April Alumni Notes

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Andy Ahn FR'97, owner of Boos Philly Cheesesteak in LA, sat down with reporter Eric Spellman of KTLA to talk authentic Philly cheesesteak. If you’ve got a hankering for a legit Philly-style cheesesteak, plan to get yours at the Forum or in Silverlake or KTown. 

Sam Bloom FR'83 is on faculty at the Fashion Institute of Technology and a verbatim reporter for the United Nations. Read more about Sam in this month's alumni profile.

Maddy Butcher FR'82 ES'08P FR'10P ES'13P, has a new book coming out this spring. HorseHead: Brain Science & Other Insights helps readers understand the complicated processes that unfold between horses' ears. Maddy also shared a photo of a recent family trip to Howth, Ireland that included her sons Aidan Gaughran ES'08, Beau Gaughran FR'10 and Cormack Gaughran ES'13.

Menna Demessie CN'97, the vice president of research and policy analysis at the Congressional Black Caucus, was part of the Unbought and Unbossed panel discussion focused on uplifting women of color and calling attention to the fractured relationships between black men and women. Menna spoke on how black women are now in a great position to make positive gains for equality as a result of the record number of black and minority women elected in the 2018 midterms.

Yann de Rochefort ES'85, founder of Boqueria tapas restaurants in NYC and DC, recently opened his sixth location: the Penn Quarter district of DC. Like its other locations, Boqueria serves best sellers like seafood paella, patatas bravas and cheese and charcuterie plates. Leave room for churros con chocolate and churros rellenos. Trust us.

Bayard Keller Faithfull ES’80 helped to found The Beacon School, a progressive, public high school in New York City twenty-five years ago, and has taught there ever since. His additional energies goes into building a movement to tackle climate change.”

Alexandra Gray IT’13 is based in Paris as News-Decoder's community engagement and business development manager. Alexandra has a bachelor of arts from the American University of Paris, and recently obtained a master in marketing from the University of Edinburgh where she graduated first in her class. SYA is an academic partner of News-Decoder.

Ted Lemon FR’75’s winery, Littorai, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Ted was named the 2010 Winemaker of the Year and appears in the documentary Somm: Into the Bottle. For those who attended SYA's 50th anniversary in 2015 held in Boston, you may have sipped the Pinot Gris. Learn more about the vineyard and its sustainable practices. But first, raise a glass to celebrate Ted's milestone.

Wanda Mann ES'89 travels the world in search of great wine and sharing her passion through her blog, The Black Dress Traveler. Read her alumni profile.

Kate McAleer FR’94 CN’05’s company got a shout out from Tory Burch in an interview with TIME, “One woman started an all-natural chocolate company out of Maine called Bixby & Co.” Kate is a 2016 Tory Burch Fellow. Learn more about Kate’s handcrafted chocolate. (And we were out of her dark chocolate salted caramels for National Caramel Day on April 5. Can we call a do over?)

Michael McCarty FR’70’s West Coast restaurant, Michael’s Santa Monica, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year with an epic tasting event and party on April 28, benefiting the No Kid Hungry campaign. Michael and his wife Kim were honored at the Los Angeles No Kid Hungry Heroes dinner in October. 


JP Perrette ES’89 talks about transforming Discovery International’s sport properties for the digital age in this article. He says, The last three decades have been evolutions of the same business. We’re now talking about a revolution to a new business.”


Carol Weston FR'74 ES'05P ES'08P said "First you write, then you re-write, until you get it right." Listen to more from this young adult author in her #MyStartStory.




Séverine Bordeau, French language teacher at SYA France, is in the States getting ready for the 123rd Boston Marathon. Help us cheer on Séverine! Follow her using the Boston Marathon app. She’s bib number 11001.

Former faculty Steve Morison and Emily Allen CN'08-'10F FR'17P are heading back overseas to teach at the American College of Sophia in Bulagria. Emily shared, "We are thrilled to be entering yet another adventure, in a country we’ve never visited before, and to learn yet another language."


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Severine Bordeau

SYAers around the world followed Séverine's progress as she ran through famous sections of the race, feeling the adrenaline of each mile marker.

Power of Place

President Tom Hassan reflects on the observance of the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings, a visit to Paris and the Notre-Dame Cathedral, and a gathering of over 30 teachers and educational leaders in Viterbo, Italy.

Confluence of Languages

SYA gathered over 30 teachers and educational leaders representing more than five different first languages to chart SYA's future.

Welcoming Trustees: 2019

SYA is pleased to announce the addition of three new trustees to its governing body: Julian Fu CN’06, Jackie Little FR’81 IT’16P and Amb. David McKean FR’74 FR’11P.