Alumni Speaker Series

The Alumni Speaker Series covers a variety of topics throughout the year, featuring alumni and members of the PHS community.

Join us for the first Zoom Webinar focusing on health and wellness on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 7-8 p.m. Our speakers will discuss:

  • 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.
  • The use of humor to manage emotions.

Attendees are encouraged to ask questions of the panelists.

Guest Speakers

  • Sonali Agarwal, M.D., PHS Trustee and current parent
  • Jamie Copaken ’93, LCSW, LSCSW, current parent
  • Elizabeth Kensinger ’94, Ph.D.
  • Miriam Zavagnin, M.Ed., PHS faculty and current parent

Moderated by Elizabeth McKinley Tuttle ’93

About the Speakers

Portrait of Sonali Agarwal, M.D.

Sonali Agarwal is a physician specializing in interventional pain management with Saint Luke’s Pain Management at Shoal Creek. She undertook undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley and graduated from Saba University School of Medicine. Sonali completed her anesthesiology residency at UMKC/Saint Luke’s and is fellowship-trained in pain management from the Weill-Cornell Presbyterian Hospital program in New York City. She is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiology, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and the Society of Interventional Spine. She is also a board member of the Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) at Saint Luke’s Health System Shoal Creek and a member of the ACS’s Medical Executive Committee.

Portrait of Jamie Copaken

James (Jamie) Copaken '93 is a psychotherapist, working in private practice with children, adults, couples and families. He has presented numerous workshops on topics such as parenting, grief and dating violence. As one of the few male therapists, he also focuses on issues affecting men and boys – including bullying, anger management and communication. He has helped people work through a wide range of difficulties, including peer and family conflict, divorce, depression and anxiety. He has more than 20 years experience with schools, mental health clinics and addiction clinics in New York, Philadelphia and Dallas, and has now returned to Kansas City, his hometown. Jamie graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and has a master's degree from Columbia University. For more information, visit

Portrait of Elizabeth Kensinger

Elizabeth Kensinger '94 is professor and chair of psychology at Boston College. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology and biology from Harvard University and her doctorate in neuroscience from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At Boston College, she directs the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience laboratory, conducting research to answer questions such as: Why do we remember some moments from our past, such as those imbued with emotion, better than others? Why is sleep so important for memory? How does memory change as adults get older? and What can we do to minimize the negative impact of those changes? She has authored over 200 scientific articles as well as the book, Emotional Memory Across the Adult Lifespan.

Miriam Zavagnin is currently serving Pembroke Hill School as the mindfulness & wellness coach. Since completing her master of education degree in 2002, Miriam has served public and private school communities in Kansas City as a classroom teacher, admissions director, children’s yoga teacher and consultant. She is a registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance and a certified mindfulness instructor through Mindful Schools. She is deeply curious about what school communities look like when mindfulness is practiced by administrators, teachers and students.

Portrait of Elizabeth McKinley Tuttle ’93

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.

Alumni Speaker Series Registration