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’90

Theresa Chang
301 E. 47th St., #19N
New York, NY 10017

Lynn Barnett Seigerman and husband Alan live in Los Gatos, CA, in the San Francisco Bay area. Lynn surfs the Internet for Yahoo! Inc., and Alan is a director at E*Trade. They can be reached at seigernet@yahoo.com.

Keith and Angela Castonguay Trombly announce the birth of Nicole Marie on June 10, 1999. Angela is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, whose membership is limited to trial lawyers who have demonstrated excellence in advocacy by achieving a verdict or settlement of $1 million or more. There are approximately 1,200 members throughout the U.S. Angela and family live in Newtown, CT.

Jonathan Chiat and wife Sharon announce the birth of Sydney Rose on Feb. 16. The family lives in Reston, VA. Jonathan is vice president of finance for NetGuilds, an Internet start-up in Herndon, VA.

Elisabeth Corvene is the front office manager for the Caribbean’s newest resort, CuisinArt Resort and Spa, on Anguilla in the British West Indies.

At home in Oakland, CA, Cricket Crawshaw teaches yoga, practices massage, and makes music. In May, she released her first CD, Of Rainbows, Dreams, and Oneness, a collection of original tunes.

Larry and Andrea DeMartino Wiepert live in Buffalo, NY, with daughter Emma Grace, born in 1998.

Loring and Diana Dyer Knoblauch announce the birth of Henry Ward on Nov. 25, 1999. They live in Palo Alto, CA.

Laura Finkelson earned a doctorate in June 1999 and recently completed postdoctoral training in child psychology.

Michele Forte is development director for George Mark Children’s Foundation and Children’s Hospice House in San Francisco. She enjoys being part of the area alumni club and seeing Skidmore friends.

Ken Freirich and Amy Strauch returned to campus to participate in the Real World Program, sponsored by the Student Alumni Society, at which alumni speak to students preparing to make the transition from campus to real life. They spoke about Internet jobs; Ken is vice president of Intelihealth.com, a medical service, and Amy owns what!design.

Michael Glickman is second vice president for Conseco Capital Management in Carmel, IN.

Jonathan Goose married Barbara Lewis on April 29. Jonathan is owner of Printing Plus, a Boston printing company; Barbara is a vice president and associate marketing director for Digitas Inc., a direct marketing and Web site development company in Boston.

Andrea Harren-Dechenne married Eric Begman ’88 on May 26, 1999, in Portland, OR. Andrea is an assistant federal public defender in Newark, NJ. The couple lives in Princeton.

John and Michelle Hoke Favret announce the birth of Erin Catherine on Dec. 10, 1999.

Gustavo and Melissa Phelan Roessler announce the birth of Amelia on April 27, 1999. Heidi Roy Hubbard and Emma Ross planned to visit the Roesslers in NYC in the spring.

Katie Riker Sternberg formed a marketing consulting company, the Marketing Source, which serves clients throughout the U.S. Katie, husband Erich, and son Jake live in Baton Rouge, LA.

Heidi Roy Hubbard announces the birth of her third child, Jane, in January. She keeps in touch with Peter ’89 and Karen Earl Kestner and their son, Jack.

Betsie Rugg married Stephen Stassen on Nov. 19, 1999. They live in Agawam, MA. She is assistant director of admissions at Western New England College in Springfield.

Sarah Stone Ginand earned an M.B.A. from Babson College in May.

Kara Vassel and husband “Turk” Lewis announce the birth of Burnham Preston Jr. on Dec. 16, 1999. The family lives in Miami Beach, FL.

’91

Corina Lu
303 Greenwich St., Apt. 4J
New York, NY 10013

Kristy Allardyce Livingston and Kristina Burns Slawin were roommates freshman year and neighbors or housemates the rest of their years at Skidmore. Kristina interned as a school psychologist in the school where Kristy taught in W. Hartford, CT. She then moved to New Haven and is the school psychologist at an elementary school in Westport. Kristy and husband David recently moved to Fairfield and both teach in Westport schools. Now Kristy’s first-grade class is downstairs from Kristina’s office. After 13 years, they’re together again!

Since 1997, Vandana Bali has been technical project manager at Excite@Home, where she manages network deployments for Cox Communications, AT&T, and Charter. She recently joined the international division. In her spare time, Vandana started work on her first CD. Michael Berger says, “Since all the good friends I made at Skidmore are too lazy to send news, please allow me!” Michael and wife Rebekka live in Hopkinton, MA, and enjoy watching the Boston Marathon start near their house. He is a senior channel manager for MCK Communications, a high-tech company that recently went public. Michael reports that Gerry Griffin and wife Gina are lawyers in NYC. They live in Brooklyn and just had their first child, John “Jack” Patrick. Gerry and Michael stay in touch with Steve Kuzyk, also a lawyer in NYC. Steve is doing great and lives in a true bachelor’s pad in Queens, NY, with three roommates and great rent.

Michael sees Braden Josephson, who finished up a psychology doctorate and lives in Brooklyn. Wife Sarah also has a psychology Ph.D.

Michael reports that Ken Waldman teaches at an American school in Italy. As Ken’s luck would have it, he met Elizabeth just before he left for Italy two years ago. Fortunately, they have managed to make a long-distance relationship work.

Last, but certainly not least, Michael sees Dennis Bruce ’92, who lives in Waltham, MA, and they try to get together to have a beer and throw some darts, “a skill I would never have picked up had it not been for my Skidmore experience,” says Michael.

Chris Combs left the business world for training in the FBI. He is a member of the counter-terrorist team covering the Washington, DC, area, specializing in bomb threats.

Stephen Doff and wife MaryLynn are having a great time decorating their new home in Owings Mills, MD. Both foreign language teachers, they spent spring break in Spain, traveling to Barcelona, San Sebastian, Madrid, and Toledo. MaryLynn completed her bat mitzvah training in April. Stephen won a grant to attend a five-week intensive French immersion program at Laval University in Quebec City; afterward, he and MaryLynn planned to do “the bed and breakfast thing” on the Ile d’Orléans, in the St. Lawrence River near Quebec City, and in Ottawa, Ontario.

Thriving in St. Louis, MO, Tracey Fink has been a chiropractic physician for four years. She keeps in touch with Debbie Berman Fraser, Binah Shupack Thillairajah, and Peter Kaplan ’90 and would love to hear from George Shea and Brian Rousso.

David Goldberg married Fiona Capuano on May 13. David is creative director responsible for developing programming ideas for BNNtv.com, a television production company in Manhattan, and CameraPlanet.com, a Web site under development to broadcast programs shot by viewers.

Sarah Harding Glickman put her graphic design career on hold to be a full-time mom to Justin, who will be 1 in November, and Janie, who will be 3 in October.

Haidee Lorrey, who is currently completing a D.Phil. in history at University College Oxford, is one of the contributors to Authority & Community in the Middle Ages, published last year in the U.K. Haidee’s chapter is entitled “Religious Authority, Community Boundaries, and the Conversion of Jews in Medieval England.”

Nicholas and Julie Lutjen Lawrence announce the birth of Ellen Peabody in December 1999.

Justin Model is a director of Medtech Diagnostics Inc. and executive vice president of 4networld.com.

Jason Pechinski and Michael Hindle ’92 are artists-in-residence at Vose Galleries of Boston. Jason, who has been at Vose for three years, recently moved into a sales position. They enjoy working together and talking about their art, which both continue to pursue.

Kerstin Ramstrom is at business school in Boston and is doing a summer internship as an equity analyst at Fidelity Investments.

Pamela Schneider married Lawrence Fliegelman on April 8, in Tarrytown, NY. Pam is a senior manager in marketing communications at Bell Atlantic in NYC, and Lawrence is chief resident in otolaryngology and specialist in head and neck surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Kimberly Schnyder DeHaven is a stay-at-home mom to Christopher, 2.

Greg and Amie Shapiro White announce the birth of Alexander Benjamin. Celebrations were attended by Lisa Sheer Zenack and Perri Shapiro.

Karen Simons, manager of faculty and staff training services at Bentley College in Waltham, MA, was one of three employees presented with a Founder’s Day Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the college.

Suzette Soboti is assistant professor of physical education and the head women’s soccer and lacrosse coach at the University of Redlands. She keeps in touch with Kate Mitchell, who lives in the Washington, DC, area.

’92

Mity Lenahan Fowler
514 E. Ryan Pl.
Lake Forest, IL 60045
mfowler@qgraph.com

If you did not receive my e-mail requesting news, it’s because Skidmore does not have your e-mail address. E-mail me and I’ll make sure the Alumni Office has your information. As always, snail mail is great too!

Erica Andersen is moving to LA with her job and looks forward to joining the area alumni club.

Matt Antell moved back from Japan to attend film school in California.

Armon Bar-Tur married Rebecca Runkle, of Denver, CO, on May 28. They went to Tanzania and Zanzibar for their honeymoon. Armon is senior portfolio manager of Morgan Stanley Dean Witter’s Developing Growth Fund, with assets of about $1.5 billion. Rebecca also works for Morgan Stanley.

Bill and Carey Buckley Sullivan announce the birth of William Ross III on March 17. Carey, Bill, and William III are moving to Washington, DC, where Bill will serve as director of marketing for Trout Unlimited.

Alisa Chester married Chris Key on June 17, and honeymooned in St. Lucia. Alisa reports that Amy Lassman Onelum and husband Francis have a son, Simon.

Melissa and Greg Crawford announce the birth of Andrew on January 29.

Liv Cummins released a CD of pop songs called ...exactly and was in Washington, DC, in May to promote it. Liv graduated last year from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts musical theater program. Her first commission is from Theaterworks USA, which produces original works for children. Liv teaches expository writing to first-year students at Rutgers University and finds time to teach music and drama in various public schools in NYC. Liv reports that Jon Ryan’s band, Ball in the House, is touring extensively and doing well.

Fellow NYC resident Lisa Dawson passed the New York bar exam and is an attorney for Black Entertainment Television in its publishing division. Lisa stays in touch with Sydney Traphagen, who teaches first grade at St. David’s in Manhattan, and Chris Gerber, also a teacher.

Sarah Finkelberg married Jordan White at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga Springs, on March 25. Naomi Vladeck was maid of honor. Skidmore alumni in attendance were Amy Benatovich and husband Michael Janay, Jennifer Riley and Kasey Galligan, Debra Zatkowsky, Brad Small, David Jodka, Nate Watkins, Amy Lynn Fischer, Andrew and Elise Davgin Serby ’93, and Michael ’93 and Jennifer Goldstock Wright ’93.

Tony Galano was hobnobbing at the last few NY Knicks games. The first game he sat next to Phoebe Kates and the second he sat next to Robin Leach. Tony desperately tried to get Phoebe’s telephone number until he found out that she is married. Nice try anyway, Tony! He turned 30 on May 1 but reports that he still looks “awesome.”

Gabrielle Gold is concierge at the Omni Berkshire Place in midtown Manhattan. “Call if you’re in New York, and I’ll try to arrange a special room rate,” she says. She is on a hiatus from musical theater after working in Illinois and Iowa in children’s theater the past three years.

Danielle Harren-Dechenne is studying naturopathic medicine at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, OR. Fiancé Jonah Puisner is a public defender in Portland.

Louise Herlihy Tower moved to Coronado, CA, with husband Bill and son Will. Bill joined the U.S.S. Constellation and will be on the high seas for several months.

Michael Hindle and Jason Pechinski ’91 are artists-in-residence at Vose Galleries of Boston. Michael handles framing, hanging, shipping, and installations. They enjoy working together and talking about their art, which both continue to pursue.

Jake Jacoby is a lobbyist for a small government relations firm in DC. He completed a video in memory of classmate Chris Riggio, which he decided to do this past year. Jake regularly sees Ralph Garboushian in DC.

Lincoln Kaiser was surprised on his 30th birthday by a party with Amy O’Leary, Mark and Nancy Williams Chaffee ’93, and Zack Goldberg ’94 in Boston. Amy, who is chair of reunions on Skidmore’s alumni board, reports that Steph Friedman and Leigh Dupuy will serve as co-chairs for our 10th reunion in 2002. Amy, Leigh, Steph, Jill Richardson, and Janet Reardon were in Saratoga in April for Leadership Council and encountered six inches of upstate New York snow on their way home!

Hilary Kalman is art director for Kameleon Creative in Vancouver. She also teaches aerobics, is studying Norwegian, and plans to move to Norway next year. Niki Smith greeted the new millennium with Hilary in Vancouver.

Outside Philly, Blake Krapf works for the family business, which provides school and charter buses, public transit, and limousine services to southeastern Pennsylvania and northern Delaware.

Liz Laitman works at the Newseum, a museum of news history, in Arlington, VA. Liz manages exhibitions, her latest being Pulitzer Prize Winning Photographs: Capture the Moment. It has all winning photos from 1942 to the present. The exhibit begins in NYC and travels to DC in November.

Shana Lieberman, who has a master’s in forestry from Yale, spent time in Belize and Honduras conducting research on medicinal plants and working with shamans and traditional healers. She also has an M.B.A. from Cornell’s Johnson School and is now working at an e-commerce startup. Quite a résumé!

Cynthia Lumenello Maloney lives in Boston and works at the U.S. Department of Transportation. She and husband Steve took a cruise in Alaska at the end of May.

Brian McKenna teaches sociology and world history in Chagrin Falls, OH, where he went to high school. He coaches soccer, wrestling, and track and is now the Skidmore alumni admissions contact for prospective students in the Cleveland area.

Ben ’93 and Melissa Kotlen Nagin announce the birth of Sarah Rose on March 1. Sarah joins Zachary, who is almost 3.

Leo and Robin Martin Parker announce the birth of Sara Beatrice on Jan. 16. The family resides in Braintree, MA.

See the profile of Kathleen O’Sullivan in this issue.

Bill Penny and Idannia welcomed daughter Sophia into the world on September 5, 1999. Bill has been with Merrill Lynch as a financial consultant in White Plains, NY, since 1993.

Tim and Virginia Will Russell live in Boston, where Virginia is senior project manager at HarvardNet in Charlestown, and Tim is international marketing director at CIS/Lexis-Nexis. Virginia reports that Jonathan Pessin can be seen as the spokesman on the Toyota Web site.

Kristen Sassano has traveled all over with SoftChoice, the software company where she has worked for more than four years. Kristen has lived in NYC, Fairfield, CT, and Tampa, FL, and recently returned to Fairfield as manager of sales operations.

Ken Schroeder is an architectural drafter at Symmes Maini and McKee Associates in Cambridge, MA, and lives in Somerville.

Dave Stockwell has published 45 poems! His poetry can be found in Amelia, Asspants, SPSM&H, the Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal, and online at the Wolfhead Quarterly, all San Francisco–based publications. Dave teaches English at the French American International School in San Francisco and has lived with Trevor Hamilton ’93 the past three years. Dave encourages classmates, especially in the Bay Area, to get in touch with him at boxtrotwell@yahoo.com.

Heather St. Onge is an occupational therapist in an elementary school in the Boston area. She and husband Nick became homeowners in Cohasset, MA. Heather hoped to meet up with Jen Brimberg, Heather Johnson, and Kim Crosby ’94 in Connecticut this summer.

’93

Joanna Flynn
32 Yarmouth Street
Boston, MA 02116

Alessandra Cahn changed her name to Ali James and then left the music business to return to school, pursuing a Ph.D. in forensic psychology full time and working for an Internet company. You may hear her singing in Pokémon commercials on Saturday mornings.

Derek Cianci started a software company, VirtuoSoft LLC. His first product, a virtual CD-ROM, has done well since its debut in February. Check it out at www.VirtuoCD.com.

Stephanie Collins is pursuing an M.F.A. in metals and jewelry at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Terry and Kirsten Fawcett Dubow ’94 announce the birth of Madeline Paige on March 8. Terry teaches English and writes. They live in Cincinnati, OH.

Jenny Herdman married Alex Lando on May 6. Josh Raymond was man of honor. The Landos work at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC, Jenny in education and Alex in anthropology.

Andrew Kohlhepp spent a year teaching English in Russia. He now works for an international nonprofit organization in Washington, DC.

Dave and Beth Steingard Murphy announce the birth of Alexandra Paige on April 18.

Andrew Penchuk is product manager at an Internet startup called Neobutler, based in Research Triangle Park, NC.

Tate Rice married Rebecca Dubas on Oct. 30, 1999, in Ivyland, PA. In the wedding party were Michael Harmon ’94 and Craig Van Nortwick. Skiddies in attendance were Andrew ’92 and Elise Davgin Serby, David Sweedler, and Andre Cook ’94. Tate completed a master’s in physical therapy at Temple University in May 1999. Rebecca finished her M.B.A. in December 1999 and is a consultant at PriceWaterhouse Coopers.

Catherine Spaneas is an attorney at Pennock and Breedlove in Clifton Park, NY. She lives in Saratoga Springs.

Peter Steedman married Honore Sullivan last summer in Boston. Adam Baru, John Hoberg, Davis Martin, and John O’Neill attended. Peter is currently dean of students for the American School of the Hague in the Netherlands. He will return to Boston this fall to chair the history department at Norwell High School.

Daniel and Cecilia Vergara Arguellas announce the birth of daughter Sophia.

Jovita Vergara married Charles “Rod” Wenner on Aug. 7, 1999. Jovita is a senior lobbyist for the Russ Reid Company, focusing on federal appropriations issues. She also attends Georgetown University law school’s evening program. Rod is a partner with Fulbright Jaworski LLP in Washington, DC.

Harvey Williamson is an attorney with his own practice in Denver, CO.

’94

Chanel Greene
77 Saratoga Ave., #3B
Yonkers, NY 10705
greenec@mmc.marymt.edu

Abigail Charbeneau performed a recital of solo classical piano music in April at the Bennington Center for the Arts in Bennington, VT. Julie Finigan dal Forno attended.

Stephanie Copelin is in the graduate program in nonprofit management at the New School University in NYC.

Terry ’93 and Kirsten Fawcett Dubow announce the birth of Madeline Paige on March 8. Kirsten is an advocate for victims of domestic violence.

Julie Gibbons married Steven Keblinsky on Aug. 7, 1999, aboard their schooner, the Rachel B. Jackson. Tara Regist was in attendance. The Keblinskys run a sailing business (www.downeastsail.com). Julie earned a master’s in teaching at Tufts immediately after graduation and has been teaching ninth- and tenth-grade history in Lexington, MA, for the past five years. This summer, she and Steven planned to move to Camden, ME.

Lisa Gillett is a high-school art teacher in Albuquerque, NM. She earned a master’s from the University of New Mexico.

Holter Graham performed in Strindberg’s Pariah, directed by Ian Belton, in NYC.

Daren Lipinsky married Gina Ducceschi in October 1999. In attendance were Mark Freeman, Dana Doggett, Dan and Sophie Markovic Schwenk ’96, Michael Ellis, and Kate Poirot Harnish. Daren is a partner in the law firm of Brown & Lipinsky in Los Angeles.

In San Francisco, Kari McPhail and Sarah Hoffman caught up with Robin Franzblau when she visited from NYC.

Sylvia Stoner was a district finalist in the Metropolitan Opera auditions and first-place winner in Shreveport Opera’s Singer of the Year competition.

Jeffrey Ziter works at Sony Picture’s Imageworks on Paul Verhoven’s new film The Hollow Man.

’95

George Mestre
31-63 33rd St., #23
Long Island City, NY 11106

Rebecca Bernstein is manager of tour accounting at SFX Inc, a live concert promoter in NYC. She lives in the West Village.

Leslie Bousquet married David Cirone on Aug. 14, 1999, in Williamstown, MA. Peter Stiepleman ’97 and Paul Samford ’94 were best men, and Bree Pasternack ’94 was a bridesmaid. Other Skiddies in attendance were Will Holden, Leslie Kott, Julie Hertzberg, Sarah Cleary, Jordan ’94 and Danielle Charney Dourmashkin ’94, Xanthe Alban-Davies ’96, Dylan Connor ’97, Ian Varley ’97, and Erik Grimaldi ’98.

Keirnan Conroy married Justin Klosek on March 18, in Miami, FL. Skiddies in attendance were Phoebe Smith and husband John Lettow, Mari Emmet, Peter Wan, and Leah Jack ’96.

Win and Erin Cosel-Pieper Ford ’96 enjoy life in the Boston area, where Win is earning a master’s in opera at Longy School of Music.

Thanks in part to Skidmore coach Paul Dion, Jeremy Ernst had the opportunity to play semi-pro hockey for the Dayton Bombers and Columbus Chill in the East Coast Hockey League. “It was a great thrill,” says Jeremy.

Adam Fein is a corporate research librarian at KPMG in Boston.

Michele Goulet married Jared Stone on Sept. 25, 1999. Michele is business manager at New Hampshire Public Television in Durham; Jared is a digital equipment operator at the University of New Hampshire’s printing services.

Sally Hamlin married Russell Forester on Sept. 18, 1999, atop Flagstaff Mountain in Boulder, CO. Skidmore alumni at the wedding were Maura McGrail, Mike Tigue, Kristin Lehr, Alex Forsyth ’93, Darren Prodger ’93, Harvey Williamson ’94, and Kris Sergio ’97. Sally is a graduate student in higher-education administration at the University of Denver. Russ is a manager at Standard and Poor’s Research Services in Denver. They live in Boulder with their dog, Ruby.

Will Holden married Xanthe Alban-Davies ’96 on June 26, 1999. Steve Kearney and Melinda Anderson ’96 were in the wedding party. Guests included Dana Crosley and Niels Verbeek. Will works at Merrill Lynch.

While finishing the M.S. program in industrial and organizational psychology at Rensselaer, Michael Ippolito is a computer programmer, database administrator, and Web master for an information technology firm.

Rachel Linsley married Alan Hulse on July 10, 1999. Kelley Baker ’96 attended. The Hulses bought a home in Kent, England, and are saving up to do some work on it. Rachel works in the probate department at Save the Children UK.

Molly McGrann married Colin Greenwood on Dec. 16, 1998, in Oxford, England. Molly is a writer and reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement, among other periodicals, and is a contributing editor to the Paris Review.

Heather Pace married Doug Lewis on July 17, 1999. She teaches third grade in Mansfield, MA.

In Denver, CO, Eleanor Segel is a freelance graphic designer and arts director for Rocky Mountain Sports magazine. She lives with Harvey Williamson ’94 and sees Stefanie Slade, who works with troubled youths through outdoor nature therapy.

First-grade teacher Nicole Testa completed a master’s in elementary education from Columbia’s Teachers College.

’96

Allison Lacorazza
80 Gold St., #4D
New York, NY 10038

Stephanie Agudelo Veeder and husband Doug finished their training course and home study and are now official foster parents in Boston. They share their home with a two-and-half-year-old little girl named Maleisha. Stephanie is family services coordinator at a Head Start program in inner-city Chelsea, MA.

Xanthe Alban-Davies married Will Holden ’95 on June 26, 1999. Steve Kearney ’94 and Melinda Anderson were in the wedding party. Guests included Vanessa Biery, Leslie Cypen, Allison Luyten, and Susan Abramson. Xanthe teaches at the Children’s Aid Society. They live in the West Village.

Maricela Alvarez attends Cardozo School of Law and is working this summer at Brown Raysman Millstein Felder and Steiner.

Wendell Arnold keeps himself busy in Newark, CA, where he is “enjoying life to the fullest.” He says hello to everyone.

Matthew Benson lives on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and is making strides as a film and TV actor. He appeared in Sex in the City, Strangers with Candy, and several independent films.

Cori Boss can be found in Ossining, NY, where she teaches fourth grade along with Emily Neff.

Sarah Boyd spent most of the last few years in Italy, teaching and coordinating Trinity College’s Elderhostel programs, and was mostly located in Sicily, Rome, and Venice. She is now back in the U.S., where she is a graduate student in art history at Rutgers University.

Michael Brooks moved to San Diego, where he allegedly is pursuing a career as a professional surfer.

Andrew Clayton loves New England life, including the snowy winters. He works at Robb Report magazine in Acton, MA.

Win ’95 and Erin Cosel-Pieper Ford enjoy life in the Boston area, where Erin is a special-needs teacher for emotionally disturbed middle-school students.

Carrie Durant attended Cheryl Mijares’s September 1999 wedding to Owen Voelker, where she saw Emily West, Serena Hunn, Meghan Duffy, and Kristin Yorke ’95.

Becky Fitzpatrick hopes to one day get a classroom of her own. She is working toward that goal in Wilmington, NC, pursuing a graduate degree in reading education.

Weddings seem to be the top news item for our classmates. Dawn Foti was twice a bridesmaid last summer at the weddings of Sophie Markovic to Dan Schwenk ’94 and Julie Anderson to Joel Esposito. Both weddings were in rural New Hampshire. Dawn began the master of social work program at Portland State University in Oregon last fall. She asks that people who visit Portland look her up.

Living in San Diego, Wendy Glover completed a master’s in exercise physiology. She is manager of the applied physics lab at the Naval Health Research Center.

Erin Goldberg spent time after graduation in Washington, DC, working for two civil rights organizations. Following this, she spent six months studying in Israel. She completed her second year as a law student at Vanderbilt University and is spending the summer working for a civil rights organization in NYC.

Alex Goodwin finished his first novel and recently founded his own company based in San Francisco. He plans to expand to New York this year and is still on track to retire by 35. He writes, “God bless America. God bless Skidmore College!”

Eric Goss spent the past year as an Americorps Vista volunteer at an adult education center in Ketchikan, AK. He also hosts a show at the community radio station in his spare time. Eric tries to get outdoors as much as he can though they get an average of 150 inches of rain per year.

Tamara Gorovatskaya teaches third grade at PS 287 in Brooklyn, NY. This year, she was lucky enough to have her same students from the previous year, who she says are like a family to her. Last summer, she had the opportunity to return to her birthplace of St. Petersburg, Russia. She has taken up kayaking in her free time.

In Boston, Becky Hornsten is director of marketing and public relations for the Greater Boston Youth Symphony. She was awarded a master’s in arts administration from Boston University. She lives with Julie Connors, who was promoted to fund account manager at Fidelity Investments.

After vacationing in Hawaii followed by a month-long backpacking trip to Costa Rica, Leah Jack began classes last fall at the University of California–Santa Cruz to obtain a master’s in elementary education.

Kary Jencks served two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, West Africa. She is now in Guinea, where she works with refugees in Crisis Corps. She monitors the school food reform for 75,000 children at 85 canteens. Her e-mail is karyjen@hotmail.com.

Jason Kurland completed his third year at Hofstra Law School.

Last May, Juleyka Lantigua earned a master’s in journalism from Boston University. She is pursuing a writing career in NYC. Some of her work has appeared in Urban Latino magazine.

Shannon Leek is the math coordinator for a small private school in New Jersey. In addition to being in charge of the math curriculum, she coaches the cheerleading squad and drama club.

Patrick Levens works for American Express tax and business services in Manhattan and lives on the Upper West Side.

Jeffrey Lossman married Valerie Boughton on Sept. 4, 1999. The wedding was attended by Phil Catera, Monica Gavin, Mike Patterson, Dan Caputi ’94, Matt Militzok ’95, Katy Myers ’97, Nicole Puglisi ’97, and Dan Spiewak ’97.

Gretchen Lundgren graduated from Boston College law school in May 1999 and works for Choate, Hall and Stewart.

In 1999, Alison Mains Carling graduated cum laude from Albany Law School and was selected by the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps. She is stationed in Norfolk, VA, where husband Steven attends William and Mary law school.

Sophie Markovic and Dan Schwenk ’94 were married on July 24, 1999, in New Hampshire. They live in West Hartford, CT, where Sophie completed her second year at the University of Connecticut dental school. Dan enrolled in the master of public health program at UConn.

After a wonderful fourth year in medical school, which included traveling in California and Hawaii, Tim Martin graduated from Hahnemann and started a family practice residency in Pittsburgh.

After running the Boston Marathon in April, Kelly Moon turned her attention to her June 10 wedding to Lt. Timothy Owens in Steamboat Springs, CO. Their honeymoon trip was a 15-day tour of Greece. Running has taken a great priority in her life. She had her best time and place finish in the Air Force Marathon in Dayton, OH, where she finished third in 3:06:43. Luckily, her fiancé is also a runner, who understands the training time! Kelly teaches art in grades K-6.

Rachael Mason spent last August performing at the Edinburgh, Scotland, Fringe Festival, which involved a lot of fun and Scotch whiskey. Her troupe won the Spirit of the Fringe Award. She now lives in Chicago with Sharon Parmet and teaches at Improvolympic. On a serious note, she says that Alvin Santos was recovering from brain surgery. On behalf of all your classmates, Alvin, we wish you a speedy recovery!

Matt Heidtman attends graduate school at Dartmouth, working on a Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology. He lives in Lebanon, NH, and enjoys hiking in the White Mountains. Margaret Minzner is back after two and a half years in the Peace Corps in Cameroon, where she learned to sky dive and scuba dive. She is currently working on a degree in plant biology at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, where she teaches an undergraduate course, “Plants and People.” Margaret traveled to Costa Rica for a tropical studies seminar.

Michelle Najarian spent a year living in LA working at E! Entertainment Television and Sony Pictures Entertainment. She returned to Boston, where she works for her father in his music business. In her free time, Michelle plays the piano and writes. She is a regular contributor to Vagabunda!, an e-zine devoted to travel.

Nancy Osberg-Otrembiak has a small cottage business of hand-crafted soaps and toiletries.

John Pandolfi teaches high-school biology and environmental science at Island Trees High School. He completed his master’s in science education from New York University.

Julie Perham married Erik Shaffer during the summer of ’99 in Keene, NH. Bridesmaids included Joanna Morgan, Kate DeVita, and Alexis Mastronardi. Katina Allen, Tracy Ryan ’97, and Shana Pallotta ’97 attended as well. Julie has taught fifth grade for the past two years and is pursuing a master’s in education at Keene State College.

In San Diego, Derek Plank works for KBA Marketing, a lifestyle marketing group. He also does live-music photography and has an Internet shopping mall, www.harcoreshopping.km.net. You can view photos at www.derekplank.com.

Renato Poliafito can be found in the East Village in Manhattan, where he is a designer for Xceed, a downtown Web agency. Strangely enough, he is one of six Skidmore graduates there.

Sean Pollock is doing “smashingly well” in the Redwoods of California, where he takes classes of 15 to 20 sixth graders through the forests, along mountain creeks, and down to the Pacific Ocean every week. He attended a conference in Yosemite National Park with hundreds of people who do the same thing. Sean is thrilled that he gets to live “by playing and discovering with kids.”

Michael Porter is an assistant golf pro at Woodway Country Club in Darien, CT.

Sarah Roemer earned a master’s degree in art therapy from Pratt Institute in May 1999. She is now on the staff of Hollygrove Children’s Home in LA.

Michael Rosnick finished his third year at Quinnipiac Law School in Connecticut.

Lori Rothman lives in Boston and is a preschool teacher in Woburn, MA. She began graduate work in early childhood education at Wheelock College.

Jenifer Simon lives and works in Chicago as a video project manager for 21st Century Telecom Group. She still makes art and also takes improv classes. Jenifer was a bridesmaid for both Julie Anderson’s and Sophie Markovic’s weddings. Dawn Foti and Sarah Kalliney were also present. Jenifer wants everyone to know that she sang Everlasting Love and Love Shack with classmate Matt Sloane at both weddings.

Sarah Smith is in Colorado and has a master’s degree in clinical psychology. She works with children with autism and their families and is also a counselor at the University Center in her town.

Ben Soreff works in media relations at WGBH public television in Boston.

In Boston, Robert Turner works for Zoom Telephonics.

Laura Walsh completed her fourth year teaching second grade in Shirley, MA. She visited Nicole Lipkin in her new house in Philadelphia, where Nicole is working on clinical psychology and M.B.A. degrees. Amy Manning Ciaschini, who completed her fourth year of her Yale Ph.D., and Beth Lucas Smith, who finished her fourth year of medical school at the University of Buffalo, also visited Nicole.

Kelly Van Zile has been acting in NYC. She played Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing at the John Houseman Theater. Kelly also biked 275 miles in the Boston-NYC AIDS ride last September.

John Willimann moved to the Washington, DC, area, where he enjoys life in the city and working at a consulting firm in Virginia.

Wendy Wilson is pursuing a master’s in journalism at New York University. She interns at the College Board.

’97

Allison Gray
124 Wednesday Hill Rd.
Lee, NH 03824
603-659-1264

Lauren Canalori earned a master’s in education and teaches fourth grade in New Haven, CT.

Jeff and Molly Casassa Thompson spent their third winter getting paid by Vail Resorts to ski and snowboard all day. They live in Leadville, the highest incorporated town in the U.S. “So beautiful,” says Molly. “Come on up and visit!”

In Telluride, CO, Brenna Cohen looked forward to a summer of biking, hiking, fishing, and teaching children about the history and ecology of the area.

Missy Compeau and Matt Bonaguide are the creators and directors of the LJM Theatre Forum Series in NYC. The premiere production in the series was Big Sky Road and Places in America I’ve Never Been. Others involved are Brian Cronin, Andy Irons, Allison Mattera ’98, and Gwyneth Dobson ’99. In April, Missy, Matt, and Brian returned to campus to participate in the Real World Program, a conference sponsored by the Student Alumni Society, at which alumni speak to students preparing to make the transition from campus to real life. They spoke about careers in the arts. Leila Joseffer, Jamie Lake, Tony Llano, and Chris Vivier also attended and spoke on volunteer work, graduate school, financial planning, and teaching art, respectively. Tony was recently promoted to assistant vice president for strategic planning and analysis at Chase Manhattan, where he will do more research-related work.

Tracie Danforth has been living in the Netherlands. She is preparing to move back to the States with fiancé Michael Witte to begin her studies at Rutgers University for a Ph.D. in sociology.

With a full scholarship, David Joyal plans to start at Emory Law School in Atlanta in August. He has his eye on a career in government health and science policy. David says he’s especially grateful to Skidmore, because he was told that his strong recommendations from Skidmore professors made the difference in his winning the scholarship.

Since graduation, Matt Lebow has worked in the pharmaceutical industry, currently as a diabetes specialist at Takeda Pharmaceutical America. Last year, Matt purchased a home in Boston.

Evelyn McCullough married Kenneth Hefner on March 4.

Neil McKinnon is national account manager at Martin Progressive in NYC.

Christopher McMahon teaches history and math and serves as the dean of the middle school at the Hyde School in Woodstock, CT. He also coaches football and hockey.

Amy Natale is a school psychologist and is working on a second master’s in school counseling at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Kelly O’Leary spent a year teaching English in Japan and now lives in Charlottesville, VA, where she is working on a master’s in teaching English. She also works at a pizza restaurant and regularly asks, “Would you like fries with that?” In April, she ran her third Boston Marathon.

Emily Orenstein is a career counselor at Columbia Law School for J.D. and L.L.M. students.

After an exciting and adventurous year in Jackson Hole, WY, Marcy Paisley moved to Michigan to help her brother run his microbrewery. Although it proved to be a great entrepreneurial experience, she moved to Chicago to pursue her own interests. She is a sales assistant at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter.

Paige Pistell is a college recruiting coordinator for a large consulting company in northern Virginia. She spent New Year’s with Amy Berkley, Hilary Barnes, and Jamie Lake in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Mimi Refici received a master’s in physiology in May 1999 from Albany Medical College. She is a medical research associate for her mentor at Albany Med.

Carter Rose lives in Purchase, NY, and works on the Oldsmobile account in NYC at Leo Burnett USA, an advertising agency.

John Williams graduated from New York Law School in June and planned to take the bar exam in July. “I wish good luck to those in the same situation and extend congratulations to all my classmates taking vows this summer,” says John.

The group 9 yds. recently showed a collaborative art installation at Wallace Library, Wheaton College. 9 yds. consists of Eric Wild, Meredith Cutler, Michael Gardiner, Marcus Ahlers, and Sarah Hardesty ’98.

’98

Michele Rothstein
58 N. Pershing
Akron, OH 44313

Robert Benjamin will attend St. John’s Law School this fall.

Susan Bergson invites classmates to write to her in the Peace Corps: B.P. 59, Satama Sokoro, Côte D’Ivoire, West Africa.

Corey Brown earned an M.B.A. from Clarkson University in May. She accepted a job offer with Schott Glass Corporation and relocated to Tucson, AZ.

Rachel Ehrlich lives in Pine Brook, NJ. A project manager at Xceed Inc. in NYC, she manages the production and implementation of e-commerce and content Web sites. She works with Micole Raab, Ben Running, Renato Poliafito ’96, and Kevin Labick ’92.

Matthew Esworthy will begin his third and final year at the Dickinson School of Law at Pennsylvania State University. To relax and exercise, he coaches lacrosse at Dickinson and at Carlisle High School.

Kurt Gautheir has been traveling around Europe—Paris, Amsterdam, Prague, Brussels, Brugge, Luxembourg City, Angiers, and Milan.

Scott Hayes is a research assistant in the human cognition lab in the psychology department at Princeton University.

London Leland is an outdoor educator for the Appalachian Mountain Club in Gorham, NH.

Dolores Lobb and Ryan Weiland live in Colchester, VT, “a great town just north of Burlington,” says Dolores.

Damion Mannings is book group editorial coordinator at Scholastic Inc.

Lauren Mirsky graduated from Columbia’s Teachers College and will continue to teach elementary school.

Melissa Montiel is a fourth-grade teacher in the Bronx and plans to pursue a master’s in early childhood education.

Brad Morris took a three-week physical-fitness training program in Sanduskie, OH, which, he says “really opened my eyes. On top of that, I’m still taking air conditioner and refrigeration repair classes in downtown Chicago.”

Barbara Morton is enjoying the law school experience in Boston.

Alvin Negron moved to a new place on the Upper East Side and is a buyer at Scully & Scully. He is still up to his antics with partner in crime Amanda Larson ’99.

David Politzer is in Berkeley, CA. He received a fellowship to a printmaking studio and is assisting a sculptor who makes public art. In January, he and Shaun Webb ’97 attended a monster truck rally in Oakland, an experience Shaun describes as awesome, but, he says, “I never want to come here again.”

Bill Sigona earned a master’s in biotechnology from the University of Pennsylvania. Since then, he has been working at a small pharmaceutical consulting firm, Salamandra, in Chevy Chase, MD.

Rena Strober has been traveling around the country with the National Broadway Tour of Les Miserables. She is an ensemble member and the understudy for the role of Cosette.

Robin Wood spent a year in Seville, Spain, studying at the Fine Arts Academy and received a scholarship to study under sculptor Pinnuchio Sciola in Sardinia, Italy. She is now in NYC, where she works for CBSNews.com.

’99

Nancy Magnus
Blair Academy
PO Box 600
Blairstown, NJ 07825-0600

Zeke Adkins moved to Boston in October and works at Atlas Venture, an early-stage private equity firm specializing in e-commerce, datacom, and biotech investing. This summer Zeke was planning several trips to the Cape and Nantucket and a trip to Japan to visit Chris Constantian.

Allison Bigelow traveled throughout mainland China for a few months and is now a literacy teacher in Denver, CO.

Channon Brant left for Japan last July to work for the JET program as a teaching assistant in Fujioka, which is located north of Tokyo. In an early summer edition of a Japanese women’s fashion magazine, Channon appeared as the focus of an ongoing series of articles on foreign career women working in Japan.

Catherine Burke Plumadore works at Fox 44 WFFF in Plattsburgh, NY.

Robin Casey manages the Palo Alto Center of Achieva College Prep Services, a startup college counseling service for high-school students in California. She still rides horses competitively.

Still living in Boston, Eve Cohen works part time selling string, woodwind, and brass instruments in a music store. Eve plays viola with Symphony Pro Musica and other Boston area orchestras.

Amanda Colannino lives in Fredricksburg, VA, and teaches fourth grade in Westmoreland County. She enjoys teaching and is excited about the student drama club she recently started.

Chris Constantian has been teaching English in Japan. Travels so far included the Japanese Alps, a sumo championship, and Tokyo Disneyland. Having “traded scuba lessons for English lessons,” he planned a diving trip to Okinawa this spring and a visit to China to see movie producer Yang Wang. Chris says, “As a blond-haired American, I do attract many stares, but the Japanese people I have met have been warm and friendly.” In October, Chris expects to start an M.A. program in international relations at the University of Durham in England.

Samantha Day was accepted to officer candidate school with the U.S. Navy in Pensacola, FL, to begin a four-year commission as a surface warfare officer.

Deciding that California might be a nice place to procrastinate, Chris Doherty secured a summer internship with a research lab. While there, he acquired a large family of kindred spirits and in September flew back to Massachusetts, bought a car, and moved to Oakland. Chris now works for Goto.com as a Java programmer. He lives with two housemates and a rat named Boris.

Hannah Duggan is a designer for a women’s clothing company. She traveled to England this summer for Lindsay Miller’s wedding.

A former graphics and Web designer for Biz2Net in Millbury, MA, Dan Fitzpatrick is now desktop engineer for its information management and technology group. He maintains all the company’s desktop systems, including hardware and software, and provides internal client support.

Alicia Gottfried is at NYU’s school of education. This fall, she will intern at West Side Montessori School.

Jason Hamed studies at Logan Chiropractic College in Chesterfield, MO.

Nina Hammond-Ritch lives in Washington, DC, where she shares an apartment with Katherine Bissell and works on Capitol Hill as a legislative correspondent for Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE).

Kristin Haynes is attending the New York Studio School this summer on a scholarship.

Sara Ike works for an environmental consulting firm in Millburn, NJ.

Margaret Johnsen is at Utica College, working on her certification to teach elementary school.

Jessica Kuszaj is marketing coordinator at Condyne Companies in Avon, MA. She does marketing and graphic design for the New England–based company, which does work in warehousing, transportation, and real-estate development.

Amanda Larson is an account executive for Ketchum Public Relations in NYC, primarily responsible for the Tropicana account, and is pursuing a master’s in communications part time at New York University. She hangs out with Alvin Negron ’98 and James O’Mahony, who is a preschool teacher in Greenwich, CT, and gives guitar and piano lessons.

John Miller is corporate legal assistant at Clifford Chance Rogers and Wells LLP in NYC and will attend New York Law School in the fall.

In Washington, DC, Elizabeth Noble is a staff assistant to Connecticut’s Senator Joseph Lieberman.

Geraldine Osnato is working on the entire line of biological-science college texts for John Wiley and Sons. She lives in East Harlem, “a terrific neighborhood full of life and culture,” she says.

Lindsey Pope is a homebound teacher for ill children with different disabilities. She will attend the University of North London for a master’s in public health.

Liz Roberts will attend American University in DC to earn a master’s degree.

After working most of the year for the New England Patriots football team as a graphic designer and production assistant, class president Jeremy Sigel moved to San Francisco, where he is the junior member of an account management team servicing various dot-com clients for DDB Advertising.

Kristen Uhl is pursuing a master’s in public law and policy at SUNY’s Rockefeller Institute of Government in Albany. “It’s going really well,” she says. “I enjoy it a lot.”

Orli Zuchovitsky is enjoying Alaska, especially now that winter is over. She lives in Fairbanks.

I have been teaching photography, coaching soccer and track, and serving as a dorm parent at Blair Academy in northwestern New Jersey. Summer plans included the Jersey shore, taking a few classes, and doing odd jobs.

 


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