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Reunion ’00

Peri Snyderman
121 The Crescent
Roslyn Heights, NY 11577

With this issue of Scope, my tenure as class secretary comes to a close. Five years have certainly gone by quickly! It has been fun hearing from you all.

A big thank-you to Kathy Coulter Steeger, who has steered the class for many years as secretary, president, and now FOP chair.

In Boulder, CO, Kim Greene enjoys back-country skiing, hiking, and rafting. She teaches at BaseLine Middle School and hoped to scam a few days off for Reunion.

Robin Hartwell Rosic teaches second grade in New Canaan, CT, and would like to share ideas with other second-grade teachers. E-mail her at

George Lowther was looking forward to Reunion. Daughters Cassidy and Wellsley are 5 and 3.

The Junior League of the City of New York celebrated 99 years of service to the community with its annual Winter Ball in Feb., honoring six outstanding NYJL volunteers, among them Dana Pearce Lyons. The NYJL is a women’s group that promotes volunteerism and focuses on cultural enrichment of youth, domestic violence prevention, and family life skills.

Condolences to Jim Hayes, husband of Nancy Caraboolad Hayes, who died in 1998.


Elizabeth Deckenbach Felder
42 Epping Rd.
Exeter, NH 03833

Michele Reynolds Gribko left her position as an emergency room RN to be a full-time mom to Peter, Elizabeth, Zoe, and Jacqueline.


Angela Foss
371 Harvard Street, #3B
Cambridge, MA 02138

Bill and Sue Decker Thomas announce the birth of Henry Grant on Feb. 10.

Judy Goldstein Landman and husband Scott are busy with their two children, Josh, 5, and Casey, 3. Scott is an attorney for a real-estate developer in NYC, and Judy, in addition to being home with the children, works in real estate on Long Island, is editor of The Nursery News at her children’s school, and is fund chair for our class. Judy sees Davida Schwartz Perry, husband Jeff, and children Alex and Rachel, Glen Bronstein and family, and Chuck Kaufman and family. She would like to remind everyone to give to this year’s Annual Fund. It’s not the amount you give—it’s that you give!

Lisa Jewett married Joseph Remski on Jan. 8.

Donna Sangenito Squillace rejoined Steuben Glass in NYC as marketing coordinator for wholesale accounts. She is also a busy soccer mom for daughter Stephanie, 9. Husband Bob is coach.

Jay Schulman ’81, Bob Jarvis ’81, and Dave Rich got together to surprise John Weinstein on his 40th birthday. John is owner and operator of Adler Travel in Hamden, CT.

Ric and Lisa Tesar Capretta moved to Mill Valley, CA. Alex, 10, Sofia, 7, and Bianca, 3, love their new environment, and Lisa is happy to be out of LA. They would like to hook up with alumni in the area.

According to Christine Cox Hill ’84, Richard Upton lives in California, where he is a martial-arts instructor.


Jennifer Orvis Jordan
3220 Nan Pablo Drive
Melbourne, FL 32934

Steven and Leslie Collins Berry announce the birth of Carly Grace on Aug. 24, 1999. Steven and Leslie moved into their first house in Ashburn, VA, last April. Leslie often sees Valerie Williams Winn, who lives in Maryland.

Tom Dunn, wife Louise, and son Edward live in Waltham, MA. Tom practices intellectual-property law with Morse Barnes-Brown and Pendleton.

Debbie Grinnell Woodbury lives in Yarmouth, ME, with husband Dick and their three sons—Sam, 7, Ben, 6, and Matthew, 4. Debbie manages family life and volunteers at the schools; Dick runs the Maine Center for Policy Research, a nonprofit for health and aging research. Debbie keep in touch with Dana Lundgren, who is controller for Driehaus Investments in Chicago.

Shortly after the turn of the millennium, Brent and Patrice McEvoy Clapacs moved to Hong Kong.


Catey Heller Terry
806 Again St.
Columbia, MO 65203

Barbara Bishop Ward enjoys staying at home with Emma, 4, and Benjamin, 2. She paints and designs in her home studio, focusing on interior design.

Mike and Nancy Cohen Kotz announce the birth of Hannah Elizabeth on Sept. 17, 1999. “She’s the best birthday (Sept. 15) and anniversary (Sept. 16) gift I have ever received!” says Nancy. “It’s a good thing we bought a house last January.”

Alison Irwin Jameson and husband Peter coach and teach basketball to inner-city youth through their church. They have four children.

Drake Patten lives in Providence after 13 years in archaeology, a decade of which she spent in Virginia. Last summer, she became executive director for the Rhode Island affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. “It’s exciting, challenging work, and I am glad to be at the other side of the grants process—giving, not asking!” says Drake. After the lazy Southern life, she is embracing urban life—gave up her truck and bought a loft. Drake hopes to connect with classmates in the area.

Adam Shayevitz would like to hear from classmates at


Reunion ’00

Anne Gunnarson Hampton
6994 Meadowpoint Terr.
New Market, MD 21774

Bill Balter is involved in the development and construction of residential communities throughout the New York metropolitan area.

Emily Belt moved to San Diego a year ago to teach Lindy hop swing dancing. She also organizes full-weekend dance events.

Lisa Bogart’s business, LAB Associates, which does advertising, public relations, and Web consulting, is off and running. She is operating in the black and was able to claim a profit in her first year.

In addition to curating the Reunion alumni art exhibition, Craig Frederick was selected by the Connecticut Commission on the Arts to exhibit his work for three months in the main terminal at Bradley International Airport.

Paul Hockenos has been named a Bosch Public Policy Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.

John Humphrey married Kara Lee Greco and retired from Humphrey Lumber Co.

John and Elizabeth Cowey LaCause keep busy with children Sara, 5, and Michael, 2. Elizabeth was looking forward to Reunion.

Andrew and Sydney Myers Walker announce the birth of Alison Lee on Aug. 21, 1999. She joins sister Haley.

Laurie Silver Corsello works part time for an Internet start-up company and goes to school in the evenings, studying interior design at NYSID. At the same time, she takes care of sons Logan, 5, and Tyler, 3.

Last May, Barney Straus earned an M.S.W. from Loyola University. He is now a caseworker at the Counseling Center of Lakeview, IL, working with mentally ill older adults in the community.

Christy and Wendt Withers announce the birth of William Zachary on Nov. 11, 1999. Wendt received a patent last year, as well as achieving MCSE, MCSD, and MCDBA certifications.

Steve Zeisler is president of his own painting company. He is married with two daughters—Emily, 6, and Sara, 4. The family lives in Fairfield, CT.


Anne Chorske Stuzin
206 Ridgewood Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21210

Adam Dunhill is married to Nina Putignano.

Dean Goering grows trees in Ohio and teaches skiing, snowboarding, and telemarking in Steamboat Springs, CO, in winter. Dean and wife Dana have a son, Hunter, 1.

Pat Hadfield teaches drawing and painting and coaches varsity boys’ soccer at St. George’s School in Newport, RI. During the summer, he teaches at Skidmore’s Summer Six art program and travels with wife Courtenay.

Ellen Hermann is our new class fund chair. She was on hand last November to watch Stan Francois run in the NYC marathon, joined by Lisa Rhodes O’Brien, Eve Mulholland, and Jackie Abramoff Graap, who were also in the cheering section.

Husband Glenn’s career moved Sarah Hermann Russell and family to Indianapolis, IN, where Sarah has a private child psychology practice. Daughters Allyson and Alexis are 2.

Wendy and Jesse Huestis announce the birth of Joshua Ryan on Aug. 18, 1999. He joins sister Nicole, 2.

Julia Jacquette, whose art expresses human desire, designed the pistachio-green paper plates, cups, and napkins at the new Café/Etc. at the Museum of Modern Art. The paper goods are printed with lines like “I Think of Pressing My Lips Against Yours” and show pop-art illustrations of gooey desserts and rare meat.

Mamie Matthews married Mark Oleksak on Oct. 10, 1998, in Galway, NY. Julie Kaplan Arey, who lives outside Philadelphia, was a bridesmaid, and Sue Wolff Anderson, who lives in Norfolk, CT, with husband Eric, also attended. Mamie and Mark live just outside of Saratoga, where Mamie has had her own massage therapy business and recently started a dot-com business.

Barbara Neulinger and husband John Solem announce the birth of Lucas Kai on April 19, 1999. Barbara paints, exhibits, and teaches part time.

Paul O’Connor’s job relocated him to San Francisco, CA.

Michelle and Michael Quincy announce the birth of Evan Michael on Aug. 24, 1999.

Last summer, Jan Halper Scaglia got together with Coline Paimblanc Riviere, Rob and Holly Cressy Davis, and Linda Perry ’87 and husband Marc. “All the children were beautiful and crazy swimmers,” says Jan. “Perhaps one of them will become a Skidmore student.”

David Silveira says, “San Francisco is now history.” He now lives in the South End of Boston and freelances in the advertising industry while plotting his next career move. Before moving back east, Dave spent an “amazing” three months in the Middle East, working for Birzeit University in the West Bank to raise money for computers and training in Palestinian refugee camps. Since his return, he has enjoyed reconnecting with the Skidmore crowd, playing squash in NYC with Jim Friedland and Peter Madden ’87 (it was, Dave says, “an ugly sight”).

Elizabeth Stoehr sculpts in stone. She continues to enjoy modern dance, to which Skidmore introduced her. “I am greatly indebted to that exposure,” she says. “Dance has become a part of my life.”

Stacey Watt teaches second grade in Rumson, NJ. She sends congratulations to Andrea Miller Weber and would like to hear from her.

I am getting more involved in community affairs around my neighborhood in Baltimore, especially at daughter Madeleine’s preschool. I teach her class French once a week and am delighted to finally be applying my major in this rewarding way!


Jennifer Weisberg Millner
45 W. Long Dr.
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

Luke and Christine Callahan Rasnake announce the birth of Christian Blaine on July 30, 1999. Sister Callie, 3, is excited to have a little sister to play with.

Robert and Mariana Cimikoski Reder announce the birth of Emma Blythe on Nov. 19, 1999.

Tom and Kristen Cleary Wilson announce the birth of Kelsy Jeri on Dec. 25, 1999. She joins brother Connor, 4.

Last year, Linda Gowell Nelson took a trip to China and Thailand and plans to go to Africa later this year. She works for the NYC Partnership and Chamber of Commerce, managing a $5-million grant to help people on welfare get jobs.

Karl and Fiona Grant Boltz announce the birth of Colin Mackenzie on March 30, 1999. Fiona is an associate financial consultant at Merrill Lynch.

Michele and Steven Knobel announce the birth of Emma Millicent on Oct. 14, 1999. She joins sister Rebecca, 3. Steve’s firm, Mitchell Maxwell and Jackson, said to be the largest residential appraisal firm in metropolitan New York, appraised over $10 billion in real estate in 1999.

Jennifer and Eero Kola announce the birth of Jori Vaino on July 27, 1999. He joins brother Ian, 7.

Stephen Meima is manager of advertising, merchandising, and communications at Lafarge Gypsum, a division of Lafarge Corporation, an international company specializing in building materials.

Amy Rafkin reports that all is well in southern California.

Gary Rosenberg lives in NYC with wife Jill and daughter Rachel, 2. Gary turned in his lacrosse stick for golf clubs 12 years ago. He is now associate publisher for Great Golf Resorts of the World Inc., a marketing company.

Kimberly Tompkins Bickley is president of the board of a nonprofit nursery school in Bedford, NY. Husband Ian is vice president for Coach Leatherware. Kimberly keeps busy with daughters Sophie, 7, and Charlotte, 5.

Ceci Zak is a brand director at Roche Laboratories in New Jersey. She has seen Amy Baptiste Nelson, who is director of the Sak’s Fifth Avenue Club in Atlanta, GA.


Beth Skudder
40 Jones Park Dr.
Riverside, CT 06878

Michael Cahill and Hilary Addington announce the birth of Nicholas, Aug. 9, 1999.

Debbie Dente Purowitz is a full-time mom of two boys, Michael, 7, and Jonathan, 4. In between school parties, field trips, soccer, ice hockey, and basketball, she keeps busy riding and selling Longaberger baskets.

Anne Gallerani Lattanzio spent a busy summer building her new house in Suffield, CT. She says that, “With the right builder, it’s a fun experience!”

Christa Gila Nees says the Internet is an amazing thing! She recently reconnected with Amanda Maine and Karen Schnell ’89 thanks to it, and she was instant-messaged by Liz Colquoun ’87 while online. Daughter Morgan loves to see her name in print.

Jacky Greenberg had a great time touring Israel in July. She now works in Morristown, NJ, and would like to hear from anyone in the area.

In January, Kathryn Greene Wolfe was appointed assistant city attorney for Oswego, NY. She continues to work on family court cases for the Oswego County Department of Social Services.

James and Lisa Kenney Griffis announce the birth of Jack Kenney Griffis on Jan 31. He joins big sister Madison, 3. The family lives in Orange County, CA, but most weekends, they’re at their condo in La Quinta (out near Palm Desert) to take advantage of some excellent desert golf! James is a stockbroker for Paine Webber in Newport Beach.

Cindy Litchman teaches Bikram-style yoga at Topnotch Resort and Spa in Stowe, VT. She also teaches yoga to men and women in the Vermont prison system. “Life and work are tremendously gratifying each day,” she says.

Russell Maitland and wife Lori announce the birth of Michael Tyler on Dec. 31, 1999.

Class president and alumni-board member Rob Resnick was promoted to major in the U.S. JAG Corps. When he returned to campus for the February alumni-board meeting, he spoke to a judicial process class, as he often does for law-and-society and other government classes when he visits campus.

In October, Garry and Cheryl Rickel Franko and son Connor, 3, visited Doug Bixby in Chicago. In January, the Frankos relocated to Florida’s Gulf Coast due to a job opportunity.

Andrew Snyder HaLevi presented “Recent Innovations in High School Vocabulary Insruction” at the annual conference of the National Council of Teachers of English in Denver. Daughter Noa is 2.

Kim Wachenheim Wagman enjoys being home with Kyle, 7, Avery, 4, and Grant, 2, in Rye, NY.

Peggy Wall belongs to the presidents club in sales and is a diamond star at Lord and Taylor.

Jill Ziter is the Massachusetts District Court Administrative Office’s regional coordinator for the region south of Boston. She just moved to North Easton, MA.


Cynthia Urick Stickles
282 Brookline Street
Hawthorne, NY 10532

Rene and Dan Antonelli announce the birth of Alessandra Grace on Nov. 24, 1999. “She is doing extremely well,” says Dan, “and, thankfully, looks like her mother.”

Matthew Berger married Katherine Hanna on Sept. 25, 1999, at Rocky Neck State Park in Niantic, CT. They live in Stonington.

Kimberly Burnet Hall is managing director for the New York office of Mediaplex Inc., a leading advertising technology company.

Though she enjoys living in California, Kendall DeMatteo Berkey misses the change of seasons and colors of upstate New York. “I had an incredible time attending Skidmore and often think of the memorable friends I made there. I wish we would all keep in touch,” she says.

Chris and Sue Fischer Collins announce the birth of Garrett Jordan on Sept. 5, 1999. He joins brother Zachary, 3.

Larry and Deborah Berman Fraser ’91 went to a Christmas party given by Eric Fekete and wife Lisa Pelletier, where they saw Scott and Wendy Lubin Schechter, Lisa and John Ubaldo ’88, and Brad Goven ’90.

Stephen and Kristin Gable Currey and son Nathaniel, 1, moved to Cape Cod and would like to be in touch with classmates in the area.

Bari and Lee Green announce the birth of Devin Brock on Aug. 7, 1999. He joins brother Skyler, 2.

Harold Herz enjoys life in Charlottesville, VA. His Outback Lodge celebrated its seventh anniversary in September 1999. The restaurant and live-music venue underwent a facelift in January. Harold reports that partner Mike Lane and wife Christine celebrated the birth of another daughter, Annika Jordan.

In 1994, Michelle Jones left NYC, where she danced with various companies, and settled in Atlanta to dance with Ballethic Dance Company. The South’s only African-American dance troupe, it blends classical ballet with ethnic and African cultures. Michelle is a public relations assistant with West Wayne, an advertising agency in Atlanta. Although still single (but trying), she is the proud aunt of Andre-Christopher and Krislyn.

Christy Laidlaw married Thomas Cooney on Sept. 18, 1999. Daniel Elkin was best man. Other Skiddies who attended were Sabrina Place, Jeff Sichel, Rob Kaiser, Andrew Newhall ’90, Daniel Carson ’90, and TW’s second cousin, Laura Richardson Gilbert ’51.

Garry and Angela Mata Simpson announce the birth of Katherine Joan on Oct. 19, 1999. She joins brother Nicholas, 3. Angela has been taking classes to become certified to teach art. The family lives in Westport, CT.

Lennie Messier Finn attends the mortuary science program at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY. When she becomes a licensed funeral director, she will take over as fourth generation in the family funeral home.

Kiyomi Koshiba and Eric Rath announce the birth of Dana Hiroko in November 1999.

In February, Laurel Smith Dantzig, a candidate for a Ph.D. in philosophy at Loyola University, Chicago, visited Skidmore to present “Purification in Plato’s Phaedo: At the Cost of Life or for the Sake of Life?” The lecture defended Plato against Nietzsche’s charge that Plato was “the great slanderer of life.”

Sarah Weck is a technical writer for Integral, an Internet company in Palo Alto, CA, which provides an Internet portal that helps financial officers gather information online.

Philip Whaling joined the litigation department of the Syracuse law firm of Hiscock and Barclay. He has litigated personal injury, property damage, medical malpractice, labor and employment, and contract cases. He earned a J.D. from George Washington University in 1994.


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