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Life Beyond Bolles Sparks Conversations Between Students and Alums

Bolles alums Rachel Duffy Boswell ’14, Louis Joos ’94 and DeShawn Ruffin ’14 returned to the Bolles Upper School San Jose Campus on February 22 to participate in the latest Life Beyond Bolles panel.

This program focuses on providing current students with an opportunity to learn about the different paths alumni have taken to achieve the successes that they enjoy today. The Bolles Office of Alumni partnered with Bolles College Counseling to launch Life Beyond Bolles in 2023.

Moderated by David Cohen ’98, the panel shared their individual journeys and answered questions from more than a dozen students and faculty members in the Class of ’46 Alumni Conference Room. Bolles Alumni Association Chair Justin Hart ’00 also attended the forum to introduce the group and contribute to the discussion.

Boswell is an assistant general counsel in the legal department at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida who graduated from the Florida State University College of Law in 2021 and is a current member of the Florida Bar.

A graduate of Georgetown University, Joos is a private equity investor, advisor and board member with an MBA in finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a co-founder of Refresh Mental Health, one of the largest mental health platforms in the U.S., alongside fellow alum Steven Gold ’95.

Ruffin is a development manager for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Jacksonville and the junior varsity head coach for Bolles Boys’ Basketball. He graduated from AACSB-accredited Dalton State College with a bachelor’s degree in business management and played four years of NAIA college basketball.

Thank you to our Bolles alums for sharing important insights with our upper school students as they consider their career options and pursue their passions! #BulldogProud