Alumni Profiles

List of 5 news stories.

  • Alden Garrett ’73 and Lily Eriksen ’11: Multiple Generations, Constant Mission

    For many, The Bush School feels like a family. For others, that is coupled with literal family, woven into the very fabric of the school. Alden Garrett ’73 called The Bush School, “our place.” Her daughter, Lily Eriksen ’11 was a Bush ‘Lifer’ as Alden was, attending the school from Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade. Lily’s grandfather served as President of the Board of Trustees. Lily’s cousins joined Bush as students.
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  • Cori Tingstad ’14: Imagining Social Justice

    Change. Growth. Justice. These three words not only speak to Cori Tingstad, but are words that have guided their life. Currently, Cori works at Seattle’s Civil Rights Justice Center, assisting attorneys on employment discrimination and prison condition cases. Cori’s compass has always pointed towards common good. This direction sprang from their time at The Bush School.
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  • Derel Finch ’87: Guided by Mind and Heart

    “Every person has intrinsic and infinite worth.” This statement, made by Head of School Percy L. Abram, has been recalled often by Dr. Derel Finch ’87 lately. Life itself hangs in the balance where Dr. Finch is concerned. He is on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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  • Galen Weld ’14: Finding A Route to Healthy Online Communities

    Galen Weld ’14 might be biased, but he thinks The Bush School’s former Upper School Science Teacher Erica Lengacher is a great mentor. “She encouraged me to be curious, develop and pursue my interests. She taught me that instead of merely content dabbling in something, I should really pursue it.” And Galen is without a doubt pursuing his interests.
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  • Monica Anselmetti ’82: Creating Connections, Inspiring Dreams

    She was the only African American student in her senior class at Bush. Today, a well-respected OB-GYN doctor, she is often the only Black doctor on the Labor and Delivery Unit. Proud of being a physician of color, Dr. Monica (Garbutt) Anselmetti ’82 wants to pay it forward, offering mentorship to other students who are underrepresented in the medical field.
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  • Rock Musician Mike Clark ’88 Hits the Road

    By Portia McGee '97, Assistant Director of Development--Alumnae Relations

    Mike Clark '88 is a musician based in Portland, Oregon. He currently plays keyboards and guitar for Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks ( He is also the touring bass player for The Corin Tucker Band
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  • August ’93 and Sam ’96 Cole: Storytelling with Creative Confidence

    August Cole ’93 is writing techno-thrillers about the next world war. His brother, Sam ’96, is making films in New York City. “I’m constantly looking for inspiration,” August says. “When I feel inspiration and love,” Sam says, “I see beauty.” These two brothers are inspired to do the work they do because it’s not work when you love what you do.
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  • Corrie Duryee ’77: Deep Exploration of the Life of the Mind

    "The point of everything I do is beauty,” says writer, film director, and producer Corrie Duryee ’77. “For decades, while filming, I have called people to order on set by yelling ‘Alright. Let’s make some truth and beauty.’”
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  • Dennis Evans: Hooked on the Cosmos

    Former Bush art teacher Dennis Evans, who taught a generation of Bush art students and worked with many generations of Seattle artists, makes a difference everywhere he goes.
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  • Ian Andreen ’12: Absorbing All You Can

    You can find Ian Andreen ’12 on Facebook. You can find him on Instagram. Twitter, too. He’s on LinkedIn. You can retweet his tweets, heart his Instagram photos, and like his Facebook posts. He likes his life right now. He’s a production assistant and coordinator for the IndieFlix Group. “I find beauty in the film work I do,” he says, “because I love storytelling.”
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  • Adina Meyer ’81 and Jeff Blair ’84: From Tykoe to Team Teaching

    “The Bush School started my teaching career. I’m driving down I-5 one afternoon in January, and I see Sis Pease, my US History teacher, driving next to me. She motions to me, and we get off at the next exit and end up having tea. She asks me what I’m doing, and that’s when I say I’m looking at getting into teaching. So she suggests that I get on the sub list at Bush, and I do.” —Jeff Blair
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  • Dee Dickinson ’45: Art, Education, and Jumping off the High Dive

    Dee is clear about the importance Bush has played in her life. “Everything I’ve done relates back to both the educational philosophy and all of the experiences I had at Bush. Especially Marjorie Livengood (beloved teacher, and the second Head of School at Bush), who was always putting me on the end of a high dive and saying ‘Jump!’ I’d look down and think, well if she thinks I can do it…”
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  • Michael Lawson ’88 Education: “To Bring Out”

    “I went to Bush for thirteen years on scholarship. When I look back, I think about how fortunate I was that there were folks generous enough to facilitate that opportunity for me. That is a huge driver in my commitment to making sure that meaningful experiences are available to folks in settings other than private schools.”
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  • Sarah Medwell ’99: Back to Your Roots

    When asked about teachers who made a difference in her life at Bush, Sarah came up with name after name. “One more, one more, one more” she said. “It’s a good thing that I have so many mentors from Bush!”
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  • The Wyatt Siblings: Megan ’96, Molly ’00, Andy ’04, and Jay ’04: Lifelong Learners and Explorers

    “We are all really inspired by each other's roles. We talk about that at length. I love hearing about Megan’s role in early childhood education and the work she’s doing and how Andy’s involved with this gym that provides a purpose or outlet for so many young adults.” —Jay Wyatt ‘04
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  • Dylan Young ’88

    “Bush was an overwhelmingly supportive and normal experience,” says Dylan Young ‘88. “This alone may seem a trite statement. However, I was a C7 quadriplegic back in the 1970s and ‘80s and people tell me having a normal experience was a remarkable thing. Kudos to Bush.”

    Dylan is living life. He has placed first or second at the national level in four different sports: wheelchair track, wheelchair rugby, masters rowing, and disabled sailing. “I was a founding employee of a company that went public on the NASDAQ, and today I am a personal trainer with a graphics design certificate,” says Dylan. “I serve my sailing club as an officer. I know how to cook. I am studying German, and I travel as much as I can.”

    “Certainly, I consider myself very fortunate,” says Dylan. “I think what I most assimilated from Bush is the virtue of having a well-balanced life. I can be focused, but I do not let any one thing dictate or define my life. I feel everything should be given a finite amount of time. I enjoy the creativity found in doing things well but efficiently. And hence I enjoy the down time this creates. This philosophy frees me up to consider my next move and tackle the next thing.

    “I did not expect all of these achievements. I believe it is a message of Bush to do many things and not focus solely on academics. I will often press on through mediocrity based on a feeling that I simply belong there. In answering these questions I have conjured a Bush motto: Every effort is worthy of some praise. Maybe this motto will be obtuse to many, but it reflects the memory of my Bush experience. The motto gives you the confidence to try new things and the positive vibes to carry on in good or bad experiences.”
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