Regional Updates – Fall 2017


Boston Project 55 Fellows for 2017-18

The Boston Area Committee hosted a kickoff event for Fellows and volunteers on September 26, 2017. AlumniCorps President & Executive Director Kef Kasdin ’85, and Caryn Tomljanovich, AlumniCorps Director of Programs & Strategy were both able to attend the event, which was hosted by Area Committee member Hardy Watts ’96 and the Ellis L. Phillips Foundation (where Hardy serves as Board President). Pictured are this year’s Fellows (all from the class of 2017) are Audrey Abend, Cassandra Crifase, Kelly Hatfield, Daniel Rounds, and Monica Seng. Not pictured: Kelsey Loman.

Bay Area

Bay Area mentors, volunteers, and Fellows met at New Schools Venture Fund for a relaxed night of connecting and socializing. Kef Kasdin ’85, President & Executive Director, spoke briefly about AlumniCorps’ strategic plan and the early stages of implementation for the Bold Idea.

Front row, left to right: Kristina Philpots Brown ’17 (Fellow at Greater Oakland Public Schools), Anu Pattabiraman ’10 (mentor and Area Committee volunteer), Clare Herceg ’11 (mentor).
Second row, left to right: May Mark (mentor), Michele Arader Fort ’10 (volunteer), Caryn Tomljanovich, Director of Programs & Strategy, Kef, Julie Rubinger ’09 (volunteer), Meredith Bock ’10 (volunteer) and Hannah Kraus’17 (Fellow at Aspire Public Schools).


The Chicago Area Committee hosted a kickoff event at the home of Lindsay Wall ’02. Fellows from the class of 2017 were joined by Chicago Area Committee volunteers and mentors (and a few little Tigers too!).
Back row: Carol Obertubbesing ‘73, Kirsten Hull ‘99, Stacy McAuliffe ‘98, Virginia Midkiff ‘16, Andrew Hahm ‘17, Rebecca Deaton ‘91, Whitney Spalding Spencer ‘07, and Zena Kesselman ’17.
Front row: Adjoa Mante ‘17, Rebecca Knisley ‘15, Kristen Smith ‘03, Lindsay Wall ‘02, Marlyse Vieira ‘17, and Briana Payton ‘17.

New Jersey

Three Fellows from the class of 2017 have been placed in New Jersey this year: Justine Hamilton, Sahand Keshavarz Rahbar, and Trust Kupupika. Thanks to Investor’s Foundation for their support of New Jersey Project 55 Fellows!

New York

The New York Area Committee hosted an ice cream social picnic in July for the incoming Project 55 Fellows. They had a great turnout, and attendees even got to take leftovers home!

In the group photo, left to right: Evan Delgado ’17, Julie Chen ’17, Juli Lopez ’17, Piyapat Sinsub ’17, Ellie DeGarmo ’17, Karenna Martin ‘15 (Project 55 Fellowship alumna & NYC Area Committee Member), Amy Olivero ’13 (volunteer and AlumniCorps board member), Durva Trivedi ’17, and Molly O’Neill ‘14 (Project 55 Fellowship alumna & NYC Area Committee Member).

Washington, DC

Six Fellows from the class of 2017 have been placed in Washington, DC this year: Salwa Ahmad, Tess Bissell, Richard Haynes, Alexandra Mairone, Hayley Roth, and Anna Walker.

Learn more about the Project 55 Fellows by browsing their bios in On the Path, the Fellowship Directory. Be sure to follow AlumniCorps at to see more photos from regional events!

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