Profiles

  • Judge Ana Escobar in her black judges robes outside the Justice A.A. Birch courthouse in Nashville

    Ana Escobar, BA’92, Advocate for the Underrepresented

    Judge Escobar outside the Justice A.A. Birch courthouse in Nashville. (John Russell) There were no road maps for Ana Escobar to follow when she was elected Nashville’s first Latina judge in August. Further, the self-described introvert had to step outside her comfort zone to run for the elective post… Read More

    Feb. 19, 2019

  • Portrait of Dana Kelley with her viola on an urban street

    Dana Kelley, BMus’12, Music from Within

    Photo by Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee Being a student at the Blair School of Music kept Dana Kelley busy, but being a professional musician in New York City adds a whole new meaning to the word. Kelley is violist with the Argus Quartet, the Juilliard School’s quartet-in-residence, which played on the… Read More

    Feb. 19, 2019

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    Transforming Community: Nyree Ramsey, BS’97, MEd’00, and Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes, BS’96

    Ecclesiastes, left, and Ramsey are working together to rejuvenate and transform a long-neglected, 25-block New Orleans corridor that stands in the shadow of an elevated expressway constructed more than 50 years ago. Photo by Greg Miles When Nyree Ramsey visited New Orleans in 1995, three words came to… Read More

    Nov. 19, 2018

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    Bailey Spaulding, JD’09, Something’s Brewing

    Photo by Ashley Hylbert Shortly after graduating from law school, Bailey Spaulding got a harebrained idea: She’d open a brewery and name it the Jackalope Brewing Co., after the mythical rabbit–antelope hybrid that she believed in as a kid. Seven years after the business was launched in Nashville’s… Read More

    Nov. 19, 2018

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    Jack Wei-chieh Lin, BA’89, Asia Pacific Asset Manager

    Jack Wei-chieh Lin is making an impact on global investors. In May he was appointed managing director and head of Asia Pacific client coverage for MSCI Inc., a leading provider of indexes and portfolio construction as well as risk-management tools and services for global investors. MSCI’s clients rely… Read More

    Nov. 19, 2018

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    Garrett Spiegel, BE’10, Systems-Level Thinker

    Photo by Shia Levitt Garrett Spiegel long intended to make the design of custom-fabricated orthotics and prosthetics easier and quicker, especially in parts of the world with limited medical resources and high need. His company, Standard Cyborg, which he co-founded in 2015 with Jeffrey Huber, now has a… Read More

    Nov. 19, 2018

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    Sarah Byrn Evans Rickman, BA’58, Ferrying History

    Rickman stands with an Aeronca Champ, the plane in which she learned to fly, training on a grass runway. The single-engine Champ is very similar to the trainer airplane the WASP first learned to fly. Photo courtesy of Sarah Byrn Evans Rickman During World War II the Women Airforce… Read More

    Sep. 6, 2018

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    Dominic McCarthy, BA’90, Bonded Spirits

    From a 65-acre dairy farm in Cooraclare, Ireland, Dominic McCarthy is courting clover. He’s the newest player in the booming international market for Irish whiskey, helping to found the Chapel Gate Irish Whiskey Co. in 2015 with wife Louise McGuane, the company’s CEO, and a… Read More

    Sep. 6, 2018

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    Mimi Franke Marziani, BA’04, Serving the Vulnerable

    It was mid-May when Mimi Franke Marziani, president of the Texas Civil Rights Project, noticed a troubling trend along the Texas–Mexico border: Central American migrants seeking asylum were being separated from their children and subsequently charged with illegal entry into the country. “We sprang into action,” says Marziani,… Read More

    Sep. 6, 2018