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Welcome new alumni staff!

New staffers work with alumni

Five staff members have recently joined the alumni affairs, annual fund, events and stewardship, and planned-giving programs:

Baret Pinyoun ’95 is the new assistant director of alumni affairs. A sociology major with a minor in Spanish and a strong interest in biology, she spent part of her junior year pursuing environmental and cultural studies in Bolivia. For the past couple of years, she has worked for the Sierra Club in Saratoga Springs, most recently as a conservation organizer, coordinating voter drives and door-to-door canvassing campaigns, planning public educational events, and managing volunteers.

Pinyoun’s position at Skidmore focuses on Reunion, class volunteer connections, young-alumni programs, and undergraduate outreach. She replaces Tomas "Omay" Elphick ’93, who left Skidmore last summer when his wife was accepted into a Ph.D. program at the University of Colorado.

The new assistant director of the annual fund is Jane Sanzen, UWW ’92. After earning an associate’s degree in business, Sanzen spent the past 12 years helping to run a family enterprise, Saratoga Veterinary Products Co., where she was vice president for marketing and sales. Her Skidmore bachelor’s degree is also in business. She is a board member of the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation and has helped coordinate the Skidmore Saratoga Classic Horse Show and other volunteer-driven fundraising events.

For Skidmore’s annual fund, Sanzen’s activities include recruiting and supporting volunteers who work to reconnect alumni and solicit annual fund gifts.

The annual fund also has a new program assistant, Megan LeDuc, who helps with fundraising efforts among alumni from the ’90s, assists the senior pledge program, and directs student phonathons. She succeeds Timothy Whiteman ’98, who is pursuing sports-marketing or other career opportunities in New York City.

A 1999 graduate of Connecticut College, where she majored in psychology, LeDuc worked in the college’s student-volunteer office. She was also an active fundraiser, serving as student manager for the Conn College phonathon, and then becoming a development-office intern in her senior year, when she also co-chaired her class’s senior pledge drive.

Katrina Schwing has joined Skidmore as director of College events and stewardship. She was previously associate director of Seton Health Foundation in Troy, N.Y., where she coordinated events and public relations for a capital campaign, led the annual giving appeals, and directed stewardship and donor-recognition activities. She earlier worked for the New York State Assembly in Albany and also handled special events and income development for the American Cancer Society in Binghamton. She earned a B.A. in political science from Binghamton University in 1991.

At Skidmore, Schwing and her staff coordinate Commencement, Family Weekend, and all-College convocations, as well as a range of fundraising and donor-recognition events. She takes over for Victoria Greene Aldrich ’74, who resigned to pursue a career in real estate.

Attorney Suzanne Singer has been named associate director for planned giving. Along with working in several upstate law firms, she has also been a solo practitioner, always specializing in financial fields such as estate planning and administration, probate, trusts, and tax law. She earned a B.A. in history from Hamilton College in 1991 and a J.D. from Syracuse University in 1995. As a law student, she interned one summer at the Securities and Futures Authority in London, England.

Singer’s duties at Skidmore include advising prospective donors about ways to arrange for deferred or planned gifts such as bequests, charitable trusts, and participation in the pooled life-income fund. She replaces Steven Miller, who has moved to Johns Hopkins University.

 


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