Alumni Class Notes
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Tomas Chadwick ’89 has been happily married for 20 years to his wife Ana. They live in Darien, Connecticut with their four kids: Roberto (15), Sofia (13), Alex (10) and Andrea (2). Tomas works as the chief financial officer for Surgical Care Affiliates. He feels he is proof that a resilient, handicapped, and dyslexic student can go on to be a successful, happy executive at a large company.
Jad Shams ’92 currently serves as Head of the Middle East and Africa for Mirae Asset Global Investments. Jad is a chartered alternative investment analyst with over 20 years of experience and holds several qualifying degrees in his field, including a certificate in financial engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, various regulatory qualifications, and a degree in economics and political science from McGill University. Prior to his current position, Jad served as the director at Natixis Global Asset Management in Dubai for five years; he also worked with Credit Agricole Asset Management (now Amundi) in Abu Dhabi, and Deutsche Asset Management International in Frankfurt. Jad began his career in 1997 as a research economist with CapitalCorp Securities. Prior to financial services, Jad served as a medic in the US Army Reserves from 1992 to 1997.
Catriona (Watson) Ward ’98 is celebrating the US publication of her first novel, The Girl from Rawblood. Her novel won the British Fantasy Award for Best Horror Novel in 2016. Catriona studied English at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford, then earned a master’s degree in creative writing at the University of East Anglia. After living in New York for four years training as an actor, she now works for a human rights foundation and lives in London.
Anne-Catherine de Leeuw '99, who holds a bachelor’s degree in European studies, spent her years after graduation working abroad in Egypt, Greece, Italy, and Spain. For the last eight years, she has been working for the Ministry of Defense in the Netherlands, as a project manager of human resource projects. Three years ago, she completed her post-bachelor studies in psychology of work and organization. She and her husband, Jean-Paul, live in the Netherlands with their daughter, Eva-Maria (2), and the most recent addition to their family, their son Magnus-Alexander. In her free time, she loves to sing opera and perform as a solo singer.
Mawuena Agbonyitor '00 is currently finishing up a fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in child and adolescent psychiatry. Prior to this, she received her bachelors degree at Harvard College and her masters degree in control of infectious diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. After finishing her masters degree, she returned to Maryland to get her medical degree at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, where she stayed for her general psychiatry residency training. Being in Baltimore allowed her to make frequent trips home to Silver Spring and hang out with other WIS alumni still living in the DC area. Upon completion of her fellowship this June, she plans to work in community psychiatry and provide mental health treatment to low-income individuals and families. She is grateful for her years at WIS, where she was encouraged to appreciate different cultures, which led to wonderful travel experiences and professional opportunities within global health.
Emily Griffins ’02, who has lived mainly in her native London since leaving WIS at the end of third grade, kicked off a three year stint of studying and working in the United Stated by getting married to her long-term partner, Alastair, in Florida. The couple stopped off at her WIS 10-year class reunion on their honeymoon drive north to Rhode Island. They spent two years in Rhode Island, one of which Emily spent completing a master’s degree in elementary education at Brown University. They then spent a year in Berkeley, California, where Emily taught middle school French. In 2015, they returned to London and Emily started teaching year 5 and 6 math and English at Dulwich Prep London school. On February 26 of this year, Emily and Alastair celebrated the arrival of their first child, Ewan.
Dara Gilman ’08 has been working in real estate in the DC metro area over the last year and a half and recently moved over to working for TTR Sotheby's International Realty. She is licensed in DC, MD, and VA and has done transactions on both the buy and sell sides in all three jurisdictions. Dara absolutely loves her career and has found that building her own business is incredibly challenging but rewarding.
Genevieve Fleming-Hollinger ‘14 will be graduating in June 2018 from the University of California, San Diego with a degree in environmental engineering. Last semester she went on a comparative study abroad program about the politics of climate change and environmental justice to Vietnam, Morocco, and Bolivia. Since returning to UCSD, she has joined the Academic Connection of Engineers as professional development chair and continues to take part in weekly salsa/bachata club workshops. Eventually, Genevieve hopes to work collaboratively with international communities in the renewable energy field.
Noa Gelb ’14 is currently working on finishing her degree at the University of Michigan. She is a double major in classical studies and theater performance, with respective focuses in mythology and ancient religion and acting. She also is working toward a history minor. She has studied in both Dublin and Athens and looks forward to relocating and continuing with graduate school at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin. In addition to acting and studying, she has taken up teaching mythology, yoga, and dance, and is currently working on her book of modified fairy tales.