Alumni Class Notes - Archived


Class of 2011


ANGELA SHELLEY WIGGINS is remaining in New Haven for the year while she applies for doctoral programs in liturgical studies. In January, she’ll begin an extended CPE unit. As one of the millions of unemployed, she also hopes to have a paying...

Connecticut New Haven, United States
Posted: 2011


DAVID CHOULES is finishing his first semester at the University of Pennsylvania law school and living in Philadelphia. He is still married and has one boy who is now 15 months old.

Pennsylvania Philadelphia, United States
Posted: 2011


KIM ABEEL (now Kim Abeel Coelho) married Nickholas Coelho, an accountant from NYC. They are living in Summit, NJ, where Kim directs the ethics programs at The Ethics Institute at Kent Place School. Kent Place is a non-sectarian girls’ day...

New Jersey Summit, United States
Posted: 2011


MICHAEL KELLEY SHEPHERD moved to the DC area where Kelley found work with Cambridge Associates. He reports that he loves “watching global markets move, and finance genuinely feels like ‘the calling.’”

District of Columbia Washington, United States
Posted: 2011


RACHEL DUNCAN is living in New Haven and is the pastor of Canaan United Methodist Church in Canaan (not to be confused with New Canaan), CT. This summer, Rachel rode her bike from Seattle to New Haven in hopes of getting some more education for...

Connecticut New Haven, United States
Posted: 2011


ANGELA SHELLEY WIGGINS is remaining in New Haven for the year while she applies for doctoral programs in liturgical studies. In January, she’ll begin an extended CPE unit. As one of the millions of unemployed, she also hopes to have a paying...

Connecticut New Haven, United States
Posted: 2011


DAVID CHOULES is finishing his first semester at the University of Pennsylvania law school and living in Philadelphia. He is still married and has one boy who is now 15 months old.

Pennsylvania United States
Posted: 2011


KIM ABEEL (now Kim Abeel Coelho) married Nickholas Coelho, an accountant from NYC. They are living in Summit, NJ, where Kim directs the ethics programs at The Ethics Institute at Kent Place School. Kent Place is a non-sectarian girls’ day...

New Jersey Summit, United States
Posted: 2011


MICHAEL KELLEY SHEPHERD moved to the DC area where Kelley found work with Cambridge Associates. He reports that he loves “watching global markets move, and finance genuinely feels like ‘the calling.’”

District of Columbia Washington, United States
Posted: 2011


RACHEL DUNCAN is living in New Haven and is the pastor of Canaan United Methodist Church in Canaan (not to be confused with New Canaan), CT. This summer, Rachel rode her bike from Seattle to New Haven in hopes of getting some more education for...

Connecticut New Haven, United States
Posted: 2011



Class of 2010


Jessica N. Bass recently completed a dual degree from YDS and the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. As a native of Stamford, Jessica remains in Connecticut and continues to be actively involved in various ministerial capacities. She is also...

Rebecca Henriksen graduated from YDS and ISM in May and by July was in Paris studying French in an intensive language course at The Sorbonne. Rebecca is currently working as the choral and vocal assistant for the ISM and as the manager for Yale Camerata. She...

Daniel Klimek is pursuing his Ph.D. in the School of Theology & Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America, while studying and practicing Taekwondo during his spare time. He has been featured on Radio Maria USA, discussing the reported Marian...

Laura Phillipe Larson managed a state senate campaign in Northern Minnesota. August 10 was highly successful, as her team toppled the endorsed candidate in the primary election. (Her mother also won by a landslide in the county commissioner race). After the...

Emerson Morgan will build upon his work in Religion and the Arts at YDS by beginning doctoral studies in historical musicology at the Department of Music at Harvard University, concentrating within medieval and early American music. He continues research into...

Geoff Parker was called as the associate pastor of First Parish Church in Brunswick, ME, on July 18, 2010. He began serving in August, with his wife, Sarah, joining him in Maine in December as she began work toward her doctoral thesis.

Jason Peno is currently in the midst of the post-graduation job search. He lives in New Haven, CT, and looks forward to having time for hobbies. He writes, “Please keep in touch and be sure to update your contact information with the YDS Development office...

Katie Salisbury started her post-YDS life by marrying her college sweetheart, James Halttunen, back in Oregon where they went to school, followed by a honeymoon for three weeks in India. They are currently settling down in the Elm City, and Katie is re-...

Andy Smith graduated from YDS this May after completing the “Lutheran year” at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC. In July, he accepted a senior analyst position with O’Meara, Ferguson, Whelan, and Conway near Washington, D.C.—a financial...

Sandy Smyth enjoyed the summer visiting family and friends. She is self-publishing two books this fall with Xulon press: The Spirit-led Organization: Toward an Agapeic and Virtuous Corporate Ethos will be available on BarnesandNoble.com and Amazon....

Lael Sorensen was ordained a transitional deacon in June. She is currently assistant rector at Grace Episcopal Church and chaplain at Grace Episcopal Day School in Silver Spring, MD (Diocese of Washington).

Hope Stephenson traveled to Nairobi, Kenya and spent five weeks studying African Christianity at Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology. She is currently living in Georgia and will be applying to doctorate programs in the fall.

Rachel Watson is looking forward to beginning a Ph.D. program at the University of Chicago this fall in religion and literature. She continues to write dramatic fiction.  (Holler if you love to critique genre saecredular.) Rachel and Levi T. Dog are...

Brent R. Damrow was married on October 2 to his partner John Geldert. Nancy Taylor ’81 officiated the ceremony in Boston’s Old South Church. Professor Nora Tubbs Tisdale, Alfred Tisdale, Adele Crawford ’08, Kurt...

Rob James was installed as associate pastor of Union Baptist Church in Mystic, CT on September 26. Dale Peterson participated in the service of installation and was listed in the program as representing YDS.

Amalie Ash is currently administrator for the Presbytery of Tropical Florida, which involves overseeing 57 churches in seven counties in Southeast Florida and the Keys. Amalie also works on an aid program for Haitian earthquake refugees evacuated to South...

HOPE STEPHENSON is living in Atlanta, GA and pursuing ordination as a deacon in the United Methodist Church. She is currently taking courses at Candler School of Theology at Emory University.

Georgia Atlanta, United States
Posted: 2011


JASON PENO is the general manager for both Blue State Coffee houses in New Haven, CT. Life is super busy, and Jason is hoping for a change of scenery come next July, but he’s enjoying his friends and exploring a variety of hobbies.

Connecticut New Haven, United States
Posted: 2011


NICK SHELTON writes, “I am enjoying life on the West Coast, working out of Google’s headquarters in northern California. I’m using my background in religious studies to create community and an interest in religion at one of the world’s best...

California San Francisco, United States
Posted: 2011


REBECCA HENRIKSEN is in her first year of the Ph.D. program in theatre arts and performance studies at Brown University. She is studying contemporary evangelicalism, gender, and sexuality through the lenses of ritual and performance theory. She...

Rhode Island Providence, United States
Posted: 2011


PETER W. COOKSON, JR. lives in Washington DC and has published two books this year (See Alumni Books).

District of Columbia Washington, United States
Posted: 2011


LYDIA SOHN and JAMES ROGERS got married on June 11, 2011 in Claremont, CA. Lydia writes, “Many of you know that we met at BTFO! We are now settling into married life and loving it.” Lydia and James live in a two-...

California Claremont, United States
Posted: 2011


STEPHANIE JOHNSON was ordained an Episcopal Priest in September 2010. She is working for Province I (New England dioceses) as energy steward minister, helping congregations reduce their carbon footprint. She is still finishing her requirements...

Connecticut New Haven, United States
Posted: 2011


ANDY SMITH is the director of administration and finance at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, SC. In this capacity, he’s responsible for overseeing budget, endowment, and operating activity of the seminary and facilitating the...

South Carolina Columbia, United States
Posted: 2011


CRISTINA CABRERA recently started her Ph.D. in cultural studies at the Excellence Cluster of the Graduate Center for the Study of Culture (GCSC) in Giessen, Germany. So far she has been able to enjoy beautiful locations and great museum...

Giessen, Germany
Posted: 2011


KAZIMIERZ BEM was ordained on Sept. 11, 2011 at Center Church on the Green in New Haven, with his guests flying in from all over the globe. He still almost can’t believe that he was called as pastor of First Church in Marlborough, MA. He finished his S.T.M. in 2011 and is now...

Massachusetts Marlborough, United States
Posted: 2011


CHRISTOPHER ALLISON is a first-year Ph.D. student in the History of American Civilization Program at Harvard University. His family is slowly, but surely, settling in to Bostonian life, and enjoying the new place and new friends.

Massachusetts Boston, United States
Posted: 2011


HOPE STEPHENSON is living in Atlanta, GA and pursuing ordination as a deacon in the United Methodist Church. She is currently taking courses at Candler School of Theology at Emory University.

Georgia Atlanta, United States
Posted: 2011


JASON PENO is the general manager for both Blue State Coffee houses in New Haven, CT. Life is super busy, and Jason is hoping for a change of scenery come next July, but he’s enjoying his friends and exploring a variety of hobbies.

Connecticut New Haven, United States
Posted: 2011


NICK SHELTON writes, “I am enjoying life on the West Coast, working out of Google’s headquarters in northern California. I’m using my background in religious studies to create community and an interest in religion at one of the world’s best...

California United States
Posted: 2011


REBECCA HENRIKSEN is in her first year of the Ph.D. program in theatre arts and performance studies at Brown University. She is studying contemporary evangelicalism, gender, and sexuality through the lenses of ritual and performance theory. She...

Rhode Island Providence, United States
Posted: 2011


PETER W. COOKSON, JR. lives in Washington DC and has published two books this year (See Alumni Books).

District of Columbia Washington, United States
Posted: 2011


LYDIA SOHN and JAMES ROGERS got married on June 11, 2011 in Claremont, CA. Lydia writes, “Many of you know that we met at BTFO! We are now settling into married life and loving it.” Lydia and James live in a two-...

California Claremont, United States
Posted: 2011


STEPHANIE JOHNSON was ordained an Episcopal Priest in September 2010. She is working for Province I (New England dioceses) as energy steward minister, helping congregations reduce their carbon footprint. She is still finishing her requirements...

Connecticut New Haven, United States
Posted: 2011


ANDY SMITH is the director of administration and finance at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, SC. In this capacity, he’s responsible for overseeing budget, endowment, and operating activity of the seminary and facilitating the...

South Carolina Columbia, United States
Posted: 2011


CRISTINA CABRERA recently started her Ph.D. in cultural studies at the Excellence Cluster of the Graduate Center for the Study of Culture (GCSC) in Giessen, Germany. So far she has been able to enjoy beautiful locations and great museum...

Glessen, Germany,
Posted: 2011


KAZIMIERZ BERN was ordained on Sept. 11, 2011 at Center Church on the Green in New Haven, with his guests flying in from all over the globe. He still almost can’t believe that he was called as pastor of First Church in Marlborough MA. He...

Massachusetts Marlborough, United States
Posted: 2011


CHRISTOPHER ALLISON is a first-year Ph.D. student in the History of American Civilization Program at Harvard University. His family is slowly, but surely, settling in to Bostonian life, and enjoying the new place and new friends.

Massachusetts Cambridge, United States
Posted: 2011



Class of 2009


Kim Bauser graduated from Yale Divinity School—again (’10 S.T.M.)—and is now sharing her, as she puts it, “ever-increasing awesomeness with the good people of Boston (who, disappointingly, are taking surprisingly long to appreciate it),” as she...

Mary Emily Briehl Duba and Jason spent the past year in Bolivia volunteering as classroom aides at a special education school, working with an indigenous women’s community center, and exploring the Andean geography and culture. They have since moved to...