Meet Our Alumni
What happens to Orinda Academy students after they graduate? Here are some
of their stories:
Dylan Goldman, '09
Dylan graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2013 earning a degree in Biology
and Cell Development. He currently works as a scientist at Roche Molecular systems.
Keoni Gist, '06
Keoni graduated from UC Riverside earning a B.A. in interdisciplinary
studies with concentrations in latin american studies and biology.
Aurora Arding, ‘04
Aurora graduated with honors from Mills College with a B.A. in Intermedia
Arts and is now pursuing her Master's in Library Information Science
at San Jose State University. She is also working at the San Francisco
Will Erokan, ‘02
Will graduated from Evergreen College and now works as a film editor at
Dreamworks as part of the team that makes Shrek movies.
Dan Chrisman, '01
Dan graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Literature.
Jessica Jarett, ‘01
After earning her BA from Long Island University in marine biology, Jessica
worked under a Fullbright scholarship in research designed to help conserve
the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Now she is working on her Ph.D. at
the University of New Hampshire in microbiology, studying a newly discovered
symbiosis between corals and cyanobacteria.
Nicole Yazolino, ‘01
After graduating from San Jose State University with a B.A. in music,
Nicole completed a Master’s degree in voice at the College-Conservatory
of Music at the University of Cincinnati. She has performed as an opera
and folk singer across Germany
Shoshana Risman, ‘98
Shoshana earned her B.A. in environmental studies, agroecology from UC
Santa Cruz, and is working on a Masters of Public Policy (MPP) with a
concentration in environmental science policy at the George Washington
University while managing the NASA DEVELOP internship team at Goddard
Space Flight Center studying applications of satellite measurements and
environmental policy for Chesapeake Bay watershed management.
Jon Feldhammer, ‘95
Jon completed his law degree at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, after
earning his undergraduate degree in philosophy from Vassar. Jon is married
and has a son. Jon is now an attorney with the IRS
Tod Beardsley, ‘92
Tod works in information security for TippingPoint Technologies, a division
of 3Com, in Austin, Texas.
Vanessa Wilcox, ‘92
Vanessa graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 1996 with a double major in Psychology
and Philosophy. In 2005, she received a Master's of Science in Organization
Development from the University of San Francisco. She is Vice President
of Learning and Development for Wells Fargo's Internet Services Group,
and also serves on the Board of Directors for BayKids, a non-profit organization.
Vanessa lives with her husband in San Francisco.
Dylan Reingold, valedictorian, ‘91
Dylan is a graduate of George Washington University where he earned a
degree in Political Science. He then went on to Florida Tech where he
earned his Master’s degree in Biological Oceanography. He later
studied law at the University of Florida where he was a member of the
Florida Law Review. Dylan is currently Assistant General Counsel at the
city of Jacksonville. Dylan credits OA for having “ well prepared
me for the rigorous studies I undertook at G.W. and beyond.”