Beyond Oakridge

Our graduates leave Oakridge well-prepared for the challenges of college and beyond. While these images provide only a glimpse of their lives after Oakridge, we invite you to visit this link to read about how these stellar alumni are spreading their wings. #AlwaysAnOwl

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Taylor Miller ’05 shares his hike adventure at Dirty Harry’s Balcony Trail in North Bend, Washington, which overlooks Mount Kent, McClellan Butte, and Mount Washington. Taylor lives in Mercer Island, Washington. Follow Taylor on Instagram @that_miller_guy9000 to view breathtaking images of his hiking adventures.

Kathy Nguyen ’05 married Hien Vo in fall 2018 and recently celebrated one year of marriage. The couple loves to travel and has vacationed in Santorini, Greece and Rome, Italy.

Kenitha Ellis ’03 earned her master’s degree in Strategic Public Relations from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and recently earned a Digital Marketing certificate from Southern Methodist University.

Taylor Gray ’95 is loving life on the rocks with extra salt and lime! She is the founder of On the Rocks by SFS - a stylish accessory and gift line featuring Brazilian geodes and cowhides. She and her husband, Blaine, live in Arlington with legacy owls Emma '22 and Wyatt '28 attending Oakridge. Follow Taylor on Instagram @ontherocksbysfs and visit

Ciji Tatum Townsend ’02 is the chief motivator at Balanced Not Busy, a lifestyle brand for people who want to thrive and recharge. Townsend says finding your balance is the alignment of what you think, speak, and do. It’s creating harmony in all areas of your life and showing up as the best version of yourself during each of life’s seasons. 

Stephanie Murray ’96 has been a global meeting & event planner for the past 19 years. She left Dallas for the bright lights of New York City back in 2011, when she was running the hospitality division of a sports marketing agency to help build the NY business and event team. She then took an opportunity to work with J.P. Morgan’s Private Bank at the JPMC Headquarters in Manhattan, where she has been the last five years and was recently promoted to become the Head of Western Region Events. This summer, she relocated to work out of the firm’s Los Angeles office and is now residing in Santa Monica, CA.

Brittney Gooden ’08 visited Chefchaouen, Morocco and Madrid, Spain to celebrate her 30th birthday, and specifically, to photograph Chefchaueon (nicknamed the “Blue Pearl of Morocco”). Her favorite part of the trip was taking pics in the Blue City, seen here, riding camels, and eating dinner at night in the Agafay Desert in Marrakech.

Maggie Brentlinger Loudermilk ’05 started Maggie’s Farm with her husband, Taylor, and two-year-old daughter, Eleanor Rose, as her family’s passion for creating a sustainable agrosystem in their backyard. They have since expanded their Mansfield operation to a six-acre plot to provide healthy, high-quality, organic food to the local community. Follow Maggie’s Farm on Facebook @Maggiesfarm or visit

Derey Alston ’04 published his first fiction novel, The Dunn Wright Group: An American Entrepreneur Story. “I wrote this book to inspire and encourage all entrepreneurs to chase their dreams and never give up.” Alston received his degree in business administration from Hampton University, served as a registered investment advisor at Edward Jones Investments, and has over nine years of experience working in the financial services industry. He has also worked with Fortune 100 companies as a wealth management consultant. His book may be found on Amazon.