The '00s

Posted: July 12, 2013

Zack Hample ’00 of New York has caught 6,833 baseballs at 50 professional ballparks. On July 13 at the minor league stadium in Lowell, Mass., he caught a ball that didn’t arrive courtesy of a player’s bat. It was dropped 1,050 feet from a helicopter. He has written three books and was a guest on “The Tonight Show.”

Ari Betof ’02 has been named head of New Garden Friends School in Greensboro. He was director of Institutional Advancement at George School, a Quaker coed international boarding and day school in Newtown, Pa. He taught physics and mathematics at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Mount Hermon, Mass., and is an experienced educator, coach and student advisor. Ari earned a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania and has published numerous articles on the topic of Friends Education. He and his wife Shauna have two daughters Anya and Kayla.

Jenny Rakestraw ’02 of Madison, N.C., is human resource administrator for Remington Arms.

James Esterline ’03 of McLeansville, N.C., is a postdoctoral research associate at Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory at Duke University where he earned a doctorate in physics in 2012. He majored in physics, math and music at Guilford. James is involved in multiple projects auxiliary to research in neutrino physics at Duke and UNC and is teaching piano students on the side.

Matthew “Matt” Baker ’04 and his wife Emily announce the birth of their daughter Fiona Marjory in June. The family resides in Richmond, Va.

Jessie Melamed ’04 is working with Marriott Vacation Club Worldwide as a senior marketing executive in Hilton Head, S.C. She resides in Bluffton.

Ryan Early ’05 and wife Leila announce the birth of their second child Emma Elizabeth born Jan. 28, 2013. The family resides in Durham, N.C.

Jason Terry ’05 began a new role in December 2012 as training program manager for the National Council for International Visitors. He oversees all professional development activities for a nationwide network of exchange hosts. Jason has also been selected as a 2013 recipient of a Distinguished Service Award from the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington, D.C., for his voluntary service as an anti-violence organizer with the D.C. Trans Coalition.

Mandy Noonan ’06 graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a master’s in global and international sociology. Her graduate dissertation, “Weapon of War, Disorder of Peacetime: Analyzing Sexual Violence within the DRC,” earned a distinction.

Emily Adkisson ’07 of Rocky Mount, N.C., is working as a laboratory technician at Avutox.

Adam Waxman ’07 has joined Teach for America – Eastern North Carolina in Durham, N.C., as the new manager for individual giving. He was manager of individual and online giving for The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a national civil and human rights coalition in Washington, D.C.

Jordan Clodfelter ’08 is head women’s lacrosse coach at Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C. She was on staff at Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, N.C., where she served as assistant women’s lacrosse coach for two years, 2010-12 and also served as acting head coach in the fall of 2010. As a student athlete at Guilford, Jordan was a four-year starter in women’s lacrosse and team captain in 2008. She earned second team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference in 2006-2008 and honorable mention as a freshman in 2005. At the end of her career, she ranked fourth all-time in assists, sixth in points and seventh in goals at Guilford. She also earned the Guilford women’s lacrosse Unsung Hero Award in 2007, and was selected to the student athlete honor roll in 2005 and 2006. In 2006, Jordan traveled to Australia as part of the Down Under Challenge Team USA International squad.

Keira Wilson ’08 is student program coordinator at Princeton University’s Pace Center for Civic Engagement. The Pace Center supports innovative engagement with a wide range of community partners on and off campus. She joined the Pace Center after two years with Philadelphia nonprofit Friends General Conference. She plans on using her experience with national community development programs to help students maximize their civic and service impact. She will continue to support Guilford’s Delaware Valley Alumni Association and hopes that through the alumni network other Guilford grads can find a successful home in the Delaware Valley area.

Sarah Marie Skubic ’09 of Gold Water, Calif., started a master’s in TESOL at CSU Sacramento this fall.

Jesse Freedman ’10 of Lawrenceville, N.J., writes that he has completed his first year of the master’s program at the University of Southern California in Classical Guitar Performance. In February 2012, he was a Grand Prize winner in the Pacific International Guitar Competition and in July 2012, he was fourth prize winner in the Sierra Nevada International Guitar Competition.

Gloria Bethel Graves ’11 of Reidsville, N.C., is teaching GED/Adult Education at Rockingham Community College in Wentworth, N.C.

Colleen Hayes ’12 has been awarded an Austrian Fulbright Teaching Assistantship for the 2013-14 academic year. She is teaching in two high schools in Wels, Austria, helping English teachers by leading discussions and teaching cultural lessons. The assistantship offers the opportunity for participants to be cultural ambassadors, develop professional skills, network internationally, and live and travel in a new place. A native of Berkeley Heights, N.J., Colleen was a German studies and English major. Over the past 19 years, Guilford students with German majors and minors have received 25 Fulbright-related awards for teaching in Germany and Austria. The awards offer full support for traveling and living abroad.


Kathleen “Katie” Noel Hunter ’01 May 3, 2013

Sharon Llewellyn ’02 Nov. 22, 2012

Jasper “Jay” Abner Thompson Jr. ’13 Feb. 9, 2013

Teresa Harris Gill ’14 March 22, 2013

Michael “Mickey” Ephrath ’15 Jan. 7, 2013

Kathy Shuler Mahatha ’15 Jan. 7, 2013

Sympathy is extended to

Loren Alexandra “Alex” Gingrow ’01 upon the death of her grandmother, Norma Dickens Sherrill, Dec. 10, 2012.

Sylvia Rose White ’01 upon the death of her grandfather Edwin Chandlee White, Sept. 6. 2012.

Andrew J. Biggadike ’02 upon the death of his father E. Ralph Biggadike, Aug. 17, 2012.

Bryson Joel McKinney ’02 and Leah Nicole McKinney Baker ’08 upon the death of their cousin Jody Alan Davis, Oct. 29, 2012.

Lindsay Ann Paul ’06 upon the death of her grandmother Barbara McFarland Matthews ’51, Nov. 4, 2012.

William Scott Peters ’12 upon the death of his uncle R. Douglas Peters ’67, April 1, 2013.

Allison Page Semmler ’13 upon the death of her grandfather Henry C. “Hank” Semmler ’51, Nov. 17, 2012.

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