OA 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 Public Library.

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.”

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