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The Bulletin • Fall 2016 Inside:

Meet DCD’s New Head of School Allison D. Webster

Mission Statement

Dedham Country Day School •Provides to each child a unique educational balance of challenging academics, arts, and athletics; •Embraces an inclusive, interdependent community of students, teachers, and parents that fosters trust and encourages children to take risks; •Creates independent, resilient, lifelong learners through engaging, developmentally-based teaching designed to meet varied learning styles; •Inspires students to become caring, ethical members of the larger world by emphasizing thoughtful citizenship and respect for self and others.

Diversity Statement

At DCD, our concept of diversity includes race, gender, age, ethnicity, culture, nationality, sexual orientation, social and economic class, physical and learning differences, and religion, as well as the many other characteristics that contribute to each individual’s full identity. We strive to provide a multicultural education that celebrates the diversity of our community and the larger world. At DCD, respect permeates all aspects of school life. We want children to learn to understand and value multiple perspectives, identify and reject stereotypes and prejudices, and work for equity and justice. Dedham Country Day is strongly committed to ensuring a sense of community in which every member is safe, valued, and treated with dignity. We believe that a broad range of experiences and viewpoints enhances learning and enriches life.

Admissions Inquiries should be submitted to Emilie Liebhoff, Director of Admissions and Assistant Head of School Dedham Country Day School 90 Sandy Valley Road Dedham, MA 02026 Tel: 781.329.0850 • Fax: 781.329.0551 Web: www.dedhamcountryday.org

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In This Issue Meet DCD’s New Head of School: Allison D. Webster


By Leslie Bowen

Head’s Report: 6 Envisioning a Future Based on Our Strengths

Closing Exercises 8 Address to the Class of 2016, by Charlie Volpe Faculty Speaker: Kevin Coakley Award Winners Secondary School Choices of the Class of 2016 College Choices of the Class of 2012 Faculty Honored Departing Families Recognized

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On Campus


DCD Welcomes New Faculty and Staff New Trustees Join the Board Meet DCD’s Admin Team Tributes to Longtime Faculty: Jenny Chamberlin Ashley Linell Julie Hagan Barbara Laneau DCD Community Mourns the Loss of Mimi Harrington Spring Events Celebrate Nick Thacher’s Retirement

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Sports Roundup


Spring 2016

Student News


Latin, Spanish, Math Awards Math Club Builds Confidence, Skills

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Head of School

Class Notes

Miriam Stulin

Annual Report


Director of Admissions and Assistant Head of School

Design Consultants

Alumni Association


Emilie Liebhoff

Michele Page, Design Communication Creosote Affects


Director of Advancement

Layout and Production

Charles S. Rudnick

Leslie Bowen

Director of Communications


Young Alumni Pursuing Passions Alumni News: Class of 2016 BBQ, Horizons Summer Snapshots, Class of 2012 Gathers before Heading to College, Save the Date for Alumni Weekend

Class Notes


Allison D. Webster

Leslie Bowen

Manuscript Editor Kathryn Sargent

Contributing Writers Leslie Bowen Danise Cavallaro Erin Hartford Peter Gow Hilary Rochelle Nick Thacher Allison Webster

Leslie Bowen Danise Cavallaro Kristie Gillooly Dean ’02 Melanie Guerra ’86 John Leith Sara Hagan Parker ’93 Alli Parent ’08 Hilary Rochelle Sam Rochelle ’12 Jo Sittenfeld


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Meet DCD’s New Head of School: Allison D. Webster


CD’s new head of school Allison Webster values connections—connections between students and teachers, among faculty members, between families and the school—connections that build community. Her work as a lawyer didn’t give her the kinds of personal interactions she craved and later found working in schools. “I love a job that gives me a chance to interact with a lot of people; in fact, one of the things that drew me toward education when I was in law was that I didn’t interact with people to the degree I found sustaining. I switched from law to education to be in an environment where connecting with other people is part of your job.” With what she calls her “checkered educational past,” Allison never imagined she would end up in education. “I wasn’t a kid who loved school. I found the academic part of school boring. I occasionally hit on a class where I felt really engaged, but most of my learning took place outside of school,” she remembers. “It wasn’t until college when I found a program that integrated a number of different disciplines that I really lit up about school. I didn’t fall in love with reading until I was 22. I wasn’t drawn to schools and didn’t think I would want a career in education.” This may seem surprising considering her stellar academic qualifications, which include a B.A. with honors from Rollins College, J.D. from Tulane Law School, M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a

master’s degree in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. But as Allison reminds us is true of children, “it’s folly to expect people to develop in a straight line.” As her own life’s course twisted and turned, making the transition from law to education came unexpectedly. While practicing law, she received a call from a friend who asked her to speak to students about the Fourth Amendment, a request she initially refused. When her friend couldn’t find anyone else to speak, she reluctantly agreed to go. “I went and was surprised by what I found. The kids were so engaged, the environment was so vibrant, the level of thought was so deep—it just knocked

those years.” “After I got my master’s in education, I had a long period when I felt that I had learned what I needed to learn in school, and that so much of my learning would now be on the job. As I delved more deeply into the administrative work and thinking about an organization over time, the questions of what motivates people, what makes individuals thrive, and what makes institutions thrive became more important to me.” So her educational journey continued with an unusual distance learning program at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received a Master of Applied Positive Psychology degree, which she says was one of her favorite educational experiences. “It was a chance to think about well-being, to get outside of education with an incredibly diverse group of individuals from all fields and to think across disciplines.” Raised by two therapists and married to a child psychiatrist, Andy Stromberg, she was well aware of the importance of treating mental illness, but became increasingly interested in research about well-being and the plus-side capacities that people need to be happy. Contrary to the commonly held view of happiness as hedonic, the concept of well-being is tied to understanding and appreciating certain values, like contentment or empathy, or as Allison describes “the pillars of well-being— building strong relationships, having a deep sense of purpose.” Bringing this awareness to her

“Learning is social. Those relationships are not optional; they are the foundation of the learning experience.”


my socks off! I was surprised that a school could be so vibrant.” After doing more and more speaking engagements on constitutional law, she decided she should be working in schools. Placed in a public school in Newton while pursuing her master’s in education at Harvard, Allison remembers being inspired by a woman who had been teaching for 40 years and who still jumped out of bed every morning, excited to teach English and history to eighth graders. “It made me realize not only how much you could give but also what you were provided in terms of the connectivity and sense of purpose that she had been fueled by all

Head’s Report

Photo by Kriste Gillooly Dean ’02 leadership role as head of school, she says success is less about what the leader can do and more about what the leader can inspire other people to accomplish. “In many of the projects I’ve been involved in and been effective, it’s not what I’ve done but what I’ve made room for other people to do, using my role to catalyze what others can do. It’s important to create systems and facilitate connections so that people can to do their best work.” Allison taught at the Park School, and for the last 10 years served as assistant head at Shady Hill, where she started her teaching career. She says what drew her to independent schools was the deep sense of community; the chance to be

surrounded by colleagues who are smart, thoughtful, passionate and engaged; and making the kinds of connections that lead to learning. “Learning is social. Those relationships are not optional; they are the foundation of the learning experience. Connection creates motivation and inspiration in kids and, in turn, in teachers too, teachers who will spend all day Sunday working on a lesson because they care deeply about the child who is in front of them in the classroom.” Talking about what makes a great school, she says, “The foundation of any school is that hourly, daily, minuteby-minute interaction between children

and adults.” Beyond that, she says, “the tone has to be right; the content of the curriculum must match children’s developmental needs; the variety in the curriculum that kids need must be there; the adults must have opportunities to grow and collaborate; and every child and family and staff member needs to know they are seen and respected for who they are. Those are the basic building blocks of what makes a great school.” Elaborating further, she says some of the more important questions to ask when evaluating a school’s strengths are, “Does the facility adequately support the program? Does the parent body align with the mission of school and support 3

Photo by Leslie Bowen

Meet DCD’s New Head of School: Allison D. Webster

Allison admires the art work of a kindergartner as he heads back to class. it at home? Do the alumni base and community support and understand the institution? All these are like concentric circles moving outward that matter to the whole.” Yet, despite all the factors involved in creating an effective learning environment in a school, in the end, it all comes down to that central relationship, she says, of “the child next to the teacher, figuring something out, discussing, thinking something through, and the teacher always having an awareness of where the child is developmentally so that their interactions align with the needs of the child.” “Teachers are in the trenches with kids, with their sleeves up, working together, trying to figure something out. It’s not only the work of the child; teachers must be partnered with the child to figure out where there’s a gap in understanding and how to close that 4

gap.”(See sidebar.) Allison’s decision to come to DCD, she says, she made “bit by bit.” “There were so many little moments that made me fall in love with the school: getting out of my car when I was here as a semi-finalist, experiencing the natural world, listening to the crickets on a Sunday morning, I thought, ‘this is such a peaceful place, so right for kids’. Then meeting the search committee, the way people talked about children and the school made me feel that this was an environment that I wanted to be a part of. When I got to see the school in action, I was surprised to see how much eye contact kids made, that there was an expectation of interaction. The poise of eighth graders when I sat with them—I saw how thoughtful they were, how warm, how articulate. Through the questions the faculty asked, I knew how deeply they cared about the school.

I kept having these moments, when I felt, ‘Wow, I want to be a part of this.’ It was literally the night of the super moon eclipse when things aligned and I was able to say yes to the opportunity to come to DCD.” The time was right, too. “I knew that I was ready to make a transition to headship because I had done everything I could within my role as assistant head, but what I had not had a chance to think about was where I wanted to take a whole organization over time. The timing was right at home as well, since our daughters are nearing the end of high school.” As for where she wants to see DCD in 10 years, Allison says, “It’s so easy to quickly understand the different areas that will need attention. For example, we know over time there will be things related to financial sustainability and program and facilities to name a few areas, but to know how those priorities are going to play out and what the right balance of priorities is, that is what takes some time.” As DCD continues with the strategic planning process that launched last year, Allison will bring her experience from going through the process three times at her previous jobs. “It’s a great process,” she says. “What’s critical about it, especially in schools like these that really value the voices of everyone in the community, is that it creates opportunity to hear widely from people, to learn what they think is essential, and then have a group like the board and the head distill that into a vision for the school.” Looking ahead to the challenge of starting as DCD’s new head of school this fall, Allison said it felt challenging to follow in the footsteps of Nick Thacher. After attending a Head’s Institute this past summer, she remarked, “One thing I came away with

What Makes a Great Teacher?


Allison with her family, left to right, daughters Isabelle, a senior at Concord Academy, Tess, a junior at Belmont High School, and husband Andy Stromberg, a child psychiatrist. is that there are so many ways to lead. There are many effective ways to be part of a community as a leader.” Remembering back to when she was a college student, she cites an example of learning on the job in her work-study position as assistant to the president of Rollins College for four years. “Seeing school leadership from that vantage point planted a seed that I didn’t know was planted. Seeing how he handled things, his sense of people, all the different modes he used in various situations, I learned so much from him, things I didn’t even didn’t even know I would need in the future.” As she started her first year at DCD, she said she most looked forward to seeing the school in action. “I’m excited to get to know families, to work with the faculty, which is such an amazing group, to have ordinary interactions with kids on a daily basis, to hear what books they’re reading or what they had for lunch, to experience the school filled with kids, and to learn about it through that lens.” —Leslie Bowen

always try to understand how passionate someone is. I once interviewed a college professor who wanted to teach middle school, who was so passionate about the Civil War that he owned and wore Civil War replica glasses, so that I thought he would be a great teacher. The capacity to be really excited about something and curious, that idea that anything can be interesting if you know enough about it, is something fundamental to great teachers. They have to be curious and passionate. Teachers must also have a deep sense of empathy for how hard it is to learn, how hard it is to be a kid. Teaching shouldn’t be about themselves, but must be about the children and trying to understand them. The great teachers are always thinking deeply about the fact there are kids in the room, not about ‘what I am teaching’ but ‘what they are learning.’ The important question is, ‘who are you focused on when you’re teaching?’ The question is not, ‘what did you say?’ but ‘what did they hear?’ Teachers need to be able to understand things through the lens of a child. A sense of humor goes a long way in a school, as does not taking oneself too seriously. Kids are funny; life is often funny in a school. In addition to levity, there should also be a sense of calm and reverence for the idea that there is something very natural about children growing up. They will age and learn things. Having our own sense that things will be okay is important because they pick up on our tone. If we feel the house is on fire, they will think so, too. But if we have faith in their capacity to grow up over time, that they are going to grow up, they will, too. It’s not a straight line, and to expect it to be is folly.” —Allison Webster


Head’s Report

Envisioning a Future Based on Our Strengths By Allison D. Webster


ur Annual Fund theme this year is Strength in Numbers, and I want to focus on the Strength part of that theme. Since I began in July, I’ve had the privilege of meeting one-on-one with nearly a hundred people. I’ve asked each person about DCD’s strengths and their hopes for the school’s future, as well as the winding journey they took to become part of this community. Several areas of strength were identified through these conversations:

• Community • DCD’s skilled and committed faculty

like endowment growth would be cited as a positive change at DCD, and then I’d hear stories about the zest, perseverance, and humor of the individuals who led the campaign effort and made it a success. Through these stories, direct lines were drawn between outcomes and character strengths. My interest in character strengths has developed over many years. My sister and I were raised in Winchester, Massachusetts, and my parents—a psychologist and a child psychiatrist—had a therapy practice in our home. Each

see these capacities, even at age five, and intuitively understand that these strengths are essential building blocks. A team of psychologists has worked to distill their understanding of strengths into a Handbook of Character Strengths and Virtues (CSV). The work was led by Marty Seligman at University of Pennsylvania and the late Chris Peterson from University of Michigan. As the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is an essential book to help understand and diagnose mental illness, Seligman and Peterson

and staff

• Program balance between academics, athletics, and arts

• Traditions • DCD’s beautiful campus. These strengths are consistent with those identified in the past, and each will be an important pillar of our future success in providing children with a meaningful education. What struck me during these conversations are the many strengths underpinning large categories like community or committed faculty. Our capacity to cultivate community, sustain and evolve traditions, or build and fuel an engaged and vibrant faculty all require strengths like perseverance and empathy and kindness. It is these character strengths—the sort of molecular level of our institutional strengths—that I want to discuss. During my conversations, I’d hear a story about the strength of our faculty, but under that large category I’d hear about the hope, humor, and kindness that a particular faculty member brought to bear and what it meant to a child. A strength 6

“People have greater subjective well-being if they use their strengths; they report less stress and are more likely to achieve their goals.” night, our dinner conversations were filled with stories of human psychology, including the strengths that enabled people to navigate their lives. My interest in psychology continued to develop during my years as a teacher. I saw that a child’s success could not be predicted by her cognitive profile alone, and I wondered how emotional factors support or impede learning. In recent years, psychologists have done a lot of research about strengths. But one needs to look no further than kindergarten to see that children recognize strengths as well. I spent about 10 minutes outside at recess asking kids about strengths and filming their responses on my phone. When asked about what makes for a good big buddy, they list qualities that we might describe as humor, kindness, perseverance. Kids

wondered if they could create something comparable for well-being. One core idea from this work, the field of positive psychology, is that not being sick is not the same as being well. Think about this: if someone asks how you are doing, and you feel good, you don’t say, “I’m not sick.” Well-being is something distinct from the absence of illness. Seligman and Peterson believed that there is a set of capacities that fuel well-being, and the desire to identify and study these led to the classification of the Values in Action Inventory of Strengths (VIA-IS) (see sidebar). Research into the role of each strength has led to some interesting findings. People have greater subjective well-being if they use their strengths; they report less stress and are more likely to achieve their goals. Using one’s strengths is associated

Hear what students have to say about character strengths: This article is excerpted from remarks given at the Annual Meeting on October 27, 2016. with work satisfaction, lower employee turnover, and greater physical health. Human nature is such that it is easy to focus on the things that don’t work well, and our negativity bias can draw us to spend more time asking, “What doesn’t work?” than asking, “What does work?” Of course, it is essential that we understand our weaknesses and challenges, both as individuals and as an institution, but it is also true that identifying our strengths can often provide the best pathway for overcoming our challenges. I look at the hopes people have expressed for DCD, and the things people identified to improve, strengthen, redo, start, end, knock down or build. Regardless of what those areas for improvement are—and after 50 or so school days it is too soon for me to speculate about which improvements to prioritize—I’m confident that using our strengths will give us a tailwind in meeting our challenges. In one study about life satisfaction in youth, love, gratitude, perseverance and hope predicted academic achievement; they were not just correlated with it. A recent study on Pre-K through 8 schools done by NYU and Syracuse University professors (Amy Schwartz, et al.) looked at 90,000 middle school students over a three-year period. It affirmed again that middle school students do better when they are in a K–8 structure rather than a grade 6–12 school. The difference is not a function of being new versus being established, since sixth graders who were new in a K–8 structure also showed the benefits. The study even took into account height and weight to see how much the size of a child was influencing the results. Turns out, yet again, that being

“top dog” allowed middle school students to feel safe and have a greater sense of belonging at school. The feelings of love, gratitude and hope that go with belonging may explain why research continues to affirm the model we have here at DCD. By being at DCD for 10 years—or even just for middle school—students build a deep sense of belonging that fuels their achievements. I went to a study hall this week and shared the VIA Character Strengths. I asked students if there are strengths they learned at DCD. They could instantly spot the strengths they had been taught by this school. There is one strength that was not mentioned by any of the students I talked to, and it was only mentioned explicitly by a small number of adults. The strength is spirituality. The definition includes “having beliefs about the meaning of life that shape conduct and provide comfort.” We are not a religious school, and I’m a Unitarian Universalist, so I’m not referencing spirituality in connection with any particular religion. However, there is a spiritual element to this school. We connect to it when we feel the higher purpose of belonging to this community, and when we work together to make it an extraordinary environment for children and adults. And we have beliefs about the meaning of life here at DCD that shape our conduct: we work to build an inclusive and interdependent community; we work to be caring, ethical members of the larger world; and we strive to respect ourselves and others. So I think all 24 character strengths are alive and well at DCD, and I look forward to the ways we will use these capacities to continue to build this wonderful school and make it flourish.

VIA Character Strengths Creativity

Curiosity Judgment Love of Learning Perspective Bravery Perseverance Honesty Zest Love Kindness Social Intelligence Teamwork Fairness Leadership Forgiveness Humility Prudence Self-Regulation Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence Gratitude Hope Humor Spirituality © 2004-2014 VIA® Institute on Character; All Rights Reserved that might later be regretted •


ClosingExercises Address to the Class of 2016


CD is definitely a roller coaster, with all of its ups and downs, fun times and times when we struggled. The eighth grade year consisted of many ups and downs. Some ups were having little buddies, going to

endure is a particular month in third grade, March. In third grade, March, also known as March Madness, is the month where everything gets serious. If you forgot to put your name, date, or number on the top of your assignment, it was

Washington, DC, and just being role models for the rest of the school. It also consisted of downs, such as what we all just finished—exams. Of course, there were many other exciting times and times when we struggled in other grades at DCD. One struggle that some of us had to

ripped up and you had to redo the assignment. I remember only one assignment getting ripped up during my third grade year, and thank god it wasn’t mine. I remember looking around the room and seeing the dumbfounded faces of my classmates, as some of us thought March Madness was just a joke. Another struggle that all of the graduating students had was we all had to write a speech for our Smooth Talk class, and present it to our parents, teachers, and fellow students. This was difficult for all of us, and also extremely nerve-wracking. I’m proud of all of us for getting through these struggles and persevering. The field trips hold some of my most cherished DCD memories. Before all of the overnight trips, all of us were excited because we would all get to hang out together for a long time, but we also dreaded having to be away from our best friends—our phones. Whenever that topic came up, there were always questions like, “How am I supposed to take pictures, how am I

“DCD is definitely a roller coaster, with all of its ups and downs, fun times and times when we struggled.”

Class of 2016 Parent Gift $204,519 Annual Fund Endowment Student Gift $1,045 Lobby Monitor 8

Photo by Kristie Gillooly Dean ’02

By Charlie Volpe

going to keep my Snapchat Streaks?” and it was always the same response, “No Phones, period.” We’d go on these trips and end up having a lot of fun, without needing our phones to keep us entertained. After the eighth grade went to Newbury Street for a day and weren’t allowed to bring our phones, one of my classmates, not naming names, came up to me and said, “Don’t tell the teachers, but I think that this would’ve been boring if we had our phones.” And, I know that everyone in the class had some great conversations and made some great memories when they were in DC. ...Whether it’s playing cards, going on walks in the night, or just going to shake shack and fitting nine boys at one table, we all became closer friends. I can’t believe all of us are going to high school next year. I came to this school when I was five years old. I have known some of these people for what seems like forever, and I know for sure that I am going to miss everything about this school next year: classes, teachers, students, events, assemblies, projects, and activities.

The Class of 2016

Back row: Julia Landry, Sophia Perry, Anna Glass, Audrey Linell, Rachel Mann, Christopher Capone, Calvin Cochran, Ryan Bogar, Keara McHaffie, Angela Giordano, Charlotte Epker, Kelsey Lynch, and Molly King; Front row: Samuel Strymish, Lauren van Veen, Matthew Capone, Hannah Curran, Charlotte Jordan, Grace Kosowsky, Kai Dixon, Connor Smith, Melina Kapourelakos, Alford Rudnick, Charles Volpe, and Mia Canning Photo by Danise Cavallaro


would like to talk to you today about some of the teachers that have influenced my life. I have the good fortune to come from a family of teachers. I married a teacher. My mother was a kindergarten teacher. All I ever really needed to know I learned in kindergarten. My grandfather taught high school English in Boston for 45 years and spoke seven languages. ...My great great grandfather was a Hedge teacher in Ireland, who taught Gaelic in one-room Catholic schoolhouses. I have worked along side some wonderful teachers here at DCD. ... I liked my English teacher, Mr. Duncan. He was a stern man, yet he had a great sense of humor. A curious mix that I could not quite figure out. One day he asked me to stay after class. When the room cleared, Mr. Duncan blurted out, “I hear you are having trouble with math.” A bit stunned. I said, “Yes, how do you know that?” With a chuckle, he said, “We have been talking about you, Mr. Coakley.” “Who is we?” I replied. “The Faculty,” said Mr. Duncan. ... So, I worked with Mr. Duncan for the rest of the semester. He always offered little bits of wisdom at random moments in our sessions. “Work hard, tell the

Photo by Kristie Gillooly Dean ’02

Faculty Speaker: Kevin Coakley truth, and things will fall into place” was one that stayed with me. I would love to report that with Mr. Duncan’s help I became a mathematical whiz, but Faculty Speaker Kevin Coakley that was not the case. I had worked hard, and I had told the truth, and now that I think of it, things did fall into place. ... I have gleaned wisdom from the teachers in my life, and I share some with you today. Use it as you see fit. Work hard and tell the truth, and with all due respect to Mr. Duncan, I would add, be kind. Things do fall into place. Have a plan but be prepared to react when the earth shifts beneath your feet. Keep your sense of humor. Life can be incredibly funny. Surround yourself with people whom you trust and who care for you. Be trustworthy and caring. And remember to come home, for you are loved. 9

Award Winners

Left to right, Megan Fuqua received the Dietsch Prize, from Lower School Head Carla Haith. The Dietsch Prize for Kindness, Curiosity, and Love of Learning is awarded annually to a Lower School student in honor of Alice Dietsch, a DCD faculty member from 1930 to 1976. Mia Canning, right, received the Charlotte Lowell Award for Friendliness, Kindness, and Unselfishness, awarded annually since 1927 in memory of Charlotte Lowell, 1918–1927. Angela Giordano received the Lisa Sutherland Award for Excellence in Academics, Athletics, and the Arts, given annually in memory of Lisa Sutherland, 1960–1975.

Class of 2016 Secondary Schools Ryan Bogar Mia Canning Chris Capone Matt Capone Calvin Cochran Hannah Curran Kai Dixon Charlotte Epker Angela Giordano 

Thayer Academy Cambridge School of Weston Westwood High School Westwood High School Tabor Academy Newton Country Day School Needham High School Noble and Greenough Noble and Greenough

Anna Glass Ursuline Academy Charlotte Jordan Milton Academy Melina Kapourelakos Dexter Southfield School Molly King               Thayer Academy Grace Kosowsky   Dana Hall School Julia Landry             Dana Hall School Audrey Linell            Thayer Academy Kelsey Lynch            Moses Brown School Rachel Mann              The Rivers School

Keara McHaffie   Walnut Hill School Sophia Perry Miss Hall’s School Alfie Rudnick           Buckingham Browne and Nichols Connor Smith Xaverian Brothers High School Sam Strymish Newton North High School Lauren van Veen North Quincy High School Charlie Volpe Milton Academy

Emily King Erica King Alexandra Kostick Noah Larson Jacob Leder Jeffrey Lee Nick Martin Rory Martin Dean Mashali Alexandra Naddaff Zach Nagode Emilia Nordgren Regan Olmstead

Sam Rochelle Maeve Sullivan Whitney Swanson Kate Swanson Ben Taussig Mason Jarrett Anna Bateman Lily Macnamara Lauren Nashawaty Nick Samel Julia Singer

Class of 2012 Colleges Allee Ayles Madeline Barnes Sarah Binda Sophia Cofelice Aidan Collins Hendricks Delva Mollie Devins Liam FitzPatrick William Gilmore Ryan Glynn Katherine Holmes Katie Hooker Liza Huschle

Brown University Trinity College Queens College Washington University St. Louis Holy Cross Tufts University University of South Carolina Loyola University New Orleans Stonehill College Trinity College University of Chicago Elon University Colorado College

Boston College University of Michigan St. Lawrence University Boston University Grinnell College Bucknell University Colby College Connecticut College Boston University St. Lawrence University University of Vermont Tulane University University of Texas Austin

Brown University Elon University Connecticut College Trinity College Cornell University University of North Carolina College of William and Mary Elon University Connecticut College Dartmouth College George Washington University

Departing Families Recognized

Faculty Honored

Second grade teacher Alyssa Sinclair and third grade teacher Lynne Mayard were each honored for 20 years of service to DCD. 10

Left to right, starting from top row: Dixon family: Ron, Kai ’16 with sister, and mother Elizabeth Ohashi; Smith family: Maryann, Connor ’16 with brother, and Matt Smith; Kosowsky family: Grace ’16 with sister and parents Amy Warner and Steven Kosowsky; Glass family: Carolyn, Anna ’16, and Bill Glass; McHaffie family: Hugh, Keara ’16, and Karen McHaffie; Kapourelakos family: Natalia, Melina ’16, and Tom Kapourelakos; King family: Scott and Becky King with Molly ’16, Emily, ’12, and Abby ’13; Linell family: Wil ’14, Josie ’10, Ashley and John Linell, and Audrey ’16; Jordan family: Bret, Madeleine ’14, Charlotte ’16, Jen, and Will ’16 Jordan; Canning family: Mia ’16, center, with ZeeZee ’14, parents Mike (rear) and Adrianne (far right) Canning and grandparents.

Photographs by Kristie Gillooly Dean ’02


On Campus DCD Welcomes New Faculty


Julia Cavan

Meaghan Daniels

Claudia Dolan

Fiona Edwards

Kylie Lacerda

Charles Rudnick

Wendy Soutsos

Miriam Stulin

Michael Tempesta

Allison Webster

• Julia Cavan joined the fifth grade team in November and will be working parttime until June. She previously taught fifth and sixth grades at the Meadowbrook School. Julia received her B.A. from Northwestern University and her M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She and her husband Jim and their four-year-old son Hunter live in Dover. • Meaghan Daniels is the new assistant kindergarten teacher. She is also teaching kindergarten reading. She received her B.A. from Bridgewater State University. She and her husband Brett live in North Attleboro. • Claudia Guerrero Dolan, who grew up in both Needham and Venezuela, is teaching Spanish in the middle school. A graduate of Wheaton College with an M.A. in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology from Boston College, Claudia has previously taught Spanish at Newton Country Day School. She and her husband Bryan have an eighteen-month old daughter, Adeline, and live in Natick. • Fiona Edwards is our new front office manager. Fiona is also assisting the Admissions and Advancement offices. She is a graduate of Lesley University, where she received both her B.A. and M.Ed. • Kylie Lacerda is filling a newly created position of director of events, supporting both Advancement and Admissions as well as working with the Parent Association. Kylie received her B.A. from Providence College. She lives in Londonderry, New Hampshire, with her husband Robert. They welcomed their first child, McKenna Evelyn Lacerda, in December. • Charles Rudnick is the director of the newly formed Advancement Office, which oversees development, alumni affairs, communications, marketing, and events. Charles has an A.B. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Georgetown Law. He has prior experience in communications, law, government, international democracy building, and higher ed.  He lives in Needham with his wife Ilyse Greenberg and their children Natalie ’19 and Alfie ’16. • Wendy Soutsos is teaching math in third and fourth grades as well as English and history in sixth grade. She as an A.B. degree from Dartmouth College and an M.A.T. degree from Simmons College. She lives in Holliston with her son Parker, 9, and daughter Brooke, 6. • Miriam Stulin is an assistant in the Advancement Office, where she manages the database and supports various other office functions, including events and fundraising activities. Miriam received her bachelor’s degree in English and studio art from Brandeis University. She previously worked at Marvel Comics in New York City and at the Park School in Brookline. She lives in Wellesley. • Michael Tempesta is teaching primary and lower school physical education and coaching middle school athletics. Michael received his bachelor’s degree from Bridgewater State University. He is working toward a master’s in Applied Human Development at Boston University. He lives in Walpole. • Allison Webster is DCD’s new head of school, joining us from the Shady Hill School, where she was assistant head. She received a bachelor’s degree from Rollins College, J.D. from Tulane Law School, M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She and her husband Andy Stromberg live in Belmont with their teenage daughters, Tess and Isabelle.

On Campus

New Trustees Join the Board Chris Cheever

Chris Cheever is an alumnus of DCD, class of 1994, as are his father, Roger Cheever ’57, and brothers, Whitney ’97 and John ’08. He has been a DCD parent since 2014. Chris is a founder and partner of Fontinalis, a venture capital firm he started in 2009, where he is responsible for deal sourcing and execution, corporate operations, and business strategy. Prior to Fontinalis, Chris worked in venture capital, private equity, and wealth management and has been making public and private investments for over 15 years. Chris graduated from Milton Academy, Harvard College, and the Yale School of Management (M.B.A.). He served on the DCD Head Search Committee and has been an Annual Fund Ambassador. Chris and his wife Whitney live in Dedham with their three children, Eloise (grade 1), Jack (pre-kindergarten), and Winifred (12 months).

Kristen Cloonan

Kristen Cloonan has been a DCD parent since 2014. Prior to joining the DCD community, Kristen and her family lived in Sydney, Australia, for three years while her husband Mike was on assignment there. Presently caring for her family full-time, Kristen previously worked in Medical Affairs for Biogen, Inc. and held roles in sales and marketing for Elan Pharmaceuticals and Pfizer, Inc. Kristen has a B.A. in Psychology/Pre-Medical Science from The College of the Holy Cross and a MSc. in Health Evaluation Sciences from The University of Virginia. During her time at DCD, Kristen has served as co-chair of Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day and is a member of the Community Outreach Committee. She and Mike have also been Annual Fund Ambassadors and Class Parents. The Cloonans live in Needham with their four children, Kathryn (grade 8), Colleen (grade 6), Evelyn (grade 2) and Joseph (grade 1).

Rodney Lukowski

Rodney Lukowski has been a DCD parent since 2012. He works as a fixedincome analyst at Intex Solutions in Needham. With nearly 20 years’ experience, he is responsible for providing structured cash flow models to major investment banks, regional broker dealers, issuers and investment managers. In addition, he spearheads software implementations with strategic clients. Previously, he managed the department for updating the model library to current market conditions through the collection and analysis of financial reporting. He holds a B.S. in Actuarial Mathematics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He has served on the DCD Finance Committee since 2015. Rodney and his wife Melissa have been Annual Fund Ambassadors, and they initiated the Scrip gift card program at DCD. They live in Walpole with their three children, Mason (grade 7), Chase (grade 5), and Avery (grade 1). In his spare time, Rodney enjoys skiing and photography.

Meet DCD’s Admin Team Left to right, front, Carla Haith, Head of Lower School, Mary Ellen Maloney, Head of Primary School, Allison Webster, Head of School, Emilie Liebhoff, Assistant Head of School and Director of Admissions, Kevin Coakley, Director of Arts, and Charles Rudnick, Director of Advancement; in back, Bob Santry, Chief Financial Officer, Mark Jackson, Director of Athletics, Gail Schnopp, Executive Assistant to the Head, and Nate Buffum, Head of Middle School.

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Photos by Leslie Bowen

On Campus Tributes to Longtime Faculty

Ashley Linell


shley arrived on campus as a mom 16 years ago; and six years later, she stepped smoothly into the Development Office as a part-time assistant charged with upgrading our Annual Fund campaign and assisting with a variety of special events. Her impact was immediate: In her ten years in the office, the Annual Fund has grown dramatically; our special events have proliferated; Ashley’s responsibilities and time commitments have kept pace with that growth, and she has nurtured the inchoate efforts of the DCD Alumni Council that was founded on her watch. She has been a powerful 14

advocate for our school in every respect, and her meticulous attention to the most mundane details, and the indefatigable approach she takes to every aspect of a hospitality event are legendary. Now the time has arrived for her to take a break from the innumerable DCD duties Left to right, Jenny Chamberlin, Ashley Linell, and Julie Hagan that have occupied her for and brilliantly orchestrated efforts across a decade. Ashley, you have made an the board, especially (if I may inject a enormous contribution to our community personal note) in this particularly busy in a wide variety of ways, and we’re spring. — Nick Thacher grateful for your unfailingly enthusiastic

Photo by Kristie Gillooly Dean ’02

Jenny Chamberlin

Eighth Graders planned a special celebration last spring to say goodbye to longtime Latin teacher Jenny Chamberlin, who retired after 34 years of teaching at DCD. Originally hired as an Admissions assistant, Jenny served as a middle school history teacher, coach, advisor, and even interim middle school head before devoting herself full time to teaching Latin, preparing generations of students to earn high scores on the National Latin Exam and go on to study Latin in secondary school (see Nate Buffum’s article about Jenny in the Spring 2016 Bulletin).

On Campus

Julie Hagan Photographs by Melanie Guerra ’86

The DCD Parent Association hosted a special reception to honor Julie, which brought back many past DCD parents to wish her well. Top left: Head of School Nick Thacher, in a Fair t-shirt, presents Julie with a going-away gift; center: Julie reacts when she realizes the contents of the gift are Fair raffle tickets, with Sandy and Ned Bigelow and Patty Cochran looking on. Top right: Julie with Development Office staff, left to right, Danise Cavallaro, Ashley Linell, Julie, Leslie Bowen. Bottom right: left to right, Joanie Crocker, Patty Cochran, Ruthie Barker, Mary Ellen Maloney, Julie, Karen Fogel, and Olivia Hurlock.


ulie Hagan knows everything about DCD; like so many others, I learned that as soon as I arrived on campus in early 2005. I also learned two quick, interrelated lessons: She was happy to tell the Head of School what to do, and on the rare occasions when I ventured off the path, she was happy to remind me I had done so. My revenge emerged quickly, because—dutifully following Julie’s marching orders—as I was researching and drafting an article for the Bulletin about the school’s 100-yearold history, I discovered in the archives that we were celebrating our Centennial in what was actually our 101st year. To Julie’s credit, she gave me a thin, patient smile and set about changing the signage on campus to indicate DCD’s establishment in 1903, not 1904. It must have been hard for her to keep that smile in place…. Julie arrived at our school long ago as a volunteer parent, and she quickly exhausted every conceivable volunteer

position—including chairing the Fair at least twice—and by the fall of 1992, Head of School Jim Bower persuaded her to take a part-time position in the Development Office. Here is a summary of what she accomplished in that parttime role in her first year, sent by her immediate supervisor to Mr. Bower: Julie has done an outstanding job this year. She has managed the data entry to Blackbaud well, she has created an ambiance of warmth and cordiality for visitors, she coordinated Grandparents’ Day and Graduation flawlessly, through her volunteer work on the Fair kept an administrative eye on it, she managed the ordering of DCD merchandise and their sale, and has generally supported all of the office’s efforts— telethons, parties, enthusiastically. She is careful and methodical. That assessment was written 23 years ago. Though everything has evolved since then and Julie has presided over

numerous successful Annual Funds and Capital Campaigns, worked to design a new Middle School, relentlessly proofread school publications and enforced the DCD stylebook, in the important cultural ways nothing has changed. As I noted at a recent celebration, Julie’s work at DCD has been characterized above all by three abiding qualities: love of (and devotion to) our school, meticulous attention to detail, and relentless “heelnipping” of more desultory members of the community—myself included. She has proven to be truly indefatigable in her efforts to keep our school on track and focused on its historic mission. She has love in her heart, laughter on her lips, and maroon in her veins. Julie, we all wish you the best of luck in your retirement, and thanks for everything you have done for our community.

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On Campus

Barbara tries her luck at Casino Night in 2009.


or 13 years Barbara served as the face of DCD, welcoming students, parents, and visitors to our school community. She won the hearts of many with her contagious smile and warm demeanor, not to mention her incredible fashion sense! Barbara had her finger on the pulse of all things DCD. Her responsibilities at the front desk extended far beyond answering the phone and allowing people entry into the building. She did so much work behind the scenes to ensure that things ran smoothly, whether organizing the schedule for school picture day, assisting the admissions and development offices with mailings, providing support to the health office, collecting money for tickets and T-shirts for the school fair, tirelessly working on the Handbook, fixing broken copy machines and the laminator. I could go on and on about all of the different facets of DCD that Barbara somehow had her hand in, and she was always willing to take on more. She truly was DCD’s unsung hero in many ways. Over the years, Barbara developed strong connections with DCD families. It was important to her that she get to 16

know every family and be able to put a name to each child who walked through the front doors. She became invested in the lives of children, celebrating their accomplishments and supporting them in their struggles. She loved watching their class plays and assemblies. Each year Barbara collected and posted the holiday cards from alumni and current families. She has kept all 13 years worth of cards and will pull them out to show off how much all of the children have grown and changed over the years as if they were her own. One of her favorite projects was the 8th grade graduation bulletin board, which she did at the end of each school year. She took great pride in making sure every detail was just right. She loved seeing the pictures of the graduates, many of whom she’d watched grow up right before her eyes. Barbara also had a tremendous amount of school spirit. During her tenure at DCD, she would dress up for every holiday, including Halloween, and attended every school fundraising event. Parents and students continue to ask about Barbara and send words of love and support. She has made a profound impact on our school community. I had the privilege of getting to know Barbara outside of DCD, and I have to tell you she really knows how to have fun. Country line dancing, golf, motorcycles, target shooting, and painting are just a few of her interests. Barbara, I hope retirement gives you the opportunity to spend more time doing all of the things you love. We will be forever grateful for all of your contributions to DCD. —Erin Hartford

Photo by Hilary Rochelle

Photo by Sara Hagan Parker ’93

Barbara Laneau Retires after 13 Years

Mimi keeping track of the scores at the DCD Olympics


or the last week my attention has been held by a sad and personal situation involving our worst nightmare: the death of a teacher, an active, working teacher. She said good-bye to her fifth-grade students in the carpool line on a Friday, hale and hearty, and by midnight on Saturday she was gone, suddenly and unexpectedly. Grief specialists tell us to use the hard words in these situations and avoid euphemisms, especially when we are speaking with children. They can provide our institutions with scripts and protocols for managing the first flush of shock and sadness, and schools that have experienced the death of a current student or teacher learn how important it is to develop—just about instantly—strategies for helping members of the community cope with the initial emotional devastation, felt in a different way by each teacher, student, and staff member. In this case the school handled the situation beautifully, with full and swift communication within the community and

DCD Community Mourns the Loss of Mimi Harrington


n the evening of November 2nd, the DCD community said a sad goodbye to Mimi Harrington, a beloved teacher, colleague, mother, wife, and friend, who died suddenly and unexpectedly on October 29th. The Rand Gym swelled with love, warmth, and emotion from the nearly 600 people who gathered to remember Mimi that night. Though a deeply sad occasion had brought us all together, it turned into a wonderful opportunity for students, colleagues, family, and friends to take turns sharing stories about Mimi. She was a true institution here at DCD — one of those teachers who deeply impacts a student’s life, whether it be learning how to break down a math problem, finding a love for books and reading, or just figuring out how to

special outreach to the graduating classes, students and parents/guardians alike, of the teacher’s children, who had both attended the school. Those who needed to know and who would most have wanted to know were informed quickly and fully. As it turned out, the family had already reached out to the school about hosting a memorial event, and so critical connections had been initiated. Of course, special attention was lavished on the teacher’s students and immediate colleagues, including her teaching partner of 15 years. There was time to process the initial shock—it’s the only word, and so it must be repeated—and to surface both anxieties and happy memories. For the whole day, which happened to be October 31, the schedule of events had been shifted to permit grieving, recollection, and the first steps toward memorial and celebration—and still allow students to embrace the fun of Halloween. This past Wednesday evening there was a memorial event in the packed school gymnasium. The school community, along with other circles of which the teacher had

navigate the social ins and outs of fifth grade. And, as a member of the DCD staff for nearly 30 years, her connection with her colleagues went far beyond the business of teaching. Her sense of humor, friendship, and love of learning were deep and contagious. It is difficult to imagine our halls without her. During the evening, as stories were shared by Mimi’s sons, extended family, students, fellow faculty members, and friends from near and far, it was clear that she touched the lives of so many and that her connection with each was deep, genuine, and loving. The evening concluded with a spontaneous chorus of young people sharing one of Mimi’s favorite camp songs, Coconut, which had taken root over the years as a favorite among her

been a part, came together for a moving and beautiful tribute featuring shared memories from family members, colleagues, and friends. Her children inspired the room, but most affecting were her students recalling their teacher’s passion for sharing her love of doing the work of the mind, especially reading; there was the “Harry Potter Challenge,” where the teacher would bake chocolate chip cookies for any student who completed the first book in the series. Said one little girl, “I’m dyslexic. I used to hate reading. Then my teacher got me to read Harry Potter, and now I love reading and I’ll always remember her.” It was hard to suppress the thought that this lavish display of affection, admiration, and just plain love was coming just a bit too late, at least for the teacher. But this is the way of memorials; at best we can hope that the teacher died with an inkling of the place she occupied in people’s hearts and the influence she had on a generation and more of students, and those who knew her best believe that she did. But even more apparent

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DCD students. After the formal service concluded, memories and story-telling continued as people gathered to enjoy two of Mimi’s favorite things: pizza, donated by the Dedham House of Pizza, where Mimi could be found every Friday night at the same time, and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies baked by DCD chef Jack O’Donnell. Peter Gow, Mimi’s husband, who is also deeply rooted in the education of children, shared a very special piece of writing that he did for his most recent newsletter as Executive Director of the Independent Curriculum Group, titled “On the Death of a Teacher” (see below). It’s a very touching tribute to Mimi and her place in the Dedham Country Day community. —Hilary Rochelle

was what this event, sparked by what might qualify as a tragedy, meant for the school. It’s barely November, still relatively early in a new school year, and there’s a new head of school. In a way, the death of a teacher is a test of a school’s character: How well can the community can recover its emotional center and remind itself of its core values? On Wednesday night this school came together, rediscovered its heart, and affirmed its longestablished capacity for unqualified love. I happened to have been married to this teacher. I thought I’d seen just about everything in the school biz, but it turns out I hadn’t. The gift of seeing how much she mattered to so many other people can’t compensate for her loss, but it’s quite a wonderful thing. Feeling her school grieve with me, watching their own struggle toward healing, is helping me and our kids heal, too. We’re all of us school folk, and I guess we instinctively look to schools for what we need. This past week we have been finding it. A schoolteacher she was, and she teaches still. —Peter Gow

From “Death of a Teacher,” by Peter Gow, which originally appeared in the newsletter of the Independent Curriculum Group. 17 17

On Campus


Spring Events Celebrate Nick Thacher’s Retirement

Students lined the entrance to DCD for a “clap out” to recognize Nick’s final walk from home to campus, and the entire community came together to honor Nick and Sally. The PA Community Outreach Committee spearheaded a book collection for Horizons, students and staff read tributes to Nick, and cupcakes were shared service to DCD.

Photographs by Kristie Gillooly Dean ’02

June 6 Student Send Off

in celebration of Nick’s twelve years of


OC anm pCuas Nme pw su s

Left to right, starting from the top: Board President Sheila Hiatt, Nick Thacher, and Rob Thacher give remarks; Thrive Campaign Chair John Connors presents a plaque naming the lower school after Nick; Sally and Nick receive the book “Perfect and Possible,” commemorating Nick’s years at DCD; Nick and Sally Thacher pose with Lisa Houck and the painting she completed as a gift from DCD; Erica Fletcher, Rob Thacher, and Sally Thacher listen to remarks; Nick and Sally Thacher enjoy a moment in the program; Nick addresses the gathering.

May 22 Celebration under the Tent

Photographs by Kristie Gillooly Dean ’02



Spring 2016 Girls’ Lacrosse

JV Baseball

Girls’ lacrosse had a winning season with a record of 10 wins and 1 loss. Over the course of the season, we scored 101 goals and were scored against just 55 times. One of the highlights of the season was the Nobles game in which we were down 3-4 at the half and came back to win 6-5 against the strongest team we played all season. This and other victories during the season were truly a team effort involving grit and determination. The team’s ability to keep possession and use the clock when necessary was impressive. Our players also showed good sportsmanship in games against low-scoring opponents, making multiple passes and using their off hands to keep the score from becoming too lopsided. Coach Harrington and I enjoyed our afternoons with this spirited, hard-working, and talented group of athletes. Congratulations to award winners Charlotte Jordan (Coach’s Award) and Emily Shih (MIP Award). —Deb White

The JV baseball team was comprised of 12 spirited six graders. They worked diligently to hone their skills and improved as ballplayers and as a team. They brought an infectious enthusiasm to the field, making practices and games lively affairs. For their hard work and determination, the MIP Award and the Coach’s Award went to Gio Clark-Bascom and Vijay Sherring, respectively. —Kevin Coakley

Varsity Baseball

JV Softball

Made up of three eighth graders and eight seventh graders, the varsity baseball team had a fantastic spring. Over the course of the season, the team greatly improved its hitting, fielding, pitching, and base running and had a lot of fun doing so. The team captains led the way — Alfie Rudnick and Kai Dixon each stole home in a game, and Alfie and Charlie Volpe each hit home runs! The team won its final two games and finished with an overall record of 3-5-1. —Dan Balk

The JV girls softball team had a successful season ending with a record of 3-5. The games we lost were by three or fewer runs and could have easily swung our way. We had two pitchers this season, Sophie Hiatt and Taylor McCourt, who did a wonderful job overwhelming our opponents. Catching for them was Aimée Coleman and Lexie Ravech, who not only helped out the pitchers, but made sure no balls got beyond them. Playing infield this season we had Kathryn Cloonan, Halden

Varsity Softball Varsity softball had an excellent season this year with an 8-2 record. The girls learned new softball skills and began to take their game to the next level. For several games this year we played with high school rules, which included drop third strikes, stealing and the infield fly rule. The girls also were fearless at the plate, outscoring their opponents 93 to 47. The team should be really proud of all they did this season. —Michelle Salfity

Dyer, and Eleni Kolovos catching many pop ups! In our outfield we had Claire Holding, Nytayah Bugg, Nyla Johnson, and Maeve Haggerty, catching, throwing and making many outs. Every player on the team had a hit and a run which showed the depth of talent on the team. Everyone improved tremendously over the season and should be proud of their many accomplishments. —Megan Rothwell Saia ’97

Tennis The tennis team worked hard and had a successful season this spring. Finishing with a record of 6-4-1, each member of the team played both singles and doubles matches over the course of the season. Captains Matt Capone and Melina Kapourelakos, along with fellow eighth graders Calvin Cochran, Anna Glass, Kelsey Lynch, Keara McHaffie, Connor Smith, and Sam Strymish, did an excellent job providing leadership and setting the tone with their determination and competitive spirit. Highlights of the season were exciting matches (all close wins for DCD!) versus Beaver, Milton, Nobles, and Shady Hill. The future looks bright with Chris Ahn, Matthew O’Rourke, Corey Predella, Gabby Rayev, Oliver Riordan and Nick Strymish returning for another season. Congratulations to award winners Calvin Cochran (MIP) and Melina Kapourelakos (Coach’s Award). —Mark Jackson

Team Records

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Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse 10-1 Coaches: Deb White, Bo Harrington Captains: Charlotte Epker, Charlotte Jordan, Audrey Linell

Varsity Softball 8-2 Coach: Michelle Salfity Captains: Mia Canning, Angela Giordano, Sophia Perry

Varsity Baseball 3-5-1 Coach: Dan Balk Captains: Kai Dixon, Alfie Rudnick, Charlie Volpe

JV Softball 3-5 Coach: Megan Rothwell Saia ’97 Captains: rotating by game

JV Baseball 1-7 Coach: Kevin Coakley Captains: rotating by game

Tennis 6-4-1 Coaches: Mark Jackson, Nate Buffum Captains: Matt Capone, Melina Kapourelakos

Duncan Pyle Award 2016 Annual award given to a male and a female winner of a race held each spring in honor of Duncan Pyle ’80

Girls: Alex Burmeister Boys: Sam Strymish


Coach’s Award Most Improved Player Award Girls’ Lacrosse

Charlotte Jordan

Emily Shih

Varsity Baseball

Alfie Rudnick

Charlie Volpe

JV Baseball

Vijay Sherring

Gio Clark-Bascom

Varsity Softball

Angela Giordano

Julia Landry

JV Softball

Sophie Hiatt

Lexie Ravech


Melina Kapourelakos Calvin Cochran

Photographs by John Leith


Student News

National Latin Exam

Left to right, Rachel Mann, Charlotte Epker, Kelsey Lynch, Ryan Bogar, Audrey Linell, Charlotte Jordan, and Grace Kosowsky.

Left to right, back row: Eighth graders Hannah Curran, Molly King, Julia Landry, Melina Kapourelakos, Mia Canning, Angela Giordano, Chris Capone, Matt Capone, Kai Dixon, Alfie Rudnick and Charlie Volpe; front row: Seventh graders Jackson Abreu, Alex Hiatt, Gabby Rayev, Noah McFarlane, Emily Shih, Stephanie Abrego Diez, Charlie Sinnott, and Owen Nagode.


he National Latin Exam is a 40-question test given to Latin students that covers general knowledge of Latin grammar and vocabulary, mythology, Roman culture, derivatives, and translation abilities.

Latin I Exam (Grade 8) Summa Cum Laude (Gold Medal) Matt Capone Angela Giordano Charlie Volpe

Maxima Cum Laude (Silver Medal) Chris Capone Hannah Curran Kai Dixon Julia Landry Alfie Rudnick Magna Cum Laude Melina Kapourelakos Cum Laude Mia Canning Molly King


Introduction to Latin (Grade 7) Perfect Paper Certificate Owen Nagode

Certificate of Outstanding Achievement Stephanie Abrego Diez Charlie Sinnott Certificate of Merit Jackson Abreu Alex Hiatt Noah McFarlane Gabby Rayev Emily Shih


National Spanish Examinations

he National Spanish Examinations are online, standardized assessment tools for students in grades 6 through 12 that are given voluntarily by more than four thousand teachers throughout the United States. The test is designed to measure achievement and proficiency of students who are studying Spanish as a second language and to promote further study of the language. The following eighth graders were recognized for their performance at the national level in Spanish.

(Gold) Grace Kosowsky

premio de oro

premio de plata (Silver) Charlotte Epker Audrey Linell

Rachel Mann

MenciĂłn HonorĂ­fica

Ryan Bogar Charlotte Jordan Kelsey Lynch

Student News

Latin, Spanish, Math Awards New England Math League Awards


he results of the New England Math League Test were announced at assembly this past May. Each year all students in grades 4 through 7 take the exam. In grades 4 and 5 they have 30 minutes to answer 30 questions, and in grades 6 and 7 they have 30 minutes to answer 35 questions. The questions on the test are conceptual, testing students’ ability to think through problems rather than memorize algorithms. All students receive a certificate, and the top scorer in each grade receives a book. The highest scorers in each grade are listed in order below:

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade 6

Grade 7

Jason Sima Quinn Kelly Irini Kolovos Alex Landry

Jeff Delva Sophie Hiatt William Dadasis Chris Ahn Parker Collins Gunner Peterson

Math Club Builds Confidence, Skills


hether it’s early in the morning before classes start or after school, there’s always a lot of action taking place in DCD’s Math Club. On Tuesday afternoons for the lower school and Thursday mornings for the middle school, you will find Brenda Leith’s third-floor classroom filled with students diving into and collaborating on all kinds of problems, exercising their number, logic, and spatial skills. Math Club at DCD is an opportunity to learn about math and build confidence outside of the curriculum. It’s not just a time for math whizzes to exercise their computational might; it’s a space for children of all abilities to build math confidence and further explore mathematical thinking. “It’s not about speed, memorization, or spitting out the right answer,” says Brenda, DCD’s middle school math teacher. “It’s about thinking outside the box, encouraging creative problem solving, and building confidence.

Brogan Chitkara Mari Rounds Patrick Berg

“Children learn that there are multiple approaches to solving problems, and they benefit from observing all the different paths and angles it can take to

Aanika Patel Lexie Ravech Gabby Rayev

grow more confident in figuring things out and taking chances. Brenda even tells them it’s OK to get things wrong. In fact, she says, it’s critical to the process of learning math. “I love that Math Club is an opportunity for kids to let their brains go all over the place. Some come in very closed-minded to math, but that’s not how they leave!” This, she says, translates into added success and confidence once they are back inside their regular classrooms. In December, some of the middle school participants begin preparing for the Math Counts competition that takes place in February. This is an opportunity to come together with 200 students from other independent and parochial schools in Massachusetts. It’s a full-day competitive experience. Students take a placement test to be on the Math Counts team, but anyone who wishes to participate in the preparatory practice sessions is welcome and encouraged to join. After the competition, the group continues to hone their skills in Math Club. —Hilary Rochelle

“It’s about thinking outside the box,

encouraging creative problem solving, and building confidence.” —Brenda Leith arrive at a solution,” she explains. “And, they also learn that there may be more than one right answer!” With special riddles, observations, and the chance to make connections and have fun, students who feel they aren’t good at math can become more comfortable with the process of finding answers to problems. Without grades and the fear of assessment, they can


AnnualReport Advancing DCD’s Mission: Our New Advancement Office

Revenue and Expenses Revenue 2015–16


ne of the standout characteristics of DCD is the strength of our community.  Whether it is the special bond between faculty and students; the engaged parents who bring so much energy and warmth to our campus; the alumni who remain connected with each other and the school; or the way our eighth grade leaders take kindergarten “little buddies” under their wings, everybody at DCD has each other’s back. These strong ties and deep sense of community not only create a welcoming environment, but also contribute directly to the rich academic experience enjoyed by our students. Our newly designated Advancement Office is here to advance the mission of the school by reinforcing and expanding these relationships. We strive to connect better with current and prospective members of the DCD community through a range of activities, including development, alumni affairs, communications, marketing, and event planning. We collaborate closely with DCD’s incredible faculty, staff, parents, and alumni community to make all this happen, and we look forward to connecting with you.  As the Annual Report shows, 2015–16 was a very strong year for DCD. With the help of a dedicated team of Ambassadors, the Annual Fund reached its goal of $615,000, providing critical resources to support the magic that takes place at DCD every day. Perhaps even more telling, we did so with participation by 97 percent of current parents and 100 percent of faculty and staff, further reinforcing the dedication of our community to DCD’s mission. We also closed out the highly successful Thrive Campaign, which as previously reported, raised $13.6 million to build the new lower school, strengthen our endowment, and set DCD on a path of continued excellence and creativity. Thanks to all of you who have worked so hard and contributed so generously to make DCD a better place this year. If you have any questions or want to share ideas about how DCD can most effectively advance its mission, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Charles Rudnick Director of Advancement 24




Tuitions and Fees 7% Endowmet Income Camp/Extended Day Income 88%

Other Fundraising/Misc Annual Fund

Expenses 2015–16 Salaries & Benefits 11% Mortgage Interest 16



Plant Expenses


Financial Aid


Educational & Technology Expenses

Annual Fund 2015–2016 Constituent Current Parents (97%) Faculty and Staff* (100%)

No. of Donors 169

Amount $439,111






Parents of Alumni






Past Faculty



Matching Gifts



Total Annual Fund Gifts






*Faculty and staff who are alumni, current parents, or parents of alumni are not counted in this category.


Willow Tree Circle $25,000 +

Anonymous Angel Foundation v Ed Anderson & Linda Cabot vv Joyce Bacardi v Ernie Boch Jr. vv Jack & Eileen Connors vv John & Larisa Connors vv Tim & Suzanne Connors v Stephen Fallon & Karen Bacardi v Susie Hunter vv Kristin Hunter-Thomson ’95 vv Whitney Hunter-Thomson ’98 vv Colby Hunter-Thomson Previte ’91 v John & Susanne Joyce vv Amy Hiatt v Arnold Hiatt v Matt & Sheila Hiatt v Skip McKee & Meg Reynolds v The A.M. Fund v The Connors Family, LLC vv

Bill & Pam Holding vv Chris & Megan Holding vv IBM Matching Gifts Program Mike Kendall & Alida Coo-Kendall v Hugh & Karen McHaffie v Stuart & Marie Nagode v Aidan & Katherine Riordan Charles Rudnick & Ilyse Greenberg Jake & Dena Upton v Rod & Catherine Walkey v

Founder’s Circle $5,000 – $9,999

Mark & Kathy Alperin vv Mel & Patty Alperin vv Steven & Tracy Angeli Michael & Christine Argiros Charlie Baumeister & Kathryn Novicki ’85 Biogen Idec BNY Mellon Mike & Kristen Cloonan Jim & Andrea Dufort Dale & Lisa Dutile vv Bell Tower Society Bill & Carolyn Glass $15,000 – $24,999 Chester Hedgepeth & Anonymous Alyson Kelley-Hedgepeth Helena D’Angelo vv Jason Hotra & Kelly Honohan v Steven D’Angelo vv Jonathan & Christina Joseph Mark Epker & Charlie & Carla Ko v Erin Keith Epker ’86 vv Steve Kosowsky & Amy Warner v Jay & Julie Layden Tom & Lisa Lynch vv Rodney & Melissa Lukowski Steven Ma & Athena Li George & Carrie Pantazelos P.J. McNealy & Rosemary Reilly The Baupost Group vv Phyllis Jackson Mills ’47 v Bill & Kathy Parent 1903 Society Irwin Schwartz & Natasha Engan $10,000 – $14,999 Ashley & Linda Shih v Michael & Laura Arends v David & Francesca Sinnott v David & Honoria Ayles v Erik & Robin Sjostrom Curt Burmeister & The Rhode Island Foundation v Suzanne Ibbeken v Gary & Christine Todd John & Lisa Capone King Yao & Shirley Woo v Michael & Adrianne Canning v Chris Cheever ’94 & President’s Roundtable Whitney Cheever $2,500 – $4,999 Nevin & Kristine Chitkara vv Jim & Anna Beakey vv Parsons Witbeck Clark ’74 vv Tom & Denise Beaudoin vv Bill & Kim Dadasis v Alfred Bigelow ’43 vv Egan Family Foundation v Ned & Sandy Bigelow vv Jay & Jodi Feeney v vv 10 years or more consecutive giving v 5–9 years consecutive giving (d) Deceased

Includes all cash-in leadership gifts made during the period of July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016, for annual giving or the Thrive Campaign. Jim & Beth Bisson Tom Burke & Katie Wakeley Andrew Campbell Ben & Ange Cavallo Prescott Crocker ’54 & Joan Crocker v Joe Cuccinelli & Melissa Crowe John & Megan Dyer Adam & Amy Farber John & Mildred Geraghty v David Hoffman & Kathy Odomirok-Hoffman v Tom & Natalia Kapourelakos v Scott & Becky King vv Will Klebenov ’83 vv Lyle & Michelle Knight v Rob & Weezie Lawrence vv Christine Marc Stephen & Janice McCourt v Billy & Muffy Oates v Dennis & Julie O’Rourke v Dan & Jan O’Connell v Chris Perry & Diane Lewis John & Jessica Peters Kevin & Sheila Quinn Paul & Bella Rayev v Bill & Lynne Stevenson Chris & Karen Sullivan vv Nick & Sally Thacher vv Marion Tynan vv

Centennial Club $1,903 – $2,499

Stephen & Heidee Anastos Jeff Barnes ’66 & Elizabeth Barnes vv Mark & Christine Burns Stephen Cochran ’80 & Katie Keally Cochran ’82 vv Meredith Barron Driscoll ’94 Marshall Felix & Gwenn Miller Jeff & Christine Freyermuth Mike Glynn vv Bryan & Debbie Haggertyv Ed Howland ’64 & Marianna Howland Arnold & Ros Hunnewell vv Jason Indelicato ’94 & Alice Indelicato v Trevor & Andrea Keohane Peter & Vivian Kolovos Ralph Lowell ’35 & Joan Lowell vv Keith McCown & Sandra Einsel vv Tom Minas & Dara Torres Old Mutual Asset Management Naimish & Radhika Patel Prudential Matching Gifts Program v Stuart Pyle ’80 vv Anthony Ross & Bettina Toner v Kevin & Leigh Slayne Matt & Maryann Smith Andy Stromberg & Allison Webster Bob & Ellen Volpe v Simon Welham & Jessica Wang

Photo by Sam Rochelle ’12

Leadership Giving 2015–2016

Parents, teachers, and students—everyone contributed to making the DCD Fair on Saturday, May 7, a big success. We raised $18,179 under the leadership of co-chairs Sharon Perkins-Allen and Deija Nevins. 25


The Campaign for DCD

Pledges & Gifts to Thrive


Connors Family Gift Jack & Eileen Connors John & Larisa Connors Tim & Suzanne Connors John & Susanne Joyce

$750,000–$999,999 Hiatt Family Gift Amy Hiatt Arnold Hiatt Matt & Sheila Hiatt Hunter Family Gift Susie Hunter Kristin Hunter-Thomson ’95 Whitney Hunter-Thomson ’98 Colby Hunter-Thomson Previte ’91

$500,000–749,999 Bacardi/Fallon Family Gift Joyce Bacardi Stephen Fallon & Karen Bacardi Skip McKee & Meg Reynolds

$250,000–$499,999 Alperin/King Family Gift Mark & Kathy Alperin Mel & Patty Alperin Tim & Judi King Anonymous John & Larisa Connors

$100,000–$249,999 Ernie Boch Jr. Nevin & Kristine Chitkara Class of 2015 Parent Gift Bill & Kim Dadasis Helena D’Angelo Steven D’Angelo Epker/Keith Family Gift Mark Epker & Erin Keith Epker ’86 John & Shelley Keith


Jonathan Keith ’93 & Kristen Keith Kristin Keith Linda Keith Andy & Kristina Hatem George & Carrie Pantazelos Pyle Family Gift Elizabeth Pyle Handler ’79 Margot Pyle Stuart Pyle ’80 Russell Pyle ’83

John & Susanne Joyce Stephen & Janice McCourt Dennis & Julie O’Rourke Dan (d) & Polly Pierce Ashley & Linda Shih Chris & Karen Sullivan Nick & Sally Thacher King Yao & Shirley Woo

Up to $24,999

David Abramowitz & Megan Kelleher $50,000–$99,999 Ed & Angela Ahn Anonymous Nicole Mayard Allen ’00 Kristen Boch Torie Allen ’01 John & Mildred Geraghty Gigi Anderson ’08 Russell Holmes & Noelle Anderson ’10 Rose Reagan Holmes Angel Foundation Mike Kendall & Alida Coo-Kendall Michael & Laura Arends Steve Kosowsky & Amy Warner Hope Baker ’56 Rodney & Melissa Lukowski Jeff Barnes ’66 & Elizabeth Barnes Stuart & Marie Nagode Jody Barron Bill & Kathy Parent Charlie Baumeister & Charles Rudnick & Ilyse Greenberg Kathryn Novicki ’85 Fergus & Jill Shiel Tom & Denise Beaudoin Jim (d) & Margaret Sullivan Alfred Bigelow ’43 Rod Walkey & Ned & Sandy Bigelow Catherine Egan Walkey John & Katie Binda Ira & Corynn Warner Mark & Paula Bogar Jim & Kathleen Bower $25,000–$49,999 Kathleen Bragdon Anonymous Harry Campbell Stephen & Heidee Anastos Suzanne Campbell ’93 David & Honoria Ayles John & Lisa Capone Jim & Anna Beakey Parsons Witbeck Clark ’74 Curt Burmeister & Duane Claussen Suzanne Ibbeken Mike & Kristen Cloonan Michael & Adrianne Canning Kevin Coakley & Pamela Senese Class of 2012 Parent Gift Stephen Cochran ’80 & Class of 2013 Parent Gift Katie Keally Cochran ’82 Dale & Lisa Dutile Patrick Collins & David Hoffman & Christine Ramsdell Kathy Odomirok-Hoffman Liza Connelly ’81

James Conners & Beth Nolan Conners Stephen Corcoran & Nancy Sarkis Corcoran ’79 Tom & Joan Coughlin Rob & Molly Cramer Gertrude Crittenden (d) Prescott Crocker ’54 & Joan Crocker Sarah Crofts John & Ellen Curran Richard Dana & Jamie Jaffee Fabian & Miki DePeiza Jim & Mary Jane Devins Different Roads To Learning Ron Dixon & Elizabeth Ohashi Bob & Cathy Doucette Jim & Andrea Dufort John & Megan Dyer Alan Joslin & Deborah Epstein Mike & Lisa Falkson Jay & Jodi Feeney Ali Fernandes & Maliaka Shepard-Fernandes Noel & Phyllis Field Ted & Sherry Fletcher Gene & Karen Flynn Richard & Michelle Freniere Rick & Julie Freniere Lewis & Elaine Gage John Gifford & Laurie Baker ’83 Phil Giordano & Marianne Kelley Bill & Carolyn Glass Mike Glynn Odile Weissenborn Gordon ’84 Sam & Gerry Gray Lucy Lowell Grimm ’40 Julie Hagan Bryan & Debbie Haggerty Hilary Hamlin ’62 Louisa Harrison ’04 Jeff Harvey & Beth Woelfel Harvey ’92 Francie Hawkey

The pledges and gifts to Thrive listed in this report were made from July 1, 2011, through December 31, 2015.

By coming together as a community, with support from more than a thousand donors, DCD raised $13.6 million during the Thrive Campaign, enabling us to build a new Lower School, significantly grow our endowment, and expand the Annual Fund. The extraordinary generosity of the DCD community has transformed the campus and set a path that will help us continue our standards of excellence for generations to come. —John Connors, Thrive Campaign Chair

Ted & Bonnie Henderson Pam Herrick Patricia Hicks David Hoffman Bill & Pam Holding Chris & Megan Holding Rick & Diane Hooker Jason Hotra & Kelly Honohan Ed Howland ’64 & Marianna Howland Kristin Hunter-Thomson ’95 Dave & Sunny Ibbeken Jackson Family Gift Phyllis Jackson Mills ’47 Sam Jackson ’89 Susannah Jackson Sullivan ’97 Nick Jackson ’87 Sally Jackson ’92 Bret & Jen Jordan Tom & Natalia Kapourelakos Ken & Marta Keith Joe & Kelly Kennedy Scott & Becky King Lyle & Michelle Knight Philip Ladd David & Lucinda Lagasse Adam & Annmarie Landry Rob & Weezie Lawrence Ned & Janet Lawson Jay & Julie Layden Ben & Mary Leder Michael & Laurie Lee Lisa Libby Adam & Emilie Liebhoff John & Ashley Linell Neal Litvack & Abbe Janov Litvack Rosemary Loring Tom & Lisa Lynch Shawn & Mary Ellen Maloney Martha Damon Marshall ’51 Jim Martin & Sheila Murphy Keith McCown & Sandra Einsel Pete & Sandy McElroy

(d) Deceased

Hugh & Karen McHaffie Peter & Ann McKay Bill McKibben Meaghan Kate McLean ’95 Andy & Lisa Mims Kevin & Elaine Monahan Jim Mumford Robert Naparstek & Lisa Bisaccia George & Audrey Nichols Karl & Kathy Nordgren Dan & Jan O’Connell Donn & Eileen O’Connell Deborah Accetta Pedersen ’93 Chris Perry & Diane Lewis Steven Perry ’85 & Sharisse Cail Perry John & Jessica Peters Jason Peterson & Lee Mumford Peterson ’86 Ray Porfilio & Rickie Harvey George & Elena Price Prudential Matching Gifts Program Karen Quinn-Quintin Paul & Bella Rayev Rita Reilly Mark & Coleen Resnick Peter Richardson & Eleanor Motley Richardson ’59 Aidan & Katherine Riordan Bob & Hilary Rochelle Rothwell Family Gift Buck & Jane Rothwell Christopher Rothwell ’95 & Tara Rothwell Patrick Rothwell ’91 & Katie Rothwell Mike Saia & Megan Rothwell Saia ’97 Scudder & Alyssa Sinclair Mark & Naomi Rounds Mitchell & Rosalie Rudnick Hilary Russell & Jenny Hamlin Russell ’57

Karen Salfity Michelle Salfity Karen Salfity Kathryn Sargent Rick & Charlotte Saul Gail Schnopp Maudie Canham Shanley ’54 Mark & Barbie Shaughnessy Sue & Joel B. Sherman Ashish & Renuka Singh David & Francesca Sinnott Allen & Melissa Smith Matt & Maryann Smith Ford Spalding & Chip Haydock Spalding ’57 Henry & Tara Spalding Bill & Lynne Stevenson Mitch & Jaclyn Strominger David Strymish & Deb Cronin Strymish Caroline Swan Scott & Donna Swanson Amer & Rania Tabba Bill & Alexandra Taussig The Sea Breeze Foundation Gary & Christine Todd Dara Torres & Tom Minas Bill & Joan Tracey Stephen & Lucy Tshuka Jake & Dena Upton Budge & Kyle Upton Laurens van Veen & Nina Dimagiba Vijay Vishwanath & Gita Iyer Dmitri & Julia Volfson Bob & Ellen Volpe Barbara Volpe Elizabeth Ward ’77 Jon & Deb White John Woodard ’52 & Linda Mixter Woodard ’58 Kate Woodworth ’65

Honorary Chair

Susie Hunter


John Connors

Vice Chair Skip McKee

Steering Committee Mark Alperin John Connors Sheila Hiatt Tim Mann Skip McKee

Core Committee Mark Alperin Karen Bacardi Nevin Chitkara John Connors Steven D’Angelo Erin Keith Epker ’86 Bryan Haggerty Debbie Haggerty Andy Hatem Matt Hiatt Sheila Hiatt David Hoffman Suzanne Ibbeken Susanne Joyce Mike Kendall Tim Mann Keith McCown Skip McKee Stuart Nagode Meg Reynolds Barbie Shaughnessy Chris Sullivan

Parents of Alumni

Ed Anderson Rob Aranow & Pat Profeta Ruthie Barker Rob & Molly Cramer Prescott Crocker ’54 & Joan Crocker Lisa Dutile Russell Holmes & Rose Reagan Holmes Keith McCown Muffy Oates Kathy Parent Chris Perry Margot Pyle


Mel & Patty Alperin Jack & Eileen Connors Arnold Hiatt



2 0 1 5 – 2 0 1 6 A n n u a l F u n d A m b a ss a d o r s


Charles Rudnick & Ilyse Greenberg


Aidan & Katherine Riordan Evan & Katie Ouellette


Chris Cheever ’94 & Whitney Cheever Chester Hedgepeth & Alyson Kelley-Hedgepeth Trevor & Andrea Keohane Rodney & Melissa Lukowski

Grade 1

Mike & Kristen Cloonan Joe Cuccinelli & Melissa Crowe George & Carrie Pantazelos

Grade Seven Tom & Carol Abreu v Michael & Laura Arends v Linda Borghi Curt Burmeister & Suzanne Ibbeken v Mike & Kristen Cloonan Lucero Diez Phil Giordano & Marianne Kelley vv

Grade 2

Matt & Sheila Hiatt v David Hoffman & Kathy Odomirok-Hoffman v Chris & Megan Holding vv

Grade 3

Bill & Pam Holding vv Jonathan & Christina Joseph Tobin & Margaret Kelly v Mike Kendall &

Grade 4

Alida Coo-Kendall v Peter & Vivian Kolovos Stephen & Janice McCourt v Keenyn & Beverley McFarlane v Stuart & Marie Nagode v

Tom Burke John & Susanne Joyce Jason Peterson & Lee Mumford Peterson ’86 Curt Burmeister & Suzanne Ibbeken Ashley & Linda Shih Elizabeth Ward ’77 Matt Hiatt David Hoffman & Kathy Odomirok-Hoffman Charlie & Carla Ko Adam & Annmarie Landry Steven Perry ’85 & Sharisse Cail Perry

Grade 5

Michael & Laura Arends Stephen Cochran ’80 & Katie Keally Cochran ’82 Dennis & Julie O’Rourke Charles Rudnick & Ilyse Greenberg John & Jessica Peters

Grade 6

Mike & Lisa Falkson Jay & Jodi Feeney Bryan & Debbie Haggerty Gary & Christine Todd

Grade 7

Bill & Pam Holding Stuart Nagode Dan & Jan O’Connell David & Francesca Sinnott

Grade 8

John & Lisa Capone Mark Epker & Erin Keith Epker ’86 Bill & Carolyn Glass Steve Kosowsky & Amy Warner Hugh & Karen McHaffie Bob & Ellen Volpe

Faculty & Staff Brenda Leith


Current Parents

Dan & Jan O’Connell v Dennis & Julie O’Rourke v Naimish & Radhika Patel Leila Prelec Bruce & Beth Ravech v Paul & Bella Rayev v Ashley & Linda Shih v David & Francesca Sinnott v Arold Theodore & Dona Joseph Rod Walkey & Catherine Egan Walkey v

Grade Six Ed & Angela Ahn Sharon Canty v John & Lisa Capone Trelane Clark-Bascom David & Fadie Coleman v Patrick Collins & Christine Ramsdell vv John & Larisa Connors vv Bill & Kim Dadasis v Patrix & Annette Delva John & Megan Dyer Mark Epker & Erin Keith Epker ’86 vv Mike & Lisa Falkson vv

Jay & Jodi Feeney v David & Ruth Gow vv Bryan & Debbie Haggerty v Matt & Sheila Hiatt v Tom Johnson & Carol Gordon-Johnson John & Susanne Joyce vv Rodney & Melissa Lukowski P.J. McNealy & Rosemary Reilly Jason Peterson & Lee Mumford Peterson ’86 vv Pete & Lisa Predella Aidan & Katherine Riordan Neil & Yoshika Sherring David Strymish & Deb Cronin Strymish Chris & Karen Sullivan vv Amer & Rania Tabba v Gary & Christine Todd Bob & Ellen Volpe v

Grade Five Michael & Laura Arends v David & Honoria Ayles v Jim & Anna Beakey vv Steve & Shaune Berg Mark & Paula Bogar Nevin & Kristine Chitkara vv Mike & Kristen Cloonan Stephen Cochran ’80 & Katie Keally Cochran ’82 vv Tim & Suzanne Connors v Stephen Fallon & Karen Bacardi v Jeff & Christine Freyermuth Chris & Ashley Fuqua John & Mildred Geraghty v Jason Hotra & Kelly Honohan v Doug Lantigua & Stephanie Hartwell Mike Kendall & Alida Coo-Kendall v Ben & Mary Leder vv Tim & Elaine Mann vv Scott & Alyson Miller George & Diana Nicholson v Steve & Barbara Nye v Dennis & Julie O’Rourke v Daniel & Shernette Oliveira John & Jessica Peters Paul & Bella Rayev v Anthony Ross & Bettina Toner v Mark & Naomi Rounds v

Charles Rudnick & Ilyse Greenberg Allen & Melissa Smith v Jake & Dena Upton v Dmitri & Julia Volfson Elizabeth Ward ’77 vv

Grade Four Kenny Allen & Sharon Perkins-Allen John & Ellen Curran Bill & Kim Dadasis v Adam & Amy Farber Juan & Melissa Figueroa v Matt & Sheila Hiatt v David Hoffman David Hoffman & Kathy Odomirok-Hoffman v Jonathan & Christina Joseph John Kattis & Angela Retsinas-Kattis Chris & Maggie Kelly v Charlie & Carla Ko v Peter & Vivian Kolovos Adam & Annmarie Landry v Rodney & Melissa Lukowski Tom & Lisa Lynch vv Steven Ma & Athena Li Skip McKee & Meg Reynolds v P.J. McNealy & Rosemary Reilly Cary & Deija Nevins v George & Carrie Pantazelos John Pavlos & Carolyn Norton v Steven Perry ’85 & Sharisse Cail Perry v Kevin & Sheila Quinn Bob & Hilary Rochelle vv Irwin Schwartz & Natasha Engan Kevin & Leigh Slayne Allen & Melissa Smith v Mitch & Jaclyn Strominger Dara Torres & Tom Minas King Yao & Shirley Woo v

Grade Three Curt Burmeister & Suzanne Ibbeken v John & Larisa Connors vv Jim & Andrea Dufort Mark Epker & Erin Keith Epker ’86 vv Lewis & Elaine Gage vv Jason Hotra & Kelly Honohan v Lyle & Michelle Knight v

vv 10 years or more consecutive giving v 5–9 years consecutive giving (d) deceased


Doug Lantigua & Stephanie Hartwell Sarah Macri & Doreen Cummings Andy & Lisa Mims Brian O’Connell ’95 & Alix O’Connell Naimish & Radhika Patel Karen Salfity Michelle Salfity Ashley & Linda Shih v Erik & Robin Sjostrom Chris & Karen Sullivan vv Rob Thacher & Erica Fletcher vv Jake & Dena Upton v Elizabeth Ward ’77 vv

Grade Two Steven & Tracy Angeli Jimmy & Jocelyne Bourji Tom Burke & Katie Wakeley Michael Edgar & Christine Hong v Stephen Fallon & Karen Bacardi v Chris & Ashley Fuqua Mark Gronemeyer & Melanie Guerra ’86 Robert Hargrove John & Susanne Joyce vv Trevor & &rea Keohane Neil & Christine Kimball Jay & Julie Layden Gregg & Jen McGuirl Malcolm Medley & Lauretta Lewis-Medley Steve & Barbara Nye v Jason Peterson & Lee Mumford Peterson ’86 vv Vivian Song Mitch & Jaclyn Strominger Simon Welham & Jessica Wang

Grade One Michael & Christine Argiros Mark & Christine Burns Ben & Ange Cavallo Mike & Kristen Cloonan Joe Cuccinelli & Melissa Crowe Jim & Andrea Dufort Marshall Felix & Gwenn Miller Juan & Melissa Figueroa v Lewis & Elaine Gage vv Erin Hartford v Debbie Helen

Neil & Gretchen Kalvelage Dennis & Julie O’Rourke v George & Carrie Pantazelos John & Jessica Peters Aidan & Katherine Riordan Irwin Schwartz & Natasha Engan Rob Thacher & Erica Fletcher vv Jake & Dena Upton v

Kindergarten Tom Burke & Katie Wakeley Andrew Campbell Chris Cheever ’94 & Whitney Cheever Mike & Kristen Cloonan Stephen Fallon & Karen Bacardi v Rick & Michelle Freniere Matt & Meghan Glenn Chester Hedgepeth & Alyson Kelley-Hedgepeth Richard & Tamar Irving Trevor & &rea Keohane Rodney & Melissa Lukowski Christine Marc Corey & Kristine Matthews Jake & Katie McDonnell Andy & Lisa Mims Brian O’Connell ’95 & Alix O’Connell Evan & Katie Ouellette Ilan Simon & Revital Benvenisti David & Amy Starmer Dave Ulrich & Margaret Robinson

Pre-Kindergarten Kenny Allen & Sharon Perkins-Allen Charlie Baumeister & Kathryn Novicki ’85 Jim & Beth Bisson Zach & Liz Blume Will & Siobhan Claflin Doug & Christina Eisenstein Erin Hartford v Jason Indelicato ’94 & Alice Indelicato v Martins & Kate Lans Fathalla & Noha Mashali Evan & Katie Ouellette Aidan & Katherine Riordan Henry & Tara Spalding v Stephen & Lucy Tshuka

Photo by Danise Cavallaro




Ralph Lowell ’35 vv Gordon Pettengill ’36 vv Worthington Mayo-Smith ’37 vv Henry Keene ’38 Michael Ohl (d) ’39

1940s Lucy Lowell Grimm ’40 vv Chris Grant ’41 vv Tom Loring ’42 vv

Philip Ladd ’63 Ed Howland ’64 Louise Riemer ’65 vv Kate Woodworth ’65 Jeff Barnes ’66 vv Chris Grant ’66 vv Nick Grant ’68 vv Ted Wales ’68 v Jeff Barker ’69 vv Sara Pierce ’69 Betsy Bucklin Reddy ’69 vv

Alfred Bigelow ’43 vv John Bigelow ’46 vv Louisa Perkins Porter ’46 Toby Baker ’47 vv


Hope Baker ’56 v Roger Cheever ’57 v Sandy Darrell ’57 Liz Valsam Hunter ’57 v Chip Haydock Spalding ’57


Zander Grant ’70 vv Megan Hall ’70 vv David Herrick ’70 vv Phyllis Jackson Mills ’47 v Bob Hunnewell ’70 Ted Reese ’48 vv Jonathan Stone ’70 Dan Pierce ’71 1950s Parsons Witbeck Clark ’74 vv Ben Baker ’51 v Thaddeus Herrick ’74 vv Martha Bertelsen Leonard ’51 Robin Kenny ’75 v Martha Damon Marshall ’51 vv David Lowell ’75 Charlie Woodard ’51 vv Peter Nash ’75 Henry Batchelder ’52 Matt Pierce ’75 Nat Goodhue ’52 Mackenzie Goldthwait ’76 vv John Woodard ’52 vv Peter Grant ’76 v John Coburn ’53 vv Martha Witbeck Chamberlain ’77 Margot Cushing ’53 Tom Nash ’77 Ted Russell ’53 vv Elizabeth Ward ’77 vv Prescott Crocker ’54 v Susan Carlson Kirk ’78 Charles Ladd ’54 Margaret McKelvy Speranza ’78 Maudie Canham Shanley ’54 Terry Cunningham Maloomian ’55 v Nancy Sarkis Corcoran ’79 vv Elizabeth Pyle Handler ’79 vv Katy Hamlin Zappala ’55 vv

Tim Jackson ’58 vv Frances Thorndike ’58 vv Linda Mixter Woodard ’58 vv Ceelie Wood Beacham ’59 Leeli Helm Bonney ’59 v Laurie Harding Harding ’59 Eleanor Motley Richardson ’59 v

1960s Joan Coburn Casini ’60 Bob Frazee ’62 vv Hilly Hamlin ’62 v 30

Laura McKelvy Basanese ’80 Jim Bride ’80 vv Melissa Brown Bride ’80 vv Stephen Cochran ’80 vv Maryann Morley ’80 Stuart Pyle ’80 vv Will Ross ’80 Dominique Saint-Louis ’80 v Liza Connelly ’81 v Liza Jones Jones ’81 Char Joslin ’81 Katie Keally Cochran ’82 vv John Ferrante ’82 vv Jen Sherbrooke Palmer ’82 vv Sam Pierce ’82

David Allen ’83 v Laurie Baker ’83 vv Chrysanthe Gussis ’83 Will Klebenov ’83 vv Stephen LaRonde ’83 Russell Pyle ’83 vv Erica Indelicato Wood ’83 v Odile Weissenborn Gordon ’84 Kathryn Novicki ’85 Steven Perry ’85 v Christine Village Kimball ’85 Erin Keith Epker ’86 vv Melanie Guerra ’86 Laura Keally Heywood ’86 v Kevin Meagher ’86 Lee Mumford Peterson ’86 vv Jen Bigelow Williams ’86 vv Jen Cabot Breslin ’87 Jordan Hall ’87 vv Lisa Perry Harrison ’87 v Nick Jackson ’87 Joe Perrotto ’87 Edie Carey ’88 v Tricia Crowley ’88 vv Carolyn Flynn ’89 Sam Jackson ’89

Kristin Hunter-Thomson ’95 vv Vincent Marino ’95 Meaghan McLean ’95 Brian O’Connell ’95 Chris Rothwell ’95 Nick Crocker ’96 Emily Hagan Pastor ’96 vv Megan Rothwell Saia ’97 v Jamie Stoddard ’97 Susannah Jackson Sullivan ’97 Whitney Hunter-Thomson ’98 vv Thomas Wright ’98 vv


Kristie Gillooly Dean ’02 Kayla Elliott ’02 Chris Mercurio ’02 v Brendon Mills ’02 Alex Nessa ’02 Sam Swan ’02 George Howland ’03 Nick Aranow ’04 Bo Cramer ’05 vv Samantha King ’05 Alanna Monahan ’05 Laura Naparstek ’05 Kim Stevenson ’05 1990s Tim Swan ’05 Alex Keally ’90 v Anisha Vishwanath ’05 Cate Tynan O’Dwyer ’90 Ben White ’05 Robin Woodard Westerberg ’90 v Callie Cramer ’06 vv Anne Elefterakis ’91 vv Josh Falkson ’06 v Chris Page ’91 Audrey Grant ’06 v Colby Hunter-Thomson Previte ’91 v Andrew Beaudoin ’07 v Patrick Rothwell ’91 Lily Bowen ’07 v Katie Cochran Delaney ’92 vv Henry Howard ’07 Sally Jackson ’92 Peter O’Marah ’07 Hilary Smyth Wirtz ’92 vv Traylor White ’07 Suzanne Campbell ’93 Gigi Anderson ’08 Perrin Lawrence Hicks ’93 v Grace Aranow ’08 Jonathan Keith ’93 Nina Ciffolillo ’08 Emily Tynan McDaniel ’93 Sarah Jane Devins ’08 Deb Accetta Pedersen ’93 Sam Falkson ’08 Emily Oates Torres ’93 Matt Giordano ’08 v Hilary Watts Wieczorek ’93 vv Lily Grant ’08 v Sam Chamberlin ’94 Bernadette Howard ’08 v Chris Cheever ’94 Julie King ’08 Meghan Crowley-Thompson ’94 Quincy Nichols ’08 Meredith Barron Driscoll ’94 Alli Parent ’08 Jason Indelicato ’94 v Matt Parent ’08 Scott Peak ’94 v Peter Swan ’08 vv 10 years or more consecutive giving v 5–9 years consecutive giving (d) deceased

Photo by Jo Sittenfeld



Mickey Alperin ’09 v Amanda Beaudoin ’09 v Jackson Cabot ’09 Jessica Lee ’09 v Alex Perry ’09 v Adam Rochelle ’09 Jude Tabba ’09

2010s Noelle Anderson ’10 Camilla Cabot ’10 Leah Ciffolillo ’10 Jimmy Cochran ’10 Katherine Dutile ’10 v Nick Falkson ’10 Jason Hooker ’10 v Liza Howard ’10 Josie Linell ’10 v Timmy Mills ’10 v


Grantland Nichols ’10 Greta O’Marah ’10 Kemo Tabba ’10 Carly Alperin ’11 v Tracy Alperin ’11 v Maddie Ayles ’11 v Lily Feinberg ’11 Waverly Jackson ’11 Jenny Parent ’11 Anjali Vishwanath ’11 Mollie White ’11 Allee Ayles ’12 Mollie Devins ’12 Ryan Glynn ’12 Emily King ’12 Erica King ’12 Jacob Leder ’12 Jeffrey Lee ’12 Sam Rochelle ’12

Katherine Dutile ’10 v  Michael Dutile ’15  

Mickey Alperin ’09 v Grace Aranow ’08 

Josh Falkson ’06 v  Sam Falkson ’08  Nick Falkson ’10   Sara Falkson ’14   Lily Feinberg ’11  

Andrew Beaudoin ’07 v Amanda Beaudoin ’09 v Teddy Beaudoin ’13 ZeeZee Canning ’14 Nina Ciffolillo ’08 Leah Ciffolillo ’10 Jimmy Cochran ’10 Holden Corcoran ’14

Matt Giordano ’08 v Katie Giordano ’13   Ryan Glynn ’12  Connor Glynn ’14  

Bo Cramer ’05 vv

Bernadette Howard ’08 v Tess Huckaby ’14  Waverly Jackson ’11  Emily King ’12 

Callie Cramer ’06 vv Sarah Jane Devins ’08 Mollie Devins ’12 

Tess Huckaby ’14 Madeleine Jordan ’14 Evan Landry ’14 Wil Linell ’14 Colin Mann ’14 Maggie Swanson ’14 Marianna Tsoumbanos ’14 Julia Bemis ’15 Michael Dutile ’15 Arlo Gow ’15 Caroline Hoffman ’15 Kyia Jackson ’15 Aidan Kelly ’15 Alyssa Landry ’15 Sarah Leder ’15 Jenny Lynch ’15 Clare Quinn ’15 Kate Shaughnessy ’15 Olivia Sinnott ’15

Gifts of $25 or more from alumni who are 25 years old or younger

Gigi Anderson ’08 Noelle Anderson ’10

Maddie Ayles ’11 v Allee Ayles ’12 

Kate Swanson ’12 Whit Swanson ’12 Teddy Beaudoin ’13 Charlie Bemis ’13 Brenna Chitkara ’13 Katie Giordano ’13 Abby King ’13 David Leder ’13 Trevor McEvoy ’13 Elliot Nichols ’13 Lindsey Quinlisk ’13 Jack Shaughnessy ’13 Georgia Cabot ’14 Mimi Cabot ’14 ZeeZee Canning ’14 Julia Cochran ’14 Holden Corcoran ’14 Sara Falkson ’14 Connor Glynn ’14

Audrey Grant ’06 v Lily Grant ’08 v  Jason Hooker ’10 v 

Erica King ’12  Abby King ’13  Evan Landry ’14  Jacob Leder ’12  David Leder ’13  Jessica Lee ’09 v Jeffrey Lee ’12   Josie Linell ’10 v Wil Linell ’14   Trevor McEvoy ’13   Timmy Mills ’10  v Alanna Monahan ’05  Laura Naparstek ’05  Quincy Nichols ’08  Grantland Nichols ’10   Elliot Nichols ’13   Alli Parent ’08   Matt Parent ’08  

Jenny Parent ’11   Alex Perry ’09  v Lindsey Quinlisk ’13  Adam Rochelle ’09  Sam Rochelle ’12  Jack Shaughnessy ’13  Tim Swan ’05  Peter Swan ’08  Kate Swanson ’12  Whit Swanson ’12  Maggie Swanson ’14  Jude Tabba ’09  Kemo Tabba ’10  Marianna Tsoumbanos ’14  Anisha Vishwanath ’05  Anjali Vishwanath ’05



Bob Breslin & Jen Cabot Breslin ’87 Jake & Barbara Brown vv Nate & Abigail Buffum v Lev & Cathy Byrd vv Tim Carey v Lisa Catapano Bill & Jenny Chamberlin vv Roger Cheever ’57 & Jane Cheever v David & Patty Cochran v Stephen Corcoran & Nancy Sarkis Corcoran ’79 v v Tom & Joan Coughlin vv Fanny Cracknell Rob & Molly Cramer vv Prescott Crocker ’54 & Joan Crocker v Bill & Maureen Crowley vv Helena D’Angelo vv Steven D’Angelo vv Bob & Patty Dempsey vv

Grandparents Joyce Bacardi v Rob and Randee Blume Lincoln & Edith Boyden vv Ed Burmeister & Margie McElroy Harry Campbell John & Beverly Canning Roger Cheever ’57 & Jane Cheever v Dev & Liz Chitkara Hee-Sook Chung Veronica Coleman Jack & Eileen Connors vv Bernice Coutts Thomas Crowe Tom Cummings Joe & Magda Eppich v James & Janet Field Noel & Phyllis Field v Mary Flanagan Ted & Sherry Fletcher Lewis & Virginia Gage Gordon & Cecily Grand Jack & Donna Greenberg Joe & Kathleen Hegenbart Kevin & Kathleen Helen Arnold Hiatt v Dave & Sunny Ibbeken Gerard & Paula Indelicato vv 32

Edward & Marylu Kauder Frank & Julie Keally vv Linda Keith vv Cheng-Chi & Jean Ko Joan MacDonald Martha Damon Marshall ’51 vv Jim Mumford v Mary Mumford & Elizabeth Anderson George & Nancy Nicholson Mary O’Brien Judy Ouellette Peter & Hytho Pantazelos Jerry & Marge Peterson v Mitchell & Rosalie Rudnick Shelley Schwartz Cynthia Siegal v Ford Spalding & Chip Haydock Spalding ’57 Mary Sullivan Nick & Sally Thacher vv Budge & Kyle Upton Barbara Volpe v Andy & Liz Ward v Duk & Helen Woo

Bob & Cathy Doucette vv Dale & Lisa Dutile vv John & Jody Emery Winston & Elizabeth Emmons vv Kathy Felcon vv Irene Ferrante vv Gene & Karen Flynn v Edie Forrester vv Sara Foster vv Don & Susan Glaser vv Mike Glynn vv Mike & Karen Gorton vv

Andy & Kristina Hatem vv Pam Herrick vv Russell Holmes & Rose Reagan Holmes v

Nelson & Susie (d) Hooe vv Rick & Diane Hooker vv John & Beth Howard vv Ed Howland ’64 & Marianna Howland Colleen & Kurt Hultgren vv Arnold & Ros Hunnewell v Bob Hunnwell ’90 & Peter Gow & Mimi Harrington (d)v Ann Hunnewell Zander Grant ’70 & Carol Grant vv Liz Valsam Hunter ’57 v Chris Grant ’41 vv Susie Hunter vv Sam & Gerry Gray vv Gerard & Paula Indelicato vv Lucy Lowell Grimm ’40 vv Mark & Lexi Jackson vv Julie Hagan vv Tim Jackson ’58 & Susie Jackson vv Lyle (d) & Liz Hall Jim & Sally Joslin Carter Harrison Frank & Julie Keally vv Debbie Harrison vv

Corporations & Foundations Amazon Smile Angel Foundation v Barclays Gift Matching Program Biogen Idec BNY Mellon v Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston vv Dempsey Insurance vv Dedham Institute for Savings Egan Family Foundation v Fidelity Charitable FM Global vv IBM Matching Gifts Program Jones Lang LaSalle vv

Mass Mutual Middlecott Foundation vv The Nelson Mead Fund vv Nichols Foundation Inc. Old Mutual Asset Management Prudential Matching Gifts Program v The Rhode Island Foundation v Slade Gorton & Co., Inc. vv Target The A.M. Fund v The Baupost Group LLC vv The Connors Family, LLC vv Wellington Management Company, LLP v

Friends Mel & Patty Alperin vv

Mary Lawrence

Cookie Cooper

Pete & Janet Rapelye v

Richard Dana & Jamie Jaffee vv

Marion Tynan vv

John Gifford & Laurie Baker ’83 vv Bill & Sonia Valentine vv Mike & Alexandra Ward vv Paul Goodof vv Amy Hiatt v Tilia Klebenov Jacobs vv 10 years or more consecutive giving v 5–9 years consecutive giving (d) Deceased

Photo by Kristie Gillooly Dean ’02

Parents of Alumni

Don & Barbara Accetta v Mark & Kathy Alperin vv Stephen & Heidee Anastos Ed Anderson & Linda Cabot vv Rob Aranow & Pat Profeta vv Richard & Beverly Armour Chris & Patricia Arnold Dick Baker v Max & Beth Bardeen Jeff Barker ’69 & Ruthie Barker vv Jeff Barnes ’66 & Elizabeth Barnes vv Tom & Denise Beaudoin vv Andy & Joanna Bemis vv Jenn Bender Ned & Sandy Bigelow vv John & Katie Binda vv Ernie Boch vv Kevin & Leslie Bowen vv Jim & Kathleen Bower vv


Linda Keith vv Tim & Judi King vv Ted & Karen Koskores vv Fran Kurker vv Philip Ladd ’63 Stan & Mary LaRonde vv Rob & Weezie Lawrence vv Ned & Janet Lawson Michael & Laurie Lee vv John & Brenda Leith vv Neal Litvack & Abbe Janov Litvack Rosemary Loring Ralph Lowell ’35 & Joan Lowell vv Shawn & Mary Ellen Maloney vv Larry Maloomian & Terry Cunningham Maloomian ’55 v Vinny & Betty Marino Martha Damon Marshall ’51 vv Brett Matthews & Ginger Salazar v Lynne Mayard v

Nancy Mayo-Smith vv Keith McCown & Sandra Einsel vv Pete & Sandy McElroy v Bill McKibben vv Suzanne McNulty vv Therecia Meloncourt Barbara Millen & Mark Boyer Hugues & Ulla Monestime Jim Mumford v Mary Mumford & Elizabeth Anderson Robert Naparstek & Lisa Bisaccia Bette Novicki Billy & Muffy Oates v Bill & Kathy Parent Joseph & Marguerite Perrotto vv Chris Perry & Diane Lewis vv Terry & Helen Phinney Bill & Perry Phinney vv Connie Pierce

Polly Pierce vv Jim Pinola & Diana Young v Ray Porfilio & Rickie Harvey Margot Pyle vv Walter & Judy Quinlisk v Chrasandra Reeves Mark & Coleen Resnick Buck & Jane Rothwell vv Dana Rowan & Janice Kelley Rowan Dan & Martha Rowley Janine Saint-Louis vv Kathryn Sargent v Rick & Charlotte Saul v Angelo & Sandy Scaccia vv Mark & Barbie Shaughnessy vv Ross & Kathy Sherbrooke vv Fergus & Jill Shiel v Tom & Sue Shirley vv William Smyth Bill & Lynne Stevenson

Bob & Seanna Stoddard vv Caroline Swan vv Frank & Gini Tate Jonathan & Marmee Taylor Ned & Elise Watts vv Nina Webber v Estelle Weedon Jon & Deb White vv Judy White vv Kevin & Eileen White v Scott & Anne Wilson Charlie Woodard ’51 & Rosie Woodard vv John Woodard ’52 & Linda Mixter Woodard ’58 vv John Wright & Karen Fogel v Lois Young John & Abby Yozell vv Nancy & Larry Zoller vv



Past & Present Faculty & Staff Carl Abrahamson v Lindsay Bababekov

Kathy Felcon vv

Fran Kurker vv

Megan Rothwell Saia ’97 v

Ali  Fernandes v

Dan Balk v

Elaine Gage vv Aarti Gandhi

Brenda Leith vv Lisa Todd Libby Emilie Liebhoff

Janine Saint-Louis vv Bob Santry

Lynn Barhydt v Jody Barron

Susan Glaser vv

Ashley Linell vv

Gail Schnopp vv

Joanna Bemis vv

Ruth Boyden Gow vv

Mary Ellen Maloney vv

Kathy Sherbrooke vv

Pam Binder v

Gerry Zink Gray vv

Lynne Mayard v

Sue Sherman vv

Leslie Bowen vv

Lucy Lowell Grimm ’40 vv

Nancy McDonnell v

Sue Shirley vv

Jim & Kathleen Bower vv

Julie Hagan vv

Sandy McElroy v

Elisa Sidoli vv

Nate Buffum v Katie Curran Carr

Jen Haines-Butler v Carla Haith Liz Hall

Meaghan McLoughlin v

George Silvestri vv Maureen Simonson

Diane Carter Duggan v Danise Cavallaro Jenny Chamberlin vv Stephanie Chiari v Duane Claussen vv Gerry Clifford v

Fred McPhee v Karen McPherson Tom Nash ’77

Mimi Harrington (d) v Bo Harrington Carter Harrison Erin Hartford v Francie Tripp Hawkey

Kevin Coakley & Pamela Senese vv Betsy Partridge Heald vv Beth Conners Pam Herrick vv Fanny Cracknell Phil Holden & Sarah Crofts v Christine Lanzoni Holden v

Alyssa Rothwell Sinclair vv Tara Spalding v

Cary Nevins v

Kathy Suchma v

Chris Nicholas v

Caroline Swan vv

Jack O’Donnell v

Nick Thacher vv

Signe Pereira v Connie Allen Pierce

Rob Thacher v

Jim Pinola v Cheryl Price

Sonia Valentine vv

Ellen Tretter vv

Christine Ramsdell vv

Alexandra Ward vv Allison Webster

Richard Dana vv Kristie Gillooly Dean ’02

Lisa Houck v Colleen Melley Hultgren vv

Pete Rapelye vv Sarah Goff Raslowsky

Deb Sturtevant White vv Kitt Catlin Wilson

Rick Edie vv

Mark & Lexi Jackson vv

Hilary Rochelle vv

Bini Worcester Egertson vv

Tim Jackson ’58 & Susie Jackson vv Elinor Ross v Jane Rothwell vv Cathy Kemmerer Karp Charles Rudnick Kelly Griffin Kennedy vv

Rosie Woodard vv Lois Young Bill Youngs

Winston Emmons vv Marge Farquharson vv

Every effort has been made to ensure these lists of donors are accurate and complete. If your name was inadvertently omitted or is listed incorrectly, please accept our apologies and notify the Advancement Office.


Bill Schneider vv

Nancy Zoller vv

Honor and Memory Gifts Andrew Beaudoin ’07 In honor of Dan Balk Odile Weissenborn Gordon ’84 In honor of Dr. Luisa Stigol Michael Gorton In honor of Kim Gorton ’79 Lisa Catapano In honor of Linda Mixter Woodard ’58

Sally Jackson ’92 Nick Jackson ’87 Samuel Jackson ’89 Susannah Jackson Sullivan ’97 Phyllis Jackson Mills ’47 Winston and Elizabeth Emmons Jen Cabot Breslin ’87 Frances P. Thorndike In honor of Tim Jackson ’58

Alex Nessa ’02 In honor of Lynn Nichols

Lisa Libby Jody Barron In honor of all DCD Faculty and Staff

Matthew Giordano ’08 In honor of Marianne Kelley

Henry & Tara Spalding In memory of Susan Maynard Haydock ’34

Jody Barron Ned and Janet Lawson Sarah Crofts In honor of Nick Thacher

Frances Thorndike ’58 In memory of Tommy Woodard ’58 and Sandy Dwinnell ’58

vv10 years or more consecutive giving v5–9 years consecutive giving (d) Deceased

Birthday Book Donors Donors to DCD’s Birthday Book Program celebrate their child’s birthday by making a gift to the library. Michael & Laura Arends Charlie Baumeister & Kathryn Novicki ’85 Jim & Beth Bisson Curt Burmeister & Suzanne Ibbeken Mike & Adrianne Canning Chris Cheever ’94 & Whitney Cheever Will & Siobhan Claflin Mike & Kristen Cloonan Joe Cuccinelli & Melissa Crowe Mark Epker & Erin Keith Epker ’86 Mike & Lisa Falkson Jay & Jodi Feeney Marshall Felix & Gwenn Miller Mark Gronemeyer & Melanie Guerra ’86 Chester Hedgepeth & Alyson Kelley-Hedgepeth Debbie Helen Matt & Sheila Hiatt David Hoffman & Kathy Odomirok-Hoffman

Jason Indelicato ’94 & Alice Indelicato Richard & Tamar Irving Thomas Johnson & Carol Gordon-Johnson Neil & Gretchen Kalvelage Mike Kendall & Alida Coo-Kendall Peter & Irini Kolovos Jay & Julie Layden Martha Damon Marshall ’51 Fathalla & Noha Mashali Stephen & Janice McCourt Jake & Katie McDonnell Hugh & Karen McHaffie Skip McKee & Meg Reynolds P.J. McNealy & Rosemary Reilly Scott & Alyson Miller Andy & Lisa Mims George & Diana Nicholson Brian O’Connell ’95 & Alix O’Connell Dan & Jan O’Connell John & Eileen O’Keefe Evan & Katie Ouellette Steven Perry ’85 & Sharisse Cail Perry

Gifts in Kind Kenny Allen & Sharon Perkins-Allen Stephen & Heidee Anastos Rob Aranow & Pat Profeta Michael & Laura Arends Avon Foods Big Y Foods Blue on Highland Kevin Bowen Curt Burmeister & Suzanne Ibbeken Mark & Christine Burns Nevin & Kristine Chitkara Coca-Cola Jack & Eileen Connors John & Larisa Connors Tim & Suzanne Connors Bill & Kim Dadasis Dedham Savings Bank Dunkin’ Donuts Todd Evans Chris & Ashley Fuqua Great Wolf Lodge John & Susanne Joyce

Book Fair

Photo by Leslie Bowen

Restricted Gifts


The Annual Paperback Book Fair, chaired by Alida Coo-Kendall, raised $2,602. Rita Reilly Aidan & Katherine Riordan Anthony Ross & Bettina Toner Michelle Salfity Shelley Schwartz David & Francesca Sinnott Erik & Robin Sjostrom Matthew & Maryann Smith Vivian Song

David & Amy Starmer Mitch & Jaclyn Strominger David Strymish & Deb Cronin Strymish Rob Thacher & Erica Fletcher David Ulrich & Margaret Robertson Bob & Ellen Volpe King Yao & Shirley Woo

Class of 2016 Student Gift Tom & Natalia Kapourelakos John Leith Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Boston Hugh & Karen McHaffie National Amusements Needham House of Pizza Cary & Deija Nevins Brian O’Connell ’95 & Alix O’Connell Dan & Jan O’Connell Michele Page Papa Gino’s Roche Brothers Salvatore Capital Partners Kathryn Sargent Shaw’s Markets Sysco Boston LLC Tex’s BBQ Express Jake & Dena Upton Bob & Ellen Volpe Rod Walkey & Catherine Egan Walkey King Yao & Shirley Woo

The Class of 2016 raised $1,045 by doing chores around the house and having a big bake sale before the holiday assembly. With these funds, DCD plans to install a monitor in the front lobby to display announcements and photos. Ryan Bogar Mia Canning Chris Capone Matt Capone Calvin Cochran Hannah Curran Kai Dixon Charlotte Epker Angela Giordano Anna Glass Charlotte Jordan Melina Kapourelakos Molly King

Grace Kosowsky Julia Landry Audrey Linell Kelsey Lynch Rachel Mann Keara McHaffie Sophia Perry Alfie Rudnick Connor Smith Sam Strymish Lauren van Veen Charlie Volpe 35


Eighth Grade Parent Gift Thanks to the efforts of Co-Chairs Mark & Erin Epker and their team of Eighth Grade Ambassadors, John & Lisa Capone, Bill & Carolyn Glass, Steve Kosowsky & Amy Warner, Hugh & Karen McHaffie, and Bob & Ellen Volpe, the parents of the Class of 2016 raised a total of $204,519 designating $82,703 to the 2015–2016 Annual Fund and $121,816 to create the Class of 2016 Nicholas Thacher Fund for Professional Development, a new endowment fund to

Mark & Paula Bogar Mike & Adrianne Canning v John & Lisa Capone Stephen Cochran ’80 & Katie Keally Cochran ’82 vv John & Ellen Curran Ron Dixon & Elizabeth Ohashi Mark Epker & Erin Keith Epker ’86 vv Phil Giordano & Marianne Kelley vv Bill & Carolyn Glass Bret & Jen Jordan vv Tom & Natalia Kapourelakos v Scott & Becky King vv

Steve Kosowsky & Amy Warner v Adam & Annmarie Landry v John & Ashley Linell vv Tom & Lisa Lynch vv Tim & Elaine Mann vv Hugh & Karen McHaffie v Steven Perry ’85 & Sharisse Cail Perry v Charles Rudnick & Ilyse Greenberg Matt & Maryann Smith v David Strymish & Deb Cronin Strymish Laurens van Veen & Nina Dimagiba v Bob & Ellen Volpe v

support faculty and staff.

Restricted Gifts to Endowment $200

Established when Jim Bower left DCD in 1996, for support of faculty salaries Kevin Coakley & Pamela Senese

Class of 2016 Nicholas Thacher Fund for Professional Development $121,816

Established by the parents of the Class of 2016 to support faculty and staff professional development See list of contributors above, under Eighth Grade Parent Gift

Financial Aid Fund $380,000 Nevin & Kristine Chitkara Susie Hunter

Herrick Fund for Professional Enrichment $1,425

Established by a gift from Harry Herrick, Headmaster of DCD from 1963 to 1981, a permanent endowment fund that produces income to support intiatives for the professional enrichment of DCD faculty members Jake & Barbara Brown David Herrick ’70 Pam Herrick Thaddeus Herrick ’74 Mary Lawrence 36

Susanna Lea Klebenov Fund $6,000

Established in 1981 by the Klebenov family following the sudden death of Susanna, a member of DCD’s Eighth Grade for just a few months, to provide financial support to DCD students Will Klebenov ’83 Tilia Klebenov Jacobs

Charlotte Lowell Scholarship Fund

$2,000 Established by bequest of Mrs. Charlotte Loring Lowell in memory of her daughter to provide financial aid to deserving students Ralph Lowell Jr. ’35 & Joan Lowell

Duncan Pyle Endowment Fund

$1,150 A fund established by the Pyle family in memory of Duncan ’82, to be used at the discretion of the school Elizabeth Pyle Handler ’79 Jennifer Sherbrooke Palmer ’82 Russell Pyle ’83 Estelle Weedon

Nick Thacher Leadership Fund

$27,335 Established to honor Nick Thacher for his leadership of DCD from 2005 to 2016, a permanently restricted discretionary fund to support educational initiatives, faculty professional development, curricular innovation, stipends for faculty, and other initiatives Anonymous Mark & Kathy Alperin Susie Hunter

Patrick M. Tynan Scholarship Fund $16,650

Established by the school in 2001 upon Pat’s retirement from DCD to provide financial support to Middle School students Carter Harrison Susie Hunter Emily Tynan McDaniel ’93 Marion Tynan Estelle Weedon

Soccer Scholarship Fund $3,000

Photo by Jo Sittenfeld

James M. Bower Faculty Salary Fund

Curt Burmeister & Suzanne Ibbeken

(d) Deceased

Thank you to all our donors, parent volunteers, and friends whose generosity has made this year possible!


Alumni Association Ayles Sisters Share Passion for Field Hockey


or Maddie Ayles ’11 and Allee Ayles ’12, playing field hockey is a way of life that began for both of them at DCD! After being exposed to field hockey in fourth grade, when given a choice of sports to play in sixth grade, Maddie chose to play field hockey, while Allee didn’t pick up a stick again until the beginning of eighth grade. Both girls continued their field hockey careers at Nobles, and both were recruited to play for Brown University. What they both loved about athletics at DCD is that they could play a variety of sports; they were encouraged to try different things during their tenure here. Maddie discovered her love of the game early on. Some of her fondest field hockey moments are from playing on the DCD team. In seventh grade, she was one of only three seventh graders to play on the varsity team. One of her clearest memories is a game against Nobles, the team’s biggest rival. “When I scored the first goal, it was so exciting to have all the eighth graders run up to me, pat me on the back, and be truly excited for me. There was always so much great team camaraderie, and our coach, Deb White, was awesome. She created a team atmosphere that was a great introduction to competitive athletics in a very supportive and fun environment.” Allee was a relative late-comer to the sport. After a brief stint in fourth grade, Allee chose to focus on soccer at DCD and other sports outside of


Allee Ayles ’12, left, and Maddie Ayles ’11 continue to play field hockey for Division 1 Brown University. school. She recalls not being interested in playing field hockey at all. But, after watching her older sister play in a tournament one weekend, she decided to try it again, this time as a goalie. She wanted to do something different. She participated in a goalie clinic in seventh grade and had her first real season of field hockey during her final year at DCD. Switching sports in eighth grade was a totally acceptable thing to do at DCD, and the team welcomed her with open arms! There were a couple of other girls trying field hockey for the first time, too, so Allee remembers it as a supportive environment and

fun experience. Growing as a goalie at DCD paid off when she made the Noble’s varsity team as a freshman. “Field hockey went to a whole new level for me, and having Maddie on the team was really nice.” When asked about the challenge of being a varsity athlete and a conscientious student, the girls both acknowledged that it was difficult at first, but it’s all they’ve known and agreed that “you get used to it.” It’s not just playing the sport at school; it’s also the intensity of club teams and managing high school homework demands that take up all your time.


Young Alumni Pursuing Passions

“Experiencing so many different things leading up to high school, I learned that it was possible to be a good student, a high-performing athlete, and have deep involvement in the arts.” ­— Maddie Ayles “We just learned that there wasn’t enough time to do all the social things we wanted to do and had to make some compromises and sacrifices, but it was definitely worth it!” says Allee. Reflecting on her time at DCD and the impact that had on her at Nobles and now at Brown, Maddie believes that it was here at DCD that she developed a well-rounded foundation. “I played the cello, I focused on academics, I played field hockey, and I also danced outside of school. Experiencing so many different things leading up to high

school, I learned that it was possible to be a good student, a high-performing athlete, and have deep involvement in the arts.” She sees this foundation as the key to her success at Nobles and expects it will pay off at Brown as well. Allee attributes her willingness to try new things in high school to the fact that she was so used to doing that at DCD, from arts to athletics to academics. And it enabled her to meet lots of new people in the different activities in which she became involved. Nobles was challenging and definitely a step up, but

she had grown used to high expectations and deep participation from her time at DCD. Field hockey is definitely a calling for the Ayles girls, who earned many distinctions as high-school-level players. Both were committed early on in their Nobles careers to play on Brown University’s Division 1 team. Now a freshman and a sophomore, Allee and Maddie are back at it—playing field hockey together and studying hard! —Hilary Rochelle

2016 Alumni Council PRESIDENT Erin Keith Epker ’86 VICE PRESIDENT Liza Connelly ’81 COUNCIL MEMBERS Nicole Mayard Allen ’00 Torie Allen ’01 Jeff Barker ’69 Jen Cabot Breslin ’87 Katie Keally Cochran ’82

Lizzie Crocker ’00 Nick Crocker ’96 Kristie Gillooly Dean ’02 Odile Weissenborn Gordon ’84 Zander Grant ’70 Melanie Guerra ’86 Elizabeth Pyle Handler ’79 Louisa Harrison ’04 Beth Woelfel Harvey ’92 Whitney Hunter-Thomson ’98 Jason Indelicato ’94 Nick Jackson ’87 Alex Nessa ’02

Kate Tynan O’Dwyer ’90 Lindsey Marich Owen ’97 Nick Papps ’95 Steven Perry ’85 Lee Mumford Peterson ’86 Colby Hunter-Thomson Previte ’91 Ted Russell ’53 (Emeritus) Jamie Stoddard ’97 Elizabeth Ward ’77 Jen Bigelow Williams ’86 Linda Mixter Woodard ’58


Alumni Association Love of Music Began at DCD for Adam Rochelle ’13


CD was the first place Adam Rochelle ’13 performed music for a live audience. Starting with music parties and progressing to all-school assemblies and band concerts, he became the accompanist for “Across the Wide Missouri,” which is sung by the chorus and alumni every year at DCD’s Thanksgiving assembly. Adam began piano lessons at the age of seven and is primarily a jazz pianist, although he

creativity at its core.” The minimal structure of jazz and room for improvisation are really fun for Adam. He says it makes for some really cool interactions and “banter” with the other musicians. After DCD, Adam went on to Milton Academy where he became very involved in all things music, traveling twice to South Africa on the Milton Jazz tour. “It was an incredible experience. For two weeks we were

“The positive response I received from my teachers and peers was huge for me in terms of my continuing to play.” can pick up and play just about any instrument, including the saxophone, bass, and guitar. His interest in jazz was sparked in middle school when he began studying jazz after school at the Rivers Conservatory and playing in the DCD middle school band. “I remember Mr. Claussen had us playing some classic jazz standards as well as a bit of rock,” Adam says. In seventh grade he started playing jazz outside of school with two of his classmates, Eric Menna ’14 and Ian Huschle ’13. “And then we’d jam during recess as well. Some of the middle school teachers recognized that we were working on music outside of school and gave us an opportunity to play during some all-school assemblies. Jazz resonated with me because I have always been sort of a counter-culture kind of person and that’s where jazz fits into the music world,” comments Adam. “I like the fact that it’s a freestylebased genre with improvisation and 40

playing concerts every day, sharing music, and experiencing another culture and country. Learning about apartheid while in South Africa is a very different kind of lesson than reading about it in a history book.” Fast-forward to today and you will find Adam deeply involved in the music scene at Wesleyan University. When he first arrived at Wesleyan, he stuck to his jazz roots but quickly found influences including South Indian music, Gamelan drumming, and experimental music. One night Adam can be heard playing in a traditional jam band and another night as part of a 10-piece Hip Hop Funk Rap band. “It’s really cool to be playing behind a front man rapper and three female harmonic singers,” he explains. He has also dabbled in musical theater. Adam is double majoring in music and computer science. He went into college knowing that he would follow his passion for music and that he’d

like to combine it with one of his other two interests: math and history. After fulfilling one of his math requirements by taking a computer science course, he realized he had an affinity for coding and continued to take several more programming classes. Before he knew it, he was on his way to completing his second major. He has grown very interested in electronic music composition and hopes to combine music and computers after he leaves Wesleyan. When asked what kind of influence DCD has had on his life, Adam recalls nostalgically that the stage at DCD was the first place he performed music. “The positive response I received from my teachers and peers was huge for me in terms of my continuing to play. And Mr. Claussen gave me my first taste of what it’s like to lead my own songs and be a leader of a band. This is definitely something I have taken with me.” Adam says that he had been a very shy person and had a hard time getting himself into friend groups. His involvement with music and the camaraderie he enjoyed on the cross country team with other kids and his coach really helped him to feel a part of something and feel connected to his school. The friendships he developed through music collaborations and through running he continues to carry with him today. “Ben Castagnola and I still get together on breaks to write music together,” he says. One thing that really struck Adam is how middle school at DCD was the first time his relationships with adults enabled him to experience both friendship and support at the same time. “It makes coming back to school really fun and enjoyable.” —Danise Cavallaro

Young Alumni Pursuing Passions


Listen to Adam in concert at Wesleyan University: 41

Alumni Association

Alumni News Class of 2016 BBQ


efore heading to new schools, our most recent graduates and their parents gathered for an informal end-of-summer barbecue with faculty members, where they were welcomed to DCD’s Alumni Association.

Students catch up with faculty members, L-R, Rob Thacher, and Nate Buffum.

Alumni Association President Erin Keith Epker ’86 speaks to the class.

Photographs by Leslie Bowen

L-R, Ryan Bogar, Chris Capone, and Matt Capone.

L-R, Julia Landry, Melina, Kapourelakos, Keara McHaffie, Sophia Perry, Angela Giordano, Mia Canning, Grace Kosowsky, and Anna Glass.

L-R, Charlotte Jordan, Charlotte Epker, Kelsey Lynch, and Audrey Linell, holding puppy Finn.

The ice cream truck was a big hit this year, for kids and adults.

L-R, Matt Capone, Chris Capone, Alfie Rudnick, Connor Smith, Calvin Cochran, Ryan Bogar, Kai Dixon, and Charlie Volpe.



Melanie Guerra ’86 has started a project to collect all written works published by members of the DCD community. The collection will become part of the DCD library displayed at the school. If you are a published author, or if you know a member of our community who may be interested in donating a copy of his or her publication to DCD, please contact Charles Rudnick, Director of Advancement, 781-915-2557, or crudnick@dcds.net.


Volunteering for Horizons at DCD Summer Snapshots By Alli Parent ’08

Save the Date!

Alumni Weekend Friday, May 5

Campus Tours

4:30 p.m.

Alumni Reception 6:00 p.m. on campus Alumni from all years are invited to join us as we announce the 2017 recipient of the DCD Alumni Award. Reunion Dinners Times and Locations TBA Graduates of the years ending in “2” and “7” are invited to help organize class reunions to be held either on- or off-campus. Class of 1967 - 50th Reunion Class of 1987 - 30th Reunion Class of 1992 - 25th Reunion Class of 1997 - 20th Reunion Class of 2002 - 15th Reunion Class of 2007 - 10th Reunion

Saturday, May 6 66th Annual DCD Fair 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Bring the whole family for a day of fun-filled activities. Alumni Association Lunch 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Enjoy lunch on DCD! Bring your family and visit with fellow alumni  and their families at the Fair.

Photos by Leslie Bowen

Class of 2012 Gathers Before Heading to College

L-R, Nick Samel and Sam Rochelle; Kate Swanson chats with new head of school Allison Webster; Aidan Collins, Nick Samel, Kate Swanson, Sam Rochelle, Allison Webster, Erica King, and Alumni Association President Erin Keith Epker ’86.


Class Notes 1950s Ben Baker ’51 writes, “My class was the first to graduate on the Sandy Valley site. I went to DCD from Transition through Grade 6. In the fall of 1950, I broke my ankle playing tackle football on the playing fields there. I’m retired in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts.”

Maudie Canham Shanley ’54 writes, “I am still living in Gladstone, New Jersey, but just moved to more managable house and have a kitten! I have three daughters and three grandchildren within two miles and a fourth daughter and her two children in Charlestown, Massachusetts.”

Anne Wild ’54 writes, “I have four wonderful grandchildren, two in Los Angeles, two in Larchmont, New York, and we try to see them often.”

Staying in Touch

Roger Cheever ’57 and Jane Cheever write, “We are thrilled to have two grandchildren at DCD, Eloise in 1st grade and Jack in Pre-K.”

Eleanor Motley Richardson ’59 writes, “Peter and I have bought a new condo in Naples, Florida, and plan to spend six months of the year there, November to May. We remain in Rockland, Maine, from May to October. Our email and phone numbers remain the same.”

1960s Cilla Williams Bercovia ’67 writes, “I’ve been working as a Math Specialist and Department Head for pre-school through sixth grade at Sacred Heart in Greenwich for the past 10 years. I completed my doctorate in education in 2014 at Northeastern. Our two daughters are grown.”

Middle school English teacher and squash coach Rick Edie, right, ran into George Connelly ’70 while attending a wedding in New Hampshire in June.

Livinia Sands Reilly, was born April 12, 2016, to Colby Moore Reilly ’96 and her husband Jim.

1990s Emily Tynan McDaniel ’93 writes, “We are doing great down here in Asheville, North Carolina, where I run a small gardening business and my husband Adam is finishing up a degree in music technology and running a music studio!”

Colby Moore Reilly ’96 and her husband Jim welcomed their daughter Livinia Sands Reilly on April 12, 2016. Colby, Livy, and Jim relocated from Texas in the middle of August and are living in Norfolk, Massachusetts. Colby is teaching med-science in a STEM program at Harvard Medical School.

2000 Nichole Mayard Allen ’00 gave birth to a son, Michael Thomas Allen, on Friday, June 3. (See photo on page 47.) 44


2008 Matt Giordano ’08 was chosen as one of two students from Bucknell University to give a speech at the TEDx Bucknell event on April 10, 2016. His speech was on catalysts.

2009 Adam Rochelle ’09 received the Alex Nessa ’02, center, at her wedding to Jeff Van Siclen on October 29, with, left to right, Jon Nessa ’05, Jacqueline Barrett ’02, Kristie Gillooly Dean ’02, and George Barrett ’05. Alex and Jeff have moved from Washington, D.C. back to the Boston area, where Alex is working at Belmont Hill School.

Shawn Patrick Maloney ’00 was mentioned in a Boston Globe article on June 3, 2016. Last April, Shawn suffered a spinal cord injury while rock climbing in California requiring significant physical therapy for him to learn to walk again. Shawn’s former lacrosse coach at Walpole High School, inspired by his example, used it to motivate his players.

Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Keyboard Prize at Wesleyan on April 14, 2016. He gave a concert, playing the grand piano and Wesleyan’s pipe organ. (See story page 40.)



In September, Nat Harrington ’06 began a Ph.D. program in Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto.

College, earned First Team All-NESCAC and First Team All-Region in field

Juliana Fiore ’10, a junior at Bowdoin

2002 Alex Nessa ’02 married Jeffrey Van Siclen on October 29, 2016. Her bridesmaid was Jacqueline Barrett ’02. Jacqueline’s younger brother George Barrett ’05 attended the wedding along with Alex’s younger brother Jon Nessa ’05.


George Howland ’03 is living in New York City, working as a construction superintendent at the West Side Hudson Yards Development.

Former DCD classmates Wil Linell ’14 and Colin Mann ’14 had a chance to compete against each other in baseball last spring, Wil for Thayer Academy and Colin for Dexter Southfield. 45

Class Notes

hockey. She capped of her junior season with an All-American selection and was elected captain for her senior year.

2012 Allee Ayles ’12 led her field hockey team at Noble and Greenough School to an ISL Championship in 2012 and 2013, guided her squad to the NEPSAC Class A Championship in 2013, and was awarded MVP of the NEPSAC Class A Tournament in 2013. She was recruited to play field hockey at Brown University starting in the fall of 2016. (See story on page 38.)

Liza Huschle ’12 helped the Thayer girls track team win their 17th straight ISL championship on May 17, 2016. Liza ran as part of the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams, which won first place.

2014 Julia Cochran ’14, a junior at Thayer Academy, received Honorable Mention Recognition from the ISL for field hockey this past fall.

2015 Will Rowan ’15 was named to the Winston Emmons, President of the Board of Trustees from 1992 to 1998, and his wife Elizabeth Emmons are pleased to announce the marriages of their daughter Grace ’04 and son Sam ’01, which took place this past summer. Top photo: Grace Emmons ’04 with her husband, Ryan Carroll, and her bridesmaids, who include Jenna Meola ’04, second from left, and Jenna (Kostigen) Rosey ’04, third from right. The wedding took place in Newport, Rhode Island, on June 18, 2016. Bottom photo: Sam Emmons ’01 and his wife, Sarah Cohen, with Grace Emmons ’04, who was maid of honor, and Alex Emmons ’98, who was best man. The wedding was held in Shelburne, Vermont, on September 10, 2016. 46

High Honor Roll at New Hampton School for both fall and spring semesters of the last academic year. He also received a Gold Key in sculpture in the Scholastic Art Awards national competition. Will’s soccer team at New Hampton School is coached by fellow DCD alumnus Bo

Cramer ’05.


Faculty and Past Faculty Pennsylvania, close to where she grew up. She says she likes the Pre-K through 8 school because it reminds her of DCD! She would love to hear about what her former students are doing out in the world– find her on Facebook.

Fran Kurker writes, “I continue to reside in Tucson, Arizona, in the winter months. I’m in the process of training to be a volunteer chaplain at a local hospital.

Third grade teacher Lynne Mayard enjoys a moment with grandson Michael Thomas Allen, born June 3, 2016

Kate Carr writes, “We are expecting Baby Boy Carr in December! I hope that everyone is well at DCD. Sending my love.”

Sarah Crofts, who taught middle school science, is now working as the marketing and communications assistant at Newtown Friends School in Newtown,

I’ve also completed training to be a hospice volunteer at the hospice, which helped us allow Mitch to die at home. Enjoying watching my beloved grandchildren grow—all 11 of them!

Kylie Lacerda, DCD’s new director of events, and her husband Robert welcomed a baby girl, McKenna Evelyn Lacerda, born December 7, 2016. She weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long. Kylie writes, “We are in love!” DCD third grade teacher Lynne Mayard writes, “As most of you know, my daughter Nicole Allen ’02 had a Alex Fuqua ’17, now an eighth grader at Roxbury Latin School, honored science teacher Sue Shirley at a special reception on November 15, 2016, recognizing teachers who had most influenced their students. The event emphasized how much high schools benefit from the habits of mind and skills developed by teachers during a child’s pre-k to 8 years, and the way these serve as a foundation for all future learning and success.

On May 22, the Board of Trustees announced the naming of the Business Office after Tim Jackson ’58, who retired in December 2015, presenting him with plaque to be placed on the building and a clock to acknowledge his years of service to DCD. son, Michael Thomas Allen, on Friday, June 3, at 3:20 a.m. He weighed in at 7 pounds, 11 ounces, and was 21 inches long! I’m a very excited Mom Mom.” Former DCD middle school head Peter Rapelye writes, “Since my retirement in 2012 as head of school, I am serving on three boards: French-American School of Princeton, UNOW Nursery of Princeton, and Green Mountain Valley School (VT). This fall, I was appointed a director of the Duxbury Yacht Club (MA). I’m teaching a course on WWI at the Princeton Adult School and auditing courses at Princeton University. Janet is now in her 14th year as Dean of Admission at Princeton University.” 47

Class Notes In Memoriam Philip Aronson, father of Daniel Aronson ’81, passed away on July 14, 2016. John Canty, husband of former trustee Bea Canty and father of Kenneth

away on Monday, September 26, 2016.

Canty ’88, David Canty ’89, and Carolynn Canty ’90 and grandfather of Kay Moore Morris ’98, Danielle Canty ’02, and Nytayah Bugg ’18, died on

Mary (Mimi) Harrington, mother of Nat Harrington ’06 and Will Harrington ’08, passed away on October 29, 2016. Mimi was a fifth grade teacher at DCD for nearly 30 years and a

November 20, 2016.

member of the Corporation. (See articles on pages 16–17.)

Gertrude Crittenden, mother of

G.L. Crittenden Jr. ’55, Jane Crittenden ’62, and Penny Crittenden ’57, passed away on August 4, 2016. Lyle Hall, husband of Liz, both former trustees, and father of Sandy


Shelbe-Hall ’70, Megan Hall ’70, Charlotte Hall Perkins ’75, Cara Hall Liu ’78, Jordan Hall ’87 and Jessica Hall ’88, passed

Robert Heir, father of Brian Heir ’74 and Barry Heir ’78 passed on August 25, 2016, at the age of 89.

Nancy Materne, a former DCD

Michael Ohl ’39 died on June 4, 2016. Winsome Perry, grandmother of Sophia Perry ’16 and Summer Perry ’20, and mother of Steven Perry ’85, passed away on June 18, 2016. Ernel Perry, grandfather of Sophia Perry ’16 and Summer Perry

’20, and father of Steven Perry ’85, passed away on October 30, 2016. Charles Spanos, father of Pre-K teacher Lexi Jackson and grandfather of Kyia Jackson ’15 and Waverly Jackson ’11, passed away on October 6, 2016.

kindergarten teacher, passed away on August 26, 2016.

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