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ALUMNI NEWS

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Recent news about some of our grads:

Cigall Kadoch '03 has been named one of Forbes Magazine's 2014 "30 Under 30" for her work in Science and Health Care. She is Assistant Professor of Pediatric Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. How genes are read by the cells in our bodies depends in part on their physical structure. Kadoch studies how changes in that physical structure -- caused by mutations in yet other genes – can lead to a particular cancer, synovial sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue malignancy. This work has implications for many cancer types and could eventually lead to new cancer treatments.

Emily Pilloton '99 is the focus of a new documentary "If You Build It" about her work as an architect and teacher in Oakland. The Documentary follows her year spent teaching an experimental design workshop to high school juniours in one of North Carlolina's poorest Counties. The course was an offshoot of her nonprofit Project H, a hybrid design firm/advocacy group she founded in 2008 to promote and teach socially engaged design. Read more.

Angela Charlton '89, fluent in Russian, covered the Sochi Olympics for Associated Press. She currently is bureay chief in Paris, France where she oversees 15 reporters in most of the French speaking countries.

Gunnar Carlson '69 recently co-founded Ayasdi Inc., a Palo Alto based start up. Ayasdi is the first company to come out of Stanford's math department, and it just received $10 million in funding from Khosla Ventures and Floodgate. It builds software that takes a complex branch of mathematics known as topology-the study of how shapes interact with space-and applies it to large volumes of data. Read more.

Laurice Compagno Levine '90 Thalassemia Outreach Coordinator at Children's Hospital in Oakland,has received the Italian Catholic Federation's prestigious Pope John XXIII Award. It is the highest award bestowed by the ICF to a lay person of any denomiation who exemplifies humanitarian service to society.(Previous winners include the late comedian, Danny Thomas of St. Judes Hospital and Mimi Sibert of Delancy Street.

Joshua Reeves '01is the CEO & Co-Founder of ZenPayroll (www.zenpayroll.com), a Silicon Valley start-up on a mission to deliver delightful, modern payroll to businesses everywhere. ZenPayroll launched in 2012 and includes among its investors the CEOs of Dropbox, Yelp, Yammer, and Box, as well as Google Ventures and Salesforce (ZenPayroll investors). He was recently selected to the 2012 Forbes 30 Under 30 list

Greg Behrendt '81 recently appeared at the San Francisco Sketchfest Festival. He is a stand up comedian and author of He's Not Just In to YOu which was adapted in to a movie with Drew Barrymore. He was a script consultant for the HBO hit Sex in the City. His website gregbehrendt.com will tell you more and let you know when he will next be in town.

Denise Costello Hurley '02 and her husband Vasia have developed a multicultural volunteeer network and founded Bright Connections, a nonprofit dedicated to helping Russian orphans. If you want more information or wich to donate visit: http://brightconnectionsinternational.org.

Doug Woodring '84 Douglas Woodring is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Ocean Recovery Alliance. He is an environmental entrepreneur, a writer, a competitive athlete, a sports event organizer and a creative innovator on community issues. He is the co-founder of Ocean Recovery Alliance, a non-profit organization which is focused on bringing innovative solutions, technology, collaborations and policy together to impact positive improvements for the health of the ocean.

Jamie Goldberg '08 has won this year's White House Correspondents' Association scholarship and was invited to attend the special dinner in Washington, DC with Barak and Michelle Obama. She earned $5000 for the award, given for political reporting.

Charles (Charlie) Dressow '99 is the attorney representing Max Wade who is charged with stealing a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder owned by celebrity chef Guy Fieri. Other charges include attempted murder, burglary, and related crimes.

Andy Lewis '04 has become a well-known figure in slacklining, performing with Madonna before millions of people at halftime during the Super Bowl. He is known as something of a pioneer for the young sport, which at its most basic is the act of balancing along a narrow, flexible piece of webbing low to the ground and usually anchored between two trees. Watch him in action.

Tom Malvino '72
has been selected as Businessman of the Year, receiving the "Spirit of Marin" award this September. The Bank of Marin is hosting the ceremony at St. Vincent's School in San Rafael. Tom is a member of the Corte Madera Chamber of Commerce and owner of Louis George Men's Clothing Store in the Town Center.

Eric Schmitt '78 has just published a book on counter-terrorism: "Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America's Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda" and will be speaking at Book Passage on Friday, September 23 at 7 pm. Read more.

Matt Doyle '05 is thriving in the world of theater and TV. He was in the original cast of Spring Awakening on Broadway and had had some appearance on the Gossip Girl TV Series. Effective November 27, 2012, Matt joined The Book of Mormon on Broadway in the role of Elder Price.You can see him on YouTube.

Shoshanna Bush '06 is another successful Redwood drama student with parts in CSI:Miami, Ghost Whisperer and Dance Flick. You can see her also on YouTube.

Rebecca Burgess '96 is the author of the newly released book, Harvesting Color. Rebecca founded Ecologicalarts in 2005, an organization dedicated to creating, reviving, and teaching textile art forms that utilize botanical resources in a manner that promotes the health and regenerative processes of the ecosystem. Visit her website and read a recent article on her work in the Marin IJ.

John Weil '62 has created The Daily Geezer, a website of cool activities for those over 65 in the Bay Area. You may not be there yet, but if you have to entertain your parents, grand parents, check out the DailyGeezer.com.

Chris Detrick '01 has always loved music. He caught the rock ’n’ roll bug in sixth grade and by the time he was at Redwood he was “always scheming to be in a band.” He started the San Rafael–based MY AMP (Marin Youth Accelerated Music Program) in 2007 after years of being an instructor at the Oakland branch of the rock school BandWorks. Read more.

Lise Saffron '82 has just published her first novel. She recently spoke to a group of old friends and local enthusiasts at the Book Passage in Larkspur. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow. Her short fiction has appeared in a variety of literary magazines. She lives in Columbia, Missouri, with her husband and two sons. Read more.

Andrei Gorchov '99 is Administrator of the Marin Symphony Youth Program as well as the associate conductor of the youth orchestra. He is active teaching and performing as a flute soloist in the Bay Area.

Sue Hall '76 has been working as a DJ for over 30 years in the San Francisco Bay Area. She's had stints with KOIT, KGO, KFRC and KMEL not only introducing music but reporting news and traffic. She'd really like to see the "classic-hits format (heavy on the '60s and '70s music) succeed. Read more.

Marcia Pizzo '78 continues to pursue her dream of acting. Getting her start on the Redwood stage, she has performed with ACT, local theater groups and made several movies. Currently she is receiving rave reviews as the bewitching Cleopatra with the Marin Shakespeare Festival.

David Strathairn '66 recentlyl won an Emmy for best supporting actor in a made for TV move Temple Grandin. He was also nominated for an Oscar in 2006 as best actor in Good Night and Good Luck, playing the role of Edward R. Murrow. Currently he is making an HBO movie about Ernest Hemmingway in San Francisco. He receives critical acclaim for all of his performances. Read more.

Jim Rogers '67 was listed as one of the most prestigious Scouts a recent special section of the Marin IJ devoted to 100 Years of Scouting. Jim, CEO of Kampgrounds of America (KOA) was saluted along with Neil Armstrong, Michael Bloomberg, Michael Moore, and Stephen Speilberg. Read more and more.

Brad Breithaupt '71 has been recognized by the California Newspaper Publishers Association as one of the "best in California" for his award-winning opinion pages in the Marin IJ. To read his columns go to MarinIJ.com.

Ghazaleh Khalifeh '04 is making her way in the fashion world. She is the recipient of a French exchange scholarship to study at the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, one of the top fashion schools in Paris. Maybe she'll be the next Project Runway star. Read more.

Marc Hershon '76 and Jonathan Littman '76 have teamed up to write a book titled "I Hate People." Both grad reconnected in Sausalito and have combined their talents to produce this book about the "negative stuff you have to deal with" inside companies. Read more.

Jim Clark '75 went to Haiti after the earthquake on a humanitarian mission. He has been with the Larkspur Fire Department for 33 years and is currently a Captain. He and Captain Matt Cobb are members of the Marin County Urban Search and Rescue team who took off on their own to help those traumatized by the quake. Read more.

Page Hodel '73, a local DJ, has published a book dedicated to her neighbor Madalene Rodriguez who died at 46 of ovarian cancer. "Monday Hearts for Madalene" contains photographs of 100 hearts that Hodel made, whimsical and ingenious, and full of life. The Chronicle shared her story in February. Read more.

Dr. Don Francis '60, one of our Distinguished Alumni, is a Bay Area scientist who has been recently recognized for his work on a new vaccine that showed the first partial success in preventing AIDS infection. He is a co-founder of Global Solutions for Infectious Diseases, the South San Francisco nonprofit that contributed half of the double-acting vaccine that proved 31 percent effective in preventing AIDS infections in a 16,000-person clinical trial in Thailand. Read more.

Suzi Eszterhaus '94 has roamed the globe in search of photogenic fauna. She has been to an East African bush camp and visited an Antarctic ice floe where she photographed a proud penguin for the cover of Time. All this adventure was just to capture great animal images. Her images have appeared in an impressive roster of magazines, including Smithsonian, Audubon, BBC Wildlife, Scientific American, National Geographic Kids and Ranger Rick. In 2008, Eszterhas was named Ranger Rick's first photographer of the year. Read more.

Dina Temple Raston '82, a 2009 inductee into the Avenue of Giants, is the Counterterrorism Correspondent for NPR. She most recently published a book called The Jihad Next Door (Public Affairs), about the Lackawanna Six, America's first so-called "sleeper cell" and the issues that face Muslims in America. Read more.

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Last updated 6.26.2014