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Class Notes

Class Notes are a great place to read about the accomplishments and happenings in the lives of your old friends and classmates. Read class notes from the latest issue of SPA Magazine below or visit the Class Notes Archive to read notes from previous issues. To submit a class note, please complete the online submission form.

Winter 2021/2022

1954

Bill Kansas was recently inducted into the Minnesota Masters Swimming Hall of Fame, and has been setting state and national records in his age group. Last year he swam the butterfly leg in his medley relay, and swam in five other relays, claiming the fastest time in the nation for his age group.

1962

After a successful career as a venture capitalist, Bob Siqveland is currently the Chief Operating Officer of a public company in the gaming industry. He is also the author of four novels and his most recent books, Simple Witness and The Vicissitudes of Fortune have earned 14 book awards. 

1970

Members of the Class of 1970 have been getting together for skating and walking over the past year at Lake of the Isles. Fun is had catching up and reflecting on their time at St. Paul Academy and Summit School. Classmates include Bruce Lilly, Chip Lindeke, Bill James, Charlie Greenman, and Bob Adair.

1972

After 45 years working at ME Global, the leading global supplier for total wear product solutions in the mineral processing, aggregate, construction and recycle industries, Andy Fulton retired at the end of 2021. Andy had been President and a Board Member with ME Global since 2011 after serving in several senior management roles.

1975

Billy Given was named the LXXXV King Boreas at the 2022 St. Paul Winter Carnival. Billy’s coronation as King Boreas and his long-time association with Winter Carnival was profiled by the Pioneer Press. The article notes that Billy would have been crowned King Boreas for the 2021 Carnival, but his reign was pushed back to 2022 due to the pandemic. “This is our city, and we haven’t had a celebration in two years,” Billy says in the article. “Let’s enjoy the city. Let’s enjoy winter. Let’s enjoy one another and have some fun.”

1990

Tony Sanneh was the subject of a short documentary film released by the US Soccer Federation as part of Black History Month in February 2022. The film, entitled “Big Cat, Big Impact: Tony Sanneh” is a celebration of Tony’s career in professional soccer and his work as the founder of the Tony Sanneh Foundation. Tony, who was appointed to the SPA Board of Trustees in 2021,  served as the Game Ambassador for the World Cup Qualifier played in St. Paul’s Allianz Stadium in early February 2022.

1994

In January 2022, SPA’s Alumni/ae Office launched the Alumni/ae Spotlight Series, a new online feature highlighting the work SPA graduates are doing in their respective fields, careers, and communities.

The February Spotlight was on Reena Singh ’94, Senior Program Officer at the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, who is working to expand and improve health access to communities that are racially, ethnically, economically, and socially marginalized in Massachusetts. 

1995

In December 2021, NASA announced the selection of ​​Anil Menon as part of its first Astronaut Candidate Class in four years. A practicing physician and lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force, Anil was one of ten members of the 2022 Astronaut Candidate Class chosen out of a pool of 12,000 applicants. The NASA press release about the Candidate Class notes that Anil was SpaceX’s first flight surgeon, helping to launch its first humans to space during the Demo-2 mission and building a medical organization to support the human system during future missions. Prior, he served NASA as the crew flight surgeon for various expeditions on the International Space Station. Menon is an actively practicing emergency medicine physician with fellowship training in wilderness and aerospace medicine. Anil reported for duty with NASA in January 2022.

1999

Rebecca Jarvis is the host of the ABC News podcast The Dropout, which served as the inspiration for the recent Hulu series of the same name. The podcast tells the story of Elizabeth Holmes and her biotech start-up Theranos; the Hulu series, which premiered in March 2022, stars Amanda Seyfried as Holmes. Rebecca, who is ABC News chief business, technology and economics correspondent, also served as an Executive Producer on the Hulu series.

2003

Hannah Neprash and her husband celebrated the one-year birthday of their son, Isaac, in March 2022. Hannah currently works as an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health.

2007

In January 2022, SPA’s Alumni/ae Office launched the Alumni/ae Spotlight Series, a new online feature highlighting the work SPA graduates are doing in their respective fields, careers, and communities.

The Spotlight Series’ debut feature was a profile of Serene Lawrence '07, who is a member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, Hopi Tribe and the Chief Operating Officer at Eighth Generation, the fastest growing Native-owned company in the United States.

2013

Soph Myers-Kelley was recently appointed to a faculty-status medical liaison position at East Carolina University.