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Tammy Blake

Christina Blechar Galvin and husband Richard welcomed daughter Mara in May 2002; she joins brother Brendan, 5. In December the family relocated from Hamburg, Germany, to Manhattan Beach, CA. Christina would love to hear from Skiddies in the area.

Scott Chartier lives in Hillsborough, NJ, with wife Ariane and children Colette, 4, and Remi, 2. He is a marketing manager for Johnson & Johnson in Skillman, NJ.

Elisa Pepe received a master’s in international development at the Francophone University of Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium. She and daughter Diane, 5, live in Cambridge, MA, where Elisa manages the Intrastate Conflict Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She is in touch with Betsie Rugg Stassen ’90, who lives in South Windsor, CT.

Nicole Parcher checks in from the lower east side of Manhattan, where she continues to exhibit and teach art to children at The Little Red Schoolhouse. In September she held a solo exhibition of her recent mixed-media works on paper and abstract paintings in Chelsea. Her work was included in a Long Island exhibition that was reviewed in the New York Times. She stays in touch with Naomi Hamby ’89, who is pursuing an MSW at NYU, and Jen Harrison Devine ’89, who moved to San Francisco to attend an M.Div. program.

Tory Rubin Miller and husband Rob love the “fixer-upper” they moved into in Chappaqua, NY. Tory commutes to NYC, where she is director of marketing at Bath & Body Works. She regularly sees many Skidmore alumni, including Rob Lia, a NYC attorney; Steve Goldberger ’89, an insurance broker in NYC; Stu Zicherman, a freelance writer for Warner Brothers; and Lynn Faherty Zimmerman, an executive account director for Conde Nast.

Mike SanClemente finished his 13th year as a part-time staff writer for Boston Baseball magazine. He is a full-time marketing manager for ConAgra Foods and lives in Berkeley, CA.

Chris Bene and wife Michelle Demonte Bene have relocated to Vienna, Austria, where he is managing sales for GE Capital Bank Austria and she is busy with children Robert, 7, Sarah, 5, and Anna, 4.

Randy Edgar married Kristin Ruff in Carmel, CA, on November 2. They live in San Francisco.

Robert Goldman and wife Charlotte have two sons: Michael, 3, and Charlie, 2.


Kimberly Robertson Tsimbinos

In February high-school Spanish teacher Stephen Doff traveled with a group of his students from Howard County, MD, to Quebec City and Montreal for Carnival. “If you can put the extreme cold aside,” he says, “I highly recommend visiting Quebec City during the biggest ‘north-of-the-border’ party of the year.” In April, the Doff family traveled to the Dominican Republic to work on their savage tans and Spanish language skills, and Abigail, the youngest, celebrated her second birthday. The Doffs are happy to give alumni traveling in the Baltimore area an insider’s tour of the city.

Megan Slater Cooper is a graduate gemologist, having earned certification from the Gemology Institute of America. She is a jeweler specializing in platinum, moving toward the goal of becoming a master jeweler.

In April 2002 Samara Goodman Weilenmann and husband Peter welcomed daughter Shaina, who joins sister Caris, 3.


Amity Lenahan Fowler

In October Rob Glickman married Tina Ashamalla in Italy. Skidmore alumni in attendance were Scott Greenstone, Darren Hubert ’91, and Jeremy Mollet, the “little brother” Rob met in the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program during his junior year at Skidmore. Rob is marketing director for eBay International in Madrid, Spain.

Heather Johnson Worrell and husband Leon announce the birth of their first child, daughter Sydney, in October.

Francesca Zammarano, an associate information officer at the United Nations, and Edward Ka-Hiu Pang, an architect with Fox & Fowle in Manhattan, were married November 29 in Tuscany, Italy.

Jill Richardson moved to the Upper West Side in December.

Elizabeth Laitman landed a new job researching photographs and artwork to include in exhibition films at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

Emily Fricke and husband John Carpenter welcomed second daughter Olivia last August. They have recently remodeled their house, which includes a guest room, and hope that any alums visiting Seattle will consider looking them up.

Jim Kramer was a guest at Naomi Vladeck’s October 20 marriage to Eric Putter in Garrison, NY. Skiddies in attendance included Elizabeth Margulies, Amy Lynn Fischer, Candace Douet Hurley, Nell Thompson Blasdale, Liz Leggett ’94, Tara Sullivan ’95, Tyler Lenane ’94, Kurt Wegelius ’93, and Steve McLaughlin ’94. Jim is a writer for The Late Show with David Letterman and can be contacted at jim@kramermail.com.

In August Tracy Muir Weston and husband Daniel Weston welcomed son Andrew, who joins Matthew, 3.

Lynn Bernheim married Steven Blank in August while cruising along the East River aboard the M/V Diplomat. They exchanged vows at the Statue of Liberty. The couple works at Schonfeld Securities. Lynn keeps in touch with Susan Travis Wegener ’93, who recently gave birth to her first child, Austin.

Husband Jon and I announce the birth of twins Carson and Ashley on November 11, the same date as their grandmother Lenahan’s and great-grandmother Shorb’s birthdays. Life as a twins mom is crazy, and we aren’t getting a lot of sleep—but having one of each is a true blessing!


Reunion ’03!
Joanna Flynn

It looks like we are going to have a great turnout at our 10th reunion, May 29 to June 1.

Jenny Lando is preparing for her second trip to Taipei, where this time she will teach astronomy and anthropology. “I have decided to call myself an astropologist teaching anthroponomy,” she quips.

Marie Boccuzzi married Michael Cairo on September 14. A colleague from business school, Mike works for General Electric. The couple has been renovating Marie’s grandfather’s homestead, which they purchased last year. Marie works for Pitney Bowes.

Jenny Przybylinski Peluso and husband Paul celebrated the birth of their first child, Helen, in September. Jenny writes, “We are absolutely in love!” She cannot attend Reunion, as she will be giving a presentation at a conference in Vancouver that weekend.

Jennifer Kniffin spent the holidays with her family at a resort in Scottsdale, AZ, where she enjoyed hiking, swimming, spa relaxation, and the beautiful red rocks of Sedona.

Erik Butler and wife Paula live in Downers Grove (outside Chicago) with daughter Anna, 2. Erik is in his third year at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Stephanie Collins is teaching courses in metals and jewelry design at Skidmore while a faculty member is on sabbatical. After the semester ends, she and her husband will move to Providence, RI, where he will become studio manager for the furniture design department at Rhode Island School of Design.

Lauren Rosen Levinson and husband David moved to Dallas, TX, where he is a financial analyst with American Airlines. Lauren is a psychologist at the Cooper Institute in the weight management research program. She would love to hear from any Skiddies in the Dallas area at levinsonpsyd@aol.com.

Thais “Peaches” McGhaney Jackson has been busy establishing her business, MAC Creations, which covers inspirational art and performance. She writes, “I have been blessed to have a cable show entitled MACKin with Christ, which airs in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Brooklyn.” The show is slated to air in other states soon. Peaches looks forward to finding some classmates at Reunion who can join in MAC Creations’ endeavors.

Dave Sweedler married Elora Montrose at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, FL, in November. Guests included Darren Cohen ’94 and Curbie Oestreich Cohen ’91, Jonathan LaConti and wife Lauren, Marc Nayor and wife Jamie, Tate Rice and wife Rebecca, Drew Serby ’92 and wife Elise Serby, Jon Walker and wife Bridget Walker ’94. The honeymooners spent a few days in South Beach, followed by two weeks in St. Barth’s. Dave and Elora live in Fairfield, CT, where he is a managing partner in the apparel company Windsong Allegiance.

Meaghan O’Brien married Juan de Dios Reyes III on December 7 in NYC. Kelly Silberg Weinberg was a bridesmaid, and Jon Burkan was a guest.

Michael Judd and wife Jill have settled in Easton, MD, a sailing community on the Chesapeake Bay. They are the parents of Tyler, 3, and Lily, 5 months. Michael, who co-founded Mid-Shore Women’s Health LLC with three other ob-gyns, “is enjoying bringing new babies into the world.”

Dave and Beth Steingard Murphy are looking forward to bringing daughter Alexandra to Skidmore for Reunion.

Liesl Scheer Dana and husband Scott will attend Reunion with baby Jack, born in September.

Naomi Lieberman married Tom Braun on August 25 in Ann Arbor, MI. Anne Yedvabny Grieves ’94, Holly Stockdale ’94, Liz Sidel, Eric Drotch, Robyn Bergman Buchsbaum, and Megan Henderson all helped celebrate. Naomi works for a health-care quality improvement organization. Tom is a faculty member in the department of biostatistics at the University of Michigan.

Katie Ryan O’Connor and husband Timothy’s son Jeremiah was born in November 2001. Katie is an editor at the Journal News, a daily in Westchester County; Timothy is the newspaper’s federal court reporter.

Electronic musician Emily Lazar is chief mastering engineer of The Lodge, a mastering facility she founded in 1997. Her clients have included David Bowie, Sonic Youth, Sinead O’Connor, Laurie Anderson, Destiny’s Child, Loudon Wainwright III, and Taj Mahal. Emily earned a master’s from New York University’s Music Technology Program, where she was also awarded a graduate fellowship, and later returned as an adjunct faculty member.

Former New Yorker and recent Los Angeles transplant Stephanie Downes was maid-of-honor at the marriage of Erica Anderson ’92 to Jason Jerome in Santa Barbara, CA, on October 6. Larry Peck ’92 was also on hand for the nuptials.

Dina Silver married Leonard Tau in June 2001. Elissa Travers was a bridesmaid, and Josh Raymond was a guest. Dina is vice president of Tattar Richards-DBC Public Relations in Horsham, PA. Her clients include the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Auto Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia, and Airgas Inc. Dina was recently elected president of the Public Relations Society of America’s Philadelphia chapter, the youngest person to fill that position. She recently caught up with up with Chaat Butsunturn in San Francisco; Chaat and his wife are doing well.


Chanel Greene

Sherie Gillman Barge and husband Jim welcomed daughter Anna in December. Sherie is enjoying taking time off from teaching to be a full-time mom.

Julie Bunce Solomon and husband Curt Solomon ’95 received “the best Christmas gift ever”—son Matthew, who arrived December 25.

Frits Abell represented the U.S. State Department at the APEC (Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum) Young Leaders Forum in Monterrey, Mexico, last year. He presented a paper on business incubation and participated in roundtable discussions on issues affecting young entrepreneurs globally. When not downing huevos rancheros in Mexico, Frits stays busy serving as president of GFN Holdings LLC in New York and spearheading the Young Friends of the Tang group in NYC. Interested alumni can reach him at fabell@gfn.com.

Ellie Harrison is finishing a Ph.D. in Mayan archaeology at Boston University, which will take her to Belize this spring. She married David Buck in August in her hometown of Marblehead, MA. Kim Fajen ’92 was a bridesmaid.

Emily Sellergren is an elementary-school psychotherapist in Boulder, CO. Married to Pete Burhop in September 2001, she spends time climbing, hiking, and running with her husband and their “awesome” chocolate lab, Ajax.

Holly Stockdale is a health analyst for a policy research and evaluation firm in Washington, DC. She moved there from Ann Arbor, MI, where she completed a dual master’s in public policy and public health at the University of Michigan.

Performing arts educator and singer/songwriter Robin Leah Franzblau lives in Manhattan, where she recently released her first solo album (produced in part by Steven Santoro, former Atlantic recording artist). Leah’s song “The Edge” was featured on the collection A Chance for Peace, released this past winter. She is working on a Web site and music video.

Anne Koch, who graduated from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College in 2001, works for Motschenbacher and Blattner LLP in Portland, OR, where she practices business, copyright, trademark, and music law.

Julie Gibbons Keblinsky and husband Steven welcomed son Samuel in September.

Adam Wald was part of a Dateline NBC special on dating that is scheduled to air this spring. One of two bachelors included in the report, he was filmed going to a singles bar, meeting women, and then going on a date. Adam says Dateline “spent more than 14 hours shooting me in various situations,” so he was somewhat concerned that by the time they were done editing “they could turn me into a polygamist!” He adds, “Despite what the piece may say, I do not have a fear of commitment…at least, I don’t think so.”


Keirnan Conroy Klosek

My first son, Matthew, arrived safe and sound in January. My husband, Justin, and I and Matthew’s sister Jagger are all doing great.

Christine Ageton was featured in a November 18 edition of the Albuquerque Journal. She is the new community facilitator for the tribal source water protection program at the New Mexico Rural Water Association.

Megan Kelley Hall gave birth to daughter Piper in October. Megan lives in Marblehead, MA, with husband Edward, a financial performance analyst with Wellington Management in Boston. Megan is a freelance writer who contributes regularly to magazines including Working Mother, Boston Magazine, Parents and Kids, The AKC Gazette, and MetroSports.

Mary Elizabeth Schneider married Braxton Perkins on November 17 in NYC. The bride is a partner in Saunders Schneider Design, a graphic design studio in Santa Monica, CA. Her husband is associate director of film and television title management at Universal Studios in California.

Meaghan O’Brien married Juan Reyes III on December 8 in Manhattan. She is a coordinator of clinical research programs at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in NYC. Her husband is a senior associate at Davidoff & Malito, a Manhattan law firm.


Allison Lacorazza Fazio

After more than a year of freelancing to weather the economic bust in the Bay Area, Paige Miller Buck accepted a position as events manager for the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, planning its large annual fundraising events, such as a kickoff luncheon for the San Francisco ’49ers and the Ebbies (the city’s Excellence in Business Awards. She and husband Brent, who moved into the city center in January, are delighted to be closer to friends and city life.


Allison Gray Costa

Ingrid Phillips earned a master’s with a focus on plant science and biotechnology at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY. She is now pursuing a Ph.D.

Jennifer Ringermacher and fiancé John Dove are software developers in the Capital Region of upstate New York.

Jane Baldwin Henzerling and husband Daniel spent part of their holidays with Jane’s parents on a cruise to the Virgin Islands and then traveled to Las Vegas for Christmas. Jane capped her time off from teaching with a trip to New Orleans to soak in the local culture. At home in Tempe, AZ, Jane continues to teach bilingual fifth grade, work on her master’s in educational leadership, and serve as a trainer and curriculum-writing assistant for a conflict resolution program. Daniel is a network systems administrator and recording artist.

John Williams married Brooke West on June 29 on Chebeague Island, ME, where they’d first met as children. They hadn’t seen each other for years, but in 2000, they met again and fell in love. Skidmore graduates who attended the wedding included best man Elliott Wagschal, Jackie Buxbaum Cross ’62, Joan Layng Dayton ’63, Carol Seldin ’71, Mike Schreiber, reader Tracie Danforth Witte, and Adina Frazer ’99. The newlyweds live in Summit, NJ.

Amanda Stern graduated from Albany Law School in May and recently passed the New York State bar exam. She lives in Albany, where she is hoping to practice labor or employment law.

Morgan Miller is CEO of Mercury Method, a full-service event promotion, public relations and club promotion company in NYC. Morgan can be contacted at moblmi@hotmail.com.

Tony Llano is pursuing his MBA at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business; if you are in the Upper Valley, send him an e-mail at anthony.n.llano@dartmouth.edu. Tony has a summer internship at the John Deere Corporation in Moline, Illinois.

Kim Bogle called to correct some information that appeared in the fall Scope: She received her Ph.D. from Florida State University (not the University of Florida). Also, Corey Herrington is now in Vermont, where he teaches and coaches hockey.


Reunion ’03!
Michele Rothstein

Nora Matz graduated from the Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy and earned a New York State license for massage therapy.

Kristen Salley is a paramedic in Stamford, CT, pursuing an M.B.A. in health-care management. An avid runner, she completed her first marathon last year in Chicago, ran a second in January, and flew to Paris to compete in another.

Christina Roberts, who was sworn in to the New York State bar in January 2002, is house counsel to the Albany Community Development Agency.

Laura Iacuessa moved to Oakland, CA, where she is pursuing an M.F.A. in dance at Mills College. She saw Lauren Mirsky Benjamin and Rob Benjamin, Katie Brooks, Emma Gregory Shiver, Dana Warren, and Yuko Hara at Sarah Mackin’s wedding in August.

Cathleen Holland bought her first home, a townhouse in Dracut, MA, last summer. She lives happily with her boyfriend and their three cats. Although working in the Boston area, she is looking for a new job closer to home in “the boonies.” Cathleen sees Meredith Cutler ’97 and Laura Perras, both of whom live and work in Boston.

Kimberly Simon passed the New York State bar exam and is working at Sullivan & Cromwell in NYC.

Jeff Badger has been showing paintings all over New England for the last few years and enjoying “a bit of success.” He and girlfriend Lydia Paiste ’97 helped get a new gallery up and running in Portland, ME. Jeff’s work can be viewed at www.badgerart.com.

Last June Andy Rahe, Brent Eveleth ’97, Kristin Barthelman ’99, Natalie Childs, Meghan McQueeney, Fergie Wheeler, and Reena Singh pulled on their wellies and braved the mud left by Maine’s rainy spring to attend Tray Daley’s wedding to Devon London. Reena recalls, “Just in time for the bride to walk down the beach, the sun emerged to make for a beautiful ceremony and reception on the shores of the Maine coast.”


Nancy Carew Magnus

Sarah Andrus is finishing up medical school at Georgetown University and will begin a residency in emergency medicine this summer.

Last September Hannah Duggan started working for Talbots, overseeing production in the kids’ division. She lives in Boston with Dana Kelley and Liz Nyman.

Juhli Greene is a graphic artist for PhotoWow.com. Visit its Web site and mention Juhli’s name, and she may be able to work on your next piece of art!

For the past two years, Kristen Lepore has been working for the National Alliance of Breast Cancer while doing work as a health educator at a community clinic in Chelsea. She lives in Brooklyn and regularly sees Cleyvis Natera, who is attending NYU for an M.F.A. in creative writing.

For the past two years, Christy Lewis has been living in Washington, DC, where she is working on the legislative staff of a U.S. senator.

Geraldine Osnato went to Washington, DC, to visit Alice Lescure ’00 over the holidays and was visited in NYC by Kate Weltner ’00 and Diana Marinovic ’00.

Emily Pick has been teaching art to grade-school and preschool children in Chicago, IL. In addition, she is pursuing a master’s in early childhood education.

Allison Prouty lives and works in NYC as Eve Ensler’s (The Vagina Monologues) executive assistant for V-Day, which is a global movement to end violence against women and girls. She often sees Big Apple residents Prudence Heyert, Gwyneth Dobson, and Alexx Shilling. Allison reports that Cate Owren is working for the Peace Corps in Togo, West Africa.

Lani Radack lives in Medford and teaches ninth-grade English and reading at Health Careers Academy in Boston, a Horace Mann Charter School within the Boston public schools. She is applying to graduate programs in early childhood education. A performer at women’s poetry slams in Cambridge, Lani has already won three in a row.

Shauna Stovell teaches fourth grade at a charter school in Jersey City, NJ, where she lives.

Jenna Talbot is an editorial designer for the Boston Phoenix, a weekly newspaper. In her spare time, she works as a freelance illustrator, takes graphic design classes at MassArt, and continues to paint.

San Francisco resident Stefan Whitney is recording and playing concerts with his band, Basic, all over the Bay Area. Other band members include Jed Goldstein ’98 and Josh Kaplan ’97. You can check them out at www.basicband.com. Stefan also works for Williams-Sonoma and does some freelance writing for newspapers and radio.

Former MTV Asia employee Young Wang is working as a consultant to the organizing committee for the Beijing International Comics and Animation Week, a gathering drawing top Chinese and Japanese animation companies and animators that will be held in Beijing this July. Young convinced the committee to broaden its scope by including the American animation and comic book industry. Naturally, he thought of Skidmore alumni, several of whom were featured in a fall ’03 Scope cover story on the movie Ice Age. Young contacted the Skiddies to recruit them as potential conference attendees. He continues to search for other Skidmore grads in the animation field and can be contacted at ywang21@yahoo.com.


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