(Class of 2007)
John shares with us,
My name is John Forsi and I graduated from CIA in 2007. I live in Tempe, Arizona and I work for an electrical contractor on a very large computer chip manufacturing project. I have an amazing girlfriend, Rachel, who I’ve been dating for 9 months now, and we both love the outdoors, sporting events and comedy shows. I cannot believe my class has just passed the 10-year mark since graduation, and how much has changed. I keep up with a lot of people from my class, and it’s fun to see all my classmates getting married, and starting their families. I am very thankful for CIA and the way the people there helped me understand and develop a relationship with God, and helped me aim outside the box in the way I see the world. Thank you and take care. Sincerely, John.
(Class of 2007)
Melissa shares with us, “I am currently back in Alaska. I graduated from Franciscan University in 2012 with my degree in Education, got married two days later, and started my family life. My husband is an amazing supportive man. He is a real estate agent in Kenai and I am now using my degree to help teach people about health while staying at home with our kids. We just had our 3rd child two months ago now and could not be more blessed. We have two girls, Emma and Tessa, and one boy, Justin. It has been so nice seeing everyone’s updates, and seeing what all my old friends are up to. Miss you all!
(Class of 2016)
Sydney shares with us,
I just graduated from beauty school last Wednesday and will be taking state boards in January to get my license to start doing what I love! I’m applying now to get a temporary license that lasts till I can take my state boards. I’m having a lot of fun; I get to do what I love every day! Not everyone feels beautiful all the time, not everyone feels loved all the time, and this profession has taught me a lot about humility and patience. Some people I see are ex-criminals, deaf or blind, or have mental illnesses. Some have skin conditions that people look at as ugly, and they are treated badly. Many are outcasts. So, in a way, I feel like I heal people’s self-esteem. I like to keep an air of professionalism, but I also like to be friendly and interactive with my clients. I’ll ask them things like, “How is your day going, and what’s the most exciting thing that happened to you this week?” I try to be inviting, but still remain a professional. I love my job, not because of the things I get to do, but because I make people love themselves again, and that’s what makes me happiest and what gets me up in the morning. I get to get up and make the world beautiful. Hair color is my favorite thing to do; I love all the different colors! The processes to get there are all so different, so they make me think, and I love the challenge. I have made many friends in this industry and I love them so much; they are like family to me. I am going to continue educating myself and learn more tricks of the trade.
(Class of 2004)
Greg lives in Anchorage and is in his 8th year working for Alaska Communications. When asked what he does for Alaska Communications, Greg explained, “ I am a Service Delivery Lead, which basically means I coordinate getting things from point A to point B, whether that’s something as simple as an analog phone line from the CO to a small business, or something as complex as a multi-site network.” Greg got all his training on-the-job. During the course of 7 years, he’s had 4 different jobs that have all built on one another; he says a guy can learn a lot in 7 years!
Greg has also maintained his love for music through the years, although his most recent band recently split up. They played local shows all over the state, opened for Reel Big Fish New Year’s Eve in 2015 and played one of the bigger stages at the Alaska Road to Warped Tour.
Greg says his goals for his 30’s are to “travel more and work on becoming a better person”. Well, Greg, we think you’re a pretty cool person already, but we could all stand to make that our goal! Thanks for checking in and sharing some of your life with us!!Read More
(Class of 2005)
Brian graduated from Corban University in Salem, Oregon with a BS in Business Administration in 2009. He is now working at Beemuns, a business that has been in his family for years, and one which most Soldotna residents frequent often! He and his wife, Laura, have been married for about four and a half years, and they have a beautiful 18-month old daughter, Reagan. Laura is a counselor at Kenai Central High School.Read More
(Class of 2013)
Megan shares with us,
“I am currently finishing up my degree at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA. I am a Biology major with a specialization in Biomedical Sciences, as well as a Chemistry minor. I got a really awesome opportunity to join an Organic Chemistry research team and have been doing that for a few quarters now – I even got to present my work at a big convention last spring! I will be done with school in December, and honestly am not totally sure of what the next step will be. Right now I am leaning toward either Medical or Dental School, so we will see! 🙂 I definitely miss my Cook Inlet family!”Read More
(Class of 2011)
Kiana shares this update with us:
“My name is Kiana Beddow and I graduated in 2011. I started working at St. Elias Brewing company the summer I graduated and then took a short break when I moved to Burbank, CA for special effects makeup school. When I moved back home I started working at the brewery again and doing makeup on the side. Fast forward a few years: I still do makeup, I still work for St. Elias, except as the Front of the House Manager and server. I’m in charge of all the hostesses, servers and bartenders, and I love it there! In September of 2016, my boyfriend and I bought a house in town. And in February 2017, I put myself through esthetic school in Anchorage. It was a 9-week program where I commuted back and forth every week, working when I was home. Now I’m so happy to say I’m a licensed esthetician in the State of Alaska, and have started my own business. I travel as much as I can! I just got back from 3 weeks in Europe with my family!”Read More
(Class of 2000)
Connor graduated in the Class of 2000, and has a hard time believing it’s been that long ago already! He celebrated 13 years of marriage to his wife, Alicia, this past summer. They have three growing boys (Jack, Ben and Sam) who keep them very busy. Connor works for the State of Alaska as a Juvenile Probation Officer. He and Alicia work together at Peninsula Bible Fellowship in Soldotna. Connor says they are trying to focus on the important things in life, while at the same time, figuring out this ‘adult stuff’. Connor loves to stay connected with some of his old pals from CIA days, and did so with a recent trip to the Grand Canyon with Noah Shields and Eric Minelga. Connor sends well-wishes to all his old classmates.
(Class of 2008)
Robert shares with us:
“A few years following graduation from Cook Inlet, I attended KPC to study emergency medical technology.
For the past two years, I have enjoyed working with young people thru Alaska’s division of juvenile justice.
In my off time I thoroughly enjoy spending time with my many nephews and nieces. I also, picked up photography as a hobby. Living and working in Kenai.”
(Class of 2003) After high school, Luke attended Grace College where he met his wife, Jamie, and married in 2006. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. Currently, he works for the City of Raleigh’s 911 Emergency Communication center. Luke resides in North Carolina with his wife Jamie of 11 years and his five boys: Elijah, Samuel, Jacob, Jeremiah, and Noah.