When Janel Henriksen Hastings, Ph.D. ’87 arrived at Webb as a sophomore, the VWS boarding program did not yet exist. “For my sister and me to be able to attend VWS, our parents purchased a small townhouse in Claremont,” Hastings explains. She remained a day student until graduation, staying at what she and her sister dubbed “The Condo.” Although Hastings says “Webb was academically challenging, to say the very least,” she was inspired to pursue a career in education, earning her B.A. from Scripps College, her M.A. in higher education from Stanford, and her Ph.D. in that discipline from UCLA. She is currently the director of admission at Foothill Country Day School.
Hastings joined Webb’s Alumni Council in 2006, and in 2009, became the first VWS alumna elected Alumni Council president. She is excited to begin her first term on the board of trustees. “The ability to work with such a talented, diverse, and engaged group of individuals, for whom Webb has meant so much in so many ways, is truly a gift,” she says.
Amara Berry ’12 truly embodies what it means to think boldly, mindfully and creatively. In October 2017, she was invited to give a Tedx Talk in Providence, Rhode Island, where she spoke on the legacy of her grandparents, how their work inspired her and the incredible work she is doing with our youth through The Sparkle Program.
We are pleased and excited to announce the appointment of Jennifer Liu as Webb’s Director of Parent Relations and Special Events effective November 1. In this position, Liu will oversee our parent relations program, which serves more than 750 current parents worldwide and an active volunteer network through our Affiliates parent organization.
An opportunity to pick the brain of award-winning author John Scalzi '87, is not one you want to miss. Discussing topics ranging from what exactly defines a burrito to what projects he currently has in production, there's never a dull moment with Scalzi.
For Webb sports fans who can’t attend a game, or if you’d like to follow along with the live stats and scores from our athletic contests, most of our home games will be covered live with video and play-by-play at The NFHS Network.
To learn more about working in independent schools and meet with school representatives about open positions, please join Webb and 30 other participants on Saturday, February 23 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City.