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Tammy Blake

Susannah Blass DiPasquale and husband Mark celebrated the birth of first child Isabella in February.

Kerith Killip Peary and husband Ryan welcomed son Matthew in February; he joins sister Alexandra, 3, and, according to his parents, “has an easy, laid-back personality.”

Christine Polizzi Cochrane and husband Thomas Cochrane ’92 welcomed son James in February; he joins sister MacKenzie, 4. Christine is a general internist in Manchester, NH, and Thomas is a neurology resident at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.


Kimberly Robertson Tsimbinos

Cat Weltz Beurnier and husband Gautier welcomed first child Sebastien in January.

Lee Rosenberg Martinez and husband Lou are enjoying parenthood; daughter Ali celebrated her second birthday in February.

Horses owned by Joseph Gaudrault have won at Aqueduct and Finger Lakes.

Stephen Doff and wife Mary Lynn purchased a home in Ellicott City, MD, which they and daughter Abigail, 2, are having a great time decorating. The Doffs spent spring break in the Dominican Republic and highly recommend Punta Cana.

Jennifer Spungin Kehoe bought a new house and says, “It’s mine, all mine—with my 4- and 5-year-olds, of course!” A professor of English, she’s also publishing her poetry.

Todd Pantezzi and wife Laurie welcomed son Trevor in February. They are restoring their old house (new to them) in suburban Maryland. Todd runs Federal Healthcare Business Development for Pearson Government Solutions in Arlington, VA.

Kara Thornwall Stansel and husband Tim Stansel ’90 live in Glen Rock, NJ, with Kaitlin, 5, and Carter, 3. Kara stays home full-time with the kids, and Tim is a senior manager with Price Waterhouse Coopers.

Debra Asher Zitrin and husband Anthony celebrated the birth of Gillian last August.

Craig Brimicombe started his own business last year, restoring, repairing, and maintaining boats, mainly old wooden ones. He and wife Adrienne welcomed twin girls Ava Lloyd and Isabelle Ayres in September.

After several years in the former Soviet Union, Andrew Reed is in Washington, DC. Earlier this year, he completed a master’s program in international relations at Johns Hopkins University. He is a partner in a dairy processing enterprise in the Republic of Georgia.

Amy Samson and Wes Flinn welcomed daughter Lyra in September.

Beth Campano’s art conservation company, Great Lakes Art Conservation Ltd., based in Cleveland, OH, is caring for the ceiling murals in Ohio’s State Supreme Court building. She would love to hear from Skidmore friends at bacampano@hotmail.com.

Brian Goff, who completed his M.B.A. at Wharton in April, is a senior product director of Marketing at Janssen Pharmaceutica, a division of Johnson & Johnson. Brian and wife Kim Nicol Goff ’90 live in Doylestown, PA, with their four children: Tyler, 7, Alex, 5, Sarah, 3, and Connor, almost 1.

Daniel Dietch and wife Dana welcomed son Judah last August. He joins brothers Benjamin, 3, and Bones, 10.

In mid-Michigan Linda Cramer Laurenz left teaching after eight years to stay at home with daughters Claire 5, Ellen, 3, and Annie, nearly 2, while her husband Rusty farms.

Cat McGrath has finally moved back east to Brooklyn after 11 years in San Francisco. She lives only a few blocks from Kirstin Tobiasson ’92 and Lauren Rosen. She’d like to put a call out to old theater friends to track them down for an upcoming party.

Tracey Meltzer Kyle received a master’s in foreign languages with a concentration in Spanish from George Mason University. In her 10th year teaching high-school Spanish and French, she also writes educational materials for Teacher’s Discovery Inc. She and her husband live in northern Virginia and would love to hear from Skiddies living in the DC area at TCKyle@fcps.edu.

Rebecca Shimkin Halsey and husband Bill Halsey ’89 have moved to Essex, CT, with Hannah, 4, and Peter, 2.

Lisa Sheer Zenack and husband Scott announce the birth of daughter Jessica in April; she joins brother Stephen, 4.

Justin Model is marketing manager at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, a law firm on Fifth Avenue in NYC. He welcomes e-mail at jmodel@orrick.com.

Samantha Feldman Lagocki welcomed son Jacob in December. “He’s gabby and huge,” observes Samantha, who has returned to work.

Craig Zolan and wife Debbie announced the launch of their fashion T-shirt company, Cherry Tee, which “marries chic and simple design with unparalleled prices” and is sold exclusively at www.cherrytee.com. Craig continues to run UVentures, which helps corporations find and license technologies developed at universities and government labs.

Suzette Soboti and Brian Swinson were married in April in New Jersey. They live in southern California, where Suzette is the head women’s soccer and lacrosse coach at the University of Redlands.

Kate Mitchell, Suzette’s matron of honor, lives with husband Brent Earnest and their two dogs in Silver Spring, MD, where she works in development and acquisitions for a downtown DC commercial real estate firm.


Amity Lenahan Fowler

Cynthia de Lemos Listewnik and Mark Listewnik ’94 welcomed daughter Jovina Bliss in November. Cynthia is enjoying being a stay-at-home mom for now in Needham, MA, while Mark is an acquisitions editor for forensic and security titles at Elsevier Science.

Ursina Amsler Rodenhiser and husband Erik announce the arrival of son Griffen in April. They are happy, adjusting well, and “feeding pretty much around the clock.”

Joly Herman and husband Martin Buchbender have relocated to Berlin, Germany, with hopes of opening a wellness center and immersing themselves fully in the thriving arts scene there. Joly hopes that anyone passing through Berlin will drop her a line at JolyanH@netscape.net.

Jill Richardson graduated with an M.B.A. from Fordham business school in May. She is director of development and university relations at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights, NY.


Joanna Flynn

Amy Judelsohn Gordon and Seth Gordon ’89 announce the birth of Harrison in March. He is the nephew of Amy Gordon Rodriguez ’87 and grandson of Barbara Harrison Judelsohn ’65. The proud parents celebrated Harrison’s bris with family and friends, including Cliff Greene ’89, Jim Sage ’90, and Sarah O’Hare Sage ’92.

In New Jersey Lisa Monacelli McElwee and husband Thomas have a daughter, Emma, almost 2. Lisa, who is still acting and singing in plays and musicals, most recently performed in Footloose and runs her own personal training business called Wellness for Women.

Last July Marc Nayor married Jamie Lehrich in a ceremony overlooking Long Island Sound in New Rochelle, NY. Skiddies in the wedding party included Jonathan “Paisan” LaConti, Andrew Serby ’92, and Elise Davgin Serby. David Sweedler, Scott Greenstone ’92, and Adam Utrecht ’91 were also on hand for the festivities.

Carlson Bull was named director of animation at Planit, a communications agency specializing in convergence media services. He is former principal and founder of Eeltail Interactive, a high-end 3-D design and visualization services shop, where he oversaw game development, broadcast graphics, industrial design, and Flash movies for clients such as Firaxis Games, BMW, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. He holds an M.F.A. from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.


Chanel Greene

Heidi Ritz Cohen and husband Rob welcomed Samuel in December; he joins sister Shayna. They all live in Maplewood, NJ, where Heidi enjoys being home with the kids.

John Beckman enjoys his new job as manager of temporary exhibits and events at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. He also continues as managing director of Chicago’s Visions and Voices Theatrical Company (www.visionsandvoices.org), where he is producing a show featuring live music performed by Susan Voelz of Poi Dog Pondering. John welcomes e-mail from Skidmore friends at beckman@rcn.com. In addition, John has signed on as co-leader of the Skidmore Club of Chicago with Sarah Boyd ’96 and Liz Ernst ’00.


Keirnan Conroy Klosek

Jeremy Dyen is performing with his rock band, Blivit, as well as working as a session musician in Philadelphia. In addition, he is playing tabla in Spoken Hand, a world percussion orchestra that has collaborated with hip-hop dance artist Rennie Harris and world-renowned Indian percussionist Zakir Hussain.

Claire Sordoni, who married Blake Smith in May 2002, is founder of the Children’s Art School in Asheville, NC, where she teaches painting, mixed media, and ceramics. She’s also a children’s piano instructor.

Kristina Larsen married Matthew Huntington in NYC, where she works for Sotheby’s auction house.

Salima Mathews married David Hugh Millott in September 2002 at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. She opted to wed in Vegas to accommodate her 94-year-old grandmother, who lives there. Tara Davenport Scholz, Rachel Braude, Kristen Palma ’94, and Lauren Abrams ’96 were all in attendance. Salima is a television producer for Young & Rubicam Advertising, where she has worked for the last five years. The couple lives in Manhattan.

Frank Towers married Kelli Painter on February 15, in New Orleans, LA. Skidmore alumni in attendance were Susie Ware, Jennifer DeRosa, Jeff McLaughlin, Mike Alviar, Matt Ullman, Tom Reese, and Stefan Klinger. Frank is an attorney with Allstate Insurance in New Orleans, and Kelli owns the Three Dog Bakery with locations in Covington and New Orleans.

Marc Sulkin married Gail Werner in New Jersey last November. In attendance were Peter Baron, Edward Galton, Jordan Ramer, Jeremy Rinzler, and Cory Gillette-Rinzler. The couple lives in Williston, VT.

As co-president of the Skidmore chapter of the College Alumni in Public Schools (CAPS) mentoring program, Kayne Rourke was delighted to watch Norman Thomas high-school students spend quality time courtside with members of the New York Knicks prior to their game with the Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden in March. The players, who are also involved in NYC’s mentoring network, posed for photos and talked about the importance of education with the high-school students and their Skidmore alumni mentors.


Ann Marie Przywara

Rachael Mason lives in Chicago. She teaches and performs with the Second City troupe and is preparing her own play for production. Rachel sends her love to “the retired Joan Lane, the newly married Margaret Minzner Pichler, and the family of Arlynn Wilson ’95, a friend who will be truly missed.”

After graduation Michael Rosnick moved to Salamanca, Spain, in hopes of becoming fluent in Spanish, which he accomplished after traveling throughout the country for nine months. He then traveled to Seoul, South Korea, where he stayed with Scott Jones ’95 and taught English for two months. Returning to Connecticut in 2000, he graduated from law school at the University of Quinnipiac and passed the bar. Michael specializes in civil litigation at his father’s law firm, Miller, Rosnick, D’Amico & De Lucia, in Bridgeport, CT. He plays basketball and has taken up golf.

Dan Federman co-founded a design company in Brooklyn, NY, called Big Spaceship. He regularly sees Jon Hills ’97 and Bill Fletcher, who work nearby.

Meri Haitkin is a producer for Perfect Match New York, a new dating show that began airing this summer on the ABC Family Channel. She has lived in NYC’s East Village since graduation.

Matthew Benson is married and lives in NYC, where he regularly appears on TV’s Law & Order: Criminal Intent and in films such as A Beautiful Mind and Anger Management. He welcomes contact from Skidmore friends and faculty at matthewbenson1@yahoo.com.

Andrea Gruber has been teaching kindergarten for seven years in Queens, NY.

Kelly Moon and husband Tim moved from Wyoming to Colorado Springs, CO, where she teaches elementary school art and is training for the Olympic marathon trials. Kelly ran the Chicago Marathon in 2002 (her 14th race), missing the qualifying time by just four minutes. She plans to train very hard this summer and race again in October.

Sarah Smith works with autistic children in Providence, RI, and is working on a doctorate in clinical psychology. She’s planning to move back to her home state of New Hampshire.

Jenifer Simon took a two-week backpacking trip through Patagonia, Chile, to the Parque Nationale del Torres. She lives in San Francisco, where she is a regional certified training specialist for a major human resources firm and networking coordinator for the Golden Gate chapter of the American Society of Training & Development. She spends most weekends hiking or backpacking in Yosemite or the Sierra Nevadas.

Colin Moore is working for the Boston lobbying firm O’Neill and Associates, run by the son of former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill. Colin is pursuing a master’s in public affairs at UMass, where Kate Weldon Leblanc ’96 is a classmate. Colin, Brian Dean, and Ben Soreff hold monthly reunion meetings at Hungry Herb’s in Medford, MA.

Jen Smack is enjoying the mountain life in Whistler, British Columbia, telemarking when possible and squeezing in a bit of work.

NYC resident Christopher Wollen is an advertising account supervisor for Greyworldwide on Procter & Gamble accounts.

Kristin Garcia married Andrew Huber at Disney World earlier this year. Kristin Lelelwer, Jennifer Schauder ’97, Aaron and Kathryn Merrill Sloboda, and Amber Glaros ’97 were in attendance.

Sarah Boyd completed a master’s degree in art history at Rutgers University in 2001 and is assistant director in museum education at the Art Institute of Chicago. She welcomes e-mail at sboyd@artic.edu. Sarah is also co-chair of the Chicago-area Skidmore club.

In March Diana Rarich ran her first marathon, in conjunction with the American Diabetes Association. She raised almost $7,000 on behalf of her two nephews with type-1 diabetes. The marathon was in Rome, and she enjoyed traveling in Italy for two weeks before returning to her job as a child protection worker in Denver, CO. In her free time, Diana helps people with disabilities learn how to ski at Winter Park.

Rebecca Hornsten ran in the Dublin Marathon in October and traveled in Ireland, Spain, and France for two months afterwards before heading home to Portland, OR.

Jasmin Keramaty married Paul MacNeill in August 2002 in Lincoln, MA. Anne Sachs ’97 and Sarah Kalliney were bridesmaids; Andy Freed was also there.

Dawn Foti married Andrew Levinson in Silver Spring, MD, in October. Jenifer Simon, Julie Anderson, and Sarah Kalliney were bridesmaids; Carrie Hubbard also attended.

Johanna Zalkind Friedman traded in her job as assistant principal at Bethlehem High School in Delmar, NY, for the same title at the high school in Saratoga Springs, where she lives. She says, “I will not miss the commute down the Northway.” (For more about Johanna, see People & Projects at right.)

Jim Harrod married Alessandra Springer on October 19, 2002, in NYC. Alex Richman and Janine Harrod ’04 were in the wedding party. Others in attendance were Mindy Berkman, Tami Safer Radfar, Bree Birnbaum, Jonathan and Kim Hoffman Kauffman ’97, Simon Fennel ’98, Joe Jolly ’98, Susan Rivers ’97, Marni Richman ’00, Brad Morris ’98, and Yochai Weiss. Alessandra works at ABC-TV, and the couple lives in Manhattan.

John Pandolfi is in his fourth year teaching biology at Island Trees High School, where he is also assistant varsity baseball coach. He earned a master’s in science education from NYU and is completing another master’s in educational administration from Touro College. John and wife Lisa have a son Anthony, 1.

Catherine Carson completed an M.L.S. degree in 2002 and is assistant archivist at the CUNY College of Staten Island.

Eric Steinberg graduated as a doctor of veterinary medicine from Ohio State University on March 21. In residency at Penn State University College of Medicine, he plans to pursue a master’s in comparative medicine.

NYC resident Taylor Swope has launched a line of children’s clothing called Little Hippie, which she sells at music festivals throughout the country and online at www.littlehippie.com.


Allison Gray Costa

Emily Greenwood is a Peace Corps volunteer in Bangladesh. Despite intense heat and monsoons, she enjoys teaching English to secondary-school students. She can be reached at emilysmind@yahoo.com.

Anthony Llano and a group of fellow grad students at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business embarked on a four-day trek on the Inca Trail, climbing to 14,000 feet above sea level and then descending to Machu Picchu, where they arrived “exhausted and stinky, but equally exhilarated and overjoyed.”

Jesse Hollander had a large role in the production of the film Finding Nemo, released by Pixar Animation Studios earlier this year.

William Seabrook married Kathy Liu at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in NYC in April. He is a VP and associate creative director at FCBI, the online arm of the advertising agency Foote, Cone & Belding. Kathy, who graduated from Carnegie Mellon University, is a program manager in the online unit at Wunderman, the direct marketing unit of Young & Rubicam.


Michele Rothstein

Rye Walker Windle is a first-year medical student at Marshall University and a professional dancer with the Charleston Ballet.

Jennifer Timberlin Reedy lives in Galway, NY, with husband Christopher. She is an underwriting specialist with State Farm Insurance.

In November Jordan Sulkin married Rachel Silberberg in Washington, DC. Yako Stavrolakes ’97, David Lakoff ’97, Erika Schwarz Lakoff ’97, Thomas Jin, Jennifer Schieber, and Jeremy Rinzler ’95 were in attendance. The couple lives in San Francisco.

Heather Caney is in Boston, mastering the art of hotel management and commercial real estate while heading up a film festival slated for summer of 2004 in the Catskills. She writes, “So far, no children, no husband, and no pets.”

Todd Lady ’97 and Rebecca Israel were married last August at the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, DC. Kirsten Hunt and Susan Notis ’96 were bridesmaids, and Justin Ricker ’96, Evan Ricker ’97, Michael DiMarco ’97, and Adam Brand ’97 were groomsmen. The couple lives in Alexandria, VA.


Nancy Carew Magnus

Our fifth reunion happens June 3-6, 2004. It will be an awesome weekend, so reserve the time in your datebooks because we’ve already started planning!

Katie Cunningham married Rob Wilker last December 28 in Fairfield, CT. The couple lives in Brookline, MA, where she is working toward a master’s in art at Tufts University and he attends Boston University’s business school.

Eve Elektra Cohen lives in Manhattan and works at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Jono Pandolfi left his teaching position at the Millbrook Academy to start a studio with Adam Seirup and Dave Vogel. They will be renting a large loft in Brooklyn.

In March Liz Roberts held the grand opening of Elizabeth Roberts Gallery in Dupont Circle in downtown DC. I went to the opening to celebrate her success, and met Jocie Ditzel, Jarrod Lynn, Christy Lewis, and Roy Geiser ’98. Liz is also a successful and practicing artist, whose work was featured in the spring mid-Atlantic issue of New American Painters.

Nina Hammond-Ritch graduated from George Washington University in May with a master’s in elementary education.


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