Alumni Profiles

Wendy Beatty

Helping Self-Driving Cars Avoid Obstacles

Wendy Beatty ’05

Waldorf School graduate Wendy Beatty is an Optomechanical Engineer for X (the “Moonshot Factory” under the Google/Alphabet umbrella). She’s on the laser team for their self-driving car program, manufacturing LiDAR systems that help the cars detect obstacles.


Bio Engineering Start-Up

Michael Maylahn ’09 Michael Maylahn

After completing his Bio-Medical Engineering degree from USC Michael and a classmate founded Stasis Labs – which provides health monitoring technologies to ensure the safety of loved ones in medical facilities and allows doctors to monitor patients in under-developed nations with the same, real-time scans that are available in developed nations.

Award-Winning Photojournalist

Adriane Ohanesian ’04

Received her B.A. in Anthropology and a minor degree in Nonviolent Conflict Resolution from Colorado College in 2008. She graduated from The International Center of Photography’s Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Program in the summer of 2010. Adrianne is currently based in Kenya and recently won the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award for her work documenting the conflict in Darfur.

LeifNYU Professor

Leif Weatherby ’02

Fulbright Scholar Leif Weatherby is now an Assistant Professor in the German Department at NYU.  Areas of research include German Enlightenment and Romanticism; Idealism; history of science and aesthetics; Marx and Marxism.


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PhD in Clinical Psychology

Katie Cooper Lewis ’03

Katie C. Lewis (nee Freihofer), PhD, WSSS Class of 2003, is a staff research psychologist and medical staff affiliate at the Austen Riggs Center, a small psychiatric treatment facility in Western MA. Her research focuses primarily on examining personality processes in adults diagnosed with complex psychopathology as they relate to suicidal and self-destructive behaviors. She graduated with her BA from the New School for General Studies and went on to receive a doctorate in clinical psychology (PhD) from the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University; she completed a pre-doctoral internship and postdoctoral Fellowship at Albany Medical Center. She is a former graduate student representative on the Ethics Board of Division 39, a former Fellow of the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the current recipient of grant funding through the Robert Wallerstein Fellowship in Psychoanalytic Research (San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis). She has published and presented nationally on a wide range of topics including suicide and self-harming behaviors, personality psychopathology and assessment, and the ethics of confidentiality in clinical writing. She is a current member of the Mental Health Community Services Board for Saratoga County, NY. Dr. Lewis is a licensed clinical psychologist in New York and Massachusetts and operates a small private psychotherapy practice in addition to her work at Austen Riggs. She and her husband are excited for their daughter to now be a part of the WSSS the early childhood program!


A Life in the Arts

Laura Hajek ’07

Laura made her New York City film debut as a lead character in a 1970’s inspired Horror film “Lake Nowhere” which premiered to a sold out crowd this October at Cinema Village, one of New York’s Oldest continually operating art cinemas.

In addition to this,she worked as a producer of the Red Dot Art Fair, a contemporary art fair in the Wynwood District of Miami which stood from December 2 – 7 during Art Basel

She can be seen performing with her band Edith Pop as well –

Science Teacher

Jack Murphy ’04

“What could be?”  Teacher Jack Murphy asks this vibrant question of his students. Jack graduated with honors from Bates College with a degree in Physics. He is teaching high school chemistry and AP Physics in Philadelphia. Jack coaches the outdoor and rock climbing clubs, and oversees the boarding program.