Fall 2018 Regional Updates

Bay Area

The Bay Area got off to a great start with an orientation and goal-setting reception on August 18. The committee took their seven Fellows to see a San Francisco Giants baseball game on September 11, 2018. Pictured are (left to right) Anu Pattabiraman ’10 (committee volunteer), Yash Huilgol ’18, Erin Lynch ’18, Natalie Larkin ’18, Mark Goldstein ’18, Martin Kurian ’18, Jonah Donnenfield ’18, Tiffany Lee ’11 (committee volunteer), and Michelle Arader Fort ’10 (committee chair). The committee also hosted a seminar on Managing Up on October 18, which received very positive feedback from the Fellows; a fellow from a similar program at Stanford joined them.


Boston

The Boston Area Committee kicked off the year with lunch and a swan boat ride on August 18. In the picture on the left, above, in the front row: Alice Tao ’17 (volunteer), Alice Frederick ’17, Minjia Tang ’18, Kelly Hatfield ’17 (volunteer), Heather Barnard Gruber ’96 (volunteer).

Back row: Rebecca Curtin (volunteer), Sitraka St. Michael ’11 (volunteer), Maranatha Teferi ’16, Jonathan Yu ’18, Caitlin Sullivan ’07 (volunteer), Liam Fitzgerald ’18, and Julia Perlmutter ’17.


Chicago

The Chicago Area Committee hosted a kick-off event on September 9. Front row: Carol Obertubbesing ‘73 (volunteer), Emily Pauls ‘18, Virginia Midkiff ‘16 (committee chair), Alice Mar-Abe ‘18, My Bui ‘18; mentors Kristen Molloy ’08, and Vince Anderson ’65; Chris Shin ‘18, Samantha DeKoven ‘94 (mentor), Sherry Holland (volunteer), Andrew Hahm ‘17 (recent Fellow).
Back row: Fiona Bell (friend of one of the Fellows), Ankush Rakhit ‘18, Courtney Wax ‘18, Kristen Smith ‘03 (mentor), Latalia White ‘13 (mentor/ committee member); committee members Rebecca Deaton ’91, Kirsten Hull ’99, and Stacy McAuliffe ’98; Michael Manning ’17 (recent Fellow), Nkosi Shangwa ’18, Ben Levenson ‘15 (mentor); and committee members Tom Allison ’66 and Nathalie Langerfeld ’09.

 

Committee member Lindsay Wall’s children, Callie and Ozzie Wall (above) also joined in the fun!

Special thanks to Carol Obertubbesing ‘73 for hosting the 2018-19 Fellows on the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise on September 9, just before the kick-off event. Back row: Chris Shin ’18, Ben Levenson ‘15 (mentor), Ankush Rakhit ’18, and Nkosi Shangwa ’18. Front row: Courtney Wax ’18, Alice Mar-Abe ’18, Fiona Bell, and Emily Pauls ’18.


New Jersey

In July 2018, the New Jersey Area Committee got the year off to a great start with a meet and greet. Fellows got the chance to meet their mentors. Pictured above, front row: Norah Reich k’00, Kristen Epstein ’97, Rick Ober ’65, and Rosed Serrano ’18.
Middle: Michael Novek ‘08 and his daughter, Josie.

Back row: Jean Trujillo *95, Audrey Henry ’76, Tom Magnus ’77, Mercy Byrne ’83, Kevin Reich ’00 and his daughter Maeve, Marsha Rosenthal ’76, Jacobine Dru ’07, Anna Kapolka ’18, Ava Torjani ’18, Kabbas Azhar ’18, Kayla Moffett ’18, John Heilner ’64, and Bill Woodrow ’71.

Audrey Henry ’76 met with Kabbas Azhar ’18, her mentee.
Mercy Byrne ’83 chats with Anna Kapolka ’18.

New York

Project 55 Fellows enjoyed a kick-off event at Judy Hole Suratt s’55’s home on September 4. This year 20 Fellows will be working at 15 different partner organizations in New York City. Pictured, left to right: Rainah Berlowitz ’97, Edric Huang ’18, Maraiya S. Hakeem ’12, Scott Taylor ’75, Dominic Michel ’70, Rochelle Forni ’18, Kef Kasdin ’85, Carolyn Birbiglia ’11, Reinaldo Maristany IV ’18, Nitasha Siddique ’18, Katrina Davies ’18, Maia Craver ’18, Kelly McCabe ’18, and Aaron Sun ’18.

Attendees listen intently at the NY Area Committee kick-off event.

Washington, D.C.

In Washington, D.C. Clara Botstein ’07—Project 55 and Emerging Leader alumna—opened up her home to host the Area Committee’s kick-off event for the Fellows in September. On October 25, Meaghan Byrne ’10 and Alan Platt ’66 (pictured left) spoke about navigating career paths at a seminar held for the Fellows. Victoria Navarro ’18, current Fellow at PeerForward, is pictured on the right.

Regional Updates, Summer 2018

Bay Area

Project 55 Fellow Nick Dreher ’17 spent the past year at the UCSF Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center working on various clinical and epidemiological research projects. As a culmination of his year-long Fellowship, he was invited to present at one of the largest educational and scientific events in the oncology community. Read more about his experience, including several last-minute changes, on his blog post.

Project 55 Fellow Hannah Kraus ’17 has been working at Aspire Public Schools, one of the first public K-12 charter systems in the country. Her year has been an enormous learning experience with regards to education policy, nonprofit organizations, program design, survey administration, and equity/inclusion. She shares her learnings about evaluating teacher effectiveness and her experience at Aspire on her blog post.

Boston

Project 55 Fellow Monica Seng ’17 has been working to promote safe access to fecal transplants at OpenBiome. Her role as a Clinical Outreach Associate gives her the opportunity to support OpenBiome’s ever-growing clinical partner network to help treat patients with recurrent Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infection, which is the number one hospital-acquired infection in the country. Read more about Monica’s experience in her blog post here.

Chicago

On May 20, 2018, the Chicago Area Committee held a year-end event generously hosted by Vince Anderson ’65 and his wife. Project 55 Fellows, mentors, and Area Committee members shared the highs and lows of their time in Chicago.

New Jersey

On July 7, 2018, our New Jersey Area Committee welcomed the 2018-19 NJ cohort of Project 55 Fellows with a meet and greet at 12 Stockton

On July 7, 2018, our New Jersey Area Committee welcomed the 2018-19 NJ cohort of Project 55 Fellows with a meet and greet at 12 Stockton. Fellows, volunteers, mentors, and Area Committee members were able to enjoy some refreshments and great conversations about Princeton Project 55. See photos of the Fellows, mentors, and other volunteers here.

New York

On June 28, 2018, the New York Area Committee had a farewell party for the 2017-18 cohort of Project 55 Fellows in the city. The event took place at the home of AlumniCorps Board member and Area Committee member Judy Hole Suratt s’55. See lots of photos in the Facebook album here.

In April 2018, the Area Committee also gathered Fellows and volunteers at Seward Park NY Public Library on 4/28/18. They discussed the role of public libraries in modern times and got a tour of the Seward Park Branch of the New York Public Library. The group even got to peek in on a library program and some classes, then afterward they enjoyed some dim sum. See photos of their tour of the library here.

Piyapat “Poupae” Sinsub’ 17, Project 55 Fellow at the Housing Development Fund, wrote about her experience as a Development Assistant based in Stamford, CT. She shared how questions like “What can we do to make nonprofits operate as efficiently as corporates when there are not enough incentives?” led her to the discovery of social enterprises—a field she plans to pursue at the graduate level. Read more in her blog post.

Washington, D.C.

Furman Haynes ’17 just completed his Fellowship at CityBridge Education and has been hired to work full time at the organization with the former D.C. Deputy Mayor for Education, Jennie Niles, to create pathways for the city’s young people into STEM-related careers. Congratulations, Furman! Read about his experience as a Fellow there in his blog post. Former AlumniCorps Emerging Leader Brandon White ’09 has stepped up into leading the development of a great seminar series for the Project 55 Fellows in Washington, D.C. in the upcoming program year. Brandon also sat on one of our panels at Reunions 2018; see our Reunions update for details.

Emerging Leaders Profile: An update on May Mark, EL ’14 – ’15

May Mark, Emerging Leaders alumna
May Mark, Emerging Leaders alumna from the 2015 cohort in NYC

Two years ago we profiled May Mark, an alumna of the ’14 – ’15 Emerging Leaders cohort in NYC. May had just relocated to the Bay Area from New York City. When May decided to move on from the tech startup that she joined, she turned to the AlumniCorps network to help her learn more about opportunities in the Bay Area.

May enrolled in Duke University’s intensive 17-month Cross Continent MBA program and she found that the degree complemented the skills she had acquired in Emerging Leaders. “EL helped me to focus on who I am as a leader and how I see myself in the context of others. It was a very safe space with a master facilitator and many opportunities to practice what we were learning… I had already done self-reflection, so I had a strong sense of who I was and where I need to grow.” Like many Emerging Leaders alumni, May credits her program facilitator in NYC with the program’s success: “Yael was an amazing facilitator. I spend a lot of time in the professional development space for adult learning and she’s definitely masterful at what she does.”

Thanks to the global MBA program, May now has classmates around the world. Because of her MBA cohort and other communities May is part of, she says, “I feel very comfortable reaching out to others in a new environment.” Thus, it comes as no surprise that when May got an email from AlumniCorps describing the vibrant Bay Area Steering Committee, she reached out to Steering Committee member Julie Rubinger Doupé ’09. “This new AlumniCorps community was an extension of the one I’d joined in NYC during the Emerging Leaders program. Even though the Bay Area is different, both communities have shared values.”

May (front, left) facilitating the "Managing Up" seminar
May (front, left) facilitating the “Managing Up” seminar for Project 55 Fellows in the Bay Area in December 2017.

Indeed, the Bay Area Steering Committee wasted no time in asking May to lead a seminar that December on Managing Up (see photo). She taught Fellows how to be proactive with their managers by using tactics like anticipating managers’ needs and being crystal clear with deliverables. “I really enjoy working with adult learners. My seminar included brainstorming, role-playing, and lots of discussion.” The experience differed from sessions with Emerging Leaders because the Fellows are much earlier in their careers. “The way I crafted the seminar was definitely informed by my reflections on my early work experience. I wish someone would have shared this information with me when I first entered the workforce!”

“I started to proactively build out my network, and Julie really helped me get to know people in the Bay Area.” May was able to secure a position as the Deputy School Support Lead at XQ, an organization that sparked a cultural conversation last fall to rethink high school nationwide. The organization began with XQ: The Super School Project, a competition inviting America to reimagine high school. Currently, May is focused on cultivating communities of practice among the XQ Schools, methodically encouraging school leaders and teachers to connect and learn from each other.

As May finishes her first year at XQ, the current cohort of Emerging Leaders participants are getting ready for their final sessions and closing celebrations. She reflects, “I didn’t see the Emerging Leaders Closing Celebration as the end of my experience… it was the start. I’d encourage the current cohort to continue to take the content you’ve learned and work with it… use it to reach out to others.” We’re happy to report that Project 55 Fellows in the Bay Area are benefiting from May taking her own advice.

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Regional Updates – Winter 2018

New York Area Committee

The New York Area Committee hosted a holiday party at Judy Hole Surrat’s lovely upper west side home in December 2017. Attendees included Fellows, Area Committee members, and other AlumniCorps community members.

The New York Area Committee also hosted a seminar at the Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Clinic in November 2017. The Adolescent Health Clinic provides free and subsidized healthcare to youth and families in NYC, and is known for its inclusion of other social services and youth support programs. The Committee hosted a panel discussion with the executive director—Angela Diaz—as well as a staff psychologist, and one of their youth coordinators. After the panel discussion, which featured topics ranging from fundraising for a $1 million+ budget to mental health programs for urban youth, Ms. Diaz provided a tour of the facility. Attendees included about 14 fellows and Area Committee members Molly O’Neill ’14, Judy Hole Surrat s’55, Amy Olivero ‘13, Maria Katarina Rafael ’14, and Scott Taylor ‘75.

The New York Area Committee has a Career Night planned for early February, which will cover areas of interest such as law, medicine, immigration, and media. In addition, New York City PP55 Fellows will attend a seminar at Planned Parenthood which is planned by the University of Chicago’s analogous public interest fellowship program. Look out for photos!

In Memoriam: Dr. Robert (Bob) Myrl Amick ’55

Dear AlumniCorps Community,

We were deeply saddened to learn last week of the death of Dr. Robert (Bob) Myrl Amick ’55 on Saturday, January 13, 2018, in Brookline, Massachusetts. Bob died peacefully in his sleep after persevering through myriad health issues over the years. Bob and his wife Carol Ruth Jockers Amick were true friends of AlumniCorps; Bob served on the Princeton Project 55 Board from 1999 to 2005 and, as late as 2014, generously donated his time to mentor Fellows in the Boston area. AlumniCorps is truly grateful for his years of service and very generous support of Princeton AlumniCorps.

Bob had an accomplished career in medicine and medical administration. He received his MD from Yale Medical School in 1959, which is also where he met Carol. He interned at Cincinnati General Hospital and after a residency served in the Army at the Fort Chaffee, Arkansas station hospital. He completed his military service in June 1965 and moved with his family to Boston, where he worked in cancer chemotherapy at the adult clinic of the Children’s Cancer Research Foundation, a division of Boston Children’s Hospital. Bob moved to Veteran’s Hospital in Jamaica Plain, MA in 1967, where he was promoted to staff physician and then appointed Chief of Staff in 1974. He received a Master’s Degree in Management Science from MIT’s Sloan School of Management as a Sloan Fellow in 1979. He returned to Veteran’s Hospital as the Associate Chief of Staff for Education, which he held until his retirement in 1998. He also held an academic post at Boston University School of Medicine as well as membership in various regional and national VA advisory groups. Bob exemplifies the contributions the members of the Class of ’55 have made to society themselves and, through Project 55, now AlumniCorps, through succeeding generations of Princetonians.

Bob’s classmates and colleagues described him as generous, quiet, and solid. Mike Lee ’55 had the privilege of attending Yale Medical School with Bob – Mike fondly remembers their experiences as lab partners. George Hackl ’55 said, “Bob was admired by his classmates for his integrity, his intelligence, his wit, and the fundamental goodness of his heart.” Kenly Webster ’55 noted he has “never known a more genuine person, dedicated to fairness and the highest ethical principles.” Steve Boyd ’55 remembered that while Bob did not attend the founding meeting of Princeton Project 55, Steve traveled soon thereafter to Boston and successfully recruited Bob to sign on to the nascent organization’s cause. Pete Milano ’55 remarked, “Bob was a person of the highest ethical and moral standards imaginable, always with a caring and insightful demeanor in his approach to people and in addressing issues of consequence. We will sorely miss him.” Anne-Marie Maman ’84 credits Bob for making her feel welcome when she was first introduced to AlumniCorps through the Boston Area Committee.

Bob is survived by his wife, Carol, of Brookline, MA; son Robert (Charlie) Amick and his wife, Tamra, of Sunnyvale, CA; daughter Helen Amick of Sunnyvale, CA; daughter Joan Kelly and her husband, Steve, of Newton, MA; daughter Lisa DiAdamo and her husband, Rob, of Brookline, MA; brother James Amick of Princeton, NJ; eleven grandchildren; and two nieces and two nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Donald Amick of Warren, NJ; his sister-in-law Helen Bradley of Center Tuftonboro, NH, and a niece.

A memorial service in celebration of Bob’s life will be held on Saturday, February 3rd at 10:30 am at the Union Church in Waban – 14 Collins Road, Waban, MA 02468. There will be a luncheon to follow at The Country Club – 191 Clyde Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.

Bob’s quiet leadership and dedication are a model for us all.

In Community,

Liz Duffy ’88, Board Chair
Debra Kushma ’80, Vice President
Kef Kasdin ’85, President & Executive Director

2017-18 Princeton Project 55 Fellows

This year’s Project 55 Fellow placements are complete! We received 161 completed applications from students and recent alumni, and 47 Fellows have confirmed acceptance to the 2017-18 Program. We also have four continuing Fellows who are returning to their partner organization and wish to fully participate in the Fellowship program for a second year. Orientation was held for incoming Fellows on May 12, 2017; 34 Fellows were in attendance.

via GIPHY

Bay Area
Nickolas (Nick) Dreher ’17
UCSF

Hannah Kraus ’17
Aspire Public Schools

Kristina Phillpotts-Brown ’17
Greater Oakland Public Schools

Andrew Schilling ’17
UCSF

Boston
Audrey Abend ’17
OpenBiome

Cassandra (Cassie) Crifase ’17
Emergency Medicine Network at Massachusetts General Hospital

Kelly Hatfield ’17
The Community Group

Daniel Rounds ’17
The Community Group

Monica Seng ’17
OpenBiome

Chicago
Andrew Hahm ’17
Carole Robertson Center for Learning

Zena Kesselman ’17
Illinois State Board of Education

Michael Manning ’17
New Markets Support

Adjoa Mante ’17
Sinai Community Institute

Nora Niazian ’17
Center for Economic Progress

Briana Payton ’17
North Lawndale Employment Network

Marlyse Vieira ’17
Chicago Volunteer Legal Services

New Jersey

Justine Hamilton ’17
Princeton Internships in Civic Service, Princeton University

Trust Kupupika ’17
International Schools Services

Sahand Keshavarz Rahbar ’17
Princeton AlumniCorps

New York

Akua Achampong ’17
New Community Corporation

Vivien Bazarko ’17
Reach Out and Read

Janine Cadet ’17
New Alternatives for Children

Julie Chen ’17
Brooklyn Defender Services

Eleanor (Ellie) DeGarmo ’17
New York Academy of Medicine

Veronica Edwards ’17
Readworks

Danielle Howell ’17
Coalition for Hispanic Family Services

Minji Kim ’17
Association to Benefit Children

Juliana (Julie) Lopez ’17
Coalition for Hispanic Family Services

Monica Magalhaes ’17
Vital HealthCare Capital

John (Jack) Marsh ’17
New York District Attorney’s Office

Colleen O’Gorman ’17
All In Together

Ashley Richards ’17
New York District Attorney’s Office

Piyapat (Poupae) Sinsub ’17
Housing Development Fund

Jenna Spitzer ’17
City Year

Hannah Srajer ’17
Association to Benefit Children

Alice Tao ’17
New York Center for Child Development

Durva Trivedi ’17
Rockefeller Foundation

Hannah Vester ’17
New York District Attorney’s Office

Gelila Yohannes ’17
New York Academy of Medicine

Washington, D.C.

Salwa Ahmad ’17
Aeras

Tess Bissell ’17
College Summit

Laurel Easterling ’17
Aeras

Richard (Furman) Haynes ’17
CityBridge Foundation

Alexandra (Lexi) Mairone ’17
Humanity United

Hayley Roth ’17
Partners for the Common Good

Anna Walker ’17
Partners for the Common Good