Alumni Profiles

Hope Walker '08 - Employee Relations Coordinator, Tesla

After completing her Master's in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at Columbia University followed by an internship at the United Nations in the Office of the Ombudsman and Mediation Services, Hope Walker '08 had set her sights on law school when she received an offer to work for one of the most interesting and dynamic companies in the world.

"Ripp set me up to succeed from both educational and personal standpoints. Teachers at Ripp always encouraged us to explore different subjects and areas of interest and my moves to Scotland, Ithaca, New York City, and San Francisco were all made easier by reconnecting with my friends from Ripp!"

Rippowam Cisqua School - 2008
Deerfield Academy - 2011
Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations  - B.A. 2015
Columbia University - M.S. Negotiation and Conflict Resolution 2017

Justin Cronin '77, Bestselling Author

In 2010, Justin Cronin’s The Passage  became a runaway bestseller. The Passage spent 3 months on The New York Times bestseller list and was featured on more than a dozen “Best of the Year” lists. The Passage inspired the FOX TV series which premiered in January 2019. The Twelve and The City of Mirrors, the second and third novels in the trilogy, were also critically acclaimed instant New York Times bestsellers.  Justin Cronin is also the author of Mary and O’Neil (which won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Stephen Crane Prize), and The Summer Guest. Other honors for his writing include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Whiting Writer’s Award.

"Ripp provided a very good foundation - I would not have gotten into Andover and Harvard without it. I was something of a nerd, which, at the time, wasn't an easy thing to be, but in the end it worked out fine. My guess is that many of my former Ripp classmates would be surprised to find me doing something as ethereal as writing novels for a living."

Rippowam Cisqua School - 1977
Phillips Academy Andover - 1980
Harvard University - B.A. 1984

Mary MacGill '03, Jewelry Designer

Mary MacGill '03 is a Hudson Valley, New York and Block Island, Rhode Island - based artist working primarily in gold and semi-precious stones. Her minimalist style finds root in the ever-evolving shorelines of the American Northeast. Combining the fragility of wire with the strength of stone, Mary's work falls in the lineage of mentor Kazuko Oshima and sculptor Alexander Calder, focusing on the beauty of hammered imperfections and suspended forms. 

"We were Mr. Duveen’s first class at RCS and as legend goes, he had us design a nuclear submarine that year in order to teach us “basic” physics. I was voted Project Manager and it was a true lesson in communication, teamwork, and leadership. Mr. Duveen gave us guidance, but really left us to our own devices to figure out a seemingly insurmountable problem. We all had to work really hard to stay organized and on the same page, but we pulled it out in the end and lived to present and tell the story to a board of real life nuclear engineers."

Rippowam Cisqua Scool - 2003
Lawrenceville School - 2006
Brown University - 2010

Will Reeve '07, Multi-Platform Reporter, ABC News

As a student at Rippowam CIsqua School. Will Reeve '07 developed a love for storytelling which has blossomed into a succesful career in broadcast journalism. Will began his career as a production assistant at ABC's Good Morning America and went on to spend four years as a contributor to ESPN's SportsCenter. Will has recently returned to ABC News where he reports across all news platforms - digital, radio, linear TV, and shows including  Nightline, World News Tonight, and Good Morning America

Will also serves as an Ambassador and Board Member for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, which benefits those affected by spinal cord injuries. He is a leader of the Reeve Foundation Champions Committee, which is dedicated to fostering multigenerational involvement in the cause. Will returned to Bedford in 2017 to kick-off Rippowam Cisqua School's Centennial Speaker Series and was awarded the RCS Distinguished Alumni Award. Will spoke to RCS students about the important role that Ripp has played throughout his life and commented on his own personal journey saying, “You can learn more from struggle and loss than from success. That’s the time when you get to look into your own self and figure out how to overcome and get better and to grow. The best of us keep trying to grow every day.”

Rippowam Cisqua School - 2007
Brunswick School - 2010
Middlebury College - B.A. 2014 
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