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Alumni Notes
Author, William Chanler, has written a short story, Dreaming About Victor Frankenstein, which was published by Piscataqua Press in July 2015. He is working on two sequels and recently authored Son Of Terror: Frankenstein Continued available in print by demand paperback and Kindle. He is organizing a mini book tour in eastern New England.
Elyssa Thorstadt-Forsyth was recognized by the Daily Business Review as a young lawyer “On the Rise” at the Professional Excellence awards May 24, 2017. She is a partner at Fox Rothschild LLP in the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice. Active in the community, Thorstad-Forsyth is Chair of the Women in IP Law Outreach Subcommittee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), as well as the founder and co-chair of AIPLA Cares Women In IP National Community Service Event. She was awarded the 2015 Project Award by AIPLA for her commitment to globally expanding the Women in IP Law Committee’s yearly Networking Event. Thorstad-Forsyth is also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) - Palm Beach Chapter and serves on the DAR Scholarship Committee.
Kirkpatrick '93
Sabra Kirkpatrick started “The Kirkpatrick Team" at Brown Harris Stevens in late 2016. She was named Top Listing Agent of The Year 2016 and is the Sales Manager/ Senior Realtor Associate at the newly opened Brown Harris Stevens office in West Palm Beach.
Shields '97
Olympia Shields married Brooks Bishop (father of PBDA alumni Anderson Bishop '14 and Brooks Bishop '18) at the Pink Sands Resort in Harbour Island on April 22, 2017. They had a small ceremony on the beach with close family and friends, including fellow PBDA alumni Cristiana Shields '91, Soroya Whelton '91, Kathleen Hager '89, Liddy Cooper '97, Kristin Runco '97, and India Hancock '00.
Lebow Amanda Lebow has recently been engaged to David Distenfeld of Los Angeles, California. She earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Richmond. She is an executive at Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles, representing documentary filmmakers and producers. The future bridegroom is a summa cum laude graduate of Duke University. He is a senior vice president of production and development for Annapurna Pictures. The couple met four years ago at the SXSW festival in Austin, where both were in line for the premiere of the film ‪Short ‪Term 12 and the bridegroom-to-be approached and struck up a conversation. His eventual proposal included video messages from cast members of that same movie — including ‪Brie Larson, Rami Malek, John Gallagher Jr. and Kaitlyn Dever — instructing Lebow to go the roof of her apartment building for a sunset surprise. There, Distenfeld proposed. A wedding is planned for this December at The Breakers Resort.
Kathleen '89
February 25th proved to be a special day in more ways than one for Kathleen Emmett Hager. Known for her Flamingo enthusiasm, Kathleen took it as a good omen when she learned that the date she and her husband, Lou, chose to marry was also the 86th Annual Walter H. Butler Field Day. The atypical bride opted against a morning of pampering and relaxation prior to her wedding. Instead, she joined her fellow teammates to win the alumni tug-of-war then enjoyed watching her stepson, Whit, take part in the same events she once participated in. When asked early in her relationship with Lou, "What if Whit had been a Pelican," Kathleen quickly replied, “It would have been a deal breaker.”
That afternoon, Lou and Kathleen were surrounded by family members as they wed under the kapok tree behind The Royal Poinciana Chapel. Scores of their friends from near and far joined them for their reception that evening at the Sailfish Club. The couple spent their honeymoon in Barbados and now resides in Palm Beach.
Grace Gunkel will be joining the Sports program at PBDA this fall. She will also teach grades four through nine. Grace was a Division II lacrosse player at East Strousdburg University, PA, and holds a B.A. in Health Science and Physical Education. For the past four years, Grace has been a PE teacher and middle school girls lacrosse coach at Sebastian Charter Junior High School, FL.
Win Warfield recently launched a compatibility-based roommate matching app along with his roommate from Brewster Academy. He and his roommate developed Homies, aimed at helping the post college generation with a simple way to both find a compatible roommate and to fill an open room. This process is facilitated through the compatibility algorithm, as well as an innovative contract builder. The app will be launching in Baltimore in March.
Fanjul Allegra Fanjul married Calixto Garcia-Velez May 28, 2016. The couple met through Palm Beach Day alumna Alexandra Armour at a young age and reconnected during college. They dated for 6 years before Calixto popped the question. Allegra is a jewelry designer & style blogger. She has most of her pieces showcased at the Island Bee on Royal Poinciana Way, as well as on her website,
Gunkle '07
Joe Gunkel was in Sarasota for Spring Training and on the 40 man roster. He was traded to the Dodgers on the 40 man roster in April. He is expected to be assigned to AAA Oklahoma City.
Max Kaye is currently living in NYC after receiving his MBA from Johnson Cornell Tech this May, where he was fund manager for Big Red Ventures and worked at Red Bear Angels. Prior to this he worked at Columbia University Business School’s Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center after graduating from Swarthmore College in 2014, where he played varsity tennis and double-majored in Chinese and Economics.
Leone Brothers '08
Ben Leone graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in December 2015 is realizing his dream by working as a metal sculptor in Sagaponack, New York with a renowned artist in the field. Griffin Leone ‘10 graduated with distinction with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a minor in Chinese from UNC/Chapel Hill this past May. He spent a few weeks surfing in The Mentawai Islands before beginning work for Nextera Energy in the Wind Development Division. Jake Leone ‘12 completed his Sophomore Year at UNC/Chapel Hill earning Dean's List Honors, joined his brother in the Mentawai Islands before heading to London for a summer program at the London School of Economics. He was accepted in to the Kenan-Flagler Business School program at UNC, which he will begin on the fall. Nick Leone ‘14 graduated from Deerfield Academy in May with high honors. He will enter the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University/S.C. College of Business in the fall.
Kaye '10
Alexandra Kaye graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and with Honors in her concentration in Science and Society from Brown University. During her time at Brown, she was Business Manager for her a cappella group, the Ursa Minors, founded and ran Brown's first annual Health Care Hackathon at its medical school, played on Brown's club tennis team, and was a certified EMT and WEFR. She is currently working on a graduate degree at Bryn Mawr College in PA.
Applefield Lily Applefield graduated from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. After a summer traveling throughout Southeast Asia and Israel, she will be working for the Advisory Consultant Program of Ernst and Young in Washington DC.
McAuliffe Sydney McAuliffe has been awarded a grant through the Pathways of Change which is run through the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics for students interested in the areas of business and human rights/csr, women’s rights and environmental justice. Students intern with organizations working for social change across these fields, and work together to explore the trade offs between different approaches towards social change. In addition to working with the partner organizations, students conduct profiles of the people in their organizations and write “letters home” about the best way to effect change in corporate human rights practices. Sydney, a rising Senior will be working at Feminist Majority Foundation in Washington, D.C. this summer. She is a Robertson Scholar, majoring in International Comparative Studies and minoring in Arabic. Sydney is interested in women’s economic empowerment opportunities in the Middle East and hopes to write a senior thesis on the role of women in peace organizations dedicated towards resolving the Israeli Palestinian conflict. At Duke, she works at the Duke Phonathon, is a member of the Duke Honor Council and is founder of Mussar at Duke, a program focused on Jewish ethics and spirituality. Sydney will be going to Israel in August for 2 weeks on another grant to study the role of women in the Middle East peace process.
CoyleAmanda Coyle just finished her Junior Year at Kenyon College in Gambier Ohio. She spent the entire Fall Semester of her junior year in Tanzania Africa in a Wildlife Studies Management Program. She has been the starting shortstop on the Kenyon Ladies Softball team since her freshman year and is currently on an internship in Tampa Florida at Big Cat Rescue.
Cicio Anthony Cicio completed his junior year at Florida State University. As the starting goalie on the Men’s Lacrosse Team, he led the team the to National Championships in Orange County, CA. He was also named the South Eastern Lacrosse Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
Chiara Micchelli graduated from The Benjamin School this May. She is a member of the National Honor Society and National Art Honor Society. She was recently inducted into The Benjamin School Chapter of The Cum Laude Society. She also received the Presidential Award for Educational Excellence. Additionally, she was the recipient of The Walter A. Wright Award, which is presented to "the member of the senior class who demonstrates genuine concern for the school community, and who, by example, exemplifies those personal qualities most highly valued by The Benjamin School Community." Her family is extremely proud of Chiara, and also of the excellent education she received at PBDA and TBS. She plans to attend the College of William and Mary or the Calhoun Honors College of Clemson University in the fall.
Madison Madison McAuliffe graduated from Oxbridge Academy and will be attending Duke University in the fall. She was on the debate team at Oxbridge and regularly volunteered as an attorney at Youth Court conducted weekly at the Palm Beach County jail, a juvenile diversionary program for first time non-violent offenders.
A. McAuliffe Adin McAuliffe completed a very successful first year, both academically and athletically, at Andover. He made a big change athletically and decided to forgo two sports that he had been competing in for years - lacrosse and tennis - and tried crew. He was the only 9th grader to make the varsity team. He competed on the B2 varsity boat and really enjoyed it. He competed in the NEIRA (New England Interscholastic Rowing Association) competition at the end of the season. He also wrote regularly for and was published in the school newspaper, The Phillipian, about topics ranging from the shooting at the Ft. Lauderdale airport this past December to a police shooting trial (that got a lot of local publicity) that he observed in federal court while he was home over spring break, to the article about the Journey to Excellence.
Sanchez Allison Sanchez had a terrific Freshman year at The Pine School where she played volleyball and varsity lacrosse. She was awarded two Scholastic silver keys for her photography and had her work displayed at the Armory Arts Center. This summer, Allison will travel to Boston to present an invention created by her school's Lemelson MIT InvenTeam, and she will also be a marine biology camp counselor.
In Memoriam
Carol Bayless Carol M. Bayless, former Math Department Chair and mentor, passed away on August 23, 2016, at the age of 91.
Carol taught math and computer education at Palm Beach Day for thirty-two years, one third the existence of the school, and was a mainstay in establishing and maintaining the excellence which is a hallmark of the school. She was an early pioneer in the computer field and taught programming in the 1980's. For decades, she was an extraordinary teacher and friend to many. "She was so amazing and made me a better person in so many ways," says one alumnus who feels Carol's influence many years later. Carol loved the school, its students, alumni, as well as the larger community, and we will all miss her.
Carol is survived by her daughter, our beloved teacher and friend Barbara Close, and son Bobby Bayless, along with four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Bailey Sory Bailey Brown Sory III of Palm Beach died Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. He was 80.
Mr. Sory, known as B.B., was born in Charlottesville, Va., the son of Katharine Burns Sory and Dr. Bailey Brown Sory Jr.
He was raised in Palm Beach, attended Palm Beach Day School and Palm Beach Public School, and the Darlington School in Rome, Ga. He was a graduate of the University of the South in Suwanee, Tenn., where he was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity.
After college, he lived in Minneapolis and was employed by Honeywell Inc. He returned to Florida to be employed by and part of the founding family of Tropical Shipping Co.
Mr. Sory was on the board of the Rehabilitation Center for Children and Adults and the vestry of The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea. He formerly served on the boards of the Gulfstream Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Hanley Center.
He was a member of the Bath & Tennis Club, the Everglades Club and the Sailfish Club.
Thomas “Austin” Ford of Palm Beach and Dallas died Sunday, July 10, 2016, at home in Palm Beach. He was 25.
Mr. Ford was born Nov. 20, 1990, in Carrollton, Texas, the son of Thomas Richard Ford and Kristin Broberg Ford.
His early life was spent in Farmers Branch, Texas, where he attended McLaughlin Elementary School.
In 2002, he moved to Palm Beach, where he attended the Palm Beach Day School and Lake Worth Christian; he graduated from Forest Hill High School in 2006. After high school, he attended Brookhaven College in Dallas and in 2011, obtained his certification as a scuba pro regulator technician.
In 2014, he graduated at the top of his class as a certified master welder from the Tulsa Welding School in Jacksonville. He was an artist, played bass and was a disc jockey.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his grandmother, Stewart C. Broberg; uncle and aunt, Peter S. and Beverly D. Broberg; two cousins, Elizabeth S. Broberg and Erik S. Broberg; godparents, Colleen A. Dunbar and John Sandstorm; and godbrothers, James C. Dunbar and Christoper D. Hayes.