Class Notes

Find here the life events and accomplishments of SEM alumnae. Alumnae success is SEM's best tool for success, so keep sharing the good news.

Class of 2011

Kathryn Melber '11

Kathryn graduated from Daemen College with a dual degree of a Bachelor of Science / Master of Science: Physician Assistant Studies. She will be moving to Pittsburgh, PA to work in a surgical residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Class of 2007

Tara Ashraf '07

In September, Tara married Anders T. Rosén and held what is sure to go down in history as the first Viking-Pakistani wedding... or maybe the first of many! She and her husband were shortly thereafter awarded a fellowship to teach English in Colombia, and will be there from July until November.

This July, Tara's husband and she accepted the Atlas Corps Teaching Fellowship, an opportunity to teach English in Colombia. The fellowship is a collaboration between Atlas Corps, Heart for Change, Volunteers Colombia, the Ministry of Education, and el Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje (SENA). Through this collaboration, the Fellowship's mission is to facilitate the development of a post-peace accord, prosperous Colombia, where children and youth have the opportunity to receive a high-quality bilingual education. Weekly, she teaches about 400 Colombian students along with Colombian co-teachers, and shares with her students different aspects of American and Pakistani culture.

Class of 2006

Brielle d'Estries '06

Hello everyone!
I am living in Rochester, NY with my boyfriend, John and our two kitties, Doug and Cozy. We moved here last spring when I got a new job with Nestle Purina. I am a territory manager and I cover Buffalo-Syracuse. I am able to go home often with the job and I still am a member of the BSAA! John and I are loving our life in Rochester and we can't wait to explore more of the area come summertime. Can't wait for my 10-year reunion this summer!

Class of 2004

Victoria Chatfield '04

I just wrapped up a Fulbright Distinguished Teaching fellowship in the University of Glasgow's theatre department, researching cross-demographic arts education programs. I had the opportunity to work with the National Theatre of Scotland while I was abroad, as well as lecturing at the University of Cambridge, my mother's alma mater. (I was, unfortunately, not able to locate Nessie, despite numerous trips up to the loch.) I'm currently the Executive Director of the National Theatre for Student Artists (www.nationalstudenttheatre.org), a nonprofit organization that brings high school and college students from across the United States together to create new theatrical works off-Broadway. This summer will be our first time holding rehearsals at Daemen College right here in Western New York!

I'm currently splitting my time between Western New York and my home in Airdrie, Scotland. If you're ever visiting the United Kingdom, please get in touch!

Class of 2001

Lauren McHugh Herr '01

Dr. Lauren McHugh Herr graduated with a doctoral degree in Education Administration and Policy from The George Washington University. Her dissertation is titled, Principals' Interpretation of ELL Policy. She is currently teaching in Alexandria, Virginia.

Class of 1992

Jennifer Roberts '92

Hello Everyone!

How is it that so much time has flown by?!?!....but I am still that silly SEM girl at heart!!!

I live in the Washington, DC metropolitan area with my husband, Andre. We settled here nearly 6 years ago after floating from the West Coast and Midwest. I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland in the Department of Kinesiology. and absolutely love my position. I often visit Buffalo and would love to see other classmates as well as all the fabulous changes that have occurred at SEM.

Cheers!
Jen

P.S. I am looking forward to our next reunion...what, 25 years!!!!! WHEW!


Class of 1987

Susan Henderson '87

It's been a whirlwind as we have moved several times in the past few years- first from Atlanta, Georgia, to Beijing, China, where we lived for two years, then to a rental house in Bethesda, Maryland (outside DC), and finally to our own house this past fall. I've been married for 15 years and have three girls, ages 9, 11, and 11. I am working as the Chief of Epidemiology and Surveillance at the US Peace Corps headquarters, where I manage a small staff. I was a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa between 1991-1993 so it's great to be back contributing to the organization that created so many opportunities for me. I'm attaching a photo of my family on a recent trip to Switzerland in front of Lake Geneva. If you're in the greater DC area, please look me up!

Class of 1985

Liz Marcus '85

Liz Markus 85' (Colby-Oishei Spring Artist, 2011) is included in DOMESTIC SEEN, a multimedium exhibition curated by Bruce Hartman at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City. The show runs from October 20th, 2016 through March 26th, 2017, so be sure to check it out if you are in the KC city area!

Additionally, MTV RE:DEFINE recently produced a short video about Liz as part of their GONE IN 60 SECONDS project.

Class of 1976

Amy Beth Taublieb '76

Dr. AmyBeth Taublieb (aka - Sweetheart of the Month) just had her third book published. THE TAIL WAGS THE DOG - A PSYCHOLOGIST REVEALS TWO HUNDRED LESSONS LEARNED FROM HER PATIENTS is available from all major retailers (including Amazon.com) as well as from the publisher AuthorHouse.Com.

Gigi Pooley Helliwell '76

Greetings 76ers! Who can believe that our class will be celebrating 40 years at reunion in June? I've spent great times with Jane Irving Harrington, Jane Lord Dellinger and Susan Kraus Harris this past year and the years have been kind to us all! I'm looking forward to seeing more of us in June!
As for myself, I've enjoyed serving SEM on our alumnae board for 8 years. Teaching reading in Buffalo Public Schools continues to give me enormous fulfillment, thank goodness! Finally, my daughters, Tess and Abby, are working to complete their undergraduate degrees from UB and Ithaca College this year - life is good! I send all good wishes out to my classmates and fellow SEM friends!

Class of 1974

Susan Coe Brown and Liz Morrison


Hello from Susan Coe Brown and Liz Morrison! In June 2017, we took a two-week journey through Scotland. We hiked the Highlands, the Isle of Skye, and the Outer Hebrides. And we also enjoyed time in Edinburgh and Stomoway. This photo was taken on the Quiraing on Skye, a challenging hike with spectacular views. Hoping to see all of you at the next class reunion.




Mary (Memo) Oishei '74

In my 8th year at Shea's PAC and loving it! I work Sales for all Theatre Groups, Sponsorships and Shea's Box seats. Heard from my Sponsee Kelly Swanson ('77?) a few days ago and always having fun with Gaby DeRose ('74), Bitsy Mackenzie ('74), Janie Dellinger (76?) and many other SEM friends. Really missing Cindy Williams though. :(

Class of 1973

Kathy Killeen Ashton '73

Greetings classmates! Thought I would join Lucy in this group forum with life updates. Life is still very busy in the marketing department at Providence College and teaching yoga, but turning 61 has me eyeing retirement and a change in lifestyle. Would love to hear of other's experiences with this. Our daughters are great; Sara married and living in NH and Holly living a bit closer in Newport. David and I enjoying life together and traveling whenever we can. Looking forward to summer!

Lucy Butterbaugh Coburn '73

Hello fellow SEM girls! I would love to hear more from you on your life, activities, turning 60, etc! As for me, I'm working at MJ Peterson in the city office and witnessing the crazy-busy real estate market. It's fun to see the growth in our city! I'm still serving on the Buffalo Seminary Alumnae Board and excited about new alumnae developments. Stay tuned for more. What are you up to?

Class of 1970

Cynthia Eaton '70

Spent a glorious three days in the DC, MD and VA area enjoying the hospitality of my three classmates, Dorcas Colvin, Amy Fisher and Alana Gayle. It's always a treat to spend time catching up with friends from SEM. Amy pointed out that we have been friends for 50 years, starting as Freshman in 1966. That's a good thing





Cynthia Eaton '70

I’m enjoying my retirement from National Grid and volunteering way too much at Meals on Wheels of WNY(where Tara Ellis '88 President of the BSAA is the CEO), as a Board member on the BSAA, as an Ombudsman at an Assisted Living Facility in Buffalo and as a member of the Missions of Love Ministry at my church, the New Mt Ararat Temple of Prayer.



On March 25 I took a welcome break with Lucy Coburn '73 and enjoyed the sweet jazz sounds of Sharon Bailey '85 with the bandWalterKemp3oh at the Pausa Art House in Allentown. The entertainment was amazing. Also in attendance were Amy Kelly '85 and Caitlyn Crowell '86, a history teacher at Nichols. A fabulous time was had by all.

Sharon Bailey at the mic.

Class of 1957

Kate Truslow Montgomery '57

Retired and enjoying life in our long-time home. No plans to downsize or head south, though sometimes it looks like a good idea. Great to see Mary Hanrahan Berlow in NY several weeks ago, and visit the Munch Exhibit at the Neue Galerie.

Class of 1955

Carol Monsees '55


Wins "Best in Show" of about 100 entries at an art gala in Winnetka, Illinois. "I was thrilled the opening which was a well attended benefit party." Carol wrote. Submitted by Alison Fleischmann.

Notice the complementing floral art!

Class of 1942

Claire Levy Levi

I’m still kickin’, but family concerns are keeping me in Pennsylvania for the present. I hope a few ‘42’s will get to the reunion! My gift to SEM’s Annual Fund is a reminder of those unforgettable years under L. G. A.’s stern gaze. Seventy-five years “far from thy shelt’ring arm.”

Class of 1961

Barbara French Pace

Friends for 60 years! Pat Waterman, Ruth Greenberger, Corny Roberts, and Bobbi French (all class of '61) spent a week together on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Enjoyed the beach, local sightseeing, and sharing stories from our lives in Vermont, New Mexico, Colorado, and Washington DC.




Evelyn “Evy” Lipp Harmon

On March 8, 2017, we sold Frederick House and at 73 and 83, retired. Owning a 23-room small hotel for 34 years was wonderful but being retired is wonderful as well.

Class of 1971

Marci Melzer Wilf

I am proud to announce the arrival of my grandson, Ethan Michael Alster, born 3/29/17, to my daughter Katie and her husband Jason. We are beyond delighted to have Ethan in our lives! Hope many of my classmates are sharing in his joy in their own families.

Class of 1968

Susan McConaughy Calderon

Dear Class of 1968--Looking forward to 50th reunion in 2018! Haven’t been in Buffalo in many, many years. But great memories of SEM--friends and teachers.

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