Alumni In Action

Renowned, award-winning playwright Adrienne Kennedy, mother of Adam Kennedy '75, will have her Broadway debut at age 90!  It was recently announced that her play Ohio State Murders will open on Broadway and star Audra McDonald.  

Will Schonfeld '78 recently shared his news: I have been married to Allison Hait for 36 years. We have three children and two  grandchildren. We started our farm in 1987 milking 60 cows just over the mountain from the MCS Farm, in Hobart. In 1992, we moved the farm to Cayuga County and grew the herd to 350 head. Deciding we needed a change, we transitioned to beef cattle. We currently farm 600 acres and have a grass-fed black Angus cow calf operation and sell direct to consumer grass-fed beef. I have also been a volunteer firefighter and paramedic for the last 30 years. I worked for a few years as a Flight Paramedic with a helicopter service and currently work part time as paramedic in the city of Syracuse. Recently I started working for Cornell Dyson School of Business as a consultant with their Farmnet program, a free service for New York State farms that are experiencing times of transition, stress or difficulty and are in need of outside assistance.

On April 2, members of the Classes of 1979, 1980 and 1981 met for an evening reunion at the Brooklyn home of Elizabeth Beer '79. According to Carlos Garcia '80, "Elizabeth created an amazing, exciting and loving environment in her beautiful home,  providing delicious food, wine and beer and other beverages for her very grateful schoolmates… Most importantly, she provided a space within which to gather, hug and reminisce.  Everyone agreed that we wanted time to slow down so that we could savor our time together.  Every face was smiling throughout and we agreed that we will have to do it again soon!"  Class of 1979 attendees included: Elizabeth Beer, Matt Milford, Liam Pleven, John Burnham Schwartz, Ben Garrison, Mark Peterson, Jessica Monaco, and David Robison. Class of 1980 attendees included:  Carlos García, Lynn Vogelstein, Daisy Mayer, Amie Roosevelt, Kate Webber, and Nick Roosevelt. Class of 1981 attendees included: Hellura Lyle, Kate Milford, Andrew Beer, Eloisie Jones, Katherine Garrison, and Antar JonesCris Garcia '84, Carlos' brother, also attended.  View reunion photos here

Congratulations to Quentin Morgan '82 on his son Noah's selection to the HBCU Basketball All Star Game that took place on April 3. 

Mary Purdy '84, MS, RDN. an integrative eco-dietitian, taught a weeklong workshop, "Food as Medicine: Eating for Optimized Health and Wellness" at the Rancho La Puerta Wellness Resort and Spa in January. The program explored how to support optimal health with practical nutritional tips to be more energized and balanced.

Marika Hughes '85, founder of Looking Glass Arts, an artist-led creative residency retreat in upstate New York committed to democratizing access to the space, time and natural beauty critical to artistic growth and practice, shares that the non-profit is expanding its summer programming to include fully-funded and sliding-scale recording retreats, as well as fully-funded writing retreats.  The Artist in Residence for Summer 2022 is jazz tenor saxophonist and composer JD Allen. Please visit the Looking Glass Arts website to learn more and apply.  Marika is also being honored at this year's Big Night Out! Click here to learn more

Nicole Letelier '94 recently started a new job as Communication-Community Engagement Director at the Catskill Montessori School.  During the pandemic, Nicole, husband Ralph Vacca '95, and their two daughters moved up to the Catskills full time.

Alisa Soriano'98 has been named the next Lower School Director of MCS. She begin her new role in July, taking over for Mary Trowbridge '76.  Of her new role, Alisa says, "Coming home to MCS has always been my dream. It is with a full heart that I rejoin the MCS community as Lower School Director. This is a significant moment in MCS’s history. I will honor Mary’s legacy and continue the work she’s committed her life to, while supporting faculty and families through this transition. I know that MCS’s greatest gift has always been its community, and I look forward to this next chapter that we will write together.” Alisa is currently the Assistant Principal of the Lower School at LREI. Congratulations Alisa!

In March, Katie Barasch '07 had her first book, A Novel Obsession, published. The novel is described as "a wry and bold debut novel, which is at once an irresistible catastrophe waiting to happen and an unflinching exploration of how we narrate the stories of our lives, as an aspiring novelist finds herself stalking—and writing about—her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend."  Sarah Leibowits, MCS teacher and alumni parent, attended a book launch event at Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn, where she also saw Katie's brother Nicholas. 

Nicholas Barasch '12 is currently starring as Orpheus in the national touring company of Hadestown. He had previously performed in West Side Story on Broadway, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and She Loves Me. He also starred as Huck Finn in the Encores production of Big River.

Sarah Leibowits, MCS teacher and parent of Rebecca Luna-Leibowits'12 and Anya Luna-Leibowits'14, was featured on recent episode Whereing, a podcast about belonging, space and design. She spoke about the MCS Home Visits.  Listen here.

Cruz Brown '18 and Jory Lee '18 participated in the NYPHSAA New York State Track and Field Championships on Saturday, March 5. Cruz came in fifth in the 1600 meter run with a time of 4:18.74, and Jory came in seventh in the Triple Jump with a leap of 42' 10.75. Congratulations!


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