Welcome MCDS Alumni

Alumni on the Frontlines

Our Alumni on the Frontlines Q&A honors Country Day alums who are working tirelessly every day to save lives, protect our community and help our nation move forward from the COVID-19 pandemic. These alumni work in the medical field, law enforcement, physical and mental support areas, and other emergency service fields. Thank you to each of our alumni Spartans for sharing your story with our MCDS community. We are proud of you, we are thinking of you and we are here for you. Stay safe and healthy! #SpartanPride
If you know an alumnus or alumna that we should highlight, email Director of Alumni, Christine Chancy ’08 at chancyc@miamicountryday.org.


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  • Dr. Arie Zakaryan '03

    Since the COVID-19 pandemic, so much of my outpatient care has gone from in-person appointments to holding almost all of my visits via teletherapy. However, I also still go inpatient into the hospital – so those inpatient responsibilities have mostly changed in trying to be more careful on any forms of transmission.
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  • Kim McAdam '02

    Palliative care is a very personal specialty at the hospital. 
    We get to know our patients and families during the most sensitive and traumatic times in their lives. 
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  • Dr. Courtney Ingino Lamondin '09

    We continue to provide emergency care to our Soldiers, but an initial shortage of personal protective equipment has made work incredibly risky. Dentists may not seem like they are on the front lines of COVID-19, but we are among those most likely to come into close contact with the novel coronavirus.
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  • Dr. Robert A Grossman '03

    My role and day to day responsibilities during the COVID-19 pandemic have drastically changed. I take emergency room call, and also perform a wide variety of elective, scheduled surgeries, including those for hernias, cancer, robotic, and laparoscopic procedures. 
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  • Dr. Courtney Premer- Barragan '06

    It’s a strange time to be a student in medicine. As a 3rd and 4th year, you spend all your time in the hospital on rotations.
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  • Scott Grondin '06

    The biggest challenge is avoiding exposure via preparation and decontamination so as not to transmit the disease to other firefighters or our families.
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  • Tara Gavcovich '10

    We have been facing the fears and challenges everyone else has - going to work has been a bit scarier, more people calling out sick in an effort to avoid exposure just in case, and our work hours constantly adjusting/accommodating to help keep everything running as smoothly as possible.
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Alumni Reflections and Advice for Miami Country Day Seniors

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  • Columbia Clancy '11 - September 2019

    After graduating from Amherst College in 2015 with a BA in neuroscience, I moved to New York City to pursue a career in strategic communications. My firm helps clients manage through transformative events affecting their reputation, business and market value. We oversee communications with all key stakeholders, including journalists, investors, analysts, employees, business partners, lawmakers and regulators.
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  • Maria Pia Del Castillo '06 - March 2019

    Since graduating from the University of Miami in 2010 with a major in Psychology (Pre-Med) and minors in Spanish and Chemistry, I moved to Munich, Germany to work at a hospital specializing in Neurology and Orthopedics. I returned to Miami to pursue my passion of working with kids, beginning by working at a school for children on the Autism Spectrum and then obtaining my Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at Nova Southeastern University.
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  • Dr. Joe M. Phillips Jr. MD '51 - December 2018

    I was born in 1937 and lived in Miami my entire life until I left for Atlanta, Georgia where I began my college education at Emory University. I decided to stay at Emory to pursue my medical degree, and after graduating from Emory’s medical program, I served three years in the United States Air Force as a Flight Surgeon.
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  • Kanesha Petit-Phar '14 - October 2018

    After graduating from Florida International University back in May 2018 with a major in Communications and concentration in Asian Studies, I completed my internship at MCDS and took on the role as PR Manager for Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime’s re-election campaign. 
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  • Scot Drucker '00 - May 2018

    After MCDS, I went on to study and play collegiate baseball at the University of Florida and the University of Tennessee. I graduated from Tennessee with a major in Sport Management and a double minor in Business and Chemistry. Post-graduation, I was drafted professionally by the Oakland Athletics, played for the Detroit Tigers and finished my career in Taiwan.
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  • Andrew Tripodo '08 - March 2018

    After graduating from Kenyon College with a major in political science, I joined Teach For America and began teaching high school history and English in a large public school outside New Orleans. After two years, I knew education was my field, but I also knew that I wasn’t done studying the political and social questions at the heart of every government and society, so I enrolled in a graduate program in American Political Theory at NYU. After graduating in 2016, I became the History Curriculum Specialist for Democracy Prep Public Schools, a Harlem-based network of charter schools.
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  • Warren Ifergane '08 - January 2018

    I currently manage and founded ICG10 Capital, constantly funding bridge, fix-and-flip, construction, and rental loans for real estate investors. After 6 years in private equity, I decided to leave and start my own firm.
    I have managed over $1B of real estate investments. In addition, I have obtained my MBA degree from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business and published the No-Nonsense Guide to Real Estate.
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  • Jordan Hackmeier '10 - November 2017

Contact Us

Christine Chancy
Christine Chancy '08
Director of Alumni

We Asked MCDS Alumni: What is Country Day to You?

Alumni Board Mission

To foster a mutually beneficial relationship between Miami Country Day School and its alumni to perpetuate a sense of pride in and commitment to the outstanding education that Miami Country Day provides and to promote its outstanding alumni through communication, service and leadership. 

Alumni Board

David Benjamin ’98

Alex Dombrowsky ’92
Vice President

Alex Avayu ’97

Kevin King '95
Past President

Jami Beasley Watkins '01

Past President

Claudia Figueredo '90
Past President

Alumni Officers

Alex de Carvalho '85

Laura Buccellati '88
Events & Networking Committee Member

Lance Tinkler '01

Jon Gitman '04
Alumni Development Chair

Camron Murphy '06
Events & Networking Committee Co-Chair

Brett Holland '07
Events & Networking Committee Co-Chair

Alex de Carvalho '85

Laura Buccellati '88

Ivan Mendoza '94

Angela Attento '94

David Kahn '97

Scot Drucker '00

Lance Tinkler '01

Jon Gitman '04
Alumni Philanthropy Chair

Conor Clancy '04
Alumni Philanthropy Committee Member

Camron Murphy '06

Minette Schwartz '06
Alumni Admissions Ambassador Chair

Brett Holland '07

John Salt '08

Harrison C. Davies '09

Kanesha Petit-Phar '14
Alumni Student Connection Chair
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