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2017 She Sails

Speaker Profiles

Opening and Closing Speakers

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  • Susan Clatworthy ’69

    Susan Clatworthy ’69 is CHANEL’s Senior Vice President of the Retail Division, consisting of 23 free-standing fashion boutiques in the United States and Guam. In this role, she grows the boutique business, always focusing on clients and brand image through the buying and curation of CHANEL product assortments for all retail boutiques. She works to enhance synergies on global activities, while remaining diligent in the management of local and regional needs. Susan is also part of the CHANEL Leadership Committee and global strategy initiatives. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in French from The Colorado College, she joined the Executive Training Program at F&R Lazarus, marking the beginning of her 16-year tenure with Federated Department Stores. She first joined CHANEL as Executive Director of Chanel Boutiques in 1990. Susan has held various positions in wholesale, including at DKNY, Dana Buchman and Shelli Segal. She returned to CHANEL in 2001.

  • Kate Spencer ’97

    Kate Spencer ’97 is the author of the upcoming memoir The Dead Moms Club (Seal Press, Fall 2017) and a contributing writer for Cosmopolitan.com. Her work has been featured on Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, Esquire, Buzzfeed, Refinery29, Women's Health, Salon, The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, Scary Mommy and Modern Loss. She was a Senior Producer, Writer and On-Air Host at VH1 for seven years, covering all things pop culture and entertainment, and recently served as Editor In Chief of Mommyish.com. She also is a regular performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles, and was named one of The Funniest Women To Follow On Twitter by The Huffington Post. A Dana Hall end-to-ender, Kate was President of her sophomore class and also once failed gym.

Panelists

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  • Saadiah A. Ali ’90

    Saadiah A. Ali ’90 is Senior Director for International Healthcare consulting and was the former Director of the Global Patient Services program for the Cleveland Clinic Health system in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, establishing all aspects of Operations and Strategic infrastructure planning from ground zero for the first international patient program ever built for a top U.S. rated hospital outside of the U.S. in history. She was the first woman to build an overseas global healthcare program for a top U.S. rated hospital. Saadiah also has led global, executive health, concierge and digital telehealth initiatives for Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School and Partners Health system and Cedars-Sinai, Hoag Hospital and the UCLA Health system in Southern California. Saadiah speaks six languages; she went to Simmons College to obtain Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Pre-Medicine and completed her Healthcare Executive Master of Business Administration graduate degree from the Paul Merage School of Business, University California, Irvine.
  • Stacey Arbetter ’81

    Stacey Arbetter ’81 is a serial entrepreneur of several successful startups including the leading supplier in North America of an industrial flooring product required under the ADA to assist and warn the blind and visually impaired. Stacey also started and ran the largest independent exporter of automobiles in the U.S. She excels at identifying market opportunities across various industries: import/export, manufacturing and recreation. She is motivated by new challenges where complex, innovative problem-solving skills and business strategy can bring direct and immediate value to an enterprise. Stacey’s latest startup is Mutt Maps. Mutt Maps is a web app developing a community for pet owners that delivers community-reviewed, geolocated, pet-friendly places, services and products.
  • Alejandra Baez ’12

    Alejandra Baez ’12 is a first-year graduate student of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. At SIPA, she concentrates in Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy and specializes in Latin America. Alejandra is a Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow and upon graduation in May 2018 will serve as a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. State Department. She graduated from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in May 2016. Alejandra was drawn to a career in the Foreign Service because in addition to being an avid traveler, she is passionate about human rights, international development and social justice. Last summer, Alejandra interned with the Political Section at the U.S. Mission to the Organization of American States. And this upcoming summer, she will be interning with the Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy Bogotá in Colombia.
  • Allie Balter '10

    Allie Balter ’10 is a Masters student at the University of Maine where she studies glacial geology and climate change. She graduated from Bates College in 2014, where she majored in Geology and minored in Environmental Literature. She was also the president of the Bates Outing Club and organized the student-run outdoor orientation program for first-years. At Bates, Allie received a grant to study reindeer herding and the environment in northern Norway. Following graduation, Allie moved to Colorado to be an outdoor educator, and then to New Hampshire to work as a geologist for an environmental consulting firm. Now Allie is pursuing her passion of being a glacial geologist. Her primary research is in Antarctica, where she is studying how ice sheets respond to warmer climates. She also is involved in research in Scotland.
  • Catherine Blakelock ’10

    Catherine Blakelock ’10 is a first lieutenant in the Army National Guard. Upon graduation from Dana Hall she headed west to Claremont McKenna College where she majored in Middle Eastern Studies and joined the Army through ROTC. Cat commissioned as a second lieutenant in May of 2014. The Army has taken her to Malawi, Washington, Oklahoma and to all manner of places in New York. She has held roles as a Battery Executive Officer and Fire Direction Officer in the New York Army National Guard. As a civilian she teaches in the math department at her alma mater.
  • Beth Yaghooti Collis ’82

    Beth Yaghooti Collis ’82 is a founding partner of Collis Law Group LLC located in Columbus, Ohio. Since 1998, Beth has focused her practice on representing individuals in administrative proceedings before Ohio professional licensing Boards. Beth’s previous experience includes serving as an Administrative Hearing Examiner for various licensure boards in Ohio, serving as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Ohio Northern University and serving as Ohio Assistant Attorney General in the Health and Human Services Section where she prosecuted cases on behalf of the State Medical Board of Ohio, Ohio Board of Psychology, Ohio Chiropractic Board, Ohio Counselor and Social Worker Board and the Ohio Respiratory Care Board. Beth received her law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and her undergraduate degree in Economics from Kenyon College.  Beth has been named to Woodward/White, Inc.’s Best Lawyers in America in Administrative Law; and Business First’s “Best Lawyers in Central Ohio” in Administrative Law.
  • Kristen Erdlen Curtin ’86, P22

    Kristen Erdlen Curtin ’86, P22 is the Senior Vice President of Fidelity Labs, a unit of Fidelity Investments. Fidelity Labs’ vision is to serve as Fidelity’s idea and innovation catalyst, helping Fidelity’s employees and businesses to imagine and realize the possibilities of emerging technologies and new ideas. Kristen has spent her career helping businesses transform through digital media. In her 13 years at Fidelity, she has held leadership roles in Retail Customer Acquisition, Digital Strategy & Marketing, Digital Distribution and Customer Experience Strategy & Design.  Prior to her work at Fidelity, she was Head of Sales & Marketing at Zagat Survey and held roles in global brand management at Unilever and Colgate Palmolive. Kristen received a B.A. in Political Science from Duke University and an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College.
  • Tania DeBarros ’07

    Tania DeBarros ’07 is a R&B and Kizomba/Zouk singer. She has performed in cities across the United States and has also performed internationally. She is a bilingual singer who has shared the stage with many greats. She also has collaborated with composers from all over. Her last project was an EP titled " Internal Reconstruction," which spoke on self love, relationships and depression. Currently she lives in New York and is attending NYU full time, while writing, recording and performing. She is passionate about mental health and hopes to combine her love for music and mental health awareness in the future.
  • Margaret Efthim ’12

    Margaret Efthim ’12 is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where she majored in International Relations and Global Studies. During her senior year at Dana, Efthim founded and directed Ready Set Golf, a nonprofit golf mentorship program in Boston. She served as an alum mentor for Dana's 2014 inaugural Girls Summer Entrepreneurship Program, where she led a team of five Dana students to produce and present a viable startup idea for Coke's EKOCYCLE program. In 2015, Efthim discovered her passion for filmmaking while studying abroad in Buenos Aires. She went on to write and direct her first short film as a UT senior. Efthim finished her undergrad last May, beginning a career in film production. Her jobs have taken her to sets in Vermont and New York as well as Austin. She currently works as a production assistant on a series in Texas. She plans to move to New York City this summer to begin a career in digital storytelling.
  • Celena Evans ’92

    Celena Evans ’92 is a Director of Marketing for Cox Automotive Media Solutions Group, a position she’s held since October 2016. She is responsible for marketing digital advertising products under the Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book and Dealer.com brand names to automotive dealers nationwide.  Her 20 years of professional experience includes a variety of leadership roles in engineering, project management and product/brand management at major corporations including Genuine Parts Company, Lennox International, Neenah Paper, Kimberly-Clark, Lucent Technologies and Polaroid. Celena is an avid supporter of organizations that focus on women, minorities, children and education. In recognition of her leadership in business and commitment to the advancement of minorities and women in business, Celena was named to the 2009 "Top 40 under 40" by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. She holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech, and an M.B.A. from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. She is a 2009 graduate of the Pathbuilders Achieva program for women. She is also Pragmatic Marketing Certified, Toastmasters Certified and is a Project Management Professional (PMP).
  • Kate Field ’69

    Kate Field ’69 is a Professor of Microbiology at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. After receiving a BA from Yale, an MA from Boston University, and a PhD from University of Oregon, all in Biology, she went on to a postdoc at Indiana University, learning techniques to study molecular evolution and ecology. As a faculty member at Oregon State, she leads a research program in environmental microbiology, specializing in developing molecular techniques to detect and identify microbial contamination in water, and studying persistence and survival of pathogens in water. She holds a patent on a DNA-based method of identifying the sources of microbial contamination that is now in use worldwide and is the method recommended by the US EPA. Her scientific publications have received almost 7,000 citations. Field also directs an undergraduate research-based interdisciplinary major, BioResource Research, and leads a scholarship program for underrepresented minority students within that major. With the help of a large grant from the US Department of Agriculture, she has spearheaded new interdisciplinary education programs in Bioenergy and Bioinnovation from elementary through graduate school levels. She also studies and teaches about science communication, especially writing.
  • Sarah Flint ’07

    Sarah Flint ’07 is Creative Director of The Sarah Flint Collection, shoes that are easily recognizable for their signature origami where supple leather is folded and layered to create a ripple effect. She launched her first collection in the Fall of 2013 at the age of 25. Prior to that, she spent many years learning as much as she could about every aspect of the industry. She moved to New York to study design at Parsons, and graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology. After graduation, Sarah moved to Milan to learn pattern-making and the technical aspects of handmade shoe manufacturing at Ars Sutoria.  Recently named a member of the CFDA, Sarah was touted by Footwear News in 2015 as ‘One to Watch’ in a cover story amongst the best new talent in the footwear industry. The Sarah Flint Collection is carried at select luxury retailers worldwide including Barneys, Bloomingdales, Shopbop, Moda Operandi, Barneys Japan, TheSeptember and on SarahFlint.com.
  • Jill Crowley Fraser ’78

    Jill Crowley Fraser ’78 is the founder of Jill Milan, which offers luxury handbags and accessories handcrafted in Italy.  Prior to that, Jill headed up marketing for a number of private and venture-backed technology and consumer product companies. She was a co-founder of a consumer goods company, RAZCAL, which owned Virgil’s Root Beer, the only drink ever to be named “Outstanding Beverage” three times by the International Fancy Food Show. She also associate produced the movie “Free to a Good Home” about animals in Los Angeles shelters.  She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Oxford University, England, is a member of MENSA and served as a founding board member of the International Institute for Film Financing.
  • Arielle Gelb ’11

    Arielle Gelb ’11 is a live music production assistant and stage manager at The Sinclair, a 525-person capacity music venue in Cambridge, Mass,- as well as an audio and lighting tech for touring bands. She has recently become involved in the music touring world as a merchandise manager for various national acts. Currently residing in the eastern Somerville area, she graduated with a degree in Marketing Communications from Emerson College and earned credits at Columbia College Chicago after pursuing an instrumental performance degree to follow her passion for playing the drums.
  • Joan Holcombe ’67

    Joan Holcombe ’67, an ardent life explorer and enthusiastic learner, has navigated three distinct careers, all connected by a passion for serving people with serious challenges in their lives. As an occupational therapist she worked in mental health followed by school-based practice with children with disabilities. As a community college professor, program director and Allied Health Department Chair, she guided and mentored students and program leaders into OT, PT, early childhood, massage therapy, language therapy and others. She then dove into primary and secondary public and international schools (following a second graduate degree late in her life) as a school principal, taking her to Germany and Japan. Her final professional chapter culminated as a special education consultant for the Vermont Department of Education with a focus on significant disabilities. At last, with retirement, Joan has been joyfully consulting in Nepal as an educator, sharing alternative teaching strategies and learning theory with teachers and students in a remote school.
  • Pamela Lasher Hull ’59

    Pamela Lasher Hull ’59 is a career interior designer and painter. She wrote her first book, Where's My Bride? at age 60. This venture was to be a one-time effort; however, as the endeavor unfurled, she unearthed a keen love for writing narrative. Pamela’s essays and poetry have been widely published in select journals such as The Bellevue Literary Review, Ars Medica, Lumina and North Dakota Quarterly.  Her current book, SAY YES! Flying Solo After Sixty, explores how neither age nor being single is an impediment to living a rich life.
  • Claudine Humure ’13

    Claudine Humure ’13 is senior at Wheaton College majoring in Biology and minoring in Business. In the summer of 2015, she worked at the MIT Media Lab where she initiated the design of an adjustable prosthetic socket using Autodesk Fusion 360, 123D Catch and Meshmixer. That fall, she took a class at the MIT D-Lab called Prosthetics for the Developing World. In the summer of 2016,  she worked with Autodesk to further develop the socket by doing more research and making more prototypes. Currently, she is continuing to learn more about how to use digital design and 3D printing to improve prosthetic limbs and make them available to people in developing countries.
  • Sydney Izen ’12

    Sydney Izen ’12 launched Unemployed Denim in the spring of 2016 when she was a senior at Cornell University. Unemployed Denim is a custom, reworked, vintage brand. Products are made-to-order for each customer from a carefully curated selection of vintage items. Unemployed Denim has also partnered with Girls, Inc. of New York City to inspire girls to be strong, smart and bold.
  • Betsy Kamborian ’58

    Betsy Kamborian ’58 worked for 30 years in law and politics in Washington, D.C. before moving back to Boston to take up a new career in managing and consulting with nonprofits. She migrated to Washington after she earned her MBA at the University of Chicago, working first at the Securities and Exchange Commission before getting her JD at Georgetown Law Center. In 1968, she became smitten with national politics after attending the Democratic convention in Chicago and subsequently worked in four presidential campaigns as a lead advance person, while practicing trade law at the International Trade Commission and The Department of Commerce. She also worked In the Carter White House as an associate director of presidential personnel. On returning to Boston in 1998, Betsy secured a position as director of development at Judge Baker Children’s Center. For the past 13 years, Betsy has spent her weekends as a PSIA-certified ski instructor at Loon Mountain, NH.
  • Jenna Kaplan

    Jenna Kaplan is the Associate Director and a Therapeutic Riding Instructor at the BINA Farm Center (BFC). Upon graduating from the University of Miami with a BA in Criminology in 2012, Jenna began volunteering at BFC where she developed a passion for the field of therapeutic horsemanship. That same year, she became a PATH International Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and continues to teach therapeutic riding lessons to children and adults with emotional, cognitive and physical challenges. Prior to becoming BFC's Associate Director, Jenna has held or acted in almost every position at BFC including Volunteer Coordinator, Program Associate, Barn Staff and Interim Equine Manager. In addition to teaching lessons at BFC's Lexington location, Jenna also teaches weekly therapeutic riding lessons at Dana Hall's Karen Stives '68 Equestrian Center.
  • Cathleen C. Kenney ’97

    Cathleen C. Kenney ’97 is an attorney with the Office of General Counsel for the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Her practice is varied and supports SWFWMD’s goal to meet the present and future water needs of 4.7 million people while also protecting and preserving the water resources within its boundaries. Cathy serves on the Board of Directors for the Loveland Center in Venice, Florida, the Sarasota County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division, and the Sarasota County Gator Club. Cathy earned her Juris Doctor at the University of Miami School of Law, and her Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida, where she majored in Animal Science, Equine Industry. Horses, riding, her animals and adventure remain Cathy's passions, and she currently resides on a farm in Sarasota, Florida.
  • Michelle Kohanloo ’98

    Michelle Kohanloo ’98 is an attorney at The Law Offices of Jessica Clarke, P.C., with her practice focusing on representing sellers, buyers and lenders in residential real estate transactions. Her prior legal experience includes working with individuals and small businesses in diverse areas of the law, including immigration, personal injury, landlord/tenant law and medical marijuana regulatory compliance and licensing in Massachusetts. Michelle earned her Juris Doctor at New England Law | Boston in 2010 and her Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Boston University in 2002.
  • Audrey Lamb ’07

    Audrey Lamb ’07 manages biological projects at Taylor Shellfish Farms, a shellfish producer in Shelton, Washington. Her main focus is permitting new clam, oyster and geoduck farms. She also researches the biological effects of farming techniques. Previously, Audrey worked for a non-profit restoring prairie lands including Endangered Species recovery. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University and a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from the Evergreen State College, where she studied the effects of seaweed on Pacific oyster growth. Audrey envisions a vibrant future for Washington where future generations will grow up able to swim, hike, and shuck fresh oysters along the shores of Puget Sound.
  • Jennifer Mathews ’82, P18

    Jennifer Mathews ’82, P18 is the Interim Head of School at Coastal Studies for Girls, a Science and Leadership Semester School in Freeport, Maine. Before making a recent career shift into education, Jennifer ran On Board Fabrics, a retail, mail order and online business, which she started in 1984. She has a B.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of Southern Maine and lives in Edgecomb, Maine.
     
  • Naïmah ’09

    Naïmah ’09 is an alternative pop artist blending rock, folk and soul. After graduating from the University of Southern California, Naïmah was a finalist of Billboard’s contest for unsigned artists, and began working as a songwriter with 5-time Grammy-winning engineer Brian Vibberts. Since returning to her hometown of Washington, D.C., Naïmah has been songwriting, performing and exploring ways of bringing audiences together through music.
     
  • Erica Noyes

    Erica Noyes is a Senior Development Associate and Educational Program Coordinator at Helping Hands Monkey Helpers. Erica joined the Helping Hands team in 2011 as the Development and Communication Associate and has more than ten years of fundraising, communication, event planning and graphic design experience. She frequently travels to schools and organizations around New England to give presentations about the Helping Hands program. Erica graduated from Bennington College with a degree in photography and music.
  • Sarah O’Leary ’89

    Sarah O’Leary ’89 is an analyst with Commonwealth Fusion Center within the Massachusetts State Police. She was the first analyst hired when the center was established in 2004, in response to the 9/11 terror attacks. She currently assists in investigations, produces products for court, testifies in court, conducts telephone toll analysis and handles suspicious activity reporting for Massachusetts. While an undergrad at UMass Boston, she had a summer internship at the Massachusetts State Police Criminal Information Section. That internship led to her first job in the field of Criminal Information/Intelligence at the New England State Police Information Network (NESPIN), part of the nationwide Regional Information Sharing System (RISS) program funded by the Department of Justice. Sarah’s career highlights have included three weeks at the Criminal Collection and Dissemination Unit at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics; sitting on the Advisory Board of the International Organization of Asian Crime Investigator Specialists (IOACIS); and sitting in the Unified Command Centers for the Boston Marathon and Boston’s Fourth of July Spectacular. Sarah was in the State Police Mobile Command Center in Watertown, Mass.  when Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the convicted Boston Marathon bomber, was captured.
  • Alison Payne

    Alison Payne is the Director of Training at Helping Hands Monkey Helpers. At Boston University, where Alison received her bachelor's degree, she focused her studies in cognitive and learning psychology and animal behavior. During her senior year, Alison began volunteering at Helping Hands and began a full-time job upon graduation. As Director of Training, Alison follows the progress of each trainer and the monkeys in school. She considers the monkeys at Helping Hands to be part of her family and strives to give them love and support during their school years.
  • Archana Poddar ’96

    Archana Poddar ’96 is a diplomat at the U.S. Department of State with more than 15 years of public and private sector experience working across Asia and in the United States, supporting entrepreneurs, promoting equal rights for women and girls, and assisting then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Travelling to more than 30 countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, Archana ran at the site of the ancient Olympics Games in Greece, has ridden camels at the Egyptian pyramids, and snorkeled at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Her experiences at Dana Hall School inspired her lifelong desire to work in international environments. She graduated from Brown University with a degree in International Relations.
  • Jonathan Pond P05, 08, 12

    Jonathan Pond P05, 08, 12 has hosted 18 primetime PBS programs and has lectured in 48 states and numerous foreign countries. His many awards include the Malcolm Forbes Public Awareness Award for Excellence in Advancing Financial Understanding and an Emmy® Award. More than 1 million copies of his books have been sold. Jonathan loves to teach people of all ages about money, including, with mixed success, his three Dana daughters. He believes the sooner people develop good money habits the better able they will be to enjoy exciting hobbies and other great things that life has to offer. Jonathan also shows that money can indeed be funny.
  • Wyley Proctor ’98

    Wyley Proctor ’98 is an experienced attorney, representing clients in patent, trademark, trade dress, unfair competition and antitrust disputes nationwide as a partner with the firm of McCarter & English, LLP. Wyley is also committed to public service. She is a zealous pro bono advocate, fighting for victims of domestic violence in divorce and custody cases. She is active in several non-profit children’s and family’s organizations, including serving on the Board of Friends of the Children Boston, on the Advisory Committee of Bet Tzedek Legal Services, and as a volunteer attorney with the Women’s Bar Foundation. Wyley received her B.A. in Economics from Yale and law degree from Duke.
  • Nancy Rich

    Nancy Rich held many positions in her 19 years at Dana Hall, including Middle School Counselor, Middle School Director, Upper School Director/Assistant Head of School and Academic Dean. Over the course of her 40+ years in education, she served as a division director at each level: Preschool-Grade 6, Middle School and Upper School. Her interest in photography went from being a hobby beginning in the mid-1970s, to a passion, to a part-time vocation following her retirement from Dana Hall in June 2016. In December 2016, Nancy became a member of The Clever Hand Gallery, an artists' cooperative in downtown Wellesley. Her photography book of small, wooden boats, "Afloat on the Tide," and her photographs of boats, among other subjects, are on display and sold at the store. Several times each month, you will find Nancy at work behind the counter. She is currently working on her second photography book, "Sea Sculptures."
  • Cheryl Ryder ’69

    Cheryl Ryder ’69 was a co-founder of Blue Heron Renaissance Choir, now in its 18th year, and won the business plan competition at Boston University for a nanotech startup that is now in its 16th year. She took over the helm of Canto Armonico in 2003, a university student/young professional group, which has performed in the last three Boston Early Music Festivals and for the 2014 national convention of the American Guild of Organists. The group collaborates with English and German music directors, and released a CD in 2015 on Hungaroton. She was a music major at Wellesley College. She continued to study music analysis and history at Harvard while pursuing a separate interest and occupation in chemistry, and has never stopped performing and leading groups, or in writing about music. She served over 30 years in the all-professional choir of the Church of the Advent in Boston and most recently as interim music director at Boston’s First Lutheran Church.
  • Teresa (Terry) Snow

    Teresa (Terry) Snow is a Co-Founder of the BINA Farm Center, as well as a Therapeutic Riding Instructor. Terry has more than 12 years of therapeutic riding experience working with children with special needs in the greater Boston area. She began teaching therapeutic riding in 1999, and became a PATH International certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor in 2001. Terry’s long-term goal in therapeutic riding is to provide a nurturing and enriching environment where her students and horses can make a connection that builds physical strength and increases emotional well-being. Terry founded the therapeutic riding program at Dana Hall School in 2005.
  • Deirdre Sullivan Stewart P20, 23

    Deirdre Sullivan Stewart P20, 23 is the director of the Sullivan-Stewart Studio of Irish Dance located in Plainville, Mass. Her mother is from County Mayo, Ireland, and as the child of an Irish immigrant Deirdre naturally took Irish step dance lessons from the time she was five years old. Deirdre is a certified teacher of Irish step dancing (TCRG) and has been teaching at the Sullivan-Stewart School of Irish dance for over 25 years. Her students dance at regional, national and international levels of competition and at many community events.
  • Aparna Sud ’09

    Aparna Sud ’09 has experience working within corporate innovation units for companies such as Pfizer, GSK and most recently CVS. She has contributed to the design, development and launch of novel patient solutions and partnerships within large organizations. Her current work focuses on driving adherence for chronic disease patients through retail pharmacy. Aparna holds a dual degree from MIT in Neuroscience and Management and is passionate about impacting the healthcare space.
  • Chrissy Makkas Waters ’02

    Chrissy Makkas Waters ’02 is a Senior Copywriter managing a team of three writers at flash online retailer Rue La La. Rue La La launches a selection of limited-time boutiques daily offering up a range of products from women’s and men’s fashion to home goods and travel deals. Chrissy was also Forum Buzz Editor at The Fashion Spot website for more than five years, producing content related to Fashion Weeks around the globe, celebrity style, shopping, and more.
  • Tina Notosoehardjo Weber ’92

    Tina Notosoehardjo Weber ’92 teaches Business Planning and Entrepreneurship at Tufts University. She also runs Tufts University's Summer Venture Accelerator, a University funded and based incubator program to nurture early stage, student run startups. Tina is passionate about technology, innovation, creating solutions and building high-performance teams. When not at Tufts or running her company, A Starting Line, she also teaches a few computer science classes at Fisher College. Before teaching, Tina coached early stage startups and organized the Lean Startup Challenge, a startup competition that provides guidance and mentoring in the Lean Startup methodology. She developed the curriculum that Lean Startup Challenge uses for its startup bootcamp. Tina was previously the Chief Engagement Officer of GearSay.com, where she was responsible for launch strategy, customer acquisition and engagement. She also founded a marketing/technology consulting firm and worked at companies such as eBay Enterprise, e-Dialog and Digitas. Her earlier career was spent leading technical teams and working on market analysis, business intelligence/reporting, SAP implementation, and business process re-engineering projects. Tina graduated from Tufts University where she studied Manufacturing/Mechanical Engineering.
  • Megan Birmingham Wolf ’03

    Megan Birmingham Wolf ’03 is a New York City based Registered Dietitian and the owner of Megan Wolf Nutrition LLC, a nutrition counseling and consulting private practice specializing in weight management and women's health. Megan is an avid cook, public speaker and cookbook author. She is the author of the plant-based cookbook Great Meals with Greens and Grains.
  • Caroline Shirley Woodward ’87

    Caroline Shirley Woodward ’87 is an experienced photo stylist with a reputation for resourcefulness, creativity, vision and a professional attitude. After graduating from RISD, Caroline set off on a period of adventure that included internships with noted fine artists Miriam Schapiro and Arthur Ganson, waitressing at a Seattle waterfront diner, restoring antique denim garments for a Japanese exporter, fronting in an all-girl rock band, building canvas biminis and dodgers for yachts, and set dressing and scenic painting on films in New York City. She finished this period of experimentation when she landed a gig as a craft stylist at Martha Stewart Living. There she honed her hand skills and learned photo styling from the best in the business. Based in the Boston area, Caroline travels throughout New England and New York (and beyond) for work with corporate and editorial clients.
  • Adrianne Wurzl ’10

    Adrianne Wurzl ’10 is a second year medical student and an EMT who practices emergency medicine in areas ranging from the middle of mountains to the middle of cities. After Dana Hall, she went to Brandeis University to pursue a pre-medical track. Upon arriving at Brandeis, she switched to an architecture track for a year then decided that she still wanted to practice medicine and went back to the pre-med track. She became an EMT in 2012 and immediately began practicing medicine with Cataldo Ambulance. Adrianne graduated from Brandeis University in 2014 with a degree in Neuroscience, Biology, and German, and spent the following year working at Tufts Medical Center in the Emergency Room as part of the nursing staff. On her time off and in the summers, Adrianne also practiced wilderness medicine and performed rescues off of mountains, in forests, and in deserts. In 2015, Adrianne started medical school at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she is now a second year student. She still practices wilderness medicine on the weekends, and recently became certified in Advanced Wilderness Life Saving, which allows her to do more for patient management while in the middle of nowhere. Adrianne also volunteers at the Boston Marathon every year as a part of the medical team. Her future plans include practicing wilderness medicine as a physician, hopefully in a national park in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
  • Anne Zeiser ’77

    Anne Zeiser ’77 is a transmedia and social impact producer, journalist and media strategist who operates at the nexus of storytelling, advocacy and marketing. She founded Azure Media, which produces high profile transmedia projects on air, online and on the go that fuel positive impact for partners such as PBS, BBC, HBO and National Geographic. Projects include The Human Face of Big Data, Vaccines–Calling the Shots, Half the Sky, A Place at the Table, Judgment Day–Intelligent Design on Trial, and The Story Exchange. Previously, she oversaw strategy, marketing and impact for PBS – from Masterpiece and NOVA to Antiques Roadshow and Curious George – and co-led specials including Rx for Survival and Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues. Previously, Zeiser was a news producer for CBS/Boston, contributing to 60 Minutes; a senior executive at Mullen and Cabot (Arnold Worldwide); and a government legislative aide and manager for the clean-up of Boston Harbor. She is a member of ATAS and the Filmmakers Collaborative’s advisory board; the author of Transmedia Marketing: From Film and TV to Games and Digital Media, an adjunct professor at Emerson College; and a contributor to the Huffington Post. Zeiser has received top honors in journalism, public affairs, and marketing, including a national Emmy.
  • Vanessa Zoghbi-Harb ’12

    Vanessa Zoghbi-Harb ’12 is pursuing a dual degree in Biomedical/Medical Engineering and Psychology at Boston University, with a concentration in Nanotechnology. Vanessa is interested in global Health technologies and medical devices; developing technologies to address medical needs in the developing world; biomechanics; and mental health treatment through nano-patches in refugee camps. She has developed a sustainable solar panel-run surgical tool sterilization device for third world countries, and is currently working on a nano-patch to deliver supplements for Syrian refugees, and on developing a testing device to study the progression of tendon tears in-vivo. Vanessa will be attending Columbia University to obtain a Masters in Biomedical Engineering.

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  • Testimonials - Claudine

    “I am very proud to be a Dana Hall graduate and a Wheaton College student. At this point in my life, there is still no greater accomplishment."
    - Claudine 13