Alumni


     Malina Leslie (Hazen'07), the youngest of three, and the only girl for three generations in the Leslie family, grew up surrounded by art—her mother is a weaver (Ruby Leslie) and her father a painter and art professor at Johnson State College (Ken Leslie).

She graduated from the University of Vermont with a BA in English and Art,and fuses the two together to make comics. She has lived for a significant chunk of time in Argentina, Ghana and Malta, and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. Previous news-worthy art gigs include publishing a tiny book with One Page Productions, working for cartoonist Alison Bechdel doing overall editing and color work for her book Are You My Mother , and teaching amazing Vermont high school students at the Governor's Institute on the Arts each summer.



 

Jonny Flood (Hazen '09) grew up in Northern Vermont, and came to the world of theater and education through Peter Gould's Get Thee To the Funnery camp in Craftsbury at the age of 12. The value of this program led Jonny to pursue his degree in English Education at Boston University, where he taught in the public schools of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain. After graduation, he left Boston to become one of the developers of NEYT's theater program at the Gifft Hill School on St. John, USVI. In his current role as NEYT's Education Director, Jonny oversees the Town Schools Theater partnership with local elementary schools, the growing collaboration with Oak Meadow and the general homeschool community, and the future educational ambitions of NEYT as an organization.


 

Andy Gagnon (Hazen '09) was raised in Hardwick, Vermont. During his high school years, he began playing with funk/soul group Evan Crandell and the Too Hot to Handle. He also played as a percussionist with Vermont's All-State Orchestra, Band, and Big Band and as a member of the Johnson State College Concert Band. In the spring of 2009, Gagnon was the recipient of the Evelyn Springstead scholarship. Read more here.



 

A native of East Hardwick, Ceilidh (Hazen '07) is a 2011 graduate of Smith College, where her focus was Art History and Museum Education. Since graduating she has gone on to work at a myriad of different Arts Non-Profits, including: The Children's Museum and Theater of Maine, Open Space Studios and Catamount Arts, in St. Johnsbury. Throughout her life Ceilidh has pursued her own work in painting, drawing and writing. She is now the Executive Director at the Vermont Art House in Craftsbury.


 

Brent McCoy (Hazen '99) grew up on a dairy farm on Bridgman Hill road. He developed an interest in juggling while at Bates College, and has been making a living as an entertainer since 2005.  He has performed in China, Scotland, New Zealand and even New Hampshire. Brent does several hundred shows a year, makes paintings, and produces Vermont Vaudeville shows right here in Hardwick. He lives in Greensboro.



 
 
Recipient of a Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant and Selmer-Paris Endorsed Artist, saxophonist Brian McCarthy (Hazen '99) is an active player, composer and educator. After receiving his Bachelors and Masters from William Paterson University, Brian returned to Vermont to cultivate and expand the appreciation of jazz in his home state. See more about Brian here.


  
 
James Thompson (Hazen '02) is one of the founders of Daft Labs, a Tech Startup located in Burlington, VT. Daft Labs builds software - apps, websites, and other "underlying data layers" and work with companies including Green Mountain Power and Localvore Today. Read more about James Thompson and Daft Labs here.



 
 
After interning in Senator Patrick Leahy's office, Hazen graduate ('12) and UVM student Finn Galloway-Kane was offered an internship in the office of Vice President Joe Biden. Go here to read more about his experiences working in Washington DC.


   
Jessie Dubuque (Hazen '98), went on to study biology and environmental science at Lyndon State College, and earned a graduate degree at Oregon State University in wildlife management.  She is now happily working as a wildlife biologist for the US Forest Service in the White Mountain National Forest. 




    Margo Gebbie (Hazen '07) majored in biology at SUNY. Now she's in a doctoral program in molecular genetics at the University of Maryland. This is her first published research and it's quite an honor to be the first coauthor and to be published in SCIENCE. The article is titled "A riboswitch-containing sRNA controls gene expression by sequestration of a response regulator." I believe her team is the first to document the riboswitch function of sRNA. Cool stuff.
                                                                        ~Mr. Jay Modry


Terhas Clark, Former Hazen Union Student, American University Commencement Speaker, 2013