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The Class of 2012 Community

As we head our separate ways after graduation, there is no reason we can't remain connected with each other and follow each others' achievements, successes, and exciting news! Stop by our Community page frequently to get the scoop on what is going on with the Class of 2012. You can help us out by sharing your own stories, news, and updates here.

Class of 2012 Alumni Updates: April 2017

Steven Zhang is finishing his third year of medical school at Stanford University and is enjoying living in the Bay Area.

William Frick, a graduate of the Engineering school who works as a technology executive on Wall Street, was recently included in Features Magazine's 2017 30 Under 30 list. The list includes other notables such as: Evan Spiegel, the CEO and Co-founder of Snapchat; Grammy Award winning artist The Weeknd; and Odell Beckham Jr, one of the top talents in the NFL. 

Keep your classmates up-to-date on your life after Cornell by sending any information you would like to share to Emily Cusick and Peggy Ramin.

Class of 2012 Alumni Updates: February 2017

Class of 2012, remember to mark your calendars for our 5 Year Reunion, which will be held from Thursday, June 8th to Sunday, June 11th.  See you in Ithaca!

Our very own Class of 2012 webmaster David DyTang was recently featured in the College of Human Ecology’s print magazine. The article, entitled "Making Connections", highlighted David’s efforts to increase HumEc’s young alumni engagement through the Human Ecology Young Alumni Council. David currently works for Uber developing a global driver-partner and merchant fraud prevention and management program. 

Michael Mueller writes "I moved to Washington, D.C. following graduation and have grown quite fond of the city. Charlotte Werner (HumEc '12) and I were engaged in November and are in the midst of planning our nuptials for August 2017. On a professional note, I am working for Thayer Lodging, Brookfield Hotel Properties--primarily focusing on acquisitions and development. I look forward to catching up with the Class of 2012 at CALC and Reunion."

Keep your classmates up-to-date on your life after Cornell by sending any information you would like to share to your Class Correspondents, Emily Cusick and Peggy Ramin.

Class of 2012 Alumni Updates: December 2016

Olivia Boyd transitioned from East to West Coast in 2015 and is enjoying her second year living in Los Angeles. She works as an Associate Producer on the Lifestyles team at the Real, a syndicated talk show which features Adrienne Bailon, Tamera Mowry-Housely, Jeannie Mai, and Loni Love. You can visit thereal.com to find out when the show airs in your city. In her free time, Olivia takes advantage of the beautiful California weather by hiking and going to the beach, and recently ran the Malibu Half-Marathon.

Nicole Corey is a 2L at Brooklyn Law School in New York City. She completed a judicial internship at the Eastern District Court of New York over the summer and with the New York State Attorney General’s office during the fall semester. Nicole hopes to join the corporate sector when she graduates in 2018, and in the meantime, she takes full advantage of all the city has to offer, including trying new restaurants and biking along the Hudson River.

Chelsea Mason is a Senior Associate at ClearBridge Compensation Group, an executive compensation consulting firm in New York City, which she joined after graduation in 2012. As part of her firm's recruiting efforts, she’s traveled back to Ithaca each year to recruit Cornellians on behalf of her company. In Manhattan, she continues to play volleyball in the New York Urban Volleyball League.

Keep your classmates up-to-date on your life after Cornell by sending any information you would like to share to your Class Correspondents, Emily Cusick and Peggy Ramin.

Class of 2012 Alumni Updates: October 2016

Our Class of 2012 Reunion Committee Member Cindy Marinaro writes, "I spent the first half of 2016 assisting Disney’s Imagineering Show Control Team in Shanghai, China. It was my first abroad trip!  Opening a Disney park was a surreal and exciting experience. I could not believe how quickly things came together." Cindy is back in Orlando, Florida, and working on engineering projects for Animal Kingdom, and she encourages any Cornellians in Central Florida to reach out. Recently, Cindy enjoyed going back to Cornell for the first time in four years to meet up with Andrew Martinez and Kendra Bartell, the other members of the Class of 2012 Reunion Board, to start planning our 5th Year Reunion, which will be held from Thursday, June 8th to Sunday, June 11th. Mark your calendars!

Ada Lau lives in Maine and writes: “I’m an Assistant Category Manager for a New England supermarket company.  We work to develop programs, influence assortment, and analyze syndicated data to grow profits, and increase market share; or the more interesting job description, ‘I eat food for a living’. At some point in my Cornell life, I experienced an existential crisis where I realized that the 10 years I’ve dedicated to science was a total waste of time. Biology was not my passion. I was simply mastering it because that was all I knew. The greatest impact to me came from Ezra’s quote ‘I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study.’ ANY study, which meant the world was my oyster. I changed my outlook and the rest is history.”  

Some quicker notes and updates from our classmates: Michael Dezube currently lives in New York City and works for Google as a data scientist. Meredith Burcyk also lives in the New York area and got married to Shah Ahmed (2014) in April 2016 - congrats! Kayla Arsenie married Garrett Fitzgerald on September 30, 2017 in front of many of Cornellian friends in Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina. Kayla writes that “in place of a wedding cake, we shipped in Cornell Dairy ice cream.” Joanie Evans works in the Social Services Department at the Metro Nashville Public Defender’s Office, and is involved as a community activist in her spare time. Anya Gibian recently joined the National Tour of Once The Musical, as a Swing and understudy for the Bank Manager, which will tour nationally through April 2017. Break a leg, Anya! 

As always (and especially as our Reunion approaches!), please remember to send any updates about your life after Cornell to Emily Cusick and Peggy Ramin.

Class of 2012 Alumni Updates: August 2016

Christina Rettig is based on the West Coast and in May graduated from Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine in Pomona, CA. Since graduation, she has relocated to Monterey, CA with her two rabbits. Christina is working as a small animal rotating intern at Pet Specialists of Monterey.

Adam Nicoletti popped the question to Olivia Moore in July at their favorite spot on Cornell's campus. A perfect moment for this Cornell couple extraordinaire!

Keep your classmates up-to-date on your life post-Cornell by sending any information you would like to share to your Class Correspondents, Emily Cusick and Peggy Ramin.

Class of 2012 Alumni Updates: June 2016

John Rhee is currently in his third year of medical school on his surgery clerkship.  John writes that the rotation is really fun and interesting, but it is definitely the most difficult rotation so far in medical school. John will be taking a Scholarly Year starting August to do research in global palliative care traveling between Spain and Uganda.  John is also busy planning the Class of 2012’s Five Year Reunion, which will be held June 8-11, 2017. Mark your calendars!

Edwige Joseph writes: “After graduation, I moved to Chicago to join Teach for America. I am still at my placement school, Muchin College Prep, teaching 10th grade chemistry. This year, in addition to chemistry, I've launched a new class, Early College Scholars, geared towards preparing our highest performing students to apply to top-tier universities. I've been shamelessly boasting about Cornell in the hopes that they all want to become members of the Cornell Class of 2021. I hope to go back to school in the next year or two to pursue a degree in school leadership.”

Olivia Prout recently became engaged to the love of her life, Dan, and relocated to Orange County, CA.  She is looking forward to beginning this new life journey and would love to hear from any California-based Class of 2012 friends.

Keep your classmates up-to-date on your life post-Cornell by sending any information you would like to share to your Class Correspondents, Emily Cusick and Peggy Ramin.

Class of 2012 Alumni Updates: April 2016

Nearly four years post-graduation, Hallie Mitnick has made the move back to the Hill from New York City. She recently relocated to Ithaca to take a job at Prisoners' Legal Services of New York.

Meanwhile, Jared Hartzman is working near a different hill, as a Patent Attorney with Fish & Richardson P.C. in Washington, D.C.

Keep your classmates up-to-date on your life post-Cornell by sending any information you would like to share to your Class Correspondents, Emily Cusick and Peggy Ramin.

Class of 2012 Alumni Updates: December 2015

Emma Carlsson was married to Eddie Reynolds on October 3, 2015 in her hometown of Basking Ridge, NJ at the Olde Mill Inn. Cornell alumnae Emily Bitar '12, Johanna Katz '12, and Alyssa Korenstein '12 were bridesmaids. Cornell alumnus Matt Linderman '12 served as Best Man, and Steven Robertson '12 was a groomsman. All in all, about 20 Cornell alumni were in attendance. The couple honeymooned in St. Lucia, and currently live in Cincinnati, where Emma is a finance analyst for Procter & Gamble and Eddie is a process engineer for Chemours.

Long Cheung Yu is an environmental consultant in Ove Arup, and shares that he still believes one of the best decisions he ever made was studying at Cornell.

Lexi Nastos and his brother, fellow Cornellian Matt Nastos, run a successful e-commerce agency they co-founded in 2014. The agency, Maison MRKT, formulates marketing strategies for fashion brands. Lexi describes Maison MRKT as “bridging the gap between fashion and technology.”

Keep your classmates up-to-date on your life after Cornell by sending any information you would like to share to your Class Correspondents, Emily Cusick and Peggy Ramin.

Class of 2012 Alumni Updates: October 2015

Hannah Westfall writes to us from New York City, working as a certified physician assistant at New York-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital. Hannah believes that one of the best decisions she ever made was to go to Cornell for her undergraduate degree, and then continuing her education as a physician assistant at Pace University. She has fond memories of the FUN concert at Barton Hall in the Fall of 2011.

Zachary Newkirk, currently at Duke Law School, writes: "Meaghan Cassin '12 and I are were married on October 31st in Wilmington, NC. We met during Orientation Week in 2008 outside of Dickson Hall and dated through college and beyond. We are excited for the mini Cornell Reunion in North Carolina!" Best of luck to Meaghan and Zachary!

Class of 2012-ers Nicole Mormillo and Matt Koren have started a nonprofit called The Bottle Foundation. Nicole and Matt are combatting homelessness through recycling in New York City. The Bottle Foundation was founded as a way to employ homeless and low income New Yorkers who are struggling to find work, while directly increasing recycling rates citywide. They welcome any questions or comments as they work to start up their nonprofit.

Please keep your classmates up-to-date on your life after Cornell by sending any information you would like to share to your Class Correspondents, Emily Cusick and Peggy Ramin.

Class of 2012 Alumni Updates: June 2015

Since graduation, Susannah Klopf has been living in Washington, DC, most recently working at the Middle East and North Africa Division of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative. She is making the move north from Washington to Boston to begin a two year Master of Arts in Law and Development at the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

Like many Cornell grads, Maggie Huang found herself in New York City after graduation, where she currently works as a financial consultant at AXA Advisors. She will be running the New York Marathon for the first time this November, so keep an eye out for her Big Red pride on the race course! Maggie writes: "I majored in Psych, and many have asked about my trajectory into psychology when I never had in mind to be a psychologist or psychiatrist. I knew I wanted to use my language skills, so I took a job as a financial consultant with absolutely no background in finance. But things have worked out for me - I translate for my company’s Chinese-speaking clients. I get to meet people and learn, not just about financial services, but also anything my clients engage in, which has opened such a world of opportunity for me. I attribute my success to the education and skills that I got from Cornell. It has made me a well-rounded individual. Thank you, Big Red!"

David Kaiser has also found his way to New York City for medical school, where he is set to graduate in 2018. Wiratama Ramanto is also a New Yorker but a more recent transplant to New York City, working at ARCADIS as a consultant for Mayor de Blasio’s Office of Recovery and Resilience.

Please keep your classmates up-to-date on your life after Cornell by sending any information you would like to share to your Class Correspondents, Emily Cusick and Peggy Ramin.

Class of 2012 Alumni Updates: April 2015

Jess Cisco has been funneling her energy into her business venture, ActiveLeading.com, LLC, which aims to bring people together so they can be better leaders. Jess would love to connect with any Cornellians who might share advice for her as she works to build credibility, grow their list of clients, and help emerging leaders get better at leading. She will be starting work on her MBA in Cornell's Johnson School in July 2015.

Another business-minded alumna, Katie Dreier, will graduate from the very first Johnson Cornell Tech MBA class in May. After graduation, she is looking forward to jumping into product leadership at Adobe in New York City.

Erin Keene recently quit her job to pursue a career in food and travel writing. She spends her days pitching stories and her evenings working at Prune Restaurant learning as much as she can about food, wine, and the restaurant industry in New York. If that wasn’t enough to keep her busy, she also has a stellar app idea. If any Cornellians are interested in helping her make the technology, she would love to hear from you!

Koyuki Nakamura is a graduate student in the Cornell PhD program, and is happy to report she remains involved in Cornell activities, and continues to frequent her favorite West Campus spots while she continues her education on campus.

A bit farther away from Ithaca is Derek Plotkowski, who is completing a master's degree with the International Vintage Master, a French program in Viticulture, Enology, Wine Business, and Terroir Management based out of l'École Supérieure d'Agriculture d'Angers in Angers, France. The program involves studying long-term in France, Portugal (at the Universidade de Tras-Os-Montes e Alto Douro in Vila Real), and Hungary (at Corvinus University of Budapest) as well as a study trip to Spain and Greece. He recently moved to Gijón, Asturias, Spain where he is about to start his final internship with Sidra Trabanco, one of the most important cider producers in Asturias. 

Please keep your classmates up-to-date on your life after Cornell by sending any information you would like to share to your Class Correspondents, Emily Cusick and Peggy Ramin.

Class of 2012 Alumni Updates: February 2015

Even though we haven’t been in the “real world” for even 5 years yet, our beloved Alma Mater has been around for almost a century and a half! As Cornell’s 150th birthday festivities approach, make sure to keep an eye on the official Sesquicentennial website at http://150.cornell.edu.

David Shippee is currently living in Paris for a four-month assignment with GE on Corporate Audit Staff. Right after graduating Cornell, David worked in GE’s Financial Management Program for two years, rotating jobs and locations every 6 months since graduation from Cincinnati to Boston to England and back to Cincinnati. He is now an internal auditor/consultant working in Paris on integration planning, and plans to return to the States soon for a four-month stint in Connecticut. David writes, "I love the opportunity to travel and constantly see and do new things, and will miss the wine, cheese, and crepes from France!"

Please keep your classmates up-to-date on your life after Cornell by sending any information you would like to share to your Class Correspondents, Emily Cusick and Peggy Ramin.