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Lisa Pedicini and Paulette Adkins Rainie

After nearly 20 years as owners and managers of three Red Geranium home accessory stores, Lisa Harden Brickey and husband Michael have sold their business to enjoy a slower-paced life with daughters Rachael, 15, and Martha, 11. In addition to taxiing to and from school activities, Lisa is trying her hand at substitute teaching and becoming more involved in the family furniture business.

Barbara Sabia happily entertained guests Vicki Ogley ’81 and her daughters, Isabella and Elycia, who were visiting family and friends in the U.S. Vicki and her family moved to Venice, Italy, last year.

As a tutor in English as a Second Language for elementary-school students in Glastonbury, CT, Linda Dufford Jewett loves working with kids speaking a panoply of tongues, including French, Romanian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Italian, and Russian. “It’s definitely a challenge,” she says, “but also very rewarding and fun.”

Stacey Brown Segil is “alive and well” and living in Lee, NH, with husband, three kids and a minivan.

Registered nurse Holly Novack Vannucci is executive director of the Enfield Adult Day Center in Enfield, CT.

Steven Schwartz, who travels the country coaching radio personalities, recently founded a radio consultancy group.


Elizabeth Deckenbach Felder

Glenn Gilmor and his wife are physicians in Annapolis, MD. As the father of three soccer-playing children, ages 6, 12, and 13, Glenn spends a lot of time coaching. He also coaches 8th-grade lacrosse.

See the feature on Robin Miller in this issue of Scope.


Reunion ’02!

Angela Foss

Doug Kelly was promoted to editor of APICS, a magazine published by a professional association for management educators. In his spare time, Doug plays banjo and sings in a bluegrass band called Mountain Road. Doug and wife Laura home-school daughters Paige, 9, and Caroline, 5.

Robert David Marmor earned an M.B.A. from Eisenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst last year. He is executive director and CEO of Jewish Family Services in Springfield. Robert lives in Northampton with wife Amy and children Jacob, 8, and Rebecca Davida, 5.


Jennifer Orvis Jordan

Ann Sherwood loves living in Kent, CT, despite a daily commute to Stamford, where she serves on the Connecticut Council of Environmental Quality, an advisory group to the governor. She is also serving a second term on the Appalachian Trail Conference Board of Managers, a nonprofit agency that oversees and manages the Appalachian Trail in partnership with the National Park Service. She can now boast of having hiked one-fifth of the Appalachian Trail. In October she spent time with Alexandria, VA, resident Sue Jacob’82, Sue’s husband, George, and their children Ashley and Matthew.

Lisa Alpert Meyerhoffer lives in East Lyme, CT, with husband Bill, a senior research scientist at Pfizer, daughter Madeline, 4, and son Aaron, 1.

Jonathan Perkin married Candace Felder on December 20 in NYC.

Diane Pincus, Vicki Quinn, and Cassandra VanCott celebrated their 40th birthdays in NYC this spring. Diane eloped with Ted Emerson in January. Cassandra and husband John Pennetto are balancing careers with raising children Greg, 11, and Illeanna, 6. The trio also keeps tabs on Sharon Eid McEvilly, who is busy raising Krista, 15, Maggie, 5, and Jack, 3. Vicki’s sister-in-law, Sharon Mosconi Quinn ’84, lives in Boston with sons Andrew, 11, Brendan, 8, and Connor, 4. When in Bean Town, Vicki often stops by to visit Daria McLean.


Catherine Heller Terry

Dale Schultz Lazarovitch spent a weekend in Saratoga last December and was astonished by the city’s transformation into “a downtown with real stores!” Dale and her husband took the opportunity to tour Skidmore’s Tang Museum. She encourages classmates to stay in touch and scolds, “We always have the smallest column in Scope!” Dale lives in North Caldwell, NJ, where she is co-owner of Red International Trade, an import-export business, and lives with her husband and children Ethan, 8, Rachel, 6, and Noah, 4.

Victoria Leonard Gabriel enjoyed a mini-reunion last summer with Kathie Newsome Poppadin and Drake Patten. Tori would love to hear from classmates at torig@juno.com.

The Maine Arts Commission awarded a fellowship in singing and songwriting to Christopher Moore. After spending a few years acting and staging puppet theater in NYC, Christopher moved to Maine, where he joined with flatpicking guitar champion John McGann to form Rust Farm, a group that has recorded two national releases. Christopher’s songs have been performed widely.

Philip Wachtler was recognized as one of the 40 most influential business people under the age of 40 for 2002 by the Long Island Business News. He is director of leasing and development for Tilles Companies, the leading developer of large-scale corporate properties on Long Island.


Anne Gunnarson Hampton

In October Michael Galkin, CEO of Third Millennium Telecom, took the company public. Trading as TMTM, the firm is online at www.tmt2000.com/index.htm.

Elizabeth Cowey LaCause started a production company for festivals, special events, and concerts called Festivals in Concert. It allows her to spend more time with 6-year-old Sara, 4-year-old Michael, and the newest family member, a yellow lab puppy named Desdemona.

On September 11 John Eckert, a regulatory research officer with the FDA and lieutenant commander with the U.S. Public Health Service, was deployed to Ground Zero, where he was assigned to the body identification detail with the disaster mortuary operational response team. John and his fellow officers received a commendation for their service and accomplishments on that detail.

Faye Kantz runs the international trade division of a computer supply company in Connecticut; the job takes her on buying trips to Shanghai, Singapore, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Faye plays competitive women’s soccer in the Hartford area.

Maria DeMarco wed Charles Beardsley on June 2 in NYC. Karen Chase Bravman served as maid of honor, and Carolyn Grady was a bridesmaid. Vinca Jarrett and Catherine Johnsen Joyce ’84 were also in attendance. The couple resides in NYC.

Thomas Brandt was elected to the advisory board of the American Theatre Wing as a Tony Award voter.

Frances Cotton Chase is Webmaster for the Singapore–MIT Alliance at MIT in Cambridge, MA; her site can be accessed at Web.mit.edu/sma.

James Mandle is a lighting designer for Axiom Design in Pleasanton, CA. He lives in Oakland with his wife, Ann Klein.

Lee Pressler has a private urology practice in Morristown, NJ. He lives in Chester with his wife, Amy, and children Julia, Mariel, and Michael.

Angela Nevard gave birth to Jackson Harris Labell-Nevard on July 8.


Anne Chorske Stuzin

Rob Downey
is advancing on several entrepreneurial fronts, “much to the consternation of my family.” In addition to promoting the development of a patented wind turbine technology, he is starting an ecologically sustainable brewery and restaurant company in Burlington, VT.


Reunion ’02!

Jennifer Weisberg Millner

After the sadness and challenges of 2001, it is reassuring to know that we will be seeing old friends very soon. Having recently been to Saratoga this fall to assist with Reunion planning, I can promise you that a fabulous weekend awaits.

Kristen Cleary Wilson and husband Tom welcomed daughter Breton Lee on August 21. She joins brother Connor, 5, and sister Kelsy, 2. They live in Brooklyn, NY.

Fred Rick Salchli and wife Elise celebrated the first birthday of Candida on November 22 and were joined by Emily Sielman Leuthner ’88, who brought along her newborn, Logan Arthur.

Lisa Randall is in her third year of teaching 5th grade at the Agua Fria Elementary School in Santa Fe, NM, and loves her job.

Julie Maas Isaacs and husband Gil announce the birth of Shoshana on July 11. She joins big sister Eva, 4.

Marisa McCollough Tejeda has four children: Max, 10, Oliver, 7, William, 6, and Caroline, 3. She is writing a novel and completing her master’s in English.

In January En-Ming Hsu was featured in a documentary (aired on TV’s Food Channel) about the World Pastry Cup competition. En-Ming captained the three-chef American team, which captured a gold medal.

Carol Brown has started her own business, Eyecare Because I Care, a sole proprietorship that provides continuing education for opticians, contact lens fitters, and ophthalmic medical personnel.

James Moynihan teaches pediatric medicine in Redlands, CA, where he lives with his wife, Karen, and their daughter, Johannah. He welcomes e-mail at Jmoynihan @att.net.

Patricia Stanley-Hochstetter lives in Sharon, CT, with husband Ian, son Griffin, and Chowder, the big white dog. She is a private education specialist with various students who have learning challenges. Patricia continues to perform as a soprano soloist and in several folk and a cappella singing groups.

Gary Allen and wife Yvette are new residents of Fort Myers, FL, where Yvette was promoted to the morning news anchor at a local ABC-TV affiliate and Gary is a cardiothoracic surgeon. Sons James, 3, and Preston, 2, are busy enjoying the beach.

Jane Moore Houghton started an art school in her basement. At Thurston Hill Creative Arts, states Jane, children 3 to 9 learn “everything from finger painting to Picasso.” She lives in Rutland, MA, with husband David and their children Joannah, 7, Parker, 4, and Simon, 2.

At Crompton Corporation (formerly Uniroyal Chemical) Caroline Skoczylas Maselli was promoted to regulatory affairs specialist for Asia and the Pacific region.


Tracy Richards Dingmon

After enjoying Southern California life for five years, Eileen Livers and husband Paul returned to NYC two years ago. They are happy to be back near their families and in jobs they love. Eileen is VP of editorial programming at iVillage; Paul is a hedge fund analyst.

Rebecca Culbertson Booma and husband Clay welcomed baby Clayton into the world in August. He joins big sister Samantha, 2. The family resides in Manchester-by-the-Sea on the North Shore of Boston.

Melissa Wayne was married in September to film and video producer Michael Schweisheimer. The couple resides in Philadelphia, PA.

Samantha Feldman Lagocki recalls the chilling vision of people running from the financial district in San Francisco on September 11. “It was a ghost town. I basically cried for two weeks.” Fortunately Samantha’s former co-workers at Salomon Smith Barney in Seven World Trade Center and nearby Greenwich Street all got out safely. Her sister was working further uptown.

Jeff Pollock lives in Waban, MA, with wife Allison and sons Jason, 5, and Andrew, 1. Jeff recently traveled to Jacksonville, FL, to visit classmates Randy and Jennifer Levine Levinson and their son William.

Erin O’Connell Bednarczyk is an active participant in galleries and art happenings in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. She welcomes e-mail from area alumni who are interested in the arts. Erin and her husband have two girls: Alice, 2, and Sandy, 6 months.


Cynthia Urick Stickles

Chris Grosso
and wife Kristin Carbone Grosso ’91 live in Saratoga Springs, across from Skidmore’s entrance. They spend their free time breeding and racing thoroughbreds and really love it. Kristin also competes her show horse in dressage. Chris is an investment advisor for Kennerman Associates, and Kristin works for Bayer Pharmaceuticals.

In South Africa, Tyrone Jones is a business development manager for ICAS Southern Africa, a company that specializes in provider EAP services to multinational corporations around the world. Tyrone offers these lines from a favorite quote about Africa (from the winter Scope cover story): “There was a certain richness, a closeness to the earth and simplicity of living, that most Americans are no longer in touch with.” However,” says Tyrone, “Americans who do make the journey here will reconnect with this experience, and it is the experience of a lifetime. If you are on my side of the world, give me call.”

Robin Forester Kauff and husband Noah welcomed son Braden Douglas on October 16; he joins brother Alexander, 2.


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