Glen Ellen kids all grown up; where are they now?
With the start of the school year we are all infected with a sense of transition and new possibilities. In that spirit, the chat around Glen Ellen has been about the kids, now young adults, who have moved on to college, careers, travel, and 'real life.' Here are some of the stories we are hearing.
Hannah Horowitz spent last spring studying in Lima, Peru. She is a senior at Tulane University where she is on track to graduate this spring and has been accepted into the one-year Masters in English program. She recently received a fellowship with the Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching, where she will be working with students to develop their projects regarding social innovation and entrepreneurship.
In May, Megan and Danielle Giles graduated from Wind River High School near their home of Riverton, Wyoming. Both are accomplished athletes, with Danielle winning a state title in high jump this past spring. Both are working to fund future pursuits with career and college. Their brother Robert Giles, well known around town as part of the GEFD, is now in a full time position firefighting out of Santa Rosa. Their sister, Amber (Giles) DeLauer, works as an executive assistant and finance manager, and in her spare time trains horses and gives riding lessons. She lives in the Sierra foothills with her husband, Thomas DeLauer, who is an executive recruiter and fitness model.
Nick Pimental is a senior at Lewis & Clark College double majoring in Rhetoric & Media Studies and Philosophy. After graduation he plans to stay in Portland and pursue his love of music. Last fall he traveled all over India (including motorcycling in the Himalayas) studying geo-political themes.
Recent Maria Carrillo graduate Kyrie Dawson is also at Lewis & Clark College this fall. Along with taking calculus, she just landed a lead role in a student-directed play. This past summer Kyrie again performed with the Avalon Players in two Sonoma Shakespeare productions - A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Taming of the Shrew. Last summer we saw her as the lead in Romeo & Juliet.
Joe Decker just started his first year at Chico State where he's studying Film Making and Broadcasting.
Joseph (Joey) Lee went through Marine Corp training in 2010 and now is a dedicated reservist as a 0311 infantry rifleman stationed in San Bruno at 2/23 Echo company. He is currently in backgrounds with both the San Francisco and Sacramento police departments.
Elaine Stanfield is living in San Francisco and working for SalesForce.com. With her masters in social work, Elaine's sister, Alli Stanfield, has just started a job at Kaiser Vallejo and an internship at Napa's Technology High School.
Diane (Lee) Deenihan's daughters Erin Lee and Allison (Lee) Jensen both welcomed babies into the world this summer. These little cousins (a girl and boy, respectively) have the chance to grow up together and the extended family is overjoyed.
Griffin Hill, now in his second year at Stanford, interned this summer with the National Park Service doing ecological research out at Pt. Reyes and other locations. Interestingly, one of the scientists was aquatic biologist (and Glen Ellen native) Steven Lee.
Maris Schoenbach is loving the new Sweetwater Spectrum supported-living community in Sonoma. Now in her third year at the College To Career Program at SRJC (a multidisciplinary training program for people with developmental disabilities), Maris still manages to find time for her passions, singing soprano in the Sonoma Valley Chorale, and playing flute and piccolo with the Sonoma Hometown Band.
Christina (Witkowski) Macias has her masters degree and is a case manager at the Regional Center of the East Bay. She lives in a refurbished barn in Fairfield on the property that once belonged to the founder of Fairfield. Christina's sister Tre (Teresa Witkowski) Balchowsky earned her bachelors degree in Marketing (SFSU). She is currently working for Sprinkler and was a cofounder of the Odd Salon, a unique history lecture venue in San Francisco. She and her husband Scoutt live on a houseboat in Sausalito.
Cruz Chouré recently returned from a two-month summer sailing journey to Alaska. He's now working in the butcher's department at the Glen Ellen Village Market, taking classes at the SRJC, and thinking about a degree in education. Twin brother Jesse Chouré is working at an Internet publishing company in Petaluma and also taking classes at the SRJC. He's completed certificate programs in the automotive department, and looks to transfer into a mechanical engineering program at one of the state universities within the next year. Their younger brother Penn Chouré graduated from Maria Carrillo High School in June, worked at Morton's Warm Springs this summer, and is taking classes at SRJC. He has also joined a co-ed recreational soccer team and he occasionally plays with his former coach from the Santa Rosa United club soccer team.
Other buzz around the bend
Learn more about the ongoing road work on Arnold Drive and Bennett Valley Road (for current info go to www.sonoma-county.org/tpw/projects/road_current.asp.)
And a reminder that summer isn't the only season at Jack London State Park - many events are scheduled, including the Sustainability Farm Festival on Oct. 5. (for information on events in the park go to jacklondonpark.com/jack-london-future-events.html.)
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