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Lisa Pedicini and Paulette Adkins Rainie

Doug and Peggy Bresnick Kendler had a baby, Elizabeth Robin, on December 18, 2000. She joins 3-year-old brother Jesse.

Todd Hamilton, who had a “spectacular” 10-week trip to Australia last year, is currently “aspiring towards the life of an unemployed workaholic. ”

Former curator for the San Jose Museum of Art Cathy Krayer Kimball is now executive director of the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art.


Elizabeth Deckenbach Felder

English professor Terence Diggory gave a talk this spring on “Irish History and Landscape through the Eyes of W. B. Yeats” at the Southern Vermont Art Center in Manchester. His lecture was in connection with an upcoming SVAC tour of Ireland to be led by center director Christopher Madkour.


Angela R Foss

Class president Lesa Stramondo would like to hear from those wishing to help with reunion planning. Keep up with the latest plans through the class Web site, www.skidmore.edu/alumni/classes/1982.html.

Lori Delaney Chrismer and husband David live with daughters Natalie, 11, and Margo, 3, outside of Syracuse in Phoenix, NY. Natalie’s soccer team is ranked seventh in the nation, so Lori and David spend much time traveling the eastern seaboard for her games.

Liz Sweet Dowling attends the McColl School of Business in Charlotte, NC, where she and her family reside. She hopes to get all the business fundamentals required to start her own fragrance business.

Jack Day announces the birth of Hadley Elizabeth on April 15. She joins brother Zach, 2. Hadley, who was delivered at 2:51 a.m. by an EMS crew and several firefighters at the family’s home, “came much quicker than we could ever have imagined.” Jack reports that wife Meg and baby “are doing great.”

Lesa Stramondo has joined Donovan Haten in Boston, a new firm that was formed when 45 lawyers left Burns & Levinson, where she was employed. Lesa continues to practice civil litigation, including professional malpractice defense and employment law.

Peggy Greer Duffy, who earned a master’s from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration in 1986, joined a Christian ministry shortly thereafter with husband Kevin. The couple’s mission sent them to Gaborone, Botswana, where Kevin served as dean and principal lecturer of a small bible school drawing young men and women from all parts of southern Africa. Son Stephen was born in 1992. Peggy recalls “a pioneer life, in which we washed our clothes in the bathtub and lived without a phone for the first 18 months of our two-year stay; but we did have indoor plumbing.” The family relocated to South Africa just as the nation’s first free elections were concluded; daughter Meredith and son John were born in Johannesburg. Peggy and her family later moved to Canada, settling in Vancouver, B.C., where last June she celebrated her 40th birthday with a weeklong Outward Bound canoeing-backpacking trip in Washington’s Cascade Mountains. Peggy looks forward to reconnecting to classmates.


Jennifer Orvis Jordan

Jim Meeker has joined Skidmore’s advancement staff as associate director of planned giving. He lives in Saratoga Springs with wife Carol and son Jimmie.

Eileen Hanawalt Stevens is a project manager for continuing studies and corporate education at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. She also volunteers at a teen parenting program in that city. Eileen lives in Groton, MA, with husband Rick and daughters Sarah and Jessica.


Catherine Heller Terry

The first Japan Skidmore mini-reunion was held in February, when Adam Bronstein, Benjamin Weeks and wife Christi, and Michael Duke Pavoni and wife Tamiko celebrated the Class of ’84 in Kyoto. Michael is living in Japan, teaching English and developing his career in photographic journalism. Ben was visiting as a guest of the Japanese government, presenting neuroscience research that he conducts at laboratories at Adelphi University and SUNY-Stony Brook. Ben has two children, Samuel, 8, and Jessica, 6. Adam arranged the reunion two days before Ben was scheduled to leave, after serendipitously discovering that Michael, whom he had not seen in over 13 years, lived in Kyoto. Adam lives in Greenwich Village in NYC, where he works in market research for a financial consulting company.

Alison Evans is a nurse practitioner and director of fast-track and occupational medicine at St. Clare’s emergency department in NYC. Husband Marc Fragale ’83 works as national director of sales for Agency.com, an advertising firm. Marc and Alison reside on the Hudson River in the Manhattan suburb of Edgewater, NJ.


Anne Gunnarson Hampton

Joseph and April Niessen Flynn welcomed Abigail Rose on March 13. She joins siblings Margaret, 6, Samantha, 4, and Joey, 3.


Anne Chorske Stuzin

Noah Cooper lives in NYC and owns a private day camp and nursery school (ivyleaguekids.com) on Long Island. He is still an avid follower of the Saratoga racetrack and missed seeing classmates there last season. Noah stays in touch with Jim Friedland and Pete Madden ’87, Todd Newman and wife Jill, and Mark Travis and Will Pouch.

Andrea Miller Weber, husband Jeff, and sons Sam and Ben returned to their home in New Jersey in June after spending a full year living in Jerusalem.

Julia Walker Hein and her husband welcomed Matthew Arundell in October 2000. He joins siblings Emily and Benjamin.

Philip Theoharides wed Kathleen “Kacky” Sisk in August 2000. The newlyweds enjoyed a beautiful reception at Kacky’s parents’ home overlooking Long Island Sound in Madison, CT. Clai and Pam Marshall were in attendance, though Pam had just given birth to their third baby days before.

Herb Eidt, the “peripatetic doctor-in-training” is currently in El Paso, TX, where he began a residency last summer. Herb, wife Denise, and children Caroline, Nathalie, and James are settling into their new home. After an initial rotation at William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Herb joined the staff at Thomason General Hospital, a trauma center which serves west Texas, southern New Mexico, and north central Mexico. In clinics overflowing with patients and an ER that is “continually humming,” Herb is getting a lot of experience but minimal study time.

Former “Aussie” Sam Bayne trains Olympic athletes. He and wife Katie and son Sammy live in Buckhead, GA.

Jennifer Roche was married to John Vilot on April 7. Attending her wedding were classmates Katie Trotta Kane, Paula Kurata, and Caroline Ralph Kenlon. Jennifer is vice president of American Instants Inc., where she has worked since 1992; John is a global account manager for MCI WorldCom. They live in Randolph, NJ.

John Levinson was inducted into the International Who’s Who of Business Professionals this year. John, a new homeowner, lives in Atlanta.

Loren Greiff was hired as an e-commerce marketing manager at Discovercard.com. She loves her job and spending time with sons AJ, 7, and Sam, 4.

Sandra Rogers has purchased a home in Greenwich, CT.


Jennifer Weisberg Millner

Ron Pomerantz lives in Los Angeles, CA, with boyfriend Stan and two dogs, Cosmo and Claire. He and Stan are renovating their 1940s Spanish-style house in the Hollywood Hills. Stan is an editor at Fox Broadcasting and Ron works near the beach in Santa Monica at a small design agency that specializes in branding and image of television networks and programs.

Parents David and Karen McNeil Dickenson and big brother Ian are proud to announce the November 2000 arrival of baby Adam. The Dickensons are enjoying Bangkok and hope to return to the States in December. Karen’s e-mail address is dickenso@loxinfo.co.th.

News from the “Boys of Dogwood D”: Kent Smith quit his job in DC and purchased a 77-acre farm in nearby Potomac, MD, where he operates an antique store and trains competition trotter horses. Kent can be reached at estatefurniture@aol.com.

Adam Bellin has taken a position as chief financial consultant at Berkshire Hathaway Inc. in Nebraska and is training for what will be his 10th consecutive Iron Man Triathalon in Hawaii.

Robert Romani has quit his pharmaceutical job in NYC to take a consultant position to drug company Merck in Honolulu, HI.

Jack Kneeland owns and operates a group of martial arts studios in Los Angeles, CA. His clients include many notable Hollywood figures.

Eric Stansfield has expanded the family business, Stansfield Tire, to 22 locations throughout New England.

As for me, I retired from the practice of law at the end of March to spend time with my two children.


Beth Skudder

I recently moved to Norwalk, CT, where I purchased a home. I find I need to cut back on my outside obligations, so I am resigning as class secretary. Serving as class secretary since our graduation—almost 13 years ago!—has been one of most enjoyable things I have undertaken for Skidmore, and I have come to know many more of you than I ever knew when we were together in Saratoga. If you would like to find a niche in our class volunteer community, please contact Rob Resnick at RFResq@aol.com to discuss the classsecretary position. For now, please send your news directly to Mary Monigan, Alumni Affairs Office, Skidmore College, or e-mail her at mmonigan@skidmore.edu.

Mishy Cass Colwell and her husband, John, live in Seattle, WA, where Mishy is a senior art director at McCann-Ericksen. She and John are also the proud parents of baby Owen, who arrived in October 2000, and 2-year-old daughter Ruby.

Jeffrey and Deirdre Hill have built a new home at 58 Sara-Jen Drive, Queensbury, NY 12804.

Attorney Kurt Adams has been named shareholder at Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson, where he will practice energy and commercial law. Formerly a consultant for Price Waterhouse, Kurt served as campaign manager for Maine Representative Tom Allen in a 1994 gubernatorial bid. Kurt, who was raised in Kittery, ME, received a master’s in international affairs in 1990 from George Washington University and a law degree from the University of Maine in Portland.

Rob Resnick is back on the Skidmore Alumni Board of Directors as vice president of outreach. He is moving to Charlottesville, VA, over the summer.

Sheena Dee Withers handles accounts for individuals and small institutions at Morgan Stanley. She is still involved with horses, and her husband is a partner in a company that supplies betting machines to racetracks. The couple heads to their box at the Saratoga Race Course every August— reliving Sheena’s Skidmore days!


Betty Jones Stern

Kristen Butler, formerly of Mezzina/Brown advertising in NYC, is now a promotional writer for the Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach, FL (home of the butterfly ballot) and also hand-paints sisal rugs as a side business.

Melisse Gerson Burstein lives in South Beach, FL, where she and husband Mark have purchased a new home. They have a 2-year-old son, Ben. Melisse is a senior manager in litigation support at the accounting firm Gerson, Preston, Robinson & Co. Mark is president and CEO of Caribbean Apparel, a garment manufacturing company. Melisse has “received lots of visits from ‘Skiddies’ living in the cold northeast,” including Mairead O’Conner Jacoby and family, Susan Anrig Lichten and family, Robin Forester Kauff and family, and Wendy Waldstein Sims and family.

Lennie Messier Finn, who “regretfully left the family funeral business,” decided to begin the career for which she attended Skidmore. She now teaches kindergarten at the school her daughter Taylor attends.

Annemarie Caulfield Steigerwald and husband Nile ’90 had a third child, Grace, in September 2000. Grace joins brothers Connor, 5, and Brenden, 2. Nile is with Prudential Securities, and “life is very busy.”

David and Jennifer Gow Elsemore ’88 have three kids: Caleb, 6, Brian, 3, and Lauren, 1. David is principal scientist at Morphochem Inc., a pharmaceutical research firm with sites in Munich, Germany, and Basel, Switzerland. While I get to do some traveling, says David, “Jen is enjoying being at home with the kids—most of the time.”

Tim Lynch and wife Jill welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Julia Rose, on January 1.

Scott and Wendy Lubin Schechter are still living in NYC. Wendy was promoted to senior vice president at a leading public relations firm. She is the creative and strategic director for the New York office, where she oversees clients that include JP Morgan. Scott is a lawyer with Wilson Elser Moskowitz and Dicker.

Julia Thomas Bucklin is working hard as a high school history teacher in LaGrange, NY. She visited Italian professor Christine Ristaino in Charlestown, NC, over spring recess. Julia stays in touch with Amy Anderson Shereck, Jyll Coyle, and Kate Struby ’88.

Courtney Lane and Ian Mitchell welcomed baby \ Emma Catherine on February 19. Courtney writes, “She is gorgeous and we are having lots of fun with her. Her big sister, Hannah, is a great helper and so loving with her.” Polly Currier held a baby shower for Courtney, attended by Sharon Pascarelle, Cara Mitchell ’90, Joe Peta, Chris Bren, Melissa Kendall Deutsch, Rebecca Metz, and Andy Bilbao. “It was a great little mini-reunion!”

Captain David Bardorf, USMC, recently relocated from Quantico, VA, to Camp Lejeune, NC, with wife Rene and son Hayden to take command of a 70-man tank company. During his tour in Quantico, he was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal for his leadership in training future Marine Corps officers at Officer Candidate School.

Susan Schack completed a Ph.D. in clinical psychology last year and received her New York State licensure. She works at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in the outpatient department and operates a private practice.

Greg Abes married Caron Lewis in 1996. Daughter Hannah was born in 1999 and Julia arrived in December 2000. Greg sells IT computer training in Indianapolis, IN.

Jeff Freedman reports the December 2000 arrival of Melanie Taylor, who joins 3-year-old sister Elisha Alix. In August 2000, Jeff joined pharmaceutical company PDI Inc. in Upper Saddle River, NJ, as executive director of corporate development. Jeff and wife Lisa live in Westchester, NY, and say they are “having a hard time dealing with the fact that our kids’ babysitters are closer in age to them than they are to us.”

Randi Sidman Moore is happy to announce the birth of Danielle on September 30, 2000. Randi is a photographer, and husband Roland is a pilot for World Airways. They live in Miami.

Michael Stein is managing director of Aztec Group Inc., a Coconut Grove, FL, real-estate investment banking firm. He lives in Williams Islands, FL, with son Joshua, 5, and daughter Rachel, 3. Michael, who is single, enjoys sunny South Florida.

Kate Gurley-Marchetti and husband David have moved into a new house at 358 Goode Street, Burnt Hills, NY 12027. They have a daughter, Gabriella, and a son, John Richard.

Katherine Patmont Millet lives in Dallas, TX, where she works as a publications editor for the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau and is a marathon runner.

Mairead O ’Connor Jacoby, husband Seth, and kids Brigitte, 3, and Ronan 2, continued their New Year’s tradition with Susan Anrig Lichten, husband Rob, and girls Alexandria, 4, and Kaila, 2. It was a great night of good food and laughter. Wendy Waldstein Sims was there in spirit, via a home video featuring her kids Jake, 4, and Alissa, 1.

Jennifer Finn Rios gave birth to Anneliese Natasha on February 12. Anne joins sister Emma, 3. Jennifer owns a public relations company in Tesuque, NM, where husband Martin is executive chef at the Old House Restaurant, which has the distinction of featuring “the only four-star chef in the entire state of New Mexico.”

Michele Verni Sacerdote resides in Hanover, NH, with husband Bruce and daughter Sofia. Bruce is an economics professor at Dartmouth. In addition to enjoying motherhood, Michele teaches a communication class at a local college.

Valerie Acquaviva Maio and husband Peter announce the birth of Matthew Gerard in June 2000. Although primarily a stay-at-home mom, Valerie still teaches for Boston Ballet one day a week.

Richard McDermott and wife Allison are busy with sons Riggs, 4, and Quentin, 2, in Rowayton, CT. Richard trades municipal bonds at Morgan Stanley in NYC.

Jamie Rogers and wife Anne are proud parents of James Everett, born in December 2000.

Nelissa Nowicki Rutishauser is an instructor of mathematics at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, NY. She enjoys rehabilitating ex-racehorses in her spare time.

Jen Weis Miner and Dave Miner ’91 live on the Upper West Side in NYC, where Jen is a part-time college therapist and takes care of Emily, 2 (“Check her out at Minerfamily.com!” says Jen). The Miners had brunch with John Zerbarini ’91 and partner Jim, and live two blocks from Liz Bram, whose dog is adored by Emily. They host Robin Meyers ’91 when she’s in town, and Jim Kramer ’92, who lives in Soho.

Maria Sopasakis and Derrick Ogden ’92 live in Iowa. Maria works in a hospital clinic; Derrick teaches art at a nearby school.

Stacey Beck James and husband Michael welcomed Molly Louise in April 2000. Her big brother, Ryan, is 4. The family resides in Fairfield, CT.

Jennifer Riordan Davidson and husband Michael have a new daughter, Stephanie Paris. She was born on January 26, to the delight of big brother Tyler.

Adam Wolfson is living in NYC, where he owns a small insurance brokerage firm.

Dan Zucchi and his wife, Kristina, bought a home in Valhalla, NY. Dan now believes that he “should have taken carpentry courses while at Skidmore. This Saturday, it will be ‘strip the stairs’ day and next week will be ‘construct corner cabinets’ day —yippee!”

As for me, I left Rye Country Day School in March and am now director of alumni relations at the Hackley School in Tarrytown, NY.


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