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’80

Lisa Pedicini and Paulette Adkins Rainie
Lisa.Pedicini@verizon.net

Kim Roy Tofalli was named president of Ann Taylor Stores. She and husband Chris recently renovated a historic home on Nantucket, where they live with children Katherine and Christopher.

The mother of two boys, Brad, 13, and Hayden, 10, Cary Goodrich Young is busy “doing the soccer mom thing.” She also does fundraising for Children’s Hospital in Seattle, where she is a board member of the Hospital Guild Foundation.

Tracey Baird Allen is a real estate agent in Brentwood, CA, doing residential sales and developing/remodeling single family/apartment dwellings. She and her husband, Peter, have “two beautiful daughters,” ages 10 and 13.

Susan Milner McCall teaches art at Sullins Academy in Bristol, VA. She and her husband, Roger, also have “two beautiful daughters,” Taylor, 13, and Laura, 10.

After teaching for 11 years at Rutgers, Beth Howard is now dean of first-year students at Douglass College, where her daughter, Rebecca, now in high school, plans to attend college.

’81

Elizabeth Deckenbach Felder
kdfelder@newhampshireultranet.com

Christie Farina Wright and husband Faulkner announce the birth of Owen Thomas on February 3, 2000. Owen was named in honor of Christie’s first husband, Thomas Curran, who died in 1992.

Ellen Walter Spence is in her 18th year of teaching elementary art. She lives in a “finally renovated older home” with children Elias, 7, James, 5, and Gabriel, 1.

Robin Belsky Gold is a research associate and genetic counselor in the Molecular Biology Institute in Detroit, MI. Husband Richard and children Rebecca, 11, and Brian, 8, enjoy the Great Lakes. Robin says, “I hope old friends will look me up.”

Leland Peyser and wife Cathy report that daughter Sydney became a bat mitzvah in May. Lee was present for a great turnout by Skidmore alumni at a men’s lacrosse game against Drew University in Madison, NJ. Skidmore fans cheered on the T’breds, who trounced the Rangers, 14 to 8.

Elizabeth Deckenbach Felder presented a lecture on infant/toddler curriculum and environments at a national convention of preschool educators in Portland, ME. She says she’s “eager to connect with other Skidmore educators!”

Nancy Diehl Walsh is a full-time mom in Nantucket, MA. She and her husband have two daughters, Lilly, 3, and Nora 1. Nancy sees Kelly Hanley Goode almost every day; Kelly also has two girls: Mary, 3, and Kathryn, 2.

See the feature story on Christopher Madkour in this issue of Scope.

’82

Reunion ’02!

Angela R Foss
afoss@HSPH.Harvard.edu

Nancy Mygatt’s design for marketing Naugatuck Valley Community College’s admissions program “Career Choices” won a national award from Admissions Marketing Report. Nancy has worked for the college for seven years and is also the proud owner of Mygatt Design Concepts, which serves clients such as schools and corporations. Nancy traveled to Cape Elizabeth, ME, in May to visit Gail Osgood, whose eldest daughter, Lucy, is Nancy’s godchild. Nancy created a wall mural for Lucy’s room, which Lucy is “crazy for.”

David Schaffer and Nancy Wagner Schaffer ’83 announce the birth of Helena Grace on December 2, 2000. The Schaffers reside in Clifton Park, NY.

Christine Jones Juneau has been appointed chief operating officer at John S. Herold Inc., a global energy research and consulting firm based in Norwalk, CT. Christine has been with the firm since 1988.

Elizabeth Sweet Dowling started a second year of study at the McCall School of Business and a third year serving as marketing board chair of a local Nature Conservancy chapter. She recently bought property on Block Island to use in the summer.

Katonah, NY, resident Amy Schmidt LaLone traveled to China in December 2000 to adopt daughter Elsa Lu, now 1-year-old. She describes the adoption process as “wonderful in every way” and offers her experience to anyone who might be interested in adoption. Elsa joins brothers Dylan, 11, and Alec, 8.

’83

Jennifer Orvis Jordan
Jennorvis@aol.com

Penny Patterson Smith and her husband, Andrew, welcomed Tyler Duggan on May 14. Big brother Griffin is adjusting well to losing his only-child status, says Penny, as “curiosity is winning out.” The family lives in Long Valley, NJ.

Karen Simmons is president of the Chester County Community Foundation. Formerly she was executive director of LaSalle University’s Nonprofit Management Development Center for 15 years, serving over 8,500 small to midsize nonprofits in the Philadelphia region.

Peter Hays has co-written a children’s book titled Stolen Spirit with his wife, Beti Rozen. The book deals with the arrival of the Portuguese in Brazil; a Brazilian edition will be distributed this fall. Peter is adapting Stolen Spirit for the stage.

David Schaffer ’82 and Nancy Wagner Schaffer announce the birth of Helena Grace on December 2, 2000. The Schaffers reside in Clifton Park, NY.

Edward Dietrich announces the birth of his second child, Isabella Maria, on March 22.

Jamie Lebovitz Applefield owns a children’s store and surf shop in Palm Beach and another shop in West Palm Beach. Jamie is mom to Lily, a first grader at Palm Beach Day School, and Caroline, a preschooler.

Members of Delta X were reunited in Washington, DC, on February 24 at the wedding of Debbie Tyczenski and Eric Marks. Leslie Collins Berry and husband Steve traveled from Ashburn, VA, where they reside with daughter Carly, 2. Leslie is director of product marketing at Merant Inc. in Rockville, MD. Valerie Williams Winn and husband Matt came from Frederick, MD, where they live with sons Morgan, 10, Shane 9, and Ethan, 7. Val is a teacher’s aide at the Maryland School for the Deaf, is a freelance photographer, and runs marathons in such exotic places as Greece. Maria Grasberg-Hopper and husband Bruce journeyed from Auburn, MA, with son Nathanial, 3, leaving Lauren, 9, and Brennan, 7, at home. Maria volunteers with children’s and other community organizations. Cindy Bussiere Sheehy traveled solo from New Canaan, CT, leaving husband Bob to tend children Sam, 10, and Haley, 2. Amy Wertheimer, the maid of honor, is an elementary-school teacher in the DC public school and is working on a master’s in education at Trinity College. The bride and groom, both senior systems engineers, live on Capitol Hill in Washington. Says Debbie, “Even though we are all reaching the big four-oh, we can still enjoy a great party!”

’84

Catherine Heller Terry
terryc@missouri.edu

I am resigning as secretary for our class. I have had a lot of fun, but with two small children and a full-time job, I no longer have the time and energy to do justice to the job. If you might consider taking on this position, please contact Mary Monigan in Skidmore’s Alumni Affairs Office (mmonigan@ skidmore.edu). She will collect your news items until a new secretary comes on board. I wish you all the best and thank you for the opportunity to share a little bit of your lives.

Angela McKellar-Percy and husband Andrew announce the birth of Lorenzo Samuel on April 5. The family lives in Manchester, CT, where Andrew is an automotive technology instructor and Angela is a litigation paralegal.

Bill Edgar enjoyed a visit from Larry and Anne Kornrumpf Samowitz ’84 and their girls, Rebecca and Katherine.

Ellen Steingesser Malasky has joined Gunster Yoakley in West Palm Beach, FL, as litigation counsel, concentrating on employment, commercial, and general civil practice. She earned a law degree from Pace University and also attended Miami Law School.

’85

Anne Gunnarson Hampton
hamptona@frederickmd.com

Maria Rose DeMarco wed Charles Beardsley III in Brooklyn, NY, on June 2. A graduate of Hunter College, she is the coordinator of exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan. Her husband is a project manager for the Manhattan office of Ignition Marketing.

Nicholas Yellen wed Katherine Lessner on May 12, in NYC. A literary agent, Nicholas previously produced films for television. His wife is a media relations specialist for the Miller DeMartine Group as well as a stage and television actress.

In June 2000, Tammy Eldredge Mahoney and husband Dan welcomed Ruth Alicia; brother Brendan, 4, still loves showing off “our baby.” The family moved from Massachusetts to a new home in New Hampshire this year. Says Tammy, “We’re finding life in New Hampshire to be quieter and more laid back, and enjoy it very much.”

Sandy Borawski Duttenhofer gave birth to Mark Alexander on November 7, 2000. Last May, Sandy was granted a voluntary severance package from IBM. Now officially retired, she is delighted to be a stay-at-home mom to Mark and John II, 3.

Martha Willard and her husband, David, announce the birth of Michael on March 24; he joins big brother William.

Brandy Gold is a psychotherapist in private practice in Rochester, NY, dealing with adolescents, families, and couples. She is married, with twin 7-year-olds and three stepdaughters.

’86

Anne Chorske Stuzin
Stuzin@Erols.com

Dave Resnick and wife Nancy are the parents of Hannah, 7, Mirana, 6, and Georgia, 3. They are also guardians of a new puppy, Beavis.

Sallie Smith Schneider is “attempting to balance a life”—raising sons Joe, 4, and Ben, 2, and running a laboratory studying breast cancer at the University of Massachusetts. She stays in touch with April Lee Kelley, a third-grade teacher in Walpole, MA, and Michelle Manfro, an attorney in NYC.

Alden Ludlow and his wife, Karin, announce the birth of their first child, Isabel Sophie, on April 19.

Kari Greenfield Scaglione welcomed Lucie Taylor on April 19, 2000.

As the stay-at-home mother of four, Caroline Ralph Kenlon says “I have my work cut out for me.” She delights in children Kade, 6, Kelly, 4, Caroline Rose, 3, and Kyle 2. She attended the wedding of Jenny Roche Vilot, along with friends Katie Trotta Kane and Paula Kurata.

Brita Forssberg writes, “It was great to see everyone at Reunion.” On March 9, Brita welcomed daughter Madeline, who joins big brother Stephan, 3.

Chris Perrault and his wife, Amy, are remodeling on old farmhouse in Methuen, MA, where they live with children Amanda, 10, Jessica, 8, and Melissa, 2.

Leslie Rose has written her first children’s book and is now illustrating it. Son Dennis, a first grader, pronounced mom’s work a resounding success. Leslie, who had a wonderful time at Reunion, would like to stay in touch with classmates.

Cathy Caradonna Polcaro and husband Jim welcomed James Peter into the world on May 19. Cathy and Jim are “enjoying every minute of this wonderful experience.”

Joe Chiplock was promoted to programs manager at City Center in NYC. He manages the day-to-day business of the Encores! and Voices performance series and assists with new programs and special events. City Center is the landmark theater founded in 1943 that is the home for the Alvin Ailey and Paul Taylor dance companies, American Ballet Theater’s fall season, and Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg.

Michelle Covello and husband Dan are the proud parents of Amelia Kelly, born June 4 (a good excuse for missing Reunion!). Michelle said that she would have loved to be in Saratoga, but “the thought of going into labor at Desperate Annie’s just wasn’t that appealing.”

Anne Dulany married Dean Eliason on July 14 in Westminster, MD. The event was attended by Jane Zoidis Quinn, Christina Schlank, and Maura Burke McLaughlin, who supplied the details for a lengthy “toast” delivered (to much laughter and applause) at the rehearsal dinner.

Doctor-to-be Herb Eidt, in El Paso, TX, just finished year two of postgraduate orthopedic training. He is glad to be through it, because he says, “as the lowest man on the totem pole, you are constantly grilled about the minutiae of orthopedic treatment.” Herb spent six months working at a local trauma center. He and his family made good use of their pool in the infamous El Paso heat.

Diane Bigotte Kendall, Lisa Buxbaum Berliner, and Aimee Ventura had a “Van Dam roommate reunion” over the summer, when they convened at Diane’s house “for yet another round of reminiscing and giggles.” Lisa recently launched a line of beautiful jewelry she helped design called Lisa’s Pieces. Aimee continues her successful ways in NYC at Fidelity. Diane is very active in her daughter’s school in Weston, CT.

Kirsten Livingstone married Geoffrey Brooks in January and the couple bought a house in Guilford, CT. Kirsten, who is a graphic designer in Chester, CT, “would love to hear from old friends.”

Tyler and Alison Bozic Noall live in Cleveland, OH, where Alison is a vice president for Key Bank and Tyler is a data warehouse consultant for Progressive Insurance Companies. They have two children, Rachel, 9, and Weston, 5. Alison recently completed her personal-training certification and is pursuing a part-time business as a trainer. Tyler successfully climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in February.

Jennifer Roche was married to John Vilot on April 7. In attendance were Katie Trotta Kane, Paula Kurata, and Caroline Ralph Kenlon. Jennifer is vice president of American Instants Inc., a company she has worked for since 1992, and John is a global account manager for MCI WorldCom. They live in Randolph, NJ.

Stacey Watt is a second-grade teacher at the Deane Porter School in Rumson, NJ. She reports that she recently joined the “ranks of the mortgaged” and bought a townhouse.

Sam Bayne returned from Sydney, Australia, last October ready for a career change. After 11 years in sports marketing, he got a real estate license and now works for a top nationwide residential firm. Based in Atlanta, Sam encourages classmates to e-mail him at sam@vawtervision.com.

Eve Mulholland “finally decided to take the plunge.” She and Bob Antonez ’78 were wed on July 6 in Nantucket.

Jade Koplow and Jonathan D’Agostino welcomed Jessica Brooke to the family on January 11. She joins siblings Jonathan, 12, and Jenna, 9.

Noah Cooper, who operates the Ivy League Day Camp (ivyleaguekids.com), returned to Saratoga to attend the Whitney stakes race at the Saratoga racetrack this summer. Noah promised former classmates that he would foot the bill at Siro’s if he “scored big” at the track.

John Levinson was sorry to have missed Reunion but “hopes that it was a blast.” Lev writes, “I remarried in February to a wonderful gal named Ronna, who I proposed to while in a canoe on a lake south of Atlanta. She couldn’t say no or she would have been tipped over!” A promotional account manager for Cingular, Lev devotes his leisure to softball and tennis, spending time in Home Depot, and “staying out of the doghouse.”

The lecture agency Ruth Levine Schmid started 12 years ago is still growing, despite the fact that she has another full-time job driving sons Zach and Drew to school, soccer, tennis, swimming, and other activities. The family moved into a new home, where they spent the summer getting settled and enjoying nearby Southern California beaches.

Cindy French took her first shot at being an entrepreneur in September, when she launched an auditing service that helps government agencies reduce communications costs; Cindy has also assembled a network of service providers to provide low-cost Web site development and hosting.

’87

Reunion ’02!

Jennifer Weisberg Millner
jmillner@szaferman.com

Amy Shore has recently been named assistant director of college guidance at Ranney School in Tinton Falls, NJ. In addition to her new responsibilities, Amy will continue to teach upper-level English.

In the past year, Wendy Leighton helped to found and direct the first charter schools in Santa Fe, NM. A humanities and film teacher, she has found it to be “one of the most rewarding teaching experiences of my 10-year career in education.” In August, Wendy was delighted to see her former professor, Jill Sweet, who was doing research in Santa Fe for an exhibit at the Tang Museum.

Rebecca Lindy Coll has been in London for three years with husband Matthew and sons Adam, 7, and Auggie, 6. Although she enjoys the ease of travel and fun of living abroad, Rebecca decided “it was time to add something more to my life.” This fall, she began a three-year book-arts program at the London College of Printing.

Midwesterner Annie Faber-Root is “searching for tips on how to balance family and painting!” Baby Emma Margaret was born on February 18, 2000. Her big brother Ian, 4, says Annie, is “thrilled with Wisconsin, as is the rest of the clan!”

Laura Werden Keller lives in San Francisco with her husband and two-year-old daughter Ava. She was delighted to reconnect with Christi Burton and her husband, Mark Mackowiak, earlier this year.

Laura Shippee Hart welcomed her fourth child, Elena Jean, on July 1, 2000. She joins Emma, 6, Eva, 5, and Robert, 3. Husband Bob is a vice president at Morgan Stanley and Laura has a bridal consulting business.

Gerard O’ Brian, wife Susan, and son Owen welcomed baby Luci Katherine on September 13, 2000. The family is relocating to Los Angeles, CA, this fall.

Margaret Fisher Cappello was promoted to senior cardiopulmonary nurse at Visiting Nurse Service in Rochester, NY, and stays busy at home with children Andrew, 13, Anthony, 10, and Adam, 7.

’88

Beth Skudder
BSkud@aol.com

Jacqueline Greenberg has been appointed counsel of the Morristown, NJ, firm of Porzio, Bromberg & Newman. She concentrates in labor and employment, commercial and construction litigation, and personal injury defense. She received her law degree in 1992 from Rutgers Law School, where she edited the Computer and Technology Law Journal.

Cynthia Vimond and Jason Brandt ’87 moved to Raleigh, NC. Jason is senior vice president and general manager of Brann Marketing in Durham. Cynthia is home with children Christina, 5, and Jack, 3.

Juliet Grinnell Howe and her husband, Edwin, are the proud parents of a baby boy, Elliot Edwin, born November 8, 2000.

Tamar Garabedian and Whitney Quillen ’89 have two boys, ages 1 and 4; the family recently moved back to NYC from Paris. Tamar welcomes e-mails at wsquillen@yahoo.com.

’89

Cynthia Urick Stickles
cstickles@hackleyschool.org

Peter Collins is the proud dad of daughter Sydney, who was born on June 6, 2000.

Stacey Beck James and husband Michael welcomed Molly Louise in April 2000. Molly joins big brother Ryan, 4. Stacey and family reside in Fairfield, CT.

Lisa McGowan Reagan, husband Jack, and children Ellie and John hosted a gang of Skiddies and their families at the Reagan home in Martha’s Vineyard for a “Camp Skidmore Reunion” in June. The grownup “campers” included Leslie Burt Bell and husband Chip, Mairead O’Connor Jacoby and husband Seth, Robin Forester Kauf and husband Noah, Susan Anrig Lichten and husband Rob, Michele Verni Sacerdote and husband Bruce, and Wendy Waldstein Sims and husband Steven. Mairead especially enjoyed the moms’ attempt to “recreate a dinner at the Olde Bryan Inn, while the dads took the offspring to a clam shack.” Wendy created a video of the weekend, which included vintage photos of college days and background music from the Trattoria and Barclays.

Deborah Hunter and her husband, John, have two sons: Benson, 4 and Sam, 2.

Philip Whaling is a senior associate attorney with Hiscock & Barclay in Syracuse, NY. His wife, Elizabeth, is also an attorney. They have two children: Jack, 4, and Isabel, 1.

Kim Hall Burnet was appointed vice president of marketing at a technology firm.

Tim Hockenos teaches biology at South San Francisco High School.

Chip Collison and wife Sheila are enjoying their first year with son Curtis Lee IV (Kip for short). Chip, who works for DEA in Atlanta, welcomes visits from classmates.

 


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