I am incredibly excited to be the new President of the Alumni Association Board of Governors. This is a highly dynamic community of 3,312 Calvert alumni represented in nearly every state (47), more than 14 countries, and six continents.
This past year has brought many challenges, but with it, new opportunities. Since last May, we’ve held 19 virtual alumni events, attended by 919 individuals, with 572 views of the recordings sent out afterward. (I encourage all of you to share your knowledge and volunteer to be a speaker for a virtual alumni talk.) Our community has also mobilized on Calvert Connect
, which now boasts nearly 500 members and a weekly trivia competition on Fridays.
Now more than ever, it is essential to nurture and preserve relationships among alumni. Once again, we held virtual events as part of our reunion weekend on Saturday, May 8, 2021. Julie Bowen ’81
presented the 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award to Dr. Annie Luetkemeyer ’84
, Dr. Keith Flaherty ’83
, and all of our alumni frontline healthcare workers in recognition of their work in response to COVID-19. We also recognized our 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award winner Henry H. Hopkins ’55
and received an update on the School from Head Master Holmgren. Later, alumni gathered for a virtual happy hour, and classes in a reunion year met over Zoom or together off-campus.
While I’m sure we all look forward to seeing each other again in person, I also want to take this moment now to recognize our newest alumni, Calvert Class of 2021. We are excited to add you to our vibrant network. Please join me in welcoming what is sure to be an enduring class, having already overcome so many challenges brought forth this past year.
Before closing, it is my great pleasure to introduce our recent additions to the Alumni Board of Governors for 2021-2022.
The Honorable Barbara Kerr Howe ’51 is an active Judge and the first woman ever to sit on the Circuit Court for Baltimore County. She is a graduate of Randolph-Macon Womans College and the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. She served as Board Chair for the Community College of Baltimore County for nine years, is a past President of the Maryland State Bar Association, and past President of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Alumni Association. She is the recipient of the Rita C. Davidson Award, Maryland Leadership in Law Award, and the H. Vernon Eney Endowment Fund Award.
Reuel P. Belt ’96 is a Project Manager at Rares (Techstars Music '21) and has had a career spanning several industries from entertainment and fundraising to government/politics and technology. He has additionally begun a Master's in Education focused on Integrative Learning & STEM. In addition to Calvert School, Ru volunteers with The Thirst Project & Gala (eSwatini - Africa) and Gardena Genesis Community Church's ReGenesis Thrift LA.
Ahsha Merson Haggart ’99 is a Managing Director of Sixth Street based in San Francisco, focused on capital formation and strategic initiatives. She received a B.S in Economics and a B.A. in Philosophy from Duke University. Additionally, she serves on the board of Juma Ventures. This non-profit social enterprise strives to break the cycle of poverty by paving the way to work, education, and financial capability for youth across America.
Jennifer Hearn ’04 is a Development Manager on the Master Planning team with Weller Development Company in Baltimore, MD. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Environmental Studies from St. Lawrence University.