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Meet the members
The alumni association’s board of directors welcomes several new members this summer, each for a three-year term.
Florence Andresen ’57 is the board’s new vice president for the Annual Fund, replacing Beverly Fuhrmann Gregory ’64. Andresen worked in education for 34 years, rising through the ranks from English teacher to high-school principal to superintendent of schools in the Glen Cove, N.Y., school system. Upon retirement in 1991, she moved to Saratoga Springs to be near her family and turned her attention to volunteer activities. She recently became an advisory council member for the Josephine Young Case Associates, encouraging alumni to include Skidmore in their estate planning, as she has done. Andresen also served this year as chair of the annual polo luncheon and benefit, which supports the Palamountain Scholarships at Skidmore.
Jeffrey Anderson ’93 is the board’s new chair for alumni admissions, replacing Laura Martin McConkey ’84. As an undergraduate, Anderson served as an admissions tour guide. After graduation, he stayed connected by becoming an alumni admissions contact, interviewing prospective students in the Boston area and reporting back to the Admissions Office. He and wife Michelle Miller ’92 also represented the College at numerous college fairs, where they greeted prospective students and told them about all that Skidmore has to offer today’s students. The Andersons served as co-presidents of the Boston alumni club from 1998 until their recent move to New York City, where Jeff will attend the M.B.A. program at Columbia.
Neil Astmann ’00 has taken over the chair for young alumni and undergraduate outreach, replacing Justin Model ’91. A business major with a minor in international affairs, Astmann served as the Management and Business Department’s representative to Academic Council. He was also active in the Student Government Association and chaired the Computer Services Committee. He sat on two all-College committees as well: Financial Policy and Planning and the search committee for a new vice president for advancement. As a member of the student Senate and the Student Alumni Society, he was the student representative to the alumni board. He is president of the Class of ’00.
Anthony Llano ’97 is the board’s new chair for diversity, taking over for Melanie Lee ’83. A native of the Dominican Republic who moved to the States as a youngster, Llano majored in business and economics at Skidmore. Along with crew, his activities included assisting with residence life, reunions, career services, and the Higher Education Opportunity Program’s summer workshops. After interning for three summers with Chase Manhattan Bank, Llano became a management trainee upon graduation from Skidmore. He worked in the credit-card group of Chase’s consumer banking division until his recent promotion to assistant vice president for strategic planning and analysis. For the past year, Llano was an alumni board member-at-large.
Amy O’Leary ’92 has become the board’s reunion chair, replacing Robert Resnick ’88. Winner of last year’s Porter Award for volunteerism, O’Leary first made her mark as a student leader, serving as her class social chair for three years and receiving the Rozendaal Community Service Award. As an alumna, she has been class president, class agent, chair for her fifth reunion, regional phonathon volunteer, and club volunteer. She continues as class president and chair for her 10th reunion in 2002. She served on the alumni association’s nominating committee, and this summer she takes over as president of the Boston alumni club. A psychology major at Skidmore, O’Leary is director of the preschool and kindergarten programs at Ellis Memorial Children’s Center in Boston.
Carol Strickland ’72 is the the chair of the Friends of the Presidents Committee, taking over from Christine Wilsey Goodwin ’67. Strickland is senior vice president and corporate secretary at United States Trust Company of New York, an asset-management, private banking, fiduciary and securities firm. A psychology major at Skidmore, Strickland became assistant secretary and later corporate secretary at U.S. Trust while earning a master’s in arts administration from New York University. Through U.S. Trust, she chaired an effort at College of the Holy Cross to raise scholarship money. She subsequently got involved in fundraising at Skidmore when she became a class agent for her 25th reunion, served on the national FOP committee, and later became the FOP chair for her class.—SG