Class of ’96 Celebrates 20 Years
Events — October 7-8, 2016
Informal Bar Night: Friday, 9:30pm-2am: semi-private space at Don Taco in Old Town Alexandria
Tour of TJ: Saturday, 10-11:30am, with group photos in Gym, followed by BYO family “picnic” (in cafeteria due to rain)
Main Event: Saturday, 7-11pm at Town Hall in Glover Park, DC, featuring appetizers and open bar.
Reunion Organizers: Debi Axilbund, Emily (Moyer) Christenson, Kirin (Surpless) Hage, Paul Levitan, Jennifer Connor Naylor, Deniz Selman, Jennifer (Walker) Steiner, Allison (Fairley) Vartabedian
Some Alums of Note
Aditya Bamzai is a first-year law professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, where he teaches Civil Procedure and Computer Crime Law. Previously, he was an appellate attorney in the Justice Department’s National Security Division, where he briefed and argued cases about national security, computer crime, and the separation of powers in the federal courts of appeals. Bamzai was editor-in-chief of the University of Chicago Law Review and served as a law clerk to the late Justice Scalia.
Deniz Selman, Class President and reunion organizer, is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey, where his research and teaching interests include political economy, search theory, auction theory, game theory, public economics, and applied microeconomics.
Nathan Clark is hand-crafting gourmet marshmallows with flavors like Bourbon, Fireball, Lavender, and Sriracha with his wife Jenn under the name Wondermade. Crowned one of Martha Stewart’s American-made favorites, the company is expanding its nationwide wholesale business. For those curious about the connection between attending TJ and going into the craft marshmallow business, here’s how the company responds to the question about what kind of sugar is used in its marshmallows:
“We exclusively use cane sugar [because it’s] the best tasting sweetener around. There are corn syrups made to taste just like cane sugar. Many people cook with them, but they’re chemically different. Cane sugar is sucrose; corn syrups are a mix of glucose and fructose in varying percentages. That means they bind to ingredients differently, they cook differently and your body processes them differently.”
Two exceptional pianists: The New Yorker called Steven Beck (left), “a champion of contemporary music” and “one of the city’s finest young pianists.” Michael Mizrahi (right), an Associate Professor of piano at the Lawrence University Conservatory in Appleton, Wisconsin, is a widely acclaimed performer with a vast and varied repertoire.
Dr. Joseph Lee is a radiation oncologist affiliated with Inova Hospitals who specializes in gynecological, pancreatic, prostate, and gastrointestinal cancers.
Matt Nealon is a Story Artist for animation powerhouse Illumination Entertainment, currently owned by Universal Studios, whose recent credits include “Despicable Me 2” and “The Secret Life of Pets.” (not pictured)
Terry McDonnell is a Kellogg Assistant Professor of Sociology at Notre Dame where he studies the role of objects and media in everyday life. He has pioneered the theory of “cultural entropy” which looks at how and why the intended meanings and uses of culture face unintended interpretations that undermine their creators’ ability to communicate effectively.
Antoinette Hillian, who received her PhD in Genetics, is a Clinical Research Specialist at the Seidman Cancer Center in Cleveland, Ohio with a special interest in diabetes. For over a decade she has volunteered with a program that provides free tutoring for local K-12 students.
Dr. Cassie (Gyuricza) Root (also pictured on TJ tour, above right) is an orthopaedic surgeon who focuses on problems of the elbow, forearm, wrist, and hand. A Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a Washingtonian Top Doctor, she is affiliated with Arlington’s Nirschl Orthopaedic Center.
John DeWeese worked on the hit video game Spore, in which players develop creatures through the evolutionary life cycle from microscopic organism to intelligent being and beyond, and was co-creator of the Word Lens app (part of Google Translate since 2015), which translates photographed text in real-time without the Internet and prompted early reviewers to quote Arthur Clarke’s third law: “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
Kristen Ankerbrandt is a Principal at The Carlyle Group focused on US buyout investment opportunities in the telecommunications, media, and technology sectors. After working as an analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and in private equity, she obtained her MBA from Harvard.
Munge (aka John) Kagia, Johns Hopkins, MSc, University of Durham (UK) MA (also pictured at the Saturday evening event, above right), is Executive Vice President of Industry Analytics for New Frontier Data, where he focuses on identifying industry trends and strategic business opportunities in the (legal) marijuana industry.