MAUMEE VALLEY COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL / VOLUME 9 ISSUE 2 / AUGUST 2018
LITTLE HANDS OF PEACE, BY JANE DE DECKER, DONATED BY JOAN BAYER IN HONOR OF GARY BOEHM
MAUMEE VALLEY COUNTRY DAY SCHOOLâ€™S MISSION IS TO ENABLE STUDENTS TO BECOME ENLIGHTENED, COMPASSIONATE, AND CONTRIBUTING CITIZENS OF OUR GLOBAL COMMUNITY, WHILE PREPARING GRADUATES FOR THEIR BEST OPPORTUNITIES IN HIGHER EDUCATION. THE SCHOOL ATTRACTS MOTIVATED, ABLE STUDENTS WHO HAVE A RANGE OF ACADEMIC INTERESTS AND DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS, AND WHOSE FAMILIES VALUE EDUCATION. ITS CHALLENGING CURRICULUM, STUDENT-CENTERED SCHOOL LIFE, AND SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY INSPIRE AND EQUIP THEM FOR A LIFETIME OF LEARNING.
LEADERSHIP AT THE SCHOOL
ADMINISTRATION Lynn Casto Head of School Brian Oliver Head of Upper School Erik Graham Head of Middle School Jaime Lassman Head of Lower School Michelle Thomas Director of Early Learning Center Michael House Director of Enrollment Management Rob Conover Director of Athletics Nate Miller Superintendent of Buildings + Grounds Kim Spurgeon Director of Finance Amy Hunt Director of Advancement Melissa E. Kuhl Director of Marketing + Communications
PUBLICATION CREDITS Executive Editor: Melissa E. Kuhl Contributing Editors: Jeniece Corwin, Ellen Leonard, Hannah Spengler ’08, Weezie Foster Stoddard ’82, and Jason Zajac Design: Studio Jot / Joss Kiely ’01 Select Photography: Melissa E. Kuhl, Cara Jones, Ellen Leonard, and Weezie Foster Stoddard ’82
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Matt Buchanan, President Diana Block ’91, Vice President Amy Yustick, Vice President Rick Kaser, Treasurer Laurie Julius Avery ’88, Secretary
Joss Kiely ’01, President Jessica Bohl Naprawa ’98, Vice President Jewel Woodard ’77, Secretary
Vallie Bowman-English Rita Brauneck ’68 Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich Mary Fedderke Areka Foster, PC., ATR Paula Grieb, DNP, RN Mary Lynch Jarrell Sarah Justen, MVPA President Joss Kiely ’01, Alumni Council President Hanqiu (Hangean) Luo Dr. Maneesha Pandey Brian Reddy Emily (Xin) Tian Andy Weiner Judge Jeffrey Helmick, Ex-officio
Morgan Bayer ’03 Tyler Boehm ’01 Lynn Bohnengel ’67 Mark Goldman ’84 Kelsy Grefe ’03 Mary Hutton ’79 Nihal Kattar ’13 Ilana Hyman Levin ’93 Helen Mabry ’88 Monica MacAdams ’67 Lucas Madrazo ’02 Tanya Pipatjarasgit Nupp ’95 Megan Fish Robson ’00
Ann Stranahan Georgia Welles
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ENDOWMENT FUND TRUSTEES
Fred Deichert, Chair Dennis Holman, Vice Chair Hyaat Chaudhary ’99, Secretary Michael Briley ’63 Fritz Byers David Cohen ’81 Bill Foster ’81 Joel Gorski Steve Hickey ’79 Dean Kasperzak ’76 Betsy Sabin Kelsey ’73 Milton “Tony” Knight ’66 Bradford “Ford” Koles ’82 R. Richard Newcomb ’64 James “Jay” Secor ’69 Jeffrey Smith ‘69 Jim Willey ’70 Patricia Wise
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FEATURE 24 PHILANTHROPY 31 ALUMNI 37
GRADUATION, SCHOOL NEWS, SPRING INTENSIVES, AND ATHLETICS
PASSING THE BATON: FROM BOEHM TO CASTO
40TH ANNUAL AUCTION
EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS, IN MEMORIAM, CLASS NOTES, & ALUMNI COUNCIL
A LETTER FROM THE HEAD OF SCHOOL
Dear Maumee Valley Community, Summer for many means travel, adventure, and a break from the normal routine. In the life of schools, summer brings reflection, refinement, and planning for the upcoming year. For me, this summer afforded a return to my home state of Ohio and time to settle into Toledo before diving into all things Maumee Valley following my July start. My family and I have been warmly and generously welcomed by the MVCDS community; thank you.
LYNN D. CASTO, head
I am eager to dig in and begin the new school year alongside a stellar administrative team and student-centered faculty. Though you will see new faces on campus this year, Maumee Valley’s mission and vision infuse each decision that we make. Though change is inevitable, much will remain the same. The personal, experiential, and global education that Gary Boehm worked to create will continue to make Maumee Valley shine in Northwest Ohio. Gary and I have worked together for many months to make the transition as smooth as possible for the school. I am grateful for our time spent together. Over the next year, I hope to learn from each of you—alumni, parents, students—to better understand Maumee Valley’s culture and rich history. I want to hear your Maumee Valley story and what MVCDS has come to mean to each of you. For those of you outside of Ohio, I hope to make your acquaintance at alumni events scattered across the country, and if you are in Toledo, I look forward to welcoming you to campus.
My best to each of you,
Lynn D. Casto Head of School
OPPOSITE PAGE UPPER SCHOOL GLOBAL LEADERSHIP STUDENTS POSE FOR A QUICK PHOTO DURING THEIR SPRING INTENSIVE TRIP TO INDIA
CREATIVE DISPLAY OF
The Arts Commission and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur celebrated the creativity and artistic talent of area youth with the annual Ninth Congressional District Invitational Art Exhibition. Art teachers from high schools within Ohio’s Ninth District, which stretches from the Toledo area to Cleveland, are invited to nominate three student two-dimensional artworks for display. Some works of art were selected to receive awards by a jury composed of art educators, local artists, and representatives from institutions sponsoring awards. The artwork was on display in the Fifth Third Building in downtown Toledo and then traveled to Baldwin Wallace University, in Berea, OH, where it was displayed. MVCDS had three students, Emily Rigby ’18, Sasha Grinevich ’19, and Caiden Lambert-Lyons ’20 selected to exhibit. Emily Rigby received a Congressional Honorable Mention Award, and Sasha Grinevich received a Congressional Honorable Mention and the Baldwin Wallace Award at the Toledo reception. This is an incredible artistic honor for these
ARTIST: EMILY RIGBY ’18
UNDEFEATED AT TAAC CHAMPIONSHIP
The Maumee Valley Quizbowl Team defended its place for the TAAC trophy after going undefeated in the TAAC Championship, facing teams from across the region including Ottawa Hills, Cardinal Stritch, and Danbury. Team ARTIST: SASHA GRINEVICH ’19
members included Shreyas Banerjee ’19, Seth Griffiths ’20, Emma O’Leary ’18, Maya Williams ’20, Annie Williams ’20, and Jonathan Buchanan ’20. In late April, the team went to the NAQT Quizbowl Nationals in Chicago and competed in a field of 64 schools in the open division (non-public schools) of the Small School National Tournament. They finished 5-5, missing a playoff berth by just a few seconds in the final round. Although they didn’t make it to the playoffs, the team turned in great individual performances. The Quizbowl Team is excited to have five varsity players, including captain Shreyas Banerjee, all returning next year, but sad to say goodbye to senior Emma O’Leary.
ARTIST: CAIDEN LAMBERT-LYONS ’20
JUNIOR EXCELS IN
NIPUN JAYATISSA ’19 has had a stellar year of competing in science related competitions. He was selected as a 2018 finalist for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) THINK program, an annual science research and innovation competition for high school students. His research proposal was selected as one of six finalists from the 175 proposals received from students around the country. He was invited to visit MIT, present his proposal, and receive feedback from the MIT faculty and students. During that time he visited XFAIR (an annual student-run technology expo), talked with the MIT faculty, had lab tours, and more. Nipun On April 7th Nipun attended The Buckeye Science & Engineering Fair at COSI in Columbus and was selected as a finalist to present his research
received a $1,000 award to purchase research supplies for his project.
project at The INTEL INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR (INTEL ISEF) in Pittsburgh, PA. There he received fourth grand prize in the Biomedical Engineering Category.
A FULL DOCKET OF
The Spring 2018 intensives included a wide range of on-campus studies and
cat and examined abnormalities that each carcass may have
In THE MODERN GRAPHIC NOVEL intensive students looked at the modern
In this spring’s SHAKESPEARE intensive students rehearsed
graphic novel from its roots to its current form. They looked at graphic
and performed a sixty minute Shakespeare play. They spent
novels from the 40s to present day. As a class, they broke up a comic book
time doing text analysis during their rehearsal process to
and each student took a portion of it to analyze and write a synopsis of the
prepare them as actors to use their tools of words, actions,
comic to later share with the class.
and imagination. They also spent time creating costumes,
ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING intensive challenged students to look
at the basic science behind electronics, and why circuits work the way they do. From troubleshooting how to fix broken electronics to building their own
props, sets, and sounds. Due to the beautiful weather this spring, students were able to perform their play in the Alida Ashley Amphitheater.
circuits, the students got a hands-on experience of electrical engineering.
In OPTICAL PHYSICS AND PHOTOGRAPHY the students
They spent time learning how to build different objects and tear them apart,
were introduced to optical science and were able to apply
and then applied their knowledge by actually performing these acts.
that knowledge to their photography projects. They were able
The SPORTS AND JUSTICE intensive dove into the inequalities and injustices that are being dealt in professional sports. Students discussed different protests and movements that have been occurring as an attempt to overcome these inequalities. They were given opportunities to share their own opinions and explore different solutions. Some students
to learn about polarization, interference, image formation, and resolution, resulting in intentional photographic control of their cameras. Students also gained a background understanding of photography by learning about the physics aspect.
presented about athletes who overcame racism and made a difference in
During this spring’s HORROR LITERATURE intensive,
students explored the conventions and elements of horror
ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY the students explored new anatomical
terminology and built upon their knowledge of biochemistry, cells, tissues, and homeostasis. They learned about the organization of the human body and they were introduced to common disease processes. They dissected
throughout many time periods. They examined different genres and subgenres of horror literature. For their final project, students created their own horror story, which could be in the form of a short story, movie, or board game.
many animals, including a cat. Students observed the different parts of the 9
spring intensives AROUND CAMPUS
WINTER SPORTS Girls’ Varsity Basketball “Rags to riches” and “breakthrough performance of the year” were phrases local media used when describing the MVCDS Girls’ Basketball season. It wasn’t long ago that the players stormed the court in excitement with screams of joy after a game against Emmanuel Christian. Most would have thought the Maumee Valley Girls’ Basketball Team had won the Championship. It was hardly that, but it was the end of over 40 straight losses, spanning over three seasons. The program had endured some difficult times and its future was in serious jeopardy. But this group of committed and determined MVCDS players led the team to their first ever Toledo Area Athletic Conference Championship in school history. The program had endured many setbacks and yet the girls were able to persevere and experience something that no other MVCDS girls’ team had ever accomplished. Seniors Ella Foster ’18 and Emma Daugherty ’18 were instrumental in the revival of the program, sticking with it through tough times. Emma set the career record for most rebounds in a season, averaging close to 17 rebounds per game. Junior Shannon Herrmann ’19 was selected as the Toledo Area Athletic Conference Player of the year, First Team All District Selection, and scored her 1,000th point. Her mother Terri Herrmann was selected as Toledo Area Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. The Maumee Valley community is so proud of the team and is looking forward to another great season next year.
Boys’ Varsity Basketball The Boys’ Varsity Basketball Team has also experienced its share of setbacks and obstacles over the years. Like the girls’ team, they forged ahead to one of the best seasons in school history finishing 20-6, winning the only second District Championship in school history, and finishing as one of the top 16 teams in the state. The boys averaged close to 70 points per game, leading the league in scoring for the second straight year. They also experienced big wins over league rival Ottawa Hills, and beat Toledo Christian in the District Championship game. Senior Captain AJ Johnson ’18 hit four three point shots in the District Championship, which helped spark a 15-0 run in the third and fourth quarter to secure a 64-47 victory. The Hawks faced State Powerhouse Convoy Crestview at the Stroh Center on the Campus of BGSU, and while the team fought hard in a close game throughout, they ended up falling 6145. Senior Jaiden Woodley was selected First Team All TAAC, and Second Team All District. Sophomore Zeb Jackson led the league in scoring for the second year in a row and was selected First Team All TAAC, First Team All District, and Honorable Mention All Ohio. Freshmen Stephen Coleman was Honorable Mention All TAAC, and District. AJ Johnson was also selected as Honorable Mention All TAAC. Overall, It was a great year for the Hawks and the MVCDS community is proud of all their accomplishments. Varsity Indoor Track and Field First year indoor track head coach Tara Reineck was eager to lead this year’s runners and help them each reach new goals and personal bests. Through hard work and determination, the team did just that, with almost every runner seeing a personal best. The season was highlighted with Princeton University Commit, Emma Daugherty ’18, finishing as State Runner Up in the High Jump. The indoor track program shows great growth potential for years to come. 12
CURRENT Varsity Cheer Spirit is at an all time high at Maumee Valley! Energetic student sections for both boys and girls basketball games helped propel the teams to Championships. These lively spectators were led by the MVCDS Cheer Team as they worked hard on creative new ways to help enhance school spirit. Sustaining this high amount of enthusiasm is difficult for 26 games, but there was never a moment when the energy diminished. The Cheer Team took on additional endeavors this season by organizing and executing a Cheer Camp for the younger Maumee Valley students, who were able to show off their new skills by cheering at a game versus the #7 ranked team in the state. The MVCDS Cheer Team helped push the Hawks to a huge upset by creating a dynamic environment that will not be forgotten. Varsity Swim and Dive The eight student swimmers who represented Maumee Valley Country Day School in swim and dive had another banner year. Six swimmers qualified for the Northwest Ohio Swimming and Diving D2 Meet with a group score of 58 points, which was quite a feat for a team so small. This year’s Swim and Dive Team was made up of Abby Britton-Lowden ’19, Alaina Foster ’20, Seth Griffiths ’20, Sasha Grinevich ’19, Miller Karns ’20, Lang Liang ’18, Tai Monger ’18, and Viv Monger ’18. Sasha, Tai, Viv, and Alaina placed 11th in the 200 Medley Relay. Sasha placed 7th in the 500 Freestyle and 22nd in the 100 Fly. Tai placed 15th in the 50 Free and 16th in the 100 Breast. Viv placed 18th in the 200 Free and 20th in the 500 Free. Alaina placed 13th in the 200 IM and 8th in the 100 Back. Lang competed in the 100 Back placing 32nd. Miller Karns ’20 came in third all around for diving and he also qualified for State Championships where he competed and placed 11th overall.
Middle School Boys’ Basketball The Middle School Boys’ Basketball Teams both had impressive years. The 7th grade team finished with a top four seed in the TAAC Championships, where they lost a very close game in the Semifinals to Toledo Christian. There is an abundance of talent in the Middle School which will help the High School program for years to come.
Middle School Girls’ Basketball The Middle School Girls’ Basketball Teams were extremely competitive all year long. The 7th grade team finished second in the TAAC during the regular season, but lost a tough game to Cardinal Stritch in the Semifinals of the TAAC Tournament. The girls worked exceptionally hard all year and that effort paid off as they were one of the most improved groups in the league.
SPRING SPORTS Varsity Girlsâ€™ Lacrosse Having gone through coaching changes the last couple of years, our Girlsâ€™ Lacrosse Program has continued to make strides and weather the ups and downs that many athletic seasons endure. Junior Shannon Herrmann continued her record setting career with over 50 goals again this season. Senior Ella Foster capped off a great four year Varsity Career with over 50 goals and will continue her academic and athletic career at Vassar next year. The team experienced big victories over Bedford, Clay, and Anthony Wayne, while almost pulling off upset victories against powerhouse Notre Dame and Perrysburg. Our Lacrosse Coaches have done a great job at establishing a foundation and we look forward to their continued progress moving forward. Middle School Track and Field It seemed like the Middle School Track and Field Team spent the majority of its season literally running through the rain and dodging storms. A season decimated by inclement weather saw almost all of our athletes experience a personal best along the way. Over 30 Middle School Athletes worked tirelessly alongside their coaches to maximize their times, jumps, and throws. A strong Middle School Program will prove to be a benefit to the High School Program in years to come.
CURRENT Varsity Boys’ Tennis First year Boys’ Tennis Coach Epifani Jones was pleased with the progress of both the veteran tennis players and the dynamic young talent in the program this season. Led by seniors Sahil Kattar and Ben Wielgopolski, the boys were competitive all season and the team won more matches this year than the previous two seasons combined. Highlights from their stellar season included victories over Central Catholic, Defiance, Whitmer, and St. Francis. The dynamic duo of Ben Wielgopolski ’18 and Stephane Granato ’20 performed exceptional at the Thunderbird Invitational in Lima, taking home a third place finish and only narrowly missed winning the championship by a few points. The team continued its hot streak into the State Matches where several players advanced throughout the day, giving our Tennis Team their strongest showing in recent years. Maumee Valley is excited for the team and anticipates continual improvement in the team’s future development. Varsity Baseball A tough start laid the foundation for the team to galvanize and finish hot! Early in the season the team faced stiff competition, and even stiffer weather conditions, but they always remained competitive with the top tier teams in the league. Led by seniors Alex Todd, Bailey Hannan, AJ Johnson, and Sam Crane the team stayed the course and finished the season playing their best baseball of the year by winning four straight games to close out a great year. Junior slugger Newt Ziegler led the Toledo Area Athletic Conference in hitting with an unbelievable .541 avg. The addition of winter workouts with Coach Matthews led to four players hitting over .300 this year. We will miss the seniors who were a part of the revival of the baseball program. The leadership of the senior players will be missed next year, however a number of young promising players are coming up through the program and great things are expected from them in the years to come. Varsity Track and Field Four years ago our Track and Field Program was down to only eight athletes. A program rich in history and success was teetering on the brink of collapse. Coaches Jack Dias and Tara Reineck came on that year and refused to let our storied program crumble. As a result of these two hard working coaches, as well as our athletes, the Track and Field program is now healthy and full of talented athletes that are competing both locally and at the State Level. “Track Fam” was a term coined by seniors Emma Daugherty and KnowEl Willhight, when they were down to just eight athletes their freshmen year, and it has now become a culture inside of the program that embodies unwavering support for each other regardless of skill level. While all of the Track and Field Athletes would tell you it is about the team, the program has several standout athletes. Emma Daugherty stood out in her abilities and made her fourth straight appearance at States. Emma is a two time State Champion, two time State Runner Up, four time League Champion, and was selected last summer as an All American. She will continue her academic and athletic career at Princeton University. Patrick McNally ’19 also had a banner year and made it through Districts and on to Regionals in the 300 Meter Hurdles and Alana Pappochia ’20 made it to Regionals in the 800 Meter. 15
congratulations CLASS OF 2018
ALI ABRAHAM ABOUAHMED THE UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO
BAILEY JAMES HANNAN COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES
CHRISTOPHER WYATT REYNOLDS THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
LIAM THOMAS BAKER CABRILLO COLLEGE
MAKENZIE BROOKE HARVEY COLUMBUS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN
SAMUEL NATHAN RICHARDSON MIAMI UNIVERSITY
NICHOLAS FINNEGAN MANGO BAMBER HARVARD UNIVERSITY
OLIVER RILEY HEARD VASSAR COLLEGE
NATALIE RENEE BAWAB CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY
RORY HAROLD HOPKINS EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY, DAYTONA BEACH
WILLIAM ALEXANDER BRASHEAR APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY
ZOEY ELIZABETH HOWARD THE UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO
APRIL GABRIELLE BUSH CAMPBELL UNIVERSITY
MIN JIN EMORY UNIVERSITY
DANIEL CHARLES CAGLE OHIO UNIVERSITY
ALFRED CALVIN JOHNSON, JR. BLUFFTON UNIVERSITY
RENEE NG CHEW UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA CRUZ
SAHIL RAJ KATTAR UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
MATILDE CIPOLLI RETURNING TO ITALY JOHN STERLING COLVIN BALDWIN WALLACE UNIVERSITY
EMMA RACHAEL LAVETTER-KEIDAN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS
SAMUEL JOHN CRANE UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI
MINH NGUYEN NGOC LE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
EMMA CATHERINE DAUGHERTY PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
LANG LIANG BROWN UNIVERSITY
ALEXANDER RYAN EVANS WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
CLAIRE ROSAMOND LOCKYER WITTENBERG UNIVERSITY
KYRIE ELISE FAHL GAP YEAR
BENJAMIN JAIRUS MIHALY THE UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO
ELLA JANE FOSTER VASSAR COLLEGE
TATIANA REESE MONGER UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
JUDE EVERETT FURLONG CARLETON COLLEGE
VIVIENNE MIRA MONGER INDIANA UNIVERSITY BLOOMINGTON
RYAN MICHAEL GANNON COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES KIMBERLY PEARL GOEWEY ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY ISHANI GUPTA DEPAUL UNIVERSITY
TORAL SORAM UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH NATALIE EILEEN SULLIVAN BAKER CORNELL UNIVERSITY ALEXANDER MALCOLM TODD MIAMI UNIVERSITY KEHUI TONG MCGILL UNIVERSITY TAYLOR RENEE VIERS BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY YICHUN WANG EMORY UNIVERSITY BENJAMIN AVERY WIELGOPOLSKI THE OHIO UNIVERSITY KNOWEL ELAINA WILLHIGHT CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY JAIDEN TAHREE WOODLEY THE UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO YI WU RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN ZIQIAN XIA THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY JIA XU CORNELL UNIVERSITY ANTONIO DAVID ZEITER THE UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO RAY SAMUEL ZHANG MIAMI UNIVERSITY
EMMA SLOAN Oâ€™LEARY THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
YIFAN ZHANG UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER
HANNA OKADA WASEDA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL LIBERAL STUDIES
YINGLUN ZHANG PARSONS SCHOOL OF DESIGN
ABDELRAHMAN OSMAN THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY THEODORE CORBY PECHLIVANOS CORNELL COLLEGE
EMILY GRAYCE RIGBY OBERLIN COLLEGE
MAXWELL REED ZILBA OTTERBEIN UNIVERSITY
JOSEPH D DIDIER SOCCER ROBERT W GOSMAN MEMORIAL DONNIE TAYLOR BASKETBALL OUTSTANDING SENIOR WOMAN ATHLETE DOUGLAS WHIPPLE MEMORIAL TROPHY COACH RICHARD L. NUZUM AWARD
SENIOR MATH AWARD ENGLISH PRIZE MARION D PARSONS CHINESE PRIZE SPANISH PRIZE ART PRIZE VOCAL MUSIC AWARD J CARROLL MUSIC AWARD STRING MUSIC AWARD THEATRE PRIZE HISTORY PRIZE SCIENCE PRIZE BAUSCH & LOMB HONORARY SCIENCE MEDAL RPI MEDAL GLOBAL SCHOLAR INTERNATIONAL STUDENT AWARD BOLDON MEMORIAL AWARD CUM LAUDE SENIORS CUM LAUDE JUNIORS
CITIZENSHIP LEADERSHIP COMMUNITY SERVICE WRITING PRIZE COMMUNICATION REASONING INTELLECTUAL CURIOSITY
grade level AWARDS
MISS BISS LIFE OF SCHOOL RON EUTON LIFE OF SCHOOL LIFE OF THE SCHOOL (CLASS MARSHALLS) MAUMEE VALLEY PRIZE JONATHAN KRUEGER â€™12 WINTERIM SCHOLARSHIP HEAD OF SCHOOL AWARD
Max Zilba Ella Foster, Sam Crane Jaiden Woodley, Emma Daugherty Emma Daugherty AJ Johnson Lang Liang
Lang Liang Oliver Heard Jude Furlong Kyrie Fahl Emma Daugherty Emily Rigby Daniel Cagle, Alex Evans, Viv Monger Emma Daugherty Lang Liang John Colvin Shreyas Banerjee, Collin Boissoneault Richard Zhang Julia Xiong Evan Heritage Valentina Xu Hanna Okada Tatiana Monger, Vivienne Monger Natalie Bawab, Alex Evans, Finn Bamber, Ryan Gannon, Abdelrahman Osman Yichong Huang, Julia Xiong, Evan Heritage, Denise Tamesis, Kiran Dzur, Karl Ludwig
Laura Cunliffe Melisa Slye Hudson Filas Kiran Dzur Denise Tamesis Isaac Leitner Michelle Lee
Jeremy Mahoney Hank Thomas Karl Ludwig, Sawsan Alkhalili Valentina Xu (Jia) Giovanna Jaidev Finn Bamber 21
WRITTEN BY LOU ANN GLOVER
Phyllis Quick has touched many lives of students who have come through MVCDS, whether it was in a lower intermediate math class at the Middle Ages feast, at Camp Storer, or most recently in our library or in a technology class. She can be described as a lifelong learner, a wonderful support staff person, an excellent teacher, and a good friend to our school.
Phyllis taught math and was the area coordinator for our third and fourth graders for many years. Then, fifteen years ago she became a student again and earned a degree in library science and technology in order to operate our Preschool-Middle School library. We had Phyllis before we had Google, and she would go out of her way to help find requested information or recommend a way to do the research. She is a smart cookie who is always learning something new to benefit our school. These past few years she learned and taught coding, little bots, and helped write our Lower School technology curriculum. Phyllis is an amazing storyteller and animated reader. Just ask any of our young students in the Early Learning Center. Phyllis promotes reading in so many ways. She likes to dress up as characters, do reader’s theater, decorate the Blakey Resource Center with themes being studied, and promote books and websites anytime she can. She reads endlessly at home so she can make great recommendations for each of our students. Together we have taught summer camps, planned for visiting guest illustrators, and researched our school’s history for our 125th year celebration. Phyllis is a team player and is excellent about making suggestions and following through with whatever she says she will do. She is not afraid of hard work and doing what it takes to get the job done right, whether it is laminating and trimming a hundred pictures for the schools’ history display, or driving an hour to see book illustrations to prep for a special program. She models good teaching and listening skills. I enjoy sitting next to her in workshops because she is great at taking notes as well as being on task and in the moment. We will miss her “can do” attitude, her dedication, and her smile. 22
It is difficult to say “goodbye” to a beloved teacher who taught for 44 years, 41 of which were spent teaching at Maumee Valley. But that is the task as long time teacher Nancy Fish retires.
Nancy began her teaching journey with a degree in Learning and Behavior Disorders and later earned a Masters of Teaching. In 1974 she started as a student teacher and the next year she taught kindergarten in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1976 she married Jim Fish and one year later she began her tenure at Maumee Valley when she was hired as a Primary teacher. In 1986 Jim and Nancy co-directed Hob Haven along with Chuck and Ann Sprandel, working the camp while tending their two week old son, Adam. A year later Nancy and Jim became the sole camp coordinators and continued in that position for 20 years. When Karen Lundholm became Head of Lower School, Nancy moved into the Primary School coordinator position. Nancy became the SummerTime director in 2007 and continued for six years. The next year Nancy became Director of Student Services/Intervention Specialist, where she defined the position by creating and expanding a student support department. Nancy and Jim are looking forward to taking the “California Here We Come” retirement trip to Yosemite National Park and San Francisco. They are then planning travel to the “I” countries – Iceland (to see the Northern Lights), Ireland, and Italy. After the “I” countries they will start on the “P’s” – Portugal and Peru. A quiet retirement at home is not in the foreseeable future for these former educators!
As teachers and parents, Jim and Nancy experienced every day of their children’s education first hand, from birth (Red Balloon) to graduation and had the peace of mind of knowing the people who educated their children. Nancy says she and Jim would have followed the same path at any school their children attended but they are happy and grateful they got to do it at Maumee Valley.
THE CASTO FAMILY FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: CALEB (8TH GRADE), KEITH, LYNN, AND IAN (7TH GRADE)
It wasnâ€™t so long ago,
on a cold January afternoon in 2017, when Gary Boehm announced that the following year would be his last at Maumee Valley. After 27 years of service, eleven of them as Head of School, those around Gary knew that he was preparing for the end of his career. With the knowledge of his looming retirement, to Garyâ€™s friends, family, and colleagues, preparing for this departure was bittersweet.
THE FEATURE STORY
passing the baton:
FROM BOEHM TO CASTO
Gary’s visionary leadership continued to shine over his last 18 months at MVCDS. With enrollment at an all-time high, the expansion of the Early Learning Center complete, another successful year of Upper School Intensives wrapping up, and a class of nearly 60 students graduating, it was time to celebrate and say goodbye. It was clear from the start of the transition process that Gary didn’t want a big fuss made over his departure, however there was only one way to say farewell to a leader who dedicated almost 30 years to our school—and who doesn’t love a party?
There were numerous gatherings over the last year in which community members showed their affection and appreciation for Gary. From small gatherings in Alumni homes, to a large on-campus bash in early June, an atmosphere of admiration and care were palpable throughout Gary’s last year. “It’s almost 27
THE FEATURE STORY
BONNIE BLANKINSHIP, TYLER BOEHM ’01, GARY BOEHM, EMILY BOEHM ’05, AND LLOYD MASON
THE FEATURE STORY impossible to sum up the impact Gary has had on Maumee Valley over the years. From a math teacher to Head of Middle School to Head of School, Gary has done it all. As an alum board member, and a friend, it has been amazing to see how Gary stepped up every time he was asked. Gary and I spent many hours during the Under One Roof Campaign and it was during that time I knew that the school would not be in the outstanding position that it is today without Gary,” said long time supporter and former Chair of the Endowment Board, Dean Kasperzak ’76.
During the final year of Gary’s leadership there was also great preparation and planning to help make our new Head of School, Lynn Casto’s transition to Maumee Valley seamless, warm, and welcoming. Gary and a hard-working transition committee spent countless hours with Lynn, keeping her up-to-date throughout the year, helping her and her family prepare for their relocation to Toledo, and immersing her in all things Maumee Valley. Gary was instrumental in equipping Lynn with not only state of the school knowledge and daily operations, but also about the school’s vision and future trajectory. “Gary’s dedication to the process, and his unwavering support of Lynn’s transition to the Maumee Valley community as our new Head of School was nothing short of miraculous,” said Board Vice President Amy Yustick.
After a long process that started over 18 months ago, with great dignity, and perhaps even some relief, Gary graciously handed over the keys to Lynn. In midJune, they both spent time together with the school administration celebrating the year’s achievements and planning for the year to come. And, in the end, Gary reminisced…“I’m so proud of all we have accomplished over the past twelve years and am honored to join the ranks of past school leaders as I pass the baton to Lynn. We have assembled an extraordinarily dedicated and talented team of educators, administrators, and staff, and I am excited to see where they will take the school under Lynn’s capable leadership.”
Lynn and her family’s relocation to Toledo was full of excitement and hope for the future. Lynn remarked, “I have been so impressed with the genuine nature 29
THE FEATURE STORY of people that I have met through the visiting process. I think my family is going to flourish under the guidance of Maumee Valley’s dedicated teachers.” After 19 years away, the Casto’s return to their home state is a dream come true. As they settle in, they are experiencing the warm and welcoming culture of the midwest, and they are happy to be within a few hours of their grandparents and other relatives that are scattered about Ohio.
With a busy summer ahead for the entire Casto family, Lynn is focused on the quickly approaching school year. She’s looking forward to diving into the daily life of the school, and getting to know the ins and outs of Maumee Valley. During her summer months preparing for the school year to begin she remarked, “I am struck by the degree to which MVCDS aligns with who I am as an educator and a human being, and I believe that the greatest joy is to share the gift of knowledge and self-discovery with others.”
As Lynn learns more about Maumee Valley, she sees opportunities to further build on progressive educational initiatives already underway in a cutting-edge learning environment. She believes that every child needs a champion, someone to encourage each of them and to nudge them along their educational journey. She hopes that the future brings more opportunities to support faculty in their endeavors to create stronger, more student-centered classrooms, and to offer opportunities to Maumee Valley students not traditionally available in Northwest Ohio.
As the Maumee Valley community transitions from farewell to welcome, it’s easy to recognize that change is inevitable, and that our school is larger than any one leader. Maumee Valley is defined by many dedicated students, parents, teachers, and staff. These members lead by example, through their daily contributions and service to the school’s mission.
As Lynn begins her journey at Maumee Valley, she will be welcomed to a community that supports her, stands by her, and loves her.
Led by chairs and current parents, Lisa Oberlin and
totaling $8,780 will go towards a Head of School Support Fund -- a fund
Jessie Naprawa-Bohl ’98, this year’s 40th Annual
allowing our incoming Head of School, Lynn Casto, to engage in future
Auction was a casual, elegant event held on our very
cultivation efforts on behalf of Maumee Valley.
own picturesque campus. The silent auction and dinner took place in the dining hall, transformed by
This year’s live auction raised a significant amount of fun and funds including
dazzling lights and an elegant tree centerpiece. After
trips to France, England, and the prestigious Ford Plantation just outside of
catching up with friends, attendees walked through
Savannah, GA. Among the guests bidding were many familiar faces -- alumni
the beautifully lit hallways to the Lower School
ranging from Nan Miller ’46 and Kay Foster ’58 to Carter Bayer ’10 and Jack
Resource Center, where the live auction was held.
Herrmann ’12. Halfway through the live auction, we raised the paddle once
Before taking their seats, guests enjoyed a variety of
again, only this time for the purpose of purchasing a new school van for
desserts, drinks, and even an assortment of bubble
student groups, athletic teams, and faculty-led field trips.
tea donated by Balance Grille. Following the live auction, guests moved to the first-ever auction “after Ford Koles ’82 was this year’s fearless auctioneer,
party” in the Millhon Auditorium where the tuition raffle drawing took place.
and he quickly had a boisterous crowd on the edge
Current parent, Zeina Chehab, was the lucky winner of a $5,000 Maumee
of their seats -- awaiting who or what he might poke
Valley tuition credit. Pizza, ping-pong, and of course, dancing, wrapped up
fun at next. Throughout the roaring laughter was the
the lively evening.
consistent theme of generous giving. The live auction
Thank you to all of our donors, sponsors, volunteers, and community members for helping to raise $225,000 for our school.
kicked off with a surprise “RAISE THE PADDLE” in honor of Gary Boehm, who is retiring this year after 27 years of dedicated service at Maumee Valley -eleven of those as Head of School. Participants raised their paddles pledging $27 in his honor. These funds,
ABOVE: GRANDPARENTS OF CURRENT STUDENTS, LISA HEINRICH AND DENNIS HOLMAN, SUPPORTING THE LIVE AUCTION
RENEE BUCHANAN WATCHES AS PATTY WISE AND SHELLY ORENSTEIN MAKE A DEAL OVER THE SILENT AUCTION TABLE
ZACH KLAUSZ TALKS WITH SUZIE AND ALBERT TSANG DURING THE NEW PARENT RECEPTION PRIOR TO THE AUCTION
HAPPY AUCTION WINNERS LISA AND JOHN UHRMAN
THE CROWD RAISED THEIR PADDLE TO DONATE $27 IN HONOR OF GARY BOEHM’S 27 YEARS AT MVCDS
AREKA FOSTER, TIM FOSTER ’83, AND JAY GRIFFITH DURING AN EXCEPTIONALLY FUNNY JOKE BY AUCTIONEER, FORD KOLES ’82
AUCTION CHAIRS LISA OBERLIN AND JESSICA BOHL NAPRAWA ’98 JOINED FORD KOLES ’82 ON STAGE TO WELCOME AND THANK EVERYONE FOR THEIR SHARED LOVE OF MAUMEE VALLEY
DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT MVCDS is excited to introduce Amy Hunt, who began this month as the Director of Advancement. Amy has held roles in fundraising and alumni relations including Major Gifts Officer, Director of Annual Giving Leadership Gifts, and Alumni Relations and Regional Events at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY. Her role as Director of Athletic Development at Gettysburg College proved to be a wellrounded experience and opportunity. She received her Bachelor of Science degree at The State University of New York College at Cortland. In addition, Amy has extensive training in communication, organizational, and management practices. Amy has relocated to Toledo with her husband Dale and two sons, Gabe ’23 and Chase ’33.
“I consider it our collective obligation to inspire young people to enjoy the learning process and thereby become lifelong learners, critical thinkers, responsible citizens, and open-minded listeners. Developing relationships with loyal investors to support educational opportunities is my vocation. I am energized when partnering with colleagues who want to make an impact with their talents and who want to be challenged to take themselves and their work to higher levels. It energizes me to inspire new ways of thinking and doing.”
“I am humbled that we have seen commitments to endowment and capital projects from this focused effort. Thank you to all who have supported this school, my family, and our students.”
- GARY BOEHM
DONORS TAKE A 360° VIEW FOR MAUMEE VALLEY One year ago, when it was announced that Gary Boehm would retire after 27 years
donors to these projects are members of the Board
at Maumee Valley and the search for the next Head of School was just beginning,
of Trustees as well as the Endowment Board, alumni,
a small group of school leaders and supporters launched a fundraising effort to
parents, long-time benefactors, and several families of
mark this historic occasion.
the school’s international students.
This successful initiative was titled, appropriately, Honor the Past, Imagine
Fundraising for these projects and school needs is a
the Future. Intentionally planned as a quiet campaign to engage major donors
bridge between Gary’s leadership and Lynn’s arrival,
around some of the school’s greatest needs, this tribute is a fitting capstone to
and a precursor to future strategic plans.
Gary’s leadership, as well as a powerful foundation for Lynn Casto’s arrival this summer.
Thank you to everyone who invested in this tremendous effort. If you would like to learn more about these
To date, 42 donors have committed $1,760,880 to support specific areas of
projects or support this effort, please contact the Office
need including almost $400,000 towards reducing the school’s debt, $600,000
of Advancement at 419-381-1313 x110.
for increasing the permanent endowment, more than $600,000 earmarked for several planned capital projects, and additional unrestricted support. Among
TODD DAPKUS HONORED FOR HIS TALENT, HARD WORK, AND VISION
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR Congratulations to Todd Dapkus, parent of Alex ’14 and Ellie ’19 on being named the Volunteer of the Year 2018 for generously donating countless hours of his time last summer during the Early Learning Center expansion. In the Spring of 2017, Block Communications, Inc. gave a generous gift to support the project. To make room for that expansion, the former Hawks Lookout was transformed from classroom to office space for the Business, Marketing, and Advancement Offices. In addition, space in the Smead Building was transformed from office space into beautiful new classrooms. Todd implemented this vision, working with those whose space was affected, designing new spaces, and working tirelessly throughout the summer to bring that vision to
life. Additionally, Todd also served on the Board of Trustees for three years, volunteered as a Cheftestant at the last two Top Chef fundraising events, and has been a steadfast volunteer at school functions.
“Todd spent his entire summer last year working on the expansion of the ELC and re-design of the Hawk’s Lookout. He was on campus morning, noon, and night making sure the project was on time and on budget. Without his vision, dedication of time, and hard work we would most likely still be working on that project.” Nate Miller, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds at Maumee Valley
ALUMNI ZURI HALL â€™06 ON THE RED CARPET FOR THE OSCARS
The classes of 1968 and 1969 gathered for a three day
50th reunion May 4-6, 2018. Their two classes have always enjoyed having their reunions together and this time was no different. The class of 1967 came up with the brilliant idea in 2017 of gathering during the Smead Luncheon weekend and they followed suit of the class of 1967. Two of their classmates, Masahide Yasuda ’68 (Alumni Achievement Honoree) and Becky Ashley Ross ’69 (Alumni Lifetime Dedication Award) received Smead awards. After the luncheon, they enjoyed a tour of the school with Head of School Gary Boehm as their guide. Although nothing remained of the old high school stomping grounds (except for the gym and locker rooms) they reported finishing the tour feeling very impressed with their dear old MVCDS. The reunion classes even got out on the athletic fields and played a fine game of field hockey with the final score tied after more than 10 minutes of heated play: Blues 1- Whites 1! Later Friday night, they gathered for a cocktail party at the Carranor Hunt and Polo Club in Perrysburg and were entertained by a flashback video that was produced by MVCDS Junior Joel Helmick ’19. The evening was filled with lively conversations and much laughter. A real highlight for the 50th reunion was the return of three favorite English teachers, Nick Nash, Chuck Lundholm, and Jenny Rheinfrank Hankins Barthold ’57. Nick and Chuck were accompanied by their wives, Karen Lundholm and Karen Lundholm. Go ahead and try and figure that one out! They took part in all the weekend events and the reunion was so blessed by their presence. Saturday, May 5th the classmates ventured to The Toledo Museum of Art for guided tours of a special exhibit, “The Mummies: From Egypt to Toledo.” Viewing the mummies, that
so many were fascinated with as young children, absorbed them completely. Lunch was at various settings around the city and then they met again in the afternoon at The National Museum of the Great Lakes. The weather was gorgeous all weekend. Sitting out on the deck of the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Freighter moored on the mighty Maumee, and hanging out with MVCDS classmates, was truly enjoyable! That same evening the reunion classes met for a lovely dinner at the old Secor Hotel/Registry Bistro in downtown Toledo. Monica MacAdams, and Andy and Lynn Forni Bohnengel from the class of 1967, joined in the festivities. Rich Eyster ’68 and Jim Carroll ’69 pulled together a hilarious Trivia Game that all enjoyed playing. Fellow classmates that have already departed, were honored with a moment of silence. The delicious meal ended with an MVCDS blue and white cake and a tray of Mary Owen’s jello “with”!
class of 1968
ALUMNI To close their time together, classmates enjoyed a goodbye brunch at Carranor. Many attendees reminisced about childhood dancing, and tennis lessons, and special events held at this spot. As farewells were said, there were a lot of misty eyes and long hugs and many comments like “let’s do this again next year.” Attendees left the 50th reunion with a “Bio Book” that Becky Ashley Ross ’69 produced. An amazing resource with everyone’s updated contact info and a bit of a snapshot into their classmates lives since 1968/69. MVCDS baseball hats and blue and white T-shirts with their 50th reunion logo, and slogan “Get Back to Where You Once Belonged” printed on them, were handed out as the reminder of the fun had by all. The 50th reunion planning was a team effort and could not have happened without the dedication, time, and effort of Jeff ’69 and Sue Frost Smith ’68, Mary Mennel ’69, Rich Eyster ’68, Becky Ashley Ross ’69, professional reunion planner/helper and rock star Rocky Ford ’69, and communication major outreach man Rick Davis ’69. Beth Wickes Lane ’68 humbly took on the job title of “Skipper of the Crew” and it was from start to finish a sweet pleasure. Weezie Foster Stoddard ’82 was a huge help in planning this year’s reunion and was there throughout the weekend providing important things like hockey sticks, the right AV equipment, and plenty of MVCDS memorabilia, but most memorable and very appreciated, a cheerful disposition from start to finish. The classes thank you heartily, Weezie!
“Let’s be long time pals for the rest of our lives.” Bert Couch ’68, wrote a wonderful synopsis. Much of it was personal for the reunion classes but the following parts captured what all experienced on this very special weekend. “I make new friends readily, but - until our 50th Reunion Weekend - I thought making old friends wasn’t possible in life’s fourth quarter. I was wrong. So wrong.
class of 1969
Old friends share a common history and bond that new friends simply can’t. Long Time Pals (a preferable term to “old friends,” yes?) await in prior relationships that we’ve ignored, left unattended or even avoided. Out of a class of 40 (give or take), seven of us passed on early, but there remain over 32 opportunities for each of us, plus the class of ’69. Change is inevitable, improvement is optional. I deeply admire those who strive to improve the culture and who work to serve others. It’s a responsibility that comes with the unique educational opportunities we all had. For those I did not mention above it is not out of lack of interest. In fact, my need to know you better and to connect more deeply is all my oversight reflects. I invite you to reach out to me in any way you choose. 50th Reunions focus on the past but there is still some future left us. I refuse to squander it on isolation as so many our age do. Nearly everyone I have ever loved, I still love. I like that about myself, it feels like a virtue. But relationships take a little effort. John Donne was right, people need each other. And the effort in this technological era is not burdensome. It’s become easy to maintain or renew connectedness. No excuses need apply. I want to know your story and what you’ve learned. I’m a man of many mottos but my favorite is ‘Speak from your heart, but through your brain.’ I’ve attempted to do that here. When’s the last time anyone sent you a love letter?”
congratulations TO OUR NEWEST ALUMNI
luncheon & AWARDS
Over one hundred guests gathered to celebrate and acknowledge the special services done by our alumni community. Attendees also included members of the classes of 1968 and 1969 who decided to celebrate their 50th reunion together. Guests were treated to a performance by the Maumee Valley strings, the US choir, and the Bowtie Guys (a group of Upper School student performers). Then they ate a wonderful lunch as they heard about and heard from this year’s alumni award winners and alumni speakers. This year’s ANNUAL SMEAD SCHOLAR AWARD recipient was sophomore Carolyn Schutte ’20. Over the last year, Carolyn has traveled to Ecuador, her first time out
of the country, to continue to pursue her love of Spanish. She became entrenched in the drama department, being cast in both Big Fish and The Diviner’s, and taking part in the Shakespeare intensive. She is a member of the Vocal Ensemble. And, if that wasn’t enough, she is one of the co-coordinators of the Cauffiel peer-to-peer tutoring program where she serves the needs of Maumee Valley Lower School students four days a week. Beth Wicks Lane ’68 introduced this year’s award for LIFETIME DEDICATION to Becky Ashley Ross ’69 for her many years of service to our community. Becky was able to both accept her award in person and give attendees a detailed account of the experiences of the ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARD winner, Masahide (Hide) Yasuda ’68. Masahide retired from the Toyota Motor Corporation, in Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia this past January and moved back to his home in
Japan, he was looking forward to coming back to Maumee Valley for the Smead Luncheon and his 50th reunion weekend. Unfortunately, he was unable to attend as he accepted a position as the Executive Advisor at Toyota Motor Corporation in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan, a huge honor, and the first board meeting was on May 4, in Japan. Masahide commented “That it was his experiences here with Becky and her family, as well as with Nick Nash and Gordon Schofield, that helped him to achieve his many life goals.” Alex Bowe DeRosa ’82, Alumni Council President, presented this year’s prestigious ALUMNI SERVICE AWARD to Ron Cowie ’88 for his generous support of Maumee Valley through his contributions of both his time and talent over many years. Megan Fish Robson ’00 and her sister Kara Fish Richards ’01 presented their parents, Jim and Nancy Fish, with the Alumni Parent Award for their service to the school for a combined total of 69 years. Describing the many activities, events, and initiatives they have spearheaded and worked on, their daughters narrated Nancy and Jim’s many years at Maumee Valley. Finally, BERKLEY WELLES WELLSTEIN ’02 gave the keynote address after being introduced by her Field Hockey Coach and mentor, Terri Herrmann. Berkley was then presented with the Young Alumni Achievement Award for her philanthropic
work through the founding of Jane’s Room. She and her husband Bob, started the JANE B. WELLSTEIN MEMORIAL FUND in 2013. Berkley outlined the journey that led them toward philanthropic work. She ended her speech with a thank you to the Maumee Valley community for everyone’s dedication to fostering her love of giving.
6 1. APRIL SCHUTTE AND CAROLYN SCHUTTE ’20 2. PENNY SAUNDERS CARSON ’54 AND ED WARNER ’54 3. JIM AND NANCY FISH, ALUMNI PARENT AWARD WINNERS 4. SMEAD LUNCHEON ATTENDEES ENJOYED AN AFTERNOON OF CONVERSATION AND PRESENTATIONS BACK ON CAMPUS IN THE MILLHON AUDITORIUM 5. GARY BOEHM, RON COWIE ’88 (ALUMNI SERVICE AWARD), BECKY ASHLEY ROSS ’69 (LIFETIME DEDICATION AWARD), BERKLEY WELLES WELLSTEIN ’02 (YOUNG ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AND KEYNOTE SPEAKER), NANCY AND JIM FISH (ALUMNI PARENT DEDICATION AWARD) NOT PICTURED: MASAHIDE (HIDE) YASUDA ’68 (ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARD) 6. NAN PARFET MILLER ’46, BECKY ASHLEY ROSS ’69, CARTER SMITH, AND ROCKY FORD ’68
7. BERKELEY WELLES WELLSTEIN ’02, YOUNG ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, AND THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER OF THE DAY
Chris Johnson Gordon ’76, and husband Scott, hosted this year’s CHICAGO Maumee Valley alumni event. There was an impressive turnout of alumni of all ages. Attendees had a wonderful time catching up and making new connections.
CHICAGO, IL ALUMNI EVENT (BACK LEFT TO RIGHT): MARCK BAILEY, LAURA SOWATSKY ’84, NOLLIE BROWN ’09, KIRSTEN FEDDERKE ’95, XAN DANES ’09, RANDY SAMBORN ’75, HEAD OF SCHOOL GARY BOEHM, WEEZIE FOSTER STODDARD ’82 (MIDDLE LEFT TO RIGHT): STEVE JACOBS, HANNAH KASPERZAK JACOBS ’05, MARI BRANDMAN ’05, REED LEVIN (AGE 8), ERIC LEVIN ’93, MAX LEVIN (AGE 11), SUSANNA PATRICK HEDBLOM ’82, MARY HUTTON BURGI ’79 (SEATED LEFT TO RIGHT): LIZ SEEMAN ’06, CHRIS JOHNSON GORDON ’76
This year’s COLUMBUS alumni gathering was held at Forno Kitchen & Bar in the Short North area. There was a great turnout including former faculty and alumni from the 70’s to 2017. Everyone had a wonderful time reconnecting and sharing stories from their days at Maumee Valley Country Day School. On the third anniversary of his passing, a toast in remembrance of Jonathan Krueger ’12, was made by all in attendance. Although a late season blizzard, atypical of March in the Northeast, collided with this year’s MID-ATLANTIC tour, Alumni Council President Alex Bowe DeRosa ’82 and Alumni Relation Coordinator Weeize Foster Stoddard ’82 made the trip from Toledo to join Head of School Gary Boehm in Washington, DC. A determined group of alumni gathered during the storm at an event hosted by Bill Hulse ’08, even though most of the city was closed due to weather. The Nor’easter dumped ten inches of snow in Baltimore and another 15 inches in Philadelphia, causing events in both cities to be rescheduled for
COLUMBUS, OH ALUMNI EVENT (FRONT LEFT TO RIGHT): THERESA AND ROB RUSSELL, KASHVI PATEL ’16, GABRIELLE DAILEY ’16, NIHAL KATTAR ’13, SACHIN HEJEEBU ’15, KELSY CONRAD ’09, JENA PUGH ’04 (BACK LEFT TO RIGHT): ALEX KARCHER ’12, THOMAS CUNLIFFE ’16, WEEZIE FOSTER STODDARD ’82, BILL HART ’72, ANNE VIRTUE ’04, STEVEN DICK ’13, EMILY GRIFFITH ’13 MISSING FROM PHOTO SEAN KLING ’16, MATT LANE ’95
next year. A tremendous thank you to Bill Hutton ’75 and Michael Mabry ’80 for volunteering to host the Baltimore and Philadelphia events, respectively. Another wonderful turnout of alumni at the WINE & CHEESE DRESS REHEARSAL representing classes ranging from ’65 to ’82, gathered at the Spring’s production of “The Diviners”. Attendees enjoyed reconnecting at a reception prior to joining other members of the Maumee Valley community to support the students presenting a final dress rehearsal of “The Diviners”. The audience was treated to a great performance, and the actors appreciated the support. The second annual Maumee Valley ANN ARBOR gathering was an enjoyable evening of wine and hors d’oeuvres at the home of Joss Kiely ’01 and Robert Morrissey on March 16th.
MID-ATLANTIC ALUMNI EVENTS (BACK LEFT TO RIGHT): HEAD OF SCHOOL GARY BOEHM, NICK FRASCO ’12, ADAM SULIER ‘11, AND HOST, BILL HULSE ’08 (FRONT LEFT TO RIGHT): AUDRY WHITE ’13, CAMMY LONSWAY ’14, PAIGE WILLEY ’12, ALEX BOWE DEROSA ’82
ANN ARBOR ALUMNI EVENT (BACK LEFT TO RIGHT): JAMESON STANELUIS ‘00, ADAM SULIER ‘11, CASEY SPITZER ‘11, DIXON STODDARD ‘12, KIMBERLEE WILLIAMS ‘86, JOSS KIELY ‘01 (FRONT LEFT TO RIGHT): KAREN GOLDBERG DRIGGS ‘88, ALEX BOWE DEROSA ‘82, MACKENZIE FRANCISCO ‘14, MACKENZIE SMITH ‘11
ALUMNI This year, the West coast swing started in SAN DIEGO by visiting Scott Miller ’72 and his wife Kathleen at their favorite Italian restaurant. The LOS ANGELES alumni event was hosted by Ron Birnbaum ’89 and his wife Lisa Zwerling. This was their eighth year hosting and all in attendance had a wonderful evening at their beautiful home overlooking the city. Stephen Hankins ’81 hosted the SAN FRANCISCO alumni gathering at his law office, and Seksom Suriyapa ’84 and his wife Susan Shrader hosted at their home in ATHERTON. We had a wonderful turn out with a lot of new
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (BACK LEFT TO RIGHT): PATRICK DAY ’88, FRASER MCALPINE ’71, MONTE ANDERSON ’91, JANE SULLWOLD, STEVEN ZIMA ’09, CATHY HUNTER FORMER UPPER SCHOOL ART TEACHER, HOST STEPHEN HANKINS ’81. (FRONT LEFT TO RIGHT): FRITZ WANNAMAKER ’57, JESSICA RILEY HALE ’98, GEORGE SULLIVAN ’70, TOM AND NANCY NORTHUP LEHRKIND ’66, ELEANOR ROBISON ’69, BOB SULLWOLD ’71
faces. It is always a pleasure to see alumni reconnect at Maumee Valley events with great friends from their shared love of their alma mater and their time at school. The final stop for this year’s West Coast Swing was in SEATTLE, where Maumee Valley alumni gathered at Ray’s Cafe, a waterfront restaurant on the Puget Sound. Former Head of School, Jerry Millhon, was joined by area alumni to catch up on everyone’s activities and families.
ATHERTON, CA (LEFT TO RIGHT): SUKI PADDA ’01, ZEBA KHAN ’99, SEKSOM SURIYAPA ’84, TONY PLUTYNSKI ’55, MIKE KASPERZAK ’72, LINDA PLUTYNSKI
W E S T C O A S T swing!
LOS ANGELES, CA (LEFT TO RIGHT): ABRAHAM BIRNBAUM, MARTHA BIRNBAUM, TED KOUPAL ’55, ERIC STACHURA ’08, WEEZIE FOSTER STODDARD ’82, JASON GILMORE ’94, RON BIRNBAUM ’89, LISA ZWERLING SEATTLE, WA (LEFT TO RIGHT): ROB FRANCO ’93, BENNETT MCPECK ’94, RAJIV MCCOY ’06 AND WIFE SHRUTI SHAH, HUNTER FUNARI ’98, JAYSON POWELL ’92 AND WIFE JESSICA CAHAN POWELL, PAM SCHELL, FORMER HEAD OF SCHOOL, JERRY MILLHON
cancer, and this was a fund-raiser for a foundation that honors the work of Beau with children.
LORI KOWALESKI-JONES ’84 Dr. Lori Kowaleski-Jones, full professor and Chair of the Family Studies Department of the University of Utah, received the Distinguished Teaching Award from her College on April 9, 2018.
SEKSOM SURIYAPA ’84 AND LUCAS ISAZA ’15 Suriyapa and Isaza attended the Copa America preliminary matches in San Francisco’s Levi’s Stadium in June 2017. Colombia took on the US, and Colombia prevailed.
JEFFREY M. KERSCHER ’75 Jeff Kerscher has been writing and performing original songs for over 40 years, and most recently, has been the composer and music director for five seasons of the PBS TV show “Abracadabra” now appearing in 10 states and a 2017 nominee for a regional EMMY award. Production is currently under way for Season 6.
1980s TIM LORD ’83, STEPHEN BOESCHENSTEIN ’84, DEIDRE LORD ’85, AND E.B. BLAKNEY ’83 Tim Lord ’83 (co-founder of Dreamyard programs, which works with Bronx youths and families to create opportunities through the arts), Stephen Boeschenstein ’84, Deirdre Lord ’85 and a “surprisingly well-preserved” Erickson EB Blakney ’83 met for breakfast in midtown Manhattan in November.
SEKSOM SURIYAPA ’84 Seksom and his wife Susan met former Vice President Joe Biden at a small gathering in Palo Alto, CA, in October. A good friend of Seksom’s was childhood friends with Beau Biden, the former attorney general of Delaware and son of the Vice President. Beau Biden died tragically early of brain
2000s JOSS KIELY ’01 Joss has accepted a one year visiting position at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He will teach undergraduate studio courses, history of architecture, and graduate representation. He will defend his dissertation, entitled, Itinerant Architecture: Global Politics and World-Making in the Work of Minoru Yamasaki and Associates, 1952-86,” in August. This will mark the completion of his PhD from the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planing.
ALIYAH SHAHID FRUMIN ’02 Miles Aaron Frumin was born on March 23 to Aliyah and Ben Frumin. Miles, who came in at 20” long and weighed 6 lbs.12 oz., is also the proud brother of 2-year-old Elle Frumin.
NATHAN STERN ’02 Alexander Samuel Stern was born on Jan. 5, 2018 to Nathan Stern and Simone Tavares.
MONICA ROSTOCKI ’03 Monica joyfully announced her engagement to Jon J. Hartmann in Ojai, CA, last month. The two met by chance on a rock climbing trip in the Eastern Sierra Mountains several years ago and have been building a life around their mutual passion for the mountains and climbing ever since.
BERKLEY WELLES WELLSTEIN ’02 Jane B. Wellstein Memorial Fund has gone national this year. They are working with the University of North Carolina Medical Center at Chapel Hill. The first Jane’s Room project was dedicated at Northwestern’s Prentice Women’s Hospital in Chicago on January 25th, 2013. Jane’s Room is a private space located on the Labor & Delivery floor at Prentice Women’s Hospital. After the loss of our baby daughter Jane at PWH, we came away with a desire to support PWH and their staff for the amazing support given and hope provided to us during our time at the hospital. When first meeting with their team, we told them we were interested in making an impact. This is where the idea of Jane’s Room was born, a private and comfortable space to support grieving parents and families. The idea was a home run and we look forward to supporting additional Jane’s Room’s within our community and potentially around the country. Jane’s Room Project have added these spaces at the following hospitals in the Chicago area. University Medical Center, Advocate Christ Medical Center, Northwestern Medicine’s Lake Forest Hospital. The two new hospitals to receive Jane’s Room are the University of North Carolina Medical Center at Chapel Hill, and Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, IL. Thank you to all that support Jane’s Room.
MICHAEL ANSPACH ’04 Michael, a third-year law student at Marquette University, is currently the editor-in-chief of the Marquette Law Review. Anspach recently oversaw publication of an investigative article involving U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, who had been President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy. The article claimed that a bill that Marino helped shepherd through Congress actually weakened the power of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration over drug distributors. “Right off the bat, I knew I wanted the article based on its subject matter,” Anspach said. “I knew of the devastation that was being caused as a result of the opioid epidemic.” Anspach hoped the article in the law review would raise awareness of the opioid crisis.
LIZ KRUEGER ROBERTS ’06 It’s a boy! Jonathan James Roberts was born on Feb. 3, 2018. He weighed in at 7 lbs, 10.5 oz and 21.5” long. They are all doing well and she and her husband Cal are totally in love with their new addition!
2010s DILLON STODDARD ’10 Dillon is engaged to Abby Lingberg a classmate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), the wedding will be in the fall of 2019.
QUINN BERGEON ’12 Quinn got engaged to Lucian Rusu, March 2018 while on vacation, skiing in New Mexico. They are currently living in San Antonio, TX and working for a private company Xenex.
MARC NAGEL ’12 Marc spent a gap year in Paris as an au pair before attending Kenyon College. He graduated in May and worked as a pastry chef for Element 112 in Sylvania. He is currently studying French Cuisine at the Ferrandi Culinary Institute in Paris. He’ll be a Stagiaire at a Paris restaurant beginning in July.
1. Tim Lord ’83, Stephen Boeschenstein ’84, Deirdre Lord ’85 and Erickson EB Blakney ’83 met for breakfast in midtown Manhattan in November 2. L-R: Dean Cindy Berg, Dr. Lori Kowaleski-Jones ’84, and Dr. Marisa Diener. 3. Seksom ’84 and his wife Susan met former Vice President Joe Biden at a small gathering in Palo Alto, CA, in October. 4. Seksom Suriyapa ’84 and Lucas Isaza ’15. 5. Seksom ’84and Vice President Joe Biden 6. Abby Stevens ’90 welcomed Peter Benjamin Newth Stevens 7. Jessica, Jayson ’92, and Maddy Powell in Seattle, WA. 8. Caitlin Dunipace ’95 with her son Thomas John, born on February 1, 2018.
EMILY BRETZLOFF ROHRS ’13 Emily is excited to have recently accepted her very first RN position in the Nationwide Children’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio! She is very excited to be working with an amazing team of nurses in their incredible NICU and hospital after graduation.
SARAH NATHAN ’14 AND OWEN LUDWIG ’14 Sarah and Owen are engaged and plan to get married in the fall of 2019. Both are graduating this semester from Allegheny College Summa Cum Laude. Not surprisingly, Sarah is Co-Valdictorian of her class. Only a handful of students have made 4.0 in the last 15 years and she is one of them!
ZURI HALL ’06
was voted Top 5 Female Entertainment Journalists Under 30 in Hollywood. Zuri Hall was voted #1. She is a host on E!, you might of seen her on the Red Carpet for the Oscars, on the run way for Go Red For Women Heart Health, hosting the Emmy’s or interviewing George Clooney. She was also interviewed by Teen Vogue for the feature on my career + journey! “I’m SO proud & excited to announce: a digital show I created is officially going to series, for E! Ladies & Gents, I present to you: WHAT’S GOOD: Your bite-sized dose of pop — for the culture. Go here to watch it on the E! News Instagram page: Instagram.com/p/Bg8nOO4g79d + follow Instagram.com/EWhatsGood for the latest. WHAT’S GOOD is just a tiny lil’ corner of The Interwebs that celebrates the diversity of, promotes the positivity in & laughs at the hilarity of Hollywood. Representation is so important. Thoughtful, funny commentary can be so fun to make + watch. So I hope you have as good a time watching it, as I do writing/hosting it. “
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1. Anant Tamirisa ’02 along with his pro bono team won the SoCal pro bono award leading Pro Bono adoption cases on behalf of his Company Lionsgate. Barack Obama is the keynote speaker! 2. Michael Anspach ’04, a third-year law student at Marquette University, is currently the editor-in-chief of the Marquette Law Review 3. Dillon Stoddard ’10 engaged to Abby Lindberg. 4. Aaron Geller ’08 married Hanna Cahan Bergeon ’12. 5. Quinn got engaged to Lucian Rusu. 6. Sarah Nathan ’14 and Owen Ludwig ’14 are engaged and plan to get married in the fall of 2019. 7. Ariyah Geller, daughter of Aaron Geller ’08 and wife Hanna. 8. Marc Nagel ’12 as a stagiere in Paris this summer. 9. Emily Bretzloff Rohrs ’13 is excited to start her new career as an RN. 49
1. Megan Fish Robson ’00, Jenica Frank Dille ’00, Teka Fitzgibbons, Natalie Hoag James ’00, Hopie Welles Jernagan ’00, Sarah Breier Sherwin ’00, attending Memorial service for MVCDS alumnus Jordan Almester ’00. 2. MVCDS Alumni at Memorial for Jordan Almester ’00, From left: Kara Fish Richards ’01, Megan Fish Robson ’00, Hopie Welles Jernagan ’00, Leah Whitaker ’00, Weston Wenner ’02, Jenica Frank Dille ’00, Anant Tamirisa ’02, Jameson Staneluis ’00, Leo Martinez ’00, and Bennett Whitaker ’97. Floor from left: Natalie Hoag James ’00, Matthew Osterman ’02, and Hannah Lehman ’00. 3. Natalie Hoag James ’00, Hopie Welles Jernagan ’00, Jenica Frank Dille ’00, and Megan Fish Robson ’00. 4. Jenica Belle James , Hope Jerrnagen, Maddock Robson. 5. Jenica Belle James & Lena James Dille. 6. Jonathan James Roberts, born to Liz Krueger Roberts ’06. 7. Miles Aaron Frumin was born on March 23 to Aliyah and Ben Frumin. 8. Alexander Samuel Stern, son of Nathan Stern ’07. 9. Monica Rostocki ’03 announced her engagement to Jon J. Hartmann in Ojai, California.
class notes SHAWN SCHWANER, PH.D., ’84 Shawn returned to Maumee Valley Country Day School, Dec. 1, 2018 to provide an evening of storytelling based upon his autobiography of growing up in an African-American family while living in East Toledo and attending MVCDS. He shared a peek behind the mask and curtain that he hid while maintaining a happy-golucky face at school. Schwaner’s talk touched on the importance of love, teachers, and friendship in providing hope to carry on. This a tribute to the unintended value of being a member of the Maumee Valley family. Shawn Schwaner was born on January 21, 1966 to a single mother, Susan Schwaner, in Toledo, Ohio. Alone and poor, Shawn’s mother was facing a crossroads when the incredible Bertha Lee Green (Mama) stepped into Susan’s life and offered to raise her unborn child. Through numerous trials, tribulations, and personal challenges, Shawn earned a high school degree from the prestigious Maumee Valley
Country Day School which would change his life trajectory and allow him to climb to the highest of academic heights. After graduating from Denison University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology/ Anthropology and then a Master’s and Doctorate from The Ohio State University, he went on to earn numerous teaching and civil service awards as a college professor at the University of Louisville, Sullivan University, and Miami Dade College (among many). He has shaped and molded the lives of nearly 10,000 students in his career with his unorthodox and creative writing intensive teaching style and continues to leave an impact that reflects the lessons on race, grace, and the wisdom to overcome as learned from his life with Mama. After telling of a childhood background of violence, fear, and abuse in “Dear Mama,” Semicolon tells of the internal dynamics that such experiences had on Shawn’s private life and thoughts. Though the stories are, at times, difficult
to consider, this book is about hope. Schwaner has an uncanny ability to see hope in the most challenging circumstances. This book, by design, is destined to provide uplift to anyone who lives in the proverbial dark. Schwaner is a masterful storyteller who will take the reader on a journey through a life of secrecy and trauma. Vivacious in public, Shawn details his raw experiences and fatalistic outlook expressed in in danger and lifethreatening situations. Schwaner uses riveting stories to highlight a message of hope, resilience, and persistence in the face of self-doubt and ongoing battles of confidence based upon the haunts of childhood traumas. Semicolon is assured to lift the spirits of anyone who cares to know that they are not alone in the dark and can stand and walk to a brighter and greener day. As Schwaner’s mantra goes, there is “hope from a place of darkness.” Semicolon is assured take the reader on a fascinating journey within one man’s mind.
(Left to Right): Rocky Ford ’68, Jim Carroll ’69 , Richard Steketee ’68, Eric Bressler ’68, David Nelson ’68
THE BLUE AND WHITE CHEERLEADERS AT THE 50TH REUNION RIVAL FIELD HOCKEY GAME 51
remembering THOSE WHO ARE NO LONGER WITH US... ELIZABETH “BETTY” BENTLEY RANK ’48 Betty passed away in January 2018, at 87 years of age, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg. She was born March 9, 1930, to James Bentley and Jane Spitzer Bentley in Perrysburg, OH. Betty attended grade school in Perrysburg and at Maumee Valley Country Day School before finishing her high school career at the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, NY. She majored in political economics at Smith College, where she was a member of the Glee Club and graduated in 1952.
WILLIAM MCDONALD “BILL” EDELEN ’52 Bill passed away peacefully on October 11, 2018, at the age of 83 at the Danbury Regional Hospice. He was born in Toledo, OH, to Mary Ann McDonald and Cloyd Chambers Edelen on May 9, 1934. He graduated from Maumee Valley Country Day School, where his mother also taught. Mr. Edelen had a 38-year career as a systems analyst for Union Carbide. He retired from Union Carbide in 1994 and from Lockheed Martin in 1999.
JIM SWEENY ’52 James Dedrich Sweeny, 83, of Elgin, IL, passed away after a long illness on April 11, 2018. Jim, son of James Alfred and Gertrude Sweeny, was a loving husband to Ginny Saum Sweeny. He grew up in Waterville, OH, and attended Maumee Valley Country Day School. Jim met his bride, Ginny, at Michigan State University, married her in 1957, and moved to Columbus, OH. Where Jim attended Ohio State University where he attained his Veterinary degree. During different stages of his life, he moved his family to live in Minocqua, WI, St. Charles, IL, Apple Canyon Lake, near Galena, IL, and then to Elgin, IL. Jim was an avid MSU fan; a Spartan for life. He loved hunting, racing, birding, and making his wife, Ginny, happy. He was always putting a smile on everyone’s face.
RAY J FORESMAN, JR. ’60 Raymond passed away peacefully on June 10, 2017, at the age of 74, surrounded by his family. A graduate of the University of Michigan in 1965 and Wayne State Law School in 1967, he began his legal career with the Michigan Attorney General office in Lansing, MI. In 1967 he joined the East Lansing law firm of Willingham and Cote where he was a partner until his retirement in 2007. Ray’s first passion was his children and grandchildren. He was a lifelong Michigan Wolverine fan, loved golf, sports cars, his antique boat, and southwest culture (in particular all things “Wyatt Earp”).
LYDA LAURAYNE SMITH LANGEBERG ’60 Lyda passed away on January 10, 2018, in Tucson, AZ. She was born on February 21, 1942. After graduating from Maumee Valley Country Day School, Lyda attended DePauw University and Earlham College. She taught biology for 33 years before retiring in 2002.
GEOFF BEALE ’63 Geoff passed away March 10, 2018, at home in Columbia, MO, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. He was a retired radiologist, and received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Michigan. In 1968, he married Cindy Himelhoch ‘64, his MVCDS sweetheart. Geoff cherished time with his family, enjoyed traveling, sailing, woodworking, and flying his home-built airplane.
JANET ABNEY MOORE ’65 Janet passed away on November 21, 2017, after a long illness. She was born in Oklahoma City, OK, and spent her early years there. Later, her family moved to Toledo after a short layover in Nashville, TN. In Toledo, Janet excelled at Maumee Valley Country Day School, and she remained a proud alumna and supporter of the school for the rest of her life.
CRAIG RAISNER ’79 Craig passed away on Friday, March 2, 2018, at the age of 56. Craig loved theater. He worked in all areas of theatre including technical director, stage manager, music director, and keyboardist. Craig really enjoyed working in traveling shows, which allowed him to work in every state, in Canada, and Europe. He enjoyed his parts in movies as an actor and voice actor during his ten years in Los Angeles, CA. He was also an American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, and proud of his major work about Amelia Earhart, which is planned for a Broadway.
PETER MILLER ’81 Peter was born on February 26, 1963, and passed away February 4, 2018, in Alameda, CA, after spending his final moments on a boat in the San Francisco Bay enjoying a sunny and breezy day. Peter was born in Buffalo, NY, brought up in Perrysburg, OH, and later in Portland and Mount Desert, ME. He graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in Anthropology and went on to earn his captain’s license, which kept him happily employed on boats large and small, often far from shore. When home, he enjoyed all things outdoors. He is survived by his two daughters, Joss and Lang, and his partner, Jenny.
(FORMER ASSISTANT HEAD OF SCHOOL)
Len passed away on September 29, 2017, at the age of 90, at Spring Lake Village in Santa Rosa, CA. Len grew up in Steuben County, NY, graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, Yale University, and earned a graduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania. His career was dedicated to independent school education. In 1971, after a proven career in independent school leadership, he founded Educators Collaborative, a firm composed of former independent school headmasters who worked with schools and boards of trustees providing leadership advice and head searches worldwide. Len’s greatest joy came from his participation as a second bass with perfect pitch in choral singing.
SHARON LOUISE COFFIN FORMER FACULTY
Sharon passed away on March 9, 2018, at The Toledo Hospital. Sharon was born in Columbus, OH, later moving to Toledo where she graduated from Ottawa Hills High School. She found her passion for teaching at The Ohio State University. Sharon taught hundreds of children and changed many lives for the better in her 40 plus years of teaching at Maumee Valley Country Day School. She had a fondness for butterflies and flowers, along with glass and precious stones in all their unique and wonderful colors. Sharon was indeed unique and wonderfully colorful.
â€œSharon and I taught together for 37 years. For 32 of those years we were side by side in the Primary area, like nextdoor neighbors, sharing the students and the activities of the day together with our first and second graders. She was my colleague, my mentor, my sounding board, my advisor, and best of all, my friend.â€? - NANCY FISH
ALUMNI Hello Fellow Alumni, The Alumni Council is gearing up to do archival work with school photographs and ephemera. We are excited to be able to preserve the history of our alma mater as we move through the rest of 2018 and beyond. Please contact us if you have any time or interest in working on this important project. The conversation is always delightful and spirited! Building on the success of last summer’s reunions, we are gearing up for another weekend of alumni gathering and fun July 27th-29th, 2018. The new summer dates allow for increased participation and the warm weather makes it possible to enjoy a plethora of outdoor activities. The Alumni Council is constantly looking to add names to our lists of future Smead Award recipients, and we need your help! We know many Maumee Valley alumni are busy undertaking researching, writing, inventing, and exploring. If you have a friend or family member who has made a significant achievement or who has given service to the school, please contact the alumni office at alumni@ mvcds.org to add them to the growing nomination list. Speaking of service, if you are interested in joining one of our alumni subcommittees (Networking, Special Events, or Membership/Stewardship), please contact the alumni office at email@example.com. We would love to have your help! We’ve also pondered the initiative to help current Maumee Valley students connect with alumni through mentoring experiences, job shadowing, internships, and hosting. As the Upper School has expanded Winterim into three intensive experiences, we wanted to provide increased assistance to students who are interested in local, national, and international independent study opportunities. We have received more than 25 alumni and community names from this initiative thus far, but we can always use more. Gary Boehm, in his final year as Head of School, and Weezie Foster Stoddard ’82, MVCDS Alumni Relations, completed the East Coast Swing, and other trips around the country and to China, along with other alumni events including: Alumni Wine and Cheese Receptions prior to our theater productions, “Get Back, Give Back Day,” Holiday Hoops, and the Alumni Holiday party, all of which were on-campus. Please make plans to attend one of our upcoming get-togethers. If you have not been receiving MVCDS emails, please update your contact information by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to keeping in touch, and we hope you also will come to visit the school. We are always happy to see you and to hear your Maumee Valley stories. As always, if you have an idea for an alumni event, or you would like to help sponsor one, please contact the alumni office. We are looking forward to another engaging and enlightening year as we transition with our new head, Lynn Casto, at Maumee Valley Country Day School. And on the Alumni Council front, please welcome Joss Kiely ’01 as the incoming President for 2018-20, with Jessica Bohl Naprawa ’98 serving as Vice President. We are excited for their new ideas to engage alumni with the school, both past and present, beginning with the focus on organized and documented archival material. Welcome and thank you, Joss and Jessie!
2018 - 19 UPCOMING
September 2018 21st- 23rd - Homecoming Weekend October 2018 8th-11th - East Coast Swing 22nd-25th - Mid-Atlantic Swing November 2018 7th - Columbus 14th - Fall Play Alumni Wine & Cheese 21st - Get Back Day December 2018 26th - Holiday Hoops 26th - Holiday Party March 2019 25th-29th - West Coast Swing April 2019 17th - Spring Play Alumni Wine & Cheese Cleveland - TBD Chicago - TBD May 2019 3rd - Smead Luncheon Cincinnati - TBD July 2019 26th - 28th , 4s & 9s Reunion Weekend
Alex DeRosa (Bowe) ’82 President, Maumee Valley Country Day School Alumni Council 55
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