Kelly O’Donnell ’11 was appointed director of National Confectioners Association’s CandyPAC. She will support their political efforts and manage the confectionary industry’s political action committee. She previously served as the PAC director for the National Association of Realtors, TriNet, and the Farm Credit Council. (5/22)
Jessica Spafford ’11 and Joshua Boggs ’14 founded a new opera company, AppOpera. Their first performance, Amahl and the Night Visitors, occurred at Emory & Henry College in Emory, VA. Their mission is to champion opera in nontraditional spaces. (5/22)
Lauren Figy Cadigan ’12, supervisor of science, technology, and engineering at Westfield (MA) Public Schools, was named a 40 Under Forty by BusinessWest, honoring young professionals in West Massachusetts. The publication praised her passion and encouragement of students interested in STEM fields. (12/21)
Hung Huynh ’13 accepted a job as an English teacher at Lycée Saint Joseph de Marvejols in France, helping French students explore the British-American language and culture and pass the French baccalaureate exam. She spent the past seven years living and working in France, exploring the French language and culture while working and living the life she loved to explore back in the days as a French major at Ohio Wesleyan. Hung recently completed a French law degree program and hopes to be on track to become a French-American bilingual lawyer. (5/22)
From left, Colleen Waickman ’13, MD, Brenda Gable ’15, MD, and Meghan Schulze ’16, DO, are completing their psychiatry residencies together at The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. All three live in Columbus for their medical training and will graduate from residency as psychiatrists in 2024, 2025, and 2025, respectively. (5/22)
Challen Brown ’14 joined The Columbus Foundation in 2019 as creative manager, overseeing creative strategy and execution for marketing projects and campaigns and serving as lead photographer and videographer. In 2020, her communications and marketing team provided the campaign, including advertising and social media, for The Big Give, a 25-hour online giving event that raised $32,403,214 to provide critical financial support to area nonprofit organizations. In March 2021, her team was awarded the Pride of Columbus American Advertising Federation Local Award for their Spirit of Columbus campaign, created to reward and honor Dr. Amy Acton for her healthcare leadership throughout the COVID pandemic. (5/22)
Megan Pinto ’14 was named a finalist in the Poetry Society of America’s Chapbook Fellowship for her manuscript These Contusions. Megan lives in Brooklyn, and her poems can be found or are forthcoming in Ploughshares, Lit Hub, Plume, BOAAT, and elsewhere. (12/21)
Kerrigan Boyd ’15 and her brother, Ian Boyd, completed a thru hike of the Appalachian Trail on November 20, after 167 days on trail. She says, “There were too many highlights to pick just one— interacting with wildlife, experiencing peak fall in Virginia, the alpine zones and lakes of Maine, and the incredible kindness of the hiking community. My advice for anyone hiking a long trail is to plan it out, seek advice from others who hike, practice a bit, and jump in! You’re more capable than you think, and can fill in the gaps along the way.” (5/22)
Kevin Ford ’15 ran more than 120 miles in 24 hours to raise money for the Westerville Education Challenge Hope Squad, a suicide-prevention program in Westerville, OH. In a message to others who have faced a tragic loss, he says, “There is always hope.” (5/22)
Lidia Mowad ’15 joined McDonald Hopkins LLC in Cleveland, OH, as an associate in the Intellectual Property Department. She brings experience from the Office of the Ohio Attorney General, Federal Trade Commission, and NBCUniversal. (12/21)
Brianna Robinson ’15 performed in a livestream benefit concert, “Still Dreaming: A Musical Tribute to MLK.” The program featured a diverse group of composers and performers to benefit the Neponset Neighbors Together Fund through United Way. Brianna sang “Songs of Love and Justice” by Adolphus Hailstork, from the writings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (12/21)
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