National Alumni Events 2018
We are continuing our travels across the nation to connect and celebrate with VVS Alumni! Head of School, Paul Amadio, and Alumni Engagement Coordinator, Jenae McCarroll, are co-hosting lively events across the country, with Class Agents and VVS Ambassadors. Check out the upcoming events, save the date, let us know you are coming and if you would like to host an event in your area give us a call. Hope to see you all very soon!
More information always being added…
Boston, MA • Friday, April 27, 2018, 5-8pm. RSVP HERE
Join us at The Harvard Club of Boston for an alumni and community relations focused gathering, hosted by Board Member and alumna Andrea Coville ’76. Please bring your friends, family and anyone who may be interested in Verde Valley School and our mission.
Event Location: The Harvard Club of Boston, 374 Commonwealth Ave, Boston
RSVP HERE or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New York, NY • Sunday, April 29, 2018, 1-4pm. RSVP HERE
Washington DC • Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 6-9pm. RSVP HERE
We’re headed to the East Coast and we’ll be in DC on May Day! Swing by the Petworth area on your commute home, we’ll be enjoying some yummy food and drinks, sharing stories and talking about recent VVS developments. Welcomed by our youngest host yet – we are excited to join Jill Nguyen ’11 and her husband in their home, and if you know any VVS alumni in the area please reach out and encourage them to come. We want to see all our DC friends!
Event Location: 911 Monroe Street NW, Apt. 3, Washington DC
RSVP HERE or email email@example.com
Sonoma CA• Saturday, May 5, 2018, 11am-2pm. RSVP HERE
Join one of our most beloved alumni events ~ a VVS gathering at Bucklin Vineyards in Sonoma Valley! This year Will Bucklin ’80 and his wife Lizanne will host us for a luncheon on their gorgeous ranch. Along with Head of School Paul Amadio, the VVS Alumni Team and several VVS Board Members – we are flying in two special chefs who will be spinning artisanal pizzas in Will’s wood fire oven. You won’t want to miss this festival annual event! Please let us know you are coming and spread the word!
Event Location: 8 Old Hill Ranch Road, Glen Ellen, CA 95442-9668
RSVP HERE or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recent Past Events
Boulder: Friday, September 15th, 2016, 4:30-6:30pm.
Informational Open House hosted by alumna and current Board Member, Melissa Shanahan ’83, owner of Educational Pathways, specializing in assisting students and families find safe and supportive educational environments that nurture positive growth and change. Interested consultants, counselors and families came to learn more about the Verde Valley School curriculum and community from Paul Amadio (Head of School) and Jenae McCarroll (Advancement Coordinator)! Held at the Backcountry Pizza and Taphouse in Boulder.
Boulder: Saturday, September 16th, 2017, 3-6pm.
“Brews, Shoes & Food” hosted by VVS alumna and board member, Melissa Shanahan ’83 at her ranch home in the Boulder headlands! Alumni enjoyed a round of horseshoes, an afternoon reconnecting with VVS alumni and hearing about the exciting developments at VVVS from HOS, Paul Amadio. Alumni were also recorded sharing their VVS memories on film as part of our YouTube Storytelling Series!
Los Angeles: Thursday, October 6th, 2017, 6-9pm.
Alumni joined Deryn Warren (founding family /class of ’62) and Head of School, Paul Amadio, for a jovial and informational VVS gathering. They enjoyed a light dinner and string quartet with a short presentation and shared their VVS memories, on film, for our Storytelling Series! This event was open to alumni and their families, prospective students and families and the broader VVS community.
Los Angeles: Friday, October 7th, 2016, 8-11pm.
Hosted by Phil Noyes ’84 and Noah Farrell ’86, this event was held at a nautical themed clubhouse with pizza, drinks, live music, updates on the new VVS Strategic Plan, and the VVS Storytelling Series. Entertainment was provided by alumni who brought along their instruments and sang their favorite songs in a VVS family band style performance!
Oakland: Saturday, October 8th, 2016, 6-9pm.
90’s Reunion hosted by alumna Tiffany Zelaya Grissette ’94, and Wanda Stewart, former VVS Director of Admissions.
Sonoma: Sunday, October 9th, 2016, 12-3 pm.
Our annual North Coast VVS Alumni Gathering was held by alumnus and current Board Member, Will Bucklin ’80, at his home overlooking the Bucklin Vineyard. Will is a current trustee and class of 1980 alumnus. Home-made, artisanal pizza was served for lunch paired with wines from the Bucklin’s family ranch. Paul Amadio gave an update on all things VVS and participants were invited to share memories for our inaugural Alumni Storytelling Series. Located in the heart of Sonoma Valley, this gorgeous venue is located 50 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Santa Fe: Friday, February 24th, 2017 5-8pm.
Dinner and celebration at The Cowgirl BBQ in Santa Fe, NM, hosted by former Head of School Anne Salzmann, alumnus Terry Fernandez ’66 with several special alums and VVS Board Members.
Austin Alumni Gathering: Saturday, February 25th, 2017 6-9pm.
Host by Shanti Heyer ’84 at her home, with Head of School – Paul Amadio, and Coordinator of Alumni Engagement – Jenae McCarroll, this was a celebratory evening reconnecting with VVS alums and hearing about the exciting developments at Verde Valley School.
Austin Benefit and Silent Auction: Sunday, February 26th, 2017 5-9pm.
This VVS benefit and fundraising event was hosted by ScoreMore Shows, Sacha Stone Guttfreund ’07, and Logan Foret ’07 at the NXNW Brewery & Restaurant.
Seattle, WA • Saturday, February 10, 2018. 4-7pm.
A lively and welcoming evening hosted by Tracey Peyton ’88 and David North ’83 atTracey’s house.
Portland, OR • Sunday, February 11th, 2018. 5-8pm
Hosted by Adam Haas ’73 and his wife Marsha, at their home in Portland! The gathering included an opportunity to be a part of a Moth Radio Hour program, sharing influential moments from experiences at Verde Valley School.
Chicago, IL • Sunday, April 8, 2018. 3-6pm.
Hosted by alumnus and current Board Member, Matt Helm ’88 in his home just outside Chicago. We were very lucky to have several alumni come by and share their stories from across the decades – still grounded in the same traditions and red-dirt-filled-adventures!