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Ann Bell, Hyde HAPA and Hyde Trustee, Talks Leadership
By: Lindsay Mischel, Director of Advancement
” You can’t be the best at everything so figure out what you are good at and how that can complement what you are doing and who you are working with. ” – Ann Bell HAPA and Hyde Trustee
Ann shared her wisdom and her leadership journey with our female community as the Keynote speaker at our Senior Ladies Gathering in late May. Ann, along with her mentor and longtime business partner, Gail Federici, founded the John Frieda hair care line and have continued a lifelong partnership. Their complementary skill sets make them a dynamic team and they continue to develop and market new successful products in the beauty industry decades later. Ann said, “I ask myself how I can complement her? How can I develop my strengths to move this company forward? How can we work together rather than trying to be what the other one is?” and advised members of the Hyde female community to “develop your area of expertise and talents and don’t worry about being everything to everyone.”
While the benefit of finding a mentor and understanding the skills you bring to a team was at the core of Ann’s message, she also shared the importance of taking educated risks. Leaving a secure job to start a new company which required her to move 3,000 miles from her husband with no guarantee of success, certainly qualifies as taking a risk. But Ann knew that she would regret passing up the opportunity and believed in herself enough to take that risk. That risk paid off as John Frieda Frizz-Ease began flying off the shelves in England and shortly after it launched in the US with similar success.
In her closing thoughts, she advised us to “Take chances, take risks, challenge yourself, work hard, be able to adapt, don’t take things personally when people are giving you advice, accept it and grow from it, and find a mentor.”
Thank you Ann for inspiring us all!
View Ann’s Talk
HAPA & Alumni Class Notes
- Mike Hugo ’81 attended Hyde school from June 1979 to June 1981. I started out as a very shy kid, then Hyde School really helped me realize my singing and piano playing talent. In January 1980 I sang a solo San Francisco open your Golden Gate to receive a standing ovation from the entire school. What a great memory! In my sophomore year, I played soccer on the JV team. I scored three goals that year, with help and support from some very talented teammates. I attended Shenandoah University, and I graduated in April 1986 with an Associate Degree in Piano Technology. Today, I’m still proudly tuning pianos after 35 years. In my free time since the Fall of 2000, I’ve been spending one day a week working as a Lunch Buddy volunteer. I’ve been helping young children from Central America and South America learn to read and improve their English.
I hope to do more volunteer work in the future in my community.
- Billy Procida ’07 W was recently published in Marie Claire magazine in Australia. They commissioned me to write about my ‘love on lockdown’ situation. It’s my first paid piece in a magazine! Integrity has certainly been a difficult but loud word/principle during the quarantine. I’ve been using integrity to keep myself in check because I know that what if Covid hurts the individual it hurts us all as a whole too.
- Sarah Grant ’00 W checked in to say that she graduated from Woodstock in 2000 (Ken and Claire Grant’s eldest). Six weeks ago, I began a project with a friend of mine in New Orleans that’s been a really neat thing for the community and has gotten some global coverage. I credit Hyde and the culture I grew up in with helping me to see the opportunity in every challenge. And also thank you for what you are doing and the time that you put into helping us all to stay connected.These are a few articles: The Guardian, NOLA.com, The NY Times, El Pais (Madrid). Sending the best to the Hyde!
- Nick Bloom ’05 W moved to Nashville about 3 years ago. I’m currently working in software sales with Atlanta based start-up, Flock Safety. I’m getting ready to celebrate my son Bowen’s 1st birthday, and Daughter Fallon’s 5th birthday in June! I hope everyone is doing great!
- Neilly Edwards ’99 W recently relocated to a 30-acre farm in Northeastern Tennessee. I’m still planning on continuing my career in music and arts production and artist management but will be working from home more often and getting a non-profit animal rescue going on my expansive property.
- Scott Marlow ’81 recently left his position as Senior Policy Specialist for the Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA to begin his own consulting business. He served in a series of roles over 25 years at RAFI-USA including 6 years as Executive Director. His work addresses farm financial crisis and the role of agricultural risk, credit and disaster assistance programs in sustainability, equity, and addressing global climate change.
HAPA & Alumni Class Notes
- Robert Ahlers (Rob ’84) – I just retired!
- Carsten Aretz ’92– I am working as a referrer for a new ridesharing company, and I am a delivery driver.
- Michel Bezy (Claire ’04 W) – We are back in the US after 8 years in Rwanda.
- Rainy Broomfield (Julia ’05) – Isolating in place & working from home. Our children are Healthy and isolating too. Using Zoom has been wonderful.
- Mike Cannon ’11– I was recently promoted to Junior Partner at The Walker Gaffney Group at Morgan Stanley.
- Armand D’Amato (Ross ’12, Luke ’11, Dakota ’09)– Stay calm everyone. This shall pass.
- Heidi Effinger ’94– I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a School Social Worker. I work in an Elementary School and have a private practice on the side. I also coach youth lacrosse in my community.
- Joseph Ferlatte ’96 – We are welcoming our second child in September!
- Tom Fornoff (Suzanne ’10 W)– I’m doing fine and just moved into my new home in Austin in mid-February in time for sheltering in place. My stepdaughter and family have come to stay in our guesthouse to escape NYC. My marketing consulting business is down, like many at this time, but is keeping me somewhat occupied. I’ve been thinking about how hard it must be for the Hyde parents and students right now.
- Geri Goldstein (Jason ’04)– I’ve been a volunteer with Dress for Success, helping to empower women to be financially independent by assisting them with job acquisition skills and appropriate clothing for job interviews. I’m loving the work!
- Sarah Grant ’00 W– Thank you, Hyde, for everything that you do. I’m under homestay here in New Orleans, continuing graduate school online, and thinking about how to both be there for my community and the personal transformation this time is presenting an opportunity for.
- Kita and Max Greenberg (Jakob ’15 W)– Jack Greenberg is a senior at UC Santa Barbara, where he will complete his last quarter online. He lives at a Food Justice co-op and will have to forego his senior projects teaching in the community. He just became “Uncle Jack” to a beautiful niece named June Katherine Carr on 3/28/20, a first for all of us.
- Kate Greene ’99– Hello to all my Hyde friends. May you stay healthy and safe during this hard time!
- Linda Hothem (Christian ’09, Aaron ’08)– Aaron is opening up a BBQ Deli in Novato!
- Lorna & Ron Kenney (Sean ’95) – Happy to support current Hyde parents in any way I can.
- Tyler Matheny ’00– I’ve co-founded a startup focused on fixing the broken recycling industry.
- Chloe McAuley ’99– I am living and working in Santa Monica as an Administrative Assistant at a commercial real estate firm along with husband Bleu McAuley, a Music Producer, and Performer. We are enjoying the challenge and joy of being parents to our very happy and spirited 16.5 year old son, William James McAuley IV!! I still sing as a hobby and for fun Bleu and I write and record our annual holiday song under the name Mr. & Mrs. (can be found on iTunes/Spotify).
- Sue McDermott (Jeffrey ’08)– Bob and I have been working together- truly partners❤ in real estate, Gibson Sotheby’s Int’l Realty… helping people navigate their homes. Using Hyde principles daily ☺Thank you all!! …
- Lori Mitchell (Cody ’13, Riley ’12)– My thoughts, heart & prayers are with you all. All’s well here at the homestead. Watching from afar through social media! Cheers & Best in Health.
- Katherine Mondanaro (Ruby ’22, Anna ’19)– We are working remotely, or getting ready to teach or learn remotely, moving Anna out of her dorm for the year, and enjoying quality family time together while trying to stay healthy and sane! Ruby is learning how to drive now that she is home for a while.
- Laurie Munn (Alex ’05)– Alex Munn and Ashley Ferry are married and living in Virginia.
- Jean Noonan (Michael ’03 W) – Michael died on November 25, 2019.
- Michael Perlstein ’91 – I’m living in DC metro, (Maryland) and helping to raise 3 wonderful children with my courageous wife, Nicole, who is also an ER doctor fighting COVID 19 on the front lines. Everyone is safe and healthy so far!
- Leela Pratt (friend of Hyde)– YPI is offering ONLINE MUSIC LESSONS and ACADEMIC TUTORING which has allowed us to stay alive in the new normal. This has kept our employees, who depended on live concerts and in-home lessons for a living, afloat and thriving. www.youngperformersintl.org
- Virginia B. (aka LEAL) Randall (GP to Robert ’10, Erich ’83)– I’m still alive and kicking!
- Nancy Truluck (GP to Logan ’20, Merril ’18) (Bruce ’91, Rich ’88)– I’m looking forward to Hyde’s 2020 graduation, however that happens – live, virtual, postponed. Proud of all administration, faculty, and staff for carrying on with grit and spirit.
- Steve & Jean Waddill (Stephen ’18)– Stephen is home from school and doing course work online. Univ. Of Mary Washington shut down. It is very nice to have him home and helping Jean and me.
- Karen Williams ’83– I’m still an activities director at Amore’ Dementia Care. I’ve been at Amore’ for 6 years, but I’ve been doing this for 23 years. My daughter Emily was to graduate this spring, but during these unsure times, who knows what will happen. I’ve been married to Wade for 21 years this April. Life remains good!
- Alison Woodward ’92– 10 years self-employed merchandise broker, and current ASA – American Society of Appraisers – candidate in the area of Personal Property.
- Gary Wright (Jeremiah ’17)– We are sheltering in place as a family here in Queens
NY. I’m still able to work as an essential worker at Covenant House NY. Life has come to a different reality social distancing and we’re taking it one day at a time.