In February, Randy Samborn will begin a new job as Senior Vice President at Levick Strategic Communications, LLC in Chicago. Samborn served with distinction as an Assistant US Attorney in Chicago and as the office's official spokesman. He notably served as spokesman to Patrick Fitzgerald, who was the federal prosecutor in charge of the investigation of the Valerie Plame Affair. This led to the prosecution and conviction in 2007 of Vice President Dick Cheney's Chief of Staff Scooter Libby for perjury. Randy’s new job will involve crisis response and communication with the media on behalf of litigators and their clients. After MVCDS, Randy attended Washington University in St. Louis and then University of Toledo College of Law. In addition to local jobs at the Toledo Blade and Lucas County Prosecutor’s Office he also served as the Chicago Bureau Chief of The National Law Journal prior to starting his twenty year career for the US Attorney's Office. Thank you to Ted Chung ’85, another attorney in Chicago, for submitting this article from the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin about alum Randy Samborn.
Berkley Welles Wellstein ’02
Maumee Valley graduates and friends gathered in Chicago to support a Berkley Welles Wellstein ’02 at the 3rd Annual Jane’s Pink Party on January 24th. Front L-R: Berkley Welles Wellstein ’02, Sami Lipman ’02, Hope Welles, Deke Welles ’70, and The Reverend Hopie Welles Jernagan ’00. Back row L-R: Amir Khan ’00, Weezie Foster Stoddard ’82, Gail Mahaffy, Anant Tamirisa ’02 , Kitsy Sabin Choka ’75, and Mike Hardman.
Monica Rostocki ’03
Monica is happily settling into her new life in the serene, alternative town of Ojai, CA, tucked into a valley in the Los Padres Mountains in Southern California. She is teaching climbing at the local bouldering gym, working intermittently for the Ventura County School District and Educational Testing Service, and pursuing local positions in outdoor education, a popular curriculum in schools in the Western United States. In her down time, Monica takes care of her 16 chickens and goes hiking. You can usually find Monica on the road to some climbing destination. She’s been learning the art of trad climbing recently and hopes to head to Yosemite later this spring. Monica will be earning her Wilderness First Responder certification soon, and will be returning for a third summer as a trip leader with Wilderness Ventures, a teen outdoor adventure company based out of Jackson, WY. Monica says, “It feels like I never stop plotting out my next challenge!”
Four fellow alumni gathered in Chicago to celebrated New Years this past January. Megan is pursuing a Master's Degree in Social Work at the University of Chicago. Kelsy has been working at MVCDS for five years and is the World Languages Department Chair. Monica is teaching climbing at the local bouldering gym, working intermittently for the Ventura County School District. Leslie Andrews Athmer ’04 and her husband Brian started an apparel company to help raise money to conserve the Great Lakes.www.sailored.com.
Leslie Andrews Athmer ’04
eslie Andrews Athmer ’04, and her husband Brian, have launched an apparel company called Sailored. After the Lake Erie algae bloom last year that left Toledo residents with no water for several days, they wanted to help. With every purchase, 15% of net proceeds are donated to The Alliance for the Great Lakes to help conserve the Great Lakes. Check it out and feel "great" about your purchase of Great Lakes and nautical apparel and accessories knowing you're supporting a good cause.
Zuri is the new Aftershow host for MTV's hit reality game show, The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2. Tune in to the competition Tuesday nights at 11/10c and catch Zuri hosting the Aftershow. She will be getting to the bottom of all the steamy hookups, crazy challenges, and fiery fights this season. Aftershows will air on January 27, February 3, February 24, and March 17.
Elizabeth "Liz" Seeman ’06
Liz is living and working in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia working for JaRco Consulting, PLC which does development consultancy work - mostly Monitoring and Evaluation - in health, gender, “WASH” (stands for water. sanitation and hygiene), and education projects in Ethiopia. Along with many other adventures, Liz spent her birthday on top of Angafo Mountain at 3,460m this year.
Andrew Schmidt '08, Caroline Bearss '10, Bailey Bearss '06 and Kathleen Choka '06
MV alumni, Christmas Eve mass at St. Timothy's in Perrysburg.
Lee Bigelow ’10, Asia Gauler ’13, and Dillon Stoddard ’10
The trio had a mini reunion in Troy, NY, in November 2014. Dillon is in his senior year as a Mechanical Engineering major at RPI, Lee Bigelow is working at Emerson Process Management as a Controls Engineer, and Asia Gauler is in her second year at RPI.