Reunion 2019

Taking a trip down memory lane is always more fun in the company of friends. Over 300 alumni/ae, family members, and friends returned to FCS for Reunion Weekend, May 10-11, 2019. Activities – and there were many – ranged from Meeting for Worship, Distinguished Alumni/ae presentations, visits to the archive, Learning with Friends, Career Day, and class parties on and off campus. 

It proved to be a spectacular weekend, filled with renewed friendships and deep pride in our School. 

We encourage you to mark your calendars for May 8-9, 2020, and make plans to return to campus next spring!

See below for a gallery of photos from Reunion 2019

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Career Day 2019

On the Friday of Reunion Weekend, a group of alumni/ae spent the day on campus with students and teachers, visiting classes to speak about their lives and careers.

Meeran Ahn ’04 is Counsel for the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. She recently moved into this role after spending five years working as Oversight Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Meeran is a graduate of Haverford College, where she played field hockey, and she earned a JD from Penn State Law in 2013. 

Emily Bosk ’99 is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Rutgers University, as well as a Faculty Affiliate with the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research and the Center on Violence Against Women and Children. Currently, she works on interventions to prevent child maltreatment and innovative programs to address the intersection of trauma, substance use, and parenting. She earned a BA in American Culture from Vassar College and an MSW and PhD in Sociology and Social Work from the University of Michigan.

Lauren Collier ’99 is the Senior VP of Brand and Marketing Strategy for Finch Brands (Philadelphia, PA) where she manages the brand strategy work stream and focuses on messaging, positioning, and marketing planning. She earned a BA in Political Science and Sociology from Penn State University and an MBA from Drexel University. She has served on the Alumni/ae Board at Friends’ Central since 2012.

Cory Miller ’99 is a writer and director based in Los Angeles. After earning his BA from Wesleyan University, he spent four years in New York City investigating complaints against the NYPD for the New York City government. He went on to earn an MFA from UCLA in film production and screenwriting. His thesis film Allen Mack, about a fatal police shooting, was distributed by Xfinity/Comcast and won the New York Festivals TV & Film Silver Medal for short film. 

Stu Warshawer ’99 is Principal of Mastery Charter School Thomas Campus in South Philadelphia. An avid rock climber, he competed on the television show “American Ninja Warrior” in 2018 to help raise awareness around inequitable funding for public education in the United States. Stu has been in the field of education since 2003 and has served as a teacher in the Bronx and as Dean of Students in Brooklyn before becoming a principal in Philadelphia.

Career Day 2019 Alums, from left: Emily Bosk, Lauren Collier, Cory Miller, Stu Warshawer, Meeran Ahn

Learning with Friends

On the afternoon of Reunion, several alums teamed up with FCS teachers to host dynamic classes in their areas of expertise.

Jim Christy

Jim Christy ’89 and Terry Guerin, with the help of several current students, discussed and staged a scene from Jim’s recent play A Great War, about Germany in WWI. His play Love and Communication, about an autistic child and his family, won him the Brown-Martin Barrymore Award in 2011. Jim won the Actors Theater of Louisville’s Heideman Award for best short play in 2001. New York Times writer Anita Gates described Jim as having “a real gift for contemporary, insightful, darkly funny dialogue that reflects believable human interaction.” Jim graduated from Villanova University.

Ray Lohier

Ray Lohier ’84 is a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He was nominated by President Obama in 2010, and the Senate confirmed him by a vote of 92-0. Ray teamed up with former history teacher Jim McKey to discuss his work. Highlights from Ray’s exciting career include oversight of the prosecution of Bernard Madoff. As an assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, Ray spent a brief period as Chief of the Narcotics Unit, where he supervised a wide range of federal drug and trafficking cases. Previously, Ray spearheaded employment discrimination-related litigation in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Ray earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his JD from New York University School of Law.

Rohan Alur

Rohan Alur ’14 and Ben Kahn ’14 discussed their important collaborative work. As undergraduates, Rohan and Ben teamed up to devise a method for predicting blood vessel growth in tumors. Predicting blood vessel growth in a tumor helps identify the specific type of tumor and therefore the appropriate treatment. Their work was featured in the Spring 2018 issue of Quaker Works. Faculty members Sonia Chin and Bill Kennedy moderated the conversation.

Rohan is an Investment Engineer at Bridgewater Associates (Stamford, Connecticut). He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2018 with a BS in Science in Engineering and Networked and Social Systems Engineering and an MS in Engineering, Computer and Information Science.  

Ben Kahn (left)

Ben is a Researcher at the University of Pennsylvania Abramson Cancer Center. He will begin an MD-PhD program at Perelman School of Medicine starting in fall 2019. As an undergraduate, Ben worked at Faryabi Lab, a cancer research lab that seeks to improve cancer treatment. Ben graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2018 with a degree in Health and Societies.

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