NMH Magazine 2018 Spring

Page 92

A CLOSER CL ASS NOTES LOO K

is working on her Ph.D. in social policy at the University of Oxford. She gave birth to her first child, son Johann, in August 2017. • Robin Marie Sills and her husband, Eoin Higgins, welcomed their first baby, Orson Douglas, on 11/24/17. • Lindsey Warren-Shriner wrote, “I got married in August [2017] to Sam Smedinghoff. I’m currently in the second year of my M.B.A. at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and had a great time catching up with Carol Wood and Owen Barron in Boston [last] summer.”

What’s in Your Shopping Cart? Do you know the backstory of the box of crackers or the carton of eggs in your grocery cart? Did producing them contribute to climate change, poor treatment of animals, or unfair labor practices? Do you care? Galen Karlan-Mason ’12, a recent graduate of Brandeis University’s International Business School, is betting you do. His startup tech company, GreenChoice, aims to supply consumers — chiefly those who shop for groceries online — with detailed information about the products they buy. Karlan-Mason estimates that within the next decade, the majority of people in their 20s and 30s will be buying groceries online, and they’ll be paying close attention to how healthy and how socially and environmentally responsible their choices are. GreenChoice assembles research and government data about food industries and producers, and will make it available in a free web-browser extension that assigns individual products a “GreenScore.” Users will be able to identify and purchase products that “align with their values,” Karlan-Mason says. GreenChoice will also gather anonymous data about what its users buy, to “help online retailers optimize their offerings and improve their marketing strategies.” The big-picture goal is for GreenChoice to “influence the health and sustainability of our world,” Karlan-Mason says.“We blame producers often, but we are the source of demand. As long as we keep buying, they’ll keep selling.” Starting in June, you can become a beta-tester at GreenChoiceNow.com. 90

NMH Magazine

07

Northfield Mount Hermon Dith Pamp dith.pamp@gmail.com

08

Northfield Mount Hermon Emily Jacke ejacke@middlebury.edu • Sarah-Anne Tanner tanner.sarahanne@gmail.com First, let us take a moment to remember our classmate Nick Epstein, who passed away far too soon in Costa Rica on 10/30/17. Nick was a passionate, loyal, and often hilarious friend; he had a somewhat rare ability to connect with a lot of different people, an abiding curiosity about a great many different subjects, and a fierce sense of justice. The world feels colder without him in it. • Joe Charpentier and wife Haley welcomed baby Mairead into the world in May 2017 in Bangor, Maine. Joe tells me she’s “tough,” and I’m hoping we may get to meet her at reunion this spring! Congratulations, Joe and Haley! Before settling down to family life, Joe and Haley studied for their master’s degrees at Swansea University in the U.K. “We stayed until our accommodations were up and decided to move to London until we either found jobs or ran out of money.” They’re back in the States now. Joe works as a reporter for the Boothbay Register in Boothbay, Maine. • Althea SullyCole married Alec Saelens in Brussels, Belgium, on 8/18/17. They’re back in New York now, where Althea is working on her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology. Ralph Craig married Kelly Boyd in Lake View Terrace, Calif., on 11/4/17 with Althea, Lina Goujjane ’09, Leonardo Chiquillo ’09, and Delia Flanagan ’09 in attendance. And Kayci Wickline Neff and Reggie Neff tied the knot at Boston City Hall on 7/10/17. Many cheers to all! • Abby Zelenka found her way back to Massachusetts after living in Austin, Texas, for nearly three years. She’s stepped away from international education and is now working in client services at Dun & Bradstreet. She’s living with her brother, Adam Zelenka ’07, and

his girlfriend in Waltham. She writes, “I’m living with our dog, Bonkers, for the first time and I’m loving all the puppy snuggles!” • Ashleigh Casey says, “I survived the Route 91 Massacre in Las Vegas. Although this was a tragic event, [I’m] lucky to report that I, my fiancé, and all my friends are OK. Shaken up and healing, but physically OK.” Ashleigh is still enjoying working at Project 351, a leadership and service program for eighth graders, in addition to her regular job. • Ben Weyers lives in a condo in Newington, Conn., with his girlfriend, Molly. He’s entering his seventh year at the financial services company, Geezeo, in Glastonbury and has been traveling a lot for both work and pleasure. He’s looking forward to reunion! • Jim Montague finished his Ph.D. in environmental engineering in August 2017 and has started a job as a groundwater modeler and environmental analyst for McLane Environmental in Princeton, N.J., where he now lives with his wife, Marcy. • And my fellow co-secretary, Sarah-Anne Tanner, began a master’s in speech-language pathology at Emerson College in September. She (slowly) ran two half marathons this year and needs some peer pressure to attempt a full marathon sometime soon. In November, she hosted the 10th annual ’08 NMH Thanksgiving gathering (and notes that any and all are welcome next year). Highlights included Jarad Weeks playing the bagpipes in her apartment and Jooyeon Hahm bringing her Pomeranian puppy. Also in attendance were Eli Stiefel, Rachel Koh, Jules Findlay, Max Mazzone, Brooke Evans, Julia Mix Barrington, Juliana Beecher, and Kellen Mobilia. • As for me, I write to you from the first comfortable couch I’ve ever owned, in Berkeley, Calif. I’m nearly two years into my job at Earthjustice, and I dipped my toes back into sewing by making a tiger onesie with velvet buttons for Halloween. I got lunch with James Myers-Regulinski a while back! He’s doing a lot of dancing and working on an aquaponics startup. I’ve been enjoying reconnecting with Becky Gillig out here — she works only a few blocks away. Becky and I spent some time recently with Caitlin Curtiss ’09, Brad Ward ’10, Natalie Norton ’10, and others at an NMH event at the California Academy of Sciences. It was a pretty cool event and it was great to see everyone! I visited Lilly Richardson in Portland, Ore.; she took me to all the best tea shops, I fixed her wobbly IKEA table, and we geeked out over the Norton Anthology of Poetry like old times. Thank you to everyone who replied to my email seeking news this fall — Sarah-Anne and I both love to hear from you, so keep on