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Idaho, last year. He mastered a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and 26.2-mile run. Justin, who sits on the board of the Challenged Athletes Foundation (www .challengedathletes.org), participated to support the foundation’s work and to honor the memory of his recently de - ceased father.


’91 This past August, Christine Lynch Berg


and husband Jeff Berg traveled to Lon- don, England, with children Jacob, 14, Jonathan, 12, and Dylan, 6. They visited Regents University and lots of other won- derful sites. Christine, who spent a semes- ter studying there during her junior year, enjoyed revisiting her old stomping grounds. The kids got a kick out of seeing a campus abroad and imagining that Mom was once young!


After four years running a successful online cupcake business, Cat Weltz Beurnier opened Sugar Daze, an Amer- ican-style bake shop and tea salon in Paris, France. Located in the city’s eclectic Pigalle neighborhood, the shop features cupcakes, whoopie pies, brownies, layer cakes, and cookies. Cat is delighted to be working with some very cool corporate clients, including Disney, Spotify, Micro - soft, Heinz, Gap, and Hugo Boss. She has made baked goods for such celebrities as Pete Dougherty, the Beckhams, and famed French comic Gad Elmaleh. Cat encour- ages any Skiddies visiting Paris to stop by. Look for Sugar Daze Paris on Facebook for more information. Suzette Soboti Swinson is head coach of the women’s soccer and lacrosse teams at the University of Redlands in California. Last year, she spent a week in Aberdeen and Edinburgh, Scotland, touring and competing against Scottish clubs. She also helped train the Scottish National Team for the 2013 World Cup. Honored as the West Region Coach of the Year for la - crosse, Suzette led her team to a confer- ence championship and a national tourna- ment for the third consecutive year. Dave Goldberg’s NYC-based production company, Killer Bunny Entertainment, puts on a live-via-satellite comedy show called Gotham Comedy Live for Mark Cuban’s AXS-TV on Thursday nights. Hosts for that show have included Michael Ian Black, Carlos Mencia, Susie Essman, Gilbert Gottfried, Charlie Murphy, Orlando Jones, and David Alan Grier. Killer Bunny is also producing a show for Lifetime and devel- oping feature films. Tracey Meltzer Kyle’s first children’s book, Gazpacho for Nacho, was recently


Justin Model completed his first Ironman race in Coeur d’Alene,


published by Two Lions Press, a division of Amazon Children’s Publishing. A mid- dle school Spanish teacher, Tracey also teaches yoga part-time. Lauren Girard Adams and her family


are living in Cape Town, South Africa. Lauren works with several NGOs there, including the Shine Centre, which pro- motes literacy among young schoolchild- ren. While back home in the U.S. this past July, Lauren had a fun visit with Lee Rosenberg in Vermont. Her daughter is now starting to play netball, the closest thing to basketball for girls in South Africa. Let Lauren know if your travels find you in Cape Town!


Each month, I write a column for the Bangor Daily News covering socioeco- nomic issues. I have been inspired by my own experience receiving food stamps—a truly eye-opening one. After some difficult years, my business, grantwinners.net, is growing. With an emphasis on teaching nonprofits how to win grants, my team of consultants is helping small organizations do great work in their communities. I also make and show paintings, some of which can be seen at serenebabe.net/art. I enjoy living in Portland with my two daugh- ters, Maya, 10, and Althea, 4. HEATHER SANTMIRE DENKMIRE 71 READ ST., APT. 4 PORTLAND, ME 04103-3481 HEATHER@GRANTWINNERS.NET


chair of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, working for the civil rights of children with special education needs. Jen continues to run her law prac- tice in Sherman, Conn. She also heads up a video-based Web site, www.YourSpe - cialEdu cationRights.com, which she co- founded for parents of children with dis- abilities. Jen lives in Sherman with hus- band Chris and daughters Emmy, 7, and Marisa, 5.


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Angelique Pabon-Cruz lives in Long Island, N.Y., with her husband and their three kids. Although she earned a JD from Brooklyn Law School in 2004, she opted not to practice and instead is embarking on a new career as a novelist. Currently finish- ing the third and final novel in a horror trilogy under the pen name Angel Gelique, she says the work is “the most fulfilling thing I’ve ever done aside from mother- ing.” She plans to switch genres and focus on writing something “less shocking.” You can follow Angelique’s work at goodreads .com/angelgelique.


In March 2013 Jen Laviano Swan was selected national board


AT WORK Blackberry Hill A


dam Brand ’97 is hard to get on the phone. It's understandable. He's working in a 24/7


pressure cooker on Capitol Hill as chief of staff for US Rep. Linda T. Sanchez (D-Calif). There's little respite for Brand, who oversees communi- cations and logistics, interacts with other offices, businesses, and constituents, and promotes the congresswoman's messages, issues, and poli- cies.


“I keep the trains running in line with where she wants to head,” he


says. As sen- ior advisor to Sanchez, who sits on the Ethics and Ways and Means com- mittees, Brand shepherds support for her platforms on antibully- ing, wage


equity, women’s health, tax reform, immigration, and “how a working family can achieve their own American dream, send their kids to college, and retire with dignity.” Rarely at a desk, Brand says he is on a


“Blackberry leash”—though each August, he, wife Katie Bissell Brand ’99, and their three kids take refuge in Maine and Vermont. Sanchez has a child as well, and Brand says she understands “how necessary it is to achieve family-work bal- ance.” He also carves out precious time for golf, friends, reading, and hiking. The D.C. native and attorney says he consid-


ered living elsewhere, but “I have the politics bug, and this is the major leagues. I know that through public service I can help positively affect policies in areas like education, transportation, and homeland security. America is still the most influential country in the world, with the most opportunity; people still flock in droves to the United States. I have a front-row seat to history.” Not so wonderful was last fall's government


shutdown. “Maybe people will move beyond rhetoric and demagoguery,” he hopes, “to find common ground and get something done on behalf of the American people.” —Helen Edelman ’74


WINTER 2014 SCOPE 55


CREATIVE THOUGHT HILARY SCHWAB


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