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S U M M E R 2013

Class of 2013


From the Headmaster


hat a year! It has been a fast and a fantastic year at Kinkaid with many gratifying accomplishments and successes. Here are just a few highlights. Mean test scores earned by our Middle and Lower School students on year-end standardized tests ranked well above mean scores earned by students in independent schools nationally and in the top ten percent of students nationally. The use of information technology in the classroom and in school libraries continued to grow. Lower School students are gaining impressive skills in podcasts, Power Point, voice threads, blogging and iMovie presentations. Lower School teachers find that the use of information technology in the classroom enables them to present material more quickly and efficiently, and that students respond well to the interactive learning that technology provides. The use of the flipped classroom in the Middle School began with science teachers and is spreading steadily to other disciplines. The Middle School also began a robotics club, which meets after school. Club members competed in several competitions, often against high school students, and did very well. Upper School teachers are experimenting with digital versions of textbooks, using Wikis for exploration and discussion of individual topics and having students use Google documents for collaborative work (lab reports, for example).

In my 44 years working in four different, first-rate independent schools, I have had the privilege of witnessing and working with some great faculties and staff. Kinkaid’s faculty and staff are at the very top.

The Middle School musical, Seussical, was extraordinary, one of the very best Middle School musicals I have seen in my 17 years as headmaster at Kinkaid. It was for the first time an eighth grade only production, and our eighth graders hit the ball out of the park.

Eighty-seven percent of seniors took a Fine Arts class this year. Performances in band, orchestra, choral music, dance, musical theatre and drama (all supported by our student tech crews) played to wildly enthusiastic audiences. The Upper School musical, Chicago, was exceptional and garnered three Tommy Tune nominations. Kinkaid hosted several visual arts exhibitions this year, featuring student work in drawing, sculpture, painting, photography and mixed media. All drew admiring audiences, from our own students and parents, and from visitors as well, and our visual arts students again garnered state, regional and national recognition for their work. Kinkaid’s film students showed their films to a packed audience at the River Oaks Theatre in the spring. Our varsity sports teams had a great year, winning two SPC Championships, five runner-up spots and finishing 2nd among all coed schools in the annual Athletic Directors Cup competition, which measures overall excellence in the SPC Championships throughout the entire year. Eleven members of the Class of 2013 will compete in interscholastic athletics at the Division 1, 2 or 3 level.

Book Fair, Auction and Field Day were enormously successful, both from a financial point of view and from the community-building point of view. The Annual Fund is expected to top $2.2 million, the highest in the School’s history. In September Kinkaid completed the first phase of “Tomorrow’s Promise,” reaching the campaign’s $25 million goal in 20 months. Upper School Deans asked members of the Class of 2013 to rank their satisfaction with the colleges they will attend on a scale of 1 to 5. The average score was 4.7. The Class of 2013 earned $9.4 million in merit-based aid, the highest number ever for Kinkaid seniors by a couple of million dollars. I am enormously proud of our seniors for this accomplishment, but proud and grateful too to the faculty and staff who have worked with these students. All in all, the 2012-2013 school year brought significant accomplishments from all. I am proud of our students and faculty, and deeply grateful to parents, trustees, alumni and others for the generosity of spirit, work and resources that they provided Kinkaid this year. With this column I conclude 44 years as an independent school educator, 22 of which have been spent at Kinkaid. The first five years took place from 1983 to 1988 when I served as Upper School Principal. I worked with some exceptional faculty in those years and received wise mentoring from Glenn Ballard, Kinkaid’s third Headmaster. In 1988, I was appointed Headmaster of Durham Academy and spent eight years in North Carolina. When Glenn Ballard retired in 1996, I was given the opportunity and the challenge of returning to Kinkaid as its fourth Headmaster. My time at Kinkaid has simply been the professional highlight of my career. My wife Mary has been an active part of the School community, and our three daughters, now grown women, attended the Kinkaid Lower and Middle Schools from 1983-1988, and our youngest daughter graduated from Kinkaid in 1998. The School has enriched us all.

I want to thank the members of the Board of Trustees, current and past, who have provided wise, dedicated and unselfish leadership to me and to Kinkaid during the past 17 years. Schools don’t gain in quality and stature by accident—they require enlightened, strategic, committed and generous leadership from trustees, who are the legal guardians of schools. Kinkaid has been the beneficiary of such leadership from our Board of Trustees, and I am grateful, especially to the men and women who have served as Board Chairs during the past 17 years. I want to thank the Parents’ Association and the Alumni Association for their remarkable commitment to Kinkaid. The intellectual capital, the untold hours of hard work, the support and the volunteer leadership they have provided Kinkaid (and continue to provide) are extraordinary and have enriched the School immeasurably.

I want to thank my colleagues on the faculty and staff. In my 44 years working in four different, first-rate independent schools, I have had the privilege of witnessing and working with some great faculties and staff. Kinkaid’s faculty and staff are at the very top. Uncommon skill, deep commitment to teaching and to the School, energy, understanding of and love for children and the strong desire to do their jobs well--are among the qualities that distinguish Kinkaid’s faculty and staff. So, a huge thanks to all for a great time spent at a great school and for the many wonderful friendships we have enjoyed. I pass the baton to Dr. Andy Martire, who is a gifted educator and an exceptionally fine man. Dr. Martire will do a great job leading Kinkaid into the next chapter of its history. Kinkaid’s best days are yet to come.

I want to thank my talented and dedicated colleagues on the Administrative Committee, the administrative leadership team of the School. The leadership they provide their divisions, offices, departments and the entire school is exceptional. I have been, and Kinkaid has been, deeply fortunate in their commitment, skill, energy and judgment.

Kinkaid Community Creates Scholarship Honoring Mary and Don North In conjunction with Auction 2013, the donors listed below have helped raise $400,000 to fully endow a need-based financial-aid scholarship in honor of Mary and Don North. A big thank you goes out to all the supporters of Auction 2013 and the scholarship.  If you are interested in contributing to this scholarship, please send a check payable to The Kinkaid School, c/o Advancement Office, 201 Kinkaid School Drive, Houston, TX 77024. Mr. and Mrs. Arnold K. Altsuler Mr. and Ms. William L. Anderson Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Terry Atmar Ms. Dorothy Barnes Mr. and Mrs. Paul F. Barnhart Jr. Mr. and Mrs. John H. Barr Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Robert C. Bast Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Tino Bekhradi Mr. and Mrs. Steven R. Bell Dr. and Mrs. Philip L. Berman Dr. Perry E. Bickel and Dr. Sarah Barlow Ms. Dana M. Brown Mrs. Kaylan F. Caballero Mr. and Mrs. Dunbar N. Chambers Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Collie Jr. Ms. Lisa Curry Mr. and Mrs. Oscar L. De La Rosa II Mrs. Laura Decker Mr. and Mrs. William P. Denison Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Bruce B. Deskin Mr. and Mrs. Stephen T. Dyer Mrs. Roberta S. Feldman Dr. and Mrs. Matthew D. Gemp

Mr. and Mrs. Jay Golding Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth I. Goldstein Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gordon Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Gottschalk Mr. and Mrs. Richard Gould Mrs. Ashley N. Hanna Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Harper II Ms. Josephine Helland Mr. and Mrs. Randy Helms The Hobby Foundation Mr. and Mrs. John Holstead Mr. and Mrs. Thomas S. Holstead Sr. Mr. and Mrs. G. John Hrncir Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Ison Dr. and Mrs. Alan Jarrett Dr. and Mrs. James A. Johnson Mr. Lawrence E. Kahn Mr. and Mrs. Thomas R. Kelsey Mr. Ho Kim and Ms. Young Lee The Kinkaid School Parents’ Association Mrs. Paige Kist Mr. James V. Baird and Mrs. Terri Lacy

Lawrence Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. William S. Locher Ms. Joan H. Lyons Mr. and Mrs. Ross D. Margraves III Dr. and Mrs. Andrew D. Martire Mr. and Mrs. Harris Masterson IV Dr. and Mrs. James R. McBride Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Billy H. McCartney Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Ryan C. McCleary Mr. and Mrs. Christopher J. Mehling Mr. and Mrs. John B. Mitchell Mrs. Denise D. Monteleone Mr. and Mrs. Keith H. Montgomery Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Moore Mr. and Mrs. Paul Morico Ms. Rebecca North Mrs. Judy Nowlin Mr. Ralph S. O’Connor Dr. and Mrs. Anil C. Odhav Mr. and Mrs. Greer H. Pagan C.N. and Maria Papadopoulos Charitable Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Christopher J. Pappas Mr. and Mrs. Harris Pappas

Mr. and Mrs. T.R. Reckling III Mrs. Lenox Reed Mr. and Mrs. Omar Rehmatulla Mr. and Mrs. Paul C. Reinbolt Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon W. Roberdeau Mr. and Mrs. William K. Robertson Mr. and Mrs. John E. Russell Mr. and Mrs. Jack I. Selber Mr. and Mrs. Peter Shaper Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Sheedy Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Simmons Mr. and Mrs. D. Stephen Slack Mr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Studlick Mr. and Mrs. Bruce L. Swanson II Mr. and Mrs. James G. Ulmer Mr. and Mrs. Steffen G. Van Keppel Mr. and Mrs. Carol S. Vance Mrs. Virginia Seale Watt Mr. and Mrs. David J. Weaver Mr. and Mrs. Presley E. Werlein III Mr. and Mrs. Welcome W. Wilson Sr.



Contents Features 17 Class of 2013 24 Honor Day 28 Retiring Faculty & Staff 38 Reunion Weekend


Departments 2 Around Campus

2 8 10 11 14 16


Campus Wide Lower School Middle School Upper School Faculty & Staff Staff Spotlight




Fine Arts


Alumni News




Jennifer Pardee Major Gifts Manager

Cindy van Keppel Advancement Assistant

Emily Wynne Bolin ‘82 Manager of Alumni Activities & Annual Giving

Georgia Piazza Manager of Communications & Special Events

Photography contributed by: David Shutts ’74 David Shutts Photography, Inc.

Jennifer Gould Parent Liaison & Volunteer Coordinator

Laura Renuad Advancement Associate

Andrea Ibarra Gift Records Manager

Design contributed by: Michael Clarke Blue C Studios

Kinkaid would like to acknowledge freelance writer April Renberg for the Don North Tribute and Leading Through Service articles that appeared in the Spring 2013 issue of The Kinkaid Magazine.

38 Do you have historic film footage of the Kinkaid School? Would you be willing to share it with the school archives? We are seeking historic footage of athletics, arts and other school events for a project on the history of the Kinkaid School. Please contact School Archivist Fiona de Young at 713.243.6523 or 1



This is Your Kinkaid Life, Don North On Sunday, May 5th, hundreds of members of the Kinkaid community packed the Brown Auditorium to celebrate Don North’s retirement in a special performance, “This is Your Kinkaid Life, Don North”. The festive and fun celebration included tributes and performances by 150 people including students, faculty and staff from all divisions of the School, family members, alumni and trustees, as well as the presentation of the Distinguished Honorary Alumnus Award to Mr. North. “The warmth of the celebration will stay with me for a very long time,” said North.

Angie North Marshall ’98 and Becca North ‘94 (fs) 2

Middle School performers

Middle School faculty Tom Peden and Jane DiPaolo

Trustee Staman Ogilvie



Field Day Thank you to the over 100 volunteers for a fabulous job on Field Day 2013! Many thanks also to the underwriters and donors who gave so generously. And a BIG thank you to the maintenance crew for a job well done. They set up booths, tables and chairs, hung signs, moved concrete benches, unloaded cars…and then 48 hours later, working late into the night, took it all down and returned the campus to “normal”. Field Day was a fun-filled day, and we were honored to serve as this year’s chairs!

Field Day Chairs - April Abello 2013, Elizabeth Pagan 2015, Christine Williams 2014

Alumni Taco Booth Leslie Labanowski & The Advancement Office

Chairmen Check-In Annette Stephens 2010 Lisa Stone 2011 Alix Nakfoor 2012

Bookkeeping Karen Horne

Cold Drinks Anne Britt Eleni Fuller Paige Johnson Courtney Mitchell

Bingo Prizes Kim Deal Mary Smith Bread Stacy Anderson Pam Carmain Blake Kunetka Jackie McGreevy Breaks, Bandages & Tattoos Elizabeth Arnold Laura Wheless

Cotton Candy Carol Gunn Jenifer Young Decorations Amy Goldstein Martha Kirkwood Dippin’ Dots Julia DeWalch Susanna Moldawer

Cakes & Cookies Diana Anderson Susie McGee JoLynn Towns

Dunk-Um Booth Susie Cone Lisa Cook Ashley Zarr

Cake Walk Jill Holstead Elizabeth Jeffers Marie Louise Kinder Angie Reckling Mary Eliza Shaper

Field Day Bank Debbie Hurwitz Dana Oster Games & Rides Kim Hankamer Becky Pivec

Falcon Grill Park Shaper Penn Shaper Peter Shaper

Sandwiches Elizabeth Chapman Cathy Reynolds

Snow Cones Sheri Bailey Cari Griggs Beth Robison

Hair/Face Painting Rachel Lawrence Cathy Watson

Set-Up Mary Johnson Wendy Nockolds

Sugar Shack Susie Green Melissa Ison Melissa Schnitzer Laura Sheffield

Maypole Jennifer Leman Sandy Sturm Mailings Marlo Bruce Natalie Horlock Mimi Marix Monkey Mania Leisa Dillon Brooke Robertson Pick-A-Chop Elizabeth Dukes Elizabeth Hogan Jessica Jacobe Marjorie Jacobe Laura Kelsey Clare McLeroy Kristi Whiteside Pizza Susie Akerman Jennifer Arnold Rene Pineda Raffle Kathy Arcidiacono Kelli Cravens Dabney Pierce Leslie Sprague

Sidewalk Art Laurel Shaper PK – Allison Crosswell, Sarah Liuzzi and Marcia Smart K – Flora Crosswell and Andrea Osborne 1st – Denise Moseley and Laurel Shaper 2nd – Susan Heldebrand and Missy Massey 3rd – Jennifer Brown and Libbye Morrell 4th – Elizabeth Pagan, Courtney Swanson and Merritt Marinelli Signs Heather Consoli Stacy Head Silly String Ally Jafarnia Maryam Mireskandari Leslie Strauss

T-Shirts Laura Jeckovich Joan Stedman Tickets Janet Cravens Laura Eastman Trisha McGaw Katherine Tower Volunteer Coordinator Ann Snodgrass Water Booth Michele Clements Patti Morgan Giggy Thanheiser Win-A-Fish Ellie Bale Nancy DeWalch Kim Schuenemann Yogurt & Popcorn, Etc. Mark Harris



Sporting Clays Benefit On Friday, April 5, over 200 shooters helped honor Trustee Berdon Lawrence at the 11th Annual Sporting Clays Benefit. The event, chaired by Berdon’s son Charles Lawrence ’96 and co-chaired by Brandt Bowden ’96, raised a record amount of $105,000 for the Steven Hetrick Interim Term Scholarship. Please save the date for next year’s benefit to be held at the Greater Houston Gun Club on Friday, March 28, 2014.




Kinkaid’s Fundraising Program Receives National Award The Council for Advancement and Support of Education in May selected Kinkaid as a recipient of a 2013 CASE Educational Fundraising Award, an honor given to superior fundraising programs at educational institutions across the country. Kinkaid was chosen to receive an Overall Performance Award based on the judges’ analysis of three years of fundraising data. During that three-year period, the Kinkaid community generously contributed over $24 million to further the School’s mission. Of the 59 independent schools considered, only nine were awarded overall performance awards. The award recipients were evaluated in appropriate peer groups (based on number of alumni) by a volunteer panel of senior development professionals and CASE volunteers. When reviewing giving data, the panel recognized institutions that showed solid program growth, breadth in the base of support and other indications of a mature, well-maintained program.

“We are honored to be recognized by CASE with this prestigious award which is a testament not only to Kinkaid’s strong advancement team, but even more so, to our very generous community,” said Headmaster Don North. “Kinkaid is most fortunate to have a special tradition of giving across our community – including our parents, alumni, parents of alumni, grandparents, faculty and staff. This philanthropic spirit is driven in large part by the tens of thousands of hours that volunteers willingly give in support of the School’s many fundraising programs.” “We are truly grateful that our community is very generous in support of all of our fundraising programs,” said Director of Advancement Tom Moore. These programs include the Annual Fund, capital campaigns, the Auction, Field Day, Book Fair, the Sporting Clays Benefit, the Zack Semander Memorial Golf Tournament and other restricted gift opportunities.

Culture Fest This year’s Culture Fest crew did an amazing job of hosting a premiere Kinkaid event, in spite of thunderstorms. The festival was well attended with hundreds of people participating in the event.   The student booths, of which there were over 25, and performances were truly outstanding.  This year’s festival spotlighted the countries of Latin America.  

The winner of this year’s prizes included: Best Booth - 1st - Peru - Kinkaid Community Service Council 2nd - Guatemala - Kinkaid Middle School 3rd - Turkey - World Update Club Best Performances -  1st - Professor Zamudio and daughter 2nd - Sita Yerramsetti ’16 3rd - China Club Best Food -  1st - Nigeria - Ajumobi Family 2nd - Peru - Kinkaid Community Service Council 3rd - Turkey - World Update Club For the second year the Upper School ceramics classes contributed pots or worked their booth titled Falcon Empty Bowls. The fundraiser during Culture Fest raised $1,825 for the Houston Food Bank. Ray Brown ’14 and Sofia Smith ’14 recently presented the check to the Houston Food Bank on behalf of the School.

Back-to-School One-Stop Shopping Online: August 15 – September 6, 2013 Back once again due to popular demand! Your chance to order and pay for dues, extra directories, event t-shirts, student dance tickets, fine arts tickets and more all on one convenient online form. 5


Moms & Dads of Grads On April 9, parents whose last child graduated from Kinkaid prior to 2013 gathered for the annual Moms & Dads of Grads Social. Over 125 parents filled The Commons for a fun evening of reconnecting and reminiscing and to say thank you to Headmaster Don North.

Suzi Swanson, Stephanie Smith, Joan Seale

Ginny Simmons, Tara Mize

Olivia Schirrmeister, Earle Gooding, Ingrid Gooding, Martha Robinson

Falcon Family Feast and The Kinkaid-St. John’s Football Game Friday, October 25, 2013 5:00 p.m. – Falcon Family Feast 7:30 p.m. – Kinkaid-St. John’s Game We hope you can join the entire Kinkaid community (parents, students, alumni, faculty and staff) for dinner, fun and Falcon spirit! Tickets for the feast and game will be available to parents in the Back-toSchool One-Stop Shopping online form in August. All other community members can contact Jennifer Gould at

Alice Helms, Terri Lacy, Diana Kokernot

Carolyn Thompson, Gwynne Old, Pete Killinger




Lisa Spier, Kim Adkins

Parents’ Association Transition

Board of Trustees


First Row: David Underwood, Bill Wheless, Chip Cureton, Don North, Tad Mayfield, Tom Simmons

2012-2013 Parents’ Association CoPresidents, Julia DeWalch and Melinda Stevenson, officially passed the gavel to incoming 2013-2014 Co-Presidents, Kim Adkins and Lisa Spier, at the May 7 Parents’ Association Board meeting.

Second Row: Ed Frank, Berdon Lawrence, Mary Eliza Lovett Shaper, Bubba Coskey, Staman Ogilvie, Abbott Sprague, Linda Andrews, Gene Werlin Third Row: James Chandler, AnnaLee Waite, Jay Mehta, Joe Hafner, Ricardo Perusquia, Caroline Boone Mitchell, Bill Montgomery, Pam Fullenweider, Leslie Doggett, Kenneth Cowan Not Pictured: John Beckworth, Holcombe Crosswell, Roy Cullen, Ernest Deal, Dan Friedkin, Frances Hopper Jeter, Mary Nell Jeffers Lovett, Jack Mayfield, Mike Morgan, Paul Murphy, David Oelman, Lee Rosenthal, Corby Robertson, Andrew Segal, David Weekley, Stuart Yudofsky

New Trustee Blake Hogan joined the Board of Trustees on June 1. Mr. Hogan is founder and CEO of American InfoSource, a Houstonbased, diversified, global financial services company. American InfoSource provides information, systems and solutions to major credit users for managing nonperforming consumer debt. A recognized leader in the credit and collections industry, Mr. Hogan founded American InfoSource in 2000 after leading several successful ventures including Hogan Information Services and Innovis, a subsidiary of First Data Corporation.

Blake Hogan

A graduate of Southern Methodist University, Mr. Hogan has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations including Casady School in Oklahoma City, St. Francis Episcopal Day School and the Children’s Museum of Houston. At Kinkaid, he has served on the Advancement Committee. Mr. Hogan and his wife Shawn are parents of Lauren, Class of 2010, and Blake, Class of 2016. Many thanks to departing Trustee Bill Campbell for his dedicated service to Kinkaid.

Birthday Celebrations One-Stop Shopping Online: July 15 – August 2, 2013 NEW THIS YEAR! Order Birthday Celebration posters and t-shirts for all your children for the 2013-2014 school year. The order form will be available in the Veracross section of the parent portal of the Kinkaid website. Look for further instruction in July. $10 for poster/$18 for t-shirt

2013 J. Barry Moss Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Douglas Brinkley Tuesday, September 17, 2013 7:00 p.m. Douglas Brinkley, Ph.D., noted historian, history fellow at the Baker Institute and a professor of history at Rice University, will present “The Story of Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt”. The entire Kinkaid community is invited to join us for this very special evening. More details to follow. 7


First Grade Grandparents’ Day Stone Soup, Stone Soup! First graders welcomed special guests from across the nation to the 2013 Grandparents’ Day. Students presented a musical adaptation of the beloved children’s story, Stone Soup, about the importance of community, kindness and trust.  The performance featured Lower School Principal Krista Babine as narrator and Fine Arts Director Dan Bishop as accompanist on the piano.  The wonderful Grandparents’ Day concluded with a reception in the Lower School Big Room.

Maria Reyes, Myra Garza, Malaya Garza ‘24, Bella Garza, Margaret Garza

Linda Perez, Andrea Tellepsen, Trent Tellepsen, Talan Tellepsen ‘24, Hudsen Tellepsen

David Fertitta, Marion Fertitta ‘24, Bessie Liedtke, Nancy Fertitta, Leslie Fertitta, Nancy Claire Fertitta, Michael Fertitta

LS Robotics Fourth grade students participated in a LegoRobotics unit using the NXT brick from Lego Education. In this unit students learned about the control systems of robots as well as basic programming. They build a functional LEGO robot with several sensors and then worked their way through numerous challenges, in which the robot follows simple commands. The advanced challenges in the unit help prepare students for future competition in robotics First Lego League and Robotics Club in fifth grade.

Fourth Grade Living History Museum Chief Technology Officer Larry Kahn sits with second graders Will Swanson, Zachary Allan and Kate Consoli

Second Grade Tech Fair Second grade students were busy in April working on individual biography studies. Throughout this unit, they integrated skills such as: reading for information, recording important facts on a graphic organizer, timeline concepts and main idea vs. detail. At the completion of their study, students chose a culminating project to meaningfully represent their knowledge. Some students have been involved in creating iStop Motion Movies or developing their own online posters using Glogster. Others have enjoyed exploring and working with new technology applications such as Keynote and Comic Life.

Fourth graders presented the Living History Museum to their parents, grandparents, teachers and friends in the Lower School. After randomly selecting a name of a famous historical figure, the students researched the person they chose using multiple sources. The fourth grade classrooms were abuzz with students taking notes from books, magazines and the Internet as their presentations were created. The intent of this project was for the students to learn and teach others about someone who has made a difference in the lives of others.

Dub Reckling ‘21 8

LS Art Contest Fourth grade Lower School art students participated in the BBVA/ Museum of Fine Arts’ Portraits of a Community Art Contest. The contest coincided with the Prado: Portraits of a Community exhibit that was on view in Houston through the end of March. Students were asked to create an image that represented their own community and the overall concept of a community. Five students from our school were selected to receive recognition. Zoe Price ’21 won first place on our campus and was selected as runner-up for Best in Show citywide. Walker Brown ’21 was awarded second place, and Jimmy Adkins ’21 won third. Our two honorable mention winners were Mariella Garza ’21 and Carolina De La Rosa ’21.



Art Car Parade With the guidance of Lower School Art Teacher Lauren Taylor, the Lower School celebrated its first annual Art Car Day! All of the Lower School students created their very own personalized art cars and paraded them in front of both the Middle and Upper Schools. Guest speaker Mary Forbes, Assistant Director of the Art Car Museum, also talked to the students about the history of art cars. Elizabeth Scott ‘22, Joel Scott

Third Grade Pioneer Hour Pioneer hour is a chance for the third graders to showcase all of their hard work during our Westward Expansion unit. They learned about the Oregon Trail, and the students wrote a journal from the point of view of a pioneer child on the trail. Along with sharing the journal, each class created a VoiceThread that featured each student talking about life on the Oregon Trail. Chef Mark Harris made biscuits and paired with homemade butter that they made in class, it was the perfect treat! This special day is the highlight of the year for the adventurous third graders!

Eight real art cars came out including Snowdog Ice Cream, Dragonfire (which shot flames into the sky--wow!), The Big Banana, the Hippo Car, a wooden dragster and even the Radio Flyer wagon car, just to name a few!

KOCI First and third grade KOCI Kids were quite busy this semester! They helped Director of Facilities Operations Ed Jordan and his crew by cleaning the US courtyard, measuring rice and beans for Fairhaven Food Pantry, making 30 beautifully decorated birthday boxes for Small Steps Nurturing Center and helping Kinkaid’s Upper School Girl Scout troop by painting clay pots for elderly residents of a local home. They ended the year by writing letters to their favorite F-18 Fighter Jet pilot, Charlie Escher ’98. At the final Club Assembly, Nurse Bonnie thanked this KOCI for making almost 3000 ice bags for the clinic!

Pre-K/Kindergarten Spring Sing Pre-K and Kindergarten students proudly performed for friends and family on April 19th in the Brown Auditorium under the direction of Ashley McCann-Hermis. The performance consisted of songs and poems with a springtime theme, and each piece reflected curricular concepts and skills learned this year in music class.  While one final song was accompanied by our staff pianist Stephen W. Jones, all other songs were accompanied by the students themselves on classroom instruments!  



Fifth & Sixth Grade Day of Service Tuesday, February 26 was no ordinary school day for Kinkaid fifth and sixth graders. Instead of history, math and science, the lesson for the day was philanthropy.  On this Day of Service, classes were cancelled as students performed eight community service projects across Houston, addressing issues of hunger, education, aging and special needs.  The enthusiastic volunteers assisted nursing homes, The Avondale School, KIPP SHARP, Baker-Ripley Elementary School, Small Steps Nurturing Center, The River (a theatre program for special needs children) and Houston Food Bank, bringing food, literacy and companionship to hundreds of Houstonians.

Math is the Key Raiya Goodman ’18 spoke to a packed audience at Math is the Key – the inaugural fundraiser honoring Houston education nonprofit Reasoning Mind in April. Raiya shared how she “used to be afraid of math”, but thanks to Reasoning Mind, she is now making straight A’s in the subject and “loves math!” The event’s program brought to light the importance of providing a high-quality math education to our nation’s students. Kinkaid students with their buddies at the zoo

MS Peer Mentors Reach New Heights The Eighth Grade Mentor Program completed its third full year in May. The program started in 2011 with 19 students and has since grown to 22 students.  Highlights from the year include: leading small group advisory meetings; organizing a Thanksgiving service project in support of our troops through Operation Shoebox; writing, producing and performing fifth grade character skits.  The mentor program is growing in an exciting new direction as next year’s class will switch from fifth grade projects to begin work with the sixth grade students.  For the 2013-14 school year, 32 students have been selected and will begin training and instruction in mid-August before school starts.  

Sophie Lipman ‘19, Bar Pierce ‘19 with buddy


KMS Robotics – Rookies of the Year!

MS Debate Prepares for Summer Championship

In April the Middle School Robotics Team, iBots, attended the TCEA State Robotics Tournament. Just being invited put the Kinkaid team in the top 10% of the state’s robotics teams for 2012-13! The team came in 46th place of the 61 teams there—making their ranking even higher in the state—top 7.5%! And this was the team’s “rookie” year! The team was comprised of Amy Ho ’19, Zubair Mukhi ’17, Graham Parsons ’19 and Seb Seager ’19.

The Middle School debate team will be taking 14 students to the Middle School National Debate Championship this summer in Birmingham, Alabama, and is being sponsored by the National Junior Forensic League (the honor society for students who participate in speech & debate). The following students will represent Kinkaid: Sabrina Bajwa ’17, Chris Choi ’17, Jiya Ghei ’18, Vishal Gupta ’17, Taqi Hasnain ’18, Lauren Ho ’18, Austin Koort ’18, Zubair Mukhi ’17, Anish Odhav ’18, Sam Richey ’17, Amanda Roff ’18, Sam Segal ’18, Anna Thomas ’18 and Grace Wimbish ’17.



US Science This year, The Trash Terminators, comprised of Arjun Reddy ’16, Neil Kumar ’15 and Sawyer Hart ’15 with guidance from Dr. Edward Chen, were national finalists in The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge. Their project burned organic waste material in an oxygen-deprived environment, while looking at how much carbon dioxide could be saved through this process as an alternative to waste decomposition in dumps. The Siemens Challenge teaches students to be stewards of the environment while empowering them to enhance their fundamental and 21st century skills.

The Trash Terminators - Arjun Reddy ‘16, Neil Kumar ‘15, Sawyer Hart ‘15, Dr. Chen

Nikhil Balasubramanyam ’14 and Amber Chen ’14 with their award winning project

The 54th Anniversary Science Engineering Fair of Houston took place this spring at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Five students were recognized for their accomplishments. Amber Chen ’14 and Nikhil Balasubramanyam ’14 took team honors for the Senior Division – Grand Awards with their project titled Entropies of Antioxidants. Reece Rosenthal ’15 was awarded Fourth Place in the Senior Physics Division -- Honorable Mention and Fourth Place in the John Dilorio Award for “Outside-the-Box Thinking” for his project titled A Graphene Nanobit. Arjun Reddy ’16 was awarded winner of the Air Alliance Houston Special Award with his project titled Cutting Off the Carbon Cycle. Christine Kendrick ’17 won a $50 cash award for Excellence in Environmental Science with her project titled Can Shells Survive Acid?

Kinkaid Debate Briefs The University of Kentucky hosted the Tournament of Champions (TOC), one of three tournaments that claim to bestow a national championship in high school debate. The TOC is widely considered to be the most competitive of the triple crowns of high school debate.

Scholastic Writing Competition winners Paige Poe ‘14 and Allison Dyer ‘15

US Writing Awards Two students were awarded recognition at the national level for their submission into the Scholastic Writing Competition. Paige Poe ’14 was awarded a Gold Key for work, and Allison Dyer ’15 was awarded a Silver Key. Megan Pearson ’13 won Dokuga Awards’ first place Best Canon and first place Best Serialization for Contact, her fanfiction on Rumiko Takshashi’s InuYasha. Her fanfiction has been read by more than 600,000 readers.

This year, Zach Rosenthal ’13, Humza Tariq ’13 and John Lewis ’13 represented Kinkaid. Policy Debate - Zach and Humza were one of the 72 teams and placed Humza Tariq ’13 and Zach Rosenthal ’13 3rd, reaching the semi-finals and celebrate after placing third at the TOC losing a close round to the eventual tournament winner from CK McClatchy HS (Sacramento, CA). Zach was awarded the 5th overall speaker award, and Humza was awarded the 9th overall speaker award.   Lincoln-Douglas - John Lewis was one of the 82 best debaters in the country.  John broke a four-year streak of Kinkaid not qualifying for the TOC in Lincoln-Douglas.  



US Community Service Spring Projects Meals on Wheels

Shape Up Houston

Building on our new partnership with Meals on Wheels, Kinkaid sent teams of helpers to deliver meals to homebound senior citizens on March 18 and 29. Each day, four teams comprised of student volunteers and parent drivers packaged and delivered meals throughout the city, bringing much-appreciated food and companionship to some of Houston’s oldest and neediest residents.

On April 14, 10 health-conscious Upper School students illustrated the benefits of good nutrition and exercise to hundreds of Houstonians who attended Earth Day Houston at Discovery Green. Kinkaid really got the crowd moving when they pumped up the music and taught everyone how to hula hoop! Rebecca Roff ‘16 hula hoops at the Shape Up Houston community service project.

Tyra Collins ‘15 and Tyjaé Scales ‘15 at the Greenbay service project

Greenbay On March 23 and April 15, over 50 students and faculty members worked together to create a park on a strip of land on Greenbay Street, across from Chapelwood United Methodist Church. Visitors to the new park may stroll along a gravel path that snakes through gardens featuring native plants, edible plants, a xeriscape and a butterfly habitat.  During the planting, Margaret Kinkaid’s niece, who now lives in Tennessee, happened to be driving by.  Upon seeing the “Kinkaid Service Project” sign, she stopped her car and thanked the students for their efforts, exclaiming, “Aunt Maggie would be so happy to see this!” 

Cecile Wilde ‘16 paints faces at the Walk WIth Me, Easter Seals event

Walk With Me Houston, an Easter Seals event Things got wild at the Houston Zoo on April 20 when 30 Kinkaid students hosted a carnival of fun for people with special needs.  Over 1,000 walkers participated in an Easter Seals walk-a-thon and celebrated afterwards with face painting, tattoos, a bean bag toss and zoo-themed crafts designed especially for our friends with special needs.

K-9 Angels Tails were wagging on April 27 when more than 20 dogs found new homes through K-9 Angels Rescue.  Kinkaid students helped with grooming, exercise and feeding at this adoption program created to rescue dogs and puppies from the city’s animal shelters.   Sponsored by Kinkaid’s PAWS Club, this project will send helpers to K-9 Angels on a regular basis starting in the fall of 2013.

Baker-Ripley Elementary School As part of Kinkaid’s ongoing relationship with Baker-Ripley, Upper School students made weekly tutoring visits to the school throughout April and May. Kinkaid students partnered with elementary school buddies to help the younger children pass the STAAR test (formerly known as the TAKS test), which students in HISD must pass in order to advance to the next grade. 

Rohan Naik ‘14 mentoring at Baker Ripley Elementary School




Dr. David Eagleman Papadopoulos Fellow

Kinkaid had the great privilege of hosting Dr. David Eagleman as the 2012-2013 Papadopoulos Fellow. Dr. Eagleman is a Baylor College of Medicine neuroscientist and a New York Times bestselling author. He addressed the Upper School Assembly in the morning with a presentation on neural function as well as the conscious mind. As Zach Rosenthal ’13 put it, “Dr. Eagleman’s discussion of who’s really in control of the body was frightening and fascinating at the same time.” Dr. Eagleman talked about the great deal of activity taking place behind the scenes in our subconscious before we make our conscious decisions and choices. He also talked about his lab’s work on synesthesia as well as his passion for neuroscience and law. He had a captive audience during a very entertaining presentation that involved audience participation. Alex Goeringer ’16 said, “Dr. Eagleman greatly changed my perception of scientists.” The formal presentation was followed by several small group question and answer sessions for both faculty and students and one section with AP Biology students. Zach Roubein ’16 called Dr. Eagleman a fantastic teacher. Roubein said, “In only an hour and a half, I learned an incredible amount.”

We are very grateful to the Papadopoulos Family for its generous support of this annual program. Anna Wittenmyer ’13 summed it up best, “I think we are so lucky to have this program that makes awesome and brilliant people available to us as high schoolers… It was really satisfying when all of my friends were talking about how cool and interesting everything he said was….and now my friends can understand why I take biology and why I think it is so awesome.”

Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman

Joseph Havel

Established by Kinkaid alumnus Damon Wells ’54, The Wells Fellowship brings distinguished speakers to Kinkaid annually to spend extensive time with students and to serve as models of future success.

Kinkaid welcomed Mr. Joseph Havel, renowned sculptor and Director of the Glassell School of Art in Houston, as the 2012-2013 Weiner Fellow. The Weiner Fellowship program, founded by Sandra and Leon Weiner in 1986, is designed to expose Kinkaid students to ethical issues, broadly considered.

Wells Fellow

This year’s Wells Fellow was no different. Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman, a former astronaut and a current professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT, ignited the students’ interest by sharing his experiences of space travel. Students were fascinated by the stories of the first mission to repair the Hubble Space telescope as well as the fact that he has logged over 1000 hours in space. Dr. Hoffman continued his interactions with students during small group meetings in the amphitheater with selected classes. Each session ended up going in a variety of directions. Students discussed the environment, long-term effects of living in space, travel to Mars and many other engaging topics. In addition to these sessions, Dr. Hoffman had lunch with a group of 12 students who had gone through a competitive selection process to spend even more time with him in a smaller group setting. These students were selected based on their keen interest in aeronautics and engineering. As many students said, Dr. Hoffman was “incredibly approachable”, resulting in a very meaningful overall experience.

Weiner Fellow

Mr. Havel’s two-day visit began with a workshop attended by a select group of students. Mr. Havel led the students in a creative project, using materials ranging from markers and crayons to magazines and cast-off library books. In this project, Mr. Havel emphasized the choices artists make in their creations and the ethical obligations such choices create on the part of the artist. Ray Brown ’14 remarked, “It struck me when Joseph Havel talked about the form, function and aesthetic of ceramics and whether a piece has to be useful or a sculptural item. Can it tell a story? What can you do to create your own personal style?” During the workshop, Mr. Havel held individual discussions with the students, questioning their choices and prodding them to discuss the reasoning behind their creations, hoping to have them consider the larger impact their creations might have. The second day of the Fellowship featured an address by Mr. Havel to the entire Upper School. In his talk, Mr. Havel suggested that when artists create, their goal is to produce an experience to be shared with the viewer. Leaving the assembly, Halle Brazda ’16 remarked, “He is truly an fascinating man who has created very interesting sculptures. He described to us his process of making a sculpture or set of sculptures, telling us how he “evolves” his pieces over time, taking one aspect of a piece and incorporating that aspect into a new piece…I really enjoyed taking part in this Fellowship. ” Thanks to the ongoing generosity of the Weiner Family, this year’s Fellowship was another successful program, offering the students a truly unique learning opportunity.

Dr. Hoffman and his wife Barbara are parents of Olin ’97 and Sam ’93.



Kinkaid Faculty

Fellowships The Glenn Ballard Fellowship is awarded annually to a faculty member for a significant summer project. This year’s recipient is Middle School faculty member and CoDirector of Technical Theatre Jonathan Schroeder.  Jon will use the grant to attend four master classes in design offered by Live Design in New York City. The Jennifer Hicks Memorial Fund for Faculty Continuing Education honors the memory of Jennifer Hicks ’98, and it supports an activity or study that will enrich the recipient’s teaching, advising or work with students outside the classroom. The recipient this year is Science Department Head and Sonia Clayton.  Sonia will take part in an REI-sponsored tour, “Ireland Coast to Coast Hike”, that explores Killarney National Park and Wicklow Mountains National Park. The Joseph Barry Moss and Gary Brent Moss Fellowship in the Humanities was established to create the opportunity for Kinkaid teachers to enrich themselves in the formal study of the Humanities or in other activities related to the Humanities. This year’s recipient is Upper School Spanish teacher Esteban Longoria.  Esteban will travel to Seville, Spain, to attend a summer institute for teachers of Advanced Placement Spanish that includes cultural visits around that beautiful city. English Department Chair Kate Lambert and Upper School Dean Scott Lambert will be the sixth recipient(s) of The Jennie and Charles Simmons Summer Sabbatical Grant for the summer of 2013. Kate and Scott will take a river cruise through Europe, embarking in Budapest and ending in Amsterdam.  They will travel on the Danube, Main and Rhine Rivers and journey through Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Germany.  The trip will entail visiting not just major cities but also small towns and villages along the rivers.

Mary Buettner Receives Columbiana Award for Excellence in Teaching The Columbiana Award recognizes a member of the faculty who has demonstrated outstanding pedagogy within his or her field, and who reaches out beyond the classroom to serve as a mentor and role model for students and colleagues. The recipient of this distinguished award exemplifies the abilities, dedication and inspiring qualities that define great teaching. This year’s recipient, Mary Buettner, has been teaching at Kinkaid for 16 years. Entering her first grade classroom, it is easy to recognize her passion for teaching young children. Mary’s work is largely student-focused, encompassing research-based instructional practices and a plethora of new ideas generated from her extensive reading of professional articles, journals and blogs. The knowledge she possesses about educational practices is evident in both her spoken words and unspoken actions when working with students. Mary is determined that her students will succeed, she is clear about what she wants them to learn, she is clear about what achievement looks like, and she is clear in communicating to students and parents what she is going to do to help them become successful in school and life. Her leadership of the Lower School Literacy Committee continues to be valued and appreciated by her colleagues, and her inspiration to others to be a lifelong learner will be forever remembered.

Kim Adkins Receives Georgia & Eddie Leonard Staff Excellence Award The Georgia & Eddie Leonard Staff Excellence Award is named in honor of two longtime members of the Kinkaid staff who were loved and respected by students, faculty and staff, parents and alumni. Warmth, generosity, respect, commitment and integrity—these are among the words that first come to mind when thinking about Georgia and Eddie Leonard, who were role models for hundreds of students, faculty and staff and parents. This year’s recipient is Database Administrator and Upper School Computer t eacher Kim Adkins. Kim resolves problems, both large and small, quickly and professionally. She has helped launch initiatives that have improved the information flow throughout the School. Over the past eight years she has kept Kinkaid’s Veracross database and many other systems flowing smoothly year round.  In fact, much of her critical work takes place over the summer, unseen by most of us. Whenever anyone asks for something, no matter how busy she is, she responds with a smile and an “I’ll take care of it.”  And she will, quickly and accurately. In addition to her database duties, Kim also has taught classes in the Upper School and provided technical support and training to faculty, staff and students. 14



Awards & Accolades Director of Career Development Judy Muir’s book, Live Wires: NeuroParenting to Ignite Your Teen’s Brain, is one of 16 finalists for ForeWord Reviews’ 2012 Book of the Year award in the category of Family & Relationships. Chief Technology Officer Larry Kahn was one of four presenters for an ISTE SIGIS webinar on educating parents about shifts taking place in how students learn at school. Head Basketball Coach Scott Zimmerman, who, among other things, is in charge of the Middle School leadership program and the Upper School peer mentoring program, made a presentation in April at the 6th Annual Symposium on Developing Student Leadership at the National Cathedral School in Washington, D. C.  The event was sponsored by the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education.   Upper School English teacher Christa Forster has received an Individual Artist Grant from the Houston Arts Alliance to create an original series of monologues, which she will perform in early 2014.  Middle School debate and Upper School Government teacher Stacy Thomas was a Houston area nominee for a “Teacher of the Year” award at this year’s Texas Speech Communication Association convention. Upper School Latin teacher James Houlihan had two poems published in the Winter issue of Vates: The Journal of New Latin Poetry. Lower School art teacher Lauren Taylor, who will complete her Master’s at Texas A&M this summer, has been inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, an honor society recognizing academic excellence in all disciplines. Upper School English and Creative Writing teacher Angélique Jamail took part in a public poetry reading in March at the University of St Thomas Art Gallery. All the poets/readers were published in Improbable Worlds:  An Anthology of Texas and Louisiana Poets. Middle School Science Coordinator Shari Hiltbrand’s poster session proposal, “Angry Birds Tech,” was accepted for presentation at next summer’s International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference.  The presentation will describe the “Angry Birds” project Shari designed for her eighth grade science classes. Upper School English teacher Dr. Charlie Scott has been selected as one of Public Poetry’s “Poets and Readers” for 2013.  Over the course of the year he will be giving a series of Saturday afternoon readings/presentations/performances in Houston public libraries. Director of Dance Krissy Richmond was featured in the Houston Ballet’s version of Dancing with the Stars.  Her partner was Channel 2 meteorologist Frank Billingsley.  Upper School English teacher Warren Rawson’s personal essay, “Daredevil,” was published online by Intellectual Refuge. 

Betsy Durning Named Director of Fine Arts After an extensive national search, the School has named Betsy Durning Kinkaid’s next Director of Fine Arts. She begins her new position in August 2013. “Ms. Durning is an experienced and talented teacher, leader and administrator of fine arts programs in strong independent schools,” says Dean of Faculty Jim Dunaway. “We saw a number of exceptional candidates, and Ms. Durning emerged as the consensus choice of the search committee. She also made a strong positive impression on the faculty, parents and students she met with during her interviews.” Dean of Arts at Episcopal High School in Houston for the past three years, Ms. Durning previously chaired the Department of Theatre, Speech and Dance at St. George’s School in Newport, Rhode Island for 12 years. She also has worked in theater at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire and the Marymount School in New York. In her 19-year professional career, she has directed or choreographed over 30 plays and musicals. Ms. Durning earned a B.A. in English and Theatre from the College of the Holy Cross, and she holds an M.A. in Theatre History, Theory and Criticism from Brown University. “I am excited to serve as the Director of Fine Arts at Kinkaid and work with a talented group of students who are clearly ambitious and creative in their pursuit of both the visual and performing arts,” says Ms. Durning. “I look forward to working collaboratively with the students, faculty, staff and the larger community to support and celebrate the arts at Kinkaid and to build upon the many outstanding programs that the school offers.” Ms. Durning’s husband, Dr. Patrick Durning, has taught history in Kinkaid’s Upper School for the past three years. Their children, Margaret and Henry, will enter Kinkaid this August in Grades Nine and Six, respectively.

Head of Libraries and Archives Dorian Myers has been appointed by the president of the Texas Library Association to serve as a member of the Lariat Adult Fiction Reading List Committee. She will serve a two-year term.




Corky Williamson


hen Corky Williamson came to Kinkaid after a 32-year career in law enforcement with a focus on community services and crime prevention, he was a natural fit as the new face of campus security. As Kinkaid’s primary daytime security guard, he is the first person to interact with everyone entering our campus each day. He is responsible for welcoming visitors, giving campus information, controlling access and ensuring vehicle traffic flows smoothly—no easy feat during busy carpool times. “When I first came to Kinkaid, I could see right off the bat how traffic flow could be improved,” says Corky. “The extra lanes we have now have made a big difference.” Corky will be leaving Kinkaid when he turns 65 in October, but don’t call him retired. He has no interest in slowing down. He has been gradually “retiring” since he left the Houston Police Department in 1993. He then served on the Memorial Villages force for 10 years before coming to Kinkaid. Originally from Van Nuys, California, Corky’s father moved the family to Pasadena, Texas, where Corky ran track in high school. He attended San Jacinto Junior College on a track scholarship, and though an injury forced him to quit running, a job with campus security got him interested in law enforcement. He later joined the Marine Corps where he served in Special Ops Recon and was a scuba and water survival instructor at Guantanamo Bay. He left the service with an Honorable Discharge and made Sergeant E-5 meritorious. Back in Houston, he enrolled in the police academy where he met Kinkaid colleague Ken Malone, another retired HPD officer. Also in his 1972 class was Elizabeth Watson, Houston’s first female Chief of Police.

“Corky’s extensive experience as a security professional, combined with his friendly demeanor, have served us well.” — Director of Facilities Operations Ed Jordan

Throughout his career, Corky has enjoyed helping people and educating them on making their communities safer. He has three life saving awards, two from HPD and one from Memorial Villages. His community work has included crime prevention presentations and mock crisis response situations for local schools. He’s seen significant improvements to Kinkaid’s campus security since he first came. “Corky is a great asset to Kinkaid,” says Director of Facilities Operations Ed Jordan. “His extensive experience as a security professional, combined with his friendly demeanor, have served us well.”


Come October, Corky plans to join his wife Elizabeth and their dogs in Kerrville where they own a home. From there, he will continue working in law enforcement as a constable in Ingram and a Deputy City Marshall in nearby Bandera. He looks forward to having more time for hunting and other hobbies—he collects stamps and badges—and spending time with his three children and two grandchildren. Corky will leave behind many friends at Kinkaid who wish him well in this next phase of life!


Class of 2013



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he members of Class of 2013 said their goodbyes to Kinkaid and their high school days with a series of events leading up to Commencement. Senior Banquet Seniors and their parents attended the Senior Banquet in the Melcher Gymnasium on Saturday, May 18 to kick off the last week before Commencement. Speakers included Headmaster Don North, Head Upper School Dean Robin Doran, Alumni Board President Annette Faubion Stephens ’82, Upper School History Teacher and parent Ed Harris and the Class of 2013 representative Jake Pardee.

“It is true that this is an extremely accomplished class, but that is not how you will be remembered. As Jake told us in his peer mentor leader interview, ‘So many classes are about what Kinkaid can do for me. How can Kinkaid help me get ahead? Our class is about what we can do for Kinkaid - how we can make Kinkaid better.’ Exactly. That is how the Class of 2013 will be remembered.” — Head Upper School Dean Robin Doran

Baccalaureate Service The Class of 2013 and their families gathered together at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church on Sunday, May 19 for the Baccalaureate service. The afternoon featured choral works from the Concert Choir and Choir seniors and remarks from Pastor Emeritus Reverend Dr. David Peterson from Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church. Dr. Peterson’s advice to the seniors included, “Guard your heart, because from it flow the springs of life.”




Stats on the Class 133 seniors

Senior Dinner

Gained acceptance to 141 different colleges

Marcy & Robert Duncan graciously hosted the seniors for dinner at their home on Thursday, May 23. The dinner gave the students a chance to enjoy each other’s company, sign yearbooks and share memories before they said goodbye to Kinkaid.

Attending 54 different colleges 46% in-state 54% out of state $9.4 million awarded in merit scholarships

Honor Day Honor Day recognizes students throughout the Upper School, but the seniors took special seats in the Brown Auditorium on May 21… up on the stage – front and center! See all the Upper School award recipients on page 25.


to the Class of 2013! Commencement On Friday, May 24 the seniors donned their traditional white caps and gowns for their final event as Kinkaid students. Headmaster Don North welcomed the Class of 2013 and their friends and families. Speaking for the class, Governing Council President Niraj Mehta reflected on the years the class spent together and the journey they will continue after they leave the community of The Kinkaid School. “I’m glad I’ve taken this journey with y’all, the Kinkaid Class of 2013, and I’m as glad it doesn’t end here. Never stop learning. Be scholars from when you set foot in university halls and for every day after that. But most of all never stop being excellent. Be excellent students, athletes, artists, leaders, men and women.” This year Kinkaid was honored to have The University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers deliver the commencement address. Mr. Powers congratulated the graduates on their accomplishments and spoke about the importance of good moral character and resilience. Before the evening concluded with the presentation of diplomas, Upper School Principal Patrick Loach gave a few final remarks. “The students in this class are good. By ‘good,’ I don’t mean that you are better than average; I mean ‘virtuous’ — morally excellent, principled and ethical young people.” 19


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Matriculations Calin Ackerman Dartmouth College Grant Marshall Adkins The University of Texas at Austin Priya Afzalpurkar Purdue University Ankush Agrawal Rice University Sumant Agrawal Washington University in St. Louis Brianna Nicole Allen Texas Christian University Eleanor Browning Anderson The University of Texas at Austin Dahlgren Diane Baker Washington University in St. Louis Keenan Shahem Barazi Southern Methodist University, Honors Program Scott Adam Bayley The University of Texas at Austin Mirel S. Baysal Harvard University Charles Taylor Bell Texas Tech University Kate Christine Bentsen Vanderbilt University William Lowell Berry The University of Texas at Austin Anna Huff Boerwinkle Washington University in St. Louis Gayle Polly Bono The University of Texas at Austin James Kyle Britt The University of Texas at Austin Karen Elizabeth Brownman University of Michigan Mallory Elizabeth Burns Wake Forest University Laura Marie Campbell Trinity University Anne Amsler Cathriner University of Virginia Thomas Andrew Chapman University of Wisconsin, Madison Anes Racim Cherif Austin Community College


Ryan Miller Clegg The University of Texas at Austin, Plan II Honors

Luke Richardson Harper The University of Texas at Austin

John Raymond Lewis Dartmouth College

Brynn Victoria Harris Columbia University

Andrew William Manias Rice University

Charles Hunter Hartwell The University of Texas at Austin

Melanie Grace Markham Baylor University

Matthew Wesley Henriksen Gap Year

Declan Christopher Mawer University of Virginia

William Nir Hollo Colorado College

Thomas Patrick McAuley Georgetown University

Madelyn Rae Holmes The University of Texas at Austin

Ava Layne McBath The University of Texas at Austin

Chase Hinchman Howell Colorado College

Jake Matthew McDermott Undecided

Ranjit Nikhil Inamdar Occidental College

Jenna Blair McGaw The University of Texas at Austin

Carroll McLemore Ison The University of Texas at Austin

Niraj Yogendra Mehta University of Southern California

Marjorie Jacklyn Jacobe Princeton University

James August Mentz Vanderbilt University

Jacqueline Elizabeth Jacobs Tulane University

Benjamin James Mitchell The University of Texas at Austin

Edward Baker Elias University of Mississippi

Andrea Erin Jo Barnard College

Christopher Barrett Mize The University of Texas at Austin

Matthew Cole Ellis Rhodes College

Laura Elise Jones The University of Texas at Austin

Tara Leigh Nelson The University of Texas at Austin

Christina Bruni Fondren University of Virginia

Christian Juarez Texas A&M University

Bennett Graham Notestine Rhodes College

David Tate Foor The George Washington University

Bianca Jahnavi Kaushal Washington University in St. Louis

Palmer Hutcheson Oelman Southern Methodist University

Savannah Friedkin Vanderbilt University

Robel Yemane Keleta Texas Tech University

Jacob Daniel Pardee Vassar College

Katherine Suzanne Fullenweider University of Southern California

Bryson Christopher Maby King The University of Georgia

Megan Haralson Pearson Santa Clara University

Mollie Louise Gaylor The University of Texas at Austin

Rachel Sydney Konig The University of Texas at Austin

Gonzalo Perusquia The University of Texas at Austin

Madison Nicole Goeringer Vanderbilt University

David Robert Kreston Austin Community College

Rizwan Popatia Vanderbilt University

Ira Harris Green III University of Virginia

Gregory Pelham Labanowski University of Southern California

Gabrielle Posada The University of Texas at Austin

Jimmy Minter Greenwood The University of Texas at Austin

Megan Suzanne LaForge Chapman University

Lucas Nicholas Postolos Southern Methodist University

Garrett Hamilton Hahn Washington University in St. Louis

Paul McKenzie Langford The University of Texas at Austin, Plan II Honors

Edith Elizabeth Powers Vanderbilt University

Alexandra Paige Cokinos Texas Christian University Jordan Elizabeth Crawford Vanderbilt University David Julian Dennenberg Indiana University at Bloomington Emma Brandl Denson Tufts University Carter Rebstock DeWalch The University of Texas at Austin Katherine Elizabeth Drews Wake Forest University David Anthony Duncan The University of Texas at Austin Carolyn Louise Dyer The University of Texas at Austin, Business Honors Harrison Brooks Eilers Savannah College of Art and Design

Claire Elizabeth Hamrick Sweet Briar College

Jared Evan Lapidus The University of Texas at Austin

George Mitchell Rupprecht Randt Rice University


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Matriculations Monika Sanjay Rao University of Southern California

Eric Rueyhao Sung Rice University

Laura Elizabeth Rathmell The University of Texas at Austin, Plan II Honors

Christopher Paul Wortham SzetoJoe Wheaton College

Rienzi Reckling Texas Christian University

Humza Tariq The University of Texas at Austin, Business Honors

James Sterling Reckling Jr. The University of Texas at Austin Aziza Soraya Rehmatulla The University of Texas at Austin Winston Arthur Reynolds Colgate University Emily Kristine Robinson Southern Methodist University Katharine Ann Roff Wesleyan University Lauren Marissa Rosen Duke University Zachary Cole Rosenthal Stanford University Samuel Louis Sands Johns Hopkins University Maxwell Robert Scheinin The University of Texas at Austin, Plan II Honors

Kendall Paige Taylor The George Washington University Ellen Timanus Thanheiser The University of Texas at Austin Benjamin Eapen Thomas Baylor University

Carolyn Winans Tucker Baylor University


Neal Edward Wakefield The University of Texas at Austin

Annie Cathriner

Carroll Ison

Harrison Eilers

Jacqueline Jacobs

Carrie Lou Walker Vanderbilt University Victoria Mingyi Wang University of Chicago David William Warren Rice University Nicholas Gregory Whalley Dartmouth College

J. Reed Sellers Purdue University

Blake Marzetti Wilde Sewanee: The University of the South

Julia Sydney Shaffer University of Southern California

Larry Glenn Wilkins III The University of Texas at Dallas

Katie Rose Shaffer Georgetown University

Macan Fitzgerald Wilson Northwestern University

Anne Gilmour Sher Williams College

Anna Ravenel Wittenmyer The University of Texas at Austin, Plan II Honors

Enrico Silva-Gabuzzi The University of Texas at San Antonio Neha Singh Georgia Institute of Technology Marissa Anne Smith The University of Texas at Austin Mustafa Sohail University of California at Berkeley Caroline Boyce Stevenson Southern Methodist University, Honors Program

Taking Arts & Athletics to the Next Level

Jacob George Thomas Louisiana State University

Ellen Elizabeth Scofield Southern Methodist University

Donald Wilson Short Jr. Southern Methodist University

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The University of Virginia, Architecture Savannah College of Art and Design, Game Design

Kate Fullenweider

University of Southern California, Theatre

Savannah Friedkin

Vanderbilt University, Studio Art

Claire Hamrick

Sweet Briar College, Dance

The University of Texas at Austin, Studio Art Tulane University, Theatre

Andi Jo

Barnard College, Theatre

Bianca Kaushal

Washington University, Photography

Megan LaForge

Chapman University, Theatre

Lauren Rosen

Duke University, Dance

Athletes Matt Ellis

David Warren

Yujing Claire Zhu Lehigh University, Honors Program

Will Hollo

Blake Wilde

Alexander Constantine Zotos Tulane University

Greg Labanowski

Rhodes College, Football Colorado College, Soccer University of Southern California, Tennis Manager

Bennett Notestine

Rhodes College, Baseball

Win Reynolds

Colgate University, Tennis

Sam Sands

Johns Hopkins University, Wrestling

Rice University, Tennis Sewanee: The University of the South, Tennis

Larry Wilkins

The University of Texas at Dallas, Basketball

Macan Wilson

Northwestern University, Football

Constantine Zotos

Tulane University, Football



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Senior Profiles Sumant Agrawal

Washington University in St. Louis


umant’s high school experience epitomizes the three A’s that are the hallmarks of a Kinkaid education.

A co-captain of the cross-country team, Sumant has developed unique bonds with his teammates and coaches. One of his favorite memories is taking a cool-down lap after a hard workout. He looked to his left and right and was thrilled when he realized there were runners from each grade and a coach running side by side together. And though he wishes he had taken more art classes, Sumant never expected when he signed up for Technical Theatre as a freshman that it would turn out to be his biggest passion at Kinkaid. He loves making things with his hands and says, “There are few things that bring me greater joy than seeing my creations on stage during a show.” Academically, Sumant excelled. His favorite class this year was Multivariable Calculus, partly because it was taught by his favorite teacher, Ms. Offenhauser. “It’s a class with a lot of conceptual and practical applications,” says Sumant. Math has always come easily to him, so he didn’t have to study. Now he can say, “Oh, this is interesting,” and, “I can’t wait to find a more efficient way to solve this problem. A little nerdier, I know, but it keeps my attention more than any other class.” He feels fortunate that four of his classmates are joining him at Washington University in St. Louis where he plans to be pre-med. As he leaves Kinkaid, Sumant will miss Chef Mark Harris’s omelets on Tuesday and Thursday mornings as well as the great school spirit and many good friends he’s made here.

Ryan Clegg

The University of Texas at Austin


yan’s experience during his senior year as goalie on the varsity soccer team will stay with him as his fondest Kinkaid memory, competing on a team with 14 of his friends and achieving a near-undefeated season. “Two moments in particular stand out for me,” Ryan says. “During the game against St. John’s I saved a penalty kick to preserve a 2-1 victory, and I will never forget the reactions of my teammates and being awarded ‘Man of the Game’ by my coaches. Second, the night before the SPC championship our coaches read an inspirational passage from Shakespeare’s Henry V. Seeing our team band together and appreciate the moment was one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had.” Ryan feels fortunate to have had engaging teachers and especially appreciates math teacher Michael Vischak for sharing his passion for the subject and his dedication to each student. When he leaves to study Engineering/Plan II at the University of Texas at Austin in the fall, Ryan will miss the benefits of Kinkaid’s small, close-knit community of students and teachers and being able to pursue all of his interests. “I think I packed just as much into my schedule as I possibly could,” he says. His advice for incoming freshman: “If you have a passion, pursue it. Academics are necessary and important, but what I’ll remember most are the things that I put time into on my own. Kinkaid provides unique opportunities to explore new areas and to grow and meet new friends.”


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Senior Profiles Christina Fondren

The University of Virginia


rom the time she entered Kinkaid in 9th grade, Christina proved to be just the kind of student, athlete and leader who makes the School what it is. She managed an impressive academic load while playing multiple varsity sports and serving in various leadership roles, including Peer Mentor Leader. Christina feels fortunate to have experienced such a friendly and supportive atmosphere at Kinkaid. “The teachers and deans are truly always there for you,” she says. She particularly appreciates her cheer coach and English teacher, Ms. Kehler, and she credits Spanish teacher Mr. Longoria with inspiring her love and appreciation for the language. During Interim Term her sophomore year Christina travelled to China, “the trip of a lifetime”, she shares. The opportunity to learn about other cultures through travel has been one of the highlights of her time at Kinkaid, something she plans to do more of while attending The University of Virginia. She wants to go back to China and also hopes to spend a semester in Spain. Christina’s only regret about her four years at Kinkaid is not having the time to get involved in community service, another of her passions. She advises new students, “Don’t be afraid to try something new, whether it’s a sport or arts activity. Work your hardest and be involved in whatever interests you. Make the most of every moment because it goes by tremendously quick!”

Carrie Walker

Vanderbilt University


f you walked by any number of rehearsal studios at Kinkaid over the past four years, you would likely see Carrie Walker singing, dancing or choreographing something for an upcoming production. “My biggest passion at Kinkaid has been the arts—the musicals, Dance Company and Encore,” Carrie says. “There’s a special bond that happens when you’re part of a group of people who are all so creative and committed to a common goal, that rehearse day and night. We got very close, and they are some of my best friends.” The same can be said for her softball teammates and the experience she had playing four years on the varsity team. Carrie still had time to make academics a top priority, spending hours in Kinkaid math classrooms and science labs in preparation for her pre-med studies at Vanderbilt University. “My favorite class was AP Chemistry with Mr. Kliza. The work was overwhelming but fun. Where else can you ask, ‘Can we set something on fire?’ and have the answer be, ‘Sure, let me get a gummy bear!’” Carrie will miss the incredible support from teachers, friends and parents and the unique environment that fostered those relationships. “There’s something very special about Kinkaid,” she shares. “It’s really a family.”



Kinkaid Honor Day

Lower School Awards John Cooper Award

Sam Pitts & Tristan Riley Alice Hogan & Ethan Fang Glenn Ballard Award

Carolina De La Rosa Larsen Weber

Character Education Award

Walker Brown Michelle Sekili

Walker Brown ‘21, Michelle Sekili ‘21

John Cooper Award recipients Sam Pitts ‘22, Tristan Riley ‘22, Ethan Fang ‘21 and Alice Hogan ‘21, and Glenn Ballard Award recipients Carolina De La Rosa ‘21 and Larsen Weber ‘21 with Lower School Principal Krista Babine and Headmaster Don North

Middle School Awards


Eighth Grade Award

Charles B. Sanders Jr. Fifth Grade Award


Katie Brooks

Seventh Grade Award

Leigh Weld Sixth Grade Award

Eighth Grade Award

Raybourne Burt

Greg Gephart Seventh Grade Award

Alex Chaumette

Glenn Ballard Leadership Award

Rob Lahourcade

Emma Jane Miller Award

Marie Atmar

Arthur E. Goddard Award Charles B. Sanders Jr. Fifth Grade Award recipient Katie Brooks ‘20 with last year’s recipient Jack Mitchell ‘19 and Headmaster Don North


Saef Iftikhar

Ford Young


Hayden Rome Leila Mirzai

Choir and Music Fifth Grade Award

Andrew DeWalch

Seventh Grade Boys Choir Award

Ashton Lambert

Seventh Grade Girls Choir Award

Jiya Ghei

Eighth Grade Girls Choir Award

Anna Glickman



Seventh Grade Award

Seventh Grade Award

Eighth Grade Award

Anna Maria Johnson

Ava Lubetkin

Bryn Anderson



Algebra 7 Award

Hayden Rome

Eighth Grade Award

Sarah Bass

Algebra 8 Award

Kirby Cravens

Honors Algebra 8 Award

Tommy Ereli

Honors Geometry Award

John Goettee

Science Fifth Grade Award

Eliza Moldawer

Sixth Grade Award

Callie Rosenthal

Seventh Grade Award Glenn Ballard Leadership Award recipient Rob Lahourcade ‘17, Arthur E. Goddard Award recipient Ford Young ‘17, Middle School Dean Chelsea Collins and Emma Jane Miller Award recipient Marie Atmar ‘17

Debate Seventh Grade Award

Sam Segal

Eighth Grade Award

Sam Richey

Drama Eighth Grade Award

Kerry Sullivan

Speech Seventh Grade Award

Ashton Lambert

Technical Theatre Eighth Grade Award

William Ison

Visual Arts Fifth Grade Award

Maggie Summerlin

Seventh Grade Award

Halle Baerenstecher

Eighth Grade Award

Ellie Nakfoor

Elements of Theatre Seventh Grade Award

Aidan Reed


Eighth Grade

Kaylie Mings


Rob Lahourcade

Sixth Grade Award

Fifth Grade Award

Seventh Grade Award

Sixth Grade Award

Joseph Wagnon David Liang

Academic Enrichment Sixth Grade Award

Nikita Munsif

Grace Breeding

Sixth Grade Honors Math Award

Merritt Cozby

Emma Sykes

Pre-Algebra 6 Award


Seventh Grade Award

Fifth Grade Award

Evelyn Mineo


Amy Ho

Ava Lubetkin

Seventh Grade Honors Math Award

Jack Beaver

Eighth Grade Award

Christine Kendrick

French Sixth Grade Award

Daniel King

Seventh Grade Award

Christos Papandreou

Eighth Grade Award

Sofia Gonzalez

Spanish Sixth Grade Award

May Moorefield

Seventh Grade Award

Jiya Ghei

Eighth Grade Award

Sabrina Bajwa

Latin Eighth Grade Award

John Goettee

Fifth Grade Award

Molly Ribbeck

Sixth Grade Award

Caroline Oster

Seventh Grade Award

Anna Thomas

Eighth Grade Award

Bryn Anderson

Creative Writing Seventh Grade Award

Mary Claire Stevenson Eighth Grade Award

Eighth Grade

History Fifth Grade Award


Jonathan Frumovitz

Seventh Grade

Sixth Grade Award

Nina Wells

Eighth Grade Award


Nell Shaper

Ford Young

Merritt Tilney


Seventh Grade

Hayden Rome

Seventh Grade Award

Anna Maria Johnson

Alex Frumovitz

Leigh Weld Sixth Grade Award recipient Raybourne Burt ‘19 with Leigh Weld’s daughter Sally Weld Frost, last year’s recipient Channing Allshouse ‘18 and Headmaster Don North 25

Kinkaid Honor Day


Upper School Awards

Citizenship Award recipients with Upper School Principal Patrick Loach

CITIZENSHIP AWARDS The Class of 1978 Award

Joe Cozby Charlotte Larzelere

The Mark Lester Award

Issa Cook Nicholas Ho

The Class of 1953 Award

Ray Brown Graham Marsh

The Class of 1975 Award

Jimmy Greenwood Ellen Thanheiser

The Kendall Award for Community Service

Calin Ackerman

The Cooper Award

Sam Sands Anna Wittenmyer

The Mrs. W.J. Kinkaid Award

Katherine Drews

The W.W. Kinkaid Award

Jake Pardee


The Junior Academic Award

Spanish IV

The Senior Academic Award

The Elena Semander Scholarship for Arts & Athletics

Edie Powers

The Francita Stuart Award for Spanish V


The Latin III Award

The C.A. Coskey, Sr. Scholarship

English English I Award

The Dorothy Rice Cooper Award for Latin IV/V

English II Award

The Chinese III Award

Nicholas Ho & Phoebe Zipper

Edward Wakefield

English III Award


Tory Smith

Raevyn Rogers-Henderson The John and Dorothy Cooper Scholarship

Julia Camp

The John Fontaine Memorial Scholarship

Collins Orr

ACADEMIC MERIT AWARDS The Freshman Academic Award

Kaveh Badrei

The Sophomore Academic Award

Harriet Tieh

Trevin Kurtanich

Sarah Lasater

Cameron Neath & Sydnie Neath The Junior Class of 1953 English Award

Katherine Drews

The Callie B. Law Writing Award

Dahlgren Baker & Annie Roff The Falcon Wings Award

Andi Jo & Megan Pearson

The A.J. Carother ’50 Award for Creative Writing

Andi Jo

Sam Schwager Annie Sher

Amy Das & John Pederson George Randt

Freshmen History Award

Louise Stephens

World Civilizations Award

Harriet Tieh

The American History Award

Jared Feig

The Celina Kilpatrick Research Award

Laura Grove

The Damon Wells Award

Zack Rosenthal

Foreign Language The Lucette Topper Level Three French Award

Lauren Siegel

The Stone Award for French IV

Rachel Soderstrom

The Schlumberger Award for French V

Dahlgren Baker

The Spanish III Award

Grant Martin


Academic Merit Award recipients Kaveh Badrei ‘16, Harriet Tieh ‘15, Edie Powers ‘13 and Trevin Kurtanich ‘14 with Upper School Principal Patrick Loach

The Haynes Award for

The John and Dorothy Cooper Scholarship recipient Julia Camp ‘14 with Bubba Coskey


Cooper Award recipients Anna Wittenmyer ‘13 and Sam Sands ‘13 with Curtis Kayem

The Prep Bowl Award

David Warren

Debate The Mike Moncrief Debate Award

Academic Enrichment


The Independent Study Award


Nate Freeman & Tory Smith

The Hooper Newspaper Award

The Amber Alexander Award

The Kinkaidian Award

Eric Sung

John Lewis


The Chemistry Award

Colby Gottschalk & Q Tabarestani

The Algebra II and Trigonometry Award

Eric Yu

The Class of 1980 Mathematics Award for Precalculus

Sam Schwager

The AP Statistics Award

Jacklyn Jacobe

The AP Calculus Award

Daniel Weiner

The Malcolm Cravens Award

Zach Rosenthal

The John Fontaine Scholarship recipient Collins Orr ‘14 with Harris Fontaine ‘05 and Jack Fontaine

The Mathematics and Science Award

The Monroe Rust Biology Award

The Kathryn Wade Geometry Award


Sarah Lasater

Bianca Kaushal & Jenna McGaw

John Pederson

Fine Arts

The Goettsche Physics Award

The Lauri Jones Shepler 2D Art Award

Daniel Weiner

The Papadopoulos Award for Biology

Zaid Kajani & Anna Wittenmyer

The Four Year Science Award

Annie Sher

The Herder Fellowship for Science Leadership

Reece Rosenthal

The William S. Kilroy Computer Award

Neha Singh

Dahlgren Baker

The 3D Art Award

Sydnie Swanson

Mustafa Sohail, Katie Shaffer & Emily Robinson Ellye Anderson, Elise Jones & Rienzi Reckling

ATHLETICS The Mary Lou Lyon Award

Ava McBath

The Doyne Holder Spirit Award

The Photography Award

Nate Freeman & Grace Wang

Ava McBath & Anna Wittenmyer

The Filmmaking Award

The Cathy Merrill Award

Jake McDermott

Anna Wittenmyer

The Band Award

The Dan Hart Award

Reed Sellers

Harris Green

The Choir Award

Kate Bentsen, Garrett Hahn & Claire Hamrick The Orchestra Award

Brynn Harris

The Dance Award

Mallory Burns

The Acting Award

Calin Ackerman & Andi Jo The Tom Boyd Musical Theatre Award

Jake Pardee

The Technical Theatre Award

Ankush Agrawal

The W.W. Kinkaid Award and Mrs. W.J. Kinkaid awards recipients Jake Pardee ‘13 and Katherine Drews ‘13

The C.A. Coskey Sr. Scholarship recipient Raevyn Rogers-Henderson ‘14 with Bubba Coskey

The Elena Semander Scholarship recipient Tory Smith ‘14 with JoAnna and Chris Nicolaou



Kinkaid Honor Day

Outstanding Athletes


Cross Country

Keenan Barazi


Kate Bentsen


Anna Boerwinkle

Cross Country Gayle Bono

Soccer, Tennis James Britt


Tom Chapman


Alexandra Cokinos


Emma Denson

Cross Country

Collins Orr

David Warren

Raevyn Rogers-Henderson

Softball Tennis

Larry Wilkins


Football, Wrestling, Lacrosse Volleyball, Basketball, Track & Field Brenda Ruiz

Macan Wilson

Cross Country, Swimming, Track & Field

Anna Wittenmyer

Brecca Thomas

Football, Baseball Field Hockey, Soccer, Track & Field Yujing Zhu

Cross Country, Swimming, Track & Field


Field Hockey, Soccer, Lacrosse Brendan Martin

Volleyball-Manager, Basketball, Track & Field SENIORS Carolyn Dyer

Field Hockey, Soccer, Lacrosse Harris Green

Football, Soccer, Baseball Bryson King

Football, Basketball, Lacrosse Gaby Posada

Cross Country, Swimming, Track & Field Rienzi Reckling

Field Hockey, Soccer, Softball

Cross Country, Soccer, Track & Field

Carolyn Tucker

Field Hockey, Soccer, Lacrosse


Anna Wittenmyer

David Tate Foor

Frances Andrews

Katherine Drews

Cross Country, Track & Field Carolyn Dyer


Mollie Gaylor


Maddie Holmes


Carroll Ison

Field Hockey, Lacrosse Rachel Konig


Greg Labanowski


Declan Mawer

Girls’ Lacrosse Mgr. Tommy McAuley

Volleyball, Basketball, Lacrosse Allison Dyer

Field Hockey, Soccer, Lacrosse Emma Eggleston

Field Hockey, Soccer, Lacrosse Henry Heyser

Cross Country, Soccer, Lacrosse Tyler Higby

Football, Basketball, Track & Field Tyjae’ Scales

Volleyball, Basketball, Track & Field



Edie Powers

John Beeler


Football, Soccer, Baseball

Rienzi Reckling

Thomas Dillon

Soccer, Softball

Win Reynolds


Sam Sands


Carolyn Tucker

Track & Field


Carrie Walker

Football, Basketball, Track & Field Lizzy McGee

Cheerleading, Soccer, Track & Field Lilly Morgan

Volleyball, Basketball, Golf

Cross Country, Swimming, Track & Field Field Hockey, Soccer, Track & Field Yujing Zhu

Cross Country, Swimming, Track & Field



Senior Artists

PERFORMING ARTS 2013 Technical Theatre Ankush Agrawal Sumant Agrawal Blake Wilde

Acting Company Calin Ackerman Kate Bentsen Karen Brownman Laura Campbell Katherine Drews David Tate Foor Kate Fullenweider Chase Howell Jacqueline Jacobs Andi Jo Megan LaForge Ava McBath Jake Pardee Lauren Rosen Julia Shaffer Chris Szeto-Joe

Jared Lapidus Ava McBath Tara Nelson Jake Pardee Gaby Posada Win Reynolds Lauren Rosen Chris Szeto-Joe Carrie Walker Blake Wilde

Concert Choir Kate Bentsen Mallory Burns Katherine Drews Madi Goeringer Garrett Hahn Claire Hamrick Megan LaForge Rachel Konig Ava McBath Jake Pardee Lucas Postolos Carrie Walker

Encore Kate Bentsen Mallory Burns Katherine Drews Madi Goeringer Garrett Hahn Claire Hamrick Megan LaForge Jake Pardee Lucas Postolos Carrie Walker

Children’s Theatre

Musical Calin Ackerman Ankush Agrawal Sumant Agrawal Kate Bentsen Karen Brownman Mallory Burns Tom Chapman Katherine Drews Madi Goeringer Garrett Hahn Claire Hamrick Brynn Harris Andi Jo Megan LaForge

Grant Adkins Adam Bayley Gayle Bono James Britt Alexandra Cokinos David Dennenberg Christina Fondren Mollie Gaylor Carroll Ison Bryson King David Kreston Greg Labanowski Jared Lapidus Jake McDermott Jenna McGaw Bennett Notestine Hutch Oelman Megan Pearson Aziza Rehmatulla Win Reynolds Ellen Scofield Ellen Thanheiser Benjamin Thomas Constantine Zotos

Dance Company


Mallory Burns Claire Hamrick Brynn Harris Tara Nelson Jake Pardee Emily Robinson Lauren Rosen Ellen Scofield Carrie Walker

Lanie Markham Gonzalo Perusquia

Orchestra Priya Afzalpurkar Anes Cherif Brynn Harris Ben Mitchell Hutch Oelman Neha Singh Yujing Zhu

Band Ryan Clegg Garrett Hahn Niraj Mehta George Randt Reed Sellers David Warren Nick Whalley

VISUAL ARTS 2013 Architecture Adam Bayley Chase Howell James Mentz

Portfolio Development Dahlgren Baker Annie Cathriner Alexandra Cokinos Harrison Eilers Savannah Friedkin Carroll Ison Bianca Kaushal Edie Powers Victoria Wang

Mixed Media Karen Brownman Savannah Friedkin

Photography Emma Denson Kendall Taylor Andrew Manias Laura Rathmell Will Short

Painting David Duncan Luke Harper Carolyn Tucker

Yearbook Brianna Allen Ellye Anderson David Dennenberg Matt Ellis Jimmy Greenwood Ranjit Inamdar Elise Jones Rienzi Reckling Win Reynolds Marissa Smith Max Scheinin Ellen Thanheiser Larry Wilkins Macan Wilson Anna Wittenmyer

Newspaper James Britt Baker Elias Harris Green Robel Keleta Rizwan Popatia Emily Robinson Katie Shaffer Marissa Smith Mustafa Sohail

Creative Writing Andi Jo Megan Pearson

Debate John Lewis Ben Mitchell Rizwan Popatia George Randt Zach Rosenthal

Filmmaking Charles Bell Will Hollo Jake McDermott James Mentz Enrico Silva Edward Wakefield

Visual Arts Multi-Discipline Matt Henriksen



Faculty Retirements

Kinkaid Says Farewell to Cherished Faculty and Staff

With 300 years of combined experience, Kinkaid says goodbye and good luck to 16 cherished faculty and staff members.

Seated: Jenine Alig, Jane DiPaolo, Barbara Lingenfelder, Cindy Stanley, Rhnee Hicks, Bonnie Hetrick, Anne Schoenewolf Standing: Molly Burns, Warren Rawson, Maggie Honig, Don North, Barry Spiers, Torsten Louis, Daisy McCloud, Barbara Cooney, Nancy Eason

Molly Burns

Barbara Cooney

11 years

38 years

Molly Burns has served as Pre-Kindergarten assistant in the Blue Door class for the past 11 years. Molly is a Houston native and graduate of Vanderbilt University.  She and husband Gillette are the proud parents of Kinkaid graduates Beau ’08, Abby ’10 and Mallory ’13.

For the past four decades Barbara Cooney has held sway as a teacher of profound influence upon generations of Kinkaid students and colleagues. No student left her classroom without learning the process of taking notes – a process she professes to have learned from another Kinkaid legend, Art Goddard, and many former students have continued to use that method throughout their education, even in college and graduate school. Her passion for her subject infused her life at Kinkaid, and Ms. Cooney never stopped being a student herself, whether through traveling abroad, attending lectures on ancient Egypt or learning new ways to present material. Was she strict? Yes, but she cared deeply about the students in her classes and in her advisory, and she was always willing to come early or stay late to help a student. It is difficult to measure the impact Ms. Cooney has had on the Kinkaid Middle School and nearly impossible to envision the building without her presence.

Pre-Kindergarten Assistant

Over her time at Kinkaid, Molly’s creativity, artistic talents, attention to detail and cheerful nature have been an inspiration to her students. Her calm manner and clear, thoughtful voice have inspired the children to embrace personal responsibility and pursue educational excellence.  She has brought a full measure of love, joy, peace, patience and kindness to the classroom each day and will be greatly missed.  We wish you the very best, Molly! Contributed by: Audrey Alexander


Middle School History

Contributed by: John Friday

Faculty Retirements


Jane DiPaolo

Bonnie Hetrick

16 years

24 years

Jane DiPaolo was a Kinkaid mom before she was a Kinkaid teacher. Her children, Lauren and Andrew, attended the School for eight and 10 years respectively; Lauren went on to boarding school and Andrew was a 2000 graduate of Kinkaid.

The sound of her name and the twinkle in her eyes warms your heart! Working with such a dedicated registered nurse inspires each of us. Her qualities of steadfastness, compassion, sincerity and gentleness have guided students, families and employees as they navigate through academics, arts and athletics.

Middle and Upper School Art

Jane began as a part time teacher of fifth grade in 1997 and eventually increased her class load to include seventh grade as well as Upper School ceramics. Her broad range of skills and her ability to connect with all age groups has made her a superior teacher of all grades and media. From weaving to batik, drawing, painting and clay, Jane is a consummate artist and teacher. Jane’s many contributions to the art department include the hugely successful Fifth Grade Art Night, where students and their families celebrate the year in art with a show and art-related activities, her popular jewelry-making class offered during interim term and the founding and expansion of the highly competitive Upper School ceramics program. Jane’s wealth of creative ideas, her willingness to help out in any capacity, her sense of humor and her impeccable sense of style have made her an unforgettable colleague. She will be missed! Contributed by: Nancy McMillan and David Veselka

Nancy Eason

Upper School Spanish

28 years Nancy Eason has shaped the lives of countless young people at Kinkaid in her 28-year career as a Spanish teacher in the Upper School. When I came to Kinkaid in 2010, I noticed a hardhat in Nancy’s room, and I questioned what it was doing in her Spanish classroom. She popped that hardhat on her head and said, “I wear this to remind the students that I am in the construction business, and I use this hat when I am illustrating a character-building moment.” She took the time to have discussions with her students about topics such as integrity, graciousness, honor and duty. Sure enough, a few weeks later she presented me with my very own hardhat and a reminder never to forget that as educators we are in the “construction” business. She has built a solid foundation for us, we celebrate the lessons that she has imparted to us all, and we rejoice that she will be spending more time with her family: her husband Lynn; her beloved canine babies; her daughter Noelle ’97; son-in-law Rick Gray; and their newest addition, Carolena. I expect that hardhat will go with her and that she will continue to practice her special brand of “construction” on her new granddaughter. Contributed by: Shari Harris

Director of Health Services

We will always be grateful to our “Nurse Bonnie”Nurturing Understanding Radiant Steadfast Empathetic Brave Outstanding Nice and friendly Non-judgmental Intelligent Encourager Greta Zimmerman, RN, explains: “When you have something to say to Bonnie she will stop what she is doing and listen to you completely, as if you are the most important person in the world at that moment.” Nurse Bonnie’s staff will continue her legacy of gentleness, genuine loving care, compassion, kindness and humility. Contributed by: Cheryl Bressler, Diane Roberts, Greta Zimmerman, Harper Morrow, Kate West and Mary Ellen Taylor

Rhnee Hicks

Pre-Kindergarten Assistant

21 years Rhnee has worked for Kinkaid for 21 years, and I have had the joy and privilege of working with her for 14 of those years. In the early years, she earned my deep respect and admiration as I witnessed a single mother of three, raising her children to become successful, caring and confident adults. Another amazing characteristic is her strength. When we first worked together, Rhnee sometimes struggled to see her own potential, but with encouragement from family and friends, coupled with her own growing desire to succeed and better herself, Rhnee ended up earning a college degree while working full time! I have witnessed her cooperative spirit, professional attitude and caring disposition to both staff and students. Earnestly caring for her students, Rhnee has always maintained a pleasant and easy-going temperament amongst our students. Rhnee has been an amazing partner in the classroom, but what I will miss most is the precious friendship we have fostered over the years. Moving forward, she is ready to be more available to her three children and their growing families! Contributed by: Kathryn Leisz



Faculty Retirements

Maggie Honig

Anne Schoenewolf

11 years

26 years

Throughout her 11 years of service to Kinkaid, Maggie has been a loving and patient teacher, a respected and caring colleague and a thoughtful advocate for the preservation and enhancement of the Kinkaid backyard. Maggie’s teaching career started in the Middle School in 1996, and after a short absence to obtain a degree in Cytotechnology and work at MD Anderson, she returned to the Middle School, where she taught grades fifth through seventh. Three years ago Maggie joined the Upper School as a teacher of Biology I, Environmental Science and Marine and Freshwater Biology and Ecology.  Her work at Kinkaid afforded her the opportunity to teach some of the same students at different ages; thus, we hear some affectionate stories from high school seniors about their work with Maggie as far back as middle school. Maggie is leaving us to take care of aging family members, but she will not be too far west of Houston herself and has promised to stay involved.  We will certainly miss her!

Anne Schoenewolf is first and foremost a wonderful friend and teammate. She has been a member of the Kinkaid faculty for 26 years and teaching has been her life long career.

Upper School Science

It is impossible to count all the young lives Anne has impacted over the years during her teaching career. Her teaching and reaching children has spanned over 40 years of serving and loving young people.  The words that come to mind when describing Anne are:  compassionate, organized, masterful, laughter and dependable.  She knows exactly when a child needs a hug and encouragement and when it is time to push a little, all with the goal of helping each and every student achieve all that they can.   

Contributed by: Sonia Clayton

We have witnessed Anne do everything possible to help a child grasp a difficult concept. She would sit and read countless hours with children that struggled to feel good about themselves.   She never gave up on any child, nor did she let them give up on themselves.  It was just not an option in Mrs. Schoenewolf ’s class.

Barbara Lingenfelder

We will miss you Anne, but your thumbprints will forever be on the lives of all the children and friends who have known and loved you.

16 years

Contributed by: Betsy Thompson and Nancy Simpson

Barbara Lingenfelder has the patience of a saint, an unmatched dedication to her students and a laugh that would warm the coldest of hearts. For 37 years, she has been the consummate storyteller of all things that are historical in nature and some that are not. It would not be uncommon to stroll into her room to find 18 fourth graders mesmerized by a tale of Davy Crockett and his last moments in the Alamo or Lewis and Clark and their journey to find the Northwest Passage. These tales might generate fabulous questions, and every now and then loud guffaws of laughter would come pouring out of her door — all in the name of history.

Barry Spiers

Fourth Grade

After 16 years as a fourth grade teacher at Kinkaid, Barbara travels to Singapore to see her new grandson and perhaps to Paris to visit the Eiffel Tower. Maybe, just maybe, she’ll return to Kinkaid with some new stories to tell. Contributed by: Cindy Stanley

Daisy McCloud

Lower School Facilities

23 years Daisy McCloud… a name I knew before ever setting foot on the Kinkaid campus 22 years ago! While Daisy is known to us all in the Lower School as that friendly face greeting us in the morning, helping us at lunchtime or taking care of something we have absolutely no idea how to take care of, her gifts go far beyond that! In Daisy’s early Kinkaid days, she was a critical part of the “Sunshine Committee” trio, which included my mother, Fifth Grade teacher Marion Barren, and retired Lower School assistant Barbara Miller. No one could organize a Lower School social better than those three! Through the years, Daisy has helped us carry on those early traditions of celebrating by wearing a myriad of hats on any given day. Her love for Kinkaid, the faculty and most of all the students goes far beyond her daily duties. Her laughter and smile will be remembered and missed by us all! Contributed by: Cindy Holubec 32

First Grade

Middle School Principal

27 years I have known Barry Spiers for over 10 years serving in various roles and from different perspectives. Within each role, I have developed and maintained a wholesome respect for him as a boss, colleague, mentor, confidant and most importantly, a friend. It is quite apparent when working with him and “seeing him in action” that he is a true educator for all ages (students, faculty and parents alike) and has the inherent ability to listen, learn and lead. Barry is reasonable, smart and keen in adapting to new situations. He has proven himself to be dedicated, engaged and trustworthy. It is not often that I allow someone to enter my circle, but Barry is a gentleman of great dignity, character and compassion. He represents honesty, displays professionalism to the highest degree and lives by a firm set of values. So while we know that he deserves time to enjoy the “rest of his journey”, we are saddened by his decision to retire and relocate. I would personally be remiss to omit that my appointment as his successor is in large part due to his mentoring, tough love and commitment to my growth as an individual. He is not just a well-respected and dependable leader, but he is also a loving father away from home and dear friend whom will be missed tremendously by all. Contributed by: Chelsea Collins


Faculty Retirements Cindy Stanley Fourth Grade

17 years Any student entering Cindy Stanley’s fourth grade classroom soon realized that they would be writing and journaling daily. Her love for words and writing has inspired many emergent writers. They have written about personal events, current topics, units of study and even math. After more than three decades of developing young minds, Cindy has decided to retire from full-time teaching. Seventeen of these

years have been spent at Kinkaid, where Cindy has greeted her students every morning. Cindy always says that teaching has been rewarding and purposeful, and she has expressed that she is grateful for the opportunity to help young people grow, learn and better themselves. Anyone around Cindy quickly discovers and enjoys her witty humor and friendliness. Perhaps she will have time to put her witty sayings and funny stories into a literary format. She can now further develop her love of the culinary arts and has plans to attend bread-making classes in Vermont in the fall. Contributed by: Barbara Lingenfelder

Transitions Jenine Alig

Torsten Louis

Warren Rawson

14 years

13 years

12 years

It is hard to imagine the Deans’ Office without Jenine Alig. She has been a constant in the college counseling office since 1999. Not only has she helped well over 500 Kinkaid students apply to college, she also was involved in many other areas of the School. She coached cheerleading and middle school softball, was the advisor to SOK and traveled with students to the Student Diversity Leadership Conference for many years. Jenine was willing to jump in and help wherever she was needed and wherever she could get to know her students better. We are going to miss Jenine greatly in the Upper School, as we are not only losing a colleague, we are losing a friend.

Torsten first came to Kinkaid in August of 2000. He started with a small group of students who worked after school on the productions and turned the program into an elective class that meets five days a week during the school day. Together with his students, Torsten has designed and constructed six to seven major productions and several smaller productions every year.  He has also shared his love of art, architecture and the outdoors through his interim term and architecture classes.  Torsten was instrumental in the final designs for the Lenny C. Katz Performing Arts Center, suggesting design changes that have proved invaluable in the day-to-day operation of the building. His commitment to education and excellence in the arts will influence the program for years to come.

Warren Rawson came to Kinkaid in August 1999.   During his 12 years in the English Department (he took a two-year leave when his son was born), he taught sophomores, juniors and seniors and even helped usher in the senior electives for which he created his much loved course, Critical Approaches to Literature--a course which challenged students to read literature from a number of theoretical angles, including among others, marxism, feminism and new criticism.  Beyond his love of critical theory, Warren Rawson’s greatest gift as a teacher, both to his students and to the English Department, was his skill as a writing teacher.  His students are better writers and we are better teachers of writing because of what we learned from Warren.

Contributed by: Jonathan Schroeder

Contributed by: Kate Lambert

Lee Berlet, part-time teacher of History

Troy Flowers, Middle School computer

Haley Robinson ’05 has served as

Dan Bishop, who has served as Director

Leslie Labanowski ’02, Manager of

Sarah Bunk, Band teacher in the Middle

Danielle Mossbarger, Middle School

Upper School Dean

Contributed by: Robin Doran

in the Upper School this year, will focus full-time on his graduate work.

of Fine Arts and Choral Activities for four years, will be relocating to Washington, D.C. and Upper Schools for nine years, has decided to stay at home with her young daughter.

Arte Culver, after four years as Upper

School mathematics teacher and basketball coach, will join the men’s basketball staff at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi.

Director of Technical Theatre

teacher for eight years, will be teaching in Belgium next year.

Alumni Activities for the past three years, has decided to stay at home with her young daughter. English teacher for three years, will move to Austin this summer following her marriage.

Mily Perez, Middle School Spanish

teacher for the past two years, is leaving to take a leadership position at the Chinquapin School.

Upper School English

Administrative Assistant to the Director of Athletics, Physical Education, and Wellness and three-season coach for three years. She will enter nursing school this summer at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.

Laura Sliver, Upper School mathematics teacher for three years, has decided to devote more time to her two young children.

Jill Tipton, first year Latin teacher in

the Middle School, will return to the East Coast to be closer to family there.

Crystal Walker, Lower School Assistant Librarian for the past year, is moving back to Utah to be near her family.



Spring Sports Review

Varsity Baseball

Girls Varsity Tennis

OVERALL RECORD . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24-14

OVERALL RECORD . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 -3

CONFERENCE RECORD . . . . . . . . . 7-0

CONFERENCE RECORD . . . . . . . . . 6 -1

SPC RANK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2nd ALL SPC PLAYERS: David Duncan ’13, Bennett Notestine ’13, Macan Wilson ’13

SPC RANK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6th ALL SPC Players: Sophia Smith ’14, Cecile Wilde ’16

Boys Varsity Golf SPC RANK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1st ALL SPC Players: Chandler Cone ’15, Andrew Jacobe ’15, John Berdon Mitchell ’14, Taylor Phillips ’15, Andrew Priest ’14

Girls Varsity Golf SPC RANK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9th

Boys Varsity Lacrosse OVERALL RECORD . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-8 CONFERENCE RECORD . . . . . . . . . 2-3 SPC RANK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7th ALL SPC Players: Sam Chapman ’15, Robert Reinbolt ’14, Connor Sullivan ’15

Girls Varsity Lacrosse OVERALL RECORD . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12- 6 CONFERENCE RECORD . . . . . . . . . 3 -1 SPC RANK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4th ALL SPC Players: Alexandra Cokinos ’13, Carolyn Dyer ’13, Mollie Gaylor ’13, Tory Smith ’14

Varsity Softball OVERALL RECORD . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 -14 CONFERENCE RECORD . . . . . . . . . 5 -1 SPC RANK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3rd ALL SPC Players: Georgi Andrews ’14, Rienzi Reckling ’13, Claire Stringfellow ’16

Boys Varsity Tennis OVERALL RECORD . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 -1 CONFERENCE RECORD . . . . . . . . . 7 -0 SPC RANK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2nd ALL SPC Players: Win Reynolds ’13, David Warren ’13


Boys Track & Field SPC RANK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14th ALL SPC Player: Thomas Dillon ’14

Girls Track & Field SPC RANK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4th ALL SPC Players: Lexie Ammons ’16, Julia Camp ’14, Katherine Drews ’13, Courtney C. Greer ’15, Courtney J. Greer ’14, Raevyn Rogers-Henderson ’14, Tyjae’ Scales ’15, Gracey Wallace ’16



Falcon Watch Kevin Anding ’08 ran the third leg on the University of Oregon’s 4x400 relay team which won the 2013 PAC-12 Championship and placed third at the NCAA finals. Kevin graduated from UVA after running all four years for the Cavaliers, and with one more year of eligibility Kevin finished his collegiate career with the Ducks while working on a graduate degree. Kevin finished his track career as an All-American. Sydney Friday ’09 led the Trinity University Tigers with a 14-6 record and a 1.26 ERA in 23 appearances. She recorded eight shutouts and 19 complete games in her 20 starts, striking out 88 batters in 133.1 innings of work.  Opponents hit just .208 against her this season, and she has allowed just 24 earned runs.

Connor Harrell ’09, an all-star outfielder for Vanderbilt University, was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the seventh round this June. The highest drafted baseball player in Kinkaid’s history. This season, Connor was named second-team All-SEC and led the Commodores in home runs (12) and RBIs (67).

Christina Cantú ’10 was named to the 2013 All-BIG EAST Team and logged top-10 finishes at five events. She tied for second at both the Bucknell Invitational and the Rutgers Invitational, the latter of which led to a team title, and she had the lowest scoring average among Seton Hall golfers this spring.

Tiffani “Lady” Cousinard ’08, a 2013 graduate of the University of Tulsa, drives the ball to the basket against Stanford University during the first-round in the women’s NCAA college basketball tournament. She again was named All-Academic for the Conference. Lady will begin Teach for America this summer in Memphis.

More Falcons Compete At the Next Level Springtime equals signing time for many high school athletes. Three groups of seniors signed this spring to continue their athletic careers in college. Win Reynolds Colgate University – Tennis

Bennett Notestine Rhodes College – Baseball

Greg Labanowski University of Southern California – Tennis Manager

Will Hollo Colorado College – Soccer

David Warren Rice University – Tennis

Sam Sands Johns Hopkins University – Wrestling

Blake Wilde Sewanee: The University of the South – Tennis

Larry Wilkins University of Texas–Dallas – Basketball

Rhodes Signing - Matt Ellis, Athletic Director Bob Beeman, Bennett Notestine

Division III Signings - Will Hollo, Larry Wilkins, Sam Sands

Matt Ellis Rhodes College – Football

Tennis Signings - Greg Labanowski, Win Reynolds, David Warren, Blake Wilde



Spring Sports Review






Fine Arts

Upper School Fine Arts


n early April, a group of talented visual and performing artists traveled to St. Andrew’s School in Austin to take part in the ISAS Arts Festival. Kinkaid artists had the chance to perform and show their art, receive critiques from professional judges and to experience the work of students from other ISAS schools. Word of Kinkaid’s talent got out, so that by the time our students performed excerpts from the spring musical, Chicago, the theater was packed and hundreds of people had to be turned away! Immediately following the Arts Festival, Falcon Fan Fest kicked off with the Middle School and Upper School Orchestra Concert and Senioritis – a visual art exhibit featuring artwork by the Class of 2013. The three-week fan fest continued through May. Big ticket items in Fan Fest included Singing and Dancing in the Rain performed by Dance Company and Encore, Show Stoppers performed by the Middle and Upper School Band and Upper School Concert Choir and the Kinkaid Film Festival at the Landmark River Oaks Theatre. The US Children’s Theatre cast reached out to the community with The Cat in the Hat to encourage literacy in Houston’s youth. The Kinkaid students traveled to various schools around the city to not only perform the show, but also teach theater games based on Cat in the Hat, read with the kids and even encourage them to read on their own.




Fine Arts Falcon Watch


ach year Houston Press publishes The 100 Creatives which features artists of all genres who live and work in the City of Houston. Current student Ty Doran ’16 and alumna Bevin Bering Dubrowski ’00 were both featured. Ty, a young actor, was the only child to be featured and Bevin, the Executive Director at the Center for Photography, started her career at the Center as a volunteer and worked her way to the top administrative position in less than six years.

US Fine Arts Awards & Accolades Based on their outstanding achievement, Rayan Bekhradi ’14 for sculpture, Sara Jane Gage ’15 for painting, Eva Nip ’14 and Addy Reckling ’14 for photography, Tory Smith ’14 for mixed media and Sydnie Swanson ’14  for ceramics have been selected for the O’Kane Gallery High Art 2013 exhibition. Griffith Greer ’14 and Kendall Taylor ’13 received national recognition in the 2013 Scholastic Art Awards competition. Griffith was awarded a Silver Medal for her photograph entitled The Simple Truth and Kendall received an American Visions Medal for her photograph, Sand Storm. The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston’s Teen Council presented Perspectives 181: Human Nature, a group exhibition featuring work by area teen artists. A short video piece by Eva Nip ’14 was chosen to be one of the 49 works of media. Madi Goeringer ’13 was awarded a $3,000 scholarship at the Theatre Under the Stars Tommy Tune Awards Ceremony in recognition of her involvement and achievement in musical theatre as well as her academic success.   Lauren Lloveras ’15 had a mixed media work entitled Family Tree place among the top 10 awards at Culture Shapers this April. Culture Shapers is an art organization dedicated to providing encouragement and financial support through unique visual and performing arts contests for high school students throughout the Greater Houston area. James Mentz ’13 placed second in the 2013 Michael G. Meyers design competition for high school students sponsored by the Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Kinkaid’s Advanced Photography students received Third Place in the 2013 ATPI Top Program. This competition represents a state championship of Texas high school photography and includes entries from both public and private schools.

Lauren Gaw ’06 just filmed a series of videos for NASA that will be shown in the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Lauren says, “It was fun pretending to be in space, but we had to sit on a crazy half bike seat for most of the day. It wasn’t the most comfortable thing in the world, but at least it looked like we were in microgravity!” Last year, Lauren used the skills she learned as a Kinkaid cheerleader while filming Disney’s Zombies and Cheerleaders. Damian Horan ’99 has taken the filmmaking industry by storm. His thesis film, Children of the Air, just finished its festival circuit, and his newest project Candyland, a webseries, features toddlers of the Pacific Palisades in an off-beat, satirical comedy. His bigger budget work these days has been more behind the camera as Director of Photography. He just finished a zombie movie starring Daryl Hannah, Anthony Michael Hall, Alan Ruck and Shirley Jones. Jaynie Saunders Tiller ’97 is the managing director of New Georges, one of New York City’s premiere “downtown” theater companies, a home and a playground for some of the most adventurous theater artists (who are women) working today. Looking back Tiller realizes that her arts management career started at Kinkaid when she became Arts Board president her senior year, “I see now that I’ve always been producing and organizing the world around the art – figuring out how to best support artists and best excite audiences.”



Reunion Weekend 2013 Reunion Weekend 2013 brought back alumni, faculty and guests to 201 Kinkaid School Drive on April 19 & 20. The weekend celebration was a fantastic opportunity for old and new friends to reconnect with the School and one another. Distinguished Alumni Awards Program & Reception Reunion Weekend kicked-off with the Distinguished Alumni Awards where more than 200 attendees gathered in the Katz Performing Arts Center to celebrate. The Alumni Association recognized two alumni and one honorary alumnus for their outstanding accomplishments. Director of Visual Arts & Photography and parent of alumnae David Veselka was honored as the Distinguished Honorary Alumnus. Alumni Grover Geiselman ’91 and Robert Moreland ’83 were honored as the Distinguished Young Alumnus and Distinguished Alumnus, respectively.

Alumni Association Senior Student Awards Jimmy Greenwood ’13 and Emily Robinson ’13 were awarded the 2013 Alumni Association Senior Student Awards at the Distinguished Alumni Assembly on April 19. The award is presented each year to a senior boy and girl who exhibit dedication to the School, demonstrate academic diligence, are respected and admired by their peers and faculty and exhibit growth, maturity, responsibility and integrity. This fall Jimmy will attend The University of Texas at Austin and Emily will attend Southern Methodist University. Congratulations and good luck to these young alumni!



2013 Distinguished Alumni Awards

On the Friday night of Reunion Weekend, the Alumni Association honored three individuals based upon their personal and professional accomplishments. Congratulations to David, Grover and Robert.

Distinguished Honorary Alumnus

Distinguished Young Alumnus

David Veselka

Grover Geiselman ’91

Distinguished Alumnus

David joined the Kinkaid faculty in 1978 as an English and History teacher in the Middle School. The following year he began a photography course in the Upper School. For 18 years David taught English and Photography, and in 1992 he received the Columbiana Award for Teaching Excellence for his work in these two areas. In 1995 David became a full-time photography teacher, and in 2009 David was named Director of Visual Arts at Kinkaid. One of the two founding teachers of Houston Center for Photography’s Collaborations program, David later served as Chair of the Education Committee on the HCP Board of Directors.

Grover is the CEO of Living Spaces, a home furniture retailer based in Southern California. He attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he received a BBA degree in Finance in 1995.  Grover worked for Lehman Brothers and First Reserve Corporation before attending Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, where he earned an MBA in 2002.  After an internship with Gallery Furniture in Houston, Grover co-founded Living Spaces in Rancho Cucamonga, California, where the company opened its first location in 2003.  Living Spaces now has eight locations throughout Southern California with two new stores scheduled to open later this year.

Robert is a producer and screenwriter based in Los Angeles, California. Robert has degrees from Williams College and UCLA’s Graduate School of Theater, Film and Television, where he was the first recipient of the Lew Wasserman Fellowship for directing. His career started in New York where he was a producer for a pilot that aired nationally on PBS’s American Playhouse series. As a screenwriter, Robert has sold or optioned projects to almost every studio including Dreamworks, Paramount and MGM/UA. For many years he served as President of Production and Development for Vanguard Films, where he was part of the small team that developed and sold Shrek to Dreamworks. Robert’s work has included voice direction, musical composition, character design and website design.

“To me, Kinkaid has been a Life Changer, a Life Maker and a Life Saver.” – David Veselka

“Students from Kinkaid start life with an advantage. With that, anything is a possibility and I am glad that has not changed… much of this due to the great stewards at this school that are leading it to a great tomorrow.”

Robert Moreland ’83

“Kinkaid helped me develop so much of who I am and what I have done as a person.” – Robert Moreland ’83

– Grover Geiselman ’91 To view the Distinguished Alumni Awards Program, please visit Kinkaid’s YouTube channel. 41


Reunion Weekend 2013

Alumni Open House & Picnic Saturday afternoon Kinkaid opened its doors for alumni and their family members to return to campus for the Open House and Picnic. Falcons of all ages were greeted with activities, including a face painter and a bounce house, famous James Coney Island hotdogs, campus tours and a special preview of the Archives documentary movies, Through the Years.



Reunion Class Parties The weekend ended with the individual class parties. From the Class of 2003 celebrating their first milestone reunion to the Class of 1963 celebrating their 50th, 42% of alumni from the 3’s & 8’s reconnected with their classmates on Saturday night.







Attention!!! Mark you calendar for Reunion Weekend 2014! April 4 & 5, 2014 for Class Ending in 4’s & 9’s!!! 42

Kinkaid Alumni Association


Dear Kinkaid Alumni,

2013 – 2014 Alumni Board

I am honored to serve as president


of the Alumni Association Board this year. I look forward to working with a talented and enthusiastic Board and with our new incoming Headmaster Andy Martire. The Board this year will focus on the development of a long-term strategic plan to better reach out to and support our alumni in Houston and other cities around the coun-

Annette Faubion Stephens ’82, President J. Mark Breeding ’74, Vice-President Virginia Mary Thompson Brown ’84, Secretary

Directors Marshall Adkins Jr. ’80 Scott Anderson ’76 Adam Altsuler ’92 Hattie Parker Ball ’93 Vianei Lopez Braun ’85

try. We already have a number of great events scheduled for

Erin Jones Brown ’96

2013: The J. Barry Moss Distinguished Speaker Series featuring

Gayl Ware Carlberg ’66

Rice University Professor Douglas Brinkley on September 17,

Brian Dinerstein ’95

the Zack Semander Memorial Golf Tournament at BraeBurn

Marie Fay Evnochides ’59

Country Club on October 7 and the annual Alumni Holiday Party held in the Ogilvie Family Lobby in the Katz Performing Arts Center on December 4. I’d like to thank all the alumni who participated in this year’s annual fund; we had a record-breaking year and raised over $2.2 million dollars. Thank you to all who attended our distinguished alumni event where we honored David Veselka, Grover Geiselman ’91 and Robert Moreland ’83. We were well served by our senior representatives, Aziza Rehmatulla ’13 and James Mentz ’13, who dutifully reported all the goings-on at Kinkaid at the Alumni Board meetings. We welcome our incoming senior representatives, Kirt Broesche ’14 and Lilly Morgan ’14. Thank you again to all those alumni who continue to give back to Kinkaid. We look forward to another great year.

Jim Frankel ’69 Wyatt Hogan ’90 Katherine Susman Howe ’64 Helena Papadopoulos Johnson ’82 Brian McMackin ’93 Jane Hoffert Moore ’46 Brad Morgan ’96 Mike Pearson ’71 Matt Thanheiser ’76 Ellen Weingarten Wagnon ’79 Philip Wise ’96 Joy Archer Yeager ’85 Nicole Domercq Zarr ’87 Stephen Dyer ’85, Ex-officio Caroline Boone Mitchell ’85, Trustee Liaison Stefanie Newton Esposito ’91, Faculty Representative Kirt Broesche ’14, Senior Alumni Board Representative Lilly Morgan ’14, Senior Alumni Board Representative

Yours Truly, Annette Faubion Stephens ’82 2013-14 Alumni Board President

Thank you to Aziza Rehmatulla and James Mentz for their service as the 2012-13 Senior Alumni Board Representatives. Good luck in fall!



Kinkaid Young Professionals Organizatinon

Dear Young Alumni, It has been another productive year for the Kinkaid Young Professionals Organization, and I’ve enjoyed the privilege of working with such an accomplished and dedicated group. Earlier this year, KYPO had a very successful and informative event at the new Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, with over 100 young professionals in attendance. Thank you board members Matt Gordon ’99 and Tobin O’Donnell ’98 for all your hard work on this wonderful event! On June 8, Catherine Goble ’99 and Michel Miller Mullett ’00 organized the second annual “Lil’ Falcon Day,” where young families gathered on the Lower School playground for a fun afternoon of activities and games. KYPO also hosted a summer happy hour at Sonoma Wine Bar on June 26.

2012 – 2013 KYPO Board

As we now look toward the fall, KYPO will be focusing on its main event, Alumni Leadership Day. This unique day brings


together young professionals across several fields, including

Mollie Schall ’01, President

law, medicine, energy, finance, communications and public

Allison Poarch ’03, Vice President

service, with the members of the senior class who are about to

Traci Thompson White ’00, Ex-officio

embark on the journey to college and young adulthood. The


program provides a forum for seniors to ask questions and receive advice and insight from Kinkaid’s working, young alum-

Tobin O’Donnell ’98 Margot Fried Hogan ’98

ni members. It is a truly enjoyable event, and I encourage

Kenady Davis ’99

anyone in the area to contact Laura Renaud at 713.243.5054

Catherine Goble ’99

or to inquire about serving on one

Michel Miller Mullett ’00

of our panels.

Justin van Keppel ’01

It has been a pleasure to serve as KYPO’s President this past

Geer Blalock ’02

year, and I wish everyone a safe and happy summer. For any

Max Barrett ’03

questions regarding KYPO and its activities, please contact

Marcus Rolls ’04

the Advancement Office.

Whitney Rape ’04

Best regards,

Charles Simmons ’05

Mollie Schall ’01 KYPO President

Brooke Bagby ’02

Courtland Crosswell ’05 Holly Blalock ’06 Matthew Steitz ’06 John Beckworth ’07 Jenny Sangalis ’07



Class Notes and Alumni News 1929 – 1949

Kinkaid Alumni Event

Jane Hoffert Moore ’46 1620 Calumet Street, Quarter 1 Houston, Texas 77004 713.529.9700 Wishing everyone a good and safe summer! In my checking on various members from the classes of the 30’s and 40’s, I find that most everyone is staying home this summer due to the difficulties of traveling these days. I wanted to send out one more notice to see if anyone has heard from Hendley Tomlinson ‘46. If you have please let me know how to reach him or how he is doing. I plan to write a more detailed article in the next issue of Kinkaid Magazine so please send me any news.

1950 – 1954 If you are interested in volunteering to be the class correspondent, please contact Advancement Associate Laura Renaud at 713.243.5054 or

1955 – 1957 Nicky Sanborn Minear ’56 1808 Meadow Creek Drive Pearland, Texas 77581 281.993.0830

1958 Linda Beeley Denison Houston, Texas

1959 John Hagerman The Woodlands, Texas

1960 Sassy English Stanton Houston, Texas

1961 If you are interested in volunteering to be the class correspondent, please contact Advancement Associate Laura Renaud at 713.243.5054 or laura.

March 26th

Richmond Guard Reception

A reception was held in The Commons at Kinkaid on March 26 for all alumni and former students who either graduated from or attended the Richmond campus from 6th grade and up. It was a very festive evening.

Jane Heyck Gaucher Montgomery ‘53, Sylvia Jenny Rabson ‘54 and Claude Montgomery ‘46 at Rice University’s laboratory dedication in honor of Sylvia’s late husband Professor Tom Rabson.

1962 Adrian Turner Ross Houston, Texas Dear Class of 1962, It seems like many of our classmates are “on the road again” or “in the air” at least. Donna K. Donelson has just returned from Scotland and London. John Butcher is moving from the San Diego area to Birmingham, Alabama, to be closer to his daughter. Judy and George Schudy are traveling to California, Nevada and Kansas coaching teams for the non-profit league which he runs. Jim Hargrove, who is living in California, has traveled a fair amount in the past few years—you can check out his activities at www. Chris Curran says he hasn’t traveled much lately—but he recently returned from Wisconsin (to Atlanta) where he showed his Belgian sheep dogs. Chris is still teaching Economics at Emory. Mary Nell and Malcolm Lovett spent a month in a house in Burgundy, exploring the area and enjoying their daughters and their families in France for part of their visit. Carolyn Ferguson Means’ husband Hal spent two weeks in France with the Washington and Lee Alumni group. They will be spending some time with doctors upon their return, an occupation all too frequent for those of us that have reached our age. Last issue I asked you to let me know if your children or grandchildren followed in your footsteps by attending Kinkaid. Both of Richard Domercq’s daughters attended Kinkaid, as well as his two grandchildren. Jerry Botts’ daughter graduated in 2006. The Schudy’s son and daughter both attended Kinkaid. The Lovetts win the prize as both of their daughters and their five grandchildren have been at Kinkaid since pre-school! Our two sons graduated from Kinkaid, and in the fall we are happy to continue the

Dave Chapman, Erminie Chambers Chapman ‘49, Joan Herrin Lyons ‘47, Jane Hoffert Moore ‘46, Robin Gill Stanford ‘46, Mary Bain Haralson Pearson ‘49, Carl Mengden ‘47. Seated — Jane Gwathmey Frost ‘47 and Martha Matlock Coskey ‘47

Damon Wells ‘54, Peter Maffitt ‘58, Lucy Lee Lamme ‘58, Tami Baird Dyer ‘58, John Baird ‘57, John Webb ‘58

Mary North, Headmaster Don North, Judy Cronin, Tom Cronin ‘54

Janet Boyle ‘63, Lucy Lee Lamme ‘58, Trish Chambers, Dunbar Chambers ‘53, Jan Stockard Cato ‘63 45


Kinkaid tradition as our oldest grandchild enters pre-school. Happy summer everyone! I wish you good health and happy living. Adrian Turner Ross

1963 Calanne Koenig Choate Pearland, Texas Hello, all Classmates of the Class of 1963! It’s already summertime. Our 50th reunion has come and gone already! Time really flies! The party was absolutely the best it could have been. Our three wonderful organizers, Mary Nell Jeffers Lovett, Lana Lee Cureton and Jan Stockard Cato really did a marvelous job of finding, organizing and updating our class list of names, addresses, and emails. They even managed to find some long-lost class members! Our stellar hosts Pam and Cal Adger opened their beautiful home to us for the party. What a party it was! We enjoyed a sumptuous Mexican buffet and wonderful drinks. It just doesn’t get any better than that! We dined at lovely tables in the Adgers’ spacious garden area, enjoying time to visit and catch up. It was so much fun to watch our special Class of 1963 slide show accompanied by music of those days on the giant TV! Everyone was busy taking pictures and we all enjoyed looking at Kinkaid yearbooks from our years in the school. We all left with great “party favors”! Carlton Carl had thoughtfully printed our senior class photo for all of us to take home, and we helped ourselves to Kinkaid Alumni travel cups as we left. It was so much fun to see all the people who attended. In the interest of space, I will name the Kinkaid alum plus spouse. Please don’t be offended if I don’t mention spouses’ names. My hubby and I met Howard Rambin and his lovely wife in the street and we went in together. Kari McGuirt Seger came with us. Then it got crazy…lots of screams, smiles, and hugs all around for the rest of the evening! I first saw Bob Morse and Carlton Carl visiting. Then came David Shaver and his pretty wife. My dear friend Catherine Belt Jacob MacLaughlin (aka Sister Elizabeth) came with Ellie Hutcheson. In addition Ricky Parker, Betsy Parrish, and Janet Boyle attended. They all looked great! Patty Milner Marvel came from Tennessee, and Joe Conlon brought his sweet wife from Illinois. Mary Eastham King was there, as were Ab Fay, Billy Davis and Browne Rice. Annie Owen Portez ’73 was with Jane Wadsworth Mason. Lucy Clark Shaw, Mariella Haas Allard and Janie Rommel-Eichorn came from 46

far away. Mike Gilbert looked great, as did John Adams and wife. Ruth Eastham Flournoy was there as was Chap Hutcheson and his wife. Carol Horsey Katz attended with hubby. Marian Strange Cheatham was there. Peter Elliott was there. Jack Sorcic was there. I visited with Betty Burke Clyburn and her hubby. Mary Anne Stone Brauer and I had a great visit. The same with Annette Wainscott Birk and Pam Powell. Beth Wheatcroft Schmid and hubby looked great. Bill Rothermel was as funny as ever! Vivian Collier Pinard, Ronnie Hankamer, Bill Griffin and Alice Respess Splawn were all there. Betsy Bowen Phillips was there with hubby Bobby Phillips ’62. Randy Meyer and wife attended. Ernie Cockrell came also. David Searls and wife were there, along with Gaile Bering Withers and her hubby. I saw Leigh Weld and wife, also Beth Robertson, Steve Pearce and Mary Ammerman. Tony Kupersmith was also in the crowd. All in all, it was so wonderful to see so many old friends again after many years. I do apologize if I have left out anybody. It was a fantastic evening and all present agreed that we must do this again for our 55th! Some of us have already volunteered to organize the effort. So…enough for now. I have many more email addresses now, so please plan to let me hear from you as usual in the fall for the next issue of the alumni newsletter. Also remembering all those who were not able to be with us for one reason or another. We did indeed miss you guys, as well as the too large number of classmates who are now deceased. God bless all of you. Have a super summer! Love to all! Calanne



Claire Andreae Murray 3913 Rickover Rd Silver Spring, Maryland 20902 301.946.2184 ‘Tis summer at last and hopefully the frolicking begins as winter’s toils and troubles fade with the warming winds. Sultry nights and balmy days await all who dare venture forth on a Tom Sawyerish adventure into the unknown. The prevailing winds are nudging at least one of us this summer towards basking on the rivers of Europe and hiking in the Alps, albeit if mostly in cable cars I trust and pray…   Not to be outdone Bebe Hatchett shares her own particular summer de-

light in her great nieces, Megan Hatchett, Camille and Emma McFarlane. Speaking of basking, our illustrious Reunion Committee (Lorna Allen Sorley, Rocky McAshan, Mike Rose and myself) have been bitten with the enthusiasm bug and are vigorously on the trail of a most superlative venue befitting our 50th Gala affair. We also have a wondrous committee consisting of JB Jones, Tony Geiselman, Pati Mengden-Eckhardt and Katherine Howe who are enthusiastically manning the phones and reaching out to one and all. So far we have had a wonderful affirmative response for attendance on  April 5, 2014, so be sure to mark your dance card accordingly…All those wishing to participate in any which way, you have merely to say…   On a sadder note, we have unfortunately lost one more of our classmates, Ricky Biehl, in July of last year. We will hold all our fallen in our hearts and minds as we move into our 50 plus years together.

1965 Tami Fox Brau Austin, Texas There’s a lot of updates from the Class of 1965. Clearly it has been a busy year. Nancy Cooper and her husband Andy are still enjoying the farm life in Indiana. She spends a lot of family time in Louisville with her daughter and her husband. Nancy reports, “Son still single. I guess I will have to adopt someone else’s grandchildren.” Roy Flukinger has been quite busy as usual. His recent University of Texas exhibition -- Arnold Newman: Masterclass just closed with a finale on Mother’s Day. From here it travels on to the San Diego Museum of Art. The opening at the UT Ransom Center was its first American venue, after it opened last year in Germany and Belgium. Roy’s book, Arnold Newman: At Work, was published this year by UT Press in time for the exhibition’s opening here last February. Roy’s wife Martha is still hard at work on the Franchise Tax law for the Texas State Comptroller. Daughter Erica continues to work for the Oskosh Corporation (in Oshkosh, WI) where she has organized and conducted programs for them everywhere from the East Coast to China. Sperry Hunt has great plans for the rest of 2013. He will be sailing around the Puget Sound in the summer. In the fall, he is taking a writing sabbatical from his job at the Fred Hutchin-

son Cancer Research Center to write his next book, a pirate novel for middle-graders. And the best news of all… Sperry is waiting for grandchild number two who is scheduled to arrive in June. Susan Fantle sends news from California. She bought a smoker and reports, “James and I are eating like Texans again and loving it.” They have also been playing tourist in California and are out seeing all the attractions that are within driving distance. Susan’s birthday present this year is a big one -- partial retirement. With the extra free time, she plans to spend weeks at a time on their sailboat “Big Easy” this summer (instead of just weekends). Anna Horton sends great news from Maryland. Following the death of her husband and our classmate, George Horton, Anna sold their home in New Braunfels and moved to Baltimore to be near their daughter who is a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins (Neuro Psych). She is living in a tiny row home, circa 1920, within walking distance of the main hospital and within sight of the Chesapeake Bay. Anna writes “I want to let you all know - There will be another George Horton.... sort of! Our daughter, Campbell Sullivan, is due to deliver a baby boy in September, our first granddaughter Beatrice Sewall Sullivan will be four by then. Campbell and her husband announced on Mother’s Day that he would be named George. Yes, I cried.” I received a lot of wonderful news from Hal Martin. On April 5th, he married his girlfriend of five years, Amy Robinette. The ceremony was held in Houston, and then they left for Punta Mita, Mexico, surprising 70 friends with a party and announcement. Everyone was there to attend the 3rd annual Gourmet and Golf event in Punta Mita at the St. Regis and Four Seasons. Amy and Hal have no kids, just each other and an American Staffordshire named Honey that travels to Mexico with them. They have a second home in Punta Mita and try to spend as much time as possible there during the season. Hal’s business that famous watch and jewelry store, Hal Martin’s - is doing well and has grown to be the largest watch store of its kind in Texas. Hal shared another interesting bit of information. He is one of three owners of a martial art Dojo on Westheimer under the name of Nations Aikikai. Hal holds the rank of Sandan, which is a third degree black belt. He says, “Between the aikido, golf and the gym I stay in pretty good shape for an old guy. I still scuba dive and this year took up surfing (probably should have my head examined) and stand up paddle board, called SUP, which is a lot easier.”


I had a nice note from Susan Lorino LaCoste. She was headed to Alaska and Vancouver for two weeks. She and her husband Bob went with two other couples. Susan is hoping to be able to make it to the next class reunion. Craig Rutten confesses that he may be having too much fun. He has turned one of his vocations into an avocation. Craig writes, “Designing true high-fidelity home audio with video systems has been a fulfilling job of mine since the ‘70s - well, not the video part until the mid ‘80s. What I’m doing now is scouring garage sales and thrift shops for ignored, quality audio equipment and returning it to the previous quality it was and then reselling it... and then telling about that adventure.” He has finished one project and has three more in the pipe-line. Craig is also doing that same thing with computers, with the help of another die-hard enthusiast - this time. Craig also reports, “We have two projects going with that side of the fun-neverstops division. My wife Glenda has a new family to support: a Yorkie and a Maltese (Bailey and Bella).” Glenda is also “finishing” the conversion of their tiny back yard into a calming refuge. Jay Jorns writes that he is a social media fool now. When not busy at JNJ Pest Control, his bug and lawn business, you can find him on Facebook: Jay Jorns and on www., on his YouTube channel or his blog Jay encourages us to tune in for great bug stories and videos. He has a video called “Snap Trap in Action” that demonstrates the feeding habits of a rat. The video went viral within the pest control community. Jay says, ”Be forewarned it is violent and don’t tell PETA.” Jay has another video of Texas Leaf Cutting Ants defoliating a young Red Oak in Fulshear, Texas. He was on TV channel 2 last June when he identified a new ant in Katy called the Rasberry Crazy Ant. He also did a radio interview on Wall Street Radio. George Pierce and his lovely wife Cindy are very excited and happy for their son Allen Pierce ’07 who is engaged to Juliana Lynch, his college sweetheart. The wedding is planned for next May in Atlanta. This July it is five years since George was seriously injured in a fall. Cindy reports that George continues to hold steady and keeps a positive attitude. Our class thespian Rudy Cravens is again on the move. He is heading back to Prague in the fall to do Henry V, Troilus and Cressida and The Tro-

jan Women at the National Theater where Mozart conducted his operas. Tommy O’Dowd has a lot of news to share about his family. His oldest, Katherine Elizabeth, (Katie, about to turn 25) married Saturday, May 18th in the Mormon Temple in Oakland, CA. His second daughter, Stephanie Patricia (22), graduated from San Jose State in January and is studying for the LSAT. She hasn’t decided on a Law School yet but UT is in the mix. Tommy’s son Connor, who almost went to UT, decided on U of CA Santa Barbara. Tommy writes, “At the last minute he decided he’d rather have a surf board in his room than an air conditioner. He lives about 100 yards from the beach and, believe it or not, is over 6’2”, blond and makes straight A’s. And yes, he’s a surfer. He’s off to the U of Copenhagen in August, and will graduate from UCSB next June then medical school. His majors are Pre-Med and Religious Studies.” Tommy’s wife Vivian retired from her Judgeship and has a private law practice in Palo Alto. Tommy is still in Real Estate Investments and is also developing new houses in Menlo Park, CA. With Law and Medical School for his kids on the horizon, Tommy says that retirement is only a distant dream. He has also extended a California invite, “If any of y’all are visiting the SF Bay area, I’d love to have you for dinner and catch up on the news from Texas.” Madeline Maxwell, Professor of Communication Studies at UT-Austin, is celebrating the establishment of an undergraduate program in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies. The first 18 students have enrolled. As part of the program she teaches a course that awards the students a Mediation Certificate. Madeline says, “As Director of the Project on Conflict Resolution, one of activities I love is the summer symposium for high school students. Participants work with our UT students, faculty and community leaders on ethics and conflict management skills along with creative activities like video and photo essays.” They have had kids come from as far away as Vietnam but have never had a Kinkaid student. She is heading to Colorado after the symposium to visit her brother’s family at 9,600 feet and chilly nights before coming back to start a new semester in Austin. Rick Horsey writes, “Last year just feels like one non-stop adventure.” His engineering business is growing at an incredible pace with new projects in the U.S. and around the world. Rick and his lovely wife Marleen welcomed a new granddaughter and are in the planning stage for

Kinkaid Alumni Event


April 10th

Atlanta Area Alumni Party

Director of Advancement Tom Moore hosted a dinner for Atlanta area alumni on April 10 at Mi Cocina.

Ellen Wooten ‘05, Ian Hollander ‘05, Caroline Hemingway Harrell ‘02, Lauren Lestin ‘07, Jordan Walker ‘97, Lauren Robinson ‘06, Annie Weathers Long ‘02, Monique Topper Lung ‘80, Clay Schwartz ‘03

John Harrell, Caroline Hemingway Harrell ‘02, Monique Topper Lung ‘80

Clay Schwartz ‘03, Director of Advancement Tom Moore, Jordan Walker ‘97

Ian Hollander ‘05, Ellen Wooten ‘05, Annie Weathers Long ‘02, Lauren Lestin ‘07, Lauren Robinson ‘06



the wedding of their daughter this coming August. They now have four grandkids, two boys and two girls who live in Austin and San Antonio respectively. They occasionally get to go to their home in Santa Fe, but not as often as they would like. Rick did join a golf club close to his new office in Addison, Texas and has been trying to practice. Rick invites any classmates who are going to be in the Santa Fe, New Mexico area to let him know. He and Marleen would love to see you and show you around the area. Unfortunately, Rick has some sad news as well. While he was working in Trinidad last October, Rick’s father-in-law passed away in upstate New York after a long illness. When he returned to the Dallas area three weeks later, the news came that his mother Myra Horsey had passed away. Barbara Moses Robertson writes, “We have a new granddaughter, Wilhelmina Katherine Robertson. Parents are Laura and Will Robertson. Shea is our ninth grandchild. We have three grandchildren at Kinkaid; Bradyn (fourth grade) and Hunter Robertson (second grade), children of Brooke and Corby Robertson III; and Gayle Robertson (Kindergarten), daughter of Laura and Will Robertson. Unfortunately, Barbara had some sad news to report. She writes, “Sadly, my brother Jimmy Moses ’63 passed away in January. We miss him deeply. He was to celebrate at his 50th Kinkaid Reunion in April.” I had a long talk with Tommy Lee who had some sad news to report. Winnie Clark Wackman’s husband, Warren Wackman ’63, passed away in March. Jonathan Phillips also lost his brother Gordon Phillips ’63. Gordon passed away unexpectedly in February. Gordon and I had reconnected after nearly fifty years. He was a brilliant artist, photographer, and musician and is very much missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jimmy, Gordon and Warren’s families. And our sincere sympathies go out to the Class of 1963 who lost three really amazing guys this year. I, Tami Fox Brau, am still living in Austin and recently started a new writing job at a wonderful high tech company. It is taking all my brain cells and energy trying to keep with the twenty-somethings who work there. In my off time, I am enjoying my five-yearold grandson, who regularly amazes me with his feats of brilliance.


1966 Pat Kidson Cavanagh Houston, Texas

1967 Steve Adger Houston, Texas

1968 Elizabeth Topper Nash San Marcos, Texas



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1970 Malcolm Waddell Houston, Texas Welcome to the summer issue where we recognize and celebrate the graduation of our class’s kids from either high school or college. Once again Suzanne and I are on the road as I type. This time we are on a bus just crossing the border from Georgia into South Carolina. We are on another Rice University trip to Charleston and Savannah with a group of fellow alumni led by John Boles, the chair of Rice’s history department. It’s our third trip with Professor Boles in three years – the first was to southern France following the path of Thomas Jefferson while he was minister/tourist there in 1784-89. The other was following the trail of the Lewis & Clark Expedition in MT and ID. Our first graduation news comes from Larry Jacobs and he has a dual announcement. Larry shares about his and Lorraine’s twins: “Jacqueline Jacobs ’13 is going to Tulane and will be the fourth successive generation of our family to attend Tulane. Both my grandfather and my dad received their medical degrees there. Dad was also an undergraduate. My mom graduated from Newcomb, and I graduated from there as did my younger brother Stephen. Scott will be attending Ole Miss. That’s a first for us. We’re very proud of them both.” 

Tom Hale had our next graduation report. He and Sherry’s son Theodore graduated in May and will be going to UT Austin in the fall. He will be in the College of Natural Sciences. Tom also went on: “Daughter Emily is still in Australia teaching and traveling Asia. Sherry and I went to Greece earlier this year and had a great time. We are going to England this summer to see an exhibit at our friend’s house, Houghton Hall in Norfolk. Our friend’s great, great, etc., grandfather had one of the great art collections in all of Europe. It was known as the Walpole Collection. Sir Robert Walpole was the first Prime Minister of England under George I and II. His worthless grandson sold the collection to Catherine the Great in the late 1700’s. It has been in the Hermitage ever since. Part of it is coming back to Houghton Hall for an exhibit from May to September. The paintings will hang in their original locations from the Walpole era. We will also be at our friend’s home, Holkham Hall, which is very near to Houghton. Theodore and I plan to play a foursome match at Royal Brancaster. We are hoping to get Prince Andrew to join us. Theodore is fascinated with aristocrats!” Now we go from graduations to reunions with this note from Bob Frachtman in Austin: “I just attended my 35th medical school class reunion in Dallas at UT Southwestern, to see old friends and see who’s still alive. In order to make my 40th, I plan to continue running marathons. I ran my second in Chicago last October with my son Julian (28), and he and I will next run the Las Vegas Marathon on a Sunday night this November. Julian’s internet startup in Austin, Jutera Labs, is putting the finishing touches on its ‘reward browser’, called ‘Perk’. They have already been written up in USA Today and The Wall Street Journal. Within a week, he will be closing on his first house in east Austin which is gentrifying at an amazing rate. Brandon (26) is about to graduate from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. He majored in real estate and construction management. Anyone out there need a very bright young man to join their business? Adrienne (21) just finished her junior year at Washington University in St. Louis after a semester abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland, and seems to be heading toward speech pathology as a profession. She is looking at UT Dallas for her master’s degree, as that seems to be the best clinical training in the state. My GI group is doing great, and I hope to be involved with the new UT Medical School in Austin which opens in 2016. Sherrie continues to be president of the Anti-Defamation League in Austin. We went to

Pat Cavanaugh ‘66 and Ned Letzerich ‘66 ran into each other at a party

Washington, DC a week ago for the 100th anniversary/national meetings. Eric Holder and Joe Biden spoke, along with the President of Bulgaria. Sherrie is involved in innumerable more non-profits. I’m still serving on the Board of Trustees of University of Texas Hillel. Our next big trip is a biking trip in Puglia, Italy. That’s about it. I hope everyone in our class is doing well and keeping healthy.” If it’s Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo time, it’s time for Selby Schwend to be in town, and this year was no exception. Selby picks it up from there: “Greetings from Virginia’s Blue Ridge! We were in Houston for the rodeo and family visits in late February of this year, and I was fortunate enough  to meet up with Malcolm, Sam Collins, Larry Jacobs, Ron Bernell and Alan Gerger  for a lunch get-together. It was great seeing everyone and credit goes to our fearless class leader Waddell for arranging it. I’m not quite sure where he finds the energy, but we all owe him more than you can imagine for keeping us all in touch. Kathie and I just returned from a quick trip to Lancaster, PA to visit daughter Jessica for her 33rd birthday. We made a quick overnight to Philly with her for some great food and sightseeing as we’d never been there before. It’s a trip everyone should make. Jessica earned her MBA from Penn State in 2011 and got a great promotion into project management at Armstrong World Industries this past year. We’re also getting ready for our oldest son Evan’s May graduation from Virginia Tech. He spent 12 years in the Marine Corps and decided it was time to hang it up and return to Tech for his bachelor’s degree. Evan turns the big ‘Four Oh’ this coming September and hopes to go on to graduate school and ultimately teach high school history. He’s proven it’s never too late to start over.  Wife Bronwyn and our two grandchildren, Anthony and Elizabeth, are home on the eastern shore of North Carolina where


she is a special education teacher. Evan will be happy to give up the seven-hour commute. Son Caleb (35) is still in Watertown, TN, running his electrical contracting company with wife and company President, Amy, and our other two grandkids, Kannan and Kinsley. Son Tyler (31) married Amanda Honaker one year ago, and he is still an IT manager at J. Crew in Lynchburg, VA where Amanda is also employed. Grandkids are eminent. Youngest son Austen (27) lives in Roanoke, VA and continues his work as a test engineer with Atlas Copco, a drilling tool manufacturer. He is still single but has prospects. Kathie and I are slowing down a bit, looking at lake property, and may seriously retire a little further south in the next few years if we are lucky enough to sell our primary home here in the mountains. If any one’s looking, we’re selling.” While we’re on the subject of grandparents, here are a few updates from some other Class of 1970 grandparents. Let’s start with Irene Moody Riviere: “Rob and I have been busy having a blast with our precious grandsons. My dad was right when he held our son Ryan for the first time and told me, ‘You and Carl [Irene’s older brother] were great, but this is even better!’ We have had three birthdays in a row, Leyton turned seven in February, Colton turned one in March, and Nolen turned four in April. It looks like history is repeating itself as Rob and I have been spending a lot of time at Nolen’s and Leyton’s baseball games. It seems like yesterday when we were watching Ryan and Rhett. Anyway, that is how we spent Mother’s Day, at the ballpark watching Leyton’s all-star team, what fun! That same day we also celebrated our son Ryan’s and his bride Anne’s 1st wedding anniversary. I hope all is well with everyone, and I hope everyone has the pleasure of having grandchildren someday. Love to everyone.” “I’m one of those grandmothers, too,” Janet Lee Cohen writes, “We actually had our grandkids while our daughter Perry went to Paris for a week. Fried - that’s how we were after they left. Totally fried. I’m too old for this stuff, but it was an absolute blast. I have never read so many stories, sung so many songs and played so much ‘house’ and ‘school’ – I loved it. Rick and I are on our way out to Santa Fe and then on to Sonoma, where our middle daughter just moved to start a program in herbal studies. She apprenticed with two herbalists while living in Boulder for five years and is ready to ‘formalize’ her training.”   Ed Neuhaus also had some short but sweet grandparent news. Ed shared,

“My brief update is that Graham and I are excited to announce that we are expecting our fourth and fifth grandchildren, both due in November.” Also via Facebook, there was a great picture and news from Prissy Frazier Massey, who was holding her new grandbaby, Georgia. And finally, from Katherine Thompson Jordan: “I don’t know if I reported that we have our first grandbaby, Luke Henry Skelton, born last August to my daughter Dr. Katie Roberts and her husband Dr. T. Spencer Skelton. Luke is a blonde, blue-eyed doll and definitely  bright! Katie is now a practicing child psychiatrist in Houston, and her husband is a resident surgeon there. My son Chris is now at law school in Phoenix and looking forward to traveling this summer. My youngest Caroline will be a sophomore at Texas Lutheran University. She  plans to work in Kerrville this summer at the Texas Lions Camp for children with medical conditions and teach mascoting at camps through the  National Cheerleading Association. My husband Roy, Caroline and I vacationed in  South Padre in May  and plan to meet up with friends in upstate New York in June. My sister Vita Thompson Avanesian ‘76 and her daughter  plan to visit us here in Canyon Lake  this summer. These years are turning  out to be the best! Hello to everyone!”   Wedding bell news from East Texas comes from Bill Blomdahl. “Our youngest daughter Amanda got married in March 2013 to a wonderful young man from Austin. We now have both kids out of the nest but not necessarily off the payroll. I don’t think they ever do! Nancy and I are traveling to Washington, DC the first week of June for a landman’s convention, and then I leave on June 15 with my first son-in-law and fly to Johannesburg, South Africa for a two-week plains game safari!  It has been on my bucket list for a long time, and I’m so glad to be able to finally go. The only problem is that Nancy is letting me go in exchange for taking her on a trip to Italy in late October, but that should be fun too! Our two girls and their husbands are all in sales and live in Houston and love it! Coming from a small East Texas town, I am glad they like the big city so much! I am still working for Lake Ronel Oil Company in Tyler and will be coming up on my 35th year anniversary here the first week of September. It’s been a great ride and continues to be!” We’ve got other classmates traveling as I type. Sam Collins sent a short note from his cruise ship: “Andy and I are currently on a cruise just leaving Ephesus, Turkey. We did Istanbul on our own before the cruise. We’re headed to the Greek islands, Athens,

Amalfi coast and Rome then home. Our son Jordan is still in Washington, DC practicing law and government relations in renewable energy. Our daughter Emily transferred from her New York office to Dallas, same Internet ad firm. All the Collins clan is doing well. Hi to the Class of ’70!” Another traveler this spring was Shelly Cain Caldwell who spent two weeks in Italy and Switzerland with her husband Steve and her sister and brother-in-law. And I got word from Phil Salvador who is traveling the other direction, returning home after a multi-year job in Qatar. He writes, “We will return to the U.S. in late June. My work contract with Qatar Petroleum will not be extended past that date. I have gotten a job with a small oil company in The Woodlands, and we have already bought a house there. We are now busy with all the work of unplugging from Qatar and plugging back into Texas again. We look forward to our new life there.”


Ellen Wadsworth is one of my Facebook friends, and I recently received an update from her: “All is well here [in Austin]. I am enjoying what little rain we are getting. I recently had a 3,000 gallon rainwater harvest tank put in the backyard, I’m so excited! I love vegetable gardening and rainwater is the best! Kevin and I are planning a road trip to visit a dear friend in Alpine, Texas in early June. Kevin has never been to Big Bend or McDonald Observatory so we are going to go be with friends and gaze at the stars! I loved the photos of Africa!” [Editor’s note: pictures of the Waddell family Christmas trip to Kenya and Tanzania posted on my Facebook page]. Ellen continues, “I went to South Africa and Zimbabwe in ‘97 and loved it. Safari’s and class 5 whitewater rafting down the Zambezi River is a trip of a lifetime that I will never forget.” I spoke with John Bock when his email bounced as I was requesting updates for this issue. John is still

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Port of Call is San Diego for Marshall Merrifield ’78

Marshall and Ginny Merrifield with their children — Sarah (20) junior at Syracuse, Jack (18) attending SMU in the fall and Ted (12) a seventh grader at Pacific Ridge


arshall Merrifield ’78 was recently appointed a Commissioner for the Port of San Diego, California. He returned to Kinkaid for his 35th reunion this spring and shares some highlights of his diverse pursuits from the past several decades.

My 24-year marriage to my wife Ginny and raising our three kids are really my biggest accomplishments. We endeavored to give them roots and wings… so far that strategy seems to be working. Check back in a few years to make sure! Professionally, as an entrepreneur, my win-loss record is 4-3-1. Building a small distributor of locking hardware to be the nation’s largest over 20 years had the biggest results. But the most visible success, I guess, was Shoreline Studios, a software company I co-founded with a college friend, that created the first live animation effects for sports broadcasting, including the blue hockey puck and orange streak for NHL hockey, and the first proof of concept of the yellow first down line for NFL broadcasts. Of course, the hardest thing about starting businesses is that some ideas don’t get off the runway. You don’t want to let one fail, but not all ideas or business models can be made to work.

It’s wonderful how quickly old friends just reconnect. Personalities and character are timeless, and so is Kinkaid.

After selling the lock and key company in 2010, I joined an economic advisory council to the Mayor and was appointed earlier this year as a Port Commissioner for the San Diego Port District. In California much of the coastline and tidelands are owned by different Port 50

Districts up the coast. The seven commissioners on the San Diego Port are the Board of Directors for the District, approving leases and setting strategy for cruise ship and cargo terminals, among other duties. This Port is the steward of 70 miles of coastline and has 700 tenants including major hotels and resorts. It’s a volunteer role that supervises public lands, so all the meetings are public with a lot of intersection of local interests. Being an economic engine while preserving the environment is the 21st century challenge! Ginny and I have collaborated on several non-profit ventures. In 2002 we worked with another couple to start Pacific Ridge School, an independent day school in North County San Diego for grades 7-12. We just graduated our third class of seniors. Kinkaid was a model for us as we started up. Like Kinkaid we wanted tremendous academic programs, a great variety of activities and a strong encouragement for students to take smart risks. Other schools that we modeled were The Taft School in Connecticut and John Burroughs School in St. Louis. One of the most entertaining things I’ve done recently is go to Rusty’s Surf Ranch on the Santa Monica pier and hear Kinkaid pal Jeff Martin’s band, The Weasels, play some rock and roll. It’s a group of L.A. attorneys and writers that have a great sound, and Jeff lights up the keyboard and solos on some of the songs. It was a treat to see a whole group of classmates at our 35th reunion recently. David Gerger and John Riggs entertained with a guitar duet and song! It’s wonderful how quickly old friends just reconnect. Personalities and character are timeless, and so is Kinkaid.



living in Houston and now working with Tribridge, an IT services and business consultancy firm in financial software. His firm was acquired by Tribridge, but John’s job didn’t change. He’s as busy as ever, and he and wife Randa are doing well. Ron Bernell, his wife Carolyn, Suzanne and I celebrated Ron’s 61st birthday in April at one of the nation’s top steakhouses, Killen’s, in Pearland, TX. We can highly recommend it. Ron and Carolyn purchased a home in Arrowhead, Colorado a couple of years ago, and they will escape the Houston heat this summer as often as time allows. However, they will be in town to celebrate Ron’s mom’s 90th birthday in July. Stay cool this summer. Drop me a line when something’s on your mind and you’d like to share. As I complete my 20th year as our class correspondent with this column, I want you to know that I appreciate Selby’s and many of your kind comments about the job I’ve done over these past two decades. I have enjoyed putting together every column, and really that’s all I do. I simply take the updates that all of you have sent me or talked with me about when I called, and let you tell your continuing stories. Thank you for sending your notes and taking my calls. I look forward to hearing and sharing many more stories in the years ahead. Enjoy your summer.

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Kate Petley ‘72 and artwork titled “Blind Spot”

1973 Pam Francis Wilson Houston, Texas For this issue we thought we would contribute something other than the “what we did this summer” stories. Most of us have children, jobs, vacation stories but you are going to have to wait to hear them. Instead, here is a little humor and words of wisdom for you to use or abuse as you feel. We sent some photos too, so hopefully they will run them. First my favorite-- A sandwich walks into a bar.


-- The bartender says, “I’m sorry we don’t serve food.”

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From the Advancement Office: Kate Petley lives in Longmont, Colorado, with her husband, Mark Purvis. Longmont is located in Boulder County, with access to the mountains, close proximity to Denver and great cycling, which they both enjoy. Kate works full-time as an artist, exhibiting her work  nationally.    Please check out her website

-- A goal without a plan is just a wish. -- Don’t look back unless that’s where you want to go. -- High school never ends.

-- Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part. -- Been there, done that. Can’t remember. -- Listen and Silent have the same letters…coincidence? -- If your parents didn’t have children...More than likely you won’t either. -- I wonder sometimes if we ever give God a headache. -- If you could read my wouldn’t be smiling. -- Normal is just a setting on the dryer. -- He, who laughs last, thinks the slowest. -- Men are God’s gag gift to women. -- Hard work never killed anyone, but why take a chance. -- People who think they know everything are annoying to those of us that do. -- I do know everything. I just can’t remember it all at once.

-- Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you.

-- No one is completely worthless. They can always serve as a bad example.

-- No thought, no reflection, no analysis, no cultivation, no intention; let it settle itself.

-- The more you complain, the longer God makes you live.

-- You choose your friends. The devil chooses your family. -- Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society. — Mark Twain -- I don’t want everything served on a silver platter, just put it down anywhere.

-- Best quote I saw about the reunion pictures: “I didn’t know our parents were going to be there.” Ask Sandy who said it, maybe John Knight. -- Winning the lottery isn’t a business plan. -- “We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and try-

ing to lift himself up by the handle” — Winston Churchill -- To save time let’s just assume I’m always right. -- I wish closed minds came with closed mouths. -- “ I don’t suffer from insanity but enjoy every minute of it! “ — Edgar Allan Poe -- Always be yourself, because the people that matter don’t mind. -- And the ones that mind don’t matter. -- “It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time, you can even fool some of the people all of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.” — Abe Lincoln -- Everyone has a photographic memory. Some people just don’t have any film. -- Character is much easier kept than to recover. -- A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory. -- It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt. And lastly------- There are two rules for ultimate success in life: 1. Never tell everything you know. 2. Thanks everyone for you contributions: Jane Staub Towler, Janet Weingarten Battista, Sandy Howard Turner, John Knight, Mark Linimon, Jack McKinley, Chuck Blanton, Pam Dilworth Kissiah, Bart Brewer, Mark Steiner, Mac Colvin, Susu Zimmer-



Class of 1980 and friends — Matt Shaffer, Ned Barnett ’80, Cliff Roberts ’80, Carter Overton ’80, Marshall Adkins ’80, Jim Westmoreland

man Meyer, Bob Greg, Chris Jones, Missy Jones, David Martin, Rene Bell and Robert Bradley.

this reunion was to rediscover that bond and connect with long-lost classmates. We did exactly that!

And as well as some others that prefer to remain anonymous.

Stay in touch… Sandy Howard Turner

I hope everyone has a great summer! Pam Francis Wilson We also have a special write-up below from Sandy Howard Turner who helped plan our 40th Reunion. I am still commenting on how much fun we had celebrating our 40th reunion! There were 35 graduates at the gathering, lots of spouses, some significant others, and even Trey Hoffman’s precious, newly married daughter. Bart Brewer and David Martin get the prize for coming spur of the moment, each from California. Pam Dilworth flew in from California, too. Janet Weingarten Batista and Lisa Bernell Rostad came from Maryland, Marion and Cadell Liedtke came from Midland, Judy Sud Morris and Sarah Whitmer Jones drove in from Austin. Kathy Kaufold Briggs came from Oklahoma. Lots of Houston folks were in attendance. Classmates from earlier school years were Perry Haynes Baraban, Joady Bock Rubin, Mark Rauch and Jerry Maltz. It was fabulous to see them. George Hover, Chip Nichols, Mac McClure, John Knight, Karen McCarter Wellspring, Jane Staub Towler, Cline Young, Dana Lyon, Susu Zimmerman Meyer, Marilyn Hill and Missy and Scott Jones were unable to join us because of more pressing responsibilities, such as traveling to Hawaii, Arizona, Costa Rica or Vienna, suffering a broken foot, or awaiting the birth of a grandbaby. Unbeknownst to our adolescent minds forty years ago, we all shared a common bond forged by attending The Kinkaid School. The essence of




Madeleine Topper Sheehy

1975 Judy Levin

1976 Laura Byrd Herring Houston, Texas

Alice Berry Houston, Texas

man this coming Fall. Larry is looking forward to attending lots of UT football games this year.

Despite our best intentions, your class agents have not been as active as we would like to be in aggressively keeping up with and reporting on all the recent doings of our classmates. Not being an active Facebook user (at least in the case of one of your class agents) does not help with our ability to carry out these responsibilities. Needless to say, we strongly encourage all of you to email us with any and all updates and tidbits you have on you and your families as well as other classmates you come across. All that being said, we have had a few sightems over the recent months. Jim Goettee has been seen regularly honing his tennis game at the Houston Racquet Club along with class tennis legend Ted Erck. Kathy Cullen McCord was in attendance at some of the recent Museum of Fine Arts Florescence events. Charles Cooper has recently joined CypressOne as Senior Sales Manager marketing offsite date storage and other technology services we do not understand. We hear that Arthur Davis has moved back to Houston after many years in Maine, but we have not had a confirmed sighting yet. Lastly, William Gorden, who currently lives in Kuala Lumpur, has been spotted in Houston a couple of times in recent months on business (but we think the primary purpose of his trips has been to get his Tex Mex fix at Molina’s). That is all for now.

This past winter, Anne Elise Mumford Matthews reported that they were doing fine in Princeton, NJ despite all the crazy weather and were focusing on taking their oldest daughter to look at colleges. “When we looked at Dartmouth it was 12 degrees outside” she wrote, “but my Yankee daughter loved it - good grief! I was excited to get back to skiing this year after tearing my ACL (while skiing) last winter and having knee surgery to repair it. With three kids still at home, I’m busy, busy, but enjoying the chaos. Hope to get to Houston sometime soon! Love to all!”

Have a great, safe summer. We look forward to hearing from you all. Steven, Evans and Alice

1977 Lucy Hutcheson Barrow Houston, Texas

1978 If you are interested in volunteering to be the class correspondent, please contact Advancement Associate Laura Renaud at 713.243.5054 or



Steven Arnold Houston, Texas Evans Attwell Houston, Texas

1980 Marcela Chavez Houston, Texas Emily Tuttle Wilde Houston, Texas Happy Summer 2013 everyone! I, Marcella Chavez, am happy to share a bit of news from several classmates that have corresponded with me since February until May of this year. Since the first of the year, Larry West has been working as Managing Partner of his law firm. His family is also celebrating the fact that they will have two sons attending the University of Texas at Austin. Their oldest son Dillon will be a junior and their second son Harrison will be a fresh-

I’ve also been able to correspond with Heidi Davis Barnes since she returned to North America. She is a Residential Realtor in West Vancouver, Canada with Prudential. Her youngest daughter Catherine is in 11th grade and both sons, Nick and Austin, attend Capilano University in British Columbia. Heidi’s husband Phil is the Resident Vice President of the Fairmont Hotels. They moved back from Dubai three years ago, after several years in Vancouver. “Previously” Heidi remarks, “we lived in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. No plans of moving again!” Warren Meyer wrote, “I have run my own business for about 10 years in Paradise Valley, Arizona. We operate about 175 public parks and campgrounds, helping to keep them open when the government runs out of money to operate them. In my spare time I write a column at and have a couple of political blogs at and Climate-skeptic. com. A few years ago I wrote my first novel (BMOC, still on Amazon!) and am working on my second. Most of these activities began with a mid-life crisis 10 years ago when I quit my safe corporate job. The crisis also involved buying an electric guitar, but my teacher said I have the slowest, fattest fingers of any human he has ever met so the guitar mostly hangs on the wall (but looks cool). My son Nic is a weird trick of genetics in that he is a three-sport athlete, and is currently playing varsity baseball as a freshman at Amherst College. My daughter, who is still in high school, and I have taken up running half marathons together. The only dark cloud in an otherwise good year was the passing of my father Randall Meyer, long-time Kinkaid supporter and a former chairman of the Board of Trustees.” Becky Miller Boucher remains busy keeping up with her husband Jerry who is a chef on a private yacht that


prise!!! Ned was so embarrassed he turned purple!!!” Marshall Adkins also emailed me that he had joined Carter Overton, Cliff, and other friends to celebrate Ned’s 51st birthday and share stories about Mr. Webster’s 7th grade class.

mates emailed back in time because otherwise you would all be stuck reading about my summer plans.

Thanks for staying in touch Class ’80! Take care and mark your calendars for our 35th alumni reunion (only two years away and counting!)

Ah, summer…

1981 Class of 1982 girls dinner at Tiny Boxwoods in Houston

is constantly on the move. She wrote, “This year I went to the British Virgin Islands and to the Bahamas. We managed to make it another Boucher-Bell-Fletcher reunion in Nassau. We all rented a beach house and spent a fantastic week all together. Lots of good food, drinks, sunbathing and laughs! Our daughter Mary (21) has one more year of college swimming left, which also keeps the weekend traveling busy. After next year, we will miss it very much. It’s been a HUGE part of our lives for 17 years”. In addition, Becky completed her third half marathon earlier this year. It was her first time to run in the 50+ age group! “Life is good!” she exclaims. Trey Mayfield emailed “I’m proud to report that my twin boys Jack and James (16 years old), are working on their Eagle Scout projects and will be going to the National Boy Scout Jamboree in West Virginia this summer. Dad has been taking classes in Wilderness First Aid and learning to cook outdoors with Dutch Ovens. Mom (Denis) is going to Toronto soon to pick up a Barbet puppy.” Apart from a career in filmmaking and working on the latest commercials in town, Layne Chaney has invested over a decade in his company, XBoat Designs LLC, designing a unique jet ski, or personal watercraft, that promises to be extremely versatile. It is being manufactured in Tennessee this year. “I hope America likes it.” Layne exclaimed.

ing Ole Miss and pledged SAE with a great group of guys, including three from Kinkaid. Our oldest, Carlton, is about to complete his second year of law school at South Texas College of Law, and he is actually pretty much fun nowadays. My husband Carlton is becoming a craft brewmiester extraordinaire. I am gardening a lot and eating many bonbons”. Tany Hopper James celebrated her daughter’s graduation from Episcopal High School in Houston in May. She will be attending the engineering school at SMU where she received a scholarship. Tany’s son Keller James ’10 is currently studying at the College of Charleston. Cliff Roberts described the following celebration that took place on May 9th by saying “We really surprised Ned Barnett for his birthday! It was hilarious. Ned and I have been staying in touch with Jim and Mary Sue Westmoreland after Ted left us for heaven. I knew the only way to pin Ned down anywhere was to have Mary Sue invite Ned to her house to celebrate Susan Westmoreland’s ’84 birthday which is the night before Ned’s birthday. While Ned was eating cake with Susan we all bust into the kitchen and screamed...sur-


Bridget O’Toole Purdie Houston, Texas Warren Whitehead Houston, Texas

1982 Maria Semander Crawford Houston, Texas Last week while visiting Houston, I was lucky enough to enjoy one of our mini girl reunions hanging out with Michelle Rogers Rogers (who is going to plan a girls trip out to LA), Nancy Davis Keely ’85 (who loves being mentioned in our column), Carolyn Coates (who is successfully teaching people how to drink and paint – Mr. Foley would be so happy), Melisa Billingsley Herring (who had to be home by 9 p.m.) and Cathy Davis Bell (who thought mango margaritas were only for California). We had a blast and even voted to have Waverly White Gage take over my duties as class coordinator. I figured she would have plenty of time to write something for summer. The irony is that the column was due that week! So, I quickly sent out an email and thankfully three wonderful class-

So, with all that said and out of the way, let’s get started with our summer column!

That time of year where kids can roam the neighborhoods and play in the sprinklers and are called in for dinner when the June bugs start coming out. Oh wait! That was in the 80s. Now, it seems summers are filled with summer school (ok, I admit I did have to take Algebra from my dad one summer), traveling, sports tournaments and social media. Here is what else will be happening in the heat… Helena Papadopoulos Johnson will be kicking back with her feet up, drinking a pina colada with an umbrella in it. Ok, well maybe not that relaxed but she did say it would be a quiet summer with her seventh grader off on the Kinkaid trip to Europe in June, camp in July and a trip with the cousins in August. She and her husband Thomas will stay busy entertaining their seven year old. Maybe they should get that sprinkler out! Linda Lyons Brown will be having fun traveling and visiting her kids. Krissy, one of her twins, is doing two internships in New York City; one with the National Jewelry Institute and one with the Susan Magrino PR agency. Kaddy, her other twin, will be using her Criminal Justice knowledge while interning with Judge Mike McSpadden’s Court. Both girls are having a blast and Linda is excited to visit them and see them in action. Carson, her oldest, is turning 21 and she will be celebrating with him in Vegas. Linda will also be traveling to Los Angeles, Atlanta and Colorado. I’ve got jet lag just writing about all those trips! And finally, Waverly White Gage is moving closer to school. Maybe that will help if she ever does write the column! Stay tuned. And just in case you were wondering…. I’m going to Hawaii with my awesome husband and two very cool boys. Then I will be hosting a month of guests in and out from Texas (everyone is welcome) and finally take another trip out to Houston and hopefully another mini-reunion.

During the second week of May, Emily Tuttle Wilde reported, “We are enjoying being empty nesters but that is about to change next week when one little chick returns to Houston. We are heading to Oxford, Mississippi this weekend for our daughter Lee’s graduation! She is quite an artist and will obtain a BFA in printmaking. Our youngest, Will, is enjoy-

Happy Summer Everyone! Take time to enjoy the small things, like sprinklers and June bugs. Class of 1982 girls dinner at Molina’s in Houston 53


1983 Anthony Brown Houston, Texas



Jackie Fair Houston, Texas The Class of ’84 has been a busy bunch. Whether at home or out in their respective communities, our classmates have been making their mark on the world. Kathryn Bumstead Gatewood and her family are in their sixth year in Banner Elk, NC, a small, beautiful, rural town in the mountainous northwest part of the state. Her husband is a Presbyterian pastor so their life/ time is spent giving to the community mixed with partaking in the recreational opportunities the area affords (skiing in winter; hiking and biking in summer). Her kids Sarah (7) and Thomas (9) attend the small public school; Kathryn spends a fair amount of time there as well.  Elise Friedland has been receiving lots of recognition in her work in the field of archaeology. Earlier this year she received a huge honor, the Archaeological Institute of America’s 2013 National Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award. She was also just awarded the 2013 Bender Teaching Award from George Washington University. Obviously a very busy woman, Elise also published her first book in December 2012: The Roman Marble Sculptures from the Sanctuary of Pan at Caesarea Philippi/Panias (Israel), American Schools of Oriental Research, Archaeological Report Series 17. Not to be outdone, her husband’s first book is also hot off the press; Roman Palmyra: Identity, Community, and State Formation, by Andrew M. Smith II, Oxford University Press. Their daughter Eleanor is flourishing in first grade in Washington, DC, and “though she is becoming an expert reader, she seems to prefer Pippi Longstocking to her parents’ recently published tomes!” Jeff Allen reports, “I have a good life…no complaints!” He’s still at Martha Stewart and enjoying NYC as much as ever. Since his brother and family live nearby, when he’s not working Jeff’s days are filled with friends and family. One of those friends is Courtnay Tartt Elias who joined him for lunch when she was in the city.


Closer to home, Chris Craig has been an extremely busy man. Having completed the architectural design and construction of Episcopal High School’s new parking garage and new academic building, he’s been designing the New Opus Dei Men’s Center in Houston, master planning the new Catholic Center for St. Mary’s in College Station and overseeing the design and construction of the new private Frassati Catholic High School in Spring, Texas…their mascot - The Falcon. Another classmate in the business of building, John Seidl, reports that “Seidl Home Company is celebrating 20 years in business in Boise, Idaho!” I can only hope that my business Taylor/Jill Development has that kind longevity. Shayna Andrews has apparently joined John and me in the construction business; she reports that in addition to selling the Worth New York clothing line she’s started her own general contracting business called Integrity Partners LLC doing small residential remodeling and commercial construction jobs. Although it is always great keeping up with classmates through email and FB, it’s even better catching up in person. I’m sorry to have missed Anne Chmielewski Kushwaha’s birthday celebration with Susan Westmoreland McConkey and Mallory McKay Callaway, however I did recently share a table at a charity luncheon with Leslie Holland, Amanda Justice Robertson, Shayna Andrews and Courtnay Tartt Elias. Gotta love a mini-reunion. Speaking of reunions; it’s hard to believe that in less than a year we will be celebrating our 30th. Save the date…April 4-5, 2014. Between now and then I’m hoping to hear from more of our MIA classmates. Have a great summer!!

Kinkaid Alumni Event

April 25th

Alumni Taco Booth

Houston area alumni come out in full force to make and sell the Alumni Board’s famous tacos and taco salads at Field Day on April 25.

Margot Fried Hogan ‘98, Erin Jones Brown ‘96, Leslie Roemer Labanowski ‘02

Marshall Adkins ’80, Mark Sikes ‘87, Gayl Ware Carlberg ‘66, Brad Morgan ‘96

1985 Carolyn Lasater Hodges Dripping Springs, Texas

Philip Wise ‘96, Nicole Domercq Zarr ‘87, Joy Archer Yeager ‘85, Mark Breeding ‘74

1986 If you are interested in volunteering to be the class correspondent, please contact Advancement Associate Laura Renaud at 713.243.5054 or

1987 Ashley Brunson Clark Houston, Texas

Virginia Mary Thompson Brown ‘84, Ellen Weingarten Wagnon ‘79


Doug Rosenzweig Houston, Texas

1988 John Semander Houston, Texas



Elizabeth Oxford Pagan Houston, Texas Hello to the Class of 1989! Here is the news that came in this time around: Congratulations to Tiffanie Cozean who recently took the Membership Development position at the Petroleum Club downtown. She says if anyone is interested in joining the Club to contact her at member@ More congratulations to Paul Romano, who reports that he moved back to the Houston area in August of 2011 from Victoria and reopened his law firm in Sugar Land Town Square. In April of this year, Paul partnered with another attorney named Kenny Sumner and together they have formed a new law firm called Romano & Sumner. Paul’s focus is on trust and estate litigation while Kenny’s is on family law. Paul also reports that in March of 2012 he married Laura Rosales. Paul has two girls from a prior marriage and Laura has one daughter of her own, so they were pleasantly surprised when they found out back in December that they were going to have a little boy! Baby boy Romano is due in September.    Sheereen Azimpoor writes in that she and her husband “still live in Potomac, Maryland and keep busy with work and with their three and four year old daughters, Vida & Lily, who continue to entertain and energize us!” Webb Jennings and his wife Christy are here in Houston and are enjoying life with their two daughters, Lila Virginia Jennings and Mary Blackshear Jennings. Lila is four and a half years old and attends Westminster Day School and Mary B. is six and a half years old and attends the School for Young Children.  As always, thank you for writing in! Everyone loves to hear how old friends are doing. I hope everyone has a happy and fun summer.



Robin Kayem Hancock Austin, Texas

Jennifer Wilson Brown Houston, Texas


Billy Forney Houston, Texas

Lane Alexander Danville, California Great news as Amy Esacove’s North Blvd has finally made it to the big screen. Shooting on her compelling journey of looking back to move forward starts this June & July. We wish you the very best with this project Amy and know that your Falcon fans can’t wait to see the show! Direct from Disney World, Christi Parker reported in that Loulie had just met Princess Aurora for the first time. “Besides that excitement, I’ve recently opened my own business The Parker Center ( We train business professionals through their corporations in interpersonal communications and etiquette as well as do individual coaching.” Jennifer Cripe wishes everyone a happy 40th birthday as most of us hit that milestone this year! She hopes that “everyone is feeling the wisdom of age but the lightness of being young at heart. I just got back from a wonderful birthday celebration with some dear friends in Alabama. I’m also looking forward to taking some time off from work this summer to enjoy Montana with my kids, Carter (8) and Haley (5). We have a family beach trip planned with my parents and both brothers and their families in June. All is well!” Haley Thomas says that “Rob’s business is doing well, and I’m still enjoying the blessing of staying home with the kids. We are living in Richardson, Texas now, and we are loving it. The kids are growing so fast! Cobb is nine, Charly is eight, Ridge is six and Tribb is two! We are excited to take our first trip to Disney World in September!” Lisa Wong is moving to Atlanta where her husband will be working at his company’s headquarters. She writes that “Ava (8 1/2) and Alex (6) are sad to leave Kinkaid and all their wonderful friends but we are making this into a positive adventure. My kids are intrigued by the idea of having a basement in the house. We will be living in Buckhead and hope we have lots of Houstonians come visit!”

Amy Stuyck Watson Houston, Texas For this summer’s newsletter, Billy, Jennifer and I thought we would try something different to make the update more interesting. So we posed the following questions to all of our classmates: 1) In what city, or cities, have you lived since graduation (including where you currently live)?; 2) In what type of business or industry do you currently work?; and 3) If you could visit just one city in the world in the next 12 months, where would you visit? Here are the responses we received. Read closely because there are some interesting answers! Elizabeth Dean Amelio: 1) Houston to Little Rock, AR to Athens, GA to Houston to Dallas to Mexico City back to Dallas to Rome, Italy to Munich, Germany to Lisbon, Portugal and currently living in Madrid for the last three years. Whew!; 2) Elizabeth was teaching school until she started a family of three kids (settling into new countries and cultures and learning new languages has been a full time job); 3) Marrakech. Doug Ames: 1) Austin to Houston to Tyler; 2) Judicial Appellate Attorney; 3) Munich, Germany. Tim Anderson: 1) Clinton, NY (Hamilton College), Boston, Chicago and Denver; 2) Satellite Communication (Internet) Services – Marketing; 3) Buenos Aires. Dianna Rosser Aprile: 1) Middlebury, VT to Jackson, WY to Seattle, WA to Charlottesville, VA to Houston to NYC to Larchmont, NY; 2) Dianna works in the area of energy private equity; 3) Istanbul, Turkey. Doug Aron: 1) Austin, Houston and currently Dallas; 2) Doug is the CFO of Holly Frontier Corporation (petroleum refining business) and CFO of Holly Energy Partners (a petroleum pipeline company); 3) Augusta, Georgia. Doak Brown: 1) Austin (college) to Houston; 2) Doak is an attorney and principal of The Brownstone Group, Inc. and its related companies, which specialize in multi-family development and construction. Doak works alongside his two brothers,


Jed Brown ’87 and Wil Brown ’95; 3) Africa. Jennifer Wilson Brown: 1) Austin (college) to Houston; 2) Jennifer is a full time mom who dedicates a saintly amount of time supporting her kids in their many athletic endeavors; 3) Africa. Allison Speed Crosswell: 1) Atlanta from 1996-2000 then Houston; 2) Allison worked in finance and is currently a hard working, but non-earning, mother of three boys; 3) Buenos Aires. Holt Dunlop: 1) Houston to Nashville (college) back to Houston to Newport Beach, CA to Manhattan Beach, CA to Los Angeles to Austin; 2) Holt works in Commercial Real Estate (principal investment); 3) Alaska or Maine. Jeff Eberhard: 1) Upstate New York for college, then two years in Washington, D.C. and since ’98; 2) Jeff is an attorney practicing in the areas of securities and commodities litigation; 3) Singapore. Chicago Billy Forney: 1) Houston to New York to Houston; 2) Billy works in the field of Oil and Gas Exploration and Production; 3) Vancouver, BC. Elaine (Sima) Granmayeh Khalil: 1) Houston to San Antonio and back to Houston; 2) Elaine is a radiologist specializing in breast imaging; 3) Visit her brother in Moscow, Russia. Molly Moore Khalil: 1) Washington, D.C. to Houston to New York to Houston; 2) Molly is on hiatus from the work force. She “got a sweet temp job as a carpool driver”; 3) San Francisco. Keith Koford: 1) Houston, Lufkin, TX, Dothan, AL, Auburn, AL and Gainsville, FL; 2) Keith is an attorney in the medical device industry; 3) Hallsville, TX where good friends, family and roots are located. Nicole Lorenzo Lynch: 1) On her way to Palo Alto for a year where her husband, William, will be working for Microsoft. William Papadopoulos: 1) Houston to Washington, D.C. to Paris, France to Washington, D.C. to Austin to Houston; 2) William works in the field of Commercial Real Estate Development, Management, Investment and Leasing; 3) Ulan Bator, Mongolia. Lisa Pittman: 1) NYC, Austin and Houston; 2) Lisa is an attorney; 3) Johnny Depp’s island (“with him present to wait on me without that Amber chick” ☺).



Elle Marie Schollnberger: 1) Houston to Malabo, Equitorial Guinea to Houston to Rockville, MD to Bremerton, WA to Pensacola, FL to Jacksonville, NC to Afghanistan; 2) Elle Marie works in the field of Navy Medicine; 3) Houston. Penn Shaper: 1) Austin and currently Houston; 2) Penn works in the area of Financial Services; 3) Perth, Australia Drew Thomas: 1) NYC to San Francisco to Boston to Mill Valley, CA (currently); 2) Drew works in the area of Commercial Real Estate Development; 3) Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Charles Turner: 1) Winston Salem, Atlanta, Dublin, Ireland, Austin and Houston (currently); 2) Charles works for PinPoint Commercial developing Senior Housing and Medical and Industrial Assets; 3) Houston. Charles has been traveling so much that he would like to stay home for a while. Amy Stuyck Watson: 1) Austin (college) to Washington, D.C. to Houston; 2) Working as a carpool driver just like Molly; 3) Greece. Steven Wheelock: 1) Vancouver, Miami, Tampa, London, Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Houston (currently); 2) Steven works in the area of Industrial/Commercial Coatings; 3) London. Michelle Festa Dowell: 1) San Antonio (came for college and stayed); 2) Michelle is in her fifteenth year as a special education teacher for preschool children with disabilities; 3) Turks and Caicos. Cindy Shapiro Zabel: 1) New York City since graduating from Tulane in ’96; 2) Cindy works in the contemporary art field and is the publisher of Art in America, a leading contemporary art magazine and website. In her free time, she advises people who are interested in buying art work for home or office but don’t know where to start; 3) Cape Town, South Africa.

1993 Courtney Dreyer Beauchamp San Antonio, Texas Wendie Seale Childress Houston, Texas Ashley Morgan Hanna Houston, Texas




Courtney Domercq Daily Houston, Texas

1995 Mary Sommers Burger Pyne Houston, Texas Hope Morales Young Houston, Texas Clay Hackerman is enjoying a warm and sunny Spring in Seattle with wife Grace and 14-month-old daughter Isabelle. He is practicing as a general surgeon in downtown Seattle. They have plans to open a day spa in downtown Bellevue as well. We have a new doctor in town! Will Fox and his wife Lindsay moved home  to be closer to their families,  after spending almost 10 years in Richmond, Va. Their daughter Ella (6) has just finished her Kindergarten year at West U Elementary and their son William (2) will be going to River Oaks Baptist in the Fall. Will and Lindsay are also expecting a little girl on May 20. Lindsay is working part time at Memorial Hermann Southwest Heart and Vascular Institute as a Cardiothoracic Anesthesiologist and Will has joined Dr. Carlos Hamilton in private practice as an Vascular and Interventional Radiologist. What a year for the Fox family. Glad to have you all back in Houston! Justin Lake was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor of Classics at Texas A&M. He and his wife Natasha are expecting their second daughter in August. Also expecting a new bundle of joy is the Graf family. Kathleen Dunwoody Graf and husband Chris Graf ’94 are expecting their third boy in October! Carvana Hicks Cloud and her husband Willie are expecting a bouncing baby boy in July! Their daughter Courtland (4) is super excited to be a big sister! The Cloud Law Firm continues to thrive and they are excited about expanding the practice in 2013. Ashley Browning Pfiester and her husband Austin welcomed Charles “Charlie” Samuel Pfiester who was born on November 26, 2012. Ashley will be changing roles at Trinity Episcopal School next year, becoming the Lower School Literacy Specialist. Katie Medlen Goodwin and husband Scott welcomed a son Allan into their

family on December 21, 2012. Allan joins his older sister, Elizabeth (2.5). Katie continues to work as an attorney for the University of Colorado Denver. Patrick Thomas and his wife Nicole celebrated the first birthday of their twins (Reed and Ella) on March 30 and their family is doing great. Happy times! Marilyn Bloss Koester married Drew Koester this March. They took all of the children on a “kidmoon” to Belize following the wedding and had a super time. Marilyn continues to teach English at the University of Memphis while pursuing her doctorate in literature. Kathryn McCarter walked down the aisle on June 1st, marrying Michael Moore. Mr. and Mrs. Moore make their home in Houston. Callie Parker is engaged to Kyle Bradford and busy planning for their upcoming wedding set to take place this fall in Napa, California. Her sister Amy Parker Beeson ’98 will be Callie’s matron of honor with fellow 1995 classmates Kathryn McCarter Moore, Macari Coleman Potter, Sveta Anna Darnell and Hope Morales Young all serving as bridesmaids. Following the wedding, Callie and Kyle will honeymoon in Italy.   In April, Jeff Dinerstein was appointed co-head of Haynes and Boone mergers and acquisitions practice. Congratulations, Jeff! Wil Brown is still working with his family developing multifamily housing in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Their children Harper (5) and Hutton (3) continue to keep their parents busy! After two plus years of hard work litigating the BP Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill which finally culminated in an eight week bench trial in the Eastern District of Louisiana, Robert Lemus recently returned to Houston. The Classical Theatre Company, headed by fellow  Kinkaid ‘95  alumnus JJ Johnston and for which Robert serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors, had a successful fifth season and fundraising campaign.  Robert’s daughter Morgana is now two and talking up a storm. She will begin swim lessons soon. Finally, Robert and his wife Laura are expecting their second daughter, due in early October. Deborah Vest Brown is very excited to have a second little falcon when her daughter Charlotte starts Pre-K in the fall, joining big sis, Audrey, in second grade.  Deborah and her husband Barrett continue to be involved with the Children’s Fund, with fellow classmates Kelly Russell McWherter,

Macari Coleman Potter, Jeff Zarr and their spouses, as well as several other Kinkaid alumni and parents. Deborah just completed her 10th and final year in The Junior League of Houston, and she is looking forward to her transition to sustainer status. Brenna Boyd Beaver and her family recently made the move from their home in Timbergrove (just as Ryan Heine moved into the neighborhood) back to Town & Country. The Beavers now live in Lakeside Estates and are really enjoying it. They have two boys - Austin (5) and Jonathan (3). Austin will start Kindergarten at Grace School this Fall. Her husband is still a mortgage lender with Envoy Mortgage, and Brenna is really enjoying being a Consultant with Rodan + Fields Dermatologists. Their plans for summer will be seeing all the Houston hot spots on a weekly basis - Zoo, Natural Science Museum, Children’s Museum and swimming. Brenna has also been able to get together regularly for a girls night out with Elizabeth Rozelle Borski, Laura Lawhon Evans and Stephanie Green. As for myself, Mary Sommers Pyne, my daughters, Marguerite and Camille, are heading into the second grade at St. Francis and Kinkaid, granting me lots of opportunities to bump into former classmates. I continue to enjoy volunteering for Urban Harvest, and would love to see you all at the Urban Harvest Farmers Market on Eastside either on Saturdays from 8-12 or Sundays 12-4. Live music, prepared food, flowers and fresh fruits and veggies offered. A great outing for all, and a wonderful way to support our local growers.

1996 Erin Jones Brown Houston, Texas Emily Mitchell Covey Houston, Texas Lisa Tapick Ansari and her husband Amir are expecting a baby girl in September! Congratulations! Kathryn Field Atherton and her husband Peter welcomed a baby boy, Holden, on January 21 and have been in diaper-changing land ever since. Kathryn reports that Holden is a great baby who smiles and laughs all the time. Daughter Caroline (3.5) is a very sweet big sister and she’s eager to teach Holden how to “walk and talk.” Kathryn and her family are looking forward to celebrating at her sister Jenny’s wedding in August!


Jocelyn Payne Atkinson and her husband Oscar were awaiting the arrival of their third child at the time these updates were being written! The new baby will join big brother Walker (4) and big sister Vivian (2). Jocelyn and Oscar have also started a new company called Dermaflage (www., which aired on QVC last month and is doing well. Reagan Mabray Barry and her husband had a happy, healthy baby boy on April 4 named Asher Dean James Barry. Reagan will return to graduate school for a master’s in acupuncture and oriental medicine in September. She has two years remaining in a five-year program. Reagan also is still training horses and teaching dressage and hunter/jumpers part time.  Brandt Bowden is doing well with his wife Mary Kay and their two children, Russell and Annabelle. They are expecting a third child in December. Congratulations, Bowdens! Christina Cho married Christopher Yoo in May. Christina is still working as an architect at Bohlin Cywinski

Jamie will turn two in October - so far the only person who can understand him is his big sister. The Cooneys recently purchased an apartment, so it seems like they will be staying in the Big Apple for the foreseeable future. Kelli is thankful for the regular New York Kinkaid reunions! Canaan Factor’s busy household full of four kids Canaan (5), Sloane (5), Major (3), and Baron (1) led his wife Bethany to start her own business,, after 10+ years in the energy trading industry. (See 1997 Class Notes for details). After almost five years at Complete Production Services, Canaan joined Post Oak Energy Capital in June of 2012, where he subsequently became CFO of one of its portfolio companies, Refinery Specialties, Inc., based in Hempstead, Texas. Betsy LaFuze Gill continues living in State College, PA, where her husband Tom works at Penn State University. She works part-time as a speech-language pathologist at a nursing and rehabilitation center and spends the rest of her time with her two precious children, Lissy (four years old in June) and Joshua (one year old in June). Jason Goldstein just finished a busy semester of teaching and lecturing on nineteenth-century art. He will be in Houston this summer doing research on his dissertation at Rice University. Bob Hay and his wife Lauren are expecting their second child, another daughter, this July. Congratulations! 

Jackson and is finishing up the design and construction of a big part of the new Square Headquarters in San Francisco. Kelli Roosth Cooney and her family are still in New York City, often enjoying the company of other Class of ‘96 Kinkaidians. Kelli is still the Director of Administration at Arnold & Porter LLP, and her husband Jim is an Attorney at the NYS Attorney General’s office. Olivia turns five in August, and baby

Melissa Liebling-Goldberg is living in Brooklyn with her husband, who is graduating from Columbia University with a master’s in Architecture. Melissa is now the Fashion and Beauty Director for POPSUGAR and got to attend the shows in Paris for the first time in February (Chanel, Miu Miu and Louis Vuitton were her favorites.). Carolina Lorenzo is a graduate and just received a Master’s in Body Psychotherapy. Her thesis work was a unique form of therapy for

working with women. She is also working with healing individual and collective trauma with groups of all ages. Carolina reports that she is a theatrical director, a producer of the new film “The Yogi” and always a yoga teacher and a student of life! She is moving to San Francisco from Boulder, where she has had three happy years at Naropa, dancing and learning. She hopes to connect back with old friends now that she is out of school. Alexis Lipshultz Moses is looking forward to a fun, busy summer. She and her family will be spending a lot of time at the beach, where they will celebrate daughter Waverly’s fourth birthday and son Taft’s first birthday. Jed Peters married Hannah Calvert Peters in April of 2012 and is now working as a Realtor for DEN Property Group in Austin. Maya Buryakovsky Pomroy is still in the toy business and runs her educational toy and book store, Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, in Austin. She also helped open a store in Sugarland last fall. Maya and her husband Matt are raising two beautiful girls, Madelyn who is five and a half and will be starting Kindergarten at St. Gabriel’s in Austin in the fall, and Emma who is 18 months. The Pomroys are also raising two dogs, two hermit crabs and a beta fish! Travis Rea is getting married in September to Ana Moruza in Tiburon (just north of San Francisco). Travis is still managing the Food Development team at Williams-Sonoma, and his team is launching over 150 new food products this year. As a side project, Travis is writing and testing recipes for the forthcoming Flour + Water Cookbook, due to launch Fall 2014. The chef is a close friend of Travis’s and was recently nominated for a Rising Star Award from the James Beard Foundation. The book will focus solely on pasta – it will include about 75 seasonal recipes and will be a definitive reference book for making fresh pasta. Christie Barksdale Ross is still work-

ALUMNI REUNION WEEKEND 2014 April 4 & 5 Reunion Weekend 2014 is on the books! Save the Date for April 4 &

5 as Kinkaid welcomes back to campus Classes 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999 & 2004! There will be events both Friday and Saturday, so plan to be at 201 Kinkaid School Drive for a weekend of reconnecting with old friends and making new memories!


ing as a Physician Assistant at MD Anderson. She and husband Newton are enjoying life as a family of four with their two children Campbell (3.5) and Newton (1). Brooke Hansen Spanos and her husband George have a son, Ethan Kostas Spanos, who is one and a half years old. After some delay because of her new status as a mom, Brooke opened her private practice for Adult, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry in Beverly Hills & Santa Monica. She still works one day a week at UCLA as the psychiatrist for a foster children adoption program. Bobby Stillwell and his wife Alex are busy raising an 18-month-old daughter, Charlotte, and getting ready for a baby boy coming in September. Bobby is enjoying his new position as Treasurer at Memorial Production Partners, a public upstream MLP.  He joined the team a year ago after working with them extensively on the investment banking side while at Citigroup. Anne Marie Vollero Thompson is still a Health Education Specialist with Texas Children’s (Health Plan). Anne Marie and her husband Beau are expecting their second daughter in July and are new homeowners! Alex Turboff and her husband are back living in NYC--Brooklyn this time--and no longer have to do the Seattle-to-NYC commute! Alex says she hopes to re-connect with some fellow Kinkaidians soon! Andy Wayne has been promoted from Program Director to Director of Communications and Engagement at the large congregation he works for in Baltimore. He and wife Lauren celebrated son Brendan’s first birthday just a month after celebrating the Ravens’ Super Bowl Championship. Life is good. David Wise is now a Vice President at United Commercial Realty, while his wife Stephanie is a Rodan + Fields Dermatologist Consultant. David and Stephanie’s two sons Henry (6) and Sam (3) are doing great! As for me, Erin Jones Brown, life continues to be wonderful here in Houston. My husband Wil and I are busy raising our two little ones. Harper is six and will start Kindergarten at Kinkaid in the fall, and Hutton is three and a half. I love keeping in touch with all of you and hearing about the amazing things our class has accomplished; keep the updates coming! Happy Summer! And as for me, Emily Mitchell Covey, I have just made it through my first year of motherhood! Elena brings










Sofa Chat with Gregory Tenenbown ’98


regory Tenenbown is a furniture designer who discovered his passion while a student at the University of Texas at Austin. He recently moved to Brooklyn, where he hopes his new company, Nonagon Design, will continue to create simply and solidly constructed, minimal furniture designs at an accessible price. When did you know you wanted to design and create furniture? What was the first piece you made? GT: At UT-Austin, I majored in English, but I would study at the Fine Arts Library because there was a lot of natural light. I would take breaks and wander around looking at art books. One day I stumbled upon a collection of DOMUS design magazines. I spent hours reading interviews with the great early modern designers and architects. This was the tipping point for me, the inspiration and motivation that led me to create a collection of my own. I began drawing tables, chairs and eventually the design prototype for my Trapezium Sofa. Flash forward to three years ago: I worked with Jack Sanders (a creative thinker and designer) in Austin who introduced me to welding and steel fabrication. I fell in love with metal work, bought a welder and started working on the GRIID wire chair that represents my first piece.

“Kinkaid pushed me to excel, explore and engage.” Gregory Tenenbown ’98 seated on his Trapezium Sofa. (photo credit: Wynn Myers)

You are self-taught as a designer and started out designing clothing. Have you always been creative? GT: I guess I have been into design, including fashion, from an early age. As a kid, I was always very particular about how I dressed and the layout and décor of my bedroom. My brother Jason [Tenenbown ’93] likes to remind me of these early preferences; at the age of eight, I had one outfit that I wore pretty much everyday for two years: Birdwell Beach Britches, a Campagnolo cycling cap, a long sleeve Vuarnet t-shirt, Swatch Watch and Asics shoes. I would wash my clothes myself every night to be certain they were clean for the next day.

What are your favorite memories of Kinkaid and how did it impact your chosen field and life path? GT: Kinkaid provided me with an amazing support group of teachers, coaches and friends. I was lucky to take art and photography classes with Dan Cassis and David Veselka, who both provided their students with a perfect balance of instruction and creative freedom. Kinkaid pushed me to excel, explore and engage. I am the first to admit that I struggled to keep up with the fast pace of the curriculum, but teachers like Bob Beck and Martin Caylor encouraged me and valued my perspective and creativity.


I am still very close with my friends from Kinkaid, many of whom supported us during the past two years when my wife Lila was battling cancer. My friend Coley Cato ’98 is an amazing woodworker and designer. He has been a great mentor and teacher and helped me build the first Trapezium Sofa. We will continue to collaborate in the coming years. My cousins Jackie ’92 and Keith Gendel ’90 are two of the most talented people I know. Jackie, a painter who lives and works in Brooklyn, continues to astound me with her beautiful and timeless art. Keith is a gifted architect who works with his dad, Harry Gendel. Both have supported and inspired me on many levels.

What do you like to do when you’re not working? Any fun summer plans, other than exploring NYC and your new Brooklyn neighborhood? GT: I’m always searching for the perfect cup of coffee. There’s this classic pizza place in our new neighborhood called San Marco Pizzeria that serves a cappuccino that’s the best I’ve had so far. Being in New York is a dream realized; every day provides another opportunity to immerse myself in art, culture and diversity. Visit to see more of Gregory’s designs.


so much joy to my husband Chad and me every day. This past weekend she went on her first boat ride with baby Mary Morgan Valentine (daughter of Mary Kristen Plumhoff Valentine) and absolutely loved the wind in her hair! I continue to do residential real estate with John Daugherty Realtors, and am grateful for the Falcons that I’ve worked with during this crazy-busy Houston market! Have a great summer and stay cool!

1997 Elizabeth Arnold Dennis New York, New York Elizabeth.dennis@morganstanley. com Daniel Jenkins Houston, Texas Thank you ladies of 1997 for sending me your updates. Lots of fun new jobs, babies, and weddings to report this year! Daniel Jenkins just welcomed a sweet baby girl to the world as I am submitting this so look for an update for the boys in a future issue. Kim Davis Callaway is enjoying living in Austin and working as a psychologist in her private practice. She and husband David are expecting their first child, a boy, in October 2013! Catherine Lewis Cannon married Alex Cannon in Santa Fe, NM on October 13, 2012. The two continue to live in Brooklyn, NY with their dog Oskar and cat Francis. Catherine remains a design professor at the City University of New York. Elizabeth Arnold Dennis lives in NYC with husband Rich, daughter Cate (almost 4), and William and Ellen (twins who turned 1 in April). She continues to work in Capital Markets at Morgan Stanley. Kristen Jewell Dolsen and her husband Brady welcomed a second son, Tyler Lewis Dolsen, on December 26. Along with big brother Cooper and their three dogs, they are loving life in Denver and trying to get up to the mountains as much as they can. Bethany Boyd Factor added to her crew, and she and husband Canaan Factor ’96 now have four kids, fiveyears old and under. Bethany founded and launched the website www. ThumbWar is a searchable database for summer and year-long enrichment activities for kids in Houston.   If you need to know what’s out there in Houston for your kids this summer – make sure and visit her site for details.     

Noelle Eason Gray and her husband Rick welcomed a baby girl Carolena Sydney Gray in November. Noelle will be quitting teaching to stay at home and be a full-time mom. She will have extra help around in the form of her mom Nancy Eason who is retiring at the end of this school year after 28 years at Kinkaid! Lauren Singer Harris is keeping busy with her five-year old daughter Alexandra and two-year old son Aaron’s myriad of activities. She continues to consult around talent management and volunteers as a Board member with Jewish Family & Career Services. She is also busy exploring all things foodie in Atlanta with her little ones and writes a blog called www. Lisa Leiman Hearn is still living in London with her husband Robert and kids Matthew and Arabella, who, despite her best efforts, are growing up with British accents. They’ve just returned from a gorgeous vacation in the Canary Islands – very likely the only sunshine they’ll get this summer! Lisa is an attorney in Akin Gump’s London office. Caroline Forney Helander is living in Houston with her husband Bill Helander and two little ones! Stella will be four in July and William is one. She is loving being a mother and looking forward to the summer months with her family! Kristi Peterson Johnson continues to live in the Greenway Plaza area with her husband Corey and twin threeyear-olds Craig and Cameron. Kristi is an Assistant Vice President with NorthMarq Capital, arranging debt and equity financing for a variety of commercial real estate transactions.  Kristi recently was awarded her CCIM designation and is a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Young Leader Board.  Kristi and Corey enjoyed a recent trip to New York visiting fellow Kinkaidians Ginger Strickland, Elizabeth Dennis and Kara Peterson. Lara Tal Katz and husband Sebastian proudly welcomed their daughter Elliotte Eliza Katz on February 9.  Lara loves spending time with Ellie and continues to produce features for CBS Interactive in Los Angeles.  Leslie Reader Mazvinsky is  happy to  be back  in Houston. She  transferred here to  help launch  Comcast Sportsnet Houston, home of the Rockets and Astros. She recently won another Emmy and  is headed to Sochi Russia in February to work with NBC on her seventh Olympic Games.

Bridget Murphy Nikodem is still living in Washington, DC with her husband Greg and their two little boys. Big brothers James and William are very excited to welcome a little sister to the family in July! Carrie Geller Schein and husband Jeremy are living in New York City and recently gave birth to a baby boy Ryder Samson. Their daughter Chloe turned two on April 5 and loves being a big sister! Lila Sharifian  still lives in Houston and is  Divisional VP of Business Development at Gurwitch Products (Laura Mercier and ReVive). She has been managing the launch of the company’s third brand – Nyakio – which debuted exclusively on HSN and on May 14. Hallie Eads Spies got married last August to Matt Spies. She still lives in Seattle and is expecting a baby boy the first week in August!  Ashley Stanberry is excited to be settling into a new home in Wimberley, Texas. She continues to direct Tutor and Test Prep, she personally tutors students in the Austin area, and she teaches online courses for the University of Oklahoma. Katie Ford Stiles, husband Lester and their two boys, Lester (5) and Ford (4), will be busy this summer. They  will be spending lots of weekends at their family ranch and are heading to Crested Butte on a road trip in July. It’s hard to believe both boys will be in school full time next year! Ginger Strickland is living in New York City and serving as Assistant Minister at Church of the Incarnation. Highlights of the year have included baptizing Elizabeth Arnold Dennis’ twins and performing Catherine Lewis Cannon’s wedding. She has taken up extremely slow jogging. Lindsay McMackin Sturm just celebrated her second anniversary with her husband Matt and is enjoying her job selling architectural antiques and reclaimed building elements at Chateau Domingue. Laura Arensdorf Tanski, her husband Keith, and their two boys Connor (5) and Owen (2) are still living in Austin and loving it.  They bought a house in Central Austin last summer and are settling into life back in Texas. Laura continues to be a stay-at-home Mom and looks forward to a fun summer before Connor starts Kindergarten in the fall. Sydney Welch Teegarden, husband Sloan and son Ben welcomed Elizabeth Layne Teegarden into the world


this past September. They are very much enjoying being a family of four! After working 11 years at a large interior design firm designing hotels worldwide, Sydney has broken off and started her own residential interior design business and loving it! Kathleen Young Zinn and her husband Jeff are busy raising Luke (6), Oliver (4) and Josey (2) in Houston. All is well in the Zinn household! And lastly, for me, Christina Wilson Altenau, my husband Matt and I were excited to welcome the newest addition to our family, Blake Michael Altenau, in March. Blake was born a day before his big sister Anna’s second birthday and we are so glad he is here! We look forward to traveling and spending time as a family of four this summer. Again, thanks for the updates and look forward to hearing what you are up to next year!

1998 Amy Parker Beeson Houston, Texas Ashley Holmes Allison and her husband had their first child, a baby boy named Connor in December of 2011, while they were still living in Dallas. They have since moved home to Houston to their old house in the Heights and are busy renovating and expanding it. Ashley continues to work as a geologist for URS in their Houston office. Liz Riddle Anders and her husband David Anders ’97 welcomed their first child on July 25, 2012. Oliver Dalton Anders will celebrate his first birthday this summer during a family vacation to Boulder, Colorado. Liz continues to work as an art advisor and art appraiser assisting clients with a wide variety of works of art. This past year, Liz served as President of the Board of the Houston Chapter of the American Society of Appraisers. She has also been teaching an ongoing series called Art Connection at the Women’s Institute of Houston, focusing on the inner workings of the broad Houston fine art scene. Joanie Goldstein Aron and her husband Doug Aron ’92 are doing great in Dallas and can’t believe they’ve been there for almost two years! They are looking forward to a few family trips this summer and hoping to spend a few weeks in Houston. Their son Andrew just celebrated his sixth birthday and their daughter Morgan is three. Meredith Hopson Beaupre married Andy Beaupre of Grosse Pointe, MI



this April in Houston. Her sister, Shaun Hopson Dickerson ’00 served as Meredith’s Matron of Honor along with Liz Riddle Anders, Katie Austin, Stephanie Sweet Ingersoll, Jamie Smith Luff, Erika Palmer Mandel, Brooke McGuyer, Colleen Sheedy, Meredith Leachman Smith, Lindsay Green Wallace, and me all in her bridal party. After 11 years in Chicago, Meredith and Andy will be settling down in Houston. Meredith will continue to work at J.P. Morgan in Leveraged Finance, which she had done previously in Chicago for eight years. After four great years of writing for Forbes, Karen Blankfeld became a creative executive at New Regency Productions where she looks for material from journalism and theater to develop scripts for movies and television. Karen continues to live in Manhattan and has been training for a marathon in her downtime. Ross Canion and his wife Sarah Jane Canion ’99 are busy settling into their new home in Tanglewood and preparing for the arrival of their baby girl in July. Justin Campbell and his wife Vicky are enjoying life in Los Angeles and

are busy running around after their preschooler Sidney who is about to turn four. She skied for the first time this February making her parents very proud. His wife manages the pediatric cardiothoracic program at UCLA, and Justin works for Southern California Edison. Sounds like life is good! Jonathan Carl is continuing to enjoy pastoring in Hodgenville, KY and is in his final year of Ph.D. work at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Brittney are celebrating nine years of marriage together and continue to feel blessed by their daughters Sophia (3) and Lydia (1). They are also extremely excited to announce they will be adopting a child from China in the near future! Leighton Carl and his wife Jenny recently welcomed Esther Snow Carl (baby #4 and girl #2) to their growing family. Leighton and his family continue to live in Waco where he practices family medicine. In what little free time they have, he and his wife host a small group from their church, and Leighton somehow found time to run a couple of marathons this winter. He reports that he’s recently started shaving his head to fulfill the

Class of ‘98 prophecy of “Most Likely to Recede.”

for his upcoming wedding in May of 2014 to his fiancée Kristi Webb.

Morgan Stockdale Chapple and her husband Ryan are living in Austin where Morgan continues to work as a consultant for the Central Texas Autism Center. They have a little girl named Isla and just welcomed a baby boy to their family a few weeks ago.

Ashley Gillespie has been happily married to her sweet husband Kyle Gupton for two years now. They are living in Austin with their two puppies, Fleetwood & Kate. Ashley is currently employed at Berkadia Commercial Mortgage in marketing in addition to working as a stage manager at various festivals throughout the country (ACL, Lollapalooza, Hangout, Coachella - you name it).

Alex Curlet and his wife Catherine recently bought their first home in DC. They are gradually settling in and enjoying all the surprises of home ownership. He’s still working for Clark Construction and was recently promoted to Director. This summer, he and Catherine are planning a trip to the Pacific Northwest. Kasey Buza Davis is excited to announce that she and her husband Tim will be welcoming a baby girl to their family in September. Congratulations! Heather Heidemann Deiss and her husband Scott just celebrated their seven-year wedding anniversary. The couple spent a lot of time travelling in 2012, including trips to Hawaii, Cabo, Banff National Park in Canada and Japan. Heather is still enjoying working for Chevron. She just transitioned into a new role in Chevron’s Africa/Latin America HQ Finance group and will be travelling to Nigeria on business for two weeks in July. She’s very excited to see what that part of the world is like and how it compares to all the guidebooks she’s been reading! Mark Dinerstein is happy to report that he and Stacey Kirsch were married on April 20 in Malibu, California. They are living happily ever after in Venice Beach with their Boston terrier.

MEET THE NEW FACES OF ALUMNI ACTIVITIES Please welcome the newest kid on the block, Advancement Associate Laura Renaud. Laura joined the Advancement Office in late May and will be assisting Alumni Activities and Annual Giving Manager Emily Wynne Bolin ’82 on alumni activities. Emily and Laura are here to help with you all your alumni needs. Contact: Emily 713.243.5098 or and Laura 713.243.5054 or


Elana Herman Evans and her husband Greg are still living in Houston near Rice University and will celebrate their sixth anniversary over Memorial Day weekend. Their son Henry is three and a half and attending Presbyterian School. Millie is one and a half and will start nursery school in the fall. Elana is still practicing corporate and energy law part time on a contract basis. They love living in Houston and spending time with old friends including Henry and Millie’s godmother Heather Heidemann Deiss. They are looking forward to spending some time at Rosemary Beach as a family over the summer. Grayson Fitch continues to work for Constellation in downtown Houston as a project manager. He will be spending time this summer scuba diving in Curacao and getting ready

Katherine Harper recently got engaged to fellow SMU alum Jared Valandingham who first became a fan of Katherine’s through her popular cooking blog, Gourmaybe. Katherine and Jared will be getting married in Santa Fe early next year. Katherine continues to work at Reel FX in Dallas. Their first film comes out on November 1, just in time to provide Katherine with a little downtime before the wedding. Ran Jones and his wife Cristina are still living in LA where Ran continues to work for All3Media as a casting coordinator for Undercover Boss, The Pitch, Supermarket Superstar and various other projects. They are enjoying life in LA and actually live just a couple blocks from Justin Campbell and his family. Margot Fried Hogan recently launched MFH Marketing LLC, and she is also working for the Houston Chronicle Style section as their Style Specialist. She enjoyed being part of the KYPO group this year and also stays actively involved in The Children’s Fund. She and her husband Brett Hogan ’93 are excited to announce they will be welcoming their second child to their family on Halloween. Big brother Henry just turned two! Laura Kamas is still enjoying working in the marketing division for Pappas Restaurants, and she has now been back in Houston for almost three years. Laura got engaged to Erik Wheeler during a trip to San Miguel de Allende this past February and is excited about their upcoming wedding, set to take place in Houston in February of 2014. Steven Kaplan is doing well and entering his seventh year as an in house corporate attorney for Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. in Houston, TX. Steven recently got engaged to Erin Finger who is a member of Kinkaid’s Class of 2004. Yoav Kaufman is busy working through his residency and excited to see a light at the end of the tunnel. He and his wife welcomed their first


child Ethan David Kaufman on March 1. Yoav reports that he’s a lot of fun, and they are enjoying their new addition to the family. Andrew Smithwick-Kiebach recently moved to Washington DC to be with his fiancée --  who he reports is a wonderful Air Force Captain. On the work front, he is now working as an Enterprise Architect with a Linux focus, putting his RHCE and MCSE to good use. Andrew also reports he is still working to restore the family’s claim to the throne of Sweden. He is still getting to know the local hack/ make crowd, but in the mean time, the cherry blossoms are beautiful, though the Cherokee thus far refuse to support his title. Jennifer Swick Krakowski and her husband welcomed their second son Leo into their family this past September. He and big brother Ian are doing great. Jennifer and her family continue to live in Westchester in the suburbs of New York. Matt Lea graduated from South Texas College of Law in 2006 and is currently working as an associate for Porter & Hedges LLP in its energy finance group. Matt lives in Briargrove with his wife Natalie and their almosttwo-year-old son, Houston Holt Lea. They are excited to announce they have a baby girl on the way, arriving in late October. Andrew Lee is now an analyst in the Oil/Gas Industry at BHP Billiton in Houston and he and Mandee just celebrated their fourth anniversary. Andrew’s daughter Maryn’s will be four in October. Erika Palmer Mandel is enjoying married life back in Houston. She is currently working as a Sale Director with Quorum, an oil and gas software and consulting company. She and Jed moved to Braes Heights last year and are really enjoying the neighborhood. Laura Kadish McConville is living in Burlington, VT with her husband, two boys (ages three and five), a yellow lab and four chickens that give them fresh eggs every day. Laura is a medical social worker for the Visiting Nurse Association. She is busy outside of work getting the garden ready for the summer and planning family hiking trips in the mountains nearby. Jeff Morehouse is working on Capitol Hill as Chief of Staff to Congressman Bill Flores (TX-17) and is also the Executive Director of the House Conservatives Fund. He lives in Alexandria, VA with his wife Ashlee who works as a political consultant.

John McInnes is still working at ConocoPhillips in Houston. He moved into a global strategy and development role within the company’s Chief Economist’s Office about a year ago, which he reports has been a fascinating experience and an opportunity to interact with their operations on a domestic and international level. Most importantly, John and his wife Deborah’s little girl Mollie turned one back in February, and  they are expecting their second baby on October 31st! He’s excited for the Halloween delivery and hoping the hospital won’t mind if he shows up in costume. Jessica Swafford Marcella is enjoying married life in DC with her husband Orrin and their daughter Juliana who was born last June. They bought a house in DC this past December and are having fun getting settled. Jessica also just accepted a position as Senior Director of Federal Affairs at the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association.

Kinkaid Alumni Event


May 15th

“Through the Years” Movie Premiere On May 15, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni board members and others were invited to a viewing of Kinkaid’s new “Through the Years” movie series featuring four short films on Kinkaid’s rich history. A wine and cheese reception followed in the lobby of the Administration Building. Everyone really enjoyed this special evening! If you would like to view the movie series, please check out Kinkaid’s YouTube channel.

Caro Ann Germann, John Germann, Tamasine Ellis

Brooke McGuyer recently got engaged to Scott Hutson. The couple will be tying the knot in the Texas Hill Country this fall. Brooke is also busy growing her interior design firm, Brooke McGuyer Interiors, and chasing around her three-year-old son Parker.  This May, Peter Pettigrew graduated from the Rice MBA for Professionals program and is pursuing domestic and international energy ventures based out of Houston. He is ecstatic to finally have some free time to spend with his awesome wife Cali and Golden Retriever Luca.

Lucy Hutcheson Barrow ‘77, David Barrow

Shad Rahman and his wife Amina had a baby girl (Zara) on August 12, 2012. Shad will finish his Cardiology Fellowship at the University of Cincinnati this June and plans to stay in Cincinnati for the coming year. L.B. Roemer continues to work for Roemer Oil and started a new job as Senior Vice President of Toto Energy, LLC in March.

Damon Wells ‘54, Lynda Underwood, David Underwood ‘54 (fs)

Gavin Roseman and his wife Ashley are busy keeping up with their two girls, Sari (3.5) and Brooke (1.5). In January 2012 Gavin’s group at D. E. Shaw & Co. spun off into a new company called Stellus Capital Management, LLC. They remain headquartered in Houston and are currently making debt investments in the middle market and equity investments in the lower middle market energy sector. He was promoted to principal in 2013. Ashley continues to run her psychology practice located in Bellaire.

Diane Roberts, Emily Attwell Crosswell ‘59, Mary Gosnell



Colleen Sheedy is still working at Walmart, now doing social media marketing for them, where she focuses on its Facebook strategy. She is learning a ton about a key emerging digital marketing space for brands.

Elizabeth Evans Mann Houston, Texas

Meredith Leachman Smith and her husband Pat are enjoying family life in Houston with their daughter Elizabeth. Meredith and Pat are excited to announce they will be welcoming a baby boy to their family this summer.

Spencer English Dallas, Texas

Krissy Turner is a Senior Associate at Fulbright and Jaworski LLP in their trial section. She continues to live in Dallas and recently added a puppy named Maya to her home in Devonshire. Lindsay Green Wallace married Sam Wallace of Pittsburgh, PA on March 23 at an outdoor ceremony held at the Wynden in Houston. Fellow Kinkaid classmates, Liz Riddle Anders and Meredith Leachman Smith served as Lindsay’s Matrons of Honor with Katie Austin, Meredith Hopson Beaupre, Layla Zafarnia Vela, and I among her wedding party of close friends. Following a honeymoon to Belize the couple settled into their new home together in Houston’s Afton Village neighborhood. Layla Zafarnia Vela and her husband Kevin are doing great. Their daughter Ariana turns two this June, and they will be welcoming a baby boy to their family in August. She is still working in Brand Marketing at the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group in Dallas and loving it! As for me, Amy Parker Beeson, I am still living in Houston and working as an Associate for Bracewell & Giuliani LLP in their trial section. Michael and I just bought a house in Southampton and are having fun getting settled into our new neighborhood.

Georgia Alice Leiman, daughter of David Leiman ‘99 and wife Liz, born on June 2, 2012



Alexandra Lacy New York, New York


2000 Alyssa Gardner Kilpatrick Houston, Texas In February Stefania Palandjoglou Allen launched a new ecommerce-meets-editorial concept devoted strictly to luxury accessories, Additionally, she and her husband Thomas are expecting their firstborn, a little boy, in September, and they couldn’t be more excited. Lacey Liedtke Brunner got married to her husband Ross in January, where she had several of her Kinkaid classmates as part of her wedding party. The Brunners are living in Midland where Lacey is enjoying working in interior design, but she makes a point to visit Houston often! Brittany Hansen Cassin is going on her fifth year at John Daugherty Realtors. Besides that, she is keeping busy chasing her 16-month-old, Charlie.  Jennifer Vosko Caughey and her husband, Ryan,  are “ecstatic to announce the birth of their daughter, Emily Margaret Caughey. She was born at 2:23 am on April 26th. We are having a blast with her and loving life in Houston.” Jennifer is working at Baker Botts. Ryan is working at Susman Godfrey and they just bought a wonderful home in West University.  Lauren Paul Cless got married in September 2012 and moved to Chicago. She says, “I’m very busy working as a freelance violinist performing all over the city and teaching private violin lessons. I teach in the Suzuki Method, and most of my students are very young, between four to eight years old, which is both exciting and challenging. We just bought a condo in downtown Chicago and are having a great time being newlyweds!” Lizzie Buza Devlin reports: “The Ryans and I are doing great and looking forward to a few family vacations this summer. We are also gearing up for a move in June. Ryan, Jr. is 15 months and so much fun, walking everywhere and climbing on anything he can.” Lizzie is still working part-time as a Physician Assistant for a private practice.

Shaun-Elizabeth Hopson Dickerson is still working at Cypress Real Estate Advisors as VP of Capital Markets. They are about to raise a new fund, so she expects to be on the road quite a bit over the coming months. She and her husband Wes just bought a new house, which she says has been “very exciting and overwhelming.” Shaun’s sister, Meredith Hopson ’98, just got married in Houston and Shaun loved seeing so many of her friends from the Class of ‘98! Bevin Bering Dubrowski reports: “I am just really enjoying this special time in life—my daughter Edie is fantastic and learns something new every day. Dan and I just purchased our first home together and love our little yard and sweet home. It’s a 1929 house very close to the Menil, and I am still working at Houston Center for Photography. We’re going to Nantucket this summer and also Aruba, Florida, and Mexico  to visit friends and family.” Elizabeth Williams Dwyer announces, “Alexander Grier Dwyer, Jr. was born on April 21 measuring 7 lbs., 3 oz. and 20 in. long. I also became an aunt to Henry Claiborne Hedges days earlier on April 18! We were right across the hall from Casey Williams Hedges ’02, Will, and Henry at the hospital - it was so much fun. I’ve been praying for Alexander to arrive for a while and am so excited he’s finally here! I’m taking time off and going back to work full-time in July.”  Sally Bell Fleming married her husband Brian last October in Colorado, and they live in San Francisco, where they have a finance and leasing company.   Sally says she and Brian are “actually taking a little sabbatical from the Bay Area - renting out our home for a year, spending the summer in Texas and the East Coast, then cruising cross country and spending the remainder of the time in Tahoe and Santa Cruz.”   Rica Gardner decided not to pursue law school and moved back from New Orleans to Houston, where she is working in Oil & Gas for Cameron International. Upcoming company travel will send her to Opelousas and Ville Platte, LA, then Salice Terme, Voghera and Colico, Italy. She plans to make a personal stop in Florence and is also headed to Chicago to see her brother, Nico Gardner ‘05, get his MA at SAIC. As for races, Rica ran the Tokyo Marathon and Vegas Half Marathon last year and a half marathon in Houston in February. Now her main goal is to qualify for a 2014 Houston exemption. Barrie Gordon Gruner and her husband Jared moved to Los Angeles a

little over a year ago. Barrie says, “We are loving it, but missing New York on occasion (although not as much during the winter). I am the director of publicity for TNT and TBS original programming.  Our son Max is now seven months old and is going to be a California kid (who celebrates Go Texan Day, of course). We just visited Stefy and Sarah in New York. Max had to learn how to share his toys with Sarah’s dog, Lucy.” Erin Steuwer Hinze and her husband Ty welcomed their daughter, Reese Parker Hinze, in January.  They are still living in Dallas, and Erin is enjoying practicing pediatric dentistry and teaching at the dental school.  Bethany Morehouse Howlett just finished up the intern year of her Family Medicine Residency at UW Milwaukee. She and her husband Eric have embraced their new life in Wisconsin. Bethany reports: “When I’m not catching babies, rounding on my patients or developing a community health center, I spend my time beer brewing, cheese eating, veggie gardening and ukulele playing. We are looking forward to an upcoming trek to Macchu Pichu. Life is pretty fantastic!” Sarah LaCour is currently living in Manhattan, teaching at a private high school and studying at Teachers College, Columbia University. Lauren Leavitt will graduate from her UT Houston Emergency Medicine Residency this summer and will begin working as an Emergency Medicine physician at Memorial Hermann Katy. She will be getting married to Dallas Griffin this summer, and they are planning a honeymoon safari to Botswana and South Africa. Lauren and Dallas are also remodeling their new home with the help of Traci Thompson White! Lauren Manford shares exciting news that she is getting married to Kyle, “a real Cajun”, and their wedding is set for July 10th in Rome. He has three boys, so Lauren says it is a “big but very fun departure from growing up with all girls!” They are living in Westlake Hills in Austin and remodeling a house that should be ready in August. Lauren is doing marketing consulting work on the side for Kyle’s business, but the boys, the wedding and the house take up most of her time these days. Jessica Jones Meyer still works for John Daugherty Realtors selling residential real estate in Houston. She and her husband Peto just welcomed a baby girl Emma in January, and their son Peter is “very excited to help with his little sister!”


Rebecca Kates Miller and her husband Ben just celebrated their daughter Kara’s first birthday. She says, “It’s unbelievable watching her learn to walk and say her first couple words. I’m also still working full time as a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley, so I’m staying very busy.  Ben, Kara, and I live in Spring Branch with our two labs (who get along great with our new addition!)” Lee LaGrasse Nichols is still in Dallas with Josh and their daughter Dinny.   She is still clinical faculty at Baylor’s Nurse Practitioner program, but  recently began working for InHouse Physicians at a worksite clinic as the medical provider. She loves her new position and is “staying busy with her three jobs (mom, teacher and NP!).”  Stacy Sweet Patlovich got married to Eric last fall, and says, “We’ve been enjoying life as newlyweds!  We moved to an apartment across from the National Cathedral in DC and are planning a trip to Switzerland this summer and an anniversary trip to Bermuda in September.  For the first time, Eric got to visit Houston with me in April and obviously loved it.” Lisa Kaplan Rosenzweig and her husband Shawn are enjoying every day with their precious son Reid who turned one year old in May. They also continue to enjoy life in San Antonio where Lisa works on the real estate team redeveloping the former Pearl Brewery. Lisa is currently responsible for managing the development of the boutique hotel project in the former brewhouse that was built in 1894. Murphey Harmon Sears and her husband Jeff are pleased to announce that they had a baby boy Phelps Sears on February 1! Murphey says, “We’re having a blast with the sweet little one!” Sarah Zeller Seelaus is still living in New York with her husband Ben and wheaton puppy, Lucy, and working at a credit hedge fund in midtown.   Sarah’s says, “My big news is that we are expecting a bundle of joy in December!” Sarah and Ben hope to squeeze in one final big trip before their family grows.  Eve Smith is still in New York, but after eight years, she is planning her imminent move back to Texas sometime within the next year. In addition, she just started a new creative brand consultancy.

Amy Spalding Urquhart and her husband Robert became proud parents to a little boy, Dean Robert Urquhart, on September 11, 2012. Amy says, “We are having so much fun with him and can’t believe he’s already eight months!” The Sweet Ginger, Amy’s homemade dessert venture, keeps her busy baking cookies, cakes and cakeballs for special events.


Save The Dates Alumni Calendar of Events 2013 September 4

Alumni Board Meeting

September 8

Headmaster Andy Martire Installation

September 17

J. Barry Moss Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Douglas Brinkley

Traci Thompson White and her husband Caperton got married in Santa Barbara, CA in October. The Whites live in Dallas where Traci works at White Designs, and they are expecting a baby boy in July.

October 7

16th Annual Zack Semander Memorial Golf Tournament at BraeBurn Country Club

October 25

Falcon Family Feast and Kinkaid vs. St. John’s Game at Rice Stadium

Your other class correspondent, Michel Miller, had a big year planning her March 2013 wedding to Philip Mullett in New Orleans.  I was thrilled to be her Matron of Honor and was joined by lots of other Falcons in the wedding party, including: Stefy Palandjoglou Allen, Lacey Liedtke Brunner, Brittany Hansen Cassin, Shaun Hopson Dickerson, Lisa Kaplan Rosenzweig, Amy Spalding Urquhart, Shannon Feste Werme and Traci Thompson White. Following Philip’s completion of his first year of business school at Rice University, the two enjoyed a delayed honeymoon to London and the south of France.  Michel  is still working as the Client Services Manager at Thompson & Knight LLP and  continues to enjoy serving on the KYPO Board. 

November 13

Alumni Board Meeting

November 22

Alumni Leadership Day at Kinkaid

December 4

Alumni Holiday Party

Shannon Feste Werme and her husband Les are still living in Houston, and she resigned from Direct Energy in April to be a stayat-home mom with her two daughters, Blair and Anna.

2014 February 4

Alumni Board Retreat

March 25

Richmond Guard

March 28

12th Annual Sporting Clays Benefit at The Greater Houston Gun Club

April 4 - 5

Reunion Weekend 2014 (Celebrating Classes ending in 4’s & 9’s)

As for me, Alyssa Gardner Kilpatrick, this year just might be the best one yet. My husband Brian and I welcomed our son Foster in late November, and I decided to stay home to be a mom after four fantastic years doing Public Relations at Neiman Marcus. Our two Great Danes Pepper and Penny, and our huge cat Dragon are thrilled that I can play with them during the day now. And they love the baby, too.

April 10

J. Barry Moss Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Dr. Larry Temkin


April 24

Field Day - Alumni Taco Booth

May 14

Alumni Board Meeting

Lindsey Boyd Houston, Texas Catherine Gutermuth San Francisco, California

Friday Night - Distinguished Alumni Awards Program & Reception Saturday - Open House & Picnic Saturday Night - Reunion Class Parties

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Class of 2003 — Ellen English Sheedy, Rachael Jones Berry, Whitney Walker Crenshaw, Caroline Baum, Amanda Mansell Morrow, Caroline Murtaugh, Georgea Pappas, Elizabeth Spradling

2002 Ariana Nizza Chapman Houston, Texas Ted Sangalis Long Island City, New York

2003 Fallon Ukpe Durham, North Carolina Cameron Decker Houston, Texas



Emily Catherine Jeter Houston, Texas Jordan Allison Houston, Texas Pierce Bush is leading a campaign at Big Brothers Big Sisters to double the number of kids served in Houston. Kirby Carlberg recently moved to Austin, Texas after living in NYC for four and half years. She was able to transfer to the Austin office of the


same company, R/GA Digital, that she was working for in New York. Kirby is a visual designer and works on the L’Oreal, Capital One and Beats by Dre headphones campaigns. She is really excited that R/GA Austin just won the business for Livestrong. Emily Hoppe Connelly and her husband Brody moved from Atlanta, Georgia to Sao Paulo, Brazil this past January for the adventure of a lifetime! Emily is currently teaching fifth grade at an American school while Brody completes his international rotation at KPMG. Emily and Brody traveled to Rio de Janiero for Carnaval and plan to travel around Brazil and South America before their two years in Brazil end. Whitney Deason just finished her final year of law school at The University of Texas and graduated at the end of May. She has loved living in Austin and plans to stay there after graduation. Allison Monteith Evans and her husband Will have moved to Austin where they both are pursuing their own businesses. Will is in the tech industry and Allison continues to manufacture and sell Branch Basics, a non-toxic soap concentrate, online and in retail stores. Kevin Falik is finishing up his third year in Memphis as the Program Director for BBYO. He recently got promoted to overseeing over 1,000 teens and fundraising for the organization

as the Regional Director. Kevin also just finished graduate school where he received an MBA from Indiana University. Kevin got engaged last August to Andrea Kirshner, and they will be getting married on August 17th at the Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, GA. Kevin and Andrea will be moving to Nashville in June where they recently bought a house. Congratulations Kevin and Andrea on your engagement! Bailey Thomas Haidamous and her husband Simon welcomed their son Thomas on May 5. Bailey is a freelance video producer and Simon is a senior financial analyst at Halcon Resources. The family of three (plus their dog Hank) reside in Houston. Congratulations Bailey and Simon on your baby boy! Chuck Helms started a new job with Fuller Realty, a boutique real estate investment company, in Houston. He is excited about the next steps in his career. Chuck still enjoys running along the Buffalo Bayou and playing golf in his free time as well as the occasional karaoke bar. Anne Hoppe loves living in Austin, Texas where she is working at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum Foundation. Candy Johnson will be starting her Ed.D at Teachers College, Columbia in the fall. David Leonard is in his second year

as a lawyer at Looper Reed & McGraw in Houston. He continues to enjoy married life, work, and living in Houston. Rice Lummis continues his work with MP2 Energy in The Woodlands. MP2 provides retail electric supply and demand response services to industrial energy consumers in Texas and Pennsylvania. Rice lives in a small house in The Heights and frequents the local bars and live music joints. He escapes to the mountains in Colorado and New Mexico a few times a year and also spends time at the family farm near Fayetteville Emily Hancock Mullins got engaged this past October to Westbrook Weaver. Emily and Westbrook will be getting married this December. Congratulations to Emily and Westbrook! Kimberly Heine Nettles graduated from the University of Houston in May with a Master’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders. This summer she will be joining the team at Ben Taub General Hospital and Quentin Mease Community Hospital as a speech-language pathologist. Meredith Pickett graduated from NYU with a Master’s in Public Administration this May and will start a new job in New York in June. She will be working for a foundation doing research and writing about the federal budget. Meredith is looking forward to not being in school and a summer in NYC!


Public Schools as a Regional Coordinator for the KIPP College Account Program. Anna Sangalis Stiller and her husband Erik just welcomed a baby boy into the world. Caleb Peter Stiller was born on April 19, 2013 in London. He weighed 8lbs 8oz and was 22.5 inches long. Congratulations to Anna and Erik on your baby boy!

Lindsey Floyd ‘06 and James Eilers ‘06 walk down the aisle

Whitney Rape is starting her fifth year as a residential loan officer at The Vault Mortgage Company. She recently completed her fifth year volunteering for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and her third year on the Mutton Bustin’ Committee. This past March, Whitney got engaged to Trey Miller ’99. They are getting married in Houston next February. Congrats to Whitney and Trey! Nellie Hoppe Reed and her husband Marshall have a 16-month-old daughter Kaylee who keeps them extremely busy. Nellie just completed her first year as Laura and John Arnold’s executive assistant and Foundation Associate for the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. Nellie and Marshall live in the Heights and love it. Since August 2012 Janet Reynoso has been working for KIPP Houston

After eight plus years, Eryn Schultz is leaving D.C. to start graduate school at Harvard Business School in the fall. Before she heads off to school, Eryn will be traveling around Southeast Asia for part of the summer. She looks forward to hanging out with fellow ’04 Kinkaidians: Anna Brewster, Andrew Watt and Ryan Borker in the Boston area. She also was really excited to be Jessica Silver’s maid of honor in her wedding on May 11th. Congrats to the newlyweds! Mary Catherine White recently moved from Houston to Lexington, Kentucky to pursue a great job opportunity. She loves the horse country! As for me, Emily Catherine Jeter, I continue to work at United Way of Greater Houston as a Donor Relations Manager. I recently completed my third year as a member of the Junior League of Houston where I continue to volunteer throughout the city of Houston. Ben Riggs ’02 and I will be getting married on June 8th here in Houston. As for me, Jordan Allison, I am about to complete my third year as a kindergarten and first grade teacher at The Parish School. I will receive my CALP (Certified Academic Language


Practitioner) certification this summer, and I look forward to beginning courses to receive an Educational Diagnostician certification this summer as well.



From the Advancement Office: Philip Angelides graduated cum laude from Colorado College with a Liberal Arts degree and will be starting at the London School of Economics, in the International Relations program in August. This summer before heading to LSE, Philip is headed to Brazil to work on the detection programs of the West Nile Virus in collaboration with the CDC through a grant from Colorado College.

Grace Lee Houston, Texas

2006 Kase Lawal New York, New York From the Advancement Office: Elle Thompson has just returned to Houston from two years in the Peace Corps in Thailand. Sarah Hogarty is still working for Teach For America in Port Sulphur, Louisiana and was recently voted “Teacher of the Year” at her school.

2007 Lauren Lestin Atlanta, Georgia

2008 Kirby Allison New York, New York Mason Bashaw Houston, Texas

Alanna McAuley Washington, DC

2010 If you are interested in volunteering to be the class correspondent, please contact Advancement Associate Laura Renaud at 713.243.5054 or

2011 Avery Geisler St. Louis, Missouri Harry Hantel New York, New York

2012 If you are interested in volunteering to be the class correspondent, please contact Advancement Associate Laura Renaud at 713.243.5054 or

Marriages Catherine Lewis ’97 & Alex Cannon October 13, 2012

Stacey Kirsch & Mark Dinerstein ’98 April 20, 2013

Lindsay Floyd ’06 & James Eilers ‘06 June 8, 2013

Marilyn Bloss ’95 & Drew Koester March 9, 2013

Meredith Hopson ’98 & Andy Beaupre April 20, 2013

Emily Catherine Jeter ’03 & Ben Riggs ’02 June 8, 2013

Kim Mead ’06 & Paul Fangman Jr. March 23, 2013

Hayden Lasher ’05 & David McGuiness April 20, 2013

Rebecca Reid & William Doggett ’05 June 22, 2013

Amy Robinette & Hal Martin ’65 April 5, 2013

Izzy Kerr & John Schulte ’99 May 11, 2013

Eileen Jones ’01 and Tyler Gillett June 22, 2013

Sarah Jane Jornayvaz ’05 & Jack Howell ’05 April 13, 2013

Christina Cho ’96 & Chris Yoo May 25, 2013

Emily Merrill ’05 & David Alexander June 29, 2013

Alex Moore ’04 & Colin Mayhood April 13, 2013

Kathryn McCarter ’95 & Michael Moore June 1, 2013 65


Birth Announcements Alexander Grier Dwyer Jr., April 21, 2013 Elizabeth Williams Dwyer ’00 and husband Alexander

Charles “Charlie” Samuel Pfiester, November 26, 2012 Ashley Browning Pfiester ’95 and husband Austin

Ethan David Kaufman, March 1, 2013 Yoav Kaufman ’98 and wife Erika

Noah Ethan Woods, November 30, 2012 Timothy Woods ’97 and wife Sheryl

Blake Michael Altenau, March 8, 2013 Christina Wilson Altenau ’97 and husband Matt

Christopher Bohlmann “Bo” Pitts, April 23, 2013 Chris Pitts ’95 and wife Jennifer

Crawford William Kaplan, March 8, 2013 Casey Kaplan ’94 and wife Amanda

Emily Margaret Caughey, April 26, 2013 Jennifer Vosko Caughey ’00 and husband Ryan

Winn Montgomery Blalock, March 14, 2013 Geer Blalock ’02 and wife Libba

Thomas Haidamous, May 5, 2013 Bailey Thomas Haidamous ’04 and husband Simon

Allan Goodwin, December 21, 2012 Katie Medlen Goodwin ’95 and husband Scott

Tyler Lewis Dolsen, December 26, 2012 Kristen Jewell Dolsen ’97 and husband Brady Esther Snow Carl, January 11, 2013 Leighton Carl ’98 and wife Jenny

River Loughridge Harland Chapple, March 29, 2013 Morgan Stockdale Chapple ’98 and husband Ryan Lucy Marie Berglund, January 20, 2013 Heather Khuri Berglund ’88 and husband Jon

Max Scarboro Bender, May 8, 2013 Liz Mims Bender ’02 and husband Steven

Holden Field Atherton, January 21, 2013 Kathryn Field Atherton ’96 and husband Peter Asher Dean James Barry, April 4, 2013 Reagan Mabray Barry ’96 and husband Kirby

Robert James Pennebaker, May 16, 2013 Louise Frank Pennebaker ’01 and husband Drew ’00 (fs)

Phelps John Sears, February 1, 2013 Murphey Harmon Sears ’00 and husband Jeff Elliotte Eliza Katz, February 9, 2013 Lara Tal Katz ’97 and husband Sebastian

Henry Claiborne Hedges, April 18, 2013 Casey Williams Hedges ’02 and husband Will

Eloise Elizabeth Mann, May 21, 2013 Elizabeth Evans Mann ’99 and husband Robert

Elliot Kathryn Leavitt, February 27, 2013 Lewis Leavitt ’96 and wife Lindsay

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Caleb Peter Stiller, April 19, 2013 Anna Sangalis Stiller ’04 and husband Erik

Aiden Wilson Diacogiannis, June 6, 2013 Ashleigh Newton Diacogiannis ’05 and husband Jeremiah

Please send them to Advancement Associate Laura Renaud at 713.243.5054 or

William Edward “Wells” Loocke, June 20, 2013 Blair Richardson Loocke ’99 and husband Bryan



In Memory Warren F. Wackman Jr. ’63 passed away peacefully on March 15. Warren attended Southern Methodist University and worked at his family’s business, Southline Metal Products, from 1967-1995 as Executive Vice President. He was instrumental in forming ICDM, an international association of nonprofit organizations representing the world’s premier manufacturers of drums and pails. Warren was owner/operator of Windy Acres Farm in Brenham, Texas and Harrison, Nebraska and was very active in the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo for many years. Warren is survived by his wife of 23 years, Winifred Clark Wackman, three children and numerous grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Marla Wackman Killebrew ’70. Judith “Judy” Ann Hamil ’62 passed away on May 2. A lifelong Houstonian, she went to The Kinkaid School from 1949-1960 and had a notable career with ConocoPhillips. She leaves behind her beloved nephew and many friends. Former Lower School Teacher Reba Katherine Dunn Westbrook passed away on May 6. Reba is preceded in death by husband Arthur Alan Westbrook Jr. and is survived by daughter Susan Kathleen and many other relatives and friends. Reba graduated from Houston Baptist University and taught at The Kinkaid School for more than 30 years. She touched the heart of everyone she met. John Wiley Link III ’55 passed away on May 7. John attended Kinkaid from 1946 to 1952. After obtaining an undergraduate and law degree from UT Austin, he became a commercial real estate broker and spent most of his professional life managing the family’s affairs. John was a larger-than-life Texan who spoke with a drawl and dabbled in real estate and law. He is survived by his soul mate Bobbi Kaufman and many nieces and nephews. George “Joe” Walton Weir ’63 passed away on May 24. At Kinkaid, Joe participated on the varsity basketball team and as a varsity

cheerleader. He graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1967. Joe settled in Dallas and worked for Texas Instruments, Blair Engineering and Lee Spring. He is survived by his two brothers, three daughters and numerous grandchildren. Sellers J. Thomas, Jr. ’42 passed away on May 27. Dr. Thomas attended Kinkaid and was in the first graduating class of Lamar High School. After attending Rice Institute, he went to The University of Texas at Austin. He graduated from Tulane Medical School and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the V-12 Program and was a Lieutenant and medical officer on the USS Electra in the Korean War. A Clinical Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine, he also was Assistant Chief of Surgery at The Methodist Hospital where he also served as President of the Medical Staff. In 2010, Methodist honored him “for a lifetime of excellence in compassionate and ethical medical care, dedicated service and leadership”. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Thomas; daughters Kingslea von Helms ’67, Loretta Thomas and Hester Hawkins; son Sellers J. Thomas III ’78; numerous grandchildren Radkey Jolink ’98 (fs), Caleb Hawkins ’01 (fs), Nellen Hawkins ’04 (fs), Sarah May Thomas ’12 and Sellers J. Thomas IV ’17; and great-grandchildren. Patricia “Pat” McCall ’50 died peacefully on June 3. A graduate of RandolphMacon Women’s College, Pat was a Lifetime Member of the Methodist Hospital Service Corps and assisted with many activities at The Kinkaid School during her children’s school years. Pat’s passion was politics, and she was elected Precinct Chair, appointed as a delegate to several State and National Republican Conventions and active in numerous local races. Pat is survived by her four children, Roberta Haeckel ’71, Joseph Huston ’75, John Huston ’76 and Margaret Huston, and her eight grandchildren. In Pat’s own words, “I thank Kinkaid for the patience, understanding and basic principles given to us. These gave me the background to be able to live a productive and useful life.” Longtime teacher and staff member Mary LaGrone Jones passed away at the age of 94 on June 13. Mary served Kinkaid as a Lower School assistant and then

Upper School records keeper for 41 years. Mary began working at Kinkaid in 1952, shortly after John Cooper became headmaster, and she retired in 1993. Mary also was the director of the Valley Lodge summer camp for many years. She is predeceased by her husband Albert Jones, son Albert Fisher Jones Jr. ’56, daughter Lauri Kaye Jones Shepler ’64 and is survived by son-inlaw Dennis Shepler, former Upper School Chemistry teacher, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Mary will always be remembered as a kind, gracious, warmhearted woman who loved Kinkaid. The family has asked that all contributions be made in her honor to The Kinkaid School. Former teacher Anisia Morales passed away on May 31 and was buried in Spring, Texas. She was a Spanish teacher in the Upper School from 1978-1987. Former Upper School History teacher Edward “Doc” Taylor passed away on June 5. Doc served in the US Army Air Force and then earned his B.S. degree from the University of Houston, where he won the “Mr. Future Teacher of Texas” state competition. Doc was recruited by Kinkaid to head the Upper School History program, where he taught from 1961-1967. He was particularly proud of being one of the pioneers of the Advanced Placement program during those years. For over 22 years, Doc taught at Rice University’s summer program for high school students as the senior most Master Teacher. To recognize his professional accomplishments, Alief Independent School District honored Doc by naming a new high school after him, the Alief Edward “Doc” Taylor High School. James “Jim” McCullough ’56 passed away on June 17. After graduating from Kinkaid, Jim attended The University of Houston. Jim was predeceased by his wife Peggy Graham McCullough ’56. He is survived by his four children, Kathrine, Robert, Tye and Maria and by his siblings, Robert McCullough Jr. ’55 and Anne McCullough Shallenberger.



Finally, a Falcon!

Andrew Martire and his wife Eva

My family and I are truly grateful for the all the work that has taken place in advance of our move and the continuing support from the talented administrative team, faculty, and staff at Kinkaid as well as so many parents and Trustees. To say we are excited to be a part of this vibrant and welcoming community would indeed be an understatement. I want to express my personal excitement about all that is ahead for Kinkaid. Our School is rich in character and steeped in tradition. Kinkaid is absolutely committed to the excellence that has long defined our school and driven to strengthen our position as one of the leading preparatory schools in the country. As my tenure as Kinkaid’s 5th Headmaster begins, I am especially grateful for Don North and his outstanding work over the past 17 years. While many people see the outward manifestation of his work in how highly the School is regarded, I have been afforded the opportunity to see the details of what he has done behind the scenes to achieve at such high levels for so long. I am thankful to him not simply for how he has aided in this transition and for the strong foundation he has created, but also for the strength of character he has instilled throughout the School’s culture. Don’s leadership in creating and instilling the School’s four core values of honesty, respect, responsibility and kindness will be a living legacy to his impact at “To say we are Kinkaid for generations to come. excited to be a

part of this vibrant and welcoming community would indeed be an understatement.”

Throughout the summer, we will continue to work on the important transition from not only one Headmaster to the next, but one school year to the next. There are many exciting conversations and plans for the upcoming year. For me, there will be much to learn, to absorb, to understand about Kinkaid and each person who makes up our community. One of the most important initiatives during the first semester for me personally will be to get to know the community as well as each of your children and you as individuals. It will take time, and there are many activities and events planned to help facilitate this.

I look forward to sharing more information as we get closer to the school year. And, while I hope you enjoy your summer, I must admit that I am eagerly awaiting the first day of school and having the opportunity to welcome students back to campus! It will not only be their first day, but it will be mine, too. Until then, I wish all the best to you and your family.

Sincerely, Andrew D. Martire, Ed.D. Headmaster


3rd Row: Tod Greenwood ’84, Jimmy Greenwood, Jim Pearson ’75, Gayle Moore Pearson ’75, Mary Bain Haralson Pearson ’49, Megan Pearson, Isla Winston Reckling ’54, Sterling Reckling, Reinzi Reckling, Harrison Eilers, Sarah Brooks Eilers ’76, Keith Fullenweider ’81, Kate Fullenweider, Ellen Thanheiser, Giggy Martin Thanheiser ’77, Matt Thanheiser ’76, Ellye Anderson, Scott Anderson ’76, Sally DeWalch ’54, Carter DeWalch, Julia Gregg DeWalch ’81, Mark DeWalch ’80, Larry Jacobs ’70, Jacqueline Jacobs, Ellen Scofield, John Scofield ’85, Susie Vail Ackerman ’78, Calin Ackerman, Bryson King, Kevin King ’75, Andrew Manias, Gretchen Meyer Manias ’81

2nd Row: Greg Labanowski, Elizabeth Jacobs Labanowski ’73, William Berry, Pat Paukune Berry ’80, Barbara Burke Harberg ’59, Julia Shaffer, Katie Shaffer, Ellen Harberg Shafer ’84, Jackie Goss Cathriner ’81, Annie Cathriner, Bill Cathriner ’81, Michael Wilde ’85, Blake Wilde, Paul Langford, Sandra Spore Langford ’74, Elise Jones, Chris Jones ’73

1st Row: David Oelman ’83, Hutch Oelman, Marshall Adkins ’80, Grant Adkins, Charles Roff ’79, Annie Roff, Bentley Fondren ’85, Christina Fondren, Rene Bell ’73, Charles Bell, Baker Elias, Courtnay Tartt Elias ’84, Tami Baird Dyer ’58, Carolyn Dyer, Stephen Dyer ’85, Will Britt ’76, James Britt, Scot Ison ’83, Carroll Ison, Jacklyn Jacobe, Lee Jacobe ’86

Seniors with Alumni Parents and Grandparents


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Parents or Alumni: If this publication is addressed to your child who no longer maintains a permanent address at your home, please notify the Alumni Office of the new permanent mailing address.

Save the Date!

Save the Date!

16th Annual Zack Semander Memorial Golf Tournament

Installation of Kinkaid’s Fifth Headmaster

Monday, October 7, 2013 BraeBurn Country Club 11:30 a.m.

Check-in & Lunch

12:30 p.m.

Shotgun Start For information on underwriting, please contact Georgia Piazza at georgia.piazza@ or 713.243.5078.

More details to come.

Andrew D. Martire, Ed.D. Sunday, September 8, 2013 4:00 PM • Brown Auditorium Katz Performing Arts Center

The entire Kinkaid community is invited!

Admission Deadlines for the 2014-2015 School Year

Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten – September 27, 2013 1st – 12th Grade – December 13, 2013 Apply online at

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