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Caroline Korthals (US’08, C’12) UX Designer, IBM iX After discovering her love of art at the Upper School, Caroline Korthals continued her passion for painting, drawing, and design as an art major at the College. Now working for IBM iX as a UX designer in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she blends creativity and innovation to serve clients. Korthals’s pathway to UX, also known as user-experience... Read More

Tessa (Bray, C’02) Frost Director of Federal Government Affairs for the Christian Science Committee on Publication, U.S. Federal Office Near the end of high school, Christian Science became increasingly important to Frost. Then a visit to Principia made the college decision easy, despite her previous Ivy League plans. For Frost, Principia was an “invaluable place to learn to be a healer in the... Read More

Alice Stanley (C’10) Actor, Playwright, Teacher Alice Stanley’s passion for theatre, and especially improv comedy, began her freshman year at the College, when she acted in mainstage productions and joined Lazy Zipper, Principia’s improv group. Today, after earning an MFA in dramatic writing from Arizona State University, she moves seamlessly between professional roles as a performer, writer,... Read More

Brett Banning (C’11) Product Designer at Uber As lead Product on Uber’s Global Vehicle team, Brett is using a human-centered design methodology to develop a program for onboarding new drivers. His projects always begin with user research and progress through extensive prototyping and testing, and he regularly interacts with professionals across the company—engineers, marketers, data scientists,... Read More

  Not many people can say they fulfilled their childhood dream of becoming an actor, but Lindsay LaVanchy (US'07) can. LaVanchy attended Principia from preschool through the Upper School and was involved in all aspects of the arts, including dance and Spring Production, both under the direction of Sheila Alioto, one of her main mentors through school. “My years at Principia inspired me as a... Read More