Ephs on the Mooove
Meeting alumni where they are, sharing who they are.
During the month of July, Juan Baena '06 and Mike Rodriguez '17 embark aboard an RV on a cross-country journey to listen, share, and connect with Williams alumni. By documenting alumni's experiences of life at home, work, and in their local communities, they hope to celebrate a shared sense of connection and reflect on what it means to engage beyond the Purple Valley.
Cassandra Kirk ’89 is the Chief Magistrate Judge for Fulton County in Atlanta, GA. Fueled by a passion for public service, she shares her ongoing quest for teaching and learning, a shared sense of connection while at Williams, and how she is shaping a first-of-its-kind model court that emphasizes serving the local community.
Mike and Juan share an update on the one-year anniversary of kicking off Ephs on the Mooove.
Don Brown ’67 leads his own architecture firm in Birmingham, Alabama and is a retired Colonel in the Air Force. With a collaborative and community-based approach he shares his professional journey, life lessons, and gratitude to those near and far.
Aron Chang ’05 is an urban designer and educator based in New Orleans, Louisiana. He works on community-based planning and design models for water infrastructure, resilience, and climate adaptation. Aron shares his journey as an architect, playing basketball with strangers, and using the support system he’s been afforded to pay it forward.
Betty Noonoo ’18 currently lives in Houston and Jose Lopez ’17 is from Pomona, CA. Betty is a teacher with YES! Prep and Jose is an analytical chemist at a botanical lab. Listen as we chat about their career journeys, coffee, community, and dance.
Austin Wand ’68 is a retired radiologist now living in Las Vegas, NV. Recently, he has gotten into local politics and shares some of his experiences in that space, talks about poker, and credits some of his teachers at Williams for helping to shape his journey.
Steve Troyer ’86 lives in Los Gatos, CA. He is involved in the technology and data security sector, where he has led and helped lead various companies. We got to hear about his advocacy for mental health (a cause close to his heart and family) and the community he found through rugby during and after his time at Williams.
Jeannette Growler ’12 lives in Oceanside, CA where she currently is raising her two children. She has redefined success through motherhood, stumbled into gemology, and is thinking of returning to support youth in her hometown in Navajo Nation. Hear more about her journey, drive, and exploration of identity in this conversation.
April King ’04 lives in Sherman Oaks, CA and works in the entertainment industry as a talent agent. With her fierce confidence, she talks about the journey in the industry, coming from the Caribbean, and becoming a mom again during the pandemic.
Derek Cressman ’90 is a resident of Sacramento, CA and occupies his time with some different endeavors: writing, coaching debate, and operating an olive ranch. Originally involved in the environmental advocacy front, his arc has turned to novel writing. You can hear more about his work, path, and the challenges of finding joy.
Edgar Kosgey ’10 has persevered in becoming an engineer by being goal-oriented and wanting to set an example for others back in Kenya. We chat what it’s like to work at a battery manufacturing company, the ups and downs in his professional journey, getting married in the midst of a global pandemic, and how communities have supported him along the way.
Hailing from Salt Lake City, Linda Aaron ’85 shares her journey in education as a youth development programs manager at the Natural History Museum of Utah. We chat about connecting youth with the outdoors, facing a breast cancer diagnosis, and meeting a diverse community at Williams.
Don White ’74 is a retired exploration geologist now residing in Manti, UT. We chat about his adventures in the field post-Williams, the importance of a rounded education, and sharing the outdoors with others who come through town.
Dave Ramsay ’09 and Matt Felser ’09 founded Dave and Matt Vans in Gypsum, CO where they design, build, rent and sell affordable camper vans you can live in (like Nelly but mini!). Listen as they share their journeys from finance and education respectively to running a rapidly growing Van Life business.
Jason Smith ’91 moved out to Littleton, CO in early 2020 and got involved in work with the Denver Dumb Friends League as an adoption counselor. We chat about the challenges of following a traditional path versus pursuing one’s passions, the joy of making an adoption match, and keeping an open mind.
Rebecca Beavers ’93 (Williams Mystic ’91) lives in Denver, CO and works as a Coastal Geologist for the National Parks Service. We chat about her job, connecting parks and education, her efforts supporting the transgender and gender diverse community, and what it means to connect with people.
Tamaan Osbourne-Roberts ’99 (and his wife Camille ’00) live in Denver, CO. His work has been focused as a family physician and serving underserved communities through healthcare. He shares his work, taking Capoeira as a hobby, his love for Carnival, and the importance of kindness in our lives.
Madeline Berky ’10 lives in Denver, CO, loves to bake, is working on a romance novel, and has an adorable dog named Huckleberry. In our conversation, we chat about building community through food, mental health, occupying times of transition, and her movement practice.
Eze Redwood ’06 calls Kansas City home. He helps small and mid-sized companies with marketing needs as VP of Lillian James Creative and also helps run two Wings Cafe restaurant locations. We talked about what success means to him, finding your passions, taking risks, and empowering others in his community.
Elyse Mack GA’20 is a native of St. Louis, MO which she returned to after wrapping up the Grad Art program at Williams. She now works with Bread and Roses at the center of arts and activism in the community. Listen to us chat about the work, Dungeons and Dragons, baking, and the importance of new perspectives.
A serial entrepreneur, Frank Uible ’85 co-founded Clementine’s Creamery in St. Louis, MO, a childhood vision from his fiancée to bring joy and connection through a scoop of ice cream. He talks about mentorship, supporting causes in the community, the impact of Williams classmates, and gratitude to his grandfather and father.
Caroline Fan ’03 and Kevin Hsueh ’03 live just outside of St. Louis. Caroline is a startup consultant, community organizer, and founding President of the Missouri Asian American Youth Foundation. Kevin is an infectious disease doctor and faculty member at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. They share some of their community work, joys of gardening, introduced us to their dog Pixie, and talked about how journeys have failures and that is ok.
Alex Sherman ’13 currently lives in Cleveland, OH and works as a speech pathologist. In our conversation, we chat about her work, trivia, fostering kittens, and the importance of listening to connect with others.
As a long-time telecommuter based out of Overland Park, KS, Cynthia Sharpe ’94 uses words to build museum and theme park experiences.
After moving back to Rochester, NY, David Brown ’07 has sought to foster connections and relationships among the tech entrepreneurs in Western New York through his work in venture capital.
Alejandra Moran ’17 and Kevin Hernandez ’17 have recently relocated to Albuquerque, NM, where Alejandra has started medical school while Kevin works in the education space. We chat about finding a sense of belonging at Williams, the importance of seeking help and mentors, and building community for others like you.
Born and raised in the City of Rochester, Senator Brouk returned home to continue her journey in public service and most recently being elected to represent the 55th district in the New York State Senate. In this conversation we chat about the ‘sparks’ along the way that led to her involvement in the community as well as the things that bring joy in her life.
Aaron Carvell ’99 currently serves as one of the heads of Old Home Distillers, a family owned distillery in Lebanon, New York. In our conversation, we chat about taking risks, the joys of family, being a trombonist, and building community wherever you go.
Listen to conversations with Rebecca Beavers ’93, Samra Brouk ’08, David Brown ’07, and Tamaan Osbourne-Roberts ’99.
Listen to conversations with April King ’04, Cynthia Sharpe ’94, Jason Smith ’91, and Don White ’74.
North Adams, MA
Boston and Williamstown, MA
Philadelphia, PA, New York, NY, and Hartford, CT
Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD
Zorelly Cepeda Derieux ’14, the newest member of the Alumni Relations staff and transplant after Williams into the Berkshire community, talked about identity, creating space, and her love of a good song. She has served as a strong mentor and participant locally, and brings a rich perspective to the alumni community. We hope you’ll join her in creating a more inclusive community together.
Houston, TX to New Orleans, LA
New Orleans, LA
Dallas and Houston, TX
New Mexico to Texas
Listen to conversations with Aaron Carvell ’99, Caroline Fan ’03 and Kevin Hsueh ’03, Eze Redwood ’06, and Alex Sherman ’13.
Las Vegas, NV
San Diego, CA
Los Angeles, CA
San Francisco to Los Angeles, Pacific Coast Highway
Sacramento, San Francisco, East Palo Alto, CA
Manti and Salt Lake City, Utah.
Twink Williams Burns ’06 and Markus Burns ’06, a Williams couple who met in the Frosh Quad, returned to Williamstown to raise their two children and to work in the Admission Office. Both active members in the community in their own unique ways, they shared their experiences connecting with the land (including new gardens!), learning about their own personal histories, and developing relationships with others.
Grand Junction, CO
Denver, CO Part 2
Denver, CO Part 1
Kansas City, MO/KS
St. Louis, MO.
Toledo, OH to Milwaukee, WI.
Rochester, NY to Toledo, OH.
The point of no return is officially here.
Meet the copilots and learn how the germ of an idea takes shape.
Ashley Weeks Cart ‘05, a deeply passionate Williams community member, shared with us the importance of her family, a love of knitting, and a dedication to bringing people together.