Category Archives: An Eye On Alumni

Alumna’s Nonprofit is Featured by KMOV

Joy Benedick Millner, 1980 LHWHS alumna, founded a nonprofit organization called Fit and Food Connection, which strives to bring fresh food and fitness to neighborhoods with limited access. The group is profiled in an article by KMOV, which you can see here. Joy was profiled in a recent Ladue Education Foundation article, which you can see here.

Alumnus Named President of St. Louis Media History Foundation

Congratulations to Bill Greenblatt, Ladue Schools Class of 1972, for being named the new president of the St. Louis Media History Foundation! This foundation preserves the history of radio, television and advertising in the St. Louis area, maintains a media hall of fame and awards an annual college scholarship. Click the link here to learn more!

Alumna Betsy Heller Cohen Profiled for Work with St. Louis Mosaic Project

Recently, 1972 Ladue Schools alumna Betsy Heller Cohen was featured in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for her work with the St. Louis Mosaic Project, a regional initiative with the goal of transforming St. Louis into the fastest growing major metropolitan area for immigration by 2020.

Betsy is the Executive Director of the organization, which is professionally managed by St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, World Trade Center St. Louis and a 27-member committee.

The article delves into Betsy’s penchant for international activities and relations.

“I’ve always been involved with different nonprofits and businesses,” she told the post-dispatch. “I think of myself as a connector.”

To read more about Betsy’s background, the St. Louis Mosaic Project’s mission or its initiatives, read the article here.

Two Ladue Schools Graduates Featured in Town & Style for Veiled Prophet Ball

Two Ladue Schools graduates are featured in the “Meet the Maids” portion of the Jan. 3, 2018 edition of Town & Style. Hannah and Hadley Parham were maids of the 2018 Veiled Prophet Ball. The young women involved in the social are active volunteers in their communities and have plans to continue their philanthropic efforts.

Hannah and Hadley, both the Class of 2016, attend the same university and are both pursuing a degree in elementary education. The two  joke that they’re partners in crime, both through their academics and their volunteerism. The sisters have worked with the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Great Circle, and Beyond Housing and Food Outreach. For more information, see the feature here.

Alumnus Featured in Town & Style for Published Book

Ladue Schools alumnus Doug Kaufman was recently featured in the Town & Style magazine for his published book, “Cultural Icons of the 20th Century”. The book is filled with interviewed from musicians, comedians, actors and actresses, and celebrities from all walks of life. Kaufman, Class of 1974, a Ladue resident and a lifelong journalist, has written for the Belleville News-Democrat and now works as a freelance writer.

For more information, see the feature here!

Alumnus Jim McKelvey to Open New Maker Space Studio

Entrepreneur and Class of 1983 Ladue Schools alumnus Jim McKelvey has purchased a building at 5127 Delmar Boulevard for the purpose of opening a “maker space” studio, which will house high-tech 3D printers, injection molders, laser cutters and other equipment. The equipment was previously used by TechShop, which closed in November. McKelvey and co-owner Doug Auer are finalizing the name, and an opening date has not yet been set.

The building is across the street from one of McKelvey’s other enterprises, Third Degree Glass Factory, a gallery and studio that has glass-blowing studios and kilns for artists. Click the St. Louis Post-Dispatch article here for more information!

Alumnus Heads Conservation Partnership Between Wash U, Zoo, Botanical Garden

Washington University, the St. Louis Zoo and the Missouri Botanical Garden are launching a new partnership to bolster their collective conservation efforts, and our very own Jonathan Losos, Class of 1980, will lead the program.

The Living Earth Collaborative is undertaking the goal of slowing down and halting the extinction of plants and animals by sharing research among the three entities.

Jonathan received his tenure at Washington University before moving on to continue his research at Harvard.

As the Post-Dispatch reported, “Losos — who is also a popular author — has been touted as the kind of rare scientist who can translate complex biodiversity science to laymen and policy leaders.”

For more about this story, visit the Post-Dispatch article here.

Alumna & Playwright’s Third Play to Debut on Broadway in Chicago

Hollye Levin, Class of 1972, an accomplished playwright, will have her third play, “A Taste of Things to Come”, debuted on Broadway in Chicago beginning in March 2018. See here for details.


It all began in the Ladue School District. Hollye attended Old Bonhomme Elementary and then West Ladue Junior High, where she was on the cheerleading squad and began to play guitar and write my own songs. Her first professional job as a guitar player was at a lounge in Euclid when she was 16.

“I got my first paid gig because the ‘regular’ guitar player had the flu, and he called me to take over a few nights,” she says. “I was nervous, thrilled, but then said, ‘I’m not ready!’ And he said, ‘If you are not ready now, you never will be!’ I got paid $60 that night, and it suddenly hit me that I might have a future as a songwriter and guitar player.”

Second Novel of Alumnus Ed Protzel to be Published in February

Ladue Alumnus Ed Protzel’s sequel to his darkly ironic historical series, DarkHorse Trilogy, will be released and in stores on Feb. 2, 2018, by TouchPoint Press. Honor Among Outcasts offers a glimpse into a time and place that pit neighbor against neighbor in America’s most bloody conflict—the Missouri-Kansas border war of 1863.

As much morality tale as history lesson, Honor Among Outcasts weighs the bonds of friendship and loyalty against personal risk, using actual events such as Quantrill’s raid on Lawrence, Kansas, and the Union army’s infamous Order No. 11.

In addition, Protzel’s futuristic thriller, The Antiquities Dealer, was just acquired by the same publisher and will be released next year.

Protzel, of University City and a graduate of Ladue Horton Watkins High School, Class of ’64, has completed three novels, five original screenplays for feature film and developed scripts/projects for 20th Century Fox. The first book in his DarkHorse Trilogy, The Lies That Bind, was his first published work; the trilogy will conclude with Something in Madness. He holds a master’s in English literature/creative writing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Alumnus to Participate in 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Forum

Class of 1989 alumnus Stephanie Hammond Smith will travel to Oslo, Norway, to participate in the Nobel Peace Prize Forum on Dec. 11. She is scheduled to participate on the discussion panel to talk about the state of affairs concerning indigenous peoples in the world.