Every year the School Faculty votes to honor two men and two women as Distinguished Alumni. Every Charter Day those Distinguished Alumni are invited to speak to our senior boys and senior girls about how their life journeys and the lessons learned at ANC intersect in meaningful and valuable ways. This year's Distinguished Alumni are Glenn Bostock, Sean Connolly, Nina Dewees, and Kate Kronen.
Nina Cooper Dewees (GS 1979 and BAC, AA 1981) taught, coached, and administrated in athletics, student life and residence life at ANC and Bryn Athyn College for twenty-something years. In 2011 she switched to working part time for Bryn Athyn Church where she is volunteer coordinator, community connector, and spearheads a few of its caring/support programs, including Stephen Ministry and Pay-It-Forward Crew. She and her husband Niles are amazed to witness their four children blossoming, three of whom will be graduating from the three different Bryn Athyn New Church Schools this coming June. Nina loves nature and people – two of the Lord’s finest creations!
Kate Kronen (GS 89), spent her freshman year of college at ANCC. From there she transferred to The Pennsylvania State University, better known simply as “ Penn State”, one of the original land grant institutions which were started as agriculture schools. She graduated in 1994, with a degree in Agricultural Education. She has been a high school agriculture and horticulture teacher for 25 years, and plans to continue for quite a few more. She is a mother of 4 amazing children, Rachel 28, Elizabeth 18, Abigail 15 and Will 14. She is active in her community and church and enjoys horseback riding, flower gardens and reading. She is looking forward to retiring from teaching and traveling.
Mr. Bostock attended the Academy Boys School and went on to study woodworking at Bucks County Community College. He is the Founder & CEO of SnapCab, a company that has grown from a one-man, craft-oriented woodworking shop to over 100 person enterprise. In 2000, SnapCab did just under $1 million in revenue, and last year they broke $23 million. Mr. Bostock graduated from ANC in 1979 and then in 1983 he started his custom cabinetry business. Over the next years, he had projects featured in publications such as Fine Woodworking, Fine Home Building, and American Wood worker. In the early 2000s, Mr. Bostock experienced a complete transformation in his career with the adoption of a systems-focused business model and a deliberate shift to the production of elevator interior systems. In 2011, SnapCab became an International company with the opening of a factory in Kingston, Ontario, which acts as a home base for the production of a brand new product line: privacy pods for the open office environment. Today, Mr. Bostock is focused on renovating the SnapCab business model to become a tool which can help other companies achieve the same success that SnapCab has been so blessed to enjoy.
Mr. Connelly married Holly Goerwitz in Bryn Athyn in 1992. They have two daughters –Nora, a Sophomore at Bryn Athyn College; and Annae, a Junior at ANCSS. Sean graduated from ANC Boys School, class of 1989, and ANC College, with a BA in Economics and Science, class of 1994. Mr. Connelly currently serves on ANC's Finance Committee and Cairnwood Estate's Board of Governors and is passionate about the value New Church Education offers. In 1994, with nine friends and while still in college, Mr. Connelly co-founded Refinery –an interactive agency. From its inception through to its sale –Mr. Connelly served in multiple roles on the board and management team in both US and European posts. He is an active board member of PolicyMap, a Benefit Corporation helping communities and markets with tools that easily visualize information on a map. Mr. Connelly loves traveling with his family and endurance cycling. In 2018 he was the 2nd place finisher in the 400 mile Crush the Commonwealth and in 2017 he was first finisher and set course records in the 200k, 300k, 400k, & 600k PA Randonneurs Series. Mr. Connelly is the founder of Noroc, a global location platform that saves lives on the road by sharing peoples' proximity without privacy concerns.
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We know that this is a difficult time for all members of the ANC community as we settle into this period of physical isolation in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus in our region. It helps to know that we are doing so for important and charitable reasons—keeping our families healthy, protecting the vulnerable in our society, and seeking to lighten the burden of dedicated health care workers.
We know that this temporary closure of the school as mandated by Gov. Wolf brings with it great disappointment over the loss of being together on a daily basis and the community events that so enrich our lives. We are especially sympathetic toward our Seniors.
We are extremely proud of our students for their flexibility, patience, and perseverance. And we are equally proud of our faculty for their efforts to creatively provide the curriculum to our students via distance learning.
This time of isolation is hard. Many families are managing life at home with children while balancing a myriad of challenges from work as well as concerns for family members. We have immense trust that ANC families, students, faculty, and staff will meet this difficult time with hope, resilience, and a balanced viewpoint. This time still affords us the opportunity to do the important things: be kind to one another, engage in self-care, stay connected to others through remote communication, and continue our individual journeys of self-reflection and discovery.
We have heard daily from teachers, coaches, directors, and advisors about how much they miss working with our students. Experiences like this really bring into focus how lucky we are to work where we work and to work with such wonderful students, families, and staff.
Take care of yourselves, take care of each other, and wash your hands,