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Tammy Blake

Susannah Blass DiPasquale welcomed daughter Isabella in February.


Kim Robertson Tsimbinos

Todd Zorn is general manager of Bonnie Briar Country Club. Last November he was elected to the Metropolitan Club Managers Association. Todd has hosted Skidmore NYC Alumni Club golf outings for the past two years.

Barbara Bergmans Rucci and her husband welcomed daughter Ava in September 2002. She joins big sister Grace, 3. Barbara’s graphic design business is growing and can be seen at mercidesigns.com.

Tripp Buckley is chief surgical resident at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. He and physician Robyn Fader were married April 26 in Aubigny sur Nere, France, with Chris and Michelle Bene ’90 in attendance. Tripp and Robyn live in Houston.

Scott Bornstein, who is having fun watching son Jonah grow, works for Charles River Development, a software company.

Carla DiGiorgio Kretsinger is a fourth-grade reading and writing composition teacher at St. John’s Episcopal School in Dallas, TX. Married in August 2002, she has two dogs, Bella and Harley. She recently traveled to the South Pacific to scuba dive.

Jon Rubinstein, who has been working in NYC entertainment for several years, decided to “just chuck it all and open a coffee bar.” You can visit him at his store, called Joe, at 141 Waverly in Greenwich Village.

Stephen Doff and wife MaryLynn finished off the school year with some traveling in northern Pennsylvania and Upstate New York this past summer. The most exciting leg of the trip was their two-night stay at a quaint bed and breakfast in Saratoga Springs. It was great to return to Saratoga and see how the place has changed. The Doffs also moved into their new home in Ellicott City, MD, where daughter Abigail, 2, is always eager to lend a hand with the decorating and the gardening.

Horses co-owned by Joseph Gaudrault have won at the Aqueduct and Finger Lakes racetracks.


Amity Lenahan Fowler

In December Leonor Bonilla Colon gave birth to Olivia, who joins brothers Cameron, 6, and Luke, 2, making for a very busy household in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Cameron’s first-grade teacher is Kate DeVita ’96.

On May 25 Joshua Marks married Joanna Mayfield, who accompanied him to his 10th reunion last year. The ceremony took place in Brooklyn, where the newlyweds have purchased a home. Joshua’s work was recently exhibited at Exit Art Gallery in NYC.

Ursina Amsler Rodenheiser and husband Erik announce the birth of son Griffen in April; he was born two weeks late and on his uncle’s 40th birthday.

Gaby Gold and two partners launched the Dying to Dine Murder Mystery Dinner Party Company earlier this year. They are also collaborating on a children’s party company called DramaKid. Gaby’s radio play is being produced at the Museum of Television and Radio with kids, “which is a ton of fun.” She is still a full-time concierge at 60 Thompson Hotel in Manhattan.

In March Louise Herlihy Tower delivered daughter Emma, who joins brothers Will, 4, and Sam, 2. Louise is “adjusting to being constantly one hand short.” She and husband Bill moved to Fort Worth, TX, where Bill took command of a reserve center last December.

Laura Oppenheimer has moved to Kiev, Ukraine, where she is deputy regional manager of an Internet access and training program for IREX, a U.S. State Department-funded organization. She and one other American are managing 90 Ukraine nationals and 45 Internet access centers in Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova.

In May Jill Richardson completed her master’s in business administration after a few years of part-time study at Fordham, where she’s started a new job as major gifts officer.

Sue Rush Leonard and husband Jack welcomed Jack Jr. in January.

Michael Cornell has formed a memorial trust for the children of Richard Hiller. Mike reports, “It was during our senior year that Rich met the love of his life,” Jennifer Rebek Hiller ’93. They had two girls: Mary Kate, 4, and Rosalie, 2. “He recently told me, in his beautiful Long Island accent, ‘Cornell, having kids is what life is all about.’” Mike asks classmates to spread the word about the trust fund, and to send memories or photos of Rich so that he can share them with Rich’s family. Checks payable to “Richard T. Hiller Trust” can be mailed to R. Seelaus & Co., c/o Michael Cornell, 25 Deforest Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901.

Life as a twins mom is a lot of fun—double trouble, as everyone says! I’m now district leader for Mothers of Multiples in Charlotte, NC. Scope printed an incorrect date for the birth of Carson and Ashley; they were born November 1. Also, my husband is widely known as “Jef,” not Jon as printed in the magazine.


Joanna Flynn

Amy Bohm lives inVermont, where she is director of marketing for Cabot Creamery.

Stephanie Collins reports having spent a “wonderful” semester teaching at Skidmore as a sabbatical replacement. She recently moved to Providence, RI, with her husband.

Peter Herrick lives in Portland, ME, with his wife, Sharon. They are busy renovating a multi-unit residence. Peter welcomes e-mail at pbh@peterherrick.com.

Rip McEldowney and wife Christi returned from a seven-month pleasure cruise aboard their 32-foot ketch, exploring the entire East Coast, Florida Keys, Cuba, and the Bahamas earlier this year.

Thais Sherell McGhaney Jackson (“Peaches,” as we knew her) urges anyone interested in working to “build society and its morals” to contact her at www.maccreations.com. Thais has training in classical, jazz, and gospel music, and has sung with Cyril Neville of the Neville Brothers, toured with Sister Sister in Las Vegas, and performed in off-Broadway productions, movies, videos, and music venues around the U.S. For more about Thais, see “People & Projects.”


Reunion ’04!

Chanel Greene

Allison Groom Foster and husband David welcomed son Reuben in April. Allison is an account supervisor at Karlen Williams Graybill Advertising in Manhattan. The family lives in Brooklyn.

Todd Lepre and wife Lyn welcomed twin daughters Ainsley and Sarah in March. Todd is project manager for Tri Counties Bank in Chico, CA, and is finishing his master’s degree in international relations. Lyn is a journalism professor at California State University at Chico.

Katy O’Brien married John Bracciante Jr. on April 26 in West Chester, PA. Kara DeLaurentis was a bridesmaid, and Marie Ruzzo, Andy Thompson, and Nichole DuPuy Thompson ’95 were attendees.

In June and July, John “Bones” Rodriguez played Vince Fontaine in the musical Grease at the Smithtown (NY) Center for the Performing Arts. Bones is a member of the Kundalini Komedy and Scrambled Eggs improv troupes, and has made appearances on Lifetime, Fox, and other TV and film venues. For more information, visit www.bonesrodriguez.com.

Kevin Gannon married Regina Crawford in Greenville, DE, on May 3. The couple first met in 1994 while traveling in Bruges, Belgium. Kevin is an associate director for print strategy at OMD, a media planning and buying unit of the Omnicom Group advertising company in NYC. Regina is an assistant vice president for credit-card acquisitions and retention at J. P. Morgan Chase.

Rebecca Woolbert and John Hines were married in Chicago on April 5. They live in Indiana. Becky welcomes e-mail at RebeccaLHines@aol.com.

Kate Cheney Myhre and husband Mike announce the birth of son Alexander in May. Kate regularly seeks advice on parenting from Cari Closs Simunek, who gave birth to Chloe in December 2002, and Phoebe Smith ’95, mother of Ely, 2.

Kirstin O’Rielly Drabek and husband Darren, and Rachel Mann Rosan and husband Seth Rosan ’93 hosted a mini-reunion in Saratoga Springs over the July 4 weekend. Holly Stockdale traveled from D.C.; Marianne Cook and her dog, Abby, came from North Carolina; Meredith Eastman and Anne Yedvabny Grieves, accompanied by husband Glenn and their dog, Max, trekked in from Boston. Saratoga resident Chris Gregory joined the group for a weekend of massages, golf, shopping, and reminiscing.

Jocelyn Schwartz married Kurt Reiman on November 24 (her birthday), near their home in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. Guests of honor included Frazier Rugg Walker, Kari McPhail Rodgers, Leah Young ’93, and Townsend Belisle ’93. “Kurt composed and recorded an amazing song as a surprise wedding present with the help of Townsend as producer,” writes Jocelyn. “It was the best gift ever!”

Cindy Belch VanDermark and husband Tom welcomed son Kyle, who joins sister Brianna, 3.

In March Mary Beth Nicholas Basso and husband Rob welcomed daughter Skylar; she joins brother Nicholas. Mary Beth is on leave from teaching elementary school in NYC.

Becky Saravay Crespi and husband Paul welcomed daughter Julianna in May.


Keirnan Conroy Klosek

Rebecca Bernstein Rubenstein welcomed son Jake in February. She is still working in NYC, managing financing for Clear Channel Entertainment concert promotion.

Michele Kasoff married Mark Ruiz on April 12 in St. Petersburg, FL. Lucy Stinson, Cat Singer Korn, Beth Kulpa, Sybil Harcourt Zildjian, Emily Gile, Matt Neeley, and Jeff Ryder helped celebrate. Michele and Mark, both psychologists, live in Tampa.

Matt Straus reports that he shot 79 last week, hasn’t married anyone, and has been hired as wine director at Grace, a new Los Angeles restaurant. “LA is heaven sometimes, but I miss the winter, and I miss thunderstorms desperately.”

Garth Altenburg and his wife, Heather, welcomed son William in September 2002.

Kristin Lehr Anderson is a medical/pediatric resident at Brown/Rhode Island Hospital. Husband Elliott is also a medical resident.

Nicole Testa Boruchin reports that husband Srael and son Grady “are great.” She is selling her one-of-a-kind handbags in boutiques in New Jersey and New York.

Sharon Buthmann Harbauer and husband Eric announce the birth of their first child, Thomas, in November 2002.

Karen Thurrell Gledhill and husband Judd welcomed son Quinn in April.


Ann Marie Przywara

Amy Drapeau has been enjoying life in Washington, DC, for five years. With a master’s in international relations from the University of New South Wales in Australia, she works in international public relations at Edelman and is an active member of the firm’s community task force. Amy is designing and producing her own jewelry line, sold as All About Jane and available at Amy.Drapeau@edelman.com.

In July Matthew Benson and wife Heather celebrated their anniversary in Portugal. Their families joined them at a villa in a coastal city north of Lisbon, and the entire group traveled through the Douro Valley wine country, the Algarve, and Madrid. Back home in NYC, Heather is continuing work on her PhD in education at Columbia University, and Matthew is acting in an independent film. He can be contacted at matthewbenson1@yahoo.com.

Michael John Conlon and Anna Laura Vogel both received M.B.A.s from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth in May.

Mark Saks wed Emily Kirschner on June 1 in Basking Ridge, NJ. Mark is an emergency medicine resident at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia and a graduate of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey, where he met Emily, a graduate of the same school and a resident in ob-gyn at Pennsylvania Hospital.

In San Diego, CA, Derek Plank is a professional photographer. You can see his work at www.derekplank.com.

Jonathan Reed, who lives in Cambridge, MA, completed his first year at New England School of Law in May. He previously worked in Manhattan for a toy-licensing company, developing new product concepts for the major toy and game manufacturers.

In Portland, OR, Jessica Ley is working on a doctorate in psychology at Pacific University in Oregon. She loves being a student again and enjoys the ability to go to the beach one day and enjoy snow sports on Mt. Hood the next, with minimal travel time. She can be reached at LeyJE@aol.com.

Sarah Smith moved back to her home state of New Hampshire to attend a clinical psychology doctoral program and be closer to her family. Sarah’s father was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (“Lou Gehrig’s Disease”) last year, and she volunteers raising funds and awareness of ALS. She would appreciate hearing from people whose lives have been touched by ALS; contact her at puddle_dive@hotmail.com.

Michael Rosnick is an attorney in Bridgeport, CT, specializing in civil litigation. An avid basketball player, he has recently taken up golf, at which he is “excelling.” He can be contacted at mjr@millerandgordon.com.

After Kim McGann received her master’s in sociology from Rutgers University in 1999, she spent a few years playing polo before settling down in western New York, where she is an instructional designer and runs her own photography business. She attended Patty Bryan’s wedding last October and enjoys meeting up with Kelley Buchanan ’99 around the country to run triathlons. Her two cats keep her from getting into “any really interesting trouble.”

Wendell Arnold married Anastasia Herold on June 14 in San Francisco. Philip Catera was a groomsman.

Juliet Hurley started her own business, EverChange LLC (www.everchangellc.com), an accounting consulting firm. She has master’s degrees in accounting, finance, and business administration. Juliet is also founder of a nonprofit organization called Deaf Explosion.


Allison Gray Costa

Debbie Layendecker Joyal and David Joyal celebrated their anniversary and Dave’s graduation from Emory Law School. They are preparing to move to NYC, where Dave will be an associate in the intellectual property and technology department at Pitney Hardin.

Tamara Astacio Llano and her husband welcomed daughter Yasmin in February. Big brother Gabriel, 4, loves her very much!

Carolyn Anderson married Quin Robertson on June 14, in New Haven, CT. The wedding party included Paige Robertson ’95, Schuyler Stoddard, best man Trip Wolfe, Noah Shanok, and Jim Anderson ’01. Others who attended the wedding included Wende Valentine, Kirsten Bassion, Jill Sanders, Adrian Heney ’96, R.J. Stutzmann ’96, Kevin Leary ’96, Lauren Halvorsen Wolfe, Tim Coleran, Chrissy Sarazen Chisholm, Liz Brooks, Nathan Burgess ’98, Kirsten Hardigg, and Laura Blumenberg Martorella. The newlyweds live in Miami, where they both work for the International Hurricane Research Center.

Billy and Annie Dwyer Internicola welcomed son Jacob on June 16. The family lives in New Paltz, NY.


Michele Rothstein

Billy Internicola and Annie Dwyer Internicola ’97 announce the birth of son Jacob in June. They live in New Paltz, NY.

Erin Kain Johansson and husband Chris live in Washington, DC. Erin is pursuing a master’s in public policy at the University of Maryland, and Chris works for the AFL-CIO.

Dan Arnold married Nicole Swanger in Shrewsberry, NJ, on May 10. In attendance were Ann Marie Przywara ’96, Adam Lewis, Gaby Garaycoa ’00, Cynthia Zara ’99, and Lisa Arnold ’01.

Megan Breuer moved to the city of Utrecht, in the Netherlands, where she is working toward a PhD in psychopharmacology. She expects to live in Europe for the next five or six years and welcomes e-mail at Megan_Breuer@hotmail.com.

Jennifer Kenyon Eltahan is case manager for the American Arbitration Association. Her husband, Tharwat, is a pastry chef.


Reunion ’04!

Nancy Carew Magnus

Since graduating from Columbia with an MSW in 2001, Thalia Anderen has been living in Stamford, CT, and working at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Westchester as a drug and alcohol counselor. She is also starting a private practice. She is in touch with many classmates, including former roommate Amanda Bleich, with whom she took a Caribbean cruise.

Last year Marisa Behnke helped raise $15 million for Childhaven’s capital campaign in Seattle, WA, which helps abused and neglected young children. At the beginning of the year she joined Northwest Center Foundation, a new nonprofit that improves the lives of people with disabilities. In her free time, Marisa participates in triathlons and finished her first marathon last year.

Terry Chatkupt spent this past summer at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture residency program. He is currently working on his MFA degree at Cal Arts.

Sarah Coleman is an archaeologist in Durango, CO.

Lindsay Dearborn moved to Boston from San Francisco after managing fine-art departments for Butterfields Auctioneers (now Bonhams and Butterfields) in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Lindsay plans to pursue a graduate program in counseling and psychology.

In the Bay Area, Chris Doherty has moved closer to his job as a software engineer at Kensington Technology Group after spending time sailing down to Mexico. Chris also practices aikido, a nonaggressive Japanese martial art, which he says is “the most fulfilling thing” he’s ever done.

Elisa Freeman is moving to Chicago with her fiance, Brett Smith, to enter a master’s program at the School of the Art Institute.

Having passed her candidacy exams toward a doctoral degree in communication and rhetoric at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Virginia Martin is currently working on her dissertation, on the relationship between collective memory and the building of community.

In New York Gabrielle Mitchell-Marell is living in the East Village and working in the editorial department at Variety, the entertainment trade paper.

Neda Hajizadeh is living in NYC’s financial district and will start the third year of her PhD in psychology at Fordham University.

Christy Coleman resides in the West Village. She works at About.com and is taking design classes at Pratt.

Kristyn Allen teaches second grade in Maine.

Allison Washburn is living and working in Boston.

Jon Robohm works in midtown Manhattan at a money management firm and will begin an M.B.A. program this year.

Becky Ripps is a family nurse practitioner at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, where she has spent the last two years in the burn unit. She recently completed her M.S.N. and will be moving to Boulder, CO. Her best friend, Kate Thomas, has finished her first year of veterinary school at Virginia Tech and enjoyed the summer off after many months of studying.

As a children’s book editor at Simon & Schuster for the last three years, Lauryn Silverhardt has had the opportunity to author several preschool books. She is also pursuing an MSW at Fordham University.

Sara Sloper is director of administration and program development at a swim school in Seattle, WA. She lives with her fiance, Matthew Sokolowski ’98, who teaches art.

Ashlee Welz received her certification to teach art in grades 5–12 in Massachusetts. While looking for teaching positions, Ashlee is working part-time at a publishing company. In her spare time, she is painting and assembling a portfolio to send out to galleries in the Boston area.

Katherine Roberts Cunningham is a graduate student at Tufts University. Husband Robert Scott Wilker is pursuing an M.B.A at Boston University.

Erica Stype married Alexander McKenzie IV on June 14 on Long Island. Romina Vinoles, Lindsay Kern, Stephanie Sayia, and Mara Shulman were bridesmaids. Erica is a merchandiser at Saks Fifth Avenue and can be contacted at Erica_Stype@s5a.com.

Lindsey Carroll lives in Winthrop, MA, and is a Web developer at CCBN in Boston. Her e-mail address is lindsey_carroll@hotmail.com.

Melanie Zalman is a museum educator for school and teacher programs at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT. For details, visit www.aldrichart.org.

Sue Kaesgen traveled to the mountains of Peru to visit the Quechua of Pittumarka, a group of knitters and weavers whose work she documented in her thesis. She now has large supplies of their “absolutely unique knitted art work, including ‘chullu’ or indigenous ski caps,” which she is willing to provide to anyone interested. Sue can be contacted at SKaesgen@aol.com.

Cynthia Zara, who’s helping to plan our fifth reunion, graduated from optometry school in Memphis, TN, and is pursuing a postdoctoral residency, working with children at the SUNY College of Optometry in Manhattan. She lives in Tribeca with Lisa Arnold ’01 and her cat, Cleo.


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