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Alumni Spotlight

Harvey School graduates -- who define success in many different ways -- are prominent in a variety of areas, including business, politics, medicine, sports, and the creative arts. Here's just a few examples of the way Harvey alums are making their impact on the world. 

Richard Ahlborn '55 OStJ

Dick is a venture capitalist and retired captain from the U.S. Navy who spent 26 years with the nuclear submarine force and 3 1/2 years as commander of a ballistic nuclear submarine during the Cold War. In 1990, he founded Synapse International, a global defense marketing firm. Entering the venture capital field, he and his partners have looked for companies with a technology edge in a broad range of industries. He is co-managing director of Lightspeed Technologies, LLC and a partner in Investment Recovery Partners.

He graduated with a B.S.E.E. from Yale University and earned an M.S. in systems management from USC. In 2018, he was inducted into the Order of St. John (OStJ) by order of Queen Elizabeth II.

Harvey Alumni Hall of Fame inductee.

Venture Capitalist and Retired U.S. Navy Captain

Raphael Miranda '95

Broadcast Meteorologist

A broadcast meteorologist with NBC/Universal, Raphael regularly appears on MSNBC and also The TODAY Show, NBC Nightly News, early TODAY, Weekend TODAY, and CNBC World. He also appears as a meteorologist on sister station Telemundo 47, delivering the weather forecast in Spanish.

A two-time Emmy award-winner for his coverage of Hurricane Irene in 2011 and Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Raphael grew up in Westchester County is where his love of weather began, fascinated by Nor'easters and hurricanes.

Raphael earned degrees from New York University, Brooklyn College, and Mississippi State University, and is a member of the American Meteorological Society.

Harvey Alumni Hall of Fame inductee.

Christian Camargo '89

Christian is well-known for his work in television and theater including House of Cards, Elementary, Dexter, The Hurt Locker, Twilight, Europa Report, and on Broadway and off-Broadway in Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and All My Sons. He is currently filming Witch Hunt and in post-production with She's Missing and No Apologies.

Christian says he discovered his love of theater as a Harvey student. "I see myself as a symbol of every student who comes through Harvey and finds themselves. Harvey opened my eyes to what it is that I'm supposed to do in the world. I wasn't formed in college. I was formed in high school here at Harvey."

He earned his B.A. in art history from Hobart & William Smith College and attended The Julliard School.

Harvey Alumni Hall of Fame inductee.

Actor - Film, Theater & Television

Lindsey Walker '05

Executive Program Manager

The TEDMED Foundation

Lindsey's passion for fighting inequality and broken systems underlies the work she chooses to do. Her background is centered around education, where she focused on redesigning/designing educational opportunities and programming for persons with disabilities within the public school system. She recently pivoted to the world of health and medicine to apply her program design and development skills to new challenges.

Lindsey is currently the Executive Program Manager at The TEDMED Foundation, the home of the world-famous annual event, TEDMED. In her spare time she enjoys volunteering at New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital in the Charna's Kids Club Sibling Program. Before moving to New York City last year, Lindsey was an award-winning Special Education teacher in Washington, DC, where she taught for several years before moving into administration.

Lindsey graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in History and earned her Masters in Special Education at George Mason University.

She is an active alumna of Harvey, and newest member of the Alumni Executive Council.

John H. Burbank III '82

John is the founder and Chief Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager at San Francisco-based Passport Capital, LLC., founded in 2000 with $4 billion under management investing in energy, healthcare, technology, and recently in cryptocurrency.

John has more than a decade of experience investing in global equity markets, having held various investment research positions with Bay Area hedge funds from 1996 to 2000. He serves as Director of Lumeris, Inc., Director of T-Netix, Director of 523 Capital, LLC., TTI Exploration, Inc., and CashStar, Inc.

He earned his M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business and his B.A. in English literature from Duke University.

Founder and CIO of Passport Capital

Louise McManus '14

Young Community Leader

After graduating from John Carroll University in the Arrupe Scholars Program, a group dedicated to the academic study of inequality and advocacy for positive social change in the greater Cleveland community, Louise was highly motivated to continue on the same path. She joined the PULSE Fellowship Program (Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience), a community of young leaders dedicated to improving the lives of people in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, through partnerships with local nonprofits.

Today, Louise is the Volunteer Coordinator for the First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh, building relationships with the homeless and needy throughout the city and helping to provide them with essential services.

"I truly believe I wouldn't be where I am today with having attended The Harvey School."

Richard Ledes '71

Richard is a filmmaker and writer with many movies to his credit including A Hole In One, The Caller, Fred Won't Move Out, Foreclosure, Golden Dawn, and The Dark Side. His recent documentary film No Human Is Illegal details Syrian refugees fleeing to the Greek island of Lesvos.

The themes in his work concern mental illness, The New York Greek community, racial identity, the economic crisis, neo-Nazism, Alzheimer's Disease, and politics. Richard lived in Paris, France as a writer and now lives in New York City. He often returns to Harvey to work with students.

He earned his B.A. in English literature and theater from Amherst College, and his Ph.D. in comparative literature from New York University.

Filmmaker and Writer

Dan Schonning '12

Graduate Student

Dan has traveled extensively since graduating Harvey doing humanitarian work, breaking down barriers and stereotypes, and walking a mile in the shoes of those searching for safety, security, and the chance to be free from violence. In 2014, Dan spent eight months in Amman, Jordan, working under a communications officer at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency on the Syria Crisis Response Unit (SCRU). his work mainly involved Palestine refugees and any person displaced by conflicts taking place in Israel and Palenstine. In the summer of 2018, he went to Greece to volunteer with a small volunteer organization in Chios (The Chios People's Warehouse) doing work aiding incoming refugees in Athens and Chios.  

He graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 2016 and is currently working toward an MFA in Poetry at Colorado State University, finding a connection between his passion for writing and his passion for working closely with displaced populations, domestically and abroad.

Erica Cheyne '14

During college, Erica served as a direct student mentor to young adults looking for peer guidance relative to studying marketing. She also worked in the fundraising office at her college where she connected via phone with alumni, friends, and family of Providence College to raise money for the various funds on campus.

During the 2016-17 academic year, Erica began an internship with The Coca-Cola Company and remained on as a Brand Ambassador through her junior and senior years in college. She was offered a full-time position with The Coca-Cola Company upon graduation and today is an Area Sales Manager.

She earned a B.S. in marketing and finance from Providence College, and is a member of Harvey's Alumni Executive Council.

Area Sales Manager

The Coca-Cola Company

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