Prior to my assuming the position of Head of School, I was invited by the Board of Trustees to attend the June 2015 Alumni Work Weekend. As I was set to start at VVS weeks later, I agreed that it would be a good idea for me to be there. The one thing that was a non-negotiable for me was to be present at the Town Hall where I would be introduced.
Barbara Dobbs Boling ’57: “Enjoying retirement! Still a world traveler and happy mother to son and daughter and grandmother to five grandchildren.”
Kathryn Beam Troxler ’57: “Retired from practicing psychotherapy. Published ‘Tuning’, a poetry collection. I am also preparing for a retrospective solo show of paintings”
Robin Williams ’55: “I was one of the first people to climb to the top of Cathedral Rock with the ZEUS club (the VVS event planning committee). My favorite class was Western Civilization, and I can remember my favorite faculty and classmates! Later I would grow up to operate tours to Greece, Turkey, Italy, Sicily, Tuscany, French Riviera and Spain. I spent the first 40 years after high school as a film maker and lecturer. My website is www.rwfilms.com if you want to see what films I made. They were shown all over Canada and the USA for 40 years. The happiest times of my life was spent at Verde Valley School!”
Henry Vaux ’58: I am retired from the University of California and living in rural northern California. I work on my photography, play piano/cello duets with my wife and read history.
Earl de Berg ’59: We live half the year in Phoenix, and half the year in Guatemala where we run a small non-profit that focuses on providing nutrition training and support to women with young children, check us out – seedsorafuture.org.
Catherine Barnes Brown ’61: “My husband Bill, and I live in a retirement community. As I write this,I am visiting my middle daughter who lives in Georgia. I got to help send my granddaughter off to college at Florida State; another life transition for us old folk. Our daughter has two horses here so, now that my health has stabilized after a roller coaster few years, I have resumed some (simple) riding. At home my husband and I sing in some choruses and work on embracing the aging process. We send our best wishes to VVS and all our friends and companions there.”
Sarah Wilson Catchpole ’65: “After 50 years in England, I have returned to live in a stunning town in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. What a transition! I am helping with my grandkids, giving to my local community and love being here. VVS will always be close to my heart!”
Roger Marcus ’66: “Living in Berlin, raising two daughters, as always, missing the red rocks.”
Laurie Holbert Zieler ’67: “Can’t believe it’s been 50 years since I graduated ! I don’t feel THAT old. I retired after 25 years as a dental hygienist. I’m a grandmother to 2 boys (2 and 4 yrs.) who daily enrich my life beyond measure! Memories of VVS and all I experienced from 1963-67 are never far from my mind.”
Diane Lindsay ’68: Semi-retired. My wife and I have an amazing two-year-old daughter. Maybe another? Happy! Diane Lindsay M.F.A. Performance and Composition
Christopher Briggs ’69: “Retired in 2015 and have been volunteering at my church, food bank, sound and lights, homeless shelter and what they need. Time to explore new paths and refine old ones.”
Yvonne Hayes ’70: “Still working on the railroad, all the live-long day (finally, after 25 years, no more night shifts!), moving loaded cars of limestone rock out of the mines near the Everglades. Hoping to retire at the end of 2018!”
Chris Feldman ’71: “Teaching Globalization Studies at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX.”
Barbara Ochsner ’74: After being in the food business for many years and doing work as a Life & Social Coach, I got my Masters Degree in Psychology in 2010, completed the required 3000 hours of internship experience & passed the two very intense exams by California’s governing board, which has resulted, after a total of 8 years, in my being a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist! I got married for the first time in 2009 to the love of my life and continue to be very happy living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Seems for some of us, the best comes with our accumulated wisdom in the later years of our life!
Loretta Creaney Nellis ’75: “Special hello to the class of 75. I am an occupational therapist living outside of the Austin area. Currently in transition between locations?”
Kim Markham ’78: “Living life to the fullest these past 39 years! I work as an Accountant and an owner of a small bookkeeping business, mother of 2 grown sons, grandmother to 2 busy & enjoyable toddlers, and an avid rollerskater that travel around to all the Sk8 Jams!”
Alessa Carlino ’78: “Entrepreneur, Filmmaker and Coach living in Venice, California. I would love to get in touch with others who shared my class.”
Kevin Warren ’78: ” I make my living as a farrier in Cora, Wyoming. I miss Verde Valley very much especially the students. I am very pleased to hear all the great news coming from the school and look forward to my next visit back to the red rocks and the campus.”
Susanne Schmidt ’82: It was wonderful to visit VVS last summer with my husband Torsten and my boys, Jasper (16) and Arthur (14). I really enjoyed being in Sedona and hope to be able to come back before long!
Elysia Marsh Heller ’88: “Married 19 years, 3 children ranging from 10-3 years old, and working as an event planner and treasurer for the elementary school. I am busy with home, work and family but also stay active skiing, hiking, gardening, and enjoying nature!”
Curtis Clay ’96:“Living in Portland, Oregon with my partner of 10+ years.”
Tivra Marks ’96: “I currently work at University of Texas Austin as a College Life Coach to undergrad students. I own a home (which was a huge dream come true) and foster special needs dogs from a local shelter. I am happy to report I am still in contact with most of the people from my graduating class. :)”
Sarah Meller ’05 : “I’m the senior marketing manager at the Whitney Museum of American Art. I’ve been at the Whitney for seven years, since graduating from Bryn Mawr College in 2009. I also got married this year in Sedona, celebrating with many family and friends.”
Martin Weiser ’06: “I am currently living in Fairbanks, Alaska. I was living in Flagstaff, attending NAU and graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Geology in 2013. I have since been working at a remote gold mine as a exploration geologist, and had recently changed to the environmental department. I am attending an online graduate program through University of Washington pursuing a Masters of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) for Sustainability Management. I hope to one day to leave the mining industry and pursue a career in GIS, creating maps to help better the environment and seek potential ways to build sustainable systems around the world.”
Arthur Baird ’06: “Involved in the family business here in Sedona of selling healing tools like crystals and teaching healing classes. I’ve now been married for 3.5 years and have an almost 2yr old son.”
Ebbie Edmonston ’07: “I’m a manager at Duel Brewing and do costume design for the New Mexico Ballet Company as well as local theaters.”
Mariana Novikova ’07: “I was a sophomore at VVS in 2004-2005 as one of the first Russians to come to VVS. The one year I spent at VVS influenced and changed my life in many ways. Due to my experience at VVS I chose my future education and career. In 2011 I got a major in International Relations at Samara State University and by 2015 I completed 9 years of professional music education. This was all possible thanks to my amazing piano teacher at VVS Simeon Rogers. Now I’m working as a professional pianist at Samara State Philharmonic society and Samara Academic Opera and Ballet theatre. I organize and give chamber music concerts, mainly with singers and string instruments players. What’s more, when foreign conductors come to rehearse with our orchestra, I often interprete them and show around the city trying to enhance mutual understading between nations and to share my culture.”
Erin Tucker ’07: “Managing a brewery and working on my second Bachelor’s in nursing.”
Julia Richter ’10: “Currently an MBA student at Yale School of Medicine.”
Jill Nguyen ’11: “I moved to Washington, DC after college and have been working for a digital advocacy technology startup since. I am also getting married next year and we are considering getting married at VVS! .”
Carolina McGarity ’12: “In the spring of 2012, as I prepared to graduate from Verde Valley, I was accepted to Middlebury College in Vermont. After taking a gap semester in Scotland volunteering at a school for handicapped youth, I began my career at Middlebury. Now, as I prepare to graduate in February 2017 with a degree in Art History and Magna cum laude honors, I have been thinking a lot about how grateful I am for my time at VVS, and how well it prepared me for one of the top tier liberal arts schools in the country. I was not only prepared academically but also holistically, which has helped me to grow not only as a student, but even more importantly as a well-rounded person.”
Sara De Jong ’12: “I am currently in my last year studying for my BSc (Hons) Equine Science degree at Hartpury College in the UK. This is after taking two years out (travelling and working in Australia, Belgium, Vietnam and England) after completing my IB Diploma at VVS in 2012.”
Christian Ruiz ’13: “Graduating with BS in Mechanical Engineering in June 2017. Accepted to master’s program for Mechanical engineering at Santa Clara University for fall 2017! Thanks VVS!”
Andrea Angeli Gonzales ’16: “Hello VVS!!! I’m doing great here in Austin. I’m busy exploring the city and my new life. I miss you all very much. I hope I can visit VVS soon! I am currently majoring in Biology and I’m loving it! The IB Program has helped me so much in my transition to college. I’d love to share my experience and tips for high school students, especially seniors. If I can’t personally visit, I’d love to Skype/FaceTime whenever, let me know! It’s the least I can do after what the VVS community has given to me.”
Jake Siet ’16: “Hey VVS, I’m loving my first semester of college at Embry-Riddle in Daytona. Ever since I was accepted in October of my senior year, I knew this would be the place I wanted to be for the next four (or more) years. I had my entire college experience planned out when I left VVS; however, I’ve already changed my major. Embry-Riddle is much different than VVS. I love being in the center of an urban community, but I miss the close-knit community where I knew everyone. Of course, I’ll keep coming back to Arizona over winter and summer break, so I plan on continuing my passion for mountain biking up in Sedona. I hope all is well at VVS and I’ll be back to visit soon!”
Lila Duran ‘ 16: “I’m currently attending University of Massachusetts Amherst studying chemical engineering and hopefully music too, soon! I only graduated last year but man, I miss VVS deeply.”
Isabella Primavera ’17: “I’m missing all of you at school my summer was great – I went on an international exchange in Italy for 4 weeks during the summer with the Lions Club and was able meet so many more people from all over the world in the camp! My host families were amazing and Italy was as well for my gap semester, I’m working as a lifeguard and swim instructor at the local YMCA. I won’t be doing any internships and instead will focus on my job and on my training for a half marathon I’m gonna do on January! “
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 events coming to your area and save the date in your calendar, today. Make sure to contact us to let us know you are coming, or if you would like to help with outreach or host an event. Hope to see you all very soon! Continue Reading…
When: Thursday, October 6th. 6-9pm
Please join Deryn Warren (founding family /class of ’62) and Head of School, Paul Amadio, for a jovial and informational VVS gathering. We will enjoy a light dinner and string quartet with a short presentation and the opportunity to share your VVS memories, on film, for our Story Telling Series! To register or inquire further, call or email Alumni Engagement Coordinator Jenae McCarroll, at 928-284-2272 ext.32 or email@example.com.
This event is open to alumni students and families, prospective students and families and the broader VVS community, upon registration.