The Hartsbrook School

Alumni Class Notes

Catch up on the news about our graduates. Please use the Alumni Information Form to send us an update about yourself!



Kiara Ana Perico to Kiel Feher on 4/23/17 in California.










Sam Lynch ’94 & Hoa Tran married June 2017.


Tess Harrison ’08 & Samuel Harris


PHOEBE CAPE SALZMANN (8th G ’02) has brought a new baby into the world with her husband, Josh.  The baby’s name is Henry Norris Salzmann, who was born on March 30, 2017, weighing 6 lbs. 1 oz.  Thanks to his voracious appetite, He has already more than doubled in size!  His mommy is looking forward to sending him to a Waldorf early childhood program when he is three years old.





ALENA GIANNA DOUGLAS (HS ’11)  Recently, Alena Giana Douglas placed in the Top 10 at The Cheesemonger

Invitational (CMI) in New York City.  For those who are unfamiliar with this event, Alena just battled it out in a 2-day long competition of 50+ cheesemongers from all over the country.  If you are in Northampton, stop by to see her at Provisions & Wines.  For more information, click here to visit Provisions’ Facebook page.


SARAS YERLIG (HS ’07) reports:  I’ve been working in Early Childhood for over three years.  I love the center where I work and most recently have been getting involved with our new garden.  It is so fun to watch the children get excited about planting seeds and watching our seedlings emerge.  Outside of work, I enjoy taking dance classes (swing, African, hip hop), swimming, hiking, contra dancing, singing and spending time with friends.  I live with two housemates in a wonderful neighborhood, which is in walking distance from downtown Portland and a ten minute drive from the ocean!  Hope all is well with my Hartsbrook family.

CAROLINE WINTER (8th G ’93) has been named a fellow of the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT for the 2017-18 year.  Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT has recently announced it class of 2017-18 fellows.  Ten elite scientists from four countries will be part of the program’s 35th class.  The 2017-18 class of KSJ fellows includes:

Caroline Winter is a staff writer for Bloomberg Businessweek in New York, focusing on science, technology, and medicine. A native of Germany, she previously worked as a freelancer for publications ranging from Spiegel International to The New York Times Magazine. She was a Fulbright fellow in 2008-09 and worked in Berlin, researching, writing, and translating stories.

AUBREY CABOT-CASE (HS ’14)  Getting the green revolution takes getting dirty! 




GENVIEVE (EVIE) NOLAN (HS ’08)  A collection of classical-style oil-on-panel portraits y Evie Nolan will be on exhibit at EBK Gallery in Hartford through the end of May  After Hartsbrook, Evie graduated from the University of Hartford and currently lives in Hartford.  To read more about her exhibit, Portraits of Strangers, click here .

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FINN O’CONNOR (8th G’14) Finn O’Connor was inducted into the National Honor Society on 3/17/17 (pictured here with Catherine Hopkins, his elementary class teacher at Hartsbrook.







MCCORMICK, TY (8th G’02) Ty McCormick is Africa Editor at Foreign Policy Magazine. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, he has reported from more than a dozen countries, ty_mccormick-2016including Egypt, Lebanon, Somalia, South Sudan, Burundi, Uganda, Ethiopia, Malawi, South Africa, Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Ty has just been selected to receive The Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize for Written Media, Bronze level, at the UN Correspondents Association meeting on Friday, Dec. 16th, 2016.  In 2015, he was a finalist for the Kurt Schork Memorial Award for International Journalism for his reporting on the civil war in South Sudan. In addition to Foreign Policy, he has written for the New York TimesWashington PostLos Angeles TimesNewsweekNew Republic, and National Geographic.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Stanford and master’s degrees from Oxford and the Queen’s University Belfast, where he held Clarendon and George J. Mitchell scholarships, respectively.  After Hartsbrook, he graduated from Deerfield Academy before going on to Stanford University.


CURTIS, ADAM (8th G’08) Adam reports that he is now working for SolarFlair Energy, Inc. in Ashfield, MA and reports that he is happy to be part of the solar movement.

KELLOGG, DANA (8th G’14) I competed in two Jr. World Cups in Calgary December 1-4, 2016.  I compete in Doubles Luge now.  I am the top man with Duncan Segger.  We earned silver medals in both races! There was also a team event where one woman, then one man, then one doubles team go down the track for each country, and the combined fastest time wins.  This was a competition for athletes 22 and younger, and there were a dozen countries represented.  We took bronze!  It is fantastic to stand on a podium and represent your country!  You can follow my adventure on Facebook @ Dana Luge.

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ARCHIVE OF CLASS NOTES, organized by class and alumni names:

High School Class of 2011

SCHUYLER EVANS (hs’11) finished her freshman year (2012) at Wheaton College, making the Dean’s list both semesters, and completed a one-month summer training intensive with Shakespeare and Company in July.

GABRIEL ROLLINSON (hs’11) performed at Lincoln Center in New York City, where he sang in William Walton’s Henry V as part of the Manhattan School of Music Symphonic Choir. Gabe is having a great time and working hard. He sends greetings to the Hartsbrook community!

High School Class of 2010

ANDREW HELLMUND (hs’10) received a fellowship that allowed him to visit Japan for two weeks in June 2011, along with forty other faculty and students, to study Japanese culture. Two of his metal sculptures will be exhibited in Woodstock, Vermont, as part of Sculpturefest 2012, and will be on display for two months.

STEPHANIE KELLOGG (hs’10) performed in the Pioneer Valley Ballet’s presentation of the Nutcracker on 12/13/15.  She is also on the faculty of the Pioneer Valley Ballet.

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ELIZABETH MEALEY (hs’10) went to Burma in June 2011 with her Tufts University photojournalism class. She presented a photo essay on how nightlife is emerging in Yangon, now that curfews have been lifted. Afterward, she spent six days in Bangkok, Thailand, experiencing local culture.  She has since graduated from Tufts, traveled to Kenya and is now back in NYC (See the Alumni Feature about Elizabeth.)

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JOSIAH SMITH (hs’10) is majoring in Arabic at the U.S. Naval Academy, and is currently spending an intensive language and cultural semester in Muskat, Oman. Here he is with two other American students, wearing a custom-tailored dishdasha that he haggled for in the local market. (See photo.) Earlier, as a member of the Naval Academy Glee Club, Josiah sang before the President and his family in the annual Christmas-in-Washington program. Before the program, Josiah encountered Justin Bieber in the Green Room, struggling with his preparations to sing Away in a Manger, and spent some time coaching him through it.

NICK TEENSMA (hs’10) is currently (2012) at Greenfield Community College majoring in Visual Arts, more specifically photography. He plans on going to Hallmark Institute of Photography in Turners Falls, MA. After that, he hopes to create an internship involving adventure and motorsports photography, and then ideally make that into a career. Nick wanted to thank each and every faculty member at Hartsbrook – in the high school, and in the lower grades – for giving dedicated family-like support and guidance from 6th to 12th grade. He says “I know that being a student of an amazing Waldorf education makes a seriously positive difference for an individual, academically and in every-day life as well. The faculty of the Hartsbrook School is the reason that can happen, and it does.”

High School Class of 2009

SYLVA HALL (hs’09) spent the summer (2011) working as a Stewardship Technician for the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, mapping invasive plant species, working on environmental planning and review, and gathering research data on trees in the Crow’s Nest Preserve. She plans to finish her degree in Environmental Science at the University of Mary Washington this coming year.

High School Class of 2008

IAN CURTIS (hs‘08) spent a year teaching in France and is now working on a PhD in French literature from Yale University. (See the Alumni Feature about Ian.)

AMBER DAHLIN (hs’08) graduated from Principia College in 2012 and wrote, in September 2013, “I started a year-long internship at the Pfeiffer Center, where I’m practicing and studying biodynamic agriculture within a dynamic anthroposophical community.”

RHYS EVANS (hs’08) graduated from Tufts University in May, majoring in Political Science with an emphasis on entrepreneurship.

BRENDAN GAFFNEY (hs’08) graduated from Skidmore College in May 2012, and is heading to UC San Diego this fall for graduate studies in their Computer Music program. He has also been running a small business, Burnheart Synthesizers (, making acoustic and electronic musical instruments.

In May TESS HARRISON (hs’08) graduated Magna Cum Laude from the New School University in New York City in 2012. One highlight of her work as a drama major at the school was taking a new work, Triangle: From the Fire, to the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland last summer where it won numerous awards including Best New Musical.

GABE ISMAN (hs’08) graduated from Oberlin College in May 2012, majoring in Computer Science. He is working in New York as a software engineer for Skillshare Inc., which is developing an alternative model for education, connecting course providers directly with students.

ALLIE MAHONEY (hs‘08) graduated this past spring (2012) from Skidmore.

CHARLIE WEEMS (hs’08) graduated in 2012 with Honors from Whitman College and is currently on a three month internship in Tanzania, working for U.S.Aid. The summer of 2011 he interned with the same agency in Washington D.C.

High School Class of 2007

GAEA CAMPE (hs’07) graduated Magna Cum Laude from Whitman College in 2012 and will be working as an early childhood teacher in Portland, Oregon.

KIARA ANA PERICO (hs‘07) recently went on tour with singer-songwriter Laura Warshauer, playing electric and acoustic viola, and singing. The tour wrapped up with a weekend of performing at the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago. She is moving to Los Angeles to pursue new opportunities for furthering her music career.

High School Class of 2006 – Our First High School Graduating Class

CATHERINE BACHMANN-GEES (hs’06) is working at the Jones Library in Amherst.

Alumna KIMBERLEE LYNN ZACEK, (hs’06), presented her first picture book, The Frog and the Mouse, at the Odyssey Bookstore in South Hadley, during a read-aloud program and book signing. Her book was chosen in a competition for graduating illustration students, and was described glowingly: “Kimberlee Lynne’s radiant illustrations capture the life and humor of this story, pulling the reader into the fantastic world of a persistent frog and his lady love.” Kimberlee Lynne (her pen name) said that her art teachers at the Hartsbrook High School encouraged her dream to become a children’s book illustrator. Her goal is to write and illustrate her own picture books and middle-grade novels, and it looks as though she is well on her way!

Congratulations to Elida Mejiia and GABRIEL SMITH (hs‘06) who were married in March of 2011 in Guatemela, home of the bride.

Eighth Grade Class of 2014

DANA KELLOGG (8th G’14) competed in the NORAM Youth A Luge competition in Calgary in December 2015, placing 5th overall as well as being the third American.  He spent most of the winter in Lake Placid training with the USA Olympic “C” Team.  He also trains and competes in Park City Utah and Calgary.  Dana took a Bronze in the Empire State Winter Games on Feb. 7th, 2016, see below.

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Eighth Grade Class of 2008

SIERRA GAMBLE (8thG’08) was accepted at the American Music and Dramatic Academy in NYC and is planning to begin her training there in Feb. 2013. SiSi is performing Broadway songs at a tuition benefit event on November 10th at 5pm at the UU church in Amherst.

WILL SWYERS (8thG’08) will be attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts this Fall 2012. Will’s talent places him along with the great alumni of the AADA (Alumni achievements unmatched by any other acting conservatory). Will’s dad, Mr. Swyers mentions that all the students that were from Mr. Kalman’s class, who went on to Northampton High School, received a scholarship at the NHS “dollars for scholars” night held this past spring and many are going on to some very good colleges. Will and his dad both feel that Hartsbrook, and especially Mr. Kalman helped nurture Will so he could be where he is today, and that as he progresses, what Mr. Kalman taught him will always be a part of Will.

Eighth Grade Class of 2006

ZOE ELKIN (8thG’06) went to Hartsbrook through the 4th grade with Mr. Reynolds’ class and still keeps in touch with her classmates. Last August, they had an informal class reunion. Thanks to Facebook, most of their class was able to connect and enjoy coming together again. I took a year off after graduating from Amherst High School and traveled. I worked as a teacher’s assistant in Guatemala and then went backpacking in New Zealand!! I now attend Pitzer College in Califronia, and continue on the path of self-exploration, adventure, and learning.

Eighth Grade Class of 2005

JOSHUA KRUGMAN (8thG‘05), now a student at Wesleyan University, won the Peter Morgenstern-Clarren ’03 Social Justice Scholarship Award and the Robert Schumann Distinguished Student Award for his work at Long Lane Farm, a student-run organic farm. Josh and his fellow farmers were able to make fresh local organic produce available not only to the university dining hall but to many low-income Middletown residents.

Eighth Grade Class of 2002

PHOEBE CAPE (8thG’02) has taken a position as the Main Office Manager at the Chicago Waldorf School.

Eighth Grade Class of 2001

ALEXANDER ELY (8th G-01) who attends Columbia University Law School, recently participated in the Law School’s Moot Court where he was awarded the prize for best oral presentation.  (see attached Making the Case in Moot Court – WSJ-Alexander Ely-4-18-16 article)

TOBIN PORTER-BROWN (8thG’01) made headlines at Amherst College with plans to develop Book and Plow Farm, a farm-to-table initiative. Tobin and Peter McLean have signed a deal with Amherst to lease a four-acre parcel of campus property to grow and sell in-season produce directly to the college’s Valentine Dining Hall. The duo’s long-range goals are to collaborate with Amherst College and other institutions in operating a “full-diet,” diversified, year-round agricultural enterprise that efficiently produces vegetables, tree crops and grain for the campus and the Five College Community.

Eighth Grade Class of 1998

MICHAEL SUSTICK (8thG‘98), who teaches kindergarten at Discovery School in Greenfield, won a Harold S. Grinspoon Foundation Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award. He is known for lessons that address children individually and for varying his techniques to ensure that every child succeeds.

Eighth Grade Class of 1995

JOHN CHENIER (8thG’95) reports that he was recently promoted to Senior Assistant Director of Graduate Enrollment. “We welcomed baby Lucas to our family with my wife, Amanda, this past March. Currently pursuing 2nd Master’s Degree in Management after completing my Master’s Degree in Education in 2012.”