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Spring 2004

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Who, What, When

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Peri Snyderman

It was good to see Pam Richardson Swensen and husband Larry, who managed to arrive in NYC for the weekend just as a blizzard roared in.

Elise Plaut Beattie moved to Anthem, AZ, where she is teaching a course called “Fearless Painting” at Scottsdale Community College. A signature member of the National Association of Women Artists, her work is exhibited with numerous other national organizations. Elise’s painting Haslach Wives—an example of her poured watercolor and acrylic technique—won awards at the Montana Watercolor Exhibit in 2003 and earned the Grumbacher Gold Medal and the Elizabeth Erlanger Memorial Award at the NAWA exhibition in 2002. Elise’s work can be viewed online at www.embart.com.

After a decade in the Adirondack Mountains, Cecilia Frittelli Lockwood and husband Richard “returned to civilization” three years ago. The couple built a house in Greenfield (minutes from Skidmore), where they live with children Schuyler, 9, and Claire, 5. Frittelli & Lockwood Textiles, located in an old factory building in downtown Glens Falls, designs and produces handwoven fabrics that are used in their apparel and accessory collections and sold to specialty shops and galleries across the country. Their newest endeavor is Beekman Artisans, a co-op gallery at the center of Saratoga’s new West Side arts district. Additional galleries, a café, and a tapas bar are scheduled to open in the area later this year.

Maggie Lynch Lohmann finished her master’s in health services administration after plugging away at it for about 12 years. She encourages other nursing majors to attend our 25th reunion in 2005. “We have one and a half years to become svelte and impress each other,” Maggie notes. Please plan on coming whether you are svelte or not!



Elizabeth Deckenbach Felder

Nelson Ritschel’s book on the plays of John Millington Synge was published in 2002 (see Books in the previous Scope). An assistant professor of humanities at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, he teaches Irish literature and directs the college’s theater program—including two productions in 2002: Synge’s Riders to the Sea and In the Shadows of Glen.

Michele Reynolds Gribko
works part-time at an oncology office on Long Island. The mother of four, she is pursuing a master’s in nursing and plans to become a clinician.


Angela Foss

Victoria Vogel Sweeney was admitted into the partnership of the accounting and tax firm KPMG. A member of the firm’s Montvale, NJ, office, she works on ethics and compliance issues for the firm’s department of professional practices. Before joining KPMG, she was a VP of corporate compliance for a major investment bank.

Liz Carter Clifford is delighted to be a stay-at-home mom to daughter Emily, 7, and son Stuart, 4, in Lebanon, NH. She serves on the boards of three local organizations and is very involved in her children’s activities. Husband John practices law in Hanover.

Brooklyn, NY, choreographer and performer Randa Broughton enjoyed attending Skidmore’s mini-reunion for dance alumni last spring.



Fred Sherman

Alumni association board member Vinny Catalano was having coffee with Winnie Wan ’75 in a Woodside, CA, café when they noticed a young woman wearing a Skidmore sweatshirt walk in. The inquiring alumni discovered that the sweatshirt was a souvenir from a current Skidmore freshman. “Maybe kids are now wearing Skidmore clothes as a fashion statement,” quips Catalano. “Take that, Abercrombie and Fitch!”

Activist Lisa Fithian was featured in the November 13 Sunday Times Magazine. The story offered a detailed account of her experience as an organizer of demonstrations against the World Trade Organization. Lisa, who lives in Austin, TX, has organized anti-globalization protests in Seattle, Washington, Prague, Genoa, Quebec City, New York, Sacramento, and Cancun.
Andy Lieberman is a marketing director for SNET Wireless in Simsbury, CT.

Jerusha Gardner Perry and husband Dave live in Woodinville, WA, with children Lillian, 10, and Thomas, 4. Jerusha gave up a career as a technical writer (and chef) to be a stay-at-home mom. Dave works for a biotech company in Seattle. The Perrys spend most of their free time sailing in the San Juan Islands. They visit often with Katy Weil ’84, a zookeeper and commercial pilot in Portland, OR, and new friend Leslie Calumet Connor ’78, a neighbor and Lillian’s teacher.


Reunion ’04!

Jacqueline Haberfeld

Elizabeth Moran Regan and husband Brendan live in Guilford, CT, with children Nicholas, 6, and Kaitlyn, 4. Elizabeth is a financial analyst for NYC law firm Skadden, Arps; Brendan owns a metal company.

Catie McCormack Totman is renovating her fourth and (decidedly last) house in Summit, NJ, and being mom to Grace, 6, Bebe, 4, and Mack, 3. She stays in touch with Mollie Bolger Jenssen in Narberth, PA; Mary McAvity Cerulli in Boston; Nancy Bestwick Tietbohl in Wyomissing, PA; and Kris Rollenhagen ’83 in Short Hills, NJ. Catie looks forward to seeing classmates at Reunion.


Alumni Affairs Office

Elisabeth Cowey Lacause is the producer and creative director of Festivals in Concert in NYC.

In Massachusetts Sue Horton is an accounting manager for a health-care system in Boston. She teaches modern dance and ballet in Newton and Medfield.

James Mandle
and wife Ann Klein welcomed son Brian last June. The family livesin Oakland, CA, where James is a lighting designer.

Several of David Dalva’s large-scale ceramic pieces will be included in an alumni invitational exhibit at Skidmore’s Tang Museum in May (see story on page 16). David has recently taken up paragliding—in Brazil, Mexico, and the Alps—and has been incorporating wings into his latest art pieces.


Anne Chorske Stuzin

Elizabeth Demas-Anderson and husband Darrick own Camelot Custom Building Company in Basking Ridge, NJ. Incorporated for almost 10 years, they build homes in central New Jersey, NYC, Boston, and Florida. The couple has three kids: Kathryn, 12, Christopher, 11, and Victoria, 3. They spend summers in Bay Head, NJ, and winter weekends and holidays at their place on Bromley Mountain in Vermont. Elizabeth reminds classmates that visitors are welcome year round. She stays in touch with Eve Mulholland, who lives in Saratoga with husband Bob Antonez ’78, and Ellen Hermann, who drives out to Vermont and Basking Ridge for visits. The couple spent a weekend last summer with Ron Levene and wife Meg at their lake house outside Binghamton, NY. Elizabeth welcomes e-mail at Cameloteda@optonline.net.

John Levinson spent the holidays with family in NYC. He and his wife then “flew the coop to Key West, FL, for six days of sipping margs with Jimmy B.”

Mamie Matthews Oleksak and husband Mark announce the birth of their first son, Cody, in September. The family lives in Gansevoort, NY. A licensed massage therapist, Mamie enjoys having several of her old Skidmore professors as clients.

Marcelle Hinand Cady and husband Steve welcomed son Jackson in July; he joins Duncan, 2. The family lives in Narberth, PA. Steve will complete his residency in emergency medicine in June. Marcy reports that Barbara Somerstein Fine and husband Bill welcomed first child Benjamin in August. By chance, Marcy and her family were in Boston visiting family and were able to see Benjamin in the hospital. A month later, she met up with Barbara and Shannon Slattery Graff in Boston, accompanied by babies Jack and Benjamin. They had a great time catching up. Shannon teaches high-school art in Newton, MA.

Jeanne Cooney Dunn is working at her children’s school, Bridges Montessori, in Stuart, FL, as a part-time event planner and fundraiser. She also heads the school’s parent organization.

After changing jobs in 2002, Leslie Rose is working for a subsidiary of Siemens that produces banking software. She lives in Munich, Germany, with husband Uwe and son Dennis, 10. The couple recently bought an apartment across from Olympia Park. Leslie welcomese-mail at leslie.rose@kordoba.de.

Andreas Schneider is a general manager at Chemac Inc. in Upper Saddle River, NJ. He and his wife have a 4-year-old daughter and a 1-year-old son. Andreas was “home alone” earlier this year when his wife and children went to Europe for seven weeks. Although it was difficult, Andreas stayed busy with home projects and spent a week fishing in Alaska with some buddies. He stays in touch with Chris and Dina Perruso Danielson, who live in Peacham, VT. Andreas also hears from NYC singer/songwriter Ben Green, whose music career keeps him on the road. He can be contacted at bengreenmusic@aol.com. Andreas and his family attended a birthday party for the daughter of Bill and Barbara Gill Vayo ’87. Barbara is a graphic artist for ABC News.

Ann Donelan Goulart is a sixth-grade teacher; she also teaches and choreographs for Ballet New England on Cape Cod.



Jennifer Weisberg Millner

Peter Slater, an attorney at Graydon Head & Ritchey LLP in Cincinnati, OH, has been approved as a certified financial planner. He specializes in the succession and management of property. He holds a JD from Case Western Reserve University and a master’s in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center.

In Ewing, NJ, Elizabeth Peoples Czelusniak and husband Steve welcomed daughter Emily last May. Big sister Olivia, 4, is enjoying Emily’s company.



Tracy Richards Dingmon

Robin Hopfner Watson and husband Carl announce the birth of son Ryan in October; he joins brother CJ, 4. The family lives in Henrietta, NY, where Robin is director of resident services at a 407-unit high-rise for the elderly and disabled.

Jon Gat is operations manager for Skilled Health Systems in Los Angeles, CA, a firm that designs and manages clinical trials for new drugs and medical devices. He is also looking into setting up an investment advisory shop. He is putting his Santa Monica home on the market and planning a move to Venice Beach as he “suddenly feels the desire to become more hip.”

Mark Barnett and wife Elaine have three children. In light of a trio of “impending college tuitions,” he has decided to open a third location of his cycle business, Wheel Life Cycles 2 (www.wheel-life.com).

In NYC Josh Dorman exhibited some recent work at Doma, a West Village gallery and café. His paintings can be viewed online at www.blackmustache.com/joshdorman.

Mary Jo Fronckel married William Bellon on November 8 in Philadelphia. Mary Jo is a stay-at-home mom. Husband William works for XO Communications.

In November Charles Thomas O’Neil exhibited a series of oil-on-aluminum paintings at Galisteo Gallery in Albuquerque, NM. The art reviewer for the Albuquerque Journal called the work “spontaneous, gestural, and abstract—a study in the painting process itself.” After 13 years in Sante Fe, Charles moved back to the East Coast and now paints in a refurbished barn in rural Massachusetts.

Christine Palkhiwala Glass
and husband Mike are moving to suburban Detroit, MI, after many years in Washington, DC, and a brief layover in Lansing, MI. Son Benjamin was born in September; he joins big brother Cameron.


Reunion ’04!

Cynthia Urick Stickles

Dan Aronson lives in Lausanne, Switzerland, with his wife, Martha, and two boys: Sam, 4, and Rob, 1. Martha is managing four businesses in Western Europe for the Medtronic Company. The family is happily settled into life there. Dan is taking French classes—“the most challenging endeavor I believe I have ever undertaken”—and volunteers at son Sam’s school. He is also doing finance work for a nonprofit. The Aronsons will eventually move back home to Minneapolis, MN. Dan invites friends traveling in Europe to look them up.

Matt Bernstein and wife Dara live in Silver Spring, MD, with son Gabriel, 2, who has “slowly been shifting his obsession with vacuum cleaners to trucks,” and 5-month-old daughter Basia, who is “fascinated by her older brother.” Matt welcomes hearing from Skidmore friends at matt@theforprofitcompany.com.

Jill Bycholski Potter and husband Kurt live in Connecticut. She has been working for Cigna Investments for 14 years; he is a Realtor with Remax.

Kimberly Davis
is a media relations spokesperson for Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, WA. She invites local skiers to join her on the slopes at Crystal Mountain.

After 15 years as executive editor at New American Library/Penguin USA, Laura Gilman has ventured out on her own as a freelance editor. Her writing career has taken off too. She has sold more than 20 short stories, and her first novel, Staying Dead, is slated for publication in August. “It’s a supernatural mystery with a hint of romance, featuring a pair of professional thieves,” she says.

Diana Gilson and husband Bill are the parents of Will, 2, and Charlotte, 9 months. Diana, a full-time neonatologist, is proud that the couple has “managed to survive having two kids under the age of 2 at the same time!” She plans to attend Reunion.

Jeffrey Warren is practicing law with his father in Columbus, OH, and is director of player development for a local youth soccer club.

Randi Sidman Moore enjoys her work as a commercial and editorial photographer in Miami, FL, but her favorite “job” is being a mom to daughters Danielle, 3, and Skyler, born in November.

Lisa Levy, a graduate of the Wharton School and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, has been promoted to director of marketing at Pfizer in NYC.

Susanne Pollack lives in NYC with husband Perry Liu and their son Isaac, 2. She is the director of co-productions and sales for the BBC, where she acquires, develops, and sells children’s programs. She’s kept a hand in the theater by producing her husband’s rock musical, Outlaws, based on the life of Billy the Kid and due to premiere in NYC later this year. She looks forward to seeing classmates at Reunion and welcomes e-mail at susanna.pollack@bbc.co.uk.

Allison Bazin earned a master’s in dance education from Teachers College of Columbia University and dances for Claire Porter Company in NYC.

Sarah Lutz
is looking forward to exhibiting her paintings at Skidmore’s Tang Museum in May (see story on page 16?). She adds, “It is especially timely since this is our 15th reunion year; my old friends and classmates, as well as my professors, will have a chance to see the exhibition—a lot has changed in 15 years!”


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