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RE alumni come together to give back

Ransom Everglades alumni are working both to bring the school community together and to help in these challenging times. Whether it is serving on the frontlines, lending support to those in need, sharing their expertise or creating opportunities for meaningful connection, RE alumni are making a powerful difference.

REal Heroes

Carlos Watson ’87
, CEO of the media company OZY, produced and moderated "The Time is Now: Race and Resolution," in partnership with A&E and the NAACP. The hour-long town hall, now available online, featured social justice figures discussing systemic racism, implicit bias and economic inequality – and the pathways forward to a more equitable society. Carlos showed us how important dialogue is at a time like this. We can learn a lot when we come together, confront problems, share our feelings and listen to one another.

Joshua Williams ’18, the founder of Joshua's Heart Foundation, remains dedicated to the fight against global hunger and poverty. Joshua's Heart has been helping the most vulnerable members of the Miami community during COVID-19, and working to extend its reach and feed an additional 5,000 families. Joshua's organization also has made substantial donations to RE's Feed the Grove program, supplying hundreds of cartons of pasta, produce, milk and meat to the weekend meals initiative.

Dr. Neal Shipley ’79 was featured in US News and World Report for his work leading 52 urgent care clinics through the COVID-19 peak in New York. At the beginning of March, Dr. Shipley unexpectedly found himself at the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak. Dr. Shipley said in the article, "We all knew the toll this battle was taking, but we had to remain focused on the task at hand: to provide the best possible care for our patients despite the risk."

Artist Michelle Nahmad ’10 designed a poster “With a Little Help” to contribute to Apart: Posters from a Social Distance, started by Paradowski as a way of processing the COVID-19 pandemic. They invited other creatives to join them and opened up an online store with 100% of the proceeds from print purchases going directly to the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. The poster description reads, “Friendly faces across the screen (for team check-ins, happy hours, family gatherings, holidays, birthdays, bachelorette parties, workouts, game nights, movie nights, book clubs and more) are most welcome guests, getting us through these weird times.”

Samantha Unger Katz ’97
volunteers as Food Logistics Coordinator for the NYC COVID-19 Rapid Response Coalition, a community of healthcare executives, hospitals and service agencies that have come together to help provide clinical and social services to NYC's more vulnerable populations. Thanks to the support and incredible efforts of so many, Samantha and fellow volunteers officially set up one of the largest operations in the city, delivering food to the homebound and immobile due to COVID-19. They are able to provide meals to people who cannot get to a "grab & go site" and have not been able to get on the city's delivery system. The partners involved in the project are NYC COVID-19 Rapid Response, Public Health Solutions, Rethink Food NYC, RCano Events and Happi Foodi. 

Dr. David Arnold ’86
— A story about Dr. Arnold from Sandra Orlando: "When my father-in-law got diagnosed with acute leukemia in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, we were immediately panicked. To make matters worse, he was in Florida and we were1000 miles away in New York. My father was in rough shape with a very elevated white blood cell count and in need of a blood transfusion. Because of the ongoing virus, my mother-in-law could not accompany him into the hospital and had to leave him at the door of the emergency room. He was weak from the cancer and disoriented. We felt helpless and were concerned how my father-in-law would manage in an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar people. Through a friend of a friend located in Miami, we were given Dr. Arnold’s contact information. Dr. Arnold having never met me, my father-in-law or anyone in my family not only took the phone call on a Sunday, he immediately called to the hospital where he was being treated and got all the latest information on his current condition and future treatment to share with us. When my father-in-law was relocated to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center where he would be undergoing his treatments, Dr Arnold came by and met with him personally. He assured him he was in good hands and was being well looked after. You can imagine how comforting this was to my 80-year-old father-in-law – he no longer felt alone. Dr Arnold’s compassion and kindness has meant the world to me and my family stuck on the sidelines in New York. My father-in-law is now undergoing his chemotherapy at Sylvester and despite us not being able to be there with him, we feel a huge sense of relief knowing that Dr. Arnold is there looking out for him and keeping his spirits high. We are forever grateful."
Dr. Matthew Cummock ’03 is working a minimum 12-hour hospital rotation in an ICU filled with COVID-19 patients. He is on lockdown at Rutgers Hospital system in New Jersey, which has hundreds of sick patients. Doctors don’t have enough protective gear and must reuse and resterilize their masks. 

Tara Mirmelli Aladeff 93, P’23 is a therapist for Destination Hope, a substance abuse and mental health facility in Broward County. She works to keep patients safe while they receive the treatment they need.

David Baron ’98 of BASS Industries has pivoted his marquis signage company to create coronavirus protection panels for essential workers to assist in protecting the community.

Guido Antezana ’89, P’20 ’21 is on duty throughout this outbreak as a Sergeant of the Coral Gables Police Department. Guido and the members of the police force work tirelessly to help keep our communities safe as we navigate through COVID-19.

Dr. Luke Samson ’03, an anesthesiologist for South Miami Hospital, volunteered with Dream Defenders to assist with their outreach to the homeless community in Downtown Miami. Luke, along with a few dozen volunteers, took to the streets to pass out tents, food, drink, sanitary supplies, masks and clothing to individuals in need. He and fellow medical volunteers administered COVID-19 nasal swab tests on those in the vulnerable homeless community that wanted to be tested.

Dr. Divya Sridhar ’99, an interventional radiologist, is organizing a fundraiser to support first responders and emergency department workers in New York City with food and water packs. To date, they have delivered over 450 care packages. For more information or to support Divya’s efforts, visit here.

RE alumni on COVID-19

Dr. Tara Narula Cangello ’93, a medical contributor to CBS This Morning, has been a frequent guest during the COVID-19 outbreak. She is also Assistant Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine for Hofstra University North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. See this Q & A.

Dr. Roberto Miki ’94, a hand surgeon in Miami, offers do-it-yourself instructions for making a N99 face shield using a snorkel mask and other materials. It’s not FDA approved. Read more about his mask in this Miami Herald story.

Dr. Veronica Diaz ’95, Medical Director of Orthopedics at Modernizing Medicine, was interviewed on the subject of "How orthopedists are using telehealth during the public health emergency." 

Devi Sridhar ’01, Professor of Global Public Health at the University of Edinburgh, warned of the possibility of a global health crisis similar to the COVID-19 outbreak two years ago. See this story.

Marcella McCarthy ’01, a freelance health-tech writer, authored this article in the Miami Herald: “Children with mental health needs get help via telemedicine” and “How doctors disconnect — and why it’s critical to their health during the coronavirus”

Dr. Danielle Katz Squires ’03, a physician, authored this article in the Miami Herald: “Today, as in 1918, pandemics have physicians baffled”

REsources for life at home

Catch this documentary on the life and works of legendary storyteller Toni Morrison, "Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am," directed and produced by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders '70. The film is now available on Hulu.

Take a virtual yoga class on Saturdays with the Friends of the Underline, founded by Meg Daly ’78.

Check out news, podcasts, shows and other original content from Ozy, founded by Carlos Watson ’87.

Sign up for the mailing list to take a class from Pandemonium U, founded by Pamela Druckerman ’87.

Participate in the all-new Steph Sez Book Club in collaboration with Bal Harbour Shops, Books & Books and Stephanie Sayfie Aagaard 88. Next month's read is "Normal People" by Sally Rooney, and the live chat is on Tuesday, May 26 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Tune in to a live cardio workout online daily at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. ET through 305 Fitness, founded by Sadie Kurzban ’08.

Join Trey Mourning 14 on his podcast, the Mourning Show. He leads thoughtful conversations with loved ones about the issues we face each and every day. As he shares, "By the end of the show, our goal is for you, the listener, along with ourselves, to have a greater respect and understanding for the ideas shared and the people sharing them."

Virtual alumni connections

The spirit of RE Class of 1990 is stronger than ever! Over 20 classmates met virtually to reconnect.  Thank you to the 1990 REunion Committee and to Katy Sugarbaker Caliguiri ’90 for organizing the call.

The RE Class of 1993 also organized two remote reunions in March and April! Thank you to Debbie Hyams Walton ’93 for organizing the calls.

RE Speech and Debate Coach Kate Hamm recently organized a panel of young alumni to offer advice and guidance to current students. Alumni reflected on the speech and debate program and how well it prepared them for college. Alumni panelists included: A.J. Spurr 17 at the University of Alabama, Kavya Chaturvedi 17 at Princeton University, Ilija Wan Simm 19 at Harvard University, Megan Houchin 19 at Tufts University, Henry Schermerhorn ’19 at New York University and Oliver Stern ’19 at the University of Pennsylvania.

We would like to hear from you about efforts you might be involved in, or those of your RE friends and classmates. You can share your stories here.

We invite readers to read stories of current families making a difference here

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Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.