Severn School is pleased to announce their inaugural list of Admiral Alumni 40 Under 40. This program recognizes Severn School’s young alumni for leadership, outstanding career progression, and a demonstrated commitment to career, community, and craft. The inaugural class of honorees includes entrepreneurs, artists, designers, athletes, community servants, attorneys, chefs, medical professionals, teachers, inventors and more.
These 40 alumni are recognized for giving back to their communities, and elevating Severn School’s mission to “pursue excellence in character, conduct, and scholarship, to marshal the courage to lead, and to develop the lasting desire to serve and achieve,” whether it be through their career or volunteer work.
List of 40 items.
Sam Bennett '03, Hometown: New York, NY
Sam is a costume designer and fine artist living in New York City since 2003. His work has been featured on runways for Christian Siriano, Victoria's Secret, Amsale and Christos. Since 2016, Sam has also been a costume and wardrobe tailor and designer for Saturday Night Live, part of an Emmy-award winning team which has outfitted celebrity guests such as Nicole Kidman, Scarlett Johansson, and Matt Damon. He draws creative inspiration from his early training at Izquierdo Studio in NYC, marine biology forms and patterns, and designers such as Jean Paul Gauthier and John Galliano. A well-known student artist and founder of the Fashion Club during his time at Severn, Sam is a graduate of Pratt Institute with a major in fashion and a minor in art history.
Neil Bourdelaise ‘98, Hometown: Delray Beach, FL
Neil played soccer for Roanoke College in Virginia and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2002. Afterward, he launched his home mortgage industry career as a loan officer in Maryland. By his 5th year, Neil achieved top producer recognition and has been ranked in the Top 1% of mortgage originators in America since 2014. He has helped over 1500 homeowners and closed over $400,000,000 in loan volume. Neil is now Vice President and Area Manager at Main Street Home Loans and takes pride in his personal commitment to provide appropriate loan solutions with integrity and transparency to borrowers all over the country. Neil married fellow ‘98 alumna Whitney Muccino, and they have 2 young daughters. In 2015 they relocated to South Florida where Neil seized an opportunity to open his own branch and grow The Bourdelaise Mortgage Team. Neil still enjoys playing soccer and keeping in touch with many of his Severn classmates.
Coley Chacos ‘04, Hometown: Northampton, MA
After college, Coley put her degree from West Virginia University in journalism and art history to good use working as a bike mechanic while crashing with her sister, alumna Ginny ‘00, in San Diego. Tiring of the persistent sunshine, she returned to the East Coast in 2009 where she stumbled into the world of broadcast sports and entertainment television. She worked her way up the old fashioned way, starting at the bottom and learning as much as she could from colleagues. After a short stint in audio, Coley soon realized that video engineering could combine her passions for art and mechanics. She has worked as a video engineer on shows from the Olympic Games in Seoul and Rio (where her team earned an Emmy for their work) to New Orleans Jazz Fest, and everything in between. In her free time she rock climbs, hikes and begrudgingly allows her two cats, Turtle and Gus, to be her alarm clocks.
Tommy Cleaver ‘00, Hometown: Washington, DC
Tommy is a real estate expert and Senior Vice President at CBRE, leading the Institutional Office sales team for the Mid-Atlantic region — the youngest employee in the 90,000+ organization to hold such a post in a major metropolitan area. During his time with the Fortune 150 firm, Tommy has served as the intermediary for over $4B of capital markets activity. Outside of the office, Tommy maintains a high level of community and charitable involvement. He passionately participates in many fundraising and awareness efforts, serves on the Board of Trustees for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and as President of Living Proof, a nonprofit organization devoted to the support of cancer research. A graduate of Middlebury College, he enjoyed a record-setting career on the football field culminating with his induction into the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame. Tommy lives in DC with his wife Leigh and daughter Carson.
Michele “Shelly” Coxander ‘06, Hometown: Rochester, NY
Michele (née Cox) is a neuroscientist. Her research focuses on how the visual system integrates sensory information with ongoing perceptual, motor, and cognitive processes. Her discoveries have been published in top peer-reviewed scientific journals and covered by national and international media outlets, including NPR’s Science Friday. In addition to her scientific research, Michele and her attorney husband founded MIRA Legal, an immigration law firm in Nashville, TN. She is especially proud of MIRA’s naturalization and asylum work, helping protect immigrants who would be seriously harmed because of their political beliefs, religious beliefs, gender and other reasons if they were returned to their home countries. She has also volunteered with a variety of with grassroots organizations to strengthen voting rights and reform the way elections are funded. Looking back, Michele remembers Severn fondly for the excellent education and lasting friendships. She credits Seven with giving her a place to flourish, where it was “cool to be smart.”
Court Creeden ‘97, Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Court is the Founder of Parent Financial, a financial planning firm that specializes in life and disability income insurance for parents and families. In establishing Parent Financial, his mission was to create a team of advisors whose sole focus is to help families by providing a safe place to have their questions answered and their financial needs met. From his financial work he has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, MSN Money, Dow Jones and had a weekly segment on Charlotte’s Fox News called “Money Mondays”. Prior to his work as a financial advisor, Court was a financial analyst for the US Embassies in Western Europe, Africa, and South America. Court is also the author of Blue Goat, a book about shifting our focus from worrying about everything going on in the world around us, to finally taking a moment to look in the mirror. He recently launched Connection Coin which allows people to connect by giving coins with positive sayings and inspiration to each other, then tracking the interactions and posts through a mobile application based on each coin having a unique pin number. Court looks for any opportunity to get on his paddleboard and loves doing Spartan races. He lives in Charlotte with his wife Natalie.
Billy DeLancey ‘02, Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Billy is the co-founder and CEO of Lobbyists 4 Good, the first ever crowdfunding platform that enables everyday citizens to hire lobbyists. Billy became passionate about government and policy during his time as a Peace Corps volunteer in the small island nation of Vanuatu. During his time abroad, he helped the government of Vanuatu implement important changes to their health care system that benefited the lives of thousands of people around the country. When he returned home, he wanted to continue impacting policy, so he found a job with the Department of Agriculture and later worked for an advocacy group in Washington, D.C. Billy believes that professional lobbyists are something everyday people need to have access to and he has been working to make that a reality through Lobbyists 4 Good. Their organization is rapidly growing, has had important legislative victories, and has been featured on VICE News Tonight, Politico, NewsGrowl, The Hill, and CQ Roll Call. Billy lives in D.C. with his wife Callie and daughter Ella.
Katie Dickerson ‘09, Hometown: Palo Alto, CA
Katie has worked broadly in the non-profit sector as a construction supervisor in Central Appalachia, program manager for Childreach International, consultant for Remote Area Medical and researcher for the World Health Organization. She received her undergraduate degree from Emory University and a PhD in neuroscience from the University of St Andrews in Scotland. She is currently a fourth-year medical student at Stanford University, where she serves as manager of the Arbor Free Clinic and started a new health navigation program for homeless women as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow. She has developed and taught courses at both St Andrews and Stanford; with her research focusing on the development of learning and memory in children with and without developmental disorders. Katie hopes to use her career as an Emergency Medicine physician to better understand the needs of her community and advocate for the underserved.
Lauren Faust Hanzel ‘00, Hometown: Charleston, SC
After Severn, Lauren attended Stanford University, where she was selected as an Academic All-American all four years and helped lead the women’s water polo team to the NCAA National Championship title in 2002. Graduating with a degree in American Studies and minors in Psychology and Political Science, Lauren went on to attend Tulane University Law School, where she was made editor-in-chief of the Sports Law Journal and clerked at the Louisiana Supreme Court for the first female elected judge in Louisiana, Justice Jeanette Theriot Knoll. After law school, Lauren commissioned in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps, spending over 10 years on active duty, including a 2009 deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. After leaving active duty, Lauren and her husband, Mike, started their own law firm specializing in military law and security clearances, and she continues to serve as a reserve officer in the U.S. Navy, where she holds the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Lauren lives in Mt Pleasant, SC with her husband and sons, Patrick (6) and Thomas (5).
Ebony Flowers ‘99, Hometown: Denver, CO
Ebony is a cartoonist and an ethnographer. Ebony holds a BA in Biological Anthropology from the University of Maryland College Park and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she wrote her dissertation as a comic. Her expertise is in qualitative research and evaluation, picture-based methods, curriculum studies, and S.T.E.A.M. education. Ebony is a 2017 Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award Recipient--an award which is given annually to six women writers who demonstrate excellence and promise in the early stages of their careers. Her first book, Hot Comb, was published by Drawn and Quarterly in June 2019. She lives in Denver with her son, husband, and a cat. You can find more of her work at www.ebonydrawsflowers.com
Jane Friend ‘00, Hometown: Annapolis, MD
A graduate of the University of Michigan (B.A.) and Columbia University’s Teachers College (M.A.), Jane currently serves as the Coordinator of Elementary Reading and Integrated Literacy for Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS). With over 80 elementary schools, AACPS is the 40th largest school district in the county. In her first two years in the position, the county cut the achievement gap in half for reading. Previous to her current position, Jane taught in two Title I elementary schools in AACPS as well as a charter school in Harlem, NYC. She serves on the Board of Womenade, a local organization that provides one-time, short-term financial assistance to community members in need. Jane is also actively involved in the YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, whose services support individuals who are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Bess Langbein ‘97, Hometown: Annapolis, MD
Since Bess (née Freedlander), graduated from Severn, she’s received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, served as the executive director of the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County, and started her own consulting business in Annapolis. She got married in 2008, had two children and set down roots with her husband Eric in West Annapolis. In five years, Bess and her business partner have created a thriving management consulting firm, Due East Partners, serving organizations across the social sector with strategic and business planning, resource development and major cross-sector collaboratives. Bess also supports myriad charities focusing on organizations that help low-income women and girls build confidence and shape their environments and futures. Bess cherishes her time at Severn and is fortunate that among her best friends are fellow class of ’97 graduates.
Amy Galebach Crone ‘97, Hometown: Harwood, MD
An alumna of Cornell University (B.A.) and American University (M.A.), Amy is the Founder & Executive Director of the Maryland Farmers Market Association which provides services including technical assistance, an insurance program, and various educational opportunities for the farmers market community. Amy also developed and managed MarketLink, a program of the National Association of Farmers Market Nutrition Programs, in collaboration with USDA to increase acceptance of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP--formerly known as food stamps) at farmers markets. Since its start in 2013 it has enabled sales of more than $20m in SNAP and more than $60m nationwide in overall electronic sales by farmers markets and direct marketing farmers. Amy participates in a number of statewide initiatives, is a nationally recognized expert on federal nutrition assistance programs, and has experience speaking to a variety of audiences across the country about farmers market issues. Amy and her husband moved their family to a farm in Harwood last year, where they raise sheep, have horses and have begun to grow hops.
Dan Grimm ‘01, Hometown: Seattle, WA
Dan is the Vice President and General Manager of Computer Vision at RealNetworks where he leads SAFR, an exceptionally accurate AI-powered facial recognition platform. Prior to RealNetworks, Dan served as the General Manager of Kindle Enterprise Publishing, which makes it simple for publishers worldwide to sell their titles on Amazon. Prior to joining Amazon, Dan served as Associate Partner at Monitor and later Monitor Deloitte, where he led more than 25 strategy engagements advising C-suite and cabinet-level leaders in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa on how to drive top-line corporate growth, national prosperity, and economic development objectives. In 2012, Dan helped the Syrian opposition establish the Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU), which has coordinated $250M in aid into Syria. Dan graduated with a B.A in History from Yale College in 2005, where he was also a defenseman on the men's lacrosse team. Dan met Emily Gates Grimm ('98) in a Severn art studio in 1997; they married in 2007, and are now busy raising a daughter and two sons together in Seattle, WA.
Eric Hadhazy ‘00, Hometown: Palo Alto, CA
Eric works at Stanford Health Care as the Director of Critical Care Quality at Stanford University Medical Center and is responsible for improving patient outcomes in the intensive care units. He has led several multidisciplinary teams focused on reducing infections and optimizing care in critically ill patients. Most recently, Eric helped create the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) Task Force to reduce mortality, length of stay, and infections for some of the highest acuity patients in the nation, resulting in Stanford being designated as an ECMO Center of Excellence. Eric graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2004 with majors in Biology and Psychology, and graduated with a Masters in Biotechnology from the Johns Hopkins University in 2009. Eric is a member of the San Mateo County Search & Rescue Team and is on specialized units for Technical Rescue and Urban Search & Rescue. He actively contributed to search and rescue during the Camp Fire, California’s deadliest and most destructive wildfire, and is nationally certified as an Emergency Medical Technician.
Jennifer Hartman Songer ‘98, Hometown: Annapolis, MD
Jennifer has extensive public and private sector experience in the investment management industry. She currently serves as Branch Chief of the Private Funds Branch, a unit of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management in Washington, DC. The Private Funds Branch assists the Commission in developing policy relating to private funds and their advisers. As head of the Private Funds Branch, Jennifer is the key adviser on all private fund-related projects and priorities at the Commission. Prior to joining the Commission, she was in private practice where she advised clients on the structuring, formation, and private offering requirements of private funds and provided counsel to investment advisers in regulatory, compliance and corporate matters. She received a J.D. from Boston College Law School and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania where she was the captain of the lacrosse team. Jennifer lives in Annapolis with her husband, Sean (Severn ’97), and their three daughters.
Mike Heslin ‘04, Hometown: Washington, DC
Mike is the Maryland General Manager for Lyft, where he leads the team responsible for the growth and health of Lyft's business and brand locally. In his role he seeks innovative ways to improve people's lives with transportation, such as the company's first-ever military base access partnership with Fort Meade, and first-ever bikeshare partnership with Baltimore Bike Share. Outside of work, he focuses on supporting the local tech community and improving environmental sustainability, as a member of the Baltimore Federal Reserve's Business & Consumer Payments Advisory Council, the Greater Baltimore Committee's Transportation & Mobility Committee, and the non-profit boards of the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance and Clean Air Partners. After graduating from Severn in 2004, Mike earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Dartmouth College. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife Breanna, kids Jacob (2) and Natalie (9 mo.), and dog Riggs.
Adam Jones ‘02, Hometown: New York, NY
Adam is Chief Operating Officer at Datawallet, a leading blockchain company focused on personal data management. Prior to Datawallet, he worked in the Investment Banking Division at Morgan Stanley where he advised clients on mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, and debt and equity financings. Adam previously served as an officer in the United States Navy in Japan, Iraq, the Pentagon and White House. Adam holds a BS in Economics from the Naval Academy, MA in Global Security Studies from Johns Hopkins, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a Board Member of HopE Ghana, a 2017 National Review Institute Regional Fellow, a 2018 Maverick PAC Future 40 Honoree, an American Swiss Foundation Young Leader, a member of the Australian American Young Leadership Dialogue, and a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations. Adam lives in New York with his fiancé Angela and their dog Loli.
Amit Khandelwal ‘98, Hometown: New York, NY
Amit’s most memorable experience at Severn School was participating in an extracurricular activity, the Fed Challenge, with some close friends and long-time teacher, Mr. John Bodley. Participating in the competition triggered his interest to study economics in college at Northwestern University and abroad at the London School of Economics. Amit went on to get a Ph.D. in Economics at Yale University, and now teaches at Columbia Business School. At Columbia, Amit is the Jerome A. Chazen Professor of Global Business, and his research examines issues in international and development economics. Shortly after moving to NY, he met his future wife, and they recently celebrated their 8th anniversary. They live in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of New York City, and spend much of their time these days chasing after their two twin boys on Columbia's campus.
Nichole Marks ‘00, Hometown: Hoboken, NJ
Nichole is a producer at the long-running CBS News television program, 60 Minutes. Over her nearly nine-year tenure, she has produced stories for many of the show’s legends like Anderson Cooper and Morley Safer – including Safer’s interview with con-man Bernie Madoff’s wife and son – as well as Bob Simon’s final story on a promising cure for Ebola. Before joining 60 Minutes, she worked as a producer at the CBS Evening News, Weekend Edition covering major world events from the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, to hurricanes in the south, and the historic inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2008. She won an Alfred I. DuPont award and was nominated for an Emmy. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Tulane University in 2004 and a Master of Science in Journalism from Columbia University in 2005. She lives with her husband Jamie and their son Ames in Hoboken, N.J.
Doug Mayer ‘00, Hometown: Annapolis, MD
Doug is a partner at Strategic Partners & Media, an award winning political and corporate strategic communications and advertising firm. He focuses on business development and expansion of the public affairs services offered by SPM. A veteran communicator with more than fifteen years of experience working in the political communications sector, Doug has closely served and advised three successful Republican governors. Most recently, he served as Communications Director to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and helped manage his historic 2018 re-election campaign. Prior to returning to his home state of Maryland in 2014, Doug spent two years as Communications Director for South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. A graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland with dual degrees in political science and public policy, he also enjoyed four years on the varsity lacrosse team. Doug is proud to serve on the board of directors of Warrior Events, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting veterans and their families. Doug resides in Annapolis, with his wife, Allison, and their two children, Ainsley and Doug Jr., “DJ”. They share their home with an English Bull Terrier named Rudy and a large cat named Rebel.
Alexander McQuoid ‘98, Hometown: Severna Park, MD
After graduating from Severn, Alexander attended Georgetown University. He went on to earn a master’s degree in philosophy and economics at the London School of Economics before attending Harvard Divinity School, where he earned his master’s in theological studies. Deciding to focus on a career in economics, he received his Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University in 2012. After working as an assistant professor at Florida International University for 2 years, he moved back home to Annapolis to take a position at the United States Naval Academy in the economics department. His research focuses on causal identification in policy relevant topics, such as gun ownership, police militarization, globalization, immigration, and education. Alexander teaches a variety of classes in economics and has a passion for mentoring student research projects. He was recently tenured and looks forward to continuing his career teaching and mentoring midshipmen. His interest in economics was first aroused as a senior at Severn, when he participated in the Fed Challenge competition, with the Severn team making it to the national finals.
Zack Mills ‘98, Hometown: Annapolis, MD
After graduating from The French Culinary Institute in New York City, Zack worked in various restaurant kitchens before starting with both Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and award-winning chef Michael Mina’s restaurant group in 2008. Zack spent ten years with both companies and helped open Bourbon Steak in DC, Pabu in Baltimore and The Handlebar in Jackson Hole. Zack was named Executive Chef of Michael Mina’s Wit & Wisdom Tavern in the Four Seasons in Baltimore in 2013, which went on to receive 4 ½ out of 5 stars in the Baltimore Sun and was named each year to Baltimore Magazine’s Best of Baltimore Restaurants. In 2018, Zack left Wit & Wisdom and partnered with long time friends and owners of True Chesapeake Oyster Farm and The Local Oyster bar in Baltimore to form True Chesapeake Hospitality. This venture has recently opened The Local Oyster in Arlington, Virginia and is currently building 3 more restaurants in Baltimore. Zack can be seen cooking regularly on local morning news segments and participated in Food Network’s program Chopped in 2017. Zack donates his time to a multitude of charitable organizations including The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Maryland, No Kid Hungry, Moveable Feast, Semper Fi Fund, the Oyster Recovery Partnership and St. Jude. Zack has recipes published in several cookbooks and magazines including Baltimore Chefs Table and Wine Spectator.
Ariel Mitchell ‘09, Hometown: Gibson Island, MD
After leaving Severn, Ariel went on to Brigham Young University where her first “real” play, A Second Birth, about an Afghan girl who was raised as a boy was produced. This play was awarded the KCACTF Harold and Mimi Steinberg 2013 National Student Playwriting Award, third place for the 2013 David Mark Cohen Award, the 2011 Vera Hinckley Mayhew Award, and a publication with Samuel French. It received its New York City premiere in March 2019. Ariel went on to New York University where she earned her MFA in Musical Theatre Writing in 2015. She has written several plays and musicals including Give Me Moonlight, a play inspired by Scotty's Castle in Death Valley, Where You Are, a musical coming of age love story about a girl with the power to read herself into maps, and The Shower Principle, a play in three acts about the female vs. male experience of first parenthood. Ariel has been named a New Musical Inc. 2017 New Voices Project Finalist and has been featured in several developmental opportunities such as Prospect Theater Company’s Fall 2015 Musical Theatre Lab and The Catwalk Residency Program. Recently, she has moved back to her childhood home with her husband, Taylor and her two inquisitive sons, Theodore (3) and Phineas (10 months).
Joe Morris ‘08, Hometown: Boston, MA
Following his graduation from Severn, Joe attended Yale University where majored in history and was a two-time captain of the sailing team. He earned the New England College Sailor of the Year Award in 2012, and was a four-time Intercollegiate Sailing Association All-American skipper. After Yale Joe went on to train full-time as an athlete with the US Sailing Team, competing in four World Championships. Joe and teammate Thomas Barrows competed on behalf of the United States in the 2016 Rio Olympics, participating in the men's two-person high-performance 49er class event. In 2018 Joe was brought on as the Strategic Sourcing Manager at one of the world’s fastest growing clean-food initiative brands: Tessemae’s. At Tessemae’s Joe is engaged in complex analysis of materials consumption, global commodities markets, and development of comprehensive, concise financial strategies for materials procurement and vendor/client relations management.
Maggie Morton Jackson ‘06, Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
After Severn, Maggie attended the United States Naval Academy where she majored in Political Science and played on Navy’s first Division I women’s lacrosse team. She graduated and commissioned in 2010 and served for eight years as a Surface Warfare Officer, conducting multiple deployments in the Western Pacific from bases in Japan and San Diego. Her final duty station was Washington, D.C., where she worked on US-China affairs and operations and plans related to East Asia under the Chief of Naval Operations. After her time on active duty, she completed a Master’s degree at Georgetown University and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Tsinghua University in Beijing where she spent one year researching China’s renewable energy development. She was recently selected as a Council on Foreign Relations-Hitachi International Affairs Fellow and will work at the Institute of Energy Economics in Tokyo researching US and Japan strategic cooperation around energy security. She lives with her husband, Nicholas, who is a Naval Aviator. Maggie’s career follows in the footsteps of her grandfather, RADM Thomas H. Morton, who graduated from Severn in 1929 and also played lacrosse at USNA.
Jim Newell ‘03, Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Jim Newell is a political reporter for Slate magazine. He has done spurts covering midterm and presidential elections, Congress, and various political movements, taking him on reporting trips throughout the country and keeping him quite busy. He has a prolific body of work and has also written for Salon, the New Republic, the Daily Beast, Bookforum, the New York Observer and elsewhere. Jim graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007 with an English degree, and currently resides with his fiancee, Tierney, in Washington D.C.
Brady Nolan ‘01, Hometown: Chevy Chase, MD
Brady Nolan is the Co-Founder and Chief Growth Officer for Till, a venture backed financial technology company that believes that rental housing can be a platform for financial inclusion. It is building a suite of products for both renters and landlords that uses data, and the home as an access point, to enhance the financial position of residents and create value for communities. Prior to Till, Brady spent 15 years in various capacities in the apartment investment and development industry, most recently as Managing Director of Acquisitions for Urban Atlantic, a leading regional investor based in the Washington D.C. area that owns roughly 5,000 market rate and affordable apartments. Brady also serves as a co-founding advisor and board member of TF Living, the leading tech enabled real estate amenities company providing fitness, massage, and dog walking services at 100,000 homes in 30 states. A graduate of the University of Maryland and Georgetown, Brady is most proud of his family: his wife, Kara, and their three children – Cooper, Mills and Virginia.
Liam O’Meara ‘00, Hometown: Annapolis, MD
Liam is the oldest of five Severn graduates, and being the eldest of the O’Meara clan has been his most valuable life experience to date. Throughout his time at Severn, University of Richmond, and University of Maryland Liam had the opportunity to pursue the knowledge that he needed in order to do what he loves: improving the relationship between the natural world and the built environment. Liam’s wife, Emily, and his kids, Finn (8), Cormac (5), and Maeve (2) are his inspiration and ground him to what’s important amidst the chaos of life and work. Since 2013 Liam has had the “dream job” of running EQR, an ecological restoration construction firm based in Anne Arundel County. The work has brought him to hundreds of streams, rivers, wetlands, and shorelines for construction and restoration projects, and it still gives him that kid-in-a-sandbox excitement for building things.
Christina Parker Bridge ‘98, Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
After graduation from Severn, Christina earned her B.A. in Hearing and Speech Sciences from The University of Maryland, College Park, and later went on to pursue a Doctorate in Audiology (Au.D.) there. While pursuing her doctorate degree, she completed an externship at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and upon graduation, began her career in pediatric audiology there. She serves in the Department of Audiology and the Center for Childhood Communication, and has a special interest in newborn hearing screening. Christina is involved in interdisciplinary teams for the care and follow-up of neonates with risk indicators for hearing loss. She currently lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia with her husband, Matt, and their four children, Parker, Cameron, Reese and Jackson.
Roma Patel ‘05, Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Roma is a Principal with Declaration Partners, an investment firm which makes private equity and real estate investments in family-owned businesses. In her previous role as a Vice President of Artemis Real Estate Partners she evaluated healthcare, multifamily and industrial real estate investment opportunities. Previously, Roma worked as an Associate at The Carlyle Group in U.S real estate transactions and focused on senior housing and energy sector investments. She earned a B.S. in Economics with concentrations in real estate and finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Design studies in Real Estate and the Built Environment from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, with a focus on real estate development. Roma has served as a mentor for Minds Matter, a non-profit organization which transforms the lives of accomplished high school students from low-income families by preparing them for college success, and a walk sponsorship chair for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Marshall Perrin ‘96, Hometown: Baltimore, MD
After graduating from Severn, Marshall earned his AB in Physics and Astronomy and Astrophysics from Harvard. He went on to UC Berkeley, where he was a NASA Michelson Fellow, and earned his PhD in Astronomy. Marshall’s research seeks to understand our Earth’s context in the diversity of planetary systems, through high contrast imaging of nearby solar systems. An expert in optics and wavefront control technologies, he oversees the technical work of a diverse team of scientists and engineers who hope to answer long-standing questions about the formation and evolution of planetary systems, and ultimately whether there are other worlds nearby capable of supporting complex biospheres like our own. He helped develop the Gemini Planet Imager, an adaptive optics instrument for the Gemini Telescope designed to image extrasolar planets orbiting nearby stars. Marshall currently lives in Baltimore, where he is an Associate Astronomer with tenure at the Space Telescope Science Institute.
Rachel Pritzlaff ‘09, Hometown: New York, NY
Rachel Pritzlaff is a performer, educator, and the executive director of two nonprofit organizations. She began her career with Raja Feather Kelly and the feath3r theory as a performer and company manager in 2013 before being named the Executive Director of New Brooklyn Theatre (merged with the feath3r theory) in 2018. As a performer with the feath3r theory, Rachel has originated roles in each of the company’s evening-length works since 2013. In 2016, Rachel founded Rivertown Dance Academy, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, which she currently serves as Founding Executive Director. Built upon the belief that arts education should be accessible to all, Rivertown Dance Academy provides need-based financial aid to a quarter of its students (www.rivertowndanceacademy.org). Rachel holds a BA with honors in Gender and Women's Studies and Dance from Connecticut College.
Katherine Riddle ‘09, Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Since her time at Severn, Katherine has performed in theaters, opera houses and concert halls across the United States and abroad. In the world of musical theatre, Katherine has been seen in over 30 productions, including: The Secret Garden (Shakespeare Theatre Company), Sweeney Todd (Glimmerglass Festival), Oklahoma (Broadway World Best Actress nomination) and Les Misérables (Weathervane Playhouse). Katherine has also enjoyed success in the operatic world, performing in La Bohéme with Glimmerglass Festival, and Madama Butterfly and Little Women with Annapolis Opera. In concert, Katherine has performed as a soloist with Signature Theatre, American Pops Orchestra, Fairfax Symphony, National Broadway Chorus, and many others. Katherine has presented thoughtfully curated solo concerts at venues such as the Kennedy Center. She has also placed in various international voice competitions including the Lotte Lenya Competition, American Traditions Competition, National Society of Arts and Letters Musical Theatre Competition, and Hal Leonard Musical Theatre Competition. Katherine graduated from American University and studied abroad at King’s College London and the Royal Academy of Music. She is currently based in DC and is an adjunct professor of voice at American University www.katherineriddle.com.
Julie Savage Parekh ‘04, Hometown: Alexandria, VA
Julie Savage Parekh is the founder and creative director of Strawberry Milk Events, an award-winning luxury wedding planning and event design firm. The firm credits a background in luxury hospitality, interior design, attention to detail and dedication to superior service for their success. They pride themselves on creating industry trends rather than following them. This year, Strawberry Milk celebrates its 10th year curating magazine-worthy events for discerning clientele, including celebrities and Fortune 100 companies. Julie’s distinctive style and recognizable work has been featured in many publications such as Martha Stewart weddings (where she was also named a “Top planner in the U.S.”), Harper’s Bazaar, The Knot Magazine (who named her in their “100 most inspiring people" list), Fox News, People Magazine and Bravo. A graduate of American University, Julie makes her home in northern Virginia with her husband, and their two young children.
Kerry Serini McHugh ‘05, Hometown: Frederick, MD
Kerry is VP, Program Officer of The Helen J. Serini Foundation. There, she manages partner relationships with nonprofits and funders across Maryland to effect systemic change around issues of poverty and income inequality. Kerry serves on the board of Exponent Philanthropy, a national trade association for philanthropies who operate with few or no staff, and as a trustee of the Ausherman Family Foundation, which works to strengthen community in Frederick County. She speaks regularly about engaging the next generation of non-profit and philanthropic leaders in the sector, including facilitating Exponent Philanthropy’s annual Next Gen Fellows program and co-leading the Rising Leaders Affinity Group at the Maryland Philanthropy Network. An avid trail runner, she serves as the Membership Chair for the Frederick Steeplechasers Running Club, and when not running, spends her time reading and writing about books. Kerry attended New York University and currently lives in Frederick with her husband, a blind rescued pit bull, and a temperamental cat. The couple welcomed their first child, a son named Eamon, this past summer.
Darren Smith ‘05, Hometown: Shady Side, MD
After Severn, Darren went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 2009, and his Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Connecticut in 2013. Darren was drawn to social work due to its breadth of opportunity, and focus on helping vulnerable populations. He currently works for DC Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) in the foster care system. As a Performance Monitor, Darren is responsible for the quality assurance of group homes, therapeutic foster homes, as well as traditional foster homes and apartments, making certain that the services provided promote the permanence, safety and wellbeing of the children in care. This includes ensuring that all foster parents and service providers throughout the district are consistently adhering to the required licensing and clearance regulations set forth by the city. In his free time, Darren enjoys reading, writing, and traveling, which has become a recent passion. Over the past 2 years, he’s achieved his goal of traveling to and documenting his adventures at all of the Wonders of the World. Darren is “forever grateful” for the opportunities that attending Severn has offered him, and is humbled to share this prestigious honor with so many other incredible Admiral alumni.
Ashley Templeton ‘05, Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Ashley has a BA in Visual Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in Exhibition Design from the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design at George Washington University. She began her career with an internationally recognized exhibition design firm Gallagher & Associates working as a content coordinator for large scale museum projects. Museums included the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, The National WWII Museum, Pope John Paul II Shrine, Pro Football Hall of Fame and several more. Ashley then shifted her career into commercial galleries. She has been the Director of Marketing and Sales for Guarisco Gallery for almost five years representing one of the largest and leading 19th and 20th century art collections worldwide. Artists include Renoir, Cassatt, Pissarro and many other museum quality artists. Ashley resides in Washington, D.C., is an avid traveler and an active committee member of the national organization ArtTable.
Evan Washburn ‘03, Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Evan was named reporter for the NFL on CBS in June 2014, and also serves as a college basketball reporter for NCAA Tournament coverage, studio host and lacrosse analyst for CBS Sports Network. He serves as a sideline reporter with the announce team of Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts. Evan was on the sidelines as a reporter for Super Bowl 50 in 2016 and Super Bowl 53 in 2019. Evan graduated from the University of Delaware in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. He played college lacrosse for four years, leading Delaware to the NCAA Tournament Final Four in 2007. As team captain in 2008, he was selected All-CAA Conference First Team. Evan never hesitates when asked to serve as an alumni mentor to Severn students and young alumni who are interested in pursuing careers in the sports industry. He currently resides in Baltimore with his wife and little boy.
Daniel Zambrano ‘02, Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Daniel is an international business negotiator, strategist, and legal counselor who currently serves as the worldwide General Counsel to Technicolor Connected Home. Prior to joining Technicolor, Daniel served in the international branch of the Legal Department at Turner Broadcasting, focusing on the development of new content and digital platforms in Latin America and the Caribbean. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied philosophy, politics and economics, Daniel went on to earn his J.D. at George Washington University, and his M.B.A. from Emory University, where he studied entrepreneurship and finance. He clerked for the Honorable Marjorie L. Clagett in the 7th Judicial Circuit of Maryland, who ten years earlier suggested he apply to Severn. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the non-profit Comunidad Connect, which is an NGO that seeks to reduce the prevalence of poverty in Latin America by connecting communities across borders to new opportunities. An aviation enthusiast, Daniel is a certified private pilot who received his class rating in single engine land aircraft in 2006. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and young son.
About Admiral Alumni 40 Under 40
The honorees were selected from a list of alumni who graduated in 1997 and beyond, and curated during a 90-day publicized, online nomination process, by an advisory committee comprised of Severn School school administrators and alumni, including Dan Ericson ‘98, Kate Myers ‘04, Caroline Burns ‘09, Jessica Popham McDermott ‘97, Scott MacMullan ‘00, and Alumni Director Carrie MacVean Grimes ‘91. The honorees will be celebrated at an invitation-only reception in Severn School’s Centennial Rotunda, as part of the kick off to the school’s annual Reunion Homecoming festivities on Saturday, October 5. Questions? Email Carrie MacVean Grimes '91