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On Friday, May 4, Baldwin's current junior and senior classes came together with many Baldwin alumnae for a discussion panel. During this time the current students asked an array of questions to the alumnae about their careers and the paths taken to achieve their current positions.
Twenty seven alumnae from the Classes of Gold returned to School to share their professional experiences with the Classes of 2018 and 2019.
The returning alumnae included:
Dr. Amelia Fischer Drake, MD, FACS '73
Amelia is Executive Associate Dean of Academic Programs, NDF Distinguished Professor of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery, and Director of the UNC Craniofacial Center. Having graduated from Baldwin, in Bryn Mawr PA, and then Cornell University, majoring in Biology, she attended the UNC School of Medicine. After completing her residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center at Ann Arbor, and was a fellow in pediatric otolaryngology at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital, before returning to UNC. Her clinical and research interests focus on pediatric otolaryngology, pediatric airway disorders, and craniofacial anomalies. Her role in the Dean's Office relates to a number of academic programs, including oversight of the ACCLAIM leadership program, the PA program and, along with Susan Girdler, PhD, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Research grant called "Caregivers at Carolina: Support for Physician-Scientists."
Carolyn D. Jones '73
Carolyn is the Diversity and Inclusion Leader for the Raytheon Company's Global Business Development sector. Raytheon, with sales over $30 billion and 63,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. In this role, she is responsible for the implementation of a comprehensive company-wide diversity and inclusion strategy as well as driving D&I strategies and solutions that support global growth. Much of her focus is on the development and advancement of women in the organization. This work provides her the opportunity to address the development of women, particularly in the Middle East. Through her leadership, Raytheon was the first defense contractor to staff professional women in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Prior to Raytheon, Carolyn spent 10 years with Booz Allen Hamilton, a global management consulting firm. She and a small team launched the companies' first D&I strategy. She designed the companies' award-winning D&I curriculum and established professional development programing that looked at the impact of group identity (e.g., gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation) on career development. She led the firm's Global Women's Agenda, which promoted the development and advancement of women across the geographies. Carolyn worked in higher education for 15 years, serving as Director of Training and Organization Development at the University of Pennsylvania. She also established her own consulting firm where she provided coaching, learning and leadership development to numerous clients including M&T Bank, Merrill Lynch, Comcast Universal, and New York University.
Carolyn spent several years pursuing her passion for music and performed throughout Europe, Scandinavia, and the former Soviet Union. Carolyn is a Lifetime member of the Girls Scouts of America and served as a board member for four years. She is currently a board member of Women in Aerospace and is leading a committee to promote more engagement of women of color in the organization.
Carolyn attended Brown University where she combined coursework at Rhode Island School of Design in order to receive a B.A. in Urban Planning and Architecture. She also holds professional certifications with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the National Training Laboratory Institute (NTL). Carolyn is the proud mother of Logan Jones-Merrill '14.
Meg Barnhouse '78
Meg is the senior minister at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin. After graduating from Duke University and Princeton Seminary, she worked as the chaplain at a women's college, then as a pastoral counselor in private practice. She has published six books and three CDs of original music. Along the way she earned a second degree black belt in American Karate. She has two grown sons, Sam and Ned, and two beautiful grandchildren. She is married to singer-songwriter Kiya Heartwood (Kiyaheartwood.com.)
Dorothy Potter Snyder '78
Dorothy writes short fiction, non-fiction and criticism, and is a literary translator from Spanish. As a journalist, she writes for Public Seminar, The News of Orange, Potent Magazine, The Herald Observer, and La Gaceta de Tucumán. Her literary translations from Spanish have been published in The Sewanee Review, Surreal Poetics, Las Dos Castillas, Review: Literature and Art of the Americas, La Shamba, and Short Story Project. She writes the blog Breaking Up With New York.
A former publicist for Sports Illustrated Magazine, non-profit administrator, Spanish teacher, curriculum designer and touring singer-songwriter, Dorothy received her BA from Yale University in East Asian Language and Literature. She is now deep into writing her thesis collection of short stories for her MFA at the Sewanee School of Letters under the direction of novelist Michael Griffith (Bibliophilia, Spikes, Trophy). She is passionate about reading broadly, and about translating and promoting contemporary Hispanic women's fiction and criticism. She lives in Hillsborough, NC.
Jennifer Bellak Barlow '83
Jennifer graduated from Duke University with a degree in physical anthropology and French. Once upon a time, she dreamed she would be the next Jane Goodall, camping in the bush making fascinating discoveries about primate behavior. Then, during her senior year at Duke, she did some actual research in the field, and her fascinating discovery was this: primates spend most of their time doing such exciting things as sleeping and eating.
Concluding that this discovery was her life's work in the field of primatology, she then moved on to such varied careers as grooming dogs and writing technical documentation. She dreamed of being a writer, and over the course of 16 years, she wrote 17 novels — all of which were rejected. Her first published novel was the 18th she'd written. She now has more than 20 novels in print under the name Jenna Black (with more upcoming under the name Jenna Glass) and is a full-time writer living in North Carolina.
Kinney Zalesne '83
Kinney is General Manager of Corporate Strategy at Microsoft, leading a team of 20 strategists helping to track and shape the health and growth of the company. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2013, Kinney ran Zalesne LLC, a consulting practice focused on CEO positioning. Her clients included CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, mid-cap companies, tech start-ups and social entrepreneurship organizations.
Between 2005 and 2009, Kinney served as a senior strategist on Hillary Clinton's 2006 New York Senate re-election and her 2008 presidential bid. During that time, Kinney also co-wrote with Mark Penn the New York Times bestselling book and regular Wall Street Journal column, "Microtrends: The Small Forces Behind Tomorrow's Big Changes."
Kinney has also served as the president and executive vice president of two national social change organizations — one focused on college access and one focused on Jewish campus life. She has also served as Counsel to U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno and as a White House Fellow with Vice President Gore.
An honors graduate of Harvard Law School and Yale University, Kinney lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and their three children. She is a proud recipient of Baldwin's Distinguished Young Alumna Award.
Jennifer Platzkere Snyder, Esq. '88
Jennifer is a Partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group at Dilworth Paxson LLP, where she represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including traditional union-management relations, employment discrimination, noncompetition and trade secret disputes, wage and hour audits, corporate investigations and employee discipline and discharge matters. In addition to providing practical guidance to clients on minimizing litigation risks and policy implementation, Jennifer is a passionate advocate for them in litigation before governmental agencies, Federal and state courts and arbitrators. One of the youngest attorneys ever inducted into the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and repeatedly selected for inclusion on the SuperLawyers list of top Pennsylvania attorneys for Employment and Labor, she has been peer-rated AV Preeminent (the highest rating available) and named one of 50 on the Fast Track by The Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly. A dynamic and award-winning lecturer, she is currently the Employer Co-Chair of the American Bar Association's Committee on Practice & Procedure under the National Labor Relations Act (and only the second woman ever to hold that position). Jennifer serves on the Executive Committee of the Temple American Inn of Court, is an Investigator for the Philadelphia Bar Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention, and just completed a one-year term as Editor-in-Chief of the Philadelphia Lawyer magazine. In addition to her busy law career, Jennifer is an accomplished professional actress and singer who was awarded Baldwin's Distinguished Young Alumnae Award for her ability to balance her law career with her theatrical pursuits. Jennifer was also elected a Fellow to the American Bar Foundation for her outstanding achievements and dedication to the welfare of her community and to the highest principles of the legal profession. Jennifer is a member of the prestigious Forum of Executive Women, was an Inaugural Mentor for the Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program, sits on its Philadelphia Leadership Council, and serves on Baldwin's National Board of Advisors. She was also recently elected to the Board of Directors of Beyond Celiac, a national non-profit devoted to accelerating research to find a cure for celiac disease. Jennifer received her law degree from Villanova University School of Law and her B.S. degree, with honors, from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business. While at Penn, she also attended the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. Jennifer is married and lives in Bala Cynwyd with her husband and three sons, all of whom are following in her footsteps by becoming professional actors at an early age.
Christine Soares Cox '93
Christine is an intellectual property lawyer turned stay-at-home mother who is active in community involvement and patient advocacy. After graduating from Williams College in 1997, Christine spent three years as a technology consultant in New York at the height of the tech boom. She then went to Duke University School of Law to focus on intellectual property law and joined a large Atlanta law firm after graduation in 2003.
Christine later joined a mid-sized law firm in an effort to handle her own cases and get more courtroom experience.
In 2007, Christine gave birth to her daughter, Madeleine, and returned to work on a "part-time" (9-5 p.m., so normal people full-time) basis. Madeleine had health issues from the start, so that situation became untenable and Christine decided to stay home for a while. She had her son, Sam, in 2009, and did limited trademark work for the second law firm as needs arose. The family also joined a cooperative, parent-run preschool, which also was a home for professional moms who were taking a break from their careers. (There was a policy for everything!) When her children were 5 and 3, Christine was introduced to another intellectual property attorney who had started her own firm. Christine still had a small book of clients, so she joined the firm and worked from home for several years. The small firm eventually merged with another virtual firm, and Christine continued practicing law with that group for a while.
At the same time, Christine went on a diagnostic odyssey with her daughter, Madeleine, who had 9 hospital stays before the age of 6 and many emergency room visits as well. Christine finally found the right doctors for her daughter, who received a diagnosis of mitochondrial dysfunction. Madeleine has done really well with appropriate treatment, but maintaining her care requires a lot of time. After her daughter's diagnosis, Christine worked on legislation in Georgia that would require insurance coverage for medical formulas used to treat metabolic and gastrointestinal disorders, including the one prescribed for Madeleine that helped her to finally grow. Christine also started volunteering with MitoAction, a national mitochondrial disease organization. She subsequently took a position as the Director of Outreach and Advocacy for MitoAction, where she continued to work on legislative and policy issues.
Christine worked for MitoAction until a year and a half ago, when MitoAction had a leadership transition at the same time that her father had serious health issues. For this and several other reasons, Christine decided to step back from paid work and focus on her family at that time. Since then, Christine has concentrated more on issues in her local community. She has helped a Syrian refugee start a tailoring business, sponsoring a GoFundMe campaign that raised over $10,000 for the tailor and his family. Christine also has learned how to knit and sew her own clothes and currently is working on a master knitter certification.
Christine firmly believes in the value of transferable skills, and is truly grateful for her Baldwin education and the spirit of learning that her time at Baldwin fostered.
Dr. Aliza Simeone, VMD '93
Aliza attended Amherst College for one year before transferring into the honors college at the Pennsylvania State University where she graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Animal Bioscience in 1997. She then attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine as a Food Animal major, graduating in 2001.
Following vet school, Dr. Simeone worked as an ambulatory large animal veterinary practitioner (on farm vet) for three years in southeastern Pennsylvania treating horses, cattle, small ruminants, camelids and a few pet pigs before transitioning into regulatory veterinary medicine as a Veterinary Medical Field Officer with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Animal Health and Diagnostic Services.
Over the past 14 years in this position, Dr. Simeone has been involved with managing many disease outbreaks in domestic animals such as Rabies, Equine Infectious Anemia, Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy and Avian Influenza. She also performs regulatory inspections of domestic animal-related businesses such as livestock dealers, auctions, live poultry markets and captive deer farms and she provides educational outreach to audiences including veterinary practitioners, farmers and students.
Outside of work, Dr. Simeone has been married for 18 years to Kenneth Simeone and they have a 10 year old son named George, a cat named Rupchic, and an extremely elderly guinea pig who just goes by PigPig. The Simeone family is very involved with Little League baseball, with Kenneth coaching, Aliza keeping the scorebook and running the concessions operation, and George playing for two teams. On the rare occasions when she is not at work or at baseball, Dr. Simeone enjoys baking, especially cheesecakes.
Shali is currently a Product Director at Salesforce, which was recently named #1 on Fortune's Top 100 Best Companies to Work for in 2018. As a Product Director, she oversees global programs that ensure the success of Salesforce's customers. Prior to this role at Salesforce, Shali had a leadership role managing teams of consultants in Salesforce's services organization.
Shali has a unique blend of experience working for both large corporations and small venture backed start-ups, in the technology, ecommerce, retail and communications industries. Prior to joining Salesforce, Shali held positions at Monetate, ShopRunner, eBay Enterprise (formerly GSI Commerce), Saks Fifth Avenue, AOL Time Warner, Bergdorf Goodman and Discovery Communications.
Shali has B.A. in English Literature from The George Washington University.
Rachael Goldfarb '95
Rachael currently serves as the Campaign Manager of the sole female candidate in a school board campaign in Washington, DC. She recently served as the Deputy Chief Technology Officer and Chief of Staff to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a government agency created under the Dodd-Frank Act. Ms. Goldfarb was the Bureau's 19th hire and she worked under Sen. Elizabeth Warren in overseeing the Bureau's growth to over 2,000 civil servants. Ms. Goldfarb was responsible for designing, recruiting and hiring the CFPB's Technology Division, as well as developing technology and social media policies for the Bureau. Prior to her work at CFPB, Ms. Goldfarb was a political appointee in the Obama Administration in her capacity as Senior Advisor to Rajiv Shah, the Undersecretary for Research, Education and Economics at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Before her appointment, she served as Special Assistant and Traveling Chief of Staff to the President of the Global Health Program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, WA. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with Honors, Ms. Goldfarb served in the Clinton White House, first as Assistant to the Policy Staff at the National Economic Council and then as Assistant to John D. Podesta, the Chief of Staff to the President of the United States. Following the end of the administration, Ms. Goldfarb was named Special Assistant to the Chairperson of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. She received her Juris Doctor from Penn State University, where she served as Managing Editor of the Penn State International Law Review. She subsequently clerked at the U.S. Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and for the Honorable D. Brooks Smith (current Chief) of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Fiona Bora '98
After graduating Baldwin decent at math and horrific at writing, Fiona went to the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania. Not quite sure where her life would take her or what she would do next she triple concentrated in Finance, Management and Legal Studies and opposed to interning, spent every summer in Europe attempting to learn some language or history. Much to her parents chagrin she did not become a lawyer and had a myriad of jobs that landed her at Ralph Lauren where she has climbed the corporate ladder one polo shirt at a time.
Victoria Ikeda '98
Victoria went on to pursue her undergraduate degree at Tulane University in New Orleans, which she obtained in 2002. She then went on to get her Master's Degree in Elementary Education from University of Miami. Victoria married Brett Ikeda, also a Tulane grad and a Lieutenant in the Army. Victoria and Brett then moved to California where he was stationed. Victoria taught on the Army base until they relocated to New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. Victoria and her husband then moved to DC and lived there for 5 years. While there, Victoria taught kindergarten and first grade and got her Reading Specialist degree. She also gave birth to their first son, Jameson in 2009. The Ikeda family relocated back to the suburbs of New Orleans in early 2012. She gave birth to twin boys later that year. While being a stay-at-home mom in 2015, Victoria also became the Vice President of Northshore Mama, a local savings and entertainment blog.
Since her time at Baldwin, Victoria has been an active volunteer in many different areas including Hurricane Katrina recovery, working with under privileged youth and working with homeless shelters. Giving back is something that Victoria learned while at Baldwin and has been able to continue since leaving. It's one thing besides her family that gives her great joy.
Kate Lester '98
Kate is the Director of Neuropsychology and Assistant Professor of Neurology at Drexel University College of Medicine's(DUCOM) Neuroscience Institute in Philadelphia. After graduating from Baldwin in 1998, she completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania and later received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Widener University's Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology, where she concentrated in the areas of both School Psychology and Neuropsychology. While at Widener, Dr. Lester completed internships in the department of Neuro-Oncology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, as well as in the department of Neurology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. She went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in Neuropsychology at the Medical College of Georgia, where she trained in an outpatient neurology clinic, as well as taught graduate level clinical neuroscience courses and participated in epilepsy research. Dr. Lester holds licenses to practice psychology in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology.
At DUCOM, Dr. Lester participates in the medical residency program, providing education and mentoring of neurology residents and graduate level psychology students. She runs a busy outpatient clinic in Center City and in Southern New Jersey (in cooperation with Lourdes Medical Associates), where she and her group do comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations (i.e., measuring brain function through behavioral testing) to assist in differential diagnosis, establish functional levels and competency, develop treatment plans, determine readiness for return to work, school and sports, and establish candidacy for various procedures (e.g., deep brain stimulation, epilepsy surgery, ketamine treatment), among others. Some of the specific types of patients seen in the clinic include those with memory loss and signs of Mild Cognitive Impairment and dementia, concussion/traumatic brain injury, movement disorders, stroke, brain tumors, epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis and other autoimmune disease, ADHD and other learning disabilities, psychiatric disease affecting cognition, delirium/acute confusion (e.g., in the context of infection or other encephalopathies), substance-related cognitive loss, and HIV and other chronic infectious disease.
In addition to her full-time work at Drexel, Dr. Lester is a certified school psychologist and provides consultation services to the Radnor Township School District. She also consults privately with Bracket Global as a central rater on clinical research trials. Other professional activities include serving as President of the Philadelphia Neuropsychology Society, community outreach and speaking engagements with national organizations, co-investigator and rater for other clinical research trials towards the development of medications to treat Alzheimer's disease, mild cognitive impairment, Lewy Body dementia, and symptoms related to Parkinson's disease, and independent research, including in the areas of concussion, dementia, and epilepsy. Recently Dr. Lester and her group applied for a grant to study the potential cognitive benefits of transcranial magnetic stimulation in treating conditions that affect attention, from ADHD to various types of dementia.
Benefiting from the Baldwin experience and the assertiveness encouraged in every graduate, Dr. Lester fought hard for a flexible schedule when developing a contract with Drexel and her previous employer, Capital Health. The latter position was acquired soon after giving birth to her first child (Thomas, now age 5), when the importance of dividing time between home and work was particularly central. She currently sees patients in the office three days a week and spends the other two days working from home, where she continues to spend time with Thomas and his 2-year-old sister, Maggie. The combination of stay-at-home mother and career-focused professional has been particularly rewarding during her children's early development. Having the skills and confidence to go after the things you want in life, particularly as a woman, is the single-most important thing Dr. Lester learned from her 13 years at Baldwin, and is something that should be encouraged in every young, female learner.
Julia Levy '98
Julia currently leads Content, Delivery and Operations for Sparkler, a start-up focused on early childhood education. She also co-founded Culture Craver, an arts/culture/technology start-up, and has consulted for education and policy organizations, including the Walton Family Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, NBC's Education Nation, Families for Excellent Schools, Urban Assembly and more. She served as Director of Communications for the New York City Department of Education and as project director of the Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on U.S. Education Reform and National Security. Julia started her career as a reporter, covering education, policy and economic development for The New York Sun, the Financial Times and Hearst Newspapers. Julia currently serves on the women's board of City Year New York, which supports students and teachers in high-needs public schools. She recently wrote and illustrated an anti-bullying children's book, Donny the Bully. Julia holds an MBA from Columbia Business School (2011) and an AB from Dartmouth College (2002). She lives in New York City with her husband, two sons and mini labradoodle.
JoAnna Marmon '98
JoAnna is a Philadelphia native who attended The Baldwin School from kindergarten through 12th grade. While in middle school she began taking flying lessons. In high school JoAnna worked behind the front counter at Hortman Aviation every weekend and in the summertime in return for flying lessons. Upon graduation from high school she had already earned her Private Pilot's License, her Instrument Rating and her Commercial License. She had also interned for The Rocket Development Company, which was run by Charles "Pete" Conrad, Jr. and T.K. Mattingly – Apollo Astronauts.
JoAnna graduated from The University of Pennsylvania with a major in Spanish (Hispanic Studies), and one class shy of minors in Math, Physics and Astronomy. She also earned her Certified Flight Instructor Rating while in undergrad. Some of her favorite classes were business classes that focused on the intersection of Marketing and Fine Arts.
Shortly after graduating from college she began working in advertising sales for KYWNewsRadio 1060 for over a year. While there JoAnna started a concert promotion company called IntrepidJAM, LLC. While working in the music business she went back to school to earn her MBA from Drexel University.
Currently, JoAnna is an Airline Pilot flying the Airbus 320 (319, 320, and 321) for American Airlines and is also part of the team founding the space tourism start-up company called Ion Space Expeditions (ISE). ISE is the creation of the Chief Engineer from The Rocket Development Company. In her free time JoAnna encourages others to learn to fly. Through her company intrepidJAM, JoAnna is now working with FIGHTERJETS, INC handling Marketing and Sponsorship.
Kate Braemer '03
Kate attended Colby College in Waterville, ME and graduated in 2007. She studied sociology and lumberjacking, and worked in outdoor education at several nonprofits in Vermont, Colorado and Maine. She returned to the Philadelphia area and worked in Delaware County at a youth development nonprofit. She is now with Salus University, a medical graduate school, in alumni relations and fundraising. She is also working on a master's degree in Nonprofit Leadership at LaSalle University.
Erica N. Miller '03
Erica has had a passion for politics since her days in a navy kilt. Having graduated from the American Jewish University magna cum laude, she holds a degree in Political Science (focusing on Middle Eastern Studies & Terrorism). In graduate school, Erica studied a full spectrum of Jewish texts in both Hebrew and Babylonian Aramaic, specializing in Judaism's mystical opus of Kabbalah, the Zohar. Now employed by AIPAC (The American Israel Public Affairs Committee), Erica works to strengthen and maintain the U.S. - Israel relationship through direct involvement with Congress. Having lived in Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Jerusalem, she has worked for the Israeli Consulate, Senator Arlen Specter and as a new media consultant.
Jessica Friedberg Smith '03
Jessica is an Agent in United Talent Agency's Independent Film Group where she packages and sells films that are produced outside of the studio model. This gives her the opportunity to work on diverse content from voices that are commonly marginalized and help to bring their authentic stories to audiences. Jessica began her career in production on independent films, commercials and music videos. She worked on her first independent film, "Some Days are Better Than Others" starring Carrie Brownstein and James Mercer, while living in Portland, OR. When she moved to Los Angeles, she worked for an Agent who represented writers and directors. In order to learn the producing process, she took a job with Participant Media, a financier and production company known for producing films and documentaries that highlight social issues. Wanting to broaden her skills in script development, she moved over to work for Mandalay Pictures, where she worked on "The Voices" directed by Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) and starring Ryan Reynolds, as well as "Horns" directed by Alexandre Aja based on the book by Joe Hill starring Daniel Radcliffe and Juno Temple. Before becoming an Agent, she worked at Roadside Attractions, an Independent Film Distributor which released 35 films during her time there including "Manchester by the Sea," "Dear White People," "A Most Wanted Man," "Hello, My Name is Doris" and "Lady Macbeth." As Manager of Co-productions and Development, she created Television and Films based on books and articles as well as original ideas. Her interest in packaging great independent scripts and source material with filmmakers took her to working in-house at United Talent Agency. She and her husband live in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Lydia Terrill '03
Lydia is a 3rd year associate at the family law firm Vetrano Vetrano & Feinman in King of Prussia. Lydia attended the George Washington University. After graduating from GW, she spent four years working in the "real world" before deciding to attend law school. During these four years she worked as a barista, a nanny and in various office jobs. Although Lydia always knew she wanted to attend law school, she knew that she needed some real-world experience before going back to school. In 2011, she began law school at Drexel University School of Law. During law school, Lydia realized that she loved family law, and after graduating, was lucky enough to find a great job at Vetrano Vetrano & Feinman, where she handles divorce, support and child custody matters.
Stephanie Neal '08
This month, Stephanie will be awarded a Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP) with a concentration in community development and housing from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy of Rutgers University. Stephanie is interested in affordable housing and the various techniques that encourage equitable development in newly revitalized post-industrial cities. Stephanie has experience in non-profit development and was the Planning, Policy and Research Fellow at the Times Square Alliance in New York City. She is currently the Asset Coordinator Fellow at the Community Asset Preservation Corporation (CAPC) in Newark, NJ, and in June, will take on a full-time position at CAPC, of which she will expand her role in community and real estate development in Newark's Central and South Wards. Before attending Rutgers, Stephanie received B.S. in Biology from Dickinson College and worked in the pharmaceutical industry in the capacity of business development.
Susanna Hamilton '08
In college, Susanna had several legal internships, volunteering at an innocence project organization, interning at the San Francisco DA's office and interning with Philadelphia Public Interest Law Center. After college, through a public interest fellowship, she worked as a policy associate at The Campaign for Educational Equity, a non-profit research and policy center at Columbia Teachers College focused on protecting children's right to an adequate education. Until 2017, she was part of the founding team at Gravitas, a women's fashion start-up that focused on giving women confidence through clothes. She started out running customer experience and operations, and later transitioned to marketing and partnerships. She is currently a consultant at an innovation firm called What If Innovation, where she helps companies develop new products, brands, services and business models. She is headed to business school in the fall!
Sam Simmons '08
Sam attended Georgetown University and majored in history and minored in sociology. After college, she moved back to Philadelphia to attend Penn Law. After graduation, she did a brief stint in Big Law, in a real estate finance practice group at a multinational law firm in Philadelphia. She quickly realized that Big Law was not a fit for her goals or skill set. So she switched to a role in the administration at Penn Law that fit better with her core values. She is now the Associate Director of Graduate Programs, where she gets to combine her interest in law with her passion for connecting with people and guiding them on their personal and professional journeys. She lives with her husband Jason, (whom she met while still a Baldwin girl!) in the Point Breeze neighborhood of Philadelphia. In her free time, she enjoys teaching fitness classes, healthy cooking and baking anything with chocolate.
Rachel C. Shoemaker '08
Rachel is founder, Louisa White Travel and Owner and Manager, Willisbrook Farm. After graduating from Belmont University in Nashville, TN, with a BBA in Music Business and minor in Entrepreneurship, I briefly worked in the music industry before realizing that was not actually what I wanted to be doing with my life. I had been offered what most would call a 'dream job' in music and found out just in time that I was heading in the wrong direction! I took over the family farm and turned my hobby of breeding top quality American Saddlebred show horses into my business. I have successfully bred and sold world class show horses and we are continually looking for new and innovative ways to improve the quality of our stock. I also began Louisa White Travel (at the time a small side company), a luxury travel concierge that sends clients all around the globe. I have a passion for travel and authentic experiences and have found that many people need quite a lot of help in doing this for themselves! We handle complex affinity groups as well as the discerning client that demands the very best - from private jets to yacht charters or the best suite in town. Our personal experience, connections around the globe and commitment to our clients has made all the difference in growing our business. I am also active with several volunteer organizations from Willistown Conservation Trust to the American Saddlebred Horse Association, the Devon Horse Show and, of course, the Baldwin School.
Bailey Sperry '08
Bailey works in medical/scientific communications for Spark Therapeutics, Inc. in Philadelphia. Spark, a late clinical-stage gene therapy company, was founded in March 2013 as a spin-out of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and recently received FDA approval for its first product Luxturna™ in December 2017. Having joined in the early "start-up" days as an administrative assistant, Bailey has held a number of positions in the company as it has grown and evolved, including with Research and Development, Commercial Operations and Marketing, and Patient Advocacy, before joining the Medical Affairs team this year. Prior to joining Spark, she worked at Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr as their program assistant, after having spent a year in Paris, France working as an Au Pair. Outside of work she is one of the leaders of the Redeemer Youth Group (RYG), still occasionally sings in the church choir and is on the board of Island People's Project (IPP), a community non-profit organization in Fishers Island, New York. She received her A.B. in History from Princeton University in 2012, and will complete the Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program at Tufts University in May 2018.
Julia Tyminski '13
Julia's passion for music developed at The Baldwin School, but continued to grow long after she graduated in 2013. First attending The University of Miami for theater and music, Julia decided to transfer to Wesleyan University, where she could focus on both music and other academics. She graduated from Wesleyan with a BA in Theater, and a concentration in Data Analysis. After graduating early from Wesleyan, Julia spent a year working as an administrative assistant, while she calculated her next move. She currently lives in South Philly, working at Vintage Wine Bar, while putting the finishing touches on her debut EP, Sweet Carnage. Earlier this spring, she travelled to Nashville and recorded the vocals for her EP with her producer and writing collaborator. Julia is thrilled to share her EP, due out in early summer. And as always, thanks to Baldwin for influencing Julia, both as an artist and a person.
Chynna Mills '13
Chynna is a 22-year-old licensed cosmetologist based in Philadelphia. After graduating from Baldwin in 2013 she pursued a degree at Indiana University of PA. After three semesters, she left college and obtained her cosmetology license at Empire Beauty School in Center City. Since 2015, Chynna has been a salon manager and stylist. As a manager, she is responsible for inventory, book keeping, social media marketing/promotion and staffing. As a stylist, she is responsible for keeping her clients happy and ensuring their return. Aside from working behind the chair, she has experience freelancing as a hairstylist for fashion shows and photo-shoots. Chynna has also worked on small films and haunted houses as a special effects make-up artist. She can speak to what it is like to own a business, generate income and network with people in a way that sparks opportunity. Chynna hopes to give juniors and seniors some insight on what it is like to forge your own path. She hopes to encourage girls at Baldwin to follow their heart, even if it means taking a less than traditional route.