Silicon Valley Alumni Brunch
A small group of TJ alums living in the San Francisco Bay Area gathered on June 1st at the home of long-time TJ supporter, Anne Antonowicz Toth, TJ ’89 (top photo, back row, second from right), an Internet security consultant who previously worked at both Yahoo and Google. The event’s co-host, Sander Howard, TJ ’01 (back row, third from left), is the founder and CEO of Thumbtack, an online company linking individuals with service providers that employs several TJ grads (read about the company in the June 2013 newsletter). Daniels, who has hosted informal parties for Bay Area TJ alumni at his offices for the last three years, envisioned this event as the first in a series of focus group/planning sessions.
Attendees discussed event ideas, strategies for connecting alumni to the School and its students, and recommendations for how best to keep alumni informed about TJ’s renovation, Campaign needs, and the many ways that they can participate in the life of the school. After brunch, the group held their retro Jefferson pennants as they posed for a picture with Campaign for TJ Chair Mark Skolnik, Parent ’11 (back row, far right), and his son Nate Skolnik, TJ ’11 (back row, far left).
’97 Alum Encourages Newest Alums
Chris Lewis, TJ ’97, Harvard ’02 (center), who currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Alexandria City School Board, visited the Class of 2014 at graduation rehearsal to stress the importance of alumni involvement.
Introducing Sonal Goda, TJ ’95 (right, Principal Glazer is at left), a former Alumni Association President, he told students to be sure to provide their contact information to the alumni volunteers attending the post-graduation All Night Grad Party and to take full advantage of the powerful alumni network to which they now belong.