parkey ’82 checks in from Fort Worth, TX: “I periodically work in Montana on the Rocky Boys Reservation. I have my youngest child, Luke, now attending college, my middle child, Molly, about to graduate with her MSW, and my oldest, Emily, firmly living her life. I call this success and am enjoying it very much. I am also the proudly adopted human of my puppy Ruthie PupPup Barkey Parkey.” 

‘Geordie’ (8, a 2nd grader at St. Paul’s.) Life is SO busy and good. Great to catch up, and I’m looking forward to our next reunion.” Allison Moore ’83 has been living in Sapulpa, OK, for over 10 years. She has been busy traveling, working for U.S. Cellular and taking her dog, Robin Maisy, to visit her mother who is still in Tulsa, OK.


Conan Barker ’83 reported on his way out of town: “I am headed down to Mexico Class Correspondent: to compete in the Baja 1000 for my fourth Douglas Allen time. Wish me luck. (Baja 1000 is worlds 995 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, CT 06070 longest non-stop off-road race which takes place on the Baja peninsula south of San Diego.)” 860-978-9749 A brief, but heartfelt “Thank You” to everyone who responded to the call on Facebook for class notes. Please call, write, or email with updates — we want to know how and where you are. Also, please consider coming back to our 30th reunion in 2013; details to follow as they become available. Jim Meehan ’83 won a gold and bronze medal in the North American Grappling Association (NAGA) World Jiu Jitsu Championships in December of last year. Recently he won both a gold and silver medal at a qualifying competition and plans to defend his title at the World Jiu Jitsu Championships in December. Alice Fernelius ’83 reports, “My life is a crazy mix of baseball, basketball, swimming, water polo, dance and cheer ... two boys, two girls ages 18, 15, 13 and 10... I feel like I live in my car! Look forward to seeing you all at reunion!” Jack Hosterman ’83 was promoted in October to Senior Partner in Lucas Group Military Division. He serves as President of the Highland Park Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir and as the President of the North Texas Chapter of the Washington University Alumni Club. Jack recently chipped in for birdie and plans to tell everyone. Sarah Dotson Mathews ’83 writes, “Hi, everyone! I live in Mission Hills, a suburb of Kansas City. My husband and I are both attorneys, although he now owns and operates a manufacturing company. I work part-time practicing federal election law compliance for candidates and PACs. We have three sons, Parker (15, a freshman at Pembroke Hill), Duncan (13, a 7th grader at St. Paul’s Episcopal Day), and George


Upon hearing the news about Conan, Paul Stafford ’83 responded that his family went to the Moab this fall and played around but that is nothing compared to Conan’s Baja. “Conan, that is great ... I hope you do well!” In November, Paul took their unleashed Springer for a run around the block (Those of you in the know would appreciate that since you’ve always been impressed with my running skills.) Paul and his wife are still adjusting to being empty nesters, but look forward to December when their kids come home for Christmas. Also in December their oldest is graduating from college ahead of her younger brother. Paul was also moved to the corner office at Morgan Stanley and was rather pleased with himself until he realized it was because of how cold that office gets (due to all the glass) in the winter. Oh well. Michaele McKinney Tetrick ’83 checked in as well: “Hi all. My daughter Taylor, is getting married in January. My son Gentry, is a senior this year at Holland Hall and is busy working on college applications. My youngest Ty, is 10-years-old and in the 4th grade at Holland Hall. Looking forward to our reunion in 2013!” Jill Bates Dilger ’83 asks the question on all of our minds at this point: “How in the heck can Paul be an empty nester, Michaele have a daughter getting married and I have a daughter in kindergarten? Living in Rochester, Minnesota and a busy Mom to a 12, 10 and 5 year old!” [A brief concurrence from Douglas Allen: I have a son in kindergarten as well, so I share both Jill’s amazement at the generational spread in our class’s progeny and also the challenges of fitting into those tiny chairs for parent-teacher conferences.]

1994 Class Correspondent: Marianne McGregor Guelker 3240 Fairfield Road, Salt Lake City, UT 84124 (801) 577 – 9775

Eduardo Briceño ’94 lives near San Francisco with his wife Allison. He studied business and education at Stanford and started a company which is striving to spark excitement for learning www.mindsetworks. com. He misses Tulsa, but hopes to attend a class reunion.   Bill Darnell ’94 and his wife, Cheryl, founded a national faith-based, 501(c) (3) nonprofit ministry called SIDS America ( after their five-monthold son and second born, Billy, tragically died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) on March 29, 2008. The Darnells founded SIDS America on November 1, 2008, on what would have been Billy’s first birthday. The mission of SIDS America is to provide hope, help and healing to families grieving the loss of a child to SIDS by rallying local financial and emotional support within the communities of these families and providing grief support, prayer, financial assistance, and awareness. SIDS America has helped hundreds of families across the country and has raised nearly $250,000 to pay for emergency medical costs, funerals and grave markers for children who were lost to SIDS. Lifting this huge burden allows families to grieve more freely. SIDS America offers two support groups and maintains its headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado, as well as offices in Dallas, Texas. The Darnells moved to Dallas, TX, in the aftermath of their son’s death in order to heal near family. In July 2010 they moved back to Colorado Springs, where they were living when Billy died. The Darnells welcomed their third child, Nathan Ryan Darnell, while they resided in Dallas, and their fourth child, Jared Wesley Darnell, in September 2010. Their oldest child, Avery Elizabeth, is five. Andrea Pitman Doyle ’97, her husband and two children relocated to Colorado Springs this year. Andie serves as Program Officer for the Chapman Foundations, which maintain endowments in order to fund charitable grants to not for profit organizations. Andie has maintained her connection with Holland

Class Notes Hall School by participating in many alumni events and activities. Syndy Snyder Lynch ’94 welcomed baby girl Kentley Soleil Lynch on August 2, 2011.  Kentley joins big brother Kaiser, who is now two-years-old. The Lynch family resides in Round Rock, Texas.  

2000 Margaret Rosene Robinson 3026 South Boston Place Tulsa, Oklahoma 74114 or 918-640-0735

1996 Class Correspondent: Sarah (Lemons) Bradbury 6728 Chevy Chase Avenue Dallas, Texas 75225 214-499-2168 (cell) (personal) (work)

Christi Frates Garrison ’96 and her husband, Brian, are now proud parents of Harper Ellen Garrison. Harper was born on May 2, 2011 9:31 p.m. She weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and was 20 inches long. Ryan Rahhal ’96 and his wife, Julie, celebrated their sixth anniversary this year and look forward to the second birthday of their son, Carter in February 2012. After the completion of Ryan’s residency in Neurological Surgery in June, the Rahhals have settled into a home in Tulsa. Ryan has joined the practice of Neurosurgery Specialists as a junior partner. He primarily practices at Saint Francis Hospital but also operates at the Tulsa Spine Hospital and Oklahoma Surgical Hospital.

1999 Class Correspondent Needed! If you would like to be the class correspondent for the class of ’99, please contact Judy Warren at

Kirstyn E. Brownson ’99 graduated from the Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago, IL, with honors in research on June 5, 2011. On June 9, she joined five other first-year residents to begin a seven-year general surgery residency at Yale University in New Haven, CT.

East. She is currently attending the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

2002 Class Correspondent: Bryan Lieber 2600 Lake Austin Blvd #3308 Austin, TX 78703

Brad Sanditen ’02 and his wife Adria are expecting twin boys in March. Brad also received his real estate broker’s license in May and is now the Principal Broker for Sandman Realty, specializing in commercial leasing and property acquisition.

2003 Staci Robinson ’00 Tackett and Doug Tackett welcomed baby boy Drake Alexander Tackett on April 14, 2011.

Class Correspondent: Leslie Sanditen 2331 S. Columbia Avenue Tulsa, OK 74114 or 918-625-6903

Nicole Bhow ’00 and Jonathan Maier of Long Island, NY, were married in Beverly, Massachusetts on June 10, 2011. Nicole works as an interior designer for Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible and Jonathan is a software engineer for Nuance Communications. After honeymooning in Italy, the couple will reside in Boston. 

Sarah Yates ’03 is engaged to Russell Hutcherson ’03 and is getting married March 31, 2012. Russell is currently working as a Field Engineer for Crossland Construction in Tulsa, OK. Sarah is currently working as a Family Nurse Practitioner for T.L. Carey MD & Associates (father of Lorine Carey ’03) here in Tulsa, OK.

Thank you to everyone who submitted class notes. As always, keep submitting those notes. You can send them to or call me at 918.640.0735. Also, you may join our class group on Facebook - Holland Hall Class of 2000. It’s a great way to keep in touch. Thank you, Maggie.

Margaret Hilborne ’03 is living in Manhattan, NY, and currently works for Royal Bank of Canada Capital Markets, where she was promoted to Vice President last year. Margaret became a CFA Charterholder in the Fall of 2011.

2001 Class Correspondent Needed! If you would like to be the class correspondent for the class of ’01, please contact Judy Warren at

Andrea Covington ’01 recently left her position as manager of a multi-million dollar research contract dedicated to the study of Lassa Hemorrhagic Fever in West Africa. Shortly thereafter, she traveled solo around the world for over four months which included 21 countries in South East Asia, southern Africa, Europe, and the Middle

Morgan Rains ’03 married Adam Hannaford in October 2011 in Tulsa, OK. Morgan and her husband currently live in Tulsa. Brent Gathright ’03 married his wife Lisa Buchanan, of Oklahoma City, on November 21, 2009 in Duncan, OK. They met at the University of Oklahoma when they were getting their undergraduate degrees. Brent currently works as a project engineer with Flintco in Tulsa, and his wife Lisa is working as a third grade teacher at Monte Cassino.  Nathan Crosby ’03 graduated from Oklahoma State University in December 2006 with a BS in Finance, and went on to receive his MS in Finance Illinois Institute of



Class Notes Technology in May 2009. Nathan married his wife, Amber (of Tulsa, OK) in June 2008. He currently works at TradeLink, LLC and has lived in Chicago since January 2007.

Class Correspondents Needed! 1960, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1972, 1975, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2007 & 2009

Leslie Sanditen ’03 graduated with honors from the University of Tulsa in May 2008. Leslie has currently been working as a Adolescent Careworker at Laureate Psychiatric Hospital with inpatient adolescent girls for nearly four years. She lives in Tulsa, OK, with her rescue pit bull, Izzy.

Please consider being a class correspondent for your class. Contact Judy Warren at if you are interested.

B. Shenelle Thierry ’03 is engaged to Kate M. Jadin. “My family, friends, fiancée and I could not be happier. We would like to share the exciting news with the Holland Hall community.” They are to be married on October 20, 2012.


Nicole Rene Bhow ’00 and Jonathan Richard Maier — June 10, 2011

2005 Class Correspondent: Sam Plost 3225 Turtle Creek Blvd. #1120 Dallas, TX 75219 or 918-808-0531

Tana Karnchanakphan ’05 has recently opened a new restaurant and bar called “The Tropical” in Tulsa. The restaurant boasts a gorgeous tropical resort interior, many HD TVs and a large wine selection. The Tropical is located at 8125 E. 49th St., Tulsa, OK. For more details please visit   R.K. Mitchell ’05 currently lives in Houston, TX, with his wife Stephanie. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BS in chemical engineering. He currently  works in the marketing group for Apache Corporation.  

2006 Class Correspondent: Grant Plost 101 NE 53rd St #3121 Oklahoma City, OK 73105 or 918-289-1041

Spencer Pittman ’06 is engaged to Julie A. Christian. They will be married on December 27, 2011. Spencer and Julie are both law students at the University of Tulsa.


Sarahbeth Sharp Pipkin ’04 and Taylor Pipkin — June 25, 2011

Aurora Siegfried ’06 is engaged to Rick “Jet Black” Rutledge from radio station 106.9 KHITS. They will be married on April 21, 2012. Aurora just started LPN school.

Marlena Kuhn ’06 is working as a medical researcher at the Medical College of Georgia. In November, she will attend the International Society for Neuroscience conference in Washington, D.C., for the second time. Her first “first author” paper, fourth paper overall, about the effects of exercise on stress over the life span is in press and will be published in a special edition of Aging Research Reviews this spring.

Martha Upon Fulford and David Tyler Coyle ’01 — September 4, 2011 Lauren Davidson and Tyler Hankins ’02 — September 17, 2011 In Loving Memory

Harriett S. Griffith ’41 — June 1, 2011 Taylor Breedlove ’03 — June 18, 2011 Paul Bryan Harmon ’85 — August 13, 2011 Rita Newman — October 21, 2011

John McColl ’06 graduated from Emory University with a BBA in 2010. John is working as an auditor for Ernst and Young in the Tulsa office while studying for the CPA exam. James McColl ’06 graduated from West Point in 2011 with a computer science degree and is a second lieutenant for the signal branch of the army. He is currently at officer training school in Augusta, Georgia. In addition, James was published in the June 2011 edition of the Linux Journal for his work on a Gumstix (a small single board computer that is the size of gum).

From left: John McColl ’06 and James McColl ’06 at James’ graduation from West Point.

Alumni Receptions Kansas City, KS Reception Many thanks to the alumni who attended the Kansas City Alumni Reception held at Oakwood Country Club On September 22: Ashley Haus Brown ’87, James D. Fuquay ’82, Aaron S. Herwig ’89 (Chapter Representative), Jennifer Cook Isleib ’90, Brandon Myers ’92, David B. Neal ’77, Jaclyn Niebergall ’02, Zachary Plost ’03, Corey M. Vitt ’04 and Jennifer Whisenhunt White ’89.

Dallas, TX Reception Many thanks to the alumni who attended the Dallas Alumni Reception held at Ocean Prime on November 2. Silvie G. Alfonso ’85, Lisa Bork ’85, Courtney Bowline ’99, Amy Brechin ’74, Banks Bruce ’99 (Chapter Representative), Lee Ann Gatlin ’86, Emily Watson Hillsman ’78, Max Hughes ’97, Brandon J. Lee ’98 and Gentry Moore ’99.

Upcoming receptions: • February 9, 2012 – Houston, TX • April 2012 – Chicago, IL & Washington, D.C.



Alumni Homecoming

2011 Homecoming Committee Ashley Parrish ’93 Co-Chair Oliver Sutton ’98 Co-Chair Brett Baker ’89 Clint Brumble ’93 Sanford Roberds ’93 Farryl Stokes ’59 Allison Warning ’62 Brad White ’95


Alumni Homecoming Weekend 2011 Holland Hall’s 2011 Homecoming Weekend began with the Alumni Awards Ceremony on October 28. Many gathered to honor faculty member Gregory Carey and alumni Justin Thompson ’98 and Kenneth Busby ’85. Greg Carey was presented the Tim S. O’Halloran Faculty Award for his excellence in teaching. The recipient is selected by the class celebrating its 10year reunion. Receiving the Young Alumni Achievement Award was Justin Thompson ’98 for his significant mark in the global community. Receiving the first Holland Hall Distinguished Alumni Award was Kenneth Busby ’85. Following the Awards Ceremony was the Alumni Reception/Cookout under the tent where alumni enjoyed food and fellowship. Added activities by the Alumni Association for alumni children this year were fun Halloween games for all children. Alumni enjoyed visiting with classmates and faculty at the Alumni Brunch on Saturday, October 29. Alumni came back to the Upper School Commons where they wandered the halls and reminisced of earlier days.

Alumni Events

From the Director of Alumni Relations The Alumni Association continues to be an important forum for you to reconnect and stay connected with friends and Holland Hall. Our focus is to strengthen and build lasting bonds among alumni. It has been a pleasure working with your committed Alumni Association Board who has given time and energy to a busy beginning of the year with Homecoming, Alumni Awards Ceremony, Alumni Brunch and receptions in Kansas City and Dallas. Members have assisted the Alumni Office in meeting the following challenges: • Increase the number of Board members • Increase alumni giving participation • Establish and put in place a class correspondent system for reporting class notes and a class agent system for increasing annual fund giving • Create opportunities to connect with fellow alumni through local and out-of-state receptions • Alumni Connections (Newsletter via email) • Recognition of accomplishments by alumni (Distinguished Alumni Award and Young Alumni Achievement Award) We continue to provide a slate of successful alumni events each year. If you are interested in joining the Alumni Association Board or volunteering in some capacity, please contact me. We look for new ideas and input from you. Please visit the Holland Hall Alumni website and Holland Hall Alumni Association Facebook for news and events. On behalf of Holland Hall, I wish to thank each of you who generously give your time and resources. The strength and effectiveness of the Association depends on your support and involvement. If you are ever on campus or in the Tulsa area, please stop in and say “hello”. I would enjoy meeting you and hearing of your Holland Hall experience. Sincerely, Judy Warren Director of Alumni Relations December 17, 2011 @ 10:30 a.m. Alumni Basketball and Soccer Games US Gym and Soccer Field February 4, 2012 @ 7:00 p.m. Trivia Night Upper School Commons February 9, 2012 @ 6:30 p.m. Alumni Reception in Houston, TX Location TBD

U pcoming A lumni E v ents

February 27 & 28, 2012 @ 5:30 p.m. Alumni Phone-a-thon Upper School Commons March 9, 2012 @ 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Alumni Association Board Meeting Walter Arts Center Conference Room

April 2012 Alumni Reception in Chicago, IL Alumni Reception in Washington, D.C. Dates and location TBD May 11-12, 2012 Alumni Reunion Weekend Holland Hall Campus May 11, 2012 Hall of Fame / Alumni / Athletic Awards Ceremony @ 6:30 p.m. Double Tree at Warren Place, Tulsa May 14, 2012 Holland Hall Golf Tournament The Golf Club of Oklahoma Lunch/Registration 11:30 a.m. Shotgun Start @ 1 p.m.



DUTCHSPORTS Fall Sports Highlights

Senior Cindy Saliba finished 5th and freshman Allene Michaels finished 10th overall at the SPC cross country championship. Cindy was selected as Tulsa World’s cross country athlete of the week on October 5, 2011. _ ____________________________ Girls cross country team finished 5th at SPC, which is the highest finish for the girls program since 1998. _ ______________ Senior Mitch Hill won the SPC North Zone cross country meet. Mitch was selected as Tulsa World’s cross country athlete of the week on October 26, 2011. _____________________________ For the third consecutive year, the volleyball team qualified for Division I at SPC and finished 6th place overall at SPC with a 19-12 record. All SPC performers were senior Jamie Rice and Erika Celoni. ______________________ For the first time since 2007, the Dutch field hockey team qualified for Division 1.

Congratulations to three seniors who signed national letters of intent to play softball. Paris and Jules Townsend signed with the University of Oklahoma and Eryn McCarver signed with the University of Utah. These girls have been an integral part of the success of Holland Hall’s softball program the past three years leading the Dutch to a 50-3 record with two SPC titles. ___________________________________________ Fall 2011 All SPC Performers: Cross Country: Freshman Allene Michaels and senior Cindy Saliba Field Hockey: Seniors Allie Johnson and Lily Swab Football: Seniors Stephen Brooks, Arda Bulak and William Secrist Volleyball: Junior Erika Celoni and senior Jamie Rice ___________________________________________ Sophomore Kelsey Arnold was selected to play for the California A’s softball team, who represented the USA at the Canadian Games this past summer. The USA team finished 5th out of 13 teams and Kelsey batted over .500, while playing 3rd base. ____________________________________ Alumni Athletes News: Brown vs. UC Davis Field Hockey Holland Hall graduates and former teammates Conley Craven ’09 and Maggie Brady ’10 played against each other on the field hockey turf. Conley is a goalie, while Maggie is a midfielder. Brown won the game 3-2, but Conley was named All NorPac defensive player of the week.

Holland Hall field hockey beat Casady to win the coveted Leanne Nuckolls Trophy, which is given to the winning team in memory of 1981 Holland Hall graduate, Leanne Nuckolls. ___________________________________________


Holland Hall Graduate Leads Nation in Rushing Yards Luke Sweeney ’08 finished the season by leading the nation in rushing with an average 177.4 yards per game. Luke rushed for 1,419 yards in eight football games for Pomona College, missing one game due to injury. Luke not only lead D III in yards rushing, but all of college football. Luke’s success on the football field brought spotlight to Pomona and himself with newspaper article in both the LA Times and USA Today.

Why does Jan Adams give to our Annual Fund? Eight Holland Hall seniors will receive an Annual Fund donation in their honor by Mrs. Jan Adams. Max Boudreaux Chloe Coman Cameron Cooper Mitch Hill Allie Johnson Lauren Sawyer Michael Winkler Tanner Rumley (not pictured)

Your Annual Fund donation will enrich the educational experience of many Holland Hall students. Give today. 918.481.1111 ext. 766

“I give to the Annual Fund because I believe in Holland Hall and its mission. I give in honor of the graduating seniors I taught as preschoolers as my way of congratulating their achievements and commitment to education. Returning their preschool hand prints after graduation allows me the opportunity to reflect on the year we spent together. These memories bring joy to my life as I continue to teach our youngest students and look forward to their growth at Holland Hall.�



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Return Service Requested

Trivia Night — February 4, 2012 Book Fair Preview Party / Book Fair — February 24 & 25, 2012

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Speaker Series — March 13, 2012 Alumni Reunion Weekend — May 11, 2012 Hall of Fame / Alumni / Athletic Awards Ceremony — May 11, 2012 Golf Tournament — May 14, 2012

Holland Hall Magazine Fall/Winter 2011  
Holland Hall Magazine Fall/Winter 2011  

The Holland Hall Magazine is a biannual publication connecting the Holland Hall community, alumni and friends. The publication features curr...