Checking in on the Class of ’96
It has been just over 20 years since that first coed class graduated. Fenwick’s traditions intact, supported and strengthened from almost the very moment the boys and girls of the Class of 1996 walked through the doors as freshmen. Two decades later, we look at what some of those alumni are up to.
I have been married to my wife Lynn for eight years, we have three boys: Conor (6), Quinn (3) and Luke (9 months). I work for Francis Ford Coppola Winery where I manage sales in Illinois.
I am married to Lesley Kevil with three children Charlie (6), Maura (4) and Grace (1). I have worked in finance for Jefferies LLC since 2003.
Shannon Curran Prischman
I'm a Senior Vice President, Group Account Director at SPM Marketing Communications, managing all of the account teams at our ad agency. I am married to an Oak Park Huskie, Brad Prischman and we have two little girls, Madonna (Maddie), age 3 and Cora, age 1.
I work for Mode Transportation, a subsidiary of Hub Group, headquartered in Oak Brook, as Manager of Westbound Operations and Business Development. I started with Hub Group in 2005 and transferred to Mode in 2011. Our division of Mode Transportation owns 300 refrigerated trailers that we move via rail across the U.S. I have been married to my wife Tricia since 2005 and we have three children: Danielle (9), Jack (5) and Audrey (2).
Matthew J. Gibbs
I am the procurement manager at Avatar Corporation. I have twin boys who are potential members of the Class of 2028.
Currently, I am the Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer of Gritstone Oncology. Gritstone Oncology is a biotechnology company based in Emeryville, CA and Cambridge, MA developing personalized cancer immunotherapies. We successfully raised $102M in venture capital financing in 2015 (one of the largest venture raises for all of 2015). Previous to Gritstone, I was the Vice President of Corporate and Business Development at Foundation Medicine.
I live in Boston—actually a nice suburb—with my wife Elena who is faculty at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. We have two daughters Claire (3) and Kate (1) and spend most of our time working or with them.
Jennifer Jeffries Bosse
After 14 years in the Financial Services Industry I changed careers to become a stay-at -home mom and wife to Nicholas (6), Brooke (3), Luke (1) and husband Todd Bosse.
I'm a senior account executive at Digital Intelligence Systems, a global IT consulting company, which provides project based services and staff augmentation assistance. I married my wife Jean in 2009 and we have two daughters; Quinn (3) and Riley (6).
I have a daughter Isabella who is 7 and a son Evan who will be 4 in August. I hope both will attend Fenwick, and my daughter has had swim lessons in the new pool and says she loves it there. Possible swimmer like her dad, who knows?
Since graduating Fenwick, I went on to work in the entertainment business as a lighting designer to work and tour with some great bands and artists like John Mellencamp, John Legend, Dave Matthews Band, O|A|R, Jack's Mannequin, N*Sync and Trey Songz to name a few. Since having kids, I have given up the touring for the most part, though I still work with a few artists for one-off shows. I am now a production manager for an event company in the city called Absolute Production Services where I manage all aspects of event production from Port ‘O Johns to jumbotrons. My most recent project was managing production at the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series at Navy Pier.
I'm a communications consultant at Fidelity Investments. I’m currently in Tanzania to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.
I am an American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery-certified reconstructive foot and ankle surgeon at Podiatric Surgeon at South Florida Institute of Sports Medicine, married to Victoria Messina with two kids; our son Sam (3.5) and daughter Victoria (seven months).
Elizabeth ‘Libby’ Robertson Kincanon
I am currently a middle school English and Creative Thinking teacher at Westchester Middle School in Westchester, Illinois. I have also been the Speech Team coach for Fenwick High school for 10 years. Much of my high school experience thrived on the Speech Team so I am thrilled to continue the tradition. My husband Richard and I met in middle school and re-met playing pub trivia 17 years later. We have a daughter, Francesca Anita who is 4 and a son Henry Louis who is 1. I am a proud alumna of Teach for America, a national AmeriCorps organization that believes all children deserve excellent education and teachers. Through this organization I have had the privilege of teaching in South Central, Los Angeles, Bronx, NY and Englewood, Chicago.
Ricky Roney Raisinghani
I am married to Mary Ann Raisinghani and we have two daughters: Laila (5) and Riya (1). I work as the Managing Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, which means I’m in charge of managing IT implementations across Fortune 500 accounts and growing a book of business in the insurance advisory practice. I graduated from DePaul in 2000 and got my MBA from the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University in 2003.
I graduated from West Point in 2000, did my fair share of deployments and had a blast along the way. I am a U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, Battalion Commander for the 62nd Expeditionary Signal Bn (ESB) in Fort Hood, TX. I am married to Lieutenant Colonel Karen Rutka.
After Fenwick I went to the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana where I graduated with a degree in sports management. I was a 2X All Big Ten and All-American offensive lineman for the Fighting Illini Football Team. I went on to play five years in the NFL and one year with the Arena Football League. After I retired from football, I went into education administration and coaching for various schools. I currently own and operate Midwest Prep Academy, a post-graduate student-athlete academy in Orland Park. I have been married 12 years to my wife Veronica. We have no children but a dog named Smokey.
I am I am an adjunct professor at the University of Dayton and an intervention specialist in Dayton Public Schools (Kiser PK-6). I was named Dayton Public Schools Teacher of the Year in 2014.
I work in investment management for Nuveen Investments in Los Angeles. My wife Molly and I have four kids ages 9, 7, 5 and 2 that may be future Friars depending on where we live.
Sylvia Wlodarski Ringer
I work for the Bureau of Land Management as a wildlife biologist on an Interdisciplinary Team that focuses on energy development, for all of central/western Colorado. My husband Matthew and I have three boys: Ethan (10), Levi (8) and Kenan (5). They are your typical Colorado boys. They play lacrosse, love hiking, camping, hunting, and they constantly long for winter so they can go snowboarding and skiing.
We recently purchased a ranch outside of New Castle, CO where currently we are raising turkeys, have hay and will have cattle in October. We are also building a barn that can be rented out for events, and next spring, we will plant hops and lavender for harvest next fall. All of us the deer, elk, and other wildlife that live right outside our doorstep.