Undeterred by Pandemic’s Challenges, DA Alumni Stay Connected


As the school year comes to an end, we welcome a new class of alumni to our association. The Class of 2021 has gone through so much during the last 15 months, but it has fought through adversity and come out on the other side ready to attack its next adventure. The unusual circumstances we have lived in have made us think outside the box about how we can engage and connect alumni with one other and with their alma mater.

Photo by Kathy McPherson

The Durham Academy Alumni Board is stronger than ever, and under its leadership and guidance we hosted virtual events ranging from social gatherings with long-serving faculty like Teresa and Steve Engebretsen (respectively, Middle School French teacher and PE teacher/former athletic director), Owen Bryant (Upper School history teacher), Jordan Adair (Upper School English and AP Art History teacher) and Head of School Michael Ulku-Steiner to a Black Alumni Reunion. In April, we honored Faculty and Staff Legacy Award recipient Verle Regnerus (assistant Upper School director, Upper School math teacher and registrar, and former varsity baseball coach), Alumni Service Award recipient Molly Shaw ’98 and Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Ward Horton ’94 at the Spring Alumni Reception. In February, Faith Couch ’14 spoke about her world-renowned photography work. In late April, we held our most successful Giving Day ever with more than 420 alumni donors. Alumni have shown their support to DA by offering up their talents and their treasures.

As we turn the page and look forward to the upcoming school year, we will unfortunately not be able to host reunions on campus this fall. Our plan is to host a huge celebration in fall 2022, when we will gather and honor graduates from classes ending in 0, 1, 2, 5, 6 and 7. In December, we will induct another class into the Athletic Hall of Fame. These seven inductees embody what it means to be a Durham Academy student-athlete and supporter.

In the coming months I am hopeful we will be able to see each other in person, whether here in Durham or in a city near you. Thank you for your continued support.

Go Cavs!

— Tim McKenna
Director of Alumni Philanthropy
and Engagement



2021–2022 Alumni Board

  • Lee Patterson ’00, President
  • Katye Proctor Freelon ’03, Vice President
  • Steed Rollins ’78
  • Kirsten Vollmer ’87
  • Brian Vick ’90
  • Meredith White Howell ’97
  • Bradley Hardy ’98
  • Molly Shaw ’98
  • Amelia Ashton Thorn ’01
  • Kent Cheesborough ’05
  • Nick Wisner ’06
  • Margie Gudaitis Hess ’07
  • Rob Kirkland ’07
  • Derek Rhodes ’11
  • David Peters ’13
  • Joia Freeman ’14
  • Jason Lapidus ’15