Alumni Class Notes - Archived


Class of 2006


Elizabeth Marie Melchionna is entering her second year of service in Davidson, NC, as associate rector at St. Alban’s and as the Episcopal Campus Minister at Davidson College. She is pursuing graduate coursework in peace and conflict transformation. In her...

La Rip M says, “Greetings from the Netherlands! Yesterday, I received an M.A. research degree from Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam." This year he will be doing broader research for his Ph.D. dissertation. La Rip will stay in the Netherlands one more year and go...

WILL MEBANE has been appointed canon of Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland, OH with responsibilities for congregational care, neighborhood and social justice ministries.

Ohio Cleveland, United States
Posted: 2011


MATTHEW KUSTENBAUDER received an M.A. in history from Harvard University, where he is currently a third-year Ph.D. candidate in African history. His chapter on the Lord’s Resistance Army in Northern Uganda was published in an edited volume, War...

GINGER STRICKLAND has finished five years at the American Church in Paris, France and has accepted a call to serve at Church of the Incarnation in New York City.

New York New York, United States
Posted: 2011


DIANNE BILYAK has a new book out (see Alumni Books section). Also, for the next year, excerpts of her interviews with poets about religion and writing will appear on the Poetry Society of America’s website.

AMANDA KUCIK has finished five years at Church of the Incarnation in New York City and has accepted a call to serve at Holy Comforter in Charlotte, NC.

North Carolina Charlotte, United States
Posted: 2011


WILL MEBANE has been appointed canon of Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland, OH with responsibilities for congregational care, neighborhood and social justice ministries.

Ohio Cleveland, United States
Posted: 2011


MATTHEW KUSTENBAUDER received an M.A. in history from Harvard University, where he is currently a third-year Ph.D. candidate in African history. His chapter on the Lord’s Resistance Army in Northern Uganda was published in an edited volume, War...

Massachusetts Cambridge, United States
Posted: 2011


GINGER STRICKLAND has finished five years at the American Church in Paris, France and has accepted a call to serve at Church of the Incarnation in New York City.

New York New York, United States
Posted: 2011


DIANNE BILYAK has a new book out (see Alumni Books section). Also, for the next year, excerpts of her interviews with poets about religion and writing will appear on the Poetry Society of America’s website.

AMANDA KUCIK has finished five years at Church of the Incarnation in New York City and has accepted a call to serve at Holy Comforter in Charlotte, NC.

North Carolina Charlotte, United States
Posted: 2011


Kaji Spellman married Patrik Douša on August 14, 2013 in La Jolla, California after moving to the area for Kaji to accept a call as Senior Minister of The Table: La Mesa, a United Church of Christ congregation. Patrik continues his work in web engineering for the University...

Succesfully completed my dissertation and I'm in the process of publishing my papers and continuing on for a second doctorate.

Updated his information and is currently living in Hamden, CT. 

Its been a busy four years since starting my call at American Lutheran Church in Billings, MT. I met my now husband, Erik, on my installation day. We got married 18 months later. This fall we welcomed our daughter, Marit Rose. We are busy taking advantage of all Montana has...

Joe Primo is CEO of Good Grief, located in New Jersey, and the President of the National Alliance for Grieving Children. His book "What Do We Tell the Children? Talking to Kids about Death and Dying" came out this past year with Abingdon Press.

The Rev. Rob Boulter, MDiv 2006, recently published a workbook with Morehouse called "Preparing an Episcopal Funeral." It is a practical guide for planning a funeral in the Episcopal tradition. Available through Cokesbury...

Ken Hughes was awarded a Doctor of Ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in May 2013. At graduation, Ken was presented with the George and Sally Telford award for his thesis on the Church and poverty. The Telford Award is presented in recognition of “...

Matthew Kustenbauder, a Ph.D. candidate in the department of history at Harvard University, has received a Fulbright-Hays scholarship from the U.S. Department of Education. The Fulbright will fund ten months of research in South Africa for his dissertation, “South African...


Class of 2005


Peter Hanke currently lives in Bethesda, MD, with his four-year-old daughter, Lizzie. He is working as a senior consultant with IBM, mostly on communications-related projects for the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Energy. This fall, Peter will...

William Ng works in formation ministry as novice director in Hong Kong for his religious community, the Order of Friars Minor. He misses the Aboriginal sub-parish in Taiwan, where he served for the past two years. In addition, William writes a column for a...

Aaron Klink joined the staff at Amedisys Hospice in Durham, NC, as staff chaplain, after finishing a second year of clinical pastoral education at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Durham. He is in the midst of co-authoring a book with his advisor...

John Rohrs and Andie Wigodsky and their two-year-old daughter Anna moved to Norfolk, VA, last year, where John became rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. While it was hard to leave their lives and jobs in Raleigh, NC, they are happy in...

Judith Allison continues to serve as associate rector at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church. She enjoys the whole round of visiting, counseling, group leadership, and preaching. Last fall, Judith led a group of pilgrims to Turkey and Greece where they...

Leslie Woods and her husband, Kevin, welcomed their first son, Daniel, on September 25, 2009. He is a happy, gregarious baby who loves to meet new people and is getting into everything. In December, the family moved to a new home in Fairfax, VA. Leslie...

Lucas Grubbs and Meredith Farmer ’06 live in Boise, ID. Lucas serves as canon pastor at St. Michael’s Episcopal Cathedral and has begun a ministry called “Come to the Banquet!” where cathedral volunteers host a restaurant-quality luncheon for...

ROB LEACOCK and his wife, Stefanie, moved to Austin, TX in 2010 when Rob became high school chaplain at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. He teaches religion, leads chapel and goes to a lot of sporting events. Stefanie is a lecturer in biology and...

Texas Austin, United States
Posted: 2011


NATALIE WIGG-STEVENSON and TYLER WIGG-STEVENSON ’04 recently moved to Toronto, ON (Canada), after Natalie finished her Ph.D. in theological studies at Vanderbilt University. She is now serving as the director of...

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Posted: 2011


JEFF WELLS is still serving Community United Methodist Church in Massapequa, NY. The congregation is growing (spiritually and in numbers) as together they strive to follow Jesus. This fall, they started a weeknight “recovery worship” to reach...

New York Massapequa, United States
Posted: 2011


JOHN ROHRS and ANDIE WIGODSKY ROHRS are enjoying life in Norfolk, VA. John is serving his third year as the rector at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Andie is chasing after their one-year-old twins, Tom and Will, and...

Virginia Norfolk, United States
Posted: 2011


CHRIS COCCA started a new call as director of mission at First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, PA, on July 1, 2011. In this newly created ministry role, he has the pleasure of working with an amazing staff dedicated to re-imagining a large...

Pennsylvania Allentown, United States
Posted: 2011


CHRISTIANA PEPPARD finished up as scholar in residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC and received her Ph.D. from Yale University in May 2011. She has since been thrilled to be hired as assistant professor of theology &...

New York Riverdale, United States
Posted: 2011


MOLLY FIELD JAMES and her husband, Reade, welcomed their daughter, Katherine Pearce James, on October 16, 2010. They are having lots of fun with her, including traveling to England in July 2011, for Molly’s graduation, where she received her Ph...

Connecticut United States
Posted: 2011


ROB LEACOCK and his wife, Stefanie, moved to Austin, TX in 2010 when Rob became high school chaplain at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. He teaches religion, leads chapel and goes to a lot of sporting events. Stefanie is a lecturer in biology and...

Texas Austin, United States
Posted: 2011


NATALIE WIGG-STEVENSON and TYLER WIGG-STEVENSON ’04 recently moved to Toronto, ON (Canada), after Natalie finished her Ph.D. in theological studies at Vanderbilt University. She is now serving as the director of...

Toronto, Canada
Posted: 2011


JEFF WELLS is still serving Community United Methodist Church in Massapequa, NY. The congregation is growing (spiritually and in numbers) as together they strive to follow Jesus. This fall, they started a weeknight “recovery worship” to reach...

New York Massapequa, United States
Posted: 2011


JOHN ROHRS and ANDIE WIGODSKY ROHRS are enjoying life in Norfolk, VA. John is serving his third year as the rector at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Andie is chasing after their one-year-old twins, Tom and Will, and...

Virginia Norfolk, United States
Posted: 2011


CHRIS COCCA started a new call as director of mission at First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, PA, on July 1, 2011. In this newly created ministry role, he has the pleasure of working with an amazing staff dedicated to re-imagining a large...

Pennsylvania Allentown, United States
Posted: 2011


CHRISTIANA PEPPARD finished up as scholar in residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC and received her Ph.D. from Yale University in May 2011. She has since been thrilled to be hired as assistant professor of theology &...

New York Riverdale, United States
Posted: 2011


MOLLY FIELD JAMES and her husband, Reade, welcomed their daughter, Katherine Pearce James, on October 16, 2010. They are having lots of fun with her, including traveling to England in July 2011, for Molly’s graduation, where she received her Ph...

Connecticut United States
Posted: 2011


Molly Field James M.Div. '05 and her husband Reade welcomed their second child, Halsted Eliot James on April 1, 2014. Halsted joins big sister Katherine (born 2010). Molly currently serves as the Dean of Formation for The Episcopal Church in Connecticut. She is...


Class of 2004


TYLER WIGG-STEVENSON resides in Toronto with NATALIE ‘05, where Natalie teaches at Emmanuel College. Tyler continues to lead the Two Futures Project, is chairman of the Global Task Force on Nuclear Weapons, and is...

Toronto Canada
Posted: 2011


MERCEDES NALLS and her husband, Luke, both successfully defended their dissertations this past spring (’11). Mercedes plans to continue publishing her research while teaching online for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and American Public...

NUNZIO D’ALESSIO recently began work on a Certificate in Theological Studies at the Washington Theological Union. He has been active locally as a liturgical musician and composer, and his original choral setting of the poem “Drop Slow Tears”...

Maryland Baltimore, United States
Posted: 2011


ANDREA OLSEN LAM and Alan Lam, were married in April 2010.

SIDNEY SYMINGTON is in his third year at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Henrietta, NY. He serves as a chaplain at the University of Rochester Medical Center/Strong Memorial Hospital, teaches writing at SUNY Geneseo, and continues to work in...

New York Henrietta, United States
Posted: 2011


KURT LEVENSALER serves as associate priest at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Danville, CA. He and Leighanne enjoy watching Luke, now 3, continue to dazzle them with his amazing vocals, his impressionistic art, and his zest for life....

California Danville, United States
Posted: 2011


JULIE SMUCKER FULLER and her spouse, Marcus Dean Fuller, announced the opening of their feature film this fall (’11), entitled “One Fall.” Alums can check out “One Fall” on Facebook and Netflix.

EMILY BENNETT wed Benjamin Waller in Hastings, NE on July 17, 2010. Both are instructors at Hastings College, where Emily teaches philosophy and religion and Benjamin teaches English. Both are also pursuing Ph.D.’s.

Nebraska Hastings, United States
Posted: 2011