Schedule of Events

Sessions are restricted to alumni and their guests unless otherwise noted. Zoom & Kumospace links will be sent by email to registered guests.

Wednesday, June 16

  • 6:00-6:30pm: New Technology Practice Session
    We will be using Zoom and Kumospace for our discussions, social hours and after parties! Familiarize yourself with creating an account and accessing sessions. We’ll be on hand to walk you through any questions you might have. Contact Deanna to let her know you will be joining us!

Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 617 970 8456

Thursday, June 17

  • 6:00-7:00pm: Welcome to the Reunion Open Social Hour
    Welcome to the start of the 2021 Buxton Reunion! We have many interesting panels and events planned with some of our most engaging alumni. Feel free to attend any or all of the sessions and invite your fellow Buxtonites to join in at any time! During this Welcome Session, you can check in, chat with other attendees, and ask any questions you might have about the rest of the weekend.
  • 7:15-8:30pm: Panel Discussion: The Value of Imagination
    This panel is open to the wider Buxton Community.
    Buxton alumni are all over the art world. This panel talks with alumni who are working at various stages of their careers about the Value of Imagination, and their Buxton education. Moderated by Frank Jackson, Buxton art teacher, we’ll have a lively discussion and take audience questions too!

Please click this URL to join.


Philip Rickey ’78 is a sculptor and public artist who has completed major environmental projects throughout Minnesota and Indiana, and large-scale stone sculptures in Germany and Norway. He also makes smaller object sculptures in wood and bronze, and over the last 5 years has begun to see many of the photographs he takes as a new expression of his art-making.

Rickey is also owner/manager of the estate of his father, sculptor George Rickey, which is related to his own work as an artist.

Alisa Sikelianos-Carter ’01 is a mixed-media painter from upstate New York. She has been awarded residencies at The Fountainhead Residency, The Millay Colony for the Arts, NXTHVN, Vermont Studio Center, The Wassaic Project, and Yaddo. Her upcoming exhibitions include group shows at James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY; Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, IL and Fridman Gallery, Beacon, NY. She earned her BA and MA from SUNY Albany in Painting and Drawing.

Sikelianos-Carter asserts that Black features are a manifestation of a sacred and divine technology that has served as a means of survival, both physically and metaphysically. She envisions a cosmically bountiful world that celebrates and pays homage to ancestral majesty, power, and aesthetics.

Inspired by traditionally Black hairstyles, Sikelianos-Carter uses web and catalog-sourced images to construct new archetypes. Through her exploration of opulent, luminescent materials she is creating a mythology that is centered on Black resistance and utilizes the body as a sight of alchemy and divinity.

Lola Dement Myers ’16 This is LOLA and she has been online for a very long time looking for harmony between the digital and physical world. LOLA is working in Chicago and living in LOLA WORLD.

LOLA WORLD is her personal ideology that guides all decisions she makes, including her work. Through world-building practices she explores surveillance, digital etiquette, and identity through icons. She uses digital, ceramic, and metal fabrication, to create the designed objects of her personal world.

She is obsessed with acting corny on the Internet because she values her privacy.

  • 8:45-10:00pm: After-party breakouts by Class Decades
    Grab a virtual drink with your classmates! Catch up on the latest news, and stories. We’ll use Kumospace to find your high school besties and “see” each other after all these years!

Friday, June 18

  • 7:15-8:30pm: Buxton History & Trivia Open Social Hour
    So you think you know a thing or two about Buxton? Bring your Jeopardy skillz and prepare to match wits with fellow alumni as Buxton Faculty member & Jeopardy Teacher Tournament finalist Timothy Shuker-Haines hosts an open trivia night for all our alumni!
  • 8:45-10:00pm: After-party breakouts by Region
    Buxton is a global community, and we want to help you find people who are near (enough) to you to mingle, network, and share commuting stories. East Coasters, Midwesterners, Southerners, International friends and more—come to the Kumospace room that matches your locale! (You can “road trip” to other rooms too!)

Saturday, June 19

  • 10:00-10:45am: Gentle Yoga Class with Michelle Marchildon ’78
    This session is open to the wider Buxton Community
    Start the day with a bit of movement—no experience necessary! Wear loose, comfy clothes and have a mat or large towel nearby. Over Zoom, Michelle will lead us through the session.

Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 617 970 8456

Michelle Berman Marchildon ’78 is The Yogi Muse, an award-winning journalist and the author of four books on yoga. Most recently, she co-authored “Fearless After Fifty: How to Thrive with Grace, Grit and Yoga,” which was featured on PBS. Her first book, “Finding More on the Mat,” features some of her time at Buxton. She has a masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and is an E-500 RYT registered yoga teacher. She has been teaching yoga since 2007. You can find her in Yoga International, Yoga Journal, Mantra Yoga and Health and Sports Illustrated. The class will be easily adapted to all levels; all you need is a body and a sense of humor.

  • 11:00am-12:00pm: Cooking Class with Buxton Chef, Greg Roach
    This session is open to the wider Buxton Community
    Join Chef Greg Roach for a live and interactive cooking class on Buxton’s beautiful patio. We will be building a lovely summer salad, making our own dressing, and pouring a signature Buxton Summer Breeze cocktail/mocktail to enjoy with lunch. Chef Greg will be joined by special Guest Bartender, Kathleen Oliver!

Please click this URL to join.

Please click here for the list of ingredients for this recipe.

Greg Roach has been the Buxton School’s Executive Chef and Food Service Director since 2015. Greg began cooking professionally in 1984. He has worked in kitchens across the country, most recently at Wild Oats Market and the National Cooperative Grocers, where he developed the prepared food department and consulted with co-op grocery stores nationwide. Greg has degrees from the University of Michigan and the Culinary Institute of America. Currently he resides in North Adams with his spouse and son.

  • 1:00-3:00pm: Panel Discussion: Making Change Inside and Outside “The Bubble”: The Impact of a Buxton Education on Alumni in Social Justice Work
    This session is open to the wider Buxton Community
    Social justice education and community service are woven into the formal and informal curriculum of Buxton life. We will have a lively discussion on the impact Buxton alums are making on the world through anti-racism, social justice and political activism work, and how Buxton experiences contributed to their personal and professional trajectories. Bill Bennett will give a brief history of this connection, and alumni Rebecca Vitali-DeCola ’00 and Yolanda Lawrence ’00 will moderate.

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Maurie Levin ’81 has represented death-sentenced inmates in state and federal courts for more than 25 years. She co-directed the Capital Punishment Clinic at University of Texas School of Law for almost a decade, but then had to get out of the Texas heat. Maurie currently represents condemned inmates in Texas, is one of the Texas Regional Habeas Assistance Counsel, and as an attorney with the Mexican Capital Legal Assistance Program is counsel to the Government of Mexico in the cases of Mexican nationals facing the death penalty in the United States.

Williams Cole ’86 has been producing, directing and editing documentary film for over 20 years. Feature-length producing credits include Sundance premieres like “Finding Fela!” (2014), 99% – “The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film” (2013), the HBO feature “Gun Fight” (produced with Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple), “Even Though the Whole World is Burning” (PBS 2016) and “Giuliani Time” (2006). His directing credits include “Rebel Rossa” (2017) and “Barney’s Wall” (2018) and a series of shorts. He filmed in cities around the world for the Rockefeller Foundation’s “100 Resilient Cities” initiative and produced over 60 short profiles of writers for Open Road Integrated Media. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the London School of Economics and a founder of the Brooklyn Rail.

Christian Parenti ’87, is Professor of Economics at John Jay College, CUNY. For many years he was a reporter working primarily for The Nation covering conflict In Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. He has published five books, the most recent being Radical Hamilton: economic lessons from a misunderstood founder (Verso 2020).

Jessica Grindstaff ’96 is a New York City-based artist, playwright and director. She has been grappling with how to make a concrete difference throughout her entire artistic career from visual art to playwriting and directing.

For the past decade, Jessica has committed herself almost exclusively to the work of creating a trilogy that explores human relationship to nature or the environment, through several different lenses. This work has taken her to Antarctica, on an expedition to discover the oldest living tree in the world and finally to Fukushima, where the tsunami and subsequent nuclear meltdown of 2011 have devastated a tremendous area of Northern Japan to this day. She is currently at work on a new commercial piece of theatre centered on climate injustice and live action philanthropy. Jessica is co-founder and artistic director of Phantom Limb Company.

Jessica Neptune ’98 is Director of National Engagement for the Bard Prison Initiative and leads BPI’s Consortium for the Liberal Arts in Prison at Bard College. She is the founder of the Women’s College Partnership at the Indiana Women’s Prison. Prior to her return to BPI, an organization she helped start as an undergraduate, she was an ACLS Public Fellow where she worked on criminal justice reform with the Obama administration’s Federal Interagency Reentry Council.

She holds a Ph.D. in American History from the University of Chicago. Her scholarship is on the making of the carceral state and the policies and politics of punishment. She lives in Chicago and teaches history for the Moreau College Initiative at Westville Correctional Facility in Indiana.

Brian Ford ’09 created Scholar & A Dream in 2018, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of students of color through career development, scholarship, and college retention.

Scholar & A Dream envisions a community that prioritizes the importance of educational attainment. One that takes necessary steps to ensure that positive educational outcomes are accessible to all students, regardless of socioeconomic circumstances. Scholar & A Dream aims to close the achievement gap by ensuring that postsecondary education is a viable option, giving students the potential to succeed.

  • 4:00-5:00pm: Panel Discussion: Keep Calm & Buxton On, Thriving During a Pandemic
    This session is open to the wider Buxton Community
    Many of you have wondered how we kept in-person schooling available to our students during the Covid pandemic. Join us to learn how we thrived and succeeded this year! Moderated by Franny Shuker-Haines, faculty members and alums who were on the Buxton Covid Task Force will give you the deets. The Task Force met frequently throughout the year to make the decisions and recommendations that kept our community safe.

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Grame Fincke ’61 is an associate professor of health services at Boston University School of Public Health. His main research interests are related to the care of patients with diabetes, organization of medical care and health outcomes. He is the founder and past chief of the General Internal Medicine Section of the Boston VA Health Care System. He attended Harvard College and received an MD from Yale Medical School, followed by a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in infectious diseases at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston.

David Bluestein ’08 has a BA in Biochemistry and an MAT in Secondary Education, both from Earlham College. David returned to Buxton as a science and math teacher in 2016, and has taught Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry, and various electives. Pre-medical studies in college led him to work as an EMT prior to teaching at Buxton, and to serve on the COVID-19 Task Force for the school this past year.

Linda Burlak has been teaching science, with occasional forays into math and other areas, at Buxton since the fall of 1988. Having lived in the Gatehouse and Main, she now lives above the library, in what was originally Ben and Magda Finckes’ apartment, since 1994. Along the way she has sung in chorus, played in orchestra, and helped lead the all school trip for many years. For the past 13 years she has served as the academic dean, helping students pick classes, and creating the semester schedules.

Lindsey Wyatt is Buxton’s School Coordinator Extraordinaire. She grew up in Jericho, Vermont and attended St. Lawrence University for undergraduate studies. Lindsey has experience in healthcare, working as an EMT and attending medical school at Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont for a few years before a career change. Navigating Buxton through the COVID pandemic has been no small task, but she’s been glad to be part of the team!

  • 6:00-7:00pm: Open Social Hour: So, What do you Do?
    Network and make connections—you all are doing cool and interesting stuff—we want to know about it! Take some time to get to know our awesome alumni community! We want to build our Alumni Community Connection. You can fill out our Alumni Survey with this info too!
  • 7:15-8:30pm: Buxton Coffee House
    The highlight of the evening will showcase some amazing alumni talent. It is not too late to sign up and share your song, story, or poem built loosely around the theme, “What would you tell your 16 year-old self?” Questions? Contact Deanna!
  • 8:45-10:00pm: After-party breakouts & Reunion Farewell
    Say good-bye to friends you have made this weekend! We’ll also discuss how to keep in touch until next time! We’ll use Kumospace to chat about a variety of subjects – or nothing in particular!

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