October 2017 Class Notes

List of 14 items.

  • Mike Zerner ’72 and Stephanie White ’79 (left) Stephanie White ’79 and Dave White, Jr. ’80 (right)

    Stephanie White and Mike Zerner participated in The Victory Center’s Over the Edge, this year’s fundraiser for The Victory Center. They helped raise funds for a bucket-list experience of rappelling down 16 stories of the Toledo Edison building in downtown Toledo.Stephanie was sponsored by Dave White Family Collision.   Mike raised funds for The Victory Center’s fight against cancer by repelling down the Edison building on September 8. Stephanie was also joined by her brother Dave White, Jr., and Ralph Sampson in the Over the Edge for Victory fund-raiser.
  • Brennan Kasperzak ’00

    Brennan is a master glass artist, living in Seattle, WA. His latest creations combine two of his passions: mountains and glass.  Inspired by mountains, he creates quilt patterns and geometric designs in snowboards using cut sheet glass. In removing the functionality of the snowboard by creating it in glass, Brennan allows the snowboards to become his canvas.  He says that light plays a significant role in glass, as in snowboarding: shine a light from behind and you may notice a change in your view of the snowboards. His web site is brennankasperzak.com.
  • Imani Roach ’00

    Imani Roach recently joined the online arts publication Artblog as managing editor. Artblog’s mission is to promote equity and inclusion in Philadelphia arts. Before Artblog, Imani was both a contributor and a senior editor at Guernica magazine. Since moving to Philadelphia in 2012, Roach has devoted herself to the local arts community as an art history lecturer at the University of the Arts, as an active member of the Vox Populi Gallery and Collective, and as a practicing artist and musician.
  • Vinay Gupta '01

    On May 3, 2017, Vinay and Nisha Gupta of Boston, MA welcomed their first child, Aydan Ahir Gupta, weighing 3lbs. 7 oz.
  • The Phineas Andersons Family: '97, '99, '04, & 05

    Photo L-R: Danielle Anderson, Elliot Anderson '99, Ana Sirbu '04, Phineas Anderson ’05 (honorary member of the Class of 2005), Mitchell Anderson, Mihai Toader, Ryan Anderson '97, and Blue Baldwin.

    Ana was an exchange student at MV from 2001-2002, graduated from Harvard, and worked at UBS, Silver Lake Partners, and Google.  She is presently vice president of Finance and Capital Markets for startup Blue Vine. She and Mihai asked Phineas (head of MV from 1994-2005) to perform their wedding ceremony in Napa Valley, August 27, 2016.  Ryan '97 graduated from McGill University Faculty of Law (Montreal), was the right hand advisor to the Mayor of Tucson, and is now an executive with Tucson Power and Electric.  He and wife Blue have a daughter Mosey, age 4.  Elliot '99  is successful in residential real estate in Tucson;  he and his wife Danielle have a son Wilde, age 7, and daughter Pioneer, age 4.  Phineas and Mitch have recently hiked in Chile, Argentina, the Galapagos Islands, Italy and Norway.  Phineas continues his effort to help end FGM (female genital mutilation) and is working on passing a law in Arizona called Death with Dignity regarding assisted suicide.  He was in a serious motorcycle accident in New Mexico on August 12, 2017, but he says he will be back to his old self by mid-November.
  • Leslie Andrews Athmer ’04

    Leslie and Brian Athmer and big brother Bennet welcomed Naomi Rebel-Jean Athmer on September 13, 2017.  Naomi weighed 7 lbs. 7 oz., and was 20” long.
  • Emily Boehm ’05

    On July 8, 2017, Emily Boehm '05 married Lloyd Mason on a farm outside of Durham, NC. A sticky summer dance party ensued, complete with a large and enthusiastic MVCDS contingent! Many Maumee Valley alumni joined Emily and Lloyd to celebrate their union, including maid of honor Mariana Brandman ’05 and bridesmaids Hannah Kasperzak Jacobs ’05 and Anna Gale ’05.
  • MVCDS Alumni at the Boehm/Mason wedding

    Photo L-R: Tyler Boehm ’01, Charlie Seeman ’03, Maude Kasperzak ’07, Mariana Brandman ’05, Ryan Sieberg ’05, Broer Oatis ’05, Emily Boehm ’05, Andrew Bishara ’05, Tom Paladino ’05, Anna Gale ’05, and Hannah Kasperzak Jacobs ’05. 

    Also in attendance from the MVCDS community were Head of School and father of the bride Gary Boehm, Dean Kasperzak ’76, Mary Ellen Newport, Bob Seeman, Karin Jacobson, and the officiant, MV parent Laurie Jackson (mother of Sam and Anna Steinbock).
  • Molly Rogers Blue ’08

    Congratulations to Molly Rogers ‘08 and Thomas Blue on their wedding on September 15, 2017, in West Virginia. Molly is the director of Family Ministries at Charles Town Presbyterian Church in WV.
  • Hannah Spengler '08

    Maumee Valley is pleased to announce that Hannah Spengler '08 has joined the Maumee Valley Advancement Team as Development Officer, Events and Stewardship. Hannah’s area of focus will be event planning and stewardship. Hannah has been helping out at MVCDS in many capacities since returning to Toledo last year. She has served as a long term math substitute in the Upper School and has also been the Lacrosse coach and has assisted with basketball and field hockey. We’re fortunate to have her on our team!
  • Athena Cocoves '09

    Athena recently won the Press Club of Toledo's Touchstone Award for Excellence in Journalism for her story "Dope Sick."  Cocoves, managing editor of publications at Adams Street Publishing, wrote her investigative story on heroin addiction and won in the non-print daily category.
  • Kara Ford ’09

    Kara Ford and Neal Spureon, III were married on September 2, 2017, in Toledo. Their ceremony was at the Oak Openings Lodge, and the reception was at the Swanton Sport Center (Kara’s family's bowling alley). The wedding party included Hannah Santino ’09, Kevin Ford ’05, Kyle O'Connell ’05. Other MVCDS alumni in attendance included Kara’s mom Charlene O'Connell ’80, her uncle Boyd Ratliff ’86, her coworker Holly Hillyer ’96, and Stacy Benner ’80, Mikaela Myers ’09, Daniel Gordon ’08, and Schuyler Beckwith ’04.
  • Patrick Beringer ’12

    Patrick Beringer and Kristina Pabonwere married on August 29, 2017, in Bird Point, AK, with family and friends  in attendance.  Patrick is a Lieutenant Junior Grade in the United States Coast Guard and lives in Charleston, SC.  
  • Neema Kamala '15

    Neema is one of 550 American students to receive a U.S. Department of State Critical Language scholarship; she will be traveling to Arusha, Tanzania, for two months to study Swahili. The Critical Language Scholarship program, part of the U.S. government's efforts to expand the number of Americans studying critical foreign languages, helps scholars gain language and cultural skills.

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