Alumni Profiles

Learn how Delaware Valley Friends School helped to prepare them for success in college and in life.
 
Meet DVFS Alum | Doriana, Class of 2016
 Doriana Gabrielle Diaz graduated from DVFS in 2016 and she is currently a student at Temple University, where she is majoring in Women’s Studies with a minor in Spanish.She is the co-founder of a women’s collective that serves women of color on the Temple University campus with a focus on holistic wellness and self-care. Doriana has also started her own clothing line that caters to women of color called rye, which stands for remind yourself everyday. Read more about Doriana
 
Genna Epstein, Class of 2007
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Genna Epstein graduated magna cum laude from Cabrini University in 2014 with a degree in Political Science and Social Work. She recently graduated with her Masters in Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services from Eastern University. Genna spent the 2019-2020 school year at DVFriends doing her graduate internship working with Christy Zawadzkas, the Lower School Assistant Director and Counselor for Lower and Middle School and Hallie Ciarlone, Director of College Counseling. Genna credits DVFriends with giving her a foundation of self-advocate in every aspect of her life which led to both her professional and academic success.
 
 
Imani Ayo-Oyar, Class of 2012
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Imani Ayo-Oyar graduated from DVFriends in 2012. She attended Delaware College of Art and Design, then transferred to Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, graduating in 2017 with a concentration in illustration. She will be entering her last year at Drexel University in their Art Therapy and Counseling program with the goal of opening her own art therapy practice.
 
 
Meet DVFS Alum | Lilly, Class of 2014
 Lilly Moser graduated in 2018 magna cum laude from the National Catholic School of Social Service at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. Lilly is currently studying for her Master’s in Social Work at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work. During her graduate studies, she will intern at Services for The Underserved in Brooklyn, NY, as a case manager for adults experiencing severe mental illness and substance addiction. Read more about Lilly
 
Matt Azarva, Class of 1999
Matt Azarva graduated from Delaware Valley Friends School in 1999. He graduated from Northeastern University in 2004 with a B.S. in Media Studies/Broadcasting. Matt spent 8 years at Comcast SportsNet in Philadelphia as a Sports Producer, earning 2 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards. In 2014, he left the television industry and joined Klein Hersh International, an executive search firm focused on the healthcare and life sciences industries. He has been recognized as a Top-10 performer in a network of more than 3,000 search professionals in nearly 40 countries. In 2019, Matt was promoted to Client Partner at KHI where he continues to lead the Digital Health practice.
In addition, Matt previously served a 3-year term on DV's Board of Trustees from 2017-2020.  
 
 
 
Meet DVFS Alumni Authors
 Two DVFS alumni are published novelists: Cordelia Faass ‘14 published An Angel, A Demon and A Candle (2012) and A Demon Underwater (2013) while still a student at DV. Isaac Fozard ‘16 published Coalheart: A Copprillium Novel in 2017. Read more-->
 
Meet DVFS Alum | Gaby, Class of 2012
Gaby Macera graduated from Delaware Valley Friends School in 2012. At DVFS, Gaby was an athlete - playing basketball for the school and participating in an international tournament in Amman, Jordan with the girls team. She was also active in the Diversity Committee, representing the school at two national diversity conferences in Colorado and Philadelphia. Gaby expressed her creativity and imagination as part of DV's Improv Acting Club. She graduated from Immaculata University in 2016 with a degree in psychology and is currently pursuing her Master's in Counseling Psychology at Temple University.
 
 
Meet DVFS Alum | Morris, Class of 2010

Morris Lowitz graduated from Drexel University in 2015 with a degree in computer science. Before his senior year, he did his final Co-op at Microsoft, and accepted a full-time position there after graduation. He is currently a software engineer working in enterprise commerce volume licensing at Microsoft in Seattle.

Read Morris's story here.
 
Rachel Devor, Class of 2010
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Rachel Devor earned her bachelor's degree in public relations and marketing from American University and immediately went on to complete a master’s in sports management from Georgetown University. She currently is the Senior Social Strategist at the creative advertising agency Madwell in Brooklyn, New York. Rachel credits DVFriends with helping her to understand and be proud of both her strengths and weaknesses.
 
 
Meet DVFS Alum | Rob, Class of 2013
Rob Bielunas graduated from Delaware Valley Friends School in 2013. He graduated from Hofstra University in 2017 with a degree in political science and a minor in rhetoric. He is currently working for US Senator Bob Casey's office in Harrisburg as a constituent advocate.
 
 
Tracy Simmons, Class of 2003
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Tracy (Heverly) Simmons graduated from DVFS in 2003. She received a B.A. in psychology from Bloomsburg University and an M.S. in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati, along with a paralegal certificate from Villanova University. Tracy spent eight years working with the non-profit Families of Murder Victims in Philadelphia, where she served as the organization’s Program Director. After many years in this challenging role, Tracy changed careers while still pursuing her passion for helping others by teaching health, fitness, and nutrition and starting a personal training business.
 
 
Meet DVFS Alum | Catherine, Class of 2013
Catherine Martsolf graduated from Delaware Valley Friends School in 2013. While part of our school community, Catherine demonstrated strengths as a scholar, athlete and leader. She continues to give back to DVFS as an alumni mentor and recently spoke with Glenn Heck’s engineering class about career opportunities in that field. Catherine is currently studying Environmental Engineering with a focus on water quality and storm water management at Temple University where she was recently elected President of the Temple University chapter of Society of Women Engineers.
 
 
Bekah Zietz Flynn, Class of 2000
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Bekah Zietz Flynn graduated from the University of Vermont in 2004 with a degree in theater and a minor in film and English. She started with her current employer, Sub Pop Records, a Seattle-based record label, in 2010, and works as a publicist managing general publicity, international marketing, and video promotion for artists. She is now a part of the A&R group at Sub Pop Records and has most recently signed Weyes Blood and Flock of Dimes to the label. In 2015, she created a boutique candle business called The Dark Crystal. Her candles are currently available at around 20 stores across the country.
 
 
Meet DVFS Alum | Elaine, Class of 1997
Elaine Replansky Savoy is Delaware Valley Friends School's 2015-16 Alumna of the year. She received her undergraduate degree from LaSalle University with a double major in Elementary and Special Education. After a few years working in special education in public school, Elaine earned a Master’s in Reading, Writing and Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania and she became a Certified Reading Specialist.
 
 
Meet DVFS Alum | Emily, Class of 2008
After graduating from Delaware Valley Friends School in 2008, Emily spent five years completing her combined Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Occupational Therapy. Emily currently practices in a sub-acute rehabilitation center in Philadelphia where she works with older adults on all aspects of functional therapy. Ultimately, Emily would like to pursue her doctorate in occupational therapy and teach. Emily returned to DVFS in December 2015 to share her educational and work experience during a career mentoring program for seniors.
 
 
Khalil, Class of 2001
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Award winning actor, Khalil Munir earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Adelphi University in Theater in 2005. He is currently a teaching artist at various institutions across Philadelphia offering classes in theater and creative movement. Khalil wrote, produced and performs his one-man show, “1 Pound 4 Ounces” at the National Jewish Museum in Philadelphia.
 
 
Meet DVFS Alum | Mike, Class of 2009
Mike Rullo graduated from Temple University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and minor in History. He received his law degree in 2016 from the Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law , and joins Kessler Topaz, a Radnor law firm, in their derivatives and mergers and acquisitions litigation group.
 
 
Ashley Widing, Class of 2001
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Ashley earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Dickinson College in 2005 and completed her M.S. in Occupational Therapy at Thomas Jefferson University in 2010. Ashley is currently a pediatric occupational therapist at Miller Children's and Women's Hospital Long Beach, Pediatric Rehab in Long Beach, California.
 
 
Meet DVFS Alum | David, Class of 1996
David earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the College of Wooster in 2000, and got his teaching certificate in 2002. He went on to get his Master’s degree in English in 2009 from Middlebury College Bread Loaf School of English. David currently works for the US Department of Education in Washington, D.C., as a financial management specialist. He works in the Rehabilitation Services Administration within the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services overseeing Federal funding for State Vocational Rehabilitation Services grants.
 
 
Melissa, Class of 1992
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Melissa came to Delaware Valley Friends School in 8th grade with a non-specific language-based learning difference and ADHD. At DVFriends Melissa's visual learning style was turned in to a strength that she learned to use. The teachers at DVFriends helped her develop a "toolbox" of strategies and skills that, she believes, have helped her to become a successful adult.
 
 
Nick Leininger, Class of 2013
Nick Leininger started at Delaware Valley Friends School in 7th grade, and, once there, found an environment in which he could truly grow. At DVFS, Nick was involved in a variety of student leadership programs that helped to build his confidence and allowed him to mentor other students with learning disabilities.
 
 
Meet DVFS Alum | Esther, Class of 2005
Esther earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University in Theater in 2010 and she will complete her Master of Arts from Boston University in Gastronomy in 2017. She currently works at Metropolitan College at Boston University, as an Administrative Coordinator while she completes her graduate studies. There, she handles administrative duties as well as interaction with professors and students. She also manages student workers, course evaluations, and room scheduling.
 
Dan Berdugo, Class of 2008
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Dan earned his M.B.A. with academic distinction from NYU’s Stern School of Business, and now works as a management consultant at Bain & Company in New York. Dan attributes much of his success to the individualized attention provided at DVFriends.

 
 
Meet DVFS Alum | Chelsey, Class of 1998
Chelsey started at Delaware Valley Friends School in 9th grade. With a diagnosis of dyslexia Chelsey had struggled academically and with reading. At DV she learned the techniques that would help her read capably and with confidence. Today, Chelsey lives in Boston and works for Harvard University as a Training Program Manager, managing the career and professional development training classes for Harvard University staff.
 
 
Andrew Livingston, Class of 2006
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Andrew began attending Delaware Valley Friends School in 9th grade and graduated in 2006. While at DVFS, Andrew enjoyed participating in sports and the arts. Today, Andrew works for NBC Universal in Cyber Security. Andrew works on securing NBC's payment systems utilized in the company's streaming service, the Olympics, and in the theme parks. Andrew credits Delaware Valley Friends School with helping him to develop his character. He says that the school's Quaker values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality and stewardship, along with the individual attention and kindness of the teachers had the biggest impact on who he is today.
 
 
Joe Monzo, Class of 2009
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Joe Monzo graduated from DVFriends in 2009 and attended Albright College where he majored in English and Digital Media. After graduating from Albright in 2013, Joe launched his own video production company, Monzo Media Productions, that creates videos for businesses and organizations, including DVFriends.
 
 
Michael Kligerman, Class of 2011
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Michael Kligerman graduated from DVFriends in 2011. He attended Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina where he majored in Adventure Education. After graduation, he was an associate teacher in Asheville teaching fourth grade and outdoor learning clubs. Michael is currently pursuing his M.Ed. and Colorado teaching license from Morgridge College of Education through Denver University.
 
 
Seth Goldstein, Class of 2000
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Seth Goldstein graduated from DVFriends in 2000. He attended the University of Delaware where he majored in History and Journalism and minored in Anthropology and Political Science. After graduating from UD in 2004, Seth worked as a journalist until he founded Goldstein Media, a digital marketing firm that helps businesses get online and develop creative campaigns to grow their businesses.
 
Toby Tomlinson Baker
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Though she only attended DVFriends for a short time, the experience had a profound impact on Toby Tomlinson Baker, a special education teacher, and a researcher and doctoral scholar at Pepperdine University in California. Toby came to DVFriends for 7th and 8th grades. After eighth grade, Toby was able to return to public school because of what she learned at DV.