The class of 1986 has been busy and many have been unable to update anything more than their Facebook page. Here is the information from those wonderful Hoodlums who wrote in to share their lives for this edition. Irene Flores is immersing herself with Yoga studies and has started a school approved to be the Yoga Alliance. Paige Flory lives in Pennsylvania with her husband Eric and their family. She is now a stay-at-home mom with her son and her foster daughter and baby boy. Paige finds great joy in leading a program that provides mentors for single moms.
Chrysti Hogan traveled to Iowa in early November to marry her partner of 19 years, Jeanne Ortmann. Their small ceremony was bittersweet, though, as Chrysti’s dad, husband of Edee Howard Hogan ’59, P’86, passed away three days before the wedding after his battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Funeral services were still pending, as the family waited to receive a date from Arlington National Cemetery.
Anna Maripuu sent in the most thorough update, sharing her travels to Morocco, Djibouti and Tunisia, her service work on the Board of the Swedish Women’s Educational Committee, and her musical pursuits touring with the Choral Arts Society of Washington, D.C. In addition to singing and all the work she does, Anna is passionate about staying connected to both her Swedish roots and her friends. I am just glad we keep her connected with her Hoodlums, as well! I received an update from Lisa Marie O’Brien after she attended the wedding of Audrey MacDonald Wilcox’s daughter, Sarah (congrats to the happy couple!). Other Hoodlums in attendance were Lisa Edwards ’87, Robin Samuelman Kalfaian ’87 and Gretchen Miller Anderson. Lisa shared that her daughter Elizabeth graduated from Chatham Univ. in Pittsburgh, Pa., in May and is working for Aflac Insurance. Lisa’s younger son Michael is a sophomore at State Univ. of New York College at Cortland and her older son Bryan is rarely home, so while her empty nest has been a big adjustment, it is afforded her more time with friends. Elvy Vieira wanted everyone to know that they survived Hurricane Sandy (great news, Elvy!) and she is looking forward to teaching a leadership credit course in the spring.
My son Drew Althouse ’12 joined the Hoodlum ranks in May and promptly headed back to school to take his prerequisites for a certified athletic trainer program at either Virginia Commonwealth Univ. in Richmond or Shenandoah Univ. Younger son Evan is now a third-year at Univ. of Virginia and will be doing a finance internship this summer for Capital One here in Richmond. I am still working at James River Cellars Winery, but I am now the event coordinator and write a recipe/wine blog that is featured on our company’s website at www.fromthebottomofawinebottle.wordpress.com. I am also continuing my sports photography and love the flexibility both fields offer. I keep in touch with many classmates via Facebook and would love to hear from more for the next edition––it is always fun to have new names pop up in my email!
Alison Drum Althouse