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Johanna Hesse (HS ’12)

Johanna Hesse (HS ’12), daughter of Caryn Rozgonyi-Hesse, High School Student Coordinator, will be showing and selling her art at the Paradise City Arts Festival in Northampton on May 25 -27. Johanna creates both decorative and fine art wall rugs, as well as functional floor rugs with designs ranging from traditional to modern. Johanna also has experimented in sculpture and relief in wet felt, many types of apparel, air plant hangers and kitchenware. More about her work here!

Sara Garfinkel Henderson (HS’12)

Look Who Has Joined Hartsbrook’s Cricket Class. Niah Henderson has joined Cricket along with her alum mother, Sara Garfinkel Henderson (HS’12) and alum parent, Heidi Garfinkel.  Sara can also be found at Hartsbrook when she substitutes for our school nurse, Laurie Zacek.


MAE HORACK (HS ’13), is showing her series “The Taiga” at the Belchertown Art Walk on Saturday April 27th.  Displays open at 9am and Mae will be giving a talk about the Taiga at 1:30pm

NORA COOPER (HS ’17) and Marley Bernard (HS ’17)

NORA COOPER (HS ’17) is in the GCC production of “Sorry” (with Tim Holcomb!), showing April 26 & 27 at 7:30pm and April 28 at 2pm and Marley Bernard (HS ’17) is in the production of “Locally Grown 3” showing May 2-4.  more info on both productions 


STEPHANIE KELLOGG (HS ’10), member of the Pioneer Valley Ballet, performed in Beauty and the Beast on April 6th.


GAVAN RICE (HS ’16) is finishing up his Junior year at Embry-Riddle  Aeronautical University.  He is also working part time as an aircraft dispatcher at the Embry-Riddle Flight Department.  In December, he became a certified Commercial Pilot and is now working towards his flight instructor rating to teach the next generation of student pilots.  He currently flies a Cessna 172 and has logged over 210 hours of flight time.  Things are soaring high!


LUCIE LATUNER (HS ’14) This year the high school has hosted alumni returning to speak about their experiences after Hartsbrook. On May 24th Lucie Latuner ’14, a recently graduated Anthropology major and Religious Studies minor at Connecticut College,  presented the work of her senior thesis that grew out of her experiences and research during her semester abroad in Senegal. Lucie’s honors thesis, “Y’en a Marre! Hip-Hop Culture and Social Mobilization in Post-Colonial Senegal,” earned her a Connecticut College Anthropology award for high academic achievement and dedication to Anthropology, and her thesis was nominated by her department to be considered for the college’s award to a graduating senior for the year’s most outstanding honors study.


MARA KEITH-HUNTER NIEFER (8th G ’98) reports that she and her husband have two young children who both attend their local Waldorf school where they live in Lake Placid, NY.  Mara enjoys volunteering as a Board of Trustees member at the school.  She says  that “It’s been fun to watch our children take part in the familiar traditions and festivals that I remember from my time at Hartsbrook, and I hope that they benefit from the experience as much as I did.”

Kiara Ana Perico

Kiara Ana Perico and Kiel Feher were married on 4/23/17 in California.

Sam Lynch (’94)

Sam Lynch ’94 & Hoa Tran married June 2017.


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.

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 ..

FINN O’CONNOR (8th G’14)

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)

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, including 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)

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.


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.

KELLOGG, DANA (8th G’14)

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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.”