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Class of 2014

It has been three years since we graduated. Right now, the kids who were freshmen when we were wise seniors are preparing for their own Wacky Walk. Campus has also changed dramatically since June 2014. There are new dorms, a “contemplative” center and a park where Meyer Library once stood. Yet, Stanford is still, and always will be, home to many of us. Our classmates across the world stay connected by returning to campus but also through Stanford friendships and local alumni networks. I (Zoe) love hearing your stories and helping you stay up-to-date on each other’s accomplishments and adventures through this column.

Nick Azpiroz is finishing up his master’s degree in mechanical engineering. Inspired by his 2014-15 Health for America Fellowship, he spent the last school year working on a number of health-related design projects, including creating a device to improve the surgical gowning process for one of his courses and multiple initiatives within the family-centered care department of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Outside of class, Nick’s highlights have been living at “the Boat” with Alex Chang, MS ’15, Andrew Bleich, MS ’15, and Rolando Esparza, ’15, MS ’16, staffing at Stanford Sierra Camp and rocking out with Kevin Moy, MS ’15, in their band, Jack’s Friends.

Luke Knepper stayed in the Bay Area to work as a front-end software engineer for database start-up Terrain Data (which is just down the street from Stanford!). He and his wife, Bethany, a professional watercolor artist, love living in San Francisco and getting involved with the City’s art scene. They mentor middle school students at public schools and at their church. They try to cheer on the Cardinal as often as possible and are excited for Luke to start at Stanford GSB in 2018.

Audrey Solomon lives in her hometown of San Francisco and works as the director of U.S. solutions consulting at an Israeli start-up called WalkMe. She is on the board of San Francisco Women in Tech and a member of Spinsters of San Francisco, and she is involved in the Metropolitan Club of San Francisco.

Taylor Siebel, MS ’16, finally left Stanford after sticking around for two years to get her master’s degree in MS&E. She moved to San Francisco this past fall and is working in product marketing at DocuSign. Other than enjoying city life and settling into the new job, she is still competing in horseback riding competitions around California.

After finishing his CS co-term last spring, Justin Salloum, MS ’16, traveled to Lebanon with his mom, sister and grandmother and then returned to Trinidad to spend the summer with his family. He now works at Google in Los Angeles as a software engineer, just a couple blocks from Venice Beach, but somehow the “real life routine” has not stopped him from finding time each month to visit his fellow ’14ers. No longer having to worry about problem sets and week three midterms, Justin spends a great deal of time on his biggest passion: playing, composing and recording instrumental music.

After finishing his co-term in civil and environmental engineering last spring, Hunter Dudley, MS ’16, set off for Myanmar. He worked in rural electrification for remote villages and had the unexpected opportunity to see the country’s first grid-connected solar system through to completion in January. For the rest of winter, he, Will Toaspern and Graham Dudley, ’13, MS ’16, took advantage of the massive amounts of snowfall that got dumped on the western United States in a recently acquired and (hopefully) roadworthy 1988 Tioga Arrow.

Mia Davis packed her bags to move to New York after living in the Bay Area for 6½ years. Once there, she set to exploring cafes and workspaces, while wondering why she chose the coldest time of the year to move to the East Coast. Mia is working on a small sexual health start-up and launching a podcast with Robert Burns.

So many of our classmates are pursuing medical degrees, which makes me feel confident about the future of health care! 

Natasha Abadilla wrapped up two years of public health work in Kenya last summer and then returned to the Farm to start medical school. She loves being back in the Bay Area and getting to see her Class of 2014 classmates who stayed in the area for work and school. In addition to having her nose buried in books and cadavers, Natasha is doing pediatric surgery research and plans to do research in Sudan this summer. She also writes for the official Stanford Medicine blog, Scope.

Imilce Castro Paz is finishing her second year at Stanford School of Medicine. She was co-president of the Latino Medical Student Association last year and served as the TA for the undergraduate anatomy course SURG 101: Regional Study of Human Structure. She was grateful to be able to TA a class that sparked her passion for surgery as an undergrad. Imilce is contemplating a career in surgery but looks forward to year three on the wards, when she will gain invaluable experience and insight into other career paths in medicine. In addition to her coursework, Imilce does plastic surgery clinical research and plans to apply to the Stanford MD/MBA program in the fall.

After graduating from Stanford with a degree in chemistry and interdisciplinary honors in the arts, Andrea Hinton spent two years as a research assistant at the Kansas Health Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to researching health policy and public health in the state. Andrea is now finishing her first year at Harvard Medical School, and she loves exploring Boston and getting to know Stanford alumni in the area! Besides spending her days in classes, interacting with patients at Massachusetts General Hospital and working with several HMS student organizations, Andrea serves as a remote member of the Stanford Cap and Gown alumnae board to further the leadership potential of women at Stanford.

Jessie Holtzman spent the year after graduation in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on a Fulbright scholarship researching the effect of mental health stigmatization on health-care utilization. She is currently finishing her second year of medical school at Harvard and continues to research comparative treatment efficacy and quality improvement of hospital care. When she’s not in the clinic or the operating room, Jessie enjoys investigating innovative health-care policy, exploring the mysteries of the Boston winter and catching up with her fellow Stanford transplants to the East Coast.

Azizat Dawodu has always been passionate about the health of the underserved. After she graduated from Stanford, she was motivated to help the underserved in her hometown of Houston. While she applied to medical school, she mentored students applying to college and taught at Kaplan. In August 2015, she began medical school at the U. of Texas at Houston, where she learned a wealth of information about medicine—and about herself. Last summer, she contributed to a study run by the American Academy of Pediatrics that introduced her to the disparities in maternal mortality in her home state. As a second-year medical student, Azizat remains connected to the Stanford community by interviewing prospective students as an OVAL volunteer.

Audrey Chang spent a year after graduation working in the adolescent medicine department at Stanford, where she conducted research on eating disorders and electronic cigarette use in teenagers. She is currently back in her home state of North Carolina and about to start her clinical rotations as a third-year medical student at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is a strong advocate for women’s health rights and interested in a career in OB-GYN. She loves being home with her family, who live 30 minutes from UNC, but she still rooted for Stanford to win in the Sun Bowl.

Your class correspondents, Anne Marie,Ishan and I (Zoe), love hearing from you. Feel free to reach out with updates. We are constantly amazed by our classmates. We hope this column inspires you to reach out to Stanford friends and tell them how much you appreciate them!

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