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Christina Blechar Galvin loves living in Hamburg, Germany, with husband Rich and 3-year-old son Brendan. Rich directs the European subsidiary of California Tan Company. Brendan is learning German quickly and likes his new school.
Deborah Stark Feldman and husband David welcomed baby Andrew Leonard on March 8.
Jennifer Kett Mildonian and husband Matthew announce the arrival of Isabelle Anna on March 19.
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As a freelance consultant, Jeff Treuhaft is working full time helping a new company called ICM/Breakpoint develop its business. The LA-based company develops new media strategies for established firms. Jeff’s main focus is determining how the firm can better leverage emerging technical products to generate additional revenue—all of which he describes as “fun stuff.”
Julianne Kelley and David Jordan were married in Saratoga Springs at the Batcheller Mansion Inn in October 2000. In attendance were Lauren Beaumont, Jen Acerbi, and Brian Rousso. Julianne and David live in Los Angeles, where they are both music supervisors on feature films. Julianne (email@example.com ) would love to hear from Ann Crary.
Janet Wagner Youtt, husband Dave, and twin 2-year-old daughters moved to Glastonbury, CT, in June.
Kate Mitchell married Brent Earnest on June 10, 2000, in New Mexico. Suzette Soboti ’91 and Caroline Santowasso ’92 were part of the wedding party. Kate and Brent enjoy living in Silver Spring, MD. Kate works for a commercial real estate developer in downtown DC and Brent works on the Hill for Senator Jeff Bingaman.
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Dan and Ava Barsness announce the birth of Jenna Elizabeth in December 2000.
Leigh Dupuy ran the Disney Half Marathon on a cold day in Orlando, FL, in January. Jill Richardson, Amy O’Leary, and Dave Jodka were there to cheer her on and visit the Magic Kingdom!
Jen Laviano married Chris Swan in Ridgefield, CT, in October 2000. Skiddies in attendance included Adam Segal ’93, Jenny Rose, Curbie Oestriech ’91, and Darren Cohen ’94. Jen’s sister Katherine Laviano ’00 was a bridesmaid. Chris and Jen honeymooned for two weeks in Hawaii. Jen is running her own law practice in Ridgefield, representing mostly disabled and autistic children. She also does some employment and civil rights litigation. Jen interviews prospective Skidmore students as an alumni admissions contact.
Jill Richardson has joined the Skidmore College Alumni Board of Directors, serving as chair of young alumni giving.
Michelle Miller Anderson and husband Jeff ’93 have moved to NYC after a six-week cross-country trip. Jeff is attending Columbia Business School and Michelle is working at Bank Street College of Education on a literacy project. Michelle met Jill Richardson and Liz Koller Wolfe for dinner to catch up on Skidmore news this spring.
Laura Oppenheimer made a trip to Finland to visit with her host family from many years ago. Laura is an Internet marketing consultant and the marketing director for the San Francisco Association of Internet Professionals. She became an aunt for the second time in February.
I’ve been promoted to a management position at Quad/Graphics, where I have worked for the past nine years. Marc Katzin ’95 was also promoted to management at the company’s NYC site. Both promotions were presented by the company’s vice president of sales, Joel Quadracci ’91. In celebration of Quad/Graphics’ 30th anniversary, managers and their spouses were flown to Disney World where we were treated to private parties at Animal Kingdom and MGM Studios. Mark, Joel, Tom O’Brien ’89, and I attended the festivities.
Brian Rabinowitz offers this eulogy to classmate Tibor Brown, who died in July 2000. “I met Tibor Brown during orientation, and we immediately became friends, sharing many of the same interests, especially baseball. He was a true student of the game and a fan of great pitchers (he named his pet squirrel, who used to come into his dorm window for food, Roger—for Roger Clemens). When Tibor transferred from Skidmore to Stetson University to further his baseball career, we were sad he was leaving but happy he was pursuing his dream. Tibor was the kind of friend you cherish from the bottom of your soul. He was loyal, compassionate, and funny. Last July, many of Tibor’s friends and family gathered at a stream where he grew up to say goodbye. We miss him deeply. See ya, T.”
In July 2000, Lilly Worrell Akoto gave birth to Mawuto Johnethen. Lilly quit her job of four years to be a stay-at-home mom. Her older son is in the first grade and plays all sorts of sports.
Dina Silver has been named account supervisor of STAR/Rosen Communications, where she will oversee and implement strategic public relations. She is a master’s candidate in journalism at Temple University and serves as vice president of the Philadelphia chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.
Sheri Dexler married Christopher Tanner on June 24, 2000. Sheri teaches first grade and Chris is a state trooper.
Leslie Glunts is a pediatric social-work case manager at the Backus Children’s Hospital outpatient center in Savannah, GA. Leslie’s fiancé, who is a legal specialist with the JAG Corps, returned at the end of March from a six-month deployment in Bosnia.
Heidi Ritz Cohen is living with husband Rob in Maplewood, NJ. The couple celebrated the birth of their little girl, Shaman, in November 2000.
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Nate Barr scored the music for the new CBS-TV series Kate Brasher, and yes, his name does show up on the credits—if you read fast enough.
After moving from New York to Wyoming and then to Ashland, OR, Brian Hastings is a graduate student in watershed science and hydrology at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. He is conducting his research in New Mexico, where he hopes to reside next year.
Andrew Fisher was married in 1999 to Julie Rubin, a lawyer specializing in pension and welfare benefits for the U.S. Department of Labor. Andrew is CEO of KingSize Laundry, a company that owns and operates 17 laundromats in the New York City area.
Nichole DuPuy Thompson and Sarah Bonney Lapides ran their first Boston marathon on April 16. Skidmore friends and family cheering from the sidelines included: Annie Bonebakker Bonney, Ellen Casey, Leigh DuPuy ’92, Amy O’Leary ’92, Andy Thompson ’94, and Chris Thompson ’90.
A correction from the last issue of Scope: Lydia Mickunas was incorrectly listed as a participant in Kristin Martinovic and Scott White’s wedding; Chanel Greene ’94 was the participant. Sorry for the error!
Maricia Delph Ahmed, who was married in 1996 and moved to Kew Gardens, NY, is working in New Jersey for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals as a manager in the consumer health care division.
Meredith Kates Forster is a reading specialist at a Virginia Beach elementary school. Husband Matt is a Navy dentist stationed on the U.S. Ponce.
After living in Santa Fe, NM, for four years, Jen Kefer moved to Fort Collins, CO, where she is finishing a master’s in anatomy-neurobiology at Colorado State University. Jen will move on to CSU’s veterinary program in the fall. In her leisure time, she trains horses, rock-climbs with her boyfriend, and plays in the mountains with her dogs.
After earning a master’s degree at Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1999, Jacob Kulin became a practicing artist in Boston. Initially focused on creating one-of-a-kind jewelry for galleries in Colorado, Michigan, Virginia, and Massachusetts, he is now producing larger works. Jacob plans to restructure his portfolio and enter the world of corporate commissioned sculptural art.
Certified personal trainer Wendy Bryant is a part-time employee at the Boston Sports Club and works in finance at Fleet Boston.
Chiara Alberetti will attend graduate school at the School of Visual Arts in NYC this fall. She has been working in the art world since leaving Skidmore.
Eileen Kennedy designs and makes contemporary furniture in Oakland, CA, where she has just launched her own business, Pulse Requisite.
Los Angeles actress and producer Miranda Bailey appeared on the television show Beyond Belief and is a lead in a sitcom pilot called Living Space. As executive producer of the feature film This Space Between Us, Miranda won a “best comedy” award at the Santa Monica film festival. Phaedra Entertainment has picked up the film for worldwide and domestic distribution.
Saroya Friedman lives in NYC, where she is completing a master’s in public policy at Columbia University.
Erin Foley Swanson had a bouncing baby boy, Nickolas, in April 2000. She and husband John live in East Hampton, NY.
Rebecca Bernstein Rubenstein is touring division director at SFX Entertainment and lives in Hoboken, NJ.
Medical school graduate Sarah Hodil Rollins will begin her residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston this fall.
Aimee Salvatore “is loving life by the beach” in Hermosa Beach, CA, where she is a human resources manager for Mattel Toys.
Garth Altenburg married Heather Williams in July 2000 in Nantucket, MA. Skidmore alumni in attendance included Jeremy Rinzler, Corey Gillette-Rinzler, Karl Schwarz, Marc Sulkin, Mark Bates ’94, Nikki Stillerman ’94, Megan Squibb ’94 and Andy Freed ’96.
Nina Santora D’Aran received her M.A. in counseling psychology at Lesley College in Boston. Married since last June, she is an elementary school guidance counselor in Eliot, ME.
Amy Allen teaches high school at Kent Place School in Summit, NJ, her alma mater. She is in the dissertation stage of a Ph.D. in English literature at Drew University. Amy attended Sarah and Brian O’Connell’s wedding this past June in Vermont.
Britton Upham is “immensely enjoying the live music scene” in Austin, TX, where he has accepted a new position as senior manager of brand and advertising for Prodigy Communications.
Emily Brigham moved from St. Louis to Manhattan a year ago. She is a social worker working in family violence prevention and treatment.
Jason Hills married Robin Eggleston ’93 in 1999, and they became the proud parents of Elianna Grace in February. Jason teaches social studies in Schenectady, NY. They can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Megan Kelley Hall married Edward Hall on October 7, 2000. Skiddies in attendance were bridesmaid Susan Swanson, Julie Bunce Solomon ’94, and Curt Solomon. Megan is a freelance writer for several Web sites and publications; Ed is a senior performance analyst at Wellington Management in Boston. The couple bought a house in Marblehead, MA, where they live with their dog, Smudge.
Joni Guerette-Sweener loves being a stay-at-home mom so that she can spend time with 6-month-old Trevor and 2-year-old Cameron. She sees Laura Lambert ’94 frequently and would love to get in touch with Amy Beth Stern, Heather Pace Lewis, Heather Beebe Brickner, and Kim Tassone Sawyer. Joni can be e-mailed at JCsweener@aol.com.
Jamee Aldous Miller moved from Manhattan to San Francisco last spring. She is an assistant buyer at Macy’s West. Jamee married high school sweetheart Duane Miller in October 2000.
Laura Forlano received a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University in May and will begin a Ph.D. program in communications technology policy this fall.
Nicole Testa Boruchin and husband Srael were joined by a son, Grady Sebastian, in November 2000. Nicole has taken a year off from teaching to be with Grady, with whom she “is having an amazing time.” Over St. Patrick’s day weekend, Nikki and fellow bridesmaids Dana Crosley, Heather Sharp, and Shana Menu threw a bachelorette party in NYC for Jennie Chapman, who flew in from Los Angeles to be fêted.
Aimee Po-Ching Mak married Gabriel Dale Hoskins on April 21 on the Caribbean island of Nevis. Aimee is an assistant brand manager at the Dannon Company in Tarrytown, NY. Gabriel is senior art director at Young & Rubicam Advertising in NYC.
Heidi Tatreau and Matt Ziemer ’94 were married in October 2000. The Mysterians entertained their wedding guests, including Greg Gladstone ’94, Carolyn Kincaid ’94, Damon McClure ’94, Annie Varnot ’94, Karla Capers, Steve Ensdorf, Lydia Mickunas, Todd Strauss, Jamie Weiler, Benj Gleeksman ’96, Matt Klein ’96, Eric Mast ’96, Lauren Roth ’96, and Chris Ott ’97.
Emilie Schreiner married Jamie Wilkonson last year.
Molly Niles is a Pilates movement trainer in NYC.
Juleyka Lantigua, managing editor of Urban Latino magazine, was a guest this spring on the Jim Lehrer News Hour on PBS-TV, which featured a segment on “Hispanics and the Media.” A transcript and audio recording of the segment is available at www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/media/jan-june01/hispanic_3-13.html.
John Sloan is a NYC actor who most recently appeared at the Denver Center Theater.
After studying and working for a year in China, a year in Dublin, Ireland, and a year and a half in Athens, GA, Dan Klotz is pursuing a Ph.D. in sociology at Northeastern University in Boston, where he is a teaching assistant. Dan married Priscilla Costigan of Templemore, County Tipperary, Ireland, in 1999. Dan’s father, UWW academic advisor Ken Klotz, is mayor of Saratoga Springs.
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Jennifer Sokol lives in Richmond, VA, where she is head orchestra librarian for the Richmond Symphony.
Marcie Simon is teaching 9th- and 11th-grade history at Brookline High School in Boston.
Megan McGilloway received an M.S. in school psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is now working for JP Morgan in Manhattan, where she recruits M.B.A.s.
After studying abroad in Australia, Carrie Gates received a master’s degree from Boston College. She currently teaches sixth grade and lives with Melissa Pollock.
Ben Fox started an Internet software company in Austin, TX. He is writing two scripts for network television.
Patrick Rondeau writes, “Setting my thrusters to burn with my space funk quartet, MJJB. Look for us in 2001. Working enough to pay the bills and move forward—always forward.”
Kirsten Brackenridge has her own store called Pomegranate. The store was featured in the March 2001 issue of House Beautiful magazine.
Breccia Cressman co-owns a business with her fiancé in Aspen Valley, CO.
Rob Caldwell is a senior account executive at the fashion PR firm Ogan/Dallal Associates in Manhattan. He manages PR, fashion shows, and events for designers such as Badgley Mischka.
Amy Redmond D’Agostino is working for Purdue Pharma in Stamford, CT. The firm is sending her to law school in the evenings. Married to David D’Agostino since December 2000, she resides in Stamford.
Connecticut Representative Chris Shays has hired Katie Levinson as his press secretary. Katie will be responsible for health-care issues and serving as liaison to the Government Reform Committee. A New Canaan, CT, native, Katie earned a master’s in public policy from the London School of Economics.
Rob Condon, who has returned from Italy, is living in Jersey City, NJ, and will be attending Fordham Law School in the fall.
Jamie Magid and Lisa Perry started Red Jacket Productions in NYC, where they most recently produced the play Freedom Land by Amy Freed.
Ali Smith’s boyfriend, Noah Thomas ’99, is a music major who created many large sculptures that still reside on the Skidmore campus. Ali and Noah are both pursuing M.F.A.s in California. Last year, Noah won a contest to build a large permanent sculpture for a Toyota factory, for which he received $15,000. Ali writes, “I wanted to share what great things can happen to Skidmore students.”
Don Waters has founded Versus Press, which just published its first book, a novella by a professor at the University of Southern California. Don says that San Francisco-based Versus publishes messages that are “renegade, progressive, urgent, political, but altogether needed” and that his goal is to “alarm, provoke, and inspire a new generation of writers and readers.”
Matthew Esworthy graduated from Dickinson School of Law at Penn State University in May. He will begin clerking next month for the chief judge of the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland.
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Having recently graduated from NYU with a master’s degree in special education and literacy, Lauren Babicka has moved to Baltimore to look for a teaching job.
While teaching art and art history at the Field School in Washington DC, Katie Cunningham is showing her artwork locally and has just launched www.katecunningham.com, featuring some of her latest work including small landscapes with water themes.
Brooke Miller has had an article accepted for publication in the Journal of Neuroendocrinology. The article is based on graduate research conducted by Brooke at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. She recently finished her first year in a Ph.D. program at Northwestern University.
Lazar Eydelman is living in NYC. He left his job at Goldman Sachs to work for Accenture (formerly known as Anderson Consulting), where he is an analyst for the financial services group. Lazar can be contacted at email@example.com.
Kristen Finnerty has started work on a master’s in reading at SUNY-Albany while teaching first grade in western Massachusetts.
Dan Fitzpatrick is a senior support engineer with Eastman Software in Billerica, MA, and lives in Waltham.
Adrian Gray moved to DC after spending two years in Austin, TX, working on the Republican presidential campaign. Adrian is still working for George W. Bush in the White House. He would love to hear from classmates at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Living in Boston with Jen Joseph, Erin Heggerick is working in media and public relations for the investment arm of State Street Corporation.
Liz Nyman still resides in Boston, where she recently started a new job at a small Web design firm. She lives with Dana Kelley, who works in Cambridge. Both Dana and Hannah see Skidmore friends often, especially Hannah Duggan, who regularly makes the trip from New Hampshire to visit.
Tricia Placido is pursuing an M.A. in English literature at Fordham University. She loves NYC and spends time with Amanda Bleich and Jennie Sussman.
In June 2000, Eddy Rivera and Heidi Weitzman moved to St. Paul, MN. Eddy is working as a financial planner for AXA Advisors LLC and adjusting with ease to the Midwest. Heidi received a master’s degree from NYU and is working as an adoption social worker for special-needs children in foster care. They enjoy entertaining classmates and friends who venture out to Minnesota.
Eric Sherman finished his first year at Albany Law School.
After graduation, Jennifer Sussman moved to NYC, where she found a job as a creative assistant at Tony & Tina Vibrational Remedies. She is dancing for John Passafiume Dancers and teaches at Garden State Ballet in NJ. In her free time, she is completing a course in herbology, practicing yoga, and spending time with her boyfriend.
Kate Thomas spends a lot of time on tree- and rooftops rescuing stray pets and injured wildlife in the greater Boston area. Kate drives an ambulance for the Animal Rescue League of Boston.
Sarah Wilson is working on a graduate degree in physical education at Loughborough University in England. She continues to play basketball.
Melanie Zalman is a museum educator and internship coordinator at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, CT. Melanie spoke at the Wadsworth Museum in Hartford, CT, on “Student Docents as Facilitators of Visual Thinking.” She has also been invited to Skidmore and Cornell to participate in symposiums on careers in the arts and youth mentoring. She can be contacted at email@example.com.
After working for at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles last summer, Nina Hammond-Ritch did advance work for the Gore-Lieberman campaign. Thrust out of a job after the drama of Election Day, she has been substitute teaching in Washington, DC, private schools.
Grad student Cheryl Leonardis is finishing her program in teaching English as a second language and French education at NYU.
Taylor Swope is in NYC pursuing a career in photography. She visited with Brian Ostrowski ’96 in DC, Heather Connelly ’00 in Cleveland, and John Dickerson ’97 and Joe Ferris ’97 in Boston. In NYC, Taylor often sees Adam Paulen ’96, who, she reports, “is happily working in independent film advertising and playing his guitar at various venues throughout the city.”