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Graduates Share Expertise with Students Annie Damsky ’98 always wanted to own her own business, but the idea for a business kept eluding her. “I knew I had to be passionate about the business I started, and I kept waiting for the inspiration to come,” she says. So, she began working in corporate marketing. About Annie Damsky ’98 and Tom Barr, teacher of the the same time, Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management she began taking class, before Damsky spoke to the class yoga classes. As she gained business experience, she discovered a love for yoga and became certified to teach classes. “I received more training and, eventually, everything crystallized into the idea of opening my own yoga studio,” she says.

During 2012-2013, the tradition of alumni volunteerism at Springs is strong. This year, Joe Simonetti ’75 served as an assistant ISS Mock Trial Team members pose with Judge Mike Joiner ‘75 (second coach for from right) and Team Advisor Carole Mazer (fourth from left). the Varsity Girls Basketball Team, Fran Hutchins ’95 and Fergus Tuohy ’96 spoke to the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance, Laurel Fain Mills ’98 read from her book at the ISS Visiting Writers Series, Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Mike Joiner ’75 helped ISS Mock Trail teams prepare for their Top 10 finishes in the Alabama Mock Trial Competition, Terra Stanley ’08 spoke to the Latin American Studies and Spanish classes, and Barry Tobias ’98 spoke to science and math classes about his work with the International Space Station. During the spring, several alumni are speaking about the school theme “The Individual and Society” at a school-wide assembly (see story, page 4).

Damsky shared this advice and more with students in Springs’ Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management class. She is one of five alumni who are speaking to class members – and one of many alumni who give of themselves as volunteers at ISS each year.

Alumni are also serving on Board of Governors subcommittees. Donald Hess ’66 is chair and William Belser ’80, Kyung Han ’85 and David Nelson ’93 are alumni members of the new Technology Subcommittee, and Jimmy Lewis ’75 is chair and Tim Blair ’81, Tom Carruthers ’78 and Ed Cassady ’76 are alumni members of the Building and Grounds Subcommittee.

In addition to Damsky, class speakers include Kyung Han ’85 of EmPower Research, Ben Hunt ’82 of the TIG Procella Fund, and Shazi Visram ’95 of the Happy Family organic food brand. Bill Goodrich ’66 will also take class members on a field trip to Birmingham’s Innovation Depot business incubation program, where he serves as a board member.

“Springs alumni have an abundance of experience, and we are grateful when Volunteer Coach Joe Simonetti ’75 alumni can share that abundance with our students,” says Director of Development Beth Mulvey.

Villager Yoga opened in the Cahaba Heights/Mountain Brook area of Birmingham in January 2012. It is one of the only studios in Alabama offering classes for all ages. “The business is going great, and every day is a learning experience,” she says. “And I’m glad for the experiences I had leading up to starting the business. It’s important to let your grand idea develop organically.”


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ISS Magazine - Spring 2013  

The magazine continues the school's celebration of its 60th year, with a particular focus on faculty.

ISS Magazine - Spring 2013  

The magazine continues the school's celebration of its 60th year, with a particular focus on faculty.