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Welcome to 1988's Class Notes page. Here you will find news from your classmates on what they've been doing since graduation.  Enjoy!

Moved? New job? Retired? Newly married? New grandchildren? Please submit your Class Notes to your Class Secretary or the Alumni Office by August 31, 2010, for publication in the next issue of Spectrum.



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Ruth Elena Avita ’88 Div. writes, “As I grow older, I speculate on my ever-growing faith. As a Buddhist, I chant, ad chanting is like saying prayers.” She is devoted to living out her spirituality with the years ahead. She is disabled with emphysema and diabetes, yet she lives a full life. She will never forget the lessons she learned at YDS.


Julie E. Calhoun-Bryant ’88 M.Div. serves as Rector of St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Syracuse, NY. She also is the Diocesan Coordinator for Episcopal Relief & Development, and a member of the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) and Global Missions Committees. Her husband Brian works as an Apple Computer Systems Engineer for Syracuse University. Sons Russell and Christopher are 15 and 9 years old. Julie can be reached at jecb@twcny.rr.com or (315) 673-1728.


Jennifer Beal ’88 M.Div. has moved back to the East coast after nine years in Los Angeles. She is in Lincoln, MA near both her parents and daughter, who has now finished her ninth grade year at Concord Academy. Jennifer is teaching in the Lincoln Public Schools as a classroom assistant and would love to hear from friends at jennifer.beal@mindspring.com.


Anne Jensen ’88 M.Div. and her husband Doug have now been in California for four years. When they arrived they had one grandchild; they now have four with another on the way. Having their family only 10-15 minutes away has been great. Their youngest daughter was married in May, and Maryetta Anschutz was the officiant and did a wonderful job. Anne has just completed an interim at St. Paul's in Oakland (the only time she ever served a church in the same zip code as her home), and is now starting at Christ Church Alameda. After almost 30 years as a human resources consultant Doug is retiring the end of September. This is another step in the great journey of life. Since interim work usually works out to being 15-18 months, Anne still has some time to think about her retirement.


Killian Noe ’88 M.Div. has two daughters in colleges on the east coast and He and Bernie are still in Seattle, WA. Bernie continues to serve as Head of Lakeside School and Killian is still nurturing the Recovery Café, Home of the School for Recovery, a community for healing and transformation, serving men and women who have suffered trauma, homelessness, addiction (chemical and/or behavioral) and other mental health challenges. With no children at home for the first time in 20 years, they are excited to welcome and re-connect with old, YDS friends. 


Since 1988 Julie Zelle ’88 M.Div. has been living in Minneapolis, where she was raised. She has been happily married to Charlie Zelle since 1990, and they have two kids that keep them busy and wonderfully amused: Charlotte (17) and Nick (14). She and Charlie attended the same grade school and high school, and their children have followed suit. Their fathers were even in each other’s weddings! Their friends often joke that they are in an “arranged marriage”, but it’s not true. After graduating from YDS, Zelles was ordained into the UCC, and her ministry work has focused primarily on pediatric end-of-life care. There are also several local non-profit organizations she is involved with in the Twin Cities, either as a volunteer or a Board member: Project SUCCESS, a youth development organization that works with 6-12th grade students in the St. Paul and Minneapolis public school districts; Xelias Aerial Arts Studio, a circus training school that our son is quite serious about; Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy; various efforts within the MN democratic party; United Theological Seminary, a UCC gem of a seminary in New Brighton, MN. The two have been fortunate to spend their summers on Cape Cod which is, in her mind, heaven on earth!