Charlotte Daws Paulsen '80 is a mezzo-soprano who has been recognized as a stellar singer on both the opera and concert stage. She holds degrees from The Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University and Temple University. Her further studies brought her to the Salzburg Mozarteum, Zurich International Opera Studio, Tanglewood Festival, and Opera Music Theater International, under the direction of the late Jerome Hines. Currently she studies with Benita Valente.
Chuck Grieb ’85 is currently teaching animation at Cal State Fullerton. His background in animation included a variety of positions, predominately as animator / storyboard artist for studios such as Disney TV Animation, Nickelodeon, Toonacious Family Entertainment, Cornerstone Animation, etc. In addition, he has also created three animated short films which have screened in festivals all around the country and the world. You can see some of Chuck’s work at: www.chuckandwendy.com.
Heather Clark Charrington ’86 is a marketing and communications consultant with over 20 years of experience in the arts and entertainment industry, specialising in Arts Marketing, Audience Development, Brand Management, Communications Strategy, Strategic Planning and Creative Problem-Solving. Heather has worked as Director of Marketing for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and since moving to London, for the National Theatre. She has worked at the Natural History Museum and is now an independent consultant.
Liesl Wedeven '87 developed a strong art program and taught art for 9 years at a Christian school in Bucks County, PA. After her move to Florida, she uses her artistic talents in photography displaying her work in several galleries and competing in various local competitions. "Thank you, DC, for giving me a solid, Biblical education so I could impact others as an art teacher and an artist."
Cheryl Weaver White '88 serves as a featured soloist and worship leader at Church of the Saviour for 20 years. She recorded a CD of orginal music in 1995.
Adam Sacks ’89 leads worship at his home church Covenant Fellowship in Glen Mills, PA. He has written songs that have been published for corporate worship. The links for these songs are below:
Rebecca Gadsby Lukens ’90 After graduating with a BFA in Art from West Chester University, Becky founded her own custom tile and mural business which operated from 1998 through present. For the last six years, her business, Rebecca Lukens Designs, has shifted to focus mostly on design and color consultation, although she still occasionally completes a tile or mural job. She works closely with clients to design everything from new kitchens to drapery, and choose all furniture in between with most of her work in the Main Line area to Wilmington. Rebecca and Rob '90 live in Wilmington, DE with their two kids, Abbie (10) and Finn (7).
Gabe Travis ’90 was trained as an oil painter and in 1999 began working in small-scale mixed media collage. He immediately fell in love with the medium. Gabe lives in Alaska where he designs and builds hiking trails throughout the state and designing and selling fine art note cards featuring collages constructed primarily from National Geographic magazines. This unique art medium suits Gabe’s passion for the natural world with his interest in using low-impact, recycled materials while contextualizing everyday objects into fine art. You can view his creations at www.gabetravis.com.
Kristen Frank Bassill '91, Jeremy Myers '93, Dave Metz '98, LeeAnn Keller Potter'99, Mike MacArthur '01, and Cara Atmajian '08 are all members of the worship team at Grace Chapel in Havertown, PA.
J Sebastian Traeger '92 just co-authored a book for Christians in the workplace. The Gospel at Work: How working for King Jesus Gives Purpose and Meaning to Our Jobs.
Here's a link to it: http://www.amazon.com/The-Gospel-Work-Working-Purpose/dp/0310513979/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1376345923&sr=8-7&keywords=the+gospel+at+work
Sianni KcKinley '92 holds a BFA in Theatre from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She has been the full-time Drama Director and Instructor at DC where she directed many stage productions. She has also trained students in Holburn, London and in Woodlands, Texas. She was hired as the personal acting coach for the singing group Savvy and offered workshops with the Perfromer's Edge Academy and Woodland's Preparatory Academy in Texas.
As an actor Sianna has performed in many Philadelphia stage productions and has experience working in casting and on camera in Industrials, independent films, and commercials. Sianna is the Artistic Director of the Act Believe Create Studio.
"I look back and I thank the Lord for genuine connections with the people at DC as a student and a faculty. He gave me opportunities to listen and to speak into the lives of the students. I am thoroughly grateful that my single mom was offered a scholarship so that I was given the opportunity to attend DC in the first place. I know my education at DC was where I felt challenged to not just say "I'm a Christian" but to make an impact no matter where we are called and do something with this life we have been given."
Sandra Webberking '93 is a sculpture artist who lives and works in Springfield, PA. "Being an avid gardner, it seems natural that I gravitated toward creating whimsical sculptures for the garden I spend so much of my free time in. I value the process of finding objects, listening to their story and reincarnating them into the creatures they will become. Nature is a profound source of inspiration to me and my work. I am especially inspired by the wonderful rhythm and lines of trees and their branches –they are purposeful with the space they take up."
"I believe in preserving out natural resources and for this reason I recycle whenever possible. We live in such a disposable age and as a reaction to that I am trying to show that reusing is not only environmentally friendly, but it is also fun. Often times the finding of the objects is as much fun as making the piece."
Abby Freeman Krause ’94 is in the Visual Arts currently the Design & Production Manager at History Colorado Center in Denver, CO. She works in designing and producing education props, exhibit props, exhibit components, graphics, etc. She works in all types of media, acting as creative director for exhibits in many different roles. Pictured: Abby puts a Champ Bailey jersey on a bronze sculpture outside the museum in Denver, January 10, 2014. The Denver Broncos were taking on the San Diego Chargers in the second round of the NFL playoffs.
Carrie (Sonstroem) Geiger ’95 graduated from Wheaton Conservatory of Music in Wheaton, IL (1999) and served for 10 years with her husband, Chris, as worship leaders at several different churches in Illinois and then in Northern Virginia (where they moved in 2005). Carrie directed children's choirs, taught studio voice for the past 15 years, and had most recently gone back into the classroom as an elementary school music teacher in the Loudoun County School System. “While at DC, I was blessed to have wonderful mentors in the arts. Dr. David Giardiniere was one of the finest high school choir directors I have had the privilege of working with, and now I am thrilled to be in that mentoring position myself! Thank you, thank you, thank you to all those wonderful DC teachers who took the time to point me in the right direction!”
Ben Hoffman '96- DC played a very powerful role in my life and has given me the opportunity to positively impact lives around the world.
When I was in 10th grade at DC, my father died, and it was a very tough time for myself and my family. I ended up in Lori Reed's theater class and through her amazing teaching and care, my life turned around. I never really thought much about college, but I was able to audition into NYU's theater dept. I had an amazing time at NYU and I would have never been accepted if it wasn't for all the training and support from Lori.
At NYU I co-founded www.cityHUNT.org which has become one of the world's largest team building and scavenger hunt companies. Our goal is to change lives one positive experience at a time. We now have offices all over the country, have run events for most of the fortune 500 and have been featured in the Wall Street Journal and other leading media outlets.
To this day I am still friends with Lori Reed and her family. She has been an amazing mentor and guide to both myself and my wife.
Beth (Freeman) ‘97 and Ian Doreian ’97 have been photographing and reviewing concerts in Boston for various music blogs, newspapers, and magazines for the past six years. Here's a link to a show from last Spring that they did in tandem: http://digboston.com/boston-music-concerts/2013/06/peer-review-the-national-lupos-tuesday-6-4-13/ Beth took the photos, and Ian wrote the review. Even as they spend their days as an English teacher and financial analyst, they love the ability to frame concerts with words and camera.
Elizabeth Thompson ‘98 graduated from Gordon College in 2002 where she performed in a comedy improv group called Sweaty- toothed Madmen alongside Pete Holmes. She moved back to Philly and studied on-camera acting with Mike Lemon and scene study at the Walnut Street Theater. In February 2004 she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career. She has appeared on many TV shows including ER and Comedy Central as well as many short and feature length films. Currently she is in a comedy improv troupe called the Barrel with Monkey Butler and also studying comedy improv at Second City in Hollywood.
Karen (Nath) Pryor ’98 has her own small business in Ohio doing graphic design and website design (Cupcake Graphics) and photography (Karen A. Pryor Photography). She has designed logos for many businesses all over the country and one in Malaysia. Karen has designed many ads for print and online, including a large project this Christmas where she created the ad design and layout for a shopping guide published in the Phoenix area. For her photography business, she has photographed families, infants, senior portraits, and weddings.
Beth (Caldwell) Webster ‘98 is the worship director at Manoa Community Church coordinating all the ministries utilizing the arts; Proskuneo Dance Ministry, WorshipARTS Adult Choir, and Manoa Children's Choir. She teaches private voice lessons and is active teaching music for Grades K-4 and Creative Dramatics to Grade 5-8 for the T.E.A.C.H. homeschool Co-op.
Bryan Wilfong ’99 graduated from Geneva College and Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He completed an internship at Merrick Art Gallery in New Brighton, PA and has been actively displaying his abstract art and general photography at many art shows and coffee shops in the Philadelphia area. His art was included in the Ridley State Park 2012 calendar for the December month. Currently his photography is on display in Fabio and Danny’s Café in Wayne, PA.
Michelle L'Hommedieu Labonte ’99 taught art for 8 years in Anne Arundel County and Baltimore, MD. It was her heart's desire to show her students, those considered at-risk and living in dangerous areas in Baltimore, the love of Christ. She is currently working as an artist in Baltimore and aims to build relationships between Christians and the artists in her area.
Heather Holmes Drew ’00 is currently working in the field of trauma counseling in a Christian center in North Philly. She is also currently in a long-term training situation where she will be working globally to provide trauma relief resources to areas that are war-torn, acutely traumatized on a communal level, and are desperate to heal. She will be traveling to Rwanda this July to train lay counselors that work with World Vision in Rwanda how to best provide healing for those affected by the genocide 20 years ago.
"I have been able to use creative, expressive activities to help people heal from trauma over the long-haul. Creative therapies provide a way for hurting people to project their experiences onto materials that they have control over. It empowers them – no matter how small the scale – to make something beautiful out of destruction. I will never forget how art at DC gave me a platform to process my own difficult life issues, and I have always been thankful for the creative drive that God wove into the fabric of my being. But now I have been able to use creative, expressive activities to help people heal from trauma over the long-haul. Creative therapies provide a way for hurting people to project their experiences onto materials that they have control over. It empowers them – no matter how small the scale – to make something beautiful out of destruction. It's freeing the way liberation is meant to be. And all thanks to creativity and mixed-media arts."
Charlie Dey '00- I was a pupil of Linda Unger's between 1996-2000. Her instruction, mentoring, creativity and wisdom have left an indelible mark on my life and ministry. Through these early formative years, the passion and artistry of her life were contagious, and they took hold in my own life quickly. Expression, creation and appreciation were not merely taught, but modeled. As a chaplain I am so keenly aware of the struggle in life to express the sorrow and grief that cannot often be captured in words. Our Lord's creativity has given us the means to do so and Linda conveyed those means powerfully. Just this morning I was considering the role of the arts in the care of the mentally ill and what manner the arts speak God's truth to them. Why you may ask? Because Linda Unger shaped my heart in such a way as to do so. I am indebted to her and grateful to my Savior for His mighty use of her in my life and many others. Thanks be to God."
David Ballam ‘01 is an instructor of double bass and music appreciation at Auburn University. Prior to joining the faculty at Auburn in 2013, David taught and performed extensively in central Texas and Chicago, IL. He holds a DMA in double bass performance from the University of Texas at Austin, and completed his master’s degree at Northwestern University in double bass performance and string pedagogy under the instruction of DaXun Zhang and Peter Lloyd. David’s past studies also include performing in master classes for noted double bassists Tim Cobb, Joseph Guastafeste, Paul Ellison, and Francois Rabbath as well as private studies in violin and baroque performance practices with Jerry Fuller. He has performed numerous times with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Lyric Opera, the Mid-Texas Symphony, the Round Rock Symphony, and the Austin Singers. While living in Chicago, David also performed with the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, Dupage Symphony Orchestra, Wheaton Summer Symphony, Skokie Valley Symphony, and the Music Institute of Chicago. David has appeared in recital at the University of Texas at Austin and also as a guest soloist with the Northwestern University Summer Orchestra in Evanston, IL. As a 2006 graduate of Wheaton College (IL) Conservatory of Music, David holds two bachelor’s degrees; one in music education (with teaching certification) and the other in doublebass performance.
All three Leaman brothers are photographers. Christopher Leaman '01 is a freelance photographer. Colin Leaman '04 is a freelance photographer, previously on staff at Urban Outfitters. Ben Leaman '06 is a Video Producer and Photographer at American Bible Society.
Emily Norquist Leaman '02 is editor and writer @BeWellPhilly and Health and Fitness Editor at Philadelphia Magazine.
Kevin Wilfong '02 plays electric, base and acoustic guitars. He writes his own music and performs using some of his own original music. He has recorded a CD of original music and has his own band "the Foundry." He enjoys performing individually and with others at various venues such as Burlap and Bean Coffee House, Grape Street in Manayunk, and coffee shops in Media.
Jen Bird Baumann ’03 attended Harcum College earning an associate's degree in interior design in 2005. She worked steadily in that field for 7 years at two kitchen and bath remodeling firms. After having her engagement photos taken in January 2010 (by DC alum Stephanie Smith '00), she became very interested in pursuing photography as a second career. Jen launched her own business in 2012: Jennifer Baumann Photography.
In the past two years, she has found great enjoyment and success in photography, and has shot the engagements and weddings of several DC alumni. She also takes photographs of maternity, newborn, and family. Her wedding photography has been featured in "Wedding Wire", which is an online magazine for the wedding industry.
Sarah Terjanian Leaman '04, is part founder of ANONA studio, a Philadelphia-based textile design studio that specializes in hand-drawn, hand-painted designs. Sarah is an artist and print designer creating textile prints for many US companies.
Luke Patterson ’05 is a member of the worship team for Harvest Bible Chapel Philadelphia in King of Prussia since it began in the Fall of 2011. Luke and his wife, Shana, share in this ministry together as the drummer and vocalist respectively.
Jared Pennington ’05 and his wife Stephanie live and work in New York City. He is currently working as a graphic designer for an ergonomic furniture company called Humanscale. He designs brochures, instructions manuals, advertisements and many other items as well as working with photography for their websites. Stephanie works in fashion design and is currently designing women's outerwear (coats/jackets) for Michael Kors. She's not a DC alumni but she taught a Fashion Design Elective for the J-Term at DC two years ago and some of her students are currently in college studying fashion design as well!
Josephine (Jojo) Sui ’06 is actively involved in costume design. She is currently studying to earn her MFA at University of California Irvine. She is also working on a show titled "The Trial of Dedan Kimathi", a premiere piece in the states about the real story of Mau Mau leader Dedan Kimathi in the 1950's. Jojo was working at West Chester University for the last two years as their costume shop manager before going back to school. She is hoping to learn more about sound design while at school in order to learn other aspects of the theatre world as well as utilize her music background.
Steven Limpert ‘06: While pursuing his degree in Electrical Engineering, Steven won a Downbeat Magazine Award for composition (college student level) and continued playing trumpet professionally around Phoenix. Now in Australia pursuing a Doctorate in electrical engineering (designing solar power cells), he is still active as a composer.
Katie Halsey 07 is currently student teaching in Art Education in Lincoln Nebraska and hopes to become an art teacher.
Cassandra Larson ’09 graduated from Gordon College in 2013 and works for the Landmark School as an Expressive Language Arts Teacher in Massachusetts. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Special Education at Simmons College.
Sharon Limpert ’09 is pursuing her MFA in Costume Production at Carnegie Mellon University. Her professional experience has been in building for Montana Shakespeare in the Parks and American Players Theatre.
Martha Mingle ‘09 is pursuing her masters in Collaborative Piano at Julliard.
Rebekah Agar ’09 was an organist at St. Patrick's Anglican Chapel in Ardmore, PA and for Dunwoody Village in Newtown Square, PA. She has also been a substitute organist for St. Matthew's Reformed Episcopal Church in Havertown, PA. Rebekah was commissioned last year to write music to a religious poem and composed and performed a 15 minute long piano piece in memory of her aunt. She was also hired to design 2 pamphlets for Delaware County Community College.
Lauren Cartularo ‘10 is studying interior design at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), which has been ranked number one in the country for the past three years. She says “After four years with Mrs. Unger, I still love doing fine art related things. My signature has become handmade cards and I have been encouraged to pursue this full time after graduation. Lauren is also actively involved in music. She sings in two choirs, plays the hand bells and leads the music team for her local church.
Ethan Mitchell ‘11 competed at the Region II Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) held at West Chester University. Over 200 students participated and 32 actors are chosen to advance after participants perform a two-person scene with a partner. Ethan, attending Grove City, was chosen to move on and made it through the semi-final competition in which 16 are chosen to the final round. Ethan Mitchell advanced and received the judges’ award for voice and diction.
MuChen Jessica Hsieh '11 will participate in a full scholarship music festival in Santa Barbara, CA this summer. She is a student and an accomplished violinist at New England Conservatory.
Katelyn Van Meerbeke ‘12 attends Geneva College and is involved in the choir called the "Genevans." This May they are going on a missions trip to the Philippines for three weeks singing in schools, churches, orphanages, and many other places, spreading the Word of God. "I am very thankful for DC and how the arts there prepared me so well, so that I could continue on into college!"