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Peri Snyderman

Virginia Harris Rothman is single again and teaching third- and fourth-graders at Manmee Valley Country Day School in Toledo, OH.

Pamela Richardson Swensen and husband Larry enjoy living in Palm Beach, FL, where Pam is vice president of sales and marketing for the Executive Women’s Golf Association, which has 17,000 members in the U.S.

William “Bucky” Gold is director of operations and chief pilot for Buck in Air Aviation in South Fallsbury, NY.


Elizabeth Deckenbach Felder


Angela Foss

Ellen Sprouls married John Oberlin Sheridan in January in Saugatuck, MI. She is executive director of Impressions 5 Science Center and Museum in Lansing.


Fred Sherman

With 182 alumni and guests, our class held the most well-attended 20th reunion in Skidmore history! A highlight was watching Steve Rosenbaum receive a standing ovation in Davis Auditorium after the showing of his film tribute to the class.

In NYC Jonathan Perkin and wife Candace welcomed baby Gabrielle in July.

Daniel Chernov joined the law firm of Blumenthal Richter & Sumet in Bangkok, Thailand, where he will practice international business law and dispute resolution. He can be reached at daniel@brslawyers.com.

Michael Klimowicz and wife Jeanne bought a new home in Fitchburg, MA. They have two boys: Kyle, 4, and James, 2. Michael is clinical director for Valley Psychiatrist Service in Worcester, where Jeanne is a public-school teacher.

Rob Ellerstein and wife Sarah welcomed first child Ethan on April 28. Rob works for the Home Shopping Network and resides in Tampa, FL.


Reunion ’04!

Jacqueline Haberfeld

Lauren Essex Santa-Maria is a global marketing manager for AT&T in Bridgewater, NJ. Her husband of 18 years, Michael, is a chemical engineer. Their son, David, is 12. Lauren is an amateur figure skater, and in her spare time travels and cooks as much as possible. To celebrate “the big 40” last year, the family spent three weeks in Rome, Florence, and Venice. Lauren came home with suitcases full of Italian fashion and reports that 40 wasn’t so bad after all!

Carolyn Coldwell Sardella works in loan operations at the Bank of New York. She and husband Paul have three children: Samantha 14, Andrew, 9, and Caroline, 7. Carolyn visited Saratoga to attend a performance of the NYC Ballet and enjoyed seeing all the old landmarks once again. You can e-mail Carolyn at care206@aol.com.

In July 2002 Lisa Conrad Larkin left her full-time position at the University of Cincinnati and opened her own solo practice in internal medicine and women’s health and menopause. She is still teaching part-time, but is happy to be a full-time clinician and reports that her practice is thriving.

In Nashua, NH, Ted Bernson has “an extremely adorable son,” and owns four Gold’s Gyms around the state.

Sara Doremus Swartz has been a teacher at Gill St. Bernard’s School in Gladstone, NJ, since graduation and is happy to report that several of her students have applied for admission to Skidmore over the years—most recently Corrine Miller ’04.

Jill Bowen and Annette Van Osdol Kobylak get together for weekly walks in Madison, CT. Jill invites classmates in the area to contact her at jbowen@cshore.com. She’d like to form a “shoreline” Skidmore club.

Sara Doremus Swartz was this year’s recipient of the St. Bernard’s School Chair of Excellence in Teaching Award. Sara is a third-grade teacher, softball coach, and certified tennis instructor.

After six years in California, Stephanie Halliday Kelly returned to New Jersey with her husband, Kevin, and daughter Kaitlin, 10. Mary Jo Lovetri Whelan stopped by with sons Jay, 8, and Chase, 5, to help unpack and get the kids reacquainted. Stephanie spent the summer reacquainting herself with Broadway, real shopping, and decent bagels, before heading back to work this fall. You can contact her at skelly1393@aol.com.

Cindy Erickson Zarker is launching a consulting practice in product strategy and implementation for the financial services industry. She and kids Jack, 3, and Abby, 3 months, live in Medfield, MA.

Susanne Turner-LaBonte and husband Gerry have four children and are moving from Charlestown, RI, to North Stonington, CT.

Stephanie Weaver is a solo legal practitioner with offices in Litchfield and Salisbury, CT. She is also co-owner of the Litchfield Athletic Club. Stephanie is single (again) and living in Warren. She’s still running and competing in races and triathalons. Classmates can reach her at sweaver@sweaverlaw.com.

Joe Gulyas and Mary Ann Hoover Gulyas live in Clifton Park, NY, with their 16- and 13-year-old kids. Mary Ann is enrolled in Skidmore’s MALS program while working full-time, and Joe is a chiropractor.


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In July Jonathan Scott Edwards married Catherine O’Hara in Woodstock, VT. He is director of external affairs at SmartPower, a Hartford marketing organization that promotes renewable energy use in the Northeast. He has a master’s in public administration from UMass-Amherst. Catherine is a fundraising director at Amherst College.

Fourteen Arkansas landscape paintings by artist Norwood Creech are on display at Lilly’s Dim Sum (www.lillysdimsum.com) in Little Rock. She is also represented in galleries in New Mexico, California, Tennessee, and Arkansas, and two of her paintings were selected for Senator Blanche Lincoln’s office in Washington, DC, and the Clopton Clinic in Jonesboro. Norwood’s work can be viewed online at www.art-exchange.com.

Teri West lives with husband Lee Silverman and son Joshua, 6 months, in Brooklyn, NY, where she works for a nonprofit organization, advocating middle-school reform.

James Mandle and wife Ann Klein announce the birth of son Brian on June 19.

Lisa Bogart married Robert Kucharski on May 17 on Long Beach Island, NJ. She is pursuing a master’s in elementary education at Rutgers University.

Berlin-based journalist Paul Hockenos is profiled in this issue.


Anne Chorske Stuzin

Over the summer Paige Parisi left the law firm of Hale and Dorr LLP in Boston and is now working in-house as corporate counsel for her former client, Avid Technology Inc., in Tewksbury.

Tarja Raag is a psychology professor at Colby College and married to Mike Schmidt.

My kids and I hit the road this summer, visiting the grandparents in Saratoga and Vermont and seeing Skidmore friends along the way. In June we visited Jane Zoidis Quinn and her family in Rehobeth Beach, DE. The Quinns come east from San Mateo, CA, every summer and rent a beach house. My children always look forward to bodysurfing and fun in the sand with Jane and Kevin’s trio of Dylan, Anna, and Tommy, while Jane and I look forward to getting the kids to bed so we can stay up late and talk!

In Saratoga this summer I had coffee at Mrs. London’s with Skidmore French professors John Anzalone and Lynne Gelber. I relished the opportunity to talk about France and the Junior Year Abroad Program, which I would do again in a heartbeat! I also took my girls to a NYC Ballet performance of Swan Lake at SPAC.

I stopped by Desperate Annie’s tavern to say hello to Mark Travis, who was gearing up for another busy season. He seems content as proprietor of one of Saratoga’s (and Skidmore’s) popular destinations.

We stopped in Weston, CT, to spend a night with Diane Bigotte Kendall and her family. Diane planned a great evening, including an appearance by Aimee Ventura O’Brien, husband Jeff, and their adorable twin toddler girls Logan and Blake. While the O’Brien children ransacked the house (with some help from the Stuzin kids—the Kendall girls looked on in horror), Diane, Aimee, and I enjoyed getting caught up on each other’s busy lives.


Jennifer Weisberg Millner

Jennifer Allen and husband Jeff Freedman are the proud parents of Emily Rose, 2, and Jack, 7. Jennifer is managing director of PMK/HBH Public Relations, a firm that serves actors. Her husband owns his own marketing firm, FSPR, which specializes in sports. Jennifer can be contacted at jennifer.allen@pmkhbh.com.

Patricia Stanley Hochstetter enjoys living in Sharon, CT. Husband Ian’s contracting business is doing well, as are son Griffin, 6, and the family dog, Chowder. Patricia finds her work as a learning specialist and consultant “challenging and rewarding.” She continues to sing, perform, and sometimes record her music.

Stephanie Gillies McMurray’s husband, Edward, is an electrical engineer for an audio company in Connecticut. They are the proud parents of Emma, born in September 2002. Stephanie has a master’s in special education and is enjoying motherhood.


Tracy Richards Dingmon

Mark Barnett and his wife, Elaine, regretted missing Reunion but blame “sleep deprivation”—from caring for three-week-old son Joshua—for their absence. Joshua joins Sarah, 5, and Hannah, 3. The three kids keep Elaine busy while Mark’s business, Wheel Life Cycles, keep him “regretfully working almost 40 hours a week.” Mark adds, “The kids are more fun than work, so far.”

Marie Alice Arnold is the new senior program coordinator of Skidmore’s Office of International Programs. A Spanish and business major, she participated in the Skidmore in Madrid program. She spent the last 14 years working for the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE), developing, managing and advising for programs in Spain and Africa. She is currently completing her master’s in international educational development at Columbia University.

Beth Skudder and husband Chris Jobson welcomed daughter Margaret Conlin in July. Beth has taken to calling her Maisey, because “Margaret seems like such a big name for such a small person.” Beth can be contacted at beth_skudder@rcsny.org.

Penny Lubell Lacerte and husband Rick announce the birth of son Zachary Ian in April.

In June Fred Mauser and wife Amy welcomed daughter Hillary, who joins sisters Rebecca 6, and Caroline, 4. Fred had a great time at Reunion.

In July Wendy Thompson Mangiaracina and husband George welcomed son Luca; he joins brothers Dante, 5, and Marco, 3.


Reunion ’04!

Cynthia Urick Stickles

In June Valerie Acquaviva Maio welcomed son Jake, who joins brother Matthew. Valerie teaches ballet a few days a week at Jamaica Plain School of Dance in Boston.

Judy Fisher-Sadoff lives in Williamsport, PA (home of Little League baseball), with husband John, son Maxwell, 6, and daughter Hana, 4. A part-time early-childhood music educator, she says she “loves being a mom.” She also does marketing work for her husband’s cardiothoracic practice.

Kristin Gable Currey had her third son, John, in March; he joins brothers Nathaniel, 4, and Benjamin, 3. Kristin returned to school to get her nursing degree and is enjoying the challenge. She says, “Life is busy, but everyone is healthy and happy!”

Alix Hart is a studio goldsmith in San Diego, CA. You can check out her product Web site at www.alixjewelry.com. One of her designs, a wedding crown, was featured in a recent issue of Brides magazine; other work graces the cover of November’s Lapidary Journal. Alix will be living in Paris for the first half of 2004 and is interested in renting out her home and locating a flat in Paris. She welcomes e-mail at info@alixjewelry.com.

Amy Houne Thurlow, who was married in October 2002, works for the University of Connecticut Health Center, as an administrator for Connecticut Managed Health Care. She is also in charge of the state parole board’s addiction treatment programs.

Ronnie Levitt Stanford lives in Westport, CT, and is a part-time consultant for Save the Children. She lives with husband Tom and children Emily 6, Rachel, 4, and Jacob, 2.

Patrick McSherry and wife Carrie live in Los Angeles, where he is vice president for investments at Prudential Financial.

Sharon Pascarelle Pessin and husband Aharon welcomed a baby boy, Eliyahu, in May; Courtney Lane and Polly Currier-Peters attended Eliyahu’s Brith Milah.

Katherine Patmont Millet and husband Christian live in Dallas, TX, with daughter Caroline, 2. Katherine works part-time at her husband’s advertising/marketing agency and is still acting with a church theater ensemble.

Bucky Polk wed Noelle Beddow of Freeport, IL, in September 2002 in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. “Skiddiots” in attendance included groomsmen Seth Gordon and Steven Goldberg, Amy Gordon ’93, Jon Lindenberg, Karen Malamut ’86, Potter Polk ’86, and Dave Gormley. The newlyweds live in Chicago, where Bucky is in medical sales and Noelle is a hand therapist.

Saratoga Springs residents Elizabeth Serino Tanny and husband Keith Tanny ’88 welcomed son Sam last November; he joins brother Jack, 4. “Saratoga is a great place to raise a family,” notes Elizabeth, who enjoys being home with both of them.

Laura Woods Darcy and husband Bill welcomed daughter Catherine in May. Laura is looking forward to being a full-time mom. In July sister-in-law Donna McNally-Woods drove from Florida to see the baby.

Elizabeth Pless married Christopher Kirk on June 21 in Southwest Harbor, ME. Elizabeth is a publicist for DreamWorks Pictures in NYC, and Christopher is managing director for yacht insurance at Hinckley Marine Insurance.

Anne Margiloff Wargo lives in Westfield, NJ, with husband Keith and children Alexander, 5, and Caroline, 1. Anne is a consultant in charge of leadership development with IBM; she became an IBM employee when Big Blue acquired Pricewaterhouse Coopers Consulting, her previous employer. Anne and Keith both enjoy being on the golf course (where Anne is proud to have broken 100 for the first time), but spend most of their time with their children.

Physician Diana Perry Gilson and husband Bill welcomed daughter Charlotte in June; she joins brother Will, 2. Diana continues to work as associate director of newborn medicine at South Shore Hospital and as an instructor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. “Life is very busy,” she observes, “but parenting is a blast.”

Jeff Freedman moved from Westchester to Rye Brook last year, where he resides with wife Lisa and daughters Elisha, 5, and Melanie, 2. He finds it strange how “time flies, things change, college freshmen are now closer in age to my children than to me, and I am excited that I own a minivan!” Jeff is vice president of corporate development at PDI, in Upper Saddle River, NJ. Although he loves his job, “commuting over the Tappan Zee has lost its glamour.”

In May 2002 Kathleen Gill gave birth to Anna, who joins brother Robert, 4. Kathleen has returned to work as deputy corporation counsel for the City of New Rochelle, NY.

Holly Mandel Sherr welcomed identical twin girls Hannah and Julia this past May. They join brother Matthew and sister Emily. The growing family is moving from NYC to Scarsdale.

Jesse Stovin and wife Melanie celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary in Tuscany. After six years in Los Angeles, they relocated to NYC in 2000, where Jesse is an executive business manager for Lee Hecht Harrison, a global career-counseling firm. This fall he is attending Rutgers University Law School as an evening student. He hopes to see classmates at Reunion.

Andy Bilbao is general manager of Billboard’s VNU music and literary group, based in New York. He is responsible for all financial aspects of the operation, including budgeting, fiscal reporting, and performance forecasting. The recipient of an MBA in finance and organizational consultation from Boston College, he formerly worked at Emazing, a Sony Broadband Entertainment Group company, where he served as CFO and senior VP.

I am starting my third year as director of alumni relations at Hackley School in Tarrytown, NY. My husband, Ed, teaches special education to second- and third-graders at Daniel Webster Elementary School in New Rochelle and coaches cross-country and track at Harrison High School. Our daughter Shannon is 3. In April, I spent a wonderful morning with Chicago resident Ellen Carney Granda, husband Joe, and son, Will, 2.


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