Alumni Spotlight: Melissa Imhaus ’85

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Melissa Imhaus ’85 in Barcelona with her family.

1.  Tell us about your life today.
These days I am busy raising two children and running a financial advisory business. My husband Frank van Hoorn and I live in Sonoma County and our children (Rik and Nina) attend an IB school in Healdsburg. Frank is from the Netherlands and we go home often.  As travel is a passion, when we can we are on the road. This April we will go to Chengdu and Tibet, and to Holland for a month this summer.  And we make it to Tahoe quite a bit. Sailing the bay and skiing are my hobbies. I am looking forward to the Class of 1985’s 30th high school reunion this fall.  I remain friends with many classmates.  Sometimes the oldest friends are the best.

2.  Outside of work, what are you passionate about?
I am passionate about my kids and family above all. I am also passionate about travel and helping my clients.  I spend time advocating for the environment.  I think MA in the 80s added to my tendencies toward advocacy.

3.  Looking back on the classes that you took at MA, which one had the greatest impact on you and why?
John Hicks chemistry and diving classes. I actually went on to become a divemaster and worked in the South Pacific and Thailand in my 20s leading diving trips. John was such a kind and positive force. He also instilled a sense of curiosity and love of science that sticks with me to this day. He was always smiling.

4.  What is one of your best MA memories?
My father had just died and I was back to swim team.  Coach Don was so supportive of me during that time, as were the other team members.

5.  If you were to re-enroll at Marin Academy, what would you do differently the second time around?
I would have taken more advantage of the arts programs, and I would have done more of the “adventuresome” mini-courses.  I would have worked harder and taken my studies more seriously.  I would have learned French.

Interested in being in the Alumni Spotlight?  Send a message to Beth Sherman ’96, Director of Alumni Relations!

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