Alumni Speaker Series
The Alumni Speaker Series covers a variety of topics throughout the year, featuring alumni and members of the PHS community.
Our most recent series focused on different genres of music with our alumni speakers:
- Auyon Mukharji ’03, member of the folk group Darlingside
- Jay Mehta '19, member of Yale’s a capella group Redhot & Blue
- Olivia Sabates ’19, solo music artist
Moderated by Elizabeth McKinley Tuttle ’93, followed by prerecorded music from each artist for a mini concert.
This Alumni Speaker Series focused on health and wellness, touching on: techniques to deal with stress and anxiety, especially during the holidays and a global pandemic; the importance of sleep and its effect on mental and physical health; and the use of humor to manage emotions. Guest speakers:
* Sonali Agarwal, M.D., PHS Trustee and current parent
* Jamie Copaken ’93, LCSW, LSCSW, current parent
* Elizabeth Kensinger ’94, Ph.D., professor at Boston University and sleep specialist
* Miriam Zavagnin, M.Ed., PHS faculty and current parent
Moderated by Elizabeth McKinley Tuttle ’93.
Auyon Mukharji '03 is a member of the folk band Darlingside. He graduated from Williams College in 2007 with a degree in biology, and studied traditional music in Ireland, Brazil and Turkey on a 2007-08 Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. Auyon has otherwise worked as the manager of a pizza shop, a songwriting teacher at a Waldorf school and Darlingside's booking agent. He is allergic to cats.
Olivia Sabates '19 is a sophomore at Loyola Marymount University where she is studying political science, plays club soccer and is a part of surf club and fashion society. At PHS she was involved in Madrigals and Top of the Hill, community service club, student government, Youth in Government, community captain, played soccer and field hockey, and did the musical for her freshman, sophomore and senior year. In Los Angeles, she still pursues music outside of her academics. Her music is currently being distributed through Universal Bungalo and she has a music platform on Youtube, Apple music, Spotify, Amazon, etc. She is currently working with a panel of producing and musical experts that continue to push her passion in the correct direction.
Jay Mehta '19 is a student at Yale University. Currently, Jay is on a gap year, working remotely as a Congressional staffer. At Pembroke, Jay was a member of the Madrigal Singers, Top of the Hill, LAB and Student Council, and he participated in theater throughout his four years in high school. At Yale, Jay is the co-vice president of the Yale Drama Coalition, participates in undergraduate theater, and is the co-president of Redhot & Blue, Yale's oldest all-gender a cappella group. Jay would like to dedicate Redhot & Blue's performance to Joel Diffendaffer, without whom he would not be singing today.
Elizabeth McKinley Tuttle ’93 is a member of the Pembroke Hill communications team. Her professional experience includes reporting and editing at USA TODAY, The Associated Press and Bridge News Financial. She also managed public relations for H&R Block, training executives and tax professionals to speak on camera for media interviews. Elizabeth’s experience also includes TV and film production, having written for a feature film and Emmy-award winning television shows. She has two children who attend PHS. In her spare time she runs a marketing and communications consulting firm.