April 2017 Class Notes

List of 8 items.

  • Class of 1955 Mini Reunion

    The Class of 1955 “mini spring reunion” was sparked by a text from Emily Riddell in late January which said, “Cynthia and Jack are here through March, why not come up?” This started a series of emails. The gathering became a Valentines Party celebration in Northern California.  The attendees were Cynthia and Jack Lafferty, Emily and Stuart Riddell, Linda and Tony Plutynski, and Kay and Ted Koupal. The big feature of the gathering was a beautiful Valentine’s Day luncheon hosted by Cynthia and Jack in a fantastic home on top of a mountain in Tiburon, facing San Francisco Bay. Unfortunately, it was our last time to see Jack because he passed away shortly after they returned home. The next Class of 1955 Reunion will be this October in Los Altos, CA, and Monterey, CA, hosted by Linda and Tony Plutynski. So far response has been good and we expect at least a third of the class to be there.
    Photo: Back l-r: Tony "Pluto" Plutynski and Ted Koupal, Front l-r: Emily Shepard Riddell, and Cynthia Hutton Lafferty.
  • Class of 1984 Mini Reunion

    Stephen Foster, Mark Goldman, and Leslie Van Hee Zalecki, had a mini reunion at the MVCDS March Madness alumni event on April 1st at The Bronz Boar in downtown Toledo.
  • Anitha Rao ’01

    Dr. Rao is CEO & Co-Founder at Neurocern. She is a board-certified behavioral and geriatric neurologist, most recently at the University of California San Francisco Memory and Aging Center where she received subspecialty training in memory disorders, Alzheimer's disease, neurodegenerative conditions, and dementia. 

    Her additional interests include: neural networks, big data, machine learning, and predictive modeling in health information technology. Dr. Rao has published several articles on neurological disease and public health outcomes, and served as an Advisor for the American Geriatrics Society and The American Academy of Neurolog.
     
    Dementia is a disease that affects 90,000,000 people globally. With close to 1000 dementia specialists in the world, each would be responsible for 90,000 patients. Dr. Anitha Rao is one of the limited number of physicians in the United States with advanced dementia training and has become a pioneer in dementia tech.
     
    “The choice I had after finishing my training was to become a dementia research clinician who would see roughly 2,000 patients a year or take a once-in-a-lifetime chance to create algorithms that could potentially change the life of millions for the better.” Said Dr. Rao
     
    During her fellowship at the UCSF’s Memory and Aging Center, Dr. Rao met with countless patients and family caregivers who lacked access to specialized physicians and were desperate for answers on how to manage the symptoms and behaviors of this challenging disease. From her experience in practice and clinical research, Neurocern was created. The company, part of MATTER Chicago, has been recognized several times for their ground-breaking business, most recently by1871 as one of the Top 12 Women Led Start Up Companies.
     
    Dr. Rao states, “Dementia is an umbrella disease with more than 20 different types, of which the most commonly known are Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease dementia. Each type has its own hospital plan and family care plan. Each individual dementia patient has a unique brain profile that would take numerous doctor visits to analyze, especially with the limited access to specialists. The key to preventing rapid decline in dementia is proper management of behaviors at home and reducing hospital visits.”
     
    Anitha was introduced to her co-founder, Marguerite Manteau-Rao, a former dementia caregiver, through a mutual colleague in 2014. Marguerite, a licensed clinical social worker with an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, has experienced the limited resources and answers for dementia effecting families first hand. Anitha and Marguerite identified the market need for a solution that would facilitate relief to non-specialized doctors with clinical decision-making tools and also empower family caregivers with highly relevant home care plans.
     
    To read more about Dr. Rao and her work click here.
     
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  • Vin Gupta ’01

    Vin Gupta, MD MSC, is a Pulmonary & Critical Care Physician at Brigham & Women's Hospital. He is also commissioned as a Captain in the US Air Force Medical Corps, where he serves as a Critical Care Air Transport Physician. At the Institute, his focus is on Strategic Health Diplomacy and Climate Change, where he is leading a research initiative seeking to better characterize the determinants, distribution, and future directions of American Health Foreign Aid. Understanding how such aid can assist in climate mitigation efforts across climate-vulnerable countries in our Global South is a secondary focus.
     
    Dr. Gupta is one of the 40 under 40 winners for Leaders in Minority Health. "The 2017 winners are doing amazing things that both better and diversify the healthcare marketplace.  They serve as positive role models for our next generation of leaders in minority health." These 40 represent the next generation of thought leaders in reducing health disparities.
  • Perrigrine "Perri" Garner Rice '05

    Perri married Christopher Rice on October 3, 2015, and their three daughters Baylee, Camille, and Delilah were flower girls. Perri’s maid of honor was LaSonja Bruce ’05. Laila Hanson ’05 also attended and celebrated the special day with Perri. They are currently living in Toledo and Perri keeps busy managing day to day life with having Cerebral Palsy and focusing on raising her children. “I have some of the best memories and experiences from Maumee Valley and I hope to send my girls there when they get older.” 
  • Will Santino ’07

    Will is an artist, author, poet, and performer based in Madison, WI. He currently teaches drawing at the University of Madison, and is working on his third book.
     
    Will’s books: My Week and Examples of Anything are available on amazon.
  • Addy Rothman ’09

    While vacationing​ in Ireland with their families, Addy Rothman ​became engaged to Adam Parker of Winston Salem, NC​. Both graduates of Wake Forest University, the couple resides in Atlanta where Addy is a Senior Marketing Specialist at Deloitte and Adam is a Director at Carter, a real estate development firm. The newly engaged couple are planning a wedding in the spring of 2018.
  • Alex Karcher ’12

    Alex successfully finished his second year of law school as a student at Ohio State's Moritz College of Law in April. As part of his L2 curriculum (second year law school), Alex was fortunate to have the opportunity to study law abroad at the University of Oxford. While there, he took courses in Comparative Constitutional Law, European Union Economic Law, a course in Common Law, and participated in the renowned Oxford Tutorial Program, researching and writing an article on transgender rights under the European Convention on Human Rights. This summer he is looking forward to returning to Toledo as a law clerk at Anspach Meeks Ellenberger LLP. 

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