Aug 102022

Kristin (Siegfried) Ballenger ’09 is a maker and restorer of violins, violas, and cellos. She has recently had instruments in the Celebrating Women Luthiers Exhibit in Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and Burlington, Vermont. In November, she will have three instruments featured at the Anaheim 2022 Competition and Convention of the Violin Society of America. As well as her new making, she does fine instrument restoration for Reuning and Son Violins in Boston.

Nov 022021

Angela (Tomazin) Hesemann ’09 is the co-founder of BreakAway Meetings, LLC, a startup company that brings the custom food and beverage experience of in-person conferences and meetings to virtual events. Like many others working in the hospitality industry, Angela and co-founder Kim Carlson were laid off at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the event world went virtual, they noticed a lack of fun and customization in virtual gatherings. BreakAway Meetings allows organizers of virtual events to choose food and beverage packages, customize their contents to match a theme or focus, and ship packages directly to meetings attendees in advance of their event.