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’80

Lisa Pedicini and Paulette Adkins Rainie
Lisa.Pedicini@verizon.net

Barbara Sabia and husband Andrea Angera announce the birth of Sofia Grace, who arrived “punctually at 8 a.m.” on March 24. Sofia joins brothers Brenton, 17, and Connor, 2. Barbara recently completed a three-year stint on Skidmore’s alumni board. She is assistant head of advancement and external affairs at the Willow School in Gladstone, NJ.

’81

Elizabeth Deckenbach Felder
lizfelder@yahoo.com

I went back to Skidmore with my daughter Alexis, to take part in a workshop offered to high-school juniors. It’s a wonderful program that helps parents and applicants understand the college admissions process. While there, I ran into Karen McMahon Brackett and her family. Karen is the director of the Early Childhood Center on Skidmore’s campus. I also had dinner and reminisced with Roma Lisick Armstrong, who lives in Saratoga Springs, and her family. I conducted a lecture on “Respecting Infants and Creating Meaningful Environments” at a National Association for the Education of Young Children conference in Manchester, NH, in April.

Dianne Ledlie Agoglia welcomed son Peter Michael in February. He joins siblings Abigail, Rachel, Kalin, and Nicholas.

Rachelle Cotugno graduated from the Guiding Eyes for the Blind program in Yorktown Heights, NY, where she was partnered with guide dog Duncan. Rachelle, who takes courses at the Hadley School for the Blind, is a music teacher and pastoral musician.

Polly Harding Dombroski gave birth to James Edward in London, England, last October. Although James—who weighed under two pounds at birth—requires oxygen for chronic lung disease, he is doing very well.

Katherine Hopkins, a devoted music educator and talented composer, died last fall. She is remembered for challenging barriers: the first woman in Saratoga County to earn an electrician’s card, she was also the first female bugler hired at the Saratoga Race Course. Our sympathy to her family and friends.

’82

Angela Foss
afoss82@alumni.skidmore.edu

Vermonter Cindy Chadurjian Powell has been married for 20 years to husband Mark, a managing patent attorney for IBM. She is a stay-at-home-mom to Jamison, 10, Kate 14, and Jon, 16.

’83

Lilly Jaray Ostrove
danjasry@aol.com

In February Linda Borish was one of nine Western Michigan University faculty recognized for professional and community service. An associate professor of history, she has been active with the Great Lakes American Studies Association, a National Endowment for the Humanities Center at Ohio University, and internships for WMU honors students with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. One nominator described her as “one of those rare academics who puts a charming personality and splendid mind in service of deeply felt social and professional obligations.”

’84

Jacqueline Haberfeld
jacqueline.haberfeld@weil.com

Tori Leonard Gabriel stays in touch with Donna Lesser, a physician for the Infectious Disease Association in Gastonia, NC, and Sara Sylvester Hernandez, a clinical social worker in Hamden, CT. She would love to hear from other classmates at torig@juno.com.

’85

Anne Gunnarson Hampton
hamptona@frederickmd.com

Tina Winfield Achkar moved to London from Paris last August with husband Habib and their kids Jeremy, Paul, and Lucas. Tina has taken the year off to get settled, but Habib is still with Morgan Stanley. Having experienced September 11 while abroad, Tina wanted to connect with friends and family in the U.S. during the holidays. Over Christmas, she visited Andrea Demirjian and Danae Martin in NYC. She would love to hear from Skidmore friends: 9 Glebe Place, London, England SW3 5LB, phone 0207.349.8882 or at t.achkar@btopenworld.com.

Holly Smith and daughter Caroline, 9, live in Bethesda, MD, where Holly sells real estate with W.C. & A.N. Miller Realtors. She would love to hear from old friends at Mdhomeselr@aol.com.

Charlie Kaplan lives in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He has three children—Emily, Ben, and Zachary—and serves as president of the Broward County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

’86

Anne Chorske Stuzin
Stuzin@Erols.com

Anne Alzapiedi
adopted baby Katherine Mae from China, traveling to the Great Wall in Beijing and spending a week in Guangzhou. She says Katherine is “happy and healthy” and they are having great fun as a family. Anne lives in Dalton, MA, and is a global human resource manager for GE Plastics. In addition to visiting her sister in Amsterdam this year, she was looking forward to frequent trips to Saratoga on weekends to visit Bettina Holton ’87 and husband Mike.

Sam Bayne and wife Katie had a great time at the Salt Lake City Olympics, where they enjoyed all the events (and gold medal performances of Americans) of the final week. He got to know Jim Craig (goalie for the 1980 U.S. ice hockey team) and plans to play golf with him this summer on Cape Cod. Professionally, Sam loves his job in real estate.

Last September Lori Bucci married Lou Randazzo in Las Vegas. Both are attorneys for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, DC.

Catherine Burns finished her Ph.D. at the University of Vermont in June 2001, then got married the following month. She and husband Ernie traveled to Belize and Guatemala before returning to their respective jobs. Catherine works at a community mental health center and teaches some graduate classes on the side. Vermont is a great place to live, she says.

Check out Lisa Buxbaum Berliner’s new jewelry business at www.LisasPieces.net. Besides offering fine jewelry for adults and kids, Lisa will organize a jewelry party in your home or office (better than Tupperware!).

Noah Cooper recently realized one of his lifelong dreams and now owns, with some friends, two thoroughbred horses. They race under the name of Stable Compound Stud. The more promising of the two is a three-year-old colt by Seattle Slew named Cherokee Trail, who recently broke his maiden at Aqueduct. Look for him at Saratoga this summer!

Beth Demas Anderson and husband Darrick spent a great winter skiing and snowboarding at Bromley Mountain in Vermont, their first as Bromley Village property owners. They encourage alums to look them up if they’re ever at Stratton or Bromley. The Andersons’ children—Kathryn, 11, Christopher, 10, and Victoria, 1—are all expert skiers-in-training.

Liz Cole Bemiss and husband Sam welcomed Eli Lockert in February. He joins siblings Charlotte, Jeb, and Will. Liz and I were together (in our very-pregnant states) in Baltimore last December to celebrate Roland Mackenzie’s birthday (he asked that I leave out which number it was!). Also there for the fun (and it was very fun), was Craig Poler ’84. Roland doesn’t look a day over 25 (I’m not kidding)!

Herb Eidt and family are now in Spokane, WA, where he works in pediatric orthopedics for the Shriners Hospital for Children.

On Cape Cod Maggie Feldman Anzola is a full-time mom to Katherine, 7, and Henry, 3, and is a hard-working doula—a certified midwife who supports mothers emotionally and physically before, during, and after childbirth. She and her business partner are writing grants in the hopes of funding a nonprofit resource center to help couples locate doulas and other childbirth services.

Bill Greenleaf lives in Richmond, VA, and works for GMAC in a group that finances homebuilders. He keeps in touch with Massachusetts residents Geoff Larson in Acton and George Constant in Winchester.

Loren Greiff Levin lives in Chicago with sons AJ, 8, and Sam, 5. She works in e-commerce, doing site development work on Discovercard.com. She loves Chicago and stays busy keeping up with her sons’ activities and interests.

Marcelle Hindand Cady had “one heck of a year” in 2001. In July, she and husband Steve moved to the Philadelphia area for his residency in emergency medicine. That same month they bought a 1902 house (in need of some work) and welcomed son Duncan Cody—who was born six weeks early. A week later they drove to NYC so she could be matron of honor in Barbara Somerstein’s wedding to Bill Fine. The wedding took place at Barbara’s father’s restaurant on the East River, The Water’s Edge. Shannon Slattery Graff was a bridesmaid. Other alums in attendance were Paige Parisi, Eero Kola ’87, and Sean Heller ’87. Afterward, Marcy and Steve rushed back to the neonatal intensive care unit in Philadelphia to be with their son, Duncan, who is now a year old and thriving. As for the newlyweds, Barbara and Bill enjoyed their honeymoon among the Mayan and Aztec ruins in Mexico. Shannon and her husband and two children live near Boston, where Shannon teaches high-school art. Marcy makes grants to arts organizations for the Ford Foundation in New York; she telecommutes from Philadelphia.

Lisa Kohler Chubinsky says “business is booming” at Staff Providers LLC, the firm she started two years ago in Wilton, CT. In fact, she recruited her husband to join her. The office-support and healthcare-staffing firm serves Fairfield, New Haven, and Westchester Counties. Lisa is also mom to Michael, 8, and Eric, 2.

After years of overseeing a jewelry store in San Francisco, Cathy Laitman Burke decided to “cut out the middleman and marry the jeweler!” She is now a stay-at-home mom in Marin County, enjoying “a better commute but less pay.” Her husband designs and makes his own jewelry. Their son Paul is 2.

Lorraine Liu Bosley is assistant controller for Saw Mill Club, a multi-sport health club with five facilities in New York and Connecticut. She has been married since 1988 to Patrick, a Saratoga Springs native, and has two children: Rebecca, 7 and Christopher, 3.

Leigh Mulvaney de Luca had a “small world Skidmore experience” recently when she reconnected with Doug MacKinnon last fall. Like Leigh’s husband, Doug is a freelance graphic designer; he lives just a few miles away from the de Lucas; and his next-door neighbor is Leigh’s old boss! Leigh started working in the meeting planning industry last December. Her daughter Grace is 2. Leigh is also in touch with Laurie Sprague, who is in Paris, exploring independent writing projects.

Doug MacKinnon and wife Lisa had a baby girl named Emily in April 2001. Doug says big sister Lauren and the baby have formed a mutual admiration society. When he and Lisa are not busy running their own graphic design business in Northern Virginia and Washington, DC, Doug finds time to play golf with Ted West, a senior account manager for Marketswitch in Dulles, VA.

Having “torn themselves away” from Brooklyn, NY, Barbara Neulinger, husband John Salem, and son Lucas are settling into life in Northampton, MA. They are working on their 1860s farmhouse while Barbara teaches art to elementary students at the Montessori School of Northampton and John builds his photography business. Barbara has her painting studio in the garage (no more sitting in traffic on the BQE), and Lucas is making some great new friends.

Susan Pollock lives in Brooklyn, NY, where she is a social worker with chronically mentally ill people and their children at an outpatient clinic. She received her master’s from New York University School of Social Work in 2000. Susan is in her third year of a four-year body psychotherapy program that is training her to work with people on a more holistic body-mind-spirit level.

Will Pouch checked in from Saratoga to say that his “lovely family and restaurant are all doing great.” He recently got his three Labrador retrievers registered as therapy dogs and has begun visiting the nursing home at Saratoga Hospital. Will still plays ice hockey each week “in a vain attempt to remain young and full of vitality.”

After experiencing the ups and downs of the dot-com industry over the past two years, Mike Quincy is now an automotive specialist with Consumer Reports, working at its test track in Colchester, CT. Ironically, he worked for almost eight years as an automotive writer with Consumer Reports before being recruited away to join a dot-com in Austin, TX. Mike gets interviewed frequently for radio, newspaper, and TV reports on automotive topics. He and wife Michelle have a son, Evan, and enjoy living in Marlborough, CT.

Ever the New York Rangers hockey fan, Peter Richards still meets Jim Friedland for games a few times a month during the season. He wrote that a Hickory B Sauce Club reunion was held last December in NYC. Joining in the fun were “Frieds, Silveira, Tink, Jeter, Mad Dog, Hatian, and Coop.” When he’s not with the “Skidmore boys,” Pete enjoys his own three at home: Adam, 5, William, 3, and Jack, 1.

Peter Rizzo graduated summa cum laude from F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business in May 2001. He is a marketing and strategy consultant in Boston for a Delaware-based consulting firm. Peter sees Davis Buckley and Greg Caruso ’84, both in NYC.

Sandra Rogers teaches private piano lessons in NYC and is also a teacher at the Third Street Music School Settlement. She is executive director of the Adamant Music School in Vermont, where she directs a summer piano school and organizes five recitals in NYC.

Leslie Rose develops banking software for banks in Germany and a few other European companies. Previously, she spent 11 years at SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals. In her new job, Leslie works at the customer hotline center as a link between the banks and her company’s software developers. “I’m glad I had the UNIX system intro at Skidmore and one semester of BASIC programming. It has helped me stay sane!” Leslie and husband Uwe have a son Dennis, a second-grader.

In Los Angeles, Amy Scribner works two jobs—as a writer/producer in on-air promotions at Telepictures and as an actor/writer. She just finished a hit play called Cheyenne and was looking forward to the June opening of her two-person comedy show Jay and Amy. Last year, she debuted her one-woman show Around the World in Amy Days and completed her first Chicago marathon, raising money for AIDS Project Los Angeles.

Having worked for Mars Inc. for almost nine years, Paula Kurata is now manager of corporate operations with Sony Pictures Entertainment in LA. Between jobs, she spent a month traveling in Hawaii and London.

Returning to the West Coast for a visit, David Silveira was sighted in March in Lake Tahoe, CA, with Dana Mayo and Rob Kelly ’87, pursuing a little March Madness (the skiing kind). He reported that “Dana’s ridiculous penchant for bringing fresh snow wherever he goes” continued, as they enjoyed three days of unusually fluffy white stuff.

Aimee Ventura married Jeff O’Brien in March.

Julia Walker is a private tutor and stay-at-home mom to two boys.

Karen Waugh Richard and husband A.J. have three children: Alex, 9, Emma, 6, and Madeleine, 3. After four years in Georgia, they moved to South Windsor, CT, two years ago. Karen stays at home with the kids but keeps busy with her part-time business doing color-picture calendars and invitations.

Paige Power Metzger welcomed baby girl Cady in December 2001 and reports, “The house we’re living in is still under construction, and I joined a new firm in March. My plate is full, and I’m enjoying life tremendously.”

Samantha Cramer has a new address: 103–503 West 16th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V5Z 4N3.

Carrie Webster Kennedy manages the admissions office for Health Alliance Hospital’s postacute care department. She and husband Michael are trying to keep up with daughter Rachel, 3, and love being parents. Carrie thinks fondly of Skidmore’s Junior Year in Paris.

I am enjoying a new man in my life—my son Jack (aka John William), was born in January. His sisters Madeleine, 6, and Devon, 4, are absolutely crazy about him. Once fall hits, I will be back on the field, coaching my third season of middle-school field hockey.

’87

Jennifer Weisberg Millner
jmillner@szaferman.com

Julie Levinson Ross and husband Rich celebrated the birth of baby George Reuben in December. He joins big brother Harrison, 7. Both boys are doing great. Harrison has a huge Skidmore T-shirt for sleeping and is on his third Skidmore sweatshirt.

Peter Slater joined Graydon Head & Ritchey LLP in Cincinnati, OH, where he will specialize in the firm’s estate planning practice. Peter earned a law degree from Case Western in 1992 and a master’s in taxation from Georgetown Law Center in 1993.

Kristen Cleary Wilson and husband Tom announce the arrival of daughter Breton Lee on August 21, 2001. She joins brother Connor, 6, and sister Kelsy, 2.

Frangitsa Lagonikos Bertos graduated from Hofstra University in May 2001 with a Certificate of Advanced Studies in educational administration. In November she gave birth to baby Nicholas, who was a special birthday present for sister Irene, who turned 4 the same day!

’88

Tracy Richards Dingmon
cdingmon@aol.com

Our 15th reunion is only a year away! We need volunteers to help plan it. If you think you’d be interested, don’t be shy. Contact me or Rob Resnick at RFResq@aol.com.

Beth Skudder went to Belize with Chris Jobson for spring vacation. At the top of the North Acropolis at Tikal, a major Mayan archaeological site in Guatemala, Chris proposed marriage. Beth accepted, and the couple eloped soon afterwards; they married on the beach on Ambergris Caye, Belize. Beth describes it as an amazing event on a beautiful day in an outstanding place.

Amylou Porter moved to Indianapolis, IN, after accepting the position of operations manager for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Mary Jo Fronckel and William Bell welcomed daughter Emily Alexandra in February.

In October Jackie Fields married Andrew Kohn in Boston. Friends attending included Jen Zinner, Penny Lubell, Sarah Blake Horton ’87, Mary Goodnow Donnelly, Deb Homsi Gilpin, and Bucky Polk ’89. Jackie and her husband live in Chicago, where she has her own handpainted tabletop and accessory design company, and her husband is VP of TJM Institutional Services at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

’89

Cynthia Urick Stickles
cstickles@hackleyschool.org

Kyle Harding
and wife Erin welcomed Owen David in January. He joins brother Aidan, 2, as the newest member of “the Lama’s brood.”

David Harmon was promoted to vice president of new business development for Footstar, a $2.5 billion retailer. Dave has been with Footstar for the last three years, since leaving Pepsi. Dave, wife Nikki, and their three boys got together with Tim Lynch, his wife, Jill, and one-year-old daughter Julia at the Lynches’ house in the Poconos this past spring. Also present were Jon Wolfman and wife Emily ’90, with three kids in tow; and Kurt Breitenstein and his wife, Susan.

In April Robert Livingston Sinclair married Stephanie Alexandra Houghton in St. Helena, CA. He is regional advertising sales manager for computer magazine publisher Ziff Davis Media. Stephanie is national sales manager for the senior housing division of Homestore, a real estate Web site.

Chris McLaughlin and wife Steffanie welcomed first child Jacob Nash in February. The family resides in Arlington, VA, where Chris owns and operates Steff’s restaurant.

 


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