The second annual Baltimore Homecoming
wrapped up last week and, once again, Friends School of Baltimore had the highest number of expat alums return to Charm City for the three-day event, which seeks to inspire investment in, and rekindle love for, Baltimore from some of its most notable natives.
More than 30 industry leaders in business, philanthropy, the arts, and education – all with connections to the 235-year-old Quaker school – attended Homecoming 2019, with several local parents and alumni working behind the scenes to ensure its success. Even the students got in on the act: The Friends School Fiddle Club, an all-ages string ensemble, entertained the elite gathering during the opening reception and dinner at 414 Light Street.
Heading the Friends School guest list were Lance Reddick ’80, actor (Los Angeles, Calif.), who served as an event co-chair and Shanna Tellerman ’99, founder & CEO, Modsy (San Francisco, Calif.), who moved from invited guest at last year’s Homecoming to a panelist at this year’s event, serving as a judge (with SoulCycle CEO Melanie Whelan and others) of Crab Tank, a business pitch competition.
Event leadership included philanthropists Mark & Pat Joseph P’90, who served as event co-chairs (with Reddick and others), Jed Dietz P’99 ’96, founder, Maryland Film Festival, a
host committee member, Dan Schochor P’30, the nonprofit Baltimore Homecoming, Inc.’s executive director, and Sophia Silbergeld ’99, communications strategist with Adeo Advocacy and a member of Baltimore Homecoming, Inc.’s board of directors.
“Sophia approached us last year with this idea and we jumped on it,” says Christine Pappas ’01, Friends School’s Director of Alumni Relations & Engagement. “The fact that so many Friends people are engaged at the grassroots level speaks to the level of commitment we feel for our home town.”
This commitment is reaffirmed in the School’s 2017 strategic direction, Friends Connects
, a goal of which is to “strengthen the School’s partnerships with the people and communities of Baltimore, together embracing the work of creating a more just and equitable future.”
In addition to the aforementioned guests and event organizers, other Homecoming guests with ties to Friends School included:
- Mario Armstrong P’21 – TV/web show host and social influencer
- Rob Berman ’88 - Emmy Award winning music director for both Broadway and the acclaimed Encores! series at New York City Center (Brooklyn, NY)
- Heather Crosby Deering ’89, Managing Director, Matheys Lane Capital Management L.P. (Barrington, RI)
- Betsy Fader ’81 - Vice President for Programs, Sundra Foundation (New York, NY)
- Jed Freedlander ’93 – Senior Vice President at Hunt Development Group (Brooklyn, NY)
- Kristin Fuhrmann-Simmons ’92 – Owner, Kristin F. Simmons, Social Media | Visual Storytelling. Trainer & Speaker. Trustee, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (Kennebunkport, Maine)
- Elizabeth Holder ’88 - President, Holder Productions (Director. Filmmaker. Content Creator.) (New York, NY)
- Jill Jacobson Hutensky ’85 - Senior Vice President, Hartford Market Manager, Local Market Organization at Bank of America (West Hartford, CT)
- Kippy Joseph ’90 - Director, Every Woman Fund, Every Woman Treaty (Brooklyn, NY)
- Shruti Kumar ’04 - Music producer, composer, director / advocate for inclusion in the industry (Los Angeles, Calif.)
- Jen Asplen Little ’89 - Director of McDonogh Connect, Parents Association School Liaison, Co-Director of R-L Leaders Program (Baltimore, Md.)
- Phil McIntyre ’89 - Senior Vice President | Marketing & Business Development at SmithGeiger (Greenwich, Conn.)
- Cassie Motz ’89 – Executive Director, CollegeBound Foundation (Baltimore, Md.)
- John Pollard ’89 - John Pollard Set Design - film, TV, opera, off-Broadway theatre (Ridgefield, Conn.)
- Mark Reid ’10 - Associate at New Energy Capital Partners (Hanover, NH)
- Steve Rosenberg ’91 - Sr. Director of Operations and Production, HLN at CNN (Atlanta, Ga.)
- Tess Russell ’04 - Local entrepreneur (Baltimore, Md.)
- Nicholas Silbergeld ’04 - Investments at Calvert Impact Capital (Bethesda, Md.)
- Quinn Stills ’80 - Managing Member at Palisades Investment Partners (Santa Monica, Calif.)
- Brian Valle ’99, Vice President, Bozzuto Group
- Scott VandeLinde ’87 - Owner, Kadro Solutions (Cary, NC)
* Baltimore Homecoming, Inc. issues invitations to the event. Friends School provides the organization with names of potential guests, but does not select them.