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Class Notes

Welcome to 1998's Class Notes page. Here you will find news from your classmates as it was submitted in the late summer of 2008 for publication in Spectrum 2009.  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, 2008, for publication in the next issue of Spectrum.



Notes from 2008


Rosemary Dysart Baue ’98 is finishing her eighth year as pastor of the Fishers Island Union Chapel, UCC, NY, a position she has loved. A recent highlight was a visit by Dean Attridge for the three island churches.


wongAndrea Wong Fontana ’98 M.Div. and her husband Paul had their first baby on October 22, 2007.  Cecilia, named after the patron saint of music, was 8 lbs, 6 oz, and 19 inches long at birth. The new family continues to enjoy life in Seattle, WA.


Rick Grisel ’98 M.A.R. currently lives in San Francisco with his wife Colleen Kennedy, a graduate of Yale Law, and serves as Community Program Manager for a solar energy company.


Susan J. McCone ’98 M.Div. has been appointed Director of Mission Funding for the Episcopal Church with offices at the Church Center in NYC. Susan also is currently serving as Priest-in-Charge at Christ Church, Watertown, CT.


Heather DeVoe Miner ’98 M.Div. is happily ministering in Corona del Mar, CA as the Associate Minister at Community Church, Congregational UCC (www.cdmucc.org). She is married to David Miner and has one child, Rachel, born in July 2001. When you are in Southern California visiting Disneyland, join us for worship in a beautiful setting with a worship to match. 


Erick Olsen ’98 M.Div. lives with his wife, Tina, and their three children in Norfolk, CT, where Erick has served as pastor of Church of Christ, Congregational (UCC) for five years. Beyond family life and the responsibilities of a growing church, Erick serves the UCC locally and on the state level. He sits on several community boards that work toward increasing affordable housing (including Habitat for Humanity) as well as Norfolk's energy task force. “Peace!”


Sharon J. Reives ’98 M.Div. is currently a lieutenant serving as chaplain in the U.S. Navy in Okinawa, Japan. Chaplain Reives published a book review of David J. Livingston’s book, Healing Violent Men: A Model for Christian Communities in New Theology Review, Volume 16, Number 4, November 2003 pp. 89-90. Also, she was a Resident Scholar at the Institute for Ecumenical & Cultural Research and was recipient of the Bishop Thomas A. Hoyt Fellowship 2001-2002.


Dwight Zscheile '98 M.Div. is assistant professor of congregational mission and leadership at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, where he received his Ph.D. in 2008. He also serves part-time as associate priest at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, where his wife, Blair Pogue '00 M.Div., is rector. They have a five-year old son, Luke.


Notes from 2007


On May 18, 2007, Gwendolyn Yvonne Alexis '98 M.A.R. gave the commencement address at Assumption College for Sisters (ACS).  ACS is a Middle States accredited 2-year College sponsored by the Sisters of Christian Charity.  Located on 110 beautiful acres in Mendham, NJ, ACS attracts nuns from Africa and Asia, most of whom go on to earn Bachelors and Masters degrees before returning to their communities in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Viet Nam.  Dr. Alexis earned a Ph.D. in Sociology and Historical Studies from the New School for Social Research in 2003 and subsequently taught as an adjunct professor of Sociology at Drew University and County College of Morris.  In 2005, Dr. Alexis closed her law practice and began working full-time at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ, where she is an Assistant Professor of Management and teaches Business Ethics.  The ACS commencement address was entitled "Never Leave Well Enough Alone:  By My Side," with the underlying theme being inspired by a 1986 hymn, By My Side (Words by Gwen Alexis; Music by Nancy Landsman), which was sung by the ACS Choir at the ceremony.


WongAndrea (Wong) Fontana ’98 M.Div. married Paul Fontana on August 6, 2005. They married at the Chapel of St. Ignatius on the campus where they met. Andrea is Liturgical Music Coordinator and Paul is Assistant Professor of Physics at Seattle University.

Susan J. McCone ’98 M.Div. has joined the staff of the Episcopal Church Center at 815 Second Avenue in New York City, Office of Mission, as the Mission Funding Coordinator.  Mother McCone also holds a J.D. from Columbia School of Law.  Prior to assuming this position, she had served as Priest-in-Charge of St. John’s, Bristol, CT. and Episcopal Chaplain at Vassar College for two years.

As of June 18, Burl Salmon (Mr. Walter Burley Stattmann Salmon) ’98 M.Div. has served as Director of Development and External Affairs for The Historic New Orleans Collection in New Orleans, LA.  Founded in 1966, The Collection’s mission is to present and interpret the history and culture of New Orleans and the Louisiana regions for the benefit of the public.  His new contact information is The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA  70130.