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February 2021



Issue 1
February 2021
Meet the Alumni Board

Members of the Kent Denver Alumni Association board meet throughout the year to plan—in collaboration with the Head of School, the Director of Alumni Relations and the Kent Denver development team—programs and events for more than 3,500 Sun Devil alumni worldwide. 

Led by Alumni Board president Ali Bathgate Hild '08, this year, the Alumni Board is focused on:

  • Creative virtual engagement opportunities while in-person events are on hold
  • Alumni volunteerism and connecting Kent Denver alumni to each other and to students
  • Planning for the school's 100th birthday in 2022

To suggest a future alumni event or to volunteer, contact Elyse Rudolph, Director of Alumni Relations, at



Ali Bathgate Hild '08, President

Vice President at J.P. Morgan Private Bank, Private Wealth Management 

"I give back to Kent Denver because the school has made a tremendous positive impact on my life both during my time there and after. It helped pave the way for the rest of my life—preparing me for college and my career—and has provided me with lifelong friendships. The Kent Denver community is uniquely close, and I am grateful for it."





Jaime Miller Altman '00

Diamond Jewelry Consultant

"I learned so much from the teachers who encouraged me to advocate for myself, advocate for the Kent Denver community and gave me the ability to believe in myself. Kent Denver’s community and rich history is something I’ll always be proud to be a part of."



Grant Brown '03


Boating Safety Program Manager, Colorado Parks & Wildlife; started working in state parks in 2001 as high school sophomore, then went on to become a full-time Park Ranger at Cherry Creek State Park in 2008

"I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Kent and cherish the friendships/bonds that I made while there. Also the preparation for college/life was invaluable. I want to help reach out to alumni that may have left Kent Denver without feeling the bond to the school or to their graduating class as I did. I have heard over the years that students within the POC group did not feel as connected to the school while there or in the years after. I would like to help engage those alumni as well."



Lucy Stookesberry Chused '02


Director of Human Resources at Alterra Mountain Company, a family of 15 ski resorts across the US and Canada and owner of the Ikon Pass

"Serving on the Alumni Board has been a great way to stay connected with the Kent Denver community and contribute in a small way to Kent Denver's continued success as an outstanding educational institution."



Miya Dickman '94, faculty representative


Director of Middle School Admission, Kent Denver School; my career included private foundation work, business consulting, and market research before returning home to Kent Denver in 2010

"I was so fortunate to learn about myself, my passions, and the rewards of life-long learning as a student at Kent Denver. I am thrilled and honored to give back to Kent Denver through my work in the admission office, and by keeping fellow alumni engaged in this incredible school."





Pete Dikeou '11

Development Analyst at Lennar Multifamily Communities

"I give back to Kent Denver because I enjoy staying in touch with the place that played such an important role in my life. The Alumni Board has been a great way to stay in tune with the school's goals for the future, and I enjoy being able to give back in a small way to the school that has meant so much to me."


Kendall Early '09


Math Teacher, Admissions Associate, and Co-Director of Community & Inclusion at St. Anne's Episcopal School

"During my time at Kent Denver, the educators and community members prepared me for academic challenges, provided me with opportunities to lead, and helped me become a better person every day. I am very grateful for the opportunities I was able to pursue at Kent Denver, and I am proud to help, in a small way, create even better experiences for current and future students through working on the Alumni Board."





Claire Eisel '07


"I give back to Kent Denver through the Alumni Board and have also given back through volunteering for Summerbridge in the past, as well as contributions to Kent Denver among other things!  I see great things for Kent Denver both now and in the future and am excited to support it and be a part of ongoing initiatives to make my alma mater as great as it can be!"





Christina Fakharzadeh '94, faculty representative

History and English Teacher at Kent Denver School 

"It is hard to believe that I am in my 16th year as a teacher and advisor at Kent Denver. I have now spent almost half of my life at KDS in some capacity, and it truly is my second home and the community has become my second family. I serve on the Alumni Board to help keep all Kent Denver alums connected to the school. By attending Board meetings, I am able to help Board members understand what is happening in the classroom and on campus, which inevitably helps them to portray the KDS of today in an accurate manner to alums." 




Kelly Hopley '07, regional representative (Boston)

Team Lead, Talent Acquisition at Spotify 

"COVID has surfaced the unique opportunity to expand our engagement to alumni not local to Denver—one positive of the situation. I want to celebrate, amplify, and advocate for the diverse women of Kent Denver and provide networking opportunities and support to our vast alumni network globally."




Chris Jacoby '89


Senior Vice President of Private Capital Group, AMG National Trust

"I support Kent Denver both as a proud parent and as a representative on the Kent Denver Alumni Board.  It is a great joy to be able to stay connected to the campus and community and be able to give back to the school that has offered so much to me and my family."






Annie Rapson Johnson '02, regional representative (New York City)

Principal Investigator at NYSE/FINRA, where she conducts investigations into allegations against registered representatives in the securities industry

"I enjoy giving back to Kent Denver, since it gave so much to me as a student. I met the most wonderful people at KDS (students, teachers and staff), who always pushed me to be better academically, athletically and socially."





Mandy Raeder '11, regional representative (Los Angeles)

Account Executive at FloQast, an accounting software company based in Los Angeles. Prior to FloQast, where Mandy has worked for four years, she spent time at PwC where she was an auditor. 

"The experiences that we were privileged to have both in and out of the classroom at Kent have shaped my life. I hope to foster and build a stronger network of alumni in the Los Angeles area so that Kent graduates can continue experiencing the same sense of community as we had in middle school and high school no matter where we are."  

James Rassenfoss '12


Senior Associate at Marcus and Millichap specializing in the acquisition and disposition of investment properties.

His team, the Isaac group, specifically brokers net leased commercial real estate as well as multi-tenant shopping centers. 

"I give back to Kent Denver because of the incredible experience I had as a high schooler. The teachers and staff prepared me to be a college student and athlete to the best of my ability. I have had siblings, parents, cousins and many other family ties to the school and feel like it has served us all very well. Because of the positive experiences , I feel like the least we can do as alums is help out in some way."


Chelsea Lehman Taylor '06


Product Manager at Frndly TV

"Kent Denver was an integral part of my formative years, and I stay connected to Kent Denver to try to give back to the community that helped shape me."



Ian Wolfe '92

Real estate broker with Wolfe-Bouc


"There is no question I hit my stride at Kent Denver.  For the first time in my life, I thrived in the classroom and in athletics—my teachers and coaches helped me harness my potential.  I owe so many of my successes to what I learned at Kent Denver and serving on the alumni board is the best way for me to be involved in the Kent Denver community and give back to the school."








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