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Alumni Profiles

Crossroads alumni follow their passions into a multitude of different fields.
On this page you’ll find profiles of alumni who represent the rich and varied paths that our students take after graduation.

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  • Abbie Schiller ’90

    Producer, Writer, Wearer of Many Hats
    “I was especially excited about having the chance to question everything.”
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  • Alexa Junge ’81

    Emmy-Nominated Writer and Producer
    “I had kind of been interested in being a playwright before attending Crossroads, but my experience there really solidified it for me.
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  • Ali Jeevanjee ’93

    Architect
    Life is yours to invent as you go along. It's not about following a prescribed path.”
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  • Alison Ritz ’92

    Social studies teacher
    “Open-minded, curious learners make for great teachers.”
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  • Amy Flicker Jaffe ’80

    Senior Vice President of Intensive Interventional Services, Psychotherapist
    “You’re challenged to ask questions, to disagree, to come together and strategize and brainstorm.”
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  • Ana Mancia ’15

    Anti-domestic violence activist
    “[Crossroads] was an environment in which teachers truly care about you as a whole being.”
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  • Benjamin Salka ’95

    CEO of Story Pirates
    “Crossroads saw me for who I was and said, ‘We like what we see.’”
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  • Brian Ascalon Roley ’85

    Author and Associate Professor of English
    “I remember classes and techniques that still influence how I approach my work decades later.”
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  • Brooke Williamson ’96

    Executive Chef and Restaurateur
    Brooke is grateful to Crossroads for nurturing her artistic side while giving her a great education.
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  • Cam Johnson ’11

    Drummer, Composer and Producer
    Crossroads proved to be an important step in Cam’s musical evolution.
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  • Charles Haspel ’86 & Josh Namm ’86

    Tech Entrepreneurs
    Not only is Crossroads where we met; it's where we learned to set the bar high.”
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  • Christine Lee ’16

    Music student, University of Michigan
    “Looking back, I feel I have taken the ‘road less traveled.’”
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  • DaMonique Ballou ’13

    Identity Workshop Organizer
    DaMonique’s accomplishments have roots in her Crossroads experiences as a member of the Drama Touring Company.
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  • Daniel Krashen ’91

    Mathematician
    “My time at Crossroads made me feel comfortable in my own skin.”
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  • Daniel Nagin ’87

    Clinical Law Professor, Veterans Advocate
    Daniel says he began to understand the importance of education at Crossroads, where he learned to think critically and value community.
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  • David Umansky ’84

    Co-Founder and CEO of Civic Builders
    “[Crossroads] was exciting, filled with people who had a passion for education. Its unconventional nature made it even more inspiring.”
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  • Elizabeth Milch ’02

    Educator, Director of Content at Genius
    For Liz Milch, Crossroads was an inspiring, exuberant literary adventure, punctuated by Great Books and film classes.
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  • Eva Sweeney ’01

    Disability Rights Advocate
    “It is important to focus on inclusion of all people because everyone has the potential to contribute to society.”
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  • Francesca Carpanini ’12

    Actor
    What she learned at Crossroads is that storytelling has a larger purpose.
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  • Gabriella Barbosa ’04

    Policy Director for the Los Angeles Unified School District
    I kept getting exposed to things I wouldn’t otherwise have access to.
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  • Greg Shane ’98

    Nonprofit theater director
    “I can’t say enough about the impact Crossroads has had on my professional career.”
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  • Hiro Murai ’02

    Director and Filmmaker
    “Crossroads really fostered my love for visual art.”
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  • J.A. Adande ’88

    Sports journalism professor
    Crossroads allowed him to develop his voice.
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  • Jamila Banks ’90

    Elementary school teacher
    She cherishes the positive encouragement she received at Crossroads to be courageous in pursuing her interests.
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  • Jason Ritter ’98

    Actor
    “I always liked being part of something bigger than myself, a group of people who come together to make something none of us could do on our own.”
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  • Jenelle Hall ’05

    Clinical Pharmacist in Neurology and Rheumatology
    “Crossroads creates experiences to help you think outside the box. These thought processes continue to shape my approach to patient care.”
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  • Jennifer Caloyeras ’94

    Novelist
    “Crossroads made me feel anything is possible. It taught me the power of creativity.”
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  • Jordan Passman ’04

    Entrepreneur
    For Jordan Passman, “standing around in circles, socializing in the Alley” at Crossroads nurtured a skill set instrumental in his success as an entrepreneur.
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  • Justin Silverman ’07

    M.D.-Ph.D. Candidate at Duke University
    I think that Crossroads fosters a good deal of rebelliousness and a good deal of creativity.


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  • Kevin “KK” Jackson ’82

    Teacher, Coach and Nonprofit Director
    “Just being able to do what I do every day and call it work blows my mind.”
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  • Khaim Morton ’91

    Chief of Staff in the California Legislature
    “You’re out there, fighting the good fight, doing something that will mean something to people’s futures. That feels good.”
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  • Kyle Moss ’06

    Elementary school teacher
    “My time at Crossroads shaped some of the core values I have as an educator.”
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  • Kyle Padilla ’09

    Director, Screenwriter, Producer
    As he builds his career in a competitive field, he carries with him lessons gained at Crossroads, in particular, “knowing there are mentors you can turn to who believe in you.”
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  • Leshar McGhee ’94

    Attending Physician, Psychiatric Emergency Room
    “I really did walk around Crossroads for those four years feeling like I’d been handed a gift and should take advantage of it all before it disappeared.”
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  • Leslie Hsu Freeman ’01

    Education program manager
    “I wanted to change the world in some way. Crossroads cultivated that in me.”
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  • Lily Rains ’97

    Storyteller, Producer and Teacher
    “Being asked to speak our truth every week, and hear the truth of others, helped me find my voice.”
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  • Marisol León ’03

    Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice Civil Rights Enforcement Section
    “The mission and values of Crossroads inform my work and relationships even now.”
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  • Maura Pally ’94

    Executive Director at the Clinton Foundation
    “Crossroads, Jim’s classes in particular, is where I learned to think critically and to write persuasively in support of an argument.”
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  • Michelle Kim ’91

    Classical Violinist
    At Crossroads, she found outstanding academics and a prestigious music department.
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  • Nia Evans ’96

    Director of the Boston Ujima Project
    “Working with diverse groups is easy for me, and a large percentage of that is due to my Crossroads experience.”
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  • Nicole Gibbs ’10

    Professional Tennis Player
    “The number-one thing I appreciated about Crossroads is the way it allows kids who have really strong passions and talents to excel in those fields and still get a good education.”
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  • Nicole Haskins ’05

    Ballet Dancer and Choreographer
    Crossroads’ nurturing arts environment gave Nicole the confidence to become a professional dancer.
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  • Nokuthula Ngwenyama ’94

    Renowned Solo Violist and a Recording Artist
    Within what would become the Elizabeth Mandell Music Institute (EMMI), Thula found a home.
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  • Olivia Milch ’07

    Screenwriter/filmmaker
    “Crossroads made me feel like my voice mattered and should be heard.”
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  • Paola Moraga Aguilera ’00

    Banking Executive
    “Life Skills taught me so much about group work, how you interact with others, dealing with different points of view.”
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  • Robert Cisneros ’98

    Assistant inspector general, Army South
    “My Crossroads experience made me the leader I am today.”
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  • Ryan Englekirk ’90

    Baseball Umpire, Ph.D. Student at American University
    “Crossroads nurtures a respect for others who are different than you.”
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  • Shingo Francis ’88

    Visual Artist
    Several courses he took at Crossroads helped to shape his creativity and perspective.
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  • Wyatt Mills ’09

    Fine Artist
    Deciding as a senior at Crossroads that he wanted a career as a fine artist was "risky and insane."
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