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Tammy Blake

Anne McGuire Clark, Alice Hemphill Kearny, Maresa Laino, Kara Vassel Lewis, Ginny Neale, Carina Thate, and Amelia Thate Wolfe met in NYC in October to celebrate Carina’s birthday. Annie recently moved back to NYC from London with husband Graham and twins William and Isabella. Alice is living in Duxbury, MA, with husband Rob Kearney and daughters Lane and Maggie. Maresa works in public relations at Cartier in NYC. Kara lives in Bayville, Long Island, with husband Burnham “Turk,” son Burnham, and daughter Macy. She teaches at Friends Academy. Ginny, in Chicago, is VP for business development at Harris Nesbitt. Carina is a managing director at Abernathy MacGregor, a financial communications and investor relations firm in Manhattan. Amelia is still at JP MorganChase and lives in Madison, NJ, with husband Chris and daughters Caroline and Sydney.

Elizabeth Nakian has returned from a two-year posting at the US Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, to her regular duties in intelligence and research at the US Department of State in DC.

Matthew Cannold
lives in Boca Raton, FL, with wife Sally and daughter Drew, 1. Matt moved to South Florida in 1998 to start Eagles Landing Camps, a day-camp program modeled after the northeastern camps he attended as a child. This year ELC will launch its offshoot, ELC Night Owls, a resident camp on the same facility.

Jon Rabinowitz works in the information technology industry in Israel.

Matthew Slater passed the Florida bar exam and was sworn in as an attorney. He’s currently serving as assistant public defender for Miami-Dade County. Also, he has begun work on his second law review article for publication.

Diana Dyer Knoblauch’s
children Henry, 4, and Katje, 1, keeps her happy and busy. She lives in Palo Alto, CA, with husband Loring.

A former legislative assistant for Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed, Ronnie Kovner is now senior associate at Capitol Associates Inc., a health-care consulting firm in Washington, DC.

Daniel Hollman, who graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School, is an attorney practicing in NYC.

Christy Moynihan Johnson and husband Patrick welcomed their fourth child in September; they now have two boys and two girls. The couple is building a home in New Jersey. Christy would love to hear from old friends at christy@patmedia.net.

Michele Forté, executive director of George Mark—a new pediatric hospice in San Leandro, CA—was featured in the January 2 issue of the San Francisco Chronicle for her work with terminally ill children. (For more about Michele, see the “People & Projects” section.)


Kim Robertson Tsimbinos

Heil still live in the Arabian Gulf and now have four boys—Jack was joined by triplets Abraham, Dylan, and Zane in July. Kelley, who teaches ESL at Qatar Academy, reports that Mom and Dad are fine—“the babes all sleep!”

Stephen Doff, wife MaryLynn, and Abigail, 3, are enjoying their new home in Ellicott City, MD—especially Abigail, who has pretty much taken over the entire house. Stephen and MaryLynn teach French and Spanish at Centennial High School. They rang in 2004 at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa. The Doffs continued their traveling ways over spring break, when they accompanied 30 students to Germany, Switzerland, and France.

Natasha MacNaughton Bradley and her husband welcomed daughter Victoria last June. The family lives in San Francisco, CA.

Harriet Kornfeld was promoted to director of development for the Friends of Medicine at the Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine. She joined FJHM in 1999, as assistant director of development, and was promoted to associate director in 2001.

Steve and I welcomed son Christopher in July; Tommy, 4, loves being a big brother! Steve recently became a partner at the firm of Lowenstein Sandler in Roseland, NJ, where he focuses his practice on corporate transactions.



Amity Lenahan Fowler

Matt Antell recently completed a short film called Smooth, which is making the rounds of the film festivals. In February his work was featured in the Waterfront Film Festival and the Director’s View Film Festival.

Dan Barsness, wife Ava, and daughters Jenna, 3, and Megan, 1, are enjoying their second winter in Minnesota after moving back from Texas. Happily, Dan is doing more snowmobiling this year.

Alisa Chester Key
and husband Chris welcomed son Cullen in September, the day before Alisa’s birthday. Alisa is enjoying her time off from work at the law firm Shaw Pittman in McLean, VA.

Greg and Melissa Chaffee Crawford welcomed daughter Paige in December 2002. Brother Andrew, 4, is enjoying his sibling. Greg has his own general contracting business, and Melissa is a stay-at-home mom. Greg and Melissa were in Boston over the Thanksgiving holiday and saw Lincoln Kaiser. They later had a great time catching up with Nate Watkins.

Tony Galano is an attorney at the law firm Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP. Tony enjoyed his annual trip to Aruba in March, helping celebrate the 50th anniversary of Carnival there.

In January Gaby Gold started a master’s program in educational theater at NYU, which will certify her as a K–12 theater teacher. She will live on campus, in a Greenwich Village dorm. Gaby is also volunteering with 6- and 7–year-old “awesome” kids in East Harlem, working on literacy development.

Oliver and Shandele Gumicio Davis and daughter Livi have moved to Boulder, CO, from San Francisco. Oliver’s employer, Telverse Communications, was acquired by Level 3 Communications in Broomfield, CO. Level 3 has offered Oliver an opportunity to run the marketing department for the SoftSwitch Division.

Lincoln Kaiser and wife Julie announce the birth of their first child, son Coleman, in December.

Liz Kohler Wolfe
and husband Ed welcomed daughter Reese in December; she joins brother Kole, 2. Liz and her family recently moved to a house in Rye, NY, after 10 years of being Upper West Siders. “Fortunately we are still close to the city and recently had a fun visit with Michelle Miller-Anderson, husband Jeff Anderson ’93, and daughter Abbie, and Jenny Rose Savino, husband Steve, and son Tommy.” Liz also visited with Sue Rush Leonard and her family and had a great visit with Raf Murdocca ’93, a recruiter in Atlanta.

Melissa Kotlin Nagin and husband Ben Nagin ’93 announce the birth of son Alexander in November; he joins Zachary, 6, and Sarah, 4.

For almost five years, Brett Olson and wife Betsy have lived in London, where first child Brooks was born in October. Brett works at Lehman Brothers International Europe, in structured finance and collateralized debt obligations.

Jill Richardson and Tom O’Brien ’89 were married in Jill’s hometown of Honolulu, HI, on November 8. With a postceremony bagpiper playing, Skidmore was in the air! Skiddies in attendance included Jill’s mother, Jacqueline Watson Richardson ’52, maid of honor Amy O’Leary, Leigh DuPuy Carlisle, Sheri Dexler Tanner ’93, Janet Reardon, Stephanie Friedman, Parker Sawyer, Brooks Hundley, Dan Barsness, Ralph Garboushian, Nate Watkins, Dave Jodka, Justin O’Leary ’94, Vinny Catalano ’83, David Boon ’88, Tish Duffy ’99, Andy Rosenblatt ’00, and Laura Oppenheimer (all the way from Kyev, Ukraine). Tom and Jill took the month of November off from work to enjoy time with their families and friends in Hawaii plus a two-week honeymoon in Bali.

Brenna Richmond Stultz and husband Kevin announce the arrival of daughter Laine in September; she joins big brother Aidan.

Helene Schneider won her first election to public office in November and began serving as a member of the Santa Barbara City Council in January. She received the most votes out of 10 candidates for three open seats. She is a PhD candidate in biological sciences at UC-Santa Barbara, where husband David Greenberg is a postdoctoral research fellow.

David Stockwell lives in Cambridge, MA, and teaches English at Belmont High School.

Jennifer Wells Barry and husband Hawk celebrated the birth of daughter Lorelei in October; she joins Keir, 3. Jennifer is still taking a few years off from lawyering to focus on her “clients” at home.

Beth Rocchio, husband David, and sons Alexander and Nicholas moved to East Greenwich, RI, in December. Beth and David continue their family practice work in eastern Connecticut.

Amy-Lynn Fischer is sales manager at the University of California Press. She enjoys attending shows at Cal Shakespeare and Berkeley Rep, local theater companies. She would love to hear from classmates at alf702003@sbcglobal.net.

Dennis Dobrzynski is finishing fellowship training in hematology and oncology. He attended the wedding of Robert Kleiderstein, as did Jon Burkan and Zubin Sinor, and has visited Louis Mackall, who works in the movie industry in LA.

In Boston Heather St. Onge Nicholls and husband Nick announce the arrival of son Connor in January.


Joanna Flynn

Thomas Caruso is resident director of the hit Broadway musical Mamma Mia! In addition, he directed the world premiere of two new companion plays by Terrence McNally and Israel Horovitz in Boston, and the critically acclaimed premiere of Earth to Bucky at the Bay Street Theatre in NYC. Tom was recently profiled in Variety as a “director to watch for” this year.

Terry Dubow and Kirsten Fawcett-Dubow ’94 welcomed daughter Lillian in August; she joins Madeline, 4. Lillian “made her move out of the womb while we were at a Cleveland Browns game,” notes Terry. “We made it to the hospital just before things got really interesting.” Kirsten is a social worker with mentally ill people. Terry is an English teacher and director of the writing center at Hathaway Brown School. He writes and occasionally publishes short fiction.

After a decade of adventures in China, Alaska, and Italy, David Wood is currently a PhD candidate and research fellow in literary criticism at Purdue University. He married Victoria Scala last spring in Chicago, with Dan Brimberg ’94, Andrew Smith, and Andrew’s wife, Kate, in attendance.

Christopher McArdle graduated from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine last June and is a resident in emergency medicine at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. He spent five weeks in Ecuador studying tropical medicine, and this year will be working as a “flight doc” on the regional medical helicopter.

Christopher Maderia is assistant director for business development at the National Defense Industrial Association in Washington, DC.

Fran Kirmser
lives and works in NYC. She is a producer for the Joyce Theater, Duke Theater, and Manhattan Theater Source. She produced and developed Isadora…no apologies, at the Duke last fall.

Anna Marie Francello Rothkopf and husband Avi Rothkopf ’93 welcomed son Max in September; he joins sister Emma, 2.

Dana Karnell Lagoutte and her husband welcomed daughter Emma in July; she joins brother Tristan, 3.

Andrea Bastiani teaches psychology at Sarah Lawrence University, specializing in eating disorders. She and husband David live in Bronxville, NY, with their two children.



Reunion ’04!

Chanel Greene

Sylvia Stoner sang (in Russian!) the role of Tatiana in Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene Onegin for Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis last summer. At home in Kansas City, she is directing and singing in a bimonthly cabaret show called Night of Song as well as co-writing and directing There and Back Again, a musical adaptation of The Hobbit for grades 3–5 at various grade schools.

Leslie Glunts Guthrie and husband Bryan live in Hawaii. They spent part of the holidays traveling around Thailand. Bryan is currently stationed just north of Baghdad with the 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, attached to the 1st Infantry Division out of Germany. Leslie will be staying in Hawaii while he is gone and asks classmates to keep Bryan in their thoughts.

Matthew Esworthy recently graduated from Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law. He passed the Maryland bar exam and is a law clerk for chief judge Joseph F. Murphy Jr. of the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland.

Katherine Opello received her PhD in French studies at New York University; she’s now teaching at Hofstra University.

Kathleen Uribe
earned a master’s in international development from American University’s School of International Service. She is international relations advisor at the Central Bank of Chile in Santiago.

Michael Craig lives in NYC, where he is as an art director for Tiffany & Co.

In Ithaca, NY, Mike Ellis, wife Sherri, and daughter Emma live at Eco Village, an intentional community founded on ecological building and land-use principles.

Becky Klein and husband Jason announce the birth of son Gabriel in October.

Jordan and Danielle Charney Dourmashkin announce the birth of daughter Chloe Madeline in May. Jordan is a physician’s assistant in the emergency department at Harlem Hospital, affiliated with Columbia University. Danielle is a speech pathologist.

Suzanne Klein lives in Chiba, Japan, and is an English teacher for students ranging in age from 7 to 70. She welcomes e-mail from former classmates and professors at klein_suzanne@hotmail.com.

Kirstin O’Rielly Drabek and husband Darren announce the arrival of daughter Elizabeth in November. The couple looks forward to introducing Elizabeth to many of you at Reunion in June.


Keirnan Conroy Klosek

Amy Allen married Corey Taylor on October 18 in Manchester, VT. Stefanie Fitzgerald Pessolano ’96 and Sarah Wight O’Connell ’96 were in the wedding party. Other attendees included Glenn Levy, Steve Frohlich, Greg Armstrong, Manny Tzouros, Matt and Caroline Orr D’Abate ’93, Danny White ’96, Kate Savage ’96, and Dave Workman. An English instructor at the Killington Mountain School in Vermont, Amy holds a master’s in philosophy from Drew University, where she is pursuing a doctorate in English literature. Her husband, a graduate of Western New England College, owns Taylor Tree Care in West Rutland.

Chiara Alberetti married Jonathan Milott (who attended Skidmore for two years) on August 30 in New Fairfield, CT. Attending the wedding were Abigail Murray ’96, John Jurgensen, Sam Ketay, Daniel Heimbinder, Casper Hargreaves, and Lauren Roth Hargreaves ’96.

Tamika Byer-Young
and husband Rodney welcomed daughter Victoria in December; she joins Bryan, 6. Victoria’s godmother is Lynette Johnson.

Russell Gellman (russell_gellman@hotmail.com) is teaching private guitar and drum lessons full-time for various music schools around Philadelphia, and playing with six different bands in the area. His music is at www.russellstarke.com. Russell also works part-time for the Senior Law Center, helping to provide free legal services to Philadelphia’s senior citizens.

Ann Bonney moved to London with husband Chad and son Charlie, 1.

Dave Ghent and wife Maria announce the birth of their first child, Caitlin, in October. Both mother and baby are happy and healthy.

Kathryn Brush Rethman and husband Michael recently welcomed daughter Brooke. They all live in Denver, CO.

In New Orleans, LA, Frank Towers and wife Kelli welcomed their first child, Hayley, in December.


Ann Marie Przywara

Gabrielle Kelly is an educator at a history museum in Golden, CO.

Stefanie Fitzgerald Pessolano
was married on March 22, 2003; Amy Allen ’95, Susie Ware ’95, and Mindy Berkman were bridesmaids. Stefanie gave birth to daughter Isabella in December. She lives in Newburyport, MA, where she will take time off from teaching to be a stay-at-home mom.

While performing with the Second City in Columbus, OH, Rachael Mason met Thom Lach ’87 and his friend Olga, who lived in Rachael’s old Scribner C house. “Small world.”

Ben Diamond is a law student at George Washington University and managing editor of the school’s environmental law journal, the Environmental Lawyer.

A teacher in Spalding University’s MFA-in-writing program, Neela Vaswani is a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland. For info about her book, Where the Long Grass Bends, see the Books page in this issue.


Allison Gray Costa

On the way home from our fifth reunion, Matthew Rosenfield ’97 decided to ask his girlfriend, Lanette Burrows (Colgate ’98), to marry him. He was so excited that he called his brother Eric ’03 and Mark Roney ’97 while he sped home to Boston. A month later, Matt and Lanette moved to Baltimore, started graduate school, and got engaged. They’ve since finished their graduate programs, and they got married last summer (check out http://ourwedding07132003.tripod.com), with many college friends attending. Lanette works in Washington, DC, for an international public health organization, and Matt is in business school.

Regan Tara Eysman
married Brian Jon Franklin ’96 on October 18 at the US Merchant Marine Academy in Great Neck, NY. The wedding party included Dana Kaplan ’98 (maid of honor), David Bedrick ’96 (best man), Jude Concepcion ’96, Jason Smith ’96, Marcus Gherardi ’96, and Dave Luks ’96. Also at the wedding were Marcie Simon, Jolie Tuozzolo, John Waterman ’96, Ben Gullo and Summer Jerue Gullo ’96, Will Purvis ’96, Sarah Smith ’96, Jodi Bedrick ’96, and Brad Morris ’98. The newlyweds live in Arlington, VA, with their dog, Mootsie.

Stephanie Brubecker is a genetic research technician at the Medical College of Ohio, where she is part of a cancer study. She is also on the Toledo women’s rowing team.

Lisa Rowe Foulger
lives in Boston, where she is a graphic designer for the Boston Herald newspaper. She was married in March 2003 to Devin Foulger. Helping to celebrate the wedding were Leslie Lovett ’96, Jeff Bernstein ’96, Eliza Callard ’96, and Patience Bryan Taff ’96.

Molly Belisle Gould and husband Jerry announce the birth of daughter Magalloway (“Meggie”) in July. The couple was married last year in Woodstock, VT, and now live in Stratham, NH. Molly has been on maternity leave from school counseling, and Jerry is a chiropractor.

Caroline Olliver married Keith Poopor on September 6.
Liz Turner is attending a master’s program at Rutgers School of Communication and Library Science. She’s also working full-time at the Monmouth County Library HQ in Manalapan, NJ.

Last May Sara McKenna Conopask graduated with honors from Quinnipiac University School of Law. She passed the Connecticut bar exam in July and was sworn in in November. In Cheshire, CT, she is practicing with an insurance defense law firm, specializing in insurance coverage work.

Hilary Barnes is in her second semester at UPenn’s School of Nursing.

Robert Chesbro teaches eighth-grade chemistry and physics at Montgomery Middle School in New Jersey.

Tony Llano
spent three weeks in China, completing a consulting project as part of his Tuck MBA. He says it was “a phenomenal experience. We went to the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square.” He returned to the States to spend the holidays with family before returning to Hanover, NH.

John Dickerson completed an MBA and MS in communications from Syracuse University last summer and is a manager at a marketing research company in Norwalk, CT.

Chrissy Sarazen Chisholm
and husband John welcomed their first child, John (who will be called Jay), in November.

Isabelle de Trabuc is teaching first grade at an independent girls’ school in NYC. She’s also pursuing a master’s degree (her second) in educational leadership at Bank Street College of Education.

Chad Kasdin and Crystal Morrison ’99 were married November 22, 2002, at Saratoga National Golf Club. In attendance were Todd Allen, Kevin Hill ’95, Tracy Miller West ’99, and Rebecca Horst ’99. Chad is an associate at the law firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson; Crystal is an Illinois state’s attorney.

In New Jersey Tracie Danforth Witte and husband Michael welcomed daughter Gabrielle; she arrived in August, “a fashionable eight days late.”

Jacqueline Abodeely graduated from the New York State Park Police Academy in June. She is stationed at Riverbank State Park in Manhattan.

Kelli Butler and fiancé Brad Kozak welcomed son John in January. The family lives in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts, where Kelli is an analyst for a local bank.

Matthew Benson
and wife Heather are happily living in NYC. Matthew recently worked on the remake of The Manchurian Candidate, directed by Jonathan Demme. He is always pleased to hear from Skidmore friends at matthewbenson1@yahoo.com.

Amy McMurtry married Michael Shannon on September 13 in Newport, RI. They live in Connecticut. Amy is completing a doctorate in psychology and works as a child clinician at the Worcester (MA) Youth Guidance Center.


Michele Rothstein

Jordan Sulkin and wife Rachel welcomed daughter Ella in November. They have relocated from San Francisco to Manhattan.

Catherine Hill and Craig Millard were married in Newport, RI, on September 26. In attendance were Jamie Bacheller, Mike Cucchi, Bill Crosby, Allison Goldstein, Chloe Taylor, Hillary Trish Merritt, Jed Goldstein, and Karen McMahon. Craig and Catherine live in Denver, CO.

Identical twins Antoinette and Tricia Clarke have always had a love of fashion. After graduation, they worked as professional models. Antoinette is now a producer for a national TV show, and Tricia is director of integrated sales for a large radio communication company. They have recently launched their own clothing label, TAC Clothing (www.tacclothing.com).

William Ronalter
has transitioned from a plaintiff’s personal-injury attorney in private practice to a high-exposure litigation consultant for the Hartford Insurance Company. He appeared in a production at the New Britain Rep Theatre in Connecticut last year and has raced running, mountain hiking, and paddling nationwide with Timex Adventure Racing. Check him out at www.timexadventureracing.com.

Rena Strober filmed her first day-player role on Law & Order Criminal Intent last May and is now playing Shelley in Bat Boy at Portland (OR) Center Stage.

Ali Smith and Noah Thomas ’99 were married in Long Beach, CA, last June. Sam Stone ’99 was present, and Rachel Hunt ’06 gave Ali a beautiful bridal shower. The newlyweds, who received MFAs last spring, exhibit their work in the Los Angeles area and nationally. They have been reviewed in ArtWeek and the Los Angeles Times, and would love to hear from other alumni in the LA area, particularly emerging artists. They can be reached at asmith7@csulb.edu.

Luke Reusser is in grad school at the University of Vermont. He co-led a field trip for the American Quaternary Association, “Channeling Through Time: Landscape Evolution, Land Use Change, and Stream Restoration in Lancaster County, PA,” based on his graduate research. This month he’s also co-leading a field trip regarding the Potomac River for the Geological Society of America, northeastern section.

Kristin DeCou and husband Keith welcomed a second son, Quinn, in August. The family is happily living in Eugene, OR.


Reunion ’04!

Nancy Carew Magnus

I hope you have set aside the dates for our fifth reunion in June. If you haven’t already done so, please check out our class Web site (www.skidmore.edu/alumni/classes/1999/1999.html) and fill out your registration and class-history questionnaire. Also, continue to send in your photos for the class-history booklet that will be handed out at Reunion.

Amy Steele is a first-grade teacher at Schuylerville Elementary School, in the same classroom where she student taught while at Skidmore. She lives in Saratoga Springs with fiancé Kenny Dunbar ’00, an assistant director of admissions for Skidmore.

Luis Alicea lives in NYC’s East Village. Divorced in 2002, he started a new job as program coordinator at William F. Ryan Community Health Center and Mental Health Clinic in Manhattan. He hopes to see manyof us at Reunion and welcomes e-mail at orgo007@yahoo.com.

Alexandra Shilling moved to Chicago to study with the dance company Jump Rhythm Jazz Project. Last year she taught Pilates and performed at the American Dance Festival, where she spent time with fellow dancer Sara Juli ’00.

Ian Sattler is marketing coordinator for Jaffe Associates, a leading business development consultancy based in Washington, DC. He was formerly marketing director for Humanoids Publishing in Los Angeles, and has worked as a freelance writer for numerous pop-culture publications, including While You Were Sleeping, Gum, and Juxtapose. He has just completed a book offering an overview of urban artists and designers and their ascent into mainstream commercial advertising; it’s due out this fall from Ginko Press.

Jamie Sporn lives in Manhattan and teaches high-school dance to students in northern New Jersey. She performs with several independent choreographers in NYC.


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