Alumni Updates

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and the difference they can make in the world…”


If you have any news about a TSA alum, please let us know –
We love to hear what our alumni are up to!

May 2015 – Check out these new updates from Alumni:

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Adam Wood, ’06

I still work at green mountain coffee and recently got a new chainsaw. My truck caught fire this past fall which was unfortunate, but I since got a newer one that is hopefully less flammable.  My deadlift is up to 425 for reps and I had a beer with Alicia, Dani and Zach over the holidays.

Previous Updates:


Caroline Atwood, ’12
…I thought I would share some good news. I was recently awarded a travel fellowship from the National Foundation of Science Writers (NASW) to travel to the annual meeting of the American Association of the Advancement of Sciences  (AAAS) in San Jose, CA this past February. In addition to getting to mingle with science writers and interview with some major publications (Nat Geo!), I got to do some press for the conference. I ended up getting my first national coverage piece. It can be found here!

Corazon Swanberg, ’14

Cora has finished her first semester at Wheelock College in Boston! She will pursue a Bachelors in Social Work. She has enjoyed her field placement experience she did first semester working with 0 to 5 year old children in Boston.

Benjamin Simone, ’13

I’m beginning my 4th semester at Johnson State College and have finally settled on majoring in Math and Political Science with the intention to go onto work in political research.


Alexandra (Alex) Robertson, ’13

Moved back to VT to attend Johnson State College after my Americorps year in Boston.


Beth Potter, ’13

I am looking forward to going to Tennessee on a service trip as a part of “Alternative Spring Break”.  We will be working on the Cherokee Reservation with Once Upon a Time, doing environmental stewardship and social justice projects.  Other than that, my life continues to be filled with hockey and getting involved in athletics at UVM, working for the Athletic Department and studying Exersise Science.


Otto Pierce, ’09

I am currently the founder and Creative Director of The Sable Project, an alternative creative space and artist residency located in the woods of Stockbridge, VT. To find out more, check out our website at

Recently phased out of my stint as an international male model (pretty strange, right?), I am spending this winter as a snowboard instructor, working at both Pico and the Snowbowl. In the meantime, I am working on outreach for the Sable Project, planning for this upcoming summer, reviewing and accepting artist applicants, and furthering our newfound status as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


Chelsea Bakos, ’11

I am currently a senior at Colby-Sawyer College. I’m going to graduate in May with a BFA in graphic design and a minor in psychology. Probably the most interesting thing I’ve done, since leaving TSA, was studying in London for five months and while i was there i spent more time playing rugby than in uni.


Sarah Willis

I am currently working at King Arthur Flour and am waiting my acceptance into nursing school. I have two children, Olivia is 6 and Jacob is 2.

News from Dan Moore ’09: “Currently, I am working as a Mechanical Engineer in S. Burlington at SOH Wind Engineering LLC which is a consulting firm and wind tunnel test facility for large structures, ie. long span bridges, offshore structures, skyscrapers etc. I have working been here since my senior year at UVM in 2012/13. I spent some time last fall/winter working at the sister company, Svend Ole Hansen ApS, in Copenhagen Denmark, and hope to return again in the next year. I just came back this past Monday from a solo thru-hike on the Long Trail which lasted 16 days and now busy with work once again!” – August 29, 20114

Blaine Conner ’08 won second place in the Design Calculation category of the ASHRAE Student Design Competition.  ASHRAE is a building technology society that focuses on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability within the industry. ASHRAE sponsors competitions such as the Student Design Competition to encourage students to become involved in a profession that is crucial to insuring a sustainable future for our Earth – the design of energy-efficient HVAC systems.  The competition’s basic intention is to challenge students’ imaginative thinking and creative engineering approach to the building and all of its systems. Blaine won for his redesign of an existing Texas office building’s HVAC system.  As a student at VTC, Blaine was competing against schools with much bigger budgets.  Go Blaine!

Congratulations to Jeanelle Achee ’09 who has had an amazing year.  A nursing major at UVM, Jeanelle was named a 2013 Harry S. Truman Scholar. She is one of 62 students this year to win the highly competitive national award, which recognizes those who want to make a difference in public service and “provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service.” Additionally, Jeanelle represented our state as Miss Vermont in the recent Miss America Pageant.

TSA ’07 graduate Zannah Pierce is raising money to build a playground in a rural community in Bolivia, where she has lived and worked for the past year with a non-profit organization called BiblioWorks. The organization has built 11 libraries in rural Bolivia so far, and is dedicated to improving literacy and opening educational doors so that children and young people will have new opportunities to pursue studies and vocations which will allow them to serve their communities in order to develop strategies which will eliminate poverty.

This project aims to build the first playground that this school of local children have ever had. Even just a few dollars will help them get closer to their goal. There is less than a month left to raise over $3000!  Please visit the link below to learn more about the project and make a donation. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Sam Abrams ’13 scored a role in a three person, one-act play called “Coward Land” at Beloit College. She was competing with 10 other actors  and is the only freshman in the cast!

Katie Michalovic ’08 has been sworn in as a Peace Corps volunteer in Adis Ababa, Ethiopia.  We wish her luck as she works to make a difference in the world.