Upcoming Alumni Events
Alumna of the Year
Save the Date for our Holiday Party! Friday, November 28th in Louisville, KY
Every year we have the distinct pleasure of honoring one of our St. Francis School graduates. We are truly fortunate to have an amazing pool of Wyverns to choose from who support the School and our mission, and demonstrate the qualities of a St. Francis graduate years after they leave our halls. This year, we are thrilled to acknowledge Barret Bell from the Class of 2002 as the 2013-14 Alumna of the Year.
Location and exact time to be announced.
Baby Wyvern News: On June 13th, Sarah Glenn Kelty ’03 and Jason Kelty welcomed a baby boy, Augustus Michael Kelty, or Gus for short. On June 16th, Carolyn Hannan ’99 and Schott Hannan welcomed a baby boy, Kenneth Alexander “Alex” Hannan. On August 10th, Monica G’92 ’96 and Kurt Schwehr welcomed a baby boy, Lincoln Finn Schwehr. On May 19th, Lettie Jane Rennekamp ’00 and Jacob Schoemer welcomed a baby boy, Nicholas Waylon Schoemer Have you heard of any other baby Wyverns? Send us the information so we can send them a baby Wyvern stuffed animal!
Lizi Hagan ’94 started Production Simple 10 years ago with three partners. They are Louisville’s boutique concert promotion company, which has promoted multiple national acts throughout the city’s many venues. This fall, Lizi and her new business partner Jeffrey Smith are launching Do502, an online event platform that will be the go-to resource to help people experience Louisville and its eccentricities. Do502 is set to launch in mid- October. Lizi is still living and working in Crescent Hill with her soon-to-be husband Brandon Wayne Maxwell and their rescue beagle Josey Tails. They are getting married at Lizi’s family farm in Georgetown, KY in November.
Wes Ramsey ’96, as featured in the previous Wyvern Report, is still busy in L.A. since moving there after college at Juilliard. After many roles in various hit shows, Wes is working on his newest project, Deliverance Creek. A civil war drama from Nicholas Sparks and Warner Horizon, Deliverance Creek is a two-hour movie that premiered on the Lifetime Network on September 13th and could turn into a series if it does well enough. Wes plays Sheriff Nate Cooper in a small Missouri town in 1863. Eli Kleinsmith ’10, working with fellow alum and director of photography Cooper Burton G’07, ’11, recently won the Audience Choice Award at the Western Kentucky Film Festival for the film Paperboy. And Paperboy won’t be the end of the duo’s work together; they are currently putting together the script for a science fiction feature film and trying to get their production company, Retroflex Pictures, off the ground. Orlando Grimany-Calas ’06 started his professional career at General Electric (GE) in 2008-09 in their Finance Internship program. After taking part in U of L’s study abroad program and graduating from U of L, he returned to GE as a finance analyst before being scouted by Brown-Forman to work as an analyst for the Latin American region. Orlando started his own company this year, Del Sol Social Media Management, providing digital marketing services to Louisville Latino businesses. On a more personal note, he celebrated one year of marriage in September, as well as the arrival of their firstborn – and future Wyvern! – Sofia Maria Grimany, in October. Brenna Murphy G’06, a Goshen “Lifer” who attended St. Francis continuously from Kindergarten through 8th grade, recently had her undergraduate work chosen by UK as part of the National Council on Undergraduate Research. Brenna’s research project, Satisfying the Social, Privacy, and Family Care Needs of Pediatric and Adolescent Young Adult Hematology-Oncology Patients, was one of several thousand projects presented. Currently, Brenna works as an interior designer at architectural firm Gresham, Smith & Partners in Nashville. Danny Alvarez ’93 began his own law practice in 2003, focusing on helping those facing criminal charges, individuals injured in accidents, and those needing help in immigration matters. In 2007, Danny was awarded the Louisville Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Award. In 2013, Louisville Magazine voted him one of the top lawyers in Immigration Law. Danny has a true passion for representing and protecting his clients. Beyond the scope of his career, Danny is a proud parent of a Wyvern from the Class of 2023, Gabriella, and just finished serving on the St. Francis Board of Trustees, starting first on the High School Board and then on the merged Board.
If you would like to help in the planning of this event, please contact Callie Gray at CGray@StFrancisSchool.org Wyverns in New York Wyverns in, near, or visiting NYC, come join this fantastic party! Von Wine Bar - Sunday, December 14th at 4:00 p.m. Wyvern Pop-Up events! If you want to get together, we at the School will help you in any way that we can. To that end, we are continuing to promote the Wyvern Pop-Up. What’s a Wyvern PopUp? It’s an alum-hosted, small, and casual gathering of Wyverns somewhere outside of Louisville. You simply sign up with the Wyvern Alumni Office and we’ll send a box of Wyvern swag (baby Wyvern stuffed animals, bumper magnets, T-shirts, etc.) to the event. Once we get some great photos of this Wyvern Pop-Up, we’ll reimburse the host for the first round or two! Curious? Contact Callie at CGray@StFrancisSchool.org for more information.
Ambitious alumna Kimberly Levin ’91 graduated from NYU graduate film school, and her hard work has paid off. Her first feature film, Runoff, recently premiered in the Narrative Competition at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Runoff, a thriller, was shot entirely on location in Kentucky, mostly on working farms. Levin attributes her background in biochemistry to the storyline behind the film. In Runoff, the beauty of the land cannot mask the brutality of a farm town. As harvest draws near, Betty Freeman confronts a terrifying new reality and must decide whom to sacrifice. Look for a local premiere of the film in the spring!
Barret joined the faculty as a teacher of Gender Studies and then added teaching English to her load. In her years on the High School faculty, Barret created and taught brilliantly inspired electives – Songreading, Pop Culture, and a thoroughly co-ed and Wyvern-style Home Ec course – in addition to the wonderful Gender Studies class that has notably brought mind-opening and lifechanging experiences to many students, young men and women both. In a wonderful torch-passing tradition, Barret credits former SFHS history teacher Killian Barefoot, and Killian’s Gender Studies elective, as the place where Barret began her own path as a feminist scholar. Barret has been a passionate voice for equity and critical thinking, and a charismatic and beloved teacher. Her searching commitment to her students, her work, and her beliefs have inspired many. Barret made the move to Cincinnati this summer, where we know she’ll continue to be the fearless, tender scholar and teacher it has been our good fortune to have had among us these past four years.
*Correction: We omitted alum Jon O’Brien’s name in the Summer 2014 edition of the Wyvern Report. Jon O’Brien ’04 played the title role in the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival’s production of Hamlet.