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Tammy Blake
408A Clinton St.
Brooklyn, NY 11231

John Collins and his wife, Parris, live in Charlottesville, VA, where John is the eastern sales manager for Patagonia.

Chris and Michelle DeMonte Bene live in Oakland, CA, now. Chris is still with GE Capital and was recently promoted to vice president. Michelle keeps busy at home with their three children, Robbie, 5, Sarah, 3, and Anna, 1.

Jill Fiorita Vitti is enjoying a leave of absence from her first-grade teaching position. She loves being a stay-at-home mom for sons Joey, 4, and Michael, 3.

Ellen Horan Playford was promoted to vice president and comptroller for Lighthouse International in 1999. She has been with the company, a worldwide resource on vision impairment rehabilitation, for seven years, after serving it as a client during her first job as an auditor. “The last year and a half has been quite challenging,” she notes, “due to the conversion to a Y2K-compliant accounting system.”

Michael and Aimee Bedo Mone welcomed their first child, Owen, on October 22, 1999. That same month, Michael left the Norfolk district attorney’s office and went into private practice. He writes that although Aimee finished her master’s program at Boston University last year and planned to teach high school English, she has since decided to stay home with Owen in the new Melrose, MA, house that the couple bought last January.

The news from Sean and Sheridan Panzer-Koplow is that Sheri received her doctorate in counseling psychology from Rutgers University in January.

Bonnie Van Campen married Aaron Benware in October 1999 at Lillian’s Restaurant in Saratoga Springs. Aaron is a Saratoga Springs police officer, while Bonnie works as manager at the House of Walsh clothing shop.


Reunion ’01!

Corina Lu
303 Greenwich St., Apt. 4J
New York, NY 10013

David and Barbara Bergmans Rucci welcomed Maria Grace to their family on December 19, 1999. They now live in New Canaan. When Grace gives her free moments, Barbara continues with her stationery design business.

From San Francisco, Jaye Page writes, “Still paying off my education. If any alumni want to help me out . . . .”

Joel Quadracci, vice president for print sales in the New York office of Quad/Graphics, a company founded by his father, recently married Caran Hathaway Frater, who is an advertising account executive with the WB television network in New York.

Amy Quatromoni’s plans were to take the summer off and do lots of traveling, reading, and relaxing. Her travels, she said, would “definitely take me to visit some of my Skidmore friends!”


Mity Lenahan Fowler
514 E. Ryan Pl.
Lake Forest, IL 60045

Erica Anderson recently ran into Steph Friedman on a plane from Los Angeles to Chicago. Both of them work in market research, Steph for Lieberman and Erica for Stashlight, so they had lots to catch up on.

Armon Bar-Tur recently married Rebecca Runkle. Skiddies in attendance were Stephanie Fabian ’91, Alex Griffin ’91,and Corina Lu ’91. Rebecca and Armon honeymooned in Kenya and Tanzania for safaris and scuba diving. Armon was recently promoted to manage Morgan Stanley’s Information Fund, a technology fund with assets of over $4.5 billion!

Will Campbell dropped a note that Pierre Freeman ’93 is joining the Skidmore crowd in San Francisco,as are Adrian and Page Marchese Norman. Adrian is working for

Alisa Chester married Chris Key on June 17, with Elizabeth Fandetti Craig and Jay and Ann Maynard Dixon in attendance.

Ten years after meeting on the Skidmore polo team, Erika Daneman and Josh Slater ’93 were married on June 10. After honeymooning in Bali, they settled in Baltimore. In the wedding as bridesmaid was Suzie Frauenhofer, who, Erika writes, works in the human resources department of Goldman Sachs in New York City.

Danielle DeVita Cerza, a zoning and land use attorney in New Jersey, was married in July 1999 to John Cerza, also a New Jersey attorney.

Heather Eldridge married Cliff Munroe on a papaya plantation in Cliff’s native Jamaica on July 28. Heather and Cliff reside in Ottawa, Ontario.

A Saratoga wedding! Sarah Finkelberg and Jordan White were married on March 25 at the Hall of Springs. Naomi Vladeck was a co-maid of honor. Other Skidmore friends in attendance were Amy Benatovich Janay, Amy-Lynn Fischer, David Jodka, Jennifer Riley and husband Kasey Galligan, Brad Small, Nate Watkins, Debra Zatkowsky, Drew and Elise Davgin Serby ’93, and Michael and Jennifer Goldstock Wright ’93.

Gaby Gold has returned to New York City and is the concierge at the Midtown Marriott. Stop in and say hello! Gaby was in Iowa the past few years performing for a children’s theater.

Abbie Guard Buck turned 30 over the Fourth of July weekend sipping wine in Napa Valley with fellow Skiddies Carey Buckley Sullivan (and baby Tripp), Jen Howson Lee, Heather Krent, Jenny Rose, and Danika Sandoz.

Kathryn Holloway Claus and husband James announce the birth of Lillian Mary on June 13.

I had the pleasure of attending Andrew Hughes and Gina Degnan’s wedding on July 28 in Oyster Bay, NY, along with Bucky Polk ’89 (who demonstrated his outstanding swing dancing abilities on the dance floor), Jason Brown, Ali Zammarano and Sal Carraba, Paulani and Chris Dunn, Dan Goldstein, Blake Krapf, Craig Lapham, Amy O’Leary, Jenny Rose, Stephen Hickey ’91, Curbie Oesstrich ’91, Richie Nestro ’91, Eric Stoerr ’91, Darren Cohen ’94, and Steve Swann ’93. Andy and Gina honeymooned in Greece.

Dave Jodka attended the wedding of Todd Master and Kara Gardner ’93 in Sedona, AZ, on June 16. Dylan Powers and Whitney Savage ’93 were also there. A second reception was held in New York on July 1 where Dave, Dylan and Whitney were joined by Pete Durant, Robyn Deutscher, and Joe Fraim and his wife, Penny. Check out Dave Jodka and Doug Fraim’s Boston-based band, Fat Boy, at

Hilary Kalman recently saw Niki Smith in Vancouver.

Benjamin ’93 and Melissa Kotlen Nagin announce the birth of Zachary’s baby sister, Sarah Rose, on March 1.

Jessica Reider-Goldman and husband Brian announce the birth of Nash David on March 6.

Jill Richardson is pursuing her M.B.A. at Fordham University while working in Fordham’s development office raising money from young alumni. Jill attended the June wedding of Sheri Dexler Tanner ’93 in Avon, CT, along with Stephanie Friedman, Amy O’Leary, Nick Consula ’95, and Michael Bailey ’94. Sheri and her husband, Chris, honeymooned in Mexico.

And in August Jill was planning to head home home to meet Parker Sawyer and Lori’s new daughter, Sabrina Carroll, born July 5.

Jenny Rose has been in touch with Sue Rush and they’ve been exchanging engagement stories.

“My husband, Kevin, and I just had our second child,” writes Leslie Rutherfurd Coleman. Charles Stuyvesant “Stuyvie” is nearly 2, and their new son, Avery Kernan, was born April 5.

Kristin Tang continues to teach kindergarten at the Vail Mountain School in Colorado.

Anne Thompson has a new job as the middle school art teacher for North Yarmouth Academy in Maine. Anne has been in a marketing job the past few years and is very excited to get back into teaching, painting, and hopefully selling her work.

Julia Varbalow just received her Ph.D. in math from the University of Kentucky while teaching at Rutgers University. Julia recently moved to Newport News, VA.

Naomi Vladeck is now director of development at the Dance Theater Workshop in New York City.

As administrative coordinator for the graduate school of Bank Street College of Education, Kristen Zebrowski works to accredit and re-register the college and is in charge of the administration of the graduate school and programs. She also is an adjunct professor of psychology at Rockland Community College.


Joanna Flynn
32 Yarmouth Street
Boston, MA 02116

Amy Bohm is now in Tokyo, where she is working for the Body Shop. She spent her first weeks there in product training, which she found “quite fun” and then expected to be assigned to an Internet project. She is glad to have figured out the train system, especially since she has an hour-long commute to work each day.

Jonathan Brown recently married Rebecca Beleskas in Hartford. Jonathan, who received an M.B.A. from Boston College, is a senior project manager at Massachusetts Financial Services. His wife is a product manager at Fidelity Investments Service.

Terry Dubow writes to announce that his wife, Kirsten Fawcett-Dubow ’94, gave birth to Madeline Paige on March 8. This fall, they move to New Hampshire, where he teaches high school English at Kimball Union Academy and Kristen will work part time helping victims of domestic violence. Terry recently won a grant for short fiction from the Ohio Arts Council and had a story nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Clint Koenig has completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Missouri–Columbia. Clint won the Resident Teacher Award for his work with students in family medicine education. He will remain at the university for two more years in a fellowship, putsuing a master’s in journalism and a master’s in public health. His research project will focus on electronic consumer information issues related to the Family Practice Inquiries Network.

Benjamin and Melissa Kotlen Nagin ’92 announce that Zachary has a baby sister, Sarah Rose, born March 1.

Dave and Beth Steingard Murphy proudly announce the birth of Alexandra Paige on April 18.

Kristin VanWickle Hehir and husband, Bill welcomed Elinor Katherine on November 30, 1999.


Chanel Greene
77 Saratoga Ave., #3B
Yonkers, NY 10705

After moving into a new house in Amherst, MA, last year, Fred and Shelley Barnett Treyz welcomed Peter Frederick on March 31.

Claude Brodesser is “still alive and covering Hollywood film for Variety.” He asks that his old friends drop him a line at 532 N. Edinburgh Ave. (Guest House), Los Angeles, CA, 90048-2319.

Dana Caruso graduated with a master’s in adolescent psychology and counseling in January from Goddard College in Plainfield, VT. She is now a substance abuse and violence prevention counselor at a New Hampshire high school. She also works in the teen program of a private human services agency that teaches interpersonal, community, and global relations.

“I am happy to be finishing my first year of a two-year graduate program in nonprofit management at the New School University in New York,” writes Stephanie Copelin.

As part of her graduate studies, Celine Cousteau spent last spring interning in the “culture of peace and democracy in Central America” program of the University for Peace in Costa Rica.

Daniel Caputi is very happy living in Queens, NY, and writes that he attended 66 New York Mets games in 1999, including the 15-inning playoff marathon against the Braves and the season finale in Atlanta. He also managed to get promoted to regional supervisor of the classical department for three Virgin megastores in New York.

Mathew Dairman graduated from the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine on May 12.

After working and living in Connecticut for the past two years, Christine Dempsey has become assistant dean of students at the Madeira School in McLean, VA.

Child psychologist Laura Finkelson was married on June 3.

The family and classmates of the late Kenny Gordon have created the Kenny Gordon Foundation, and this fall a first Skidmore installment went to Salome Ruperty ’04, a freshman in the Higher Education Opportunity Program. She was chosen by the foundation’s board, including Kenny’s brother Jon as well as Jason Twomey, Johnny Rosenthal, and Scott Colee. The Gordon Foundation aid allows Salome to skip a work/study job, have her own computer, and graduate without debt.

Heather Howell has a new job at Yale University, where she researches predictors, the course of illness, and effective treatments for postpartum depression.

Corrie Kennedy, completing her master’s in education at Fairleigh Dickinson University, is teaching English this fall.

After receiving her master’s in education in August, Helen Overeynder has begun teaching earth science to ninth graders in St. Albans, VT.

Justine Pinckard was awarded the Antonio Cirino Memorial Fellowship in Arts Education in 1999. She has worked at a residential drug and alcohol treatment facility for adjudicated boys. She has also exhibited artwork in two group shows at the University of Oregon.

Amy Munichiello and Tony Reidy were married on July 2 at the Canfield Casino in Saratoga Springs. Chrissy Dempsey, Mark Freeman, Becky Saravay Crespi, and Josh Weiner were in the bridal party and Jed Morey was a reader. Other Skiddies in attendance were Samita Ahluwalia Sidhu, Meredith Eastman, Sherie Gillman Barge, Tim Manning, Nicole Morrione, Justin O’Leary, Kittsy Peirce, Linda Schneiderman, Shannon Small Dunn, Vicki Tisch, Cathy Wright Smith, and Kevin Labick ’92. Amy and Tony honeymooned for two weeks on Corsica and planned to move to the Boston area this fall.

Heidi Ritz Cohen and husband Rob moved to a new house in Maplewood, NJ, in July.

Amy Lynn Sagan married Joshua Morris Srebnick in June. She is a manager for sales and marketing at Xerox Corporation in New York City, and he is a Ph.D. candidate in clinical psychology at the City University of New York.

Warren Schwartz is completing requirements for the doctoral program in clinical psychology at the O’Hare campus of the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. He is pursuing his internship at the University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse.

Ben Spiro recently left Morgan Stanley in New York City to start a trading firm in Miami.

In 1999 Victoria Tisch relocated from New York City to San Diego, CA, where she works for Harcourt Publishers in children’s book marketing. She has already had a visit from Josh Weiner.

Michael and Marcie Wartel Handler recently bought a house in East Walpole, MA. Marcie has received her Ph.D. in school psychology from Lehigh University.


Kayne Rourke
344 E. 16th St., #2
New York, NY 10003

Erin Foley Swanson is now a stay-at-home mom to Nickolas, born April 8. Her husband, John, owns an electrical vehicle store in East Hampton, NY.

Maura Fortescue recently moved from Dallas, TX, to Austin, where she is a senior Web producer for, a business-to-business purchasing service.

Kerry Jackson works for, a startup online auction site for artists and crafters that was launched in June.

Joanne Ladolcetta recently showed Lynette Johnson Piper some island-style fun when Lynette visited her in the Bahamas. In August Joanne left the islands to pursue work as a fine art photographer in London.

Nicole Testa is happily married and finishing her master’s degree in elementary education at Teachers College at Columbia University. She still teaches first grade.


Reunion ’01!

Allison Lacorazza
80 Gold St., #4D
New York, NY 10038

Matthew Benson portrayed the Devil in the Oblivion Theater Company presentation of The History of the Devil by Clive Barker last June. The performance was held in New York City’s Quinn Studio Theater and was presented in arrangement with Fordham University/Lincoln Center. Matthew also appeared in an episode of HBO’s Sex in the City in May.

Scott Bronstein is CEO of PCM Productions, a sports marketing and event promotions company in Chicago.

Stephanie Brubaker is living in New York City and working on her M.A. in genetic counseling at Mt. Sinai Medical School.

Kristen Herzog is still living with boyfriend Jeff in Vermont. She’s working as a retail trainer for Ben & Jerry’s in Burlington. “I teach Scoop University for new shop owners and managers, and I travel all over the U.S. to help open new shops,” she explains. “I can be reached at”

Victoria Jeffery Glaser has graduated from George Washington University with a master’s in counseling and has been working as an elementary school counselor. She most happily announces the birth of her son, Collin Jeffery, on April 12.

Daniel Klotz married Priscilla Costigan of Templemore, County Tipperary, Ireland, on October 15, 1999, in Athens, GA. Daniel is a caseworker with the Clarke County Department of Social Services in Athens.

Colin Moore is working for GPC/ O’Neill, a government relations firm in Boston. He works with corporations in the high-technology industry. Among his projects is negotiating the building of Sycamore Networks’ company headquarters in Bedford, MA.

Alyson Roberts married Stephen Tedeschi on July 9.

Andrew Tranes graduated from Cardozo Law School in 1999 and currently works in banking law at a Manhattan law firm. He frequently sees Christopher Bougopoulos, who lives in Boston and is entering his third year at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and Adam Rodman ’97, who attends graduate school in Buffalo, NY.


Allison Gray
124 Wednesday Hill Rd.
Lee, NH 03824

Hilary Barnes writes that she is “still happy as a clam in NYC!”

John Dickerson writes, “Went down to DC on Memorial Day weekend with Henrik Westin to visit Brian Ostrowski ’96.” Brian, he says, is currently training for Navy reconnaissance, and Henrik has a commission to work on a ship for the Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Lucas Fain is pursuing a master’s degree in social science from the University of Chicago.

Sisters Michele and Nicole Gemelos are busy attaining higher education. Michele is in a master’s program in literature at Oxford University in England. Meanwhile, Nicole received her master’s in art history in 1999 and is pursuing another master’s in museum studies at Leicester.

Featured in a 20th-anniversary celebration of the Tim McGuire Dance Center in Glens Falls, NY, was Shannon Hurlburt. He is currently principal dancer with San Francisco’s Smuin Ballets. Shannon began tap and jazz training at Tim McGuire at age 8 and added ballet to his repertoire while majoring in dance at Skidmore. His performance of an Irish step piece called “Bells of Dublin” was very well received.

Last spring, Debbie Layendecker received her M.M. in vocal performance from New England Conservatory in Boston. She spent the summer at the Seagle Music Colony, and this fall she and David Joyal are moving to Atlanta, where Dave is attending Emory University Law School and Debbie will continue her opera career.

Noah Lewis lives in Manhattan with Chris Morse and Jamie Magid ’98. Having worked for IBM on the American Express Client Team since graduation, Noah recently left to join a British business-to-business new media company as the executive manager of interactive alliance development for the company’s U.S. launch. Chris is the marketing manager of a U.S. new media b-to-b communications company.

In a joint exhibition with Korean artist Hye Shin, Gregg Moore presented his pottery as a culmination of a year’s residency at the Worcester Center for Crafts. The massive vessels Gregg creates were inspired in part by the antique Korean pottery he studied at Skidmore, and many also reflecttraditional designs and look as if they were recently excavated in an archaeological dig. At the conclusion of the exhibition, Gregg headed to graduate school at Alfred University in Alfred, NY.

Dara Meinerth is teaching and coaching at the Loomis Chaffee School. in Connecticut. She keeps in touch with Tara McMillen, Mark Roney, and “crew,” all of whom are doing well.

Marcy Palmer attends the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

After working for Credit Suisse First Boston and then living in Argentina, Jon Rumble is now a consultant with Navigant Consulting in DC.

Jane Shannon completed her second year at Albany Law School as a student attorney, providing free legal representation to low-income children with disabilities at the Civil Rights and Disabilities Law Clinic. She is now a law clerk at the Albany firm of Maynard O’Connor Smith and Catalinotto LLP and looks forward to graduating in May 2001.

Also attending Albany Law School is Amanda Stern.

See the story about Peter Stiepleman on the “People” page in this issue.

My news is that I married Crist Costa on August 19 in Chapel Hill, NC. We live in New Hampshire, where I’m pursuing a master’s in outdoor education at UNH.


Michele Rothstein
58 N. Pershing
Akron, OH 44313

Lauren J. Babicka completed her first year of a graduate program in special education and reading at New York University.

Matthew Budd remains in Costa Rica, where he has been teaching English as a foreign language for a year and half. He plans to return to the U.S. in December or January and begin searching for a teaching position.

Jack Diemar and his wife, Jody, are having great success with Jack’s Coffee House, a small café-type restaurant, based upon a business plan Jack developed as a project at Skidmore. The café first opened in New London, NH, in 1999. Now they have opened a second site in Newport. The café features a wide variety of gourmet coffees and teas. Tying their earlier stints as professional bicyclists to this new interest, the Diemars and Jack’s Coffee were hoping to sponsor a triathlon competitor at the Olympics in Australia this summer.

Jessica Edwards has moved to Kansas City, KS, to work for Black and Veatch as an environmental engineer.

Alyson Falwell recently relocated to Philadelphia to begin a clinical research position with the University of Pennsylvania.

Alexandra Flood, who has been working as a kindergarten teacher at King’s Elementary School in Warwick, NY, will attend NYU’s graduate school this fall to receive a master’s in elementary education.

Erik Grimaldi is Skidmore’s assistant director of alumni relations. Until last spring he was a public relations assistant at Moss-Tucker Associates in Boston. A former Bandersnatcher, he’s been a producer and performer for Vineyard Sound, an a cappella group based on Martha’s Vineyard. In his Skidmore job, he helps organize Reunion and other programs for alumni.

Angel Perez is the new program director for Upward Bound at Pace University in New York City. He currently resides in Jersey City and can be reached at

Lisa Perry recently directed Sam Shepard’s Action, starring Ryan Bronz ’96, and Shel Silverstien’s Duck at the Atlantic Theater in New York City. Her co-producer on Action was Jamie Magid. This summer, Lisa traveled to Chicago to study with the Steppenwolf Theater Company.

Margaret Busser is doing Internet political consulting for Internet Campaign Solutions, the president of which is Chris McGrath ’99. She encourages you to check out

Ben Rubenstein left his job at Playboy Enterprises to work as a contract designer for McKinsey Consulting in New York City.


Nancy Magnus
Blair Academy
PO Box 600
Blairstown, NJ 07825-0600

Christy Coleman recently moved from Greenville, NC, to Park Slope, Brooklyn, where she will live with her freshman roommate, Gabrielle Mitchell-Marell. She works at as an ad sales coordinator. In her free time, she enjoys refinishing furniture found on the streets of NYC and maintaining an alphabetical list of the Skidmore kids she runs into daily on the streets.

Nina Levenduski spent the summer studying Hungarian in preparation for leaving in August for a year-long stay in Hungary, where she will teach English.

Christopher McGrath has started a small political Internet consulting firm in Arlington, VA. For more information, he encourages classmates to visit

Ruben Medina has completed his first year of law school at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR, and is working for the Oregon Law Center, a nonprofit that provides legal services for poor and low-income persons.

This fall John Miller, who is a corporate paralegal for Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells LLP in New York, is attending law school.

Jono Pandolfi teaches ceramics and drawing to some 230 children at the Millbrook School. “I also coach squash and baseball and am a ‘dorm parent.’ Life is good.” (See “Campus News” in this issue for more on Jono.)

In July Allison Prouty directed The Maids with Gwyneth Dobson, Nicola Fordwood ’00, and Prudence Heyert in Chicago. Allison works in production at Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier.

Becky Ripps has completed her first year at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Institute of Health Professions in Boston. She expects to obtain her master’s in 2002 and become a family nurse practitioner. She spent the summer working at the hospital as a critical-care technician in the cardiac ICU.

“Living amidst many Skiddies and other weird and fun folk” in Queens, NY, Alexx Shilling is dancing with J Mandle Productions and independent choreographer David Storey. She is an apprentice at Jennifer Kries/The Method Pilates Studio in SoHo, pending certification, and works at the Danspace Project, the New York City Ballet, and an investment firm which shall remain nameless.

Sam Stern is teaching English and math at Ardsley Middle School this fall.


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