Page 62 - Menlo Magazine Summer 2019
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   2000s Reunion Years: 2004 & 2009
Victor Mezhvinsky ’00 founded MT Contracting & Development, which was recently honored with its second consecutive National Association of Home Builders award for the best remodel in the country. (See pictures:
Nick Casey ’01, the Andes bureau chief for the New York Times, appeared on the paper’s popular podcast The Daily on February 11 ( to talk about the burgeoning humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.
In May, Chrissy Guibara Bertolli ’04, her husband Andrew, and son Parker welcomed a baby girl, Brooke.
Timot Lemarre ’04 got married in May. He and his wife, Jessica, wed in Los Cabos, Mexico.
Ashley Porter ’04 shared that she recently opened a new mobile store and art installation in New Orleans called the Mirror House for her jewelry brand, Porter Lyons. Writeups
of the mobile store were posted on (http://bit. ly/2RAOkEw) and Curbed (, among other publications.
On May 17, 2019, Caitlin Arnold ’05 had her second child with her husband, Steve, a boy named Levi Samuel. Baby Levi joins big brother Owen (4).
Brittany Haas ’05 continues to perform music internationally with her various bands and projects, including two shows
at Carnegie Hall earlier this year. On top of going on tour throughout the summer with her band Hawktail—which plans to release its second album soon—she still makes time to play some shows with her cellist sister, Natalie Haas ’01. Brittany
currently lives in Nashville, where she is studying for a master of social work and starting an organic veggie farm with her boyfriend in their backyard.
Julie Logan ’05 recently gave a Tedx Talk about GIFs as a language. Watch it here:
In February 2019, Jennifer Mitchell ’05 performed as one
of three major vocal soloists in the San Francisco Symphony’s presentation of Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang (Song of Praise) under guest conductor and pianist András Schiff. The San Francisco Chronicle’s review of the performance called her singing “sumptuous.” (Read it: Then, in March and April, Jennifer performed with the Lamplighters Music Theatre production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury, which ran in several venues around the Bay Area.
Avantika Chitre ’06 got married this past year and is working at Genentech doing her postdoctoral training in cancer immunology.
Jamie Hall ’06 is excited to announce that she is engaged to be married to Kevin Taylor in the fall of 2020.
In February, Caroline Clark ’07 appeared on the PBS NewsHour to share her experience growing up deaf. (Watch video: https:// In the segment, she said, “I think the fundamental experience of really learning how to fail over and over has really molded me into the person I am today. Being told constantly, ‘Do not pronounce it that way. Try again. Do it over.’ And so I really have embraced this growth mindset and I have
a firm belief that I can do anything I want as long as I try hard enough.” In May, she returned to Menlo’s campus to speak with juniors at a class meeting in Martin Hall.
Derek Su ’07 is finishing his first year of psychiatry residency at the University of Missouri.
     Victor Mezhvinsky ’00 with his sons, Aaron (left) and Ethan (right)
Ashley Porter ’04 with her mobile store and art installation, the Mirror House
Jamie Hall ’06 and fiancé Kevin Taylor
Caroline Clark ’07 (center) with Tony Lapolla (left) and John Schafer (right) during a visit to Menlo

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