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Hannah Van Sickle '92, P '22
is a freelance writer who lives and works in the Berkshires. Her 2016 TedX Talk,
Shedding Conventions at Midlife, examines how a personal crisis can affect many aspects of our lives, including forcing us to take a bold look at the norms and expectations that society has imposed upon us. Hannah writes widely about her journey challenging authenticity —in the wake of death and divorce—while under the pressure of societal roles. Her work has appeared at Modern Loss, Refinery29, and SheKnows Media

Hannah earned her BA in English Writing and Fine Arts from St. Lawrence University and her MALS from Wesleyan University. After ten years of teaching English at both public and private schools—stretching from Bennington, Vermont to Sheffield, Massachusetts—she continues to work with students, one-on-one, as an academic tutor at Berkshire School; in addition, she works with rising high school seniors on crafting personal essays to complement their college application materials. And she tells others’ stories as well. Locally, she is a regular contributor to Berkshire Magazine and The Berkshire Edge; her work has also appeared in AMC Outdoors, Upstater and Yankee Magazine (forthcoming).

When she is not writing, Hannah enjoys hiking and swimming, cooking and baking, as well as embarking on other adventures with her two daughters, Alice (12) and Kathryn (15) who is a member of the Class of 2022 at Miss Hall’s. She is presently at work on a memoir.

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Edie Stetson Yovu '67 is a Craniosacral Therapist, Educator, and Spiritual Adventurer.

Edie Yovu has a passion for learning, discovery, and truth. With an interest in transformational educational models since college, she was a co-founder (1983) and board member of the Green Mountain Waldorf School, and later, as a member of their special education team developed a creative and collaborative approach to working with children with special needs. Edie has had a craniosacral practice since 1992.

She is currently Board President of The Community Engagement Lab. She has been both a contributor and a board member of Miss Hall’s School for 17 years. Her approach to life is one of inquiry, inclusive attention, and embodied learning.
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Nancy Gustafson Ault ’73- 5th Degree Black Belt

Nancy Ault is the new Miss Hall's Board President. Nancy is a past board member and board President of the CLC YMCA in Damariscotta, where she has taught women’s self-defense and karate for the YMCA and community organizations for several years. Additionally, she served several years as a board member and clerk of the Y Alliance Board serving all the Y’s in Maine. Nancy has a fifth-degree black belt in karate.



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Ellen Holmes Maloney ’57
Ellen’s keen sense of discipline, determination, and delightfully different perspective led her career down many groundbreaking paths. Her appointment in 1989 to be the first woman Judge to sit on the Superior Court bench in the state of Vermont was soon followed by the honor of serving as President of the Vermont Bar Association (1991-92). As an Adjunct Professor at Vermont Law School, Ellen established the curriculum for the teaching of Family Law (1986-88) and has been a pioneer in launching the Family Court system in the state of Vermont.
Beginning with a four-year commitment as a law clerk to Vermont Superior Court Judges in 1975, Ellen was admitted to the Vermont Bar and to Federal Practice in 1979. Following this, and while she maintained a private practice, Ellen also served three terms as elected Probate Judge, chaired the committee which wrote the Rules of Probate Procedure (1985-89), and was Commissioner of the Governor’s Commission on Women (1982-85). She is currently serving on the Advisory Committee to the Supreme Court regarding Vermont Rules of Family Court Procedures and is a member of the National Association of Women Judges.
In 1961, after receiving New York University’s Founder’s Day Award, an honor bestowed on the highest academic performers in the graduating class, Ellen married the Reverend William S. Maloney and began
family life in the Bronx, New York. Here she used her multiplicity of talents to further compelling social, political, and educational causes. During this time, she also earned a Master’s Degree in Education and History, taught in the New York City school system, and was the founder and Executive Director of The Bronx River School.
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Robin Peterson '89, P'22
Robin Peterson serves as a Judge Advocate General in the United States Air Force. Currently, she is serving as the Headquarters Staff Judge Advocate at Hanscom Air Force Base near Boston, where she is responsible for providing legal advice to the command staff of the Massachusetts Air National Guard. She also oversees the training and staffing of five attorneys and five paralegals in the local legal offices that serve the Guard’s two Air Wing bases in Cape Cod and Westfield, Massachusetts. After completing an advanced degree in Air War College last fall, Colonel Peterson was recommended by the Commander of the Massachusetts Air National Guard to be promoted to Colonel. Her promotion was recently confirmed by the Senate as well as the Secretary of Defense and she pinned on the rank of Colonel on September 1, 2017.
Robin joined the Air Force when she was 17, following in the footsteps of her father, who served as an enlisted airman for 24 years.  Robin has worked for CVS for 14 years, and she was recently promoted to Real Estate Director, a role in which she identifies locations for new and relocation stores in the Northeast Region.
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Rachel Ingram '09, Actress, Writer, Director

Rachel Ingram is a New York-based actor, writer, director, and arts advocate. Recent projects include childproof, a short film she wrote, directed and co-produced this past spring with Ube Films. Homegoing, a short film she wrote and starred in premiered this past summer at the 12°N 61°W Grenadian Film Festival. She is currently directing the play A Glorious Vision showing this fall at Hudson Guild Theatre as a part of Summer Fest. Upcoming directing projects include Living Situation, premiering at The Tank in early 2020.

As an actress, she has performed as a member of THE BATS at the Flea and in various workshops and readings at The Lark & Playwright's Realm. She is a passionate advocate for body autonomy and restorative justice and is grateful to serve as an ombud and harassment prevention trainer with the Alliance of Resident Theatres/NY(ART/NY). She is a proud alumna of Syracuse University (BFA Acting) & Shakespeare's Globe in London.
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Kristin Luckenbill - (daughter of MHS alumna Julie Luckenbill '67)

Kristin Luckenbill was a professional soccer goalkeeper from 2001-2010, and as a Member of the US Women’s National Soccer Team won an Olympic gold medal in 2004 in Athens, Greece.
Born in Paoli, Pennsylvania, Kristin attended Dartmouth College from 1997-2001. At Dartmouth, she was a three-time NCAA All-American, four-time First Team All-Ivy League, Ivy League Rookie of the Year and Ivy League Player of the year. She helped lead Dartmouth to two Ivy League Championships and three NCAA Tournaments including an Elite Eight appearance in 1998. She recorded a Dartmouth-record 29 career shutouts.
Following college, Kristin was drafted to play for the Carolina Courage in the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA) in 2001 – the first year of the first-ever women’s professional soccer league. She was the starting goalkeeper for the Courage for most of her tenure, winning the Founders Cup Championship in 2002, earning WUSA Goalkeeper of the Year and First-Team All-League honors and starting in the WUSA All-Star Game. She was also nominated for an ESPY Award in 2003 for "Best Female Soccer Player".
Kristin became a member of the United States Women's National Soccer Team in 2004 and won an Olympic gold medal with the team in Athens, Greece. She continued her professional soccer career until 2010, playing in for teams in Vermont, Indiana, Sweden, Boston and New Jersey.
Following her retirement from soccer, Kristin earned her MBA at the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia. She is now a management consultant at Heidrick & Struggles, where she focuses on enhancing the performance of leaders, teams, and organizations. In particular, Kristin enjoys identifying parallels between sports performance and business performance and has recently designed a “soccer experience” professional development training for business leaders. 
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Kathleen (Katie) Sagarin, '08

Kathleen (Katie) Sagarin is a published scientist and Ph.D. Candidate in Biology at Wesleyan University. Her initial Ph.D. work was on characterizing the development of the little-studied posterior hypaxial muscle, whose mode of development appears to be intermediate between axial and appendicular. She is currently exploring muscle morphogenesis and patterning. She is primarily interested in how understanding development informs our view of evolution.

As an undergraduate student, Katie assisted paleontological and developmental research in Dr. Larsson's lab at McGill University. Katie received her Master of Science degree from John Carroll University in 2016, where she studied cranial ossification heterochrony among amniotes with a focus on turtles.
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Yiyan Zhou ’91

Yiyan has been an educator for over twenty years. She has been active in Chinese language, culture, and art education and programming throughout her career with museums and institutions, and currently holds a consulting position at Newton Country Day School in Newton, Massachusetts.

Additionally, Yiyan has been a long-term real estate broker at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage for fifteen years. She also has a deep commitment to her Chinese heritage. Yiyan travels frequently, and she has been connecting with MHS international families and alumnae continuously.

Yiyan was the first Miss Hall’s School student from mainland China. She has a B.A. in Fine Arts from St. Anselm College. In her spare time, she supports traditional arts and crafts. She also has a passion for Nantucket basketry weaving.
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Hope Ward, '11- Actor, Activist, Personal Trainer

Hope Ward is an actor, activist, and personal trainer. I received my bachelor's from Randolph-Macon College with a double major in theater and black studies and a double minor in women’s studies and music. I have recently graduated Columbia University MFA acting program and am pursuing acting professionally. I define myself as an actor and director emphasizing the synonymic role of black feminism and universal humanity. I have most recently performed with Baltimore center stages mobile unit in Antigone as Antigone. And the workshop of  “Juliet’s gallop apace”  with the New York Theater Workshop. 
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